What could cause Bob to give up his job at the Los Angeles pathology lab that demands so little of him, where he can play Tetris and web surf whenever he wants? What could lead him to walk out on his beautiful girlfriend, who makes her living as a masturbation coach? What could make him risk everything and ultimately transform him into Roberto, a kingpin in the Los Angeles Mexican mafia?
Turk Henry, an overweight, unemployed rock star married to a supermodel, has discovered that Thailand is probably the last place a recovering sex addict should go on vacation, yet here he is, surrounded by topless groupies and haunted by the stares of hundreds of luscious bar girls. Turk's struggles with monogamy, however, pale beside a greater challenge when his wife is abducted by a group of renegade, shipless Thai pirates.
When the greedy owner of a Las Vegas movie catering company tries to muscle in on a local, family owned business in Honolulu, it leaves a very bad taste in the mouths of the natives, and the battle for paradise begins for Joseph, a young Hawaiian chef. As far as Joseph's father, Sid, is concerned, this is an invasion on par with Captain Cook, and the mainlanders have to be stopped at all costs.
Sepp Gregory, a reality-TV hunk and one of People magazine's "sexiest men alive", is on tour to promote his debut novel. Not that Sepp's actually read the book - he doesn't have to. He lived it! And everyone just wants him to take his shirt off. The book has hit the best-seller list and is even getting rave reviews from serious critics. Aside from Harriet Post, that is. One of the blogosphere's most respected literary minds, Harriet fears that the novel's reception means the end of civilization is upon us.
"HILARIOUS! ORIGINAL! HUGELY ENTERTAINING!"
Miro Basinas is an experimental botanist who sells his rarefied product to a discerning clientele. Only Miro's not growing heirloom tomatoes or making organic wine - he's growing weed. And when Miro hits the big time by winning Amsterdam's famed Cannabis Cup, cannasseurs and ganjaficionados aren't the only people who want a piece of him and his mind-blowing pot that tastes like mangoes.
Textilfrei und Spaß dabei? Worin liegt der Kick, auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff unter 2.000 Nudisten einen Drink zu nehmen - und sich dann für den textilfreien Yoga-Kurs anzumelden? Wie fühlt es sich an, nackt zu dinieren - während alle Kellner angezogen sind? Und ist es überraschend, dass bei einer Nackt-Trekking-Tour in Österreich alle Entgegenkommenden freundlich grüßen?
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"An Entertaining Conversation Between Writers"