December 2, 2012

2012 Rainbow Award Winners!

Congratulations to all the JMS Books authors who placed in the 2012 Rainbow Awards! Be sure to check out these amazing books ~ you can purchase the e-books directly from our website at for 30% off the list price. This special discount is available only through the end of the year, so pick up a copy of these books today!

Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction:
Honorable Mention ~ Lashings of Sauce edited by UK MAT

From marriages to reunions, via practical jokes and football matches, to weresloths and possibly the oddest Tarts and Vicars party in the world, join us as we celebrate the UK Meet in the best way we know: telling the story. As a follow-up to the critically acclaimed British Flash and Tea and Crumpet anthologies, our talented writers bring you sixteen stories about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and genderqueer characters enjoying what Britain and mainland Europe have to offer, with their wonderfully diverse range of cultures and landscapes and some incredibly colourful and quirky people.

Best Lesbian Historical:
Third Place ~ The View from 16 Podwale Street by Paul Alan Fahey

April 1939. Warsaw, Poland. Within 16 Podwale, the walls hold secrets that could destroy the lives of its inhabitants as they witness the city's ever-mounting tide of Nazism. Elwira Malinowska is content to watch the world pass by her home until Raz Zielinsky comes to work as a housemaid for her father. The two women become lovers. Elwira believes Pope Pius XII will intervene to save Poland from the rumblings of a maniac and an imminent invasion. But when the Pope fails to mediate peace and the political situation worsens, Elwira and Raz plan their escape to freedom. Will they succeed? Or is it already too late?

Best Bisexual/Transgender Fiction
Third Place ~ A Cowboy's Heart by J.M. Snyder

Ranch hand Tommy Prout meets Lila, an enterprising saloon girl who takes a liking to him. She isn't like the others, and when she discovers Tommy is more scared of her than attracted to her feminine charms, she lets him in on a little secret. Her real name is Stephen Marsh. He lives as a woman, moving from saloon to saloon, pleasing men for money. He loves men and enjoys his work, and what others don't know about what's under his skirt doesn't bother him. In all his years on the prairie, he's never met someone quite like Tommy. When he discovers Tommy is sweet on his ranch boss, he suggests teaching the cowboy just how to please a man. He doesn't mean to lose his heart to Tommy in the process.

Best LGBT Young Adult/Coming of Age:
First Place ~ Renfred's Masquerade by Hayden Thorne

Best Gay Novel/Book:
Honorable Mention ~ Renfred's Masquerade by Hayden Thorne

Tragedy strikes when young Nicola Gregori turns sixteen. Gustav Renfred, a friend of his father, whisks Nicola away to an isolated islet filled with empty mansions and bordered by a bluebell forest. There Nicola learns about the tragic story that weaves together the fates of his father, Gustav Renfred, and Gustav's sister, Constanza. Magic, impossible dreams, and unrequited love come together in the Renfreds' mansion, where Nicola is caught in a world of haunting portraits, a ghostly housekeeper, and the mysterious disappearance of Davide, Constanza's adopted son. When Nicola's invited to one of Renfred's magical masquerades, he discovers the answers to riddles as well as the mounting danger the Renfred family faces with every passing hour.

One Perfect Score:
Bergdorf Boys by Scott Alexander Hess

When Neal Tate, a just-out-of-rehab NYC party columnist falls for Dewalt, a Harlem drug dealer he meets at a gay bathhouse, he discovers that navigating an honest relationship is a lot more difficult that chasing down the perfect pair of skinny jeans. Neal finds support from his fashion-loving friends: Rowdy, a blond boy-toy married to the owner of Pop magazine where Neal works; Nick, "It-boy" Style writer for the New York Times; and Annie, straight-girl Art Director who gives Neal's life balance. The success of Neal's Bergdorf Boy column, and his growing love for Dewalt, lead him to question his capacity for intimacy, his obsessive commitment to both the latest trend and anonymous sex, and to wonder if a monogamous gay marriage could be in the cards.

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