I am thrilled to let folks know that the Rainbow Awards have been announced and Miserere won for LGBT Historical Fiction, while Neither Present Time was runner-up for Lesbian Contemporary Romance and In This Small Spot was second runner-up for Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction.
Tomorrow, I’ll have an announcement about my next release, but for tonight, I’m going to bask in this evening’s good news.
Addendum: It’s now the next morning, and I wanted to update this post to include this from Elisa Rolle, the founder of the Rainbow Awards: “we raised almost 6500 dollars that are already to the two charities, Ali Forney Center in New York City and Colors in Los Angeles. This is Colors’ thank you letter: “I am writing to thank you for your donation in support of the Antioch University Los Angeles LGBTQ Colors program located just west of downtown in the MacArthur Park area. Your support directly impacts the services provided to LGBTQ youth under 25 years of age. The core values of social justice, service to community, and experiential learning comprise the heart of our mission, and the Colors program enables us to provide a valuable service to the community. As you know, Colors is a collaborative program offered by Antioch University Los Angeles and Pueblo Nuevo Development Corporation that provides comprehensive services to combat both the epidemic of suicides by LGBTQ youth and the bullying directed against them. Colors offers this underserved population and their families counseling, psychotherapy, support, and advocacy free of charge. Colors is committed to creating a world where LGBTQ youth are valued, embraced and invited to contribute to their full potential. This program is fully supported by alumni and friends like you. This support enables us to live our mission, and we are truly grateful for your participation. Thank you for your support.”
This support of these charities is the best thing about these awards. Elisa’s monumental efforts, all the judges, all the publishers and authors submitting books – all of that work ultimately means a sizable donation to two worthwhile organizations.
For a complete run-down of winners and runners-up: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org