I’m only a tiny blog but here’s what I’ve done regarding “Santino Hassell”
For those who may not be aware, the shit really hit the fan in the MM Romance Community this week over the author known as “Santino Hassell”.
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What I’ve Done
Now, anyone who has ever followed my blog knows that I have reviewed and rated pretty much all the books written by this person, and those they co-wrote with Megan Erickson, and they were among my most favourite reads within the genre.
Up until the beginning of this week I was still believing the “author” when they claimed they were being “doxed” by a disgruntled and bitter ex-fan and had PMed their agent to let them know about comments which were being left on reviews on Goodreads regarding the author.
However, when I saw that among the claims was that the author had claimed they were suffering from liver cancer and had received donations to help “pay for treatment”, my suspicions began to raise.
See my beloved mum died just three short weeks after she got her liver cancer diagnosis in 2014 at the stupidly early age of just 66. I KNEW that the liver cancer fatality rate is generally within five years of diagnosis – outside of receiving a transplant.
I went off to investigate and found all of the above – and then some. Go look people, it’s all out there.
Therefore, my little act of support, is to have removed all reviews and ratings for books “written” by this author and those co-written with Megan Erickson. That includes on Amazon and on Goodreads also.
I don’t care what equipment you’ve got between your legs, but if you catfish, gaslight, manipulate, lie and cheat, then you’re damn right I’m going to take action, no matter how small.