The Creative Process Isn’t All Rainbows Farted by Unicorns

balloons                I’m a positive person. I’m the type of person who truly believes nearly anything can be done, likely attributable to the steady diet of positive 90’s movies with ridiculous endings during my childhood. But…I’ve been working on the second book in the Gem City Grit universe for nearly 9 months now. That is beyond the pale. It should have taken me four months to get this book done, tops. I’m beginning to think it will never end. At least half of the reason this is dragging out so long is my fault. I like to play the blame game, but there you are. I have, as yet, to figure out a workable, reliable daily writing schedule around my Sugar Plum’s job that he started last August and my children, whom because of that delightful schedule I am nearly entirely responsible for.

                I feel like Winnie-ther-Pooh, Singing a Complaining song.

                Yes, ther Pooh.

                You know what that means.

                I spend soooo much of my day with my children and I love them.

                But I really want this book done. I’m up at 5 am again even though I know it turns me into a bear by day three. I need this book to be done.

                Tut tut, it looks like I’m starting to loathe and detest every waking moment I don’t get to work on this book because I want it to be done so badly.

                That’s actually a slight exaggeration fueled by grumpy, up too early, melodramatic thoughts. Yesterday was Sugar Plum’s birthday and my living room is scattered with balloons I blew up for his party at the kids’ insistence, and all I can think as I look at them is, “So much wasted time”. That’s how I knew I had to find time to work on this story more, even if I had to steal it from my sleep and stop doing every other single “extra” thing I do that isn’t keep up the house so that it isn’t disgusting and take care of the kids. When I start hating things like birthday parties as wasted time I know.

                The creative process is so fun sometimes!

                Tut tut, it looks like a mild anxiety attack.

                So, the agenda for today is to find at least 4 hours to write without relying on Sugar Plum to pull his weight and give it to me because that so infrequently happens, teach my eldest pre-Algebra, teach my youngest to recognize the ABC’s, and potentially throw in a science lesson somewhere. Hell, I might even start teaching state capitals today. Why not?

                But I have to get this Gem City Grit book done before my brain declares war on itself. I’m tired of thinking about it without it going anywhere and getting done. I need to be thinking about new stories, new characters. I have to be done with it.


Check out my newest book Trust Trade!

trusttradefs_v1Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

See a sample of Trust Trade here.

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A Little Strangeness Keeps Life Interesting

payphoneYesterday I was jogging on the peninsula, which is not unusual for me. If you aren’t familiar with Erie, Pennsylvania the Presque Isle peninsula is beautiful. The running trail starts out along the bay and goes around the peninsula onto the lake Erie side. I’m not quite up to jogging the entire trail. (It’s a little over 13 miles…hahahaha…Nope.) At around 2.3 miles the ranger’s station is nestled into the trees near a pond. The station, a squat brown building that the trail loops around, also houses public restrooms. On the front of the building is one of the last remaining pay phones known to man. It should be roped off as an antique. Viewing it is a window into a mysterious past where people actually carried around pocket change.

On this day, while I’m dragging my body around the peninsula with promises of a doughnut if I can just make myself keep going another mile, I hear an odd ringing. An old fashioned ringing.

The pay phone was ringing.

It was like a scene out of The Matrix or a bad horror movie.

I stopped and spun a circle, the feeling of being watched overtaking me. (I may have an overactive imagination. I prefer that to “paranoia”.)

I almost didn’t stop, but my curiosity got the better of me. I approached the phone slowly, sweating, exhausted from my run, the ringing surreal. I stretched out my hand half expecting to have someone jump out and laugh.

Holding my breath I picked up the receiver. Who will be there? Will someone say, “Hello, Brightly.”

I pick up. No voice greets me. “Hello?” I whisper, breathless, heart pounding.

Silence.

My pulse skyrockets. Then, “Hello. This is the $$$$$$ Collections Agency. I’m looking for Enrico *last name totally slaughtered*.”

I laugh fairly obnoxiously. “This is a payphone in the middle of Presque Isle State Park.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes.”

“We’ll try again later.” (Clearly not believing me.) The person hangs up.

Points for persistence, I have to say that.

I continued on with my run, but I almost wish I hadn’t answered the phone so I could have pretended that I was in the middle of an espionage movie, starring (Insert Your Favorite Action Star HERE.)

I hope you all have a little weird in your day today, just a little something to keep things interesting.

Happy reading!

Ki

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Check out my newest book Trust Trade!

trusttradefs_v1Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

See a sample of Trust Trade here.

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Ki Brightly’s Patreon!

patreon-logoSo, I decided to do a thing I said I would never do, which is basically put myself “out there” as me, in all my awkward, fumbling glory.

Let me break it down:

For a while I have been struggling to live off of what I make as a writer, as it is not the easiest thing to do in the world. For various reasons I have been doing my work from home with my kids, which is also not easy if you’ve ever done it. This is not a litany of complaints post (though I could likely do that), but about a million things have conspired, in various ways, to make me chronically short on cash.

So…a friend convinced me that I should start a Patreon, something where I’m not simply begging for money, but allowing people access to new or unusual “Ki Brightly” content that they may not otherwise get a chance to see.

Okay.

I literally have zero idea about what I’m going to do with this thing, but here it is. And you get to see me, if that’s something you’re interested in. Here is the link to my Patreon account.

If you haven’t been convinced that you would like to participate in my Patreon here is some of the content you might expect in the future if you were to become a Patron of my art. (I am snickering as I type that. I have no idea why my brain has decided it is so funny.) Here I am doing a partial reading of “If You Give an Incubus a Cookie”.

All right friends, and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m hoping that the enticement of a couple of bucks a month will make me more dedicated to working on my blog. I don’t know why I have so much trouble sitting down and doing the “blog” thing (other than my general lack of five minutes to sit down and think when my kids are home), but…wait…no, it’s probably the kids. (I love them, really I do.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Happy reading!

kibrightly


Check out my newest book Trust Trade!

trusttradefs_v1Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

See a sample of Trust Trade here.

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Hello 5 A.M.

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I am sure there are people out there awake much earlier than I am this morning, but it seems the only way I am going to get Love It Like You Stole It done is to be up hours before even the most adventurous of my young family members deems reasonable. (I still feel paranoid that one of the wee ones will get up and demand cereal, even at this gawd awful hour, because if I am up surely there is something fun going on that I am hiding.)

I am starting to feel like I will never get this book done…

I know that isn’t true, but it feels true. In an attempt to keep up my spirits I am using this comic as a bookmark (Yes, I still buy the Sunday paper like the dinosaur I am.), but I really just wish I had someone to nag me away from facebook.

I need someone with a ruler to smack my fingers every time they wander toward the mousepad to take me to the joys of mindlessly flipping through memes I’ve already seen twenty times. I swear it is an addiction, sort of like flipping the channels while watching television.

I hope everyone has a productive day today!


You can pre-order Trust Trade on the Dreamspinner Press Website right now!

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Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer

To pre-order go to Dreamspinner Press.

 

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Cover Reveal for Louise Lyons’ Regeneration (M/M, Sci-Fi)

Hello all!

I love sci-fi. I grew up on a steady diet of Dune, ST Next Generation, Firefly, and, of course, repeated viewings of Star Wars. In college I was even geek enough to play the Star Wars RPG, and I am, indeed talking table top games here.

Uber-geek. 

Based on the blurb, this story looks like it will be a good one for anyone who fell in love with deep space. Plus, the cover reminds me of a 1960’s movie poster, which I have to say I love.

Check it out!

 kibrightly


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Regeneration

Release date: January 15, 2017

Genre: Gay fiction, science fiction, MM romance

Length: 75,000 words

Cover design: Simon Searle

Blurb

In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged fifteen, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.

Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim’s failing confidence, and Christian’s inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other’s life, their feelings begin to change.

Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?

 

Pre-Order Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAL4NJ8

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NAL4NJ8

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/688822

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Author Bio

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.

Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

Social Media

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/louiselyons013

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/louiselyons013

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louiselyons013

Blog: http://www.louiselyonsauthor.com

Email: louiselyons013@gmail.com

 

 

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Authors Happy Holiday Blog Hop! …Fashionably Late As Usual

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

So…this event was Saturday! I’m posting….Monday! …Better late than never right?

For this holiday blog hop I thought I would like to feature Threefold Love! I have 2 paperback copies of Threefold Love for 2 lucky winners who comment on this blog with their favorite holiday memories. (Good, bad, or snarky! Go for the gold here folks.) I will take the last entry on December 31st 2016-Midnight PST last chance to enter. Threefold Love is a paranormal/urban-ish fantasy ménage romance. It was a runner up in two different categories in The Rainbow Awards 2015.  

Excerpt from Threefold Love

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I pour three glasses and leave one next to Duncan on the counter near his work. He proceeds to douse the counter with flour and a white cloud puffs up around him. I back away and pick up the other two glasses.

“I’ll yell when I want some help. I’m going to get everything working first. You two do the salad?” He doesn’t stop to look at me, kneading dough and doing his version of dancing along to the radio. It mostly involves moving his shoulders around to the beat.

“Okay.” I nod even though he can’t see me.

“Give me a few minutes. Go chat. Maybe we can watch a movie after dinner?”

“I’ll ask him what he thinks about that. I love you.” I hesitate. My guilt is demanding that I should go back and kiss and grovel for even eyeing up the demigod in our living room, and more importantly, having the audacity to bring him here to eat Duncan’s food.

“I know. I love you too,” he answers with a smile. I’m almost into the dining room when he calls my name.

“Andy?”

“Yeah?” I answer and move back to stand near him. He tosses the dough out onto the floured counter and begins to divide it up into smaller portions.

“I’m not going to be angry about it, just so you know.” I hold my breath and he stares through me in that annoying way he’s been able to pull off since we first met.

“About what?” Should I play dumb and hope for the best? What does he think he knows?

He doesn’t answer, just keeps giving me “the look” and a half smile.

“I don’t know what you’re….” I fumble my words and can’t get my tongue to work properly.

“I love you, and that isn’t changing.” He stops looking at me and goes back to his work, so I take my golden opportunity for what it is and escape into the living room.

Click here for a Sneak Peek at the first Chapter.

The Blurb:

Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.

When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.

Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.

 

If you would like to purchase Threefold Love you can do that here at Amazon or here at Dreamspinner Press.

 

Author Happy Holidays Hop 2016

1. Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea 2. Thianna Durston
3. Charley Descoteaux 4. L. J. LaBarthe
5. Alina Popescu Writer 6. V.L. Locey
7. Jo Tannah 8. Hot Men in Hot Water
9. A Little Bit of Naughty 10. Karenna Colcroft
11. Lou Sylvre: Romance Across the Rainbow 12. Samantha MacLeod
13. Sexy Erotic Xciting 14. Heloise West
15. Lila Leigh Hunter 16. Meg Harding
17. Louise Lyons 18. Grace Kilian Delaney
19. Vera’s Version 20. rainbow lyrics and mellow mushrooms
21. Dianne Hartsock 22. Ki Brightly
23. C. J. Anthony 24. Creating Character Connections
25. Putting Characters Together 26. Creating Magic Between Characters

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Rainbow Awards!

The winners of the Rainbow Awards were announced! I was one of the judges this year, and I have to say it was an interesting and busy experience. (So busy I forgot to enter my own books…Gah! Best intentions and all that. I meant to and it just never happened.)

Congratulations to everyone who won!

kibrightly

 

Announcement as per Elisa at Rainbow Reviews:

Almost than 420 books, 165 judges, all over the world, and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and self-published authors. And, to me more important of everything, we raised more than 14.000 dollars donated to LGBT charities:

75$ to: Abbey of the Brew City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: http://www.brewcitysisters.org/
100$ to: AIDS Project LA: http://www.aplahealth.org/
25$ to: AIDS Walk Kansas City: http://www.aidswalkkansascity.org/
980$ to: Albert Kennedy Trust: http://www.akt.org.uk/
463$ to: Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
20$ to: All Out! LGBT Shelter: http://www.go.allout.org/en/a/save-the-shelter/
125$ to: American Institute of Bisexuality:
http://www.bisexual.org/
25$ to: ASN Access Support Network in San Luis Obispo County: http://www.asn.org/
100$ to: Audre Lorde Project: http://www.alp.org/
260$ to: Australian Marriage Equality: http://www.australianmarriageequality.org/
40$ to: Basic Rights Oregon: http://www.basicrights.org/
25$ to: BeLonG To Youth Services: http://www.belongto.org/
483$ to: BiNet USA: http://www.binetusa.org/
25$ to: Brooklyn Community Pride Center: http://www.lgbtbrooklyn.org/
25$ to: Calgary Outlink: http://www.calgaryoutlink.ca/
35$ to: Center Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
110$ to: Centerpoint: http://www.centrepoint.org.uk/
80$ to: Colors: http://www.colorsyouth.org/
25$ to: Covenant House: http://www.covenanthouseno.org/
390$ to: Diversity Collective Ventura County: http://www.diversitycollectivevc.org/
20$ to: Diversity Munchen: http://www.diversity-muenchen.de/
50$ to: Diversity Richmond: http://www.diversityrichmond.org/
100$ to: Diversity Role Models: http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/
50$ to: Equality Network Scotland: http://www.equality-network.org/
25$ to: Equality Toledo: http://www.equalitytoledo.org/
80$ to: Free2Be, GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: http://www.free2be.org/
22$ to: Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia: http://www.galfa.org.au/
160$ to: Galop: http://www.galop.org.uk/
148$ to: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders: http://www.glad.org/
240$ to: GCLS Scholarship Fund: http://www.goldencrown.org/Ways-to-donate/
50$ to: Gerber/Hart Library:
http://www.gerberhart.org/
55$ to: GLBT Community Center of Colorado: http://www.glbtcolorado.org/
398$ to: Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/
150$ to: Indiana Youth Group: http://www.indianayouthgroup.org/
475$ to: It Gets Better Project: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
724$ to: Lambda Legal: http://www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ to: Lambert House: http://www.lamberthouse.org/
740$ to: LBGTQ Center of Durham: http://www.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org/
75$ to: LSVD – Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland: http://www.lsvd.de/
50$ to: Lesbians Who Tech: http://www.lesbianswhotech.org/
75$ to: LGBT Center of Central PA: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
60$ to: LGBT Center of Great Cleveland: http://www.lgbtcleveland.org/
25$ to: LGBT Foundation: http://www.lgbt.foundation/
53$ to: LGBT Youth Scotland: http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/
13$ to: Life Long Aids Alliance: http://www.llaa.org/
50$ to: LikeMe Lighthouse: http://www.likeme.org/
150$ to: Long Island Crisis Center: http://www.longislandcrisiscenter.org/
450$ to: Los Angeles LGBT Center: http://www.lalgbtcenter.org/
240$ to: Lost and Found Youth: http://www.lost-n-found.org/
60$ to: LYRIC: http://www.lyric.org/
50$ to: Margays e.V.: http://www.margays.de/
25$ to: Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center: http://www.outmemphis.org/
67$ to: Mercury Phoenix Trust: http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/
25$ to: Mermaids: http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/
180$ to: Metro LGBT Wellness Center – St Petersburg: http://www.metrotampabay.org/
25$ to: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center: http://www.mkelgbt.org/
60$ to: Moveable Feast: http://www.mfeast.org/
50$ to: Network for Good: http://www.networkforgood.com/
113$ to: NOH8 Campaign: http://www.noh8campaign.com/
75$ to: Odyssey Youth Movement: http://www.odysseyyouth.org/
25$ to: One Archives Foundation: http://www.onearchives.org/
25$ to: One N Ten: http://www.onenten.org/
40$ to: Outfront Minnesota: http://www.outfront.org/
33$ to: OUTSaskatoon: http://www.outsaskatoon.ca/
30$ to: Pasadena Pride Center: http://www.pridepasadena.org/
25$ to: Pathfinders Milwaukee: http://www.pathfindersmke.org/
25$ to: PRIDE Community Center of North Central Florida: http://gainesvillepride.org/
25$ to: Persad Center: http://www.persadcenter.org/
316$ to: PFLAG: http://www.community.pflag.org/
150$ to: Pizza Klatch: http://www.pizzaklatch.org/
135$ to: Point Foundation: http://www.pointfoundation.org/
20$ to: Pride Foundation: http://www.pridefoundation.org/
75$ to: Q Center in Portland: http://www.pdxqcenter.org/
50$ to: Qmunity: http://www.qmunity.ca/
73$ to: Rainbow Railroad: http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca/
125$ to: Rainbow Resource Center: http://www.rainbowresourcecentre.org/
30$ to: Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
190$ to: SAGE: http://www.giveto.sageusa.org/
100$ to: Seattle Humane: http://www.seattlehumane.org/
150$ to: Soy Toronto: http://www.soytoronto.org/
25$ to: St. James Infirmary: http://www.stjamesinfirmary.org/
233$ to: Stonewall: http://www.stonewall.co.uk/
135$ to: Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline: httpp://www.switchboard.lgbt/
75$ to: Terrence Higgins Trust:
http://www.tht.org.uk/
30$ to: Timeout Youth: http://www.timeoutyouth.org/
575$ to: Trans Lifeline: http://www.translifeline.org/
50$ to: Trans United Fund: http://www.transunitedfund.org/
1154$ to: Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
400$ to: True Colors Fund: http://www.truecolorsfund.org/
100$ to: Twenty10 Gay and Lesbian Youth Services: http://www.twenty10.org.au/
50$ to: Women’s Resource Center of Scranton: http://www.wrcnepa.org/
50$ to: Wyoming Equality: http://www.wyomingequality.org/
225$ to: You Can Play: http://www.youcanplayproject.org/
175$ to: You Will Rise Project: http://www.youwillriseproject.blogspot.com
38$ to: Youth Project:
http://www.youthproject.ns.ca/
150$ to: YouthCare: http://www.youthcare.org/
14026$ Grand Total

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

Aeryn Jaden, Alex Glabrezu, Alina Popescu, Amberly Smith, Amelia “girlwithglasses”, Amie Love, Amy Lane, Andrea Grendahl, Andrea Speed, Andrew J. Peters, Anna Birmingham, Anna Zabo, Anne Barwell, Antonella Piazza, April Kelley, B. A. Brock, B. A. Tortuga, Barbara Luszczek, Bethann Korsmit, Brandilyn Carpenter, C. Kennedy, Carey Parrish, Cari Z., Carlos T. Mock, Caroyn Overholser, Caterina Bolognesi, Cherie Noel, Chris Paynter, Ciaran Llachlan Leavitt, Cindy Rizzo, Cira Arana, Clare London, D.H. Starr, Danielle Redmond, Darien “Pants Off Reviews”, Debbie McGowan, Deborah Tessari, Denise Carter, Denise Dechene, Denise Penn, Diane Marina, E. J. Russell, Ellis Carrington, Emanuela Piasentini, Erotic Horizon, Ethan Day, Ethan Stone, Etienne Reynard, Eve, Evey Brett, F.E Feeley Jr., Fausta Piccini, Felice Picano, Feliz Faber, Fernanda Elmiger, Fran Heckrotte, Fran Holland, Freddy Mackay, Gene Gant, Hayley McChesney, Heather C. Leigh, Heidi French, Heidi Green, Indra Vaughn, J. P. Bowie, Jane Siveyer, Jason Bradley, Jason Kivela, Jay Hartman, Jaymi, Jean Hillabold, Jefferson Parrish, Jess Faraday, Jo Ann Weiler, Joanne, Jodie Atkinson, Joe Cosentino, John Robey, Johnny Townsend, Jonathan Penn, Jorgi-Anne Stever, Juli-Anna Dobson, Julie Weismann, K. J. Charles, Kaje Harper, Kari Gregg, Karolina Kaminska-Marek, Kate Sedgbeer, Kate McLachlan, Kate McMurray, Kate Pavelle, Kate Sherwood, Kayt Peck, Kelli Collins, Kelly Jensen, Ki Brightly, Kimberly Gardner, Kimberly Lynn Workman, Kyell Gold, L. C. Chase, L. E. Franks, Lane Hayes, Layla Dorine, Lee Rowan, Leona Carver, Lex Valentine, Lily “lilygcs”, Lisa “Arch”, Lisa Arbitrary, Lloyd Meeker, Luce, Lydia “toadsmom23”, Mallory Hytrek, Mark O’Connell, Megan Derr, Melanie Hansen, Melissa Lee, Michael Jensen, Myranda Sarro, N. J. Nielsen, Nadja Gassert, Pelaam, Pamela Turner, Patricia Nelson, Rachel Thomas, Rider Jacobs, Robin, Rosie Thowney, S. J. Himes, Sally Sapphire, Sandra McDonald, Sara Alva, Scott Alexander Hess, Scott M. Terry, Shannon West, SM Zeoanne, Steve Callahan, Steven Garcia, Sue Adams, Sue Brown, Susan Laine, T. T. Thomas, Tagge H., Tame Adams, Tammy, Tara Lain, Tara Wentz, Tempeste O’Riley, Tessa Noil, Thursday Euclid, Tim Keller, Tracy James Jones, Trina Lane, Ulrike Rauch, Val Kovalin, Valerie C., Valerio la Martire, Venona Keyes, Verena, Vicktor Aleksandr Bailey, Vincent Virga, Vivian Arend, W. S. Long.

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:

44 Raccoons, Arachne Press, Artesian Well Publishing, Aspen Palms Press, Bear Bones Books, Beaten Track Publishing, Beau to Beau Publishing, Beautiful Dreamer Press, Bedazzled Ink Publishing, Beyond Books Press, Black Bay Books, Bold Strokes Books, Bonecamp, Boroughs Publishing Group, Branwen Press, Breezy Tree Press, Brussels Sprout Press, Bywater Books, Carina Press, Cayendi Press, Companion Publications, CoolDudes Publishing, Corgyn Publishing, Corvid House Publishing, Crown Books for Young Readers, Custard Books, Dagmar Miura, Danaan Press, Dark Hollows Press, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Desert Palm Press, Dream Trek Imprint, Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications, Duet Books, Ellora’s Cave, Encompass Ink/Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, Entangled, Eureka Street Press, Evernight Publishing, eXtasy Books, Fallen Bros Press, Fantastic Fiction Publishing, Finally Love Press, Freedom Island Publications, Harmony Ink Press, Hoopoe Publishing, House of Capet Publishing, IAM Books, InterMix (Berkley Romance), Inverardoch Press, It’s the Journey not the Destination, JMS Books, JPK Publishing, Kenmore Books, Labyrinth Bound Press, Less Than Three Press, Lethe Press, LLS Books, Loose ID, Love in Dark Settings Press, LoveLight Press, Loveswept, Manifold Press, Matador, ME Publishing, MLR Press, Mugen Press, Myrmidude Press, New Heights Publishing, NineStar Press, Pandemic Press, Pickwick Ink Publishing, Pinkerton Road, Pride Publishing, Proud Indy, Rainbow Ninja Press, Regal Crest, Riptide Publishing, Riverdale Avenue Books, Rocky Ridge Books, Romandeavor, Rose Quartz Publishing, Rune Tree Press, Saddle Road Press, Samhain Publishing, Shadoe Publishing, Solstice Publishing, Stone Soup Community Press, Sunny Bee Books, Torquere Press, Totally Bound Publishing, Troll River Publications, Widdershins Press, Wild Rose Press, Wilde City Press, Ylva Publishing, YoungDudes Publishing

And now what all you are waiting, the 2016 Rainbow Awards. And the Rainbow Awards go to:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Cover
Winners:

1. Broken, Author: Nicola Haken, Artist: Reese Dante
2. Witches of London, Author: Aleksandr Voinov, Artist: Anna Tiferet Sikorska
3. Scardust, Author: Suzanne van Rooyen, Artist: Louisa Maggio
Runners Up:
4. Under a Sky of Ash, Author: Brandon Witt, Artist: Anne Cain
Full Domain, Author: Kindle Alexander, Artist: Reese Dante
5. Mirror’s Gaze, Author: Rae D. Magdon, Artist: Rachel George
6. The Mystery of Nevermore, Author: C.S. Poe, Artist: Reese Dante
7. Starless Night, Author: Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly, Artist: Rachel George
8. Captive, Author: Jex Lane, Artist: Jay Aheer
9. What Remains, Author: Garrett Leigh, Artist: Garrett Leigh/L.C. Chase
10. A Mended Man, Author: Jaime Reese, Artist: Reese Dante

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Fantasy
Winners:
1. The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy
2. The Mirror’s Gaze (Amendyr Series #4) by Rae D. Magdon – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy
3. The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Fiction
Winners:
1. Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Midnight at the Orpheus by Alyssa Linn Palmer – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Historical

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Romantic Comedy & Suspence
Winners:

1. Love Bites by Lila Bruce – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Romantic Comedy
2. Love’s Redemption by Donna K. Ford – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Romantic Suspence
3. The Wrong Kind of Woman by Voss Porter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Romantic Comedy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Non Fiction & Poetry (The Dirk Vanden Award)
Winners:
1. What Does “Queer” Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Non Fiction
2. The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Non Fiction
3. Archer’s Omnibus of Oddities, Mischievous Exploits & Sundry Tales of Insubordination: A Queer Collection of Essays by Jesse Archer – Gender: Gay – Genre: Non Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Alternative Universe/Reality
Winners:
1. Risk (Dark Light #2) by Dusk Peterson – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Alternative Universe/Reality
2. The Servant Duchess Of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers Of the Remmington Realm #2) by Vicktor Alexander – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Alternative Universe/Reality
3. Staged by Kim Fielding – Gender: Gay – Genre: Alternative Universe/Reality

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Winners:
1. Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory by Barbara Ann Wright – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Winners:
1. Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
2. Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy
Winners:
1. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy
2. Malachite by Kirby Crow – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy
3. The Necromancer’s Dance and The Necromancer’s Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Romance
Winners:
1. What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. The Complete Horse Mistress Collection by R.A. Steffan – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. The Gift of Gravity by Sage C. Holloway – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Historical & Paranormal Romance
Winners:
1. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction & Young Adult
Winners:
1. Backcast by Ann McMan – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. It Pours by C.D. Cain – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
Winners:
1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
2. The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Historical & Paranormal Romance (The Cate Culpepper Award and The Sandra Moran Award)
Winners:
1. Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor by Jess Faraday – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Historical
3. Shaken to the Core by Jae – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Historical Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Fiction & Biography / Memoir
Winners:
1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Young Adult
2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance & Fiction
Winners:
1. Leather Wishes – The Adventures of the Fancy Man by Julian Keys – Gender: Gay – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
2. Sweet & Sexy (4 novellas as 1 submission) by Jeff Adams – Gender: Gay – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
3. Love Unlocked by Claire Davis and Al Stewart, Victoria Milne, Dawn Sister, J P Walker, Caraway Carter, Ofelia Gränd, Debbie McGowan – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Historical
Winners:
1. Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical
2. Games of Rome (Dominus #2) by J. P. Kenwood – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical
3. Lessons for Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochrane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Winners:
1. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
2. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction & Humor
Winners:
1. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. Deluge by Vincent Meis – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Romantic Comedy
Winners:
1. Winter Ball by Amy Lane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Comedy
2. Loving Djinni by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Comedy
3. Femme by Marshall Thornton – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Comedy
Groomzilla & Groomzilla Does Vegas by Tere Michaels – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Comedy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Young Adult
Winners:
1. Foxes by Suki Fleet – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult
2. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult
3. Private by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Romantic Suspence
Winners:
1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
3. Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
Runners Up:
4. Time: Wounds All Heal by Princess S.O. – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
5. Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Contemporary Romance & Fiction
Winners:
1. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. What Remains by Garrett Leigh – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Erotic Romance
Runners Up:
4. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. The Art House by Scarlett Knight – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Erotic Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy Romance
Winners:
1. Tempest by Cari Z. – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Runners Up:
4. Beauty, Inc. by Tara Lain – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
5. Ravenhearth by Lotus Oakes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Historical Romance
Winners:
1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
2. The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
3. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
5. Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Mystery Thriller (The Dorien Grey Award)
Winners:
1. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
2. Blow Down by J.L. Merrow – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. In Deep by Adam Fitzroy – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
5. It’s a Sin by Steve Burford – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Winners:
1. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
2. Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There’s A Will by Cari Z. – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Checkmate Ever After by Lex Chase – Gender: Gay – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. The Avian Emperor by Pelaam – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
5. Risking the Wild Places by Shannon West – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
6. Whipping Boy by Jordan Brewer – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
7. The Forbidden Zone by Victoria Zagar – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
8. Inherent Cost by Alicia Cameron – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
9. In Pain by Caethes Faron – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Cardinal Sins by Lissa Kasey – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Erotic Romance & Erotica (The Bobby Michaels Awards)
Winners:
1. A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
2. Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
3. Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
5. Quillon’s Covert by Joseph Lance Tonlet & Louis Stevens – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
6. The Arrangement by Felice Stevens – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
7. The Biggest Lover by R. Jackson – Gender: Gay – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Erotica
Lock and Key by Z. Allora – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
8. Building Bonds + Safe Limits (2 novellas as 1 submission) by Morticia Knight – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
9. Second to None by Felice Stevens – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
10. Kestrel’s Talon (The Stonewatchers #1) by Bey Deckard – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
Not Just Another Pretty Face by Louis Flint Ceci – Gender: Gay – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Erotica

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance
Winners:
1. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Just Physical by Jae – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Runners Up:
4. Heartwood by Catherine Lane – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Erotic Romance
6. Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
7. Built to Last by Aurora Rey – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
8. Nothing To Lose by Clare Lydon – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Whirlwind Romance by Kris Bryant – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. Stuck Landing by Lauren Gallagher – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Paranormal Romance
Winners:
1. Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Runners Up:
4. The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
5. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
6. Devil’s Gamble by Tess Barnett – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
7. Supernatural Consultant, Vol 1 by Mell Eight – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
8. Priddy’s Tale by Harper Fox – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Truth and Consequences by Sarah Madison – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
9. Candy Land by Lissa Kasey – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Love is for the Living by Nicholas Kinsley – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
10. Dragon Dreams & Fairy Wings by Bailey Bradford – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary Romance (The William Neale Award)
Winners:
1. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
2. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Runners Up:
4. Selfie by Amy Lane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lollipop by Amy Lane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
6. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
7. Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
8. Come What May by A.M. Arthur – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Under a Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tumbled by E.E. Grey – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unquiet by Melanie Hansen – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
11. Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fielding – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
12. Small Steps by Chris McHart – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
13. Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fool’s Gold by Sarah Madison – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
14. Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
15. Red Envelope & Herc and Pyotr (two novellas as 1 submission) by Atom Yang – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Restitution: A Love Story by Aubrey Cullens – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
16. Falling by Sierra Riley – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Island Doctor by Sue Brown – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
18. Someday by Sierra Riley – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Penalty Shot (Hat Trick #3) by Jeff Adams – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Unguarded by Lou Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. Nobody’s Son by Shae Connor – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
20. Hawaiian Orchid by Meg Amor – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Indigo Road by R.J. Jones – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Delicious by Sierra Riley – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Asexual Book
Winners:
1. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza – Gender: Asexual – Genre: Fantasy
2. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy – Gender: Asexual – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. We Go Forward by Alison Evans – Gender: Asexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Bisexual, Transgender and LGBT Book
Winners:
1. What Does “Queer” Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Non Fiction
2. Perihelion by Tami Veldura – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Biography / Memoir

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Lesbian Book
Winners:
1. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. Hurricane Season by B.J. Phillips – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Winter’s Harbor by Aurora Rey – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love on The Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Gay Book
Winners:
1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. It’s a Sin by Steve Burford – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Small Steps by Chris McHart – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best LGBT Book
Winners:
1. What Does “Queer” Mean Anyway: The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary by Chris Bartlett – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Non Fiction
2. The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Non Fiction
3. Risk (Dark Light #2) by Dusk Peterson – Gender: LGBT – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Alternative Universe/Reality

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Asexual Book
Winners:
1. For Promise Yet Unbroken by Tygati – Gender: Asexual – Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza – Gender: Asexual – Genre: Fantasy
3. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy – Gender: Asexual – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Book
Winners:
1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Young Adult
2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Humor
5. Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Young Adult
What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Transgender – Genre: Contemporary Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Book
Winners:
1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
2. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Runners Up:
4. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Paranormal Romance
5. What Remains by Garrett Leigh – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance
6. Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Romantic Suspence
7. The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Fantasy Romance
8. For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Erotic Romance
9. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Contemporary Romance
10. The Art House by Scarlett Knight – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Erotic Romance
Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern – Gender: Bisexual – Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Book
Winners:
1. Backcast by Ann McMan – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
6. The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy
7. Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory by Barbara Ann Wright – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
8. A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. It Pours by C.D. Cain – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
10. Cast Me Gently by Caren J. Werlinger – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
Just Physical by Jae – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
11. Love Bites by Lila Bruce – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Romantic Comedy
12. Going Coastal by Jane DiLucchio – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
The Songbird Thief by Skye Allen – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Young Adult
13. Heartwood by Catherine Lane – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
14. Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. The XYZ Mysteries by Iza Moreau – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy Romance
16. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Erotic Romance
17. Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary Romance
18. Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
19. The Dance by Suzie Carr – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
20. Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
The Mirror’s Gaze (Amendyr Series #4) by Rae D. Magdon – Gender: Lesbian – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Book
Winners:
1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
2. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy
The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical
5. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
Blow Down by J.L. Merrow – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
6. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
7. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
Malachite by Kirby Crow – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy
Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
8. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Foxes by Suki Fleet – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult
11. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Unnatural by Joanna Chambers – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
12. A Gentleman’s Position by K.J. Charles – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
13. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult
14. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
16. Tempest by Cari Z. – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Private by Matthew J. Metzger – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult
The Necromancer’s Dance and The Necromancer’s Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy
18. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Winter Ball by Amy Lane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Comedy
Selfie by Amy Lane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes – Gender: Gay – Genre: Erotic Romance
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
In Deep by Adam Fitzroy – Gender: Gay – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lollipop by Amy Lane – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There’s A Will by Cari Z. – Gender: Gay – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick – Gender: Gay – Genre: Romantic Suspence
20. Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy
Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles – Gender: Gay – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Sire by Kate Pavelle – Gender: Gay – Genre: Young Adult
Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly – Gender: Gay – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling – Gender: Gay – Genre: Historical Romance
Devil’s Gamble by Tess Barnett – Gender: Gay – Genre: Paranormal Romance

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