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Rainbow Awards winners

December 8, 2019

The Rainbow Awards are complete for 2018-2019, thanks to a huge undertaking by Elisa Rolle, who organized 450 books, 106 judges, all over the world. The event raised over $12,000 as donations to LGBTQ charities.

So many good books were honored with these awards. I was thrilled that my Kira Harp YA story collection, Rainbow Briefs volume 2, won the collection/anthology award this year.

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Here’s a full list of the winners. (Categories with large numbers of entries were awarded proportionally more than 3 top choices. Award numbers with multiple titles are ties.)

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Gay – Young Adult
1. Laura Lascarso – Hiroku
Laura Lascarso – When Everything Is Blue
2. S.M. James – In Case You Missed It
Eli Easton – Boy Shattered
3. Mia Kerick – Torn
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5317328.html

Gay – Humor
1. Michael Scott Garvin – Aunt Sookie & Me: The Sordid Tale of a Scandalous Southern Belle
2. Joe Cosentino – Drama Dance (Nicky and Noah mystery #8)
Joe Cosentino – Drama Detective (Nicky and Noah mystery #5)
3. David Nora – Slasher Crasher
Damian Serbu – Santa Is a Vampire
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5317451.html

Lesbian – Romantic Comedy
1. Lynn Ames – Great Bones
2. Lisa Moreau – Lovebirds
3. A.J. Adaire – Match Me
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5317692.html

LGBTA – Poetry
1. Jan Steckel – Like Flesh Covers Bone
2. Renée Vivien (translator Samantha Pious) – A Crown of Violets
Sandra de Helen – Desire Returns for a Visit
3. Lisa Dordal – Mosaic of the Dark
Julie Marie Wade – Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5318019.html

Bisexual – Historical & Paranormal Romance
1. Jude Lucens – Behind These Doors (Radical Proposals #1)
2. E.J. Russell – Demon on the Down-Low (Supernatural Selection #3)
3. Lexi Ander – Caledonia Destiny
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5318261.html

Lesbian – Historical
1. Elena Graf – Lies of Omission
Elena Graf – Acts of Contrition
2. Jane Alden – Across A Crowded Room
3. Kim Finney – Under The Microscope
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5318402.html

Bisexual – Fantasy
1. Jeanne G’Fellers – Cleaning House
2. Ariana Nash – Silk & Steel
3. Megan Derr – Dragon Magic
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5318874.html

Lesbian – Fantasy & Paranormal Romance
1. Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus – Orc Haven
2. Helen Jayne – Aegle: sapphic Soulmates
3. Veronica Watts – Her of the Wood
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5318942.html

Gay – Fantasy
1. Xia Xia Lake – Shinigami
2. Angel Martinez – The Mage on the Hill
3. Dan Ackerman – For A Glance
Lisa Henry – Anhaga
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5319259.html

Lesbian – Fantasy
1. Caren J. Werlinger – A Bittersweet Garden
2. Kellie Doherty – Sunkissed Feather and Severed Ties
3. Benny Lawrence – Beggar’s Flip
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5319553.html

Lesbian – Contemporary General Fiction & Erotica
1. Caren J. Werlinger – When the Stars Sang
2. Susan Stocker – Kiss Your Elbow (An Embellished Memoire of Growing Up in the 50’s and 60’s)
3. Rae D. Magdon – Fur and Fangs (Vol 1-10)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5319902.html

Bisexual – Contemporary General Fiction, Humor, Mystery / Thriller & Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1. Debbie McGowan – The Great Village Bun Fight
2. Lori A. Witt – Incel
Vicki Clifford – Deception is the Old Black: A Viv Fraser Mystery
3. Mia Kerick – The Weekend Bucket List
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5319953.html

LGBTA – Anthology / Collection
1. Kira Harp – Rainbow Briefs volume 2
2. Angel Martinez – Brandywine Investigations: Family Matters
3. Dusk Peterson – Danger (Dark Light #3)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5320410.html

Lesbian – Historical Romance
1. Edale Lane – Heart of Sherwood
2. T.T. Thomas – House of Bliss
Jane Alden – Jobyna’s Blues
3. K’Anne Meinel – Pioneering
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5320646.html

Asexual – Contemporary, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance & Romantic Comedy
1. R.A. Steffan – The Complete Lion Mistress Collection
2. Jae – Perfect Rhythm
Ava Kelly – Havesskadi
3. Sam Burns – Strike Up the Band
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5320704.html

LGBTA – Contemporary General Fiction, Fantasy & Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1. Anna Butler – Day of Wrath (Taking Shield #5)
2. Dorian Graves – Bones and Bourbon
3. E.J. Runyon – Good People
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5321048.html

Bisexual – Fantasy Romance
1. Meredith Katz – How Saeter Robbed the Underworld
2. Freddy MacKay – Waiting on the Rain
3. Casey Wolfe – A Mage’s Power
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5321236.html

LGBTA – Biography / Memoir
1. Ruth Simkin – Dear Sophie
2. Todd Allen Smith – Murder, Romance and Two Shootings
Judith Branzburg – The Liberation of Ivy Bottini
3. Carla Grant – Uncommon Girls
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5321660.html

Gay – Mystery / Thriller
1. J.L. Merrow – Lock Nut
2. Clancy Nacht – For Immediate Release
3. C.S. Poe – The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter #3)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5321955.html

Lesbian – Alternative Universe/Reality & Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1. Angel Martinez – Safety Protocols for Human Holidays
2. Matt Doyle – The Fox, The Dog, and The King (The Cassie Tam Files #2)
Rae D. Magdon – Lucky 7
3. Matt Doyle – LV48 (The Cassie Tam Files #3)
K. Aten – Waking the Dreamer
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5322165.html

Lesbian – Mystery / Thriller
1. Cari Hunter – Alias
2. Jody Klaire – Noble Heart
3. Claire Highton-Stevenson – The Doll Maker
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5322287.html

Gay – Historical Romance
1. Alex Jane – The Arrangement
Anna Butler – The Jackal’s House (Lancaster’s Luck #2)
2. Eli Easton – Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
3. Rebecca Cohen – Captain Merric
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5322626.html

Gay – Historical
1. Tanya Chris – Predestination Unknown
2. Daniel M. Jaffe – Yeled Tov
3. Stephan Knox – Anáil Dhragain (Dragon’s Breath)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5322794.html

Gay – Contemporary General Fiction
1. Dan Ackerman – The Things That Come
Dan Ackerman – That Doesn’t Belong Here
2. J. Scott Coatsworth – The River City Chronicles
3. A.M. Leibowitz – Keeping the Faith
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5323118.html

Transgender – Contemporary, Erotic, Historical & Paranormal Romance
1. Katherine Wyvern – A Muse to Live For
Katherine Wyvern – Spice & Vanilla
2. L.A. Witt – Adrift
Brooklyn Ray – Darkling
3. Tia Fielding – Four
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5323343.html

Gay – Romantic Suspence
1. Tara Lain – The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
2. Amy Lane – A Few Good Fish
3. Eden Winters – Suspicion (Diversion #7)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5323685.html

Lesbian – Young Adult
1. Iza Moreau – Swamp Girl
2. Iza Moreau – Ghost in the Piano
3. Jessica Yeh – Bend for Me
Jacqueline Rohrbach – The Soulstealers
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5323837.html

Gay – Erotic Romance
1. L.A. Witt – Sink or Swim
2. Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid – The Congressman’s Whore: A Marriage of Convenience
Lane Hayes – Leaning Into the Look
Lane Hayes – Leaning Into Forever
3. L.M. Somerton – Trusting Him
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5324141.html

LGBTA – Young Adult
1. Amy Klobuchar; Edited by In This Together Media – Nevertheless, We Persisted
Chris Tebbetts – Me Myself & Him
2. R. Zamora Linmark – The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
Chad Sell – The Cardboard Kingdom
Stefani Deoul – Zero Sum Game
Emily Skrutskie – Hullmetal Girls
3. M. Rose Flores – The End
Mia Kerick – The Princess of Baker Street
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5324471.html

Gay – Alternative Universe/Reality & Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1. M.D. Neu – Conviction (A New World #2)
M.D. Neu – Contact (A New World #1)
2. J. Scott Coatsworth – The Stark Divide
3. Arshad Ahsanuddin – Ascension

4. C.C. Bridges – Angels Rising
5. Pelaam – Strawberry Fields
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5324778.html

Gay – Fantasy Romance
1. Jamie Sullivan – Heart of the Dragon
2. J. Scott Coatsworth – Ithani
J. Scott Coatsworth – Lander
3. Meredith Katz – Smoke Signals

4. Jacqueline Rohrbach – The Dragon’s Rebel
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5324811.html

Gay – Paranormal Romance
1. Jackie North – Honey From the Lion
2. E.J. Russell – Single White Incubus (Supernatural Selection #1)
3. Tara Lain – Hidden Powers

4. Sara Dobie Bauer – Escaping Exile
5. Jackie North – Wild as the West Texas Wind
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5325227.html

Bisexual – Contemporary and Erotic Romance & Romantic Suspence
1. E. Davies – Tremble
E. Davies – Miracle
2. L.A. Witt – The Torches We Carry
L.A. Witt – Rank & File
3. Johnny Miles – Café y Chocolate

4. Kyell Gold – Ty Game
5. L.A. Witt – It Was Always You
Freddy MacKay – Watermelon Kisses
6. K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn – Behind the Stick (The Speakeasy #3)
7. L.A. Witt – Blood & Bitcoin
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5325409.html

Lesbian – Contemporary and Erotic Romance & Romantic Suspence
1. Jeannie Levig – A Heart to Call Home
2. Geonn Cannon – Can You Hear Me
3. C.J. Murphy – Frame by frame
Lynn Ames – Chain Reactions

4. Jeannie Levig – A Wish Upon a Star
5. Heather Blackmore – It’s Not a Date
6. Clare Ashton – The Goodmans
7. Jae – Just for Show
8. Suzie Carr – The Curvy Side of Life
9. Jae – Paper Love
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5325790.html

Gay – Contemporary Romance & Romantic Comedy
1. Taylor Fitzpatrick – Thrown Off the Ice
2. Morningstar Ashley – Risking It All
3. Amy Lane – Crocus

4. Tara Lain – Home Improvement — A Love Story
5. L.A. Witt – Rabi and Matthew
6. Tara Lain – High Balls
7. Tara Lain – Love You So Special
8. Kelly Wyre – Fight
9. L.A. Witt – The Husband Gambit
10. E.J. Russell – Mystic Man
11. Jodi Payne & B.A. Tortuga – Wrecked
Kim Fielding – A Full Plate
Kim Fielding – The Little Library
L.A. Witt – Wash Out
12. Eli Easton – Family Camp
A.M. Leibowitz – Drumbeat
13. C.S. Poe – Color of You
E. Davies – Hard Hart
L.A. Witt – Bouncing Back
Marguerite Labbe – A Little Side of Geek (Geek Life #1)
Marguerite Labbe – A Whole Latte Sass (Geek Life #2)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5325933.html

Asexual Debut Book
1. Ava Kelly – Havesskadi
2. Evelyn Benvie – Something To Celebrate
3. Kail Muse – Homeplanet
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5326169.html

LGBTA Debut Book
1. Dorian Graves – Bones and Bourbon
2. R. Zamora Linmark – The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
3. Rory Power – Wilded Girls
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5326475.html

Bisexual Debut Book
1. Jude Lucens – Behind These Doors (Radical Proposals #1)
2. M. Rose Flores – The End
3. Ariana Nash – Silk & Steel
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5326796.html

Gay Debut Book
1. Xia Xia Lake – Shinigami
2. Stephan Knox – Anáil Dhragain (Dragon’s Breath)
3. MD Neu – The Calling
Maz Maddox – Heartache & Hoofbeats
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5327037.html

Lesbian Debut Book
1. C.J. Murphy – Frame by frame
2. Susan Stocker – Kiss Your Elbow (An Embellished Memoire of Growing Up in the 50’s and 60’s)
3. Chris Zett – Irregular Heartbeat

4. Helen Jayne – Hestia: sapphic soulmates
5. Gail Newman – Sunlight in the Shadows
Cheryl Espinosa-Jones – An Ocean Between Them
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5327144.html

Asexual Book
1. R.A. Steffan – The Complete Lion Mistress Collection
2. Jae – Perfect Rhythm
Ava Kelly – Havesskadi
3. Sam Burns – Strike Up the Band
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5327415.html

LGBTA Book
1. Anna Butler – Day of Wrath (Taking Shield #5)
2. Chris Tebbetts – Me Myself & Him
Amy Klobuchar; Edited by In This Together Media – Nevertheless, We Persisted
3. Stefani Deoul – Zero Sum Game
R. Zamora Linmark – The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
Chad Sell – The Cardboard Kingdom
Emily Skrutskie – Hullmetal Girls
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5327798.html

Transgender Book
1. Katherine Wyvern – A Muse to Live For
2. Dorian Graves – Bones and Bourbon
3. Mia Kerick – The Princess of Baker Street

4. Mia Kerick – All Boy
5. Carla Grant – Uncommon Girls
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5328006.html

Bisexual Book
1. Jan Steckel – Like Flesh Covers Bone
2. E. Davies – Tremble
3. Jude Lucens – Behind These Doors (Radical Proposals #1)

4. M. Rose Flores – The End
E. Davies – Miracle
5. E.J. Russell – Demon on the Down-Low (Supernatural Selection #3)
6. Lexi Ander – Caledonia Destiny
Meredith Katz – How Saeter Robbed the Underworld
7. Debbie McGowan – The Great Village Bun Fight
L.A. Witt – The Torches We Carry
S.M. James – Not Gonna Lie
8. Freddy MacKay – Waiting on the Rain
Johnny Miles – Café y Chocolate
L.A. Witt – Rank & File
9. Casey Wolfe – A Mage’s Power
10. Kyell Gold – Ty Game
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5328373.html

Lesbian Book
1. Cari Hunter – Alias
2. Jeannie Levig – A Heart to Call Home
3. Caren J. Werlinger – When the Stars Sang

4. Geonn Cannon – Can You Hear Me
5. C.J. Murphy – Frame by frame
Lynn Ames – Chain Reactions
6. Jeannie Levig – A Wish Upon a Star
7. Heather Blackmore – It’s Not a Date
8. Clare Ashton – The Goodmans
9. Ruth Simkin – Dear Sophie
Jae – Just for Show
10. Suzie Carr – The Curvy Side of Life
11. Jae – Paper Love
12. Judith Branzburg – The Liberation of Ivy Bottini
13. G. Benson – Who’d Have Thought
14. S.L. Kassidy – Learning to Walk Again
15. Wendy Hudson – Meant to be Me
Iza Moreau – Swamp Girl
16. C.J. Murphy – Gold Star Chance
17. Chris Paynter – Just a Touch Away
18. Caren J. Werlinger – A Bittersweet Garden
19. Susan Stocker – Kiss Your Elbow (An Embellished Memoire of Growing Up in the 50’s and 60’s)
Jae – Not the Marrying Kind
20. Sandra de Helen – Desire Returns for a Visit
Sallyanne Monti – Light at the End of the Tunnel, A Memoir
Chris Zett – Irregular Heartbeat
Renée Vivien (translator Samantha Pious) – A Crown of Violets
21. Kellie Doherty – Sunkissed Feather and Severed Ties
22. Helen Jayne – Hestia: sapphic soulmates
23. Rae D. Magdon – Fur and Fangs (Vol 1-10)
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5328544.html

Gay Book
1. Jackie North – Honey From the Lion
2. Tanya Chris – Predestination Unknown
3. Taylor Fitzpatrick – Thrown Off the Ice
Jamie Sullivan – Heart of the Dragon
Alex Jane – The Arrangement
E.J. Russell – Single White Incubus (Supernatural Selection #1)
Anna Butler – The Jackal’s House (Lancaster’s Luck #2)
M.D. Neu – Conviction (A New World #2)

4. Tara Lain – Hidden Powers
5. J. Scott Coatsworth – Lander
Morningstar Ashley – Risking It All
Dan Ackerman – The Things That Come
J. Scott Coatsworth – The Stark Divide
Todd Allen Smith – Murder, Romance and Two Shootings
6. Xia Xia Lake – Shinigami
Laura Lascarso – Hiroku
Daniel M. Jaffe – Yeled Tov
7. Arshad Ahsanuddin – Ascension
8. Sara Dobie Bauer – Escaping Exile
Tara Lain – The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
Stephan Knox – Anáil Dhragain (Dragon’s Breath)
J. Scott Coatsworth – Ithani
9. Eli Easton – Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
Eli Easton – Boy Shattered
Glenn Quigley – The Lion Lies Waiting
S.M. James – In Case You Missed It
Amy Lane – Crocus
10. J.L. Merrow – Lock Nut
11. Tara Lain – Home Improvement — A Love Story
12. M.D. Neu – Contact (A New World #1)
Jackie North – Wild as the West Texas Wind
L.A. Witt – Rabi and Matthew
13. Dan Ackerman – That Doesn’t Belong Here
C.C. Bridges – Angels Rising
14. Angel Martinez – The Mage on the Hill
Tara Lain – High Balls
Meredith Katz – Smoke Signals
15. Laura Lascarso – When Everything Is Blue
Kayla Jameth – Save a Horse, Dive a Cowboy
16. J.P. Kenwood – Blood Before Wine (Dominus #3)
Meredith Katz – Empty Vessels
17. Elin Gregory – Midnight Flit
18. Tara Lain – Love You So Special
Pelaam – Strawberry Fields
Amy Lane – A Few Good Fish
Jacqueline Rohrbach – The Dragon’s Rebel
19. Rebecca Cohen – Captain Merric
20. Alex Whitehall – Magic Runs Deep
Kelly Wyre – Fight
L.A. Witt – Sink or Swim
21. L.A. Witt – The Husband Gambit
Eden Winters – Suspicion (Diversion #7)
Barry Brennessel – Ánh Sáng
Sam Burns – Blackbird in the Reeds
22. E.J. Russell – Mystic Man
S.J. Himes – Knight’s Fire
Meghan Maslow – Be Fairy Game
https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5328702.html

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