We’re so pleased to have author J. Scott Coatsworth joining us today on the tour for his new anthology, Spells & Stardust, a collection of previously released stories. We have an exclusive snippet from Avalon to share with you today as well as a giveaway, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below for details.
About the Book
Publisher: Other Worlds Ink
Release Date: December 5, 2018
Word Count: 40K
Cover Artist: J. Scott Coatsworth
Genres: fantasy, sci fi, paranormal
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, First Time, Destined Love
Keywords/Categories: MM, gay, fae, elves, horror, reincarnation
Warnings: One story contains attempted suicide; another has a homophobic incident
Blurb: Spells & Stardust is Scott’s first anthology – eight sci fi and fantasy shorts that run the gamut from regeneration to redemption.
The Bear at the Bar: A gay fish out of water tale with a pinch of magic.
Tight: What happens when your lover disappears in midair?
Morgan: The year when everything changed.
Re-Life: What if you were reborn in a strange new future?
A New Year: They met every eleven years. And each time, Hank’s life changed.
Repetition: What if you wanted to go back in the closet?
Gargoyle: Sometimes you get what you deserve. Sometimes it happens on All Hallows Eve.
Avalon: A few bright moments in the sun, stolen from outside time.
Most of these stories have been previously published in various anthologies and journals. This is the first time they have all been collected in one place.
The Excerpt ~ Avalon
Tony wheeled the chair down the long ramp to the beach, hoping it wasn’t too hot or too cold for Jake’s skin.
The day itself was wonderful, the clearest in weeks, and the Pacific Ocean waves pounded the beach in a steady, soothing rhythm that he hoped even Jake could hear.
Soon they were on level ground, negotiating the boardwalk that ran up and down this part of the beach. Jake had a sloppy smile on his face.
Tony smiled to himself. There were so few pleasures he could give Jake anymore. The man deserved so much more than this.
He reached forward to wipe the drool from the side of Jake’s cheek. “It’s a lovely day out, isn’t it, Jake?”
His lover didn’t respond, but only stared ahead, smiling.
There were still periods of lucidity, to be sure, but they were farther and farther apart. Sometimes Tony wished that Jake would finally succumb to the growth in his head and be at peace. But only sometimes.
More often, he treasured the time they still had together and remembered the strong, vital man Jake had been when they’d first met.
For just a moment, the rest of the world faded away, and they were alone together on a quiet, windswept beach. Tony breathed in deeply, savoring the pure sweetness of the salty ocean air, the wash of clean colors that assaulted his vision.
He glanced up at the road above, only to find it was gone. There were no other people on the bluff, no buildings, nothing. They were alone, really alone, in this little corner of the world.
Tony shook his head to dispel the vision. It was the late nights, he thought, the lack of sleep that led to these strange imaginations.
A hand came down on his shoulder. Hard. Suddenly they were back among the bustle of a thousand other people.
“Hey there, sport,” Brett Wills sneered at him. “How are my favorite queer boys?”
Brett was six two, built like an oak tree, and straight as an arrow.
“Leave us alone, Brett,” Tony hissed, pushing the wheelchair faster to get away from the hateful man. Jake didn’t deserve to be treated like this.
“What’s a matter, the little queer boy have a fever?” Brett taunted.
Tony stopped cold, blood rushing hot into his face, and Jake slid out of the chair and onto the hard concrete path.
Tony was mortified. He knelt down next to his lover, helping him up. He should have strapped Jake into the chair. “You okay? Jake, I’m so sorry,” he whispered as he helped him back up.
Brett jogged on past, unconcerned. “See ya later, cocksuckers.”
“Asshole,” Tony muttered under his breath. If Jake hadn’t been there, he would have made the bastard to mind his manners. He really would have.
He settled Jake back in the chair and turned it around, headed for home. “Are you all right, Jake?”
Jake was still smiling.
About the Author
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.