Strong Signal: Cyberlove #1 by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

Hello Darlings!
How are you doing on this amazing Wednesdays! I love Wednesday, it’s my favorite day of the week. It’s also my favorite character of the Addams Family too! I’m not here today to share with you my favorite day of the week, I’m hear to share with you one of the most entertaining, heartfelt,humorous, and all around A-M-A-Z-I-N-G M&M Romances I’ve read to date. I though my heart was stole when Suzanne van Rooyen wrote her tale of an futuristic contemporary M&M romance novel Scardust. I though my very soul was lost to the universe when reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz award winning young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I recommend each and every book mentioned but most of all I  beg you to read Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Russell.  Strong Signal is available on Amazon Kindle as well as paperback! Seriously, this is a book that you want to keep near you, especially when you’re romantic other is banish to the cold hard sectional. Heck, even if you’re the one banish to the sectional leave this book on the night stand and I 98.88% GUARANTEE you’re going to back in their good graces, but bring a red panda thing *wink*.

Before I begin this review, let me say I met Megan Erickson while attending RT Los Vegas 2016. She’s the most energetic, happy, smiling, down to earth author I ever meet at that convention. She actually stood in line with a few of her fans, autographic and talking to her fans about her book, their RT experiences and just generally happy Megan Erickson Autographpeople read/love her work. I wanted to so badly enter the conversation as much as I wanted to
enter the conversation my heart rate was not allowing me to open my mouth more than just agree to what
was already being said.  Thank the book printing press she must have saw the panic attack forming because I managed to use my super power of anxiety to gain her last Strong Signal button and the sweetest autograph ever!

 This is course one of my many reasons for falling in love with the character journey of Kai & Garrett. There aren’t many novels that I can relate to with my social anxiety but I very much connected with Kai, just as my active duty husband connected with Garett.

The Review

Strong Signal is the most amazing novel that I have read. It’s so romantic that it just means my heart leap with joy for the fact that Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell, decided to share these characters stories with the world. It’s no surprisee the way the digital world is that people are making/meeting friends, romantic others, or even keeping distant relationships close through Skype, WhatsApp, MMOs, and etc. Cyber-space is also a way for people like Kai to hold a success job through his streaming gamer account while playing FWO. People subscribe as well as pay to scribe to his Twink account for extra content. I truly connected with Kai since he has Social Anxiety. There aren’t many novels that write characters with social anxiety that connects with my experiences with social anxiety, depression, and over all meh moods. Only my closets friends truly understood how I functioned in life. Every USPS postal service knew from the amount of Amazon Prime packages, that there was something a little off about me. Even my boyfriend at the time would attempt to bribe me step outside our apartment, which was titled Walking The Lia. I truly felt connected especially Kai secondary account. I actually had a roommate at college who use to be an exotic dancer with terrible social anixety that restarted her second paying job as a webcam girl. So there is a lot a relative connections through the path that Kai took while staying home.

What I love the most about Kai is the fact that he’s an adult. He’s not 19 or 22, he’s an adult whose not ashamed of his past decision making. He’s proud of his kink and not scared of what the people think of him while creating his Twink Channel. I love that, I don’t believe anyone should be ashamed of their sexual identity, sexual kink.If you’re not hurting anyone be proud of who you are, especially what you like. Now off to Garrett.

Lord Garrett brought back so many harsh reality of what it’s like having your love ones on active deployment. Garrett joined the military because he was not able to finance forward college, thus he joined because of the realistic financial situation of the average life now of days. I love how Garrett escapes the stress of being surrounded by  Instagram Heroes, through his deployment by gaming. That is honestly how I know I love Garrett. I actually meet my husband at a gaming party in college, in which I was the only female present, plus I was held the most wins. If you ask my husband, he’ll say he fell in love with me when he beat me on Dead or Alive. Something about me pouting to a 3-5 win. So I completely understand how frustrated Garett is when he got completely pawned in front of Kai’s subscribers, and Kai had ever right to be afraid.

“I knee-walked over to the side of the bed and a grabbed a piece of green chalk.

In my script-like scrawl, I wrote: If you find my body, as Hazard.

I leaned back and surveyed my words. Then I drew a little bow and arrow. The police

would need clues, right? “

– Kai, Strong Signal Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

The fact that Kai connected with Garrett. Kai has social anxiety while Garrett is one of the many people who have had a creepy internet connection. But for ever bad event there is a good one waiting, and that’s what Garret found when connecting with Kai. Even though they were miles away their relationship blessed in a mature statues of 9 months of constant connection, communication, and maturity. Maturity is the key here, love connections even online ca not be instant. I love the dynamic of how Kai other police message was different type message all together.

“Sir, what’s your emergency?

Oh, nothing, just about passed out watching my online Army boyfriend beat off.

Sir, please don’t use this line for non-emergencies.

Have you seen my Army boyfriend? You’d have a heart attack too.

Sir, I’m hanging up now.”

Megan Erickson, Strong Signal

Strong Signal voice so many great sub topics in this novel that it’s extremely hard to remembering that there are two authors instead of just one. Although, that is what you want to feel when you’re reading a book with two authors. Readers need to hear the voices of the characters and not see the differences of their writing process, or writing technique. Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell have such a great spirit, you can tell they truly care about their characters, they care about getting the persona of the characters correctly. Some people might be astonished by the length the authors notes, on how much research went into 200+ page book. I however not astonished because after listening to Megan Erickson speak at a panel with other authors about the much needed diversity in New Age book gener, you can tell that Erickson is extremely passionate about the stories her characters tell.  Like I said before Erickson is only one of the two amazing authors that created a breath taking remarkable story of Kai & Garrett. I can only assume that Santio Hassell is absolutely amazing as well. The passionate connection of these characters could have only happen with these two amazing authors Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell. Please take the time to read this amazing contemporary novel of romance, long distant relationships, with plush honey badgers, dogs, and red-panda-thing. Also stay tune another great collaboration book of Fast Connection: Cyberlove #2 by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell publishing date July 11th, 2016 by  Megtino Press!

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

About Megan Erickson

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.

For more, visit

About Santino Hassell

antino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance 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.

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