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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (361-370)

361) Ranae Rose - Haunted Passions
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478341726
ISBN-13: 978-1478341727
Amazon: Sleepy Hollow: Haunted Passions and Whiskey Dreams
Amazon Kindle: Sleepy Hollow: Haunted Passions and Whiskey Dreams

A dangerous romance unfolds between two men and the woman who's captured both of their hearts, but their love is haunted by the ghosts of the Revolutionary War in 1784 Sleepy Hollow, New York. This print edition includes the novel Haunted Passions, as well as the novella-length prequel, Whiskey Dreams, both part of the Sleepy Hollow Series. Whiskey Dreams: The war that won the country its independence also lost many of the men who fought to achieve it, including Brom's lover. Years later, he still feels as if he left half of himself on the battlefield. When a new schoolmaster comes to Sleepy Hollow, a spark and a whiskey-flavored kiss ignite feelings he thought were long dead. But in order to be with John, he'll have to let the past be the past, or risk letting it destroy his opportunity to start over. And even then, loving another man is a dangerous endeavor. Haunted Passions: Losing one’s heart to another man is dangerous enough without the added threat of a supernatural terror. But that hasn’t stopped John Crane and Brom Bones from falling hard in love – with each other, and with the alluring Katrina Van Tassel. When Brom becomes engaged to Katrina, John is sure the wedding will tear him and Brom apart, and their love sparks a struggle between passion and loyalty. But Brom is determined to keep both of his lovers, and Katrina has some secret desires of her own – desires that haunt only the wildest of John’s dreams and blur the lines they’ve all been fighting not to cross. Is it possible for three people to be in love? Their passion won’t be enough to keep them together if something isn’t done about the evil that’s haunting Sleepy Hollow: a headless horseman who rides to kill.

362) Kaitlin Maitland - Encore
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (August 13, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Encore (Boston Avant-Garde)

A full time cellist and part time stripper, Suri O’Callaghan views love a lot like she does unicorns. Her consuming family issues barely leave her time to sleep, much less chase rainbows. When a chance encounter gives her a night of no holds barred sex with her boss and his head of security, she figures it’s a one-time thing. She’s just glad her dry spell is officially over. She never expected to fall for two men who come complete with their own sets of baggage. Dante Torres and Jericho Davies have spent years watching each other’s backs. Their lives depend upon it. One night of shared sex with one of the strippers in their upscale club will change everything. They will reconsider everything, their sexuality, their trust issues, and even their own safety for a chance to make Suri a permanent part of their lives. Normal relationships are hard enough. If all three people involved have multiple identities, nutty families, and psycho stalkers, it’s enough to make a girl go crazy. When the end result is the chance to spend a lifetime loving the two hottest guys on the Boston club scene, the perks are to die for.

363) Abigail Roux - Stars and Stripes
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193755158X
ISBN-13: 978-1937551582
Amazon: Stars & Stripes: Cut & Run, #6
Amazon Kindle: Stars & Stripes: Cut & Run, #6

Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have managed the impossible: a few months of peace and quiet. After nearly a year of personal and professional turmoil, they're living together conflict-free, work is going smoothly, and they're both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark. But anyone who knows them knows that can’t possibly last. When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out. From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears—and their families—to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.

364) Gun Brooke - Speed Demons
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826781
ISBN-13: 978-1602826786
Amazon: Speed Demons
Amazon Kindle: Speed Demons

A year ago, NASCAR star Evangeline Marshall barely escaped death in a tragic crash. Evie is plagued by nightmares and fears racing again, but she doesn’t want to give up her dream. Blythe Pierce, renowned photographer, struggles with her own demons, having worked in one warzone after another. Blythe witnessed Evie Marshall’s crash through her camera and is impressed by Evie’s courage. She persuades Evie to allow her to document her recovery and return to racing. Blythe finds Evie irresistibly attractive and fears she can’t hide it. Evie in turn is mesmerized by the loving but enigmatic Blythe. But as Blythe’s past catches up with her and Evie’s fears grow as her first race nears, can they find the strength to triumph over their pasts and find love together?

365) Winter Pennington - Summoning Shadows
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282679X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826793
Amazon: Summoning Shadows: A Rosso Lussuria Vampire Novel
Amazon Kindle: Summoning Shadows: A Rosso Lussuria Vampire Novel

The second Rosso Lussuria Vampire Novel. Epiphany has risen within the ranks of clan status. Declared Elder and Inamorata before the Rosso Lussuria vampires, to raise a hand against her is to raise a hand against Queen Renata herself. She has taken Iliaria, the Great Siren Dracule, as her lover and ally, wearing Iliaria’s sigil as a sign of their unlikely alliance. While Epiphany bears her mark, Iliaria upholds her oath and hunts one of her own—the traitor Damokles who seeks to destroy the vampire-kind. Yet Damokles is not the only renegade Dracule who wants to see the fall of the Rosso Lussuria. The Draculian society is split in two—those who seek to protect Azrael’s Gift and those who seek to eliminate it. The Rosso Lussuria face enemies both old and new. Dismantling a reign of impending terror and uniting a clan is not so easily done when those close to you are all too adept at keeping their own council and agendas.

366) Yvonne Heidt - Sometime Yesterday
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826803
ISBN-13: 978-1602826809
Amazon: Sometime Yesterday
Amazon Kindle: Sometime Yesterday

Natalie Chambers is a successful artist who, after her divorce, impulsively buys a Victorian house overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Immediately, she begins to dream of Sarah and Beth, two lovers from the past and the Dark Man who controlled their lives. When she begins to look for explanations for the things going bump in the night, the only answer she can get from the locals is that several previous owners had fled screaming into the night. Van Easton hasn’t had a serious relationship since her partner died several years ago. Content to let other women and alcohol distract her, she is surprised at the intensity of emotion that bubbles to the surface after she meets Natalie. Contracted to restore the gardens at Natalie’s house, she refuses to believe that the mansion is haunted. Until the Dark Man follows her home. It appears he will stop at nothing to keep the new lovers apart, and the violence continues to escalate. Can they solve the mystery that will set Beth and Sarah free and banish the evil presence in the house? Or will they have to run to survive as well?

367) Bobbi Marolt - Coming Attractions
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282732X
ISBN-13: 978-1602827325
Amazon: Coming Attractions: Author's Edition
Amazon Kindle: Coming Attractions: Author's Edition

It's been three years since Helen Townsend has made love to a woman, three years that she's buried herself in work as a successful columnist for one of New York's top newspapers. At last, she admits she's tired of loneliness, of being closeted, and her column reflects her restlessness. Enter Princess Charming in the shapely form of gifted concert pianist Cory Chamberlain, and Helen embraces love once again. But when notables from Hollywood to Broadway give Helen their approval to perform in a star-studded, all lesbian and gay show, will Helen and Cory find happiness when one yearns to break out of the closet and breathe free, while the other fears that will destroy her career?

368) Mel Bossa - Into the Flames
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826811
ISBN-13: 978-1602826816
Amazon: Into the Flames
Amazon Kindle: Into the Flames

There are those we'd run back into the flames to save. Jamie spends his days counseling patients who suffer from anxiety disorders. To his patients, he is Dr. Jamie Scarborough—a brilliant psychiatrist. Yet secretly, Jamie is losing his own battle against an acute panic disorder. Ever since Basil—his lover of five years—left him, Jamie has been in misery. Still hopelessly in love, he's faced with a choice: heal or lose Basil for good. After a particularly revealing session with Dance Young—Jamie's most challenging patient—Dance disappears without a trace. For the last two years, Jamie has been trying to crack the compulsive liar's hard candy surface, but to no avail. When Dance's identical twin, a trans woman who calls herself September, comes out of seclusion to ask for his help, Jamie can finally shed light on the Young twins' tragic past. But as he and September begin to collect the pieces of their dismantled lives, a few streets away, captive of a mentally unstable firefighter, Dance is fighting for his own life. And to find Dance, Jamie will have to confront all of his monsters... Including those he unknowingly helped create.

369) Radclyffe & Katherine E. Lynch - OMG Queer
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282682X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826823
Amazon: OMGQueer

Hope. Fear. Desire. Despair. Promises. Betrayals. Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Questioning. Intersex. This anthology of short stories gives voice to the rising generation as they define what it means to grow up queer in the twenty-first century. What is it like to grow up in a society that embraces you in certain ways but discriminates against you in others? How do you choose a label from the alphabet soup, and should you even have to? By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, comical and caustic, these stories, imagined and told by youth across America, provide a snapshot of queerness at the dawn of the new millennium.

370) Dusk Peterson - Law of Vengeance
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (August 14, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands)

"For many years, I have wished to make a memoir of my life to pass on to future generations of Emorians who desire to learn what it means to have complete dedication to the Chara and his law. This is not to be the memoir I intended, but I find the time passing slowly here in the Chara's dungeon . . ." For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law. As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle. This 150,000-word novel can be read on its own or as part of The Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace.
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