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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (21-30)

21) Ashley Bartlett - Sex and Skateboards
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825629
ISBN-13: 978-1602825628
Amazon: Sex and Skateboards
Amazon Kindle: Sex and Skateboards

Sex and skateboards and surfing on the California coast. What more could anyone want? Alden McKenna has spent her entire life not growing up. Being an adult is tedious, not to mention totally boring. And requires less skateboarding. So why bother? Moving to a small beach town seems like an awesome idea. The skateboarding is good, the sun is always shining, and no one moves very fast. She even meets a hot chick like five minutes after moving there. Life is good. Except young Weston Duvall has already grown up and her reasons for doing so surprise Alden even more because she didn’t see them coming. Weston can’t trust Alden, and Alden isn’t sure she wants to be trusted. So why can’t they seem to stay away from each other?

22) Gun Brooke - Pirate's Fortune
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825637
ISBN-13: 978-1602825635
Amazon: Pirate's Fortune: Supreme Constellations Book Four
Amazon Kindle: Pirate's Fortune: Supreme Constellations Book Four

Notorious pirate and mercenary Weiss Kyakh works as a reluctant double-agent for the Supreme Constellations. Her mission is to infiltrate a cutthroat band of space pirates along with a sentient bio-android, Madisyn Pimm. Pimm’s sole purpose is to bring pirates to justice. The sophisticated android looks human, but Weiss soon realizes that Madisyn has her own heartbreaking secrets. As war rages in the Realm, Weiss longs to escape from both the pirates and SC forces, but her growing affection for Madisyn makes her delay her plans. With thousands of lives in the balance as the final endgame approaches, will her delay cost them their lives? Book Four in the Supreme Constellations romantic sci-fi adventure series.

23) Heidi Cullinan - Temple Boy
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 20, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Temple Boy (The Etsey Series)

Though he’s lived his whole life in a monastery, temple boy Aurel doesn’t believe in God -- not until he wakes up knowing with stone-cold certainty God is dead. Then yet another god appears and he tells Aurel he’s a god too, and that it’s up to him to save the world. Now giant stone beasts are running him down at mass, witches are dropping out of the sky, and a sad, headless man named Charles whispers to Aurel in his dreams. It isn't until a band of vengeful women warriors drag him into the desert and introduce Aurel to a lover of his own that he realizes how much not just his life but the lives of others are at stake. Whatever he does with his newfound power, be it taking Charles's place or finding a way to restore him to Timothy's side, he'll have to do it soon, because the man who had Charles killed is looking for Aurel too. But while Aurel has always taken refuge in being a simple temple boy, he quickly learns all the power in the universe isn't worth anything unless he also believes in himself and his lover.

24) S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet - Other Side of Night 1
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (September 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058255
ISBN-13: 978-1937058258
Amazon: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley
Amazon Kindle: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley

Vampires walk among us. For centuries, they have adapted, learning to pass undetected in our world. They no longer fear the day, only the sting of direct sunlight. They are students, bankers, lawyers, and even actors. But when the sun goes down, they are all united by their eternal thirst. We do not see them from our safe and comfortable side of the night. But sometimes, one of us is drawn away from the light and we cross into their world. Into the other side of night. Sebastian Rossi's second year at the University of Tennessee began much differently than his first. He rushes to and from his classes, covered head to toe in thick clothing. Parties are a thing of the past, and dating hasn't been high on his list of priorities. No, high on his needs is blood. Lots of it. Adjusting to the changes no one even told him would happen following one great night of partying and sex has been hell for Bastian, but he's managing. Riley Lynch's dream is to be a veterinarian. He works hard to pay his tuition, reads in every spare moment, and tries to forget the nightmare of his sophomore year. Summer has washed away all the bad, leaving him refreshed and eager for his junior year at UT. Life is finally looking up for him, and he has no intention of sliding back down into the depression that had consumed him during his last relationship. A chance meeting brings their two worlds into alignment and passion sparks between them. When Riley learns of the changes Bastian is going through, he has a choice to make: walk away or embrace the night.

25) Andrew Grey - Legal Artistry
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721137
ISBN-13: 978-1613721131
Amazon: Legal Artistry
Amazon Kindle: Legal Artistry

An Art Series novel Years ago, Dieter Krumpf’s grandmother died and left him everything, including a photo album containing pictures of the art collection she left behind when her family fled the Nazis. Now, Dieter is calling on the services of a lawyer, Gerald Young, to determine whether his family’s legacy might be returned to him. Gerald doesn’t hold out much hope that the paintings will be returned, but Dieter’s earnestness speaks to him and he agrees to help. At first he concludes that while Dieter has a case, suing in Austria isn’t practical. But Gerald is a good lawyer, and as his feelings for Dieter develop, so does his determination to win the case. Together, Gerald and Dieter navigate research, hearings, and a dysfunctional family in the pursuit of fine art—and discover the art of love along the way.

26) Tara Lain - Golden Dancer
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 27, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Golden Dancer

Mac MacAllister is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves, but then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world. When the mysterious Terrebone "collects" this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

27) Scott Sherman - Second You Sin (Kevin Connor Mysteries)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; 1 Original edition (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758266510
ISBN-13: 978-0758266514
Amazon: Second You Sin (Kevin Connor Mysteries)
Amazon Kindle: Second You Sin (Kevin Connor Mysteries)

Someone is killing New York City's hottest male prostitutes, and it's up to full-time call boy, part-time sleuth Kevin Connor to find out who. With his spectacular boy-next-door looks, quick wit, and ability to role-play even the most outrageous scenarios, Kevin is facing his most challenging position yet--to stop a ruthless killer. As Kevin begins his investigation, there s no shortage of possible suspects or motives. Could the killer be a sadistic head case with a deadly fetish? A high-profile celebrity worried that his biggest secret might get out? Or perhaps it's a right-wing politician, guilty of protesting too much from his pious and unforgiving soapbox. As Kevin gets closer to the truth, he'll find himself trapped in a scandalous web of secrets where the line between victim and predator blurs, and no sin goes unpunished. . .

28) Tom Mendicino, Frank Anthony Polito & Michael Salvatore - Remembering Christmas
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 Original edition (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758266855
ISBN-13: 978-0758266859
Amazon: Remembering Christmas
Amazon Kindle: Remembering Christmas

The childhood wishes fulfilled (or dashed), the magic of anticipation, fighting over the dinner table...these are the ghosts of every Christmas season. REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS brings together three yuletide stories that evoke the magic of the holidays, the ghosts of past loves and the promises of Christmases yet to come in a warm and sparkling anthology... It's Christmas Eve in Tom Mendicino's Away, in a Manger, and James is snowbound en route from New York City to his West Virginia hometown. While the sight of a familiar Motor Lodge sparks longing for a roadside America of yesteryear, his visions of peppermint ice cream are thwarted by a vending machine. But amid the revelry at the local diner, James finds something far more satisfying that will change his Christmases for years to come. In Frank Anthony Polito's A Christmas to Remember former Band Fag, Jack Paterno, knows exactly what he wants Santa Claus to bring him for Christmas 1991. But this year that special present isn't a what--it's a who. Before the big holiday arrives Jack must endure a trip to his hometown of Hazel Park, MI, aka Hazeltucky. There, he encounters family, old friends...and a former flame from his days at Hillbilly High. In Missed Connections by Michael Salvatore, two childhood friends reconnect in an airport lounge on Christmas Eve. And over cocktail-fueled reminiscences, they reconsider the paths they're on--and the roads never taken. Get what you really want this holiday season, with three captivating stories stuffed with warmth, wit, and surprises in REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS.

29) Sue Hardesty - The Truck Comes on Thursday
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934889822
ISBN-13: 978-1934889824
Amazon: The Truck Comes on Thursday
Amazon Kindle: The Truck Comes on Thursday

Life sizzles for Highway Patroller Loni Wagner in a small Arizona desert town during the long summer nights. She sees it all-a plane wreck, freeway pileups, and dead bodies as she investigates murders involving human smugglers, drug runners, and her old friend Carl. During the day she faces high school enemies, a red-neck sexist police chief who gives her unwanted jobs, and worries about her Native Indian grandparents: her grandmother is not well, and cattle rustling on their ranch is about to break them. Adding spicy flavors to this mix are three intriguing women, most especially one, who help her through it all as she struggles to move on from the death of her lover.

30) Julie Bozza - The Valley of the Shadow of Death
53,000 words/224 pages
Publication 1 November 2011

Joshua Delaney and Carmine Angelo Trezini, cop and low-level mobster, should have absolutely nothing in common; yet, accidentally brought together, they rapidly became both lovers and allies against important crime figure Matthew Picano. Of course, taking down a man like that was never going to be easy – but Josh has no idea of the scale of the sacrifice he will eventually be called upon to make.
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