October 26th, 2015

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Cover Reveal: Driven Snow by Tara Lain

Driven Snow (The Pennymaker Tales, #2) by Tara Lain

Blurb: Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires, Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics’ tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.

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About the Author: Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.
She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
You can find Tara at

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton

The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (January 19, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Lion and the Crow

2nd Edition

In medieval England, duty is everything, personal honor is more valued than life itself, and homosexuality is not tolerated by the church or society.

Sir Christian Brandon was raised in a household where he was hated for his unusual beauty and for his parentage. Being smaller than his six brutish half-brothers, he learned to survive by using his wits and his gift for strategy, earning him the nickname the Crow.

Sir William Corbett, a large and fierce warrior known as the Lion, has pushed his unnatural desires down all his life. He’s determined to live up to his own ideal of a gallant knight. When he takes up a quest to rescue his sister from her abusive lord of a husband, he’s forced to enlist the help of Sir Christian. It’s a partnership that will test every strand of his moral fiber, and, eventually, his understanding of the meaning of duty, honor, and love.

This was a wonderful story with some expected and some unexpected twists. The characters were vivid right from the beginning and I loved to see how the relationship between Christian and William progressed. There was a lot of warmth, compassion and love between these characters and it was simply lovely to read. The ending took me by surprise, though I think it was a fitting one.

Wonderful characters and never a dull moment. This one was perfect in every way.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blowing It by Kate Aaron

Blowing It by Kate Aaron
Gay Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Croft House (February 22, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Blowing It

Owen Barnes never expected writing to make him rich, much less with a YA novel written for a bet. Being nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious award a children’s author can win, is a dream come true. But Owen’s newfound fame comes at a price, and not just changing his surname to Black.

Gruff, gentle building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is the first man to catch Owen’s interest in almost two years. Owen’s agent, Max, might be trying to control his image, but Magnus sees the real Owen: the eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, and sexy underwear, not the Young Conservative in a tweed jacket Max is turning him into.

When a photo of Owen and Magnus appears online, just weeks before the Carnegie ceremony, Max starts damage limitation. Out and proud since he was fourteen, Owen isn’t going back into the closet without a fight, and he refuses to let his agent erase Magnus from his life. Encouraged by his friends, Owen lashes out, not realising his behaviour could hurt the man he’s doing it all for. Can Owen find a way to reconcile his public and private lives, or has he already blown it?

The story itself was a bit silly but I enjoyed it. I think it was the characters that made this one interesting and compelling. Always knew where the action was taking place. She did a very good job with keeping the setting clear and alive. The two main characters were fun and I liked them both from the get go. Supporting characters as well. I think characterization is Ms. Aaron’s strength. Well written. Can’t find fault with the writing. The book was also free from typos and errors.

I adored this light-hearted, sweet and at times funny story. Owen & Magnus were real, flawed and endearing characters that captured my heart. I couldn't put the book down as I had to see how they would make things work and get their happy ending. I laughed, smiled and enjoyed this wonderful novel!

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend

Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend
Gay Anthology / Collection / Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (November 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634900340
ISBN-13: 978-1634900348
Amazon: Gayrabian Nights
Amazon Kindle: Gayrabian Nights

A male escort, invited to the hotel room of a closeted gay Mormon Republican senator, learns that the man is poised to vote on a piece of anti-gay legislation the following morning. To prevent him from sleeping, so that the exhausted senator will miss casting his vote on the Senate floor, the escort entertains him with stories of homophobia, celibacy, mixed marriages, reparative therapy, coming out, first love, gay marriage, and long-term successful gay relationships.

This was easily the most original book I've read all year. Funny, touching, topical, and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

I liked the way the stories were framed which is where the title comes from - very clever, and worked well. Interesting insight into being gay in the Mormon community. Characters were well drawn especially given the short story format. 

Totally enjoyable parody of Arabian Nights told with great humor and style. 

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey met Hugh by Mathew Ortiz

Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey met Hugh by Mathew Ortiz
Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Mathew Ortiz (January 23, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey met Hugh

Are we rolling?"
"Yes Mr. Sherwood. Just say the lines as we rehearsed."
"Got it."
Mickey nodded and sucked in a lungful of air. Blowing it out, he began. "Welcome to Desdemona Darkly, your premier online site for adult toys and accessories. I'm here to introduce myself and tell you about our site and staff. My name is Mickey Sherwood Co-Founder and CEO of Desdemona Darkly. My staff and I are committed to providing you with only the highest quality intimate products and superb customer service. We have the online site to order from or if you wish, you can speak to one of our customer service team members, if you have questions with your order. You can also call us if you have any questions at all, regarding our products. Our phone lines are open twenty-four seven for your convenience. Making you happy and satisfied is our primary goal, here at Desdemona Darkly. Thank you again for choosing us, for your personal pleasuring needs."
"And cut."
Mickey grinned. "Was that good?"
"Excellent Mr. Sherwood."
Mickey slid out of his chair, grinning. With this new commercial, he was hoping to increase sales for his company. So far everything was a success in his world, except his love life. Phfft, what else is new? Flicking on his phone he checked his messages. He had stopped by the studio to film the commercial before heading to the docks. A customs official, a Mr. Hugh Brannough, was cocking up the shipment of some of their badly needed merchandize. Well Mr. Brannough, I'm coming for you!
A shiver suddenly raced down Hugh's spine, as he sat at his desk at the docks. I wonder what the hell that was about? Shrugging, he went back to work…

What a great and cute story. Loved that the misunderstandings didn't linger and the characters were notably into each other. This story was entertaining. Great read after a long day.

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