Rainbow Awards 2015 – the final verdict

It’s been a pretty enthralling 24 hours, but the results are now public at last – and it’s congratulations to Jay Lewis Taylor who achieved a Runner-Up (2nd) place in the Gay Historical Fiction category with

THE PEACOCK’S EYE

and to Chris Quinton who achieved a Runner-Up (3rd) in the Gay Historical Romance category with

UNDERCOVER BLUES

We’re seriously proud of both of you, and of our other authors who received Honourable Mentions and were also finalists: it was a really impressive success all round, and we couldn’t be happier for you all!

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UNDERCOVER BLUES… but not merely that! This is the time of year when details of the Rainbow Awards start to become available, and we’re delighted to say that Chris Quinton’s UNDERCOVER BLUES has attracted not only an Honourable Mention in this year’s list but also a lovely review.

A simple plot that was very well executed, never lost itself in trying-too-hard originality or fell into any cliché traps, and for that it deserves full points.

Having been involved with the evolution of this book since its very earliest beginnings (and you really don’t want to know how long ago that was!) we can only say that we’re absolutely thrilled to know that it has been so well received. Congratulations to Chris, and thank you Elisa!

RAINBOW AWARDS 2015
HONOURABLE MENTION

Valentine’s Day Giveaway – Day Five

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Good afternoon, dear Readers! Humble apologies for the lateness of this post.

With the help of random.org, we have drawn another name out of the virtual hat: today Helena asked for a copy of UNDERCOVER BLUES by Chris Quinton, and that will be heading your way soon (wearing a false moustache), Helena!

Chris, Dianna, Jess, Helena and all our other lovely readers are now very welcome to enter the fifth day of the giveaway.

Also, don’t forget to check out the new event we have planned for May: Queer Company!

Meanwhile, for seven days from Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away one free book per day, with the draws to be made as close as possible to 12.00 midday UK time starting on Sunday 15 February.

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,
  • your email address,
  • the title of the book you’d like, and
  • the format you prefer (epub, mobi or pdf).

All our current titles are available, but only in electronic formats.

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

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!

New reviews of THIS MEANS WAR and UNDERCOVER BLUES

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?

EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST – the last for now

The final winner in our Extremely Random Harvest this time round was a reader named Chris, who asked for Chris Quinton’s UNDERCOVER BLUES. We’ll have your book on its way to you very shortly, Chris – and thank you once again to everyone who took part.

There will be another Extremely Random Harvest immediately after Christmas – please watch this space (or one very much like it) for details!

Two new books released today!

Good morning, everyone, from the (cold and dark) UK!

Our two new titles, Julie Bozza’s THE THOUSAND SMILES OF NICHOLAS GORING – which concludes her Butterfly Hunter trilogy – and Chris Quinton’s historical novel UNDERCOVER BLUES, are now on sale not only through our online shop but also through our other outlets: AllRomance eBooks, Smashwords and Amazon. (If you don’t see them immediately in your particular part of the world, it’s only because they’re still working their way through the system.)

We’re aware that in the past some readers have been frustrated by the ‘staggered release’ of our books, even though we explained why it was necessary at the time. The simple fact was that, starting Manifold Press completely from scratch, we thought it wise to learn to walk before we tried to run. It’s now been almost five years, though; we think we’ve mastered the ‘walking’ thing, and we’re looking to pick up speed a little bit – and this is our first modest step.

For the time being the online shop facility will remain available, but in due course we’ll be looking to phase that out so that you can buy quickly and easily from one of our distribution partners; that will, in turn, free up person-power here at Manifold Press Megaheadquarters which can be devoted to other essential parts of the publishing process. We may move slowly compared to other organisations but we don’t want to stand still altogether; after all, there are still plenty of fascinating places that we want to go – and we like to think we’ll be taking you with us!

EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST – DAY SEVEN

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Welcome to the final day of our new Extremely Random Harvest giveaway! We’re giving away seven books over seven days, with the last one being drawn at random 24 hours from now. To enter, 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 being published tomorrow:  THE THOUSAND SMILES OF NICHOLAS GORING by Julie Bozza and UNDERCOVER BLUES by Chris Quinton.

One entry each, please – and 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?

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Our Day Six winner, using the name ‘Idamus’, asked for Chris Quinton’s UNDERCOVER BLUES. Congratulations! We’ll be sending the book to you shortly, and thank you for entering. To those who weren’t successful – remember, there’s still one more chance to win the Manifold Press book of your choice!

EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST – DAY FIVE

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Welcome to the fifth day of our new Extremely Random Harvest giveaway! We are giving away seven books over seven days, with the next one being drawn at random 24 hours from now. To enter, 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 being published on 1 November:  THE THOUSAND SMILES OF NICHOLAS GORING by Julie Bozza and UNDERCOVER BLUES by Chris Quinton.

One entry per day only, please – and nobody is allowed to win more than twice. Also, please don’t forget to tell us which format you’d like to receive! We’ll do our level best to draw the winner at the same time every day, to give everyone an equal chance of winning – so come and join in the fun, and don’t forget to tell your friends; 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?

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Our Day Four winner, Gaye, asked for Chris Quinton’s UNDERCOVER BLUES. We’ll have that on its way to you very soon, Gaye, and thank you for entering. To those who didn’t win this time – please try again; there are still three more opportunities to win the Manifold Press book of your choice!

EXTREMELY RANDOM HARVEST – DAY THREE

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Welcome to the third day of our new Extremely Random Harvest giveaway! We are giving away seven books over seven days, with the next one being drawn at random 24 hours from now. To enter, 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 being published on 1 November:  THE THOUSAND SMILES OF NICHOLAS GORING by Julie Bozza and UNDERCOVER BLUES by Chris Quinton.

One entry per day only, please – and nobody is allowed to win more than twice. Also, please don’t forget to tell us which format you’d like to receive! We’ll do our level best to draw the winner at the same time every day, to give everyone an equal chance of winning – so come and join in the fun, and don’t forget to tell your friends; 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?

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Our Day Two winner was Cynthia, who chose UNDERCOVER BLUES. Congratulations, Cynthia; we’ll be forwarding your book shortly, and hope you will enjoy reading it!  To those who didn’t win this time – please try again – there are still five more books to be won!

Two new titles announced today!

It’s that time again; we’re delighted to announce our two new titles for publication on November 1, and we have an uncanny foreboding that they’re both going to prove hugely popular!

We’ll start with Julie Bozza‘s eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Butterfly Hunter trilogy, THE THOUSAND SMILES OF NICHOLAS GORING, in which the trials of married life for Dave and Nicholas include a threat to their beloved (and secret) Dreamtime site and some unexpected revelations from Dave’s nephew Robin…

… and partner that with a delightful ‘historical’ by Chris Quinton; secret agents in 1930s London, Tom and Robert are tasked with joining a dance band in order to unravel a sinister blackmail plot – and find their impersonation of a clandestine lifestyle becoming all too real in UNDERCOVER BLUES.

We’re busy putting the finishing touches to them both at this very moment, as well as making active preparations to bring you more books just as fascinating as these in February and in May – watch this space (or a very similar one nearby!) for details as and when we have them…