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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Lesbian Non Fiction
Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit by Kim Chernin & Renate Stendhal
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: www.lesbiansexsurvival.com (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615992366
ISBN-13: 978-0615992365
Amazon: Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit
Amazon Kindle: Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit

Now that lesbian marriage and lesbian couples are stepping into full recognition by culture and society, there is more pressure to succeed as a couple – and potentially a family. There is also the invitation to fill the age-old institution with a new spirit and new forms of living.

When you fall in love, you want love and sex, as well as passion and intimacy to be around forever. And why not? Whether you are in a committed lesbian relationship, on the path to marriage or already married, you want to make sure your sexual attraction will never fade. You would like to receive all the blessings of marriage: sex and romance, closeness and tenderness, honesty and harmony… until death do you part.

We all know that keeping sex and romance alive is not a piece of cake. Let this book help you along in the spirit of frankness and humor. You will find stories, reflections, and “love & sex forever” tools.

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
The War Within by Yolanda Wallace
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390746
ISBN-13: 978-1626390744
Amazon: The War Within
Amazon Kindle: The War Within

Meredith Moser served as an Army nurse in Vietnam. She went to Saigon in 1967 looking to help those in need. She didn’t expect to meet the love of her life along the way. Forty-seven years later, a summer vacation with her granddaughter, Jordan Gonzalez, puts Meredith on a collision course with someone from her past and sends Jordan on a journey toward an uncertain future.

When Meredith comes face-to-face with Natalie Robinson, a woman whose heart she once broke, can a love once lost be regained? When Jordan meets Natalie’s niece Tatum, wheelchair-bound as a result of injuries she suffered when her Marine unit came under fire in Afghanistan, will her anti-war beliefs prevent her from falling in love?

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Charm City by Mason Dixon
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162639198X
ISBN-13: 978-1626391987
Amazon: Charm City
Amazon Kindle: Charm City

On the streets of inner city Baltimore, loyalty means more than love. Raq Overstreet has pledged her loyalty to Ice Taylor, the drug kingpin who made her a star. The cheers Raq receives during the underground boxing matches she excels in almost make up for the hardships she has to endure as she establishes her reputation as the most intimidating enforcer in Ice’s crew. Almost.

Raq’s growing feelings for Bathsheba Morris put her loyalty to the test. For the first time, she allows herself to dream of a life different from her own. But Raq’s dream could turn into a nightmare if she discovers Bathsheba is not the naïve newcomer she claims to be but an undercover cop trying to infiltrate Ice’s organization in order to bring him and everyone who works for him to justice.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Scarred for Life by S.L. Kassidy
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (November 16, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Scarred for Life

Dane Wolfe is a loner. Forsaken by her family and betrayed by people close to her, she has lost all faith in people and spends her days wandering the streets with no direction or meaning. She drifts through life, existing and nothing more.

Nicole Cardell is a successful, attorney. She has too much faith in people and is being taken advantage of by her boyfriend, Tyler, Dane’s cousin. She’s tired of his selfish ways and tosses him out. The bad relationship leaves her questioning her judgment.

Circumstances bring Dane and Nicole together and a friendship brings them closer. They’re able to heal each other and bring balance to each other’s lives. Their peace is shattered when family causes trouble and tears them apart. Will they find their path back to each other and to the love that was slowly growing?

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Please Baby by S.L. Kassidy
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500125156
ISBN-13: 978-1500125158
Amazon: Please Baby
Amazon Kindle: Please Baby

Jayce Newtons's life is going downhill after she rescues her little niece from an awful situation. She plans to hold onto her niece and gain custody of her, but there are some factors against her. Her girlfriend doesn't want the baby around. Her mother wants to take the baby from her, and her brother has disappeared. Things only seem to get worse when Gus Tucker comes into her life. Gus Tucker's life isn't going much better. She recently divorced her wife and moved into a new home. She's looking forward to a new start and spending time with her sister. Before she can do that, though, she ends up causing trouble for Jayce Newton, getting her fired from her job and kicked out of her home. She tries to make it up to Jayce by taking her in during her time of need. Now, it's just a struggle to see if they're able to coexist in the same house with a baby between them.

Gay Anthology / Contemporary Romance
Campus Cravings: Higher Learning by Cassandra Carr, Annabeth Albert, L.A. Witt, Sara York, Dalton Diaz, Bianca Sommerland, Whitley Gray, Mia Downing, KyAnn Waters
Series: Campus Cravings
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500953490
ISBN-13: 978-1500953492
Amazon: Campus Cravings: Higher Learning
Amazon Kindle: Campus Cravings: Higher Learning

Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today's hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love. KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake? Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life Cole only has the courage to lust after the swim team from afar. When Seever asks to share a table at the packed coffee house where Cole is studying, he’s sure it’s a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance. Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock Hockey jock and English Lit major Brendan knows he’s gay, but hasn’t come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then he’s tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to score the ultimate goal. Mia Downing: Switching Leads Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U's equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed? NOTE: Volume II contains the other five stories in this anthology.

Lesbian Fantasy
Chronicles of Osota - Warrior by Michelle Magly
Series: Chronicles of Osota
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (July 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 150065227X
ISBN-13: 978-1500652272
Amazon: Chronicles of Osota - Warrior
Amazon Kindle: Chronicles of Osota - Warrior

Alina knew that one day she would return to the heartland of Osota, even after eleven years of isolation. But how could she know her return to the capital would coincide with the arrival of young Warrior-in-training Senri? Beautiful and strong, Senri makes for a pleasant distraction from Alina's troubles. But as the prospective ruler of a nation, Alina can hardly devote time to pursuing a romance. As a new threat looms over the kingdom of Osota, she is left with little choice but to turn to Senri for help.

Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Dark Horizons by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (February 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496096088
ISBN-13: 978-1496096081
Amazon: Dark Horizons
Amazon Kindle: Dark Horizons

Lieutenant Taylor Morgan has never met an ikthian that wasn't trying to kill her, but when she accidentally takes one of the aliens hostage, she finds herself with an entirely new set of responsibilities. Her captive, Maia Kalanis, is no normal ikthian, and the encroaching Dominion is willing to do just about anything to get her back. Her superiors want to use Maia as a bargaining chip, but the more time Taylor spends alone with her, the more conflicted she becomes. Torn between Maia and her duty to her home-world, Taylor must decide where her loyalties lie.

Lesbian Young Adult
Tiffany and Tiger's Eye by Foxglove Lee
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Prizm (February 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610406575
ISBN-13: 978-1610406574
Amazon: Tiffany and Tiger's Eye
Amazon Kindle: Tiffany and Tiger's Eye

How many secrets can a family keep? If there's one thing Rebecca knows, it's how to keep her problems under wraps. It's easy to keep your mouth shut when you have no friends. But with a rock-and-roll dad who drinks too much and a mom who works day and night, Rebecca needs a sympathetic ear. That's why she tells her troubles to Yvette, an antique doll that once belonged to her grandmother. In the summer of 1986, after her father's strange disappearance, Rebecca and her little brother are sent to stay at "the cottage" with Aunt Libby and Uncle Flip. It's more like a brightly-painted storage locker than a cottage, but Rebecca's relieved to get away from the city. And her relief grows to bliss when she meets Tiffany, a water-skiing blonde who dresses like Madonna, makes her own jewelry, and claims to see auras. But strange things happen at the cottage when Rebecca spends time with Tiffany. Her aunt and uncle are convinced she's acting out -- and she'd have good reason to, considering they obviously know where her father is and won't say -- but she can't seem to convince them she isn't the one trashing her bedroom and setting fires. As crazy as it seems, Yvette must be the culprit. There's nothing more dangerous than a jealous doll that knows all your secrets...

Lesbian Fantasy
The Second Sister (Amendyr Series Book 1) by Rae D. Magdon
Series: The Amendyr Series
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499127065
ISBN-13: 978-1499127065
Amazon: The Second Sister (Amendyr Series Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: The Second Sister (Amendyr Series Book 1)

ELEANOR OF SANDLEFORD'S entire world is shaken when her father marries the mysterious, reclusive Lady Kingsclere to gain a noble title. Ripped away from the only home she has ever known, Ellie is forced to live at Baxstresse Manor with her two new stepsisters, Luciana and Belladonna. Luciana is sadistic, but Belladonna is the woman who truly haunts her. When her father dies and her new stepmother goes suddenly mad, Ellie is cheated out of her inheritance and forced to become a servant. With the help of a shy maid, a friendly cook, a talking cat, and her mysterious second stepsister, Ellie must stop Luciana from using an ancient sorcerer’s chain to bewitch the handsome Prince Brendan and take over the entire kingdom of Seria.

Lesbian Fantasy
Wolf’s Eyes (Amendyr Series Book 2) by Rae D. Magdon
Series: Amendyr
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 150082870X
ISBN-13: 978-1500828707
Amazon: Wolf’s Eyes (Amendyr Series Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Wolf’s Eyes (Amendyr Series Book 2)

CATHELIN RAYBROOK has always been different. She Knows things without being told and Sees things before they happen. When her visions urge her to leave her friends in Seria and return to Amendyr, the magical kingdom of her birth, she travels across the border in search of her grandmother to learn more about her visions. But before she can find her family, she is captured by a witch, rescued by a handsome stranger, and forced to join a strange group of forest-dwellers with even stranger magical abilities. With the help of her new lover, her new family, and her eccentric new teacher, she must learn to gain control of her powers and do some rescuing of her own before they take control of her instead.

Lesbian Anthology / Contemporary Romance
All you can Eat, A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance by R.G. Emanuelle & Andi Marquette
Publisher: Ylva Publishing (August 20, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: All you can Eat, A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance

Chef R.G. Emanuelle and sous chef Andi Marquette locked themselves in the kitchen to create a menu that would explore the sensuous qualities of food and illustrate how the act of preparing and eating it can engage many more senses than simply taste and smell. They gathered a great group of cooks who put together an array of dishes, and they present to you here a menu that ranges from sweet and romantic to sultry and seductive, from relationships enjoying a first taste to those that have moved beyond the entrée.

Each story also ends with a recipe. Some of these require cooking implements while others are whimsical accompaniments that don’t require cooking at all—at least not in the traditional sense. After all, food serves as more than sustenance—it’s a trigger for love, laughter, sex, pleasure, and carnal and sensory satisfaction. Whatever your palate prefers, you’re sure to find something tasty here.

The menu includes dishes by Ashley Bartlett, Historia, Jae, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Cheyenne Blue, Karis Walsh, Victoria Oldham, Cheri Crystal, Andi Marquette, Jove Belle, R.G. Emanuelle, Sacchi Green, and Yvonne Heidt.

Gay Historical Romance
Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987703
ISBN-13: 978-1627987707
Amazon: Forever Hold His Peace
Amazon Kindle: Forever Hold His Peace

Sequel to Duty to the Crown

The Crofton Chronicles: Book Three

Sebastian Hewel has never been happier. But his life playing the role of his twin sister Bronwyn, the wife of Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, is about to change. Rumors abound that Bronwyn is using witchcraft to enthrall her husband, and false evidence has been found. Practicing witchcraft is a crime that could have Bronwyn brought in for questioning by the sheriff, and that would reveal Sebastian and Anthony's secret.

Together they must decide whether it is time to lay Bronwyn to rest. Anthony intends to ensure that whoever implicated Bronwyn pays for the treacherous deed. Whatever happens, Sebastian and Anthony must prepare to face an unknown future together.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

Gay Erotic Romance
Finally Home (The Traveler and the Tourist Book 2) by Zee Kensington
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627989064
ISBN-13: 978-1627989060
Amazon: Finally Home (The Traveler and the Tourist Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Finally Home (The Traveler and the Tourist Book 2)

Sequel to Krung Thep, City of Angels

The Traveler and the Tourist: Book Two

After one night in Bangkok turned into ten days trekking together, novice backpacker Marco and seasoned travel writer Chris parted ways thinking they’d never see each other again. Three months later, Marco still can’t forget the greatest adventure of his life—or the gorgeous guy he shared it with. Too afraid to come out to his family, Marco is suffocating in his suburban Southern California life, until Chris announces he’s coming to LA.

Chris has spent the past four years wandering alone, rebuilding himself from the ashes of a failed journalism career. He arrives in Los Angeles eager to eat, write, and resume the sexy, casual fun he had enjoyed with Marco. But when Chris finds his friend is a terrified closet-case at home, he’s determined to help Marco confront his fears.

Priorities change when Chris’s father suffers a stroke, and Chris rushes to New York City to face a harsh homecoming with the family he abandoned. When Marco defies his parents to be at Chris’s side, Chris begins to realize there may be more to their relationship than just work and play, and that Marco may be the one to show Chris what it means to finally be home.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Sunset Island (Friends Series Book 1) by AJ Adaire
Series: Friends Series
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (September 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494426072
ISBN-13: 978-1494426071
Amazon: Sunset Island (Friends Series Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Sunset Island (Friends Series Book 1)

Ren Madison is certain her life couldn't be more perfect. She owns a private island with an Inn off the coast of Maine. She treasures her loving relationship with her older brother Jack, his wife, Marie, and dotes on her niece Laura. She has a passionate and supportive relationship with her partner, Brooke, and a successful business that doesn't require her undivided attention allowing her ample time to pursue her true passion, painting. Ren's idyllic world crumbles when Brooke dies. Friends and family worry that Ren may never fully recover from her loss. Dr. Lindy Caprini, a multi-lingual professor, is looking for an artist to illustrate the book she is writing comparing fairy tales from around the world. To make working together on on the book easier, Lindy takes a year sabbatical and leaves friends, home, and boyfriend in Pennsylvania and moves to Ren's island. Ren soon discovers that the beautiful and mischievous Lindy is a talented author and a witty conversationalist. Their collaboration on the book leads to a close, light hearted, and flirtatious friendship. Will their collaboration end there?

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