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andrew potter
This year was really HUGE! more than 300 books, more than 100 judges, all over the world (even for the first time Australia), and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and a lot of self-published authors. I loved it, and I know the judges loved it too!

First of all a big thank to all the judges who helped me to arrive to this result:

Alisha, Alan, Alannah, Aleksandr, Ali, Amie, Anke, Anna, Anne, Antonella, Aoife, Arch, Audrey, Austin, Aya, Barbara, Benjamin, Bethann, Bobby, Carey, Carol, Caroline, Cassandra, Cherie, Chris, Clare, Dan, Danielle, Danika, Dawn, Debra, Ellis, EM, Erotic Horizon, Ethan D., Ethan S., Eve, Gillian, Graeme, Heidi C., Heidi F., Helen, J.P., James, Jamie, Janet, Janice, Jason, Jem, Jenna, Jenre, Jerry, Jessica, Joanne, Jodie, Johnny, Jorgi-Anne, Josephine, Josh, Júlia, Juli-Anna, Julie, Juni, K.C., Kate C., Kate Mc., Kathy, Kelli, Kenley, Kimberly, Kirsten, Kris, Lee, Lia, Lidya, Lily, Lori, Luce, Lyne, Marilyn, Matt, Melanie, Melissa, Merith, Michelle, Mick, Minami, Mitzie, Molly, Morg, Norma, Penny, Perpetua, R.J., Rachel Mc., Rachel T., Rosemary "Ro", Rosie, Ryan, Sally, Sandra, Shanna, Signy, Stacey, Stacia, Steve, Susan, T.C., Tammy, Theresa, Tim, Uli, Verena, Will, Z.A. (http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1268574.html)

A special thank you to the special jury for the Rainbow Award Cover Contest: Debra, Dylan Rosser, Jack Mackenroth, Jesse Archer, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.



And as always a big thank you to the Publishers which allow me and the judges to have all the books for the reading phase:

A&M Books, Agate Publishing, Ai Press, Amber Quill Press, Aquarius Publishing, Awe-Struck Publishing, Bedazzled Ink, Bella Books, Blue Feather Books, Bold Strokes Books, Breathless Press, Bristlecone Pine Press, Carina Press, Carnal Passions, Chelsea Station Editions, Cheyenne Publishing, Circlet Press, Cleis Press, Dreamspinner Press, Drollerie Press, Dundurn Press, Ellora's Cave, Excessica Publishing, Fanny Press, Featherweight Press, Fierce Publishing, Guiltless Pleasure Publishing, JCP Books, JMS Books, Kensington Books, Less Than Three Press, Lethe Press, Loose Id, Love in Dark Settings Press, Loveyoudivine Alterotica, Manifold Press, MLR Press, Modern History Press, Nazca Plains Corporation, Night Publishing, Noble Romance Publishing, Ormidon Publishing, P.D. Publishing, Parker Publishing, Pink Petal Books, Prizm Books, Random House, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Ride the Rainbow Books, Romance Unbound, Samhain Publishing, Sapphire Books, Senneff House Publishers, Shadow City Press, Silver Publishing, Storm Moon Press, Stowarzyszenie Lambda Warszawa, The Sofawolf Press, Torquere Books, Total-e-Bound, Triquarterly Books, TVB Publishing, Unnormal Normalcy, Untreed Reads Publishing, Wheatmark, Wicked Nights, Wildcat Press

And now what all you are waiting, the 2011 Rainbow Awards. And the awards go to:



Best LGBT Coming of Age / Young Adult

1) Robin Reardon - The Evolution of Ethan Poe
2) David-Matthew Barnes – Mesmerized
3) Catherine Ryan Hyde - Jumpstart the World

Honourable Mention:

4) Elliott DeLine – Refuse
5) Tracey Pennington – Awake
6) Andrew Ashling - A Dish Served Cold
7) Greg Herren - Sleeping Angel
8) Jeff Erno – Bullied
9) K.E. Payne - 365 Days
10) J.p. Barnaby - Little Boy Lost, Enlightened

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1460257.html

Best Gay Contemporary Erotica

1) Heidi Cullinan - Nowhere Ranch
2) Claire Thompson - The Cowboy Poet
3) L.A. Witt - With the Band

Honourable Mention:

4-tie) Doug Starr - Wrestling With Love
Fyn Alexander - Angel and the Assassin
6) Todd Gregory - Games Frat Boys Play (Greg Herren)
7) Michael Willhoite - The Venetian Boy
8) Dale Chase - The Company He Keeps
9) Michele L Montgomery - Lethal Obsession, Caged
10) Cheryl Dragon - Backing Brian

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1460500.html

Best Lesbian Contemporary Erotica

1) Roscoe James - Dancing with Venus
2) Christine Hall Volkoff - Travels Through Love And Time
3) Lesley Gowan - The Collectors

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1460912.html

Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction

1) Alan Chin - Match Maker
2) Lee Houck – Yield
3) Jameson Currier - The Third Buddha

Honourable Mention:

4) Rob Rosen – Sparkle
5) Mel Bossa – Split
6) Michael Alenyikov - Ivan and Misha: stories
7) Eden Winters - Settling the Score
8) Timothy Wang – Slant
9) Kathryn Shay - The Perfect Family
10) Susan Roebuck - Perfect Score

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1461194.html

Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction

1) Farzana Doctor - Six Metres of Pavement
2) Clifford Henderson - Maye's Request
3) Martha Miller - Retirement Plan

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1461272.html

Best Gay Contemporary Romance

1) Sloan Parker – Breathe
2) Kimberly Gardner - Too Soon For Love
3-tie) A.B. Gayle – Caught
Ally Blue - These Haunted Heights

Honourable Mention:

5) Anel Viz - P'tit Cadeau
6) R.J. Scott - The Christmas Throwaway
7-tie) Sue Brown - Nothing Ever Happens
Heidi Cullinan - Dance with Me
9-tie) Feliz Faber - City Falcon
Mickie B. Ashling – Momentos
Amy Lane - Living Promises
Anah Crow & Dianne Fox - One Real Thing
M. King - Light and Water
Katrina Strauss - Sonoran Heat

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1461525.html

Best Lesbian Contemporary Romance

1) Robin Summers - After the Fall
2-tie) Colette Moody - Parties in Congress
Q. Kelly - Strange Bedfellows
3) Karis Walsh – Harmony

Honourable Mention:

5) Lisa Girolami - Jane Doe
6) Bobbi Marolt - Loving Liz
7) Lesley Davis - Playing Passion’s Game
8) Radclyffe – Firestorm
9-tie) Rachel Spangler - The Long Way Home
D.L. Line - Head Trip

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1461919.html

Best Bisexual/Transgender Contemporary

1) Justine Saracen - Sarah, Son of God
2) Ryan Loveless - Building Arcadia
3) Ben Monopoli - The Cranberry Hush

Honourable Mention:

4) Tomas Mournian – Hidden
5) Giselle Renarde - My Mistress's Thighs

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1462137.html

Best Gay Fantasy

1-tie) Marie Sexton - Song Of Oestend
Dusk Peterson - The Eternal Dungeon
2) Jay Bell - Hell's Pawn
3) Lee Benoit – Moonspun

Honourable Mention:

5) Cecilia Tan - The Prince's Boy
6) Scarlet Hyacinth - Bed and Breakfast
7-tie) Sasha L. Miller - Stolen Hearts
Amy Lane - Hammer & Air
Kannan Feng - Lord of Misrule
10-tie) Kyell Gold - Isolation Play
Brandon Witt - Submerging Inferno

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1462385.html

Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Fantasy

1) Barbara Davies - Bourn's Edge
2) Andi Marquette - A Matter of Blood
3) JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff - Hellebore and Rue

Honourable Mention:

4) Erica Lawson - The Chronicles of Ratha, Children of the Noorthi
5) Sarah Diemer - The Dark Wife

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1462638.html

Best Bisexual/Transgender Sci-Fi / Paranormal / Fantasy

1) L.A. Witt – Static
2) Penelope Friday – Thrace
3) Lauren P. Burka - Up For Grabs 2

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1462807.html

Best LGBT Historical

1-tie) Marten Weber - Benedetto Casanova, The Memoirs
Tamara Allen - The Only Gold
2) Tracy Rowan - Suffer the Little Children
3-tie) Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon - The Nobleman and the Spy
Erastes - Mere Mortals

Honourable Mention:

6) Erastes - Last Gasp
7-tie) Rowan McAllister - A Devil's Own Luck
Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon - House of Mirrors
9) Morgan Cheshire - Solemn Contract
10) KC Warwick - Prove a Villain

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1463174.html

Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller

1) J.M. Redmann - Water Mark
2) Greg Herren & J.M. Redmann - Women of the Mean Streets
3-tie) Julie Bozza - The Definitive Albert J. Sterne
EM Lynley - Rarer Than Rubies

Honourable Mention:

5) John F. Rooney - Unprotected Love
6) Marshall Thornton - Boystown 3
7-tie) JoAnne Soper-Cook - Willing Flesh
L.A. Witt - Cover Me
Marshall Thornton - Desert Run
10) Greg Herren - Who Dat Whodunnit

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1463514.html

Best Gay Paranormal / Horror

1) Megan Derr – Midnight
2) Belinda McBride - Blacque Bleu
3) Timothy McGivney – Zombielicious

Honourable Mention:

4) Andrew Wolter - Much of Madness, More of Sin
5-tie) Lex Valentine - Breathe Me In
Lee Thomas - The German
7-tie) Angel Martinez - A Different Breed
EM Lynley - Wicked Good
9-tie) J.L. Merrow – Camwolf
Storm Grant - Shift Happens

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1463684.html

Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror

1) Meghan O'Brien – Wild
2) L.L. Raand - Blood Hunt
3) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam – nevermore

Honourable Mention:

4) Winter Pennington - Darkness Embraced
5) Cate Culpepper - River Walker

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1463813.html

Best Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic

1-tie) CC Bridges - Angel 1089
Aleksandr Voinov & Rhianon Etzweiler - Dark Edge of Honor
M.J. O'Shea - Dark Sun
2) Amy Lane - A Solid Core of Alpha
3) Aislinn Kerry - Double Feature

Honourable Mention:

6) Chris Quinton - Fool’s Errand (Fool’s Odyssey Trilogy 1)
7) Jordan Castillo Price - Zero Hour
8) Anne Barwell - Cat's Quill
9-tie) Chris Quinton – Starfall
Stevie Woods - Other Worlds

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1464237.html

Best LGBT Non Fiction

1-tie) Fay Jacobs - For Frying Out Loud
Patricia Nell Warren - My West
2) Felice Picano - True Stories
3) Dorien Grey - Short Circuits, A Life in Blogs

Honourable Mention:

5) Belo Miguel Cipriani – Blind

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1464445.html

Best 2011 LGBT Cover

1) Visible Friend by Anne Cain
2) Moonlight, Tiger, and Smoke by Mara McKennen
3-tie) City Falcon by Reese Dante
Isolation Play by Blotch

Honourable Mention:

5) Something Like Summer by Andreas Bell
6) Dangerous Man
7) Apples and Regret and Wasted Time by Nathie
8-tie) Angel 1089 by Kanaxa
Arabesque by Ms. Rosek
Hellebore and Rue by Vasilis Akoinoglou
Some Kind of Magic by Paul Richmond
Black Gold by P.L. Nunn

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1464606.html

Best Plot Development

1) Sloan Parker – Breathe
2) Meghan O'Brien – Wild
3) Robin Reardon - The Evolution of Ethan Poe

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1465074.html

Best Setting Development

1-tie) Tamara Allen - The Only Gold
Andrew Wolter - Much of Madness, More of Sin
2-tie) Dusk Peterson - The Eternal Dungeon
Karis Walsh – Harmony
Anel Viz - P'tit Cadeau
3-tie) Meghan O'Brien – Wild
Lisa Girolami - Jane Doe

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1465225.html

Best Characters Development

1-tie) Sloan Parker – Breathe
Marie Sexton - Song Of Oestend
2-tie) Meghan O'Brien – Wild
Robin Reardon - The Evolution of Ethan Poe
3-tie) Felice Picano - True Stories
Colette Moody - Parties in Congress
Lee Houck – Yield
Heidi Cullinan - Nowhere Ranch

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1465593.html

Best Writing Style

1-tie) Tracy Rowan - Suffer the Little Children
Karis Walsh – Harmony
2) Robin Reardon - The Evolution of Ethan Poe
3-tie) Sloan Parker – Breathe
Tamara Allen - The Only Gold

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1465714.html

One Perfect Rate (Honorable Mention)

Adam Fitzroy - Stage Whispers
Amy Meister - Rainbow in the Dark
Andy Frankham-Allen – Seeker
Barry Brennessel – Tinseltown
Carole Cummings - Aisling 1, Guardian
Carsen Taite - Nothing But The Truth
Clare London - 72 Hours
Damon Suede - Hot Head
David Pratt - Bob the Book
Eric Arvin - Woke Up in a Strange Place
Erin Dutton - Reluctant Hope
Gill McKnight - Indigo Moon
Jamie Fessenden - The Christmas Wager
Kate McMurray - Blind Items
Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Dying to Live
Lea Santos - Picture Imperfect
Nathan Goh - Blame It On The Raging Hormones
Natasha LaBrake - Vows From Darkness
Reiko Morgan - Over The Mountain of the Moon
Rowan Speedwell - Kindred Hearts
Shane Allison - Black Fire, Gay African-American Erotica
V.K. Powell - Justifiable Risk
Yolanda Wallace - Rum Spring

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1466048.html

Best Bisexual/Transgender Debut Novel

1) Ryan Loveless - Building Arcadia
2) Elliott DeLine – Refuse
3) Ben Monopoli - The Cranberry Hush

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1466355.html

Best Gay Debut Novel/Book

1) Lee Houck – Yield
2) Timothy McGivney – Zombielicious
3) Morgan Cheshire - Solemn Contract

Honourable Mention:

4) Feliz Faber - City Falcon
5) Mel Bossa – Split
6-tie) R.A. Padmos – Ravages
Sophia Deri-Bowen - Young Man in Paris
Michael Alenyikov - Ivan and Misha: stories
Kannan Feng - Lord of Misrule
Belo Miguel Cipriani – Blind

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1466555.html

Best Lesbian Debut Novel

1) Robin Summers - After the Fall
2) Karis Walsh – Harmony
3) Mary Griggs - Unbroken Circle

Honourable Mention:

4) Christine Hall Volkoff - Travels Through Love And Time
5-tie) Sophia Kell Hagin - Whatever Gods May Be
K.E. Payne - 365 Days

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1466724.html

Best Bisexual/Transgender Novel

1-tie) Justine Saracen - Sarah, Son of God
Catherine Ryan Hyde - Jumpstart the World
2) Ryan Loveless - Building Arcadia
3) Elliott DeLine – Refuse

Honourable Mention:

5) John F. Rooney - Unprotected Love
6) Marshall Thornton - Desert Run
7) Ben Monopoli - The Cranberry Hush
8) Tomas Mournian – Hidden
9) L.A. Witt – Static
10-tie) Giselle Renarde - My Mistress's Thighs
Penelope Friday – Thrace

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1467091.html

Best Gay Novel/Book

1) Sloan Parker – Breathe
2) Robin Reardon - The Evolution of Ethan Poe
3-tie) Tamara Allen - The Only Gold
Marten Weber - Benedetto Casanova, The Memoirs

Honourable Mention:

5) Tracy Rowan - Suffer the Little Children
6) Alan Chin - Match Maker
7) Felice Picano - True Stories
8-tie) Marie Sexton - Song Of Oestend
Dusk Peterson - The Eternal Dungeon
10) Jay Bell - Hell's Pawn

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1467326.html

Best Lesbian Novel/Book

1) Meghan O'Brien – Wild
2) Fay Jacobs - For Frying Out Loud
3) Barbara Davies - Bourn's Edge

Honourable Mention:

4) Robin Summers - After the Fall
5-tie) Colette Moody - Parties in Congress
Q. Kelly - Strange Bedfellows
7) Karis Walsh – Harmony
8) Farzana Doctor - Six Metres of Pavement
9-tie) J.M. Redmann - Water Mark
Lisa Girolami - Jane Doe

Link: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1467562.html This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1363559.html.

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