Skythane Release Blitz and Review

Author Name: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: Other Worlds Ink

Release Date: Saturday, October 10 2020

Format: Paperback, eBook

Cover Artist: J. Scott Coatsworth / Sleepy Fox Designs

Genres: sci fi, wingfic, LGBTQ

LGBTQ+ Identities: gay, lesbian

Series Title: Liminal Sky: Oberon Cycle

Position in Series: 1

Other Books in the Series:

Lander (book 2)

Ithani (book 3)

1st edition Dreamspinner, March 2017. This edition has a new cover and foreword, but otherwise has not changed.

Book Blurb:

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 Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane 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.

Series Blurb:

Oberon is unique among the Common Worlds – a half-world with a strange past and an uncertain future.

Jameson Havercamp and Xander Kinnson are thrust into the middle of a world-ending event and have to scramble to save the world – and themselves.

Along the way, they peel back the layers of the onion to discover secrets wrapped in secrets that will eventually take them to where it all started – and may provide the key to saving Oberon and everyone on it.

Exclusive Author Interview

What gave you the idea for this book?
I started writing Skythane in the mid-nineties. It wasn’t much after I came out, and I started the story with a gay sex scene, really daring for me at the time and the first gay character I ever wrote. I got a few scenes in and stopped writing – being a pantser at the time, that happened a lot.
Flash forward twenty years. I was looking for something to write in my drawer of “story starters” and “Oberon” caught my eye. I pulled it out and started in on it again. I have no idea where the story would have gone originally, but there was enough there to work with – a half world, a sexy winged man, and a visitor from another world. The rest, as they say, is history.

Is there any character that is based on yourself and who?
Not precisely? Jameson is probably the most like me – a bit shy, a bit nerdy, and wishing he had wings LOL… I’m not a “psych” and I don’t live on an alien planet, but otherwise – identical twins!

What do you use to motivate you to write?
Chocolate. I get an 85% dark chocolate from Trader Joes and break up part of the bar into little pieces. For every scene I complete, I get a piece (though I might cheat a bit now and then). Writing chocolate – it’s totally a thing.

Who or what is your greatest influence?
There are a number of authors who have had a great influence on my writing. Anne McCaffrey, for her flawless blending of fantasy and sci fi (and of course fire lizards); Peter F. Hamilton for his freight trains between worlds and living habitats; Bob Shaw for his Wooden Spaceships; Nancy Springer for the lovely “Larque on the Wing” – and she’s now my Facebook friend! So many more, but what they all have in common is a unique way of looking at the world and/or a unique world that intrigued the hell out of me
as a reader.

What would you like readers to know about you?
I love Oreos and Wild Cherry Pepsi (though I rarely have either anymore). I am married to a wonderful man, together twenty-eight years. Sacramento is now my hometown, though I never imagined living here before we moved. And I used to hate organized religion, but now we have a tacit understanding, and I do wonder what lies beyond the great veil (and play with it in my sci fi from time to time).
Oh, and I’d really love to have you as a fan!


Hold on to your hats folks, this is one great read! I am a diehard sci-fi fantasy fan, and this book delivered on all fronts.

First, the world building was exquisite! Dragged me right into the author’s world and kept me there. And let’s face it, wings? Who hasn’t imagined what it would be like to fly without mechanicals?

This book is not a romance, but it mattered none to the overall feel of the book. The story keeps you engaged and I fell in love with the characters, so I suppose that’s all the love that I needed.

And that epilogue!! Woo boy! That just made me even more determined to continue this journey! Cannot wait to read Lander! Bravo Mr. Coatsworth, BRAVO!

I CANNOT recommend this book highly enough!

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