October 28th, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lavender in Bloom by Lily Velez (258-08-10-2016)

1) Not your usual m/m romance, by far. A literary novel of higher ranks. The shimmering heat of Southern France, the heady perfume of lavender on the fields, the labour but also the freedom of a rural society, the chill in the château; two young and confused and lost and searching souls, the barrier in 19th century and the barrier in your own heart and head; joy and wonder and sadness and despair... The author draws a picture like a tableau of a famous impressionist artist, and draws the reader in, from warm summer winds to absolute heart wrench. I do not shed tears easily. I did this time.

2) A bittersweet historical story that captured my heart and then broke it. Faithful to the era, and lyrically descriptive.

Lavender in Bloom by Lily Velez
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: House of Capet Publishing; 1 edition (July 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692699309
ISBN-13: 978-0692699300
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A heartbreaking tale about love and loss...

It’s the year 1802 in Avignon, France.

Noah Capet has spent most of his young life living simple and unvaried days in the hushed countryside of southern France. Quiet, reserved, and diffident, his preference for existing is to do so in solitude, keeping to himself both in town and on his family’s farm—a predilection that’s altogether disrupted when a newcomer to town by the name of Jeremie Perreault begins an unremitting quest to befriend him.

Jeremie is everything Noah is not. Charismatic and gregarious, he leaves a trail of charmed admirers in his wake wherever he goes. Expressive and idealistic, he talks without end about his deep love for old books and his spirited dream to one day travel the world on a literary pilgrimage.

Over the course of a single summer, the two form an unlikely friendship, but just as quickly as it develops, it soon entirely dissolves as they’re forced to face the truth of what has unexpectedly emerged between them.

Lavender in Bloom is a tender and tragic coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery, and a poignant reminder that time is fleeting and always takes with it the choices we’re too afraid to make.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer (275-08-14-2016)

1) Riveting story. Couldn’t put it down. This author knows the ins and outs of the white house and the presidency. In addition, it was a great love story!

2) I lost a lot of valuable sleep because i couldn't put this book down. It was fast paced, detailed, and intriguing. I don't even like politics and had my eyes burning because i didnt want to blink away from my eReader. The author did an excellent job of bringing the reader into each scene. Multidimensional. Identifiable. Heart throbbing. I look forward to the next installment.

Enemies of the State (The Executive Office #1) by Tal Bauer
Bisexual Romantic Suspence
Series: The Executive Office
Paperback: 476 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (August 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 191115379X
ISBN-13: 978-1911153795
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A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs. A Secret Service agent who will break every rule. A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man. Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world. For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity. There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from. As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lovers Leap by J.L. Merrow (180-07-21-2016)

I really liked this author… and I found the story holding me until the very end.

Lovers Leap by J.L. Merrow
Bisexual Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626493839
ISBN-13: 978-1626493834
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If they looked, would they ever leap?

Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.

Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.

Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah (214-07-26-2016)

1) Loved this dystopian MMF novel! I loved the characters, the plot, and the way the author skillfully pulled me into a fully realized world.

2) For the Clan gripped me from beginning to end. Each of the three main characters were fully developed with compelling back stories. The relationships that predated the story, between the two men and between one of the men and the woman, were very real and believable. The evolution of the relationship between them was natural and hot. Their polyamory made sense for who they were, and was completely wholesome, if that's the right word. The storyline was equally riveting. I didn't see how it was going to work out, until it did. Excellent! And I'll be re-reading their first three-way more than once!

For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah
Bisexual Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620047691
ISBN-13: 978-1620047699
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Canada, 2165 AD. The Water Wars and a decimated economy have taken their toll. Anyone who doesn't live in a military-patrolled metropolis lives in a clan. But being in a clan doesn't mean safety. And for a Ven like Roan Lee, it doesn't matter where he lives. Safety is a luxury. So is freedom. Roan is desperate to escape the governtary's exploitation and torture. He is nothing to them but 54oK1, an artifact born from a genetic mishap. When the chance to escape arises, he makes a run for it—and encounters the lover from his past, twisting his future into a second chance he never expected. As leaders of Clan Teach, Jace Ama and his wife, Cayra Diega, have enough difficulty keeping their people safe. When Roan is thrown to their feet as a prisoner, their marriage becomes an additional challenge. Jace still loves Roan, but where does that leave Cayra?

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway (369-08-31-2016)

1) This short book is well worth obtaining if you are involved in business, politics, education, and many other fields and professions in which you happen to be dealing with anyone with a sexuality other than heterosexual. Bartlett lays out the differences and the confusions among terminology, thinking, and feeling for all 8 types in a candid,clear manner and with really helpful anecdotes and examples. A handy little guide for everyday use, it really seems essential in corporate America today. I didn't know how much I didn't know until I read Bartlett.

2) This is a fantastic book and a very helpful tool to educate family and friends of LGBTQIA+. Heck. Learned a great deal and I are one.

"What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett
LGBT Non Fiction
Series: The Quick and Dirty Guide
Paperback: 70 pages
Publisher: It's the Journey Not the Destination LLC (July 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1535529601
ISBN-13: 978-1535529600
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Do you know what "queer" means? Do you know how to use it correctly and politely? Does your tongue trip over itself when someone says "transgender?" In this clear and concise text Chris Bartlett provides direct explanations for how to use and interpret LGBTQIA+ identifications. Writing to those who are unsure of how to talk about alternative sexualities and gender, the author uses case studies and historical examples to unpack this often misused and misunderstood vocabulary. For much of his life Chris felt unsure of how to politely address and to interact with people who place themselves outside of the traditionally encouraged heterosexual mold. This fear of appearing ignorant or rude led him to avoid interacting with some people and prevented him from sticking up for others when he should have. The truth is that being uncomfortable and unsure around a new concept does not make anyone a bad person but when that mindset prevents one from being fair and equitable to others then there is a problem. After reading this Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ vocabulary you'll be confident enough to ask polite questions about gender and sexuality and informed enough to understand the answers.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Matchmakers by G.R. Lyons (368-08-31-2016)

I absolutely loved this series. The author showed how each of the men grew in character. There were real emotions and I fell in love with them all. I see that there are stories that set the stage for the development of the back stories and the setting of all the stories that I'm going to have to purchase.

Matchmakers: A Shifting Isles Trilogy by G.R. Lyons
Gay Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
Series: Matchmakers
Paperback: 614 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 24, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1534740864
ISBN-13: 978-1534740860
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Get the entire Matchmakers Trilogy for one low price! Second Chances: Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn't leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who practically sells his body for others' pleasure? Thirty-five-year-old Chance Whitaker has sworn off dating younger men after having been cheated on one too many times, until the owner of Matchmakers convinces him to take a chance on Remy Dawes, a gorgeous kid who surprises Chance at every turn. As things fall apart through meddling, death, and betrayal, will there be a second chance for two people to find love? Second Drafts: Novelist Shain Ahren is committed to only one thing: himself. Living alone and having an endless string of one-night stands, Shain's carefully crafted routine ensures no one will ever control him again. But one trick he met at Matchmakers, years ago, he can't get out of his head. Painter Elliden Crawford yearns to be controlled. Born with an extreme chemical imbalance, Elliden struggles to keep the fits at bay so he won't be a danger to others. Only once in his life did Elliden ever truly feel safe, just one night when he met a stranger at Matchmakers. When Matchmakers brings them together again, Elliden finally gets what he needs, while Shain's world is thrown into complete disarray. Will Shain ever relinquish control, or will they be fated to remain a discarded first draft? Second Place: Danny Berringer lives up to the name of his nightclub. Ever since he cheated on Bryan, the love of his life, he's been making up for it by helping others find love. He even matched up Bryan with Eric Grant, except Bryan's perfect marriage seems to have fallen apart, and Danny is dying to know why. He doesn't get couples wrong. Ever. Bryan Landry had his heart broken by Danny, then had it put back together by Eric, but he can't have Eric anymore, and it's all his fault. He spends his nights at Matchmakers having random tricks and trying to avoid Danny, but the meddlesome matchmaker won't leave him be. Thrown together through guilt, death, and temptation, Bryan denies his feelings while Danny clings to dreams of Bryan's forgiveness. Will Danny always lose, or can he win second place in Bryan's heart?

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