Charli Coty

LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings

A dreamy little snippet…

I am so happy it’s the final Caturday of 2017! This is the weekend everything turns around—at least for me. I’ve added over 4,000 new words to my WIP over the past two days. It feels damned good.

But I’m not snippetting from that today. I’m going back to Jake from A Sunday Kind of Love, one of the novelettes in Be My Love: Two Mature Heroes Tales. This is part of a dream, so that’s why it’s italicized. It’s also a little longer than 6 sentences so feel free to skip it if you want to.


Jake had been thirty-going-on-seventeen, still just a pup at heart, when a guy he knew from session work asked if he’d be interested in rounding out a piano trio. When Jake nodded, Sam said to bring his double bass to their loft. It turned out to really be an audition. He almost hadn’t brought the instrument he’d inherited from his mother and dragged across an ocean and then an entire continent so he wouldn’t starve. He almost hadn’t gone. Even though he played the pronoun game, Sam was definitely in a relationship and Jake wasn’t sure he felt up to the drama of cheating, even with someone that hot. He’d walked in, pulled his bass from its case, turned around to face the Steinway and the small drum kit sitting in the middle of the floor and seen the face of God on the man sitting quietly in a chair across the room.


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It’s never too late to find love. These two novelettes showcase mature heroes finding happiness…and a little more.


A moment of distraction on a lonely highway leaves middle-aged widower Joe Prescott with a broken arm and in need of surgery. He’s no stranger to long hours spent alone in his apartment, but until his arm heals, independence will be a luxury. Joe is used to helping others and doesn’t realize the strength it takes to accept a helping hand, especially from the neighbor he’s had a crush on since he moved in.

Kai Hosino, “retired” chef, lives with his elderly Aunt Tilly so they can help each other navigate life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Kai is drawn to the silver fox next door, but his painful history of falling for straight men makes him hesitant to take a chance.


Jake McKynnie, middle-aged jazz musician, has the chops to solo—in every sense of the word. He’s living a lonely life in LA, convinced that’s the best he can expect. DJ, the boy who calls him Dad, turns up the day after his high school graduation like a sucker punch from the past. DJ grew up in a small Oregon town with his mom and stepdad, but now he’s come to Los Angeles with big dreams of becoming an actor. He’s not above doing a little matchmaking for his lonely father while he’s at it. Their celebratory trip to the salon could be the catalyst for Jake’s duet with the enigmatic stylist, Mason. If Mason sticks around long enough to replace the ghost from Jake’s past.

2nd Edition: both stories were previously published under the name Charley Descoteaux, content has not been updated substantially.


Happy New Year!




About Charli Coty

Charli has survived droughts, earthquakes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

12 comments on “A dreamy little snippet…

  1. rhodrymavelyne
    December 29, 2017

    A beautiful finish to 2017, Charli…both your snippet and your image. (heart)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. AM
    December 30, 2017

    A beautiful snippet. Ah, I do love stories about musicians.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charli Coty
      December 31, 2017

      I’m glad, because I’ve written way too many stories about musicians (and have more planned). 😀
      Thanks for commenting! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. janadenardo
    December 30, 2017

    seen the face of God on the man sitting quietly in a chair across the room – Oh is that a wonderful line (and congrats on knocking out all those words.)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Addison Albright
    December 30, 2017

    I like Jake’s code, not wanting to be party to cheating.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charli Coty
      December 31, 2017

      His reasons may not be the purest, but they get the job done. Or not done… 🙂
      Thanks for visiting, Addison! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  5. debbiemcgowan
    December 31, 2017

    A double bass is a heck of an instrument to haul around… Can’t wait to read this story (I too have a soft spot for musicians). I’ve got it loaded on my Kindle already. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Antonia Aquilante
    January 6, 2018

    Nice snippet. I love that last line.


  7. louiselyons013
    January 6, 2018

    I do love Jake, I really want him to find happiness 🙂


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