November 13th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Lonely Merman (Landlocked Heart #1) Kay Berrisford


1) I greatly enjoyed reading this book. There were so many things to like. On the one hand, it was as if I were reading a contemporary gay romance involving characters interested in conservation and the environment. At the same time, I was reading about magical characters who were hundreds of years old. What a great story set up and great characters. The author did a great job of unfolding this story in a way that was totally enjoyable to read. I'd certainly consider reading more in this series.

The Lonely Merman (Landlocked Heart #1) Kay Berrisford
Gay - Fantasy Romance
File Size: 713 KB
Print Length: 99 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (July 4, 2017)
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Amazon: The Lonely Merman (Landlocked Heart #1) Kay Berrisford

It's Friday afternoon, and the last thing Ben wants to be doing is trudging through a wet forest in search of a public hazard. But duty calls, and turns out more exciting than Ben imagined when he encounters a magical ruin, an enchanted pool, and Lyle—a merman who's cursed to be landlocked many miles from the sea.

Lyle is flamboyant and exciting—he's got tentacles, for goodness sake!—and Ben falls hard. But Lyle's been hurt before and finds trust difficult, refusing even to reveal how to break the curse that imprisons him. Ben's just an ordinary guy, and can't help wondering if he can ever be the hero Lyle needs.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Pat Henshaw The Orpheum Miracle and Frank at Heart


1) Quick and fast paced story, page-turner. I liked the characters and how their story wrapped up in a nice happily-ever-after.

Pat Henshaw The Orpheum Miracle and Frank at Heart (Foothills Pride Stories #6)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 2422 KB
Print Length: 28 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 29, 2016)
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Amazon: Pat Henshaw The Orpheum Miracle and Frank at Heart (Foothills Pride Stories #6)

The Orpheum Miracle

Christmas joy is a matter of perspective. For some, it’s the happiest time of the year. For others, not so much.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mick, the son of crack addicts, isn’t exactly a dyed-in-the-wool Scrooge. Mick’s been on his own from childhood. As a teen, he lived in a shelter, where for a short time he had a boyfriend. After the boyfriend left, Mick moved to the Orpheum Theater. While squatting there and taking care of the grand old building, Mick watched others celebrate the holidays from a distance, never able to share in their merriment.

Only his Technicolor dreams liven his dull, mechanical life until one day the world around him begins to change. Mick is surprised when a man named Jim buys the vintage Orpheum and plans to restore it. Something about Jim makes Mick think they’ve met before. In fact, Jim rekindles Mick’s longing for a better life and a little holiday magic for himself.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar "Bah Humbug."

Frank at Heart (Foothills Pride Stories #6)

A Foothills Pride Story

Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband.

Then handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry, come into his life. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Angel Martinez Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists


1) I very much enjoyed how utterly smooth this book was. The characters were established and differentiated from each other very quickly, and with the engaging voice of our narrator Taro, it was a lovely ride through the journey of a young person trying (however belatedly in Taro's mind) to find out who and what he is. More importantly, who and what he is WITHOUT casting himself against the frame of someone else. The various different settings were dynamic and evocative, the side characters only added to the story, and the mystery was delightful: a little bit of ghostliness, a little bit of whimsy, all enjoyable. And then Jack comes along, and has this hilarious, self-effacing, almost klutzy personality (and by klutzy, I mean with his emotional state much more so than physically, though that element is present as well) that is funny, heartwrenching/warming, and never too much. You're rooting for the two of them right from the get-go. But what impressed me most was the way dialogue was used to explain Taro's asexuality. This part of the book could easily have become preachy or unnatural-sounding as delivered in spoken conversation. It never did. Everything was in character. Everything flowed perfectly. Everything made sense as a conversation, as well as a series of self-realizations for both characters, and that is an extremely tricky juggling act... as well as an amazing skill in a writer. I immediately recommended the book to a friend, and I find myself smiling fondly about it days after finishing it. Well done!

Angel Martinez Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists
Asexual - Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books; First edition (December 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540755878
ISBN-13: 978-1540755872
Amazon: Angel Martinez Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists

A poltergeist haunts Taro, dogging his international travels. It washes glasses, puts dishes away, and even dusts. At least he hopes it's a cleaning-obsessed poltergeist and not his own anxieties burbling over into neat freak fits he doesn't remember. When his property manager suggests he call paranormal expert, Jack Montrose, Taro's skeptical but desperate enough to try even a ghost hunter.

Jack's arrival crushes Taro's hopes of a dashing Van Helsing-style hero. Instead of an invincible hunter, he gets Ichabod Crane. As the paranormal puzzles multiply and Jack begins to suggest the entity might not be a ghostly one, Taro adds a budding friendship with Jack to his pile of anxieties. It's a race to see whether Taro's poltergeist or his relationship with the obviously-not-ace Jack will reach maximum strangeness first.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Heart of the Lost Star (Tales of the High Court #3)


1) I enjoyed this book. I hadn't read any of the Tales of the High Court, but after reading this one I have to go get the first 2. Not my usual reading material, but so glad I as introduced to this series.
2) I enjoyed this book so much I went and bought this and the two other books in the series so I could have them on my kindle…
3) Great series. If the author submit book 4 next year, can I get it? :-)

The Heart of the Lost Star (Tales of the High Court #3) Megan Derr
Transgender - Fantasy Romance
112,000 words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (August 23, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781684310609

Kamir is on the verge of losing everything. Knowing full well he can't meet the ultimatum his parents have issued, he instead finally puts in motion his plans to live completely independent of them. His plans are interrupted, however, by the unexpected return of his despised ex-husband—and thrown even further into upheaval when he ends up comforting the man he's secretly loved for years.

Jader may not know where he comes from, but he knows where he belongs and what he wants—until he helps rescue some stranded Bentan travelers, one of whom looks almost exactly like Jader, throwing his life and everything he thought he knew into tumult. Scared and overwhelmed, Jader flees—and lands unexpectedly in the arms of a man he's always seen, but never really noticed.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Tempeste O'Riley Fangs with a Heart (Chain of Fate #2)


1) This is a cleverly written story by Tempeste O’Riley. Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub. When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win. I read this as a stand alone and I liked the characters Trace and Sasha. Sometimes, it seemed that there was too much focus on the relationships between the lynx-shifters, the vampire world, and wolves, but luckily the story moved on. Sometimes I felt, at least in the beginning, that I didn’t really know Trace and whether I liked him or not but in time I liked his character. It was an interesting shifter meets vampire love story, which I highly recommend.

Tempeste O'Riley Fangs with a Heart (Chain of Fate #2)
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Series: Chain of Fate (Book 2)
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 22, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635335000
ISBN-13: 978-1635335002
Amazon: Tempeste O'Riley Fangs with a Heart (Chain of Fate #2)

Chain of Fate: Book Two

Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub.

When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win.

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