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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (281-290)

281) Ethan Stone - Bartender, PI
Publisher: Silver Publishing (April 13, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Bartender, PI

When hockey star Linc Carpenter is banned from playing his beloved sport, he starts over in Tampa. Master of the mixed metaphor, Linc knows he's not the sharpest tool in the shed. He's a lousy bartender, but doesn't know what else to do until he gets a shot at being a private investigator. If he can prove that wealthy fashion designer Quentin Faulkner is cheating on his wife, this case will earn him big money. Faulkner's bodyguard, Brady Williams, proves to be the biggest hindrance to completing his assignment, other than his own ineptitude. Linc is shocked when Brady admits to being attracted to him. He's even more shocked when Brady turns down immediate sex because he's looking for so much more. Will their new relationship survive the dangers of this case?

282) Shelter Somerset - On the Trail to Moonlight Gulch
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724462
ISBN-13: 978-1613724460
Amazon: On the Trail to Moonlight Gulch
Amazon Kindle: On the Trail to Moonlight Gulch

It's 1886, and Chicago is booming, but for nineteen-year-old Torsten Pilkvist, American-born son of Swedish immigrants, it's not big enough. After tragically losing a rare love, Tory immerses himself in the pages of a Wild West mail-order bride magazine, where he stumbles on the advertisement of frontiersman and Civil War veteran Franklin Ausmus. Torsten and Franklin begin an innocent correspondence-or as innocent as it can be, considering Torsten keeps his true gender hidden. But when his parents discover the letters, Tory is forced out on his own. With nowhere else to go, he boards a train for the Black Hills and Franklin's homestead, Moonlight Gulch. Franklin figures Tory for a drifter, but he's lonely after ten years of living in the backcountry alone, and his "girl" in Chicago has mysteriously stopped writing, so he hires Tory on as his ranch hand. Franklin and Tory grow closer while defending the land from outlaws who want the untapped gold in Franklin's creek, but then Franklin learns Tory's true identity and banishes Tory from his sight. Will their lives be forever tattered, or will Torsten-overhearing a desperate last-ditch scheme to snatch Franklin's gold-be able to save Moonlight Gulch and his final shot at love?

283) Liz Bugg - Oranges and Lemons
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Insomniac Press (April 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554830656
ISBN-13: 978-1554830657
Amazon: Oranges and Lemons
Amazon Kindle: Oranges and Lemons

In the glamorous world of advertising, image is everything as intrepid lesbian PI Calli Barnow finds out when she goes undercover at a top Toronto agency. Following a twisted money trail, she stumbles across the body of a hot young copywriter, dead of a drug overdose at his desk. Just another casualty of the Bay Street rat race? Calli doesn’t think so, and when she follows her intuition, trouble usually follows her. Oranges and Lemons is the second in the Calli Barnow mystery series.

284) Lori Toland - The Long Con
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (September 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611189659
ISBN-13: 978-1611189650
Amazon: The Long Con
Amazon Kindle: The Long Con

British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute. While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley's sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terranova, Jr, the heir to a notorious mafia dynasty. Though Tony is strikingly handsome, the usually dominant Bradley is hesitant to submit to the sexual whims of a dangerous Mafioso. What Bradley doesn't expect is for Tony to fall to his knees so eagerly for him, leaving him blindsided by how intensely their dark tastes complement each other. Now Bradley is caught up in a deadly game of lies and desire, where what he truly wants may not be what duty requires.

285) Christopher Koehler - First Impressions
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724799
ISBN-13: 978-1613724798
Amazon: First Impressions
Amazon Kindle: First Impressions

The first time Henry Hughes and Cameron Jameson meet, it's an unmitigated disaster. Cameron reminds Henry of all he left behind when he stopped making adult films, and he cruelly rejects Cameron. When Cameron discovers Henry's porno-thespian past, he assumes he's dodged a bullet. But circumstances continue to throw the two together. Though the physical attraction between them grows, they cling to first impressions, even as a slow dance reveals just how good they could be. Henry finally realizes how wrong he was, but Cameron can't cope with "sleeping with the enemy." It will take a confrontation for Cameron to realize just how wrong he's been, but unfortunately, he may have lost his chance.

286) Felice Picano - Twelve O'Clock Tales
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826595
ISBN-13: 978-1602826595
Amazon: Twelve O'Clock Tales
Amazon Kindle: Twelve O'Clock Tales

Twelve O’Clock Tales is the fourth collection of short fiction by legendary novelist and memoirist, Felice Picano (The Lure, Like People in History, True Stories). A personal homage to the storytellers of his youth, Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and H. P. Lovecraft, as well as his acquaintances, Arthur C. Clarke and Harlan Ellison. Eleven dark tales, eerie, bizarre, and dreamlike, the tales will thrill and disturb, discomfort and titillate, enthrall and leave you wondering. Picano ranges across time and space, from tribal West Africa to the American heartland, to a lab in Venezuela, and a California Highway fifteen years from now. His characters range from a teen accident survivor with a secret, to a far-future scholar forced to travel to a galactic backwater, to a retired L.A. cop who dabbles in astrology, and a peasant girl in B.C.E. Israel encountering the strangest of strangers. The eleven tales include brand new stories and acknowledged Picano masterworks collected here for the first time.

287) Rachel Spangler - Love Life
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826552
ISBN-13: 978-1602826557
Amazon: LoveLife
Amazon Kindle: LoveLife

Life coach Elaine Raitt is educated, elegant, and dedicated to her profession. Blue-collar boi Joey Lang is too insecure to even approach her—that is until her well-meaning but meddling best friend Lisa decides to break the ice and makes Joey a life-coaching appointment with Elaine. A session meant to bring clarity only leaves them both feeling more confused about their purpose in life and love. Will Joey be able to find the strength to chase the woman of her dreams, and even if she does, will Elaine be willing to risk the life she loves for the woman who could be the love of her life?

288) J.M. Redmann - Ill Will
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826579
ISBN-13: 978-1602826571
Amazon: Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery)
Amazon Kindle: Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery)

First, do no harm. But as New Orleans PI Micky Knight discovers, not every health care provider follows that dictum. She stumbles into a tangle of the true believers to the criminally callous, who use the suffering of others for their twisted ends. In a city slowly rebuilding after Katrina, one of the most devastated areas is health care, and the gaps in service are wide enough for the snake oil salesmen—and the snakes themselves—to crawl through. First, her investigation is driven by anger, but then it becomes personal as someone very close to Micky uses her cancer diagnosis to go where Micky cannot, into the heart of the evil where only the ill are allowed. Micky is her only lifeline out. Can Micky save her in time to get to the medical treatment she desperately needs to survive? The seventh Micky Knight mystery.

289) Rebekah Weatherspoon - The Fling
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826560
ISBN-13: 978-1602826564
Amazon: The Fling
Amazon Kindle: The Fling

Three months before her wedding to her post-college sweetheart, reality show producer Annie Collins finally acknowledges her dormant desires. Wrapped in the arms of another woman—her trainer, Oksana Gorinkov—Annie experiences a physical heat she never knew existed. Soon the one-night stand meant to be her final farewell to the single life stretches into a consuming month-long affair, the genuine intensity of which neither woman can ignore. Annie sees where her heart belongs, and though the objections from her family and friends and the scars from Oksana’s ex threaten to drive them back to their respective sides of Los Angeles, Annie knows she must fight for this relationship, a real love worth much more than any fantasy she’s ever dreamed up.

290) Sheri Lewis Wohl - Burgundy Betrayal
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826544
ISBN-13: 978-1602826540
Amazon: Burgundy Betrayal
Amazon Kindle: Burgundy Betrayal

When truth is buried so deep it can kill, will the love of one woman be enough to save the life of another? Kara Lynch lives a simple life as a ranger in Washington’s Riverside State Park. When dead bodies begin to turn up, her simple life vanishes. Adopted at birth, Kara has no idea her birthright is at the center of the murders and is the sole reason her life hangs in the balance. Help comes in the form of wolf expert, Camille “Cam” Black Wolf. Tall and mysterious, Cam is both a blessing and a curse—it’s hard to concentrate on saving hikers when Kara’s fighting the urge to run her hands all over Cam’s body. With assistance from vampire Riah Preston and her partner Adriana James of the Spiritus Group, they race to stop a preternatural killer. But will the secret they uncover give Kara wings or send her to the grave?
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