October 25th, 2016

andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Tantalus by Albert Nothlit (221-07-26-2016)

I enjoyed this story. From the first that the main character, Kyle, a misunderstood newly minted eighteen year old, is shipped off his home planet after an altercation, this started out as a 'poor me' story. After landing on a remote planet, Kyle's sense of innocence and wonder become his undoing for his new job. From there, it begins to spiral out of control, and Kyle learns as we do, real time, what is going on. I experienced the wonder and the action through Kyle's eyes, and thoroughly enjoyed the ride through to the end. It's not a long read; or so it seemed as the pages flew by. The ending is open for a continuation, and certainly hope one is written as well as this tome.

Tantalus by Albert Nothlit
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (April 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620047632
ISBN-13: 978-1620047637
Amazon: Tantalus
Amazon Kindle: Tantalus

In the aftermath of a nasty fight after being jumped by four youths, faced with a mother desperate to get rid of the son she's ashamed of, Kyle is forced to leave home to take up an apprenticeship he doesn't want and can't wait to be finished with. On another planet. Upon arrival, though, a nasty surprise awaits. The position he was hired for no longer exists and he's going to be left standing around until Dr. O'Brien, the man he was to work for, can find him a new job. Following a strange compulsion, Kyle leaves the compound, only to nearly get himself killed out in the alien atmosphere. Kyle is told he's too reckless to stay and fit only for the mining colonies, where he'll be little more than a slave. Distraught but helpless, Kyle counts down the days until his departure. He's distracted from his misery, however, by the same compulsion that first drove him from the compound, a presence in his mind that seems to be coming from the local lifeform being kept in Dr. O'Brien's lab...

Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2016.html

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4867921.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Women of the Year by Karen Richard (237-07-31-2016)

A poignant collection of well-told, intertwining stories showing the many faces and varieties of love. Absolutely delightful.

Women of the Year by Karen Richard
Lesbian Anthology / Collection / Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (March 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943837341
ISBN-13: 978-1943837342
Amazon: Women of the Year
Amazon Kindle: Women of the Year

In each month of 2015, Karen Richard wrote a story that focuses on an event during that month that impacts the life of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary way. Follow the months as a woman helps a young woman into an abortion clinic, tells of her first kiss, finds a stray puppy, deals with the aftermath of a hate crime, follows a dead body action plan, selects the perfect companion, helps give the last wish of a dying Vietnam War veteran. Women of the Year deftly weaves together humor and poignant observation with pointed social and political commentary through the lives of ordinary women just trying to make sense of the world they live in.

Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2016.html

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4872198.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson (239-08-01-2016)

1) A story of a God who, humbled by life and his decisions, does not feel worthy of being the God he feels his people, and his lover, a dragon, deserve. This was a fascinating take on how a god is created, and how very human he actually is. We can see Iskandar, the leader of his people after the fall of a restrictive religious regime, and his four counsel members rebuilding a city and a society. The angst and the despair of Iskandar does not drag the story down; though at times I wanted to shake the character to see his worth rather than his flaws. The secondary story, the glossary, is written as if it was centuries later, but a university scribe. Some of the humor fell flat, as the asides were a bit confusing as to who wrote it, the scribe or his patron, the Dragon Adrian. This glossary gave a bit more depth into areas that that story could not; and gave little information where the story was a bit more robust in the characters. The seemed to be fun for the author to write, though it was superfluous and really was not needed. Overall, the story kept my attention and it was an enjoyable read.

2) Wow. I fell in love with this book right from the beginning. The world building was detailed, with a rich complex history and the settings were very easy to visualise. The characters are interesting, realistic and struggle with the decisions they’ve made and have still yet to make. I particularly loved Hal the dragon, and the fact that his hoard wasn’t the usual gold and treasure but the people he takes into his heart and protects. There are a few twists in the plot, and not all the main characters survive the story unscathed but that makes it all the more realistic. Although I haven’t read book 1, I didn’t have any problems picking up the series part way in, but now I need to go find that first book. Hoping the author has another planned, and that hint I picked up on that there is another story to be told wasn’t just wishful thinking on my part.

Resistance (Reawakening #2) by Amy Rae Durreson
Gay Fantasy
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: DSP Publications (December 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634761677
ISBN-13: 978-1634761673
Amazon: Resistance (Reawakening #2)
Amazon Kindle: Resistance (Reawakening #2)

Reawakening: Book Two

Overthrowing the Shadow that ruled Tiallat was only the first step. For rebel leader Iskandir, rebuilding his shattered country is an even greater challenge. A poor harvest, religious conflict, and years of tyrannical governance combine with the challenge of getting the soldiers of the Shadow’s army home and rehousing the exiled who are flooding back into free Tiallat.

Then people begin to get sick.

A thousand years ago, after the Shadow’s first defeat, a blight fell upon the north: a disease that killed more than the war itself. Now, as this plague returns, Iskandir must look north again to the newly awakened dragon Halsarr, a learned doctor and professor who wants no part in a new war. Even if Halsarr agrees to come to their aid, Iskandir is afraid of the truth he will expose. For the dragon Halsarr once loved a bold and reckless steppes elemental who later transformed into the lonely and powerful Dual God of Tiallat, the two-faced Lord who has been missing since the Shadow entered the country.

Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2016.html


This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4872831.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Destined Prey by Bailey Bradford (300-08-21-2016)

What an intriguing story about coywolves. I liked the characters in this book. The author does a good job of placing you, the reader, in the setting. The book has a great combination of action, and romance.

Destined Prey (Wild Ones #1) by Bailey Bradford
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: Wild Ones
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Rainbow Ninja Press (December 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523338377
ISBN-13: 978-1523338375
Amazon: Destined Prey (Wild Ones #1)
Amazon Kindle: Destined Prey (Wild Ones #1)

All Jack Tucker wanted was to come home for a little while and try to figure out where his life had gone wrong. Moving from Wyoming to New York hadn’t turned out the way he’d thought it would, and a bad breakup leaves him bruised in more than just the emotional sense. He doesn’t expect to be glad he’s back on the Double T Ranch with his brother, Rhett, and he sure doesn’t expect to find the place crawling with coywolves, wolves, and coyotes. There seems to be some kind of animal-warfare going on, and he and Rhett are caught in the middle of it. Coywolves—the hybrid of wolves and coyotes, hated by both, and more predatory than either. Add in the fact that all the battling species are shifters, and there’s bound to be trouble. Ben Akers is part of his brother’s pack. The only coywolf shifters in existence, they find themselves under constant attack from wolf and coyote packs determined to make the Akers pack extinct. But coywolves don’t die out so easy, and when Ben’s life takes a surprising turn in the form of one sexy human named Jack Tucker, they’re both in for surprises, danger, and, if Destiny rules, an abiding love that most people—and shifters—only dream of.

Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2016.html

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4888803.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox (309-08-24-2016)

Overall a pretty good read. Loved the setting and character a lot. The story itself seemed drag a bit towards the end and the ending was rather abrupt in my opinion. I would have liked to see Brianna have to work a bit harder to get the girl.

Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 14, 2016
Amazon Kindle: Slow Burn in Tuscany

What do you do when your worst enemy turns out to be the one woman you can't resist?

Single mom Brianna Valente has hated Madison Blake since the night they graduated high school. So when the rich, beautiful Madison signs up for the same tour of Italy that Bree is taking with her BFF, it’s almost enough to ruin the trip before they start.

As if that’s not bad enough, a nosy, loud-mouthed journalist starts poking into the tourists’ private lives -- and turns Bree’s upside down. Suddenly, everything she thought she knew is wrong … and the woman she was sure she hated is hotter than the Tuscan sun and firing all Bree’s fantasies.

The tour becomes a journey of unexpected discoveries, full of sweet seduction and vivid emotion … until Bree realizes that she stands in the way of Madison’s deepest desire. Will Bree sacrifice her first-ever chance at real romance for the sake of Madison’s dream? And if she does, can love find a way to bring them together again?

Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2016.html

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4891348.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.