Sep. 29th, 2013

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Christian McLaughlin (born September 29, 1967 in Houlton, Maine) is a television writer, producer, and author. McLaughlin is a graduate of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas. He gained notoriety in his early twenties with the publication of his novels, Glamourpuss and Sex Toys of the Gods.

He served as a creative consultant for the 2004 Fox reality special Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay but the special was pulled from the schedule before airing following complaints from media watchdog GLAAD. McLaughlin responded to the criticism, saying, "It's unfortunate that a group as well-intentioned as GLAAD is going to set themselves up as censors and judge what other people should be allowed to air or see."

He met his writing partner, Valerie Ahern, at the University of Texas, and started writing sitcom spec scripts together a year later. Together, they created and produced MTV's Emmy nominated soap opera Spyder Games (originally called Spyder Web) after being approached by Drew Tappon at MTV Series Development; they are currently working with Maverick Television to create the first all-LGBT serial, San Rafael, for MTV's new gay channel, Logo. According to Logo, San Rafael is about "the unexpected schemes and twists in the intertwined lives of a group of LGBT friends and foes living in the same apartment complex." (The Advocate)

David Holman, then a production executive at Columbia Pictures Television, helped McLaughlin land an internship job at The Young and the Restless in 1989. His supervisor was Michael Minnis, then a script coordinator and writers' assistant. His internship included script synopsis of Y&R episodes and extras casting.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_McLaughlin

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Carson McCullers (February 19, 1917 – September 29, 1967) was an American writer. She wrote novels, short stories, and two plays, as well as essays and some poetry. Her first novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts of the U.S. South. Her other novels have similar themes and are all set in the South.

She was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia, in 1917. Her mother was the granddaughter of a plantation owner and Confederate war hero. Her father, like Wilbur Kelly in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, was a watchmaker and jeweler of French Huguenot descent. From the age of ten, Lula took piano lessons. When she was fifteen, her father gave her a typewriter on which to compose stories.

Smith graduated from Columbus High School. In September 1934 at the age of 17, she left home on a steamship from Savannah, Georgia, planning to study piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After losing the money set aside for her tuition, she never attended the school. McCullers worked in menial jobs and studied creative writing under the Texas writer Dorothy Scarborough at night classes at Columbia University, and with Sylvia Chatfield Bates at Washington Square College of New York University. In 1936 she published her first work. "Wunderkind", an autobiographical piece which Bates had much admired, appeared in Story magazine. It depicted a musical prodigy's failure and adolescent insecurity. It is also collected in the The Ballad of the Sad Cafe.

From 1935 to 1937 she divided her time, as her studies and health dictated, between Columbus and New York. In September 1937 she married an ex-soldier and aspiring writer, Reeves McCullers. They began their married life in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Reeves had found some work.


Carson McCullers, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1959

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_McCullers
Southern-born author Carson McCullers was purportedly bisexual and married to a man who may have been gay. This need to conceal her sexuality in a time and place that weren´t exactly open to her lifestyle was often reflected in stories that celebrated the misfit loner. Nowhere is this theme of the isolated outsider more prevalent than in McCullers´s Southern gothic masterpiece The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. It is hinted that a few characters may be gay or bisexual, while they each embody some difference or eccentricity that sets them apart from the "normal" denizens of their small town. The story includes a shocking, abrupt plot twist that has haunted me since I first read it back in high school. (It was assigned reading my sophomore year, and I was one of the few students in class who actually liked it, perhaps because I identified so readily with the themes presented.) Depressing but poignant, this book isn´t exactly light reading. I recommend it on a day when you´re less in the mood to be entertained and more so to think.--Katrina Strauss
If anything, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers is an anti-romance. No one ends up happy. John Singer is a deaf-mute who lives with his companion, another deaf man named Antonapoulos. At the beginning of the story, Antonapoulos is sent to an aslyum and Singer moves into a boarding house. The rest of the book is about how the inhabitants of the house interact with Singer, each feeling as though he somehow enriches their lives to some extent, though none of them ever really gets to know him or realizes he himself is deeply saddened by the loss of his friend. I don't know if it's considered a GLBT novel or not, but I always felt it could withstand a gay reading, as I saw the friendship between Singer and Antonapoulos as something much more than what was explicitly portrayed in the story. Given the way the book ends, there has to be more than mere friendship between them. If you aren't too hung up on happy ever after and want to lose yourself in some damn fine literature, give this one a try. --J.M. Snyder
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Writer and story editor David Scott Richardson was a supervisor on The Simpsons, writer on The Flintstones (1994) and appeared in Lust for a Vampire (1971) as the second villager. He died of AIDS on September 29, 1992, in Los Angeles at 30.

An MFA graduate playwright from Columbia University, Richardson was a story editor on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters." An episode he wrote entitled "The Quilt" won him an NAACP Image Award nomination.

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR100280?refCatId=25

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Paul Jabara (January 31, 1948 – September 29, 1992) was an American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese ancestry. He wrote Donna Summer's "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday (1978) and Barbra Streisand's song "The Main Event/Fight" from The Main Event (1979). He cowrote the Weather Girls hit, "It's Raining Men" with Paul Shaffer. Jabara's cousin and close friend Jad Azkoul is also a Lebanese-American musician specialising in classical guitar.

Jabara was in the original cast of the stage musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. He took over the role of Frank-N-Furter in the Los Angeles Production of The Rocky Horror Show when Tim Curry left the production to film the movie version in England. He appeared in John Schlesinger's 1975 film, "The Day of the Locust", where he sang the production number "Hot Voo-Doo". In Thank God It's Friday he played the role of Carl, the lovelorn and nearsighted disco goer, and he also contributed as a singer on two tracks on the original soundtrack album.

Jabara starred in the 1981 comedy movie, Honky Tonk Freeway as a truck driver/songwriter T. J. Tupus, hauling lions and a rhino.

Jabara wrote the book, music, lyrics and starred in an abortive Broadway musical, Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It) which played the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City in 1973. It closed in previews prior to its official opening and was never reviewed by the press. No recording was made of the score, which featured both Jabara's trademark disco music as well as more traditional Broadway-style numbers.

Jabara released his first album, Shut Out in 1977. Jabara's solo albums on the legendary disco label Casablanca Records include three duets with Donna Summer; "Shut Out" (1977), "Something's Missing" (1978) and "Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor" (1979).


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To give to everyone the chance to enjoy the spotlight of their honorable mentions, I decided to post a little of them every day until October 1, when I will announce the finalists of the 2013 Rainbow Awards. An Honorable Mention means a judge really liked the book, so much they gave it a rate above 36 out of 40; an honorable mention doesn't necessarily mean the book is a finalist, you have to wait the actual announcement on October 1 to know that. So please, enjoy this year Honorable Mentions (in no particular order, 4 out of 5 post), and congratulations to all authors!


Badges are designed especially for the Rainbow Awards by Paul Richmond

AJ Rose - Power Exchange

Jon: Really enjoyed this one!!

Uli: The best BDSM book I have read in a long time! Combined with a mystery - I can't ask for more! I liked the first person narrative by Gavin a lot, because it was great to be in his head on his way into the BDSM world. His thoughts and feelings felt very realistic to me and so I really sympathized with him. When it came to solving the case I have to admit I had to suspend disbelief for a bit, because Gavin just wouldn't see what was absolutely obvious in my opinion, but the overall quality of the book compensated for that...


Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press; First Edition edition (September 15, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Power Exchange

Alicia Cameron - Inherent Gifts

Tessa: Great read with slow smooth flow. Feels like the author really lives and feels with her characters. And she is not in a rush to fit all her thoughts in 100 pages, which gave a perfect opportunity for development.

Paperback: 474 pages
Publisher: ForbiddenFiction (February 24, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622340914
ISBN-13: 978-1622340910
Amazon: Inherent Gifts: A Supernatural Slave Story
Amazon Kindle: Inherent Gifts: A Supernatural Slave Story

Amy Lane - Mourning Heaven

Fausta: Excellent writing of a raw and hurtful story, some little flaws through too placated description of town and folks and religious attitudes, although "redemption" as Christian virtue is seen, too. Drew me in and took me on a heart wrenching trip, with the promise of a better, even if not flawless and rose, future for the main characters and their surroundings.

Chuck: This book is a work of art. It also borders on crossing that fine line between romantic fiction and erotica with its frequent, lengthy sex scenes. It frequently walks a tightrope between tragedy and melodrama. That it succeeds in avoiding these, and many other traps that have entangled lesser authors, is a tribute to the skill and taste of the author. This book is not an easy read. It should only be read with a drink in-hand and when the reader is in a very good mood. Otherwise, thoughts of knives and ropes may make a fleeting appearance in the reader's mind. Despite its difficulty, and I know from personal experience it's almost impossible to "sell" this novel to others, this is one of Mrs. Lane's finest works, and one of the best pieces of m/m romance fiction I have ever read. It is transcendent.


Jo Ann: I don't think I have cried so much while reading, coming to terms with Michael's death was a tragic, life changing experience for Peter and Bodi. Ms. Lane pulled all the heartstrings and dragged me through so many emotions! Excellent novel!!

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727453
ISBN-13: 978-1613727454
Amazon: Mourning Heaven
Amazon Kindle: Mourning Heaven

Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks - Barbarossa's Bitch

Tessa: Very unusual read. Post-apocalyptic society. What would you do if you wake up one morning and most of the world population not?... I had a feeling that I'm watching "Mad Max." The idea of time-plot fragmentation only made it so much more exciting for the reader to put all the pieces of puzzle back together into one story. Just like main character was recreating himself into the new life: looking for pieces of puzzle that will click.

Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (February 23, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Barbarossa's Bitch

Anna Lee - The Prince of Galerir

Alan: Beautifully written fantasy love story.

Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (October 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608207668
ISBN-13: 978-1608207664
Amazon: The Prince of Galerir
Amazon Kindle: The Prince of Galerir

Anne Tenino - Sweet Young Thang

Mariana: Anne Tenino is a favorite author for me. I find her writing extremely entertaining and funny. Her characters are always endearing and easy to recognize. This book was no different for me. I liked the characters a lot and found the story entertaining. I found the romance and the whodunit to be well done. I'm looking forward to more of the TAG boys.

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 20, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma)

Anyta Sunday - Taboo For You

Theresa: Nicely written, you can feel and understand the angst that the lead characters are feeling.

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Amazon Kindle: Taboo For You (Friends to Lovers)

Benny Lawrence - Shell Game

Mariana: LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. What an incredibly entertaining adventure! The characters were fantastic, the setting was great, the story was awesome. The interactions between ALL of the characters were so crisp. I was so engaged reading this... will definitely look up this author's back list.

Michelle: While I'm not often a fan of 1st person perspectives in novels, especially when that means switching characters, in this case the author made the right call – both the main characters have their own emotional baggage, and our understanding of them is heightened by us seeing their internal monologue, their strong voices, as well as how their individual perspectives on each other and on the drama that unfolds around them. There's a lot of humour in this story, once we know that's the tone to adopt whilst reading it, but it's also smart – there's meta commentary, a take home message as well as the satisfaction of a romance done right. Plus, we've got reluctant corsairs in a stellar piece of world building, doing crazy ship-side stuff and the you can fairly well taste the salt. Warning for child abuse, but it's included sympathetically, not for titillation.

Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Shell Game

Brita Addams - Tarnished Gold

Caroline: Well, I don't care much for show business but this one had a nice historical touch. It wasn't very angsty, just something I need from time to time – a true romance. I wouldn't change a thing.

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623804221
ISBN-13: 978-1623804220
Amazon: Tarnished Gold
Amazon Kindle: Tarnished Gold

Carter Quinn - Out of the Blackness

Mariana: Pretty heavy book, but not heavy handed. The abuse is off page but not less impactful. I don't know that I would read it again, but I am glad I did read this one and would definitely read more from Carter Quinn.

Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1490997873
ISBN-13: 978-1490997872
Amazon: Out of the Blackness
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Cate Ashwood - Keeping Sweets

Jaymi: I loved this book! "Porn stars" is usually a hit or miss plot device with me but Keeping Sweets is definitely a hit. The transformation of both male leads was engaging and the secondary characters added to the overall story.

Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162380406X
ISBN-13: 978-1623804060
Amazon: Keeping Sweets
Amazon Kindle: Keeping Sweets

Dan Skinner - Memorizing You

Michele: I haven't read a story this engaging in too long. This is a story of how love happens and how love wins out overall. Even with the unexpected heart-wrenching ending, the author managed to make me love each character in the story....even though I'd like to slap the author on the back of the head for doing what he did. But he did it with so much heart, so I think I'd have to hug him instead. Thankfully I kept telling myself this was a fiction story....but then I think omg! this could have happened. This probably did happen! Back to the tears.

Publisher: Cerberus Inc. (July 9, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Memorizing You

Erin Dutton - More Than Friends

Tammy: Another winner from Erin Dutton. Loved the angst she weaves through the story, with 3 strong main characters.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827842
ISBN-13: 978-1602827844
Amazon: More Than Friends
Amazon Kindle: More Than Friends

Heidi Cullinan - Dirty Laundry

Theresa: Wonderfully written. Both main characters insecurities were handled beautifully and in a way that the reader can relate to them even if they didn’t have those specific problems themselves. Although this book is part of a series written as a collaboration with other authors, this book stands alone which is also a plus.

Valerie: Very well written. I really liked the author's writing style. Adam and Denver were both well rounded characters and I could feel Adam's pain when he was having his panic attack. Overall both character's issues very handled very realistically.

Amberly: I’ve loved this one so much I’ve reread it, which I almost never do. The characters are damaged and real and both go through a development arc yet stay true to their core person. This book completely stands on its own. The writing though solid, veered into preachy or moral-of-the-story narrator a couple of times. The highest score I’ve ever given.


Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing; First edition (January 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551792
ISBN-13: 978-1937551797
Amazon: Dirty Laundry (A Tucker Springs Novel)
Amazon Kindle: Dirty Laundry (A Tucker Springs Novel)

J.L. Merrow – Slam

April: I just loved how funny the main character was through-out this story. The plot seemed to develop slowly, but this allowed for the reader to get to know the main character well.

Theresa: Fun and playfully written. Loved the plot twist and the connections between characters.


Publisher Samhain Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Language English
ISBN-10 1619217155
ISBN-13 978-1619217157
Amazon: Slam!
Amazon Kindle: Slam!

J.P. Barnaby – Aaron

Cassandra: Sad but lovely story. I felt for both characters and wanted to see them heal each other. The ending (while hopeful) was realistic to the point of making me wonder if they would stay together.

Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800188
ISBN-13: 978-1623800185
Amazon: Aaron
Amazon Kindle: Aaron

Jamie Fessenden - By That Sin Fell The Angels

Michele: Mr. Fessenden did a marvelous job and I highly recommend this story be one of your award winners. I can't say enough positive about it. The strong messages he has throughout the story really make a hell of a lot of sense.

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Itineris Press (August 29, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613726996
ISBN-13: 978-1613726990
Amazon: By That Sin Fell the Angels
Amazon Kindle: By That Sin Fell the Angels

Jordan L. Hawk – Hainted

Josie: Simply gorgeously written. Ms. Hawk pulls you straight into the story with rich storytelling.

Lyne: Great story with lots of little twists and turns.


Luce: I have to admit: this is a book I'd kept an eye on since it was first published. The premise intrigued me (because opposites attract is a favorite trope of mine) while, at the same time, made me apprehensive. As it happens, I'm a huge scared cat when it comes to darker paranormal stories. Especially in a case like this one when the author is one I've never read before. This is an author who knows her characters, who understands that the journey the characters need to take will be filled with bumps on the road. I was thoroughly impressed by the depth of talent this author displayed while telling a paranormal romance unlike any I've ever read before.

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Amazon Kindle: Hainted

Jordan L. Hawk – Widdershins

Pamela: The plot has been used before, but it was well written. The characters were believable, and I liked their slow romance. Good story.

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Amazon Kindle: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin)

Karis Walsh - Sea Glass Inn

Mitzie: As a parent, I know firsthand how easy it is to lose oneself because our kids come first. I found this book to be amazingly honest about the day to day lives that we sometimes lead and the internal struggles that we face from day to day.

Christina: This was my favorite of all the books. I fell in love with the characters and the plot and I hated to see it end.


Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827710
ISBN-13: 978-1602827714
Amazon: Sea Glass Inn
Amazon Kindle: Sea Glass Inn

Kim Pritekel – Connection

Deb: Good book, top rate.

Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (August 12, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Connection

L.A. Witt - From Out in the Cold

Anke: This was a wonderful book. I was hesitant to start reading as I was under the impression of starting a depressing, dreary book. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. Last but not least - this was what I call an Epilogue :) rounded up the story in a very satisfying way, no questions left open, but not over the top. Simply wonderful.

Christina: Beautiful and moving story that made me both laugh and cry. I really enjoyed it and adored the characters.


Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 3, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: From Out in the Cold

L.J. LaBarthe - City of Jade

Cherie: This story had a lyrical beauty that will bring readers back to the author's works again and again. Definitely a story I shall read again and again. It teetered on the brink of perfection... I think this is a story that will improve with each reading until it becomes a treasured favorite.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (June 6, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: City of Jade

Laura Hughes - Don't Ask

Mariana: The more I think about these characters, the more I like them. The main characters are freshmen/sophomore in HS, which is around my daughters age. I thought the author depicted this age group accurately. Some kids are mature, others not; some are dating, some can't get someone to like them back; and then all the angst that they felt about it (although the real life kids I know are WAY more dramatic). He lightly touched on the cutting, which is a HUGE thing nowadays and super scary as a parent. I really loved how the parents were depicted and even the teachers (although they weren't around much). This felt genuine and lovely. There wasn't any major angst or overwrought drama, and as a reader I wanted to know more about these characters and see them develop. This was a very nice read.

Publisher: Prizm Books (April 16, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Don't Ask

Lee Pulaski - An Eagle River Christmas

Carey: Author Lee Pulaski has written a truly entertaining tale with An Eagle River Christmas. The story of two men, from the same town but from very different lives, intersect as one comes home for a sad occasion and the other fights to leave behind a less than sustaining existence. A real winner.

Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475234260
ISBN-13: 978-1475234268
Amazon: An Eagle River Christmas
Amazon Kindle: An Eagle River Christmas

Lori Toland - Dangerous Submission

Tara: I enjoyed the characters a lot, especially Robbie who is a charmer. The writing style is also very engaging.

Tom: This erotic romance was well paced, Drake and Robbie are well fleshed out, sexy, and I enjoyed how their relationship evolved while the thriller part of the book played out. The book was well paced, very well written, and while there was a lot of sex, it was hot and fit the storyline nicely!

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 22, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Dangerous Submission (Dangerous Affairs)

Lynn Ames - All That Lies Within

Jodie: All That Lies Within is a wonderful romance, with believable and well-rounded characters that draw you into the story. It was so well written it was a pleasure to read and I already know it will be at the top of my re-read list.

Tammy: Totally loved this one. This was my first Lynn Ames story and won't be my last. The feelings of the 2 main characters were intense and the story flowed nicely. Sorry to see it end.

Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: Phoenix Rising Press (June 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936429063
ISBN-13: 978-1936429066
Amazon: All That Lies Within
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Lynn Kear - Black-Hearted Bitch

Deb: I couldn’t put this book down. This author writes her character in edgy first person. The manuscript was pristine and well edited. The only thing that kept it from getting a perfect score was the ending. I was happy that she left the door open for a sequel, but the ending was so abrupt that I at first thought my copy had gotten corrupted when I converted the pdf for my kindle and went back to check the original pdf to check. Perhaps a simple “the end” would have solved that, or an author’s bio on the next page would have clarified that. I’ve never read this author before, but you can be sure I’ll be checking her out on the internet for other titles.

Publisher: Grey Fedora Books (August 24, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Black-Hearted Bitch (A Kell Digby Crime Novel)

Lynn Lorenz - Bayou Loup

Sue: This was a nice shifter story, written in an easy-to-read, good flowing style. It had quirky and interesting minor characters as well as good main characters that made you want to see a happy ending (supplied).

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 24, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Bayou Loup (Rougaroux Social Club)

Marten Weber - In the Mirror, a Monster

Michele: This is one of the hardest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. There is no such thing as following the rules in the publishing MM world with this story. Every single thing about it, is different. From the married characters to the lively ones they have come across and who do stay with them in their B&B type home, Mr. Weber tackles a lot in the strangest way possible. A killing without a murder? Awesome work here.

Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481984977
ISBN-13: 978-1481984973
Amazon: In the Mirror a Monster
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Megan Derr - Black Magic

Feliz: This was a compelling, absorbing and very pleasant read. The fantasy elements in here wove together to a caleidoscope of greys instead of black and white. What appeared to be the bogeymen at first turned out to be mislead "normal" people that could be redeemed, what seemed to be the purest of of the pure proved to be able of cruelty and violence. Further, this book played on the claviature of fantasy archetypes (the priest, magician and warrior) in a new and enticing way, combining them with an endearing theological concept.

Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (October 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620040387
ISBN-13: 978-1620040386
Amazon: Black Magic
Amazon Kindle: Black Magic

Megan Derr - Love You Like a Romance Novel

Steve: The highest rate of this year.

Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (January 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620040964
ISBN-13: 978-1620040966
Amazon: Love You Like a Romance Novel
Amazon Kindle: Love You Like a Romance Novel

Osiris Brackhaus - Lovers in Arms

Jennifer: I swear I'm a much harder judge, but this book was just amazing. I started reading others sent to me, but this one sucked me in and I stopped reading them.) The characters are fleshed out in a way that makes them feel real. The book is superb, from the supporting characters to the inclusion of German in the book. It felt real, and I enjoyed every moment.

Tessa: When I read the description of this novel, I first thought "Not again. Captive enemy lovers - how original". Let me tell you how wrong I was. This novel is actually very sweet and well developed. Two main characters just fall in love from the sky (one of them literally). Like two pieces of the puzzle that clicked together just right - they are the answers to each other’s life search. Once united, they are unwilling and unable to stay apart despite all the life challenges of that difficult war and post war time. Thank you again for this sweet story.

Rosie: I loved the originality of the story. I have never read a story about the Nuremberg trials that was a romance before. So I take my hat off to the author for not only taking on that plot but succeeding with it. This was a completely charming love story. I thought the character he created in the Nazi Officer Johann von Biehn was amazing, he was both honourable and believable. His American love interest Captain Frank Hawthorne was equally well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming love story.


Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (July 21, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622341104
ISBN-13: 978-1622341108
Amazon: Lovers in Arms
Amazon Kindle: Lovers in Arms

Radclyffe – Crossroads

Fernanda: I have found this book really entertaining. This is a solid romance, when you can follow the two protagonist from a shaky start, where they don't like each other at all, to the final they lived happily ever after. A good, solid and plain lesbian romance that cover all the right base of the genre.

Mitzie: Radclyffe does it again with another wonderfully written story. I couldn't put it down!


Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827567
ISBN-13: 978-1602827561
Amazon: Crossroads
Amazon Kindle: Crossroads

Rebecca Cohen - Duty to the Crown

April: I bought the first book after reading this one for the Awards.

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623803683
ISBN-13: 978-1623803681
Amazon: Duty to the Crown
Amazon Kindle: Duty to the Crown

Rider Jacobs – Legion

Jane: An interesting tangled web of immortal family intrigue. I liked the different realms, the different types of human like species and that the celestial family lived together in what sounded like a palace with all mod cons. The story flowed well, no information dumps, the sex scenes fit in well and the prose was humorous in the right places.

Publisher: MLR Press (Jul 11, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Legion

Sage Marlowe - Fantasy for Sale

Barbara: Very easy style and the characters were well drawn and believable. Not much time spent on setting but it didn't take away from the book in particular. Nicely written sex scenes, and a good story.

Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (June 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Fantasy for Sale

Sandra Moran - Letters Never Sent

Fernanda: This was another really satisfying read. Everything here is well balanced and have a deep that have made me read it with eagerness! Probably the only tiny thing that I can tell as a critic is that sometimes I was a little troubled about the change in the different years but I am also aware that the 2 stories needed to interact this way so this haven't reduce my enjoyment.

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562104
ISBN-13: 978-1939562104
Amazon: Letters Never Sent
Amazon Kindle: Letters Never Sent

Sandrine Gasq-Dion - A Betting Man, A Marrying Man (2 novellas as 1 submission)

Tessa: If you are looking for sweet present time fairytale - look no longer. Ideal gay city: City that is full of gorgeous bisexual men, which makes life so much easier for a couple of gay ones. All supportive characters are truly supportive: every parent is accepting, every coworker watches your back. A bit idealistic - but hey, we need to believe in happy ends too.

Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (May 10, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: A Betting Man
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (July 17, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: A Marrying Man

Sarah Madison - The Boys of Summer

Gene: This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The characters are very well drawn, and this is one of the best use of settings I've seen in a long time. The writing is very good. I think a strong, independent editor could have helped polish up the few rough spots in the manuscript.

Publisher: Sarah Madison (April 14, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: The Boys of Summer

Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes – Prelude

Mariana: I enjoyed this book quite a lot. There was nothing new to the story, but it featured a solid set of characters and a sweet romance. Music and the expression of emotion and freedom are central to the characters and the authors do very well to express it. Having been to many concerts (my daughter also plays the violin), there is a feeling that you walk away with when you hear a very good song played; these authors did a great job in translating that feeling to words. This is a 4th book in a series, but I didn't feel as if I was missing out by not reading the previous three; having enjoyed this one, I will be buying the others.

Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623805961
ISBN-13: 978-1623805968
Amazon: Prelude (Blue Notes)
Amazon Kindle: Prelude (Blue Notes)

Stacey Darlington - Long Snows Moon

Fernanda: A really good book. The story is really good and I have enjoyed it a lot!!

Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Melange Books (June 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612356370
ISBN-13: 978-1612356372
Amazon: Long Snows Moon
Amazon Kindle: Long Snows Moon

Sue Brown - The Sky is Dead

Amy: WOW is all i can say. I am so glad you assigned this to me. What an amazing story! Not much I can say other than I adored this!

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (April 16, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: The Sky Is Dead

T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes - A Sticky Wicket In Bollywood

April: I read the work of both authors all the time, frequently buying their books. I enjoyed the writing style of this book, very predictable in terms of how good the authors both are.

Series: International Men of Sports
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (July 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781846146
ISBN-13: 978-1781846148
Amazon: A Sticky Wicket In Bollywood
Amazon Kindle: A Sticky Wicket In Bollywood

T.A. Webb - Second Chances

Jim: The story is very well written, believable, and extremely touching in parts.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800323
ISBN-13: 978-1623800321
Amazon: Second Chances
Amazon Kindle: Second Chances

T.J. Klune - Tell Me It's Real

Ellen: This book was all about the characters, which is perfectly fine in a rom-com, and even finer when the characters are quirky and engaging as they are here. Although at times I had trouble with the narrator's tangents, there were enough literal laugh-out-loud moments that I got past that.

Jordan: The writing style is engaging and witty. The characters are all well-realized, with flaws which make them both sympathetic and (in the case of the narrator) hilarious. Not your typical "love at first sight" book.

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623803535
ISBN-13: 978-1623803537
Amazon: Tell Me It's Real
Amazon Kindle: Tell Me It's Real

T.T. Thomas - A Delicate Refusal

Joann: I would give this a twenty if I could! It was seriously that good! This one was one that once I started reading I found it hard to put down. Imagine my bosses face when I clocked back in one minute late... haha. Oops. Yes, I was that engrossed in the book. The way the author describes the time period she placed this piece in is incredible. She's obviously done an extended amount of research. The romance between the ladies in the story was breath taking. They suffered so many ups and downs throughout their years. Wonderful story!

Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Bon View Publishing (July 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983918082
ISBN-13: 978-0983918080
Amazon: A Delicate Refusal
Amazon Kindle: A Delicate Refusal

Val Kovalin - Reach For the Moon

Eden: I reallly enjoyed this coming of age, friends to lovers story.

Publisher: VK-Now Books (June 9, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Reach for the Moon (Alejo and Bobby #2)

Vaughn R. Demont - Community Service

Gene: I simply loved this one. The main character, as the narrator, has an engaging voice and personality. The plot is nice and twisty and kept me reading anxiously to see what comes next.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 7, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Community Service (Broken Mirrors)

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A new gay romantic comedy about falling in love with your best friend. From the creator of IS IT JUST ME?, eCUPID and STEAM ROOM STORIES.

OUR STORY

Hollywood doesn’t make gay love stories…but we do!

We are Cinema175 – two guys from West Hollywood, California (actually we are NY transplants) who are creating movies and web series for LGBTQ audiences around the world. You may know us from our hit sketch comedy YouTube web series, ‘Steam Room Stories,’ and the award-winning films ‘Is It Just Me?’ and ‘eCupid.’

We love making fun date movies! Our next project - ‘The 10 Year Plan’ - completes our trilogy of romantic comedies. It’s inspired by Hollywood movies like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘The Proposal’.

We get letters from people all over the world telling us how much they loved our previous films and what it meant for them to see films that portray positive stories about the LGBTQ community. Your contribution will help us reach even more people – and maybe even change a few lives along they way.

With the success of our previous projects, we are able to finance most of the movie ourselves, BUT we need to raise $25,000 to hire our cast and crew. That’s where you come in! We’re reaching out to fans of romantic comedies, indie films and gay cinema to be a part of bring this great story to the screen. In return for your help, we’ve put together a great list of perks for every level of contribution.

Who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy? With your help, we can continue to make great films for everyone!

Link to the IndieGoGo Fund Raising Campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/10-year-plan-a-new-movie-by-jc-calciano



‘The 10 Year Plan’ is a funny, smart, romantic comedy with universal appeal. It’s the story of Myles and Brody - two friends who are displeased with their love lives and make a pact to be together if neither finds love in ten years time. Now it’s two month’s shy of their deadline and both friends set off to do whatever it takes to avoid ending up as each other’s last resort.

Pre-production has started and casting is currently under way for our sexy leading men and women! We'll be filming once again at locations in Los Angeles, with many of the same talented crew from the first two films.
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