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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 Mystery / Thriller
Bird of Paradise by G.J. Paterson
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (October 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936922649
ISBN-13: 978-1936922642
Amazon: Bird of Paradise
Amazon Kindle: Bird of Paradise

"This book was a roller coaster ride with all the elements of a grear story, action suspence, and great characters."

Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Slide (Roads) by Garrett Leigh
Paperback: 326 pages
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981470
ISBN-13: 978-1627981477
Amazon: Slide (Roads)
Amazon Kindle: Slide (Roads)

"Mental/Emotional trauma and angst are my favorite themes in stories, so the fact that I enjoyed Slide immensely is unsurprising. I found the writing to be flawlessly in-tune with the characters which did much to immerse me into the story. There were some minor plot holes, but by the time they showed up I was so involved with the situation I didn't loose my interest. The setting is solid but not significant to the story- it could have happened equally in Seattle as Chicago/Philly. However, the emotion conveyed shot this one up to the top of my favorites list."

Gay Anthology / Fantasy
Stitch (Gothika) by Sue Brown, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding and Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (April 20, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Stitch (Gothika)

"Overall a great read. Loved The Golem of Mala Lubovnya and Made for Aaron."

Gay Young Adult
Intervention by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (January 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983368
ISBN-13: 978-1627983365
Amazon: Intervention
Amazon Kindle: Intervention

"Good story, even if it had its heartbreaking moments, and good characters."

Gay Young Adult
The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (February 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987150
ISBN-13: 978-1627987158
Amazon: The Red Sheet
Amazon Kindle: The Red Sheet

"I haven't read a story so compelling in such a long time. The plot was so original and heartfelt and funny that I couldn't easy anticipate where Ms Kerick was going to go with the story. The narrator's voice was unique and believable for a 17 yo, and the anti-bullying message was handled deftly and relentlessly with a sense of magic in the telling. I'm recommending this without hesitation, best book I've read so far this year."

"There comes a time in life when, to live a truly full & fulfilled life, one must look straight at themselves, the good, bad, ugly, beautiful, and form that consensus of who they (that one person) are and will become. Mistakes, horrible ones, will be made, trust will be broken, lives forever altered...yet if you, if I, see these changes and decisions as paths one must travel to decide who we are and want to be, then beauty, forgiveness, and peace does show through the shattered pieces. Bryan & Scott are examples of young men whose choices left them forever altered, giving us a true story of pain, discovery, forgiveness, and alteration. "

Gay Fantasy
Night Creatures (Immortal Testimonies) by Jeremy Jordan King
Series: Immortal Testimonies
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829713
ISBN-13: 978-1602829718
Amazon: Night Creatures (Immortal Testimonies)
Amazon Kindle: Night Creatures (Immortal Testimonies)

"I found this to be an excellent read that kept my interest right through till the last page. It was a very 'grown up' vampire story and there were no easy answers, no shortcuts, and no neat and tidy endings in this thought provoking and gritty tale. There was much sadness, heartbreak and realism instead and I was surprised by how much of a punch it actually packed with the aids storyline. The writing style was easy and accomplished. I think this book would be a very worthy contender to go forward into the second phase of markings."

Gay Contemporary Romance
A Threefold Cord by Julie Bozza
Published May 1st 2014 by Manifold Press
ISBN13 9781908312235

"It's not often I've read a good M/M/M Menage book but Julie certainly has done a good job on her book. Their story developed smoothly and with a nice amount of sentiment. Each of the men are quite different from the other which strengthens their relationship and the story and makes the characters more believable. They go through situations just like anyone does and help each other solve them as a team. Ben, my favorite guy, is the glue of the relationship, the quiet, smaller, thoughtful one who happened to be the strongest one as well. I love that it was set in England which I've never visited, plus, it gave me insights into the theaters there."

"I LOVED IT. The best menage I've read in my life. The three characters were different and they worked well together as two or three. There wasn't a perfect relationship where everybody found something in a perfectly balanced way. The attraction, the compatibilities, the out-of-synch moments, they all made these guys become real to me. I loved the writing, the Britishness of it, and I adored the setting, the art the protagonists perform. I couldn't put it down and I re-read it rightaway after the first time. I was conquered and riveted by this book and its characters."

Lesbian Young Adult
Freak Camp: Posts From a Previously Normal Girl by Jessica V. Barnett

Series: Freak Camp
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Jessica V. Barnett; 1 edition (April 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692028528
ISBN-13: 978-0692028520
Amazon: Freak Camp
Amazon Kindle: Freak Camp

"I enjoyed this story a lot but would like it to have started a bit earlier. I was very surprised to learn in the middle of the book that Celeste and May had “ruled the school” in an almost Mean Girls way. Nothing in CJ’s voice suggested that and it would have been good to see it. To have seen her Ignoring Rainie rather than hearing about it all later. I enjoyed the story. Having recently seen Divergent, it was hard to not draw comparisons, but this plot succeeded on its own. I really enjoyed the young voices of the characters, especially Celeste. A very enjoyable book, especially for young YA."

"A delightful and metaphorical re-imagining of what it's like to not know what one is, who one wants to be, could be, should be--all of the self-identification questions, roadblocks and answers that confront a GLBTQ teen in today's world. The main character is blessed with an amazing perspective into her own dilemmas, and opportunities, as well as a great sense of humor. This author has cast a memorable group of people who go about their ordinary lives with an extraordinary sense of both oblivion and hyper-vigilance, which makes for intrigue, humor and insight in this unique coming-of-age story."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Gathering Storm by Alexa Land
Series: Firsts and Forever
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499280017
ISBN-13: 978-1499280012
Amazon: Gathering Storm
Amazon Kindle: Gathering Storm

"LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! this story. If there was a way to give it a higher score I would have. The author pulled me into not only Hunter and Brian’s story but also that of several of the secondary characters. I loved the book so much I had to go out a get the rest of the series."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Wolf in Gucci Loafers (Tales of the Harker Pack) by Tara Lain
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987525
ISBN-13: 978-1627987523
Amazon: The Pack or the Panther & Wolf in Gucci Loafers
Amazon Kindle: Wolf in Gucci Loafers (Tales of the Harker Pack)

"I really enjoyed this 2nd installment of Tara Lain's Tales of the Harker Pack series. I particularly enjoyed the dynamics between the two MC's."

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