Today I am so pleased to welcome Dahlia Donovan to Joyfully Jay. Dahlia has come to talk to us about her latest release, Cosplay Killer. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Knock. Knock.


“They could at least tap out a rhythm.” Dannel winked at Osian, who laughed against Dannel’s shoulder to muffle the sound.

“We can hear you laughing.” Olivia calmly interrupted their snickering fit. “We brought cake.”

Dannel glanced toward the door. “Cake?”

Osian tried to silence him with a searing kiss. “We aren’t that easy.”

“What kind of cake?”

“Made a Bakewell Swiss Roll.”

Dannel opened the door so fast it that he almost knocked a laughing Osian to the floor. “Sorry, Ossie.”

“Yeah, yeah, get the cake before they drop it.” Osian waved off the unnecessary apology. “Apparently, we are easy enough to be bought by pastry.”

“Cake.” Olivia handed over the plate to Dannel, who immediately made a beeline for the kitchen with his younger brother on his heels. “You’d think no one ever feeds them.”

“I shudder to think about how Auntie Rolina managed to feed both of them without going bankrupt. Remember when they hit their growth spurt in their teens? They practically inhaled food.” Osian draped an arm across his sister’s shoulders. “How are you doing, kid?”

“First, you ate as much as both of them.” Olivia dug her elbow into his side. “Second, I’m only three years younger than you.”

“Still a kid to me.” He paused when she held him back.

“How are you doing?” His sister ignored the sounds of the now duelling brothers, fighting over the cake with extended forks they’d been given as a joke gift ages ago. She always read him better than everyone else. “Osian?”

He never knew what to say. There were no easy answers. Olivia tended to read him better than anyone aside from Dannel, so faking his way through a lie was pointless.

He ran his fingers through his hair, tugging on the ends. “Better? Not perfect. Still a few rough days here and there where I hate myself.”

“Better is good. Better without the question mark would be better,” she teased. “Wish you’d let us help.”

“I’m—” Osian was cut off by a loud crash in the kitchen. “They dropped the cake. Thanks, you know, for bringing a homemade pudding for me. The floor really appreciates the thought.”

“Should we help?”

He glanced at the jumbled mess of broken ceramic, frosting, cake, and jam. “How about no? They broke it, they can figure this out.”

They made the mistake of meeting each other’s gaze and immediately collapsed into hysterical laughter. It took ten minutes to calm down. And infinitely less time to clean up. Osian mourned the cake dumped in the rubbish bin.


cosplay killer coverLondon Podcast Mystery, Book 1

Osian Garey and Dannel Ortea live together in a colourful flat in Covent Garden. They run a podcast and throw themselves wholeheartedly into Cosplay, video games, and musical theatre. This year, they’re all fired up to attend their annual convention with a group of first responders.

When Osian finds a paramedic friend murdered in the middle of the crowded venue, the police immediately turn their attention to him.

They have one question on their mind.

Is he the first witness on the scene or the killer?

As the mystery unfolds, Osian has to face the trauma of his last job as a paramedic. Somewhere in those memories, a killer waits to exact revenge. They’ll have to prove Osian’s innocence and fight for their own survival when the killer puts them both in their sights.


Dahlia Donovan imageDahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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