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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 231-240

231) Megan Derr - Midnight, Less Than Three Press, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936202638
ISBN-13: 978-1936202638

Lord Devlin White, Duke of Winterbourne, is the last in a long line of powerful witches who assist the Demon Lord of London in keeping control of the Nightwalkers living amongst normal men. With all but one of his siblings gone to the new American colonies, his proud family line all but ended, Devlin is kept from gloom and despair only by unusual ward, Midnight. Neither alive nor dead, sustained by magic and a bond to Devlin, and confined to the night, Midnight is happy to spend his life by Devlin's side-though he longs for the day that Devlin sees him as more than a ward. But the powerful magic that raised him from the dead is desperately sought by someone who will stop at nothing to obtain the secret of Midnight that Devlin would die to protect...

232) Jeff Erno - Bullied, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721676
ISBN-13: 978-1613721674

Every day, all over the country, teenagers struggle with the realities of bullying. Tormented, ridiculed, and beaten-simply for being who they are-these teens face alienation, humiliation, and even the explicit assertion that they have somehow brought this upon themselves, that they should just blend in. Bullied is a series of short stories exploring the world of these teens from several different viewpoints: the victim, the bully, the gay bystander, the straight friend, the concerned parent. Closeted Bryan wonders why Christian Michaelson doesn't just try to blend in if he hates being bullied so much. Star athlete David isn't a homophobe-after all, he's not afraid of anything. Jonathan, a Christian fundamentalist, must weigh the Bible against peer pressure and what he knows is right when he discovers his childhood friend is gay. Bully victim Chase Devereaux finds an unexpected ally in a brave fellow student. A single mom struggles to accept the reality that her only son is gay. Two tough gay teens are forced to confront their own inner demons when tragedy befalls a classmate they failed to help. And overweight Kirby finds the strength of character to make a friend, which leads to a lifestyle change and a chance at love. Each character grows as an individual as he or she comes to terms with what it means to be a gay teenager in America.

233) Jeff Erno - Trust Me, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615815805
ISBN-13: 978-1615815807

Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder couldn't be more different. Shawn is a devout Christian fundamentalist from northern Michigan; Bobby is a street-smart, latchkey kid from southern Ohio. From an early age, they are both confused and troubled by their attraction to the same sex. Shawn believes that homosexuality is sinful, and a traumatic incident of childhood sexual abuse adds to his guilt and shame. Bobby has an image to maintain and flatly denies the possibility that his same-sex attractions even exist. He's just too cool to be gay. When they finally connect, their preconceptions are suddenly dwarfed by what they feel for each other. They become inseparable and fall deeply in love; however, love doesn't make life easy. Plans are in motion that will surely devastate the young couple. Painful experiences of the past overshadow happy memories, and heartbreaking obstacles loom over the possibility of a future. If Shawn and Bobby want to stay together, they will have to fight with everything they have.

234) Stevie Woods - More Than Chains To Bind, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249546
ISBN-13: 978-1611249545

When Prince Liander and his Guardian, Hollis, are captured during a raid while visiting the south coast of Tesla, they find themselves chained in pairs to other captive villagers. Once taken aboard ship, they realize they're prisoners of their country's ruthless enemy, and for his protection, it's vital Liander's identity is kept secret. The new slaves are horrified to learn they're to be trained in the use of swords, other weapons, and unarmed combat so they can fight in an arena for the entertainment of their captors. The situation is made worse because Fortil, to whom Liander is chained, has no respect for his prince and has only one goal--to force the young man to have sex with him. Yet there is only one man Liander is interested in, and it certainly isn't Fortil. Hollis worries about his charge, wishes to whisk Liander to safety, but there's nothing he can do as they are kept separate in different training halls, chained to other slaves, and seeing each other only rarely. Escape seems impossible, and desperation grows when it becomes obvious they may be forced to one day battle each other for their very survival...

235) Jay Bell - Hell's Pawn, CreateSpace Publishing, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463513461
ISBN-13: 978-1463513467

John Grey is dead... and that's just the beginning. Purgatory should have been a safe haven for souls that belong neither in Heaven nor Hell, but instead John finds himself in a corrupt prison, one bereft of freedom or pleasure. Along with his decedent friend Dante, John makes a brave escape, only to fall straight down to Hell and into the arms of Rimmon, a handsome incubus. John is soon recruited as Hell's ambassador, visiting the afterlife realms of other cultures to enlist an army strong enough to stand against Heaven. As interesting as his new job is, John's mind keeps returning to Purgatory and the souls still trapped there. Somehow John must stop a war he doesn't believe in and liberate Purgatory, all while desperately trying to attract the attention of an incubus whose heart belongs to another.

236) Sarah Madison - Crying for the Moon, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819428
ISBN-13: 978-1615819423

Vampire Alexei Novik may have the teeth and the coffin, but he's given up the lifestyle for an old fixer-upper in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weary of his past, Alex plans to keep to himself, but it seems his sexy, new neighbor, Tate, can't take the hint-a good thing, since it turns out he's handy for all kinds of things around the house. Tate even gets along with Alex's werewolf friends, though one of them pointedly reminds Alex that their friendship is a bad idea. If a platonic relationship is a bad idea, the growing attraction between Tate and Alex is a disaster waiting to happen. Loving Tate will draw him into Alex's dangerous world, and Alex is torn between having the relationship he's always craved and keeping Tate safe. Tate won't take no for an answer, however, and seems to handle everything Alex can throw at him without blinking. Just when he thinks things might turn out all right after all, Alex's past catches up with him-forcing him to make a terrible choice.

237) Stevie Woods - Other Worlds, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Amber Allure (June 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249570
ISBN-13: 978-1611249576

On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation--Other Worlds--has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work closely together. Small survey teams are sent out regularly to investigate the myriad new worlds discovered. The work the teams undertake on these alien planets puts them in constant danger, and sometimes friendships born of necessity become much deeper. Previously available only in electronic format, these three stories of Futuristic Gay Erotic Romance have now been combined for a paperback edition! Included are the tales......A Favor For A Friend (One evening, Major Jake Archer asks Captain Bart Hilton to do a work-related favor for him, requiring the other man to remain in the underground base. Needing information to complete the report he's preparing, Bart goes to Jake's office just as a huge explosion rips through the base. Jake is horrified and riddled with guilt when he learns that Bart is missing and was last seen approaching Jake's office before the explosion. Unsure if Bart is still alive, Jake and his team are forced to wait for the engineers to dig out the man Jake secretly loves. In pain, unable to move, Bart lies amidst the rubble, sliding in and out of consciousness. During his lucid moments, he lets his mind drift to better times, most of them spent with his friend Jake. And he also fears the roof will finally come down and kill him before he gets a chance to resolve his greatest regret--telling Jake how he really feels about him.)......Lightning Strikes (Shortly after Major Joshua Marsden and Lieutenant Matthew Ronson confess their feelings for each other, their team embarks on a mineral survey mission to another planet. During a ferocious lightning storm, however, Josh is injured. After finding shelter in a cave, Matt looks after Josh while teammate Dennis braves the storm to go for help. But when the storm's intensity increases, and lightning strikes closer and closer, Matt grows concerned that their place of safety may turn out to be their grave.)......Best Policy (Major Rafe Wheaton and Lieutenant Adam Deacon, a linguist, have been experiencing problems working together, and shortly before the current mission, Adam offers to transfer to another team. Rafe, however, convinces Adam that he doesn't want to lose him and Adam agrees to give things another chance. Now, they are left alone on the planet they're surveying after the rest of their team takes the ship and returns to base with an important geological sample. During a particularly nasty downpour, Rafe is heading toward the temple where Adam is working when a landslide occurs. Rafe finds Adam half-buried inside one of the temple rooms, unconscious. Awaiting the return of their ship and the rest of the team, Rafe looks after Adam, uncertain if there'll be another landslide. When Adam eventually awakens, time alone with Rafe results in the men sharing some home truths. But is it too late to fix things between them?)

238) Lee Benoit - Moonspun, Loose Id, Gay, Fantasy
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 21, 2010)

Jamie Cowan hoped his new gig as playwright-in-residence at an urban theater would be the start of a new life -- a proud life out of the closet. Instead, he's stuck in student digs with oversexed roommates and a morose parrot. He's too intimidated by city life and city people to be honest about being gay, much less try to find a lover. Worst of all, he's blocked, unable to write, and in danger of losing his dream life before it even begins -- until an errand for the theater brings him face-to-face with the most beautiful man he's ever seen. Spider is a humble Dominican-American tailor. Meeting Jamie gives Spider a glimpse of a life -- and love -- he never imagined for himself. But Spider has a secret, and it's not that he's gay. Whenever the moon is high, Spider sits before his loom and weaves tapestries that predict the future. Spider and Jamie's mutual attraction is undeniable, but first they must overcome Jamie's closet and Spider's secrets. That's when they learn that their past fears are nothing compared to a new one: an arcane threat that will test Jamie's mettle and threaten Spider's very survival.

239) Lee Benoit - Someplace in this World, Torquere Books, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (September 22, 2010)

“Is there a place for me in this world? Someplace I can call home?” Home isn’t always the place we start from. Sometimes we have to search long and hard to discover our true home. Other times we leave home, only to discover that our home place calls us back. We may seek far and wide for a home, only to find we’ve been there all along. And sometimes, we have to stand and fight for home. In this full-length anthology featuring contemporary, historical, fantasy, and steampunk stories, some of Torquere's favorite authors bring us stories of gay men seeking, finding, rediscovering, or struggling to find that one place in the world where they truly belong. Each of these nine stories treads a unique pathway, but at the end of the journey, these talented authors bring their characters home.

With stories by:
Lee Benoit
Kiernan Kelly
Syd McGinley
J.L. Merrow
G.R. Richards
J. Rocci
P.D. Singer
G.S. Wiley
Eden Winters

240) EM Lynley - Rumpled Silk Sheets, Ravenous Romance, Lesbian, Fantasy
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (December 2, 2010)

Rumpled Silk Sheets offers everything you expect in a fairy tale and in an erotic romance. These talented authors have taken some familiar tales-and a few not so familiar-in new and incredible directions. Ride the desert sands with a girl who encounters a sexy incarnation of the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet and a Japanese maid who helps free her mistress from the human body trapping her heavenly spirit. We haven't forgotten the witches and wolves, but you'll also meet a Snow Bear whose gruff exterior hides a secret only a scared girl can unlock. Like a little pain with your pleasure? Then meet a delicate princess who longs for a lost lover's firm touch instead of a traditional marriage that leaves her unmarked and unsatisfied.

Princess of Silk and Pain by Shanna Germain
Handsome and Gretel by Kilt Kilpatrick
The Art of Storm-Riding by Sunny Moraine
Red in the Hood by Vivica Lace
Hannah and the Witch by Michael Jones
Snow by Kenzie Mathews
The White Bride by G.G. Royale
Madame Blanche by Jean Roberta
Tags: rainbow awards 2011
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