Catch the Follow Me Into Darkness Reboot Tour + Exclusive Posts and Giveaway!

If you loved last year’s Mardi Gras release, Follow Me Into Darkness, you’ll love it EVEN MORE this Mardi Gras with a fun reboot tour featuring all new posts and audio from Santino Hassell, J.R. Gray, Roan Parrish, J.C. Lillis, and Kris Ripper + a big giveaway, and a little something more from 2/26 – 3/5 only… Site Post Type When Just Love Reviews Exclusive Audio Excerpt from Touched, read by Roan Parrish + Giveaway 2/25 Booknista Exclusive Excerpt Teaser from If We Be Friends by J.C. Lillis + Giveaway…

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Men in Romance: Growing Through Romance by Santino Hassell

Men in Romance is a series of posts focusing on the various experiences and perspectives of men who write romance. Read more from this series here. When I was a kid, my father’s main concern was raising me to be someone he could be proud of. And to an old school Italian dude with a mean streak a borough wide… that meant teaching me how to be a “real man”. His first lesson to me wasn’t how to tie my shoes or ride my bike, it was how to fight…

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Confronting My Past with Romance by Santino Hassell

One of the most common questions I’m asked as an author is whether I base my books on real events, real people, or real relationships. In the past I’ve said “no except for some obvious themes like writing about teachers”, but now I’m starting to wonder if that’s a complete response. I don’t follow the advice to write what you know, but after some reflection I think what I feel and have experienced has infiltrated my books and my characters. There are trends in my novels that are easy to…

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My Horizon is Romantic and Queer by Santino Hassell

For those who don’t know me, my writing career (not publishing career. That one is only a year or so old) has been anything but linear. I started out in fandom, transitioned to original slash fiction (fandom word for M/M) where I launched into an epic journey with my friend Ais. Together, we co-wrote a long dystopian queer series set in the near future—In the Company of Shadows. It was gritty, violent, and frightening, but was ultimately a love story. Out of the ashes of the world we created and…

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