September 28th, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Like Jazz by Heather Blackmore

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390290
ISBN-13: 978-1626390294
Amazon: Like Jazz
Amazon Kindle: Like Jazz

"An excellent debut and an excellent book: well-developped, engaging characters, good plot, great setting."

Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
Series: Novel of Alpennia
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (February 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594933804
ISBN-13: 978-1594933806
Amazon: Daughter of Mystery (Novel of Alpennia)
Amazon Kindle: Daughter of Mystery (Novel of Alpennia)

"Though this fantasy has the requisit swords, a good part is spend very leisurely exploring the mores of the land (esp. the restrictions for women), the mysticism of their religious customs and court intrigues. The fictional setting of Alpennia in the Alps around the 18th century is well done and the names, the scholarly research, etc, are familiar before the author surprises the reader with delightful twists and turns away into a rather different world."

Lesbian Young Adult
Secret Lies by Amy Dunne
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829705
ISBN-13: 978-1602829701
Amazon: Secret Lies
Amazon Kindle: Secret Lies

"Brilliantly written book, Although this book deals with harsh physical abuse etc., it has such a positive undercurrent. As a reader I was really drawn in from the first second and wanted to reach out to the characters who conquered my heart. The writing was outstanding."

Transgender Sci-fi / Futuristic
COLLECTED (Gender Transformation Erotica) (ACQUIRED) by Solar Harris

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: COLLECTED (Gender Transformation Erotica) (ACQUIRED)

"OMG. Where do I start with this amazing book? The plot was so unique and original, so gripping and fresh that I couldn't put the book down (I took it with me to the bathroom). The setting was delicious, the main character, Lyle/Jasmine was so complex and real that I found myself recognizing other people in my life in him/her. The twists and turns had me gasping out loud (I yelled about Everett) which I think speaks to the bold richness of the author's writing style. I look forward to the sequel to this book which I will be purchasing on my own so I can find out what the hell happens!"

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
How Still My Love by Diane Marina
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Aspen Palms Press (May 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692229248
ISBN-13: 978-0692229248
Amazon: How Still My Love
Amazon Kindle: How Still My Love

"An excellent emotional roller coaster with a great crew of secondary characters."

Gay Erotica
Well-Endowed: The Making of a Gay Porn Star by Donald Webb
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 15, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Well-Endowed: The Making of a Gay Porn Star

"I found this book engaging from the very first line. It hooked me, drew me into the story, and didn't let me go until the very end. The writing is simple and smooth. It's authentic, too. In fact, I think it's one of the best books of this kind I've read in a long time. I only wish there were more books like it out there. "

Gay Erotic Romance
It's Like This by Anne O'Gleadra
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (July 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1909192791
ISBN-13: 978-1909192799
Amazon: It's Like This
Amazon Kindle: It's Like This

"O’Gleadra crafts a story that starts one way then suddenly evolves into something else, then throws a curve ball you had no way to anticipate, all while exploring love and relationships through the complex main character she creates. It’s fun and sweet watching her characters develop so much through the course of a short novel and I found myself relating to them time and again, which only strengthened my connection to and love of this book and its characters. The setting and writing style compliment the plot and characters well and allow them to develop into people you really feel like you know."

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Rush by Carsen Taite
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829667
ISBN-13: 978-1602829664
Amazon: Rush
Amazon Kindle: Rush

"A good writer who is always a sure thing. This is more a thriller mystery than a Contemporary Romance."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1) by Charlie Cochet
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160110
ISBN-13: 978-1632160119
Amazon: Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1)

"VERY delightful story about Humans, Therians (Infected Humans with altered DNA), law enforcement teams, a Human man   with a penchant for practical jokes striving to do the right thing, and the stoic Team Leader who carries more    secrets than the Pentagon.  It really was a laugh out loud and intriguing read & the first in a series---go grab the   other ones!! "

Gay Erotic Romance
More Than Everything (Family Series Book 3) by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982604
ISBN-13: 978-1627982603
Amazon: More Than Everything (Family Series Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: More Than Everything (Family Series Book 3)

"Very nice and relaxing read. Reads in one sitting. Smooth and well developed writing style in conjunction with witty humor makes your evening fly over the cup of tea.  You wouldn't find great mystery or adventures in this novel. However, if you are looking for the sweet pick into the domestic heaven  - simple and down to earth- this book is perfect."

"I bought and read this book before judging for this contest.  I was excited to read it again.  This is one of the better books I've read.  The characters were amazingly written along with the plot.  Its one of those books that you read through the night even if you have to get up early the next morning because you just can't put it down.  I'm a super big fan of Cardeno C."

"This was a great story filled with angst and humor. Broken hearts, stereotypes, family, love and loss. The characters were well flushed out, the setting was beautifully developed, and the plot moved along at a delightful pace. The author's writing style and voice was clear and engaging and though the story started off slow, it picked up and had me thoroughly engaged. Even the explanation for how all three main characters ended up together was brilliantly done."



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andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



Gay Mystery / Thriller
Hostile Ground by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491240
ISBN-13: 978-1626491243
Amazon: Hostile Ground
Amazon Kindle: Hostile Ground

"Good plot, exciting, fast moving  & original, partly created by the writing style. Characters had lots of detail."

Gay Romantic Comedy
Walk with Me (Homes Series Book 7) by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985468
ISBN-13: 978-1627985468
Amazon: Walk with Me (Homes Series Book 7)
Amazon Kindle: Walk with Me (Homes Series Book 7)

"I loved this book. Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny, with wonderfully drawn characters I really cared about from the start. My favorite book so far this year. The only missing elements here were more of the setting in the town and a bit more connection to the temple, given that one MC is a rabbi. It didn't feel very Jewish to me, and I think she missed out on adding just a few touches that would have made that feel more complete."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988777
ISBN-13: 978-1627988773
Amazon: Perfect Imperfections
Amazon Kindle: Perfect Imperfections

"This was an excellent book. Great, engaging writing style that kept my attention riveted throughout the novel. "

"I am a big fan of this author and loved this story. The characters are great; I loved how they met and the way Jeremy and Reg form such a close bond so early. I also love the way Reg is so protective of Jeremy, especially when it comes to those trying to take advantage. Great story to start with if you have not given this author a try yet."

Gay Paranormal Romance
In Your Eyes (The Mates Series Book 3) by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160684
ISBN-13: 978-1632160683
Amazon: In Your Eyes (The Mates Series Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: In Your Eyes (The Mates Series Book 3)

"Absolutely loved this book. I read it all in one day. It turned the mate trope on it's head and came from a different viewpoint. Great world building with lots of detail re pack lore and traditions. A real emotional growth for the MC. Loved his father's wisdom as well. Very engaging story."

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Holding Out for a Fairy Tale (Least Likely Partnership Book 2) by A.J. Thomas
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987053
ISBN-13: 978-1627987059
Amazon: Holding Out for a Fairy Tale (Least Likely Partnership Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Holding Out for a Fairy Tale (Least Likely Partnership Book 2)

"What an amazing book! I love crime books and the plot had me hooked from the beginning. I loved the characters because they were real and imperfect. 10 for all categories."

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Rest Home Runaways by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626391696
ISBN-13: 978-1626391697
Amazon: Rest Home Runawayst

"Wow - this woman can write! I read it in one sitting."

"I was blown away by this book. Henderson weaves a masterful story mixed with raw emotion and humor. Simply wonderful."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985549
ISBN-13: 978-1627985543
Amazon: Not Just Friends
Amazon Kindle: Not Just Friends

"This is a delightful novel full of sexual tension. It wasn't un-put-downable, but I did find myself thinking about it throughout the day and looking forward to reading it in the evening. The beginning was a bit slow, without a strong hook. Since the novel was solely in Lewis's POV, I didn't get to know Max as well as I would have liked. A little more information about the layout and style of the dorm suite would have helped me visualize it better, although there was sufficient detail to immerse me in the novel. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would buy more from this author."

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Not in the Stars (Mischief Corner Anthologies 4) by Toni Griffin, Freddy MacKay, Mathilde Watson and Angel Matinez
Series: Mischief Corner Anthologies
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (April 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499284675
ISBN-13: 978-1499284676
Amazon: Not in the Stars (Mischief Corner Anthologies 4)
Amazon Kindle: Not in the Stars (Mischief Corner Anthologies 4)

"The beautiful cover was the first thing that caught my eye and then each and every story held me entranced. To be honest I would have quite willing bought these 4 stories as single titles."

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608209199
ISBN-13: 978-1608209194
Amazon: Rarely Pure and Never Simple
Amazon Kindle: Rarely Pure and Never Simple

"This book was a delight to read. Ms Martinez has an extraordinary ability to bring the reader into the story and become a part of it. These two men, although imperfect, are perfect together, even though Damien just wants to be left alone. He doesn't think he deserves to have a lover because of who/what he is. Then there is Blaze. A tough, 'I don't give a damn' sort of man who, after meeting Damien, all he wants is to protect the more fragile man. I enjoyed the way Ms Martinez built the world in the story, how the Variants were developed, the great pace the story carries and of course, the MC whom one can't help but fall in love with. The characters, although as they are in a dystopian/fantasy world, seem real to me."

Gay Fantasy
Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde
Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (May 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193556028X
ISBN-13: 978-1935560289
Amazon: Highfell Grimoires
Amazon Kindle: Highfell Grimoires

"Very classic steam punk. Impossible words, Victorian phrase and tone, aether, and a proper gentlemanly protagonist. Beautiful. A fair amount of the beginning was explaining how the world worked. But it was done in an interesting way, so wasn't an issue. It was a very slow build to the conflict and well done. I liked that there were plenary of small problems for the characters, adding some realism. Also the same sex attraction between the two main characters was very secondary. It was a steam punk story with a gay romance, not a gay steam punk story. I enjoyed that was how the focus was written. Biggest disappointment is that this seems to be her only book."


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