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2017-05-22 01:55 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Vampire and the M.D. (The Vampire and #3) J.P.Bowie

The Vampire and the M.D. J.P.Bowie
Gay - Paranormal Romance
File Size: 1332 KB
Print Length: 173 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: MLR Press (April 19, 2017)
Publication Date: April 19, 2017
Amazon: The Vampire and the M.D. (The Vampire and #3) J.P.Bowie

When Dr. Blake Farnon hits a shadowy figure with his car, he is astounded when the man almost instantaneously recovers from the accident. But Daniel Vale is no ordinary man, as Blake soon discovers. Daniel is Vampire, and not only that, works for the US government in a secret department of the FBI.

At first wary of the undeniably handsome vampire, Blake cannot resist Daniel's allure for long. From the moment Daniel shows up at Blake's apartment with a poisoned silver sword imbedded in his side, Blake is hurled into an adventure he never dreamed he would be a part of.

Demons, ancient gods and a vindictive goddess determined to tear apart the fragile fabric of world peace after the Middle East War, can only be stopped by other supernatural beings--vampires. And Blake finds himself caught up in the fight, whether he wants to be or not. Can his fledging relationship with Daniel possibly survive? He'd thought it crazy enough he'd fallen for a vampire, but the rest of it? What would his mother say?
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2017-05-22 01:51 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Evan Sent J.P.Bowie

Evan Sent J.P.Bowie
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 3207 KB
Print Length: 198 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 30, 2017)
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Amazon: Evan Sent J.P.Bowie

Fiction and reality become intertwined when a young movie actor playing the role of a detective finds himself in a real-life drama that threatens to bring a sudden end to his career.

Evan Ericson is young and beautiful, a former fashion model and a gifted actor. When he is offered the role of a detective in a new film noir indie movie, he jumps at the chance, certain that this is his opportunity to leave behind the notoriety of appearing in porn movies and his dependence on drugs.

Mark Henderson is an out-of-work actor searching for his big break. When, by sheer chance, he lands a part in a new indie movie, he can’t believe his luck. Nor can he believe it when he meets Evan Ericson. Sparks fly at their first encounter. When rehearsing their roles, Mark’s world is rocked by Evan’s kiss and a new Hollywood romance is born.

But things thought long buried in the past have a nasty habit of rearing their ugly heads, and being stalked and threatened by a manic drug dealer is not something either Evan or Mark envisaged in their future together. Will Hollywood magic be enough to keep them safe or will Evan’s bad-boy reputation tear them apart?
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2017-05-22 01:41 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Rigo Rider Jacobs

Rigo Rider Jacobs
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Rigo's Cartel (Book 1)
Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Independently published (March 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1520701829
ISBN-13: 978-1520701820
Amazon: Rigo Rider Jacobs

They say if you live by the gun, you die by it. I say that is for the slow and weak. I shot my first person when I was ten. My uncle knew then he had found an heir to his cocaine empire. In this life family is everything, My uncle was determined I was a piranha in a sea of goldfish.
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2017-05-22 01:33 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff

Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff
Lesbian - Fantasy
File Size: 1497 KB
Print Length: 271 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Queen of Swords Press; 2 edition (May 15, 2017)
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Amazon: Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) Catherine Lundoff

Becca Thornton, divorced, middle-aged and trying to embrace a quiet life, discovers that there are still plenty of surprises to be had when her menopause kicks in with bonus lycanthropy. And she’s not the only one. The seemingly peaceful and dull town of Wolf’s Point has its own all-female werewolf pack and Becca has just become its newest member. But it’s not all protecting Wolf’s Point, midnight meetings at the Women’s Club and monthly runs through the woods. There are werewolf hunters in town and now they've got Becca and the Wolf’s Point Pack in their sights.

As if that wasn’t enough, Becca’s cute lesbian werewolf neighbor, Erin, is starting to haunt her dreams as well as her doorstep. What’s a newbie werewolf to do, between the hot flashes and the unexpected physical transformations? Can Becca overcome her fears and help the werewolves defeat their greatest enemy?
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2017-05-17 07:35 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Second Wave Jean Copeland

The Second Wave Jean Copeland
Lesbian - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626398305
ISBN-13: 978-1626398306
Amazon: The Second Wave Jean Copeland

Alice never imagined that meeting co-worker Leslie would lead to an all-consuming love affair. But even in the anything-goes 1970s, feminist attitudes and the sexual revolution can’t change the fact that Leslie is a traditional married mom of two who won’t chance losing her children to follow her heart and divorce her husband. Their year of risk, passion, and heartache takes its toll on both women. Tired of only receiving crumbs from Leslie, Alice makes the toughest choice of her life and moves on.

Although their affair is short-lived, their desire to be together never dies. Nearly forty years later, Alice returns to Connecticut after learning Leslie has suffered a stroke. She soon realizes that time and distance haven’t doused the fire for Leslie that’s always burned in her heart. But is it too late to pick up where they left off?
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2017-05-14 03:17 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Home Before Sundown Tinnean

Home Before Sundown Tinnean
Gay - Historical Romance
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: JMS Books (April 22, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544634277
ISBN-13: 978-1544634272
Amazon: Home Before Sundown Tinnean

George Pettigrew and his papa must leave the California rancho they'd lived on since his birth. They end up in New York City, where Papa marries and George gets a new beloved mama. George also meets Frank and Bart who become fast friends, and in Bart's case, even more.

The start of the Civil War leaves George the man of the family, but although he’s found a job, it’s difficult to pay the ever-increasing rent. Then Papa dies at Appomattox and Mama falls ill.

After Mama dies, her father takes George’s siblings. When George learns his younger sister is being abused, he rescues the three children. But will dressing his sisters as boys and himself as a woman be enough of a disguise to keep them safe until they can reach the valley he’s dreamed of? Will Bart leave behind his own family and go with the man he loves?
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2017-05-14 03:10 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Love is Heartless (Love Can't #2) Kim Fielding

Love is Heartless Kim Fielding
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Love Can't
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635332133
ISBN-13: 978-1635332131
Amazon: Love is Heartless (Love Can't #2) Kim Fielding

A Love Can't Novel

Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s wealthy, bow-tied landlord.

Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that the sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
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2017-05-12 08:44 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Wolf’s Clothing (Legend Tripping #2) E.J. Russell

Wolf’s Clothing (Legend Tripping #2) E.J. Russell
Bisexual - Paranormal Romance
Series: Legend Tripping (Book 2)
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (Oct 10, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494118
ISBN-13: 978-1626494114
Amazon: Wolf’s Clothing E.J. Russell

What do you do when you finally prove the existence of the otherworld, but the ghosts kick your ass?

For Trent Pielmeyer, the answer is run like hell—away from his hostile family, away from the disbelieving cops, and far, far, far away from anything that smacks of the supernatural. After seven years’ captivity in a whacked-out alternate dimension, he is so over legend tripping.

When Christophe Clavret spots Trent in a Portland bar, he detects a kindred spirit—another man attempting to outrun the darkness of his own soul. But despite their sizzling chemistry, Trent’s hatred of the uncanny makes Christophe hesitant to confide the truth: he’s a werewolf, one of a dwindling line, the victim of a genetic curse extending back to feudal Europe.

But dark forces are at work, threatening more than their growing love. If Christophe can’t win Trent’s trust, and if Trent can’t overcome his fear of the paranormal, the cost could be Trent’s freedom and Christophe’s humanity. Or it might be both their lives.
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2017-05-12 08:26 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Clickbait E.J. Russell

Clickbait E.J. Russell
Gay - Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (Dec 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494959
ISBN-13: 978-1626494954
Amazon: Clickbait E.J. Russell

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project—as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content—not presentation—that matters.
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2017-05-09 06:30 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Hawaiian Fragrance (The Hawaiians #3) Meg Amor

Hawaiian Fragrance (The Hawaiians #3) Meg Amor
Gay - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 716 KB
Print Length: 269 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (May 3, 2017)
Publication Date: May 3, 2017
Amazon: Hawaiian Fragrance (The Hawaiians #3) Meg Amor

Danny’s a fourth-generation Big Islander from the wealthy Lucerno ranching family. He’s gorgeous--a mix of Portuguese male and Argentine passion, all dark-haired, smoldering sensuality. His family disowned him for being gay, and now he’s part of the Masterson-Mahikoa “lost boys” family.

When he meets the wealthy, sophisticated, sensuous Brazilian, Paolo Bastini, he’s swept off his feet into a glitzy Las Vegas lifestyle of money and luxury--the world he grew up in. But it takes Danny away from Hawai’i where his soul roams free and his family lives. He struggles as Paolo plays loosely with their partnership and thinks Danny is being “a baby” for wanting a monogamous relationship. And who is this past lover firmly wedged in Paolo’s heart?

Zane is severely deaf--finding new dance partners is hard. When he loses another one, Danny steps in to dance the tango competitions with him. Jealousy flares and things reach dangerous levels between Paolo and Danny. His adopted and birth family must bond together in a daring rescue of Danny from the depths of Brazil.
br>But he’s not completely out of danger. Now he’s fighting an attraction to the feminine Zane, who’s always annoyed him. Which man has his heart?
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2017-05-05 02:02 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Destiny’s End Tinnean

Destiny’s End Tinnean
Bisexual - Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: JMS Books (November 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539675319
ISBN-13: 978-1539675310
Amazon: Destiny’s End Tinnean

Many obstacles stand in the way of baronet’s son Warrick Synclaire being with his best friend, Thomas Smythe. Same-sex love is illegal in early 20th Century England, and Warrick is heading for Canada while Thomas is destined for the military college at Sandhurst. Warrick isn't sure he can bear the separation.

However, the day before Warwick leaves, Thomas persuades him to see a fortune teller. The old gypsy woman’s warnings fail to scare Warwick, but another gypsy, Nicolae, by turns intrigues, arouses, and terrifies him. That night, Nicolae breaks into Warwick’s bedchamber, bedding then biting him. Warwick, unable to process the encounter, convinces himself it was just a bad dream and sails off to Canada to start a new life.

In Canada, Warrick renews his acquaintance with Fox Sullivan, who he first met during the war. Soon the two become lovers, but for Warwick, the relationship is purely physical. Thomas still owns his heart. When he can stand their separation no longer, Warrick returns to his ancestral home in Kent, determined to reunite with Thomas, who now has a lover of his own. But the encounter with Nicolae years earlier changed Warwick considerably. Every full moon he turns into a ravenous creature, which seems able to rule Warwick’s life even during the daytime.

Determined to win over Warrick, Fox sells his medical practice and sails to England. But is he too late to save the man he loves?
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2017-05-01 08:59 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Big Sugarbush Ana B. Good

The Big Sugarbush Ana B. Good
Lesbian - Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Hot Pants Press, LLC (November 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981567819
ISBN-13: 978-0981567815
Amazon: The Big Sugarbush Ana B. Good

Ten wealthy lesbians have 30 days to get their lives back on track. Sugarbush, a rehab center for LGBT women, seems just the place, quiet and therapeutic, until the dykes arrive, and the drama begins. The Big Sugarbush is a feel good romantic romp that chronicles the romantic interludes of an ensemble cast of high-achieving women, including a British Pop Music diva, a writer of bodice-ripping best-selling romance novels for heterosexual housewives, a stud muffin pair of Olympic snowboarding twins (one of whom is on the fast train to Trannytown), a femme plastic surgeon, a LGBTQ political activist who is a pain-in-the-ass to today’s fun loving queers, a Wall Street bond maven, a gun-toting CNN war correspondent, a spoiled Senator’s daughter, and a tomboy installation artist whose signature sculptures include such provocative works as a giant-sized “Big Pink Pussy”, modeled on her own genitalia. Love and humor abound as the women of Sugarbush struggle to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and intoxicating late night booty calls. Getting sober has never been so much fun.
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2017-05-01 08:42 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Knife's Edge: Kinky Lesbian Erotica Emily L. Byrne

Knife's Edge: Kinky Lesbian Erotica Emily L. Byrne
Lesbian - Anthology / Collection / Erotica
File Size: 1431 KB
Print Length: 147 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Queen of Swords Press (April 15, 2017)
Publication Date: April 15, 2017
Amazon: Knife's Edge: Kinky Lesbian Erotica Emily L. Byrne

12 stories about spanking, surrender and restraints and some of the fun a few inventive gals can cook up with each other. What else? There are pirates and aliens and cowgirls and the hottest meter maid you'll ever run across. Add in a vampire or two and the hottest fantasies you ever entertained about the girl's field hockey team and you’re in for one wild ride.
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2017-04-30 05:18 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: While You See a Chance Alexa Milne

While You See a Chance Alexa Milne
Gay - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 2224 KB
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Amazon: While You See a Chance Alexa Milne

As children growing up in South Wales, Sion, Phil and Helen were known as the Three Musketeers, always together and never apart - but time moves on. Sion left to lecture in history at Yale. Phil married Helen because it seemed the obvious thing to do, and they settled down to life in Manchester.

Now all three are approaching sixty. After the death of his partner, and wanting to solve a family mystery, Sion returns to his childhood home to start again. When Helen announces she wants a divorce, Phil also returns home, to a new teaching job, and to renovate the ruin of a house he and Sion once dreamed of living in.

Neither man knows the other is back. Neither man knows how the other feels. With so much unsaid, and so many years apart, can Sion and Phil finally face the truth and take a chance on finding happiness together?
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2017-04-30 05:12 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Coins Not Accepted Chris Quinton

Coins Not Accepted Chris Quinton
Gay - Fantasy Romance
File Size: 3226 KB
Print Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Amazon: Coins Not Accepted Chris Quinton

"Bring me the contents of the security box from the bank, and make sure you're not followed." Miles Carter carries out his grandfather's instructions, and finds himself caught up in a dangerous tangle of family mysteries - and the unexpected return of Allan Warwick, his childhood friend. Add to that a parallel world and a plot to overthrow its government, both of which seem to involve his grandfather and Allan. Miles' life will be changed irrevocably, but only if he and Allan can stay together and survive the coup.
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2017-04-30 05:06 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle Julie Bozza

A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle Julie Bozza
Gay - Contemporary General Fiction
File Size: 1797 KB
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Amazon: A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle Julie Bozza

Dale is proud of how his acting career is progressing. Tonight, for instance, is the last night (at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) of a well-received run of Beaumont's "The Knight of the Burning Pestle", in which he plays Rafe. But his colleague Topher, who plays Jasper, seems to think something is missing in Dale's life. They're not really friends, and Dale sees little point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits.

However! Despite the distractions of performing this chaotic two-plays-within-a-play, Dale is plagued by the niggling doubts prompted by Topher. Dale might be better off paying attention, though – because maybe Francis Beaumont, writing over 400 years ago, already provided the answers to Dale's dilemma.
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2017-04-30 05:00 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Break of Another Day Jay Lewis Taylor

Break of Another Day Jay Lewis Taylor
Gay - Anthology / Collection / Historical
File Size: 2363 KB
Print Length: 53 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
Amazon: Break of Another Day Jay Lewis Taylor

The Great War is over. Jack Townsend, no longer a hospital orderly, is back at work in his photographer’s shop in Lewisham. But there is no peace yet; his blackmailer is still in business, and Celia Vavasour seems determined to manage his life. All his life; even his love-life ...

Meanwhile in Sussex, David Lewry, former army officer, is still holding off from a closer relationship with Alan Kershaw, once in the Navy and now the village’s GP. Lew knows how much Alan wants him, but this last step is one he cannot take - not yet, unless something changes ...
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2017-04-30 04:55 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Harbinger Island Dorian Dawes

Harbinger Island Dorian Dawes
LGBT - Anthology / Collection / Fantasy
File Size: 3397 KB
Print Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
Amazon: Harbinger Island Dorian Dawes

Every community has a dark side, a sordid past that's kept to hushed whispers and out of the ears of prying tourists - and Harbinger Island has the darkest shades of them all. Professor Bartleby Prouse is obsessed with the secrets and occult conspiracies surrounding the island's myriad of unsolved murders and mysteries. He'll have to use every bit of magic and cunning at his disposal if he is to protect his students after they unwittingly draw the attention of one of the island's most insidious cults.

A collection of character-driven stories which combine dark fantasy and horror elements within a modern setting. The diverse cast of LGBT+ individuals come from various backgrounds, and the stories examine the prejudices they experience in their day-to-day lives along with the supernatural horrors they face.
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2017-04-30 04:48 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Ardent Heloise West

Ardent Heloise West
Gay - Historical Romance
File Size: 2933 KB
Print Length: 229 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2017)
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
Amazon: Ardent Heloise West

In the village of Torrenta, master painter Morello has created a color that mimics the most expensive pigment of all, the crimson red. Master Zeno, from strife-ridden Medici Florence, tells him the color gives him a competitive advantage – but Morello must be careful. Fraud is ever-present in the dye and pigment markets.

As they work together in Torrenta, Morello falls hard for Zeno’s assistant, Benedetto Tagliaferro, a young man of uncommon beauty and intelligence. Benedetto is still fixed on his old lover, the master painter Leo Guisculo, and cannot return Morello’s affections.

But when Leo dies in a terrible accident, it’s to Morello that Zeno and Benedetto turn for help. And Morello soon finds that in Florence, every surface hides layers of intrigue.
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2017-04-30 04:43 pm

2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen

A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen's novels Julie Bozza
LGBT - Anthology / Collection / Historical
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (October 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908312750
ISBN-13: 978-1908312754
Amazon: A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen's novels Julie Bozza

Thirteen stories from eleven authors, exploring the world of Jane Austen and celebrating her influence on ours. Being cousins-by-marriage doesn't deter William Elliot from pursuing Richard Musgrove in Lyme; nor does it prevent Elinor Dashwood falling in love with Ada Ferrars. Surprises are in store for Emma Woodhouse while visiting Harriet Smith; for William Price mentoring a seaman on board the Thrush; and for Adam Otelian befriending his children's governess, Miss Hay. Margaret Dashwood seeks an alternative to the happy marriages chosen by her sisters; and Susan Price ponders just such a possibility with Mrs Lynd. One Fitzwilliam Darcy is plagued by constant reports of convictions for 'unnatural' crimes; while another must work out how to secure the Pemberley inheritance for her family. Meanwhile, a modern-day Darcy meets the enigmatic Lint on the edge of Pemberley Cliff; while another struggles to live up to wearing Colin Firth's breeches on a celebrity dance show. Cooper is confronted by his lost love at a book club meeting in Melbourne while reading Persuasion; and Ashley finds more than he'd bargained for at the Jane Austen museum in Bath. A Pemberley-sized anthology...