And the Rainbow Award goes to:
1) Mark Alders - Light of the Body (eXtasy Books)
I loved this book, especially since I was in the mood for something different! Even though I am not normally a fan of Sci-Fi, the story made me want to book the next, long-leg flight to Australia! I especially love the relationships between Jacob, Callum and Zane. I highly recommend this Sci-Fi adventure story and look forward to reading more books by the author! Alders has created a wonderful novel! --Byron
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?
2) Mark Kendrick - Trenekis of Hiera (Infinity Publishing)
An Arduous Journey. A Mysterious Stranger. An Impossible Relationship.Arasen Vatch, the leader of a fanatical religious order known as the Path Holders, rose to power on Eridanus Colony in 2757 CE. Tens of thousands died when loyalists committed a heinous act of terrorism. Arasen fled in cold sleep hibernation with his closest followers. No one knew he had led them to a faraway star system and founded a new settlement, dedicated to his ‘Path of Perfection’. Yet, years later, an inevitable schism occurred. Nineteen-year-old Trenekis Idero lives in the heretical village of Hiera. Brought there as an infant, he has only recently been told he’s Arasen’s son. Knowing this, he dares not tell anyone he’s gay.Niko Savaidras and his planetary exploration team discover Arasen’s long lost destination. Niko, who is also gay, is unaware that he will soon be intimately involved with the son of a notorious mass murderer. Trenekis has no idea this will solve multiple problems he faces.But the Path Holders are watching and they intend to keep their isolated planet a secret, even if everyone has to die.
3) Belinda McBride - An Uncommon Whore (Loose Id)
An Uncommon Whore is an impressive and sensual romance. --Ro
I marked quite highly because of the depth achieved in such a low word count story. The writing flowed smoothly, the pacing was good, there were no dips and nothing drew me out of the story. So quite a high mark is acheived here. --Rosie
“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.” -- Helios Dayspring. Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn't let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention. Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever. “A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.” -- Helios Dayspring
4) A.B. Gayle, Jude Mason, Kate Cotoner & Aleksandr Voinov - Echoes of the Future (Noble Romance Publishing)
5) Mark Alders - Shadows of the Mind (eXtasy Books)
Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-Fic / Futuristic
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