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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 Contemporary Romance
The Sweetest Scent by Susan Laine
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627980121
ISBN-13: 978-1627980128
Amazon: The Sweetest Scent
Amazon Kindle: The Sweetest Scent

"I loved this book. It's a story that needs to be read by everyone and while it wasn't perfect, the heart of the story is one that trans teens go through on a daily basis. Loved it!"

Gay Contemporary Romance
Filthy Acquisitions by Edmond Manning
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (July 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925180255
ISBN-13: 978-1925180251
Amazon: Filthy Acquisitions
Amazon Kindle: Filthy Acquisitions

"You can call this novel a contemporary mystery. The reader keeps wondering - what are the true intentions of main characters and the mystery buyer."

Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Dark Horizons by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 2 edition (February 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496096088
ISBN-13: 978-1496096081
Amazon: Dark Horizons
Amazon Kindle: Dark Horizons

"This story almost seamlessly combined all the elements that make a good ‘Lesbian Warriors in Space’ story – technology that is believable, characters that interact with that tech naturally, and the military life portrayed accurately, (in relation to the worldbuilding) This is in addition to good storytelling in general."

Gay Romantic Comedy
The Gospel According to Cher by S.A. Garcia
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627980954
ISBN-13: 978-1627980951
Amazon: The Gospel According to Cher
Amazon Kindle: The Gospel According to Cher

"Funny and campy, it might not be your style but it’s an enjoyable read."

Gay Fantasy Romance
Firestorm (Soulshares Book 4) by Rory Ni Coileain
Series: SoulShares
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (March 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607779501
ISBN-13: 978-1607779506
Amazon: Firestorm (Soulshares Book 4)
Amazon Kindle: Firestorm (Soulshares Book 4)

"This was in parts an intense read, but I really liked it. I definitely think if this is #4 then I want to go back and read the ones which came before it."

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Love in the Shadows by Dylan Madrid
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829810
ISBN-13: 978-1602829817
Amazon: Love in the Shadows
Amazon Kindle: Love in the Shadows

"This book has a breezy air and it’s a fast read. The writer had some issues with a scene transition but overall it was a fun read."

Gay Anthology / Erotic Romance
Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance edited by Neil Plakcy
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627780319
ISBN-13: 978-1627780315
Amazon : Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance
Amazon Kindle: Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance

"Wasn’t sure if I was supposed to judge them all or just Neil’s , but honestly they were all worth the reads, I would give the same marks for the book as a whole... I have only ever read one of Neil’s books before and again he has kept me interested throughout the story. A Voice In The Dark and Candy Man were awesome. Loved Letters from Home and Ready Reserve."

Gay Anthology / Erotica
Rookies: Gay Erotic Fiction edited by Shane Allison
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (July 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627780297
ISBN-13: 978-1627780292
Amazon : Rookies: Gay Erotic Fiction
Amazon Kindle: Rookies: Gay Erotic Fiction

"Shane’s story in this anthology was a good read. I know I read this author in another anthology ... Shane kept me interested as for the others in the anthology they were all good as well."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Let It Ride (Pickup Men 2) by L.C. Chase
Series: Pickup Men
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (May 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491488
ISBN-13: 978-1626491489
Amazon: Let It Ride (Pickup Men 2)
Amazon Kindle: Let It Ride (Pickup Men 2)

"I really liked Chase's style of writing. The characters are developed nicely, and the flow of the book took me along for the ride very willingly. Nicely done."

Gay Young Adult
Educating Simon by Robin Reardon
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758284764
ISBN-13: 978-0758284761
Amazon: Educating Simon
Amazon Kindle: Educating Simon

"I loved this book. Absolutely magnificent."

Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Invisible Soft Return :\ by Roberta Degnore
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Digital Fabulists (October 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615900550
ISBN-13: 978-0615900551
Amazon: Invisible Soft Return :\
Amazon Kindle: Invisible Soft Return :\

"A novel breaking the barriers of time, consciousnous and myths. Written mostly in a stream of consciousness type. Far off the usual scifi or futuristic book with old Egyptian, medieval and futuristic lore bound together."

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