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Title: Drama Muscle, the second Nicky and Noah comedy mystery, audiobook
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Lethe Press
Cover Artist: Denny Minonne
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: 02/22/2017
It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up! Audiobook performed by Chip Hurley.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR CHIP HURLEY INTERVIEWS AUTHOR JOE COSENTINO ON THE RELEASE OF THE AUDIOBOOK OF DRAMA MUSCLE, THE SECOND NICKY AND NOAH COMEDY MYSTERY NOVEL
Chip: Hi, Joe. Thanks for interviewing with me today.
Joe: My pleasure. As Nicky would say, “I’m more excited than a priest at altar boy training.” (hah)
Chip: Let’s get to it.
Joe: No dinner first?
Chip: Good one.
Chip: How did you create the popular Nicky and Noah mystery series?
Joe: They say, “write what you know about,” and that is certainly the case for me in this series.
Chip: Do you solve murder mysteries while saying witty things?
Joe: Not exactly, but after majoring in theatre in college, I acted on stage, television, and film with stars like Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Bruce Willis, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Wanting to give back some of what I had learned, I became a college theatre professor and ultimately department chair. One day I was sitting in my office and realized that colleges, especially theatre departments, are rife with mystery, romance, and humor. The series was born.
Chip: I’m guessing professors and students aren’t murdered left and right at your college.
Joe: Thankfully no. But things often get pretty comical.
Chip: Are the wild and witty characters in the books based on your colleagues and students?
Joe: They kid me that if they tick me off, I’ll kill them in an upcoming book. Actually the characters are conglomerations of various people I’ve known. But I patterned Martin Anderson, the department chair, after me. So I can play him in the television series.
Chip: The Nicky and Noah Mysteries would be a terrific television series.
Joe: I agree! Hear that TV producers, make me an offer!
Chip: Who would play Nicky? (clears throat) I’m available.
Joe: I was thinking of Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick Harris as Nicky and Noah.
Chip: Good choices. Who would play Noah’s hysterically funny parents?
Joe: I’m thinking Bruce Willis and Rosie O’Donnell, since I worked with them as an actor.
Chip: Great. I can play someone who dies a dastardly death (“try saying that three times fast,” as Nicky would say) very early on.
Joe: You’re on.
Chip: Why did you set Treemeadow College (named after gay couple, Tree and Meadow) in an Edwardian style campus in Vermont?
Joe: The novels are cozy mysteries, meaning the setting is warm and cozy, and there is always a happy ending.
Chip: Why did you make them comedies?
Joe: I come from a funny Italian family, like Nicky in the books. So I’ve always thought funny. As you know, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the reader (or listener) hooked, and at the center is a touching gay romance between Associate Professor of Directing Nicky Abbondanza and Assistant Professor of Acting Noah Oliver.
Chip: How did an audiobook of Drama Queen come about?
Joe: In the first novel, Drama Queen, college theatre professors are dropping like stage curtains and amateur sleuths/college theatre professors Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills, including impersonating other people, to figure out whodunit. The paperback and e-book did very well. So Lethe Press decided to produce an audiobook version. Michael Gilboe did a terrific job performing it, bringing out the humor, building the suspense, and playing over twenty wacky characters. I was thrilled when the readers of Divine Magazine voted Drama Queen their Favorite LGBT Mystery Novel, Humorous Novel, and Contemporary Novel of the Year.
Chip: And then came book two, Drama Muscle.
Joe: I have always been fascinated with bodybuilders (not in the way you’re thinking). The concept of eating protein every two hours, lifting weights for three hours a day, shaving every body part, spray tanning, and posing in tiny gold trunks is amazing to me. I quickly noticed the dedication and performance link between bodybuilding and theatre. So I decided the second Nicky and Noah mystery would take place in the Bodybuilding Department at Treemeadow College. So, as you know, in book two, Drama Muscle, Nicky and Noah don their gay Holmes and Watson personas to find out who is murdering musclemen in the Physical Education Department as Nicky directs the bodybuilding students in Treemeadow College’s annual bodybuilding competition on campus.
Chip: And boy those bodybuilders have a lot of sex.
Joe: Not to mention that bodybuilding students and faculty drop faster than barbells until Nicky figures out the identity of the murderer, as well as Noah’s secret revolving around Van Granite, one of the bodybuilding professors.
Chip: Conceited Van Granite was great fun to play. How do you think up these wonderfully wacky stories?
Joe: My parents always said I had a warped mind. This series is the proof.
Chip: Speaking of parents, Noah’s hysterically funny parents visit from Wisconsin and are drawn into the action in this book. Are they like your parents?
Joe: In some ways, but Nicky’s parents are more like my parents. We get to meet them in book three, Drama Cruise.
Chip: I liked how Nicky and Noah reach a milestone in their relationship by the end of Drama Muscle. Had you planned that all along?
Joe: I confess. I’m a romantic at heart (“no pun intended,” as Nicky would say).
Chip: And how did the audiobook come about?
Joe: The paperback and e-book did well, and received a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention. So an audiobook was inevitable. Scouting around for someone to perform/produce the audiobook, I was excited when I heard clips of your other books.
Chip: I’m blushing.
Joe: What impressed me about your work is your crisp diction, warm and sexy voice, spot on comic timing, creative character voices, and clear connection to the Nicky and Noah style of humor.
Chip: You’ll give me a big head (“no pun intended,” as Nicky would say).
Joe: I was thrilled when I contacted you and you agreed to do the audiobook.
Chip: Me too. I connected with the humor and style of the novel right away. The biography you gave me on each character really helped me find the right voice and inflections for each of them. I also enjoyed our back and forth communication while I was recording and editing.
Joe: On your state of the art equipment. I was overjoyed by the results. You do an amazing job bringing out the sweetness, comedy, mystery, and romance in the novel. And your character voices are spot on with perfect timing. When you deliver Nicky’s asides, I feel as if Nicky is in the room with me.
Chip: I guess he is when you write the books. Are there more Nicky and Noah mysteries coming?
Joe: Drama Cruise is out now in e-book and paperback, where Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard a cruise to Alaska. Nicky and Noah have to uncover why their cast members are dropping like hammy actors at a curtain call.
Chip: And then?
Joe: Drama Luau releases June 1, where Nicky directs a hula luau show in Hawaii, and Nicky and Noah have to figure out why muscular Hawaiian dancers are dropping like grass skirts. Then Nicky and Noah get to play their idols Holmes and Watson onstage in Drama Detective, releasing December 1. And on June 1, 2018, Drama Fraternity releases, where Nicky directs a horror film at Treeameadow and art imitates life. I’m tossing around a few ideas for the next one.
Chip: You are certainly prolific.
Joe: As my mother says, “Don’t you have anything better to do than sit home at night and write books.” Hm. I wonder if Stephen King’s mother says that to him. In any case, I also have my Cozzi Cove MM beach series (NineStar Press), MM romance novellas (Dreamspinner Press), and Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press).
Chip: Are they on audiobook yet?
Joe: Joel Leslie performs my The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland humorous gay take on my favorite fairytales, and A Home for the Holidays gay romance set on the magical and gorgeous island of Capri. He is also doing my In My Heart/An Infatuation and A Shooting Star gay first-love romances this summer. Charissa Clark Howe is performing my Jana Lane mystery series. Paper Doll is out now with Porcelain Doll releasing soon. The other three novels will follow.
Chip: How can readers and listeners find out more.
Joe: By checking out my web site at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.
Chip: Thanks for the interview, Joe.
Joe: My pleasure. And it is also my pleasure to share this audiobook performed by you with MM, mystery, and comedy fans. So take your front row seat, everyone. The curtain is going up on young bodybuilders at Treemeadow College. Lights (and weights) up!
DRAMA MUSCLE (a Nicky and Noah comedy mystery)
by JOE COSENTINO and performed by Chip Hurley
It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!
“reading these books is like watching a fabulous comedic, murder mystery, action, adventure, romantic film.” “I was giggle snorting and laughing so much I had to stop reading. Joe Cosentino’s writing is absolutely flawless. He’s a master storyteller and will keep you guessing and utterly riveted until Drama Muscle’s highly satisfying ending. This is an absolute gem of a book, and series.” Divine Magazine
“Joe Cosentino has done it again! He has created another brilliant masterpiece for us all. A cozy sleuth mystery combined with humor and attractive themes.” Urban Book Reviews
“Book 1, Drama Queen was always going to be a hard act to follow with its belly ache laughter approach but in this “smirkathong” – yes I was smirking throughout the book, my top lip still aches – the author succeeded in delivering another comic classic!” Three Books Over the Rainbow
“a perfect balance of humor and romance into a continuously twisting plot.” “Cosentino will keep you entertained and guessing until the very end.” 3 Chicks After Dark
“If you like a fast-paced, humorous mystery with some quirky characters, lots of twists and the hot, sensual, man-sex, this is definitely for you. I promise you a laugh a minute!” Cathy Brockman Romance
“As with the first book, there are laugh out loud, completely funny sections. And enough of the mystery and suspense that keeps me reading” “I look forward to the next story” The TBR Pile
“laugh out loud funny” “Readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the killer to be revealed.” “As a romance, readers will love seeing Nicky and Noah settling in to living together in their Victorian home.” “I highly recommend this series.” Joyfully Jay Reviews
“Such a well woven story that is literally laugh out loud funny.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“Joe Cosentino offers his readers something original and very different to the generic contemporary M/M romances out there and because of that I can’t recommend Drama Muscle enough; it is another moment of genius by Joe Cosentino!” Kirsty Loves Books
“This is a wonderful addition to the series! I fell in love with Nicky in the first book and he just gets better. Filled with humor and action. Noah evolves in this story, his character grows into a more mature yet still adorable sidekick to Nicky. They are perfect together, in detective work and in family situations. I hope that there are more to follow.” Crystals Many Reviewers
“This book is a comic romp that simultaneously celebrates and lampoons a mash-up of genres: the bloodless murders (in this case six) of Agatha Christie and her ilk, the screwball movie mysteries of Nick and Norah Charles (it’s Nick and Noah here), and the simile-rich voice-overs of film noir– all updated for a gay context.” Elisa Rainbow, Rainbow Awards
“Everything about this story is wonderfully over the top! The murders, the hilarious romances, each scene funny as the body count gets higher….Need a dose of slapstick and romance in your life (and at the moment who doesn’t)? Make your acquaintance with Nicky and Noah and their Mystery series. You could start here. It certainly works as a stand alone but starting at the beginning (with DRAMA QUEEN) is so much fun. Grab up both and read them together. And let the chuckles ensue!” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Cover Art: Denny Minonne
Length: 6 hours, Release Date: February 22, 2017
Post a comment about why you love listening to audiobooks. The one that tickles our funny bone the most will win a gift audiobook of Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery, performed by Michael Gilboe. https://www.amazon.com/Drama-Queen-Nicky-Noah-Mystery/dp/B012O702CW
About the Author
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He also wrote the other novels in the Nicky and Noah mystery series: Drama Muscle and Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the Dreamspinner Press novellas In My Heart: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland; the Cozzi Cove series Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); the Jana Lane mysteries Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose 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. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015. He has won many Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions, including for Drama Muscle. Upcoming is Drama Luau (the fourth Nicky and Noah mystery). http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
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