It seems to be either ‘famine’ or ‘feast’ when it comes to reviews, and this week it’s been ‘feast’! In addition to the Honourable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards which have appeared recently, we are now in a position to bring you two new reviews of our books – both from our friends at LoveBytes Reviews!
On November 7 (and we’re sorry to say we’ve only just become aware of it) a review by Roberta appeared for Jane Elliot’s SMOOTHIE, which gave it four stars and commented as follows:
I have to say that for a story over 200 pages, this story flew by and it didn’t feel as it took any time at all. I just sat down and didn’t stop until the book was done. I couldn’t believe it, this book just flew by and I didn’t even notice, I was that caught up in the story.
Thank you, Roberta, we’re delighted that you loved the book so much!
A few days later, on November 12, there was a review by Amber of Adam Fitzroy’s newest title IN DEEP, which gave it three stars:
As far as mysteries go this one was expertly told. The plot is solid, the landscape was beautiful in its description, and the characters were well developed. The whole place was so intriguing, the way the town worked and how they all were related somehow…
We’re very glad you enjoyed the mystery, Amber, and thank you for your comments!
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!
To our great delight, Jane Elliot’s new title SMOOTHIE – our first female/female book, and a bit of a departure for the Press – has been most enthusiastically received on The Romance Reviews!
Reviewer Delta gives it five stars, having clearly liked the three central characters – Heather, Natalie and Jocelyn – and the fast-paced action of the book, and concludes by saying this:
Overall, this book was one action-packed adventure after another, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed every page of this book. Bottom Line: Female driven suspense novel with great action and dialogue and terrific character development. Highly recommended!
Thank you, Delta; we’re very glad SMOOTHIE was a hit with you, and we’re sure other readers will enjoy it just as much!
We’re pleased to find that our new releases are making friends around the world! Narrelle M Harris enjoyed Jane’s SMOOTHIE, the Press’s first lesbian romance novel – and she posted a review to her blog Mortal Words.
Heather is great, the supporting cast are mostly huge fun, and Smoothie is a rollicking good adventure of a love story.
A ‘rollicking good adventure’ sounds about right to us! We also appreciated what Narrelle had to say about how Jane handles Heather’s first-person narrative. We hope you, dear Reader, might give Heather and Natalie’s story a try as well!
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!