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November 25th, 2011

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 301-309

301) Mary Griggs - Unbroken Circle, Bella Books, Lesbian, Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bella Books; 1 edition (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594932433
ISBN-13: 978-1594932434

Sallie Lee Hybart doesn’t see many strangers at her diner counter. Pennington, Alabama, is a town the interstate passed by, so newcomers are rare. But this one looks familiar. Janet Bouton has nothing and no one. Her life has been stripped down to the clothing on her back. Counting out her meager change to pay for a stick-to-the-ribs meal, she is hoping to escape the diner unrecognized. She shouldn’t have come back...but no place else on earth was familiar. An act of kindness sets a chain of events in motion and pulls Sallie Lee and Janet together, but the past has the power to tear them apart. There are still people in Pennington who remember Janet too well. Small town memories have had a lot of years to simmer, and love may not be the recipe for happiness. Mary Griggs’ debut romance novel unites a lost soul and a determined survivor to create a passionate story that readers will remember long after the final page.

302) Christine Stark - Nickels, Modern History Press, Lesbian, Coming of Age / Young Adult
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Modern History Press (August 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161599050X
ISBN-13: 978-1615990504

Nickels follows a biracial girl named "Little Miss So and So", from age 4-1/2 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels' lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child's survival and, ultimately, the adult's healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author and artist Christine Stark. From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com

303) Stevie Woods - Stone By Stone, Amber Quill Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (September 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249457
ISBN-13: 978-1611249453

Can two men build a relationship when one must tear down each stone that the other has worked so hard to build? In the year 1535, after a misspent youth, Brother Mark is a hardworking Benedictine monk toiling as a stone mason at Tavistock Abbey. There, he finds himself irrevocably drawn to one of the men sent by King Henry to audit the monasteries prior to closure. Andrew Cheyne is fascinated by the handsome young man and breaks down the monk's boundaries with an ease that neither expected. When Andrew returns four years later to finally close the Abbey, each man must also come to terms with their past to attempt to plan a future they can share. But fate plays a cruel trick on them. Or, as Mark wonders, is it God teaching him a lesson? Attempting to forget Mark, Andrew commences a brand new life, but fate has more lessons in store for him yet...

304) Dusk Peterson - The Eternal Dungeon, Love in Dark Settings Press, Gay, Fantasy
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (October 18, 2010)

In the Queendom of Yclau lies an underground royal prison that embraces the worst of the past and the best of the future. The Eternal Dungeon is old-fashioned in its equipment and ahead of its time in its treatment of prisoners, seeking to put their best welfare above all else. Torture is part of the process of assisting the prisoners. The High Seeker, Layle Smith, embodies this contradictory institution: a man of deadly impulses, the head torturer binds himself strictly by the dungeon's code of conduct. His efforts to maintain this delicate balance are altered, though, by the introduction into his life of Elsdon Taylor, a vulnerable prisoner who is coming to terms with his own darkness. This 440,000-word omnibus contains four novels and a novella in The Eternal Dungeon, a historical fantasy series set in a land where the psychologists wield whips.

305) Dusk Peterson - Waterman, Love in Dark Settings Press, Gay, Fantasy
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (September 8, 2010)

Meredith is from the Eastern Shore of the Bay. Carr is from the Western Shore. . . . "Fair play" is the motto of the Third House at Narrows School, but that motto takes on a different meaning when a lonely member of the Third House is secretly wooed by a young man from a rival House. This 100,000-word omnibus contains all the current stories in Waterman, a historical fantasy series and retrofuture series inspired by the Chesapeake Bay oyster wars, boarding school rivalries in the 1910s, and 1960s visions of things to come.

306) Brandon Witt - Submerging Inferno, Self-Published, Gay, Fantasy
Paperback: 398 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456558927
ISBN-13: 978-1456558925

Disowned by his family, Brett Wright thought life had hit rock bottom. There was no place to go but up. He began building a life of his own—a house, friends, even a new career. Although not the life he planned, everything was going to turn out fine. However, after nearly drowning someone, life is once again turned upside down and he is thrust into a world he never dreamed existed—a world that not only threatens to devour everyone he loves, but one that brings him face to face with his own hidden heritage. Being stalked by two different creatures leads him to discover his true ancestry. The more he ascertains about his bloodline, the clearer it becomes that not only is this new world real, but that he may be the key to its destruction.

307) Brandon Witt - The Shattered Door, Self-Published, Gay, Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 438 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456567284
ISBN-13: 978-1456567286

Nearly a decade after finally putting the pieces of his life together, shutting out the demons of his past, Brooke Morrison has settled into an existence he never dreamed possible. He found a fulfilling career, someone to share his life, and a budding confidence. He’s actually happy. Content, even. In a solitary moment, everything crumbles in his hands. He seeks sanctuary in the one place least likely to find it. The place where he was never enough. The place that still causes him to wake up screaming. The place he learned he was damned. Home.

308) Aleksandr Voinov & Rhianon Etzweiler - Dark Edge of Honor, Carina Press, Gay, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Carina Press (August 15, 2011)

Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state. Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love. When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass…?

309) Tamara Allen - The Only Gold, Dreamspinner Press, Gay, Historical
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818383
ISBN-13: 978-1615818389

Jonah Woolner's life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It's a satisfying life until he's passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who's convinced Reid's progressive ideas will be the bank's ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there's more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid's charms-but unlocking the vault to all of Reid's secrets could lead him down a dangerous path. Losing his promotion-and perhaps his heart-is the least of Jonah's difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.

Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 5

The winner of the ebook giveaway is:

goddess47

Ebook Giveaway: Lance Zarimba - Vacation Therapy, kindly offered by MLR Press

The Most Voted cover of Round 4 were:

1) Isolation Play by Blotch



2) Moonlight, Tiger, and Smoke by Mara McKennen



3) Visible Friend by Anne Cain



- in round 5 there will be only 1 poll for a total of 50 covers; 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 10 (20%). You can vote also more covers in the same slot, remember please to not vote more than 10 covers in all the poll.

All the 50 covers are here:

http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2011CoverContest_01_5.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!

First Watch by Peter Hansen

A strange mix of fantasy and gothic and historical, First Watch was probably not really a romance but more the story of a very special friendship. Edouard made a big mistake when he accepted to “sell” his soul to a monster; he is now paying with his life, and his body, his debt and he is searching in every way to find a way to escape. Farid is his last chance.

The strange thing is that, first of all I feel a little of selfishness in Edouard, true, he is in a very bad situation and alone he has no chance to escape, but he practically dragged Farid in his own nightmare, with very little chance to success. And if I understood correctly, Farid was not even Edouard first choice, but more or less the only one who answered Edouard’s plea for help. Edouard and Farid were lovers when they were together as Legionnaire, but that is not the reason why Edouard contacted Farid, I didn’t have the feeling they were lost lovers hoping to meet again, I think it’s more that Edouard considers Farid crazy enough to embark in a desperate mission.

The fact that Edouard and Farid were not your usual perfect romance heroes made this novella even more interesting, it had a strange dryness and a feeling of crazy men without future and right for that reason willing to risk their life for little more than the thrill of adventure. The dryness was given by their attitude, to give you an example, Edouard is repeatedly raped by the monster (even if you don’t directly read about that, it’s only referred), but he is not a chaos of emotions, he has more a cold hate and a desire of find a way out. Strange is that I had no the feeling Edouard or Fard were cold or without heart, but more that they were able to control their emotions.

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/first-watch

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Amazon Kindle: First Watch
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)

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