Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Feb 2, 2024

Whenever I get a chance to chat with Joanna Davidson Politano, I know I'm going to have a good time, and this time was no exception. With her new book, The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple releasing this April, she has a lot of fun preorder stuff going on that you won't want to miss hearing about, but even better, she shared a lot of interesting information about the earliest days of silent films. Listen in to learn all about it

note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you.

Why Historical Research Creates Some of the Best Fiction Ever!

The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple takes place at the beginning of the Edwardian period and showcases England's approach to the silent movie scene. From slapstick ridiculousness to the whole of Cinderella squeezed into three minutes, the shows weren't what you'd expect, but they were exciting and innovative. Joanna has turned that scene into the story of a silent film star who isn't known for telling the truth but does have a sapphire that some think she shouldn't. Add in a rigid police inspector and a lot of mystery, and I think we can safely say that Joanna has done it again!

Plus... we got a hint of what's coming next.  Am I the only one going, "Hmmm... what kind of title will this one get???"?

The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple by Joanna Davidson Politano

Peter Driscoll, an underground investigator to the wealthy, has never met anyone like Lily Temple. The beautiful silent-film actress spins fairy tales and plays frivolous roles in front of the cine-camera, but beneath the costumes and stage makeup is a woman with a quick wit--and a murky past.

Peter has been tasked with locating the legendary Briarwood Teardrop, an exquisite sapphire, which Lily wears beneath her gown. In order to stay close to her and hopefully unravel the mystery of her story--and the sapphire--Peter employs Lily's help on a case, which leads to a useful partnership. But as they are investigating together, Peter is also investigating Lily. The closer he gets to the truth, the more danger they face. And the closer he gets to Lily, the clearer it is that he needs her even more than she needs him.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano whisks you away to Edwardian England in 1903 for a whimsical and layered tale that treads the crooked line between real and make-believe

Preorder your copy of The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple for 40% off with free shipping from and then go to Joanna's FACEBOOK PAGE to fill out a form to enter her giveaways!  And don't forget to check out her Reader Group on Facebook.

Also... GoodReads and BookBub are good places to follow authors.

Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: