Author Interview & Excerpt – A Shooting Star by Joe Cosentino

If you were stranded on a desert island (food and water provided), what three things would you take with you? 

My spouse for company, my neighbor who knows how to do everything to build a hut and catch and cook the food, and Zeb Atlas to look at.

 

Do you have a designated writing area at home? What’s it like?

Like Martin Anderson, the college’s theatre department head in DRAMA QUEEN (the first Nicky and Noah mystery from Lethe Press), I have a beautiful cherry wood study with a fireplace, huge desk, bookcases, and window seat. It’s hard for me to leave.

 

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Also like Martin Anderson in DRAMA QUEEN, I’m a college theatre professor/department head. I love giving back to my students, and they teach me as much as I teach them. A number of my faculty colleagues kidded me that if they tick me off I will kill them in an upcoming Nicky and Noah mystery. While tempting, I like them too much to do that.

 

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing a new novel set at a gay beach resort in New Jersey called COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, and sent it to the publisher. And I just started writing CHINA DOLL (the fourth Jana Lane mystery). The Jana Lane mysteries are about ex-child star, Jana Lane, making a comeback while she solves murder mysteries, including who is after her. The series takes place in the 1980’s so AIDS is an integral part of each novel. Though Jana is straight, her best friend, agent, and greatest fan are gay. PAPER DOLL was published by Whiskey Creek Press. PORCELAIN DOLL is releasing in 2016 by The Wild Rose Press. SATIN DOLL and CHINA DOLL will follow.

 

Why did you decide to write M/M Romance?

They say, write what you know about. Also, go to the mall and look at movie poster after movie poster with no gay characters in them. What does this say to gay youth? This needs to change. Gay stories need to be told. After my In My Heart bittersweet dreams novella, AN INFATUATION, was released by Dreamspinner Press, so many readers told me they laughed, cried, and were very much moved by Harold and Mario’s story. I received numerous requests for a second novella in the In My Heart series. Since AN INFATUATION was loosely based on my high school days through adulthood, I thought back to my days as a theatre major in college, and A SHOOTING STAR was born. I know this story will touch everyone’s heart. I can’t wait to share more MM stories with readers.

 

What did you enjoy most about writing this story

I loved spending time with the characters in A SHOOTING STAR. Like Harold in AN INFATUATION, Jonathan in A SHOOTING STAR is loosely based on me, though I haven’t won an Academy Award—yet. He is ingenuous, funny, warm, gullible, and has an open heart. As is the case with Stuart in AN INFATAUTION, Barry, Jonathan’s loyal scene partner in A SHOOTING STAR, is loosely based on my spouse. Barry is hysterically funny and has such a great sense of self. He is also a devoted friend. Similar to Mario in AN INFATUATION, David in SHOOTING STAR is a combination of a number of young men I met as a theatre major in college and as a young actor. Each was handsome, muscular, charismatic, sensuous, and almost other-worldly like Greek gods. Though they appeared to hold the world in the palm of their strong hands, they each had a secret weakness. David is magical, an enigma, and incredibly sexy.

The acting professor, the hysterically hypochondriac Professor Katzer, is a lampooned version of an acting professor I had in college who has since passed away. He is great fun! I also love the theme of the story. As college theatre majors Jonathan and David sought out, developed, and celebrated the good in everyone around them. The world would be a better place if everyone followed their lead.

 

What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?

I generally wake up at 3am with a good idea and jot down notes on the pad on my night table. Since I began as an actor, I start by writing a long biography for each character. Sometimes I write an outline and other times I wing it. Since I did improvisation as an actor, I let the voices/characters in my head talk to one another then I write down what they say. I show the second draft to my spouse for his notes. The third draft goes to the publisher.

 

What advice would you give to an aspiring author looking to get published?

Write the kind of stories that you like to read, and the kind of characters you want to spend time with. There’s more to romance than romance. Just like in real life, romances are full of comedy, mystery, drama, twists and turns, and big surprises.

 

What are your plans for the future? What more can we look forward to from you? 

I am editing A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (an American travels to Capri Italy and embarks on a romance with his handsome third cousin), a short holiday novella releasing from Dreamspiner Press in December. Then comes THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (gay fairytales novella), releasing from Dreamspinner Press in February. DRAMA MUSCLE (the second Nicky and Noah mystery from Lethe Press) releases in March with Nicky and Noah investigating why musclemen are dropping like weights while Nicky directs the college’s bodybuilding competition. DRAMA CRUISE (Nicky and Noah investigate why theatre professors are dropping overboard while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre), and DRAMA ALOHA (Nicky directs a luau show in Hawaii while he and Noah investigate why muscular hula dancers are dropping like grass skirts) will follow. The second Jana Lane mystery, PORCELAIN DOLL, releases from The Wild Rose Press sometime in 2016 too. SATIN DOLL and CHINA DOLL will follow. So I’ll be very busy! Hopefully readers will come along for the ride, and contact me via my web site to give me their feedback: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com, and on Amazon and Goodreads!

 

Which of your characters is most like you? 

Readers tell me my books are cinematic. So I’m ready to make the movies. I want to play Principal Ringwood in AN INFATUATION, Professor Katzer in A SHOOTING STAR, Martin Anderson the department head in the Nicky and Noah series, and Simon Huckby Jana’s agent in the Jana Lane series. I’m ready for my close up!

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BOOK DETAILS

Genre: Contemporary | Bittersweet Dreams Title
ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-526-8
Pages: 98
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

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On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Purchase Links

Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble

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Reviews for AN INFATUATION the first novella in the In My Heart series by Joe Cosentino from Dreamspinner Press:

“Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success.”

– MM Good Book Reviews

“Joe Cosentino proves there’s more than one way to a happy ending in An Infatuation, a story of first love and heartbreak delivered in a fresh and funny voice.”

– The Novel Approach

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe Cosentino for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!”

– Bike Book Reviews

“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”.

– Nautical Star Books

“I recommend this book to anyone reminiscing about that one that got away.”

– LoveBytes Reviews

“I think you will be left breathless with the reality and emotion behind An Infatuation.”

– Diverse Reader

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As an Italian-American, I subscribed to my mother’s theory that if someone doesn’t want you to see something, he will hide it in a locked vault covered with cement. So I inadvertently took a quick look at my roommate’s things on the other side of the room. He was incredibly neat. Numerous theater textbooks and play scripts lined his bookshelf in alphabetical order. The bulletin board above his desk displayed artistically arranged programs from various comedy, drama, and musical college productions listing the same male lead in each show: “David Star”.

“Do you always look at other people’s things?”

I nearly got whiplash as he entered the room.

Stammering like a kid caught masturbating by his parents, I said, “I… w-was… ad-m-miring y-your… r-room.”

Though it was a fall September day, he took off his scarf (violet) and rested it on a tall coat-rack, which held scarves in various colors like a department store window display. He was taller than me, with a chiseled, handsome face, and straight, shiny black hair, which fell down his thick neck. I admired his perfectly sculpted muscles, housed in a turquoise designer dress shirt. But what captivated me the most were his piercing crystal-blue eyes—and the enormous bulge in his skin-tight, designer beige pants.

“What’s your name?”

“Johnny Falabella.”

He looked at me like a surgeon examining a tumor. “No, it’s not.”

“Excuse me?”

“It’s Jonathan Bello.” He opened a bureau drawer, pulled out a bottle of hair gel, and tossed it to me. “You should gel your hair.” He opened his closet, revealing a multitude of color-coordinated shirts and slacks, and lay some on my bed. “And you can wear these.”

I looked at his perfectly pressed designer clothes. “Where did you get all these things?”

“They were gifts, mostly.”

“You must have some generous friends…. Sorry, I don’t know your name.”

I’m David Star.” He took a bow.

Looking back at his play programs, I said, “You must have starred in every play at the college over the last three years.”

“Guilty as charged.”

“What happened to your last roommate?”

“He went to LA over the summer break and started auditioning. He got cast in a new TV sitcom. I hope it takes off. It’s called Cosby.”

“At the orientation session, they said freshmen are housed with other freshmen. How did I get a senior for a roommate?”

His eyes twinkled. “Just lucky I guess.”

“Do you think it was some kind of an administrative error or something?”

“Or something.” He added matter-of-factly, “I asked for a freshman roommate.”

2015NewAbout the author

Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe 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 A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press short stories novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).

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: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00KRPXJP6

Author Video Reading – Blood Tied by Jacob Z. Flores

Hi, everyone! I’m super excited to be back here with the beautiful and talented Charlie Cochet, whose THIRDS series is so entirely awesome. Am I right or am I right? I tell you; every time I hit the road, I make sure I have one of the audiobooks ready to go, and before I know it, I’m at my destination and something awesome is just about to happen. Don’t you just hate that?

I want to thank Charlie for allowing me back into her tearoom. I had such fun the last time. So just why am I here again? Well, Charlie agreed to host me on my pre-release promotion for my upcoming book Blood Tied, which is the second book of the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series.

I’ll be sharing a short 2-3 minute video reading from Blood Tied.

I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into this world of magic and men I have created.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAtRoj7GGnM

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Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother Mason has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.

But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.

Their search leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.

Purchase Links

Dreamspinner Press

2015NewAbout the author

Tharp-Flores--200Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse.

When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

connectwiththeauthor

You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at http://jacobzflores.com, his website dedicated to the Havenbridge series at http://www.havenbridge.me  or become a part of his social media network by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2 or http://twitter.com/#!/JacobZFlores.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jacobflores2/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5142501.Jacob_Z_Flores

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JacobFlores9595/posts

 

 

Blog Tour, & Guest Post – Susan Mac Nicol’s 2nd M/M Birthday Bash

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How do I begin with the story of why I wrote Stripped Bare. I’ve never thought about reading books about men loving men. It had never even been a glimmer in my mind. So when I was researching about man-sex for an M/F book I was writing, which had a bisexual killer who used sex to control his victims, I was gob smacked to find there was a whole genre devoted to this. The first books I ever read were Shawn Lane because they were free and I had to start somewhere. I loved them –they were sexy, hot, and sometimes dirty but a real turn on. I bought more- Kindle Alexander, Brad Boney, K A Mitchell and by the time I’d finished I’d discovered this…this was what I wanted to write.

My son had been toying with the idea of working with an escort agency so we were researching them on the internet. I quite liked the idea of having one of these sexy escorts as a main character in a story. So I mused about it, bit the tip of my metaphorical pencil, and wrote the first paragraph.

I mentioned it to my publisher Boroughs. “How do you feel about me writing raunchy novels about gay men?”

Their resounding reply. ‘Bring-it-on’. I am their first and only M/M writer so far that I’m aware of.

Stripped Bare surpassed my expectations and was an instant best seller. It helped a lot that I’d had support from Kindle Alexander in getting this book to market, and her name appears on the front of it with an endorsement. She was a trooper, giving me the confidence to write this book and take it to publication and no doubt, help it sell, and for that I will be forever grateful to her.
It also helped that I role played in certain groups, introducing Shane and Matthew to the role-players, and they were loved by many. Shane especially with his potty mouth, sarcasm and joie de vivre approach to life was a hit.

And that’s it really. After Stripped Bare I wrote another book and then another and found myself immersed in this world of M/M fiction with some of the most incredibly supportive fans, fellow writers, reviewers and bloggers ever. I treasure each and every one of them and just hope I can keep entertaining them all.

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Now that Shane Templar has stripped the armour from Matt Langer’s heart, will either of them ever be safe again?

Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to fall for him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far he’s already fallen. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who has broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18138740-stripped-bare

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“Oh no, I want you, pretty boy. You made my life a misery with those disgusting pictures you put on my phone. I know it was you. No one else could have done that. That and your complete lack of respect  for me and my boss. This is payback time. I’ve been planning this a while. I even paid the bouncers to look the other way while I took care of business. They’re old friends, so they won’t say anything.”

Shane righted himself and finally was able to face his attacker. He didn’t feel particularly strong, the drink and the three gut punches making him less than sharp, but he was damned if he was going to let this man beat him anymore. He intended to square up to Roy, and he clenched his fists at his side, ready to take a swing. He’d go down fighting if he had to.

What he wasn’t prepared for was the sudden swing of a baseball bat that connected violently with the left side of head, causing him to jerk to the side, driving him to the ground. He heard a crack in his ears, felt his cheek smack the pavement as his head exploded. His vision blurred. The pain in his temple was agonising.

He vomited up everything he’d eaten and drunk as lay on the cold grey pavement. His left hand had twisted awkwardly beneath him and he’d felt something snap when he went down.

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stripped-Bare-Susan-Mac-Nicol-ebook/dp/B00E2YJYSY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stripped-Bare-Susan-Mac-Nicol-ebook/dp/B00E2YJYSY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Boroughs Publishing: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/stripped-bare

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-strippedbare-1247139-149.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stripped-bare-susan-mac-nicol/1116264166?ean=9781941260111

BOOK TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2C6Qz8C34c

2015NewAbout the author

susanmacnicholSusan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.

connectwiththeauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susiemax77
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanMacNicol7
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SusanMacNicol/posts
TSU: https://www.tsu.co/authorsue
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW20QTDv3GopseV0mRVZcOw/videos
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/susiemax777/
Website: http://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com
Publisher: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/susan-mac-nicol
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Mac-Nicol/e/B008YE9GGI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Scoop.it: http://www.scoop.it/t/romance-and-sex
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6472959.Susan_Mac_Nicol

2015NewGiveaway

The winner will get 3 ebooks of their choice by Susan and the runner up will receive a set of MOL magnets.

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