Hello and happy Friday! It's been a bit since the last reading :o Today, we return with a excerpt from J. Scott Coatsworth's second novel in his Oberon Cycle. Lander, in the middle of its grand book tour, launched February 13. Stay with us to the end of the post for the giveaway!
Oberon Cycle 2
Barnes & Noble
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?
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
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Hello everyone! We finally got the tree up yesterday and we're looking a bit more like Yule around here. Our Holiday stories are moving right along, too! By post time, you'll be able to pick up Watermelon Kisses, But To Love More, and Corey's Christmas Bundle from all the nice retail places. :) Safety Protocols For Human Holidays launches tomorrow! In the meantime, I have excerpts for you from one heartwarming, serious story and one not-so-serious story!
Winter Home by Kassandra Lea
release date: 12/16/17
Restoring an old Victorian manor has been keeping contractor Brett Hawkins busy. The project's meant to be complete by Christmas, but he's struggling with the deadline and with trying to help his beloved Manny with his holiday depression.
The Christmas Eve Craigslist Killer by Jill Wexler
release date: 12/18/17
Travis, the public library's computer geek, is content skirting the edges of social interaction, a guy someone like social, charming Connor would never fall for. But when Travis fails to find this year's hottest toy for his nephew, Connor finds one on Craigslist, hours away. A road trip with handsome, quirky Connor can only end badly.
Hello Everyone and Happy Friday! We're going to be doubling up on the readings for the next few weeks to get the holiday story readings in before the, er, holidays. I've so enjoyed all these stories and I'm so pleased to be able to share pieces of them with you. :) These stories are available for pre-order right now and releasing oh so soon!
But To Love More by Foster Bridget Cassidy
release date 12/2/17
Mel finally gets to go home for Christmas. In his absence, his hometown has changed and Carlos, his best friend’s little brother, is all grown up and interested in a relationship. But Carlos has his work cut out for him since Mel's having trouble seeing past the little brother part and his big brother Aldo's determined to keep them apart.
Corey's Christmas Bundle by Toni Griffin
release date 12/6/17
Return to the Australian Tableland and the Atherton Pack where Corey's about to make Christmas just a little more complicated for his mate and his pack.
Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Today I'm starting a series of readings for the holiday collection, "A Holiday To Remember" from Mischief Corner Books. Today's reading gets to be all by itself since it's the first story in the collection. :)
A Holiday To Remember
by Freddy MacKay
Release date November 29, 2017
Life hasn't been easy for Amir since he fled Iran after a brutal imprisonment. The trauma experienced at the hands of the guards left a dark spot on his soul. The one constant in his life since relocating to Chicago has been his lover—now husband—Esmail, whose steadfast love and support has soothed his wounded heart.
But this Shab-e Yalda, Amir wants to be the one giving his husband something special, because even after the darkest nights, the sun will rise again.
Hello there! We have a guest author today who's been gracious enough to let me read a snippet :D
'Til Death Do Them Part
Dealings With Death 1
by Meg Bawden
Barnes and Noble
Rhys Turner's world crashed and burned around him on Halloween in 2015. The loss of his fiance, Kian, left Rhys lost and unwilling to move on or seek closure. He spent the next two years wandering in the fog of grief, until Halloween rolled around again and brought Kian back with it. For one night.
One night was never going to be enough, though, and Rhys can't let him go. He takes Kian and flees the Grim Reaper. Spending his life on the run seems like an easy trade if it keeps Kian with him, but Rhys didn't count on how hard it was to run from Death. Not even the help of a witch and sheer pig-headed determination is enough when Kian starts fading a little more each day. Death's hellhounds are nipping at their heels and the only thing Rhys knows for sure is that he can't lose Kian again, no matter the cost.
Hi all and Happy Friday! Our special guest this week is J. Scott Coatsworth and his new science fiction novel, The Stark Divide, Space not as the final frontier, but as a last desperate one:
The Stark Divide
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Liminal Sky (Book One)
Some stories are epic.
The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.
Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.
From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.
Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.
DSP Publications (eBook): https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-stark-divide-by-j-scott-coatsworth-415-b
QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/book/the-stark-divide/
Happy Friday and time for a reading! This week's excerpt is from another ESTO Universe story - and as I say in the recording, this one is currently out of print. Sorry about that - but we should be taking care of it relatively soon. So, a bit from Sub Zero...
Major Aren Dalsgaard's newest assignment is to investigate a series of murders on the frigid planet, Drass, where relations between the Treaty settlers and the natives have taken a nasty turn. A linguist and trained xenologist, Major Dalsgaard should be the ideal Special Investigations officer for the assignment. So what's the problem? Drass is where he died, over a hundred and twenty years ago.
Sent by his family to the chigyel city, Nyachung finds himself confronted with a murder charge, racial prejudice, and a man who claims to be a hero from his grandmother’s generation. The man could be crazy or he could be lying. But the sincerity in those spring-green eyes disturbs Nyachung more than anything else he encounters in the foreigners’ city.
Hooray for a Friday that finally feels like fall! Today's reading is from Offbeat Crimes 5, which has it's general release next Tuesday - October 3. All the linkages below :)
Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs
Offbeat Crimes 5
Pride Publishing (print edition)
All Animal Control Officer Jason Shen ever wanted was a quiet life of rescuing lost kittens and helping animals in need. Having a paranormal cop boyfriend guarantees an end to the quiet part. What at first seems like a random encounter with jackalopes in the park might be more than chance and when State Paranormal sends a handsome, charming vampire to consult with the Seventy-Seventh, he finds his relationship with Alex on shaky ground.
Officer Alex Wolf hoped his humaning skills were improving but now he can’t unravel the strange politics at State Paranormal or why Jason’s family seems to hate him. There’s no time to puzzle things out, either. Bizarre animals are loose in the city, Jason’s acting strange—and is the vampire captain from State flirting with him? Wolf’s going to have to keep his head in the game if he’s going to have any chance of putting the pieces together and keeping the city safe from the strange critters terrorizing its streets.
So...there's this holiday story I'm not done with yet that I talk about in the recording. Just a wee bit of a teaser read of that today.
Also, if you happen to be interested in Mischief Corner's holiday call, all the info is on the Submissions Page for the A Holiday To Remember collection. In brief bullet points:
Back to the beginning here with Offbeat Crimes for a quick visit with Kyle in Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the story that started all this paranormal madness. :)
As of next Tuesday, books 1-5 will be available over at Pride Publishing. 1-4 available there now and at all the regular lovely distributors. Jackalopes, ahoy!
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.