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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 Biography / Memoir
Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach by Fay Jacobs

Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: A&M Books; First edition (December 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983796157
ISBN-13: 978-0983796152
Amazon: Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach
Amazon Kindle: Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach

"While this is a chronicle of a lesbian couple growing older, with or without grace, this collection of humorous essays is so much more. The glimpses into Ms. Jacobs life are full of humor and insight and provide a first-person account of a vital point in Delaware's history - the evolution of state law from civil union to marriage for same-gender couples. While her observations are often hilarious, especially for anyone growing older, the stories are told on such a relatable level, a human level, that they contain just as much compassion and poignancy."

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Corruption by Eden Winters
Series: Diversion
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626220050
ISBN-13: 978-1626220058
Amazon: Corruption (Diversion)
Amazon Kindle: Corruption (Diversion)

"These two men continue to be an interesting, hot, and unique couple. This book has to be read in series order, but the first two books are also very worth reading - fans of sexy, complex men, and romance with a well-developed law-enforcement plot will want to start at the beginning. There is more relationship depth and development in this book, and some new facets of both men are revealed. In a couple of places the plot was a bit of a stretch, but I enjoy thriller-style stories and am willing to make some allowances. A personal twist for Lucky near the end makes it clear there will be a fourth book, which I will very happily read."

"Bo was given the undercover assignment of going deep into a drug running biker gang. Lucky had to stand on the sidelines and watch the man he loves go it alone. He had every confidence in Bo’s abilities, but the total lack of control was enough to drive him crazy with worry. The investigation itself was compelling. I really got into it in a way I haven’t in the past books. Corruption is a perfect mix of investigation, adventure, romance, and hot sex. I loved this book!"

"The story isn't  entirely self-contained, since this is a serial book, but the plot builds logically, without any breaks or lose threads. And yet, there's enough tension left to carry over into the next book. Also, the unique subject matter makes this book interesting; I learned a lot while reading and still never felt overwhelmed with details."

"Part three - recharged. New crimes, new identities, new development in the relationship between Lucky and Bo: closer, harder, and more dangerous than before. Could Lucky allow Bo to breach the iron wall and build their happily ever after together? It was a really fun read. Thank you!"

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Nightingale by Andrea Bramhall

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390592
ISBN-13: 978-1626390591
Amazon: Nightingale
Amazon Kindle: Nightingale

"Thought-provoking novel about forced marriages visited upon Muslim women who grew up in Western societies. The clash between cultures is superbly written."

"Amazing book, well written, strong story with a gritty theme. Couldn't put it down."

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Clean Slate by Andrea Bramhall

Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829438
ISBN-13: 978-1602829435
Amazon: Clean Slate
Amazon Kindle: Clean Slate

"Loved it. Even though it's clearly a sequel, everything was explained easily and was clear to follow. Characters were likable and believable."

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Dudek by Taylor James
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494847221
ISBN-13: 978-1494847227
Amazon: Dudek
Amazon Kindle: Dudek

"Nearly a perfect rating here. At first I thought this was going to border on erotic romance but instead, I had a romance that was deliciously packed with intrigued and excitement. Loved this!"

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Sex & Sourdough by A.J. Thomas
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983074
ISBN-13: 978-1627983075
Amazon: Sex & Sourdough
Amazon Kindle: Sex & Sourdough

"I loved both the MCs and the realistic situation they found themselves in as they followed the Appalachian trial together. I was immersed in their experience, and all the details both of the hike and of Kevin's situation felt realistic. My only issue with this book was the nasty ex-lover trope which I felt detracted from the rest of this lovely book."

"In the beginning, the plot moved along in a gentle, unhurried pace, perfectly in keeping with the subject matter of a hike through the mountains. Then followed an action twist, the plot took up space only to settle down towar the ending with a completely satisfying conclusion. My only niggle was with the somewhat over-the-top ex-boyfriend trope, but this was really minor. Beautiful pictures, transporting me right there. The writing engaged all senses, including taste and smell. Both characters were appealing from the start, flawed but not broken, and they grew as characters over the course of the story thanks to each other. "

Gay Biography / Memoir
True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past by Felice Picano
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions (June 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937627152
ISBN-13: 978-1937627157
Amazon: True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past
Amazon Kindle: True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past

"Just finished reading Felice Picano’s “True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past.” I absolutely loved it. The memoir is a series of personal essays that range from interesting to poignant to laugh out loud funny. There’s even a Picano family mystery that is utterly fascinating at the end of the book. I couldn’t put it down and read it all the way through. Highest rating for this one."

Bisexual Poetry
Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards, an anthology by Ron J. Suresha
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (June 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212592
ISBN-13: 978-1590212592
Amazon: Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards
Amazon Kindle: Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards

"This work, this anthology is a gem. Full of unexpected surprises and delightful sallies into wholly foreign realms. A delight, a bucolic frolic, an earnest journey, a vigorous climb up the mountain of our own understanding, and a foggy glimpse into the glade of our own souls where bears in all their myriad forms dance beneath the stars. By turns funny and poignant, wry and crass, it’s a pocketful of honey drizzled goodness. None of the poems in and of themselves is perfect, for all poems are only ever abandoned in despair of their achieving the greatness we first saw in a flash of inspiration…yet the sum of their individual flaws is, in a word, perfection."

"Love, love, love this. So many authors, so many emotions, in fact, if I may, I’ll call this a rainbow of emotions. From the sublime to the thought provoking; from innocent to ‘don’t tell anyone you’re reading this book.’ It’s all there, and I was left wanting more only because of the quality of the writing. In my years as a Rainbow Award judge, I have never given a perfect score, until now."

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Intuition by Jennis Slaughter
Paperback: 476 pages
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing (December 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494455188
ISBN-13: 978-1494455187
Amazon: Intuition
Amazon Kindle: Intuition

"I think I would like to go back and read the first book in this series... you can read this by itself but I think I’d like the background... Other than that it was a good read."

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Out at the Inn by K’Anne Meinel
Paperback: 456 pages
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing (January 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 149481966X
ISBN-13: 978-1494819668
Amazon: Out at the Inn
Amazon Kindle: Out at the Inn

"This was an awesome story. I will definitely read it again."

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