Title: The First Noel
Series: Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Published: 7 December 2018
Cover Design: Adrian Nicholas
Length: 22,745 words 72 Pages
Keywords : Christmas, Family, Holidays,
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Each Christmas has marked a milestone in Bobby and Paolo’s love story. But will this year be their last noel? It’s no surprise Bobby isn’t feeling much holiday spirit—not when he suspects his husband, Paolo, might be interested in his new business associate, the incredibly handsome Noel. On top of that, Bobby’s father is hanging up his Santa suit at the department store due to health issues; and worst of all, Geoffrey’s birth mother, funded by antigay extremists, is threatening their family. She’s trying to take away Bobby and Paolo’s adopted son, but she’ll have to face their supportive friends, family, and pastor before she can tear Geoffrey from the only real home he’s ever known.
With so many challenges in their path, the December grooms will need an extra helping of holiday magic this year. Rumor has it Santa’s on his way to spread some holiday cheer.
Character Interview with Paolo
Thank you Paolo from the Bobby and Paolo holiday stories by Joe Cosentino for interviewing today. Dreamspinner Press just released your latest story, The First Noel, as an e-book, and a paperback of all four Bobby and Paolo Holiday stories! Are you excited?
Do you promise us some more holiday magic?
Paolo: We promise and deliver. After you read the story, I think you’ll love Bobby as much as I do. He is truly mi amore.
Tell us about your series, story, and setting.?
Paolo: After writing two Bittersweet Dreams novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) and his humorous gay take on his favorite fairytales: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite Audiobook of the Month) published by Dreamspinner Press, Joe Cosentino wrote a holiday short novella loosely based on his trip to the magical and gorgeous island of Capri: A Home for the Holidays. That’s my home, where my family has a beautiful villa. If you’ve never been to Capri, go there. Or read A Home for the Holidays and save a lot of money. In the story, Bobby, a young, Italian American law student from Philadelphia, travels to Capri during the winter holidays to meet his eccentric Italian relatives. Along the way, he falls in love with his Italian distant cousin, Paolo. That’s me. We have a rocky romance, but can’t resist each other. After that story was published, Bobby kept whispering more stories in Joe’s ear at the same time as readers begged for more Bobby and Paolo stories too. So in The Perfect Gift, a two-part story that takes place over the next two Christmases, Bobby and I move to Philadelphia, and overcome numerous obstacles for the perfect wedding (December Grooms), and to adopt our seven-year-old son (An Unexpected Present). I joined Bobby in whispering in Joe’s ear and even more readers kept pleading for more Bobby and Paolo stories. Thank you, readers! So Joe wrote The First Noel, the next installment for young lawyer Bobby and his young fashion designer husband, me. Bobby’s hysterically funny parents and quirky best friend Jared are back too, as is our son, Geoffrey. In the story, December has rolled around again. Jared and Jared’s lover, (the second) Noel, have spotted me in a cozy restaurant having dinner with a young man named (the first) Noel. Who is the muscular, gorgeous, and charismatic first Noel? You will have to read the story to find out. Also, due to doctor’s orders, Bobby’s Dad has turned in his Santa suit at his department store. Finally, Geoffrey’s birth mother, funded by an anti-gay organization, has arrived on a mission to take back our eight-year-old son Geoffrey. Just when everything seems to be going up in flames like a dry wreath too close to the fireplace, Santa appears and rings in a happily ever after ending you will not want to miss. As was the case with The Perfect Gift, this story is packed with cozy holiday settings including Victorian carolers singing under candy cane-adorned city street lamps, productions of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker, the Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad, and the adorned Christmas tree, market booths, and snowmen at Dilworth Park. And the story ends in an exciting and romantic finale at the Delaware River Waterfront fireworks on New Year’s Eve. I know you’ll love it as much as I love Bobby. Humor, romance, adventure, drama, mystery, and a touch of holiday magic make these stories the perfect gift for the holiday. Buon Natale!
Tell us about the characters in your story.
Paolo: Bobby has Joe’s sensibility. He is twenty-six with gorgeous long auburn hair, stunning emerald eyes, and a hot swimmer’s build. More importantly, Bobby is sweet, sensitive, and smart. He works as a young lawyer on discrimination cases and is passionate about LGBT equality. He is also passionately in love with me, which sure floats my boat. I am also twenty-six. Joe tells me I am loosely based on his cousin’s cousin who lives in Italy and is handsome, muscular, and sexy with wavy chestnut hair and dreamy sapphire eyes. I am blushing. I am a fashion designer who is very much in love with my husband. Bobby’s parents are loosely based on Joe’s. They are hysterically funny and dramatic Italian Americans, and love their son dearly. Our eight-year-old adopted son, Geoffrey, is adorable, sweet, and smart. Jared, Bobby’s best friend and colleague, is a total riot. In this story Jared finally finds love. Noel, an ex-professional football player, is tall, muscular, charismatic, and a man of mystery.
What about The First Noel makes it different from other MM holiday short novellas?
Paolo: The wonderful winter holiday locations, humor, mystery. And the happily ever after ending make the short story a terrific read. Also, I think everyone can relate to feeling overwhelmed by problems during the winter holidays, and desiring a perfect, romantic Christmas. In the story, Bobby and I get ours.
You and Paolo are distant cousins. Might that ruffle some feathers?
Paolo: Distant cousins marrying is not unusual in Italy. Joe’s married great aunt and great uncle were distant cousins.
What other books has Joe written?
Paolo: Joe’s Nicky and Noah comedy mystery series features Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary novel of 2015), Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, and Drama Castle. In each novel, dead bodies drop like hammy actors at a curtain call as college theatre professors and lovers Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills, including impersonating others, in hysterically funny antics to figure out whodunit and why. Joe’s Jana Lane mystery series (The Wild Rose Press) includes Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, and Rag Doll. Set in the 1980’s, ex-child star and current comeback actress Jana Lane solves mysteries on her movie, television, and stage sets with the help of her gay best friend and gay agent while fundraising for her AIDS foundation. And Joe’s Cozzi Cove beach series (NineStar Press) is set in a gay resort on the New Jersey shore owned by ex-football player, handsome Cal Cozzi. Each novel provides an entryway into Cal’s life and the lives of the various residents staying in Cal’s bungalows each summer. They include Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings. Nothing is what it seems in Cozzi Cove, and romance is always in the sea air. Bobby and I aren’t in any of them. Hint, hint, Joe. But they are still terrific books.
As a college professor/department head, where does Joe find the time to write so many books?
Paolo: Joe writes nights and summers. Bobby and I tell him what to write. It isn’t unusual for Joe to laugh, cry, feel romantic, and be surprised by our antics. He said we’re his favorite couple. I bet he says that to Nicky and Noah too.
Do you think the Bobby and Paolo holiday stories would make a good movie or television series? If so, who would play you?
Paolo: Yes! I see Dave Franco playing me. Come on, producers, make Joe an offer!
Paolo: Like Bobby, Geoffrey, and me in our stories, I hope everyone reading this gets a happy ending this holiday season. Enjoy our special holiday gift to you. Please know that it comes wrapped in a huge ribbon of love. And we love hearing from readers via Joe at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.
“Geoffrey’s mother has surfaced. Calista and her lawyer came to see me today. She wants Geoffrey back!” I grimaced. “Or rather, I suspect the staff at the local Adam and Eve Forever Organization have convinced her she wants him back.”
Paolo collapsed into his chair. “But we legally adopted Geoffrey.”
“With the information that Geoffrey’s father was dead, and his mother had voluntarily terminated her parental rights then disappeared into a life of drugs and prostitution. Unfortunately, now she’s claiming rehabilitation and a change of heart,” I explained.
“Does she and this organization have a chance of taking Geoffrey from us?”
My throat tightened. “I’m afraid they have a very good chance, especially with a Republican-appointed judge.”
Noel rubbed his square jaw. “The Adam and Eve Forever Organization, huh?”
“Have you heard of them?” I asked.
Noel revealed a row of straight pearl white teeth. “They’ve heard of me. When I was a football player. The group led protests trying to get me fired from my team, and boycotts to take away my endorsements. I’m not surprised they’re after your son. Is there anything I can do to help?”
“Thank you, Noel, but Bobby is a lawyer.”
I had an idea. “Noel, would you be willing to come to our apartment for dinner tomorrow at six? It’s not far from here.”
“Paolo, please give Noel our address. See you at home. Thank you, Noel!”
I hurried out of the restaurant. As I ran the few blocks home, the sky enveloped the tall buildings around me in a blanket of peach, burgundy, and marigold. White cottony snowflakes landed on my face like manna of hope. No longer feeling panic and fear, like a bear protecting its cub, I resolved to protect our son from The Adam and Eve Forever Organization.
I entered the apartment to find Geoffrey sitting on the living room sofa, next to Jared. Looking like auditioners for the musical Wicked, their faces were green. I hung up my coat and joined them, trying to act as if my world hadn’t been blown apart.
“Hi, Dad.” Geoffrey came to me for a kiss.
I opted for a hug. “What’s going on?”
Geoffrey explained, “It’s never too early to start masking. Otherwise, your skin will be as dry as a Republican woman’s—”
“Sense of humor,” Jared said quickly.
“Did you do your nebulizer?” I asked Geoffrey.
Jared winced. “It nearly ruined his facial. Is that thing really necessary?”
“Yes. It keeps Geoffrey healthy.”
“What good is health without beauty?”
I offered Jared a stern glance. “I’ll fix dinner.”
“Make my favorite. Chicken, spinach, and oyster mushroom brown rice risotto.” Jared blew me a kiss.
“And lemon squares for dessert!” Geoffrey blew me an identical kiss.
Title: Bobby And Paolo’s Holiday Stories 1-3
Series: Bobby And Paolo’s Holiday Stories
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Dreamspinners Press
Published: 7 December 2018
Length: 73,740 words 236 pages
Keywords : Holidays, Christmas, Family
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The holidays are a magical time for everyone, but they hold special meaning for young lawyer Bobby McGrath and fashion designer Paolo Mascobello. Their whirlwind romance begins one December on the Isle of Capri, where they meet and fall in love, and each holiday season adds a new building block to their life together. Celebrate with Bobby, Paolo, and their colorful friends and family as they marry and start a family. Happily ever after doesn’t always come easy, but with love and the spirit of the season, miracles can happen and Christmas wishes can come true.
A Home for the Holidays
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Joe Cosentino 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. As a bestselling author, Joe was voted 1st Place Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author, and 2nd Place Favorite LGBT Romance Author by the readers of Divine Magazine. He has also won many Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions. For Dreamspinner Press, Joe wrote the heralded In My Heart series: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star; the popular Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holidays, The Perfect Gift, and The First Noel; and the raucous The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland. That was followed by Holiday Tales from Fairyland, Tales from Fairyland Book 2. His famous Nicky and Noah mystery series includes Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, and Drama Fraternity. The scorching Cozzi Cove series (NineStar Press) are Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, which were followed by Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings. Finally, Joe’s mainstream Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press) are Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, and Rag Doll. Releasing next year are more Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, and Drama Runway. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. He loves to hear from readers at: