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First of all this is not a post aimed to raise polemics, it's only a post to prove that, sometime, people get inflamed over nothing.

When the LFF changed the guidelines adding the notorious "gender orientation/identity of the author" eligibility point ("In determining whether a book should be submitted for consideration, please note that the Lambda Literary Awards are based principally on the LGBT content, the gender orientation/identity of the author and the literary merit of the work"), a lot of people, me first, even if not publicly, felt like "castigate", like someone was telling me to not enter in a field that was not for me. But my philosophy is to "live and let live", and so, as I said before, the Rainbow Awards were not "against" the Lammies, but merely to give space to a lot of authors who usually have not otherwise.

Like someone tried to say, probably nothing really was changing for the Lammies, and indeed I saw, and cheered, to some submissions that were not exactly "strict" to the guidelines, and no one in the LLF commission said nothing. Good for the authors and good for the commission.

But let us be sincere, I think that people was, most of all, scared of the "kind" invasion of female authors of gay romance. They are mostly in the Romance category, but in the last few years, they are spreading on the Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fic, Young Adult... yes, I think they were who the commission was pointing at. Nevertheless, I don't think they were really banned from the Awards, and in fact, some of them are among the finalists.

But I think no one noticed something else, probably since it's not common: among the finalists there is also a male romance author, who is competing for the Best Gay Romance, and you know what? He is not at all a new name for the romance readers. H. Leigh Aubrey, self published author of A Keen Edge (my review here:, is the pen-name of Leigh Greenwood, a well respected author of heterosexual Historical Romance; and, from what you can read on Leigh Greenwood's bio, he was married with a woman for more than 30 years, and it was his wife that, in a way, pushed him to write Romances, leaving all those trashy books around the house. Now, as he said, he has decided to stop to prented, and instead of writing het romances, he is writing gay romances... well I wish him best of luck and to have the same success he had with his Western Historical Romance.

Gender is not the same as genre in novel, as it should be. Now, I'm not saying that I want to mix Gay with Lesbian or Transgender or Bisexual, but that is the "theme" of the book, not the gender of the author. This is my idea.
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I was thinking to wait the final results to post something on the Lambda Literary Awards, but I can't help to let you now that, Steve Berman, founder and owner of Lethe Press, to celebrate the nomination received by Wilde Stories 2008 as Best LGBT Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, is offering e-book editions for only $3 for the next 2 weeks. So grab this oppurtunity, the ebook is available at All Romance Ebooks:

And since I post about it, congrats to all my friends (or acquaintance) who received a nominations:

The Archer's Heart, Astrid Amara, Blind Eye Books (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Wilde Stories 2008, Steve Berman, Lethe Press (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories, Craig Gidney, Lethe Press (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling, Blind Eye Books (Best LGBT SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR)
Mexican Heat, Laura Baumbach & Josh Lanyon, MLR Press (Best GAY ROMANCE)
The Protector, N.L. Gassert, Seventh Window Publications (Best GAY ROMANCE)
Hard Working Men, William Maltese, Victor J. Banis, Jardonn Smith, & J.P. Bowie, MLR Press (Best GAY EROTICA)

Obviously my best wishes to all of them, but can I say... GO VICTOR and WILLIAM, GO and WIN!
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BEST ANTHOLOGY: Dead After Dark by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Squires, J.R. Ward, Dianna Love

Blood Lite by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris

Honorable Mention: The Magical Christmas Cat by Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Linda Winstead Jones

BEST FANTASY/MAGICAL: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Honorable Mention: The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

BEST FUTURISTIC: Dark Light by Jayne Castle

Honorable Mention: Heart Fate by Robin D. Owens

BEST NOVELLA / SHORT STORY: "Story of Son" Dead After Dark by J.R. Ward

Honorable Mention: "Kung Fu Shoes" in These Boots Were Made For Stomping by Jade Lee

BEST SCIENCE - FICTION & FANTASY: Shades Of Dark by Linnea Sinclair

Honorable Mention: Dragonborn by Jade Lee

BEST SHAPE SHIFTER: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Honorable Mention: Rogue by Rachel Vincent

Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden

BEST TIME TRAVEL: Viking Unchained by Sandra Hill

Honorable Mention: Twist by Colby Hodge

BEST VAMPIRE: Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

Honorable Mention: Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley

BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Honorable Mention: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

NEW AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre

Honorable Mention: Jocelynn Drake

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