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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 21-30

21) Robin Reardon - The Evolution of Ethan Poe, Kensington Books, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758246803
ISBN-13: 978-0758246806

In the space of a few months, sixteen-year-old Ethan Poe's life has become a complicated mix of facts, theories, and hypotheses. Things he knows beyond doubt: his parents are divorcing, his older brother Kyle is exhibiting alarming behavior, and his best friend is turning into a spiritual fanatic. Then there are the shifting uncertainties-including his feelings toward his father and his desire to both blend in and stand out in his rural Maine hometown. Most pressing of all, there's his attraction to Max Modine, a boy he wants to know much better than he does. Despite Ethan's initial reluctance, he gets pulled into a heated and sometimes violent conflict about whether to introduce Intelligent Design into science classrooms. Family and friends are turning against each other, school is a battleground, and Ethan will have to take a stand. Because some facts are irrefutable and some bonds unbreakable, even when they can't be seen. And once Ethan finds the courage to become who he was meant to be, the outcome could be absolutely extraordinary…

22) Tinnean - Bless Us With Content, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615817395
ISBN-13: 978-1615817399

Ashton Laytham came to Fayerweather, his uncle's estate, as an orphan at the age of seven. Family and servants alike perceived Ashton as an unlovable child and shunned him; as an adult, the occasional illicit rendezvous aside, Ashton remains aloof and alone. When his uncle dies, yet more abuse falls upon Ashton's shoulders: the estate is bankrupt and Ashton must make good on his uncle's gaming debts. With the family talisman stolen and the suspects fled, Ashton faces certain ruin until the arrival of Geo Stephenson, who holds all of Sir Laytham's IOUs. Geo proposes a solution: Ashton will accommodate him in his bed, thereby paying off the debt. Attracted to Geo in spite of himself and desperate for any human kindness, Ashton agrees... never expecting to lose his heart to a man who claims he will never give his.

23) Andrea Speed - Infected Bloodlines, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 17, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161581664X
ISBN-13: 978-1615816644

Sequel to Infected: Prey In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. The newly married Roan is struggling to balance his work with his home life as he grows increasingly distracted by his husband Paris's declining health. One case with strong emotions attached takes up most of his time: finding the murderer of a missing little rich girl who winds up dead. But while solving the crime, Roan loses something infinitely precious as well.

24) Cheryl Dragon - Taken by the Pack, Resplendence Publishing, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (January 21, 2011)

Danny loves Alaska, but it doesn’t seem to love him back. The full Wolf Moon sparkles over Fairbanks, but he’s alone for those long nights. He wants to come out of the closet and date, but his frail family might implode. All he wants is the right man in his bed. Brandon and Justin are lovers and wolf shifters native to Alaska. They’re out to protect their way of life, and sometimes that means extreme measures. When Danny’s brother proposes aerial wolf hunting, Danny enters their sights. Danny was the closet case in high school, and now, he’ll be their sex toy. The shifter pair is ready to do whatever it takes to stop the hunting and maybe add a sexy human man to their pack.

25) Natasha LaBrake - Vows From Darkness, Unnormal Normalcy, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456403796
ISBN-13: 978-1456403799

Coulta has only known one life: the life of a slave, forced to carry out the cruel commands of a power-hungry lord with generations of anger raging behind his every action. The only friend and family he has ever had is the servant who raised him like an older sister would. The only things he has ever been able to count on are the orders to kill, and the agony it causes him. But everything changes when he is ordered to assassinate Phelin's Crown Prince. For the first time, he has the ability to make a choice, the right choice, and change his life for the better - but with that comes the risk of losing the only friend he's ever had, and everything he stands to gain. His very choice may spark a civil war.

26) Carole Cummings - Aisling 1, Guardian, Prizm Books, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Prizm (December 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610401182
ISBN-13: 978-1610401180

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he's about, and he doesn't believe in Fate. 'Wilfred Calder' has no idea who he is, what he's about, and has been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil is brought in for questioning as a witness to a brutal murder, and subsequently flees, Dallin is dragged by duty into the chaos of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries, all of which seem to hinge on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder. The eventual capture of Dallin's quarry only makes matters worse. Wil is prickly and full of rage, rebellious and lethal, and tells an unbelievable tale of magic and betrayal that threatens to rock the carefully cultivated foundations of Dallin's world. Leery and only half-believing, Dallin finds himself questioning not only his own conscience and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him, including those who hold the power of his own country's fate in their hands.

27) Trina Lane - Capturing Perfection, Total-e-Bound, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (November 10, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 085715396X
ISBN-13: 978-0857153968

His Perfect Partner The search to find the one man destined to complete his life has sent Ethan to places high and low. What will it take to find his perfect partner? Ethan Harrison has wonderful friends and a rewarding career, but he feels something is still missing. He's yet to find the man that makes his fantasies reality and soul find peace. All that changes when a complicated case of economic espionage comes across his desk, and Special Agent Ryan Ashton walks through his office door. Life however is no fantasy and Ethan and Ryan's journey is much more complicated than a storybook. Will the two men be able to hold on to their love or will a defendant bent on revenge have the final judgement? Capturing Perfection Two men united by a bond neither time nor trauma could break now seek to capture the love that beats within their hearts. Clayton Phillips and Logan Callen found each other at the tender age of thirteen. The two foster brothers quickly became inseparable, relying on each other for support to move beyond their troubled pasts. However, one whispered confession changed the course of their lives. Now sixteen years later the two men are together again, but the reunion is far from sweet. Logan, an Army Ranger veteran, is trying to heal from both the emotional and physical trauma he endured while deployed in Afghanistan. Clay, a Boston Police Detective, is determined to rebuild their once close bond. Both men have withheld a secret from each other. Both men are in love-with each other. Can they work together to overcome their pasts and build a future together, or is it too late?

28) Trina Lane - In Dreams He Came, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819657
ISBN-13: 978-1615819652

With a very active imagination and passion for all things history, University of California senior and veteran on the swim team Gabriel Mason often finds himself traveling to distant lands and times. There's always one constant in Gabe's dreams: a nameless man whose love completes Gabe's soul. Gabe is waiting for someone special in his "real" life as well, and his best friend Phil is determined to find Gabe his elusive knight in shining armor. Nick Jackson, a university alum and Olympic swimming champion, immediately recognizes the quiet young man from the swim team and convinces Gabe to give them a chance at building something special. Considering the palpable attraction between them, Nick surprises himself by quickly agreeing to take their budding relationship slow. Unfortunately, real life is not a fantasy, and Nick's demanding schedule as a professional athlete and Gabe's obligations to the swim team and his degree make finding time to spend together difficult. Have the two men found everlasting love, or will it all prove to be just another dream?

29) Marten Weber - Benedetto Casanova, The Memoirs, Aquarius Publishing, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (March 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461010934
ISBN-13: 978-1461010937

No doubt you have heard of Casanova, the famous womanizer, and maybe you’ve seen the movie, or read the account of his life. But did you know he may have had a gay brother? Benedetto, a few years Giacomo’s junior, was pressed into service of the Church, to follow the famous lover of women through the courts of Europe. On the way he had amorous adventures with countless men, but, unlike his brother, fell in love and kept alive a romantic relationship with a strapping German soldier over time and distance. Benedetto Casanova’s (fictional) memoirs were discovered only in 1881, when an English traveler rummaging through a private library in Rome found them glued to the pages of a book. They were written in Italian and have never before been published in English. Marten Weber delivers a wonderful "translation" of this challenging text, full of linguistic cunning and his usual talent for breathtaking eroticism.

30) Wojciech Szot - QueerWarsaw, Stowarzyszenie Lambda Warszawa, LGBT, Non Fiction
ISBN-13: 978-83-9269683-4

Welcome to QueerWarsaw – Poland’s capital city! Warsaw is the city we live in; the city we love for its openness and hospitality, for architectonic chaos and the energy that drives us in our activities. We want to describe it, because it still hasn’t been discovered in full. Everyone is invited to Warsaw: gays and lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and queer persons. Come and discover that Eastern Europe is not confined to homophobic behaviours, nationalistic politicians or laws banning “gay propaganda.” We must admit – it is still a battlefield for public space. However, by means of this guidebook, we want to show we have always been here and describe this presence. The book does not concentrate on the “now”, but on the hitherto unknown past. You will read about great personalities, forgotten clubs and meeting places, as well as events that are important to us. Of course we do not forget about the present, but without knowing our history you will not understand us as we are today. So again – welcome to QueerWarsaw!
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