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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Vaulted by E.E. Grey
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (June 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341708
ISBN-13: 978-1622341702
Amazon: Vaulted
Amazon Kindle: Vaulted

Dorian has been working his whole life to make the Olympic gymnastics team and win that elusive all-around gold medal. Just because he’s the youngest, shortest and not the most socially savvy team member shouldn’t warrant all the teasing—bullying, really—he has to endure, especially from Jules Gardner, the former Olympic bronze medalist and current teammate. He’s had a crush on Jules for years, but Dorian isn’t going to let Jules get in the way of his goals, no matter what. Jules, on the other hand, loves to mess with Dorian’s head. It’s fun, like a cat playing with a mouse. Seducing him is even more entertaining. But Jules’ personal coach, Coach Harper, doesn’t believe in pulling any punches when it comes to Jules winning. When Coach Harper begins pushing Jules past the boundaries of good sportsmanship, Dorian realizes something more sinister is going on. And Dorian is the only one who can rescue Jules’ gymnastic career from utter destruction.

Gay Erotic Romance
Consort (The House of Silence 3) by J.A. Jaken
Series: The House of Silence
Paperback: 406 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (March 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341597
ISBN-13: 978-1622341597
Amazon: Consort (The House of Silence 3)
Amazon Kindle: Consort (The House of Silence 3)

On the surface, the business of the infamous House of Silence is obvious enough, but its carefully cultivated veneer of political neutrality is threatened when a lover from Master Charon’s youth arrives with an urgent message from the queen, prompting jealousy from Reiji and putting the whole house on edge. The House’s unique resources are called upon to investigate one of the local cabals which is overstepping its bounds, snatching up disproportionate amounts of territory and capital beyond its domain. When Tam goes missing, Charon and the boys are caught up in a web of intrigue, peril, and sensuality that may end up costing them their lives.

Gay Historical Romance
His Highland Wolf by Kailin Morgan
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (March 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341562
ISBN-13: 978-1622341566
Amazon: His Highland Wolf
Amazon Kindle: His Highland Wolf

Euan, second son of an outcast Highland chieftain, was poaching deer rather than face starvation when a pack of werewolves hunted him down. After pledging his fealty to the pack, Euan discovered his new family was in danger from the political forces aligned against them. While trying to protect the pack, Euan caught a runaway, Tristan, who had escaped him once before. Tristan is carrying a secret that could save or damn them all, but he is also going to change Euan’s life in less expected ways.

Bisexual Erotic Romance
Forgive Us (Deliver Us 3) by Lynn Kelling
Series: Deliver Us
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (May 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341627
ISBN-13: 978-1622341627
Amazon: Forgive Us (Deliver Us 3)
Amazon Kindle: Forgive Us (Deliver Us 3)

To everyone else, Trace is an enigmatic and carefully controlled Dominant. He runs Diadem, a private BDSM club and is a Master and mentor to his fellow Doms and their lovers—Gabriel, Darrek, Ben, and Kyle—while trying to be Master and lover for Micah. Trace is the one they all depend on to step in when anything or anyone threatens his closest friends. But even Trace is in over his head when haunting events of the past endanger all their lives. Trace is forced to call on old connections for help from the world he tried to leave behind—the Master's Circle in England. Tensions rise to a fever pitch as Trace's hidden truths shake up the lives of everyone in his tangled, tight-knit family.

Bisexual Erotic Romance
My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties 1) by Lynn Kelling
Series: Twin Ties
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (February 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341449
ISBN-13: 978-1622341443
Amazon: My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties 1)
Amazon Kindle: My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties 1)

What happens when two different sets of identical twins fall in love with the other? Growing up gay in a small town with no mother, Evan Savage learned the hard way to cherish his secrets above all else. Now he's eighteen, not even his father can hurt him anymore. When his long-lost twin brother Brennan shows up out of nowhere looking for a new home, Evan's world, and his very identity, comes crashing down around him all over again. Evan's twin, Brennan, is searching for sense of connection after their mother's death. Together, frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan, when the two meet Alek and Luka, another set of twins whose love leads them find in each other things they never knew they had lost...and lures them all into danger.

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Breakdown (Don't... 3) by Jack L. Pyke
Series: Don't...
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341767
ISBN-13: 978-1622341764
Amazon: Breakdown (Don't... 3)
Amazon Kindle: Breakdown (Don't... 3)

The evidence is there in his hands: the DVD and notepad convincing Jack that Gray is responsible for his kidnapping and torture, tearing Jack and Jan brutally apart. But with Jack trapped in his own mind, lost to blackouts and self-harming, getting away from Gray must take a back seat to getting away from himself. While locked away in a secret facility run by the Masters' Circle, a new beast is unearthed from the depths of Jack's tormented past. Martin only comes out to play when Jack needs to hide, a psychopath as capable of ruining Jack's life as he is of defending him. Martin is the repository for Jack's most horrifying memories, protecting him from the bloody tasks Jack can't handle. Martin's purpose is to drive everyone Jack fears - or loves - away, before they get the chance to hurt Jack again. Now Jack hurts more than he ever has before, Martin is back, and Jack has to figure out what Martin knows that Jack forgot, before it's too late.

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Antidote (Don't... 2) by Jack L. Pyke
Series: Don't...
Paperback: 406 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (May 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341643
ISBN-13: 978-1622341641
Amazon: Antidote (Don't... 2)
Amazon Kindle: Antidote (Don't... 2)

Videos of Jack having sex with a man who brutally mutilated teenagers for fun should have stayed dead and buried, just like the man who filmed them. So when footage of Jack’s past starts showing up on internet port sites, Jack’s whole world is again turned on its head. At first, the videos merely unsettle Jack’s fire-and-ice world of Gray Raoul’s BDSM kink and Jan Richards’ gentle, vanilla touch. But when the videos of teenaged Jack get more extreme, even Gray becomes suspicious, leaving Jack isolated from the protection of the Masters’ Circle. Jack soon finds himself at the mercy of a group of men set on altering Jack’s perceptions of BDSM as brutally as possible. Jack’s sex life is now on camera for a whole new audience, and the only thing he has left to lose is himself.

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Inherent Risk (Hojer Book 2) by Alicia Cameron
Series: Hojer
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: ForbiddenFiction (October 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162234121X
ISBN-13: 978-1622341214
Amazon: Inherent Risk (Hojer Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Inherent Risk (Hojer Book 2)

Months have passed since Jere and Wren first came to peace with their new life together in the slave state of Hojer. Jere's clinic has succeeded perhaps too well, leaving both men exhausted and stressed. When Jere goes looking for a new slave to help with the business, Wren objects vehemently. He doesn't want to risk the exposure of their secret relationship, much less the forbidden gift he's only just learning to control. Worse yet, the new girl, Isis, is nothing but trouble. Battered, broken, and rebellious, she won't even let Jere heal the most basic wounds left from years of abuse by her previous masters. When Isis lands them all in legal trouble, Jere can no longer afford to ignore the realities of being in a slave state. The three of them will have to work together to fight back. Can Jere confront his public role as a master and still be the submissive partner Wren loves so dearly?

Gay Anthology / Fantasy
Taking Flight: An Erotic Anthology with Wings by D.M. Atkins, Lon Sarver, & Rylan Hunter
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (July 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341724
ISBN-13: 978-1622341726
Amazon: Taking Flight: An Erotic Anthology with Wings
Amazon Kindle: Taking Flight: An Erotic Anthology with Wings

Desire can move the poorest man to take wing. Curiosity can entice the smallest fairy to greatness. Passion can drive the purest angel to fall. And then there's the devils... Flight has captured the human imagination for centuries, inspiring poets and lovers alike to greater heights. Is the exhilaration of soaring better even than sex? Is the ecstasy of a lover's touch worth more than all the feathers in heaven? Is one moment of passion on the wind worth the risk of a lifetime? Here are seven erotic flights of fantasy, from gritty dystopian futures and surreal urban discoveries to mythic romances and fleeting moments of enchantment. Includes: Wingman by Catherine King Valkyrie's Child by Ann Gimpel Underneath It All by Kailin Morgan Devilish Trick by L.D. Durham Falling Into Her Arms by Laylah Hunter Icarus Bleeds by Annabeth Leong Elf Esteem by Nobilis Reed

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Rapture, Sins of the Sinners by Fran Heckrotte & A.C. Henley
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD; First edition (November 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1927282063
ISBN-13: 978-1927282069
Amazon: Rapture, Sins of the Sinners
Amazon Kindle: Rapture, Sins of the Sinners

A serial killer is targeting young lesbians throughout the state of Texas. Texas Ranger Cochetta Lovejoy is assigned to the case. Convinced she knows who is committing the murders; Ranger Lovejoy is willing to do whatever it takes to put the perpetrator behind bars--even if it means stretching the limits of the law by manipulating the judicial system. Detective Agnes Kelly-Elliott is one of Ft. Worth Police Department's finest investigators. When Ranger Lovejoy appears on the crime scene of a recent murder, Agnes fears a dark secret that, if revealed, could destroy her family ties, and end her career. This is a dark, gritty, graphic tale of desire gone awry, and flawed characters looking for redemption in all the wrong places.

Gay Erotic Romance
Lab Rat's Love by Ana J. Phoenix
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 1, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Lab Rat's Love

When Nex blows all his money on drugs and gambling, Kane offers to pay off his debts. But his generosity comes at a price: Nex has to become his lab rat. Kane’s company has developed a sex chip, and Nex is the only eligible test candidate.

Nex doesn’t mind having kinky sex with a drop-dead gorgeous CEO for testing purposes. Even less so when Kane turns out to be all Nex ever wanted in a Dom and in a boyfriend. There’s only one problem: Kane used to live with Nex’s deceased twin, someone who Kane may still be hung up on, even if he denies it.

Still, Nex wants Kane, and he knows there’s only one way to get him: kick the drugs and stay clean--before his addiction ruins the experiment and their budding relationship.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Timeless by Rachel Spangler
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390509
ISBN-13: 978-1626390508
Amazon: Timeless
Amazon Kindle: Timeless

What would you change about your past if you had the chance? What if you didn’t have a choice?

Stevie Geller doesn’t do conflict. She likes her job as a successful novelist and playwright because it allows her to peacefully ensconce herself in her New York City loft, avoid human interactions, and leave personal drama for the page and stage. When her agent asks her to return to her hometown of Darlington, Illinois, to accept an award, she agrees only because he promises the process will be quick and easy. One panic attack and concussion later, Stevie is forced to confront her past in ways that seem to defy reality. As if befriending a social outcast and confronting high school bullies weren’t enough, she also finds herself falling for a closeted teacher. Along the way, Stevie must decide if some things are worth fighting for. In her rush to escape the past, will she leave behind a better future, or are some conflicts really timeless?

Gay Paranormal Romance
Secret Energy (Shifters #2) by Chris T. Kat
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988858
ISBN-13: 978-1627988858
Amazon: Secret Energy (Shifters #2)
Amazon Kindle: Secret Energy (Shifters #2)

Sequel to Secret Chemistry

Shifters: Book Two

When wolf shifter Robin agreed to cover for his older brother Tim and Tim’s lover Jay, he never imagined feeling so stifled. Tim's overprotective attitude suffocates him. Pressure from within—the urge to find his own mate—mounts daily. With a little help from Jay, Robin finally convinces Tim to let him go for a run alone, but he has no inkling that his life will change forever as a result.

Unexpectedly, he finds his mate Peter Brannigan, an old and special soul, and the one shifter who can bring balance to Robin’s life. The new couple spend days together, developing their bond as mates. Yet even as they explore and cement their relationship, crisis looms just ahead when an old enemy of the pack shows up and kills someone Robin loves.

Gay Young Adult
Vivaldi in the Dark by Matthew J. Metzger
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Queerteen Press (December 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 149362279X
ISBN-13: 978-1493622795
Amazon: Vivaldi in the Dark
Amazon Kindle: Vivaldi in the Dark

Out-and-regretting-it comprehensive attendee Jayden Phillips turns his cast-iron plans for life upside-down by falling in love with private-school violinist Darren Peace, a sardonic boy with the craziest hair Jayden's ever seen.

But all is not what it seems, and Jayden's bullying problem becomes meaningless when he is confronted with what the music does to Darren. How do you stop a dangerous depression rooted in the same thing that makes someone what they are? Dark moods, blank apathy, and the undertow of self-loathing all simmer beneath Darren's dry and beautiful veneer, and Jayden feels powerless to stop them.

Then a mugging gone wrong takes the music forcibly away, and Jayden is finally given the chance to change Darren's life -- and, quite literally, his mind.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Jurassic Heart by Anna Martin
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982280
ISBN-13: 978-1627982283
Amazon: Jurassic Heart
Amazon Kindle: Jurassic Heart

When paleontologist Nick Eisenberg learns that someone thinks they have found velociraptor bones in Alberta, his curiosity overrides his desire to stay in London. After all, he’s one of the world’s leading experts on prehistoric predators and has always wanted to look for the velociraptor’s North American cousins. There’s only one problem: eco-conservationist Hunter Joseph. While Nick supervises the dig, Hunter rallies support from the locals to oppose the way the team is destroying the landscape in their search for dinosaur bones.

Nick and Hunter just cannot get along. Hunter is self-righteous and pouty. Nick is narrow-minded and geeky. But they have to figure out how to work on the same site without killing each other, especially since someone else out there seems determined to cause Nick more problems than he could have ever imagined.

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