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Welcome, Toni V. Sweeney!

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THE DETERMINED BRIDE

THE McCOY’S SERIES
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When Brigid McCoy’s father decides she should marry staid, taciturn Eamonn O’Neill, she agrees…not simply because Quinton McCoy wishes it, but because she truly loves the young gentleman.  The only trouble is…Eamonn doesn’t love Brigid, at last he never says so. To her new husband, romance is nonsense, and having a wife is a necessity to supply an heir. The fact he has a mistress doesn’t help.
What’s an ignorant bride to do?
Brigid may be new to the world of marriage but she’s a woman fighting for her man.  Using her inborn womanly wiles and the lessons in an ancient book on pornography, she’s determined  to make Eamonn realize romance isn’t a fiction but a reality. She going to make him say, “I love you,” and mean it.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains. Besides writing  SF/Fantasy under her own name and romances as her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone, she is promotions manager for Class Act Books. She is also on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books and the Paranormal Romance Guild and was recently declared a Professional Reader by www.netgalley.com.

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Welcome, Wendy Andrews!

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The Debutante Bride

 

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Miss Elizabeth Dunseith, Beth to her friends, grew up in genteel poverty, happy despite her abusive father and weak mother. When her father sells her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his gambling debts, she fears what her future will hold but is relieved to get away from home with her new, handsome husband.
Lord Justin Fulton, Earl of Westfield, is confused by the contradictory behavior of his purchased bride. One moment she is haughty and cool, the next she is warm and endearing. When his sister refuses to help establish his new bride in Society, Justin turns to a friend’s wife to show Beth the best way to navigate the politics of the ton.
Their growing attraction just seems to confuse matters even further. Will these two be able to see past their differences to make it to happily ever after?

 

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Wendy May Andrews has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long, although Tempting the Earl is the first story she has been willing to share with anyone other than her mother.
Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero and their border collie, Cross. When not writing or reading, she loves traveling with her husband, wherever the mood takes them.

 

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Welcome, Joe Cosentino!

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Do you know what Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie ODonnell, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards have in common? I worked with all of them when I was an actor. My love for storytelling started long before that though. As a kid I played make-believe constantly. Lets put on a show! was my motto with full scale musicals in the garage starring my sister, friends, and I. Thankfully my parents and teachers indulged me (rather than committed me-hah).

Eventually I acted in theatre, film, and television, including the role of Ted Davis in the ABC-TV movie My Mother Was Never a Kid. Morphing into writing plays and now novels seemed like the perfect progression. After writing some plays, I knew my novels would include show business in some way, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novels would also be page-turning mysteries with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, and lots of clues leading to a surprising yet earned conclusion. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor would play a role in my novels.

As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. That back story is presented in Paper Doll.

In PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), ex-child star Jana Lane, now thirty-nine and living in a mansion in the Hudson Valley, New York, makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous romantic co-star, Americas heartthrob Jason Adonis. The other suspects include Janas James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her childrens Eve Harrington type nanny, the films gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the films production, and Jasons agent.

Also to come from The Wild Rose Press are Jana Lanes future adventures in Satin Doll, China Doll, and Ragdoll.

Through the course of the books, Jana not only solves the mysteries, but also reclaims the courage and fortitude she had as a child. This is an important message for all of us. As one reviewer wrote, she starts out as a wounded bird, and ends as tiger.

I set the series in the 1980s since I love the music, hair styles, clothing, and decadence of that era. I had great fun writing about Janas mansion, wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyles. I was also able to incorporate some of the music, films, television shows, Broadway shows, and political and social events of the era, including the AIDS epidemic. Id love to come full circle and play Janas funny, resilient, and fiercely loyal agent, Simon Huckby in film or television version!

The reviews have been amazing. For example: 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

As another reviewer wrote, I use my insider knowledge of show business to devilish ends!

I hope you read PORCELAIN DOLL and let me know what you think. I love to hear from readers at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com. You can also find out about my other books, including the Nicky and Noah mysteries (Drama Queen and Drama Muscle), where college theatre professors Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills to solve murders. Curtain up!

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PORCELAIN DOLL

A Jana Lane Mystery Novel – Book 2

 

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Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Janas breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Janas interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

 

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PRAISE FOR PORCELAIN DOLL

 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

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Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery, Porcelain Doll and Satin Doll Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press); Drama Queen (Best LGBT Mystery of the Year in Divine Magazines Readers Choice Awards for 2015) and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press); Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press); In My Heart (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreampinner 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 ODonnell, 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 ChinaDoll a Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press) and Drama Cruise a Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazines Readers Choice Awards for 2015.

 

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