The annual Rainbow Awards, which are administered by Elisa Rolle, were handed out on December 7. I’m honored that two of my books received runner-up status.

In the Best LGBT Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance & Fiction category, the Sweet & Sexy collection received second place honors. Sweet & Sexy collects the short stories Rivals, Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa and The Adventures of Jake #1 along with the novella Make The Right Choice.

Here are comments I received from the judges on Sweet & Sexy

All four of these stories are filled with sweetness, caring and Love. They are worth the time spent reading them. Adventures of Jake #1: This was a super short and sweet story. I only wish it would’ve been longer to give us a deeper/broader background view of these two fellows. Rivals: Another short story and quite sweet and romantic as well. Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa — The sweltering heat is not just only in the air but between Ethan and Marcus as well. Short, Sweet, And Oh, so Sexy! Well written and quite entertaining. Make the Right Choice: This was emotional. This was sweet. This was a satisfying short read.

Very good stories… I like some better than others, but as a whole they were interesting.

For The William Neale Award, which goes to the Best Gay Contemporary Romance, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot received a high score that put it into the top 20. The company I’m with in this category is full of authors I know and admire too: Eli Easton, Amy Lane, L.C. Chase, Tara Lane, Brandon Witt, Posy Roberts, Kim Fielding, Clancy Nacht, L.A. Witt, Atom Yang and Sue Brown to name a few.

Here are a couple of comments I recieved from judges about Hat Trick 3:

Simon and Alex are featured in Penalty Shot. From the beginning of the book to the end it’s hard to put the book down: the characters are fresh, interesting and likeable, I hope we’ll read more of the hockey playing couple in other books.

Mr. Adams made me tear up or ugly cry on four separate occasions between Penalty Shot and Reunion. However, I can not think of a more fitting end to this fabulous series.

One of the things I love about the Rainbow Awards is that it supports LGBT charities. When authors submit books, they’re asked to make a donation to an LGBT charity. More than $14,000 was raised with this year’s awards. As I entered my two books, I donated to You Can Play, which is always a charity I’m proud to support.

You can see the complete list of categories and winners on Elisa’s Rewiews & Ramblings website. Congratulations to all the winners, and to Elisa for another wonderful year of awards.