Happy Release Day to Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
STRONG SIGNAL is out today, and the authors behind the co-written cyberlove romance are dropping by Sinfully with a hot excerpt. STRONG SIGNAL is a mix of sweet, wistful, and steamy, and this excerpt encapsulates that.
This scene takes place at a period of time when Kai’s and Garrett’s online friendship (which started as bitter gamer rivalry) has shifted past flirtatious and swiftly into the realms of intense sexual desire.
Strong Signal exclusive excerpt
Kai: Are you okay?
Kai: Cool. :) Just wondering because you didn't respond to my email.
Shit. I'd spent three hours milking myself dry and hadn't even had the decency to give the poor guy a reply. I was a fucking animal.
Garrett: Oh uh I got distracted
Kai: With what?
Garrett: I had to do a bunch of shit on the base
Garrett: And then I watched your videos.
Kai: Oooh…Like more than the one I sent?
Garrett: Yeah…and a couple more.
A couple dozen.
Garrett: Your XXXTube fans are just as intense as your Twitch Chat.
Kai: OMG Garrett did you seriously spend the whole time reading the comments?
Garrett: LOL. No. No I did not.
Kai: Is it…strange that I want to hear your thoughts? That sounds weird. It's just, you've been so cool about it up until now and I always expect people to judge, you know?
Garrett: It's not strange.
What did I say? Did I tell him the truth? That he'd tapped into the wants and needs I'd buried for the entire time I'd been in the Army? To taste someone, and sink deep inside of them while strong hands gripped my sweaty back? Tell him it was impossible to not want him now that I knew how his voice went high and vulnerable when he came? That I thought he was beautiful?
Nothing seemed safe.
Garrett: I think it's no wonder a bunch of strangers are so infatuated with you. You're obviously doing it for the camera, and that’s what turns you on. That someone is watching.
Kai: Sometimes it's like you can read my mind.
Garrett: Thank God you can't read mine. Fuck. You'd never talk to me again.
Kai: I hiiiiiiighly doubt that. Hiiiiighly.
Garrett: Guttermind 24/7 for rest of my life tbh.
Kai: LOL Well… I'd be kind of disappointed if you didn't think dirty thoughts while watching my videos. That's kinda the point, babe. If you didn't get turned on, it means I wasn't doing my job.
Garrett: Uh, yeah, that wasn't a problem.
Several times three dots appeared as Kai typed, and stopped, and typed again. I wondered what he wanted to say. Typically, he fired off messages at a rapid-fire speed. But now? There was a lag between our replies.
Kai: There is nothing I can say right now that won't be super dirty sooo…
Garrett: Is that a problem? I just fantasized about you for a solid few hours.
Kai: What did you fantasize about?
I licked my lips, shifting on the bed. Were we really going here?
Garrett: Watching you. In person. Steady escalation from there.
Kai: Escalation in increments? ;)
Garrett: Yup. First I watch. Then I jerk off with you. Then we jerk each other. Then I kiss you.
Kai: That seems like a de-escalation
Garrett: Not the way I kiss.
Kai: That…is…somehow the best thing you could have ever said to me. You hot bastard, you.
Garrett: I try.
Kai: You succeed
Garrett: Maybe one day I can succeed in person.
Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1)
Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson
Published ~ 15th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who'd initially been a rival. And I'd never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn't planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can't stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it's love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn't go as planned.
*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*
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Meet Megan Erickson
Megan Erickson worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction. She's a multi-published author with Avon, Berkley, and Entangled. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats.
Meet Santino Hassell
Santino Hassell is a writer of queer romance 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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