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Cozzi Cove #5
It’s summertime, the perfect season for another trip to Cozzi Cove: the magical place where nothing is what it seems and romance is always in the sea air. Welcome back to hunky Cal Cozzi’s seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore.
This summer Cal is visited by Kevin Donovan, a handsome man from his past who makes Cal a tempting offer to buy Cozzi Cove and provide financial security to Cal and Michael’s baby.
Cal’s Wall Street sister, Taylor, has hopped aboard Kevin’s green wagon. However, Cal’s husband, Michael, and Taylor’s wife, Carla, aren’t convinced, sensing something much deeper in Kevin’s offer than meets the roving eye.
Cal’s exhibitionist new houseboy, Carlos, is smitten with Cal’s sweet-faced nanny, Alfred, who carries a shocking secret in his magic Mormon underwear.
Middle-aged matchmaker Gilead has matched guests Marine Master Sergeant Matt Pummel and much younger businessman Keone Paoa to the chagrin of cute young lawyer Luis Lui.
As skeletons come out of their closets, the bears and cubs search for their true honey. Woodsy guest Nyx Oberon meets a sexy werewolf at the cove and they share a howling moonlit night. Nyx believes his newfound lover could be part of a much larger plan that would change his life and the world forever.
Will Cal, his family, and his guests have happy endings? It’s Cozzi Cove after all.
Carlos meant it. “I bet you’ll be a good nurse, Alfred.”
“Thanks. I’ll bet you’ll be a good personal trainer.” He smiled. “Do they have nude gyms?”
“Actually, they do, but my gym will be ‘clothing optional.’ Hopefully I can find a gym near a nude beach or a nudist colony.”
“Is that where you want to live?”
“Yeah. Being a nudist has a lot of benefits.”
“I don’t have to worry about pickpockets or hold out my hand to see if it’s raining.”
They shared a laugh.
“Besides, nudism is in my DNA.”
Alfred replied, “Your parents are nudists?”
“Just around the house.” Carlos slid to the edge of the rock. “Do you believe in past lives?”
Alfred shrugged. “I haven’t really thought about it.”
“You should. Knowing who you were in past lives tells you a lot about yourself. And it might help your patients too.”
Alfred perked up. “Do you remember your past lives?”
Carlos nodded. “Thanks to my cousin in Brooklyn. She’s a hypnotist.”
“She hypnotized you?”
Carlos nodded again.
“By having me take rhythmed deep breaths and stare at a focal point. Then she asked me a bunch of questions and told me to verbalize whatever thoughts or images I saw in front of me.”
“What came out?”
“Nudism. So she took me back to uncover, no pun intended, where it all started.”
“Who were you, Lady Godiva?”
“My earliest reincarnation was Adam.”
“From the Bible?”
“Right. I had a blast running around the Garden of Eden in the buff.”
“I’m serious. In my next life, I was Noah.”
“With the ark?”
“Ugh huh. How do you think I got all those people and animals to follow me inside?”
“You were the first streaker.”
Carlos continued matter-of-factly, “I was also Moses.” He winked. “Being well-endowed helped me part the Red Sea. Then I was John the Baptist. Tossing off my camel’s hair coat and walking naked into the Jordan River was how I attracted that big crowd. When they saw my body, they couldn’t wait for me to baptize them.” He tented his fingers. “I was also Plato. I had lots of fun running around naked at the Academy of Athens with Socrates and Aristotle. Oh, and my dick got caught in the wires when I invented the telephone.”
“You were Alexander Graham Bell?”
Carlos nodded. “And Benjamin Franklin. Feeling electricity running through my naked body under that kite was an intense experience.”
“Who was your last incarnation?”
“Richard Nixon.” He imitated the ex-president. “I am not a crook. I am a nudist.”
Alfred guffawed. “Interesting how your past incarnations were all famous people.”
“That’s because I’m special.” Carlos winked at him. “You seem pretty special too, Alfred. Hey, you should make an appointment with Carmelita to find out about your past lives.”
“I have enough trouble focusing on this life.”
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Author Joe Cosentino Interviews
His Leading Characters, Cal Cozzi and Michael Rodgers
Joe: Welcome, Cal and Michael.
Cal: Thanks, Joe. It’s nice to get out of your head for a while.
Michael: Though Cal and I always enjoy being together in tight corners.
Joe: This is our fifth Cozzi Cove novel together.
Cal: I’ll never forget when Michael tried to gay bash me in book one.
Michael: Which you never let me forget.
Joe: Since then you’ve gone from lovers to boyfriends to husbands and now fathers.
Cal: Michael’s the only man for me.
Michael: Cal is my first and only love.
Cal: And I mean to keep it that way.
Michael: You know it.
Joe: Cal, you manage Cozzi Cove, and Michael you’re a photojournalist working for a gay magazine.
Michael: And I’m way younger than Cal.
Cal: Which he never lets me forget.
Joe: Tell the readers what you both look like.
Cal: I’m on the cover of book one: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back.
Michael: And I join Cal on the cover of book two: Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward.
Joe: Care to tell everyone who’s on the cover of the other books?
Cal: My brother George is on book three: Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out.
Michael: The houseboys are featured next with Billy Dean on book four, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, and now Carlos on book five, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings.
Cal: How come our first houseboy, Connor, was never featured on a cover?
Michael: He was probably too busy having sex on the cove.
Cal: I have a question for you, Joe. What led you to write a fifth novel in the series?
Joe: You two guys whispering in my ear at night.
Michael: Taylor probably offered him money.
Joe: Actually, it was the readers. I received messages on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and his web site begging for another Cozzi Cove novel. One reader wrote that he needs another vacation at Cozzi Cove before he loses his mind! So, we are offering mental health. Hah. They also said they missed the quirky characters, mystery, drama, sweet romance, plot twists and turns, beautiful locations, and happily ever after endings. I missed them too! What was it like for you both having another Cozzi Cove adventure?
Cal: Michael and our baby, C.J., make me incredibly happy. And I’m faced with quite a challenge in this book about the future of Cozzi Cove. And as usual the guests provide stories full of humor, secrets, and shocking surprises.
Michael: Taylor and I come to a new understanding in this book. My sister-in-law Carla unleashes quite an announcement. And, of course, the book has lots of hot romance!
Joe: In case anyone hasn’t read them—
Cal and Michael: And they should!
Joe: Tell them about the series.
Michael: Cozzi Cove is a magical place on the New Jersey Shore where nothing is what it seems, and romance is always in the sea air. In each of the novels, you get my story with Cal and our family and friends, and four additional interwoven stories about the tantalizing guests in the bungalows.
Is Cozzi Cove a real place?
Cal: It’s my home with my family. I grew up there with so many great memories.
Michael: Our great-grandfathers built the town and all the bungalows on the resort.
Cal: My father, sensing his son’s orientation, decided to run it as a gay resort. I took control after my folks passed away.
Joe: But in reality, I made it up. It’s based on a spot at the New Jersey Shore that I visited every summer as a kid. My family had a bungalow near the beach, bay, and a private cove that formed when soft rocks were worn away by the sun and salty water faster than the harder rocks surrounding them. This created a stunning bay of turquoise water shielded by large rocks in the distance and smaller rocks near the water’s edge. Every summer my sister and I swam and made sandcastles at the beach, waded in the bay, played miniature golf, ate salt water taffy, and jumped up and down on trampolines.
Cal: We all get to do the same things in Cozzi Cove.
Joe: You noticed. Tell the readers a bit about the story in book five.
Cal: Michael and I enjoy sharing the cove with our one-year old son, C.J., Cal Junior.
Michael: When Cal worries about our financial future, Kevin Donovan, Cal’s old football buddy from high school, appears at Cozzi Cove offering to buy the resort for a hefty fee. Of course, Cal’s top one-percenter sister, Taylor, is ready to host a moving party. However, I do some investigating and find out Kevin’s offer isn’t exactly what it seems.
Cal: I also hire a new houseboy and nanny and romantic sparks fly between them. Carlos is an exhibitionist who believes he is the reincarnation of Adam, the first man. Alfred has Mormon paraphernalia is his bureau. However, this is Cozzi Cove. Nothing is actually what meets the eye. Nobody knows that better than me.
Michael: Also, a professional matchmaker, Gilead, checks in with his clients: Marine Master Sergeant Matt Pummel, young businessman from Hawaii Keone Paoa, and young writer Luis Lui. Two matches are made, but who ends up with whom will surprise you.
Cal: Finally, another guest, Nyx believes he was abducted by aliens in the woods. When he meets Kurt, who believes he is a sexy werewolf, the two share some tantalizing moonlit nights leading to a shocking climax that could affect the whole world.
Joe: And each couple has a HEA.
Cal: Of course! This is Cozzi Cove.
Joe: What do you see as the theme of this book?
Cal: Don’t you know? You wrote it.
Michael: I think it’s that we all need to feel special, love, and be loved.
Joe: Sounds good to me. Why do you both think the readers love the Cozzi Cove beach series so much?
Michael: Who wouldn’t fall in love with Cal? He’s handsome, smart, caring, honest, and true.
Cal: And Michael is sexy, loyal, and the man of my heart. He always has my back.
Michael: Isn’t it the other way around?
Cal: No comment. Also, Cozzi Cove is a magical place, where anything can happen.
Joe: Which other character do you enjoy the most?
Michael: Our baby, C.J., though only one years old is quite the charmer.
Cal: My new houseboy, Carlos, is a nudist who believes he was famous nudists in his past lives. His relationship with our new nanny, Alfred, has lots of surprises.
Michael: And Gilead the matchmaker is a riot. After reading the book, you’ll be quoting his phrases. Nyx and Wolf are out of this world—seriously.
Joe: Which character didn’t you like?
Michael: Kevin Donovan.
Cal: I’m not surprised.
Joe: The readers will have to read the book to find out why. It’s quite a story with lots of emotional peaks.
Cal: Just when you think you’ve figured it out, there’s a game changer.
Joe: And we’ve won Favorite Book of the Month at The TBR Pile and Rainbow Award Honorable Mention.
Cal: And you’ve written a teleplay pilot.
Michael: Hear that, producers! Make Joe an offer! Cal and I are ready for the screen.
Joe: Who might play you?
Michael: Corbin Bleau.
Cal: Who do you think should play me, Joe?
Joe: Matt Bomer.
Cal: But I have red hair and green eyes.
Joe: Who cares? It’s Matt Bomer.
Michael: I have a question for you, Joe.
Joe: I’m supposed to be interviewing you.
Cal: You’re also supposed to be writing your own books and we whisper into your ear what to write.
Michael: Will there be more Cozzi Cove novels?
Joe: As they say, “Never say never.”
Cal: As a college professor/department head, how do you have the time to write?
Joe: At night in my study, documenting all of your antics.
Michael: How long does it generally take you to write a book?
Joe: About three months working evenings and weekends.
Cal: With our help.
Joe: Readers have compared the books to Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series. How do you feel about that?
Cal: Incredibly humbled.
Michael: And thrilled!
Joe: Thanks, Cal and Michael. Tell the readers how they can contact you.
Michael: Through Joe. We love hearing from readers!
Cal: You can contact us at: http://www.JoeCosentino.
So grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head back to Cozzi Cove. I have a bungalow waiting just for you. I hope to see YOU there!
About the author:
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s Readers Poll for Best LGBT Mystery Novel, Best LGBT Humorous Novel, and Best LGBT Contemporary Novel of the Year. He wrote the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (TBR Pile Book of the Month/Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Favorite), Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holidays and The Perfect Gift, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland; 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. Joe was voted 2nd Place Favorite LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards! Upcoming novels and novellas are Drama Castle, Drama Dance, and Drama Faerie, Nicky and Noah mysteries; The First Noel, Bobby and Paolo Holiday Story Book 3 (Dreamspinner Press); and Holiday Tales from Fairyland, Tales from Fairyland Book 2.
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