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CHINA DOLL

A Jane Lane Mystery

 

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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?

 

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About The Author

 

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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.

 

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*Character Interview*

 

Joe: This is Joe Cosentino, author of the popular Jana Lane mystery romance series, with the leading character Jana Lane from CHINA DOLL, the fourth Jana Lane mystery, published by The Wild Rose Press. Thank you for joining us, Jana.

 Jana: It’s nice to be out of the book for a while. It feels good to stretch out.

 Joe: Jana, you were America’s most famous child star with movies like Daddy’s Girl, Jungle Girl, School Spy, The Littlest Farmer, The Cowgirl and Bandit, Girl Detective, Pink Ballerina, The Cutest Scientist, and many more. Then at middle age, you made a film comeback in the steamy His Obsession and Madame Senator—for which you won a well-deserved Academy Award!

 Jana: You sound like Simon, my agent.

 Joe: Good. I want to play him in the TV series!

 Jana: Who should play Peter Stevens in China Doll?

 Joe: Matt Bomer.

 Jana: Mmmmmmm.

 Joe: Back to the interview, Jana, you are still 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 in my Hyde Park, New York estate to music like “Maniac,” “What a Feeling,” “Gloria,” and “Cover Me.”

 Joe: And your clothes are in perfect 1984 fashion with chic business suits and dresses, shoulder pads, lace gloves, leggings, and scrunchies.

 Jana: Joe, how do you know so much about the 1980’s? You’re too young to have been around in the 1980’s.

 Joe: This is why I love this woman! Please tell the readers about your mystery series, Jana.

 Jana: In PAPER DOLL at thirty-eight I live with my family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. My flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in my future. So I venture back to Hollywood, which helps me uncover a web of secrets about everyone I love.

 Joe: Jana also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto.

 Jana: Joe, as you know, Brian and I are happily married.

 Joe: So were Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

 Jana: Who are they?

 Joe: Moving on, 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 co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo.

 Jana: Who is also one of the suspects. The other suspects include my James Dean type young co-star, my older John Wayne type co-star, my children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production, and Jason’s pushy agent.

 Joe: You go, girl. SATIN DOLL is next.

 Jana: 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 murder and corruption at the senate chamber.

 Joe: She also embarks on a romantic flirtation with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective.

 Jana: I’m ignoring this. I also rub elbows with senators on both sides of the aisle, a lobbyist, and a Washington reporter. Joe, how have the reviews been for the series so far?

 Jana: They like you. They really like you! Here are a few examples:

“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.

“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

“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

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery (Paper Doll)” “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

 Joe: Tell them about your current release, CHINA DOLL.

 Jana: In CHINA DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), I head to New York City to star in a Broadway mystery.

 Joe: And Jana becomes enchanted by her co-star Peter Stevens. They say love is better the second time around.

 Jana: I admit I am taken in by Peter’s matinee idol good looks, charm, and talent. But when bodies start dropping like stage curtains, and the local detective is more interested in going to musical theatre than solving the crime, it’s up to me to once again use the skills I learned as a child star to solve the case.

 Joe: Tell them about the suspects.

 Jana: 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. I co-starred with the aging but still gorgeous and mysterious Savannah Stevens, who is also co-starring in China Doll.

 Joe: Rounding out the cast are Rothman’s granddaughter Bella, your nephew Brad, and your 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.

 Joe: Who is your favorite character in CHINA DOLL? And why?

 Jana: Besides Peter, I really enjoyed Gary Royale, B.J.’s over anxious new nanny, and of course the Broadway musical buff Detective Douglas was great fun.

 Joe: With her gorgeous violet eyes, do you think Savannah Stevens is 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. But as is the case with all of the characters in CHINA DOLL, a major secret is revealed about Savannah.

 Joe: Do you think Katrina Wright, the highly successful mystery writer, is 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. Now I have a question for you, Joe. Since you were an actor, like us, did you use your acting background to write CHINA DOLL?

 Joe: I wrote, directed, and acted in a number of plays including playing opposite some pretty big stars as noted in my biography. I used those experiences many times in CHINA DOLL when writing about the role of the playwright, director, stage manager, producer, actors, designers, and technicians. I know first-hand what it’s like to do a read through, a blocking rehearsal, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances, and I believe the book is better for it. Though thankfully nobody was murdered in any of my plays.

 Jana: And I gave you a great deal of information. I am constantly talking in Joe’s head.

 Joe: I also love that your youngest son, B.J., takes so well to the stage in the novel.

 Jana: Like mother like son—and grandfather and uncle.

 Joe: In the novel Katrina and Stanley use their religious beliefs as a weapon to try to fire one of the cast members. I’m so proud of you Jana for defending Tate.

           Jana: I’m a Christian who tries to love her neighbor as herself, not judge others, and help victims of discrimination. I stand up to Katrina and Stanley because I believe that the freedom to worship as you choose is far different from the freedom to discriminate against others.

 Joe: As in the first three Jana Lane mysteries, Jana, you are tempted by a gorgeous man, this time the heartthrob younger actor, Peter Stevens. Tell us about your relationship with Peter.

 Jana: I can’t imagine anyone not being enticed by Peter. He is tall, handsome, muscular, sexy, and a great actor.

 Joe: 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.

 Joe: And you are reconnected with your nephew.

 Jana: Who has changed his name and become a hungry for fame actor.

 Joe: Since the book takes place in 1984, it includes a great deal of history, music, fashion, and locations from the era.

 Jana: Though China Doll is a fictitious play, I like how you were able to place our theatre between the marquees of real shows playing at the time: Hurlyburly starring William Hurt and Christopher Walken and The Rink starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli. And how New York City is prominently featured in the novel with its luxury hotels, Central Park, Washington Square Park, Little Italy, and of course the theatre district. As is the still new AIDS epidemic and the devastation it caused when ignored by our political representatives, as once again I sponsor a benefit for AIDS research.

 Joe: Which scene in the novel did you each enjoy the most? And why?

 Jana: I loved the only scene I’m not in, the hospital scene. It’s so touching. And I enjoyed our lunch at New York City’s most famous theatre district restaurant, and our carriage ride. I really like how each Jana Lane mystery is its own story. Readers get a complete mystery with each novel, full of revealed secrets. And I like the clues, plot twists and turns, and white knuckle shocking endings.

 Joe: Thanks. Will you be jealous if I tell the readers about my other mystery series?

 Jana: Go for it.

 Joe: They are the Nicky and Noah comedy mysteries published by Lethe Press. Each novel is loaded with wacky humor and romance in a fast-paced whodunit. Since I am a college theatre professor/department head, and theatre departments are havens of mystery, secrets, romance, and high humor; the series takes place at an Edwardian style New England college. In DRAMA QUEEN (Divine Magazine’s Favorite Mystery Novel of 2015) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome 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.

 Jana: And don’t forget your hit MM romance novels and novellas: IN MY HEART (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (Dreamspinner Press); and the Cozzi Cove beach series: COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK and COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD (NineStarPress).

Joe: Thanks, Jana. I have a question for you. Who is your ideal reader of your books?

Jana: My ideal reader is a lover of mystery, romance, and Hollywood. Someone who craves being swept away by a story and becoming part of the novel. My reader loves clues, suspects, and plotlines that zigzag with numerous surprises leading to a shocking yet totally justified conclusion. Finally, my reader relishes in beautiful, lush locations and captivating characters as she/he enters the portal of a book. Speaking of which, what’s my next mystery?

 Joe: RAG DOLL, where you are offered the leading role in a TV pilot about an amateur sleuth. Again, life imitates art and you have to use the skills you learned as a child star to figure out the secrets and capture the murderer. You are also captivated by a very sexy man from your past.

 Jana: That sounds like fun. I can’t wait!

 Joe: So, everyone, enjoy the Jana Lane mysteries. And let me know what you think at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

 Jana: Please do it. Joe loves hearing from readers. It gives him a break from listening to us.

 Joe: Thank you Jana from the Jana Lane mysteries, with your latest release CHINA DOLL by Joe Cosentino, published by The Wild Rose Press. Curtain going up!

 

Welcome, Kristen Weiss!

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A Midsummer Murder
The California Territory, 1849
Blamed for burning down the San Francisco wharf, clockwork inventor, Sensibility Grey has spent the last three months in hiding. Now all she wants is to depart the gold-crazy boomtown for a new life in the East. So when the owner of a traveling theater offers her work embellishing his mechanical stage, she turns him down. Then he turns up dead on her doorstep along with his enigmatic stage.
An explorer of the mysteries of aether, Sensibility has her own secrets to keep, and adversaries who’ll stop at nothing to learn them. Is the mechanical stage a part of a bigger game? Or the key to unlocking her true, magical potential?

 

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Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia.  Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes steampunk suspense and paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine.
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Welcome, Joe Cosentino!

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SATIN DOLL

A Jana Lane Mystery – Book 3

 

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Murder, corruption, and scandals rock Washington, D.C. America’s most famous ex-child star, Jana Lane, is playing a US Senator in a 1983 film. Just as she and her family arrive in DC, two Washington power players are murdered, and Jana is caught in the web of intrigue and political scandal. Jana falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome detective assigned to the case, ex-professional football player and food aficionado, Chris Bove. Will Jana and Bove uncover the murderer’s identity and shocking secrets before Jana and her family become the Capitol’s next victims?

 

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*Interview With Joe Cosentino*

 

We’re glad to have you with us today, Joe!  I’ve got some questions for you.

What inspired you to write Satin Doll?

 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 story is in PAPER DOLL, and Jana’s movie comeback at thirty-nine is in PORCELAIN DOLL. Reviewers praised the novels’ plot twists and turns, rapid pace, humor, strong characters, sweet romance, and white knuckle surprise endings. When readers begged me for more Jana Lane mysteries, I decided to write about my other passion for the third novel: politics. I’ve always been fascinated by how some politicians can speak to someone and make him/her feel as if he/she is the only person in the room. I also marvel at politicians who have devoted their lives to serving others and making the world a better place. Of course there are many other politicians who sell their souls to large corporations due to personal greed to the detriment of their constituents. I marvel at how sexy, media-dependent, and entertaining politics has become. The issues I am concerned with are on the liberal bent. However, I believe all the political characters in SATIN DOLL are treated equally in showing their good points and bad.

 In SATIN DOLL Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana is shadowing US Senator Cassie Castle for Jana’s new film, Madam Senator. In the process, Jana becomes embroiled in murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a flirtation with Chris Bruno, the professional ex-football player/muscular detective assigned to the case. Readers will no doubt find it particularly interesting that Cassie, like Hillary Clinton, is a smart, strong woman who is deeply involved in protecting the environment, women’s rights, gay rights, education, and creating jobs, like her father before her. Unlike Hillary, Cassie wears her heart on her sleeve, and she is dating the Republican majority leader of the Senate, gray fox Senator Maxmillion. Jana is also surrounded by other politicians, lobbyists, and reporters. Once again, Jana uses the skills she learned as a child star to nab the killer and expose everyone’s shocking secrets.

What is your writing process like?

I jump out of bed at 3am with an amazing surprise ending for a new novel. I jot down notes on the pad on my night table. If I can read them in the morning, I write a brief summary for my new idea. That evening, after my spouse has gone to bed and the house is quiet, I begin writing. It takes me approximately three months to finish a book. I have a beautiful cherry wood study with a fireplace, huge desk, bookcases, and window seat, so it’s a pleasure to sit and write in the evenings. My mother asked me, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write at night?” I wonder if Shakespeare’s mother asked him that? Hah.

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I don’t care for a mystery where the writer pulls an ending out of his/her hat that hasn’t been set up early on and isn’t justifiable. So I write an outline, including where to place the clues, red herrings, romantic scenes, and lots of hidden and ultimately revealed secrets. Since I was an actor, I write a long character biography for each character. Then I move on to write the first draft. The second draft goes to my spouse for notes. The third draft goes to my editor at the publishing house.

What authors inspire you?

Of course Agatha Christie is the queen of murder mysteries. I love her hidden clues, reversals, and cozy locations. Armistead Maupin has an amazing flair for writing eccentric, loveable characters with engaging and funny dialogue. Mary Higgins Clark blends mystery and romance so beautifully in a break-neck pace. I am always honored when readers compare my books to theirs.   

    When did you decide to become a writer?

I have always been a storyteller. I remember starring in a Nativity play in my cousin’s garage with my sister and older cousin wrapping sheets around us and charging neighbors a nickel. That morphed into full scale musicals including lavish costumes in a neighbor’s garage. Thankfully my parents and teachers indulged me (rather than committed me-hah). Eventually I became an actor in film, television, and theatre, working opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. It occurred to me that acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, so I decided to give writing a try. 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 be captivating mysteries in gorgeous locations. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor and romance would play a role in my novels.

What kind of research do you do for your books?

Since the Jana Lane mysteries take place in the 1980’s, I do a great deal of online research to recall those wonderful decadent years. In SATIN DOLL Jana dances to songs like “Flashdance: What a Feeling” and “Maniac.” She wears layered hair, shoulder pads, and lace gloves. Detective Bove dresses in parachute pants, colored T-shirts, and colored blazers. I was also able to include Karen Carpenter’s death, the still new AIDS epidemic and the devastation it caused when ignored by our political representatives, and dangerous proposed legislation by conservatives like the Protect the Children Act, which was a disguise to try to make gay people second class citizens. Since so much of SATIN DOLL takes place in Washington, DC, I was able to include many famous historic settings like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, Smithsonian Museum, Capitol, and the Ford Theatre.

What kind of genres do you prefer to read?

I’m a huge mystery buff, having read hundreds of cozy mystery romance novels. It shows in my writing. In late May The Wild Rose Press is releasing the next Jana Lane mystery, CHINA DOLL, where 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. RAGDOLL releases six months later, where Jana is offered the leading role in a TV pilot about an amateur sleuth. Of course murder and romance ensue.

 I also have my Nicky and Noah comedy mysteries published by Lethe Press. The series takes place at an Edwardian style New England college. 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 detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome 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 (releasing in six months), 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.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I am a college professor/department head, so my writing time is limited to evenings and weekends. When I complain about my time restraints, my mother says, “Just think how hard you’d be working if you had a real job like your sister’s (an accountant).”

What is your preferred method to write a story? Computer or longhand?

Since the Jana Lane mysteries are a series, I keep a notebook of notes on Jana’s old movies and on each room in her Hyde Park, New York mansion. I also write the outline and character biographies in long hand. However, every word of the manuscript is typed on the computer. I often enjoy taking breaks from writing to chat with readers on Facebook, Twitter, or via my web site. I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

What were some of the pros and cons of writing your latest book?

The characters become so real for me that I had a wonderful time writing the more likeable characters, and a bit of a struggle writing the less likeable ones. Jana’s agent, Simon, is my favorite character for five reasons. He is amazingly resilient, old world Hollywood, incredibly funny, loyal to Jana, and most importantly, I want to play him in the movie version! I’m not a top one-percenter and I care deeply about equality and our environment, so I found it hard to relate to Senator Maxmillion, the Republican majority leader of the Senate, and Benjamin Topower, Maxmillion’s wealthy super pack contributor. However, I found their drive and sense of entitlement fascinating. Young, sexy Senator Sancho Ramirez from New York was difficult to write since he is also quite different from me, but his secret was great fun to keep until it is exposed in the book.      

Detective Bove was great fun to write, given his amazing looks, past as a professional football player, and addiction to good food. I don’t blame Jana for being captivated by him. I loved writing Jana’s banter with Bove, and Brian’s banter with Adam. But when

Jana’s husband goes through his major personal event, I wrote with a pain in my heart and tears in my eyes clouding the computer screen. However, I was revived when Jana is reconnected with her best friend, Jackson, a Democratic congressman. I love Jackson’s sense of humor and interplay with Jana. As in life, the sweet and comical characters make the journey worth it.

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Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery, Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Satin Doll the third Jana Lane mystery, Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, & The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar 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 O’Donnell, 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 China Doll the fourth Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Cruise the third Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

 

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