Review: Drama Detective 








Synopsis:

Theater professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a Sherlock Holmes musical in a professional summer stock production at Treemeadow College, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague Noah Oliver as Dr. John Watson. When cast members begin toppling over like hammy actors at a curtain call, Nicky dons Holmes’ persona on stage and off. Once again Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is lowering the street lamps on the actors before the handsome couple get half-baked on Baker Street. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fifth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up, the game is afoot! 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Once again, Joe Cosentino has successfully completed another mystery novel. His series, Nicky and Noah Mysteries, features a gay couple. Nicky and Noah both work in their college department’s for theater. There’s never a day these two aren’t performing or solving a mystery. Murder, mayhem, disaster, risks,and humor are found on every page. I love the variety of tasks that this brilliant writer has created for each one of his books. 

In Drama Detective, the fifth novel, I got to follow along as both protagonists put on a favorite play of mine…Sherlock Holmes. Unlike the previous versions of the famous fictional detective, this one shows a gay quality. It was quite interesting and fun to follow. Nicky directs the big plays while his husband, Noah assists him. This gay couple has been my favorite since they were first introduced to me. Nicky is bolder than his husband Noah. Noah is a bit more shy compared to his love. Their banters are engaging. Here, Nicky and Noah are under a lot of pressure as always. A budget for a popular play, directing the play, and acting in the play requires a lot of energy. Especially, when bodies are popping up…both characters will have to race once more to find the murderer before it’s too late. The other cast of characters like Nicky and Noah’s friends and their adopted son, make this a new favorite. 

Drama Detective, like the previous tales before it, deeply satisfies the the reader. An engaging plot line that sucks me into the story, is one worth reading. I laughed a lot through the book. The fun grew more intense as the action took over…death, love, and craziness everywhere. Joe Cosentino is one of my favorite writers. His characters pull me into their lives. I can feel, see, and hear everything as if I were in their shoes. If you enjoy drama, theater, and mystery ten this is a must read. Beware, it does feature the gay genre heavily and some unconventional ways but it’s so good, you’ll be begging for more.

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Review: Drama Luau (A Nicky and Noah Mystery)

Synopsis:

Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha! 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Drama Luau: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino’s is another grand adventure with this stunning pair. Nicky and Noah are two professors who end up solving cases. Wherever these two go, there’s always a murder investigation around the corner. This time, Nicky and Noah are heading on their honeymoon. Both choose Hawaii as their destination. Not only does murder follow them where they go, but there’s always an opportunity for them to perform a show. 

Joe Cosentino’s has once again, brought all of his usual talents with him. Drama Luau is his newest piece to the Nicky and Noah mysteries. A novel that speaks out for the LGBT community. I love reading Joe Cosentino’s work. He always incorporates major themes into his tales. Each theme brings out a real life issue that readers everywhere can relate to immediately. As with his previous novels, this one was just as exciting. Humor filled the pages. Readers will have found adventure, mystery, and romance with every page. Nicky and Noah are my favorite gay couple. Something about them just lures me further into their story. Funny, clever, and sweet. One teaches fitness the other teaches drama. Their roles as detectives isn’t lost on their friends nor family. I can’t find anything not to love about this series. Especially, Drama Luau. This read had me laughing and falling in love…I was hooked instantly. Overall, I highly recommend Drama Luau to all. 

Review: Cozzi Cove (Stepping Out #3)




Synopsis:

It’s time for another summer of sun, sand, suntan lotion, sandals, and Speedos on Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore. Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for love.
This summer, sexy Cal welcomes back his brother and sister, who are confronted with people from their pasts. Connor, the maid packed with muscle and mayhem, becomes the subject of a handsome young psychologist’s study on human sexuality. Tommy, the strapping, bald and tattooed local bartender, is captivated with guest Cory Magnum, a police officer with a secret. Another guest, Bill, a disbelieving pastor, is inspired by a vision of two sexy male angels on the cove. And Cal and Michael reach a plateau in their relationship.

What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out by Joe Cosentino is an emotional journey that stays with readers forever. The characters inside have a way of luring me deeper into their lives. I felt their emotions as if I were experiencing it first-hand. The details were wonderfully woven. Once more, Joe Cosentino has captured real life inside his fictional world, Cozzi Cove. It seems here at Cozzi Cove, a resort for gay men is the place to be. Tons of action, drama, love, and secrets to keep readers hooked. Many relationships are brought to life. From the varying ages to various backgrounds, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out offers a lot. It’s hard not to get lost within the pages. Cal will experience more relationship issues as well as family stuff and somehow find a way to overcome all obstacles. Cal and his lover, Michael, are easy to follow as the plot unfolds. One of the things I love most about Joe Cosentino’s books, is that he break so many barriers within his stories. From same sex relationships to racial diversity, Joe Cosentino covers it all. His writing is beautifully written and highly engaging. There’s a ton of stuff for all readers to love. Humor,  mystery, and romance…Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out is indeed a must read for all. I highly recommend it. 

Review: Cozzi Cove (Moving Forward #2)

Synopsis:

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for summer and love.
The vacationers include Rodney Maxwell and Dennis O’Halloran, a Tony Award-winning actor and his estranged producer/husband with their two hired studs, Jarek and Zeus.
Computer analyst Sam enlists his best friend Chase in a scheme to attract hunky Raul. Middle-aged Gil Van Truren wants to end it all—until he sees a vision of his first love.
Cal also has his hands full with college student Michael—his new young lover—Michael’s study buddy Carlo, man of mystery George Valis, and Connor, the houseboy packed with muscles and a wondering sponge.
All the while Hunter, a female gay-romance novel enthusiast, experiences gay life off the page.
What secrets, humor, tragedy, mysteries, and passions lie in the magical place called Cozzi Cove?
Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.


Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Inside Cozzi Cove (Moving Forward) by Joe Cosentino, readers have the world’s best novel comprised of drama, sparks, jealousy, and hot sexy men. For those you love a romance between two males then this is definitely for you. Love is easy for some and hard for others, it’s messy and complicated…readers will see just how tangled up the hot testosterone and sparks fly in this tale. The Cozzi Cove (Moving Forward) is the second book of another amazing series brilliantly well-written for readers’ entertainment by Joe Cosentino.
Imagine a beautiful getaway where the hot, sexy, and wealthy gay men go…it’s a place where there’s never a dull moment. Every page of this new title brings readers nothing but excitement, intrigue, and an intensity that will burn away the night’s quiet. Most novels offer readers one journey in which readers travel upon, however, readers are brought not one but several journeys that will leave them breathless and hooked. As with all of Joe Cosentino’s novels, humor comes in abundance and fits in perfectly with all of this stunning characters. Cozzi Cove is full of couples that are tested. There are a lot of issues each man faces within Cozzi Cove, the way they deal it and what choices they will make can have lasting effects that can be both good and bad…Joe sweeps his readers into his characters lives by creating realistic characters with real issues. It’s easy to get lost in it all. The book automatically captures your heart from page one and forever holds it. After reading the story readers will be begging for the next grand adventure. Funny, heart melting, and swoon worthy, readers will finish reading this in one sitting. I loved reading this riveting tale, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: Cozzi Cove (Bouncing Back #1)



Synopsis:

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love.
Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher.
When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist.
And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected.
What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?
Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Joe Cosentino has a reputation among his readers as the best novelist. Every book of his that I have read thus far…is outstanding. Inside this particular novel, readers will meet a variety of characters that creates a soap opera intrigue, unlike any other novel read. This story will definitely keep readers guessing with every page. Only when readers reach the last page does everything become know. It’s addictive. Cozzi Cove is a brand new series that will keep Joe Cosentino’s readers on their toes and begging for more. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with this latest novel.
Readers can easily loose themselves within Cozzi Cove. Suspense, adventure, and an intensity that will drive readers with insane as well as keeping them hooked. The characters are well-developed. The romance is created to a perfection as always. I don’t believe Joe Cosentino is capable of writing a bad novel. This novel just proves his raw beautiful talent for writing stories that will knock readers off their feet and deep into the plot. Cozzi Cove is full of characters, that comes, to life, and each has a personality so completely different from the others that it will indeed be very hard to put the book down once readers begin reading it. Overall, I highly recommend Cozzi Cove by Joe Cosentino to readers everywhere.

Special Guest: Joe Cosentino 



LAUGHING ALL THE WAY CREATING NICKY AND NOAH OF THE NICKY AND NOAH COMEDY MYSTERIES
Book Three: Drama Cruise, published by Lethe Press

by Joe Cosentino

As a college professor/department head, I have always been aware that colleges are rife with mystery, romance, and humor. I remembered back to my days as a junior faculty member in the theatre department. Using combinations of various people I’ve met, I created Nicky Abbondanza, Associate Professor of Play Directing, and Noah Oliver, Assistant Professor of Acting, at fictitious Edwardian style university Treemeadow College in Vermont. I patterned their department head, Martin Anderson, after myself. Hear that television producers?

If you haven’t read Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Mystery, Crime, Humorous, Contemporary novel of 2015) and Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) published by Lethe Press (and you should!), the series is a cozy mystery comedy series, meaning the setting is warm and cozy, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, and there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning. Along the way, Nicky and Noah fall in love with each other, as I’ve heard the readers fall in love with them.

In Drama Queen, college theatre professors are dropping like stage curtains and amateur sleuths/college theatre professors Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills, including impersonating other people, to figure out whodunit. Reviewers called Drama Queen “hysterically funny farce,” “Murder She Wrote meets Hart to Hart meets The Hardy Boys,” and “a captivating whodunit.” One reviewer wrote Drama Queen was the funniest books she’d ever read! Who am I to argue?

In Drama Muscle, Nicky and Noah don their gay Holmes and Watson personas again to find out why bodybuilding students and professors are dropping faster than barbells. Nicky and Noah’s relationship reaches a milestone by the end of the novel available in paperback and e-book. Again reviewers praised the humor, fast pace, and engrossing mystery calling it “hilarious,” “a brilliant masterpiece,” and “a stunning series.”

Now in Drama Cruise, it is summer on a ten-day cruise from San Francisco to Alaska and back (which I took with my spouse). Nicky and Noah must figure out why college theatre professors are dropping like life rafts as Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship starring Noah and other college theatre professors from across the US. Complicating matters are their both sets of wacky parents who want to embark on all the activities on and off the boat with the handsome couple. Martin Anderson (Nicky and Noah’s department head) and his bickering husband are also along for the rocky ride. As in the first two books, there are a slew of colorful, hysterically funny victims and suspects like the cruise director who talks endlessly about her glory days as a theatre major in college, the ship’s doctor who is looking for the secret of life, Nicky and Noah’s porter who wants them to adopt him, and the captain of the boat who insists he has seen the ghost of his former sea captain. The theatre professors are equally as colorful, including an alcoholic who believes he has seen a mermaid, a hypochondriac looking for love, a comic with a cat of nine tails in her closet, and a Shakespearian actor who can’t keep his hands off his volume of the Bard—or off anyone else. Reviewers said the series is getting better with each book. Again, no arguments here.

It is my joy and pleasure to share these stories with you. So take your front row seat. The boat is leaving from port. Lights up and ahoy matey! Alaska here we come!

P.S. – Drama Luau, the fourth Nicky and Noah, mystery releases in six months!

 

DRAMA CRUISE (a Nicky and Noah mystery)

a comedy/mystery/romance novel by JOE COSENTINO from Lethe Press

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Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theatre professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationing theatre professors before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!

Praise for DRAMA CRUISE, the third Nicky and Noah mystery:

 

“I have been an avid reader of Joe Cosentino’s books for some time and he has yet to let me down. His ability to write highly original, yet somehow realistic, characters is one of his greatest strengths as a writer. Their quirks and personalities fill the pages in a way that makes for a fabulously entertaining and totally engrossing read. I loved this book and highly recommend it to lovers of farce, humour, murder mystery and sweet MM love stories.” Divine Magazine

 

“Superb fun from start to finish, for me this series gets stronger with every book and that’s saying something because the benchmark was set so very high with book 1.” Three Books Over the Rainbow

 

“Joe Cosentino does it again with Drama Cruise, the third Nicky and Noah mystery. I loved the humor, drama, and theater work inside. Plus, the romance and murder investigation keep readers turning the pages. Absolutely, must read this latest book in the series.” Urban Book Reviews

 

“If you are looking for a good, funny book to shake the blahs, love mystery, humor and romance, and a story with a twist or two, you’re bound to love this.” Cathy Brockman Romances

 

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He also wrote the other novels in the Nicky and Noah mystery series: Drama Muscle and Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out Cozzi Cove series (NineStar Press); Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries; and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015, and has won many Rainbow Award Honorable mentions including for Drama Muscle. Upcoming novels are Drama Luau (fourth Nicky and Noah mystery) and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (fourth Cozzi Cove beach novel, NineStar Press).

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Excerpt of DRAMA CRUISE, the third Nicky and Noah mystery by Joe Cosentino, Lethe Press

 

The stunning movie star’s long jet-black hair created a silky fan on the

cold marble floor. Surrounding her were a crowd of guilt-ridden faces: her

possessive husband and producer, her handsome young paramour and co-star,

her aggressive agent and female lover, her jealous sister and stand-in, and her

makeup man who knew all her secrets (and she knew his). A detective arrived

on the scene, took one look at the murdered beauty, and fell in love.

 

“Nice job, people! Let’s take ten.”

 

That was me, Nicky Abbondanza, Professor of Directing at Treemeadow

College, a white stone Edwardian-style private college in the quaint and

picturesque village of Treemeadow, Vermont. And how did I become the director

of a murder mystery dinner theatre show on a ten-night June cruise from San

Francisco to Alaska and back? I spotted an online ad seeking theatre professors to

present theatrical workshops for passengers on a cruise, culminating in a murder

mystery dinner theatre presentation on the last evening. Okay, technically my

colleague and fiancé Noah Oliver, Professor of Acting at Treemeadow, spotted

the ad in an educational journal, but I applied for my department head and

mentor, Martin Anderson (producing the show), my Noah (acting in the show),

and me (directing). Martin’s husband, Ruben, came along for the ride.

Martin and Ruben are a sweet, elderly couple (don’t tell them I said that)

who have been together forever and have two grown daughters. For our part,

Noah and I are both tall, but the similarity ends there. I have dark hair, long

sideburns, a Roman nose, and a pretty pumped body thanks to the gym on

campus. Noah has exquisite curly-blond hair, sky blue eyes, a smooth build, and

the most loving heart on land and sea. I am just a tad older than Noah—but

what’s seven years? A lot when you are thirty-six and your lover is twenty-nine.

Oh, there’s one other little thing. Actually, it’s not so little. I have a thick

nine-and-a-quarter inch penis—flaccid. Luckily, Noah is very open (pardon the

pun) to my anatomical quirk.

 

After flying from Vermont to New York to San Francisco and waiting on

endless security lines in the airports, the four of us got to the boat, where we

waited on a long security line to come onboard. After unpacking in our cabin then

getting a quick lunch at the bountiful buffet, Noah and I made our way through

the sea of polyester, and somehow remained awake during the life boat drill.

Then we dodged photographers, dollar signs shining in their eyes like paparazzi

at a closeted gay movie star’s mansion, and headed to our first rehearsal. As the

dining room was occupied with guests eating lunch, we rehearsed in a nautical

themed lounge onboard ship.

 

After an hour and a half of rehearsal, it was break time. While the other

professors scattered like televangelists near an IRS building, Noah and I sat on a

cozy loveseat next to a gas brick fireplace. Noah looked amazing in an aqua polo

shirt and white pants, while I was a bit more toned down in yellow slacks and a

cranberry hoodie. I took Noah’s soft, warm hand in mine, and said adoringly, “I

can’t believe we’re here.”

 

Noah responded, “My first cruise.”

 

“My little virgin.” I kissed his cheek.

He looked out of the porthole and kissed the cleft in my chin. “The sky and

the water are gorgeous.”

 

“I hope we get to the deck to see them.”

 

“We won’t be rehearsing all day, Nicky.”

 

“Don’t you need a break, handsome, young paramour character?”

 

Noah snuggled his shoulder into my chest. “I’d rather wallow away the

minutes with my intended.”

 

We shared a warm kiss.

 

 

 

 

Review: Drama Cruise

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Synopsis:

Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, ribald, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

Drama Cruise by Joe Cosentino has delivered my favorite gay couple. Nicky and Noah are on a cruise while on vacation and things get pretty crazy fast. First surprise, was one they weren’t expecting. Family. Both their families came onto the cruise. They caused a groan from Noah and Nicky to smile. Soon their families are planning all their wedding details…but then, other surprises much darker start to happen. It will be up to Nicky and Noah to navigate through the suspects to solve who murdered the gay professors on board.

I was not expecting the murderer to be who it was…I was surprised. Nicky and Noah were funny as always, but this time…the story didn’t quite match the previous magic by this talented writer. The engaged couple’s antics were realistic, however, it appeared the Nicky didn’t mind his family fussing with the wedding plans but got super mad at Noah pretty fast…but then, Nicky was like whatever Noah wants that’s what he wants too. But it seemed like Nicky just gave in to easily to Noah in this tale. Other than that, Joe Cosentino’s writing was great. There’s always a murder case to be solved when Nicky and Noah are around doing theater. Acting, action, and death…follow these two amazing guys everywhere even to Alaska. I can’t wait to see what holds for Nicky and Noah in Hawaii. I love these characters and the plot is always intriguing. Drama Cruise is another stunning piece…once more this book was written strong isssues and heartfelt feelings. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

 

Review: Rag Doll 


Synopsis

America’s most famous ex-child star Jana Lane is starring in The Detective’s Wife, a murder mystery television show in 1985. Guest starring on the show is Christa Bianca, a rags-to-riches ingénue who has flooded the entertainment press. Life imitates television as cast members are murdered, and once again it’s up to Jana, along with sexy ex-detective Chris Bove, to save the day before the lights fade to black.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Once more, Joe Cosentino has created the perfect masterpiece. This book, the 5th Jana Lane Mystery novel, is superb. Five major issues are discussed and well-written. Issues ranging from gay rights to Christian beliefs to AIDS. The entire plot takes readers deep into the trouble ahead. Murder, mayhem, and romance. Jana Lane is an older actress that is clever, beautiful, and sweet. She is a happy mother of three boys and a wife to a great husband. Her youngest son is featured on the same TV program as Jana. By now, readers know that wherever Jana Lane goes to act, there’s always a murder case to solve. Rag Doll is the best story in this series so far…

I love Joe Cosentino’s writing. He incorporates major themes that readers can easily relate to such as bullying. Humor is found within these pages as well. I loved watching Jana Lane struggle with the new on and off screen attraction towards a co-star. Definitely keeps readers guessing. Plus, the troubles ahead on studio cause wide panic and fear among the group of actors. So many suspects…and so little time to catch a killer. Plus, Jana’s nightmares and a personal issue keep the suspense building. Readers will be excited, intrigued, and fascinated with this new title. Joe Cosentino has out done himself when he wrote Rag Doll. I was amazed how he brought up evmerything, keep readers in the dark, and made it entertaining as always. I loved it. This is a definite must read for readers worldwide. A bit of everything for All to enjoy. Overall, I high.y recommend it and look for the next grand adventure. 

Review: Naked Prince & Other Tales

 

Synopsis:

Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain.

In Whatever Happened To…?, friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants.

And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Once more, Joe Cosentino is indeed my favorite writer. He has surprised me with another fabulous rich tale. This time; however, he has taken famous fairy tale stories we all know and put a whole new spin, upon them. Tales like Cinderella and a few others can be found inside, The Naked Prince and Other Tales.

I loved how Joe Cosentino made a few tales into a more interesting read yet. His writing style has a way of luring readers into unknown territories and leaving them with a taste for more. The Naked Prince and Other Tales brings up several different themes one like the love of two men who are complete opposites. These two meet and love is tapping them on the shoulder. Humor as always is to be expected when reading this new book. I love fairy tales and the creative ways that Joe Cosentino retold them. Definitely for adult eyes only due to the adult content mentioned.

I got to meet a wide variety of intriguing characters. Characters like Goldilocks and the three Bears are amazing. Their lives pull in readers. I was enticed as well as enchanted. Twists like readers never expected are found with each new fairy tale. Funny, sexy, and entertaining, this new novella collection is a must read for all. The Naked Prince and Other Tales is truly an enjoyable book. I can’t wait to read more by this talented writer. An adventure of a lifetime!

Review: China Doll

 

Synopsis:

Jana Lane is back on Broadway in 1984—starring in a murder mystery. Life imitates art when members of the company are murdered. As Jana investigates, it’s clear she may be the next victim. Complicating matters, is Jana’s uncontrollable infatuation, with her leading man, gorgeous and muscular Off-Broadway actor Peter Stevens. Will Jana find the murderer before the curtain comes down on her?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

This is the fourth brilliant mystery novel series by Joe Cosentino. China Doll is a new broadway play that Jana stars in…however, this time…she brings two family members into acting. Her young son BJ and a cousin,  who will do anything to get into acting. Then there’s a male actor who is battling AIDs and only two others besides Jana Lane support him. The others don’t want him to continue acting. Then there’s the new babysitter that Jana Lane has hired to watch over BJ. Everyone thinks he’s gay but he claims that he’s not…is he really trying to convince himself or others? Joe Cosentino also brings in extra drama with a hot male actor that causes Jana Lane to remind herself that she’s a married woman. Drama is high and as the broadway play continues so does the tension of the actors. No matter where the famous Jana Lane goes…there’s always a murder case to be solved. Joe Cosentino never disappoints…his novels are superb. I find myself addicted to each story that he writes and once he writes a new book the characters end up being added to my all-time favorite lists. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, and murder to go around. A talented writer whose words constantly draws me in every time. I look forward to the next masterfully woven story in this series. Jana Lane is definitely a new female sleuth that should be on everyone’s reading list. Overall, I highly recommend China Doll to readers worldwide.

Review: Cozzi Cove (Moving Forward)

 

Synopsis:

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for summer and love.

The vacationers include Rodney Maxwell and Dennis O’Halloran, a Tony Award-winning actor and his estranged producer/husband with their two hired studs, Jarek and Zeus.

Computer analyst Sam enlists his best friend Chase in a scheme to attract hunky Raul. Middle-aged Gil Van Truren wants to end it all—until he sees a vision of his first love.

Cal also has his hands full with college student Michael—his new young lover—Michael’s study buddy Carlo, a man of mystery George Valis, and Connor, the houseboy packed with muscles and a wondering sponge.

All the while Hunter, a female gay romance novel enthusiast, experiences gay life off the page.

What secrets, humor, tragedy, mysteries, and passions lie in the magical place called Cozzi Cove?

Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Inside Cozzi Cove (Moving Forward) by Joe Cosentino, readers have the world’s best novel comprised of drama, sparks, jealousy, and hot sexy men. For those you love a romance between two males then this  is definitely for you. Love is easy for some and hard for others, it’s messy and complicated…readers will see just how tangled up the hot testosterone and sparks fly in this tale. The Cozzi Cove (Moving Forward) is the second book of another amazing series brilliantly well-written for readers’ entertainment by Joe Cosentino.

Imagine a beautiful getaway where the hot, sexy, and wealthy gay men go…it’s a place where there’s never a dull moment. Every page of this new title brings readers nothing but excitement, intrigue, and an intensity that will burn away the night’s quiet. Most novels offer readers one journey in which readers travel upon, however, readers are brought not one but several journeys that will leave them breathless and hooked. As with all of Joe Cosentino’s novels, humor comes in abundance and fits in perfectly with all of this stunning characters. Cozzi Cove is full of couples that are tested. There are a lot of issues each man faces within Cozzi Cove, the way they deal it and what choices they will make can have lasting effects that can be both good and bad…Joe sweeps his readers into his characters lives by creating realistic characters with real issues. It’s easy to get lost in it all. The book automatically captures your heart from page one and forever holds it. After reading the story readers will be begging for the next grand adventure. Funny, heart melting, and swoon worthy, readers will finish reading this in one sitting. I loved reading this riveting tale, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Cozzi Cove (Bouncing Back)

 

Synopsis:

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love.

Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher.

When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist.

And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected.

What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Joe Cosentino  has a reputation among his readers as the best novelist. Every book of his that I have read thus far…is outstanding. Inside this particular novel, readers will meet a variety of characters that creates a soap opera intrigue, unlike any other novel read. This story will definitely keep readers guessing with every page. Only when readers reach the last page does everything become know. It’s addictive. Cozzi Cove is a brand new series that will keep Joe Cosentino’s readers on their toes and begging for more. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with this latest novel.

Readers can easily loose themselves within Cozzi Cove. Suspense, adventure, and an intensity that will drive readers with insane as well as keeping them hooked. The characters are well-developed. The romance is created to a perfection as always. I don’t believe Joe Cosentino is capable of writing a bad novel. This novel just proves his raw beautiful talent for writing stories that will knock readers off their feet and deep into the plot. Cozzi Cove is full of characters, that comes, to life, and each has a personality so completely different from the others that it will indeed be very hard to put the book down once readers begin reading it. Overall, I highly recommend Cozzi Cove by Joe Cosentino to readers everywhere.

Review: Satin Doll (A Jana Lane Mystery)

 

 

Synopsis:

Murder, corruption, and scandals rock Washington, D.C…. America’s most famous ex-child star, Jana Lane, is playing a US Senator in a 1983 film. Just as she and her family arrive in DC, two Washington power players are murdered, and Jana is caught in the web of intrigue and political scandal. Jana falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome detective assigned to the case, ex-professional football player and food aficionado, Chris Bove. Will Jana and Bove uncover the murderer’s identity and shocking secrets before Jana and her family become the Capitol’s next victims?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Joe Cosentino is a brilliant mastermind when creating the perfect mystery series. Each novel in this intriguing series of his, Jana Lane Mysteries, readers are blown away by his writing. The instant readers jump into Joe Cosentino’s fictional world, the danger feels real, the suspense is killing, and the plot moves so fast. Action, lights, camera! Jana Lane is back and as readers know there’s another movie to make as well as another murder case to solve or else it might be too late…

Satin Doll by Joe Cosentino leaves readers with a sense of adventure and a thrill ride of a lifetime. Jana Lane keeps getting horrifying nightmares before each movie. Each time there has been a threat against her life…now it might not just be Jana’s life that’s in danger…

Joe Cosentino knows how to deliver the best fiction to his readers worldwide. I am no longer surprised at how well-written his novel are…nor how well-developed his characters are. Every book comes out with its own perfection that will give readers a taste for more. Satin Doll is indeed a must read for everywhere. I love the marriage life between Jana and her husband as well as how every page creates a sense within me to rush through the book to find out what happens next. A fast-paced murder mystery that readers will easily fall in love with…and one they can’t live without. Overall, I highly recommend this new title in the Jana Lane Mysteries and look forward to the next best adventure from Joe Cosentino.

Review: Procelain Doll

 

Synopsis:

Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review: 

Porcelain Doll by Joe Cosentino is the second part, to his bestselling series. Jana Lane was a child movie star and now, is doing another movie. When things look and feel normal, that’s when they start to slip. Someone ends up dead and then the threats against Jana begin…

Murder, mystery, and suspense are high inside of this brilliant masterpiece by Joe Cosentino. He always knows exactly what his readers want and how to deliver it. Every page fills the readers with intrigue…soon all the pages are turned and readers find themselves finished. Edge of your seat mystery that lures readers instantly. Porcelain Doll is a must read for readers worldwide. Once you read it, you can’t put it down. Overall, I highly recommend Joe Cosentino’s novel to all. He has a way, with luring not one but many of his novels. I can’t wait to read the next exciting adventure after this one.

 

Review: Drama Muscle

 

Synopsis:

It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body.

You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Drama Muscle by Joe Cosentino is the second installment to a sexy mystery series. It’s hard to put down the novel that Joe Cosentino has brilliantly woven together. Readers will be laughing out loud, cheering on Nicky and Noah, and be left guessing as to who committed the murders. Plus, a love for the arts, literature, and drama can be found inside this stunning read. I couldn’t quite believe it but Joe Cosentino always surprises his readers.

Readers will be following Professor Nicky and Noah as they set-up a Body Building Competition. Students are eager to compete for a gold cup and full paid tuition. As the practice  rehersals go on, students and faculty end up dead. As to who dunnit and why, readers will constantly be dragged into the plot guessing at who had the strongest motive. However, readers won’t be able identify the killer until the very end. Surprises are stong in Joe Cosentino’s work. This particular exciting read, will show readers not one but mnay surprises. Not only is there a murderer to catch, but Nicky assumes the worst of Noah, and then there’s Noah’s parents who come to visit. Nicky will have to dress up and use his skills to cath the murderer red handed. But will he find the killer in time? Overall, I loved reading this intriguing, funny, and hot gay mystery. I highy recommend this dazzling novel, Drama Muscle, to all. Nicky and Noah are the new detectives in town!

 

Review: Drama Muscle

 

Synopsis:

It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body.

You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Joe Cosentino has done it again! He has created another another brilliant masterpiece for us all. A cozy sleuth mystery combined with humor and attractive themes. This time, readers are lead into the entertaining theather life, until dead bodies begin to come into play. Then there’s some family issues that Noah has to deal with just like the rest of us. Even fictional characters don’t have the perfect lives their family wants them to have. There are many twists inside this most intriguing novel yet by Joe Cosentino. I can’t believe all of the humor, suspense, mystery and how believable the characters are. It’s absolutley amazing. Drama Muscle is for those who love Nancy Drew and Miss Fisher’s Mysteries. Fun, exciting, and well-written, readers will fall in love with the lastest story, Drama Muscle. I love reading Joe’s books. They have a little of everything for readers to enjoy. There’s so much inside that readers won’t be able to put the novel down until they finished. Overall, I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere.

 

 

Paper Doll by Joe Cosentino

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Paper Doll, is a fabulous read with a compelling story. The story is about a women who was a famous actor as a child whom was attacked when she was 18. Now older and a mother she comes back to face her past, and with the help of a friend, tries for acting once more. This book is an intriguing mystery that readers won’t want to miss out on. So many suspects and secrets that everyone is hiding. Joe Cosentino knows how to keep his readers interest with every page. His characters pop to life and are realistic. It’s easy to connect with his main character as the novel’s events unfold before the reader. I enjoyed reading this book! A very interesting read indeed! I definitely would recommend those who love a good mystery with a romance and suspense to pick up this novel! Paper Doll is a book that should be read! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5.

PAPER DOLL (Jana Lane mystery 1)

by JOE COSENTINO

a mystery/romance novel from Whiskey Creek Press

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Jana Lane was America’s most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Now she’s a thirty-eight-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Jana’s flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present. Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana visits the California movie studio she once called home. This sends her on a whirlwind of visits with former and current movie studio personnel. It also leads to a romance with the son of her old producer – Rocco Cavoto – the devilishly handsome filmmaker who is planning Jana’s comeback both professionally and personally. Can Jana uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future?

Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll, the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press-releasing this summer), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels arePorcelain Doll (the second Jana Lane mystery) and Drama Muscle (the second Nicky and Noah mystery).

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino

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Book Review: An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino

An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino eBook

An Infatuation is story about two men who meet again during a high school reunion. Both are currently married. One unhappy with his marriage to his producer wife and the other content with his husband. But when they meet up after all the years that went by, will their mutual desire for each other spark up once more? Or will they simply go on as just friends? And what about their current marriages? Will Mario the hot sexy model and Harold a teacher be able to resist their undeniable attraction towards one another?

Readers will enjoy reading this compelling story written by Joe Cosentino. We all have been stuck in relationships where our other partner has lost the mutual spark that was original there. Readers can relate to both Mario’s and Harold’s attraction. Haven’t we all felt an undeniable hot attraction towards someone we shouldn’t?  How does Mario and Harold react when they meet once more? Where will their friendship lead them? And how will their lives change forever? This is a romance between two incredible men who share a past.  A story that is smoking hot and luring. Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Author Interview: Joe Cosentino

-What inspired you to start writing, especially your novel, Paper Doll?
 
            As an actor I worked on stage and screen with stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Jason Robards, and Nathan Lane. It occurred to me that acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, so I decided to give writing a try. I knew my first novel would be a show business story, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novel would be a page-turning murder mystery with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, humor, and lots of clues leading to a surprising conclusion.
 
– Can you tell us readers a little bit about, Paper Doll?
 
PAPER DOLL is the fictitious story of Jana Lane, America’s most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Now a thirty-eight-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana’s flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.
The local suspects include Jana’s down-on-his-luck husband with a dislike for living off the fruits of his wife’s young labor, Jana’s sister and male friend (who both have eyes for Jana’s husband), Jana’s show business father, her deranged loyal fan, and Jana’s young Guy Friday who covets her fame and shares an uncanny resemblance to Jana.
            Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana visits the California movie studio she once called home. This sends her on a whirlwind of visits with former and current movie studio personnel. It also leads to a romance with the son of her old producer—Rocco Cavoto—the devilishly handsome filmmaker who is planning Jana’s comeback both professionally and personally. With Rocco’s help, Jana uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future.
 
– Who is your favorite character from your novel? And why?
 
     Jana’s agent, Simon, is my favorite character for five reasons. He is amazingly resilient, old world Hollywood, incredibly funny, loyal to Jana, and most importantly, I want to play him in the movie version!
 
– Which one of your characters was the hardest one to write? And why?
 
     Jana’s sister, Tamara, was hardest to write since, unlike most of the other characters in the book, Tamara does not have a sense of humor. Tamara is a tortured soul with a secret and painful past. She loves her sister yet at the same time envies her. It was difficult for me to get into her mindset, but once I did, I believe I represented her well.
 
– Which one of your characters did you enjoy writing the most? And why?
 
     Jana’s best friend Jackson was the most fun to write because he is so funny, smart, charming, and devoted to Jana (and her husband). I also like that Jackson is a gay activist back in 1980 when it wasn’t so popular.
 
– What advice would you give to other writers in your genre?
 
     I love reading and writing stories with engaging characters who I want to spend time with. I recommend letting your characters talk to one another and seeing what happens! An outline is simply an outline. Don’t be afraid to deviate from it.
 
– After reading your novel, I found the suspense to be perfectly thrilling. What tips would you give other writers, when creating suspense their own novels?
 
     I prefer mystery suspense novels that drop lots of clues leading to the murderer. I also recommend incorporating many other characters with secrets into the story. A writer should create an entire world of suspense above and beyond “who done it.” When a reader finishes a book, he/she should be satisfied that the various parts equaled the whole, rather than the author pulling an ending out of the hat.
 
– What is the latest project that you are currently working on?
 
     Dreamspinner Press is publishing my romance novella, AN INFATUATION, in February 2015.
     I am currently writing a comedy mystery series set in the world of academia. Since I am a college professor, I know that world quite well. I have completed the first two novels, DRAMA QUEEN and DRAMA MUSCLE. I will begin the third, DRAMA CRUISE, soon.
 
– Who is your favorite author? And why?
 
Armistead Maupin has an amazing flair for writing eccentric, loveable characters with engaging and realistic dialogue.
 
– What books have you read besides your own?
 
I’ve read all nine TALES OF THE CITY books by Armistead Maupin, every Agatha Christie novel and short story, and numerous other mystery writers like Greg Herren, Mary Higgins Clark, and G. A. McKevett.
 
– Did you always know that you wanted to be an author?
 
My career path has led me from acting to teaching to writing. I think I will continue writing for quite some time.
 
– Where can readers find your novel the Paper Doll?
 
PAPER DOLL is available in paperback and electronic versions at Amazon. Here is the link:
I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.
 
– Can you tell us readers a little bit about your next book?
 
AN INFATUATION is a humorous and touching story about Harold and Mario. Muscular, sexy, and tantalizing, Mario was Harold’s hero and obsessive infatuation in high school. At their ten-year high school reunion, both men are happily married: Mario to a woman, and Harold to a man. Will they reignite the old flame and set their comfortable lives ablaze? The novella will let you know, as well as bring you back to your crushes of the past, and passions of the present. Look for it in February 2015 by Dreamspinner Press!

Book Review: Paper Doll by Joe Cosentino

 

Paper Doll, is a fabulous read with a compelling story. The story is about a women who was a famous actor as a child whom was attacked when she was 18. Now older and a mother she comes back to face her past and with the help of a friend, tries for acting once more. This book is an intriguing mystery that readers won’t want to miss out on. So many suspects and secrets that everyone is hiding. Joe Cosentino knows how to keep his readers interest with every page. His characters pop to life and are realistic. It’s easy to connect with his main character as the novel’s events unfold before the reader. I enjoyed reading this book! A very interesting read indeed! I definitely would recommend those who love a good mystery with a romance and suspense to pick up this novel! Paper Doll is a book that should be read! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

Writing a First Novel is Like Giving Birth by Joe Cosentino

                                      WRITING A FIRST NOVEL IS LIKE GIVING BIRTH

                                                              by Joe Cosentino

 

 

            The experts tell us to write what we know about, so I began my first novel by writing an outline (with actual paper and pencil) for a mystery/romance entitled Paper Doll. Since I watch old movies, my heroine, Jana Lane, is America’s most famous child star of the 1960’s, attacked on a Hollywood studio lot at eighteen years old.  Twenty years later, as a thirty-eight-year-old mother of two living in a mansion in Hyde Park, New York, her flashbacks turn into murder attempts.

            Given my love for the Hudson Valley, the novel includes locations like the FDR Home, Vassar College, and Hyde Park Elementary School.

            In honor of my favorite authors, my novel has numerous suspects and clues with the murderer discovered at the conclusion a la Agatha Christie. As in Armistread Maupin’s Tales of the City books, my characters are quirky but believable and likeable. The suspects include Jana’s down-on-his-luck husband, Jana’s sister and Jana’s male best friend (who both have eyes for Jana’s husband), Jana’s has-been show business father, her deranged loyal fan, and Jana’s young Guy Friday who covets her fame and shares an uncanny resemblance to Jana. Like Mary Higgins Clark’s, my novel is a romantic page-turner. So Jana embarks on a romance with the son of her old studio producer, a handsome filmmaker planning Jana’s comeback professionally and personally.

            Given my background as an actor, Jana visits her old Hollywood movie studio to investigate her attacks (past and present) and unmask the murderer. In the process, she uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves.

            I wrote the outline in a few days, and the first draft in a month. The characters took on a life of their own, as they told me what they wanted to do and say. After I showed the first draft to a trusted reader, my rewriting commenced for months until the book was completed.

            Holly McCabe designed a beautiful book cover, and Gerald Fierst and Jeff Walt reviewed the book (both raves) before publication and distribution on Amazon.com. Promoting the book on Facebook and Goodreads brought sales and good customer ratings. Interviews on blogs helped spread the word.

            Bitten by the novelist bug, my second book, An Infatuation, (releasing by Dreamspinner Press in February) is a humorous and touching gay romance novella set in my hometown. With my background in children’s theatre, I wrote a children’s book, Nick the Nerd, chronicling a nerdy kid’s transformation into the legendary Santa Klaus. Finally, using my experience in college academia, I am currently writing, Drama Queen, a comedy/mystery/romance novel set in a New England college town.

            Writing a novel is a bit like giving birth, incredibly difficult, but amazingly rewarding.

 

Joe Cosentino has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. He has written and directed many plays, and holds an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. Currently he is Head of the Department of Performing, Visual Arts, and Communication/Professor of Speech and Theatre at a college upstate New York, where he created many new courses and programs and directed numerous plays. Visit his website at: JoeCosentino.weebly.com