Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Twelve – one more time!

Well, we’re hanging around like the turkey leftovers; everyone else is getting on with their lives and (if TV and magazines are to be believed, anyway) looking ahead to the summer holidays, and we’re still not quite finished with Christmas!

Anyway, there’s one chance left to win the Manifold Press book of your choice! Day Eleven’s winner was Marge, who asked us to send her Jane Elliot’s latest book, RANDY. Happy to do so, Marge – it’ll be on its way to you very shortly.

For everyone else, the final draw will be made as close as possible to 09.00 UK time tomorrow, Thursday 8 January, and the winner announced soon afterwards.

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, the title of the book you’d like, the format you prefer and an e-mail address to send it to. (We need all this information, please.) Also, we’d remind you that this giveaway doesn’t include the two new books announced on 1 January for 1 February publication – existing titles only, we’re afraid!

If you’ve been successful once, don’t let it deter you from entering again; you can actually win twice before being disqualified for the rest of the giveaway, but luckily this rarely happens.

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!

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day Three

Thank you to everyone who took part yesterday; our Day Two winner was Helena, who asked for Jane Elliot’s book RANDY; it’ll be on its way to you shortly, Helena, alongside Sylvia’s book from Day One (with apologies for the delay).

For everyone else, we’re quite sure you’re familiar with the form by now; for twelve days we’ll be giving away one free book per day, with the next draw to be made as close as possible to 09.00 UK time tomorrow, Monday 29 December.

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, the title of the book you’d like, the format you prefer and an e-mail address to send it to. Please bear in mind that this giveaway doesn’t include the two new books we’ll be announcing on 1 January for 1 February publication – existing titles only, please!

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

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!

Rainbow Awards 2014

Hooray! The Rainbow Awards were announced this morning (well, actually in the middle of the night UK time) and once again it’s time to congratulate two of our authors:

RANDY by Jane Elliot was placed 2nd in the Best Gay Historical category

and

DANCE OF STONE by Jay Lewis Taylor was placed 4th in the Best Gay Historical Romance category

… both of which awards we feel are thoroughly deserved and reflect the hard work and dedication of the authors. It seems to have been a particularly tough and competitive field this year, so to have made such a good impression on the judges is no small achievement – well done, Jane and Jay, we’re extremely proud of you both!

Rainbow Awards – finalists announced

We’re delighted to announce that all three of the books which had previously been awarded ‘Honourable Mentions’ in this year’s Rainbow Awards are now definitely among the finalists. These are:

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER WYE by Adam Fitzroy
A THREEFOLD CORD by Julie Bozza
DANCE OF STONE by Jay Lewis Taylor

alongside these, we’re also very pleased to note, goes:

HUNTED by Liz Powell

which could still outperform them all. We’re already biting our fingernails and the announcements aren’t due until December 8 – it’s going to be a very tense few weeks here at Manifold Press Megaheadquarters!

Once again, though, and in all seriousness, we would like to congratulate our four authors for their excellent showing in the Awards; it’s no small thing simply to have made the cut, and we’re exceptionally proud of all of you.

ETA: RANDY by Jane Elliot also made the cut – humble apologies for missing it on our first run through the list!

August titles available on all platforms!

It’s taken longer than it should have this time (we’ll explain why in a moment!), for which we apologise profusely, but later on today it should be possible to purchase our two most recent publications through our distribution partner sites.

Just in case you’re in any doubt, the titles are:

RANDY by Jane Elliot – the tale of Garrison who – down on his luck after a series of catastrophes – is rescued by a young man who will change his life in ways he can’t even begin to count. Unfortunately, though, the path to true love never did run smooth…

and:

HUNTED by Liz Powell – Adam is a professional footballer, and everything he says or does is subject to scrutiny; when rumours of his affair with team-mate Louie begin to surface, he might just as well have a target painted on his back – and Adam’s increasingly desperate efforts to deflect suspicion only seem to make things worse…

The delay this time has been caused by a major upheaval at Manifold Press Megaheadquarters; we’ve actually moved fifteen miles or so up the road to a new location, from which we’ll be operating for about a year – and then there will be another and hopefully permanent move towards the end of 2015. We’re doing our best to make this as seamless as possible for all our loyal readers, but we hope you will forgive us (not least for the mixed metaphor!) if there is the occasional bump in the road.

Statistics for August will follow as soon as we have them; we’re experiencing a slight operational difficulty – just not enough pairs of hands available at the moment to do everything we need to do – but we doubt anyone will be seriously inconvenienced by the lack of statistical information and therefore on this occasion we hope to be forgiven!

New reviews of RANDY

RANDYSome of our reviewers have been very quick off the mark this time, and there have been at least three release-day reviews of RANDY by Jane Elliot. (If there are more, we haven’t seen them yet.)

They’re a fascinatingly mixed bunch, which only goes to prove that people read from such varied points of view that no two opinions are ever likely to be the same – and this, believe it or not, is exactly the reason why we love what we do; if we were all the same, after all, what a boring world it would be!

Let’s start this time with Jenni at Boys In Our Books, who – it’s fair to say – didn’t have an overwhelmingly positive experience:

I went into the story thinking there would be a hard fought, hard won May/December romance, and there was almost none. In fact—yes, epiphany here!—the novel read more like a (very boring) friendship, with one character coming to the realization that he might actually be attracted to men. (Queue annoying internal dialogue.)

Whoops! We’re very sorry Jenni didn’t enjoy the book, but we can certainly understand and respect her point of view – and we thank her for taking the time to comment.

Cat, at MM Good Book Reviews, came up with a very different response:

I liked this story because it isn’t your usual love story. It’s not actually a romance at all, but it is about love and friendship. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. I hope there is more to come!!

If you like trappers, the old west, beautiful friendships, gamblers and a gripping story, this is definitely for you!

[Scroll down the page for the review and a giveaway offer!]

She’s absolutely right; if you go into RANDY expecting it to be a neat-and-tidy traditional love story, you may be quite surprised!

Delicately balanced between these two opinions is a perceptive review by Cindy on Love Bytes, who discusses in some detail the emotional journey she went on while reading the book and concludes with these words:

…if you’re someone who appreciates that real life doesn’t always go the way we wanted to and that not every romance has a happy ending then I think you will love this well-written story.

Thank you, Cindy; we understand that this may not have been the perfect book for you, but we’re glad you recognised its qualities nonetheless. What more could anyone ask of a review than that, really???

So there you go, folks – a very mixed bag of reviews covering an intriguing spectrum of opinion. But don’t just take their word for it! Why not dive right in and experience Jane Elliot’s RANDY for yourself?

EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST – DAY SEVEN

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Congratulations to our Day Six winner, Rachel, who asked for a copy of Jane Elliot’s RANDY; this will be on its way to you shortly – and thank you for taking part.

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This is the final day of our new Extremely Random Harvest giveaway! We’ve been giving away seven books over seven days, with the last 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 published today, RANDY by Jane Elliot and HUNTED by Liz Powell.

One entry each only, please – and please don’t forget to tell us which format you’d like to receive! 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?

Two new titles published today!

Our two newest titles are now available to order!

There’s a welcome return for Jane Elliot, who brings us another of her always-popular authentic stories featuring gay life in the Old West. Here, it’s the tale of Garrison who – down on his luck after a series of catastrophes – is rescued by RANDY, a young man who will change his life in ways he can’t even begin to count. Unfortunately, though, the path to true love never did run smooth …

The main protagonist in Liz Powell’s novel HUNTED is facing a similar crisis – but there the similarities end! Adam is a professional footballer, and everything he says or does is subject to scrutiny; when rumours of his affair with team-mate Louie begin to surface, he might just as well have a target painted on his back – and Adam’s increasingly desperate efforts to deflect suspicion only seem to make things worse …

Liz is a new member of the MANIFOLD PRESS family; we’d like to welcome her to the fold and wish her and her book every possible success.

Two new titles announced today!

We can now bring you details of our two exciting new titles, scheduled for publication on 1 August!

There’s a welcome return for Jane Elliot, who brings us another of her always-popular authentic stories featuring gay life in the Old West. Here, it’s the tale of Garrison who – down on his luck after a series of catastrophes – is rescued by RANDY, a young man who will change his life in ways he can’t even begin to count. Unfortunately, though, the path to true love never did run smooth …

The main protagonist in Liz Powell’s novel HUNTED is facing a similar crisis – but there the similarities end! Adam is a professional footballer, and everything he says or does is subject to scrutiny; when rumours of his affair with team-mate Louie begin to surface, he might just as well have a target painted on his back – and Adam’s increasingly desperate efforts to deflect suspicion only seem to make things worse …

Liz is a new member of the MANIFOLD PRESS family; we’d like to welcome her to the fold and wish her and her book every possible success.