New (retro) review of ESCAPING FROM HIM

On her blog ‘The Way She Reads’ ESCAPING FROM HIMour 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!


More good news from the Rainbow Awards!

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.


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 …


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 ESCAPING FROM HIM blog tour – and a new review

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!

Liam’s own blog
Elin Gregory
Clare London
JL Merrow and Charlie Cochrane
Prism Book Alliance
Love Bytes Reviews
My Fiction Nook
Because Two Men Are Better Than One
RJ Scott
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!

New reviews

Apologies to the authors for a delay in bringing these to people’s attention, but there is a small batch of reviews we haven’t yet told you about!

To start with, Gay.Guy.Reading has delivered a verdict on Liam’s new title ESCAPING FROM HIM:

I didn’t quit and enjoyed my journey. There were times I got lost in the words and really connected with Darryl. Those were the moments I just didn’t put it down.

The reviewer ended by calling it ‘an enjoyable read’, with which we totally concur!

In addition, Prism Book Alliance have been doing a ‘Julie Bozza retrospective’ – re-reading some of her previous titles. A reader named Lirtle posted three reviews, from which we quote below:

Not even halfway through this book and I knew I’d want to spend more time with Dave and Nicholas. I knew I’d want more of the quiet and oh so lovely atmosphere surrounding and running through them.

Low angst, passionate, cheeky, and lovely. Wonderful! This is going on my comfort read shelf, without a doubt. I’m loving this series and this writing.

And also, for a change of pace:

Every bit of this story serves the characters. No grand schemes or setting changes in attempts to create tension and curiosity. Everything centers around Hilary and Tom. For me, this made for quite a satisfying reading experience.

That’s exactly what we’re aiming for, Lirtle; thank you for your comments!

To accompany these reviews, Prism Book Alliance also conducted an interview with Julie which you can read here. It’s all an absolute delight, and we’d like to thank our very good friends at the Prism Book Alliance for their time and trouble; we’re very glad you all enjoyed the books!


ESCAPING FROM HIMIt’s taken a little while for the word to filter through to us, but Dan at Love Bytes has delivered his verdict on Liam Livings’ first title with Manifold Press, ESCAPING FROM HIM – and although the conclusion he comes to is somewhat mixed, it does raise an interesting question:

While this book isn’t listed anywhere as for Young Adults, it would be a fine read for that market, as the sex in the book is very understated and mostly on a “referred to” basis. Personally, I thought the book was good, but it seemed to lack detail and a certain amount of cohesiveness for me to give it a higher rating. After reading the blurb, I thought it would be a great beach read this weekend while I was away, but it had difficulty holding my attention. I think as I stated above that it is probably perfect as a YA.

It’s fair to say that we’ve never really thought about targeting specific titles at younger readers, but it isn’t at all a bad idea and something we might consider in future – we’d be very intrigued to learn your opinions on the subject.

Meanwhile, there was a good deal about the book that the reviewer liked – he called it ‘an entertaining story’ – even though it wasn’t entirely his cup of tea. That’s fair enough, and we here at Manifold Press are certain ESCAPING FROM HIM will continue making friends for itself wherever it goes!

Valentine’s Day Giveaway – Day Three


Thank you again, dear Readers! It’s always lovely to hear from you.

With the help of, we have drawn a name out of the virtual hat: Dianna asked for a copy of ESCAPING FROM HIM by Liam Livings, and that will be escaping your way soon, Dianna!

Chris, Dianna and all our other lovely readers are now very welcome to enter the third day of the giveaway.

Also, don’t forget to check out the new event we have planned for May: Queer Company!

Meanwhile, for seven days from Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away one free book per day, with the draws to be made as close as possible to 12.00 midday UK time starting on Sunday 15 February.

To win the Manifold Press book of your choice all you need to do is tell us – in a screened reply below:

  • your first name,
  • your email address,
  • the title of the book you’d like, and
  • the format you prefer (epub, mobi or pdf).

All our current titles are available, but only in electronic formats.

If you are successful once, don’t let it deter you from entering again; you can win twice before being disqualified for the rest of the giveaway.

So come on in and join us. It’s a great chance to experiment with the work of a new author, or to complete the backlist of a favourite – and good luck and best wishes to everyone who takes part!

Two new titles released today!

Well, technically, they were actually stealth-released last night – as some of you may have noticed already!

We’re proud to present Julie Bozza’s MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE: Investigative journalist Mitch Rebecki loves his job and loves New York. He doesn’t mind making enemies, either. When a crime boss threatens retaliation, Mitch’s editor sends him out of harm’s way to Sydney. In exile and resentfully working on lifestyle pieces, Mitch is miserable. But he makes a friend or two, meets a man … and discovers that Australians do organized crime, too, in a small way. Mitch soon finds himself in too deep on all counts, and trying to head home again seems the only solution


ESCAPING FROM HIM by Liam Livings: Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …

We’d also like to remind readers that we’ll be doing a 24-hour Q+A on Goodreads starting at 09.00 today UK time (i.e. about two and a half hours from now), and a one-hour Twitter chat at 6pm GMT / 1pm EST / 10am PST! These are always fun and totally unpredictable, so please do come and join in the mayhem!


MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFEOur final prize winner from the Christmas round of giveaways has now come forward and we’ve re-sent her book. Now we can get on with preparing to launch our two new titles on 1 February, which we’re certain are both going to be very popular:

A new Julie Bozza title is always an event.  This time she brings us MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE, in which fish-out-of-water Mitch struggles to cope thousands of miles from his native New York in what – for him – is the alien environment of Sydney, Australia …

… and similarly Darryl, the hero of Liam Livings‘s new book ESCAPING FROM HIM, meets a delightful gallery of characters and is pitched headlong into a series of adventures when he finally decides to break free from his controlling older boyfriend and make a new life for himself north of the border in Scotland.

We can’t wait …

New for 2015!

We’re entering 2015 with some very exciting plans, and also one or two changes to the way we do things. For a start, you’ll notice that our dear old online shop module has ceased to exist and is, in fact, an ex-module! All orders should now be placed through one or other of our distributon partners who are, at present and in strictly alphabetical order, AllRomance, Amazon and Smashwords, with some titles also being available in paperback via CreateSpace. There are two reasons for this change – one is the reduced availability of person-power for filling orders, and the other is the new VAT regulations which are a particular burden for small organisations like ourselves; stepping away from handling our own sales means we can allow someone else to take day-to-day responsibility for that aspect of our business, and that in turn leaves us free to concentrate on producing even more new fiction for you to enjoy.

We must admit, though, that we’ll be sorry to lose direct contact with our readers. It’s been absolutely the best aspect of the online shop, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and chatting in e-mail. Our days will be considerably less interesting in future, without that!

We know some of you have already spotted, too, that we’re making some books available free of charge for a limited period. These are already proving popular on AllRomance and Smashwords, and will be introduced to Amazon, too, as soon as we can get that organised. (It’s not always straightforward to persuade Amazon that yes, you really do want to give things away for nothing, so unfortunately we’ll have to work to their timetable; watch this and other relevant spaces for details!)

The free books are Adam Fitzroy‘s DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT, Jane Elliot‘s END OF THE TRAIL, Chris Quinton‘s FOOL’S ERRAND and Julie Bozza‘s HOMOSAPIEN, all of which have been consistently popular and have made us a lot of friends. We’re sending them out free of charge now in the hopes of introducing new readers to our work, and we hope existing readers will also take this opportunity to try out the work of a different author or catch up on a book they may previously have missed.

New titles

Our two new books for 1 February publication are fascinating stories about men faced with unexpected challenges, and we’re very excited about them both!

We’re sure you’ll agree with us that a new Julie Bozza title is always an event. This time she brings us MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE, in which fish-out-of-water Mitch struggles to cope thousands of miles from his native New York in what – for him – is the alien environment of Sydney, Australia …

… and similarly Darryl, the hero of Liam Livings‘s new book ESCAPING FROM HIM, meets a delightful gallery of characters and is pitched headlong into a series of adventures when he finally decides to break free from his controlling older boyfriend and make a new life for himself north of the border in Scotland.

The name of Liam Livings may already be familiar, especially to those of you who attend UKMeet. We’re delighted to have him joining us as an author – not only of the present book, but also of another which we hope to publish later in the year – and, given the speed and enthusiasm with which he writes, we can’t help hoping there may be several more titles coming our way in due course; we’ll just have to wait and see! For now, though, this is a very good moment to welcome Liam as a new member of the Manifold Press ‘family’.