June 3rd, 2011

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 51-60

51) Ronica Black - Chasing Love, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821925
ISBN-13: 978-1602821927

What happens when going from woman to woman leads to the one place you least expect? Amy Edwards is looking for love. From girl bars to shady chat rooms to women’s sporting events, Amy’s prowled them all like the fiercest of hunters. From a young, troubled go-go dancer, to an obsessive mail carrier, to a tweaked out tomboy, to a lusciously aggressive accountant with way more than numbers on her mind. But love has remained elusive. Until one day…there’s no one. Suddenly Amy has to learn to be with the person she’s been resisting all along. Herself. It’s while on this inner journey that Amy finally notices Morresay, the quiet art teacher who’s been smiling at her for weeks. Amy’s world is shaken for good this time, proving once and for all that love is never elusive…as long as you love yourself.

52) Yolanda Wallace - Rum Spring, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821933
ISBN-13: 978-1602821934

Sometimes love doesn't play by the rules. Rebecca Lapp is a devout follower of her Amish faith and a firm believer in the Ordnung, the set of rules that govern her life in the tiny Pennsylvania town she calls home. When she meets Dylan Mahoney, however, the rules go out the window. During Rebecca's rumspringa—the four-year period during which Amish teenagers decide whether to join the church or leave it for the outside world—Dylan, a film buff and aspiring movie critic, shows Rebecca a world she never dreamed of. The pair make plans to spend the rest of their lives together until a rift forms between their families and forces them to part ways. After much soul-searching, Rebecca decides familial loyalty is more important than her own happiness. But when Dylan develops feelings for another woman, Rebecca's loyalty is put to the test. Love or tradition? Which path will she choose?

53) Jove Belle - Indelible, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821941
ISBN-13: 978-1602821941

Angie Dressen’s goal in life is simple. She wants her son, Oliver, to have the childhood she never had. She remembers coming in second to the never-ending stream of girlfriends her father brought home, and she wants Oliver to know he comes first. Besides, between working full time as a waitress, struggling to finish her degree one class at a time, and raising her son, Angie doesn’t have time for love. Or so she thinks. Luna Rinaldi is the wild-haired, leather-wearing embodiment of all Angie’s relationship fears. She’s a well-respected tattoo artist with a long list of past lovers and a reputation for leaving in the middle of the night. She’s also kind, thoughtful, and adventurous, with a serious soft spot for Angie and Oliver. The two enter into a tenuous relationship, one that leaves Luna wanting more and Angie resisting the promise in Luna’s eyes. When they are together, though, Angie wants to believe in love, trust, and the possibility of forever.

54) Paul Faraday - The Straight Shooter, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282195X
ISBN-13: 978-1602821958

Fresh from a summer on the beach, West Hollywood Junior Collegiate, Nate Dainty is armed with a syllabus and a hidden agenda: to meet adult film sensation and (somewhat less) dedicated calculus student, Myles Long. Myles returns Our Red-Haired Amateur Sleuth’s desire, but before their big scene, the Paragon of Porn is snatched out from under Nate by masked men in a van in a parking lot! With the help of his good pals, Beso Tangelo and Jorge Ramirez, Nate tackles the case. Soon, life as Nate and his gay friends know it takes a dangerous turn—first into the Valley (!!) and then into a bathhouse (!!!) Who holds the secret to Myles Long’s kidnapping? A jealous roommate, an aging houseboy, or a drag queen with a weakness for Vodka Martinis? The fearless and nubile Nate Dainty takes on the list of suspects with charm, willingness to disrobe, and a disarming ability that only West Hollywood’s favorite amateur detective could muster!

55) Radclyffe & Stacia Seaman - Breathless, Tales of Celebration, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822077
ISBN-13: 978-1602822078

Bold Strokes Books romance authors give readers a glimpse into the lives of favorite couples celebrating special moments “after the honeymoon ends.” These short stories from Ali Vali, Clifford Henderson, Lee Lynch, Lisa Girolami, Megan O'Brien, Nell Stark and Trinity Tam, Radclyffe, Winter Pennington, and a dozen others provide touching moments in love stories that need no introduction and also offer a special treat to those who have read the original courtships. Enjoy a new look at lesbians in love or revisit favorite characters from some of Bold Strokes Books' best selling romances.

56) Julie Cannon - Breakers Passion, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821968
ISBN-13: 978-1602821965

Leaving a trail of broken hearts scattered across the islands, surf instructor Colby Taylor, aka Breaker, is running full speed away from her selfish actions years earlier. Hiding in the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, the last thing she expects to encounter is Elizabeth Collins, a stuffy, judgmental college professor forced down her own escape path. Elizabeth is uncharacteristically drawn to the mysterious surfer but can’t picture herself having a vacation fling, or any other relationship, with the enigmatic Breaker. Set in the backdrop of Maui, one of Hawaii’s most beautiful islands, both women must overcome their doubts and apprehensions to discover the true beauty of life—each other.

57) V.K. Powell - Justifiable Risk, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821976
ISBN-13: 978-1602821972

The cure for grief is action, but is it worth the risk? Greer Ellis is a hard-working homicide detective who excels at her job and values her reputation and her privacy. Since the death of her partner two years ago, work is the only thing that interests her. Until Eva Saldana, an internationally renowned journalist comes to town looking for answers in her brother’s death. Eva is convinced the overdose label so hastily applied to his case is not only wrong but is also a cover for murder. When evidence seems to point to a fellow officer, Greer is torn between her quest for the truth, allegiance to her profession, and her growing desire for Eva. But is the risk they must take to be together justifiable?

58) Carsen Taite - Nothing But The Truth, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821984
ISBN-13: 978-1602821989

The truth, like love, can be elusive, unless you’re willing to fight for it. Sparks fly when two top notch attorneys battle each other in the high risk arena of the courtroom, but when a strange turn of events thrusts one of them from the role of advocate to witness, prosecutor Ryan Foster and defense attorney Brett Logan join forces in their search for the truth. Working together they quickly learn their attraction to each other is as strong as their commitment to justice, but courthouse romance is not without complications. Throw in a murder case with bizarre twists and turns, and even the strongest attraction will be put to the test.

59) Clifford Henderson - Maye's Request, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821992
ISBN-13: 978-1602821996

She has a history of complicated relationships. Is it her family legacy? Freshly out of college and possibly in love, Brianna Bell, aka Bean, worries that she’ll never be able to have a normal relationship due to her screwy upbringing. Her parents form a perfect triangle: Mom, Dad, and her mother’s lover—who also happens to be her Dad’s twin sister. Although each of Bean’s parents now lives alone, the animosity between the twins makes dealing with either of them like tiptoeing between landmines. Then her mom, Maye, is threatened with a rare and possibly fatal illness, and she begs Bean to help heal the rift between brother and sister. Reluctantly, Bean intervenes. But the more Bean finds out about her parents’ complicated history, the more she realizes how little she knows. A story of love, longing, and family values.

60) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Dying to Live, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282200X
ISBN-13: 978-1602822009

British socialite Zoe Anderson-Howe's pampered life is abruptly shattered when she's taken hostage by FARC guerrillas while on a business trip to Bogota. While her father struggles to come up with the ransom, she must endure hardships that test her both mentally and physically. Elite Operative Fetch has been living in the Colombian jungle for six months on a mission to infiltrate the FARC and orchestrate the rescue of western hostages. When Zoe is added to her assignment, Fetch's sense of duty must override the disdain she initially feels for the self-indulgent tabloid queen. The task of freeing Zoe gains new urgency when it appears she may be the key to stopping a mysterious new virus that is racing across the globe, killing indiscriminately. The support Fetch counted on is needed elsewhere. Can she get Zoe out of there on her own, and will that be enough to save the millions of lives in peril? Fourth in the romantic intrigue series: Elite Operatives
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 1 - Slot 6

The Most Voted covers of Round 1 - Slot 5 was: Fallen cover by Reese Dante

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

mistry89  Ebook Giveaway: Greg Herren - Sleeping Angel, 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_06.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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Excerpt: Between The Moon And The Deep Blue Sea by KC Kendricks

Between The Moon And The Deep Blue Sea by KC Kendricks
Publisher link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/BetweenMoon.html
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Voyeurism / Exhibitionism / Public Places
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (26k words)

Chad Collier’s had enough of providing stud service to rich men. It’s true he’s had more fun than any one man deserves, but now it’s time to make a plan for the rest of his life. At the urging of a mentor, he takes a leap of faith and breaks with his old ways. Yet a job interview lands him smack in the path of Darcy Paulson, the sort of rich man Chad vowed to avoid.

Darcy Paulson came of age as the prodigal son in a wealthy manufacturing dynasty. Every man he’s ever met has been after his money, until Chad Collier shows up on his doorstep. Darcy finds Chad prickly, standoffish, and utterly irresistible. Smitten by Chad’s dark good looks and determination to stand on his own two feet, Darcy is happy to give him an opportunity. It doesn’t take long for them to figure out that some private, no-strings fun is what they both need.

An unexpected event brings them face-to-face with the truth. The magic that happens between the moon and the deep blue sea is something a man can’t own, and it can be fully experienced only in the arms of a lover...

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Man Candy Day: Ray and Ali

Again I missed 1 week in posting the "gifts" Dylan is sending me, and so today you will enjoy two treats, latest addition to the TheMaleForm.net, Ray and Ali.

Dylan did the shot with Ray in Miami a few months back.



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Ray is 33, Puerto Rican originally from the Bronx, NY.

He has worked with many photographers all over the US and is currently taking acting classes at the Barbizon professional acting school.

Ali instead is actually a friend of Dylan from London and Dylan has a rule against shooting guys that he knows, but Ali managed to persuade him (wondering how...).



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Dylan told he is not comfortable to shoot nudes with his friends (it is far easier to tell a model he have never met before to get naked): "It is just part of the job, but when it is someone you know, it can be awkward for both model and photographer". Having said that, they managed to laugh through it and come up with some great shots, and in a cool location as well.
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Best LGBT Historical (3° place): Mere Mortals, A Novel, by Erastes

As soon as I started this novel, the impression was that I was reading a gothic novel, something dating back to the golden age for this genre, that was the ’60 and ’70; the gothic novel was replaced in the favour of the main public by the romance in the late ’70 and ’80, and so it’s common to find “blended” novels, with a gothic plot mixed with a romance story. That is not exactly the case for Mere Mortals; true, there is a little romance (and if you are like me, not the one you were expecting), but it’s not the main outline of the novel.

Three young guys, Crispin, Jude and Myles, all three of them orphans, all three of them without any family to count for, and actually not even any idea of their own origins, are taken under guardianship by a wealthy gentleman, Philip Smallwood. At the beginning the story seems almost a schoolboys story, like some young adult novels set in boarding schools or similar. The three young men are really naïve, raised in the secluded walls of some remote school they have no idea of the outside world, and now that they have a taste of it, they are like inebriated. Of course they are young and passionate, and almost childish relationships intertwine them, some real, some imagined, some out of love, some out of jealousy. They soon discover they have something in common, all of them found in flagrante delicto with another boy at their own school, and so it’s almost natural for them to build this strange mix of friendship, brotherhood and love.

Then Philip enters the scene; I’m sincere, I was really expecting for Crispin (that is the main character, the one of the three boys who “talks” more) to fall in love for Philip: that would have been the logical evolution of a gothic novel, the young man falling in love for the dashing older man… but truth be told, I have never felt any “attraction” for Philip, and since we were “living” Crispin’s feeling, I suppose he was the one who was not attracted by Philip. In a way there were other supporting characters, like the Latin and Greek tutor, who were more interesting at Crispin’s eyes than Philip. But Crispin is proving his age, he is more attracted to Jude, maybe even to Myles, someone who resembles his lost lover Arch, the boy his same age who he loved at the boarding school.

I have to pay my homage to Erastes, since I started to understand where she was heading well in the working of the novel; I had a suspicious that the man who would have been Crispin’s lover was not so easy to pinpoint, but sincerely, I was not expecting the “dark” turn the story took almost in the end. It was a surprise but it was also quite right, once you put together all the pieces.

http://lethepressbooks.com/gay.htm#erastes-mere-mortals

Buy Here

Amazon: Mere Mortals
Amazon Kindle: Mere Mortals
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210433
ISBN-13: 978-1590210437



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