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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (11-20)

11) Wayne Hoffman - Sweet Like Sugar
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 Original edition (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075826562X
ISBN-13: 978-0758265623
Amazon: Sweet Like Sugar
Amazon Kindle: Sweet Like Sugar

In Yiddish, there is a word for it: bashert - the person you are fated to meet. Twenty something Benji Steiner views the concept with scepticism. But the elderly rabbi who stumbles into Benji's office one day has no such doubts. Jacob Zuckerman's late wife, Sophie, was his bashert. And now that she's gone, Rabbi Zuckerman grapples with overwhelming grief and loneliness. Touched by the rabbi's plight, Benji becomes his helper - driving him home after work, sitting in his living room listening to stories. Their friendship baffles everyone, especially Benji's sharp-tongued, modestly observant mother. But Benji is rediscovering something he didn't know he'd lost. Yet the test of friendship, and of both men's faith, lies in the difficult truths they come to share. With each revelation, Benji learns what it means not just to be Jewish, but to be fully human - imperfect, striving, and searching for the pieces of ourselves that come only through another's acceptance.

12) Michael Griffo - Unwelcome (Archangel Academy)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: K-Teen; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758253397
ISBN-13: 978-0758253392
Amazon: Unwelcome (Archangel Academy)
Amazon Kindle: Unwelcome (Archangel Academy)

At Archangel Academy, Michael Howard has found new friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift the school has given him is immortality. Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael's abilities are still raw and unpredictable. The ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school, and the new headmaster's charismatic front hides a powerful and very personal agenda. Yet everything Michael's discovers about the Academy pales compared to what he's learning about himself. And choosing the wrong person to trust - or to love - could lead to an eternity of regret...

13) Christopher Koehler - Tipping the Balance
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721463
ISBN-13: 978-1613721469
Amazon: Tipping the Balance
Amazon Kindle: Tipping the Balance

A CalPac Crew Novel. Between his job as a Realtor and his home renovation business, Drew St. Charles is in over his head. What he really needs is a licensed contractor to oversee his projects, and Drew knows just the man for the job: Brad Sundstrom. The Sundstrom family has been in construction for years, so Brad knows his way around a toolbox, and he desperately wants out from under his sneering father's thumb. The close contact and the excitement of a career-making renovation fan the sparks between Brad and Drew into an inferno. Before long, the phrase "working hard together" takes on a new meaning. It looks as if Drew's dreams are coming true, although Brad is far from out and proud. But then Drew is savagely attacked in a hate crime, and Brad panics. Suddenly everything is in jeopardy. When arson strikes Drew's dream project, Brad faces a crucial test: he'll need to overcome his fears, save their work, and take his place at Drew's side or retreat to the stifling familiarity of the closet. Don't miss the first CalPac Crew novel: Rocking the Boat.

14) M.J. Williamz - Forbidden Passions
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826412
ISBN-13: 978-1602826410
Amazon: Forbidden Passions
Amazon Kindle: Forbidden Passions

Mixing business with pleasure can be dangerous at best. In antebellum Louisiana, Baton Rouge businesswoman Corrine Staples returns to New Orleans to help her lifelong friend, Della Prentiss, with her plantation records. She's there to work but becomes increasingly intrigued by Della's delightfully alluring daughter, Katie, a fiery Southern belle who pushes the limits of propriety. Katie Prentiss is a headstrong temptress with an active libido. She is immediately attracted to Corrine and sets her sights on seducing her. Corrine tries to keep her feelings in check, but soon finds herself giving in to forbidden passions.

15) Sable Stone - Bone
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: STARbooks Press (September 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934187933
ISBN-13: 978-1934187937
Amazon: Bone
Amazon Kindle: Bone

A man's muscles can entice when they endanger! Mark, a fraternity football star, struts out of a strip club riding high. Nick leaves a gay bar feeling low and lonely. When the men meet in an alley, Mark knocks Nick to the asphalt, wielding a baseball bat to break half the bones of the body beneath him. Nick survives and discovers the body's curious truth: a broken bone will mend stronger than it was before. Feeling intrepid and invincible, Nick dares himself to enjoy sexual conquests that were mere fantasies before the assault. Satisfied only when he remembers Mark's menacing muscles, Nick begins breaking the rest of his bones to heal fully into the kind of man he always wanted - and wanted to be. Mark, instead, is destroyed, his cocky quarterback conviction defeated both on the playing field and in bed. Distracted when the snap of a hiked ball reminds him of cracking Nick's bones, Mark breaks his throwing arm. As the fracture heals, Mark's resolve to find Nick strengthens, but Mark can't decide if he should plead for forgiveness or finish him off.

16) Marguerite Labbe & Fae Sutherland - The Gladiator's Master
Publisher: Carina Press (September 19, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: The Gladiator's Master

When Roman politician Caelius inherits a stable of gladiators, there is one who captures his attention above the others…one whose eyes gleam with hate, pride and desire. Forced into slavery by Roman greed, Gaidres can barely conceal his contempt toward his new Dominus. Gaidres has a plan: kill Caelius and end the lineage of the Roman family that enslaved him. For his plan to succeed, he must make a show of respect and obedience—even when called on to service his master's desires. Gaidres is shocked to learn that in the confines of his quarters, Caelius doesn't want to dominate his slave, but to be taken by him. The sex is explosive as they break society's taboos and, to Gaidres's dismay, they form a tenuous relationship. Even when Caelius learns of Gaidres's plans for revenge, he knows he can't live without his perfect lover. Is he willing to risk it all to tame his gladiator's heart?

17) Todd Gregory - Wings, Subversive Gay Angel Erotica
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825653
ISBN-13: 978-1602825659
Amazon: Wings, Subversive Gay Angel Erotica
Amazon Kindle: Wings, Subversive Gay Angel Erotica

They are creatures of extraordinary beauty and incredible power. Messengers of God or protectors of the human race, these mysterious creatures of light can also take human form—and can experience the emotions, lusts, and desires of a man. Some of the top writers of gay male erotica tackle the daunting subject of angels and the mixture of spirituality and sexuality, passion and desire that occurs when an angel feels desire for a beautiful human male. These stories mix heat with tenderness, amazing sex with spirituality, and earthy sensuality with an other-worldly heat. You'll never look at angels quite the same way again.

18) Melissa Brayden - Waiting in the Wings
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825610
ISBN-13: 978-1602825611
Amazon: Waiting in the Wings
Amazon Kindle: Waiting in the Wings

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found. Jenna McGovern has spent her whole life training for the stage. She’s taken dance classes, voice lessons, and even earned her performance degree from one of the most prestigious musical theater programs in the nation. At graduation, she’s stunned when a chance audition lands her a prime supporting role in the hottest Broadway touring production in the country. In more exciting news, Jenna discovers acclaimed television star Adrienne Kenyon is headlining the production. Jenna settles easily in to life on tour and has a promising career laid out in front of her, if only she plays her cards right. She’s waited for this opportunity her entire life and will let nothing stand in her way. The one thing she didn’t prepare for, however, was Adrienne. Her new costar is talented, beautiful, generous, and the utmost professional. As the two women grow closer onstage and off, they must learn how to fit each other into a demanding lifestyle full of unexpected twists and difficult decisions. But is Jenna ready to sacrifice what she’s worked so hard for in exchange for a shot at something much deeper?

19) Mel Bossa - Suite Nineteen
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825645
ISBN-13: 978-1602825642
Amazon: Suite Nineteen
Amazon Kindle: Suite Nineteen

Drawn by the promise of change, young medium Ben Lebeau, moves to the big city, into the Shilts Manor--an old textile factory turned trendy loft space. There he meets seductive Lennox Van Kemp and his clan of Métis--guardians of the oldest lie. Ben is pulled into Van Kemp's emotional circle, finally sating his most secret desires. Against Ven Kemp's warnings, Ben befriends his neighbor Ezra Collins--a scarred man who has taken a vow of celibacy. As Ben tries to get closer to Ezra and earn his trust, he also struggles to escape Van Kemp's psychological grip on him. The harder Ben falls for Ezra, the more he suffers from hallucinations and memory losses. Soon, the Manor's walls begin to close in on him and Ben must rely on his psychic abilities to survive the assault on his mind. As Ben and Ezra unravel Van Kemp's plans, they expose a spiritual conspiracy dating back to Christ--a conspiracy that will shake their very world and restore their Faith in humanity.

20) Steve Berman - Speaking Out
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825661
ISBN-13: 978-1602825666
Amazon: Speaking Out
Amazon Kindle: Speaking Out

Speaking Out features stories for and about LGBT and Q teens by fresh voices and noted authors in the field of young adult literature. These are inspiring stories of overcoming adversity (against intolerance and homophobia) and experiencing life after "coming out." Queer teens need tales of what might happen next in their lives, and editor Steve Berman showcases a diversity of events, challenges, and, especially, triumphs.
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