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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (451-460)

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451) Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes - The Trust
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372554X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725542
Amazon: The Trust
Amazon Kindle: The Trust

Eight years ago, Jake Anders was a college kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Then Trace Michelson recruited him into The Trust, a CIA-backed agency whose "executives" eliminate rogue biotechnology operations. Trace was everything Jake ever wanted in a man: powerful, brilliant, and gorgeous. But Jake never admitted his attraction to his mentor, and Trace always kept Jake at arm's length. Now Trace is dead and Jake is one of The Trust's best operatives, highly skilled and loyal to the organization. But the secret agent has his own secret: six years ago, before he was assassinated, Trace designed a Sim chip containing his memories and experiences-and now that chip is part of Jake. It's just data, designed to augment Jake's knowledge, but when Sim becomes reality, Jake wonders if Trace is still alive or if Jake really is going crazy like everyone claims. He doesn't know if he can trust himself, let alone anyone else. To learn the truth about Trace and the chip, Jake embarks on a dangerous mission-except he's not the only one looking for the information. Some of the answers are locked in his head, and unless he finds the key, he'll be killed for the technology that's become a part of him.

452) Charlie Cochet - The Auspicious Troubles of Chance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 19, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

Chance Irving is a young man with a gift for getting into trouble—not surprising, as trouble is all he’s ever known. After losing everything he held dear one fateful night, he decides to leave New York and his past behind, and joins the French Foreign Legion. But even in Algiers, Chance can’t seem to shake his old ways, and he ends up being transferred to a unit made up of misfits and rabble-rousers like him—a unit he finds just in time to be captured and thrown into a cell with his new commandant, Jacky Valentine. A highly respected commandant with a soft spot for hard luck cases, Jacky is the kind of guy who would go to war for you, and the three equally troubled youths from his unit he’s more or less adopted feel the same way about him. Suddenly Chance starts to think that his life doesn’t have to be as desolate and barren as the wastelands around him. But even after their escape, with the promise of a future with Jacky to buoy his spirits, or maybe because of it, Chance can’t stop making mistakes. He disobeys orders, lashes out at the boys in Jacky’s care, and blazes a trail of self-destruction across the desert—until someone makes him realize he’s hurting more than just himself.

453) Joely Skye - Running Wild
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (May 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619211378
ISBN-13: 978-1619211377
Amazon: Running Wild (Northern Shifters)
Amazon Kindle: Running Wild (Northern Shifters)

The road to believing can be one wild ride. A Northern Shifters book. Seamus O’Connor thought his friendship with Zachariah Smithson was just that—a relationship born on one horrific night seven years ago. He never thought he’d end up inheriting the old man’s farm. Tons of chores and hard work are nothing new for Seamus. The farm comes equipped with all he needs—and something he didn’t expect. Unsettling, late-night visits from Zachariah’s grandson Ri, a man who appears and disappears like a ghost. Ri has had little contact with the outside world, with good reason. Horse shifters aren’t any human’s idea of normal. Plus, he’s wary of being the next target of the werewolves who took his twin brother. Trust his matchmaking grandfather to give him a reason to come home—Seamus. As Seamus gradually learns the truth of Ri’s life, their relationship tentatively grows—and danger grows closer. For it was Ri who rescued Seamus on that terrible night long ago. Seamus is about to realize he’s had his own encounters with werewolves. He just doesn’t know it—yet.

454) John H. Ames - Surviving Elite High
Publisher: Imperial Pride: Imprint of Dare Empire eMedia Productions (June 18, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Surviving Elite High

John Henry Ames is a sixteen-year-old boy from a small New Jersey town. John is humble, shy and studious. He lives as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. On the verge of dropping out of school due to overdue payments, a teacher enrolls him in a tutoring program where he meets the school’s star quarterback and hero, Nick Anthony Hawking. Since he was doing poorly in several subjects, Nick needs John's help to pass and graduate high school. As John becomes closer to the jock, he develops a strong affection towards him even though Nick has a strong reputation of sleeping around with a lot of women. Nick becomes his friend and protector in school. Their sincere friendship helps to bring out the best in each of them. Several tragedies, like a school shooting, threaten to change their young lives forever. Will they follow their own voice or return to the safety of their own shadows? Surviving Elite High is a breathtaking saga that illustrates a flourishing same-sex love, family, and friendship.

455) Jennifer Lynne - Aphrodite Calling
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love)

A modern-day transsexual woman and a mythological god is an unusual pairing, but the alluring power of Aphrodite works in the most mysterious ways. Sometimes it takes the power of the gods to reveal the woman within... Thirty-two year old Gina is forced to confront her fears when she attends a high school reunion. Born within a male body, she spent her childhood and teen years living as a boy, and has only now returned in an effort to put the past behind her so she can begin to live life without the continuing fear of loneliness and rejection. Himeros is one of the erotes, an aspect of Eros, and as such it is his duty to answer the call of sexual desire whenever a human needs him. But he has been living among mortals too long and his energy has waned. When he decides to accept one last call he finds a woman who is unique. A woman who answers his own call and offers everything he desires. A woman who understands the whole human experience, from every perspective. Has he finally found the one with whom even a god of desire could find fulfilment? Forever, after all, is such a long time to be alone.

456) Marie Sexton - Saviours Of Oestend
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (August 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781845123
ISBN-13: 978-1781845127
Amazon: Saviours of Oestend
Amazon Kindle: Saviours of Oestend

Life on the prairie has never been easy, but now Oestend itself seems bent on destruction. Banished from the BarChi by the man he loves, Dante Pane must find a way to rebuild his life and heal his broken heart. Unable to love women, afraid to love men, Dante wants only to find some peace. But peace is hard to come by in Oestend. Dante’s new home reeks of death, he can’t keep his ranch hands in line, and his new cook is taking over his house. As if that’s not enough, strange occurrences plague the prairie—dead animals, unnatural weather, and voices riding wind. Dante is determined to persevere, but it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than his ranch. All of Oestend is at risk, unless somebody can set things right. With the help of his faithful ranch hands, Frances and Simon, and the combined strength of friends, both old and new, Dante will fight for his life, his home, and the heart of the one he loves.

457) Clancy Nacht & Tuesday Euclid - Celibacy NOW
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 26, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Celibacy NOW

In order increase his commission on a condo sale, realtor Marshall Albright accepts a bet that he can bed Luke Withers, a computer programmer and evangelizing member of a “true love waits” singles group. The group, called Celibacy NOW, is led by Eric Jones, a shady older man who Marshall thinks is abusing his position in the group to date Luke. It doesn't take long before Luke finds out about Marshall's bet, but by then Marshall wants more than a one-night stand. His jealousy toward Eric leads him to uncover that the man Luke trusts most may be dealing drugs to kids. Even if he's blown his chance to be with Luke, Marshall worries for his safety. Can Marshall find a way to make things right and rescue Luke from Eric?

458) Cherie Noel - Incongruent Angel
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (July 9, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Incongruent Angel (Liquid Sin)

Travis and Aaron share a terrible sorrow in the form of Timothy—brother to one, best friend to the other, tragically taken from them. One man struggles with an overwhelming guilt, convinced he is solely at fault. The other wrestles with a burning desire to protect his fellow band-mate that leaves him caught between an abyss of never ending sorrow and the shining hope of a forever kind of love. Teetering on the brink of discovering that everything they always thought they knew about one another is nothing like the truth, these two men live through a handful days that will redefine the shape of their lives.

459) Kaje Harper - Into Deep Waters
Paperback: 172 pages
Language: English

Two young men stand in the riveted steel doorway of a ship. The one inside the doorway is young and classically handsome, hatless, with wavy dark hair falling over his forehead. His eyes are narrowed against the sunlight and a small smile hovers on his lips as he braces himself in the doorframe. The man in front of him is younger still. His attractiveness is more the flush of youth and good health than perfection of features. He grins, squinting in the brightness, dressed in the white hat and shirt of the WWII US Navy. Although the two men stand only casually close together, the sailor in front has one hand raised, over his shoulder, to keep a firm grip on the shirt of the man in the doorway behind him.

460) Amy Lane - Sidecar
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372568X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725689
Amazon: Sidecar
Amazon Kindle: Sidecar

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they're both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn't be is alone.

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