August 26th, 2011

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 171-180

171) Geoffrey Knight - The Curse of the Dragon God, Cleis Press, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press; NONE edition (July 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1573446610
ISBN-13: 978-1573446617

China. A land of ancient wonders. A history of tradition, triumph and tyranny. As it casts a shadow across the entire globe, this once forbidden country awakens as the dominant force in a new world economy. Business empires will rise, deals will be made, lives will be lost as money changes hands, but one treasure will remain the most precious in all of China: a diamond known as the Eye of Fucanglong, the Dragon God of lost jewels and buried treasures. The diamond is flawless. It is priceless. It is cursed. And it is about to be stolen in the heist of the century. Can Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-seekers find the diamond before this perfectly executed crime leads to a cataclysmic event of mass destruction? From the towers of Hong Kong to the diamond mines of Shandong; from the streets of San Francisco to the deserts of Dubai to the male strip clubs of Beijing; from China's mystical past, to the boardrooms and backrooms of a modern industrial giant, take the high road to China and join in the sizzling action and page-turning adventure of The Curse of the Dragon God.

172) JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff - Hellebore and Rue, Drollerie Press, Lesbian, Fantasy
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213777
ISBN-13: 978-1590213773

The essence of fantasy is magic and the folklore of women has often dwelt on the innumerable powers they possess. Magic that heals, magic that destroys, magic that saves their community. All these elements and more can be found in the queer women of Hellebore & Rue. These lesbians shape their worlds, their wants and needs, and, most important, their destinies. Here are stories of a greenmage reuniting with her former partner on one last mission in Connie Wilkin's ''The Windskimmer''; a shaman calling on the power of the Medicine Buddha to fight demons in Jean Marie Ward's ''Personal Demons''; and even an aging school nurse discovering a dark secret about her heritage in Steve Berman's ''D is for Delicious.'' A dozen stories by a dozen talented authors, including Juliet Kemp, Lisa Morton, Ruth Sorrell, C. B. Calsing and other names that promise the reader many wonders.

173) Ronica Black - Conquest, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822298
ISBN-13: 978-1602822290

What Jude Jaeger seeks is simple. What she needs is complicated. Woman. She has one a night at Conquest, sometimes two. And she gives them what no one else can or will. Pleasure. But outside the club, Jude isn’t interested in women, keeping them at arm’s length. That is until she’s meets Mary, a woman who responds to her touch like none of the others. When Mary shows up at the college where Jude teaches, all the emotions Jude thought she could live without come rushing back stronger than ever. Mary Brunelle is a socially awkward loner who goes to a private club and finds herself in the arms of a beautiful stranger who conquers every last inch of her and then disappears into the night. Mary tries to find her, desperately wanting to see her again, but has no success until one day in class she looks up to see that the mystery woman is there. And she’s her professor. Mary soon sets forth on her own conquest, but can she tame the ultimate dominatrix?

174) Erin Dutton - Reluctant Hope, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282228X
ISBN-13: 978-1602822283

Cancer survivor Addison Hunt knows she can’t offer any guarantees, in love or in life, and after experiencing a loss of her own, Brooke Donahue isn’t willing to risk her heart. Addison hasn’t been with anyone since her cancer treatment and has convinced herself she is happy with the life she is building on her own. Brooke is attracted to Addison, but that’s as far as she is willing to let it go. She doesn’t want to get involved, especially not with someone whose future is uncertain. But spending time together while working on a project to raise money and awareness for cancer research has them both questioning their convictions. Can Brooke and Addison find hope for love, even against their will?

175) Jess Faraday - The Affair of the Porcelain Dog, Bold Strokes Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822301
ISBN-13: 978-1602822306

London 1889. For Ira Adler, former rent-boy and present plaything of crime lord Cain Goddard, stealing back the statue from Goddard's blackmailer should have been a doddle. But inside the statue is evidence that could put Goddard away for a long time under the sodomy laws, and everyone's after it, including Ira's bitter ex, Dr. Timothy Lazarus. No sooner does Ira have the porcelain dog in his hot little hands, than he loses it to a nimble-fingered prostitute. As Ira’s search for the dog drags him back to the mean East End streets where he grew up, he discovers secrets about his own past, and about Goddard's present business dealings, which make him question everything he thought he knew. An old friend turns up dead, and an old enemy proves himself a friend. Goddard is pressing Ira for a commitment, but every new discovery casts doubt on whether Ira can, in good conscience, remain with him. In the end, Ira must choose between his hard-won life of luxury and standing against a grievous wrong.

176) Meghan O'Brien - Wild, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Paranormal / Horror
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822271
ISBN-13: 978-1602822276

The only thing that frightens shapeshifter Selene Rhodes more than the full moon is the idea of falling in love. Selene Rhodes has lived her whole life with a terrible secret: not only can she take the form of any animal at will, but once a month the full moon transforms her into a fierce wolf-creature without a human conscience. Managing her condition means living by a strict routine, and more importantly, abstaining from intimate relationships with human beings. Selene is convinced that love and friendship can only bring her pain. Forensic pathologist Eve Thomas is well-acquainted with the pain of romantic love. Swearing off relationships after having her heart broken by a cheating ex, Eve throws herself into her work: catching murderers. When Selene comes to her aid after an attack by a masked man in Golden Gate Park, Eve is shocked by how powerfully she is drawn to her mysterious savior. Shaken by her own feelings for Eve, Selene is even more terrified to realize she isn’t even close to being the scariest monster stalking San Francisco. There is someone out in the city who is killing for pleasure, and his next target is the one woman he thinks might be able to stop him: Eve

177) K.E. Payne - 365 Days, Bold Strokes Books, Lesbian, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825408
ISBN-13: 978-1602825406

One mixed-up girl, one dull boy, two hot distractions. How does one figure it all out? Life sucks when you’re fifteen years old, confused about your sexuality, and the girl of your dreams doesn’t even know you exist. The sudden entrance of a hot new emo at school only adds to the confusion. Clemmie Atkins thinks she's in love with her school friend, the mysterious and alluring J. Devastated that J doesn’t even seem to know she exists, Clemmie tries to escape her feelings by dating the nice but dim Ben. Unfortunately for Clemmie—and Josh—J just won’t leave her head, or her heart. Until... In walks sexy new-girl, Hannah Harrison. Before long, dreams of Hannah begin to eclipse the impossible thoughts of J and the boredom of Ben. Clemmie has exactly 365 days to discover herself, and she’s going to have a blast doing it!

178) Jameson Currier - The Third Buddha, Chelsea Station Editions, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions; First edition (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984470727
ISBN-13: 978-0984470723

Jameson Currier expands his richly detailed storytelling to an international level, weaving together the intertwining stories of the search for a missing journalist in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan with a young man's search for his older brother in Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 into a sweeping, multi-cultural novel of what it means to be a gay citizen of the world. Currier once again targets the big themes of modern gay life: identity, faith, homophobia, romance, and the complexity of relationships, but at the heart of The Third Buddha are the little acts of random kindness that continue to astonish in times of crisis and war.

179) Felice Picano - True Stories, Chelsea Station Editions, Gay, Non Fiction
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984470778
ISBN-13: 978-0984470778

From author Felice Picano, co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs, many of which have never appeared in print. Picano presents sweet and sometimes controversial anecdotes of his precocious childhood, odd, funny, and often disturbing encounters from before he found his calling as a writer and later as one of the first GLBT publishers. Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous-including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.

180) Winona Wilder - Coming Out 1, Choosing Love & Coming Out 2, Cowboy Drifter, Siren Publishing, Gay, Contemporary Erotica
Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 25, 2011)

Coming Out 1, Choosing Love: Cal has hidden his true feelings from Waylon for years, not willing to jeopardize their friendship. After a night of drunken passion, the truth finally comes out. While Cal learns to accept his true nature, Waylon is afraid to risk alienating his family. Will he live in denial or choose love? With the help of their sexy history teacher, Evan, the three men learn that love has no boundaries. But are evenings filled with hot sex enough to forge a lasting ménage?

Coming Out 2, Cowboy Drifter: James doesn't know how he'll survive a road trip with Jet Cartwright. The cowboy drifter has been his wet dream for years, and keeping his true feelings hidden takes a herculean effort. Jet travels the rodeo circuit and handles horse trading for busy ranchers. Settling down never crossed his mind—until he meets James, a mix of innocence and raw sex appeal. Jet quickly learns that he's willing to give up his ways for the young blond. Will James be able to come clean with his feelings? Will Jet be able to show the younger man the many pleasures of the flesh, and will that be enough?
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 1 - Slot 18

The Most Voted cover of Round 1 - Slot 17 was:

Shattered Wings

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

logans_mom00 Ebook Giveaway: Tinnean - Bless Us With Content, kindly offered by Dreamspinner Press

- you will vote only 1 time for each slot of 80 covers; in round 1 there will be 20 slots for a total of 1200 covers; 600 covers will pass to round 2, 300 to round 3, 150 to round 4 and 75 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 40.

All the 80 covers are 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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Mate Test (Dragonmen 2) by Amber Kell

On the contrary of her other series about werewolves (the Moon Pack), that is funny but quite “classical”, using many of the common elements of the paranormal romance, the Dragonmen series is more original, introducing concepts, pairs, and dynamics that are very much a trademark of Amber Kell and her series.

What probably is the most original element of this novella is that Torrance, the duke that was handforced by his king to participate in a contest to be the future consort of the Dragon kin king Naron, even if he is not actually glad of having this chance, and probably since he is still mourning the loss of his lover, is nevertheless able to see things in perspective, and considering that he could do way worst than the handsome King Naron. BTW Torrance is also quite self-confident, and even if there are other 4 contendants, I had the feeling that Torrance was quite sure he would be the winner.

On the other side Naron recognizes in Torrance is fated mate, but he enjoys the contest has a way to courtship/barter with Torrance. This is another trademark of Amber Kell, her romances are quite light and comedy-like, there is no much angst, if not at all, and reading one of her novella you can be sure to be in for a pleasant break.

By the way, even if light in tone, and only a novella, Mate Test had a “deeper” feeling: there was a lot happening in the background, and the characters, in particular Torrance, had a past that was good share of the story: Torrance has a former lover and is still in pain due to his loss, Torrance has three children from a surrogate mother, Torrance was dragon struck when he was only 5 years old and now he is bonded (but not in a sexual way) with a space dragon talking in his mind.

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Amazon Kindle: Mate Test (Dragon Men)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (July 20, 2011)

Series: Dragon Men
1) Mate Hunt:
2) Mate Test

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Air And Dreams by T.A. Chase

Shades of Dreams by T.A. Chase

Being the story of how a man overcomes the loss of his lover, Shades of Dreams could have been a lot more angst than how actually is. I think T.A. Chase wanted to prove how much Stephan loved Jeremy, but also how deep the feeling between Stephan and Rocky was, even before Jeremy’s death.

The setting is show business, one that is familiar to the fans of T.A. Chase since it’s not the first time the author chose it; but on the contrary of previous story, this one is more intimate, and the main characters have little chance if nothing to be faced with public opinion, so that their love is not something that is adding drama to the one they are already living.

Rocky and Stephan were best friends in high school and like that remained even after they founded their rock group; Rocky was and still is the rock his name let imagine, but it’s not alone, his family, his father and sister, helped him in building a safe haven where Stephan, foster kid, could finally have some peace. Maybe since he didn’t want to deny to Stephan that haven if their story didn’t work, maybe since, even if he is a rock, Rocky is always a man, and as such he has his own insecurities, he has never once confessed his love to Stephan, and Stephan, when it was time to find a partner met and fell in love for Jeremy.

As the good friend, and practically family members, that Rocky is, he included Jeremy in his love circle and continued to love Stephan from afar. Not that almost everyone around them didn’t see that love, almost everyone except Stephan. And when Stephan needs that love, Rocky is ready to give it to him.

As I said, aside from the drama of Jeremy’s death, the story is mostly romantic and hot; I didn’t add sweet since actually it’s pretty hot, the sex scene are good and often, and there is an easiness between Rocky and Stephan that is possible only due to their long-term friendship. They have no issue to let the other know what they crave and need, and of course there is no issue to give it to each other.

Amazon Kindle: Shades Of Dreams
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (December 5, 2010)

Be the Air for You by T.A. Chase

This is a novella about dependency and the safe shelter love can give to you. At the beginning of the story, it’s Rod who apparently needs Hawk, and it’s a need way bigger than simply material things. Rod is a famous rock star with plenty of possibilities to get laid, and instead we find him alone in his hotel room, and the only thing that can soothe his ache is the voice of Hawk, his childhood best friend, a Native American doctor who is living in a reservation and helping his people, like he helped Rod. It was Hawk who was with Rod while he was trying to rehab, it was Hawk who never forgot who Rob really was, who never changed around him. It’s clear that, even if they are not lovers, Hawk is in all aspect other than sex, Rob’s partner, and that, when Rob will be ready to come home, Hawk will be there, waiting for him.

And until Hawk’s needs are material, like having a new machine for his clinic, Rob can help him from afar, and Hawk has never asked Rob to come home and stay; they have never moved their relationship to the next level since both of them know that, if they do that, they would never been able to stay far from each other for long. But this time, when Rob comes home for one of his brief visits, Hawk is demanding, for the first time in their relationship, he is pushing to get physical. Rob can’t resist temptation, but he is also aware that something is wrong with his friend.

I like the novella, and fortunately it’s less dramatic than expected. True, Rob and Hawk will have some issue, but nothing that love can’t help them overcome. In a way, Hawk’s problem is another prove that Hawk wants Rob despite him being a famous rock star, Hawk sees in Rob the little boy who was his friend, someone who knows him as good as himself. And Rob knows that Hawk will be always near him, since he was the only one to force him to face reality. Right for this reason, since Rob knows that he can be wrong, and being nobody, and no one, in a bit, even if now it’s Hawk who needs him, their relationship is still on the same level. Doesn’t matter that Hawk is not famous, doesn’t matter that he is simply a country doctor who probably would not be able to maintain himself, let alone a family, without Rob’s money, Hawk is still Rob’s pair, same as he was when they were two little kids.

Hawk and Rob’s relationship is a mix of love and friendship, and even if they had other partners in the past, I think that they were always a couple, they were only waiting the right time to become lovers other than friends.

Amazon Kindle: Be The Air For You
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (May 27, 2010)

Amazon: Air And Dreams (print book)
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249813
ISBN-13: 978-1611249811

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King of Cats by Blake Fraina

What is probably the first impression left by this novel is the crafted but complex writing style and the lack of chronological order of the novellas. If you want to give it it’s 2002, 2001, 1995, 2003 and 1987; the two big step in the past allow the reader to know better Jim, who is the main character around which the other two men, Elliott and Adam, gravitate.

If you are thinking this is a ménages a trois, well, you are not completely wrong even if it doesn’t actually arrive to be such “formal” relationship. From what I could put together, Jim arrived from England to New York City in 1987, a shattered dream in the past (and actually “shattered” is a very right term from what happened) and the only valued possession for him, a 1959 Les Paul Sunburst. Sometime between 1987 and 2001, Jim first meets Adam, and they are together on a rock group The Mogs, and then he meets Elliott, a street hustler.

Where actually no one of the three men has a balanced self, and so I doubt any of the possible pairing could work, I have to say my favourite was Elliott, maybe since to me he was the more fragile of them. On a logical level, it’s clear the right pairing is Jim and Adam, but Elliott was so obviously in need of someone to love him that I really hoped Jim could overcome his fear of commitment to be able to give at least a sense of security, even if not real, to Elliott. Truth be told, some of the love scene between Jim and Adam are really good, I particularly liked the one in the bus, so where from one side I cheered for Elliott, on the other side I was aware that probably Adam was a better choice. Sometime I even had the feeling that, for how much a spoiled brat Adam is, he cared for Elliott. Now I’m not saying that Jim didn’t care for him, but as we will learn on the last novella, probably Jim had his own issue to overcome, and when Elliott needed him he was not yet ready.

The author itself warned me about this novel, telling me knowing I like happily ever after, I would probably not like this one. All right, this is for sure not an HEA, but if we read carefully between the line, and an almost last sentence “He never stopped blaming me”, to never stopping blaming someone you need to be together, right? And so this means that at least one of the couple managed to be together, and even if there were regrets between them, maybe sometime they were able to put them aside to enjoy the fact they were together. Yes, the romantic in me want at any price to find a possible positive ending to this story, even if, be ready, one of this man will suffer for the sins of all of them.

Amazon: King of Cats
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (February 25, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595307566
ISBN-13: 978-0595307562

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