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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Julie Bozza

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I was born in England, and lived most of my life in Australia, before returning to the UK some years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologise for it.

I have been writing fiction for over thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of myself and my friends, but writing is my love and my vocation, so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are. In the meantime, technical writing helps to pay the mortgage, while I also have fun with web design, reading, watching movies and television, knitting, and imbibing espresso.

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A magnificent and emotional reflection on the complexities of a relationship among three men. A THREEFOLD CORD reviewed by The Romance Reviews

I love the way Dave & Nicholas’s personalities are slowly revealed. Organic dialogue and natural reactions show Nicholas’s humor with an underlying layer of seriousness, and Dave’s confidence and sweetness convey a change he’s just entering in his life. BUTTERFLY HUNTER reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

… if you want a very good psychological thriller, of the old fashioned type, I can fully recommend this one. THE DEFINITIVE ALBERT J. STERNE reviewed by Elisa Rolle

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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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Jay Lewis Taylor

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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.

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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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BREAK OF ANOTHER DAY

Break of Another Dayby Jay Lewis Taylor

The Great War is over. Jack Townsend, no longer a hospital orderly, is back at work in his photographer’s shop in Lewisham. But there is no peace yet; his blackmailer is still in business, and Celia Vavasour seems determined to manage his life. All his life; even his love-life …

Meanwhile in Sussex, David Lewry, former army officer, is still holding off from a closer relationship with Alan Kershaw, once in the Navy and now the village’s GP. Lew knows how much Alan wants him, but this last step is one he cannot take – not yet, unless something changes …

16,200 words/66 pages
$1.99

Publication 1 February 2017

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Dorian Dawes

dorian-dawesDorian Dawes is a self-described social justice witch and full-time gender disaster. They also like to write things. Their work attempts to bring a diverse queer perspective into the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. When not writing they can be found watching horror movies, playing too many videogames, or hiding from the existential horror of it all beneath a black, fuzzy blanket.

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This was a real sit the edge of the seat, keep your eye on the shadows and trust absolutely no one book. After a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it to anyone who has a love for creeping horror, ritualistic murder and things with more tentacles than they’ve any business to have – oh and a damn sexy, green gorgon with scales. HARBINGER ISLAND reviewed by Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

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HARBINGER ISLAND

harbinger-island-200by Dorian Dawes

Every community has a dark side, a sordid past that’s kept to hushed whispers and out of the ears of prying tourists – and Harbinger Island has the darkest shades of them all. Professor Bartleby Prouse is obsessed with the secrets and occult conspiracies surrounding the island’s myriad of unsolved murders and mysteries. He’ll have to use every bit of magic and cunning at his disposal if he is to protect his students after they unwittingly draw the attention of one of the island’s most insidious cults.

A collection of character-driven stories which combine dark fantasy and horror elements within a modern setting. The diverse cast of LGBT+ individuals come from various backgrounds, and the stories examine the prejudices they experience in their day-to-day lives along with the supernatural horrors they face.

84,500 words/322 pages
$6.95

Publication 1 February 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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Adam Fitzroy

Adam FitzroyImaginist and purveyor of tall tales Adam Fitzroy is a UK resident who has been successfully spinning male-male romances either part-time or full-time since the 1980s, and has a particular interest in examining the conflicting demands of love and duty.

Reviews

If you love mysteries – especially the classic whodunnit – and if you don’t mind the undertones in terms of physical affection, you can’t go wrong with this book. IN DEEP reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

It reads with all the credibility of opening a time capsule. MAKE DO AND MEND reviewed by Gerry B’s Book Reviews

This book is a perfect example of character-driven plot in my opinion. Jon and Callum are two of the most interesting, multi-layered characters I have “met” in gay romances so far. STAGE WHISPERS reviewed by Reviews by Jessewave

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