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J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer magical realism book out:

A group of strangers meets at Ragazzi, an Italian restaurant, for a cooking lesson that will change them all. They quickly become intertwined in each other’s lives, and a bit of magic touches each of them.

Meet Dave, the consultant who lost his partner; Matteo and Diego, the couple who run the restaurant; recently-widowed Carmelina; Marcos, a web designer getting too old for hook-ups; Ben, a trans author writing the Great American Novel; teenager Marissa, kicked out for being bi; and Sam and Brad, a May-September couple who would never have gotten together without a little magic of their own.

Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out.

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Excerpt

Matteo stared out the restaurant window into the darkness of Folsom Boulevard. It was getting dark earlier as summer edged into fall. Streetlights flickered on as cars drifted by, looking for parking or making the trip out of Midtown toward home.

The sign on the window read “Ragazzi” (the boys), lettered in a beautiful golden script just two months old. Investing in this little restaurant his uncle had left to them when he’d passed away had been their ticket out of Italy. But now with each passing day, as seats sat empty and tomatoes, pasta, and garlic went uneaten, the worry was gnawing ever deeper into Matteo’s gut.

Behind him in the open, modernized kitchen, Diego was busy cooking—his mother’s lasagne, some fresh fish from San Francisco, and some of the newer Italian dishes they’d brought with them from Bologna. The smells of boiling sauce and fresh-cooked pasta that emanated from the kitchen were entrancing.

They’d sent the rest of the staff —Max and Justin—home for the evening. The three customers who had shown up so far didn’t justify the cost of keeping their waiter and busboy on hand.

Matteo stopped at the couple’s table in front of the other window. “Buona sera,” he said, smiling his brightest Italian smile.

“Hi,” the man said, smiling back at him. He was a gentleman in about his mid-fifties, wearing a golf shirt and floppy hat. “Kinda quiet tonight, huh?”

“It always gets busier later,” Matteo lied smoothly. “Pleasure to have you here. Can I get you anything else?”

“A little more wine, please?” the woman said, holding out her glass so the charm bracelet on her wrist jangled.

“Of course.” He bowed and ducked into the kitchen.

He gave Diego a quick peck on the cheek.

His husband and chef waved him off with a snort. “Più tardi. Sto preparando la cena.”

“I can see that. Dinner for a hundred, is it? It’s dead out there again tonight.”

Diego shot him a dirty look.

Matteo retrieved the bottle of wine from the case and returned to fill up his guests’ glasses. “What brings you in tonight?” Maybe they saw our ad.…

“Just walking by and we were hungry. I miss the old place though.… What was it called, honey?”

Her husband scratched his chin. “Little Italy, I think?”

“That’s it! It was the cutest place. Checkered tablecloths, those great Italian bottles with the melted wax… so Italian.”

Matteo groaned inside. “So glad you came in” was all he said with another smile.


Author Bio

J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a little yellow bungalow in East Sacramento, with two pink flamingos by the front porch.

He spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/

Author Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jscoatsworth

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth

Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/

Author Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

 

The Curse on Tour

Mark your calendars, The Curse: Origin of the Vampires is going on tour across the blog-o-sphere. From May 19 through June 1, my latest release and I will be visiting a number of different blogs. The tour will present some excerpts from the book, an author interview, and some behind the scenes glimpses of background information used to develop this future version of the World of the Silver Hunter. This is my first book tour and travel arrangements were made through OtherWorldsInk.com part of the Queeromanceink.com family. So come hop on the bus and join the tour.

Tour Schedule Promo

If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Curse yet, it’s available at all major retailers in both ebook and print. Follow this universal book link to get your copy today: http://www.books2read.com/The-Curse.

 

Paranormal Giveaway

Hello All,

I know I’ve been quiet for a while. It was for a good reason, I was doing the final edits on The Curse, formatting it for both print and e-book, making sure the print cover fit the template, and determining whether to go Amazon only or wide distribution via IngramSpark. Based on printing costs I’ll be going wide when I release The Curse, on April 28.

This week I’m part of a paranormal giveaway hosted by Jay H. Jay which is very different from the normal giveaways I participate in. Jay has lined up a bunch of authors and instead of winning just one book from on author, you submit a list of your top picks and she’ll fill as much of your list as is available. Check out all the details here: http://joyfullyjay.com/2018/04/paranormal-week-giveaways/

I’ll have more on the release of The Curse soon including a universal buy link so you can find it from your preferred retailer.

Kethric Wilcox

NEW RELEASE FRIDAY

Hey Folks,

Today I’m sharing the good news about my friend J. Scott Coatsworth’s new book LANDER, book two in his Oberon Cycle.

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Format: paperback, ebook

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Genres: Sci Fi, MM Romance

Pairings: MM, also includes FF

Tropes: second chances, ex lovers

Keywords/Categories: Wingfic, Gay, LGBT fiction, Queer Sci Fi

Book Blurb:

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?

The Oberon Cycle: Book Two

Series Blurb: Xander is a skythane man whose wings have always been a liability on the lander-dominated half world of Oberon.

Jameson is a lander who has been sent to Oberon to find out why the supply of the psycho-amoratic drug pith has dropped off.

What neither knows is that they have a shared destiny that will change the two of them – and all of Oberon – forever.

Series Title: Oberon Cycle

Position (Number) in Series: 2

Necessary to Read Previous Books: Yes

Giveaway: Scott is giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate and three copies of his queer sci fi eBook “The Stark Divide.” Via rafflecopter at: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b60e8d474/?

 

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lander-by-j-scott-coatsworth-9317-b

Dreamspinner paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lander-by-j-scott-coatsworth-9318-b

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lander-J-Scott-Coatsworth/dp/1640804773/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lander-j-scott-coatsworth/1127876852?ean=9781640804777

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lander-4

iBooks: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/lander/id1333640753?mt=11

QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/book/lander/

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38088645-lander

Lander-scott-authorAuthor Bio:

Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/

Author Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jscoatsworth

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth?from_search=true

Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/

Author Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

Legend Omnibus Edition and Updates on The Curse

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Welcome Fans, Friends, and New Readers,

Sorry to have been so quiet of late but real life hit me with a few stress inducing events, which slowed me down but haven’t stopped me. I read a few comments from people asking for a way to get Tracker, Witch, and Hunter all in one place, so I created an Omnibus Edition, which contains all three books. Because of the length of the combined books (around 650 pages) I had to look for someone other than CreateSpace to publish a print version. I chose IngramSpark to publish both the ebook and print versions and gained wider distribution especially for the print version. Since, IngramSpark works with local distributors to print and sell books, you should be able to order a print version from your local bookstore regardless of where in the world you are.

You may also have noticed I’ve redesigned the covers of all three books with new artwork. The photography work is by Dan Skinner Photography and you’ll see more of Dan’s work on up coming books.

Now, I know many of you are eagerly awaiting the release of The Curse, book one of the Origin of the Vampires trilogy, which I originally thought would be happening this month. I sent the manuscript to my wonderful editor Shannon just after Thanksgiving and she’s a little swamped at the moment so I won’t get the first round of content edits back until just after Christmas. Hopefully, I won’t be ripping out chapters or adding scenes. I asked Shannon to make sure I have enough vampires and that I’ve given you enough clues to make the revel at the end of the book not seem like a bad Agatha Christie mystery reveal. Once I have those back and make the necessary fixes, the book will go back to Shannon to line edit and proofread. The target release date is Feb. 24, 2018. Watch this space and follow me on FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter for more. If you’re looking for other great LGBT+ romance checkout Queeromanceink.com for other great authors.

Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year,

Kethric Wilcox