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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 91-100

91) Michael Alenyikov - Ivan and Misha: stories, Triquarterly Books, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Triquarterly / Northwestern University Press (October 30, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810127180
ISBN-13: 978-0810127180

In Ivan and Misha, Michael Alenyikov portrays the complexities of love, sexuality, and the bonds of family with boldness and lyric sensitivity. As the Soviet Union collapses, two young brothers are whisked away from Kiev by their father to start life anew in America. The intricately linked stories in this powerful debut, set in New York City at the turn of the millennium, swirl about the uneasy bond between fraternal twins, Ivan and Misha, devoted brothers who could not be more different: Bipolar Ivan, like their father, is a natural seducer, a gambler who always has a scheme afoot between fares in his cab and stints in Bellevue. Misha struggles to create a sense of family with his quixotic boyfriend, Smith, his wildly unpredictable brother, and their father, Lyov ("Call me Louie!"), marooned in Brighton Beach yet ever the ladies' man. Father and sons are each haunted by the death of Sonya, a wife to Lyov, a mother to his sons. An evocative and frank exploration of identity, loss, dislocation, and desire, Ivan and Misha marks the arrival of a uniquely gifted voice in American fiction.

92) Kyell Gold - Isolation Play, The Sofawolf Press, Gay, Fantasy
January, 2011
420 pages
ISBN 978-1-936689-00-2

Devlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player. But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates—not to mention each other. All's fair in love and war—and this is both. Isolation Play is the eagerly awaited sequel to the best-selling novel Out of Position and picks up Dev and Lee's story about five minutes after the end of the first book. Well over a year and a half in the making, Isolation Play is the longest work Kyell Gold has released. Cover and interior illustrations are by Blotch.

93) Catherine Ryan Hyde - Jumpstart the World, Random House, Bisexual/Transgender, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375866655
ISBN-13: 978-0375866654

Elle is a loner. She doesn’t need people. Which is a good thing, because she’s on her own: she had to move into her own apartment so her mother’s boyfriend won’t have to deal with her. Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door. He’s older and has a girlfriend, but Elle can’t stop thinking about him. Frank isn’t like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He’s gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard. But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he’s transgender. And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down. Now she’ll have to search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world. Tender, honest, and compassionate, Jumpstart the World is a stunning story to make you laugh, cry, and honor the power of love.

94) Storm Grant - Shift Happens, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (December 21, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249864
ISBN-13: 978-1611249866

Three years out of grad school, anthropologist Adrian Thornapple is still stuck in that 'temporary' office job. When his former mentor invites him on a rainforest expedition, he says he can't. He has obligations. He has security. He has...a dead neighbor on his doorstep? It seems she's fallen victim to a new and deadly designer drug shipping up from the rainforest. Accused of involvement in her death, Adrian suddenly comprehends that life is short, civilized doesn't mean 'safe,' and that he should follow his dreams. Captain Thomas Ferrell hates the supernatural. When the Army kicks him out for weird behavior, he signs on with paranormal investigators Borderless Observers Org. Three missions in, Tom's learned BOO does a lot more than observe. And that their paranormal investigators really are paranormal investigators. Sent to stop a drug operation in the Amazon basin, he's unwillingly shapeshifted into a huge black jaguar. He believes he must regain his humanity before he can complete his mission. Is he wrong? Adrian's expedition morphs into a nightmare of illegal drugs, slave labor, and a terrifying quest through the rainforest and the spirit world. Worse yet, his companion and protector is a giant man-eating jaguar with whom he might be falling in love!

95) S.L. Danielson - Life After Math, Silver Publishing, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 146117631X
ISBN-13: 978-1461176312

Scott Williams, the brilliant math tutor is all grown up and in college. He's anxious to move forward with his schooling and his life in general. He's also thrilled to have lost over 50 pounds in less than a year! His boyfriend, Jared Adamson, is also with him at the same school. They became promised over the summer and look forward to getting through college and spending the rest of their lives together. Freshman year goes smoothly, but when sophomore year arrives, everything is turned upside-down. Scott takes up tutoring again and meets a young, shy fellow math tutor named Daniel. Jared is also tempted with the older, very handsome and fiery-haired Taylor who becomes his psychology tutor. The couple gets their first true dose of real life away from their parents and also of true jealousy. Both Daniel and Taylor present a dilemma for the happy couple as do demands for each other's time! Emotional arguments break out and for the first time in their relationship, they deal with uncertainty over their future together. Finally, after a tumultuous argument, the two break up! What happens next? Will this couple survive these four years together, or will they be just a memory to each other?

96) S.L. Danielson - Bernard Diary of a 46-yr-old Bellhop, Gay, Contemporary Romance

Bernard Covington, suicidal and not the most-handsome man in the world would be happy to leave the world behind altogether. That is until he meets Dr. Jack Larson. The physician takes his wounded heart and soul and patches them back together, but is he Mr. Perfect? Bernard and Jack develop a romance, but soon the tide begins to shift as Jack’s past is revealed and it becomes a game-changer for the couple to deal with. Will Bernard and Jack have a happy ending or will he succumb to his desire to end it all or will dealing with Jack's phantoms keep him going? Only Bernard's diary knows what secrets lurk in his soul...

97) Alan Chin - Butterfly's Child, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615816585
ISBN-13: 978-1615816583

While back in the West to attend his grandmother's funeral, Cord Bridger uncovers two shocking revelations: his grandmother had a lesbian lover named Juanita; and he has a teenaged son named Kalin. Fate brings all three together, but to preserve his new family, Cord must leave his safe life in New York City behind to carve a living from the harsh ranch lands of Nevada. To forge a life with Juanita and Kalin, Cord must first discover the dark secret burning a hole in Kalin's heart. With the help of Tomeo, a handsome Japanese veterinarian, Cord travels a gut-wrenching road of triumphs and tragedies to insure his son will survive the sinister violence of his past. But as Tomeo becomes more than just a helpful friend to Cord, a new set of problems arise between Cord and Kalin that may threaten the happiness of them all.

98) Alan Chin - Match Maker, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615815872
ISBN-13: 978-1615815876

In the four years since being forced off the professional tour for being gay, Daniel Bottega has taught tennis at a second-rate country club. He found a sanctuary to hide from an unkind world, while his lover, Jared Stoderling, fought a losing battle with alcohol addiction to cope with his disappointment of not playing on the pro circuit. Now Daniel has another chance at the tour by coaching tennis prodigy Connor Lin to a Grand Slam championship win. He shares his chance with Jared by convincing him to return to the pro circuit as Connor's doubles partner. Competing on the world tour is challenging enough, but Daniel and Jared also face major media attention, political fallout from the pro association, and a shocking amount of hate that threatens Connor's career in tennis, Jared's love for Daniel, and Daniel's very life.

99) D.H. Starr - Wrestling with Desire, Featherweight Press, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Featherweight Press (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608202216
ISBN-13: 978-1608202218

Derek Thompson is a senior, a wrestler, and has a secret. He's gay. Scott Thayer is a new student who has just moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Iowa. On the first day of school Derek and Scott meet and their lives change in an instant. As Derek and Scott discover the things they have in common, they enter into one of the closest and most loving relationships either of them has ever experienced. When unexpected circumstances threaten their relationship, they both have to make a decision. DO they protect their secret and separate? Or fight for what they want...each other?

100) D.H. Starr - Meant For Each Other, Ai Press, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Ai Press (February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456346008
ISBN-13: 978-1456346003

Sometimes your first love is the one that was meant to be. Craig Harper and Jeremy Finn were best friends growing up. They attended the same school, spent all of their time together, and hung out with the same group of people. It wasn't until the day before Jeremy and his family moved across the country that they discovered their attraction to one another. Fifteen years later, they reunite by chance in New York City. Both are in relationships and have established a routine in their lives. But routines and relationships are shaken as they begin to spend time together once again. Old feelings and connections are still strong and the passion that pulls them together is a powerful, soul-searing call neither man can deny. As each deals with the issues in their own relationships, they begin to question whether the comfort of what they know is more powerful than the pull of what they could have been...and what they might become. Struggling to find the answer, only their hearts can reveal if they are meant for each other.
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