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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (261-270)

261) Amber Green - Khyber Run
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (March 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611183928
ISBN-13: 978-1611183924
Amazon: Khyber Run
Amazon Kindle: Khyber Run

In Afghanistan, all the easy answers are wrong and the best-laid plans don't stand a chance. A tight-knit band of USMC scout-snipers, enraged when one of their number murders another, is hell-bent on seeing justice. They kidnap Zarak Momand, a burnt-out Navy hospital corpsman, and blackmail him to be their guide into Momand land and to find a loophole in nanawatai, the Afghan code of hospitality. They don't tell him their target -- a deserter -- murdered Zarak's estranged baby brother. Zarak has lost touch with his brothers, his heritage, his religion, anything that might inspire true passion. Code-named Zulu and coerced to hunt down a deserter, he must navigate the ambiguities of fourth generation warfare, where there are no front lines and where the moral high ground shifts from situation to situation. In the end, it's just Zulu and Oscar, a sexually compelling cipher who embodies so much of the Pakhtun Way. But is Oscar's rough passion a betrayal between brothers?

262) P.D. Singer - The Rare Event
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724098
ISBN-13: 978-1613724095
Amazon: The Rare Event
Amazon Kindle: The Rare Event

Hedge fund trader Ricky Santeramo has it all: money, looks, and fellow trader Jonathan Hogenboom. The two couldn't be more different: Jon is from old money, while Ricky clawed his way out of blue-collar New Jersey. Jon hedges his positions; Ricky goes for broke. Jon likes opera and the Yankees; Ricky prefers clubbing. Jon drinks wine with dinner; Ricky throws back a beer. Jon wants monogamy... but Ricky likes variety. Bankrupt airlines are facing strikes, the housing market is starting to crumble, and Jon can't wait any longer for Ricky to commit. One last night alone and one last risky trade make Jon say, "Enough." Then Jon's old friend Davis comes to New York City, ready for baseball and forever. The whole world is chaos, but there are fortunes to be made-or lost-and hearts to be broken-or won. Faced with losing it all, Ricky must make the savviest trades of his life and pray for a rare event. His portfolio and Jon's love are on the line.

263) Tinnean - Houseboat on the Nile
Paperback: 354 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372411X
ISBN-13: 978-1613724118
Amazon: Houseboat on the Nile
Amazon Kindle: Houseboat on the Nile

Spy vs. Spook Book 1 Mark Vincent is WBIS-Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security. Quinton Mann is staunchly CIA. Mark thinks the CIA is full of dilettantes who leave him and the rest of the WBIS to clean up their messes. Quinn thinks most WBIS agents are sociopathic loose cannons. So they don't exactly get along. Of course, just because they don't like each other doesn't mean they can't play mind games on each other. Or sleep together. But when an explosion at Mark's apartment sends Quinn to the morgue to ID a body, he has to reevaluate his position on denial.

264) Kyell Gold - Green Fairy
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Rabbit Valley; 1ST edition (2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936689162
ISBN-13: 978-1936689163
Amazon: Green Fairy
Amazon Kindle: Green Fairy

If Sol can just survive his last year of high school, he can escape his homophobic small town and go live with his Internet boyfriend for the summer. But when he loses his starting spot on the baseball team and converts to vegetarianism - a wolf, giving up meat! - his father threatens him with a hot, muggy summer working in the peach cannery unless he gets his act together. His teammates, who suspect his sexuality already, won't make it easy for him. But even with nobody on his side but his best friend Meg (who is even less popular than he is), the teenager finds answers and solace in an unlikely place: a 1901 book about a tragic gay romance in the bohemian district of Lutèce, around the famed Moulin Rouge. Inspired by the spirit of the era, Meg and Sol share a glass of absinthe, with startling effect: Sol begins to dream that he is a cabaret dancer named Niki, offered a chance to escape his difficult life through romance - at the price of his beloved art of dance. When the dreams seep into his waking life, Sol adds "going crazy" to his worries, and the problems of a couple that lived a hundred years ago to the ever-growing list of his own. To save both Niki and himself, Sol will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, and discover what love and life mean to him.

265) Lee Rowan - Sail Away
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (April 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937692108
ISBN-13: 978-1937692100
Amazon: Sail Away
Amazon Kindle: Sail Away

SAIL AWAY is a collection of short stories giving the supporting cast in Will and Davy's saga a little time on center stage-as well as shorter interludes between Will and Davy that were never intended as part of a longer story. Captain Smith was once a hot-headed young officer who met his match in the Colonies; Davy's cousin Kit, who plays an important role in WINDS OF CHANGE, owes a considerable debt to the captain and crew of HMS Calypso...and in that same story, the reader meets a certain French physician who turns up again in EYE OF THE STORM. Sit back and enjoy a journey through the family album of the Royal Navy Series universe! For Cynthia Lancaster and newly-promoted Commander Paul Smith, it's love at first sight, but Cynthia has been promised to her father's protégé, the lackluster Mr. Evelyn Humboldt. But a young man on his way to Admiral is not about to let formalities come between them-and a young woman who has been pining to return to England has no interest in moving north with the Loyalists and a man she will never love. Revolution is brewing in the Lancaster household as well as the Colonies in "Captain's Courtship." Christopher St. John hadn't planned on staying in Paris until he met the unforgettable Zoe Colbert. Unable to pull himself away, Kit loses his heart to Zoe and nearly loses his life when a bloodthirsty French citizen takes exception to a despised aristo courting a French girl. It's turnabout with their lives on the line when the lady has to save her rescuer from the mob. If Kit is to "See Paris and Live," he must trust to love and pray to Lady Luck. The relationship between Will Marshall and David Archer has moved beyond friendship into love worth risking death for-even though neither young man has ever spoken his feelings. But when a storm leaves them "Castaway" on a deserted island, their fantasy seems just within reach...if they dare to take the chance. And, for the first time in print, six new Royal Navy short stories that show a glimpse of Will and Davy on holiday-Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, shore leave...including a special nit-picking vignette from Charlie Cochrane.

266) F. M. Parkinson - The Walled Garden
102,000 words/380 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press

William Ashton, retained as a gardener by Edward Hillier, discovers his new master to be a detached and driven man. Over the years, as travail and tragedy bring them closer together, he understands that they have more in common than he first realised, but the affection they feel for one another will be sorely tested by boundaries both of class and of rigid Victorian morality. Like the private garden behind the high walls their love must flourish only in the strictest secrecy – or else it will not do so at all.

267) R.A. Padmos - Unspoken
58,000 words/220 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press

Stefan is a working-class man – or would be, if there was any work! – when he meets Adri and they begin an affair. Married with children, Stefan resists this development in a society where homosexuality is legal but scarcely tolerated. Nor does he understand when Adri warns him about the territorial ambitions of Hitler’s Germany, which their country will be unable to oppose. In a daily battle against guilt, poverty and other, more tangible enemies, Stefan and Adri struggle to hold on to a love which should never have existed at all – but which may be the only thing helping them to survive.

268) L.J. LaBarthe - No Quarter
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724330
ISBN-13: 978-1613724330
Amazon: No Quarter
Amazon Kindle: No Quarter

You would never know it from his flamboyant lifestyle, but Gabriel's not just the cheerful, fun-loving adoptive father of a pair of indulged young adult humans. He's an Archangel, commander of Heaven's legions of Seraphim, and despite his apparently easy virtue, he's harboring a serious crush on his superior officer, Michael. For years Michael has devoted himself to developing a team of humans, the Venatores, to aid in the fight against Hell. He's been pining after Gabriel for centuries without hope, believing himself to be too serious to attract the other Archangel's interest. He's happy to discover that he's wrong, but their burgeoning relationship is stymied by a major problem: an egomaniacal human is recruiting demons and fallen angels in a bid to take over the world. It's up to Michael and Gabriel, and the rest of the Brotherhood of Archangels, to beat back the forces of Hell before the Earth is overrun.

269a) Alex Beecroft - Under the Hill: Bomber's Moon
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609289420
ISBN-13: 978-1609289423
Amazon: Under the Hill: Bomber's Moon
Amazon Kindle: Under the Hill: Bomber's Moon

The faeries at the bottom of the garden are coming back—with an army. Under the Hill, Part 1. When Ben Chaudhry is attacked in his own home by elves, they disappear as quickly as they came. He reaches for the phone book, but what kind of exterminator gets rid of the Fae? Maybe the Paranormal Defense Agency will ride to his rescue. Sadly, they turn out to be another rare breed: a bunch of UFO hunters led by Chris Gatrell, who—while distractingly hot—was forcibly retired from the RAF on grounds of insanity. Shot down in WWII—and shot forward seventy years in time, stranded far from his wartime sweetheart—Chris has been a victim of the elves himself. He fears they could destroy Ben’s life as thoroughly as they destroyed his. Chris is more than willing to protect Ben with his body. He never bargained for his heart getting involved. Just when they think there’s a chance to build a life together, a ghostly voice from Chris’s past warns that the danger is greater than they can imagine. And it may take more than a team of rank amateurs to keep Ben—and the world—out of the elf queen’s snatching hands…

269b) Alex Beecroft - Under the Hill: Dogfighters
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161921055X
ISBN-13: 978-1619210554
Amazon: Under the Hill: Dogfighters
Amazon Kindle: Under the Hill: Dogfighters

Fight a fire-breathing dragon with a wooden airplane? It’ll take a madman... Under the Hill, Part 2. Kidnapped by the faerie queen, Ben is confronted with his own supernatural heritage, a royal family and a lover he doesn’t remember. His first instinct is to turn his back on them all and get back to Earth. Compared to this, Chris and his wacky cohorts seem almost…normal. Back on Earth, Chris Gatrell is having trouble convincing the police that he didn’t do away with Ben and hide the body. Determined not to lose another sweetheart to the elves’ treachery, he presses his motley crew of ghost hunters to steal a Mosquito bomber…and prays the ghosts of his WWII crew will carry them through the portal to Ben’s rescue. Meanwhile, Chris’s elf-trapped WWII love, Geoff, has a dragon and he’s not afraid to use it. If only he could be entirely sure which of the elf queens is the real enemy—the one whose army is poised to take back planet Earth for elf-kind. In the cataclysmic battle to come, more than one lover—human and elf alike—may be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.

270) L.A. Witt - For The Living
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (April 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249163
ISBN-13: 978-1611249163
Amazon: For The Living
Amazon Kindle: For The Living

For the last year, Jay Warren has struggled to find the nerve to tell his wife he's gay. He's ashamed of hiding it all this time and he doesn't want to hurt her, so every time he gets the chance to tell her, he freezes up. The guilt has been almost unbearable, but when his wife dies suddenly, Jay's conscience threatens to eat him alive. Funeral director Scott Lawson deals with the bereaved every day of his life, and he's also all too familiar with the inside of the closet. He offers Jay some much-needed compassion and understanding, and from that connection comes a friendship that quickly--perhaps too quickly--turns into something more. But are grief, guilt, and loneliness the only things tying them together? Or will Scott get tired of being used as an emotional crutch before Jay realizes what he has?
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