Dec. 8th, 2013

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1. Adam Fitzroy - Make Do and Mend

This is a beautifully written book and one that I loved more and more as I read. The world building is fantastic and the character work is just wonderful. It felt like I had walked into a painting, I could see the Welsh countryside so clearly in my head, without the details being too much or the exposition being to "telling”. The love story is sweet, despite the lack of descriptive sex. Not for those looking for porn, but great for those looking for deeper connections. (Miria)
I wrote down my ratings and then, of course, I had to sit back and think about it for a bit. This is by no means a flashy book. However, this quiet story - taking place during the most turbulent of times - is extremely well-balanced, well-paced, well-developed and has a great deal of heart. I love stories of slow blooming romance and this one fit my requirements perfectly. (Melissa)
This book has stayed with me long after I finished reading it, and was hard to banish from my mind enough to start another book. The book was written in a style which I found reminiscent of the tone of wartime British films – slightly formal and cut glass accents. However, underneath this slight formality the real tenderness and affection was very apparent between characters – both main and secondary. I think this book is really up there with the winners. (Rachel)



Runners Up:

2. Osiris Brackhaus - Lovers in Arms
3. Jane Elliot – Montana Red
4. Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Unhinge The Universe
5. Brita Addams - Tarnished Gold
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1. AJ Rose – Safeword

First, thank you so much for giving me this book to read! A great reading experience and a joy to read! The plot was flawless. Beautiful prose. Gripping, compelling action scenes, including Sex scenes--as far as I'm concerned this book has the single most erotic masturbation scene I've ever read!. I'd really really love to see this book among this year's winners. I think it deserves it. (Feliz)
I enjoyed the first one so much! And this one too. (Jon)
The best BDSM book I have read in a long time! Combined with a mystery - I can't ask for more! (Uli)



Runners Up:

2. Jamie Fessenden - Billy's Bones
3. J.L. Merrow - Pressure Head
4. AJ Rose - Power Exchange
5. Marshall Thornton - Boystown 5
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1. Lou Harper - Spirit Sanguine

Engaging, emotionally intense, and not revolving around the characters' sexuality. YOU MADE ME CRY. (Myranda)
I loved these stories. The MCs were opposites however complimented each other nicely. A vegetarian vampire is amusing. (Carol)
When I'm reading paranormal I like a combination of detail and fantastical that takes me away to another world. But it has to be viable, too. I not only found these elements in this book, but likeable characters as well. And sometimes that's what it comes down to, just plain liking the characters. Plain and simple. (Ryan)



Runners Up:

2. Abigail Roux - The Gravedigger's Brawl
3. Jordan L. Hawk - Hainted
4. Cari Z. - Cambion, Dark Around the Edges
5. Eden Winters - Naked Tails
6. Jordan L. Hawk - Widdershins
7. Marguerite Labbe - Make Me Whole / T.J. Klune - Into This River I Drown
8. Kate McMurray - Show and Tell
9. Adam Fitzroy - Between Now and Then
10. Belinda McBride - Arcada 2, Silver-Steel
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1 (tie) Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts

Great read with slow smooth flow. Feels like the author really lives and feels with her characters. And she is not in a rush to fit all her thoughts in 100 pages, which gave a perfect opportunity for development. (Tessa)
Loved the world building and character development. It wasn't a fast read, but that suited the story and allowed for character and relationship development and made it more realistic. Looking forward to reading more from this author. (Anne)
I was hooked by the first few pages of this book, even though the subject matter is not something I willingly enjoy reading. How the author deals with slavery in a dystopian society of states in this book (over 460 pages long, but I, for one, didn't notice the length at all) is realistic, heart-wrenching, and painful. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the series! (Tame)



1 (tie) Amy Lane - Under the Rushes

Her descriptions are on-the-money, her characters include a fascinating mixture of gender-fuck and megalomaniacal madness. Her world is described beautifully, and nothing is sketched-in that plays any sort of major part in the plotline. (Chuck)
I truly loved this book! It had dystopian society, fantasy, romance, realism, flawed heroes, and people who were evilly heroic and heroically evil. (Tame)



1 (tie) L.A. Witt - Something New Under the Sun

I found this to be a thrilling book. The world-building is very solid, the main characters develop along an arc that obviously began in the first book, reaching an apparent conclusion here, and the writing is wonderful. (Gene)
A slow start to this book for me, but the pace picked up about a 1/3 of the way into the book and I was hooked. I wish I had read the first book in order to be a little more oriented. (Tame)
Excellent world building in a fast-paced, action adventure. I was a bit lost in reading this. It was a little like opening a book to the middle and starting my reading there. (Stacey)




Runners Up:

2. Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem - Line and Orbit
3. Andrea Speed - Infected, Lesser Evils
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1. Catherine Ryan Hyde - Where We Belong

Beautifully written! A story of trust, love, fear, friendship and family. Wonderful story. (Julie)
This is a really good book. I have loved every single page and haven't been able to put the book down till the very end, because it's truly captivating. All the character are well built, and the protagonist is so right for this story. (Fernanda)
A real gem. The protagonist’s orientation is a minor factor, and I hope the book has been entered in competitions outside the LGBT genre. If this book were a dog (Great Dane or otherwise), I’d give it Best in Show. (Lee)



Runners Up:

2. R.E. Bradshaw - Out on the Panhandle
3. Caren J. Werlinger - In This Small Spot
4. Justine Saracen - Beloved Gomorrah
5. Ann McMan - Aftermath
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1. Karis Walsh - Sea Glass Inn

This book was really beautifully written. The flow of the writing was perfect and drew me into the story instantly from the first page. The writing is mature and professional and the story is interesting. I will be reading other books by this author based on my experience with this one. (Dianne)
As a parent, I know firsthand how easy it is to lose oneself because our kids come first. I found this book to be amazingly honest about the day to day lives that we sometimes lead and the internal struggles that we face from day to day. (Mitzie)
This was my favorite of all the books. I fell in love with the characters and the plot and I hated to see it end. (Christina)



Runners Up:

2. Caren J. Werlinger - Neither Present Time
3. Andi Marquette - From the Boots Up
4. Beth Burnett - Andy's Song
5. Lynn Ames - All That Lies Within
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1. Barbara Ann Wright - The Pyramid Waltz

An excellent book; well written, very intriguing plot, with strong characters, my only complaint—I wanted it to be longer. I look forward to reading more from this author. (Julie)
A really enjoyable fantasy, with interesting characters and a world that I hope the author explores in future books. (Jodie)
Really really really a good read. I have liked everything about this book. The story is well written and its pace is well balanced between the action scenes, the romances ones and what was necessary to developed the plot. (Fernanda)



Runners Up:

2. Riley LaShea - Black Forest, Kingdoms Fall
3. Benny Lawrence - Shell Game
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1. Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent

The way this book is written is so beautiful. I was captivated by the character's lives and the way the entire story slowly unfolded. As far as historical romance is concerned, this is by far the best one I've ever read! (Joann)
This is a superb novel. The author's skill at weaving the time periods like ribbons through a braid is very impressive. She reflected the repression of the era but also showed the dawn of community. (Kit)
When I started this novel, I figured it would be my least favorite, given that it seemed to be more of a remembrance story. Oh, was I wrong. Compelling writing, a volatile time-period, and tension that had me resentful when I had to put the book down. (Anna)



Runners Up:

2. Linda North - Wind and Dreams
3. T.T. Thomas - A Delicate Refusal
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1. Lori L. Lake - A Very Public Eye

Good story, realistic portrayal of a person learning to live with a physical disability, and Lake makes this characterization a seamless part of an absorbing story. Brava! (Lee)
Great story, well-developed characters. Even though this obviously was a sequel because the characters had a history, the author blended the backstory into the current story so that you didn't feel like you were catching up. This is a book that would make me go buy everything on her backlist. (Deb)
Such brilliant writing. Oh my goodness, Ms. Lake has a wizard's way with words and suspense. (Cherie)



Runners Up:

2. Lori L. Lake - Jump the Gun
3. Cari Hunter - Desolation Point
4. R.E. Bradshaw - The Rainey Season
5. Lynn Kear - Black-Hearted Bitch
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1. Robin Roseau - Fox Run

This was a delightful new addition to the well-worn shapeshifter universe. (Henriette)
A fun and slightly different shifter book that draws you into the story and takes you along for a wild ride. (Jodie)
Roseau weaves together a great story, with strong and interesting characters. I enjoyed reading a different perspective within the werewolf genre. (Julie)



Runners Up:

2. L.L. Raand - The Lone Hunt
3. Kim Pritekel - After Shadow
4. Linda Kay Silva - Man Eaters
5. Yvonne Heidt - The Awakening
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1. Cathy Pegau - Deep Deception

Wonderful book! Grabs your attention at the beginning and doesn't let you go until the last word. (Debra)
Incredibly well-realized and internally consistent futuristic setting. Engaging characters with a genuinely sparky/touching relationship, realistic personal flaws, strengths, and weaknesses. (Myranda)
Two compelling heroines, interesting worldbuilding and a suspenseful investigation—this was certainly an entertaining read. (Feliz)



Runners Up:

2. Linda Kay Silva - Magical Echo
3. Mary Griggs - In the Midst of Tribulation
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1. Scott M. Terry - Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth

Memoirs are made up of memories and, as such, they consist of a jumble of things that have stuck over the years. To an outsider, these memories can seem irrelevant and at times unbelievable, but they are a valid and necessary way to show to those who didn’t live these memories what exactly happened. The debate between nature and nurture never denies the profound effect of the latter. In this case, nurture didn’t make the author gay, but it definitely affected who he is today. You can feel a lingering sadness at the way he feels cut off from his sister who is still a Jehovah’s Witness. Thankfully, as he recounts at the end, he found someone who taught him to love himself and thus he was finally able to love others. (Alison)
A whiplash piece of literary reporting, about a family of children growing up poor and religiously abused in the rural West, and one child miraculously finding himself in spite of everything. I was riveted. Will make sure to get it for my personal library. (Patricia)
Simple, powerful, evocative language and a strong regional voice. As a survivor of trauma, this author has a story that inherently needs telling, and he connects it effectively to the religious and political situation in America. (Laura)




Runners Up:

2. Jeff Mann - A Romantic Mann
3. Paul Alan Fahey - The Other Man
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1. Heidi Cullinan - Dirty Laundry

Wonderfully written. Both main characters insecurities were handled beautifully and in a way that the reader can relate to them even if they didn’t have those specific problems themselves. Although this book is part of a series written as a collaboration with other authors, this book stands alone which is also a plus. (Theresa)
I’ve loved this one so much I’ve reread it, which I almost never do. The characters are damaged and real and both go through a development arc yet stay true to their core person. The setting is part of a series yet Heidi painted it with new colors based on her characters. This book completely stands on its own. The writing though solid, veered into preachy or moral-of-the-story narrator a couple of times. The highest score I’ve ever given. (Amberly)
This was an absolutely fantastic and realistic take on a variety of different subjects, most notably living with OCD and anxiety -- while still being a fun and sexy-as-fuck story. (Natalie)



Runners Up:

2. L.A. Witt - Finding Master Right
3. Bren Christopher - Second Chance Sam
4. Amelia C. Gormley - Acceleration (2 books as 1 submission) / L.A. Witt - Conduct Unbecoming
5. A.B. Gayle - Leather+Lace
6. Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Capture & Surrender
7. Amelia C. Gormley – Velocity / Mickie B. Ashling - Fire Horse / Tia Fielding - Falling Into Place
8. Z. Allora - Made in China 1, The Great Wall
9. T.J. Askren - Killian James
10. Brandon Shire – Afflicted / Lori Toland - Dangerous Submission / Rory Ni Coileain - Hard as Stone
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1. Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - If It Flies, If It Fornicates (2 novellas as 1 submission)

The passion of the MCs really vibrates and you can feel it in your bones. I really enjoyed this book. Thanks to Witt and Voinov for not disappointing. :) (Zeoanne)



Runners Up:

2. James Earl Hardy - Can You Feel What I'm Saying
3. Ciaran Dwynvil - In Blue Poppy Fields
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1. Caren J. Werlinger – Miserere

Miserere was an exciting and intriguing read. The characters came to life and brought you into their intense and complex lives. It is a book that I find myself wanting to read over and over again. (Mitzie)
This is a great package of history (old and more recent), the old south of segregration & paranormal. Very well done! (Henriette)
A wonderfully well-crafted, well-written story that took me on a journey from Ireland in the mid-eighteen hundreds to 1967. I loved how Ms. Werlinger wove the story of generations seamlessly together in this mystery of a tale. One of the best stories I've read this year. (Venona)



Runners Up:

2. Charlie Cochrane - Promises Made Under Fire
3. Elin Gregory - On A Lee Shore
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1. J.L. Merrow – Slam

This book was a charmer. The reader can't help but feel affection for the colorful first person narrator Jude, his mum, his best mate Keisha and his dog Bubbles. Even Kevin, Mum's boyfriend, who from Jude's perspective is a bit flat and uninteresting, gains depth as the story unfolds. (Melissa)
I just loved how funny the main character was through-out this story. The plot seemed to develop slowly, but this allowed for the reader to get to know the main character well. (April)
Fun and playfully written. Loved the plot twist and the connections between characters. (Theresa)




Runners Up:

2. Barbara Davies - Licensed to Spy / Sandrine Gasq-Dion - A Betting Man, A Marrying Man (2 novellas as 1 submission)
3. Wade Kelly - My Roommate's a Jock
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1. James Erich – Dreams

Oh, this one was a pure pleasure to read. I would gladly place this book in the hands of any young person, and urge them to lay aside all else to fill their hearts, minds, and souls with the beauty of James Elrich's Dreams. (Cherie)
Dreams was absolutely an outstanding read for me. This is the first book in a trilogy and without doubt I shall buy the next two installments to this story. (Rosie)
Wow, this one came as a surprise because although I enjoyed fantasy when I was young – it isn’t my go to genre as an adult. I thought the writing and story very engaging. (Janet)



Runners Up:

2. Jere' M. Fishback - Tyler Buckspan
3. Bill Konigsberg - Openly Straight
4. Dan Skinner - Memorizing You
5. Sara Alva - Social Skills
6. Huston Piner - My Life as a Myth
7. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask
8. M.F. Kays - Lost and Found / Michael J. Bowler - Children of the Knight
9. Gene Gant - Battle for Jericho
10. Madison Parker - Play Me, I'm Yours
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1. J. Tullos Hennig – GreenWode

Only someone absolutely wedded to contemporary m/m fiction would fail to find this series less-than-interesting. This is pure gold. Magnificent. Nothing more need be said. This is the Star Wars of all the m/m fiction I’ve read to this point. Destined to become a classic if there’s any justice in the world. (Chuck)
Excellent re-take on the story of Robin Hood. Engaging, excellent, and touched very closely on my own fantasy-horror writing area of expertise. (Myranda)
Wonderful world building and tension. I’ll go back and read this one again and again. (Amberly)



Runners Up:

2. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask
3. Jill Braden - The Devil's Concubine
4. Jill Shultz - Angel on the Ropes / Julian Griffith - Love Continuance and Increasing
5. Ava Burquette - Held in Dreams
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1. Scott M. Terry - Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth

Memoirs are made up of memories and, as such, they consist of a jumble of things that have stuck over the years. To an outsider, these memories can seem irrelevant and at times unbelievable, but they are a valid and necessary way to show to those who didn’t live these memories what exactly happened. The debate between nature and nurture never denies the profound effect of the latter. In this case, nurture didn’t make the author gay, but it definitely affected who he is today. You can feel a lingering sadness at the way he feels cut off from his sister who is still a Jehovah’s Witness. Thankfully, as he recounts at the end, he found someone who taught him to love himself and thus he was finally able to love others. (Alison)
A whiplash piece of literary reporting, about a family of children growing up poor and religiously abused in the rural West, and one child miraculously finding himself in spite of everything. I was riveted. Will make sure to get it for my personal library. (Patricia)
Simple, powerful, evocative language and a strong regional voice. As a survivor of trauma, this author has a story that inherently needs telling, and he connects it effectively to the religious and political situation in America. (Laura)



Runners Up:

2. Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts
3. Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem - Line and Orbit
4. Alexis Hall - Glitterland
5. Osiris Brackhaus - Lovers in Arms
6. Lane Hayes - Better Than Good
7. Sara Alva - Social Skills
8. AJ Rose - Power Exchange
9. Huston Piner - My Life as a Myth
10. A.J. Thomas - A Casual Weekend Thing / Will Parkinson – Pitch / Marcelino Rosas - Afuera
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1. Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent

The way this book is written is so beautiful. I was captivated by the character's lives and the way the entire story slowly unfolded. As far as historical romance is concerned, this is by far the best one I've ever read! (Joann)
This is a superb novel. The author's skill at weaving the time periods like ribbons through a braid is very impressive. She reflected the repression of the era but also showed the dawn of community. (Kit)
When I started this novel, I figured it would be my least favorite, given that it seemed to be more of a remembrance story. Oh, was I wrong. Compelling writing, a volatile time-period, and tension that had me resentful when I had to put the book down. (Anna)



Runners Up:

2. Andrea Bramhall – Ladyfish / Donna K. Ford - Healing Hearts
3. Barbara Ann Wright - The Pyramid Waltz
4. Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko – WAAFRIKA
5. Shelley Thrasher - The Storm
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1. Gene Gant - Battle for Jericho

A coming of age story set in the modern world, The Battle for Jericho is a truly moving novel of hatred turned to sympathy, two lives of unfulfilled dreams, and the journey it can take to find a world you want to live in. (Carey)
I loved this book. It was just about perfect for me. As a YA book it hit an excellent balance of coming of age realities with humor and heart. It tackled issues of bullying, gay bashing, homophobia, and religion not only with a deft and tender hand, but also an unflinching realism. This is a book to be recommended whole-heartedly. I only took a point off for writing style, just because I’m not sure any book is perfect, but this one comes damn close. (Linda)



Runners Up:

2. Jill Braden - The Devil's Concubine
3. Vincent Meis - Down in Cuba
4. Jill Shultz - Angel on the Ropes / Julian Griffith - Love Continuance and Increasing
5. Ava Burquette - Held in Dreams
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1. Adam Fitzroy - Make Do and Mend

This is a beautifully written book and one that I loved more and more as I read. The world building is fantastic and the character work is just wonderful. It felt like I had walked into a painting, I could see the Welsh countryside so clearly in my head, without the details being too much or the exposition being to "telling”. The love story is sweet, despite the lack of descriptive sex. Not for those looking for porn, but great for those looking for deeper connections. (Miria)
I wrote down my ratings and then, of course, I had to sit back and think about it for a bit. This is by no means a flashy book. However, this quiet story - taking place during the most turbulent of times - is extremely well-balanced, well-paced, well-developed and has a great deal of heart. I love stories of slow blooming romance and this one fit my requirements perfectly. (Melissa)
This book has stayed with me long after I finished reading it, and was hard to banish from my mind enough to start another book. The book was written in a style which I found reminiscent of the tone of wartime British films – slightly formal and cut glass accents. However, underneath this slight formality the real tenderness and affection was very apparent between characters – both main and secondary. I think this book is really up there with the winners. (Rachel)



Runners Up:

2. Amy Lane - Racing for the Sun
3. Amy Lane - Mourning Heaven / Ryan Loveless - Ethan Who Loved Carter
4. Scott M. Terry - Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth / Kim Fielding - Brute
5. Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts / Amy Lane - Under the Rushes / L.A. Witt - Something New Under the Sun
6. Amy Lane - Dex in Blue/ Rick R. Reed - Raining Men
7. Taylor V. Donovan - Disasterology 101
8. Carter Quinn - Out of the Blackness
9. James Erich – Dreams
10. Eric Arvin - Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men / Jere' M. Fishback - Tyler Buckspan / Kaje Harper - Nor Iron Bars A Cage / Lou Harper - Spirit Sanguine
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1. Catherine Ryan Hyde - Where We Belong

Beautifully written! A story of trust, love, fear, friendship and family. Wonderful story. (Julie)
This is a really good book. I have loved every single page and haven't been able to put the book down till the very end, because it's truly captivating. All the character are well built, and the protagonist is so right for this story. (Fernanda)
A real gem. The protagonist’s orientation is a minor factor, and I hope the book has been entered in competitions outside the LGBT genre. If this book were a dog (Great Dane or otherwise), I’d give it Best in Show. (Lee)



Runners Up:

2. R.E. Bradshaw - Out on the Panhandle
3. Karis Walsh - Sea Glass Inn
4. Caren J. Werlinger - Neither Present Time
5. Caren J. Werlinger - In This Small Spot
6. Andi Marquette - From the Boots Up
7. Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent
8. Beth Burnett - Andy's Song
9. Lynn Ames - All That Lies Within
10. Donna K. Ford - Healing Hearts / Andrea Bramhall - Ladyfish
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1. J. Tullos Hennig – GreenWode

Only someone absolutely wedded to contemporary m/m fiction would fail to find this series less-than-interesting. This is pure gold. Magnificent. Nothing more need be said. This is the Star Wars of all the m/m fiction I’ve read to this point. Destined to become a classic if there’s any justice in the world. (Chuck)
Excellent re-take on the story of Robin Hood. Engaging, excellent, and touched very closely on my own fantasy-horror writing area of expertise. (Myranda)
Wonderful world building and tension. I’ll go back and read this one again and again. (Amberly)



Runners Up:

2. Laura Antoniou - The Killer Wore Leather
3. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask
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1 (tie) Elliott DeLine - I Know Very Well How I Got My Name

An author to watch, there were moments of delightful brilliance in this book. (Cherie)
It was great to get a transgender character, and the voice felt real. (Cassandra)




1 (tie) L.A. Witt - The Left Hand of Calvus

Hands down this is one of the best things I've read this year... no, better make that this decade. Absolutely love this book. Brilliant, simply brilliant! (Cherie)
L.A. Witt spun a wonderful mystery set within the gladiator arena at the pinnacle of the Roman Empire. Skullduggery, extortion, and fighting made for a good tale, and kept the pages turning quickly. (Venona)



Runners Up:

2. Sassafras Lowrey - Roving Pack
3. Grigory Ryzhakov - Becoming Agie
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Almost 400 books, more than 150 judges, all over the world, and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and a lot of self-published authors. And, to me more important of everything, we raised almost 6500 dollars that are already to the two charities, Ali Forney Center in New York City and Colors in Los Angeles.

This is Colors' thank you letter: "I am writing to thank you for your donation in support of the Antioch University Los Angeles LGBTQ Colors program located just west of downtown in the MacArthur Park area. Your support directly impacts the services provided to LGBTQ youth under 25 years of age. The core values of social justice, service to community, and experiential learning comprise the heart of our mission, and the Colors program enables us to provide a valuable service to the community. As you know, Colors is a collaborative program offered by Antioch University Los Angeles and Pueblo Nuevo Development Corporation that provides comprehensive services to combat both the epidemic of suicides by LGBTQ youth and the bullying directed against them. Colors offers this underserved population and their families counseling, psychotherapy, support, and advocacy free of charge. Colors is committed to creating a world where LGBTQ youth are valued, embraced and invited to contribute to their full potential. This program is fully supported by alumni and friends like you. This support enables us to live our mission, and we are truly grateful for your participation. Thank you for your support."

This is Ali Forney Center's thank you letter: "Thank you for your generous gift. Your donation is vital to continuing our work of providing a full continuum of care services to homeless LGBT youth. The Ali Fomey Center was founded in 2002 in response to the lack of safe and culturally competent shelters for LGBT youth in NYC. Our work not only meets basic needs, but also provides young people with supportive services and the tools they need to transform their lives. Our services include education and career counseling, independent living skills, health and mental health services, in addition to individualized care through our case managers and life coaches (volunteer mentors) who work with youth on their goal of living independently. We are humbled by your support and interest in our mission. We hope to continue to work side-by-side with you to improve the life-chances of our homeless LGBT youth, Again, thank you for making a difference."

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

A.B. Gayle, A.J. Peters, A.J. Kelton, Alan T. Orr, Aleksandr Voinov, Ali Gibson, Alice Blake, Amberly Smith, Amelia, Amelia C. Gormley, Amie Love, Amy DiMartino, Andrea Dalling, Andrea Grendahl, Andrea Speed, Andrew Grey, Anel Viz, Anke, Anna Lee, Anna Birmingham, Anna Zabo, Anne Barwell, Anne Tenino, Antonella, April Ott, Aurore Rose, Belinda McBride, Bethann Korsmit, Bethany Zaiatz, Brent Hartinger, Calathea, Carey Parrish, Caroline, Carrie Ann Murphy, Cassandra Gold, Cherie Noel Hall, Chris, Chris Paynter, Christina, Chuck Ruebsamen, Cole Riann, D. Jackson Leigh, D.H. Starr, Dan Cullinan, Danielle Redmond, Darien, David A. Kentner, Dawn, Debra Starbird, Devon Rhodes, Dianne McGavin, Dorothy Muir, Eden Winters, Ellen Russell, Emanuela Piasentini, Erica Pike, Erotic Horizon, Ethan Day, Eve, Evey Brett, Fausta Piccini, Feliz Faber, Fernanda Elmiger, Gene Gant, George Seaton, Heidi Cullinan, Heidi French, Helen Beattie, Henriette, J.C. Wallace, J.P. Bowie, J.P. Barnaby, Jaime Samms, James Earl Hardy, Jamie Nare, Jane, Janet S., Jason Bradley, Jason K., Jaymi, Jennifer Lavoie, Jerry Beale, Jessica Goeller, Jo Ann Weiler, Joann Lee, Jodie Atkinson, John Robey, Johnny Townsend, Jon Michaelsen, Jordan L. Hawk, Jorgi-Anne, Juli-Anna Dobson, Julie Bozza, Julie Weismann, K.Z. Snow, Kari Gregg, Kate McMurray, Kimberly Lynn Workman, Kris Jacen, Kyell Gold, L.E. Halk, Laura Hughes, Lee Rowan, Lex Valentine, Lily, Linda Eisel, Lisa, Lori, Lori Toland, Luce, Lyne, Mallory Hytrek, Mariana Arias, Megan Derr, Melissa Lee, Michele L. Montgomery, Michelle Wauchope, Miria D., Mitzie Schlueter, Molly Anne Church, Myranda Sarro, Natalie M., Norma Nielsen, P.J. Trebelhorn, Pamela Turner, Patricia Nell Warren, Pelaam, Penny Brandon, Rachel Thomas, Rosie Thowney, Ryan Field, Sage Marlowe, Sally Sapphire, Sandra Meyer, Sar, Sassafras Lowrey, Sean Happenny, Shannon West, Shawn Lane, Sloan Parker, Stacey Darlington, Stacia Seaman, Steve Callahan, Sue Adams, Sue Brown, T.A. Webb, Tag, Tame, Tammy, Tara Lain, Tessa Noil, Theresa Webber, Tim Keller, Tracy Ward, Uli, Val Kovalin, Valerie, Venona Keyes, Verena, Vicktor Alexander, Vincent Virga, Z.A. Maxfield, Zahra Owens, Zeoanne.

Thank you to my new partner: The Rainbow Romance Writers, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

A special thank you to the special jury for the Rainbow Award Cover Contest: Ali Gibson, Anne Tenino, Brent Hartinger, Dylan Rosser, Jodie Atkinson, Julie Weismann, Linda Eisel, Mitzie Schlueter, Tammy, Zahra Owens.

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:

Affinity eBooks, Amber Quill Press, Beaten Track Publishing, Beau to Beau Publishing, Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company, Bella Books, Blanca Rosa Publishing, Blue Feather Books, Bold Strokes Books, Bon View Publishing, Breathless Press, Buddha Kitty Books, Bywater Books, Carina Press, Chelsea Station Editions, Cleis Press, Corgyn Publishing, Dog Horn Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Ellora's Cave, Etopia Press, Eureka Street Press, Evernight Publishing, Fallen Bros. Press, Fantastic Fiction Publishing, Featherweight Publishing, Graphix/Scholastic, Grey Fedora Books, Hallowed Birch Publishing, Harmony Ink Press, IAJ Books, Island Tales Press, Itineris Press, JMS Books, LazyDay Publishing, Less Than Three Press, Lethe Press, Lillibridge Press, Loose Id, Love in Dark Settings Press, Lyrical Press, Manifold Press, Melange Books, Mischief Corner Books, MLR Press, Museit Up Publishing, Paddy's Daddy Publishing, Penguin, Phantom Hollow Publishing, Phoenix Rising Press, PoMo Freakshow Press, Prizm Books, Proud Peacock Publishing, PubRight, Queerteen Press, Ragz Books USA, Random House Group, Ravenous Romance, Red Treehouse Publishing, Regal Crest Enterprises, Resplendence Publishing, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Sapphire Books Publishing, Secret Cravings Publishing, Silver Publishing, Siren BookStrand, SleighFarm Publishing Group, Sofawolf Press, Storm Moon Press, Sunny Bee Books, Supposed Crimes, Torquere Press, Total-e-Bound, TPG Books, UnCUT/VOICES Press, Voodoo Lily Press, Watersgreen House, Wayzgoose Press, Wilde City Press, Wilkinson House, Ylva Publishing, Zumaya Publications.

And now what all you are waiting, the 2013 Rainbow Awards. And the awards go to:


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

Best LGBT Cover – Design
1. Into This River I Drown (Kyle Thompson)
Runners Up:
2. Coming Home (Anne Cain) / A Knitter in His Natural Habitat (Catt Ford)
3. The Boys and the Bees (Catt Ford)
4. Mingled Destines of Crocodiles and Men (Amy Morrison)
5. After the End (Brooke Albrecht)
6. Boys of Summer (Reese Dante) / Aaron (AngstyG) / For Men Like Us (Anne Cain)
7. Fire (Paul Richmond) / Plan B (Ronaldo Gutierrez)
8. Texas Pride (Reese Dante)
9. Gravedigger's Brawl (Reese Dante)
10. Lion and the Crow (Eli Easton) / 3 (DWS Photography)

Best LGBT Cover – Illustration
1. Evolution (Paul Richmond)
Runners Up:
2. Stealing the Wind (Anne Cain)
3. Falling for Rain (Paul Richmond)
4. Crow and Firefly (Shobana Appavu) / Venetian Masks (Shobana Appavu)
5. Ice and Embers (Anne Cain) / Secret Chemistry (Anne Cain) / Blood Red Butterfly (Faith L.)
6. The Actor and the Earl (Anne Cain)
7. Out of the Blackness (SJL Graphics)
8. Hour of the Lotus (Anne Cain) / Bound Forget Me Knot (Shobana Appavu)
9. Calling Dr Laura (Nicole J. Georges)
10. Bonds of Death (Shobana Appavu) / Gravemen (Aisha Akeju)

Best B/T & LGBT Contemporary Fiction, Mystery / Thriller, Contemporary & Historical Romance
1. Laura Antoniou - The Killer Wore Leather
Runners Up:
2. Vincent Meis - Down in Cuba
3. Julian Griffith - Love Continuance and Increasing

Best B/T & LGBT Fantasy, Paranormal Romance & Sci-fi / Futuristic
1. J. Tullos Hennig – GreenWode
Runners Up:
2. Jill Braden - The Devil's Concubine
3. Jill Shultz - Angel on the Ropes

Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction
1 (tie). Amy Lane - Dex in Blue
1 (tie). Rick R. Reed - Raining Men
Runners Up:
2. Larry Benjamin - Damaged Angels
3. Brad Boney - The Return
4. George Seaton - Saving Skylar Hand
5. Jamie Fessenden - By That Sin Fell The Angels / S.A. McAuley - Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open

Best Gay Contemporary Romance (William Neale Award)
1. Amy Lane - Racing for the Sun
Runners Up:
2. Amy Lane - Mourning Heaven / Ryan Loveless - Ethan Who Loved Carter
3. Taylor V. Donovan - Disasterology 101
4. Carter Quinn - Out of the Blackness
5. Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton - Second Hand
6. Anyta Sunday - Taboo For You
7. Alexis Hall - Glitterland
8. Julie Bozza - The Apothecary's Garden
9. Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Double Black
10. Lane Hayes - Better Than Good

Best Gay Fantasy
1. Kim Fielding – Brute
Runners Up:
2. Eric Arvin - Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men / Kaje Harper - Nor Iron Bars A Cage
3. Angel Martinez & Freddy MacKay - The Horns and Halos
4. Vaughn R. Demont - Community Service
5. Megan Derr - Black Magic / Tali Spencer - Thick as Thieves

Best Gay Historical Romance
1. Adam Fitzroy - Make Do and Mend
Runners Up:
2. Osiris Brackhaus - Lovers in Arms
3. Jane Elliot – Montana Red
4. Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Unhinge The Universe
5. Brita Addams - Tarnished Gold

Best Gay Mystery / Thriller
1. AJ Rose – Safeword
Runners Up:
2. Jamie Fessenden - Billy's Bones
3. J.L. Merrow - Pressure Head
4. AJ Rose - Power Exchange
5. Marshall Thornton - Boystown 5

Best Gay Paranormal Romance
1. Lou Harper - Spirit Sanguine
Runners Up:
2. Abigail Roux - The Gravedigger's Brawl
3. Jordan L. Hawk - Hainted
4. Cari Z. - Cambion, Dark Around the Edges
5. Eden Winters - Naked Tails
6. Jordan L. Hawk - Widdershins
7. Marguerite Labbe - Make Me Whole / T.J. Klune - Into This River I Drown
8. Kate McMurray - Show and Tell
9. Adam Fitzroy - Between Now and Then
10. Belinda McBride - Arcada 2, Silver-Steel

Best Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1 (tie). Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts
1 (tie). Amy Lane - Under the Rushes
1 (tie). L.A. Witt - Something New Under the Sun
Runners Up:
2. Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem - Line and Orbit
3. Andrea Speed - Infected, Lesser Evils

Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
1. Catherine Ryan Hyde - Where We Belong
Runners Up:
2. R.E. Bradshaw - Out on the Panhandle
3. Caren J. Werlinger - In This Small Spot
4. Justine Saracen - Beloved Gomorrah
5. Ann McMan - Aftermath

Best Lesbian Contemporary Romance
1. Karis Walsh - Sea Glass Inn
Runners Up:
2. Caren J. Werlinger - Neither Present Time
3. Andi Marquette - From the Boots Up
4. Beth Burnett - Andy's Song
5. Lynn Ames - All That Lies Within

Best Lesbian Fantasy
1. Barbara Ann Wright - The Pyramid Waltz
Runners Up:
2. Riley LaShea - Black Forest, Kingdoms Fall
3. Benny Lawrence - Shell Game

Best Lesbian Historical Romance
1. Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent
Runners Up:
2. Linda North - Wind and Dreams
3. T.T. Thomas - A Delicate Refusal

Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
1. Lori L. Lake - A Very Public Eye
Runners Up:
2. Lori L. Lake - Jump the Gun
3. Cari Hunter - Desolation Point
4. R.E. Bradshaw - The Rainey Season
5. Lynn Kear - Black-Hearted Bitch

Best Lesbian Paranormal Romance
1. Robin Roseau - Fox Run
Runners Up:
2. L.L. Raand - The Lone Hunt
3. Kim Pritekel - After Shadow
4. Linda Kay Silva - Man Eaters
5. Yvonne Heidt - The Awakening

Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1. Cathy Pegau - Deep Deception
Runners Up:
2. Linda Kay Silva - Magical Echo
3. Mary Griggs - In the Midst of Tribulation

Best LGBT Biography / Memoir / Non Fiction / Poetry
1. Scott M. Terry - Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth
Runners Up:
2. Jeff Mann - A Romantic Mann
3. Paul Alan Fahey - The Other Man

Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award)
1. Heidi Cullinan - Dirty Laundry
Runners Up:
2. L.A. Witt - Finding Master Right
3. Bren Christopher - Second Chance Sam
4. Amelia C. Gormley - Acceleration (2 books as 1 submission) / L.A. Witt - Conduct Unbecoming
5. A.B. Gayle - Leather+Lace
6. Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Capture & Surrender
7. Amelia C. Gormley – Velocity / Mickie B. Ashling - Fire Horse / Tia Fielding - Falling Into Place
8. Z. Allora - Made in China 1, The Great Wall
9. T.J. Askren - Killian James
10. Brandon Shire – Afflicted / Lori Toland - Dangerous Submission / Rory Ni Coileain - Hard as Stone

Best LGBT Erotica
1. Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - If It Flies, If It Fornicates (2 novellas as 1 submission)
Runners Up:
2. James Earl Hardy - Can You Feel What I'm Saying
3. Ciaran Dwynvil - In Blue Poppy Fields

Best LGBT Historical
1. Caren J. Werlinger – Miserere
Runners Up:
2. Charlie Cochrane - Promises Made Under Fire
3. Elin Gregory - On A Lee Shore

Best LGBT Romantic Comedy
1. J.L. Merrow – Slam
Runners Up:
2. Barbara Davies - Licensed to Spy / Sandrine Gasq-Dion - A Betting Man, A Marrying Man (2 novellas as 1 submission)
3. Wade Kelly - My Roommate's a Jock

Best LGBT Young Adult
1. James Erich – Dreams
Runners Up:
2. Jere' M. Fishback - Tyler Buckspan
3. Bill Konigsberg - Openly Straight
4. Dan Skinner - Memorizing You
5. Sara Alva - Social Skills
6. Huston Piner - My Life as a Myth
7. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask
8. M.F. Kays - Lost and Found / Michael J. Bowler - Children of the Knight
9. Gene Gant - Battle for Jericho
10. Madison Parker - Play Me, I'm Yours

Best B/T & LGBT Debut
1. J. Tullos Hennig – GreenWode
Runners Up:
2. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask
3. Jill Braden - The Devil's Concubine
4. Jill Shultz - Angel on the Ropes / Julian Griffith - Love Continuance and Increasing
5. Ava Burquette - Held in Dreams

Best Gay Debut
1. Scott M. Terry - Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth
Runners Up:
2. Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts
3. Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem - Line and Orbit
4. Alexis Hall - Glitterland
5. Osiris Brackhaus - Lovers in Arms
6. Lane Hayes - Better Than Good
7. Sara Alva - Social Skills
8. AJ Rose - Power Exchange
9. Huston Piner - My Life as a Myth
10. A.J. Thomas - A Casual Weekend Thing / Will Parkinson – Pitch / Marcelino Rosas - Afuera

Best Lesbian Debut
1. Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent
Runners Up:
2. Andrea Bramhall – Ladyfish / Donna K. Ford - Healing Hearts
3. Barbara Ann Wright - The Pyramid Waltz
4. Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko – WAAFRIKA
5. Shelley Thrasher - The Storm

Best Bisexual Novel
1. Gene Gant - Battle for Jericho
Runners Up:
2. Jill Braden - The Devil's Concubine
3. Vincent Meis - Down in Cuba
4. Jill Shultz - Angel on the Ropes / Julian Griffith - Love Continuance and Increasing
5. Ava Burquette - Held in Dreams

Best Gay Novel
1. Adam Fitzroy - Make Do and Mend
Runners Up:
2. Amy Lane - Racing for the Sun
3. Amy Lane - Mourning Heaven / Ryan Loveless - Ethan Who Loved Carter
4. Scott M. Terry - Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth / Kim Fielding - Brute
5. Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts / Amy Lane - Under the Rushes / L.A. Witt - Something New Under the Sun
6. Amy Lane - Dex in Blue/ Rick R. Reed - Raining Men
7. Taylor V. Donovan - Disasterology 101
8. Carter Quinn - Out of the Blackness
9. James Erich – Dreams
10. Eric Arvin - Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men / Jere' M. Fishback - Tyler Buckspan / Kaje Harper - Nor Iron Bars A Cage / Lou Harper - Spirit Sanguine

Best Lesbian Novel
1. Catherine Ryan Hyde - Where We Belong
Runners Up:
2. R.E. Bradshaw - Out on the Panhandle
3. Karis Walsh - Sea Glass Inn
4. Caren J. Werlinger - Neither Present Time
5. Caren J. Werlinger - In This Small Spot
6. Andi Marquette - From the Boots Up
7. Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent
8. Beth Burnett - Andy's Song
9. Lynn Ames - All That Lies Within
10. Donna K. Ford - Healing Hearts / Andrea Bramhall - Ladyfish

Best LGBT Novel
1. J. Tullos Hennig – GreenWode
Runners Up:
2. Laura Antoniou - The Killer Wore Leather
3. Laura Hughes - Don't Ask

Best Transgender Novel
1 (tie). Elliott DeLine - I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
1 (tie). L.A. Witt - The Left Hand of Calvus
Runners Up:
2. Sassafras Lowrey - Roving Pack
3. Grigory Ryzhakov - Becoming Agie

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