elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 31 to 40

31. Glenda Poulter - Welcome Home (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Contemporary

Shelby Livingston left home thirty years ago, vowing never to permanently return. But she’s tired of her itinerant lifestyle as a photojournalist and is ready to settle down and stay in one place. When she learns of a position on the staff of a magazine near her hometown of Yancey, SC, she decides to bid on it and returns for an interview just in time for her 30th high school reunion. Memories of her senior year in high school flood back. She remembers all the pain she felt as the Six – Howie, Carolyn, Melissa, Kara, Naomi, and Shelby – were split apart, first through betrayal and then through departure. Shelby has to face the ghosts and the demons from her past. Will she be able to forgive them, living and dead, so that she can finally settle down in one place?

32. Mickie B. Ashling - Cutting Cords (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary

When Sloan Driscoll and Cole Fujiwara become reluctant roommates, neither man is willing to share too much. Sloan is instantly attracted to Cole but knows it's a hopeless cause; Cole has a steady girlfriend. But one night they share a joint, and Cole opens a window neither anticipated. A relationship may be impossible—both men are living with heart-breaking secrets. While Sloan is smart, sassy, and a brilliant graphic artist, he’s also a pothead with severe body image problems. Cole, a former major league pitcher, has his own personal crisis: he's going blind. Sloan and Cole are suffering on so many levels, they might not realize that the ultimate salvation could be within each other’s arms.

33. Kimberly Gardner - Bound To Please (MLR Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Brought together for pleasure, bound together by love. Jason doesn't do monogamy, and as a much sought-after Dom he doesn't have to. But when he gets the chance to play with Benny, his sweet young assistant who wants only to please him, Jason holds back. Benny's no sub, but for a chance to be with the sexy Dom he's sure he can change. Except he's only fooling himself, and deep down he knows it. Enter Rain, a sexy badboy who's got a taste for the lash and pretty young things, like Benny. What's a man to do when the two men he lusts after are determined that even a hook-up is not in the cards? Why, orchestrate one single night of pleasure, of course. But when the whip comes down, and one night isn't enough, it's love, not leather, that's bound to please.

34. Dawn Kimberly Johnson - Broken (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Contemporary

Alec Sumner is fleeing yet another broken heart. By moving to London, he hopes to find peace and a fresh start. While shopping with a friend on a busy London street, he sees his chance, embodied in a mysterious young man with soulful blue eyes and a bad leg. Eli Burke is broken in his own way, haunted by memories of his lover’s murder and physically scarred from the same fatal assault. He, too, plans to run away—to Africa and a new life working with children. But when he meets Alec, his choice isn't so easy. He and Alec see the real possibility of new love and a brighter future, but they'll both have to face their fears of past pain and find a way to heal.

35. Joely Skye - Lynx (Samhain Publishing)
Gay, Paranormal / Horror

The only way to break free is to let go. In order to protect his shifter kin, FBI agent Trey Walters hides his ability from his employers. For him, a vacation means a whole midwinter month in the Canadian wilderness, free to live in his wolf skin. When he happens upon a rare lynx shifter, he’s fascinated. And his protective instincts kick into overdrive. The young man needs to be shielded from werewolves and humans alike, whether he likes it or not. Jonah can hardly wrap his head around the fact that other shifters exist, much less endure the presence of a stranger in his lonely sanctuary. Blaming himself for his brother’s death, he lives in self-imposed isolation. Trust? Forget it. Yet Trey’s patience penetrates Jonah’s fear, and it doesn’t take long for him to fall like a rock for the wolf. Trey hadn’t planned to embark on an intense, passionate affair, but he finds himself vowing to return after his next undercover mission is over. As months stretch into years, however, Jonah fears that Trey has broken faith with him—or is dead. There’s only one way to find out. Leave the safety of his lair and venture into a dangerous, deadly world…

36. Marshall Thornton - Boystown (Torquere Books)
Gay, Mystery / Thriller

A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder. When he isn’t detecting, and sometimes when he is, Nick moves through a series of casual relationships. But his long suppressed romantic side surfaces when he meets Detective Bert Harker. Will he give love another chance? Or, will he continue to bury himself in the arms of strangers?

37. Heidi Cullinan - Hero (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Fantasy

Hal Porter is no man’s hero; he’s just another Los Angeles construction worker. So when he sees a building appear on what the day before was an empty plot of weeds—a site where people have been found dead—Hal knows a guy like him should steer clear of whatever is going on. But a vision at the building's window draws him inside, and there Hal finds Morgan, a magical shapeshifter held captive by a rival clan... and Hal’s the only one who can save him. It doesn’t take Hal long to realize he’s in over his head, not only because the clan has powers beyond his imagination but also because he’s fallen in love with Morgan. There’s no escape for them now without a hero to break the curse, and Hal knows it can’t be him. But as Hal and Morgan work together, they discover gifts far more powerful than magic and that heroes aren’t always in shapes they expect.

38. Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay. Erotica Contemporary

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. But before his mother died, he promised her he’d grow up to be a good man, so he needs a stable career and a good husband, not a dead-end job and empty sex. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to an affair, and when Mitch offers to take Sam on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure with his fantasy man... but Mitch also comes with a past. A threesome with the other man in Mitch’s life would have been just another kinky ride, but somewhere between the Mississippi River and the Colorado Rockies, Sam falls in love. But can a relationship born out of escape and indulgence become something that lasts? Will a fantasy man be willing to settle down into reality, or is the adventure and excitement Sam finds with Mitch just another stop on a delivery man’s journey? For better or for worse, eventually Sam is going to discover the answer, because no matter how far away he travels, eventually all roads lead home.

39. Lynn Lorenz - No Good Deed (Amber Quill Press)
Bisexual / Transgender, Mystery / Thriller

They say no good deed goes unpunished. Two men are about to find out if that old saying is true... Captain Daniel Chan works for the Riceland Police Department. It’s a small town in Texas and he’s the only Chinese American on the force. He considers himself bisexual, but when he meets Mark Montgomery, a gay man, he falls hard. But being with Mark means he’ll have to commit to being gay. Mark won’t have it any other way. Mark’s a man with a terrible past and he’s in hiding from it and the man who tried to kill him so long ago. When he meets Dan, it’s a chance at healing old wounds and finding a new life. But it also means exposure, and that’s something Mark’s avoided for years. When he’s thrust onto center stage after a shooting, he turns to Dan for protection. But even in a small town, things can get complicated. Political maneuvering, shady real estate deals, and men’s ambitions all collide, catching Dan and Mark in the middle. Will the forces they encounter destroy them and their newfound love, or will it bind them together?

40. Lynn Lorenz - Baymore's Heir (Loose Id)
Gay, Historical

Jackson and Will have the perfect life. Baymore is thriving, and no one knows of their love. During a visit to Will's family home, their lives begin to unravel. Duke Holcomb discovers that Will and Jackson are lovers and are told never to return. All Will has left is Jackson. But Jackson's pride gets them in trouble again. Duke Holcomb's talk of heirs starts Jackson thinking that what he needs is a son. Jackson's request for Will to find him a bride will break hearts, pit pride against duty, and drive everyone to acts of desperation, threatening to end everything Will and Jackson have built.

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