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Monday, February 3, 2014

BOYSTOWN: Season One by Jake Biondi - Character Profile


I welcome Jake to my comfy place in the clouds. Oh, and Nate! HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Tomorrow is Nathan’s birthday, (the son of a bestie) and I hope you enjoy the provided tidbit from author Jake Biondi and his series BOYSTOWN.

I will let you figure out why, and Nathan... you are welcome, yummy boy.


Jake is a popular M/M serial romance writer whose stories are based in the BOYSTOWN community, the current "gay"borhood in Chicago, IL.  

Following the book info you can read some of goodies from the author, including a peek at one of his characters, Jesse. I think we all have stories to tell, each tale a season in our lives.

@Boystown_series by Jake Biondi & Happy Birthday @RikuPW
Genre: Erotic Romance
Pages: 316
November 8, 2013
One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago's BOYSTOWN has something for everyone.
So it's no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O'Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college.+
Ready to begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends.
Joyelle and Derek Mancini have been happily married for years, but Derek is harboring a secret that could tear them apart.
Derek's brother Emmett is about to discover that his boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past that will haunt them both.
Long time couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor must face a crisis that neither of them expected.
And, before they realize it, Jesse and Cole find themselves at the center of it all in the adult playground known as BOYSTOWN. 

How did your book BOYSTOWN come to be?

I have always been a huge fan of serialized stories of all kinds.  In school, I studied many of Charles Dickens’ novels and I fell in love with them – not just his characters, but the way his books were originally published in installments, each ending with a cliffhanger to keep readers coming back for more. 
He is the master soap-opera writer.  I was also a fan of TV shows such as Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon Crest and more recently Revenge and Nashville – shows with characters that viewers love so they keep tuning in week after week.

BOYSTOWN was born out of my love for those stories and my love for the neighborhood.  I thought it would be great to create a realistic core group of characters who would be like friends and neighbors I know who are living in Boystown in Chicago.   While Boystown is certainly a “gay neighborhood,” it is very diverse and I wanted to make sure my characters reflected that diversity.  So while most of my characters are gay, there are some straight characters as well – and the characters are very diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, economics, etc.

I began BOYSTOWN in June as an online story and intended to release one "episode" online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger. The story became so popular -- and the online reading audience grew so quickly -- that people from all over the country began to email me demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines! I was surprised and excited by the readers' response to BOYSTOWN. So I began to write more quickly and, by November, I had released 10 episodes and readers from all over America and overseas as well.

Readers then suggested that I publish the first 10 episodes as a book rather than leaving them online. I did -- and BOYSTOWN Season One was born. The book was released in mid-November and is selling very well locally and nationally. In the meantime, I am continuing to write additional episodes. Episodes 11 - 20 will be released this Spring as BOYSTOWN Season Two.

SMEXY MEN of Boystown

What can you tell us about Cole O’Brien?

Derek Mancini is one of the book’s most interesting, complicated, and sexy characters. An attorney who lives in Chicago, Derek is “happily” married to a Joyelle, a nurse at a Chicago hospital. However, Derek is known to secretly “hook up” with guys while traveling on business trips. It is during his business trip to Boston that he meets and sleeps with Cole O’Brien, who immediately falls for Derek. Something about Cole sticks with Derek as well.

They spend the weekend together in Boston and, when rushing out of the hotel room to catch his flight home to Chicago on the day of his wedding anniversary, Derek leaves his wedding ring behind. Cole finds it and keeps it, hoping to one day be with Derek again. After missing his flight and arriving late for his anniversary dinner with Joyelle, Derek explains away the loss of his wedding and distracts his wife with a romantic anniversary evening.

I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and have basically lived in the Chicago area my entire life, except for the four years I went away to study at the University of Notre Dame.  I have been living in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years and I love it.  I love the neighborhood’s people, social life, diversity, culture, and proximity to Lake Michigan.  As far as I’m concerned, Chicago is the best city in America.

I have been writing for most of my life, mostly as a hobby in my spare time.  I find it to be a great way to relax and put aside the demands of “real life” while focusing on something productive.  For me, it’s energizing and relaxing at the same time.

I would just like to sincerely thank everyone who has read BOYSTOWN and reached out to me with their comments, suggestions, and questions.   I have heard from people all over the country – and overseas – and I am forever grateful for their kind words and support.  I love interacting with my readers and encourage them to contact me.  In fact, they often contact me with ideas for future storylines and couples.  In some ways, they have a unique opportunity to “drive” the story.  Keep the comments coming!

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame and, upon graduation, returned to Chicago. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years.

A huge fan of Charles Dickens' novels as well as television shows such as Dynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas and Revenge, Jake Biondi has created a serialized saga for contemporary audiences.

Because of BOYSTOWN's huge success online and the serialized nature of Biondi's writing, readers from all over the globe have been able to correspond with Biondi and influence the story lines of the BOYSTOWN saga as Biondi writes it.

Now, the first ten episodes of BOYSTOWN are available in book form.


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