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The definitive (at present!) chronological list of Jonty and Orlando stories

May 4th, 2020 (11:58 am)

Early twentieth century:

Lessons in Love November 1905

Lessons in Desire August 1906

Lessons in Discovery November 1906

Lessons in Power Spring 1907

Lessons in Temptation July 1907

Lessons in Temptation missing scene July 1907

What the Mathematician said to the Statue Summer 1907

Lessons in Seduction September 1907

What the Mathematician said to the Engineer November 1907

My true love sent to me December 1907

My True Love sent to me postscript

Lessons in Trust Summer 1908

Resolution January 1909

Lessons for Suspicious Minds Summer 1909.

On the occasion of their anniversary November 1909

Wetting the baby's head missing scene, November 1909

Bloody Mathematicians Spring 1910

Lessons for Idle Tongues Summer 1910

May our days be merry and bright Winter 1910

A fit employment for a gentleman Summer 1912 (crossover 'fanfic')

Once we won matches Aug 1912

Ring in the New December 1913

Game of Chance 1916

All Lessons Learned Spring 1919

Lessons for Survivors, Autumn 1919

Lessons for Sleeping Dogs 1921

The Boy from Kings 1932

A random collection of silly things:

The Inadvertent Adventures of Johnny Stewart, Jonty's great-nephew.

Orlando's opinion on Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

Pride, Prejudice and all the rest.

Drabbles 1 Edwardian

Drabbles 2 Edwardian

Splitting Infinitives Edwardian, crossover 'fanfic'

Ten plus five plus eight = twenty three Edwardian crossover 'fanfic'

Love Letters, 1911 to 2011

Lessons in Disco 2010

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When somebody gets snitty about self-publishing...

July 28th, 2016 (02:38 pm)

which I've heard them do, especially some traditionally published authors who regard it as little less than vanity, "Because if the book was good enough a publisher would take it!" it would be as well to remind them of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter couldn't find a publisher who'd accept it so she initially self published. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Fancy a freebie of Jonty and Orlando?

July 27th, 2016 (08:02 pm)

An alternative world story, now available to download over at my free fiction page!

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Anyone else slightly underwhelmed?

July 26th, 2016 (01:50 pm)

By the trailer for next year's Sherlock? What I used to love about this show was its humour, its slyness, its sense of fun. Now it just looks like every other thriller.

Here's some English country garden to cheer us up.

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Hello me dearios

July 24th, 2016 (09:33 pm)

We've been down in South Wales for the last few weeks on holiday. I'm afraid I lost all touch with Live Journal and won't attempt to catch up - got enough to get my noddle around.

Have a pretty pic with my compliments!

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Guest author - Joe Cosentino

July 12th, 2016 (08:58 pm)

I am mega delighted with knobs on to welcome Joe Cosentino to my blog. He says, "It’s my first time. I feel like a virgin! Thank you for having me. Well, you know what I mean."
What inspired you to start writing?
I was a hammy little kid, always singing, dancing, and telling stories. With an incredible imagination, I remember telling neighbors that my cousin and I were international spies. At a very young age I began reading mystery novels, which inspired me to write myself. I remembering writing a murder mystery play, starring me of course, and putting it on at my school to the horror of my teacher. I’m sure it’s no surprise that I majored in theatre at college and became an actor working in film, television, and theatre opposite stars like Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Bruce Willis, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. After receiving my MFA, I began writing plays and later novellas and novels. I’m currently writing screenplays too.
Do you have another job (paid or otherwise) apart from being an author? If so, how do you juggle your time?

My mother says I don’t have “a real job” like my sister the accountant. I’m a college theatre professor/department head like Martin Anderson in my Nicky and Noah mystery series. That keep me busy during the day. I write at night after my spouse has gone to sleep and the house is quiet. I’ve been known to act out the scenes in my books aloud, so luckily my study has thick walls.

What did it feel like watching your first book fledge and leave the nest?

I had written a successful Off Broadway one-act play, AN INFATUATION, then adapted it into a novella. When I received the acceptance email from Dreamspinner Press, I did the happy dance on my desk. Loosely based on my years in high school and my ten-year high school reunion, I’ve received countless comments from readers about how it made them laugh, cry, feel romantic, and changed their lives. The e-book did so well that Dreamspinner Press partnered it with my novella loosely based on my days as a theatre major in college, A SHOOTING STAR, into my own anthology paperback, IN MY HEART. Dreamspinner Press is also producing an audiobook version coming out soon. I wrote two more novellas published by Dreampinner Press. In A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, an American law student takes a trip to the romantic and gorgeous island of Capri, Italy, where he embarks on a relationship with his captivating third cousin. THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND is my gay take on my favorite beloved fairytales like Cinderella, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Snow Queen.

In the straight world, with gay supporting characters, I wrote the Jana Lane mysteries. As a kid I was infatuated with child movie stars. So my character Jana Lane was the biggest child 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. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. I was thrilled when The Wild Rose Press picked up the popular series! In PORCELAIN DOLL 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 co-star, Jason Apollo. In SATIN DOLL Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a flirtation with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In CHINA DOLL Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. I am currently editing RAG DOLL, where Jana stars in a television murder mystery and once again life imitates art.

Are you character or plot driven? What do you do if one of your characters starts developing at a tangent?

With mysteries I’m more plot driven since I outline the clues, red herrings, murders, plot twists and turns, secrets, reveals, and of course the shocking ending. When writing a romance novel I’m more character driven and let the characters help show me the way. If they develop a tangent, I follow. That happened in my Cozzi Cove beach series published by NineStar Press (COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD, and the upcoming COZZI COVE: STEPPING OUT). Handsome Cal Cozzi runs a gay resort on a gorgeous cove on the New Jersey Shore. Cal, his lover, his sister, and the guests at Cozzi Cove became so real to me that they dictated their stories, and they’re incredible!

If you were in a tight corner and had to rely on one of your characters to save you, which would it be and why?

Associate Professor of Play Directing Nicky Abbondanza in my Nicky and Noah mystery series published by Lethe Press is hysterically funny, good-looking, sexy, and uses his theatre skills (like impersonating others) to solve murder mysteries. I adore Nicky and would love him by side. In Drama Queen theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detective more interested in getting into Nicky’s pants than solving the murders, it is up Nicky to solve the case, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, gorgeous Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers Poll Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Contemporary, and Best Humorous Novel of 2015) is available as an e-book, paperback, and audiobook performed by Michael Gilboe. In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah (now a couple) have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. The novel is available as an e-book now on special discount at Lethe Press for the paperback at only $6, and soon to be an audiobook performed by Michael Gilboe. In Drama Cruise (releasing soon), Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship. I am currently finishing Drama Luau, where Nicky directs a luau show in Maui and has to figure out why muscular male hula dancers are dropping like grass skirts.

If you had no constraints of time and a guarantee of publication, what book would you write?

What I’m writing now. I never think about whether one of my books will sell or not, or how long it will take me to write it. I write the kind of books I love to read: fast-paced, romantic, funny, surprising, and entertaining with loveable characters in interesting locations.

Is there a classic book you started and simply couldn't finish?

Many! I think the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome is rampant in literature. Just because a revered critic or a large audience love a book, that doesn’t mean the book is for everyone. On the other side of the coin, I can’t understand why some people write scathing reviews of books. If you don’t like it, put it down and read something else. Different books speak to different people.

What’s your favourite gay romance/other genre book? And why?

I just finished reading Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City books for the third time. I love the quirky characters, surprising storylines, political messages, romance, and locations. When readers compare my books to his, I am incredibly flattered.

What's your next project?

I am currently writing screenplay adaptations of some of my books. Hear that film and television producers. I’m available!
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen.

Drama Queen and Drama Muscle - Nicky and Noah mysteries


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July 10th, 2016 (07:25 pm)

Iechyd da from Welsh Wales where we’re having a lovely holiday – lots of walking, excellent food and plenty of great surprises like a rugby sevens tournament to watch.


Smashing review for Jury on One over at Promoting Crime Blogspot.  “It is thoroughly enjoyable and well-paced, with several strands to the mystery and a sharp, tense conclusion.” Cool beans!

I’ve been blogging at the Contemporary romance café about what influences an author’s writing and inspires the stories we relate. Do drop in and tell us what influences you!


I take a writing break when on holiday, although this year I’ve felt compelled to put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) to write something in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the first battle of the Somme commencing. You can find it at the Macaronis blog.

And finally...

We often find unexpected delights on holiday and this year has been no exception. Very kind of the Red Arrows to do a display right over our rented cottage.

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A post for Mametz wood

July 8th, 2016 (08:31 pm)

The anniversary of The Somme has been in my mind greatly this last week, so I had to write something about it. I wrote this.

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Guest Author Jon Michaelsen

July 4th, 2016 (08:53 pm)

Delighted to have fellow Lethe author Jon as my guest.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always had an active imagination, at least that’s what my parents said when I was little. I used to go around telling made-up stories. In fact, one of my late grandmother’s favourite pastimes just before going to sleep at night was when I’d sit on the edge of her bed and recite the stories I’d made up. She encouraged me to start capturing them on paper, and I think I wrote my first story when I was about seven or eight.

What did it feel like watching your first book fledge and leave the nest?

An absolutely incredible feeling! A writer understands there never really is a “first book” in that often, there are many starts and stops to eventually get to the one book that you are confident in sharing with people. I’ve written several novels over my lifetime, starting in my early teens, but published none of them. In fact, I didn’t even publish my first full-length novel until late 2014 with the release of my gay police-procedural mystery/thriller, Pretty Boy Dead, the first in the Kendall Parker Mystery series.

Why this particular setting and era for Prince of the Sea?

I’ve been in love with Tybee Island, Georgia from the moment I visited the quaint little islet in my twenties; (I’m in my fifties now). I’ve always wanted to use the beautiful setting in a story, but I needed to wait for the right plot. The theme of Prince of the Sea had been percolating in my head for several years before I actually sat down to write the prose. It took a while because I needed to flush out the paranormal elements to be more cursory, and the mystery/thriller plot twist that would work in such a quiet, romantic place.

Are you character or plot driven?

What do you do if one of your characters starts developing at a tangent? That’s a tough one; some of my stories are definitely character driven, such as my Kendall Parker mystery series. Though some might argue the mysteries are plot driven, I’ve intended to focus on the series’ protagonist, Homicide Detective Kendall Parker – how he responds to situations in life based on his personal experiences, his values, etc., with plot being a very integral component to the novel, but secondary.

If you were in a tight corner and had to rely on one of your characters to save you, which would it be and why?
Most definitely the one I’d want to save me is homicide detective Sgt. Kendall Parker of the Atlanta Police Department. He may be a little rough around the edges, but he’s loyal to a fault. He tough, but fair, a former army veteran with a heart of gold; big and muscular, standing at 6’4”. He’s the kind of man who would lay down his life for his friends. He may not start the fight, but he’ll definitely end it.

If you had no constraints of time and a guarantee of publication, what book would you write?

I guess I would write my life story; a semi-fictional account of my life’s experiences growing up in a conservative, southern family.

Is there a classic book you started and simply couldn't finish?

Moby Dick. Not matter how much I tried, I just couldn’t get through it.

What’s your favourite gay fiction book? And why?

Oh, man, there are so many. If I had to choose just one, it would have to be The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. It was the single, most influential novel that I read in the teens which helped me realize it would be possible to fall in love with another man. Until reading the novel, I’d been subjected to all the horror stories, taunts, news reports that labelled homosexuality as a mental disorder (I came of age in the mid-70s).

What's your next project?

Prince of the Sea will be released via audio later this month, which is really exciting as the release with be my first in audiobook. I’ve preselected a narrator with my publisher, Lethe Press, but won’t be able to share more until later. Also, I am currently writing the second Kendall Parker Mystery.

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4 star review for Lessons in Love audio version

July 1st, 2016 (01:23 pm)

"I so enjoyed listening to this book! I thought Phil Mayes was note-perfect in his narration."

Read the rest at The Novel Approach.

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