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Bobby McGrath’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian Island of Capri to meet his eccentric, extended family offers stunning views—none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer. As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s more to life than a frolic on the beach. For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after. “Reading this little holiday treat is like taking a romantic trip to gorgeous Capri, Italy!”
Cover Art: Paul Richmond
from A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Joe Cosentino
published by Dreamspinner Press
Upon entering my room, I noticed Lucia had unpacked my things into a large mahogany wardrobe out of C. S. Lewis. Exhausted from my trip, I stripped off my clothes, leaped onto the gigantic, canopied four-poster bed, and slept until I felt a firm nudge on my shoulder. As I opened my still jet-lagged eyes, I wasn’t sure if I was dreaming or awake. Standing next to my bed was the most gorgeous man I had ever seen. About my height and age, his wavy chestnut hair framed piercing sapphire eyes, a straight nose, and full red lips. Wearing a skintight button-down red shirt, black pants, and black loafers, he gave Michelangelo’s David a run for his florin. To say his body was strong was like saying the Catholic Church had a little wealth and power. His taut, perfectly shaped muscles sprouted additional muscles of even greater magnitude. Bulging shoulders led to mountainous pectoral muscles, a narrow waist and hips, and a prominent lump between his sculpted thighs. His skin was olive-colored and so smooth it appeared as if he had no veins in his body.
“Mama said you should come down for lunch.”
Covering my rapidly growing erection with my thigh, I responded in a daze, “Who are you?”
He spoke perfect English. “I am Paolo.”
Next to Paolo, even with a swimmer’s body, I felt incredibly white and skinny. “Hello, Paolo. I’m Bobby. I think we’re related.” As I rose to get dressed, Paolo seemed to check out my body, or was that wishful thinking?
“Your grandfather and my grandfather were cousins.”
Doing the math quickly, I said, “So that makes us third cousins?”
“I guess it does.” He shook my hand. It felt warm and comforting. “We look nothing alike.”
I laughed at the understatement. “No.”
“Is this your first time in Italy?”
“Do you like it here?”
“Do you answer every question with ‘yes’ or ‘no’?”
“No.” I felt like a teenager at his first dance.
Paolo shrugged his massive shoulders. “You better get down to the dining room. Mama doesn’t like to hold lunch.”
Once dressed in a light blue sweater and dark blue pants, I said, “I don’t know how to get to the dining room.”
He smiled. “Follow me.”
author of A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS,
a holiday novella from Dreamspinner Press
1) Can you share a little bit about your current work with us?
Like Kunta Kinte charting his roots, I decided to dip into my savings (and my Dramamine) and take a vacation with my spouse to Italy. While the entire country was amazing, the most gorgeous, magical, and romantic spot was he Island of Capri.
So when we got back to the US, I had to write a romantic story taking place in Capri. I included the enormous cliffs sitting majestically on the water, the stunning views of the island, the eclectic Piazetta (main plaza), the sparkling turquoise sea, white sand beaches surrounded by artistic white stone formations, the stunning views of the Bay of Naples, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, and the mountains of Calabria in the distance.
Not to be left out was the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto) cave with its brilliant shades of iridescent sapphire and emerald from the sun’s reflection on the water in the cove. Finally I included Capri’s amazing restaurants on the water’s edge, and the people who somehow all seemed beautiful and sensuous.
In my short novella, Bobby, a young, Italian American law student, travels to Capri to meet his quaint Italian relatives. Though they get off to a rocky start, he falls in love with his handsome, muscular, sexy Italian third cousin, Paolo. Their relationship with highs and lows and some captivating surprises is the core of the novella.
Since I come from a long line of funny Italian Americans, I included a good deal of humor in the story as well with Paolo’s eccentric family. Readers say it’s like taking a romantic trip to gorgeous Capri, Italy—but far less expensive! And don’t worry, it has a HEA ending!
2) Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Take a chance on love.
3) Do you have any strange writing habits?
Since I was an actor, I start by writing character biographies for my characters and a brief synopsis of the plot. Then I let them talk to each other in my head, as I did with other actors in improvisations. I laugh, cry, and feel romantic as I listen to them. Once the scene is shaped and perfected, I check Facebook.
4) Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
An enjoyable challenge for me is writing in so many different styles. My novellas from Dreamspinner Press (An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays) are loosely based on my high school, college, and adult years with loads of humor, drama, and romance. Coming in February from Dreamspinner Press are my gay fairytales (The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland). My gay comedy mystery series, the Nicky and Noah mysteries from Lethe Press (Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise), are wild, sexy, cozy whodunits set in the wacky world of academia. My straight (with gay supporting characters) mystery romance series, the Jana Lane mysteries (Paper Doll/Whiskey Creek Press, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll—all the Wild Rose Press) are captivating Hollywood whodunits about an ex-child star making a comeback and solving murders. I am currently writing a new romance series taking place at a gay beach resort. Writing in so many different styles and voices can be confusing, so I keep copious notes and voices in my head.
5) Do you read your reviews? Do you have any advice for how to deal with the bad?
Most of my reviews and reader response have been incredibly positive, which fuel my writing. What a gift it is for a reader to post a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads, relating how something I’ve written has moved them, made them laugh, made them cry, think about something new, or changed their life. I can’t think of
anything better. As for the few bad reviews, I don’t read them. As my mother always told me, if you don’t have something nice to say about somebody, don’t say anything. I can’t imagine why anyone would continue reading a book after chapter one if he/she doesn’t like it. Just put it down and read something else. Why attack a book someone has poured his/her blood, sweat, and tears into? As the saying goes, just say no.
Thank you, Joe for stopping by and allowing me to pick your brain a little. It's always a pleasure and a treat to have you here. Best wishes to you and your family.
about the author
Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays(Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek 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, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation andNeighbor, 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 releases in 2016 are 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 Musclethe second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).
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what reviewers have to say
Praise for Joe Cosentino’s In My Heart novellas, AN INFATUATION & A SHOOTING STAR, from Dreamspinner Press:
“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews
“as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear." KathyMac Reviews
“a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews
“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino's stories have layers.” “For those readers looking for something a little bit different - dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story - check out this author. I'm glad I did.” “A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“This story just blew me away.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews
“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads
“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books
“It turned out exactly how I wanted it to.” BFD Book Blog
“This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre” “one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews
“Don't miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!”
Bike Book Reviews
“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”.
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“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews
"I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing." BooksLaidBareBoys
"The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours." "If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews
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Joe Cosentino’s holiday novella, A Home for the Holidays, delivers in every way that a romantic, feel-good story should. Every book I read by this author continuously pulls me in and wraps me up like a warm blanket.
Bobbi McGrath is a college law student who is constantly made to feel like one of the younger children that gathers around the small table, set off to the side, at the holiday dinners. This year, however, instead of going home like he usually does, he is going to Capri, Italy to spend time with his Italian family he has never met.
Meeting Paolo Mascobella, Bobby’s third cousin, soon puts things in perspective for Bobby. Laying the law books aside is an easy feat while being with Paola. Instead, he chooses to spend his days, with his cousin, sightseeing and soaking up all the joy and love that surrounds him.
As these two spend the week together they discover new revelations about each other and find a connection that, until now, they were missing. It also appears that it’s possible that meddling mothers may have had some input bringing these two together. More confirmation that they belong together and what is meant to be will be.
A Home for the Holidays is a very short read but, covers quite a bit of ground giving the reader a beautiful journey through the streets of Capri. Mr. Cosentino vividly describes the city with its impressive architect and beauty and, at the same time, invites us inside a loving Italian home. His descriptive narrative makes you feel as if you, also, can see everything as they are seeing it.
Normally, insta-love and everything falling into place easily would come across as unbelievable and farfetched, but in this setting the author has laid out, shows us that love is sometimes where you least expect to find it. But, if you open your eyes and your heart, and take a chance, it may be wrapped up right in front of you.
A deserving 5 star read for me.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author *