We may have mentioned this before, but sometimes reviews are like London buses – you can wait ages for one, and then all of a sudden two arrive together! At any rate it would seem that some reviewers have been using their holiday break to catch up on reading assignments, and as a result we are now able to bring you new reviews of two of our books. In the order we received them, therefore…
Over at Reviews and Ramblings, the wonderful Elisa (does she ever take a day off, bless her?) has been reading Jane Elliot’s THIS MEANS WAR. Her comments are brief but include this gem …
They are clever but innocent pranks, and in the middle of them, Jasper and Brian enjoy a lot of sex and good friends. There is a moment of climax, no pun intended, just a touch of drama, but truth be told, I didn’t need it much, to me the story as it was had already satisfied my needs
… and that last line is exactly the accolade every author strives for!
Meanwhile, at the Prism Book Alliance, we have reviewer Feliz’s take on Chris Quinton’s most recent title UNDERCOVER BLUES:
All in all, this was a deliciously intricate caper-mystery-spy novel that I most certainly will read again in order to (re)discover and enjoy all the tiny details that made it such an enjoyable whole. Highly recommended.
Moreover, Chris appears to have ‘converted’ a reviewer who wasn’t previously a fan of historical novels – which strikes us as a very notable achievement indeed.
Congratulations to both authors on impressing these reviewers – although we’ll quietly admit that we’re not remotely surprised to learn of it! – and thank you to the reviewers for their time and their good opinions; isn’t this just a brilliant way to end one year and look forward to another?
Just before all the madness started ahead of UK Meet – which we’ll be telling you about when we’ve got our breath back properly! – we were notified of a couple of new reviews of Jane Elliot’s recent title THIS MEANS WAR. Taking them in chronological order, the first appeared on Boys In Our Books on 2 February but unfortunately slipped through the net. Reviewer Ami wrote:
It was a nice read – I still enjoyed it, especially because Brian could surprise Jasper when it came to pranks. But was it a needed sequel? Not so much, unfortunately. And would I actually recommend it? Uhm, only if you are okay with slice-of-life and enjoyed the first book…
Clearly it didn’t quite push all her buttons, which is a shame, but we appreciate her comments anyway!
More recently, Portia de Moncur at MM Good Book Reviews had this to say:
This story has a bit of everything, fun pranks, snarky jasper, a broken Brian a cute, funny cat, and mystery. The sex scenes while hot are very tastefully done and for the most part off page.
If you like, a fun, fast-paced story with romance and mystery, like pranks, broken men, ex-military men, smart men, good friends, adorable cats, and committed couples this is for you. I can’t wait for the next one.
Which only goes to prove that tastes differ, and it’s quite impossible for everyone to like everything equally! Thank you, too, to Portia for her comments.
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On a slightly different topic, we don’t think we’ve mentioned yet that two of Adam Fitzroy’s books, STAGE WHISPERS and MAKE DO AND MEND, are now available in PoD editions and can be bought directly from CreateSpace or from your local Amazon Marketplace – see links on the appropriate pages of our website. We understand that Adam is also planning to offer some copies on eBay in due course.
We’re very pleased to be able to bring you news of our titles to be published on 1 May:
Once again Julie Bozza will be exploring an unconventional relationship in A THREEFOLD CORD; Chris, Ben and Grae are three young actors enmeshed in a web of attractions – the only solution to which seems to be to think the unthinkable. Yet it’s a delicate process of negotiation, not without its difficulties …
We’re also delighted to introduce you to the work of an impressive new author, Jay Lewis Taylor. Jay’s book DANCE OF STONE is set in the mediaeval period when religion and superstition were constantly at war – and, for master mason Hugh, being drawn towards his own sex is fraught with the potential for disaster.
These two books couldn’t be more different, yet they both explore intriguing facets of our chosen genre and introduce us to fascinating characters and concepts we may not have considered before – all part of our continuing endeavour to bring you the widest possible variety of high-quality gay fiction!
The two titles we published on 1 February, Jane Elliot’s THIS MEANS WAR and Adam Fitzroy’s THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER WYE, will shortly be available from our partner sites for those of you who prefer to obtain them that way.
Having produced two new books on 1 February – Jane Elliot’s THIS MEANS WAR and Adam Fitzroy’s THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER WYE – we’re delighted to report that they dead-heated for sales on the website during the month, selling in precisely equal numbers. (We love it when that happens!) However to nobody’s massive surprise the overall best-seller on all platforms for February has once again been Julie Bozza’s hit BUTTERFLY HUNTER which continues to be one of our most consistent sellers.
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As we mentioned a few days ago, we’re starting to roll out an improved set of covers – and, for those of you who buy through ourselves and/or AllRomance, this means updated interiors too. The text hasn’t changed at all, it’s just the way it’s organised which has been tidied up a bit – and, we fervently hope, standardised. We’re tackling them in chronological order of publication, so this first batch comprises ALOES, DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT, END OF THE TRAIL, SEA CHANGE, THE DEFINITIVE ALBERT J. STERNE, FOOL’S ERRAND, HOMOSAPIEN and FOOL’S OATH; another batch will follow in a couple of weeks, and hopefully by Easter we should have a full set of new covers rolled out across all platforms. It’s been a big task and has taken quite a while to organise, but we’re very happy with the results and we hope you will be too.
[Edited because we really can spell ‘Oath’, honestly!]
We’re not sure quite how we managed it, but we somehow omitted to announce yesterday that our two new books are now available to buy!
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER WYE by Adam Fitzroy tells the story of Rupert who, returning after a three-year exile, finds himself caught up in mysterious events occurring at his friend Jake’s struggling organic farm – events which may extend as far as murder.
Jane Elliot’s THIS MEANS WAR continues the saga of Jasper and Brian (from her immensely popular ABOVE ALL). Just because they’ve settled into their relationship doesn’t mean that their lives are any calmer – as this amusing tale of a prank war gone wrong abundantly demonstrates.
Congratulations go to both authors on the release of their new titles, which we hope will both be very successful … and, having accomplished which, the Press will now turn its attention to the books we are planning to bring you on 1 May. No rest for the wicked, you know …
Greetings – and a Happy New Year to all our loyal customers, friends and supporters! It’s now time to tell you about our two new forthcoming titles, which will be available to buy from 1 February.
Jane Elliot continues the saga of Jasper and Brian (from her immensely popular ABOVE ALL) in THIS MEANS WAR. Just because they’ve settled into their relationship doesn’t mean that their lives are any calmer – as this amusing tale of a prank war gone wrong abundantly demonstrates!
Alongside this we are delighted to have Adam Fitzroy with THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER WYE; Rupert, returning after a three-year exile, finds himself caught up in mysterious events occurring at his friend Jake’s struggling organic farm – events which may extend as far as murder!
Our two previous titles, Julie Bozza’s OF DREAMS AND CEREMONIES and Chris Quinton’s GAME ON, GAME OVER will shortly be available from our partner sites for those of you who prefer to obtain them that way. Meanwhile we’d also like to remind you that our Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway will continue on LiveJournal until 6 January.