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More than 480 books, almost 150 judges, all over the world, and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and a lot of self-published authors. I have some news about the awards, they are so big that we need to rethink them, but this is not the moment, today is the day to cheers on the winners.

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

Alan T. Orr, Aleksandr Voinov, Ali, Alisha, Ally Blue, Amberly, Andrew Grey, Anke, Anna, Annabeth, Anne Barwell, Anne Tenino, Antonella, April, Arch, Austin, Bethann Korsmit, Bobby D. Whitney, Boxtersushi, Calathea, Candace Cerly, Carey Parrish, Carol, Caroline, Cassandra Gold, Cathy, Cherie Noel, Chris, CiraArana, Clare London, Cole Riann, Dahlia Adler, Dan, Danielle, DarienMoya, David A. Kentner, Dawn, Debbie, Devon Rhodes, Ellen, Ellis Carrington, Emanuela, Erotic Horizon, Ethan Day, Ethan Stone, Eve, Feliz Faber, Fernanda, Gene Gant, Heidi Cullinan, Heidi F., Helen Beattie, J.P. Bowie, Janet S., Janet T., Jason, Jeff Erno, Jem, Jenna Jones, Jenna W., Jenre, Jessica, Jodie, Johnny Townsend, Jon Michaelsen, Jorgi-Anne, Juli-Anna, Julie, Juni, Kari, Kate, Kate McMurray, Kathy, Kimberly Gardner, Kimberly Lynn Workman, Kirsten, Kris Jacen, Lasha, Leah Braemel, Lee Rowan, Lex Valentine, Lia, Lidya, Lily, Lori Toland, Louisa Bacio, Luce, Lyndi Lamont, Lyne, Lynn Lorenz, Mariana, Marilyn, Mick Dementiuk, Miriad, Mitzie, Molly Church, Myranda, Natalie, Norma Nielsen, Oddmonster, Pamela, Pat Brown, Pea, Penny Brandon, Perpetua, R.J. Scott, Rachel, Ro aka Chocolate Minx, Rosie, Ryan Field, Sally Sapphire, Sandra, Shira Anthony, Signy Kuiper, Silvia, Sloan Parker, Stacia, Steve Callahan, Sue Brown, Susan Roebuck, T.C. Blue, Tame, Tammy, Tessanoil, Theresa, Timothy James, Tizi, Tracy, Uli, Val Kovalin, Valerie, Vayshti, Verena, Victoria Smithweiland, Wendy Lyn Watson, West Thornhill, Z.A. Maxfield, Zahra Owens.

A special thank you to the special jury for the Rainbow Award Cover Contest: Debra, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.

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:

Amber Quill Press, Aquarius Publishing, Bedazzled Ink Publishing, Belhue Press, Blue Feather Books, Bold Strokes Books,, BookTango, Branwen Press, Breathless Press, Bruno Gmunder, Camel Press, Carina Press, Chelsea Station Editions, Cheyenne Publishing, Circlet Press, Circumspect Press, Dare Empire, Dreamspinner Press, Ellora's Cave, Eternal Press, eXcessica Publishing, eXtasy Books, Fallen Bros. Publishing, Harmony Ink Press, Insomniac Press, iUniverse, JCP Books, JMS Books, Kensington Press, L-Book ePublisher, Less Than Three Press, Lethe Press, LIG Publishing, Loose Id, loveyoudivine Alterotica, Manifold Press, McFarland & Compnay, MLR Press, Noble Romance Publishing, Phoenix Press, Pink Narcissus Press, Prizm Books, QueerEdFiction, Queerteen Press, Ragz Books, Ravenous Romance, Rebel Satori Press, Renaissance eBooks, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Sapphire Books Publishing, Secret Cravings Publishing, Seventh Window Publications, Silver Publishing, STARBooks, Storm Moon Press, The Artists' Orchard, The Rooster & The Pig Publishing, Torquere Books, Total-e-Bound, TPG Books, Vanilla Heart Publishing, Vantage Point, Zumaya Publications

And now what all you are waiting, the 2012 Rainbow Awards. And the awards go to:

Best LGBT Cover:
1) Ink (Anne Cain)
2) Dark Soul 1 (Jordan Taylor)
3-tie) Dragon Tamer (Shobana Appavu)
Speechless (Anne Cain)

Honorable Mention:
5) Acrobat (Anne Cain)
6) Technically Dead (Shobana Appavu)
7) Tattoos & Teacups (Shobana Appavu)
8) Chasing Seth (Anne Cain)
Fragments of a Crooked Mirror
10) After My Own Heart


Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction:
1) Wayne Hoffman - Sweet Like Sugar
2) Ken O'Neill - The Marrying Kind
3-tie) Lewis DeSimone - The Heart’s History
Brandon Shire - Listening To Dust

Honorable Mention:
5) Tom Mendicino, Frank Anthony Polito & Michael Salvatore - Remembering Christmas
6) UKMAT - Lashings of Sauce
7) Brandon Shire - The Value of Rain
8) Josephine Myles - Handle with Care
Perry Brass - King of Angels
10) Rob Kaufman - One Last Lie
Edmond Manning - King Perry
Zahra Owens - Floods and Drought
Jeffrey Ricker – Detours
Robert Lennon - The Miles


Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction:
1) sbr martin – pig
2) Ann McMan – Sidecar
3) Q. Kelly – Waiting

Honorable Mention:
4) Ann McMan – Jericho
5) Lee Harlem Robinson - Come And Go


Best Bisexual/Transgender Romance & Erotic Romance:
1-tie) Giselle Renarde - The Red Satin Collection
Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Le Jazz Hot
2) Aleksandr Voinov & Amy Lane - Country Mouse
3) Darcy Abriel – Silver

Honorable Mention:
5) Kaitlin Maitland – Encore


The Bobby Michaels Award for Best Gay Erotic Romance:
1) Abigail Roux - Stars and Stripes
2) L.A. Witt - Where There's Smoke
3) Freddy MacKay – Incubation

Honorable Mention:
4-tie) Amy Lane - Gambling Men
Anne Tenino - Frat Boy and Toppy
Harper Fox - Scrap Metal
7) Cat Grant - Once a Marine
8) Jaime Samms - Stained Glass
9) Ethan Day - Second Time Lucky
10) Aleksandr Voinov - Dark Soul


Best Lesbian Erotic Romance:
1) Meghan O'Brien - The Night Off
2) Rebekah Weatherspoon - The Fling
3) L.T. Marie - Three Days


Best LGBT Erotica:
1) J.P. Beausejour - Buccaneer Island
2-tie) Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant - Power Play Awakening
Jerry L. Wheeler - Riding the Rails
3) Jeff Mann - Desire and Devour

Honorable Mention:
5) Jerry L. Wheeler - Dirty Diner
Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant - Power Play Resistance
7) Elizabeth Hyder - Weight of a gun
8) Todd Gregory - Wings, Subversive Gay Angel Erotica
9) Neil Plakcy - Three Lambs, Erotic Tales of A Gay Frat
Geoffrey Knight - The Gentlemen's Parlor


Best Gay Historical:
1) Jeff Mann – Purgatory
2) Charlie Cochrane - Home Fires Burning
3) KevaD - Whistle Pass

Honorable Mention:
4) Kaje Harper - Into Deep Waters
5) G.N. Chevalier - Bonds of Earth
6) Marguerite Labbe & Fae Sutherland - The Gladiator's Master
7) Ryan Loveless - Forgotten Man
8) Lara Biyuts - A Handful of Blossoms
9) Charlie Cochrane - All Lessons Learned
10) Bonnie Dee - Loving Peter
Heidi Cullinan - A Private Gentleman


Best Lesbian Historical:
1) Justine Saracen - Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright
2) Rebecca Buck - The Locket and the Flinklock
3) Paul Alan Fahey - The View from 16 Podwale Street


Best Gay Mystery / Thriller:
1) Elliott Mackle - Only Make Believe
2) Drake Braxton – Missing
3) Scott Sherman - Second You Sin

Honorable Mention:
4) EM Lynley - Italian Ice
5) Marshall Thornton - Boystown 4
Greg Herren - Murder in the Irish Channel
Neil Plakcy - Mahu Blood
8) Haley Walsh - Foxe Hunt
9) Geoffrey Knight - Scott Sapphire and the Emerald Orchid
L.C. Chase - Riding with Heaven


Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller:
1) J.M. Redmann - Ill Will
2) A.C. Henley - McKee, Unabridged
3) Trin Denise - She Left Me Breathless

Honorable Mention:
4) Cari Hunter – Snowbound
5) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Demons are Forever
6) Robin Silverman - Lemon Reef
7) Isabella - American Yakuza
8) P.J. Trebelhorn – Missing
9) Kelly Sinclair - In the Now
10) Lynn Kear - Tighter, Tighter


Best Bisexual/Transgender Fiction (Contemporary General Fiction, Historical, Paranormal / Horror):
1) Beth Burnett - Man Enough
2) Lauren Gallagher - Who's Your Daddy
3-tie) J.M. Snyder - A Cowboy's Heart
Vincent Meis - Tio Jorge

Honorable Mention:
5) Mel Bossa - Franky Gets Real


Best LGBT Non Fiction:
1) Thomas Keith - Love Christopher Street
2) Ron J. Suresha & Scott McGillivray - Fur, The Love of Hair
3) Johnny Townsend - Let the Faggots Burn

Honorable Mention:
4) Bambi L. Lobdell - A Strange Sort of Being
5) Roy Chaudoir - Mettray Seminary: The Untold Story


Best LGBT Biographies & Memoirs:
1) Dirk Vanden - It Was Too Soon Before
2) Jack Scott - Perking the Pansies
3-tie) Greg Hogben - The British Devil
Red Haircrow - Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World

Honorable Mention:
5) Charles Silverstein - For the Ferryman


Best Gay Paranormal / Horror:
1-tie) Andrea Speed - Infected, Freefall
Vaughn R. Demont - Coyote's Creed
2) William Holden - Words to Die By
3-tie) Kate McMurray - Across the East River Bridge
J.L. Merrow - Midnight in Berlin

Honorable Mention:
6) Cardeno C. - Wake Me Up Inside
7) L.A. Witt - The Given & The Taken
8) Ethan Day - A Token of Time
9) Isabelle Rowan – Ink
10) Peter Hansen - First Watch/ Damon Suede - Grown Men/ L.A. Witt - A Chip in His Shoulder


Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror:
1) Catt Kingsgrave - One Saved to the Sea
2-tie) Radclyffe & Stacia Seaman - Women of the Dark Streets
Rebekah Weatherspoon - Better Off Red
3-tie) Cate Culpepper - A Question of Ghosts
Nell Stark & Trinity Tam – Sunfall


The William Neale Award for Best Gay Romance:
1) Amy Lane – Sidecar
2) Jeremy Pack - To Touch the Stars
3-tie) Rick R. Reed – Caregiver
J.L. Merrow - Hard Tail
A.B. Gayle - Red+Blue

Honorable Mention:
6) Amy Lane - Chase in Shadow
7) Sue Brown - Final Admission
8) Z.A. Maxfield - The Pharaoh's Concubine
9) K.A. Mitchell - Not Knowing JackĀ”
10) Sue Brown - Complete Faith


Best Lesbian Romance:
1) Ronica Black – Wholehearted
2) Gun Brooke - Speed Demons
3) Rachel Spangler – LoveLife

Honorable Mention:
4) Chris Paynter - Survived by Her Longtime Companion
5) Bobbi Marolt - Coming Attractions
6) Julie Cannon - Rescue Me
7) Karis Walsh - Worth the Risk
8) Yvonne Heidt - Sometime Yesterday
D. Jackson Leigh - Touch Me Gently
10) Laurie Salzler - A Kiss Before Dawn


Best Bisexual/Transgender Sci-Fi / Fantasy:
1) Aleksandr Voinov – Incursion
2) Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con
3-tie) Rae Gee - Mars on the Rise
Belinda McBride - The Bacchi

Honorable Mention:
5) Brit Mandelo - Beyond Binary


Best Gay Sci-Fi / Fantasy:
1) Marie Sexton - Blind Space
2) Cari Z. - Changing Worlds
3) Chris Quinton – Paradox

Honorable Mention:
4) Jay Bell - From darkness to darkness
5) Rowan McBride - One Good Year (2 novellas)
6) Blaine D. Arden - Aliens, Smith and Jones
7) Andrea Speed - Infected, Shift
J.P. Bowie - A Ghost Story
9) Alex Beecroft - Under the Hill (2 books)
10) Lisabet Sarai - Quarantine


Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Fantasy:
1) Erica Lawson – Soulwalker
2) Gun Brooke - Pirate's Fortune
3) Q. Kelly – Third

Honorable Mention:
4) Dayna Ingram - Eat Your Heart Out
5) Winter Pennington - Once Upon a Twilight


Best LGBT Young Adult / Coming of Age:
1) Hayden Thorne - Renfred's Masquerade
2) K.Z. Snow - The Zero Knot
3) Jeff Erno - Another Dumb Jock

Honorable Mention:
4) J.H. Trumble - Don't Let Me Go
5) Kyell Gold - Green Fairy
Radclyffe & Katherine E. Lynch – OMGQueer
Amy Lane - The Talker Collection (3 novellas)
8) Geoffrey Knight - The Pearl Trilogy
9) Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved
10) James Erich - Seidman


Best Bisexual/Transgender Debut Novel/Book:
1-tie) Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved
Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con
2) Beth Burnett - Man Enough
3) Rae Gee - Mars on the Rise

Honorable Mention:
5) Jennifer Lynne - Aphrodite Calling


Best Gay Debut Novel/Book:
1) Ken O'Neill - The Marrying Kind
2) Jack Scott - Perking the Pansies
3) J.H. Trumble - Don't Let Me Go

Honorable Mention:
4) James Erich – Seidman
5) Brandon Shire - The Value of Rain
6) L.J. LaBarthe - No Quarter
Rob Kaufman - One Last Lie
J.P. Beausejour - Buccaneer Island
Edmond Manning - King Perry
Jeffrey Ricker – Detours
Robert Lennon - The Miles


Best Lesbian Debut Novel/Book:
1) Rebekah Weatherspoon - Better Off Red
2) Robin Silverman - Lemon Reef
3-tie) Yvonne Heidt - Sometime Yesterday
Kathleen Knowles - Awake Unto Me

Honorable Mention:
5) Laurie Salzler - A Kiss Before Dawn
6) L.T. Marie - Three Days
7) Dayna Ingram - Eat Your Heart Out
8) Ashley Bartlett - Sex and Skateboards
Ann McMan – Jericho
10) Terri Richards - Mission of Desire


One Perfect Score:
Adam Fitzroy - Ghost Station
Allison Cassatta - Patient Privilege
Amy Lane - Clear Water
Belinda McBride - When I Fall
Charlie Cochrane - Lessons for Survivors
Chris Quinton - Fox Hunt
Chris Quinton - Game On, Game Over
Collin Kelley - Remain In Light
Dorien Grey - The Peripheral Son
Dusk Peterson - Law of Vengeance
Eden Winters – Diversion
Elizabeth Noble - Together Bound
Erastes - Junction X
Eric Arvin - Galley Proof
Erica Pike - Absolutely Eric
Ethan Stone - Subject 13
Gene Gant - The Thunder in His Head
J.L. Merrow - Wight Mischief
Jordan Castillo Price - Magic Mansion
Joseph R. G. DeMarco - Crimes on Latimer
Julie Bozza - The Butterfly Hunter
K.C. Burn - Cop Out
K.E. Payne -
K.T. Grant - Cinderella and The Lady
Kate McMurray - Out in the Field
Lisa Worrall - Unshakeable Faith
Neil Plakcy - Mi Amor
Q. Kelly - All in the Family
R.J. Scott - The Gallows Tree
Rob Byrnes - Holy Rollers
Rodney Ross - The Cool Part of His Pillow
Sara York - Torn To Shreds
Scott Alexander Hess - Bergdorf Boys
Shira Anthony - The Melody Thief
Syd McGinley - Twice-Caught
Z. Allora - Tied Together


Best Bisexual/Transgender Novel/Book:
1) Aleksandr Voinov – Incursion
2-tie) Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved
Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con
3-tie) Giselle Renarde - The Red Satin Collection
Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Le Jazz Hot

Honorable Mention:
6) Aleksandr Voinov & Amy Lane - Country Mouse
Bambi L. Lobdell - A Strange Sort of Being
8) Darcy Abriel – Silver
9) Beth Burnett - Man Enough
Kaitlin Maitland – Encore


Best Gay Novel/Book:
1) Wayne Hoffman - Sweet Like Sugar
2) Amy Lane – Sidecar
3-tie) Jeremy Pack - To Touch the Stars
Dirk Vanden - It Was Too Soon Before

Honorable Mention:
5) Abigail Roux - Stars and Stripes
6) Amy Lane - Chase in Shadow
7) Hayden Thorne - Renfred's Masquerade
8) Elliott Mackle - Only Make Believe
Marie Sexton - Blind Space
10) Ken O'Neill - The Marrying Kind


Best Lesbian Novel/Book:
1) Ronica Black – Wholehearted
2) J.M. Redmann - Ill Will
3) A.C. Henley - McKee, Unabridged

Honorable Mention:
4) Trin Denise - She Left Me Breathless
5) Gun Brooke - Speed Demons
6) Cari Hunter – Snowbound
7) Rachel Spangler – LoveLife
Catt Kingsgrave - One Saved to the Sea
9) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Demons are Forever
Chris Paynter - Survived by Her Longtime Companion


Date: 2012-12-02 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I totally want to say thanks for doing this again this year. My list of books has once more increased tremendously.

Date: 2012-12-02 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to update mine too ;-)

Date: 2012-12-02 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats another year, Elisa!

Date: 2012-12-02 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
and now cross fingers for the next one!

Date: 2012-12-02 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow! That's a lot of books! I've added many, many titles to my TBR list as a result of your efforts, books I might not have otherwise heard about.

Thank you so much for hosting this event, Elisa, and thanks to your hard working team.

Congrats to all the winners!

Date: 2012-12-02 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats to all the winners!

Date: 2012-12-02 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
congratulations to all the winners, and a great thank you to all partecipants, authors, publishers, judges... and especially to you elisa for doing a fantastic job, for introducing this great event, and putting so much care into it, thank you!

Date: 2012-12-02 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Absolutely amazing !
I added a LOT of books in my wishlist...
Thank you so much for the Rainbow Awards.If only I could find the same kind of awards about French books !

Date: 2012-12-02 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations to all the winners, and to you, Elisa! So much hard work. You deserve an award too.

Date: 2012-12-02 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
this year I think the Jury really wanted to kill me, I was sending reminders every 2/3 days for the last month ;-)

Date: 2012-12-02 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Thank you again for doing all this work, era Elisa! I hope next year you'll get some more help.

And obviously, congrats to the winners!



Date: 2012-12-02 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I will announce news in few weeks I hope.

Date: 2012-12-03 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

FYI: ''era Elisa'' was supposed to be ''dear Elisa''. I thought I had disabled this new stupid programm correcting so swiftly you don't even notice it...

Have a nice week



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