November 14th, 2019

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Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Midnight Flit by Elin Gregory

Midnight Flit (The Carstairs Affairs Book 2)

"This was such a treat to read. The plot was all I expected it to be, fun, intriguing, quirky, you name it. The author was kind enough to provide the previous book so I could have an understanding of how some of the things that developed in this book happened and to become familiar with the characters as the story started. Besides adoring the main characters, I also loved Emily, Miles Ma, and Pritchard, Miles manservant. They were a lovely addition to the plot. I recommend this one to everyone and will definitely be reading more from this author."

Miles Siward and Briers Allerdale return for another thrilling Jazz Age adventure .

“Silk stockings on expenses.”

Miles’s aristocratic mother has information of importance to the British Government and he must escort her home from Bucharest immediately, but their plans go violently awry and Miles and Lady Siward find themselves on a train to Belgrade - where Miles’s lover is posted. Since their pursuers are looking for a man and a woman, might two women slip past them unnoticed?

"Is anyone on this train who they say they are?"

Briers doesn’t know whether to kiss Miles or punch him but is delighted to accompany him and his mother on their journey. All he has to do is keep an eye open for their enemies - but who exactly are they; the enormous Russian, the sinister priest, the handsome jazz pianist, or maybe the winsome young movie star? And his mother-in-law might just be the most terrifying of all!

All aboard for the ride of a lifetime, with a cast of characters you'll never forget!

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Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A New Beginning for Angelo by Morticia Knight

A New Beginning for Angelo

"I truly enjoyed this historical. It's even more enjoyable to read while seeing the MCs relaxed with their relationship even though it's the 1920s, where being gay is taboo. Being gay and into BDSM was even worst. The story and romance was sweet and fun to read."

A Hampton Road Club story

Angelo wonders if the Hampton Road Club will offer him a new beginning and whether he can love two men at the same time.

Angelo escaped his family’s farm to be with his first and only love in Los Angeles. He meets up with him at Walter’s speakeasy, but their reunion is short-lived when Angelo discovers that his lover is embracing the Roaring Twenties with as many men and as much hooch as he can. With nowhere to stay and no job prospects, Angelo faces an uncertain and scary future.

Ex-prizefighters Bruce and George enjoy their employment at the Hampton Road Club for more than one reason. They can indulge in their passion for sadomasochism and search for the boy who will be the submissive they keep forever. Unfortunately, none of the men at Hampton Road are good prospects. When they run into a forlorn Angelo in the alley outside a speakeasy, their protective instincts kick in. But will they want to do more than just protect Angelo? And will the shy and inexperienced man embrace a lifestyle he never knew existed?

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Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Finding Sanctuary (The Hampton Road Club #6) by Morticia Knight

Finding Sanctuary (The Hampton Road Club Book 6)

"I adored Francesco and Theo as a couple. The story developed quite smoothly and the secondary characters very likable. This is a sweet romance between a rich Hollywood contractor and a homeless hooker/con artist. The story is drama free and quite enjoyable to read. Highly recommended for those who'd like a sweet, quick read."

Francesco might not know a thing about being a submissive, but for Master Theo, he’d be willing to learn anything.

Living on the streets of 1920s Los Angeles and pleasuring men in dark alleys for his survival is not how Francesco had thought his life would turn out. But he’s filled with the hope that someday—if he learns how to be a respectable fellow—he can make a home for himself and maybe even find a man he really cares for who also cares for him. In the meantime, he hustles to get by and looks for the good where he can find it.

Theo’s existence is safe and predictable. He indulges in his perverse nature at his friend Saul’s sadomasochism club on Hampton Road and negotiates contracts for the Hollywood players and studios. When an enticing little grifter crosses his path one day, the encounter unnerves him. Not because he gets conned, but because the refreshingly open and unaffected young man holds a mirror up to Theo’s own dreary existence. Theo might have plenty of material wealth, but his wealth of spirit can’t compare to the delightful Francesco’s.

Theo rescues Francesco from a dire situation and brings him home. If nothing else, he can at least find the desperate young man some decent employment. Instead, they both find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. But until Theo introduces Francesco to what being a submissive means, he doesn’t dare give his heart away. Francesco has yet to discover the secrets that are hidden behind the walls of the Hampton Road Club.

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Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Unrhymables by Denise Duhamel & Julie Marie Wade

THE UNRHYMABLES: Collaborations in Prose

"This was like sitting next to a person who just told you random facts about themselves and other things… Weirdly, I liked it."

"Witty and clever, and, at the same time, incredibly relatable. Each chapter is a riff on a word or concept, structured almost like a conversation between friends. Within a single concept, the ideas range widely and touch on a stunning variety of experiences everyone will recognize, from the mundane to events of lifelong significance. It’s difficult to read it all in one go, as every paragraph-long riff begs to be savored. This is more of a book to sit on an end table, to be read aloud with close friends in short bursts. Truly excellent. I’ll be looking for this in hard copy."

"I enjoyed this book a great deal, and the snippets of prose would make it an ideal market for waiting rooms and the bathrooms of intellectual lesbians. This book was well organized, well written, and overall very well done. I think it has real potential as a specialty book."

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Two American women, born a generation apart, surf the feminist third wave in these thirteen thematically linked and formally innovative lyric essays. Julie Marie Wade was born the day Denise Duhamel took her first college class. Duhamel published her first poetry book Smile! in 1993, the year Wade entered high school. Duhamel's writing helped to shape the third wave of Wade's emerging feminist experience. Wade came of age reading Duhamel's confessional poetry but was also influenced by what James Atlas of The New York Times named "the age of literary memoir" in 1996. As a consequence, Wade grew comfortable genre-bending and writing hybrid prose. These writers met in 2012 when Wade was hired to teach in the MFA program at Florida International University where Duhamel had been teaching for more than a decade. Duhamel was mesmerized by Wade's work, although her own past collaborations had been in poetry. When Wade asked her new colleague why she didn't write nonfiction, Duhamel said, "I would, if I could write it with you!"

THE UNRHYMABLES {COLLABORATIONS IN PROSE} is a dual female reading experience that navigates the social clock, desire across the gendered spectrum, marriage, divorce, fertility/non-motherhood, violence, and body image with humor, poignancy, thoughtful reflection, and striking narrative scenes. Duhamel (b. 1961) and Wade (b. 1979) harmonize their unique voices that bracket "Generation X."

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