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Best Lesbian Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Ronica Black – Wholehearted ()

An excellently written book with no lapses or faults from the beginning until the end, I loved it all the way. Since this was the first book I read for the Rainbow Award this year I expected an inferior one but it’s with great satisfaction to come upon an expertly worthy one. Great writing and my hats off to Ronica Black, good job! –Mick

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825947
ISBN-13: 978-1602825949
Amazon: Wholehearted

Healing, respect, and empathy are what the H&S Ranch promises when helping troubled juveniles. Madison Clark hasn’t had much trouble in allowing teens to help care for her recovering horses. But then in walks Jake, a know-it-all thirteen-year-old with a smart mouth and a strong penchant for trouble. What’s worse is what’s behind him—his uptight, opinionated lawyer aunt, Grace Hollings. Madison does her best to ignore her, but focusing solely on Jake isn’t always possible. Grace Hollings is convinced nothing can help her nephew, especially Madison Clark and her feel-good horse ranch. Unfortunately, Jake’s presence there is court ordered so Grace does her best to keep an eye on him, and on Madison, who is way more than she originally gave her credit for. Her calm strength and good looks are powerful and just the tip of the iceberg, leaving Grace green with jealousy. Not just because Jake is thriving and has taken to Madison over her, but because Grace is beginning to be taken by the ranch owner as well… Wholeheartedly so.

2) J.M. Redmann - Ill Will ()

Very much enjoyed this one, which is saying a lot because I don't really enjoy mysteries. I had several other books I’d been waiting to read, but I couldn't put this one down. Lovely soft touch and slow burn but still excellent pacing. –Heidi C.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826579
ISBN-13: 978-1602826571
Amazon: Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery)

First, do no harm. But as New Orleans PI Micky Knight discovers, not every health care provider follows that dictum. She stumbles into a tangle of the true believers to the criminally callous, who use the suffering of others for their twisted ends. In a city slowly rebuilding after Katrina, one of the most devastated areas is health care, and the gaps in service are wide enough for the snake oil salesmen—and the snakes themselves—to crawl through. First, her investigation is driven by anger, but then it becomes personal as someone very close to Micky uses her cancer diagnosis to go where Micky cannot, into the heart of the evil where only the ill are allowed. Micky is her only lifeline out. Can Micky save her in time to get to the medical treatment she desperately needs to survive? The seventh Micky Knight mystery.

3) A.C. Henley - McKee, Unabridged

This one was a delight to read. The characters were engaging, the pacing believable, and the plot twists satisfyingly unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed it. –Cherie

Paperback: 446 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934889644
ISBN-13: 978-1934889640
Amazon: McKee, Unabridged

Private investigator Quinlan McKee has returned to Los Angeles after a three-year absence, only to find herself embroiled in a world of child slavery and police corruption. Chaos ensues as she finds an unlikely ally in a savvy police detective Vivian Walsh, who lives by the letter of the law. Quin unwittingly becomes engulfed in the lives of new friends and old acquaintances during her journey through the seedier sides of two cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. Risking her sanity and her heart, she will search for the truth about a buried past and soon be pulled into a web of deceit and intrigue...putting everything she thought to be true in doubt. Quin searches for her happy ending where the lines blur between good and evil, friend and foe.

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4) Trin Denise - She Left Me Breathless

Loved this book. Great angst between the MC's. The author knows how to tell a story and hold the reader's interest! –Tammy

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ragz Books; 1 edition (April 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908822120
ISBN-13: 978-1908822123
Amazon: She Left Me Breathless

5) Gun Brooke - Speed Demons ()

Probably one of the best novels I've read all year. –Lori

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

6) Cari Hunter – Snowbound

The plot development kept me on the end of my seat. The settings almost took on a life all their own. I also found the emotions both women experienced to be realistic given the plot development. Ms. Hunter's writing style kept my interest. –April O.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825815
ISBN-13: 978-1602825819
Amazon: Snowbound

7) Rachel Spangler – LoveLife

A barista falls in love from afar, then she finds out her love is a life coach. Thinking the beautiful life coach could never fall in love with her yet still wanting to get to know her, the barista hires the life coach. When fireworks fly what is the life coach to do with her ethical commitment to her client? –Debra

Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826552
ISBN-13: 978-1602826557
Amazon: LoveLife

Catt Kingsgrave - One Saved to the Sea ()

Wonderful. The plot did reach a point of expectancy for me, until then, I was delightfully unsure where this story was going. The writer’s superb imagery pulled me into each scene. I would read more from this author, and this is the first time I have said that during this contest. I am that impressed with her work. –David

Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (August 5, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: One Saved to the Sea

9) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Demons are Forever

Behind closed doors, everyone suffers from some kind of demon. Veteran Elite Operative Landis “Chase” Coolidge’s latest mission requires every bit of her considerable tracking skills because she has to locate a colleague kidnapped by a brilliant scientist responsible for the deaths of millions.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282648X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826489
Amazon: Demons are Forever (Elite Operatives)

Chris Paynter - Survived by Her Longtime Companion ()

This was a love story within a love story. It was the love story of two women and how that story helped reconnect two other women that had not fought hard enough for their love. It was very well done and very lovingly done. –Mariana

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627880
ISBN-13: 978-1935627883
Amazon: Survived by her Longtime Companion

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