Sunday, 17 May 2015

BIKE BOOK REVIEWS!!: UNBROKEN REVIEW!!

BIKE BOOK REVIEWS!!: UNBROKEN REVIEW!!

HELLO FRIENDS, YOU MAY REMEMBER THE BEATEN TRACK PUBLICATIONS POST I DID YESTERDAY, WELL I TOLD YOU I WOULD BE REVIEWING SOME OF THE FEATURED BOOKS, AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM! UNBROKEN BY LARRY BENJAMIN ISN'T JUST A BOOK, IT IS A STATEMENT, AN EPIC STORY OF A REMARKABLE MAN AND HIS JOURNEY (GEEZ I AM WRITING THE REVIEW IN THE INTRO, THAT'S HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS) JOIN ME FOR MY REVIEW, BUY LINKS AND A SHORT EXCERPT:




BIKE BOOK REVIEWS!!: BEATEN TRACK SPOTLIGHT:





HELLO FRIENDS, BOY DO I HAVE A FUN (AND HUGE) POST FOR YOU TODAY! I AM SPOTLIGHTING BEATEN TRACK PUBLISHING COMPANY, I HAVE DONE A TON OF REVIEWS FOR THEM AND I LOVE THEIR AUTHORS AND BOOKS, I HAVE A POST BY DEBBIE McGOWAN ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE AUTHORS (BOY IS IT A HOOT TOO!), INFO ON UPCOMING BOOKS, AND INFO ON THEIR LGTBQ AUTHORS! I WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE LINK TO THE REVIEWS I HAVE DONE UNDER THE BOOK IT PERTAINS TOO! THAT IS A LOT TO COVER, SO LET'S GET STARTED...



Saturday, 21 February 2015

New Releases of the paranormal variety - An Unquiet Past, Ruminations and Silent Woods

An Unquiet Past (Terry Kerr)

Released: 30th January, 2015

Four hundred years ago, in the Cotswold village of Willow, a young woman was hanged for a series of terrible child murders. Now, in the present day, she reaches out from beyond death to a writer with a terrible secret in order to prove her innocence, and finally reveal the identity of the true murderer - with terrifying consequences.

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This is a full-length novel, and it's brilliant.

It's the story of an author with an unquiet past of his own, who rents a house in the Cotswolds in order to get on with his work. From there, strange, frightening and often violent happenings occur.

Steven Vaughn is an intriguing main character, with facets to his personality and behaviour that won't sit well with some (possibly even most) readers. The narrative is first-person and it's 'stream of consciousness', so we are given insights into how he feels about his appalling treatment of his ex-wife, but this is not done to titillate, or glorify domestic abuse. Rather, it is the context to what happens to him in this story.

Without giving anything else away, there are past crimes to be solved, and an innocent person to absolve. The conclusion is not 'happy ending' but all of the loose ends are tied in a more than satisfactory fashion.

This is an outstanding piece of writing. Terry Kerr's style is fluent and colourful with a beautiful rhythm. The story itself is full of suspense.

A great read - recommended for anyone who enjoys horror / supernatural thrillers, or even those of us who just love great writing.


Available as both a paperback and ebook edition: beatentrackpublishing.com/anunquietpast


Ruminations (Debbie McGowan)

Released: 14th February, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Josh Sandison has waited his whole life to go to university. Gifted—and bullied for being different—he hopes it will be a change for the better. Instead he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room. 

When Sean Tierney arrives at university, three days late and broke, the two strike up an unlikely friendship.

But can they solve the spooky mystery of the third floor?

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(taken from Raine O'Tierney's review)
This was my very first jaunt into the great wide world of the Hiding Behind the Couch Series, though not my first Debbie McGowan book. (Obviously!) I'm a huge (and unabashed) fan of Debbie's and have decided she is my author of the year. (Y'know, when you latch onto a new author and read everything they've written!)

In the past, McGowan has had the power to paint settings so beautiful that I'm lulled into a false sense of "all is right"-ness which gives the author the ability to then rip the still beating heart from my chest! (More often than not, she gives it back, though.)

This said, "Ruminations" trends on the lighter side, following two *very different* young college students--Josh and Sean--one straight, one ambiguous, and their unlikely friendship. I lost myself so completely in their friendship and in the ways they changed each other... Plus there's a ghost story with a big reveal that despite CONSTANT GUESSING on my part, I did not see the big reveal coming. ;)

I REALLY wanted to know more about Josh's friend George who is attending a different University... (There's some later books that I'm going to have to read now that deal with them!
)

Available as both a paperback and ebook edition: beatentrackpublishing.com/ruminations


Silent Woods (Ofelia Gränd)

Released: 21st February, 2015

When Daniel's husband Anders takes the family camping in the woods, Daniel can't shake the feeling that something isn't right.

He almost dismisses his fears as nothing more than his dislike of the great outdoors, but when the couple's five-year-old son Axel goes missing, his worst fears are confirmed.

A search party reveals something more sinister than either man could ever have dreamed of encountering in the woods. Can they find Axel and save him before it's too late?


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This is such an intriguing story. I'm not a fan of paranormal / thriller type stuff usually, but one of the things I found fascinating about Silent Woods was the way it lured me in, much like the location of the story and the supernatural forces at play there.

Daniel's husband Anders is the outdoorsy type and maybe a little bit mocking of Daniel's loathing of camping and outdoor adventures, but, as is usually the way with family life, the minority relents for the good of the many, and so the family head out for a couple of days camping in the woods.

The woods are quiet - not just in an out-of-town, at-one-with-nature kind of way - but unnaturally so. But before it all goes to hell, Daniel and Anders manage a bit of smoochy (in the usual way parents do when their kids are sleeping nearby - after all, this is primarily paranormal fiction) and even then Daniel is sensitive to the strangeness of the woods.

From there? Well son Axel goes missing and it all gets very spooky.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... is very much something that will play on my mind after reading this.

A great short read for one of those nights when the wind howls and a distant owl hoots. You just need to start worrying when it stops.





Available as both a paperback and ebook edition: beatentrackpublishing.com/silentwoods

Friday, 12 December 2014

Old and New Experiences Help Youths Coming Out - a Boughs of Evergreen added extra brought to you by Amelia Mann




*Disclaimer: this article is a bonus feature to accompany "Always Have, Always Will", by Amelia Mann. The issues discussed within it reflect real issues experienced by LGBTQ people; the information about The Trevor Project is factual. However, the characters, the magazine and the journalist are fictional and exist only in the article, the story and the author's imagination.

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Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity.

Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Eid, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Available in paperback and ebook editions.

Stories are also available individually (ebooks). 

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

For more information, visit: www.thetrevorproject.org.

Visit Our Trevor Project Fundraising Page: stayclassy.org/beatentrackpublishing.


Friday, 21 November 2014

Hans Hirschi - Boughs of Evergreen, his story and The Trevor Project

Hans Hirschi, author of "A Christmas Tale" (Boughs of Evergreen, Volume Two) tells you why he wrote his story and why he supports The Trevor Project. He's also giving away books!

It doesn't get much better than that!

Read Hans' blog post here: http://blog.hirschi.se/2014/11/releaseday-boughs-of-evergreen-holiday.html

“A Christmas Tale” - Hans M Hirschi

Imagine meeting Santa Claus for real and being granted a wish on Christmas Eve... This sweet little story will take you back to a time, not all that long ago, when life for gays was quite different from how it is today—a time when it seemed easier to believe in Santa Claus than believing it would ever be possible to build a family of one's own.

Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology
November 21st, 2014


Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories
celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity.


** Buy a Copy (Paperback / eBook) **


Don't want to buy the whole anthology?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Boughs of Evergreen: a holiday anthology with a difference

Boughs of Evergreen A Holiday Anthology

November 21st, 2014

Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity.

** Preorder a Copy (Paperback / eBook) **

Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life. 

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Eid, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Available in paperback and ebook editions.

To preorder your copy, visit www.beatentrackpublishing.com/BoughsofEvergreen.
Each story is also being published individually as an ebook (December 1st, 2014).

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

For more information, visit: www.thetrevorproject.org. 

Visit Our Trevor Project Fundraising Page: stayclassy.org/beatentrackpublishing.

Coming Up...

  • Blog posts from our authors
  • Character Interviews
  • Added extras
  • AND A BONUS RECIPE BOOK... more on this soon! 
Over the coming weeks, we'll be posting links to reviews, bonus content, giveaways, blog posts from our authors, interviews with their characters and all kinds of things. So you should probably...

1. Buy our amazing anthology!!
2. Pop back regularly so you don't miss out on all this holiday fun!!!
3. Donate to The Trevor Project (or your local LGBTQ support network, if you prefer) 

 Exclamation mark epidemic in progress...I blame Raine O'Tierney. The ellipses...they're Jonathan's. As for the emdash—what? Read the stories and you'll see. ;)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Rainbow Book Awards 2014 finalists: Unbroken and It's Like This

We are delighted to announce that two titles published by Beaten Track Publishing are finalists in the Rainbow Book Award, 2014.

Unbroken, by Larry Benjamin, and It's Like This, by Anne O'Gleadra were two of more than 500 books submitted for consideration for the annual award, celebrating LGBTQ literature.

You can view the full list of finalists here: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4452585.html

Unbroken (Gay Contemporary Romance)

Winner of a Gold IPPY and a Lammy finalist, Larry Benjamin's extraordinary third book, Unbroken is already well-decorated (we're running out of cover space).

Published in September, 2013, Unbroken tells the story of Lincoln de Chabert and how his crush of fellow schoolboy Jose Calderon follows him to college, where Lincoln and Jose become room mates.

 My parents, unable to change me, had instead, silenced me. When they'd stilled my hands, they'd taken my words, made me lower my voice to a whisper. Later, I remained silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Antiman. Faggot.

Lincoln de Chabert's life is pretty unremarkable until he comes home from kindergarten and announces he will marry his best friend, Orlando, when he grows up.


His parents spring into immediate action, determined to fix him, igniting an epic battle of wills as Lincoln is determined to remain himself, and marry whom he chooses, at all costs.


Unbroken  is available as both a paperback and ebook (various formats) from all major online retailers:

 

It's Like This (Gay Erotic Romance)

Published in July, 2014, It's Like This tells the story of a young couple, as they learn to communicate in the shadow of a life-changing illness.

Niles and Rylan have been together a long time. They have great sex, they are deeply intimate, and Rylan never holds back on displaying his affection. As far as their family and friends are concerned, they're an established couple, and yet, after three years of being "together", Niles is still unsure if they're actually in a relationship.

As their sexual intensity reaches a dangerous tipping point, Niles must find the courage to articulate how he feels in order to try and keep the only thing he has ever wanted. Emotional and compelling, It's Like This is a must-read for true romantics.


It's Like This is available as both a paperback from all major online retailers, and a Kindle ebook:


Congratulations to both Larry and Anne - it's truly an honour working with you both!