October 29th, 2009

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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaway 37

To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Shanghi65 (shanghi65)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow
Publisher: MLR Press
ISBN: 978-1-60820-027-6
Buy Link:
http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=ANGELS01

Becket Merriday is on the trail of a killer who is murdering beautiful young men in the small town of Irenic. What he discovers an ancient race of immortal beings hunted by an incredibly powerful adversary: the angel Mastema. Soon, Beck and his partner, Sean Logan, find themselves at the center of a deadly supernatural war.
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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaway 38

To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Klmo1964 (klmo1964)

Please contact me with a private message or tell me how I can reach you.



The assigned ebook is:

Disguises by EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_190&products_id=1574

Race Wilcox and Derrick Steele are best friends and co-stars of a mildly popular television series perpetually on the verge of cancellation. Promotion and ratings are high priority for the network. So when a Halloween party turns into a huge publicity event, Race and Derrick are obliged to attend. Race hates the idea, and only the fact that Derrick will be there makes the idea bearable... until he finds out Derrick's girlfriend will be there too. The sudden flare of jealousy stuns Race, and there will be many more surprises to come during and after the party, surprises that will affect Race and Derrick's relationship forever.
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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaway 39

To each vote I assigned a number and then drew them from an electronic basket. The winner is:

Devonrhodes (devonrhodes)

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The assigned ebook is:

My Lupine Lover by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
ISBN: 1-60601-299-1
Buy Link:
http://www.bookstrand.com/product-mylupinelover-13930-192.html

Vadim Miroslav always dreamed of finding his mate. He just never expected his mate to find him. He is captivated by the sweet and giving nature of Sasha, and Sasha is stunned by the way Vadim seems to respect his omega status. Little did Vadim realize that by claiming Sasha, his entire life would be changed forever.

Vadim never wanted to be the alpha of his own pack. He avoided it at all costs, even if it meant appearing inadequate to his own pack. But, in a bid to save his newly claimed mate, Vadim does the one thing he has always tried to avoid. He takes on Sasha's abusive alpha…and wins, becoming the new alpha of Sasha's pack. Can he take the control of an isolated pack of werewolves and still keep his mate safe?
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The Rainbow Awards: Ebooks Giveaways

Today winners are:

Ebook: Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow
Winner: Shanghi65 (shanghi65)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/841428.html

Ebook: Disguises by EM Lynley
Winner: Klmo1964 (klmo1964)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/841631.html

Ebook: My Lupine Lover by Stormy Glenn
Winner: Devonrhodes (devonrhodes)
Go to post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/841762.html


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Brett Wexler: A Postmodern Artist

Brett Wexler is a Photographer, creator of Digital Images, Fine Art, Paintings, and Drawings. He builds artwork around landscapes and nudes. Wexler's art draws from Renaissance painting, semiotics, alternative technique and totemic magic. An internationally published photographer of the male nude, his images appear in 4 books on 3 continents (including Abrams Books and Prestel). The Studio is located in Tribeca with a summer studio in East Hampton, NY. He has taught in a division of the Museum of Modern Art (Amagansett).



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Brett's art explores the creation of photographic imagery. He began by studying classical painting and drawing. Early in his career, Brett sought to create graphically powerful Black and White images of the nude male. He chose this subject matter as a social comment against the anti-male image prejudices of the day. In his travels, he shot and captured landscape images. While many artists struggled to develop a unique style to enhance marketability, Brett followed an architectural notion to let the form follow the interior--or in his case, the medium, an idea already cultivated by Man Ray and others. Then, with the rapid advance of computer based images, Brett became fascinated with moving images from computers to celluloid and back. While many others focused on perfect prints, Brett focused on creating perfect negatives using the array of alternative media from nineteenth and first half of the 20th century techniques as well as panorama and digital manipulation ssoftware algorithms as they became available. His negatives, sometimes more than 4 square feet in size, printed as cyanotypes and silver albumin images-- some of the largest ever created. Choices of media were often influenced by totemism and magical concepts (cyanotype, made with cyanide was used to portray the social danger of controversial images of male-male affection.)

http://www.brettwexlerart.com/

More Artists at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art


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Yuletide Rare Fandom Fanfiction Exchange

Through ennorwenI was put apart of this event: Yuletide rare fandom fanfiction exchange is an annual (hold in December during Christimas time) swapfic exchange that is especially for devotees of “rare fandoms” – including movies, books, anime, games, and other miscellaneous “fandoms” for which there is generally very little, if any, fanfiction.

The website is: http://yuletidetreasure.org/

This is the community on LJ: http://community.livejournal.com/yuletide/

There are several m/m novels/ebooks/series that are nominated this year and the organizing committee would like to the get the word out to other readers of the genre.

Among the nominated fandoms, you can find the following:

Ally Blue – The Bay City Paranormal Series
Dusk Peterson – The Eternal Dungeon
Ginn Hale – Wicked Gentlemen
James Buchanan – Hard Fall
Jordan Castillo Price – The PsyCop Series
Josh Lanyon – The Adrien English Series
Laura Antoniou – The Marketplace Series
Manna Francis – The Administration Series
Patrick Califia – The Finishing School
Sean Kennedy – Tigers & Devils
Syd McGinley – The Dr. Fell Series
Windows in Time by M. Jules Aedin

If ever anyone wanted to write or read fanfiction based on some of their favorite m/m romance authors and their works, this is the time and place to do it.
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Guilty Pleasure ~ Heimliches Verlangen by Stefanie Herbst and Juna Brock (only if you know German!)

Dice, Leadsänger der erfolgreichen Band „Guilty Pleasure“, hat eine heimliche Affäre mit seinem Bodyguard Ceely, in der es nur um Sex geht - nicht mehr. Niemand darf etwas von ihrem Geheimnis erfahren, denn sowohl Dices Karriere, als auch Ceelys Job stehen auf dem Spiel. Als sich Anziehung jedoch in Liebe verwandelt, stehen die beiden Männer vor einer schweren Entscheidung: Sollen sie sich ihre Gefühle für einander gestehen und dabei riskieren, alles zu verlieren? Die Würfel werden entscheiden ...

Dice, lead singer of the famous band "Guilty Pleasure" has a hidden affair with his bodyguard Ceely, where it’s all about sex - and nothing more. No one must find out about their secret, because both Dice’s career and Ceely’s job are at hazard. When attraction becomes love, the two men face a difficult choice: Should they listen to their feelings for each other and thereby risk to loose everything? The dice will decide...

The book will be published on November, 1. I don't speak German, so I can't possibly read it, but if you do, please let me know how it is ;-)

The book can be ordered at: http://www.deadsoft.de/buch/guilty-pleasure.htm

or at amazon.

This is the author LJ: http://maennertraum.livejournal.com/

Trailer zu dem Buch "Guilty Pleasure ~ Heimliches Verlangen" von Stefanie Herbst und Juna Brock. Verlag: www.deadsoft.de. Credits gemäß Videoende. Video licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 BY SA

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The Rainbow Awards: Comedy Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Comedy Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Gym Dandy by Storm Grant
ISBN: 978-1-934531-94-5 (print)
978-1-934531-95-2 (ebook)
Publisher: MLR Press
Link:
http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=GYMDANDY

Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar? After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriends, bitchy bosses, even the cable guy. Will our guys work it all out? Read Gym Dandy and find out.

Gym Dandy is a little erotic and a lot entertaining, featuring clever plot twists, engaging characters, and a happy ending. There's even a dog!

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):



Self Preservation by Ethan Day, Loose Id
Subsurdity Vignettes from Jasper Lane by Eric Arvin, Dreamspinner Press
Happy Endings by LB Gregg, Aspen Mountain Press
Eye Spy Series by Drew Zachary, Torquere Books
Jericho Jones Series by Drew Zachary, Torquere Books
The Vampire Fred: Wicked Game by Vaughn R. Demont, Torquere Books
A-Muse-Ing by Willa Okati, Loose Id
First You Fall by Scott Sherman, Alyson Books
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The Rainbow Awards: Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



True Blue by Connie Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_78&products_id=1524

It wasn't the first time Heydn Case had to transfer to a new school, but Acton-Pierce Academy was the prep school of choice for people with a lot more money than he had. As always, the good-natured Texan was hoping to find a friend; his assigned roommate was hoping to be left alone and said so rather bluntly.

Heydn had never met anyone quite like Blue Barclay, the campus's resident eccentric loner, but the two young men soon find they have more in common than they might have imagined. Friendship quickly takes on a new dimension of physical intimacy accompanied by bewildering new feelings. However, Blue and Heydn are given little time to explore and understand what is growing between them before they're pulled apart.

Heydn is chosen for the track team and befriended by a popular senior. Fearing, rightly, that their relationship would cost him the place he's won at Acton, Heydn turns his back on Blue. He feels he's made the right choice for his future, but when Blue finds a new friend, Heydn realizes he's made a terrible mistake. Is it too late for him to try to win Blue's heart again?

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

The Nest by G.S. Wiley, Aspen Mountain Press
Holy Communion by Mykola Dementiuk, Synergy Press
Without Sin by by J. Tomas, Prizm Books
Josef Jaeger by Jere' M. Fishback, Prizm Books
Wes and Toren by J.M. Colail, Dreamspinner Press
The Way You Say My Name by Sara Bell, P.D. Publishing
Masks Series by Hayden Thorne, Prizm Books
Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr., Casperian Books
Circle of Change by Laney Cairo, Torquere Books
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The Rainbow Awards: Contemporary Bisexual Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Contemporary Bisexual Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Heaven Sent 6: Revelations by Jet Mykles
ISBN: 978-1-59632-983-6
Publisher: Loose Id
Link:
http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Heaven_Sent_6__Revelations-983.aspx

For years, Gretchen’s main objective has been taking care of the boys of Heaven Sent. When her boys decide to take a hiatus, she decides to do the same.

Before she can begin her summer off, Gretchen has one last public commitment. There, she meets tall, mysterious, and wickedly handsome Archer Thanos. Archer’s company has a video game based on Heaven Sent and he’s has been trying to get in touch with her to discuss it. Their first meeting quickly turns into a discussion of another type … in a nearby hotel room, sending Gretchen headlong into a whirlwind affair she hadn’t anticipated.

Only, someone isn’t exactly thrilled about Gretchen and Archer’s romance. Gretchen’s adorable new assistant, Owen, has been pining for his boss since he started working for her but he hasn’t had the courage to assert himself and tell her he wants her. As a result, Gretchen is completely blind to his feelings for her. And after meeting Archer, Owen knows he has no chance against the handsome devil. His own attraction to the older man is instant and overwhelming, the bisexual urges he hasn’t divulged to Gretchen fully awakening.

Owen thinks he’s not enough for Gretchen. Gretchen thinks Owen is far too young for her. Archer thinks they’re both ridiculous. He knows the three of them are just right for each other, if they can survive the revelations.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Their Lover by Barbara Sheridan, Noble Romance Publishing
Broudly Bound by Beth Wylde, Syd McGinley, Kathleen Bradean, D.L. King & Cassandra Gold, Phaze Books
Complications by Cat Grant, Lyrical Press
Two In Hand by Mary Winter, Pink Petal Books
By Chance by Cat Grant, Lyrical Press
Taboo by Scarlett Sanderson, Phaze Books
Seducing Cat by Adriana Kraft, eXtasy Books
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The Rainbow Awards: Contemporary Gay Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Contemporary Gay Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Clippings by A.J. Mirag
ISBN: 978-0-557-01301-2
Publisher: Lulu Press
Link:
http://www.lulu.com/content/4089994

Unfairly arrested and charged with the murder of a police officer, Daniel has been jailed indefinitely until trial. A Brazilian prison is a terrible place to lose his innocence. Daniel would have lost more than that — perhaps even his life — if not for Mephisto, his cellmate. "Clippings" is the story of the challenges faced by a middle class young man in prison, and his relationship with a dark, mysterious man who seems eager to protect him, but who might have his own inscrutable plans... Cover art and illustrations by kore kan.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan, Dreamspinner Press
Handyman by Claire Thompson, Samhain Publishing
St. Nacho’s by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Loose Id
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell, Samhain Publishing
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux, Dreamspinner Press
Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by E.M. Lynley, Ravenous Romance
The Happy Onion by Ally Blue, Samhain Publishing
I Do -- an anthology in support of marriage equality by Kris Jacen, MLR Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Contemporary Lesbian Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Contemporary Lesbian Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
ISBN: 978-1-907010-37-8
Publisher: Total-e-Bound
Link:
http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=489

Adeline Murphy believes the Apple Valley Inn is the only thing waiting for her in Cattle Valley, and it's up to Melissa Danes to change her way of thinking.

Adeline Murphy heads to Cattle Valley, Wyoming looking for a fresh start. She's invested every dime she has and purchased the local bed and breakfast. Arriving in town with a cranky girlfriend in tow, Addie's devastated to discover the inn has been vandalised. With the property uninhabitable, she has no source of income and a mounting stack of bills.

Melissa Danes' quiet Cattle Valley existence is shaken by the arrival of the beautiful Addie and her surly tagalong, Chloe. She's captivated by Addie, but stays away thinking Addie and Chloe are in a committed relationship. When she discovers differently, all bets are off.

Mel discovers Addie has several barriers to cross, including repairing the damaged inn and her even more wounded self-esteem. When Mel looks at Addie she sees more than Fool's Gold, but she needs to find a way for Addie to see it too.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

In My Skin by Cassidy Ryan, Torquere Books
Wet & Wild by Cait Braxton, Noble Romance Publishing
Sapphistocated: Four Tales of Mirror Geography by Alessia Brio, Jolie du Pre, Yeva Wiest, and Beth Wylde, Phaze Books
Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, Cleis Press
Broudly Bound by Beth Wylde, Syd McGinley, Kathleen Bradean, D.L. King & Cassandra Gold, Phaze Books
Where the Girls Are by D. L. King, Cleis Press
Girl Crazy: Coming Out Erotica by Sacchi Green, Cleis Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Contemporary Transgender Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Contemporary Transgender Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Link:
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=32

Fifth grade English teacher, Kendra Wright, doesn’t believe in instant love. In fact, at twenty-nine, she’s all but given up hope of ever finding love, period. That is, until she meets the new principal, Valerian Riche.

He may be stunning, gentlemanly and honorable, but falling for the man is the last thing on Kendra's agenda. But when Val makes the first move, Kendra’s life as the youngest spinster to ever grace the pages of history is turned upside-down.

She’s longed to be treated like the lady she knows she is, but technically, is not. But if the truth comes out, it will destroy her career and end the wildest romantic ride she’s ever known.

Kendra must end the relationship before she’s in too deep. Before the truth is revealed. But, how does a lady say no to the charm-charged wiles of a man as determined, and eager, as Val Riche? While she anticipates the horror of breaking the news, he persists on making her decision as difficult as possible. Maybe Val should’ve checked Kendra’s package before he unchecked his heart.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Broudly Bound by Beth Wylde, Syd McGinley, Kathleen Bradean, D.L. King & Cassandra Gold, Phaze Books
Circle of Change by Laney Cairo, Torquere Books
Dangling by Yeva Wiest, Lyrical Press
Billy Bong by Yeva Wiest, Lyrical Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Fantasy Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Fantasy Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Out of Position by Kyell Gold
ISBN: 978-0-9791496-9-6
Publisher: The Sofawolf Press
Link:
http://www.sofawolf.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=95

Dev is a football player at Forester University, a small liberal arts college where he and his teammates get to strut around and have their pick of the girls on Friday nights. That's as good as it gets—until he meets Lee, a fox with a quick wit and an attractive body.

Problem is, Lee's not a girl. He's a gay fox, an activist who never dreamed he'd fall for a football player. As their attraction deepens into romance, it's hard enough for them to handle each other, let alone their inquisitive friends, family, and co-workers. And if school is bad, the hyper- masculine world of professional sports that awaits Dev after graduation will be a hundred times worse.

Going it alone would make everything easier. If only they could stop fighting long enough to break up.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

If All the Sand Were Pearl by Pepper Espinoza, Samhain Publishing
The Sheikh and the Servant by Sonja Spencer, Dreamspinner Press
Twisted Brand by Clare London, Dreamspinner Press
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books
Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow, Torquere Books
The Elf And Shoemaker by M.L. Rhodes, Amber Quill Press
Braided by Sean Michael, Torquere Books
Christmas Tail by D.J. Manly, eXtasy Books
Ghost Star Night by Nicole Kimberling, Samhain Publishing
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The Rainbow Awards: Futuristic Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Futuristic Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley
ISBN: 978-1-59998-761-3
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Link:
http://samhainpublishing.com/print/my-fair-captain-print

Talk about a compromising situation!

A storm of political intrigue, murderous mayhem and sexual hungers is brewing on planet Regelence.

Swarthy Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins ran from a past he had no intention of ever reliving. But when his Admiral asks him to use his peerage, as an earl and the heir to a dukedom, to investigate a missing weapons stash, he’s forced to do just that. As if being undercover on a Regency planet where the young men are supposed to remain pure until marriage isn’t bad enough, Nate finds himself attracted to the king’s unmarried son.

All Prince Aiden Townsend has ever wanted was to be an artist. He has no interest in a marriage of political fortune or becoming a societal paragon. Until he lands in the arms of the mysterious Earl of Deverell. One look at Nate’s handsome face has Aiden reconsidering his future. Not only does Nate make a virile subject for Aiden’s art, but the great war hero awakens feelings in Aiden he has never felt, feelings he can’t ignore.

After a momentous dance at a season ball, Aiden and Nate find themselves exchanging important information and working closely together. They have to fight their growing attraction long enough to find out who stole the weapons and keep themselves from a compromising situation and certain scandal.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale, Loose Id
The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley, Samhain Publishing
The Administration Series by Manna Francis, Casperian Books
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R. W. Day, Lethe Press
Hot Cargo by Nicki Bennett & Ariel Tachna, Dreamspinner Press
Marry Me Or Die by D.J. Manly, eXtasy Books
The Katzman's Mate by Stormy Glenn, Siren Publishing
The Edge of Desperation by James Buchanan & Jason Edding, MLR Press
Hell Cop 2 by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale, Loose Id
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The Rainbow Awards: Historical Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Historical Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



False Colors by Alex Beecroft
ISBN: 9780762436583
Publisher: Running Press
Link:
http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/runningpress/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0762436581

1762, The Georgian Age of Sail: For his first command, John Cavendish is given a ship—the HMS Meteor—and a crew, both in need of repair and discipline. He’s determined to make a success of their first mission, and hopes the well-liked lieutenant Alfred Donwell will stand by his side as he leads his new crew into battle: stopping the slave trade off the coast of Algiers. Alfie knows their mission is futile, and that their superiors back in England will use the demise of this crew as impetus for war with the Ottoman Empire. But the darker secret he keeps is his growing attraction for his commanding officer—a secret punishable by death. With the arrival of his former captain—and lover—on the scene of the disastrous mission, Alfie is torn between the security of his past and the uncertain promise of a future with the straight-laced John. Against a backdrop of war, intrigue, and personal betrayal, the high seas will carry these men through dangerous waters from England to Africa to the West Indies in search of a safe harbor.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Notturno by Z.A. Maxfield, MLR Press
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen, Lethe Press
Written in Blood by Luisa Prieto, Amber Quill Press
Bound by Deception by Ava March, Loose Id
Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane, Samhain Publishing
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims, Lethe Press
Carnal Cravings by Keta Diablo, Dark Roast Press
Frost Fair by Erastes, Cheyenne Publishing
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury, Dreamspinner Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Mystery / Thriller Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Mystery / Thriller Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_153&products_id=1495

A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer's knife.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux, Dreamspinner Press
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville, Dreamspinner Press
Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price
L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown, MLR Press
Inland Empire by James Buchanan, Torquere Books / MLR press
Crossroads by Keta Diablo, Phaze Books
The Slayer's Apprentice by Zathyn Priest, Torquere Books
Freeman by Clare London, MLR Press
IM by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Paranormal / Horror Bisexual / Transgender Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Paranormal / Horror Bisexual / Transgender Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Night Games by Jude Mason
ISBN: 978-1-907010-29-3
Publisher: Total-e-Bound
Link:
http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=480

Johan is gay and has been interested in only one man for centuries, so why does this mortal woman pull at him so?

When a hooker on the stroll is kidnapped under his very nose, Johan's interest is piqued, so he follows. Joined by his lover, Petre, the two vampires find themselves in the midst of a mystery.

Once rescued, the lovely Miranda becomes a playmate for the two lusty men, but again, she vanishes.

Who is the luscious blonde woman, and who could possibly be so interested in a whore? And why do these mysterious someones want her dead?

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Falling by Belinda McBride, Changeling Press
Other Magical Creatures edited by M. Rode, Torquere Books
Secrets Revealed by Katrina Strauss, Loose Id
Sea Turtle Inn by H.B.Kurtzwilde, Torquere Books
Don't Dare the Reaper by Leigh Ellwood, Phaze Books
Writing Skin by Adriana Kraft, eXtasy Books
Trespassing All Hallows Eve by Laura Tolomei, eXtasy Books
Virgin Special by Sharon Maria Bidwell, Aspen Mountain Press
Bonded Hearts by Marty Rayne, Loose Id
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The Rainbow Awards: Paranormal / Horror Gay Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Paranormal / Horror Gay Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Fire Season by Lex Valentine
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Link:
http://pinkpetalbooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=39&zenid=342263f62f7a927657d5fa5d48e26076

Black dragon Holden Antaeus isn't looking for a mate. His life is filled with family, work, and dating. Women adore him and he's never short of offers for sex, but a relationship isn't something he's interested in. When Holden's brother Sean hires a new executive for Antaeus International, Holden's whole world, and everything he's ever believed about himself, is blown to bits. Garret Renquist is a green dragon, intelligent, witty, bi-sexual, and hot for Holden. Despite the fact that Holden is positive he's heterosexual, the moment he meets Garret, something happens inside him. What follows is a journey through stereotypes and ingrained beliefs as Holden struggles with the fact that his destined mate is a man.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Cooking with Ergot by Luisa Prieto, Aspen Mountain Press
Notturno by Z.A. Maxfield, MLR Press
With Caution by J.L. Langley, Samhain Publishing
Allergies by T.A. Chase, Amber Quill Press
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow, MLR Press
Edward, Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz, Loose Id
Conflict in Blood by Ariel Tachna, Dreamspinner Press
Bashed by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne, Loose Id
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The Rainbow Awards: Paranormal / Horror Lesbian Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Paranormal / Horror Lesbian Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



Cheating Death by Annie Alvarez
ISBN: 978-1-55487-302-9
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Link:
http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=ebook_flypage&product_id=5758&category_id=44&manufacturer_id=141&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44&vmcchk=1&Itemid=44

I had finally gotten comfortable living with my vampire girlfriend. Settled into our new home, we were the happy couple until Kaley, Tamara's sister, came for an unexpected visit. In-laws are always an iffy thing, especially when it's the powerful and respected Hightowers who rule the East Coast. But Kaley crossed the lines with me. Can Tamara stop her sister before irreparable damage is done? Or is our love stronger than the new yearnings Kaley has woken in me?

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Blood and Mint Chocolates by Adrianne Brennan, Freya's Bower
Queer Wolf edited by James EM Rasmussen, QueerEdFiction
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Angelia Sparrow, Torquere Books
The Veil of Sorrow by Crystal Michallet-Romero, P.D. Publishing
Out of Control by Kira Chase, eXtasy Books
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The Rainbow Awards: Biography / Memoir Non Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Biography / Memoir Non Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



The Memory Palace by JoSelle Vanderhooft
ISBN: 978-1934648872
Publisher: Curiosities
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Palace-JoSelle-Vanderhooft/dp/1934648876

The rooms in The Memory Palace are filled with holy relics, profane agonies, memories that are revelations, and windows to wonders . . .
A significant poetry collection by JoSelle Vanderhooft, dealing with the raw themes of youth, pain, the Catholic faith, and the challenges of growing up gay.

Structured around the Renaissance mnemonic device of a building with rooms populated by thoughts and objects, THE MEMORY PALACE is a lucid dream, a remarkably powerful memoir, and a fantasy.

"Inside The Memory Palace, JoSelle Vanderhooft constructs a painfully honest memoir in free verse, detailing one talented young woman's odyssey past the monsters of mental illness, through the brutal clash between faith and sexuality, always haunted by the terrible enigma of a father's suicide -- yet these traumas are counterbalanced by earnest hope and the small, sweet moments life grants to fighters and survivors. Her eloquent and eminently readable story will resonate with any one who's ever found themselves an alien in their own world, peering in at society from the outside." -- Mike Allen, three-time Rhysling Award winner and editor of Mythic Delirium

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois, Lethe Press
The Gay Face of God by Bruce J. Simpson
Hanner Amser: Hunangofiant (Half Time: My Autobiography) by Nigel Owens & Lynn Davies
Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy by Thomas Beatie, Seal Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Poetry Non Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Poetry Non Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



The Underwater Hospital by Jan Steckel
Publisher: Zeitgeist Press
Link:
http://www.jansteckel.com/Books.html

This poetry chapbook is from Pushcart-nominated writer Jan Steckel, who is a bisexual activist and a Harvard- and Yale-trained pediatrician. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and cared for Spanish-speaking families in CA at a county hospital and at a large HMO. Her poems, short stories and nonfiction pieces have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, So to Speak, Margin and Lodestar Quarterly.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Best Gay Poetry 2008 by Lawrence Schimel, Lethe Press
The First Risk by Charles Jensen, Lethe Press
KONG and Other Works by Pamela Sneed
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The Rainbow Awards: Debut Fiction Popularity Contest Winner

The winner of the popularity contest for Debut Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_136&products_id=1514

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Sugar-Baby Bridge by Brett Edward Stout
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville, Dreamspinner Press
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Loose Id
The Janitor by Jan Irving, Loose Id
Self Preservation by Ethan Day, Loose Id
Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling, Dreamspinner Press
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury, Dreamspinner Press
Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by E.M. Lynley, Ravenous Romance
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The Rainbow Awards: Popularity Contest Winners

So we have the winners of the Popularity Contest ;-) Those winners go directly to Phase 3 and will compete for the 2009 Rainbow Awards with the Jury's Choices (that I will post later this night, so stay tuned). I would like for you not only to look at the winners but also to the Honorable Mentions (you will find them listed at the bottom of each Category, just click on the link I provided), the fight was hard, and I think we have some good warriors among them. If you need a shortlist of possible books for your next reads, look at them. Sooooo, here they are:

Comedy Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Gym Dandy by Storm Grant
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/843303.html

Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
True Blue by Connie Bailey
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/843521.html

Contemporary Bisexual Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Heaven Sent 6: Revelations by Jet M
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/843831.html

Contemporary Gay Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Clippings by A.J. Mirag
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844061.html

Contemporary Lesbian Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844421.html

Contemporary Transgender Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844587.html

Fantasy Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Out of Position by Kyell Gold
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844989.html

Futuristic Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/845156.html

Historical Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
False Colors by Alex Beecroft
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/845356.html

Mystery / Thriller Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/845710.html

Paranormal / Horror Bisexual / Transgender Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Night Games by Jude Mason
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846043.html

Paranormal / Horror Gay Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Fire Season by Lex Valentine
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846293.html

Paranormal / Horror Lesbian Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Cheating Death by Annie Alvarez
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846341.html

Biography / Memoir Non Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
The Memory Palace by JoSelle Vanderhooft
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846719.html

Poetry Non Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
The Underwater Hospital by Jan Steckel
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847089.html

Debut Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847242.html

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The Rainbow Awards: Jury's Honorable Mentions

We have 570 books submitted and only 107 will pass to Phase 3, almost 20%. To determine this the Jury worked along with the popularity contest, the judges candidated books on their own, without knowing the nominations of the other judges... sometime the nominations were similar, sometime not, only the books with more nomination are the Jury's Choices, but I think it's right to list the books who were candidated by the Jury, they are not in Phase 3, but almost. In alphabetical order here are the Jury's Honorable Mentions:



A Dream Come True by Addison Albright, Torquere Books
A Strong Hand by Catt Ford, Dreamspinner Press
Chicken Ranch: Hunger by Amanda Young, Loose Id
Crossroads by Keta Diablo, Phaze Books
Damn Gorgeous by Jaye Valentine, Noble Romance Publishing
Danube Divide by Jardonn Smith, MLR Press
Dark Waters by Chris Quinton, Ellora's Cave
Death in Key West by Jeffrey Round, Cormorant Books
Fathom's Five: The Cross of Sins by Geoffrey Knight, STARBooks Press
Feral by Joely Skye, Samhain Publishing
Fire on the Mountain by P.D. Singer, Torquere Books
Frost Fair by Erastes, Cheyenne Publishing
Hajiri's Pet by Auburnimp & Michael Barnette, Liquid Silver Books
Heart of a Forest by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks, Ellora's Cave
Hidden Hands by Shayla Kersten, Ellora's Cave
In Flesh and Stone by Hal Bodner, Ravenous Romance
In My Skin by Cassidy Ryan, Torquere Books
Is Harvey Dunne? by K.L. Romo
Kingsley and I: Together by Gary Martine, MLR Press
Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, Cleis Press
Life or Something Scary like That by T.C. Blue, Torquere Books
Like Coffee and Doughnuts by Elle Parker, Lyrical Press
Lord and Master 2 by Jules Jones, Loose Id
Lost by Zoe Nichols, Phaze Books
Love, Jamie by AKM Miles, Total-e-Bound
Loving Lucas by Lisa Marie Davis, Dreamspinner Press
Nights in Pink Satin by Sharon Maria Bidwell, Changeling Press
Portrait Of A Kiss by T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis, Amber Quill Press
Sacred Fate by Eresse, Liquid Silver Books
Sacrificial Sex by Laura Tolomei, eXtasy Books
Sammy's Place by Sean Michael, Torquere Books
Sapphistocated: Four Tales of Mirror Geography by Alessia Brio, Jolie du Pre, Yeva Wiest, and Beth Wylde, Phaze Books
Sappho Sings by Peggy Ullman Bell
Sea Turtle Inn by H.B.Kurtzwilde, Torquere Books
Servant of the Season Series by Lee Benoit, Torquere Books
Sex & Chocolate by Reese Johnson, Noble Romance Publishing
Sex, Lies & Celluloid by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne, Torquere Books
Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss, Samhain Publishing
Space Escapes by Jason Edding & Angela Fiddler, MLR Press
Sprout by Dale Peck, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson, Samhain Publishing
Surrender Love by Kayelle Allen, Loose Id
The Administration Series by Manna Francis, Casperian Books
The Elf And Shoemaker by M.L. Rhodes, Amber Quill Press
The Officer and the Gentleman by J.P. Bowie, Total-e-Bound
The Sarran Plague by A.C. Katt, Eternal Press
Trust by Shawn Lane, Amber Quill Press
Uneven by Anah Crow, Torquere Books
Wes and Toren by J.M. Colail, Dreamspinner Press
Wet Skin by Laura Baumbach & William Maltese, MLR Press
Wild Raspberries by Jane Davitt, Torquere Books
Year of the Cat by Selah March, Amber Quill Press
You Can Leave Your Hat On by Lena Matthews, Samhain Publishing
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The Rainbow Awards: Jury's Favorites

To give to as many authors as possible a chance to be read by the Jury and win the 2009 Rainbow Awards, only 1 book per author is allowed in Phase 3. But as I said Jury didn't know what other judges were doing, and so we have some authors that received more than one preference from the Jury. I think it's right to list them with the books that contributed to being them a "Jury's Favorite" (in favorite order):



1) Z.A. Maxfield. Books:
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield, Samhain Publishing
Notturno by Z.A. Maxfield, MLR Press
Physical Therapy by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
St. Nacho’s by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
The Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield, Aspen Mountain Press

2) Rick R. Reed. Books:
Bashed by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
IM by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
M4M by Rick R. Reed, Aspen Quill Press

3) Neil S. Plakcy. Books:
Gaylife.com by Neil Plakcy
Mahu by Neil S. Plakcy

4-tie) T.A. Chase & Tere Michaels. Books:
Allergies by T.A. Chase
Death or Life by T.A. Chase
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels
High Line by T.A. Chase
Love & Loyalty by Tere Michaels

5-tie) Astrid Amara & K.A. Mitchell. Books:
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale
Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara
Regularly Scheduled Life by K.A. Mitchell
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara

6-tie) Jordan Castillo Price, Jude Mason, L.B. Gregg, Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux. Books:
Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Gobsmacked by L.B. Gregg
Happy Endings by LB Gregg
Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price
Hunter's Light by Jude Mason and Jenna Byrnes
Jacob's Pony by Jude Mason
Night Games by Jude Mason
Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

7-tie) J.L. Langley, Willa Okati & Zathyn Priest. Books:
A-Muse-Ing by Willa Okati
His Convenient Husband by J.L. Langley
Lovers, Dreamers, and Me by Willa Okati
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley
The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest
The Slayer's Apprentice by Zathyn Priest
Tomcat Jones by Willa Okati
With Caution by J.L. Langley

8-tie) Cameron Dane, Drew Zachary, James Buchanan, Jenna Byrnes, L.E. Bryce, Kirby Crow, Tamara Allen, Terry O'Reilly & Thom Lane. Books:
A Fostered Love by Cameron Dane
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow
Awakening by Terry O'Reilly
Dark Heart by Thom Lane
Downtime by Tamara Allen
Fool´s Gold by Jenna Byrnes
Hard Fall by James Buchanan
Hunter's Light by Jude Mason and Jenna Byrnes
Inland Empire by James Buchanan
Jericho Jones Series by Drew Zachary
Knowing Caleb by Cameron Dane
Playing the Market by Drew Zachary
Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow
The Fifth House by L.E. Bryce
Walking in Two Worlds by Terry O’Reilly
West of the Moon by L.E. Bryce
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
White Flag by Thom Lane
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The Rainbow Awards: Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Circle of Change by Laney Cairo, Torquere Books
Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno
Holy Communion by Mykola Dementiuk, Synergy Press
Josef Jaeger by Jere' M. Fishback, Prizm Books
The Nest by G.S. Wiley, Aspen Mountain Press
The Way You Say My Name by Sara Bell, P.D. Publishing
Without Sin by by J. Tomas, Prizm Books

With them will compete:

True Blue by Connie Bailey, Dreamspinner Press

winner of the Popularity Contest
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The Rainbow Awards: Contemporary Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Contemporary Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan, Dreamspinner Press (also Winner of the Popularity Contest)
Bottled Up by Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press
By Degrees by J.B. MacDonald, Torquere Books
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell, Samhain Publishing
Complications by Cat Grant, Lyrical Press
Daybreak by Keira Andrews, Loose Id
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Loose Id
Gaylife.com by Neil Plakcy, MLR Press
Gym Dandy by Storm Grant, MLR Press (also Winner of the Popularity Contest)
Handyman by Claire Thompson, Samhain Publishing
Happy Endings by LB Gregg, Aspen Mountain Press
If I Were a Lady... by Bryl Tyne, Noble Romance Publishing (also Winner of the Popularity Contest)
Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr., Casperian Books
Laid by AJ Llewellyn, eXtasy Books
Lovers, Dreamers, and Me by Willa Okati, Loose Id 
Playing the Market by Drew Zachary, Torquere Books
Reclaiming Love by V.L. McElfresh, Cobblestone Press
Self Preservation by Ethan Day, Loose Id
Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by E.M. Lynley, Ravenous Romance 
Subsurdity Vignettes from Jasper Lane by Eric Arvin, Dreamspinner Press
Sugar-Baby Bridge by Brett Edward Stout
That´s what brothers do by Derekica Snake, Lulu Press 
The Complete Dr Fell Vol 1: Lost by Syd McGinley, Torquere Books
The Happy Onion by Ally Blue, Samhain Publishing
The Obsolete Man by Pepper Espinoza, Aspen Quill Press
The Shape of a Heart by Kimberly Gardner, Aspen Mountain Press
Their Lover by Barbara Sheridan, Noble Romance Publishing
True Colors by Clare London, Dreamspinner Press

With them will compete:

Clippings by A.J. Mirag, Lulu Press
Fool´s Gold by Jenna Byrnes, Total-e-Bound
Revelations by Jet Mykles, Loose Id

winners of the Popularity Contest
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The Rainbow Awards: Fantasy Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Fantasy Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Dark Heart by Thom Lane, Loose Id
In This Land: The Purple Book by Matthew Haldeman-Time, Lulu Press
Many Roads Home by Ann Somerville, Samhain Publishing
Northern Love by Nica Berry, Loose Id
The Fifth House by L.E. Bryce, Phaze Books
The Pauper’s Prize by Mark Alders, eXtasy Books
The Sheikh and the Servant by Sonja Spencer, Dreamspinner Press

With them will compete:

Out of Position by Kyell Gold

winner of the Popularity Contest
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The Rainbow Awards: Futuristic Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Futuristic Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



2050 by Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael, Phaze Books
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W. Day, Lethe Press
Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale, Loose Id
Marry Me Or Die by D.J. Manly, eXtasy Books
Mask by Jan Irving, Dreamspinner Press
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley, Samhain Publishing (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
The Katzman's Mate by Stormy Glenn, Siren Publishing
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The Rainbow Awards: Historical Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Historical Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Awakening by Terry O'Reilly, Aspen Mountain Press
Bee Among The Clover by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe, Dreamspinner Press 
Bound by Deception by Ava March, Loose Id
False Colors by Alex Beecroft, Running Press (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane, Samhain Publishing
Pirates by G.A. Hauser, Phaze Books
The Desire for Dearborne by V.B. Kildaire, Dreamspinner Press
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury, Dreamspinner Press
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims, Lethe Press
Two Spirits by Walter L. Williams & Toby Johnson, Lethe Press
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen, Lethe Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Mystery / Thriller Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Mystery / Thriller Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Aaron's Wait by Dorien Grey, Zumaya Publications
Bashed by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
Brushback, by Jamie Scofield, Dancing Fools Press
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux, Dreamspinner Press (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
Hard Fall by James Buchanan, MLR Press
Holed Up by Hank Edwards, Loose Id
L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown, MLR Press
Murder on Camac by Joseph R. G. DeMarco, Lethe Press
The 38 Million Dollar Smile by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press
The Bones of Summer by Anne Brooke, Dreamspinner Press
The Jade Owl by Edward C. Patterson,
The Slayer's Apprentice by Zathyn Priest, Torquere Books
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville, Dreamspinner Press
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The Rainbow Awards: Paranormal / Horror Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Paranormal / Horror Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Allergies by T.A. Chase, Amber Quill Press
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow, MLR Press
Barking at the Moon by Nene Adams, P.D. Publishing
Blind Desire by I.D. Locke, Torquere Books
Blood and Mint Chocolates by Adrianne Brennan, Freya's Books
Conflict in Blood by Ariel Tachna, Dreamspinner Press
Cooking with Ergot by Luisa Prieto, Aspen Mountain Press
Edward, Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz, Loose Id
Faewolf by D.M. Atkins & Chris Taylor, Circlet Press
Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price, Samhain Publishing
Immortality is the Suck by A.M. Riley, Loose Id
Knowing Caleb by Cameron Dane, Loose Id
Lone by Rowan McBride, Amber Quill Press
Name of a Wolf by Jez Morrow, Ellora's Cave
Night Games by Jude Mason, Total-e-Bound (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
Notturno by Z.A. Maxfield, MLR Press
On The Ragged Edge Of The World by Jamie Craig, Amber Quill Press
Queer Wolf edited by James EM Rasmussen, QueerEdFiction
Ride the Man Down by William Maltese, MLR Press
The Rest of Our Lives by Dan Stone, Lethe Press
The Vampire Fred: Wicked Game by Vaughn R. Demont, Torquere Books
To Hate and to Hold by Dakota Rebel, Total-e-Bound

With them will compete:

Cheating Death by Annie Alvarez, eXtasy Books
Fire Season by Lex Valentine

winners of the Popularity Contest
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The Rainbow Awards: Non Fiction Jury's Choices

Here are the Jury's Choices for Non Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois, Lethe Press
The First Risk by Charles Jensen, Lethe Press
The Gay Face of God by Bruce J. Simpson
The Underwater Hospital by Jan Steckel (also winner of the Popularity Contest)

With them will compete:

The Memory Palace by JoSelle Vanderhooft

winner of the Popularity Contest
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The Rainbow Awards: Third (and last!) Phase

So... would you like a bit of numbers? (remember I have an Economics degree...).

570 Books of which 107 go to Phase 3, more or less 20%.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 lasted 1 month, Phase 3 will last, more or less, 6 weeks. Due date for Phase 3: December 11.

64 Judges will read the books, more or less 5 books per judge (and BTW I'm not in the Jury, so don't worry if my English is not good...)



And now, do you want to know who made Phase 3? here are the links to the different posts:

Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/848352.html

Contemporary Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/848573.html

Fantasy Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/848655.html

Futuristic Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849131.html

Historical Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849193.html

Mystery / Thriller Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849632.html

Paranormal / Horror Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849846.html

Non Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849959.html

Popularity Contest Winners: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847433.html

And now some books that didn't make Phase 3, but are for sure worthy of your attention:

Jury's Favorites: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847993.html

Jury's Honorable Mentions: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847781.html

And as in the real Awards, it's time for the thank you speach...

Thank you to all the Publishers which provided the ebooks for the Jury to read: Amber Quill Press, Aspen Mountain Press, Dancing Fools Press, Dreamspinner Press, Lethe Press, Loose Id, MLR Press, Noble Romance Publishing, P.D. Publishing, Phaze Books, Pink Petal Books, Prizm Books, QueerEdFiction, Samhain Publishing, Synergy Press, The Sofawolf Press, Torquere Books, Total-e-Bound, Zeitgeist Press, Zumaya Publications

And thank you to the Jury, now the ball is in their field: Alan Chin, Aleksandr Voinov, Amie Love, Amos Lassen, Anna, Antonella, April, Arch, Benjamin, Bethann Korsmit, Bobby D. Whitney, Bobby Michaels, Brandi, C. Llachlan, Carey Parrish, Carol, Caroline, Cassandra Gold, Christopher, Craig Burke, Dakota Flint, Deanne, Debbie, Erotic Horizon, Eve, Eve Birch, Hayley, Heidi, Jane, Jay Hartman, Jem, Jenre, Jessica, Jessica Goeller, Joan Timberlake, Josh Aterovis, Josh Lanyon, Julie, Kayez, Kirsten, Kris, Lee Rowan, Lia, Lily, Lyne, Minami, Naijeria, Nem, Nicky, Pamela, Perpetua, Rbm00, Rose, Rosemary, Rosie, Ryan Field, Sandra, Shanghi, Sloan Parker, T.C. Blue, Tammy, Victor J. Banis, X.
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Conquest by S.J. Frost

Conquest is one of those books that you like despite yourself. Personally I didn't like nor Jesse or Evan, the two main characters, but this is exactly the reason why I liked their story. Jesse and Evan are two young rock star, Jesse still a struggling one, but he is only 20 year old, so he has time to succeed, and Evan is a burnt star, he started when he was only 17 years old and now at 27 he seems to have lost the passion for it. They are moody, hot tempered and arrogant, in few word they are the perfect rock star.

Jesse is young and full of life, he has not supporting parents, they kicked him out when he told them he was gay, but his brother Brandon is playing the role of perfect older brother-substitute father. And so at 20 years old, Jesse only real trouble is how to find the money to produce his first album, his love life is still like he was a teenager, no really life burnt there, and Brandon is trying his best to protect him from the big bad world. I think Jesse is not yet a fully man, he has not really had bad, he is spoilt and too much self-conscious, but in a way, I like that in him: why someone has to suffer to be a good character? Jesse is lucky enough to have someone who takes care of him, and when he meets Evan, he only changes protector, from his brother Brandon to his lover Evan, and again, he didn't suffer in the shift.

Evan on the other hand is a full arrogant piece of... man. And as he said he was arrogant even before being a rock star, so his behavior only worsen in the change. He went in a self-imposed exile after a very bad experience, but again the experience was mostly his own fault. Evan has no one to blame if not himself, and to add badder to bad, it's not that the exile changed him so much. Basically he is a temper tantrum artist, and you have not to be on his path. But if you are on his right side, than Evan could be the perfect best and boy friend. In comparison to Jesse, maybe Evan had some trouble while growing up and also during his career, but again, I don't feel like he is a fully grown man, I still see him like an overgrown child playing with fast cars but still needing the comfortable embrace of a loving family, something he has lost and still miss. So when he finds Jesse, and his brother Brandon, Evan thinks to have found it all, and doesn't think twice to make them his own makeshift family... and here again, in a way, he is behaving more as a selfish man than a really caring lover.

I'm too harsh with them? I don't think so. See for example the little details, the safe sex issue. Jesse is a virgin, and his brother Brandon is always pestering him about being safe when he finally will do that. Jesse always replies like he is having that "boring" lessons, but you think, he, at least once, listened to that? And then, first time he has sex with Evan, he forgets it all. And Evan? he is older, wiser, responsible? No. Maybe, you think, he knows he is safe, but what lesson he is teaching to Jesse? They met that same night, I don't think they could play the exclusive card, and so? That is only a little detail that made me look at them more as child than really adult men.

Anyway, the story is one I like, I have always loved the show business setting and despite their fault, Evan and Jesse are cute, it felt more like I was reading about boys playing with their parents clothes, but still, they were sweet. Both are not macho men, they tend to be very emotional, and there is also a lot of sex, but again, I think it's in their characters. At the end of the book there is sneak peek on the sequel, so maybe Evan and Jesse will have the chance to grow in their second book.

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