November 4th, 2011

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 271-280

271) Rowan McAllister - A Devil's Own Luck, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819002
ISBN-13: 978-1615819003

William Carey has played many roles in his thirty-two years of life. Though born to privilege, he fled his disapproving family and, purely out of spite, devoted himself to a life of danger and infamy. William never thought twice about his self-destructive behavior until he met a passionate woman who showed him how to harness his rebellious nature and return to London, his family, and society as a respectable gentleman of fortune. But William's beloved wife is six years gone, and with her his joie de vivre. William devotes his days to the pursuit of empty pleasure until the night William's brother asks a small favor by which William meets a young man who ignites a spark in him he'd thought long extinguished. Stephen is fiery and passionate, handsome and mysterious-exactly what a fallen devil needs to stir the ashes of his heart. Unwilling to lose that spark now that he has found it again, William devises a scheme to claim Stephen for his own, but Stephen is beyond reluctant, with another benefactor and secrets he will not share. William will need more than cunning to win Stephen's trust and love. He'll need all the luck he can get.

272) Rowan Speedwell - Kindred Hearts, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818987
ISBN-13: 978-1615818983

Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, a lovely wife, and a son he adores. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can't do, whether it's seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does Society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father's controlling hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he's dancing on the edge... until his wife's brother comes home from the wars. Decorated war hero Major Charles Mountjoy jerks Tris out of his despair by inspiring feelings of passion Tris had never suspected himself capable of. Almost as terrifying as those feelings for Charles are the signs Charles might return his affection-or, even worse, that Charles sees the man Tristan has been trying so valiantly to hide from the world.

273) Sophia Deri-Bowen - Young Man in Paris, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 15, 2011)

I had always believed that I would return home to empty rooms for the rest of my life, for who would I want, and be wanted by in return? It had been an impossible alchemy until Alexander Montrose, and the summer of 1923. 1923 was the summer I fell in love with Alexander Montrose. I suppose I could say it was the summer I met my soul mate, but I have little poetry in my soul. That which I do have, however, was spent upon Alex. Nearly sixty years have passed since that summer, and I am an old man and Alex is gone, but here at least is our story, set down for all time.

274) Ava March - Convincing Leopold, Loose Id, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 28, 2011)

Mr. Leopold Thornton finally has the man he’s loved for a decade, yet he can’t believe his good fortune. A reformed rake and a conservative solicitor? Can it possibly last? To add to Leopold’s worries, Arthur’s spending more time at the office...with a handsome new secretary. Desperate not to lose Arthur, Leopold does the only thing he can think of -- use pleasure to keep him. Mr. Arthur Barrington truly wants their relationship to work. Sinfully beautiful and devoted to him, Leopold’s the opposite of Arthur’s staid ex-lover. And Leopold’s given up his old vices, putting those concerns to rest. Yet lately, all Leopold wants is sex -- in the study, in the carriage, and at Arthur’s office, no less. The sex is amazing, but juggling demanding clients and a demanding lover leaves Arthur exhausted and worried perhaps he and Leopold aren’t suited after all. It takes one disastrous night for Arthur to realize how much Leopold means to him. But convincing Leopold he loves him, all of him and not just his body, proves difficult. For Leopold’s disappeared and Arthur hasn’t a clue where to find him.

275) Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon - House of Mirrors, Loose Id, Gay, Historical
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 12, 2011)

Driven from his family when his sexuality is exposed, Jonah discovers drama, passion, and intrigue in a traveling carnival--and in the enigmatic owner, Rafe Grimstone. The preacher’s son and the lord who’s rejected his former life in England feel the heat of attraction from the moment they meet. Open-hearted Jonah is willing to risk hellfire and damnation for brief moments of pleasure with Rafe, but the older man is frozen in a past he can’t escape no matter how far he runs. As Rafe struggles to choose between responsibilities of his present and his past, mysterious accidents assail the close-knit community of the carnival. Will the perpetrator be revealed before the traveling show is ruined, and will Rafe finally reveal his true self to Jonah or continue to mask his identity like the changing images in a house of mirrors?

276) Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon - The Nobleman and the Spy, Loose Id, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (September 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611183669
ISBN-13: 978-1611183665

They once faced each other on a battlefield. Now soldier-turned-spy Jonathan Reese must keep watch over the man he's never forgotten. A close encounter reveals Karl von Binder, the count's son, also recalls the day he spared Jonathan's life. Sparks fly between the former enemies and Jonathan begins to lose perspective on his mission. He knows he must maintain distance because the heat he encounters in Karl's touch stirs him far too deeply for his own good. He can't keep away -- especially when he suspects someone is trying to kill the nobleman. The spy becomes a protector as Jonathan guards the man he's begun to care for. Together the men try to puzzle out who would benefit from Karl's death -- and how much they're willing to trust each other when a torrid sexual fling threatens to become an affair of the heart.

277) M.J. O'Shea - Dark Sun, Loose Id, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 5, 2011)

Lynx is the spoiled sheltered son of the Dragon Triad, a crime family that rules over futuristic New Seattle. When he gets separated from his cousins during an adventure in the seediest part of town, he meets the man of his dreams in a bar owned by the Phoenix Triad, his family’s bitter rivals. After a night spent in passion, his mysterious lover disappears and Lynx fears he’ll never find him again. Orion has a secret. On the surface he’s the perfect son, a society prince, heir to the Phoenix Triad’s corporate throne. But in his other life he’s known as Katana -- thief, hacker, hero who steals from the triads to help the poor citizens of Bottom City. Orion knows the pretty Dragon he met in the bar that night is trouble, but he can’t forget the passion they shared. So when the opportunity arises, Orion captures him and takes him on an adventure he’ll never forget. Will their love match survive the revelation of their true identities and the heat of their families' feud?

278) Kate Roman - Firebug, Loose Id, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (March 1, 2011)

Crimean war veteran-turned-newspaper editor Gareth Charles finds himself embroiled in the blackest side of the new Reform government when he investigates a string of arsons in the snowbound colonial outpost of New Eddington. After saving Firewalker Thomas Cole from the latest blaze, the two men find themselves in possession of a deadly secret -- and falling in love. Fugitives from justice, they must unravel the terrifying mystery before there's no New Eddington left to save. As the firebug's evil plan comes to fruition, the two veterans realize the only things worth saving might just be each other.

279) Aislinn Kerry - Double Feature, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (August 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249503
ISBN-13: 978-1611249507

As Hollywood's biggest holovid star, Adrien Grant has all the money and fame a man could want. The price he pays is keeping his sexuality firmly in the closet. When damning photos get leaked to the press, he decides a nice long vacation in the Spanish countryside is just what he needs. But Spain holds a surprise that he never could have foreseen. Cristian Rodriguez wants nothing more than to run his bed-and-breakfast in peace with his partner, Felix. But every glance in the mirror reminds him of the one thing he'd rather forget--that he's Adrien Grant's clone, a pale imitation of Hollywood's biggest celebrity. Still, they live a peaceful life until the day Adrien himself shows up on their doorstep, insisting he has a reservation. Adrien's a spoiled celebrity with the paparazzi hot on his heels. Cristian's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Europe and a lifetime of resentment burning inside him. Felix just wants to salvage what remains of his and Cristian's crumbling relationship. But what if each of them is just what the others need?

280) Anne Tenino - 18% Gray, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613720785
ISBN-13: 978-1613720783

In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore's job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they're captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who've petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay. Rescuing James Ayala isn't going to be easy: he's crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that's granted him psychic power he isn't sure how to control. That's the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James's mental stability. So they're on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can't resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he's got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there's the question of how much he's actually changed?
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 3 - Slot 2

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

sagesse10 Ebook Giveaway: Felicia Watson - Where Allegheny Meets Monongahela, kindly offered by Dreamspinner Press

The Most Voted cover of Round 3 - Slot 1 were:

1) Apples and Regret and Wasted Time by Nathie



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- 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_02_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!
andrew potter

Damon Suede's Hot Head is up for Best Romance in the 2011 GoodReads Choice Awards

Over at Goodreads, Hot Head has been selected in the Readers Choice awards as one of the fifteen candidates for Best Romance of 2011, the only M/M title they included. The book is on a list with titles by Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, and Nora Roberts!

http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/#56042-Best-Romance

Last year Marie Sexton's Promises finalled 6th in this same category; good position considering it was, like Hot Head, the only Gay Romance up there, but wouldn't be wonderful if this year we managed something better? And I said "we" since it's up to you, reader, to vote... so what are you waiting for?!?



I'm proud for Dreamspinner Press and for Damon Suede; they both did a wonderful job these past years and Hot Head is a perfec example of Gay Romances appealing to ALL the LGBT readers and their straight allies... I have the proof, I have gay friends reading it and loving it, and it's already quite clear that also straight women reading Hot Head are loving this sexy romantic story. And of course I love it... but you already know that!

Hot Head by Damon Suede
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819487
ISBN-13: 978-1615819485
Amazon: Hot Head

Where there's smoke, there's fire... Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies' man, and the FDNY isn't exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff's caution and Dante's cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there's nothing Griff wouldn't do... until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there-together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?
andrew potter

Event: 5 years anniversary :-)

The Rainbow Awards are going very well, this year we had more than 300 submissions, but I'm confident Jury will complete their task end of November.

But end of November is also a "special" anniversay, 5 years since I opened my blog-journal and so I was thinking to do something special. And here where I'm asking your help, my idea is to do an ebooks giveaway, not necessarily only books that are in the Awards; I think ebooks is the easiest thing to manage, since my idea is to do a "first in/first out", i.e. to post the list of ebooks to grab and people first commenting will have first pick.

If you are an author or publisher and decide to partecipate in the giveaway please contact me.

So I hope to hear back from you, and if you have suggestion how to make this day more funny, I will welcome them.