A More Perfect Union

by J. Scott Coatsworth

A More Perfect Union anthology
Editions:Kindle - First Edition: $ 5.38
Pages: 350
Paperback - First Edition: $ 17.99
ISBN: 978-1634773317
Pages: 350

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made a monumental decision, and at long last, marriage equality became the law of the land. That ruling made history, and now gay and lesbian Americans will grow up in a country where they will never be denied the right to marry the person they love.

But what about the gay men who waited and wondered all of their lives if the day would ever come when they could stand beside the person they love and say “I do”?

Here, four accomplished authors—married gay men—offer their take on that question as they explore same-sex relationships, love, and matrimony. Men who thought legal marriage was a right they would never have. Men who, unbelievably, now stand legally joined with the men they love. With this book, they share the magic and excitement of dreams that came true—in tales of fantasy and romance with a dose of their personal experiences in the mix.

To commemorate the anniversary of full marriage equality in the US, this anthology celebrates the idea of marriage itself--and the universal truth of it that applies to us all, gay or straight.

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When Jay and Wallace first meet at an LGBTQ group, they have no idea they’ll be dating six years later. In fact, they quickly forget each other’s names. But although fate continues to throw them together, the timing is never quite right. Finally they’re both single and  realize they want to be together… but now they can’t find each other! With determination and the help of mutual friends, Jay and Wallace can finally pursue the relationship they’ve both wanted for so long.

It’s only the beginning of the battles they’ll face to build a life together.

From disapproving family members all the way to the state legislature, Jay and Wallace’s road to happily ever after is littered with obstacles. But they’ve come too far to give up the fight.

Flames by J. Scott Coatsworth

Alex and Gio had a big fight, and Alex ran away. Then a fire at home destroyed the life they had built together, and threatened to take Gio away from him.

Alex had always thought love was enough to keep them together. Why did they need wedding rings or legal certificates? But now, with Gio lost in a coma, his mother has banished Alex from his side.

What if Alex’s voice is the only thing that can bring Gio back from the brink? Their memories are all Gio has left, and the urge to just let go is getting stronger.

Still, nothing can keep Alex from Gio's side. If it’s against the rules, he’ll break them. In stolen moments alone together, Alex fights to bring him back, one memory at a time.

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Reviews:Sue Brown on Sue Brown wrote:

This anthology contains four different stories reaching the same joyous conclusion, marrying the man they loved, and I have to say, even this cynical old heart melted a little. From each tale I could see elements of news stories that hit the headlines over the last few years - a real ripped from the headlines. But each individual story tackles the couples journey in a different way. It's not just about dealing with bigoted officials and family. These stories are about the our heroes attitudes to marriage as well.

J. Scott Coatsworth made me cry with Flames. I was shouting at Alex, rooting loudly for him and Gio, cursing as Alex was banished and sobbing like anything as good people conspired to help him. Yes, sir, you made me cry tears of joy.

Jeordi and Tom was a tale of two small-town boys, faced with a rejecting family and finding a more loving wider family in their quest to get married. This beautiful tale clearly showed the legal hoops gay people have to go through just to say "I do," in the face of great opposition. Michael Murphy show that family comes in all guises, not necessarily blood.

I firmly believe that some couples are destined to be together, and in Jamie Fessenden's Destiny, Jay and Wallace took their own sweet time but eventually they were together, marriage, house and dog - just the way it should be. I had to grin as they met over a coffee machine. My kind of meeting.

B.G. Thomas, you made me seriously ache for Lucas in Someday. This young man never gave up hope of loving and marrying his best friend. I yelled at Dalton to notice him and then... well, read the story. This was a sweet tale and well worth my hurting heart as Lucas waited for so long.

A lovely 5 stars from me.

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, and is an associate member of the Science Fiction Writer's Association (SFWA).

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.

You can find him at Dreamspinner here, Goodreads here, on Amazon here, on QueeRomance Ink here, and on Facebook here.

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