The Rising Tide by J. Scott Coatsworth


The Rising Tide
Hi Everyone! 

I haven't posted for a while because I'm trying to finish a new book, but I wanted to give a shout out to my author friend, J. Scott Coatsworth, who has a new release, Book Two of the Liminal Sky series, The Rising Tide. I've actually read the first book, The Stark Divide, and this was the story that turned me back on to science fiction. Its an awesome read, and I've absolutely no doubt The Rising Tide will be as well.

Here's all the information you need, including blurb, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Enjoy!

J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi book out: The Rising Tide.


Earth is dead.

Five years later, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever, a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship. When Eddy Tremaine and Andy Hammond find a hidden world-within-a-world under the mountains, the discovery triggers a chain of events that could fundamentally alter or extinguish life as they know it, culminate in the takeover of the world mind, and end free will for humankind.

Control the AI, control the people.

Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes—people of every race and identity, and some who aren’t even human—must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide.

Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.


Series Blurb

Humankind is on its way to the stars, a journey that will change it forever. Each of the stories in Liminal Sky explores that future through the lens of a generation ship, where the line between science fiction and fantasy often blurs. At times both pessimistic and very hopeful, Liminal Sky thrusts you into a future few would ever have imagined.



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Giveaway


Scott is giving away two prizes with this tour - a $25 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of “The Stark Divide,” book one in the series (US winner only for the paperback). For a chance to win, enter via Rafflecopter:


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Excerpt


The Rising Tide Meme



Eddy Tremayne rode his horse, Cassiopeia, along the edge of the pastures that were the last official human habitations before the Anatov Mountains. Several ranchers along the Verge—the zone between the ranches and the foothills—had reported losses of sheep and cattle in the last few weeks.

As the elected sheriff of First District, which ran from Micavery and the South Pole to the mountains, it was Eddy’s responsibility to find out what was going on.

He had his crossbow strapped to his back and his long knife in a leather sheath at his waist. He’d been carrying them for long enough now—three years?—that they had started to feel natural, but the first time he’d worn the crossbow, he’d felt like a poor man’s Robin Hood.

He doubted he’d need them out here, but sheriffs were supposed to be armed.

He’d checked with Lex in the world mind via the South Pole terminal, but she’d reported nothing amiss. In the last few years, she had begun to deploy biodrones to keep an eye on the far-flung parts of the world, but they provided less than optimal coverage. One flyover of this part of the Verge had shown a peaceful flock of thirty sheep. The next showed eight.

The rancher, a former neurosurgeon from New Zealand named Gia Rand, waited for him on the top of a grassy hill. The grass and trees shone with bioluminescent light, and the afternoon sky lit the surrounding countryside with a golden glow. The spindle—the aggregation of energy and glowing pollen that stretched from pole to pole—sparkled in the middle of the sky.

The rancher pulled on her gray braid, staring angrily at something in the valley below. “Took you long enough to get here.”

“Sorry. The train was out of service again.” Technology was slowly failing them, and they had yet to come up with good replacements.

She snorted. “One helluva spaceship we have here.”

He grinned. “Preaching to the choir.” Forever didn’t have the manufacturing base yet to support anything close to the technology its inhabitants had grown used to on Earth. Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you asked him. With technology came new and better ways to kill. He’d seen it often enough in the NAU Marines. “What did you find?”

“Look.” Her voice was almost a growl.

Eddy looked down where she was pointing. “Oh shit.” Her missing sheep were no longer missing. They had been slaughtered.

He urged Cassiopeia down the hillside to the rocky clearing. A small stream trickled down out of the mountains there. He counted ten carcasses, as near as he could tell from the skulls left behind. Someone had sheared a couple of them and given up. It looked like they had skinned and cut the rest up for meat, the skin and bones and extra bits discarded.

Gia rode down the hillside behind him.

“Didn’t you report twelve sheep missing?”

She nodded. “Bastards took the two lambs. Probably for breeding.”

“That actually might help us.”

“How’s that?”

He dismounted to take a closer look at the crime scene. “They’ll have to pasture them somewhere. May make it easier to track them down.”

“Maybe so.” She dismounted and joined him. “This was brutal work. Look here.” She picked up a bone. “Whatever cut this was sharp but uneven. It left scratch marks across the bone.”

“So not a metal knife.”

“I don’t think so. Maybe a stone knife?”

He laughed harshly. “Are we back to caveman days, then?” It wasn’t an unreasonable question.

She was silent for a moment, staring at the mountains. “Do you think they live up there?”

“Who?” He followed her gaze. Their highest peaks were wreathed in wisps of cloud.

“The Ghosts.”

The Ghosts had been a persistent myth on Forever since their abrupt departure from Earth. Some of the refugees had vanished right after the Collapse, and every now and then something would end up missing. Clothes off a line, food stocks, and the like.

People talked. The rumors had taken on a life of their own, and now whenever something went missing, people whispered, “It’s the Ghosts.”

Eddy didn’t believe in ghosts. He personally knew at least one refugee who had disappeared, his shipmate Davian. He guessed there must be others, though the record keeping from that time had been slipshod at best. He shrugged and looked at the sky. “Who knows?” It was likely to rain in the next day or so. Whoever had done this had left a trail, trampled into the grass. If he didn’t follow it now, it might be gone by the time he got back here with more resources.

Gia knelt by one of the ewes, staring at the remnants of the slaughter. “Could you get me some more breeding stock? This… incident put a big dent in my herd.”

“I’ll see what I can do.” He took one last look around the site. It had to have taken an hour or two to commit this crime, and yet the thieves had apparently done it in broad daylight. Why weren’t they afraid of being caught? “I’m going to follow the trail, see where it leads.”

Gia nodded. “Thanks. We’re taking the rest of the herd back to the barn until you get this all figured out.”

“Sounds prudent. I’ll let you know.”

Slipping on his hat, he climbed back up on Cassie and followed the trail across the stream toward the Anatov Mountains.




Author Bio

Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. 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 the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecting their own reality.

Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

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What Floats Your Boat?



A huge thank you to MM Good Book Reviews for hosting Euphoria and publishing my article Whatever Floats Your Boat. Your support really is appreciated!

What floats my boat may not necessarily float yours. Find out more about the inspiration for Kurt Lomax, Euphoria's head scientist and love interest for a lonely alien.



Article for Divine Magazine: Tentacle Sex - Not So Niche After All





To Divine Magazine for hosting my new release, Euphoria, AND for publishing my article Tentacle Sex: Not So Niche After All.

Euphoria can be found on Amazon, currently at #1 in the LGBT/Science Fiction listings.




Euphoria is No.1 on Amazon US LGBT/Science Fiction!



And what's the fuss about? Here's the blurb!

It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

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It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

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BLURB

It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

BIO OF AUTHOR

Jayne Lockwood has always wanted to learn to fly. Spending free time honing her Peter Pan skills on an aerial hoop, she also creates flights of fancy in her books, mingling sex and romance with angst and a healthy dash of dark humor.

Since she was a small child, Jayne has always sympathized with the villain. It all began with Alice Cooper, even though she was banned from listening to his music by her mother. From wanting to sail away with Captain Hook or redeeming the Child Catcher, the antihero has been an enduring fascination ever since.

Jayne is an outwardly respectable member of an English village community. She also is one of the founder members of WROTE podcast, which is dedicated to showcasing LGBTQA authors and their work, and now writes book reviews as well as diverse fiction.

She is also in a Dom/sub relationship with a cat called Keith.

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Dear Holby City writers, I think you got it wrong this time

This post is for Holby City fans, so if you're not one, look away now. 

People who know me also know I have a bit of a thing for Guy Henry (Henrik Hanssen,) so I've been watching the budding friendship between him and Roxanna (Hermione Gulliford) with some interest. 

First off, I think the writers of the programme are absolutely brilliant. There are some storylines I enjoy more than others, and some characters I like more than others, but it is always compelling, and I'd love to know what it takes to keep a series like this going for so long, and have it provoke such discussion.The BBC link is HERE if you want to check out what's happening. 

But I have a niggle (not a beef, because as a writer I know how hard it can be to please everyone,) but a niggle that bugs me enough to mention it. Okay, two niggles....

In last week's episode it was Roxanna's birthday, and Henrik wanted to surprise her with an exquisitely wrapped present, containing something that I'm sure the writers wanted us to believe was a ring. I knew it wouldn't be because even in Holbyland, that's a bit sudden, and Henrik isn't the type to suddenly declare undying love to recently widowed women.

Instead, he made some seemingly irrelevant remark about remembering her with pink hair and Doc Martins, which told us that a) they had known each other a long time and b) he had remembered those tiny details about her, suggesting she was never far from his thoughts.

So what was in the box?

There was a beautiful moment when he took the gift out of his pocket, all ready to give to her, when she mentioned she didn't feel like celebrating. His comic timing in doing a 360 and putting the box away was perfect. The only thing is, wasn't she was standing in front of a mirror? If so, so she would have seen him do it, wouldn't she?

That's niggle no. 1. A tiny detail, but ....

Niggle no. 2 came when he finally did pluck up the courage to give her his gift, holding it like a shy 10 year old in the throes of a schoolboy crush on his teacher. When she opened it, to reveal a brooch of a red boot (symbolic of the DM's she used to wear)  this strong, level-headed neurosurgeon burst into tears and ran away. This seemed out of character, but I thought, okay, she's recently widowed, emotions are still raw, I get it. 

Then came the explanation. She had a similar brooch given to her by her mother, apparently.

This was when my writer brain went NO, NO, NO!!


MISSED OPPORTUNITY ALERT!!


Now, I don't have a crystal ball, so I don't know what the writers have in store for us, so this is all subjective, BUT, unless Roxanna's mother plays some significant role in the future, SURELY the brooch should have been from HER DEAD HUSBAND. This would have given Henrik a very sharp reminder of her recently-widowed status, and would have accounted much more for the tears and running away. 

Sorry, I just don't understand why they chose for the brooch to be from her mother, when David would have been the obvious person to give her something as symbolic as that. 

Now I have this off my chest, I feel much better. Like I said at the start, it's a Holby Thing. I'd be interested to know if anyone else felt the same. We can discuss it here, as long as everyone remains polite and respectful of others' opinions. (I have to say that, because asshats are everywhere....)

As for Henrik and Roxanna, well, this is Holbyland, so time moves at a different pace. I believe he's been in love with Roxanna since they were at med school, and now they are working together he cannot help the feelings getting stronger. On the other hand, I believe she sees him as a good friend, and all the smiles and kisses and compliments are because she wants to be supportive during his mental challenges, not because she has romantic feelings for him. I fear he may end up alone again, but he will be resigned to it. 

However, whilst we're on the subject, I have an idea. Henrik obviously isn't having a lot of success with women, so it seems natural for him to cast his net a little wider. 

And of course, there a wedding coming up, with Dom and Lofty tying the knot. Presuming no-one dies, and Henrik is chosen to give Dom away (because let's face it, he's been like a surrogate father to him for years,) I have in mind the best opening EVER for a Holby episode. 

The morning after.

A hotel room. Henrik looking in the mirror, straightening his tie, a small smile playing across his lips. 

The shot pans out to reveal a wide, crumpled bed, with a figure under the sheets, asleep. No clue as to the identity or gender of the person. 

Cut to Henrik pouring a cup of Lapsang Souchong, standing on the balcony looking out over the hotel grounds, the marquee and floral arch still standing. His sigh is one of contentment, rather than longing. 

A figure appears in the doorway, wearing a pair of black boxers. Silver hair, nicely muscled, maybe a tattoo or two. He leans against the door jamb, louche and elegant. (I'll call him Hugo, but other names are available.)

Hugo:     You want to do this again sometime?

Henrik:    (after a long pause, takes a sip of tea) Yes, I believe I do.


Or if that's too much for you, then swap "Hugo" for Jac Naylor, presuming she survives. Although with Dr. Death hovering over her like a lugubrious vampire bat, that seems as likely as her copping off with Hanssen at a wedding. 

But her brand of fiery cougaryness maybe just what Hanssen needs. After all, he hasn't had any libidinous fun since 2010.

Poor sod....

Anyway, apart from this small thing, I think the writers, researchers, actors and everyone else involved, do a brilliant job. I love watching Holby each week, so thank you!

As for my particular take on things, I guess it's time to write some more fanfic....


Jayne x














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