Dec. 7th, 2015

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Bitter Springs by Laura Stone

Blurb: In 1870s Texas, Renaldo Valle Santos, the youngest son of a large and traditional family, has been sent to train with Henry “Hank” Burnett, a freed slave and talented mesteñero—or horse- catcher—so he may continue the family horse trade. Bitter Springs is a sweeping epic that takes themes from traditional Mexican literature and Old Westerns to tell the story of a man coming into his own and realizing his destiny lies in the wild open spaces with the man who loves him, far from expectations of society.

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Meet the author: Laura Stone is a born and bred Texan, but don't hold that against her. She's a former comedian, actress and Master Gardener, and currently keeps busy as a media blogger, ghostwriter and novelist when not busy raising her three children. They're not fully raised, but then, neither is she.

She lives in Texas as proof that it's not completely populated by hard-line right-wingers. And because that's where the good tamales are. Her first novel, The Bones of You, was published by Interlude Press in 2014 and was named a finalist for two Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award. Laura Stone at Laura-Stone.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/9LauraStone

"Hello! Thanks so much for having me, I appreciate it! It's a lot of fun to get to travel around (virtual or otherwise) and meet new readers. Writing is such a solitary exercise that this becomes the fun part. Between writing for a living (I also do some ghostwriting on the side, as well as run a media blog) and raising kids, there isn't always a lot of time to just hang out and chat with folks. Hopefully your readers will have some great questions for me about Bitter Springs, gay cowboys, just how to prepare mescal (of course I had to try to make it for myself, strictly for research purposes!), and whether or not anyone would want to try to live out on the lonesome prairie for weeks on end. I grew up obsessed with the Little House books, and it helped that I had pioneer ancestors to give me the opportunity to spend the summers roughing it with little to no resources from the modern world. I don’t know how many of y'all would like living like Henry and Renaldo do, but it sounds pretty great to me. Well, I'd probably pack some soap."

Tell us about your pets – past or present. Pictures are a must! (Not really, but they would be welcome.)
I'm of the mindset that pets are family, and we've had some awesome family members over the years. Darthanne was a wee black kitten who streaked into the house during a thunderstorm and wouldn't leave, not that we minded. This little stinker trained my son to pet her while he was asleep.
She was his and wouldn't really let anyone hold her except for him. That is unless she was outside with me in the garden. Then she would love up on me, and I assume it was because she knew I was making the garden a nice place for bird and rabbit watching from inside the house. She was a beauty who was spoiled rotten for all of her days.
There was Doc, who was my best friend's horse for almost 28 years. I had Doc on loan, so to speak, and there has never been a better horse on this earth. Doc was an American Quarter Horse meant for barrel racing and roping, but thrived on being everyone's First Horse Ride. Gentle as a lamb, patient and friendly, Doc just loved to meet new folks and prove that there was no reason to be afraid of riding. He always had an eye out for the little ones (be they four or two-legged) and Chrissy (the best friend) and I nicknamed him Clifford the Big Red Dog.
One of the best days ever was taking my son, barely nine months old, out for his first real ride. Doc knew to take soft steps, that he was carrying precious cargo, and had his ears and tail up the whole time. He instilled in my son a love for all animals, and proof that they're just as interested in us as we are in them. Each of my children had their first rides on Doc.
Now, Doc could also have a lot of fun. Chrissy had another quarter horse, Loki, who lived up to the name. We'd load up for the day and go hit the desert, riding all over the bare scree with our sure-footed mounts. Doc was just as comfortable out in the desert as he was on soft sand outside of the Grand Tetons with us riding sans-saddle, Native-style. For clever readers, you might be picking up on how similar Abuelita is to ol' Doc here, and you'd be 100% correct.
He spent his last years in “retirement” at the Lazy C ranch where he got to wander around anywhere he wanted (the alfalfa was locked up), and could peek in the kitchen window at Chrissy to let her know it was time for some face scratches. Pretty good life for a horse.
Sally VonSchtupp was our rescue German Shepherd. She was a favorite at the shelter, so being given the opportunity to meet her was a treat. Sally immediately warmed up to me and was beta to my alpha. I nicknamed her “Nana” from Peter Pan for her propensity of herding the kids to bed and snitching on them when they kept their lights on after I'd called for lights out. If I didn't get up the stairs at her warning bark, she'd come to wherever I was, huff a woof at me, then race back up the stairs waiting for me. I'm laughing just thinking about it.
My youngest is a terrible grump in the morning, and would stumble down the stairs, grumbling and mumbling as she rubbed her eyes, so Sally took it upon herself to “circle” her the whole way down, so that if my daughter tripped, she'd land on our giant of a pup instead. Working dogs are so great.
She was always by my side, something that could get old fast (especially if she'd slipped nearby without my seeing, leaving me tripping over her bulk), but usually she'd perch herself just outside the door when I was writing, peering in to make sure I was okay every so often. She was terrified of hot air balloons (we live in a place where there are a lot of them, strangely enough), loved my husband's truck, and knew how to stand just so when I was cutting up raw meat to trip me so whoops! A little bite fell right in front of her, would you look at that? Such a stinker.
Having to put her down was one of the most awful experiences of my life, and I don't know that I can ever have another dog. She got to do her most favorite things on her last day, so that's something we all can hope for, I suppose. Sweet Sally Girl.
The current mistress of the house is a little calico beauty, Smidgen. Barely six ounces of fluff, she's the sweetest little friend of a cat. If I'm in a room, that's where she is, too. She's timid from having spent her first few weeks of life feral, but once she warms up to you, it's nothing but head-butts and biscuits. Never has she scratched at anything she shouldn't, and as a life-long cat owner, I just don't know how that's even possible. She's content just being at my side, or bird-watching.
I've never had a cat that was just such a buddy like wee Smidge is. She'll high-five me, talk back if I ask her questions, and if I say, “Time for bed, Smidge,” she'll come trot into the bedroom and make herself a little nest behind my knees. What is it with cats trapping you in the bed? I'll deal with a crick in the neck before I'll displace the cat. We're such suckers.
And gah, I'm going to need someone to hurry up and invent immortality pills for pets. Quick, quick, distract me with pictures and stories of your fur-babies!

Where to find the author:
Facebook: facebook.com/9LauraStone
Twitter: @stoneyboboney
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26223113-bitter-springs



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All books submitted to the Rainbow Awards are assigned to 7 judges. Each judge rates the book 1 to 40. Final rate is the average of the previous 7 rates. Books with a final rate equal or above 30 out of possible 40 are Finalists.

Winners will be announced on December 8th. Winners and Runners Up are books with a rate equal or above 30.

Below Finalists in alphabethical order:


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• 24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4747601.html
• A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4652822.html
• A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4670800.html
• A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4731374.html
• A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4653200.html
• A Man's Man by Genta Sebastian: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4699788.html
• A New Man by P.D. Singer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4669706.html
• A Pride of Poppies by Julie Bozza: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4568303.html
• A Restored Man by Jaime Reese: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4748927.html
• A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4721636.html
• A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4709109.html
• A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4660307.html
• A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4673659.html
• A Year in the Life by Cat Grant: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4590071.html
• After The End by Sara York: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4655820.html
• Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4531749.html
• All the little Moments by G Benson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711033.html
• All We Lack by Sandra Moran: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4703272.html
• Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4692161.html
• An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4518085.html
• An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4659141.html
• Andrew's Promise by Nic Starr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4700109.html
• Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4749747.html
• Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn by Thursday Euclid: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4668388.html
• Astounding! by Kim Fielding: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4641668.html
• Axel's Pup by Kim Dare: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4737645.html
• Azimuth (Interscission Project #2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4627076.html
• Balls Up by Kate Aaron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4635367.html
• Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4709798.html
• Barren by Anna Hedley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4524898.html
• Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4675276.html
• Because of Summer by Elle Vaughn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4693028.html
• Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4559631.html
• Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4679091.html
• Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4715049.html
• Black John by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4680407.html
• Blind Trust by Jody Klaire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4705434.html
• Blink by Rick R. Reed: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4597960.html
• Blood and Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4721744.html
• Blowback by Bev Prescott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4702791.html
• Blowing It by Kate Aaron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4540827.html
• Blue on Black by Carole Cummings: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4672144.html
• Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4623892.html
• Boystown 7: Bloodlines by Marshall Thornton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4574548.html
• Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4546097.html
• Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4726673.html
• Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4537790.html
• Call Me Home by Megan Kruse: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4578015.html
• Candy Man/Bitter Taffy (2 books as 1 submission) by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4681427.html
• Canning the Center by Tara Lain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4549633.html
• Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4527817.html
• Chance Of the Heart by Kade Boehme: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4748660.html
• Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4714393.html
• Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4700485.html
• Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4686683.html
• Christmas Crush by Kate McLachlan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4578620.html
• Come To My Window by Mia Kerick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4620438.html
• Conflict of Interest by Zahra Owens: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4594685.html
• Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4692575.html
• Death's Doorway by Crin Claxton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4736227.html
• Dirty Dining by EM Lynley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4730402.html
• Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711903.html
• Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4557045.html
• Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4591190.html
• Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4722960.html
• Everything by Carole Wolf: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4703008.html
• Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4648612.html
• Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4648399.html
• Fairytales Slashed, Volume 6 by Angel Propps, Diana Jean, H.R. Harrison, Remy Jensen, Sandra Bard, Sasha L. Miller: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4654494.html
• Falling by Suki Fleet: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716974.html
• Fated (Shadow Mountain #1) by Indra Vaughn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4632101.html
• Fidelity by Lia Black: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4677622.html
• Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4533416.html
• For Real by Alexis Hall: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716457.html
• For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton: For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4630735.html
• Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4670241.html
• Fragmented (Shadow Mountain #2) by Indra Vaughn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4633463.html
• Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4667647.html
• Future Imperfect by Pelaam: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4581905.html
• Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4519556.html
• Geek Out by Samantha M. Derr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4650320.html
• Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4696460.html
• Good Water by Kayt Peck: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4744788.html
• Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4542836.html
• Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4736548.html
• Heat Trap by JL Merrow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4631770.html
• Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4728541.html
• Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4613485.html
• How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4611950.html
• Hurt by Lila Bruce: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4543654.html
• I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4625336.html
• I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4648040.html
• Immortal by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4680501.html
• In Distress by Caethes Faron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4732231.html
• In Me an Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4661972.html
• In My Neighborhood by Giovanna Capone: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4707587.html
• In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4649030.html
• Inclination by Mia Kerick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4620237.html
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• Jackdaw by KJ Charles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4659206.html
• Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4646817.html
• Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4674712.html
• Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4718687.html
• Journey To You by A.J. Adaire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4742849.html
• June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4708612.html
• Keep the Stars Running by Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Lexi Ander, Leona Carver, and Cassandra Pierce: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4654800.html
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• Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4643209.html
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• Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4714621.html
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• Played! by JL Merrow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4631982.html
• Playing House by Bru Baker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4725038.html
• Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4577328.html
• Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4706925.html
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• Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4534703.html
• Rebels by Jeff Mann: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4592955.html
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• Seventh by Rachel White: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4653364.html
• Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4527880.html
• Signs by Anna Martin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4747040.html
• Silver Scars by Posy Roberts: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4713051.html
• Slaying Isidore's Dragons by C. Kennedy: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4729619.html
• Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4701500.html
• Smoothie by Jane Elliot: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4684493.html
• Snow on Spirit Bridge by Freddy MacKay: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4676364.html
• Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4657024.html
• Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4712727.html
• Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4633961.html
• Spring Blossom (Camellia #2) by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z.: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4690905.html
• Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4570786.html
• Starstruck by L.A. Witt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4536025.html
• Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4638327.html
• Subjection (Demoted #1) by Alicia Cameron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4720530.html
• Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4525673.html
• Sunset Island by Elliott Mackle: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4572024.html
• Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4666264.html
• Take the Long Way Home by J.A. Rock: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4596963.html
• Ten Little Lesbians by Kate McLachlan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4725343.html
• The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4733532.html
• The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4740464.html
• The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4575872.html
• The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4702278.html
• The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4678694.html
• The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4571605.html
• The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4601234.html
• The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4519797.html
• The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4590650.html
• The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711169.html
• The Deadening (Sisters of Spirits Trilogy #3) by Yvonne Heidt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4528153.html
• The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4680152.html
• The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4523110.html
• The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4707207.html
• The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4649647.html
• The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4723651.html
• The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4531036.html
• The Fiend Queen by Barbara Ann Wright: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4673075.html
• The Glass House by Suki Fleet: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716043.html
• The Harem Master by Megan Derr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4651910.html
• The Heart of the Kingdom (The Kingdom Curses #1) by Sasha L. Miller: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4650669.html
• The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4636728.html
• The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4548763.html
• The King of Forever by Kirby Crow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4737819.html
• The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4521997.html
• The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4520811.html
• The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4610954.html
• The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4704508.html
• The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4684267.html
• The Right Time (Right And Wrong #3) by Lane Hayes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4694999.html
• The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4659553.html
• The Slave by Kate Aaron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4520969.html
• The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4726492.html
• The Surrender by Terias McKlay: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4705222.html
• The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4565585.html
• The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4643553.html
• The Vampire and the P.I. by J.P. Bowie: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4630471.html
• The Witch of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4555830.html
• The Witch's Daughter (Amendyr #3) by Rae D. Magdon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4742935.html
• Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4747276.html
• Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4726063.html
• Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4735734.html
• Threefold Love by Ki Brightly: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4668463.html
• To Love Again by B.L. Clark: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4743964.html
• To Love Free by Chris Paynter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4556508.html
• To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4652277.html
• Too Late... I Love You by Kiki Archer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4638950.html
• Training Complex (Training Season #2) by Leta Blake: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4701806.html
• Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4661703.html
• Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4749450.html
• Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4641984.html
• Turkish Delights by Trina Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4520053.html
• Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711528.html
• Twisted Echoes by Sheri Lewis Wohl: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4735441.html
• Under a Falling Star by Jae: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4676003.html
• Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4565352.html
• Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4686886.html
• Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4539143.html
• Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4625570.html
• We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4698170.html
• Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4581020.html
• When It Raynes by C.D. Cain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4704910.html
• When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4656033.html
• Where the words end and my body begins by Amber Dawn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4609674.html
• Winter Duet by Anne Barwell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4523296.html
• Winter on Spring Street by Stacey Darlington: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4668082.html
• Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4550407.html
• Wishbone by Elaine Burnes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4704594.html
• Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4734680.html
• Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4646357.html
• Wrestling With Passion by D.H. Starr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4618926.html


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All 456 Submissions to the Rainbow Awards were assigned to the following categories:


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

Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Journey To You by A.J. Adaire (FINALIST)
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence (FINALIST)
Reflections of Fate by Pat Cronin (FINALIST)
The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey (FINALIST)
The Fallen by Dawn Carter

Gay Historical Fiction
Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere' M. Fishback
Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday (FINALIST)
Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel (FINALIST)
The Butcher’s Sons by Scott Alexander Hess
The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor (FINALIST)

Lesbian Young Adult
A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman
Come To My Window by Mia Kerick (FINALIST)
Finding Home by Shelia Powell & Liz McMullen
Missing Mary by Cricket Watson (FINALIST)
Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian (FINALIST)

Lesbian Paranormal Romance (The Cate Culpepper Award for Best Lesbian Paranormal Romance)
Close-up by K.B. Draper
Good Enough to Eat by Alison Grey & Jae
Red in Tooth and Claw (Underdogs #4) by Geonn Cannon (FINALIST)
The Deadening (Sisters of Spirits Trilogy #3) by Yvonne Heidt (FINALIST)
Twisted Echoes by Sheri Lewis Wohl (FINALIST)
Winter on Spring Street by Stacey Darlington (FINALIST)

Lesbian Historical Fiction & Romance (The Sandra Moran Award for Best Lesbian Historical Romance)
Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames (FINALIST)
Cinder and the Smoke by Geonn Cannon
Secrets of Angels by A.L. Duncan (FINALIST)
Struck! A Titanic Love Story by Tonie Chacon
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland
The Witch of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen (FINALIST)

Transgender Romance
A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde (FINALIST)
Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper (FINALIST)
His Womanly Ways by K. Lynn
Illusions & Dreams by Z. Allora
The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz (FINALIST)
The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller (FINALIST)

Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah
Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose (FINALIST)
Dragon Horse War: The Calling by D. Jackson Leigh
Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin (FINALIST)
The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer (FINALIST)
The Fiend Queen by Barbara Ann Wright (FINALIST)
The Witch's Daughter (Amendyr #3) by Rae D. Magdon (FINALIST)

Gay Fantasy
Barren by Anna Hedley (FINALIST)
Blood Ties (Coven of Wolves #2) by Peter Saenz
Blue on Black by Carole Cummings (FINALIST)
Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys (FINALIST)
Snow on Spirit Bridge by Freddy MacKay (FINALIST)
The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara (FINALIST)
The King of Forever by Kirby Crow (FINALIST)

Transgender Fiction
81 Nightmares by Mark William Lindberg
Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde (FINALIST)
Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander (FINALIST)
Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
Sissy Erotica Collection: Part 4 by Paul Zante
To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon (FINALIST)

LGBT Biography / Memoir (The Dirk Vanden Award for Best LGBT Biography/Memoir)
Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life by Allison Moon
Memoirs of the Happy Lesbian Housewife by Lorraine Howell
My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith (FINALIST)
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano (FINALIST)
Show Trans by Elliott DeLine
The Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz
Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott (FINALIST)
We Came Alive in '75 by Pat Deihl

LGBT Non Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts / Photography
An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch (FINALIST)
Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin by Ron J. Suresha
Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon (FINALIST)
In My Neighborhood by Giovanna Capone (FINALIST)
Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell (FINALIST)
Rebels by Jeff Mann (FINALIST)
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith (FINALIST)
Undone by E.M. Hodge
Where the words end and my body begins by Amber Dawn (FINALIST)

Gay Fantasy Romance
Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase (FINALIST)
Astounding! by Kim Fielding (FINALIST)
Blowing Smoke by Rory Ni Coileain
Fidelity by Lia Black (FINALIST)
Idolatry by Rebecca Cohen
Immortal by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Jackdaw by KJ Charles (FINALIST)
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney (FINALIST)
Pride and Justice by Clancy Nacht
Seventh by Rachel White (FINALIST)
Soldiers of the Sun by Jana Denardo

Bisexual Romance
A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas (FINALIST)
A Year in the Life by Cat Grant (FINALIST)
Always Been You by Jess Buffett
Buchanan House by Charley Descoteaux
Crying in the Rain by Debbie McGowan
Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher (FINALIST)
Moments In Time: Books 1-3 by Karen Stivali
Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake (FINALIST)
Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley
The Harem Master by Megan Derr (FINALIST)
The Heart of the Kingdom by Sasha L. Miller (FINALIST)

Gay Young Adult
A Man's Man by Genta Sebastian (FINALIST)
A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke (FINALIST)
After The End by Sara York (FINALIST)
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan (FINALIST)
Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius (FINALIST)
Inclination by Mia Kerick (FINALIST)
Love Spell by Mia Kerick (FINALIST)
rock by Anyta Sunday (FINALIST)
Slaying Isidore's Dragons by C. Kennedy (FINALIST)
The Glass House by Suki Fleet (FINALIST)
Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Bisexual Fiction
Aidan's Journey by CJane Elliott
Checkmate (The Eternal Dungeon: Sweet Blood #4) by Dusk Peterson
Double Crush by Sally Bosco
Finding Tess: A Viv Fraser Mystery by Vicki Clifford
Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li (FINALIST)
I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney (FINALIST)
Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick (FINALIST)
Spidermilk by Konrad Hartmann
Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire (FINALIST)
The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou (FINALIST)
The Sea Leopard by M. Kei
The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt (FINALIST)
Unicorns and Rainbow Poop by Sam Kadence

Gay Romantic Comedy
Blowing It by Kate Aaron (FINALIST)
Candy Man/Bitter Taffy (2 books as 1 submission) by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Drama Queen by Joe Cosentino
How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton (FINALIST)
Lone Wolf by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov (FINALIST)
Love for the Cold-Blooded Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion’s Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero by Alex Gabriel
Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day (FINALIST)
Played! by JL Merrow (FINALIST)
Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper (FINALIST)
The 10 Year book by JC Calciano
Tyler Knoll's Just for Fun by A.B. Gayle
Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino (FINALIST)
YES by Brad Boney
Zebra-striped Briefs (3 novellas as 1 submission) by C.C. Dado

Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Azimuth (Interscission Project #2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin (FINALIST)
Breeding Stations (Alliances #1) by Chris T. Kat
Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen (FINALIST)
Future Imperfect by Pelaam (FINALIST)
Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey (FINALIST)
In Distress by Caethes Faron (FINALIST)
Infected: Epitaph by Andrea Speed (FINALIST)
Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen (FINALIST)
Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore (FINALIST)
Sedition (Demoted #2) by Alicia Cameron
Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara (FINALIST)
Subjection (Demoted #1) by Alicia Cameron (FINALIST)
Tethered Pair (Sentries #5) by Elizabeth Noble
The Desert Rats by Christopher Church
Under Glass by Rebecca Cohen

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
All The Pretty Things (Revised Edition) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly
Blind Trust by Jody Klaire (FINALIST)
Burning Intuition (Intuition #2) by Makenzi Fisk
Death's Doorway by Crin Claxton (FINALIST)
Deliver Us From Evil by Barrett
Fallen from Grace by Adrian J. Smith
Mysteries in Small Towns by Iza Moreau
No Good Reason by Cari Hunter (FINALIST)
No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt (FINALIST)
Operation Stop Hate (Operation #1) by Jessie Chandler
Sculpting Anna by Venus Reising
Soiled – A Shannon Patrick Landscape Mystery by Lin Phillippi
Ten Little Lesbians by Kate McLachlan (FINALIST)
The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin (FINALIST)
The Surrender by Terias McKlay (FINALIST)

LGBT Anthology / Collection
A Pride of Poppies by Julie Bozza (FINALIST)
All in a Day’s Work by Shae Connor, Bru Baker, Holly O. Hale, Therese Woodson, Henrietta Clarke, Jenni Michaels, Amy Jo Cousins, Kay Walker
Appetites: Tales of Lesbian Lust by Ily Goyanes
Chained in Darkness (New Haven #1) by Nicholas Bella
Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price (FINALIST)
Daydreamers by Jonathan Harper
Divine Desire - Erotic Stories of Sacred Sexuality by Lon Sarver
Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz (FINALIST)
Fairytales Slashed, Volume 6 by Angel Propps, Diana Jean, H.R. Harrison, Remy Jensen, Sandra Bard, Sasha L. Miller (FINALIST)
Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend (FINALIST)
Geek Out by Samantha M. Derr (FINALIST)
Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow (FINALIST)
Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie (FINALIST)
Keep the Stars Running by Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Lexi Ander, Leona Carver, and Cassandra Pierce (FINALIST)
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam by Lori L. Lake & Jessie Chandler (FINALIST)
Liquid Longing - An Erotic Anthology of the Sacred and Profane by Annabeth Leong
Piece Us Back Together by Cate Ashwood, Raine O’Tierney & L.J. LaBarthe (FINALIST)
Riding Passion by D. Jackson Leigh (FINALIST)
Wylde About Her by Beth Wylde

Gay Historical Romance
A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles (FINALIST)
A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth (FINALIST)
Angel Eyes by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley (FINALIST)
Blue Paramour by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine
Cafe Eisenhower by Richard Natale
Greater Love Hath No Man by Tinnean
Lovers and Liars Volume 2 by Paul Alan Fahey
Memory by Doug Lloyd
Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson (FINALIST)
Sail Away by Lee Rowan
Semper Fi by Keira Andrews (FINALIST)
The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon (FINALIST)
The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton (FINALIST)
The Quartermaster & The Marquis' Son by A.E. Kendall
Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton (FINALIST)
When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan (FINALIST)
Winter Duet by Anne Barwell (FINALIST)
Wrecked by Deanna Wadsworth

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan (FINALIST)
All We Lack by Sandra Moran (FINALIST)
Because of Summer by Elle Vaughn (FINALIST)
Blowback by Bev Prescott (FINALIST)
Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen (FINALIST)
Everything by Carole Wolf (FINALIST)
Girls In Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein
Good Water by Kayt Peck (FINALIST)
In the Stillness of Dawn by Laurie Salzler
Kid by Doreen Perrine
Sandcastles by Suzie Carr (FINALIST)
Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray
The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde (FINALIST)
The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar (FINALIST)
This Time Now by KT Grant
Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig (FINALIST)
To Love Again by B.L. Clark (FINALIST)
Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger (FINALIST)
When It Raynes by C.D. Cain (FINALIST)
Wishbone by Elaine Burnes (FINALIST)

Gay Mystery / Thriller (The Dorien Grey Award for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller)
24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley (FINALIST)
A Second Past Midnight by Rae Gee
All Fall Down (an Avondale Story) by Etienne
Balls & Chain: A Buck 98 Adventure by Eric Andrews-Katz
Blood and Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker (FINALIST)
Boystown 7: Bloodlines by Marshall Thornton (FINALIST)
Calvin's Head by David Swatling
Death on Delancey by Joseph R.G. DeMarco
Desert Foxe by Haley Walsh
Fated (Shadow Mountain #1) by Indra Vaughn (FINALIST)
Fragmented (Shadow Mountain #2) by Indra Vaughn (FINALIST)
Heat Trap by JL Merrow (FINALIST)
Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed (FINALIST)
Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble (FINALIST)
Lost Bitches (an Abel Kane Mystery) by Antonio
Manipulation by Eden Winters (FINALIST)
Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey (FINALIST)
One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley (FINALIST)
Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden Winters (FINALIST)
Sunset Island by Elliott Mackle (FINALIST)
Tarot's Touch by L.M. Somerton
The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane (FINALIST)
The Walls of Troy by L.A. Witt

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
All Queers Must Die by Antonio
An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman (FINALIST)
Blink by Rick R. Reed (FINALIST)
Bobby and Clyde by Etienne
Call Me Home by Megan Kruse (FINALIST)
Chipman’s African Adventure by Jim Anderson
Finding Pluck by Peter Difatta
For Love of: Colt by Antonio
In Me an Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless (FINALIST)
In Someone Else's Hands by Sam Sommer
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher (FINALIST)
Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life by Julie Bozza
Phoenix (Love in Los Angeles #3) by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Playing House by Bru Baker (FINALIST)
Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker (FINALIST)
Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt (FINALIST)
Starling (Love In Los Angeles #1) by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry (FINALIST)
Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell (FINALIST)
The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney (FINALIST)
The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi (FINALIST)
The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know by Brent Hartinger
The View From Baskins’ Ridge (Bobby and Clyde Redux) by Etienne
Treading Water by Kate Pavelle
Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Gay Paranormal Romance
Axel's Pup by Kim Dare (FINALIST)
Broken Ink by Jack L. Pyke
Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker (FINALIST)
Diventando: The Vessel by JC Wallace
Family and Reflection by Anne Barwell
Finding Matt by JD Ruskin
Glamour Blade (a House Millar book) by Áine P Massie
I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis (FINALIST)
Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace (FINALIST)
Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews (FINALIST)
Moonstone (Stone Magic #1) by K-lee Klein (FINALIST)
Moonstruck by Shannon West
My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Mythica by L.J. LaBarthe
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue (FINALIST)
Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk (FINALIST)
Shuttered by Emma Jane
Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes #1) by Alina Popescu
The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs (FINALIST)
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles (FINALIST)
The Vampire and the P.I. by J.P. Bowie (FINALIST)
They Come By Night by Tinnean
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly (FINALIST)
Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church (FINALIST)
Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison (FINALIST)
Werecat: The Trilogy by Andrew J. Peters
Werewolves of Brooklyn by Brad Vance
Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes (FINALIST)

Gay Erotic Romance (The Bobby Michaels Award for Best Gay Erotic Romance)
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews (FINALIST)
All I'll Ever Need by J.P. Bowie
Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens (FINALIST)
Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie (FINALIST)
Caged Sanctuary by Tempeste O’Riley
Chance Of the Heart by Kade Boehme (FINALIST)
Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey met Hugh by Mathew Ortiz
Dirty Dining by EM Lynley (FINALIST)
Everything's Coming Up Roses by Barry Lowe
For Real by Alexis Hall (FINALIST)
Gemini by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Green Eyes --- an erotic novel (sort-of) by Michael Ampersant
Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall
Make Me Soar (Collars & Cuffs #6) by K.C. Wells (FINALIST)
Making Men by Sam Standish
Mask by Teodora Kostova (FINALIST)
Mastering Love (The Hampton Road Club #4) by Morticia Knight
Muse Me Only by Princess S.O.
No Place That Far by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov (FINALIST)
On The Clock by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Play Acting (Gin & Jazz #7) by Morticia Knight
Prince of Faith (An Uncommon Whore #3) by Belinda McBride
Pure Indulgence by Victoria Sue
Rough Around the Edges by L.M. Somerton
Taking Over Trofim by Talon P.S.
The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire (FINALIST)
The Right Time by Lane Hayes (FINALIST)
The Right Words by Lane Hayes
The Sensualist & the Untouched by Susan Laine
The Slave by Kate Aaron (FINALIST)
The Wrong Man by Lane Hayes
Tied Together by Z. Allora
Training Complex by Leta Blake (FINALIST)
Turkish Delights by Trina Lane (FINALIST)
Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor (FINALIST)
WaterColors by Trina Lane
Wayward Son by Shae Connor
What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt
Wrestling With Passion by D.H. Starr (FINALIST)

Lesbian Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance & Romantic Comedy
A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne (FINALIST)
Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe (FINALIST)
All the little Moments by G Benson (FINALIST)
Back Swing by Jeanine Hoffman
Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon (FINALIST)
Betting on Love by Alyssa Lynn Palmer
Camellia 2, Spring Blossom by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z. (FINALIST)
Christmas Crush by Kate McLachlan (FINALIST)
Deception by Design by Tara Wentz
Editing Life by Sandy Dugger
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton (FINALIST)
Future Promises by Sandy Dugger
Hurt by Lila Bruce (FINALIST)
I Love My Life by A.J. Adaire
It's Complicated by A.J. Adaire
Jade by Skylar Wood
Jolt by Kris Bryant
June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett (FINALIST)
La Vie en Bleu by Jody Klaire
Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo (FINALIST)
Making a Comeback by Julie Blair (FINALIST)
Making Time by C.J. Harte
Memoir in the Making by Adrian J. Smith
Never Too Late by Julie Blair (FINALIST)
New Cuts, Old Wounds (Scarred #2) by S.L. Kassidy
Not Such A Stranger by Dalia Craig
Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher (FINALIST)
Romance by the Book by Jo Victor
Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne (FINALIST)
Sheltered Love by M.J. Williamz
Skyclad by Max Ellendale
Smoothie by Jane Elliot (FINALIST)
The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan (FINALIST)
The Common Thread by Jaime Maddox
The Hystery App by V.T. Davy
The Interpretation of Love and the Truth by Barbara Winkes
The Peach and the Poppy by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil
To Love Free by Chris Paynter (FINALIST)
Too Late... I Love You by Kiki Archer (FINALIST)
Twice Lucky by Mardi Alexander
Under a Falling Star by Jae (FINALIST)
Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn (FINALIST)
Without Your Courage by TJ Whittle

Gay Contemporary Romance (The William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance)
A New Man by P.D. Singer (FINALIST)
A Restored Man by Jaime Reese (FINALIST)
Against the Wall by Alexa Land
Andrew's Promise by Nic Starr (FINALIST)
Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling (FINALIST)
Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn by Thursday Euclid (FINALIST)
Balls Up by Kate Aaron (FINALIST)
Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino
Black John by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney (FINALIST)
Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe (FINALIST)
Broken Gait by Kate Pavelle
Canning the Center by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr
Conflict of Interest by Zahra Owens (FINALIST)
Daddy’s Boy by Vicktor Alexander
Danny and Mike by Valentina Heart
Dinner at Fiorello's by Rick R. Reed
Double Heat (Twin Ties #3) by Lynn Kelling
Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham (FINALIST)
Empty Nests (Nested Hearts #1) by Ada Maria Soto
Escaping From Him by Liam Livings
Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen (FINALIST)
Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne (FINALIST)
Falling by Suki Fleet (FINALIST)
Have a Little Faith in Me by Brad Vance
Here Without You by Mia Kerick
His Soldier by Anna Lee
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish (FINALIST)
Innocence by Suki Fleet (FINALIST)
Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps (3 books as 1 submission) by Alex Gabriel (FINALIST)
Leaving Flowers by Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney
Les faits accomplis by Anna Martin
Love and the Real Boy (Coming About #2) by J.K. Hogan (FINALIST)
Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz
Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly (FINALIST)
Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey
One, Two, Three... Salvation by Joey James Hook (FINALIST)
Passing Through by Jay Northcote (FINALIST)
Piece by Piece by Teodora Kostova
Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase (FINALIST)
Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding (FINALIST)
Resist by Heather C. Leigh
Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood (FINALIST)
Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt (FINALIST)
Sex, Love, and Videogames by CJane Elliott
Signs by Anna Martin (FINALIST)
Silver Scars by Posy Roberts (FINALIST)
Snowman by Isabelle Rowan
Song of the Lonesome Cowboy by Lynn Kelling
Spaghetti Western by EM Lynley
Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway (FINALIST)
Starstruck by L.A. Witt (FINALIST)
Swordplay (A Jeff Woods Mystery) by Chris T. Kat
Take the Long Way Home by J.A. Rock (FINALIST)
Tap Out by Cat Grant
The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose (FINALIST)
The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning (FINALIST)
The Chase and the Catch by A.F. Henley
The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch (FINALIST)
The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood (FINALIST)
The Sum of Everything by April Kelley
The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza (FINALIST)
Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt
Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis (FINALIST)
Things Happen That Way by Tinnean
Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood (FINALIST)
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson (FINALIST)
Waiting for the Moon and You by L.J. LaBarthe
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme (FINALIST)
What you are by Erin E. Keller
When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4) by Nicole Dennis
Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance (FINALIST)
Wrong Room, Right Guy by Liam Livings

Best Bisexual, Transgender & LGBT Debut
81 Nightmares by Mark William Lindberg
His Womanly Ways by K. Lynn
Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick
Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith
Spidermilk by Konrad Hartmann

Best Lesbian Debut
A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne
All the little Moments by G Benson
Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon
Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen
Finding Home by Shelia Powell & Liz McMullen
Future Promises by Sandy Dugger
Good Water by Kayt Peck
Hurt by Lila Bruce
Jade by Skylar Wood
Jolt by Kris Bryant
Memoirs of the Happy Lesbian Housewife by Lorraine Howell
Never Too Late by Julie Blair
No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt
Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian
Sculpting Anna by Venus Reising
Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray
Soiled – A Shannon Patrick Landscape Mystery by Lin Phillippi
Struck! A Titanic Love Story by Tonie Chacon
The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan
The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey
The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar
The Peach and the Poppy by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland
The Surrender by Terias McKlay
Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig
To Love Again by B.L. Clark
Twice Lucky by Mardi Alexander
Undone by E.M. Hodge
We Came Alive in '75 by Pat Deihl
When It Raynes by C.D. Cain
Wishbone by Elaine Burnes
Without Your Courage by TJ Whittle

Best Gay Debut
Barren by Anna Hedley
Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley
Blue Paramour by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine
Cafe Eisenhower by Richard Natale
Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Calvin's Head by David Swatling
Chained in Darkness (New Haven #1) by Nicholas Bella
Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr
Daydreamers by Jonathan Harper
Empty Nests (Nested Hearts #1) by Ada Maria Soto
Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen
Green Eyes --- an erotic novel (sort-of) by Michael Ampersant
I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
Love for the Cold-Blooded Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion’s Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero by Alex Gabriel
Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz
Memory by Doug Lloyd
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey
Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
Shuttered by Emma Jane
Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway
Starling (Love In Los Angeles #1) by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry
The 10 Year book by JC Calciano
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
The Quartermaster & The Marquis' Son by A.E. Kendall
The Sum of Everything by April Kelley
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
Treading Water by Kate Pavelle
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
What you are by Erin E. Keller
Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes
Zebra-striped Briefs (3 novellas as 1 submission) by C.C. Dado


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