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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 31-40

31) Josh Aterovis - The Truth of Yesterday, P.D. Publishing, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc. (February 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933720816
ISBN-13: 978-1933720814

"We like to think of life as a story - complete with a nice, neat beginning, middle, and end. Real life is seldom that orderly. We often forget just how powerful the past can be. After all, it's over and done with, so how can the past affect the present? The truth is, while it may be over, it is seldom done. The past has a way of twisting our perception, our feelings, and even our reality. Things we thought long behind us can suddenly be very much before us." Killian is thrilled when his first real case takes him on a surveillance trip to Washington D.C. - and with his boyfriend Micah, no less. When Micah takes him out to celebrate the successful resolution of his case, Micah's past comes back to haunt them in a big way. Killian is stunned by what he learns, and even more shocked to hear about the murder of Micah's former lover, Paul. The truth threatens to tear them apart, but at the same time, Killian finds himself drawn to find Paul's killer. Meanwhile, Judy has asked him to investigate an old friend, Jake, whose behavior has changed radically over the last few months. She is worried he may be involved in something dangerous...and she has no idea how right she is. Entering into the perilous and often grim world of male escorts, Killian discovers that things are seldom what they seem and everyone has a past. The truth of yesterday becomes a lie tomorrow.

32) J.P. Barnaby - Little Boy Lost: Enlightened, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818162
ISBN-13: 978-1615818167

Little Boy Lost, Book One Little Boy Lost is the story of Brian McAllister, the boy next door. Brian goes to school, does his homework, and helps his foster parents around the house. Brian also has a secret: he is in love with his best friend, Jamie. But in Crayford, Alabama, being in love with another boy is the worst kind of sin. Brian and Jamie will discover just how deep their emotional bond runs, and at what cost. What will they do if their secret is discovered? From fumbling through their first sexual experiences to hiding all aspects of their relationship from everyone in their lives, Brian and Jamie battle for the one thing that is truly theirs-love.

33) Katrina Strauss - Sonoran Heat, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Amber Allure (September 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160272766X
ISBN-13: 978-1602727663

Tony is newly single, lonely, and stuck in the past. When he grabs a late-night meal at an old haunt, his trip down memory lane is derailed by gorgeous waiter Josh. Tony sees a chance for a fresh start with the twenty-one-year-old, but worries chasing a man half his age will lead to heartache. It's hard to resist when Josh intrigues Tony on an intellectual level--and fires the landscaper's libido hotter than the Arizona desert they call home. Josh has goals. Digital design student by day, he waits tables at night, but his true dream is to paint. When he falls for Tony, he starts to rethink his plans and how the sexy older man might fit into them. But Tony's recovering from a failed relationship, one that lasted nearly as long as Josh has been alive, and Josh must prove that in spite of his age and inexperience, his feelings are sincere. As the desert nights heat up, Tony and Josh explore possibilities both in and out of the bedroom, but when each man faces a difficult choice, they must decide on the future. Whether that future is together, or separate, is a matter of reason versus the heart.

34) Johnny Miles - Lauderdale Hearts, Loose Id, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 18, 2011)

Blake Hudson has everything. The perfect job, a penthouse apartment, and killer abs. But when he suffers a heart attack at 39, he realizes something is missing from his life and wonders if being career-oriented was just another way of saying workaholic. When his doctor suggests he take time off from work, Blake puts it off. He’s got too much work as a new partner in New York City’s hottest advertising agency and he’s about to land a multi-million dollar account. But his employer pulls rank and surprises him with the keys to his own house in Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America. With Ricky Sanchez, a smoldering Latin hunk, Blake discovers there truly is more to life than working 24/7 and making money. There are places to visit, things to do, and steamy sex to be had anywhere their imagination will let them. But all vacations must come to an end. What will Blake choose when the agency calls him back to babysit his coveted multi-million dollar account?

35) Cheryl Dragon - Backing Brian, Resplendence Publishing, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (March 12, 2011)

Once a Texan, always a Texan and Brian Beaumont has come back home to open his high-end western wear shop. Not everyone is thrilled with the gay son of a Texas millionaire opening a clothing store. Lucky for Brian, his new brother-in-law sends protection from Raider’s Bodyguard Service. If only Brian could resist the hunky muscled Texas native assigned to guard his body day and night. Jones never wanted to go back to Texas. He left at eighteen for many reasons, but his career is more important than the demons of his past. Always a professional, he meets his match in the tempting Brian. The line between business and pleasure vanishes when their mutual love of sex, rope and power play takes over.

36) Farzana Doctor - Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press, Lesbian, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dundurn (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554887674
ISBN-13: 978-1554887675

Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter’s tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated. But Ismail’s story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents’ home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.

37) Rachel Spangler - The Long Way Home, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282178X
ISBN-13: 978-1602821781

They say you can’t go home again, but Raine St. James doesn’t know why anyone would want to. Rory St. James was disowned after she came out at seventeen. She rebounded by moving to Chicago, changing her name to Raine and putting down her hometown to audiences around the country. Now, ten years later, too old to be considered a gay youth, broke, evicted, and fresh off a much needed break-up, Raine St. James is forced to accept a job teaching at Bramble University in Darlington, the town she’s been publicly bashing for the last decade. Beth Devoroux was born and raised in Darlington. Despite losing her parents at a young age, she has been nurtured by the people of the town and is well loved by everyone who knows her. She leads a comfortable life with good job at Bramble University, a long-term but closeted relationship, friends that she can count on, and everything she thinks she wants, so why is she so drawn to a rabble-rouser like Raine St. James? Can Raine and Beth face their pasts and come to terms with their differences in order to have any hope for a future together?

38) J.M. Redmann - Water Mark, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821798
ISBN-13: 978-1602821798

It’s just one more body in one more destroyed house. In New Orleans, a few months after Katrina, there are thousands of destroyed houses and hundreds of body yet to be found. Can one more matter? It does to Micky Knight as she takes on the quixotic search to find out who the woman was and why she might have died there. But is Micky searching for justice or just doing anything to avoid confronting the ways Katrina destroyed everything that had tied her to New Orleans? In a city that doesn’t even have working stoplights, there seems little need for a private investigator. Her friends are all struggling with their own disrupted lives, lost jobs, destroyed homes. And the woman Micky thought she’d be with forever, Cordelia James, hasn’t returned. Micky’s investigation leads to a tangle of greed and deceit that stretches back generations. Someone is using the destruction wrought by the flooding to finish what was started a hundred years ago. To stop them Micky will have to risk not just life and limb, but any chance to reconnect with Cordelia and rebuild the life she had before Katina. But if she doesn’t stop them, a young Midwestern teenager whose only crime was wanting to help the destroyed city, will be the next body left in an abandoned house. The sixth Micky Knight mystery.

39) Lea Santos - Picture Imperfect, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821801
ISBN-13: 978-1602821804

Once, Paloma and Deanne Vargas thought they were destined to grow old together. But after fourteen years together and two children, Paloma finally accepts she has based her life on the foolish dream of two passionate high school sweethearts. Heartbroken that Deanne seems more devoted to being a cop than a partner, Paloma tosses her out and tries to move on. But Deanne is determined to get their marriage back on the road to happily ever after, by way of Memory Lane—and Lover’s Lane... Third in the Amigas y Amor Series

40) Winter Pennington - Raven Mask, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821828
ISBN-13: 978-1602821828

"I stared down at the lifeless body of a boy whose face was all too familiar..."
Following the execution of Lukas Morris, Preternatural Private Investigator Kassandra Lyall told herself that she'd learn more about the local werewolf pack's Alpha female. Just as she begins her investigation, she's interrupted by a phone call from friend and ex-colleague, Detective Arthur Kingfisher. The body of a sixteen-year-old boy has been found. It's not just any sixteen-year-old boy, it's Timothy Nelson, a boy Kassandra knew was curious about the preternatural. When Timothy's body disappears during transport, Kassandra's questions only increase. She realizes that Timothy's death serves as a challenge, but it's not a challenge directed at her. It's a challenge aimed at her lover, the Countess vampire of Oklahome, Lenorre. While Kassandra tries to figure out if Timothy's curiosity was his undoing, the biggest question of all remains unanswered. Is Timothy Nelson dead or undead? The Second Book in the Kassandra Lyall Preternatural Investigator Series.
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