THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND
Novella by Joe Cosentino
Audiobook Performed by Joel Leslie
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Word is so happy to have Joe Cosentino here today to talk about the latest audiobook release of THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND narrated by Joel Leslie. Welcome, Joe!
I had terrible insomnia as a kid. So my older sister read me fairytales in bed each night. Like me, the leading characters were generally different and didn’t fit in. I wanted to live in those palaces, meet the charming princes, and bring financial equality to those amazing kingdoms. However, I was saddened to see no openly gay characters in any of them.
So I wrote my rainbow spin on my favorite fairytales. The four magical stories are all set in a place I call Fairyland. “The Naked Prince” is a different take on the Cinderella story. Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Will Cinder and Prince Charming confront their manipulative mothers, bring equality to the kingdom, find themselves, and find one another? In “The Golden Rule,” when he is caught with nimble Jack, eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden is thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents. With nowhere else to go, he breaks into the home of three men living on Bear Mountain. Bo and Butch enjoy having a young roommate, but Ben isn’t convinced. Will Gideon and Ben make vinegar or honey? “Whatever Happened To … ?” takes place on Christmas Eve. A reporter living on Andersen Lane interviews a celebrity for the Queen Newspaper series, “What Ever Happened To … .” Friction ensues between the celebrity with the growing appendage who can’t tell fact from fiction, and the reporter who has a thing for giants. Eventually a romantic spark is lit between the two as Christmas Day arrives, and they realize they have more in common than living in Fairyland. Finally in “Ice Cold,” after losing their families during the great ice storm in the northernmost kingdom of Fairyland, young Gaelen and Kieran pledged their love for one another. When Isidore rides into Frost Village on his elaborate sleigh, Kieran follows the handsome prince to his castle in Arctic Kingdom, where Kieran becomes Isidore’s bewitched slave. This leads Gaelen on an amazing adventure to find his true love and melt his frozen heart.
The novella released to praise and strong reviews, mentioning the humor, drama, sweet romance, clever plot twists and turns, and of course the happily ever after endings. Going back to my days listening to my sister read to me, I asked the staff at Dreampinner Press if we could produce an audiobook of the novella. I was so pleased when they agreed with me that these stories had to be read for the full Fairyland effect. I was equally happy when they concurred that Joel Leslie, who has a number of Dreamspinner Press books on his impressive resume, was the performer for the job. As an actor, Joel is skilled at creating enticing, diverse, and mesmerizing characters through voice. His numerous accents and vocal styles make him incredibly diverse, sexy, and fun to enjoy. You’ll laugh out loud at his wicked Stepmother, be turned on by Ben the bear, fall in love with Prince Charming, giggle at Cinder’s celestial fathers, and cry along with Gaelen as he searches all over Ice Kingdom for his lover Kieran. I’m sure you’ll agree that Joel and his superior audio technology beautifully bring these four enticing, international stories to fairytale life in this captivating audiobook.
I hope everyone listens to these amazing tales. They will no doubt bring you back to the fun and fantasy of your youth—along with adding a rainbow flair. Let’s move on next to a movie version of these tales. Hear that, Disney?
THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND
by JOE COSENTINO, published by Dreamspinner Press
E-book and Audiobook buy links included above
Audiobook performed by Joel Leslie
About The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland
Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic “Cinderella” tale, as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after. Enjoy “The Naked Prince” and three other reimagined Tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including “The Golden Rule,” where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain, “Whatever Happened To…?,” in which friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and the reporter who has a thing for giants, and “Ice Cold,” where young Gaelen must save his love Kieran after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.
Praise for The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland:
“This is a brilliant work, filled with imaginative twists and sly asides. This is adult literature, overflowing with sometimes gentle but often biting humor, and these fairy tales take on a new edginess without ever losing the morality underpinning each story. The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland gets my highest recommendation! If I could give it more than 5 Stars I would. Bravo, sir, bravo!” GGR Reviews
“Sometimes you are lucky enough to find an author that ticks every box you want as a reader, today I’m that lucky reader.” “a great saucy, fun collection and highly recommended.” Three Books over the Rainbow
“if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining read that will make you laugh, then you will probably like this collection of imaginatively retold and sometimes naughty fairy tales.” Rainbow Book Reviews
“Joe Cosentino is a wise and very funny man.” “a funny, delightfully original read” Divine Magazine
“I enjoyed seeing how Mr. Cosentino adapted stories many already know, but he still made them his own.” “I was dying laughing” Molly Lolly Reviews
“beautiful reimaginings with an LGBTQ twist” Prism Book Alliance
“the stories are all well done and smart, engaging, funny and sweet.” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
“The Naked Prince and Other tales from Fairyland is a fun, hilarious collection of stories. Joe outdid himself taking old favorites from our childhood and putting a grown-up spin on them.” “If you like gay princes, sexy bears, giants, reporters, fairy tales, comedy, suspense, and, sweet, fun man-sex, this is for you.” Cathy Brockman Romance
“If you haven’t read anything by Cosentino, you don’t know what you are missing. His humor and penchant for drama bring these old favorites a new life as he ventures deep into Fairyland.” “If you love fairytales, you’ve got to read the naughty versions – they are even better!” Joyfully Jay
“Each story in this book was so good and will take you into a different tale that will either have you laughing so much there will be tears in your eyes or will give you some very steamy scenes!” Inked Rainbow Reads
About the Author
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (NineStar Press), Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll Jana Lane mysteries (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, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. He was voted 1st Place Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Author of 2015 and 2nd Place Favorite LGBT Romance Author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine. He has also won many Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions including for In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star. Upcoming releases are Drama Luau (fourth Nicky and Noah mystery) and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (fourth Cozzi Cove beach novel, NineStar Press). http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com