Play Is It True with today’s guest Karen Cino, author of New Beginnings (Camp Mirage Series Book 1), a cozy mystery. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, 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.

Book Heat Level: (Based on Movie Rating) PG 13

Publisher: Mandolay Press

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
this book is part of a series?
Yes. This is book one of the Camp Mirage Series
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes. When I’m in the groove, I want to keep on going.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I moved into a 55 and older community. Boy it’s more like being in high school.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. It’s a cozy mystery with a romance as the subplot
you speak more than one language?
you grew up where you live now?
you love to read?
Yes! I read every night before I got to sleep
you are never late?
Yes. I hate tardiness!
you love pizza?
Yes. But it doesn’t love me.
you love sushi?

you have a pet?
No. But I’m the first to offer to doggie sit my daughter and neighbors dogs.
Where can we find your book online?
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Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article 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. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, 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.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

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