Let’s meet Connie Acosta from New Beginnings (A Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery), a Cozy Mystery, by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your latest book.
New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Book #1) by Karen Cino
Genre Cozy Mystery
Book heat level PG 17
After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazzo, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.
Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades earlier. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.
Stressing Connie Acosta
Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.
Please tell me about your heroine.
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Ethnicity: White – Italian American
What does your heroine look like?
Connie is five foot four with shoulder length light brown hair and big brown eyes. She is average built, carrying around those extra fifteen pounds since she hit menopause.
Who is the significant other in her life?
She is currently dating Vic, one of the residents.
The Heroine’s Relaxed Side
This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
It’s a dance with a DJ playing 1970’s disco music with a splash of 50’s and 60’s music.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
She enjoys the dance music but feels that there’s something else going on. When not dancing she stands arms folded surveying the room.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
She’ll remain aloof, not knowing her best friend’s friends, taking it all in.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
How much drink is her usual?
Her limit is two glasses.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
To avoid someone.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She’s the friend that other’s latch onto since she’s the new lady in the community and remains mysterious to the residents.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
She’ll tell them exactly where to go. LoL
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
She’ll do the tossing if she sees seething that isn’t right, especially people who become intoxicated.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Connie is never the last to leave. Usually she’s the second person to go.
The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side
How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
She’s not going to be happy at all. She’ll voice her feelings and tell them to do their job and find the cupric.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
The first thing she will do is turn to see where it is coming from and follow the scream.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
She need to do something.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She dials 011. If there’s no one around to help she’ll be right their to assist.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
COnnie will continue to help the person in distress.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does she do?
Besides rolling her eyes in disgust, she says hello, nice seeing you again and keeps on walking.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
COnnie will offer to give her a hand, trying her best to turn the situation into a positive ending.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
She tells herself that she’s living in the moment. Tomorrow will be better.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Don’t lose your cool.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
That yelling doesn’t get you anywhere.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your heroine?
Connie is down to earth. She was handed a couple of bad hands later in life. But she did get back on her feet and move on with her life.
Where to buy New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #1)
Publisher Mandolay Press
Karen Cino Social Media
Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.Karen is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Liberty States Fiction’s Writers Association and Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.Currently, Karen is working on a Cozy Mystery Series and Women’s Fiction Series.
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