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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 141 to 150

141. R. Jackson - Bears in the Wild: Hot & Hairy Fiction (Lethe Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Does a Bear read in the woods? You bet your sweet woof he does! Bears in the Wild, the third Bearotica collection of hot and hairy short fiction, draws readers deeper into the lush forest of masculine desire. These tales reveal at a mysterious bonfire a whole new tribe of lusty gay, bi, and queer male characters from the Bear cult, joyously playing and participating in their naked, natural rituals. Editor R. Jackson presents sixteen fresh, arousing, compelling stories of homomasculine love by famed and favorite contributors such as Simon Sheppard, Jeff Mann, Dale Chase, Jay Neal, and Jay Starre, as well as new voices. Reading these sometimes humorous, often insightful, but always sensual tales of burly, macho men sharing their fierce and furry love may grow hair on the palms of your paws or at least, show you what bears really do in the woods.

142. Gavin Atlas - The Boy Can't Help It: Sensual Stories of Young Bottoms (Lethe Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

At some point, hasn’t every bottom yearned to be ravished by a powerful, inescapable top? What dominant hasn’t fantasized about a gorgeous young sub with an incredible ass, so horny he could never say no? the boy can’t help it offers over a dozen such stories of beautiful young men: a gymnast, a diver, a surfer, a marine and an assortment of college boys submitting to construction workers, horny professors, butch jocks, corporate titans, insatiable miners, and even one’s own psychiatrist. Whether you long to be the helpless bottom or the top nailing him... whether your wet dream is a bit of bondage, a gang bang, sex on the sand, or naughty voyeurism... author Gavin Atlas has written the stories to satisfy your every need. Gavin Atlas has emerged as a fresh new voice in gay erotica. Few other writers capture yearning so well. He lives south of the nation’s unbuckled Bible Belt.

143. Dennis Paddie - Ask the Fire (Lethe Press)
Gay, Contemporary

Ask the Fire blends the high tech culture of modern espionage and the highly politicized social culture of Washington, D.C., the capital of the world, with the secret of the Knights Templar, courtly love and Freemasonry in the architecture of the D.C. streets. Add a dash of 60s hippiedom, and plenty of urban gay and post-gay culture, and readers will discover a new trans-mythological, but deeply spiritual, vision of the meaning of human life in the charged world of the 21st century. “I had a friend who was a spy.” So begins a story of terrorism and espionage, featuring a brilliant, almost enlightened, but emotionally jaded and politically cynical secret agent, a gay Mati Hari who’d seduced secrets out of Arab rulers and now struggles to prevent the start of the Terrorist Wars. It’s a story with a vast sweep that places spying—and spiritual vision— within the larger history of heresy and homosexuality in Western culture from the Crusades to contemporary Islamic fundamentalists.

144. Donald H. Clark - Loving Someone Gay (Lethe Press)
LGBT, Non Fiction

For more than three decades, clinical psychologist, Don Clark, has been speaking to the hearts and minds of gay people, their families, friends, teachers and helpers in the many editions of Loving Someone Gay. With compassion he has promoted communication across generations as well as revealing a path of understanding and reconciliation for parents, siblings, husbands and wives—as well as among religious leaders, teachers, librarians, legislators, judges, and law enforcement agencies. Most important he has provided vital insight into the psychodynamics and sociology of individuals, the gay men and lesbians who have been and continue to be misunderstood and abused in societies around the world.

145. Carol Lynne & T.A. Chase - Dracul's Blood (Total-e-Bound)
Gay, Mystery / Thriller

Book one in the Dracul's Revenge Series. When people begin turning up dead, drained of their blood, in New York City, it falls on Detective Bobby Marks to solve the crime. Enlisting the help of Professor Nikolay Radin to help with a strange cask found at a murder scene changes Bobby's life in ways he never imagines. A simple consultation turns into so much more when sparks fly between the two men, and Nik is unknowingly pulled into the dangerous world of a secret society. The Knights of Paiderastia have been around for thousands of years, and refuse to sit by while an ordinary detective and a bookish professor try to take them down. In a battle against true evil, Bobby begins to wonder whether he can solve the crime and still manage to keep his new lover alive.

146. J.C. Herneson - Spring of the Stag God (Lethe Press)
Gay, Fantasy

Prepare your loins for tales of erotic adventure in the world of Khernia, in this first release of the Stag God Chronicles. "A Stag God is Born" - A sexual prisoner of his cruel uncle, young Ashlan befriends the man's prisoner, Imbru once a feared warrior of the Split Hoof orc tribe, called The Ravager of Men by by the humans, because he spent his seed only on men. Imbru knows the truth behind Ashlan's strange dreams of running through fields with an antlered brow. Ashlan doesn't understand the dreams or know he is about to inherit a divine mantle he never wanted--the legacy of the great antlered Stag God of the wild places. "The Stag & The Bear" - The young god suffering the pains of new divinity goes seeking a mentor, the great Bear God of the stormy mountain tops. Along the way, an orc hunter is forced to his knees to become Ashlan's new discipline. But approaching an old god is treacherous and his were-bear minions must be confronted and defeated before the Bear God's den is reached. "The Stag God's Disciple" - Habra of the Tines, a young orc, goes among humans to preach the worship of Ashlan. But the Patriachs of the human lands do not want to relinquish their power and bind, rape and imprison Habra. But in the dungeons new friends are waiting to be found as the faith in the Lord of the Seven Tines spreads like passion through a man's nethers.

147. Iolanthe Woulff - She's My Dad (Outskirts Press)
Bisexual / Transgender, Contemporary

"Don't hate, Nicholas. Hate destroys everything. Don't let it destroy you..." For decades, ultra-liberal Windfield College has been a thorn in the side of Northern Virginia's hidebound elite. When a teaching position unexpectedly becomes available, the school hires a former male graduate - now a transsexual woman named Nickie Farrell - as an assistant professor of English. Hoping to find peace, Nickie keeps her secret under wraps until ambitious lesbian student reporter Cinda Vanderhart outs her. And Cinda has noticed something else: both Nickie and a young townie waiter named Collie Skinner have a genetic quirk which causes their eyes to be different colors. Convinced that the similarity is no coincidence, Cinda begins an investigation to discover the connection between them. Meanwhile, in a death-bed confession as she succumbs to years of brutality at the hands of her disgraced cop husband, Collie's mother Luanne reveals that his birth resulted from an illicit affair she had with a long-vanished Windfield college senior named Nick Farrington. Shattered by his mother's death, Collie turns for comfort to Robin Thompson, a gentle-hearted Christian co-worker at the upper-crust Foxton Arms restaurant. As Nickie is stalked by a pair of homicidal sociopaths, Robin finds herself entangled not only in Cinda's investigative machinations but also a murderous plot by former U.S Ambassador and tycoon Eamon Douglass to eradicate the hated college with a suicide detonation of a Cesium 137 dirty bomb. Lives and secrets hang in the balance until everything comes to a head on the morning of Windfield's annual spring picnic: April Fools Day. Filled with richly-drawn characters and building to a stunning climax, SHE'S MY DAD is a story about the destructiveness of hate, the power of love, and the redemptive triumph of good over evil. Like her title character Nickie Farrell, Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman. A sixty-year-old Princeton-educated English major, she lives in Palm Springs, CA, where for several years she wrote a column in a local magazine about the challenges of gender transition. As the eldest child of author Herman Wouk, storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.

148. Jane Fletcher - Wolfsbane Winter (Bold Strokes Books)
Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror

The Iron Wolf mercenaries who guard travelers on the Misery Trail are notorious for their quick and casual sex lives. Deryn may fit the stereotype better than most, but she has her reasons. A childhood tragedy has left her wary of forming attachments. If you don't care, then you can't get hurt, but you can still make a mess of things—such as the error of judgment that leaves her with no money, forced to spend the winter on a lousy job in a miserable little backwater. There she meets Alana, local healer, vet, and woman of mystery. It does not take Deryn long to find out that Alana is more than she seems, and has her own perilous secret to keep. Yet Deryn still finds herself falling for the woman, so much so that her come-and-go lifestyle is at risk. This would be bad enough, but serious trouble arrives for Deryn and Alana in the form of demon magic from the Time of Chaos—revealing that old legends are not merely material for ghost stories around the fire. As the danger increases, who do they need to fear more, the living or the dead?

149. Radclyffe - Trauma Alert (Bold Strokes Books)
Lesbian, Contemporary

When you spend your life battling death, who has time for love? Dr. Ali Torveau knows just how fragile life can be—she sees death and tragedy every day in the trauma unit. Battling the dark forces of fate is her life’s work and she doesn’t want or need anything else, certainly nothing as transient as love. Plenty of women try to change her mind, but she never has any trouble saying no. Not until the day firefighter Beau Cross shows up in her ER and sets Ali’s carefully ordered world aflame. A First Responders Novel

150. C.J. Black - Illusion of Night (Liquid Silver Books)
Gay, Fantasy

A spectral war has torn the veils that separate life and death into pieces. Beings of the darkness slip through these rifts as armies of man wage a losing battle against the corporeal invaders. Dane Tanderes was once a mortal man condemned to an unjust death, cursed to live as a fiend until such time as the gods decree him worthy of forgiveness. Now that he has escaped back to the world of the living he is determined to never again live in darkness. Dane is instrumental in the war against those he once called brethren, fighting to give his people a chance return to the light. Vanlyn Sarn is the second son of a cruel lord. He lives a life of one of misery and degradation, despised by his brother and father for reasons known only to them. He is tasked by his father to journey deep into enemy territory and escort troops to aid in the fighting. However, Vanlyn knows the true nature of this mission. He is not expected to return. When Dane takes Vanlyn prisoner, he plans to use the young prince as a pawn to seduce Vanlyn into betraying his kingdom and his people. But passion ignites red hot and Dane is torn between his burgeoning feelings for the young prince and doing what his honor demands. Which decision will lead him to what he desires most?

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