Introduce yourself. What book are you from? Are you the hero, heroine, villain?
Hello, I’m Jana Lane from Joe Cosentino’s Jana Lane mysteries. I just asked Joe and he said I am definitely the heroine.
How did you come to your author’s attention?
Joe Cosentino acted on stage, film, and television opposite stars like Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Bruce Willis, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. He uses his insider knowledge of movie-making to craft fast-paced, page-turning, mystery romance novels with exciting plot twists and turns and white knuckle shocking endings. As a child Joe loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So he created me as the biggest child star in America until I was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. You can read all about how twenty years later I uncovered my attacker, and found out secrets about everyone I loved, in PAPER DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery. I’m proud to say the reviews were amazing. Here’s an example:
“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery (Paper Doll)” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite
As another Academy Award winning actress once said, They liked me. They really liked me.
Did you give your author a hard time when he was writing your story?
I would never give Joe a hard time. He’s such a nice guy. Though I do get tired of living in his head. I’m thrilled when he lets me out for a new book, and I’m thrilled to report there are more Jana Lane mysteries to come! Since the series takes place in the 1980’s, Joe includes a great deal of history, music, and fashion from the era like Flashdance, “Maniac,” layered hair, parachute pants, shoulder pads, lace gloves, Karen Carpenter’s death, and the still new AIDS epidemic and the devastation it caused when ignored by our political representatives. I help him out with the fashion.
What do you do for a living?
Now in my forties I am making a comeback—personally and professionally. In PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press) I starred in a thriller, His Obsession, which was shot at my mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. In the process of filming, I used various things I learned as a child star to uncover who was being murdered on the set and why. And I was nominated for an Academy Award! Also, my heart was set aflutter by my gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. The other suspects included my James Dean type young co-star, my older John Wayne type co-star, my children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production for “moral reasons,” and Jason’s agent. Again I’m excited to report the reviews were terrific, for example:
“Murder, mystery, and suspense are high inside of this brilliant masterpiece by Joe Cosentino.” “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.” Danielle Urban Universal Creativity Inc.
Now in SATIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press) my family and I head to Washington, DC, where I play a US senator in a new film, 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. Also, my husband goes through a personal crisis. There are some familiar faces like my old world, loyal, and hysterically funny agent, Simon Huckby, who produces the AIDS benefit that I host at the Ford Theatre. And there are my best friend and lawyer, Congressman Jackson Mitchell and his partner Adam, who host my family at their rustic home on a lake. I meet some new faces too like Senator Maxmillion, the Republican majority leader of the Senate, and Benjamin Topower, Maxmillion’s wealthy super pack contributor. And there is Senator Cassie Castle, the Democrat senator touted to run for Vice President. Cassie is a smart, strong woman who is deeply involved in protecting the environment, women’s rights, gay rights, education, and creating jobs, like her father before her. She is also quite charismatic. So in some ways she’s very much like Hillary Clinton. In many ways she is different. You see Cassie is dating the Republican majority leader of the Senate.
Who is the love of your life?
My husband Brian picked up the pieces and put me back together after I left the business twenty years ago. He has been my rock ever since, and I adore him. Brian’s an architect and the father of my three adorable boys. I may have flirtations in each of the books, but ultimately I’m a one-man woman and that man is Brian Otley.
What was the first thing you noticed about him?
Brian has chestnut-colored hair, hazel eyes, a little boy smile, and a quite muscular physique. He also has an incredible sense of humor, and he is quite patient with my moviemaking and sleuthing.
What’s your greatest fear?
As a child star I worked hard learning how to do things like steer a motorboat, swim for hours at a time, and ride my horse Ginger. Now in my forties in each book I reconnect with that girl who could outsmart the villains, perform acts of bravery, and save those she loved from every evil fate as I turn the tables on the murderer in the final reel.
What’s your motto in life?
There’s a child star in each of us that needs to be nurtured and protected. We are all special, worthwhile, and deserving of love and happiness.
How do the other characters in your book view you?
Brian sees me as a do-gooder. My best friend Jackson would say I’m a pushover for a good cause since I have hosted so many benefits for AIDS research. My agent Simon would say I’m his baby girl—who he discovered. Cassie Castle would tell you she’s proud of women like me, which makes me incredibly humble. Senator Maxmillion would proclaim me a bleeding heart liberal.
What do you think readers will find interesting about you?
As a movie star I live an amazing life surrounded by the glamorous world of show business, but I also value my time at home with my husband and my children. The detectives with whom I’ve come into contact told me I have the best mind in crime solving. I blushed.
What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?
In each book I have a flirtation with an enticing and gorgeous male co-star or detective, but I always come home to Brian with no guilt on my conscience.
Will we be seeing you in future books?
Releasing late May is CHINA DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), where I head to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by my gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. With my help, Joe is finishing the next book now, RAGDOLL, where I star in a television mystery series and once again life imitates art on the set.
What makes you happy?
Standing up for those unable to stand up for themselves, bringing a murderer to justice, and coming home to the strong arms of my husband and sweet kisses from my children.
What makes you mad?
I’ve come across a few so called religious leaders, politicians, and media personalities who use their wealth, power, media chops, and affiliations to demean others and try to take away their rights. So I stand up to them and protect the people they are persecuting.
Thank you for visiting with us Jana! Now let’s check out Satin Doll.
SATIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery by Joe Cosentino
published by The Wild Rose Press
Murder, corruption, and scandals rock Washington, D.C.… America’s most famous ex-child star, Jana Lane, is playing a US Senator in a 1983 film. Just as she and her family arrive in DC, two Washington power players are murdered, and Jana is caught in the web of intrigue and political scandal. Jana falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome detective assigned to the case, ex-professional football player and food aficionado, Chris Bove. Will Jana and Bove uncover the murderer’s identity and shocking secrets before Jana and her family become the Capitol’s next victims?
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery, Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Satin Doll the third 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 & Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (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. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are China Doll the fourth Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press) and Drama Cruise the third Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). Joe was voted favorite mystery author of the year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll of 2015.
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SATIN DOLL Excerpts:
Jana Lane, America’s most famous ex-child star, ran down a dark hallway in the north wing of the Capitol, causing the row of senators’ office to become a blur of brown. Sweat soaked through her beige business suit as her heart pounded in her ears. She turned a corner and Jana’s heels skidded to a halt on the marble floor as she screamed at the sight of—
After a gasp, Jana looked up at her husband’s handsome face. Thank God it was just a dream.
Brian leaned his muscular back on the gold circular headboard under the ruby-red satin canopy bedcover. “It must have been one heck of a nightmare.”
Jana noticed her beige satin nightgown was soaking wet. She pushed off the silver satin sheets. After walking past the circular fireplace without looking into the floor-length oval mirror, she headed into her walk-in closet and changed into a pink silk replacement.
“Care to tell your husband about it?”
She sat at her pink crushed velvet trimmed vanity, looked in the mirror, and brushed her long strawberry-blonde hair. “I don’t want to tell you.”
“I know what you’ll say.”
“Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?”
Jana placed the gold brush back on the vanity. “I was being chased by someone at the Capitol.”
“The Capitol Theatre?”
“No, the Capitol…in Washington, DC.”
Brain ran a strong hand through his thick, chestnut hair, and said like a television announcer, “Courtesy of Jana Lane’s next film, Madam Senator.”
Jana felt goosebumps as she looked over at the dias for the presiding officer—a rotating senator elected by the majority/Republican party. Her eyes spanned the one hundred desks in a semicircle, where senators sat by order of seniority with the majority leader (Josiah Maxmillion noticeably absent) and minority leader (Ben Stevens present) sitting front and center on each side.
The meeting resumed. Jana stood in awe and listened as senators took to the floor, yielding and accepting time to and from one another, making their case for or against the vast expense of taxpayers’ dollars.
After ten minutes had gone by, Jana realized she had left her notepad in Cassie’s office. Wanting to write copious notes about her meeting with Max and about the senate debate, Jana hurried through hallways and around corridors. Again flashbacks from her nightmare rendered her unable to move, but she commanded her legs to obey and miraculously found her way back.
Upon entering Cassie’s office, Jana noticed Cassie’s secretary and Lenore were not at their desks. Probably on their lunch breaks. Since Cassie’s office door was open, Jana peeked her head inside and gasped at the sight of Tamaya Stormcloud, lying motionless on the Persian rug, surrounded by a pool of blood.