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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Sandra Lindsey

slwprofilepicSandra lives in the mountains of Mid-Wales with her husband. Their garden is full of fruit and veg plants as well as home to a small flock of rare breed chickens, and she is a servant to two cats.

Sandra loves indulging in stories because she gets to spend her time with imaginary friends, and the research and observation required to write fiction open her eyes to a myriad different ways of seeing the world. Find her on Twitter @SLindseyWales – or curled up out of the way reading a good book!

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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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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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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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Chris Quinton

Chris Quinton photoI live in the southwest of England, in a small city with ancient roots. I share my house with my extended family, two large dogs, sundry fancy goldfish and assorted pet mice. And a vast collection of books.

Writing has been an important part of my life for more years than I care to remember, and I daily thank The Powers That Be for the invention of the computer and the world wide web.

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Chris Quinton is not the most prolific of authors but with her books you know quality rules over quantity, she never fails to produce wonderful stories and this is no exception. The story is epic and dark, full of danger, intrigue and mystery. The writing is steady and descriptive, it flowed smoothly drawing me in. … To say I was captivated by the story is an understatement. CARLYLE’S CROSSING reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

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. UNDERCOVER BLUES reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

This is a nicely imagined, fantastically executed work with huge heart and soul. FOX HUNT reviewed by Paranormal Romance Guild

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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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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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SPRING FLOWERING

by Farah Mendlesohn

Everything changes for Ann Gray when her father dies and her closest friend Jane marries and moves away. Ann must give up the independence and purpose she found as mistress of her father’s parsonage in the country, and move to her uncle and aunt’s new-style house in the growing city of Birmingham. The friendship of Ann’s cousins – especially the mathematically inclined Louisa – is some compensation for freedoms curtailed. But soon Ann must consider two very different proposals, either of which will bring yet more change. Should she return to her village home as wife of the new parson Mr. Morden? Or become companion to the rather deliciously unsettling widow Mrs. King…?

58,500 words / 214 pages 
$5.95

Publication 1 November 2017

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