December 2nd, 2012

andrew potter

Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Catt Kingsgrave - One Saved to the Sea ()

Wonderful. The plot did reach a point of expectancy for me, until then, I was delightfully unsure where this story was going. The writer’s superb imagery pulled me into each scene. I would read more from this author, and this is the first time I have said that during this contest. I am that impressed with her work. –David

Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (August 5, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: One Saved to the Sea

In the Orkney Islands, mothers tell their children of the selkies, seals who can shed their skins and dance on land. They also tell that whoever holds a selkie girl's skin can trap her for a wife. From the lighthouse where she was raised, Mairead has watched the selkie girls secretly since she was small. She longs to leave the home that has never really been hers and join them. She could never have guessed that a limping selkie girl has been watching her too, nor what wildness the shapeshifter would draw her into. Their paths collide when most of the men including Mairead's brothers have been called to war, the village idiot decides to catch himself a wife, and Mairead is the only one who can stop him. Drawing on myth and history, Catt Kingsgrave writes a tale of the clash of the modern age with magic, of loss and searching, a tale that will sweep you away to a past that never was, and into a sapphic love story just this side of impossible.

2-tie) Radclyffe & Stacia Seaman - Women of the Dark Streets

Some stories were excellent, they were high quality and interesting. The writing was uniformly good. The character development was very good in such a short space. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot - it was my favorite of all the books I read for this contest. –Janet T.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282651X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826519
Amazon: Women of the Dark Streets: Lesbian Paranormal

Enter a midnight world of the supernatural—a world of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and demons. A seductive world limited only by your imagination, full of dark fantasies, hidden desires, and sexy women who rule the night. Edited by award-winning editors Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman, Women of the Mean Streets presents all new tales of the paranormal from your favorite Bold Strokes authors.

Rebekah Weatherspoon - Better Off Red

In a nutshell, I really loved the way this author writes, and the plot did have some nice twists to it. --Audrey

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825742
ISBN-13: 978-1602825741
Amazon: Better Off Red: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 1

Every sorority has its secrets... And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn't care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can't stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there's something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs. Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals.

3-tie) Cate Culpepper - A Question of Ghosts

Mystery, romance, friendship, betrayal, family... all make this an excellent story. I couldn't put it down. Well done. –Julie W.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826722
ISBN-13: 978-1602826724
Amazon: A Question of Ghosts

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.

Nell Stark & Trinity Tam – Sunfall

Starks and Tam make a great writing team, their words flow effortlessly! –Tammy

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826617
ISBN-13: 978-1602826618
Amazon: sunfall

In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries. The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.

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andrew potter

The William Neale Award for Best Gay Romance

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Amy Lane – Sidecar (Double )

Totally engaging book. Loved the depth and the humor. Author has a light and careful touch with a haunting and horrifying subject and it just sucks the reader in. –Lex

Absolutely one of the best books I've read so far this year. There is a lot to love about this character-driven story: exquisite depth of emotion, excellent writing, and a plot that spans several years but feels just right. I just loved how Joe and Casey created their own family with each other. Beautiful story. –Natalie

Really liked this one! The author did a great job developing Casey and Joe's relationship. –Leah


Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372568X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725689
Amazon: Sidecar

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they're both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn't be is alone.

2) Jeremy Pack - To Touch the Stars ()

A wonderful novel which takes place in the early 1960-70s when American was attempting to reach the stars. There is no sex in the story. I liked the non-sex element of the story, made it seem more real and true. –Mick

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800064
ISBN-13: 978-1623800062
Amazon: To Touch the Stars

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.

3-tie) Rick R. Reed – Caregiver ()

This story sucked me right in and didn’t let go. Key details were dead-on perfect. It was very like the writer painted a portrait of the scene for me. Rich, multi-faceted characters, each with a fully developed arc. The author just won over another auto-buy reader! –Kari

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722087
ISBN-13: 978-1613722084
Amazon: Caregiver

It's 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark's addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that's how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam. Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original--witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn't let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail. Each step of Adam's journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it's Adam's lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn't right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.

J.L. Merrow - Hard Tail

I really enjoyed reading this one so much. The setting was beautiful, and I am so in love with the characters especially Tim *he was written wonderfully*. –Darien

As always, Merrow's voice sparkles here as she captures life in a small village and a hero in transition. The love story unfolds organically, and I liked that she didn't rush things for the heroes. When they finally arrive, the love scenes are smoking hot. Well-done. A gem of a story. –Annabeth


Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619210576
ISBN-13: 978-1619210578
Amazon: Hard Tail

Finding love can be a bumpy ride. His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: on the rocks. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon. The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob. There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love, means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.

A.B. Gayle - Red+Blue

I blame this book for a lot of late nights, as once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. It wasn't quite what I expected from the blurb, but that turned out to be a good thing. –Anne B.

Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725205
ISBN-13: 978-1613725207
Amazon: Red+Blue

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.

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Best Lesbian Romance

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Ronica Black – Wholehearted ()

An excellently written book with no lapses or faults from the beginning until the end, I loved it all the way. Since this was the first book I read for the Rainbow Award this year I expected an inferior one but it’s with great satisfaction to come upon an expertly worthy one. Great writing and my hats off to Ronica Black, good job! –Mick

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825947
ISBN-13: 978-1602825949
Amazon: Wholehearted

Healing, respect, and empathy are what the H&S Ranch promises when helping troubled juveniles. Madison Clark hasn’t had much trouble in allowing teens to help care for her recovering horses. But then in walks Jake, a know-it-all thirteen-year-old with a smart mouth and a strong penchant for trouble. What’s worse is what’s behind him—his uptight, opinionated lawyer aunt, Grace Hollings. Madison does her best to ignore her, but focusing solely on Jake isn’t always possible. Grace Hollings is convinced nothing can help her nephew, especially Madison Clark and her feel-good horse ranch. Unfortunately, Jake’s presence there is court ordered so Grace does her best to keep an eye on him, and on Madison, who is way more than she originally gave her credit for. Her calm strength and good looks are powerful and just the tip of the iceberg, leaving Grace green with jealousy. Not just because Jake is thriving and has taken to Madison over her, but because Grace is beginning to be taken by the ranch owner as well… Wholeheartedly so.

2) Gun Brooke - Speed Demons ()

Probably one of the best novels I've read all year. –Lori

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826781
ISBN-13: 978-1602826786
Amazon: Speed Demons

A year ago, NASCAR star Evangeline Marshall barely escaped death in a tragic crash. Evie is plagued by nightmares and fears racing again, but she doesn’t want to give up her dream. Blythe Pierce, renowned photographer, struggles with her own demons, having worked in one warzone after another. Blythe witnessed Evie Marshall’s crash through her camera and is impressed by Evie’s courage. She persuades Evie to allow her to document her recovery and return to racing. Blythe finds Evie irresistibly attractive and fears she can’t hide it. Evie in turn is mesmerized by the loving but enigmatic Blythe. But as Blythe’s past catches up with her and Evie’s fears grow as her first race nears, can they find the strength to triumph over their pasts and find love together?

3) Rachel Spangler – LoveLife

A barista falls in love from afar, then she finds out her love is a life coach. Thinking the beautiful life coach could never fall in love with her yet still wanting to get to know her, the barista hires the life coach. When fireworks fly what is the life coach to do with her ethical commitment to her client? –Debra

Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826552
ISBN-13: 978-1602826557
Amazon: LoveLife

Life coach Elaine Raitt is educated, elegant, and dedicated to her profession. Blue-collar boi Joey Lang is too insecure to even approach her—that is until her well-meaning but meddling best friend Lisa decides to break the ice and makes Joey a life-coaching appointment with Elaine. A session meant to bring clarity only leaves them both feeling more confused about their purpose in life and love. Will Joey be able to find the strength to chase the woman of her dreams, and even if she does, will Elaine be willing to risk the life she loves for the woman who could be the love of her life?

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Best Bisexual/Transgender Sci-Fi / Fantasy

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Aleksandr Voinov – Incursion

This was a great Sci-Fi adventure story, realistic as far as those things can go, and it merged many elements to a harmonic whole. Most of all, though, this was a beautiful enemies-to-lovers story and yes, a romance too. –Feliz

Voinov’s worlds are not for the faint of heart. –Jamie


Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 7, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Incursion

When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can’t refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs—those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs. Kyle’s best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the Scorpion’s pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He’s everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he’s from the same home world. He’s also of the warrior caste—half priest, half savior. But Grimm’s been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle’s stuck undercover as a criminal on the run. That doesn’t stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he’s more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns—like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone’s face. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, Kyle can’t tell if Grimm is part of the solution . . . or part of the problem.

2) Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con

I like this book very much. At first glance I expected it to be a routine ménage sci-fi adventure. And it’s all those things, but done with a deft touch to the material; I found myself staying anchored in the story and not speculating ahead. The authors took a relaxed approach to the pacing – not forcing the action, or using heavy foreshadowing to make their points, but also not allowing the story to lag or wander off. –Linda E.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609284437
ISBN-13: 978-1609284435
Amazon: The Slipstream Con

Is love the biggest con of them all? A Ylendrian Empire story. For three years, Kellen Frey has led bounty hunters Tal and Vanya on a merry chase, evading capture with flair and style. Now, just when they finally have their pet project—and object of their mutual fantasies—cornered, the elusive con artist turns the tables and gives himself up. A sudden attack of conscience, perhaps? Tal and Vanya know better. Their suspicions are confirmed when a crime lord comes dangerously close to killing them all, and the rapidly sickening thief is forced to confess the truth—he’s been accidentally dosed with a highly illegal form of nanotechnology. If Kellen can’t get his hands on another dose, he’s finished. The problem is, the only thief who’s ever broken in to Slipstream Labs is his ex-girlfriend, and she’s allergic to bounty hunters. As he does his best to play both sides, he struggles with his growing desire to be more than a prisoner to Tal and Vanya. Without trust, they won’t survive long. The clock is ticking as they race to uncover a conspiracy that spans the Ylendrian Empire.

3-tie) Rae Gee - Mars on the Rise

At first I didn’t think I would like this story I had never read steampunk before. And I found it a little weird but this book moved me to tears – even for the character I didn’t like. So in my opinion this was a very good book – I sure the hell hope there will be a book two as this book left you needing to know more and find out what happened. –Norma

Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403053
ISBN-13: 978-1610403054
Amazon: Mars on the Rise

A storyteller steps off a pier and into a world of steampunk oddities, fearsome weapons, and a dangerous man. Promised fame and fortune by the country's largest weapons manufacturer, Cedo gratefully falls into the arms of Erus Veetu. Dark, dangerous and with nothing to lose, Erus shows him that Svenfur isn't all Cedo thought it was. For beneath the streets is a dark, gas lit world of slavery, human sacrifice ,and deadly machines. With the machines waging war in the East, can Cedo stop the country's deadliest man from bringing it to the shores of England? Or is he too late to penetrate the cold exterior of his Master and halt the cogs and gears of progress? Set in a Victorian world of sex, drugs and steampower, Mars on the Rise tells is a dark, gritty story of what happens when our dreams come true. Whether we want them to or not.

Belinda McBride - The Bacchi

Every time I read a Belinda McBride story I am shocked by how very, very good it is. I go in expecting great things... and Belinda surprises me by bringing a book full of characters that are even more alluring than I expected. –Cherie

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 30, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Bacchi

The Bacchi Lefi Dhrahn lives a life of luxury and decadence, but is tortured by memories of a lost love. He survives the pain by surrounding himself with sex, beauty, and all forms of self-indulgence. When he meets the alluring Inspector Afton Teris, Lefi believes the detective will make a very nice addition to his string of conquests. Afton Teris is a Valoran hermaphrodite, and like all members of his species, is stern, cerebral and disapproves of the frivolous prostitute. Afton orients as a male, but the beautiful Lefi Dhrahn stirs him sexually, making him question everything he knows about himself. To further confuse his emotions, Afton finds himself tempted by the forbidden pleasures surrounding the Bacchi. When a kidnapping ring strikes close to home, the two go undercover on a brothel barge to investigate a slavery operation. There, Lefi is confronted by painful memories from his past, while Afton is faced with a horror that threatens his future, and perhaps his very life. Their survival lies with one another, but only if Lefi can set aside his pain and listen to his heart.

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Best Gay Sci-Fi / Fantasy

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Marie Sexton - Blind Space ()

The main character in this story was constantly challenge. With all of his imperfections the reader still managed to identify with him and like him through-out the story. I thought the plot and the setting were unique and fun to read about as well. Overall, a great story. –April O.

I absolutely loved it, it was so refreshing. The temporary condition of the main character let him (and me as well) experience something unique and unusual. –Caroline


Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (December 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614954607
ISBN-13: 978-1614954606
Amazon: Blind Space

Captain Tristan Kelley enjoys the luxuries of Regency service, as well as the pleasure of his prince's bed. It's an easy life, if not a happy one. When the prince decides to take a trip through the perilous Blind Space, Tristan must go with him, but somebody in the prince's guard is a traitor. Blind and held prisoner, Tristan finds himself at the mercy of Valero, a pirate who bears no love for the Regency. Valero is determined to seduce Tristan, and Tristan fears his resolve won't last. His duty is clear, but so is his desire. As the days tick by without word from the Regency, Tristan begins to question his loyalty to his prince, the Regency he's sworn to, and the man who holds him captive. Tristan begins to realize that being a prisoner may actually set him free.

2) Cari Z. - Changing Worlds

She does a really good job of world-building. Quite enjoyed it. –Pamela T.

Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (May 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937058301
ISBN-13: 978-1937058302
Amazon: Changing Worlds

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.

3) Chris Quinton – Paradox

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the author's strongest qualities were excellent dialogue, overall great prose and strong characterization and setting. I felt the split between the past/dream events and present events made the plot move a little slowly. –Janet

I'd like to give the book brownie points, because I - as a reader not a judge - enjoyed it hugely. –Cira


Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (May 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614956766
ISBN-13: 978-1614956761
Amazon: Paradox

Phil thrives on the danger and excitement of his job, and he trusts his partner with his life. Until Ryan kisses him. It's a diversionary tactic, but the kiss shakes Phil to his foundations. He doesn't need or want a long-term lover, but now it seems his heart does. A short time later, Phil finds himself trapped in his wrecked car, drifting in and out of a dream-haunted coma where he's living a parallel life. Centuries in the past, someone's trying to kill Caius Marcellus Valens, and nothing is the way it seems. When the dream invades Phil's waking life, he must separate past from present before it tears apart his world--and the best relationship he's ever had.

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Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Fantasy

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Erica Lawson – Soulwalker ()

I have never heard of this author before but I have to tell you this book was fricken awesome. I will be looking for more of Erica’s work for sure. –Norma

Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (January 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193562783X
ISBN-13: 978-1935627838
Amazon: Soulwalker

A loner. An outcast. A killer. A hundred years into the future, in a near-totalitarian state, there exists a group of feared Government assassins called The Black Shadow Corps. They are albinos, able to send their inner shadow to kill in the name of the law. Tarris Waite is leader of The Black Shadow Corps. But she is different from them, visibly marked by her pale blue eyes. Her teammates consider her a half-breed, to be feared and despised. A childhood accident left Tarris a paraplegic, yet she has never given up looking for a cure. Asher Hyrea is a medical researcher investigating nerve regeneration, and Tarris believes she may hold the key to her walking again. But Tarris soon learns that nothing is as it seems. Suddenly, even the most trusted members of her Shadow Corps team are suspect. Could her meeting with Asher be more than mere coincidence? When her loyalty is questioned, Tarris is left with no choice but to run. She is driven underground, where she discovers a horrifying secret that threatens the very fabric of society. Now Tarris is in a desperate fight to save her life and, more importantly, to save those who turned their back on her. But no one ever leaves the Corps alive.

2) Gun Brooke - Pirate's Fortune

I enjoyed the story quite a bit. Loved the main characters. Amazing. First time they actually touched in an even semi-romantic way had me holding my breath. Wish that had been showcased rather than wandering all over a side-plot. –Heidi C.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825637
ISBN-13: 978-1602825635
Amazon: Pirate's Fortune: Supreme Constellations Book Four

Notorious pirate and mercenary Weiss Kyakh works as a reluctant double-agent for the Supreme Constellations. Her mission is to infiltrate a cutthroat band of space pirates along with a sentient bio-android, Madisyn Pimm. Pimm’s sole purpose is to bring pirates to justice. The sophisticated android looks human, but Weiss soon realizes that Madisyn has her own heartbreaking secrets. As war rages in the Realm, Weiss longs to escape from both the pirates and SC forces, but her growing affection for Madisyn makes her delay her plans. With thousands of lives in the balance as the final endgame approaches, will her delay cost them their lives? Book Four in the Supreme Constellations romantic sci-fi adventure series.

3) Q. Kelly – Third

As a person who loves history this novel certainly satisfies that love, with its accurate, detailed settings. To go from the past to the present as often as the author does and do it so fluidly was fantastic to read. The plot pulls the reader along nicely. Part of the reason this book is hard to put down was the characters were so well written and showed growth throughout the length of the novel. –April O.

Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1469942208
ISBN-13: 978-1469942209
Amazon: Third

Tudor historian Helen Franklin is horrified when her dying scientist father leaves her a most unusual inheritance: Anne Boleyn. Yep, Anne Boleyn as in Henry VIII's beheaded queen. She is a time traveler and is having trouble adjusting to the modern world. Helen tells herself she does not have time for Anne. Yalia, Helen's wife, has been distancing herself from Helen for three years, and Helen needs to decide if she wants to save their marriage. Then the unexpected happens. A romantic relationship develops among Yalia, Anne and Helen. Can the three of them figure out their lives together, especially when time might be running out for Anne?

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Best LGBT Young Adult / Coming of Age

And the Rainbow Awards goes to:



1) Hayden Thorne - Renfred's Masquerade ()

Well written, great characters, if you’re into historical stories, this is for you. –Theresa

A true coming of age boy-to-man has an opportunity to live in 2 very different worlds, and begins to realize that even with human frailty, love will always hold the key to true magic. –Tame


Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1466483903
ISBN-13: 978-1466483903
Amazon: Renfred's Masquerade

Young Nicola Gregori has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a brilliant clock-maker who’s famous for his wild, fantastical designs. But his father instead sends him to school to learn more practical matters. Nicola, stricken with infantile paralysis that left him with a deformed right leg, becomes an object of mockery and cruel jokes in school. He learns that in order to survive his daily ordeals, he needs to vanish in the crowd, to stop aspiring, to stop dreaming, and above all, to believe himself unworthy of respect and love. Tragedy strikes when Nicola turns sixteen. Gustav Renfred, an old friend of his father, takes on Nicola as his charge and whisks him away to an isolated islet filled with empty mansions and bordered by a bluebell forest. There Nicola slowly learns about the tragic story that tightly weaves together the fates of Jacopo Gregori, Gustav Renfred, and Gustav’s twin sister, Constanza. Magic, impossible dreams, and unrequited love come together in Ambrosi, the Renfreds’ mansion, where Nicola is caught up in a world of haunting portraits, a ghostly housekeeper, and the mysterious disappearance of Davide, Constanza’s adopted son. When Nicola’s invited to one of Renfred’s magical masquerades, he discovers the answers to riddles as well as the mounting danger that the Renfred family faces with every passing hour. With the masquerades’ existence depending on the physical and mental strength of an ailing Renfred, the task of solving the mystery of Davide’s disappearance before time runs out falls on Nicola’s shoulders, and he has no choice but to depend on things that he’s long learned to suppress: courage, self-respect, and the desire to aim for impossible goals.

2) K.Z. Snow - The Zero Knot

Lovely coming of age story. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. –Janet S.

Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722044
ISBN-13: 978-1613722046
Amazon: The Zero Knot

Eighteen-year-old Jess Bonner is casting off pretense-and, with it, some friends from his past who aren't particularly trustworthy. In just a few months he'll be starting college, and it's time for him to admit the truth: he's gay, not bi, and only one of his old friends holds any kind of real interest for him. When Dylan Finch, aka Mig, follows his lead and puts some distance between himself and the old crowd, he and Jess give in to a mutual attraction that's been building for years. But navigating a fledgling relationship isn't easy for beginners, and forces they can't seem to control keep tripping them up: sexual appetite, personal insecurities, fear of discovery, and more. They need clarity. They need courage. Just as they're on the verge of finding both, a vindictive act of jealousy sends one of them to jail. All their hard-won victories are in danger of falling to dust. And the only way to save what they have is to recognize it for what it is... and fight for its integrity.

3) Jeff Erno - Another Dumb Jock

I absolutely loved this book. Even when it had flaws, I loved the flaws. Only downside at all was that sometimes the plot was a bit too on the nose, but really? Even that worked. Absolutely loved the characters, both the POV character and his boyfriend. The voice, was excellent, wonderful YA. Honestly, this book has me wanting to go buy a whole stack of Jeff Erno books right now. –Heidi C.

Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1469956543
ISBN-13: 978-1469956541
Amazon: Another Dumb Jock

In Dumb Jock, Jeff and Brett fall in love, but their relationship is not without challenges. Brett’s a football star, and Jeff is the classic nerd. Their coming of age and coming out story is set in the 1980s, and they face many obstacles. Yet their love for each other is strong, and they finally get their happy ending. Now, almost three decades later, their children are teenagers. Adam, their fifteen year old son, is the star pitcher of his high school baseball team. He has grown up with two dads, in a loving, non-judgmental environment. Yet Adam has challenges of his own. He’s failing two of his classes at school, and he’s been suspended for fighting. He resents being labeled and insists that just because he has two dads, it doesn’t mean that he is himself gay. When he is forced to accept help from another student in his algebra class, Adam starts to have feelings that cause him to question his very identity. He’s got to decide whether to follow his heart or to maintain the image he’s worked so hard to portray. Will he have the courage to take a stand for what he knows is right, or will he end up being just another dumb jock?

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Best Bisexual/Transgender Debut Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1-tie) Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved ()

A refreshing novel which made you feel alive again, and horny, too. Beautiful parts where the two boys make love, actually ‘fuck’ because it was raw, filthy enough to get me hard, if only for an instant, I can imagine what it can do to a much younger reader. Bravo to the author! Welcome to the ranks of truth tellers and seekers. –Mick

This was the book I liked most of all the ones this year. Only the cheating in the middle got on my nerves and I would have loved to hear Nathan's voice as well. --Anke


Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Antinous Press, USA (October 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615722350
ISBN-13: 978-0615722351
Amazon: Atom Heart John Beloved

Atom Heart John Beloved chronicles the lives of two boys who become friends at age thirteen. The story is told by eighteen-year-old John, who quietly whispers to his best friend one night in bed, "Do me." This novel is a breathtaking love story and an intense coming of age story that resembles no other book. John's narrative voice is one of the most unique in gay literature. Atom Heart John Beloved is literate, intimate, erotic, and delightful, delivering unexpected moments of grace.

Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con

I like this book very much. At first glance I expected it to be a routine ménage sci-fi adventure. And it’s all those things, but done with a deft touch to the material; I found myself staying anchored in the story and not speculating ahead. The authors took a relaxed approach to the pacing – not forcing the action, or using heavy foreshadowing to make their points, but also not allowing the story to lag or wander off. –Linda E.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609284437
ISBN-13: 978-1609284435
Amazon: The Slipstream Con

Is love the biggest con of them all? A Ylendrian Empire story. For three years, Kellen Frey has led bounty hunters Tal and Vanya on a merry chase, evading capture with flair and style. Now, just when they finally have their pet project—and object of their mutual fantasies—cornered, the elusive con artist turns the tables and gives himself up. A sudden attack of conscience, perhaps? Tal and Vanya know better. Their suspicions are confirmed when a crime lord comes dangerously close to killing them all, and the rapidly sickening thief is forced to confess the truth—he’s been accidentally dosed with a highly illegal form of nanotechnology. If Kellen can’t get his hands on another dose, he’s finished. The problem is, the only thief who’s ever broken in to Slipstream Labs is his ex-girlfriend, and she’s allergic to bounty hunters. As he does his best to play both sides, he struggles with his growing desire to be more than a prisoner to Tal and Vanya. Without trust, they won’t survive long. The clock is ticking as they race to uncover a conspiracy that spans the Ylendrian Empire.

2) Beth Burnett - Man Enough ()

A beautiful understanding thoughtful novel about people trying to live as best they could. Normal everyday people getting out of bed, yawning, scratching themselves and living life as best as they could. Was a perfect novel at that, bravo! No, triple bravo!!! –Mick

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Man Enough

Things are going well for Davey Carter. She loves her job and she has a comfortable bed. Granted, her love life is non-existent, her pot-smoking mother is wreaking havoc in her apartment, and she is starting to suspect that her lesbian best friend might be secretly in love with her. But none of that matters when Davey meets Danny, a kind, loving, intelligent man who just may be the love of Davey's life. Until it turns out that Danny is harboring a secret of his own.

3) Rae Gee - Mars on the Rise

At first I didn’t think I would like this story I had never read steampunk before. And I found it a little weird but this book moved me to tears – even for the character I didn’t like. So in my opinion this was a very good book – I sure the hell hope there will be a book two as this book left you needing to know more and find out what happened. –Norma

Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610403053
ISBN-13: 978-1610403054
Amazon: Mars on the Rise

A storyteller steps off a pier and into a world of steampunk oddities, fearsome weapons, and a dangerous man. Promised fame and fortune by the country's largest weapons manufacturer, Cedo gratefully falls into the arms of Erus Veetu. Dark, dangerous and with nothing to lose, Erus shows him that Svenfur isn't all Cedo thought it was. For beneath the streets is a dark, gas lit world of slavery, human sacrifice ,and deadly machines. With the machines waging war in the East, can Cedo stop the country's deadliest man from bringing it to the shores of England? Or is he too late to penetrate the cold exterior of his Master and halt the cogs and gears of progress? Set in a Victorian world of sex, drugs and steampower, Mars on the Rise tells is a dark, gritty story of what happens when our dreams come true. Whether we want them to or not.

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Best Gay Debut Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Ken O'Neill - The Marrying Kind

A sweet and yet often emotionally charged story that is very topical (in the US), this novel really pulled me in. I couldn't read the book fast enough and when done almost wanted to start over again. –Kathy

I thought the New York setting was well used. You didn't really get a feel for the big city, so much as you got an insider's view of living there. I liked that. A comfortable book that you can pick up anywhere at any time and get right back into it. I liked the message it gave and there was a perspective there that was new to me. –Kirsten


Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826706
ISBN-13: 978-1602826700
Amazon: The Marrying Kind

Wedding planner Adam More has an epiphany: He has devoted all his life’s energy to creating events that he and his partner Steven are forbidden by federal law for having for themselves. So Adam decides to make a change. Organizing a boycott of the wedding industry, Steven and Adam call on gay organists, hairdressers, cater-waiters, priests, and hairdressers everywhere to get out of the business and to stop going to weddings, too. In this screwball, romantic comedy both the movement they’ve begun and their relationship are put in jeopardy when Steven’s brother proposes to Adam’s sister and they must decide whether they’re attending or sending regrets.

2) Jack Scott - Perking the Pansies ()

A really excellent book. Funny and insightful and poignant all at once. It's a memoir that reads like a novel, with a lively and entertaining cast of supporting characters and a lot to say about a culture not many Westerners know much about. –Kate Mc.

The book is written in a conversational style that made me think of sitting down with a close friend and listening to a lot of wacky and (occasionally) bittersweet stories. I was so caught up with the narrative that I was surprised by the time I got to the end. The author wrote a memoir that touched on the human experience in a way that as honest and thought-provoking. –Luce


Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Summertime (December 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1904881645
ISBN-13: 978-1904881643
Amazon: Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam move to Turkey

Jack and Liam, fed up with kiss-my-arse bosses and nose-to-nipple commutes, quit their jobs and move to a small town in Turkey. Join the culture-curious gay couple on their bumpy rite of passage in a Muslim country. Meet the oddballs, VOMITs, vetpats, emigreys, semigreys, debauched waiters and middle England miseries. When bigotry and ignorance emerge from the crude underbelly of Turkey's expat life, Jack and Liam waver. Determined to stay the course, the happy hedonistas hitch up their skirts, move to the heart of liberal Bodrum and fall in love with their intoxicating foster land. Enter Jack's irreverent world for a right royal dose of misery and joy, bigotry and enlightenment, betrayal and loyalty, friendship, love, earthquakes, birth, adoption and a senseless murder. Perking the Pansies will make you laugh out loud one minute and sob into your crumpled tissue the next.

3) J.H. Trumble - Don't Let Me Go ()

The thing that really grabbed me about this book were the characters. Even though they were stupid and annoying at times, it was age appropriate behavior. But they also felt real and three dimensional. I was immediately sucked into the story and their little world of drama and would have read it straight through if I'd been able to do so. To me, that makes it a great book. There is seriously not enough money in the world that would EVER make me go back to high school, though. : ) –Ethan D.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758269277
ISBN-13: 978-0758269270
Amazon: Don't Let Me Go

Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, heart-pounding, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang. But when Adam graduates and takes an off-Broadway job in New York--at Nate's insistence--that certainty begins to flicker. Nate's friends can't keep his insecurities at bay, especially when he catches Skyped glimpses of Adam's shirtless roommate. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it's the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants. Tender, thoughtful, and unflinchingly real, Don't Let Me Go is a witty and beautifully written account of young love, long-distance relationships, and learning to follow your heart.

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Best Lesbian Debut Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Rebekah Weatherspoon - Better Off Red

In a nutshell, I really loved the way this author writes, and the plot did have some nice twists to it. --Audrey

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825742
ISBN-13: 978-1602825741
Amazon: Better Off Red: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 1

Every sorority has its secrets... And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn't care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can't stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there's something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs. Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals.

2) Robin Silverman - Lemon Reef ()

Very compelling and tragic story wrapped in prose that tugs at your heart strings and keeps you turning page after page. Well done. –Julie W.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826765
ISBN-13: 978-1602826762
Amazon: 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.

3-tie) Yvonne Heidt - Sometime Yesterday

A violently haunted house. Historical, severe domestic abuse toward two women, the wife and the sister, leads the women to finding solace in one another. Using the suspicion of the affair for more and more violence, when he actually discovers them does the violence become so great that it physically transcends time? –Debra

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826803
ISBN-13: 978-1602826809
Amazon: Sometime Yesterday

Natalie Chambers is a successful artist who, after her divorce, impulsively buys a Victorian house overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Immediately, she begins to dream of Sarah and Beth, two lovers from the past and the Dark Man who controlled their lives. When she begins to look for explanations for the things going bump in the night, the only answer she can get from the locals is that several previous owners had fled screaming into the night. Van Easton hasn’t had a serious relationship since her partner died several years ago. Content to let other women and alcohol distract her, she is surprised at the intensity of emotion that bubbles to the surface after she meets Natalie. Contracted to restore the gardens at Natalie’s house, she refuses to believe that the mansion is haunted. Until the Dark Man follows her home. It appears he will stop at nothing to keep the new lovers apart, and the violence continues to escalate. Can they solve the mystery that will set Beth and Sarah free and banish the evil presence in the house? Or will they have to run to survive as well?

Kathleen Knowles - Awake Unto Me

I really enjoyed this book - the characters were very well written. –Jorgi-Anne

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825890
ISBN-13: 978-1602825895
Amazon: Awake Unto Me

In turn of the century San Francisco, two young women fight for love in a world where women are often invisible and passion is the privilege of the powerful. Kerry O’Shea always handled what life threw at her. Growing up on San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, schooled in the streets by her con-man father, she fights to make a place for herself as a cook in the Palace Hotel. Escaping her roots made her plenty tough, but when she meets Beth Hammond, none of her street smarts matters. It's love at first sight, but how can such a love ever be possible? Beth Hammond is every bit as strong as Kerry and proves it when she talks her domineering father into allowing her to study nursing. Drawn to Kerry in ways she doesn't understand, Beth fears the terrible secret she hides could destroy their relationship before it can even begin.

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Honorable Mentions: One Perfect Score:

I'd like to encourage you all to check the following titles, with 481 submissions and only few categories, we couldn't award all the authors and novels who deserved it. The following were the jury favorites who didn't make the cut.

Honorable Mention:



Adam Fitzroy - Ghost Station

On the plus side - sex is not the main part of the story. The author keeps it mostly behind the scenes thus giving readers enough tiny details to picture the best parts on their own. –Tessa

Set in the 1970s, British Intelligence meets its world match as they search for a missing servant of the Crown, unaware of the real dangers as real and as present as a breath. –Tame

65,000 words/262 pages
Publication 1 November 2011

Allison Cassatta - Patient Privilege

I really enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job of addressing the issue of addiction and how the struggles that those with additions face. The plot was well developed and the author’s writing style made the story that much more engaging and easier to read. The character development was great and I truly enjoyed reading the story. Definitely a book I would recommend to fellow readers. –Danielle

Publisher: Silver Publishing (August 18, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Patient Privilege

Amy Lane - Clear Water

Amy Lane writes with wit as well as a huge dose of empathy in this novel about a young man with ADHD. She never fails to give us entertaining and memorable characters, deep emotion, and food for thought as well. –Bobby

Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721919
ISBN-13: 978-1613721919
Amazon: Clear Water

Belinda McBride - When I Fall

I really liked these two guys in the first story so was glad to see them again. Things don't go easy for them of course but the author really pulled me into the story and i couldn't wait to see how things played out. –Lyne

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 10, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: When I Fall

Charlie Cochrane - Lessons for Survivors

Reading this book felt like I was reading Agatha Christie's Poirot books again but with more humor. It is a sweet cozy mystery and that genre is known for rich plots and details but also for its slower pace. It not a book for everyone but people who love cozies will love this. –Amberly

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (July 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937692140
ISBN-13: 978-1937692148
Amazon: Lessons for Survivors

Chris Quinton - Fox Hunt

The relationships between the characters kept me reading and was definitely enjoyable to read. The characters were memorable well after the story ended. –April O.

There was a lot to enjoy in this story, a slow unraveling of the love-interest's identity, a dysfunctional but still loving family, the story being set in a believable, if not particularly detailed world of antiques and art restoration. A nice romp without angst, and with a rather cheesy, but rather satisfying for all that, ending. –Michelle

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (1 February 2012)
Language: English

Chris Quinton - Game On, Game Over

I really enjoyed the intrigue and the action; the relationship between John / Aidan and Scott was well done, their personalities well-defined. Game On, Game Over is a story that I can read over and over again. Chris Quinton, a new-to-me author, is now on my list of authors whose books I want to read. –Kathy

Publisher: Silver Publishing (October 8, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Game On, Game Over

Collin Kelley - Remain In Light ()

Very well written, the style was to tell the story, with all the quirks which the characters carried throughout the tale and let them act as they saw fit, which they certainly did. I liked the book throughout. –Mick

Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (January 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937227413
ISBN-13: 978-1937227418
Amazon: Remain in Light

Dorien Grey - The Peripheral Son

Call me old fashioned, but this was a great, yet traditional read. Hardesty is sent into a murder/mystery while revealing pieces of himself and a happy, normal domestic and gay life. It’s subtle but steady. Excellent! It keeps your attention and contains enough twists that every time you think you have it… You don’t! –Alisha

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Zumaya Boundless (October 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936144107
ISBN-13: 978-1936144105
Amazon: The Peripheral Son

Dusk Peterson - Law of Vengeance

I will definitely be reading the other stories in the world, I enjoyed it very much! –Cole

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (August 14, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Law of Vengeance (The Three Lands)

Eden Winters – Diversion

Wow! This is definitely one of the best books I read this year. It has all the elements of the "perfect read. This book is my first by this author but as soon I send this email I am off to check the on-line bookstore for more. –Tessa

Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (April 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249201
ISBN-13: 978-1611249200
Amazon: Diversion

Elizabeth Noble - Together Bound ()

Great story. Readers need to read the series in order to get the full flavor of the characters. –Lyne

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613721587
ISBN-13: 978-1613721582
Amazon: Together Bound

Erastes - Junction X

Compelling enigmatic story that portrays the anguish of two men in the 1960s. Erastes's subtle style of writing in no way undermines the tragedy that unfolds. –Susan

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing (November 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193769206X
ISBN-13: 978-1937692063
Amazon: Junction X

Eric Arvin - Galley Proof

I loved this book with all my mushy, comedic heart. I was surprised at each chapter at where this story would lead. Sometimes it would seem silly, but then Arvin would pull it together logically and realistically. Bravo! It was the perfect mix of angst, humor, edginess that kept me tied to it. –Alisha

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613723334
ISBN-13: 978-1613723333
Amazon: Galley Proof

Erica Pike - Absolutely Eric

Love love love this one!! Eric was sassy and adorable, Alex was charming and they way they got together was smoking hot! I've already re-read this one and no doubt will again!! –Anna

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608206599
ISBN-13: 978-1608206599
Amazon: Absolutely Eric

Ethan Stone - Subject 13

This one was really great! –Wendy

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (April 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611249198
ISBN-13: 978-1611249194
Amazon: Subject 13

Gene Gant - The Thunder in His Head

At first I didn’t think I would like this book but in the end it turned out to be a great read that I know I will read again. It was a book that when I had to put it down and do something else I still wondered about Kyle and what he was going through. The problems he faced were realistic and I could imagine a normal kid going through. –Norma

This felt like a young man telling his story, i.e. the writing style and character of the main character worked well. I liked that it was not a happy ever after ending but a hopefully happy-for-now which was appropriate for a teen. –Rachel T.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725728
ISBN-13: 978-1613725726
Amazon: The Thunder in His Head

J.L. Merrow - Wight Mischief

The setting was the strongest part of the story. I liked that you had natives, occasional visitors and a newcomer to the island. There was a variety of historical and natural settings and it really served the story. It made me interested in visiting the place. –Kirsten

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (September 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609288033
ISBN-13: 978-1609288037
Amazon: Wight Mischief

Jordan Castillo Price - Magic Mansion ()

I obviously loved it. It's far better than half the published books out there. I'm actually going to read more of this author. –Ryan

What a fun book! –Stacia

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (May 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935540483
ISBN-13: 978-1935540489
Amazon: Magic Mansion

Joseph R. G. DeMarco - Crimes on Latimer ()

I am not usually a fan of mysteries... but this was so well written I enjoyed it. I could find no flaws in the work... I'm not converted to suddenly loving mysteries, but have gained a huge respect for Mr. DeMarco's writing. –Cherie

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213742
ISBN-13: 978-1590213742
Amazon: Crimes on Latimer: From the Early Cases of Marco Fontana

Julie Bozza - The Butterfly Hunter

Both main characters in this story were fantastic to read. Their journey together made the pages keep turning for me. –April O.

Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (1 August 2012)
Language: English

K.C. Burn - Cop Out

Loved this book. The peek inside the head of this cop as he discovers his true sexuality is just awesome. –Lex

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722133
ISBN-13: 978-1613722138
Amazon: Cop Out

K.E. Payne - me@you.com

I enjoyed the British slang and setting, and I thought the main character's confusion was well portrayed. –Cassandra

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825920
ISBN-13: 978-1602825925
Amazon: me@you.com

K.T. Grant - Cinderella and The Lady ()

A wonderful retelling of the Cinderella story with gay blades and gayer maidens trying to get what they want plus a few more tidbits about the evil stepmother and how she is punished at the end. –Mick

This was a fun read, a clever lesbian take on the Cinderella story that takes some Once Upon a Time liberties with the original tale. It was nicely written and an easy, breezy, romantic read. –Sally

Publisher: Ravenous Romance (July 23, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Cinderella and the Lady

Kate McMurray - Out in the Field

I really liked this book; it was fun, edgy, heartbreaking and a story that found very difficult to put down. The author brought to life the pain, frustration, and difficulty surrounding gay athletes in traditional 'macho' sports—a very timely issue today. Kate McMurray is another author whose books I'll be looking for. –Kathy

Far and away the best book I read for the Rainbow Awards this year - I hope it finishes very high because it deserves it! –Dan

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 23, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Out in the Field

Lisa Worrall - Unshakeable Faith

For me this was a really good and interesting story to read. It sucked you in and was easy to follow. I loved the interaction and emotion between all the characters. I know it will be a story I will want to read more than once. –Norma

Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722672
ISBN-13: 978-1613722671
Amazon: Unshakeable Faith

Neil Plakcy - Mi Amor

Plakcy has long been one of my favorite writers and this book is up to his usual standard of excellence. The writing is vivid and clear and never gets in the way of the story. I felt as if I were present every step of the way traveling the story path right beside the wonderfully developed characters. –Kimber

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (January 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611183790
ISBN-13: 978-1611183795
Amazon: Mi Amor

Q. Kelly - All in the Family

Two young ladies become step-sisters and fall in love despite the meddling and manipulation of the wicked step mother. –Debra

Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468104268
ISBN-13: 978-1468104264
Amazon: All in the Family

R.J. Scott - The Gallows Tree

A wonderful story. A good bit of mystery in trying to figure out what was going on with voices. Add the clear tension over Vince and how bad it was for Cody. The development for him from terrified man who could barely talk to people to a man loved and in love, and best of all with no more worries about Vince. –Pat

Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (December 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614954704
ISBN-13: 978-1614954705
Amazon: The Gallows Tree

Rob Byrnes - Holy Rollers

I thought long and hard before assigning such high ratings, especially this early, but in the end I believe this is an exceptionally fine book. At the outset, the writing style and characters felt reminiscent of Ross Thomas and his Voodoo, Ltd. books (admittedly favorites of mine) - being rather sly and witty in setting up its anti-heroes, their colleagues and their caper. However, as the story progressed, it became clear to me that the author has an original voice and a deft hand with humor and, in some cases, outright farce (complete with bedroom scene). I think this book is a winner. –Melissa

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825785
ISBN-13: 978-1602825789
Amazon: Holy Rollers

Rodney Ross - The Cool Part of His Pillow

I found this book to be an emotional and very realistic story of one man's journey towards the acceptance of the loss of his life partner. Rodney's writing was crisp and believable as he brought Barry through a year of pain and confusion to reach a place where he was ready to start to live again. I thoroughly recommend this book. –Rosie

Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725043
ISBN-13: 978-1613725047
Amazon: The Cool Part of His Pillow

Sara York - Torn To Shreds

WOW!!! What a journey, I was held captive by this story from the beginning to the end. At times I was on the edge of my seat, Sara York really knows how to not only build up the intensity of the story but also how to keep it up. The word building was fabulous in portraying not only what was happening now but what had happened previously without any graphic gory detail. Well done!!! –Helen

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Amazon Kindle: Torn To Shreds

Scott Alexander Hess - Bergdorf Boys

This is pure literary fiction. Descriptions are wonderful, writing style is lyric.

Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1467907510
ISBN-13: 978-1467907514
Amazon: Bergdorf Boys

Shira Anthony - The Melody Thief

Very beautiful descriptions, of both the location (Italy, this time) and of the music. The characters were very well developed. I loved seeing the changes in Cary, he was a different person by the end. I enjoy when the 'I Love You's' occur before the end of a story, so that you can see the couple cope with life. I found myself disappointed when I reached the end, not because of the story, but because it was over. –Valerie

The characters are richly drawn and the plot intricately woven like the very songs this book centers around. Like a melody that you can't get out of your head long after the song has ended, this book stayed with me for days after. Superbly written. --Lori

Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613726945
ISBN-13: 978-1613726945
Amazon: The Melody Thief

Syd McGinley - Twice-Caught ()

I have to say that this was one of the best books I've ever read. The world that McGinley created is rich and fully developed. The characters are nuanced and never fail to surprise you. Even after putting the book down the characters didn't leave my thoughts. A reader wouldn't need much background to get sucked right into this gem. –Shanna

Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (September 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610405579
ISBN-13: 978-1610405577
Amazon: Twice-Caught

Z. Allora - Tied Together ()

This is the part of the Dark Angels series and was one story i was really looking forward to. I loved these two and the author really made me want them to find their HEA. This story should not be missed. –Lyne

Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608205738
ISBN-13: 978-1608205738
Amazon: The Dark Angels: Tied Together


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Best Bisexual/Transgender Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Aleksandr Voinov – Incursion

This was a great Sci-Fi adventure story, realistic as far as those things can go, and it merged many elements to a harmonic whole. Most of all, though, this was a beautiful enemies-to-lovers story and yes, a romance too. –Feliz

Voinov’s worlds are not for the faint of heart. –Jamie


Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 7, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Incursion

When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can’t refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs—those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs. Kyle’s best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the Scorpion’s pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He’s everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he’s from the same home world. He’s also of the warrior caste—half priest, half savior. But Grimm’s been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle’s stuck undercover as a criminal on the run. That doesn’t stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he’s more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns—like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone’s face. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, Kyle can’t tell if Grimm is part of the solution . . . or part of the problem.

2-tie) Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved ()

A refreshing novel which made you feel alive again, and horny, too. Beautiful parts where the two boys make love, actually ‘fuck’ because it was raw, filthy enough to get me hard, if only for an instant, I can imagine what it can do to a much younger reader. Bravo to the author! Welcome to the ranks of truth tellers and seekers. –Mick

This was the book I liked most of all the ones this year. Only the cheating in the middle got on my nerves and I would have loved to hear Nathan's voice as well. --Anke


Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Antinous Press, USA (October 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615722350
ISBN-13: 978-0615722351
Amazon: Atom Heart John Beloved

Atom Heart John Beloved chronicles the lives of two boys who become friends at age thirteen. The story is told by eighteen-year-old John, who quietly whispers to his best friend one night in bed, "Do me." This novel is a breathtaking love story and an intense coming of age story that resembles no other book. John's narrative voice is one of the most unique in gay literature. Atom Heart John Beloved is literate, intimate, erotic, and delightful, delivering unexpected moments of grace.

Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con

I like this book very much. At first glance I expected it to be a routine ménage sci-fi adventure. And it’s all those things, but done with a deft touch to the material; I found myself staying anchored in the story and not speculating ahead. The authors took a relaxed approach to the pacing – not forcing the action, or using heavy foreshadowing to make their points, but also not allowing the story to lag or wander off. –Linda E.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609284437
ISBN-13: 978-1609284435
Amazon: The Slipstream Con

Is love the biggest con of them all? A Ylendrian Empire story. For three years, Kellen Frey has led bounty hunters Tal and Vanya on a merry chase, evading capture with flair and style. Now, just when they finally have their pet project—and object of their mutual fantasies—cornered, the elusive con artist turns the tables and gives himself up. A sudden attack of conscience, perhaps? Tal and Vanya know better. Their suspicions are confirmed when a crime lord comes dangerously close to killing them all, and the rapidly sickening thief is forced to confess the truth—he’s been accidentally dosed with a highly illegal form of nanotechnology. If Kellen can’t get his hands on another dose, he’s finished. The problem is, the only thief who’s ever broken in to Slipstream Labs is his ex-girlfriend, and she’s allergic to bounty hunters. As he does his best to play both sides, he struggles with his growing desire to be more than a prisoner to Tal and Vanya. Without trust, they won’t survive long. The clock is ticking as they race to uncover a conspiracy that spans the Ylendrian Empire.

3-tie) Giselle Renarde - The Red Satin Collection ()

The lesbian and trans were the most important characters but when the drunken father started talking about the Cree Indian spirit world it brought the entire novel into focus, that you had say, “Ah hah!” –Mick

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: loveyoudivine Alterotica (November 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600546382
ISBN-13: 978-1600546389
Amazon: The Red Satin Collection

When coming home means coming out. The Red Satin Collection brings together all three transgender lesbian romance stories in Giselle Renarde’s erotic holiday trilogy. Red Satin, The Night Before Red Satin Christmas and Red Satin Christmas all previously published as individual eBooks by loveyoudivine Alterotica. In Red Satin, mall magic inspires love and soon lust in the hearts of Regan and her transgender friend Maisie. Maisie’s family hasn’t seen her since she began her transition from male to female—not until she and Regan head home for the holidays in The Night Before Red Satin Christmas. Regan figures she’s just along for the ride, lending her girlfriend support, until Maisie’s mother surprises her with a special dinner guest in Red Satin Christmas. Regan hasn’t spoken to her hard-drinking Cree father in years. Can she finally trust the man who’s once again claimed to have changed for good? Together, Regan and Maisie face drama only Christmas can create. How will their well-meaning families impact their blossoming relationship?

Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Le Jazz Hot ()

Because this story sucked me in so much I thought like was right there in the rooms with them. It made me laugh and in parts brought tears to my eyes… this was just an excellent book and I will definitely looking for more of their work. –Norma

I really liked this. I have a soft spot for boys discovering the joys of gay love, and another for drag queens who live their role. Sure, it was a bit far-fetched, but the boys were hot and the story turned out to be very romantic. I would definitely read more about Julia(n). –Candace


Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (March 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161118391X
ISBN-13: 978-1611183917
Amazon: Le Jazz Hot

Handsome Julian Larson is a talented singer and dancer who performs in drag to make ends meet. So when his best friend needs a burlesque act at the last minute for a fireman's birthday party, he calls Julian. There, Julian dances for the birthday boy, Trent Fitzgerald; a too-good-to-be-true heartthrob who is too nice to keep a woman in his life. Falling hard for the leggy, blond singer--but believing that she's a woman named Julia--Trent tracks Julian down to his apartment where Julian poses as "Julia's" twin in a desperate, doomed ploy to win over the sexy firefighter. When Trent inevitably uncovers the truth, will it mean the end of Julian's chances or a brand new opportunity?

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Best Gay Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Wayne Hoffman - Sweet Like Sugar (Double )

An exceedingly very good novel which had me trapped in its pages from the start and all I wanted to do was follow it along. Strange, because nothing really happens, just an old Jew collapsing on the young gay’s couch and the young man seems to be trapped by the old man’s voice and actions. Very few novels hold me as this one did; an exquisite writing job. My hat goes off to the author, “Shalom, very well done, indeed!” –Mick

A great character driven novel; Sweet Like Sugar explores the idea that love, lust, and spiritual enlightenment don’t have to be mutually exclusive. My compliments to Mr. Hoffman, and his publisher; we need more books like this one. --Tim


Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 Original edition (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075826562X
ISBN-13: 978-0758265623
Amazon: Sweet Like Sugar

In Yiddish, there is a word for it: bashert - the person you are fated to meet. Twenty something Benji Steiner views the concept with scepticism. But the elderly rabbi who stumbles into Benji's office one day has no such doubts. Jacob Zuckerman's late wife, Sophie, was his bashert. And now that she's gone, Rabbi Zuckerman grapples with overwhelming grief and loneliness. Touched by the rabbi's plight, Benji becomes his helper - driving him home after work, sitting in his living room listening to stories. Their friendship baffles everyone, especially Benji's sharp-tongued, modestly observant mother. But Benji is rediscovering something he didn't know he'd lost. Yet the test of friendship, and of both men's faith, lies in the difficult truths they come to share. With each revelation, Benji learns what it means not just to be Jewish, but to be fully human - imperfect, striving, and searching for the pieces of ourselves that come only through another's acceptance.

2) Amy Lane – Sidecar (Double )

Totally engaging book. Loved the depth and the humor. Author has a light and careful touch with a haunting and horrifying subject and it just sucks the reader in. –Lex

Absolutely one of the best books I've read so far this year. There is a lot to love about this character-driven story: exquisite depth of emotion, excellent writing, and a plot that spans several years but feels just right. I just loved how Joe and Casey created their own family with each other. Beautiful story. –Natalie

Really liked this one! The author did a great job developing Casey and Joe's relationship. –Leah


Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161372568X
ISBN-13: 978-1613725689
Amazon: Sidecar

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they're both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn't be is alone.

3-tie) Jeremy Pack - To Touch the Stars ()

A wonderful novel which takes place in the early 1960-70s when American was attempting to reach the stars. There is no sex in the story. I liked the non-sex element of the story, made it seem more real and true. –Mick

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800064
ISBN-13: 978-1623800062
Amazon: To Touch the Stars

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.

Dirk Vanden - It Was Too Soon Before ()

I found it very difficult to put the book down and would often mull over what I'd read other times. Mr Vanden's ability to draw me into the story was fantastic; his recitation of his history was enthralling. Most of all it was him being true to himself I found the most inspiring. I experienced a raft of emotions as well: anger, sympathy, heartbreak, excitement, and always fascination. –Kathy

Top marks, extraordinary! –Lee


Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (April 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213548
ISBN-13: 978-1590213544
Amazon: It Was Too Soon Before... The unlikely life, untimely death, and unexpected rebirth of Gay Pioneer, Dirk Vanden

It Was Too Soon Before... is the autobiography of Richard Fullmer who wrote under the penname Dirk Vanden. He was a serious novelist in the early days of the development of the gay literary genre. His first books were published--augmented with sex scenes inserted by the publisher--as porn pulps. This autobiography tells the story of his life from his upbringing as a devout Mormon to his discovery of sexual realities, to his move to the gay meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1960s and discovery of the thriving gay counterculture with all its sexual and psychedelic dimensions, through the death by AIDS of his longtime partner, to retirement and obscurity, to a ''rebirth'' as his books have been rediscovered by modern gay literary scholars. Included is ''The Wit & Wisdom of Gabriel Horny,'' a collection of humor and wisdom in short aphorisms that express the profound and often whimsical spiritual wisdom Vanden has garnered through his seventy-eight years.

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Best Lesbian Novel/Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Ronica Black – Wholehearted ()

An excellently written book with no lapses or faults from the beginning until the end, I loved it all the way. Since this was the first book I read for the Rainbow Award this year I expected an inferior one but it’s with great satisfaction to come upon an expertly worthy one. Great writing and my hats off to Ronica Black, good job! –Mick

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825947
ISBN-13: 978-1602825949
Amazon: Wholehearted

Healing, respect, and empathy are what the H&S Ranch promises when helping troubled juveniles. Madison Clark hasn’t had much trouble in allowing teens to help care for her recovering horses. But then in walks Jake, a know-it-all thirteen-year-old with a smart mouth and a strong penchant for trouble. What’s worse is what’s behind him—his uptight, opinionated lawyer aunt, Grace Hollings. Madison does her best to ignore her, but focusing solely on Jake isn’t always possible. Grace Hollings is convinced nothing can help her nephew, especially Madison Clark and her feel-good horse ranch. Unfortunately, Jake’s presence there is court ordered so Grace does her best to keep an eye on him, and on Madison, who is way more than she originally gave her credit for. Her calm strength and good looks are powerful and just the tip of the iceberg, leaving Grace green with jealousy. Not just because Jake is thriving and has taken to Madison over her, but because Grace is beginning to be taken by the ranch owner as well… Wholeheartedly so.

2) J.M. Redmann - Ill Will ()

Very much enjoyed this one, which is saying a lot because I don't really enjoy mysteries. I had several other books I’d been waiting to read, but I couldn't put this one down. Lovely soft touch and slow burn but still excellent pacing. –Heidi C.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826579
ISBN-13: 978-1602826571
Amazon: Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery)

First, do no harm. But as New Orleans PI Micky Knight discovers, not every health care provider follows that dictum. She stumbles into a tangle of the true believers to the criminally callous, who use the suffering of others for their twisted ends. In a city slowly rebuilding after Katrina, one of the most devastated areas is health care, and the gaps in service are wide enough for the snake oil salesmen—and the snakes themselves—to crawl through. First, her investigation is driven by anger, but then it becomes personal as someone very close to Micky uses her cancer diagnosis to go where Micky cannot, into the heart of the evil where only the ill are allowed. Micky is her only lifeline out. Can Micky save her in time to get to the medical treatment she desperately needs to survive? The seventh Micky Knight mystery.

3) A.C. Henley - McKee, Unabridged

This one was a delight to read. The characters were engaging, the pacing believable, and the plot twists satisfyingly unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed it. –Cherie

Paperback: 446 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934889644
ISBN-13: 978-1934889640
Amazon: McKee, Unabridged

Private investigator Quinlan McKee has returned to Los Angeles after a three-year absence, only to find herself embroiled in a world of child slavery and police corruption. Chaos ensues as she finds an unlikely ally in a savvy police detective Vivian Walsh, who lives by the letter of the law. Quin unwittingly becomes engulfed in the lives of new friends and old acquaintances during her journey through the seedier sides of two cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. Risking her sanity and her heart, she will search for the truth about a buried past and soon be pulled into a web of deceit and intrigue...putting everything she thought to be true in doubt. Quin searches for her happy ending where the lines blur between good and evil, friend and foe.

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