A warm welcome to author Santino Hassell joining us to talk about new release “Insight”.
Santino talks about Mardi Gras and there is also a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Santino 🙂
Mardi Gras Romance Wish list
For many, Mardi Gras is a time for wild parties, letting loose, and nonstop booze. However, it’s also a prime opportunity for
1 – The carnivalesque air makes it feel like life is a game and everyone around you is on your team. It helps that businesses shut down and everyone is out celebrating. You end up hanging out with people you wouldn’t have known in any other circumstances, which is the perfect opportunity for meet cutes. This could work for tourists or locals.
2 – It’s also the perfect opportunities for shenanigans! Mardi Gras is a time when the unlikely becomes likely. Imagine all the trouble you can write your characters into, and all the ways you can write them trying to find their ways out (while falling for each other). This could lend itself to multiple subgenres including romantic suspense. A sexy Mardi Gras whodunit? I’ll take it.
3 – That party atmosphere also leads to lowered inhibitions and people taking risks and chances even if they’re normally more low key. I can easily see a shy hero or heroine letting loose during the festival and hooking up with a bad boy or a musician or maybe just someone who is really intent on collecting a ton of beads. When I think of Mardi Gras I almost always think of whirlwind romances.
4 – Masked balls and costume parties are always fun, but even more so during Mardi Gras when everyone puts so much thought into their outfits. Whether it’s a typically conservative character strutting their stuff, two characters showing up in matching costumes unexpectedly, or a semi anonymous flirtation while everyone’s identities are partially obscured, this is a perfect time for romance.
5 – How about a romance between rivals? Rival costume makers, rival crewes, chefs or even musicians. Talent is on full display in very unique ways during Mardi Gras, and I’d love to see two creatives meet head-on while everyone is celebrating around them. Maybe all of that sexual tension can culminate during an anonymous costumed kiss or hook-up? The possibilities are endless.
Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.
Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.
Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.
About Santino Hassell
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
Connect with Santino:
- Website: www.santinohassell.com
- Blog: santinohassell.com/blog
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- Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/santino_hassell
To celebrate the release of Insight, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 18, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!