the rainbow awards

Check This Out: The Rainbow Award Winners

Just saw the list of Rainbow Award winners over at Elisa Rolle’s blog, here.

Congrats to all the winners, and to a few of my own favorite authors (AJ Llewellyn) for making it this year.

And a huge thanks to Elisa Rolle, for being so tenacious and so dedicated to doing this award for the second time. As a judge I know I had my work cut out reading all the books. I can’t even imagine how hard Elisa worked organizing everything!!

In Praise of The Rainbow Awards…

I just received an e-mail about The Rainbow Awards. The deadline for reading books is November 30th, which means the awards are moving forward and all the fun is about to begin.

It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge supporter of these awards. And not just because Elisa Rolle is a genuine, decent, honest person who works very hard on this project. But for various reasons, one of which is that *everyone* is allowed to participate in The Rainbow Awards.

This means that straight women and straight men who write m/m romance and other lgbt books are not left out. I’ve also been a huge supporter in this area, too, because I sincerely believe that everyone should have the opportunity to write in any genre in which they choose to write. Some people have told me I shouldn’t be so vocal about it. But for me this is basic. And with The Rainbow Awards all authors are given the opportunity to participate, which is something we should all be proud of in these times of fighting for equal rights and tolerance.

I’ll keep posting when I get new updates on The Rainbow Awards. For now, things are moving along very well from what I’m told.

This Year’s Rainbow Awards

I just submitted my last rating for the last book I read for this Year’s Rainbow Awards. I’ve been a judge two years in a row and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by each book I read this time. I liked them all so much I raved about them with my ratings.

And best of all, five of the books I read were books I’d probably never read myself. And I loved the fact that I was assigned these books for this exact reason. I was given a chance to read different sub-genres and learn new things. I also discovered five new authors I’m going to be following from now on.

One of the six books was written by an author I’ve seen and read about for a while, but never had the opportunity to actually read. And I wasn’t disappointed there either. The book was a historical and just as good as I’d hoped it would be.

And now I’m looking forward to the final stages of The Rainbow Awards, and anticipating the outcomes. I’m a huge fan of Elisa Rolle and I admire this huge responsibility she’s taken on to help lgbt authors and publishers move forward.

Elisa Rolle’s Rainbow Awards…

Now that The Rainbow Awards are over and the winners have been announced. I wanted to write a blog post thanking Elisa Rolle, and everyone else who was involved, for making this event possible. This includes the authors and publishers who contributed and entered their work.

For me, The Rainbow Awards were significant for many reasons. And one reason is because these awards had no stipulations. If you wrote or published an LGBT book, you were included in the process. Another reason is that digital books were included. Digital books are the future, and it was refreshing to see them included in this event.

Without the Internet, this wouldn’t have been possible for authors or readers. Without people like Elisa Rolle and everyone who contributed their time and energy, this wouldn’t have been possible. And most of all, without the dedicated readers this wouldn’t have been possible.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Rainbow Awards already. And I’ll offer all the support I can to help make this an annual event.

Wow! I’m Surprised! — THE RAINBOW AWARDS

This has been a long week, and this post as a lot of information. I finished another novel that has to be edited next week, I wrote a short story in two nights with a fast deadline, I’ve been fighting pirates, and I’ve been working on my friend’s insurance appeal. On top of all this, I found out that a publisher I’ve worked with for a long time had his entire list of books released in digital format and I’m never going to get a single royalty payment from any of my short stories. All I received was a flat fee of $25.00. It was a sneaky way of doing business, but I learned a good lesson.

But I’m surprised! Today turned out to be a great day. I found out this morning that DOWN THE BASEMENT is number 8 on allromanceebooks.com. I like this story, but I didn’t think it would ever hit a best seller list anywhere. It seems as if this story never stops surprising me. And being that I love to shop over at allromanceebooks, I couldn’t be more thrilled to see it hit their list.
Update to post: And there was more good news today. The Rainbow Awards have been posted over at Elisa Rolle’s blog. So check out the titles and congratulate the winners. Elisa worked hard on this, and so did everyone else who was involved. http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/

Update: The Rainbow Awards

I wanted to post an update about The Rainbow Awards. I’ve already finished three of the books I was assigned and I’ve submitted my ratings to Elisa Rolle. It was hard, too. The books were good and I wanted to rate them more as a reader than a writer.

This weekend I’m going to finish reading my other two assigned books and I’ll send off the ratings to Elisa early next week.

I’m taking this Rainbow Award very seriously, as an LGBT writer and reader. None of my books are part of the award and I’m rating books by publishers I haven’t worked with in the past. Everyone involved, from the writers who entered to the people on the jury are taking it seriously. The genre is growing rapidly, and I’m thrilled that it’s happening during my lifetime. I had older friends, who are now gone, who would have loved to have seen this transpire while they were alive. I also have a few dumb friends who don’t even know it exists (they don’t read my blog; they live nearby and don’t read anything 🙂 but that’s another story, for my upcoming blog series: “The Winners I have known.”

So if any of you nice gay bloggers (or not gay; it doesn’t really matter) who stop by here every now and then want to mention something about The Rainbow Awards in your own blogs, please feel free to do so. It would be nice to see this award get the attention it deserves.

THE RAINBOW AWARDS…

For anyone who doesn’t know or hasn’t been following this, I’m posting today about THE RAINBOW AWARDS. This is a new award, just started this year, by Book Reviewer, Elisa Rolle.
My books are not up for the award because I’m on the jury. I think a couple of my books were nominated, but I pulled them out of the competition this time because I’m having a lot more fun as a juror.

And it’s been exciting. Many great LGBT books are in the competition and I get to read five of them as a juror. Below is a link about the final phase of the competition, so check it out and leave a comment of support for Elisa, who is working very hard on this, and everyone else involved.

LGBT books have sure come a long way in the past five years!!