Blog Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway – Taking a Chance by Emjay Haze

Hello all! Today we’re chatting with Emjay Haze about her writing, new release, and what’s coming next. Remember to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win an eBook copy of Taking a Chance!

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What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

I began writing this story over six years ago as a fan-fiction. When I decided to try and get published, I basically changed the names to original characters and that was about it. After not a good experience with a micropublisher, I took the story back and began the process of rewriting it from a fan-fiction to a novel.  I learned a few things; a lot of things actually.  It’s not an easy process and I’ve found it much easier to start with an original story.  However, both me and the characters, Ethan and Chance, made it through and I think I was successful in turning Taking A Chance into its own original story.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?

I’ve always loved spy novels and one day, I may tackle one. My protagonist will be a beautiful and intelligent gay man, but it won’t focus on his sexuality, but the man himself. Of course there will still be some hotness.

Do you have any pets? If not, and you were given the choice to have any pet (fictional or real), what type of pet would you choose and why?

I have a beagle named Toby, a cat named Tuxedo, a Gecko named Rex, a dwarf hamster named Winston and a tank full of tropical fish whom sadly I have not named. We had until about a couple of years ago, a floppy-eared bunny named Gunnar. He was a sweetheart, but irritated the dog and scared the cat.

If my daughter had her way, we’d also have a pet pig.

Coffee or tea?

Decaf coffee, but lately I’ve switched to hot lemon water.

Why did you decide to write Gay Romance?

I started writing fan-fiction seven years ago. When I decided to write outside of that ream and work on getting published, I began reading gay romance and fell in love with the genre and haven’t looked back. It wasn’t that I decided to write gay romance, but I just couldn’t see myself writing anything else, at least for now.

What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

I loved seeing my two characters Chance and Ethan come into their own. There was a point when I stopped seeing them as who they portrayed in my fan-fics and became their own people. I was very proud of that seeing them blossom into their own people.

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

I am most definitely a pantser. I’ll get an idea in my head and I really have no idea where it’s going until I start writing.  I love seeing my characters take unexpected directions and surprise me.  I try writing an outline, but it’s usually very vague and abstract. I have a hard time with beginnings and endings. Once I have the basic idea, then I just let it flesh out through the writing.  It’s sort of an out-of-body experience when my fingers are flashing across the keyboard and the words are flowing onto the screen and when I’m finished with a scene I’m like, “I had no idea that was going to happen!”

How did it feel to sign that first contract?

Really good, lol.  The first time this story was published, I was beyond ecstatic, and star struck by the idea of getting published, and didn’t make good decisions. I let a story get published that wasn’t ready and it was a huge disappointment. I eventually got the story released back to me.  After I completely rewrote it, I submitted it to one publisher and got turned down.  Then, I went back and edited more, and was finally accepted by a great publisher. I went into the contract much smarter this time around, but it was still an awesome feeling.

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

Keep writing, and learn your genre.  And, get a thick skin.

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

I’m really just getting started. I am currently working on the first novel of a three book series with a working title of After Hours. I actually wrote this as a short story for an anthology. It didn’t get picked up, but I knew my boys had a whole story to tell.

It’s about a frustrated middle manager, and a graduate student working his way through school by waiting tables at a gay bar. Alex gave up his dream of becoming a chef because his parents refused to pay for anything but a degree in business and Nick, born of wealth but disowned because of his sexuality is studying to become a teacher. They meet and change each other’s lives.

I also have a couple of short stories I’m planning for future anthologies.

I love this genre and I plan on writing it for a long time to come. After that, who knows? Maybe romcoms.

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TAC510TITLE:
Taking A Chance

AUTHOR: Emjay Haze

PUBLISHER: Torquere Press

GENRE: Contemporary Gay Romance (explicit m/m)

RELEASE DATE: February 3rd, 2016

Blurb:

Recent college graduate, Ethan Moore, flies to San Francisco for a job interview with an advertising firm. That evening, he goes to a gay club where meets a gorgeous man who seduces him, but then leaves his hotel room in the morning with only a note. A few weeks later, Ethan begins his new job and discovers that the man he slept with is his new boss, Chance Harlow. He’s fallen for the playboy, but wants to keep their relationship strictly professional. He’s failing miserably as Ethan keeps succumbing to Chance’s seductive advances.

Ethan is selected to accompany Chance to Bali for a huge account and will be spending ten days at a luxurious resort with the man he’s fallen in love with. Chance has made his intentions known, and he won’t pressure him, but if Ethan doesn’t want him, there are plenty of men who will. Ethan struggles with this until one evening they are in the hot tub with two hot swingers who want to play. Ethan flees to his room to get drunk after watching Chance make out with one of the men. Will Ethan finally give in to the playboy, or did his actions finally lose him the man he loves.

Purchase Links

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2015NewAbout the author

Emjay Haze AuthorEmjay Haze is a pen name for wife, mother and avid fan-fiction reader and writer of gay romance. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two teenagers, a dog, cat, hamster, gecko, and several fish. She always loved writing, and fell in love with the genre seven years ago. After a brief yet bad publishing experience, she decided to go back to school and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from SNHU where she graduated April, 2015 with a new desire to make her dreams of becoming a published author come true.

Her interests include music and pop culture and she is an advocate for the LGBT community. Her stories delve into all types of romantic relationships, with a focus on first times and new encounters in a light-hearted style to show that everyone deserves love no matter whom they are or who they love. Her goal is to gain a diverse readership and broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a ‘gay’ romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality.

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Author Interview – The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland by Joe Cosentino

Interview with Joe Cosentino, author of

THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND

Published by Dreamspinner Press

It is my pleasure to welcome back to the Purple Rose Tea House prolific author Joe Cosentino. 

Thank you, Charlie. I’m here so much you should name a tea after me.

What would we call it?

How about Spicy, or since I come back so much, Reflux?

I like Spicy. Perfect for you. 

Reflux didn’t get a rise out of you.

Who would buy a tea called Reflux?

People are into all kinds of kinky things, as you know. For example, I remember a picture of you—

On to our interview. 

First I want to congratulate you for winning The Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Gay Paranormal Novel of 2015 with RISE and FALL!

 

Awwww. Thank you, Joe. That’s so sweet of you to mention that. My first question— 

(Joe clears his throat.)

I’d like to know—

Charlie, did you want to mention anything else about the Divine Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards?

Not really.

(Joe weeps.)

I’m just pulling your tea bag. Of course I want to tell everyone that your MM novella AN INFATUATION won Best Book Cover, and your gay mystery/comedy novel DRAMA QUEEN the first Nicky and Noah mystery won Best Mystery, Best Crime Novel, Best Humorous Novel, and Best Contemporary Novel. Congratulations, Joe!

You didn’t need to mention all that.

Your new—

But since you did, I want to thank my Kindergarten teacher who—

On to the interview for THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND, your latest novella from Dreamspinner Press. Your previous novels and novellas were reality based, well based in your reality. What made you to venture into the world of fantasy?

 

While reading other prolific writers whose work admire—like yours, I noticed so many writing about alternative realities. I decided to leave science fiction to the writers who do it best, but try writing in a new genre I adore—fairytales (no pun intended).

 

Did you love fairytales as a kid?

 My older sister (She’ll love reading this) read me fairytales in bed every night before sleep when I was a kid. I was totally entranced by the captivating stories of peasants becoming princes and princesses—and finding true love. The gorgeous locations, hysterical wit, wonderment, high drama, and happy endings filled my young mind like beans in a counting jar. I wanted to leave my ordinary life behind and live in those palaces, meet the charming princes, and bring financial equality and happiness to those kingdoms. I learned how to read by reading those cherished, worn fairytale books, which were handed down to my grandnieces who love them (when they aren’t wearing their Frozen clothing, sitting on their Frozen blanket, drinking from their Frozen mug, and playing in their Frozen Village.

Had you always thought about writing your own fairytales?

After college I wrote musical plays for professional theatre companies (Interborough Repertory Theater, Pegasus Productions, and TSF Productions) that toured to young audiences. Many of them were based on fairytales like Princess and the Pea, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Aladdin, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Some of them are still on tour!

What’s your favorite fairytale?

Cinderella. It has the perfect elements: larger than life characters, humor, drama, conflict, and a perfect ending.

What led you to write fairytales with a gay spin?

As I read and reread those old fairytales, I was saddened to see no openly gay characters in any of my favorite stories. I also saw all the Disney films and Broadway musicals and wondered, ‘Where are the openly gay characters? What does this absence say to a gay child and/or gay parent?’ I also asked myself, ‘Why aren’t there any gay people in fairyland? Why couldn’t a peasant boy fall in love with a prince? Wouldn’t a tired, hungry, homeless blond boy seek refuge in a house with three bears? What was Pinocchio’s growing appendage trying to tell him?  Did Jack enjoy his time with the Giant more than he let on? Could the Snow Queen be a handsome, frigid prince?’

What’s the good of fairy dust without any fairies?

Exactly.

So how did you go about writing the four stories in the long novella?

Having written three successful novellas published by Dreamspinner Press, I knew it was time to write a fourth. Unlike my three contemporary romances (AN INFATUATION, A SHOOTING STAR, A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS), I decided this one would be a fantasy featuring my favorite fairytales turned into rainbows. So I thought back to the stories I loved so much and incorporated many of them into the four humorous, romantic, adventurous, touching, and magically gay tales from Fairyland. It really was fun, like updating history books.

What are the stories about?

“The Naked Prince” is a different take on the Cinderella story. 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. Will Cinder and Prince Charming confront their manipulative mothers, bring equality to the kingdom, find themselves, and find one another? In “The Golden Rule,” when he is caught with nimble Jack, eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden is thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents. With nowhere else to go, he breaks into the home of three men living on Bear Mountain. Bo and Butch enjoy having a young roommate, but Ben isn’t convinced. Will Gideon and Ben make vinegar or honey? “Whatever Happened To … ?” takes place on Christmas Eve. A reporter living on Andersen Lane interviews a celebrity for the Queen Newspaper series, “What Ever Happened To … .” Friction ensues between the celebrity with the growing appendage who can’t tell fact from fiction, and the reporter who has a thing for giants. Eventually a romantic spark is lit between the two as Christmas Day arrives, and they realize they have more in common than living in Fairyland. Finally in “Ice Cold,” after losing their families during the great ice storm in the northernmost kingdom of Fairyland, young Gaelen and Kieran pledged their love for one another. When Isidore rides into Frost Village on his elaborate sleigh, Kieran follows the handsome prince to his castle in Arctic Kingdom, where Kieran becomes Isidore’s bewitched slave. This leads Gaelen on an amazing adventure to find his true love and melt his frozen heart.

Tell us more about the main characters. 

Cinder is sweet, giving, kind, and totally devoted to his family. He wants nothing more than to see them happy. Due to his selflessness, the spirits of his two deceased dads grant him a wish to go to the king and queen’s ball. Prince Charming is handsome, strong, and of course—charming. Like Cinder he wants to help the poor in his kingdom, but he doesn’t know how to do it. That’s where Cinder comes in. Cinder and Prince Charming are perfect foils and perfect soulmates.

Gideon begins as a selfish teenager. Thanks to Ben (the mature and hunky brother on Bear Mountain), Gideon learns the true meaning of love and family.

Pinocchio and Jack learn in their story to transcend their pasts and love themselves, and each other, again.

Gaelen is a sheltered young man who finds his inner strength to save his love, Kiernan, from the wicked Prince Isidore. Along the way he is tempted by three handsome men in the forest, but his heart always belongs to Kiernan.

Who is your favorite character in THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND and why?

I love all of them, but my favorite are Cinder’s funny, sweet, devoted dads. I want to play Mortimer in the animated movie!

Which one of your characters was the hardest one to write and why?

“Ice Cold” was a stretch for me since unlike most of my other work it is a fantasy epic. I enjoyed it though and I love all of the colorful characters Gaelen meets on his journey.

Which one of your characters did you enjoy writing the most and why?

In “The Golden Rule” Gideon sparing with Ben was a blast. Those two really heated things up.

How did you handle writing the love scenes?

Lovemaking is a part of life, so it makes sense to include love scenes in novels. The love scenes in this novella are as beautiful and magical as the stories.

What are you writing now?

A new series of novels in a gay beach resort called Cozzi Cove. Though I hide under a beach umbrella due to my fair skin, I love the beach! Nine Star Press is publishing COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK and COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD soon.

You write mysteries as well. Any new releases coming out soon in that genre?

Yes, my Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press is a farcical, gay, cozy, who-dun-it. In DRAMA QUEEN 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 (whose tenure application was not supported by the first victim). In DRAMA MUSCLE (released January 2) 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 released yet), 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.

I have another  mystery series, the Jana Lane mysteries, with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters. As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In PAPER DOLL (Whiskey Creek Press), 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 releasing March 15), 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 (not yet released from 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 romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In CHINA DOLL (not yet released 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. Through the course of the books, Jana not only solves the mysteries, but also reclaims the courage and fortitude she had as a child. This is an important message for all of us. As one reviewer wrote, she starts out as a wounded bird, and ends as tiger. 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.

How can your readers contact you?

I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

As always, it was an incredible pleasure, Joe.

Thank you, Charlie. Would you like to be my date at the Divine Magazine Awards? We can sit up front and blow kisses to the camera when the MC makes jokes about us.

It’s a date. Until next time, happy writing!

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THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND

by JOE COSENTINO

published by Dreamspinner Press

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ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-758-3
Pages or WC: 30,000 words
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

 

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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.

Praise for Joe Cosentino’s books from Dreamspinner Press:

“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews

“as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews

“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino’s stories have layers.” “For those readers looking for something a little bit different – dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story – check out this author. I’m glad I did.” “A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“This story just blew me away.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews

“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads

“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books

“It turned out exactly how I wanted it to.” BFD Book Blog

“This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre” “one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe 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

“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews

“I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” BooksLaidBareBoys

“The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.” “If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews

2015NewAbout 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 (Nine Star Press) and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press releasing March 15).

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

Author Interview and Excerpt – A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE COSENTINO

author of A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a holiday novella from Dreamspinner Press

Welcome back to the Purple Rose Tea House, Joe.

My pleasure, Charlie. I love visiting with you. I’m such a fan of your books.

Aw, thank you!

And you remembered my favorite, vanilla rooibos tea!

We try to please. I can’t believe you’re back so soon with another release. You’re quite prolific.

I know! My friends tell me I write books faster than they can read them.

Can you give us a little recap of what you’ve written so far this year?

Dreamspinner Press published my In My Heart e-book novellas, An Infatuation and A Shooting Star. They are loosely based on my high school and college years respectively. May I brag a moment?

Sure. If not at the Purple Tea House, where?

So many readers told me those two novellas changed their lives. Books Laid Bare Boys wrote of An Infatuation: “I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” Lovebytes Reviews called A Shooting Star “unbelievably beautiful” and “a masterpiece.” GGR Reviews said it was “a masterclass in fiction writing.” Now it’s my turn to blush. Actually, the e-books did so well that Dreamspinner Press is publishing them together as a paperback releasing late March 2016. I am breaking the news here.

I’m honored.

Dreamspinner Press is also publishing my The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland e-book novella of witty and romantic gay fairytales. They include my spin on Cinderella, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Snow Queen.

That sounds like fun.

They were great fun to write. That releases in February 2016.

And you also write mysteries.

Like you! Yes, my Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press is a farcical, gay, cozy, who-dun-it. Okay, I’m going to brag again.

Go for it.

Drama Queen is often on the Amazon Bestseller List in its category. Boy Meets Boy Reviews said it was like a farcical gay “Hardy Boys-meets-Murder She Wrote-meets-Midsummer Murders.” “Without doubt the funniest book I have read this year, maybe ever,” said Three Books Over the Rainbow. In Drama Queen theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains in the Edwardian style, quaint Treemeadow College (named after its founder/gay couple Tree and Meadow). 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 (releasing 2016) 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 (releasing later), 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 is available as an ebook, paperback, or audiobook performed by the talented Michael Gilboe who plays all twenty-four characters. Like me, he is a college theatre professor, and perfect for this audiobook. I want Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick Harris to play Nicky and Noah in the film versions. (I’ll play Martin Anderson the Theatre Department Head.) Can you arrange that?

I’ll ask Matt and Neil the next time we go out clubbing.

Thanks! I also have a mystery series, the Jana Lane mysteries, with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters. I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press), 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 (coming in 2016 from 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 (coming in 2016 from 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 romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In China Doll (coming in 2016 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 agent and best friend are gay, Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, and the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels. Readers’ Favorite called Paper Doll “a masterpiece of a mystery,” and Fresh Fiction said Paper Doll is “a superbly crafted mystery.” I want Brooke Shields for Jana in the films. (I’ll play her agent, Simon Huckby.) Can you arrange that too?

Sure, I’ll give Brooke a ring over the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, you’re visiting today to tell us about your new holiday short novella just released from Dreamspinner Press. Everyone loves a good gay holiday story.

As the expression goes, “Don we now our gay apparel!”

Good one.

Thanks.

Tell us about A Home for the Holidays. How did you come to write this short story?

Like Kunta Kinte charting his roots, my spouse and I dipped into our savings—and dipped into the Dramamine, and booked a flight and bus tour from the US to Rome, Naples, Venice, Assisi, Lake Como, Milan, Florence, the Amalphi Coast, Pompeii, Tuscany, and Lake Maggiore. We were exhausted, but we had the vacation of a lifetime seeing the most gorgeous architecture, natural resources, and views of any of our trip. We also ate delicious food and reveled in the art, history, and beauty (noticing all the statues were of very muscular, naked men). The people were warm and friendly as was the weather. However, there was no site more gorgeous, magical, and romantic than the Island of Capri. Upon arriving back in the US, I decided to write a romantic story taking place in Capri.

What was so special about the island of Capri?

While on the boat ride to the Marina Grande, the sight of the enormous cliffs sitting majestically on the water literally took our breath away. From the funiculare (cable car) we marveled at the stunning views of the island below and Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. At the Piazetta (main plaza) we boarded an island bus that zoomed around harrowing, tight corners like a car in a Fun House. We travelled to Via Krupp in the southern part of the island, and we walked through what Italians call “the villas of the rich and famous,” underscored by the sparkling turquoise sea below. We swam in gorgeous white sand beaches surrounded by artistic white stone formations like Marina Piccola. When we arrived at Mt. Solaro, our guide told us it was highest point on the Isle of Capri, five hundred and eighty-nine meters above sea level. As we looked out at the fog, the sun came up and the wind blew the vapors of fog upwards, crowning the clouds, and revealing stunning views of the Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and the mountains of Calabria in the distance. As we looked out over the turquoise water, white mountains, and azure sky, I felt like I was in heaven. However, the most magical of all was the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto). As our boat went through the tiny portal of the expansive cave, my breath was taken away by the water’s brilliant shades of iridescent sapphire and emerald from the sun’s reflection on the water in the cove. Capri also had the most amazing restaurants and shops on the water’s edge. And the people somehow all seemed beautiful and sensuous.

You’ve convinced me. I’m booking my trip. Tell us about the characters in your story?

Bobby, a young, Italian American law student, travels to Capri to meet his quaint Italian relatives. Though they get off to a rocky start, he falls in love with his handsome, muscular, sexy Italian third cousin, Paolo. Their relationship with highs and lows and some captivating surprises is the core of the novella. Like Harold in An Infatuation and Jonathan in A Shooting Star, Bobby is sweet, sensitive, and smart. As a law student, he has buried his head in his books. As the novella begins, he is ready for an adventure—and ready for first love. Like Mario in An Infatuation and David in A Shooting Star, Paolo is handsome, muscular, charismatic, and like many people in Italy, much more interested in love than in work. He is also a gifted artist. Unlike Bobby, Paolo is very experienced in matters of the heart.

What’s the theme of your story?

Don’t ever be afraid to take a chance on love. And strike while the iron (and hormones) are hot.

Does it have a HEA? 

It sure does. 

It sounds great. Why is the book a short novella rather than a novel?

It’s a little holiday gift to my readers.

How did you handle writing the love scenes?

Lovemaking is a part of life, so it makes sense to include love scenes in novels. The love scenes in my books are pretty tame. I have been told they are sweet, sexy, and touching.

Does the book have your signature touch of humor? I’m thinking Principal Ringwood from An Infatuation and Professor Katzer from A Shooting Star.

Both of whom I want to play in the movies. Yes, A Home for the Holidays has lots of it, especially from Bobby’s mother and Paolo’s grandmother who are both hysterically funny.

I’m sold. What are you writing now?

A new series of novels set in a gay beach resort at the Jersey Shore called COZZI COVE. Though I hide under a beach umbrella due to my fair skin, I love the beach!

You’re making me tired. As a college professor/department head, how do you have the time to write?

I write at night after my spouse has gone to bed. I have a beautiful cherry wood study with a fireplace, huge desk, bookcases, and window seat. My mother asked me, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write at night?” I wonder if Shakespeare’s mother asked him that? Hah.

How long does it generally take you to write a book?

About three months.

Well, it has been such a delight to have you visit today, Joe. Please come back in February with The Naked Prince and other Tales from Fairyland, Porcelain Doll, and Drama Muscle.

I sure will. As always, you have been a terrific host, and I thank you for having me.

My pleasure. Any final words to the readers?

I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

After reading A Home for the Holidays, people have said they’ve taken a little trip to Capri and had the romance of a lifetime. I hope readers will pick up this short novella. It’s a lot cheaper than a trip to Italy, and is bursting with the sights, scents, sounds, tastes, and romance of the magnificent island of Capri!

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A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by JOE COSENTINO

a HEA holiday short novella published by Dreamspinner Press

e-book $3.99 Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble

ISBN: 978-1-63476-536-7
Cover Art: Paul Richmond
Words: 15,000

2015NewAbout the Book

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!”

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Upon entering my room, I noticed Lucia had unpacked my things into a large mahogany wardrobe out of C. S. Lewis. Exhausted from my trip, I stripped off my clothes, leaped onto the gigantic, canopied four-poster bed, and slept until I felt a firm nudge on my shoulder. As I opened my still jet-lagged eyes, I wasn’t sure if I was dreaming or awake. Standing next to my bed was the most gorgeous man I had ever seen. About my height and age, his wavy chestnut hair framed piercing sapphire eyes, a straight nose, and full red lips. Wearing a skintight button-down red shirt, black pants, and black loafers, he gave Michelangelo’s David a run for his florin. To say his body was strong was like saying the Catholic Church had a little wealth and power. His taut, perfectly shaped muscles sprouted additional muscles of even greater magnitude. Bulging shoulders led to mountainous pectoral muscles, a narrow waist and hips, and a prominent lump between his sculpted thighs. His skin was olive-colored and so smooth it appeared as if he had no veins in his body.

“Mama said you should come down for lunch.”

Covering my rapidly growing erection with my thigh, I responded in a daze, “Who are you?”

He spoke perfect English. “I am Paolo.”

Next to Paolo, even with a swimmer’s body, I felt incredibly white and skinny. “Hello, Paolo. I’m Bobby. I think we’re related.” As I rose to get dressed, Paolo seemed to check out my body, or was that wishful thinking?

“Your grandfather and my grandfather were cousins.”

Doing the math quickly, I said, “So that makes us third cousins?”

“I guess it does.” He shook my hand. It felt warm and comforting. “We look nothing alike.”

I laughed at the understatement. “No.”

“Is this your first time in Italy?”

“Yes.”

“Do you like it here?”

“Yes.”

“Do you answer every question with ‘yes’ or ‘no’?”

“No.” I felt like a teenager at his first dance.

Paolo shrugged his massive shoulders. “You better get down to the dining room. Mama doesn’t like to hold lunch.”

Once dressed in a light blue sweater and dark blue pants, I said, “I don’t know how to get to the dining room.”

He smiled. “Follow me.”

2015NewAbout 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 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

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Praise for Joe Cosentino’s In My Heart novellas, AN INFATUATION & A SHOOTING STAR, from Dreamspinner Press:

“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews

“as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews

“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino’s stories have layers.” “For those readers looking for something a little bit different – dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story – check out this author. I’m glad I did.” “A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“This story just blew me away.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews

“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads

“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books

“It turned out exactly how I wanted it to.” BFD Book Blog

“This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre” “one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

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

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“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews

“I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” BooksLaidBareBoys

“The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.” “If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews