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Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her partner, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats as well as a wide and diverse variety of invasive and noxious weeds. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mysteries.

Hell Cop, co-authored with Astrid Amara & Ginn Hale, won a 2009 Rainbow Award as
Best LGBT Futuristic

Source: http://www.blindeyebooks.com/turnskin/

Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling
Paperback: 259 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978986121
ISBN-13: 978-0978986124
Amazon: Turnskin
Amazon Kindle: Turnskin

Raised in a remote farming community, Tom Fletcher knows little of his Shifter heritage and less about the dangerous lives that other Shifters lead in the city of Riverside. For Tom the big city is a daydream of opening nights and bright theatre lights. But when Tom meets Cloud Coldmoon-the infamous and handsome heir to a criminal syndicate-everything changes. Suddenly suspected of murder, Tom must flee to the only city where his kind are common. Filled with shapeshifters, con men and mobsters and ruled by the vengeful Coldmoon Family, Riverside is as perilous as it is alluring. Tom seeks refuge in the Turnskin Theatre, where his shape-changing skills can be put to good use on, and off, the stage. Here he has a chance to fulfill his dreams of stardom and romance, but only if he can stay one step ahead of the police and criminals alike- otherwise the next shape he takes could be his last.

Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling and Ginn Hale
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 14, 2008)
Amazon Kindle: Hell Cop

Welcome to Parmas City, where demons and sorcerers live among ordinary people and a few tough Hell Cops protect them all. Jay, Argent, and Ben are three of them, and they've just met the men of their hottest dreams.

Next of Kin by Astrid Amara
Jay Yervant is a Hell Cop so powerful that his bare skin incinerates anyone he contacts. Isolated, he is tortured by desire, until he meets Brian, a sensual young man who touches him with impunity. But Jay's burgeoning hope is threatened when a malevolent sorcerer unleashes a host of demonic assassins against Brian. Keeping his lover may cost Jay his life.

Red Sands by Nicole Kimberling
Anthropologist Michael Gold's got problems. His apartment's been ransacked, his dad's missing, and he's been framed for murder. As a half-demon he expects trouble from the city's Hell Cops. Instead, he gets Argent, a man with intimate knowledge of Michael and whom Michael can't penetrate with his psychic powers. So does Argent want to clear him or expose him?

Touching Sparks by Ginn Hale
When photojournalist James Sparks discovers an underworld of sorcery, blood sports and demonic drug traffic, he turns to Detective Ben Moran, a hard-bodied Hell Cop whose touch sends James's pulse racing. But when James uncovers evidence of police corruption he realizes that Moran may be in as much danger as he is.

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Marguerite has been accused of being eccentric and a shade neurotic, both of which she freely admits to, but her muse has OCD tendencies, so who can blame her? Her husband and son do an excellent job keeping her toeing the line, though. Together with her co-author Fae Sutherland, Marguerite has found a shared passion for beautiful men with smart mouths.

When she's not working hard on writing new material and editing completed work, she spends her time reading novels of all genres, enjoying role-playing games with her equally nutty friends, and trying to plot practical jokes against her son and husband. Her son is learning the tricks too quickly and likes to retaliate. You'd think she'd learn.

Bee Among The Clover, co-authored by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe, won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical; Our Sacred Balance won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal / Horror; Playing Ball, co-authored by Shae Connor, Kate McMurray & Kerry Freeman, won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Anthology / Collection.

Further Readings:

Bee Among the Clover by Marguerite Labbe & Fae Sutherland
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 22, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615812172
ISBN-13: 978-1615812172
Amazon: Bee Among the Clover
Amazon Kindle: Bee Among the Clover

Roman, a slave to Wulfgar, is less than pleased when the thane acquires a new pet: the beautiful and prideful Aron. Aron has never been with a man and has no wish to be now, but when he is claimed as a thrall to pay his father's debt, his choice in the matter is lost. Captured from Roman-held Londinium four years prior, Roman has learned that life as Wulfgar’s bedslave can still be sweet. He is intrigued, threatened, and ultimately frightened by Aron and his feelings for the young man as they are thrown together by both cunning plan and charmed circumstance. Roman and Aron will form a bond greater than any other claim upon them and determine that whatever the cost, they will find a way to be happy—even if that means risking their lives to find freedom together. Read more about Wulfgar in the spin-off novel Lotus in the Wild.

Our Sacred Balance (Triquetra Trilogy Book 3) by Marguerite Labbe
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192744
ISBN-13: 978-1935192749
Amazon: Our Sacred Balance (Triquetra Trilogy Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: Our Sacred Balance (Triquetra Trilogy Book 3)

Book 3 of the Triquetra Series

Lovers Kristair and Jacob believe they're done with the supernatural and on the road to a new life. But the supernatural isn't done with them. A stalker is targeting vampires, tearing them from their sanctuaries and leaving them to burn in the sun, and when the vampires of Pittsburgh call upon the ancient Kristair, he cannot refuse them aid despite Jacob's objections.

While their quest becomes more dangerous, tempers flare when Jacob tries to make Kristair understand the limitations of being human again. As they struggle to reach a balance between them, the other vampires become restless, eager to find the person responsible for the deaths of their own so they can vent their rage.

But the enemy is closer than they ever imagined and carries a personal grudge against them. Their mental link gone and spiritual strength halved, Jacob and Kristair must conquer Kristair's newfound helplessness and learn to communicate with each other before their enemy destroys everything they've fought so hard to win.

Playing Ball by Shae Connor, Kate McMurray, Kerry Freeman & Marguerite Labbe
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981756
ISBN-13: 978-1627981750
Amazon: Playing Ball
Amazon Kindle: Playing Ball

Baseball—America's favorite pastime—provides a field wide open for romance. A Home Field Advantage may not help when Toby must choose between the team he’s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it. In 1927, Skip hides his sexuality to protect his career until he meets One Man to Remember. Ruben and Alan fell victim to a Wild Pitch, leaving them struggling with heartache and guilt, and now they've met again. And on One Last Road Trip, Jake retires and leaves baseball behind, hoping to reconnect with Mikko and get a second chance at love.

Home Field Advantage by Shae Connor
One Man to Remember by Kate McMurray
Wild Pitch by Marguerite Labbe
One Last Road Trip by Kerry Freeman

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Kyell Gold writes primarily anthropomorphic ("furry") fiction focused on gay relationships. He has won a dozen Ursa Major awards for his novels and short stories. Out of Position also won the Rainbow Award for Best Gay Novel of 2009, and in 2010, his short story "Race to the Moon," published in "New Fables," was nominated for a WSFA Short Story Award. Other strange things he likes to write about include mystical decks of cards, superheroes, and sports; his "Dev and Lee" series (Out of Position, Isolation Play, Divisions) takes place in the world of professional football; his recent novel Green Fairy is a "gay non-love story with ghosts and absinthe."

He was not born in California, but now considers it his home. He loves to travel and dine out with his partner of many years, Kit Silver, and can be seen at furry conventions in California, around the country, and abroad. With his friend K.M. Hirosaki, he hosts a podcast about writing called "Unsheathed," produced by Kit, and although Kit and K.M. both enjoy a glass of wine, Kyell prefers Coke Zero to fuel his podcasting and writing.

Out of Position won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Fantasy and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

Out of Position (Dev and Lee) by Kyell Gold
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Sofawolf Press (January 23, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097914969X
ISBN-13: 978-0979149696
Amazon: Out of Position (Dev and Lee)
Amazon Kindle: Out of Position (Dev and Lee)

Dev is a football player at Forester University, a small liberal arts college where he and his teammates get to strut around and have their pick of the girls on Friday nights. That's as good as it gets--until he meets Lee, a fox with a quick wit and an attractive body.

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J.L. Langley writes M/M erotic romance, among other things, and is fortunate to live with four of the most gorgeous males to walk the earth...ok, so one of those males is canine, but he is quite beautiful for a German Shepherd. J.L. was born and raised in Texas. Which is a good thing considering that Texas is full of cowboys and there is nothing better than a man in a pair of tight Wranglers and a cowboy hat as far as J.L. is concerned.

"Without Reservations is a story about werewolf mates. With my other pen name I explored the idea of werewolf mates of the same sex. But because my readers for that pen name expect male/female romance, I was fearful that a gay romance wouldn't go over well with them. So unfortunately, I never got to fully delve into the two male mates the way I wanted to and I yearned to do so. In an attempt to satisfy my own curiosity, I developed Chay and Keaton. While their story is different from the mates in the other series, I found that it did satisfy my muse, so to speak, and took on a life of its own." (J.L. Langley on her With or Without series)

"I love Regency Romance. Well, I should clarify, I love the Historical Romances set in the Regency time period. I can't say that I've actually read a traditional Regency with no sex. Some of my favorites are: Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Johanna Lindsey and Eloisa James. I also love Teresa Medeiros; she doesn't write strictly Regency though, she has other historical periods she does as well. It is one of my favorite genres aside from M/M, mystery and paranormal. There are very few Regency M/M books out there, but while good, they are traditional where the men are rakes and rogues and a homosexual relationship is against the law. I thought it would be neat to see a man in the role of "husband/title seeking virgin," so I came up with the concept of the Sci-Regency Series. I took some of the traditional regency themes and played off of them. For example, the first one (My Fair Captain) uses the old theme of the heroine being compromised and forced to marry, only instead of a heroine it is a hero. If nothing else is fun to write and I hope humorous to read." (J.L. Langley on her Sci-Regency series)

My Fair Captain won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Futuristic.

Source: http://www.jllangley.com/

Further Readings:

The Tin Star by J. L. Langley
Publisher Loose Id, LLC (August 6, 2006)
Language English
ISBN-10 1596323272
ISBN-13 978-1596323278
Amazon: The Tin Star
Amazon Kindle: The Tin Star

When James Killian comes out to his father, he finds himself banished from his home and fired from his job. His savior comes in the unlikely form of Ethan Whitehall, his older brother's best friend. Ethan has always had a soft spot where Jamie Killian was concerned, and he will do whatever it takes to keep his new lover safe.

My Fair Captain by J. L. Langley
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 29, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599987619
ISBN-13: 978-1599987613
Amazon: My Fair Captain
Amazon Kindle: My Fair Captain

Talk about a compromising situation!

Swarthy Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins ran from a past he had no intention of ever reliving. But when his Admiral asks him to use his peerage, as an earl and the heir to a dukedom, to investigate a missing weapons stash, he’s forced to do just that. As if being undercover on a Regency planet where the young men are supposed to remain pure until marriage isn’t bad enough, Nate finds himself attracted to the king’s unmarried son.

All Prince Aiden Townsend has ever wanted was to be an artist. He has no interest in a marriage of political fortune or becoming a societal paragon. Until he lands in the arms of the mysterious Earl of Deverell. One look at Nate’s handsome face has Aiden reconsidering his future. Not only does Nate make a virile subject for Aiden’s art, but the great war hero awakens feelings in Aiden he has never felt, feelings he can’t ignore.

After a momentous dance at a season ball, Aiden and Nate find themselves exchanging important information and working closely together. They have to fight their growing attraction long enough to find out who stole the weapons and keep themselves from a compromising situation and certain scandal.

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Alex Beecroft currently lives in Great Britain with her husband and two daughters. Raised in Cheshire, Alex studied English and Philosophy before accepting employment with the Crown Court where she worked for a number of years.

Alex will tell you that she's thrilled to be doing what she always wanted to do, living her dream of being a writer, and a soon to be published romance author.

"There's not much to tell. I've written most of my life. I can't not write, or I get very cranky and bad tempered, as my family can attest. But it was only this year that I finally decided to try my hand at submitting something for publication.

I've always enjoyed m/m romance and written it for my own pleasure, I just had no idea before that there was a market out there and other people like me, who would like to see it too." Alex Beecroft

False Colors won a 2009 Rainbow Awards as Best LGBT Historical.

Source: http://www.alexbeecroft.com/Adventure_and_Romance.shtml

Further Readings:

False Colors: An M/M Romance by Alex Beecroft
Paperback: 333 pages
Publisher: Running Press (April 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762436581
ISBN-13: 978-0762436583
Amazon: False Colors: An M/M Romance
Amazon Kindle: False Colors: An M/M Romance

1762, The Georgian Age of Sail: For his first command, John Cavendish is given a ship—the HMS Meteor—and a crew, both in need of repair and discipline. He’s determined to make a success of their first mission, and hopes the well-liked lieutenant Alfred Donwell will stand by his side as he leads his new crew into battle: stopping the slave trade off the coast of Algiers.

Alfie knows their mission is futile, and that their superiors back in England will use the demise of this crew as impetus for war with the Ottoman Empire. But the darker secret he keeps is his growing attraction for his commanding officer—a secret punishable by death.

With the arrival of his former captain—and lover—on the scene of the disastrous mission, Alfie is torn between the security of his past and the uncertain promise of a future with the straight-laced John.

Against a backdrop of war, intrigue, and personal betrayal, the high seas will carry these men through dangerous waters from England to Africa to the West Indies in search of a safe harbor.

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Anne Brooke was once voted Woman Most Likely to Become a Serial Killer at one of her many jobs, but the next month came second in the Top Banana Award, so feels there's no accounting for taste. Instead of causing havoc amongst the hard-pressed Police Force, she decided to become a writer, and now scribbles away in a variety of genres, including gay romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel.

When the wind's in the right direction, she has even won a writing prize or two, and has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She has also twice been the winner of the national DSJT Charitable Trust Open Poetry Competition.

She's never met a chocolate she doesn't like (with the possible exception of Ferrero Rocher), and once took a dawn balloon flight over The Nile, much against her better judgement. She spent most of the time screaming.

An Essex Girl at heart, Anne now lives in Surrey with her long-suffering husband and spends a lot of time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds.

The Bones of Summer won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller.

Further Readings:

The Bones Of Summer by Anne Brooke
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (June 21, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611248736
ISBN-13: 978-1611248739
Amazon: The Bones Of Summer
Amazon Kindle: The Bones Of Summer

The sequel to Maloney's Law, garnering third place in the inaugural 2009 Rainbow Mystery Fiction Awards... When Craig Robertson’s religious fanatic father disappears, Craig is forced to return to the home he left behind after an underage affair in order to look for answers. He takes with him his new lover, private investigator Paul Maloney, who is more than willing to help solve the mystery. During his initial search, Craig locates items that belonged to Michael, his lover in that long-ago ill-fated affair, and soon discovers that Michael has disappeared as well. The search becomes an investigation into Craig’s past, and, because of distressing gaps in his memory, he’s terrified of the truths he might find. As Craig’s obsession with uncovering clues grows, however, his fragile relationship with Paul begins to disintegrate. Haunted and stalked, Craig has to face down the horror of his memories if he wants to have any hope of a future at all...

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"I was born in Maine and grew up there, taking its beauty completely for granted. (Every other state must be just as beautiful, right?) I left home at 18 to go to college at Michigan State, followed by graduate school at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where I earned an MFA in Writing.

After grad school I moved to New York, where I lived for seven years, mostly in the East Village. The best part about living in New York in the early 1980s was that you could make a decent living doing freelance word processing. All the writers, artists, actors, and musicians were doing it. The word processing machines of that era were very large and very scary to the executives who purchased them. Enter the freelancer who knew how to tame the machine and calm everyone's nerves.

The bad part about living in New York during the 80s was...well, there were many bad parts, not the least of which was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. By 1986 I was more than ready to leave, and when I had the opportunity to move to Kansas City (to culminate a long-distance flirtation...hands up for 'who's been there?'), I took it.

My flirtation-turned-relationship in Kansas City didn't last long, but I decided to stay because I loved the place, and still do. It may be one of the last of the truly livable big cities in the country. I met my partner, Ralph, in the fall of 1988, and we started dating in January 1989. We moved in together in the spring of that year and have been together ever since.


Wayne and his husbear since 1988, Ralph Seligman, were married in New York in October 2013, live in Kansas City, Missouri. "My flirtation-turned-relationship in Kansas City didn't last long, but I decided to stay because I loved the place, and still do. It may be one of the last of the truly livable big cities in the country. I met my partner, Ralph, in the fall of 1988, and we started dating in January 1989. We moved in together in the spring of that year and have been together ever since."

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Further Readings:

A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (July 20, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212355
ISBN-13: 978-1590212356
Amazon: A Report from Winter
Amazon Kindle: A Report from Winter

A Report from Winter is a death-in-the-family story, a love story, and a meditation on the meaning of ''winter''--as a season and as a metaphor for family relationships.

It's January 1998, and southern Maine is recovering from one of the worst ice storms in history. Into this unforgiving environment comes the author, flying home from Kansas City after a ten-year absence. His mother, Jennie, is dying of cancer. Though receiving excellent care in a nursing home, she has lost the ability to communicate. Needing support, Wayne makes an SOS call to Ralph, his longtime partner. Ralph boards a plane to Portland for his first exposure to a Maine winter, and to Wayne's family as well, including a feisty aunt and an emotionally distant brother. The contrast between a nurturing gay relationship and dysfunctional family bonds is as sharp as the wind sweeping in from the sea.

Stubbornly unsentimental, A Report from Winter weaves childhood memories of winter with the harsh realities of living in a family where there's not enough love to go around. The memoir is a tribute to hard-won relationships built on mutual trust and understanding, defying an uncaring world.

Tales My Body Told Me by Wayne Courtois
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212479
ISBN-13: 978-1590212479
Amazon: Tales My Body Told Me
Amazon Kindle: Tales My Body Told Me

Sex. Satire. Mystery. Foul Play. True Love. Not necessarily in that order.

Paul Lavarnway thought he had settled into comfortable, middle-aged domesticity in Kansas City with his husband Eric. So how is it he finds himself confined with four other gay men at East Oak House, a spooky old mansion from which they can see the rundown, off-season resort of Two Piers, Maine, with its single pier and silent Ferris Wheel? He can't remember. Is it the drugs? The group therapy meant to help Paul and his housemates learn to be happy ex-gays?

While winter deepens outside the windows, Paul and his companions and their sweetly sinister mentor Brian explore the past and the future without ever quite understanding their present in the hot-house atmosphere of East Oak House. As memory comes to the surface, Paul discovers truths about himself, his husband, the man who came between them, and the accidental lover whose death looks more and more like murder.

Shifting with surreal grace from profound emotion to shallow sex to mystery and horror to outrageous comedy to redemption (maybe), Tales My Body Told Me is a novel like no other.

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K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.

Collision Course won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Contemporary and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605044148
ISBN-13: 978-1605044149
Amazon: Collision Course
Amazon Kindle: Collision Course

Paramedic Aaron Chase doesn't have anything against love, but he knows it means a lot of responsibility, like when he had to step in to raise his siblings. With the last one off to college, Aaron's anticipating enjoying life on his own terms. He certainly isn't expecting Joey Miller to accidentally drop into his life. Sexy, funny and annoyingly optimistic, Joey's tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aaron's way; Joey knows all about love. He's fallen in it ten times. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron it's different. Joey's fallen for good.

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Ginn Hale spent her early childhood living in a small cabin above a California commune utterly unaware of the modern world only fifty miles away. Upon discovering technological miracles of electricity, running water, the flush toilet and tape she swore never to forsake them-though she admits that, like an occasionally lapsing alcoholic, she sporadically drifts from civilization to live like a wild thing.

She attended the University of Northern Colorado as well as Denver University and has tramped through all 31 states of Mexico on botanical expeditions. Later she plunged through the wilds of Heathrow Airport, discovering the locations of nearly every bookstore while hunting elusive and often overbooked flights to Paris. She now lives in Bellingham Washington where she writes fantasy and science fiction and donates blood just for the fun of it.

Wicked Gentlemen is Ginn´s first novel. It was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and won the 2008 Spectrum Award for best novel.

Hell Cop, coauthored with Astrid Amara and Nicole Kimberling, won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Futuristic.

Source: http://www.ginnhale.com/

Further Readings:

Wicked Gentlemen (Hells Below) by Ginn Hale
Series: Hells Below
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (October 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978986113
ISBN-13: 978-0978986117
Amazon: Wicked Gentlemen (Hells Below)
Amazon Kindle: Wicked Gentlemen (Hells Below)

Belimai Sykes is many things: a Prodigal, the descendant of ancient demons, a creature of dark temptations and rare powers. He is also a man with a brutal past and a dangerous addiction. And Belimai Sykes is the only man Captain William Harper can turn to when faced with a series of grisly murders. But Mr. Sykes does not work for free and the price of Belimai's company will cost Captain Harper far more than his reputation. From the ornate mansions of noblemen, where vivisection and sorcery are hidden beneath a veneer of gold, to the steaming slums of Hells Below, Captain Harper must fight for justice and for his life. His enemies are many and his only ally is a devil he knows too well. Such are the dangers of dealing with the wicked.

Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 14, 2008)
Amazon Kindle: Hell Cop

Welcome to Parmas City, where demons and sorcerers live among ordinary people and a few tough Hell Cops protect them all. Jay, Argent, and Ben are three of them, and they've just met the men of their hottest dreams.

Next of Kin by Astrid Amara
Jay Yervant is a Hell Cop so powerful that his bare skin incinerates anyone he contacts. Isolated, he is tortured by desire, until he meets Brian, a sensual young man who touches him with impunity. But Jay's burgeoning hope is threatened when a malevolent sorcerer unleashes a host of demonic assassins against Brian. Keeping his lover may cost Jay his life.

Red Sands by Nicole Kimberling
Anthropologist Michael Gold's got problems. His apartment's been ransacked, his dad's missing, and he's been framed for murder. As a half-demon he expects trouble from the city's Hell Cops. Instead, he gets Argent, a man with intimate knowledge of Michael and whom Michael can't penetrate with his psychic powers. So does Argent want to clear him or expose him?

Touching Sparks by Ginn Hale
When photojournalist James Sparks discovers an underworld of sorcery, blood sports and demonic drug traffic, he turns to Detective Ben Moran, a hard-bodied Hell Cop whose touch sends James's pulse racing. But when James uncovers evidence of police corruption he realizes that Moran may be in as much danger as he is.

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"My name is Derekica Snake aka kiix. This is the part where I write about myself. It is harder than it looks. It is so much easier to write about fictional characters…hummm. Wait. I have a light blub moment.

On a dark and quiet evening in the month of April, a little girl child came into the world in St. Joesph General Hospital. Upon seeing the little girl with the little curl in the middle of her forehead, the father was heard to remark…why does she have red hair? At that moment I’ve been known as the milkman’s kid, oops, I meant she’s been known as the milkman’s kid. See, this is why I write in first person. If it works for you, stick with it.

My favorite book was “Green eggs and ham”. Apparently my mother got so annoyed with me reciting it that it accidently on purpose got tossed out the window of a moving car. So I guess I started writing my own stories once I was taught to print. I’ve always loved writing fiction. In elementary and secondary school we were required to keep a journal. I didn’t want to. I love to write but not about myself. I just wrote little ideas down and handed them in. I graduated so I guess it was good.

I thought I was in deep fascination with a boy in grade seven who was very into Star Trek. I had no clue what he was talking about so I started learning about Star Trek and now it was what was his name? Sci-fi segued into Fantasy and from there I never looked back. I was a big Star Wars geek (pre-episode 1) and wrote pastiche Han Solo adventures as a teenager.

My writing began to lean towards my current selection of offerings. I initially was a little distressed. I thought I was off – way off. I was uncomfortable with the content and toned it down or cut it out completely on second draft attempts. However, it kept cropping back up and I thought I was going to have to pull my hair out to make it stop but then…on May 6, 2006 at 9:15 a.m. I discovered “Ai No Kusabi” on youtube.

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Source: www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023964.Derekica_Snake

Further Readings:

That's What Brothers Do by Derekica Snake
Paperback, 1st Edition, 167 pages
Published February 1st 2009
ISBN: 0981180213
ISBN13: 9780981180212)

To save his family, he sold his innocence.
To save his sisters, he sold his body.
To save his love, he sold his soul.
Why?
That's what brothers do...

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Dan Stone is the author of the gay romantic fantasy "The Rest Of Our Lives" and "Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems" (Lethe Press). He is an author, poet, life coach, and college instructor whose fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling, White Crane Journal, A&U Magazine, Astropoetica, Mostly Maine, Bay Windows, Chiron Review, Gents, Badboys, and Barbarians, New Gay Male Poetry, and Rebel Yell: Stories by Contemporary Southern Gay Authors. He lives in Denver, CO, where he is working on his second novel and a children's book.

The Rest of Our Lives won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Paranormal / Horror.

Further Readings:

The Rest of Our Lives by Dan Stone
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211472
ISBN-13: 978-1590211472
Amazon: The Rest of Our Lives
Amazon Kindle: The Rest of Our Lives

Colm McKenna has led a guarded life. Gifted with a wintry soul and a photographer's eye, he can stop time as easily as he freezes water, or call down cold north winds. He thinks he is alone and unique in the world. Then, seemingly by accident, he meets handsome writer Aidan Gallagher, his opposite, a young man who not only magically raises temperatures but quickens Colm's heart.
In this lighthearted and contemporary, gay romantic fantasy, can two male witches whose passion reincarnates century after century, find a way to express their love for each other again? Can this enchanting pair finally succeed after so many lifetimes?

A finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men's Romance!

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009
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P.A. Brown wrote her first book at 17. She spent 8 years in Los Angeles where she formed an attachment to the city of Angels that endures to this day. After holding a host of jobs, at 40 she went back to school and became a Network engineer, which eventually landed her on the shores of Bermuda where she spent 2 years learning how to drink rum swizzles and battle hurricanes. Back in Canada, she buckled down and started producing books seriously resulting in a multitude of books coming out in the next year.

L.A. Heat won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller and Best Gay Novel, 2nd place. L.A. Boneyard won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Mystery / Thriller.

Further Readings:

L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Bristlecone Pine Press; 1st Kindle edition (July 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1555839487
ISBN-13: 978-1555839482
Amazon: L.A. Heat
Amazon Kindle: L.A. Heat

When LAPD detective David Laine first encounters hunky party boy Chris Bellamere, it is to interrogate him about the murder of one of Chris's many sexual conquests. When Chris's efforts to prove his own innocence mark him as a victim, David steps in to save him, and finds himself falling in love with a man who might be a brutal murderer. P.A. Brown's debut is a gritty mystery set in LA's edgy, less glamorous East Side, where gangs co-mingle with gays, gunfire is heard after dark, and where a gay cop like David Laine could live undetected. At least until now.

L.A. Boneyard by P.A. Brown
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bristlecone Pine Press (June 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608200175
ISBN-13: 978-1608200177
Amazon: L.A. Boneyard
Amazon Kindle: L.A. Boneyard

From a shallow grave in Griffith Park, to the bucolic streets of West Hollywood into the dark heart of the gang-infested streets of East L.A, evil is pursued in this dark story of passion and redemption. Detective David Eric Laine is no stranger to violence and brutality, but even he is taken aback at the sheer viciousness of the murder of two pregnant Ukrainian women. This is just the beginning of a baffling case which leads from their shallow grave to a bungalow community in West Hollywood, tree-lined and tranquil, on to the heart of the gang-infested streets of East Los Angeles, and points in between. And what of Jairo Hernandez, David's new, young partner? The attraction between them was immediate and intense and growing by the day. Would this be a threat to David's settled life?

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Award-winning author Cat Grant's been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs.

Winter/Spring 2014 marks the release of The Only One Who Knows and The Only One Who Matters, two hot military (Navy SEAL!) romances co-written with the awesome LA Witt. coming from Samhain Publishing.

Also coming from Samhain - keep your eyes peeled for Black Dog, the first book in her new Bannon's Gym series, coming April 2014. The second book, Takedown, will be available in July.

Also, stay tuned for Guarded, the first book in LA Witt's and my new ROCK STAR trilogy!

Complications won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual / Transgender Novel, Power Play Awakening, co-authored with Rachel Haimowitz, won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica, Breaking Free won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica, Takedown won a 2014 Rainbow Award, The William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance.

Further Readings:

Complications (Courtland Chronicles) by Cat Grant
Publisher: Cat Grant Books; 2nd edition (January 26, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Complications (Courtland Chronicles)

Tired of taking a backseat to his lover Eric Courtland’s burgeoning political career, Nick Thompson decides to call it quits. A devastated Eric seeks consolation in liquor—and the arms of college friend Ally Taylor.

Their passionate rebound affair deepens into something more. Still, Ally’s thrown when Eric proposes marriage, with no mention of love. His wealth and connections would certainly help her career, but is their intense physical connection and Eric’s promise of fidelity enough?

Ally soon finds herself falling for her husband, and he for her. But the growing bond between the newlyweds is threatened when Nick re-enters the picture. Secrets, lies and betrayal will add up to heartbreak for everyone—unless Eric can bring himself to choose between the man he’s loved for over a decade, or the wife he can’t bear to hurt.

Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2) by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193755144X
ISBN-13: 978-1937551445
Amazon: Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2)

Give me six months, and I'll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney is a man reborn. Newly awakened to the notion of consensual power exchange and the submissive urges inside him, he begs for a second chance from the man who opened his eyes to this world: Silicon Valley superstar Jonathan Watkins. But no birth is absent pain, and Brandon’s is no exception. He fears he’s not strong enough to see it through.

Jonathan knows better. He’s seen the iron core inside his new submissive, and the wounded heart inside him too. He means to teach Brandon to heal the one with the other. They have five months left on their contract, after all, and Jonathan has done more with less before.

It’s tough to stay objective, though, when you’re falling in love. Shame Brandon doesn’t feel the same. He’s only there for the three-million-dollar payout at contract’s end—a fact that Jonathan, nursing his own wounded heart, reminds himself of each day. For even as Brandon’s barriers break and his mind expands, even as he grows to love his place at Jonathan’s feet, he’ll never love life with a sadist—especially one who cannot escape the public eye.

Breaking Free by Cat Grant
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501098144
ISBN-13: 978-1501098147
Amazon: Breaking Free
Amazon Kindle: Breaking Free

Richard Carr has the kind of life most people would envy. Partner in a major Los Angeles law firm, married to the man of his dreams, Richard seems to have it made – except for the lie he’s been living for the past forty-odd years. On special nights, in the company of kinky friends, Richard disappears inside Renee, his sexy, dominatrix alter-ego. Strong, sassy and flirtatious in her red and black corset, Renee is who Richard truly is on the inside – and who he longs to be outside of the dungeon. But starting his – her – transition doesn’t provide the relief Renee had hoped for. Her business partners demand that she go back to dressing as a man at the office, while Robert, her husband and fellow Dominant, can’t conceal his shock as the man he married disappears a little bit more every day. Their one true point of connection remains in the dungeon – in the person of Jase Hewitt, the submissive they both share. But when a devastating tragedy shatters Jase and sends him running to his Masters for comfort, it quickly becomes apparent that Robert’s love for Jase extends far beyond their Dom/sub roles… And Renee faces a choice – abandon her journey toward becoming the person she truly is inside, or risk losing the man she loves.

Takedown (Bannon's Gym) by Cat Grant
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 29, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Takedown (Bannon's Gym)

Home may not be what he remembered, but it might hold what he needs.

Bannon’s Gym, Book 2

An abusive father drove Tom Delaney away from Lincoln Beach. Now that he’s back to settle his family’s affairs, he’s finding that not even the good things he left behind are the same. The old neighborhood is a dangerous slum. Eddie’s diner is on its last legs. Gloria, who looked after him like her own son, is seriously ill.

His only refuge is Bannon’s Gym, where Danny Bannon nurtured his talent for mixed martial arts. Bannon’s also harbors Travis, his ex—as in ex-sparring partner, ex one-night stand. The man who, the last time they faced off in the ring, left Tom with a broken jaw and a concussion.

The sparks are still there, in the ring and out of it. But when Travis’s own troubles quite literally explode, their only chance to build something solid on their broken past could go up in flames.

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Brushback, An Evan Austin Mystery won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1) by Jamie Scofield
Paperback: 327 pages
Publisher: Dancing Fools Press (July 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982365101
ISBN-13: 978-0982365106
Amazon: Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1)

EVAN AUSTIN, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR It couldn't be simpler. All Evan Austin needed to do was find R.J. Gibson before his eighteenth birthday and the kid would inherit a huge trust fund. Everybody would go home happy: R.J. would be set for life, the mom would appease her guilt, and maybe Evan would finally be able to put a tragic case from his past behind him. But nothing in life is ever that easy. Adding to the confusion are a young woman whose boyfriend liked to slap her around and the murder of an Assistant U.S. District Attorney, for which one of Evan's former clients is now a suspect. Throw in his growing attraction to R.J.'s guardian, artist Roman Cavanaugh, plus the Mariners having another really bad season, and Evan's got a bit more on his plate than he can handle. Not that it's ever stopped him before. The First Evan Austin Mystery

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009

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Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their cat. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with both France, where she found her husband, and India, where she dreams of retiring some day. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit, and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.

Conflict in Blood won a 2009 Rainbow Awards as Best LGBT Paranormal / Horror and Best Gay Novel.

Source: www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php

Further Readings:

Conflict in Blood by Ariel Tachna
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 11, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192299
ISBN-13: 978-19351922
Amazon: Conflict in Blood
Amazon Kindle: Conflict in Blood

Partnership in Blood Volume 3: Conflict in Blood by Ariel Tachna As the Alliance wizard-vampire partnerships grow stronger, the dark wizards feel the effects and become increasingly desperate to find enough information to counter them, unaware of the growing strain of the blood-magic bonds on the wizards and vampires alike. The conflict is spreading. The strife of uncomfortable relationships, both personal and professional, is threatening to tear up the Alliance from the inside, despite the efforts of Alain Magnier and Orlando St. Clair, Thierry Dumont and Sebastien Noyer, and even Raymond Payet and Jean Bellaiche, leader of the Paris vampires, who is fighting to establish a stable covenant with his own partner so he might lead by example. As the war rages on and heartbreaking casualties mount on both sides, the dark wizards keep searching for clues to understand and counter the strength of the Alliance, while the blood-bound Alliance partners hunt through ancient prejudices and forgotten lore to find an edge that can turn the tide of the war once and for all.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009
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During the year I feature the winners of past years Rainbow Awards on their birthday or on another significant date, but there are some I don't have a date to match with. So here is the wrap up post, and if by any chance you know a significant date I can match an author with, please let me know and I will feature them this coming year:

2009 Rainbow Awards: A.M. Riley (Immortality is the Suck)
2009 Rainbow Awards: Evey Brett aka Nica Berry (Northern Love)
2009 Rainbow Awards: Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin)
2009 Rainbow Awards: James EM Rasmussen (Queer Wolf)
2009 Rainbow Awards: Jan Steckel (The Underwater Hospital)
2009 Rainbow Awards: R. W. Day (A Strong and Sudden Thaw)

2010 Rainbow Awards: Alex Mykals (Nigredo)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Anah Crow & Dianne Fox (Uneven)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Andrew Ramer (Queering the Text)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Donald H. Clark (Loving Someone Gay)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Drewey Wayne Gunn (The Golden Age of Gay Fiction)
2010 Rainbow Awards: George Gardiner (The Hadrian Enigma)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Gill McNight (Goldenseal)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Iolanthe Woulff (She's My Dad)
2010 Rainbow Awards: J.C. Herneson (Spring of the Stag God)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Mark Alders (The Pauper’s Prize & Light of the Body)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Mykola Dementiuk (Holy Communion & Dee Dee Day)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Sean Meriwether (The Silent Hustler)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Viki Lyn (Last Chance)

2011 Rainbow Awards: Aislinn Kerry (Double Feature)
2011 Rainbow Awards: CC Bridges (Angel 1089)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Christine Hall Volkoff (Travels Through Love And Time)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Claire Thompson (The Cowboy Poet)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Dusk Peterson (The Eternal Dungeon)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Lauren P. Burka (Up For Grabs 2)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Lee Benoit (Moonspun)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Marten Weber (Benedetto Casanova, The Memoirs)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Morgan Cheshire (Solemn Contract)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Robin Reardon (The Evolution of Ethan Poe)

2012 Rainbow Awards: Brandon Shire (Listening To Dust)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Drake Braxton (Missing)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Elliott Mackle (Only Make Believe)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Giselle Renarde (The Red Satin Collection)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Greg Hogben (The British Devil)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Hayden Thorne (Renfred's Masquerade)
2012 Rainbow Awards: J.P. Beausejour (Buccaneer Island)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Jeff Erno (Another Dumb Jock)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Johnny Townsend (Let the Faggots Burn)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Kathleen Knowles (Awake Unto Me)
2012 Rainbow Awards: KevaD (Whistle Pass)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Luke Hartwell (Atom Heart John Beloved)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth (The Slipstream Con)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Vaughn R. Demont (Coyote's Creed)

2013 Rainbow Awards: Adam Fitzroy (Make Do and Mend)
2013 Rainbow Awards: AJ Rose (Safeword)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Alicia Cameron (Inherent Gifts)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Andi Marquette (From the Boots Up)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Barbara Davies (Licensed to Spy)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Brad Boney (The Return)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Caren J. Werlinger (Miserere)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Charlie Cochrane (Promises Made Under Fire)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Grigory Ryzhakov (Becoming Agie)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Jamie Fessenden aka James Erich (Dreams)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Jill Braden (The Devil's Concubine)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Jordan L. Hawk (Hainted)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Julian Griffith (Love Continuance and Increasing)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Kim Fielding (Brute)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Laura Hughes (Don't Ask)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Lou Harper (Spirit Sanguine)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Osiris Brackhaus (Lovers in Arms)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Radclyffe aka L.L. Raand (The Lone Hunt)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Scott M. Terry (Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Taylor V. Donovan (Disasterology 101)
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Tamara lives in the piney woods north of Houston, Texas, where she spends her time on administrative work, taking care of her family, and writing when she gets the chance.

Whistling in the Dark won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Best Gay Novel. The Only Gold won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Best Gay Novel.

Whistling in the Dark (2008) is included in my Best XXI century Gay Novels (2000-2009).

Further Readings:

Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press; New edition (January 3, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210492
ISBN-13: 978-1590210499
Amazon: Whistling in the Dark
Amazon Kindle: Whistling in the Dark

New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.

When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?

The Only Gold by Tamara Allen
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818383
ISBN-13: 978-1615818389
Amazon: The Only Gold
Amazon Kindle: The Only Gold

Jonah Woolner's life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It's a satisfying life until he's passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who's convinced Reid's progressive ideas will be the bank's ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there's more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid's charms--but unlocking the vault to all of Reid's secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.

Losing his promotion--and perhaps his heart--is the least of Jonah's difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.

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Roger Margason, who uses the pseudonym of Dorien Grey, is an openly gay American author, (born in Northern Illinois). Margason served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in English.

Margason is the author of the fourteen-book Dick Hardesty mystery series, which received a WordWeaving Series of Excellence award, and four of which have been finalists for a Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of the three-book Elliott Smith Paranormal Mystery series. In addition to his two series, he has a stand-alone gay western/romance/adventure novel, Calico, aimed at young adults and traditional western buffs, and a book of blogs, Short Circuits: A Life in Blogs, drawn from blogs published over the past several years.

Aaron's Wait won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller and Best Gay Novel. Short Circuits, A Life in Blogs, won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Non Fiction.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorien_Grey

Further Readings:

Short Circuits: A Life in Blogs (Volume I) by Dorien Grey
Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (June 24, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Short Circuits: A Life in Blogs

Lambda-nominated author Dorien Grey (The Dick Hardesty Mysteries, The Elliott Smith Mysteries) knows more than just how to write a great murder novel. He's also had amazing life experiences in the military and around the world. Here, for the first time, are the collected blog and journal writings of this prolific author. As Grey notes, "Sometimes things are more clearly seen through the eyes of others." The hope is that the reader will see similarities to his/her own life, and recognize the commonality of the human condition.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009 & 2011
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Astrid Amara lives in Bellingham, Washington. She spends her days working as a civil servant, her nights sleeping, and the time in between either writing, riding horses, hiking around with her dogs, or staring at the wall. (Picture: Astrid Amara (r) with The Archer's Heart's cover artist at YaoiCon 2008)

Hell Cop, co-authored with Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale, won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Futuristic.

Source: http://www.astridamara.com/about/

Further Readings:

The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara
Paperback: 656 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books; First edition (September 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097898613X
ISBN-13: 978-0978986131
Amazon: The Archer's Heart

In the ancient kingdom of Marhavad, noblemen dominate the lower castes, wielding mystic weapons, known as shartas, against any who oppose them. For generations the rule of Marhavad's kings has been absolute. But now the line of succession is divided, and whispers of revolution are heard in even the royal palace. Keshan Adaru, an outspoken man of unearthly charms, welcomes these changes. All his life he has foreseen an uprising that will shatter the castes and end the tyranny of the old laws. His visions have driven him but now, at the brink of their fulfillment, he finds himself obsessed with Prince Jandu Paran-- a man whose entire family must be destroyed if the kingdom is to be freed. Tarek Amia would gladly see Jandu Paran brought low. Born the son of a charioteer, Tarek has no love for the royal princes who have slighted and insulted him all his life. Only Keshan's philosophies have elevated him from the brutal ranks of common soldiers. Tarek owes Keshan his devotion, but he is a pragmatic man and when he discovers Keshan's reckless affair he realizes that Keshan may have to be sacrificed for the sake of his own revolution. Young Prince Jandu Paran has never concerned himself with court intrigue. His life has been dedicated to the lordly art of archery and mastering the immense powers of the shartas. Handsome and arrogant, he is sure that no man can surpass him and yet Keshan Adaru's mere touch brings Jandu to his knees. But his desire for Keshan is more than forbidden; it threatens to destroy Jandu's pride, position and family. In the midst of this turmoil, an unspeakable event forces Jandu to redefine the meaning of honor and loyalty. And now, as armies arise to war, each man must decide where his allegiance lies and what he will sacrifice in his heart and on the battlefield.

Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling and Ginn Hale
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 14, 2008)
Amazon Kindle: Hell Cop

Welcome to Parmas City, where demons and sorcerers live among ordinary people and a few tough Hell Cops protect them all. Jay, Argent, and Ben are three of them, and they've just met the men of their hottest dreams.

Next of Kin by Astrid Amara
Jay Yervant is a Hell Cop so powerful that his bare skin incinerates anyone he contacts. Isolated, he is tortured by desire, until he meets Brian, a sensual young man who touches him with impunity. But Jay's burgeoning hope is threatened when a malevolent sorcerer unleashes a host of demonic assassins against Brian. Keeping his lover may cost Jay his life.

Red Sands by Nicole Kimberling
Anthropologist Michael Gold's got problems. His apartment's been ransacked, his dad's missing, and he's been framed for murder. As a half-demon he expects trouble from the city's Hell Cops. Instead, he gets Argent, a man with intimate knowledge of Michael and whom Michael can't penetrate with his psychic powers. So does Argent want to clear him or expose him?

Touching Sparks by Ginn Hale
When photojournalist James Sparks discovers an underworld of sorcery, blood sports and demonic drug traffic, he turns to Detective Ben Moran, a hard-bodied Hell Cop whose touch sends James's pulse racing. But when James uncovers evidence of police corruption he realizes that Moran may be in as much danger as he is.

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"I’m a Florida native, a former journalist, news editor and trial attorney. I’m a graduate of the College of Journalism at University of Florida, and the Florida State University College of Law.

I live on Florida’s Gulf Coast, on a barrier island west of Tampa, with my partner, Greg.

I began writing fiction during 2003, after I retired. I write novels, novellas and short fiction. I’ve also written a memoir piece titled Hydrangeas. It chronicles a period in my childhood, when I lived with my grandparents. It will appear in Home Grown, a collection of works by native Floridians. The book will be published by University Press at University of Florida, in mid-2012.

What have you published?

My first short story was published in a literary review called Sabal. I attended a writer’s conference at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and my story, titled Crawford Creek, won the “best of” conference award in the short story category. You can purchase a copy of the 2007 edition of Sabal online from Eckerd College here: Crawford Creek is a sort of ghost story. It takes place at my fishing camp on the Chassahowitzka River, north of Tampa.

I also published a story titled Boy From Red Bluff in SoMa Literary Review, a San Francisco-based, online publication.

Read more... )

Source: http://www.jeremfishback.com/blog1/about/

Further Readings:

Josef Jaeger by Jere' M. Fishback
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (July 18, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603706852
ISBN-13: 978-1603706858
Amazon: Josef Jaeger
Amazon Kindle: Josef Jaeger

Josef Jaeger turns thirteen when Adolf Hitler is appointed Germany's new Chancellor. When his mother dies, Josef is sent to Munich to live with his uncle, Ernst Roehm, the openly-homosexual chief of the Nazi brown shirts. Josef thinks he's found a father-figure in his uncle and a mentor in his uncle's lover, streetwise Rudy, and when Roehm's political connections land Josef a role in a propaganda movie, Josef's sure he's found the life he's always wanted. But while living in Berlin during the film's production, Josef falls in love with a Jewish boy, David, and Josef begins questioning his uncle's beliefs. Complications arise when an old friend of his mother's tells Josef that his mother was secretly murdered by the SS due to her political beliefs, possibly on Roehm's order. Josef confides in his Hitler Youth leader, Max Klieg. Klieg admits he knows a few things, but he won't share them with Josef till the boy proves himself worthy of a confidence. Conflicting beliefs war within Josef until he must decide where his true loyalties lie, and what he really believes in.

Tyler Buckspan by Jere' M. Fishback
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Prizm (August 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610405188
ISBN-13: 978-1610405188
Amazon: Tyler Buckspan
Amazon Kindle: Tyler Buckspan

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Buckspan lives with his mom and grandmother in 1960s Cassadaga, a Florida community where spiritual "mediums" ply their trade. The mediums--Tyler's grandmother among them--read palms and tarot cards, conduct seances and speak with the dead. Tyler's a loner, a bookish boy with few interests, until his half-brother Devin, nineteen and a convicted arsonist, comes to live in Tyler's home. For years, Tyler has ignored his attraction to other boys. But with Devin in the house, Tyler can't deny his urges any longer. He falls hopelessly in love with his miscreant half-brother, and with the sport of basketball, once Devin teaches Tyler the finer points of the game. In a time when love between men was forbidden, even criminalized, can Tyler find the love he needs from another boy? And is Devin a person to be trusted? Is he truly clairvoyant, or simply a con artist playing Tyler and others for fools? What does Devin really know about a local murder? And can Tyler trust his own psychic twinges?

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Adrianne Brennan stumbled into her love of writing by accident at the tender age of ten when she was given a creative writing assignment for her science class. The end result was her writing a brief science fiction comedy featuring numerous puns regarding vegetables. Once the writing bug bit, it bit pretty hard, and she has been writing ever since.

Adrianne's works were previously published through Aphrodite's Apples Press and are now available from Freya's Bower, Torquere Press, and Constable & Robinson/Running Press. In addition, she is a member of EPIC, Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Authors, the Midnight Seductions Authors group, and is an alumnus member of Kappa Gamma Psi, a co-ed national professional performing arts fraternity.

An avid reader, Adrianne has been most influenced by various science fiction and fantasy authors including Madeleine L'Engle, Roger Zelazny, Laurell K. Hamilton, LA Banks, Yasmine Galenorn, Michael Ende, Neil Gaiman, and Alan Moore. Like her main character from Blood of the Dark Moon, she professes a love for Iamblichus and Greek philosophy.

The author resides in Boston, Massachusetts with two cats and a car she has aptly named "the TARDIS." She assures her readers that people tell her it looks bigger on the inside.

Blood and Mint Chocolates won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Novel.

Further Readings:

Blood and Mint Chocolates by Adrianne Brennan
Publisher: Freya's Bower (November 11, 2008)
Amazon Kindle: Blood and Mint Chocolates

Merideth, a vampire and librarian, spends most of her nights researching and book collecting for Clan Gladius within the Order of the Dragon and the Rose. Much to her surprise, the head of Clan Gladius unexpectedly presents her with a luxurious gift: a trip to stay at Hotel Paradisio at Crystal Island!

The heat is on at the island resort under moonlit skies and palm trees. The tropical heat quickly transforms into a scorching hot time that will be seared into Merideth's memory forever when she runs into her long time crush, Kalia. Merideth is presented with a gift from a goddess that allows her to experience in reality her deepest fantasies...which existed before in dreams alone. But can their passion survive the intrigue and potential dangers that await them, or will it only last as long as her vacation?

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009
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Sara Bell lives in North Alabama with the world's sexiest, most supportive husband, the two most beautiful, gifted daughters on the planet, and two of the most neurotic but loveable dogs ever created. She's a full-time author who writes stories about never-ending love for all kinds of characters--gay, straight, and somewhere in-between. Sara still can't believe she gets paid to do something she loves so much, and she's darned grateful to her incredible readers for making her dream a reality.

The Way You Say My Name won a 2009 Rainbow Award as LGBT Young Adult/Coming of Age, 3rd place.

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1252319.Sara_Bell

Further Readings:

The Way You Say My Name by Sara Bell
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc. (June 12, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933720573
ISBN-13: 978-1933720579
Amazon: The Way You Say My Name

Eighteen year old Dillon Carver made the biggest mistake of his life when he dumped Jamie Walker two years ago over Jamie's decision to come out of the closet. At the time, he was afraid Jamie's revelation would out him to the world - and his narrow-minded parents. Jamie Walker's heart was ripped to shreds when Dillon walked out on him. With help from his best friend Ben, Jamie was able to pick up the pieces and move on. He still hasn't tried his hand at love again, but for the most part Jamie has been able to put the pain behind him. Now things are different. Dillon wants Jamie back, and he'll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Only one thing stands in his way: Jamie's relationship with "bad boy" Ben Lewis. When Dillon begins an open campaign to win Jamie back, Jamie's life is once again thrown into chaos.
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Charles Jensen (born April 5, 1977) is an American poet and editor.

He was born in Eagle, Wisconsin and received a Bachelor's degree in film studies and cultural studies & comparative literature from the University of Minnesota. In 2004, he received an MFA degree in creative writing from Arizona State University, where he served as a poetry editor for Hayden's Ferry Review. He received the inaugural Red Mountain Review Chapbook Prize, selected by Joel Brouwer, for his collection Little Burning Edens and the 2006 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award for Living Things, an elegy sequence. He was a published finalist for the 2007 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Award for his mixed genre story The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon.His first full-length book of poems, The First Risk, was published by Lethe Press in 2009. It was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. He received an artist's project grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

His writing has appeared in Bloom, New England Review, The Journal, Colorado Review, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, Field, Copper Nickel, Folio, Hayden's Ferry Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, West Branch, Willow Springs, Yalobusha Review, and spork. With the poet Sarah Vap, he published interviews with several poets, including C. D. Wright, Lynn Emanuel, and Frank Paino.

For several years, he worked at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he served as the director of their annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. Following that, he moved to the Washington, DC metro area and served as the Director of The Writer's Center, one of the nation's largest independent literary centers, from 2008-2010.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Jensen_(poet)

The First Risk: Poems by Charles Jensen
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (September 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212177
ISBN-13: 978-1590212172
Amazon: The First Risk: Poems
Amazon Kindle: The First Risk: Poems

In four extended sequences, Lambda Literary Award Finalist The First Risk confronts the murder of Matthew Shepard and the myth of Venus and Adonis through the eyes of Italian Renaissance painter Luca Cambiaso; the eccentric women of Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother and their search for authenticity; the nature of love and obsession in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the pain and confusion of loss; and ''The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon,'' the compelling novella-in-verse of a physicist in search of his lost wife, haunted by a phantom voice that may or may not be hers.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009

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A black cat for a witch may be a cliche, but add a whole bunch of tribal tattoos and an intolerance to garlic (seriously) and you have Isabelle Rowan.

Having moved to Australia from England as a small child Isabelle now lives in a seaside suburb of Melbourne where she teaches film making and English. She is a movie addict who spends far too much money on traveling... but then again, life is to be lived.

A Note in the Margin won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Contemporary, 2nd place.

Further Readings:

A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192671
ISBN-13: 978-1935192671
Amazon: A Note in the Margin
Amazon Kindle: A Note in the Margin

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'... Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time... While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business. What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

More Rainbow Awards at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2009

R.W. Day

Dec. 6th, 2013 02:08 pm
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R.W. Day has been writing since she figured out which end of her crayon was 'up.' She's had about a dozen stories published or accepted for publication in magazines, including Deep Magic, Lenox Avenue, Cabinet des Fees, Book of Dark Wisdom, and in such anthologies as Damned Nation, Blood & Devotion, and Best Gay Love Stories 2006. This is her first published novel.

She is a forty-something Ohioan living in southern Virginia trying to build a writing career that she has wanted for as long as she can remember, probably since she put down Peter Rabbit and realized there was an author behind it. She got sidetracked along the way with 2 kids, 4 stepkids, an obsessive teaching career that she has since abandoned for library work, but she is now trying to write about 1,000 words a day and collect rejection slips submit stories regularly.

She currently lives with one husband, one child (the other's off at college), four dogs, two cats and a yard full of mice, rabbits and one snake. In her copious free time, she plays in the SCA and does handspinning and weaving.

A Strong and Sudden Thaw won a 2009 Rainbow Awards as Best LGBT Futuristic, 1st place, Best Setting Development, 2nd place, Best Characters Development, 1st place, Best Writing Style, 1st place, Best Gay Novel, 2nd place.

Source: http://www.rwday.net/

Further Readings:

A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R. W. Day
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press; Reissue edition (January 30, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210638
ISBN-13: 978-15902106
Amazon: A Strong and Sudden Thaw
Amazon Kindle: A Strong and Sudden Thaw

The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Department of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, stealing sheep, and attacking children, the townsfolk quickly learn that they don t have the weapons or the skills to fight off such predators.

David Anderson is a farmer's son who has explored the world through books. When he meets the new healer in town, Callan Landers, he doesn't quite know what to make of the strange warmth stealing over him. It's not until he surprises Callan with another man and both men are promptly arrested for sodomy that David finally realizes the truth about his own feelings.

When David and Callan stumble over a secret in a nearby abandoned town, their personal problems fade before government politics and corruption that threaten lives. It seems the dragons aren t the worst dangers facing Moline.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

More Rainbow Awards at my website:
http://www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards

Kirby Crow

Oct. 28th, 2013 10:18 am
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Kirby Crow writes an astonishing range of genre fiction, focusing lately on New Adult Fantasy and Dark Paranormal stories. She worked as an entertainment editor and ghostwriter for several years before happily giving it up to bake, read yaoi, play video games, and write her own novels. These days, when she isn't writing, slaying Mirkwood orcs, or flying a battleship for the glory of the Amarr Empire, Kirby writes game code and works to perfect her digital art skills.

Kirby is a 2010 winner of the Epic Award and a two-time winner of the Rainbow Award for her published works in fiction. She is the author of the bestselling "Scarlet and the White Wolf" series of New Adult fantasy novels.

Her published novels are:

Prisoner of the Raven (historical romance, Torquere Press, 2005)
Scarlet and the White Wolf: The Pedlar and the Bandit King (fantasy romance, Torquere Press, 2006)
Scarlet and the White Wolf: Mariner's Luck (fantasy romance, Torquere Press, 2007)
Scarlet and the White Wolf: The Land of Night (fantasy romance, Torquere Press, 2007)
Angels of the Deep (paranormal/horror, MLR Press, 2009)
Circuit Theory (scifi, Riptide, 2012)

Angels of the Deep won a 2009 Rainbow Awards for Best Writing Style, 3rd place.

Further Readings:

Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608200264
ISBN-13: 978-1608200269
Amazon: Angels of the Deep
Amazon Kindle: Angels of the Deep

Becket Merriday is on the trail of a killer who is murdering beautiful young men in the small town of Irenic. What he discovers an ancient race of immortal beings hunted by an incredibly powerful adversary: the angel Mastema. Soon, Beck and his partner, Sean Logan, find themselves at the center of a deadly supernatural war.

Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow
Series: Scarlet and the White Wolf
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (October 31, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603704884
ISBN-13: 978-1603704885
Amazon: Scarlet and the White Wolf
Amazon Kindle: Scarlet and the White Wolf

Scarlet of Lysia is an honest peddler, a young merchant traveling the wild, undefended roads to support his aging parents. Liall, called the Wolf of Omara, is the handsome, world-weary chieftain of a tribe of bandits blocking a mountain road that Scarlet needs to cross. When Liall jokingly demands a carnal toll for the privilege, Scarlet refuses and an inventive battle of wills ensues, with disastrous results. Scarlet is convinced that Liall is a worthless, immoral rogue, but when the hostile countryside explodes into violence and Liall unexpectedly fights to save the lives of Scarlet's family, Scarlet is forced to admit that the Wolf is not the worst ally he could have, but what price will proud Scarlet ultimately have to pay for Liall's friendship?

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

More Rainbow Awards at my website:
http://www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards
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Best Overall Gay Novel (2° place), Best Writing Style (1° place), Best Setting (2° place) and Best Futuristic Novel (1° place)

This is one of those books that mostly everyone recommended me to read; I have to admit that I delayed the reading since I’m not really a fantasy lover, and, I don’t know why, I also had the feeling that the romance in the story was not really the main theme, and so the other reason why I sometime read a fantasy novel, the romance, was excluded. But this last point is not true, there is a romance in the story, even if it’s on a Young Adult level, making this a Gay novel that I’d have no issue at all to recommend myself to a teenager reader.

But lets go back to the story and its main characters: David is the narrative voice, a 16 years old guy; the age of David is an important details of the story since, not only it makes this a Coming of Age story, it also determines the balance between David and Callan, who is 23 years old. The story is set more or less 100 years in the future, when, after another Ice Age, the world reverted to a Pre-Industrial Revolution period; this is again not an irrelevant detail, while in our modern society, a 23 years old man having an affair with a 16 years old guy would be considered a criminal, in a country farm society of the XIX century, 16 years old is considered almost adulthood, and indeed David’s mother is pushing him to marry.

Of course, when the relationship between David and Callan comes out, there is the hint from more than one townsfolk that Callan is corrupting their children; I think the author simply stroked through this hypothesis making David being the first having sexual thoughts on Callan. The very first time they met, when Callan has not even his “own” voice in the story, David thinks that it would be nice to have the hands of the young healer on him. It’s for sure an innocent thought, David has no sexual experience, let alone same sex sexual experience, but it’s nevertheless the first hint of their future love story.

Aside from the relationship between David and Callan, the other strong point of this novel is the setting, and the contraposition between Sci-fi and Fantasy genre: the environment where all the characters are moving is a mix between reality and legend. Who is old enough to remember the time before the Ice Age, tells stories about a world where machine and artificial energy made life easier; people know the stories are true, since simple reminders of that past, like the iron fences, are still there to prove that. But then comes the strong contraposition with a total fantasy element, the Dragons: Dragons are flying in the sky and those dragons is something that was not “real” in the past, and that now are very real, killing animals but also small children. The author will try to explain the presence of a fantasy element like Dragons with a sci-fi expedient like a scientific experiment gone wrong, plunging again the story more on the Sci-fi theme than the Fantasy, but still maintaining all the characters living in this “old fashioned” setting.

The social environment was another interesting point; other than reverting back to a farm society, loosing all the modern infrastructures easing the lives of people, also the mentality of the people did the same. Homosexuality is yet again a crime, and people conveniently forgot what little civilization society reached just before the Ice Age. Plus the “government” (an outside force to their community) has become the enemy and so everything coming from outside is an enemy as well. It’s quite a claustrophobic environment, but in a way it’s also easier to manage: you know well who is against you, but you know also who can be your friend, and so it’s also possible to prove the simply fact that being homosexual it’s not automatically being the bad guy.

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Amazon: A Strong and Sudden Thaw
Amazon Kindle: A Strong and Sudden Thaw
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press; Reissue edition (January 30, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210638
ISBN-13: 978-1590210635

R.W. Day's In the Spotlight post: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/439816.html

Reading List:



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So... would you like a bit of numbers? (remember I have an Economics degree...).

570 Books of which 107 go to Phase 3, more or less 20%.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 lasted 1 month, Phase 3 will last, more or less, 6 weeks. Due date for Phase 3: December 11.

64 Judges will read the books, more or less 5 books per judge (and BTW I'm not in the Jury, so don't worry if my English is not good...)



And now, do you want to know who made Phase 3? here are the links to the different posts:

Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/848352.html

Contemporary Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/848573.html

Fantasy Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/848655.html

Futuristic Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849131.html

Historical Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849193.html

Mystery / Thriller Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849632.html

Paranormal / Horror Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849846.html

Non Fiction Jury's Choices: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/849959.html

Popularity Contest Winners: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847433.html

And now some books that didn't make Phase 3, but are for sure worthy of your attention:

Jury's Favorites: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847993.html

Jury's Honorable Mentions: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847781.html

And as in the real Awards, it's time for the thank you speach...

Thank you to all the Publishers which provided the ebooks for the Jury to read: Amber Quill Press, Aspen Mountain Press, Dancing Fools Press, Dreamspinner Press, Lethe Press, Loose Id, MLR Press, Noble Romance Publishing, P.D. Publishing, Phaze Books, Pink Petal Books, Prizm Books, QueerEdFiction, Samhain Publishing, Synergy Press, The Sofawolf Press, Torquere Books, Total-e-Bound, Zeitgeist Press, Zumaya Publications

And thank you to the Jury, now the ball is in their field: Alan Chin, Aleksandr Voinov, Amie Love, Amos Lassen, Anna, Antonella, April, Arch, Benjamin, Bethann Korsmit, Bobby D. Whitney, Bobby Michaels, Brandi, C. Llachlan, Carey Parrish, Carol, Caroline, Cassandra Gold, Christopher, Craig Burke, Dakota Flint, Deanne, Debbie, Erotic Horizon, Eve, Eve Birch, Hayley, Heidi, Jane, Jay Hartman, Jem, Jenre, Jessica, Jessica Goeller, Joan Timberlake, Josh Aterovis, Josh Lanyon, Julie, Kayez, Kirsten, Kris, Lee Rowan, Lia, Lily, Lyne, Minami, Naijeria, Nem, Nicky, Pamela, Perpetua, Rbm00, Rose, Rosemary, Rosie, Ryan Field, Sandra, Shanghi, Sloan Parker, T.C. Blue, Tammy, Victor J. Banis, X.
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Non Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois, Lethe Press
The First Risk by Charles Jensen, Lethe Press
The Gay Face of God by Bruce J. Simpson
The Underwater Hospital by Jan Steckel (also winner of the Popularity Contest)

With them will compete:

The Memory Palace by JoSelle Vanderhooft

winner of the Popularity Contest
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Mystery / Thriller Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Aaron's Wait by Dorien Grey, Zumaya Publications
Bashed by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
Brushback, by Jamie Scofield, Dancing Fools Press
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux, Dreamspinner Press (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
Hard Fall by James Buchanan, MLR Press
Holed Up by Hank Edwards, Loose Id
L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown, MLR Press
Murder on Camac by Joseph R. G. DeMarco, Lethe Press
The 38 Million Dollar Smile by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press
The Bones of Summer by Anne Brooke, Dreamspinner Press
The Jade Owl by Edward C. Patterson,
The Slayer's Apprentice by Zathyn Priest, Torquere Books
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville, Dreamspinner Press
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Historical Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Awakening by Terry O'Reilly, Aspen Mountain Press
Bee Among The Clover by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe, Dreamspinner Press 
Bound by Deception by Ava March, Loose Id
False Colors by Alex Beecroft, Running Press (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane, Samhain Publishing
Pirates by G.A. Hauser, Phaze Books
The Desire for Dearborne by V.B. Kildaire, Dreamspinner Press
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury, Dreamspinner Press
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims, Lethe Press
Two Spirits by Walter L. Williams & Toby Johnson, Lethe Press
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen, Lethe Press
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Futuristic Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



2050 by Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael, Phaze Books
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W. Day, Lethe Press
Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale, Loose Id
Marry Me Or Die by D.J. Manly, eXtasy Books
Mask by Jan Irving, Dreamspinner Press
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley, Samhain Publishing (also winner of the Popularity Contest)
The Katzman's Mate by Stormy Glenn, Siren Publishing
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Fantasy Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Dark Heart by Thom Lane, Loose Id
In This Land: The Purple Book by Matthew Haldeman-Time, Lulu Press
Many Roads Home by Ann Somerville, Samhain Publishing
Northern Love by Nica Berry, Loose Id
The Fifth House by L.E. Bryce, Phaze Books
The Pauper’s Prize by Mark Alders, eXtasy Books
The Sheikh and the Servant by Sonja Spencer, Dreamspinner Press

With them will compete:

Out of Position by Kyell Gold

winner of the Popularity Contest
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Contemporary Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan, Dreamspinner Press (also Winner of the Popularity Contest)
Bottled Up by Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press
By Degrees by J.B. MacDonald, Torquere Books
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell, Samhain Publishing
Complications by Cat Grant, Lyrical Press
Daybreak by Keira Andrews, Loose Id
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Loose Id
Gaylife.com by Neil Plakcy, MLR Press
Gym Dandy by Storm Grant, MLR Press (also Winner of the Popularity Contest)
Handyman by Claire Thompson, Samhain Publishing
Happy Endings by LB Gregg, Aspen Mountain Press
If I Were a Lady... by Bryl Tyne, Noble Romance Publishing (also Winner of the Popularity Contest)
Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr., Casperian Books
Laid by AJ Llewellyn, eXtasy Books
Lovers, Dreamers, and Me by Willa Okati, Loose Id 
Playing the Market by Drew Zachary, Torquere Books
Reclaiming Love by V.L. McElfresh, Cobblestone Press
Self Preservation by Ethan Day, Loose Id
Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by E.M. Lynley, Ravenous Romance 
Subsurdity Vignettes from Jasper Lane by Eric Arvin, Dreamspinner Press
Sugar-Baby Bridge by Brett Edward Stout
That´s what brothers do by Derekica Snake, Lulu Press 
The Complete Dr Fell Vol 1: Lost by Syd McGinley, Torquere Books
The Happy Onion by Ally Blue, Samhain Publishing
The Obsolete Man by Pepper Espinoza, Aspen Quill Press
The Shape of a Heart by Kimberly Gardner, Aspen Mountain Press
Their Lover by Barbara Sheridan, Noble Romance Publishing
True Colors by Clare London, Dreamspinner Press

With them will compete:

Clippings by A.J. Mirag, Lulu Press
Fool´s Gold by Jenna Byrnes, Total-e-Bound
Revelations by Jet Mykles, Loose Id

winners of the Popularity Contest
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Here are the Jury's Choices for Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction. All these books go directly to Phase 3 and will be read by the Jury (in alphabetical order):



Circle of Change by Laney Cairo, Torquere Books
Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno
Holy Communion by Mykola Dementiuk, Synergy Press
Josef Jaeger by Jere' M. Fishback, Prizm Books
The Nest by G.S. Wiley, Aspen Mountain Press
The Way You Say My Name by Sara Bell, P.D. Publishing
Without Sin by by J. Tomas, Prizm Books

With them will compete:

True Blue by Connie Bailey, Dreamspinner Press

winner of the Popularity Contest
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To give to as many authors as possible a chance to be read by the Jury and win the 2009 Rainbow Awards, only 1 book per author is allowed in Phase 3. But as I said Jury didn't know what other judges were doing, and so we have some authors that received more than one preference from the Jury. I think it's right to list them with the books that contributed to being them a "Jury's Favorite" (in favorite order):



1) Z.A. Maxfield. Books:
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield, Samhain Publishing
Notturno by Z.A. Maxfield, MLR Press
Physical Therapy by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
St. Nacho’s by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
The Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield, Aspen Mountain Press

2) Rick R. Reed. Books:
Bashed by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
IM by Rick R. Reed, MLR Press
M4M by Rick R. Reed, Aspen Quill Press

3) Neil S. Plakcy. Books:
Gaylife.com by Neil Plakcy
Mahu by Neil S. Plakcy

4-tie) T.A. Chase & Tere Michaels. Books:
Allergies by T.A. Chase
Death or Life by T.A. Chase
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels
High Line by T.A. Chase
Love & Loyalty by Tere Michaels

5-tie) Astrid Amara & K.A. Mitchell. Books:
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling & Ginn Hale
Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara
Regularly Scheduled Life by K.A. Mitchell
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara

6-tie) Jordan Castillo Price, Jude Mason, L.B. Gregg, Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux. Books:
Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Gobsmacked by L.B. Gregg
Happy Endings by LB Gregg
Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price
Hunter's Light by Jude Mason and Jenna Byrnes
Jacob's Pony by Jude Mason
Night Games by Jude Mason
Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

7-tie) J.L. Langley, Willa Okati & Zathyn Priest. Books:
A-Muse-Ing by Willa Okati
His Convenient Husband by J.L. Langley
Lovers, Dreamers, and Me by Willa Okati
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley
The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest
The Slayer's Apprentice by Zathyn Priest
Tomcat Jones by Willa Okati
With Caution by J.L. Langley

8-tie) Cameron Dane, Drew Zachary, James Buchanan, Jenna Byrnes, L.E. Bryce, Kirby Crow, Tamara Allen, Terry O'Reilly & Thom Lane. Books:
A Fostered Love by Cameron Dane
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow
Awakening by Terry O'Reilly
Dark Heart by Thom Lane
Downtime by Tamara Allen
Fool´s Gold by Jenna Byrnes
Hard Fall by James Buchanan
Hunter's Light by Jude Mason and Jenna Byrnes
Inland Empire by James Buchanan
Jericho Jones Series by Drew Zachary
Knowing Caleb by Cameron Dane
Playing the Market by Drew Zachary
Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow
The Fifth House by L.E. Bryce
Walking in Two Worlds by Terry O’Reilly
West of the Moon by L.E. Bryce
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
White Flag by Thom Lane
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We have 570 books submitted and only 107 will pass to Phase 3, almost 20%. To determine this the Jury worked along with the popularity contest, the judges candidated books on their own, without knowing the nominations of the other judges... sometime the nominations were similar, sometime not, only the books with more nomination are the Jury's Choices, but I think it's right to list the books who were candidated by the Jury, they are not in Phase 3, but almost. In alphabetical order here are the Jury's Honorable Mentions:



A Dream Come True by Addison Albright, Torquere Books
A Strong Hand by Catt Ford, Dreamspinner Press
Chicken Ranch: Hunger by Amanda Young, Loose Id
Crossroads by Keta Diablo, Phaze Books
Damn Gorgeous by Jaye Valentine, Noble Romance Publishing
Danube Divide by Jardonn Smith, MLR Press
Dark Waters by Chris Quinton, Ellora's Cave
Death in Key West by Jeffrey Round, Cormorant Books
Fathom's Five: The Cross of Sins by Geoffrey Knight, STARBooks Press
Feral by Joely Skye, Samhain Publishing
Fire on the Mountain by P.D. Singer, Torquere Books
Frost Fair by Erastes, Cheyenne Publishing
Hajiri's Pet by Auburnimp & Michael Barnette, Liquid Silver Books
Heart of a Forest by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks, Ellora's Cave
Hidden Hands by Shayla Kersten, Ellora's Cave
In Flesh and Stone by Hal Bodner, Ravenous Romance
In My Skin by Cassidy Ryan, Torquere Books
Is Harvey Dunne? by K.L. Romo
Kingsley and I: Together by Gary Martine, MLR Press
Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures by Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia, Cleis Press
Life or Something Scary like That by T.C. Blue, Torquere Books
Like Coffee and Doughnuts by Elle Parker, Lyrical Press
Lord and Master 2 by Jules Jones, Loose Id
Lost by Zoe Nichols, Phaze Books
Love, Jamie by AKM Miles, Total-e-Bound
Loving Lucas by Lisa Marie Davis, Dreamspinner Press
Nights in Pink Satin by Sharon Maria Bidwell, Changeling Press
Portrait Of A Kiss by T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis, Amber Quill Press
Sacred Fate by Eresse, Liquid Silver Books
Sacrificial Sex by Laura Tolomei, eXtasy Books
Sammy's Place by Sean Michael, Torquere Books
Sapphistocated: Four Tales of Mirror Geography by Alessia Brio, Jolie du Pre, Yeva Wiest, and Beth Wylde, Phaze Books
Sappho Sings by Peggy Ullman Bell
Sea Turtle Inn by H.B.Kurtzwilde, Torquere Books
Servant of the Season Series by Lee Benoit, Torquere Books
Sex & Chocolate by Reese Johnson, Noble Romance Publishing
Sex, Lies & Celluloid by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne, Torquere Books
Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss, Samhain Publishing
Space Escapes by Jason Edding & Angela Fiddler, MLR Press
Sprout by Dale Peck, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson, Samhain Publishing
Surrender Love by Kayelle Allen, Loose Id
The Administration Series by Manna Francis, Casperian Books
The Elf And Shoemaker by M.L. Rhodes, Amber Quill Press
The Officer and the Gentleman by J.P. Bowie, Total-e-Bound
The Sarran Plague by A.C. Katt, Eternal Press
Trust by Shawn Lane, Amber Quill Press
Uneven by Anah Crow, Torquere Books
Wes and Toren by J.M. Colail, Dreamspinner Press
Wet Skin by Laura Baumbach & William Maltese, MLR Press
Wild Raspberries by Jane Davitt, Torquere Books
Year of the Cat by Selah March, Amber Quill Press
You Can Leave Your Hat On by Lena Matthews, Samhain Publishing
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So we have the winners of the Popularity Contest ;-) Those winners go directly to Phase 3 and will compete for the 2009 Rainbow Awards with the Jury's Choices (that I will post later this night, so stay tuned). I would like for you not only to look at the winners but also to the Honorable Mentions (you will find them listed at the bottom of each Category, just click on the link I provided), the fight was hard, and I think we have some good warriors among them. If you need a shortlist of possible books for your next reads, look at them. Sooooo, here they are:

Comedy Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Gym Dandy by Storm Grant
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/843303.html

Coming of Age / Young Adult Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
True Blue by Connie Bailey
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/843521.html

Contemporary Bisexual Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Heaven Sent 6: Revelations by Jet M
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/843831.html

Contemporary Gay Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Clippings by A.J. Mirag
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844061.html

Contemporary Lesbian Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844421.html

Contemporary Transgender Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
If I Were a Lady by Bryl R. Tyne
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844587.html

Fantasy Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Out of Position by Kyell Gold
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/844989.html

Futuristic Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/845156.html

Historical Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
False Colors by Alex Beecroft
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/845356.html

Mystery / Thriller Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/845710.html

Paranormal / Horror Bisexual / Transgender Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Night Games by Jude Mason
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846043.html

Paranormal / Horror Gay Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Fire Season by Lex Valentine
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846293.html

Paranormal / Horror Lesbian Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
Cheating Death by Annie Alvarez
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846341.html

Biography / Memoir Non Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
The Memory Palace by JoSelle Vanderhooft
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/846719.html

Poetry Non Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
The Underwater Hospital by Jan Steckel
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847089.html

Debut Fiction Popularity Contest Winner
A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/847242.html

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The winner of the popularity contest for Debut Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_136&products_id=1514

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Sugar-Baby Bridge by Brett Edward Stout
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville, Dreamspinner Press
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield, Loose Id
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Loose Id
The Janitor by Jan Irving, Loose Id
Self Preservation by Ethan Day, Loose Id
Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling, Dreamspinner Press
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury, Dreamspinner Press
Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by E.M. Lynley, Ravenous Romance
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The winner of the popularity contest for Biography / Memoir Non Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



The Memory Palace by JoSelle Vanderhooft
ISBN: 978-1934648872
Publisher: Curiosities
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Palace-JoSelle-Vanderhooft/dp/1934648876

The rooms in The Memory Palace are filled with holy relics, profane agonies, memories that are revelations, and windows to wonders . . .
A significant poetry collection by JoSelle Vanderhooft, dealing with the raw themes of youth, pain, the Catholic faith, and the challenges of growing up gay.

Structured around the Renaissance mnemonic device of a building with rooms populated by thoughts and objects, THE MEMORY PALACE is a lucid dream, a remarkably powerful memoir, and a fantasy.

"Inside The Memory Palace, JoSelle Vanderhooft constructs a painfully honest memoir in free verse, detailing one talented young woman's odyssey past the monsters of mental illness, through the brutal clash between faith and sexuality, always haunted by the terrible enigma of a father's suicide -- yet these traumas are counterbalanced by earnest hope and the small, sweet moments life grants to fighters and survivors. Her eloquent and eminently readable story will resonate with any one who's ever found themselves an alien in their own world, peering in at society from the outside." -- Mike Allen, three-time Rhysling Award winner and editor of Mythic Delirium

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois, Lethe Press
The Gay Face of God by Bruce J. Simpson
Hanner Amser: Hunangofiant (Half Time: My Autobiography) by Nigel Owens & Lynn Davies
Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy by Thomas Beatie, Seal Press

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