Honourable mentions for A CERTAIN PERSUASION, HARBINGER ISLAND

To our great delight, two of our books have recently received Honourable Mentions in the 2017 Rainbow Awards!

Commenting on our Jane Austen-inspired anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION, one reviewer wrote this:  “While I enjoyed almost all of the stories, I think my favorite was by editor Julie Bozza. Most of the other stories were relatively straightforward romances, but Bozza’s contained the convoluted conflicts of Austen’s works and seemed to me the most successful of all the stories. The book was well-edited and proofed, always welcome features. I highly recommend the book to any Jane Austen fans, and really, to Dear Readers in general.

The reviewers who assessed Dorian Dawes’s wonderfully strange HARBINGER ISLAND were also enthusiastic, with one commenting: “Delightfully creepy tale that could well have been part of  the Twilight Zone series, complete with menacing townsfolk and rotting buildings A different twist is given in part by the main characters who are mostly transgender. Interesting and spooky plot.

We’d like to congratulate Dorian and all our anthology authors, and also to thank the reviewers for their time and comments:  Rainbow Awards season is always an exciting time, and these two Honourable Mentions have got the 2017 Awards off to a flying start for Manifold Press!

New reviews of BREAK OF ANOTHER DAY, WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE

We love it when our new books are reviewed out there in the big, wide world – but sometimes we don’t get to hear about it right away, which is why occasionally we have to start one of these posts with an apology to both the author and the reviewer!

So, slightly delayed but nonetheless welcome for that, we’re delighted to report that Jay Lewis Taylor’s BREAK OF ANOTHER DAY has been warmly received in a review dated 17 April 2017 on the blog Padme’s Library:

[T]he journey these characters take is complex but very heartwarming and truth is, they made me appreciate my journey in life even more.

More recently, at Dog-Eared Daydreams, Alexa Milne’s WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE received five stars from their reviewer in a post dated 5 May 2017:

This was my first ever Alexa Milne read, and I was impressed with her writing and how everything played out and wove together.

It looks as if both books have made big impressions on the writers of these two unsigned reviews, and on behalf of the authors we’d like to thank them both for their time and their wonderful comments – and we also congratulate Jay and Alexa for winning such golden opinions for their work!

New review of ARDENT by Heloise West

Thank you to Morningstar at Diverse Reader for a ‘random review’ of Heloise West’s novel ARDENT.

The writing was beautiful and vivid. The characters were well fleshed out with their story told with detail bringing to life the world at that time and their struggle in it. It was suspenseful but well balanced with the love story of Morello and Benedetto.

This is all music to our ears, and we certainly agree that Heloise has a talent for balancing a mystery plot with a romance, and both of them terrific stories, too.

I also particularly loved Morningstar’s observation that Morello was authentic, fresh, and sweet. Mmm … so true!

New review of ARDENT

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!

New reviews of UNDER LEADEN SKIES, ELEVENTH HOUR

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!

 

Another review of ARDENT

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.

New review of ARDENT

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!

Release day review of HARBINGER ISLAND

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.

New review of ELEVENTH HOUR

To nobody’s great astonishment, Elin Gregory’s wonderful ELEVENTH HOUR is still making new friends out in the review community.

Reviewer Sarina, writing for Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews, has this to say:

If you enjoy historical novels but would like something a little less Victorian and a little more modern, you really need to check this one out!  This was  a great book to introduce me to this author but it certainly won’t be the last I read.

Which is brilliant news all round, as we’re sure you will agree – and thank you, Sarina, we’re very glad that you enjoyed the book!

Advance review of ARDENT

Kazza K of On Top Down Under Book Reviews with Substance has reviewed ARDENT by Heloise West, in advance of its release on 1 February 2017. Kazza concluded:

I’ve never read Heloise West before but I was impressed with this book. The writing is pretty tight – it captures the essence of the Italian Renaissance, the mood and the people, very well. … I would definitely recommend Ardent to those who want a well written and interesting historical romance that sets the right tone for the crime and the time.

We’re happy to declare that we wholeheartedly agree!

If you just can’t wait, you can pre-order ARDENT now: