elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:

Gay Erotic Romance
The Only One Who Knows by Cat Grant & L.A. Witt

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 7, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: The Only One Who Knows

"Oh, how I love stories about tough men finding enough softness in their hearts to let in and love another one :-) The book made me "Awww-ing" with delight every two pages :-)"

Bisexual Sci-fi / Futuristic
Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact) by Lexi Ander
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (September 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042444
ISBN-13: 978-1620042441
Amazon: Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact)
Amazon Kindle: Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact)

"Honestly this is one of the best books I've read this year. It is a rich, full world with rich, full characters. I couldn't have asked for a better sci-fi book. Sci-fi is one of the hardest (in my opinion) genres to write in, and it's rare (for me) that a story captures my interest so thoroughly."

Gay Mystery / Thriller
The Angel at the End of the Road by D.J. Manly
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611248450
ISBN-13: 978-1611248456
Amazon: The Angel At The End Of The Road
Amazon Kindle: The Angel At The End Of The Road

"Well developed plot and characters. Well-written. Author did an excellent job of making the reader connect to the story and characters. "

Gay Romantic Comedy
The Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494237393
ISBN-13: 978-1494237394
Amazon: The Ghost Slept Over
Amazon Kindle: The Ghost Slept Over

"This story was genuinely hilarious at points. I appreciate how it really got the “comedy” part of “romantic comedy.” It was good before Mac entered into things, and it was great once the ghost was established and became a real part of the narrative. A very funny take on the combination of romance and the supernatural."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Cub by Jeff Mann

Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (February 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213394
ISBN-13: 978-1590213391
Amazon: Cub
Amazon Kindle: Cub

"Kind of a primer on learning to be okay with your queerness, in whatever form it takes. Crisp writing, strong sense of place, enjoyed its focus on less commonly depicted aspects of queerness."

"I loved everything about this story: the rich portrait of main and supporting characters, the rural setting, the not so typical story and the fact that the author thought about gay teens different from slim twinks or muscled jocks. It was simply refreshing, not to mention - very well written. After all, every Bear was once a Cub."

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Only One Who Matters by Cat Grant & L.A. Witt

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 18, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: The Only One Who Matters

"A sweet and emotional tale of two SEALs--one current, and one retired due to an injury. I enjoyed their journey as they figured out how to deal with separations and fears together."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Message of Love by Jim Provenzano

Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: Myrmidude Press (March 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615669247
ISBN-13: 978-0615669243
Amazon: Message of Love
Amazon Kindle: Message of Love

"Rich characterization, very much of a time and place"

"Jim hit spot on with the setting at that time, I graduated in 79 from that area with a boy in a wheelchair in my class and Jim stated the problems straight out and correct. I will have to go and get the first novel but even though this is a sequel to a book I have not read, it still drew me in and made sense. There were spots where I did not have previous knowledge from the first book but it still smoothed out for me."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Another Healing by M. Raiya
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162798559X
ISBN-13: 978-1627985598
Amazon: Another Healing
Amazon Kindle: Another Healing

"Interesting premise, good characters."

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Fall Guide by Talya Andor
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (December 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042932
ISBN-13: 978-1620042939
Amazon: The Fall Guide
Amazon Kindle: The Fall Guide

"I think the rating I gave this wonderful, funny book says it all. It was such a pleasure getting inmersed into the lives of these characters. The way the plot and characters were developed was smooth and enjoyable. The MC's are the kind of 'people' one would like to have as friends. The imagery is spot on with the description of everything surrounding Eric, the main MC. This is the first book I read from this author and I truly enjoyed the journey Ms Tayla Andor has taken me on. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books."

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Tin Box by Kim Fielding
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981691
ISBN-13: 978-1627981699
Amazon: The Tin Box
Amazon Kindle: The Tin Box

"I almost cried reading this beautiful, remarkable, gut wrenching, heart-warming story of William Lyon and Colby Anderson. William's desperate search for his truth, for his reality, for his identity after having endured conversion therapy at the suggestion of his therapist, pastor and parents who couldn't handle him being gay and after suffering the end of his failed six year marriage to a woman, Lisa, is wondrously coupled with his newly burgeoning feelings for Colby a flashy, unashamed, outgoing, flamboyant gay boy with his own dark past who never stops smiling but who is remarkably stable with his responsibilities. "

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