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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 281-290

281) Etienne - Path to Forever, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615816372
ISBN-13: 978-1615816378

Could you handle living forever, knowing you would watch your friends grow old and die? Could you handle loving someone, knowing you would live forever... without them? These are questions newly minted Doctor Marco Sartori d'Argenzio must face when he and his partner Danilo Rosati celebrate Marco's completed residency and Danilo's most recent PhD with a vacation at Marco's father's home in the Italian Alps. There Marco learns about his family's legacy: his father is more than two thousand years old, and he can expect to live just as long. Marco inherits his uncle's title amidst adventure and danger, but it breaks his heart to realize that he'll live only to see the man he's loved for a decade grow old and die. However, there is hope: Danilo is studying the unique DNA of Marco's family in hopes of discovering the secret-because Danilo has no intention of leaving Marco alone for what could be forever.

282) Nicki Bennett & Ariel Tachna - Something About Harry, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 26, 2011)

Desperate for an edge in the war against the Gavenelians that will keep the Confederation from losing as many ships to the sadistic aliens as they destroy, Sasha Dmitrov contacts the space pirate he knows only as Harry, hoping the mysterious engineer will be able to pull off one more miracle. Having been warned of Harry's disdain for the Confederation, Sasha is prepared for Harry to tell him to jump out an airlock without a space suit. The last thing he expects is an invitation to Nicodemus Vector, Harry’s shielded planetoid. What Sasha discovers is an Andromedite empath who sees far too deeply into his soul. As they race against time for a breakthrough that will tip the scales in their favor, Sasha finds himself more and more attracted to the reclusive mercenary. But duty calls, and Sasha has a war to win before he can even think about returning to Harry’s side—assuming that either of them will risk opening himself to the other's empathic touch.

283) Tracy Rowan - Suffer the Little Children, Torquere Books, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (January 26, 2011)

When Victorian private investigator Nick Romney’s step-father, an Anglican bishop, is murdered, Nick refuses to get involved. At the urging of his family, though, Nick and his lover Davy step in to investigate. Together they uncover the truth of the bishop’s involvement in the dark and horrifying world of child prostitution, the reason why he was killed, and the shocking identity of the murderer.

284) Belo Miguel Cipriani - Blind, Wheatmark, Gay, Non Fiction
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Wheatmark (June 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1604945559
ISBN-13: 978-1604945553

Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends. Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark. Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see. He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.

285) S.L. Armostrong - Daughters of Artemis, Storm Moon Press, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (August 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982700865
ISBN-13: 978-0982700860

Werewolf lore has long been dominated by tales of the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology "Daughters of Artemis" explores this mostly neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos, with an erotic twist. Bounty hunter Toni McGowan has faced supernatural beasts that would send most running, but her latest assignment may be the toughest yet--playing babysitter to a New Ager wannabe. Jade Nicols, though, has a few secrets of her own, the darkest of which may just get them both killed. Luna Rivers isn't the most graceful of people at the best of times, and being stalked by shadowy figures and prowling wolves hardly qualifies. But after being rescued by the beautiful and sensual Syrene, Luna learns that there is more to herself than she'd ever suspected. She's a werewolf, too, and in a whole new world of danger. Andrea-Andy to most-is a pack leader in the forests of Washington state. Poaching in a nearby pack's territory throws suspicion on Andy's leadership. In order to find the truth, Andy and her mate Fiona find themselves forced into an uneasy alliance with Rafael, the other pack's alpha. Susan Runningwind is forty-five, but already strong enough to have earned a seat among her pack's elders. Jesse Westfield is a documentary filmmaker investigating the so-called "Werewolves of South Dakota". But when Jesse begins to get too close to the truth, Susan must make a choice between her pack's welfare, and the growing attraction she feels to the younger woman. Sasha is the first female in the kingdom of the shapeshifting House of Wood to be granted leadership of her own pack. The transition is hardly smooth, however, and Sasha winds up at odds with Aneira, her mate. Failure to maintain control of her pack would mean demotion and shame, but doing what she knows she must could drive Aneira away forever. When werewolf Katya captures blind weretiger Yun alone in the wilderness, she sees only an opportunity to finally end the raging conflict between their two peoples. Yun remains loyal to the tigers, though, and as time passes, Katya finds herself less and less inclined to force the information from her. But when the fight comes to them, both will see their loyalties tested in the crucible of battle.

286) Feliz Faber - City Falcon, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance

New York, 1994. What on earth is a live falcon doing in the middle of JFK airport? The answer to this question brings PAPD officer Mark Bowman face to face with falconer Hunter Devereaux, right in the middle of a fascinating field experiment using falcons to keep runways free of nuisance birds. The falcons are intriguing, but it's arrogant, out-and-proud Hunter himself who really rubs Mark the right kind of wrong. Too bad Mark can't act on the attraction: he's deeply in the closet, and since he wants to keep his job, that's where he's determined to stay. However, every time their paths cross, Hunter gets a little deeper under Mark's skin, until Mark can't deny his feelings any longer. Giving in to his desire makes Mark happier than he can remember being, but Hunter isn't willing to hide their relationship forever. If they're going to make a life together work, something has to give. Someday soon Mark will have to choose, or life will make the choice for him before he's ready for it.

287) Doreen Perrine - Clara's Story, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (September 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452637
ISBN-13: 978-1934452639

Claire's passion for the New York art scene is overshadowed by her fascination with a quirky-and stunning-Italian artist, Isabelle. The only thing bolder than Isabelle's paintings is her flirting and, try as she might, Claire can't shake the charming girl from her mind-and heart. Like a new world explorer, Claire breaks away from a nagging, uptown mother and her nearly-estranged downtown father and journeys across an ocean and cultures in search of life and love.

288) Andi Marquette - A Matter of Blood, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (January 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452564
ISBN-13: 978-1934452561

Outlaw Torri Rendego can't shake her past, which most often involves Kai Tinsdale, her former Academy bunkmate and now commander in the hated Coalition forces. She's convinced the Coalition is up to no good on Kai's family holdings and decides to investigate. Problem is, the Coalition is definitely up to something, and Torri and the crew of the Far Seek have to pursue an outrageous plan to gather information and pass it along to Kai somehow. But even the best-laid plans can go dangerously awry, especially where Kai's concerned. Risking herself, her crew, and a tenuous tie to a shared history, Torri goes deep into Coalition territory to uncover a secret with far-reaching consequences for a distant and ancient culture. The stakes of this venture may prove way too high, even for a gambler like Torri.

289) Milagros Silva - She Stole My Heart, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (May 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452610
ISBN-13: 978-1934452615

Cat burglars to aging divas, a therapeutic massage to a medical emergency, revenge fantasies to "what is art?" discussions to ramblings on the meaning of life. These stories bring to life a collection of fascinating women as they find, explore, and recognize their human frailties and strengths.

290) Barbara Davies - Bourn's Edge, Bedazzled Ink, Lesbian, Fantasy
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (November 11, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452521
ISBN-13: 978-1934452523

Following an attempt to kill her, librarian Cassie Lewis leaves the only life she's ever known and flees west into the mist-shrouded borderlands that lie between England and Wales. There, the sleepy, hillside village of Bourn's Edge provides a safe haven for her to regroup and decide what to do next, and reclusive local artist Tarian Brangwen provides an intriguing and welcome distraction. But Cassie soon makes a startling discovery that turns her world upside down. For deep in the heart of the adjacent Bourn Forest lies an entrance to Faerie, and the enigmatic Tarian is much more than she appears.
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