I wasn’t actually going to enter any books in the Rainbow Awards this year, but I decided to give it a go, because the entry fees were going to charity. All I really had to lose was another layer off my already-battered ego. I learned years ago that sometimes it’s safer to not ask for other people’s opinions.
As it happens, I think two of my recent releases are some of the best writing I’ve ever done. (Yes, practice does help, though when it comes to writing, it certainly doesn’t make perfect.) And I also had my biggest selling book ever this year, and a few people twisted various parts of my anatomy, so I caved and entered.
Color me gobsmacked to learn that I had three books with Honorable Mentions for their category, three finalists and all three were Runners Up. I’m just thrilled to death that the judges also seemed to think these books are among my best.
Now there’s a prize for you too, because Dreamspinner Press has put all the Rainbow Award winners and runners up on sale at 30% off. You can find buy links below.
Here are the books they loved:
2 Runners Up for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller
Judge’s comments: “Enjoyed this story, and couldn’t put it down. I’d read book 1 a couple of years ago for Rainbow Awards so was great to catch up with Reed and Trent again, and see how far they’d come both in their relationship and as individuals. Easy writing style that sucked me into the storyline very quickly. Loved the descriptions of the settings – made it seem very real, and easy to imagine.”
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Judge’s comments: “Wonderful novel and excellent perspective on the military life. Probably the best, most realistic description of military life and social gatherings I have read in a very long time. Would have received near perfect scores if it had been placed in Romantic Suspense, because the romance and relationship aspects drove this book forward; the mystery felt sidelined.”
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And Runner Up in the Best Gay Erotic Romance–
No surprise, since it’s the steamiest, most over-the-top downright sexy thing I’ve ever written!
Judge’s comments: Excellent sex and deft character development. [I think he or she was a little overwhelmed. :)]
Jeremy Linden’s a PhD student researching an HIV vaccine. He’s always short of money, and when biotech startup PharmaTek reduces funding for his fellowship, he’s tempted to take a job at a men’s dining club as a serving boy. The uniforms are skimpy, and he’s expected to remove an item of clothing after each course. He can handle that, but he soon discovers there’s more on the menu here than fine cuisine. How far will he go to pay his tuition, and will money get in the way when he realizes he’s interested in more from one of his gentlemen?
Brice Martin is an attorney for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. When he’s asked to take a client to the infamous Dinner Club, he finds himself unexpectedly turned on by the atmosphere and especially by his server, Remy. He senses there’s more to the sexy young man than meets the eye. The paradox fascinates him, and he can’t get enough of Remy.
Their relationship quickly extends beyond the club and sex. But the trust and affection they’ve worked to achieve may crumble when Jeremy discovers Brice’s VC firm is the one that pulled the plug on PharmaTek—and Jeremy’s research grant.
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Did you read any of these books? What did you think? I love hearing your opinions, even when you didn’t love the book.
Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me.