Latest installment of popular BOYSTOWN series features its first transgender character
“It’s finally here and I couldn’t be more excited,” author Jake Biondi said of his sixth BOYSTOWN book, which he released on December 12, 2016. “The fans’ wait is over and they can now discover what happened to their favorite BOYSTOWN characters whose lives were hanging in the balance at the end of the fifth book.”
The sixth book features a hot cover created by BOYSTOWN designer/photographer James Franklin and spotlights model Sean Zevran as well as six other “BOYSTOWN boys.” “Working with James Franklin is a dream come true,” Biondi explained. “He is not only a phenomenal photographer, but he has an incredible vision for taking the BOYSTOWN brand to the next level. James believes in the BOYSTOWN series and is working to bring it to an even wider, more diverse audience.”
“The BOYSTOWN series adds life to a genre of literature that has been waning over the last few years,” said Sean Zevran. “I see the potential for much more to come and I'm honored to be one of the faces of the series. Jake Biondi, myself, and the rest of the BOYSTOWN team have developed a phenomenal partnership and are planning to go very far with it!”
When asked about the sixth BOYSTOWN book, Biondi said, “I think the word I’d use to describe the new book is ‘compelling.’ It’s one of the longest books in the series, so there’s so much for readers to enjoy – and the twist and turns just keep on coming. Fans will be surprised by the deaths of a few major characters as well as the introduction of two new ones, including the series’ first transgender character.”
Musician and YouTube sensation Skylar Kergil, who appears in the sixth book, said, “Jake Biondi's inclusion of a trans masculine character, Ethan, puts this next book on a ground-breaking level. The inclusion of alternative gender identities and diverse bodies allows us, the readers, to also explore our own thoughts about these sweeping, universal issues we all experience: love, identity, and passion.”
Biondi added, “I regularly receive notes from fans who connect with the characters and want to know what the future holds for them. The broad appeal of the book series is incredible. BOYSTOWN has a really diverse audience and an equally diverse cast of characters.”
BOYSTOWN Season Six is already receiving rave reviews. Reviewer Roger Ward stated, “As was the case in the prior books, the saga is told masterfully through several subplots which include unforeseen twists and turns that will leave the reader stunned and speechless. No subject is taboo. This latest book definitely takes the BOYSTOWN series to another level.” He added, “Romances and relationships, some highly scandalous, are developed, rekindled, or reevaluated. Secrets are unearthed, past bad deeds are revealed, and the bitter Mancini-Ciancio feud continues with all its fury, notwithstanding the efforts of some family members to put it to rest.”
Editor and reviewer Dustin Shrader wrote, “Jake Biondi once again delivers an unquenchable thirst for more with the latest installment of the BOYSTOWN series. Season Six opens with the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion, leading its characters and the reader on an emotional quest for answers, continuously throwing curveball after curveball with every page turn all leading to what might possibly be his most thrilling climactic cliffhanger yet.”
Biondi promised that readers won’t be disappointed. “Season Six picks up right where book five left off and reveals the deaths of at least two major characters. Unlike in previous books, not all the cliffhangers are resolved right away. In fact, one of the cliffhangers from book five isn’t resolved until the last moments in book six.”
“BOYSTOWN is a must-read series filled with twists and turns that everyone will love,” said BOYSTOWN model Cory Zwierzynski, who is featured on the new book cover. “I was so grateful when Jake Biondi asked me to join the BOYSTOWN team. As one of the original team members, I have watched the BOYSTOWN audience grow with the release of each installment of the series.” About Biondi, Zwierzynski said, “Working with Jake has been awesome. Over the past three years, we have gotten to know each other well and have become good friends. He knows how to tell a great story and keep the audience engaged from the very first page of each book. I am grateful to be one of the faces of BOYSTOWN.”
As in his other books, Biondi “pays it forward” by featuring some of his favorite performers in BOYSTOWN Season Six. Biondi is “thrilled” to again present sensational singer Chadwick Stadt in the BOYSTOWN series. “Chadwick is a dear friend and a phenomenal performer, so it’s an honor for me to be able to showcase his talent again in Season Six,” Biondi said. Stadt added, “It's so exciting to be included in such a great book series that will have you turning page after page!”
Season Six also welcomes back the “Whiskey & Cherries” trio, singer Amy Armstrong, and pop sensation Steve Grand. “Meredith, Danielle, and I are thrilled to again be written into the BOYSTOWN series. Jake has done it again. Every time I sit down to read the newest season of BOYSTOWN, I think, ‘There is no way this season can possibly be better than the last.’ But I'm always proven wrong. Each season the character development, betrayal and secrets among those characters, and the unexpected plot-line twists continue to get better and better,” said Brian Felder of “Whiskey and Cherries.” Season Six also features musicians Sklyar Kergil and Jonathan Ackley.
The BOYSTOWN series has a fascinating history. It began as an online story released in installments, each ending with a cliffhanger that left readers wondering what would happen to their favorite characters. Enthusiastic BOYSTOWN fans from all over the world petitioned Biondi to release the installments more quickly; they simply couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Overwhelmed by and grateful for the fans’ responses to the series, Biondi began to write more quickly and also began to publish the series in book format.
Like the first five books, BOYSTOWN Season Six is available at bookstores across the country as well at online at amazon.com, bn.com, and iTunes. The series is available in paperback, audio book, and all e-book formats. Readers may order autographed paperback copies of the books directly from BoystownTheSeries.com.
Biondi is working with two television producers who are interested in bringing the BOYSTOWN series to television. Biondi remains optimistic that fans all over the world will soon be able to watch their favorite BOYSTOWN characters in action on television. Zwierzynski said, “BOYSTOWN will make a fantastic TV series because it presents a diverse group of characters that appeal to a wide reading and viewing audience.” Divine Magazine wrote, “Biondi’s BOYSTOWN was birthed ready for prime time television.” And Gay Media Reviews stated, “This series could completely be made into a television series and I believe that it should be as when reading this series I actually felt that I was watching a drama TV series.”
For additional information, more photos, or to schedule an interview with author Jake Biondi, please send an email to BoystownTheSeries@yahoo.com. Biondi may also be contacted via JakeBiondi.com, BoystownTheSeries.com, Twitter (@boystown_series), Instagram (@boystowntheseries), and Facebook.com/JakeBiondiBoystown.
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.