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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Grade Level: 4 - 7
Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385376529
ISBN-13: 978-0385376525
Amazon : The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
Amazon Kindle: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

The start of the school year is not going as the Fletcher brothers hoped. Each boy finds his plans for success veering off in unexpected and sometimes diastrous directions. And at home, their miserable new neighbor complains about everything. As the year continues, the boys learn the hard and often hilarious lesson that sometimes what you least expect is what you come to care about the most.

Lesbian Paranormal Romance
The Queen's Curse by Natasja Hellenthal
Paperback: 486 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (March 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1484892909
ISBN-13: 978-1484892909
Amazon : The Queen's Curse
Amazon Kindle: The Queen's Curse

It's time for change! In a country with a cursed justice system, two women; the mysterious Queen Artride and her loyal bodyguard Tirsa, set out on a secretive perilous quest. They hope to find the sorceress, who might just be the only person powerful enough to be able to lift the terrible curse from their land and its people, but she lives somewhere deep within Dochas; the strange Magical Land.
Time is against Artride and Tirsa as they only have three weeks to save Tirsa's teenage brother's life, sentenced to hanging for a petty crime. The women are soon drawn to each other, but can their love ever be? Struggles and questions arise as things get increasingly more difficult: Can they trust one another and the magical creatures they meet who seem to have their own problems?
And more so; will the evil sorceress actually be willing to help them and if so... for what price?
Enter the world that is The Queen's Curse and cling to Artride and Tirsa to experience a mind-blowing, heart gripping psychological drama where nothing is certain.

Gay Fantasy
Into the Wind (Mermen of Ea Book 2) by Shira Anthony
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988750
ISBN-13: 978-1627988759
Amazon : Into the Wind (Mermen of Ea Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Into the Wind (Mermen of Ea Book 2)

Sequel to Stealing the Wind

Mermen of Ea: Book Two

Since learning of his merman shifter heritage, Taren has begun building a life with Ian Dunaidh among the mainland Ea. But memories of his past life still haunt him, and as the threat of war with the hostile island merfolk looms ever closer, Taren fears he will lose Ian the same way he lost his beloved centuries before. Together they sail to the Gateway Islands in search of the fabled rune stone—a weapon of great power the Ea believe will protect them—and Odhrán, the pirate rumored to possess it.

After humans attack the Phantom, Taren finds himself washed up on an island, faced with a mysterious boy named Brynn who promises to lead him to Odhrán. But Taren isn’t sure if he can trust Brynn, and Odhrán is rumored to enslave Ea to protect his stronghold. Taren will have to put his life on the line to find his way back to Ian and attempt to recover the stone. Even if he does find it, his troubles are far from over: he and Ian are being stalked by an enemy who wants them dead at all costs.

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Encore (Blue Notes) by Shira Anthony
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982485
ISBN-13: 978-1627982481
Amazon : Encore (Blue Notes)
Amazon Kindle: Encore (Blue Notes)

A Blue Notes Novel

Cool kid violinist Roger Nelson doesn’t give a damn about anything. Wannabe conductor John Fuchs is awkward, effeminate, and just figuring out he’s gay. Despite their differences, they become friends—then lovers—and after college, they try to make it work. But it’s the 1970s, and Roger can’t bring himself to admit he’s gay. Worse, after his brother is killed in Vietnam, Roger tries to live up to his memory and be the perfect son. Then after suffering one tragedy too many, he makes the biggest mistake of his life: Roger pushes John away.

Through the years, they dance around the truth and in and out of each other’s lives, never quite able to let go. Twenty years later, Roger still carries the pain of losing his dream of a brilliant career with him, while John is a superstar conductor with a wild reputation. John’s off-stage antics get him plenty of attention, good and bad, though deep down, he wants only Roger. Finally determined to hold on to what really matters, Roger asks John for another chance, and when John panics and runs, Roger has to convince him to listen to his heart.

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Dissonance (Blue Notes) by Shira Anthony
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 8, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161818
ISBN-13: 978-1632161819
Amazon : Dissonance (Blue Notes)
Amazon Kindle: Dissonance (Blue Notes)

A Blue Notes Novel

British noble Cameron Sherrington has hit rock bottom. The love of his life, opera sensation Aiden Lind, is marrying another man, and Cam knows it’s his fault for pushing Aiden away. As if that’s not enough, someone is trying to take away his family business, and the US authorities are pursuing him on charges of money laundering. Fearing for his safety and unable to return to London, Cam runs, but he’s too broke to find a place to stay, and his fugitive’s life doesn’t even remotely resemble a Hollywood thriller.

Desperate and betrayed by the people he thought cared about him, Cam takes refuge in the subway station where Galen Rusk plays his trumpet for tips. Though Cam hears the beauty in Galen’s music, it’s Galen’s firm hand on his shoulder that stops him from throwing everything away. Their unusual relationship takes a turn that surprises them both, and neither man is sure he wants the complication. Galen is fighting the ghosts of his past, and Cam has his own nightmares to face. When Cam’s troubles threaten to tear them apart, Cam figures he had it coming—that it’s all penance due for a life lived without honesty or love. But he never considered the possibility that he might not survive it.

Gay Young Adult
Silent by Sara Alva
Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493665901
ISBN-13: 978-1493665907
Amazon : Silent
Amazon Kindle: Silent

Alex’s life as a teenager in South Central LA is far from perfect, but it’s his life, and he knows how to live it. He knows what role to play and what things to keep to himself. He’s got it all under control, until one lousy pair of shoes kicks him out of his world and lands him in a foster care group home. Surrounded by strangers and trapped in a life where he could never belong, Alex turns to the only person lower on the social ladder than he is: a “special” mute boy. In Sebastian, Alex finds a safe place to store his secrets—those that sent him to foster care, and the deeper one that sets him apart from the other teenagers he knows. But Sebastian has secrets of his own, and when tragedy rips the two boys apart, Alex will stop at nothing to find the answers—even if it means dragging them both through a past full of wounds best left buried. It might just be worth it, for the slim chance at love.

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Silence of the Stars by Kate McMurray
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988939
ISBN-13: 978-1627988933
Amazon : The Silence of the Stars
Amazon Kindle: The Silence of the Stars

A Spin-off of The Stars that Tremble

Sandy Sullivan has gotten so good at covering up his emotions, he’s waiting for someone to hand him an Oscar. On the outside, he’s a cheerful, funny guy, but his good humor is the only thing keeping awful memories from his army tours in Afghanistan at bay. Worse, Sandy is now adrift after breaking up with the only man who ever understood him, but who also wanted to fix him the way Sandy’s been fixing up his new house in Brooklyn.

Everett Blake seems to have everything: good looks, money, and talent to spare. He parlayed a successful career as a violinist into a teaching job at Manhattan’s elite Olcott School and until four months ago, he even had the perfect boyfriend. Now he’s on his own, trying to give his new apartment some personality, even if it is unkempt compared to the perfect home he shared with his ex. When hiring a contractor to renovate his kitchen sends Sandy barreling into his life, Everett is only too happy to accept the chaos… until he realizes he’s in over his head.

Gay Erotic Romance
Better Than Friends by Lane Hayes
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988084
ISBN-13: 978-1627988087
Amazon : Better Than Friends
Amazon Kindle: Better Than Friends

A Better Than Story

When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.

Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He’s attracted to Curt’s quick wit and easy manner but most of all, to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey which reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their share of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in a future if they are to have one together.

Gay Paranormal Romance
One Door Closes by G.B. Lindsey
Publisher: Carina Press (June 30, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: One Door Closes

Secrets of Neverwood Book One

Years ago, Calvin Ware found a refuge in Neverwood, a home for wayward boys. Now, following the death of his foster mother Audrey, he's returned to fulfill her request to restore the decrepit Victorian mansion to its former purpose.

Under the threat of repossession, Cal clashes with his foster brothers over restoration plans while fending off the unscrupulous developer who is breathing down his neck. Audrey's well-meaning presence in his dreams does more harm than good as he struggles to cope with it all. What's more, the contractor he hires to get the building up to code turns out to be Will Cabot, his high school flame.

As they begin working together, Cal finds he still has feelings for his first love. But his mistakes of years ago threaten their future, just as they ruined their past, and Cal knows he can't withstand the heartbreak a second time.

Lesbian Historical Romance
Lesbian Lovers throughout Time by Rachel Windsor
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500802751
ISBN-13: 978-1500802752
Amazon: Lesbian Lovers throughout Time
Amazon Kindle: Lesbian Lovers throughout Time

Enjoy all four of Rachel Windsor's wildly popular Lesbian Lovers throughout Time series in one collection! PRAIRIE WOMEN IN LOVE It's hard being a woman in 1870 and even harder if you happen to have feelings for another woman. But that is exactly what is happening to 20-year old Rebecca Wallis. Dropped off at her new life as a schoolteacher after a long wagon trip to Almond, Wisconsin, Rebecca meets Sarah Barton. Sarah is unlike any woman Rebecca has ever met, strong, independent, and she wears trousers! CIVIL WAR WOMEN IN LOVE In the antebellum South, Kenda has grown up as a house slave at the Liston Plantation. Her constant companion, Jane Liston, the plantation owner's daughter, resents her family's status as slaveholders but in the deep south of 1860, little heed is paid to young women and even less so to their ideas. Jane and Kenda realize that what has grown between them has eclipsed childhood friendship but each feels powerless to act on those feelings. When one of their lives is threatened, they are forced to take action...but will the course they choose bring them together at last or keep them apart forever? DAMES WITH DAMES It can be a cold, hard world for a girl on her own in 1940's New York City. Gorgeous Dixie, who could easily be a pin-up model, is passing time as a secretary for a hard-nosed private detective in the city and hoping that something exciting will come her way. When tough girl Shirley walks in with a problem, Dixie's hope is fulfilled beyond her wildest expectations. Quickly pulled into the action at an underground lesbian club, Dixie gets a glimpse into Shirley's world and once that happens, there is no turning back. Will Dixie take a chance with Shirley and disrupt her safe existence? Will Shirley risk rejection with the ingénue when she can have her pick as an early "power lesbian?" Find out in this hot romance! WEST POINT WOMEN IN LOVE In 1976, things were about to change at the storied United States Military Academy. The first female cadets were arriving at West Point and those brave, pioneering women faced obstacles of discrimination and hostility in addition to the rigors of the Academy. Kass Richards and Pam Watkins, members of the first class of female cadets at West Point, find themselves dealing with another issue--a growing attraction to one another. Will their love find a way to survive in the Long Gray Line?

Charities Donation program progress:
408$ Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
1165$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
85$
Australian Marriage Equality: www.australianmarriageequality.org/
70$ Audre Lorde Project: http://alp.org/
312$ BiNet US: http://www.binetusa.org/
150$ CARE: careprogram.org/
125$ The Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
50$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland: http://www.lgbtcleveland.org/
574$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
155$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
75$ Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
300$ The Diversity Center: http://diversitycenter.org/
10$
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia: www.galfa.org.au/
392$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ GLYS: http://www.glyswny.org/
225$ Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
75$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.glbtays.org/
250$ It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
28$ In Other Words: inotherwords.org/
40$
Los Angeles LGBT Center: www.lalgbtcenter.org/
545$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
50$ LEAP: http://www.glbtleap.org/
565$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
50$ MKE LGBT Center: www.mkelgbt.org/
155$ Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ Out Youth: outyouth.org/
50$ Pathfinders: pathfindersmke.org/
260$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
175$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
130$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
929$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
25$
Seta: seta.fi/seta-in-english/
50$ Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
805$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
25$ WayGay: http://www.waygay.org/
225$ You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/
75$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$
You Will Rise Project: youwillriseproject.blogspot.com/p/our-mission.html
1510$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 10698$*

* 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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