July 2nd, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Anne Azel - Tides

Tides by Anne Aze
Publisher Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (February 4, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1939562023
ISBN-13 978-1939562029
Amazon: Tides
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"I'm a degenerate, sneaky, old coot and proud of it," Jackie Cunningham proudly proclaims. With outrageous honesty and an unorthodox approach to life, Jackie embarks on a last important mission--giving her favorite niece the opportunity to engage in her own oceanographic research. While preparing for her niece's future, Jackie takes a final journey through her own memories as a child in WWII England, growing up in post-war Canada, and covering the most monumental and remarkable events of the twentieth century as a journalist. "Like everyone, I have endured my storms and shipwrecks. Life has been one wonderful adventure."

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Benny Lawrence - Shell Game

Shell Game by Benny Lawrence
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Shell Game

Life in a remote fishing village in the middle of a civil war is neither safe nor inspiring. So, when an opportunity comes along for village girl Lynn to be kidnapped and enslaved by Darren, a ruthless pirate queen, she takes full advantage of it. But Darren is neither as ruthless nor as piratical as she appears at first glance--and Lynn's not exactly what she seems to be, either. In between encounters with old girlfriends, a slow death involving marmalade, and bounty hunters with no sense of humor, Lynn and her new mistress attempt to work out exactly what they are to each other--and who's in charge.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Barbara Davies - Licensed to Spy

Licensed to Spy by Barbara Davies
Publisher Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (January 28, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1934452971
ISBN-13 978-1934452974
Amazon: Licensed to Spy
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While the rest of the Canary Islands celebrates Carnaval, British secret agents Ashley Blade and Jemma Jacobs try to unravel a Libyan terrorist plot against the United States. If they don't succeed, it's goodbye to Boston and the U.S. eastern seaboard. Then the Libyan terrorists launch a new nefarious plot in Brazil, and Ash and Jemma scramble to save the world from a deadly sarin attack. Ash and Jemma finally return home to London for some much needed rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, where Ash and Jemma go, trouble is not far behind.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Ann McMan - Aftermath

Aftermath by Ann McMan
Publisher Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (November 19, 2012)
Language English
ISBN-10 1934452955
ISBN-13 978-1934452950
Amazon: Aftermath
Amazon Kindle: Aftermath

Readers everywhere fell in love with Syd, Maddie, David, Michael, Pete, and the irrepressible Roma Jean Freemantle in Ann McMan's 2011 bestseller, Jericho. Now, return to the tiny mountain town in the much anticipated sequel, Aftermath. Over the past eighteen months, Syd, Maddie, and little Henry have become a family, and things are going surprisingly well for most of Jericho's residents . . . if you don't count the devastating storm that whips through town. In the weeks and months to come, Syd, Maddie, and all of Jericho are forced to pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes, their lives, and their town. The task is sometimes hard, sometimes emotional, and sometimes absurd, but is always full of smart and sassy humor and an abundance of good food and wine.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Jordan Falconer - Dark Elf

Dark Elf by Jordan Falconer
Publisher Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (February 2, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1939562007
ISBN-13 978-1939562005
Amazon: Dark Elf
Amazon Kindle: Dark Elf

"For God's sake, Nightshade. Just kill them." Galvin snarled. "We have to get out of here before the sun rises, you know that." The order was a deathblow to her resolve to be a good Dark Elf, and she tried to think up some reason not to do it. Nightshade, a half-breed Dark Elf, known as the Drow, is raised in the violent ways of her father. Faced with an order to kill a human child, she realizes she can no longer follow the path of darkness. Sunstar, a Forest Elf and a princess, is captured by the Drow and taken to their city to be sport for their king. Can Nightshade's resolve to turn against her violent past be enough for her to rescue Sunstar and return her safely home?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Andi Marquette - The Edge of Rebellion

The Edge of Rebellion (Far Seek Chronicles) by Andi Marquette
Publisher Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 17, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1939562147
ISBN-13 978-1939562142
Amazon: The Edge of Rebellion (Far Seek Chronicles)
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Commander Kai Tinsdale knows something’s afoot when she receives orders to post to the military base Koto on the virtually impassable jungle planet Hanzey. Rumors of rebellion against the Coalition are spreading across the quadrants, and the threat of war makes Kai all the more suspicious about her assignment. What does Major Tinniset Vic, the ranking officer at Koto, want with Kai? How might the decade-old destruction of a Hanzien city pertain to Kai's new posting?

The only person she trusts, former Academy bunkmate turned trader Torri Rendego, is running merchant routes in other quadrants and may be facing her own problems in the growing rebellion. So Kai must play the hand she's dealt in a high-stakes game of intrigue and revenge where Major Vic holds all the cards and where a gamble could unleash a war all its own on Hanzey.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Doreen Perrine - Iz's Journey

Iz's Journey by Doreen Perrine
Publisher Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (September 25, 2012)
Language English
ISBN-10 1934452785
ISBN-13 978-1934452783
Amazon: Iz's Journey
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In this sequel to Clara's Story . . . After Claire buys a Brooklyn brownstone, she is forced to take a deadly dull job in her father's bank, instead of in the art world she loves. Her nutty family is as fractured as ever, and she can't forget her whirlwind romance in Italy with the charming, but quirky artist, Isabelle. Out of the blue, Isabelle arrives in New York, turning Claire's world-and heart-upside down. Topsy turvy life with Isabelle is filled with enticing glimpses of a happy future and with jumbled questions. Will Isabelle stay or be swallowed up in her world across the pond-again? And can Claire summon the sheer guts she needs to face the demons of her past, embrace the present, and reach for the sky?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562104
ISBN-13: 978-1939562104
Amazon: Letters Never Sent
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In 1997, shortly after Katherine Spencer’s death, Joan O’Connor travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to clean out her estranged mother’s house. Hidden amongst her mother’s things, Joan finds a wooden box containing trinkets and sealed letters to a person identified only by a first initial. Through the letters, Joan learns that her aloof and unyielding mother was anything but – that she had loved deeply and lost that love to circumstances beyond her control.

The story shifts to 1930s Chicago where Katherine has left her small town in Kansas and the marriage proposal of a local boy, to live on her own and work at the glove counter at Sears & Roebuck. It’s here that she meets Annie Bennett, a bold, outspoken feminist who challenges Katherine’s idea of who she thinks she is, in addition to what she thinks she wants.

The decades-long, often tumultuous relationship between Katherine and Annie, Katherine’s subsequent marriage to a man she grows to hate, and the fractious relationship between mother and daughter ultimately shows that despite their differences, they’re more alike than Joan had ever realized.

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Ernest Hemingway, Robert McAlmon & F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's first novel, was published in 1926. (Picture: Ernest Hemingway and Robert McAlmon)

After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer. They divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940. They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II; during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of Paris.


Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald
There has been speculation on Ernest Hemingway being gay. Truman Capote reportedly called Ernest Hemingway "the greatest old closet queen ever to come down the pike"; F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, said that Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald behaved like lovers; during Hemingway’s life, rumors persisted of a night when Hemingway made advances on Robert McAlmon (McAlmon claimed Hemingway treated him like he 'was Vicky, the buxom, tough, and beautiful tart of the cabaret'.


Ernest Hemingway and Robert McAlmon

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway

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Johnny Weir & Victor Voronov

John Garvin "Johnny" Weir-Voronov (born July 2, 1984) is an American figure skater. He is the 2008 World bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2001 World Junior Champion, and a three-time U.S. national champion (2004–2006). Weir married Victor Voronov – a 28-year-old Georgetown Law graduate of Russian Jewish descent – in a December 2011 civil ceremony on New Year's Eve in New York City. Weir said, the "wedding [will be] in the summer, but all the official stuff is done now!" Weir's representative said, "The couple has taken the new surname, Weir-Voronov, but professionally, Johnny will continue to be known as Johnny Weir."

Weir was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, to John and Patti Weir. He is of Norwegian heritage. He has a brother, Brian, who is four years younger. Weir was raised in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, a town in southern Lancaster County. As a child, he was a successful equestrian, competing with his pony, My Blue Shadow, an Arabian-Shetland cross.

Soon after Weir began skating at the age of 12, his family moved to Newark, Delaware so he could be near his training rink and coach. In the summer of 2007, he moved to Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and began training in nearby Wayne. Weir was an honor roll student at Newark High School and studied linguistics part-time at the University of Delaware before dropping out to concentrate on his skating. He is a self-proclaimed Russophile who admires the skating style and culture of Russia and taught himself to speak and read the language. He also speaks some French.

In July 2008, the United States Figure Skating Association and Skating Magazine announced Weir as the winner of the 2008 Reader's Choice Award for Skater of the Year, an annual trophy voted upon by skating fans and awarded to the American skater or skating team whose achievements were of the highest merit in the previous season. In 2010, Weir won this award again.

Weir has two pet chihuahuas named Bon-Bon and Vanya, and is a collector of Russian Cheburashka memorabilia. He has an interest in fashion design and, in addition to designing some of his own skating costumes, has designed ice dancing costumes for Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, show costumes for Oksana Baiul and Yuzuru Hanyu's costume for his free program of 2010-2011 season.


Johnny Weir is an American figure skater. He is the 2008 World bronze medalist, a 2time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2001 World Junior Champion, and a 3time U.S. national champion (2004–2006). Weir married Victor Voronov, a Georgetown Law graduate of Russian Jewish descent – in 2011 civil ceremony on New Year's Eve in New York City. Weir said, the "wedding [will be] in the summer, but all the official stuff is done now!" The couple has taken the new surname, Weir-Voronov.

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UK GLBTQ Meet Ebook Giveaway: Lily G. Blunt - A Darker Shade of Oxford Blues

I asked to all the authors joining the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet in Manchester in July (http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2013-event/2013-attendees/spotlight_authors-2/) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: silverwingz888

Today author is Lily G. Blunt: Lily is an author of contemporary m/m romance and erotica. She has been writing for several years now, publishing short stories and fan-fiction on various blog sites under other pen names, and with the encouragement of her readers and friends, has only recently ventured into self-publishing. Her first book, “Happy Anniversary, Jasper”, is part of a series of heart-touching gay romance short stories.
Lily G. Blunt was born and raised in England. A former teacher, she taught primary-aged children for over twenty-five years. She is a wife, a mother of two children and an avid reader of m/m romance and erotica. She posts gay-themed videos on her YouTube and Vimeo channels.

A Darker Shade of Oxford Blue by Lily G Blunt
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 18, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1484960378
ISBN-13 978-1484960370
Amazon: A Darker Shade of Oxford Blue
Amazon Kindle: A Darker Shade of Oxford Blue

A Darker Shade of Oxford Blue - Set in Oxford, England, this sensual novel charts the developing relationship between Ethan Evans and Jason Birney—from their first encounter at the airport until Jason returns to the States three weeks later. The chapters are filled with a mixture of drama and angst as well as many sexually explicit scenes as the two young men become friends and lovers. Ethan is successful in his business life, but has been unlucky in love. This changes the moment he meets Jason—who has been asked to be a guest lecturer at Oxford University—and as they spend their first weekend sightseeing around Oxford, it is obvious the two are destined to be together. As they get to know each other, it becomes apparent that they went to the same school for a short while and now live in the same city. Ethan cannot recall seeing Jason before, but as the story progresses, Ethan realizes their meeting in Oxford may not be a coincidence after all.

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Burnt Offerings by Pearl Love

This is a Bittersweet Dreams title, so I knew that a not traditional happy ending was to be expected, plus the blurb was easy to decipher. So I concentrated more on the development of the story than on the ending, and I found myself enjoying very much the relationship of Alen with his mother, so much that, in the end, I was almost in tears.

The life of Alen is not easy or idyllic, but he does everything he has to do since he deeply loves his mother; but Alen has never felt as he belongs to the village he was born or among the people who always looked at him like a strange creature. Maybe that is the reason why he searched for solace in something else, and the only thing he has in his poor life is the fire in the heart of the cottage. Alen more than once convinced himself someone is in it, he saw a face, and that burning eyes were calling him.

That is the reason why, when he is condemned to the pyre, he doesn’t fear it, on the contrary, he sees it like a way to his freedom.

In the end, Burnt Offerings has an happy ending, only that it’s not traditional, the bittersweet is more for Alen’s mother, but she is like all mothers should be, glad for the happiness her son found.

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Amazon Kindle: Burnt Offerings
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 25, 2011)

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Cover Art by Anne Cain



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