Oct. 4th, 2014

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Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.

Chapman was born at the Stoneygate Nursing Home, Stoneygate, Leicester. He was educated at Melton Mowbray Grammar School and studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Medical College and later at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was also an avid fan of radio comedy from an early age, becoming especially drawn to that of The Goon Show. In the introduction to Chapman's (2005/2006) posthumous anthology, Jim Yoakum notes that "the radio shows didn't necessarily make him laugh. Only a select few got chuckles from young Chapman including Frankie Howerd, the team of Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss, It's That Man Again, Educating Archie, Take It From Here and Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh. 'I especially liked Robert Moreton, although no one else seemed to like him very much. He would do things like tell jokes the wrong way around and switch punch lines. He was obviously a very good comedian and was ahead of his time. The appearance of incompetence was wonderful. He was one of my heroes.' But the show that truly astounded Graham, and was a major influence on his comedy was The Goon Show" (p.xvii). Chapman states "from about the age of seven or eight I used to be an avid listener of a radio programme called The Goon Show. In fact, at that stage I wanted to be a Goon" (p. 23).

Chapman and John Cleese wrote professionally for the BBC during the 1960s, primarily for David Frost, but also for Marty Feldman. Chapman also contributed sketches to the BBC radio series I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again and television programmes such as The Illustrated Weekly Hudd (starring Roy Hudd), Cilla Black, This is Petula Clark, and This Is Tom Jones. Chapman, Cleese, and Tim Brooke-Taylor later joined Feldman in the television comedy series At Last the 1948 Show. There, Chapman displayed a gift for deadpan comedy (particularly evident in the sketch "The Minister Who Falls to Pieces") and for imitating various British dialects. Chapman and Cleese also wrote for the long-running television comedy series Doctor in the House. Chapman also co-wrote several episodes with Bernard McKenna and David Sherlock.


Grahan Chapman  (8 January 1941–4 October 1989) kept his sexuality a secret until the 1970s, although he did allude to it in some Monty Python sketches. He came out as homosexual on a chat show hosted by British jazz musician George Melly, becoming one of the first celebrities to come out publicly. Several days later, he came out to a group of friends at a party held at his home in Belsize Park, where he officially introduced them to his partner, David Sherlock, whom he had met in Ibiza in 1966.

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Site July 2014* August 2014* September 2014
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Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



Gay Erotic Romance
Desires' Guardian (Desires Entwined Book 2) by Tempeste O'Riley
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627989994
ISBN-13: 978-1627989992
Amazon: Desires' Guardian (Desires Entwined Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Desires' Guardian (Desires Entwined Book 2)

"Wonderfully written, I will definitely look for the beginning book in this series. "

Transgender Contemporary Romance
His Fair Lady by Kimberly Gardner

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 1, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: His Fair Lady

"Kimberly Gardner never ceases to amaze with her mastery of the fine craft of writing, her immediately captivating characters, and her brilliant grasp of realistic, exciting dialogue. It’s always an extreme pleasure to read a work of her, and His Fair Lady continues in all these traditions. Thank you, Ms. Gardner for putting another beautiful piece of art into the world, this time one which speaks in a clear, believable voice about the real trials and tribulations transgender people live through every single day."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Paris Connection by J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Totally Bound
ISBN: 9780857156716

"JP Bowie has done it all with this book. The plot is a nicely rounded romance with a bit of suspense thrown in to spice it up. He does it perfectly with the mystery in no way overshadowing the romance. The setting is wonderfully done, giving the reader the sense and feel of Paris without an overdose of details to derail the romance. The characters are well- balanced with both points of view presented well and motivations for their behaviors clearly defined. And the writing style is clear, concise and definitely geared toward the romance reader. The sex was well done and perfectly presented. An all-star read!"

Gay Erotic Romance
Lab Rat's Love by Ana J. Phoenix
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 1, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Lab Rat's Love

"What an amazing story! I was pulled in right from the first page by the complex characters. Ana J. Phoenix is an amazing new voice in the m/m genre. I hope she continues to write more of her excellent tales for a long, long time. "

Gay Contemporary Romance
Jurassic Heart by Anna Martin
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982280
ISBN-13: 978-1627982283
Amazon: Jurassic Heart
Amazon Kindle: Jurassic Heart

"This was such a sweet romance.  The mystery mixed in with the romance kept me reading.  "

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Rapture, Sins of the Sinners by Fran Heckrotte & A.C. Henley
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD; First edition (November 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1927282063
ISBN-13: 978-1927282069
Amazon: Rapture, Sins of the Sinners
Amazon Kindle: Rapture, Sins of the Sinners

"I was tearing through this one so fast. Very well written. It could probably be on the shelf next to any mainstream, best selling thriller. The characters are initially not quite likable, but in a way that paints them as flawed human beings, so you don't mind following them through the story. The ending felt a little forced and rushed, but considering the book was finished after the initial author passed away, it's easy to see how that happened. The best book I've read for the Rainbow Awards this year, easily. "

Gay Erotica
The Thief Taker by William Holden
Series: Thomas Newton Erotic Adventure
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390541
ISBN-13: 978-1626390546
Amazon: The Thief Taker
Amazon Kindle: The Thief Taker

"Nicely written. I don’t normally read books set in the past like this, but it kept me interested."

Gay Erotica
Incubus Tales by Hushicho
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (June 16, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Incubus Tales

"I would love to read the author’s manga of the same title. A very unusual, but quite interesting book (with the aforementioned erotic cautions.) Written rather like a picaresque anthology. The author’s roots in manga are obvious. The story flowed fairly smoothly from adventure to adventure, but the unwary reader should be warned that this is erotica-lite, and is not written in a traditional novel format. However, for the most part, I found the novel quite interesting. I did find myself wanting more pictures (essentially trying to turn the stories into manga.) Very well-developed settings taking place in both a sort of AU as well as time travel into the “regular” world of the 1920s. The author is extremely gifted at providing detailed and very interesting settings. "

Bisexual Contemporary General Fiction
The River Within by Baxter Clare Trautman
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company; 2 edition (March 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562252
ISBN-13: 978-1939562258
Amazon : The River Within
Amazon Kindle: The River Within

"This book is so full of vivid emotion. It made me sob, my heart hurt so much for the characters. It made me want better things. More things. It was beautiful. "

Gay Erotic Romance
Better Than Friends by Lane Hayes
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988084
ISBN-13: 978-1627988087
Amazon : Better Than Friends
Amazon Kindle: Better Than Friends

"Very sweet bedtime story. No unexpected twists and turns. Life is going to bring you where you want to be if you just let her. Get out of your house and open up to the world of ne possibilities."

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Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



Lesbian Fantasy
Chronicles of Osota - Warrior by Michelle Magly
Series: Chronicles of Osota
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Desert Palm Press; 1 edition (July 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 150065227X
ISBN-13: 978-1500652272
Amazon: Chronicles of Osota - Warrior
Amazon Kindle: Chronicles of Osota - Warrior

"This is a fantasy, by someone who can not only tell a good story, they can also write a good story. I was impressed by the quality and maturity the author showed in creating complex characters that evolved throughout the story. It’s not easy starting a series and finding the balance between not revealing all your plot points in the first book, and making the first book frustrating to read because stuff is held back to be revealed later in the series. Michelle managed this quite adroitly. It’s also refreshing to read high fantasy that does not drag the homophobia of our world into its own."

Gay Contemporary Romance
A Grand Prix Romance (International Men of Sports Book 7) by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Series: International Men of Sports
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178430090X
ISBN-13: 978-1784300906
Amazon: A Grand Prix Romance (International Men of Sports Book 7)
Amazon Kindle: A Grand Prix Romance (International Men of Sports Book 7)

"Great plot. Fun, interesting, and engaging characters. Authors’ writing style drew in the reader and made them invested in the story, plot, and characters."

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Buzz Bets Badly, But Begets Bliss: An Avondale Story by Etienne
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Buzz Bets Badly, But Begets Bliss: An Avondale Story

"Loved this story. Fans of the author will love this book and while it has ties to the Avondale world it is possible to read this book without having read any of the previous books."

Gay Erotic Romance
Finally Home (The Traveler and the Tourist Book 2) by Zee Kensington
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627989064
ISBN-13: 978-1627989060
Amazon: Finally Home (The Traveler and the Tourist Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Finally Home (The Traveler and the Tourist Book 2)

"Zee Kensington's novel, "Finally Home" was a soft, subtle romance story that was well-written with interesting international food facts and cultures mixed in with interesting issues that happen between young and older love interests, with some universal contrasting elements between those in the LGBT community who are out and those who are not.  The most important was how these two main Characters - Chris & Marco - came together in spite of their opposing personal/family issues and backgrounds.  A very sweet/interesting story that would appeal to readers of gay romance."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Brian's Mate by Hollis Shiloh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Brian's Mate

"If you are looking for blood hunts, clan wars, werewolf transformations you wouldn't find then in this book. What you will find is the formation of the beautiful relationship. Even the outcasts could flower and prosper when they feel needed. Beautiful story of "ugly wolf-ducklings" transformation. "

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Maggie’s Mechanics by Sheila J. Connolly
Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Clover Valley Press, LLC (September 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984657053
ISBN-13: 978-0984657056
Amazon: Maggie’s Mechanics
Amazon Kindle: Maggie’s Mechanics

"Well written 1st book, I really enjoyed the relationship/interplay between the 2 MC's, Bett and Maggie!"

Lesbian Poetry
Blushing Aspen (Sappho's Corner Solo Poets Series) (Volume 4) by Kieran York

Series: Sappho's Corner Solo Poets Series
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1497352762
ISBN-13: 978-1497352766
Amazon: Blushing Aspen (Sappho's Corner Solo Poets Series)

"I usually like this author style but I think that her lyrical and evocative writing find it's perfect setting when it comes to poetry."

Gay Contemporary Romance
If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going: The Continuing Adventures of Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann by Tinnean

Series: Mann of My Dreams
Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500208787
ISBN-13: 978-1500208783
Amazon: If You're GoingThrough Hell Keep Going: The Continuing Adventures of Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann
Amazon Kindle: If You're GoingThrough Hell Keep Going: The Continuing Adventures of Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann

"Solid story very well written."

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Chip Off the Ice Block Murder (A Shay O'Hanlon Caper) by Jessie Chandler
Series: A Shay O'Hanlon Caper (Book 4)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; Reprint edition (May 8, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738739391
ISBN-13: 978-0738739397
Amazon: Chip Off the Ice Block Murder (A Shay O'Hanlon Caper)
Amazon Kindle: Chip Off the Ice Block Murder (A Shay O'Hanlon Caper)

"Well written, engaging story. Very likeable characters, looking forward to more stories from this author/genre."

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
The Opera House by Hans M. Hirschi
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Yaree AB (December 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9187561042
ISBN-13: 978-9187561047
Amazon : The Opera House
Amazon Kindle: The Opera House

"I absolutely love this writer.  This book had well written characters who were easy to identify with.  "

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Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I loved this book. Absolutely magnificent."

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

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

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