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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (41-50)

41) Ruth Sims - The Quarterback's Secret
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937692043
ISBN-13: 978-1937692049
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Set in the mid-1990s, The Pride Pack is a group of teenagers who band together to help each other out in a time before teens were equipped with cell phones, when homework was done in a notebook rather than on a laptop, and when gay-straight alliances were nothing but a pipe dream. Athletics remain largely homophobic environments. How will his teammates react if 16-year-old baseball pitching star Ben Reis admits he is gay? And so he mostly lies about his sexuality even when he is with the Pride Pack at the local gay and lesbian community center. All that may change however as the result of his falling through a sinkhole into an unknown cavern and learning THE QUARTERBACK'S SECRET... Includes a foreword by Steve Berman and an interview with the author.

42) Belinda McBride - When I Fall
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 10, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: When I Fall

As king, Helios Dayspring is desperate to secure the future of his people and their new homeworld. His lost memories are slowly returning, bringing with them danger and betrayal. As the king’s consort, Griffin Hawke wrestles with growing isolation from his lover. When Helios’s secrets begin to come to light, Griffin finds that he barely recognizes him anymore. And Griffin is haunted by his own secrets, nightmares that bring torture and death in his sleep. Surrounded by enemies and allies, seductive aliens and dangerous operatives, Helios and Griffin find themselves tested to their physical and moral limits. Not knowing who to trust, they can only turn to each other. Will you be there to catch me when I fall?

43) Cardeno C. - Just What the Truth Is
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722060
ISBN-13: 978-1613722060
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Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he's convinced himself he's actually straight. But his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, and determined... and he just assumes Ben's gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time he can remember, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist. Still, life isn't all rainbows and happily-ever-afters. Ben loves his family, but his parents have been estranged from his brother, Noah, since he came out of the closet. Ben doesn't want to lose them, but Micah won't be his dirty little secret forever. Suddenly Ben's hold on his happiness and his sense of self seems to be slipping. If he's going to survive with his heart intact, he'll have to own up to the truth of what he wants and who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.
Charles Silverstein - For the Ferryman

44) J.B. Sanders - Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure
Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1257851454
ISBN-13: 978-1257851454
Amazon: Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure
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Tyler can't inherit unless he gets married . . . and when Glen proposes, hijinks ensue. Follow the guys on their world-spanning adventure as they defeat mobsters, an evil step-mother, a rakish brother-in-law and pirates. No, really -- pirates! Plus there's an underground super-base. And hockey. Come for the romance, stay for the hockey.

45) L.T. Marie - Three Days
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825696
ISBN-13: 978-1602825697
Amazon: Three Days
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Dakota Riley is not looking forward to the next three days in Vegas. Her best friend Riann is getting married there, but Dakota doesn’t like the heat or the fact that she is going to be spending three days with twenty women she can’t stand. All she wants is a little free time and a warm body to fill her bed, that is until her world is upended by the introduction of her best friend’s cousin, the mysterious Shawn Camello. Shawn Camello has been invited to her cousin Riann’s bachelorette party at the last minute. She is reluctant to go but is persuaded by Riann in the hope that they can become reacquainted after not seeing each other for twenty-five years. The moment she meets the sexy, determined Dakota Riley, she tries avoiding her at every turn. The problem is, everywhere she looks, Dakota is there, and she’s becoming harder and harder to resist. In a town like Vegas where anything can happen, Shawn and Dakota find that the stakes are love at all costs, and it’s a gamble neither can afford to lose.

46) David-Mathew Barnes - Swimming to Chicago
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825726
ISBN-13: 978-1602825727
Amazon: Swimming to Chicago
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Reeling from his mother's suicide, seventeen-year-old Alex Bainbridge retreats from the world around him, often finding solace on a secluded island behind his house. As an Armenian-American living in a small Southern town, Alex struggles to fit in. His close friendship with the outspoken Jillian Dambro is his only saving grace, until he meets and falls in love with Robby LaMont—an introverted new student at school. As the year unfolds and the lives of the adults around them unravel, the three teens form an unbreakable bond, vowing to do anything to stay together—even if it means leaving everything behind.

47) A.J. Quinn - Hostage Moon
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825688
ISBN-13: 978-1602825680
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Everything can change in a heartbeat. Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date—the night of October’s full moon—also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon. Sara Wilder, a psychologist and former FBI profiler, is brought in to help Hunter unravel the connection between her past and a ruthless killer. But as the search for the killer intensifies, both women find themselves struggling with an unexpected and undeniably mutual attraction. In a race against time, can they survive a killer who is willing to use anything—even love—to further his own agenda?

48) Richard Labonte - Erotica Exotica
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282570X
ISBN-13: 978-1602825703
Amazon: Erotica Exotica

Great sex can be magical, but what if magic adds sizzle¬—or horror—to the sex? Wrestlers with superhero powers battle for combat prowess and sexual dominance in a secret League of Justice. A demanding demon has its horrific way with a gay couple whose wonderful day together goes awry. The Devil’s seed oozes evil on a New York subway car. A vampire’s seduction of a beautiful youth ends tragically. The unlikely love of two men survives the tragic death of one. A college student experiences a nerve-wracking close encounter with dick-grabbing tentacles slithering out of his toilet. And when a man comes to visit an old school buddy, he’s seduced by the father who has stolen his son’s soul... Arcane mystery, supernatural seduction, sex that haunts in a manner both weird and wondrous—these stories by Lawrence Schimel, Tom Cardamone, Gregory L. Norris, Bard, Mark Wildyr, David Holly, Johnny Murdoc, Davem Verne, and others offer sexual thrills and perverse arousal, spooky chills and magical orgasms. Dare to enter a sexual Otherworld.

49) Felice Picano - Contemporary Gay Romances
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826390
ISBN-13: 978-1602826397
Amazon: Contemporary Gay Romances
Amazon Kindle: Contemporary Gay Romances

Contemporary Gay Romances is the third collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, Ambidextrous). It is also his most diverse in terms of the times, places, themes, characters and situations he writes about. Filled with the unexpected, the true, and the amazing, Contemporary Gay Romances moves with ease from gas-lit, upper class London, to a future, climate-altered Bay Area; from semi-rural Florida to Southern California beaches, to an extrasolar planet where people have surprising existences. His characters range from ordinary American suburban housewives to extraordinary children, from grieving young geologists and memory-haunted middle aged men, to British Midlands soccer stars and 22nd Century war heroes. Picano subtitled this collection of stylish, unique, and moving works “Tragic, Comic, Mystic & Horrific,” and they are all that and more. The ten tales include prize winners as well as stories published here for the first time, and are as different from any standard “romances” as you can get, but they will linger in the mind and memory.

50) Charles Silverstein - For the Ferryman
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (October 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983285128
ISBN-13: 978-0983285120
Amazon: For the Ferryman
Amazon Kindle: For the Ferryman

A memoir from the noted psychologist and co-author of The Joy of Gay Sex about the author's activism on gay issues in the medical and psychiatry professions and his personal relationship with a younger man and his partner's decline into addictions.
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