Barry Brennessel

Born and raised in New York State, currently residing in the Washington, D.C. metro region, and eventually returning to his beloved city of Seattle, Barry has one foot planted in the past (an avid collector of antique lamps, telephones, and periodicals) and one foot in the future (space travel!).

In addition to writing, Barry enjoys gardening, travel, film and television, theatre, wine, chocolate … and more chocolate!

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While I would have loved a longer story of these two characters, this region, I’ll take what I can get. Beautiful storytelling from a wonderful author. ANH SANG in A PRIDE OF POPPIES reviewed by On Top Down Under

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ANH SANG

by Barry Brennessel

When his father leaves Thái Nguyên City for the northernmost reaches of French Indochina, Bùi Vân Minh must shoulder new responsibilities to help keep the family afloat. His mother’s blindness and his uncle’s caustic personality add to the young man’s challenges.

A chance meeting with a captivating youth, Ngô Công Thao, throws Minh’s life off-kilter in a most exciting and confounding way.

The young men soon discover their feelings for one another transcend mere friendship. But the struggles under French colonial rule and the effects of the Great War alter their lives to a degree they never could have imagined.

This novella expands and significantly develops a story that first appeared in our highly acclaimed anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES. The author’s screenplay adaptation of the story received an honourable mention and was a finalist in the 15th annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, judged by Francis Ford Coppola, and also won the Best LGBT Feature Screenplay category at the New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam 2018.

28,500 words / 120 pages 
$4.95

Publication 1 May 2018

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NO HOLDS BARD

Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by the works of William Shakespeare

Ten authors, twelve extraordinary stories. From a novel solution to the Plantagenet succession crisis to revelations about the private lives of Prince Hal and – separately! – Brutus and Cassius, plus a surprise ending for Twelfth Night, no play is safe. We have marriage proposals and murder; subtle scheming villainy; a missing manuscript; a haunting… Whether set within the framework of a play, or spotlighting actors, characters, or the Bard himself, these stories will have you viewing Shakespeare in a whole new light. It’s definitely not the kind of thing they taught us in school…

Take a deep breath. Dive in. Prepare to be astonished!

An anthology edited by Fiona Pickles and featuring authors:

  • Julie Bozza
  • Siobhan Dunlop
  • Adam Fitzroy
  • Bryn Hammond
  • Erin Horáková
  • Molly Katz
  • Vanessa Mulberry
  • Eleanor Musgrove
  • Michelle Peart
  • Jay Lewis Taylor

67000 words/262 pages
$5.95

Publication 1 May 2018

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Jay Lewis Taylor

Ready To Start. Self Portrait, 1917 by William Orpen

Ready To Start. Self Portrait, 1917 by William Orpen

Despite having spent most of my life in Surrey and Oxfordshire, I now live in Somerset, within an hour’s drive of the villages where two of my great-great-great-grandparents were born. I have worked in a wide range of libraries in my time, but am in fact a thwarted medievalist with a strong arts background.

I have been writing fiction for over thirty years, exploring the lives of people who are on the margins in one way or another, and how the power of love and language can break down the walls that we build round ourselves.

Reviews

From page one, I was luxuriating in the language. Not to worry, the story isn’t told in Olde English necessarily, but definitely in the cadence and terminology and colloquialisms of the time. It fits that and the characters. I was giddy. Jay Lewis Taylor knows exactly how to manipulate the words and create a mountain-high fountain of literary chocolate, flowing and gorgeous and almost too much to handle. THE PEACOCK’S EYE reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

The story takes more after a historical novel with gay characters than after an m/m romance in period costumes, which is noteworthy, and should please historical fans. Readers who  favour elegance and delicacy in their stories should also enjoy it as long as they don’t mind the romance burning slowly in the back seat. DANCE OF STONE reviewed by Boys in Our Books

The characters are mature people with senses of humor filled with warm, wry natures. Happiness and sarcasm go hand in hand. By the middle of chapter three, character development was at an obviously high level. DANCE OF STONE reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

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WHERE ANGELS FEAR

by Jay Lewis Taylor

Invalided home from the Navy, Richard is safe out of harm’s way, at home in Lincoln with his parents. It’s not what he expected, but now that he’s met Les life looks interesting again. However, the war isn’t over yet, and Les is a bomber pilot with the RAF. Richard may still have something to lose, after all.

This volume also contains another story, The Man Who Came to Dinner.

20,700 words / 82 pages 
$3.95

Publication 1 May 2018

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APPOINTED LIMITS

by Jay Lewis Taylor

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 
$4.95

Publication 1 February 2018

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Elin Gregory

Elin GregoryElin 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.

Reviews

Elin Gregory is a great story teller. THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS reviewed by Books Laid Bare Boys

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

Gregory displays a deft hand at crafting historical espionage with a classic touch, which is then enhanced by the touching romance. ELEVENTH HOUR reviewed by The Novel Approach

… the feeling of period was incredibly strong, I felt as if I were there. ELEVENTH HOUR reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

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A TASTE OF COPPER

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 
$2.99

Publication 1 February 2018

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SHEEP’S CLOTHING

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 
$0.99

Publication 1 February 2018

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CALL TO ARMS

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:

  • Julie Bozza
  • Barry Brennessel
  • Charlie Cochrane
  • Andrea Demetrius
  • Adam Fitzroy
  • Elin Gregory
  • Sandra Lindsey
  • JL Merrow
  • Eleanor Musgrove
  • R.A. Padmos
  • Michelle Peart
  • Megan Reddaway
  • Jay Lewis Taylor

94,500 words/366 pages
$6.95

Publication 1 November 2017

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Please note: All proceeds will be donated to the British Refugee Council (Registered Charity No. 1014576).

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