It's 1948. Teens Frank and Joe Dane, sons of nationally famous private detective Ben Dane, are enjoying their summer vacation. But then their dad asks them to come along on a little trip up the coast, to a tourist town where strange things have been happening...and the boys are off on a mysterious case with two friends in tow.
Events take an immediate turn for the worse as it soon becomes obvious that someone is out to stop the investigation...someone willing to use any means at his disposal to win!
An homage to the Hardy Boys adventures that some of us read as kids, except that in this one, the boys are...um, well...you'll see.
Today's Berlin is Europe's gayest city where Friday parties last well into Monday. Yet, to get here, Berliners inflicted and struggled through the 20th century's greatest tragedies. Four men, too witty for their own good, inflict their own tragic comedies, and learn that the party's only fun when earned through the struggle.
Summer vacation had started out well for Derry and Caleb. There was much to occupy two adventurous boys in the rural landscape in which they lived. They had the woods, and the fields, and the waterways to occupy them.
And they had each other.
But then they made a discovery - a strange place hidden in the forest, a pathway to lands beyond description. And suddenly, the summer was not quite so simple any longer.
Aspiring teen actor, Evan Elliott, has finally gotten his first big role on one of his favorite TV shows, "The Walking Dead". Not only is this a big boost for his career, but he gets to work with his celebrity crush, Chandler Riggs, every day. However, when Asa Butterfield gets signed on to be a part of the new season as well...will Evan miss out on getting Chandler's attention? Or will a random meeting with singer, Greyson Chance, send Evan's heart in a whole new direction?
Ryder is good looking, popular and on the top of his football game. At fifteen what more can a teenager want? When his dad a legendary coach takes a new coaching position his life is uprooted, and so is the past that starts to take a toll on Ryder.
Steve and Chris, who met and became close in Thrift Shop Nation, return in another tale.
Working at the thrift shop has proved to be both interesting and rewarding for the boys. The summer is nearing its end, but both want the job to go on. They have been discovering that the thrift shop is more than just a job, and that Debbi is more than just a boss.
And that life among the world of 'previously owned' items is a long way from being dull...
This introduces Jake, the narrator of Moorpark Palms, a funny book of stories about a small Los Angeles apartment building in the 1990s. Jake & Conor is a light little romance, once intertwined with the longer book. I broke it out because it distracted from the apartment stories.
Jim Blazak lives in a terrifically accepting world. If only his boyfriend would cooperate. Yeah, there are a couple of other problems. But Jim's bright. And funny. And he looks pretty hot without a shirt.
Ryan's life is simple and uncomplicated, despite the fact that he earns a living as a gay porn actor. When fellow actor Erik recruits Ryan for a new porn movie, Ryan reluctantly agrees. The lines between reality and make-believe quickly blur as their on screen chemistry moves off screen, and Ryan and Erik are left trying to decipher what is real.