By: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Release Day: February 15, 2016
I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*
Giveaway Link: 1 Kindle Fire (one of the entries is a post comment)
The character profile linked to the forum’s player profile. Samwise’s owner was some dipshit named Kai. There wasn’t too much information except for a city (he lived in Philly, so only about two hours from my hometown) and a link to a Twitch channel. Looked like fuckboy had himself a live gaming stream. Maybe he’d just murdered me in front of an actual audience. How lovely. Asshole.
It was only my masochistic streak that prompted me to follow the link to his channel. Twitch was sort of like YouTube for gamers–except you could watch people play games live. Channel hosts broadcasted themselves via webcam as they played, and viewers got to interact with each other and the host in the channel’s chatroom. Popular enough streamers made money off it, and I failed to understand why people spent so much time watching a bunch of losers play video games.
I clicked the link to enter Kai’s channel, and waited for the WiFi signal to stop flickering so it could bypass the ads. Once it did, I blinked in surprise.
I’d assumed Kai was some macho dudebro gloating in his mother’s basement, but what I saw was… not that at all. He was a slim, pale skinned, onyx-haired youth with expressive blue eyes and a very pretty mouth. Almost too gorgeous to be real.
I’d just had my face owned by a hot little twink.
About the Authors:
Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.
In Focus series (MM)
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (coming soon)
Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last
Mechanics of Love series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble (MM)
Leveling the Field (coming soon)
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance 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.
Five Boroughs series:
Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD
Book 2: SUNSET PARK
Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST coming in April 2016
Standalone books by Santino Hassell:
STRONG SIGNAL (with Megan Erickson)