Hi, everyone, please help us welcome author Santino Hassell to The Novel Approach today, on the Interborough blog tour. There’s a fun quiz and giveaway in store, so read on and enjoy!
Which Five Boroughs Character Are You?
There are a lot of characters in the Five Boroughs series, and many of them are featured in INTERBOROUGH. We go through the book in David’s and Raymond’s point of views, but we also thoroughly check in on Michael and Nunzio (you don’t want to miss the epilogue if you read SUTPHIN BOULEVARD), have a couple of scenes with Caleb and Oli, and there are cameos by Ashton, Mere, Aiden, Charles, and Raymond’s entire Queens Squad.
Is it bad form to say I love my own characters? Too bad. I fucking love them all. I want to give every side character their own novel (Ashton and Charles are next, but I also have plans for Mere and Ray’s friends…), and I strongly connect with many of my main characters. I was recently describing them to a close friend, and he quickly noted they all have facets of my own personality.
Michael is my vulnerability and has all my vices, Nunzio is my loyalty (even to people who don’t always deserve it), Raymond is my determination and defiance, David is my anxiety, Caleb is my insecurity, and Oli is my ID. For future characters, Ashton is my lack of self-esteem, and Charles is my rage. This conversation got me thinking about their personalities and the readers who’ve reached out to me to say they related to each of these guys.
So I want to know… out of all the current heroes of Five Boroughs, which one are you?
Take the FIVE BOROUGHS BUZZFEED QUIZ to find out, and share the results with me in the comments or on social media!
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.
Interborough is available from Riptide Publishing.
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.
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!