Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hot for country

Country music is booming in South Florida. There's a new radio station The Bull on FM, four new country bars plus recent country music festivals. Here's my story on the region's love affair with all things country. 
(Left: Kenny Chesney performed at the first Tortuga Country Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale last year.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Looking for Providence, in Providence

Thank you Options Magazine, Rhode Island's gay news publication, for highlighting my new book Looking for Providence in the Worth A Look page in this month's issue. 

From the article, "Novelist Johnny Diaz is back, with a nod to our capital city in his latest book, Looking for Providence. This is a light, engaging beach read, heavily sprinkled with the familiar sights and sounds of Providence."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Looking for Providence, in Bay Windows

A big BIG thank you to Bay Windows, New England's largest gay newspaper, for publishing the first chapter of my new book Looking for Providence in this week's issue. This is a good way of getting a sneak preview to the book.

Here is the link to the chapter: Diaz looks for Providence - Bay Windows

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Looking for Providence in Boston Spirit magazine

Thank you Boston Spirit magazine for the literary love in the July/August issue for my book Looking For Providence.

From the article, "Diaz's previous novels were set in Boston and his native Miami, so it's a treat to see the colorful city of Providence captured in the pages. It's a place that is close to Diaz's heart...But more than the setting, it's the romance, community, and, most of all, friendship that in the end make this tale a relatable one.''

By the way, Boston Spirit is free to subscribe.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Got books?

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over South Florida and probably in a neighborhood near you. They are small wooden structures like a doll house or bird house but filled with free books. You can take one or drop one off. Here's my story on these free mini-libraries which you can build your own.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Interview with Ronnie Reyes from "Looking for Providence"

This is the sixth in a series of interviews that I've done with one of my books' characters. (Call me creative or maybe a little craycray but I have fun writing these. In addition to my novels and this blog, it's another way to entertain myself until my next Netflix DVD arrives in the mail. Yes, I'm old-school snail-mail like that.)

Over the years, I've done one-on-one interviews with Tommy Perez of Boston Boys Club at a  Boston Market in Boston; one with Ray Martinez, the movie critic from Miami Manhunt at the Boston Common movie theater, a Q and A with Ted Williams, the TV reporter from the same book but at a Miami TV station, and I had a gab fest with Kyle Andrews, the preening reality TV model from Boston Boys Club at a South End coffeehouse. The last interview I did was with Gabriel Galan of Take the Lead at Marina Bay in Quincy.

This new interview brings me to Providence where I caught up with Ronnie Reyes who gets his own story in Looking for Providence

Ronnie is a 25-year-old newspaper Business writer in Rhode Island's capital city. He has short dark wavy hair combed up and matching thin eyebrows, a younger and Twinkie-like John Stamos.

We agreed to meet up at the Starbucks in Wayland Square where I visited last month.

I sat at one of the black metal tables outside the coffeehouse when a white Nissan Cube screeched and pulled up on Angell Street.

A young guy happily waved at me from the driver's seat.

That was Ronnie. He had told me to be on the look out for a white Hello-Kitty type car. As he gingerly stepped out of the boxy Japanese car, his messenger bag bounced against his lean frame. He had a happy go-lucky smile as he approached me. Damn, he looks really young! (Is it me or are my characters getting younger while I increasingly add more salt to my peppered hair?)

"JOHNNY!" he moved in for a big hug! "It's so nice to eat you, ah, I mean meet you!" Ronnie said, his brows furrowed from slight embarrassment. "Sorry about that. Sometimes I say the wrong thing. I never know what's going to come out of my mouth."

Monday, July 7, 2014

Looking for Providence, in Provincetown

A big BIG thank you to Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines for including my new book Looking for Providence in your new summer issue of Bird's Eye View magazine.  The editors included the book in the Provincetown for Summer section. The airline is very popular among greater Bostonians and New Englanders in general who want to escape to Provincetown, Nantucket, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard and other vacation islands in the Caribbean and who want to get there quickly.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The new eyes in the sky

Josh Barth flies his drone in Fort Lauderdale.

It's a bird, it's a plane. Nah, it's a drone.
Drones are taking off in South Florida where hobbyists, tourists, realtors (and hurricane center officials) have found different uses for them. Here's my story on the drone invasion