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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (181-190)

181) Shelter Somerset - Between Two Promises
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721625
ISBN-13: 978-1613721629
Amazon: Between Two Promises
Amazon Kindle: Between Two Promises

Sequel to Between Two Worlds. Daniel Schrock and Aiden Cermak have forged a life in the rural Montana foothills, but a shadow still lingers, made stronger when a letter arrives from Daniel's brother Mark inviting him to his Christmas wedding. Daniel fears returning home might force what he wants to avoid: telling his family about Aiden and facing the dreaded Amish shunning. Despite the uncertainties, Daniel and Aiden head to Illinois, where frustration will not only endanger Daniel's relationship with his family and the church community, but his bond with his boyfriend, who leaves Daniel with a choice: him or the Amish. Before Daniel can stop Aiden, he's gone... and threats from the past resurface, crystallizing Daniel's fears about a murderer still at large. As he desperately searches for Aiden and the identity of the suspected killer, Daniel will have to decide if love is important enough to risk losing everything he knows. Will Daniel choose to keep his commitment to the Amish church or will he stand by the promise he made to Aiden that first night they made love?

182) J.V. Petretta - An Impossible Dream Story
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (October 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1457506807
ISBN-13: 978-1457506802
Amazon: An Impossible Dream Story
Amazon Kindle: An Impossible Dream Story

Many of us suffer broken dreams and loves in our lives, but when a lifetime of busted dreams is essential to achieving the "big-time" impossible; then we, like my lead protagonist Vinny Pirelli, become daydream believers. Without arrogance, I am confident that many readers will gain something personal when exploring An Impossible Dream Story, thereby adding to their own journeys.

183) K.Z. Snow - The Zero Knot
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722044
ISBN-13: 978-1613722046
Amazon: The Zero Knot
Amazon Kindle: The Zero Knot

Eighteen-year-old Jess Bonner is casting off pretense-and, with it, some friends from his past who aren't particularly trustworthy. In just a few months he'll be starting college, and it's time for him to admit the truth: he's gay, not bi, and only one of his old friends holds any kind of real interest for him. When Dylan Finch, aka Mig, follows his lead and puts some distance between himself and the old crowd, he and Jess give in to a mutual attraction that's been building for years. But navigating a fledgling relationship isn't easy for beginners, and forces they can't seem to control keep tripping them up: sexual appetite, personal insecurities, fear of discovery, and more. They need clarity. They need courage. Just as they're on the verge of finding both, a vindictive act of jealousy sends one of them to jail. All their hard-won victories are in danger of falling to dust. And the only way to save what they have is to recognize it for what it is... and fight for its integrity.

184) Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux - Divide & Conquer
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615817158
ISBN-13: 978-1615817153
Amazon: Divide & Conquer
Amazon Kindle: Divide & Conquer

Cut & Run Series Book Four - Sequel to Fish & Chips. Baltimore, Maryland, is a city in alarming distress. Rising violence is fanning the flames of public outrage, and all law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are catching blame. Thus the FBI's latest ideas to improve public relations: a municipal softball league and workshops for community leaders. But the new commitments just mean more time Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have to spend apart when they're happily exploring how to be more than by-the-book partners. Then the latest spate of crime explodes in their faces-literally-throwing the city, the Bureau, and Ty and Zane's volatile partnership both in and out of the office into chaos. They're hip-deep in trouble, trying to track down bombers and bank robbers in the dark with very few clues, and the only way to reach the light at the end of the tunnel together requires Ty and Zane to close their eyes and trust each other to the fiery end.

185) Isabella - Broken Shield
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098286082X
ISBN-13: 978-0982860823
Amazon: Broken Shield
Amazon Kindle: Broken Shield

Tyler Jackson, former paramedic now firefighter, has seen her share of death up close. The death of her wife caused Tyler to rethink her career choices, but the death of her mother two weeks later cemented her return to the ranks of firefighter. Her path of self-destruction and womanizing is just a front to hide the heartbreak and devastation she lives with every day. Tyler’s given up on finding love and having the family she’s always wanted. When tragedy strikes her life for a second time she finds something she thought she lost. Ashley Henderson loves her job. Ignoring her mother’s advice, she opts for a career in law enforcement. But, Ashley hides a secret that soon turns her life upside down. Shame, guilt and fear keep Ashley from venturing forward and finding the love she so desperately craves. Her life comes crashing down around her in one swift moment forcing her to come clean about her secrets and her life. Can two women thrust together by one traumatic event survive and find love together, or will their past force them apart?

186) Naomi Clark - Dark Hunt
Print Length: 216 pages
Publisher: QueeredFiction Press; First edition (October 16, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Dark Hunt (Urban Wolf)

Ayla Hammond is taking on Paris. Hoping for a romantic getaway in the City of Lights with her girlfriend, Shannon, she finds a city under the dark thrall of Le Monstre. Getting caught up in mystery and murder was the last thing Ayla and Shannon expected to find in the City of Love, but as the body count grows and tension rises between Parisian werewolves and humans they find themselves stalked by an unknown terror. What is Le Monstre and why does it make Ayla's wolf want to turn tail and run? Can it be stopped before they become its next victims?

187) Aislinn Kerry - A Queen's Dowry
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (October 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249376
ISBN-13: 978-1611249378
Amazon: A Queen's Dowry
Amazon Kindle: A Queen's Dowry

The sequel to the Amber Allure Best Seller A King's Ransom...Luke, prince and heir to the Samari kingdom, may have survived kidnapping by pirates and an assassination attempt, but now that he's returned home, his troubles are just beginning. His cousin Darrin, who's ruled as regent in Luke's absence, has made himself comfortable on the throne and doesn't want to give it up. Luke's court and his countrymen refuse to accept Conall, the pirate husband that Luke has brought home. And Nume, the Ilian princess Luke was supposed to marry, has been sent across the seas with a retinue of ambassadors to insist that Luke honor their betrothal. With his sister, Addy, becoming closer to Nume every day, Conall growing restless without a ship to sail or men to command, and the threat of political disaster hanging over their heads if Luke can't figure out a way to appease the Ilians without forsaking the man he loves, Luke's scrambling just to keep his head above water. And someone in his court is still trying to kill him.

188) Rowan Speedwell - Bitterwood
Paperback: 130 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (October 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249392
ISBN-13: 978-1611249392
Amazon: Bitterwood
Amazon Kindle: Bitterwood

Outrunning a winter storm in the north, Captain Faran of the King's Guard, his men, and a young mage named Meric find shelter at the ancestral home of the Daenes, Bitterwood Manor. Faran and his troops have been searching for six weeks for both a powerful unknown mage, and for a mysterious, lion-like beast that reportedly haunts the uncharted northern woods. Faran finds the first clue in their quest: the Daene family heraldry--a gold cat on a red field. Meric finds something much more interesting--the son of the house, Eissa. For his part, Faran is fascinated by the powerful figure of Joss, a widower who manages Bitterwood and its environs with a strong, steady hand. Together they will need to brave the oldest, darkest part of the Bitterwood in the coldest, deepest snows of winter, to find the legendary gold cat and the prophesied mage, for time is running out--for Meric, and for the kingdom.

189) Valentina Heart - Teacher Plus Two
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721781
ISBN-13: 978-1613721780
Amazon: Teacher Plus Two
Amazon Kindle: Teacher Plus Two

In a technologically advanced universe where humans are classed according to their sexual expertise, Orrin, a man approaching revered Teacher status, is kidnapped and forced to educate slaves in the pleasures of the flesh. Before he can attempt to teach his first student, he has to save the life of Fai, a purring Mattian. Orrin just manages to nurse his little lion back to health when their cell gains another occupant: Hara, an exotic and experienced slave who was sold by his old master. Despite their difficult circumstances and knowing they will eventually be separated, the three men form an steadfast bond. Soon Hara finds himself with a colorful new Master across the universe while Orrin and Fai remain behind at the slave traders' base. With their problems only building daily, can they find a way back to each other or will they succumb to the trials they face?

190) Rick R. Reed - Caregiver
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722087
ISBN-13: 978-1613722084
Amazon: Caregiver
Amazon Kindle: Caregiver

It's 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark's addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that's how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam. Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original--witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn't let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail. Each step of Adam's journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it's Adam's lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn't right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.
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