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

Amazon US buy link

Amazon UK buy link

Smashwords buy link

Barnes & Noble buy link

Kobo buy link
Continue reading

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

Amazon US buy link

Amazon UK buy link

Smashwords buy link

Barnes & Noble buy link

Kobo buy link
Continue reading

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

Amazon US buy link

Amazon UK buy link

Smashwords buy link

Barnes & Noble buy link

Kobo buy link
Continue reading

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

Amazon US buy link

Amazon UK buy link

Smashwords buy link

Barnes & Noble buy link

Kobo buy link
Continue reading

CALON LAN

by Elin Gregory

As war rages in France, battles are also being fought on the Home Front.

Bethan Harrhy, farmer’s wife, does her best to keep her family happy as prices rise and the weather worsens. Nye, her husband, is angry and worried. Alwyn, her brother, is injured and shaken by his experiences in the trenches. Her baby is teething and there’s another on the way. Surely having her brother’s best friend to stay, another face, another voice, another pair of hands, can only be a good thing? But when Joe arrives, Bethan is forced to confront ideas she had never even guessed at and makes a terrible mistake.

With conflict at home and abroad, can there be a happy ending for any of them?

21,000 words / 78 pages 
$2.99

Publication 1 November 2017

Amazon US buy link

Amazon UK buy link 

Smashwords buy link

Barnes & Noble buy link

Kobo buy link
Continue reading

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Extracts for an Anniversary 1967-2017

It is 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales – a partial victory, but also a deeply significant one. This free anthology of extracts from Manifold Press titles illustrates in a modest way the changes experienced by gay men over the centuries in Britain, and how these may have affected individuals.

30800 words/ TBC pages 
Free to a good home!

Publication 27 July 2017

Smashwords link here

Barnes & Noble link here

Kobo link here

Continue reading

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

Amazon UK buy link

Amazon US buy link

Smashwords buy link

Also available as a pre-order via Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Continue reading

IN THE PRIVACY OF THEIR HOME

200 privacyby R.A. Padmos

Dylan’s life is regulated and precise, and as a gay man in the England of the 1960s it’s also necessarily secretive; the law regarding homosexuality may have changed, but unfortunately society’s attitudes are slow to catch up. Meeting Max – younger and less inhibited – is a shock to Dylan’s system; suddenly his world, which has been black and white, explodes into vivid colour. But loving Max is not without difficulty; Max is an artist, talented and ambitious, and there’s no way someone as ordinary as Dylan can hold on to him for long … or is there?

40,000 words/150 pages
$4.95

Publication 1 November 2015

Amazon US buy link here

Amazon UK buy link here

Smashwords buy link here

Continue reading

FOOL’S RUSH

FOOLS-RUSHThe third and final part of the Fool’s Odyssey trilogy

by Chris Quinton

Father Esteve hires Xavi to trace the true owners of the gold found in the crypt of San Pedro-by-the-Wall, but it’s an old and tangled web. Someone has an undisclosed agenda, and a rising tide of anti-vampire reaction sweeps through Barcelona. It’s focused on Xavi and Andreas, which causes additional problems with the vampires of Renaissance. Then Xavi meets a handsome young man who isn’t all he seems, and that’s when things begin to get even more complicated…

43,000 words/166 pages
$4.95

Publication 1 February 2012

Amazon UK buy link here

Amazon US buy link here

Smashwords buy link here

Continue reading

FOOL’S ERRAND

FOOLS-ERRAND-FO3Book One of the Fool’s Odyssey trilogy

by Chris Quinton

When Xavi becomes an accidental witness to the murder of a wealthy woman he knows exactly what to do – get the hell out of there, fast! Xavi lives on the edge of the law; he and the police don’t exactly mix. Unfortunately the cop who is sent after him turns out to have some rather unusual abilities, so it isn’t long before their paths cross – which is roughly when Xavi begins to realise that getting caught may be the very least of his troubles.

40,000 words/142 pages
$4.95

Publication 1 November 2010

Amazon UK buy link here

Amazon US buy link here

Smashwords buy link here

Continue reading