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  • Writer's pictureJP Kenwood

Love for Games of Rome

During a rare break on a super busy day at work yesterday, I checked FB on my phone and saw that Games of Rome had received an Honorable Mention in the Rainbow Awards. Pretty darn exciting, especially since the Honorable Mention books are in the running for the final awards announced in December. Whatever happens, I’m happy with an Honorable Mention. Damn silly happy.

After I saw the notification, I wanted to jump up and down with daft joy, but you know… I was at work late into the evening and I’m working today so I won’t have a chance to raise a glass in celebration until tonight. But… YAY!!! \o/

What are the Rainbow Awards? Here’s the site description:

The 2016 Rainbow Awards is an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. Hosted and owned by blogger Elisa Rolle, the contest is open to all authors of work containing LGBT fictional characters and work chronicling the true stories of LGBT persons.

There is no direct submission fee, but for a submission to be eligible, authors/publishers must donate an equivalent amount per book to a selected LGBT non-profit charitable organization.

For my entry fee, I donated to two charities supporting the bisexual community (partly in honor of Gaius and Marcia). I’d never entered a fiction contest before. To say I’m pleasantly shocked, humbled, and honored is an understatement.


Fiona’s cover for Games of Rome is up for consideration in the Rainbow Awards cover contest, so please vote if you’re so inclined. Just hover your mouse pointer thingy over a cover and click the wee box (it took tech-stupid me a while to figure how to vote). (

In even more exciting news… now that I’m back in writing mode, I’ll be posting here again about weird Roman stuff and some draft chapters of book 3 when they’re ready for public consumption. And speaking of Book 3, the cliffhangery ending to Games of Rome mentioned in the generous review above was a deliberate choice on my part — I needed to move the story forward in time by a few months for plot reasons. Gaius and Alle’s tense but intimate ‘moment’ at the end of Games seemed an excellent point to stop in anticipation of this time jump for Book 3. What have Gaius and Allerix and the gang been up to while we were away? Has Alle been punished? How’s the investigation into you-know-who’s murder going? And what about those babies waiting to be born? So much insane fun ahead. 🙂

Strap up your sandals and have a wonderful Thursday!

JPK ❤️❤️❤️

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