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The A.C. Katt Award for Gay Debut

And the Rainbow Award goes to...

Winners:


1) Caught Inside (Boys on the Brink #1) Jamie Deacon
Gay - Young Adult
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (September 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786450356
ISBN-13: 978-1786450357
Amazon: Caught Inside (Boys on the Brink #1) Jamie Deacon

1) It’s hard for me to believe that this is a debut novel. The writing is lush and expressive. The setting conveys both place and mood so vividly and deftly. The characters are believable, fully realised, and, with one exception, very sympathetic. What impressed me most, though, was the author’s ability to capture the conflicts, fast-changing emotions, and interpersonal dynamics of a group of teenagers. A wholly believable coming-of-age story. I couldn’t put it down.
2) Loved the writing and the strong sense of place and time it creates. The characters are vividly drawn.
3) A well written, entertaining and absorbing story that was difficult to put down. an excellent addition to the genre of YA gay romance. I would recommend it to teenagers and adults of any age.
4) First book for me by this author but it will not be the last.


2-tie) Lucy Lennox Borrowing Blue (Made Marian #1)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Made Marian
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 24, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540847659
ISBN-13: 978-1540847652
Amazon: Lucy Lennox Borrowing Blue (Made Marian #1)

1) This contemporary romance novel had a gay-for-you storyline that was believable with characters that had interesting back stories. Although I felt some of the secondary characters could've been fleshed out more, the love (and lust) between Blue and Tristan was very believable.
2) Great story, engaging characters, simple plot that nevertheless sunk it's claws into you and wouldn't let go.
3) This is the first book in the Made Marian series. I enjoyed the way the author brought these two together and the little twist about their connection. This is a book to read if you are looking for something lite but entertaining to get you through the day.
4) This book is simply charming and the love story both sweet and hot. The setting of the winery is done just right. Awesome debut!


2-tie) Skythane J. Scott Coatsworth
Gay - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635334039
ISBN-13: 978-1635334036
Amazon: Skythane J. Scott Coatsworth

1) A thrill-a-minute intergalactic adventure with a slow-burn romance that really satisfies. Truly outstanding worldbuilding, and a multi-layered plot with dynamic characters. This book was an absolute delight from start to finish.
2) Skythane was a totally engrossing read. The world building was rich and detailed, and the characters were three dimensional. I could never second guess where the story was going and I couldn't put the book down. The true test of a book for me is, 'would I read a sequel' and I can say with this one, I absolutely would.
3) The world building in this piece was phenomenal, as were the characters. Although the story started out a little slow, it quickly picked up pace and made me believe in this alien world along with the different species that inhabited it.
4) I enjoyed the story even when I had difficulty keeping track of everything… It made me want to keep on reading from start to finish. I would definitely read more from this author.


3) One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin Michael Schreiber
Gay - Biography / Memoir
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 197371888X
ISBN-13: 978-1973718888
Amazon: One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin Michael Schreiber

1) I always find books like this fascinating as they give an in-depth into a person. For me it was a great read… and I know I’ll read it again.
2) Biography is hard to evaluate; this is a very good one, very lively due to pictures and sort of interview with the protagonist.
3) The art and historical background is AMAZING.

Runner Ups:



4-tie) How We Love by Michael Ryan Webb
4-tie) Swift for the Sun by Karen Bovenmyer

Finalists:



6) September by Robert Winter
7) Angels Fall by N.S. Beranek
8-tie) Daimonion (The Apocalypse #1) by J.P. Jackson
8-tie) My Boyfriend's Back by Elliot Cooper
8-tie) The Glamour Thieves (Blue Unicorn #1) by Don Allmon
9) Oscar Down Under #1 by Jack Ladd

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