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Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre: Gay Romance, Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 02/17/2017
Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
The Privilege of Being an Author
When I was maybe ten years old, I sat down to scribble out my first masterpiece. Technically, I typed it out, using an old manual typewriter – page by page – and then illustrated it by hand with crayons.
It was, fittingly, a sci fi story, but it owed more to the Jetsons for inspiration than to the great Golden Age sci fi writers. In any case it won a local contest, and was placed in the library of the University of Arizona.
I knew, even at that young age, that I wanted to write. I’d already read a number of amazing sci fi and fantasy stories, courtesy of my mom’s bookshelf.
I wanted more.
I didn’t just want to live in someone else’s world. I wanted to build my own, and I wanted other people to read my stories and to want to live in them too.
Being an author takes a certain gift, a faculty with words, a talent for stringing them together in a way that paints a picture for our readers. I knew this going in, and figured I had what it took.
I didn’t realize until much later that it’s also a great privilege.
Almost anyone can sit down at a computer and pound out a book. Of these, a fair percentage will manage to come up with a story that’s halfway decent, or better.
But very few of us get to actually share those stories with the public, and fewer still find a supportive audience who wants to read more.
I’m a relatively new author on the publishing scene. My fan base isn’t huge. I’m not writing the next Great American Novel. I have no aspirations to become a JK Rowling or Stephen King.
But I have been given a gift – my ability to spin a tale – and a privilege – the opportunity to publish it for readers to find. I’ll be damned if I’m going to squander the chance.
I hope what I write resonates with you, dear reader. I hope that I have made a compelling world where you’ll enjoy spending a little of your valuable time.
And I hope it’s a place that you’ll want to return to again and again.
My new novel, Skythane, is just out – and it combines my love of sci fi and secret reveals and MM romance. I hope you enjoy it!
About the Author
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way. He has sold more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before. He is currently working on two sci fi trilogies, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a group for readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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