I 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.
Eleanor Musgrove was born in a seaside town on the South Coast of England, where she developed a love of writing when she was very young. Other ambitions – and homes – have come and gone, but she has always wanted to be an author. After lots of practice, both through writing fan fiction and through participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) most years, SUBMERGE is her first novel. She’s pretty excited about it!
When she’s not writing or reading, Eleanor enjoys going to the theatre, walks in the woods, and getting far too emotionally invested in films and TV shows. She graduated from the University of Kent in 2014 with a BSc in Multimedia Technology and Design, and hopes to one day put it to good use.
If you’d like to keep up with Eleanor’s writing journey, or let her know what you think of her book, she keeps a blog at eamusgrove.wordpress.com.
Farah Mendlesohn grew up in Birmingham in the 1970s where she attended the King David Jewish School. She acquired a passion for Birmingham History at school. Later she discovered the world of historical romances. She began writing fiction after teaching creative writing at Middlesex University and then at Anglia Ruskin University for several years and wondering if she could put into practice what she taught. She lives in the Midlands with far too many books, her partner, and two siamese cats.
An officer never, ever goes adrift in the Gut, the most infamous street in Malta. However John Amery, Surgeon RN, loses his way, his innocence and his virginity there one December night of 1908 when he meets Pasco Teague.
From Malta to Devonport to Gallipoli, from the Mediterranean to the Channel to the Dardanelles, John and Pasco meet and part, in peace and war and peace again. Duty and Pasco are the fixed points in John’s life, but there comes a time when he has no power over either and must find his way to another kind of peace.
41,000 words / 152 pages
Publication 1 February 2018
Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and has been making stuff up since 1958. Writing has always had to take second place to work and family but now the kids are grown up it’s possible she might finish one of the many novels on her hard drive and actually DO something useful with it.
Historical subjects predominate. She has written about ancient Greek sculptors, 18th century seafarers but also about modern men who change shape at will and how echoes of the past can be heard in the present. Heroes tend to be hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow.
There are always new works on the go and she is currently writing about the Great War, editing a contemporary romance and doing background reading for a story set in Roman Britain.
What an utterly delightful time I had reading this! Another new-to-me-author, Elin Gregory, completely lived up to the glowing reviews I’d seen for other books. She transported this Florida lady into the middle of a small Welsh village and if it wasn’t so cold, I’d move there. THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS reviewed by Hearts on Fire Reviews
by Elin Gregory
“Your master has the field for today, but his name, whatever it might be, is without honour.”
Olivier the squire worships the Black Knight and takes a fierce joy in his prowess as he defends a bridge against all comers. Olivier only wishes that his master loved him as much in return, instead of treating him as a servant and occasional plaything.
Then word comes that the King desires to cross the bridge. With an army approaching, a bright eyed archer enticing him to desert and the first cracks beginning to show in the Black Knight’s gruff demeanour, Olivier is left wondering if his honour is worth more than a chance for happiness.
27,000 words / 104 pages
Publication 1 February 2018
by Elin Gregory
A terrifying personal change plus a family bereavement might have been bearable, but the break up of a relationship as well is just too much for handyman Darren Murchison to take. Everywhere needs someone who can fix pipes and fit lights, right? So he ups stakes and moves to a quiet valley in rural Wales.
With work to do, a house to improve and a hunky farmer to lust after, things are looking up! In sheep country just how much trouble can a gay, English, werewolf plumber get into?
10,000 words / 38 pages
Publication 1 February 2018
Heloise 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.
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
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.
Modern LGBTQ+ fiction
of the Second World War
Seventeen stories, thirteen authors, a second war. Once again Manifold Press’s writers explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their war-time experience in cities, towns and countryside across the world.
Amidst war and peace, in the thick of violence or in an unexpected lull, these stories of the Second World War take the reader far and wide: through Britain, Europe, Asia and South America, from loss and parting to love and homecoming. As for home, it may be an ordinary house, or a prison camp, or a ship: but it is, in the end, where you find it, however far you have to go. Read this book, and make the journey yourself.
An anthology edited by Heloise Mezen and featuring authors:
94,500 words/366 pages
Publication 1 November 2017
Please note: All proceeds will be donated to the British Refugee Council (Registered Charity No. 1014576).