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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:

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Like Jazz by Heather Blackmore

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390290
ISBN-13: 978-1626390294
Amazon: Like Jazz
Amazon Kindle: Like Jazz

"An excellent debut and an excellent book: well-developped, engaging characters, good plot, great setting."

Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
Series: Novel of Alpennia
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (February 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594933804
ISBN-13: 978-1594933806
Amazon: Daughter of Mystery (Novel of Alpennia)
Amazon Kindle: Daughter of Mystery (Novel of Alpennia)

"Though this fantasy has the requisit swords, a good part is spend very leisurely exploring the mores of the land (esp. the restrictions for women), the mysticism of their religious customs and court intrigues. The fictional setting of Alpennia in the Alps around the 18th century is well done and the names, the scholarly research, etc, are familiar before the author surprises the reader with delightful twists and turns away into a rather different world."

Lesbian Young Adult
Secret Lies by Amy Dunne
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829705
ISBN-13: 978-1602829701
Amazon: Secret Lies
Amazon Kindle: Secret Lies

"Brilliantly written book, Although this book deals with harsh physical abuse etc., it has such a positive undercurrent. As a reader I was really drawn in from the first second and wanted to reach out to the characters who conquered my heart. The writing was outstanding."

Transgender Sci-fi / Futuristic
COLLECTED (Gender Transformation Erotica) (ACQUIRED) by Solar Harris

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: COLLECTED (Gender Transformation Erotica) (ACQUIRED)

"OMG. Where do I start with this amazing book? The plot was so unique and original, so gripping and fresh that I couldn't put the book down (I took it with me to the bathroom). The setting was delicious, the main character, Lyle/Jasmine was so complex and real that I found myself recognizing other people in my life in him/her. The twists and turns had me gasping out loud (I yelled about Everett) which I think speaks to the bold richness of the author's writing style. I look forward to the sequel to this book which I will be purchasing on my own so I can find out what the hell happens!"

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
How Still My Love by Diane Marina
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Aspen Palms Press (May 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692229248
ISBN-13: 978-0692229248
Amazon: How Still My Love
Amazon Kindle: How Still My Love

"An excellent emotional roller coaster with a great crew of secondary characters."

Gay Erotica
Well-Endowed: The Making of a Gay Porn Star by Donald Webb
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 15, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Well-Endowed: The Making of a Gay Porn Star

"I found this book engaging from the very first line. It hooked me, drew me into the story, and didn't let me go until the very end. The writing is simple and smooth. It's authentic, too. In fact, I think it's one of the best books of this kind I've read in a long time. I only wish there were more books like it out there. "

Gay Erotic Romance
It's Like This by Anne O'Gleadra
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (July 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1909192791
ISBN-13: 978-1909192799
Amazon: It's Like This
Amazon Kindle: It's Like This

"O’Gleadra crafts a story that starts one way then suddenly evolves into something else, then throws a curve ball you had no way to anticipate, all while exploring love and relationships through the complex main character she creates. It’s fun and sweet watching her characters develop so much through the course of a short novel and I found myself relating to them time and again, which only strengthened my connection to and love of this book and its characters. The setting and writing style compliment the plot and characters well and allow them to develop into people you really feel like you know."

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Rush by Carsen Taite
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829667
ISBN-13: 978-1602829664
Amazon: Rush
Amazon Kindle: Rush

"A good writer who is always a sure thing. This is more a thriller mystery than a Contemporary Romance."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1) by Charlie Cochet
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160110
ISBN-13: 978-1632160119
Amazon: Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Hell & High Water (THIRDS Book 1)

"VERY delightful story about Humans, Therians (Infected Humans with altered DNA), law enforcement teams, a Human man   with a penchant for practical jokes striving to do the right thing, and the stoic Team Leader who carries more    secrets than the Pentagon.  It really was a laugh out loud and intriguing read & the first in a series---go grab the   other ones!! "

Gay Erotic Romance
More Than Everything (Family Series Book 3) by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982604
ISBN-13: 978-1627982603
Amazon: More Than Everything (Family Series Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: More Than Everything (Family Series Book 3)

"Very nice and relaxing read. Reads in one sitting. Smooth and well developed writing style in conjunction with witty humor makes your evening fly over the cup of tea.  You wouldn't find great mystery or adventures in this novel. However, if you are looking for the sweet pick into the domestic heaven  - simple and down to earth- this book is perfect."

"I bought and read this book before judging for this contest.  I was excited to read it again.  This is one of the better books I've read.  The characters were amazingly written along with the plot.  Its one of those books that you read through the night even if you have to get up early the next morning because you just can't put it down.  I'm a super big fan of Cardeno C."

"This was a great story filled with angst and humor. Broken hearts, stereotypes, family, love and loss. The characters were well flushed out, the setting was beautifully developed, and the plot moved along at a delightful pace. The author's writing style and voice was clear and engaging and though the story started off slow, it picked up and had me thoroughly engaged. Even the explanation for how all three main characters ended up together was brilliantly done."

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