Now that Queer Company 2 is over, we’ve got an opportunity to catch up on reviews of two very different books which turned up right in the middle of all the mayhem!
For example, Mark at Sinfully has recently delivered his verdict on Jay Lewis Taylor’s 2014 title DANCE OF STONE. Rightly pointing out that it’s an historical novel with an M/M storyline rather than an overtly romantic tale, he comes at last to this conclusion:
After all is said and done, this book is a real joy for all historical fans who wish to sink their teeth into something a little meatier, leaving the fluff behind for a while and immersing themselves into a past as dangerous as it is intriguing. A mediaeval historical novel that gives us an insight into the life and times of the great Cathedral Builders.
We can’t fault that at all – thank you, Mark!
A contrasting title, Liam Livings’s light-hearted WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY from 2015, has recently been the subject of a review blog tour. Along the way, it collected some quite excellent feedback – here, for example, from The Geekery Book Review:
So, by the time I got to the end of this story I was rooting for Darren and Simon, for the understanding and learning and love to be there, and it was! I commend Liam Livings for writing a story that wasn’t 100% fall in love with, but one that actually made me think
and here, from Books Laid Bare Boys:
The whole book is so well described you can almost feel the years-old paint on the doors leading to the respective classes, you can smell the stews and plum crumble and I could definitely see Clara-Bell in my head.
Thank you to the blogs and websites involved in Liam’s tour for helping to spread the word- this is definitely a book more people should be reading – and congratulations to both authors for impressing the reviewers.
On her blog ‘The Way She Reads’ our good friend Helena Stone has just posted a retro review of Liam Livings’s delightful ESCAPING FROM HIM, which we published in early 2015. Her review brings back lovely memories of the fun we had the first time we read the book!
There were one or two moments in this book that touched me deeply, but I’ll mostly remember this book for the smiles it brought me. The chapter about the Eurovision evening especially, had me giggling and laughing out loud. I also really want to throw a ‘naff nibbles’ party now.
Now that you mention it, Helena, that does sound a pretty good way to spend an evening – and thank you for a great review!
By the mysterious alchemy of the Internet (personally, I think it’s all managed by demons running around in little wooden hamster wheels…) another review has just come to light which ideally we should have been able to bring you months ago.
Jenna at Love Bytes reviewed Liam Livings’s WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY as long ago as 19 August 2015, and word has only just reached us today. Whilst not totally bowled over by the main protagonist, Simon, Jenna kept reading to find out what happened to his other half, Darren, and their relationship, and concluded that overall the reading experience was enjoyable. You can read her full review here.
Thank you, Jenna, for your time and your comments; we’ll try to be a bit quicker off the mark with our response next time!
Yesterday was the last day of our seven day eBook Giveaway. We now have the results for Day Seven: Random.org has drawn Dianna’s name out of the virtual hat. Dianna chose a copy of WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY by Liam Livings – which is already heading your way, Dianna!
Thank you to everyone who has visited our new blog, commented on the various posts, and taken part in the giveaway. We hope the winners enjoy their books!
Do visit again, whenever you can. We have more news being announced throughout March, and of course our new titles on 1 April.
Whilst setting up the new blog and overhauling our website (the electronic equivalent of spring cleaning) we’ve become aware of a couple of reviews which slipped through the net some time ago. So, in the spirit of ‘better late than never’ – which seems to be our watchword at the moment! – we’re bringing them to you now, with apologies to the two authors for having missed them when they were published.
On 25 November 2014, reviewer Sue at Boys in our Books gave her very enthusiastic response to Liz Powell’s HUNTED, which had been published three months earlier:
If you’re a football fan, you’ll love this… and even if you’re not, I still think you’ll love it. I’ve already re-read parts and I’m sure I’ll read some more. […] Liz Powell is officially on my radar. Let’s hope this début novel is just the beginning of a prolific writing career.
On 6 April 2015, Devan Huff at Nautical Star Books reviewed Liam Livings’s WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY. The reviewer enjoyed the writing style and the minor characters, but unfortunately didn’t really warm to the main character:
Overall, Wrong Room, Right Guy by Liam Livings was well written, I just couldn’t get into the story all that much and wasn’t fond of Simon at all.
I think this falls into the category of ‘some you win, some you lose’. We’d like to thank both reviewers for their time and their comments, which we truly appreciate – and we’ll try to be a little bit more efficient at picking up reviews in the future!
Once more, Manifold Press seems to have made quite an impression on the judges at the Rainbow Awards; we’re thrilled to have received two more Honourable Mentions in the latest batch to be released!
To take the books in both alphabetical order and chronological order of release, ESCAPING FROM HIM by Liam Livings drew the following response from the judges:
This is my first book by this author. From the beginning I was pulled into the world he created. I could not put this story down needing to see what would happen next and how the story would end. I will be looking for more from this author in the future.
RAINBOW AWARDS 2015
And secondly – but by no means secondary – here’s the judges’ verdict on SMOOTHIE by Jane Elliot, which was this Press’s first full-length female/female offering:
Must read page turner that will leave you laughing, gripping the arm of your chair, and cheering for the underdog right to the end. A fascinating read. True writer’s craft.
And there’s plenty more in similar vein, so once again …
RAINBOW AWARDS 2015
For a Press producing only eight books a year to have such a high proportion of successes in a very tough awards season is almost overwhelming; all of us here at Manifold Press would like to thank the judges and congratulate the authors. We hope we may be forgiven for being … just a little over-excited this morning!
Liam Livings is currently on a blog tour promoting his latest novel with Manifold Press, WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY. We are delighted by this tale, and I think if you follow Liam through these many fine blogs, you’ll soon see why! (And not only that, there are giveaways to win!)
The Press is very grateful for the support of these fine people! Thank you kindly, one and all.
You can find Liam’s book at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Smashwords and AllRomance.
It’s the first of August already! How does that keep on happening with such amazing regularity?!
Casting hysteria aside, once more we’re proud to bring you two new books by two of our favourite authors:
In SMOOTHIE by Jane Elliot, the first in what we hope will be a new line of female-female adventures, we meet Heather, not the sort of girl you’d really look at twice, who reveals some unexpected qualities when she’s kidnapped and bundled into a series of high-octane adventures in the Florida Keys at the side of the mysterious – and devastatingly attractive – Natalie;
Over in Liam Livings‘ new title WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY we’re introduced to Simon, who’s struggling to be something he isn’t – conventional, boring, and an English teacher – when inside he knows he’s really a writer. Blundering into the wrong room at his local Village Hall, he ends up with a group of recovering cocaine addicts rather than the creative writing group he was looking for – and that leads on to a whole series of misunderstandings which threaten to undermine the start of what could be a very promising new relationship…
These books both have a delightfully light-hearted quality, without skirting some of the more serious issues they both raise, and they each have leading characters who are flawed and struggling to overcome challenges life has thrown at them. Watching them deal with their separate troubles will keep you thoroughly entertained and amused!
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MANIFOLD PRESS is once again in the throes of moving to a new – and this time, we hope, permanent – home; our delicious year of exile at the sea-side is coming to an end, and we’ll shortly be relocating to our new premises in sunny Ellesmere Port. If we’re a little quiet for a while, therefore, we hope you’ll understand why; normal service will be resumed as soon as humanly possible!
We’re a little early announcing our new titles this month but we’re not going to have access to the Internet on 1 July so here – a few hours in advance – are the details of the two new books we’ll be publishing on 1 August.
We’re delighted to welcome back Jane Elliot, one of our most stalwart authors, who in an exciting departure for Manifold Press brings us what we hope will be the first book in a new line of female-female adventures. In SMOOTHIE we meet Heather, not the sort of girl you’d really look at twice, who reveals some unexpected qualities when she’s kidnapped and bundled into a series of high-octane adventures in the Florida Everglades at the side of the mysterious and devastatingly attractive Natalie …
And over in Liam Livings‘ new title WRONG ROOM, RIGHT GUY we’re introduced to Simon, who’s struggling to be something he isn’t – conventional, boring, and an English teacher – when inside he knows he’s really a writer. Blundering into the wrong room at his local Village Hall, he ends up with a group of recovering cocaine addicts rather than the creative writing group he was looking for – and that leads on to a whole series of misunderstandings which threaten to undermine the start of what could be a very promising new relationship …
Both of these books have a light, fresh touch, and they take us on intriguing adventures with characters who are completely out of their depth; join us to see how, in their separate ways, Heather and Simon make sense of the bewildering situations they accidentally find themselves landed in!
It’s time for another apology – this time to Liam for the delay in posting these details of his recent Blog Tour. Unfortunately the giveaways are all now closed, but we’re reposting the links here because we’re sure the interviews that go with them will be of interest to Liam’s readers … and perhaps also to those who are not yet his readers but would like to know a bit more about our fine new author!
BLOG TOUR STARTS HERE:
Liam’s own blog
JL Merrow and Charlie Cochrane
Prism Book Alliance
Love Bytes Reviews
My Fiction Nook
Because Two Men Are Better Than One
Hearts On Fire
MM Good Book Reviews
The last link above also includes a review, which gives the book three stars, by Lisa. She admits that ‘basically it was just not my kind of story’ but does concede that:
It was well written, with characters that can draw you out and have you wishing for the best with them.
It’s a shame that the book didn’t work for Lisa, but we’re sure other readers will have a different experience of Liam’s light-hearted and extremely enjoyable book!