Sunday, December 10, 2017

Joe Cosentino- Audio Book- Porcelain Doll

Porcelain Doll, a Jana Lane mystery, by Joe Cosentino, published by Wild Rose Press
audiobook performed by Derick Snow

           Do you lie awake at night unable to sleep? I feel your pain. I had terrible insomnia all through my childhood and teenage years. What put me to sleep? Listening to mystery stories on tape. The eccentric characters, cozy locations, and puzzles to solve relaxed me and eventually I drifted off to peaceful sleep. I became passionately devoted to these stories and read or listened to hundreds of mysteries. So, it’s not surprising that after college, working as a professional actor, and now as a college professor/department chair, I decided to write two mystery series: the Jana Lane mysteries and the Nicky and Noah mysteries. It’s also not surprising that in each case, I couldn’t wait for the novels to be made into audiobooks.

The first three novels in my Nicky and Noah mystery series (Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise) have been made into terrific audiobooks by Michael Gilboe, Chip Hurley, and Brad Enright respectively, bringing the comedic series to life about a college theatre professor who solves murder mysteries.

The first novel in my Jana Lane mystery series, Paper Doll, was beautifully brought to audiobook life by actress Charissa Clark Howe. In the premiere novel, Jana Lane was the biggest child movie star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Now at thirty-eight, Jana 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.

In Porcelain Doll, the second Jana Lane mystery, 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 romantic co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Adonis. The other suspects include Jana’s James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her 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 agent.
For the audiobook, I hit the jackpot with Derick Snow, an actor with a great deal of murder mystery acting experience. He not only connected with the mystery, humor, and mood of the novel, but also beautifully created the multitude of captivating and entertaining characters in Jana’s life in book two. His dramatic voice, crisp diction, and emotional availability bring the characters and story to life. Derick’s intensity is perfect for the many plot twists and turns, dropped clues and red herrings, sweet romance, and shocking yet gratifying ending. The remaining three novels in the series (Satin Doll, China Doll, and Rag Doll) will hopefully become audiobooks in the future.

So, grab your popcorn and take your front row seat. Listen to the Jana Lane mystery, Porcelain Doll, performed by the wonderful Derick Snow. Lights up! Action on mystery, humor, romance, and lots of surprises!

PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery by Joe Cosentino
published by The Wild Rose Press

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 Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s 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?

Praise for Porcelain Doll, a Jana Lane mystery, by Joe Cosentino:

“Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

“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

What a delight! A fun mystery that takes place in the 1980s with a range of engaging characters and a strong heroine….Jana is the perfect heroine for a mystery….A must-read for mystery lovers! Porcelain Doll is charming with a great insight to the rise and fall of stardom, and with a twist at the end I honestly didn’t see coming.” Readers’ Favorite

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 and Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise (Lethe Press), Drama Luau, Drama Detective; the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); and the romance novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holidays and The Perfect Gift, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press). 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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