May 6th, 2011

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Dorothy B. Hughes (August 10, 1904 – May 6, 1993)

Dorothy B. Hughes (10 August 1904 – 6 May 1993) was an American crime writer and literary critic. Hughes wrote fourteen crime and detective novels, primarily in the hardboiled and noir styles, and is best known for the novels In a Lonely Place (1947) and Ride the Pink Horse (1946).

Born Dorothy Belle Flanagan in Kansas City, Missouri, she studied journalism and after graduating from the University of Missouri with her B.J. degree in 1924 worked in that field in Missouri, New Mexico, and New York. She did graduate work in journalism at the University of New Mexico and at Columbia University but did not receive a degree from either institution.

Hughes’ first published book, Dark Certainty (1931) was a volume of poetry, which was the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition.

In 1940, she published her first mystery novel The So Blue Marble followed by eight more mystery novels in the 1940s. In addition to her novels, Hughes also wrote a history of the University of New Mexico and a critical study of writer Erle Stanley Gardner. In 1951 she received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Outstanding Mystery Criticism and in 1978 she was given the MWA's Grand Master award.

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First Book – Dark Certainty (1931)

Last Book - Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Real Perry Mason (1978)


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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 11-20

11) Matthew Lang - The Secret of Talmor Manor, MLR Press, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (February 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608202933
ISBN-13: 978-1608202935

After a mysterious package arrives on Jake's doorstep, he starts having very strange dreams: when he falls asleep he finds himself in a dilapidated English Manor inhabited by a number of ghosts who believe he can free them from their eternal existence. But when the Lord of the Manor appears in Jake's living room, Jake finds himself facing some very difficult questions. What should he do about the attraction between him and this turn of the century living ghost? Why is someone trying to kill them in their dreams? And what should he wear to the upcoming Halloween party?

12) Richard Fazio - The Nexus, JMS Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456407007
ISBN-13: 978-1456407001

Balthazar Sykes is just an ordinary man who works at a New York advertising agency. But he quickly discovers he possesses extraordinary psychic abilities. His dreams become mirrors to the past, revealing his friends’ most private secrets. His thoughts manifest themselves into pure energy, giving him superhuman abilities. His search to discover what is happening leads Sykes on a page-turning adventure into the mysteries locked within the human mind. As events unfold, Sykes finds himself lost in a maze of metaphysical intrigue and immediate danger. At the center of it all is a covert genetics experiment called Project H.E.L.I.X. With the help of his closest friends, Sykes twists and turns through lies and deceptions on his quest to discover the truth about the source of his powers. Each hour, Sykes’ abilities continue to strengthen, becoming much more powerful than anything science or the military could have envisioned. His adversaries will stop at nothing to prevent him from exposing Project H.E.L.I.X. to the world.

13) Jaime Samms - Finder's Keepers, Total-e-Bound, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (January 31, 2011)

All his life, Rory Sanders just wanted please the people he loves and always thought he failed, until the day Gabriel Stark rescues him from Kane's abusive hands and Rory's own misconceptions of what it means to be submissive. His search for a way into the world that lets him live out his need to serve others has left Rory Sanders estranged from his family and without a lot of friends. When he meets Kane, he thinks his dreams have come true. Those dreams are shattered when he discovers Kane is less interested in his submission than his total subjugation and humiliation. Unable to figure out how to please Kane, Rory is left in a dangerous and humiliating position, bound and helpless in a fetish club where he at last meets people who understand. Gabriel Stark is not only the private investigator called in to figure out who Kane is and why he has been abusing submissive men, he's also a professional Dom and the man of Rory's dreams come to life. It remains to be seen if Gabe can overcome his own losses and mistakes and be the Dom Rory needs, or if he will let his own past be the ruin of yet another submissive who needs his help. That Rory is physically, emotionally, and intellectually everything Gabe has been looking for only makes Gabe more determined not to get emotionally invested in Rory's recovery. Keeping Rory safe from Kane might be more than Gabe can manage on his own, and the result of failure could cost the submissive his life.

14) Lee Houck - Yield, Kensington Books, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758242654
ISBN-13: 978-0758242655

In his evocative and mesmerizing debut novel, Lee Houck depicts a contemporary Manhattan thrumming with sex and violence as seen through the eyes of Simon—a twenty-something part-time hustler with a cadre of loyal, sometimes floundering friends. As Simon grows increasingly involved with a gorgeous, guileless client named Aiden, he tries to navigate a path to fulfillment in a city where love and honesty are as dangerous as they are rare. Witty, spare, and rapier-sharp, this is an exceptional story of the friendships that sustain us, the families we create, and the pain and joy that are always within reach, waiting for us to yield…

15) Robin Reardon - A Question of Manhood, Kensington Books, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075824679X
ISBN-13: 978-0758246790

November 1972. The Vietnam War is rumored to be drawing to a close, and for sixteen-year-old Paul Landon, the end can’t come soon enough. The end will mean his older brother Chris, the family’s golden child, returning home from the Army for good. But while home on leave, Chris entrusts Paul with a secret: He’s gay. And when Chris is killed in action, Paul is beset by grief and guilt, haunted by knowledge he can’t share. That summer, Paul is forced to work at his family’s pet supply store. Worse, he must train a new employee, JJ O’Neil, a gay college freshman. But though Paul initially dislikes JJ for being everything he’s not—self-confident, capable, ambitious—he finds himself learning from him. Not just about how to handle the anxious, aggressive dogs JJ so effortlessly calms and trains, but how to stand up for himself—even when it means standing against his father, his friends, and his own fears. Through JJ, Paul finally begins to glimpse who his brother really was—and a way toward becoming the man he wants to be…

16) Sean Wolfe - Hard and Fast, Kensington Books, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758255721
ISBN-13: 978-0758255723

In this edgy, provocative anthology, Sean Wolfe uses his wickedly erotic imagination to expose the wild side in every man--the side that's just waiting to be released. . . A counselor at a church camp succumbs to a gorgeous younger guy's unrelenting advances in "Camp Quaker Haven." In "Pool Party," twins Cole and Chris get a chance to explore their most mind-blowing fantasies with their school's hottest jocks. A lonely cowboy plays Good Samaritan when he finds a young Native American man being harassed by a bunch of drunks--and is repaid in the most gratifying way possible in "Lone No More." And a priest beloved by his community finds forbidden temptation--and unexpected understanding--in "The Collar." By turns explicit and intimate, tender and raunchy, here are twelve stories that satisfy on every level. Because nothing beats the thrill of giving in, and learning that breaking the rules brings all kinds of rewards. . .

17) Tomas Mournian - Hidden, Kensington Books, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758251319
ISBN-13: 978-0758251312

When Ahmed's parents send him to a residential treatment center known as Serenity Ridge, it's with one goal: to "fix" their son, at any cost. But eleven months of abuse and overmedication leave him desperate to escape. And when the opportunity comes, Ahmed runs away to San Francisco. There, he moves into a secret safe house shared by a group of teens. Until they become independent at eighteen, the housemates hide away from authorities, bound by rules that both protect and frustrate. Ahmed, now known as Ben, tries to adjust to a life lived in impossibly close quarters with people he barely knows, all of whom guard secrets of their own. But even if they succeed in keeping the world at bay, there's no hiding from each other or from themselves. And there's no avoiding the conflicts, crushes, loneliness, and desire that could shatter their fragile, complicated sanctuary at any moment. . .

18) Fiona Zedde - Dangerous Pleasures, Kensington Books, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758217404
ISBN-13: 978-0758217400

No Names. No Guilt. No Boundaries. Renee Matthews is starting over. Free of a demanding ex-husband who left her feeling worthless, she's ready for a purely physical connection, on her terms. Sex in the dark with a total stranger--a night of breathless passion without complications. An online ad leads to the first of many anonymous trysts. And when one partner takes her into a darker realm of pleasure, Renee discovers hungers she never knew she possessed. Renee knows these encounters are risky. Nothing has ever compared to such exhilarating desire--certainly not her ex, or the "perfect" potential boyfriend her parents keep pushing her way. But as the excitement escalates, so does the danger. And walking away from her midnight lover may be more difficult than Renee ever expected. . .

19) Michael Griffo - Unnatural, Kensington Books, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758253389
ISBN-13: 978-0758253385

Michael Howard and Ronan Glynn-Rowley meet at Archangel Academy, an all-boys school in Eden, a rural town in north western England. Both are outcasts and decried as unnatural, Michael because he's gay, and Ronan because he's a hybrid vampire. But when Ronan, afraid to reveal his true self to Michael, turns him into a vampire against his will, both become drawn into a dangerous new world, where traditional vampires plot to destroy hybrids, and where fellow students, teachers, even their own families have unexpected secrets...

20) Todd Gregory - Games Frat Boys Play, Kensington Books, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758247427
ISBN-13: 978-0758247421

Eight years at an exclusive Swiss boarding school have given Jordy Valentine an impressive education. But the things he really wants to learn-like how to make friends, fit in, and find a lover-have eluded him. He’s hoping college will change everything... From the start, Jordy is intrigued by the Beta Kappa fraternity-especially by handsome rush chair Chad York. Dazzled by Chad’s flirting, Jordy is crushed when Chad cruelly rejects him on Initiation Night. But if Chad doesn’t want Jordy, plenty of other guys do! Especially once he begins to work out and transform his body. Suddenly Jordy is free to indulge every deep desire he’s ever had-from illicit locker room trysts with his personal trainer to fun, frenzied encounters at the local dance club and his frat house to exhilarating, uninhibited online hookups. In time, Jordy will have to decide what matters more-revenge against Chad, or the chance at an incredible connection that satisfies in every way. Intensely erotic and irresistibly real, Games Frat Boys Play is a delicious initiation into the ways of lust, love, and raw desire…
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 1 - Slot 2

The Most Voted cover of Round 1 - Slot 1 was: Arabesque by Ms. Rosek

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

swquill  Ebook Giveaway: Matthew Lang - The Secret of Talmor Manor, kindly offered by MLR Press

- you will vote only 1 time for each slot of 50 covers; in round 1 there will be 16 slots for a total of 800 covers; 400 covers will pass to round 2, 200 to round 3, 100 to round 4 and 50 to the fifth and last round.
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Debra, Dylan Rosser, Jack Mackenroth, Jesse Archer, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.
- you can vote as many covers as you want but no more than 25.

All the 50 covers are saved here:

and here is the poll:

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I suggest you to open the covers page in a different window and check the covers you like in the poll.

Enjoy and please, fair play!
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Darkness Descending by Bethann Korsmit

Darkness Descending is not an “easy” book and since it’s also quite long, I’d like to give an helping push to the most undecided romantic readers, don’t worry, if you decide to give it a chance, in the end the story is less “dark” and dramatic of what the beginning, the cover and the title will let you imagine.

Another point that you need to consider, and be patient for the good part to start, is that, if you are searching for a gay romance, at first this book didn’t seem to belong to that category; for a good half of the story, it was more a father (gay) and son (straight) relationship than anything else. That is probably the other strong point of this novel: it’s actually two story in one, first Robert, the gay father, will have to try and find a way to communicate, and having a relationship, with his son Alex, and only after that he would be able to consider, or re-consider, his relationship with Mitchell.

At the beginning of this story, everything crashed around Robert: his relationship with his mother, the only relative still talking to him after his own conservative son, Alex, disowned Robert since he was not in line with his political career expectations; and his relationship with Mitchell, the lover who patiently waited for years for Robert to understand that they needed to have a life and that finally was at the end of the rope.

At this point Robert does something that is quite against his ordinary behaviour: Robert indeed is a very strong man, the dominant in the relationship with Mitchell, the caretaker of his own family (his mother, his son), but also him, like Mitchell, was probably at the end of his own rope. The desperate act is not a cry of help, but that is the consequences, and Alex will have to finally realize that Robert is not only his father, he is also a man who wants, and needs, to have a life. With a quite clever turning point in the story, the author let Alex sees a different side of his own father, a side that Robert had to repress when he became the man of the family at only 15 years old. In doing so, Alex in a way becomes the father, the caretaker, and Robert the one who needs care.

This shifting in roles completely turn back in the second part of the story, when the focus shifts from Alex and Robert to Robert and Mitchell; also Mitchell, in the first part of the story, had the chance to show his “strong” side, while Robert was a little more subdued than his ordinary behaviour, but in part two, Robert completely comes back to his old own, and so does Mitchell.

That is what I liked most, the inter-relationships in the story, Alex-Robert, Robert-Mitchell, but also among the supporting characters, like Alex’s wife and Robert’s doctor, among the other. What sometime I found a little too much (but this is also the point that probably would appeal to the very romantic reader) is that sometime the story was a bit too much sugary, and that the resolution of the internal conflict between the characters were too simple; this was counterparted with a quite heavy and dramatic outside negative opposition, the environment in which Robert and Mitchell are living is not exactly gay-friendly and they suffer a lot due to that.

Amazon: Darkness Descending
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (June 19, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595444059
ISBN-13: 978-0595444052

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