December 1st, 2017

andrew potter

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: How We Love Michael Ryan Webb


1) This story was amazing.  I had me laughing and crying.  Such good work.
2) Wow! What a story! What a ride! This book was well written with a lot of care. The research was truly well done and makes me wonder if the author is OCD as well ;) . That's how well illustrated I found it. The characters, Mark and Adam couldn't be more different even if they tried not to be. The depression was portrayed spot on. Truly an enjoyable story that'll make you laugh, cry and brood (at Adam) at times. Yes, Adam, who I wanted to grab and shake so many times throughout the story. This is an enjoyable read by a newly published author. I hope to read more books from him in the near future. Well done!
3) With realistic portrayal of mental health and illness and authentic characterisation, this novel is hard going at times but worth it in the end.


How We Love Michael Ryan Webb
Gay - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 197371888X
ISBN-13: 978-1973718888
Amazon: How We Love Michael Ryan Webb

Mark and Adam had been happily married for five years and together for over 15. Things were going well for them. But when Mark spiraled into mental illness after his father died, their marriage was strained in a way that Adam can no longer bear. Now separated, they have to learn to live life alone for the first time. Faced with uncertain futures, can they overcome their differences and learn how to love each other again? Or has their tie to each other been severed forever? From alternating perspectives, join them on their journey of love, loss, heartache, and healing.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Art of Three Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese


1) I was smitten by this book and couldn’t put it down. The authors are fantastic storytellers, navigating the reader through complex emotions, varied landscapes, jet-setting life-styles and the social minefield of colleagues, family, neighbors, and the Church. The plot races on, slowing down for the tender parts where love and affection blooms unfettered by extra words, and by extra physical descriptions of sex. I noticed the lack of on-screen intimacy, but didn’t miss it. In fact, the already complex plot would’ve been all-too busy with extra thrown in. I recommend this book without reservations.
2) Utterly fascinating story of three romances and one marriage, each brought to life with deftly written characters, who populate a tale of romance, lust, and humor. As the trio of unplanned lovers find their lives coming together in more ways than one, the reader will not be able to close the book until the last word is read.
3) This book had wonderfully complex characters, rich, colorful descriptions, a complex and interesting storyline, and good dialog. I really didn't want to put it down!

The Art of Three Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Bisexual - Contemporary Romance
Paperback
Publisher: Avian30 (March 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1946192015
ISBN-13: 978-1946192011
Amazon: The Art of Three Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he's relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar.

British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have more sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good judgement isn't one of the qualities for which he's known.

Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret about her husband's newest conquest. She's busy planning her daughter's wedding at the family's farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides, she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years; she's content to let him make his own bad choices.

But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum, Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: #Trans Evelyn Deshane


1) Trans was somewhat painful to read - not by any fault of the author but as a collection of difficult and heartfelt stories it was heart wrenching, but I felt it was a book that needed to be written and will be loved by many.
2) I rather like that each piece was allowed to create it's own setting. The diversity of the pieces was part of the power of the book. The voice of each essay allowed me to glimpse into different worlds and gave me a clearer understanding of many things.
3) #Trans brings use collection of genuine stories from transgender and non-binary writers who share their heartfelt experiences and insightful thoughts on identity formation and how it has been impacted by technology, film, literature, social media, and music. Well written and edited, this is a must read for youth and adults.
4) #Trans is by turns academic, thoughtful, and provocative, providing insights and deconstruction of what it means to occupy a body in space and time... and how the internet has made it more possible than ever to find the others asking those same questions.
5) Thought provoking and informative, well written and edited, I really loved this book. It sparked quite a few family discussions! 

#Trans: an anthology about transgender and nonbinary identity online Evelyn Deshane
Transgender - Non Fiction
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1543175880
ISBN-13: 978-1543175882
Amazon: #Trans: an anthology about transgender and nonbinary identity online Evelyn Deshane

#Trans is an essay collection featuring the works of twenty transgender and nonbinary writers as they share their experiences with online communities, video games, and dating apps--among other technologies. Each author's experience of their identity breaks away from the typical transgender narrative that is predominantly hung up on surgery and medical intervention. While that aspect is still a part of the story for some of these writers, surgery has never been the sole inspiration which pushes these writers forward. Whether it was the love of a particular movie, the desire to share a feeling on social media, or a song they couldn't get out of their heads, these twenty writers' experiences of their identity have been shaped by media, technology, and the internet. And now, #Trans is ready to share with all of you. Authors include YouTuber Skylar Kergil, academic Evelyn Deshane, Latinx writer Ariel Estrella, micro-memoirist Erika D. Price, anthropologist Harlow Figa, poet mud howard, LGBTQ romance author J.K. Pendragon, and many more.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Reeve of Veils (Inheritance #4) Amelia Faulkner


1) A deftly spun narrative weaving together threads of addiction, control, trust, and cycles of abuse, Reeve of Veils fits into the tapestry of the Inheritance universe while revealing the gnarled threads on the reverse side, a real shock for anyone who's read Knight of Flames. One of the only portrayals of an aromantic main character in an M/M love story, and a hard look at the grey morals that creep into life as an isolated psychic. When I was asked to review book 4 in this series for The Rainbow Awards I decided to treat myself to reading the first 3 back-to-back. I had read another series by this author but not this one, I expected good things. I was not disappointed. For me, this author's writing style and use of vocabulary is a great treat. Throughout the series, each chapter and page stands alone offering something to enjoy whether it be thought-provoking, funny, insightful, or just elegantly written prose. She's excellent at making the reader feel what the characters feel. Thoroughly recommended!

Reeve of Veils (Inheritance #4) Amelia Faulkner
Bisexual - Alternative Universe/Reality
Series: Inheritance
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 23, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1546900160
ISBN-13: 978-1546900160
Amazon: Reeve of Veils (Inheritance #4) Amelia Faulkner

Vengeful. Telepath. Mastermind.
Frederick d'Arcy is determined to uncover the truth of his mother's untimely death, so when he finally locates his missing brother Quentin - the only potential witness - he drops everything and travels to San Diego, but Quentin is embroiled in a different mystery, and Frederick finds himself sucked into a world more dangerous than he likes.
Dealer. Loser. Pessimist.
Mikey Brennan is an absentee in his own life. He always thought dealing in whatever his customers wanted to buy would make him a rich man, but instead he's working real hard just to stay still. When he's kidnapped by a hot British guy who only sees him as a plaything, Mikey must choose whether that's better than going back to his own miserable existence.
Divided we stand.
With Kane Wilson threatening to out psychics across the city and endangering anyone who gets close, a deadly game of cat and mouse plays out as Frederick manipulates events toward the retribution he seeks. But in plucking Mikey off the street, he may just have found something better than revenge.
Maybe even something worth fighting for...
Reeve of Veils is the fourth book in the Rainbow Award winning Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers. It has a medium heat rating and a cliffhanger ending.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Exposed Bey Deckard


1) A beautiful May - December romance with two well-developed main characters, and a great read all around, very well-written. 

Exposed Bey Deckard
Gay - Erotic Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 154465510X
ISBN-13: 978-1544655109
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With middle-age looming, Greg offsets his boring day job with what truly feeds his soul: photography. The camera is an extension of himself where he exposes his passion for the intersect of pleasure and pain. However, the lens also acts as a barrier, protecting his subjects from the shameful mistakes of his past, and Greg is left isolated and lonely. Emyr stands on the cusp of fame, but adulation and abuse are both eroding his confidence, and one night, at the river’s edge, he seeks solace in the rain, hoping to hide his tears. The photographer and the virgin rock star share an accidental connection on that dark, drizzly night. When Greg invites Emyr back to his hotel room, no strings attached, the young man should have bolted. Instead, an odd sense of trust allows him to follow Greg’s lead. When the camera comes out, Emyr learns the stage isn’t the only place he loves to perform as Greg touches something inside him that rarely awakens. Faced with a beautiful, talented boy whose soul is as lonely as his own, will Greg be able to face his past and come to terms with it, or will he run from the connection he so desperately desires?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Portal: The Chronicles of Caymin Caren J. Werlinger


1) Caren Werlinger continues to amaze with her dragonmage and dragon fantasy filtered through classic archtypes and tropes about good versus evil, information versus ignorance and faith versus magic. A solid contender for Best of the Best.
2) Beautifully crafted, great exploration of themes, and wonderfully original. I actually went and bought book 1 after reading book 2 (and it's a testament to the writing that I wasn't lost even though I hadn't read book 1).

The Portal: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga #2) Caren J. Werlinger
Lesbian - Fantasy
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Corgyn Publishing (November 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996036881
ISBN-13: 978-0996036887
Amazon: The Portal: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga #2) Caren J. Werlinger

The Portal: The Chronicles of Caymin The Dragonmage Saga continues as Caymin and Péist return to Ireland. Together, mage and dragon seek allies to try and stop a pending war with a fanatical monk determined to rid Éire of magic. But the spreading tide of Christianity isn’t the only threat. An ancient evil – one that dates back to the last dragon war a thousand winters ago – threatens the present. The Portal into the otherworld is the only way to the past, but the otherworld is the realm of the gods and goddesses and other creatures of the old stories, and it is not forgiving to those who do not belong. Caymin and Péist soon learn that, in the otherworld, the deepest desires of their hearts become traps. While there, the young dragonmage and her dragon realize they are pawns in a struggle for power that was set in motion long before they were born. Even those they trust have been using them. Only through their bond with each other can they hope to survive to the trials awaiting them and find their way back through the Portal to this realm. But returning may not be an option if they have to sacrifice all to bring peace to a world that no longer holds a place for dragons and mages. Book Two in The Dragonmage Saga

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