The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels are a series of historical fiction set during the golden age of Hollywood – 1927 to 1959 – in and around the real-life Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
- Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”
- Book 2 – “The Trouble with Scarlett”
- Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”
- Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”
- Book 5 – “Reds in the Beds”
- Book 6 – “Twisted Boulevard”
- Book 7 – “Tinseltown Confidential”
Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”
It’s January 1927 – Hollywood doesn’t know it yet but talking pictures are about to change everything. The Garden of Allah Hotel & Villas on Sunset Boulevard–once home to Hollywood’s highest paid actress, the exotic Alla Nazimova–opens its doors. Marcus Adler, Kathryn Massey and Gwendolyn Brick check in as strangers but soon become friends as they dog-paddle together against a tidal wave of casting couches, bootleggers, Zeppelins, gambling boats, William Randolph Hearst, the Long Beach earthquake, starlets, harlots, Harlows and Garbos.
Book 2 – “The Trouble With Scarlett”
In 1936, Gone with the Wind is released by first-time author Margaret Mitchell and becomes an international sensation. Everyone in Hollywood knows that Civil War pictures don’t make a dime but renegade movie producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly the whole country is obsessed with answering just one question: Who will win the role of Scarlett O’Hara?
Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”
It’s 1939 – Orson Welles, the enfant terrible of New York, is coming to Hollywood to make his first movie. Tinsel City is agog! Can he even direct a movie? What will it be about? Will he scandalize the West Coast the way he’s shocked the East Coast? And, more importantly, who will he bed first and does he kiss-and-tell? When William Randolph Hearst realizes Citizen Kane is based on him, he won’t be happy—and when Hearst isn’t happy, nobody’s safe. Marcus, Kathryn, and Gwendolyn need to go for broke, and the clock is ticking.
The first three novels are available in one ebook.
All links available on TRILOGY #1
Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”
The dark days of Pearl Harbor loom over Los Angeles, and posters warn Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships. MGM screenwriter, Marcus Adler, needs to come up with a sure-fire hit. Gwendolyn Brick dreams of opening her own dress store, but it threatens to drag her back into the orbit of Bugsy Siegel. Columnist, Kathryn Massey survival depend on a place nobody’s heard of: Las Vegas.
Book 5 – “Reds in the Beds”
As World War II ends, a new boogieman emerges: the Red Menace, and the House un-American Activities Committee prepares to grill the brightest stars in town. MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Hollywood, nobody’s past is spotless. Gossip columnist Kathryn Massey may have to take on J. Edgar Hoover himself to shed her FBI informer reputation. And from behind the perfume counter at Bullocks Wilshire, Gwendolyn Brick makes a shocking discovery that could revive her dream and change multiple lives for good. In postwar Hollywood, there are reds in the beds, the sharks are circling, and it’s feeding time.
Book 6 – “Twisted Boulevard”
When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television? When ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler hatches a plan to start over with a disgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds him that the misdeeds of the past aren’t soon forgotten. Hollywood Reporter columnist Kathryn Massey is dealing with a hot new rival when she glimpses a haunting sight on the set of Sunset Boulevard. Gwendolyn Brick thought her new store would be a hit, but when LA’s most notorious madam threatens it, she’ll need a Hollywood-style miracle to keep her Chez Gwendolyn alive.
The second three novels are available in one ebook.
All links available on TRILOGY #2
Book 7 – “Tinseltown Confidential”
As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called television is poaching Hollywood’s turf, inch by inch. If the studios don’t do something drastic, they may lose the battle. The specter of Joseph McCarthy forces exiled screenwriter Marcus Adler to fight for a final chance to clear his name. Hollywood Reporter Kathryn Massey knows a secret that might take down the rise of a charismatic figure out to intimidate the film industry. When scandal rag Confidential arrives on the Hollywood scene, Gwendolyn Brick figures she’s got nothing to hide…until she does.