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2014 Rainbow Awards Submissions

Gay Contemporary Romance
Summer Son by Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Summer Son

Ellis Broad never imagined he would end up a single father before he turned twenty-nine. Then again, most of his expectations for the future evaporated when his husband of three years filed for divorce, leaving Ellis as their six-month-old son Harrison's only parent. After the divorce Ellis hides, working from home on his small graphic design business so he can be a full-time dad. He succeeds until Zane Hadlin stumbles into his life.

Zane is everything Ellis desires and everything he fears at the same time. A former gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, Zane turned his life around after his older brother was killed in a shooting. Now an artist, Zane shows Ellis a path back into the world and all he's been missing out on.

The only problem is, Ellis's ex-husband hasn't quite gone for good, and his digging into Zane's past could drag up secrets no one is prepared to deal with.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Solitude by Anna Martin & Tia Fielding
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161605
ISBN-13: 978-1632161604
Amazon: Solitude
Amazon Kindle: Solitude

When his whirlwind life in LA became too much, Liam Barton escaped to Solitude, a Utah ski resort. Not only did Liam leave his career as a gay porn star, he said good-bye to Gael Torres, his costar at Woodspring Manor Entertainment.

Rumors run rampant that Liam is dead. But Gael doesn’t believe the gossip. Knowing something is wrong with Liam, Gael hunts him down to get his answers.

Liam is shocked when Gael turns up in Solitude and takes up residence. To Liam's chagrin, Gael is determined to stick around to help Liam through whatever spooked him enough to run away. As Gael breaks through Liam’s armor, both men begin to realize that no matter what life throws their way, they don’t have to deal with it alone.

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
The Heat of Angels by Lisa Girolami
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390428
ISBN-13: 978-1626390423
Amazon: The Heat of Angels
Amazon Kindle: The Heat of Angels

In the City of Angels, K9 police officer Chris Bergstrom keeps herself safe by following her instincts. Across town, Sarah Pullman also lives by her instincts since that horrible day when her life was almost snuffed out. When they meet, their attraction is stronger than anything they’ve ever experienced. But Chris’s black-and-white world view clashes with Sarah’s all gray world of identity confusion and distrust. They’ll need more than their gut feelings to navigate the fragile relationship they so intensely desire. Set against the turbulent backdrop of Los Angeles during fire season, Chris and Sarah struggle with the realities of their pasts and the necessity of defying their long-standing beliefs. In order to overcome their conflicts, they will have to step out of their self-imposed cocoons, take a real look at themselves, and find the strength to walk through the fire.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Enough by Matthew J. Metzger
Publisher: Breathless Press (May 22, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Enough

Jesse can do the math: Ezra's perfect, he isn't, and this relationship is doomed. Until the accident forces Jesse to recalculate.

Jesse has never had a real boyfriend before. He's a firefighter, and that's all that anyone's seen before—a quick and thrilling screw, and a story for the future. So when he lands Ezra Pryce, the most beautiful man in the whole of Brighton, Jesse can't quite understand why Ezra is still here eight months down the line.

Not that he's going to complain. Ezra's sexy, sarcastic, and doesn't treat Jesse like he's stupid, but Jesse can do the math. Ezra is nothing short of perfection; and Jesse falls a very way short of it. Jesse isn't going to be enough for someone like Ezra in the long run, and he is living—and loving—on borrowed time. When a disastrous weekend in Norwich introduces Jesse to the staunch disapproval of Ezra's family and the six-pack of his ex-boyfriend in one fell swoop, Jesse's fate is sealed. He cannot hope to live up to an ex who has every intention of getting Ezra back, and all the looks and charm to do it too. Jesse is not enough for Ezra and he's never going to be.

Until the accident forces Jesse to re-evaluate, and shows him exactly what he looks like through Ezra's eyes.

Bisexual Romantic Comedy
Stuff (The Bristol Collection) by Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 27, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Stuff (The Bristol Collection)

When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.

The Bristol Collection, Book 2

Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret.

When he loses his job and his flat on the same day, his world starts unraveling…until he stumbles across a vintage clothing shop. Now to convince the reclusive, eccentric owner he’s in dire need of a salesman.

Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. Truth be told, he’d rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. When Mas comes flaming into his life talking nineteen to the dozen, he finds himself offering him a job and a place to live.

He should have listened to his instincts. The shop is already financially on the brink, and Mas’s flirting makes him feel things he’s never felt for a man. Yet Mas seems convinced they can make a go of it—in the shop, and together.

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988599
ISBN-13: 978-1627988599
Amazon: The Last Thing He Needs
Amazon Kindle: The Last Thing He Needs

Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he's managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.

Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn't belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

Tommy isn't used to trusting outsiders, and he's never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O'Shea family and threatens everything he's fought for, he'll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.

Lesbian Fantasy Romance
FutureDyke by Lea Daley
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (March 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594933944
ISBN-13: 978-1594933943
Amazon: FutureDyke
Amazon Kindle: FutureDyke

It was a desperate choice. Stay and die, or accept cryosleep and wake in the near future cured. Leslie Burke chose to sleep.

She awakens to the unthinkable—four thousand years and more have passed. Leslie and others like her are revived as scarcely tolerated refugees from the past.
Beset with loneliness and confusion, Leslie grapples with the enormity of the changes around her. Faxims live alongside humans, but she quickly realizes that the greed and duplicity of the human heart haven’t changed.

Concerned only with finding a place for herself in a new world, Leslie can’t fathom why she is singled out for scrutiny by the ruling Council. Who can she call friend? How can she trust her own heart, especially regarding the alluring—but not quite human—Aimée?

Gay Historical Romance
Tournament of Shadows by S.A. Meade
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (March 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781847533
ISBN-13: 978-1781847534
Amazon: Tournament of Shadows
Amazon Kindle: Tournament of Shadows

In a shadowy game where defeat can mean death, a deal with the enemy can change things forever. In 1842, Captain Gabriel O'Riordan of the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars is sent on a mission to Bukhara. His task—to try to free two of his compatriots from the clutches of a mentally unstable Emir. On his way, he encounters Valentin Yakolev, an officer in the Russian Army, who is also on a mission—to persuade the Emir that an alliance with Russia would be in his best interests. Gabriel, disguised as a holy man, is not happy to be the object of Yakolev's intense scrutiny. After all, he's working for the opposing team in the Great Game being played between their two nations. When Gabriel realises that his mission is little more than a forlorn hope, a game he has no chance of winning, he's desperate enough to turn to Valentin to help and offer him anything in return. What he doesn't expect is to have his plans to return to Calcutta scuppered by events. Instead, he and Valentin flee north, fighting off bandits, their desire for each other and the hardship of desert travel. Their travails bring them closer together until a secret from Valentin's past tears them apart. Can they set the past behind them and move on together?

Gay Paranormal Romance
Brian's Mate by Hollis Shiloh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Brian's Mate

Brian is the alpha of the least impressive pack of wolves at the whole Moon Ceremony. When a human is discovered uninvited in their midst, he bonds with the man to save his life.

Luke doesn't know about all this wolf stuff, but he’s starting to develop feelings for the gentle man who rescued him. Both Brian and Luke expect to quietly dissolve the bond later. But feelings intervene, and some bonds are not so easy to cast aside.

Building a life together as alphas will take love and hard work—especially when new wolves keep inviting themselves into their lives.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Rescued by Felice Stevens
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (August 19, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Rescued

Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection. His parents rejected him because of his sexuality and his lover decided drugs were more important than his love. The only bright light in his life is his younger brother and his rescued pit bull, But now his mother's punishment for the lifestyle she doesn't approve of has cut him off from his brother he loves so desperately. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. Her ultimatum to get married pushes him to break off their relationship and he's determined not to jump into the dating scene. When a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he calls the neighborhood rescue for help.

After adopting one of the dogs, Jason finds he can't forget Ryder, and the two become fast friends. Then one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. After Jason devises a plan to bring Ryder and his brother together, they can no longer deny the passion between them. Will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the gender?

Gay Young Adult
You're Always in the Last Place You Look by T.N. Gates
Publisher: T.O.S.O.L Books (August 31, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: You're Always in the Last Place You Look

Gabriel is solitary by design, not by choosing. He has a few friends—okay, one real friend and his roping partner. But being the town pastor’s son isn’t easy. Not to mention he’s sure he was born askew, without the ability to experience life the way others seem to. It is the only explanation he has for why he isn’t like everyone else.

But when he rescues Zane, a misplaced city boy dressed in tattoos and leather, from a killer bumblebee, he experiences more than he expects.

Zane shows Gabriel that sometimes the path you’ve chosen isn’t set in stone, and more times than not, you’ll find yourself in the last place you look.

Bisexual Erotic Romance
Bali Nights by Giselle Renarde
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Xcite Books (April 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1783754478
ISBN-13: 978-1783754472
Amazon: Bali Nights
Amazon Kindle: Bali Nights

Do Beach Boys really exist?

They're said to be hot young surfers who sell their bodies on the sandy shores of Bali--and not to other men, oh no. Beach Boys specialize in seducing women.

According to Kimmy, Beach Boys are not only real, but they're Bali's top tourist attraction. And she should know, considering she hired one last time she vacationed there. How she convinced co-worker Shandra to fly halfway around the world just to pay a guy for sex, Shandra will never know... until their first day in Bali, when she falls for Man: tall, dark, handsome, and on the make.

There's something different about Man--he's nothing like the guys back home. Shandra can tell him things she's never shared with anyone, shed her inhibitions, and abandon herself to the best sex of her life. Now she understands why Kimmy was so anxious to return to her Beach Boy, Budi. With Man's encouragement, Shandra surrenders to a lust for men (and women) she's long denied.

But there's more to a Beach Boy than meets the eye. Are Budi and Man really as trustworthy as Shandra and Kimmy think, or will their secrets shatter the girls forever?

Gay Paranormal Romance
Through the Window by Hollis Shiloh
Publisher: Spare Words Press; 2 edition (January 29, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Through the Window

Alphonse is a hard-hearted bastard who doesn't let people hurt him—by not letting anyone get close. In his world, magic may be real, but he doesn't believe in love…at least not for himself.

The only people he cares about are his cousin Ferrous and Ferr's boyfriend, Jude. Even so, they irritate the life out of him sometimes. He tells himself he's given up on finding the lovey-dovey, mushy thing they have—doesn't want it anyway.

Then into his life comes Luke, a tough, cocky bastard of a boxer with enchanting dimples and a sexy little ass. Luke invites himself in through the window that very night, offering uncomplicated sex without emotionalism. He's not breakable or vulnerable, and he doesn't need words of love or promises for the future.

But somehow sex becomes something more, and Alphonse finds himself wanting to keep the tough boxer forever—but only on his terms.

Gay Paranormal Romance
Memories and Marco by Hollis Shiloh
Publisher: Spare Words Press; 1 edition (June 16, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Memories and Marco

Jace is a washed-up ex-boxer living with daily pain and bad judgment in boyfriends. Then his best friend Jeff reintroduces him to the gentle healing magician he used to work with.

Marco is everything Jace could want—and everything he can't trust himself not to break. Nobody has ever loved Jace, not properly. And Marco is so warm and caring and tenderhearted, he could have anyone. How could they possibly be together—even if Marco did have a crush on Jace all those years ago?

But not everything is as it seems, and there is darker magic at work than anyone has guessed so far. Trusting Marco is no longer the hardest thing in Jace's life…but rather, keeping him safe. No matter what it takes.

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Maggie’s Mechanics by Sheila J. Connolly
Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Clover Valley Press, LLC (September 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984657053
ISBN-13: 978-0984657056
Amazon: Maggie’s Mechanics
Amazon Kindle: Maggie’s Mechanics

The opening scene in this story, set in California during the early 1980s, instantly propels readers into the world of Maggie McIntyre, a woman whose occupation as an auto mechanic makes her unusual and somewhat of a mystery-especially to Bett Holman, the young lesbian who has fallen in love with her. Maggie is injured as she attempts to rescue a man caught up in a roadside explosion. Could the victim be her friend Scotty? Or has he managed to simply disappear into the night? In the days that follow, Maggie must rely on the survival skills she honed as an orphaned child and young adult. But falling in love complicates things. Bett, who has turned her back on healing as a way of life, now finds that she must turn again, taking huge risks in the process, to help Maggie heal on many different levels.

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