Today I have co-authors Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell on the blog to talk about their newest release, Fast Connection! The second book in their Cyberlove series, it follows a smart-mouthed ex-soldier named Dominic and a grumpy silver fox named Luke as they find love… and find themselves along the way.
Fans of the first Cyberlove book, Strong Signal, will remember a tiny but exciting cameo during one of the chat dialogues. And with another cameo to be found in Fast Connection, I wanted to ask both authors about crossing over their series… and what crossovers we might see in the future!
Thank you Megan and Santino for joining me today! We’ve already seen a cameo appearance of Ray from Santino’s Five Boroughs series appear in Strong Signal. Was that planned, or did it come up by accident?
Santino: It was originally an unspoken fun thing, like “this character sounds like Raymond and in our minds it will be!”, but then SEVERAL readers asked us to confirm if it was him! I couldn’t believe how on top of it everyone is. Readers are fucking awesome. But anyway, we were so impressed we decided to make it official and have crossover between the two series. It will likely stay as random cameos or drop-ins, but we get a kick out of it.
It seems reasonable that someone at Gamers Magazine would want to interview Kai and Garrett, right? Does Marley arrange it because she’s trying to be a supportive older sister to Chad, or she’s just a fan? Or maybe Ethan wants to reach out to a streamer he really loves? (I need to know what happens, because in my head this is 100% a thing!)
Megan: It’s funny because my Gamers could definitely connect in a lot of ways to our Cyberlove series. I think my brain doesn’t work in the crossover world way, which is why I haven’t done it yet. However, I can see Owen watching Kai for his gaming techniques, and Chad watching Kai because he’s hot. Chad would be all, “Damn, Kai’s looking good today.” And Owen would be irritated. “This game he’s demo-ing is crap.” Also, I can totally see Kai being a feature in Gamers magazine, but he’d probably do the entire interview by phone.
There’s totally a cameo in Fast Connection that made me kick my feet with joy. (No spoilers, but it’s another Five Boroughs one.) How fun was that scene to write?
S: I had a blast writing that scene. That character is one of my favorite of Raymond’s Queens Squad, and I knew she’d be a good match for Dominic Costigan in terms of sassiness. Picturing the two of them interacting just makes me laugh so hard. This is why I always end up randomly writing side stories and backstories–it’s all so entertaining in my head.
In your heads, do you connect any of your other books to the Cyberlove series? Does Dominic listen to Stygian while he runs, or do Justin and Landry ever encounter Garrett and Kai or Luke and Dominic on one of their road trips?
M: At the end of most of my In Focus books, the guys go on vacation at beach house in the Outer Banks. And I always like to think they are watching videos of Kai, and playing the video games he plays.
S: Oh man, I could see Dominic listening to Stygian when he is in his angsty angry mode. He’d really dig Watts’ lyrics. I’m afraid to think of them in the same universe though because then that means it’s possible Dominic or Luke, or Kai and Garrett, could be eaten by vampires.
Any planned crossovers that you can hint at for upcoming books, so we can keep an eye out?
M: You never know! Now that the gears are going, I might have to throw in some Gamers talk! Grant Osprey might just have to have a booth at a certain gaming convention or something…
S: That is sort of perfect for Cyberlove Book 3, which starts at FallenCon! I am so hyped for that book.
As a reader, I really love seeing crossovers between my favorite series, and I know a lot of others feel the same way. I think a lot of people have “head canons” where their favorite book or TV universes co-exist. Do you love finding ways to slip your own characters into new series, or do you ever imagine your characters meeting up with characters from a book you’re reading?
S: While writing this book, it crossed my mind that Dominic could get along SO WELL with Cash Carmichael from Amy Jo Cousins’ Bend or Break series! I can see it so clearly. The bromance would be so real. It’s always kind of fun to think about who my characters would get along with, because it adds to the fantasy that these people could exist. It’s total escapism to consider these alternate realities where all of these fun happy queer or queer allies live. Sometimes I wish it could all be real.
M: Cash and Dominic would have the best bromance ever! Now I kinda want that to happen.
Thank you both so much for taking the time to answer my questions!
Fast Connection is out now! Grab your copy on:
Fast Connection, by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Series: CyberLove, Book 2
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Kristie’s Review: I had very high expectations for this book, and they were not only met, but blown out of the water. ()
After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic ‘Nicky’ Costigan–the skirt-chasing player. They don’t know I’ve been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.
When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it’s for one-night only. That’s fine with me, because I’m down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn’t take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.
He’s got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he’s as addicted to me as I am to him. He can’t resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke’s rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
Santino 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.