Let’s Hear from Joe Cosentino,
author of PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery, published by Wild Rose Press
audiobook performed by Derick Snow
As many of you know, I’m the author of the popular Jana Lane mystery novels set in the decadent and wonderful 1980’s. What you might not know is that countless readers have told me the novels should be adapted into a television series. I agree! So, while I wait for Hollywood to call, I wrote a television treatment and pilot for the series. I also decided to do the next best thing: adapt the novels into audiobooks. That presented quite a challenge. How could I find an audiobook performer who would perfectly voice all the eccentric characters, key into the humor, understand the pacing of the suspenseful plot twists and turns, and handle the shocking and mind-blowing endings.
I was incredibly fortunate to find Charissa Clark Howe, a gifted actress, to perform the terrific audiobook of PAPER DOLL. In the premiere novel, Jana Lane was the biggest child movie star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In PAPER DOLL, 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.
In PORCELAIN DOLL, the second mystery, 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 romantic co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Adonis. The other suspects include Jana’s James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production, and Jason’s agent. I hit the jackpot for an audiobook performer with Derick Snow, an actor with a great deal of murder mystery acting experience. He not only connected with the mystery, humor, and mood of the novel, but also beautifully created the multitude of captivating and entertaining characters in Jana’s life in book two. His dramatic voice, crisp diction, and emotional availability bring the characters and story to life. Derick’s intensity is perfect for the many plot twists and turns, dropped clues and red herrings, sweet romance, and shocking yet gratifying ending. So now the audiobook of PAPER DOLL is now joined by the audiobook of PORCELAIN DOLL.
Hopefully audiobooks of the remaining three novels will follow. In SATIN DOLL Jana heads to Washington, DC to play a US senator in a new film and becomes embroiled in murder and corruption at the Senate chamber. CHINA DOLL brings Jana to New York City to star in a Broadway thriller, facing murder on stage and off. Finally, in RAG DOLL Jana stars in a mystery television show and once again life imitates art.
So, grab your popcorn and take your front row seat. Listen to the Jana Lane mystery, PORCELAIN DOLL, performed by the wonderful Derick Snow. Lights up! Action on mystery, humor, romance, and lots of surprises!
PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery by Joe Cosentino
published by The Wild Rose Press
Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?
Praise for PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery:
“Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews
“Every page fills the readers with intrigue..Edge of your seat mystery that lures readers instantly…Once you read it, you can’t put it down.” Urban Book Reviews
Porcelain Doll hooks from the start with characters behaving badly, all of whom have life-changing secrets…The story includes a nice arc, well-developed characters, and a few unexpected surprises.” InD’tale Magazine
“What a delight! A fun mystery that takes place in the 1980s with a range of engaging characters and a strong heroine….Jana is the perfect heroine for a mystery….A must-read for mystery lovers! Porcelain Doll is charming with a great insight to the rise and fall of stardom, and with a twist at the end I honestly didn’t see coming.” Readers’ Favorite
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll and Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise (Lethe Press), Drama Luau, Drama Detective; the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); and the romance novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holidays and The Perfect Gift, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press). As an actor, he has appeared in principal 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. http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com