Joe Cosentino released his first M/M Contemporary Romance, An Infatuation, in February this year, which was followed by Paper Doll and Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery in May. Joe Cosentino has two more releases planned before the end of 2015 and more in 2016, so he is definitely an author to watch!
With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.
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!
Fall 2015: A SHOOTING STAR, a bittersweet dreams novella from Dreamspinner Press
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.
December 2015: A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a holiday short novella from Dreamspinner Press
Bobby’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian Island of Capri to meet his eccentric, extended family offers stunning views, and 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. Will Paolo overcome his fear of commitment, and follow his true dream in life? Can the two total opposites find everlasting amore?
Winter 2015: THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND, a novella of short stories from Dreamspinner Press
Four humorous, romantic, adventurous, touching, and magically gay tales from Fairyland.
“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.
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.
Release Date Not Set Yet: DRAMA MUSCLE (the second Nicky and Noah mystery comedy novel) from Lethe Press
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!
Joe Cosentino kindly agreed to be interviewed, as part of his Male Monday post today . . . .enjoy!
Me: In 5 words, describe yourself as a writer.
JC: Witty, surprising, mysterious, romantic, gay.
Me: What was your inspiration behind AN INFATUATION?
JC: I was thinking back to my high school days, and how difficult it was back then for a gay teen before GLSEN, PFLAG, and WILL AND GRACE. Lab partners, gym locker rooms, and club meetings were super important. At my high school reunion, I realized things weren’t what they seemed back then. It began as a one-act play, which I expanded and morphed into a novella. While the situation is fictitious, Harold is based on me. I really admire Harold’s resilience, honesty, intelligence, wit, and ability to keep going in trying situations. His heart may be broken, but his spirit always stays intact. Harold’s devotion to his spouse, Stuart, is admirable, as is his honesty about his teenage infatuation with Mario. I love that the story spans twenty years so we see Harold (and Mario) develop and mature. Stuart was also great fun to write, because he is based on my spouse who is totally organized and a real list maker, but also sweet, creative, and caring. He creates an itinerary for our trips in ten minute time blocks!
Me: What is your biggest regret?
JC: Worrying about whether or not my books would find a publisher, an audience, and good reviews. They found all three, but not because of my worrying.
Me: Did you find it easy to inject humor into DRAMA QUEEN?
JC: Can’t we all use a good laugh, a challenging brain twister, and a bit of romance? DRAMA QUEEN is the kind of book I like reading. It is funny, theatrical, sexy, wild, and wacky with a solid mystery at its center. I come from a funny Italian American family, so humor has always been a large part of my life. Also, as a college theatre professor/department head myself, I was able to exaggerate some of the wild things I have experienced into the series. In DRAMA QUEEN Nicky and Noah have to uncover why college theatre professors are dropping like stage curtains while Nicky directs the college play production—a murder mystery. In DRAMA MUSCLE (coming soon), Nicky and Noah have to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In DRAMA CRUISE (coming), 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.
Me: Which is more important to you? Characters or plot?
JC: Since I was a professional actor, I always start with character. I write a long character biography about each character then move on to the outline. Once the characters start talking to one another, I often deviate from the outline. However, plot is very important to me too. I’ve read every Agatha Christie novel and play many times. She is a genius at outlining when and where to give the reader what information. I love the inversion in her books, where she uses sleight of hand to lay out all the information, but not in a straight forward manner. The reader becomes the sleuth to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I tried to do the same in the Nicky and Noah series. I also love Armistead Maupin’s loveable, zany characters and unexpected plot twists. I tried to incorporate that concept as well.
Me: Tell us about one thing you’ve dreamt about doing – but haven’t.
JC: I would love to act in the movie or TV versions of my books. I would play Mr. Ringwood the high school principal in AN INFATUATION, Martin Anderson the department head in the Nicky and Noah series, and Professor Katzer the acting teacher in the upcoming A SHOOTING STAR. So, let’s make an offer, producers!
GIVEAWAY: Joe Cosentino will give one random commenter an ebook version of An Infatuation . . .so please talk to us!
About the Author
Joe Cosentino is the author of Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation (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), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery.