now in paperback from Dreamspinner Press
Welcome, Harold High. Hi!
I get that a lot.
Since our readers can’t see you, what do you look like?
That’s me on the upper left of the IN MY HEART cover.
AN INFATUATION won the Divine Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for 2nd Place for Best MM Romance, and I won 2nd Place for Best MM Author!
What was so amazing about your life in high school through your high school reunion that Joe Cosentino wrote a novella about it?
I went through the usual challenges most gay kids go through in high school. What got me through was meeting Mario.
He’s next to you on the cover?
Right. It was love at first sight for me while tutoring football star Mario. He had olive-colored skin, dark hair and eyes, and incredible muscles. As they say, opposites attract, and we were sure attracted to each other. Though Mario carried deep inner hurts, his heart was open to me. He protected me from the bullies in school, and we shared our deep secrets with one another. We had the most amazing time together. Joe captures it perfectly in the novella. Unfortunately homophobia and bullying drove Mario deeper into the closet.
But that wasn’t the end of your story.
Mario and I met up again at our ten-year high school reunion. He was a model, and miserable with his producer wife.
And you’re happily married to businessman Stuart.
Right. When Mario and I met up, the old flames were reignited like a forest fire.
To find out what happens you’ll have to read AN INFATUATION on ebook or partnered with Joe Cosentino’s other hit novella A SHOOTING STAR now in paperback. When you do, you’ll also read about Stuart (my sweet, caring, list-making husband), Barbara (Mario’s comically egomaniacal wife), and our quirky teachers, principals, and friends.
Sounds like a must-read.
It is. I hope everyone will read about Mario and me in AN INFATUATION (loosely based on Joe’s high school years and ten-year high school reunion) and also about Jonathan and David in A SHOOTING STAR (loosely based on Joe’s years as a college theatre major). I think the stories will make you laugh, feel romantic, and maybe even shed a few tears. But don’t worry, I get a happy ending. So does Jonathan. By the way, though I told him the whole story, I think Joe Cosentino did an incredible job of writing it.
Are you in any of Joe Cosentino’s other books?
No, but they’re all terrific.
Tell us a bit about them.
Dreamspinner Press also published A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS loosely based on Joe’s trip to the amazing, magical, gorgeous, romantic Island of Capri in Italy, and Joe’s gay take on his favorite fairytales, THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND.
Joe’s Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press takes place at Treemeadow College, a fictitious white stone Edwardian New England college. Though the novel is a farcical, gay, who-dun-it, as he did with A SHOOTING STAR, Joe was able to think back to his college days and incorporate some of the people and happenings from days gone by. He was also able to use some scenarios, though grossly exaggerated, from his current stint as a college theatre professor/department head. In DRAMA QUEEN (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary novel of 2015) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detective more interested in getting into Nicky’s pants than solving the murders, it is up to well-endowed Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the case, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, gorgeous Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. In DRAMA MUSCLE Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In DRAMA CRUISE (not released yet), Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.
Joe’s other mystery series, the Jana Lane mysteries, has straight leading characters and gay supporting characters. In PAPER DOLL (Whiskey Creek Press), ex-child star Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In PORCELAIN DOLL (just released by The Wild Rose Press), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, Jason Apollo. In SATIN DOLL (coming from The Wild Rose Press), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In CHINA DOLL (coming from The Wild Rose Press), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Since the novels take place in the 1980’s, Jana’s best friends are gay, and Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels. Joe is currently writing RAGDOLL, where Jana stars in a TV mystery and again life imitates art.
Finally, Joe’s Cozzi Cove beach series begins today with COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK and continues on April 18 with the release of COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD both published by Nine Star Press. Cozzi Cove is a private, gorgeous cove on the New Jersey Shore with bungalows run by ex-professional football player Cal Cozzi as a gay resort. In book one the guests include Mario and Harold, brothers and college students (from AN INFATUATION) who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different. Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their handsome son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen and does out on the cove. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. Finally computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman! Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. Cozzi Cove is a romantic, magical, and enticing place where secrets abound and nothing is what it seems.
Will you be checking into Cozzi Cove?
Anything is possible at Cozzi Cove?
How can readers contact you?
Through Joe, he loves to hear from readers. Please contact him via his web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com. He gets tired of hearing from guys like me. And tell him Harold High sent you!