November 6th, 2017

andrew potter

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Breaking Anchor Geonn Cannon


1) An engaging story with powerful, vibrant characters and a terrific setup.
2) This had a tear in my eyes at the opening scene and kept me reading for the whole story. I liked it.
3) This was not a totally new kind of plot, but it was able to portrait the story a lot better and in a more interesting way, that was able to keep my attention. Good story and very good writing style!
4) Cannon is a terrific writer who can make story believeable and characters relatable. His abiliy to get inside the female mind is quite amazing, and his optics on Seattle are first rate.


Breaking Anchor Geonn Cannon
Lesbian - Contemporary Romance
Paperback
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC (March 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944591230
ISBN-13: 978-1944591236
Amazon: Breaking Anchor Geonn Cannon

Three years ago, Sofia Kennedy reported the tragic death of her girlfriend live-on air. Still in the closet even with her closest friends, she was forced to suffer her loss in silence. In the years since she's become isolated and sticks strictly to a routine that prevents her from encountering painful memories of the woman she lost.

Marion Vogt runs a small but well-respected catering service that feeds the elite of Seattle. When Sofia's consumer reporting segment does a story on Marion's company, the two women immediately butt heads. An unintended insult results in a scathing report that nearly shuts down the business. Marion's attempt to defend herself results in a deepening of their conflict until both women are ready to destroy one another.

They quickly find out Seattle can be a very small town when trying to avoid someone. As much as they want to avoid each other, fate keeps forcing Sofia and Marion to cross paths. Before long they realize they'll have to decide if they're going to hold on to bad feelings or risk forgiveness to discover just what they have to offer each other.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Jody Klaire Hindsight (The Above & Beyond #4)


1) This is part of a series, and the best of the series thus far. The writing is exceptional, the dialog purposeful, restrained, important. The setting could have been more clarified, but the writing style keeps one reading until the setting is clear.
2) Interesting read. Great plot and characters. All were well written and developed in depth. Haven’t read the other books in this series but I will bed after reading this one. This one I couldn’t put down.

Jody Klaire Hindsight (The Above & Beyond #4)
Lesbian - Mystery / Thriller
Series: The Above and Beyond Series (Book 4)
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943837287
ISBN-13: 978-1943837281
Amazon: Jody Klaire Hindsight (The Above & Beyond #4)

Aeron is a reluctant empath whose gruff exterior is matched by a big heart and need to help people. She learns more about gifts in every mission with the mysterious organization CIG. When General Ursula Frei goes missing, the Criminal Investigations Group is thrown into turmoil. Aeron and Renee follow the last eyewitness reports and trace Frei's footsteps on a journey that takes them deeper through the hardship and heroism of Frei's old life. But with the Internal Affairs Team digging for answers and the foes from Frei's former life closing in on them, Aeron and Renee have to use all their skills, faith, and cunning to find her. Can they get Frei to safety and keep her secrets hidden? Or will the truth mean that she loses the freedom she fought so hard to have all these years?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Jody Klaire Beached (Île Blanche #1)


1) A charming “Being There” but with lesbians. This story benefits from a good balance of dialog and narrative strength. Some great comedic timing and description of people.

Jody Klaire Beached (Île Blanche #1)
Lesbian - Romantic Comedy
Series: Île Blanche Series (Book 1)
Paperback: 231 pages
Publisher: Independently published (August 27, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1549599003
ISBN-13: 978-1549599002
Amazon: Jody Klaire Beached (Île Blanche #1)

Mable Thompson is trying to keep her family together but she finds herself on the remote exotic island of Île Blanche. Without the advantage of knowing how to swim, working a bar for a suave woman called Jack and face to face with a lifeguard called Chief with a smooth walk and even smoother smile, Mable discovers that she may just be on a spectrum herself... But, with so many wanting to set up home on the exclusive island, will Mable follow her heart and allow Chief to help her to float?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Listen for the Train Rosa Sophia


1) With an authorial voice that is simultaneously sparse and moving, the author brings a fresh and passionate perspective on the subjects of internalized homophobia and spiritual awakening. She owns the page upon which she writes. This story grabs you and doesn’t let go, powered by a believably vulnerable protagonist and the old ideas that keep her heart hidden even when others expose its contents. Keep an eye on this writer as she is bound for greater exposure and appreciation.

Listen for the Train Rosa Sophia
Lesbian - Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
ISBN-13: 9781684310449

Esther's parents never approved of her, and her fear of people discovering she's a lesbian has led to a solitary life. Living alone in an RV park in South Florida, sequestered from the world, Esther thinks she'll never have to face the truth. Until the only woman she's ever loved shows up on her doorstep in the middle of rainstorm.

To make matters worse, Esther's cat, Petunia, mysteriously goes missing. While crossing the railroad tracks to search for her feline companion, Esther steps through a tear in the dimensional fabric. Her carefully constructed world is left behind, and what she discovers is far more than she bargained for...

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Rainbow Gap Lee Lynch


1) Beautifully vivid depiction of Florida wildlife, terrain, weather, and the culture of Florida in the 1950s-1970s.
2) Lee Lynch is a superb practitioner of her craft. Memorable characters overcoming life’s big and little obstacles with dialog that vibrates with authenticity, and plainspoken brilliance, this is a charming love story.

Rainbow Gap Lee Lynch
Lesbian - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626397996
ISBN-13: 978-1626397996
Amazon: Rainbow Gap Lee Lynch

Jaudon Vicker and Berry Garland are polar opposites yet know they are meant to be together. Growing up in steamy backcountry Central Florida, they fight each other's battles: Berry protects boyish Jaudon from bullies, Jaudon gives the abandoned Berry roots. They pledge that nothing will part them, not a changing Florida nor a changing America, not Berry's quest for her spiritual path, nor Jaudon's ambition for her family's business. When the war in Vietnam, politics, police, rough times, society itself, and other women threaten to come between them, their bond grows deeper. In the safety of their secluded tree house hideaway, they learn to dream, dance--and to make love.

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