New Release – The River City Chronicles by J. Scott Coatsworth

Check it out and I have to say I love that the name of the restaurant is ‘The Boys.’

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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.


Buy Links
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCFPCGZ/

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/River-City-Chronicles-Scott-Coatsworth/dp/1732307504/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-river-city-chronicles-j-scott-coatsworth/1128593446?ean=9781732307506

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29246443-the-river-city-chronicles

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

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Rainbow Snippets

I usually have a professional conference to go to over Memorial Day but I didn’t go this year. I couldn’t stay at home for the family party as I had doctor’s appointments and work stuff to do here in Ohio. So I went to the Feast of the Flowering Moon pow wow yesterday and I’ll probably go hiking in the Hocking Hills where These Haunted Hills is set. I should be cleaning house and writing but we’ll see how it goes (I’m having a bad sugar day and moving seems like too much effort).

Picking up with the next chapter, in Josh’s pov. They’ve just arrived back at Brendan’s cabin after the ghost hunting in the hotel

Josh followed Brendan to his cabin. He’d never been out to this group of resort cabins before but the area was sweet. He wouldn’t mind shacking up here for a while even if it was practically his back yard. Behaving himself was going to be a problem. Seeing Brendan excited and a little scared had stoked something inside Josh. He’d been afraid meeting his hero would go just like the saying warned. He’d have hated it if Brendan had turned out to be an entitled asshole but instead it broke Josh’s heart seeing Brendan so sad. Something changed today and he had a frightening, probably angry ghost to blame. Of course he’d nearly lost Brendan when things got exciting. He’d been sure the man would have bolted had he been able to get out the door. Truth be told, Josh might have joined him but he’d never let Brendan know that. He needed to play it cool, be the wise ghost hunter and not flee like Egon and company in the library scene.

This is what I’m imagining the hotel looks like if you add another wing to it.
abandone hotel

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Rainbow Snippets

So it’s been raining for a week destroying two hiking trips and I’m pretty sure we’ll have to drag out the farm tractor to cut this grass. I’m in West Virginia at the moment cat sitting my brother’s clowder of cats while he and his wife are in some all inclusive resort. So far all the fur babies are fine but now that I’ve been here a week they’re used to me and are starting to act up. I had hoped to use the time to write but man it’s been slow going. (but I did have my SF novella picked up so that made for a happy week).

I’m still with These Haunted Hills. The boys are still talking beer.

“I do like beer, wine and whiskey too but I’m trying not to drink much, at least not alone.” Brendan rubbed his own arms, trying not to think hard on that. He had crawled into a bottle for a while after Connor died. He’d climbed out again quickly enough but he didn’t like to tempt fate much.

“I’m sorry. I should have thought of that.”

Joshua’s pained tone hit hard. “No, that’s fine. Don’t worry about it. I like that you don’t pussyfoot around me. Too many people do that since Connor died. I’d love to go to those microbreweries with you.”

And it’s been a while since I posted a picture and I think I might have shared one like this but here’s what Brendan’s cabin looks like.

hillside-cabin-1

If you’d like to stay, this is Hillside Cabin from the company Cabins by the Caves It’s one of the smaller cabins. It’s a lovely location with plenty of hiking to do (it’s about the one thing my area has going for it).

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

Happy mother’s day.

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been busy editing. I had to get Blood Red Roulette done and then I had to edit the SF novella before the deadline got here and once that was done, BRR was back for edits again, right in the middle of the last two weeks of my semester.

It was taking me forever on the edits as it was (day job has a lot of hours involved) so I didn’t think it was smart or right to divert my attention too much.

Now that I probably won’t see BRR back for at least another week or two, I’m trying to get a Christmas story done and I think the deadline was moved up. Yikes. I’m not sure it’s going well. I have the idea but man, contemporary is not my thing. Hopefully I can pull it off as a short story.

I’m eyeing the open call at Less Than Three press for a post apocalyptic solarpunk leaning story but my writing mojo which was so strong this winter is dwindling. That’s depressing but I’m hoping the summer off will help me recharge.

Sunday Small Talk

Happy mother’s day.

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been busy editing. I had to get Blood Red Roulette done and then I had to edit the SF novella before the deadline got here and once that was done, BRR was back for edits again, right in the middle of the last two weeks of my semester.

It was taking me forever on the edits as it was (day job has a lot of hours involved) so I didn’t think it was smart or right to divert my attention too much.

Now that I probably won’t see BRR back for at least another week or two, I’m trying to get a Christmas story done and I think the deadline was moved up. Yikes. I’m not sure it’s going well. I have the idea but man, contemporary is not my thing. Hopefully I can pull it off as a short story.

I’m eyeing the open call at Less Than Three press for a post apocalyptic solarpunk leaning story but my writing mojo which was so strong this winter is dwindling. That’s depressing but I’m hoping the summer off will help me recharge.

Rainbow Snippets

I’m off to Rathacon in a few and then I get to drive in a monster storm to go home for Mother’s Day. That should be fun. Head desk (I never actually go home for MOther’s Day but I’ll be house sitting for my brother the whole week).

And oh, since this came up last week, These Haunted Hills is a WIP so yeah if you see any typos or the like, please feel free to point them out. I will not be offended and will be thankful since I was obviously blind to them!

We’re still in the truck here. For contest, Brendan has told Josh he doesn’t want to talk about ghosts any more (as a) he’s trying to order his thoughts for his novel and b) he’s freaking himself out).

“I’ll have to find something else to talk about. Maybe something not geeky. I’d hate to give you the wrong impression.” Joshua smiled.

Brendan suspected he already knew the sort of man Joshua was. Hell, he liked Josh’s geekiness. “Do we even have non-geeky things to talk about?”

“Sure, we can talk about who makes better beer, us Germans or you Irish.”

“I have one word for you: Guinness.” Brendan grinned.

“And I have one for you, Weihenstephan.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Rainbow Snippets

So yeah I didn’t get a chance to read in the last two weeks. It’s been too busy. The steampunk symposium was a great time and I might get a chance to do something creatively with it next year. Fingers crossed. Then it was finals and graduation today. I’m still exhausted. So the only thing left for me to do is edits but I can do that and comment too.

I’m picking right back up with These Haunted Hills. Brendan and Josh are in the truck leaving the haunted hotel.

(Brendan) “Could it have gone really bad in there? You know, like in the movies. Can these ghosts possess someone?”

Joshua wrinkled his nose, not answering right away. “There have been documented cases but not from a simple ghost hunt, at least not that I’ve read. Usually it’s either someone living in a haunted house for long periods of time or more likely a medium who can actually talk to ghost, if you believe in that sort of thing. They often invite the ghosts to pass through them or use them to communicate and that seems to go badly. What you need to worry about more is picking up a hitchhiker. It’s been known to happy. You go into a haunted house. The ghost likes you and goes home with you.”

Brendan cocked up his eyebrows. “You didn’t think to mention that beforehand.”

“I’m pretty sure it was in one of the original emails. Of course, not being a medium, I’ll have no idea if either of us are going home with a supernatural plus-one.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!