Manifold Press

Aiming for excellence in gay fiction

We're moving to the "Coffee House"!
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Good morning, all!

Manifold Press will be going through some exciting changes between now and May. One of the earliest changes aims to consolidate our blogging efforts and integrate them with our website.

As you know, we have been running our blog on Live Journal and Blogger concurrently. These two journals will remain as they are, but we will no longer be posting to them. We now have a shiny new WordPress blog instead, that we dubbed the "Coffee House"!

We have imported all our old posts and the (unscreened) comments there.

Meanwhile, to help celebrate, we will be holding book giveaways over the coming week.

Thank you so much for being a lovely part of our presence here on Live Journal. We certainly do hope that you'll make the move with us.

New review of THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION
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Every now and then we get a review that's really difficult to quote from, because basically the book and the reviewer just weren't an ideal fit. This is the case today with a review of Julie's new book THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION published by reviewer Tamika on the blog 'Oh My Shelves'. We're very grateful for Tamika's time and her comments, but sadly it appears she wasn't completely wowed by the book. You can read her review in full here.

Saturday Historical Novelist Interview re A PRIDE OF POPPIES
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The historical author Christoph Fischer reviewed our WWI charity anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES for the Historical Novel Society, and we are absolutely chuffed that the title has since been shortlisted for the HNS Indie Award 2016.

Today Christoph has posted an interview with POPPIES editor and author Julie Bozza. If you would like to read more about Julie herself, the Press and the POPPIES project, please follow the link:

Saturday Historical Novelist Interview with Julie Bozza

And thank you very kindly indeed to Christoph for the opportunity!

Better late than never ...
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New review of THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION
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Over at Mortal Words, Narrelle M Harris has once more kindly reviewed one of our new titles - this time, Julie Bozza's THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION.

"All up, The ‘True Love’ Solution is a light, fun, gentle, sweet read that dances its sprightly way to a lovely and satisfying conclusion. It’s a perfect pick-me-up if life has seemed a bit dark lately, and a cheerful confection if life’s good and you want to celebrate True Love, even if it does wobble off course sometimes."

What author wouldn't give their right arm - or any other insignificant portion of their anatomy - for a similar review? Congratulations, Julie - and thank you again, Narrelle - you've really made our day!

New review of CARLYLE'S CROSSING
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Over at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews, Freya has been reading Chris Quinton's revised version of CARLYLE'S CROSSING. Whilst it's clear that the book didn't entirely hit the spot with this reviewer, it obviously wasn't a total 'miss' either - and some of the comments are truly treasurable!

Carlyles Crossing is an engaging tale. It didn’t give my emotions a huge workout, but I found it easy to follow, entertaining and it had a quiet intensity to it. The story has a subtle charm and believability that took me along on a sweetheart of a ride.

Thank you for your review, Freya - we're sorry you weren't completely wowed, but very glad you felt the book had merit; maybe we'll find something that suits you a little better next time!

New review of CARLYLE'S CROSSING
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No sooner had we posted news of the previous two reviews when in came an e-mail about another - a review of Chris Quinton's re-release of CARLYLE'S CROSSING - which we thought we had better bring to you as quickly as possible, before we lose the plot completely!

Our friends at the Prism Book Alliance are, as always, very quick off the mark; we were particularly pleased with reviewer Josie Goodreads's comment that:

Chris Quinton is not the most prolific of authors but with her books you know quality rules over quantity, she never fails to produce wonderful stories and Carlyle’s Crossing is no exception.

This would be praise enough in itself, but when she goes on to add '[t]o say I was captivated by the story is an understatement' we know for certain that the book has found its way to an appreciative reader. Thank you for your review, Josie - and congratulations again, Chris; you're clearly doing something right!

New reviews of THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION, ALOES
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Mark at Sinfully Sexy is first out of the gate this time with a release-day review of Julie Bozza's new title THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION, which he seems really enthusiastic about! After a quick trot through the plot [spoiler alert if you click!], he comes to the following conclusion:

This book has no big angst factor, no biting your nails, no heart breaking break-ups, big tear jerking making up or reunion scenes and no broken characters. It is light on the erotic but thoroughly entertaining as it focuses more on the characters, and what wonderful characters they are too. I was in immersed in this book from the beginning and thanks to Julie’s wonderful writing was introduced to another set of vibrant, lovable characters.

To which we can only say "Yes!"

At the same time we were delighted to see one of our older titles receiving another airing - also on Sinfully Sexy - where reviewer Sally mentioned Chris Quinton's ALOES in the 'Quick Bites' section. This is the whole review:

One of the things I like best about Chris Quinton’s books is that you always get a bit extra. What could have been a fairly routine story of a new romance blossoming in difficult circumstances was made all the more exciting by the inclusion of the neat little paranormal twist brought about by Perry’s injury. There are some super secondary characters too, some of whom cloud the romance issue making it less cut and dried who Perry’s eventual partner will be and the story ends with challenges still to face but that just SUCH a nice change from roses round the gate and a baby on the way that I actually gave a little cheer. Thanks Chris.


I think it would be fair to describe that as 'small but perfectly-formed'!

Congratulations to both authors - and thank you, too, to both reviewers; we really appreciate you helping to spread the word about our books, and introducing them to a whole new group of friends out there in the big wide world!

Two new titles released this morning!
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Good morning everybody, from a dark and soggy corner of the UK. Here, to brighten up your Monday, are details of the two new titles released today by Manifold Press.

THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTION by Julie Bozza is the story of Jules, a devoted fan of author Ewan Byge, who grabs at the opportunity of purchasing a significant item of memorabilia only to learn that he's fallen victim to a fraud. In trying to extricate himself from this predicament he meets his hero in real life, and that's when things start to get really complicated...

CARLYLE'S CROSSING by Chris Quinton introduces us to Jubal, who - along with his best friend Sal - is reluctantly drawn the whole width of the USA to attend to family business and reconnect with his Abenaki heritage; it's the start of a sequence of mysterious events that seem well beyond his power to influence, but it seems his ancestors have other opinions! [NB: this title was previously published elsewhere, but has recently been revised and re-edited by the author.]

Because our titles are out on a Monday this time, we'll be holding our regular 'new book' Twitter chat next weekend instead - watch this space for further information - and, in the meantime, we hope you'll have a great week and enjoy reading our two new books!

New review of IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR HOME
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The timing of reviews is a continuing mystery to us, but nonetheless we're always very pleased when a new one pops up out of the blue. In this case, we're especially pleased to report that Divine Magazine, through a reviewer named Cat Clontz, seems to have been very impressed with IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR HOME, the most recent title from our good friend R.A. Padmos.

As it's quite a short review we'll resist the temptation to quote too much of it, but we were particularly glad to see the following comments:

"This is a well written, sweet story that readily defines the attitudes, dangers, and scheming required to successfully navigate life as a gay man in the 1960s. ... [O]nce it gets going, it is a lovely book with engaging characters that I am thankful to have been able to read."

That's exactly the sort of feedback every author dreams of, so thank you Cat Clontz - and congratulations R.A.!

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