November 16th, 2012

andrew potter

Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (401-410)

401) Mykola Dementiuk - The Facialist
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478197501
ISBN-13: 978-1478197508
Amazon: The Facialist
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It’s New York City in the 1950’s when Timmy discovers his own sexuality. But he’s aroused by men and women, which confuses him. Then Timmy meets Dickie, who likes to take young men under his wing and teach them the arts of fellatio, and Dickie's current young protégé, Shelly. But Dickie is abusive, much like the men who have used Timmy for their own sexual release since he was a child. His attraction turns to Shelly, but who wants nothing to do with him. Timmy is also seduced by an older Polish woman, an acquaintance of his mother’s. Confused by his own desires, Timmy returns to his favorite activity -- cruising the pathways of Tompkins Square Park. Will Timmy accept his sexuality without fear or shame? Or does he risk losing himself to his own hungry desires?

402) Cardeno C. - Wake Me Up Inside
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727119
ISBN-13: 978-1613727119
Amazon: Wake Me Up Inside
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A Mates Series Story. Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can't be gay, right? Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn’t easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor. And then things grow more difficult when Jonah becomes his own patient. Before he can make a life with Zev, he has to understand his past and cure the unexplained ailments that plague him. Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they’re facing traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets that may threaten any future together.

403) Ava Greene - Pandora's Box
Publisher: AvaGreeneAuthor (August 16, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Pandora's Box: A Hollywood High Novella (The Hollywood High Novella)

"Pandora's Box: A Hollywood High Novella": American Icon and Hollywood Superstar, 18 y.o. Melani Lamé, and himbo, Rocky Rhodes, are locked in a battle for dominance while partying the night away in the Hollywood Hills above glittering Los Angeles. Blessed with youth, beauty, and fame, these two master manipulators fight to the death armed with weapons of money, sex, and power. Winner takes all. "The Hollywood-High-Novellas," taps the sweet spot where E.L. James' erotic novel "Fifty-Shades-of-Grey" meets "Gossip-Girls," pulling back the curtains on the world of beautiful people blessed with youth and fame. But this being Hollywood, no one is who - or, what - they appear. A fun dark romp, "Pandora's Box: A Hollywood High Novella" is best read with a cigarette in one hand, and a glass of scotch in the other, preferably by some body of water: ocean, bath tub or, in a pinch, even bed. Much like the movies that it depicts, "Pandora's Box: A Hollywood High Novella" is an erotic, juicy, fast-paced, tabloid story that unfolds on the eve of the Academy Awards and over the ensuing forty-eight hours. Ava Greene's "Pandora's Box" instantly defines Chick-Whip-Lit with "Pandora's Box," the first installment of the "Hollywood High Novellas," a series that dares you to take a walk on the wild side of a world where everything but hope has flown ...

404) K. Piet & Kristen Pavka - Fraternal Devotion
Paperback: 148 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-937058-56-2

When you pit knowledge against emotions, there's the no-man's land in between those two opposing forces where taboos lie. Incest is one of the untouchables, a taboo that even in alternative cultures is often still looked on negatively. But how can something that feels so right be wrong? In Fraternal Devotion, the focus is on brotherly love&mdash&in every sense of the word. These are tales of love, lust, devotion, and passion as real as any other romance. Why should the fact that the two men are brothers take away from that? This collection may challenge your assumptions and beliefs, but may also melt your heart. Not to mention steam up your glasses. Keith is a Humanist Corpsman, sworn to protect society from the mutated ranks of the Infected. When his own team betrays him, however, it's his long lost brother, Riley, who takes him in and makes him choose between War and Peace and Brotherhood. After nineteen months apart, Brandon Patrell, of Analgesia, is convinced it will take more than a home renovation to keep his playboy brother, Ethan, from running away again. But as Ethan resumes his old mind-games, Brandon is determined to tease back for once, even if it means risking everything in a game of all or nothing. A dozen years after discovering his father's suicide, Cale returns home and finds his older brother Derrick showing the same signs of melancholy. But as much as he wants to help his brother, he fears being sucked back into that world of Depression, Love, and Swimming Pools. Jeremy has been On Clouds of Obsession since long ago glimpsing his brother, Matt, naked in the locker room. Years later, with Matt due to be married in a week, Jeremy takes a chance after Matt's bachelor's party that could jeopardize their relationship, not to mention the impending wedding. Songwriter Andrew lives life On the Edge, using drugs to quiet his uncertainties about his ongoing relationship with his twin, Ben. Disheartened by Andrew's empty promises, Ben begins to pull away, forcing Andrew to choose between letting go and finally finding the strength to stop running.

405) Elliott Mackle - Only Make Believe
Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (August 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212924
ISBN-13: 978-1590212929
Amazon: Only Make Believe
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It's amateur night at the ultra-private, members-only Caloosa Club on the Fort Myers, Florida, riverfront. Trouble begins when the fat lady sings. Her triumph is sweet. But, only hours later, the diva lies near death in a hotel room upstairs, the victim of a vicious beating. Hotel manager Dan Ewing and his sidekick, Lee County Detective Bud Wright, soon discover that this was no lady and that a variety of unsavory characters hoped to dance on the dead diva's grave. In Southwest Florida in January 1951, almost anyone who wanted to have a little illicit fun put his--or her--life on the line. Dan, a World War II veteran who survived Japanese torpedoes, five days on a life raft and the death of his Navy lover, feels he's found more safety and freedom than any gay man might expect. Dealing cards, serving untaxed mixed drinks and selling the services of escorts of both sexes, he acts as if he has nothing to lose. Yet he does. Bud, his secret lover, is a former Marine sergeant twice decorated for valor. Strong and brave but deeply conventional, he lives with the uneasy knowledge that every time he and Dan make love they commit a felony according to the laws he is sworn to uphold. The Caloosa, exposed to the pitiless glare of a front-page homicide investigation, attracts unwanted attention. The mounting pressure, instead of forging a stronger bond between Dan and Bud, threatens to tear them apart. As the jeopardy to both escalates, Dan realizes he may lose the one man who holds the key to the peace and harmony of his postwar world.

406) Allison Cassatta - Patient Privilege
Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 18, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Patient Privilege

Dr Erik Daniels hasn't had it easy. After losing love and fighting addiction, he becomes a successful substance abuse counselor and helps people regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. It isn't the dream life he had in San Francisco, but at least he has something to be proud of. Everything seems to be getting back on the right track until Angel, a heroin-addicted male prostitute, crosses his path. Erik not only sees a lot of himself in Angel, but a lot of potential as well. He quickly realizes he's willing to sacrifice a lot to get him on the right path--but is he willing to jeopardize his career?

407) Kiki Archer - Instigations
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (August 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1291012443
ISBN-13: 978-1291012446
Amazon: Instigations
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"Instigations", is the sequel to Kiki Archer's best-selling lesbian fiction novel, "But She Is My Student."Illicit affairs with happy endings. Do they really exist? Miss Katherine Spicer, a well respected history teacher from Coldfield Comprehensive thinks so. Now in a committed relationship with her ex-student Freya, she feels she has it all: A thriving career, a wonderful girlfriend, and a fun-filled apartment shared with her very best friends. Previous insecurities are gently fading away and for the first time ever, she feels truly loved.But will a chain of events, triggered by the deliberate and intentional actions of Freya's new university acquaintance, see the downfall of their relationship? Has Kat got the strength to believe when Freya's desire to stay strong is questioned? "Instigations," follows the ups and downs of all fast moving lesbian love affairs. From moving in, to moving on.Lesbian chick lit at its best.

408) Jere Myles - Murder on Michigan Avenue
Publisher: Fideli Publishing Inc. (August 22, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Murder on Michigan Avenue

“You don’t legislate love, you legislate property.” These words resonated in Jere Myles’Myles’ first book. In the final book of his trilogy, Myles retains the legacy and ideals that psychiatrist, Dr. Mieko Mitchell, held closely and passed to Jonathan Rose. Murder on Michigan Avenue leaves little to the imagination as the murder mystery series crashes to an unbelievable climax.” This is a love story as seminal as any you will ever read. Jon continues his crusade to resolve issues of love live and let live, as he and others discover “Who was behind the door? “Murder on Michigan Avenue” begins with an unsuspecting by revelation by putting readers into the minds of characters as various stories unfold before speeding to an unforgettable ending. Questions are finally answered. Deep secrets are uncovered. The author wrenches your heart as Mieko and Jon’s story finds an unexpected ending. You’re on a roller coaster of a ride before Myles brings you back to the doorbell chime that ended the last book. Myles teases you with revelations that are haunting, yet necessary for readers to empathize fully with the characters introduced in the previous two books. All of the principal characters are back for an encore in this third book: Jon and Eileen, the police lieutenant who botched the investigation into Mieko’s murder, and the priest who is as handsome as a model. They are all here and they're seeking justice. New characters like lawyer Geri Legg, the former NFL star who’s gay, and an Agatha Christi matriarch sleuth add twists that keep you reading as Myles seamlessly interweaves them into the fabric of the story. There is an essence of ‘Six degrees of Separation’ that stuns you as characters provide parts of the ending none of them suspected or expected while they come face to face with demons none of them realized they had. Readers are drawn into a story that they don’t want to end as corruption in the city of Chicago is seen at its worst. It’s an ending that will take you days to deal with.

409) Jeremy Pack - To Touch the Stars
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800064
ISBN-13: 978-1623800062
Amazon: To Touch the Stars
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For happenstance news correspondent Tait Williams and newly minted astronaut Nicholas Sullivan, 1966 is a year of beginnings. Idealistic Tait dreams of changing the world with his pen, and Nick has his sights set on the moon. With the Apollo program in full swing, Nick is on the fast track to his dreams-even as Tait's hopes of covering the Vietnam war are sidelined by a cause he doesn't believe in: a correspondent assignment with NASA. It is here, in the golden age of the US space program, that the hearts of two men collide, setting them on a path of discovery spanning two decades. From war-torn Cambodia to the decadence and heartbreak of the early 1980s, Nick and Tait come together time and again only to be ripped apart by social conventions and their own ambitions. As they strive to realize dreams that remain elusively beyond their grasp, through each other and the extraordinary people that touch their lives, they will come to understand that the things that matter most-the brightest stars of all-have been within their reach all along.

410) Shira Anthony - The Melody Thief
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613726945
ISBN-13: 978-1613726945
Amazon: The Melody Thief
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A Blue Notes Series Novel. Cary Redding is a walking contradiction. On the surface he's a renowned cellist, sought after by conductors the world over. Underneath, he's a troubled man flirting with addictions to alcohol and anonymous sex. The reason for the discord? Cary knows he's a liar, a cheat. He's the melody thief. Cary manages his double life just fine until he gets mugged on a deserted Milan street. Things look grim until handsome lawyer Antonio Bianchi steps in and saves his life. When Antonio offers something foreign to Cary--romance--Cary doesn't know what to do. But then things get even more complicated. For one thing, Antonio has a six-year-old son. For another, Cary has to confess about his alter ego and hope Antonio forgives him. Just when Cary thinks he's figured it all out, past and present collide and he is forced to choose between the family he wanted as a boy and the one he has come to love as a man.

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (411-420)

411) Jeff Erno - Appearances Matter
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Dumb Jock 3: Appearances Matter

Todd Hoffman, age sixteen, doesn't have an easy life. Not only does he live with his alcoholic mother in a rundown mobile home, but he's also a bit of a social outcast at school. He doesn't have the nice clothing, shoes, and car the other students have. He has only one really close friend, Shannon, but even she doesn't understand him completely. He knows he can never confide in her his deepest secret. He can't tell anyone, not even his favorite teacher. But Todd finds a way to express his feelings when he learns about fan fiction. Being a gifted writer, Todd begins to write stories--gay stories--about another boy he's secretly crushing on. He posts the stories on a fan fiction website. When the object of Todd's affection one day notices him and asks him out, Todd feels like he is suddenly living a dream, that his literary fantasy is become real. Soon, however, he realizes that reality and fantasy are two different things, and he has to determine if Galen, the high school soccer team captain, is the boy of his dreams or just another dumb jock. This is book three of the Dumb Jock series, and the story is linked to the previous books by featuring several common characters. Jeff and Brett are present as are Adam and Trevor. Book three is a continuation of the first two installments, but also serves as a standalone read.

412) Jeff Mann - Desire and Devour
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (August 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213939
ISBN-13: 978-1590213933
Amazon: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat
Amazon Kindle: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat

Desire. The longing for the touch of men. The edge of hunger. The need for supplicants craving a sweaty embrace, a passionate tryst in the dark. Devour. To drink, to dispatch, to swallow. To quench one's unimaginable thirst. To leave an empty vessel behind as one walks away into the night. More than a hundred and fifty years before Dracula ever touched English soil, Scottish Highlander Derek Maclaine became one of the undead to bring a terrible vengeance on those who had taken the man he loved. But revenge could not sate his appetites for sweat and blood through the years; an immortal learns to survive, to love again, as the lives of mortals are bright and brief flames that attract vampires like amorous moths. Award-winning author Jeff Mann has collected his erotic and powerful stories of Derek's unlife, adventures that travel centuries and the globe. Loosen your collar, bare your throat, sigh in expectation, but do not forget to shiver as this burly and brawny stalker of men steps behind you, to brush his beard against your neck as his hands grasp you where you most need to be touched.

413) Chris Quinton - Finders, Keepers
Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 25, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Finders, Keepers

Coming off a high-pressure undercover job for his company's covert Retrievals Department, and despite being on the edge of burnout, Jeff is thrown straight into another mission: set a trap for illegal metal detectorists who'll be planting a priceless reliquary in a field. To be in the right place at the right time, Jeff seduces Alan, son of the farmer who may or may not be in on the million-dollar scam. The job should be straightforward, easy, and it is--except that Jeff's usual guard is down, and he finds himself falling for Alan. Still trying to shake off an obsessive ex-lover Alan doesn't want commitment, just a no-strings, friends with benefits relationship. But events have a way of changing minds.

414) Jay Bell - From darkness to darkness
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478165340
ISBN-13: 978-1478165347
Amazon: From Darkness to Darkness: Loka Legends (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: From Darkness to Darkness: Loka Legends (Volume 2)

From the cradle to the grave... The Black Oligarch is dead. Some call his replacement a boy, others call him a threat. Cole lost everything the night he became Oligarch: his family, his home... even Jonah. Now he's alone, left only with painful memories and the power to destroy the Five Lands. When Dylan is sent to help Cole, he finds they have more in common than expected. They hope to build a new life together, but dark forces have other plans for them. The dead are rising, bringing secrets from the past that threaten to change their lives forever. Can Dylan guide a young man through the darkness and protect those he loves without making the ultimate sacrifice? From Darkness to Darkness, book two of the Loka Legends series, features new illustrations by Andreas Bell, the author's husband.

415) Anne Barwell - Magic's Muse
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727216
ISBN-13: 978-1613727218
Amazon: Magic's Muse
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Sequel to Cat's Quill. Tomas and Cathal have escaped from Naearu, Cathal's mystical homeworld, but happily ever after is never as straightforward in real life as it is in books. Then again, most people don't deal with the complication of a lover who's magically bound to a tree or have an interfering cat for a cousin. With Naearu's police force, the Falcons, still after Cathal, he can't go home. Now that he and Tomas have consummated their relationship, Cathal's abilities are evolving and changing to the point that Tomas can sense them. And until the oak portal closes, Cathal-and his new life with Tomas-are in limbo, as Cathal can't expect Tomas to stay with someone who can never venture past the property line. Will he and Tomas ever get to follow through on their engagement?

416) Jaime Samms - Stained Glass
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727232
ISBN-13: 978-1613727232
Amazon: Stained Glass
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The violent implosion of Lawrence McKenna's last relationship left him floundering at the bottom of a bottle. Recently unemployed and struggling with his newly discovered submissive tendencies, Laurie needs his best friend, Jeff, more than ever. One sleepless night of detox and a desperate kiss convince him that the attraction they've battled all their lives has become too hard to ignore, but Jeff has other responsibilities that take him far away from Laurie and his self-destructive behavior. When Jeff leaves, all Laurie wants is to be left alone to wallow. Instead, he finds himself riding herd on his friends who have quit their jobs to achieve their dream of starting their own manga publisher. Those same friends return the favor by riding him: about the booze, talking about what happened, seeing a doctor-and about Jeff, whose abandonment left Laurie bitter and resentful. Laurie knows they can't have a relationship without forgiveness, but when Jeff returns, can he be what Laurie needs?

417) Drake Braxton - Missing
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications (August 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988231018
ISBN-13: 978-0988231016
Amazon: Missing
Amazon Kindle: Missing

While attending a 20th high school reunion in Alabama, Blain Harrington loses the love of his life in the blink of an eye. He soon realizes that everything is not always as it seems as he sets out on a journey for answers. What do you do when the world you thought you knew crumbles around you? How do you piece it back together?

418) Patricia Logan - Silver Bullets
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (September 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1479244945
ISBN-13: 978-1479244942
Amazon: Silver Bullets
Amazon Kindle: Silver Bullets

Do you have hot cop fantasies? Michael Francis does... Silver Bullets Sexy, selfish Michael Francis has hit rock bottom. His boyfriend has dumped him, stolen all his money and his career as a super model has come to a screeching halt. Tyler Winston, macho Texas lawman, has lost the only love he’s ever had and the shocking memories of his long buried past have come back to haunt him. Set on a collision course, can these two broken men find common ground and begin to heal each other or will a ruthless killer part them forever?

419) EM Lynley - Going for Gold
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (August 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608207722
ISBN-13: 978-1608207725
Amazon: Going For Gold
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Going for Gold: Gay Olympic Anthology. It's not hard to see the outward appeal of the Olympic Games: watching the fittest and most-accomplished athletes in the world compete-generally with fairly skimpy uniforms. Voyeurism aside, there's nothing sexier than a beautiful body running, jumping, swimming, rowing, and a couple dozen other activities. Who wouldn't take the opportunity to enjoy the spectacle? But the Olympics are more than just a chance to watch athletes at the peak of physical perfection. Every competitor at the Games has a story behind why they run or jump or swim, and why they compete. How they got to the Games, and what they sacrificed along the way to make the cut. To spectators, they may perform superhuman feats, but each and every one is human in the same way we all are. In this collection of stories, you'll find there's a lot more to competing at Olympic level than being the best in one's field. Expectations and pressures from family, friends, coaches and country add up, and sometimes it's only the love of the right man who can make the effort worth it. And sometimes, love is more important than going for gold. Stories include: "Hot Shots" by Michael P. Thomas. "Into the Deep" by Nico Jaye, "The Quad" by Kelly Rand. "Lightning in a Bottle" by Sarah Madison, "Swimming the Distance" by Annabeth Albert, "Shoot for the Gold" by Whitley Gray, "An Olympic Goal" by K-lee Klein, "Tumbling Dreams" by Kaje Harper.

420) Nastasha LaBrake - Meant to be Broken
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1470037645
ISBN-13: 978-1470037642
Amazon: Meant to be Broken
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Junior year hasn't started very well for Ives Fay; his father passed away over the summer and he's still having trouble accepting it, his mother is dealing with her own depression by chain-smoking and drinking, his sister finds it necessary to sleep with every guy she can in order to deal with her own emotions, and he has an androgynous stalker who comes to school as a guy one day and a girl the next. It's all really messing with his mind. So he finds his escape in self-mutilation and bottles of alcohol stashed in his closet, hoping that the temporary fix will somehow become permanent. Then, when he's on a fast track to an early end, he meets Tomi, a guy so much like himself, but so very different. Could their nearly instant friendship be enough to save Ives from his dangerous path? And could Tomi give enough to be Ives' saving grace? Or will Tomi's own troubles prevent either of them from ever finding happiness?

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions (421-430)

421) Radclyffe - Oath of Honor
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826714
ISBN-13: 978-1602826717
Amazon: Oath of Honor (First Responders Novel)
Amazon Kindle: Oath of Honor (First Responders Novel)

Navy Captain Wes Masters, newly posted to head the White House Medical Unit, is a physician with only one priority patient, but her job is twenty-four/seven. Her charge is simple—ensure the health and well-being of the most powerful man in the world—the president of the United States. As the First Physician, Wes travels by President Andrew Powell's side, in the hot zone, with everything she needs to save his life if he is injured or falls ill. Her job gets even harder when Powell embarks on the campaign trail, accompanied by his high-profile daughter, Blair, and shadowed by paparazzi, zealots masquerading as patriots, and not-so-peaceful protesters. US Secret Service Agent Evyn Daniels, a member of the president's Personal Protection Detail (the elite PPD), is assigned to indoctrinate the new head of the WHMU in the necessary protocols--a job she wouldn't have to do if the right person had gotten the job, her best friend, Doctor Peter Chang. As they set off on the campaign trail, Wes and Evyn declare an uneasy professional truce, while privately their relationship is heating up fast. A First Responders Novel.

422) Cate Culpepper - A Question of Ghosts
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826722
ISBN-13: 978-1602826724
Amazon: A Question of Ghosts
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Becca Healy always believed she understood the shameful circumstances of her mother’s death—until the night her mother’s spirit whispers a simple message out of the static of a radio: “Not true.” Becca turns to the terse Dr. Joanne Call, an expert in Electronic Voice Phenomenon—ghost voices—to unravel the mystery of this decades-old tragedy. Joanne can coax messages out of the silence of the grave, but coping with this feisty, emotional Healy person might be completely beyond her. Together, Becca and Jo must tackle childhood grief, a serial killer, Xena withdrawal, and a growing attraction between the two most mismatched women in Seattle.

423) Meghan O'Brien - The Night Off
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826730
ISBN-13: 978-1602826731
Amazon: The Night Off
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Emily Parker has a busy life over which she maintains iron-clad control. Raised by drug-addicted parents, she’s used to taking care of the people around her, to the exclusion of her own needs. But not tonight. After years of celibacy, she’s ready to pay for exactly what she wants: to surrender control, by having it taken away. Having worked as a high-priced escort for years, Nat Swayne not only enjoys her job—she’s damn good at it. Dangerously sexy, she knows precisely how to fulfill the fantasies of women who enjoy her special brand of make-believe—all without ever becoming emotionally involved. When their night of intense play turns into something more, Emily and Nat can’t help but pursue a connection in the real world. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and love isn’t always enough. Or is it?

424) Greg Herren - Sara
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826749
ISBN-13: 978-1602826748
Amazon: Sara (Soliloquy)
Amazon Kindle: Sara (Soliloquy)

For Tony Martin, being a senior means being a star on the football team, classes to get through, hanging out with his friends—and dating Candy Dixon. And once he graduates, he’s getting out of Kansas and never looking back. But his best friend Glenn’s decision to come out and be openly gay at their small rural high school creates a lot of problems for the two of them. But a beautiful new student arrives at Southern Heights High—Sara. When all the kids who’ve been mean to Glenn start dying in very strange circumstances, and Glenn starts acting strangely, it’s up to Tony and Candy to get to the bottom of what’s going on in their school—before it’s too late for them.

425) Joshua Martino - Fontana
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826757
ISBN-13: 978-1602826755
Amazon: Fontana
Amazon Kindle: Fontana

Handsome and charmingly shy, Ricky Fontana may be the greatest ballplayer who ever lived. Hitting a baseball has always come easy for the New York Mets outfielder—his true challenge comes when skyrocketing fame threatens to reveal his deepest secret: Ricky Fontana is gay. Jeremy Rusch—a tabloid sportswriter hardened by drink and disappointment—follows Ricky Fontana as the young champ aims to break one of baseball's most treasured records: the 56-game hitting streak that immortalized Joe DiMaggio in 1941. As a rapt nation watches Fontana lash hit after hit, creeping toward DiMaggio's impossible number, the idol of the sports pages becomes an American hero. From the White House to Hollywood, everyone wants to shake hands with Ricky Fontana. And it doesn't take long for his carefully guarded secret to come to light—thanks to a front-page exposé by Jeremy Rusch. When he discovers Ricky's secret, Rusch envisions recognition to rival that of his idol. The reporter’s obsession creates a national furor, turning one baseball summer into a season that nobody can ignore.

426) Robin Silverman - Lemon Reef
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826765
ISBN-13: 978-1602826762
Amazon: Lemon Reef
Amazon Kindle: Lemon Reef

What would you risk for the memory of your first love? When Jenna Ross learns her high school love Del Soto died on Lemon Reef, she refuses to accept the official Miami medical examiner’s report of death from natural causes. Lemon Reef is a realm of glimmering beauty, where marine life triumphs over industrial waste. Jenna and Del dove on it every day during the summer before their tenth grade year, their love for the reef deepening as their passion for each other grew. It is a site of tenacity and wonder that mirrored their own, until they were outed and forced to separate. Even fifteen years later, Jenna knows that Del’s heart could not have given out there. Heartsick over Del’s death and fearing that Del’s young daughter may be in danger, Jenna risks all she has worked so hard for to return to Miami where she must dive into an excruciating past so that the truth of the present may surface.

427) Jerry L. Wheeler - Dirty Diner
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826773
ISBN-13: 978-1602826779
Amazon: The Dirty Diner: Gay Erotica on the Menu
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Food and sex. They go hand in…um, hand, don’t they? How many millions of dates start out in restaurants and end up in bedrooms? And it’s not just the patrons either—it could be the waiter who catches your eye. Or the cute busboy with a tantalizing lock of hair that falls over his eyes as he’s wiping your table. Maybe it’s the hairy arms of the cook as he bellows out “PICKUP!” and you hope he’s talking about more than the order he’s just plated. The stories on our menu will feed more than one of your appetites, so don’t just stand there outside with your nose pressed up against the glass (that is your nose, isn’t it?). Come on in and please seat yourself. Someone will be with you in just a minute.

428) Timothy McGivney - Vampalicious
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (August 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608207218
ISBN-13: 978-1608207213
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After barely surviving the first brutal days of a zombie apocalypse, doomsday lovers Joey and Walt find themselves at the mercy of two blood deprived vampires; Santos, a charming sociopath once idolized by millions and his out of control progeny, Jeanette, hell bent on a quest for the unattainable. Also caught in the crossfire is lone vigilante Taco, fearlessly searching for her beloved's killer. In a world now dominated by flesh craving zombies, humans and vampires must forge a new existence, learn to trust and live amongst one another, or face certain annihilation at the hands, and the jaws, of the undead...

429) Amelia C. Gormley - Inertia
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1479351180
ISBN-13: 978-1479351183
Amazon: Inertia: Impulse, Book One (Volume 1)
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An Object At Rest. Quiet, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance has had enough loss for a lifetime and he has no intention of ever risking his heart again. Living alone in the old house his grandparents left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he has written off the possibility of romance or even sex. He refuses to consider himself lonely, or wonder what he might be missing. His life is organized, predictable, and, best of all, risk-free. Until the day he installs shelves for accountant Gavin Hayes. With his contradictory combination of confidence and self-doubt, Gavin draws Derrick in with an intensity he's never known. As undeniable as gravity, Derrick finds himself falling for Gavin in defiance of all his usual slow and methodical ways. But Gavin carries wounds of his own. Fresh from an emotionally abusive relationship that ended with a dangerous betrayal, his future is far from certain. Can Derrick choose passion over safety, and let himself believe that Gavin is worth the risk?

430) Blaine D. Arden - Aliens, Smith and Jones
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (July 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058719
ISBN-13: 978-1937058715
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Connor Smith works for Primrose, an organization tasked with monitoring and tracking aliens and alien technology. It's a job that doesn't know the meaning of "nine-to-five". It also doesn't leave much room for a social life, a complication that Connor hasn't minded, until now. At the prodding of his best friend, Connor reluctantly puts himself back in the dating pool, even though it means lying about his remarkable life. Elsewhere, Noah Jones has led a remarkable life of his own. Stranded on Earth in 1648, Noah was forced to transform himself permanently into human form to survive. He soon learned that in doing so, he'd become effectively immortal, aging only at a glacial pace. Alone, with no way to contact his people or return home, Noah becomes a silent observer of human civilization-always in the world, but never of the world. Then, hundreds of years later, he sees a face in a crowd and instantly feels a connection that he thought he'd never feel again. But he's too late: Connor's already taken. Destiny is not without a sense of humor, though, and the two men are pulled inexorably closer, snared by the same web of dangers and conspiracies. Worse, Primrose is now aware of Noah, and they aren't ones to leave an alien unrestrained. So while Connor struggles to understand the strange pull he feels toward Noah, forces without as well as within are working against them to keep them apart.

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