Charli Coty

LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings

A marginally fabulous snippet…


Hola Snippetteers!

I’m sharing from a different story this week, the first in my Mature Heroes bundle~Not the Doctor. Time for a little love for the over-40 crowd~which is fitting personally because Kiddo’s birthday is Monday and mine is coming up.

Another reason to share from that book is because I’ve signed a contract to publish the story that was originally written to be in it! Not sure when it’ll be published, but NineStar Press has picked up my Portland Rock & Roll Half-Marathon story! That’s not the title–I’ll share that when I have a pub date… or a cover. Not sure. 😉


Okay, set-up here is pretty simple: this is from Kai’s POV, he was forced to retire early from his career as a chef due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, and is contemplating his crush on the silver fox living next-door.


The pacing wouldn’t come without a price, so it made sense to get some chores done at the same time. Laundry first, then kitchen. I caught sight of my reflection in the overhead microwave and stopped, pointing a finger at that stupid guy staring back at me. That guy with no self-control and delusions of grandeur, like a marginally more-fabulous version of Walter Mitty.

“You promised. No more falling for straight guys. So just stop it.”



Thanks for reading!

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Be My Love: Two Mature Heroes Tales

Available on KU for a limited time.

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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.





About Charli Coty

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

11 comments on “A marginally fabulous snippet…

  1. rhodrymavelyne
    February 17, 2018

    A bittersweet, charming moment of introspection which makes me want to hug your hero.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. darlamsands
    February 17, 2018

    I adore when characters self deprecate (to a reasonable degree ~grin~). Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charli Coty
      February 17, 2018

      Thanks for commenting! He knows his worth, just gets frustrated at times. ❤


  3. quinbysideshow
    February 17, 2018

    Love stories for us over 40’s, and I love him already.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charli Coty
      February 17, 2018

      Thanks for commenting! I love writing older heroes, they have depth & know what they want. Getting it isn’t any easier, but at least they know. *lol*


  4. janadenardo
    February 17, 2018

    Having had to retire (and find a new career) for medical reason I already feel for him. I liked his bit of self deprecating introspection here (and congrats on the contract).


  5. Addison Albright
    February 17, 2018

    Aww, poor Kai. But he’s not breaking his promise if the guy doesn’t turn out to be straight! 💕


  6. laurasusanjohnson
    February 17, 2018

    Having an autoimmune disease, I can relate to Kai’s woes. As far as his love life, what a quandry, poor dear! ❤


  7. Kasia Bacon
    February 17, 2018

    Aww. Not so straight, after all, I hope though… 😉


  8. Lex Valentine
    February 17, 2018

    Aw. He sounds like a great hero. I just wanna hug him.


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