April 28th, 2013

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (January)

This is the first round for the 2013 Cover Contest. Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2012 to August 2013).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Ali, Anne Tenino, Brent Hartinger, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Linda, Tammy, Zahra Owens.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post

Last week, most voted cover was:

Under the Rushes (Anne Cain)

will pass to round 2:
Aria (Catt Ford)
Best Gay Erotica 2013
Best Lesbian Erotica 2013
Brown-Eyed Devil (Justin James)
Brute (Paul Richmond)
Confessions of a No Strings Attached Guy
Dark Space
Dead in L.A.
Diary of a Human
The Dragon Tree Legacy (Sheri)
Fearless (L.C. Chase)
The Geography of Love
The Ghost of Mistletoe Lock (Catt Ford)
Luke's Present (Reese Dante)
Man Enough
Mending Noel (Catt Ford)
The Midnigh Room (Sheri)
Naked Tails (Shobana Appavu)
Obscura Burning
One Saved to the Sea
Peter's Chair (Mara McKennen)
A Purrfect Match (Shobana Appavu)
Sinner's Gin (Reece Notley)
Under the Rushes (Anne Cain)
Weight of a Gun 2
Women & Wars
Xylophone (Anne Cain)

All the covers are here:


and here is the poll:

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: I. Beacham - The Rarest Rose

The Rarest Rose by I. Beacham
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828849
ISBN-13: 978-1602828841
Amazon: The Rarest Rose

Beautiful Eleanor Teal has accepted the tragedy in her life and gradually become reclusive, living alone in her Georgian home in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds—a place she once shared with the woman she loved and lost, and a place where she feels safe and cocooned with her memories. But suddenly the house doesn’t feel safe anymore. Things start to happen there—things distinctly paranormal. She finds her life being haunted by the presence of a ghost who is desperately trying to tell her something.

Help comes to Eleanor in the unexpected form of Kiernan Foyle, a freelance photographer with an abundance of Irish charm and wit but who hides a secret that makes her recoil from love.

Brought together by the haunting, they soon discover the power of true love, but are they willing to risk loving again?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Mickie B. Ashling - Fire Horse

Fire Horse by Mickie B. Ashling
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623805775
ISBN-13: 978-1623805777
Amazon: Fire Horse
Amazon Kindle: Fire Horse

Preston Fawkes is ten the first time he meets fifteen-year-old Konrad Schnell at the San Antonio Polo Club. Captivated by the mystique surrounding the sport of kings, Pres vows to learn the game at the hands of his newly acquired friend and mentor. The hero worship soon grows into something deeper, but the friends are separated when Preston goes off to boarding school in England.

The relationship that follows is riddled with challenges―their age gap, physical distance, and parental pressure taking precedence over feelings yet to be explored. Although their bond goes deep, they deal with the reality of their situation differently: Preston is open and fearless while Konrad is reticent and all too aware of the social implications of making a public stand.

Their paths intersect and twine, binding them as tightly as a cowboy's lasso, but fate may alter their plans. How will love overcome the divots in the turf as they gallop toward the future-one where obstacles no longer stand in their way?

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Best LGBT Biographies & Memoirs: Perking the Pansies by Jack Scott

The first impression I had was, wow this story is so well planned… and then I realized how stupid my thought was since this is not a “plot”, this is the real life of Jack and Liam, a committed couple living in London that suddenly decided to retire early and move to Turkey.

The strange thing is to think that this is real and so, why other people are not doing the same? Where are the cons of not having to spend most of your life sitting at a desk and instead waking each day without a plan to respect? And in a place like Bodrum, Turkey, that, all right, is not London or New York, but it’s nevertheless a city, with expatriates that will help Jack and Liam feeling like they are not so far from home, but only until the time they will be ready to really admit they moved on, and the strings with their home country are finally cut.

I really loved how Jack and Liam are clearly in love, even if there is no overwhelming scenes or declaration of eternal love; it’s in their everyday life, in Jack accepting to uproot his life to meet Liam’s need of freedom, in their missing each other even if they are apart only for few days, in knowing and accepting each other defects, but more than accepting, almost loving them.

There isn’t really a target in the story, and that is the main difference with a novel; we are not reading something an author plotted, we are reading what really happened to this couple, and the conclusion is that both of them managed to adapt to their new life, enough to be able to look back and write about it.

It’s a very easy reading, not like many other memoirs, it was really like being at dinner with friends vising from abroad, and listening to their tales, with that little envy you wished you had done the same, take your life in your hands, and becoming your own boss. Jack and Liam are not wealthy, they are middle class, and this choice can really be their debacle if they are not careful, but during the travel you are taking with them, you will learn that this is not their first “life”, both of them have pasts, loved and lost lovers, and not that they are together, and happy again, they want to be able to absorb all the happiness they can, each minute of each single day.

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

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading+list&view=elisa.rolle

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Heat Under Fire by Andrew Grey

Nice and easy romance, went down smoothly like a drink of fresh water in summer; yes, that was the feeling, something good, not exotic, but nevertheless satisfying; Justin is a cop, but just an ordinary one, not an hero, even if, most of the things he does are hero stuff, like saving a school bus full of children, or assisting people injured in a car accident: those acts can make the first page of the local paper, but they are soon forgotten to the bigger audience, but not to whom those acts saved the life.

Anyway, out of work Justin is painfully shy, so much that he was never able to talk to the guy he likes, Rock, the local firefighter, near to him Justin isn’t able to speech a word, giving Rock all the wrong impression. Until the day Justin finds a way to communicate not involving words…

There isn’t really much to say on the plot, but as I said, is not much the story but more the feeling that makes this romance so good; it’s romantic, sweet, sometime even cute. It’s about living in a small community, with the goods and the bads. It’s about two ordinary guys sharing beers and pizzas, and then sharing kisses and sex, more or less with the same easiness.

I have to say, ordinary sometime is good, it’s good to read about the next door guy, it warms your heart and it comforts and cuddles you in a lazy Sunday afternoon.


Amazon Kindle: Heat Under Fire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (March 26, 2013)

Series: By Fire
1) Redemption by Fire: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/2018139.html
2) Strengthened by Fire
3) Burnished by Fire
4) Heat Under Fire

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