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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Gay Romantic Comedy
Can This Be Real by L.E. Franks
Publisher: MLR Press
Amazon Kindle: Can This Be Real

Chef Christian De Guisse can't trust a man who doesn't love his food, while Detective Andrew Simmons won't let any man close who thinks he's broken---somewhere between these two points, love is possible, but only if they get real.

When Chef Christian De Guisse accidently outs Celebrity Chef Jordan Slayer during a fight in front of The Times entertainment reporter---it only gets Christian ex-boyfriend status and a one-way plane ticket to culinary exile in Oregon. But a fortuitous meeting with Detective Andrew Simmons at the Portland airport keeps Christian and his collection of exotic herbs out of the hands of Homeland Security, starting the chemistry simmering between them. Andy isn't much of a foodie and for a chef who communicates love through his cooking this may be one hurdle too high...until they're finally ready to get real.

Lesbian Romantic Comedy
That Certain Something by Clare Ashton
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499331185
ISBN-13: 978-1499331189
Amazon: That Certain Something
Amazon Kindle: That Certain Something

Love or money? Follow the head or heart? Pia and Cate seem to be flip sides of a coin. But when they meet they definitely have that certain something, and these questions aren't so simple after a night like theirs. Pia Benitez-Smith has her head in the clouds of ideals and romance. She's a photojournalist out to prove herself with her compassionate eye and although not exactly accident prone, most days trouble seems to find her. On one such day, she literally falls into the arms of the beautiful Cate. Elegant, intriguing and classy, Cate is Pia's polar opposite. When the two dispute the importance of love versus money, Cate is adamant that her perfect night will always be an expensive one. Working class Pia can't resist the challenge and with the assistance of a beguiling summer night in London, she begins to enchant her new friend. An irresistible couple, a charismatic city, a priceless supporting cast - That Certain Something is a sparkling romcom from Goldie award winner Clare Ashton.

Transgender Young Adult
Lessons on Destroying the World by Gene Gant
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (February 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987924
ISBN-13: 978-1627987929
Amazon: Lessons on Destroying the World
Amazon Kindle: Lessons on Destroying the World

Micah McGhee has struggled all his life against prejudice and abuse. Forced to drop out of school after the death of his mother, Micah works full time to support himself and his alcoholic father. One night, on his way home from a party, Micah’s hard life ends when he’s beaten to death by a street gang.

Three days later, Micah awakens with godlike abilities granted by the alien device that resurrected him. His work helping the downtrodden and performing miracles soon earns him worldwide attention—including the notice of conservative Reverend Vaughn Titus. Micah’s friends, devout Christians Antonio and Monica, along with Reverend Titus, urge Micah to use the power of the artifact to impose Biblical rule on the world. But Micah is all too familiar with how Christian law treats LGBT people, and he opposes the idea. When Antonio, Monica, and Reverend Titus gain access to the device, Micah must risk everything to stop them from forcing their religion onto everyone on earth.

Lesbian Historical Romance
The Blue Feather by Karen D. Badger
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (July 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627554
ISBN-13: 978-1935627555
Amazon: The Blue Feather

Cape Cod resident Willow McCord receives a package in the mail from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. In it is an intricately carved brooch in the shape of a sapphire blue feather mounted on a Celtic cross. Suddenly, her life plunges into a whirlwind of motion in which events from her past dictate her future and drag her into a world of danger, mystery, and spirituality. Sawyer Hawksworth is connected to Willow through their joint ancestors. Sawyer has sought Willow out in order to fulfill a destiny left to them many generations earlier. Between past and present, Willow and Sawyer must battle the forces of evil in order to protect the world, while facing the growing attraction between them. Can Sawyer make Willow understand how important the task at hand is to their futures? And will Willow be able to see beyond skepticism long enough to accept Sawyer for what she is? Will their love make them strong enough to win the battle?

Lesbian Romantic Comedy
Happy Campers - Book III of the Commitment Series by Karen D. Badger
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627503
ISBN-13: 978-1935627500
Amazon: Happy Campers - Book III of the Commitment Series

Book III of the Commitment Series. Left anxious and edgy by the events of the previous year, Billie and Cat, along with their neighbors Jen and Fred, take their families on a camping trip in the hope that time together in a relaxed and fun-filled environment will help heal the wounds in their relationship. Little do they know the fates are conspiring against them as they face two weeks of hilarious and unfortunate happenstance that would test the patience of Job. Will they emerge from this adventure with renewed commitment toward love and their lives together-or will the strain be too much to bear? The Charland family returns in this hilarious third book of the Commitment Series, as they venture on a vacation to remember.

Bisexual Mystery / Thriller
Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162024
ISBN-13: 978-1632162021
Amazon: Murder on the Mountain
Amazon Kindle: Murder on the Mountain

When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.

Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim's friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Jaded (Precious Gems Book 3) by EM Lynley
Series: Precious Gems
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982027
ISBN-13: 978-1627982023
Amazon: Jaded (Precious Gems Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: Jaded (Precious Gems Book 3)

Precious Gems: Book Three

Sequel to Italian Ice

Gay-romance writer Trent Copeland finds his life in a rut while his boyfriend, Special Agent Reed Acton, is away on an undercover mission. After attending a special course at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Trent’s eager for another challenge. He jumps at the opportunity for a trip to Japan to oversee appraisals of two art collections to be sold at the gallery he co-owns. But the trip isn’t all cherry blossoms and Hello Kitty. When one of the collectors he meets—rumored to be the head of a Yakuza gang—turns up dead, Trent is accused of the murder and thrown in jail.

Reed drops everything to help find out who really committed the crime. He's in unknown territory in Japan, forced to navigate Tokyo’s sex underworld to unravel the truth and save Trent. He poses as a “host” at a seedy late-night club. When Reed’s undercover activities place him at a ruthless Yakuza leader’s sex party, he must be willing to go to any lengths to secure Trent’s safety and freedom. But trusting the wrong people brings both Reed and Trent to the Yakuza leader’s attention. If they’re ever to have a happy ever after, they’ll first have to call on every skill just to stay alive.

Gay Erotic Romance
If It Drives (Market Garden Book 7) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Series: A Market Garden Tale
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491097
ISBN-13: 978-1626491090
Amazon: If It Drives (Market Garden Book 7)
Amazon Kindle: If It Drives (Market Garden Book 7)

If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it's cheaper to rent it.

After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.

As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realises, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.

Gay Contemporary Romance
General Misconduct by L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 22, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: General Misconduct

A chance encounter, a chance at love…and one heartbreaking choice.

A Conduct Unbecoming Sequel

Ensign Aiden Lange is taking a hike—and it’s not for the pleasure of seeing Okinawa’s Hiji Falls. It’s in the hope that claiming he took a fall on the rocks will cover up the fact he was beaten up in a gay bar. Not a place a Naval Academy grad wants to get caught if he’s serious about his career.

At the end of the trail, a surprise comes with the scenery. A gorgeous young guy in swim trunks.

Connor didn’t come up to the falls to find a man, but he’s instantly intrigued by the ensign with the bandaged eyebrow. A hike turns into dinner, and before he knows it, he’s up to his heart in love with the gentle, infinitely patient Aiden.

It’s a small world, though, and an even smaller island. It’s only a matter of time before they’re caught by a man who’s more than just Connor’s overprotective father. He’s also Aiden’s high-ranking boss. Someone with the power to force Aiden to choose—Connor, or his naval career.

Gay Young Adult
Pray The Gay Away (A Southern Thing) by Sara York
Series: A Southern Thing
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496133579
ISBN-13: 978-1496133571
Amazon: Pray The Gay Away (A Southern Thing)
Amazon Kindle: Pray The Gay Away (A Southern Thing)

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life. When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he's found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew's and fireworks go off. As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack's parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

Gay Erotica
The 42nd Street Jerking-off Club by Mykola Dementiuk
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: The 42nd Street Jerking-off Club

Another masterpiece of Times Square in its gay heyday by the two-time Lambda Award winning author.

I looked out the window on to 42nd Street. The crowd was still walking up and down the crazy, forgotten boulevard. Prostitutes, transvestites, hookers and hustlers of every sort, paraded and marched back and forth on the hectic sidewalk, looking for another trick as they struggled through the dawning hours.

Where would they sleep it off tonight, some shabby Single Room Occupancy where they could just pass out for a few hours of troubled sleep, or in a lavish soft Park Avenue apartment where they could relax and laze in the lovely passing warm morning hours?

New York is like that, seeming to be at one moment a successful businesswoman going after deals, while at other times a deranged whore, slut, trollop, grabbing and stealing whatever she could get from you. I suppose that's why I liked it, the uncertainty of what can suddenly happen, a kiss on the lips or a stab in the back, same difference. In the end, a shrug and another day is stretching, yawning or else going back to sleep.

I noticed the lettered reflection of the window before me, even this high up it showed off what the window contained inside but at this angle, they were all mixed up, a reverse from what they actually spelled. I smiled, the 42nd Street Club, as if someone had forgotten the Jerking-off part.

I smiled again and yawned. Yeah sure, but that's what I'm here for, Jerking-off!

Gay Mystery / Thriller
A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese
Series: The Men of Halfway House
Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Romandeavor, Incorporated; 1 edition (April 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0991457064
ISBN-13: 978-0991457069
Amazon: A Hunted Man
Amazon Kindle: A Hunted Man

After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing. Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely. Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim. These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Season of the Wolf by Robin Summers
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390436
ISBN-13: 978-1626390430
Amazon: Season of the Wolf
Amazon Kindle: Season of the Wolf

Devon James is on the run from a killer who has been hunting her for years. When she discovers the murdered bodies of two co-workers, Devon knows it is time to run again. But before she can run, the police arrive and take her in for questioning.

Jordan Salinger is a Pittsburgh homicide detective on leave after a hostage standoff left her with a bullet wound in her shoulder and an even bigger hole in her heart. When she is called in by her partner to help with an uncooperative witness, Jordan has no idea that the woman holds the key to the murders and to her salvation.

With the murderer stalking them at every turn, can Devon and Jordan overcome the horrors that haunt them in time to save each other?

Gay Fantasy
Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, Volume 1) by Dusk Peterson
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (August 26, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, Volume 1)

"'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.

"Mercy's Prisoner" can be read on its own or as the first volume in the Life Prison series. Friendship, desire between men, and the costs of corruption and integrity are examined in this multicultural speculative fiction series, which is inspired by prison life at the end of the nineteenth century.

Gay Romantic Comedy
Under Pretenses by Jessa Ryan
ebook, 110 pages
Published July 21st 2014 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
edition language: English
url: http://www.mmromancegroup.com/under-pretenses-by-jessa-ryan/
series: Love's Landscapes

Dear Author,
My theater class recently watched the movie Stage Beauty, starring Billy Crudup. I’ve never been so turned on by seeing a man’s performance of “feminine” qualities, movements, and mannerisms. Watching that movie, and already being a fan of the very masculine Mr Crudup, left me so painfully turned on— I was the first to get out of the room when the lights came up!

I just hope no one saw me racing out of the room with a hard on— but they probably wouldn’t be able to guess why, anyway, right?

Wrong. Today I received a package in the mail with these beauties in it— no note, no idea of who sent them. Didn’t let that stop me from putting them on though, and they feel AMAZING. How will I find out who guessed my secret?

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