November 28th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Last Days Linger Johnny Townsend


1) Each story was well written and different, despite the common thread. Thoroughly recommend this anthology.

The Last Days Linger Johnny Townsend
Gay - Anthology / Collection / Contemporary General Fiction
Publisher: Booklocker.com

The scriptures tell us that in the Last Days, wickedness will increase upon the Earth. When the Mormon Church sees a rise in the number of gay members, they believe the end is upon them. But while “wickedness never was happiness,” it begins to appear that wickedness can sometimes be divine. At least, the stories here suggest that religious proscriptions condemning homosexuality have it all wrong. While gay Mormons may be no closer to perfection than anyone else, they’re no farther from it, either. And sometimes, being gay provides just the right ingredient to create saints—as flawed as God himself.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel)


1) This story is so refreshing. Nothing was what I was expecting to be and to be truly surprised this days by a book is probably the hardest thing! I am a fan. Plot, setting, characters: everything was fresh and really new. Nothing sounded like something already read even if fantasy, ironically usually, don't have much space to be really creative and inventive: this book was both. The writing style added to my enjoyament of the book. Job well done for sure!
2) The more I read of this book the more I enjoyed the storyline. I think it will be one of those books where I’ll read it again and thoroughly enjoy it.
3) This started out as a amusing story of a women who starts to feel strange  in a town called Wolf Point, and kept my interest throughout the book. The author clues the reader into what is happening, or going to happen through out the book, making me cheer for the clueless Becca as she bumbles through her change and the changes around her.

Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff
Lesbian - Fantasy
File Size: 1497 KB
Print Length: 271 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Queen of Swords Press; 2 edition (May 15, 2017)
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Amazon: Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff

Becca Thornton, divorced, middle-aged and trying to embrace a quiet life, discovers that there are still plenty of surprises to be had when her menopause kicks in with bonus lycanthropy. And she’s not the only one. The seemingly peaceful and dull town of Wolf’s Point has its own all-female werewolf pack and Becca has just become its newest member. But it’s not all protecting Wolf’s Point, midnight meetings at the Women’s Club and monthly runs through the woods. There are werewolf hunters in town and now they've got Becca and the Wolf’s Point Pack in their sights.

As if that wasn’t enough, Becca’s cute lesbian werewolf neighbor, Erin, is starting to haunt her dreams as well as her doorstep. What’s a newbie werewolf to do, between the hot flashes and the unexpected physical transformations? Can Becca overcome her fears and help the werewolves defeat their greatest enemy?


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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Pictures of you ('90s Coming of Age series #1) Leta Blake


1) This is the best book I have read in any coming of age genre.  I could feel and believe that I was Peter in the story.  His love/hate relationship with Adam and all the secrecy needed to hide the fact that they were gay in a time when this wasn't allowed, tore him apart.  I can't wait to read the rest of the 4 book series so I can see what happens to Peter.
2) A well-written, believable, New-Adult coming-of-age story, that begins a promising series. Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel is a very sympathetic character, with flaws that are both frustrating and painfully real. He's struggling to move on from the friendless, bullied kid he's been in public high school. With a change of schools, he meets a new classmate - charismatic, bisexual Adam. But in 1991, being out as gay is far from safe, and so Peter's joy in a first relationship is tempered by becoming Adam's dirty secret. Adam offers protests of forever love in secret, and a casual friendship in public. The result is a moving, infuriating, realistic tale of a young man trying to navigate the difficult waters of his own needs, his boyfriend's fears, his family's prejudices, and the risks from bullies and homophobic adults. The book's ending is open, more of a new beginning, and I look forward to reading the next installment.
3) Amazing book. I regret having to read it before the other parts are out, waiting is torture for me. Great flow, terrific writing style and yeah this book is all about character development. Not my usual read but it doesnt matter what one's usual read is, anybody can find something to resonate with in its pages. Only reason I substracted a point is because I sometimes wanted a faster plot development but to be fair it isnt about what's happening in particular, it's a book about people and how they feel and react, how they grow from simply living life with all that it entails. This book is brutal on the reader' s heart and I would hate it for how it can hurt if I didnt love it so much. Great job! Great book! Highly recommended. I'm tempted to give it a perfect score.

Pictures of you ('90s Coming of Age series #1) Leta Blake
Bisexual - Young Adult
Series: '90s Coming of Age
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1537740040
ISBN-13: 978-1537740041
Amazon: Pictures of you ('90s Coming of Age series #1) Leta Blake

Growing up gay isn't easy. Growing up gay in Knoxville, Tennessee is even harder.

Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel, a private school senior--class of 1990--is passionate about photography. Peter doesn't have many friends, preferring to shoot pictures from behind the scenes to keep his homosexuality secret.

Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly new guy who doesn't do labels, but does want to do Peter. Hardly able to believe gorgeous Adam would want geeky, skinny him of all people, Peter's swept away on a journey of first love and sexual discovery.

But as their mutual web of lies spins tighter and tighter, can Peter find the confidence he needs to make the right choices? And will his crush on Daniel, a college acquaintance, open a new path?

Join Peter in the first of this four-part coming of age series as he struggles to love and be loved, and grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.

This new series by Leta Blake is gay fiction with romantic elements.

Book 1 of 4.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Ravon Silvius The Storm Lords


1) I do want to note with this book that I was particularly impressed with the handling of one of the main characters' disability. I'd thought it was going to be a minor obstacle at the beginning, but the author showed great care in writing about a disabled person, both with the challenges they go through and the understanding that can make their lives better.
2) Thank you, for another excellent book. I really liked the gradual world-building in this book, both through the narrative and the dialogue. 

Ravon Silvius The Storm Lords
Gay - Fantasy
Paperback
Publisher: DSP Publications (August 8, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635336678
ISBN-13: 978-1635336672
Amazon: Ravon Silvius The Storm Lords

The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.

Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.

Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he's never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he's willing to risk everything.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: C.A. Farlow A Quantum Uncertainty (Nexus Trilogy #2)


1) I think I would have like to have read book one of this series first #1: A Quantum Convergence to get more of the background story on Lauren and Alex. In saying this I enjoyed the read it was very interesting.
2) SciFi through the fresh eyes of a real science person! The story is well-written and reflects some cutting edge scientific applications of theories suggesed as much as a century ago. The characters are a bit self-conscious but likeable. The science is presented in a clear and compelling manner and the SciFi angles are clever and creative. The writing overall is approachable and entertaining. This is the second book in the series.
3) This book left me a bit perplexed, but this is not a bad thing by itself. I loved the first book and this one still have the unique flavour to it. The story keep being interesting and left me with enough on the table that I want to know how things ends. The only two things that could have been done a bit better for me was the difference in pov in some parts of the story and how one of the protagonists seems a bit off center in this one. Everything else is very very very good.

C.A. Farlow A Quantum Uncertainty (Nexus Trilogy #2)
Lesbian - Fantasy Romance
Series: Nexus Trilogy
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (August 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942976488
ISBN-13: 978-1942976486
Amazon: C.A. Farlow A Quantum Uncertainty (Nexus Trilogy #2)

A Quantum Uncertainty continues the adventures of Lauren and Alex. Alex struggles to roundup all the members of Hebridean conspiracy and isolate its leaders. Lauren prepares to become Consort and co-ruler. But she is still plagued by nightmares since her healing and feelings of abandoning her friends in her universe continue. Their soulmate bond continues to grow as do the parallels to the Doouglas and Fraser’s relationship. Alex knows that a true partner-relationship requires each to contribute, sacrifice, grow, listen, and try to understand the other. She is willing to allow Lauren to do and go wherever she needs to heal, as long as she is by Lauren’s side.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: C.L. Etta Love’s Tethered Heart


1) Finally, a story that is really well written.
2) This book was amazing. I don't like crying, so I was kind of afraid to read it, but it wasn't sad. It was inspiring, uplifting, and enthralling. The characters were complex, the plot felt natural, and the backstory rich.


C.L. Etta Love’s Tethered Heart
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635332222
ISBN-13: 978-1635332223
Amazon: C.L. Etta Love’s Tethered Heart

Two years ago Mico and his partner suffered a savage gay bashing that left Mico a quadriplegic—and ended his dreams of traveling the world as an archaeologist. Abandoned by the man he loved, he lives in isolation, tethered to his bed by the machines keeping him alive, with only his caretakers and immediate family as companions.

Assigned to interview Mico and uncover the story behind his assault and his refusal to identify his attackers, journalist Danny is unprepared for his reaction to the fragile enigmatic man. Mico is afraid to let Danny into his life, and Danny is unsure how to change his mind. Mico is also keeping secrets, and he isn’t the only one. Danny is determined to protect Mico, and he’s determined to show Mico that their feelings for each other can thrive amidst the mechanics of Mico’s existence.

If you enjoy romantic tales of heartbreak turned to hope, the life-affirming story of Danny and Mico will make you believe in the possibility of love for everyone—no matter what obstacles they face.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blood Stained Tea (The Yakuza Path #1) Amy Tasukada


1) A love story, a gang war. Written from the third person point of view, this is a very well crafted tale of love, gang warfare, and traditions.  The characters are alive and multidimensional.  The story flows like the water in the canals of the Philosopher's Path.  You are transported to Kyoto and its tea shops, where honor and tradition still reign absolute. The prose is poetic and addictive.  A wonderful tale of lust, love, and the Japanese culture. Amy Tasukada's writing style is crisp and lyrical, like snowflakes dancing in the night. She describes with the same ease and elegance steeping of tea and spilling of blood. Without getting into unnecessary detail, she transports us to historical Kyoto as the background of the war between the Japanese and Korean mafia and the impossible love of Nao and Saehyun. If you are looking for a bittersweet romance, you'll find it here. If you're looking for blood and guts, you'll find it here. And if you are looking for a glimpse into a Japan which very few of us will have the chance to know, you'll find it here. Highly recommended!
2) Blood Stained Tea impressed me from the very first chapter, immediately captivating me and transporting me directly into Nao's world. Amy Tasukada's writing style really allowed me to immerse myself in every aspect of the book, most notably the setting. The novel was also wonderfully paced, always pushing forward while explaining everything, but never getting lost in exposition. There was a perfect balance of action, romance and history built throughout each chapter and I often found myself reading further than intended because I got wrapped up in the plot. I especially enjoyed how Nao's relationship and desire to be with a man was acknowledged but not really a huge issue or something he felt ashamed about. 

Blood Stained Tea (The Yakuza Path #1) Amy Tasukada
Gay - Mystery / Thriller
Series: The Yakuza Path
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Macarons & Tea Publishing (December 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 099786530X
ISBN-13: 978-0997865301
Amazon: Blood Stained Tea (The Yakuza Path #1) Amy Tasukada

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A bloody past haunts him. A devastating present lures him back...

Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan's cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card.

Saehyun would've died if not for Nao's help. He knows nothing of his savior's connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate.

As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he'd all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family.

The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea is the first book in a series of Japanese mafia thrillers. If you like complex characters, blood-soaked violence, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love Amy Tasukada's gritty crime masterpiece.
Buy The Yakuza Path to dive deep into the Asian mafia tale today!

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Edge of a Knife (Flame Cycle) James L. Wolf


1) This had a great plot, one where the eroticism actually helped moved the story along, and a really interesting mythology, but it was the characters who kept me reading. A strong politically charged fantasy with some very clear parallels to contemporary terrorism.

Edge of a Knife (Flame Cycle) James L. Wolf
Bisexual - Fantasy
Series: Flame Cycle
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (March 29, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622343204
ISBN-13: 978-1622343201
Amazon: Edge of a Knife (Flame Cycle) James L. Wolf

Daniil LaChance grew up hard on the streets of the city-state of Allistair. A chance meeting with the shapeshifting Flame known as Knife changes everything when Knife takes Daniil as her apprentice. The promise of initiation as one of the sexual mystics of the goddess Pelin turns Daniil’s life from one of poverty and desperation to one of magic and mystery — and made possible the renewal of a love affair that has lasted many lifetimes. But this opportunity has come in dark times. Mob violence and murder sparked by the resentment of an aggrieved merchant threaten to literally drown the Flame, extinguishing them from the face of Uos. The Emperor stands aside, allowing the killings to go on for his own political gain, leaving the few surviving Flame to provide for their own safety. Daniil and Knife stand alone in the face of a world spurred to genocidal violence, desperately seeking a way to insure the survival of their kind. Knife has a plan, complex and risky, but there’s so much that she’s held back from her apprentice that Daniil doesn’t find it easy to trust his mentor. Daniil must make an impossible choice: Will he initiate as Flame and risk horrible death at the hands of the mob? Or will he go on hiding forever in miserable safety, trapped in an identity he has always known is not his true self?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Tyro (The Dreamwalkers of Larreta #1) Carol Holland March


1) An incredible blend of quantum concepts, action, and spirituality, author Carol Holland March gives us believable and interesting characters and a timeless rich story of triumph.
2) I love the way Ms. March combined old and new with this sci-fi / fantasy piece. Old--lovers from another life time are united once again, melding of current day religions of Buddhism and Christianity, and Native American notions of dreamwalking, and putting it all together with a new twist on each concept.  I thoroughly enjoyed Leo and Jesse's adventures in this book and look forward to the next installment of this epic story!

The Tyro (The Dreamwalkers of Larreta #1) Carol Holland March
Gay - Fantasy Romance
Series: The Dreamwalkers of Larreta
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Ellysian Press; 1 edition (September 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941637329
ISBN-13: 978-1941637326
Amazon: The Tyro (The Dreamwalkers of Larreta #1) Carol Holland March

Larreta, home of the dreamwalkers, is being torn apart. Rifts are forming and swallowing everything in their path. People, structures, entire villages, are disappearing. No one knows where the rifts come from or how to stop them. And they are getting worse. Leo, a Senior Dreamwalker, is recalled from Earth, where he fled rather than face his failures. His heightened ability to connect with the past is crucial to combat the rifts. He’s drafted to train a handsome new dreamwalker, Jesse: a young man whose own talents are part of the solution to stopping the destruction. Together, the two must form a complicated passage through time and space, and they can only succeed with mutual trust. First, Leo needs to overcome his personal demons in order to make the necessary connection. But getting closer is not something he wants to do, in spite of his attraction to Jesse. However, the fate of more than one world rests on their success. And time is running out.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality?


1) "Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality?" consists of essays describing different meanings of equality. Sometimes it's about LGBTQ rights, sometimes it's about understanding people and their various problems. This collection showed me that I still have a lot to do, because even though I fight about equal rights for everyone, there are still issues that I do not think about. There was just one thing missing - I would like to read what equality means to people from the "right side". Still, this book is definitely worth reading.
2) 25 gifted writers give their views on equality.  Always insightful, these personal and often intimate observations give food for thought and some surprises along the way. The struggle for equality goes on despite the steps forward that have been made over the decades. A timely addition to the many essays on this subject. Highly recommended.
3) It is such an important topic. The essays were diverse, well-written and insightful and extremely well-organized and the editing was excellent. I learned so much from this anthology. *****

Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality? Paul Alan Fahey
LGBT - Non Fiction
Paperback
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (January 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925417263
ISBN-13: 978-1925417265
Amazon: Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality? Paul Alan Fahey

In the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King's Stride Toward Freedom and Malala Yousafzai's, I Am Malala, Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality? presents thought-provoking and compelling personal essays that probe a concept professed to be the very foundation of our democracy--a concept that may even be more vital today than in the past. From international bestselling author, Anne Perry who asserts we must look within ourselves to our emotions, experiences, and beliefs before we attempt an honest and truthful answer, to Dennis Palumbo, psychotherapist and author, who claims diagnostic labels used in treating mental illness often stigmatize and dehumanize the patient causing clinicians to view their patients in terms of their diagnosis rather than people, and Barbara Abercrombie, writer and distinguished university professor, who explores ageism as yet another form of stereotyping and discrimination in the language we use to describe older adults. These award-winning and best-selling writers, and twenty-two more, tackle equality across multiple spectrums--racial, social, political, religious, marital, gender--and run with it in surprising directions.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Andre in Flight Laura Lascarso


1) The setting is particularly vivid, particularly in regards to Martin’s living space. I can picture his home perfectly, from the rainbow lantern out front to the paintings turned to face the wall despite the perfect lighting, and attention is also paid to how the house changes along with Martin and Andre’s relationship. The house is almost a character on its own, which makes the ending all the sweeter. Miami itself is equally vivid, if painted in slightly broader strokes, while other locations such as Andre’s initial apartment or Van Laar’s creepy mansion are given details that wonderfully enhance the mood of their involved scenes. While technically the paintings are more setting-accessories than a location on their own, they also bring life and character to any scene they occupy. The paintings reveal more than the characters themselves let on, like the hint of a whimsical nature in Martin’s style or the implied liminal states that Andre exists in as he finds his place in Miami. The evolution of these paintings reflect the emotional arc of the narrative, showcasing the stakes of the climax with Martin’s self-portrait.
2) This was a wonderful story, one left me holding my breath as I read, especially toward the end. It was fantastically well-written, with wonderful, believable characters. I love reading stories about broken and hurt men, in this case, young adults, then see how they build each other/themselves and become happy and whole men.

Andre in Flight Laura Lascarso
Gay - Paranormal Romance
File Size: 1502 KB
Print Length: 134 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (November 16, 2016)
Publication Date: November 16, 2016
Amazon: Andre in Flight Laura Lascarso

When up-and-coming Miami painter Martin Fonseca encounters youthful pretty boy Andre Bellamy washing dishes in the kitchen of La Candela, he swears he’s known him before, intimately. But Andre only arrived in Miami weeks ago, after running away from small-town Alabama and his abusive father. When Martin discovers Andre trading sexual favors for a place to stay, he offers him a room in his studio apartment. As roommates only.

What starts as a playful friendship turns into something more as Andre begins posing for Martin, whose true passion is painting fantastical portraits. Martin’s obsession with Andre grows until they are sharing more than just flirtatious conversation. But when an eccentric art collector buys one of Martin’s paintings, Martin’s past jealousies resurface and threaten to destroy what he and Andre have so lovingly built.

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