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.