August 1st, 2013

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Rainbow Awards: Evolution

This year Rainbow Awards saw the introduction of the fee; for the last 3 years many told me it was necessary, the same authors and publishers thought it was necessary. I decided a) to make it affordable to the majority of authors (so to encourage the self-published authors) b) to pick two charities and give the profit to them c) to allow to those authors who really couldn't afford the fee, to volunteer in the jury and square in that way their fee. I still wasn't sure those were right decision, but after updating the data of the past 5 years of the Rainbow Awards, and considering there is still one month to submit, I'm confident we took the right decisions. Reaching the same number of submissions of last year was impossible, last year was like a whirlwind and everyone was submitting, more or less everything they wrote. Reaching the same number of submissions of 2011, that was an awesome year, was a good expectation, and I'm glad to see that, most likely, that will be the goal.

I'm glad to share the evolution of the Rainbow Awards, I consider this year numbers, considering all the changes, awesome.



Year Submissions
2009 108
2010 220
2011 309
2012 481
2013 269

please notice that there is still 1 month to submit, I'm sure we will cover the difference between 2011 and 2013.



Year Young Adult Contemporary General Fiction Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy Erotic Romance Erotica Sci-Fi / Fantasy Historical / Historical Romance Mystery / Thriller Paranormal Romance Non Fiction
2009 8 31 0 0 0 15 11 13 25 5
2010 8 31 34 28 0 34 25 29 24 7
2011 21 28 77 31 0 59 25 24 36 8
2012 34 54 71 69 27 68 33 54 51 20
2013 14 23 78 27 5 33 23 20 38 8



Year Gay Lesbian Bisexual / Transgender
2009 93 7 8
2010 163 36 21
2011 221 68 20
2012 351 88 42
2013 195 53 21




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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Will Parkinson - Pitch

Pitch by Will Parkinson
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (August 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627980342
ISBN-13: 978-1627980340
Amazon: Pitch
Amazon Kindle: Pitch

The day Jackson Kern walks into Taylor Andrews’s classroom is a momentous day in Taylor's life. He's had crushes before, sure, but as time goes on, this is starting to look a whole lot more serious. Still, Jackson doesn’t return Taylor’s feelings.

Taylor has his own admirers, though. Kevin Richards is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants right now is Taylor, so when Taylor rejects him, Kevin retaliates. At first Taylor’s entourage rallies around him, but then Kevin takes his deception one step further and Taylor sees his support dwindle, teaching him the valuable lesson about who he can truly consider a friend.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: K.C. Wells - Unlocked Heart

An Unlocked Heart (Collars & Cuffs Stories) by K.C. Wells
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623808502
ISBN-13: 978-1623808501
Amazon: An Unlocked Heart (Collars & Cuffs Stories)
Amazon Kindle: An Unlocked Heart (Collars & Cuffs Stories)

A Collars & Cuffs Story

Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn't been living-merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester's gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can't keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo's gaze, but that's like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.

Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he's drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who's been eating in his area nearly every night.

Leo won't let Alex's hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a Dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo's bedroom... and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized-and never wanted anyone to see.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: K.C. Wells - Making it Personal

Making it Personal by K.C. Wells
Publisher: Island Tales Press (June 16, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Making it Personal

Blake Davis is in the closet. And he’s going to stay that way. Because if his father finds out he’s gay, Blake could lose everything he’s worked so hard to achieve during the last six years as CEO of Trinity Publishing, the fastest rising star in the publishing firmament. Not that coming out wouldn’t solve a couple of problems. Maybe then his father would stop trying to set him up with yet another empty-headed, social-climbing girlfriend. And better still, Blake could stop using that escort agency when he wants a night of hot sex with a cute guy…

Will Parkinson has had a tough life so far, but he’s back on his feet. Okay, so he’s working as an escort – with ‘benefits’– to pay off his student loans, but that does have its advantages, such as the really hot guy who hired him. Yeah, Blake rocked his world last night – several times. So imagine how Will feels when he arrives to be interviewed for his dream job as PA in a publishing company, and the guy who’s hiring is….. Blake.

And then things get really complicated….

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - The Gemini Deception

The Gemini Deception (Elite Operatives) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828679
ISBN-13: 978-1602828674
Amazon: The Gemini Deception (Elite Operatives)
Amazon Kindle: The Gemini Deception (Elite Operatives)

Agent Harper “Shield” Kennedy’s specialty within the Elite Operatives Organization is security, although she’s long lost any gratification from babysitting most VIPs. However, her new assignment—to safeguard the U.S. president—will prove to be the biggest challenge of her career. Shield’s mission to protect the first female chief executive is complicated by threats to her own life when she begins to question the president’s orders.

Loner Ryden Wagner is content with her life as a florist until she becomes a pawn in a political deception involving the highest office in the land. Trapped in a dangerous game where one false move could cost Ryden her life, she has to rely solely on the president’s new bodyguard.

As an attraction between the two women grows, so does the urgency for answers, but will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

Sixth in the romantic intrigue series: Elite Operatives.

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Alfred Chester (September 7, 1928 – August 1, 1971)

Alfred Chester (September 7, 1928 – August 1, 1971) was an American writer known for his provocative, experimental work, including the novels Jamie Is My Heart's Desire and The Exquisite Corpse and the short story collection Behold Goliath.

Chester was born in Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York. X-rays used to treat childhood illness left him bald, and he wore a wig, which though noticeable was not something that people felt comfortable mentioning. He was educated at Orthodox Jewish yeshiva. He attended New York University where he met fellow writers Cynthia Ozick (who later wrote about him in her book Fame & Folly), Sol Yurick and Edward Field (who wrote "The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag" which has many chapters dedicated to the biography and literary career of Alfred Chester). He attended graduate school at Columbia University but dropped out. He lived in France for most of the 1950s as an openly gay man. In 1952 his essay "Silence in Heaven" was published in Marguerite Caetani's literary review Botteghe oscure. (Caetani was the U.S.-born wife of an Italian nobleman.) Chester wrote a pornographic novel, Chariot of Flesh for Olympia Press using the pseudonym Malcolm Nesbit.

His first collection of short stories, Here Be Dragons, was published in 1955. His novel Jamie Is My Heart's Desire was initially published in French translation, then in an English edition by the British publisher André Deutsch, only later appearing in the United States. With Caetani's support he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957. His short story As I Was Going Up the Stair was included in Best American Short Stories.

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

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B.J. Turner (March 20, 1949 - August 1, 1993)

William "B.J." Turner was a stage actor. He won a Drama-Logue Award for his portrayal of Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest" and an LA Weekly Award for his panto of "Rumpelstiltskin."

B. J. Turner introduced bawdy British "panto," musical versions of fairy tales, to Southern California audiences. After beginning his career on the London stage as Will Parker in "Oklahoma," Turner toured Europe with "Hair" and other shows, and eventually made his way to Los Angeles. Turner produced well-received pantos at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Theatre Exchange and the Riverside Civic Light Opera. The Times cited him as "a wildly funny actor" playing Scrooge and other parts in his version of "A Christmas Carol" for the Pasadena Playhouse in 1988. Turner also appeared on television, in such series as "Cheers," "Night Court" and "Highway to Heaven," and the soap operas "General Hospital," "The Young and Restless," and "Days of Our Lives."

He died on August 1, 1993, in Toluca Lake, California, due to AIDS complications.


Picture: Costume for Lady Bracknell 'The Importance of Being Earnest', by Bob Crowley, The Aldwych Theatre, London, 1993. Museum no. S.108-1993


AIDS Quilt

Source: http://articles.latimes.com/1993-08-06/news/mn-20841_1_b-j-turner

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Stefan Fitterman (1955 - August 1, 1993)

Stefan Fitterman was a stage/legit director and special assistant to Actors' Equity Association president Ron Silver. He clumped to early fame as Sarah Bernhardt in the Gala.

He was a true intellectual of the theater. Steve was passionate about the theater and about theater people. He began his studies at Adelphi, but continued to study both abroad and at home. He was always generous with his time and advice. He was an interested and curious person. He had a dry wit and was great company.

He died on August 1, 1993 of AIDS.

Born in St. Louis, Fitterman was a graduate of Adelphi U. and a two-time Fulbright-Hays scholar, serving as intern and director of theaters in Poland and Yugoslavia. He was the founding director of the St. Louis Actors' Ensemble before becoming associate director of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.

In 1990, Fitterman joined Actors' Equity Assn. as assistant to the special projects coordinator. In 1992, he became special assistant to Equity president Ron Silver.

He is survived by his companion was Sid Pinkerton.


AIDS Quilt

Source: http://theatreadelphi77.org/images/absent_friends/fitterman/fitterman.html

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Aleksandr Voinov - Scorpion

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: everyday 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: somniare_aude

Today author is Aleksandr Voinov: Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he is one of the unsung heroes in the financial services sector. His genres range from horror, science fiction, cyberpunk, and fantasy to contemporary, thriller, and historical erotic gay novels. In his spare time, he goes weightlifting, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He singlehandedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, pre-industrial warfare, European magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.
Website: http://www.aleksandrvoinov.com
Most recent title : If It Flies
Publishers: Riptide Publishing

Scorpion (Memory of Scorpions) by Aleksandr Voinov
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing; 2 edition (May 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490147
ISBN-13: 978-1626490147
Amazon: Scorpion (Memory of Scorpions)
Amazon Kindle: Scorpion (Memory of Scorpions)

Never stop fighting.

Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he's ever had-the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed mercenary offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he'll do whatever it takes to survive.

But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel's possessive nature nor Kendras's shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers, or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, the man who held Kendras's heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself.

The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue where enemies may be allies and even allies have hidden agendas. But Kendras isn't only fighting for his lost lover and tribe-he soon realizes that nothing less than the birth of an Empire is at stake.

(Note: This is a revised edition of Scorpion, originally released in May, 2011.)

This title is #1 of the Memory of Scorpions series.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Steve Berman - Where Thy Dark Eye Glances

Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe by Steve Berman
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (July 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213343
ISBN-13: 978-1590213346
Amazon: Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe
Amazon Kindle: Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe

The canon of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the foremost writers of dark and atmospheric fiction and poetry, offers readers haunted shores teeming with various erudite men brooding in the waning light over their feelings for unobtainable women. Yet, whether the tales or verses are grotesque or sinister, Poe's narrators are Outsiders, dealing with emotions that so many queer individuals feel: isolation and abandonment as well as loneliness and lost love. In Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, editor Steve Berman has assembled a range of tales that queer the prose and poetry of the Poe, the man himself, as well as dark and eerie stories about reading Poe's work. Featuring such notable authors as Richard Bowes, Terra LeMay, Nick Mamatas, John Mantooth, and Tansy Roberts.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Jane Elliot - Montana Red

Montana Red by Jane Elliot
Publisher: Manifold Press
60,000 words/228 pages

It’s out of the frying-pan and into the fire on the day Henry first meets Red. He’s happy enough at first to be having sex with a man – Heaven knows, it’s better than what he’s running away from! – but it isn’t too long before Red’s sexual extravagances are driving the two of them apart. It’s only when Henry’s trying to manage on his own again that he at last begins to achieve a little perspective – on inversion in general, on himself in particular, and even on his relationship with Red. That’s when he starts to wonder if maybe there isn’t a way back for them after all, but this time it will definitely have to be on his terms …

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Angela Peach - 47

47 by Angela Peach
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouseUK
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477225749
ISBN-13: 978-1477225745
Amazon: 47
Amazon Kindle: 47

As I watch the wormhole start to close, I make one last desperate plea . . . "Please? Please don't make me do this" I whisper. "You're almost out of time, Lily. Please, just let go" I look down at the control panel. I know what I have to do. Lilith Madison is captain of the Phoenix, a spaceship filled with an elite crew and travelling through the Delta Gamma Quadrant. Their mission is mankind's last hope for survival. But there is a killer on board. One who kills without leaving a trace and seems intent on making sure their mission fails. With the ship falling apart and her crew being ruthlessly picked off one by one, Lilith must choose who to trust while tracking down the killer before it's too late.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Cimorene Ross - The Eagle's Wing

The Eagle's Wing Cimorene Ross
Publisher: Manifold Press
100,000 words/318 pages

Roman Gaul: Lucius Valerius Carus isn’t naturally impulsive; when he suddenly and unexpectedly buys a slave at a market it’s because he feels sorry for a man who has obviously been maltreated in the past. However he’s taken on far more than he bargained for with Keret – intelligent, educated, and a great deal stronger than he looks. Roman society wouldn’t think twice about Lucius using Keret for his sexual pleasure – indeed, it would be astonished if he didn’t – but it’s likely to be horrified if it ever learns that Lucius has started to respect his slave, and absolutely disgusted if it discovers that he’s gradually beginning to fall in love …

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Dan Skinner - Memorizing You

Memorizing You by Dan Skinner
Publisher: Cerberus Inc. (July 9, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Memorizing You

From acclaimed m/m romance photographer, Dan Skinner, a coming of age tale unfolds against the colorful, stylish, and turbulent backdrop of free love, revolution, and The Beatles.

Two high school boys from different walks of life: Ryan, a handsome athlete, and David, an average joe from a blue collar family, discover their desires, stealing their kisses under the cover of an old oak at night. Their love begins a secret life, hidden from their families, friends, and classmates. As their passion grows, so does the danger of their discovery. Their only hope is to create a separate world where every kiss is a treasure and every moment... memorable.

First love. Secret love. Unforgettable love.

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