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More than 450 books, almost 170 judges, all over the world, and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and a lot of self-published authors. And, to me more important of everything, we raised more than 17.300 dollars donated to LGBT charities:

LGBT charities )

First of all a big thank to all the judges who helped me to arrive to this result:

Rainbow Awards Jury )

And as always a big thank you to the Publishers which allow me and the judges to have all the books for the reading phase:

Publishers )

And now what all you are waiting, the 2015 Rainbow Awards. And the awards go to:


"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond

Best LGBT COVER
DESIGN:
1.    Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan – Cover by Kanaxa
Runners Up:
2.    The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton – Cover by Maria Fanning
3.    In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish – Cover by AngstyG.
4.    Charmed & Dangerous edited by Jordan Castillo Price – Cover by Jordan Castillo Price
5.    The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose – Cover by Elizabeth Mackey
6.    Violated by Jamie Fessenden – Cover by L.C. Chase
7.    Everything by Carole Wolf – Cover by Tree House Studio
8.    Immortal by Amy Lane – Cover by Anne Cain
9.    rock by Anyta Sunday – Cover by Natasha Snow
Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain – Cover by Reese Dante
10.    Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens – Cover by Reese Dante
ILLUSTRATION:
1.    Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow – Cover by Roberto Quintero & Kirby Crow
Runners Up:
2.    For Real by Alexis Hall – Cover by Simoné
3.    The King of Forever by Kirby Crow – Cover by Kirby Crow
4.    Undone by E.M. Hodge – Cover by Christine Svendsen
5.    In Distress by Caethes Faron – Cover by Ravven
6.    Broken Ink by Jack L. Pyke – Cover by Natalya Nesterova
7.    Grand Adventures – Cover by Paul Richmond
8.    Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey – Cover by Shobana Appavu
9.    Happy Holidays by Z. Allora – Cover by P.L. Nunn
10.    The Witch’s Daughter by Rae D. Magdon – Cover by Rachel George

Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1.    Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence
Runners Up:
2.    The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey   
3.    Journey To You by A.J. Adaire

Best Gay Historical Fiction
1.    Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday
Runners Up:
2.    The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor   
3.    Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel

Best Lesbian Young Adult
1.    Come To My Window by Mia Kerick
Runners Up:
2.    Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian   
3.    Missing Mary by Cricket Watson

The Cate Culpepper Award for Best Lesbian Paranormal Romance
1.    Red in Tooth and Claw (Underdogs #4) by Geonn Cannon
Runners Up:
2.    Winter on Spring Street by Stacey Darlington   
3.    Twisted Echoes by Sheri Lewis Wohl

The Sandra Moran Award for Best Lesbian Historical Fiction & Romance
1.    The Witch of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen   
Runners Up:
2.    Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames   
3.    Secrets of Angels by A.L. Duncan

Best Transgender Romance
1.    The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
Runners Up:
2.    Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper   
3.    The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller

Best Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
1.    Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin
Runners Up:
2.    The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer   
3.    The Fiend Queen by Barbara Ann Wright

Best Gay Fantasy
1.    The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara
Runners Up:
2.    Blue on Black by Carole Cummings
3.    Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys   

Best Transgender Fiction
1.    To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon
Runners Up:
2.    Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde   
3.    Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander

The Dirk Vanden Award for Best LGBT Biography/Memoir
1.    Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
Runners Up:
2.    My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith
3.    Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott

Best LGBT Non Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts / Photography
1.    Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon
Runners Up:
2.    An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch   
3.    Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith

Best Gay Fantasy Romance
1.    Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
Runners Up:
2.    Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase
3.    Astounding! by Kim Fielding
4.    Jackdaw by KJ Charles
5.    Seventh by Rachel White

Best Bisexual Romance
1.    Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher
Runners Up:
2.    The Harem Master by Megan Derr   
3.    A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas   
4.    A Year in the Life by Cat Grant   
5.    Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

Best Gay Young Adult
1.    A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke   
Runners Up:
2.    Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan   
3.    The Glass House by Suki Fleet   
4.    Love Spell by Mia Kerick   
5.    rock by Anyta Sunday

Best Bisexual Fiction
1.    Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire   
Runners Up:
2.    I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney
3.    Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li
4.    The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou
5.    The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

Best Gay Romantic Comedy
1.    Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day
Runners Up:
2.    Candy Man/Bitter Taffy (2 books as 1 submission) by Amy Lane   
3.    Played! by JL Merrow   
4.    Lone Wolf by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
5.    Blowing It by Kate Aaron   

Best Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1 (tie-in).    Infected: Epitaph by Andrea Speed
Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore
Runners Up:
2.    Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen
3.    Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara
4.    Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen
5.    Azimuth (Interscission Project #2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
1.    No Good Reason by Cari Hunter   
Runners Up:
2.    The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin   
3.    The Surrender by Terias McKlay   
4.    Blind Trust by Jody Klaire   
5.    No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt

Best LGBT Anthology / Collection
1 (tie-in).    Keep the Stars Running by Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Lexi Ander, Leona Carver, and Cassandra Pierce
Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow
Runners Up:
2.    Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend   
3.    Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
4.    Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie   
5.    Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz

Best Gay Historical Romance
1.    Semper Fi by Keira Andrews   
Runners Up:
2.    A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles   
3.    Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton   
4.    The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane   
5.    When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan

Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
1.    The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde   
Runners Up:
2.    A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan   
3.    Everything by Carole Wolf   
4.    Sandcastles by Suzie Carr
All We Lack by Sandra Moran
To Love Again by B.L. Clark
5.    Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger

The Dorien Grey Award for Best Gay Mystery / Thriller
1.    Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
Runners Up:
2.    Blood and Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker   
3.    Fragmented (Shadow Mountain #2) by Indra Vaughn   
4.    Heat Trap by JL Merrow   
5.    One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley   
6.    Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble
24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley   
7.    Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed
The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane
Sunset Island by Elliott Mackle
Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden Winters
8.    Boystown 7: Bloodlines by Marshall Thornton   
9.    Fated (Shadow Mountain #1) by Indra Vaughn
10.    Manipulation (Diversion #4) by Eden Winters

Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction
1.    Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Runners Up:
2.    Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell   
3.    Blink by Rick R. Reed
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher
4.    Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry   
5.    Playing House by Bru Baker   
6.    The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney   
7.    In Me an Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless   
8.    An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman
Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker
9.    The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi
10.    Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt

Best Gay Paranormal Romance
1.    The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Runners Up:
2.    Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk   
3.    Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue
4.    Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews
5.    Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker   
6.    Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes
Axel's Pup by Kim Dare
7.    Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison
The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs
8.    Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
The Vampire and the P.I. by J.P. Bowie   
9.    Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church
Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace   
10.    I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis

The Bobby Michaels Award for Best Gay Erotic Romance
1.    For Real by Alexis Hall
Runners Up:
2.    The Slave by Kate Aaron
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews
3.    Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie
The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire
4.    Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor
5.    No Place That Far by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov   
6.    Make Me Soar (Collars & Cuffs #6) by K.C. Wells
7.    Chance Of the Heart by Kade Boehme   
8.    Dirty Dining by EM Lynley   
9.    Mask by Teodora Kostova   
10.    Turkish Delights by Trina Lane
Wrestling With Passion by D.H. Starr
Training Complex by Leta Blake
Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens
The Right Time (Right And Wrong #3) by Lane Hayes   

Best Lesbian Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance & Romantic Comedy
1.    Making a Comeback by Julie Blair   
Runners Up:
2.    Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon   
3.    Under a Falling Star by Jae   
4.    All the little Moments by G Benson   
5.    Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne   
6.    For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton   
7.    To Love Free by Chris Paynter   
8.    Never Too Late by Julie Blair   
9.    Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo
June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett
10.    Spring Blossom (Camellia #2) by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z.
Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn

The William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance
1.    Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane   
Runners Up:
2.    Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain   
3.    The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme
4.    A New Man by P.D. Singer
5.    The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson   
6.    Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling
7.    Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen
8.    Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
9.    Innocence by Suki Fleet
10.    A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

Best Bisexual, Transgender & LGBT Debut
1.    Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith
Runners Up:
2.    Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell   
3.    Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick

Best Lesbian Debut
1.    Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon   
Runners Up:
2.    All the little Moments by G Benson   
3.    To Love Again by B.L. Clark   
4.    Wishbone by Elaine Burnes   
5.    The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey   
6.    Never Too Late by Julie Blair   
7.    When It Raynes by C.D. Cain
The Surrender by Terias McKlay   
8.    The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar
9.    A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne
10.    No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt

Best Gay Debut
1.    Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
Runners Up:
2.    Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
3.    Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen
4.    In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish   
5.    Call Me Home by Megan Kruse   
6.    The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
7.    Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes   
8.    Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
9.    Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry   
10.    Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly

Best LGBT Book
1.    Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow
Runners Up:
2.    Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith   
3.    Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie

Best Transgender Book
1.    The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
Runners Up:
2.    Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper   
3.    To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon
The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller
4.    Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde
A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde   
5.    Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander

Best Bisexual Book
1.    Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire   
Runners Up:
2.    Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher
3.    The Harem Master by Megan Derr   
4.    I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney   
5.    Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li
6.    The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou
7.    The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt
8.    A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas   
9.    A Year in the Life by Cat Grant   
10.    Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

Best Lesbian Book
1.    Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon
Runners Up:
2.    Making a Comeback by Julie Blair   
3.    Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon   
4.    An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch
The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
5.    A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan   
6.    Under a Falling Star by Jae   
7.    Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin
No Good Reason by Cari Hunter
8.    Everything by Carole Wolf
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence
9.    All the little Moments by G Benson
10.    Sandcastles by Suzie Carr
Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne
All We Lack by Sandra Moran
To Love Again by B.L. Clark

Best Gay Book
1 (tie-in). Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane   
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Runners Up:
2.    Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk    
3.    Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday
4.    Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain    
5.    Semper Fi by Keira Andrews    
6.    A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles
7.    A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke
Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney    
8.    Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase
For Real by Alexis Hall    
9.    The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme
10.    Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain
A New Man by P.D. Singer
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue


"Air de Capri" is a 1923 painting by Gerda Wegener, with Gerda herself and her husband, transgender male to female, Lili Elbe
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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1 (tie-in). Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162326
ISBN-13: 978-1632162328
Amazon: Beneath the Stain
Amazon Kindle: Beneath the Stain

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren't getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.
Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he's hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn't flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that's not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav's help—but Trav's not sure he's going to survive falling in love with Mackey.
Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn't do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey's past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.
No one does angst like Amy Lane. At times this book was almost too much--even for someone like me who adores angst--but it's impossible to put down. The characters are perfectly flawed, so loveable you feel every shred of their pain and hope and loss. A story that will stay with me forever, for sure.
This book pulled me in from the very beginning, and I almost felt like I was there.
Intense long gripping story with a plot that continued to evolve throughout the story. Interesting characters. Looked at sad side of life as well as the good side.
Amy Lane's dark contemporary stories always gut me -- this one was no different, and it wasn't even one of the darker ones. Incredible characters, roiling emotions, and rock and roll! When you finish an Amy Lane book, you feel like you really know all her characters personally (and for some of the less pleasant ones, that's not entirely comfortable!).
Absolutely loved every word, Amy Lane at her finest!
Coming of age story. As expected from this author, very well written and interactive. A song of life, love and friendship.
1 (tie-in). The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 16, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.
A note to the Editor
Dear Henry,
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
Robert Caldwell
September 1914
"The Caldwell Ghost" and “Butterflies” are previously published short stories. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal continues and completes Robert Caldwell and Simon Feximal’s story.
Well rounded characters and I enjoyed how their relationship was told through the cases they worked. I loved the world building and that I could picture everything as it was playing out, almost like I was watching a movie.
Another perfect read. A collection of short stories that piece together a lifetime relationship. Sad and sweet, scary and funny, all stories are different and entertaining.
This was literally the best thing I read all year.
This is a charming (if sometimes harrowing) homage to Victorian occultists and its resulting pulp fiction. KJ Charles's mastery of the vernacular of this period is remarkable, as always. Ever wonder what would have happened if Holmes and Watson had been lovers rather than colleagues, and if Holmes's weakness had not been cocaine but the result of arcane tampering? Here's the answer. (In Feximal's world, the Hound of the Baskervilles would have truly been a giant spectral hound.)
I adored this book which hearkened back to the days of Victorian England, and the poignancy of two men investigating to the best of their abilities. The irony--and hope--at the end undid me, and I have spent lots of fruitless--if wonderful time--imagining the ending that I'm sure we all wanted for our heroes. I did not realize until recently that parts of this book were released independently, as individual adventures, and that knowledge only made me love it more. It's like Sherlock Holmes, paranormal style, and I cannot praise it enough.


Runners Up:
2.    Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk   
3.    Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday
4.    Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain   
5.    Semper Fi by Keira Andrews   
6.    A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles
7.    A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke
Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney   
8.    Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase
For Real by Alexis Hall   
9.    The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme
10.    Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain
A New Man by P.D. Singer
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon
Perfect Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Lunatic Ink (April 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983830959
ISBN-13: 978-0983830955
Amazon: Girl Sex 101
Amazon Kindle: Girl Sex 101

Girl Sex 101 is a sex-ed book like no other, offering helpful info for ladies and lady-lovers of all genders and identities, playful and informative illustrations on each page, and over 100 distinct voices, plus a hot narrative that shows you how to put the info to good use!
Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of female sexuality, with special guidance from thirteen guest sex educators including Nina Hartley, Sex Nerd Sandra, Jiz Lee, Tristan Taormino, Julia Serano, Reid Mihalko, Kelly Shibari, and more!
This is the book every young woman should have been given instead of dry health class lectures on anatomy and menstruation. In a fun, often irreverent, entertaining way, Moon lays out the realities of sex for women, and though the emphasis is on women having relations with women, the information she shares in a sex-positive, non-judgmental way is vital for all women. With an inclusive atmosphere so that all women find themselves represented in a respectful, realistic way, Moon and her guest educators take the mystery out of how things work, how to approach sex in a positive, co-creative way, and what to avoid. With helpful, and wonderful, illustrations and even a story to illustrate certain points interspersed between the educational bits, everything a woman needs to take the anxiety and mystification out of sex is right here.
Great combination of graphics, understandable language, and story-telling with wonderful ‘how-to’s’.
I wish I'd had this book when I was twenty, but even reading it at fifty-six I learned a lot! The book is full of information presented in a professional and entertaining way. No matter how experienced or inexperienced a person (this book's not just for girls!) is, this book has something to teach. Allison Moon knows what she's talking about, and she talks about it all. Oh, and it's fun.
I'm rating logical progression as "plot" and layout as "setting." Characterization – the mildly erotic storyline used as illustration of principles – was strong on diversity but I think individual vignettes would have worked better. These gals shag everyone. And, finally – This is NOT a book that should be read all at once, and it's not a book to give anyone as entertainment. As a textbook for healthy consensual sex, it's excellent.
This is an absolutely unique and desperately needed resource for those who love cis women, female-identified women, feminine-of-center persons, female-bodied persons, and even persons whose bodies and identities don't fall neatly into a category. Targeted at the underserved demographic of those wishing to honor and respect a lover's personhood throughout a sexual encounter, Girl Sex 101 focuses heavily on achieving meaningful consent, negotiating boundaries, learning how to communicate about sex with a partner--especially one who's suffered abuse, misgendering, or body issues--and making the sometimes daunting prospect of true physical intimacy attainable for anyone. I can't recommend it highly enough. Everything about it from its charming fictional interludes to its fun illustrations to its up-to-date, sex-positive feminist approach to the subject matter win rave reviews. This book is a must-read for lesbian, multisexual, and trans* spectrum people.
From beginner to old-timer, very informative female sex primer. Easy to read, conversationally written, and very supportive and encouraging of whichever gender lifestyle a woman may choose. Lots of good tips!
It was informative, well written, and I like that the author also didn't want girls to man hate. Very nicely done.


Runners Up:
2.    Making a Comeback by Julie Blair   
3.    Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon   
4.    An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch
The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
5.    A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan   
6.    Under a Falling Star by Jae   
7.    Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin
No Good Reason by Cari Hunter
8.    Everything by Carole Wolf
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence
9.    All the little Moments by G Benson
10.    Sandcastles by Suzie Carr
Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne
All We Lack by Sandra Moran
To Love Again by B.L. Clark

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: TPG Books (October 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1506014437
ISBN-13: 978-1506014432
Amazon: Summer Symphony
Amazon Kindle: Summer Symphony

Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart. He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see. But does he have the strength let go and really grieve? When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity. Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes? Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.
A well-written story that packs quite an emotional punch. I was especially engrossed by the depiction of a man's grief at the loss of his child and the tremendous impact that had on his marriage and his life. Overall, a great read.
A book you have to say a lot about it or nothing. It deals with grief in a real, heartbreaking way. I never thought I was reading fiction and I had to remind myself it was a book, because the pain was so real. It's a story about expectations and having to conform to them and having to perform to them. It's a story about cultural differences, blown away by music. Even if this is not a romance and it deals with strong feelings, it's not hopeless, because there's a way you can find to cope, even if you won't ever heal.
Reminiscent of his earlier works. Superb writing that wrings the emotions out of readers!
Thoroughly enthralling story of a summer symphony that is beautiful to behold. Written with a deft hand.
Gut wrenching and raw, this book made me cry several times.
What a beautiful delicate story of the aftermath of bereavement on one man and how he is helped back to his world again.


Runners Up:
2.    Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher
3.    The Harem Master by Megan Derr   
4.    I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney   
5.    Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li
6.    The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou
7.    The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt
8.    A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas   
9.    A Year in the Life by Cat Grant   
10.    Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492174
ISBN-13: 978-1626492172
Amazon: The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story)
Amazon Kindle: The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story)

After breaking his arm on set, Wolf’s Landing stuntman Ginsberg Sloan finds himself temporarily out of work. Luckily, Bluewater Bay’s worst B&B has cheap long-term rates, and Ginsberg’s not too proud to take advantage of them.
Derrick Richards, a grizzled laid-off logger, inherited the B&B after his parents’ untimely deaths. Making beds and cooking sunny-side-up eggs is hardly Derrick’s idea of a man’s way to make a living, but just as he’s decided to shut the place down, Ginsberg shows up on his doorstep, pitiful and soaking wet, and Derrick can hardly send him packing.
Not outright, at least.
The plan? Carry on the B&B’s tradition of terrible customer service and even worse food until the pampered city boy leaves voluntarily. What Derrick doesn’t count on, though, is that the lousier he gets at hosting, the more he convinces bored, busybody Ginsberg to try to get the B&B back on track. And he definitely doesn’t count on the growing attraction between them, or how much more he learns from Ginsberg than how to put out kitchen fires.
Honestly, this book blew me away and that's not easy to do. It was hilarious at times and poignant at others and just such a joy to read. It kept me up into the early morning hours until I couldn't keep my eyes open to read "just one more scene." I nearly ran into a bridge support on my daily walk because I couldn't put my phone away to stop reading the book. I loved how Ginsberg's gender, while being an issue...wasn't THE issue. The story was more about Derrick coming to terms with his own sexuality and what that meant in his world. And everything was just so well done. The sex was perfect. The reactions were perfect.. Derrick coming to terms with his parent's death and how well loved he actually is...perfect. And Ginsberg was perfect. I couldn't think of *anything* I would change, hence my score.
Ah, this book had two great characters that I was rooting for the whole way through. Wonderful little book.
Really well written - beautiful characterization.
This was a sweet story exploring a relationship which was very different for one of the MCs, Derrick, who proved to be a kindly man who gained insight into his own past and character as the book went on. His boyfriend Ginsberg, was also patient and kind in how he made allowances for the new situation his partner found himself in. The B&B itself was another character in the story. I don't know how realistic the sex scenes were, but they were nicely unsensational, and gave me food for thought.
Ginsberg, badass stunt double for the star of the show-within-the-book, caught my attention in the first of the Bluewater Bay stories. Ginsberg is a force of nature, and the contrast between his personality and verve, and Derrick's curmudgeonly (yet oddly innocent) viewpoint is highly entertaining.


Runners Up:
2.    Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper   
3.    To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon
The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller
4.    Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde
A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde   
5.    Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1 Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492050
ISBN-13: 978-1626492059
Amazon: Hammer and Bone
Amazon Kindle: Hammer and Bone

Carnival mystics. Zombie tribes. Bad magic in the Bayou. Mage-princes, alien cities, and soul-stealing priests. The grim monsters in the worlds of these dark, speculative tales are true horrors, but it’s the people you should fear the most.
People like Michel, a boy pining for his best friend, Ray. But a presence in the swamp calls Michel to avenge another lost love, and he must decide which summons to answer. Or Angelo, a prescient cop who denies his visions until they endanger the man he loves. Or Bellew, an overseer in a shantytown of criminals sheltering a revenant and feeding it from their ranks.
From ruined lands of steam and iron, to haunted Southern forests, to brutal city streets where hope and damnation flow from the same spring, only a few stubborn souls possess the heart to challenge evil on its own terms. Some wield magic, some turn to rage or even love, but the ones left standing will survive only if they find the courage to carve their own paths to freedom.
Even if it means carving through flesh.
So many worlds, each intricately crafted and fully formed--so different from one another, yet fully, gloriously brought to life in the space of a short story. Breathtaking characters, and stories that impact like a punch to the gut. This is how speculative fiction should be done.
Sooo creepy. The setting for the book, for the different stories contained within were so wonderfully described that as each story revealed its creepy, horror, paranormal aspect it only served to increase the tension, the creepy factor. Each character within the story were interesting, and they maintained their intrigue throughout. There was very little character development with each story being so short, and the intent of the author for the overall vein of the book/collection, but I still would have liked to see the characters stretch and grow more. The plot of most of the stories was interesting, though some of them were just too confusing or disjointed. An overall great read.
Wow. Just wow. What a freaking journey this was! When it comes to world-building, Crow is a master of her craft. An imaginative collection of weird tales that suck you into their dark fantasy world and won't let you leave without a couple of dents in your heart and a fond memory of every character in each different world. Taking these stories beyond expectations, the author delivers us stories with happy endings and far-less-than happy endings, and both gay and lesbian pairings. Sad and bleak and depressing took on new meanings in this anthology of splice-of-life tales. More than once I was left heartbroken, most of all by Hangfire, a beautiful story of love and loss that left me in tears. The author's creativity deserves a definite thumbs-up!


Runners Up:
2.    Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith   
3.    Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie



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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162105
ISBN-13: 978-1632162106
Amazon: Most Beautiful Words
Amazon Kindle: Most Beautiful Words

Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy's life whom he lost fifty years ago.
Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death's door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there's someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.
It was a really difficult book to read, dealing with an hard issue such as death. But the way it was  faced is really sweet and strong. I think it's really difficult to let go people you love, and this book teach us to let go. Well written even if confusing in some passage, nontheless a very agreable book. Touching.
Here's the inspirational comment = A heartbreaking, beautiful story that left me shattered to pieces and crying my eyes out. This is about true love, a close-knit family, stories that can fill entire lifetimes, and a journey through dreams, life and death to learn what truly matters. I will remember this amazing, haunting love story for a long time to come. Loved everything about it!
I'm speechless... It was a very unusual book for me, it left me crying but mostly with happy tears...


Runners Up:
2.    Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
3.    Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen
4.    In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish   
5.    Call Me Home by Megan Kruse   
6.    The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
7.    Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes   
8.    Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
9.    Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry   
10.    Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (October 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955331911
ISBN-13: 978-3955331917
Amazon: Barring Complications
Amazon Kindle: Barring Complications

It's an open secret that the newest justice on the Supreme Court is a lesbian. So when the Court decides to hear a case about gay marriage, Justice Victoria Willoughby must navigate the press, sway at least one of her conservative colleagues, and confront her own fraught feelings about coming out. ­­ Just when she decides she's up to the challenge,­­ she learns that the very brilliant, very out Genevieve Fornier will be lead counsel on the case. Genevieve isn't sure which is causing her more sleepless nights: the prospect of losing the case, or the thought of who will be sitting on the bench when she argues it.
I was pleasantly amazed at this debut work. Blythe Rippon did an excellent job establishing time and place for her story, and she populated it with very real, very human characters. Multiple viewpoints in a novel can get tricky, but Ms. Rippon switches deftly between Victoria's and Genevieve's perspectives. The dialogue was realistic, there was an unexpected but welcome touch of humor, and the novel moved at a pace that kept me turning pages.
This was such a unique and interesting story. The characters were very well-developed and felt so realistic. The writing style was excellent, there wasn't one boring or slow part. I enjoyed it very much.
So amazingly good. One of my favorite book of the year for sure. As a non american reader I have loved how well the author explain the Supreme Court procedures and the double point of view is so well balanced that seems like the only way this story could have been told. Everything in this book is done so well that it was actually difficult for me to take brakes to do important and so much needed things like sleep! This is a book that I will re-read for sure. A wonderful and actually perfect debut that will make me wait impatiently for her next book.
The idea that this is Mrs Blythe Rippon's debut lesbian, contemporary, romance novel is astonishing as there was such depth, breadth, life, such a realness, vitality, and a thrumming of awareness and anticipation that seemed to thrum throughout every word, every sentence, every paragraph, and every page. Much like the mellifluous and (let's admit it, AMAZING) music she referenced in the book, this story vibrated and flowed like a beautiful melody. Lulling the reader into a vivaciously, entertaining book, about a notably historic moment, and while there might have been some readers who may have found their eyes glazing over at the lengthy and verbose use of legal jargon that seemed to infuse the pages of this novel, Mrs. Rippon's ability to weave their meaning without making the reader feel interminably foolish, or her cheeky way of subtly encouraging the reader to research the numerous legal cases referenced within, only serve to enhance the plot and make it more engaging and enthralling. As for the setting, between the vivid description of the biting cold that made me want to reach for a coat, the rainstorms that made me feel as if my own dress loafers were soaked through, the swimming in the pool that always made me feel exhausted (and strangely smelling of chlorine), even to the mojitos that always left a delightful taste on my tongue, Mrs. Rippon's skill at plunking the reader down in the middle of a scene and not just guiding them through it, but making them experience it, is above par. The characters, from the two main characters: Victoria and Genevieve, to the secondary characters: William, Diane, Sonya, Tara, Bethany, Pollard, Alistair, Rosie, Jamie (of HRC), Nicollete "Nic" (of NCLR), Wallace, even Roxie, etc. are all so completely well executed and well-rounded that there wasn't one character I could imagine lifting out of the novel and tossing away due to frivolity as I can so often do to many other novels. And while of these things point to the brilliance, the beauty, the sheer elegance that is Mrs. Rippon's writing style, and why she is so deserving of a score of 40/40, none do that more than the different quotes from the book to show the interaction between the characters and those directly from the case which was at the center of this novel, which I have included below. As we read and judge these books, sometimes focusing on different aspects of the books, the chemistry between the couples: physical and emotional, the plot of the story, it was lovely to read a story that had at its core a couple not only fighting for their own love, but for the rights of all same-sex couples to be able to marry in the U.S. Something of which we all celebrate, now that the battle has been won. Well done, Mrs. Rippon. Very, very, well done.


Runners Up:
2.    All the little Moments by G Benson   
3.    To Love Again by B.L. Clark   
4.    Wishbone by Elaine Burnes   
5.    The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey   
6.    Never Too Late by Julie Blair   
7.    When It Raynes by C.D. Cain
The Surrender by Terias McKlay   
8.    The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar
9.    A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne
10.    No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: PM Press (November 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629630411
ISBN-13: 978-1629630410
Amazon: Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus
Amazon Kindle: Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus

A photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages 14–24, identifying as queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning), Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus presents portraits without judgment or stereotype by eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop. This backdrop acts as a blank canvas, where each subject’s personal thoughts are handwritten onto the final photographic print. With more than 65 portraits photographed over a period of 10 years, the book provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth and gives a voice to an underserved group of people that are seldom heard and often silenced. The collaboration of image and first-person narrative serves to provide an outlet, show support, create dialogue, and help those who struggle.
I really liked how even though there was an official author the story was written by the individuals. Compelling, real, and positive outlook toward the future.
All I can tell you is that it moved me.  Each page made me think, smile, feel.
Visually stunning and poignant, this book puts together the youth of the LGBTQ community and their thoughts at the time of their portraits for an exhibit. The book is the result of the exhibit.  There are many THEN and NOW sections--of how the person felt at the time, and the reflection of what was going then and now. Some moved me to tears, while others made me think, and few made me laugh.  The most basic and universal of messages--let me be free to be me--get to know me--I too am human were wonderfully documented in this book..


Runners Up:
2.    Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell   
3.    Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick

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And The William Neale Award goes to:

1. Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162326
ISBN-13: 978-1632162328
Amazon: Beneath the Stain
Amazon Kindle: Beneath the Stain

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren't getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.
Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he's hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn't flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that's not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav's help—but Trav's not sure he's going to survive falling in love with Mackey.
Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn't do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey's past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.
No one does angst like Amy Lane. At times this book was almost too much--even for someone like me who adores angst--but it's impossible to put down. The characters are perfectly flawed, so loveable you feel every shred of their pain and hope and loss. A story that will stay with me forever, for sure.
This book pulled me in from the very beginning, and I almost felt like I was there.
Intense long gripping story with a plot that continued to evolve throughout the story. Interesting characters. Looked at sad side of life as well as the good side.
Amy Lane's dark contemporary stories always gut me -- this one was no different, and it wasn't even one of the darker ones. Incredible characters, roiling emotions, and rock and roll! When you finish an Amy Lane book, you feel like you really know all her characters personally (and for some of the less pleasant ones, that's not entirely comfortable!).
Absolutely loved every word, Amy Lane at her finest!
Coming of age story. As expected from this author, very well written and interactive. A song of life, love and friendship.


Runners Up:
2.    Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain   
3.    The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme
4.    A New Man by P.D. Singer
5.    The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson   
6.    Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling
7.    Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen
8.    Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
9.    Innocence by Suki Fleet
10.    A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Making a Comeback by Julie Blair
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626393575
ISBN-13: 978-1626393578
Amazon: Making a Comeback
Amazon Kindle: Making a Comeback

Jazz pianist Liz Randall is reeling from her wife’s death and struggling to keep their band together. An invitation to play at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival is an opportunity she can’t turn down, and a challenge she might not be up to until she enlists the help of a mysterious neighbor who’s surprisingly knowledgeable about jazz.
When Jac Winters reluctantly agrees to help, a past she wants to forget threatens to destroy the carefully ordered life she’s built with her guide dog, Max, in the quiet town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
With music and love swirling around them like ocean currents, will Liz and Jac play it safe or risk everything on making a comeback?
Absolutely brilliant story about love lost and regained, no punches pulled. Wonderful background of music.
This is definitely an author I would look up again. I truly enjoyed the flow of the story.
Loved it - love the Jazz, the partner's death, the neighbor, the locale of Carmel by the Sea - loved it.
This book was much better than her debut one and if Julie Blair can improve so much with only two book I will wait impatiently for her 3rd one. Really good job! I have nothing to say because the book have offered me all I want: a good solid plot that make sense and give away so much in the feelings department that one can only empathize with the protagonists. And also if it was not a original story it was fresh enough to old my interest from cover to cover. Definitely one of the best read this year and so it deserved a perfect score.
A little slow placed but overall well written romance. Very likeable MC's, both vulnerable and finding their way to love.


Runners Up:
2.    Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon   
3.    Under a Falling Star by Jae   
4.    All the little Moments by G Benson   
5.    Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne   
6.    For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton   
7.    To Love Free by Chris Paynter   
8.    Never Too Late by Julie Blair   
9.    Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo
June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett
10.    Spring Blossom (Camellia #2) by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z.
Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn

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And The Bobby Michaels Award goes to:

1.    For Real by Alexis Hall
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492808
ISBN-13: 978-1626492806
Amazon: For Real: A Spires Story
Amazon Kindle: For Real: A Spires Story

Laurence Dalziel, a thirty-seven year old trauma surgeon, is worn down and washed up. And for him the BDSM scene especially is all played out. He’s tired of pantomiming submission, and he’s long since given up looking for more than hollow release.
Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.
Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. He doesn’t know how he ended up where he is or where he’s meant to be going. But he knows, with all the terrible certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie.
He wants Laurie on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love. But while Laurie will surrender his body to Toby’s desires, he won’t surrender his heart. Because whatever they have, however right it feels, he knows it can’t last. Toby has to live his own life, and Laurie has to let him.
It can’t be for real.
Oh my dog!!!! . . I was a bit let down when I saw it was BDSM. That usually does very little for me. But this book made me a believer. I have loved Alexis’s other books because they are clever, funny, and hot. I love this one because I was forced to, much like Laurie, the jaded BDSMer was forced to love Toby but not in a stilted set-up. They were so perfect together.  There were bits that felt slightly holier-than-thou about BDSM  (eg the conversation about safe-words) but who cares. The book has so much heart to go along with Alexis’s usual cleverness I’m thoroughly charmed and wowed by it. The BDSM was never forced or silly—except in the one scene when it was supposed to be, and even that wasn’t cheapened into being a mere plot device because Dom, the secondary character, is more than a stereotype (and he made sure we and Laurie knows it) . The heroes are fabulous and I get snuffly just thinking of them – and I NEVER get snuffly about books. I feel sorry for whoever dropped the ball on reading this. S/he missed an absolute treat. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. And now I have to recover and get some sleep because Hall made me stay up way past my bedtime, reading.
The emotionality, the depth and the sheer brilliance of the writing took my breath away. An awesome read and a wonderful, poignant romance.
BDSM, but with much more focus on the psychology, the needs of the two men and the balance of the relationship, than any mechanics of the physical side. Not that there aren't excellent sexual episodes in it, but there are no formal scenes here, no careful planning and stylized progression. Just two men, one older, one younger; one experienced in the scene, one completely new to it; one broken by losing love through no fault of his own, one urgently seeking something he's never had... and the young, inexperienced guy is the Dom. This worked for me on so many levels. The writing is excellent. (If you haven't tried this author yet, and were daunted by the accent or the steampunk of other stories, try this one.) The men are imperfect, physically as well as in their very human emotions and psychology. The progression through the relationship is organic, not formalized, moving in very believable fits and starts. There are wonderful moments and painful moments and I read it in one breathless evening, then went back to the beginning.


Runners Up:
2.    The Slave by Kate Aaron
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews
3.    Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie
The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire
4.    Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor
5.    No Place That Far by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov   
6.    Make Me Soar (Collars & Cuffs #6) by K.C. Wells
7.    Chance Of the Heart by Kade Boehme   
8.    Dirty Dining by EM Lynley   
9.    Mask by Teodora Kostova   
10.    Turkish Delights by Trina Lane
Wrestling With Passion by D.H. Starr
Training Complex by Leta Blake
Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens
The Right Time (Right And Wrong #3) by Lane Hayes   

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 16, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.
A note to the Editor
Dear Henry,
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
Robert Caldwell
September 1914
"The Caldwell Ghost" and “Butterflies” are previously published short stories. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal continues and completes Robert Caldwell and Simon Feximal’s story.
Well rounded characters and I enjoyed how their relationship was told through the cases they worked. I loved the world building and that I could picture everything as it was playing out, almost like I was watching a movie.
Another perfect read. A collection of short stories that piece together a lifetime relationship. Sad and sweet, scary and funny, all stories are different and entertaining.
This was literally the best thing I read all year.
This is a charming (if sometimes harrowing) homage to Victorian occultists and its resulting pulp fiction. KJ Charles's mastery of the vernacular of this period is remarkable, as always. Ever wonder what would have happened if Holmes and Watson had been lovers rather than colleagues, and if Holmes's weakness had not been cocaine but the result of arcane tampering? Here's the answer. (In Feximal's world, the Hound of the Baskervilles would have truly been a giant spectral hound.)
I adored this book which hearkened back to the days of Victorian England, and the poignancy of two men investigating to the best of their abilities. The irony--and hope--at the end undid me, and I have spent lots of fruitless--if wonderful time--imagining the ending that I'm sure we all wanted for our heroes. I did not realize until recently that parts of this book were released independently, as individual adventures, and that knowledge only made me love it more. It's like Sherlock Holmes, paranormal style, and I cannot praise it enough.


Runners Up:
2.    Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk   
3.    Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue
4.    Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews
5.    Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker   
6.    Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes
Axel's Pup by Kim Dare
7.    Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison
The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs
8.    Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
The Vampire and the P.I. by J.P. Bowie   
9.    Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church
Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace   
10.    I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Hawthorne Books (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990437000
ISBN-13: 978-0990437000
Amazon: Call Me Home

Call Me Home has an epic scope in the tradition of Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves or Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and braids the stories of a family in three distinct voices: Amy, who leaves her Texas home at 19 to start a new life with a man she barely knows, and her two children, Jackson and Lydia, who are rocked by their parents’ abusive relationship. When Amy is forced to bargain for the safety of one child over the other, she must retrace the steps in the life she has chosen. Jackson, 18 and made visible by his sexuality, leaves home and eventually finds work on a construction crew in the Idaho mountains, where he begins a potentially ruinous affair with Don, the married foreman of his crew. Lydia, his 12-year-old sister, returns with her mother to Texas, struggling to understand what she perceives to be her mother’s selfishness. At its heart, this is a novel about family, our choices and how we come to live with them, what it means to be queer in the rural West, and the changing idea of home.
This is a beautiful tale told in three voices:  Lydia speaks from the first person point of view, and Jackson and Amy speak from the third person point of view.  The timetable is not linear, but the writer purposely reveals the details of their lives as needed.  The struggles of physical/mental abuse are shown by each voice as they perceive them and add up to the tragedy that is domestic abuse.  The gay theme is masterfully told by both Amy and Jackson.  At one point Amy goes to Seattle to participate in an LGBT rally because she wants the best for her son: "She wanted every promise that lit from these hopeful tongues, the warm and waiting streets they marched on.  She wanted him to have what was owed to him, for the world to crack open for him.  She did not want for him to feel the poor, small life that was already around him for a minute longer, when all of this was here, waiting." There is also the relationship between Lydia and Jackson.  more like siblings they are twins.  They feel each other's presence even when they are apart:  "...if Jackson lives as though he never knew us at all - it doesn't matter.  I'll remember it for us, I thought; I will remember all of it; I will leave nothing out.  I didn't know why it was important, but it was." The character development is outstanding.  They pop out of the page and speak to you.  After a few pages you can't help but feel their pain. This is the best novel I've read this year!  At its heart, this is a novel about family, our choices and how we come to live with them, what it means to be queer in the rural West, and the changing idea of home and family.
Kruse seamlessly weaves the story through past and present - each time period as pertinent and relative to each other in the story as they are in the individual’s life. No loss of suspense in the transitions, rather a skillful heightening. The writing is as spare and plain as the emotionally impoverished lives the characters lead, and the settings are perfectly balanced - as broken as the characters yet full of potential. Perfectly paced character development - the damaged young daughter hating and fearing her abusive father; the gay son so hungry for his father’s love and his hate for his mother; the guilt-ridden mother driven after decades of abuse to finally flee her the husband she once loved, who could at turns be fun and loving. It would have been easy to keep him just a bad guy but Kruse makes him as sympathetic and damaged as the rest of his family. A lovely novel of resiliency and continuing to believe in ones dreams.
Heartbreaking and richly told.


Runners Up:
2.    Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell   
3.    Blink by Rick R. Reed
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher
4.    Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry   
5.    Playing House by Bru Baker   
6.    The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney   
7.    In Me an Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless   
8.    An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman
Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker
9.    The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi
10.    Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt

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And The Dorien Grey Award goes to:

1.    Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634761308
ISBN-13: 978-1634761307
Amazon: Model Citizen
Amazon Kindle: Model Citizen

Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency―Petroskovic Haven Investigations―and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie's childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
Well written mystery with lovable characters. Just enough angst to keep things interesting.  I couldn't stop reading.
Totally fresh and original characters. Engaging mystery. Strong, interesting writing style.
If you like mysteries then you really need to give this story a chance.  I was pulled in right from the beginning by both the characters and the mysteries woven through the story.  There are several OMG moments and I was surprised by how everything played out.  This is one story that would make a great series, and I plan on re-reading it soon.
A deliciously plotted murder mystery with a great cast of characters and believable relationships.


Runners Up:
2.    Blood and Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker   
3.    Fragmented (Shadow Mountain #2) by Indra Vaughn   
4.    Heat Trap by JL Merrow   
5.    One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley   
6.    Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble
24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley   
7.    Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed
The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane
Sunset Island by Elliott Mackle
Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden Winters
8.    Boystown 7: Bloodlines by Marshall Thornton   
9.    Fated (Shadow Mountain #1) by Indra Vaughn
10.    Manipulation (Diversion #4) by Eden Winters

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde   
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477824685
ISBN-13: 978-1477824689
Amazon: The Language of Hoofbeats
Amazon Kindle: The Language of Hoofbeats

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together—far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they’ve made and the scars they carry. Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.
The Language of Hoofbeats is a touching story of a lesbian couple that moves into a small town with 3 children.  One they adopted, the other two are fosters.  Their closest neighbor is not happy that they have moved in and they are lesbians.  The story shows how the neighbor and the couple have to push aside differences when one of the children does something unthinkable that affects them all.
Mrs Catherine Ryan Hyde work seem to be always precise and on point and this book is another example of why I enjoy to read her books. This is not the first time that I read a book divided into two point of views but it is a lot more rare that the different voices are not connected by a romance building among the owners of those voices. I think that the way she balanced her protagonist's stories is perfect and the story even if not new is never trite or banal.
The characterization was a rare piece of craftsmanship, making even the most disagreeable character human and sympathetic.  Best of the bunch – VERY well done!
The plot structure was perfection. There were lots of arcs, but they all came together. Clem's struggles seemed to mirror Star's, and the horse brought them together. The setting--Clem's house, the barn, and Jackie's house were well done and used to maximum benefit. Characterization was spot on. Character growth of everyone was incredible. It seemed they all had fears they needed to overcome. The writing style was fantastic--each sentence has a purpose.
For me, this book is a straight 10-10-10-10 for a total of 40. I was almost sure it would be 5 pages into it. Okay, I need to justify my rating. This is going to be longer than you want to read, but I'll get around to something you can use by the end. When I read other lesfic, I can't help but compare the writing to my own writing. There are a lot of authors I judge "not as good" or "really, really not as good". And then there's a group that I consider peers, or close enough. There are a few I put "a little better". Then there's Catherine Ryan Hyde. I can only hope someday to write this well. You probably can't use any of that and want a simple one liner. So... The Language of Hoofbeats tugged at my heartstrings. It made me laugh. It made me cry. I felt joy, and I felt sorrow. And I felt hope.


Runners Up:
2.    A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan   
3.    Everything by Carole Wolf   
4.    Sandcastles by Suzie Carr
All We Lack by Sandra Moran
To Love Again by B.L. Clark
5.    Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Semper Fi by Keira Andrews
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: KA Books (April 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0993859844
ISBN-13: 978-0993859847
Amazon: Semper Fi
Amazon Kindle: Semper Fi

The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.
As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.
But when Jim's wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn't know a thing about apple farming--or children--but he's determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend's support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected.
Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?
This is a historical that is very well done by Ms. Andrews. The characters really pulled me in and I loved the way the author allows them to find their happily ever after.
Of the three historicals I’ve read this is by far my favorite. The author did an excellent job of writing an accurate historical piece and making the love story appealing to the reader. Normally I don’t like a lot of flashbacks, but this was written in a way that made the flashbacks keep the characters story moving forward. The plot itself was original and creative. Excellent job of taking the reader to both the South Pacific and Upstate New York. Both the main characters were written excellently. Their backstories were done well and their growth throughout the story realistic. Language was appropriate to the times. Good use of showing. Pace was enjoyable.
This was by far my favorite book this year. The characterizations were fantastic; the plot moved along at a good pace. I liked the way the chapters went back and forth between past and present as well.
This was a gorgeously written book. Usually, I don't enjoy books that flip between timelines, but in this case it worked very well - the arc of a young Cal and Jim surviving Okinawa and reaching the end of the war carefully mirroring the modern arc of Cal and Jim struggling to come to terms with their relationship and ultimately building a life together with their family. The secondary characters were thoughtfully drawn and the storyline was treated in a lovely, understated and sensitive way. Even the smallest throwaway line of Sergeant Tyrell smiling at Cal to tell him that he was now a Marine was perfectly meaningful, leading the reader to understand that Tyrell had not been abusing his power in treating Cal harshly but hoped to give him the skills to survive wartime and that Cal, to an independent observer, really appeared to be a promising but undisciplined young man. I felt that Jim's agonizing over balancing what was best for his children against what was best for himself and Cal went on just a touch too long and dragged the pace of the plot a bit, but that's a pretty minor complaint. One of my favorite reads this year.
Wow! Two books in one: the story of the war years, then the recovery and journey of self discovery skillfully blended together. Bitter-sweet and utterly enthralling, I cannot recommend this book enough.


Runners Up:
2.    A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles   
3.    Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton   
4.    The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane   
5.    When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1 (tie-in).    Keep the Stars Running by Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Lexi Ander, Leona Carver, and Cassandra Pierce
Paperback: 514 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 13, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620045311
ISBN-13: 978-1620045312
Amazon: Keep the Stars Running
Amazon Kindle: Keep the Stars Running

Space is not always filled with adventures and glory. Not everybody goes racing off to battle evil and save the galaxy. Between the rebels, pirates, royals, and spies are the everyday people who work hard just to get by and ensure everyone gets home safe. Less Than Three Press presents a collection of tales about the ordinary folks who keep the stars running.
Every time I read an Andrea Speed book I get sucked in. I read all the books in the anthology, they were all good.
Although on a similar theme, each story took a different approach. I was hooked very early on by not just the plots, but the characters and worldbuilding.  A few authors new to me who I will be reading more of. Loved it.
In the previous anthologies I've said that there was a mixed bag of good and not so good stories. In this one, though, I must confess, I Loved all the stories within. Each one was quite entertaining and some even kept me at the edge of the seat. I must say, I'd love to see these shorts expanded to novel size and let us see more of these couples and the men and women who surround them. Well written, entertaining stories!
1 Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492050
ISBN-13: 978-1626492059
Amazon: Hammer and Bone
Amazon Kindle: Hammer and Bone

Carnival mystics. Zombie tribes. Bad magic in the Bayou. Mage-princes, alien cities, and soul-stealing priests. The grim monsters in the worlds of these dark, speculative tales are true horrors, but it’s the people you should fear the most.
People like Michel, a boy pining for his best friend, Ray. But a presence in the swamp calls Michel to avenge another lost love, and he must decide which summons to answer. Or Angelo, a prescient cop who denies his visions until they endanger the man he loves. Or Bellew, an overseer in a shantytown of criminals sheltering a revenant and feeding it from their ranks.
From ruined lands of steam and iron, to haunted Southern forests, to brutal city streets where hope and damnation flow from the same spring, only a few stubborn souls possess the heart to challenge evil on its own terms. Some wield magic, some turn to rage or even love, but the ones left standing will survive only if they find the courage to carve their own paths to freedom.
Even if it means carving through flesh.
So many worlds, each intricately crafted and fully formed--so different from one another, yet fully, gloriously brought to life in the space of a short story. Breathtaking characters, and stories that impact like a punch to the gut. This is how speculative fiction should be done.
Sooo creepy. The setting for the book, for the different stories contained within were so wonderfully described that as each story revealed its creepy, horror, paranormal aspect it only served to increase the tension, the creepy factor. Each character within the story were interesting, and they maintained their intrigue throughout. There was very little character development with each story being so short, and the intent of the author for the overall vein of the book/collection, but I still would have liked to see the characters stretch and grow more. The plot of most of the stories was interesting, though some of them were just too confusing or disjointed. An overall great read.
Wow. Just wow. What a freaking journey this was! When it comes to world-building, Crow is a master of her craft. An imaginative collection of weird tales that suck you into their dark fantasy world and won't let you leave without a couple of dents in your heart and a fond memory of every character in each different world. Taking these stories beyond expectations, the author delivers us stories with happy endings and far-less-than happy endings, and both gay and lesbian pairings. Sad and bleak and depressing took on new meanings in this anthology of splice-of-life tales. More than once I was left heartbroken, most of all by Hangfire, a beautiful story of love and loss that left me in tears. The author's creativity deserves a definite thumbs-up!


Runners Up:
2.    Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend   
3.    Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
4.    Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie   
5.    Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. No Good Reason by Cari Hunter
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 9, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626393524
ISBN-13: 978-1626393523
Amazon: No Good Reason (The Dark Peak Series Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: No Good Reason (The Dark Peak Series Book 1)

“I can’t do this. I can’t do any of this without her.”
Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed.
When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case. As Sanne and her colleagues in East Derbyshire Special Ops search for the culprit, and Meg fights to keep his victim alive, a shocking discovery turns the investigation on its head. With the clock ticking, Sanne and Meg find themselves pushed closer by a crime that threatens to tear everything apart.
A fabulous mystery, well grounded in setting, creepy and steadily paced, reminiscent of the television show Broadchurch.
Very good craft. Great story. I would like to have seen more kickass in the heroine. A little to indecisive for my taste. But a great story idea that really grabs you about midway through. I’d like to have seen the heroine force the issue a little more. The plot components are all there and in order. But the heroine could have made that flow a little faster, a little more captivating by rebelling every once in a while. Setting is Excellent. The reveal was a little slow on a few issues and, I believe, incomplete on others. The heroines’ father. How that impacted her decision making could have been developed a little more. And there were two specific times I wanted to grab the H and yell at her. Go do this now. You not doing this particular thing is out of character for you. The most important of the two was when they finally linked one person to the killings (Farley I believe) and everyone else gave up on the second victim (Rachel). And our H went home wounded and tired, all teary eyed, but she had a hunch or maybe a hope. She shouldn’t have given up. She should of fought Meg to the point of anger and continued the search on her own. In the dark. In the rain. Through the pain. That’s what makes our heroes heroic. Great stuff. Nice flow. Very clean. Well edited. Only mention here would be using a lot of brand names. Especially products that a reader outside the UK may never have heard of before. Great one. I will be finding another title by this author for personal reading.
Brilliant. This started out looking like another trudge through a cliché formula, then suddenly spun out into a hair-raising hunt. I'd go on about how good it is but I don't want to give away any surprises. A real surprise.
An excellent start into a new series oozing with brithisness and characters who run deep.


Runners Up:
2.    The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin   
3.    The Surrender by Terias McKlay   
4.    Blind Trust by Jody Klaire   
5.    No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1 (tie-in). Infected: Epitaph by Andrea Speed
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: DSP Publications (November 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988610
ISBN-13: 978-1627988612
Amazon: Infected, Epitaph
Amazon Kindle: Infected, Epitaph

Sequel to Infected: Undertow
Infected: Book Eight
In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective solving crimes involving other infecteds.
Tiger strain infections start showing up all over Seattle, much to Roan's dismay, and worse yet, they may have a personal connection. Meanwhile, Roan gets hired to look into the puzzling death of Dee's former lover. Then the FBI wants him to investigate a new apocalypse cult of infecteds pushing for a violent revolution against normals. All around Roan, events are spiraling out of control. Just when his singular abilities are needed most, Roan develops new symptoms that might signify dire consequences if he doesn’t stop shifting at will. Roan finds himself at a crossroads and must make a difficult decision about his future.
This is the beautiful first meeting of soul mates. It's heartbreaking, for those like me who know how that story ends, but it's a sort of privilege to be able to see two people who were born to be together meet and recognize they're meant for each other. It's great to see how the main characters complement each other and their dialogs are lively and funny. Even if there is a sort of sadness, the undertones are not hopeless, because what the author was able to convey is the dignity of Paris even in the bad place he is at the moment. And Roan is a caring, badass, no-bullshit hero, who speaks more through his deeds than his words.
I've been hooked on Roan's story since book one and have really enjoyed reading each and every book in the series.
1 (tie-in). Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492697
ISBN-13: 978-1626492691
Amazon: Peripheral People: A Ylendrian Empire Novel
Amazon Kindle: Peripheral People: A Ylendrian Empire Novel

Corwin Menevie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple homicide.
During a routine investigation, West’s talent puts them on the trail of a brutal serial killer who traps his prey in a deadly mental playground. Then the killer starts baiting the team, laying psychic landmines at crime scenes and exposing IEC secrets. The strain of the case binds the agents closer together—so close that Nika and Gavin start sharing a room, and even the curmudgeonly Corwin finds himself as occupied with West as he is with the murders.
But as West’s visions of death grow more violent, the only way out for all of them may be straight through the mind of a monster. If they’re not careful, they may forget which side of the hunt they’re on.
Peripheral People was an intelligent and absorbing thriller that kept my interest from start to finish. The plot moved along at a cracking pace and I loved the character development and romance between the two leads. The supporting characters were interesting and three dimensional. I will probably read more from this author.
A perfectly created world. I'd not read any of this series, but soon understood what was going on. The main characters were shown clearly and had distinct, individual personalities. The world-building was excellent, and I had no trouble believing West and Corwin could travel psychically into others' minds. The book wasn't quite perfect - one or two occasions it seemed to get bogged down a little with interpersonal relations rather than getting to the heart of the plot and solving the mystery, but overall it's one of the best I've read in this category.
I read this book and re-read it. This held my interest from the start for the interesting characters, and their past, plus the tension between the main guys.


Runners Up:
2.    Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen
3.    Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara
4.    Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen
5.    Azimuth (Interscission Project #2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (March 11, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 192518076X
ISBN-13: 978-1925180763
Amazon: Love Me Tomorrow
Amazon Kindle: Love Me Tomorrow

Event planner Levi Goode is positioned to inherit the newly vacated throne, becoming the in-demand party planner for Wilde City's elite. Years of hard work and perseverance are finally paying off as Levi lands his next big fish, working with socialite Julia Freeman-Kingsley. Distracted by work and dealing with his head strong mother, an ex-Vegas-showgirl suffering from debilitating health issues, Levi has his hands full. Time for love or even the occasional one-night stand, is one aspect of life Levi hasn't been able to master. Sparks of interest fly during a chance meeting with a paramedic called to the aid of his mother, and thanks to Ruby's meddling, Levi finds himself on a movie-date with the handsome Paramedic Jake. Personal and professional worlds collide when Levi realizes his new love interest is actually Jake Freeman, estranged brother to his brand new client. Discovering the man of his dreams already has a boyfriend, leaves Levi stunned realizing any hopes he had for something more with Jake were never going to be anything more than wishful thinking. Struggling to downshift his expectations and remain friends with Jake while continuing to work closely with Julia quickly consumes all of his time and attention. Wondering if there will ever be a special someone to love him, is where Levi's love story begins.
Love Me Tomorrow was a fun romantic read. The characters were appealing and the story was well-written. I felt the whole thing went on a bit too long and the Epilogue was totally unnecessary. But the end result was a good, fun romantic read. Setting Development was Excellent. Characters Development was Wonderful, appealing main characters including supporting ones.
I have always loved Ethan Day's writing style. In this particular book, the characters are likeable and I really enjoyed reading about them. Levi especially made me keep reading. When the plot picked up I couldn't put the book down.
As a preface I should say that I read this book when it came out. To make sure I read it under the same eyes as the other entries I re-read. The plot moved at a comfortable pace and was enjoyable. My only contention is that once the two main characters got together their relationship seemed rushed. Ethan wrote it off as though they recognized this fact but went on with it anyway, but it felt less realistic than the rest of the book. One of Ethan’s strength is writing great characters. This was no different. Did an excellent job of making a fictional city believable with a creative history. Would have liked a bit more detail. Easy to read. Language appropriate to both the setting and characters.
Long on angst, non stop humor with a dash of pathos. Was planning on skimming but fell in love with all the MC's and their family and needed to savor every sentence. Loved it!


Runners Up:
2.    Candy Man/Bitter Taffy (2 books as 1 submission) by Amy Lane   
3.    Played! by JL Merrow   
4.    Lone Wolf by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
5.    Blowing It by Kate Aaron   

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: TPG Books (October 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1506014437
ISBN-13: 978-1506014432
Amazon: Summer Symphony
Amazon Kindle: Summer Symphony

Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart. He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see. But does he have the strength let go and really grieve? When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity. Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes? Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.
A well-written story that packs quite an emotional punch. I was especially engrossed by the depiction of a man's grief at the loss of his child and the tremendous impact that had on his marriage and his life. Overall, a great read.
A book you have to say a lot about it or nothing. It deals with grief in a real, heartbreaking way. I never thought I was reading fiction and I had to remind myself it was a book, because the pain was so real. It's a story about expectations and having to conform to them and having to perform to them. It's a story about cultural differences, blown away by music. Even if this is not a romance and it deals with strong feelings, it's not hopeless, because there's a way you can find to cope, even if you won't ever heal.
Reminiscent of his earlier works. Superb writing that wrings the emotions out of readers!
Thoroughly enthralling story of a summer symphony that is beautiful to behold. Written with a deft hand.
Gut wrenching and raw, this book made me cry several times.
What a beautiful delicate story of the aftermath of bereavement on one man and how he is helped back to his world again.


Runners Up:
2.    I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney
3.    Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li
4.    The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou
5.    The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke   
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press; 2 edition (December 18, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: A Scout is Brave (The Two-spirit Chronicles #2)

Set in the late 1990s in the months following the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, "A Scout is Brave," tells the coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Joshua Ishkoday, a part Native American boy coming to terms with his sexual orientation. Joshua is new to the Scout troop that invites him to a week of summer camp in northern Wisconsin. Some of the weaker kids in the troop soon realize they have a special friend in Joshua, who is not afraid to stand up to the troop's ruthless bullies. Joshua’s bravery and kindness is infectious, and the bullied Scouts quickly see their own inner worth and strength. Joshua, however, is plagued by self-doubt as he comes to terms with his developing feelings for Cody, the son of the troop’s tough and stern Scoutmaster. The two quickly realize they have more in common than just Scouting, as they confide in each other their deepest secrets and develop a close friendship. That friendship soon faces its greatest challenge, as the homophobic troop bullies come to believe that a "queer" has “infected” their troop. Struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and with the troop bullies, while at the same time discovering the camp's deep, dark secret, Joshua has to summon all of his courage and learn for the first time what it truly means to be brave. "A Scout is Brave" is especially timely in light of the increased media attention to anti-gay bullying and the string of high profile gay teen suicides. The novel powerfully portrays the psychology of bullying and demonstrates the pervasiveness of bigotry in American culture.
A story every young people should read. Very touching and well written, it really gets to the reader. A must for growing up kids.
This was a story I really enjoyed. I felt like the characters were real breathing people.
I was fascinated both by the main character, Joshua, and the glimpses of Native American culture. Another plus is that, while this is the second in a series of three related books, it is written in such a way that this story can be enjoyed entirely on its own without feeling that something has been missed.


Runners Up:
2.    Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan   
3.    The Glass House by Suki Fleet   
4.    Love Spell by Mia Kerick   
5.    rock by Anyta Sunday


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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 9, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619230445
ISBN-13: 978-1619230446
Amazon: Kneel, Mr. President
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Sworn to have their lover's back, front, or any other side that needs covering. Secret Service agent Kent Sinclair, head of POTUS security, thought himself prepared for every contingency. Until the First Lady-a woman who barely tolerates his presence-approaches him with a request that startles the hell out of him. Carlene Broderick is frightened. With the weight of the country and impending war on his shoulders, her husband, James, is buckling under the strain. The key to helping him cope is the name he calls out in his sleep-and it's not hers. It belongs to his fellow ex-SEAL team buddy. His ex-lover. Kent. Without hesitation, Kent plunges into treacherous emotional territory, only to realize it's not really him that James needs. The Commander in Chief needs to give up complete control in the bedroom. To relieve that much pressure, Kent and Carlene must work together and declare a truce that rapidly heats up into something more. Something that leaves James caught deep in forbidden territory-torn between his beloved wife and the man he's never stopped loving. Warning: Contains three forty-somethings discovering whole new sides of themselves, a rejuvenated marriage, and plenty of kinky fun. All brought to you by an ex-SEAL in a wetsuit, a bisexual President, and a First Lady with a tattoo on her ass.
Liked the story and the dynamics and interplay between the 3 main characters, especially liked Carlene. A nice twist on a POTUS story!!! First story by this author but won't be the last.
Two men, one woman, and the tense world of White House politics doesn’t sound like the ideal recipe for a HEA romance. Gallagher represents the POV’s of both 2 male and 1 female characters as they struggle to find the sort of trust that would allow the POTUS to function under difficult circumstances, and the kind of permanent love that would bind them together even after the emergencies are over. This book represents a complex and intriguing read about a threesome with just enough light BDSM to keep the reader on the edge of the seat.
One of the best books I've read this year. Fabulous tension and takes the erotic nature to a whole level while dealing with the sensitivity of a threesome in a perfect manner. The pacing was snappy and all around an enjoyable read.
It was almost believable which I found amazing! The relationship between Kent and Carlene kept me interested in the story. The politics got in the way for me but, hey, it’s a story about a politician.


Runners Up:
2.    The Harem Master by Megan Derr   
3.    A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas   
4.    A Year in the Life by Cat Grant   
5.    Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162105
ISBN-13: 978-1632162106
Amazon: Most Beautiful Words
Amazon Kindle: Most Beautiful Words

Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy's life whom he lost fifty years ago.
Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death's door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there's someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.
It was a really difficult book to read, dealing with an hard issue such as death. But the way it was  faced is really sweet and strong. I think it's really difficult to let go people you love, and this book teach us to let go. Well written even if confusing in some passage, nontheless a very agreable book. Touching.
Here's the inspirational comment = A heartbreaking, beautiful story that left me shattered to pieces and crying my eyes out. This is about true love, a close-knit family, stories that can fill entire lifetimes, and a journey through dreams, life and death to learn what truly matters. I will remember this amazing, haunting love story for a long time to come. Loved everything about it!
I'm speechless... It was a very unusual book for me, it left me crying but mostly with happy tears...


Runners Up:
2.    Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase
3.    Astounding! by Kim Fielding
4.    Jackdaw by KJ Charles
5.    Seventh by Rachel White

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon
Perfect Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Lunatic Ink (April 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983830959
ISBN-13: 978-0983830955
Amazon: Girl Sex 101
Amazon Kindle: Girl Sex 101

Girl Sex 101 is a sex-ed book like no other, offering helpful info for ladies and lady-lovers of all genders and identities, playful and informative illustrations on each page, and over 100 distinct voices, plus a hot narrative that shows you how to put the info to good use!
Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of female sexuality, with special guidance from thirteen guest sex educators including Nina Hartley, Sex Nerd Sandra, Jiz Lee, Tristan Taormino, Julia Serano, Reid Mihalko, Kelly Shibari, and more!
This is the book every young woman should have been given instead of dry health class lectures on anatomy and menstruation. In a fun, often irreverent, entertaining way, Moon lays out the realities of sex for women, and though the emphasis is on women having relations with women, the information she shares in a sex-positive, non-judgmental way is vital for all women. With an inclusive atmosphere so that all women find themselves represented in a respectful, realistic way, Moon and her guest educators take the mystery out of how things work, how to approach sex in a positive, co-creative way, and what to avoid. With helpful, and wonderful, illustrations and even a story to illustrate certain points interspersed between the educational bits, everything a woman needs to take the anxiety and mystification out of sex is right here.
Great combination of graphics, understandable language, and story-telling with wonderful ‘how-to’s’.
I wish I'd had this book when I was twenty, but even reading it at fifty-six I learned a lot! The book is full of information presented in a professional and entertaining way. No matter how experienced or inexperienced a person (this book's not just for girls!) is, this book has something to teach. Allison Moon knows what she's talking about, and she talks about it all. Oh, and it's fun.
I'm rating logical progression as "plot" and layout as "setting." Characterization – the mildly erotic storyline used as illustration of principles – was strong on diversity but I think individual vignettes would have worked better. These gals shag everyone. And, finally – This is NOT a book that should be read all at once, and it's not a book to give anyone as entertainment. As a textbook for healthy consensual sex, it's excellent.
This is an absolutely unique and desperately needed resource for those who love cis women, female-identified women, feminine-of-center persons, female-bodied persons, and even persons whose bodies and identities don't fall neatly into a category. Targeted at the underserved demographic of those wishing to honor and respect a lover's personhood throughout a sexual encounter, Girl Sex 101 focuses heavily on achieving meaningful consent, negotiating boundaries, learning how to communicate about sex with a partner--especially one who's suffered abuse, misgendering, or body issues--and making the sometimes daunting prospect of true physical intimacy attainable for anyone. I can't recommend it highly enough. Everything about it from its charming fictional interludes to its fun illustrations to its up-to-date, sex-positive feminist approach to the subject matter win rave reviews. This book is a must-read for lesbian, multisexual, and trans* spectrum people.
From beginner to old-timer, very informative female sex primer. Easy to read, conversationally written, and very supportive and encouraging of whichever gender lifestyle a woman may choose. Lots of good tips!
It was informative, well written, and I like that the author also didn't want girls to man hate. Very nicely done.


Runners Up:
2.    An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch   
3.    Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith

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And The Dirk Vanden Award goes to:

1. Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: OR Books; 1st edition (2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939293677
ISBN-13: 978-1939293671
Amazon: Nights at Rizzoli
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Salvador Dalí, Jerome Robbins, Jackie Onassis. Gregory Peck, Mick Jagger-S. J. Perelman-I. M. Pei. Philip Johnson, Josephine Baker, John Lennon: they, and so many more who made New York City the center of the universe in the 1970s, all had one thing in common besides their adopted hometown-they shopped at a legendary palace of books, music and art: Rizzoli Books at 712 Fifth Avenue. There, Kennedys and Rockefellers mingled with tourists and "regular" customers under the watchful gaze of sophisticated employees, themselves a multi-talented, international collection of artists, scholars and rogues. Nights at Rizzoli is the memoir of Felice Picano, an aspiring but near-starving young writer who in 1971 lucked into a part-time job at the stunningly elegant store via a friend. It metamorphosed into a life-changing experience, one that exposed him to some of the brightest lights in the world's cultural capital. At the store, he himself became a key player on a stage that opened every night to a new drama that often featured romance, at times violence, and of course always the books and their readers. And when his shift was over, in this post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS era, the handsome young bookstore manager stepped from one world into another, prowling the piers, bars and very private clubs of a different New York City.
I have to admit I am a sucker for books like this.
This is a very vivid, detailed memoir about gay life and a special bookstore in the early 1970's of New York City. Worthwhile not just for the cast of famous characters and the love of books but for capturing a very specific era that many readers may not be aware of. Terrific writing flows naturally from one page to the other and I want to recommend this to all my gay friends who love Manhattan like I do.
This is the second memoir I've read from Felice Picano, and I liked this one immensely better than the first one I read last year. Mr. Picano has lead a very interesting, persistent, and engaging life all centered around a simple bookstore, Rizzoli's. His fondness of the place, and the rich history paint a wonderful portrait of the times. My favorite is Mr. M, offering him more money to manage the bookstore, believing that the budding writer would not and could not live on a writer's wage. As he noted, if he stayed, he would not have realized his dream or his full potential. I'm glad he decided to keep on writing so we could peek inside the eclectic store, personalities, and celebrities in the heyday of the Rizzoli.
Delightful to read, engaging, setting is excellent. The name-dropping gets a bit tiresome but that was part of the time and the circles in which he traveled.


Runners Up:
2.    My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith
3.    Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (November 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620044528
ISBN-13: 978-1620044520
Amazon: To Summon Nightmares
Amazon Kindle: To Summon Nightmares

Three years ago, Cohen Brandwein was "Ireland's Favorite Daughter", a popular teenage author and internet celebrity. But ever since he came out publicly as trans, the media's treatment of him has been less than golden, and these days, Cohen is desperate for escape. When he inherits an old house in the country, Cohen sees it as a perfect opportunity to escape the press and work on his new book. What he doesn't count on is becoming embroiled in a small town murder mystery and falling for the primary suspect, a man whose reality makes Cohen's fantasy books seem like child's play...
I loved this story. I tore through it in one day, hardly able to put it down. Pendragon's fluid style and interesting characters kept me flipping pages. The plot itself is fun, spooky, and the final words of the story brought it all together in a perfect package.


Runners Up:
2.    Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde   
3.    Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara
Series: Crimean War Novels
Paperback: 475 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935560301
ISBN-13: 978-1935560302
Amazon: The Devil Lancer: A Novel of the Crimean War
Amazon Kindle: The Devil Lancer: A Novel of the Crimean War

Captain Elliott Parrish of Her Majesty’s 17th Lancers cavalry division finds most details about his assignment in the Crimean peninsula insufferable. Rampant cholera, missing supplies, and inept planning start the British war effort against the Russian Czar’s expansion into Turkish territory on poor footing. What should have been a swift and decisive summer victory soon drags into a harrowing winter campaign, and Elliott must rally disheartened men through sickness, battle, and starvation. But when he is assigned the additional task of spying on a fellow officer, the inscrutable Cornet Ilyas Kovakin, he finds himself disconcerted and fascinated by both the work and the man. Rumors surround Ilyas Kovakin, the half-Russian officer who reports to none in his division. People say they’ve seen snakes slithering into his tent at night, that he has another face visible only in certain light, and a penchant for violent acts carried out in darkness, alone. But the truth that Elliot soon discovers is much more dangerous then mere superstition. For Ilyas, his return to Crimea is colored with the horrors of his past. Once a mercenary, he has made a terrible mistake and inherited horrifying powers that he can barely control. He feels his hold over his humanity slipping away daily, and fears that salvation may already lay beyond him when the cheerful Captain Parrish catches his attention. Among men who hate him and superiors who covet his brutal power, Ilyas finds the young captain’s charming company almost irresistible. But Ilyas knows that the closer he is drawn to Elliot the more he will endanger them both.
The amount of research and detail that went into The Devil Lancer is breathtaking. I've never been interested in historical romance, but Amara completely drew me in. I enjoyed the harsh reality of the setting. This is the first romance I've read where the main character has lice, and yet this doesn't dampen the truly hot love scenes. The characters were engaging and developed throughout the novel. I cared about them and was saddened when they suffered. The plot skillfully wove magic with reality into a believable story. There was very little drag and a lot of energy as we followed the war and Elliot and Ilyas' parallel quest. The climax was a satisfying culmination of what Amara set up. The writing style had a few bumps here and there, but was overall easy to devour.
Oh my goodness, Ms. Amara. Your story is utterly fascinating. If someone had told me I’d be reading a historical fantasy set during the Crimean War and loving it this hard a week ago, I’d have laughed. But your book is just that good. It’s long, satisfying, pulls you in and drives you forward, as inexorable as the battles it follows. This book is clearly well researched and well plotted, and has been very, very well written.
So well researched, with a fascinating base and a wonderful setting. The plot unfolded effortlessly. Characters were a bit stock, but I really felt for Ilyas. Lovely book, definitely a fan of all the hard work and real effort in this.


Runners Up:
2.    Blue on Black by Carole Cummings
3.    Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys   

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin
Series: The Dark Victorian Penny Dreads
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: A-Girl Studio (February 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936622246
ISBN-13: 978-1936622245
Amazon: Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread
Amazon Kindle: Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread

Blind Elvie Chaisty discovers a breathing British Museum marble and soon more “living” statues appear in London. Meanwhile, a masked, monocled sculptress invites guests to her provocative marble garden, to be experienced by touch alone. The rich and the specially invited Elvie are enchanted by the sculpted bodies that can be discerned beneath their hands until one visitor dares to make a deadly discovery. Journalist Helia Skycourt and her stick for hire, Ellie Hench, must find out: is the monocled woman the centre of a death cult, one helping young women to an eternal state? Helia and Ellie race to solve the mystery before the sculptress’s fascination for Elvie seduces Elvie into her marble garden, permanently. With a special appearance by Artifice, artificial ghost and heroine of the steampunk Dark Victorian series, MEDUSA is a gothic, romantic horror set in an 1880, mechanical and supernatural London. An F/F lesbian historical dark romance and gaslamp fantasy. "Masterful. A vivid world of myth, mystery and Victorian magic." ~Felicity Kates, author of the Steam Bunny, The Little Miss Kick-Ass series "A delightful girly-Gothic romance, inventive, sensuous and thrilling; Dracula's Daughter by way of Hellboy. An absolute joy." ~Amelia Mangan, writer of the macabre: Drag Noir, Phobophobias, and the upcoming Release.
I adore this book. Elvie is entirely too perfect and meandering sensuality of the story had me devouring pages. I loved every second of it.
Probably my favorite read from the first batch of Rainbow Awards stories. This combines some of my favorite things: romance, adventure, reimagined mythology (yes, that is genuinely one of my favorite things), steampunk and a certain Gothic air, all written together with wit and imagination. Elvie is a fascinating character, and the subtle callbacks to the first book in this series don’t detract, they just make me want to go read more by this author. Fantastic world, great storytelling, and characters that stick with you.
Impressive Victorian era Gothic, Steampunk, and not watching the series Penny Dreadful I can't say how much that comes into play but I was able to read the story even though it is book 4 in a series it stands on it's own.


Runners Up:
2. The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer
3. The Fiend Queen by Barbara Ann Wright

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492174
ISBN-13: 978-1626492172
Amazon: The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story)
Amazon Kindle: The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story)

After breaking his arm on set, Wolf’s Landing stuntman Ginsberg Sloan finds himself temporarily out of work. Luckily, Bluewater Bay’s worst B&B has cheap long-term rates, and Ginsberg’s not too proud to take advantage of them.
Derrick Richards, a grizzled laid-off logger, inherited the B&B after his parents’ untimely deaths. Making beds and cooking sunny-side-up eggs is hardly Derrick’s idea of a man’s way to make a living, but just as he’s decided to shut the place down, Ginsberg shows up on his doorstep, pitiful and soaking wet, and Derrick can hardly send him packing.
Not outright, at least.
The plan? Carry on the B&B’s tradition of terrible customer service and even worse food until the pampered city boy leaves voluntarily. What Derrick doesn’t count on, though, is that the lousier he gets at hosting, the more he convinces bored, busybody Ginsberg to try to get the B&B back on track. And he definitely doesn’t count on the growing attraction between them, or how much more he learns from Ginsberg than how to put out kitchen fires.
Honestly, this book blew me away and that's not easy to do. It was hilarious at times and poignant at others and just such a joy to read. It kept me up into the early morning hours until I couldn't keep my eyes open to read "just one more scene." I nearly ran into a bridge support on my daily walk because I couldn't put my phone away to stop reading the book. I loved how Ginsberg's gender, while being an issue...wasn't THE issue. The story was more about Derrick coming to terms with his own sexuality and what that meant in his world. And everything was just so well done. The sex was perfect. The reactions were perfect.. Derrick coming to terms with his parent's death and how well loved he actually is...perfect. And Ginsberg was perfect. I couldn't think of *anything* I would change, hence my score.
Ah, this book had two great characters that I was rooting for the whole way through. Wonderful little book.
Really well written - beautiful characterization.
This was a sweet story exploring a relationship which was very different for one of the MCs, Derrick, who proved to be a kindly man who gained insight into his own past and character as the book went on. His boyfriend Ginsberg, was also patient and kind in how he made allowances for the new situation his partner found himself in. The B&B itself was another character in the story. I don't know how realistic the sex scenes were, but they were nicely unsensational, and gave me food for thought.
Ginsberg, badass stunt double for the star of the show-within-the-book, caught my attention in the first of the Bluewater Bay stories. Ginsberg is a force of nature, and the contrast between his personality and verve, and Derrick's curmudgeonly (yet oddly innocent) viewpoint is highly entertaining.


Runners Up:
2.    Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper   
3.    The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller


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And The Sandra Moran Award goes to:

1.    The Witch of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen   
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626393303
ISBN-13: 978-1626393301
Amazon: The Witch of Stalingrad
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As the German Blitzkrieg brings the Soviet Union to its knees in 1942, a regiment of women aviators flies out at night in flimsy aircraft without parachutes or radios to harass the Wehrmacht troops. The Germans call them “Night Witches” and the best of them is Lilya Drachenko. From the other end of the world, photojournalist Alex Preston arrives to “get the story” for the American press and witnesses sacrifice, hardship, and desperate courage among the Soviet women that is foreign to her. So also are their politics. While the conservative journalist and the communist Lilya clash politically, Stalingrad, the most savage battle of the 20th century, brings them together, until enemy capture and the lethal Russian winter tears them apart again.
The story comes alive vividly - the suspense kept me reading long into the night and late in the morning.
A highly dramatic and engrossing tale of a small band of Russian women pilots during WWII who risked their lives flying sorties over Germany in rattle-trap airplanes without a parachute, without the benefit of daylight. The love story is quite profound by virtue of the connection that exists between one of the aviators and an American war correspondent photographer. Despite their inability to be together very often, the women share a soul mate level of inner reflection, one to the other. A can’t-put-it-down action tale of war, love, disillusionment and redemption.
The Witch of Stalingrad is the story of women pilots in the Russian army during World War II. The story is extremely well researched, and the historical details are woven into the story so that you feel you're there, not being given a history lesson. I loved reading about such intelligent, strong, and brave women. The relationship that grows between the two main character adds luster to the story, but it doesn't overpower each woman's story or character. If there were no love story, this would still be a great book. Well done!


Runners Up:
2.    Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames   
3.    Secrets of Angels by A.L. Duncan

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And The Cate Culpepper Award goes to:

1.    Red in Tooth and Claw (Underdogs #4) by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (July 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Red in Tooth and Claw (Underdogs #4)

Canidae private investigator Ariadne Willow and her girlfriend Dale have had a hectic couple of years, dealing with murderous clients while attempting to stop an all-out war between hunters and wolves. After stopping the onset of wolf manoth, Ari decides it’s well past time that she and Dale take a vacation. Two weeks of rest and relaxation at the cabin where their relationship went from business to romance sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered. Dale hopes the opportunity to slow down will ease some of the pain Ari has been suffering from her transformations.
Their plans are thrown for a loop when Ari goes for a run and stumbles over the body of a dead girl hidden deep in the woods near the cabin. When she returns with the police the body has vanished and the scene hastily cleaned up. The police don’t see any evidence to confirm Ari’s claims but her enhanced canidae senses confirm the body was there and has vanished. With the police refuse to investigate based only on her word, Ari and Dale begin digging for the truth and quickly learn that the and there are some secrets people will go to any lengths to keep buried.
The author has created an interesting story but quite different from other Shapeshifter novels I've read. The ability to change from human to animal is both a blessing and a curse for the main character but not in the typical manner readers would expect. Character development was extremely good. I could almost feel the 'pain' of Ari, and the love and compassion of her partner Dale as well as Ari's. I believe this is a story that paranormal readers will enjoy.
The mystery thriller is average, but as paranormal is strong. Not having read the first 3 books in the series I was still able to follow along.


Runners Up:
2.    Winter on Spring Street by Stacey Darlington   
3.    Twisted Echoes by Sheri Lewis Wohl

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1.    Come To My Window by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Mia Kerick; 1 edition (January 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986415618
ISBN-13: 978-0986415616
Amazon: Come To My Window
Amazon Kindle: Come To My Window

Justine Laraby and Kemina Lopez are intimate acquaintances yet they have never exchanged so much as a single word. For months, high school senior Justine, and famed model, “Kemina, the Baby Vixen” of Nightingale Lingerie, have been peering at each other across a narrow alley between brownstones in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This mutual observation soon turns into the exchange of handwritten messages on signs they hold up whenever they come to their bedroom windows. Via this “sign language,” a friendship grows, and Justine learns that Kemina is, like her, a high school senior, but with a controlling mother and a modeling career that requires her to maintain an unnaturally thin physique. And through the window, she also witnesses her new friend exercising fanatically, hoarding food, and being physically and emotionally abused by her ambitious mother. Window messages evolve into clandestine meetings and soon a tentative romance blooms. But Justine must come to terms with her own “mommy issues,” as well as accept her gender identity and sexual orientation, before she can provide Kemina with the support she needs to survive a family life that resembles a ruthless business transaction. Will Justine be strong enough to throw open the window so Kemina can escape society’s suffocating expectations? This Young Adult lesbian romance is comparable to Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters and The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer
Warmhearted and eloquent this novel tells the story of Jussy, the tomboy, and Kemina, the ultrafemme and model. It touches on many subjects important to YA - fitting in, body image, dysfunctional family relations, loyalty. It was a great read indeed.
Loved Kerick's writing style, clever turn of phrase language, and strong plot. I'd definitely read another book by her!


Runners Up:
2.    Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian   
3.    Missing Mary by Cricket Watson

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday
Gay Historical Fiction
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626393400
ISBN-13: 978-1626393400
Amazon: Fool's Gold

For once, Ira Adler has it easy. He has money in his pocket, a comfortable arrangement with an undemanding young man, and no one's punched, chased, or shot at him in years. Suddenly, an explosion turns everything upside down.
Eager to leave London, Ira accompanies his friends to America to settle a family matter. But though a handsome lawman and a trip aboard a luxurious ocean liner provide welcome distraction, Ira soon finds himself embroiled in a plot that stretches from London's back alleys to the dusty dirt roads of California. Before he knows it, Ira is up to his neck in train robbers, rattlesnakes, unscrupulous cattle kings, and persistent young women driven to frenzy by his exotic accent.
Just when he's ready to flee back to Britain, Ira gets a fistful of second chances. But London is calling. Will Ira answer? Or will he embrace a new life abroad?
So good - an exciting page turner. Innovative in using both Victorian London and the pioneering days of America. Well drawn - interesting to have a black man in such an important role, but he was just accepted. Quite a lot of characters with in depth relationships between them which gave the book depth. This book was the third in a series, but I didn't find it a problem. It was an exciting and fast moving plot with lots of intricacy, although there was some reliance on coincidence (acknowledged in the story). I liked the adventure taking more time than the relationship. Well written, good description, vocabulary and grammar made for an excellent read.
Taut, intriguing, companionable—three words to describe the reader experience of Fool’s Gold. In this beautifully written story, we find, as we always do, that all that sparkles is not gold. What we lose in the discovery makes Faraday’s theme of what we gain in the recovery all the more satisfying.
I read the series for context before tackling this one as it was on my tbr pile anyway. I found this final book a little less satisfying than the first two - which would have been solid 40s. Maybe the switch of the London characters to the Wild West didn't work, because I never felt the setting fit the characters very well, while well described. However, the main character, Ira Adler, develops throughout this series from a kept boy into a strong, moral, inspirational man. The side characters are equally as familiar and very well described and fleshed out. The plot slowed a bit midway (only a little), but it was enough to mark it down by a point. I'd happily read anything by Jess Faraday now, however, because ze can obviously write very good historical mystery fiction.
This story started out with a bang, literally! This period adventure takes place in London, across the ocean to America, and then across the vast lands to California. Ira Adler just wanted a quiet life, but life and the ensuing adventure to accompany his best friends to the Wild West of the U.S., made his life anything but! This tale was one adventure after another--following Ira Adler like a shadow. The story telling never got boring and kept my attention as I quickly turned from page to the next to see what happened next!
Third in series but standalone, maybe fourth book coming? but complete with ending; excellent in all ways possible.


Runners Up:
2. The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor
3. Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (December 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562740
ISBN-13: 978-1939562746
Amazon: Rabbits of the Apocalypse
Amazon Kindle: Rabbits of the Apocalypse

Rabbits of the Apocalypse is set in a not-too-distant future plagued with drought, human trafficking, rabid religious groups, and people who completely lack a sense of humor. What with all the hunger, chaos, sunstroke, landmines, and radiation it's hard to get by, and harder still to get laid. In the remote desert town of Lafontaine, Casey Prentice has been trying to survive the endtimes by keeping her head down and refusing to give a damn about anyone except her younger sister Emily and wingman Malice Hiroyama. But that ceases to be an option when a powerful and mysterious entity known as the Anastasian League descends on the town. Casey offers shelter to genius Pax, who is trying to escape the League. In doing so, she invites a whole new kind of danger into her life on top of a budding romance. The town of Lafontaine has a secret . . . and if the League discovers it, then the apocalypse will be the least of Casey's worries.
Rabbits of the Apocalypse is a bit unique with an interesting writing style. Normally, I'm not one that likes to read First Person manuscripts but found this one fascinating. The novel has an almost perverse sense of humor which was intriguing for such a depressing setting. I'm not sure if the story was meant to be serious, funny or both. Whether intentional or not, the author accomplished both. It will be interesting to read reviews from others once they have taken Benny Lawrence's journey into the future, and a strange journey, it is.
Rabbits of the Apocalypse is a story unlike any other I've read, bursting with sass and heart. I laughed, I teared up, and I sank deep into the world of narrator Casey Prentice. Casey's unique flaws and talents set her apart, and her pluck and nihilism constantly vie for supremacy as the apocalyptic wasteland in which she lives grinds her down. The twists are good, and the sparky, witty dialogue and narration is even better. Any fan of dystopian fiction and devil-may-care protagonists owes it to themselves to read this book.
This book sucked me in… it was great.
Very good post-apocalyptic science fiction novel with believable world-building and engaging characters. Lawrence goes a really nice job with character voice as well.


Runners Up:
2. The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey
3. Journey To You by A.J. Adaire

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:


1. Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow – Cover by Roberto Quintero & Kirby Crow



Runners Up:
2. For Real by Alexis Hall – Cover by Simoné
3. The King of Forever by Kirby Crow – Cover by Kirby Crow
4. Undone by E.M. Hodge – Cover by Christine Svendsen
5. In Distress by Caethes Faron – Cover by Ravven
6. Broken Ink by Jack L. Pyke – Cover by Natalya Nesterova
7. Grand Adventures – Cover by Paul Richmond
8. Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey – Cover by Shobana Appavu
9. Happy Holidays by Z. Allora – Cover by P.L. Nunn
10. The Witch’s Daughter by Rae D. Magdon – Cover by Rachel George

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And the Rainbow Award goes to:


1. Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan – Cover by Kanaxa



Runners Up:
2. The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton – Cover by Maria Fanning
3. In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish – Cover by AngstyG.
4. Charmed & Dangerous edited by Jordan Castillo Price – Cover by Jordan Castillo Price
5. The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose – Cover by Elizabeth Mackey
6. Violated by Jamie Fessenden – Cover by L.C. Chase
7. Everything by Carole Wolf – Cover by Tree House Studio
8. Immortal by Amy Lane – Cover by Anne Cain
9. rock by Anyta Sunday – Cover by Natasha Snow
Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain – Cover by Reese Dante
10. Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens – Cover by Reese Dante


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All 456 Submissions to the Rainbow Awards were assigned to the following categories:


"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond

Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Journey To You by A.J. Adaire (FINALIST)
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence (FINALIST)
Reflections of Fate by Pat Cronin (FINALIST)
The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey (FINALIST)
The Fallen by Dawn Carter

Gay Historical Fiction
Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere' M. Fishback
Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday (FINALIST)
Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel (FINALIST)
The Butcher’s Sons by Scott Alexander Hess
The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor (FINALIST)

Lesbian Young Adult
A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman
Come To My Window by Mia Kerick (FINALIST)
Finding Home by Shelia Powell & Liz McMullen
Missing Mary by Cricket Watson (FINALIST)
Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian (FINALIST)

Lesbian Paranormal Romance (The Cate Culpepper Award for Best Lesbian Paranormal Romance)
Close-up by K.B. Draper
Good Enough to Eat by Alison Grey & Jae
Red in Tooth and Claw (Underdogs #4) by Geonn Cannon (FINALIST)
The Deadening (Sisters of Spirits Trilogy #3) by Yvonne Heidt (FINALIST)
Twisted Echoes by Sheri Lewis Wohl (FINALIST)
Winter on Spring Street by Stacey Darlington (FINALIST)

Lesbian Historical Fiction & Romance (The Sandra Moran Award for Best Lesbian Historical Romance)
Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames (FINALIST)
Cinder and the Smoke by Geonn Cannon
Secrets of Angels by A.L. Duncan (FINALIST)
Struck! A Titanic Love Story by Tonie Chacon
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland
The Witch of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen (FINALIST)

Transgender Romance
A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde (FINALIST)
Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper (FINALIST)
His Womanly Ways by K. Lynn
Illusions & Dreams by Z. Allora
The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz (FINALIST)
The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller (FINALIST)

Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah
Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose (FINALIST)
Dragon Horse War: The Calling by D. Jackson Leigh
Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin (FINALIST)
The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer (FINALIST)
The Fiend Queen by Barbara Ann Wright (FINALIST)
The Witch's Daughter (Amendyr #3) by Rae D. Magdon (FINALIST)

Gay Fantasy
Barren by Anna Hedley (FINALIST)
Blood Ties (Coven of Wolves #2) by Peter Saenz
Blue on Black by Carole Cummings (FINALIST)
Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys (FINALIST)
Snow on Spirit Bridge by Freddy MacKay (FINALIST)
The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara (FINALIST)
The King of Forever by Kirby Crow (FINALIST)

Transgender Fiction
81 Nightmares by Mark William Lindberg
Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde (FINALIST)
Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander (FINALIST)
Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
Sissy Erotica Collection: Part 4 by Paul Zante
To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon (FINALIST)

LGBT Biography / Memoir (The Dirk Vanden Award for Best LGBT Biography/Memoir)
Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life by Allison Moon
Memoirs of the Happy Lesbian Housewife by Lorraine Howell
My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith (FINALIST)
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano (FINALIST)
Show Trans by Elliott DeLine
The Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz
Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott (FINALIST)
We Came Alive in '75 by Pat Deihl

LGBT Non Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts / Photography
An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch (FINALIST)
Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin by Ron J. Suresha
Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon (FINALIST)
In My Neighborhood by Giovanna Capone (FINALIST)
Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell (FINALIST)
Rebels by Jeff Mann (FINALIST)
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith (FINALIST)
Undone by E.M. Hodge
Where the words end and my body begins by Amber Dawn (FINALIST)

Gay Fantasy Romance
Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase (FINALIST)
Astounding! by Kim Fielding (FINALIST)
Blowing Smoke by Rory Ni Coileain
Fidelity by Lia Black (FINALIST)
Idolatry by Rebecca Cohen
Immortal by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Jackdaw by KJ Charles (FINALIST)
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney (FINALIST)
Pride and Justice by Clancy Nacht
Seventh by Rachel White (FINALIST)
Soldiers of the Sun by Jana Denardo

Bisexual Romance
A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas (FINALIST)
A Year in the Life by Cat Grant (FINALIST)
Always Been You by Jess Buffett
Buchanan House by Charley Descoteaux
Crying in the Rain by Debbie McGowan
Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher (FINALIST)
Moments In Time: Books 1-3 by Karen Stivali
Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake (FINALIST)
Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley
The Harem Master by Megan Derr (FINALIST)
The Heart of the Kingdom by Sasha L. Miller (FINALIST)

Gay Young Adult
A Man's Man by Genta Sebastian (FINALIST)
A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke (FINALIST)
After The End by Sara York (FINALIST)
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan (FINALIST)
Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius (FINALIST)
Inclination by Mia Kerick (FINALIST)
Love Spell by Mia Kerick (FINALIST)
rock by Anyta Sunday (FINALIST)
Slaying Isidore's Dragons by C. Kennedy (FINALIST)
The Glass House by Suki Fleet (FINALIST)
Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Bisexual Fiction
Aidan's Journey by CJane Elliott
Checkmate (The Eternal Dungeon: Sweet Blood #4) by Dusk Peterson
Double Crush by Sally Bosco
Finding Tess: A Viv Fraser Mystery by Vicki Clifford
Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li (FINALIST)
I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney (FINALIST)
Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick (FINALIST)
Spidermilk by Konrad Hartmann
Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire (FINALIST)
The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou (FINALIST)
The Sea Leopard by M. Kei
The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt (FINALIST)
Unicorns and Rainbow Poop by Sam Kadence

Gay Romantic Comedy
Blowing It by Kate Aaron (FINALIST)
Candy Man/Bitter Taffy (2 books as 1 submission) by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Drama Queen by Joe Cosentino
How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton (FINALIST)
Lone Wolf by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov (FINALIST)
Love for the Cold-Blooded Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion’s Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero by Alex Gabriel
Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day (FINALIST)
Played! by JL Merrow (FINALIST)
Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper (FINALIST)
The 10 Year book by JC Calciano
Tyler Knoll's Just for Fun by A.B. Gayle
Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino (FINALIST)
YES by Brad Boney
Zebra-striped Briefs (3 novellas as 1 submission) by C.C. Dado

Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Azimuth (Interscission Project #2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin (FINALIST)
Breeding Stations (Alliances #1) by Chris T. Kat
Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen (FINALIST)
Future Imperfect by Pelaam (FINALIST)
Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey (FINALIST)
In Distress by Caethes Faron (FINALIST)
Infected: Epitaph by Andrea Speed (FINALIST)
Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen (FINALIST)
Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore (FINALIST)
Sedition (Demoted #2) by Alicia Cameron
Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara (FINALIST)
Subjection (Demoted #1) by Alicia Cameron (FINALIST)
Tethered Pair (Sentries #5) by Elizabeth Noble
The Desert Rats by Christopher Church
Under Glass by Rebecca Cohen

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
All The Pretty Things (Revised Edition) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly
Blind Trust by Jody Klaire (FINALIST)
Burning Intuition (Intuition #2) by Makenzi Fisk
Death's Doorway by Crin Claxton (FINALIST)
Deliver Us From Evil by Barrett
Fallen from Grace by Adrian J. Smith
Mysteries in Small Towns by Iza Moreau
No Good Reason by Cari Hunter (FINALIST)
No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt (FINALIST)
Operation Stop Hate (Operation #1) by Jessie Chandler
Sculpting Anna by Venus Reising
Soiled – A Shannon Patrick Landscape Mystery by Lin Phillippi
Ten Little Lesbians by Kate McLachlan (FINALIST)
The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin (FINALIST)
The Surrender by Terias McKlay (FINALIST)

LGBT Anthology / Collection
A Pride of Poppies by Julie Bozza (FINALIST)
All in a Day’s Work by Shae Connor, Bru Baker, Holly O. Hale, Therese Woodson, Henrietta Clarke, Jenni Michaels, Amy Jo Cousins, Kay Walker
Appetites: Tales of Lesbian Lust by Ily Goyanes
Chained in Darkness (New Haven #1) by Nicholas Bella
Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price (FINALIST)
Daydreamers by Jonathan Harper
Divine Desire - Erotic Stories of Sacred Sexuality by Lon Sarver
Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz (FINALIST)
Fairytales Slashed, Volume 6 by Angel Propps, Diana Jean, H.R. Harrison, Remy Jensen, Sandra Bard, Sasha L. Miller (FINALIST)
Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend (FINALIST)
Geek Out by Samantha M. Derr (FINALIST)
Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow (FINALIST)
Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie (FINALIST)
Keep the Stars Running by Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Lexi Ander, Leona Carver, and Cassandra Pierce (FINALIST)
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam by Lori L. Lake & Jessie Chandler (FINALIST)
Liquid Longing - An Erotic Anthology of the Sacred and Profane by Annabeth Leong
Piece Us Back Together by Cate Ashwood, Raine O’Tierney & L.J. LaBarthe (FINALIST)
Riding Passion by D. Jackson Leigh (FINALIST)
Wylde About Her by Beth Wylde

Gay Historical Romance
A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles (FINALIST)
A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth (FINALIST)
Angel Eyes by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley (FINALIST)
Blue Paramour by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine
Cafe Eisenhower by Richard Natale
Greater Love Hath No Man by Tinnean
Lovers and Liars Volume 2 by Paul Alan Fahey
Memory by Doug Lloyd
Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson (FINALIST)
Sail Away by Lee Rowan
Semper Fi by Keira Andrews (FINALIST)
The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon (FINALIST)
The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton (FINALIST)
The Quartermaster & The Marquis' Son by A.E. Kendall
Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton (FINALIST)
When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan (FINALIST)
Winter Duet by Anne Barwell (FINALIST)
Wrecked by Deanna Wadsworth

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan (FINALIST)
All We Lack by Sandra Moran (FINALIST)
Because of Summer by Elle Vaughn (FINALIST)
Blowback by Bev Prescott (FINALIST)
Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen (FINALIST)
Everything by Carole Wolf (FINALIST)
Girls In Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein
Good Water by Kayt Peck (FINALIST)
In the Stillness of Dawn by Laurie Salzler
Kid by Doreen Perrine
Sandcastles by Suzie Carr (FINALIST)
Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray
The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde (FINALIST)
The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar (FINALIST)
This Time Now by KT Grant
Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig (FINALIST)
To Love Again by B.L. Clark (FINALIST)
Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger (FINALIST)
When It Raynes by C.D. Cain (FINALIST)
Wishbone by Elaine Burnes (FINALIST)

Gay Mystery / Thriller (The Dorien Grey Award for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller)
24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley (FINALIST)
A Second Past Midnight by Rae Gee
All Fall Down (an Avondale Story) by Etienne
Balls & Chain: A Buck 98 Adventure by Eric Andrews-Katz
Blood and Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker (FINALIST)
Boystown 7: Bloodlines by Marshall Thornton (FINALIST)
Calvin's Head by David Swatling
Death on Delancey by Joseph R.G. DeMarco
Desert Foxe by Haley Walsh
Fated (Shadow Mountain #1) by Indra Vaughn (FINALIST)
Fragmented (Shadow Mountain #2) by Indra Vaughn (FINALIST)
Heat Trap by JL Merrow (FINALIST)
Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed (FINALIST)
Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble (FINALIST)
Lost Bitches (an Abel Kane Mystery) by Antonio
Manipulation by Eden Winters (FINALIST)
Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey (FINALIST)
One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley (FINALIST)
Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden Winters (FINALIST)
Sunset Island by Elliott Mackle (FINALIST)
Tarot's Touch by L.M. Somerton
The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane (FINALIST)
The Walls of Troy by L.A. Witt

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
All Queers Must Die by Antonio
An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman (FINALIST)
Blink by Rick R. Reed (FINALIST)
Bobby and Clyde by Etienne
Call Me Home by Megan Kruse (FINALIST)
Chipman’s African Adventure by Jim Anderson
Finding Pluck by Peter Difatta
For Love of: Colt by Antonio
In Me an Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless (FINALIST)
In Someone Else's Hands by Sam Sommer
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher (FINALIST)
Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life by Julie Bozza
Phoenix (Love in Los Angeles #3) by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Playing House by Bru Baker (FINALIST)
Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker (FINALIST)
Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt (FINALIST)
Starling (Love In Los Angeles #1) by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry (FINALIST)
Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell (FINALIST)
The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney (FINALIST)
The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi (FINALIST)
The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know by Brent Hartinger
The View From Baskins’ Ridge (Bobby and Clyde Redux) by Etienne
Treading Water by Kate Pavelle
Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Gay Paranormal Romance
Axel's Pup by Kim Dare (FINALIST)
Broken Ink by Jack L. Pyke
Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker (FINALIST)
Diventando: The Vessel by JC Wallace
Family and Reflection by Anne Barwell
Finding Matt by JD Ruskin
Glamour Blade (a House Millar book) by Áine P Massie
I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis (FINALIST)
Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace (FINALIST)
Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews (FINALIST)
Moonstone (Stone Magic #1) by K-lee Klein (FINALIST)
Moonstruck by Shannon West
My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Mythica by L.J. LaBarthe
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue (FINALIST)
Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk (FINALIST)
Shuttered by Emma Jane
Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes #1) by Alina Popescu
The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs (FINALIST)
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles (FINALIST)
The Vampire and the P.I. by J.P. Bowie (FINALIST)
They Come By Night by Tinnean
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly (FINALIST)
Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church (FINALIST)
Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison (FINALIST)
Werecat: The Trilogy by Andrew J. Peters
Werewolves of Brooklyn by Brad Vance
Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes (FINALIST)

Gay Erotic Romance (The Bobby Michaels Award for Best Gay Erotic Romance)
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews (FINALIST)
All I'll Ever Need by J.P. Bowie
Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens (FINALIST)
Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie (FINALIST)
Caged Sanctuary by Tempeste O’Riley
Chance Of the Heart by Kade Boehme (FINALIST)
Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey met Hugh by Mathew Ortiz
Dirty Dining by EM Lynley (FINALIST)
Everything's Coming Up Roses by Barry Lowe
For Real by Alexis Hall (FINALIST)
Gemini by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Green Eyes --- an erotic novel (sort-of) by Michael Ampersant
Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall
Make Me Soar (Collars & Cuffs #6) by K.C. Wells (FINALIST)
Making Men by Sam Standish
Mask by Teodora Kostova (FINALIST)
Mastering Love (The Hampton Road Club #4) by Morticia Knight
Muse Me Only by Princess S.O.
No Place That Far by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov (FINALIST)
On The Clock by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Play Acting (Gin & Jazz #7) by Morticia Knight
Prince of Faith (An Uncommon Whore #3) by Belinda McBride
Pure Indulgence by Victoria Sue
Rough Around the Edges by L.M. Somerton
Taking Over Trofim by Talon P.S.
The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire (FINALIST)
The Right Time by Lane Hayes (FINALIST)
The Right Words by Lane Hayes
The Sensualist & the Untouched by Susan Laine
The Slave by Kate Aaron (FINALIST)
The Wrong Man by Lane Hayes
Tied Together by Z. Allora
Training Complex by Leta Blake (FINALIST)
Turkish Delights by Trina Lane (FINALIST)
Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor (FINALIST)
WaterColors by Trina Lane
Wayward Son by Shae Connor
What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt
Wrestling With Passion by D.H. Starr (FINALIST)

Lesbian Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance & Romantic Comedy
A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne (FINALIST)
Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe (FINALIST)
All the little Moments by G Benson (FINALIST)
Back Swing by Jeanine Hoffman
Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon (FINALIST)
Betting on Love by Alyssa Lynn Palmer
Camellia 2, Spring Blossom by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z. (FINALIST)
Christmas Crush by Kate McLachlan (FINALIST)
Deception by Design by Tara Wentz
Editing Life by Sandy Dugger
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton (FINALIST)
Future Promises by Sandy Dugger
Hurt by Lila Bruce (FINALIST)
I Love My Life by A.J. Adaire
It's Complicated by A.J. Adaire
Jade by Skylar Wood
Jolt by Kris Bryant
June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett (FINALIST)
La Vie en Bleu by Jody Klaire
Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo (FINALIST)
Making a Comeback by Julie Blair (FINALIST)
Making Time by C.J. Harte
Memoir in the Making by Adrian J. Smith
Never Too Late by Julie Blair (FINALIST)
New Cuts, Old Wounds (Scarred #2) by S.L. Kassidy
Not Such A Stranger by Dalia Craig
Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher (FINALIST)
Romance by the Book by Jo Victor
Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne (FINALIST)
Sheltered Love by M.J. Williamz
Skyclad by Max Ellendale
Smoothie by Jane Elliot (FINALIST)
The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan (FINALIST)
The Common Thread by Jaime Maddox
The Hystery App by V.T. Davy
The Interpretation of Love and the Truth by Barbara Winkes
The Peach and the Poppy by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil
To Love Free by Chris Paynter (FINALIST)
Too Late... I Love You by Kiki Archer (FINALIST)
Twice Lucky by Mardi Alexander
Under a Falling Star by Jae (FINALIST)
Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn (FINALIST)
Without Your Courage by TJ Whittle

Gay Contemporary Romance (The William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance)
A New Man by P.D. Singer (FINALIST)
A Restored Man by Jaime Reese (FINALIST)
Against the Wall by Alexa Land
Andrew's Promise by Nic Starr (FINALIST)
Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling (FINALIST)
Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn by Thursday Euclid (FINALIST)
Balls Up by Kate Aaron (FINALIST)
Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino
Black John by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney (FINALIST)
Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe (FINALIST)
Broken Gait by Kate Pavelle
Canning the Center by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr
Conflict of Interest by Zahra Owens (FINALIST)
Daddy’s Boy by Vicktor Alexander
Danny and Mike by Valentina Heart
Dinner at Fiorello's by Rick R. Reed
Double Heat (Twin Ties #3) by Lynn Kelling
Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham (FINALIST)
Empty Nests (Nested Hearts #1) by Ada Maria Soto
Escaping From Him by Liam Livings
Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen (FINALIST)
Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne (FINALIST)
Falling by Suki Fleet (FINALIST)
Have a Little Faith in Me by Brad Vance
Here Without You by Mia Kerick
His Soldier by Anna Lee
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish (FINALIST)
Innocence by Suki Fleet (FINALIST)
Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain (FINALIST)
Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps (3 books as 1 submission) by Alex Gabriel (FINALIST)
Leaving Flowers by Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney
Les faits accomplis by Anna Martin
Love and the Real Boy (Coming About #2) by J.K. Hogan (FINALIST)
Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz
Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly (FINALIST)
Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey
One, Two, Three... Salvation by Joey James Hook (FINALIST)
Passing Through by Jay Northcote (FINALIST)
Piece by Piece by Teodora Kostova
Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase (FINALIST)
Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding (FINALIST)
Resist by Heather C. Leigh
Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood (FINALIST)
Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt (FINALIST)
Sex, Love, and Videogames by CJane Elliott
Signs by Anna Martin (FINALIST)
Silver Scars by Posy Roberts (FINALIST)
Snowman by Isabelle Rowan
Song of the Lonesome Cowboy by Lynn Kelling
Spaghetti Western by EM Lynley
Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway (FINALIST)
Starstruck by L.A. Witt (FINALIST)
Swordplay (A Jeff Woods Mystery) by Chris T. Kat
Take the Long Way Home by J.A. Rock (FINALIST)
Tap Out by Cat Grant
The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose (FINALIST)
The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning (FINALIST)
The Chase and the Catch by A.F. Henley
The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane (FINALIST)
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch (FINALIST)
The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood (FINALIST)
The Sum of Everything by April Kelley
The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza (FINALIST)
Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt
Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis (FINALIST)
Things Happen That Way by Tinnean
Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood (FINALIST)
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson (FINALIST)
Waiting for the Moon and You by L.J. LaBarthe
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme (FINALIST)
What you are by Erin E. Keller
When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4) by Nicole Dennis
Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance (FINALIST)
Wrong Room, Right Guy by Liam Livings

Best Bisexual, Transgender & LGBT Debut
81 Nightmares by Mark William Lindberg
His Womanly Ways by K. Lynn
Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick
Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith
Spidermilk by Konrad Hartmann

Best Lesbian Debut
A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne
All the little Moments by G Benson
Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon
Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen
Finding Home by Shelia Powell & Liz McMullen
Future Promises by Sandy Dugger
Good Water by Kayt Peck
Hurt by Lila Bruce
Jade by Skylar Wood
Jolt by Kris Bryant
Memoirs of the Happy Lesbian Housewife by Lorraine Howell
Never Too Late by Julie Blair
No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt
Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian
Sculpting Anna by Venus Reising
Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray
Soiled – A Shannon Patrick Landscape Mystery by Lin Phillippi
Struck! A Titanic Love Story by Tonie Chacon
The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan
The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey
The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar
The Peach and the Poppy by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland
The Surrender by Terias McKlay
Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig
To Love Again by B.L. Clark
Twice Lucky by Mardi Alexander
Undone by E.M. Hodge
We Came Alive in '75 by Pat Deihl
When It Raynes by C.D. Cain
Wishbone by Elaine Burnes
Without Your Courage by TJ Whittle

Best Gay Debut
Barren by Anna Hedley
Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley
Blue Paramour by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine
Cafe Eisenhower by Richard Natale
Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Calvin's Head by David Swatling
Chained in Darkness (New Haven #1) by Nicholas Bella
Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr
Daydreamers by Jonathan Harper
Empty Nests (Nested Hearts #1) by Ada Maria Soto
Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen
Green Eyes --- an erotic novel (sort-of) by Michael Ampersant
I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
Love for the Cold-Blooded Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion’s Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero by Alex Gabriel
Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz
Memory by Doug Lloyd
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey
Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
Shuttered by Emma Jane
Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway
Starling (Love In Los Angeles #1) by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry
The 10 Year book by JC Calciano
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch
The Quartermaster & The Marquis' Son by A.E. Kendall
The Sum of Everything by April Kelley
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
Treading Water by Kate Pavelle
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
What you are by Erin E. Keller
Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes
Zebra-striped Briefs (3 novellas as 1 submission) by C.C. Dado


"Air de Capri" is a 1923 painting by Gerda Wegener, with Gerda herself and her husband, transgender male to female, Lili Elbe
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All books submitted to the Rainbow Awards are assigned to 7 judges. Each judge rates the book 1 to 40. Final rate is the average of the previous 7 rates. Books with a final rate equal or above 30 out of possible 40 are Finalists.

Winners will be announced on December 8th. Winners and Runners Up are books with a rate equal or above 30.

Below Finalists in alphabethical order:


"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond

• 24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4747601.html
• A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4652822.html
• A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4670800.html
• A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4731374.html
• A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4653200.html
• A Man's Man by Genta Sebastian: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4699788.html
• A New Man by P.D. Singer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4669706.html
• A Pride of Poppies by Julie Bozza: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4568303.html
• A Restored Man by Jaime Reese: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4748927.html
• A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4721636.html
• A Small Country about to Vanish by Victoria Avilan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4709109.html
• A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4660307.html
• A Story of Now by Emily O'Beirne: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4673659.html
• A Year in the Life by Cat Grant: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4590071.html
• After The End by Sara York: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4655820.html
• Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4531749.html
• All the little Moments by G Benson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711033.html
• All We Lack by Sandra Moran: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4703272.html
• Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4692161.html
• An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4518085.html
• An Older Man by Wayne Hoffman: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4659141.html
• Andrew's Promise by Nic Starr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4700109.html
• Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4749747.html
• Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn by Thursday Euclid: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4668388.html
• Astounding! by Kim Fielding: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4641668.html
• Axel's Pup by Kim Dare: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4737645.html
• Azimuth (Interscission Project #2) by Arshad Ahsanuddin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4627076.html
• Balls Up by Kate Aaron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4635367.html
• Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4709798.html
• Barren by Anna Hedley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4524898.html
• Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4675276.html
• Because of Summer by Elle Vaughn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4693028.html
• Behind Locked Doors by Nicholas Kinsley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4559631.html
• Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4679091.html
• Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4715049.html
• Black John by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4680407.html
• Blind Trust by Jody Klaire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4705434.html
• Blink by Rick R. Reed: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4597960.html
• Blood and Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4721744.html
• Blowback by Bev Prescott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4702791.html
• Blowing It by Kate Aaron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4540827.html
• Blue on Black by Carole Cummings: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4672144.html
• Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4623892.html
• Boystown 7: Bloodlines by Marshall Thornton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4574548.html
• Breaking the Habit by J.P. Bowie: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4546097.html
• Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4726673.html
• Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4537790.html
• Call Me Home by Megan Kruse: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4578015.html
• Candy Man/Bitter Taffy (2 books as 1 submission) by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4681427.html
• Canning the Center by Tara Lain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4549633.html
• Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4527817.html
• Chance Of the Heart by Kade Boehme: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4748660.html
• Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4714393.html
• Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4700485.html
• Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4686683.html
• Christmas Crush by Kate McLachlan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4578620.html
• Come To My Window by Mia Kerick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4620438.html
• Conflict of Interest by Zahra Owens: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4594685.html
• Cronin's Key by N.R. Walker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4692575.html
• Death's Doorway by Crin Claxton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4736227.html
• Dirty Dining by EM Lynley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4730402.html
• Don’t Be Shy – A collection of erotic lesbian stories by Jae & Astrid Ohletz: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711903.html
• Driving into the Sun by Dev Bentham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4557045.html
• Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4591190.html
• Everybody Knows by Giselle Renarde: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4722960.html
• Everything by Carole Wolf: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4703008.html
• Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4648612.html
• Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4648399.html
• Fairytales Slashed, Volume 6 by Angel Propps, Diana Jean, H.R. Harrison, Remy Jensen, Sandra Bard, Sasha L. Miller: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4654494.html
• Falling by Suki Fleet: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716974.html
• Fated (Shadow Mountain #1) by Indra Vaughn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4632101.html
• Fidelity by Lia Black: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4677622.html
• Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4533416.html
• For Real by Alexis Hall: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716457.html
• For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton: For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4630735.html
• Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4670241.html
• Fragmented (Shadow Mountain #2) by Indra Vaughn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4633463.html
• Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4667647.html
• Future Imperfect by Pelaam: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4581905.html
• Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4519556.html
• Geek Out by Samantha M. Derr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4650320.html
• Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4696460.html
• Good Water by Kayt Peck: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4744788.html
• Groom Of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers Of The Remmington Realm) by Vicktor Alexander: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4542836.html
• Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4736548.html
• Heat Trap by JL Merrow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4631770.html
• Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4728541.html
• Hope and Love Anthology by Áine P Massie: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4613485.html
• How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4611950.html
• Hurt by Lila Bruce: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4543654.html
• I’ll Always Miss You by Raine O’Tierney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4625336.html
• I'll Still Be There by Keelan Ellis: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4648040.html
• Immortal by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4680501.html
• In Distress by Caethes Faron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4732231.html
• In Me an Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4661972.html
• In My Neighborhood by Giovanna Capone: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4707587.html
• In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4649030.html
• Inclination by Mia Kerick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4620237.html
• Infected: Epitaph by Andrea Speed: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4526792.html
• Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4563668.html
• Innocence by Suki Fleet: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716649.html
• Jackdaw by KJ Charles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4659206.html
• Jerricho's Freedom by JC Wallace: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4646817.html
• Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4674712.html
• Job Hunt by Jackie Keswick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4718687.html
• Journey To You by A.J. Adaire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4742849.html
• June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4708612.html
• Keep the Stars Running by Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Lexi Ander, Leona Carver, and Cassandra Pierce: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4654800.html
• Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4731711.html
• Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4688644.html
• Kneel, Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4616236.html
• Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4584068.html
• Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4643209.html
• Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps (3 books as 1 submission) by Alex Gabriel: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4677742.html
• Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam by Lori L. Lake & Jessie Chandler: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4702058.html
• Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4536582.html
• Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2) by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4714621.html
• Love and the Real Boy (Coming About #2) by J.K. Hogan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4530866.html
• Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4522255.html
• Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4603419.html
• Love Spell by Mia Kerick: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4619996.html
• Make Me Soar (Collars & Cuffs #6) by K.C. Wells: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4642052.html
• Making a Comeback by Julie Blair: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4672685.html
• Manipulation (Diversion #4) by Eden Winter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4569871.html
• Mask by Teodora Kostova: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4682778.html
• Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4541558.html
• Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4635527.html
• Missing Mary by Cricket Watson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4744287.html
• Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4728995.html
• Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4690150.html
• Moonstone (Stone Magic #1) by K-lee Klein: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4721358.html
• Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4623697.html
• My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4608714.html
• Never Too Late by Julie Blair: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4672269.html
• Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4644939.html
• No Good Reason by Cari Hunter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4638493.html
• No Place That Far by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4617288.html
• No Thru Road by Linda M. Vogt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4728307.html
• Obsidian Sun by Jon Keys: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4713326.html
• One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4730638.html
• One, Two, Three... Salvation by Joey James Hook: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4722609.html
• Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4696024.html
• Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4667185.html
• Passing Through by Jay Northcote: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4660548.html
• Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4657322.html
• Piece Us Back Together by Cate Ashwood, Raine O’Tierney & L.J. LaBarthe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4727026.html
• Played! by JL Merrow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4631982.html
• Playing House by Bru Baker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4725038.html
• Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4577328.html
• Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4706925.html
• Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4682655.html
• Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4534703.html
• Rebels by Jeff Mann: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4592955.html
• Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4692314.html
• Red in Tooth and Claw (Underdogs #4) by Geonn Cannon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4589337.html
• Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden Winters: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4698070.html
• Reflections of Fate by Pat Cronin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4576382.html
• Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4637055.html
• Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4727085.html
• Riding Passion by D. Jackson Leigh: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4618509.html
• Riding the Rainbow by Genta Sebastian: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4699396.html
• rock by Anyta Sunday: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4670704.html
• Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4720952.html
• Sandcastles by Suzie Carr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4656174.html
• Season's Meetings by Amy Dunne: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4662254.html
• Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4564348.html
• Secrets of Angels by A.L. Duncan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4627346.html
• Semper Fi by Keira Andrews: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4731596.html
• Seventh by Rachel White: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4653364.html
• Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4527880.html
• Signs by Anna Martin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4747040.html
• Silver Scars by Posy Roberts: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4713051.html
• Slaying Isidore's Dragons by C. Kennedy: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4729619.html
• Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4701500.html
• Smoothie by Jane Elliot: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4684493.html
• Snow on Spirit Bridge by Freddy MacKay: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4676364.html
• Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4657024.html
• Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4712727.html
• Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4633961.html
• Spring Blossom (Camellia #2) by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z.: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4690905.html
• Square Affair by Timmothy J. Holt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4570786.html
• Starstruck by L.A. Witt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4536025.html
• Stealing Arthur by Joel Perry: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4638327.html
• Subjection (Demoted #1) by Alicia Cameron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4720530.html
• Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4525673.html
• Sunset Island by Elliott Mackle: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4572024.html
• Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4666264.html
• Take the Long Way Home by J.A. Rock: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4596963.html
• Ten Little Lesbians by Kate McLachlan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4725343.html
• The Acquittal by Anne Laughlin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4733532.html
• The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4740464.html
• The Anatomy of Perception by AJ Rose: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4575872.html
• The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4702278.html
• The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4678694.html
• The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4571605.html
• The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4601234.html
• The Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay Story) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4519797.html
• The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4590650.html
• The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711169.html
• The Deadening (Sisters of Spirits Trilogy #3) by Yvonne Heidt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4528153.html
• The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4680152.html
• The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4523110.html
• The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4707207.html
• The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4649647.html
• The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4723651.html
• The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4531036.html
• The Fiend Queen by Barbara Ann Wright: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4673075.html
• The Glass House by Suki Fleet: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4716043.html
• The Harem Master by Megan Derr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4651910.html
• The Heart of the Kingdom (The Kingdom Curses #1) by Sasha L. Miller: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4650669.html
• The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4636728.html
• The Inheritor (The Marketplace #6) by Laura Antoniou: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4548763.html
• The King of Forever by Kirby Crow: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4737819.html
• The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4521997.html
• The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4520811.html
• The Love of Wicked Men (Episodes 1-6) by Brandon Shire: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4610954.html
• The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4704508.html
• The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4684267.html
• The Right Time (Right And Wrong #3) by Lane Hayes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4694999.html
• The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4659553.html
• The Slave by Kate Aaron: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4520969.html
• The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4726492.html
• The Surrender by Terias McKlay: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4705222.html
• The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4565585.html
• The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4643553.html
• The Vampire and the P.I. by J.P. Bowie: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4630471.html
• The Witch of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4555830.html
• The Witch's Daughter (Amendyr #3) by Rae D. Magdon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4742935.html
• Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4747276.html
• Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4726063.html
• Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4735734.html
• Threefold Love by Ki Brightly: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4668463.html
• To Love Again by B.L. Clark: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4743964.html
• To Love Free by Chris Paynter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4556508.html
• To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4652277.html
• Too Late... I Love You by Kiki Archer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4638950.html
• Training Complex (Training Season #2) by Leta Blake: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4701806.html
• Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4661703.html
• Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4749450.html
• Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4641984.html
• Turkish Delights by Trina Lane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4520053.html
• Turning for Home by Caren J. Werlinger: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4711528.html
• Twisted Echoes by Sheri Lewis Wohl: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4735441.html
• Under a Falling Star by Jae: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4676003.html
• Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4565352.html
• Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4686886.html
• Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4539143.html
• Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4625570.html
• We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4698170.html
• Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4581020.html
• When It Raynes by C.D. Cain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4704910.html
• When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4656033.html
• Where the words end and my body begins by Amber Dawn: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4609674.html
• Winter Duet by Anne Barwell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4523296.html
• Winter on Spring Street by Stacey Darlington: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4668082.html
• Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4550407.html
• Wishbone by Elaine Burnes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4704594.html
• Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4734680.html
• Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4646357.html
• Wrestling With Passion by D.H. Starr: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4618926.html


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