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?
Jana stops by today to give us some details about her upcoming comeback film and some of the problems that arise from it. Read and enjoy!
Hello, Molly Lolly readers. My name is Jana Lane. I was the most famous child star in America until I was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen. Paper Doll tells that back story. Now in PORCELAIN DOLL by Joe Cosentino (just released by The Wild Rose Press) at thirty-nine I live in a mansion in the Hudson Valley, New York. That is where I am making my comeback film—a murder mystery. However, art is imitating life as real murder ensues on the set when our assistant director, Ryan O’Halloran, is murdered when a light falls on him during shooting—with everyone standing near him. Since the local detective is a bumbler, it is up to me to figure out who is murdering members of my film and why.
As a child star I learned how to do many stunts for my movies like diving, riding my horse Ginger, climbing trees, and even forensic science. I get to use all of those things in solving the mysteries in PORCELAIN DOLL.
In my comeback film, His Obsession, I play a married ex-child star being stalked by her personal assistant, played by Trevor Masquer, a James Dean type rebel without a cause. Tom Strong, a John Wayne type actor, plays my husband. Jason Apollo, America’s heartthrob plays the detective on the case and my love interest. And boy is he a looker with his sculpted features, sparkling blue eyes, thick blond hair, and a muscular body. Though he’s one of the biggest box office movie stars, he has a sensitive, boyish quality and slight southern accent that turns women into putty. Jason stood up with me against Reverend Charlton who is trying to shut down our film because he’s decided it is immoral.
I hope you read PORCELAIN DOLL by Joe Cosentino published by The Wild Rose Press, a page-turning mystery romance with clever plot twists, engaging characters, and lots of clues leading to a shocking conclusion. Here are a couple of the rave reviews:
“Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine
“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews
The reviews rave about me, but I give Joe Cosentino, the man behind the woman, all the credit. He tells me what to say, think, and do. He’s great like that.
And watch out for my future releases in the next few months. In Satin Doll my family and I head to Washington, DC, where I play a US senator in a new film, Madam Senator, and become embroiled in murder and corruption at the senate chamber. I also embark on a flirtation with Chris Bruno, the ex-football player/detective. In China Doll, I head to New York City to star in a Broadway play, China Doll, and become enchanted by my gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. And there’s more to come. So start reading!
As Jana sat waiting for Jack to call for action, she looked up at Jason’s encouraging face. She again was taken aback by his incredible beauty.
Reverend Charlton and Gloria reentered the study.
Jack called for quiet and action. Jana and Jason played the scene, where the detective notifies her of her husband’s death. Jason delivered his lines with warmth, vulnerability, and obvious affection for Jana. In turn, Jana listened then reacted with deep emotions, conveying shock, loss, fear, and hysteria while being comforted by the man she trusted. Jana clutched onto Jason with such force, her fingernail accidently tore a hole in his jacket.
“Cut!” Jack hollered.
While the wardrobe woman repaired Jason’s jacket, Jana noticed Reverend Charlton step out of the study again, this time with Ryan O’Halloran.
After the two men returned, and the jacket was mended, Jack called for slate and action for take two. Jana and Jason did the scene two more times. Each take was more realistic and heart-wrenching than the next, and each appeared as if it were the first time Jana was given the sad news.
After the third take, Jack shouted, “Cut! It’s a wrap. Ryan, let’s move on to the next location.”
Jana wiped the tears from her cheeks.
Jason placed his hand on the side of her face. “You’re amazing.”
“You’re not so bad yourself, partner.”
“You make me better,” he said with adoration in his true-blue eyes.
They shared a smile as again people hurried around the room like ants after a picnic.
Suddenly, Jana heard a loud crash followed by a scream. Leaping from her chair, she followed the horrified gazes of the others in the room to Ryan O’Halloran lying motionless on the floor with a Fresnel tungsten shuttered light next to his head, and blood dripping from his scalp onto the hardwood floor.
Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation & A Shooting Star & A Home for the Holidays & The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). 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. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Satin Doll the third Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), China Doll the fourth Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Cruise the third Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.