We’re really delighted that our lovely readers seem to love ELEVENTH HOUR by Elin Gregory as much as we do! Not only has it been flying off the virtual shelves and into e-readers like the proverbial hot cakes, we now find that readers have voted it into the Top 20 of the Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews Readers Choice Awards as Book of the Year 2016.
Thank you so much to everyone who nominated ELEVENTH HOUR and to everyone who participated!
If you would like to visit Sinfully and vote for your favourites in Rounds Two and Three of the Awards, that would be wonderful. There’s some awesome prizes for readers to win, and you just might find some new favourites, too!
We have to admit to being rather proud of our charity anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES, which features modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War. So we’ve been tickled pink to find the anthology mentioned in end-of-year dispatches.
Kazza of On Top Down Under reviews listed the anthology as one of her Books of the Year for 2015.
One of the best anthologies I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Every single story is well crafted, well edited, and fascinating. Some stories were so good I’d love to see them longer but there is not one story that misses a beat. … If you like a good LGBT historical, you like queer fiction of a literary quality, then this anthology covers all the letters and is beautifully written. Oh yes, the proceeds of sales go to The Royal British Legion.
(We were also pleased to note that one of the POPPIES contributors, Barry Brennessel, came equal first in Kazza’s list with his SIDEWAYS DOWN THE SKY.)
Meanwhile, the indefatigable Elisa Rolle asked her friends to name their favourite LGBT books of 2015. POPPIES was nominated by not one but two people: Manifold Press stalwart Chris Quinton and POPPIES contributor Charlie Cochrane.
Charlie: At the Gate (Jay Lewis Taylor) … In my reading notes I used one word for it: stunning. It’s the sort of story that made me think, “Well, I might as well give up writing because I could never produce anything this good”. You can almost smell the sea and feel the roll of the ship as you read it.
Chris: Quite apart from the sheer quality of the writing across all the entries, and the eye-catching cover, every one of the stories brought something memorable to the reading. Poignant, gut-wrenching, uplifting, all of them wonderful portrayals of the human spirit, of people not only coping with the ravages of the First World War, but also the difficult life of homosexuals in the early 20th century.
Thank you so much, Kazza, Elisa, Charlie and Chris! We’re delighted that you enjoyed this volume – and we hope that you, Dear Reader, will enjoy it likewise.
We learned yesterday that reviewer Lady M on the Jessewave website had named THE DEFINITIVE ALBERT J. STERNE as her ‘Top Pick’ of 2011, and RAVAGES appeared in the top ten list of another reviewer, Sirius. Well done to both authors for leaving a lasting impression on reviewers who must get through millions of words in a year, which we feel is quite a considerable achievement!
RAVAGES was our top seller again this week, with an average response time of two hours and 36 minutes which is not at all to be sneezed at.
The first e-book for 1 November is now finished but for the page numbers, which frankly drive us insane every time and which we must find a better system for dealing with.
On the whole, then, a week of consolidation with nothing much happening, which accurately reflects the situation at the same time last year. However with sales ticking over steadily and all our plans for the future maturing nicely we have decided that we’re allowed to feel just a tiny bit smug about it all – at least until the next thing goes massively wrong!
P.S.: Apologies to R.A. Padmos for omitting to mention that RAVAGES finished second in the Miz Love poll with well over 250 votes – a staggering total for a debut novel – and we heartily congratulate the author!
There’s a poll on Miz Love and Crew Loves Books to choose their top title for the month of August. If you loved RAVAGES, please consider going on over there and voting for it!
Since the start of the New Year, we have been selling an unusually high number of copies of DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT by Adam Fitzroy – which had gone rather quiet up to that point. This was such an unexpected development that we started Googling around to see whether a new review had appeared that we weren’t aware of, and discovered that it had been listed as one of JESSEWAVE’S TOP TEN BOOKS FOR 2010. (10th equal, to be sure, but that’s still quite an honour!) Perhaps as a result of this, or possibly for other reasons, Jessewave’s original review of the book has also been reposted at GLBT Bookshelf and is probably attracting more attention over there, too. This has come as a great surprise as well as a profound relief to Adam, who spent almost the whole of 2010 working on a new title, STAGE WHISPERS, to debut in our May 2011 list – and has now begun work on another new project.