October 28th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Breaker (Exile #1) Kelly Wyre & A.F. Henley


1) This was a really enjoyable book to read. And I will be keeping an eye out for future books in this series.
2) Fantastic world-building and a great concept are somewhat wasted on a too-familiar romance that never rings true and a theme of suicide and self-worth that was too heavy-handed for the material.

Breaker (Exile #1) Kelly Wyre & A.F. Henley
Bisexual - Fantasy
Series: Exile
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (December 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620049341
ISBN-13: 978-1620049341
Amazon: Breaker (Exile #1) Kelly Wyre & A.F. Henley

In the wake of several near-cataclysmic events, humanity created the Cure, a DNA-altering antidote to death by disease and old age. But all cures come with side effects: a small percentage of the population develops a wide range of powers, some of which are lethal to others, and some which are lethal to the wielder. These people are called the Estranged, hunted and shunned, safe only on the Island of Exile. It is here that Kaeva and Eddie meet—and where they set a prophecy in motion, quite possibly sealing their own demise, and even the end of Exile.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Dispatches From Lesbian America


1) A rich tapestry of diverse stories from exquisitely talented writers--a collection to be savored and enjoyed.

Dispatches From Lesbian America Giovanna Capone, Xequina Berber, Cheela Romain Smith
Lesbian - Non Fiction
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing (February 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943837643
ISBN-13: 978-1943837649
Amazon: Dispatches From Lesbian America Giovanna Capone, Xequina Berber, Cheela Romain Smith

Dispatches from Lesbian America is a collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world. Featured Authors: Charlene Allen, Mari Alschuler, Joan Annsfire, Roxanne Ansolabehere, Terry Baum, Xequina Maria Berber, Elizabeth Bernays, Lynn Brown, Giovanna Capone, Susan Clements, Elana Dykewomon, Haley Fedor, Joanne Fleisher, Pippa Fleming, Judy Grahn, Felicia Hayes, Lois Rita Helmbold, Chante Shirelle Holsey, Toke Hoppenbrouwers, Happy/L. A. Hyder, Bev Jafek, Bev Jo, Lenn Keller, Heidi LaMoreaux, Alison Laurie, Mo Markham, Arielle Nyx McKee, Heal McKnight, Helena Montgomery, Dr. Bonnie J. Morris, Ashley Obinwanne, Artemis Passionflower, Tonya Primm, Francesca Roccaforte, Lilith Rogers, Ruth A. Rouff, Heath Atom Russell, Barbara Ruth, Mary Saracino, Cheela "Rome" Smith, Tess Tabak, and Polly Taylor.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Venus and Lysander Yoshiyuki Ly


1) A strong effort in world creation with interesting characters and a strong element of romance.  The inner thoughts of the main characters are detailed and well written enabling the reader to understand motivation and emotion.
2) Really good read. It has a good setting that is well described and make the story more interesting. The characters have their own charms but are also still very human, so I was able to connect with them while reading and that make also their relationship more interesting and appealing. I was glad that it has a good balance between action and romance, and the two find their places inside the storyline with a certain harmony. Really really good!!

Venus and Lysander Yoshiyuki Ly
Lesbian - Historical Romance
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Solstice Publishing (January 31, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1625265247
ISBN-13: 978-1625265241
Amazon: Venus and Lysander Yoshiyuki Ly

Living as a nobleman and as a woman, Valerie of Lysander is sick of waiting for the world to change. The discrimination she suffers as an outcast builds into resentment. Once Val takes matters into her own hands, the whole Empire of Tynan feels her brand of justice. The Emperor’s adviser, Lucrezia of Azrith, wants more of Val’s ruthlessness—for revenge against the unjust, and for her own desires. Venus and Lysander is an intricate romance set in the fictional Victorian city of Eden, 250 years after the events in The Scorpion’s Empress. Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor and a sorceress-in-hiding. She is forced to conceal her identity from the religious public for fear of death. As she learns to trust in Val’s chivalry and affections for her, they both fall for the softer sides behind their similar bulletproof personas. Lucrezia receives a mysterious warning about a sadistic enemy threatening the Azrith and Lysander families. Once they discover their nemesis’ true motive, Val and Lucrezia’s tyrannous devotion for one another is all they can count on to survive.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3) Lane Hayes


1) I loved how the respective settings were used to emphasize the events that took place there, as well as the social gap between the main characters. Also, the use of music/ rhythm to accentuate Tim's struggles was very cleverly done. Great job. The elements of this story just fit together. The music industy background actually served a purpose here instead of being mere prop, the main characters were as real as a fictional rockstar and a fictional multi-bilionaire finance mogul can ever be, and the conflicts they had to deal with, both internal and external, didn't require too much suspension of disbelief. On top of that, the writing was smooth and well-paced. A really enjoyable read.
2) A Kind of Honesty is less plot-driven, more a journey of self-discovery, and it works so well. Tim comes across as a fairly candid sort of guy, someone who has few secrets. But he's not entirely honest with himself and hasn't been for most of his life - and being in the music industry only helps him maintain that divide. It's only when he meets Carter - who is supposed to be a casual affair - that he realizes the two halves of himself are so out of line. And so he has to work to pull all of it together and that's hard, for anyone. That's what I enjoyed most about this book. I loved the romance and the banter between the guys, but Tim's journey was beautifully realized.

A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3) Lane Hayes
Bisexual - Erotic Romance
Series: A Kind of Stories
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634777859
ISBN-13: 978-1634777858
Amazon: A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3) Lane Hayes

A Kind of Story

Music is drummer Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for him to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when a handsome stranger in a dive bar turns out to be someone he might know, everything changes.

Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to tattooed rock star Tim, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.



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