Joe Cosentino on Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back ~ Excerpt, Guest Blog, Interview, Local Giveaway

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Title: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Arai Tan
Genre: M/M Romance


On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love. Mario and Harold are brothers and college students 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 son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. And what will happen when 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. What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

An Interview with Connor O’Riley COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, a novel by Joe Cosentino, published by NineStar Press

An Interview with Connor O’Riley

COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, a novel by Joe Cosentino, published by NineStar Press

I am speaking today with Connor O’Riley from Joe Cosentino’s new novel Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and the upcoming (April 18) Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward both from NineStar Press. Hi, Connor. Thanks for joining us.

Thanks. I think I have a lot in common with your readers.

How’s that?

I’m pretty obsessed with hot guys.

Since our readers can’t see you, what do you look like?

I’m nineteen, a college student, tall, ginger hair—all over, blue eyes, freckles, and thanks to the gym at school I’m pretty muscular.

How long have you worked at Cozzi Cove for Cal Cozzi?

For the last four summers. Since it’s a gay resort with a revolving door of gay guys, I’d rather be nowhere else.

What is Cozzi Cove?

Cozzi Cove, like the town of Cozzi, was built by Cal Cozzi’s great-grandfather. It’s a string of seven guest bungalows and the main bungalow (where Cal lives) on the New Jersey Shore open for the summer. Each bungalow is furnished with hand-carved nautical furnishings by Cal’s great-grandfather, and has an amazing view of the bay and lighthouse in the distance. Since his son was gay, Cal’s father ran it as a gay resort. After Cal’s parents died in an automobile accident, Cal took over Cozzi Cove. And I’m glad he hired me to help out.

You think I would find a lover there?

No doubt! It’s a romantic and magical place. And I’ll warn you, everything isn’t always what it seems in Cozzi Cove. Actually, nothing is. Take it from one who knows.

That sounds intriguing. Is Cozzi Cove near an ocean beach?

The main beach and boardwalk are only a mile away. The town has a park, Carla’s Seafood Restaurant, Tommy Malone’s bar, a miniature golf course, the trampoline emporium, a diner, and a salt water taffy shop. And lots of hot guys. Did I mention that?

I think I’d like to come to Cozzi Cove. Who else shares your Cozzi paradise?

There’s Cal, his sister Taylor, Carla who runs the local seafood restaurant, and Tommy who owns the local bar. Tommy is hot for Cal, and Carla is hot for Taylor. That leaves all the guests for me.

Who are your guests this summer at Cozzi Cove?

We’ve got two brothers/college students who are hotter than hot. They look alike, but they couldn’t be more different. Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. A man after my own heart. A wealthy older couple, Josh and Greg, try to play matchmakers for their hunky son Christopher. Unfortunately not with me. Player Tim and shy Mark seem to be hitting it off. Oh, a famous porn star, Chuck Caliber, is staying with us, as is a famous romance novelist, Sean Guile, who happens to be a virgin. Computer game designer Arthur is in the end bungalow. He keeps saying he sees a merman in the cove. And we have an unexpected guest when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. Like everybody else in Cozzi Cove, each guest has a secret. One you’ll want to uncover. But my lips are sealed. Well, let’s just say, I’m not talking.

How long will Cozzi Cove stay open?

Hopefully for a long time. At least through next summer for Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward when I have a whole new set of hot guys as guests.

Do you get it on with any of the guests?

I’m sworn to secrecy, but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t.

Who would you like to play you in the movie or TV version of Cozzi Cove?

I want to play me! And Joe wants to play Sean Guile.

How did you and Cozzi Cove come into Joe Cosentino’s head?

As a kid Joe spent his summers with his family at his aunt and uncle’s bungalow on the New Jersey shore. He created Cozzi Cove with that in mind. And I helped him along. Though, like Cal, Joe thinks I’m too wild. But you’re only young once!

Are you Joe’s alter ego?

Joe has written a lot of great books, so I have lots of company in his head. Check out his bio and read them all—but read about me at Cozzi Cove first!

Tell us about Joe’s other gay romance releases.

An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (In My Heart) published by Dreamspinner Press are loosely based on Joe’s high school and college years respectively. They were so popular as individual e-books, Dreamspinner Press published them together in one paperback. Joe still receives comments from readers that those stories made them laugh, cry, feel romantic, and changed their lives. (An Infatuation won Second Place in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Romance Novel. Kudos, Joe.)

A Home for the Holidays is Joe’s popular holiday short novella from Dreamspinner Press about an American law student who, as Joe did, takes a trip to the romantic and gorgeous island of Capri, Italy, where he embarks on a relationship with his captivating third cousin.

The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland from Dreamspinner Press is Joe’s gay take on my favorite beloved fairytales like Cinderella, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Snow Queen.

Joe’s Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press are farcical, gay, cozy, who-dun-its. In Drama Queen 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. Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary novel of 2015) is available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook performed by Michael Gilboe. 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 2017), 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. Michael and I aren’t in them.

In the Jana Lane mysteries, with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters, Jana Lane was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press), 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 (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 (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 (releasing 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.

But enough about Joe’s other books, COZZI COVE has me in it! Also, Joe loves to hear from readers at: Though he enjoys spending time with me, it gives him a break to hear what readers have to say—hopefully about me! So grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head over to Cozzi Cove. I’ll be waiting with a big smile, your bungalow key, and open arms. I hope to see you there!


Alone together in the parking lot, the two young men smiled at one another.

Suddenly Chris’s throat tightened. “I’m Julie. I mean, I’m Chris Tyler-Hampton.” He extended a clammy hand.

“Nice to meet you, Chris. I’m Mario Ginnetti.”

“I’m gay.” Chris replayed in his head what he’d just said. “I mean, I’m on college break.” Chris noticed Mario’s bulging pectoral muscles in his polo shirt. Mario returned the favor by openly checking Chris out. Looking into Mario’s dreamy dark eyes, Chris asked, “Are you on college break too?”

Mario nodded. “I go to Princeton. I’m a psych major, and I play football.”

Chris admired Mario’s strapping body. “I’m in engineering at Yale. I know, the whole Asian stereotype thing.” He tried to focus on not sounding like a lunatic as his heart raced like a Saturday-night driver. “Are you staying here with your parents too?”

“I’m parentless in Bungalow One.” Mario unleashed luscious dimples and a row of straight white teeth. In an obvious attempt at seduction, he posed on his car, but slipped on its smooth finish and fell to the ground.

Chris helped him to his feet.

With his face as red as a ripe strawberry, Mario said, “My father’s dead and my mom ran off with a mobster.”

Chris gasped. “I’m sorry.”

“You asked if my parents were here. They’re gone. My mother paid my college tuition first. It happened a while ago.”

Chris understood. “I’m sorry about your folks. I complain about mine, but they’ve always been there for me. We generally spend the summers in Europe, but Dad read about this place. Since I have one week off before my summer internship, they booked us in here for a week before they leave for Switzerland.” Chris hoped he didn’t sound snobby. “Well, I better get back inside and make sure Julie is using her best manners.”

Clutching his grocery bag to his chest, Mario said, “And I should refrigerate this stuff.”

Chris took a step away and then stopped and turned back to face Mario. With a throat drier than the Sahara Desert, he said, “Would you like to visit the main bitch with me tomorrow?”

Mario did a double take.

“I mean, would you like to go to the ocean beach … with me … tomorrow?”

Mario ran a shaky hand through his jet-black hair. “Is tomorrow supposed to be a good beach day?”

Chris replied, “I’m not sure. If there’s a hurricane or something, we can go inside.” Chris wiped the sweat off his neck with his handkerchief. “And if a shark comes along, we can always swim to shore.” Chris made a desperate attempt at swallowing and said, “I’ll knock on your bungalow door at ten a.m. If that’s indeed okay.” He had never said the word indeed before.

Mario nodded. “Ten a.m. is good.”

“I look forward to seeing you then.” Chris couldn’t stop himself from looking back at Mario and smiling as he walked toward his fathers’ bungalow. When he banged into the trash can, he barely felt the pain in his knee or the gash in his calf.


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About the Author

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


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4 thoughts on “Joe Cosentino on Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back ~ Excerpt, Guest Blog, Interview, Local Giveaway

  1. Beaches are amazing. I just got back from visiting some Caribbean Islands. I love the sand. We sat on one beach and watched the planes coming in. They were so close you felt like you could touch them.

  2. I love going to the beach… Preferably when it’s sunny ;D
    It and the sea is a beautiful thing to behold, it’s really relaxing and you can have great fun 😀

  3. The beach is winter is the perfect place for thinking. In my area, there is a very rough coastline and the sea is powerful. I love going to the beach to feel the power of nature. It helps me relax. I do not like the beach very much in the summer, though. Too crowded for my liking! 😉

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