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 Purrr~~ Not So Lucky In Love By RaShelle Workman

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Hi everyone!  I can’t believe it’s March! February flew by! Maybe it’s because we have less days? This month I have chosen the theme Lucky in love. I hope you like my choices.  We have a cozy, Vikings, a mm romance then ending it with another Hot MM romance form one of my favorite authors.

This month I have a new to me author.  Not SO Lucky in Love by RaShelle Workman sounds like a very fun book.

go read a sample on Amazon.  http://amzn.to/1oPfV5g

Thank You RaShelle for joining us today! I asked RaShelle if she was superstitious. The answer to that is a resounding YES! I knock on wood often. And I’ve found and picked more than one four leaf clover. =D

Now let’s go take a peek at Not So  Lucky in Love.

Not So Lucky: Episode One (Lucky Clover Romance Series Book 1)

 

 

Title: Not so Lucky In Love

Series: Lucky Clover Mystery

Author: RaShelle Workman

Publisher: Polished Pen Press Corporation (July 7, 2015)

Pages: 141 pages

Her best friend is accused of murder. One man promises to help her find the killer. The other vows to steal her heart.

EPISODE ONE
Lucky is goal-oriented, despite her hippy parents. She has plans for her life and knows how to make them happen. There’s even a list to prove it.
1. Graduate from prestigious law school. Check.
2. Find an apartment in New York. Check.
3. Get engaged to the man of her dreams. Check.
4. Become partner at a law firm. Ch–Well, she’s still working on that. First she needs a job.
On impulse, she goes to a club with her roommate and meets the lead singer of the band, Toxic Suspects. His name is Maxwell Legend. He’s hot, gorgeous, and soooooo doesn’t fit into her plans.

Lucky Clover Mystery Romance Series
NOT SO LUCKY
DEAD LUCKY
LUCKY IN LOVE
FOREVER LUCKY

Author’s Note: This story unfolds over the course of four episodes much the same way your favorite television show does. Happy reading!

MY Review

Not so Lucky in Love is a fun story with quirky characters. I will agree with several reviews that this story ends abruptly and would be much better as one story. I think it would be exceptional as one book. But having said that…I loved what we got here. I liked the characters and the storyline. There wasn’t much mystery in this episode untill the end.
Lucky is a fun character. I loved how she has her life all planned out and things keep changing all that. I really loved Max and can’t wait to see more of him.
SO all in all this is a fun romance, the beginning of a cozy mystery, with a couple clean but sexy sex scenes. ( do keep in mind this is a serial and expect an abrupt ending. The price of all books together is less than a lot of regular books so it’s not a bad deal.) I recommend it and plan to read them all..

You can buy a copy here:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1oPfV5g  It is Free  here.(March 7 2016) ( sometimes prices change so be sure to look before clicking)

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/not-so-lucky-episode-one/id1008433069?mt=11

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/not-so-lucky-rashelle-workman/1122874480?ean=2940151975865

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/not-so-lucky-episode-one

You can get the entire set for one low price–http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ABTAN0G/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Meet RaShelle

RaShelle Workman

RaShelle Workman is an international bestselling author. Several of her books have been translated into Turkish and her BLOOD AND SNOW series has sold over a million copies worldwide. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys baking, creating new taco recipes, and watching Supernatural.

RaShelle lives in Utah with her husband, three children and their three dogs.

You can stalk—oops Follow RaShelle

Website: www.rashelleworkman.com. ( Check out her blog  she has a contest for all for books and a lovely scarf! Contest ends March 17th)

On twitter: @RaShelleWorkman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rashelleworkman/

 

And sign up for RaShelle’s newsletter to receive free books and get information on book release dates: http://eepurl.com/sd_xP.

 

I hope you liked my choice this week and add RaShelle and Lucky at Love to you list to check out!

 

If your new follow me by email so you don’t miss  any exciting recommendations and next week we have  Immortal Viking!

 

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