A big welcome to Santino Hassell who is here counting down his Top 10 Paranormal Book Characters and celebrating the release of OVERSIGHT, The Community #2 (published on June 26, 2017 by Riptide Publishing). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Santino Hassell’s Top 10 Paranormal Book Characters
To celebrate the release of OVERSIGHT, the second book in The Community—my paranormal romance trilogy about queer psychics—I want to talk about my top ten favorite paranormal book characters. There is a lot to choose from, so this took some serious evaluating and angst on my part.
10. Tony Foster
Tony Foster from the Tanya Huff series of the same name. He’s a former street kid turned production assistant on a cheesy vampire TV show, and learns magic from a laptop. He’s basically a wizard who doesn’t really know what he’s doing, but his shenanigans are not to be missed!
9. Tyack and Frayne
Tyack and Frayne are characters from Harper Fox’s series. Frayne is a detective in a small English town who gets paired with a clairvoyant to solve a mystery, and their dynamic is pretty great. Frayne is practical and not thrilled about needing the help of a clairvoyant, but Tyack is used to not being believed and is utterly likeable. If you like mysteries about psychics, definitely give this series a shot!
Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Who doesn’t love Lestat? He’s queer as hell, arrogant, powerful, charming, but then there is also something childlike and super petty about him. I love all those pieces, and I love that there’s going to be a Vampire Chronicles show in the near future!
Abbadon from Marie Sexton’s Damned If You Do. Abbadon is a soul acquisition demon, but he’s not really evil. He’s pretty much just tired of his job and doing the bare minimum of work (relatable demon is relatable). However, he’s finally caught slacking by Satan and he decides to go after the brightest soul he can find to try to get himself back into Satan’s good graces. Annnd… of course he then falls in love with the human housing said soul.
Zsadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Zsadist was always the most intriguing character of the Brotherhood simply due to how tormented he was by his past. Watching him get his happily ever after was seriously satisfying. I also liked that he was kind of an ass while the rest of the vampires were kind of super chill bros sometimes.
Roan from Andrea Speed’s Infected series. He’s cynical, a loner, and calls himself a serial monogamist. He’s also a virus child, so he was born with a disease that lets him shift into a lion. How cool is that? Roan is also a bad ass and really charismatic, so people are drawn to him even though he seems to want to keep people away.
Holden from Andrea Speed’s Infected series! Okay, sorry, but there are some compelling characters in this series. Holden is a former prostitute turned PI who is also a… vigilante serial killer who murders homophobes. Er. Just trust me.
3. Sookie Stackhouse
Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. I really love book-Sookie. She’s likeable, funny, clever, and has a way of bouncing between confident and self-deprecating that is incredibly real. She’s a telepath living in a world full of paranormal creatures who all seem magnetized to her, but it’s the parts of the novel where Sookie is just being Sookie where she really shines.
Crash is… also from Psycop. Okay, I promise I’ll ease up on the JCP love after this, but Crash is amazing. He’s an empath, a former hairdresser, and now has embraced his spirituality by owning a store called Sticks & Stones. If you love snarky complex characters, you’ll enjoy Crash. His book just came out!
1. Victor Bayne
Victor Bayne of the Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price. Okay, if you know me, you know I have a think for JCP—master of queer spec fic, but Victor will always be bae. Sardonic, snarky, and he has a nonstop internal commentary on the people and things around him that crack me up. He’s also a super powerful medium.
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.
One copy of OVERSIGHT by Santino Hassell
Available on June 26, 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.
Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.
Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.
As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.
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