The Rainbow Awards

At midnight Italy time on December 8th, Elisa–the mother of the Rainbow Awards–began posting the winners and runners up for each category, while people around the world were eagerly glued to their computers for the next several hours. What makes the Rainbow Awards so special is that they represent a wide cross-section of the LGBT community.
2015 was a record year of submissions for Bedazzled Ink–seventeen titles in eight categories. So here are our the Honorary Mentions, Finalists, Runners Up, and Winner. Congrats to all our authors. Every book is a winner in our eyes.

Honorary Mentions

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In the Stillness of Dawn by Laurie Salzler
We Came Alive in ’75 by Pat Deihl

Finalists

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Blowback by Bev Prescott
In My Neighborhood by Giovanna Capone

Runners Up

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Best LGBT Cover
Everything by Carole Wolf, cover design by Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio

Best Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance
The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer

Best Lesbian Mystery/Thriller
The Surrender by Terias McKLay
Blind Trust by Jody Klaire

Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Everything by Carole Wolf
All We Lack by Sandra Moran

Best Lesbian Contemporary Romance
June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, & Barrett

Best Lesbian Debut
Wishbone by Elaine Burnse
When It Raynes by CD Cain
The Surrender by Terias McKlay
The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar

Best Lesbian Book
Everything by Carole Wolf
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence
All We Lack by Sandra Moran

Winner

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Best Lesbian Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence

A bittersweet moment was the announcement of The Sandra Moran Award for Best Lesbian Historical Fiction & Romance. We were hoping that Bright Lights of Summer by Sandra’s good friend Lynn Ames would win. It just missed with first Runner Up.