Giveaway - The River City Chronicles by J. Scott Coatsworth


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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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.

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Better Together by B L Maxwell - Release Day

Since being thrown out of his home by his parents, Caden has been struggling to survive on the streets.

He lives in constant fear, stresses over his next meal, and dreads trying to find a safe place to sleep at night. He eventually finds an unlocked car and settles in to sleep, but is soon interrupted when someone steals the car. With little choice but to ride along, Caden soon learns that first impressions aren’t always correct.

Seventeen-year-old Damario has been raising his little brother and sister by himself since his parents were deported. He never knew how hard it was going to be paying the bills and making sure there was always food on the table. Or how hard it would be to hold his family together when they all depended on him to do it. He finds himself stealing cars to make ends meet, but he never expected to find someone sleeping in the back of one of them. And he really didn’t expect this stowaway to change his life.

When Damario brings Caden home, it was supposed to be just for a shower and a hot meal, but he can hardly kick him out onto the streets again. There is no way he could have seen that by saving Caden that night, he was also saving himself. When Damario’s world starts to fall apart, they both realize that the answer to all of their problems is helping each other, and although the world tries to drive them apart, they really are better together.

Cover Reveal - Just Like Pulling Teeth

Hello, dear readers!

I've been busy working on a few novellas to bring to you, one of which being a steamy, fun stripper romp (more on that one to follow soon), and the other the 2nd edition of Just Like Pulling Teeth. Not only have I added a bonus chapter to this story, but it also has a beautiful new cover!

A trip to the dentist has never been so… interesting.

Aiden Cooper, a workaholic banker with little time for a personal life, let alone romance, finds himself in a bit of a pickle when his wisdom tooth starts giving him trouble. Upon visiting a new dentist, he ends up getting quite a bit more than he bargained for.

Sebastian Gibbs is a man who makes no apology for who he is and what he wants. The moment a new patient walks through the door of his dental surgery, he wonders if, for the first time in his life, he can have it all.

“BOLLOCKS.” Sebastian threw his head back and laughed at my predicament before retrieving the bottle of aloe spray from his toiletries bag. Yes, since landing in Rio a mere seventy-two hours earlier I had discovered the wonders of nude sunbathing, and no, I hadn’t taken as much care as I should have to cover every single part of me with copious amounts of sunscreen twice-hourly.
So now? Now, I looked like a spotted dick, and not the kind one serves with custard and a good dollop of cream.
All I’d wanted was to add a bit of colour to my pallid skin in preparation for Carnival, but that was apparently a bit too much to ask. Instead, all I’d managed to gain was a good dose of sun poisoning. What irritated me all the more was that instead of burning to a crisp, Seb’s entire body had turned the richest shade of brown I’d ever seen. Add to that the closely cropped beard and moustache he’d grown in, and the man was nothing short of sex on a stick.
“Come on, meu querido. Roll over,” Sebastian requested in a soft, yet commanding voice. I did as he asked, while loosing a quiet moan of protest. Cool sheets feeling more like sandpaper against my tight, red-raw skin, I shivered as goosebumps exploded everywhere the second he sprayed the cold, green liquid onto the globes of my tender arse.
“Bollocks!” I hissed as he spread the lotion in slow, careful circles over each cheek.
“I know, I know. Poor baby.” As much as I always craved having his hands on me, I found myself squirming beneath his touch, not-so subtly trying to get away. “Hold still,” he urged, the pleading tone to his voice causing me to halt my movements.
As Sebastian’s parents weren’t returning from their anniversary trip for another few days, we’d decided to experience Rio ourselves, and in the only way my cocky dentist knew. With sex, and lots of it. And when we weren’t doing the deed? We’d been exploring anything we could on the subject, including a visit Rio’s first nudist beach in existence. Despite Brazil’s reputation for being rather open when it came to its citizens’ sexual expression, it had only been a few years since Abrico Beach, a mere hour’s drive from the city, had been permitted to be one of the naked variety.

Release date: July, 2018
Cover Design: The Graphics Shed