Saturday, February 07, 2015

An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino ~ Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

An Infatuation

It is always a pleasure to welcome new authors to Sinfully, and today we are delighted Joe Cosentino had the time to stop by and chat about his latest novella An Infatuation. You can also read an excerpt from the book and Joe is generously gifting an e-copy of An Infatuation to one lucky reader… All you need to do is leave a comment on YOUR first infatuation.



As a kid I played make believe constantly. “Let’s put on a show!” was my motto. I played all the characters—male and female. Hm, that explains a lot. Thankfully my parents and teachers indulged me rather than committed me.

When I told my mother I wanted to be an actor, she said, “Take this knife and stick it through my heart.” I did it anyway, and acted on stage and screen with stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Jason Robards, and Nathan Lane. I always enjoyed improvisation as an actor, and I saw writing as an extension of that. So I decided to give playwriting a try. When I told my mother I wanted to write a play, she said, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” I wonder if Shakespeare’s mother said that?  Anyway, An Infatuation began as a one-act play. Hasn’t everyone been infatuated with someone? Think about your first infatuation. There’s nothing more powerful.
            I was thinking back to my high school days, and how difficult it was back then for a gay teen before GLSEN, PFLAG, and Will and Grace. Lab partners, gym locker rooms, and club meetings were super important. At my high school reunion, I realized that all the troublemakers had become police officers, and all the homophobes had come out as gay. A story was born.

            When the one-act play was a hit, I expanded and morphed it into a novella. While the situation is fictitious, Harold is based on me, and some things I went through in high school. I really admire Harold’s resilience, honesty, intelligence, wit, and ability to keep going in trying situations. His heart may be broken, but his spirit always stays intact. Harold’s devotion to his spouse is admirable, as is his honesty about his teenage infatuation with Mario. Stuart, Harold’s devoted spouse, is very much like my devoted spouse. Mario is a combination of many supposedly straight, perfect guys who gay guys so easily become infatuated with every day. I love that the story spans twenty years so we see Harold (and Mario) develop and mature in their special relationship. I also love that Harold and Mario come full circle at their high school reunion. 

            I know this story will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart, because it’s all of our stories. We’ve all had an infatuation, and this novel is a testament to that. Please email me via my web site and tell me about your experience with the book. Prop your feet up, and enjoy!


An Infatuation by Joe Cosentino


Title ~ An Infatuation

Author ~ Joe Cosentino

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 4th February 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.


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One Friday afternoon I accidentally ran into my hero in the boy's locker room. I’d had enough of the big guys banging me into gym lockers, pushing me into cold showers, and hanging me from the gym ropes. So I was on my way to give Mr. Adoni a note from Dr. Dlorah excusing me from gym class for the remainder of the school year (due to my highly contagious disease being studied by my doctor in Guatemala, where he could not be reached for the next year).

The locker room smelled of an odd combination of soap, cologne, sweat, and desire. Mario was getting ready for football practice, standing at his gym locker without a combination lock on it. Nobody would dare to break into it (Except for me that one time I smelled his jock strap. Okay maybe it was a few times, but not more than ten.). Mario slid his T-shirt (red today) over his thick, black hair and threw it on the nearby bench. No longer harnessed by cotton, his arm, back, chest, and neck muscles swelled to full size. I was half hidden behind the adjoining row of lockers, wearing my usual green and blue flannel shirt and brown corduroy pants. Mario, who wasn’t looking in my direction, said something really beautiful to me that I will never forget. “Hi.”

“Did you just? Oh. Hi. Hello. Good afternoon. Nice to see you. I mean, change with you.” I looked down at the floor (but cheated a bit) as Mario kicked off his boots, slipped off his jeans then threw them in the lucky locker. His red underpants (briefs) revealed ample manhood. This is better than the newspaper’s underwear ads!

“Good gym class today with Mr. Adonis, I mean, Mr. Adoni.” Did I just say that? “Harold High.”


“High.” How can I get my pulse down to 260?

“Hi.” Mario reached into his locker for his sweat clothes.

Shouldn’t people be doing that for you? “Oh, my last name is High. Like a kite.” How can I stop my arms from waving like an airport flagger on speed?

“Mario Ginetti. Like nothin’ else imaginable.” Mario smiled, revealing a row of perfectly white teeth, and held the sweat clothes in his hands as if he was mortal.

“I know. I watch your body play.” Why can’t I stop talking? “I mean, I watch you play … football … on the field … in your football outfit.” I feel like Michelangelo with his David!

As Mario put on his sweats, I continued to sweat.

“I'm voting for your body … I mean I'm voting for you for president of your … our … the student body.” I need my jaw wired shut. “I’m your lab partner in Chemistry class. Ms. Hungry’s class … I mean Ms. Hunsley’s class.”

His olive-colored face glistened as Mario’s face registered recognition—of me! “I thought I knew you from somewheres. Hey, thanks for doing the lab reports.”

“It’s my honor … I mean my pleasure. It’s fine. If you need help putting up posters for your campaign, I can … ”

Having just tied the laces of his sneakers, Mario stood absolutely still. He looked at me as if he was staring into my heart and somehow knew what I was feeling. “I gotta take a wicked piss.”

Can I watch?

“Thanks for helping me out, Buddy.” He slammed the locker door and left.

He called me, Buddy! My heart was as soft and silly as putty that Mario held in the palm of his hand like his soap on a rope.



Meet Joe Cosentino

Joe Cosentino is the author of the acclaimed mystery novel, Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek 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. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote a musical theatre adaptation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals), and 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 Porcelain Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Drama Queen (Lethe Press).




Now that you know a bit about my new novella, I’d like to hear about your first infatuation. How, when, and where did you meet? What feelings did it evoke within you? What happened when you made contact? How did things progress, or not progress? Post a paragraph about your infatuation, your email address, and whether you prefer mobi, e-pub, or PDF. The Sinfully team will pick the one that tickles their libido the most and email me the information, and I will forward the e-book novella to you.

Happy infatuations!


  1. Hey, my first crush and kiss happened in 3rd grade on the play ground. Lasted for a couple of weeks and then he broke my heart by "liking" another girl. Sob! But we met up at the 10 year reunion and we figured out that we had crushed on each other off and on for years.
    mobi format works for me.

  2. My first crush was one of my classmates in kindergarten. He was a really nice friend to me, came to visit me at my house and all, since we lived pretty close by, until he and his family moved out of the country when we were in 2nd. grade. I was heartbroken about that and never saw him again. PDF is fine for me. Thanks for the chance!

  3. I remember my crush from high school. He was a real cutie. Platinum blonde hair and blue eyes, and he loved to laugh. He was one of the popular guys and a real playboy. Heard about his escapades on Mondays after his wild weekends. I had told one of our mutual friends that I had a crush on him. I happened to hear a conversation between him and said person.

    Friend "You know that Denise likes you"
    Crush "Oh, I didn't realize"
    Friend "yeah "
    Crush " She's nice but kinda too fat for me."

    I never let him know I had heard. Over that summer I exercised and lost 15lbs. I felt good about myself. On the first day of school, I saw him in the hall and waved. It was as though I didn't exist. I was crushed. I had thought if I lost weight he would see me as a romantic interest. Over the course of high school we were distant friends. I heard he joined the Navy and got a girl pregnant. I went on to school and married. At our 15 year class reunion he was there. He was friendly and we talked some. Afterward I found out he was gay and lives with his partner. I never did tell him about the conversation I overheard.

    any format as I read on my computer

    1. Congratulations! ~ we have chosen your infatuation story as the winner for our post. It was a difficult choice as there are some great stories here. But we loved the way that by over hearing something negative you managed to turn it into a positive for yourself :-) Well, done!

    2. Thank you . Look forward to reading

  4. I had a crush for two years on this guy and the school year was ending meaning we would have to transfer out to another school for the following year. I had decided to confess and just get it out in the open but a few hours before I was about to do it he himself had decided he wanted to confess to his crush (who by the way turned out to my close friend)...needless to say I was heartbroken.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

    PDF or EPUB will work.

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  6. My 1st infatuation was on my kindergarten classmate. Nothing ever happened because I was too shy and he decided to move my chair during graduation so that my fruit punch spilled all over me and my pretty dress! I remember being so sad but mostly because I really wanted to drink that punch! Anyway, he moved away soon after that but we became classmates again in middle school. We became friends again and laughed about my punch!

    Thank you for the excerpt! I love books that make me laugh so it is definitely at the top of my Want to Read List!

    mobi format, please!

  7. yes when I was 16teen I had a crush on this guy,he used to tease me all the time only when other people were around,then he moved but I seen him later in my 20's,he told me that he had always liked me that is why he teased me,i told him he should have told me then, because now I was in a serious relationship to late I love epub for my kobo

  8. When I was 11 I became infatuated with whom I thought was the cutest guy in school. He was a year older than me but at that young age he looked so masculine and portrayed this bad boy persona. We started talking and holding hands. That went on for the entire year and I was happy as hell. The next year he didn't go to the same school so I never saw him again.
    A year ago, out of curiosity, I googled his name. I can't believe that at the age of 54 I still remembered! Well, what I saw made me laugh so hard I nearly pissed myself! It was a newspaper report where it talked about him just being released from jail!! I guess he took the bad boy persona quite seriously! He didn't look anything like the boy I knew. He was fat, unkempt, ugly to the point that I got shivers! Hahaha!!! I sent the link to my sister, who also knew him back then and she laughed as hard as I did.
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  9. I had just moved to a new school and had a crush on a boy in 4th grade. I was beyond excited that he passed me a note and opened it immediately, during a teacher lesson. Here I was thinking that the note would state, "Would you go out with me...with a check box for a yes or no". To my surprise, it was a nude comic that he drew (and yes it was an amazing drawing, including very identifiable male and female anatomy). The teacher grabbed the note, not seeing that it was passed to me and was horrified. I was sent to the principal's office.....and I never thought about my secret crush again!!!!

  10. My first crush was with the neighbor hood good looking kids, at least at that time I thought, of course all the kids in wanted him to be their best friend or boy friend. I was to shy to say or do anything. So it want no where. But I still can remember him after all this years because it made me face up to that if I wanted something in life only I could get it or not. I thank you for this book and i am going to enjoy reading it

  11. Opps I forgot to give my email.
    I'm not sure I have a Kindle paperwhite, I think mobi ?