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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (211-220)

211) Philip D. Luing - From Particles and Disputations
Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: From Particles and Disputations: Writings for Jeff. A Book of Hours

"From Particles and Disputations" is a collection of playful, romantic, candid and personal creative writings that I wrote for my partner Jeff. From our meeting in 1982 until his death from AIDS in 1994 I marked each birthday, anniversary, holiday, and other special or difficult occasion we shared with a candid piece of writing – sometimes poetry, sometimes prose, sometimes celebratory, sometimes anguished – chronicling and reflecting upon the event. These were intimate writings composed solely for the purpose of expressing myself to one other person. Following Jeff's death I collected these writings into a “book of hours” which I entitled "From Particles and Disputations: Writings for Jeff." Read together they impart our story, a love story with a sad but transcendent ending. Read in a larger context, I believe these writings have something important to add to a much needed conversation in our society about what constitutes morality. I believe we live moral lives by establishing, protecting, and enriching the trustworthiness of our relationships with ourselves, our sense of deity, and the world in which we live. For most of us, the first and foremost ripple of our morality finds its expression is in our relationship with a mate. The trust we give to another individual to share and protect our person and our property, those most basic aspects of our being, is what renders these relationships sacred.

212) Rhianon Etzweiler - Blacker than Black
Paperback: 406 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551253
ISBN-13: 978-1937551254
Amazon: Blacker than Black
Amazon Kindle: Blacker than Black

Apparently, my twin and I are two of York's most notorious criminals. We've been Nightwalkers in the blue-light district since the vamps took over the world. Don't know how many years it's been. Long enough that a stream of fellow 'walkers have come and gone. Most don't last long selling their chi. End up face-down in the gutter, or worse. For us, one night and one sale change everything. Monsieur Garthelle is the first john to hunt me down. He calls me a chi thief in one breath and offers absolution--servitude--in the next. Maybe I'm a sucker, but I like living and breathing. Strange that such a powerful vamp would show leniency to a mere human. And something's not right with the chi I took from him. It won't go away. Neither will he, and he’s forcing us to spy on his peers. Then a vamp turns up dead, and we go from playing eyes and ears to investigating a murder. This isn't what I signed up for. All I ever wanted was to sell a little chi, maybe steal some in return. I should've kept my damn hands to myself. This is my story. Look through my eyes.

213) Matthew Scrivens - Sole Survivor
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 146997939X
ISBN-13: 978-1469979397
Amazon: Sole Survivor
Amazon Kindle: Sole Survivor

Two men want Adam Huntington. One wants to love him, the other wants to kill him. Five years ago, Adam survived an attack by one of California’s most horrific serial killers. The experience scarred him, both inside and out. So to create a new life -- one without the world-known moniker, Adam, the Sole Survivor -- he moves to New York City, where he can be just another face in the crowd. NYPD Detective Jake O'Malley takes the motto of “Serve and Protect” very seriously in all things, especially in matters of the heart. He’s had enough of cheating lovers and believes in monogamy, respect, and romance. His first date with Adam is a disaster. But when their paths cross ten months later, he asks for a second chance. Despite his large and physically imposing frame, Jake hopes Adam will come to trust and eventually love him. Todd Eldin sees his muscled body as a finely honed tool, perfect for seducing and killing. When the police begin searching for the killer in a series of sexually sadistic murders, Todd successfully operates below the radar, until he spins a web to catch a more prominent prey -- Adam, the one that got away. Has Adam finally outrun his luck? Can anyone survive the horrors of being caged, beaten and tortured for a second time? Or will Adam be able to use what he learned in California to save himself and his lover? Who will survive this deadliest of love triangles?

214) Edmond Manning - King Perry
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613723784
ISBN-13: 978-1613723784
Amazon: King Perry
Amazon Kindle: King Perry

In a trendy San Francisco art gallery, out-of-towner Vin Vanbly witnesses an act of compassion that compels him to make Perry Mangin a mysterious offer: in exchange for a weekend of complete submission, Vin will restore Perry's "kingship" and transform him into the man he was always meant to be. Despite intense reservations, Perry agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that will test the limits of his body, seduce his senses, and fray his every nerve, (perhaps occasionally breaking the law) while Vin guides him toward his destiny as "the one true king." Even as Perry rediscovers old grief and new joys within himself, Vin and his shadowy motivations remain enigmas: who is this offbeat stranger guiding them from danger to hilarity to danger? To emerge triumphant, Perry must overcome the greatest challenge alone: embracing his devastating past. But can he succeed by Sunday's sunrise deadline? How can he possibly evolve from an ordinary investment banker into King Perry?

215) Michael Griffo - Unafraid (Archangel Academy)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: K-Teen; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758253400
ISBN-13: 978-0758253408
Amazon: Unafraid (Archangel Academy)
Amazon Kindle: Unafraid (Archangel Academy)

The boarding school known as Archangel Academy possesses a legacy of secrets known only to a privileged few. For in this peaceful, charming part of England lives a population of vampires at war with one another--and Michael Howard is caught in the middle of it all. . . When Michael left his small Nebraska hometown to enroll at Archangel Academy, he couldn't have imagined how much the experience would change him. Once mortal, Michael is now a vampire with a destiny that was foretold long ago, and a group of friends with their own mysterious abilities. But there are enemies too, some of them hiding in plain sight. Being strong enough to defend himself isn't enough. Michael must find a way to protect his entire race of vampires. Dark forces within the school will drive everyone to take sides in the escalating violence. And for all his new powers, Michael will discover that love, jealousy, and vengeance have a danger all their own. . .

216) Sara York - Not That Type of Guy
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1470143445
ISBN-13: 978-1470143442
Amazon: Not That Type of Guy
Amazon Kindle: Not That Type of Guy

When CIA assassin, Aiden Johnson, is trapped between a bathroom wall and a hard man, he chooses the hard man, much to his surprise. Aiden doesn’t want to admit he’s gay, but his first stumble into man love leaves him disoriented, searching for answers and desperate to find the truth. He covers his real desires by dating an ultra hot girl, but it’s the guy sitting a few tables away that draws his attention. Super nice and attractive Doctor Trace Williams is so special he seems like an angel to Aiden. Their first kiss blows Aiden away. That Trace sees into his soul, even when Aiden is trying to hide everything, pisses him off. Aiden needs Trace in his life, but once Trace finds out the truth about Aiden’s job, will they have any part of their relationship left? What would you do if your lover ripped apart the very foundation of what you believed? Warning: This book contains sexually explicit content which is only suitable for mature readers. This book deals with difficult subject matter, including abduction, abuse and murder. It also includes amazing sex between incredibly sexy men, masturbation and an engaging story. Enjoy!

217) Samantha M. Derr - Vixen
Paperback: 418 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620040123
ISBN-13: 978-1620040126
Amazon: Vixen
Amazon Kindle: Vixen

The power and appeal of women is great, and there's nothing better than watching a woman do what she loves best. But what happens when what she loves best is another woman? Cavatina, Cabaletta by Rachel White is a grand tale of the opera, and two women who loathe, despise, and detest each other-until the arrival of a greater enemy forces them to set aside their antagonism. The Huntress by T.T. Kove is the story of a princess who refuses to bow to the dictates of her family, and in setting out to forge her own path stumbles across a woman like no one she's ever seen. Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller tells of a highly-skilled Combatant constantly saddled with subpar mages, until she meets a mage who seems far too good to be true. The Thicket by Liz Lamdin is the tale of an unusual princess who climbs a tower and meets a gloomy witch. Weather the Storm by Julia March is the story of a young woman who runs away from home to marry her true and go on a grand adventure ... The Mermaid by Megan Derr is the story of a woman forced into marriage by scandal, who on journeying to her fiance's island home soon learns there is more than a little truth to the local myths ... Masquerade by Ashley Shaw is the story a woman who enters a palace to deceive a king but finds herself seduced by a queen.

218) T.T. Kove - Legend & Lore
Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620040034
ISBN-13: 978-1620040034
Amazon: Legend & Lore, Volume One

Desperate for the approval he hopes it will gain him, Mihai accepts a challenge from his brother: Venture into Fenris Forest, and retrieve a leaf from a rare tree to prove he did it. Though he has been warned to avoid the forest and the monsters that fill it all his life, Mihai's longing for approval trumps his fear. Mihai soon realizes, however, that it is his fear he should have heeded. Just as victory seems within his grasp, he is attacked by warg, the most dangerous beasts in the forest. Alone and helpless, Mihai resigns himself to being just one more person who went into the woods and never came out- ...until he is saved in the most unexpected of ways. ----- Brand is a man adrift: he is wolf shifter and fire mage, a traitor to his people for saving a friend on whom he turned his back long ago, a friend who no longer has need of him. He has no place to call home, no one to call family or friend, and no idea where he belongs. With nothing better to do, he decides to seek out the infamous dragons in the firelands, curious to see if their fires will be hot enough to burn a fire witch, to see if perhaps a place that welcomes fire might have a place for him...

219) Jerry L. Wheeler - Strawberries and Other Exotic Fruits
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212126
ISBN-13: 978-1590212127
Amazon: Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits
Amazon Kindle: Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits

Strawberries and cream might be a popular dessert but save some topping for this decadent collection of stories by Jerry Wheeler, a writer who enjoys his blend of the sweet and the sticky. From the titular tale of a farmer in low-slung jeans growing a peculiar crop to gypsy magic that brings out the ''bear'' in a bottom to the tale of a grand hunt by an immortal who feeds off the talent, as well as flesh, of musicians, Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruit promises readers words that will conjure desire like a mythical aphrodisiac. But there's a price to pay for such magic, as several of the men in these stories learn. Turn a page, unbutton, relax, and sink your teeth into this book. The taste will linger for days.

220) Jordan Castillo Price - The Starving Years
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (April 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935540440
ISBN-13: 978-1935540441
Amazon: The Starving Years
Amazon Kindle: The Starving Years

Imagine a world without hunger. In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world's cupboards, pantries and larders. Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He's a food scientist--according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he's been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his exorbitantly priced migraine medication. In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they're acting so evasive about it, he's not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson's flirting, and Tim's name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for "awkward." And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn't seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon. One thing's for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife...even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
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