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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Francis Gideon

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Other People by Francis Gideon

Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 6, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Other People

Carl Bodewell and John Fitzgerald broke up nearly a month ago, much to Carl’s relief. When he gets a call from his ex, he dreams of telling John off. He’d love to never have to deal with the man again But John has been attacked, and he killed the attacker in self-defense. Now he needs help disposing of the body.

As the two begin to clean up and hide the evidence, Carl thinks back to the beginning of their relationship, their trip to Maine together, and their eventual break-up. Carl has always believed he ended the relationship because John was too clingy. But after seeing the crime scene, hearing the story behind it, and remembering his own past, Carl begins to doubt all the things he used to take for granted. By morning, Carl wonders if seeing other people was really such a good idea, especially if John is really the only man he can depend on.

Transgender Erotic Romance
Born This Way by Francis Gideon

Publisher: JMS Books LLC (May 20, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Born This Way

Jacob Matthews has gotten really sick of confessing his autobiography every time he meets someone new. Ever since coming out as a gay transgender man, Jacob feels as if no one really cares about who he is right now. Instead, they would much rather have access to his past and create another Lifetime movie out of it. The typical transgender narrative, Jacob notes, always ends in surgery or tragedy. It’s been two years since Jacob’s crossed the final marker to become who he is, and he’s running out of options of what to do next.

The only way that Jacob can overcome his own backstory is by blending in. Every Tuesday Night, he heads out to the local gay club called Boy Division and watches gay men from the sidelines. But when Jacob hooks up with a stranger who understands him with just a simple look, Jacob soon realizes that blending into the walls no longer satisfies him.

Jacob soon runs into his old friends at the LGBT community center, where he is forced to reconsider his life beyond rainbow colors and poppy disco beats. In group therapy, Jacob is confronted by the harsh realities of being transgender, hate crime violence, and the dwindling offers for his future. Just before Jacob leaves, his favorite doctor makes him a bet: if Jacob can find someone to connect to, then she will renew his testosterone prescription without question or qualm. She urges him to find some type of community, even if it’s not in the community center’s brightly painted walls.

Jacob takes the bet, figuring he has nothing to lose but his happy ending that may -- or may not -- really exist. He becomes determined to find the mystery man from the club again, even if it means blowing his cover.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
75$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
75$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
100$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
105$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
180$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
210$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
317$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
372$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
425$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
437$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
715$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
772$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 4473$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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