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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 81 to 90

81. Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe - Lotus in the Wild (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Historical

Six months after freeing his slave Roman and his thrall Aron, Wulfgar finds himself bored with the choices of bed partners in his lands. Thus while on a twice-yearly trip to Londinium to replenish supplies, Wulfgar visits the local slave auction in hopes of finding something to pique his interest. His eye is caught by Kintaro, a beautiful, feminine slave boy from the Far East. Enthralled, Wulfgar doesn’t care how much Kintaro costs; he’s got to have him. But Kintaro is a very different sort of slave from Roman. He loves his duties, is proud of his skills, and as the former prized slave of an official of his homeland, is used to being spoiled and pampered in return for his efforts. Though oblivious to matters of the heart, Wulfgar is enamored of Kintaro, but his son Gaeric is furious that this new slave feeds his father’s unnatural desires. Wulfgar’s passion, Kintaro’s pride, and Gaeric’s temper will clash as a ritual from the past and a dream of the future come to fruition… and Wulfgar’s heart is finally fulfilled. Spin-off of Bee Among the Clover

82. Carolyn LeVine Topol - Waves of Fortune (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Mystery / Thriller

Jim Barton, a former hustler trying to escape a painful past, meets Greg Abel at a private Caribbean island resort. Despite significant differences in their ages and family backgrounds—Greg is heir to a technology fortune—sexual attraction draws them to one another and they become lovers. But those differences aren't the only problem when they discover Greg’s older brother has been murdered. While Jim and Greg agree they are destined to be together, Jim wonders whether love truly exists, and Greg refuses to give himself completely until his brother’s murderer is discovered. They devise a way to flush out the killer, but when the plan goes wrong, it doesn't just mean the killer may go free—it might destroy Jim and Greg’s future.

83. Jeff Erno - Puppy Love (Fanny Press)
Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult

Matt is everything that Petey is not. He is self-confident and brave. Matt is tall and masculine and athletic. He is a natural-born leader. Puppy Love is their love story, their romance. It is both a coming-of-age and coming-out story, but sexual orientation is not the primary focus. Petey struggles with his identity both as a homosexual and as a submissive. What do you do when you love someone who is truly superior to yourself in every meaningful way?  How do you feel, and what if these feelings are not what everyone tells you you’re supposed to feel?  We are taught that every individual is equal, but what if you know, through experience, that this is not the case?  What if, in a society in which everyone is supposed to be a leader, you discover that your passion and your destiny is to submit? In Puppy Love, Petey Drinkell discovers the true nature of power, its role in sexual relationships, and his own role in the power structure. Puppy Love is perhaps the world’s first gay BDSM coming-of-age novel. This epic novel is not only classic erotica, but also a challenge to our fundamental assumptions about human relationships.

84. Mark Alders - Light of the Body (eXtasy Books)
Gay, Sci-Fic / Futuristic

Light of the Body continues the adventures of Jacob, Callum, Suzy, Zane and Mr. Barnaby in the town of Pembroke Eve. Jacob and Callum, now living together with Jacob’s parents, are disturbed by a dog barking in the distance one night while getting intimate. Jacob finally insists they investigate the reason for the dog barking and a strange man confronts them as they venture into their backyard. The events that follow are completely weird to say the least, even for Pembroke Eve standards. The man bites Callum in the scuffle that follows, and as Jacob soon finds out, that bite is a transference. Callum is now pregnant! In fact, the whole town has been infected, with half acting like living zombies and the other half in the hospital in the same condition as Callum. What is causing this outbreak? Only Jacob and his friends, Zane and Mr. Barnaby, seem to be unaffected. But they need to find Suzy. She’s missing and the townsfolk that are the living zombies have been saying Suzy the right one. What is she the right one for? And what’s more, are these events all connected?

85. Kate McMurray - In Hot Pursuit (Loose Id)
Gay, Mystery / Thriller

Hard-working NYPD cop Noah Tobin didn’t even want to go on vacation. But it’s been a tough eighteen months since the death of his lover, so he’s determined to make the most of it. On his first night in sunny Florida, a chance encounter with a handsome man in a bar bathroom jumpstarts something in Noah that’s been dormant for all those months. Then the man disappears. Noah’s vacation is thrown into upheaval because he can’t just let it go when he learns that the mysterious man who turned his life upside down went missing. He volunteers to help with the manhunt for his mystery man, a wealthy restaurateur named Harrison Knowles. But finding Harry is only the beginning of Noah's hot pursuit.

86. P.D. Singer - Snow on the Mountain (Torquere Press)
Gay, Contemporary

The rich, the famous, and the most serious skiers come to Wapiti Creek, where Jake helps them onto the lifts and Kurt improves their skiing skills. It’s perfect winter work for men who love the outdoors but like the comforts of hot water and a big bed when there is several feet of snow on the ground. For rangers who have been mostly alone with one another for months, it’s a big change to rejoin civilization. Making friends is tough, especially when a ski patrol finds Jake far too appealing for Kurt’s peace of mind, and why does everyone snicker about the Alpenschlossl Ski School? For two men still finding their way as a couple, it isn’t clear if the biggest danger comes from vicious coworkers, would-be friends, the mountain, or each other. Snow on the Mountain is the sequel to the popular Fire on the Mountain.

87. Wayne Courtois - Tales My Body Told Me (Lethe Press)
Gay, Contemporary

Sex. Satire. Mystery. Foul Play. True Love. Not necessarily in that order. Paul Lavarnway thought he had settled into comfortable, middle-aged domesticity in Kansas City with his husband Eric. So how is it he finds himself confined with four other men at East Oak House, a spooky old mansion from which they can see the rundown, off-season resort of Two Piers, Maine, with its single pier and silent Ferris Wheel? He can't remember. Is it the drugs? The group therapy meant to help Paul and his housemates learn to be happy ex-gays? While winter deepens outside the windows, Paul and his companions and their sweetly sinister mentor Brian explore the past and the future without ever quite understanding their present in the hot-house atmosphere of East Oak House. As memory comes to the surface, Paul discovers truths about himself, his husband, the man who came between them, and the accidental lover whose death looks more and more like murder. Shifting with surreal grace from profound emotion to shallow sex to mystery and horror to outrageous comedy to redemption (maybe), Tales My Body Told Me is a novel like no other.

88. Larkin Rose - The Pleasure Planner (Bold Strokes Books)
Lesbian, Erotica Contemporary

Brianna “Bree” Hendricks treats love like a commodity to be served up to her clients on demand, but has given up the search for a true love of her own. Logan Delaney is too busy trying to reconcile the legacy of her grandparents’ failed magazine company to invest in anything more than the occasional affair. Can two women who aren't looking for love find it in each other's arms?

89. V.K. Powell - Fever (Bold Strokes Books)
Lesbian, Contemporary

Hired gun Zak Chambers expects to provide a simple escort service to philanthropist Sara Ambrosini, but nothing is as simple as it seems, especially love. Zak Chambers is a disillusioned hired gun who longs for a connection with life beyond her sat-phone and assignments she can’t share with anyone. Her boss lines up a cushy escort job to Africa to give her time to refocus. But the country she loved as a child holds memories she isn’t ready to face. Adding to her ambivalence about returning is the immensely attractive Sara Ambrosini, head of Ambrosini Philanthropic, who sees everything through the rose-colored glasses of wealth and privilege. Zak’s task is to provide security for Sara until they reach the future site of her primary school for tribal children in the bush country. But Zak soon discovers that Sara’s stubbornness and independence aren’t the only obstacles to the success of her assignment.

90. Erin Dutton - A Perfect Match (Bold Strokes Books)
Lesbian, Contemporary

In a game where careers are made or broken in the span of one round, can there be any such thing as a perfect match? After a high-profile breakup, professional golfer Tiernan O’Shea blows a considerable lead and loses a major tournament. Soon, unable to get her game back on track, she is in danger of losing her sponsor. The upcoming Celebrity Pro-Am is her chance at redemption. Elena Pilar has paid her dues in the boys’ club of sportscasting and her career is finally on the upswing. But when she is paired with Tiernan in the Pro-Am, her attraction to the volatile golfer could threaten her success as well as her carefully guarded personal life. 


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