Charli Coty

LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings

An epiphany…


Hello Snippetteers! Well, yesterday happened. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my accident and I basically spent it enjoying a day-long panic attack. My brain expected something equally catastrophic to happen and wasn’t above reminding me of that every thirty seconds or so. Add in my helplessness in the face of some IRL things and…well, let’s just say I’m glad yesterday is over.

Today I’m snippetting from Not the Doctor, to celebrate that my mature heroes are out of KU! It’s a little longer than 6 sentences, but it’s edited so it shouldn’t hurt much to read them. 🙂


It was almost too much to process…. I’d thought the sexy parts in my life were over, especially with someone like Kai, someone so sweet and full of life. Someone so masculine and also so tender. The sudden thought it could end when the arm healed stole my breath, made my heart pound so hard it seemed ready to burst from my chest. And that’s when a little part of my brain cleared and the room spun.

I hadn’t given much thought to what I was doing. No, that’s not quite true—in the most literal sense. All I’d been thinking about was what I was doing and who I was doing it with, but nothing further. The painkiller-haze kept me from studying the angle of the turn my life had taken and the trajectory of my feelings. All at once it hit me, though, and I realized my heart had been careening down a steep grade for five days, and I’d given no thought to the fact that my brakes were failing. Had failed.


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It’s never too late to find love.


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.


About Charli Coty

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

12 comments on “An epiphany…

  1. darlamsands
    March 24, 2018

    I’m so sorry you suffered an accident and glad you made it through the anniversary. That must have been a very long day. ~hugs~ And I dare say you wrote this lovely piece with a real understanding of perspective. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Writing!

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  2. Nephy Hart
    March 24, 2018

    Sorry you’re having such a hard time. The snippet is lovely. I love to read older characters. They have a whole different perspective on life.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jlgfellers
    March 24, 2018

    It’s amazing how trauma comes back to haunt us. Mine date is 3/17/15… the day my body decided to rebel, landing me in one step from the ICU for days. It turned my life, and my family’s lives upside down. I’ll never fully recover, but here I am writing away, reading your blog, and nodding. Take care, Charli.

    And nice snippet!

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  4. Anne Barwell
    March 24, 2018

    *hugs* Stuff comes up again when we least expect it – sorry you went through that.

    Love the snippet, always very happy to read stores with older characters.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. dalecameronlowry
    March 24, 2018

    Yesterday sounds tough. I’m so glad you’re still here!

    And I loved the snippet. Even us mature folks can have intense emotions and get confused about the next step to take.

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  6. AM
    March 24, 2018

    (((hugs))) Anniversaries are hard.

    Great snippet. I love that last line so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rhodrymavelyne
    March 24, 2018

    Intense! Also hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. jlmerrow
    March 25, 2018

    Yeah, there’ s no age limit on getting in too deep before you know it! 🙂


  9. laurasusanjohnson
    March 26, 2018

    The worst day of my life was 29 August 2013. I’d never had a more horrible panic attack. It came 2 mos. after nodules were found on my left lung and I was diagnosed with heart problems. Your snippet so honestly describes the emotions of a panic attack, and gives words to an event that, while happening, is beyond words.


  10. janadenardo
    March 30, 2018

    Sorry that day was so rough. Loved the snippet though.


  11. Antonia Aquilante
    March 31, 2018

    I’m sorry you had such a difficult day. I really enjoyed your snippet, though.


  12. Addison Albright
    March 31, 2018

    I like mature heroes tales. This looks good! ❤


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