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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (171-180)

171) Rob Rosen - Southern Fried
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (September 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608204359
ISBN-13: 978-1608204359
Amazon: Southern Fried
Amazon Kindle: Southern Fried

Southern Fried, the romantic misadventure of Trip Jackson and his stable boy, Zeb Jones, is about the love of family, the love of one's heritage, and the love between friends, both old and new. It's as antebellum as Tara ever was, but with a deliciously suspenseful and sexy twist. Because what our heroes are quick to discover is that not all is as it appears to be, and sometimes life can get turned upside down when you least expect it. Especially when lip-smacking romance, deep-dish humor, and a side of mystery fall on your plate, all, of course, served up southern-style.

172) Liz Strange - Missing Daughter, Shattered Family
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (September 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160820412X
ISBN-13: 978-1608204120
Amazon: Missing Daughter, Shattered Family
Amazon Kindle: Missing Daughter, Shattered Family

An Independent Literary Awards finalist! A David Lloyd Investigation When a brutal homophobic attack ended David Lloyd's career as a police officer, his life was changed forever. Five years later David is running his own private detective agency, where a missing person's case comes to his attention. Digging into the circumstances of her disappearance forces David to realize he has not dealt with what happened to him, and that he can no loner deal with his long-time partner's fear of being honest about their relationship. Solving the case might not only bring peace to a shattered family, but could finally put David's own demons to rest.

173) Nicki Bennett & Ariel Tachna - Under the Skin
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721048
ISBN-13: 978-1613721049
Amazon: Under the Skin
Amazon Kindle: Under the Skin

Police detective Patrick Flaherty has no illusions about Russian mobster Alexei Boczar, but that doesn't stop his fascination with the bodyguard to one of the most ruthless families in Chicago's growing Eastern European crime community. From the moment Patrick meets Alexei's eyes over the body of another Russian mobster, Alexei is a thorn in Patrick's side, refusing to cooperate with the police and turning all of Patrick's questions back on him. Alexei's hard-as-nails persona whets Patrick's professional determination to get the information he's sure the gangster is hiding, while personally Patrick just wants to get his hands on Alexei's hard body. The tattoos marking Alexei's skin tell the story of his criminal past, but the more Patrick learns about Alexei, the more he wants to know, until he finds himself over his head in a relationship that might cost him his job and could well cost Alexei his life. Alexei is equally fascinated by Patrick's willingness to overlook his past and even his present associations, but he has secrets of his own that could drive a wedge between them forever.

174) Lyn Gala - Desert World Allegiances
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721560
ISBN-13: 978-1613721568
Amazon: Desert World Allegiances
Amazon Kindle: Desert World Allegiances

Being condemned to slavery is a common enough occurrence on the desert planet of Livre, but this time, priest Shan Polli is determined to prevent the corrupt, soul-eating system from destroying one more life. Temar Grazer was sentenced for what amounted to a criminal prank-but Shan soon finds that the dangers extend far beyond Temar's crime. Caught between guilt and hope, Shan must find his true path in either the priesthood or in a man whose strength and survival defies the odds. Can the two men unravel a plot that threatens the entire world before Temar is broken by a system of slavery that has twisted out of control?

175) Allison Moon - Lunatic Fringe
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Lunatic Ink (September 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983830916
ISBN-13: 978-0983830917
Amazon: Lunatic Fringe (Tales of the Pack, Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Lunatic Fringe (Tales of the Pack, Book 1)

Lunatic Fringe indulges the feminine wild by giving the classic werewolf myth a lesbian twist. Lexie Clarion's first night at college, she falls in with a pack of radical feminist werewolf hunters. The next morning, she falls for a mysterious woman who may be among the hunted. As Lexie's new lover and the Pack battle for Lexie's allegiance, the waxing moon illuminates old hatreds, new enemies, and a secret from Lexie's childhood that will change her life forever. Lunatic Fringe is the first book in the Tales of the Pack series.

176) Fred Whitby - Adventures of a Pinko Commie Bisexual in the 1980s
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (September 22, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 055766781X
ISBN-13: 978-0557667819
Amazon: Adventures of a Pinko Commie Bisexual in the 1980s

Come hitch a ride with Seth Freedman on a journey of self exploration in the nineteen eighties. Keep your eyes open and hold on tight. Here are some stops along the way: * Coed sex parties * Drug experimentation * Bisexuality * Academic corruption * Homophobia * Prostitution * Sustainable technology * Police brutality * STDs * Alternative housing * Exploding motorboat * Native American sweat hut * Commune living * Tumbling microbus * Drug testing * Cannibalism * Teenage runaway * Polyamory Enjoy the ride but don't confuse the stops with the journey. This is the story of a young man in search of what is really true and right, a person who takes nothing for granted, who questions everything, and who is willing to give any idea a chance.

177) B.A. Tortuga - Just Like Cats and Dogs
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (September 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610405595
ISBN-13: 978-1610405591
Amazon: Just Like Cats & Dogs
Amazon Kindle: Just Like Cats & Dogs

If there's one thing Sam knows for sure it's that you can never go home again. As a feline shifter who grew up in a family of wolves, he's used to being a freak. He stays in the city and tries to get his family to visit him, but when a loved one passes away, Sam has to go back to the New Mexico desert for a last goodbye. Gus only comes back to the pack at gathering time, once in a blue moon. He's usually a wanderer, but he's with the pack when Sam comes home. Gus and Sam have never gotten along, but this time around Gus is surprised by the attraction he feels for this new, slinky version of his high school nemesis. Sam and Gus may not be able to resist each other, but finding time to be together and overcome their differences might be too much for them, especially when danger lurks just around the corner, and all around the world. Can cats and dogs live to learn together, or are Gus and Sam destined to fail?

178) Syd McGinley - Twice-Caught
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (September 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610405579
ISBN-13: 978-1610405577
Amazon: Twice-Caught
Amazon Kindle: Twice-Caught

Tarin's been caught, but can he be civilized? Despite his wild ways and his keen instincts, Twice-caught Tarin is bonding with his beak-faced captain, Garrick, but not everyone wants their relationship to succeed. Learning civilized skills and living in buildings have their good points, but Tarin struggles to reconcile his yearning for freedom with his desire for Garrick and his loyalty to his friends. His thinking is clouded by his buzzing conscience and the remaining effects of having his memory wiped by the mysterious Mothers. One thing Tarin is sure of; Major Jadon is a Bad Egg. He's a bitter and jealous man determined to stop any happiness in the community and consolidate power in himself. If Jadon succeeds in his plans, not only will Tarin and Garrick be parted, but Tarin's friend Perry will be in Jadon's clutches. As if threats to community harmony and the safety of new boys weren't bad enough, Tarin may lose the traditional Candle Day choice between his man and the woods if Garrick is not declared to be whole and healthy. Can Tarin's untamed nature defeat the civilized Jadon's cunning use of the community's rules before Candle Day? As many perils for Tarin lie within the winterbound community as outside, but when library-boy Aran faces a cruel punishment, Tarin is even willing to face the Mothers to save his friend. Winter may pass, but will Jadon's malice ever cease?

179) Geoffrey Knight - The Pearl Trilogy
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1466398809
ISBN-13: 978-1466398801
Amazon: The Pearl Trilogy

The Top End of Australia A tropical paradise filled with beauty. Wonder. Danger. For two young boys growing up in the Northern Territory—half-Aboriginal Jarrah 'Jad' Yindi and his best friend Luke Lawson—the remote beaches and aqua waters of the Top End are a playground of adventure. And as two best friends become young men, true love washes over them like the sea upon the sand. But life is full of challenges and change, and if Jad is to discover who he really is, he must piece together his ancestral past, his dream-filled present and his uncertain future to become the man he was always destined to be. Through water and fire; through love and loss; through the days of youth to the stories of the world's oldest living culture, journey across the heart of Australia to discover what's in the heart of one young man.

180) Ariel Tachna - Reluctant Partnerships
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721641
ISBN-13: 978-1613721643
Amazon: Reluctant Partnerships
Amazon Kindle: Reluctant Partnerships

A spin-off of the Partnership in Blood series. Thanks to the efforts of Raymond Payet and l'ANS, vampires now have the same legal rights as mortals, and research at l'Institut Marcel Chavinier is focusing on the mysterious partnership bonds between wizards and vampires. But the battle for public opinion rages on. When Detective Adèle Rougier encounters Pascale Auboussu, a shy young woman turned into a vampire against her will, Raymond and Denis Langlois, chef de la Cour nearest the crime, fear a public relations nightmare. The vampire responsible for Pascale's turning must be brought to justice, but Denis is distracted by an unlikely potential partner-Canadian researcher Martin Delacroix, who is spending a year's sabbatical at l'Institut-and Denis's lingering feelings for his deceased lover prompt him to reject the bond. There's no denying the attraction between them, though, and the allure of companionship is nearly as strong as Denis's grief. Growing familiarity and yearning for a true mate may induce Adèle and Denis to soften their stances against new partnerships, but Adèle will have to accept a deeper intimacy with Pascale when she has never considered a relationship with a woman, and it will take a near-deadly attack to make Denis admit his most hidden desires. Now he has to hope Martin will be willing to stay.
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