Santino Hassell on Psychics, Tattoos and his latest release ‘Sightlines (The Community #3)’ (guest post and giveaway)


Sightlines (The Community #3) by Santino Hassell
Riptide Publishing
Cover by: Kanaxa

Read an Excerpt/Buy it Here at Riptide Publishing


Psychics and Tattoos ~ Q & A with Santino Hassell

Two things that fascinate people are psychics and tattoos, so we asked Santino Hassell a few question around them on his Sightlines tour.

Why include them as part of your story?

To me, psychics are one of the most interesting of supernatural people. They’re of the human race, but different. In books, comics, and cartoons they’ve been described as everything from evolved humans to aliens to another race entirely. I left it ambiguous in The Community, because I like people having the ability to decide for themselves, but there is a psychic gene that is hereditary. What I find most interesting about psychic gifts is the way people use them. Do they use them to better their own lives, to help others, or to draw in more power? You meet people from each group in The Community.

As for tattoos, I just think they’re the ultimate form of self-expression.

Why make them a part of main characters?  Do you think that’s a part of how other people will perceive them?

Chase is covered in tattoos, and for him he almost uses them as armor. He’s an outcast in the Community, and at a young age he was painfully aware of that fact. Him covering himself in tattoos was partially his way of deliberately broadcasting and embracing his individualism. It’s his way of saying: “Screw you all. I don’t want to be like you.”

Have you had a reading from a psychic yourself?

I’ve had my palm read before, but it was mostly inaccurate. She hit some things on the nose, but a lot of it was way off. That doesn’t deter me from being utterly fascinated by the subject, though.

How much research did you do?

I read a few books on psychics and read several blogs that are run by self-proclaimed empaths. They were fascinating not only because they gave an in-depth explanation as to what these abilities are, but the blogs especially gave me insight as to the different types of empaths there could be and the different ways that ability is used. One blog went into detail about “empath vampires”, and I was so fascinated.

Is there such a thing as an “elusive tattoo”?

I recently read a book where the hero had an elaborate tattoo on his side, so people rarely got a chance to see it in detail. It was personal, and only for him, and had a pretty serious meaning about his life and past. Sometimes, I think people assume folks get tattoos as a way of standing out, but other times people get them for reasons so personal they’re not even meant to be seen by strangers.

About Sightlines

Chase Payne is a walking contradiction. He’s the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He’s the son of the Community’s founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he’s nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he’s ever loved is there too.

Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn’t the haven he’d believed in and Chase was the only person who’d ever truly tried to protect him. Now they’re surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.

With Chase playing the role of a tyrant’s second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase’s mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.

Available now from Riptide Publishing. 

About The Community Series

What lies beneath the surface of the world you thought you knew?

Secrets and lies have twisted an underground community founded by psychics escaping persecution. Blackmail, sex, and social climbing in the name of power has created an irreparable rift.

In the eyes of the founders, there are two sides: loyalists and everyone else. Surely no one would emerge from their tightly woven webs. And they certainly wouldn’t sow the seeds of rebellion within the heart of the Community’s only queer night club.

Now an outcast, a scion, and a runaway are leading a revolution to save not only the men they love, but the entire Community.

Check out The Community series!

About Santino Hassell

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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To celebrate the release of Sightlines, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 14, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!