More price reductions on old favourites

Continuing our year of changes throughout MANIFOLD PRESS, we’re introducing another set of permanent price reductions on classic titles.

BETWEEN NOW AND THENBETWEEN NOW AND THEN by Adam Fitzroy – now $4.95!

It’s 1991, and a group of English football fans are driving across Belgium; their trip takes them through the site of a former battle, and that’s when a strange sequence of events begins. For Dennis and Allan, colleagues who cordially dislike each other, this means journeying further still – into what appears to be the past, and into the lives of two men who travelled this way seventy-five years earlier, whose unfinished love-affair remains to be played out in full. As they move backwards and forwards in time Dennis and Allan have only themselves to rely on, no markers to show them where they’re going, and no real certainty of ever finding their way home again.

MONTANA REDMONTANA RED by Jane Elliot – now $4.95!

It’s out of the frying-pan and into the fire on the day Henry first meets Red. He’s happy enough at first to be having sex with a man – Heaven knows, it’s better than what he’s running away from! – but it isn’t too long before Red’s sexual extravagances are driving the two of them apart. It’s only when Henry’s trying to manage on his own again that he at last begins to achieve a little perspective – on inversion in general, on himself in particular, and even on his relationship with Red. That’s when he starts to wonder if maybe there isn’t a way back for them after all, but this time it will definitely have to be on his terms…

THE EAGLE'S WINGTHE EAGLE’S WING by Cimorene Ross – now $5.95!

Roman Gaul: Lucius Valerius Carus isn’t naturally impulsive; when he suddenly and unexpectedly buys a slave at a market it’s because he feels sorry for a man who has obviously been maltreated in the past. However he’s taken on far more than he bargained for with Keret – intelligent, educated, and a great deal stronger than he looks. Roman society wouldn’t think twice about Lucius using Keret for his sexual pleasure – indeed, it would be astonished if he didn’t – but it’s likely to be horrified if it ever learns that Lucius has started to respect his slave, and absolutely disgusted if it discovers that he’s gradually beginning to fall in love…

HUNTEDHUNTED by Liz Powell – now $6.95!

As a professional footballer it looks like Adam Hunter has it all, but when the secret of his affair with midfielder Louie Jackson begins to leak out he’s plunged into the depths of misery – prompting a desperate series of manoeuvres to conceal the truth. Injured, distrusted by his team-mates and plagued by personal tragedy, Adam goes from hero to zero – and by the time Louie’s transferred to a German side he’s running out of reasons to stay alive. If there’s any way back from the brink of suicide, it isn’t clear to him at the moment…

THE WALLED GARDENTHE WALLED GARDEN by F.M. Parkinson – now $6.95!

William Ashton, retained as a gardener by Edward Hillier, discovers his new master to be a detached and driven man. Over the years, as travail and tragedy bring them closer together, he understands that they have more in common than he first realised, but the affection they feel for one another will be sorely tested by boundaries both of class and of rigid Victorian morality. Like the private garden behind the high walls their love must flourish only in the strictest secrecy – or else it will not do so at all.

If you missed any of these diverse and fascinating titles earlier in their illustrious careers, this would be a wonderful opportunity of making their acquaintance!

Manifold Press paperbacks

The Press doesn’t issue paperback editions of all our titles, as the decision to do so is driven by the individual authors. That being said, we’re delighted with the twenty titles that have made it into print thus far! There are new ones on the way, so it seemed to be a good time to take stock of what we have so far.

A veritable rainbow of books from Manifold Press!
A veritable rainbow of books from Manifold Press!

Our current paperback titles are listed here, along with Amazon US buy links:

The Apothecary's Garden paperback coverAlways With Us by Morgan Cheshire

The Apothecary’s Garden by Julie Bozza

Between Now and Then by Adam Fitzroy

Butterfly Hunter (#1) by Julie Bozza

Of Dreams and Ceremonies (Butterfly Hunter #2) by Julie Bozza

The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza

The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy (incorporating all three novels plus the free short story Like Leaves to a Tree) by Julie Bozza

Dear Mister President by Adam Fitzroy

Make Do and Mend paperback coverThe Definitive Albert J. Sterne (incorporating the novel and the stories published separately in the eBook Albert J. Sterne: Future Bright, Past Imperfect) by Julie Bozza

Ghost Station by Adam Fitzroy

Homosapien … a fantasy about pro wrestling by Julie Bozza

Make Do and Mend by Adam Fitzroy

Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life by Julie Bozza

A Pride of Poppies Modern LGBTQIA Fiction of the Great War – anthology including stories by Julie Bozza, Barry Brennessel, Charlie Cochrane, Sam Evans, Lou Faulkner, Adam Fitzroy, Wendy C. Fries, Z. McAspurren, Eleanor Musgrove and Jay Lewis Taylor

A Pride of Poppies - paperback coverRavages by R.A. Padmos

Solemn Contract by Morgan Cheshire

Stage Whispers by Adam Fitzroy

A Threefold Cord by Julie Bozza

The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza

The Valley of the Shadow of Death by Julie Bozza

We hope you’ll enjoy these paperback editions and – like us! – are looking forward to more titles coming soon.

Free book giveaway – missing prize winner!

To our final day’s winner, Danielle. who asked for Adam Fitzroy’s BETWEEN NOW AND THEN – the e-mail address you gave us was incomplete and your prize has been returned to us as undeliverable. Can you please let us have, in a screened reply to this post, the full, correct address so that we can send you your book? If we don’t hear from you by the end of Monday 12 January UK time, however, we’ll assume you’ve changed your mind. Thank you!

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Thirteen

Apologies for the drawing being ridiculously late today … unfortunately, other (much less fun) things got in the way and slowed us down considerably, but we have now drawn the name of the final winner for this round – and we’re in a position to tell you that our Day Twelve winner was Danielle, who asked for a copy of Adam Fitzroy’s BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. We’ll get on its way to you immediately, Danielle – presumably that’s a yahoo.com e-mail address you’ve given us? Congratulations, and we hope you’ll enjoy reading the book.

Once again, thank you to everyone who took part. We’ll be doing this again in a few months time, so watch this space – or our Facebook or Twitter accounts – for the announcement. Meanwhile, don’t forget that two intriguing new titles – ESCAPING FROM HIM by Liam Livings and MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE by Julie Bozza – will be making their debut on 1 February; you’ll be able to order them from all our distribution partners immediately they’re released.

Meanwhile, to draw a line under the festive season completely, we’ll close by hoping that everyone has a peaceful and prosperous 2015 – and, as always, we here at Manifold Press look forward to enjoying your company throughout!

EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST – DAY THREE

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Congratulations to our Day Two winner, Helena, who asked for a copy of Adam Fitzroy’s BETWEEN NOW AND THEN; this will be on its way to you shortly – and thank you for taking part.

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This is the third day of our new Extremely Random Harvest giveaway! We are giving away seven books over seven days, with the next one being drawn at random 24 hours from now. To win, all you need to do is give us (in a screened reply, below) your first name, your e-mail address, and the title of the book you’d like to win – which includes our two new titles being published on 1 August, RANDY by Jane Elliot and HUNTED by Liz Powell.

One entry per day only, please – and nobody is allowed to win more than twice. Also, please don’t forget to tell us which format you’d like to receive! We’ll do our level best to draw the winner at the same time every day, to give everyone an equal chance of winning – so come and join in the fun, and don’t forget to tell your friends; this is a great chance to discover a new author or a new book, or to complete the back catalogue of an old favourite. After all, what have you got to lose?

DAY FOUR OF OUR EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST GIVEAWAY

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For the next four days we will be giving away one free book each day. Just reply to this post with your first name, e-mail address, the title of the current Manifold Press book you’d like to win, and your preferred format – all replies are screened; we’ll select a winner at random at 12.00 noon on 18 April (UK time).

You can enter once per day for as many days as you like, but nobody is allowed to win more than twice.

This is a great chance to experiment with a book or an author you haven’t yet tried, or to complete the backlist of a favourite; whatever your tastes, we’re sure to have something that will appeal to you – so what have you got to lose? Come on in and join us – the more, the merrier!

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With apologies for the late announcement – the Day Three winner was Marge, who chose BETWEEN NOW AND THEN by Adam Fitzroy; congratulations, Marge – we’ll get it on its way to you immediately!

Rainbow Awards winners announced

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that the Rainbow Award winners were revealed overnight, and that the Press has had some quite outstanding successes this year.

We were still reeling from the news that Adam Fitzroy had won ‘Best Gay Historical Romance’ for MAKE DO AND MEND – with Jane Elliot taking third in the same category for MONTANA RED – when we opened a further e-mail and were knocked sideways yet again by the news that MAKE DO AND MEND had also taken the award for ‘Best Gay Novel’. We can only imagine the utter chaos prevailing in the Fitzroy household this morning – we have it on very good authority that Adam celebrated by having a massive cheese sandwich for breakfast, but there’s heady talk of a bottle of wine for later on!!!

Manifold Press has also been honoured for the following:

Julie Bozza – THE APOTHECARY’S GARDEN – runner up in ‘Best Gay Contemporary Romance’
Adam Fitzroy – BETWEEN NOW AND THEN – runner up in ‘Best Gay Paranormal Romance’

In the excitement it’s not impossible that we might have missed something else (please tell us, if we have), but these are certainly the headlines – and what headlines they are! Many many – indeed manifold – congratulations to all our authors for making such a strong impression on the judges; we’re quite excessively proud of you all, and will only say (at the risk of seeming greedy!) more of the same next year, please!

Rainbow Awards finalists announced!

Manifold Press published eight books in the eligible period (the year to 5 September 2013) and we’ve just learned that six of them have made the finals!

They are:

THE APOTHECARY’S GARDEN by Julie Bozza
MAKE DO AND MEND by Adam Fitzroy
ALWAYS WITH US by Morgan Cheshire
MONTANA RED by Jane Elliot
BETWEEN NOW AND THEN by Adam Fitzroy
FOOL’S RUSH by Chris Quinton

Congratulations to all our hard-working authors – it’s wonderful to see your work being recognised on a bigger stage – and we’ll be biting our fingernails down to the elbows from now until the results are announced in December!

ETA: Can you believe I managed to miss Morgan’s book from the original list? If she wasn’t such a good friend she’d have good reason to be angry with me about that!

New review of BETWEEN NOW AND THEN

BETWEEN NOW AND THENElisa Rolle – bless her! – is clearly powering through her ‘to be read’ pile, and has now turned her attention to Adam Fitzroy’s BETWEEN NOW AND THEN and posted her review of it. We especially liked her last paragraph:

I would like to highlight that it’s not mandatory that every story involving two gay characters has to be a romance, I prefer that, but it’s not mandatory; in a way, this is the ending of a past romance and the beginning of a future one. The strength of Fitzroy, and this novel, lies in the characters and setting, both of them very English-style, both of them carefully crafted.

Probably quite unnecessary at this stage to say that we feel exactly the same way; in fact, ‘romance is preferable but not necessary’ sums up the Manifold Press ethos rather nicely, and it’s very rewarding to know that some of our readers agree with us about that. Thank you again, Elisa, we’re very glad you enjoyed it!

Statistics for June / uploads to partner sites

Apologies for not posting these yesterday; the Press took a day off to visit its mother and see ‘Despicable Me 2’. (One of these activities was more enjoyable than the other!)

Our best-seller for June through the Press website was Adam’s BETWEEN NOW AND THEN, but for the second month running the highest-selling title overall has been Jane’s oustandingly popular ABOVE ALL.

We’ve uploaded our previous two titles – Morgan Cheshire’s ALWAYS WITH US and Julie Bozza’s highly-acclaimed THE APOTHECARY’S GARDEN – to our partner sites, Rainbow, All Romance, Kindle and Smashwords, and THE APOTHECARY’S GARDEN is also now available in a Print on Demand paperback edition.

For anyone still interested in monitoring our response times – which we record on a routine basis – the average for the three months to 1 July was 5 hours and 45 minutes.

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Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed that the covers for our new books differ slightly in format from the ones we’ve been using up until now. Over the next few months we’ll be introducing a new set of covers across the board (including to Smashwords, where we’ll eventually replace the temporary ones). In most cases the difference will be extremely subtle – a new font, and a slightly different crop of the image – although unfortunately with both Julie’s THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH and Chris’s FOOL’S ERRAND we’ve been unable to get hold of higher-resolution versions of the original picture and have had to do the best we can with the nearest equivalent. The plan at the moment is to have all these new covers rolled out everywhere on or before 1 November, however, so watch this space!