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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (331-340)

331) Steve Turtell - Heroes and Householders
Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (May 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475913567
ISBN-13: 978-1475913569
Amazon: Heroes and Householders
Amazon Kindle: Heroes and Householders

HEROES AND HOUSEHOLDERS pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Edward Field, Joan Larkin, and James Schuyler, and documents the life of an ordinary, everyday householder in poems critic Marjorie Perloff calls "charming and subtle".

332) Eden Winters - Fallen Angel
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (May 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403134
ISBN-13: 978-1610403139
Amazon: Fallen Angel
Amazon Kindle: Fallen Angel

Ten years of rescuing lost youth from the streets wear a man out, and Noah Everett buckles under the pressure of being "The Angel." What began as a two-man mission is now going corporate, meaning rules, regulations and inexperienced volunteers needing guidance in a field Noah makes up as he goes along. On top of this, his latest prospective rescue doesn't seem to go to plan. Is he losing his touch? Normally he'd turn to his mentor, Doc, in times of trouble, but the old man's strength isn't what it used to be. Noah's lover would be the next most obvious choice to share this burden with, but Jeremy Kincaid is about to leave for college. After all Jeremy's endured to achieve this goal, Noah won't stand in his way, even though he fears losing the man to the joys of student life. Jeremy may be young and caught up in his own fights, but he's not blind to Noah's plight, and now questions his own choices. Four years at State with a full ride will launch his future, but his present includes Noah--and a meth addict who's become Jeremy's own personal mission. When a physical attack sends Noah spinning out of control, Jeremy must reevaluate his life and plans before the man he knows and loves disappears forever.

333) Avril Ashton - Love the Sinner
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (May 9, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Love the Sinner

Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he’s interrogating, isn’t like any other. Gabe can’t deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo’s ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night? Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He’s resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can’t get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.

334) Rob Kaufman - One Last Lie
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Rob Kaufman (May 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098562311X
ISBN-13: 978-0985623111
Amazon: One Last Lie
Amazon Kindle: One Last Lie

Philip and Jonathan have had the perfect life together for ten years - fulfilling every dream except that of having a child. Along comes Angela, Philip’s college friend who apparently conquered her old demons of obesity and manic-depression. After reacquainting and becoming good friends, the three decide to have a child together through artificial insemination of Jonathan’s sperm. From that point, Philip and Jonathan’s idyllic life begins to unravel. Angela’s mask of deceit gradually slips as her pregnancy awakens psychological and physical problems, leaving Philip and Jonathan regretting ever allowing her into their lives. Told from an elderly Jonathan’s hospital bed, Angela’s tangled web unwinds into heartbreak, deception, legal battles, and finally murder – with a surprise ending no one could have ever imagined.

335) Red Haircrow - Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World
Publisher: Flying With Red Haircrow (May 10, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World

An imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul. A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared. Part diary, part dialogue, and part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences. It is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleeder. A memoir/biography with photos.

336) Mickie B. Ashling - Cleave
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725140
ISBN-13: 978-1613725146
Amazon: Cleave
Amazon Kindle: Cleave

Sequel to Vessel On New Year's Eve, Cole Fujiwara stands vigil at his father's deathbed while his surrogate wife, Noriko, gives birth to twins. As Cole contemplates his future, he acknowledges that he's living his father's dream... and that he's probably destroyed his chance at happiness with Sloan, the love of his life. Finding harmony in an emerging D/s relationship has not been without issue for Sloan Driscoll and his Master, Trent Hamilton. Their journey has been littered with mishaps, but their powerful love and sexual connection continue to bind them together-until Sloan comes face to face with Cole for the first time in nine months. The meeting means different things to each of them. To Cole, it's the first step on the path to a reunion. To Sloan, it's a terrible mistake, one he confesses immediately. As for Trent, the bitter realization that a connection between the former lovers still exists forces him to issue an ultimatum. Is Sloan willing to do anything to prove their relationship is worth saving, including becoming Trent's 24/7 slave? And if Sloan stays with Trent, how can Cole ever hope to find happiness again?

337) Amy Lane - The Talker Collection (3 novellas)
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372490X
ISBN-13: 978-1613724903
Amazon: The Talker Collection

One day, Tate "Talker" Walker sits next to Brian Cooper on a track meet bus-and sees him like nobody else on the planet has ever seen him before. One day, Brian Cooper looks at Talker's bright punk facade and listens past his constant chatter-and knows him like nobody else on the planet will ever know him again. One day, two boys meet, and even though they fall in love, it's still a long and bumpy ride. Tate needs to learn to listen, Brian needs to learn to speak up, and the event that teaches them both exactly what they need from each other almost destroys Tate and leaves Brian no recourse but violence. For their love to survive, Tate and Brian have to overcome the pain of violation and the repercussions of revenge. Even more difficult, they have to hold each other steady while one finds his peace and the other his voice, because a dream boy isn't really a dream boy if he doesn't know his own worth. Talker (September 2010), Talker's Redemption (January 2011), and Talker's Graduation (October 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

338) Erica Pike - Absolutely Eric
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206599
ISBN-13: 978-1608206599
Amazon: Absolutely Eric
Amazon Kindle: Absolutely Eric

Twenty year old college student Eric Wesley is looking for love, but instead of choosing Mr. Right, he goes after Mr. Wrong. Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or that's what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side he's tired of being a playboy and wants to find love. Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesn't see that the guy who's been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Alexander Centauri isn't only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guy's lap and goes after Mr. Wrong...who looks so right. When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.

339) Andrea Speed - Infected, Shift
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372506X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725061
Amazon: Infected: Shift
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Shift

Book 5 of the Infected series by Andrea Speed In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. Between his mutating virus and his rocky relationship with his artist boyfriend, Dylan, Roan has enough problems to solve without taking on other people's, but that's the nature of his work. Someone has to look into the case of the murdered trans woman, and if the perp is the dirty cop Roan suspects it is, the police are not the right people for the job. But now Roan has a new obstacle to overcome: someone caught part of his transformation on video, and the media frenzy is making it hard to do his job. One case nets him a hockey team full of new friends. Another leads to an attempt on his life. And Roan's hustler sidekick drags him on a quest for revenge. With his world and his body both in turmoil, Roan is finding it harder and harder to see the line between justice and vigilantism.

340) Rodney Ross - The Cool Part of His Pillow
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725043
ISBN-13: 978-1613725047
Amazon: The Cool Part of His Pillow
Amazon Kindle: The Cool Part of His Pillow

The mid-40's are that time in a gay man's life when his major paradigm shifts from sexy to Sansabelts. But when Barry Grooms's partner of twenty years is killed on Barry's forty-fifth birthday, his world doesn't so much evolve as it does explode. After navigating through the surreal conveyor belt of friends and family, he can't eat another casserole or swallow much more advice, and so, still numb, he escapes to Key West, then New York. He embraces a new mantra: Why the hell not? First, he gets a thankless new job working for a crazy lady in a poncho, then has too many drinks with a narcissistic Broadway actor. Next, it's a nude exercise class that redefines flop sweat, and from there he's on to a relationship with a man twenty years his junior, so youthfully oblivious he thinks Karen Carpenter is a lesbian woodworker. Yet no matter how great the retreat from the man he used to be, life's gravity spins Barry back to the town where he grew up for one more ironic twist that teaches him how to say goodbye with grace.
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