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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 201-210

201) Carsen Taite - The Best Defense, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822336
ISBN-13: 978-1602822337

Business and pleasure don’t mix, especially when the business is murder. When Aimee Howard, successful boutique real estate broker and socialite, is visited by a team of federal agents looking to arrest her wayward niece, she hires the best defense money can buy. But Aimee begins to question her confidence in the law firm when she learns they’ve hired a disgraced former police detective to take the lead. Homicide detective Skye Keaton’s shortcuts in the name of justice have finally tipped the scales in the wrong direction. She’s lost her job, her pride, and the respect of her family and friends. When an old friend trusts her with a simple task—find a young woman in hiding—she’s happy to have the work even though the client is a bossy former debutante who wants to micromanage her every move. Skye reluctantly decides to let Aimee close to the investigation so she can manage Aimee’s expectations, but their professional proximity quickly takes a turn toward passion. Despite their best defenses, as they work together to regain what they’ve lost, both women find the magnetic attraction that develops between them hard to resist.

202) Tracey Pennington - Awake, Cheyenne Publishing, LGBT, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (June 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982826761
ISBN-13: 978-0982826768

A girl trapped in a war between her school, her church, and her own family. A boy facing the pain of injustice and prejudice in the same rush as new love. A town shocked by the death of a young person, while one alone knows why. A loner fighting a losing battle inside, terrified by society, longing for respect. Poignant, funny, tragic, uplifting-Awake brings together the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens through four gifted authors, including Nancy Garden, author of the groundbreaking Annie on My Mind, who have donated their time and talents. The Trevor Project is the nation's leading organization dedicated to ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. All net publisher proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit The Trevor Project.

203) Belinda McBride - Blacque/Bleu, Loose Id, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (August 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611183626
ISBN-13: 978-1611183627

Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins. On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it’s all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He's not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he's made. He's even less sure Bleu will let him go. In Blacque’s world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu’s world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada’s magic to work for them.

204) Viki Lyn - Fighting Chance, Loose Id, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 21, 2011)

Kresnik vampire slayer, Corbin Hamilton, has vowed to avenge his father's death and kill the prince of the Red Serpent clan. Instead, he's stuck with guard duty for vampire Johan Maier who is becoming human, thanks to a new serum. What's worse, the sexual attraction between him and his prisoner is getting harder to ignore. Johan Maier's chance to regain his humanity is a dream come true. If he only he could get Corbin to trust him, they would have a chance at love. Yet, his vampire powers are getting stronger instead of weaker, his blood markers morphing into something that isn't quite human. As Corbin hunts the prince, Johan insists on aiding him. He secretly vows to protect Corbin even if it means his death.

205) L.A. Witt - Static, Amber Quill Press, Bisexual/Transgender, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249538
ISBN-13: 978-1611249538

Damon Bryce is worried sick when he doesn't hear from his girlfriend after she visits her estranged parents, but when he checks up on her, he's in for the shock of his life--she's a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population who can shift genders at will. Thanks to her parents, though, she's been forcibly given an implant that leaves her static--unable to shift--and male. Alex Nichols desperately wants the implant removed, but getting it out isn't nearly as easy as putting it in. The surgery is expensive and dangerous. Left in, the implant carries its own set of risks, with the potential to cripple or even kill him. On top of that, he's carefully kept his identity a secret from more people in his life than just Damon, and his parents aren't the only ones appalled by shifters. Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical effects and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn't see how their relationship can get through this unscathed. Especially if Alex is a static male permanently...

206) Jerry L. Wheeler - Tented, Lethe Press, Gay, Fantasy
Perfect Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (August 18, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213440
ISBN-13: 978-1590213445

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and read stories both salacious and miraculous! Only fifteen dollars for the Grand Tour of Tented! That's three fins to meet the Great Masturbator! Three Lincolns to explore a post-apocalyptic future where every clown has his very own catamite! Yes, my friends, these stories are guaranteed to amaze, beguile, and captivate. That's the ABC's, my boy. Stay close, you might learn something. We have acrobats ready to assume positions, knife-throwers blade in-hand, tasty treats like sticky cotton candy, and a Hall of Mirrors to reflect your deepest desires! Featuring performances by these talented artistes: Gavin Atlas * Steve Berman * 'Nathan Burgoine * Tom Cardamone * Dale Chase * Hank Edwards * Garland * William Holden * R. Jackson * Daniel M. Jaffe * Matt Kailey * Sean Meriwether * Jay Neal * Ralph Seligman * Dusty Taylor * Cage Thunder

207) Rob Rosen - Sparkle, Fierce Publishing, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Fierce Publishing (June 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983767807
ISBN-13: 978-0983767800

A madcap coming-out story with a wicked bent, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love has it all: sex, drugs, and 80's rock 'n' roll, piercings and tattoos, drag queens and near-death experiences, all with a beautiful San Francisco backdrop and enough twists and turns to make even Lombard Street jealous. Your mama never told you that being queer could be this much fun!

208) Cat Grant - Entangled Trio, Ellora's Cave, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc. (August 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 141996500X
ISBN-13: 978-1419965005

Renowned mezzo-soprano Colette DuPlessis is carrying on a torrid affair with her costar, handsome young tenor David Lewis. David wants Colette as more than just a short-term fling, but she must return home to Paris-and her husband, conductor Aleksandr Petrovsky. Though she and Aleks have an open marriage, Colette vows never to see David again. But when her new costar cancels right before opening night, she has no choice but to suggest David as a replacement. It doesn't take long before Aleks notices the amazing chemistry sizzling between David and his wife-and realizes he's attracted to the gorgeous young singer himself. He and Colette quickly make it their mission to seduce him. The three of them explore the far reaches of pain and pleasure. But Colette and David both soon learn they must guard their hearts closely, or risk losing themselves within this entangled trio.

209) Rebecca Leigh - Dirty Housewives, Ravenous Romance, Lesbian, Historical
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (June 5, 2011)

Barbara Curtis is a 1950s divorcee in a small midwestern town. She has lived the life everyone expected of her - marriage, house, kids. Even after her divorce, she continued the typical routine of a Maple Street housewife, sprinkling daily chores with the appropriate measure of gossip. But when a scandal grips Springfield and brings the FBI to town, Barbara's life changes dramatically. Sally Norton is a FBI stenographer and de facto agent who comes to Springfield with Agent Theodore Hoover to investigate an interstate embezzlement plot at Springfield's local branch of National Federal Savings and Loan. Sally kindles sexual desires Barbara tried her entire life to suppress. In the midst of the scandal, Virginia Anderson moves to Maple Street. Unlike Barbara and Sally, Virginia is not afraid to express her sexual preferences - or share them with her new friends. The three women explore their sexual attraction in the midst of the worst scandal Springfield has ever seen and in the face of gossip that could force their relationship to end before they come to terms with their true feelings.

210) Sloan Parker - Breathe, Loose Id, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 16, 2010)

Lincoln McCaw lost everything -- his home, his job, his partner -- after he caused a fatal accident. A year later, he's drowning the guilt and despair in whiskey, but he needs to move on. His sister and her kids are counting on him. Then he meets a man who ignites a passion Lincoln thought he’d never find. Too bad one night is all they can have together. Now he needs to figure out how to turn away from the only person who makes him feel alive…before whoever is sending him threats decides Lincoln needs to suffer more than he already has. Jay Miller is surrounded by grief and misery until he finally gives in to all those years of sexual fantasies about being with another guy. Realizing he’s ended up in the arms of the man who caused his wife’s accident, he tries to pull away. But how can he give up a friendship he needs more than anything -- a friendship and a love that could save him? He may not have time to make the choice before someone else destroys it all.
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