Reviews and blog posts re THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION

With thanks to Rachel at Signal Boost Promotions, I (Julie!) have recently been on a review and blog tour for my novel THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION. You might like to check out the reviews and my guest blog posts, and share the love with the awesome bloggers who hosted me.

21 November: We started off with a truly lovely review from Becky at Bike Book Reviews: Jules captured my heart on page 1 of this book, what with his swinging hips and artfully styled ginger hair, how could one not fall in love? … it is a great read.

21 November: Lisa, the reviewer at MM Good Book Reviews, wasn’t so keen on the story – though she liked Jules’ family and also the humour! The site also ran a guest blog post from me called The ‘Dark Figure’ of Crime, which probably isn’t quite as dramatic as it sounds, but talks a bit about the fraud case that originally inspired this novel and how fraud often goes unreported.

23 November: Lisa at The Novel Approach kindly ran a guest blog post called The Austen Influence. You may know that I was editing the Manifold Press anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION while writing THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION. Being a total fangirl about Jane Austen, I am probably always influenced by her, but in this novel I explored a very specific theme that is common to all of Austen’s novels in one way or another. Do drop by The Novel Approach to read more!

25 November: Another lovely review from Fiona at Books Laid Bare BoysI enjoyed this so much – it was well written and properly researched so no distractions from the story line. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read an amusing feel good old fashioned romance (with a bit of gay sex thrown in for very good measure!)

28 November: Danielle at Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews kindly hosted a guest blog titled The Author and the Character(s), in which I talk about which of the three main characters I most identify with. One of the characters is a romance author – but nothing is ever straightforward! Visit Love Bytes to read more.

30 November: The good people at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words posted a review by Stella: I discovered Julie Bozza in the Butterfly Hunter series and fell in love with her style. That’s the reason I soon jumped into the chance at reading The ‘True Love’ Solution. What I particularly like of this author is her way with words, she can always bring me into real and at the same time dreamy worlds. This is exactly what I felt with this last story.

5 December: The lovely peeps at Bayou Book Junkie hosted me, and Jaymie wrote a review. Alas, Jaymie wasn’t too keen on the storyline which gave Jules two love interests to choose between, but I was very pleased to see the following comment: The writing was very good and the author is definitely talented.

5 December: I also appreciate Engaging Secrets hosting me, and running a review by Gretchen. She seems to have found it a rather unexpected book – weird and quirky! – but concludes: Overall there were things I didn’t like but mostly I enjoyed this book very much. It’s different and well written with complex characters.

7 December: RJ Scott kindly hosted a guest blog titled Book Titles, in which I talk about the fun to be had in not only coming up with one title for the book itself, but also titles for the books written by the character Ewan Byge, a romance author.

9 December: The reviewer Brave One courageously reviewed the novel for Romantic Fanatic Book Club, and particularly enjoyed the ‘sweet love story’, the humour, and Jules’ family dynamics.

9 December: I was pleased to see that Jules (not related!) at The Novel Approach reviewed the book – and again while the ‘love triangle’ aspect of the tale did not suit, Jules still found a lot of things to like about it. Archie, Leonard, and the strength of the opening chapters and the final chapter saved this one for me.

12 December: Winding up the tour, I was delighted that Diverse Reader hosted my blog post titled The Joyful Exuberance of Jules, which explores some of the camp aspects of my main character.

Thank you again to Signal Boost Promotions and to all the wonderful bloggers and reviewers!

Back from the abyss!

You may have noticed that we vanished from Facebook some time over the weekend. This was apparently because we’d originally set up our account as a personal one, not a business-type ‘page’, so FB deleted us without warning. (We’ll leave you to imagine the muttering and gnashing of teeth resulting from this decision.) Rather than mess about trying to appeal it/retrieve our information, we decided to bite the bullet and create a page from scratch. You can now find us at the new Manifold Press Facebook page.

To celebrate our return here’s a special offer; ‘like’ us on Facebook before 12 noon on Friday 16 September (UK time) to win one of four Manifold Press paperbacks: BUTTERFLY HUNTER or THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION by Julie Bozza, or GHOST STATION or THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER WYE (not due to be published until 1 October) by Adam Fitzroy. If you have a preference, please let us know in the replies to this post – otherwise you’ll receive a random book. We’ll pick out the four lucky winners as soon as we can after the closing deadline, but ‘like’ our page now to be included in the draw. As the saying goes, “You have to be in it to win it!”

[NB: people who have already ‘liked’ us are of course included automatically!]

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.

New review of THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION

Every now and then we get a review that’s really difficult to quote from, because basically the book and the reviewer just weren’t an ideal fit. This is the case today with a review of Julie’s new book THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION published by reviewer Tamika on the blog ‘Oh My Shelves’. We’re very grateful for Tamika’s time and her comments, but sadly it appears she wasn’t completely wowed by the book. You can read her review in full here.

New review of THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION

THE 'TRUE LOVE' SOLUTIONOver at Mortal Words, Narrelle M Harris has once more kindly reviewed one of our new titles – this time, Julie Bozza’s THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION.

“All up, The ‘True Love’ Solution is a light, fun, gentle, sweet read that dances its sprightly way to a lovely and satisfying conclusion. It’s a perfect pick-me-up if life has seemed a bit dark lately, and a cheerful confection if life’s good and you want to celebrate True Love, even if it does wobble off course sometimes.”

What author wouldn’t give their right arm – or any other insignificant portion of their anatomy – for a similar review? Congratulations, Julie – and thank you again, Narrelle – you’ve really made our day!

New reviews of THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION, ALOES

Mark at Sinfully Sexy is first out of the gate this time with a release-day review of Julie Bozza’s new title THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION, which he seems really enthusiastic about! After a quick trot through the plot [spoiler alert if you click!], he comes to the following conclusion:

This book has no big angst factor, no biting your nails, no heart breaking break-ups, big tear jerking making up or reunion scenes and no broken characters. It is light on the erotic but thoroughly entertaining as it focuses more on the characters, and what wonderful characters they are too. I was in immersed in this book from the beginning and thanks to Julie’s wonderful writing was introduced to another set of vibrant, lovable characters.

To which we can only say “Yes!”

At the same time we were delighted to see one of our older titles receiving another airing – also on Sinfully Sexy – where reviewer Sally mentioned Chris Quinton’s ALOES in the ‘Quick Bites’ section. This is the whole review:

One of the things I like best about Chris Quinton’s books is that you always get a bit extra. What could have been a fairly routine story of a new romance blossoming in difficult circumstances was made all the more exciting by the inclusion of the neat little paranormal twist brought about by Perry’s injury. There are some super secondary characters too, some of whom cloud the romance issue making it less cut and dried who Perry’s eventual partner will be and the story ends with challenges still to face but that just SUCH a nice change from roses round the gate and a baby on the way that I actually gave a little cheer. Thanks Chris.

I think it would be fair to describe that as ‘small but perfectly-formed’!

Congratulations to both authors – and thank you, too, to both reviewers; we really appreciate you helping to spread the word about our books, and introducing them to a whole new group of friends out there in the big wide world!

Two new titles released this morning!

Good morning everybody, from a dark and soggy corner of the UK. Here, to brighten up your Monday, are details of the two new titles released today by Manifold Press.

THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION by Julie Bozza is the story of Jules, a devoted fan of author Ewan Byge, who grabs at the opportunity of purchasing a significant item of memorabilia only to learn that he’s fallen victim to a fraud. In trying to extricate himself from this predicament he meets his hero in real life, and that’s when things start to get really complicated…

CARLYLE’S CROSSING by Chris Quinton introduces us to Jubal, who – along with his best friend Sal – is reluctantly drawn the whole width of the USA to attend to family business and reconnect with his Abenaki heritage; it’s the start of a sequence of mysterious events that seem well beyond his power to influence, but it seems his ancestors have other opinions! [NB: this title was previously published elsewhere, but has recently been revised and re-edited by the author.]

Because our titles are out on a Monday this time, we’ll be holding our regular ‘new book’ Twitter chat next weekend instead – watch this space for further information – and, in the meantime, we hope you’ll have a great week and enjoy reading our two new books!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MANIFOLD PRESS!

Once again, we’re delighted to be entering a New Year by giving you news of two titles which are due to be published on 1 February:

A new Julie Bozza book is always an event, and this time she brings us the story of Jules who – as a devoted fan of celebrity author Ewan Byge – splashes out on buying a souvenir of his idol which brings him closer to the man himself than he could ever have imagined in THE ‘TRUE LOVE’ SOLUTION.

Alongside that, we’re very pleased to have a revised reprint of Chris Quinton’s book CARLYLE’S CROSSING, which was previously available elsewhere.  Jubal is reluctantly drawn into a mystery from his family’s past, which takes him and staunch buddy Sal the whole width of the USA and plunges them both into some very murky waters indeed.

Along the way, in each of the books, there are some unexpected twists which we’re sure will keep you glued to the page – or should that be the screen? – until the very last word, and we’re very glad to have this opportunity of offering them to you.

Look out, too, for permanent discounts on some beloved old favourites, which we’ll be announcing very soon – and if all of that doesn’t take you into 2016 in an optimistic frame of mind, with our Jane Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION and our second Queer Company event in Oxford also to look forward to, then we don’t know what will!

Thank you for your company in 2015, and we look forward to having many more adventures together with you in the New Year!