The days when we get to announce our upcoming titles are some of the most thrilling in the whole of our publishing calendar; it’s just like planning a surprise party for somebody and then anxiously watching their face as they walk in all unknowing…
In this spirit of excitement, therefore, we’re very pleased to be announcing details of the new books we’ll be publishing on 1 August 2017.
First, there’s a welcome return for Morgan Cheshire; her lovingly-crafted historical novels have always been popular, and we’re sure this will also be the case with A TIME TO KEEP. It tells of the tribulations experienced by Matthew and Ben, two lads who leave the workhouse in 1909 and start a life together. But this isn’t the best period of history for happy-ever-afters, and when War descends Matthew is left to try to make some kind of sense of his future…
Alongside this, we have another new title from our good friend Elin Gregory – this time the tale of small-town museum curator Malcolm, who becomes entangled with contractor ‘Dirty’ Rob (a man who makes his earth move!), a significant archaeological discovery on a building site, and the machinations of unscrupulous treasure-seekers; really, what more could any reader want?
As an added bonus this time, we also have the return of R.A. Padmos’s ‘Espresso Shot’ LIKE PEOPLE, which originally debuted last year. For technical reasons we had to remove it from sale immediately – but now it’s back, and is available to purchase again from today. As World War Two draws to a close, Karl meets Nathaniel – but is this any time to be starting something new?
These three books represent a perfect snapshot of our broader output, and we’re very proud of them all; they two new ones will be available to pre-order shortly, and will be on general sale through our usual outlets as from 1 August 2017 – enjoy!
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!
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!
We were delighted to see a new review of the very popular ELEVENTH HOUR by Elin Gregory. Anya at Binge on Books says:
What to Expect: Delightful slow-build spy romance with a cross-dressing MC
What you will love: Intricate world building, intrigues and plot twists, sex scenes that will leave you HAPPY and wanting more, MILLIE is everything and Pritchard is the best manservant ever!
Thank you, Anya. We’re so glad you enjoyed this story as much as we do!
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’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.
We 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!
To 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!
With apologies to the lovely Elin Gregory for the delay, we would like to draw readers’ attention to two excellent recent reviews of her new book ELEVENTH HOUR.
First of all, Karen gave her opinion over at Prism Book Alliance: “If I have one complaint, and its a terribly selfish one, is that I’d loved to have seen definitely that there was going to be a second book, I really would like to see more of Miles and Briers.” (We’re hoping so, Karen – watch this space!)
Shortly afterwards there was a review from Lisa at The Novel Approach who, among other things, said this: “I love a novel that offer readers the opportunity to become ensconced in time and place without it turning into a full-fledged history lesson about the era.” (So do we, Lisa!)
Thank you to both reviewers for their time and their comments; we’re delighted that you both enjoyed the book so much!