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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 Historical Romance
The Journey Home by K’Anne Meinel
Paperback: 418 pages
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing (December 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494747928
ISBN-13: 978-1494747923
Amazon: The Journey Home
Amazon Kindle: The Journey Home

"This was an incredible book. I loved it! It brought me back to a different time period and made me feel as if I was a part of the characters. There were some spelling errors but overall it was simply WOW!"

Gay Historical Romance
Think of England by KJ Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 1, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Think of England

"This novella is a splendid example of the storyteller’s art, and probably the best book I’ve read in two years of judging for the Rainbow Awards. Its flaws are few and insignificant. I could easily overlook them, because I was riveted to the story from start to finish, relished its period feel, and was delighted by its humor (speaking of which, even the title is perfect!)"

"K.J. Charles is a very talented writer. You are drawn into her books so easily and you can picture everything in your mind like a movie. Great supporting characters. The plot flowed smoothly and had just enough description (of characters, setting, etc.) without overwhelming the reader with the unnecessary details."

"This classic story of opposites meeting, clashing and ultimately attracting - amid a dark atmosphere of political intrigue and base greed - has been one of my favorite reads of the year.  Archie Curtis, an Englishman with a capital "E", is a forthright man of action - who, by his own admission, has very little imagination - and he dislikes Daniel da Silva on sight.  And why not?  After all, da Silva is his polar opposite:  clever, imaginative, sharp-tongued and terribly, terribly effete.  Or is he?  The process by which these two men come together has been guaranteed to cause me to burn dinner, neglect my chores and keep me up past midnight.  "

Gay Fantasy Romance
A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies) by KJ Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 28, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies)

"KJ Charles has written an excellent continuation of this series. This book can be read as a standalone, however. The characters are developed well throughout, and layers are added right to the end. The plot is complex and exciting. The setting, being a historical, shows a lot of research was done and appears very accurate. The characters behave appropriately for the time period. KJ's writing style is very good. The prose flows seamlessly, the dialogue is great too. All in all, it's hard to see where she could improve this story. Maybe it took a little longer to get going than I expected. Otherwise, an excellent book all round."

"One of the best books I've read recently. The plot and characters held me captive until the early hours of the morning."

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Girls Don't Hit by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (February 27, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Girls Don't Hit

"Exceptionally original, wonderfully dark and steady "voice" and intriguing treatment of the "girl-in-hiding-as-hired-killer" trope. Author has a steady hand with language and an astute appreciation of human nature."

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
What Matter Wounds (Claire Lance Book 5) by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (March 30, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: What Matter Wounds (Claire Lance Book 5)

"This was a fantastic story. Filled with action, adventure, and an intense criminal/legal aspect that immediately pulls the reader in. That the main character is a lesbian is more of an adjective rather than a plot point. Which makes it so much better. The setting was brilliantly described, to the point that I could practically taste the sand in my mouth, could feel the sweat rolling down my back, and feel the sun beating down on my skin, scorching my flesh. The characters were delightfully fleshed out. Everyone I was supposed to hate, I hated with a passion, and everyone I was supposed to love I loved fiercely, and the ones I was supposed to be on the fence about, like Faye, I waffled in my feelings over until the end. "

Gay Fantasy
Shirewode (The Wode Book 2) by J Tullos Hennig​
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623806631
ISBN-13: 978-1623806637
Amazon: Shirewode (The Wode Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Shirewode (The Wode Book 2)

"This story was, in a word, brilliant. Taking the tale of Robin Hood, and spinning it into a mysitcal epic and giving it the yearning of romance, it carries the reader on more than a journey. The language is precise, each word purposeful, evoking clear emiages and emotions. The way each character evolves, natural, smooth, and filled with emotion and power. The setting was as much a part of the story as thje characters themselves, and the love, deep rooted, as if drawn from the earth, sky, and water. This story was an experience, powerful and visceral. I found myself shivering physically throughout, touched by the strength of the story and the language. I truly can't say enough. One of the best books I've ever read."

Gay Fantasy
The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) by J.D. Horn
Series: Witching Savannah Book 1
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: 47North (February 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477809732
ISBN-13: 978-1477809730
Amazon: The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1)

"I cannot believe this book is a debut novel. I was totally hooked and couldn't put my kindle down. I will be buying the 2nd book. Plot Development was so deliciously twisty with several OMG! I didn't see that coming. Setting was perfect, thank god for Google earth so I could check out Savannah and the areas mentioned. Intelligent prose, no cliché phrases here, and a joy to read. Completely drew me in."

Gay Erotic Romance
Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett by Mathew Ortiz
Publisher: Mathew Ortiz (December 18, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett

"This book was a treat to read from a newly published author. I totally enjoyed the way the story developed. The characters are very much likable. One of the characters I identified with was Mabel, Emmett's mom, who, to me, was the problem solver of the family, the glue that kept them all in line. It is a great romance written with a true southern drawl. The fact that Em's entire family are always there to defend him from scorn is a bonus, knowing how southern families are mostly tight knit. Living in a small southern town can be complicated for LGBT people since prejudice and bigotry are strong but this family doesn't see things that way. "

"Sweetly romantic, wonderfully realized, sympathetic characters and just the right amount of both heat and sap. AND FINALLY A WELL ADJUSTED FAMILY WITH A GAY SON."

Gay Erotic Romance
Splinters by Thorny Sterling
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500378550
ISBN-13: 978-1500378554
Amazon: Splinters
Amazon Kindle: Splinters

"This was a good little story that sucked me in... I’m sure I’ll read more of this authors work."

Lesbian Fantasy Romance
A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390533
ISBN-13: 978-1626390539
Amazon: A Kingdom Lost
Amazon Kindle: A Kingdom Lost

"I hadn’t read the previous books in this series, but I will be after this one. Wright’s world building made me feel as though I was right there with the characters. As is common with the fantasy genre, there are a lot of characters, but there aren’t so many that you lose track of who’s who. Honestly, the only complaint I have is the cliffhanger ending. Not nice, Ms. Wright, not nice at all."

"A wonderful story in a complex and fascinating world, though it didn't work well as a standalone. I hadn't read books 1 and 2 in the series, but Barbara Ann Wright is a fantastic writer and the characters engaging enough that I want to read it! Setting was incredible, engaging all five senses. I took off some points because I was lost for a while about the characters, and the cliffhanger ending. Otherwise, definitely recommend this author and series (if starting at book 1)."

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