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Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and The Chalice, The Empress and The Acolyte, and The High Priest and the Idol.

Her love of fantasy began at the age of seven when she encountered Greek Mythology. This was compounded by a childhood spent clambering over every example of ancient masonry she could find (medieval castles, megalithic monuments, Roman villas). Her resolute ambition was to become an archaeologist when she grew up, so it was something of a surprise when she became a software engineer instead.

Born in Greenwich, London, in 1956, she now lives in southwest England where she keeps herself busy writing both computer software and fiction, although generally not at the same time.

Wolfsbane Winter won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Fantasy.


Further Readings:

Wolfsbane Winter by Jane Fletcher
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821585
ISBN-13: 978-1602821583
Amazon: Wolfsbane Winter
Amazon Kindle: Wolfsbane Winter

"Anything with two legs and a pulse." The Iron Wolf mercenaries who guard travelers on the Misery Trail are notorious for their quick and casual sex lives.

Deryn may fit the stereotype better than most, but she has her reasons. Tragedy in her childhood has left her wary of forming attachments. If you don't care, then you can't get hurt, but you can still make a mess of things—such as the outstanding error of judgment that leaves her with no money, forced to spend the winter on a lousy job in a miserable little backwater.

There she meets Alana, local healer, vet, and woman of mystery. It does not take Deryn long to find out that Alana is more than she seems, and has her own perilous secret to keep. Yet Deryn still finds herself falling for the woman, so much so that her come-and-go lifestyle is at risk.

This would be bad enough, but serious trouble arrives for Deryn and Alana in the form of demon magic from the Time of Chaos—revealing that old legends are not merely material for ghost stories around the fire. As the danger increases, who do they need to fear more, the living or the dead?

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How a mild-mannered academic went astray and began writing lesbian fiction:

A recovered academic, Justine Saracen started out producing dreary theses, dissertations and articles for esoteric literary journals. Writing fiction, it turned out, was way more fun. With seven historical thrillers now under her literary belt, she has moved from Ancient Egyptian theology (The 100th Generation) to the Crusades (2007 Lammy-nominated Vulture’s Kiss) to the Roman Renaissance.
Sistine Heresy, which conjures up a thoroughly blasphemic backstory to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, won a 2009 Independent Publisher’s Award (IPPY) and was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.

A few centuries farther along, WWII thriller Mephisto Aria, was a finalist in the EPIC award competition, won Rainbow awards for Best Historical Novel and Best Writing Style, and took the 2011 Golden Crown first prize for best historical novel.

The Eddie Izzard inspired novel, Sarah, Son of God followed soon after. In the story within a story, a transgendered beauty takes us through Stonewall- rioting New York, Venice under the Inquisition, and Nero’s Rome. The novel won the Rainbow First Prize for Best Transgendered Novel.

Her second WWII thriller Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright, which follows the lives of four homosexuals during the Third Reich, won the 2012 Rainbow First Prize for Historical Novel. Having lived in Germany and taught courses on 20th Century German history, Justine is deeply engaged in the moral issues of the ‘urge to war’ and the ease with which it infects.

Beloved Gomorrah, appearing March 2013, marks a return to her critique of Bible myths – in this case an LGBT version of Sodom and Gomorrah -- though it also involves a lot of Red Sea diving and the dangerous allure of a certain Hollywood actress.

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Further Readings:

Mephisto Aria by Justine Saracen
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (January 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821399
ISBN-13: 978-1602821392
Amazon: Mephisto
Amazon Kindle: Mephisto

Is the history of a dangerous love affair destined to be repeated? At the height of her career, opera singer Katherina Marov is stunned by her father's suicide. Reading his journals, she learns of his dark days as a soldier on the Russian front and in war-torn Berlin. She cannot condemn him for his crimes and secrets, though, for while she is learning of his demons, she is discovering her own. The stage-world she lives in draws her into an ecstatic realm beyond good and evil and she is tempted, as he was, by a love for a woman that could destroy her. Has she too made a devil's pact? And if so, will she pay for it, as her father did, with her life?

Sarah, Son of God by Justine Saracen
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822123
ISBN-13: 978-1602822122
Amazon: Sarah, Son of God
Amazon Kindle: Sarah, Son of God

What happens when who we love forces us to change our view of who we are?

Against her better judgment, Professor Joanna Valois takes on sexually undefinable Sara Falier as her assistant on a trip to Venice. The object of their research is a sixteenth century heretical book and the truth about the woman condemned to death for printing it. The book, a translation of an ancient codex, not only shattered the lives of nearly everyone who touched it, but 400 years later, could still bring half the world to its knees.

Like nesting dolls, this story within a story within a story raises the question as to whether gender-breaking has not only challenged the boundaries of love and sexual desire, but altered the course of history.

Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright by Justine Saracen
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826528
ISBN-13: 978-1602826526
Amazon: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright
Amazon Kindle: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright

Twelve years of terror end with a world in flames. Behind filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s stirring footage of a million joyous patriots, the horror of Nazi Germany slowly unfolds. It engulfs Katja Sommer, a “good German” with dangerous desires; Frederica Brandt, a traitor to her homeland; Rudi Lamm, a homosexual camp survivor and forced soldier for Hitler; and Peter Arnhelm, a half-Jewish smuggler on the run. Under the scrutiny of the familiar monsters of the Third Reich, their enablers, and their hangers-on, these four struggle for life and for each other. Love does not conquer all, but it’s far better than going to hell alone.

Waiting for the Violins by Justine Saracen
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390460
ISBN-13: 978-1626390461
Amazon: Waiting for the Violins
Amazon Kindle: Waiting for the Violins

Antonia Forrester, an English nurse, is nearly killed while trying to save soldiers fleeing at Dunkirk. Embittered, she returns to occupied Brussels as a British spy to foment resistance to the Nazis. She works with urban partisans who sabotage deportation efforts and execute collaborators, before résistante leader Sandrine Toussaint accepts her into the Comet Line, an operation to rescue downed Allied pilots. After capture and then escape from a deportation train headed for Auschwitz, the women join the Maquis fighting in the Ardenne Forests. Passion is the glowing ember that warms them amidst the winter carnage until London radio transmits the news they’ve waited for. Huddled in the darkness, they hear the coded message, “the long sobs of the violins” signaling that the Allied Invasion is about to begin.

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Heidi grew up in love with story. She fell asleep listening to Disney long-playing records and read her Little House On The Prairie books until they fell apart. She ran through the woods inventing stories of witches and fairies and enchanted trees and spent hours beneath the lilac bush imagining the lives of the settlers who had inhabited the homestead log cabin and two-story late 1800s home on her family farm. She created epic storylines for her Barbies until it wasn’t satisfying enough to do so any longer (age ten), and then she started writing them down. Her first novel, The Life and Times of Michelle Matthews, was published when she was twelve in the school anthology and took up nearly half of it.

Though Heidi continued to write novels through high school (and still has the Rubbermaid tub full in her bedroom), she stopped in college, deciding it was time to grow up and do something meaningful with her life. When the specifics of that didn’t pan out, Heidi ended up in grad school to become a teacher, and through one of the courses rediscovered her love of romance novels. She began to write again on the side, continued to do so while she taught seventh grade language arts and reading, and when she quit teaching to have her daughter, she took up writing with more seriousness, both as a stress relief and as a potential means of bringing in money.

Many million pages later, Heidi has learned a lot about writing, more than she ever wanted to know about publishing, and most importantly, finally figured out that writing IS the meaningful something she wants to do with her life. A passionate advocate for LGBT rights, Heidi volunteers as often as she can for One Iowa and donates with her husband as a monthly partner to the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal. She encourages you to support your own local and national LGBT rights groups, too.

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Further Readings:

Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1St Edition edition (February 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615813586
ISBN-13: 978-1615813582
Amazon: Special Delivery
Amazon Kindle: Special Delivery

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. But before his mother died, he promised her he’d grow up to be a good man, so he needs a stable career and a good husband, not a dead-end job and empty sex. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to an affair, and when Mitch offers to take Sam on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure with his fantasy man... but Mitch also comes with a past. A threesome with the other man in Mitch’s life would have been just another kinky ride, but somewhere between the Mississippi River and the Colorado Rockies, Sam falls in love. But can a relationship born out of escape and indulgence become something that lasts? Will a fantasy man be willing to settle down into reality, or is the adventure and excitement Sam finds with Mitch just another stop on a delivery man’s journey? For better or for worse, eventually Sam is going to discover the answer, because no matter how far away he travels, eventually all roads lead home.

Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (January 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611183804
ISBN-13: 978-1611183801
Amazon: Nowhere Ranch
Amazon Kindle: Nowhere Ranch

Roe Davis is a man who works hard, keeps to himself, and never mixes business with pleasure -- until he takes a weekend away from his new job at Nowhere Ranch and runs into the owner at the only gay bar for two hundred miles. Getting involved with the boss is a bad idea, but Travis Loving is hard to say no to, especially when it turns out their kinks line up like a pair of custom-cut rails. As Loving points out, so long as this is sex on the side, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.

The truth is, there's good reason Roe never settles down and always spends his birthdays and holidays celebrating alone. Shut out in the cold by his family years ago, Roe survived by declaring he didn't need a home. As his affair with Loving grows into more than just sex, Roe finds out what happens when he stays put a little bit too long: the past always catches up with you. Eventually, even a loner gets lonely, and home will grow up through whatever cracks you leave open for it -- even in a place called Nowhere.

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

The course of true love doesn’t always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.

Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.

Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.

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Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She'd fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart's content. She'd breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is "Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love."

Alex's Appeal, co-authored with Jude Mason, won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal / Horror.

Further Readings:

Alex's Appeal (Kindred Spirits) by Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (August 2, 2010)
Amazon Kindle: Alex's Appeal (Kindred Spirits)

A bear of a lawyer in mourning, a handsome young chef who falls head over heels, and a mystery that threatens their happiness are just the beginning of the events at Whisker’s Seaside Inn.

Lawyer Alex Brookfield arrives at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn with a big decision weighing heavily on him. He’s been offered a judgeship, and while it’s an incredible promotion, it would mean leaving the house he shared with his late, long-time partner. Russ died of cancer eight months ago, and although Alex is ready to move on, he isn’t sure about such a big, permanent step.

Logan Emerson is the inn’s chef, and wouldn’t mind cooking up something special with the handsome attorney. He’s not concerned about their fourteen year age difference. He just knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to go after the hunky bear of a man.

Alex heard stories about the inn’s ghosts from its owner, his friend and former lover Ethan Roberts. But he’s totally unprepared for the spirit who shows up his first night there.

Between futile attempts to fend off the frisky young cook, and his offer to help inn co-owner Cade Wyatt come up with a romantic marriage proposal for Ethan, Alex finds his hands, and his bed, quite full.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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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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Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything--even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and her characters.

More won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Breathe won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

More by Sloan Parker
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477635998
ISBN-13: 978-1477635995
Amazon: More
Amazon Kindle: More

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men he can't get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries--both sexually and personally--and now he's no longer hiding from his senator father; he's taking him on. And he isn't just falling for one man; he's falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke's father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he'll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer?

Breathe by Sloan Parker
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480061980
ISBN-13: 978-1480061989
Amazon: Breathe
Amazon Kindle: Breathe

Lincoln McCaw lost everything—his home, his job, his partner—after he caused a fatal accident. A year later, he's drowning the guilt and despair in whiskey, but he needs to move on. His sister and her kids are counting on him. Then he meets a man who ignites a passion Lincoln thought he’d never find. Too bad one night is all they can have together. Now he needs to figure out how to turn away from the only person who makes him feel alive…before whoever is sending him threats decides Lincoln needs to suffer more than he already has.

Jay Miller is surrounded by grief and misery until he finally gives in to all those years of sexual fantasies about being with another guy. Realizing he’s ended up in the arms of the man who caused his wife’s accident, he tries to pull away. But how can he give up a friendship he needs more than anything—a friendship and a love that could save him? He may not have time to make the choice before someone else destroys it all.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010 & 2011
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Marshall Moore (born in June 29, 1970), in Havelock, North Carolina, is an American author living in Hong Kong. He attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) and went on to obtain a BA in psychology from East Carolina University and an MA in applied linguistics from the University of New England. He has also studied at Gallaudet University. He has lived in Washington DC, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Seoul. Fluent in American Sign Language, he worked for many years as an interpreter before moving abroad. He is in a relationship with Simon Yuen. An Ideal for Living is dedicated to Rubén Alatorre, for making Seattle less inhospitable, and to Simon Yuen, just because.

As of June 2013, five of his books have been published:
The Concrete Sky (Haworth Press, 2003), a novel;
Black Shapes in a Darkened Room (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2004), a short fiction collection;
An Ideal for Living (Lethe Press, 2010), a novel;
The Infernal Republic (Signal 8 Press, 2012), a short fiction collection;
Bitter Orange (Signal 8 Press, 2013), a novel.

Moore has also published two chapbooks as e-books:
Il look del diavolo (Signal 8 Press, 2011);
Never Turn Away (Signal 8 Press, 2013).

Marshall Moore is an American author living in Hong Kong. He attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). He has studied at Gallaudet University. He has lived in Washington DC, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Seoul. Fluent in American Sign Language, he worked for many years as an interpreter before moving abroad. He is in a relationship with Simon Yuen. An Ideal for Living is dedicated to Rubén Alatorre, for making Seattle less inhospitable, and to Simon Yuen, just because.

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An Ideal for Living by Marshall Moore
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (April 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212312
ISBN-13: 978-1590212318
Amazon: An Ideal for Living
Amazon Kindle: An Ideal for Living

Grace White and her brother Robert, overweight and affluent, are desperate to hang onto their respective love interests. Grace's husband Rich is bonking every woman he can talk into bed. Grace is willing to look beyond his affairs if she can just have her marriage back. Robert's law school fling James's interest diminished as Robert's waistline increased, but Robert has never moved on. The only solution? Losing those excess pounds... by any means necessary. And when James finds a supernatural healer who can sculpt living flesh like clay, beautiful ugliness ensues. Will Robert and Grace get what they want, or what they deserve? In An Ideal for Living, Marshall Moore has written a shocking fantastique, a novel that captures the Zeitgeist of contemporary urban life, where beauty is a commodity craved, consumed, and traded.

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I was born and raised in Colorado where I still live today. Go Mile High City! I come from a loving family, who I'm still close to. I began writing at 9 years old and was published for the first time at age 24 with my novel, 'First'. Love cats, love movies and music, Sarah Brightman my favorite singer. I also work in the film industry off and on as a director and screenwriter, though novels are my true passion.

1049 Club won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary and Best Lesbian Novel. After Shadow won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal Romance.

Further Readings:

1049 Club by Kim Pritekel
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc. (June 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933720727
ISBN-13: 978-1933720722
Amazon: 1049 Club

Flight 1049 from New York, NY to Milan, Italy experiences mechanical and guidance failure, and goes down in the Atlantic. Six passengers survive and find themselves on an uncharted island. They survived the crash, but must now learn to survive the harshness of the island, the elements from Mother Nature, and the differing personalities of the others. The family and friends of those lost on Flight 1049 come together for support, forming the 1049 Club - a help to those left behind who have lost parents or breadwinners. The 1049 Club also finances flights to continue the search for those missing after the authorities have given up. Can those on the island find new family and loved ones amongst their fellow survivors? Can those left behind find new life, new loves and continue on in spite of the void made by the loss of their loved ones? How long will those seeking survivors continue to have hope?

After Shadow by Kim Pritekel
Paperback: 598 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (February 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939062101
ISBN-13: 978-1939062109
Amazon: After Shadow
Amazon Kindle: After Shadow

Clara always knew she was different, but just how different she was was to be seen. She will be forced on a journey to places that, though nightmarish to some, make perfect sense to her. While living a life in darkness and shadow, massaging the ghosts we all want to hide from beneath the covers, she will discover her own light of day. But, can she discover her heart?

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Jean M. Redmann (born June 9, 1955 in Mississippi, USA) is an American novelist best known for her mystery series featuring New Orleans private investigator Micky Knight. On June 3, 2013 she married her partner Gillian Rodger in New York City, the same day when she went to win the Lambda Literary Awards for Ill Will.

Main themes of Redmann's novels are the protagonist's troubled childhood and how it affects her adult life, discrimination based on sexual orientation and alcoholism.

Her novels follow the tradition of hardboiled fiction. Redmann's third book The Intersection of Law and Desire won the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian mystery.

Jean M. Redmann is a gay rights activist and works as the Director of Prevention at NO/AIDS Task Force.

Death of a Dying Man won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller.
Water Mark won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller and Women of the Mean Streets, co-edited with Greg Herren, as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller. Ill Will won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller and Best Lesbian Novel.

Jean M. Redmann (born June 9, 1955 in Mississippi, USA) is an American novelist best known for her mystery series featuring New Orleans private investigator Micky Knight. On June 3, 2013 she married her partner Gillian Rodger in New York City, the same day when she went to win the Lambda Literary Awards for Ill Will. Main themes of Redmann's novels are the protagonist's troubled childhood and how it affects her adult life, discrimination based on sexual orientation and alcoholism.


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Further Readings:

Death of a Dying Man (Micky Knight Mysteries Book 5) by J.M. Redmann
Paperback: 219 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602820759
ISBN-13: 978-1602820753
Amazon: Death of a Dying Man (Micky Knight Mysteries Book 5)
Amazon Kindle: Death of a Dying Man (Micky Knight Mysteries Book 5)

Micky Knight just had to get into a butch pissing contest with the journalist partner of a famous doctor working with her lover, Cordelia James, to prove that the skills of a reporter are of no use to a P.I. Now she's stuck with a drop-dead gorgeous assistant and the case of a dying gay man looking for a child he might have fathered. These chains of events--and an act of nature--will tear Micky's life apart in ways that may never be put back together.

Fifth in the Lambda Award-winning Micky Knight mystery series.

Water Mark (Micky Knight Mysteries) by J.M. Redmann
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821798
ISBN-13: 978-1602821798
Amazon: Water Mark (Micky Knight Mysteries)
Amazon Kindle: Water Mark (Micky Knight Mysteries)

It's just one more body in one more destroyed house. In New Orleans, a few months after Katrina, there are thousands of destroyed houses and hundreds of body yet to be found. Can one more matter? It does to Micky Knight as she takes on the quixotic search to find out who the woman was and why she might have died there. But is Micky searching for justice or just doing anything to avoid confronting the ways Katrina destroyed everything that had tied her to New Orleans? In a city that doesn't even have working stoplights, there seems little need for a private investigator. Her friends are all struggling with their own disrupted lives, lost jobs, destroyed homes. And the woman Micky thought she'd be with forever, Cordelia James, hasn't returned.

Women of the Mean Streets by Greg Herren & J.M. Redmann
Series: Bold Strokes Victory Editions
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602822417
ISBN-13: 978-1602822412
Amazon: Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir
Amazon Kindle: Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir

Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners.

These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an anthology of some of the top, tough women crime writers today, noir stories with a lesbian twist.

Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery) by J.M. Redmann
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781602826571
ISBN-13: 978-1602826571
Amazon: Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery)
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First, do no harm. But as New Orleans PI Micky Knight discovers, not every health care provider follows that dictum. She stumbles into a tangle of the true believers to the criminally callous, who use the suffering of others for their twisted ends. In a city slowly rebuilding after Katrina, one of the most devastated areas is health care, and the gaps in service are wide enough for the snake oil salesmen—and the snakes themselves—to crawl through. First, her investigation is driven by anger, but then it becomes personal as someone very close to Micky uses her cancer diagnosis to go where Micky cannot, into the heart of the evil where only the ill are allowed. Micky is her only lifeline out. Can Micky save her in time to get to the medical treatment she desperately needs to survive?

The seventh Micky Knight mystery.

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Mark Kendrick was born to a wee Scottish couple in the Middle Ages. He was covered with a fine white down at birth. When he was three days old, his mother set him down in a bassinet next to the kitchen fireplace. The family dog (a magical dog who could speak seven languages) padded by, sniffed at the down, and proceeded to lick all of it off. The down removed, Mark was transformed into a vessel - a database of words, phrases, and yes, even entire sentences. Once he had his fill of words his imagination soared toward the center of the galaxy. The relativistic effect of traveling so quickly allowed him to live until the 21st century, at which time he began writing stories, mostly to get the words out of his head. Unbeknownst to him, new ones began filling in the emptiness left behind.

"I remember being fascinated with pens at an early age. That was just about the time I learned how to write in cursive. The fact that a pen would put a permanent mark on a page, as opposed to a pencil, which could be erased, was intriguing. I sought to make sure that what I wrote would be permanent and legible.

Fourth grade was a pivotal period in my young life. I was enrolled in one of those experimental 'open concept' schools that year. Although they were a failed educational experiment nationwide, the concept worked on me like no other grade before or after. I took my first Spanish class then. It stuck. I read my first SF book then. It's a genre that I still read and can't get enough of. I learned how to read a map. That came in very handy once I became a Boy Scout. To this day I have a fascination with maps. We did those SRA Reading Labs modules that year, too. Boy, was I hooked on reading because of them. I wrote my first imaginative story. My life was never the same when I realized that my imagination was restless, was overflowing, and needed a voice.

Mark Smith (left), Glenn Hessel and Radar relax in the ruins in the backyard of their Palm Springs home. (Photo: Photograph by Jake Stanford)
Mark Kendrick (born May 22) is married with Glenn Hessel (born September 21, 1963). "I am BLESSED to have had this awesome man in my life for the last 25 years." Their anniversary is on April 21, 1988. So far, Mark is the author of six novels: Desert Sons, Into This World We're Thrown, Stealing Some Time, Vol I and II, The Rylerran Gateway, and
Trenekis of Hiera. Trenekis of Hiera won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic.

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Desert Sons by Mark Kendrick
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: iUniverse Star (June 24, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595191304
ISBN-13: 978-0595191307
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Scott Faraday is sixteen and has no idea that his world is about to radically change. Scott is fun-loving, in a small-town rock band, and out—but only to a select few.

Isolated in a high desert town, Scott doesn’t know anyone else who is gay. When Ryan St. Charles, a troubled 17-year-old, moves to Yucca Valley, Scott’s world tilts on its axis.

Ryan is a brash seventeen-year-old who has just severed a long relationship with a man, but still considers himself straight. As Scott and Ryan’s friendship develops, Scott begins to suspect that Ryan might be covering up that he’s gay. When Scott comes out to Ryan, their friendship is transformed into his first real relationship.

Tightly focused on these two characters, Desert Sons follows the thoughts and emotion of the ups and downs of a young adult gay relationship. Filled with first-time wonder, teenage angst, and the swirl of emotions that can only be expressed by youth, readers are pulled headlong into a highly-charged drama.

Trenekis of Hiera by Mark Kendrick
Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Infinity Publishing (April 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0741458640
ISBN-13: 978-0741458643
Amazon: Trenekis of Hiera
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An Arduous Journey.
A Mysterious Stranger.
An Impossible Relationship.

Arasen Vatch, the leader of a fanatical religious order known as the Path Holders, rose to power on Eridanus Colony in 2757 CE. Tens of thousands died when loyalists committed a heinous act of terrorism. Arasen fled in cold sleep hibernation with his closest followers. No one knew he had led them to a faraway star system and founded a new settlement, dedicated to his `Path of Perfection'. Yet, years later, an inevitable schism occurred.

Nineteen-year-old Trenekis Idero lives in the heretical village of Hiera. Brought there as an infant, he has only recently been told he's Arasen's son. Knowing this, he dares not tell anyone he's gay.

Niko Savaidras and his planetary exploration team discover Arasen's long lost destination. Niko, who is also gay, is unaware that he will soon be intimately involved with the son of a notorious mass murderer. Trenekis has no idea this will solve multiple problems he faces.

But the Path Holders are watching and they intend to keep their isolated planet a secret, even if everyone has to die.

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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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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
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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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A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.

A.J's passion for the islands led to writing a play about the overthrow of Queen Lili'uokalani's kingdom.

A.J. never lacks inspiration for writing erotic romances but has many other passions: collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with family, friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

The Wine-Dark Sea won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Erotica Contemporary.

Further Readings:

The Wine-Dark Sea by A.J. Llewellyn
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (December 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419965336
ISBN-13: 978-1419965333
Amazon: The Wine-Dark Sea
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Daniel is an elegant chair… He’s a handsome Englishman. A successful writer living in Paris, writing guidebooks that help people discover the secret delights of the city and country he loves. As for discovering the secrets to navigating the treacherous Paris social scene, Daniel himself relies on a book, which imparts some unusual advice—be an elegant chair, seen and not heard. And he’s getting a lot of practice. His last lover, Alain, is undergoing a tremendous transformation that he didn’t confide in Daniel. His current lover, Francois, is a celebrated artist, as arrogant as he is amorous. Their needs and dramas overshadow everything, including Daniel. He is a very elegant chair… Against a backdrop of the world’s most romantic city, between rounds of sizzling sex and sensational betrayal, Alain and Francois teach Daniel about passion and pain, loss and lust, gentle humor and poignant heartache. It will take someone else, someone unexpected, to teach him about love.

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Nell Stark (born April 16, 1980) is an award-winning author of lesbian romance. In 2010, everafter (with Trinity Tam) won a Goldie award in the paranormal romance category and was shortlisted for the Foreword Book of the Year award in the horror category. In addition to the everafter series, she has published three standalone romances: Running With the Wind, Homecoming, and The Princess Affair. When she is not writing, Nell works as the Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at a college in the SUNY system. She and Trinity (born March 23) live, write, and parent their rambunctious child and dog a stone’s throw from the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City. They married on October 12, 2013.

Trinity Tam is an award-winning writer-producer of movies and television. Her favorite job was in video games. Her least favorite, in mutual funds. Everything in between ended in dotcom. In 1996, she graduated cum laude with a BA in East Asian Studies. She giggles whenever someone says cum laude but she doesn't blush. She thinks twelve years living in Manhattan makes her a New Yorker but concedes that loathing the Yankees makes her a bad one.

everafter won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror. nevermore won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror. sunfall won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal/Horror.

Further Readings:

everafter (Everafter Series Book 1) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821194
ISBN-13: 978-1602821194
Amazon: everafter (Everafter Series Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: everafter (Everafter Series Book 1)

How far would you go to save your lover’s soul? When medical student Valentine Darrow is bitten by a Vampire on her way home to propose to her lover, Alexa Newland, her life becomes a nightmare. She is consumed—both by a craving for human blood, and by an obsession to find her attacker and bring him to justice. Alexa is determined to be everything that Valentine needs, but when Val's appetite outstrips Alexa's ability to nourish her, Alexa risks her life to save her lover. Will Valentine be able to control her thirst—for blood and for vengeance? And can Valentine and Alexa's relationship endure against seemingly impossible odds?

nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821844
ISBN-13: 978-1602821842
Amazon: nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2)

A coup. A plague. A falling soul.

In this sequel to everafter, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland are separated when Alexa is caught in the middle of a Wereshifter civil war halfway around the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious disease begins to ravage the shifter population of New York City. Unable to reach Alexa to warn her, Val must penetrate the darkest secrets of the Consortium in a race against time to save her lover and friends.

Will Alexa be able to avoid the clutches of a powerful Were who wants to use her as bait? And in Alexa’s absence, will Valentine be able to resist the powerful temptation of her growing thirst?

sunfall (Everafter Series Book 3) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826617
ISBN-13: 978-1602826618
Amazon: sunfall (Everafter Series Book 3)
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In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries.

The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.

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Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Miguel Santana (born April 22) has lived in the United States most of his life. Miguel Santana's first novel was presented in Spain by Grijalbo. The novel earned Miguel Santana literary recognition; in addition to Spanish, the book was published in English and Polish, while Frasinnelli has purchased Italian rights. ranked Santana's third novel, The Marien Revelation, among the 100 most anticipated novels of 2010.

Miguel Santana is married to Ken Kimball (born February 19), his partner in life and agent since March 21, 1998.

The Marien Revelation won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary.

Miguel Santana has lived in the United States most of his life. Miguel Santana's first novel was presented in Spain by Grijalbo. The novel earned Miguel Santana literary recognition; in addition to Spanish, the book was published in English and Polish, while Frasinnelli has purchased Italian rights. ranked Santana's third novel, The Marien Revelation, among the 100 most anticipated novels of 2010. Miguel Santana is married to Ken Kimball, his partner in life and agent since March 21, 1998.

Further Readings:

The Marién Revelation by Miguel Santana
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Alligator Press (April 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0967565855
ISBN-13: 978-0967565859
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About to turn forty, Marién Valbuena, finds herself evaluating her relationships, her faith, and her life. Two millennia separate her and Mary, a young woman in Ancient Judea. While Marién can't find a reason to hold on to a complicated pregnancy, Mary shelters her own on the intricacies of a prophecy. Intertwined across time, the lives of these two women come together, inviting us to reconsider the fine lines between fiction and reality, between myth and assumed truth. In this novel, Miguel Santana is revealed as a mature and visionary writer. He masterfully weaves passages from the Bible and other sacred texts into his imaginative and poetic prose. Readers are transported to a world where they not only recognize the pillars of our civilization, but also feel the need to question them.

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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.

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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
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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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"I'm an author based in far Northern California where I live with my family and pack of wild Siberian Huskies. (OK, they aren't wild, just crazy.)

I write erotic romance, primarily under the umbrella of speculative fiction. That term covers science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy and basically anything that has no basis in reality! LOL! The sexuality of my characters is fluid, so if you are turned off by menage or same sex (or opposite sex) interaction, please check the book blurb before you buy.

I've won the EPIC Award for Paranormal Romance with Blacque/Bleu, the Passionate Plume in Sci Fi Romance with An Uncommon Whore, and have either placed, finaled or been nominated for several other awards including the RT Reviewer's Choice (with Cherise Sinclair and Sierra Cartwright for Doms of Dark Haven) and the Rainbow Book Awards."

An Uncommon Whore won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic. Blacque Bleu won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal / Horror. The Bacchi won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual / Transgender Sci-fi/Fantasy.

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An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 26, 2010)
Amazon Kindle: An Uncommon Whore

Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn't let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.

Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.

Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (October 12, 2010)
Amazon Kindle: Blacque/Bleu

Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins.

On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it’s all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He's not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he's made. He's even less sure Bleu will let him go.

In Blacque’s world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu’s world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada’s magic to work for them.

The Bacchi by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 30, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: The Bacchi

The Bacchi Lefi Dhrahn lives a life of luxury and decadence, but is tortured by memories of a lost love. He survives the pain by surrounding himself with sex, beauty, and all forms of self-indulgence. When he meets the alluring Inspector Afton Teris, Lefi believes the detective will make a very nice addition to his string of conquests.

Afton Teris is a Valoran hermaphrodite, and like all members of his species, is stern, cerebral and disapproves of the frivolous prostitute. Afton orients as a male, but the beautiful Lefi Dhrahn stirs him sexually, making him question everything he knows about himself. To further confuse his emotions, Afton finds himself tempted by the forbidden pleasures surrounding the Bacchi.

When a kidnapping ring strikes close to home, the two go undercover on a brothel barge to investigate a slavery operation. There, Lefi is confronted by painful memories from his past, while Afton is faced with a horror that threatens his future, and perhaps his very life. Their survival lies with one another, but only if Lefi can set aside his pain and listen to his heart.

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Iolanthe "Lannie" Woulff came into the world as a male during the fifth year of the Truman presidency, which means that she is rapidly acquiring the status of an antique. In 1958 her family moved from Manhattan to the island of St. Thomas, which in those days was a sparsely-populated tropical dot in the Caribbean. There "Nate", as Lannie was known in those days, spent several idyllic years gleefully swinging from jungle vines and swimming on the world's most beautiful unspoiled beaches. She treasures many poignant memories of that lost paradise, which, alas, is no longer.

Moving back to the mainland in 1964, Lannie attended The Maret School in Washington, D.C. As the Vietnam War raged and protest movements convulsed the nation, she gained admission to Princeton, and after escaping the inaugural Selective Service lottery by a scant fourteen points, graduated in 1973 with a degree in English. For several ensuing years she lived in New York City and worked for her uncle, who was then developing an early prototype hybrid vehicle. That was during the Studio 54 era, the so-called "Me Decade", which Lannie experienced at full throttle while writing a coming-of-age novel which fortunately remained unpublished.

In 1980, at the urging of her younger brother, she moved to Israel, where together they opened a diving business on the Red Sea. When the Lebanon War wiped out the tourist trade and with it their business, she returned stateside to raise pedigreed Black Angus cows on a family farm in northern Virginia's famous Hunt Country. The rolling hills and pastoral beauty of that area provide the setting for SHE'S MY DAD.

Succumbing to the lure of the West in 1987, she finally settled for good in the California resort town of Palm Springs. Ten years later, fulfilling a lifelong imperative, Lannie commenced the complex and emotionally turbulent process of gender transition. During the process she authored a column called "The T Dance" in one of the local LGBT magazines, before turning her attention full-time to fiction writing.

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She's My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff
Paperback: 469 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press; First Edition edition (November 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1432743775
ISBN-13: 978-1432743772
Amazon: She's My Dad
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"Don't hate, Nicholas. Hate destroys everything. Don't let it destroy you..."

For decades, ultra-liberal Windfield College has been a thorn in the side of Northern Virginia's hidebound elite. When a teaching position unexpectedly becomes available, the school hires a former male graduate - now a transsexual woman named Nickie Farrell - as an assistant professor of English. Hoping to find peace, Nickie keeps her secret under wraps until ambitious lesbian student reporter Cinda Vanderhart outs her. And Cinda has noticed something else: both Nickie and a young townie waiter named Collie Skinner have a genetic quirk which causes their eyes to be different colors. Convinced that the similarity is no coincidence, Cinda begins an investigation to discover the connection between them.

Meanwhile, in a death-bed confession as she succumbs to years of brutality at the hands of her disgraced cop husband, Collie's mother Luanne reveals that his birth resulted from an illicit affair she had with a long-vanished Windfield college senior named Nick Farrington. Shattered by his mother's death, Collie turns for comfort to Robin Thompson, a gentle-hearted Christian co-worker at the upper-crust Foxton Arms restaurant. As Nickie is stalked by a pair of homicidal sociopaths, Robin finds herself entangled not only in Cinda's investigative machinations but also a murderous plot by former U.S Ambassador and tycoon Eamon Douglass to eradicate the hated college with a suicide detonation of a Cesium 137 dirty bomb. Lives and secrets hang in the balance until everything comes to a head on the morning of Windfield's annual spring picnic: April Fools Day.

Filled with richly-drawn characters and building to a stunning climax, SHE'S MY DAD is a story about the destructiveness of hate, the power of love, and the redemptive triumph of good over evil.

Like her title character Nickie Farrell, Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman. A sixty-year-old Princeton-educated English major, she lives in Palm Springs, CA, where for several years she wrote a column in a local magazine about the challenges of gender transition. As the eldest child of author Herman Wouk, storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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Moondancer Drake is an author of environmental and spiritually driven multicultural fiction, especially paranormal lesbian romance. She is also a vocal advocate for civil rights and the responsibility of all people to take better care of Mother Earth. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and draws much of her inspiration from her spirituality as well as experiences as a Two-Spirit Cherokee woman and a mother.

Natural Order won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror and Best Characters Development.

Further Readings:

Natural Order by Moondancer Drake
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc. (April 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933720670
ISBN-13: 978-1933720678
Amazon: Natural Order

An evening at the movies turns into a living nightmare for Elizabeth Crew as her lover Dusty battles for their lives and the unborn baby Elizabeth is carrying. Dusty's dying request is that Elizabeth go live with Dusty's family, where she and the baby will be safe. Dusty's family takes Elizabeth into their home with open arms and a bit of concern. What will happen if Elizabeth learns that her new family includes shape-shifters? For Elizabeth, the family secrets are not all that awaits her in the darkness.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She's a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Strawberries for Dessert won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Song Of Oestend won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Fantasy. Blind Space won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi/Fantasy.

Further Readings:

Promises (Coda Series) by Marie Sexton
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615813780
ISBN-13: 978-1615813780
Amazon: Promises
Amazon Kindle: Promises

Part of the Coda Series

Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone.

Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try.

Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Series) by Marie Sexton
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615815503
ISBN-13: 978-1615815500
Amazon: Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Series)
Amazon Kindle: Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Series)

When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a one-night stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon's type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees. Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy. Between Cole's fear of intimacy and his wandering lifestyle, Jonathan wonders if their relationship may be doomed from the start-but the more Cole pushes him away, the more determined Jon is to make it work.

Song of Oestend by Marie Sexton
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (October 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857157477
ISBN-13: 978-0857157478
Amazon: Song of Oestend
Amazon Kindle: Song of Oestend

Symbols have power... Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oestend wraiths - mysterious creatures which come in the night and kill anyone who’s not indoors. Aren’s never had reason to believe the stories, but when he takes a job as a bookkeeper on the BarChi, a dusty cattle ranch on the remote Oestend prairie, he soon learns that the wraiths are real. Aren suddenly finds himself living in a supposedly haunted house and depending on wards and generators to protect him from unseen things in the night. As if that’s not enough, he has to deal with a crotchety old blind woman, face “cows” that look like nothing he’s ever seen before, and try to ignore the fact that he’s apparently the most eligible bachelor around. Aren also finds himself the one and only confidante of Deacon, the BarChi’s burly foreman. Deacon runs the BarChi with an iron fist and is obviously relieved to finally have somebody he can talk to. As their relationship grows, Aren learns there’s more to Deacon and the BarChi than he’d anticipated. Deacon seems determined to deny both his Oestend heritage and any claim he may have to the BarChi ranch, but if Aren is to survive the perils of Oestend, he’ll have to convince Deacon to stop running from the past and finally claim everything that’s his.

Blind Space by Marie Sexton
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Marie Sexton (January 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0991415302
ISBN-13: 978-0991415304
Amazon: Blind Space
Amazon Kindle: Blind Space

Captain Tristan Kelley enjoys the luxuries of Regency service, as well as the pleasure of his Prince’s bed. It’s an easy life, if not a happy one. When the Prince decides to take a trip through the perilous Blind Space, Tristan must go with him, but somebody in the Prince’s guard is a traitor. Blind and held prisoner, Tristan finds himself at the mercy of Valero, a pirate who bears no love for the Regency. Valero is determined to seduce Tristan, and Tristan fears his resolve won’t last. His duty is clear, but so is his desire. As the days tick by with no word or ransom from the Regency, Tristan begins to question what loyalty means to his Prince, the Regency he’s sworn to, and to the man who holds him captive. He begins to realize that being a prisoner may actually set him free.

More Spotlights at my website:, My Lists/Gay Novels

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010, 2011 & 2012
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Ronica Black spends her free time writing works that move her with the hope that they will move others as well. She lives in the desert southwest where she enjoys exploring, spending time with family, reading, and creating. When she's not doing those, she's most likely chasing after her beloved Parson Russell Terrier, Cleo. An award-winning author, Ronica has five books published by Bold Strokes Books. In Too Deep, Deeper, Wild Abandon, Hearts Aflame and Flesh and Bone. She also has several short stories published with Bold Strokes Books in Stolen Moments, Lessons in Love and Road Games. She was also published in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005.

The Seeker won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller and Best Lesbian Novel.

Wholehearted won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Romance and Best Lesbian Novel.

Further Readings:

The Seeker by Ronica Black
Paperback: 351 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821283
ISBN-13: 978-1602821286
Amazon: The Seeker
Amazon Kindle: The Seeker

FBI profiler Kennedy Scott battles ghosts from her past, deadly obsession, and the evil that haunts her. The Seeker. Famed Hollywood actress Veronica Ryan arrives at a red carpet event with her wife Shawn. They are the world's most famous gay couple--beautiful, wealthy, and by all appearances, the happiest couple in the world. But things aren't always as they appear. And someone is out to dampen the parade. A shot rings out and Veronica finds herself tackled to the ground by security, her wife lying next to her in a pool of blood. Kennedy Scott used to be the best behavioral profiler the FBI had, but she is haunted by a string of child murders no one can solve. A single quote--Seek and ye shall find--was all she had to go on. The case has eaten her alive, and after her own family is threatened by an armed intruder, Kennedy retreats to be with them. But one phone call brings her back into the game. Veronica Ryan needs her help and the path may lead to the one who haunts her. The Seeker.

Wholehearted by Ronica Black
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825947
ISBN-13: 978-1602825949
Amazon: Wholehearted
Amazon Kindle: Wholehearted

Healing, respect, and empathy are what the H&S Ranch promises when helping troubled juveniles. Madison Clark hasn’t had much trouble in allowing teens to help care for her recovering horses. But then in walks Jake, a know-it-all thirteen-year-old with a smart mouth and a strong penchant for trouble. What’s worse is what’s behind him—his uptight, opinionated lawyer aunt, Grace Hollings. Madison does her best to ignore her, but focusing solely on Jake isn’t always possible.

Grace Hollings is convinced nothing can help her nephew, especially Madison Clark and her feel-good horse ranch. Unfortunately, Jake’s presence there is court ordered so Grace does her best to keep an eye on him, and on Madison, who is way more than she originally gave her credit for. Her calm strength and good looks are powerful and just the tip of the iceberg, leaving Grace green with jealousy. Not just because Jake is thriving and has taken to Madison over her, but because Grace is beginning to be taken by the ranch owner as well…

Wholeheartedly so.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010 & 2012
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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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Our heroine sits quietly in her cube, just one of many, typing, filing, and breaking the occasional nail, hiding her true identity beneath her clever disguise of nerdy glasses and business suits (with sensible shoes!) Frantic eyes watch the clock as she waits impatiently for the ruse to end and her true calling to begin.

With eager anticipation she drives her average car to her average home, and eats her average (vegetarian and completely healthy!) meal alone. The minutes tick by, and when the sun finally sets she leaps tall sofas in a single bound, shedding her disguise to take on her true super heroine persona! Is she in such a rush to save the world? Save the city? Save the neighbor's kitten from a tree? No! She liberates her laptop from the evil clutches of arch villain, Hall Closet, and flings it open to free the worlds hiding within its depths. There are lonely werewolves searching desperately for mates, spoiled rich boys just waiting for her gentle caress of the keyboard to create someone who'll truly understand them, and futuristic soldiers, gunning across the universe to save the men they love... No scenario is too bizarre! A time traveling pirate? No problem! Violin playing specter haunting a Scottish castle? You betcha!

When she'd not busily creating happy-ever-afters for fictional hotties, our heroine enjoys music, the great outdoors, and cruising down the highway on the back of a Harley Davidson.

The Wish won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Corruption won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Mystery / Thriller.

Further Readings:

The Wish by Eden Winters
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613726082
ISBN-13: 978-1613726082
Amazon: The Wish
Amazon Kindle: The Wish

At his death, Byron Sinclair left behind more than just his much older partner, Alfred Anderson. The couple helped raise their respective nephews, and while Paul Sinclair and Alex Martin are now adults, they still have some growing up to do, particularly when it comes to getting along with each other.

If they refuse to be in the house at the same time, how can Alex be so sure Paul is an opportunistic suck-up with the morals of an alley cat? Paul isn’t impressed with aloof and arrogant playboy Alex, either. Both swear they know all they need to about the other--and about themselves.

Byron’s dying wish is for Alfred to help Paul and Alex see how perfect they are for each other. But when the boys stubbornly refuse to acknowledge what's right in front of them, Byron must get creative–though it’ll be difficult without hands, or a voice, or a body….

Corruption (Diversion Book 3) by Eden Winters
Series: Diversion
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626220050
ISBN-13: 978-1626220058
Amazon: Corruption (Diversion Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: Corruption (Diversion Book 3)

Renegade biker. Drug runner. Recovering addict. Wanted by the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. But he isn’t a crook, he’s the law.

SNB Agent Bo Schollenberger’s solved his cases using his brains and not a gun, and with his partner, not alone. Now he’s handed a tough new case involving designer drugs that turn users violent. One false move could end his life as he immerses himself into a motorcycle gang to locate the source. His fate depends on how well he can impersonate someone else. Someone named Cyrus Cooper.

Cyrus is everything Bo Schollenberger isn’t, including the badass enforcer for a smuggling ring. He establishes pecking order with his fists and doesn’t take shit from anybody, not even the undercover agent who comes to help his case.

Simon “Lucky” Harrison’s always been the best, whichever side of the law he was on. Former trafficker turned SNB agent, he damned well ought to be undercover in this motorcycle gang, instead of hanging around the office going crazy with new policies, new people, and “inter-departmental cooperation” that sticks him in a classroom. Yet he’s passed over for the SNB’s biggest case in decades in favor of the rookie who shares his bed. A man Lucky thought he knew.

When survival depends on a web of tangled lies, lines blur, worlds collide, and a high stakes game turns friend to foe. Lucky knows the difference between Bo the agent and Cyrus the outlaw, but does Bo?

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010 & 2014
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A San Francisco Bay Area resident for the past twelve years, Donald Hardy moved from the east coast, where he had lived since childhood, while trapped in the grip of a midlife crisis of Biblical proportions, and lives in a small, tree shaded cottage with a very conversational Schnauzer named Schultz and too many books.

He began writing after moving west and dumping his television, and has gradually expanded his output. His first novel, Lovers’ Knot, was released in December of 2009 by Running Press to critical acclaim. He is currently working on a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the Butterfield 8 Theater Company. Other work includes Space/Time Magic, (as editor) by Taylor Ellwood, for Immanion Press, and his biographical essay Puppy Whipped was published in Paws And Reflect (by Alyson Press).

When he isn’t writing -- or catering to the demands of Schultz -- he can be found onstage or in rehearsal with Butterfield 8, usually performing in Shakespeare with a twist. On certain weekends, he’s an avid Renaissance (Faire) Man — proving that even when he’s offstage, he’s onstage.

He has discovered, in the writing of this biography, that speaking of himself in the third person is strangely appealing, and is struggling with his desire to break into the royal first person plural. He fears he may fail, and so will end, lest he offend even more.

Since December 1, 2013, he is engaged with Andrew David Hirss.

Lovers Knot won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Historical and Best Gay Novel.


Further Readings:

Lover's Knot: An M/M Romance by Donald Hardy
Series: M/M Romance
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Running Press (December 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762436859
ISBN-13: 978-0762436859
Amazon: Lover's Knot: An M/M Romance
Amazon Kindle: Lover's Knot: An M/M Romance

Jonathan Williams has inherited Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative. With his best friend, Alayne, in tow, Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession, meet the current staff, and generally learn what it’s like to live as the landed gentry now. He’d only been there once before, fourteen years earlier. But that was a different time, he’s a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heart….

The locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer, when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died. Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat. Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn’t have at home.

But that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, romantic triangles and wronged lovers. Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm, and ebb just as quickly. By the summer’s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for life.

Now Jonathan is determined to start anew. Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks. Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear. Until Alayne’s life is in danger. Until the town’s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real. And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death…

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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Alan Chin is an American author. He writes novels (seven published), short stories (one anthology being published in 2014) and screenplays. Most of Alan’s work deals with gay themes, and cover a wide scope of genres. He published his first novel, Island Song, in 2008. Alan and Herman spend half of each year in Palm Springs, California and the other half traveling the globe. Together since 1994 (Anniversary November 22), in 2014 they celebrated their 20th anniversary. In 1999, Alan changed his last name from Hurlburt to Chin so that they could share the same family name. They were legally married in California in 2008. Music has a hold on their lives. Alan and Herman met at the San Francisco Opera twenty years ago, and fine music is a love they share, something that brings them closer together. They have traveled to over fifty countries over the last fifteen years, and have attended concerts and opera performances in most of those countries. Our other passions are writing, hiking, and competitive tennis, all of which we share.

The Lonely War won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Historical and Best Gay Novel, Match Maker won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction.

Alan Chin is an American author. He writes novels (seven published), short stories (one anthology being published in 2014) and screenplays. Most of Alan’s work deals with gay themes, and cover a wide scope of genres. He published his first novel, Island Song, in 2008. Alan and Herman spend half of each year in Palm Springs, California and the other half traveling the globe. Together since 1994 (Anniversary November 22), they celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2014. They were legally married in California in 2008.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Angelia Sparrow is best known as an author of GLBT romance. She writes in a variety of genres, including horror, paranormal, fantasy and science fiction. She is a former library paraprofessional who traded her card catalogue for ten in the wind and the hum of the highway.

She works steadily on the newest pieces, haring off on tangents as the muses move her.

Showdown at Yellowstone River, co-authored with Naomi Brooks, won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Best Bisexual / Transgender Novel.

Further Readings:

Showdown At Yellowstone River by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
Publisher: Pink Petal Books (July 13, 2010)
Amazon Kindle: Showdown At Yellowstone River

Gunslinger Matt Court has hung it up for good after a disastrous encounter in El Paso. He moved to Dakota Territory, took out a homestead and started courting Annie, the banker's daughter. But when Annie comes up pregnant and runs away with her lover, her father calls in the notorious killer, Paz, to eliminate Matt.

But the mysterious Paz holds many secrets and Matt discovers not only the gunfighter's personal code of honor, but a truth that is worth both their lives.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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"I'm an author, and that pretty much tells you what my interest are. Everything I see, do or feel, may find its way into a book. I'm a huge outdoors fan and love the sea, the mountains and the animals I'm surrounded by. Even they aren't safe. A changeling here, a overgrown forest there, it's all fodder for my stories."

Alex's Appeal won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal / Horror.

Further Readings:

Alex's Appeal (Kindred Spirits) by Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (August 2, 2010)
Amazon Kindle: Alex's Appeal (Kindred Spirits)

A bear of a lawyer in mourning, a handsome young chef who falls head over heels, and a mystery that threatens their happiness are just the beginning of the events at Whisker’s Seaside Inn.

Lawyer Alex Brookfield arrives at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn with a big decision weighing heavily on him. He’s been offered a judgeship, and while it’s an incredible promotion, it would mean leaving the house he shared with his late, long-time partner. Russ died of cancer eight months ago, and although Alex is ready to move on, he isn’t sure about such a big, permanent step.

Logan Emerson is the inn’s chef, and wouldn’t mind cooking up something special with the handsome attorney. He’s not concerned about their fourteen year age difference. He just knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to go after the hunky bear of a man.

Alex heard stories about the inn’s ghosts from its owner, his friend and former lover Ethan Roberts. But he’s totally unprepared for the spirit who shows up his first night there.

Between futile attempts to fend off the frisky young cook, and his offer to help inn co-owner Cade Wyatt come up with a romantic marriage proposal for Ethan, Alex finds his hands, and his bed, quite full.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010

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As a thirty-year law enforcement veteran, VK Powell brings a rare level of authenticity to her novels of romantic intrigue. Her career spanned numerous positions including beat cop, homicide detective, vice/narcotics lieutenant, and assistant chief of police. Now retired, VK infuses her writing with the wealth of experience she gained in police work.

VK is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and the Golden Crown Literary Society. She has penned several short stories and six novels featuring strong women who struggle with the timeless question: can you really have it all?

Fever won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary.

Further Readings:

Fever by V.K. Powell
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821356
ISBN-13: 978-1602821354
Amazon: Fever
Amazon Kindle: Fever

Hired gun Lennex Chambers expects to provide a simple escort service to philanthropist Sara Ambrosini, but nothing is as simple as it seems, especially love. Lennex Chambers is a disillusioned hired gun who longs for a connection with life beyond her sat-phone and assignments she can't share with anyone. Her boss lines up a cushy escort job to Africa to give her time to refocus. But the country she loved as a child holds memories she isn't ready to face. Adding to her ambivalence about returning is the immensely attractive Sara Ambrosini, head of Ambrosini Philanthropic, who sees everything through the rose-colored glasses of wealth and privilege. Lennex's task is to provide security for Sara until they reach the future site of her primary school for tribal children in the bush country. But Lennex soon discovers that Sara's stubbornness and independence aren't the only obstacles to the success of her assignment. Nothing is as simple as it seems, especially love.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards
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Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.
All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.
To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.

The Eye of Ra won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Young Adult/Coming of Age.

Further Readings:

Repeating History: The Eye of Ra by Dakota Chase
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Prizm (May 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603709835
ISBN-13: 978-1603709835
Amazon: Repeating History: The Eye of Ra
Amazon Kindle: Repeating History: The Eye of Ra

What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher's prized collection of historical artifacts? If you're teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They've made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher's name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve "The Eye of Ra," a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It's not just the amulet that's causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn't dead when you're living it.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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Anthony Bidulka has enjoyed time well-spent and misspent in the worlds of academia, accounting, footwear, food services and farming. In 1999 Anthony Bidulka, BA, BEd, BComm, CA left a decade long career as a Chartered Accountant to pursue writing. He lives in Saskatoon.

In 2003, Quill & Quire described Bidulka’s first book, Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quant Mystery, as “…an effervescent first novel that is much like the tasty French hors d’oeuvres from which it takes its name”, earning Bidulka a nomination for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award.

With sharp writing, descriptive flair and wry humour, Bidulka’s mystery series tells the story of the first, and perhaps only, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, Canadian, gay, ex-farmboy, ex-cop, world-travelling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking, Saskatchewan, prairie private detective being written about today anywhere.

The Russell Quant series has been nominated for Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards, Saskatchewan Book Awards, a ReLit award, Lambda Literary Awards, with Flight of Aquavit awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery, making Bidulka the first Canadian to win in that category.

New York’s Mystery Scene Magazine proclaimed: “Quant makes for a riveting hero…the kind of friend you want to have—unless you’re a killer.” From the StarPhoenix: “Truly amazing is Bidulka’s sense of sights, sounds and smells. Like a good journalist, he gives exquisitely detailed descriptions of the settings and provides history lessons…” And Sherbrooke Record said: “…Bidulka brings a fresh voice to Canadian crime fiction, with a sense of humour that is often outrageous and always original; he provides his readers with a cleverly-crafted tale full of twists and turns, and challenges readers to broaden their perspectives.”

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With Flight of Aquavit by Anthony Bidulka, I learned a Canadian author could make it big. --P.A. Brown
Further Readings:

Date With a Sheesha by Anthony Bidulka
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Insomniac Pr (July 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554831296
ISBN-13: 978-1554831296
Amazon: Date With a Sheesha
Amazon Kindle: Date With a Sheesha

Neil Gupta went to the Middle East looking for antique carpets. He found something equally timeless: murder. When Neil is found stabbed to death in Dubai's spice souk, his distraught father wants revenge. He hires private investigator Russell Quant to catch the killer. In his greatest case to date, Quant goes undercover to match wits with a wily museum curator, shifty souk merchants, corrupt carpet experts, and the denizens of an underground club for "fabulous" men. From the flamboyant glitz of Dubai to the scorching sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Quant risks his life as he wades further and further into the shadows cast by the desert sun. As Russell's spicy international adventure heats up, he learns a valuable lesson about love, life, and learning to seize the moment ... before it's gone. On the verge of making the biggest personal decision of his life, Russell discovers that endings sometimes come before beginnings.

More Spotlights at my website:, My Lists/Gay Novels

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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From palace-hopping across the Rajasthan Desert to sleeping in train stations in Bulgaria, from spinning prayer-wheels in Kathmandu to exploring the skull-gated graveyards of the indigenous Balinese tribes, Geoffrey Knight has been a traveller ever since he could scrape together enough money to buy a plane ticket. Born in Melbourne but raised and educated in countless cities and towns across Australia, Geoffrey was a nomadic boy who grew into a nomadic gay writer. When he's not travelling the world, Geoffrey is travelling the world of his imagination--where the adventures, thrills and romance are limitless.

He currently owns his own advertising and design agency which he runs from his island home on the Great Barrier Reef, and can't wait to buy his next plane ticket--whether it's real or imaginary.

The Riddle of the Sands won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Mystery / Thriller and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

The Riddle of the Sands by Geoffrey Knight
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1573443662
ISBN-13: 978-1573443661
Amazon: The Riddle of the Sands
Amazon Kindle: The Riddle of the Sands

The clock is ticking! Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis - the vengeful Pierre Perron - Professor Fathom's team of five horny gay adventurers is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in order to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison. But what is the Riddle of the Sands? Where are the long-lost clues and hidden maps that can lead to its whereabouts? Is it a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt? From the icy plains of Siberia to the shadowy bathhouses of Cairo, from the scorching valley of the Nile to the heart of the Amazon jungle, readers join these hunks — treasure-hunter Jake, Brazilian biologist Eden, Texas cowboy Shane, art expert Luca, and quarterback Will — in a search that blends nonstop action and high-octane sex!

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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Louise Blaydon is a writer, specialising primarily in the m/m romance genre. Her interests are esoteric and changeable, and range from linguistic archaeology to modernist poetry; long walks in the cold to lazy drunken evenings; kicking up leaves to sleeping curled up around the cat. Louise has been writing for as long as she can remember, and penned her first half-formed m/m story at the age of eight. Now in her late twenties, she has meandered somewhat, geographically, from her point of origin, and consequently nurses a love of stories of exile, and of landscapes described like lovers.

Louise has written journalistically in the past, but now writes mainly prose fiction. If the occasional poem threatens the calm of her existence, she refuses to be blamed for it.

Summer Song won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Young Adult/Coming of Age.


Further Readings

Summer Song by Louise Blaydon
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615814523
ISBN-13: 978-1615814527
Amazon: Summer Song
Amazon Kindle: Summer Song

Billy Bronner is, to all appearances, every inch the 1950s American dream: handsome, clever, captain of the high school football team, looks good enough in tight jeans that people can even forget he’s Jewish. Then the new guy on the block, the enigmatic Leonard Nachman, turns his head, and over the summer Billy discovers a new world of romance and love—in a man’s arms. But when Kit O’Reilly, Billy’s best friend and shadow, comes home after spending the summer with relatives, he finds Billy acting… differently. Soon enough, it becomes obvious that this change is related to Len, and Kit will have to decide if he’ll accept the relationship Billy and Len have forged, or if he’ll push Billy and their longtime friendship away.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards/2010
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Sean Meriwether has been working his own brand of magic on the page, drafting immersive fiction and transporting boys and girls into the tumultuous landscape of his imagining. He has published over fifty short stories in venues including Best of Best Gay Erotica 2, Best Gay Love Stories, and Lodestar Quarterly. His collection of short fiction, The Silent Hustler , was released by Lethe Press (2009). He is currently working on Kingdom Falls , an online novel about finding love at the end of the world.

The Silent Hustler won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary, 3rd place.

Further Readings:

The Silent Hustler by Sean Meriwether
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (October 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 159021062X
ISBN-13: 978-1590210628
Amazon: The Silent Hustler
Amazon Kindle: The Silent Hustler

Best known for being the editor of edgy gay fiction of the Velvet Mafia website, Sean Meriwether has quietly been writing short fiction and building up a body of his own work. The Silent Hustler collects his short fiction published over the last decade. Meriwether's fiction spans in range from the literary (''Things I Can't Tell My Father'') to the revolutionary (''Burn the Rich'') to the downright raunchy (''Sneaker Queen''). Slip into bed with The Silent Hustler. You won't feel guilty in the morning.

More Rainbow Awards at my website:, Rainbow Awards
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Paul Richmond sent me the work in progress of the special card he is designing for the Rainbow Awards.

Is it beautiful or not? Think that the authors who will receive the Rainbow Awards will be able to show it on their website ;-)
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The author chose to present this novel as M/M romance, but as much as I love the genre, I think in this particular case it’s a limitation. The Hadrian Enigma is more a mainstream novel, a detailed romancing of a real episode.

To a normal reader the novel will probably appear like a tour de force: almost 500 pages of historical fiction, full of details, with different point of views, and with interleaves of Greek and Roman words. This last point it’s probably easier for an European reader, especially an Italian one, since we study Roman culture and Latin as other students all around the world study their own origins. The strange thing, considering our strict upbringing on regard of homosexuality, is that Antinous, the favourite of Imperator Hadrian, was never “hidden” away like a skeleton in the closet; probably the tragic love story was bigger than the restriction of morality. The tragedy itself is probably the reason why this story was not buried with the layers of time, these two lovers had not the change of an happily ever after, and so it was allowed to them to be remembered. Sure, Hadrian’s behaviour after Antinous’s death, his tentative to turn him in a god to be worshipped, he was even given a constellation in the sky as only ancient gods were allowed to have, all of this was seen as sign of madness, the madness of a disrupted lover.

So yes, when this novel starts, Antinous is already dead, and Hadrian assigns to historian Suetonius Tranquillus the task to investigate on this strange death, officially recorded as accidental death; but too much mystery is behind this death and probably too many people gained from that for being really an accident.

This is for sure not an easy read, and probably the novel stands in the middle between fiction and non fiction; if during the read someone wonders on the abundance of details, indeed you have to consider that the starting point of this novel is to be a recording of Suetonius Tranquillus’s investigation on the death of Antinous. So yes, it’s like if a modern reader is going through the files of an old buried case, a case that was filed as suicide or accident, but too many hints let it go that it was something else. You have not the chance to ask to who was there, and so you basically rebuild what it was, what they though, what they did, all on the basis of some old papers.

What is the purpose of this research? Antinous is dead, there is no way for Hadrian to have him back again, so what he is searching? What the author is trying to prove? Probably that Antinous was not “superfluous” to history, that he was not only a shiny accessory to Hadrian’s arm, that he was something more than a pretty face Hadrian forced artists to immortalise. Above all that Antinous really loved Hadrian and that was his condemn; if it was only a question of sex, sex between men wasn’t so uncommon, under specific “rules” (the old and more important man was always the one “on top”, only slaves, women and young men could be penetrated); love instead was not an option. Indeed it was not even a question of being both men, love at that level was out of question point; marriage was a political agreement, murder was the common resolution to get free of enemies, and plotting a normal activity at dinner time.

Amazon: The Hadrian Enigma: A Forbidden History

Amazon Kindle: The Hadrian Enigma: A Forbidden History

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Jack and Ricky are exactly at the opposite: Jack 48 years old and embittered by life, is living like an hermit in suburbia; for Jack is almost a self-reclusion, a punishment he is inflicting himself for some past sins. Ricky is 18 years old and at the beginning of his life: he has just discovered sex and his first experiences were not so good, not bad enough to discourage him, but probably enough to give him the idea that, trying with someone more skilled maybe will do the difference.

Ricky knows Jack since forever; he is his neighbour and his parents’ friend. When Ricky started to dream about boys instead of girls, Jack was a good wet dream material, an openly gay man just living next door. On the other hand, Jack has never once considered Ricky on a sexual level, and when his father asks him to hire the guy for a summer job, he takes it more like a bother than a chance. It’s not clearly said, but I had the feeling that Ricky consciously tried to seduce Jack, right for the reason I said, Ricky knew that sex could be good, and he wanted to learn from a master.

Jack is almost dormant: he has not sworn off sex, but he confined himself far from temptation; when temptation falls on his lap, he is not against the idea to profit of it. But Jack, even if doesn’t consider the age difference an impediment, well knows that Ricky is really young, and willing assumes the role of the training ship: Jack doesn’t take, he gives, but only if asked; he poses like an inflatable doll for Ricky’s inexperienced hands. It’s a strange relationship, since for sure there is no sense of guilty on Jack’s side for being older, or on Ricky’s side for being younger, but both of them are well aware of their age difference; they don’t consider it a limitation but instead an advantage.

I also liked a lot that Ricky, even if obviously appreciative for Jack’s willingness on sharing his sexual experience, doesn’t erase himself on Jack; when they reach some points where Ricky is no comfortable to go, Ricky is also strong enough to say no, and Jack is also balanced enough to accept that no. On the other way, Ricky is willing to learn and absorb, and in case, to change his mind: but it’s not something he does to please only Jack, it’s something he understands it will be good for both of them.

There are 30 years between Ricky and Jack, but truth be told, the age difference seemed shorter, but it’s Ricky who shortened it; he is way more mature and balanced than boys his age. Jack instead has all the strength of a lived past, and the wisdom of someone who was able to capitalize that past. For this same reason, nor Jack or Ricky start this relationship swearing forever and exclusive love to each other: Ricky needs to see, and try, what is good and what is bad, and then, when he will have enough elements to ponder, only then he will be able to take the right decision.

There is a lot of sex, and it was always good; there is also a good romance, a right dose of drama, but not too much angst. Anah Crow and Dianne Fox again confirm to be a pair of authors able to write romances apparently simple and good (family, love, happiness, good feelings), but never “light”.

Amazon Kindle: Slow Bloom

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