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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 241-250

241) EM Lynley - Wicked Good, Ravenous Romance, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (May 5, 2011)

The concepts of good and evil have fascinated us for thousands of years. Who isn't attracted, even tempted, by what we know we shouldn't have or do? If we're good, the bad boy-or girl-is all the more exciting. But if we're bad, we love the idea of bringing one of the good ones along with us for the ride. When it comes to love and sex, all bets for any sort of restraint are off. With angels and demons, the stakes-and the rewards-are even higher. So polish your halos or horns, and let have some wicked good fun!

Demonology 101 by Kiernan Kelly: Roger is a Hunter, raised from birth to hate all demons. His mission in life is to seek and destroy them, but Xyle, a gorgeous, BBQ-loving demon, threatens Roger's entire belief system and teaches Roger a lesson about tolerance and love he'll never forget.

Involuntary Deceit by Mychael Black: Saen is a fallen Grigori, a Watcher angel who interfered in the lives of mortals and now lives as a human must. His existence, aside from work and his best friend Nathan, is a lonely one. Then he meets Ely, an enigmatic man who takes him to new heights Saen's never seen before. When the answer comes as to why Saen's so drawn to Ely, however, it might be more than Saen can handle.

What We Carry With Us by Crystal Bay: The decision of a single mortal is all that stands between Hell and victory - a victory in the battle against Heaven that will bring the Apocalypse. Lex is a demon sent to help push this mortal towards Hell's side, only to find that the angel watching over this human is someone he once knew intimately, in the time before he fell from grace.

Angel Levi by Martin Delacroix: Levi's been an angel for two thousand years; he runs God's errands. Levi lives on Earth, he looks just like a mortal (though he never ages) and he works in the receiving department at Walmart. In his mortal life, in ancient Jordan, Levi was a promiscuous gay man who scoffed at romantic love, and God punishes Levi for his sins. While Levi can have sex with many gay men in his angelic life, he cannot not fall in love, ever. If he does, God says, Levi will burn in Hell for eternity. When handsome Hector de Sousa comes to work in Levi's department at Walmart, the angel is smitten. Hector is receptive to Levi's advances, but will Levi face eternal damnation if he pursues Hector's love? Is it worth the risk? Does Hell even exist?

Fallen Guardian by Taylor Lochland: Mitchell has terrible luck in love. Rehlar was once Mitchell's guardian angel, but is now his guardian demon. One night, while Mitchell is sitting on the balcony of his apartment building feeling sorry for himself, Rehlar appears to him. Mitchell is smitten, and soon finds himself in a romance. However, love between a guardian and a charge isn't quite accepted in the spirit realm. Is their bond strong enough to withstand resistance from both Heaven and Hell?

Suriel's Sword by Jay Di Meo: Suriel, a warrior angel, is sent on a mission to retrieve a dangerous crystal that has the power to corrupt the dead into Hell's undead minions. His partner is the demon Arioch, to whom Suriel finds himself irresistibly drawn. The angel fights the temptation, but eventually surrenders to his desire. Discovered by the heavenly host, Suriel is branded as a sinner, and told that if he gives in to temptation again, he will be banished from Paradise. Suriel must choose whether to remain in Heaven and lead the only life he knows, or follow his heart and go to Arioch.

242) Amy Lane - The Locker Room, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613720114
ISBN-13: 978-1613720110

Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball-the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he'd rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA. But life under fame's microscope isn't easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn't know they're the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could. Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?

243) Amy Lane - Hammer & Air, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 17, 2010)

Graeme and Eirn have no words for what they are to each other. Children, clinging together in a crowded orphanage; friends, battling back to back in a school yard; and bedmates, finally bridging the gap between sleeping next to a body and allowing it to touch you in the night—all of these roles are summed up by just their names: Hammer and Air. The innocent exploration of their newest roles is brutally marred when a violent, ill-tempered master threatens Eirn, and Eirn's "Hammer" kills the man in a fair fight. The two run off into the wide world with only each other for safety. It's difficult to forge a good life with only a blacksmith's hammer and a printer's cleverness, but together, Hammer and Eirn will learn to negotiate the dangers of magic and motion, of sex, obsession, and tenderness.

244) Amy Lane - Living Promises, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613720467
ISBN-13: 978-1613720462

Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind. Jeff's life had fallen completely apart before that long-ago day, and it isn't much better now. Jeff has toughened up, become self-reliant, been the funny guy his friends turn to, the one who gives advice and comfort when needed. But every phantom from Jeff's past is about to come out to haunt him, and the family Jeff has staked his future on isn't in such great shape either. Collin is more than a starry-eyed kid, and it's a good thing, because Jeff's going to need all the help he can get. No one knows better than Jeff that life can be too short to turn your back on honest love, and that living happily is the best promise of all.

245) L.A. Witt - Out of Focus, Samhain Publishing, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 2, 2011)

He’ll bend for them. But they may break over him. For twelve years, Dom lovers Ryan “Angel” Morgan and Dante James have run a successful photography business, and satisfied their need for a submissive with the occasional sizzling three-way. On a wedding job, they both zero in on the bride’s beautiful brother, but as professionals, they keep their attraction on the down-low—for now. Jordan Steele has no trouble establishing mastery over his stallions. When he hires Angel and Dante to shoot promotional photos for his stable, though, there’s something about them that calls to his inner submissive. After a little flirtation and a photo session that gets almost too hot to handle, Angel and Dante are happy to show him the ropes. And the whip. Once they break the ice, their sexual chemistry burns hotter than a macro flash. Everyone gets what they need…until emotions come into play. Their power could develop into something permanent, throw everything off balance—leaving one of them the odd man out. Warning: Contains lots of sarcasm, a double helping of steamy erotic photography, and two dominants having their way with one very enthusiastic submissive.

246) Cecilia Tan - The Prince's Boy, Circlet Press, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (April 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613900090
ISBN-13: 978-1613900093

In a fantasy world where male/male lust fuels Night Magic, Prince Kenet lives a sheltered life. Isolated from the war that threatens the kingdom, he and his whipping boy Jorin are of age, but still sneak forbidden pleasures in their bed at night. When a dark mage tries to bespell Kenet into sexual submission, the prince and his boy are thrust into the world of intrigue, sex, and war. Volume One of The Prince's Boy collects chapters 1 through 56 of this wildly popular gay erotic web serial by Cecilia Tan. Begun on July 29, 2009, chapters were posted weekly, following the adventures of Prince Kenet and his whipping boy, Jorin. Drawing on complex themes of dominance and submission, the need for secrecy in a world where homosexuality is not accepted, and the intertwining of sex with magic, Tan weaves a complex, sex-filled adventure that is part "Three Musketeers" and part "Claiming of Sleeping Beauty."

247) Marshall Thornton - Boystown 3, Torquere Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610402405
ISBN-13: 978-1610402408

Private Investigator Nick Nowak is back in two novella length mysteries set in Chicago during the early 1980s. In Little Boy Boom, Nick's car explodes when a thief attempts to steal it. Realizing the bomb was meant for him, Nick sets out to discover who wants him dead only to find that the list of possible suspects is longer than he'd like. When he begins to run out of suspects he wonders if the bomb was truly meant for him. In Little Boy Tenor, Nick is asked to find the murderer of a church choir's star tenor, while at the same time his friend Ross asks him to find out the truth behind his lover, Earl Silver's mysterious death. As he juggles the two cases, he becomes increasingly disturbed by what he learns. Marshall Thornton is an award-winning author, playwright and screenwriter living in Long Beach, California. Author of the Boystown detective series, he holds an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. While there he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing awards.

248) Morgan Cheshire - Solemn Contract, Manifold Press, Gay, Historical
49,000 words/230 pages
Publication 1 August 2011

Connecticut, 1720: In an attempt to give his family financial security, school master Jem Bradley hires himself out as an indentured servant – and thus begins an odyssey which will take him to the small settlement of Kennet and a burgeoning friendship with enigmatic blacksmith Will Middleton. Trouble is never far away, however, and when Jem is accused of committing a bloody murder his future begins to look very bleak indeed…

249) R.A. Padmos - Ravages, Manifold Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
98,500 words/392 pages
Publication 1 August 2011

Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional soccer players for Kinbridge Town – and also secret lovers. All that changes, however, when Steve innocently wanders into a city park and falls victim to a vicious gang of queer-bashers who beat him within an inch of his life. After that there are no secrets any more – and it’s a very long road back, for both of them, from there…

250) Heidi Cullinan - Dance with Me, Loose Id, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 26, 2011)

Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, but every time he turns around, dance instructor Laurie Parker is in his way. But when a bargain lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, everything changes. As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them time and again to one another, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.
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