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Shadows and Light by Cari Z.
Gay Fantasy
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (March 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786518740
ISBN-13: 978-1786518743
Amazon: Shadows and Light
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A fight to the death against his former master turns into a chance for Rafael, an assassin denied the immortality he lived to achieve, to learn the shocking truth about the fate he was spared.

Rafael wanted nothing more than to serve his immortal master, Xian, a High One of Clare, who taught him from an early age how to be an assassin. But after failing the final test, Rafael was turned out into the Lower City, abandoned by the one person he thought he could count on.

Years of hatred and thoughts of revenge have fueled Rafael’s quest for vengeance, but when the time comes to strike at Xian, he hesitates and is taken prisoner. Rafael expects to die, either at Xian’s hand or at the hand of Myrtea, his sadistic mistress.

Instead Xian heals him, spares him a brutal interrogation and tells him the dark truth driving the ruthlessness of the High Ones—the source of their immortality is spent. Soon the city will devolve into chaos as High Ones battle one another and the rebelling denizens of the Lower City for power and resources. Xian wants to spare Rafael that pain, just as he spared him the pain of becoming a High One a decade earlier.

Their only chance for survival is to escape Clare before civil war breaks out. Even if they make it out of the city, though, there’s no guarantee that Xian will live through the agonizing process of becoming human again. The only ones they can rely on are each other…if Rafael can bring himself to once again trust his former master, the only man he’s ever loved.

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Tempest by Cari Z.
Gay Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619234262
ISBN-13: 978-1619234260
Amazon: Tempest
Amazon Kindle: Tempest

Love can change a soul. But can it save one life?

Colm Weathercliff is a simple fisherman with an uncanny-some might say preternatural-knack for his trade. He thought leaving his small village to take his father's ashes to the capital city of Caithmor for a proper burial would be the grandest adventure of his life.

At first, all his hopes seem to be fulfilled. He finds a home where he's accepted without question, the freedom to use his talent to its fullest effect, and love with Nichol, a man with a longing for the sea as powerful as Colm's.

But Caithmor holds as many dangers as it does attractions. Colm's greatest secret turns out to be a dark revelation that gets him and his family shunned-and changes everything he thought he knew about himself.

The truth-about his parentage, his gift, even his physical form-could poison his chance for love. And doom both him and Nichol to a gruesome, inescapable fate.

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Where There's A Will (Panopolis #3) by Cari Z.
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Series: Panopolis
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494061
ISBN-13: 978-1626494060
Amazon: Where There's A Will (Panopolis #3)
Amazon Kindle: Where There's A Will (Panopolis #3)

Being a Hero in Panopolis means living the high life: parties, money, influence, even reality television. And I’m one of the most powerful Heroes in the city. I have plenty of fans, a manager who looks out for me (after himself), and a job that pays the bills. I should be enjoying myself.

Unfortunately, the downside of my superpower means I can’t touch anyone, which tends to puts a damper on things. I probably don’t deserve all those perks anyway, since I’m working in secret with two of Panopolis’s biggest villains to undermine GenCorp—my main sponsor and the company that controls what gets through my force field.

I obviously don’t trust my corporate overseers, but they’ve hired a new scientist who actually seems interested in helping me. Dr. Mansourian might have the answers to all my questions—not to mention a starring role in most of my dreams—but he’s hiding something big. If I let him have what he wants, I might not live to regret it.

Then again, the way things are going in Panopolis these days, I might not live either way.

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This was a great story that came full circle. It was a great read.

Elemental Love (Warlocks #1) by L.M. Somerton
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: Warlocks
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (March 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786519399
ISBN-13: 978-1786519399
Amazon: Elemental Love (Warlocks #1) by L.M. Somerton
Amazon Kindle: Elemental Love (Warlocks #1) by L.M. Somerton

An untrained warlock is a dangerous man to love.

On his twenty-first birthday, Evrain Brookes discovers he is an elemental warlock. The spell suppressing his talent lifts and he has to get used to a whole new existence. The protection that kept him safe during his childhood is gone, his skills are wild and uncontrolled and there are those that seek to use him for their own gain.

Evrain’s grandmother is a witch, his godfather another warlock. Between them they do their best to keep Evrain on the right path. He learns that in order to gain control of his formidable powers, he will need to ‘channel’ through a life partner, a process that happens only with consent and through love. But how will he ever find a man prepared to put up with a Dominant warlock for a boyfriend?

Dominic Castine has no idea that Evrain’s grandmother sees him as a prospective partner for Evrain. He tends her garden and she teaches him about herbs—a trade-off they both enjoy. He is drawn to Evrain’s charismatic presence but doesn’t understand why he wants to drop to his knees and submit to him.

When Agatha is murdered, Evrain and Dominic are thrown together as she manipulates them from beyond the grave. Dominic becomes the pawn in a terrifying game between warlocks whose powers he barely comprehends.

In the end, lives will depend on his courage, his willingness to grant Evrain control and the power of love.

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Two short stories that I could cried and laughed with. Truly bittersweet stories about regrets, lost opportunities and enduring love. Top notch characterization.

In My Heart (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, 2 novellas as 1 submission) by Joe Cosentino
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634771036
ISBN-13: 978-1634771030
Amazon: In My Heart

"In My Heart Novellas"

"An Infatuation"

With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

"A Shooting Star"

On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star.

Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears. "

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It was a nice, comfy series, a little bit of drama but of course I KNEW there had to be a happily ever after.

Behr Facts and When Adam Fell (2 novellas as 1 submission) by Pat Henshaw
Gay Contemporary Romance

Behr Facts (Foothills Pride Stories)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (October 28, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride Stories)

A Foothills Pride Story

Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride Stories)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 24, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride Stories)

A Foothills Pride Story

When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.

Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he's overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.

Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.

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Strange Times by Clancy Nacht
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (November 18, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Strange Times

In a world decimated by ecological disaster, a despot named GalWon has taken charge of rebuilding and repopulating society. Using aliens to clean the air and as a threat to keep civilians in line, Deprogrammers coerce homosexuals into being straight—or else.

When Alex’s gay pornography is discovered, his brother, Christian, claims it as his own to save Alex’s life. Christian is sent to a concentration camp, only to be broken out by a resistance group bent on thwarting the new world order, including Turk, a former Deprogrammer once branded gay himself but now fighting for freedom.

However, Alex’s troubles aren’t over. With the government’s eyes still on him, he gets caught in a Deprogrammer honey pot scheme, and it’s up to the rebels, and Turk, to rescue him. In the midst of tragedy, Alex falls in love with his rescuer. But in a world where their love is forbidden, following their hearts means risking their lives when the line between good and evil isn’t what it seems.

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The Promise (Sirius Wolves #4) by Victoria Sue
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press, LLC (January 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1532790406
ISBN-13: 978-1532790409
Amazon: The Promise (Sirius Wolves #4)
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The time of Anubis is at hand.

Working together against him, the goddess Sirius and the god Orion have helped mankind prepare by uniting Blaze, Conner, Darric, and Aden to fight the evil in the world. But in the war to come, the werewolves will need more allies, and this will extend beyond werewolf kind. Marcus, an ex-Marine who’d lost both his legs in a landmine accident, is now Human Liaison Officer for Blaze's pack. Having lost his lover when the man couldn’t bear to live with "a cripple", Marcus never expected that he'd fall in love again, let alone with the werewolf Kellan, who seemed to be universally hated by the pack.

The Winter Circle is moving, and a psychopathic pastor has abducted Nate, one of the wolves from Hunter's pack. For once the wolves cannot rescue him — it has to be a human — and now Marcus must save the wolves from their biggest threat: one of their own.

If Marcus succeeds, he will bring in a new era in mankind’s battle against the power of evil, starting with a simple promise and ultimately mending four broken hearts.

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Love's Redemption by Donna K. Ford
Lesbian Romantic Suspence
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626396736
ISBN-13: 978-1626396739
Amazon: Love's Redemption
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Sometimes a sacrifice is the purest form of love.

Rhea Daniels is a survivor. Just released from prison for the murder of her pedophile father, she is trying to put the past behind her and build a new life. When Rhea goes to work for Morgan Scott, an ex-priest with a big heart and a damaged soul, Rhea is challenged to face her wildest dreams and worst nightmares.

And Morgan isn’t without challenges of her own. When a man with a grudge comes to claim his revenge, she learns that, sometimes, there is no clear line between right and wrong. And sometimes redemption is about being willing to take a stand.

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Re-Inventing Love by Storm Grant
Gay Historical
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC (April 21, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Re-Inventing Love

Engineer and assistant inventor,Maximilian Grun is in love with his employer, but he daren't reveal the truth. It's 1910 and if Canadian authorities learned of his homosexuality, they'd deport him back to Germany where the country of his birth would become the country of his death.

When promising young inventor and mathematician,Dr. Jasper Hamilton expresses his own feelings for Max, the young German regretfully declines. He cannot risk their partnership, their reputations—their very lives!

Then a rival inventor sabotages their inventions. Jasper is caught between the physical and the metaphysical, reduced to atoms, and transported to the spirit plane! Max is devastated, deeply regretting his lost chances.

But Jasper manages to communicate across the aether, telling Max he must reverse the machine's polarity. But without Jasper's talent for mathematics, the calculations defeat Max.

Can the would-be lovers bridge the gap between life and death to finally be together?When a ghastly lab accident blows a respected inventor away, his loyal assistant must devise a way to bridge the gap between the planes of existence to reunite them in life and in love.

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Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles
Gay Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619234742
ISBN-13: 978-1619234741
Amazon: Rag and Bone
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It’s amazing what people throw away…

Crispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock. Freed from his treacherous master, he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way. But it’s brutally hard work. Not everyone believes he’s a reformed character, and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste-man Ned Hall.

Ned’s sick of magic. Sick of the trouble it brings, sick of its dangerous grip on Crispin and the miserable look it puts in his eyes, and sick of being afraid that a gentleman magician won’t want a street paper-seller forever—or even for much longer.

But something is stirring among London’s forgotten discards. An ancient evil is waking up and seeking its freedom. And when wild magic hits the rag-and-bottle shop where Ned lives, a panicked Crispin falls back onto bad habits. The embattled lovers must find a way to work together—or London could go up in flames.

This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies series.

Warning: Contains a warlock who needs to go straight (but isn’t), a waste-man running out of patience, blood magic, bad-tempered justiciars, and a pen with a mind of its own.

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Red Envelope & Herc and Pyotr by Atom Yang
Gay Contemporary Romance

Red Envelope
Publisher: MLR Press (December 4, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Red Envelope

The Chinese New Year is a time for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future, but Clint doesn't want to bid farewell to his cousin's handsome American friend, Weaver, after they share an unexpected passionate encounter.

The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time for family reunions, and for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future. Clint, however, doesn't want to bid farewell to what happened after last year's celebration, when he and his Cousin Maggie's handsome Caucasian friend, Weaver, shared an unexpected but long-desired passionate encounter. East is East and West is West, and Weaver seems to want to keep it that way, but maybe Clint can bridge that great divide this coming New Year, and show Weaver what it means to be loved and accepted.

Herc and Pyotr (Storming Love Series: Meteor Strikes #5)
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC (March 24, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Herc and Pyotr (Storming Love Series: Meteor Strikes #5)

Herc thought he had the perfect life: a great partner and a meaningful career as a psychotherapist--until his partner left him a week ago and Herc became too depressed to see his clients. When a random meteorite punched a tidy hole in his car's engine, it seemed like the world had it in for him, but bumping into Pyotr, the handsome older man who's moved in a couple of doors down and happens to study things like falling stars, things might be looking up for Herc--and more may be falling than the skies in this light-hearted, apocalyptic romance.

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Writer Long has created a wonderfully exciting story with two very interesting protagonists. Jake and Xavier are The Men.

Love and Pain by W.S. Long
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (November 8, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Love and Pain

Sequel to Love and Murder

After their too-thrilling courtship that included capturing his former lover's killer, Jake Chandler has started a new life for himself with FBI agent Xavier. Living together is wonderful, but moving to Washington D.C. has resulted in temporary jobs that don’t last long. When Jake finally lucks out on a too-good-to-be-true position with a big law firm, Xavier suspects Jake’s new boss is crooked.

With some sleuthing, snooping, and close calls, Jake gets deeper into trouble at work, and conflicts with Xavier make his world start to crumble. When a key witness is shot to death in front of Jake, they both begin to realize how high the stakes are. Can Jake and Xavier get through these threats and find happiness with each other?

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Mantled in Mist (SoulShares #6) by Rory Ni Coileain
Gay Fantasy Romance
Series: SoulShares
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books (January 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626012490
ISBN-13: 978-1626012493
Amazon: Mantled in Mist (SoulShares #6)
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In the sixth novel in the Rainbow Award-nominated paranormal M/M SoulShares series, Fiachra Dubhdara is a Fae living a stolen life, in a body that isn’t his own. He’s also the most junior detective on the D.C. Vice squad, assigned the task of infiltrating and shutting down Tiernan Guaire’s Purgatory. Peri Katsura is the newest and hottest masseur at Lochlann Doran’s Big Boy Massage, inexplicably drawn to the gorgeous cop assigned to bust him but needing to hide a dark secret of his own. And the owner of Fiachra’s body has a plan to get it back – a plan that may cost Fiachra his SoulShare and close the doors of Purgatory forever. Unless the Marfach gets there first…

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The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1518803229
ISBN-13: 978-1518803222
Amazon: The Italian Word for Kisses
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It’s no secret Tav and Luca are going out. After the accident, it’s also no secret that new kid Jack Collins has a raging case of homophobia, and is not best pleased about having given the kiss of life to a gay guy. Either Luca quits swimming, or Jack is going to make him.

Tav favours the tried-and-true method of knocking Jack’s teeth down his neck, only he can’t really afford another school suspension. Luca favours just ignoring him, only ignoring a penknife being held to your throat at New Year’s Eve is downright stupid.

Thing is, Luca suspects Jack is a victim of something himself. And time is running out for Luca to get through to Jack, before Jack gets rid of him.

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Private by Matthew J. Metzger
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Queerteen Press (November 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517731844
ISBN-13: 978-1517731847
Amazon: Private
Amazon Kindle: Private

Sixteen-year-old Shane has finally settled into life in the country, with university ambitions, a steady relationship, and a grudging tolerance for dance that is entirely the fault of his boyfriend, Luke.

Then Shane’s father gets his marching orders, and Shane’s time in this new life is put on a countdown. At sixteen, Shane could legally leave but has nowhere to go. And leaving the first real home he’s had in nearly twelve years doesn’t feel any better whether it’s for the wilds of Cornwall or the local housing association.

But in order to stay, Shane is going to have to tell his very conservative, very military family his biggest secrets ... all three of them.

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Hi, everyone! This is my first or two stops on the GRL Tour. I want to thank Elisa for having me. This blog stop is smack dab in the middle of my Soul Seekers Blog Tour, my fifth novel release so I’m going to mix this up a bit. Read why this is my first GRL, read 25 random questions about me, and then an excerpt from Souls Seekers. And since the release tour has a giveaway, you can sign up too.


GRL – My second Con and Why I Haven’t Been to GRL Yet

Last July, I went to Rainbow Con in Tampa. Believe it or not my first trip on an airplane ever! I’ve always feared flying and vowed never to step foot on a plane. Why did I? First, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more logical and less driven to panic. Of course, my fear of flying is dying…well, that, and I’m claustrophobic, afraid of heights, afraid of crashing…you get my point. Also, my grandmother, at 85 yrs. old, got on a plane for the first time and went to Aruba. I didn’t want to be 85 before my first plane trip.

Bring on the miracle of drugs.

Not the illegal ones. Something my doctor gave me and some Benadryl and I wasn’t afraid of anything. Since there was a layover there and one on the way back, I actually had four different plane trips. Go me!

My first GRL was going to be in 2014. Ohio is close to New York, and sort of close to where I lived in NY so I could drive. Plane not an issue but money issues took care of that trip. Atlanta 2013 and San Diego 2015 were vetoed by the plane issue. No way I was driving that far!

Bring on 2016. Plane is not an issue. So far money is not an issue. And an added bonus, this year GRL is in Kansas City, Missouri and home to my bestie, Raine O’Tierny. Double score.

So yes you will see me at GRL barring anything other than the fear of flying getting in the way. Hope to see you there.

25 Random Questions with JC
Preference: Male or Female Male (grr!) and 1 certain female
Single or Taken: Taken
Favorite Color Green
Favorite Band Led Zeppelin
Tattoos? None…..yet
Exercise Bwahahaha
Food Spaghetti
Book Faith and Fidelity Tere Michaels
Movie Jaws
Cats or Dogs Cats
Author Too many to choose from
Season Fall
Car Mustang
Animal Tiger
Place At my computer
Historical/Famous Person Dali Lama
Piece of Clothing Sleep pants
Footwear Hiking Boots
Sport to Play Soccer
Coffee Brand Green Mountain Coffee
Regular Creamer or Flavored Hazelnut
TV Show Becoming Human (UK version)
Romantic - Helpless or Hopeful Hopeful
Boxers or Briefs Boxers
Cook or Take-out Take out


Soul Seekers by Jake C Wallace
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634772601
ISBN-13: 978-1634772600
Amazon: Soul Seekers
Amazon Kindle: Soul Seekers

Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he's convinced he’s losing his mind. He'd give anything to feel something, anything, real.

When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but his isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.

Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate abilities to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.

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About Jake C Wallace
Formerly, I wrote under JC Wallace, but recently decided to use my full name. I have been writing all of my life but didn’t start publishing until 2014. In my day job, I am a behavior analyst. At night and on the weekends, I write about all things men. I believe there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, I love a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending.

I am owned by three kids and two grandchildren. I live in Northern Vermont.


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Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger
Transgender Young Adult
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530638771
ISBN-13: 978-1530638772
Amazon: Spy Stuff
Amazon Kindle: Spy Stuff

Anton never thought anyone would ever want to date him. Everyone knows nobody wants a transgender boyfriend, right? So he's as shocked as anyone when seemingly-straight Jude Kalinowski asks him out, and doesn't appear to be joking.

The only problem is ... well, Jude doesn't actually know.

Anton can see how this will play out: Jude is a nice guy, and nice guys finish last. And Anton is transgender, and transgender people don't get happy endings. If he tells Jude, it might destroy everything.

And if Jude tells anyone else ... it will.

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The Journey of Jimini Renn by April Kelley
Bisexual Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530946972
ISBN-13: 978-1530946976
Amazon: The Journey of Jimini Renn
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In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas. As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. His chances of survival are grim when the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.

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Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1) by R.G. Emanuelle
Lesbian Paranormal Romance
Series: The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (May 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955335933
ISBN-13: 978-3955335939
Amazon: Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1)
Amazon Kindle: Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1)

The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters. Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire. Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship. Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim. Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.

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The Dance by Suzie Carr
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Sunny Bee Books, LLC (February 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986388149
ISBN-13: 978-0986388149
Amazon: The Dance
Amazon Kindle: The Dance

The Dance is a book about love, family and friendship, and learning how to dance with life’s constant spin. Dog trainer Jacky Applebaum is focused on one thing – making up for a grave misunderstanding that damaged her relationship with her fifteen-year old stepdaughter Sophie. They are suffocating under the pressure of hurt and guilt. Old wounds begin to heal between them when a spirited beekeeper named Brooke Hastings contracts Jacky to train her overly-protective dog, Bee. A mutual affinity grows instantly between them, an affinity Jacky won’t allow herself to embrace. But, the heart knows what it needs. Meanwhile, Brooke hires Sophie as her assistant in the bee apiary. A trust forms, and soon Sophie begins to feel alive again as she comes face-to-face with the many parallels between her and the honeybees she nurtures. Just as they learn to open up and dance with life again, a hurtful truth reveals itself. Will this truth set them free or unravel all they’ve come to learn about life?

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Stumptown Spirits (Legend Tripping #1) by E.J. Russell
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: The Aphrodite Project
Series: Legend Tripping
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494096
ISBN-13: 978-1626494091
Amazon: Stumptown Spirits (Legend Tripping #1)
Amazon Kindle: Stumptown Spirits (Legend Tripping #1)

What price would you pay to rescue a friend from hell?

For Logan Conner, the answer is almost anything. Guilt-ridden over trapping his college roommate in a ghost war rooted in Portland’s pioneer past, Logan has spent years searching for a solution. Then his new boyfriend, folklorist Riley Morrel, inadvertently gives him the key. Determined to pay his debt—and keep Riley safe—Logan abandons Riley and returns to Portland, prepared to give up his freedom and his future to make things right.

Crushed by Logan’s betrayal, Riley drops out of school and takes a job on a lackluster paranormal investigation show. When the crew arrives in Portland to film an episode about a local legend of feuding ghosts, he stumbles across Logan working at a local bar, and learns the truth about Logan’s plan.

Their destinies once more intertwined, the two men attempt to reforge their relationship while dodging a narcissistic TV personality, a craven ex-ghost, and a curmudgeonly bar owner with a hidden agenda. But Logan’s date with destiny is looming, and his life might not be the only one at stake.

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The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project #1) by Belinda McBride
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: The Aphrodite Project
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786513382
ISBN-13: 978-1786513380
Amazon: The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project #1)
Amazon Kindle: The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project #1)

In a wicked game, the God of Love falls to his own arrow, and a gentle scholar learns how dangerous knowledge can be.

Aphrodite has had it.

It was bad enough that her son Eros walked a fashion show in drag, but did he really have to show the entire world his wings? Desperate to rein in the impulsive young god, she recruits the scholarly muse Rees to lure him back to Olympus until the scandal dies down.

After hundreds of years, Eros has finally located the reincarnation of his former love, Psyche. The only way to her heart is through fame, so the God of Love plans a daring campaign to win her back. Yet the closer he gets to Psyche, the more he’s drawn to a geeky young professor who came crashing into his life.

Eros drags Rees into his wicked world of high fashion and risqué parties, only to expose him to danger from an unexpected source. When Rees’ secrets come out, they threaten to destroy Eros’ love for him. Yet when Rees is kidnapped, Eros is forced to turn to the woman who set this catastrophe in motion—his mother, Aphrodite.

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Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers #1) by Bey Deckard
Gay Erotic Romance
Series: The Stonewatchers
Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1533274886
ISBN-13: 978-1533274885
Amazon: Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers #1)
Amazon Kindle: Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers #1)

Following the Prentish/Nemarri war, Kes is rejected by his homeland under the guise of religious purity laws. Though he's spared execution, the proud Nemarri's fate is only marginally more merciful than death when he is sold into sexual slavery at a prosperous pleasure house. Despite his stoic endurance, Kes knows he’s reaching his breaking point, but there is nothing he can do—there is no path to freedom in the Holy Prentish Empire, only a lifetime of humiliating servitude. That is, until a beautiful young slave and his formidable master approach Kes in the marketplace and make an astonishing offer to take him home with them. The only problem: “home” is the accursed Horthmont Castle from the scare-stories of Kes’s childhood. Thrown into a world of living myth, powerful magic, and ancient gods, Kes learns the secrets kept hidden by Horthmont’s thick blackstone walls. There he discovers something he thought he’d never know again: hope for the future.

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I want to thank Elisa Rolle for hosting part 3 of Zack Davis’s backstory. It is appreciated! Everyone’s foray into BDSM is unique. I wanted to share with readers how the main character of Lock and Key, Zack Davis became enthralled with BDSM. So for the Lock and Key blog tour I’ve written 11 parts of his story. I hope you enjoy it!

Part 2 can be found at:

Part 3

His mother’s scream pierced his sleep. Zack grabbed his baseball bat as he tripped out the door.

“Did you see this?” She waved the latest edition of her favorite trashy tabloid at him.

“Um?” His eyes adjusted to the light. His mother was alone in the room. Okay, no one to kill.

His mother shrieked, “Look at what your brother did.”

What had Jordon—

“They published a picture of Dusty with some boy in a dress!”

Dusty? Usually Jordan was the one in trouble.

Jordon stumbled into the living room rubbing his eyes and wearing a T-shirt with Rainbow Warrior scrolled across the chest and neon purple sweats. “Why is Dusty wearing a dress?”

“No! No! Look!” She threw the tabloid at them, and Jordon snatched it.

Their mother grabbed the gossip rag back. “No, not you! Don’t look at this! Get dressed, we’re going to your brother’s to put a stop to this.”

Scowling, Jordon left the living room to bang around his bedroom.

Her reaction to his oldest brother kissing a gender fluid person pushed Zack deeper into the shadows. She’d never tolerate his interest in guys let alone BDSM.

If his own mother couldn’t accept him, how could anyone?

Part 4 will be on June 24th!

Lock And Key by Z. Allora
Release Date Jul 15, 2016
Pages 300
ISBN-13 978-1-63477-169-6

Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

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Big hugs,
Z. Allora

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Built to Last by Aurora Rey
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626395527
ISBN-13: 978-1626395527
Amazon: Built to Last
Amazon Kindle: Built to Last

Olivia Bennett is on the tenure track at Cornell University, the resident expert on Southern women writers. After moving to upstate New York from Atlanta, she falls in love with and purchases an old, run-down farmhouse. The only catch: she know s nothing about renovating a house, taking care of land, or snow . Joss Bauer is a New York native who grew up in her family’s construction business. She has a soft spot for old houses, but no patience for overpaid debutantes who want to play at country living. W hen Olivia hires Joss to do the renovations on her new home, the sparks fly, in more ways than one. It turns out both women have a lot to learn about life, love, and the meaning of home. But when a scandal threatens Olivia’s professional reputation, it puts her priorities and her new found love on the line.

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Winter's Harbor by Aurora Rey
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626394989
ISBN-13: 978-1626394988
Amazon: Winter's Harbor
Amazon Kindle: Winter's Harbor

Lia Brooks has a broken heart and a burning desire to escape New York City. She decides Provincetown is the perfect winter escape to find some peace and regroup. Alex McKinnon is the pastry chef and proprietor of The Flour Pot Café in the heart of Provincetown. She loves owning her own business and the easy, no-strings-attached relationships that come with living in a gay tourist mecca.

When Lia appears in the café, the attraction is immediate. The passion between them promises more than a casual affair, but it’s never that simple. Women from Alex’s past pop up at the most inopportune times. Then there’s Lia’s ex, who brokers deals for a living and is unaccustomed to losing. Will Alex and Lia be able to overcome the roadblocks and find a happily ever after?

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What Remains by Garrett Leigh
Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626493987
ISBN-13: 978-1626493988
Amazon: What Remains

Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O'Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can't help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat-a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family-and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can't remember and shatters Rupert's heart. Jodi doesn't know him-or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.

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Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh
Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626493529
ISBN-13: 978-1626493520
Amazon: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh
Amazon Kindle: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.

Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.

Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.

But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.

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2016 Rainbow Awards submissions started on February 15, 2016 (4 months ago) and will close on September 5, 2016 (still 2 months and half). At today we have a total of 149 submissions which raised a total of 4.500$ to charity. I decided to post the trend of submissions, so that if you are still thinking if and where to post, you have a feeling of the competition:

Transgender: 5 Submissions
Alternative Universe/Reality 1
- The Servant Duchess Of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers Of the Remmington Realm #2) Vicktor Alexander
Fantasy Romance 1
- The Complete Horse Mistress Collection R.A. Steffan
Sci-fi / Futuristic 2
- Perihelion Tami Veldura
- Artifact of Foex James L. Wolf
Young Adult 1
- Spy Stuff Matthew J. Metzger

Bisexual: 8 Submissions
Contemporary Romance 4
- The Best Laid Plans Lauren Gallagher
- Lucky Starflowers Kate Pavelle
- Between Ghosts Garrett Leigh
- What Remains Garrett Leigh
Fantasy 2
- King of the Storm B. A. Brock
- Counsel of the Wicked Elizabeth A. Schechter
Fantasy Romance 1
- The Journey of Jimini Renn April Kelley
Young Adult 1
- Seven Tears at High Tide CB Lee

Lesbian: 27 Submissions
Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance 1
- It's Only Love: A Short Story Collection Diane Marina
Contemporary General Fiction 3
- Backcast Ann McMan
- The Dance Suzie Carr
- It Pours C.D. Cain
Contemporary Romance 10
- Stuck Landing Lauren Gallagher
- Love on The Red Rocks Lisa Moreau
- Small Town Angel K’Anne Meinel
- Fast Lane Jennis Slaughter & A. D. Campbell
- Doctored K’Anne Meinel
- Deal-Breaker Siri Caldwell
- Getting Back Cindy Rizzo
- Winter's Harbor Aurora Rey
- Built to Last Aurora Rey
- A Kiss Before Dawn Laurie Salzler
Fantasy 2
- The Dowry Blade Cherry Potts
- Hekolatis' Promise T.J. Mindancer
Fantasy Romance 2
- SkyWhisperers Natasja Hellenthal
- Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory Barbara Ann Wright
Historical Romance 1
- Pirated Love K’Anne Meinel
Mystery / Thriller 4
- Four Point Max Ellendale
- Minacious Malice (Malice #19) K’Anne Meinel
- The XYZ Mysteries Iza Moreau
- Cold to the Touch Cari Hunter
Paranormal Romance 2
- The Awakening Dawn Carter
- Have a Bite R.G. Emanuelle
Romantic Comedy 1
- Love Bites Lila Bruce
Romantic Suspence 1
- Love's Redemption Donna K. Ford

Gay: 109 Submissions
Alternative Universe/Reality 1
- Whither Thou Goest Tinnean
Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance 1
- Leather Wishes – The Adventures of the Fancy Man Julian Keys
Anthology / Collection / Erotica 1
- The Biggest Lover R. Jackson
Contemporary General Fiction 3
- The Imperfection of Swans Brandon Witt
- Jonathan’s Promise (Jonathan Trilogy #2) Hans M. Hirschi
- The House on Fremont Drive Jere' M. Fishback
Contemporary Romance 26
- Indigo Road R.J. Jones
- Rain Shadow L.A. Witt
- Hawaiian Orchid Meg Amor
- Behr Facts and When Adam Fell (2 novellas as 1 submission) Pat Henshaw
- Under a Sky of Ash Brandon Witt
- Cross to Bare Susan Mac Nicol
- Flying Solo Susan Mac Nicol
- Best Laid Plans Tinnean
- In My Heart (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, 2 novellas as 1 submission) Joe Cosentino
- Bouncing Back (Cozzi Cove #1) Joe Cosentino
- The Boys of Summer Sarah Madison
- Loving the Master Lynn Kelling
- Until September Chris Scully
- The ‘True Love’ Solution Julie Bozza
- ’Til Death Do Us Part Addison Albright
- Prince of the Playhouse Tara Lain
- A Fortunate Blizzard L.C. Chase
- Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
- Surfacing Daniel Stephens
- Signs of Desire Tempeste O’Riley
- Dreamers’ Destiny Tempeste O’Riley
- More Than Love Amelia Bishop
- Tumbled E.E. Grey
- Signs of Life Melanie Hansen
- Unquiet Melanie Hansen
- Red Envelope & Herc and Pyotr (two novellas as 1 submission) Atom Yang
Erotic Romance 7
- Not Safe For Work L.A. Witt
- Loving Jordan: The Complete Trilogy Andrea Dalling
- Dom of Ages K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
- To Live Again L.A. Witt
- Hiatus L.A. Witt
- Every Breath I Take (All I'll Ever Need #2) J.P. Bowie
- Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers #1) Bey Deckard
Fantasy 2
- Mantled in Mist Rory Ni Coileain
- Shadows and Light Cari Z.
Fantasy Romance 6
- Adoni Rider Jacobs
- Sleight of Heart Aisling Mancy
- Driven Snow Tara Lain
- Song of Souls (Terra #3) S.J. Frost
- Rag and Bone K.J. Charles
- Tempest Cari Z.
Historical 4
- Games of Rome (Dominus #2) J. P. Kenwood
- Across Your Dreams Jay Lewis Taylor
- Re-Inventing Love Storm Grant
- Through the Baltic Looking-Glass Lara Biyuts
Historical Romance 9
- Broken Blades Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
- Darling James Tinnean
- The Innocent Auction Victoria Sue
- Beloved Unmasked Brita Addams
- Yesterday Mickie B. Ashling
- A Tested Love Kayla Jameth
- Need Your Love Dean Pace-Frech
- A Gentleman's Position K.J. Charles
- A Seditious Affair K.J. Charles
Humor 2
- Drama Muscle (Nicky and Noah Mystery #2) Joe Cosentino
- Forty Wild Crushes: stories Jim Provenzano
Mystery / Thriller 7
- Love and Pain W.S. Long
- Murder in the Desert (A Nick Fallon Investigation #5) J.P. Bowie
- A Solitary Man Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony
- Haven’s Creed Parker Williams
- Backlash Jack L. Pyke
- Caged Jaye Lynn Kelling
- In Deep Adam Fitzroy
Paranormal Romance 15
- A Royal Craving Elaine White
- Shifting Chaos Elizabeth Noble
- Truth and Consequences Sarah Madison
- Driven Nicholas Kinsley
- Love is for the Living Nicholas Kinsley
- Elemental Love L.M. Somerton
- Omega Born C.R. Guiliano
- Whiskers of a Chance Tempeste O’Riley
- Stealing Dragon's Heart Susan Laine
- Hexbreaker Jordan L. Hawk
- Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #2) M.A. Church
- Demon Duke (Paranormal Noble #2) S.J. Frost
- The Tenth Muse Belinda McBride
- Stumptown Spirits E.J. Russell
- The Promise Victoria Sue
Romantic Comedy 3
- Love on the Jersey Shore Richard Natale
- Moving Forward (Cozzi Cove #2) Joe Cosentino
- Groomzilla & Groomzilla Does Vegas Tere Michaels
Romantic Suspence 6
- If The Seas Catch Fire L.A. Witt
- Vegas Sin Jambrea Jo Jones
- Tackling the Tight End Tara Lain
- The Art of Hero Worship Mia Kerick
- Broken Soldier Jamie Lynn Miller
- Just the Thought of You (Mann of My Dreams #3) Tinnean
Sci-fi / Futuristic 6
- Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) Leslie Lee Sanders
- Song of Song L. J. LaBarthe
- Succession Alicia Cameron
- Waking Jamal Amberly Smith
- Strange Times Clancy Nacht
- Where There's A Will Cari Z.
Young Adult 10
- Sire Kate Pavelle
- Banished Sons of Poseidon Andrew J. Peters
- Fjord Blue Nina Rossing
- Spanish Bay Hans M. Hirschi
- Clean Mia Kerick
- Throwing Stones Robin Reardon
- Thárros C. Kennedy
- Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1) Victoria Kinnaird
- Private Matthew J. Metzger
- The Italian Word for Kisses Matthew J. Metzger

Please notice for a category to be eligible it has to have a minimum of 5 books, otherwise it will be combined with similar categories.

"Air de Capri" is a 1923 painting by Gerda Wegener, with Gerda herself and her husband, transgender male to female, Lili Elbe

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Demon Duke (Paranormal Noble #2) by S.J. Frost
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944770232
ISBN-13: 978-1944770235
Amazon: Demon Duke (Paranormal Noble #2)
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Demon Duke Paranormal Nobles #2 As a witch, Calvin Blackwood knows the dangers of demons, but to save his brother, he's willing to enter into a deal with demon duke, Sal, and give him anything the demon wants in return, including himself.

A month ago, Calvin Blackwood found himself in the company of vampires, having been hired to use his talent as a witch to summon a demon. That demon ended up saving his life. In the time since, he hasn't been able to forget about Sal. He knows entering a deal with a demon is dangerous, but to save his brother, binding himself to the beautiful demon might be worth the risk.

Sal is a duke among demons. An immortal being, more powerful than a vampire, but who has one admitted weakness, a fondness for humans. When Calvin comes to him to make a deal, he's hesitant, but can't deny his need to be closer to him. He also knows if he doesn't help him, Calvin will summon another demon, and he knows all too well the treachery of his own kind.

Desire and trust builds between Calvin and Sal. Their relationship grows, but so does a hidden threat, and it might take power greater than a demon duke to save them. It might take that of a witch.

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Every Breath I Take (All I'll Ever Need #2) by J.P. Bowie
Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 5, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Every Breath I Take (All I'll Ever Need #2)

Troy Kendall was a bad boy, an addict with attitude, but, since Detective Mark McLennan entered his life, all he wants to do is help others—even if they really don’t want him to.

Life for a recovering drug addict isn’t easy. Fortunately for Troy Kendall, he has handsome Detective Mark McLennan to lean on for love and support. When Mark asks Troy to move in with him, Troy is over the moon, sure that now his future will be everything he has dreamed of.

Now that he’s able to think about the bigger picture without himself as the main feature, he starts taking an interest in others. Like his ex-roommate Kevin. Troy feels a bit guilty about finding happiness when it’s obvious Kevin is lonely and miserable. Or Teresa, the food server working at the corner diner. Troy is sure she’s a victim of domestic abuse.

Ignoring Mark’s opinion that he’s being annoyingly nosy, Troy goes on a mission to try to help those he feels are lacking in the happiness department. He’s given excuses from Teresa when he asks her how she came by all the cuts and bruises he sees her suffering from on a daily basis. Is it the boyfriend or her domineering father who’s making Teresa’s life a misery?

After a conversation over a drink with Kevin, he’s worried that his ex-roomie is on the verge of signing up for gay conversion therapy. When Kevin goes missing, Troy and Mark along with Kevin’s new roommate, Roger, go on a search that leads them to a basement in the suburbs where a homophobic couple are holding Kevin captive.

Is Troy’s plan to find happiness for others doomed to failure? Or can he and his friends change the course of disaster both Kevin and Teresa are on?

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Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1) by Julie Lynn Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 25, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1)

Blurb: Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.
Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?
Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!
The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit for more information about this organization.

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Meet the author: Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.

Have the characters share a list of things they’ll never do again

Ethan: Wear a dress
Vinnie: Hey, that goes on my list, not yours. When did you ever wear a dress?
Ethan: I was thinking of you when I said it.
Vinnie: I can speak for myself. *clears throat* Wear a dress.
Ethan: I don’t believe that.
Vinnie: You don’t believe what?
Ethan: That you’ll never wear a dress again. You’ve said that before. See how well that’s worked out for you.
Vinnie: Fuck you, I mean it this time. And whose fault is it I end up in a dress? Why don’t you wear one next time? Then I won’t have to.
Ethan: Because I can’t possibly look as sexy as you do in a dress, baby. You make my motor run, you know that?
Vinnie: We’re getting off the subject here, Ethan! *blushes* Go on to the next thing on the list.
Ethan: Isn’t it your turn?
Vinnie: I said the dress.
Ethan: I said it first.
Vinnie: Oh for Christ’s sake! I’ll tell you what’s next on my list. I’m never answering interview questions again. *He stalks off, Ethan, following close behind*

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1) by Victoria Kinnaird
Gay Young Adult
Series: The Keswick Chronicles
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523652225
ISBN-13: 978-1523652228
Amazon: Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1)
Amazon Kindle: Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1)

Jack Daveyson grew up with a guitar in his hands and his head full of melodies. Ten years after writing his first riff, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life - graduate high school, escape Wayville and hit the road with his band, Forever Fading Echoes. But it's a bit hard to launch a band without a singer. Enter JJ Keswick. JJ is everything Jack isn't: rich, confident and popular. He also happens to be one of the best singers Jack has ever heard. Jack reluctantly lets JJ into his band and into his life. The spark between them in the practice studio grows into something neither of them were expecting - a love that threatens to tear their lives apart. International bestselling author Victoria Kinnaird is proud to introduce you to The Keswick Chronicles, a YA rock'n'roll romance. Pack your guitar, pull on your band tee shirt and turn up the volume - it's time to meet your new favourite band.

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Hi folks! I’m happy to be here on Elisa’s blog today talking about GRL, and my new release, Strong Medicine. This year will be my fourth trip to GRL, my third as an author, and my very first as a featured author. Despite my anxiety, I’ve always felt very comfortable at GRL, but I’m a nervous wreck over the whole public speaking aspect of a featured spot. I’m doing a Q&A on Thursday afternoon, so y’all think of some questions so I’m not hearing crickets the whole time! ;-)

But seriously, come see me any time at GRL. I love getting to know my fellow authors and especially my readers. I’m a reader too, so there’re plenty of people I’ll be fangirling over.

Also, I’ve just had a new book released from Wilde City Press called Strong Medicine. Here’s what it’s about:

Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan
Publisher: Wilde City Press (May 18, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Strong Medicine

Blurb: Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?

The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.

Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet. Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret—one he refuses to speak about in therapy.

Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life. Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness—and find a new normal together.

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Unquiet (Resilient Love) by Melanie Hansen
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634767411
ISBN-13: 978-1634767415
Amazon: Unquiet (Resilient Love)
Amazon Kindle: Unquiet (Resilient Love)

A Resilient Love Story

Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.

Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.

Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.

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Signs of Life (Resilient Love) by Melanie Hansen
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634761774
ISBN-13: 978-1634761772
Amazon: Signs of Life (Resilient Love)
Amazon Kindle: Signs of Life (Resilient Love)

A Resilient Love Story

Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all―a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.

High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids―he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.

An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.

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Getting Back by Cindy Rizzo
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (October 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955333957
ISBN-13: 978-3955333959
Amazon: Getting Back
Amazon Kindle: Getting Back

Elizabeth Morrison has ascended the ranks of her industry and now runs one of the most successful publishing companies in the US. But even after three decades, she has never been able to get past the devastating end of her relationship with the beautiful and brilliant Ruth Abramson. As Elizabeth approaches her 30th college reunion, she must face the woman who long ago acceded to the demands of her father, a famous Russian dissident, and married the young man who'd been chosen for her. It doesn't make it any easier that Ruth, now divorced and living openly as a lesbian, is the class luncheon speaker. As the two women face one another and attempt to reconcile their past, Elizabeth finds she must wrestle with a number of issues she has avoided confronting. And she must carefully decide whether she is more distrustful of Ruth or of herself. Is she headed for another fall with this woman? Or does she want to get close again, so she can be the one to walk away? When it comes to reuniting with the love of your life, it's not always easy to know the difference between getting back together and just getting back.

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Waking Jamal by Amberly Smith
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 25, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634771338
ISBN-13: 978-1634771337
Amazon: Waking Jamal
Amazon Kindle: Waking Jamal

Their physical and mental survival depends on them bonding.

Jamal Zumati joins the military, determined to repay the country that fed and housed him. But during his Hamask activation, his senses go offline and he enters a berserker rage. The United States Hamrammr Program, or USHP, has only one option: put him into hibernation.

Despite his extraordinary ability to read and manipulate situations, Vargr Lt. Rum Walker has stepped on one too many brass toes, and the USHP demoted him back to teaching new candidates. Rum is one paranoid thought away from self-destruction when he is recruited for a covert mission: pull Jamal from hibernation.

The problem is, no one has ever survived a berserker fury at least not officially. If Rum is to challenge the military stereotypes, he ll not only need to wake Jamal he ll need to get him to agree to be bonded as a Hamra Pair, the ultimate supersoldier team.

When Jamal and Rum team up with an FBI Hamra Pair to stop the terrorist group Dios Provee, Rum thinks he ll show Jamal their true potential lies in an equal partnership, but Jamal is convinced Rum should take the lead. Will Rum stop Jamal from going berserk again and destroying both of their futures?"

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The Complete Horse Mistress Collection by R.A. Steffan
Transgender Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: May 8, 2016
Amazon Kindle: The Complete Horse Mistress Collection

Carivel was born female, but she has been secretly living as a boy for years in her adoptive village of Draebard. The last thing she needs is to fall for not one, but two unattainable men—a dominating warrior and a reluctant wolf-shifter with a horrific past. Now, the Alyrion Empire is poised to invade, and Carivel must choose whether to keep her secret or reveal it—not only to the men she loves, but also to the powerful female ruler whose army could help protect Draebard during the coming war.

Steamy and spellbinding, The Complete Horse Mistress Collection combines detailed world-building and a heartfelt romance between three noble, damaged people who have no one to turn to but each other.

For a limited time, save 50% when you buy this bundle, compared to the cost of buying Books 1, 2, 3, and 4 individually! The Horse Mistress boxset also contains an exclusive series epilogue not available anywhere else—Return of the Wolf.

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