The Goodreads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Awards 2016

We’re delighted to see the Press well represented in the Goodreads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Awards 2016. Elin Gregory’s ELEVENTH HOUR, in particular, has proved very popular indeed!

If you are a member of the M/M Romance group, then please head over to vote for your favourites – and no doubt add to your To Read pile(s) while you’re at it! These are reader-driven awards, so every vote counts.

Nominations for titles by the Press are:

Well done to our authors! We couldn’t be prouder.

Manifold Press well represented in the Rainbow Awards!

rainbow-awards-winner-200pxWe were delighted to wake early this morning to see how well our authors had done in the Rainbow Awards 2016! Of our five eligible titles, a very respectable four earned Honourable Mentions and were Finalists – and three went on to earn themselves places in the final results.

ACROSS YOUR DREAMS by Jay Lewis Taylor: This significant ‘Great War’ novel came first in the Best Gay Historical category, and was equal fourth as the Best Gay Book overall.

ELEVENTH HOUR by Elin Gregory: This delightful tale of derring-do came equal fifth in the Best Gay Historical Romance category, and was equal seventh as the Best Gay Book overall.

IN DEEP by Adam Fitzroy: This intriguing story set in the enclosed world of a remote Scottish island came fourth in the Best Gay Mystery / Thriller category, and was equal nineteenth as the Best Gay Book overall.

UNDER LEADEN SKIES by Sandra Lindsey: This dramatic Second World War tale was also a Finalist – of which we are very proud.

Hearty congratulations to our own authors, and to all the other authors and publishers who took part, making for such an obviously strong field of contenders.

Last but certainly not least, many thanks are due to Elisa Rolle and her team of judges for their indefatigable efforts!

More from the Rainbow Awards!

Eleventh Hour by Elin GregoryTo our great delight, another of our recent titles has been distinguished with an Honourable Mention in this year’s Rainbow Awards – this time Elin Gregory’s delightful ELEVENTH HOUR!  These were the responses from the judges posted on Elisa’s Reviews and Ramblings blog:

1) I will have to keep my eyes open for more stories by this author as she pulled me into this story from the beginning.

2) Thoroughly enjoyable and historically fun story of espionage and an unusual romance, with great characters.

Thoroughly deserved, Elin, and many congratulations from us all!

More from the Rainbow Awards

Under Leaden Skies by Sandra LindseyNews of another Honourable Mention in the Rainbow Awards 2016 reached us this morning, this time and very deservedly for Sandra Lindsey’s debut novel UNDER LEADEN SKIES.

Two judges gave their views of her work as follows:

1) The characters in this story, although in love with each other, have kept their feelings for fear of losing what they have; a strong friendship which goes above their feelings, plus the fear of being found out. It’s 1939 war-time and one of the boys goes to do his duty while the other stays behind working in the coal mines with his father and brothers. While at war, Teddy matures and becomes sexually involved with other men, while Huw, the man who holds his interest and his heart remain faithful. It was a pretty good story. It kept me curious as to what would come next.

2) There must be a new “Must have” in recent gay novels, to quickly add a sex scene a few pages to the end, maybe to appease certain readers. It’s unnecessary, hit me off a bit and – for me – takes off value of overall really well done works.

This is great news indeed, and we’d like to congratulate Sandra and to thank Elisa and everyone involved in organising and carrying out the complex business of reading and assessing a huge number of books; to stand out in such a crowd is no mean feat!

And while we’re on the subject, we’d like to urge anyone who hasn’t already done so to wander on over and vote in the cover contest; there are some spectacular pieces of artwork included this year, and although we think you’ll find it a difficult decision you *are* allowed to vote for as many as you like with a minimum of three – so have at it, and enjoy yourselves!

The links is: elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/covers.php

Manifold Press in the Rainbow Awards 2016

Yesterday was a mighty fine day for the Press. Not only did we announce three new titles – each of which we’re rather excited about for various reasons – but we also found out that two of our earlier titles have earned themselves Honourable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards 2016!

Before we get into the details, though, I’d just like to add that for the first time, the Press has entered our book covers in the Rainbow Awards’ Best Cover contest. We’re proud of our new designs, courtesy of Michelle Peart, and we wanted to say that loud and clear.

The Best Cover contest is decided by popular vote, so do drop by and have a look at all the beauties on display. The only rule is that you have to vote for at least three covers. Somehow we don’t think you’ll have any problems finding enough to vote for … Indeed, Miss Bates was relieved to hear that this time there would be no difficulty, and she will not be limited to only three at once.

That link again: elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/covers.php

So, on to the Honourable Mentions!

IN DEEPFirst mentioned (honourably) on Elisa’s blog was IN DEEP by the always reliable Adam Fitzroy. Not one but three of the judges were very impressed!

1) Plot was a bit slow to get moving, as the reader doesn’t learn the protagonist’s goal/agenda for far too many pages, imho. Once that comes out, the stakes are clear and this complex “isolated village” story lights up. The fierce setting is a major character in the story, literally a force of nature. The nuanced and believable main characters are well drawn in a writing style both dense and elegant, especially the protagonist. I thoroughly enjoyed this poignant, measured, thoughtful read. A very satisfying mystery.

2) This was a carefully constrained story, unfolding step by step as the protagonist searches for answers in the death of his step son. Fitzroy does a beautiful job creating a world isolated both geographically and emotionally, the characters are roughly hewn from the landscape and finely detailed and nuanced in character so that everything, every step the protagonist takes, seems compelling and inevitable, and the love affair realistic.

3) I loved the writing style and the realism of the book. It was slower moving, but highly entertaining.

ACROSS YOUR DREAMSAnd then Jay Lewis Taylor was (honourably) mentioned in dispatches for ACROSS YOUR DREAMS – this time by four judges!

1) What a beautiful book! It is full of vivid imagery, well-drawn and unique characters, and the story–oh, so heartbreaking but yet appropriate for the times. War is hell, and it took its toll on the young men caught up in it. I felt like I was there with Alan, Lew and Russ, experiencing what they did right alongside them. I reveled in their stolen moments together with their beloveds, and cried for their devastating losses. This story will definitely stick with me for a very long time. I loved it. All the points.

2) I awarded top marks to this book because I thoght the writing was exceptional. I was transported back in time to the Great War. The sense of time and place were outstanding. The language of the book perfectly fitted the setting and the lives and opinions of the characters all felt true to time and place. An exceptional read.

3) This is a convincing, well-researched historical novel about a very closeted network of gay men who don’t have access to a community of like-minded people. The homophobia of the surrounding society is extreme, and so is their anxiety about sexual contact with other men, including kissing. The drama of warfare and the great flu epidemic, which together destroyed millions of lives, all seem true to life, and they could hardly be exaggerated. As a historical novel, this book is a solid achievement.

4) Touching and tender love story. A very real sense of the time and place. Excellent story.

Needless to say, we are very proud of these responses for two very fine books. Thank you kindly to Elisa Rolle and her team of judges for the honourables!

A PRIDE OF POPPIES, among other things

WWI anthology cover FINAL 200pxAs many of you would know, because we haven’t stopped talking about it in quite some while, our Great War charity anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES was short-listed for the Historical Novel Society (HNS) Indie Award 2016. We are unbearably proud about being one of nine titles on the short list!

We recently received the news, however, that we haven’t progressed further. From the nine on the short list, four finalists were chosen by the judges. We are assured that the decision ‘was VERY close!’ which is a mighty fine compliment indeed.

We wish the remaining finalists well in the lead-up to the announcement of the winner and runner-up in September. Whichever titles are announced, we know it will be a well-earned honour.

RAVAGES - 200pxMeanwhile, our giveaway for a paperback copy of RAVAGES is still running. The volume will be signed by author R.A. Padmos and shipped anywhere in the world. We’ll need to close the giveaway within the next couple of days, however, so please do enter! After reading the recent glowing review of her novel IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR HOME, I am sure you’ll feel it worthwhile to chance your luck.

A PRIDE OF POPPIES is a Lambda Literary Award finalist!

WWI anthology cover FINAL 200pxWe were beyond delighted to discover today that our WWI charity anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES is a finalist in the LGBT Anthology category of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Looking at the other seven finalists in this category, it is easy to see that we are in truly excellent company – and to have even made it this far as one amidst a grand total of 933 submissions is a great honour.

Congratulations to the Press and to all my fellow Poppies – including our indefatigable proofreader F.M. Parkinson – for all your hard work. This title was a real team effort, and I know you put your hearts into these stories. I am sure you are all feeling that this recognition is a terrific reward!

The winners will be announced on Monday 6 June in New York City.

More kudos for A PRIDE OF POPPIES!

The Manifold Press team certainly has plenty to celebrate on this, the first day of 2016!

It has just been announced that our charity anthology, A PRIDE OF POPPIES, Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War, has been short-listed for the Historical Novel Society (HNS) Indie Award 2016!

To progress so far in these awards is a terrific achievement for an anthology focusing on characters who have been seen historically as belonging on the fringes of society. It is beyond heartening to know that our stories are welcome to stand on their own merits in the ‘mainstream’ fold.

Congratulations to all the Poppies authors and editors! You’ve done us all proud.

Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards

We’re honoured to have been nominated in three categories this year!

A PRIDE OF POPPIES

THE PEACOCK’S EYE

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DANCE OF STONE
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BUTTERFLY HUNTER

Congratulations to all the authors involved – and particularly, this time, to our good friend Jay Lewis Taylor who wrote two of these books and contributed very strongly to the third – and thank you kindly to the person or persons who nominated us; we really appreciate your confidence!

Rainbow Awards 2015 – the final verdict

It’s been a pretty enthralling 24 hours, but the results are now public at last – and it’s congratulations to Jay Lewis Taylor who achieved a Runner-Up (2nd) place in the Gay Historical Fiction category with

THE PEACOCK’S EYE

and to Chris Quinton who achieved a Runner-Up (3rd) in the Gay Historical Romance category with

UNDERCOVER BLUES

We’re seriously proud of both of you, and of our other authors who received Honourable Mentions and were also finalists: it was a really impressive success all round, and we couldn’t be happier for you all!