Guest Post & Excerpt Link – Coffee Date by K. Lynn

The perception of gender and trying to place people into specific gender roles is very limiting. What does it mean to be a man or a woman? And what if you don’t fit neatly into either role? Or if society has assigned you as one gender when you actually don’t perceive yourself to be that gender? For my novella, Coffee Date, Alice is dealing with how society perceives her versus how she perceives herself.

Alice is finally happy with her body and her life—except for the part where revealing she’s trans winds up leaving her hurt and abandoned over and over again. She’s decided she’s done making herself miserable by looking for love.

Love finds her anyway, in the form of Hank, the new guy at her local coffee shop. He’s sweet, friendly, charming… and will probably turn out like all the rest. Determined not to shatter the fantasy and lose him before she has to, Alice holds fast to her secrets.

But if the truth doesn’t ruin everything, the lies will, and it seems no matter which choice she makes Alice is set for just one more heartache. 

I knew that I wanted to explore Alice’s feelings in this novella, and that she would have built up a wall to protect herself from the hurt she’d experienced over the years since she began her transition. What I didn’t know, and what she soon showed me through revealing her story, was how deep that hurt ran and how much damage it had caused. Alice is constantly trying to match up to what she thinks she should be, what society has taught her she should be, while making herself miserable because she hasn’t reached that constructed reality. In the end, what she had to learn and what we all have to learn, is that you don’t have to fit into anyone’s constructed categories. Be yourself, whoever that might be.

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2015NewAbout the Book

Coffee Date is a 12,000 word contemporary transgender novella that explores Alice’s struggle to find acceptance, and possibly love, in a world that has not been kind to her on either front.

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http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/excerpt-coffee-date/

Purchase Links

Coffee Date officially releases on July 1st, but you can pre-order it now!

http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=90&products_id=913  

2015NewAbout the author

writerklynnLynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn’s work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future. Contact K. Lynn at writerklynn@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @WriterKLynn

Cover Reveal – The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth

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BOOK DETAILS

Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Published: July 29th, 2015
Genre: Gay, Sci-fi
Length: Novella
Cover Artist: London Burden
ISBN: 9781620045831

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2015NewAbout the BookWhen 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 turns into a mad dash for survival.

When they awaken from stasis on Earth, which was 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 shape-changer, whose people harbor secrets that might cost the crew their lives.

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Hari reached the edge of the woods just in time to see Neru crouching to leap at the two-legs. Young fool.

He gathered himself and jumped after Neru, knocking him aside as his teeth reached for the two-legs’ throat.

Neru turned and snarled at him, backing away toward the woods.

Hari stood firm, ears back, hackles raised, and drew the corners of his mouth back to reveal his teeth. Back off, Neru.

The whelp shook his head and grinned with the brashness of youth, until Hari leaped at him and nipped his ear. With a surprised yelp, Neru turned his head, deferring to Hari’s strength. As you say, brother. There was a cockiness to Neru’s look that unsettled him.

The other wolf backed up slowly then turned to disappear into the woods.

Hari caught a glimpse of Mavi watching from the shadows. The old wolf snarled, and slunk off after her son.

What do you seek, old mother? Hari wondered, watching Mavi’s silver-tipped tail flicker into the darkness. It was clear where Neru’s courage and cunning had come from.

Hari turned back toward the two-legs. He was holding a strange stick, not unlike the one that Hari’s grandmother had shown him in the wolf dream.

But it was his face that caught Hari’s eye. He knew that face. The two-legs’ eyes were white-gray, and his jet-black hair was swept to the side.

Despite the danger, he shifted in the manner only a few of the clan are able to do in the cold. He grew quickly taller and less hairy but no less muscled, and stood naked before the two-legs.

They stared at each other for a long moment. Hari felt an immense attraction washing over him. He saw in his summer form that this two-legs was beautiful. His own body responded to this… man… in an unexpected way, seeing and feeling things his winter form could not. Hari leaned forward and sniffed the stranger, drinking in his musk. It smelled enticing. Strangely familiar.

He sensed the two-legs stiffen, and to reassure, him, Hari licked the man’s neck.

The two-legs was trembling now like a young whelp, so he tried something else. He took the stranger’s face in his hands and kissed him.

The shaking slowed, and then the man was kissing him back. Hari was hungry for him, like a starving wolf at the end of a long, hard winter.

It is not the time for this, the keh whispered in his ear.

He broke contact and turned away, ashamed that he was betraying his Clan, and for lust. An emotion of his summer form.

“I’m sorry,” he said to the two-legs, without looking back. “It won’t happen again.” Even he was not sure if he meant Neru’s attack, or the kiss.

He shifted back into his winter form and loped off into the woods after his pack mates.

2015NewAbout 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, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

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Website: http://www.jscottcoatsworth.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Guest Post & Giveaway – Sandra Bard: Into the Divide

First of all, thank you for having me on the blog. This is the second time I’ve been here and I really enjoyed the first time. But I am ashamed to say I forgot about this until the last moment and then had to scramble to fine tune this post.

I have been busy.

In addition to my normal five day a week, full time job, I have taken up teaching extra classes for kids during the weekends. The setting is dismal and we really lack a lot of amenities but the kids are fun and I have found out, much to my surprise, I enjoy teaching kids. I took up the job because I needed more money because my regular job is not as lucrative as my former and it has surprised me in certain ways.

Since I have no experience teaching kids I searched the web and came up with an ice breaker lesson where students get to talk about objects that mean something to them. As an example, I decided to share with them about an object that means a lot of me, my earring made out of two coins.

Once, in a different life time, I was a university academic until the university pulled the rug out from under me, cancelled my research grant and kicked me out on my ass. I lost my job, my apartment and my working visa and hence had to crawl back home. Before I left, I went to the bank to shut down my account and the final two cents they gave me, I transformed into earrings. I wore those earrings as a reminder that things have gone really, really bad but I have survived.

But as I was talking to my students about it, I realized

  1. They were too young to realize the bitterness associated with that object I wore constantly and
  2. I no longer felt as bitter about it as before. I spoke to the children about my time abroad, the friends and the other pleasant memories associated with those two coins and knew I was recovering.

I work at a different university now, lower pay, lower status but it gives me time to write so … perhaps not all bad.

Did I think I’d ever be teaching kids or for that matter teach at all … no.

Did I think I’d ever be writing m/m books … no.

But am I enjoying myself … yes.

And I think in the end, that’s all that matters.

When I booked this blog post, it was to promote my new book, Into the Divide which was released on the 3rd of this month. It is my favorite work up till now, because it came to me so easily and I was able to write it really fast. It’s not perfect but I don’t know what a perfect story is because stories, in my opinion, stories are organic. They grow and change and appeal to different people in different ways.

My main character, Tarn, is a former criminal. He’s part of a rehabilitation unit that gives people like him second chances. While I was writing the story, I struggled to show that he had reformed but hadn’t lost his sharp edge, the ruthlessness that needed to get the job done, because a part of his job was to kill things. It was in part finding the perfect niche for his talents, about fitting in to a hostile environment and belonging there.

I wish there was an easy google search for that but sometimes there isn’t. But finding things out on my own, figuring out the intricacies of the character I want, I truly enjoyed it and am happy with the outcome. So when I say it was easy to write, I knew what the plot was going to be like when I started, right down to the twist at the end, but shaping people, characters, Tarn’s interactions with Calvin … those were much harder.

Calvin is a geek, a little clumsy and awkward with a lot of bad experiences behind him but able to come through when he’s need the most.

This is the first in the Divide universe series and there will be a lot more to come. Less Than Three press has been kind enough to accept the next two books in the series as well, and I am working on some more books and short stories as well.

And even more surprisingly, Less Than Three press agreed to have this book in print though it is only 35,000 words because all the other books in the series are going to be in print. This universe is interesting because I have so my ideas of where it’s going, so many characters to explore and so my mysteries to unravel.

I hope everyone has fun reading this, because I had fun writing it.

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Nullands: Sections of a series of planets sealed off by an energy barrier, called the Divide, filled with danger, where technology does not work.

Tarn is part of the Death Squad, a criminal given a second chance by agreeing to risk his life over and over again in the Nullands. His latest mission is the kind he usually avoids: babysit an inexperienced lab tech while they hunt down the dangerous creature that escaped a research lab.

Calvin is the lab tech given the unenviable task of hunting down the creature that escaped his lab, after it killed his friend and five others. An assignment he mostly landed for refusing to sleep with his boss, he knows damn good and well he’s being sent to die. What he doesn’t expect is Tarn, or how far he’s willing to go to survive.

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Sandra will be giving away an eBook copy of Into the Divide to one lucky winner. To enter simply leave a comment below.  Giveaway ends Friday, Sept 19th at midnight (Eastern time).

Do you have an object that means something  important to you?