Guest Post and Giveaway: Sightlines by Santino Hassell

Today I am so pleased to welcome Santino Hassell to Joyfully Jay. Santino has come to talk to us about his latest release, Sightlines. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Santino a big welcome!

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Interview with the Psychics

As The Community trilogy wraps up with SIGHTLINES on October 9th, there are probably people who can’t wait to see how this paranormal suspense romance wraps up, and people who haven’t jumped in just yet.

Curious as to what the Community is and what it means to the psychic heroes who have come together to overthrow it?  You’ve come to the right place. Readers asked non-spoilery questions and Nate, Chase, and Holden are here to answer!


Question 1: What’s your psychic power, and what do you like about it?

Holden: I’m a powerful empath. I can absorb vibes from other psychics and non-psychics—or voids as we call them—or I can influence people by exuding my own emotions.

Nate: Uh, I’m also an empath but a pretty untalented one. If I influence anyone, it’s usually by accident.

Chase: Multi-talented freak. I’m a telepath, a precog, and I have telekinesis although that barely works. It’s as broken as Nate’s one gift.

Nate: Gee, thanks.

Chase: Welcome.


Question 2: If you could trade your power for another psychic power, what would you want?

Nate: I’d probably not want a power at all?

Holden: Don’t be so unoriginal and boring.

Nate: Wow, thanks. You’re both assholes. Anyway, if I had to choose, I’d probably say I’d want to be a precog. Having premonitions would come in handy so I can affect the future outcome of things. It would have helped a lot with my messy family, to be honest.

Chase: No one could help our family, dude. Don’t be a total naïve fuckboy.

Nate: *rolls eyes*

Chase: Anyways, I’m fine with my current shit. Although being able to astral project would be interesting.


Question 3: Would you ever give up your psychic abilities like Nate mentioned if it meant living like a normal person?

Nate: I definitely would. In fact, if I could go back, I’d probably try to avoid learning anything about psychics or the community. Although, then I wouldn’t have met Trent.

Holden: Hmm. I’m not so sure about that. I didn’t used to be one for romantic crap, but since meeting Sixtus, I’m starting to think there is such a thing as people being fated for each other.

Chase: *handjob motion*

Holden: *flicks his ear* I don’t think I’d want to give up my power. Although, I would try to be less dependent on it. Using my empathy to interact with people for so long has negatively impacted my social skills.

Chase: What social skills? Sucking dick?

Holden: Just answer the question.

Chase: *shrug* I’d love to be a void, or even to have one psychic ability. Sometimes my brain feels like it’s on overload and on the verge of tearing itself apart from all the power. *notices Holden and Nate staring at him in horror* Oh, chill the fuck out.


Question 4: What does the Community mean to you?

Nate: To me, it meant nothing before I came to New York from Texas to figure out how my twin died. I didn’t even know an organized psychic community existed. I was freaked out, to be honest. As my boyfriend Trent says, it sounded like X-Men shit. But the more I heard about how they operated, the more suspicious I became. People sounded brainwashed when they talked about the good of the Comm, and blackballed anyone who spoke ill of it. You can’t trust that kind of blind devotion. Especially since it’s what got my twin brother killed.

Holden: It used to mean family to me. I was raised in the Community. As Chase is so fond of saying—I was the little prince of the Community from the outside even though my father never approved of me as a person. For so long, I believed that the Community was created to protect us psychics from the rest of the world. Who knew what would happen if the government learned there were so many of us? Maybe, like Nate said, it would turn into an X-Men situation where we were viewed as a threat. But it turned out some people in the Community were the threat. They saw us as pawns, and our powers as theirs for the taking. So at this point? Now the Community to me is just… potential that’s been twisted and ruined.

Chase: Maybe not forever.

Nate: *double take* Wait, you’re being optimistic?

Holden: I feel faint.

Chase: Shut the hell up. All I’m saying is, it’s not like all the Community is bad. Just certain people. If those people were gone, who knows how things would have played out? Mind you, I don’t give a fuck. The best thing that could happen to me is for everyone to forget I exist and leave me the hell alone.

Holden: So much for optimistic.

Chase: I’m just keeping us honest. Everyone will see how it shakes out in Sightlines.

Nate: And they’ll see how it shakes out with you and Elijah, if you ever get over your paranoia.

Chase: *death glare* Mind your business.

Nate: *shrug*

Holden: *ignores both of them* Thank you for having us!


SightlinesChase Payne is a walking contradiction. He’s the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He’s the son of the Community’s founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he’s nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he’s ever loved is there too.

Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn’t the haven he’d believed in and Chase was the only person who’d ever truly tried to protect him. Now they’re surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.

With Chase playing the role of a tyrant’s second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase’s mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.


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.

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  1. Curious about this one! Is it the last in series?

    • My understanding is that this is the final book in the trilogy. I have a review of the third book up today but you can find reviews of all three on the blog.

  2. Bronwyn Heeley says:

    I so need to start this series. Truly I either own 2 of them or they are impatiently waiting on my Wishlist 


  3. Looking forward to reading the final book
    kimandpete123 at gmail dot com

  4. I’m on the sixth book of the Psy Cop series two more books to go. Looking forward to start The Community series next.

  5. Congratulations on the release and thanks for giving us the fun interview. moondrawn at gmail dot com

  6. I love how I can totally see these three guys sitting there doing the interview! So in character.
    Congrats to Santino for this new lease. Though I’m sad to say goodbye to all the characters. at gmail dot com

  7. Sounds so good. I read the first book in the series and I loved it.

  8. Fun interview. Love Santino’s books!
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  9. I only read the first one, must get the other two.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  10. Fun dynamic in the interview!


  11. Love love love the interview! Anything by Santino is fantastic!

  12. Thanks for an enjoyable interview. Congratulations, Santino, on the release of Sightlines!

  13. Thanks for the interview!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  14. I enjoyed the other two (and I read them out of order)…looking forward to reading Sightlines. :-)

  15. Paul Wilgus says:

    Congrats on the book. I love reading the type of interview where the characters from books are interviewed. I haven’t read this series yet but plan to soon.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  16. Thank you for the fun character interview!
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  17. I really enjoyed this interview. Love the sarcasm between the three of them…lol.

  18. Loved this interview with Nate, Holden and Chase. Can’t wait to read Sighlines

  19. Jenn Donald says:

    I’ve really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read this book too! Definitely been looking forward to it!!

  20. Purple Reader says:

    Congrats, Santino, and thanks for the psychic interview. Oh, that snarky trio. Sounds like they’re going to be a lot of fun to read about in what sounds like a great finale. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  21. Thanks for the interview! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  22. I enjoy this series so very much, most especially the last one. Congratulations for the book release!


  23. Serena S. says:

    Thanks for the interview.

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