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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 121 to 130

121. M. Kei - Pirates of the Narrow Seas 1: The Salle Rovers (Lulu Press / Bristlecone Pine Press)
Gay, Historical

Book One in the Pirates of the Narrow Seas Trilogy: The Sallee Rovers. Lieutenant Peter Thorton is in love with fellow lieutenant Perry. Both men are given commissions to serve aboard HMS Ajax, taking an Islamic envoy to talks in France. Thorton makes an enemy of the Captain, who is largely incompetent but does not like people who show they know it. During a storm, the Ajax comes to the rescue of a sinking Spanish galley. The Spanish abandon their vessel, leaving their slaves, chained to the oars, to sink with the ship. Thorton and several of the other British sailors attempt to free the slaves and stop the galley from sinking. As they do so, the storm blows the two ships apart, leaving him surrounded by freed slaves who have no desire to voluntarily sail back to the Ajax to be reunited with their captors. Command of the galley is taken by Isam bin Hamet al-Tangueli (Captain Tangle to his crew) a famous pirate of the Barbary coast, who had been serving as a galley slave following capture by the Spanish. The story then follows Thorton's slow naturalization into the ways of the Sallee Rovers, and his growing understanding that he's better off in a culture that allows him to love other men without censure. Rejected by Perry and wooed by Tangle, Thorton has to decide where his loyalty really lies. Winner of a Sweet Revolution Award for "Best Full Cast" and "Judge's Pick"

122. M. Kei - Pirates of the Narrow Seas 2: Men of Honor (Lulu Press / Bristlecone Pine Press)
Gay, Historical

Book Two in the Pirates of the Narrow Seas Trilogy: Men of Honor. Captain Peter Thorton, Sallee rover, and his lover, Shakil bin Nakih set out on a quest to rescue the mad duke, Henrique, Duke of Coimbra, the man who wants to be king of Portugal. Shakil disguises himself to slip into the Spanish stronghold of Sebta, and with a Spanish fleet hot on their heels, Thorton, Shakil, and Henrique flee for their lives-only to run smack into the arms of the British navy. Arrested for desertion and sodomy, Thorton is obliged to surrender his arms and give his parole and serve as a lieutenant aboard the Ajax under the dour and proper Captain Ebenezer Horner. His former friend, Lieutenant Roger Perry, becomes his worst enemy. He is harassed and taunted, in spite of his victories at sea. Thorton's Sallee friends do not abandon him. Captain Tangle comes to his rescue, but the redoubtable corsair meets his match in the steely Captain Horner. Determined to do his duty and turn Thorton over for trial before the notorious homophobe, Admiral Walters, Horner must keep the impetuous Turk at bay even when being menaced by the Spanish who are bent on revenge against them all. Men of Honor carries on the tradition of nautical derring-do in exotic and colorful locations, written by a tall ship sailor and internationally acclaimed poet, M. Kei.

123. M. Kei - Pirates of the Narrow Seas 3: Iron Men (Lulu Press / Bristlecone Pine Press)
Gay, Historical

Book Three in the Pirates of the Narrow Seas Trilogy: Iron Men. Blind in one eye, Lieutenant Peter Thorton is back in British service and made acting-captain of His Britannic Majesty's frigate Ajax. Battered by the onslaught of the vengeful Spanish, the Ajax is in a sorry state when she is ordered back to England. If keeping the damaged Ajax afloat was not trouble enough, Thorton must rescue Horner from the bottom of a bottle of brandy and save the Resolute from mutiny. Meanwhile the Ottoman Empire has gone to war against Spain, only to be defeated and driven away from Sebta in ruin. The Sallee vessels are trounced by a Spanish fleet and it is Thorton's sad duty to stitch the shroud of his good friend and former lover, Captain Tangle, to bury him at sea. Arriving at last in England, Thorton and his fellow officers are deprived of their commissions and arrested. Thorton must face his old nemesis, Captain Bishop, in a final showdown on the field of honor. Determined that this time he will not lose, Bishop has brought reinforcements. Book Three brings our intrepid heroes their greatest challenges-challenges that can only be overcome by Iron Men. Writen by a tall ship sailor and internationally acclaimed poet, M. Kei, Pirates of the Narrow Seas combines swashbuckling adventure, gay romance, and gritty realism.

124. Sloan Parker - More (Loose Id)
Gay, Contemporary

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men whom he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father; he’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man; he’s falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big. But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew. Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to bind him tighter?

125. Carolyn Topol - Healthy Obsession & A Risk Worth Taking (Dreamspinner Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Healthy Obsession by Carolyn LeVine Topol: While Jack Randall relishes his free-spirited life, making no commitments and tricking with a variety of hot men, he also wants what his best friend Steve has: happiness with a husband. He doesn't realize that joining the health club in his building, Healthy Obsession, will lead him to Mr. Right; but there stands the muscular and extremely good-looking Rick Monroe. Jack is immediately attracted to Rick, even though Rick is married, a father, and reluctantly in the closet. The reality of falling in love is much harder than the dream of finding Mr. Right, but Jack is willing to make the effort and help Rick, if Rick is willing to be true to himself.

Risk Worth Taking by Carolyn LeVine Topol, Sequel to Healthy Obsession: After meeting at a health club and starting a relationship, Jack Randall and Rick Monroe face big challenges as they forge a future together. Rick is in the process of divorcing his resentful wife and must decide when to come out so he and Jack can enjoy a complete and honest relationship, and Jack needs to learn to be truthful with Rick, no matter what the consequences may bring. It will mean a lot of compromise, life changes, and some heartbreak, but Rick and Jack are determined to be together, despite the risks to their personal and professional lives.

126. Anthony Bidulka  - Date with a Sheesha (Insomniac Press)
Gay, Mystery / Thriller

Neil Gupta went to the Middle East looking for antique carpets. He found something equally timeless: murder. When Neil is found stabbed to death in Dubai's spice souk, his distraught father wants revenge. He hires private investigator Russell Quant to catch the killer. In his greatest case to date, Quant goes undercover to match wits with a wily museum curator, shifty souk merchants, corrupt carpet experts, and the denizens of an underground club for "fabulous" men. From the flamboyant glitz of Dubai to the scorching sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Quant risks his life as he wades further and further into the shadows cast by the desert sun. As Russell's spicy international adventure heats up, he learns a valuable lesson about love, life, and learning to seize the moment ... before it's gone. On the verge of making the biggest personal decision of his life, Russell discovers that endings sometimes come before beginnings.

127. S.J. Frost - Conquest (MLR Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Vocally gifted singer, Jesse Alexander, has dreams of taking his band, Conquest, to the top. Evan Arden was thought of as a musical genius when at the height of his career he vanished from the spotlight. Together, their relationship is just as intense as their music careers. With success pushing down on them, Jesse must decide between his life of music, or his life with Evan.

128. S.J. Frost - No Fear (MLR Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

After Conquest's long tour, singer Jesse Alexander is ready to head home with his partner, Evan Arden. When Conquest hits the studio again, Jesse finds competition from two new bands and tensions reach a breaking point. Facing challenges unlike any he's ever known, Jesse must somehow duplicate Conquest's success and reach his ultimate goal: showing NO FEAR and announcing his love of Evan publicly.

129. Vanessa Vaughn - Pack of Lies (Ravenous Romance)
Gay, Paranormal / Horror

When Jack is attacked by a powerful werewolf one moonlit night, his world is forever changed. Marcus is that wolf, the strong leader of his pack, who never imagined a mere mortal could ever escape him, much less ever become one of his kind. And yet, as time passes, he can't deny the handsome human is slowly beginning to change. No longer the civilized architect he used to be, Jack feels a new power coalescing inside of him. He barely even recognizes himself as he becomes more sexual, more impulsive, more wild in every way. But as the bite transforms him, it also binds he and his attacker together forever. The two share a powerful unbreakable link, no matter how forcefully they may each try to deny it. Marcus is already hiding secrets from the other wolves, and his position as Alpha is threatened. Could Jack be the new ally Marcus needs to set things right, or will their desire for one another draw them away from all they know and alter the course of their lives forever?

130. Susan Goldberg & Chloe Brushwood Rose - And Baby Makes More (Insomniac Press
LGBT, Non Fiction

What happens when would-be dyke moms or gay dads ask a friend or acquaintance to donate sperm or an egg, or to act as a surrogate? What's the difference between being a donor and being a parent? What happens to non-biological parents when a known donor is also part of the picture? When and how does biology count — or does it? Why do parents choose known donors, and what happens if things get ugly? And what does all this mean for queer families already facing extraordinary social pressures? A quirky, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking collection of personal essays, this book offers an intimate look at the relative risks and unexpected rewards of queer, do-it-yourself baby-making, and the ways in which families are re-made in the process. The contributors — donors, biological and non-bio parents, and their children — offer provocative, nuanced insights into what it means to be or to use a known donor, and how queer families are being re-conceived to include new roles, new rules, and kinship ties that transcend biology.


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