The lovely Joe Cosentino is continuing to produce his acclaimed Nicky and Noah series in audio versions. Today we’re celebrating the release of Drama Dance in audio format – while admiring that… shall we say ‘prominently boxy’ cover? It certainly brightened my morning! Joe and Griswold are both here today, talking together about Christmas traditions, Griswold’s facility with accents, and the perils of recording an audio performance while hunky workers are hammering away on your house walls…
Take it away, boys…
Author Joe Cosentino interviews audiobook performer Griswold Addams at the release of the audiobook of Drama Dance, the 8th Nicky and Noah mystery
Joe: Hi, Griswold. This is our fifth interview.
Griswold: Like the five rings of the Olympics.
Joe: As Nicky might say, “I’m happier than an Olympiad when the press leave the men’s locker room.” You did an amazing job performing your fifth Nicky and Noah mystery audiobook, this time for Drama Dance, book 8!
Griswold: I’m on my toes.
Joe: As you know, in book 8 cute and cozy couple (Try saying that three times fast while gargling) Nicky and Noah stage a production of The Nutcracker Ballet at Treemeadow College in cozy Vermont.
Griswold: Noah plays the Cavalier. Though he isn’t cavalier with anyone but Nicky.
Joe: Before performing the audiobook, had you ever seen the internationally loved Nutcracker Ballet?
Griswold: Yes, I have, and multiple versions too. My favorite one features Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer.
Joe: The story is full of December holiday cheer. Do you have any rituals for the winter holidays?
Griswold: The family and I have two traditions that we always stick to every year. The first, is that we all get a cup of hot cocoa and drive around to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. The second is that during Christmas morning there is always a full breakfast spread that we graze upon all day long. With me as the baker of the household, I’m in charge of making the cinnamon rolls, cheesy sausage balls, gingerbread, scotch cake cookies, ginger cream cookies, Russian teacake cookies, and the snickerdoodles.
Joe: As you know, the Nicky and Noah mysteries are loaded with humor, mystery, romance, clues, red herrings, plot twists and turns, and a shocking but happy ending (pun intended). As always, you perform each character differently and perfectly, exactly as I had heard them in my head when writing the novel. You also did a nifty Russian accent, French accent, German accent, and East Indian accent. How did you create them?
Griswold: I have a gift of imitation. When I was a boy, I used to emulate everything I heard. So, I recalled various accents from my childhood: The Chef from the Little Mermaid (French), the angry Army officer in a Donald Duck cartoon (German), and of course the fat and happy father mouse from An American Tale (Russian). The East Indian accent is very similar to Apu from the Simpsons cartoon.
Joe: With each audiobook you continue to create different and wildly entertaining voices with such perfect comic timing.
Griswold: Stop, or I’ll get a big head—like Nicky (no pun intended).
Joe: Which character in the story was your favorite to voice and why?
Griswold: Nicky is becoming part of my persona. Why, just yesterday I noticed that I have now incorporated using metaphors in my vernacular almost as often as Nicky does!
Joe: Which character was the most difficult to voice and why?
Griswold: When Noah did his cosplay/improv scene. That particular voice was the most challenging to date. Ouch.
Joe: What was the biggest challenge in bringing Drama Dance to audiobook life?
Griswold: We had new siding put up on our house. So, trying to find time to record when there wasn’t a whole bunch of hammering was very difficult.
Joe: Why should audiobook lovers buy Drama Dance?
Griswold: Well because I’m in it, of course! And because if they want to continue with the sweet, lovable, caring, funny, and oh so adorable adventures of Nicky and Noah.
Joe: How can audiobook fans find out more about you?
Joe: Thank you for your time and talent, Griswold. I look forward to our next collaboration!
The audiobook of Drama Dance, the 8th Nicky and Noah mystery
A comedy/mystery/romance novel by Joe Cosentino. Audiobook performed by Griswold Addams
Length: 6 hours
Genre: MM, contemporary, mystery, humor, romance, dance, college
Cover Art: Jesús Da Silva
Release date: February 2022
Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is back at Treemeadow College directing their Nutcracker Ballet co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, their son Taavi, and their best friend and department head, Martin Anderson. With muscular dance students and faculty in the cast, the Christmas tree on stage isn’t the only thing rising. When cast members drop faster than their loaded dance belts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is cracking the Nutcracker’s nuts, trapping the Mouse King, and being cavalier with the Cavalier, before Nicky and Noah end up stuck in the Land of the Sweets. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining eighth novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on the Fairy—Sugar Plum that is, clumsy mice, malfunctioning toys, and murder!
Praise for the Nicky and Noah mysteries
“Joe Cosentino has a unique and fabulous gift. His writing is flawless, and his use of farce, along with his convoluted plot-lines, will have you guessing until the very last page, which makes his books a joy to read. His books are worth their weight in gold, and if you haven’t discovered them yet you are in for a rare treat.” Divine Magazine
“a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote… Loaded with puns and one-liners…Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you.” “the best modern Sherlock and Watson in books today…I highly recommend this book and the entire series, it’s a pure pleasure, full of fun and love, written with talent and brio…fabulous…brilliant” Optimumm Book Reviews
“adventure, mystery, and romance with every page….Funny, clever, and sweet….I can’t find anything not to love about this series….This read had me laughing and falling in love….Nicky and Noah are my favorite gay couple.” Urban Book Reviews
“For fans of Joe Cosentino’s hilarious mysteries, this is another vintage story with more cheeky asides and sub plots right left and centre….The story is fast paced, funny and sassy. The writing is very witty with lots of tongue-in-cheek humour….Highly recommended.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“This delightfully sudsy, colorful cast of characters would rival that of any daytime soap opera, and the character exchanges are rife with sass, wit and cagey sarcasm….As the pages turn quickly, the author keeps us hanging until the startling end.” Edge Media Network
“A laugh and a murder, done in the style we have all come to love….This had me from the first paragraph….Another wonderful story with characters you know and love!” Crystals Many Reviewers
“These two are so entertaining….Their tactics in finding clues and the crazy funny interactions between characters keeps the pages turning. For most of the book if I wasn’t laughing I was grinning.” Jo and Isa Love Books
“Superb fun from start to finish, for me this series gets stronger with every book and that’s saying something because the benchmark was set so very high with book 1.” Three Books Over the Rainbow
“The Nicky and Noah Mysteries series are perfect for fans of the Cozy Mystery sub-genre. They mix tongue-in-cheek humor, over-the-top characters, a wee bit of political commentary, and suspense into a sweet little mystery solved by Nicky and Noah, theatre professors for whom all the world’s a stage.” Prism Book Alliance
“This is one hilarious series with a heart and it just keeps getting better. I highly recommend them all, and please read them in the order they were written for full blown laugh out loud reading pleasure!” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite MM Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery novel.
He is also the author of
- the remaining Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle, Drama Dance, Drama Faerie, Drama Runway, Drama Christmas, Drama Pan, Drama TV;
- the Player Piano Mysteries: The Player and The Player’s Encore; the Jana Lane Mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll;
- the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Moving Forward, Stepping Out, New Beginnings, Happy Endings;
- the In My Heart Anthology: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star;
- the Tales from Fairyland Anthology: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland and Holiday Tales from Fairyland;
- the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories Anthology: A Home for the Holidays, The Perfect Gift, The First Noel;
- and the Found At Last Anthology: Finding Giorgio and Finding Armando.
His books have won numerous Book of the Month awards and Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions.
As an actor, Joe appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Jason Robards, and Holland Taylor. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College, Master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently a happily married college theatre professor/department chair residing in New York State.
Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com