Joe Cosentino on A SHOOTING STAR (In My Heart #2) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: A SHOOTING STAR (In My Heart #2)
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre: Contemporary


On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

An Interview with Jonathan Bello from A SHOOTING STAR

Hello, Prism Book Alliance readers. This is Jonathan Bello from A SHOOTING STAR, the second In My Heart bittersweet dreams novella by Joe Cosentino, published by Dreamspinner Press. Since you can’t see me, I’ll tell you I have chestnut curly hair and eyes to match. My fans say I’m handsome. Since I work out with a personal trainer every day in my home gym, I’m pretty muscular. I’m also Italian-American and come from a hysterically funny family. When I told my mother I wanted to be an actor, she said, “Take this knife and stick it through my heart!”

Joe Cosentino asked me to tell you about my greatest achievement. Well, you probably know that already. Last night I won the Academy Award for Best Actor. I’m looking at the statue right now, still on an incredible high. Me, not the statue.

Joe also asked me to talk to you about my greatest regret. That’s easy. To do that I need to take you back twenty years to when I was a theatre major in college. Did you have an all-consuming, incredibly powerful first love? I’ll tell you about mine. As a freshman I was lucky enough to have a senior as a roommate. Later, I found out luck had nothing to do with it. The whole thing was orchestrated by my incredible roommate, David Star. Since you can’t see back in my memories, I’ll tell you David was twenty-one years old, half Native American with long shiny jet black hair down his neck, and crystal blue eyes. He wore the most amazing clothing and colorful long scarves—and he let me borrow them. David was incredibly muscular, and he taught me how to be the same. I learned everything I know about acting from him. My last name even came from David, he changed it from Falabella to Bello (meaning beautiful in Italian). He was extremely charismatic, and he changed the life of anyone with whom he came in contact. He adored helping, molding, and shaping others—including me. I can describe him as magical, an enigma, and incredibly sexy. Everyone was in love with him, and so was I. David wanted to be a star, and he was in my sky. But David carried an incredible secret. That led to something I think about and regret to this day.

To find out about my love affair with David, what I regret, and how it all resolved, you’ll have to read A SHOOTING STAR. When you do, you’ll also read about Barry, my wildly funny and always loyal scene partner who got me through my classes. Barry was also Jewish and fed me blintzes at late night rehearsals. You’ll also meet my acting professor, the hysterically hypochondriac Professor Katzer. He gave me good advice about acting, and about life. On the dark side, you’ll get to know Terrence, another senior, who was as arrogant and manipulative as he was tall and muscular.

I hope you will read about David and me in A SHOOTING STAR. I think it will make you laugh, feel romantic, and maybe even shed a few tears. But don’t worry, I get a happy ending. By the way, though I told him the whole story, I think Joe Cosentino did an incredible job of writing it. And Joe loves to hear from readers, so please contact him via his web site: He’ll like the company. And tell him Jonathan Bello sent you!

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Post a comment below. The one that shoots our star the most will receive a gift ebook of AN INFATUATION (In My Heart #1) from the author, Joe Cosentino.

With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

About the Author

France-pictureJoe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe 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 A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press short stories novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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