May 26th, 2011

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Kathleen Winsor (October 16, 1919 – May 26, 2003)

Kathleen Winsor (October 16, 1919 - May 26, 2003) was an American author, best known for the romance novel Forever Amber.

Winsor was born October 16, 1919 in Olivia, Minnesota but raised in Berkeley, California. At the age of 18, Winsor made a list of her goals for life. Among those was her hope to write a best-selling novel. Winsor graduated in 1938 from the University of California, Berkeley. During her school years, she married a fellow student, All-American college football player Robert Herwig. In 1937, she began writing a thrice-weekly sports column for the Oakland Tribune. Although that job only lasted a year, Winsor later returned to the newspaper to work as a receptionist. She was fired in 1938 when the newspaper chose to trim their workforce.

Winsor became interested in the Restoration period through her husband. Herwig was writing a paper for school on Charles II, and, out of boredom, Winsor read one of his research books.

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In 2000 a new edition of Forever Amber was published with a foreword by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Winsor died May 26, 2003 in New York City.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Winsor

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 41-50

41) Kathryn Shay - The Perfect Family, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282181X
ISBN-13: 978-1602821811

What happens to the "perfect family" when the future suddenly changes in the most unexpected way? Seventeen-year old Jamie Davidson doesn't think being gay should be such a big deal...until he comes out to his parents and friends. Even as Jamie celebrates no longer needing to hide his true self and looks forward to the excitement of openly dating another boy, the entire Davidson family is thrown into turmoil. Jamie's father Mike can't reconcile his religious beliefs with his son's sexuality. His brother Brian is harassed by his jock buddies and angry at Jamie for complicating all their lives. Maggie, his mother, fears being able to protect her son while struggling to save her crumbling marriage. And Jamie feels guilty for the unhappiness his disclosure has caused. Every member of their “perfect family” must search their hearts and souls to reconnect with each other in this honest, heartwarming, and hopeful look at the redemptive power of love and family.

42) Sophia Kell Hagin - Whatever Gods May Be, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821836
ISBN-13: 978-1602821835

Some get seduced by the uniform. Others want the kick-ass camaraderie. But Jamie Gwynmorgan can’t resist the sleek, dark lethality of the weapon — and the recruiter’s promise that yes, if she’s strong enough, good enough, she’ll be permitted to fire that weapon in combat. Desperate to protect herself, determined to escape her past, Jamie expects to fight hard for her future. What she never expects is to find love.

43) Nell Stark & Trinity Tam - nevermore, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821844
ISBN-13: 978-1602821842

A coup. A plague. A falling soul. In this sequel to everafter, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland are separated when Alexa is caught in the middle of a Wereshifter civil war halfway around the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious disease begins to ravage the shifter population of New York City. Unable to reach Alexa to warn her, Val must penetrate the darkest secrets of the Consortium in a race against time to save her lover and friends. Will Alexa be able to avoid the clutches of a powerful Were who wants to use her as bait? And in Alexa’s absence, will Valentine be able to resist the powerful temptation of her growing thirst?

44) Lea Santos - Playing the Player, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821852
ISBN-13: 978-1602821859

Madeira Pacias has been happily coasting through life as a confirmed—and contented—single player. But the day she stops to help the victims of a highway pileup, everything changes. Madeira finds the woman of her dreams...dreams she wasn’t even aware she had. Grace Obregon is beautiful, vulnerable, and exactly the kind of woman Madeira usually avoids. But now, she’ll do anything to convince Grace of her sincerity. Reformed wild child Grace might owe Madeira her gratitude, but she doesn’t owe her anything else. There was a time when she might have fallen for this irresistible charmer, but at the moment, Madeira just seems like the ghost of girlfriends past. These days, Grace is looking for stability and respect, and the kind of woman who won’t break her heart. Somebody unlike her seductive roadside angel...unless Madeira really has shed her devil-may-care past. Fourth in the Amigas y Amor Series

45) Curtis Christopher Comer - Midnight Whispers, The Blake Danzig Chronicles, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821860
ISBN-13: 978-1602821866

Paranormal investigator Blake Danzig, star of the syndicated show Haunted California and owner of Danzig Paranormal Investigations, has been able to see and talk to the dead since he was a small boy. Born into a circus family, Blake eventually made his way to San Francisco where he wrote his first book and opened his paranormal investigation office. Assisted by his best friend and self-proclaimed witch, Melody Adams, Blake helps his ex-lover and San Francisco Police Detective, Brian Cox, solve cold case murders by contacting the spirits of the victims. But, when he gets too close to a psychotic spirit, all hell breaks loose and Blake ends up risking losing not only his boyfriend, Joe, but his very soul.

46) D.L. Line - Head Trip, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821879
ISBN-13: 978-1602821873

What would you do if you could go anywhere, do anything? Chicago 2039: Head Trip, a virtual travel service, promises exactly that to anyone willing to pay for it. Shelby Hutchinson, a young computer professional, loves the idea and can’t wait to take a trip. She turns to her favorite video game for inspiration and travels to Berlin in 1985. With the assistance of a memorable Soviet agent named Tasha, Shelby learns that chasing spies through Cold War Europe might be a great adventure, but nothing is ever as easy as it seems. When her virtual trip takes an unexpected and dangerous turn, Shelby returns to everyday life, but finds that even that has been changed by her experience. The biggest change comes in the form of a magazine reporter named Trish, who bears more than a slight resemblance to someone Shelby met once before. Together, they discover that Head Trip is hiding a secret, and when that secret turns deadly, will Shelby do whatever it takes to make everything right again? Will she risk everything and take one more Head Trip?

47) Radclyffe - Desire by Starlight, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821887
ISBN-13: 978-1602821880

Best-selling romance author Jenna Hardy, aka Cassandra Hart, sprints through life from one appearance to the next, always on deadline, always in demand, always on the arm of a different beautiful woman. She has no personal life because her entire existence is public, and part of her appeal. She loves the tempo, the power, the thrill until the pace catches up to her and she collapses at a book signing. Her doctor orders rest, her editor wants a three book series yesterday, and her attorney informs her she has just inherited a farm in the backcountry of Vermont. Divine intervention or Fate's little joke? The only thing that might possibly save her from dying of boredom during a summer of forced R&R is a dalliance with Gardner Davis, the local vet. Unfortunately, everything about Jenna’s high-profile lifestyle is exactly what Gard wants to leave far, far behind, that and a dark secret that haunts the new life she’s made.

48) Cate Culpepper - River Walker, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821895
ISBN-13: 978-1602821897

Any night La Llorona walks the river is a night to stay indoors. One moonlit midnight, two very different women meet on the banks of the muddy Rio Grande. Grady Wrenn is a cultural anthropologist, enthralled by a local ghost story about a vengeful spirit known as the River Walker. Elena Montalvo, a spiritual healer, is that tortured spirit’s only defender. Together, Grady and Elena must find a way to end the River Walker’s murderous vendetta— and overcome a maze of cultural barriers to find each other.

49) Todd Gregory - Blood Sacraments, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821909
ISBN-13: 978-1602821903

They walk in the darkness, seeking their prey, driven by needs and desires they cannot control. Their lust for human blood struggles with their desire for the body of a beautiful man—and if they are truly lucky, they can satisfy both lusts at the same time. In these tales of the gay vampire, some of today’s top erotic writers explore the duality of blood lust coupled with passion and sensuality, and the need of the vampire to take blood and give erotic delight in return.

50) David-Mathew Barnes - Mesmerized, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821917
ISBN-13: 978-1602821910

While being punished for writing a controversial article in her high school paper, Serena Albright is befriended by the enigmatic loner Brodie Wiles. Serena witnesses the first time that Brodie meets Lance Royal, who is secretly rehearsing to compete in The Showdown, the biggest dance contest of the year. Immediately, Serena is drawn into their world, inspired by the love she recognizes between them. Through her close friendship with Brodie and Lance, Serena finds comfort for the grief and guilt she feels over the brutal death of her older gay brother, the victim of a hate crime. Frustrated that her deep-in-denial parents spend endless hours in front of the television and refuse to acknowledge the death of their son, Serena accepts the challenge to have a face-to-face meeting with the boy who killed her brother.
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 1 - Slot 5

The Most Voted covers of Round 1 - Slot 4 was: Apples and Regret and Wasted Time cover by Nathie

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

luci0logy  Ebook Giveaway: Jess Faraday - The Affair of the Porcelain Dog, kindly offered by Bold Strokes Books

- you will vote only 1 time for each slot of 50 covers; in round 1 there will be 20 slots for a total of 1000 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:

http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2011CoverContest_05.htm

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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Starfucker by Michael Willhoite

Without doubt this short story is well written and fascinating, but it’s a dark fascination; in a near future, you can buy clones of your favourite “dead” actors as sex toy. Brad, a gay widower, decides the best way to heal from the broken heart due to his partner’s death is to satisfy his teenager crush for James Dean, and so that is his gift to himself. The clone is perfect, everything Brad was hoping and then more, but of course people around him are jealous of his new toy, and they will do everything to break his bubble.

There is really nothing in the few pages of this story that could lead the reader to imagine the ending, but in a way, I was not surprised about it. Maybe it’s the writing style, sexy but dry, for sure not sweet; or maybe it’s a “silent” tone, it was like while I was reading, a sad tune was playing in the background. In a way or the other, if you are a tender heart, be careful of this author, it’s for sure not for the ordinary romance reader. But if you want your story with a bite, even if a bittersweet bit, than Michael Willhoite is one author to consider.

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Amazon Kindle: Starfucker
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (November 17, 2010)

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