Looking for Providence (Boston Boys Club) (Volume 5)

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Ronnie thought he had everything he wanted - a guy he adored and a job he loved. Then the economy tanked and the 25-year-old not only lost his movie critic boyfriend but a dream job as a newspaper features writer. Now single in his newly adopted city of Providence, Ronnie learns to start over as a Business reporter in Rhode Island's capital city where he bops around town in his white Nissan Cube. And his life is about to take a dramatic turn during a reporting assignment when he meets Phil , a  handsome local business executive. Phil takes Ronnie under his wing and shows him around his native Providence and just maybe, the way to his heart. But is Ronnie ready to love again? Complicating matters is the arrival of bigger-than-life, famous gay cable network executive Randy who takes a liking to Ronnie and his reporting on a new reality series set in Providence.Ronnie receives some long-distance guidance from his Miami wing man Elias who is reeling from the loss of his cable TV production job. Broke, unemployed and ready for a change, Elias reluctantly moves back home to his mother's estate when he discovers a volunteer opportunity in Berlin that he just can't say no to. During one unpredictable summer, Ronnie and Elias are there for each other as they embark on new adventures that will forever change their lives. 

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New beginnings. Rebirth. A new book.My fifth novel Looking for Providence is finally here. This book is my love letter to the city of Providence, a regular weekend hangout for me during my 10 years in Boston as a reporter.

Although I featured Providence in a chapter here and there in my previous four novels, I always wanted to set an entire book there. Perhaps in another life I was a Rhode Islander because I always felt right at home in this charming New England city with its red-bricked buildings and steep streets. During my dozens of visits there, the residents were always so down-to-earth and friendly, like I was one of them, like I belonged.

Whether I cycled along India Point Park and Blackstone Boulevard or strolled along the river in Waterplace Park or sat at a bench in the rustic Brown University yard or roamed the grand church-like halls of Providence Place, I felt a connection to this metro and I never understood why. 

It started years ago before I even set foot in the Ocean State. (Cue TV geek alert now.) There was a little TV show on NBC called Providence which aired 8 p.m. Friday nights.  I tuned in each week to watch the fictional Hansen family led by Los-Angeles plastic-surgeon-turned-Providence-community-doctor Sydney Hansen (played with earnest grace  by Melina Kanakaredes) as she looked for love while balancing her home life (her father, brother and sister) in the wake of her mom's death. Each episode in this light-hearted drama series opened with a funny dream sequence between Sydney and her mom (played by Concetta Tomei) and that set the theme for the episode which involved Sydney having an issue with her family, her love life or at the clinic where she worked.

Besides the story lines, I also remember how photogenic Providence looked. The aerial views of Providence's downtown buildings and winding river. The sweeping vistas of the wide neighborhood streets filled with triple deckers and Cape-styled homes. The show always presented the city in a perpetual autumn glory.

I credit the show for inspiring me to want to move New England by way of Boston first. Still, I always made an excuse to jump on I-95 South and exit 22C to downtown Providence. Many of my birthdays, a few romantic dates, book celebrations and road trips were done in Providence.Despite the title of the book, it's not just about Providence. Several chapters also take place in two of my other favorite cities: Miami and Berlin.  I grew up in Miami and love it as much as Boston and Providence. And I've spent some time in Berlin and always wanted to feature it in one of books because of its historic legacy and urban charm. 

With that, I hope you find Looking for Providence a fun and memorable read.

About the Author:

Johnny Diaz is a features reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that, he was a media reporter for The Boston Globe's Business section, where he covered TV news, radio, print and advertising. Johnny was also a features writer for The Globe's Living/Arts section for three years. Before that he was a general assignment Metro reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Miami Herald. As a reporter there, he shared in the 2000 Pulitzer award coverage of the federal seizure of Elian Gonzalez and the chaos that erupted in Miami afterwards. Johnny is the author of five gay-themed novels: Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans and Take the Lead. The Spanish version of Take the Lead  is called Tomar La Iniciativa. His fifth novel Looking for Providence was published May 2014 Johnny lives in Miami. His website: beantowncuban.com

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