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Book News if you love Sci-Fi

My author friend, J. Scott Coatsworth, has a new young adult/spec and sci-fi book out today, The Gauntlet Runner. I haven't read it, but I know this author's world-building is excellent and his sci-fi is well-respected. Expect classy sci-fi with brilliant queer representation. Part of a series.

Details and links, as well as a bonus chapter and a Giveaway can be found below!

Author Name: J. Scott Coatsworth

Release Date: Thursday, September 21 2023

Tour Type: 7-Day Blog Tour

Tour Start Date: Thursday, September 21 2023

Publishing Company: Other Worlds Ink

Cover Artist: Kelley York - Sleepy Fox Studio

Primary Plot Arc: Speculative Fiction

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Story Type: Novel (>50k)

Word Count: 95700

LGBTQ+ Identities (if applicable): Gay, Bisexual

Keywords/Categories: Science Fiction, Sci-Fantasy, Fantasy, Giveaway, New Release, Announcement, Gay, LGBTQ, Queer, YA, Young Adult, Blog Tour, Gay, Bisexual

Is This Part of a Series?: Yes

Position (Number) in Series: 2

Necessary to Read Previous Books: Yes

Series Title: The Tharassas Cycle

Other Books in Series Available for Review?: Yes

Title for Other Book(s) in Series:

1 - The Dragon Eater

Was This Book Published in An Earlier Edition?: No

Book Blurb:


Aik has fallen hopelessly in love with his best friend. But Raven's a thief, which makes things... complicated. Oh, and Raven has just been kidnapped by a dragon.

Now Aik is off on a quest of his own, to hunt down the foul beast and make them give back his ... friend? Lover? Soulmate? The whole not-knowing thing just makes everything harder.

Meanwhile, the world of Tharassas is falling apart, besieged by earthquakes, floods, and strange creatures no one has ever seen before. Aik's ex, Silya has gone back to Gullton to do try to save her people as the Hencha Queen, and Aik's stuck in a caravan with her mother and a damnable magical gauntlet that won't let him be. He has to find Raven, before it’s too late.

Things were messy before, but now they're much, much worse.

Series Blurb:

The Tharassas Cycle is a four book sci-fantasy series set on the recently colonized world of Tharassas. When humans first arrived on planet, they thought they were alone until the hencha mind made itself known. But now a new threat has arisen to challenge both humankind and their new allies on this alien world.

Both the prequel and book one are on sale for just 99¢:

Non-Exclusive Excerpt:

Chapter One

Like Fire and Ice

He has to be here. Aik searched frantically through Raven’s pack as the early morning sunlight slipped across the stone windowsill and across the floor, a long, green-tinged ray of light.

He was anxious to be on his way after Raven. His heart was pounding, his thoughts skipping like a spinning stone off hard waters. No one else was awake yet, as far as he could tell, and he wanted to be in and out of the room before anyone was the wiser. Aik glanced at the unmade bed and blushed at what they’d done there the night before. He could still feel Raven’s touch, their bodies entwined….

The sooner he set off, the sooner Aik could rescue him from those awful creatures. The verent must have coerced him; Raven had all but said so. If he could just find Spin, the little familiar could guide him.

He doesn’t love you.

“Shut up.” Knowing that Raven had chosen the verent over him still burned. And that he didn’t say ‘I love you.’ But surely, he wasn’t allowed to be angry about that in the face of what had happened.

His mind was spinning, looking for answers, scared for his love, returning to old, stupid wounds and weaknesses.


The question reverberated again and again, but not even Aik knew what he was asking. His panic stripped away reason and maturity, and left him dizzy and afraid.

He got to the bottom of the pack, finding nothing but clothing and some toiletries. Farking hell. Where are you?

He started opening some of the side pouches, checking through each one before tying it closed again. Maybe Raven had taken Spin with him?

“Searching for this?”

He spun around to find Tri’Aya leaning against the doorway, looking as fresh as if she’d just slept ten hours, though she couldn’t have gotten more than four at best. How does she do that?

She held Spin’s silver sphere between two fingers.

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Scott is giving away a $20 gift card with this tour:

Author Bio:

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was 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 all the people like him were.

He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is the committee chair for the Indie Authors Committee at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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1 comentário

21 de set. de 2023

Thank you sooo much for sharing this. :) I am thrilled to have it out in the world!

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