September 8th, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Walking the Camino Sagrado by Michael Chavez
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC (December 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619291347
ISBN-13: 978-1619291348
Amazon: Walking the Camino Sagrado
Amazon Kindle: Walking the Camino Sagrado

Esteban Barros, a young university student, and Patrick Lujan, a street-wise web designer with a mysterious past, share a mutual affection, but they are continually tested by family torment, declining health, and a horrendous nightmarish history that becomes almost unspeakable. Espousing religious beliefs, a parent selfishly justifies sacrificing their son's life to protect a long-held secret. A businessman entices a high-school teenager with grand promises, only to brutally violate his innocence. Riddled in debt and envious of a relation's good fortune, a self-indulgent conspirator plots a course of betrayal, deceit and fraud. Strong in spirit, Esteban reveals to Patrick the sage philosophy of the Camino Sagrado which directs a blessed path toward discovering life's purpose. Will the insights the two men learn along the way help them to confront adversity and maintain the commitment to their relationship?

Gay Erotic Romance
Gin & Jazz 1- 4 by Morticia Knight


Hollywood Bound (Gin and Jazz 1)
Series: Gin and Jazz
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781846928
ISBN-13: 978-1781846926
Amazon: Hollywood Bound (Gin and Jazz 1)
Amazon Kindle: Hollywood Bound (Gin and Jazz 1)

Jack and Nick seek fortune and adventure in the silent film era of Hollywood. But their newly-expressed love is threatened by the heady allure of fame, gin and easy money. Sweet and innocent nineteen year-old Jack has loved the older and more street wise Nick from almost the first time he met him. Nick has taken care of him ever since Jack arrived in New York after he was beaten and thrown out of the boy's orphanage for messing around with one of the guys there. They share a passion for silent films and have dreams of heading west to make their fortunes building sets for the studios. If only Nick felt the same passion for Jack, and wasn't already engaged to a gal back in Philly. Nick's temper sometimes gets the best of him, but that's only because he worries about Jack — Nick is all the poor kid has. But he's also terrified about the way he's been feeling towards Jack lately. They're the kinds of feelings he should be having for his fiancé—Penelope—and never for a man. His only goal is to get them both to Hollywood, where he's sure they'll be rolling in the dough in no time, and where everything will all work out the way it should. Hollywood isn't exactly what they'd thought it would be. There are plenty of gin joints, jazz, money, parties and sex—but everything comes with a hefty price. Everyone they meet—from Trixie Fox, the ditzy up and coming starlet, to Bernie, the foreman who gets them their first studio job—seems to have a hidden agenda. Can the newfound love between Jack and Nick survive the tawdry mess that makes up the glitz and glamour of the celluloid kingdom, or will their own secrets tear them apart forever?

Razzle Dazzle (Gin and Jazz 2)
Series: Gin and Jazz
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781847029
ISBN-13: 978-1781847022
Amazon: Razzle Dazzle (Gin and Jazz 2)
Amazon Kindle: Razzle Dazzle (Gin and Jazz 2)

Jack is on the verge of silent film stardom, but Hollywood glory won’t heal his broken heart. But the seductive screen idol—Roman Pasquale—sweeps Jack away, and makes him his own. Will Roman’s obsessive love finally bring Jack true happiness? Jack is devastated by the loss of Nick, his best friend and lover. His only other friend, new Hollywood star Trixie Fox, comes to his rescue. What he doesn’t know, is that she’s also helping Roman Pasquale in his carefully planned seduction of the shy and innocent Jack. Suave film screen idol—Roman Pasquale—has been obsessed by Jack Stone from the moment he spotted him at a Global Studios party. He will stop at nothing until the golden-haired young man belongs to him. An expert at getting what he wants, Roman plans every wicked word, look and move to bring him closer to achieving his prize. Jack is on the brink of stardom, and can’t believe that his movie star crush, Roman Pasquale, is taking an interest in him. But he resists the older, more sophisticated man’s attempts at seducing him. After all, he still loves Nick, and just isn’t ready to try again with anyone else. But when Roman turns on the charm, Jack is tempted. Can Roman replace Nick in Jack’s heart? Or is the magical world of the great Roman Pasquale all an illusion?

Tarnished Glitter (Gin and Jazz 3)
Series: Gin and Jazz
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781847096
ISBN-13: 978-1781847091
Amazon: Tarnished Glitter (Gin and Jazz 3)
Amazon Kindle: Tarnished Glitter (Gin and Jazz 3)

Jack and Roman’s love grows seemingly stronger as Jack’s star rises, and he is determined to build a life with the sexually overwhelming screen idol. But hiding from the truth doesn’t make it any less real. Jack has given himself completely to screen god Roman Pasquale – body and heart. Jack forces himself to let go of the promise of what could have been with Nick, and focus on the enchanted moments with his film star lover instead, despite Roman’s jealous and controlling behaviour. Roman’s paranoia and fear about losing the much younger Jack threatens to destroy the only real happiness Roman has ever had. Jack is a wonder and a gift to him, yet he can’t seem to just accept their charmed life together – he is determined to make Jack into the perfect partner. He believes that constant sexual attention, lavish gifts, and declarations of love will ensure that Jack never has a reason to leave him. The pressures of being on the silver screen and being the lover of a demanding movie idol is difficult for the sensitive young man to handle, and Roman’s increasingly erratic behaviour only adds to his stress. Unwanted attention from other men and a startling revelation from movie star Trixie Fox add to Jack’s confusion. All he’s ever wanted was true love, so how can he give up on Roman and the star’s promises of forever?

Starring Role (Gin & Jazz 4)
Series: Gin & Jazz
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (February 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178184724X
ISBN-13: 978-1781847244
Amazon: Starring Role (Gin & Jazz 4)
Amazon Kindle: Starring Role (Gin & Jazz 4)

Alone once again, Jack believes that he will never have lasting love. But a tragedy unexpectedly paves the way to more happiness than he would ever have thought possible. No longer held prisoner by Roman Pasquale’s obsessive love, Jack struggles with being truly alone for the first time in his life. The only thing he is certain of is his desire to get away from Hollywood as soon as possible. But first, he has to make sure that his loyal driver Juan is provided for, and understands that the two of them can never be together. Then, once he finishes his latest film he will finally be free of the town of broken dreams. Right as Jack feels that his future is looking brighter, a terrible tragedy occurs. But out of his despair a new hope is born. Jack is given a second chance—one he never would have thought possible. As Jack’s blissful new life unfolds with his lover by his side, an unexpected visitor from the past threatens his new-found peace. It’s time for Jack to make his final choice.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters 4) by Morticia Knight
Series: Uniform Encounters
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (March 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781847487
ISBN-13: 978-1781847480
Amazon: Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters 4)
Amazon Kindle: Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters 4)

A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone’s going to be sorry. Special Agent Stephen Morris thought his home life had settled into a pleasantly dull routine. Hanging out in his yard and barbequing is a typical weekend for the brawny mid-thirties man—and his partner Rigo from the DEA office is usually there with his family to keep him company. Being assigned to a main border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, keeps him busy enough at work, so he doesn’t have time to worry about love. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not lonely. Twenty-two year old PFC Guardsman, Joseph Pirelli, is on an active-duty-for-training mission to help support border patrol and the DEA. The Vasquez drug cartel has become even more vicious than ever—going so far as to target civilians on both sides of the border. Joseph and Stephen are thrown together in a direct conflict with the cartel and a part of Joseph’s dark past is revealed. Joseph is incredibly attracted to Stephen, even though he doesn’t typically go for older men. He longs to find love, but is still recuperating from an abusive past. The idea of becoming close to a man who could physically harm him brings up fears that may ruin his chances at any kind of relationship with the big teddy bear agent. Sometimes love shows up when you aren’t looking for it and gives you a chance you shouldn’t ignore. Both men will have the opportunity to wonder what it would be like to lose the other and to decide what they’re willing to risk to be together.

Gay Erotic Romance
Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6) by Morticia Knight
Series: Uniform Encounters
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (August 8, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784301574
ISBN-13: 978-1784301576
Amazon: Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6)
Amazon Kindle: Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6)

Love is a dangerous emotion that EMT Jared won’t risk. But it looks as though a sweet and sexy National Guardsman is about to make him wish for that—and much more. EMT Jared Li loves his job, his friends and clubbing. There’s nothing like a night of fun getting glammed up, throwing on some heels and shaking his ass to the latest Britney tune. Life is all about having a good time with as many hot guys as possible. Dan Harrison has been in the National Guard for about six months and out for not much longer than that. At twenty-two, he’s somewhat innocent, a little shy and not interested in meaningless hook-ups. One night at a karaoke bar changes everything for him when his fellow Guardsman Joseph introduces him to his friend Jared. Dan’s never met anyone like the luscious twink who’s filled with so much life and laughter. A night of passion shakes them to their very cores. Jared really likes Dan, but doesn’t want to get caught up in any type of exclusive thing. Dan wishes there could be more between them, but is willing just to be friends in order to remain near the androgynous stunner. Hanging out strictly as friends proves to be almost impossible for them both. Not only does Jared continuously lust after the muscular soldier, but he’s also falling for the caring and compassionate man. Dan’s every sex fantasy stars Jared in one of his daring club outfits, but his heart is what really matters and it’s already been lost to Jared. A traumatic event breaks down the barriers between them and gives them the chance to be together the way they both want. But after Dan is called up by the Guard to assist at a natural disaster, the same bravery that Jared admires in Dan might be the final thing that separates them forever.

Gay Contemporary Romance
How to Make a Carrot Cake by Francis Gideon
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: How to Make a Carrot Cake

When Nate Reid meets the vegan Billy Lawson, he is forced to spend a lot more time in the kitchen before he can truly understand that Billy is more than just what he keeps on his plate.

Nate Reid never considered veganism until he meets Billy Lawson, a skinny, quiet kid who works at the local grocery store. With Billy's help, Nate slowly learns what he can and cannot make during the beginning months of their relationship until a family secret from Billy's past threatens their bond. Will their conflicting desires in the kitchen make an exciting partnership or will Billy's refusal continue to isolate him? Nate searches through cookbooks, his best friend Marlee's advice, and his favourite novels from his college years in order to find answers for both of their futures.

Gay Romantic Comedy
The Gospel According to Cher by S.A. Garcia
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627980954
ISBN-13: 978-1627980951
Amazon: The Gospel According to Cher
Amazon Kindle: The Gospel According to Cher

Cupid Knows Best: Book Two

A Spin-off of Cupid Knows Best

Hindy Nardella, gallery owner and tidy leather diva, isn’t sure about love anymore. His most-recent ex-lover said “sayonara” and headed for Japan despite a week of Hindy begging him to stay. The man before that bid Hindy “namaste” before heading for Nepal seeking salvation. Hindy will accept advice from anywhere, even a tacky Cupid music box which only plays Cher's "Believe," and vivid dreams that compel him to leave NYC and head for the Adirondacks.

Cupid leads Hindy straight to a leather bar in the mountains and an exotic drag queen named Patrice O'Malley. For Patrice, who’s near-perfect beauty belies his lack of confidence, it's lust at first sight, but Hindy has doubts born of his recent run of bad luck in romance. But when Patrice saves Hindy from death by a falling chunk of airplane blue ice, Cupid slams into Hindy's heart, and Hindy begins to believe in miracles again. Dangers and challenges arise, involving, among other things, crazy ex-lovers, rampaging mosquitoes, and a phantom moose. But life together awaits back in NYC, if they can survive, trust in each other, and believe in life after love.

Gay Fantasy
Canes and Scales by S.A. Garcia
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2nd Edition edition (July 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627989315
ISBN-13: 978-1627989312
Amazon: Canes and Scales
Amazon Kindle: Canes and Scales

Serpent Prince Linden of Ardaul is determined to drag his barbaric, power-hungry country into the modern age by encouraging learning, advances in the sciences, and tolerance. His insane brother Edward, the King, delights in making him pay for his efforts.

Long years of watching his back, fighting wars, and solving conflicts started by his cruel brother have taken a toll on Linden’s body and mind, and he needs a respite. When Linden meets an alluring young bed slave named Alasdaire, his weary heart responds. Alasdaire is an exotic mix of southern royal Totandian elf and human, and, although he’s also suffered hardship most of his life, his loving personality captivates the Prince.

Despite their differences, Alasdaire—canes, and Linden—scales, unite in body and soul, but their romance is nearly shattered by betrayal. When Linden becomes King, magical assassins, treachery, and threats plague them. They narrowly escape death more than once. The lovers must discover who wants them dead and more importantly, where they can turn for aid. Neither enemies nor allies are what they seem. Only time will tell who means to harm Linden and Alasdaire—the elves, the imprisoned Edward, or something even deadlier—and time is one thing they don’t have.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Filthy Acquisitions by Edmond Manning
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (July 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925180255
ISBN-13: 978-1925180251
Amazon: Filthy Acquisitions
Amazon Kindle: Filthy Acquisitions

Keldon Thurman hates his job, purchasing serial killer art for a private investor. He would quit if he weren't completely impoverished, but with no life skills and no ways to generate income, Keldon has no options. However, Acquisition Number Five proves to be more challenging than expected. Wheel-chair bound Irene Woullet and her handsome nurse caretaker, Joshua Greene, refuse to cooperate. Keldon's only chance is to seduce the old-fashioned, simple-living Josh in the hopes that Joshua can persuade Irene. But Keldon has to work fast-he has only two dates to win Josh's affection. With love's potential in bloom, how can Keldon live with his own worsening conscience as he gathers these filthy acquisitions?

Gay Fantasy Romance
Reawakening by Amy Rae Durreson
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627984054
ISBN-13: 978-1627984058
Amazon: Reawakening
Amazon Kindle: Reawakening

For a thousand years, since their defeat of the Shadow at Eyr, the dragons have slept under the mountains. Now their king, Tarnamell, has woken. Driven mad by loneliness, he hurls himself south until he finds and tries to claim the Alagard Desert. Unfortunately, the desert already has a guardian spirit, and he doesn't want to share. Amused by the cocky little desert spirit, Tarn retreats, planning to return in human form.

When his caravan enters the desert, however, Alagard is missing. Rumors fly of a dark power, and soon Tarn’s caravan encounters the living dead and an amnesiac mage called Gard.

Forced to take refuge in the Court of the Shells, a legendary fortress in the heart of the desert, Tarn, Gard, and their allies decide to seek out the Shadow before it destroys the desert. But to confront the Shadow, Tarn needs to gather his strength. A dragon's power depends on the love and loyalty of his human hoard, but Tarn's original hoard has been dead for centuries. Before he can face his most ancient enemy, he must win the trust of new followers and the heart of a cynical desert spirit.

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Home The Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491461
ISBN-13: 978-1626491465
Amazon: Home The Hard Way
Amazon Kindle: Home The Hard Way

Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide.

Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer.

In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way.

Charities Donation program progress:
458$ Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
1215$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
85$
Australian Marriage Equality: www.australianmarriageequality.org/
95$ Audre Lorde Project: http://alp.org/
312$ BiNet US: http://www.binetusa.org/
150$ CARE: careprogram.org/
125$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
50$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland: http://www.lgbtcleveland.org/
599$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
155$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
75$ Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
300$ The Diversity Center: http://diversitycenter.org/
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Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia: www.galfa.org.au/
392$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
275$ Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
75$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.glbtays.org/
250$ It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
53$ In Other Words: inotherwords.org/
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Los Angeles LGBT Center: www.lalgbtcenter.org/
545$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
75$ LEAP: http://www.glbtleap.org/
540$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
50$ MKE LGBT Center: www.mkelgbt.org/
155$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
50$ Pathfinders: pathfindersmke.org/
385$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
130$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
954$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
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185$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
25$ WayGay: http://www.waygay.org/
225$ You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/
125$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
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1585$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 11298$*

* 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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Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award): Second Chance Sam by Bren Christopher

Second Change Sam won a Rainbow Award as Best Erotic Romance, and indeed the erotic side of the novel has a lion share on the whole, but it's not all. The character of Tristan, a young man with an abusive recent past who is scared the sin of the father will loom upon the son, was quite nice; moreover, the toppy attitude, so clear since he was 6 years old, paired with a bottom preference was cute as well. The mix of drama and cute was strange but well melted in an unique layer. His boyfriend Cory, the silent but strong type, not an hero but an ordinary guy with a tendency to be the protector without any dominant side, was again, original and complex. For both of them, I like the idea they fell in love at 6 years old, already so clear in their mind they liked boys and not girls, so natural and not forced. Cory's mother didn't oppose to his budding sexuality, and so Cory grew up gay and comfortable with that; an utopia most of the time, but not something unheard of.

The plot concentrated on Cory and Tristan as college student, with only the prologue showing how they met in first grade; what happened in between is only told in flashback, but I think there was material there for a whole book; in a way, Second Chance Sam seemed like a second book in a series, good and standalone, but the "other" book seemed good as well.

Another original character was Sam, probably one of the very true bisexual characters I met in a Gay Romance; Sam is a good man, big heart on a big body, clever even if not of the "college" breed from where both Cory and Tristan come from. But that is not a derogative trait for him, Sam has his own business, true, he works with his hands more than his mind, but nevertheless, he is a professional, and above all, someone who loves his work.

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (November 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623005728
ISBN-13: 978-1623005726
Amazon: Second Chance Sam
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Torquere Press Celebrates 11 Years in Gay Romance

AUSTIN — Torquere Press is celebrating their 11-year anniversary this month with giveaways, special releases, contests, and more.
Torquere Press, a royalty paying, full-service publisher of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual romance, began in 2003. The original eBook publisher for the GLBT community, Torquere has published several best-selling authors such as Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, Chris Owen, BA Tortuga, and Kiernan Kelly.

Eleven years ago, two authors started Torquere Press because no one else in the publishing industry was producing gay romance. Today, Torquere publishes every genre of romance, from paranormal to western to sci-fi, as long as the main characters are GLBT. They have also expanded with Prizm, the first YA GLBT publisher and a subsidiary of Torquere Press, which began in 2008 and targets a young- and new-adult audience.

To celebrate their anniversary, Torquere Press will be releasing special edition $0.99 bundles, available for a limited time only. The first three collections will feature titles from Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, and Julia Talbot. These bundles will be available September 15.

September will also include multiple chances for readers to win prizes. Every Tuesday is #TorquereTrivia day, which gives readers the opportunity to win a $5 gift certificate by answering trivia questions on Twitter (@torquere) about the press, its authors, and its books. Torquere's Twitter will also host several authors throughout the month, who will be posting from @torquere with eBook giveaways, free excerpts, writing tips, and more.

Torquere will celebrate by releasing new books from longstanding authors, including Sean Michael and Julia Talbot. Also, everything at torquerebooks.com will be on sale for 25% off with coupon code TORQUERE2014 during the week of September 15-21.



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