In the Paranormal Spotlight: Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell (Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway)



Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell
iptide Publishing
Cover by: Kanaxa

Available for Purchase at Riptide Publishing/Read An Excerpt here


Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Santino Hassell here today talking about the inspiration behind Insight and the way in which the author sees the cast of characters.  Welcome, Santino!



The idea for INSIGHT first came to me along with a vision of Nate’s family. A haunting, dysfunctional, psychic family full of people who share strong physical

Nathaniel “Nate” Black played by Blue Equis

straits. Willowy, pale, ash blond hair, and gray eyes. People who look spectral, have dark secrets, and who push each other away despite sharing this strong bond.

However, as I began writing, I had strong mental images for the entire cast of characters—from the skeptical wise guy, Trent, whom Nate

Trent played by Anthony Gastelier

meets on his road trip across the country to investigate his brother’s death, to the psychics Nate meets after stumbling upon the Community-run queer nightclub his brother worked at. I’d collected inspiration pics very early on so, here is my INSIGHT dream cast.

Holden played by Devin Paisley

Chase played by Josh Beech

Holden played by Devin Paisley

Elijah played by Marlon Teixeira



About Insight

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate. 

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.

Now available at Riptide.

About Santino Hassell

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.

Connect with Santino:


To celebrate the release of Insight, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 18, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

10 thoughts on “In the Paranormal Spotlight: Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell (Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway)

  1. This one sounds really good. I have never read anything by this author but I am going to tryout this one.
    debby236 at gmail dot com


  2. It’s so fascinating to see Santino’s choices for fancast. After all, who wouldn’t be inspired by such a bunch of hit dudes? 😉


    Mazingergirlie (at) gmail (dot) com


  3. I usually don’t fancast, but all those guys look hard to resist!



  4. Thanks for sharing your cast inspirations! It’s great to get a visual from the author’s perspective.


  5. Interesting pick in fancast, I don’t usually do it but it’s lovely to see your picks.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com


  6. I loved the pics of the beautiful men who will give me faces to put together with characters while reading. Thank you for sharing! ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com


  7. Congrats and thanks for the post. The book sounds great, and I love gay mysteries and paranormal romances. Like Nate, I’m a transplanted Texan and root for the outcast/underdog as well. The only problem, more often than not, the underdog loses, but when he wins, yay!
    – TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s