Santino Hassell on Interborough ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Interborough
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Mel Seser
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 10/24/2016


The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.

Interview with Santino Hassell

Recent Release Spotlight with Santino Hassell

We are here today to talk about Interborough.  What can you tell us about it?

The best way to describe INTERBOROUGH is that it’s a book about two men who are devoted and addicted to each other, but are struggling with the fact that life is starting to get in the way of love.

Please tell us more about our main characters.

Raymond Rodriguez is a blue collar guy from Queens. A little bit of a heart throb because of his stature, his long silky hair, and his big brown eyes, but also a pretty unrepentant smartass. He went from being a slacker in the first book of the series to transforming into a guy who is hardworking and very determined to prove he’s responsible. His favorite phrase is “I got this”. If there’s a money issue, a schedule issue, something going on with the landlord or any major setback, he’ll say he’s got it.

David Butler is Raymond’s opposite. He’s an out-and-proud sass monster from Connecticut. He grew up very privileged, and he’s a major perfectionist. If things aren’t a certain way, he gets anxious. It makes him nervous to feel out of control. In his relationship with Raymond, he has no choice but to give up some of his control.

What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?

You can technically read INTERBOROUGH as a standalone, but I think you’d get more out of it if you read SUNSET PARK first. Each book in the Five Boroughs series stands alone, but characters from previous novels pop in a lot which is what makes it so fun for me to write.

What about Interborough makes you the proudest?

The epilogue. It’s probably the most solid HEA I’ve ever written, and I really think readers will love it. Not one, but two couples get a great resolution to their relationships. I think this book nicely closes out the first major arc of the Five Boroughs series.

What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

The next two planned books in the series are CONCOURSE and NORTH SHORE (titles subject to change). Concourse is about Ashton Townsend and a yet-to-be introduced love interest. It’s very different from the other books because Ashton is the Kim Kardashian of the Five Boroughs series. A socialite with rich parents who was originally semi-famous for his wealth and his style. And he wisely used the eyes on him to create his own brand. He’s not as successful as he could be because he’s not focused and is ruled by his desire to please others, which is one of his major internal conflicts of the book. North Shore is Charles’ story. His love interest is actually introduced in Concourse. It’s going to be a lot of fun to write because Charles is a little fireball. He comes off as the fun sassy diva, but there’s a lot of anger inside of him. I think his book is the first sort of enemies-to-lovers story in the series.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Make friends with other writers. Follow them on Twitter, reach out for advice, go into writer forums—whatever you have to do. I wish I’d known that from the beginning. It really makes a difference when you have someone to ask for advice and to commiserate with because this is a very tough business.

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

Several readers have told me that even though they live totally different lives than the people in my books, they’re still able to relate to them.

What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?

I consider M/M to be part of the romance genre not separate from it, but I think what’s most rewarding is that queer men are getting happily ever afters. In years past, that wasn’t the case in books or in movies.

Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for

Yes! Several of Raymond’s Queens Squad stay in my head and demand I write their stories. I would love to write a story for Tonya, Chris, and Stephanie and Sharky. Lately it’s been Stephanie who’s in my head the most. She’s such an awesome character.

How will the world end?

If everyone doesn’t go out and vote.

Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHTNOW? and if yes, what was it?

The infamous rigatoni from Amy Jo Cousins’ book REAL WORLD. I need it nooow.

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Right now I’m diving into Roan Parrish’s newest release WHERE WE LEFT OFF, and next up is Megan Erickson’s new shifter novel DARING FATE.

Rapid Fire Time

Neville or Ron? Ron
Top or Bottom? Vers
Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Island
Favorite Color? Black
Kanye or Beck? Kanye
Winter or Summer Olympics? Summer
Alone or At a Party? Alone
Call or text? Text
Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter
Coffee, black or doctored?  Black

What are you working on?  What is next?

I’m working on a paranormal romantic suspense trilogy and a sports romance duology.


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Interborough, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

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.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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24 thoughts on “Santino Hassell on Interborough ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. What a fun interview! I LOL’ed at Santino’s rapid fire answers and am deffo pumped to read more in this series. 🙂

    Mazingergirlie (at) gmail [dot] com

  2. I absolutely LOVED this book and I am so so happy with how things ended. And I am so psyched for Ashton’s and Charles’ books! Enemies-to-lovers is my jam! Or, one of them. 😛

    lckarge92 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Thanks for the fantastic interview. Loved this Q&A: “How will the world end? If everyone doesn’t go out and vote.” I voted early!

    The next two books you have planned in the series sound great, too!


  4. This series is one of my favorites. The characters are all so dynamic and relatable! Love love love.


  5. I love this series! About to start reading Interborough. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!


  6. I loved the epilogue, along with the rest of the book! I’m so glad we got an interview even if it teased us about all the stories we can’t read yet. Thank you!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  7. I’d really really like to read Sharky, Chris, and Charles’ stories. Can’t wait to read Interborough! 😀

    luckytengu [at] yahoo [dot] com

  8. Thanks for the great interview, I really HAVE to start reading this series – I’ve been holding off waiting for more, but I think I’m going to quit waiting. Sadly, I have to agree with the end of the world answer; I’ve already mailed my ballot in as well.

  9. Congrats on the new release. I love this series! I’ve been waiting on this one and can’t wait to pick it up. Loved the interview. Please keep them coming, they are a definite addition to my library. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. Cant wait to read all your other creations! Ive been a huge reader of your works since ICoS and I fell in love with your writing. (

  11. I love these interviews – and I LOVE that rigatoni recipe (I make it once a month!) Can’t wait to read this book – one of my favorite series ever

  12. Congrats. I loved CoS and need to get into this series. I agree about the HEAs, or even HFNs, for queers, but I also like the realistic urban sound of your stories.
    Purple Reader – TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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