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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (411-420)

411) Jeff Erno - Appearances Matter
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Dumb Jock 3: Appearances Matter

Todd Hoffman, age sixteen, doesn't have an easy life. Not only does he live with his alcoholic mother in a rundown mobile home, but he's also a bit of a social outcast at school. He doesn't have the nice clothing, shoes, and car the other students have. He has only one really close friend, Shannon, but even she doesn't understand him completely. He knows he can never confide in her his deepest secret. He can't tell anyone, not even his favorite teacher. But Todd finds a way to express his feelings when he learns about fan fiction. Being a gifted writer, Todd begins to write stories--gay stories--about another boy he's secretly crushing on. He posts the stories on a fan fiction website. When the object of Todd's affection one day notices him and asks him out, Todd feels like he is suddenly living a dream, that his literary fantasy is become real. Soon, however, he realizes that reality and fantasy are two different things, and he has to determine if Galen, the high school soccer team captain, is the boy of his dreams or just another dumb jock. This is book three of the Dumb Jock series, and the story is linked to the previous books by featuring several common characters. Jeff and Brett are present as are Adam and Trevor. Book three is a continuation of the first two installments, but also serves as a standalone read.

412) Jeff Mann - Desire and Devour
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (August 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213939
ISBN-13: 978-1590213933
Amazon: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat
Amazon Kindle: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat

Desire. The longing for the touch of men. The edge of hunger. The need for supplicants craving a sweaty embrace, a passionate tryst in the dark. Devour. To drink, to dispatch, to swallow. To quench one's unimaginable thirst. To leave an empty vessel behind as one walks away into the night. More than a hundred and fifty years before Dracula ever touched English soil, Scottish Highlander Derek Maclaine became one of the undead to bring a terrible vengeance on those who had taken the man he loved. But revenge could not sate his appetites for sweat and blood through the years; an immortal learns to survive, to love again, as the lives of mortals are bright and brief flames that attract vampires like amorous moths. Award-winning author Jeff Mann has collected his erotic and powerful stories of Derek's unlife, adventures that travel centuries and the globe. Loosen your collar, bare your throat, sigh in expectation, but do not forget to shiver as this burly and brawny stalker of men steps behind you, to brush his beard against your neck as his hands grasp you where you most need to be touched.

413) Chris Quinton - Finders, Keepers
Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 25, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Finders, Keepers

Coming off a high-pressure undercover job for his company's covert Retrievals Department, and despite being on the edge of burnout, Jeff is thrown straight into another mission: set a trap for illegal metal detectorists who'll be planting a priceless reliquary in a field. To be in the right place at the right time, Jeff seduces Alan, son of the farmer who may or may not be in on the million-dollar scam. The job should be straightforward, easy, and it is--except that Jeff's usual guard is down, and he finds himself falling for Alan. Still trying to shake off an obsessive ex-lover Alan doesn't want commitment, just a no-strings, friends with benefits relationship. But events have a way of changing minds.

414) Jay Bell - From darkness to darkness
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478165340
ISBN-13: 978-1478165347
Amazon: From Darkness to Darkness: Loka Legends (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: From Darkness to Darkness: Loka Legends (Volume 2)

From the cradle to the grave... The Black Oligarch is dead. Some call his replacement a boy, others call him a threat. Cole lost everything the night he became Oligarch: his family, his home... even Jonah. Now he's alone, left only with painful memories and the power to destroy the Five Lands. When Dylan is sent to help Cole, he finds they have more in common than expected. They hope to build a new life together, but dark forces have other plans for them. The dead are rising, bringing secrets from the past that threaten to change their lives forever. Can Dylan guide a young man through the darkness and protect those he loves without making the ultimate sacrifice? From Darkness to Darkness, book two of the Loka Legends series, features new illustrations by Andreas Bell, the author's husband.

415) Anne Barwell - Magic's Muse
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727216
ISBN-13: 978-1613727218
Amazon: Magic's Muse
Amazon Kindle: Magic's Muse

Sequel to Cat's Quill. Tomas and Cathal have escaped from Naearu, Cathal's mystical homeworld, but happily ever after is never as straightforward in real life as it is in books. Then again, most people don't deal with the complication of a lover who's magically bound to a tree or have an interfering cat for a cousin. With Naearu's police force, the Falcons, still after Cathal, he can't go home. Now that he and Tomas have consummated their relationship, Cathal's abilities are evolving and changing to the point that Tomas can sense them. And until the oak portal closes, Cathal-and his new life with Tomas-are in limbo, as Cathal can't expect Tomas to stay with someone who can never venture past the property line. Will he and Tomas ever get to follow through on their engagement?

416) Jaime Samms - Stained Glass
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727232
ISBN-13: 978-1613727232
Amazon: Stained Glass
Amazon Kindle: Stained Glass

The violent implosion of Lawrence McKenna's last relationship left him floundering at the bottom of a bottle. Recently unemployed and struggling with his newly discovered submissive tendencies, Laurie needs his best friend, Jeff, more than ever. One sleepless night of detox and a desperate kiss convince him that the attraction they've battled all their lives has become too hard to ignore, but Jeff has other responsibilities that take him far away from Laurie and his self-destructive behavior. When Jeff leaves, all Laurie wants is to be left alone to wallow. Instead, he finds himself riding herd on his friends who have quit their jobs to achieve their dream of starting their own manga publisher. Those same friends return the favor by riding him: about the booze, talking about what happened, seeing a doctor-and about Jeff, whose abandonment left Laurie bitter and resentful. Laurie knows they can't have a relationship without forgiveness, but when Jeff returns, can he be what Laurie needs?

417) Drake Braxton - Missing
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications (August 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988231018
ISBN-13: 978-0988231016
Amazon: Missing
Amazon Kindle: Missing

While attending a 20th high school reunion in Alabama, Blain Harrington loses the love of his life in the blink of an eye. He soon realizes that everything is not always as it seems as he sets out on a journey for answers. What do you do when the world you thought you knew crumbles around you? How do you piece it back together?

418) Patricia Logan - Silver Bullets
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (September 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1479244945
ISBN-13: 978-1479244942
Amazon: Silver Bullets
Amazon Kindle: Silver Bullets

Do you have hot cop fantasies? Michael Francis does... Silver Bullets Sexy, selfish Michael Francis has hit rock bottom. His boyfriend has dumped him, stolen all his money and his career as a super model has come to a screeching halt. Tyler Winston, macho Texas lawman, has lost the only love he’s ever had and the shocking memories of his long buried past have come back to haunt him. Set on a collision course, can these two broken men find common ground and begin to heal each other or will a ruthless killer part them forever?

419) EM Lynley - Going for Gold
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (August 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608207722
ISBN-13: 978-1608207725
Amazon: Going For Gold
Amazon Kindle: Going For Gold

Going for Gold: Gay Olympic Anthology. It's not hard to see the outward appeal of the Olympic Games: watching the fittest and most-accomplished athletes in the world compete-generally with fairly skimpy uniforms. Voyeurism aside, there's nothing sexier than a beautiful body running, jumping, swimming, rowing, and a couple dozen other activities. Who wouldn't take the opportunity to enjoy the spectacle? But the Olympics are more than just a chance to watch athletes at the peak of physical perfection. Every competitor at the Games has a story behind why they run or jump or swim, and why they compete. How they got to the Games, and what they sacrificed along the way to make the cut. To spectators, they may perform superhuman feats, but each and every one is human in the same way we all are. In this collection of stories, you'll find there's a lot more to competing at Olympic level than being the best in one's field. Expectations and pressures from family, friends, coaches and country add up, and sometimes it's only the love of the right man who can make the effort worth it. And sometimes, love is more important than going for gold. Stories include: "Hot Shots" by Michael P. Thomas. "Into the Deep" by Nico Jaye, "The Quad" by Kelly Rand. "Lightning in a Bottle" by Sarah Madison, "Swimming the Distance" by Annabeth Albert, "Shoot for the Gold" by Whitley Gray, "An Olympic Goal" by K-lee Klein, "Tumbling Dreams" by Kaje Harper.

420) Nastasha LaBrake - Meant to be Broken
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1470037645
ISBN-13: 978-1470037642
Amazon: Meant to be Broken
Amazon Kindle: Meant to be Broken

Junior year hasn't started very well for Ives Fay; his father passed away over the summer and he's still having trouble accepting it, his mother is dealing with her own depression by chain-smoking and drinking, his sister finds it necessary to sleep with every guy she can in order to deal with her own emotions, and he has an androgynous stalker who comes to school as a guy one day and a girl the next. It's all really messing with his mind. So he finds his escape in self-mutilation and bottles of alcohol stashed in his closet, hoping that the temporary fix will somehow become permanent. Then, when he's on a fast track to an early end, he meets Tomi, a guy so much like himself, but so very different. Could their nearly instant friendship be enough to save Ives from his dangerous path? And could Tomi give enough to be Ives' saving grace? Or will Tomi's own troubles prevent either of them from ever finding happiness?

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