Drama Castle by Joe Cosentino :: New Release

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Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a historical film at a castle in Scotland, co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, and their son Taavi. When historical accuracy disappears along with hunky men in kilts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is pitching residents of Conall Castle off the drawbridge and into the mote, before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining seventh novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!

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Book Info

Title: Drama Castle

Series: Nicky & Noah Mysteries book 7

Author: Joe Cosentino

Publisher: Nine Star Press

Published: 1 Feburary 2019

Length: 52,480 words

Keywords : Mystery, Comedy, Romance

Blurb

Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a historical film at a castle in Scotland, co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, and their son Taavi. When historical accuracy disappears along with hunky men in kilts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is pitching residents of Conall Castle off the drawbridge and into the mote, before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining seventh novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!

Exclusive Interview

An Interview with Joe Cosentino, 

author of Drama Castle,

the seventh Nicky and Noah mystery/comedy/romance novel

Hello, Joe Cosentino. Thank you for talking with us today about the seventh novel in your award-winning, popular, laugh out loud funny, sexy, Nicky and Noah cozy mystery series.

Wow, what a great introduction! I couldn’t have written one better. (wink) It’s great to be interviewed about my heroes Nicky and Noah. They always seem to be on my mind—and in my computer.

Shame on anyone who hasn’t yet read your wonderful Nicky and Noah mystery series. As I weep with laughter, become titillated by the romance, and scratch my head over whodunit until the last chapter, I wonder how you think up all these fabulous stories! 

I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I remember as a kid doing a one-man show of Peter Pan in our living room, playing all the characters, and making my poor sister walk the plank (a coffee table). So it wasn’t a surprise to anyone when I majored in theatre at college and went on to act opposite stars like Rosie O’Donnell (AT&T industrial), Nathan Lane (Roar of the Greasepaint musical onstage), Bruce Willis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream onstage), Charles Keating (NBC’s Another World), Jason Robards (Commercial Credit computer commercial), and Holland Taylor (ABC’s My Mother Was Never a Kid TV movie). I then began writing plays and ultimately writing novels. Since I’ve read hundreds of cozy mysteries, it makes sense that I write in that genre. With such a lack of gay cozy mysteries, I was happy to fill the bill—or the jock strap.

As a theatre college professor/department chair (like Martin in the Nicky and Noah mysteries), I never seem to run out of wild characters to write about. In the case of the Nicky and Noah mysteries, the settings are warm and cozy, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, and there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning faster than a priest heading for altar boy orientation (as Nicky would say). At the center of all the stories is a sweet romance between Nicky and Noah.

For anyone unfortunate enough not to have read them, tell us a bit about the first six novels in the series.

In Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Novel of the Year) college theatre professors are dropping like stage curtains at Treemeadow College, and college theatre professors Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills, including impersonating other people, to figure out whodunit. In Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) Nicky and Noah don their gay Holmes and Watson personas again to find out why bodybuilding students and professors at Treemeadow are dropping faster than barbells. Also, Nicky and Noah’s relationship reaches a milestone by the end of the novel. In Drama Cruise it is summer on a ten-day cruise from San Francisco to Alaska and back. Nicky and Noah must figure out why college theatre professors are dropping like life rafts as Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship starring Noah and other college theatre professors from across the US. Complicating matters are their both sets of wacky parents who want to embark on all the activities on and off the boat with the handsome couple. In Drama Luau, Nicky is directing the luau show at the Maui Mist Resort, and he and Noah need to figure out why muscular Hawaiian hula dancers are dropping like grass skirts. Their department head/best friend and his husband, Martin and Ruben, are along for the bumpy tropical ride. In Drama Detective, Nicky is directing and ultimately co-starring with his husband Noah as Holmes and Watson in a new musical Sherlock Holmes play at Treemeadow College prior to Broadway. Martin and Ruben, their sassy office assistant Shayla, Nicky’s brother Tony, and Nicky and Noah’s son Taavi are also in the cast. Of course dead bodies begin falling over like hammy actors at a curtain call. Once again Nicky and Noah use their drama skills to figure out who is lowering the street lamps on the actors before the handsome couple get half-baked on Baker Street. In Drama Fraternity, Nicky is directing Tight End Scream Queen, a slasher movie filmed at Treemeadow College’s football fraternity house, co-starring Noah, Taavi, Martin, and Shayla. Rounding out the cast are members of Treemeadow’s Christian football players’ fraternity along with two hunky screen stars. When the quarterback, jammer, wide receiver, and more begin fading out with their scenes, Nicky and Noah once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is sending young hunky actors to the cutting room floor before Nicky and Noah hit the final reel.

Which brings us to your current release, Drama Castle?

Now in Drama Castle, Nicky is directing a historical film co-starring Noah and Taavi at Conall Castle in Scotland: When the Wind Blows Up Your Kilt It’s Time for A Scotch. Rounding out the cast are members of the mysterious Conall family who own the castle. When hunky men in kilts topple off the drawbridge and into the moat, it’s up to Nicky and Noah to use their acting skills to figure out whodunit before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. By the end of the novel, Noah also makes a shocking personal revelation.

Can you give us a run down on some of the characters?

Nicky and Noah are joined by their best friends and fan favorites Martin and Ruben, and by Noah’s eccentric parents. And book seven adds a number of captivating new characters like Brody Naughton, the hunky head of Housekeeping with a red beard and roving eye for the oldest Conall brother, Barclay, and for Donal Blair a waiter in the castle’s Great Hall dining room. Each of the three hunky Conall brothers (Barclay, Magnus, and Fergus) have a surprising secret. Ewan Baird, the elderly caretaker, provides Nicky with information about the last generation of Conalls, which blows the story wide open.

Now for the question everyone has been waiting for, who would you cast in the (hopefully) upcoming Nicky and Noah Mysteries television series.

I’ve written a teleplay of the first novel! I want to play Martin Anderson, the department head. At this moment, I can see Matt Bomer as Nicky. Actually, I can see Matt Bomer anywhere. Neil Patrick Harris would make a good Noah. Rosie O’Donnell and Bruce Willis could play Noah’s funny parents. I can also see Valerie Bertinelli and Jay Leno as Nicky’s parents. Nathan Lane could be Ruben, Martin’s spouse. Wanda Sykes would be a riot as Martin’s office assistant, Shayla. Joe Manganiello would be perfect as Nicky’s brother, Tony (or in any role). Rather than Logo showing reruns of Golden Girls around the clock, and Bravo airing so called reality shows, I would love to see them do The Nicky and Noah Mysteries. Come on, TV producers, make your offers!

Are you Martin Anderson in the novels?

Yes. Martin Anderson, Nicky and Noah’s department head, is a loyal, hardworking department head and professor who fully supports his faculty colleagues, office assistant, and the students in his department. Like me, he is also a little bit, well quite a bit, of a gossip. His spouse, Ruben, is based on mine. I love Martin’s paternal instincts toward Nicky and Noah, sense of theatricality, and his inquiring mind. I also like how Ruben keeps Martin in line with hysterical barbs. The older couple stay sharp by engaging in their verbal warfare, but it’s all done in deep admiration and respect. Finally, it’s wonderful to see an elderly couple so much in love (uncommon in the entertainment field), and how they can read each other like a book—no pun intended. The other characters are a conglomeration of people I’ve met, spiced up by my vivid imagination. My faculty colleagues kid me that if anybody at my college ticks me off, I kill him/her in the series? Hah. To be honest, I like my colleagues and students too much to murder them in my books. So far!

You used your trips to Alaska and Hawaii in the third and fourth Nicky and Noah mysteries. Did you travel to Scotland for the seventh book?

It’s one of the perks of being a novelist. While visiting Scotland, my spouse and I had the incredible experience of staying in a real castle. When I say “castle,” I don’t only mean a beautiful hotel. I’m talking about a stone bridge over a moat leading to a sprawling stone structure from the 1700’s with turrets, fireplaces, knight in armor, and coat or arms. The Great Hall (dining room) inside was full of wait staff serving us the most delectable meals we had ever eaten. Our room included an enormous canopy bed, stone fireplace, a wardrobe out of C.S. Lewis, a turreted window seat, burgundy curtains, and leather chairs (no pun intended). From our enormous windows, we could see a turquoise lake swirling through an emerald-green meadow, a steep cliff towering over the white-capped ocean, and violet fields of heather. We truly felt like the lords of the castle! Our experience provided the perfect atmosphere for Drama Castle.

Nicky is described as tall, handsome with a Roman nose and dark hair, muscular, and having an enormous manhood. Is he based on anyone in particular?

Like most of my characters, Nicky is a combination of a few people I’ve known. It doesn’t hurt (or maybe it does) that Nicky has those attributes. However, what I admire most about Nicky is his never say die attitude, wit, smarts, and perseverance in the face of adversity. He is genuinely concerned for others, and he will do anything to solve a murder mystery. Finally, he is a one-man man, and Nicky is proud to admit that man is Noah Oliver. Nicky is also incredibly devoted to his family and friends.

Since both you and Nicky are of Italian-American decent, are Nicky’s parents like yours? Are Noah’s parents like your spouse’s parents?

Both Nicky’s parents and Noah’s parents have many of the traits of my parents. They’re absolutely hilarious. I love Noah’s mother’s fixation with taking pictures of everything, and his father’s fascination with seeing movies. I also love how Noah’s father is an amateur sleuth like Nicky. As they say, men marry their fathers. Also, both sets of parents accept their son’s spouse as part of their family. Kudos to them for always being loving and supportive.

Who was your favorite new character to write in Drama Castle?

Donal Blair, a waiter in the Great Hall dining room is sweet, adorable, and incredibly in love with the hunky head of Housekeeping, Brody Naughton who carries many secrets from his past.

Which new character do you like the least in book seven?

I started out not liking the burly red-bearded Brody, but like Donal, I soon fell in love with Brody for his devotion to his daughter Lairie and for his strong sense of right and wrong.

Which new character was the hardest to write?

Ewan Baird, the ancient caretaker. I had to do a lot of research to get his vocabulary and phrasing right. Ewan is also quite a bit of a drinker and I don’t drink.

Which new character was the sexiest?

The second Conall brother, Magnus, wore his kilt well with his strapping build, wide nose, and forceful manner.

How do the Nicky and Noah mysteries differ from your other series?

My Jana Lane mysteries (about an ex-child movie star making a comeback while solving murder mysteries on the set) have straight leading characters and gay supporting characters. My Cozzi Cove beach series has been called a gay Fantasy Island. The Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories are romantic, sweet, and full of holiday fun. In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star are loosely based on my high school and college years respectively. My Tales from Fairyland are my comic gay takes on my favorite fairytales.

How can your readers get their hands on Drama Cruise, and how can they contact you?

The purchase links are below, as are my contact links, including my web site. I love to hear from readers! So do Nicky and Noah!

Thank you, Joe, for sharing with us today.

It was a joy. It is also my joy and pleasure to share this seventh novel in the series. So everyone, take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!

DRAMA CASTLE (the seventh Nicky and Noah mystery)

a comedy/mystery/romance novel by JOE COSENTINO

Praise for the series

Praise for the Nicky and Noah mysteries:

“Joe Cosentino has a unique and fabulous gift. His writing is flawless, and his use of farce, along with his convoluted plot-lines, will have you guessing until the very last page, which makes his books a joy to read. His books are worth their weight in gold, and if you haven’t discovered them yet you are in for a rare treat.” Divine Magazine

“a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote…

Loaded with puns and one-liners…Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you.” “the best modern Sherlock and Watson in books today…I highly recommend this book and the entire series, it’s a pure pleasure, full of fun and love, written with talent and brio…fabulous…brilliant” Optimumm Book Reviews

“adventure, mystery, and romance with every page….Funny, clever, and sweet….I can’t find anything not to love about this series….This read had me laughing and falling in love….Nicky and Noah are my favorite gay couple.” Urban Book Reviews

“For fans of Joe Cosentino’s hilarious mysteries, this is another vintage story with more cheeky asides and sub plots right left and centre….The story is fast paced, funny and sassy. The writing is very witty with lots of tongue-in-cheek humour….Highly recommended.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

Author’s Bio

JOE COSENTINO was voted favorite LGBT mystery, humorous, and contemporary author of the year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery.

The other Nicky and Noah mysteries are: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity.

He is also the author of the Cozzi Cove series (NineStar Press): Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginning, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite

Audiobook of the Month) followed by Holiday Tales from Fairyland, and the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holiday), The Perfect Gift, The First Noel; and the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press).

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. 

Author’s Bio

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