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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (251-260)

251) Natasha Holme - Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How I Acquired my Eating Disorder

The only book to present a diary account of living as a lesbian with an eating disorder, this work is endorsed by Helena Whitbread, Editor of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, as "a compelling read." A true story set in 1989, nineteen year old Natasha, obsessively in love with her former school teacher Miss Williams, struggles with her infatuations with women. Having sex with boys, she earns the condemnation of gay and straight worlds. Feeling too fat to deserve romantic involvement with another girl, Natasha stops eating. This is a coming out story and a love story which takes place one year after the infamous Section 28 was introduced, according to which it was not permitted to "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship." The book describes in detail Natasha's clumsy attempts at heterosexuality, the obsessive clinging to unrequited love, her embracing of sexual harassment, and her dysfunctional relationship with body image and food.

252) Lukas Hand - Coming To
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212436
ISBN-13: 978-1590212431
Amazon: Coming To: A Collection of Erotic & Other Epiphanies
Amazon Kindle: Coming To: A Collection of Erotic & Other Epiphanies

What gay man hasn't had that encounter with another man that turned his world upside down? When he was left sweating and out of breath, heart pounding, perspective askew because the sensuality of warm flesh and breath is as intoxicating as any drug? Author Lukas Hand has collected stories of just these brief trysts, the ones we've all had--or wished we'd had--that meet at the crossroads of guilt and passion, repression and ardor. Previous engagements that end in surprising ways, drunken groomsmen at weddings, even a famous reporter named Clark with a penchant for dashing off...these are the assignations Hand offers readers in Coming To. All are memorable. All are arousing.

253) Ryan Field - Chase of a Lifetime
Publisher: Ryan Field Press (March 24, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Chase of a Lifetime (Chase Series)

In this 60,000 word full length gay erotic romance, Jim Darling graduates from Princeton and goes back home to Texas, where he dreads everything ahead of him. He’s almost twenty-one years old, still in the closet, and has never been with a man. Though his father wants him to go to law school so he can join him in his law firm, Jim isn’t so sure that’s what he wants to do. On Jim’s first night home, during his college graduation party at his mom and dad’s ranch, he runs into his best friend’s dad, Len Mayfield, a rugged, handsome investment banker in his late thirties who rides horses and wears a cowboy hat when he’s not working. Len’s life isn’t much different from Jim’s. He’s been in the closet forever, he’s trapped in a marriage of convenience, and he’s resigned to his circumstances. That is until Len runs into the grown up version of Jim Darling at the graduation party and things start to get a little messy. What happens after that blossoms into something neither of them ever expected. A long seduction leads to fantastic love-making. There’s enough passion, heartache, and frustration to challenge their fragile relationship in more ways than one. Will Jim Darling find a way to come clean with his mom and dad so he can find the happiness he’s always wanted? And will Len Mayfield find the courage to finally come out of the closet and walk away from a life that has never made him happy?

254) Perry Brass - King of Angels
Perfect Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Belhue Press; First Edition edition (March 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1892149141
ISBN-13: 978-1892149145
Amazon: King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief
Amazon Kindle: King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief

By Perry Brass, the acclaimed author of How to Survive Your Own Gay Life, Carnal Sacraments, The Substance of God, Warlock, and Ippy-Award Gold Medalist The Manly Art of Seduction comes a novel in the setting of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, in the Man Men period. "Perry Brass is a literary polymath who enthralls readers no matter the genre." Richard Labonte, syndicated book columnist, Book Marks King of Angels is a novel about the difficult and often tragic relationship of fathers and sons, or about one particular father and his attachment to his son, and his son s own unwavering attachment to him, despite scandals, secrets, and problems, and everything that will hold them apart, and yet keep them together forever. It is a coming-of-age story not just of one boy, but of a culture and an emerging gay community. It is the story of Benjamin Rothberg, a 12-year-old master of shape-shifting, of changing identities while steadfastly grasping the unique features of his own. The child of a marriage between a handsome Northern Jewish father and a classic-WASP-beauty Southern mother, Benjamin must change identities from Jewish to non-Jewish, from being a smart, precocious self-aware kid to masquerading and passing as a regular boy, from growing into a sexually curious (and possibly gay) young man to experiencing a fragile adolescent innocence, almost in love with a pretty girl. Set in Savannah, Georgia, during the tumultuous Kennedy years, King of Angels explores the role of Southern Jews in the still-segregated South, the explosive race relations and racial consciousness of this era, and the emergence of a genuine gay community with its own honest, outsider viewpoint. It is also a realistic story of the underground world of boys who must fool their parents and each other in order to achieve any form of unguarded closeness. As a half-Jew attending Holy Nativity, a Catholic military school in Savannah, Benjy will form some of the most important friendships of his life, and experience the full brutality of boys bullying each other. He will also become aware of many forms of seduction and attraction: the seductions of a secret sexual life in the school, the seductions of his own heart taken with a quiet handsome Puerto Rican male student, and the attractions of the Spirit itself in all of its revealed forms. This is truly a novel about the mysterious origins of identity and belief, in a questioning heart and questioning time, while growing up in the changing South in the early 1960s.

255) Ethan Stone - Subject 13
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (April 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249198
ISBN-13: 978-1611249194
Amazon: Subject 13
Amazon Kindle: Subject 13

Luke Kincaid's life is exploding all around him. First his lover leaves him to marry a woman, then childhood nightmares return with a vengeance. Luke's friendship with Ben Skinner and relationship with Kyle Morgan helps him heal his broken heart, but the nightmares, which are actually repressed memories, threaten to destroy the peace he has found. Soon, Luke's investigation into his past puts his life--and the lives of the people he cares about--in danger. But he refuses to give up, not even when he finds out he is connected to a massive government cover-up...

256) Kieran York - Appointment with a Smile
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (March 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627864
ISBN-13: 978-1935627869
Amazon: Appointment with a Smile
Amazon Kindle: Appointment with a Smile

For artist Danielle O'Hara, even though romance is nonexistent and her art career has nearly stagnated, she's reasonably content with her circumstances. Then, when she's nearly sixty years old, the greatest adventure of her life begins. Danielle leaves her Colorado home to attend her first major solo art exhibit in London. While roaming through a street market, Danielle catches sight of her first and only true love, Molly, who had left Colorado and their relationship thirty years earlier. Danielle never accepted Molly's explanation that the reason their relationship had dissolved was Danielle's compulsion to paint. Although the art world has provided Danielle only minimal recognition, an undying belief in herself has kept her moving forward. Her encounter with Molly forces Danielle to revisit the past and to confront an uncertain future. In addition to finding Molly again after three decades, she meets Bethany Cortland, a beguiling, confident woman, who is all that Danielle desires in a woman-everything, that is, except that she's not Molly. The London journey takes Danielle on a trip to the interior of her heart, a place where previously, only her art had been allowed. Now, against her will, she discovers that love and professional success have their own agendas and timetables.

257) Anne Tenino - Frat Boy and Toppy
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193755130X
ISBN-13: 978-1937551308
Amazon: Frat Boy and Toppy: Theta Alpha Gamma #1 (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Frat Boy and Toppy: Theta Alpha Gamma #1 (Volume 1)

Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone, even Sebastian, the geeky-hot TA in his history class. Sebastian is everything Brad is not. Intellectual, suave, hairy. Out. And he doesn’t seem interested in Brad, even when Brad makes a fool of himself trying to catch his notice. Score one for foolery: Sebastian does more than notice Brad; he takes him to bed. Brad’s been with plenty of girls, but with Sebastian, the sex is something else entirely—hot, mind-blowing, affirming, and a little domineering in a way that drives him wild. But when great sex turns into something more—dare he admit the “L” word?—Brad must face the crushing realization that Sebastian doesn’t feel the same. Unless, of course, he does. After all, even grad students can be idiots about matters of the heart.

258) Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Le Jazz Hot
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (March 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161118391X
ISBN-13: 978-1611183917
Amazon: Le Jazz Hot
Amazon Kindle: Le Jazz Hot

Handsome Julian Larson is a talented singer and dancer who performs in drag to make ends meet. So when his best friend needs a burlesque act at the last minute for a fireman's birthday party, he calls Julian. There, Julian dances for the birthday boy, Trent Fitzgerald; a too-good-to-be-true heartthrob who is too nice to keep a woman in his life. Falling hard for the leggy, blond singer--but believing that she's a woman named Julia--Trent tracks Julian down to his apartment where Julian poses as "Julia's" twin in a desperate, doomed ploy to win over the sexy firefighter. When Trent inevitably uncovers the truth, will it mean the end of Julian's chances or a brand new opportunity?

259) Harper Fox - Scrap Metal
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (February 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609289021
ISBN-13: 978-1609289027
Amazon: Scrap Metal
Amazon Kindle: Scrap Metal

Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much. As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay. Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet. As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price.

260) Giselle Renarde - Nanny State
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing (March 29, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Nanny State: Lesbian Kink

When Summer moves in with her mother’s friend, she expects to be treated like an adult. Fat chance! Victoria exerts control over every aspect of her life, protectively setting parental controls on the television and demanding Summer come straight home after her university classes. Everything changes the day Victoria catches Summer watching some very kinky lesbian porn. The landlady soon becomes the ‘Nanny’, coaxing Summer into the big bed for play time. The unlikely couple embarks upon a series of naughty adventures, from suckling to discipline to diapers. But what happens when Summer wants to include a girl her own age? Will Nanny punish the wayward girl or accept another charge into their uncommon household?
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