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.

More news from the Rainbow Awards!

This year’s Rainbow Awards have turned out to be an absolute delight for all of us at MANIFOLD PRESS; in addition to the four Honourable mentions so far, we can now also bring you news of one for Julie Bozza‘s recent title MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE!

In this case the judge’s remarks were only brief, so here they are in full:

Enjoyable story with interesting characters. Loved the different perspective on Australia and Australians, and the ending was realistic, rather than cliché.

Since these last four words in particular are very important to us, we’re especially pleased to be able to report them!

RAINBOW AWARDS 2015
HONOURABLE MENTION

Congratulations, Julie; thoroughly deserved!

New reviews for MITCH REBECKI, DANCE OF STONE

No, that’s not a new mash-up title … although now that we think about it the visuals would be quite intriguing …

Public holidays are often a busy time for reviewers, and this Easter has been no exception. No less than three new reviews of our books have already appeared, and for all we know there may well be more to come!

In purely chronological order, therefore, we start with Dan at Love Bytes giving his verdict of Julie Bozza‘s recent MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE. It didn’t completely float his boat, alas, but nonetheless his review ends with these encouraging words:

I enjoyed the book. It was well edited and I would say the writing is above average. It was an interesting afternoon’s read.

Over at the Prism Book Alliance, reviewer Lirtle seems to have had a very positive experience reading Jay Lewis Taylor‘s DANCE OF STONE:

This is fiction at its finest, with elements of the family you make, the choices sometimes forced upon you, romance, love, heartache and joy, the struggle to do right and survive the pain.

This is the sort of review an author (and indeed an editor!) dreams of receiving, from a reader who has obviously enjoyed every single word!

Lastly for this time, but by no means least, we have Mark at Sinfully (formerly Sinfully Sexy), who has also been reading MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE:

… if you’re expecting a smouldering M/M romantic thriller with huge amounts of M/M sexual tension and sex scenes that will burn a hole in your Kindle then maybe this book won’t be for you. However, I enjoyed this book a lot purely for what it is and that for me was a story about investigative journalism, journalist helps cops to solve crime, end of story. If you can go with this then you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did I’m sure.

Along with his thoughtful review of the book, Mark also raises an interesting point regarding the fact that the character of Mitch is initially a smoker; it’s interesting to reflect what a taboo activity this has become in recent years, and whether or not including a character who smokes might influence a reader’s enjoyment of a story. We’d be fascinated to have your views on the subject, one way or the other!

We’d like to thank all three reviewers for their time and trouble, and we’re very glad that on the whole they seem to have liked what they read; we can assure them, and everyone else, that there’s plenty more good stuff on the way from MANIFOLD PRESS!

New review of MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE

Over at Boys in Our Books, reviewer Susan has given her verdict on Julie Bozza’s new title MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE, and it would be reasonable to say that unfortunately it didn’t have some of the attributes she looks for in a book:

There were still flashes of the Bozza writing that I really enjoy. But the story as a whole and the way that it was put together really did not work for me. […] I’m actually so confused by my disappointment with this book that I’m wondering if maybe I missed something…? Maybe I just didn’t get the story?

It’s sad when a book doesn’t meet a reader’s requirements, but both our titles and our readers are so immensely diverse that sooner or later it was bound to happen. We can only say that we’re going to keep trying new and different ideas, and we’re confident Susan will find something she likes better further down the road – and meanwhile, of course, other readers may have a very different reaction!

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

and

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!

Hooray!

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’.