Friday, May 5, 2017

Blogtour: Concourse by Santino Hassell

Please welcome Santino Hassell with 


Five Boroughs #5


Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.

Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.

When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.

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About Five Boroughs:

New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.

Top ten Instagram accounts I thirst after…

Instagram is a huge part of CONCOURSE. Ashton Townsend’s profile has millions of followers, and he uses it so frequently that gossip columnists and his fans alike use it to figure out tidbits of his personal life. And Valdrin, his love interest, does the same. Not to mention the alerts he gets every time Ashton posts a pic. So I thought, why not share the top ten Instagram accounts that make me thirsty?

  • Christopher Mason – Blond, scruffy, and devastatingly sexy. 
  • Navy Jack – A vet with thick thighs and a beard. Yum. 
  • Lewis Tan – An actor and a gift to the entire world. 
  • Jason Muirbrook – A former fashion model/original face cast for Hsin in In the Company of Shadows and now a dead sexy fitness trainer. 
  • Juan Forgia – Bomb cover model, great personality, and a guy I’d love to chill with. 
  • Broderick Hunter – His face is actually perfect. Those eyes. 
  • Chal Harn – The body. That fucking hair. The glasses. The hair and the glasses while he’s naked. Guh.
  • Gus Kentworthy – Gorgeous, gay, and an Olympic medalist. 
  • Brock O’Hurn – Long hair, bearded, fit… okay I may have a type. 
  • Michael B. Jordan – If you don’t know who he is, you need to fix your life. 

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.

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To celebrate the release of Concourse, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 6, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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  1. I see my Ig follows going up!

  2. Thank you. I don't instagram and am not that into social media but I can see the appeal. I'll definitely be checking these accounts out.
    humhumbum At yahoo DOT com

  3. It's always great to see real people authors base their characters on. Seeing the inspiration for Hsin just made my day! (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Well, thank you v.,v. much for those Insta recs!!!

    Lucifugefive (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Thanks for the post, although I don't have an Instagram account at this time.

  6. Thanks for that top ten...two thumbs up. :)

  7. Congrats and thanks for my fav post so far, esp Broderick (and you commented on was his face and eyes?). The series has been good so far, and this sounds like a great addition. I enjoy Hassell's raw, real characters and the urban setting he puts them in. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  8. Looking forward to reading this book.

  9. Ha, I see my instagram follow count going up! Loved Concourse, and the entire series. kimcurington(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. It's been a great tour!


  11. Sounds interesting! Congrats on the release.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Can't wait to read this! Have read all the others (and Riptide, more audiobooks of this please!) and love them so much! Thanks, Mark

    markw999 [at] gmail [dot] com


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