November 27th, 2015

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Blog Tour: My Hero: The Olympian by Max Vos

My Hero: The Olympian (My Hero Series #2) by Max Vos
Publisher: Max Vos, Inc. (November 15, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: My Hero: The Olympian

BLURB: After a romantic evening, Rich and Johnny face the light of day as a couple. Johnny’s coming out forces them to face some serious repercussions as the world of collegian jocks adjust to their first openly gay football player.

Rich is still working towards the World Diving Championships with his hopes and dreams set on the 2012 London Olympic Games, while as a couple they deal with concerns closer to home.

With the support of friends and family, the young couple grow closer together, but with prejudices and adversity at every turn will Johnny and Rich be able to tackle the world together?

No matter what, Rich will always be Johnny’s hero.

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About the Author: Max Vos is the bestselling author of My Hero. He is loved by his readers for his ‘inappropriate’ side, bringing hot and steamy sex to his writing. Not hemmed in by a single genre Max has the ability to woo you with sweet romance, move you with the power of his words and make you question your definition of love.

Having retired in 2011 after more than 30 years as a chef, Max turned his creativity to writing. You can always find wonderful Southern charm, well rounded and vibrant characters with a good meaty story line in a Max Vos book. Each book will give you something new and amazing to love.
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Winner’s Prize:
E-copies of My Hero and My Hero: The Olympian
Runner Up’s Prize: E-copy of My Hero: The Olympian
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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde

Everybody Knows: 15 Transgender Love Stories by Giselle Renarde
Transgender Erotica
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1508548218
ISBN-13: 978-1508548218
Amazon: Everybody Knows: 15 Transgender Love Stories
Amazon Kindle: Everybody Knows: 15 Transgender Love Stories

Rainbow Award-winning author Giselle Renarde is back with 15 sweet and sensual transgender tales that run the gamut from romantic fantasy to true confession. In Lust in Translation, a techie invents a new communication device to unlock his ex-girlfriend’s heart. In Hot Oil Treatment, partners explore their most memorable experiences together. Postcards from Paris follows a polyamorous triad as two dapper Doms take away their submissive’s razor. These and a dozen more round out this collection of diverse stories featuring characters who identify as gender non-normative, transgender, genderqueer, as well as those who aren’t really sure where they stand. Challenging, amusing, stimulating and tender, these stories are sure to captivate the hearts of readers of all genders. Everybody knows love is love, regardless of how it’s packaged.

A collection of stories that are simultaneously well written, thought-provoking and WHITE HOT.

Compelling writing with a gritty and realistic feel. I really enjoyed this book and was thrilled to get a chance to read it for the awards.

I love the way each of these stories showed the sensuality of each transgender/queer pairing. They weren't fetishized or glossed over. They were celebrated. Told from different points of view, with from the POV of the transfer/queer person, or their lover/partner/love interest it was great to be able to read about the different experiences and situations each pairing found themselves in and the thoughts that they each experienced. Since this was an erotica I wasn't expecting the stories to focus much on the romance aspect but more on the sex aspect, but I was pleasantly surprised with the beautiful blending of both in each story. I do wish there had been more trans men with men stories just to help balance out the anthology since there were quite a number of trans women with women and a few trans men with women, and I feel as if the trans man is largely unseen in literature, either as a erotic being or a romantic hero, but other than that, these stories were extremely hot. Some seemed more edited than the others, but each was still amazing.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Don’t Be Shy by Jae & Astrid Ohletz

Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz
Lesbian Anthology / Collection / Erotica
Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag (August 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955333833
ISBN-13: 978-3955333836
Amazon: Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories

Sultry, sensual, kinky erotica with a smart, sexy twist: these twenty-five lesbian erotica stories that first appeared in Don't Be Shy Volumes 1 and 2 are now available in one compendium. A woman talks her girlfriend into an arduous mountain hike, only to reveal a naughty al fresco birthday surprise when they reach the peak; a tempestuous opera diva finally makes her longsuffering servant remember why she continues in her mistress's employ; in the shadow of a rocket launch, a bed-and-breakfast owner reaches new heights of sexual satisfaction from a guest she almost turned away; a woman takes a risk with a compelling stranger in a dive bar and is rewarded with an unforgettable night with an experienced dom. Celebrate the pleasures of the female flesh without having to check your mind at the door. Come, don't be shy, take a peek inside-you won't regret it.

A stunning, diverse collection of stories that are simultaneously very well written, and extremely HOT.

There is a required skill for short stories. Great writing craft. You have to be able to convey the most with the least in the most interesting way possible. You must captivate from word one and be at the top of your game when it comes to building characters and scenes that are real… all in as few words as possible. Don’t Be Shy has some real gems. A great collection.

Quality of the writing and editing of this collection is absolutely a 10, and quite consistently. I've ready maybe half these authors in other books, and I don't think any of them have ever displayed basic writing this good -- not in the books I've read of theirs. This speaks highly of the editors. And, of course, none of the writers are bad writers. I suspect many of them have done very well in the Rainbow Awards in the past.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
Transgender Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (April 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 155152581X
ISBN-13: 978-1551525815
Amazon: Lost Boi
Amazon Kindle: Lost Boi

In Sassafras Lowrey's gorgeous queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois brigade and the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi who, along with the tomboy John Michael, Pan convinces to join him at Neverland.

Told from the point of view of Tootles, Pan's best boi, the lost bois call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, and united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the leather pirates. Like a fever-pitched dream, Lost Boi situates a children's fantasy within a subversive alternative reality, chronicling the lost bois' search for belonging, purpose, and their struggle against the biggest battle of all: growing up.

I was nervous going into this. I just wasn’t sure how a queer retelling of Peter Pan would read. But this was a wonderful book, hot and moving, brilliantly written. Loved it.

Genderqueer element aside, I didn't expect to enjoy this. Fairy tale retellings often fall flat for me; I wasn't sure I could get invested in the plight of homeless bois; and I didn't see how the d/s element could fit in without being exploitative. Much to my delight, it all works, and does so both smartly and erotically. Thhere are a lot of characters introduced at once, but I fell in love with all of them (including the mermaids), and I loved the tension between Hook and Wendi. This is how you remain true to the idea of a classic, but completely reinvent it and make it relevant for not just a new age, but a new community.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: The 10 Year book by JC Calciano

The 10 Year book by JC Calciano
Gay Romantic Comedy
Publisher: NYLA; 1 edition (October 15, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The 10 Year book

Back when…
Best friends Myles and Brody are total opposites: Myles believes in true love and happily ever after; Brody believes in hot guys and lots of happy endings. But after Myles has a particularly bad date, they make a plan that, if they haven’t found true love in 10 years they’ll become a couple.

10 years later…
Nothing has changed. Myles is still a hopeless romantic looking for Mr. Right and Brody is still on the hunt for Mr. Right Now – both still alone. When they realize it’s almost time to make good on the promise they made to each other a decade earlier, both friends scramble to do whatever it takes to avoid their fate: to be a couple!

The search for each other’s perfect partner is on! But maybe the man of their dreams is too close to see…

This book also contains special extra content, including:
* Myles’ Favorite Recipes
* Images From the Movie The 10 Year Plan

I’ve seen the movie and it was a happy surprise to see a book was written and it was just as great as the script.

This was a great story. The plot was excellent. The characters were engaging, believable, relateable, the scenarios presented within the novel were true to life and the dialogue presented was lively, entertaining, and realistic. In an age where there are so many gay/bi men content to use the Grindr app for purely physical, one-night stands, while other gay/bi men are looking for their happily ever after it was nice to read about two men who end up finding it together and how they both ended up where they were.  I did love the fact that the author included the recipes that Myles used in the story at the end of the book and then some Do's and Dont's thoughts from Brody as well. 

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