Monday, December 28, 2015

Blog Tour: #NYCdreamer tour with Damon Suede, Santino Hassell & Karen Stivali. Includes Giveaway.


Please join us in welcoming, not one, not two, but THREE amazing authors to Sinfully today on thier #NYCdreamer tour… Damon Suede, Santino Hassell and Karen Stivali. Check out their interesting and enlightening ‘I Never’ game and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win signed paperbacks of all three books!


While planning the #NYCdreamer tour for their new NYC-set M/M Romance releases, Santino Hassell, Karen Stivali, and Damon Suede began sharing stories about their lives in the Big Apple. They discussed favorite foods, concert venues, but mostly they swapped tales of debauchery.

Use the below anecdotes to figure out who was guilty of what when they played a game of NYC-style "I Never".

First, a little background info on each author and his or her personal histories with NYC...

Karen grew up spending lots of weekends in the city as a kid, hanging out there with friends as early on as high school, then attended college at NYU in The Village and lived in the area for another few years. She hasn't lived in the city for years, but every time she visits she's always struck by the things that have changed and the ones that (thankfully) haven't.

Santino grew up in Brooklyn. He spent most of his adolescence skipping school, smoking pot, writing songs, and fooling around with straight boys. He launched into new adulthood as a semi-transient youth dead set on living as fast as possible. No one was prepared for him to abruptly decide to get his shit together and become an educator by day and a romance writer by night.

Damon survived Texas and escaped to NYC as soon as he could get his semi-adult ass onto a plane headed north at age 16. Because his family was in the jewelry business, he’d come to Manhattan on buying trips as a boy. And because his mom loved shows, New York carried a glossy allure that persisted even at home. But from age seven, he announced his attention to live in Manhattan, ignoring the objections and dire warnings of his entire family.


In case you’re not familiar with the “I Never” game, it’s played by having someone say “I never [insert action]" and if YOU have done the (usually scandalous) thing, you have to raise your hand or take a shot. We hope you have fun trying to guess which of us did what. ;)

Won a tequila drinking contest — 2

Threw up out of a moving taxi — 2

Had sex in a taxi — 3

Had sex on a NJ Transit train — 1

Ate at Katz's Deli — 3

Saw a band play at CBGBs — 2

Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge — 3

Worked in all five boroughs — 1

Been to a sex club/party — 3

Marched downtown in a parade — 2

Fallen asleep on the subway while drunk — 2

Hopped the turnstile in the subway — 3

Got thrown out of a bar or club for sex in the bathroom — 1

Got thrown out of a bar or club for fighting — 1

Went to college in the city — 3

Went to the pre-Y2K Times Square peep shows — 3

Felt a deep feeling of relief after seeing the skyline while coming home on an airplane — 3

Went to see the tree light up at Rockefeller Center — 1

Ice skated in Central Park — 2

Went to a Broadway show — 3

Saw a Yankees game — 1

Watched the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks on a rooftop — 3

Argued with a cabbie about the best route to take — 3

Got lost in Central Park — 3

Got ice cream from Mister Softee — 2

Got stoned in Tompkins Square Park or Washington Square Park — 3

Been to the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy — 3

Worked as a waiter/waitress/bartender/barista — 2

Gone to Gray’s Papaya drunk for cheap post drinking hot dogs — 3

Have you ever done any of the things on our list? Tell us in the comments for a chance to win (fill in giveaway)


MOMENT OF SILENCE (Moments In Time, Book 4)

Karen Stivali

MomentofSilenceLG[3]Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ December 18, 2015





Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world's best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He's got friends who treat him like family, and he's proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he's still falling for the wrong men.
When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn't seem to know it. If he does, he's not telling anyone. And he's about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.
Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he's falling for the right guy. But Quinn's got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

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Meet Karen Stivali

KSKaren Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She's also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about real life, only hotter.

Karen's lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen's novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.

When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don't hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:



Pent Up

Damon Suede


Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 20th December 2015





PENT UP: Mix business with pleasure and take cover.
Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low-rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse. What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.
Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position. He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall-to-wall secrets and hot-and-cold-running paranoia. Can the danger be real? Is Andy for real?
What’s a bullet catcher to do? Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high-priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead. If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there’s no way to guard a heart.

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Meet Damon Suede

Damon Suede - Spring 2012
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at




Sunset Park (Five Boroughs)

Santino Hassell


Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 11th December 2015




Raymond Rodriguez's days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.
David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.
Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

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Meet Santino Hassell

SH imageSantino 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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  1. I only spend 5 days in NY in April 2011. I loved the feels in the city and his everybody was so welcoming. But the friend I was there with was really ill and suffering so it was a stressful time... I'd love a chance to come back and enjoy a longer stay! I only got to do 3 of the "I never" ;-)

  2. I've never been to NYC, but it's on my list of dream vacations.

    Most excited for Moment Of Silence, I really enjoy this series.

  3. The moment I saw three NYC stories, I immediately started humming...
    I'll take Manhatten...
    The Bronx & Staten Island too...
    Love all three!

  4. My dad was a native New Yorker and we lived in New Jersey until I was 11. Every weekend we'd drive into the city and visit my grandparents, aunts and uncles and do stuff. While I don't remember more than seeing shows, eating in China town, the museums and watching the parades, I'm sure we did most of the legal, g rated items on the list.

  5. I enjoyed reading Hot Head, so Pent Up is on my to-read list :)

  6. I'm really looking forward to reading Pent Up and if Sunset Park is anything like the previous book I will be blown away So I can't wait to read that either! :D
    I haven't read anything by Karen Stivali but I love the sound of Moment Of Silence so I'll definitely have to check this series out. :D
    I've never been to New York but I'd love to at some point. :)
    Elizabeth Marshall (e.marshall)

  7. Raised in NY and lived in NYC before and after grad school for 8 years. Loved it without kids. Read Karen's books but not the others. Thanks for the chance!

  8. All of those books sound fantastic - my TBR list is growing today! I've never been to New York but it's a dream of mine to go there. It certainly seems like a different world compared to where I live!

  9. Saw Cats at Winter Garden Theatre back in 95 - only time in NYC.

  10. "Sunset Park," has me excited. I am a huge Hassell fan, and loved "Sutphin Boulevard."

  11. One of my all-time favourite memories is watching the tree light up at the Rockefeller center :)

  12. I saw "Anything Goes" on Broadway (with Gregg Edelman and Leslie Uggams as the stars) when I was 14. I also worked in a coffee/sandwich shop in college (though not in NYC)...

    Trix, vitajex@aol dot com

  13. Does it count that I've never done any of these things? :-)

  14. I've never been to NYC, though I have a cousin who lives there. I'll wind up visiting there sooner or later ;-)
    Of the three books, I am interested in all of them, though Pent Up sounds the most intriguing of the three.
    And of all the things on the I Never list, I've only done one-seen the Yankees play, though it was down here in Miami when they played the Marlins :-)

  15. I'm excited for Sunset Park because the author is freaking awesome! Not sure how aware he might be of how awesome he is.

  16. I've just gotten to pick up the first three books in the Moments in Time series. I'd love to read Moment of Silence. As far as New York City goes, I've never been but it is on my bucket list.

  17. Never been to NYC but it's on my list.

  18. Never been to NYC but it's on my list.

  19. I've never been to NYC, but it's on my bucket list. I'm most excited about Pent Up, I absolutely loved Hot Heads, so anything written by Damon Suede will find it's way onto my kindle.

  20. I can't remember the exact year I went but I have been in NYC once, with my twin sisters and my mom, dad stayed home.

    My mom and I went to the Empire State Building and we still have a photo of that time.
    So that's what I loved about it. (lol)

    My most excited book out of these three would be Pent Up by Damon Suede. The cover totally attracted me to click this link and participate.

    I actually haven't heard of these book series before, but I'm always interested in exploring/reading new M/M books.

  21. I love going in to NYC for shows on and off Broadway. I think I've been to most of the main theatres and venues. And CBGBs was always a good time. When I was much younger... I can't count how many times I missed the last train home and dozed in grand central or out in Washington square park. Or just hung out eating breakfast in the diner. Now I plan a bit better.

    1. I never... got felt up at the aqueduct racetrack... lots of pervy people there I guess! I was about 16 at the time & visiting a friend.