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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (91-100)

91) Charlie Cochrane - Home Fires Burning
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098282677X
ISBN-13: 978-0982826775
Amazon: Home Fires Burning
Amazon Kindle: Home Fires Burning

Two stories, two couples, two eras, timeless emotions. "This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense" It is 1914 and The Great War is underway. When the call to arms comes, Nicholas Southwell won't be found hanging back. It's a pity he can't be so decisive when it comes to letting his estate manager Paul Haskell know what he feels before he has to leave for the front line. In the trenches Nicholas meets a fellow officer, Phillip Taylor, who takes him into the unclaimed territory of physical love. Which one will he choose, if he's allowed the choice? "The Case of the Overprotective Ass" Stars of the silver screen Alasdair Hamilton and Toby Bowe are wowing the post WWII audiences with their depictions of Holmes and Watson. When they are asked by a friend to investigate a mysterious disappearance, they jump at the chance-surely detection can't be that hard? But a series of threatening letters-and an unwanted suitor-make real life very different from the movies. Charlie Cochrane, author of the delightful Cambridge Fellows series, brings her familiar romantic, roguish style to the two novellas that together are "Home Fires Burning."

92) Kaje Harper - Unacceptable Risk
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (October 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608204642
ISBN-13: 978-1608204649
Amazon: Unacceptable Risk (Hidden Wolves, #1)
Amazon Kindle: Unacceptable Risk (Hidden Wolves, #1)

Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he's twice damned. Even his Alpha's grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.

93) Daniel M. Jaffe - Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: White Crane Books (October 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211871
ISBN-13: 978-1590211878
Amazon: Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living
Amazon Kindle: Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living

In Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living, Daniel M. Jaffe explores various aspects of gay-Jewish life: coming out to self and family; (re)defining one's relationship to tradition and faith; surviving child abuse and teenage sexual identity angst; experiencing the adult joys and heartbreaks of dating, of forming relationships, and of losing them; coping with HIV/AIDS; considering parenting; and dealing with old age. Mirroring the diversity within contemporary American Jewish life, the main characters in these twenty-four stories are Jewish, but in various ways--some wrestle with religion, others with their place in tradition and community. Yet for other characters here, Jewish identity is not at issue in the pursuit of happiness, love, and inner peace; rather, Jewishness is a cornerstone given, a foundational lens through which these characters see and examine the world and self.

94) Jerry Wheeler - Riding the Rails
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825866
ISBN-13: 978-1602825864
Amazon: Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses
Amazon Kindle: Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses

Some of the hottest writers of gay erotica spin tales of Riding the Rails. Trains are so romantic. The clock fades from your mind as the country spreads out before you. Forget catching up on your reading—you have scenery to inspire you and time for an innocent flirtation or two. Or ten. Maybe not so innocent and more than a flirtation. It could be the guy in the cargo shorts across the aisle, sleeping with his legs just far enough apart. It could be the blond in the tight muscle shirt and baggy sweatpants heading for the bathroom. It could even be the handsome stranger sitting opposite you who chats you up and invites you to the dining car with yet another invitation in his eyes. This train will take you places you never dreamed of going.

95) Julie Cannon - Rescue Me
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825823
ISBN-13: 978-1602825826
Amazon: Rescue Me
Amazon Kindle: Rescue Me

Tyler Logan reluctantly agrees to pose as the girlfriend of her in-the-closet gay BFF at his company’s annual retreat. Stupid idea, but simple. She’d done it a dozen times before. Kristin Walker, doesn’t want to go on this trip, be the perfect hostess, or be the boss’s wife anymore, but finds herself trapped in all three. When an unexpected turn of events transforms their three days in paradise into a fight for survival, both women struggle against the odds and their own fears. However, the biggest challenge is their growing attraction toward each other and the question of who will rescue whom?

96) Greg Herren - Murder in the Irish Channel
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282584X
ISBN-13: 978-1602825840
Amazon: Murder in the Irish Channel (Chanse Macleod Mysteries)
Amazon Kindle: Murder in the Irish Channel (Chanse Macleod Mysteries)

It begins as a simple missing persons case—a young MMA fighter's mother has mysteriously disappeared. But as New Orleans private eye Chanse MacLeod starts digging around, he discovers that she is the leader of a group fighting the powerful Archdiocese of New Orleans over the closing of two churches. As the trail leads from corrupt church officials to powerful real estate developers to the world of cage fighting, Chanse soon realizes there are a lot of powerful people who want to make sure she stays gone—and don't have a problem with getting rid of a pesky gay private eye.

97) Kim Baldwin - High Impact
Paperback: 293 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; Original edition (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825807
ISBN-13: 978-1602825802
Amazon: High Impact
Amazon Kindle: High Impact

No risk is too high. No adventure too daunting. Emery Lawson reinvents herself after another near-death experience prompts a thorough reevaluation of her priorities. Empowered to live a life of no regrets, she casts aside all that is familiar to face her fears and chase her dreams. But as she heads for the wilds of Alaska, romance is definitely not on her agenda, because she's convinced she's incapable of falling in love. Pasha Dunn has learned to expect the unexpected, in her job with an Adventure Outfitter in the remote Alaskan interior. Adaptability is essential in such a savage and unforgiving landscape. But she's woefully unprepared when her infallible intuition tells her that client Emery Lawson is the soul mate she's been waiting for all her life. Emery is clearly determined to remain unattached, and her high-risk vagabond lifestyle is too far outside Pasha's comfort zone. All that they think they want and know will be challenged when the two are thrust into a nightmare of survival and endurance high above the Arctic Circle.

98) Mel Bossa - Franky Gets Real
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825858
ISBN-13: 978-1602825857
Amazon: Franky Gets Real
Amazon Kindle: Franky Gets Real

Lately, life has been giving Franky the finger, and it isn't the index. He's lost the map to his life. What he needs is a getaway. A break from the city. But most of all, he needs a breather from Geena Piranha Pirelli, his domineering girlfriend and...boss. Franky escapes with his four childhood friends, heading to the woods for a four-day camping trip. With their twenties over, the old gang faces adulthood. Responsibilities. Marriage. Picket fences. Wyatt, king of cool, is now a father of three. Holly, feminist extraordinaire, is a law student with a bright future. Nevin, brains of steel, is a network engineer living with his disabled mother. And Alek, Wyatt's young, elusive brother? Alek is the man with the liquid gold eyes. The man whose touch left an imprint on Franky's soul fifteen years ago. Is that beautiful moment gone forever? Determined to find out, and against all obstacles, Franky sets out to find the lost treasure he'd stopped looking for, but he is soon confronted with the one thing he's been running from all of his life... Reality.

99) Ryan Loveless - The Forgotten Man
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 20, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: The Forgotten Man

In 1932, after Captain Joshua Pascal’s family loses its fortune, the Great War veteran’s sense of duty compels him to help his mother convert his childhood home into a Jewish boarding house. He’s lived openly as a homosexual among his friends, but now Joshua must pretend to be a “normal,” and hiding his nature is a lonely way of life. But in the middle of Chanukah, Joshua meets Will, a street musician with a ready smile, and wonders if he might deserve a chance at love. During the cold December nights they find comfort in each other. But the specter of the workhouse and the possibility of family and personal ruin hang over them, making their every move dangerous. Which would they rather lose: their lives as they know them... or the promise of a future together?

100) Ann McMan - Dust
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452734
ISBN-13: 978-1934452738
Amazon: Dust
Amazon Kindle: Dust

When it comes to finding dirt, Evan Reed is the best in the business. She's a dust-buster-a paid operative hired by political campaigns to vet candidates. She's also a foul-mouthed, cranky ex-Catholic, attempting to raise a fourteen-year-old daughter on her own. When she's hired to investigate the background of a squeaky-clean and charismatic senator who might just be the next president, the last thing she expects to uncover is a murder. Evan's life is further complicated when she meets the senator's reclusive wife-who happens to be hiding some dust of her own.
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