October 24th, 2015

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2) by Indra Vaughn

Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2) by Indra Vaughn
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632169797
ISBN-13: 978-1632169792
Amazon: Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2)
Amazon Kindle: Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2)

Shadow Mountain: Book Two

The capture of the Tattoo Murderer has demanded a heavy price. Doctor Tobias Darwin is dead, Lieutenant Hart is back in Riverside licking his substantial wounds, and he needs to gather his courage and tell Isaac he made a mistake. Isaac will forgive him—he knows that—but he can't promise Isaac an easy life. Being a cop comes with its own risks, after all.

When they finally reach the same wavelength, their idyllic reprieve is cut tragically short. Hart doesn't know yet that Isaac is terminally ill, that he will take off to find the Phoenix to heal him as a last resort. This time, it will be Hart who pays the price.

In the meantime, a new killer roams the streets of Riverside. He kidnaps, tortures, and kills gay men in horrific ways, and he has the newly healed Isaac in his sights. Hart’s time is running out on every level.


I really liked this book and I thought even though it could be read as a standalone book it would be best to go back and read book 1: Fated first… I liked it so much I went and bought book 1

I love Indra's writing style and she can certainly set up a plot. I think, oddly, if I hadn't read book 1, I might have enjoyed this more, as that book set the bar pretty near to 40. But for continuity, I'm glad I read the first book before starting on this one. Overall a very good book I enjoyed reading.

I could not put this book down. It didn't matter that I hadn't read book 1, although I will be ASAP, the story flowed easily through its twists and turns. A thoroughly great read.


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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius

Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634762339
ISBN-13: 978-1634762335
Amazon: Freshman Blues
Amazon Kindle: Freshman Blues

When Chris is invited to prestigious Creekville University, he discovers he is part of an experiment by the mysterious Professor Faran. There’s no other way a C student like him would have been accepted into a college where academic mastery results in unique powers like levitation or empathy. But if Faran is right, even below-average students can get special abilities and a good job after graduation. Chris just has to work hard.

Chris isn’t the only one, either. Frederick has worked for Faran for years, and Chris is intrigued by the aloof and sexy older student. But Frederick is too terrified of life after graduation to pursue romance. As they work together, Chris tries to help Frederick out of his depression, all while juggling friendship, classwork, dating, and trying to carve out a place he can belong.

But funding for the experiment is running out, and Chris has to acquire an ability―any ability―soon, or he’ll lose his opportunity at Creekville, and any chance with Frederick, for good.


I think I’ve just added another author to my reading list… I really enjoyed this book. I wish there was more books.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610409051
ISBN-13: 978-1610409056
Amazon: My Zombie Boyfriend
Amazon Kindle: My Zombie Boyfriend

Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward's life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him. With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward's help, though he's still suspicious of Edward's role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn't trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they've built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.


I really enjoyed this book and like the interaction between the two main characters and the people around them.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Reflections of Fate by Pat Cronin

Reflections of Fate by Pat Cronin
Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Silver Dragon Books by RC (February 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619292246
ISBN-13: 978-1619292246
Amazon: Reflections of Fate
Amazon Kindle: Reflections of Fate

Leoni Wolf lived and worked in Cherokee, North Carolina her entire life. It was her home and the place she belonged. Leoni once believed in fate and that everything happened for a reason. Until her wife, Tayanita, was killed in a tragic accident. What possible reason could there be for her death? The event shattered Leoni's world. Each day Leoni awoke, gazed at her reflection in the old free-standing mirror and convinced herself she could get through one more day. Nicola Daelis was tired of fate intervening in her life and wanted to throttle her. Before Nicola could act on the event that could change it all, fate landed a beautiful, dark-eyed woman in her lap and turned Nicola's world upside down. Fighting for their lives, and often against each other, Nicola and Leoni must embark upon an adventure that could be the beginning of something new. Or the end of them both.


This sci-fi story was really good and sucked me in. would like to read more about these characters.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton

For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626392412
ISBN-13: 978-1626392410
Amazon: For the Love of Cake
Amazon Kindle: For the Love of Cake

Maya Vaughn, the hottest young pastry chef to emerge from the reality television machine, enjoys spending time with men and women alike. When she takes a turn as a judge on the very show that launched her career, she expects to find a nice change of scenery and a little diversion.

A late-bloomer at forty-two years old, Shannon Hayes is finally on the precipice of achieving her dreams. She has one shot to prove she can compete with chefs half her age with much more experience. Engaging in a fling with a judge fourteen years her junior would almost certainly kill that chance.


An enjoyable read. Well written, likeable characters, and the plot of a cooking reality show is very different than most romance novels.  Would recommend!

Very good story with a clean writing style. The author did a fantastic job with the characters. Often bi-sexual characters end up "becoming" gay or lesbian at the end of the story, but this character stayed true to herself throughout and I thought her bisexuality was handled well. The connection between the two characters felt real. The author made the city of Nashville part of the story. The plot was a little predictable, but the writer kept it interesting.

Another winner from Erin Dutton. She tells a great story and covers all the bases with her writing.  I liked the plot in this one as it brings in a very realistic reality genre.

This book was joy to read. The plot was snappy and well developed, with perfect timing in the development of the romance between the love interests. I look forward to reading more by this author. 


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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon

To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon
Transgender Fantasy
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (November 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620044528
ISBN-13: 978-1620044520
Amazon: To Summon Nightmares
Amazon Kindle: To Summon Nightmares

Three years ago, Cohen Brandwein was "Ireland's Favorite Daughter", a popular teenage author and internet celebrity. But ever since he came out publicly as trans, the media's treatment of him has been less than golden, and these days, Cohen is desperate for escape. When he inherits an old house in the country, Cohen sees it as a perfect opportunity to escape the press and work on his new book. What he doesn't count on is becoming embroiled in a small town murder mystery and falling for the primary suspect, a man whose reality makes Cohen's fantasy books seem like child's play...


I loved this story. I tore through it in one day, hardly able to put it down. Pendragon's fluid style and interesting characters kept me flipping pages. The plot itself is fun, spooky, and the final words of the story brought it all together in a perfect package. 

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2015 Rainbow Awards - Cover Contest

Cover Contest is still open till end of November. You can access the vote page here: www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/covers.php

At today we count 17.222 votes from 1.183 persons who took the poll, but we can do better!

And to entice you, below the most voted covers (currently situation) in random order:






















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