I won a Rainbow Award! Tempest got first place in the Gay Fantasy Romance category! And some of the competition was freaking stiff, so...*happy dances so HARD*
1) A compelling, well-crafted, well-written book. The author has a true gift for story-telling, making the most seemingly everyday occurences into this smooth flow you don't want to get out of - and you notice only in hindsight that what seemed mundane was actually the author sneakily weaving her plot. And when the occurences are not everyday? It's breathtaking, literally, and you have to applaud a writer you can do action and urgency just as well as despair and despondency. And on top of that: beautiful, complex, multi-faceted charaters, each carrying his or her own story and secrets, some of which are revealed, some of which are only hinted at. Marvellous and fascinating and utterly brilliant. You could say I enjoyed this book - despite the warnings it came with - and you would not be wrong. (It really was that good).
2) I found my self totally immersed in this very different story of the sea and the creatures that live in the deep. Intense at times, bizarre yet imaginative beyond anything I have read recently.
Actually I won two. The second is a tie for Second Place in the Gay Sci Fi/Futuristic Category for Where There's A Will. Woot! I'll take it!
Cari Z has a great take on superheroes and supervillains. Wonderfully crafted characters, wit, anger, fun, and romance. Cari Z captures the right blend of elements and great dialogue between heroes and villains, all set against a backdrop of wonderful world-building. An incredibly entertaining read.
All that, plus my honey was inducted into his university's honor society tonight for being a total badass who combined perfect grades with a desire to improve his community and volunteer his time to benefit others, and I saw the final version of the cover for the book L.A. Witt and I have coming out in May and it's AMAZING. I'm kind of over the moon right now.
Thanks to everyone who read these books! If you haven't, well...maybe you will now. I live in optimism!
And also, hugely, thanks to Elisa, the founder of the Rainbow Awards, for giving so many authors a chance to showcase their work, and giving readers a whole new world to choose from. I'm so grateful.