December 9th, 2010

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 201 to 210

201. Charlie Cochrane - Lessons in Trust (Samhain Publishing)
Gay, Historical

He thought he knew who he was. Now he’s a stranger to himself. Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 7. When Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith witness the suspicious death of a young man at the White City exhibition in London, they’re keen to investigate—especially after the cause of death proves to be murder. But police Inspector Redknapp refuses to let them help, even after they stumble onto clues to the dead man’s identity. Orlando’s own identity becomes the subject for speculation when, while mourning the death of his beloved grandmother, he learns that she kept secrets about her past. Desperate to discover the truth about his family, Orlando departs suddenly on a solo quest to track down his roots, leaving Jonty distraught. While Jonty frantically tries to locate his lover, Orlando wonders if he’ll be able to find his real family before he goes mad. After uncovering more leads to the White City case, they must decide whether to risk further involvement. Because if either of them dares try to solve the murder, Inspector Redknapp could expose their illicit—and illegal—love affair.

202. Becca Abbott - Cethe (SL Publishing Group)
Gay, Fantasy

Human-like, but not human, the nara ruled Tanyrin for centuries.  The most feared among them were their naragi, sorcerers whose power was all but invincible.  Not until the coming of Arami Lothlain, King of Tanyrin and Blessed of Loth, did the rein of the nara come to a bloody end.   For four hundred years afterwards, the land was at peace. Stefn Eldering was the youngest son of the Earl of Shia, the last in a long, proud line of demon hunters.  He was also a sin-catcher, living proof of God's displeasure, the shame of his existence atonement for the sins of his ancestors.  Michael Arranz was the son of a duke and one of the despised h'naran, half-bloods cursed with the blood of the nara running through their veins.  Of all the h'nara, his family alone was immune from the persecution of the powerful Church of Loth, protected by an ancient covenant. In ordinary times, the paths of Michael and Stefn would never have crossed. Alas, times were no longer ordinary.  The latest of the Lothlain kings was a weakling, unable to curb the ambitions of an increasingly powerful, corrupt clergy.  Famine stalked the land.  Fear of the h'nara, fanned by the Church, spread tentacles everywhere. Tanyrin teetered on the edge of chaos. A loyal and devoted friend to Tanyrin's crown prince, Michael could refuse Severyn Lothlain nothing, not even when Severyn asked the unspeakable of him.   Determined to wrest the throne from his brother, Severyn intended nothing less than the resurrection of the ancient naragi.  Michael, whose naran blood was the purest in Tanyrin, was the logical choice.  But for Michael become what mankind feared most, he needed a conduit through which to take the powerful, dangerous magic of the Dark Stream.  He needed a man who carried the ancient blood of the cethera. He needed Stefn Eldering.

203. Derekica Snake - Cake (SL Publishing Group)
Gay, Paranormal / Horror

To be loved by a vampire… I've been called many names in my day.  Most of them weren't flattering but they were true.  I was a right unholy bastard.  Eighteen months ago, I was a fat, nasty, legally blind, computer programmer who decided to try his chubby hand at industrial espionage.  I wasn't good at it.  I caught the attention of a Vampire Assassin, Marcus. He was just supposed to kill me; but he wanted me instead.  I became his toy for a year.  During which time he reshaped my body; fixed my vision and broke me psychologically into three pieces.  On the anniversary of my kidnapping, he gave me the choice to become an equal or remain a toy.  Little did we know that he would never be my equal. It turns out that I was the last of the lost Blue Bloodline of the Royal House.  A genetic hybrid hidden within the human race -- Xavier Von Drachenfeld, Lord Emperor of the Vampire Nation. Then we start to find out why there are no Blue bloods left in the Vampire world.

204. Adam Fitzroy - Dear Mister President (Manifold Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

When USAF Colonel Chad Ryan accepts a new job on the White House staff he is soon making friends with the First Family - and with charismatic and troubled President Douglas Ford Kearney himself.  They have scarcely begun to explore their feelings for one another, however, when it becomes apparent that their relationship is under threat from enemies both within and without.  As world events look certain to drive them apart, can Chad and Doug find a way of holding on to their happiness - and can there be any chance of a future for them together?

205. Chris Quinton - Aloes (Manifold Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

A fluke accident puts Perry in a coma.  When he awakes, his scrambled synapses have given him a talent; he can tell truth from lies simply by their flavour.  This, plus the new client who is far too attractive for Perry's peace of mind, the client's contentious family and the dilapidated old mansion Perry has to restore for him - not to mention anonymous threats which escalate to attempted murder - all ensure that Perry's life will never be the same again!

206. Erik Orrantia - Normal Miguel (Bristlecone Pine Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

Miguel Hernandez is a teacher who has left Mexico City to complete a one year student internship in the rural hills of Puebla. He came to the school intending to focus on his teaching and his students but quickly learns that it is impossible to keep his private and professional lives separate-particularly as his experience turns into a voyage of self-discovery. His students, the Directora of the school, the baker, and other people from the town all contribute to his growing awareness. But most important is Ruben, the owner of the candy store who progresses from merchant to friend to lover. He will be the man who has the most effect on Miguel-and who, in turn, is transformed by the impact of Miguel on his own life. This is a lyrical story that brings to life the countryside of rural Mexico, with its grinding poverty but care of the people for their native land; expressing prejudice and hate but at the same time affirming the power of love and acceptance in overcoming obstacles. As a slice of life in the year of Miguel, Normal Miguel will certainly capture the hearts and imaginations of those who join him on his journey in the pages of the book.

207. Jeffrey Essmann - Life on the List (Fanny Press)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

Jeffrey Essmann was a fixture on the New York downtown performance scene in the 80s and early 90s. His one-man show “Artificial Reality” was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, and he was featured in the video, “New Wave Comedy.” His cult hit “Triplets in Uniform” at La MaMa marked his transition to playwriting. In the early 90s Essmann left New York for Chicago, where he became a featured performer in a performance series at Steppenwolf and a regular contributor to the Chicago NPR affiliate. In 2005 he returned to New York, where his short piece “Johannes, Pyotr & Marge” was produced at the Humana Festival. His one-man show “Skin Deep” was commissioned for the 2006 HOT! Festival. “Skin Deep,” along with “The Usual Freak Show” at La MaMa a year later, marked his successful return to the New York theatre scene. He is currently working on a new play, The Indifferent Narrator. Life on the List is his first book.

208. Marcy Harris - Like that Spark (Circlet Press)
Lesbian, Fantasy

Like That Spark is a collection of short stories that explore the sensuality and eroticism of the moment when two characters finally realize they are meant to be together. These are tales of relationships and the beginnings of romantic and sexual connections. The stories here will challenge you and your notions of what constitutes a relationship in the first place. You will not find the common tame romance tale here. Here erotic connections are represented by the science fiction and fantasy worlds; a realm of infinite possibilities. Nothing is ever as it seems. There are mythical kingdoms, distant planets, futuristic cities, surreal dreamscapes, sultry bedchambers, and even the furthest reaches of space to tempt and entice you.

Table of Contents:
Clear Sight in the Double Full Moon Night by Shawn Erin
A Balefire Chronicles Short Story: Poisonous Passions by Cynthia Gael
A Last Goodbye by Roxanne Rhoads
ToyGirls of the Personal Genome by Giselle Renarde
The Shock of the New by D Mark Alderton
Navigator by Kathleen Tudor
Passive Resistance by Josephine Myles

209. Jane Elliot - End of Trail (Manifold Press)
Gay, Historical

Will Connors is struggling to hold together a failing farm; his wife has died, his son has gone, he's not without enemies and he's dealing with the after-effects of a debilitating accident.  It's a life of toil which doesn't allow for very much pleasure, and he's in danger of becoming embittered until a chance acquaintance wanders back into his life and everything begins to change.  The problem, however, is that John Anderson has a price on his head - and, very soon, Will and John find themselves desperately concealing more than one dangerous secret.

210. Chris Quinton - Sea Change (Manifold Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

Injured on duty and no longer fit for active service, soon-to-be-ex-Coast Guard Bran Kaulana is drifting, filling his days helping out at the Wai Ola Rescue Center, one of Honolulu's wildlife charities. He's working with the new veterinary, Steve, a man drawn to O'ahu by his fascination with dolphins.  As their friendship slowly deepens into love, the two men are caught up in the mystery of injured seals and dolphins, a ruthless gang of smugglers and a not-so-dormant undersea lava vent.


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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 211 to 220

211. Isabella - Always Faithful (Sapphire Books)
Lesbian, Contemporary

Major Nichol "Nic" Caldwell is the only survivor of her helicopter crash in Iraq. She is left alone to wonder why she and she alone. Survivor's guilt has nothing on the young Major as she is forced to deal with the scars, both physical and mental, left from her ordeal overseas. Before the accident, she couldn't think of doing anything else in her life. In fact, she even had sacrificed love for service, but now she questions the very ideals she once believed in. Was it worth it? Sent Stateside to recover, she finds herself at the Marine Corps base in California where her new job is to inform families of a loved one's death. One of the "informs" will change her life forever. Claire Monroe is your average military wife, with a loving husband and a little girl. She is used to the time apart from her husband. In fact, it was one of the reasons she married him. Then, one day, her life is turned upside down when she gets a visit from the Marine Corps. She finds herself losing a husband but awakening a long-gone side of herself she never thought she would see again. Is she being disrespectful to the memory of her recently dead husband or is she finally being true to who she really is? Can these two women come to terms with the past and finally find happiness, or will their shared sense of honor keep them apart?

212. Kris Jacen - I Do 2 (MLR Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

Love is at the heart of all we want for ourselves so why shouldn't any human being be able to say I Do to a life of commitment and sharing with that special person? We hope that marriage will soon be a dream that everyone can share. That's why some of the leading authors of GLBT fiction have donated their talent -- and their heart warming, thought provoking, life affirming stories -- to this anthology, in aid of Lambda Legal Fund's fight for marriage equality.

Ruth Sims; Alex Beecroft; Lee Rowan; Gillian Palmer; Brian Holliday; Rob Rosen; Sophia Deri-Bowen; Nigel Puerasch; Rick R. Reed; Nexis Pas; Michael Gouda; "Nathan Burgoine, Jamie Freeman, Bruin Fisher, D.C. Juris, James Buchanan, L-J Baker, Charlie Cochrane, Neil S. Plakcy, Julia Rios, J.L. Merrow, Lenore Black

All profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense to fight Prop 8 in support of marriage equality for all.

213. Alex Mykals - Nigredo (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Fantasy

Following the unsuccessful invasion of the Realm of Atlantis by mercenaries, the Heir to the Throne, Princess Evelynne deMolay, and her Consort, Lady Dame Alleandre Tretiak, flee to America in an attempt to hide in the last place their still-unknown enemies might look. While hiding in a small town in Pennsylvania, they discover new friendships, but also new dangers which are no less damaging for being mundane. Meanwhile, back in the Realm, the search for the masterminds behind the Invasion comes to the frightening suggestion that the persons in charge must be very highly placed within Atlantean society.

214. C.L. Hart - From a Distance (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Mystery / Thriller

Kenzie is an assassin for the US Government, and she is sent to kill a young student, Cori, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Questioning her orders, she kidnaps Cori instead, and they take off on the run together. They are soon pursued all the way up the coast to Seattle, where they try to find the answers to who wants Cori dead and why.

215. Geonn Cannon - Tilting at Windmills (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Contemporary

Claire Lance is on the run. For the past year, she has kept on the move, keeping her head down, keeping out of trouble. Until she reaches a tiny town in Texas and trouble finally corners her. Forced to take action to save another woman’s life, she suddenly finds herself over her head. Blood on her hands, forced to go on the run with the woman she was protecting or end up in prison, Lance finds herself forced to revisit the life she thought she had left behind and reopen painful old wounds.

216. Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Contemporary

Flight 1049 from New York to Milan, Italy goes down, killing all but nine passengers. Three are rescued the next day, the other six, who will become the Island Six, must survive an island, the elements, and each other, for more than a year. Their families back home must reconcile their lives, now void of husband, father, mother, wife and friend. After a heartwarming rescue, the Island Six have to find their places in their old lives once more.

217. Lara Zielinsky - Turn for Home (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Contemporary

At last, the sequel to the best selling Turning Point is here! Falling in love wasn’t easy. Staying together may be impossible. With her divorce proceeding, Brenna Lanigan is upset by her sons’ cold shoulders and opposition to her intimate relationship with Cassidy Hyland. Cassidy’s son Ryan eagerly accepts their relationship, which makes Thomas and James’ lack of support even more upsetting. When the women return from holiday hiatus to Time Trails, they sneak precious moments of intimacy in shadows and trailers. With many of the cast and crew showing support, Cassidy and Brenna try to date in hopes of being seen simply as friends. The paparazzi give chase, however, very interested in the attitude change from cold shoulder to coziness between them. When their romance is suspected, the “lesbian” label sets off Mitch Hyland, Cassidy’s ex-husband, who plans to remove his son from being raised by a lesbian – By force if necessary.

218. Lynn Kear - Murder in a Buckhead Garden (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Mystery / Thriller

Nicole Westlake, a high-end gardener in Atlanta, is witness to a client’s murder. Jedidiah Thigpen III is shot to death in his garden by a mysterious, veiled woman. Nicole, the murder's only witness, is intimately drawn into the Thigpen world and becomes dangerously involved when Stephanie Grace, a detective working the case, informs Nicole that the police received a call the day of the murder implicating Nicole and Abbie, his estranged wife. Nicole, her partner Nora, and Stephanie soon realize that there is more to Mr. Thigpen than meets the eye as they try to solve the mystery...

219. Moondancer Drake - Natural Order (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror

An evening at the movies turns into a living nightmare for Elizabeth Crew as her lover Dusty battles for their lives and the unborn baby Elizabeth is carrying. Dusty’s dying request is that Elizabeth go live with Dusty’s family, where she and the baby will be safe. Dusty’s family takes Elizabeth into their home with open arms and a bit of concern. What will happen if Elizabeth learns that her new family includes shape-shifters? For Elizabeth, the family secrets are not all that awaits her in the darkness...

220. Nene Adams - Curse of the Jade Dragon (P.D. Publishing)
Lesbian, Historical

December 1889 - While attending a performance by a famous Chinese magician, Lady Evangeline St. Claire and her partner, Rhiannon Moore, can only watch in horror as Wu Wang’s bullet-catch illusion goes terribly wrong, resulting in his very public death in front of hundreds of witnesses. However, an investigation raises more questions than answers, prompting Evangeline and Rhiannon to enter the sometimes dangerous world of the variety theatre. Here they find performers and promoters who may be involved in the Great Game of international espionage, and they themselves are recruited by Her Majesty’s government to uncover the truth. As the women seek to unravel the mysteries behind the magician, they find the backstage can be fatal to those pit themselves against...THE CURSE OF THE JADE DRAGON.


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Best Gay Contemporary Romance (2° place): Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton

Also Best Characters (3° place)

Considering that Strawberries for Dessert put together two “leftovers” from previous novels in this series, it’s not a surprise that this is probably the best romance in the series: sometime from leftovers you could make a gourmet dish.

Cole is the buddy-friend of Jared, the one that, unwillingly, gave the definitive push to Jared toward Matt; Cole has a lover in every place he has also an home, and being him a multimillionaire, he has plenty of homes and lovers, he is not serious with any of them, but he is a good friend and able to step back graciously when his lovers find true love, he is well aware he can’t be the one to fit the bill.

Jonathan is the one that got away, even if he thinks the role is of Zach instead; 10 years ago he was tired to wait for Zach to realize that he was wasting his life for not being a career obsessed man, and he decided to leave: in his plan, Zach would realize the mistake in his way of life and plead him to come back. Only that Zach has never called and now Jonathan has found out that he found another lover and is happily living in Coda, Colorado.

Cole and Jonathan are not exactly a match made in heaven, but apparently they are right for the moment: Jonathan has no time for a serious relationship, he is most out of town than working in an office, and Cole has an unrequited core that pushes him to leave town without notice most often than not. An agreement between them to be occasional lovers when they are both in town seems perfect and they enter a routine of meeting and f**king almost out of boredom. If the reader is expecting to have a story filled with hot sex without feeling, don’t worry: sex can be the glue for Cole and Jonathan, but it’s not the main theme of the story, and the author happily skips it, letting the reader know it happened but not bothering to write about.

And this is probably the most interesting and original approach for the story: bring together two unlikely lovers and having them falling in love at first time? Too obvious. Making them discovering that, despite all their differences, sex is great and love can blossom? Too ordinary. Instead the author decides for an “ivy” approach: she puts together the men, cultivates their tiny connections and give time to the bond to strenghten until the moment when the two men will try to break apart and it will be impossible. At that point the real love story will start, and at that point the author will also start to describe the sex, that with the presenc of love will be more interesting and arousing than a simple sex scene between almost strangers.

Cole and Jonathan are both complex characters, more complex than what they appear at first; Jonathan has a deux ex machina complex, he would like to be able to “manage” other people life with at the same time fill the role of indispensable; all the travels, all the overtime, all the calls are not bothering him since they make him feel necessary and important; and ab absurbo he is more homophobic than he accuses other people to be, since in his mind he sees being gay as not being at the top of the world, in a way being gay equals to being weak. Cole instead has all the reasons or money to fill that role Jonathan covets, but he is a very lonely man: despite all his lovers/friends all over the world, he has really no one; his flamboyant attitude is only a shell against the world, letting people know that he doesn’t care is only a way to hide that he cares even too much. I think the author played in a wonderful way with both of them and this is a novel that I highly recommend, it also made me shed a tear or two; and by the way, the connection with the previous novel is not so strong that you cannot read this as a standalone story.



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Amazon: Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Books, #4)

Amazon Kindle: Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Books, #4)

Series:
1) Promises: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/937139.html
2) A to Z: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1005738.html
3) The Letter Z: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1095554.html
4) Strawberries for Dessert

Reading List:

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Cover Art by Anne Cain
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Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Coming of Age / Young Adult

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Louise Blaydon - Summer Song (Dreamspinner Press)

This is one book that took me by total surprise. In truth, I think I would have most probably overlooked it as the cover was so-so and nothing about the blurb hinted at what a marvelous story lied ahead. This is a first-time/virgins story about Billy Bronner, an all-American high school senior, and Leonard Nachman, the kinda hot/kinda geeky guy who moves into the town with his mother. At times sweet and others sensual, "Summer Song" excelled in taking this reader back to a time when being homosexual meant being sent to jail. This was also a book about two young men growing up a little and learning the value of respect and dignity and how love knows no limits. --Luce

Billy Bronner is, to all appearances, every inch the 1950s American dream: handsome, clever, captain of the high school football team, looks good enough in tight jeans that people can even forget he’s Jewish. Then the new guy on the block, the enigmatic Leonard Nachman, turns his head, and over the summer Billy discovers a new world of romance and love—in a man’s arms. But when Kit O’Reilly, Billy’s best friend and shadow, comes home after spending the summer with relatives, he finds Billy acting… differently. Soon enough, it becomes obvious that this change is related to Len, and Kit will have to decide if he’ll accept the relationship Billy and Len have forged, or if he’ll push Billy and their longtime friendship away.

2) Dakota Chase - The Eye of Ra (Prizm Books)

Gorgeous book! --Lori

Not totally as into it as it didn't have the deep characterization I like but it is a good light read. --Janice

What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher’s prized collection of historical artifacts? If you’re teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They've made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher’s name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve “The Eye of Ra,” a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It's not just the amulet that's causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn’t dead when you’re living it.

3) Hayden Thorne - The Curse of Arachnaman (Prizm Books)

The Curse of Arachnaman follows the events in the first three books in the Masks series, including Masks: Rise of Heroes and Masks: Evolution. Eric is settling down into a near-normal existence. He's learning to cope with a different kind of closet - being kept from talking freely about his relationship with Calais and the other superheroes - as well as an increasingly protective mother, his sister’s new squeaky-clean boyfriend, and a bingo-obsessed best friend. Eric also learns that sometimes, being an asset to the forces of good means simply being himself. In the meantime, Vintage City is under siege from a new threat, one who’s proving to be much more dangerous than all of the other supervillains the heroes have faced combined. Good people find themselves at the mercy of an angry lunatic who will stop at nothing to purge the city of what he sees to be undesirable elements. Can Eric and his friends triumph over evil again, or will this be their last battle?

Honorable Mention:



4) Chris Corkum -
XOXO Hayden (P.D. Publishing)
5) K.P. Kincaid -
The Next Competitor (Prizm Books)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual / Transgender Contemporary

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Iolanthe Woulff - She's My Dad (Outskirts Press)

If I was judging it on the main characters alone, it would absolutely warrant a full 9. They are written so well, with real personalities full of good & bad qualities. They are memorable and distinct, right from the start, and none of them exit the story quite how the entered it. --Heathyr

"Don't hate, Nicholas. Hate destroys everything. Don't let it destroy you..." For decades, ultra-liberal Windfield College has been a thorn in the side of Northern Virginia's hidebound elite. When a teaching position unexpectedly becomes available, the school hires a former male graduate - now a transsexual woman named Nickie Farrell - as an assistant professor of English. Hoping to find peace, Nickie keeps her secret under wraps until ambitious lesbian student reporter Cinda Vanderhart outs her. And Cinda has noticed something else: both Nickie and a young townie waiter named Collie Skinner have a genetic quirk which causes their eyes to be different colors. Convinced that the similarity is no coincidence, Cinda begins an investigation to discover the connection between them. Meanwhile, in a death-bed confession as she succumbs to years of brutality at the hands of her disgraced cop husband, Collie's mother Luanne reveals that his birth resulted from an illicit affair she had with a long-vanished Windfield college senior named Nick Farrington. Shattered by his mother's death, Collie turns for comfort to Robin Thompson, a gentle-hearted Christian co-worker at the upper-crust Foxton Arms restaurant. As Nickie is stalked by a pair of homicidal sociopaths, Robin finds herself entangled not only in Cinda's investigative machinations but also a murderous plot by former U.S Ambassador and tycoon Eamon Douglass to eradicate the hated college with a suicide detonation of a Cesium 137 dirty bomb. Lives and secrets hang in the balance until everything comes to a head on the morning of Windfield's annual spring picnic: April Fools Day. Filled with richly-drawn characters and building to a stunning climax, SHE'S MY DAD is a story about the destructiveness of hate, the power of love, and the redemptive triumph of good over evil. Like her title character Nickie Farrell, Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman. A sixty-year-old Princeton-educated English major, she lives in Palm Springs, CA, where for several years she wrote a column in a local magazine about the challenges of gender transition. As the eldest child of author Herman Wouk, storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.

2) Clifford Henderson - Spanking New (Bold Strokes Books)

I found the characters interesting and funny. They were really out there, but kept the story strong all the way to the end. I had no idea what to expect from this story. No idea at all. The idea was new to me, the whole point of view was something I've never seen before. It was risky, but it worked. The point of view was a bit too hard at first, it was difficult to keep track of the story, but once I got into the story, it got easier. There were some flaws of course, but the style was witty and something that is not seen so often. Definitely unique. --Morg

Getting born is trickier than Spanky ever imagined. Yearning for life, Spanky chooses Nina, a flighty actress just out of college, and Rick, a sax player who changes tires to get by, to be his parents. Only Nina seems to be hung up on her gay guy friend Pablo, and Nina’s best girlfriend Dink is hung up her! Will Nina and Rick get it together in time to conceive Spanky before he evaporates? And if this hurdle gets crossed, will they choose to keep him? There’s not much Spanky can do but watch from above while his fate plays out—and if that’s not scary enough—an unexpected twist of fate makes Spanky have to completely reevaluate his expectations. He’s a girl! A poignant, hilarious, unforgettable look at life, love, gender, and the essence of what makes us who we are.

3) Mykola Dementiuk - Dee Dee Day (eXtasy Books)

I really enjoyed this story. It has a lot of heart and love. --Merith

It’s a new city, with new dreams…but will he be able to forget the old and start anew? A young man arrives in NYC and rents an apartment from Dee Dee Day…who gives him a little bit more than he expected—love, passion, sex with her…or is that with him?

Honorable Mention:



4) Cat Grant - Triad (
Lyrical Press)
5) Lynn Lorenz -
No Good Deed (Amber Quill Press)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Wayne Courtois - Tales My Body Told Me (Lethe Press)

I liked that this story took risks and that the author wasn’t afraid to tackle a taboo topic and to do so with an honesty and forthrightness that I don’t normally find. There were times when the story lagged, but I never became so disinterested that I didn’t want to know how it ended and what would become of the men in this awkward, uncomfortable situation. The descriptions of the house are vivid and spooky, at time almost delving into a horror-like feeling, and the characters themselves were easy to become attached to, Paul in particular. As the story unfolded, I became more and more engrossed, and by the end, I discovered that while it’s not traditional, this is definitely a book I would recommend to a friend. --Kym

Mr. Courtois, author of A Report from Winter has written, in my mind, a very intriguing book. The premise is a good one-putting a group of gay men, with all of their peculiarities, together in a house-creates a mystery to engage us in, and keep us guessing as to what it going to happen next and what it all means. The writing is wonderful-the characters are complete and approachable, and the read is one of those that keeps the mind working-something I love. There may be those who don’t care for this-but I think more will than not. A hearty thumbs up. --Robert

Sex. Satire. Mystery. Foul Play. True Love. Not necessarily in that order. Paul Lavarnway thought he had settled into comfortable, middle-aged domesticity in Kansas City with his husband Eric. So how is it he finds himself confined with four other men at East Oak House, a spooky old mansion from which they can see the rundown, off-season resort of Two Piers, Maine, with its single pier and silent Ferris Wheel? He can't remember. Is it the drugs? The group therapy meant to help Paul and his housemates learn to be happy ex-gays? While winter deepens outside the windows, Paul and his companions and their sweetly sinister mentor Brian explore the past and the future without ever quite understanding their present in the hot-house atmosphere of East Oak House. As memory comes to the surface, Paul discovers truths about himself, his husband, the man who came between them, and the accidental lover whose death looks more and more like murder. Shifting with surreal grace from profound emotion to shallow sex to mystery and horror to outrageous comedy to redemption (maybe), Tales My Body Told Me is a novel like no other.

2) Miguel Santana - The Marien Revelation (Alligator Press)

Truly excellent, but a little difficult to wrap my brain around. --Bobby

About to turn forty, Marién Valbuena, finds herself evaluating her relationships, her faith, and her life. Two millennia separate her and Mary, a young woman in Ancient Judea. While Marién can't find a reason to hold on to a complicated pregnancy, Mary shelters her own on the intricacies of a prophecy. Intertwined across time, the lives of these two women come together, inviting us to reconsider the fine lines between fiction and reality, between myth and assumed truth. In this novel, Miguel Santana is revealed as a mature and visionary writer. He masterfully weaves passages from the Bible and other sacred texts into his imaginative and poetic prose. Readers are transported to a world where they not only recognize the pillars of our civilization, but also feel the need to question them.

3-tie) Marshall Moore - An Ideal for Living (Lethe Press)

Grace White and her brother Robert, overweight and affluent, are desperate to hang onto their respective love interests. Grace’s husband Rich is bonking every woman he can talk into bed. Grace is willing to look beyond his affairs if she can just have her marriage back. Robert’s law school fling James’s interest diminished as Robert’s waistline increased, but Robert has never moved on. The only solution? Losing those excess pounds… by any means necessary. And when James finds a supernatural healer who can sculpt living flesh like clay, beautiful ugliness ensues. Will Robert and Grace get what they want, or what they deserve? In An Ideal for Living, Marshall Moore has written a shocking fantastique, a novel that captures the Zeitgeist of contemporary urban life, where beauty is a commodity craved, consumed, and traded. Marshall Moore is the author of the novel The Concrete Sky and the short fiction collections Black Shapes in a Darkened Room and The Infernal Republic. He has also published dozens of short stories, essays, book reviews, and other odds and ends. A native of the American South, he lives and works in Hong Kong. His website is marshallmoore.com. Richard Labonté included An Ideal for Living in his pick of the 10 best novels of 2010. He writes: "What better themes for a skewed-view gay novel than the concepts of self-loathing, gym culture, and body image, abetted by a supernatural solution to avoirdupois and a money-buys-anything sense of entitlement? Moore’s razor-sharp dialogue and well-honed disdain for the concept of beauty at any cost makes this unsettling novel irresistible."

Sean Meriwether - The Silent Hustler (Lethe Press) 

Well, I'm not too keen on short stories - just when I want to know more, the story ends. However, some of them were really good, some of them didn't catch my interest. --Caroline

Best known for editing the edgy gay fiction of the Velvet Mafia website, Sean Meriwether has quietly been writing short fiction and building up a body of his own work. The Silent Hustler collects his short fiction published over the last decade. Meriwether's fiction spans in range from the literary ("Things I Can't Tell My Father") to  the revolutionary ("Burn the Rich") to the downright raunchy ("Sneaker Queen"). Slip into bed with The Silent Hustler. You won’t feel guilty in the morning.

Honorable Mention:



5) Nick Nolan -
Double Bound (AmazonEncore)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club (P.D. Publishing)

Beautifully written. The characters and setting coming to life on the page. Well done! Kim gets top score! --Julie

I must say, up front, that I absolutely loved this book. This was easily the best overall piece of fiction out of all the books I've read. --Heathyr

Flight 1049 from New York to Milan, Italy goes down, killing all but nine passengers. Three are rescued the next day, the other six, who will become the Island Six, must survive an island, the elements, and each other, for more than a year. Their families back home must reconcile their lives, now void of husband, father, mother, wife and friend. After a heartwarming rescue, the Island Six have to find their places in their old lives once more.

2) V.K. Powell - Fever (Bold Strokes Books)

My interest was caught from the first sentence-the author has a strong, immediate style and has created a powerful, fascinating character with Zak, a secret agent/spy sent to act as bodyguard to a `do-gooder´ in Africa. A really great read with a taut thriller aspect to it that I very much enjoyed. --Kate C

The author paints the African landscape and culture beautifully and the writing is a pleasure to read. My one complaint, I couldn't tie in the title of the book. --Julie

Gets better and better with each book. Can really see VK's growth as an author. --Tammy

Hired gun Zak Chambers expects to provide a simple escort service to philanthropist Sara Ambrosini, but nothing is as simple as it seems, especially love. Zak Chambers is a disillusioned hired gun who longs for a connection with life beyond her sat-phone and assignments she can’t share with anyone. Her boss lines up a cushy escort job to Africa to give her time to refocus. But the country she loved as a child holds memories she isn’t ready to face. Adding to her ambivalence about returning is the immensely attractive Sara Ambrosini, head of Ambrosini Philanthropic, who sees everything through the rose-colored glasses of wealth and privilege. Zak’s task is to provide security for Sara until they reach the future site of her primary school for tribal children in the bush country. But Zak soon discovers that Sara’s stubbornness and independence aren’t the only obstacles to the success of her assignment.

3) Geonn Cannon - Tilting at Windmills (P.D. Publishing)

Very solid story. --Julie

I liked this book a lot. It was intense and kept me wanting to read more when I should have been putting it down. However, I found that there was a shift in the main characters. This made me feel like I was left hanging at the end. I felt like the actual main characters life was unresolved and I wanted to see her life develop in a more positive way. --Mitzie

Claire Lance is on the run. For the past year, she has kept on the move, keeping her head down, keeping out of trouble. Until she reaches a tiny town in Texas and trouble finally corners her. Forced to take action to save another woman’s life, she suddenly finds herself over her head. Blood on her hands, forced to go on the run with the woman she was protecting or end up in prison, Lance finds herself forced to revisit the life she thought she had left behind and reopen painful old wounds.

Honorable Mention:



4-tie) Lara Zielinsky -
Turn for Home (P.D. Publishing)
Lisa Girolami -
The Pleasure Set (Bold Strokes Books
Radclyffe -
Trauma Alert (Bold Strokes Books)
7) Glenda Poulter -
Welcome Home (P.D. Publishing)
8) P.J. Trebelhorn -
From This Moment On (Bold Strokes Books)
9) Isabella -
Always Faithful (Sapphire Books)
10) Larkin Rose -
Vapor (Bold Strokes Books)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Erotica Contemporary

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery (Dreamspinner Press)

Amazing story with just the right level of kinkiness;) I really couldn't find any drawbacks:) --Caroline

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. But before his mother died, he promised her he’d grow up to be a good man, so he needs a stable career and a good husband, not a dead-end job and empty sex. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to an affair, and when Mitch offers to take Sam on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure with his fantasy man... but Mitch also comes with a past. A threesome with the other man in Mitch’s life would have been just another kinky ride, but somewhere between the Mississippi River and the Colorado Rockies, Sam falls in love. But can a relationship born out of escape and indulgence become something that lasts? Will a fantasy man be willing to settle down into reality, or is the adventure and excitement Sam finds with Mitch just another stop on a delivery man’s journey? For better or for worse, eventually Sam is going to discover the answer, because no matter how far away he travels, eventually all roads lead home.

2) Anah Crow & Dianne Fox - Slow Bloom (Torquere Press)

This was great as I've never liked a big age gap before, but this book made me believe a 30 year gap could really work. I read it twice! --Anna

Ricky Talbot, fresh from his first year at university, is looking to have a perfect summer. He gets to work for the man he's had a crush on for years and spend the rest of his days in the pool, training for the swim team. Jack Corson, on the other hand, is a suburban hermit with a tangled past. Jack's a lot more experienced than Ricky, cantankerous and more than a little anti-social. When an unexpected one-time encounter between the two of them turns into more, Ricky and Jack must see if they have what it takes for love to bloom despite all of their differences, the distance between them while Ricky's away school, Jack's past and Ricky's parents. Can their slow-blooming love come to fruition?

3) A.J. Llewellyn - The Wine-Dark Sea (Ellora's Cave)

Daniel’s poignant journey in search of a soul mate to share that indefinable unconditional love he yearns for. --Ro

Daniel is an elegant chair… He’s a handsome Englishman. A successful writer living in Paris, writing guidebooks that help people discover the secret delights of the city and country he loves. As for discovering the secrets to navigating the treacherous Paris social scene, Daniel himself relies on a book, which imparts some unusual advice—be an elegant chair, seen and not heard. And he’s getting a lot of practice. His last lover, Alain, is undergoing a tremendous transformation that he didn’t confide in Daniel. His current lover, Francois, is a celebrated artist, as arrogant as he is amorous. Their needs and dramas overshadow everything, including Daniel. He is a very elegant chair… Against a backdrop of the world’s most romantic city, between rounds of sizzling sex and sensational betrayal, Alain and Francois teach Daniel about passion and pain, loss and lust, gentle humor and poignant heartache. It will take someone else, someone unexpected, to teach him about love.

Honorable Mention:



4) L.A. Witt -
Rules of Engagement (Dreamspinner Press)
5) K.C. Kendricks -
Tango in the Night (Amber Quill Press)
6) Claire Thompson -
Texas Surrender (Romance Unbound Publishing)
7-tie) Kimberly Gardner -
Bound To Please (MLR Press)
R. Jackson -
Bears in the Wild: Hot & Hairy Fiction (Lethe Press) 
9-tie) L.A. Witt -
The Distance Between Us (Samhain Publishing)
Ryan Field -
Shakespeare's Lover (Ravenous Romance)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary Romance

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Sloan Parker - More (Loose Id)

Another perfect story, although I'm not too much into permanent threesomes, this one worked for me somehow, maybe because the men were talking a lot and supporting each other. --Caroline

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men whom he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father; he’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man; he’s falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big. But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew. Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to bind him tighter?

2) Marie Sexton - Strawberries for Dessert (Dreamspinner Press)

This one was an amazing romance, with a lot of depth.  The author put a lot of effort into building the relationship and fully developing the characters. Overall, this was an excellent romance that I highly recommend. --Jem

When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a one-night stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees. Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy. Between Cole’s fear of intimacy and his wandering lifestyle, Jonathan wonders if their relationship may be doomed from the start—but the more Cole pushes him away, the more determined Jon is to make it work.

3) Eden Winters - The Wish (Torquere Books)

Main characters were well-defined --Bethann

Alex Martin is arrogant, wealthy, spoiled and loney. His never-ending stream of lovers sees only his wallet. Hiding behind a mask of aloof indifference, he really wants someone who can see past the money, someone who'll stand up to him as an equal. Down-to-earth bookstore owner Paul Sinclair insists on making his own way in life. He longs for someone who thinks, works, and doesn’t ask for hand outs: a true partner in every sense of the word. After years of avoidance they finally meet, and neither is impressed. Though worlds apart they share a common bond: their uncles, Alfred and Byron, are long-term partners. And when the uncles conspire to match-make, a little thing like Byron’s being a ghost isn’t going to stop them.

Honorable Mention:



4-tie) Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks -
Shell Shocked (Pink Petal Books)
Mickie B. Ashling -
Loving Edits (Dreamspinner Press
6-tie) Eden Winters -
The Angel of 13th Street (Torquere Books)
P.A. Brown -
Lynx Woods (Amber Quill Press
8) Tere Michaels -
Love and Loyalty (Loose Id)
9-tie) Anne Brooke -
The Hit List (Amber Quill Press)
Mickie B. Ashling -
Cutting Cords (Dreamspinner Press)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual, Transgender & Lesbian Fantasy

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Sandra McDonald - Diana Comet and Other Improbable Tales (Lethe Press)

A writer of whimsy and passion, Sandra McDonald has collected her most evocative short fiction to offer readers in Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories. A beautiful adventuress from the ancient city of New Dalli sets off to reclaim her missing lover. What secrets does she hide beneath her silk skirts? A gay cowboy flees the Great War in search of true love and the elusive undead poet Whit Waltman, but at what cost? A talking statue sends an abused boy spinning through a great metropolis, dodging pirates and search for a home. On these quests, you will meet macho firefighters, tiny fairies, collapsible musicians, lady devils and vengeful sea witches. These are stories to stir the heart and imagination. McDonald's stories have appeared in many national, small press and online magazines and anthologies including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy and Best New Paranormal Romance. She is the author of a series of novels—The Outback Stars, The Stars Down Under, and The Stars Blue Yonder—about an Australian military lieutenant, her handsome sergeant, and their adventures in deep space.

2) Jane Fletcher - Wolfsbane Winter (Bold Strokes Books)

The story flowed very well, the dialogue was realistic, and the romantic elements were beautiful and sweet without being heavy handed. --Heathyr

The Iron Wolf mercenaries who guard travelers on the Misery Trail are notorious for their quick and casual sex lives. Deryn may fit the stereotype better than most, but she has her reasons. A childhood tragedy has left her wary of forming attachments. If you don't care, then you can't get hurt, but you can still make a mess of things—such as the error of judgment that leaves her with no money, forced to spend the winter on a lousy job in a miserable little backwater. There she meets Alana, local healer, vet, and woman of mystery. It does not take Deryn long to find out that Alana is more than she seems, and has her own perilous secret to keep. Yet Deryn still finds herself falling for the woman, so much so that her come-and-go lifestyle is at risk. This would be bad enough, but serious trouble arrives for Deryn and Alana in the form of demon magic from the Time of Chaos—revealing that old legends are not merely material for ghost stories around the fire. As the danger increases, who do they need to fear more, the living or the dead?

3) Alex Mykals - Nigredo (P.D. Publishing)

I really like this storyline, though it was clearly part of a series, with a bit of missing history to offer as a stand alone book and the abrupt ending doesn't complete the story forcing you to read the next book. --Julie

Considering that this is a sequel (a fact I only discovered after I finished it), I supect the major development of Evelynee & Alleandre happened in the first book. Still, I think Alex did a wonderful job. The cliffhanger at the end is definitely a disappointment but, again, it likely wouldn't have been quite so jarring if I'd realised this was part of a series. A good book, and one that's made me want to revist the first book. --Heathyr


Following the unsuccessful invasion of the Realm of Atlantis by mercenaries, the Heir to the Throne, Princess Evelynne deMolay, and her Consort, Lady Dame Alleandre Tretiak, flee to America in an attempt to hide in the last place their still-unknown enemies might look. While hiding in a small town in Pennsylvania, they discover new friendships, but also new dangers which are no less damaging for being mundane. Meanwhile, back in the Realm, the search for the masterminds behind the Invasion comes to the frightening suggestion that the persons in charge must be very highly placed within Atlantean society.

Honorable Mention:



4) Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks -
Alive On The Inside (Amber Quill Press)
5) Naomi Clark -
Silver Kiss (QueerEdFiction)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1-tie) Heidi Cullinan - Hero (Dreamspinner Press)

Hal Porter is no man’s hero; he’s just another Los Angeles construction worker. So when he sees a building appear on what the day before was an empty plot of weeds—a site where people have been found dead—Hal knows a guy like him should steer clear of whatever is going on. But a vision at the building's window draws him inside, and there Hal finds Morgan, a magical shapeshifter held captive by a rival clan... and Hal’s the only one who can save him. It doesn’t take Hal long to realize he’s in over his head, not only because the clan has powers beyond his imagination but also because he’s fallen in love with Morgan. There’s no escape for them now without a hero to break the curse, and Hal knows it can’t be him. But as Hal and Morgan work together, they discover gifts far more powerful than magic and that heroes aren’t always in shapes they expect.

Heidi Cullinan - Miles and the Magic Flute (Dreamspinner Press) 

Characters are engaging and intense. Wild fantasy elements are vivid. Uses a lot of unnecessary dialogue tags, which has the effect of lessening the intensity of this unique story. --K.C.

I really got sucked into this one, and was hooked up until the end, which lost a little bit of the luster for me. It was a little too happy of a happy ending, if that makes any sense? But overall what an awesome book! --Ethan D.


When the forest behind a Minnesota pawn shop turns out to be the doorway into a faerie paradise, Miles Larson doesn't see any reason to complain. He's bankrupt, single, and living in a trailer in his backwoods hometown after being laid off from his big city job: he could use a little downtime in a homoerotic dreamland. But Miles soon learns that in the faerie world, nothing is quite as simple as it seems. The beautiful faerie man who has captured Miles's heart might also be after Miles's soul. The frightening beast who chases him through the forest is actually a noble-hearted human under a terrible curse. And at the center of it all is the deathly beautiful Lord of Dreams, a faerie so powerful that if Miles so much as looks at his face, he will be lost in dreamland forever. The only hope for Miles's escape is a magic flute, an enchanted instrument that holds the answer to the faerie lord's defeat. But even if Miles is smart and strong enough to wield it, will he dare? When the cold light of truth dawns, if there is no reality beneath the love he's found in the faerie realm, Miles will have to return to his own world—alone.

2) Becca Abbott - Cethe (SL Publishing Group)

I loved this story. It is very intense but other readers should know that there are several rape scenes that they might want to skip past. Other than that it was an outstanding story that calls for a follow up. --Lyne

A wonderful fantasy novel that was easy to get lost in and thoroughly enjoyable.  There was a great deal of world building and clearly the author had a very firm idea of the history and environment detailed within the novel. A strong voice, but nevertheless one that could have used a little more work in the opening scenes, which didn't give the same impression of the author's ability as the rest of the book. The character development was good--entirely predictable, but still enjoyable. --James


Human-like, but not human, the nara ruled Tanyrin for centuries.  The most feared among them were their naragi, sorcerers whose power was all but invincible.  Not until the coming of Arami Lothlain, King of Tanyrin and Blessed of Loth, did the rein of the nara come to a bloody end.   For four hundred years afterwards, the land was at peace. Stefn Eldering was the youngest son of the Earl of Shia, the last in a long, proud line of demon hunters.  He was also a sin-catcher, living proof of God's displeasure, the shame of his existence atonement for the sins of his ancestors.  Michael Arranz was the son of a duke and one of the despised h'naran, half-bloods cursed with the blood of the nara running through their veins.  Of all the h'nara, his family alone was immune from the persecution of the powerful Church of Loth, protected by an ancient covenant. In ordinary times, the paths of Michael and Stefn would never have crossed. Alas, times were no longer ordinary.  The latest of the Lothlain kings was a weakling, unable to curb the ambitions of an increasingly powerful, corrupt clergy.  Famine stalked the land.  Fear of the h'nara, fanned by the Church, spread tentacles everywhere. Tanyrin teetered on the edge of chaos. A loyal and devoted friend to Tanyrin's crown prince, Michael could refuse Severyn Lothlain nothing, not even when Severyn asked the unspeakable of him.   Determined to wrest the throne from his brother, Severyn intended nothing less than the resurrection of the ancient naragi.  Michael, whose naran blood was the purest in Tanyrin, was the logical choice.  But for Michael become what mankind feared most, he needed a conduit through which to take the powerful, dangerous magic of the Dark Stream.  He needed a man who carried the ancient blood of the cethera. He needed Stefn Eldering.

3) J.C. Herneson - Spring of the Stag God (Lethe Press)

I probably fell a little on the generous side of things with this one because I've honestly never read anything like it. It's way past anywhere I've gone in terms of fantasy, as either a reader or writer. --Ethan D.

Prepare your loins for tales of erotic adventure in the world of Khernia, in this first release of the Stag God Chronicles. "A Stag God is Born" - A sexual prisoner of his cruel uncle, young Ashlan befriends the man's prisoner, Imbru once a feared warrior of the Split Hoof orc tribe, called The Ravager of Men by by the humans, because he spent his seed only on men. Imbru knows the truth behind Ashlan's strange dreams of running through fields with an antlered brow. Ashlan doesn't understand the dreams or know he is about to inherit a divine mantle he never wanted--the legacy of the great antlered Stag God of the wild places. "The Stag & The Bear" - The young god suffering the pains of new divinity goes seeking a mentor, the great Bear God of the stormy mountain tops. Along the way, an orc hunter is forced to his knees to become Ashlan's new discipline. But approaching an old god is treacherous and his were-bear minions must be confronted and defeated before the Bear God's den is reached. "The Stag God's Disciple" - Habra of the Tines, a young orc, goes among humans to preach the worship of Ashlan. But the Patriachs of the human lands do not want to relinquish their power and bind, rape and imprison Habra. But in the dungeons new friends are waiting to be found as the faith in the Lord of the Seven Tines spreads like passion through a man's nethers.

Honorable Mention:



5-tie) C.J. Black - Illusion of Night (
Liquid Silver Books)
Rayne Auster -
Tapestry for Love (Dreamspinner Press
7) John Caruso -
Lightbearer (Bold Strokes Books)
8) E.M. Lynley -
Bedknobs and Beanstalks (Ravenous Romance)
9) Scarlet Hyacinth - Elven Journals Unseen Paths (
Noble Romance Publishing)
10) Jay Bell -
The Cat in the Cradle (Swimming Kangaroo Books)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual, Transgender & Lesbian Historical

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie (Bold Strokes Books)

I didn't think it possible that I would find a book to give perfect scores, but I did. Moody captures the essence of the era not only in the characters and setting, but in her witty and engaging dialogue. I laughed out loud many times throughout this book. I could spend days with these characters. Well done! --Julie

Aside it being perfectly developed in every way, it was hysterically funny and great to read. I was literally laughing out loud at various points! --Mitzie


When Hollywood-bound actress Violet London meets speakeasy singer Moxie Valette, her trip takes an unexpected turn toward love. New York City, 1931: When wry Broadway actress Violet London and her hard-drinking cohorts venture into a speakeasy the night before she is to board a train for Hollywood, she is floored by sassy blond singer Moxie Valette. As Violet introduces Moxie to an assortment of bootleg liquor, cross-dressers, and sex shows, she vows to find a way to see her again. Moxie is fascinated by Violet in a thrilling and unfamiliar way, and the ensuing evening of bon mots, shameless flirtation, and illicit revelry is unlike anything she has ever experienced. From Manhattan to Los Angeles, both women’s lives are turned upside-down by separation, unscrupulous motion picture studio executives, self-serving agents, eccentric celebrities, and the collection of hedonistic reprobates that are their closest friends.

2) Justine Saracen - Mephisto Aria (Bold Strokes Books)

I’ve never read anything by Ms. Saracen, and I knew the book was about opera – I had a very difficult time starting this book due to the latter. A wide range of characters each thoughtfully brought to life. Three very wide ranging settings to develop which she did well. Easy to read --Debra

Is the history of a dangerous love affair destined to be repeated? At the height of her career, opera singer Katherina Marow is brought crashing down by her father's suicide. Among his effects, she finds his wartime journal and reads the heart-wrenching entries of a soldier in Russia and in war-torn Berlin. She learns the crimes and secrets her father harbored, but cannot condemn him, for while she discovers his demons, she is facing her own. The stage-world she lives in draws her into a lawless ecstatic realm, and she is tempted, as he was, by forces which could destroy her. Has she too made a devil's pact? And if so, will she pay for it, as her father did, with her life?

3) Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks - Showdown at Yellowstone River (Pink Petal Books)

Not truly a transgender story, more of a cross-dressing or unisex sort of stories. It is a good story none-the-less. --Merith

Gunslinger Matt Court has hung it up for good after a disastrous encounter in El Paso. He moved to Dakota Territory, took out a homestead and started courting Annie, the banker's daughter. But when Annie comes up pregnant and runs away with her lover, her father calls in the notorious killer, Paz, to eliminate Matt. But the mysterious Paz holds many secrets and Matt discovers not only the gunfighter's personal code of honor, but a truth that is worth both their lives.

Honorable Mention:



4) Nene Adams -
Curse of the Jade Dragon (P.D. Publishing)
5) Roxy Harte -
Painted Lady (Loose Id)

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Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Historical

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Alan Chin - The Lonely War (Zumaya Publications)

This is a very demanding but oh-so-rewarding book. While I don't know if I would read it again--at 303 pages which included some rough passages I'd rather not experience again--I can honestly say that this is a book that deserves to be read by fans of m/m  who want a more realistic angle OR maybe something that is slightly off-center. It's a brilliant novel. One I'm happy I got the chance to immerse myself in. --Luce

This, I have to say, was the Jewel in the Crown of my Rainbow Award books. It was an EXCELLENT read. It kept me rapt and I can honestly say, that I never, ever, not once, knew what would happen next - but when whatever it was unfolded, I believed it. This, for me, represents very good quality writing.  It is not predictable, it is realistic, emotionally engaging, engrossing and very well written. A truly worthy contender for the top spot in this category in my opinion. --Rosie

Andrew Waters, son of an American diplomat and a Chinese mother, already has two strikes against him when he joins the crew of the USS Pilgrim not long after Pearl Harbor--his mixed heritage and his pacifism. He never expects he will fall in love with his handsome commanding officer. The crew of the Pilgrim is captured and sent to the notorious Changi POW camp. The man Andrew loves will die without proper medical treatment. To save his life, Andrew makes a choice that could destroy not just his future but his life.

2) Donald Hardy - Lovers' Knot (Running Press)

My first historical and surprisingly great w/ mystery and paranormal aspects to it. Thanks for this - who knows how long I would have gone without reading a historical if it weren't for your contest! : ) --Ethan D.

This was a wondefully told story-and for the M/M genre it rises well above most. The characters were well developed and quite real (important), the setting was marvellous, and the story was one that will not only keep you interested but will linger. I loved the supernatural element and all that went with it. A nice big thumbs up for this one. Love the Cover TOO!!! --Robert


Jonathan Williams has inherited Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative. With his best friend, Alayne, in tow, Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession, meet the current staff, and generally learn what it’s like to live as the landed gentry now. He’d only been there once before, fourteen years earlier. But that was a different time, he’s a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heart….The locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer, when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died. Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat. Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn’t have at home.But that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, romantic triangles and wronged lovers. Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm, and ebb just as quickly. By the summer’s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for life.Now Jonathan is determined to start anew. Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks. Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear. Until Alayne’s life is in danger. Until the town’s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real. And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death…

3) George Gardiner - The Hadrian Enigma (GMP Editions)

I have never read anything by this author so was a little worried.  however i enjoyed both the storyline and characters and will be looking for more books by this author in the future. --Lyne

Overall a very good effort. Thorough research, an interesting a plausible resolution to an age old mystery. There were no short cuts taken, the work was full bodied, interesting, full of facts and very well done. --Rosie


LUST. LOVE. REVENGE. COMING-OUT. An emperor's search for love destroys the very person he most adores. Crime/mystery/romance historical fiction based upon real events and characters of pagan Rome. Set two centuries before Rome's recognition of Christians, it is an era of intrigue, torrid relations, raging ambition, wild sensuality, & unconventional love. Caesar Hadrian's 'favorite' is found one dawn beneath the waters of the River Nile. Is it a prank gone wrong, a suicide, murder, or something far more sinister? Barrister & historian, Suetonius Tranquillus, & his courtesan companion Surisca are allowed two days to uncover the truth on pain of penalty. They discover more than they bargained for ...

Honorable Mention:



4) M. Kei -
Pirates of the Narrow Seas 1: The Salle Rovers (Lulu Press / Bristlecone Pine Press)
5) K.A. Mitchell -
An Improper Holiday (Samhain Publishing)
6) Charlie Cochrane -
Lessons in Trust (Samhain Publishing)
7-tie) Johnny Miles -
Casa Rodrigo (Loose Id)
Ruth Sims - Counterpoint (
Dreamspinner Press
9) Jane Elliot - End of Trail (
Manifold Press)
10) Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe -
Lotus in the Wild (Dreamspinner Press)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Mystery / Thriller

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Geoffrey Knight - The Riddle of the Sands (Cleis Press)

Geoffrey has created a fascinating novel! I found this to be a superb and fast-paced book to read.  It could conceivably become a James Bond or another Indiana Jones movie, but with sexy, male-to-male sexy relationships. I could not put this book down! I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books by the author! --Byron

I enjoyed this book. It ended up being my favorite of the five I read. --Ken

This is the second in the Fathom Five Adventure series-the previous book being The Cross of Sins. This book picks up where the other leaves off, and once again Knight delivers and exciting erotic tale filled with action and suspense. Some may feel that the things get repetitious at times, but then consider what someone who picks up this book wants from it. This is not literature (as such) but it delivers the goods in a respectable way. Fans of Knight will be delighted. The cover of course will motivate many to pick it up (smart move), but those who actually pick it up to read it will get what they want and more. Cleis is again a publisher you can count on. --Robert


Hot gay tomb raiders. Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis—the vengeful Pierre Perron—Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-hunters is sent on a seemingly impossible mission. Will they uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in time to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison? Is the Riddle a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt?

2) P.A. Brown - L.A. Boneyard (MLR Press)

From a shallow grave in Griffith Park, to the bucolic streets of West Hollywood into the dark heart of the gang-infested streets of East L.A, evil is pursued in this dark story of passion and redemption. Detective David Eric Laine is no stranger to violence and brutality, but even he is taken aback at the sheer viciousness of the murder of two pregnant Ukrainian women. This is just the beginning of a baffling case which leads from their shallow grave to a bungalow community in West Hollywood, tree-lined and tranquil, on to the heart of the gang-infested streets of East Los Angeles, and points in between. And what of Jairo Hernandez, David's new, young partner? The attraction between them was immediate and intense and growing by the day. Would this be a threat to David's settled life?

3) Anthony Bidulka - Date with a Sheesha (Insomniac Press)

Easily the best book of the bunch. The author laid out a well planned mystery with interesting themes and settings.  The characters were a bit "over the top" at times, but it all worked well to create an identifiable style that was enjoyable. --Will

Lovers of the Russell Quant Mystery series will surely be eager to get there hands on this one. This is the seventh in the series, and once again Bidulka does not disappoint his readers. The premise is a good one, and one of the highlights of the book the descriptions of the culture and peoples of Dubai. Personally, I find the writing a bit too chatty-witty at times... it can be and does get tiresome at times. But, who can quibble with success. --Robert

Neil Gupta went to the Middle East looking for antique carpets. He found something equally timeless: murder. When Neil is found stabbed to death in Dubai's spice souk, his distraught father wants revenge. He hires private investigator Russell Quant to catch the killer. In his greatest case to date, Quant goes undercover to match wits with a wily museum curator, shifty souk merchants, corrupt carpet experts, and the denizens of an underground club for "fabulous" men. From the flamboyant glitz of Dubai to the scorching sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Quant risks his life as he wades further and further into the shadows cast by the desert sun. As Russell's spicy international adventure heats up, he learns a valuable lesson about love, life, and learning to seize the moment...before it's gone. On the verge of making the biggest personal decision of his life, Russell discovers that endings sometimes come before beginnings.

Honorable Mention:



4-tie) Greg Herren -
Vieux Carre Voodoo (Bold Strokes Books)
Josh Aterovis -
All Lost Things (P.D. Publishing
6) Dorien Grey -
The Secret Keeper (Zumaya Publications)
7) P.A. Brown -
L.A. Bytes (MLR Press)
8-tie) Clare London -
Blinded by Our Eyes (Carina Press)
J.S. Cook -
Because You Despise Me (MLR Press
Mark Abramson -
Snowman (Lethe Press)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Ronica Black - The Seeker (Bold Strokes Books)

Wow. What a fantastic read. I was swept away from the first page. There´s taut thriller sequences mixed with heart-wrenching emotions set against a fabulous, slow-building romance. Incredible detail made this story seem so real. It asks important questions about the price of fame and the sacrifices ordinary people make when they get involved with famous partners. The different twists and turns in the case made me read the book in one sitting, and the unmasking of the would-be killer had me absolutely riveted. --Kate C.

FBI profiler Kennedy Scott battles ghosts from her past, deadly obsession, and the evil that haunts her. The Seeker. Famed Hollywood actress Veronica Ryan arrives at a red carpet event with her wife Shawn. They are the world's most famous gay couple—beautiful, wealthy, and by all appearances, the happiest couple in the world. But things aren't always as they appear. And someone is out to dampen the parade. A shot rings out and Veronica finds herself tackled to the ground by security, her wife lying next to her in a pool of blood. Kennedy Scott used to be the best behavioral profiler the FBI had, but she is haunted by a string of child murders no one can solve. A single quote—Seek and ye shall find—was all she had to go on. The case has eaten her alive, and after her own family is threatened by an armed intruder, Kennedy retreats to be with them. But one phone call brings her back into the game. Veronica Ryan needs her help and the path may lead to the one who haunts her. The Seeker.

2) Radclyffe - Returning Tides (Bold Strokes Books)

This was a fascinating book to read. The build up to the point of the crimes kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation! I didn't want to put my IPod down! Great insight into the mind of psychopath. --Mitzie

A devastating hurricane brings insurance investigator Ashley Walker back to Provincetown, the last place she wants to be. Not only must she deal with the dangerous consequences of the natural disaster, she has to fight her soul-shattering need for the woman she left behind. While Reese Conlon and Tory King deal with the challenges of a community in turmoil, a new threat emerges that proves to be even more deadly than the ravaging storm. A silent killer stalks the night, drawing ever closer to the one woman he believes to be his. Soon, no woman is safe, including Tory. The sixth in the Lambda Literary Award-winning Provincetown Tales.

3) J.M. Redmann - Death of a Dying Man (Bold Strokes Books)

I read J.M. Redmann’s Death by the Riverside several years ago and was excited to read this new book. Lots of characters to develop over a wide area and in great turmoil. --Debra

This is an outstanding mystery with vibrant characters that jump off the page. --Jessica


New Orleans PI Micky Knight just had to get into a butch pissing contest with the journalist partner of a famous doctor working with her lover, Cordelia James. Micky’s insistence that the skills of a reporter are of no use to a PI backfires, and now she’s stuck with a drop-dead gorgeous assistant and the case of a dying gay man looking for a child he might have fathered. These chains of events—and an act of nature—will tear Micky’s life apart in ways that may never be put back together. Fifth in the Lambda Award-winning Micky Knight mystery series.

Honorable Mention:



4) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou -
Missing Lynx (Bold Strokes Books)
5) Anne Laughlin -
Veritas (Bold Strokes Books)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Paranormal / Horror

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Viki Lyn - Last Chance (Loose id)

Last Chance is an appealing story with a fascinating plot. --Ro

Aric Christian is the wildly smart PhD candidate specializing in Molecular Biology. With a willowy body bordering on thin, slight hips, and even slighter waist, Aric's hard muscles and steel strength bends but doesn't break. Long blackish hair dips in his hazel eyes when he's not wearing his rimless glasses. At times, he turns into quite a different creature, and is working desperately to seek a cure. Stu Hamilton is the wildly popular college wide receiver, and big man on campus. He's tall, broad shouldered, finely tuned and has broad hands, perfect to jump and catch the ball. He's all muscle and grace and blue, blue eyes. Mussed blond hair layered and tapered down to his nape fuels his reputation as the guy who breezes through life. Hidden from his friends is his family's secret - he's from a long line of vampire-slayers. Turning away from that life, he wants nothing to do with blood feuds, men of the dark night and killing. Then Aric bumps into Stu, or rather his football, and their lives are forever intertwined. Will these born enemies find a way toward love?

2) Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason - Alex's Appeal (Total-e-Bound)

Book three in the Kindred Spirits Series. A bear of a lawyer in mourning, a handsome young chef who falls head over heels, and a mystery that threatens their happiness are just the beginning of the events at Whisker’s Seaside Inn. Lawyer Alex Brookfield arrives at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn with a big decision weighing heavily on him. He’s been offered a judgeship, and while it’s an incredible promotion, it would mean leaving the house he shared with his late, long-time partner. Russ died of cancer eight months ago, and although Alex is ready to move on, he isn’t sure about such a big, permanent step. Logan Emerson is the inn’s chef, and wouldn’t mind cooking up something special with the handsome attorney. He’s not concerned about their fourteen year age difference. He just knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to go after the hunky bear of a man. Alex heard stories about the inn’s ghosts from its owner, his friend and former lover Ethan Roberts. But he’s totally unprepared for the spirit who shows up his first night there. Between futile attempts to fend off the frisky young cook, and his offer to help inn co-owner Cade Wyatt come up with a romantic marriage proposal for Ethan, Alex finds his hands, and his bed, quite full.

3) Marguerite Labbe - Our Sacred Balance (Dreamspinner Press)

I loved this story.  I was pulled in from the beginning and had to stop so I could get the previous books to read first. --Lyne

This book is the third in a series and I was a little lost having not read the previous books. The writer’s style was enjoyable. --Kris


Lovers Kristair and Jacob believe they're done with the supernatural and on the road to a new life. But the supernatural isn't done with them. A stalker is targeting vampires, tearing them from their sanctuaries and leaving them to burn in the sun, and when the vampires of Pittsburgh call upon the ancient Kristair, he cannot refuse them aid despite Jacob's objections. While their quest becomes more dangerous, tempers flare when Jacob tries to make Kristair understand the limitations of being human again. As they struggle to reach a balance between them, the other vampires become restless, eager to find the person responsible for the deaths of their own so they can vent their rage. But the enemy is closer than they ever imagined and carries a personal grudge against them. Their mental link gone and spiritual strength halved, Jacob and Kristair must conquer Kristair's newfound helplessness and learn to communicate with each other before their enemy destroys everything they've fought so hard to win.

Honorable Mention:



4) Joely Skye - Lynx (
Samhain Publishing)
5) R.J. Scott -
Oracle (Silver Publishing)
6) Eden Winters - Duet (
Torquere Books)
7) Jameson Currier -
The Wolf at the Door (Chelsea Station Editions)
Marguerite Labbe -
Haunted by Your Soul (Dreamspinner Press
9) Vaughn R. Demont -
House of Stone (Samhain Publishing)
10) Rick R. Reed -
The Blue Moon Cafe (Amber Quill Press)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - Everafter (Bold Strokes Books)

This is a very intriguing storyline. The characters stay true throughout. The setting and the transformations, intricately drawn to the smallest detail, were fascinating. --Julie

This story really pulled me in, and it had characters I cared about and found believable. Val had a strong voice and a strong sense of personality. Her slip into vampirism was compelling, as was her grief over the thought of distancing herself from her girlfriend in order to save Alexa´s life. Alexa was equally strong, refusing to abandon Val and fighting to save their relationship against crazy odds, even risking her life to become a Were so she could stay with Val. I loved the clinical explanation about the blood-eating parasite that causes Val to become a vampire, and the mythos the authors build around vampires and werewolves. Everafter is a rich, wonderfully imagined story with strong, believable, and wholly sympathetic characters. Superb. --Kate C.

WOW!!!!!!!!  What a book!  This is absolutly the best book I've read for this competition.  The authors kept the story moving at high speed from the first word.  The interaction between the two main characters is amazing -- and as their alter egos of vampire and werepanther became integrated into the story -- the story became even more fast paced and exciting.  Their sex life was well integrated into the story and it wasn't kept at a minimum as most stories are -- it was ongoing throughout the story.  A super, super story and well worth reading! --Debra


How far would you go to save your lover’s soul? When medical student Valentine Darrow is bitten by a Vampire on her way home to propose to her lover, Alexa Newland, her life becomes a nightmare. She is consumed—both by a craving for human blood, and by an obsession to find her attacker and bring him to justice. Alexa is determined to be everything that Valentine needs, but when Val's appetite outstrips Alexa's ability to nourish her, Alexa risks her life to save her lover. Will Valentine be able to control her thirst—for blood and for vengeance? And can Valentine and Alexa's relationship endure against seemingly impossible odds?

2) Moondancer Drake - Natural Order (P.D. Publishing)

Great story, nice tease for a sequel, I wished for more details of the clan history. --Julie

The opening of this book grabs you by the throat and pulls you in.  The plot is layered, with many surprises supported by excellent character development.  Very descriptive prose builds realistic settings that readers can feel, and the characters are vibrantly detailed. I especially like the variety of multi-cultural characters, and the exploration of Native American beliefs.  It can be difficult to build a romance after tragedy, but the author does so with a subtle hand and a rich story.  The sex is understated and tender.  Overall, an excellent book. --Jem

I very much enjoyed this book but something was missing, in my opinion. --Mitzie


An evening at the movies turns into a living nightmare for Elizabeth Crew as her lover Dusty battles for their lives and the unborn baby Elizabeth is carrying. Dusty’s dying request is that Elizabeth go live with Dusty’s family, where she and the baby will be safe. Dusty’s family takes Elizabeth into their home with open arms and a bit of concern. What will happen if Elizabeth learns that her new family includes shape-shifters? For Elizabeth, the family secrets are not all that awaits her in the darkness.

3) Gill McNight - Goldenseal (Bold Strokes Books)

Great story, hard to know who’s telling the truth.  A 20-30 something young lady who spent summers in a particular area is invited back to work on natural species paintings, but there are lots of secrets she doesn’t know.  Her teenage girlfriend who broke her heart, is there demanding to be her guide, she refuses that guidance which puts her, unknowingly, in great danger. --Debra

Publisher/Author L.L. Raand (Radclyffe) lists Goldenseal as one of her favorites. It took me a while to get into the book at first--one of the MCs seemed so objectionable. But the book unfolded slowly, subtly, and inexorably toward a stunning conclusion that not only explained everything, but made the ending seem satisfying and well earned. This was really outstanding. --Jessica


When Amy Fortune returns to her childhood home, she discovers something sinister in the air—but is former lover Leone Garoul stalking her or protecting her? Amy Fortune and Leone Garoul were teenage lovers. Now, years later, Amy returns to Little Dip, the Garoul home valley to help her aunt finish a botanical project. Except Little Dip is no longer the happy place of Amy’s childhood memories. There’s something sinister in the woods. And why hasn’t Leone moved on? Why does she still dog Amy’s every move? As more and more of the Garoul family arrive for a special hunting weekend, parts of the puzzle come together and Amy’s fears escalate as she moves closer to the truth—and the secret that has eluded her since childhood.

Honorable Mention:



4) Winter Pennington -
Witch Wolf (Bold Strokes Books)
5) L.L. Raand -
The Midnight Hunt (Bold Strokes Books)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-Fic / Futuristic

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Mark Alders - Light of the Body (eXtasy Books)

I loved this book, especially since I was in the mood for something different!  Even though I am not normally a fan of Sci-Fi, the story made me want to book the next, long-leg flight to Australia!  I especially love the relationships between Jacob, Callum and Zane. I highly recommend this Sci-Fi adventure story and look forward to reading more books by the author! Alders has created a wonderful novel! --Byron

Light of the Body continues the adventures of Jacob, Callum, Suzy, Zane and Mr. Barnaby in the town of Pembroke Eve. Jacob and Callum, now living together with Jacob’s parents, are disturbed by a dog barking in the distance one night while getting intimate. Jacob finally insists they investigate the reason for the dog barking and a strange man confronts them as they venture into their backyard. The events that follow are completely weird to say the least, even for Pembroke Eve standards. The man bites Callum in the scuffle that follows, and as Jacob soon finds out, that bite is a transference. Callum is now pregnant! In fact, the whole town has been infected, with half acting like living zombies and the other half in the hospital in the same condition as Callum. What is causing this outbreak? Only Jacob and his friends, Zane and Mr. Barnaby, seem to be unaffected. But they need to find Suzy. She’s missing and the townsfolk that are the living zombies have been saying Suzy the right one. What is she the right one for? And what’s more, are these events all connected?

2) Mark Kendrick - Trenekis of Hiera (Infinity Publishing)

An Arduous Journey. A Mysterious Stranger. An Impossible Relationship.Arasen Vatch, the leader of a fanatical religious order known as the Path Holders, rose to power on Eridanus Colony in 2757 CE.  Tens of thousands died when loyalists committed a heinous act of terrorism.  Arasen fled in cold sleep hibernation with his closest followers.  No one knew he had led them to a faraway star system and founded a new settlement, dedicated to his ‘Path of Perfection’.  Yet, years later, an inevitable schism occurred. Nineteen-year-old Trenekis Idero lives in the heretical village of Hiera.  Brought there as an infant, he has only recently been told he’s Arasen’s son.  Knowing this, he dares not tell anyone he’s gay.Niko Savaidras and his planetary exploration team discover Arasen’s long lost destination.  Niko, who is also gay, is unaware that he will soon be intimately involved with the son of a notorious mass murderer.  Trenekis has no idea this will solve multiple problems he faces.But the Path Holders are watching and they intend to keep their isolated planet a secret, even if everyone has to die.

3) Belinda McBride - An Uncommon Whore (Loose Id)

An Uncommon Whore is an impressive and sensual romance. --Ro

I marked quite highly because of the depth achieved in such a low word count story. The writing flowed smoothly, the pacing was good, there were no dips and nothing drew me out of the story. So quite a high mark is acheived here. --Rosie


“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.” -- Helios Dayspring. Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn't let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention. Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever. “A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.” -- Helios Dayspring

Honorable Mention:



4) A.B. Gayle, Jude Mason, Kate Cotoner & Aleksandr Voinov -
Echoes of the Future (Noble Romance Publishing)
5) Mark Alders -
Shadows of the Mind (eXtasy Books)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Characters

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1-tie) Alan Chin - The Lonely War: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189258.html

Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189084.html

2) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187599.html

3-tie) C.J. Black - Illusion of Night: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1188860.html

Donald Hardy - Lovers Knot: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189258.html

Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187880.html

Louise Blaydon - Summer Song: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1186909.html

Marie Sexton - Strawberries for Dessert: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1188344.html

Moondancer Drake - Natural Order: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190156.html

Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - Everafter: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190156.html

Radclyffe - Returning Tides: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189782.html

Ronica Black - The Seeker: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189782.html

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Writing Style

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1-tie) Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187880.html

Ronica Black - The Seeker:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189782.html

V.K. Powell - Fever:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187599.html

2) Justine Saracen - Mephisto Aria:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189084.html

3) J.M. Redmann - Death of a Dying Man:
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189782.html

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Overall Non Fiction

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Drewey Wayne Gunn - The Golden Age of Gay Fiction (MLR Press)

This book is such a treasure. I have had several “histories” over the years, and have yearned for a new one. Seeing the covers that proceed each entry is like seeing old friends. Each entry is given a thorough treatment-giving the reader a wealth of information about the book, the author, it’s time and place. Every collection should have this book. It is a bit pricy, but it is so worth it. Bravo Drewey --Robert

It was the first great explosion of gay writing in history. These books were about gay characters. They were written mostly by gay writers. Above all, they were for gay readers. And, as this entertaining chronicle of the emergence of gay literary pride makes clear, it was a revolution that occurred several years before Stonewall! Their characters were mostly out or struggling to get out. The books were definitely out -- out on the revolving paperback bookracks in grocery stores, dime stores, drugstores, magazine agencies, and transportation terminals across the nation for youths and senior citizens, in the cities and the rural areas alike, to find and to devour. Here 19 writers take you on a tour of this Golden Age of Gay Fiction -- roughly the period between the first Kinsey Report and the first collection of Tales of the City -- paying attention to touchstone novels from the period but, even more, highlighting works of fiction that have been left unjustly to gather dust on literary shelves. Written by authors, scholars, collectors, and one of the publishers, their essays will inform you. They will sometimes amuse you. They will take you into literary corridors you only suspected were there. And the some 200 illustrations, chosen for their historical as well as their artistic interest, provide a visual record of why this was the golden age. It is guaranteed that you will emerge from reading this book with a long list of good reads to request from your favorite booksellers!

2) Donald H. Clark - Loving Someone Gay (Lethe Press)

Updated classic of gay self-help, seems to cover all the bases, so a comprehensive, mostly well-written book. Some typos and a couple bits where I thought “hang on” – such as when he asserts that gays on average are more attractive than heterosexuals – but otherwise a decent enough book. It could have used dome addresses and contact details for gay self-help groups/websites of organization, so still pretty low tech/less than completely modern/updated. --Aleks

I think it helped a lot of people, not to mention it may be very mind-broading. --Caroline


For more than three decades, clinical psychologist, Don Clark, has been speaking to the hearts and minds of gay people, their families, friends, teachers and helpers in the many editions of Loving Someone Gay. With compassion he has promoted communication across generations as well as revealing a path of understanding and reconciliation for parents, siblings, husbands and wives—as well as among religious leaders, teachers, librarians, legislators, judges, and law enforcement agencies. Most important he has provided vital insight into the psychodynamics and sociology of individuals, the gay men and lesbians who have been and continue to be misunderstood and abused in societies around the world.

3) Andrew Ramer - Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories (Lethe Press)

This book is a remarkable blending of ancient stories and inserting them into modern LGBT situations. --Kris

It IS mostly fiction—rewritten legend – but it's gorgeous. --Lee R.


Andrew Ramer's new book, Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories , grapples with traditional midrashim, plays with homoerotic love poems from medieval Spain , and envisions alternate versions of the present. Inspired by the pioneering work of Jewish feminists, using the same narrative tools as the rabbis of old, Ramer has crafted stories that anchor LGBT lives in the three thousand year old history of the Jewish people. ''The universe is made up of stories, not atoms,'' wrote poet Muriel Ruckeyser. The stories in this book will transport you to a new universe the one we are striving to create, right here and now.

Honorable Mention:



4) David Jedeikin -
Wander The Rainbow (Holistic Ideas Press)
5) Tom Cardamone -
The Lost Library (Haiduk Press)

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Overall Bisexual / Transgender Fiction

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Sandra McDonald - Diana Comet and Other Improbable Tales (Lethe Press)

A writer of whimsy and passion, Sandra McDonald has collected her most evocative short fiction to offer readers in Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories. A beautiful adventuress from the ancient city of New Dalli sets off to reclaim her missing lover. What secrets does she hide beneath her silk skirts? A gay cowboy flees the Great War in search of true love and the elusive undead poet Whit Waltman, but at what cost? A talking statue sends an abused boy spinning through a great metropolis, dodging pirates and search for a home. On these quests, you will meet macho firefighters, tiny fairies, collapsible musicians, lady devils and vengeful sea witches. These are stories to stir the heart and imagination. McDonald's stories have appeared in many national, small press and online magazines and anthologies including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy and Best New Paranormal Romance. She is the author of a series of novels—The Outback Stars, The Stars Down Under, and The Stars Blue Yonder—about an Australian military lieutenant, her handsome sergeant, and their adventures in deep space.

2) Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks - Showdown at Yellowstone River (Pink Petal Books)

Not truly a transgender story, more of a cross-dressing or unisex sort of stories. It is a good story none-the-less. --Merith

Gunslinger Matt Court has hung it up for good after a disastrous encounter in El Paso. He moved to Dakota Territory, took out a homestead and started courting Annie, the banker's daughter. But when Annie comes up pregnant and runs away with her lover, her father calls in the notorious killer, Paz, to eliminate Matt. But the mysterious Paz holds many secrets and Matt discovers not only the gunfighter's personal code of honor, but a truth that is worth both their lives. 

3) Iolanthe Woulff - She's My Dad (Outskirts Press)

If I was judging it on the main characters alone, it would absolutely warrant a full 9. They are written so well, with real personalities full of good & bad qualities. They are memorable and distinct, right from the start, and none of them exit the story quite how the entered it. --Heathyr

"Don't hate, Nicholas. Hate destroys everything. Don't let it destroy you..." For decades, ultra-liberal Windfield College has been a thorn in the side of Northern Virginia's hidebound elite. When a teaching position unexpectedly becomes available, the school hires a former male graduate - now a transsexual woman named Nickie Farrell - as an assistant professor of English. Hoping to find peace, Nickie keeps her secret under wraps until ambitious lesbian student reporter Cinda Vanderhart outs her. And Cinda has noticed something else: both Nickie and a young townie waiter named Collie Skinner have a genetic quirk which causes their eyes to be different colors. Convinced that the similarity is no coincidence, Cinda begins an investigation to discover the connection between them. Meanwhile, in a death-bed confession as she succumbs to years of brutality at the hands of her disgraced cop husband, Collie's mother Luanne reveals that his birth resulted from an illicit affair she had with a long-vanished Windfield college senior named Nick Farrington. Shattered by his mother's death, Collie turns for comfort to Robin Thompson, a gentle-hearted Christian co-worker at the upper-crust Foxton Arms restaurant. As Nickie is stalked by a pair of homicidal sociopaths, Robin finds herself entangled not only in Cinda's investigative machinations but also a murderous plot by former U.S Ambassador and tycoon Eamon Douglass to eradicate the hated college with a suicide detonation of a Cesium 137 dirty bomb. Lives and secrets hang in the balance until everything comes to a head on the morning of Windfield's annual spring picnic: April Fools Day. Filled with richly-drawn characters and building to a stunning climax, SHE'S MY DAD is a story about the destructiveness of hate, the power of love, and the redemptive triumph of good over evil. Like her title character Nickie Farrell, Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman. A sixty-year-old Princeton-educated English major, she lives in Palm Springs, CA, where for several years she wrote a column in a local magazine about the challenges of gender transition. As the eldest child of author Herman Wouk, storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Overall Gay Fiction

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Alan Chin - The Lonely War (Zumaya Publications)

This is a very demanding but oh-so-rewarding book. While I don't know if I would read it again--at 303 pages which included some rough passages I'd rather not experience again--I can honestly say that this is a book that deserves to be read by fans of m/m  who want a more realistic angle OR maybe something that is slightly off-center. It's a brilliant novel. One I'm happy I got the chance to immerse myself in. --Luce

This, I have to say, was the Jewel in the Crown of my Rainbow Award books. It was an EXCELLENT read. It kept me rapt and I can honestly say, that I never, ever, not once, knew what would happen next - but when whatever it was unfolded, I believed it. This, for me, represents very good quality writing.  It is not predictable, it is realistic, emotionally engaging, engrossing and very well written. A truly worthy contender for the top spot in this category in my opinion. --Rosie

Andrew Waters, son of an American diplomat and a Chinese mother, already has two strikes against him when he joins the crew of the USS Pilgrim not long after Pearl Harbor--his mixed heritage and his pacifism. He never expects he will fall in love with his handsome commanding officer. The crew of the Pilgrim is captured and sent to the notorious Changi POW camp. The man Andrew loves will die without proper medical treatment. To save his life, Andrew makes a choice that could destroy not just his future but his life.

2) Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery (Dreamspinner Press)

Amazing story with just the right level of kinkiness;) I really couldn't find any drawbacks:) --Caroline

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. But before his mother died, he promised her he’d grow up to be a good man, so he needs a stable career and a good husband, not a dead-end job and empty sex. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to an affair, and when Mitch offers to take Sam on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure with his fantasy man... but Mitch also comes with a past. A threesome with the other man in Mitch’s life would have been just another kinky ride, but somewhere between the Mississippi River and the Colorado Rockies, Sam falls in love. But can a relationship born out of escape and indulgence become something that lasts? Will a fantasy man be willing to settle down into reality, or is the adventure and excitement Sam finds with Mitch just another stop on a delivery man’s journey? For better or for worse, eventually Sam is going to discover the answer, because no matter how far away he travels, eventually all roads lead home. 

3-tie) Donald Hardy - Lovers' Knot (Running Press)

My first historical and surprisingly great w/ mystery and paranormal aspects to it. Thanks for this - who knows how long I would have gone without reading a historical if it weren't for your contest! : ) --Ethan D.

This was a wondefully told story-and for the M/M genre it rises well above most. The characters were well developed and quite real (important), the setting was marvellous, and the story was one that will not only keep you interested but will linger. I loved the supernatural element and all that went with it. A nice big thumbs up for this one. Love the Cover TOO!!! --Robert


Jonathan Williams has inherited Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative. With his best friend, Alayne, in tow, Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession, meet the current staff, and generally learn what it’s like to live as the landed gentry now. He’d only been there once before, fourteen years earlier. But that was a different time, he’s a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heart….The locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer, when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died. Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat. Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn’t have at home.But that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, romantic triangles and wronged lovers. Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm, and ebb just as quickly. By the summer’s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for life.Now Jonathan is determined to start anew. Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks. Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear. Until Alayne’s life is in danger. Until the town’s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real. And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death…

Geoffrey Knight - The Riddle of the Sands (Cleis Press)

Geoffrey has created a fascinating novel! I found this to be a superb and fast-paced book to read.  It could conceivably become a James Bond or another Indiana Jones movie, but with sexy, male-to-male sexy relationships. I could not put this book down! I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books by the author! --Byron

I enjoyed this book. It ended up being my favorite of the five I read. --Ken

This is the second in the Fathom Five Adventure series-the previous book being The Cross of Sins. This book picks up where the other leaves off, and once again Knight delivers and exciting erotic tale filled with action and suspense. Some may feel that the things get repetitious at times, but then consider what someone who picks up this book wants from it. This is not literature (as such) but it delivers the goods in a respectable way. Fans of Knight will be delighted. The cover of course will motivate many to pick it up (smart move), but those who actually pick it up to read it will get what they want and more. Cleis is again a publisher you can count on. --Robert


Hot gay tomb raiders. Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis—the vengeful Pierre Perron—Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-hunters is sent on a seemingly impossible mission. Will they uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in time to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison? Is the Riddle a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt?
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Overall Lesbian Fiction

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie (Bold Strokes Books)

I didn't think it possible that I would find a book to give perfect scores, but I did. Moody captures the essence of the era not only in the characters and setting, but in her witty and engaging dialogue. I laughed out loud many times throughout this book. I could spend days with these characters. Well done! --Julie

Aside it being perfectly developed in every way, it was hysterically funny and great to read. I was literally laughing out loud at various points! --Mitzie


When Hollywood-bound actress Violet London meets speakeasy singer Moxie Valette, her trip takes an unexpected turn toward love. New York City, 1931: When wry Broadway actress Violet London and her hard-drinking cohorts venture into a speakeasy the night before she is to board a train for Hollywood, she is floored by sassy blond singer Moxie Valette. As Violet introduces Moxie to an assortment of bootleg liquor, cross-dressers, and sex shows, she vows to find a way to see her again. Moxie is fascinated by Violet in a thrilling and unfamiliar way, and the ensuing evening of bon mots, shameless flirtation, and illicit revelry is unlike anything she has ever experienced. From Manhattan to Los Angeles, both women’s lives are turned upside-down by separation, unscrupulous motion picture studio executives, self-serving agents, eccentric celebrities, and the collection of hedonistic reprobates that are their closest friends.

2) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club (P.D. Publishing)

Beautifully written. The characters and setting coming to life on the page. Well done! Kim gets top score! --Julie

I must say, up front, that I absolutely loved this book. This was easily the best overall piece of fiction out of all the books I've read. --Heathyr

Flight 1049 from New York to Milan, Italy goes down, killing all but nine passengers. Three are rescued the next day, the other six, who will become the Island Six, must survive an island, the elements, and each other, for more than a year. Their families back home must reconcile their lives, now void of husband, father, mother, wife and friend. After a heartwarming rescue, the Island Six have to find their places in their old lives once more

3) Ronica Black - The Seeker (Bold Strokes Books)

Wow. What a fantastic read. I was swept away from the first page. There´s taut thriller sequences mixed with heart-wrenching emotions set against a fabulous, slow-building romance. Incredible detail made this story seem so real. It asks important questions about the price of fame and the sacrifices ordinary people make when they get involved with famous partners. The different twists and turns in the case made me read the book in one sitting, and the unmasking of the would-be killer had me absolutely riveted. --Kate C.

FBI profiler Kennedy Scott battles ghosts from her past, deadly obsession, and the evil that haunts her. The Seeker. Famed Hollywood actress Veronica Ryan arrives at a red carpet event with her wife Shawn. They are the world's most famous gay couple—beautiful, wealthy, and by all appearances, the happiest couple in the world. But things aren't always as they appear. And someone is out to dampen the parade. A shot rings out and Veronica finds herself tackled to the ground by security, her wife lying next to her in a pool of blood. Kennedy Scott used to be the best behavioral profiler the FBI had, but she is haunted by a string of child murders no one can solve. A single quote—Seek and ye shall find—was all she had to go on. The case has eaten her alive, and after her own family is threatened by an armed intruder, Kennedy retreats to be with them. But one phone call brings her back into the game. Veronica Ryan needs her help and the path may lead to the one who haunts her. The Seeker.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Best Cover

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) The Lost Library - Cover Art by Mel Odom



2) Oracle - Cover Art by Reese Dante



3) Fugly - Cover Art by Christine M. Griffin



Honorable Mention:



4) A Brush of Wings - Cover Art by Dan Skinner
5) Can't Help the Way That I Feel - Cover Art by Unknown
6) The Angel of 13th Street - Cover Art by Alessia Brio
7) Gathering Storm - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
8-tie) A Risk Worth Taking - Cover Art by Anne Cain
Miles and the Magic Flute - Cover Art by Anne Cain
10-tie) Fall of a State - Cover Art by Anne Cain
Held Captive - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: And the award goes to...

It was a VERY LONG path to this day, sometime good (most of the time), sometime bad (not so much to ruin this experience). First of all a big thank to all the judges who helped me to arrive to this result: 

Aileenfan, Alan Michael Williams, Aleksandr Voinov, Amie Love, Anna, Antonella, Arch, Austin Wallace, Benjamin, Bethann Korsmit, Bobby D. Whitney, Byron A. Lorrier, Carey Parrish, Carol H., Cassandra Gold, Cat Grant, Charlie David, Chris, Ciarán Llachlan Leavitt, Clare London, Craig Burke, Dakota Flint, Debra, Devon Rhodes, E.M. Lynley, Eric Ethingon, Erotic Horizon, Ethan Day, Ethan Stone, Eve, George Henson, Heathyr Diamond, Heidi Cullinan, Heidi F., James Rasmussen, Jan Irving, Jason B., Jay Hartman, Kenley Maitland, Jem, Jenre, Jessica G., Josh Aterovis, Julie W., K.C. Kendricks, Kate Cotoner, Kate McMurray, Kele, Ken Kimball, Kimberly Gardner, Kirsten, Kris Jacen, Kym Hinton, Lee Pulaski, Lee Rowan, Lia, Lily, Lori Toland, Luce, Lyne, Matt Montgomery, Merith, Miguel Santana, Minami, Mitzie, Molly Church, Morg, Perpetua, R.J. Scott, Rbm00, Rosemary "Ro", Robert Jaquay, Rosie, Roxy Harte, Ryan Field, Sandra M., Shannon Yarbrough, Shelby I., Signy Kuiper, Sloan Parker, Stephan Schmetterling, Steve Callahan, T.C. Blue, Tammy, Tim Keller, Uli, Will F. 

A special thank you to the celebrities jury for the Rainbow Award Cover Contest:
Dylan Rosser, Jack Mackenroth and Jesse Archer



And as always a big thank you to the Publishers which allow me and the judges to have all the books for the reading phase: Alligator PressAmber Quill Press, Aspen Mountain Press, Bold Strokes Books, Bristlecone Pine Press, Captiva PressCarina Press, Carnal Passions, Chelsea Station Editions, Cherokee McGhee, Circlet Press, Cleis PressDreamspinner Press, Ellora's Cave, eXtasy BooksFanny Press, GMP Editions, Haiduk Press, Holistic Ideas Press, Infinity Publishing, Insomniac Press, Lethe Press, Liquid Silver BooksLoose Id, Lyrical Press, Manifold PressMLR Press, Noble Romance Publishing, Outskirts Press, P.D. PublishingPink Petal Books, Prizm Books, QueerEdFiction, Ravenous Romance, Reluctant PressResplendence PublishingRomance Unbound PublishingRunning PressSamhain Publishing, Sapphire Books, Shanlian Wordlit Press, Silver PublishingSiren Publishing, SL Publishing Group, SouthWest Publications, Swimming Kangaroo Books, The Sofawolf Press, Torquere Books, Total-e-BoundZumaya Publications

And now what all you are waiting, the 2010 Rainbow Awards. And the awards go to:



Best Gay Coming of Age / Young Adult: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1186909.html
1) Louise Blaydon - Summer Song
2) Dakota Chase - The Eye of Ra
3) Hayden Thorne - The Curse of Arachnaman

Best Bisexual / Transgender Contemporary: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187212.html
1) Iolanthe Woulff - She's My Dad
2) Clifford Henderson - Spanking New
3) Mykola Dementiuk - Dee Dee Day

Best Gay Contemporary: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187489.html
1) Wayne Courtois - Tales My Body Told Me
2) Miguel Santana - The Marien Revelation
3-tie) Marshall Moore - An Ideal for Living
Sean Meriwether - The Silent Hustler

Best Lesbian Contemporary: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187599.html
1) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club
2) V.K. Powell - Fever
3) Geonn Cannon - Tilting at Windmills

Best Gay Erotica Contemporary: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1187880.html
1) Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery
2) Anah Crow & Dianne Fox - Slow Bloom
3) A.J. Llewellyn - The Wine-Dark Sea

Best Gay Contemporary Romance: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1188344.html
1) Sloan Parker - More
2) Marie Sexton - Strawberries for Dessert
3) Eden Winters - The Wish

Best Bisexual, Transgender & Lesbian Fantasy: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1188499.html
1) Sandra McDonald - Diana Comet and Other Improbable Tales
2) Jane Fletcher - Wolfsbane Winter
3) Alex Mykals - Nigredo

Best Gay Fantasy: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1188860.html
1-tie) Heidi Cullinan - Hero
Heidi Cullinan - Miles and the Magic Flute
2) Becca Abbott - Cethe
3) J.C. Herneson - Spring of the Stag God

Best Bisexual, Transgender & Lesbian Historical: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189084.html
1) Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie
2) Justine Saracen - Mephisto Aria
3) Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks - Showdown at Yellowstone River

Best Gay Historical: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189258.html
1) Alan Chin - The Lonely War
2) Donald Hardy - Lovers Knot
3) George Gardiner - The Hadrian Enigma

Best Gay Mystery / Thriller: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189542.html
1) Geoffrey Knight - The Riddle of the Sands
2) P.A. Brown - L.A. Boneyard
3) Anthony Bidulka  - Date with a Sheesha

Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1189782.html
1) Ronica Black - The Seeker
2) Radclyffe - Returning Tides
3) J.M. Redmann - Death of a Dying Man

Best Gay Paranormal / Horror: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190053.html
1) Viki Lyn - Last Chance
2) Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason - Alex's Appeal
3) Marguerite Labbe - Our Sacred Balance

Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190156.html
1) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - Everafter
2) Moondancer Drake - Natural Order
3) Gill McNight - Goldenseal

Best Gay Sci-Fic / Futuristic: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190592.html
1) Mark Alders - Light of the Body
2) Mark Kendrick - Trenekis of Hiera
3) Belinda McBride - An Uncommon Whore

Best Characters: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190870.html
1-tie) Alan Chin - The Lonely War
Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie
2) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club
3-tie) C.J. Black - Illusion of Night
Donald Hardy - Lovers Knot
Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery
Louise Blaydon - Summer Song
Marie Sexton - Strawberries for Dessert
Moondancer Drake - Natural Order
Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - Everafter
Radclyffe - Returning Tides
Ronica Black - The Seeker

Best Setting: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1190954.html
1) Alan Chin - The Lonely War
2) Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie
3) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club

Best Writing Style: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1191204.html
1-tie) Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery
Ronica Black - The Seeker
V.K. Powell - Fever
2) Justine Saracen - Mephisto Aria
3) J.M. Redmann - Death of a Dying Man

Best Overall Non Fiction: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1191460.html
1) Drewey Wayne Gunn - The Golden Age of Gay Fiction
2) Donald H. Clark - Loving Someone Gay
3) Andrew Ramer - Queering the Text

Best Overall Bisexual / Transgender Fiction: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1191737.html
1) Sandra McDonald - Diana Comet and Other Improbable Tales
2) Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks - Showdown at Yellowstone River
3) Iolanthe Woulff - She's My Dad

Best Overall Gay Fiction: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1191948.html
1) Alan Chin - The Lonely War
2) Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery
3-tie) Donald Hardy - Lovers Knot
Geoffrey Knight - The Riddle of the Sands

Best Overall Lesbian Fiction: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1192315.html
1) Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie
2) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club
3) Ronica Black - The Seeker

Best Cover: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1192664.html
1) The Lost Library - Cover Art by Mel Odom
2) Oracle - Cover Art by Reese Dante
3) Fugly - Cover Art by Christine M. Griffin

See you next year!

 
Here's the link for Rainbow Cheesecake Boy prints: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63055083/print-of-cheesecake-boy-pin-up-painting