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Goodbye, Silbhester. You were our everything. <3

RIP, Silbhester.

Always our beautiful, perfect baby boy & my beloved writing buddy. You’re missed more than you’ll ever know.

We’ll keep listening for you in the silence & looking for you in our memories. 💔🕯️💔

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Our beloved Mr Fuzzy Paws left us this morning, ushered into his final sleep with quiet, compassion, and love. So much of that. We miss him so much… It’s just too quiet and the tears aren’t staying away for long. Everywhere we look we see him. 😭😭😭

But we’ll get through this. We will. With time.

We had one last weekend with him. We offered him what comforts we had to give. In the end, we’ll always harbour regret for the decision we had to make, but given the circumstances — the fact that his health was only getting worse, not better — we wanted to give him a peaceful exit. With the help and kindness of everyone at our vet clinic, Silbhester had that peaceful passing. Even he didn’t put up a fight with hisses and growls and screams today… just gave a groaned grumble as he left us.

My heart’s shattered right now, smashed into such tiny little bits. He was with us for 14 years. Our baby. Our grumbly old man. The sweetest little guy we were so fortunate to share our home with. He was a treasure, a precious gift, and he graced our life with so much love, laughter, and life. It kills me to think we’ll never stroke his forehead or rub his ears the way he craved or see his Content face ever again.

It feels so lonely, sitting here now like I would with him. My wife and I are on very different schedules: she’s up during the day and me at night. Silbhester was our companion every single second of the time we were home. And even when we weren’t home, we were thinking of him. He was always with us. Always on our mind. Always such a large presence.

Now it’ll just be me at night. Alone. I can look at the other end of the couch all I want and leave all the space I can beside me, but he won’t be there. He won’t interrupt me. He won’t curl up beside me, his paw touching my leg. He won’t purr and purr and purr his heart out when I rub his head. He’s gone and I hate it. As much as we needed to make this decision to take his pain away and save him from suffering as his conditions worsened, I hate missing him like this. I hate myself for making this decision. I hate that we didn’t have forever.

It hurts, but we did what we could. We gave him the best life we could offer. And as I’m writing this, I’m sneaking peeks over my laptop at his spot at the other end of the couch, bursting into fresh bouts of ugly crying when all I see are his Monster and a stuffed black and white tiger sitting where he should be… I can’t see him there and it kills me. There’s no Kitten, no sweet little face to watch as he sleeps, no little body to watch as he breathes and lives.

The worst part? All I want to do is put down my laptop and hug him. I want to put everything aside and snuggle up to him, just as I would any time I’m in this much pain. But this time… this time it just rips a fresh new hole into me because he’s the reason I’m hurting like this. I can’t cuddle up to him. Love him. Take comfort in his existence because we took that away. We made the choice to break up our family to save him from his own pain. We’ve lost him.

My heart has sunk well beyond the bottom of my chest — it’s anchored to the floor, like the heaviness of my steps.

In time, we’ll get used to this lack, this awful void where once our hearts joined his and lived and breathed with him. But for now, we grieve. We find our new normal. Habits and routines we’d established with him won’t go away completely, just change. He’s gone, but always here. He’s lost to us, but always remains our sweet love.

Rest peacefully, my little one… and please forgive us. We tried. Gods, we tried. We love you so much. You’re a piece of home and hope we’ll never have again. Blessed be. ❤

 

 

 

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Soulbound = On Sale for $0.99 today!!

 

Soulbound = on sale for $0.99 today!!

 

 

For today only – and only on my publisher’s website – you can pick up a copy of Soulbound (book #4 in The Republic series) for less than $1 USD!! (And considering it’s 136,000 words, that’s a complete and utter bargain. A brick for a buck!)

 

~~> Get it here! <~~

 

(Direct link: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=1652&zenid=lunm9k4pl3gukaiihl2c7mnc23)

 

Mayr & Tash’s lives are about to turn upside down… Where will the dust settle? And will they have the happy family they dream of or will it all slip through their hands? An MM + MMF poly + fantasy romance that will turn the series on its head… and heart.

See the website for the blurb, content notes, and more — including an excerpt! 🙂

 

* Note 1: This sale price is available only @ LT3 Press. Excerpt + multiple formats are available, no matter if you use Kindle, Nook, PDF, or some other reader.

* Note 2: I’m still waiting to get yelled at for all the Things I Cannot Say Without Spoiling Other Things. In the PDF format, it’s pg 447+… I love these guys, I swear! Things just… happen.

* Note 3: The rest of my books are on sale, too! In fact, they’re all 20% during the month of December (this one, included, plus the other three books in the series so far). Again, all on LT3′s site. ~~> https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=index&typefilter=bookx&bookx_author_id=120&zenid=lunm9k4pl3gukaiihl2c7mnc23

 

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~ December Updates ~

Happy almost-the-end of 2018! It’s definitely been a year. *long breath out* The last few months have been the absolute longest for my household: September sent us reeling into a handful of problems, none of which have really been fully resolved yet. Just when I think we’re going to get a break, we get slammed by something that stresses us out all over again. Among our cat’s ailing health, my sleep deprivation and really messed up sleep schedule, the 6+ months of construction nearly every day of the week, and the ongoing infestations in our building with three different pest species that just aren’t going away… I’m done. I’m stressing out and done with 2018. Maybe 2019 will be kinder! And for all of you with your own trials and tribulations right now: may the new year be kinder to you, too!

But in the meantime, here’s what’s happening with my books and authorly stuff.

 

The Important Stuff First… Books on SALE!

Yes, it’s that time again: my publisher, Less Than Three Press, is having their month-long winter holiday sale! For the entire month of December, get 20% off all books (ebooks, paperbacks, and an additional 20% off already discounted pre-orders) in the LT3 Book Market.. There’s also a raffle (to win a Kindle E-reader, LT3 gift certificate, or a free ebook prize!) and $0.99 sales, the latter of which  are being announced on the LT3 twitter account basically every day of the month! There’s a different book on for $0.99 every day, so check their twitter and/or website daily!

 

Having said that: ALL of my books are on for 20% off during December, including:

* Books #1-4 of The Republic series

* Enchanted Soles, an anthology that includes my novella, Heart, Lace, and Soul, along with four fantastic stories by other authors!

* For the Clan, an MMF sci fi + dystopian romance in future Canada

 

**** And to make it even better:
Soulbound will be $0.99 ALL DAY on December 12 — tomorrow!!!! The sale lasts for only 1 day and is applicable only on Less Than Three Press’s site, so hop on over tomorrow and pick up your super-duper-discounted ebook copy!!!!

 

 

 

Coming in 2019: Of Kindred and Stardust

I’m still waiting to get a release date for Of Kindred and Stardust, but it’ll be coming soon! OKAS is the Imbolc story I wrote this past summer for LT3’s “Home for the Holidays” collection. It’s very pagan, very nerdy, and I can’t wait for it to get out in the world! Check out this post for more info about the story and its very personal meaning to me. Crossing my fingers in hopes that the pre-order link will go up in the early part of the new year! More info to come once I have it.

 

 

New WIP: Chances Wild

I have a few projects on the go right now, but my newest one is Chances Wild, a paranormal-fantasy romance! This particular story came around after LT3 announced the “Bound by Nothing” collection call a few months ago. The collection is centred around disabled shifters, which is a really great idea and important with regards to representation. It’ll be great to see the stores that make it into the collection!

The call caught my attention and I jotted down some ideas even though I figured I wouldn’t be able to come up with something. But lo and behold, I did, and so Chances Wild was born! I decided to run with cast of various types of shifters you don’t really see so much: instead of dragons, wolves, and the typical fare, I’ve opted for penguins, crickets, winged horses, and even raccoons and bats… mostly because I can. I love going for the strange and unexpected!

Though a few of them come from things that have some personal meaning to me. The penguin — Nicura — was inspired by the comic I used to read in my university newspaper. It was a really simple premise: a couple of foul-mouthed penguins lipping off at each other or other individuals, including a dove they loved to pick on mercilessly. I have such terribly fond memories of reading those comics, and I saved copies of them, as well as taping up a few of my absolute favourites in my kitchen for whenever I needed a laugh. (The best moment, though, was when I was writing up my notes from my Vertebrate Biology class and realized how perfectly one of the comics worked for the sections on locomotion and energy expenditure. I actually printed out a copy of the comic and glued it to my notes. It helped keep the concepts in my head, that’s all that really matters!) Put all that together with the hilarious penguins from the “Madagascar” movie franchise and… well… you get Nicura!

The raccoon shifter (Ylanta) and bat shifter (Edie) were also inspired by my time at university, both of them work related: I used to work low-risk security, mostly at night, including in the community centre on campus. There was one shift where a raccoon wandered into the centre and sat munching on the popcorn leftover on the floor, not caring that we were there. Another time, when I was down on the lower floor, a bat went swooping through the halls, over my head, just going through the corridors. Fun times!

There’s also a winged horse (Arjem/Jemma), inspired by one of my bosses at LT3, who wanted to see more unicorns and the likes of Pegasus in shifter stories. The cricket, Lani… that one’s for my partner, who requested I add the character after a cricket landed on her at work while she read my email talking about this story. I couldn’t say no, so the story became poly! It’s also an F/F/NB poly, where Lani also identifies as a sex-repulsed asexual and a demigirl. Arjem, on the other hand, is grey-A or demisexual. More on all of that later, since it’s still in the works.

At the moment, I can’t say when I’ll get it done. I’d thought I’d have time to get it written, edited, and submitted by the end of January, but with things the way they are right now, that’s not going to happen. Life’s throwing in too many distractions and I can’t focus like I need to, so the process is going slowly. There’s also the fact that it’s a happier, fluffier kind of story being told in a voice and POV I’m not used to. While it flows easily some days, other days it just doesn’t work with my headspace, so it’s going to take time! It’s also probably going to be the first book in a trilogy, so there’s also that…

 

* BUT * for anyone who wants to get a taste for how it’s going, I’ve started sharing it on the Wattpad site!

 

I’ve been meaning to give the site a go, so I thought I’d post bits of this story as they’re written. Feel free to read along and leave comments! So far, the entire first chapter is available. I’ll post more as I get it done.

Here’s the current blurb:

Nicura Keathe: Content Strategist for a dating site, surfer, and penguin shifter. She’s not looking for romance or trouble, but she’s always up for a fun gamble. So when the royal family holds a public lottery to find Princess Arjem two consorts for marriage, how can she turn down her best friend’s dare to enter? It’s not like she’ll win, not with thousands of candidates…

Luck has other plans.

Not only is Nicura chosen, one of her rivals is, too: Lani Dole-Misade, a cricket shifter from a competing company with an intent to marry Princess Arjem and make changes to their kingdom. She’s dedicated to following through, no matter the cost. For Lani, it’s a dream come true, but for Nicura, it means changing who she is to make the royals happy or risk permanently damaging her reputation and that of her company.

There are choices to be made, with Princess Arjem in the middle, stuck with her own misgivings. If they fail, their relationship will become a humiliating spectacle none of them want to endure.

Chances may be wild, but three is one scary number.

 

 

And with that…

Here are a couple of my favourite holiday tunes to close this post out! Have a great day! 😀

Tommee Profitt — Carol of the Bells
(EPIC. So EPIC. His piano playing is AMAZING.)

 

Within Temptation — Gothic Christmas
(A cheeky bit of metal fun and one of our household’s favourite holiday songs!)

 

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Cover Reveal: “Ithani” by J. Scott Coatsworth — with a #Giveaway!

 

On February 19th, J. Scott Coatsworth has the final MM sci fi book in his Oberon Cycle series coming out — Ithani — and here’s the cover reveal!

 

 

Title: Ithani
Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Series: Oberon Cycle (Book #3)

Release date: February 19, 2019
Genre: Science fiction, Space opera
Pairing: Various queer characters
Length: 97,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

 

Time is running out.

After saving the world twice, Xander, Jameson and friends plunge headlong into a new crisis. The ithani–the aliens who broke the world–have reawakened from their hundred millennia-long slumber. When Xander and Jameson disappear in a flash, an already fractured world is thrown into chaos.

The ithani plans, laid a hundred thousand years before, are finally coming to pass, and they threaten all life on Erro. Venin and Alix go on a desperate search for their missing and find more than they bargained for. And Quince, Robin and Jessa discover a secret as old as the skythane themselves.

Will alien technology, unexpected help from the distant past, destiny and some good old-fashioned firepower be enough to defeat an enemy with the power to split a world? The final battle of the epic science fiction adventure that began in Skythane will decide the fate of lander and skythane alike. And in the north, the ithani rise….

 

 

Series Blurb:

Oberon is one of the natural wonders of the Universe – a half planet that shouldn’t exist, at least according to the laws of nature.

Oberon is also a nest of secrets. The Skythane – the first human colonists of Oberon – keep some of them, and so do the “landers” who work for OberCorp, the company that is exploiting the planet for its natural resources.

Now Oberon is in danger. A solar flare threatens to end most life on the planet, but an ancient prophecy leads Quince, Xander, Jameson and a small group of landers and skythane on an epic quest to save the planet – and unravel its secrets along the way.

Other challenges await on the horizon, for the world, and its inhabitants. Will they find the answers they need, and their way to each other, in time?

 

DSP Publications eBook | DSP Publications Paperback

 

 

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GIVEAWAY:

 

Scott is giving away five eBook copies of the first book in the series, “Skythane.” Enter via Rafflecopter:

 

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EXCERPT

 

Venin stood under the dome of the chapel, the waters of the Orn rushing past the small island to crash over the edge of the crater rim, where they fell a thousand meters to the broken city of Errian below.

The Erriani chapel was different from what he was used to back home. The Gaelani chapel in Gaelan had sat at the top of a tall pillar of stone, open to the night sky, a wide space of grass and trees that intertwined in a natural dome through which moonlight filtered down to make dappled shadows on the ground.

This chapel, instead, was a wonder of streaming sunlight, the columns a polished eggshell marble with glimmering seams of gold. Red creeper vines climbed up the columns, festooned with clusters of yellow flowers that gave off a sweet scent.

Both were bright and airy, but the Erriani chapel lay under a dome supported by fluted marble columns, a painted arch of daytime sky and the rose-colored sun blazing overhead.

The last time he’d gone to chapel had been with Tazim, before his untimely death.

Long before the troubles that roiled the world now.

Something drew him back. A need to reconnect with his past. To bridge the gap between then and now, between who he was and who he had become. Taz would have liked this place.

The chapel here had survived the attack, while much of Errian had not. The city below was a jumble of broken corrinder, the multistory plants that were the main building stock for the city. They would grow again, but the sight of the city’s beautiful white towers laid low struck him to the core.

So had Gaelan looked, after the flood.

Venin turned back to the chapel and unlaced his boots, baring his muscular calves before he approached the fountain that splashed at its center. The cool flagstone beneath his feet sent a shiver up his spine, and green moss filled the gaps between the stones.

Some builder whose name was lost to time had tapped into the river itself to make the fountain run, and the water leapt into the air with a manic energy around the golden statue of Erro, before falling back down to the pool.

Venin knelt at the fountain’s edge on one of the well-worn pads, laid his hands in the shallow water, and let his wings rest over himself, making a private place to pray.

Erro and Gael, spare us from danger and lift us up into the sky with your powerful wings. He gave Erro deference, being that this was his chapel, but he hoped Gael would hear him too. The god of his own people had been known to intervene in mortal affairs before, and if what Quince had told them about these ithaniwas true, they would need all the help they could get.

Venin’s wings warmed.

He looked up in astonishment to see the statue of Erro giving off an intense golden glow. His mouth dropped open, and he stood and stared at its beautiful male curves and muscles. Maybe the gods were answering him.

Venin reached up and touched the statue’s outstretched hand. The shock knocked him backward onto his ass, and he hit the ground hard, slamming into one of the marble columns.

Venin groaned, stunned, and reached back to feel his wings and spine. He seemed to be in one piece.

Taz would have laughed his ass off at the whole thing.

After a moment he sat up cautiously. He wrapped his arms around his legs and stared up at the statue, his chin on his knees.

The glow was gone.

Did I imagine it? He stood and felt the back of his head. A lump was already forming there. That’s gonna leave a mark.

Something had changed. Venin didn’t know what yet, but he was sure of that much.

He pulled his boots back on and laced them up. With one last suspicious glare at the statue, he turned and stepped out of the chapel, taking a deep breath of the moisture-laden air.

Then he leapt into the sky to soar down to the broken city.

 

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Author Bio

Scott lives with his husband of twenty five years in a Sacramento suburb, in a cute little yellow house with a brick fireplace and two pink flamingoes out front.

He inhabits in the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into science fiction and fantasy by his mom at the tender age of nine, he quickly finished her entire library. But he soon began to wonder where all the queer people were.

After coming out at twenty three, he started writing the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Crown Books. If there weren’t many queer characters in his favorite genres, he would will them into existence, subverting them to his own ends. And if he was lucky enough, someone else would want to read them.

His friends say Scott’s mind works a little differently than most – he makes connections between ideas that others don’t, and somehow does more in a day than most people manage in a week. Although born an introvert, he forced himself to reach outside himself, and learned to connect with others like him.

Scott’s stories subvert expectations that transform traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something different and unexpected. He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark.

His romance and genre fiction writing brings a queer energy to his stories, filling them with love, beauty and power. He imagines how the world could be – in the process, he hopes to change the world, just a little.

Scott was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and his debut novel “Skythane” received two awards and an honorable mention.

You can find him at Dreamspinner here, Goodreads here, on Amazon here, on QueeRomance Ink here, and on Facebook here.

 

 

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30% Off ALL Books @ LT3 Press — Including Mine! #BlackFriday #CyberMonday #Sale #Romance

 

 

Happy almost-the-weekend, folks! With it be the US Thanksgiving (AND Black Friday AND Cyber Monday), there’s a really sweet deal going on at my publisher’s website: 30% off ALL BOOKS, including ebooks, paperbacks, and pre-orders — and the sale runs for the next few days! There are many awesome books available, so if you’re looking to add some LGBTQA+ romances to your shelves, check it out!

Contemporary? Fantasy? Sci fi? Paranormal? Historical? Want some MM, FF, MMF, MMM, or other pairings/relationships? If you dig queer romances, there’s some of everything! ^_^

(Personal note: I just finished Megan Derr’s The Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon and loved, loved, LOVED it to bits. That’s on sale there. And if you haven’t read anything by A.M. Valenza, Lexi Ander, A.F. Henley, Sasha L. Miller, or Victoria Zagar — among the tons of others in the LT3 family — go on and give them a peek!)

Note: This sale applies only to books on their site, not at other retailers. But fear not! Their eBooks are available in mobi, pdf, and epub formats.

 

 

Looking to pick up any of my books? They’re ALSO on sale!

For the listing of all my books, head on over here, including:

– Books #1-4 of The Republic series — buy all four now for about $18!

Enchanted Soles, an anthology that includes my novella, Heart, Lace, and Soul, along with four fantastic stories by other authors!

For the Clan, an MMF sci fi + dystopian romance in future Canada

If you’re not familiar with these books, the blurbs are below. 🙂

 

 

 

The Republic series

Book #1: A Question of Counsel
~~ usually $4.99, NOW $3.49!

Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family—a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…

 

Book #2: Four
~~ usually $6.99, NOW $4.89!

On the outside, Mayr seems to have it all: a successful career as Head of the Guard for a prominent politician, family and friends who adore him, and the attention of beautiful women. But appearances are a good way to bury secrets, including the fact that while Mayr is a romantic at heart, searching for the one person to share his life with, his lovers keep leaving him.

When his last girlfriend takes him back and suggests an intimate night with Tash, one of her lovers, Mayr reluctantly agrees. The last thing he expects is to fall hard for Tash, who is nothing like Mayr’s previous lovers—and about to undertake the Uldana Trials. If Tash fails, he’ll likely die. If he succeeds, he must give up Mayr, and become the latest to leave Mayr standing alone with a broken heart.

 

Book #3: Blood Borne
~~ usually $6.99, NOW $4.89!

For Ress, survival is a complicated nightmare. Caught between two masters on different sides of the law, his life is falling apart one bad decision at a time. All he wants is to be is a good person, a loyal family man, and a successful metalsmith—a dream he can never obtain while he works for the Shar-denn, the violent gang that plagues the republic of Kattal.

To make matters worse, he works as an informant for the High Council. He scrapes through both jobs waiting for his last breath. As the Shar-denn motto says: the only way out is dead.

No stranger to living complicated decisions, Adren is caught between worlds of cir own. As the child of a Shar-denn faction boss, cir life is a conflicted tangle of expectation and duty. When cir family is arrested, Adren manages to escape, but nowhere is safe. Desperate and on the run, Adren is determined to punish Ress for turning in cir family. No one who betrays the gang can live. Ress must pay the price, even if Adren has to go against everything ce is.

 

Book #4: Soulbound
~~ usually $6.99, NOW $4.89!

In a relationship that violates rules and expectations, Mayr and Tash have found their perfect match in each other. Despite their fears and difficult pasts, they hope for a shared future with security and a family. When Mayr’s secret first love, Arieve, proposes they create that family with her, it seems dreams could become reality.

But life is complicated, and so is the delicate balance between duty and love. While Mayr protects the Dahe family at all costs, Tash is determined to succeed as a priest. Both positions require sacrifice, forcing their relationship into painful choices. To make matters worse, criminals lurk in the shadows, seeking revenge on them and those they guard.

The life they want risks losing everything—including Arieve and each other. Even if they can have it all, keeping it may take more than they can give.

 

 

Anthologies & Stand Alones!

Enchanted Soles
~~ usually $5.99, NOW $4.19!

Sometimes all it takes is the right pair of shoes…

In Three Nights (A.D. Truax), Synder buys a pair of sandals that have a mind and plan of their own, and drag him to a celebration to which he was not invited—and into the arms of a handsome prince.

Saidah of Dame Fortune (C. Finley) asks her beautiful new wishing boots to take her to her true love, but the simple question has a complicated answer that will take more than magic boots to find.

Heart, Lace, and Soul (Archer Kay Leah) brings together Elly, who seldom removes the psychic boots that let her read and feel the minds of other people in order to help them, and a man her boots cannot read.

In Aelfwear (Katey Hawthorne), Frida is hired to make hideous shoes for a beautiful woman who claims she’s out to cause misery for a man who once betrayed Frida’s family—but Frida fears she’ll wind up being played for a fool a second time.

And Into the Hollowed Veil (A.M. Valenza) is the story of a man who puts on a pair of beautiful red shoes and finds himself in a strange forest helping a beautiful woman rescue the man she loves…

 

For the Clan
~~ usually $6.99, NOW $4.89!

Canada, 2165 AD. The Water Wars and a decimated economy have taken their toll. Anyone who doesn’t live in a military-patrolled metropolis lives in a clan. But being in a clan doesn’t mean safety.

And for a Ven like Roan Lee, it doesn’t matter where he lives. Safety is a luxury. So is freedom.

Roan is desperate to escape the governtary’s exploitation and torture. He is nothing to them but 54σK1, an artifact born from a genetic mishap. When the chance to escape arises, he makes a run for it—and encounters the lover from his past, twisting his future into a second chance he never expected.

As leaders of Clan Teach, Jace Ama and his wife, Cayra Diega, have enough difficulty keeping their people safe. When Roan is thrown to their feet as a prisoner, their marriage becomes an additional challenge. Jace still loves Roan, but where does that leave Cayra?

 

 

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“The Rising Tide” by J. Scott Coatsworth || Book Tour, #Giveaway & Guest Post!

 

 

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m thrilled to announce that J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi book out: The Rising Tide, book #2 in the Liminal Sky series. Check it out!

 

 

Title: The Rising Tide
Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Series: Liminal Sky (Book #2)

Release date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Sci Fi, Near future, Space opera
Pairing: Various queer characters
Length: 115,000 words
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

 

Earth is dead.

Five years later, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever, a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship. When Eddy Tremaine and Andy Hammond find a hidden world-within-a-world under the mountains, the discovery triggers a chain of events that could fundamentally alter or extinguish life as they know it, culminate in the takeover of the world mind, and end free will for humankind.

Control the AI, control the people.

Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes—people of every race and identity, and some who aren’t even human—must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide.

Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.

Series Blurb: Humankind is on its way to the stars, a journey that will change it forever. Each of the stories in Liminal Sky explores that future through the lens of a generation ship, where the line between science fiction and fantasy often blurs. At times both pessimistic and very hopeful, Liminal Sky thrusts you into a future few would ever have imagined.

 

Content notes & warnings: Refers to past consensual BDSM relationship for one character.

 

DSP Publications | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | QueeRomance Ink

 

You can also add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY:

 

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“Writing the Future”

Guest Post by J. Scott Coatsworth

 

The Liminal Sky series takes place against the backdrop of a ruined Earth in a not too distant future, when greed has destroyed the planet by bringing it to the brink – and then beyond – of planet-killing war.

As a writer, I think we have a responsibility to call out the trends we see in the present. We are humanity’s prognosticators. Through us our readers can get a glimpse of what might be.

We live in an age of misinformation, fed to society to encourage us to believe what’s in the best interests of the rich and the powerful.

If we listened to science, we’d be scared to death about the climate catastrophe that’s bearing down on us, as we rich tipping points where the warming of the planet will accelerate and may end up making the planet inhospitable for human life for the foreseeable future.

Yes, the fix will be painful. But can it really be more painful then the extermination of the human species?

As a writer, I can show you what might happen. I can couch these possible futures in a fuzzy wrapper and hand it to you for your enjoyment, hopeful that you will also take something away with you when the story is finished.

I just wrote a new contemporary love story, set in Antarctica in the near future. It deals with climate change in an intimate way, with two characters actually at the mercy of its effects.

It’s not in your face, but it’s now a part of what I write.

We prognosticators have a responsibility, in my opinion, to get the word out, to share these possible scary futures. It’s something I can do to help, even just a little, to create a better future.

 

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EXCERPT

 

 

Eddy Tremayne rode his horse, Cassiopeia, along the edge of the pastures that were the last official human habitations before the Anatov Mountains. Several ranchers along the Verge—the zone between the ranches and the foothills—had reported losses of sheep and cattle in the last few weeks.

As the elected sheriff of First District, which ran from Micavery and the South Pole to the mountains, it was Eddy’s responsibility to find out what was going on.

He had his crossbow strapped to his back and his long knife in a leather sheath at his waist. He’d been carrying them for long enough now—three years?—that they had started to feel natural, but the first time he’d worn the crossbow, he’d felt like a poor man’s Robin Hood.

He doubted he’d need them out here, but sheriffs were supposed to be armed.

He’d checked with Lex in the world mind via the South Pole terminal, but she’d reported nothing amiss. In the last few years, she had begun to deploy biodrones to keep an eye on the far-flung parts of the world, but they provided less than optimal coverage. One flyover of this part of the Verge had shown a peaceful flock of thirty sheep. The next showed eight.

The rancher, a former neurosurgeon from New Zealand named Gia Rand, waited for him on the top of a grassy hill. The grass and trees shone with bioluminescent light, and the afternoon sky lit the surrounding countryside with a golden glow. The spindle—the aggregation of energy and glowing pollen that stretched from pole to pole—sparkled in the middle of the sky.

The rancher pulled on her gray braid, staring angrily at something in the valley below. “Took you long enough to get here.”

“Sorry. The train was out of service again.” Technology was slowly failing them, and they had yet to come up with good replacements.

She snorted. “One helluva spaceship we have here.”

He grinned. “Preaching to the choir.” Forever didn’t have the manufacturing base yet to support anything close to the technology its inhabitants had grown used to on Earth. Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you asked him. With technology came new and better ways to kill. He’d seen it often enough in the NAU Marines. “What did you find?”

“Look.” Her voice was almost a growl.

Eddy looked down where she was pointing. “Oh shit.” Her missing sheep were no longer missing. They had been slaughtered.

He urged Cassiopeia down the hillside to the rocky clearing. A small stream trickled down out of the mountains there. He counted ten carcasses, as near as he could tell from the skulls left behind. Someone had sheared a couple of them and given up. It looked like they had skinned and cut the rest up for meat, the skin and bones and extra bits discarded.

Gia rode down the hillside behind him.

“Didn’t you report twelve sheep missing?”

She nodded. “Bastards took the two lambs. Probably for breeding.”

“That actually might help us.”

“How’s that?”

He dismounted to take a closer look at the crime scene. “They’ll have to pasture them somewhere. May make it easier to track them down.”

“Maybe so.” She dismounted and joined him. “This was brutal work. Look here.” She picked up a bone. “Whatever cut this was sharp but uneven. It left scratch marks across the bone.”

“So not a metal knife.”

“I don’t think so. Maybe a stone knife?”

He laughed harshly. “Are we back to caveman days, then?” It wasn’t an unreasonable question.

She was silent for a moment, staring at the mountains. “Do you think they live up there?”

“Who?” He followed her gaze. Their highest peaks were wreathed in wisps of cloud.

“The Ghosts.”

The Ghosts had been a persistent myth on Forever since their abrupt departure from Earth. Some of the refugees had vanished right after the Collapse, and every now and then something would end up missing. Clothes off a line, food stocks, and the like.

People talked. The rumors had taken on a life of their own, and now whenever something went missing, people whispered, “It’s the Ghosts.”

Eddy didn’t believe in ghosts. He personally knew at least one refugee who had disappeared, his shipmate Davian. He guessed there must be others, though the record keeping from that time had been slipshod at best. He shrugged and looked at the sky. “Who knows?” It was likely to rain in the next day or so. Whoever had done this had left a trail, trampled into the grass. If he didn’t follow it now, it might be gone by the time he got back here with more resources.

Gia knelt by one of the ewes, staring at the remnants of the slaughter. “Could you get me some more breeding stock? This… incident put a big dent in my herd.”

“I’ll see what I can do.” He took one last look around the site. It had to have taken an hour or two to commit this crime, and yet the thieves had apparently done it in broad daylight. Why weren’t they afraid of being caught? “I’m going to follow the trail, see where it leads.”

Gia nodded. “Thanks. We’re taking the rest of the herd back to the barn until you get this all figured out.”

“Sounds prudent. I’ll let you know.”

Slipping on his hat, he climbed back up on Cassie and followed the trail across the stream toward the Anatov Mountains.

 

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Author 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.

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecitng their own reality.

 

Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

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“Soulbound” Blog Tour Round-Up! {Links to Every Guest Post & Excerpt}

 

 

And the tour for Soulbound is over! For those who didn’t already know: the book was on tour for the first three weeks of October, thanks to the wonderful folks at Other Worlds Ink. (Many thank yous to Mark & Scott for making it happen!) The tour included about two dozen bloggers and 11 guests posts (including exclusive excerpts) put together exclusively for the tour.

Below are links to every tour stop, with all of the guest posts and excerpts listed first. Alas, the giveaway has ended, but the posts are still good!

Many thanks to all of the bloggers who were on the tour and to everyone who participated! 😀 ❤

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October 1 – Guest post @ The Novel Approach
The Journey of Soulbound: From Extra Fluff to Whopping Significance”
What inspired it to begin with? How did it go from being a simple little side story to a huge beast of significance for the series?? It was one heck of a ride, and a huge surprise to me! Read all about it in the post.

 

October 1 – Guest post @ Stories That Make You Smile (Addison Albright)
10 Relatively Random Facts About The Republic Series & Its Characters!
Here are 10-ish (sort of) random things about The Republic series, including a couple details about is characters, their society, and bits of real life that inspired certain details! What do Prince Edward Island, Frick & Frack, and sex magic have to do with it? Find the answers in the post!

 

October 2 – Review @ Drops of Ink (Anne Barwell)
OMG, an AWESOME 4.5 star review!! “I’d recommend Soulbound to readers who enjoy high fantasy stories with complex world building and characters, and action scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat.” There were even shout-outs to Tash’s tattoo, his struggles, Mayr & Tash’s relationship with Arieve… It’s all so glowing. 😀

 

October 4 – Guest post @ Matt Doyle Media (+ a Spotlight!)
“Soulbound Playlist – The Themes
Music is so incredibly important to my creative process, so here’s a selection of pieces from the rather long playlist I used for Soulbound! In this post, I talk about the major themes from the playlist, which fit the book as a whole or the characters in a deep way. Selections include Tove Lo’s “Scars”, Sarah Brightman’s “Eden”, and Savage Garden’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply”!

 

October 5 – Exclusive excerpt @ MM Good Book Reviews
Conservatory
Things are getting chilly in The Republic… but they’ll always warm up. This excerpt is about what happens when Mayr schemes for a whole week over a romantic evening. He’s got plans and they’re going to happen!

 

October 6 – Guest post @ Valerie Ullmer
“Soulbound Playlist — The Dark, the Wistful, and the Angsty
Another bit of the playlist for the book! This time, we take a gander at the darker, more wistful and heartbroken side. In the republic, angst is 100% on tap and here are some of those tunes for challenges and when life just really sucks. Selections include my favourite Evanescence songs, “I Can’t See New York” by Tori Amos, “Shattered” by Lindsey Stirling with Lzzy Hale, and one of my favourite Within Temptation songs!

 

October 8 – Guest post @ Love Bytes
The Goddesses of Soulbound and The Republic Series
Learn more about the four goddesses in the series and the real-life deities that inspired them! Come meet Emeraliss, Laytia, Hastal, and Navara… powerful, mighty, and beloved. Which goddess was inspired by the Amazons? Who has connections to the Norse goddess, Hela, and the Egyptian gods? It’s all in this post!

 

October 9 – Exclusive excerpt @ Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews
“Training”
A look at what happens when Mayr and Tash face off in the training ring for the first time, testing more than just Tash’s skills — it’ll test their patience and fortitude as a couple.

 

October 13 – Guest post @ Queeromance Ink
“Soulbound: The Serious Side of The Republic
The series goes into many a serious subject, which just tends to happen naturally with my work and I usually roll with it, seeing what comes of it in the long-run. Soulbound definitely goes there on several occasions, on several matters, calling for all of the content warnings. There are matters of mental health, suicide and death, recovering one’s soul after doing awful things, dealing with a criminal organization that commits so many of the same crimes we see in real life, including human trafficking, crimes against the people, and other issues… It’s a rough one. But for all of Tash’s fears and hurt, Mayr’s determination rights them when things go wrong, giving them a wonderful balance: whenever one struggles, the other steps in to keep them going.

 

October 16 – Exclusive excerpt @ My Fiction Nook
Secrets
Mayr gets put through a few emotional downs in this book, especially with nightmares that won’t leave him alone. He feels the pressure of things going on around them, but he doesn’t know what to do except protect Tash and Arieve the best way he can. Mayr loves both of them deeply, so much he’d rather choose silence over everything else…

 

October 17 – Guest post @ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
“Soulbound Playlist – The Loving, the Hopeful, and the Sensual
A third, and last, look at the playlist! This set touches on the love songs, the more hope-inspired tracks, and a few of the sensual songs that came in handy while writing the book. Selections include a couple of my favourite Enigma songs, a few of my top fave songs by The Weeknd, and Placebo’s cover of “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush… because (a) Kate Bush and (b) it’s a great song with so many awesome cover versions.

 

October 21 – Exclusive excerpt @ Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“Tattoo
Mayr and Tash are both incredibly sentimental and cherish their loved ones dearly, enough that Mayr has tattoos dedicated to them, not only to show how much they mean to him but to keep them close — reminders to work hard and take care of them. And Tash absolutely loves him for it, especially since he’s now reached tattoo status.

 

 

That’s all of the guest posts, but thanks also to the blogs who posted tour posts!

October 1 @ Romance Across the Rainbow (Lou Sylvre)

October 1 @ Other Worlds Ink

October 7 @ Queer Sci Fi

October 10 @ Jessie G. Books

October 11 @ Bayou Book Junkie

October 12 @ dream, love, imagine (Amy Aislin)

October 14 @ Cate Ashwood

October 15 @ kittenwylde

October 18 @ Love That’s Out of This World

October 19 @ We Three Queens

October 20 @ J. Scott Coatsworth

 

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