There’s a stunning in-depth interview between Dorian Dawes and reporter Josh Valley over at Fourculture; if there’s anything you’d like to know about the inspirations for the characters in HARBINGER ISLAND or about Dorian’s future plans, you should head on over there as quickly as possible – highly recommended!
We’re very happy to find another very positive review of ARDENT by Heloise West, this one from Lisa at The Novel Approach.
… I was so eager to take on Heloise West’s Ardent. It’s not only set in a time not often covered in historical romantic fiction but is set in the Italian art community of the 15th century, incorporating a forbidden love story with murder and intrigue, and doing so beautifully.
Thank you, Lisa, and we’re delighted that you enjoyed Heloise’s story as much as we do!
Two recent reviews by Stevie over at The Good, The Bad and the Unread have just reached us, and they’re both wonderful – as, indeed, are the books!
Of Sandra Lindsey’s UNDER LEADEN SKIES, the reviewer has this to say:
“I loved this book, both for the story told within it and for the style in which it is told – addressing the reader throughout, as Teddy passes his story on to an individual whose identity only becomes clear at the very end. There’s a lot of scope for sequels – and possibly a prequel about Teddy’s grandfather here – so I hope this isn’t the only visit we pay to the characters and their world.”
And Stevie’s response to Elin Gregory’s ELEVENTH HOUR was equally enthusiastic:
“I loved this book. All the characters felt very real, even those who make only brief appearances, and there are plenty of back stories connecting various of them to each other that I would love to read more about. Miles’ butler and his theatrical friend deserve their own book too. Highly recommended.”
I think we can safely call that a vote in favour of two sequels and/or spinoff titles, then! Thank you for your comments, Stevie – and we totally agree with you; we would love to see more of the adventures of these characters, too!
We were delighted to see a new review of Heloise West’s novel ARDENT from fellow ‘history nerd’ Diane on the Hearts on Fire Reviews site.
… the story was very well written and the whole plot was so well crafted. These are great main and supporting characters, and of course the culture of the village and city play parts in this too. The book has a great pace and really gets hard to put down once all the cards seem to be in play, which is when the author introduces the twists!
Thank you, Diane! We’re very happy that you enjoyed this intriguing tale as much as we did.
The unutterably charming Elin Gregory (author of the selling-like-hot-cakes ELEVENTH HOUR) has kindly let Dorian Dawes sit in the comfy chair. You can read the resulting conversation on her blog via the following link:
- Dorian Dawes, author of HARBINGER ISLAND: Read about how Dorian’s writing process starts with a style or an aesthetic – and find out who’d make up his ideal team (I was thrilled that it includes Carrie Fisher).
Thank you so much, Elin, for your support and all your insights!
The inimitable Charlie Cochrane is a great friend of Manifold Press, and unstintingly supportive of our team members. She has interviewed the authors of the three recent new titles, and you can find the interviews on Dreamwidth via the following links:
- Dorian Dawes with HARBINGER ISLAND: Fellow authors will empathise with Dorian’s feelings about publishing his first novel! Readers will be interested in what gap on the bookshelves Dorian was inspired to fill.
- Jay Lewis Taylor with BREAK OF ANOTHER DAY: Discover what the challenge was in writing Jack – and what Lew and Alan seem to spend all their time doing.
- Heloise West with ARDENT: Find out which of her characters Heloise would choose to saver her if she was in a tight corner. Her answer surprised and intrigued me!
Thank you so much, Charlie, for offering us space on your blog and asking such fascinating questions!
It’s always a joy to encounter book blogs and reviewers who haven’t crossed our path before – we’ll never get over how many lovely people there are out in cyberspace sharing book recommendations with others. This time we’re delighted to have been reviewed by Mari at Bayou Book Junkie, who has been reading Heloise West’s new release ARDENT.
I love historical romance books, it’s one of my favorite genres and this one was really good! Heloise West obviously did a lot of research and it showed in the story. Her writing transported me to Italy during the Renaissance period and it had a good balance between the mystery/intrigue portion and the romance. Very recommendable!
Thank you, Mari, we’re very glad you enjoyed the book – and we have to admit we couldn’t agree with you more!
Cheryl at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews has very thoroughly reviewed our new title, HARBINGER ISLAND by Dorian Dawes. It’s true that, as Cheryl points out, this is not a romance. However, it is an immersive Lovecraftian tale of dark fantasy – and we suspect that fans of that genre will love it.
This was a real sit the edge of the seat, keep your eye on the shadows and trust absolutely no one book. After a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it to anyone who has a love for creeping horror, ritualistic murder and things with more tentacles than they’ve any business to have – oh and a damn sexy, green gorgon with scales.
Thank you, Cheryl! And, like you, we loved the intriguing range of LGBTQ+ characters, and also had our individual favourites for whom we were rooting with every shred of our beings.
The month that passes between the day we announce our new titles and release day always seems very very long indeed – even to those of us lucky enough to have read the titles while working with the authors. But we’ve survived once more, and here we are on 1 February, with three new titles available now!
We are very proud of the two exciting new novels by authors who have recently joined the Manifold Press family, Dorian Dawes and Heloise West – and also of the new stories from Press stalwart Jay Lewis Taylor. These titles certainly do embody our wide range of quality fiction!
Self-described social justice witch and full-time gender disaster Dorian Dawes introduces us to the fascinatingly bizarre world of HARBINGER ISLAND, permanently under siege from manifestations of the occult and protected by a motley collection of academics and students. It is a world in which nothing at all is certain – gender and memory in particular – and good and evil are never really as far apart as one might have imagined.
In ARDENT, Heloise West takes us to the fascinating world of the painters of Renaissance Italy. A high value is placed on the work of master painters – and also on the dyes and pigments they use. In the turbulence of Medici Florence, this can mean life or death, even for the innocent let alone those who try to rig the system to their own advantage. Into this corrupt world arrives master painter Morello, who has yet one more deadly secret to keep – he has fallen hard for the workshop’s assistant, Benedetto, a young man as intelligent as he is beautiful. Can either of them survive the intrigues surrounding them … ?
In addition to these, we’re delighted to have a new Espresso Shot from Rainbow Award winner Jay Lewis Taylor, following on from his successful novel ACROSS YOUR DREAMS. In BREAK OF ANOTHER DAY we follow further developments in the lives of Jack Townsend – still being blackmailed – and David Lewry and Alan Kershaw – close, but not yet close enough – as they begin to forge new lives for themselves in the aftermath of the war to end all wars.
Our Espresso Shots imprint is designed for shorter works, with a more informal publishing schedule than for our ‘regular’ works. The imprint features the same cover for all its titles. Given that the cover will grace stories of any style and any genre, we chose an image that evokes the comforts – and the stimulations – of the reading experience itself.
We hope you’ll give one or more of these titles a go – and we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy them, if you do!