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2016, the good and the bad, and my favorite books

December 31, 2016

newyearguyseditscaled 2016 was an interesting year for me – new friends, new challenges; family drama good and bad; the launching of my Tracefinder series and further travels into self-pub. (And I am determined that the recent ARe debacle will not derail that. BTW, if you lost one of my books in the collapse of your ARe shelves, contact me.)

Gay Rom Lit in Kansas City was a highlight – my favorite GRL yet and the first shared with my friend and editor, Jonathan Penn. I continue to be amazed by the warmth and camaraderie of our genre. Many, many thanks to the all-volunteer crew of generous people who run the event. I hope to see everyone in Denver next October.

The US election… was a rough blow, a loss of some of my faith in the essential goodwill of Americans, and a new fear for the future. I don’t post about politics much here, but that may change a bit in the next 4 years. As the parent of two LGBTQ kids, the moderator of a growing YA group, and as someone who is concerned for the survival of our planet and everyone on it, I may have to step further into that arena. For now, I will have hope for 2017, that we as a community, and as compassionate, rational, and capable people, can come together to stand up for those who need it, and to advocate for empathy and equality.

I have several books planned for 2017. I hope to have the next Tracefinder book out in the first quarter of the year. The third Finding Family is also in the works. I’m planning a new YA free anthology. I look forward to writing and publishing and sharing the good stuff with friends.

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Books I loved Books I loved 2016

One of the joys, consolations, and pleasures of my year was reading more great books. So I want to list some of my favorites, of those I read in 2016, in no particular order, choosing particularly books whose audience wasn’t as big as I feel the stories deserved.

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Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox – This was a fun ride with a couple of great characters, and an exploration of a relationship with one Ace character, and one for whom sex is important. I really appreciated seeing a non-traditional HEA that works for those two men who will live it.

What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger – A wonderful, realistic, well-written story about two guys figuring out their relationship, with several strikes against them, and gender and BDSM components to their relationship. This book has solidly cemented Matthew Metzger as an auto-buy author for me. I love his guys – their edge of attitude and snark, their realistic conversations, the warmth down under the person they show the world. His main characters are complex, imperfect, and highly relatable.

Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean – an impressive debut, that reads a bit like a PD James, with a murder mystery that was nicely twisty and filled with red herrings. The detective hero is a very appealing main character, and a little overabundance of coincidence at the end was a minor issue in a solid M/M mystery story.

Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe – from a past in the sixties of the South, to a near-future old age, two man make a very slow and round-about journey to a love that was destined from the start. The 1960s-70s-historical content feels well researched, and the issues of orientation and race are poignant but not melodramatic.

Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning – 5th book in “The Lost and Founds” series, and Vin finally gets a man who is strong enough to live with his broken edges, and gentle enough for him to feel safe revealing them. Manning writes like no one else in the genre, with a playful and perfect skill that can make me cry and laugh on the same page. A unique series to be read in order, starting with King Perry.

Chaos Station series by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen – amazing, angsty, adventurous, gripping SciFi romance, with two very broken men. I devoured the series in order, as fast as I could read them. Each is an emotional, wrenching, and rewarding installment. The endings are solid, but with lots of room for more to come through to the HEA.

Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory – historical spy adventure, with a cross-dressing, genderqueer hero and a lot of fun. It’s also a sweet romance, slow to start, as each man feels out the other, in an era when being found out to be gay was punishable by prison and hard labor. Briers is protective, Miles is prickly and unsure. They strike both sparks and mistakes from each other. I can’t wait for the sequel to this one.

Shut Your Face, Anthony Pace! by Claire Davis and Al Stewart – This YA/NA story is one of the better coming of age romances written in the POV of a main character who is clearly somewhere on the Autism spectrum. Coping with life and family, and recognizing love, make this a plausible story, and respectful of people and relationships. There were moments of humor, moments of pain, moments of ordinary life, moments of grace.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin – I really liked that this YA book gave us a realistic, sympathetic, imperfect picture of a genderqueer teen. The secondary characters have a plausible range of reactions. The parents are nicely in the gray zone of loving but not understanding their child, and having comments and little moments that make Riley afraid of how they will react to the full truth. (note a trigger warning)

The Road to Silver Plume by Tamara Allen – no one writes better historical romances with flawed, sympathetic characters and a great period feel, than Tamara Allen. This was a very slow burn enemies-to-lovers adventure-romance, set in a period of American history I had not known well. I’ll be rereading this.

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I read other great books from many authors – including Marshall Thornton, K.J. Charles, Alex Gabriel, Avon Gale, Harper Fox, J.L. Merrow, Alexis Hall, and many more. My overflowing To-Be-Read shelf continues to climb out of control, with books I can’t wait to try.

To everyone who reads this, I wish you all the best for 2017. May the year be one of peace and prosperity, of fellowship and personal growth, and one of love – in life, with our darling pets, within the pages of the books we read. May you reach for dreams, and receive bounty. Happy New Year.

All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit closing

December 29, 2016

There has been an announcement that All Romance Ebooks and their non-romance division OmniLit will be closing their doors on Dec 31, 2016.

If you have a library of books on their bookshelves that you have not yet downloaded, or credits you have not used, you have 2 days to do so.

Be aware that the site is vastly overloaded right now, and it may take patience to download your books. Also be aware that any books you now buy with credits/omnibucks will not pay the actual authors anything, although you are entitled to spend them. Do NOT spend any actual new money there. I recommend immediate screenshots of your library, to remind you of what is on there and as proof of purchase. Keeping your old email receipts is also wise.

Some books may become unavailable as I write this, including books you have bought, if the author removes the linked files. Because ARe is telling authors they will receive no more that 10% of the royalties they are owed, and none for sales after yesterday, many authors are pulling their books. If you have a receipt and the book is no longer available there, contact the author or publisher. Many of them have said they will send out new copies to ARe buyers.

If you pre-ordered a not-yet-released book through ARe or OmniLit, you have to request a refund. There is no information on whether anyone is actually receiving refunds. Some publishers are also going to honor those pre-orders if you send them a screenshot.

W/ @allromance closure, if you preordered Dreamspinner title, forward receipt and we’ll honor via our store contactATdreamspinnerpressDOTcom

— Dreamspinner Press (@dreamspinners) December 28, 2016

If you have preordered any IP titles from @allromance, send us confirmation (screenshot or receipt) and we’ll honor at the IP Web Store

— Interlude Press (@InterludePress) December 28, 2016

It seems ARe is not refunding preorders. Send the confirmation email to Raevyn@ninestarpress.com. I will make sure you receive the book(s).

— NineStar Press (@ninestarpress) December 28, 2016

we’re going to make this easy for ppl: if you pre-ordered an LT3 title on ARe, forward the receipt to service@lessthanthreepress.com.

— Samantha M Derr (@rykaine) December 28, 2016

This is a messy and unprofessional closing. My goal here is to keep people with collections of books there from losing access to material they have already paid for. I have no specific knowledge of details, beyond their notice to authors.

I am sad to see ARe go. The marketplace is smaller, and the monopoly looms larger, and more authors are going to have to give up writing for not being paid. But the stories still matter, and there will be books, and we will still love the characters of our imaginations.

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2016

christmastree2016 To me, holidays are about connections – connections to family, to the past, to community. My Christmas is all about those links that bind us together. We put up our tree on Christmas Eve, together with whatever family members have managed to ingather for the holiday.

cabbageornament Our tree is eclectic – heavy on icicles, sheep and birds, for some reason, but also with fifty different unmatched pieces. The ornaments bring back memories – a glass bell of my father’s from my childhood tree; a painted bird from the year we were in California; skates for my skater-kid; the sparkly cabbage for my vegan husband. As we unwrap and hang them, we laugh at the spiky hedgehog, or the wooden snake shaped like a candycane that was a gift from my sister-in-law…

We stop afterward to eat cookies. These are my mother’s Swiss holiday recipes, full of almonds, honey, oranges, chocolate, butter… and more almonds. Some of the cookie cutters we use for the butter cookies have been in service for 90 years. chrcookies2016

And we play the music of the season. Music to remind us that once upon a time, a little dark-skinned, poor, immigrant Jewish boy grew up to change a billion lives. To remind us that the small, and humble, and rejected may hold the keys to the kingdom. And because, in the familiar songs, I hear my mother’s hands on the piano, that now are stiff and silent with arthritis, and my father’s voice, strong and sure on “Oh, Come, Emmanuel” as I have not heard it in ten years.

For some this is a very hard time. If the memories of holidays past have jagged edges, they are painful to get close to. Or if loss has broken those connections, it can be a lonely time. If that’s you, I send you hugs and thoughts and hope for building better new memories.

tateoncouch2016 In my house, the season is about remembering the good things. About still playing Santa at midnight for my adult kids, about letting the dog on the couch, about a chain of traditions that alter and shift, but do not break, going back through generations.

Very best wishes to all of you – may whatever holidays you celebrate warm your heart, and bring you peace and joy.

“Rejoice, Dammit” released

December 20, 2016

I’m pleased to let you know that Rejoice, Dammit is now available 🙂

Can real love happen twice in a lifetime?

“Rejoice, dammit!” — I could hear my husband Thom’s voice as clearly as when he was alive, telling me that four years were enough. That this year, I needed to stop avoiding the joys of the season, and get my solitary, colorless life out of its rut. But it took seeing Colin standing in an ice storm, waiting for a bus that wasn’t coming, to convince me to take a chance on opening my life, and maybe my heart, a second time around.

Buy links: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1U96RB/

Coming soon on Smashwords and their distribution to B&N, Apple, Kobo

I hope readers will have fun watching Derrick find his way forward, in the season of comfort and joy.

Holiday cover reveal – “Rejoice, Dammit”

December 16, 2016

Earlier this month, I wrote a little flash fiction for Boy Meets Boy Reviews called “You Were.” It was supposed to be a one-off story. But the main characters in it didn’t want me to leave Derrick there, at the end, still waiting for the rest of his life. So it grew into a 30,000 word holiday story.

Blurb:

“Rejoice, dammit!” — I could hear my husband Thom’s voice as clearly as when he was alive, telling me that four years were enough. That this year, I needed to stop avoiding the joys of the season, and get my solitary, colorless life out of its rut. But it took seeing Colin standing in an ice storm, waiting for a bus that wasn’t coming, to convince me to take a chance on opening my life, and maybe my heart, a second time around.

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I’m hoping to release it next week. Fingers crossed all the bits come together. 🙂

Awards: the ups, the downs, and coming together

December 15, 2016

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes about all the 2016 Best-of awards coming out, and about community.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2016/12/15/awards-the-ups-the-downs-and-coming-together/

Tracefinder: Contact is a Rainbow Award winner (and here’s the full list)

December 8, 2016

Tracefinder-Contact-2512-V9Final I’m really excited that Tracefinder: Contact was the 2016 Rainbow Awards winner for: Best Gay Mystery Thriller (The Dorien Grey Award) and also second place for 2016 “Best Gay Book”.

A lot of people helped make this book happen, from beta readers to my editor Jonathan Penn, my cover artist and the photographer, my formatter, and of course all the readers who give me the confidence to put my stories out there. The Rainbow Awards are run by Elisa Rolle, who puts a ton of work into showing us how much great LGBTQ fiction is out there to be enjoyed.

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The 2016 Rainbow Awards go to:

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 – Genre: Fantasy
2. The Mirror’s Gaze (Amendyr Series #4) by Rae D. Magdon – Genre: Fantasy
3. The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Fiction
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Romantic Comedy & Suspence
Winners:
1. Love Bites by Lila Bruce – Genre: Romantic Comedy
2. Love’s Redemption by Donna K. Ford – Genre: Romantic Suspence
3. The Wrong Kind of Woman by Voss Porter – 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
2. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz
3. Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Winners:

1. Starless Nights (Dark Horizons #2) by Rae D. Magdon & Michelle Magly
2. Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy
Winners:

1. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr
2. Malachite by Kirby Crow
3. The Necromancer’s Dance and The Necromancer’s Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Romance
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Historical & Paranormal Romance
Winners:

1. Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner- Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix – Genre: Paranormal Romance
3. Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern – Genre: Paranormal Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction & Young Adult
Winners:

1. Backcast by Ann McMan – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
2. From Third to Home by Chris Paynter – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
3. It Pours by C.D. Cain – Genre: Contemporary General Fiction

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
Winners:

1. Enchanted Soles by Sasha L. Miller – Genre: Anthology / Collection / Fantasy Romance
2. The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr – Genre: Fantasy Romance
3. Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee – 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 – Genre: Paranormal Romance
2. The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor by Jess Faraday – Genre: Historical
3. Shaken to the Core by Jae – Genre: Historical Romance

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Fiction & Biography / Memoir
Winners:

1. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart – Genre: Young Adult
2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings – Genre: Biography / Memoir
3. Perihelion by Tami Veldura – 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
2. Games of Rome (Dominus #2) by J. P. Kenwood
3. Lessons for Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochrane

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Winners:

1. Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter
2. Death Wears Yellow Garters by Rae D. Magdon
3. Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction & Humor
Winners:

1. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter
2. King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker
3. Deluge by Vincent Meis

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Romantic Comedy
Winners:

1. Winter Ball by Amy Lane
2. Loving Djinni by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus
3. Femme by Marshall Thornton
Groomzilla & Groomzilla Does Vegas by Tere Michaels

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Young Adult
Winners:

1. Foxes by Suki Fleet
2. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger
3. Private by Matthew J. Metzger

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Romantic Suspence
Winners:

1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly
2. The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick
3. Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain
Runners Up:
4. Time: Wounds All Heal by Princess S.O.
5. Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Contemporary Romance & Fiction
Winners:

1. The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk
2. What Remains by Garrett Leigh
3. Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey
Runners Up:
4. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh
5. The Art House by Scarlett Knight

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Fantasy Romance
Winners:

1. Tempest by Cari Z.
2. Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble
3. Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles
Runners Up:
4. Beauty, Inc. by Tara Lain
5. Ravenhearth by Lotus Oakes

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Historical Romance
Winners:

1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
2. The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue
3. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams
Runners Up:
4. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles
5. Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory
Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Mystery Thriller (The Dorien Grey Award)
Winners:

1. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper
2. Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate #4) by J.L. Merrow
3. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony
Runners Up:
4. In Deep by Adam Fitzroy
5. It’s a Sin by Steve Burford

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Erotic Romance & Erotica (The Bobby Michaels Awards)
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Paranormal Romance
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Contemporary Romance (The William Neale Award)
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Asexual Book
Winners:

1. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza – Genre: Fantasy
2. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
3. We Go Forward by Alison Evans – 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 – Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Slow Burn in Tuscany by Giselle Fox – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Runners Up:
4. Hurricane Season by B.J. Phillips – Genre: Contemporary Romance
5. Winter’s Harbor by Aurora Rey – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love on The Red Rocks by Lisa Moreau – Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Broken Coil (The Glass Pantheon #1) by Sy Itha – Genre: Fantasy

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Debut Gay Book
Winners:

1. The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly – Genre: Romantic Suspence
2. Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly – Genre: Contemporary Romance
3. It’s a Sin by Steve Burford – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Runners Up:
4. Two Natures by Jendi Reiter -Genre: Contemporary General Fiction
5. Small Steps by Chris McHart – 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 – Genre: Fantasy Romance
2. Alexey Dyed in Red by A.M. Valenza – Genre: Fantasy
3. To Terminator, With Love by Wes Kennedy – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Transgender Book
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Bisexual Book
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Lesbian Book
Winners:

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

2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Book
Winners:

1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt – Genre: Historical Romance
2. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr – Genre: Fantasy
The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue – Genre: Historical Romance
Runners Up:
4. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor – Genre: Historical
5. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams – Genre: Historical Romance
Blow Down by J.L. Merrow – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk – Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly – Genre: Romantic Suspence
6. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles – Genre: Historical Romance
7. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson – – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory – Genre: Historical Romance
Malachite by Kirby Crow -Genre: Fantasy
Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe – Genre: Historical Romance
8. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur – Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Foxes by Suki Fleet – Genre: Young Adult
11. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Unnatural by Joanna Chambers – Genre: Historical Romance
A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes – Genre: Erotic Romance
12. A Gentleman’s Position by K.J. Charles – Genre: Historical Romance
The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue – Genre: Historical Romance
13. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger – Genre: Young Adult
14. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride – Genre: Paranormal Romance
How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton – Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow – Genre: Historical Romance
16. Tempest by Cari Z. – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning – 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 – Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Private by Matthew J. Metzger – Genre: Young Adult
The Necromancer’s Dance and The Necromancer’s Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes – Genre: Fantasy
18. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov – Genre: Paranormal Romance
Winter Ball by Amy Lane – Genre: Romantic Comedy
Selfie by Amy Lane – Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes – Genre: Erotic Romance
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain – Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur – Genre: Contemporary Romance
In Deep by Adam Fitzroy – Genre: Mystery / Thriller
’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lollipop by Amy Lane – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Where There’s A Will by Cari Z. – Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan – Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick – Genre: Romantic Suspence
20. Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson – Genre: Fantasy
Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles – Genre: Fantasy Romance
Sire by Kate Pavelle – Genre: Young Adult
Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly – Genre: Contemporary Romance
Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling – Genre: Historical Romance
Devil’s Gamble by Tess Barnett – Genre: Paranormal Romance

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