Thanks for checking out my published works. These are all of them in order from newest to oldest, to date. Each story includes a cover, a short description, and some notes from me about the story, as well as whatever buy links there are for each. Some are even free!
I hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think!
Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
Author’s note: This is my first published novel – from a story I originally started writing in the mid nineties. The storyline has changed and grown since then, and Skythane is now the first book in my planned Oberon Trilogy. But don’t worry – it has a satisfying ending. 😛
Zeke is a loner his late forties, living in a small cabin in rural Montana. Nathan has been traveling across country on foot since the zombie apocalypse, dealing with his OCD in an empty world. Zeke just wants someone to love. Nathan just wants to be home again.
Fate brings them together in a winter wonderland, but their own fears and baggage may tear them apart.
Is there still hope for love at Christmas, at the end of the world?
Review From Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: “Coatsworth has taken a familiar theme and made it his with these wonderful characters and an ending that leaves you smiling and full of wonder. Yes, I loved it.” Full Review
Author’s note: This one was fascinating to write. Not only did I have to research the little town of Thompson Falls, Montana, where the story is set, but I also got to learn more about OCD and how someone who has it manages to live a normal life (whatever that is). And it’s a Christmas story, so yeah. There’s an HEA. *grin*
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.
Author’s note: I love this story. It connects various parts of me – my marriage, my love of Italian, a song that touched me deeply, and the place I grew up, into one beautiful story. And I hope you love it too.
In the not-too-distant future, San Francisco has been swamped by rising sea levels caused by global warming, and has only survived by building a wall to keep the water out of the heart of the City.
Colton is a trans man barely getting by on the canals outside the wall. Tris is an elf who has come to the human world on his journey to become a man.
Fate brings them together, and everything changes for Colton when he sets out with Tris to find the elf’s missing brother, taking Colton behind the Wall for the first time.
Author’s note: I call this my elf plus trans man meets global warming story. It’s set in San Francisco, and Mark and I had a great time researching the setting…
Davis plays with people’s lives, changing timelines like other men change clothes. But he always keeps his own timeline out of it by remembering his mantra:
You’re not God.
Never mess with your own past.
Remember, you’re not God.
But this time things are different – his new client is a man from Davis’s own past who wants to go back into the closet. Things are bound to get messy.
Author’s note: My time travel story, kind-of… more like a time erasure story. Where I ask – what if someone wanted to go back into the closet?
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos any more. Not that he wanted to stay. Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
Author’s note: This is my first stand-alone print book, and it originally appeared as part of the “Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox” anthology from MCB.
The Autumnal equinox—when the trees dress in their formal scarlet and gold and the crisp air whispers of chance and change, when bright days turn into sudden storms and the veil between reality and imagination thins. Join the Mischief Corner authors as they share stories evoking this often unpredictable time of year. Stories by J. Scott Coatsworth, Angel Martinez, Freddy Mackay, and Toni Griffin.
Author’s note: I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in this anthology, and turned in my longest published work to date – “The Autumn Lands” (also available as a stand-alone below).
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The River City Chronicles – a new serialized story based on the Sacramento, California world of my story “Between the Lines”. Eight people from different walks of life are brought together by an Italian couple who opens a restaurant in East Sac. And maybe by a little magic, too.
Author note: This is my current Weekly Fix story – stories I publish on a weekly basis here on the blog. This is an ongoing serial story that I am writing week by week. It’s set in the same “world” as “Between the Lines” – and includes some of the same characters. It centers around Matteo and Diego, an Italian couple who moved to Sacramento to take over Matteo’s uncle’s restaurant, and the people they draw to them as friends. The case is mixed LGBT/straight, and there’s a touch of magical realism.
Eric wakes up centuries after he went to sleep at the Re-Life clinic, and the world has changed irrevocably around him. How will he manage to fit in?
Author’s note: This was the second of my Weekly Fix stories – stories I publish on a weekly basis here on the blog. It’s a story I originally wrote for the Gay Sci Fi site’s free fiction section. man wakes up after being put into a cold freeze, and the whole world is different. But some things are familiar.
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Dominic, a struggling gay novelist, is in love with his Italian boss, Dante. Will he get the guy? Or sell the great gay American novel? Things are going smoothly until his jealous ex, Enrico, decides he wants Dominic back.
Author’s note: This one is fun – my first story set in New York City, with a smattering of my favorite second language, Italian. I Got to do lots of google research for this one. (Hear an excerpt here).
Zach’s life takes a strange turn when he encounters Morgan in his Junior year at Orego State University. There’s something different about him that Zach can’t quite figure out. And when he does, it will change Zach’s life, but for the worse or for the better?
Author’s note: This was the first of my Weekly Fix stories – stories I publish on a weekly basis here on the blog. It’s the story of a Portland college student and the strange man who comes into his life one day. It’s told in five seasons – hope you like it!
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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 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.
Author’s note: I call this one my spaceman meets wolfman story. Also originally written for an anthology – Lovely, Dark and Deep – LT3 asked me to resubmit this novella as a stand-alone, and they bought it immediately. It’s my true love – sci fi. But with an MM twist, of course.
What if you could hear the words behind the words? Brad Weston’s life seems perfect. He’s GQ handsome, the chief of staff for a Republican California state senator, and enjoys the power and the promise of a bright future. And he’s in a comfortable relationship with his boyfriend of six years, Alex. Sam Fuller is Brad’s young blond blue-eyed intern, fresh out of college, running from a bad breakup, and questioning his choices and his new life in politics. To make things worse, Sam also has a thing for the boss, but Brad is already taken. While looking for a gift for his boyfriend, Brad wanders into a curiosity shop and becomes fascinated by an old wooden medallion. Brad’s not a superstitious man, but when he takes out the medallion in his office, he sees the world in a whole new light. And nothing will ever be the same.
Author’s note: My magical realism novella – set in my current hometown of Sacramento, about what happens when politics and truth intersect. This one was originally written for the Random Acts of Kindness anthology from DSP, but they sent it back and asked me to extend it to novella length. It’s one of my favorites so far.
A modern day fantasy/magical realism piece about a man who lost his partner in a freak airline accident, and now is terrified to fly, but finds he has to go to San Francisco by plane for a conference. he screws up his courage and gets on the plane, only to find fate has some unfinished business.
Author’s note: Originally titled “Fly”, this is a little short I wrote years ago, and then pulled out and updated last year. It found a home at Jonathan, “a journal of queer male fiction”, from Sibling Rivalry Press, and I’m thrilled.
A magical realism story about a gay couple at the end of one of the men’s life. Just when Jake is about to give up hope, a door opens, and he has reason to think everything might be ok. But Jake and Tony aren’t the only ones to enter the door.
Author’s note: I originally wrote this story in the heyday of AIDS. When I went to dust it off in 2014, that no longer seemed to fit, but the story still had something to say. So I updated it but kept the core message, and I hope you like the result. hear an excerpt here).
Heath is about to take his own life. At 17, he is tired of being gay, of being treated like a freak and an outcast. But Finn comes along and finds him on the bridge, and Heath decides he has a reason to live after all. And then Finn disappears from his life… for eleven years.
Author’s note: I really loved writing this story, I originally put it together for a Dreamspinner holiday anthology, but after I sent it, I looked at the Call for Submissions again and realized, to my horror, that it had to be set outside the US… and I had put most of the story in San Francisco. So I went back to the drawing board, and changed Hank to Heath and moved him 3,000 miles from SF to London. DSP ultimately rejected it, but it was picked up by the fine folks at Inky Suky. 🙂
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Jason, a seventeen year-old cowboy, is riding his horse, Critter, in the Northern Arizona desert. A desert monsoon overtakes him, and Critter falls into a ditch, rendering Jason unconscious. A Native American boy of about the same age, Ahote, is living alone as a trial as he prepares to become a man. He finds Jason and takes him back to the small cavern where he is staying, and they find out they have more in common than it would appear.
Author’s note: This is one I wrote years and years ago and then dusted off roe resubmission. It’s a sweet coming of age story, and one I really enjoyed writing.
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An anthology from DSP: In the mood to try something sweet? How about a collection of stories about bears and the special men in their lives? Guys don’t have to be in their twenties, perfectly sculpted, and hairless to be hot. Bears are real men with real bodies—and that doesn’t always mean a perfect six-pack or an immaculately smooth chest. With bears, it can mean more man to love. The men in this anthology are chubs, cubs, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, and more—all looking for a connection. And beneath their burly physiques are hearts of gold. Explore the bear scene and beyond with these big, hairy guys and the men who find them irresistibly sexy.
A Taste of Honey includes “The Bear at the Bar”: Dex is the quintessential gym bunny. Everybody wants him, and everyone is jealous. But after a chance encounter with a bear at the bar, Dex awakens to find he’s no longer the gym-toned beauty he used to be. And he discovers that everyone hated the old him. How can he get his old life back? And does he really want to?
Author’s note: This was the first story I ever sold. When I started writing again, I looked through Dreamspinner’s calls for submissions on their anthologies page, and submitted something to everyone. Luckily for me, Anne Reagan and B.G. Thomas pulled my story out of the submissions stack… and the rest is history.
Forthcoming from Dreamspinner in June 26th: “Flames”, in the “A More Perfect Union” anthology