Writerly Wednesday–New year~~new look!

Hi y’all! I hope you had a good January. I know the weather has been odd. we have had early spring like days, no snow but lots of rain. Some of my friends have had lots of snow, unfortunately giving it to me hasn’t worked yet. I spent January recovering from a bit of a nervous issue, colds and still have bad allergies headaches. I took the time to try to organize my computer documents, clean house a bit on facebook and Goodreads and also here. I didi accomplish organizing my craft room.

I still haven’t figured out my blogging schedule for sure, for now, I will have a Sunday or Monday picture post, Teaser  Tuesday and the MFRWauthors challenge on Friday. I may squeeze in a review or Writerly Wednesday here and there or bring them back if it fits into my writing schedule.

I decided to work on Baseball Bats and Cowboy Hats as my project and am hoping for a late April early may release so cross your fingers and push me along!

Now for the real reason for this post! I bought a new banner finally for the Website!  Don’t you love it?  I used Rêverie Design & FormattingBreathing Life into Daydreams. 

This was our first-time working together and I had no idea whatsoever that I wanted. We chatted a bit about color dos and don’ts, about my genres and I let her go.

This is what we got on our second go round.

Funniest thing ever is purple is ok but not on my favorite color list and I absolutely love it.  The first ones she sent did not fit, so she tried twice more to get the sizes I needed.  She told me she experimented with red since it was a favorite but it didn’t look as good as the purple and though I didn’t like blue tried it too.  She showed them to me and i hate to admit i liked the blue as well. she gave me all three. Isn’t that awesome?

That’s magical that she made me love Blue and purple lol!

She told me of all of her specials and I bought a banner for a craft website I hope to debut this month as well and some formatting packages to use as an incentive to get those books ready LOL. I hope to be buying my cover next month or early April and will be using Amber as well. At least I hope she takes me as a client lol!

I’ll be putting a new logo on my Facebook page this week. It should be ready by Friday.

She did come highly recomended and I had seen some of her logos and covers  that my friend V. L.Locey uses.

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As a matter of fact V.L. Locey has a cover reveal today that Rêverie made. 
This is one of my favorite trilogies and if you love unlikeable, rough and tumble main characters you will love, wise-cracking,  potty mouth Vic.
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Cat’s meow ~Nothing Special V~ A.E.Via~#rafflecoptergiveaway

 

A Little Message from A.E. Via.

I’m back with a new release from my best-selling MM series, Nothing Special. I must say it was a blast writing these guys after so long. People have asked why it took a while to get this next installment out and I can only say because I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue with the series. It took a lot of thought – but to my God and Day lovers – I’ve decided to commit to at least two more books in this series. I hope you like this one. Some have classified Nothing Special V as my love letter to my fans – I adored that compliment because it’s accurate. I wanted to give you all a little of everything and every character from the previous books. A glimpse of everyone’s life and what’s been going on with them. I have several POVs in this installment, but not in a confusing way. I love to give the reader a full connection, a peek into other character’s head, and I believe the fans of this series appreciate that. As an avid romance reader myself, it’s one of my pet peeves to only get one point of view in a romance novel. I feel like there’s so much missing when I can’t connect with the other MC. Anyhoo… this isn’t about my likes. It’s about you. So I’ll shut up and let you read the blurb. If you like what you see, pick this one up. Don’t forget to let me know what you think.

 

Author A.E. Via

Title:  Nothing Special V

M/M GAY CONTEMPORARY

Edited by: Tina Adamski

Cover Artist – Jay Aheer

PAGE COUNT – 365

Release Date: December 12, 2016

The boys are back and fiercer than ever!

“We were a unit tonight, moving as one. Even apart, we are deadly, but when combined – we are f**kin’ unstoppable.” ~~ God ~~

Atlanta’s notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine, Edwin Steele – who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department – to join the team. God and Day weren’t recruiting. They have a lot on their plates, like the fact they’re supposed to be getting married soon. They don’t have the time or the patience to integrate a decorated war hero with a slight chip on his shoulder into their well-oiled machine.

A hothead that’s uncontrollable and terrible with authority… but wasn’t that their team motto?

Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn’t respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle – City Councilman, Rasmus Steele – shows him a video of God’s team in action, he knows right away; it’s where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith.

Steele pointed to the driver, a behemoth of a man wielding those massive firearms like a true beast… like a soldier. “And him. Who the hell is he?”

“That’s your new boss. Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey… they call him… God.”

Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God’s technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech,” he’s willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.

Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there’s no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to surprise him… surprise all of them.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA. There are no multiple pairings in this novel. 

 

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Here  is a little more of Nothing Special V

“Finish,” Steele whispered gravely. “What’s not all?”

“It’s not important.” Both their voices were low as if there were someone else around to hear.

“I didn’t ask if it was important.”

“This is my job and I do what I’m required.”

“But….”

“There’s no but. It’s nothing. I’m happy where I am.” Tech looked down at his wrist, which was still in Steele’s grasp, but instead of just holding it, Steele was rubbing his thumb across his pulse, carefully watching him. Tech exhaled slowly. He could feel himself vibrating with hunger for this man. He wished he could stop it. All he could do was pretend he wasn’t fazed by it all. By Steele’s magnificence. Yes, he was just a man. An amazing man who wasn’t afraid to risk his life for a stranger. Who fought for something bigger than himself. That meant something to Tech… it meant a lot. Steele was the exact type of man, soldier, like the ones that’d tried to save his brother in a war he should’ve never been in. Even though that black ops team wasn’t able to save his brother’s whole squadron, they’d saved a lot of them. Steele was that type of man, and it made Tech feel empowered just being near him. Not wanting Steele to see his infatuation, he tried to appear casual.

“You are lying to me.” Steele stood up and crowded into Tech’s smaller frame, moving him back against the cool brick wall. Trapping him there, Steele’s chest persistent against his own. So close together, Tech could feel the solid planes there. Could smell the scent of the masculine soap Steele washed with this morning. He held the back of Tech’s neck in one hand and pressed the back of his other hand up under his chin, just to the left of his Adam’s apple. Two fingers pushed against the pulse now throbbing just beneath the tender skin. Steele’s touch burned in a delicious way. His head was lowered, that raspy stubble scraping against Tech’s smooth temple, his intense eyes closed in deep concentration while Steele broke apart the lie Tech was trying so desperately to construct.

“What’s not all, Tech?” Steele spoke. His mouth moving against his temple, his voice coarse and smooth at the same time.

“I told you. Nothing. I misspoke.” Tech shook against Steele’s proximity, begging his lower body not to react. He felt the back of the two fingers push in deeper, forcing him to lift his head.

“You’re lying,” Steele hissed. He flipped his hand over and spread it out over Tech’s throat, those two fingers still pressed over his pulse while the others rested over his Adam’s apple. “The way I’m touching you right now. Is it turning you on?”

“What? No.” Tech laughed nervously, his hands lying limp by his side, unsure what to do with them.

He felt Steele’s lips curve up. Did he know Tech lied about that too?

 

MY REVIEW

5 Meows 5 purrs

As A.E. Stated in her opening in the post, this is written in multiple views and it is easy to follow. Each chapter or viewpoint is marked with the name of whose view it is in. We get more of God and Day and  Rux and Greene. We get lots of insight into their home life and a happy surprise with God and Day.  I think getting to see these sides of these four men it makes them more human and realistic, not just the bad boy cops they are. An added surprise was getting to see a little more Preston and his two men. I have to say I was extremely happy as I adored Preston. In case you don’t know who Preston is he started off the series in a Standalone book You Can See Me. This is where we meet day for the first time.

Tech (Shawn) was introduced a book or two ago and is techy behind the scenes man. In this book, Tech wants to be more and has been taking classes on his own to try to get in the field. We also get a new agent, Steele who fits in perfectly with Rux and Greene.  Though this book is a lot of romance and inside their home lives, there is some suspense and action as well. I will say I would have loved to have seen more of Shawn in the field and a bit more action.

I am super excited that there is another book on its way!

If you like police, special forces, Alpha male detectives, action, romance and some good old hot man-sex, you will like this.

I highly recommend this series. In case you haven’t read any of these books and are looking for a good series. You can find them on good reads here.

You can find the first four books here separately or in a set.

Here is the link to  You Can See Me with Prescott and his men and where we first meet Day.  This was the first AE Via book I ever read and one of my favorites.

A.E. Is generously giving away a $100 Kindle Gift Card.

Wow! What a great prize!

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Meet A.E:

A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children. Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors.

Visit my site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website  for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peek of upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next

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Cat’s Meow~Drama Cruise~Nicky & Noah Mysteries~Joe Cosentino

HOLIDAYS ARE THE BEST TIME FOR A CRUISE

Nicky and Noah mystery book three: Drama Cruise, by Joe Cosentino, published by Lethe Press

 

The middle of December means the start of winter break for those of us who live in the world of academia. With a month off, I had cold cabin fever and wanted to get away. My spouse’s family had taken a ten-day cruise to Alaska and recommended it to us. As Nicky in my Nicky and Noah mystery novels would say, “My heart was pounding like a hooker’s pelvis.” Prone to motion sickness, I had never taken a cruise, and I was shaking like a life preserver in a storm. I packed my ginger capsules and grumbling stomach (and mouth) and we were off.

To my relief, the boat rocked a bit but not enough for motion sickness. We did have one comical episode in a yoga class when we fell over doing the tree pose. However, we also had amazing meals aplenty, gorgeous ocean views, a tail-waving whale, and a fun helicopter ride to the glaciers. We also embarked on land excursions to a tramway over the mountains, a totem pole park, a log climbers’ show, a frontier habitat, and a Native American village. Our cabin sported a private balcony and a gay porter who seemed excited to find a gay couple onboard ship. Onboard ship we raised our noses at an art show, played bingo like senior citizens on church night, gambled like card sharks at the casino, and saw a musical revue with singing and dancing cupcakes. When we returned home, I decided to immortalize our trip by setting the third Nicky and Noah mystery onboard a cruise to Alaska.

Not familiar with the Nicky and Noah mysteries? If you haven’t read Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary novel of 2015) and Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) published by Lethe Press, you should! It is a gay cozy mystery comedy series, meaning the setting is warm and cozy, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning, and at the center is a touching gay romance between Associate Professor of Directing Nicky Abbondanza and Assistant Professor of Acting Noah Oliver at fictitious Treemeadow College (started by a gay couple, Tree and Meadow) in Vermont. Along the way, Nicky and Noah fall in love, as I’ve heard the readers fall in love with them.

In Drama Cruise it is summer on a ten-day cruise from San Francisco to Alaska and back. Nicky and Noah must figure out why college theatre professors are dropping like life rafts as Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship starring Noah and other college theatre professors from across the US. Complicating matters are their both sets of wacky parents who want to embark on all the activities on and off the boat with the handsome couple. Martin Anderson (Nicky and Noah’s department head) and his bickering husband are also along for the rocky ride. As in the first two books, there are a slew of colorful, hysterically funny victims and suspects like the cruise director who talks endlessly about her glory days as a theatre major in college, the ship’s doctor who is looking for the secret of life, Nicky and Noah’s porter who wants them to adopt him, and the captain of the boat who insists he has seen the ghost of his former sea captain. The theatre professors are equally as colorful, including an alcoholic who believes he has seen a mermaid, a hypochondriac looking for love, a comic with a cat of nine tails in her closet, and a Shakespearian actor who can’t keep his hands off his volume of the Bard—or off anyone else. And who is the mysterious Professor Nan Joy Hassahl?

If you’d like more information about the Nicky and Noah mystery series, the Cozzi Cove beach series (NineStar Press), the Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press), and my romance novellas (Dreamspinner Press), please go to my web site at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

So take your front row seat. The boat is leaving from port. Lights up and ahoy matey! Alaska here we come!

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

 

drama-cruise

 

Paperback: 193 pages

Publisher: Lethe Press

Language: English

Cover Art: Denny Minonne

Cover Design: Inkspiral Design

Release date: December 1, 2016

 

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

 

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 MY REVIEW

You can tell by the cover that this is going to be another fun adventure with Nicky and Noah. If you haven’t read any of the other Nicky and Noah mysteries, that’s Ok these stand alone well. In this, the third book in the series, Nicky, and Noah are on a cruise. They have been chosen to put on a mystery dinner the last night of the cruise. But at the rate the actors keep dropping dead, there may not be anyone left to put on the play.

We also get Nicky, and Noah’s parents on the cruise and they are as funny as Professor Martin and his husband, Rubin.Nicky and Noah’s parents are constantly bickering over who is going to do what, planning their sons’ wedding. So between, the murder mystery and the humor this book has it all. The mystery is another that isn’t easy to solve, just when you think you have that one may drop dead. There is sweet romance between Nicky and Noah, but the sex is off the page.If you are looking for a good, funny book to shake the blahs, love mystery, humor and romance and a story with a twist or two you’re bound to love this.

 

Meet Joe

Joe Cosentino

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

Stalk-oops– Follow Joe

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Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

Praise for DRAMA QUEEN, the first Nicky and Noah mystery by Joe Cosentino from Lethe Press (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary novel of 2015):

 

“Without doubt the funniest book I have read this year, maybe ever” “brilliant” Three Books Over the Rainbow

“I cannot stop laughing. Drama Queen is Hardy Boys-meets-Murder She Wrote-meets-Midsummer Murders, with a side of parodic, farcical, satire.” “Who-dunits don’t come more whodunnity than this.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

 

“I’m hoping that this is just the start for Nicky and Noah. If Jessica Fletcher could have so many murderers in Cabot Cove, why shouldn’t the same hold true for Treemeadow College?” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Reviews

 

“This fast-paced, hilariously funny, entertaining novel will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out who-dun-it!” Joyfully Jay

 

“a murder mystery, a comedic romp, an investigative caper, and a love story all rolled up into one nifty little novel” The Novel Approach

 

“The tangled weave of murder mystery and other mysteries comes to a startling conclusion that is both satisfying and mind boggling.” MultitaskingMomma

 

“I am not used to reading books that make me snigger out loud, but in Drama Queen Joe Cosentino has struck a great balance between his use of tongue in cheek humour and a compelling mystery which we want to see solved.” Divine Magazine

 

“Nicky and Noah are two sexy leading characters who conduct the investigation in this comedic caper with wit and style.” Vance Bastian Reviews

“Cosentino does a wonderful job of writing a mystery that keeps the reader guessing right up until the end.” Barron Owens Reviews

“I love this story, just the right mix, of fun, hilarity and mystery in the mix. The storyline is fresh and well thought out, and the dynamic of the characters is through the roof! Bike Book Reviews

 

“The author clearly knows of what he speaks on all matters theater, and the kind of authentic details he brings to the table in terms of characters and staging makes this immensely entertaining.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

 

Praise for DRAMA MUSCLE, the second Nicky and Noah mystery by Joe Cosentino from Lethe Press, Rainbow Award Honorable Mention:

 

“reading these books is like watching a fabulous comedic, murder mystery, action, adventure, romantic film.” “I was giggle snorting and laughing so much I had to stop reading. Joe Cosentino’s writing is absolutely flawless. He’s a master storyteller and will keep you guessing and utterly riveted until Drama Muscle’s highly satisfying ending. This is an absolute gem of a book, and series.” Divine Magazine

 

“Joe Cosentino has done it again! He has created another brilliant masterpiece for us all. A cozy sleuth mystery combined with humor and attractive themes.” Danielle Urban, Universal Creativity Inc.

 

“Book 1, Drama Queen was always going to be a hard act to follow with its belly ache laughter approach but in this “smirkathong” – yes I was smirking throughout the book, my top lip still aches – the author succeeded in delivering another comic classic!” Three Books Over the Rainbow

“a perfect balance of humor and romance into a continuously twisting plot.” “Cosentino will keep you entertained and guessing until the very end.” 3 Chicks After Dark

 

“If you like a fast-paced, humorous mystery with some quirky characters, lots of twists and the hot, sensual, man-sex, this is definitely for you. I promise you a laugh a minute!” Cathy Brockman Romance

“As with the first book, there are laugh out loud, completely funny sections. And enough of the mystery and suspense that keeps me reading” “I look forward to the next story” The TBR Pile

 

“laugh out loud funny” “Readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the killer to be revealed.” “As a romance, readers will love seeing Nicky and Noah settling in to living together in their Victorian home.” “I highly recommend this series.” Joyfully Jay Reviews

 

“Such a well woven story that is literally laugh out loud funny.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

 

“Joe Cosentino offers his readers something original and very different to the generic contemporary M/M romances out there and I because of that I can’t recommend Drama Muscle enough; it is another moment of genius by Joe Cosentino!” Kirsty Loves Books

 

“This is a wonderful addition to the series! I fell in love with Nicky in the first book and he just gets better. Filled with humor and action. Noah evolves in this story, his character grows into a more mature yet still adorable sidekick to Nicky. They are perfect together, in detective work and in family situations. I hope that there are more to follow.” Crystals Many Reviewers

 

“This book is a comic romp that simultaneously celebrates and lampoons a mash-up of genres: the bloodless murders (in this case six) of Agatha Christie and her ilk, the screwball movie mysteries of Nick and Norah Charles (it’s Nick and Noah here), and the simile-rich voice-overs of film noir– all updated for a gay context.” Elisa Rainbow, Rainbow Awards

 

 

 

Cat’s Meow~Rag Doll~Joe Cosentino~#mystery/suspense #humor

I AM THANKFUL FOR…

 by JOE COSENTINO

author of RAG DOLL, the fifth Jana Lane mystery, published by The Wild Rose Press

 

I am so thankful for everyone who has and currently is supporting my creative efforts. To start, a big thank you to my family and early neighbors who were captive audiences to my childhood shows that included a Nativity play in my cousin’s garage, a one-man show with me waving a hat and cane, and full scale musicals in a neighbor’s garage starring my sister and me wearing our parents clothing. Of course a huge thank you also to my spouse who is my partner in all things, including editing my books!

Next, a big thank you to my professors in college who complimented and gently critiqued my acting in college mainstage and classroom productions. As a college professor/department head now, I try to give back by helping my students find their special talents and believing in them.

Thank you to the many actors I worked with like Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards who recommended that I further explore my creative gene. And to my then manager who further nudged me to give writing a try. A big thank you to the audiences of my plays, who laughed, cried, and cheered at my words.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to the readers of my novels who tell me they love the humor, drama, plot twists and turns, romance, mystery, and surprise endings in my books, including begging for more!

Finally, a big kudos to the reviewers and other writers, like Cathy Brockman, who have supported me from the beginning and continue to read and review my books.

I hope each of you is thankful for something this month, and that the people around you support and cheer on your unique you.

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RAG DOLL, a Jana Lane Mystery Book 5

Author: Joe Cosentino

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Pages: 260

Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Humor

 

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

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Here is a little snippet of Rag Doll

Jana and Bove did the scene again with a thin piece of gauze over the camera lens aimed at Jana.

Ah, the plight of a middle-aged actress.

Jana felt even better about that take. Their relationship worked, and the energy bounced back and forth between them almost effortlessly. Again Jana wondered what it would be like sharing her days with Bove and kissing Bove in bed before sleep each night.

Herm’s call for action brought Jana back to the scene. Bove’s close-up was even better than the first two takes. It was as if they had been married for years with an easygoing yet emotional rapport.

“Cut!”

“Good job, partner.”

Bove smiled at Jana. “Right back at you.”

As she started to rise from the bed, Jana spotted Christa in the distance with a look of horror on her face.

The young woman screamed as a lighting screen headed straight for her. Stu Silverman, standing next to Christa, noticed and pushed Christa out of the way in

the nick of time. The screen crashed to the floor inches away from Christa’s feet. Standing on the other side of her, Andrew Bianca took his wife in his arms, and she

wept on his shoulder.

Bove whispered to Jana, “Here we go again.”

MY REVIEW

5 Meows

Rag Doll is the 5th Jana Lane Mystery. It stands alone well. Jana is a middle-aged child star that has just gotten back into her career. After two movies and a Broadway play, she is now doing a TV series. Her youngest son B.J. who was in the Broadway play with her has a part as well. Jana is also hiring a new Nanny for B.J. On set she meets her guest star Christa, Christa’s agent Stu. Her husband Andrew and her Uncle Nick an older, havewashed-up, alcoholic star. There is also two couples, and her on-stage husband Bove and his wife or should I say soon to be ex-wife Karen. There is also the director, a makeup woman and a props manager.  Each of these characthaseither a charming or mysterious personality. I forgot Jana’s agent Simon. He is hilarious. also flamboyant and colorful. Literally.

The plot of the story is similar to the other books. Once Jana signs on for a job she begins having nightmares. People on the set start dropping dead and she finds clues  until she solves the case.

The mystery itself is always good. Just when you are sure you know who did it they drop dead or something else happens to change your mind. Again…I was wrong and shocked at the outcome.

There is also  usually a subplot with Jana helping the LGBT community. This time her project turns out to be AIDS awareness. There is also a little about Breast cancer as well. I love how the author takes causes and integrates them into the story with things to help us learn about them.

The story is a mystery, but Joe has a way with humor that keeps it light-hearted and funny, even though at times there are some deep issues like the AIDs.

I love a good mystery/suspense and also a good comedy and Joe has a magical way of weaving them together into the perfect blend.

If you like colorful characters, mystery/suspense, cozies, humor, attention to detail, and cute kids (B.J. is stealing the show!) This book is for you.

MEET JOE

Joe Cosentino

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). The Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise and Drama Luau (Lethe Press). The Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, and the upcoming Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (NineStar Press). And the romance novellas: In My Heart anthology (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). As an actor, he has appeared in principal 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.

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Praises for The Jana Lane Mysteries

 

Praise for CHINA DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:

 

“Set on Broadway in 1984, “China Doll”…combines plenty of drama with a mystery complex enough to keep the reader guessing. Every member of the cast has not only some depth but intertwining romance and quirk to spare. The romance surrounding Jana as she struggles between remaining faithful to her husband and the feelings that stir around Peter will leave the reader torn until the end. With a smooth pace, intriguing mystery, and plenty of danger…An excellent read for lovers of mystery and drama!” Ind’Tale Magazine

 

“Joe Cosentino never disappoints…his novels are superb. I find myself addicted to each story that he writes, and once he writes a new book the characters end up being added to my all-time favorite lists. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, and murder to go around. A talented writer whose words constantly draw me in every time. I look forward to the next masterfully woven story in this series. Jana Lane is definitely a new female sleuth that should be on everyone’s reading list. I highly recommend China Doll to readers worldwide.” Urban Book Reviews

 

Praise for SATIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:

 

“A book that will captivate any reader! A page turner that won’t let you go! This is one author you can always depend on to publish a good read!!” Stormy Nights Reviewing

 

“Joe Cosentino is a brilliant mastermind when creating the perfect mystery series. In each novel in this intriguing series of his, Jana Lane Mysteries, readers are blown away by his writing. The instant readers jump into Joe Cosentino’s fictional world, the danger feels real, the suspense is killing, and the plot moves so fast. Action, lights, camera!”  “A fast-paced murder mystery that readers will easily fall in love with…and one they can’t live without. Overall, I highly recommend this new title in the Jana Lane Mysteries and look forward to the next best adventure from Joe Cosentino.” Urban Book Reviews

 

Praise for PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:

 

“Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine

 

“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

 

“Murder, mystery, and suspense are high inside of this brilliant masterpiece by Joe Cosentino.” “Every page fills the readers with intrigue.” “Edge of your seat mystery that lures readers instantly.” “Once you read it, you can’t put it down.” Urban Book Reviews

 

“Porcelain Doll hooks from the start with characters behaving badly, all of whom have life-changing secrets.” “The story includes a nice arc, well-developed characters, and a few unexpected surprises.” InD’tale Magazine

 

Praises for PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery:

 

“Paper Doll is a superbly crafted mystery with an eclectic cast of characters that will engage you and elicit some very emotional responses as you are completely caught up in the events that unfold in these pages. Everyone has secrets and the people in Paper Doll have them in spades!” Fresh Fiction

 

“If you like novels that are filled with new and old Hollywood, and a range of sub-plots, you are going to love this!” Saguaro Moon Reviews

 

“I liked that there was enough evidence for each of the suspects to keep me guessing until the very end.” Molly Lolly Reviews

 

“Joe Cosentino knows how to keep his readers’ interest with every page.” Urban Book Reviews

 

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite

Cat’s Meow~Reviews that Purr~Halo~R.C. Stephens #Military #review

Title: Halo
Author: RC Stephens
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016

 

I fell in love with Thomas Wells and knew he was my forever.
I was sixteen when I gave him my heart. 
Our love was the kind to last a lifetime. 

But Thomas was broken. 
The first day we met he told me he was going to become a Navy SEAL. 
At nineteen he enlisted. 
At twenty he married me.
At twenty five he left me pregnant and didn’t turn back.
I knew he was suffering…. 
I also knew I couldn’t save him.
He left me broken.
I was scared and alone. 
Until I met Ryder St. John a wounded soldier… 
He was lost. 
I was lost. 
Together we made sense. 
I fell in love again… 
What Ryder forgot to mention was that he held a secret so explosive that it could shatter both our worlds.

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5 meows 3 purrs
Halo is a beautifully written story of happiness heartache and second chances.  Halo and Thomas met at a tender age of her being 15 and him 17 they began seeing each other right away and things were perfect for them. Exept Thomas was hiding his family and past. Halo still stuck around when  it came out that he was from a poor family and his father was an abusive alcoholic.  Thomas had already signed up to be a seal when he and Halo met.  When Halo was 17 her parents died and Thomas decided to stick around until she was better. He finally joined them military, and came back from his first tour a changed man. Halo thought telling him she was pregnant would make him happy instead, he ran, filed for divorce and disappeared.
Going into labor early she ended up at the hospital alone,having a cesarean and falling in front of a wounded soldier.
Something about der St. John pushed a Halo and she invited hi to rent an over the garage apartment instead of staying in the VA Rehab.
I loved this story. I have to admit I figured out Ryder’s secret right away and couldn’t quite figure out how Halo didn’t, but the story was fast paced with a good story line and secondary plots. It is written in alternating views, Ryder’s dreams and Halo think back  as well. I have to admit I was leery of so many changes but it was fluid and marked well enough it was easy to follow.
If you like Navy Seals, Dark romance, strong leading ladies, cute babies and a good ending this is for you.

 

R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science.

 

Her debut Novel Bitter Sweet Love is book one of the Twisted Series. Followed by Twisted Love to be released May 31st 2015. 

 

R.C. is an avid reader, so when she isn’t cooking for her clan or on her laptop writing, she’s snuggled tight with her Kindle devouring any romance novel she can. Okay, with the exception of Thursday nights. She makes time for Scandal and Vampire Diaries. She’s a fan of drama and suspense but she’s also a sucker for a happy ending.

 

Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters she could never think of living anywhere else.

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