A New Year

Special Edition

by J. Scott Coatsworth

A New Year Double Edition - J. Scott Coatsworth
Editions:Kindle - Second: $ 0.99
Pages: 75

This special edition includes two versions of the story - the UK one that was originally published in the "Candle in the Dark" anthology, and the original (never before published) version set in San Francisco.

Version One:

Hank is at the end of his rope. The California high school senior is ready to jump off a bridge, to end it all, when Dale shows up.

Dale is a man with a secret, someone who will change the course of Hank’s life in a single night, and then vanish back into the fog.

But the two men are linked in ways Hank can’t even imagine, and when the time is right, they will see each other once again.

Version Two:

Heath is at the end of his rope. The British high school senior is ready to jump off a bridge, to end it all, when Finn shows up.

Finn is a man with a secret, someone who will change the course of Heath’s life in a single night, and then vanish back into the fog.

But the two men are linked in ways Heath can’t even imagine, and when the time is right, they will see each other once again.

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Excerpt:

It was New Year's Day, 1989, an hour after midnight, and it was the end of things for Heath.

Or it should have been. It was also the night he first met Finn.

A chunk of old cement crumbled away beneath his feet, falling into the river far below. The bridge railing was cold at his back, and he could see his breath in the midnight air. The water of the River Severn rushed by beneath him, silver in the moonlight and heavily laden with winter rain. As soon as he gathered his courage, Heath would take his own life into his hands, for once, and would leap into those icy waters to disappear forever from the world of men.

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.

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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