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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 1-10

1) Claire Thompson - The Cowboy Poet, Romance Unbound, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 30, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456325698
ISBN-13: 978-1456325695

Tyler Sutton can run all he wants from his past, but he's still got himself to contend with. Dark secret dreams of sexual submission continue to haunt the magazine reporter. The embers of his hidden yearnings burst into a bright flame of reality when Tyler meets Clint Darrow, the cowboy poet. Clint, the foreman on a West Texas bull ranch, hides his dominant sensual nature behind the laconic, quiet persona of a true Texas cowboy. When the pair is thrown together in a search to uncover the culprit of a series of thefts at various local ranches, the connection is immediate and fierce. As they begin to explore their attraction for one another, Clint senses Tyler's need for sexual surrender. Clint must exert every ounce of self control to keep from pushing Tyler too far, too fast. When passion overtakes caution, the firestorm of desire that erupts between them threatens to burn everything in its path.

2) Marten Weber - Shayno, Aquarius Publishing, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 24, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456497170
ISBN-13: 978-1456497170

Imagine you are a gay man approaching mid-life in the Silicon Valley: disillusioned, unhappy, bored with life. You have a monotonous job and can count your friends on one hand; you have given up on finding love for good. Along comes the perfect man: an Australian hunk. He is intelligent, witty, suave, well-bred and stunningly good-looking. Only problem: he is straight. Nevertheless a friendship develops based on a common interest in fitness, books, philosophical speculation… and a strange sexual tension. He makes you a witness to his conquests of women. Step by step he gains control over you, and the relationship changes...until one day, disaster strikes…

3) Eric Arvin - Another Enchanted April, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 12, 2011)

Can the idyllic simplicity of a garden change a life forever? It's a question three men on a vacation to the small seaside town of Beechwood will find the answer to when they stay at a B&B with an expansive and breathtakingly beautiful garden. A garden with an air of the supernatural. Jerry's there for love, Doug's there for sex, and Tony? Well, Tony is practically dragged along against his will. A comedy of errors ensues as the three men cling stubbornly to their self-destructive ways; can a cook named Anna Magnani, a roller-skating drag queen, and the magic of the garden tame the tempest and prevent love's labors from being lost?

4) Eric Arvin - Woke Up in a Strange Place, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615817956
ISBN-13: 978-1615817955

Joe wakes up in a barley field with no clothes, no memories, and no idea how he got there. Before he knows it, he's off on the last great journey of his life. With his soul guide Baker and a charge to have courage from a mysterious, alluring, and somehow familiar Stranger, Joe sets off through a fantastical changing landscape to confront his past. The quest is not without challenges. Joe's past is not always an easy thing to relive, but if he wants to find peace-and reunite with the Stranger he is so strongly drawn to-he must continue on until the end, no matter how tempted he is to stop along the way.

5) Susan Roebuck - Perfect Score, Awe-Struck Publishing, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction

Feckless, exasperating Alex Finch is a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam Barrowdale reciprocated. But drifter Sam's two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister's medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word "dyslexia" is generally unknown so to most people he's just a "retard". From the severe knocks life's dealt him, Sam's developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player. Despite his defects, Alex's love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex's powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle. As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex's evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what's the mystery behind Alex's father's death? Both seem to face unbeatable odds. Are they doomed to follow separate paths forever?

6) Michael Willhoite - The Venetian Boy, JMS Books, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456521543
ISBN-13: 978-1456521547

An unhappy Mark Ravenshaw lives with his parents and still smarts from a disastrous love affair. But he finds reprieve in an offer to work in Venice for his Uncle Jem, a respected art and antiquities dealer. Mark falls instantly under the city's spell, but is tormented by desire for Uncle Jem's young assistant, Piero ... who also shares Jem's bed. Mark soon finds himself obsessed by the amoral, beautiful Piero. Not even a sexual entanglement with Bruno, a former lover of Uncle Jem's, can assuage his longing. Unfortunately his beloved uncle stands in the path of Mark's desire. But for how long?

7) S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet - Catalyst, Storm Moon Press, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (March 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982700873
ISBN-13: 978-0982700877

After a near-fatal accident, Logan Walker seeks help to control the compulsive blood fetish that almost cost his submissive's life. Help happens to be in the form of an athletic, smart psychologist by the name of Dr. Kasper Bromley. Kasper, though, soon finds himself swept up in the fantasies Logan came to him to control. Reluctantly throwing his ethics to the wind, Kasper submits himself to Logan, gambling his career, his future, and his heart on this intriguing man and the lifestyle he offers. But when Kasper's desires outpace Logan's, the young doctor is swept down into a whirlpool of sex and sadism that even Logan's love may not be enough to rescue him from.

8) JoAnne Soper-Cook - The Eye of Heaven, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615817336
ISBN-13: 978-1615817337

When Dante di Salvatore, former prostitute and adopted son of one of Florence's reigning nobles, is bitten by the ancient vampire goddess Lillith, his mortal life is over. Once enslaved by the vampire queen's malign influence, Dante allies himself with Rouen, a young man of dazzling beauty and great influence who is enamored with Dante. But they cannot truly be together unless Dante changes Rouen into a vampire, and for Rouen, accepting the dark gift may ultimately cost him his immortal soul. Soon the great city of Florence will be taken to account for her sins as the streets are scourged of everything the fanatical preacher Serenola deems unnatural. But many silent, mostly unseen creatures of the night are coming together from the disparate corners of the earth to do battle one last time against Serenola, evil disguised as good. What Dante does not realize is that he, above all others, holds the key to not only his own salvation, but the preservation of all of vampire kind-and perhaps even the human race.

9) JoAnne Soper-Cook - Willing Flesh, MLR Press, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608201104
ISBN-13: 978-1608201105

#1 in the Inspector Raft Mystery Series When a series of bizarre murders occur in London's notorious East End, Scotland Yard's Inspector Philemon Raft is called on to solve the crimes, but even he is powerless to explain why the victims are displayed in public places -- or why the killer insists on drilling burr holes in their skulls. With little to go on except the strange red dust found on the victims' palms, Raft must scour the city looking for an explanation. Aided only by his newly-appointed constable Freddie Crook, Raft's investigation takes him into London's most dark and dangerous places, where human predators wait to devour and destroy. But Raft has an even bigger problem: a casual acquaintance is blackmailing him, and what she knows about his secrets could tear Raft's life to pieces.

10) L.A. Witt - Cover Me, Carnal Passions, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Carnal Passions (September 22, 2010)

When paramedic Nick Swain responds to a shooting in a seedy neighborhood, his entire world is thrown off its axis. His life is threatened…twice. Allegations of racism and medical neglect threaten his career and his ability to sleep at night. Not that he’ll be sleeping any time soon after the incident throws him into the path – and arms – of Detective Andrew Carmichael. One hot night after another with Andrew may help Nick relieve some stress, but sex won’t solve every problem in his life. With the media hounding him and the city watching his every move, he starts to wonder if the world is out to get him. The world may not be out to get him, but someone is. And that someone wants Nick dead.
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