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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 141-150

141) Amanda Young - Pyromancer, Lethe Press, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (June 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 159021238X
ISBN-13: 978-1590212387

One desperate night, a rent boy hot enough to scorch the motel sheets, meets a man doomed to burn for love. Christian Ryder is a lonely man because of his strange abilities; pyromancy, a curse that causes the temperature to dangerously rise whenever Christian grows excited. He has accidentally hurt lovers in the past and has sworn off personal attachments. Tanner O Bannon is broke and desperate. The recent loss of his father has thrown Tanner into a tailspin of debt he can't afford to pay. Working as a rent boy allows him to pay the mortgage and his college tuition, but it's burning away his soul in the process. Through the machinations of an escort agency these men are thrown together. Smoldering embers of desire fan the flames of love, but will it be enough to make Christian overcome his fear of love, or to save Tanner from the fire?

142) R.W. Day - Out of the Ashes, Lethe Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (September 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210646
ISBN-13: 978-1590210642

The sequel to A Strong and Sudden Thaw at last! The world after the Ice remains a dangerous place. Callan and David have survived the dragons but rebuilding lives is no easy task. When the army comes to their town to enforce an evacuation, Callan is suspicious about their claims of tainted groundwater and radiation. David feels he must join his family in defending town, even if rebellion means deadly force is needed. Tragedy strikes when the Brethren, a crazed religious order, seeks to control the new world through not only preaching intolerance but forced conversion and torture as well. Can the love between these young men withstand not only distance but betrayal?

143) H.C. Brown - Shifters & Demons, The Vane Book 1, Noble Romance Publishing, Bisexual/Transgender, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605922625
ISBN-13: 978-1605922621

This time, dear reader, I'm taking you 2000 years into the future. I'm introducing you to a new Pride of shape shifters with amazing, magical powers. The Lady sends Prince Dallin of the Vane and Stryker of Talynx back 3000 years to rescue a Spellweaver, Lailii of the Tark, from the Butcher of Unwyn's dungeon. Gentle but courageous Lailii believes she is safe with her two alpha-male shifters until they are pursued, back to the future, by demons and a mutant Army of Lost Souls. Will Dallin keep his promise to the goddess and ensure Lailii's safety, or will she become prey to the demon Lord Passio?

144) Lauren P. Burka - Up For Grabs 2, Circlet Press, Bisexual/Transgender, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (January 18, 2011)

As editor Lauren P. Burka says in her introduction, "All erotica is the story of sex breaking free from biological need to become the co-conspirator of pleasure." Never is that more apparent than in the sharp-eyed, sharp-minded stories she has selected for Up For Grabs 2, the second volume of gender exploratory erotica she has brought together by asking the question "What happens to sex if we let go of every assumption we have about gender and start from scratch?" Have you ever dreamed of being so close to the people you loved that you could share your identities, your emotions, and your pleasures? M. Christian has written a story just for you. Do you crave the touch of intersex flesh so much that you will set aside everything you believed about your own sexuality? Raven Kaldera has got you covered. What would the future be like if we had an option beyond male or female, where "it" is not an insult? Elizabeth Thorne takes us on a tour. In a harsh future where the meaning seems drained from life, will gender still matter? Ask Zachary Jernigan. What would happen if our sexualities were defined not by our gender but by specific body parts? Find out what sex is like for a "mouth" in M. Svairini's story of the same name.
Table of Contents:
The Bell House Invitation by M. Christian
Lover of the Whore of Babylon by Raven Kaldera
The Verb for Change is Sex by Zachary Jernigan
The Sex of Therapy by Elizabeth Thorne
The Isle of the Dead by Thomas S. Roche
They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To by Laura Antoniou
Wer-What by Esmeralda Greene
Mouth by M. Svairini

145) Tabitha Dulla - Like Heaven and Hell, Circlet Press, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Publisher: Circlet Press

Six queer stories of angels and demons, exploring love, desire, and the consequences that come with uninhibited, unearthly sex. Discover the contours of these heavenly shaped bodies under your fingertips, feel the cool air of a whisper on your ear, and uncover the throbbing desires for release along side our angels and demons. With the power to take on any physical form they desire, angels and demons can blur the lines of gender or transforms themselves into whomever they want. KJ Kabza, Karen Cobb, Tanya Ashbury, Theorian D. Graves, Kate Vassar, and Monique Poirier create enticing stories that will leave you feeling both a deep emotional and sexual connection to each and every character as they are thrust into the throes of passion.
Table of Contents:
Introduction by Tabitha Dulla
Switch by KJ Kabza
Give & Take by Karen Cobb
Messengers by Tanya Ashbury
Breathing Brimstone by Theorian D. Graves
Seduced by Kate Vassar
At the Crossroads by Monique Poirier

146) Danielle Bodnar - Women on the Edge of Space, Circlet Press, Lesbian, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (April 12, 2011)

In these four stories, women explore the uncharted trails of human desire as they rocket through space and transcend time and place. They inspire fear and hope in the face of danger and uncertainty, and the thrills of satiating a hunger for intimacy in a strange new world. Women on the Edge of Space features stories by Elizabeth Black, Shanna Germain, Kaysee Renee Robichaud, and Laurel Waterford. Space is a place that is full of mystery. Traveling through outer space is a journey unlike any other, letting go of the usual sense of place and time and opening up to new possibilities. Just as one may never find the edge of the universe, one can never truly know why she falls in love with certain people; she can only embrace her feelings, or deny them. To map out the course of a human’s sexuality, as making a complete chart of the universe, is futile, for like space, the capacity for love and desire is infinite. Space is also a place of escape, where one can let go of all her earthly worries and inhibitions and just drift away, allowing the forces of a more mysterious nature overcome. The space opera combines the improbability of science fiction and the impossibility of fantasy, and when the erotic is added to the mix, our desires can find a place even within the farthest reaches of nothingness. Outside of the earthly limitations of prejudice and discrimination, women can claim space for their own, living how they want and loving whomever they choose, exploring their sexuality in ways they never thought possible.

147) Scarlet Hyacinth - The Plot Bunny, Silver Publishing, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461188229
ISBN-13: 978-1461188223

Lucas Black, a famous author, finds himself struggling with writer's block. As he falls further and further into his obsession, his lover Simon breaks up with him. Depressed, Luc prays for a muse and is surprised when his prayers are actually answered in the person of a young man named Dury, who claims to be Luc's plot bunny. Dury is everything Luc shouldn't like, eccentric, mysterious, and far too beautiful. But in spite of his doubts, Luc cannot help but feel an increasing affection for Dury. After his painful separation from Luc, Simon Roth is unable to continue sculpting. Seeing his ex on the street with someone else only serves to reopen old wounds. To his shock, that someone -- a mysterious man named Dury -- begins to stalk him, pushing Simon to contact Luc once again. Simon realizes with dismay that Dury's gentle coaxing reaches out to a deep part of him, one he'd thought reserved for his lost love, Luc. Even as the two artists acknowledge their feelings for each other, they understand they have both fallen for Dury as well. Dury, however, hasn't told them everything. His secrets may well be the death of them all. Content advisory: This book includes fisting.

148) Scarlet Hyacinth - Awakenings, Silver Publishing, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461124565
ISBN-13: 978-1461124566

Mermen twins Jaden and Chrys have been scorned all their lives by Atlantean society. The only one who cares about them is Prince Aurus. But when Aurus and Chrys fall in love, they leave Jaden an outsider. Secretly, Jaden wants his twin, but he keeps his sinful affection well hidden. After they are separated from Aurus, he is the only one who can comfort Chrys, even if only in a brotherly manner. When the Atlantean king concocts a plan to hurt them, Jaden and Chrys run away, and their paths cross with Aurus's again. This time, though, a strange force interferes in their lives. A dark, powerful beast that lives in the depths of the ocean calls out to Jaden, luring him toward its lair. With Jaden in danger of disappearing forever, Chrys and Aurus are faced with a choice, a realization, and a decision. Will mysterious Vaar finally help the three mermen see the truth, or will he end their very existences?

149) Mickie B. Ashling - Taste, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818618
ISBN-13: 978-1615818617

What should have been a brief interlude turns into something deeper when Lil Lampert meets Grier Dilorio at the Taste of Chicago. Lil is in town visiting good friends Jody Williams and Clark Stevens, and he didn't plan to hook up with a younger man and discover a mutual love for architecture, interior design, and a unique sexual kink that keeps Lil coming back for more. By all appearances, Grier is the quintessential bad boy who loves speed, tattoos, and leather, but Lil slowly uncovers another side: selfless, responsible, and tender, especially for Luca, the son he's had to deny. With Lil's love and support, Grier will make a decision key to opening the door to a possible future together, one that includes fatherhood, something Lil has dreamed of but has never dared to explore.

150) Mickie B. Ashling - Tono, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615817174
ISBN-13: 978-1615817177

In the aftermath of Mick Henley's death, his two lovers, Paul Alcott and Tono Garat, find themselves at odds. Tono has rejected Paul on the pretext that the public will find out about their love affair, thus tarnishing Mick's memory; the reality is that Tono fears Paul will lose interest in him because they're not intellectual equals. Tono's fear is compounded when Mick's final novel, Momentos, is presented to Paul posthumously with a request to start a trust from the proceeds to aid artists and writers suffering from ALS. Mick's only stipulation is that Tono spearhead the organization. Paul is energized by Mick's request, but Tono is angry and conflicted about the challenge. After a five-month separation, they reunite, rekindling their strong physical attraction-and illuminating their many differences. As always, Mick's presence lingers, intruding at unexpected times. Are their memories preventing Paul and Tono from finding true happiness as a couple? Can there be a life for two vibrant alphas without the gentle Mick to buffer the discord?
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