BOYSTOWN by Jake Biondi ~ Blog Stop

Hey crew we are today’s stop on Jake Biondi’s BOYSTOWN Tour. The m/m genre is becoming more and more popular. It is also evident that this genre is more than porn or purely sexual. There are some amazing writers in the m/m genre with beautiful, sincere stories to be told. Jake is one of them. Check out the blurb for his story BOYSTOWN as well as our Q & A.

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Blurb: 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.

Excerpt: Click the link for an excerpt from Boystown http://www.jakebiondi.com/book-excerpt.html 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20456434-boystown?from_search=true

Buy Links: AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / AMAZON CA / B&N paperback

Q AND A:

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.

What can you tell us about Jesse Morgan

Jesse is one of the book’s hottest and most complex characters. A senior graduating early from the University of Notre Dame, Jesse receives a job offer from Logan Pryce, a man Jesse immediately becomes attracted to.   The only problem is that Logan already has a partner.  In the meantime, an encounter with a campus groundskeeper named Ben Donovan may change Jesse’s life forever.

Jesse accepts the job and, along with his college roommate Cole O’Brien, moves to Chicago.  Excited to begin their lives in Chicago, Jesse and Cole find an apartment in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood and soon find themselves at the center of the novel’s action.

Having grown up not knowing his father, Jesse also prayers for the day when his mother will finally tell him who is father is so that he can attempt to build a relationship with him.  But Jacqueline Morgan has no intention of discussing Jesse’s father with him.  In the meantime, a chance encounter brings Jesse and his new boss Logan closer than Jesse ever thought possible.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

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.

Anything else you would like to add?

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!

How can readers reach you and/or buy the book?

Readers can contact me and buy the book through my website www.JakeBiondi.com.  Autographed copies of the book are available at Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago (in person or through their website).

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