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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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“It doesn't change that I still want him, I still want to be with him, I still feel like the fucking air has been sucked out of the room when he walks in and I still think about him all the time.”
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“Freedom is not worth it without him.”
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“His voice wavered and he looked down abruptly, at last making some vain effort to hide the shameful tears that tracked down his cheeks even as he continued to pin Boyd against the wall. 'I wish I could hate you. God, I wish I could fucking kill you for doing this to me. Why couldn't you just leave me alone if it was going to be this way?”
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message 170: by Erika

Erika Aww thanks! You're really damned awesome yourself. I just have to stand up for myself these days or I would not feel right, you know? I'm glad we can be friends. :)


message 169: by Mel

Mel Hey :) Thanks for accepting ❤️


message 168: by Mónica

Mónica BQ :)


message 167: by Vanessa

Vanessa North Thank you for accepting :) I'm looking forward to reading your reviews and such. <3


message 166: by Emma Sea

Emma Sea thank you for the friendvite :)


message 165: by Santino

Santino Hassell Xing wrote: "Thanks for the friendvite! Not that I don't already stalk you on GR, but now I have even more of an excuse. ;D"

LOL stalk away! I actually already thought we were friends because I always read your reviews.


message 164: by Santino

Santino Hassell Munz wrote: "Thanks so much for accepting the friend request! I loved ICoS.. though I haven't read Fade yet. I loved them so much I actually read the first 3 books in the middle of my finals! Looking forward to..."
No need to thank me! I hope your finals turned out okay :)


message 163: by Xing

Xing Thanks for the friendvite! Not that I don't already stalk you on GR, but now I have even more of an excuse. ;D


message 162: by Munzy

Munzy Thanks so much for accepting the friend request! I loved ICoS.. though I haven't read Fade yet. I loved them so much I actually read the first 3 books in the middle of my finals! Looking forward to reading more great stuff from you. Thanks again and tc. :)


Bucletina Thanks for the friendship!! I´m really enjoying your work ;)


message 160: by Santino

Santino Hassell Clarissa wrote: "lol that was fast. I was actually rather surprised you added me with the answer I gave you. looking forward to your words on my feed now, publicly of course ;)"

Hahaha You'd be surprised at some of the answers I've gotten ;) Thanks for the add!


message 159: by Clarissa

Clarissa lol that was fast. I was actually rather surprised you added me with the answer I gave you. looking forward to your words on my feed now, publicly of course ;)


Aure   `Reading With The Dark` Santino wrote:"i RPd Hsin :) He was originally a serial killer, though.

And sorry, I didn't see this earlier "


No need to be sorry, I am the one who's sorry, cause I totally forgot to check for your reply!

And dammit, I knew it!
I had a major crush on Hsin... Still do!

I need to reread those books, missed that world already, and it's only been few month.

Idk if Lenore said anything yet, but I love you!*blush*
You're my favorite male author evah!

wow, feel like a total fangirl.. but wth rigt? :D


message 157: by AK

AK Anthony http://smokesinatra.tumblr.com/post/6... ok and I made you a thing.


message 156: by Santino

Santino Hassell Em wrote: "I'm ur fan"

no, im yours


message 155: by AK

AK Anthony I'm ur fan


message 154: by Santino

Santino Hassell DaisyGirl wrote: "Wow, the new website is sharp! Love it, Santino! :)"

thanks Daisy <3


DaisyGirl Wow, the new website is sharp! Love it, Santino! :)


Butterfly And I though I wrote Gordon wrong...I hope I like it too. I probably will too :)!


message 151: by Santino

Santino Hassell Butterfly wrote: "With Alex and Gordon (did I write his name correct?) as main characters. Hmm, is the cover decided yet?"

Gordon and Adam :] The cover and blurb will be revealed in the next couple of weeks. I hope you like it!


message 150: by Santino

Santino Hassell Ornella wrote: "Thanks for accepting my request! Look forward to seeing your words on my feed :P"

thank you for requesting me!


Ornella (Nyx) Thanks for accepting my request! Look forward to seeing your words on my feed :P


Butterfly With Alex and Gordon (did I write his name correct?) as main characters. Hmm, is the cover decided yet?


message 147: by Santino

Santino Hassell Butterfly wrote: "Well, I'm sold :P Be like him around me and we may be good friends :P But to your books. After Midnight. Is this book before InCoS or after??"

:]

After Midnight is in the ICoS world but it's a standalone. Timeline-wise, it's concurrent with the beginning of Afterimage.


Butterfly Well, I'm sold :P Be like him around me and we may be good friends :P But to your books. After Midnight. Is this book before InCoS or after??


message 145: by Santino

Santino Hassell Butterfly wrote: "Well, I don't know what people expect when they ask questions so I write the first thing that crossed my mind. And then I start rethinking...lol.

But is it true then?? I so hope it is. Emilio had ..."


like him, i am sarcastic, ghetto, and a stoner asshole so sometimes we sound...similar. :) i am unfortunately not a criminal mastermind, though. i wish.


Butterfly Well, I don't know what people expect when they ask questions so I write the first thing that crossed my mind. And then I start rethinking...lol.

But is it true then?? I so hope it is. Emilio had me laughing through the whole last book. Kind of kept the depression I had when I read Fade away for a few sec. Oh, and just so you know; if something happens to Zach or Emilio...let's just say we'll meet someday and it ain't gonna end good, buddy :P


message 143: by Santino

Santino Hassell Butterfly wrote: "I'm actually suprised you added me with what I answered to your question. Right after I sent it I was like "Oh shit, maybe I should have acted professional instead of crazy". But yeah thanks for th..."

Whaat? Your answer was awesome! Also, you're not the first person to make the Emilio comparison.


message 142: by Santino

Santino Hassell Rachel wrote: "Thanks for accepting. Enjoyed ICoS very much. Looking forward to After Midnight."

Thank YOU for adding me!


Butterfly I'm actually suprised you added me with what I answered to your question. Right after I sent it I was like "Oh shit, maybe I should have acted professional instead of crazy". But yeah thanks for that :)


message 140: by Rachel

Rachel Thanks for accepting. Enjoyed ICoS very much. Looking forward to After Midnight.


message 139: by Santino

Santino Hassell Janice wrote: "Thank you for accepting. And thank you for Hsin & Boyd."

You are most welcome and I'm glad you enjoy them :)


message 138: by Janice

Janice Thank you for accepting. And thank you for Hsin & Boyd.


message 137: by Santino

Santino Hassell lee wrote: "Santino wrote: "lee wrote: "Hi, question for you. I have a copy of Mist that I haven't read. Is this the story you are reworking now? And should I wait to read it if it is?"

hey! I'm currently re..."


Oh, yes then definitely wait. I'm currently revising the second draft of AM. It needed editing and proofing in general, but there are a lot of revisions to pacing and the content, so it would read much different.

As for writing F/F, I definitely would consider it in the future. :) I have no immediately plans to do so because I have a bunch of OTHER plans that need doing first (and im always way behind), but I know Ais has shown interest in developing a F/F project at some point.


message 136: by Santino

Santino Hassell lee wrote: "Hi, question for you. I have a copy of Mist that I haven't read. Is this the story you are reworking now? And should I wait to read it if it is?"

hey! I'm currently reworking After Midnight. Mist is only 3 chapters and I put it on hold until I can dedicate a lot of time to plotting it out fully, so I would wait to read unless you're just curious about whether or not you'd even be into it since it's fantasy.


message 135: by Santino

Santino Hassell Weasel wrote: "Santino wrote: "Lenore wrote: "The new profile pic is totally rad."

:]"

Why doesn't it show in your thumbnail? I saw it on fb last night, I'd never have known you put it here too if I hadn't see..."


I have two different pictures uploaded on here. My Xbox one and this one. I guess its different for author accounts. I was going to switch both but I'm attached to my mutated thumbs picture


message 134: by Santino

Santino Hassell Lenore wrote: "The new profile pic is totally rad."

:]


message 133: by Lenore

Lenore The new profile pic is totally rad.


message 132: by Santino

Santino Hassell Taylor wrote: "Santino wrote: "Taylor wrote: "Santino wrote: "Taylor wrote: "you're gonna read the last BDB with me. note that isn't a question. k, great, thanks."

i will do this thing! when?"

never"

fine...."


i expect gifs and funny pictures in your status updates.


message 131: by Taylor

Taylor Santino wrote: "Taylor wrote: "Santino wrote: "Taylor wrote: "you're gonna read the last BDB with me. note that isn't a question. k, great, thanks."

i will do this thing! when?"

never"


fine. dick.

I'm starting right meow.


message 130: by Santino

Santino Hassell Taylor wrote: "Santino wrote: "Taylor wrote: "you're gonna read the last BDB with me. note that isn't a question. k, great, thanks."

i will do this thing! when?"

I dunno, I'm scared. maybe you should just g..."


never


message 129: by Taylor

Taylor Santino wrote: "Taylor wrote: "you're gonna read the last BDB with me. note that isn't a question. k, great, thanks."

i will do this thing! when?"


I dunno, I'm scared. maybe you should just go first.


message 128: by Santino

Santino Hassell Aure `Reading With The Dark` wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend invite! I'm almost finished with Evenfall, wow! That was a long journey! Hope we can chat sometime :))))

P.S. Who got Hsin when you were role playing? :)"


i RPd Hsin :) He was originally a serial killer, though.

And sorry, I didn't see this earlier


message 127: by Santino

Santino Hassell Taylor wrote: "you're gonna read the last BDB with me. note that isn't a question. k, great, thanks."

i will do this thing! when?


message 126: by Taylor

Taylor you're gonna read the last BDB with me. note that isn't a question. k, great, thanks.


Aure   `Reading With The Dark` Thanks for accepting my friend invite! I'm almost finished with Evenfall, wow! That was a long journey! Hope we can chat sometime :))))

P.S. Who got Hsin when you were role playing? :)


message 124: by Mel

Mel Santino wrote: "poor Fredo!

(am excited that you got godfather references) ..."


I'm insulted that you thought I wouldn't, pooh!

And Fredo is cool. Who else can juggle fruit while being shot at? Or was he juggling his gun? Anyway, he's the ultimate multitasker.


message 123: by Santino

Santino Hassell Mel wrote: "Santino wrote: "Mel wrote: "sonito! i kind of like that."

It's a great intermediary name. If people have trouble with Santino, it's an option.
Or maybe just: Fredo?
;)"


poor Fredo!

(am excited that you got godfather references)


message 122: by Mel

Mel Santino wrote: "Mel wrote: "sonito! i kind of like that."

It's a great intermediary name. If people have trouble with Santino, it's an option.
Or maybe just: Fredo?
;)


message 121: by Santino

Santino Hassell Mel wrote: "Sa- Sa- So- Sonny- Sonito- Sanito- Santito- Santino... Okay, it's not that hard. I'm used to it already."

sonito! i kind of like that.


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