OS: Another welcome to Joe Cosentino, author of Drama Muscle, the second Nicky and Noah comedy mystery. He’s given us a great glimpse into one of my favorite subjects: audiobooks! Here he interviews narrator Chip Hurley. Thanks Joe for sharing this!
Joe and Chip:
Joe: Hi Chip. Thanks for interviewing with me today.
Chip: I’m happy to come out of the closet. I mean take a break from recording in my audio booth.
Joe: Where are you from?
Chip: Atlanta, Georgia.
Joe: So you’re a Georgia peach.
Chip: Peachy keen.
Joe: Speaking of that, how did you get started in the audiobook field?
Chip: I was touched by the drama bug at the age of six when I wanted to be in plays. My parents let me be in a junior theatre performance of Alice in Wonderland in which I played Humpty Dumpty. I soon realized how controlling I was when I decided to read and memorize everyone’s lines, which eventually blossomed into wanting to be every character at once, hence: audiobooks. Since then I’ve dabbled in acting and improv comedy, but feel most at home behind the microphone. I wound up auditioning for a local audiobook company and ended up loving the work.
Joe: Good, because people love hearing your voice and your acting.
Chip: I’m blushing.
Joe: How do you know with your beard?
Chip: Good one.
Joe: Why do you use the name Philip Church for some audiobooks and Chip Hurley for others?
Chip: I have a split-personality. Philip is Chip’s evil twin. Kidding! Since I do children’s books, I use Chip Hurley for the racier books.
Joe: Drama Muscle isn’t racey.
Chip: There is that wild threesome sex scene with the bodybuilders in the locker room.
Joe: Well, if you want to get picky. What else attracted you to Drama Muscle, the second Nicky and Noah mystery?
Chip: My first and truest love in books is the Hitchiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams. I read it in the sixth grade. It was the first book to ever make me laugh out loud, and it set the bar pretty high. I got to read the sample for Drama Muscle and I immediately felt the same connection with the characters and humor, and I wanted the opportunity to channel them to make people laugh.
Joe: And you did a great job. I laughed out loud when hearing the audiobook, and I wrote it!
Chip: You’re giving me a big head.
Joe: “No pun intended,” as Nicky would say.
Chip: Terrific and totally true. “Try saying that three times fast,” as Nicky would say.
Joe: Was Drama Muscle your first gay-themed audiobook? First comedy? First mystery?
Chip: I recently had the pleasure of working with John Michaelsen on Prince of the Sea, another LGBT mystery published by Lethe Press. So while your Nicky and Noah mystery isn’t my first rodeo, I’ve not gotten too deep into the rabbit hole. Thanks to Drama Muscle I am really enjoying a genre that is new to me.
Joe: And so right for you!
Chip: Aw, shucks.
Joe: What was the biggest challenge in bringing Drama Muscle to audiobook life?
Chip: The protagonist, Nicky, is responsible for the majority of the humor, but much of it is very funny asides. While I’ve narrated from the perspective of a protagonist before, I had to stretch a little to make sure the listeners would get a comparable experience to the readers.
Joe: Not to mention the over twenty diverse characters voices you did to perfection.
Chip: That was great fun.
Joe: And great fun to write. Okay, enough talk about me. What do you think about me? How was it working with me?
Chip: You were the ideal author in working on an audiobook. You were hands-on but not controlling. I appreciated how you provided a character sheet that would help inform my voice/s, were always available for and open to questions, and listened to my directorial suggestions and trusted me to execute them.
Joe: All completely true. But you forget to mention my modesty. Why should audiobook lovers buy Drama Muscle?
Chip: It’s a very well balanced book in more than one way. The genres span across humor in various forms, mystery, and a sweet love/romance between college theatre professors Nicky and Noah. The cast size is just right. And the pace is perfect for its length. “No pun intended,” as Nicky would say.
Joe: Now I’m blushing—but agreeing. And don’t forget the cozy locations, fun plot twists and turns, and the surprise ending, which still surprises me!
Chip: Me too!
Joe: What might you be found doing when you aren’t narrating?
Chip: I might be reading comic books or playing video games, enjoying the great outdoors, or playing with my band. Japanese culture fascinates me, but I love traveling and learning about the myriad ways of life this planet has cultivated, and I hope to have the good fortune to travel the globe throughout my life.
Joe: How can audiobook fans find out more about you, Chip?
Chip: I love to meet new listeners. Just go to: https://www.facebook.com/philipchurchvocals
Joe: Thank you for your time and talent, Chip.
Chip: Right back at you, Joe.
DRAMA MUSCLE (a Nicky and Noah mystery)
a comedy/mystery/romance audiobook
by JOE COSENTINO, performed by Chip Hurley
It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!
2015-2016 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention:
“reading these books is like watching a fabulous comedic, murder mystery, action, adventure, romantic film.” “I was giggle snorting and laughing so much I had to stop reading. Joe Cosentino’s writing is absolutely flawless. He’s a master storyteller and will keep you guessing and utterly riveted until Drama Muscle’s highly satisfying ending. This is an absolute gem of a book, and series.” Divine Magazine
“Joe Cosentino has done it again! He has created another brilliant masterpiece for us all. A cozy sleuth mystery combined with humor and attractive themes.” Urban Book Reviews
“Book 1, Drama Queen was always going to be a hard act to follow with its belly ache laughter approach but in this “smirkathong” – yes I was smirking throughout the book, my top lip still aches – the author succeeded in delivering another comic classic!” Three Books Over the Rainbow
“a perfect balance of humor and romance into a continuously twisting plot.” “Cosentino will keep you entertained and guessing until the very end.” 3 Chicks After Dark
“If you like a fast-paced, humorous mystery with some quirky characters, lots of twists and the hot, sensual, man-sex, this is definitely for you. I promise you a laugh a minute!” Cathy Brockman Romance
“As with the first book, there are laugh out loud, completely funny sections. And enough of the mystery and suspense that keeps me reading” “I look forward to the next story” The TBR Pile
“laugh out loud funny” “Readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the killer to be revealed.” “As a romance, readers will love seeing Nicky and Noah settling in to living together in their Victorian home.” “I highly recommend this series.” Joyfully Jay Reviews
“Such a well woven story that is literally laugh out loud funny.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“Joe Cosentino offers his readers something original and very different to the generic contemporary M/M romances out there and because of that I can’t recommend Drama Muscle enough; it is another moment of genius by Joe Cosentino!” Kirsty Loves Books
“This is a wonderful addition to the series! I fell in love with Nicky in the first book and he just gets better. Filled with humor and action. Noah evolves in this story, his character grows into a more mature yet still adorable sidekick to Nicky. They are perfect together, in detective work and in family situations. I hope that there are more to follow.” Crystals Many Reviewers
“This book is a comic romp that simultaneously celebrates and lampoons a mash-up of genres: the bloodless murders (in this case six) of Agatha Christie and her ilk, the screwball movie mysteries of Nick and Norah Charles (it’s Nick and Noah here), and the simile-rich voice-overs of film noir– all updated for a gay context.” Elisa Rainbow, Rainbow Awards
“Everything about this story is wonderfully over the top! The murders, the hilarious romances, each scene funny as the body count gets higher….Need a dose of slapstick and romance in your life (and at the moment who doesn’t)? Make your acquaintance with Nicky and Noah and their Mystery series. You could start here. It certainly works as a stand alone but starting at the beginning (with DRAMA QUEEN) is so much fun. Grab up both and read them together. And let the chuckles ensue!” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He also wrote the other novels in the Nicky and Noah mystery series: Drama Muscle and Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the Dreamspinner Press novellas In My Heart: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland; the Cozzi Cove series Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); the Jana Lane mysteries Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose 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. Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015. He has won many Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions, including for Drama Muscle. Upcoming is Drama Luau (the fourth Nicky and Noah mystery). http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Cover Art: Denny Minonne
Cover Design: Inkspiral Design
Length: 6 hours
Audiobook release date: February 22, 2017