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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 Non Fiction
Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit by Kim Chernin & Renate Stendhal
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: www.lesbiansexsurvival.com (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615992366
ISBN-13: 978-0615992365
Amazon: Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit
Amazon Kindle: Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit

"This was a down-to-earth, fun-and-easy book that tells it like it is. Not only chock full of anecdotes and antidotes, it also has a lot of practical exercises guaranteed to get honest communication flowing. Though it’s written for Lesbian marriages, the advice would be excellent for all marriages."

"OMG!! I never thought a self-help book would be able to make me laugh so hard, move me to tears, and get my motor reved with the idea of putting some of its tips into practice. Well played, Kim Chernin & Renate Stendhal, well played!"

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
The Heat of Angels by Lisa Girolami
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390428
ISBN-13: 978-1626390423
Amazon: The Heat of Angels
Amazon Kindle: The Heat of Angels

"Truly a top author in this genre. This novel had all the right elements plus it had a huge heart - emotional without being melodramatic - a keeper I will read again - my only complaint is I needed it to be longer."

"Well developed storyline, hilarious dialogue in spots.  The author writes about what she knows!"


Gay Young Adult
Heavyweight by MB Mulhall
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (April 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987142
ISBN-13: 978-1627987141
Amazon: Heavyweight
Amazon Kindle: Heavyweight

"The right mix of heartbreaking and utterly tender moments. What could have been an over the top sappy story, was, in fact, a beautiful one."

Lesbian Historical
Fervent Charity by Paulette Callen
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e Kfr (November 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955330796
ISBN-13: 978-3955330798
Amazon: Fervent Charity
Amazon Kindle: Fervent Charity

"Over and over I kept hearing the long slow sweep of the wind across the prairie. I am sure I was standing next to Gustie when she looked out toward the horizon on the day of Dorcas Many Road’s death, straining her eyes for a glimpse of the buffalo spirit as Jimmy Saul danced to the ancestor drums. For all its many pages this story was spare as sparrows wing, long on the haunting melody of unutterable feeling and overflowing with the painful tales carried in the silences between words. It was a gift and a privilege to read this story. I am honored."

Gay Visual Arts & Photography
Men & Gods by David Vance
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Group (November 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867876355
ISBN-13: 978-3867876353
Amazon : Men & Gods

"Predominantly visual – the images themselves tell the stories of, as the title says, Men and Gods."

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Home The Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491461
ISBN-13: 978-1626491465
Amazon: Home The Hard Way
Amazon Kindle: Home The Hard Way

"An incredibly absorbing novel. ZA peels back the layers of the plot masterfully, building suspense. By doing so, she develops her characters equally well. I liked both MCs, especially Finn, and found myself enjoying the BDSM interaction between them more than I usually would with such scenes. I enjoyed this a lot. The final showdown was excellent. She did not pad out the plot with sex, but used it to build on her characterization and introduced it at appropriate points, not as padding for a thin plot."

"This author that never fails to deliver. Mystery in everyday life: just look closely in your past if you dare. "


Gay Historical Romance
Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987703
ISBN-13: 978-1627987707
Amazon: Forever Hold His Peace
Amazon Kindle: Forever Hold His Peace

"I read and loved the previous two books in the series and was positively delighted to be handed the third."

Gay Anthology / Paranormal Romance
Secrets of Neverwood: One Door Closes\The Growing Season\The Lost Year by G.B. Lindsey, Diana Copland & Libby Drew
Publisher: Carina Press (June 30, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Secrets of Neverwood: One Door Closes\The Growing Season\The Lost Year

"Each foster brother has their own demons to deal with from their past before finding happiness in their present. Along with that there is the underhanded goings on of the real estate agent who wants to get his hands on the rambling old house - Neverwood - and land the foster brothers have inherited from their foster mother. Full, well rounded characters who are not perfect studs. Their issues are gradually revealed so that first impressions (from the reader) are not who these men really are. Also, I will include the rambling house that has given shelter to these men as troubled foster children and seems to begin to breath again through the pages of the stories as it is being renovated. Each author has a slightly different style but the stories flow beautifully into one another and the reader is transported into the world of Neverwood by gorgeous, elegiac text. The house and the local town where richly described and, by the end, I felt as though I knew every knook and cranny."

"Amazing book. The characters were well fleshed out and the story line kept me interested. Some of the most well written scenes I've read in quite some time."


Gay Contemporary Romance
Artist's Touch by Kerry Adrienne
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (February 26, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Artist's Touch

"I love when I am reading a book for judging that I might not normally buy on my own and it ends up being something I cannot put down. Wonderfully written, had me rooting for the couple from the moment they were first introduced to one another."

Gay Historical
The Gentleman’s Madness by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (December 31, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: The Gentleman’s Madness

"I really enjoyed this story about hope even in the most heartbreaking of circumstances, of love being able to find one even when the world says it's wrong or even when they feel incarcerated or hampered by their surroundings. The characters of John Gilliam and Sam Tully were both like a pair of sweet onions, capable of making the reader cry as they pulled back more layers and learned more about them, cutting and delving into their inner souls, but also with a hint of sweet with the bitter and definitely capable of adding flavor to any meal... Or in this case, story. And even though I'm allergic to onions I wouldn't mind a second helping of both of them. The plot had elements that I've read before, but with a much brighter slant to it. I enjoyed... no, I loved the writing style of the authors that breathed life into this book, that gave this gut-wrenching story of survival, triumph, and love indeed conquering all, legs so that it could walk. The setting was wondrously described."



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