Alexa Milne

Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions. Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fan fiction, she ventured into original writing. She is currently owned by two mad cats and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes, and usually crying over her favourite football teams.

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WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE

by Alexa Milne

As children growing up in South Wales, Sion, Phil and Helen were known as the Three Musketeers, always together and never apart – but time moves on. Sion left to lecture in history at Yale. Phil married Helen because it seemed the obvious thing to do, and they settled down to life in Manchester.

Now all three are approaching sixty. After the death of his partner, and wanting to solve a family mystery, Sion returns to his childhood home to start again. When Helen announces she wants a divorce, Phil also returns home, to a new teaching job, and to renovate the ruin of a house he and Sion once dreamed of living in.

Neither man knows the other is back. Neither man knows how the other feels. With so much unsaid, and so many years apart, can Sion and Phil finally face the truth and take a chance on finding happiness together?

58000 words/212 pages
$5.95

Publication 1 May 2017

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COINS NOT ACCEPTED

by Chris Quinton

“Bring me the contents of the security box from the bank, and make sure you’re not followed.” Miles Carter carries out his grandfather’s instructions, and finds himself caught up in a dangerous tangle of family mysteries – and the unexpected return of Allan Warwick, his childhood friend. Add to that a parallel world and a plot to overthrow its government, both of which seem to involve his grandfather and Allan. Miles’ life will be changed irrevocably, but only if he and Allan can stay together and survive the coup.

66500 words/250 pages
$5.95

Publication 1 May 2017

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A NIGHT WITH THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE

by Francis Beaumont and Julie Bozza

Dale is proud of how his acting career is progressing. Tonight, for instance, is the last night (at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) of a well-received run of Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, in which he plays Rafe. But his colleague Topher, who plays Jasper, seems to think something is missing in Dale’s life. They’re not really friends, and Dale sees little point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits.

However! Despite the distractions of performing this chaotic two-plays-within-a-play, Dale is plagued by the niggling doubts prompted by Topher. Dale might be better off paying attention, though – because maybe Francis Beaumont, writing over 400 years ago, already provided the answers to Dale’s dilemma.

38,500 words/150 pages
$4.95

Publication 1 May 2017

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Heloise West

Heloise WestHeloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of thirteen years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.

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Heloise West obviously did a lot of research and it showed in the story. Her writing transported me to Italy during the Renaissance period and it had a good balance between the mystery/intrigue portion and the romance. ARDENT reviewed by Bayou Book Junkie

… as a history nerd, I felt the author had the same interest in both the period and the location as the story was very well written and the whole plot was so well crafted. There are great main and supporting characters, and of course the culture of the village and city play parts in this too. he book has a great pace and really gets hard to put down once all the cards seem to be in play, which is when the author introduces the twists! ARDENT reviewed by Hearts on Fire Reviews

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ARDENT

ARDENTby Heloise West

In the village of Torrenta, master painter Morello has created a color that mimics the most expensive pigment of all, the crimson red. Master Zeno, from strife-ridden Medici Florence, tells him the color gives him a competitive advantage – but Morello must be careful. Fraud is ever-present in the dye and pigment markets.

As they work together in Torrenta, Morello falls hard for Zeno’s assistant, Benedetto Tagliaferro, a young man of uncommon beauty and intelligence. Benedetto is still fixed on his old lover, the master painter Leo Guisculo, and cannot return Morello’s affections.

But when Leo dies in a terrible accident, it’s to Morello that Zeno and Benedetto turn for help. And Morello soon finds that in Florence, every surface hides layers of intrigue.

75,600 words/292 pages
$6.95

Publication 1 February 2017

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Call for Submissions – CALL TO ARMS

Keep it Up - CALL TO ARMSCALL TO ARMS
Modern LGBTQIA fiction
of the Second World War

As a companion volume to A PRIDE OF POPPIES, Manifold Press is seeking stories set during the Second World War (1939-1945) featuring LGBTQIA people as the main characters. What were their experiences during this war? In what ways were those experiences the same as or different from those of other people?

Stories may be set in the war zone or on the home front, in any of the countries affected by the Second World War. The characters may be of any nationality, serving in the armed forces or on home duty such as fire-watching or civil defence. They may be prisoners of war, doctors, nurses, land girls, factory workers, conscientious objectors, or simply members of the public caught up in events over which they had no control. Stories may deal (but must do so respectfully) with people on all sides of the conflict or none. The individual characters and their lives will be the main focus.

Romances and sexual encounters are welcome subject matter, but should be kept to a ‘mild R’ rating with an adult mainstream audience in mind. All characters involved in sexual situations must be consenting adults. Similarly, violence and the results thereof should be handled with both realism and restraint.

In acknowledgement of the time in which the stories are set, all proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to an appropriate charity (to be confirmed).

  • Editor: Heloise Mezen
  • All stories need to stand alone, whether or not they relate to any existing work.
  • Story length: In general, up to 10,000 words; longer stories will be considered on individual merit.
  • Submission deadline: 31 May 2017
  • Planned publication date: 1 Nov 2017
  • Enquiries and submissions to: Heloise Mezen heloise@manifoldpress.co.uk
  • Click here for a PDF version of this page.

Please note: All efforts will be donated to the project, with no financial return. Authors will not be paid either a fee or royalties. Manifold Press will cover direct expenses. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

Image: “Keep it Up – Buy Three Percent Defence Bonds”. WW2 poster, designer unknown, issued by the National Savings Committee. In the Imperial War Museum collection and obtained via Wikimedia Commons.

A CERTAIN PERSUASION

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONModern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by
Jane Austen’s novels

Thirteen stories from eleven authors, exploring the world of Jane Austen and celebrating her influence on ours.

Being cousins-by-marriage doesn’t deter William Elliot from pursuing Richard Musgrove in Lyme; nor does it prevent Elinor Dashwood falling in love with Ada Ferrars. Surprises are in store for Emma Woodhouse while visiting Harriet Smith; for William Price mentoring a seaman on board the Thrush; and for Adam Otelian befriending his children’s governess, Miss Hay. Margaret Dashwood seeks an alternative to the happy marriages chosen by her sisters; and Susan Price ponders just such a possibility with Mrs Lynd. One Fitzwilliam Darcy is plagued by constant reports of convictions for ‘unnatural’ crimes; while another must work out how to secure the Pemberley inheritance for her family.

Meanwhile, a modern-day Darcy meets the enigmatic Lint on the edge of Pemberley Cliff; while another struggles to live up to wearing Colin Firth’s breeches on a celebrity dance show. Cooper is confronted by his lost love at a book club meeting in Melbourne while reading Persuasion; and Ashley finds more than he’d bargained for at the Jane Austen museum in Bath.

A Pemberley-sized anthology featuring authors:

  • Julie Bozza
  • Andrea Demetrius
  • Sam Evans
  • Lou Faulkner
  • Adam Fitzroy
  • Narrelle M Harris
  • Sandra Lindsey
  • Fae Mcloughlin
  • Atlin Merrick
  • JL Merrow
  • Eleanor Musgrove

114000 words/430 pages
$7.95

Publication 1 November 2016

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Michelle Peart

Michelle PeartI am a writer, a designer, and a lover of the fantastical. During the past two years, I have completed four writing courses, two at an advanced level, and passed all with Distinction.

TO THE LEFT OF YOUR NORTH STAR is my debut novel.

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TO THE LEFT OF YOUR NORTH STAR

TO THE LEFT OF YOUR NORTH STARby Michelle Peart

The self-assured Edward has accompanied his father, famous explorer Herb Kemp, to Abaytor. Herb is on a mission to save Earth’s bee population, but Edward couldn’t care less and just wants the comforts of home. Burn, an off-kilter Abaytorian with a desire for change, is charged with escorting Edward down the Copper River to Herb’s spaceship. As they travel through perilous lands on a makeshift raft, they are in a constant battle with the river, themselves and each other. Edward’s problems with his father are laid bare as they are hunted, starved, almost drowned, and confronted by difficult choices. But, among the striking landscapes and colourful people of Abaytor, Edward slowly learns about trust, self-acceptance and love.

63300 words/248 pages
$5.95

Publication 1 November 2016

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