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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 Erotic Romance
Trusting Thomas (Collars & Cuffs) by K.C. Wells

Series: Collars & Cuffs
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983287
ISBN-13: 978-1627983280
Amazon: Trusting Thomas (Collars & Cuffs)
Amazon Kindle: Trusting Thomas (Collars & Cuffs)

"Beautifully written alternating between potential heartbreak and joy. I found myself rooting for this couple almost from the moment they met. I love that although one is an obvious victim that needed healing their relationship actually lends to them both healing."

"I am not one for BDSM, but this series is wonderful!!! The 2nd in a series, one does not have to read the first one to fully enjoy this one. An abused sub who knows too much, and is so in need of love & knowledge...a lonely Dom who isn't looking for permanence but is willing to help with rescue & healing...it is an enlightening & wonderful pairing!"

Gay Biography / Memoir
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162778036X
ISBN-13: 978-1627780360
Amazon : Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
Amazon Kindle: Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

"Gaysia is skillfully written, has quite a bit of humor along the way, and gives the reader a glimpse into what it means to be gay in China, Japan, Malaysia, and other Asian countries. (Some chapters are more interesting than others, but I’d give the writer high marks for tackling a difficult subject in a unique way.) Enjoyable read if a bit repetitious."

"Read it. Admire it. Would give it full marks. I very much appreciate Mr. Law is NOT a predator but a serious, sensitive journalist. I say BRAVO!"

"For anyone interested in the Asian LGBT culture this books is a must. I've read some people refer to it as a travelog and funny. Well, in a way, yes, it's a good travelog but to me, been that I've never been interested to visit that part of the country, it's more of an informational book, something that should be learned in school. The stories held within its pages are at times funny, or at least it makes you laugh a couple of times, but the rest? The rest, in my opinion is simply somber. The irresponsibility of the governments in most of the countries depicted here is immense! It really hurt me to learn how many people died of AIDS because there is no information given to the populace. People would get sick and didn't know what was happening to them, a lot didn't even know what a condom was, they'd never seeing one. All in all, this is a great book and should be read by anyone who is interested in Asia or planning to visit and want to know about the LGBT Culture there."

Gay Visual Arts & Photography
Beards, an Unshaved History by Kevin Clarke
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Group (November 1, 2013)
Language: English, German
ISBN-10: 3867876347
ISBN-13: 978-3867876346
Amazon : Beards, an Unshaved History

"I love books like this. I actually collect them and the visual effect just kept me drawn to each page. I loved reading all the information. I know some people might find it boring, but I don’t. It also helps that I love men with beards... so for me this is like a coffee table book: one I’d have on display all the time."

"For those who love looking, caressing, kissing a bear, this books is perfect. I gave it top rate because it's a well put together coffee table book and I know there are so many out there who'd love to entertain themselves browsing through the pages. As far as myself? I'd rather caress a smooth face. Some chest hair don't bother me and maybe a little facial as well but not the bushy, full grown beard. Overall, this is a good book and quite informative. Mr. Clarke selected a very good array of models most of whom I find quite attractive."

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Season of the Wolf by Robin Summers
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390436
ISBN-13: 978-1626390430
Amazon: Season of the Wolf
Amazon Kindle: Season of the Wolf

"A magnificent thriller with great characters. It is ultimately about redemption. The writing is superb and enthralling. A nailbiter to keep the reader reading through the night."

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
About Face by VK Powell
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390797
ISBN-13: 978-1626390799
Amazon: About Face
Amazon Kindle: About Face

"This book was fantastic from start to finish. It was captivating from start to finish. Well done."

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Terms of Release by BA Tortuga

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627986138
ISBN-13: 978-1627986137
Amazon: The Terms of Release
Amazon Kindle: The Terms of Release

"It feels like this story is a beautiful Greek tragedy. Sage suffered so much and he didn’t do anything to  deserve it. He served time for a crime he didn’t commit, but still, his heart is open to love. This book is awesome."

"While you knew early on that the couple would eventually overcome family obstacles and history to be together, their journey was very enjoyable to read."

Gay Poetry
Souvenir Boys by David-Matthew Barnes
Publisher: Pindelion Publishing; First edition (December 2, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Souvenir Boys

"So evocative and visceral. Rich and intense. I am there - in each short world."

"Each poem in this collection is a wonderfully told gem that glistens in its own right. From unrequited love to seduction, lust, desire, and obsession, the author runs the gamut of emotions with a deft writing style. 5 Big Stars."

Gay Visual Arts & Photography
A Thing of Beauty by Jake Jaxson & RJ Sebastian
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Group (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867876622
ISBN-13: 978-3867876629
Amazon : A Thing of Beauty

"It is visually stunning. I enjoyed the writing, in between the photos as well. "

"Wow. Just wow. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to touch this book. Yeah. I think I need a hardcopy. Because I want that piece of art sitting on my living room coffee table to spark conversation. I always love it when people knock down walls and unleash creativity. Bravo, CockyBoys, bravo. This was utterly breathtaking. And the pictures only added to the delight I felt reading the words of this story. Or maybe the words added to the richly textured beauty of the pictures."

Gay Young Adult
You're Always in the Last Place You Look by T.N. Gates
Publisher: T.O.S.O.L Books (August 31, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: You're Always in the Last Place You Look

"This book totally had me sucked in from the moment I started reading it... I didn’t even mind that it was weirdly formatted... Definitely going to be reading this one again and seeing what else the Author has out...AWESOME!"

"Really good YA novel. Both MCs are well developed, and intriguing, going past stereotypes and showing how important it is to look beyond the apparent surface to the person beneath. This book is a brilliant YA novel as it teaches tolerance and openness to new ideas."

Gay Young Adult
Silent by Sara Alva
Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493665901
ISBN-13: 978-1493665907
Amazon : Silent
Amazon Kindle: Silent

"I found this young adult book engrossing. Sara Alva is a consummate writer. She developed the main characters so well. At first I found myself responding to Alex's "mask," and didn't like him much. But it was just that, a mask. Once Sara showed us the real Alex, bit by bit, I was on his side, and by the end I felt as desperate as he did for his Seb. Sebastian was interesting - a real challenge to look beyond the surface with people judged "special." I loved Sara's positive spin on the social workers. So often they're maligned, but here she shows a group of people who work to help others with little reward - certainly financially, and only the hope of reward personally, as many people they encounter have negative views of them and what they do. Sara's writing style, to me, is flawless. Overall I could find nothing to take a point from. This book, for its genre and as a whole, is flawless."

"The descriptions of Los Angeles and the characters are very vivid. The author brings to life what it means to experience real poverty and limited choices, what it is like to have no hope. The author deftly pulls you into the story and the lives of the characters."

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