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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (201-210)

201) Z.A. Maxfield - The Pharaoh's Concubine
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609283473
ISBN-13: 978-1609283476
Amazon: The Pharaoh's Concubine
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Beauty is only skin deep…until love reveals what lies beneath. As mob boss Yvgeny Mosko’s open secret, Dylan Anderson is happy enough with a passionate, if loveless, arrangement that affords him a life of luxury. But at thirty-six, he wonders how committed Mosko will be to an aging lover. He finds out when a rival gang kidnaps him in a turf war everyone’s sure to lose. Mosko unleashes deadly force, leaving no one alive except for a young man whose dark eyes tug at Dylan’s heart—and the conscience he thought he’d excised long ago. Though he tried to stop the kidnapping, William “Memo” Escobar knows Mosko will use what’s left of him to send a powerful message to his rivals. When Mosko’s pampered pretty boy risks everything to help him escape, he can’t believe his luck. William figures he’s better suited to life off the grid, but as the days go by he begins to realize Dylan’s beauty is more than skin deep. And as Dylan coaxes more and more beguiling smiles from William, he yearns for things—like family ties—he’d thought were best forgotten. Yet behind their newfound happiness lurks the certain knowledge that no matter how careful they are, Mosko will come for what’s his.

202) Roy Chaudoir - Mettray Seminary: The Untold Story
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (December 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1257973185
ISBN-13: 978-1257973187
Amazon: Mettray Seminary: The Untold Story

The journey of a young Altar Boy who seeks to leave an abusive home life by entering into the seminary to become a Roman Catholic priest. This fictional true-to-life journey is of a boy abused by his priest, bullied, and led into isolated confusion. Innocence is lost, and sexual betrayal, rape, social isolation ensue. One friend and classmate remains a gay support and helps him survive. He finds a way through the sexual labyrinth and succeeds in overcoming his hardships and ultimately achieves a healthy gay life. This is a first person account of a youth's awakenings to erotic feelings, detailed abuse, rape, love, promiscuity, and eventual psychic overload. Raped, enchanted by confusing visions of angels, misled by the clergy, the protagonist tells all of his responses to years of abuse in real time. Positive intervention leads to a social work resolution to a life begun in ruins. This is a profound journey of loss and hope.

203) Chris Paynter - Survived by Her Longtime Companion
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627880
ISBN-13: 978-1935627883
Amazon: Survived by her Longtime Companion
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Hired to work on a biography of the late film star, Daphne DeMonet, Bailey Hampton arrives to conduct an interview with Eleanor Burnett, Daphne's "longtime companion." To Bailey's dismay, she learns Eleanor has set up a co-interview with Bailey's ex-partner, Chelsea Parker. Estranged for eleven months, the two women hide their painful memories and strain to be civil to one another. Eleanor startles them by insisting that they take turns reading aloud from Eleanor's diaries of her life with Daphne DeMonet. Only after the diaries are read in her presence will Eleanor proceed with a full interview. Once Eleanor discovers that Bailey and Chelsea are ex-partners, the diary readings take on a new meaning for her. Can they learn from the mistakes she and Daphne made as young lovers? Will that knowledge bring Bailey and Chelsea together again? Or is it too late to mend their broken relationship?

204) Charlie Cochrane - All Lessons Learned
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609283996
ISBN-13: 978-1609283995
Amazon: All Lessons Learned (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries)
Amazon Kindle: All Lessons Learned (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries)

He’s at the end of his rope…until fate casts a lifeline. Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 8. The Great War is over. Freed from a prisoner of war camp and back at St. Bride’s College, Orlando Coppersmith is discovering what those years have cost. All he holds dear—including his beloved Jonty Stewart, lost in combat. A commission to investigate a young officer’s disappearance gives Orlando new direction…temporarily. The deceptively simple case becomes a maze of conflicting stories—is Daniel McNeil a deserter, or a hero?—taking Orlando into the world of the shell-shocked and broken. And his sense of Jonty’s absence becomes painfully acute. Especially when a brief spark of attraction for a Cambridge historian, instead of offering comfort, triggers overwhelming guilt. As he hovers on the brink of despair, a chance encounter on the French seafront at Cabourg brings new hope and unexpected joy. But the crushing aftereffects of war could destroy his second chance, leaving him more lost and alone than ever...

205) Z. Allora - Tied Together
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608205738
ISBN-13: 978-1608205738
Amazon: The Dark Angels: Tied Together
Amazon Kindle: The Dark Angels: Tied Together

The Dark Angels: Tied Together #2 The Dark Angels Series As part of the rock sensation, The Dark Angels, Josh and Robin Strider have the fans calling them "The Twins". Although they're not blood brothers, growing up together has given them a special bond that was challenged when they were thrown out of their home. Surviving and being saved from life on the streets makes Robin cling to brotherly ties that don't exist. One night with friends opens the doors to what Josh has always wanted -- Robin's body and heart. If Josh learns to master Robin's inner submissive, he'll be able to give Robin the security he craves. But can rumors from Josh's father unravel the ties between Robin and Josh or will a collar and love be enough to tie them together?

206) G.N. Chevalier - Bonds of Earth
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372327X
ISBN-13: 978-1613723272
Amazon: Bonds of Earth
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In 1918, Michael McCready returned from the war with one goal: to lose himself in the pursuit of pleasure. Once a promising young medical student, Michael buried his dreams alongside the broken bodies of the men he could not save. After fleeing New York to preserve the one relationship he still values, he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate, but he soon discovers that the house hides secrets and sorrows of its own. While Michael nurses the estate's neglected gardens, his reclusive employer dredges up reminders of the past Michael is desperate to forget. John Seward's body was broken by the war, along with his will to recover until a family crisis to convinces him to pursue treatment. As John's health and outlook improve under Michael's care, animosity yields to understanding. He and John find their battle of wills turning into something stronger, but fear may keep them from finding hope and healing in each other.

207) Stevie Woods - Other Worlds 2 (3 novellas)
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249295
ISBN-13: 978-1611249293
Amazon: Other Worlds, Vol. II

On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation--Other Worlds--has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work closely together. Small survey teams are sent out regularly to investigate the myriad new worlds discovered. The work the teams undertake on these alien planets puts them in constant danger, and sometimes friendships born of necessity become much deeper. Previously available only in electronic format, these three stories of Futuristic Gay Erotic Romance have now been combined for a paperback edition! Included are the tales......An Enigma (On a mission with the rest of their team surveying a deserted city, Adam and Rafe, now a committed couple, investigate one of the many buildings, which, due to its contents, Rafe has dubbed the 'library.' Adam unknowingly operates some kind of machinery, and in a flash of light, the floor opens beneath his feet. In a desperate attempt to save his lover, Rafe gets caught in the same trap. While their teammates search for them, Rafe and Adam find themselves trapped in adjoining cells, unable to touch or see each other properly, but grateful that at least they can communicate with each other. Though it doesn't help them to understand what is happening as the walls change shape around them. Adam's cell gets gradually smaller while Rafe is offered what seems to be a way of escape--but is that just one more trick of the strange trap in which they find themselves? Will they be able to free themselves, or will they die together--but desperately alone?)......And This Man Is My Lover? (On a mission with their team surveying a series of ruins, Bart and Jake have yet another disagreement when Jake refuses permission for Bart to investigate certain buildings. A disgruntled Bart, however, disobeys the major and enters a ruin he is particularly interested in, believing it will reveal something of the language of the long-disappeared inhabitants. When Jake returns from his patrol, he realizes the captain has disobeyed his order. Jake's anger at his lover's action is short-lived when Bart cannot be located. Eventually, the team tracks Bart to one of the ruins, but they find no trace of the man himself. Knowing they need help, Jake contacts the Alkya base and an engineering squad is sent to assist Jake's team in a search-and-rescue effort. Will the men be able to find Bart before it's too late?)......Cold Fear (Dropping through the atmosphere to land on Theta for their latest survey, the ship is disabled by a strange energy force and crashes in an immense ice field. Matt awakens in the debris of the control room to find Josh and Dennis injured and the ship badly damaged. Matt does what he can for his colleagues and attempts to repair the tear to the ship's skin. But the men struggle to keep warm in the freezing temperatures, and when they discover their comm-unit isn't working, it becomes a fight for their very survival.)

208) Geoffrey Knight - The Gentlemen's Parlor
Publisher: Imperial Pride (Dare Empire eMedia Productions) (January 23, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Gentlemen's Parlor - Room Of Chains

Dr. Darius inhaled on his cigar and a pillow of smoke drifted from his lips. “This place, the Parlor, it’s about more than just money. The Parlor is somewhat… unique. The vast majority of people in the outside world—those beyond the walls of this mansion—would be offended and outraged by what goes on here. But those within these walls, they come to feel alive. They come to be loved, to feel that they belong to something… or someone. They come to find themselves. They come to heal… or be healed. In the Gentlemen’s Parlor, nothing and nobody is judged.” Gather your secrets, slip on your mask, leave your inhibitions at the door… And welcome to the Gentlemen’s Parlor.

209) Andrew Grossman - Lost Sky
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Queered Fiction (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 192044114X
ISBN-13: 978-1920441142
Amazon: Lost Sky
Amazon Kindle: Lost Sky

"At first he thought the object was a mirage caused by the queer vaporous light. But as he continued to stare downstream, a strange vessel sliced through the rushing water and sped against the current toward the narrow spit of beach. The boat was shaped like a leaf. Its veined sides rolled inward and its elongated prow extended over the river like a stem. Seated at the bow was a man, whose golden skin glowed in the darkness like candlelight." It all began with a letter from a lawyer that later Matthew Mason would wish he'd never opened... A bequest from a mysterious relative he never knew he had and a series of seemingly unrelated circumstances bring a dramatic turn of events to his life. Shy, stammering Matthew is forced out of the quiet world he's built around himself and cast into the unknown. A twist of fate leads to a meeting with an extraordinary and supernatural being whose home is both a prison and a fantastic refuge. The secrets of Salal and his subterranean island sets Matthew on a dangerous journey that changes his life forever.

210) Mykola Dementiuk - Times Square Queer
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Renaissance eBooks (February 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615084541
ISBN-13: 978-1615084548
Amazon: TIMES SQUARE QUEER: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple

"Mick Dementiuk writes stories of the day when Times Square was all about sex, drugs, and cold spit ... about coming of age inside the just-burgeoning hardcore movie houses of the 1960s. It's... vivid. Harsh, real, and yes, erotic." -Susie Bright. Here is a landmark book - the first print publication of seventeen stories by Mykola Dementiuk, one of the most distinctive voices in queer literature. Sixteen were published individually on the web as short ebooks; "Missy the Sissy" has never appeared anywhere before. Included are: "On the Prowl," "Times Square Cutie," "Eighteen Today." "Trio At the Movies," "Love for Sale" and a dozen others. Times Square Queers also features a moving and penetrating personal introduction about growing up queer in the 1960s, amid the sleazy porn theaters and bars crowding Times Square that had become a gay mecca. "Mykola's stories of ... the delights and depressions of young men living difficult lives in imperfect times... do a magnificent job of drawing us into the character's heads." Bibrary Bookslut. Mykola's New York is "...very gritty, with a cosmopolitan impersonality about it; impersonal relationships, impersonal sex, and the-devil-take-the-hindmost ethos. [His work is] eagerly recommended." -Gerry B's Book Reviews.
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