Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: Stygian by Santino Hassell with Excerpt & Giveaway

Stygian

So, so excited to be able to bring you the AMAZING cover of Santino Hassell’s upcoming novel STYGIAN… Seriously, wait till you feast your eyes on this cover, it’s most definitely going in our favourite covers of the year! Just fabulous! But that’s not all, because we also have an excerpt that will have you, like us, counting the days until the release on the 26th October. Go check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Stygian

Santino Hassell

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Release Date: October 26, 2015

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 

Genre: Gothic Paranormal Romance

Cover by: damonza.com

Cover Artist: Freelancer

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Synopsis

Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band's enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he's finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroway’s secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

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Stygian excerpt

Jeremy looked out at the woods. There were no lights in that direction or even in the backyard itself. If not for the moon, they would be sitting in pitch darkness. “You know, looking for the source of a mysterious sound is generally how people die in scary movies.”

“You have a point. Which is why I’m surprised to see you wandering around.” Kennedy slumped down. “Are they that loud?”

“Now they are.” Jeremy tried not to react when Kennedy’s hand fell on his shoulder. It was a light touch, but it was enough to spike Jeremy’s heartbeat. Especially once Kennedy turned the graze to a massage. “I… uh, that’s not what woke me up either, though. I had a shitty dream.”

“Is that why you’re on edge?”

Jeremy stole a look at Kennedy, but he gazed back calmly. Maybe for Stygian, it was normal to massage your bandmates while sitting half-naked on the porch in the middle of the night. The band had always possessed superflexible boundaries about space. Or a complete lack of boundaries.

Even before joining, Jeremy had watched them perform from the corners of dive bars and all-ages clubs. He’d been fascinated by how handsy they were with each other. Whether it was Watts grinding up on Quince or Caroline while he sang, or writhing on the floor at Kennedy’s feet like he was begging to be touched, there had been no denying the group had chemistry.

Kennedy smiled. “You gonna answer?”

“What?” Jeremy blinked. “Sorry. You’re distracting me.”

“Do you want me to stop?”

“No. It feels good.”

For the second time in as many days, Kennedy gave him that look. The up-and-down stare that could be an eyefuck or just another example of how unintentionally sexy Kennedy’s intensity was. Either way, Jeremy had to return his attention to the moonlit woods surrounding them before he did, or said, something foolish.

The ensuing silence was heavy with the ambiance of night. With the breeze rustling the trees and tall grass, and the answer and call of crickets and frogs, there was nothing to do but smoke and share a mostly warm bottle of beer that Kennedy had brought outside.

The tension melted away, and Jeremy became a boneless thing as sure, steady fingers worked the kinks out of his neck and shoulders. He sank down, tilting his head against Kennedy’s shoulder, and let their bare knees brush. The massage turned into an idle, repetitive pull of long fingers through Jeremy’s hair.

“I could get used to being somewhere like this,” Kennedy said. “I like the quiet.”

“I don’t.”

“It doesn’t seem that way to me.” Kennedy squeezed Jeremy’s neck again before pulling away. “I haven’t seen you this relaxed since I met you. Well, when you’re by yourself on the porch or up in that damn tree.”

“I didn’t think anyone saw me climb up there,” Jeremy admitted.

“I always see you, kid.”

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Meet Santino Hassell

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 queer 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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72 comments:

  1. What a beautiful cover! I love it. I guess my favourite vampires are a mixture of sexy and dark... It's the way I see them, you know, they are sexy because they are beautiful and dangerous...

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  2. Aren't the words "vampire" and "dark & sexy" kind of redundant ? In any case that's how I love them: brooding, intense, manipulating, hungry for blood and more from their willing victims...
    I really like this intriguing excerpt and beautiful cover ! Congrats on the nearing release and thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. I like a more sinister kind of vampire.

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  4. I enjoy the sinister kind of vampires more!

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  5. The love the cover. I think I prefer a mixture of sexy and sinister!

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  6. Sexy with a foot in the dark side where they have to have will power to stay good..

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  7. gawjus cover!!!!! i can't wait for this one :)

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  9. CAN'T WAIT!! Great cover too. My favourite vampires are sexy and cute and actually the misunderstood type. Trying to fight their nature and stuff. But sinister definitely works too *indecisive*

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  10. What a stunning cover! I'm not much of a fan of vampires but I'm excited to read this book!

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  11. Ah when it comes to vampires I find them more likable when BAD. A little sexiness helps too :)

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  12. With vampires I like the softer, sexy ones! Beautiful cover with an amazing excerpt!

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  13. The cover is breathtakingly beautiful! I prefer sexy and human-like vampires, as opposed to vampires pictured as monsters with no human emotions. But I'm open to other possibilities. ;) And I can't wait for this book!

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  14. Definitely both sexy & sinister vampires, please. =)

    Amazing cover! Can't wait to read this one.

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  15. OH, I gotta go with both. Sexy and sinister, but really like untouchable sinister, not the evil on the outside kind on the inside. Evil should be tempting and beyond touch.

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  16. I'd say a mix of sex and sinister vampire. Great cover too!!

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  18. I love the amazingly awesome cover. Amazing giveaway!!!!! Thanks for the chance!!!! To answer your question, I love a mixture of both in vampires.

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  19. That cover is the best I've seen in a long time! The excerpt - pretty hot stuff Mr Hassell :)

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  20. I missed the question DUH about the vampires I was so keen to write about the cover!

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  21. Love sexy vampires.
    cvsimpkins@msn.com

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  22. I guess I would have to say Sexy first, but a mix of both can be great too!

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  23. Sexy vamps or dark and mysterious, love them all.

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous cover! :D
    My taste in vampires varies...
    In general fiction I like vampires to just be darj and sinister... In romance I prefer just sexy or a mix of sexy and sinister... But not so bad or sinister that I wouldn't wish them a HEA. ;D
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    Elizabeth Marshall (e.marshall)

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  25. I definatley like a mix of both I think vampires should have a little bad boy in them

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  26. I like a little of both! But Sexy definitely!

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  27. Amazing Cover!! This is another book to add to my growing pre-order list and this book sounds positively amazing can't wait :-)

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  28. As long as they aren't sparkly, I like both kinds of vampires. Gorgeous cover. Very intriguing excerpt.
    --Judy
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

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  29. Cover love! I prefer a mix of both. Very interesting except will definitely check into this one.

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  31. Wow that really is a beautiful cover. I'm now very excited to read this. I love all types of vampire but because I mostly read romance I tend to lean toward the dark sexy kind.

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  32. Sexy with a touch of sinister (especially when it is kept barely under control).

    Love that cover - wow! And the synopsis sounds fantastic.

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  33. Beautiful cover! I am excited for this one!!

    Hmmm...gotta go with a mix of sexy and sinister for my vampires. Can't help but love a little chill with my thrill ;)

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  34. I love any kind of vampire, all are great

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  35. Mix of both! I love the darker ones!

    Betul E.

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  36. A mix of both keeps you wondering what they are going to do. Thanks for the chance. Adding to the Tbr/wish list

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  37. Wow. The cover has wonderful atmosphere. I've read several vampire books and in a way they're all a little sinister, so sexy doesn't hurt. :-)

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  38. The cover is stunning. I love the complexity of the merging images. Simply beautiful.
    I love stories that pull me into characters emotions as if I'm riding along side them on their journey.
    Regardless, I look forward to the book since the excerpt pulled me right in....
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  39. A mix of both, it makes everything better. :P Love the cover, by the way! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. sexy and sinister...why can't they be both?

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  41. This cover is so fantastic, really I've never seen anything like this, just . . .WOW! Pam/Peejakers

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  43. Sexy cover! can't wait to read this!

    Anyway... sexy and sinister of course.. let's have it bothways xD

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  44. I'm so excited for this book! The cover is absolutely amazing and so atmospheric. I like scary vampires. I think there's something scary in the danger. They shouldn't be "nice".

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  45. Beautiful cover! Sexy vampires but I think a little darkness adds to the sexiness

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  46. Definitely a mix of both.Great cover.

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  47. I prefer a little bit of both ;).. thanks for sharing! I can't wait to read this.

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  48. That cover surely draws me in...Great job!

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    1. Oh.. I like my vampires a little dark but not evil

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  49. I like my vampires like my human protagonists: emotionally damaged and with a killer wardrobe. :p

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  50. Mixture of both love a sexy vamp that can be sinister at times

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  51. Both. Although a dash of humor never goes wrong either.

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  52. What a cool cover! I love vampires that are sexy and dangerous. :) Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  53. What a crazy cool cover! I love mix of both in vampires! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  54. Sinister... a dark an broody vamp. :D ehehe...

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  55. 99% of the time, I'd say a mix of both. 1% is for comedic vampires.

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  56. I like sinister.

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  57. Looks good!!! The cover is beautiful!!!

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  58. I love ALL Vampires! I'm an equal opportunity Vamp lover!

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  59. Fab book cover and post. I love sinister&sexy vamps. I've grown up with Anne Rice's vampires so... Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  60. Give me glorious supernatural characters and I'm all yours. ;-)

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  61. Dark vampires are my life. Ty for the giveaway. Cool cover and blurb

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  62. Dark vampires are my life. Ty for the giveaway. Cool cover and blurb

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  63. I'd rather have a sinister vampire. They are much more fun.

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