October 28th, 2011

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 261-270

261) EM Lynley - Rarer Than Rubies, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819304
ISBN-13: 978-1615819300

When Trent Copeland runs into Reed Acton at a Bangkok airport, he thinks the handsome American is too good to be true. Why would someone like Reed be interested in a quiet, introverted gay-romance writer? After all, even an obvious tourist like Trent can see that there is more to Reed's constant unexplained appearances in his path than meets the eye. Reed Acton has one mission and one mission only-he needs to get the map that was accidentally slipped into Trent's bag and keep the mobsters who want the priceless artifact from taking deadly revenge. Trent Copeland is a delicious and damned near irresistible diversion, but Reed can't afford distractions right now, especially if he wants to keep Trent safe. From Bangkok's seediest back alleys to the sacred north, the two men will fight to stay one step ahead of the bad guys and learn that the only treasure worth finding is... each other.

262) EM Lynley - Ultramarine, Torquere Books, Gay, Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (July 29, 2011)

Sequel to Emerald: Rewriting History. Museum curator Tobin Wyler heads to London to get some answers from his former flame and suspected art thief Pierce Worthington following the theft -- and subsequent return -- of the emerald called the Green Sorrow from his exhibition in New York. He understands why Pierce and his family steal things, but it's going to take more than understanding to make a future with Pierce. When the National Gallery hires Pierce's security firm to help thwart a robbery, Tobin joins the team, but soon finds what he suspects to be a fake hanging on the walls of the world-renowned museum. He and Pierce follow the forgery's trail and find more than they bargain for when they try to uncover the truth. Can Tobin and Pierce's relationship survive what they discover?

263) Marie Sexton - Song Of Oestend, Total-e-Bound, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (October 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857157477
ISBN-13: 978-0857157478

Symbols have power... Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oestend wraiths - mysterious creatures which come in the night and kill anyone who’s not indoors. Aren’s never had reason to believe the stories, but when he takes a job as a bookkeeper on the BarChi, a dusty cattle ranch on the remote Oestend prairie, he soon learns that the wraiths are real. Aren suddenly finds himself living in a supposedly haunted house and depending on wards and generators to protect him from unseen things in the night. As if that’s not enough, he has to deal with a crotchety old blind woman, face “cows” that look like nothing he’s ever seen before, and try to ignore the fact that he’s apparently the most eligible bachelor around. Aren also finds himself the one and only confidante of Deacon, the BarChi’s burly foreman. Deacon runs the BarChi with an iron fist and is obviously relieved to finally have somebody he can talk to. As their relationship grows, Aren learns there’s more to Deacon and the BarChi than he’d anticipated. Deacon seems determined to deny both his Oestend heritage and any claim he may have to the BarChi ranch, but if Aren is to survive the perils of Oestend, he’ll have to convince Deacon to stop running from the past and finally claim everything that’s his.

264) Kate McMurray - Blind Items, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613720688
ISBN-13: 978-1613720684

Columnist Drew Walsh made his career by publicly criticizing conservative, anti-gay politician Richard Granger. So when a rumor surfaces that Granger's son Jonathan might be gay, Drew finds himself in the middle of a potential scandal. Under the guise of an interview about Jonathan's new job teaching in an inner-city school, Drew's job is to find out if the rumors are true. Drew's best friend Rey is also Jonathan's cousin, and he arranges the meeting between Jonathan and Drew that changes everything. After just one interview, it's obvious to Drew that the rumors are true, but he carefully neglects to mention that in his article. It's also obvious that he's falling for Jonathan, and he can't stay away after the article is published. Still, Jonathan is too afraid to step out of the closet, and Drew thinks the smartest thing might be to let him go-until Jonathan shows up drunk one night at his apartment. The slow burn of their attraction doesn't fade with Jonathan's buzz, but navigating a relationship is never easy-especially in the shadow of right-wing politics.

265) Ava March - Bound Forever, Loose Id, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (March 8, 2011)

Previous Book: Bound to Him. Lord Oliver Marsden’s life is perfect...well, almost perfect. His bookshop is doing well, his bank account isn’t empty, and his nights are filled with a deliciously dominant man...who tends to be a bit too domineering outside of the bedchamber. But Vincent loves him and that’s all that should matter. Right? And of course, Vincent still firmly holds the reins of control. Yet while Oliver feels Vincent is finally ready to give himself fully to him, to make good on the offer Oliver refused a year ago, the looming threat his lover could someday be forced to marry keeps him from tugging the reins from Vincent’s grasp. Then Vincent receives a letter that changes everything. Oliver seizes the moment and pushes Vincent toward a night neither of them will ever forget. Yet come dawn, Oliver awakens to an empty bed. Lord Vincent Prescot knows he loves Oliver. The man’s his best friend and he trusts him. So why does submitting to Oliver leave him so shaken? It doesn’t take him long to find the answer, yet his solution could drive his lover away for good.

266) Ava March - His Client, Loose Id, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 11, 2011)

Mr. Nathaniel Travers has been visiting Madame Delacroix’s brothel for five years. On every visit, he requests the same man. Stunningly handsome and highly skilled, Jasper not only shares Nate’s fondness for wickedly erotic games and black leather corsets, but he’s become a friend. Someone he can talk to. Someone he can share a supper with. And Jasper’s the only person who knows Nate secretly harbors a love for his old childhood friend, Peter Edmonton. Mr. Jasper Reed has been working at the house for a decade. He’s saved enough to retire, yet he remains at the decadent London brothel. Retiring would mean leaving Nate and the hope perhaps someday the rugged gentleman would stop pining for his best friend and realize he loves Jasper, just as Jasper loves him. It takes Edmonton’s marriage for Jasper to see he’s been just as blind as Nate. Stubbornly hoping for something that cannot be. Convinced a gentleman like Nate can never be more than his client, Jasper retires. Life in the country may be lonely, but with no one to please but himself, it’s calm and peaceful...until Nate shows up on his doorstep.

267) C.D. Leavitt - Egypt's Captive, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 126 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249880
ISBN-13: 978-1611249880

After plotting against his incompetent king, Han and his supporters are driven from the Hittite Empire and seek refuge in Egypt. Instead, he finds only suffering. Taken captive by Prince Itamun to ensure the village of refugees will follow the pharaoh's will, Han plots ways to turn the young prince's desire for him into a weapon. Soon, desire becomes a double-edged sword and it's no longer clear who's seducing whom. Itamun was sent to defend the borders of Egypt by his own father, Ramesses II. His heart heavy with the guilt of bloodshed, he's all too willing to seek relief in the arms of his captive. From the start, Han satisfies Itamun's dark needs for dominating a lover, desires Itamun never knew he had. But with so many scars on Han's soul, can Itamun ever convince his captive that they may have something more together than temporary pleasure?

268) Anna Lee - As Time Goes By, MLR Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (July 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608203441
ISBN-13: 978-1608203444

In 1944, Matt Jackson, a wounded RAF pilot, ends up in the Royal Infirmary after his squadron is attacked. When he meets Doctor Trynt Andrews, both men's lives are changed with the instant connection they feel for one another. Alone and injured, Matt is invited into Trynt's home and they become inseparable, finding a love they thought they never would. As the year goes by, their commitment deepens despite having to keep their love a secret. When Matt is deployed and his plane goes down during battle will all be lost? Or will he make it home to Trynt?

269) Reiko Morgan - Over The Mountain of the Moon, MLR Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (December 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608202569
ISBN-13: 978-1608202560

Tetsuya, a young male courtesan, is living a life of relative safety until an unknown samurai called Jin arrives on his doorstep, bringing passion and death. Awakened to the strange paths of destiny, Tetsuya chooses to leave the only place he has ever known to follow a samurai who is on a quest for vengeance. Their heels dogged at every turn by paid assassins, Tetsuya and Jin learn to trust each other as they discover hidden truths which may get them killed before their love has a chance to redeem them both.

270) Jamie Fessenden - The Christmas Wager, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 20, 2010)

To discharge a debt to his friend, Andrew Nash, Lord Thomas Barrington returns to the family estate he fled six years earlier after refusing to marry the woman his father had chosen. To Thomas's dismay, Barrington Hall is no longer the joyful home he remembers from his childhood, and his young niece has no idea what Christmas is. Determined to bring Christmas back to the gloomy estate, Thomas must confront his tyrannical father, salvage a brother lost in his own misery, and attempt to fight off his father’s machinations. As the holidays near, Thomas and Andrew begin to realize they are more than merely close friends... and those feelings are not only a threat to their social positions but, in Victorian England, to their lives as well.
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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 3 - Slot 1

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

savagehunger47 Ebook Giveaway: Anah Crow & Dianne Fox - Tatterdemalion, kindly offered by Samhain Publishing

The Most Voted cover of Round 2 - Slot 6 were:

1) Warrior Angel by Reese Dante



2) Visible Friend by Anne Cain



3) Yakuza Pride by Reese Dante



- in round 3 there will be 3 slots for a total of 300 covers; 100 to round 4, 50 to round 5 and 25 to the sixth 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 (25%). You can vote also more covers in the same slot, remember please to not vote more than 25 covers in all the poll.

All the 100 covers are here:

http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2011CoverContest_01_3.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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Man Candy Day: Matt & Justin

Recently Dylan is using outdoor setting for his photos, and while I love the neutral background and the enhancement of colors that is his trademark, I also love this new trend.

The first model is Matt from London, who was also the first cover model for the tMf Magazine (tmfmagazine.com) project. They did not use all the shots from that shoot so adding him to www.themaleform.net is a good opportunity to showcase the rest of them.



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Justin is another full frontal exclusive for the site. He is 21 and from Southend (in the UK). He is not as beefy as some of the other models, but don't let that fool you, this guy repairs buildings for a living. Luckily he ditched his tool belt and clothing to get naked for us.



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Caught by Surprise by L.D. Madison

First of all, I want to tell that I liked the novel, so that you don’t take as I didn’t due to what I’m saying now; the feeling I have is that I was “pushed” a little into the story, with only a little bit of preparation. First scene, the two main characters are in bed together, sleeping, and as soon as they awake they are having sex, and me, the reader, was thinking, “wow, slow down, WE barely know each other and you wanted to have sex with me? I’m not that type of girl!” (“we” meaning me and the two main characters). It’s of course a joke, but yes, mainly that was the feeling, like I was not ready to that level of intimacy with Noah and Jason. And after that, everytime the author introduced a new supporting character (like Nick and Devlin), it was like she knew them but I didn’t.

Now yes, it seems I’m complaining, but in an afterthought, that is probably also the reason how the author managed to catch me; yes, Noah and Jason are colleagues, and yes, Noah is in the closet… was it really necessary to spend more or less 50 pages developing the setting, as usual, or wasn’t instead more original, and captivating, to dump the reader into the story right in the most salient moment?

This approach of going directly to the main point is something the author will use for all the rest of the novel; having sex together is not enough for Noah and Jason to solve all the issues related to their relationship, but nevertheless, nor Noah or Jason will hesitate when faced with decision regarding their future. And even if Noah is still wondering if he can reconcile his sexuality with his chosen career, and Jason is still a little bit skittish to having an open gay affair due to a bad past experience, all their worries disappear when they are together, there is no doubt they are made for each other.

Despite the “special agents” setting, and the all men environment, the novel is more sweet romance than thriller; actually, aside for a bad confrontation with a colleague, due more to professional jealousy than real opposition to their gay affair, there is no really drama around their love story, and their work didn’t really intrude so much. The story centers around Noah and Jason and their private world, who enters that world is friend and no enemy; while the author tells us that Noah and Jason are tough guys, what we really see are two men in love who are not scared to let the other know about that feeling.

http://www.loose-id.com/Caught-By-Surprise.aspx

Amazon Kindle: Caught by Surprise
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 21, 2010)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading%20list&view=elisa.rolle
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Sins of the Heart by Allison Cassatta

Ok, I’m definitely shocked and I think next time I will have to read better the “warnings”… this short story by Allison Cassatta is part of a series Dreamspinner Press tagged as Bittersweet Dreams, and I should have notice this sentence: “Bittersweet Dreams, stories of M/M romance with nontraditional endings. It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.” And that is everything true, this story has not an happy ending and moved me to tears.

It’s told in first point of view by Dominic, and well, usually it’s the good boy talking, but I immediately felt like Dominic was everything other than a good boy; he is trying to dump Brody, his boyfriend, saying he is clingy, but the reasons are all wrong: “the calls at five in the morning just to “hear my voice.”, “the grossly gratuitous displays of public affection”… those are not reasons to leave your lover! To me it was Dominic that was the “little baby”, someone who wanted to toy but then discarded it the day after. And when Brody instead of complaining and playing the martyr tries to move on with his life? Dominic is there judging him… but to me it seemed like, “what? Are you not completely shattered by my leaving? That is not possible!”. And again, when Dominic has a second chance to try to patch things between them, his stubborn behaviour, and his fear to appear “weak”, prevent him to do the right thing until the moment when, well, it’s a little too late.

No sorry, I cannot think Dominic in the end redeemed himself, what he does is not enough and barely in time; I know that I can sound harsh, but I’m wishing him some years of blind pain, years that will maybe shaping him in a better man than who he is in this moment, since well, while I liked Brody, and I think he proved to have a strong character, and a big heart, I think, as I said, that Dominic was a little baby who still needs to grow a little to be allowed to play with someone else feelings.

Now with all the warnings, you can read this story, but well, prepare the Kleenex.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2129

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading%20list&view=elisa.rolle