April 23rd, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Secrets and Shadows & Second to None

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Secrets and Shadows by L.T. Marie

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828806
ISBN-13: 978-1602828803
Amazon: Secrets and Shadows
Amazon Kindle: Secrets and Shadows

Retired Army Staff Sergeant Lee Winters is trying hard to adjust to civilian life. She was released from duty after a bomb in Ramadi injured her and killed her troops, the only people she ever considered her family. Living day-to-day with the knowledge that she was the only one left alive, she hits rock bottom, and an old army buddy persuades her into taking a bodyguard job.

Jolene West is injured in an attack meant to get her famous sister’s attention. She resents her sister Tory’s life and plans to move away once she’s healed. In the meantime, Tory has hired a bodyguard to protect Jolene from further attacks, which is just one more thing she resents. What she hadn’t planned on was an undeniable attraction to the woman protecting her body.

Both women will try to fight their growing attraction for each other until one of them gives in or dies.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Second to None by L.T. Marie

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390517
ISBN-13: 978-1626390515
Amazon: Second to None
Amazon Kindle: Second to None

Brady Clark is a licensed physical therapist. She’s trying to recover from the death of her only remaining family member and lives a life that is orderly and controlled, refusing to allow anyone or anything to upset that balance.

Skylar Preston likes to live on the edge, whether that means fast bikes or fast women. She depends on no one but herself because life has taught her one thing: no one hangs around long enough to matter. Before she can be released from the hospital after a serious motorcycle accident, she has to meet with one of the physical therapists. She’s doesn’t like depending on others, which makes Brady Clark’s role in her life obtrusive and annoying.

They’re both fighting demons, old and new. A relationship could be disastrous, but if they can listen to their hearts, it just might be worth the risk.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ No Kid Hungry: www.nokidhungry.org/
25$ Unicef: www.unicef.org/
25$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
75$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
110$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
132$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
175$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
233$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
255$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
360$ Other Funds
455$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 2467$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

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andrew potter

My Brother's Keeper 1: The First Three Rules by Adrienne Wilder

I was puzzled by this book, reading the blurb I had the wrond impression this was a paranormal story, but indeed the paranormal elements are so feeble, that, in a way, even if they weren't there the story was working good as well. Considering this is book 1 of a series of 3, all with the same release date, is it possible those elements will acquire importance in a later book, maybe.

Anyway, the relationship between Jon, a former US marshall with PTS disorder, and Ellis, a kind man who is devoting his life to taking care of his mentally disabled brother, was not easy, but masterfully managed. I think the author didn't underestimate the issue, Ellis's brother, Rudy, felt realistic, a 5 years child in the body of a 42 years old man. The love story between Jon and Ellis, while sudden, wasn't easy; sure they fell in few days, and maybe the reason why they fell is more dependency than love, but nevertheless, it was strong. Strange enough, it's not Ellis who needs Jon, but viceversa: Jon needs a reason to live, and Ellis and Rudy represent it.

I'm true, this lately I cannot read three books of the same author one after the other, but well, if there is an author who enticed me in doing so, it's Adrienne Wilder with this series.

Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (March 25, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules

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