New Release Giveaway!
Homecoming By J. Scott Coatsworth
5 Lucky Winners!
Winner #1 to receive: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate
Winners #2-5: eBook copy of Spells & Stardust Anthology
**Giveaway Eligible in US Only**
Spaceman meets wolfman.
When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world becomes a mad dash for survival.
When they awaken from deep sleep on Earth, abandoned by humanity five centuries before, they must quickly learn about their new home. While exploring the region around the ship, Aldiss meets Hari, a human-wolf hybrid, whose people harbor secrets which just might cost the crew their lives.
Will Hari and Aldiss uncover the secrets of the past and find common ground? Or are Aldiss and his team doomed to failure?
Hari floats in the wolf dream, trapped halfway between sleep and wakefulness. The same images plague him once again. Destruction on an unimaginable scale. A vast, empty darkness spattered with stars, and a tall, slender man, his jet-black hair swept to one side, his eyes white-gray like the bark of a birch tree.
Something awakens him. He sits up, raising his white-furred ears in the dappled shadows beneath the great redwood tree that looms over the pack like a leafy god.
The forest is quiet all around him, the night undisturbed by anything other than the end-of-winter wind, which whistles a maudlin tune through the snow-laden boughs of the trees. A hint of warmth is threaded through her cold fingers, pregnant with the promise of spring.
Yet a shiver runs down Hari’s spine and his hackles rise. Something is coming.
He looks around at the other wolves of the Blackthorn Clan, asleep underneath the sheltering arms of the tree.
His mother, Simi, stirs lazily in her bed of snow beneath the branches of an outstretched fir, licking her russet fur which is graying with age. She looks up at him, as if sensing his gaze. She smells of curiosity.
Born the snow-white runt of the litter, he has grown strong and agile, and possesses the keenest senses of the pack, able to smell a rabbit in the brush at a hundred paces. The gift of the trickster, who was also as white as the snow. Hari is a far-thinker, one of the few among the clan who looks beyond the day-to-day needs of the hunt and the winter clouds. One who can shift at will, like his mother.
He smells it now too, a sharp tang in the air. He lays back down, nipping nervously at the snow, and buries his muzzle against his chest.
The wrongness won’t go away.
A sharp scream splits the air, like the falling of one of the tall redwoods, full of screech and protest and anguished wind. Hari leaps to his feet with the rest of the pack.
Then a flash like the sun lights up the sky. Hari yelps involuntarily, his ears flattening against his skull. The trees shake violently, as though the fatemaster himself had crossed their path, and Hari knows real fear, like black bile at the back of his throat, his stomach twisting in his gut.
A small incandescent light, like a snowflake, descends from the stars above. Hari traces its progress as it rapidly grows larger, lighting the snow with its ghostly glow. It plunges past them, disappearing behind the tree-line nearby.
Then the real noise comes—a long, rumbling crash that resonates in his bones, greater than the falling of a hundred trees, and all the clan is thrown to the ground.
Hari looks up and shakes his head, trying to stop the ringing in his ears.
His dam is at his side, nuzzling the fur of his neck, whispering Don’t be afraid. Simi licks him with motherly reassurance, but he knows it hides her fear.
About the Author:
Scott inhabits the space between the “here and now” and the “what could be”. He was shepherded into his love affair with fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, and soon read her entire library. But as he grew up and read more, he wondered where all the gays were.
He came out as gay at 23, and decided to create the stories he couldn’t find at his local bookstore. He reimagined his favorite genres, subverting them and remaking them to his own ends. And every now and then he hopes someone finds and enjoys them.
His friends say Scott’s mind works a little differently – he sees connections between things that many people miss, and accomplishes more in a day than many people do in three.
Scott’s fiction subverts expectations and transforms traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary life into something fresh and unexpected. He manages both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their worldview.
He infuses his work with love, beauty and power, making them soar, and maybe that changes 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.
Scott lives with his husband of 25 years in Sacramento, California, in a small yellow house with two pink flamingoes in front.