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*Author Spotlight with Joe Cosentino*

An Interview with Joe Cosentino

 

about-the-author

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s Readers Poll of 2015 for Best LGBT Mystery Novel, Best LGBT Humorous Novel, and Best LGBT Contemporary Novel. He wrote Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back & Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward in the Cozzi Cove beach series (NineStar Press); Drama Queen and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (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); Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press), 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. His upcoming novel is Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015!

 

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

When I was a kid my older cousin and sister wrapped sheets around themselves, stuffed straw in a garbage can and put me on top of it. They charged a nickel admission for family and friends to see our Nativity play. I didn’t mind since I was the star!

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I got hooked on serials as a kid by watching ABC’s Dark Shadows. Later as an actor I played Carl Hutchins’ (Charles Keating) snitch on NBC’s Another World. So it’s no surprise that I write various series. To me the difference between a standalone novel and a series is parallel to knowing someone for a year or knowing him/her for a lifetime. I’m too nosey of a person to be satisfied with a crumb. I want the whole pie. What I love about a series is the ability to get to know characters intimately over a long period of time and grow with them. We can live through the characters highs and lows and become one with them. They are easier to write because it’s like coming home and visiting old friends. I know my series regular characters inside and out. They are more difficult to write, however, since I have to keep detailed notes on how my regular characters look and on the rooms in their homes.

I have quite a few popular series. My In My Heart anthology includes An Infatuation (Divine Magazine Readers’ Choice Award 2nd Place for Best MM Romance) and A Shooting Star loosely based on my high school years and ten-year high school reunion, and on my time as a theatre major in college. They were so popular as individual e-books, Dreamspinner Press published them together in one paperback. I still receive comments from readers that those stories made them laugh, cry, feel romantic, and changed their lives. I am very proud of them.

An Infatuation (In My Heart #1) Goodreads

My popular Nicky and Noah mystery comedy series from Lethe Press are farcical, gay, cozy, who-dun-its. In Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary of 2015) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detective more interested in getting into Nicky’s pants than solving the murders, it is up to well-endowed Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the case, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, gorgeous Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In Drama Cruise (not yet released), Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

Drama Queen (Nicky and Noah Mystery #1) Goodreads

My childhood summers at the New Jersey Shore led me to create a fictitious place I call Cozzi Cove, a gay resort of eight bungalows run by ex-professional athlete Cal Cozzi in a private cove on the Jersey Shore. Assisting Cal is ginger, muscular Connor, the maid packed with muscles and a roving sponge. In Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back the vacationers are two brothers/college students who look alike, but couldn’t be more different. Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. A wealthy older couple, Josh and Greg, play matchmakers for their gorgeous son Christopher. Opposites attract as player Tim meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. Finally 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 for him. After Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back released, many readers and reviewers praised its romantic, humorous, dramatic, mysterious style, and interwoven captivating stories. So I wrote Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, where the vacationers include Rodney Maxwell and Dennis O’Halloran, a Tony Award winning actor and his estranged producer/husband with their two hired bodybuilder studs, Jarek and Zeus. Computer analyst, Sam, enlists his best friend Chase in a scheme to attract Sam’s hunky, unsuspecting best friend, Raul. Hunter, a female gay romance novel enthusiast, wants to experience gay life off the page. Middle aged Gil Van Truren tries to end it all—until he sees a vision of his first love from college. Cal also has his hands full with his boyfriend’s study buddy the gorgeous and muscular Carlo, and resident man of mystery George Valis who seems to know a great deal about Cal’s past. As with the first book, romance is everywhere on Cozzi Cove, and nothing is what it seems.

Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Cozzi Cove, #1) Goodreads

In the Jana Lane mysteries, with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters, Jana Lane was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In Porcelain Doll (The Wild Rose Press), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, Jason Apollo. In Satin Doll (The Wild Rose Press), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a flirtation with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In China Doll (releasing late May from The Wild Rose Press), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Since the novels take place in the 1980’s, Jana’s best friends are gay, and Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels.

Paper Doll (Jana Lane Mystery, #1) Goodreads

Where do you do most of your writing?

Like Martin Anderson, the theatre department head in my Nicky and Noah mysteries, I have a cozy study with a cherry wood desk, fireplace mantel, bookcases, and window seat looking out over the woods. Since I am a college theatre professor/department head, I write in the evenings. My mother said, “Don’t you have anything better to do at night than write books?” I wonder if Stephen King’s mother asked him that?

 What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

 I am currently rereading Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City books. I love his quirky and likeable characters, plot twists and turns, and surprise endings. I was deeply touched when readers compared my Cozzi Cove beach series to the Tales of the City series.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

It’s not so different from reading. Writing is about letting yourself be swept away by a story (in your head) and becoming part of the novel. I relish in beautiful locations and captivating characters as I happily enter the portal of my book. I also enjoy humor, romance, mystery, and a good surprise ending.

I’ve also learned that I am quite versatile as a writer. In addition to the four very different series, I wrote A Home for the Holidays (a sweet romance in gorgeous Capri, Italy) and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (my gay take on my favorite fairytales like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, and the Snow Queen) both published by Dreamspinner Press.

What are you working on now?

 Given my love for series, I’m writing the next Cozzi Cove novel, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and the next Jana Lane mystery, Ragdoll.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

My spouse is an audio book narrator. So on a Saturday night I am typically writing a book in my study, and he is typically narrating one in his studio in the next room.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

The highest highs are receiving reviews and messages from readers telling me one of my books changed their lives. The lows are the few bad reviews. Why attack a book someone has poured his/her blood, sweat, and tears into? As the saying goes, just say no.

 

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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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#MM – The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland by Joe Cosentino

The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland

Fantasy Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-758-3

Pages or WC: 30,000 words

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Released: January 27, 2016

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, “Whatever Happened To…?,” in which friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and the reporter who has a thing for giants, and “Ice Cold,” where 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.

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about the author

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), 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, Charles Keating, 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 releases are Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press) and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press releasing March 15). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

social links

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

Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

#Review #ReleaseDay #99P- Taking Chances by Regina Morris

Taking Chances

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Heartwarming, sweet romance about a soldier wounded in battle who finds love where he least expects it. Amputee Corporal Tommy Johnson is rehabbing in a VA hospital near his small hometown in Texas and hiding from everyone, but a nice surprise of events helps him to have his happily ever after.

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I receive this sort story for an honest review.

This is a sweet 2nd chance kind of book…not 2nd chance like old lovers finding their way back but old acquaintances being put together.  The couple have to look at their past and deal with how it is hindering their present.

Tommy was the all-star hot jock everyone loved.  He was also kind of a jerk because he was the hot all-star stud.  Abby was the butt of the popular kids jokes but who was also there to help with failing grades in school.  When roles are reversed and Abby is the hot shot and Tommy is the self-conscious Veteran, the two have a hard time remembering past issues and present roles.

 

about the author
I am the author of the humorous paranormal romances that make up The Colony series. I love paranormal romances featuring vampires, but my personal taste is light-hearted and humorous – not horrific and gory.

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two children. I enjoy meeting with my monthly critique writing groups and meeting other writers in the Austin area through the WLT events.

I have lived in many different parts of the world. I graduated high school in Germany and I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received a degree in Computer Science with a minor in math.

Besides writing, I am an amateur portrait and sports photographer. After enjoying a career in the software engineering business, I discovered that writing is in my blood, and had to put pen to paper!

Please connect with me through various social medias. You can visit me on my official website for more information.

#MM- #SeriesPromo – Nicky and Noah Mystery Book #1 and #2 by Joe Cosentino

Drama Queen (Nicky and Noah Mystery #1)

Book #1

Paperback: 194 pages

Publisher: Lethe Press (June 6, 2015)

Language: English

Cover Design: Ben Baldwin

ISBN-10: 1590214676

ISBN-13: 978-1590214671

ASIN: B00YCJSEJO

Release date: June 6, 2015

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It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant…and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!

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Drama Muscle (Nicky and Noah Mystery #2)

Book #2

Paperback: 188 pages

Publisher: Lethe Press

Language: English

Cover Art: Denny Minonne

Cover Design: Inkspiral Design

ISBN-10: 1590215664

ISBN-13: 978-1590215661

ASIN: B019ZQO2I0

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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!

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about the author

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation & A Shooting Star & A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), 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 are Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press fairytale novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

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Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation & A Shooting Star & A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), 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 are Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press fairytale novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

#ReleaseBlitz #RegencyRomance #Kickoff – Hidden No More, A Lady Forsaken Book 4 by Christina McKnight

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Hidden No More (A Lady Forsaken #4)

Title: Hidden No More Series: A Lady Forsaken, Book Four

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Release Date: March 31, 2016

Word Count: 83,000 appox.

Cover Artist: LFD Designs for Authors

synopsis

A lady concealed from society…

Lady Ellington, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy marquis, has spent her entire life hiding from London’s high society—both as a result of her own desires and those forced upon her by her overbearing and abusive father. When the marquis passes away suddenly, Ellie feels as though a weight has been lifted and immediately assumes her role as mistress of Drake House. Though she is constantly looking over her shoulder, wondering when it will all be taken from her. And for good reason—no sooner has she shed her black mourning garb than a missive arrives, announcing an heir to the Marquisate. A person she has never heard of before, but one with enough power to change her fate entirely.

A man uncovering the secrets of his past…

Taken in by his nursemaid in infancy and raised as an orphan, Alex has never had the benefits of a name or a bloodline. Yet he’s content to work hard and earn his keep as a stable hand in one of London’s finest homes, proving himself worthy of both his position and his friendship to the beautiful Lady Ellington. When Ellie asks for his help with a delicate matter, he’s happy to oblige, but soon finds himself in the middle of more than he bargained for. His innocent meeting reveals secrets from the past that he never could have imagined, and he discovers that he’s a duke by birth. But even with the possibility of a title and all that goes along with it, Alex is unsure whether he can tear down the walls Ellie has built to protect her heart.

A love neither can hide…

While the two have a love that’s undeniable, it may not be enough to bridge the gap and overcome the obstacles standing in their way. And now, with every secret revealed, there’s even more at stake.

Don’t miss the highly anticipated final novel in Christina McKnight’s A Lady Forsaken Series! Regency Romance at its best!

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Oh Ellie *SMH* What a troubled and hurtful life you had growing up under your fathers control.  The Drake was not a good father. He was not kind, loving or in any way nurturing to you.  The only thing he did was give you a lovely roof over your head, have a devoted half-sister for you and introduce you to Marce who is more a mother/friend for Ellie.

Alex *sigh* What a wonderful life you lived with Mrs. Dutton.  Your parents abandoned you but still you grew up with love and devotion from this woman who sacrificed do much for you.  You may have been cold, poor and hungry but you never went without love.  The two of you had such a different life.

Ellie and Alex are thrown together because he is the hired stable hand at Ellie’s father’s home.  She can’t stop watching him and wondering about him but she always treats him high handed and rudely.  She is the bastard daughter of the Drake.  She is his spitting image at times.  Alex cannot stop watching Ellie out of the corner of his eye. Her sister asked him to keep an eye out for her.  Alex finds he enjoys knowing she is there hiding in the shadows while he works but wonders why she is so mean when they do exchange words.  She lived a wonderful life of riches how can she be so miserable???

Ellie is about to lose her home when a “new claim” is being made on her father’s estate.  With Alex’s help they get the papers she needs to try and stop the new owner from taking over.  The paper that Ellie gets sends her into a spiral…what she discovers is critical to not only her future but Alex’s as well.   Now does she tell him or not?  Does she risk losing all for a STABLE HAND???

The two have such an amazing journey in this story.  You can see them both growing but Ellie’s growth knocked me off my socks.  She makes such strides in overcoming her personality flaws for fear of ending up like her father….cold, miserable, heart broken and alone.  Alex is stunned by what is discovered and cannot believe the changes it will make for his life but one thing he cannot risk is losing Ellie to his new life circumstances.

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Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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#MM – Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino

A Home for the Holidays

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Bobby McGrath’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian Island of Capri to meet his eccentric, extended family offers stunning views—none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer. As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s more to life than a frolic on the beach. For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after. “Reading this little holiday treat is like taking a romantic trip to gorgeous Capri, Italy!”

Praise for A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:

“I could see the lovely sites as Joe described them with such beauty and prose. I could feel the growing desire between the two young men and the heat building as well.” Cathy Brockman Romance

“you can see the beauty of Capri, almost taste the incredible food laid out on the page. Paolo and Bobby’s romance is sweet and tender” Divine Magazine

“I adore the character of Bobby” “the heartwarming family moments” “The vivid and almost lyrical descriptions that Joe Cosentino uses when Bobby is arriving on Capri or sightseeing all over the island with Paolo.” “the love the author has for Capri and the people there flows off the page in every word he has written.” “when you finish reading this story, you will want to book your own flight to Italy and boat to Capri.” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

“I was there with Bobby and Paolo, feeling the sun on my face and the warm swell of the sea as I walked barefoot on the sea’s edge, the author’s brilliantly descriptive words took me to that beautiful place where Bobby and Paolo fell in love.” Three Books Over the Rainbow

“Joe Cosentino’s holiday novella, A Home for the Holidays, delivers in every way that a romantic, feel-good story should. Every book I read by this author continuously pulls me in and wraps me up like a warm blanket.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“The one thing you can’t escape when reading Cosentino’s books is his humour; it’s what draws me back time and again to this author. Sometimes the humour is subtle, sometimes it’s unashamedly overt – every time it is hilarious.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

 “The setting was marvelous as well, who wouldn’t fall in love in a place like Joe Cosentino described? And the boys’ interaction with the rest of the family was quite marvelous as well. A really enjoyable, fast read!” Bayou Book Junkie

I’m going to go on record saying that Joe Cosentino pretty much has me at hello. His writing style is incredibly smooth with beautiful details that never feel like too much or too little. Even in this very short story, I felt like I was right there in Capri with Bobby. Both the scenery and Bobby’s emotions are painted with lush, vivid detail.” “exceptional writing and beautifully gift-wrapped love story.” AM Leibowitz

“sweet story of connecting with distant family and perhaps finding the ‘home’ you’ve been searching for.” 3 Chicks After Dark

“If you like beautiful sights, want a virtual tour of Capri, like law students, sexy Italian studs, and sweet romance with little on page sex but is still sensual and hot, this is for you!” MM Good Book Reviews

“If you like stories about opposites that may attract but have a hard time dealing with the reality of being so different, if a beautiful setting and some great Italian food sound like a nice background to a developing romance between two young men, and if you’re looking for a read that is fun, emotional, and all about finding your way in life, then you will probably like this novella.” Rainbow Book Reviews

“I got glimpses of movies like Three Coins in the Fountain and Roman Holiday.” “Very romantic.” Multitasking Momma Reviews

“I really enjoyed the balance Joe Cosentino maintains between the romance of the Italian island and the increasing passion between the two young men.” Kirsty Loves Books

“If you are looking for a sweet tale of love during the holidays, look no further than A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino.” Prism Book Alliance

A Home for the Holidays a delightful, heartwarming journey of discovering one’s roots and the traditions that bring meaning to family. At the same time, it explores how breaking with tradition and becoming the person you were meant to be is also part of that grounding process, that finding home and making it your own is exactly what this holiday season is about. Filled with gentle humor and the lush backdrop of the isle of Capri, the story takes you on a wonderful guided tour of this landscape of the heart and the mind. The descriptions are a feast for the mind’s eye, the supporting characters quintessentially Italian, and the main characters—Bobby and Paolo—are the kind of yin and yang match that captures the imagination and the heart. For a charming seasonal read, A Home for the Holidays will leave you sighing with happiness.” GGR-Reviews

“I recommend A Home for the Holidays to anyone who loves travel adventures, Christmas themes, and m/m romance. I felt like I was actually there in Capri.” The Novel Approach

about the author

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), 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, Charles Keating, 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 releases in 2016 are The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Porcelain Doll & Satin Doll & China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), Drama Muscle & Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back & Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

social links

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

Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

ISBN: 978-1-63476-536-7

ASIN: B018OHXKKW

   

Cover Art: Paul Richmond

Pages: 52

Release Date: 12/2/15

#WOTR #ReleaseDay – Jagger by Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields

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synopsis

Full of swagger and sensuality, the Caldwell Brothers series—perfect for fans of Katy Evans and Emma Chase—packs an emotional punch as the last bachelor standing fights for a woman who’s worth every ounce of trouble.
 
Jagger Caldwell is no one’s hero. With a reputation busting heads and breaking hearts on the underground MMA circuit, he lives for easy cash and easier women. But when he stumbles upon an all-too-familiar scene, painful memories awaken Jagger’s sensitive side and compel him to act. As a kid, he stood by helplessly as his old man beat his mom. Now, Jagger won’t let seventeen-year-old Tatiana Rand suffer the same fate. Nothing matters except saving her.

Tatiana is a prisoner in her own home, at the mercy of her violent father—until an unlikely savior bursts through her door and into her life. Six-feet-plus of tattooed muscle and raw power, Jagger is no prince charming—but Tatiana stopped believing in fairy tales long ago. Despite their differences in age and, well, everything else, the sexy bad boy sparks a fire that Tatiana never knew she had—and desires that only Jagger can quench.

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angies-review

I received this book from the author for an honest opinion.
Oh those Caldwell Brothers are some hot alpha men that make us woman swoon!!! I will admit that Morrison has my heart but I liked Jagger’s story.
We know that Jagger gets arrested in the last book for beating up a drunk who was beating on someone. Well in his book we actually see him saving a 17 year old girl from her abusive father. Due to fear Totty won’t leave her father but she keeps thinking of the kindness that Jagger shows her. He was the only person to EVER show her kindness. Jagger is trying to save her since no one could save their mother from their abusive father….#BeTheGood
Jagger becomes obsessed with the little one and is soon buying her things secretly to try and show her someone cares. Totty keeps these treasures hidden for fear of her father finding them. When the final straw of abuse happens. Totty runs to the only person who has been kind to her…Jagger. But she runs into his boxing nemesis Cobra.
Cobra takes Totty who he calls Mouse to try and “steal” this woman from Jagger but Totty only sees him as her friend. When he is reunited with Jagger she is perusing him for a “more” relationship but until her 18th birthday Jagger STAYS AWAY. When her birthday finally arrives Jagger is torn. He feel deeply for the Young Woman but he doesn’t think he deserves her purity and innocence.
When Totty’s father is murdered, she and Jagger become Prime Suspect #1 and #2. When we find out in the story what happened and why, I gotta say…my heart melted a bit. I am so hopeful for a story there for sure.
I loved the series and fell in love with each brother for different reasons but I am going to stay strong with my #TeamMorrison banner. I love the theme of family and the importance of being there for each other without judgement. Do they fight? HECK yes but they always have each other’s backs!!

Melinda's Review

I received a copy of this book from Netgally for an honest review.

I loved this series and the Caldwell brothers. I have to say Jagger is one of my favorites. He is the ultimate bad boy the perfect mix between let’s take it to the ring and I’ll show you who is the ultimate fighter to the caring loving soft hearted man. Then there is Tatiana the young naive girl that gets used as a punching bag by her own father.

Tatiana is seventeen living with her father who is also the owner of the building Jagger lives in. Her father keeps her in the apartments makes her do home schooling and takes his aggression’s out on her nightly. One night Jagger can no longer take it and steps in. Only he lands himself in trouble and Tatiana is still stuck in her situation because there is little the authorities can do if she doesn’t want help.

Jagger takes things into his own hands to help her even if it means he gets in more trouble. Will she be able to accept him being the fighter he is or will things be too much for her? What will Jagger do to keep her by his side?

I so enjoyed seeing everyone again Jared included he may not be one of the Caldwell brothers but he is family all the same. To see how Livi reached out and welcomed Tatiana with open arms as family warmed my heart. Especially knowing that is what Tatiana wanted and needed was to be loved and a part of a family. The gifts Jagger gave Tatiana while she was still with her dad brought tears to my eyes. He is such a thoughtful man. I just love seeing how these two came together and helped each other bring out the good after both living similar horrific child hoods.

I would love to see more of the Caldwell brothers or more collaborations from Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields. These two make a great writing team and tell wonderful stories.

about the author

CHELSEA CAMARON

USA Today Bestselling Author Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

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Email chelseacamaron@gmail.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/authorchelsea…

MJ FIELDS

USA Today bestselling author M.J. Field’s love of writing was in full swing by age eight. Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and sold it for ten cents to family members.

Her writing has changed a bit. Instead of updating the ‘Fields’ family, she writes highly emotional and … steamy romance novels. Her stories are full of authentic, raw, and gritty alpha male characters and the women they fall for. There always seems to be humor and a strong focus on family intertwined.

She self-published her first contemporary romance in January 2013. Today she has completed seven self-published series, The Love Series, The Wrapped Series, The Burning Souls Series, The Men of Steel Series, Ties of Steel Series, The Norfolk series and The Rockers of Steel series.

MJ is a hybrid author who publishes an Indie book almost every month, and is signed with a traditional publisher, Loveswept, Penguin Random House, for her co-written series The Caldwell Brothers. Hendrix and, Morrison, are available. Jagger will be released in April, 2016.

MJ lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.

MJ’s next self published book, Match This!, will release on May 8th, 2016.

Follow MJ:
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– Website: www.mjfieldsbooks.com
– Twitter: @mjfieldsbooks
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– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7023103.M_J_Fields

#WOTR #Review – Physical Distraction (Book 3 in the Physical Series) by Sierra Hill

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synopsis

Sloane Fitzgerald was living the perfect, California-girl life. Engaged to her college boyfriend, working her dream job, and settling into her new home where she’d planned on living happily ever after. It was storybook perfect.
But life isn’t a fairytale.
Sloane’s world is suddenly rocked to the core with a devastating discovery. Needing both time away, and a distraction from her misery, Sloane heads to Boston to take over her late uncle’s failing bar.
Dylan Hemmons lives a charmed bachelor’s existence.
After serving in the Marines, Dylan returns home to the South Boston neighborhood where he grew up. While working for his father’s company has its perks, Dylan realizes his career passions lay elsewhere.
Dylan aspires for more.
He had no idea it would be in the form of a beauty from California. As their lives intersect, Sloane and Dylan find that the electricity between them is more than they can resist.
But Sloane’s past comes knocking on her door. If exposed, the secret she carries could destroy both her teaching career and what they have together.
Will Dylan believe in Sloane, and stand by her when the truth comes out? Or will this fling be over before it begins, and turn out to be just a physical distraction for them both?

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angies-review

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

This is my very first book by this author but I wont be the last for sure.

This books is about finding what you need when you didn’t know you even needed it or wanted it.  Dylan is Mr. Playboy who is very happy with the status quo.  When he wants company he can dial any list of woman and have it.  Sloane is getting over her break up and wondering what a fling might be like plus it might help take her mind off of everything that is going on in her life.

Sloane gets a big bunch of bad news about her fiancée so she runs across the USA to run her recently deceased uncle’s bar.  While working one night she meets Dylan who happens to be a much needed electrician.  The two have instant chemistry but with him working for her bar, he decides to cool any possible hook ups.  Sloane is sad but appreciated his honestly.

When the two end up spending time together over the holidays, all bets are off.  They become inseparable.  They are enjoying each other’s company until someone drops the “L” bomb right when Sloane gets even more bad news and a visit from her past.  All of this puts a strain on this friends with benefits relationship and pushes Sloane away.  Too bad for Sloane, Dylan’s family and friends smack him in the head and make him go after the woman he needs to feel complete in his life.

I really liked Dylan’s character.  He was really funny, flirty and honest.  I enjoyed how he owned up to his feelings even when he was scared out of his mind for feeling the way he did.  Sloane, at times, made me want to smack her but I got why she was so closed off given her ex and the “back home situation she has to deal with.

about the author

Sierra Hill wrote her first full-length romance after a corporate acquisition led her to a stint of unemployment, offering her some quality writing time.

She loves writing about the fictional characters that live in her brain who constantly shout for their own love story to be told.

Sierra resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of twenty years and her long-haired, German Shepherd. She is currently working on her next book.

Thanks for reading and reviewing her books. Keep the passion alive!

 

#WOTR #NewRelease – Mila by Evan Grace

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MILA by Evan Grace 
Series: Heartbreaker Series Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2016
– SYNOPSIS –
Mila Bianchi has always played it safe. After her father betrayed her mother with her brother’s wife she decided to stick with boys and men who could never break her heart. She saw what being destroyed by the ones you loved could do and it was never going to happen to her.
After the death of her father her brother, Nico thought it would be good for her to come to America and start over. At her welcome to America party she meets Brian, who she thinks is safe. After spending time together it doesn’t take long for those feelings to grow, but she’s got a secret, one that keeps her from thinking she’s ever going to find happiness and happiness with.
Brian Burns had a rough start in life. Orphaned at six he grew up in the system until at the age eleven he met the people that would become his parents. As an adult he works as a social worker helping other children find their temporary or permanent homes. The moment he laid eyes on Mila he knew there was something there, but she pulled the friend card with him so he bided his time, but every time they seemed to get closer something would hold her back.
Can Mila open her heart to Brian, letting him in past her walls? Can she open up herself up enough to share a painful secret with him?
Will these two people be able to navigate past their rocky start or will they both walk away heartbroken?
– PURCHASE –
– THE HEARTBREAKER SERIES –
GABE, Book 1: http://amzn.to/1Rrq8Bt
NICO, Book 2: http://amzn.to/22um3Ox
MILA, Book 3: http://amzn.to/1qcHbef

 

– ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Evan Grace –
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.
During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.
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#WOTR #Tickets – Writers on the River Tickets and Event information

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Book Signing at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
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tickets on sale 16
21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria, IL 61611
July 9th, 2016
Hosted by Twinsie Talk Book Reviews and Green Moose Productions

VIP tickets are $55.  This includes 1 our early entrance to the event so your times are 12-4, swag bag, and an after party ticket.

General Admission are $10.  This includes entrance from 1-4

After Party is $35. This is a cash bar with hot appetizers being served from 7:30-9:00.  The after party is from 7:00-11:00.

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