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Audio Blog Tour: The River City Chronicles by J. Scott Coatsworth

The River City Chronicles | J. Scott Coatsworth

River City #1

Narrated by Michael Lysan

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Release Date: November 10th, 2021

Cover Artist: Kelley York

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Blurb

Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come 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 runs 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.

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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.

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About The Author

AUTHOR AVATAR - River City Chronicles - J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a little yellow bungalow with two pink flamingoes in Sacramento. He inhabits the space 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 queer 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, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecting their own reality. Scott is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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Clever suspense plot elevates this fairy tale reimaginating

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was very lucky to get an early sight of this book and I absolutely fell in love with the wonderful romance and the cleverly plotted suspense element.

Based, obviously, on the fairy tale of a similar name, things seem to be travelling along a familiar path when the story starts.

Billy ‘steals’ a rose from an overgrown mansion garden and is confronted by a mysterious half masked man who tells him he has to come and fix the damage as payment.

The more time Billy spends at the house, the more our mysterious man is drawn into his orbit. Billy is sunshine and joy in the world, even though he lives a very simple and relatively poor life with his artist mum.

For Aaron, this glimpse into the outside world brings with it a sliver of hope as both develop real and honest feelings.

The twist into the suspense part was so well done I only half saw it coming and nothing like the web which was spun around Aaron.

There’s a great pacing throughout the narrative and my heart was starting to race the closer things got to the big finale.

I loved everything about this quirky romance.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Billy & the Beast by Eli Easton

Billy & the Beast | Eli Easton

Ever After, New York Stories #3

Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Cover Designer:  Alexandria Corza

Buy Links:

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Blurb

One stolen rose leads Billy to the Beast of his dreams

The rose was so perfectly pink, and it was just within reach inside the locked gate.

One snip later, and a masked man from Billy’s darkest fantasies grabbed his arm.

Billy’s punishment? To toil in the estate’s horribly overgrown garden for the summer.

Only this summer job came with a mystery. Who was the sexy, scarred, irascible man who lived at Malfleur, and what dark secret from his past was he hiding?

The Beast believes he deserves his self-imposed exile for the crime he committed one awful, reckless night—a night he can’t even remember.

He believes no one could love the ruin of a man that survived that cursed accident.

He didn’t count on Billy Martin.

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Billy & The Beast is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast that features a rich playboy recovering from a near-fatal accident, a web of dark secrets and gaslighting, a gothic estate, a happy Labrador retriever, and a plucky young man who adores mysteries & monsters.

It is part of the Ever After, New York series of contemporary gay romance fairy tales, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

Read the other Ever After, New York books from Tara Lain

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/287606-ever-after-new-york

Better Red

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Release Date: April 16, 2020

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Blurb

Red Ridley knows he could have a happy life in Ever After, New York, waiting on tables at Mom and Pop’s, making numbers add up for clients, studying business at the junior college – and maybe, just maybe having the man of his dreams, Mark Woods, the young owner of the local garage. One problem. Red’s gorgeous. Amazing looking. Totally unique.

And no one who sees him – especially his grandmother, who’s his biggest promoter — believes he won’t end up on the cover of a magazine. Gran’s dreams come true when famous New York agency owner, Brock Wolfe, shows up in Ever After and sets his sights on Red.

Red doesn’t want to leave Mark, but Gran has given everything to raise him, and the money he could make would give her a happy, easy life. Then, the news gets worse – Gran could lose her house — so Red breaks down and goes to New York where the Wolfe shows just how bad he can be.

Faced with a fate worse than death, Red needs a hero or needs to be one. Is there any chance to live happily in Ever After?

Holding Hans

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Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JHH5N6S/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holding-Hans-Fairy-Retelling-Romance-ebook/dp/B08JHH5N6S/

Blurb

How much evil can you cook up in one small town?

When your father gets wonky, marries a weird woman, and runs off to Europe, leaving you and your twin holding the bag for the bills, what else can you do but –

Sleep a night in the forest,

Follow a trail of pebbles to a strange mansion,

And succumb to the attraction of cinnamon rolls, the world’s most beautiful piano, and Madame, the strange woman who gives you your dreams for next to nothing.

But fairy tales teach one lesson – when things are too good to be true – run!

Hans Meyer finds that out the hard way, when he wakes up tied to a bed in the dark. Even Rune, the cute guy who buys him root beer floats, isn’t who he seems.

Can piano power, twin power, and a healthy dose of love power overcome the darkness and finally make Hans happy in Ever After?

Holding Hans is a coming-of-age, hidden identity, dysfunctional family, fairy-tale-retelling, contemporary fantasy romance – with really good food.

Note: Though themes are handled delicately and appropriately for a fantasy, the book may have trigger potential for sensitive readers.

About The Author

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Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been an MM romance author since 2013. She has published more than 30 gay romances.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particularly admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

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