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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (321-330)

321) J.L. Merrow - Hard Tail
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619210576
ISBN-13: 978-1619210578
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Finding love can be a bumpy ride. His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: on the rocks. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon. The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob. There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love, means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.

322) D. Jackson Leigh - Touch Me Gently
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826676
ISBN-13: 978-1602826670
Amazon: Touch Me Gently
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Secrets lead to nothing but trouble and heartbreak. Newly arrived in the small Southern town of Oakboro, Salem Lacy is planning to keep a low profile after an ill-timed step out of the closet cost her the corporate job and high-powered friends she had in Atlanta. That plan derails when Salem meets the mysterious and beautiful Knox Bolander, a woman who is whispered to cause odd and sometimes dangerous things to happen. When a fire that occurred twenty years earlier on the Bolander estate threatens to destroy Salem’s chance to rebuild her life, she must decide if she will risk everything again for this secretive woman who has been rarely touched and never loved.

323) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - Sunfall
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826617
ISBN-13: 978-1602826618
Amazon: sunfall
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In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries. The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.

324) Terri Richards - Mission of Desire
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826625
ISBN-13: 978-1602826625
Amazon: Mission of Desire
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Quiet and introverted graduate student Nicole Kennedy has always longed to do something far more adventurous than study politics from used textbooks. But when she spontaneously sets off for Africa to volunteer as a teacher over the summer, she gets more excitement than she could have ever imagined. Within hours of arriving in Kenya, Nicole finds herself at the center of an international conspiracy involving millions of dollars and being rescued by beautiful but infuriatingly arrogant government agent Kira Anthony. Despite her suspicions that Kira may not be who she claims to be, Nicole can’t seem to fight her growing attraction to the beguiling blonde. Could it be the thrill, the danger, the close proximity that explains her feelings—or is it a glimpse of something she’s never known and can’t bear to lose?

325) Rebecca Buck - The Locket and the Flinklock
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826641
ISBN-13: 978-1602826649
Amazon: The Locket and the Flintlock
Amazon Kindle: The Locket and the Flintlock

Will the masked outlaw who stole Lucia’s locket also claim her heart? When Miss Lucia Foxe is robbed by a band of shadowy highwaymen, she does not realize this frightening event will change her life forever. Her brave quest to retrieve her stolen locket brings her into close contact with the thieves and their dashing and fearless masked leader, Len Hawkins. But there is more to Len than meets the eye. Beneath the robber’s mask lies a woman who, in her heart, is not really so very different from Lucia. As their unlikely love grows against the backdrop of the poverty and violent protest of Regency England, Lucia learns how much more there is to the world than her upbringing has taught her. Len flirts with death every day, and eventually, an attempt at exacting revenge on her cruel father threatens to snatch her from Lucia’s arms. Will Len survive her encounter with death and avoid the retribution of the agents of justice? And can respectable gentlewoman Lucia love Len enough to sacrifice everything she knows?

326) Lesley Davis - Dark Wings Descending
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826609
ISBN-13: 978-1602826601
Amazon: Dark Wings Descending
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Goodness may appear in many forms; evil need only take one. The Chicago PD Deviant Data Unit specializes in the dark and cruel aspects of criminal behavior. When a serial killer who leaves his victims oddly posed starts terrorizing the city, Detective Rafe Douglas leads the team tasked to find this sadistic killer. Still recovering from severe injuries sustained in the line of duty, Rafe’s tenuous hold on what is real is further tested by someone who wants in on the case and won’t take no for an answer. Private Investigator Ashley Scott experiences the world through unveiled eyes. She alone can see that Hell’s inhabitants are breaking free from their confines and are bringing their evil to Earth. She believes the killer isn’t human and knows she has to convince Rafe there are more things happening in the Windy City than anyone could possibly realize. Only together can they solve the secrets revealed in the killer’s brutal slayings.

327) Logan Zachary - Calendar Boys
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282665X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826656
Amazon: Calendar Boys
Amazon Kindle: Calendar Boys

Over the years, boys grew up sneaking peeks at the Calendar Girls when their fathers brought the family car in for service, while others saw them in Dad’s garage working on projects around the house. But now it’s man’s turn to be the object of desire. Hot young men caught each month, a man a month, who could want anything else? Calendar Boys celebrates each month with a unique story. January’s “Pucking Prince Charming” finds a fairy tale with a happy ending in the hockey rink. While St. Valentine’s Day Massacre gangsters help a couple find lost gold and love in “The Grandfather.” March Madness comes in like a lamb, but goes out like a lion when a silly bet forces a player into “Taking It For The Team.” Zombies come out with April showers in “Jay Of The Dead.” The hot, humid, dog days of summer sees the “Lumber Jack Off,” while fall horrors wait at a haunted frat house with a “Halloween Hard On,” but the year isn’t complete until “Santa’s Big Package” arrives. Four special seasons fill out the year, adding extra action and a lot more hot men. You have to love the Calendar Boys, each and every day of the year …

328) Steve Berman - Boys of Summer
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826633
ISBN-13: 978-1602826632
Amazon: Boys of Summer
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Walt Whitman referred to a "Mad, naked, Summer Night!" In the pages of Boys of Summer, acclaimed editor Steve Berman's latest anthology, talented authors and fresh voices reveal the allure and excitement of the season for gay teens. June always promises romance. July entices with its raw heat, and August offers a languid fire that will burn out before autumn's approach. These are stories of young love and adventure, when the sky's ceiling is a bright blue marvel, when another boy's laughter at the beach can distract from dull summer jobs.

329) Sasha L. Miller - Saving Liam
Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620040158
ISBN-13: 978-1620040157
Amazon: Saving Liam
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Leyton lived a quiet, simple life as a prosperous, thriving merchant alongside his twin brother Liam. But that life is shattered when Liam goes missing, and Leyton is told that the only way to save his brother's life is to seduce a king. The task proves to be even more difficult than Leyton feared, and soon he is swept up in a tide of political machinations, betrayal, and a looming threat of execution once the men who blackmailed him are caught. But the threat of his pending death is nothing alongside the constant fear for his missing brother's safety-and the tangle of intrigue in which he is caught is nothing like the tangle he put himself in after breaking the heart of a king...

330) Megan Derr - Burning Bright
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620041405
ISBN-13: 978-1620041406
Amazon: Burning Bright, the Lost Gods 2
Amazon Kindle: Burning Bright, the Lost Gods 2

Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved. In the land of Pozhar, the people fear the return of Zhar Ptitsa, the god of souls and rebirth who nearly destroyed them nine hundred years ago in a terrible rage. To prevent his rebirth, the people hunt down and sacrifice Vessels, those born with a piece of Zhar Ptitsa's soul within them. The Sacred Texts say that one thousand such Vessels will be born and all must be sacrificed to destroy Zhar Ptitsa once and for all. Now, only two pieces remain in the bodies of two thieves who will not go to the Flames without a fight.
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