November 12th, 2012

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (371-380)

371) Gene Gant - The Thunder in His Head
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725728
ISBN-13: 978-1613725726
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Kyle Manning is a tall, strong, openly gay sixteen-year-old who makes decent grades and plays on his school's basketball team. He's a good kid who cares deeply about his family and friends. But his life has become a mess. His mom, Lela, has finally had enough of her husband Joe's serial cheating. Kyle's parents are headed for divorce, and the collapse of their marriage torments him. Divorcing parents is bad enough, but Kyle also has to deal with new people in his parents' lives. He likes Stephanie, his father's girlfriend, but he finds himself increasingly attracted to his mother's handsome boyfriend, Reece. As Kyle struggles with his fear and frustration, he grows angrier and more erratic. Then he meets Dwight Varley, a buff, attractive athlete from another school who takes an instant liking to him. Having Dwight around doesn't solve all Kyle's problems, but it does make life more bearable. As their relationship develops, Dwight becomes a bright oasis in Kyle's harried life. But Dwight's life is more complicated than Kyle ever imagined, and just when things start to get better, Kyle discovers the truth about Dwight-and about his father.

372) Keira Andrews - The Chimera Affair
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (May 15, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Chimera Affair

When young Sebastian Brambani meets a sexy and exciting older man, he’s easily seduced. But for spy Kyle Grant, it’s all business. Sebastian is simply a pawn in Kyle’s mission to acquire a dangerous chemical weapon from Sebastian’s criminal father. Kyle’s life is his work for a shadowy international agency protecting the world from evil, and he can’t worry about what will happen to Sebastian when the job is done. Sebastian’s unwitting role in Kyle’s plan is the last straw for his ruthless father, who has been embarrassed by his gay son for the last time. But when Kyle discovers Sebastian could be the key to finding the deadly Chimera, he rescues him from a hired hitman and fights to keep him alive. Can a hardened spy and naïve college student take down a criminal kingpin, stay one step ahead of the killers on their trail--and fight the scorching attraction between them?

373) Lyle Blake Smythers - Feasting with Panthers
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982991371
ISBN-13: 978-0982991374
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Ingeniously weaving together citations from a variety of sources - including Yeats, Milton, Joyce, Poe, Baudelaire, and many more - FEASTING WITH PANTHERS tells the tale of the warrior poet Catalan, who finds himself at the center of a War Game between two powerful sorcerers. Guided by clues hidden in dreams, Catalan and the agents of the War Game must seek the missing pieces of an enchanted chess set in a quest complicated by deceit and treachery, in which nothing is what it seems.

374) Isabella - American Yakuza
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982860838
ISBN-13: 978-0982860830
Amazon: American Yakuza
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Luce Potter straddles three cultures as she strives to live with the ideals of family, honor, and duty. When her grandfather passes the family business to her, Luce finds out that power, responsibility and justice come with a price. Is it a price she's willing to die for? Brooke Erickson lives the fast-paced life of an investigative journalist living on the edge until it all comes crashing down around her one night in Europe. Stateside, Brooke learns to deal with a new reality when she goes to work at a financial magazine and finds out things aren't always as they seem. Can two women find enough common ground for love or will their two different worlds and cultures keep them apart?

375) Cari Z. - Changing Worlds
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058301
ISBN-13: 978-1937058302
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Includes the short story prequel "Opening Worlds" at no additional cost! In this sequel to Cari Z's "Opening Worlds", former starship captain Jason Kim travels to Perelan, the homeworld of his lover, Ferran, to start a life together. The ruling council of the Perels have allowed this unconventional union to continue in the hopes of strengthening relations between themselves and the humans. And while Ferran's family welcome Jason with open arms, not all of the other major families are as pleased. The arrival of an outsider to their insular, subterranean world challenges the traditions of centuries. Tensions soar as old rivalries are rekindled in the wake of Jason and Ferran's relationship. Inevitably, something snaps. Jason and Ferran soon find themselves literally fighting for their lives when xenophobic anger pushes things beyond the breaking point. Only their devotion to one another can see them through, but a ghost from Jason's past threatens even that. With Perelan on the brink of civil war, Jason and Ferran must find a way to stand together in the face of chaos and to change the world on their own terms before it tears itself apart.

376) Barry Brennessel - Reunion
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160820667X
ISBN-13: 978-1608206674
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From a small French city to a park outside the neon glitz of Tokyo, and beyond, these interconnected stories follow the adventures of Brian, Ondrej, Yuji, Jason, and others as they navigate the tumultuous path of life and love. A small French city. A park near Tokyo. The Czech countryside. London at night. Lost loves and found loves. Fear and courage. Reflections. Rejections. Reconciliations. Romance. These interconnected stories follow the adventures of Brian, Ondrej, Yuji, Jason, and others as they navigate the tumultuous path of life and love. Featuring: Shin-Kiba Park (Pushcart Prize nominee; from Gival Press's ArLiJo) Nagasaki (Dana Award finalist; from Polari Journal) Unfinished (from SNReview) Ficelle (from SNReview)

377) S.J. Frost - Heartstrings
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206610
ISBN-13: 978-1608206612
Amazon: Heartstrings
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When violinist, Nicholas "Las" Lamont" would make his treasured violin sing, he could transfer the emotion of every piece to his listeners. That was before his passion faded. As Las performs the last concert on his tour, he realizes his lackluster playing goes against everything he used to love about music and he has two choices; rediscover his love for music, or stop playing. Quinn Patrick, the leader and drummer of the Scottish rock band, Lions Rampant, lives for music. The instant he and Las meet, Quinn sees in him a man with a beautiful gift, but who's lost his way.He wants nothing more than to bring back the sensitivity and passion that made Las the virtuoso he is. The more time Las spends with Quinn, the more he learns about what it is to love music. But if he's to truly find happiness, he must open his heart not only to music again, but to Quinn as well.

378) David Carl Mielke - A Dish Best Served Cold
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936107198
ISBN-13: 978-1936107193
Amazon: A Dish Best Served Cold
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From early childhood, LENA MILLS develops a steely determination for retribution. Empowered with the face of an angel, a drop-dead gorgeous body and cunning mind, she rips through adversity like an avenging tornado, leaving a trail of stunned antagonists and devastation in her wake. Raised in a mortuary, at an early age ANNE HENDERSON learns she has the power of a medium. A loner with the ability to communicate with live animals and dead people, she ponders the meaning of life until meeting and befriending her polar opposite, Lena Mills. Lena and Anne discover they have one thing in common: both have bedded Congressman WINTHROP ROCKLEDGE STEDMAN, III - a randy, rising star in Florida politics. Payback is Hell for the libidinous letch as both women plot embarrassing retribution. Hold onto your sides as you wind your way through three decades of small town Central Florida, replete with quarreling townsfolk, a no-nonsense sheriff with a legendary ancestor, Cubano hit men, exotic dancers, a haunted house and a former Ziegfeld Follies girl who still high kicks at age 80. Stir in Dracula, a well-hung skunk and one nasty alligator named "Ol' Clyde" and you've got a recipe for laugh-out-loud mayhem.

379) Catherine Lundoff - Silver Moon
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213793
ISBN-13: 978-1590213797
Amazon: Silver Moon
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Becca Thornton, divorced, middle-aged, and barely out of the closet, discovers that life can still hold some strange surprises, when she discovers that her body is changing; menopause turns her into a werewolf. Apparently she is not the only one, as a number of women in her town of Wolf's Point seem to have had the same experience. As the newest member of the pack, Becca learns her nights are not spent only protecting the town and running through the woods howling at the moon. There are werewolf hunters in town and they've got Becca in their sights.

380) Donya Lynne - Heart of the Warrior
Publisher: Phoenix Press; 1 edition (May 23, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Heart of the Warrior (All the King's Men)

Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion. Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin. Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other?

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (381-390)

381) Owen Keehnen - The Sand Bar
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210182
ISBN-13: 978-1590210185
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Welcome to The Sand Bar, the notorious tavern where most gay folks in Bayetteville and the surrounding area get together. Come in through the back door off the alley. The bar is at the end of that long hallway. Pull up a stool and let hunky Cody the bartender get you a beer or mix up one of his famous margaritas. Make yourself comfortable and have a look around. You never know who you re going to meet here. Those punks over by the jukebox are Del and his buddy Slags. Chances are they're up to no good. The kid standing near them is Fred who's had a crush on Del since even before Del started hustling. That redheaded guy at the table by the dance floor is Kevin. He's got a girlfriend waiting for him at home, but lately he and Cody have been making eyes at one another. At the end of the bar Jack-O is swaying on his stool and going on to Heather who's killing time waiting for her latest lady friend to get off work at the mall. Sitting alongside them looking like a cardinal sin in that skin tight black dress is Bruschetta. She's nice enough, but don t cross her. The pock-marked guy down at the other end of the bar sucking on a longneck is Leo. He owns this place and lives upstairs. He opened The Sand Bar after being convinced the town needed a gay bar by his best friend Sister who's the one in the flannel shirt with one boot on the bar rail waiting his turn at pool. Make yourself comfortable and stay a while. What's being offered is a glimpse inside the intertwined loves, dreams, downfalls and dramas of the these folks as well as several others. Along the way there'll be plenty of sex, some laughs and even some tears. Though it may not be pretty or always nice, The Sand Bar isn't a place you're likely to soon forget and the people who've come to call it home are even more memorable.

382) Ansh Das - Always Forever
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477422269
ISBN-13: 978-1477422267
Amazon: Always Forever: From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope
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The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee's funeral. He is overcome with grief. But Mikee’s brief appearance in his life was not by chance; it was to trigger a spiritual awakening. With help from Mikee’s family and friends, AD sets about piecing together Mikee’s story. As he begins to discover life’s lessons through Mikee’s eyes, AD finds himself falling in love with an entire nation.

383) Joshua Skye - The Singing Wind
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475057296
ISBN-13: 978-1475057294
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Deep in the Appalachian Mountains is the quiet, conservative mining town of Willow’s Knot. A lifelong resident and coal miner, closeted Liam O’Shay lives a quiet life with his ailing mother. Lonely and introverted, Liam begrudgingly agrees to a spontaneous Friday night trip to Morgantown for a weekend getaway. There he meets the enigmatic and equally fascinating Jeremy, and a fast-paced romance begins. As Liam’s romance with Jeremy blossoms, he finds himself not only awakening sexually but also becoming enmeshed in a fantastical journey through Native American folklore, alien agendas, and twisted government conspiracies. The mystic and the terrifying converge as gruesome owls, sinister wolves, and spiritual totems swirl in battle with Star Beings and reptilian monsters. Liam finds himself on a journey leading down a nightmarish path where the line between dream and reality blurs and where ultimately his true destiny lies.

384) A.B. Gayle - Red+Blue
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725205
ISBN-13: 978-1613725207
Amazon: Red+Blue
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An Opposites Attract novel Fresh from backwoods Minnesota, actuarial student Ben Dutoit is ecstatic to land a job with Sydney Sutherland Family Insurance, one of the few companies that offers life insurance to people in the high-risk category. The fact that he gets to work in Gay Central, aka San Francisco, is just the icing on the rainbow-colored cake. Ben sets himself just three goals: be out and proud enough to participate in the Pride parade; seek out the company of like-minded souls in the clubs; and maybe, if he's lucky, fall in love. But the men Ben meets are everything he's not: suave, confident, sophisticated, and sexy. Unlike redneck Ben, they're blue bloods from blue states, born with status, wealth, and the responsibility that comes with the package. Ben's still wondering if red and blue can mix when he discovers what risk really means. The global economy tanks. The job he looked forward to is in jeopardy, and every dream Ben ever had is threatened, especially love, the biggest dream of all.

385) William Maltese & Johan Ekkel - Maltese & Ekkel
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206912
ISBN-13: 978-1608206919
Amazon: Maltese & Ekkel
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FROM THE PEN OF INTERNATIONALLY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WILLIAM MALTESE, BASED UPON THE ARTWORK OF DUTCH ARTIST JOHAN EKKEL... ...comes this power-house male-on-male short-story collection, from MLR Press, with quality reproductions of the original drawing or painting that specifically inspired each story. Says Maltese, best known as one of the vanguard writers of m/m fiction who launched its "Golden Days " in the sixties, with close to 200 books published since then, "Johan did two portraits of me for my Artists 'Do' Author William Maltese art collection. After which, I bought several other of his pieces without me as their subject matter. When he brought his black-on-white sketches, many of them erotic male-on-male, for my look-see, from which my inspiration came for most of these short stories in MALTESE/EKKEL, I was simply blown away." These resulting stories, each tailored to complement the one inspirational illustration with which it is accompanied, take the reader into the world of male-on-male love, sensuality, passion, sex, vengeance, retribution, redemption, salvation, and even murder ... with ... surfer-types, their bodies perfect and tan, on the beaches of southern California (Boy on the Rainbow Towel) ... physically fit Army vet returning to the sun-lit shores of a private island on the U.S. east coast (Man of War) ... a handsome matador trying to squeeze in love between the confining dangers and death he confronts weekly on the hot and blood-soaked sands of the Spanish corrida (Reines in Spain) ... the stealthy and sinuous werecats possibly masquerading as mere jungle cats as they perform nightly on the sawdust of the center-ring circus cage (MANEATERS) ... the unwitting aliens, with strong and boxy physiques, who perform their mating rituals on a brown-earth stage for the curiosity of unseen observers (I SPY, I SPY)... These and more of the MALTESE/EKKEL collection offer a sensuous smorgasbord of delicious "Maltese" reading fare that, with their "Ekkel" visuals, by way of dessert, will turn you on to exceptional writing and exceptional artwork as never before. Or, better yet, just turn you on ... period.

386) Marten Weber - Bodensee
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475271271
ISBN-13: 978-1475271270
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In a street in Zurich, a man stands confused and bewildered. There’s the bank he needs to go to, and in the hotel, a man who claims to be his husband and a young boy are waiting. They travel together across the snow-capped mountains in a train which seems doomed to derail. He has no memory of his earlier life. Nightmares of monsters and crawling insects rob him of his sanity. Again and again, he doubts his senses. Repeatedly, the image of a red-haired woman enters his mind: he wants to meet her; he knows she holds the key to this mystery. Then she is there, in the flesh: beautiful, seductive and irresistible. And his troubles have only started. Literally bursting with creativity, Marten Weber takes us on a thrilling ride with this foray into the sci-fi genre. Bodensee chronicles the confounding journey of three men as they navigate one terrifying obstacle after another, trapped in a provocative dream that seems all but inescapable. Full of surprises, twists and an array of dashing young men who battle it out—a battle of minds and perceptions—is this a vision of our future? Then she is there, in Milan, beautiful, seductive and irresistible. And his troubles have only just started.

387) Robert Lennon - The Miles
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758271735
ISBN-13: 978-0758271730
Amazon: The Miles
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A squadron of spectators screamed and hooted, and Liam could feel his legs lighten. It was possible. He could run at any speed now; he would accelerate and accelerate and accelerate…
When Liam Walker joins a running club in New York City, it's with some trepidation. Liam has always loved running, but the world of team racing, and the camaraderie that goes with it, are new to him. Still, after years of stagnancy--working for the same magazine, living in the same apartment, and jumping from one short-term boyfriend to another--he's ready to try. At the club, Liam meets athletes of every stripe. Some are fiercely competitive, others more interested in the after-race bagels or team nights out partying. The revelations on the track hardly compare to what happens off it--the romance and heartaches, rivalries and injuries. And as the year unfurls leading to the ultimate challenge--the New York City Marathon--Liam starts to realize all the ways in which life is measured by hills and valleys, in how far you're willing to push yourself, and in who's waiting for you at the finish line...

388) Sage Marlowe - SubMission
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781845174
ISBN-13: 978-1781845172
Amazon: Sub-Mission
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How far would you go to save the one you love? Pierce Hollister is a down-to-earth businessman. Most of the time. His romantic side has him secretly dreaming of Mr Right, a family and happy ever after. Noah Conway is a single father who doesn't believe in happy families anymore. When his daughter's life is at stake, he would sell his soul to save her but as a sadistic Dom takes an interest in him, he sells his body instead. A shared session at a BDSM club leaves Pierce intrigued and soon he finds himself willing to do anything in his power to heal the wounds that life has left on Noah's soul. When he realises that the very thing Noah dreads the most might just be what he needs, Pierce sets out on a mission – but maybe it's just not in his power to save Noah. Will Noah be able to battle the demons that haunt him and find the happy ever after Pierce has dreamed up for them?

389) Brit Mandelo - Beyond Binary
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210050
ISBN-13: 978-1590210055
Amazon: Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
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Speculative fiction is the literature of questions, of challenges and imagination, and what better to question than the ways in which gender and sexuality have been rigidly defined, partitioned off, put in little boxes? These seventeen stories explore the ways in which identity can go beyond binary from space colonies to small college towns, from angels to androids, and from a magical past to other worlds entirely, the authors in this collection have brought to life wonderful tales starring people who proudly define (and redefine) their own genders, sexualities, identities, and so much else in between.

390) Kelly Sinclair - In the Now
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (May 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627856
ISBN-13: 978-1935627852
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Psychiatrist Carla Turner sets out to disprove reincarnation. To make her point and strike a blow for science, she enlists Amy Duran, her favorite patient, for a past-life regression that Carla believes is destined to fail. But a potent, experimental drug used for the study works all too well. Amy is swept away into her previous life as Isao Watanabe, a Japanese World War II veteran, who finds twenty-first century Austin, Texas, to be as shocking as the female body he now inhabits. To bring back her beloved Amy, Carla must battle a powerful drug company as well as her headline-chasing former professor, a woman determined to establish that past-life regression exists. If Amy returns to the present, what happens to the charismatic Isao? Can two people-one male, one female; one dead, one alive-share the same body? In the Now, an intuitive exploration of identity, gender, and faith, asks the thought-provoking question, what if reincarnation is a biological fact? And if it's real, how do you face all the good and evil you've done-in this lifetime or your last?

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (391-400)

391) Tamer Lorika - Letters from the Sky
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477405364
ISBN-13: 978-1477405369
Amazon: Letters from the Sky
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Jeanne is now in her eighth year of school, and never has the world seemed more strange. Her little town grows greyer and greyer, and every day the radio tells news of a war just far enough away, it doesn’t matter to her. Yet. What does matter are immediate things: her friends, her family, and a magical guardian named Jericho who visits while she sleeps. Jericho’s love for her seems so perfect as to be impossible. But when Jericho disappears for weeks at a time, Jeanne isn’t sure she can continue to believe her guardian is real any longer. As Jeanne’s relationship with Jericho deepens, can she continue to believe in her guardian? Can Jericho’s love protect her in the midst of impending war? Or does Jericho even exist at all?

392) James Erich - Seidman
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725760
ISBN-13: 978-1613725764
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In Viking Age Iceland, where boys are expected to grow into strong farmers and skilled warriors, there is little place for a sickly twelve-year-old boy like Kol until he catches the eye of a seið-woman-a sorceress-and becomes her apprentice. Kol travels to the sorceress's home, where her grandson, Thorbrand, takes Kol under his wing. Before long Kol discovers something else about himself that is different-something else that sets him apart as unmanly: Kol has fallen in love with another boy. But the world is changing in ways that threaten those who practice the ancient arts. As Kol's new life takes him across the Norse lands, he finds that a new religion is sweeping through them, and King Olaf Tryggvason is hunting down and executing sorcerers. When a decades-old feud forces Thorbrand to choose between Kol and his duty to his kinsman, Kol finds himself cast adrift with only the cryptic messages of an ancient goddess to guide him to his destiny-and possibly to his death.

393) S.L. Armstrong & April L'Orange - Like It or Not
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press, LLC (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058603
ISBN-13: 978-1937058609
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Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a 'yes', but not a 'no' either) or doesn't match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them. When Connor's rent money is due and not even hooking can make up the shortfall, he really is Out of Options. So when playboy Jarrett makes him a very generous offer, he doesn't look too closely at the terms—and lives to regret it. Then, werewolf Trevor is subjected to Obedience Classes when his pack alpha becomes fed up with his rebellion. Dirk, the wolf charged with this task, though, seems more interested in claiming Trevor for himself, by any means necessary. Writer Ian Richards has to decide What It's Worth to get his story when his contact meets him in a private club. In fact, Vincenzo has no intention of letting his information go easily, if at all. In Blindside, freshman Matt is tired of enduring the hazing by (admittedly gorgeous) upperclassman Dylan, when Dylan ups the ante significantly. And as much as Matt wants Dylan, he can't be sure the whole thing isn't one more bizarre prank. Confessor Isak must resort to Unnatural Means when he is charged with the task of forcing Sain to confess his sins of murder and witchcraft before inevitable execution. Torturing in the name of the Divine is difficult enough, but when Sain's seductive magic takes hold of him, he isn't sure it will be Sain who breaks under pressure to find release. Finally, Salting the Earth becomes Ronan's only choice when he suspects his sister has been taken by the fairies. However, this only draws the interest of ruthless King Finnbheara, who extracts a price for his cooperation that may be too high for Ronan to pay.

394) Lara Biyuts - A Handful of Blossoms
Published: June 01, 2012
Words: 96246 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476118024

Written in form of a diary, which genre was so popular in the 18th century and which sounds so comprehensible in our time of blogging/webdiaries/webjournals, the novella may be called a love story. A story of a sixteen-year-old damsel and her weird marriage. Time: 1764, a year after the Seven Years War. Europe.

395) Elliott Mackle - Captain Harding and His Men
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213297
ISBN-13: 978-1590213292
Amazon: Captain Harding and His Men
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When a C-130 bound for Southeast Asia explodes on takeoff at remote Wheelus Air Base, Libya, handsome, hard-charging Captain Joe Harding instinctively realizes that the cargo list--''medical supplies and radio tubes''--was faked. When Joe's newly-married workout buddy does a swan dive off a fifth story balcony in downtown Tripoli, Joe refuses to accept the semi-official verdict: suicidal depression. And when Joe's tennis partner, the son of the American ambassador, decides to celebrate his eighteenth birthday by appearing unannounced at Joe's BOQ door, the potential difficulties of their love-match must be addressed--seriously and without delay. Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle's award-winning Captain Harding's Six-Day War, Joe and his fellow officers and airmen contend with a highly decorated but sexually abusive wing commander (who happens to be Joe's boss), a closeted Pentagon official fighting to save his career, a CIA agent who may be an imposter, and shipments of British weapons that fall into the hands of anti-royalist rebels. When a kidnapping goes terribly wrong, Joe must fight for everything he holds dear: duty, honor, country and love.

396) Thomas Keith - Love Christopher Street
Paperback: 422 pages
Publisher: Vantage Point (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936467348
ISBN-13: 978-1936467341
Amazon: Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City
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These twenty-six original essays by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered writers include personal stories that span forty years of LGBTQ life in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, and together create a queer love letter to New York City. Chapters in this volume range from personal anecdote to memoir, reportage, history, herstory, and daydream, as well as tributes to people, places, and events.
The essays: "Silence = Death: The Education of a Comedian" by Bob Smith, "An Old Queen's Tale" by Penny Arcade, "The Isle Of Staten" by Michele Karlsberg, "Finding Jesús on Christopher Street" by Brendan Fay, "Dis-membering Stonewall" by Rev. Irene Monroe, "Before I Begin" by David McConnell, "A Bite of the Big Apple" by Val McDermid, "Irrespective of the Storm" by Mark Ameen, "My Last Big Addiction" by Martin Hyatt, "My Family Tree" by Amos Mac, "The Opera Singer's Pants, and How I Got In Them" by Justine Saracen, "The Sum of Our Parts" by Jewelle Gomez, "The Myths of this Place" by Shaun Levin, "The Voices" by Charlie Vázquez, "As I Stood Frying..." by Fay Jacobs, "Borders, Rivers and Time: Gay Gotham Revisited" by Shawn Syms, "White Angel/Pale Blue Eyes" by Nicky Paraiso, "My Gay New York: A Symphony in Four Acts" by Aaron Hamburger, "The Place I Parked My Car" by G. Winston James, "Bad Boy" by Felice Picano, "Two Near Water--And One Very Quiet" by Thomas Glave, "Goodnight, New York: A Sermon on the Move" by Rabbi Andrea Myers, "In the House of Strangers" by Ocean Vuong, "A 1986 Bronx Story" by Charles Rice-González, "Perry Street Redux" by Christopher Bram, "An Interview with Michael Musto" by Kathleen Warnock, and "Next Year at Sonny's" by Eddie Sarfaty.

397) Ann McMan - Sidecar
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452769
ISBN-13: 978-1934452769
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A fast, funny, and wholly satisfying compilation of short stories filled with the same rich detail, witty humor, jagged verbal jousting, and joyous intellectual tête-à-tête that are Ann McMan's calling cards. Reconnect with Syd, Maddie, and the Jericho gang in "V1: A Valentine's Day Odyssey," as a sweet and simple gesture of love ignites a conflagration that could destroy friends, lovers, and a professional-grade mixer named Gloria. Meet Kate Winston, Shawn Harris, and the best, brightest, and most uniquely "gifted" personalities in contemporary lesfic, in the all-new novella, Bottle Rocket. Grace and Abbie screw up the courage to let themselves go for one magical night-only to find that the Fates are cheeky little bitches with a wicked sense of humor in "Falling from Grace." Take flight with Poe's celebrated raven in "Nevermore!" as two improbable coworkers, Diz and Clarissa, find friendship and maybe a bit more in a comic holiday romp set to the dulcet tones of Enya. Features a foreword by The Rainbow Reader's Salem West. Sidecar carries a bounty of fun, a bit of pathos, and a few fine wine recommendations.

398) Rebecca Cohen - Servitude
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725345
ISBN-13: 978-1613725344
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Lornyc Reagalos, future High Lord of the city of Katraman, enjoys his life as a student, even if he has to keep his relationship with Methian Hadral, heir to the throne of Xenetra, a secret. Unfortunately, Lornyc isn't just any royal student-he's also the grandson of an infamous magic user named Romanus Reagalos, and his grandfather's wild youth is about to catch up with him. Unknown to anyone else, Romanus saw fit to sign his grandson into the life of a valet. Specifically, Methian's valet. The contract-and the strain it puts on his relationship with Methian-is just the start of Lornyc's troubles. Though the Reagalos family was once famous for its magic, Lornyc's father never showed any aptitude, and Lornyc hasn't either-though that doesn't make the next contract, the one that says Lornyc must learn to use his latent powers, any less binding. When Lornyc learns of a plot to remove his father from power, he finds himself racing against time. If he can't master his magic and identify the leader of the plot, he stands to lose everything he knows and loves: his parents, his rank, and Methian.

399) Ryan Loveless - Kaden's Colors
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 5, 2012)
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The first alien immigrants arrived on Earth long before Henry Mekes was born. Now they’re policed by the government, forbidden from attending school, and assigned menial jobs to prevent them from becoming drains on human society. Twenty-two-year-old Kaden, for example, was assigned the job of sex worker. When eighteen-year-old Henry and his friend Ellil meet Kaden in a grotty backroom to avail themselves of his services, alien rights are the furthest thing from their minds. It’s not until afterward, when Henry is trying to remind himself aliens can’t get enough of sex, that he questions his actions and the rules of the world he lives in. Something about Kaden compels Henry to return again and again—but only as a friend. Soon he and his classmates hatch a plan to free Kaden, but even if they succeed, the world is still full of prejudice against aliens—and those who love them.

400) Winter Pennington - Once Upon a Twilight
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 30, 2012)
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Millicent and Malinda Hearthwell couldn’t be more different. Though the two sisters have always been close, Millicent is often frustrated by her sister’s inability to be what she perceives as mature and realistic. Too often, Malinda surrenders to her impulses, throwing herself thoughtlessly and headlong into flights of reckless fantasy. On the day before Malinda’s wedding, Millicent finds herself dragged yet again on another of her sister’s wild and imaginative quests. Convinced that she will beseech the Fey Ones to help her escape the dull world around her and her betrothed, Malinda persuades Millicent into riding out in the forest near their home. When things do not go as planned, Millicent realizes she’s lost not only her sister in the deep heart of the forest, but her own way as well. Just when she thinks she can go on no longer, a strange woman from the forest offers Millicent shelter from the storm. As Millicent comes to better know the generous and beautiful stranger, she begins to wonder if perhaps her sister’s far-fetched beliefs might have some merit to them after all, and that maybe, just maybe, fairytales and romance actually do exist beyond a page.

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