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Almost than 420 books, 165 judges, all over the world, and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and self-published authors. And, to me more important of everything, we raised more than 14.000 dollars donated to LGBT charities:

14026$ Grand Total )

First of all a big thank to all the judges who helped me to arrive to this result:

Jury )

And as always a big thank you to the Publishers which allow me and the judges to have all the books for the reading phase:

Publishers  )

And now what all you are waiting, the 2016 Rainbow Awards. And the Rainbow Awards go to:


"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Cover
Winners:

1. Broken, Author: Nicola Haken, Artist: Reese Dante
2. Witches of London, Author: Aleksandr Voinov, Artist: Anna Tiferet Sikorska
3. Scardust, Author: Suzanne van Rooyen, Artist: Louisa Maggio
Runners Up:
4. Under a Sky of Ash, Author: Brandon Witt, Artist: Anne Cain
Full Domain, Author: Kindle Alexander, Artist: Reese Dante
5. Mirror’s Gaze, Author: Rae D. Magdon, Artist: Rachel George
6. The Mystery of Nevermore, Author: C.S. Poe, Artist: Reese Dante
7. Starless Night, Author: Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly, Artist: Rachel George
8. Captive, Author: Jex Lane, Artist: Jay Aheer
9. What Remains, Author: Garrett Leigh, Artist: Garrett Leigh/L.C. Chase
10. A Mended Man, Author: Jaime Reese, Artist: Reese Dante

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Fantasy
Winners:
1. The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy
2. The Mirror’s Gaze (Amendyr Series #4) by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy
3. The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Fiction
Winners:
1. Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Midnight at the Orpheus by Alyssa Linn Palmer - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Historical

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Romantic Comedy & Suspence
Winners:

1. Love Bites by Lila Bruce - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Comedy
2. Love's Redemption by Donna K. Ford - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Suspence
3. The Wrong Kind of Woman by Voss Porter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Comedy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Non Fiction & Poetry (The Dirk Vanden Award)
Winners:
1. What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
2. The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
3. Archer's Omnibus of Oddities, Mischievous Exploits & Sundry Tales of Insubordination: A Queer Collection of Essays by Jesse Archer - Gender: Gay - Genre: Non Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Alternative Universe/Reality
Winners:
1. Risk (Dark Light #2) by Dusk Peterson - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Alternative Universe/Reality
2. The Servant Duchess Of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers Of the Remmington Realm #2) by Vicktor Alexander - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Alternative Universe/Reality
3. Staged by Kim Fielding - Gender: Gay - Genre: Alternative Universe/Reality

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Winners:
1. Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Winners:
1. Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
2. Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy
Winners:
1. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
2. Malachite by Kirby Crow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
3. The Necromancer's Dance and The Necromancer's Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Romance
Winners:
1. What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. The Complete Horse Mistress Collection by R.A. Steffan - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. The Gift of Gravity by Sage C. Holloway - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Historical & Paranormal Romance
Winners:
1. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction & Young Adult
Winners:
1. Backcast by Ann McMan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. It Pours by C.D. Cain - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
Winners:
1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
2. The High King's Golden Tongue by Megan Derr - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Historical & Paranormal Romance (The Cate Culpepper Award and The Sandra Moran Award)
Winners:
1. Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor by Jess Faraday - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Historical
3. Shaken to the Core by Jae - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Historical Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Fiction & Biography / Memoir
Winners:
1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Young Adult
2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance & Fiction
Winners:
1. Leather Wishes – The Adventures of the Fancy Man by Julian Keys - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
2. Sweet & Sexy (4 novellas as 1 submission) by Jeff Adams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
3. Love Unlocked by Claire Davis and Al Stewart, Victoria Milne, Dawn Sister, J P Walker, Caraway Carter, Ofelia Gränd, Debbie McGowan - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Historical
Winners:
1. Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
2. Games of Rome (Dominus #2) by J. P. Kenwood - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
3. Lessons for Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochrane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Winners:
1. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
2. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction & Humor
Winners:
1. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. Deluge by Vincent Meis - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Romantic Comedy
Winners:
1. Winter Ball by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
2. Loving Djinni by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
3. Femme by Marshall Thornton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
Groomzilla & Groomzilla Does Vegas by Tere Michaels - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Young Adult
Winners:
1. Foxes by Suki Fleet - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
2. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
3. Private by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Romantic Suspence
Winners:
1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
3. Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
Runners Up:
4. Time: Wounds All Heal by Princess S.O. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
5. Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Contemporary Romance & Fiction
Winners:
1. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. What Remains by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance
Runners Up:
4. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. The Art House by Scarlett Knight - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy Romance
Winners:
1. Tempest by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Runners Up:
4. Beauty, Inc. by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
5. Ravenhearth by Lotus Oakes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Historical Romance
Winners:
1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
2. The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
3. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
5. Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Mystery Thriller (The Dorien Grey Award)
Winners:
1. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
2. Blow Down by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. In Deep by Adam Fitzroy - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
5. It's a Sin by Steve Burford - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Winners:
1. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
2. Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There's A Will by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Checkmate Ever After by Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. The Avian Emperor by Pelaam - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
5. Risking the Wild Places by Shannon West - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
6. Whipping Boy by Jordan Brewer - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
7. The Forbidden Zone by Victoria Zagar - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
8. Inherent Cost by Alicia Cameron - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
9. In Pain by Caethes Faron - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Cardinal Sins by Lissa Kasey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Erotic Romance & Erotica (The Bobby Michaels Awards)
Winners:
1. A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
2. Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
3. Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
5. Quillon’s Covert by Joseph Lance Tonlet & Louis Stevens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
6. The Arrangement by Felice Stevens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
7. The Biggest Lover by R. Jackson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Erotica
Lock and Key by Z. Allora - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
8. Building Bonds + Safe Limits (2 novellas as 1 submission) by Morticia Knight - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
9. Second to None by Felice Stevens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
10. Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers #1) by Bey Deckard - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
Not Just Another Pretty Face by Louis Flint Ceci - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Erotica

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance
Winners:
1. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Just Physical by Jae - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Runners Up:
4. Heartwood by Catherine Lane - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Erotic Romance
6. Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
7. Built to Last by Aurora Rey - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
8. Nothing To Lose by Clare Lydon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Whirlwind Romance by Kris Bryant - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. Stuck Landing by Lauren Gallagher - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Paranormal Romance
Winners:
1. Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Runners Up:
4. The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
5. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
6. Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
7. Supernatural Consultant, Vol 1 by Mell Eight - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
8. Priddy's Tale by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Truth and Consequences by Sarah Madison - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
9. Candy Land by Lissa Kasey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Love is for the Living by Nicholas Kinsley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
10. Dragon Dreams & Fairy Wings by Bailey Bradford - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary Romance (The William Neale Award)
Winners:
1. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Runners Up:
4. Selfie by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lollipop by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
6. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
7. Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
8. Come What May by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Under a Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tumbled by E.E. Grey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unquiet by Melanie Hansen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
11. Love Can't Conquer by Kim Fielding - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
12. Small Steps by Chris McHart - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
13. Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fool's Gold by Sarah Madison - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
14. Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
15. Red Envelope & Herc and Pyotr (two novellas as 1 submission) by Atom Yang - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Restitution: A Love Story by Aubrey Cullens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
16. Falling by Sierra Riley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Island Doctor by Sue Brown - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
18. Someday by Sierra Riley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Penalty Shot (Hat Trick #3) by Jeff Adams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unguarded by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. Nobody’s Son by Shae Connor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
20. Hawaiian Orchid by Meg Amor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Indigo Road by R.J. Jones - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Delicious by Sierra Riley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Asexual Book
Winners:
1. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Fantasy
2. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. We Go Forward by Alison Evans - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Bisexual, Transgender and LGBT Book
Winners:
1. What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
2. Perihelion by Tami Veldura - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Biography / Memoir

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Lesbian Book
Winners:
1. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. Hurricane Season by B.J. Phillips - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Winter's Harbor by Aurora Rey - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love on The Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Gay Book
Winners:
1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. It's a Sin by Steve Burford - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Small Steps by Chris McHart - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Book
Winners:
1. What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
2. The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
3. Risk (Dark Light #2) by Dusk Peterson - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Alternative Universe/Reality

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Asexual Book
Winners:
1. For Promise Yet Unbroken by Tygati - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Fantasy
3. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Book
Winners:
1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Young Adult
2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Humor
5. Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Young Adult
What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Book
Winners:
1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
2. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Runners Up:
4. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
5. What Remains by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
6. Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Romantic Suspence
7. The High King's Golden Tongue by Megan Derr - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Fantasy Romance
8. For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance
9. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. The Art House by Scarlett Knight - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance
Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Book
Winners:
1. Backcast by Ann McMan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
6. The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy
7. Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
8. A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. It Pours by C.D. Cain - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
10. Cast Me Gently by Caren J. Werlinger - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
Just Physical by Jae - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
11. Love Bites by Lila Bruce - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Comedy
12. Going Coastal by Jane DiLucchio - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
The Songbird Thief by Skye Allen - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Young Adult
13. Heartwood by Catherine Lane - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
14. Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. The XYZ Mysteries by Iza Moreau - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
16. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Erotic Romance
17. Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
18. Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
19. The Dance by Suzie Carr - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
20. Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
The Mirror’s Gaze (Amendyr Series #4) by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Book
Winners:
1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
2. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
5. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Blow Down by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
6. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
7. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Malachite by Kirby Crow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
8. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Foxes by Suki Fleet - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
11. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Unnatural by Joanna Chambers - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
12. A Gentleman's Position by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
13. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
14. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
16. Tempest by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Private by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
The Necromancer's Dance and The Necromancer's Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
18. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Winter Ball by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
Selfie by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
In Deep by Adam Fitzroy - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lollipop by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There's A Will by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
20. Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Sire by Kate Pavelle - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance



"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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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523448040
ISBN-13: 978-1523448043
Amazon: Broken Blades
Amazon Kindle: Broken Blades

1) A strong book set at a time that to me is still more the dominion of history lessons and horror and those childhood stories that my grandparents never, ever tell. So not exactly a time that lends itself to romance, and I admit I was sceptical when I first picked this book up. Happily my scepticism was misguided. Instead of the wartime romance I was half-dreading, this book is the story of two men struggling to stay human in an increasingly inhuman world; remembering that the enemy soldier is a human being, too, is just one part of it. Very well done. But then, everything about this book is well done: The plot is solid and gripping and although it jumps ahead in time twice, it doesn’t seem episodic; the characters are all complex and layered, even the secondary characters – even the obligatory super-Nazi was interesting from a meta perspective! – and the protagonists have a depth that is sometimes more hinted at than revealed fully; the setting was evocative and done right – at least, this German reader was very pleased to come across genuine German names as well as properly spelled and grammatically correct German sentences; the writing, finally, flowed smoothly, at a good pace, and managed to keep me up way past my bedtime because I simply could. Not. Stop. Reading. Last but not least, I quite enjoyed seeing the Germans from the American character’s perspective, all those little comments and observations on manners and language, and I couldn’t help grinning at the bit where Mark wonders at Armin’s mood because from his tone of voice he can’t tell whether Armin is annoyed or not, what with German sounding the same all the damn time. :-)

2) Writing as you wish it do be when you look for this kind of reading; well-developed characters; perfect research; and some very little flaws are covered by a gripping story, although dark, mesmerizing.

3) One of the most touching, heartbreaking beautiful story I ever read. Set in a German POW camp at the end of WWII, it is not a easy reading, the covered topics certainly leave its marks on the reader. But you won’t be able to put it down, you need to know how the main characters get to their well deserved happy ending. Be ready to cry, a lot, be ready to get angry, to feel relieved. The authors managed to engage the readers describing the environment and every action with such powerful attention to detail that you can almost see yourself there. There must have been a lot of reserch behind it, a very good job. A book to read at least once in a lifetime.

4) This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The setting is about as dramatic as it gets, but the story itself, the development of the romance and the tightly-written scenes between Armin and Mark are surprisingly easy to read. It was so engaging I couldn't put it down.

5) Full marks from me on this excellent story of two men who meet at the 1936 Olympics, have one night of passion and eight years later are reunited during World War II. Armin is the POW camp Commandant where Mark, an American airman is brought when his plane crashes. The men at first are wary of one another, but as time passes the attraction they felt eight years earlier is rekindled and their purpose becomes to save each other's lives, as the Allies close in on a defeated Germany. Couldn't put this down until I had read and savored every word. Without a doubt my favorite book of this year.

2. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
(tie) The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance




Runners Up:
4. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
5. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Blow Down by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
(tie) Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
6. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
7. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Malachite by Kirby Crow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
(tie) Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
8. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
(tie) Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Foxes by Suki Fleet - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
11. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) Unnatural by Joanna Chambers - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
12. A Gentleman's Position by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
13. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
14. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
(tie) The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
16. Tempest by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
(tie) Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
(tie) Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Private by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
(tie) The Necromancer's Dance and The Necromancer's Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
18. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) Winter Ball by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
(tie) Selfie by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
(tie) Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) In Deep by Adam Fitzroy - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
(tie) ’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Lollipop by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
(tie) Where There's A Will by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
(tie) Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
(tie) Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
20. Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
(tie) Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
(tie) Sire by Kate Pavelle - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
(tie) Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Backcast by Ann McMan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bywater Books (December 8, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612940633
ISBN-13: 978-1612940632
Amazon: Backcast
Amazon Kindle: Backcast

1) Ann's books are always pretty good. As usual, the storyline was great and the scenes flowed effortlessly. I found myself engrossed in the characters and enjoyed myself immensely.

2) I enjoyed this book by Ann McMan. I had to read it 2 times through as I found a lot going on and ALOT of characters.

3) Backcast is a masterpiece of plot weaving and thematic diversity. There are colorful, relatable and three-dimensional characters, and the author has a rare and refreshingly approachable writing style that makes this book so readable. I dare anyone not to shed a tear or two at “essays” 7, 10 and 12.

4) This imaginative author gives us a multi-dimensional story with interesting characters and a relatable story line all wrapped in a unique writing style. Highly recommended.

2. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller




Runners Up:
4. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
6. The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy
7. Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
8. A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. It Pours by C.D. Cain - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
10. Cast Me Gently by Caren J. Werlinger - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
Just Physical by Jae - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
11. Love Bites by Lila Bruce - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Comedy
12. Going Coastal by Jane DiLucchio - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
The Songbird Thief by Skye Allen - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Young Adult
13. Heartwood by Catherine Lane - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
14. Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. The XYZ Mysteries by Iza Moreau - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
16. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Erotic Romance
17. Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
18. Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
19. The Dance by Suzie Carr - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
20. Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
The Mirror’s Gaze (Amendyr Series #4) by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (June 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620047969
ISBN-13: 978-1620047965
Amazon: Enchanted Soles
Amazon Kindle: Enchanted Soles

1) Overall, this imaginative collection of short stories was a joy to read, hosting some wonderfully unique characters and creative plots, all of which were very well written. Three Nights was a full story for such a short tale that had me completely absorbed from start to finish. Beautifully written. Dame Fortune was entertaining and the author showed a wonderful imagination, Aelfwear was charming and entertaining, Into the Hollowed Veil was uniquely creative and emotionally evocative. I may have shed a tear or two over that one.

2) Sometimes these are hard to judge as I have to do the whole book and not just an individual story… So, in saying that I found some stories better than others but they each had something about them that appealed to the readers.

3) This anthology touches on many aspects of queer identity from bisexuality to trans identity to asexuality and beyond. It's refreshing in that respect and more so in its inclusion of fantasy and fairy tales from sources outside just European culture. There's a touch of science fantasy too, a little something for everyone, and I don't mean that in the very limited and privileged context in which it's usually used. Well written and edited with just a few minor errors, this is an anthology worth exploring.

4) Each story's plot isn't something that's particularly new, but the little details and changes that the authors of these stories made are what makes them really special. The plots are straightforward, but the twists make the stories. They're quick, fun reads that are really enjoyable. Good show! Each story had its own feel and voice. I really appreciate how much work the authors put into these and how much care the editor used to curate them. They're all a nice little taste of something, and the variety is amazing. Characters seem to have their own unique voices. At no time did any two characters feel like they were just a mask over a similar voice. They each had motivations and quirks that made them stand apart on their own. Excellent job overall. Good writing overall. Clear, a little slow in pacing, but just enough slowness to make things enjoyable. Strongly Recommend for an Award.

2. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance




Runners Up:
4. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
5. What Remains by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
6. Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Romantic Suspence
7. The High King's Golden Tongue by Megan Derr - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Fantasy Romance
8. For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance
9. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. The Art House by Scarlett Knight - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance
Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Young Adult
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Lexile Measure: 0680
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553536745
ISBN-13: 978-0553536744
Amazon: Lily and Dunkin
Amazon Kindle: Lily and Dunkin

1) I know 40 is the highest score but this is the only book I've read out of all the years reading for the Rainbow Awards that I thought was perfect. Well written, entertaining, thought provoking, challenging....the whole thing was just really well done.

2) This story has a complex realistic plot with a good balance of challenges for each of the two characters. It also offers a vivid hot, humid Florida setting though I would have liked more of a sense of which city/town was featured and a sense of its location and size. I liked the three-dimensional characters, especially Dunkin's Jewish background, his complicated mental issues, and his conflicted urges to ingratiate himself with the popular crowd versus being an outcast with Lily. This absorbing story is told in a smooth, professional writing style with deft handling of a tricky narrative centering on alternating first-person viewpoints.

3) Funny and insightful, peopled with two very engaging main characters, reading this well-written novel was a delight.

2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic




Runners Up:
4. Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Humor
5. Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Young Adult
What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Contemporary Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. For Promise Yet Unbroken by Tygati - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Series: No Man's Land
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (October 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620046792
ISBN-13: 978-1620046791
Amazon: For Promise Yet Unbroken (No Man's Land #2)
Amazon Kindle: For Promise Yet Unbroken (No Man's Land #2)

1) This book was gorgeous, entertaining and threw enough twists and turns to keep me on my toes.

2) A thoroughly satisfying, sweet, funny, exciting Western-Sci-Fi romp of a novel, with quiet undertones of coming-of-age, discovering who you are and finding your place. Lovely, and I for one will definitely look for more of this author to come.

3) I enjoyed getting to know Jeremy as the man he grew into. He isn’t the bratty trouble-maker anymore. I also enjoyed getting to see him grow into his role as a rider. While there are some inevitable parallels between his relationship with Sapphire and the one between Charlie and Zorevan from Darkness, their story and relationship are all their own.

2. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Fantasy
3. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
Series: The Quick and Dirty Guide
Paperback: 70 pages
Publisher: It's the Journey Not the Destination LLC (July 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1535529601
ISBN-13: 978-1535529600
Amazon: "What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary
Amazon Kindle: "What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary

1) This short book is well worth obtaining if you are involved in business, politics, education, and many other fields and professions in which you happen to be dealing with anyone with a sexuality other than heterosexual. Bartlett lays out the differences and the confusions among terminology, thinking, and feeling for all 8 types in a candid,clear manner and with really helpful anecdotes and examples. A handy little guide for everyday use, it really seems essential in corporate America today. I didn't know how much I didn't know until I read Bartlett.

2) This is a fantastic book and a very helpful tool to educate family and friends of LGBTQIA+. Heck. Learned a great deal and I are one.

2. The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
3. Risk (Dark Light #2) by Dusk Peterson - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Alternative Universe/Reality


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 153362660X
ISBN-13: 978-1533626608
Amazon: The Edge of Control
Amazon Kinlde: The Edge of Control

1) Once again, this author has impressed me. Each character, including secondaries, were well rounded and felt real. The story moved quick, but not insta-love, and the suspense portion delivered perfectly. You could imagine yourself in the corridors of this hospital, watching the drama unfold.

2) Written from the first person point of view, it was a delightful and heartwarming book, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This book really grabs a reader and personally I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. The plot is well thought of, the characters jump out of the page and grab you. I recommend it highly!

3) I've not read a hospital drama for ages and what a rollercoaster ride this book was. Although, on occasion, it seemed as though the 2 MCs were going to drown in plot overload, this book had me engaged from start to finish. I loved the supporting cast of Ian's family and how they interacted with him, and David's stalwart friend, Caroline. Written in first person, David's voice is engaging, warm and, at times, humorous. I've not read anything by this author before but will be doing so in the future.

4) This book grabbed me from the first paragraph. A fine balance of budding romance, steamy lust, skillfully-woven intrigue, villains, triumph-over-evil, all-embracing family, cute kids, rags-to-riches, heart of gold prostitute makes good, heart-pounding love to the rescue, all overlaid with a world where LGBT people are seen for what we can accomplish and those who would abuse us are dealt a harsh blow. What's not to like?? A perfect score!

2. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. It's a Sin by Steve Burford - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller




Runners Up:
4. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Small Steps by Chris McHart - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (October 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620046873
ISBN-13: 978-1620046876
Amazon: Beauty and Cruelty
Amazon Kindle: Beauty and Cruelty

1) I don't often call a book brilliant anymore. This one, however, deserves it. The summary seems to promise a funny, light-hearted little story about fairy tale characters, a little meta-fiction so to speak. And it is that, yes, but it's also so much more. It's a story that asks big questions, about truth and identity, choices and change. And it's so incredibly well-written, you don't even notice what is happening until you find yourself thinking about it, about the characters' answers and about your own. At the same time, the plot never becomes heavy or weighted down but flows smoothly from chapter to chapter to chapter. Technically solid, entertaining, thought-provoking, this is what I'd call Literature with a capital L. And it's the author's first published novel. I'm so going to buy her next one.)

2) An incredibly clever, insightful, well-crafted story of startling originality. A pleasure to read from start to finish.

2. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic




Runners Up:
4. Hurricane Season by B.J. Phillips - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Winter's Harbor by Aurora Rey - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love on The Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
Series: The Quick and Dirty Guide
Paperback: 70 pages
Publisher: It's the Journey Not the Destination LLC (July 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1535529601
ISBN-13: 978-1535529600
Amazon: "What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary
Amazon Kindle: "What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary

1) This short book is well worth obtaining if you are involved in business, politics, education, and many other fields and professions in which you happen to be dealing with anyone with a sexuality other than heterosexual. Bartlett lays out the differences and the confusions among terminology, thinking, and feeling for all 8 types in a candid,clear manner and with really helpful anecdotes and examples. A handy little guide for everyday use, it really seems essential in corporate America today. I didn't know how much I didn't know until I read Bartlett.

2) This is a fantastic book and a very helpful tool to educate family and friends of LGBTQIA+. Heck. Learned a great deal and I are one.

2. Perihelion by Tami Veldura - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Biography / Memoir


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Zhakieve Chronicles
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (August 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620046296
ISBN-13: 978-1620046296
Amazon: Alexey Dyed in Red (The Zhakieve Chronicles #1)
Amazon Kindle: Alexey Dyed in Red (The Zhakieve Chronicles #1)

This, for me, was written as a fairy tail with self discovery. I enjoyed reading about Alexey, and the safety of his place. The author starts to peel back the layers of Alexey; transforming from him a happy, almost child-like man, to a man who is happy in the decisions he makes and lives well within this own skin.

2. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. We Go Forward by Alison Evans - Gender: Asexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634774035
ISBN-13: 978-1634774031
Amazon: A Second Harvest
Amazon Kindle: A Second Harvest

1) Loved this story and couldn't put it down. Engaging characters who hooked me in within the first few paragraphs. The setting is described really well and was easy to imagine. This is the first story I've read by this author but won't be the last.

2) A beautiful story about second chances and finding yourself. Christie and David are intensely perfect for each other. I can wait to revisit these men.

3) Well written story of two worlds combining to form a new reality for both the protagonists. One religious and one sexual, the pair of lifestyles mesh in a satisfying way. A+.

2. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance




Runners Up:
4. Selfie by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lollipop by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
6. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
7. Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
8. Come What May by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Under a Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tumbled by E.E. Grey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unquiet by Melanie Hansen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
11. Love Can't Conquer by Kim Fielding - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
12. Small Steps by Chris McHart - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
13. Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fool's Gold by Sarah Madison - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
14. Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
15. Red Envelope & Herc and Pyotr (two novellas as 1 submission) by Atom Yang - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Restitution: A Love Story by Aubrey Cullens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
16. Falling by Sierra Riley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Island Doctor by Sue Brown - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
18. Someday by Sierra Riley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Penalty Shot (Hat Trick #3) by Jeff Adams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unguarded by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. Nobody’s Son by Shae Connor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
20. Hawaiian Orchid by Meg Amor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Indigo Road by R.J. Jones - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Delicious by Sierra Riley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Hexworld
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Widdershins Press LLC (May 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530911524
ISBN-13: 978-1530911523
Amazon: Hexbreaker (Hexworld #1)
Amazon Kindle: Hexbreaker (Hexworld #1)

1) Extremely entertaining story. The author engaged me from the very beginning of the story keeping me enthralled until the last page. This is a wonderful addition to the Hexworld series. Well done, Ms. Hawk! I'm anxiously waiting to see if there's a third book on this series.

2) I think the author did a fantastic job of building an alternate world filled with very believable characters.

3) This piece was beautifully researched and the setting and plot were just delightful. It was very unusual for the genre, to have a particular period piece with urban magic, and I was completely delighted to read it.

4) Intriguing plot, complex characters, shifters, and magic. What more can you ask for?

2. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance




Runners Up:
4. The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
5. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
6. Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
7. Supernatural Consultant, Vol 1 by Mell Eight - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
8. Priddy's Tale by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Truth and Consequences by Sarah Madison - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
9. Candy Land by Lissa Kasey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Love is for the Living by Nicholas Kinsley - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
10. Dragon Dreams & Fairy Wings by Bailey Bradford - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Breezy Tree Press (June 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1534934103
ISBN-13: 978-1534934108
Amazon: Poppy Jenkins
Amazon Kindle: Poppy Jenkins

1) I was absolutely charmed by the characters, and the story drew me in immediately and held me until the end.

2) A really amazing read. There was nothing here that made me think it was too much or too little or too anything else. All was perfect and I don’t use this word easily. The characters are all very well developed, so much so that at the end of the book they feel real; the story is interesting with the right amount of plot twists that keep the reader engaged but that don’t devolve in the realm of absurd even when unexpected things happens; the writing style is really really good; and the setting is one of the most interesting of all that I have read till now. What make this book even better is the way the author was able to navigate two different times of narration: it never feels like Poppy’s walks down memory lane are a rude interruption of the story, and the contemporary storyline is strong enough to become better thanks to them. Wonderful read!

3) Clare Ashton takes us to a place, the middle of Wales, where we never thought we want to travel and makes us want to go there. She evokes a magical small town and country setting and brings it to life. Rarely does a romance provide the reader with a more vivid sense of place. The plot provides a great combination of whimsy, intensity, heat, with a dash of serious. While not technically a "second chance romance," Poppy Jenkins has the essence of one by giving us a story of close childhood friends, torn apart and then reunited as adults. It's a lovely book.

2. A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Just Physical by Jae - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance




Runners Up:
4. Heartwood by Catherine Lane - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Erotic Romance
6. Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
7. Built to Last by Aurora Rey - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
8. Nothing To Lose by Clare Lydon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Whirlwind Romance by Kris Bryant - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. Stuck Landing by Lauren Gallagher - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634773225
ISBN-13: 978-1634773225
Amazon: A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories #2)
Amazon Kindle: A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories #2)

1) It can be tough to do a simple romance, without a second genre, without angst and pain, with guys who are just ordinary, appealing, interesting characters. Lane Hayes has succeeded admirably with Zeke, a driven Wall Street exec who still battles the need to prove himself to the memories of a time when his father could not approve of a gay son, and Benny, whose hard won optimism and style are the antidotes for Zeke's cold life.

2) A sweet, funny, quirky, story of Opposites Attract. Deftly told, well-paced, and sexy in all the right places. An absolute delight.

2. Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
3. Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance




Runners Up:
4. A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
5. Quillon’s Covert by Joseph Lance Tonlet & Louis Stevens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
6. The Arrangement by Felice Stevens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
7. The Biggest Lover by R. Jackson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Erotica
Lock and Key by Z. Allora - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
8. Building Bonds + Safe Limits (2 novellas as 1 submission) by Morticia Knight - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
9. Second to None by Felice Stevens - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
10. Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers #1) by Bey Deckard - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
Not Just Another Pretty Face by Louis Flint Ceci - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Erotica

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Series: The Interscission Project
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1532991282
ISBN-13: 978-1532991288
Amazon: Insurrection (Interscission Project #3)
Amazon Kindle: Insurrection (Interscission Project #3)

1) Wow! I'm a geek for stories about interstellar travel and time travel. This novel includes both in a rousing story that kept me glued to the pages. I'll definitely have to go back and check out the earlier books in this series.

2) Being the third instalment in a series I have not read, I found parts of this time travel story quite complex and had to re-read sections to understand what was happening. That being said, I love an intelligently written, well developed plot with lots of surprises that makes me think, along with a strong cast of characters, and this book fit the bill perfectly. I have already ordered books 1 and 2 to read once my reading for the Awards is over.

(tie) Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (February 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1682810690
ISBN-13: 978-1682810699
Amazon: Scardust
Amazon Kindle: Scardust

1) This was a really interesting tale. I'm very grateful to read this story.

2) I didn't really enjoy this book, I loved it! Scardust really sucked me into the small town, vast desert landscape and left me to negotiate the convoluted twists and turns of the plot by following the carefully laid clues to that wonderful OMG! moment, delightfully discovered before being laid out by the author because this is a book has has you thinking about it even when not reading it. Superb, intelligent writing and a character arc that wrenches the heart strings at times but leads to a HEA. One of the best I've read in a long time. Bravo author, bravo!

3) This was an engaging book from the start.  I enjoyed the pace of the story.  Each crisis was escalated to the next, and it kept my attention the entire time.

2. Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There's A Will by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Checkmate Ever After by Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Sci-Fi / Futuristic




Runners Up:
4. The Avian Emperor by Pelaam - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
5. Risking the Wild Places by Shannon West - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
6. Whipping Boy by Jordan Brewer - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
7. The Forbidden Zone by Victoria Zagar - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
8. Inherent Cost by Alicia Cameron - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
9. In Pain by Caethes Faron - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Cardinal Sins by Lissa Kasey - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (June 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786450682
ISBN-13: 978-1786450685
Amazon: Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1)
Amazon Kindle: Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1)

1) Simply put, I loved this. The characters practically jump off the page, and I enjoyed the way the author carefully pulled me into this world.

2) This was a long one. Too long in a way because the story kept going without another important climax near the end. I kept expecting the runaway siblings to return because they were so very important to the overall story. It was well written and it was nice to see a mix of paranormal elements with a mentally challenged character. The relationship part, not so much, but it was okay.

3) I thought this story was very well written and will definitely be reading more in this series. It’s not a book I would have bought for myself and was pleasantly surprised when I started reading.

4) One of the things I loved about this story were the characters, especially Brian who isn't a typical 'hero'. He's very complex, and plays a dangerous game in the way he keeps himself safe. I really liked the way his ability had consequences, and that although he knew his brother and sister had made bad decisions he was still loyal to them. The plot too is very layered, and although the action part of it wasn't the end of the story, the rest of it needed to be there. I found it an absorbing read, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. Looking forward to book 2 in the series.

2. Blow Down by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller




Runners Up:
4. In Deep by Adam Fitzroy - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
5. It's a Sin by Steve Burford - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523448040
ISBN-13: 978-1523448043
Amazon: Broken Blades
Amazon Kindle: Broken Blades

1) A strong book set at a time that to me is still more the dominion of history lessons and horror and those childhood stories that my grandparents never, ever tell. So not exactly a time that lends itself to romance, and I admit I was sceptical when I first picked this book up. Happily my scepticism was misguided. Instead of the wartime romance I was half-dreading, this book is the story of two men struggling to stay human in an increasingly inhuman world; remembering that the enemy soldier is a human being, too, is just one part of it. Very well done. But then, everything about this book is well done: The plot is solid and gripping and although it jumps ahead in time twice, it doesn’t seem episodic; the characters are all complex and layered, even the secondary characters – even the obligatory super-Nazi was interesting from a meta perspective! – and the protagonists have a depth that is sometimes more hinted at than revealed fully; the setting was evocative and done right – at least, this German reader was very pleased to come across genuine German names as well as properly spelled and grammatically correct German sentences; the writing, finally, flowed smoothly, at a good pace, and managed to keep me up way past my bedtime because I simply could. Not. Stop. Reading. Last but not least, I quite enjoyed seeing the Germans from the American character’s perspective, all those little comments and observations on manners and language, and I couldn’t help grinning at the bit where Mark wonders at Armin’s mood because from his tone of voice he can’t tell whether Armin is annoyed or not, what with German sounding the same all the damn time. :-)

2) Writing as you wish it do be when you look for this kind of reading; well-developed characters; perfect research; and some very little flaws are covered by a gripping story, although dark, mesmerizing.

3) One of the most touching, heartbreaking beautiful story I ever read. Set in a German POW camp at the end of WWII, it is not a easy reading, the covered topics certainly leave its marks on the reader. But you won’t be able to put it down, you need to know how the main characters get to their well deserved happy ending. Be ready to cry, a lot, be ready to get angry, to feel relieved. The authors managed to engage the readers describing the environment and every action with such powerful attention to detail that you can almost see yourself there. There must have been a lot of reserch behind it, a very good job. A book to read at least once in a lifetime.

4) This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The setting is about as dramatic as it gets, but the story itself, the development of the romance and the tightly-written scenes between Armin and Mark are surprisingly easy to read. It was so engaging I couldn't put it down.

5) Full marks from me on this excellent story of two men who meet at the 1936 Olympics, have one night of passion and eight years later are reunited during World War II. Armin is the POW camp Commandant where Mark, an American airman is brought when his plane crashes. The men at first are wary of one another, but as time passes the attraction they felt eight years earlier is rekindled and their purpose becomes to save each other's lives, as the Allies close in on a defeated Germany. Couldn't put this down until I had read and savored every word. Without a doubt my favorite book of this year.

2. The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
3. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance




Runners Up:
4. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
5. Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Tempest by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: 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

1) A compelling, well-crafted, well-written book. The author has a true gift for story-telling, making the most seemingly everyday occurences into this smooth flow you don't want to get out of - and you notice only in hindsight that what seemed mundane was actually the author sneakily weaving her plot. And when the occurences are not everyday? It's breathtaking, literally, and you have to applaud a writer you can do action and urgency just as well as despair and despondency. And on top of that: beautiful, complex, multi-faceted charaters, each carrying his or her own story and secrets, some of which are revealed, some of which are only hinted at. Marvellous and fascinating and utterly brilliant. You could say I enjoyed this book - despite the warnings it came with - and you would not be wrong. (It really was that good).

2) I found my self totally immersed in this very different story of the sea and the creatures that live in the deep. Intense at times, bizarre yet imaginative beyond anything I have read recently.

2. Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance




Runners Up:
4. Beauty, Inc. by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
5. Ravenhearth by Lotus Oakes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: The Worst Bad Thing

1) I devoured this book. It was a deeply emotional, touching story for me, with beautiful setting descriptions and main characters so real they seemed to jump from the pages. The 1st person present tense POV was perfect to convey Tate's desperation, his agony of mind and his slow, almost reluctant awakening. Also, the writing style with interspersed flashbacks added to the pace of the story and made it even more gripping the longer it went on, the closer it drew to revealing Tate's real reason for his road trip. This was both a beautiful love story and a thought-provoking parable about how one single moment, even a single whim can change lives and fates forever. I couldn't put it down.

2) This book was awesome!

2. What Remains by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance




Runners Up:
4. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. The Art House by Scarlett Knight - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Erotic Romance

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 153362660X
ISBN-13: 978-1533626608
Amazon: The Edge of Control
Amazon Kinlde: The Edge of Control

1) Once again, this author has impressed me. Each character, including secondaries, were well rounded and felt real. The story moved quick, but not insta-love, and the suspense portion delivered perfectly. You could imagine yourself in the corridors of this hospital, watching the drama unfold.

2) Written from the first person point of view, it was a delightful and heartwarming book, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This book really grabs a reader and personally I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. The plot is well thought of, the characters jump out of the page and grab you. I recommend it highly!

3) I've not read a hospital drama for ages and what a rollercoaster ride this book was. Although, on occasion, it seemed as though the 2 MCs were going to drown in plot overload, this book had me engaged from start to finish. I loved the supporting cast of Ian's family and how they interacted with him, and David's stalwart friend, Caroline. Written in first person, David's voice is engaging, warm and, at times, humorous. I've not read anything by this author before but will be doing so in the future.

4) This book grabbed me from the first paragraph. A fine balance of budding romance, steamy lust, skillfully-woven intrigue, villains, triumph-over-evil, all-embracing family, cute kids, rags-to-riches, heart of gold prostitute makes good, heart-pounding love to the rescue, all overlaid with a world where LGBT people are seen for what we can accomplish and those who would abuse us are dealt a harsh blow. What's not to like?? A perfect score!

2. The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
3. Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence




Runners Up:
4. Time: Wounds All Heal by Princess S.O. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
5. Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Foxes by Suki Fleet - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634769201
ISBN-13: 978-1634769204
Amazon: Foxes
Amazon Kindle: Foxes

1) Excellent writing. Suki Fleet is one of the best in the genre. Enthralling tale.

2) Beautifully crafted story that brought tears to my eyes several times. The author is to be commended for drawing a portrait of hope and love for homeless youth.

3) I try hard to think a rating through when it’s very high or very low. I know a perfect ten might at times seem too much, but I just couldn’t find any fault while reading this story. It’s rare to find a book that’s so dark, realistic, and genuine that it makes you cry and shudder and be thankful for everything you’ve got, while planting and nurturing the seed of so much hope. Danny is one of the most engaging and lovable characters I ran across in a while. His search for Dashiel’s killer, his relationships with people in his life, new and old, his quirks, his rambling minds, his struggle to express himself in an environment so harsh, it made me feel cold, physically, while reading, his pure love for Micky and his worry he might be too much, too creepy, everything is so carefully thought out and written, that you can truly imagine this young person, roaming the dreary streets of East London, hunting for sharks. Micky’s character is as well developed as Danny’s, even if he’s more of a project of discovery as you read the book. The lost friend, Dashiel, although present only through Danny’s thoughts and memories, and a few random comments from other minor characters, is as well developed as those still living. Foxes paints a picture of life on the streets of London of young runaways or kids thrown out by their families, as they mingle with predators, other homeless adults, the occasional generous soul, and the thousands and thousands of people who overlook them, unless they want something from them. Foxes does not judge anyone. Not the alcoholic vet, not the creepy, crazy-acting medical professional that Danny suspects of murder, not the actual killer, or the victim. It’s the type of story that, when you’re done reading, has shown you everything in great detail, and lets you decide what you think. Danny and Micky are the most improbably couple I’ve ever read. Although I hoped that somehow they’d be alright in the end, together or apart, I truly feared it wouldn’t happen. The predators roaming the streets at night, illness, hunger, lack of proper shelter, mysterious pasts, everything was stacked against them. I cried and I hoped, and wondered why the world allows young men to live like this, in such poverty and such danger. Foxes will stay with me for a long time, and that’s the most you can ask of a book once you’re done with it. That it makes you think, that it inspires you, and touches your soul.

4) Fleet’s words are magical and enthralling and I was hooked on this story from the first sentence. Don’t come into this expecting a sweet, or short, love story. There is a lot of angst in Foxes. I don’t usually enjoy angst but I loved it here.

2. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
3. Private by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Winter Ball by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623807972
ISBN-13: 978-1623807979
Amazon: Winter Ball
Amazon Kindle: Winter Ball

1) Amy's voice--her characters--are always spot-on. Loved the notion of this being "Cinderella from the prince's perspective"--because Skipper is definitely a prince (although I'm not sure how Richie would feel being called a princess…)

2) This was a sweet book. I enjoyed Amy's writing style and characters. The end fell a little flat for me, but overall it was an enjoyable holiday read.

2. Loving Djinni by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
3. Femme by Marshall Thornton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
Groomzilla & Groomzilla Does Vegas by Tere Michaels - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Saddle Road Press (September 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996907424
ISBN-13: 978-0996907422
Amazon: Two Natures
Amazon Kindle: Two Natures

1) For this novel to be Ms. Jendi's first I found it super fantastic. The topic in question is one that, as many say, it's not an easy one to tackle. But Jendi has built a great world within these pages. It is heart-breaking and yet satisfying in the end. It is a well done, well-written book, one that will leave you wanting more out of it. The protagonists, as well as all the people involved within the pages, are quite likable and the reader is simply involved as part of the story. My hat's off to you, Ms. Jendi!

2) This is one of the best books I read for this year’s Rainbow awards. Beautifully written, it touched a chord in me that I can’t quite explain but I will be looking for more from this author.

2. King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. Deluge by Vincent Meis - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction


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1. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626395268
ISBN-13: 978-1626395268
Amazon: Cold to the Touch
Amazon Kindle: Cold to the Touch

1) Cold to the Touch was a seamless narrative blending criminal mystery and romance. Hunter's style is so elegant that I feel like I experienced the story, not just read it.

2) A gripping story with well-developed characters and a pace that, at times, leaves you on the edge of your seat. Very clean writing style that managed to move the plot along without bogging down the reader in trivial details as sometimes occurs in crime procedurals. Overall, very nicely done.

3) Talk about cold! Cari Hunter writes winter so that you feel the snow creep down your collar or the wind whistle through the rip in your pants. She makes you feel the ache of fatigue from three nights in a row of too little sleep, and the terror of thinking you're losing your job, your career, your best friend, and your chance at love. I cared about Sanne from the start. Meg took a little more getting used to, but she grew on me. The crimes were bloody--very, very bloody-but realistically so, and not in an offensive way. The story is more police procedural than mystery, so don't expect to solve who dunnit from clues. If the clues had been there, I'm pretty sure Sanne would have figured them out.

4) A long story for its genre but excellent – no wasted words, no padding, and a very satisfying conclusion to the romantic story arc from other books. I marked plot down a couple of points because the backstory could have been explained more clearly. Good characterization even in minor roles; these people are individuals, not stereotypes. Since the series protagonist has had her ups and downs I wasn't sure if she'd be able to overcome the hurdles set up but – EXCELLENT storytelling and a real nail-biter denoument. Brava!

2. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Mystery / Thriller


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Across Your Dreams

1) What a beautiful book! It is full of vivid imagery, well-drawn and unique characters, and the story--oh, so heartbreaking but yet appropriate for the times. War is hell, and it took its toll on the young men caught up in it. I felt like I was there with Alan, Lew and Russ, experiencing what they did right alongside them. I reveled in their stolen moments together with their beloveds, and cried for their devastating losses. This story will definitely stick with me for a very long time. I loved it. All the points.

2) I awarded top marks to this book because I thoght the writing was exceptional. I was transported back in time to the Great War. The sense of time and place were outstanding. The language of the book perfectly fitted the setting and the lives and opinions of the characters all felt true to time and place. An exceptional read.

3) This is a convincing, well-researched historical novel about a very closeted network of gay men who don't have access to a community of like-minded people. The homophobia of the surrounding society is extreme, and so is their anxiety about sexual contact with other men, including kissing. The drama of warfare and the great flu epidemic, which together destroyed millions of lives, all seem true to life, and they could hardly be exaggerated. As a historical novel, this book is a solid achievement.

4) Touching and tender love story. A very real sense of the time and place. Excellent story.

2. Games of Rome (Dominus #2) by J. P. Kenwood - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
3. Lessons for Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochrane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical


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1. Leather Wishes – The Adventures of the Fancy Man by Julian Keys - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622342666
ISBN-13: 978-1622342662
Amazon: Leather Wishes, The Adventures of the Fancy Man
Amazon Kindle: Leather Wishes, The Adventures of the Fancy Man

1) Julian Keys speaks with a distinctive and lively voice. His writing, direct yet nuanced and with many an arresting turn of phrase, is a joy to read. This is high praise from a reviewer who is not drawn to the M/s, D/s scene and can gauge the erotic content with a dispassionate eye. His characters are sharply delineated, and their motivations are complex and subtly shaded. Even though I couldn't tell exactly where the action takes place, setting deserves a high score. The spaces the characters inhabit telegraph who they are, what they feel, and how they live their lives. Examples include the apartment complex, with its communal storage space, where the protagonist's mother lives, the Cockpit leather bar and its down-at-the-heel Christmas ornaments, and the protagonist's flat, stripped to its bare essentials but stacked floor-to-ceiling with books. Here, setting shed lights on character and even advances plot. Plot is, however, the weakest link. Because this a collection of stand-alone stories strung together into one long book, Keys falls back on saying "but that's another story" when recapping events that occurred earlier in the book. When the stories are read in succession, the recapping just gets in the way. But perhaps Keys couldn't revise already published stories to edit out the "feather dusting" relating circumstances the reader already knows about.

2) My favorite kinds of stories are the ones where I start out thinking "this kink/pairing/genre/etc really isn't my thing," and then the author changes my mind. This was that kind of book and then some. Yes, the stories are some of the sexiest I've ever read, but it's the characters who make them unforgettable. Mason, the Fancy Man, is one of the most intelligent, thought-provoking, passionate and compassionate characters I've ever read. I love the interplay of race, power, and kink. The writing is elegant, spare, and thoughtful. Truly an outstanding collection.

2. Sweet & Sexy (4 novellas as 1 submission) by Jeff Adams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
3. Love Unlocked by Claire Davis and Al Stewart, Victoria Milne, Dawn Sister, J P Walker, Caraway Carter, Ofelia Gränd, Debbie McGowan - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Young Adult
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Lexile Measure: 0680
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553536745
ISBN-13: 978-0553536744
Amazon: Lily and Dunkin
Amazon Kindle: Lily and Dunkin

1) I know 40 is the highest score but this is the only book I've read out of all the years reading for the Rainbow Awards that I thought was perfect. Well written, entertaining, thought provoking, challenging....the whole thing was just really well done.

2) This story has a complex realistic plot with a good balance of challenges for each of the two characters. It also offers a vivid hot, humid Florida setting though I would have liked more of a sense of which city/town was featured and a sense of its location and size. I liked the three-dimensional characters, especially Dunkin's Jewish background, his complicated mental issues, and his conflicted urges to ingratiate himself with the popular crowd versus being an outcast with Lily. This absorbing story is told in a smooth, professional writing style with deft handling of a tricky narrative centering on alternating first-person viewpoints.

3) Funny and insightful, peopled with two very engaging main characters, reading this well-written novel was a delight.

2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic


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1. Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (March 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955334104
ISBN-13: 978-3955334109
Amazon: Ex-Wives of Dracula
Amazon Kindle: Ex-Wives of Dracula

1) A book that I wasn't able to put down even when things become too absurd to be believable, but maybe it was what held my attention till the end. I liked a lot the story, it was a mix of mystery, a bit of gory details and a lot of absurds decisions/actions that astonishing enough works well together even when logically it shouldn’t. It was for sure a different and original read that put a smile on my face when I reach the last page. Good, surprising and different from everything I have ever read!

2) This book is quite a ride, beginning as a typical lesbian YA (nerd girl in love with gorgeous cheerleader) that morphs into a paranormal fast moving romp. The author's use of teen pop culture references in dialogue was comprehensive and quite amazing in its range. The dialogue was funny and fast paced, but believable. The book is a bit over-written in places and might have benefitted from 20% shorter in length (it was almost as if the author couldn't let herself stop writing about these characters and the editor didn't intervene), but the characters and story are so compelling that the reader is willing to go along for the ride. Strong first effort from this author.

2. The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor by Jess Faraday - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Historical
3. Shaken to the Core by Jae - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Historical Romance


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (June 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620047969
ISBN-13: 978-1620047965
Amazon: Enchanted Soles
Amazon Kindle: Enchanted Soles

1) Overall, this imaginative collection of short stories was a joy to read, hosting some wonderfully unique characters and creative plots, all of which were very well written. Three Nights was a full story for such a short tale that had me completely absorbed from start to finish. Beautifully written. Dame Fortune was entertaining and the author showed a wonderful imagination, Aelfwear was charming and entertaining, Into the Hollowed Veil was uniquely creative and emotionally evocative. I may have shed a tear or two over that one.

2) Sometimes these are hard to judge as I have to do the whole book and not just an individual story… So, in saying that I found some stories better than others but they each had something about them that appealed to the readers.

3) This anthology touches on many aspects of queer identity from bisexuality to trans identity to asexuality and beyond. It's refreshing in that respect and more so in its inclusion of fantasy and fairy tales from sources outside just European culture. There's a touch of science fantasy too, a little something for everyone, and I don't mean that in the very limited and privileged context in which it's usually used. Well written and edited with just a few minor errors, this is an anthology worth exploring.

4) Each story's plot isn't something that's particularly new, but the little details and changes that the authors of these stories made are what makes them really special. The plots are straightforward, but the twists make the stories. They're quick, fun reads that are really enjoyable. Good show! Each story had its own feel and voice. I really appreciate how much work the authors put into these and how much care the editor used to curate them. They're all a nice little taste of something, and the variety is amazing. Characters seem to have their own unique voices. At no time did any two characters feel like they were just a mask over a similar voice. They each had motivations and quirks that made them stand apart on their own. Excellent job overall. Good writing overall. Clear, a little slow in pacing, but just enough slowness to make things enjoyable. Strongly Recommend for an Award.

2. The High King's Golden Tongue by Megan Derr - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Fantasy


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Backcast by Ann McMan - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bywater Books (December 8, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612940633
ISBN-13: 978-1612940632
Amazon: Backcast
Amazon Kindle: Backcast

1) Ann's books are always pretty good. As usual, the storyline was great and the scenes flowed effortlessly. I found myself engrossed in the characters and enjoyed myself immensely.

2) I enjoyed this book by Ann McMan. I had to read it 2 times through as I found a lot going on and ALOT of characters.

3) Backcast is a masterpiece of plot weaving and thematic diversity. There are colorful, relatable and three-dimensional characters, and the author has a rare and refreshingly approachable writing style that makes this book so readable. I dare anyone not to shed a tear or two at “essays” 7, 10 and 12.

4) This imaginative author gives us a multi-dimensional story with interesting characters and a relatable story line all wrapped in a unique writing style. Highly recommended.

2. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. It Pours by C.D. Cain - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Contemporary General Fiction


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Inheritance
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1537178296
ISBN-13: 978-1537178295
Amazon: Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2)
Amazon Kinlde: Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2)

1) It's a fast-paced thriller and fairly comprehensible on its own, but as a sequel, it does refer back to events in Volume #1. Several settings, all clearly described, with reference to local weather events and their significance. Fairly realistic, considering that the major characters have superpowers and/or are descended from gods. Excellent writing style, including dialogue that shows differences between American and British characters. This novel manages to be a fast read despite being written from alternating viewpoints AND being over 600 pages long.

2) I loved this book completely from beginning to end. I adored to super Britishness of Quentin and Freddy, and how down-to-earth Laurence and his mom are, and the unapologetic bi characters – that this reads as a full-rainbow story is glorious. My only regret is that I didn’t read book one first (which makes for a bamboozling first couple of chapters, but I soon caught on), and I would recommend everyone does!

2. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Paranormal Romance


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (August 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1535376066
ISBN-13: 978-1535376068
Amazon: What It Looks Like
Amazon Kindle: What It Looks Like

Genuine, believable dialogue, and characters who felt real and weren't perfect. I loved it, and this author has definitely become an auto-buy for me

2) The Complete Horse Mistress Collection by R.A. Steffan - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3) The Gift of Gravity by Sage C. Holloway - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Contemporary Romance


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (November 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620046709
ISBN-13: 978-1620046708
Amazon: Tournament of Losers
Amazon Kindle: Tournament of Losers

1) The main character, Rath, was suddenly on the line for his father's debts from the biggest crime boss, the Friar. His normal jobs would never pay him enough in time to cancel the debt. Urged to join the Tournament of Losers, or it's proper name, The Tournament of Charlet, he decides he will get to the part where he gets the stipend to help pay for expenses while in the competition, then lose, dropout, and go back to a life on the docks and the whorehouses. Ms. Derr's easy writing style made this for a delightful read. I was with her characters the whole time as well as the time and place; they were believable and plausible. The richness of the descriptions and the real dialog pulled me through until I realized, when I finished, it was nearly two in the morning. While there is no descriptive sex in the book; this was a romance, and there were ways to show affection other than the standard tab A into slot B writing. I found I did not miss it. How Rath felt the next day while trying to go about his work was sufficient, and was a great way to move the story forward. Thank you for allowing me to read this novel.

2) I absolutely adored everything about this story, from characters to the premise of the plot.

3) The author has written a perfect romantic fantasy story. The world was immediately real, well described, and all the elements seemed believable to me. There was just enough angst to keep the plot moving, but never too much you were overwhelmed with a need for tissues. The characters are perfect; the romance between Rath and Teric is slow-burn and with a gorgeous ending. I wanted them to get together, even though at times it felt they never would. The author's style is easy to read but surprisingly profound, and I would gladly read anything else she cares to share with us.

2) Malachite by Kirby Crow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
3) The Necromancer's Dance and The Necromancer's Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy


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1) Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Series: Dark Horizons
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517503663
ISBN-13: 978-1517503666
Amazon: Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2)
Amazon Kinlde: Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2)

A taut plot filled with nonstop action. Clear, crisp prose, and a diverse cast of excellent characters. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

2) Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3) A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic


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1) Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory by Barbara Ann Wright - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626394377
ISBN-13: 978-1626394377
Amazon: Beyond Gold and Glory
Amazon Kindle: Beyond Gold and Glory

1) Intriguing, fast-paced and philosophically engaging, IMO, but unnecessarily complicated. Vaguely Scandinavian, and adequate for a plot-and-character-centred narrative, but the descriptions of Skelling -- the more realistic setting from which the adventurers set forth for an enchanted island -- could have been more detailed. More information about the climate, the flora and the fauna would have been useful, especially since plant magic is a key element. Awesome. Very good, but no passages really stand out, since the style is in service to the plot.

2) While this story started off slowly, it quickly gained momentum and built into something far more complex than I envisioned. To call it another Viking story is doing it a disservice; unsurprisingly from Barbara Ann Wright, there's a fully realized fantasy civilization to discover. The love stories spin out in a way that's simultaneously central to and secondary to the plot. If not for the intense bonds formed between the women, the plot would take an entirely different course, and yet the demands of the story press and harry the women into situations they'd never have dreamed of. I want a sequel!

3) Beautifully written, this fantasy tale of true love in the Viking era will steal your heart.

2) Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance
3) Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Fantasy Romance


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) Risk (Dark Light #2) by Dusk Peterson - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Anthology / Collection / Alternative Universe/Reality
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press (August 21, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Risk (Dark Light #2)

1) Dusk Peterson has written a series of compelling short stories sent in ancient times when the love for another man was prohibited and sentenced by death. These are well written and quite entertaining. There are a few of these stories I wouldn't mind if they were extended and given a wider view. Well done!

2) Really nice stories with interesting plots. Mostly character driven, with a hint of plot to push things along. A lot of the intercharacter relationships really shine in this anthology. Excellent. The author took a lot of care with the setting in which these stories are developed. While I normally find weakness when an author borrows a setting in which to set their stories (and initially I was concerned about the author lifting the state of Maryland), I found that I enjoyed the changes and twists the author made, essentially taking Maryland and making it their own. I can really appreciate a lot of the painstaking research the author did, and think this part of their stories really shined. These are people, not just characters. They each have their own unique voice as much as they can and you get that feel while reading these stories. Excellent. Really well done; a nice balance of being inside the character's head and explaining what's going on. Sometimes, a bit of tell, but generally well balanced with some show to it. Great job. Recommended for consideration for an award.

2) The Servant Duchess Of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers Of the Remmington Realm #2) by Vicktor Alexander - Gender: Transgender - Genre: Alternative Universe/Reality
3) Staged by Kim Fielding - Gender: Gay - Genre: Alternative Universe/Reality


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
Series: The Quick and Dirty Guide
Paperback: 70 pages
Publisher: It's the Journey Not the Destination LLC (July 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1535529601
ISBN-13: 978-1535529600
Amazon: "What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary
Amazon Kindle: "What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary

1) This short book is well worth obtaining if you are involved in business, politics, education, and many other fields and professions in which you happen to be dealing with anyone with a sexuality other than heterosexual. Bartlett lays out the differences and the confusions among terminology, thinking, and feeling for all 8 types in a candid,clear manner and with really helpful anecdotes and examples. A handy little guide for everyday use, it really seems essential in corporate America today. I didn't know how much I didn't know until I read Bartlett.

2) This is a fantastic book and a very helpful tool to educate family and friends of LGBTQIA+. Heck. Learned a great deal and I are one.

2) The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey - Gender: LGBT - Genre: Non Fiction
3) Archer's Omnibus of Oddities, Mischievous Exploits & Sundry Tales of Insubordination: A Queer Collection of Essays by Jesse Archer - Gender: Gay - Genre: Non Fiction


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) Love Bites by Lila Bruce - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1519219229
ISBN-13: 978-1519219220
Amazon: Love Bites
Amazon Kindle: Love Bites

1) This story was fantastic. I loved the point of view changes. I couldn't put it down once I started. I laughed out loud at some of the plot and can't wait for a sequel!

2) I absolutely loved this book! It's funny, witty, touching...all wrapped up in a wonderful romance. Including the dog's point of view was clever and ingenious. It really added to the storyline, too. "Love Bites" will be one I'll re-read...with a smile on my face

2) Love's Redemption by Donna K. Ford - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Suspence
3) The Wrong Kind of Woman by Voss Porter - Gender: Lesbian - Genre: Romantic Comedy


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1) Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Romantic Suspence
Bisexual Romantic Suspence
Series: The Executive Office
Paperback: 476 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (August 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 191115379X
ISBN-13: 978-1911153795
Amazon: Enemies of the State (The Executive Office #1)
Amazon Kindle: Enemies of the State (The Executive Office #1)

1) Riveting story. Couldn’t put it down. This author knows the ins and outs of the white house and the presidency. In addition, it was a great love story!

2) I lost a lot of valuable sleep because i couldn't put this book down. It was fast paced, detailed, and intriguing. I don't even like politics and had my eyes burning because i didnt want to blink away from my eReader. The author did an excellent job of bringing the reader into each scene. Multidimensional. Identifiable. Heart throbbing. I look forward to the next installment.

2) For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3) Midnight at the Orpheus by Alyssa Linn Palmer - Gender: Bisexual - Genre: Historical


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