November 18th, 2011

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 291-300

291) Patricia Nell Warren - My West, Wildcat Press, LGBT, Non Fiction
Paperback: 422 pages
Publisher: Wildcat Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1889135089
ISBN-13: 978-1889135083

A provocative collection of blogs, commentaries, historical essays and other personal writings on the American West, past, present and future. MY WEST reflects a half century of the Montana-born author's literary career, as well as her deep long-term commitment to pondering her native region, whose ongoing history and human experience still has the power to swing the United States. Warren's subjects range from A (agriculture) to Z (zest), with the arts, animals, cities, cooking, gender, history, politics, sexual orientation, spirituality and women in between.

292) Scarlet Hyacinth - Artie the Good Witch, Silver Publishing, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463503237
ISBN-13: 978-1463503239

My name is Artie and I have a problem. My dear grandfather Brew died, succumbing to his love for pastries and leaving me all of his possessions. I now officially own a crumbling tower and two black cats. Unfortunately, this means I also have to take on his responsibilities as a wizard, an impossible thing for me, since I am not one. I am a witch, a good witch, and terribly poor at it. My cats are no help, and they only mock me. My parents are off gallivanting Goddess knows where. I suck at casting spells, yet I am supposed to participate in the very important ritual of the Beckoning in Brew's stead. To top it off, instead of trying to figure things out, I keep drooling over weird men and finding love in all the wrong places. Wizards and necromancers? What's next, a dragon? In my defense, choosing a boyfriend is really difficult when you're trying to resurrect the land and save its ungrateful people. It doesn't help that I have to avoid being seriously hurt by evil geniuses and cackling witches. Help me out here. I pay in hugs and black kittens. For an inquiry, call 0-900-ARTIE-THE-GOOD-WITCH.

293) Scarlet Hyacinth - Bed and Breakfast, Silver Publishing, Gay, Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 10, 2011)

When Moss finds a "wanted" ad advertising a position for "bed and breakfast", he has no idea it will lead him to an unlikely love. Marlais "Moss" Hayden is a young man struggling to survive after being sent away by his impoverished family. A want ad falls into his hands, advertising a position for "bed and breakfast". When he checks it out, Moss realizes the job represents providing sex and blood to bloodkin Vane Bloodmoor. Vane offers him instead a position as a secretary and blood donor, and Moss is unable to refuse or the resist the bloodkin's allure. But as he struggles through unfamiliar emotions for Vane, a political plot threatens to destroy their unlikely love. Can Moss and Vane save their budding relationship?

294) Dennis R. Upkins - Hollowstone, Parker Publishing, Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463504373
ISBN-13: 978-1463504373

Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner. Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal's ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal's killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Through a series of prophetic dreams and visions, Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal's murder and uncover the truth before he's the killer's next victim.

295) Ben Monopoli - The Cranberry Hush, Self-Published, Bisexual/Transgender, Contemporary General Fiction

Vince Dandro might be going through the quietest quarter-life crisis of all time. He lives alone, works at a comic book shop, and has a crush on his coworker he can't seem to act on. His life is just fine, but only just fine. Everything changes when Vince's long-lost friend Griff shows up at his house in the middle of a blizzard. They were roommates in college, so close back then that Griff's girlfriend called them "lifebuddies" -- but Vince's love for Griff ended the friendship, he thought, forever. They haven't spoken in years. Why has Griff shown up again? And, more importantly, can Vince handle his return? Vince and Griff are two twentysomethings struggling to find their places in the world and in each other's lives. This is a story of friendship and love, both unrequited and requited, and learning how to fly through the post-college void, where sometimes the only sound you can hear is The Cranberry Hush.

296) Wade Kelly - When Love Is Not Enough, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819843
ISBN-13: 978-1615819843

A six-year downward spiral into a world of lies and deception leads to the end of one man's life when self-discovery crosses the line between being the perfect son or following his heart. Jimmy Miller never intended to lead a double life starting the day he fell in love with Darian, but his parents' divorce, fighting in school, and constantly keeping secrets for his closeted best friend and protector Matt force his hand. Jimmy finds the demands too great to withstand and ends it all prematurely, leaving behind an angry best friend and a shattered lover. Matt and Darian cling to one another in the aftermath of their loss, forging a new friendship immediately tested by the truths of their relationships with Jimmy that are hidden in the pages of Jimmy's journals. Will Matt and Darian discover what truly happened to their friend? And will this tragedy birth something beautiful between them as they learn the balance between life, family, and friendship when love is simply not enough?

297) Q. Kelly - Strange Bedfellows, Ride the Rainbow Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (September 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1466304812
ISBN-13: 978-1466304819

What happens when the queen of the ex-gay movement decides to come out of the closet? The person who helps Frances Dourne with this enormous task is a call girl Frances hires. A call girl with a secret of her own. Can they learn to trust each other enough to find the love they seek in each other's arms? Frances is grappling with something else, too. Her daughter, Marissa, has been gone 11 years. She was kidnapped by her father on her third birthday. Frances hopes her coming out will also ease the way for Marissa's return.

298) Christine Hall Volkoff - Travels Through Love And Time, Night Publishing, Lesbian, Contemporary Erotica
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456466119
ISBN-13: 978-1456466114

From the rocky coves of the small island of Porquerolles in her teenage years, the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival in the 60's to a café in Paris in the 80's as a middle aged woman, Christine doesn't really know if she is looking for love, or if love is looking for her. At the terrace of a small outdoor café, she discusses Marguerite Duras with an unknown woman, and enters into a whirlwind of anxiety and desire only mitigated by good food and the magic of the city. Has Christine learned anything about love in her travels? In Venice Beach, California, now mature, she becomes smitten with a woman 30 years her junior. As she tries to give Bethany some comfort, she will let herself descend once again into the mysteries of infatuation. Will she be able to follow the advice of her teenage years, finally be able to enjoy the good life, and recover her peace of mind? Get ready to travel through love, space and time .... Three stories, three aspects of love and a world of emotions make 'Travels Through Love And Time' a moving and gripping sequence of novellas that will make your spirit soar.

299) Cardeno C. - Love at First Sight, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613720769
ISBN-13: 978-1613720769

Do you believe in love at first sight? Jonathan does: the moment he glimpsed the striking David from afar, he was hooked, but David disappeared before they could meet. More than three years later, Jonathan gets a second chance-he and David finally meet face to face, and the two fall into a passionate love affair. David turns Jonathan's previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the past few years have been hard for Jonathan, and he's terrified that his young son and scandalous past will be too much for David. If they're going to build a future together, they're both going to have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he's never considered... and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.

300) Cardeno C. - Where He Ends and I Begin, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819118
ISBN-13: 978-1615819119

Jake Owens, aggressive, physical, blunt and brave, is a football hero turned city cop. Nate Richardson, his best friend since before forever, is thoughtful, quiet, and kind, a brilliant doctor who has always known who he is and that Jake is the love of his life-and loyal, courageous, straight Jake has never had a clue. But Jake has been nursing his own case of the unrequiteds, and he's never been as straight as Nate assumes. Nate may think their passionate explosion is a fluke, a result of too much closeness for too long, but Jake is bound and determined to prove to him otherwise. For Jake, the question isn't how they ended up in bed together... it's how can he convince Nate that he wants and needs to stay there.
andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 4

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

kkscatnipEbook Giveaway: Lauren P. Burka - Up For Grabs 2, kindly offered by Circlet Press

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

1-tie) Neskaya by Anne Cain

Visible Friend by Anne Cain

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- in round 4 there will be only 1 poll for a total of 100 covers; 50 covers to round 5 and 25 covers 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:

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

Tinseltown by Barry Brennessel

This novel was a delightful experience, like a cup of chocolate with whipped cream above in a winter afternoon, and I will add also, in front of a fireplace. In the youth of the main characters, all college students of 21 years old I probably felt a lot the real life experience of the author; moreover, the writing style, that recreates almost a screenplay, with the main character, Micah, who is a Communications Major at the University of Washington with a visceral passion for movies and television, is almost a double of the same author, who was among the 100 finalists with this same novel in a Screenplay competition.

The novel reads a lot like one of my every time favourite, Almost like Being in Love by Steve Kluger; the narrative voice breaks the plot in “scenes” and he introduces the characters as “roles”; sometime the same characters directly speak to the reader, giving their own account of the same scene. There is even a Greek Chorus, advising Micah for the best, and 2 different therapists who will sometime bring back Micah on track when he needs to tell the reader is own story. And what story is it? That of a 21 years old college student, not enough nerd to be a genius, not enough preppy to be fashionable, an average guy with an ordinary life and big dreams. By the way Micah is not even the classical good boy next door, he is even sometime a little shallow, and due to that, he is at the same time hurt and to one who hurts back. To give you an example, Lanh, the Vietnamese guy he falls in love (lust?) with, maybe is a gold diggers or maybe he is only a boy who needs help, but Micah, self-pitying and with low self-esteem, will treat him in a very bad way, so much that, while until that point I was cheering for Micah, then my support went to Lanh.

This is not really a love story, if for love story you mean boy meets boy, it’s more Micah self-journey towards being an adult; he is a romantic at heart but he doesn’t disdain a little fun, and so while he is waiting for Mr Right, he is not against the idea to go to Tinseltown, an X-rated movie theatre where the movies are not exactly the main attraction. But it’s not a dirty story of sex, it’s more the state of art account of a 21 years old gay boy whose life has not yet routed on the right track. Micah had a more than advantage starting point, a supporting family, a circle of friends who are always there, ready to help and advice, and a set of assets (good looks, creativeness and positive attitude) that will give him the chance to a more than positive future… if he is able to understand what is really important in life and who is the right man for him.

Amazon: Tinseltown
Amazon Kindle: Tinseltown
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (June 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608203565
ISBN-13: 978-1608203567

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