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2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

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Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:



Gay Contemporary General Fiction
My Favorite Uncle by Marshall Thornton

Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (June 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925180247
ISBN-13: 978-1925180244
Amazon: My Favorite Uncle
Amazon Kindle: My Favorite Uncle

"I enjoyed this book very much. It was a really entertaining read and the author managed to make an extremely, maybe almost over the top, happy ending not feel sickly sweet but to be exactly what I wanted for the characters. Made me smile big time!"

Gay Historical Romance
The Black Orchid by Sawyer Caine

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 13, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: The Black Orchid

"This is a gorgeous, very touching story that had me in tears. The plot develops at a good pace. I did feel that characters were a little rash in their approach to their homosexuality at this period in history, but it was a minor point. The setting is well shown - the trip up the Orinoco was atmospheric and a great setting, very different. The characters are what make this story. Sawyer pulled me to them increasingly throughout... a little, a little more, some more, until finally you're so bound up in them the ending is both sad and rewarding, if that makes any sense. The writing style is pretty flawless. I loved this book. It will stay with me for a long time."

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
The Little Black Dress by Linda Palund

Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (May 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988513
ISBN-13: 978-1627988513
Amazon: The Little Black Dress
Amazon Kindle: The Little Black Dress

"A sensitive re-telling of a tragedy that takes a life after two best friends share their coming of age and coming out experiences to and with one another. Beautifully written, compelling characters and a good suspense level. We'll hear more from this author!"

Gay Contemporary Romance
Painting Fire on the Air (A Survivor Story) by J.P. Barnaby

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981810
ISBN-13: 978-1627981811
Amazon: Painting Fire on the Air (A Survivor Story)
Amazon Kindle: Painting Fire on the Air (A Survivor Story)

"This was one of the best BDSM books I have ever read.  The writing and character development were excellent.  I was able to connect with the characters in a way I usually cannot with most BDSM romances.  The chemistry, love and affection between Jude and Ben was evident in all aspects of their relationship."

Gay Young Adult
Omorphi by C. Kennedy

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (December 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627980083
ISBN-13: 978-1627980081
Amazon: Omorphi
Amazon Kindle: Omorphi

"Hauntingly beautiful, a book that you never wanted to end because you were so much a part of the characters lives. When you finish the book you want to know more, to pick up the phone and call Christy. Magically written, the voices and setting of the story were so clear you lived each moment with the characters."

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Companion by Lloyd A. Meeker

Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988491
ISBN-13: 978-1627988490
Amazon: The Companion
Amazon Kindle: The Companion

"Surprisingly interesting story for something that the story blurb didn’t make sound fascinating at all. Would have never bought this book if I hadn’t been assigned it. Quite surprisingly good."

"Completely enraptured from beginning to end. I was pulled in from the very beginning, and it was hard to put down."


Gay Paranormal Romance
Wolf Hunter by Ryan Loveless

Publisher: TVB Publishing (October 10, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Wolf Hunter

"I may be a huge fan of paranormal fan and at times this book was intense... it had me sucked in from the very first page... I will be looking for more of this authors work for sure."

Lesbian Romantic Comedy
Eight Dates: A Romance by Lori L. Lake

Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Launch Point Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1633040003
ISBN-13: 978-1633040007
Amazon: Eight Dates: A Romance
Amazon Kindle: Eight Dates: A Romance

"This book made me laugh out loud more than once. Sky’s eight date challenge, put forth by her best friend Mitchell, was a study in futility. I felt bad for Sky, not because of the horrific dates she had to endure, but because she couldn’t seem to see what was right in front of her. The interactions between Sky and Maya were amazingly done. The only problem I had was the book seemed to end a couple of chapters too soon. I wanted a little more."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Kept Tears by Jana Denardo

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983139
ISBN-13: 978-1627983136
Amazon: Kept Tears
Amazon Kindle: Kept Tears

"This was a delight to read! A very enjoyable book and compelling story, great characters one wants to befriend. Even Morcant was played perfectly with his bad boy persona. It flows smoothly from one scene to the next creating a fantasy world I'd like to visit someday (does that make me weird? LOL Maybe, but compared to this world, Denardo's sounds a whole lot better ;-) For a person who is not so much into Urban Fantasy this really hit the spot."

Gay Paranormal Romance
Willing Hands (Wild R Farm 5) by Silvia Violet

Series: Wild R Farm
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 8, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495326799
ISBN-13: 978-1495326790
Amazon: Willing Hands (Wild R Farm 5)
Amazon Kindle: Willing Hands (Wild R Farm 5)

"This is a well written shifter story that many are sure to love. I like that the author had a character like Will, a bear shifter with a temper, who worries about how his animal reacts to certain situations as opposed to just going with the flow. Although part of a series, it was easy for me to be drawn into this world even though I have not read any of the previous books."





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A lovely recent review for A TWIST AND TWO BALLS from Lisa at The Novel Approach.

"I love a good romance-beginning-on-the-wrong-foot story, and that’s exactly what A Twist and Two Balls is. It’s a charming little tale that in just 66 short pages had me rooting for Eddy and Nuri as they struggled through the early fits and starts of getting to know each other, discovering the unexpected, and recovering from some missteps that happen when things don’t get communicated properly.

Eduardo’s evolution to Eddy is particularly charming, and A Twist and Two Balls is a fun story, short, yes, so don’t expect a lot of backstory where these two men are concerned. It’s engaging and I found I fell quickly enough for Nuri and Eddy that I can say, without reservation, this one was well worth the reading."


Read the rest of the review HERE.


BLURB: Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.

Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart.





And should you be inspired to buy ... here are the links! ^_~

Buy Links: amazon.com / amazon.co.uk / all romance ebooks / smashwords

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If any fellow authors / bloggers would like to take advantage of another blog (ouch, sounds painful *g*), please let me know. You're always welcome to visit here to announce your latest release / project / whatever.

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And a free giveaway to one of the commenters is always appreciated, too, but never obligatory! I'll organise the winner for you, and let you know so you can make contact with them on your own behalf.

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Today's Red Carpet Visitor is fellow author Dev Bentham and her new release, DRIVING INTO THE SUN.
Now available at Loose Id, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, All Romance Ebooks, and other online book stores.

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From Dev:

This is my first road-trip story and I really enjoyed the process. In all good stories, there's psychological character movement. It was fun to have that mirrored physically. The road these guys travel is one I've driven, but it was amazing how much research I still had to do. I spent way too much time on Google Earth and various chamber of commerce websites for the towns along the way. All in all, it was a very fun book to write. I hope it's a good read, too.

Here's the blurb:

Bad choices. We all make them, some more than others. Dusty’s choices have left him unemployed, broke and practically homeless. Despite the major issues he has with his family, his only rational choice is to sell everything and move into his parents’ basement. At thirty. Looking for a ride west, he answers a phone ad. The voice at the other end of the line flows like dark, rich honey. Finally something to look forward to—listening to Joe’s voice all the way from Illinois to Idaho.

Rather than the hip crooner of Dusty’s fantasies, Joe turns out to look more like a panhandler. Is that because Joe dresses down, or are Dusty’s preconceptions about Native Americans clouding his vision? Joe is silent more often than not. He has a complicated past and still has amends to make. But he is ready to move on. Dusty feels trapped. Two damaged men, one small car driving two thousand miles into the sun—sometimes things need to break down before they can get fixed.

Dev is generiously offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the book to one lucky commenter, on any of the sites where it's posted today.
Winner to be announced on Sunday Sep 28.


Visit Dev's fiction at www.devbentham.com
Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dev.bentham
Contact her: devbentham@yahoo.com

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A lovely recent review for A TWIST AND TWO BALLS from Joyfully Jay.

"I did enjoy the way the story deals with the idea of dreams versus reality.  In Eddy’s case, he is so focused on his dream that he is floundering.  He will likely never be a famous stage actor, but his determination is not only leaving him broke, it is preventing him from seeing other opportunities that are right there in front of him, things that can ultimately make him happy. In Nuri’s case, he has given up what he really wants to take care of his family.  Here we finally see him accept that he has a right to pursue his own dreams and live for himself as well.  So we a bit of a balanced message here, sort of the importance of living your dream, but also having it tempered by reality I guess. I would have liked things just a little more crisp in terms of takeaway, but I did enjoy seeing both these guys ultimately find and reach their passion.

The title of the book is a play in the ice cream parlor Eddy’s friends own, With a Kick.  They sell delicious ice cream concoctions mixed with real alcohol (and the titular treat is one that Eddy and Nuri suggest made with aniseed).  This looks to be the start of a series so I am looking forward to see what else is in store. And please someone open a branch of this shop near me!

So overall a cute, sweet story. I really like Nuri and enjoyed Eddy’s growth over the book"

Read the rest of the review HERE.


BLURB: Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.

Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart.





And should you be inspired to buy ... here are the links! ^_~

Buy Links: amazon.com / amazon.co.uk / all romance ebooks / smashwords

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FREE excerpts from UK author signing

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From R. J. Scott's blog:


You may recall I attended a UK MM writers signing event in London in September, arranged by the awesome Sue Brown.

I came up with an idea of collating excerpts from anyone that wanted to and creating a file for people to download to read the various excerpts.

Contains content from Chris Quinton, Faith Ashlin, Josephine Myles, SA Meade, Charlie Cochrane, KJ Charles, Julie Bozza, Clare London and me.

The files are listed here:

PDF file | ePub file | Mobi (Kindle)

With A Kick covers ... can't resist sharing

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A new and enticing ice cream franchise, with a unique blend of full flavour, mischief and romance. Patrick and Lee are struggling to make a success of their alcoholic ice cream shop in the centre of tourist London. At the same time, their business partnership may take a turn towards the personal – if either of them can find the time and nerve to go for it! Meanwhile, they cater to the wild and wonderful range of customers in the area, many of whom have their own romantic agenda. Will ice cream be the final ingredient they’re all looking for?

A joint-authored project with Sue Brown, this series of romantic novellas launched August 2014.

Here's a tempting array of the covers so far - courtesy of the very, very talented Lou Harper.


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Book #1: A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London, is out NOW.
Blurb: Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage. Unfortunately, his alter ego Eddy March hasn't got further than a bit part in a TV series. One ghastly day, he’s late for an audition, can’t pay his taxi fare, and is chased across Soho by the irate driver, Nuri. But maybe being caught by Nuri is exactly what Eddy needs.

Book #2: Hissed as a Newt by Sue Brown, will be out on Sep 29.
Blurb: A drunk clown rolling around in the gutter is not what David Wright expects to find as he walks to With A Kick, his favourite ice-cream shop. David has had a lousy day. A literary agent has crushed his dreams and all he wants is the consolation of alcoholic ice-cream. He’s about to walk away when he finds the clown has been dumped by his boyfriend. On a whim, David takes the clown into With A Kick before he gets arrested. Underneath the smeared make-up, he meets Stan, who has just discovered his boyfriend and best friend getting more than friendly. Over ice-cream, David and Stan discuss their problems and discover maybe they can help each other.

Book #3: Slap and Tickle by Clare London, will be out on Oct 29.
Blurb: Bryan is an accountant who admires order and self-discipline. When he literally bumps into Phiz outside With A Kick, Phiz’s lifestyle and behaviour appear totally chaotic. But they each recognise something in the other that they need. Bryan needs a lover who welcomes his secret desire, and Phiz needs a firm hand–in every way. They both agree that Bryan may be just the man to provide it.



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Each story will have a self-contained romance, but will follow the history of the shop throughout. I hope many readers will enjoy following the series, fall in love with our characters – and enjoy the online taste of the unique and delicious ice creams, whatever the weather!


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A lovely recent review for A TWIST AND TWO BALLS from Prism Book Alliance.

"This is a delightful London based novella, which I think is the first of a series focussed around the ice-cream parlour, ‘With a Kick’. I hope so because I really fell for Lee who is a secondary character in this novella and works in ‘With a Kick’. The main characters are a down on his luck actor, Eduardo Mancini /Eddy March and a Turkish taxi driver called Nuri. However, Nuri comes with a whole raft of wonderful family members. This is a funny character driven novella and I fell for all the characters except Eddy’s agent, but then I wasn’t supposed to like her.

It is a romantic and interesting story and I love the part of London where a lot of the action takes place. It is also rare to read a story about the Turkish community in London and cleverly, by making Nuri a Turkish taxi driver, the author immediately made me think I knew what he would be like. That is the strength of stereotypes. Clare London takes on those stereotypes subverts them, and produces a novella to curl up in a big chair with and just enjoy."

Read the rest of the review HERE.


BLURB: Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.

Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart.





And should you be inspired to buy ... here are the links! ^_~

Buy Links: amazon.com / amazon.co.uk / all romance ebooks / smashwords

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Clare London fangirls over Lee Child

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I've finished a pretty gruesome week with a most perfect evening! I went to see Lee Child tonight at a local Waterstones bookshop. What a brilliant time! There were only about 40 of us, and he went straight into a very relaxed Q&A. Very charming, an excellent speaker - and he fended off the "WTF? Tom Cruise as Reacher??" questions perfectly :). He was also wonderfully supportive of genre fiction and its role in bringing pleasure to millions of people's reading lives. Bless him, he's had a really full schedule and we were the last stop, he's flying back out to the US tomorrow. Here I am, getting a copy of his new book signed. Look at that professional and practised smile of his! He looks cool and distinguished, I look like an obsequious rabbit in headlights. My God, was I a fangirl :).

Please let me squee about the second picture, though. That's me giving HIM a copy of my book FREEMAN! (note how my friend is taking the picture so she didn't have to stand beside me and be embarrassed by my utter nerve!) But seriously, and as I briefly told him, FREEMAN was inspired by Jack Reacher character - laconic, unreliable narrator, virtually rootless, self-absorbed - and written in a further homage to Lee's own sparse but perfectly accessible style.

I've always dreamed of giving him a copy, presumptuous, eh? :). But what a gent he was. He even asked me to sign it for him *omfgblushahoy*. Hubby says he may want something to read on his long haul journey home, you never know *rolls eyes*.


New PsyCop Flash Fic

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