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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 211-220

211) L.A. Witt - Trust Me, Carnal Passions, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Carnal Passions (July 6, 2011)

On the scene of a multiple murder that’s grisly even for a veteran homicide detective, Brian Clifton is stunned when one of the victims bears an uncanny resemblance to his boyfriend, James. As the similarities keep piling up, so do the bodies…and the evidence points to James as the killer. Since long before the shooting, James has been dishonest. He’s been evasive. Oh, and there’s that minor little detail he withheld from Brian about being a gambling-addicted drug dealer. He may not be the best boyfriend in the world, but he begs Brian to believe he’s no murderer. In fact, whoever did pull the trigger undoubtedly wants to finish what they started, and Brian is the only one James trusts to keep him safe. But how much is Brian willing to risk to protect a man he may not even know?

212) Sarah Diemer - The Dark Wife, Self-Published, Lesbian, Fantasy
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (May 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461179939
ISBN-13: 978-1461179931

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want--except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice. Zeus calls Hades "lord" of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

213) Andy Frankham-Allen - Seeker, Untreed Reads Publishing, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Publisher: Untreed Reads (March 16, 2011)

The Ancient nodded. “The Book will explain this to you. One day the Seeker shall appear, and with my blood in your veins you will know him...” Meet Willem Townsend: London-based entrepreneur; loyal friend; loving uncle. He seems to have everything going for him, but deep down Will is trapped by work, family, and the sheer mundanity of daily routine. Stepping outside his comfort zone he begins an internet romance and, despite the reservations of his best friend Jake, Will arranges to meet his lover for a weekend getaway.The weekend passes, and not a word is heard from Will. Jake organises a search for his friend, fearing the worst, and as Jake’s frenetic hunt progresses, he begins to realise that Will may have meant more to him than he was willing to believe. In Southend, a naked man is found in a garden, suffering from a trauma that he cannot recall. And when the memories come flooding back, they are borne by blood. He holds the key to a secret world where the price of entry is death…

214) Catriana Sommers - Destined, Silver Publishing, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463595042
ISBN-13: 978-1463595043

Raised together, Sarnaiel and Naliel are as close as brothers could be, until the dark elf Sarnaiel decides he wants them to be something more. Only after he reveals his intentions does he learn of an arranged marriage that stands between them and their happiness. Unable to stand the idea of the one he loves with another, he vanishes, leaving Naliel alone...or so he thought. But someone has been watching the young half elf from the shadows, and without Sarnaiel's presence he makes his move in the most brutal of ways. Naliel survives, but his mind and body are broken. Sarnaiel returns to pick up the pieces, mending and nurturing and rebuilding their bond, but once again their relationship is thwarted by the birth of Naliel's bride. Once the source of his greatest joy, Sarnaiel becomes Naliel's torment. For Sarnaiel, when hurt, strikes back twice as hard and viciously. It doesn’t matter who it is. He almost goes too far and through that, finally learns what should be truly important to him. The oath they make that day is what seals their already unbreakable bond, and the two grow older, and wiser, together. For no matter what happens, no matter what they face, even if it's their own kin, they live by their promise: "It was us from the beginning, and it'll be us until the end." Content concerns: This book contains near rape, questionable consent, and moderate violence.

215) Michael Schiavi - Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, University of Wisconsin Press, Gay, Non Fiction
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0299282309
ISBN-13: 978-0299282301

Celluloid Activist is the biography of gay-rights giant Vito Russo, the man who wrote The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, commonly regarded as the foundational text of gay and lesbian film studies and one of the first to be widely read. But Russo was much more than a pioneering journalist and author. A founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and cofounder of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), Russo lived at the center of the most important gay cultural turning points in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. His life as a cultural Zelig intersects a crucial period of social change, and in some ways his story becomes the story of a developing gay revolution in America. A frequent participant at “zaps” and an organizer of Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) cabarets and dances—which gave the New York gay and lesbian community its first social alternative to Mafia-owned bars—Russo made his most enduring contribution to the GAA with his marshaling of “Movie Nights,” the forerunners to his worldwide Celluloid Closet lecture tours that gave gay audiences their first community forum for the dissection of gay imagery in mainstream film. Biographer Michael Schiavi unravels Vito Russo’s fascinating life story, from his childhood in East Harlem to his own heartbreaking experiences with HIV/AIDS. Drawing on archival materials, unpublished letters and journals, and more than two hundred interviews, including conversations with a range of Russo’s friends and family from brother Charlie Russo to comedian Lily Tomlin to pioneering activist and playwright Larry Kramer, Celluloid Activistprovides an unprecedented portrait of a man who defined gay-rights and AIDS activism.

216) Timothy Wang - Slant, Lethe Press, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Tincture (June 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211219
ISBN-13: 978-1590211212

James, an Asian college student who likes video games and romantic comedies, decides he's gay. With his intensely logical and linear MIT mind, he identifies all the parts of himself he believes are offensive to others, and methodically changes them one by one. In the pursuit of total self transformation--including body, skin, hair, clothes, personality, and behavior--James becomes completely lost and bewildered, having lost any trace of the person he once was. Along the way, he betrays himself several times for love, lust, and money--engaging in dangerous drug use and sex to please his first boyfriend, Stan, and manipulating his admirer, Michael, to pay for plastic surgery on his Asian eyes. After Stan dumps him, obsessed with love, he'll do anything to get Stan back...

217) Dorien Grey - Short Circuits, A Life in Blogs, Untreed Reads Publishing, Gay, Non Fiction
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (June 24, 2011)

Lambda-nominated author Dorien Grey (The Dick Hardesty Mysteries, The Elliott Smith Mysteries) knows more than just how to write a great murder novel. He's also had amazing life experiences in the military and around the world. Here, for the first time, are the collected blog and journal writings of this prolific author. As Grey notes, "Sometimes things are more clearly seen through the eyes of others." The hope is that the reader will see similarities to his/her own life, and recognize the commonality of the human condition.

218) John F. Rooney - Unprotected Love, Senneff House Publishers, Bisexual/Transgender, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Senneff House Publishers (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0975275615
ISBN-13: 978-0975275610

A serial killer is on the loose stalking and murdering young male hustlers and depositing their bodies at New York City riverside locations. The predator displays his prey by reverentially laying out each body like the deceased in a casket and decorates them by placing wrapped condoms in their mouths. Lieutenant Denny Delaney, the celebrated detective who brought down the dreaded terrorist, Felix the Cat, heads the NYPD special ops squad investigating the homicides. Experts school him into the arcane world of johns and hustlers, and Denny gets to know and care for one hustler named Tim who alters his life. Denny's wife Monny runs a popular web blog and receives scary e-mails from someone who knows far too much about the serial-killer case and the Delaneys' private lives. Denny has to deal with dead-end leads, police department infighting, and while assigned TDY with the FBI, he gets personally involved in a suicide bomber case, and with some provocateurs who seek to reignite the Felix hysteria. This is the third book in the popular series about this Manhattan detective that began with the thriller Nine Lives Too Many. Get ready for one of Rooney's absorbing reading odysseys full of surprises, an epiphany or two, and some fascinating revelations into Denny's libido.

219) Sue Brown - Nothing Ever Happens, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818561
ISBN-13: 978-1615818563

Andrew's life is a cliché: he's a gay man trapped in a loveless marriage, thanks to his religious, overbearing mother. Then a new couple moves in down the street, and Andrew finds himself falling for Nathan in a big way. Nathan is straight, married, and just about to be a father, but after one fateful night out together at a club, Nathan has to face the fact that his feelings for Andrew go way beyond that of a friend and neighbor. When Andrew's wife asks for a divorce, both men's lives are thrown into disarray. Arguments about their responsibilities to their wives and children, doubting themselves and each other, and some harrowing lies pull them apart... but they never leave each other's thoughts.

220) Sue Brown - Morning Report, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615816771
ISBN-13: 978-1615816774

A decade on from their first kiss, Luke Murray is more in love with Simon every day. Running the Lost Cow ranch for Luke's parents, they keep their heads down and get along with the locals, even if Luke is known for being a hothead. Then one day they discover the local store owners refuse to serve them. They're bewildered until Luke's mom tells them the new pastor has targeted the couple in his sermons. Suddenly Luke and Simon find themselves alienated from people they called friends, and their ranch comes under a series of attacks. As the town's hatred and homophobia turns on them, Luke and Simon will face a critical choice: give in to the town's demands and disappear, or stand and fight for themselves and their love.
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