The River City Chronicles

The River City Chronicles

by J. Scott Coatsworth

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Overview

The River City Chronicles by J. Scott Coatsworth

A group of strangers meets at Ragazzi, an Italian restaurant, for a cooking lesson that will change them all. They quickly become intertwined in each other's lives, and a bit of magic touches each of them.

Meet Dave, the consultant who lost his partner; Matteo and Diego, the couple who run the restaurant; recently-widowed Carmelina; Marcos, a web designer getting too old for hook-ups; Ben, a trans author writing the Great American Novel; teenager Marissa, kicked out for being bi; and Sam and Brad, a May-September couple who would never have gotten together without a little magic of their own.

Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732307506
Publisher: Mongoose on the Loose dba Other Worlds Ink
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Series: River City , #1
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 410,647
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

I live with my husband of 26 years (Mark, below right) in a leafy Sacramento, California suburb, in a little yellow house with a brick fireplace and a couple pink flamingoes out front.
As a writer, I've always occupied the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by my mother at the tender age of nine, I devoured her library. But as I grew up and read the golden age classics and more modern works as well, I began to wonder where all the people like me were.
After I came out at twenty three, I decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories I couldn't find at Waldenbooks. If there weren't many gay characters in my favorite genres, I would reimagine them myself, populating them with men who loved men. I would subvert them and remake them to my own ends. And if I was lucky enough, someone else would want to read the things I wrote.
My friends say my brain works a little differently - I sees relationships between things that others miss, and get more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. Although I was born an introvert, I learned to reach outside himself and connect with others like me.
I write stories that subvert expectations, that seek to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something new and unexpected. I also run both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with my husband Mark, sites that bring people like us together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects our own reality.
I was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and my debut novel "Skythane" received two awards and an honorable mention.
My writing, whether queer romance or genre fiction (or a little bit of both) brings a queer energy to my stories, infusing them with love, beauty and power and making them soar. I imagine a world that could be, and in the process, maybe changes the world that is, just a little.

Table of Contents

Foreword

List of Characters

1. Ragazzi

2. The Redhead

3. On The Street

4. The Everyday Grind

5. Four For Lunch

6. Piadina

7. Connections Made

8. Ravioli Daydreams

9. Sparkle

10. The Dish Room

11. Secrets

12. Saturday In Hell

13. Nathan

14. Lazy Sunday Morning

15. Entourage

16. Memory Of The Heart

17. The X Street Mafia

18. The Lottery

19. Caramel

20. Change

21. Mamma

22. Back To School

23. Now Or Never

24. Breaking Point

25. Encounters

26. No Matter What

27. Leftovers

28. La Luna

29. Between The Lines

30. The Outcasts Society

31. Lunch With Max

32. Three Tables

33. Making Piadine

34. Making Passatelli

35. Making Apple Fritters

36. In Threes

37. Sister Clara

38. Two Dates

39. Outcasts And Vagabonds

40. First Date

41. Secrets Shared

42. Fast Food And Late Nights

43. Is Something Burning?

44. A Proposal

45. Baggage

46. Exorcising The Past

47. Salt To Taste

48. A Little Advice

49. Just A Second

50. The Time We Have

51. ’Doptermonster Blues

52. Fifteen Minutes

53. Where The Truth Lies

54. ’Riss And Tris

55. Empty

56. The Adolescent Army

57. Rice And Roses

58. The Box Of Hopes And Dreams

59. Green Light

60. Whiplash

61. Tequila Courage

62. At The Zoo

63. Descendents

64. People Have It Off

65. In His Court

66. Home

67. The Accidental Chef

68. Tribes

69. Office Hours

70. Weekiversary

71. Now I Know

72. Screw All The Rest

73. Moonset

74. Tell Me When

75. Alone With A Boy

76. Bring Him Home

77. The Aftermath

78. Always Right

79. First Day

80. Weird

81. Normal

82. Something To Look Forward To

83. Broken Wing

84. Lord Love A Duck

85. The Link

86. Three For Coffee

87. How To Make A Good Sauce

88. It’s Kinda Nice

89. News

90. Scars

91. Karma

92. Cazzo

93. Making It Right

94. Memories And Plans

95. What He Wanted

96. Two Dates At Formoli

97. Ragu And Regrets

98. Behind Enemy Lines

99. You Only Turn Eighteen Once

100. Maybe The Future

101. The Big Day

102. Alla Fine

Recipes

Acknowledgments

About the Author 453

Also by J. Scott Coatsworth 455

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