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Monday, October 17, 2016


Please join me in welcoming Joe Cosentino to Muse Monday. Tell us about your latest venture, Joe.
Writing a series of novels is like giving birth to a brood of kids. You struggle, fret, scratch your head, give up, ponder, try again, and love every minute of it. As an avid mystery reader and past professional actor, I joined the two to create the five Jana Lane mystery novels. I was overjoyed when so many readers loved the humor, romance, clues, red herrings, plot twists and turns, quirky characters, insider show business mayhem, revealed secrets, and shocking endings in the novels. It was also gratifying to hear that some readers preferred the e-books and others enjoyed wrapping their arms around the paperbacks. I was cursed by quite a number of readers who told me they began one of the novels with the intent of reading a chapter before bed, but unable to put it down they finished the book in the wee hours of the morning. However, I was in for a surprise when some of my family members, friends, and colleagues at my college, where I am a professor and department head, told me they have no time to read. That seemed incredible to me. Not reading is like not breathing. They said they spend their time at the gym, in the car, at work, and doing chores around the house. The solution came to me as if I were Jana Lane solving a grand mystery caper: do an audiobook that they can listen to while accomplishing all of their active tasks.
After posting the book on Audible in search of a narrator/producer, I was incredibly fortunate to find Charissa Clark Howe. Charissa captured the essence of Jana Lane perfectly, and she also did a fine job with all the other characters in the novel: Brian (Jana’s husband), Rocco (Jana’s producer), Jackson (Jana’s best friend), Mark (Jana’s greatest fan), Tamara (Jana’s sister), Scott (Jana’s father), Simon (Jana’s agent) and more. Balancing humor, romance, and mystery perfectly, she hit every beat. I couldn’t wait for the ending, and when it came I was totally surprised! Since the novel takes place in 1980, Charissa’s delivery evoked that wonderful period. I could see the hairstyles, makeup, jewelry, fashion, as well as hear the music of that era. Charissa’s narration put me smack in the middle of the action.
In PAPER DOLL I share my love of movies and moviemakers with my readers. I have always been fascinated with ex-child stars like Hayley Mills, Shirley Temple, Patty Duke, and Brooke Shields. My heroine, Jana Lane, is an ex-child star who has lost her self-esteem as an adult. Through the course of the book, Jana not only solves the mystery of her past, but also reclaims the courage and fortitude she had as a child. This is an important message for all of us.
After reading PAPER DOLL, you’ll want to read the other four Jana Lane mystery novels. Sorry, they aren’t available on audiobook, only in ebook and paperback.
I also have three other books on audiobook. DRAMA QUEEN, the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), is narrated by Michael Gilboe. It’s a comedy mystery about a college theatre professor (like me) who uses his acting skills to impersonate others and uncover murder mysteries. DRAMA QUEEN was voted Favorite Mystery of 2015 in the Divine Magazine Reader Poll.
Also, the talented actor Joel Leslie, who has quite a following in the audiobook world, is narrating my THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (releasing in November, Dreamspinner Press), and A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (releasing in December, Dreamspinner Press) which takes place on the gorgeous island of Capri.
So grab the popcorn, curl up in your movie seat, and enjoy the audiobook of PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery. As they say, your first is always special.
PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery
Jana Lane was America’s most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Now a thirty-eight-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana’s flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present. Jana visits the California movie studio she once called home. This sends her on a whirlwind of visits with former and current movie studio personnel. It also leads to a romance with the son of her old producer—Rocco Cavoto—the devilishly handsome filmmaker who is planning Jana’s comeback both professionally and personally. Jana uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future.
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015. 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.

Thursday, October 13, 2016



The welcome mat is out.
I have an aversion to certain noises. Football on TV sends me running after an hour of the noise. The constant roar is so annoying. Televised car races affect me the same way, although I love a day at the races. There’s nothing like spending a sunny day sitting on a grassy hill with a good red wine and a roast beef sandwich while watching a car race. But NOT on TV.

Then there is another noise, a certain pitch a motor can produce that doesn’t just send me running; my scalp crawls, my eardrums tighten, and my head pounds.

FDW doesn’t have the same reaction. In fact, he barely notices. Of course, it helps that he has a high frequency hearing loss. Where am I going with this?

The new RV, fifth wheel, is working out well…for lots of reasons…except for a few glitches that have cropped up. The noise.

First it was the refrigerator. The motor hums, but not with a pleasant white noise hum. Oh no. It’s the hum that assaults my eardrums and corkscrews into my brain. Luckily, it doesn’t run 24 hours a day, and I can’t
hear it in the bedroom. But, big BUT, it has to stop.

FDW put it on a list of things to report to the manufacturer.

Then the temps dropped enough to turn on the furnace. Ahhhhhggggg. The fridge noise paled in comparison to the furnace. The whine is the most excruciating pitch. My whining about the whine is the only more obnoxious noise (according to FDW). But honestly, I couldn’t sleep.

The call was made, the repairman dispatched, and I’m on the way to my happy place. I’m pleased to report the repairman winced right along with me when we flipped on the furnace. See?? It not just me! Now, we wait for parts. We aren’t using the furnace. Wish I could shut off the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, we’re enjoying the life. Some of the Happy Hour Gang has returned, and we had our first cookout. Steaks were excellent, company was even better.
Sadi got to visit, all by herself. The Big RV, as she calls it, is like her personal playhouse. And Nana lets her rearrange it anyway she wants.

As we work through breaking in this new fifth wheel, I’ll take you along the pros and cons of full time RV life!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Please welcome my guest, Leanna Sain.
Being an author is a special kind of great. What other profession lets you create some really “wicked” characters, let them do their evil deeds and then either punish them like they deserve or else, let them get away with it so they can continue their dastardly deeds? It’s like being a master of your own little universe. Heady stuff, indeed. 
The only downside that I can see is that you tend to get emotionally attached to the characters you birth into being. Even the wicked ones. It’s hard to “kill your darlings,” as William Faulkner urges. Since authors put so much of themselves into their work—yes, even the “baddies”—that it's like killing a little part of yourself each time you need to do it. Masochistic? Maybe…to an extent. 
I’m one of those people who like things to end “happily ever after.” I hate books and movies that leave you hanging, or where you have to make up your own ending. I mean, with all that’s going on in this world, I read or watch a movie to ESCAPE reality. 
Yes, there has to be conflict…lots of it. That’s what makes the story exciting. It needs multiple smaller climaxes, all building to THE MAGNIFICENT CLIMAX, but at the conclusion, all the loose ends need to be tied up to make a satisfying experience. At least that’s my philosophy. 
I tend to write in first person POV. It helps me be in the character's skin, to see through their eyes. Even if I change POV, I'm always seeing, thinking, tasting, smelling, sensing through that character. I sort of like it when it's the bad guy. It’s a way to "act out" without getting in trouble for it. :o) 
Sometimes it makes me feel like I have multiple personality disorder. That happens when the character pushes me out of the driver's seat, and takes over, veering the plot off in an amazing twist I never saw coming. It makes for a more vivid tale, helps readers “become” the character, but it’s a little disorienting. The first time it ever happened, I was startled to find tears running down my cheeks as I typed. I was “feeling” the emotions of my character. To be honest, it freaked me out a little.  
In my newest mystery, Red Curtains, one of my characters is a homeless woman. I know, I know; depressing, right? And what did I know about homelessness? Before I did my research, the answer was, "Not much.” Now, I know way more than I really want to know. The statistics are staggering, but what can we DO about it? Well, readers who buy my book will be helping me help. I’ve decided to donate a portion of book sales to the “Stand Down” program I mention in the book. Raising awareness through an enjoyable read, combined with raising funds for them…it might not be much, but it's something. 
Red Curtains has it all.  Wicked villians? Yes, both the ones you might expect and the ones that surprise you. Wickedly funny scenes? Those too. I’m a romantic comedy lover. I prefer snarky comedy. I expect to have my readers smiling a lot, giggling often, and sometimes even laughing out loud. To top it off, I have some wickedly delicious recipes included at the end of the book. Red Curtains will more than satisfy all your “wicked” needs. For more information about me or my books, visit my website:
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Monday, October 10, 2016

DANGLE A CARROT...CAKE! #suspense #romance

Penny Sparks has secrets that can ruin a presidential contender, got her family murdered…and mark her as the next hit.

My editor dangled a juicy, carrot and now I’m salivating. Hmmm…maybe it was carrot cake, which would make my taste buds really sit up and take notice.
After completing book four in my Love and Murder Series and sending it to her three months behind schedule, she is still fighting for me to get a 2016 release date. Yes! (fist pump)
The down side to this great news is I have virtually little time to prepare for the release. It takes months to get appearances lined up, to find blogs to guest on, promo to plan, and the biggest of all…reviews. Reviews are the hardest to come by. A recent poll asking readers why they don’t leave reviews for books they’ve read, such as on Amazon, gave several reasons. Some of which are:
1.      They don’t think of doing it

2.      They don’t think they can write one

3.      They didn’t think they were allowed to write an Amazon review if they didn’t buy the book from Amazon (if you’ve ever ordered anything from Amazon, you can leave a review)
So, I’m throwing out a challenge and a request, here and soon on my newsletter. If you’ll take the time to write an honest review, I’ll send you the eBook for free. I need ten reviews to give it a
kickstart. If you’ve read the other three in the series, I guarantee you’ll want to read The Power of Love and Murder. Tell a friend.
I don’t have an exact release date, but send me an email and I’ll put you on my list.
Blurb for The Power of Love and Murder
For thirteen years, Penny Sparks has managed to hide from the political powers who murdered her family. When she unwittingly exposes her true identity, not only is she marked for death, but the people closest to her risk meeting the same fate. 

Jake Winters is out of rehab and coming to grips with his demons. When he meets his sister’s roommate, Jake believes Penny might be that someone who can help him find life after rock star status…until her secrets blow up his world. 

With a government agent turned hitman closing in on her, Penny and Jake race to expose the presidential contender behind the murders of her family. Even if they win the race with death, the murder that stands between them could end their hope for a new life.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quick #Update Trippin' Madness

In everything there is a season, and a time to every our latest season, with only a vague plan and a touch of creativity, we're off on another adventure. Half of this twosome is retired; my half will probably never know what that means. I promise to share.
I've been obviously absent. There are many stories to be told and much trippin' has happened...but until life turns right side up and I have time to think, it won't get from head to blog. Family matters, and I'm tied in knots with that. I'll have a tale soon enough. We're in the new RV so there's a story there.

Book four, The Power of Love and Murder, is in edits and a release date nearly scheduled. But, I can't share that date yet. It depends on how quickly I get these last edits completed. Fingers crossed.

Book five is underway as well as a short story for The Roses of Prose. Unfortunately, they are progressing very slowly with all the hoopla of life.

Stay tuned!

Monday, August 29, 2016


Please welcome Chrys Fey to Muse Monday with an interesting look into an author's characters!
Sometimes writers base their main character after themselves or give pieces of themselves to their characters, such as physical descriptions and personalities. I tend to do this when I write. For me, it’s pretty hard not to, especially for the heroine (or MC). This character is usually so much in my head that I can’t help but not picture myself as her and put myself in her shoes. I created her, so I always end up relating to her. I want her to be a little like me but to also be what I can’t be. Beth Kennedy from the Disaster Crimes Series does this perfectly.
I have some physical limitations from spine surgery, so I can’t kick butt as she can. I wish I could, though, and that’s why she’s a self-defense instructor. I long to be more active and to do things on the water, but I am afraid of drowning while Beth canoes for fun. I also wish I could stand up for myself more. Well, Beth doesn’t pause when someone tries to push her around. She’ll slap them silly. I guess you could say, I gave her the strength I don’t have. 

But she does have some of my traits:
1. We’re vulnerable but try to hide it.
2. Neither of us can hold our anger.
3. We like to collect shells at the beach.
4. We have a charm bracelet. Only I bought mine, and Donovan bought hers.
5. And we’ve experienced a category 5 hurricane. 


An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments. 

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs. 

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything? 


The moment she realized Buck was shooting under the cars to hit her, the tire she hid behind blew. She squeezed her eyes shut as she tried to make herself smaller by pressing her body into the SUV. The Morse code of bullets hitting metal started up again. She could've sworn she felt the SUV shaking with the continuous beat of bullets slamming into it, except the shaking was below her feet. It started gentle but as soon as she noticed, it became violent. 


She fell backward and struggled to get back up. Her body bounced up and down and rolled from side to side simultaneously, which told her the quake's epicenter was close. The origin could've been beneath the hotel for all she knew. A light came crashing down from the ceiling and slammed into the concrete floor with such power it exploded into a trillion stars. Glass shot out in all directions like the Big Bang. Beth screamed and covered her face with her hands as tiny pieces of glass bit the skin on her arms. 

She fought onto her hands and knees and hugged the tire to keep from falling over again. The intensity of the tremors grew. The concrete below her feet didn't feel solid anymore. It felt alive, as if two gigantic gophers burrowed through the earth. The truck behind her slid with the vicious shock waves and bumped into her, pushing her roughly into the tire. She let out a cry of panic. 




Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes, Book One in the Disaster Crimes series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and creates their monthly newsletter.

Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers! 


Friday, August 26, 2016

Interview with Fearless Jana Lane by Joe Cosentino

Please welcome my guest, Joe Cosentino, and his character, Jana Lane.

It’s Fearless Friday and we welcome back fearless Jana Lane, America’s most famous ex-child star, current movie star, and now Broadway star in Joe Cosentino’s fourth Jana Lane mystery novel, published by The Wild Rose Press, CHINA DOLL. Welcome back, Jana. 

Jana: I’m thrilled to be out of Joe Cosentino’s head and talking with you again. 

Of course we all remember you as a child star in cherished films like The Adorable Orphan, Jungle Girl, and Pink Ballerina, but since you last talked with us you’ve had a huge comeback starring in the steamy His Obsession and the political thriller Madame Senator for which you won a well-deserved Oscar. You’ve had quite a comeback, personally and professionally. 
Jana: And thanks to Joe Cosentino’s novels, my life is an open book. Five of them actually. 

Jana, you are gorgeous at forty-one with your petite figure, layered blonde hair, crystal blue eyes, and porcelain skin. Do you have a beauty regime? 

Jana: I work out in my home gym each day to music like “Maniac,” “What a Feeling,” Gloria,” and “Cover Me.” 

And since you live in the 1984, I love your chic business suits and dresses, shoulder pads, lace gloves, leggings, and scrunchies. 

Jana: As they say, the clothes make the woman. 

In your case, I think the woman makes the woman. You are truly fearless, Jana Lane. Please tell the readers about your mystery series by Joe Cosentino.

Jana: In PAPER DOLL I am thirty-eight and living with my family in our mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. My flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in my future. When the local police detective is of no help, it’s up to me to venture back to Hollywood, where I uncover a web of secrets about everyone I love. I also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of my old producer, Rocco Cavoto. After my investigation, I figure out the identity of the murderer, trap the rat on my property, and the truth comes out. 

And in PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), you make a comeback film and uncover who is being murdered on the set and why. And your heart is set aflutter by your incredibly gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. And as in PAPER DOLL, you use the skills you learned as a child star, including some karate moves, to trap the murderer. Well done, fearless Jana Lane! 

Jana: A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Then in SATIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), my family and I head to Washington, DC, where I play a US senator in a new film, and become embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. I also embarks on a romantic flirtation with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. I also rub elbows with senators on both sides of the aisle, a lobbyist, and a Washington reporter. 

Once again you figure out whodunit and corner the murderer into confession. Tell us about your current release, CHINA DOLL. 

Jana: My agent arranges for me to star in a Broadway play. So in CHINA DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), I head to New York City to star in a Broadway mystery, where my I become enchanted by my gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens—another actor, and I’m faced with murder on stage and off. It is old home week and nepotism in action as the play is produced and written by the same producer (Stanley Rothman) and author (Katrina Wright) who produced and wrote my first Broadway play when I was five years old, Sweet Nothings! My co-star from Sweet Nothings, the aging but still gorgeous and mysterious Savannah Stevens, is co-starring in China Doll, along with Savannah’s incredibly handsome and muscular son, Peter Stevens, in his Broadway debut. Rounding out the cast are Rothman’s granddaughter Bella, my nephew Brad, and my youngest son B.J. And the play is directed by Katrina’s new husband. 

The young studly Tony Cuccioli. 

Jana: Also in the cast are Sally Chen a recent Tony Award winning actress, and Tate Moonglow a transplant from Off-Broadway. Art imitates life as members of the production team of China Doll are murdered, and personal secrets are revealed. 

I’m guessing once again Jana Lane uses the skills you learned as a child star to solve the crime and catch the killer. 

Jana: Including a fight scene that takes place on stage! 

You are truly fearless, Jana Lane! With her gorgeous violet eyes, is Savannah Stevens, the aging movie star, based on Elizabeth Taylor? 

Jana: Savannah is a smart, strong, talented woman like Elizabeth Taylor, however, she doesn’t have anywhere near as many husbands or such a troubled life. What great fun for me to co-star with Savannah in a play when I was five years old then again at forty-one. 

Is Katrina Wright, the highly successful mystery writer, supposed to be Agatha Christie? 

Jana: They are both very successful, older female writers, but Agatha Christie wrote many novels and a few plays, Katrina has written many many plays and no novels.  Also unlike Agatha Christie, Katrina has a young stud husband who just happens to get the job as director of Katrina’s play—to the producer’s (Stanley Rothman’s) chagrin.

And you go through a major personal event. 

Jana: I love that part of the story. It still brings tears to my eyes when I read it. 

Everyone in CHINA DOLL seems to have a secret. Thank you for revealing them by the book’s end. 

Jana: Thank Joe for that. Each Jana Lane mystery is its own story. Readers get a complete mystery with each novel, as you said, full of revealed secrets, clues, plot twists and turns, and white knuckle shocking ending.

Do you see the Jana Lane mysteries as a TV show? 

Jana: Joe sure does. He wants to play my agent Simon! 

What is your next mystery?

Jana: RAG DOLL, where I am offered the leading role in a TV pilot about an amateur sleuth. Life imitates art once again as murder and romance ensue. After all, it’s a Jana Lane mystery! 

How can your readers contact you?

Jana: Via Joe. He loves hearing from readers. It gives him a break from listening to me. They can contact him at:
Thank you fearless Jana Lane from the Jana Lane mysteries, here with your latest release CHINA DOLL by Joe Cosentino, published by The Wild Rose Press. Stay fearless! 

CHINA DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery

by Joe Cosentino

published by The Wild Rose Press

Jana Lane is back on Broadway in 1984—starring in a murder mystery. Life imitates art when members of the company are murdered. As Jana investigates, it’s clear she may be the next victim. Complicating matters is Jana’s uncontrollable infatuation with her leading man, gorgeous and muscular Off-Broadway actor Peter Stevens. Will Jana find the murderer before the curtain comes down on her?  
Praise for SATIN DOLL, the previous 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.” Danielle Urban, Universal Creativity Inc.
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, and China Doll and the upcoming Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (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. 

Excerpt from CHINA DOLL, the fourth Jana Lane mystery, by Joe Cosentino, published by The Wild Rose Press
Jana came face to face with Stanley. “If Tate and Gary go, so do I.”
“Don’t do it for me, Jana,” Tate and Gary said in unison.
Stanley grinned. “Listen to your deviant friends, Jana.”
Tate held Jana’s arm to stifle her from replying to Stanley.Stanley glared at Sally Chen. “And if anyone doesn’t like the size of her role, I’ll accept your resignation.” Then staring at Savannah and Jana, he said, “And if any of you regrets signing a contract with me for this show, let this be a business lesson for you. Lawyers enforce contracts.” Stanley clapped his hands again. “Tony, Tate, and Gary, you are released. Kat, please take a seat in the house. Jose, back to your stage manager’s console please. Everyone else, please make a circle around me, and I will lead you in some acting exercises.”
As everyone moved around Stanley onstage in a state of shocked pandemonium, the bookcase set piece teetered back and forth then crashed down on top of the producer.