Guest Post: Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Today I am so pleased to welcome Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell to Joyfully Jay. Megan and Santino has come to share a character interview from their latest release, Hard Wired (reviewed here). Please join me in giving them a big welcome!

Outtake of Beau Starr’s FallenCon vlog:

*In frame is vlogger Beau Starr and his cousin–Twitch mod Jesse. They are sitting together in an airplane*

Beau: *waves* Hey Beautifuls! Beau here with my cousin, Jessie.

Jessie: *also waves* Hey.

Beau: And we’re headed to FallenCon in Boston. I’m so excited for my meet and greet and hope I see a bunch of you there. *bats eyelashes* Anyway, we’re on the plane, and I’m bored, so I’m going to annoy Jesse.

Jesse: Yes, instead of annoying me with the camera off, you’re going to annoy me with the camera on. Damn, I’m lucky. *he rolls his eyes, but then turns an affectionate grin toward Beau*

Beau: *clears throat* Okay, so Jesse Garvy. This is your first big boy convention. Are you nervous?

Jesse: Sure, I don’t know what to expect. I’ve watched a million vlogs, but it’s probably different once I’m actually there.

Beau: What are you most nervous about?

Jesse: *shrugs* Saying dumb shit, being boring, screwing up on the panel. Getting lost. *his brows furrow* How big is the convention center?

Beau: Jesse, oh my god, you’re not going to get lost.

Jesse: Okay, well you asked me what I was nervous about! So I answered honestly.

Beau: *smiles and bumps Jesse’s shoulder* I know, I’m just teasing. That’s why you’re so great, because you’re honest. To a fault sometimes.

Jesse: *runs his fingers through his short blond curls* Next question.

Beau: Right, so are you going to try to get laid?

Jesse: *jerks in his seat and glances around them frantically. Turns to Beau and drops his voice* Beau! There are kids and shit on this plane.

Beau: I know, right? Who let kids on a plane?

Jesse: Beau…

Beau: *waves his hand* No one is listening to us, calm down. So?

Jesse: *glares* That wasn’t an objective I put in my calendar, no.

Beau: Oh, getting sassy on me. This can be a con of firsts! First con, first time with a guy, first time pimping your soon-to-be gaming channel….

Jesse: Yes, we don’t have to announce this all to every passenger on this plane, though.

Beau: You sure? Because I can steal the flight attendant mic.

Jesse: Don’t make me mess up your hair.

Beau: *gasps in mock outrage*

Jesse: Anyway, I’m there to meet people and finally talk face-to-face with the other mod on Kai’s channel.

Beau: Oh right, Cherrycakes.

Jesse: Yeah, I think it’ll be cool to see her.

Beau: And what else are you looking forward to?

Jesse: *squints while he thinks* Well I always hear about Artist’s Alley, but never been. I love fan art, so I’m excited to check out the talent and their goods.

Beau: I’m excited for the parties, myself.

Jesse: Uh, yeah I guess I’ll go.

Beau: You guess? You have to! The best part of cons!

Jesse: What do you do? Just stand around and make awkward small talk?

Beau: Good God, I have failed you, cousin. This weekend will change your life, I swear.

Jesse: *sits quietly for a moment* Don’t get my hopes up.

Beau: *throws his arm around Jesse’s shoulders* You just wait. *eyes camera* Ok, they are passing out peanuts and pretzels so we’re going to take a filming break. See you again after we land!

*Both of them wave, and right before camera shuts off, Jesse stares pensively out the window*


Hard WiredMy FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.

Previous books in the Cyberlove series:

  • Strong Signal (#1)
  • Fast Connection (#2)


  1. Thanks for sharing the extra outtake scene. I read Hard Wired recently and enjoyed it. (And now I want to re-read the first two books.)

  2. *happiness* I love this! Thank you Santino and Megan!

  3. Thank you for the post =D

  4. Awww, what a cute scene. Thanks, guys!

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