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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (371-380)

371) Gene Gant - The Thunder in His Head
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725728
ISBN-13: 978-1613725726
Amazon: The Thunder in His Head
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Kyle Manning is a tall, strong, openly gay sixteen-year-old who makes decent grades and plays on his school's basketball team. He's a good kid who cares deeply about his family and friends. But his life has become a mess. His mom, Lela, has finally had enough of her husband Joe's serial cheating. Kyle's parents are headed for divorce, and the collapse of their marriage torments him. Divorcing parents is bad enough, but Kyle also has to deal with new people in his parents' lives. He likes Stephanie, his father's girlfriend, but he finds himself increasingly attracted to his mother's handsome boyfriend, Reece. As Kyle struggles with his fear and frustration, he grows angrier and more erratic. Then he meets Dwight Varley, a buff, attractive athlete from another school who takes an instant liking to him. Having Dwight around doesn't solve all Kyle's problems, but it does make life more bearable. As their relationship develops, Dwight becomes a bright oasis in Kyle's harried life. But Dwight's life is more complicated than Kyle ever imagined, and just when things start to get better, Kyle discovers the truth about Dwight-and about his father.

372) Keira Andrews - The Chimera Affair
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (May 15, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Chimera Affair

When young Sebastian Brambani meets a sexy and exciting older man, he’s easily seduced. But for spy Kyle Grant, it’s all business. Sebastian is simply a pawn in Kyle’s mission to acquire a dangerous chemical weapon from Sebastian’s criminal father. Kyle’s life is his work for a shadowy international agency protecting the world from evil, and he can’t worry about what will happen to Sebastian when the job is done. Sebastian’s unwitting role in Kyle’s plan is the last straw for his ruthless father, who has been embarrassed by his gay son for the last time. But when Kyle discovers Sebastian could be the key to finding the deadly Chimera, he rescues him from a hired hitman and fights to keep him alive. Can a hardened spy and naïve college student take down a criminal kingpin, stay one step ahead of the killers on their trail--and fight the scorching attraction between them?

373) Lyle Blake Smythers - Feasting with Panthers
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982991371
ISBN-13: 978-0982991374
Amazon: Feasting with Panthers
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Ingeniously weaving together citations from a variety of sources - including Yeats, Milton, Joyce, Poe, Baudelaire, and many more - FEASTING WITH PANTHERS tells the tale of the warrior poet Catalan, who finds himself at the center of a War Game between two powerful sorcerers. Guided by clues hidden in dreams, Catalan and the agents of the War Game must seek the missing pieces of an enchanted chess set in a quest complicated by deceit and treachery, in which nothing is what it seems.

374) Isabella - American Yakuza
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982860838
ISBN-13: 978-0982860830
Amazon: American Yakuza
Amazon Kindle: American Yakuza

Luce Potter straddles three cultures as she strives to live with the ideals of family, honor, and duty. When her grandfather passes the family business to her, Luce finds out that power, responsibility and justice come with a price. Is it a price she's willing to die for? Brooke Erickson lives the fast-paced life of an investigative journalist living on the edge until it all comes crashing down around her one night in Europe. Stateside, Brooke learns to deal with a new reality when she goes to work at a financial magazine and finds out things aren't always as they seem. Can two women find enough common ground for love or will their two different worlds and cultures keep them apart?

375) Cari Z. - Changing Worlds
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058301
ISBN-13: 978-1937058302
Amazon: Changing Worlds
Amazon Kindle: Changing Worlds

Includes the short story prequel "Opening Worlds" at no additional cost! In this sequel to Cari Z's "Opening Worlds", former starship captain Jason Kim travels to Perelan, the homeworld of his lover, Ferran, to start a life together. The ruling council of the Perels have allowed this unconventional union to continue in the hopes of strengthening relations between themselves and the humans. And while Ferran's family welcome Jason with open arms, not all of the other major families are as pleased. The arrival of an outsider to their insular, subterranean world challenges the traditions of centuries. Tensions soar as old rivalries are rekindled in the wake of Jason and Ferran's relationship. Inevitably, something snaps. Jason and Ferran soon find themselves literally fighting for their lives when xenophobic anger pushes things beyond the breaking point. Only their devotion to one another can see them through, but a ghost from Jason's past threatens even that. With Perelan on the brink of civil war, Jason and Ferran must find a way to stand together in the face of chaos and to change the world on their own terms before it tears itself apart.

376) Barry Brennessel - Reunion
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160820667X
ISBN-13: 978-1608206674
Amazon: Reunion
Amazon Kindle: Reunion

From a small French city to a park outside the neon glitz of Tokyo, and beyond, these interconnected stories follow the adventures of Brian, Ondrej, Yuji, Jason, and others as they navigate the tumultuous path of life and love. A small French city. A park near Tokyo. The Czech countryside. London at night. Lost loves and found loves. Fear and courage. Reflections. Rejections. Reconciliations. Romance. These interconnected stories follow the adventures of Brian, Ondrej, Yuji, Jason, and others as they navigate the tumultuous path of life and love. Featuring: Shin-Kiba Park (Pushcart Prize nominee; from Gival Press's ArLiJo) Nagasaki (Dana Award finalist; from Polari Journal) Unfinished (from SNReview) Ficelle (from SNReview)

377) S.J. Frost - Heartstrings
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206610
ISBN-13: 978-1608206612
Amazon: Heartstrings
Amazon Kindle: Heartstrings

When violinist, Nicholas "Las" Lamont" would make his treasured violin sing, he could transfer the emotion of every piece to his listeners. That was before his passion faded. As Las performs the last concert on his tour, he realizes his lackluster playing goes against everything he used to love about music and he has two choices; rediscover his love for music, or stop playing. Quinn Patrick, the leader and drummer of the Scottish rock band, Lions Rampant, lives for music. The instant he and Las meet, Quinn sees in him a man with a beautiful gift, but who's lost his way.He wants nothing more than to bring back the sensitivity and passion that made Las the virtuoso he is. The more time Las spends with Quinn, the more he learns about what it is to love music. But if he's to truly find happiness, he must open his heart not only to music again, but to Quinn as well.

378) David Carl Mielke - A Dish Best Served Cold
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936107198
ISBN-13: 978-1936107193
Amazon: A Dish Best Served Cold
Amazon Kindle: A Dish Best Served Cold

From early childhood, LENA MILLS develops a steely determination for retribution. Empowered with the face of an angel, a drop-dead gorgeous body and cunning mind, she rips through adversity like an avenging tornado, leaving a trail of stunned antagonists and devastation in her wake. Raised in a mortuary, at an early age ANNE HENDERSON learns she has the power of a medium. A loner with the ability to communicate with live animals and dead people, she ponders the meaning of life until meeting and befriending her polar opposite, Lena Mills. Lena and Anne discover they have one thing in common: both have bedded Congressman WINTHROP ROCKLEDGE STEDMAN, III - a randy, rising star in Florida politics. Payback is Hell for the libidinous letch as both women plot embarrassing retribution. Hold onto your sides as you wind your way through three decades of small town Central Florida, replete with quarreling townsfolk, a no-nonsense sheriff with a legendary ancestor, Cubano hit men, exotic dancers, a haunted house and a former Ziegfeld Follies girl who still high kicks at age 80. Stir in Dracula, a well-hung skunk and one nasty alligator named "Ol' Clyde" and you've got a recipe for laugh-out-loud mayhem.

379) Catherine Lundoff - Silver Moon
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213793
ISBN-13: 978-1590213797
Amazon: Silver Moon
Amazon Kindle: Silver Moon

Becca Thornton, divorced, middle-aged, and barely out of the closet, discovers that life can still hold some strange surprises, when she discovers that her body is changing; menopause turns her into a werewolf. Apparently she is not the only one, as a number of women in her town of Wolf's Point seem to have had the same experience. As the newest member of the pack, Becca learns her nights are not spent only protecting the town and running through the woods howling at the moon. There are werewolf hunters in town and they've got Becca in their sights.

380) Donya Lynne - Heart of the Warrior
Publisher: Phoenix Press; 1 edition (May 23, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Heart of the Warrior (All the King's Men)

Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion. Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin. Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other?

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