Thursday, 30 May 2019

New Release: Adam Only by Roe Horvat

Author: Roe Horvat
Language: English
Published: 30th May, 2019
Length: 39,000 words (approx).
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-322-8
eBook: 978-1-78645-323-5
ASIN: B07RQ1X464
Category: Fiction
Genre: LGBT, Erotic, Adult, M/M Romance

Available on Kindle Unlimited

On stage, Adam lets his passion drive him. All his secret desires, everything nasty, dirty, and beautiful flows freely through him, for once in harmony. His soul thrives when his body moves, but only on stage. Adam’s passionate nature makes him a great dancer…and a failure at life. He’s a lonely, emotional mess. Going home with a man far out of his reach is the last thing Adam should do. Christoffer represents everything Adam isn’t: strong, independent, educated, and rich. His kind eyes, at odds with his brutish form, make Adam's knees and restraint buckle.

Once Christoffer sees Adam dancing, he’s lost. The young man is mesmerizing, otherworldly, and unpredictable. Whatever might happen between them, it will be transient, and Christoffer will most likely get hurt. The temptation is too great, however, and the sex explosive. He might as well enjoy every moment he’s given, even if it’s just one day, maybe two. If Christoffer treads carefully, Adam might stay until Monday.

Warning: Adam Only is a gay erotic love story. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes between two consenting men. For adult readers only.


Editor's Review:
Adam Only is a prequel to The Other Book, which, given its title (singular 'other book'), I think was meant to be a one-off. But here we are, reading Adam and Christoffer's story.

Thus, these are Those Other Books. Other to what? As Roe explains in his forward to book one, this in part is to distinguish it from his previous work, which is gay fiction with romance and some bedroom scenes but not enough of them to call it 'erotica'. Those Other Books are erotic romances; that's your warning about what you should expect content-wise.

Other is also about othering - how societies alienate certain groups and individuals because of their difference from 'normal'. Specifically in relation to Roe's writing, it's about LGBTQ+ people - those 'perverts' with a 'sickness' who are deemed in need of punishment or treatment to get them back on the straight and narrow. When LGBTQ+ people are accepted and given rights, they're curtailed - 'don't shove it in our faces', 'keep to yourselves'.

Writing about The Others is resistance. It's a refusal to hide in the shadows.

In Roe's own words:
Writing erotic romance has been an enriching and entertaining experience for me; publishing it is an act of resistance. I refuse to condone societal rules and laws which keep people from loving whom they love or prohibit them from experiencing physical pleasure.
Aside from their social/political salience, Those Other Books are beautifully crafted stories about men who love men with a heavy emphasis on the rumpy-pumpy. Alongside that are many tender moments of intimacy - connections beyond the physical - which Roe does so well I too often get caught reading certain sentences over and over again, purely to wonder at their magnificence. Alas, this time around, my favourite line in Adam Only is a bit of a spoiler, so I can't share it.

I began by saying Adam Only is a prequel (and therefore part of a series), but I want to be clear: Adam Only is absolutely stand-alone. Readers of The Other Book have met Adam and Christoffer already and will love learning their back story, but new readers can enjoy it equally...and then go on to read The Other Book.

Adam Only and The Other Book are both available in ebook (Kindle/Kindle Unlimited) and paperback formats.



About the Author:
Queer fiction author Roe Horvat was born in the post-communist wasteland of former Czechoslovakia. Equipped with a dark sense of sarcasm, Roe traveled Europe and finally settled in Sweden. He came out as transgender in 2017 and has been fabulous since. He loves Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, bad action movies, stand-up comedy, pale ale, and daiquiri. When not hiding in the studio doing graphics, he can be found trolling cafes in Gothenburg, writing, and people-watching.


Friday, 3 May 2019

Beaten Track site offline - PDF catalogue available

The Beaten Track Publishing site is currently down (due to technical issues with our service provider).

In the interim, this PDF lists all of our publications, with purchase links.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

New Release: Beat Surrender by Bob Stone

Title: Beat Surrender
Author: Bob Stone
Genre: Young AdultScience FictionFantasy
Published: 23rd March, 2019
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-286-3
eBook: 978-1-78645-287-0
Length: 66,000 words approx.

"Something came from somewhere else and crashed onto Trafalgar Square."

Joey Cale thought he was going home but instead has ended up on another version of Earth just as dangerous as the last.

Aided by his friends, he must discover the cause of one of the greatest disasters Britain has seen. But a threat as old as time is pursuing him and will do anything to stop him.

Who are the sinister Green Jackets? Why are the birds gathering and watching? And what is buried in a wall deep beneath London?

Beat Surrender is the second book in the heart-stopping trilogy which began with Missing Beat.

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Editor's Review:
Beat Surrender. How to review it.

I'll start by clarifying I'm not talking about the song, of which, I must confess, I'm not a fan. But I am a fan of the second instalment of Bob Stone's incredible Young Adult trilogy, which began in 2018 with Missing Beat.

By this point in the trilogy, readers have met Joey, our protagonist - an unlikely hero - and, of course, his fellow adventurers. Most have read book one and therefore know what happens prior to book two - I have it on good authority that Beat Surrender makes sense even without reading Missing Beat. However, I recommend reading these stories in the correct order or else the beginning of book two will seem quite ordinary - just an eighteen-year-old lad standing by the River Mersey and pondering over life.

Then the action kicks off, big-time.

Beat Surrender is dark, a bit scary - as in Weeping Angels scary, which is impressive after the Screamers in book one, because they were super-scary. I think it comes down to how familiar most of the Beat Surrender scenario is, to point that in places it reads as allegory. I should make clear that this IS Young Adult fiction 'for all ages' (quoting the author), and while there are quite a few grim scenes, these are not too graphic on-page. There are also some mild swear words.

As for the ending...well... At the Beat Surrender launch, Estelle Maher (author: Grace and the Ghost, Angel's Rebellion) called Bob Stone the master of the cliffhanger, and I have to agree. He'd also best be the master of very speedily finishing book three before I run out of nails to chew.

Lest I spoil the story, I'll say no more.

Beat Surrender is a Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy novel, released 23rd March, 2019, available in ebook and paperback formats from the usual places.

Also available:
Missing Beat (book one)
Out of Season (a novella)

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Missing Beat Purchase Links:

Beaten Track Shop:

Other Vendors:

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About Bob Stone:
Liverpool born Bob Stone is an author and bookshop owner. He has been writing for as long as he could hold a pen and some would say his handwriting has never improved. He is the author of two self-published children's books, A Bushy Tale and A Bushy Tale: The Brush Off. Missing Beat, the first in a trilogy for Young Adults, was his first full-length novel.

Bob still lives in Liverpool with his wife and cat and sees no reason to change any of that.


Thursday, 14 March 2019

New Release: The Golden One - Deceit by Hans M Hirschi

Title: The Golden One - Deceit
Author: Hans M Hirschi
Language: English
Published: 14th March, 2019
Length: 68,000 words (approx.)
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-313-6
eBook: 978-1-78645-314-3
Category: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The global Ohana is planning for the transition of power, and its head, Dawit Abraham, is anxious to meet the Golden One. Shortly after, Jason begins to experience strange dreams. All the while, he and his four friends are trying to figure out why Mother sent the Golden One to Amberville. Powerful enemies lurk in the shadows, ready to make Jason's existence a living hell.

Don't miss the continuation of the thrilling fantasy trilogy about seventeen-year-old Jason Mendez, aka the Golden One, as he navigates the shoals of deception of the people supposedly closest to him.

The Golden One is an exciting fantasy trilogy dealing with urgent topics affecting humanity today.

Editor's Review:
A short one because I'm super busy, and I have the third and final part of The Golden One a little way down my editing queue, and I want to read it now, now, now! However, I couldn't let the launch day for Deceit pass without saying something about this novel.

Deceit is the second instalment in Hans M Hirschi's Young Adult trilogy 'The Golden One', and it's epic. This series might just win the award for featuring my most-hated character - they're the villain, so it's all good. After all, what is adventure without a decent villain?

At the heart of the story is Jason - a young man on the brink of adulthood who's dealing with a lot - his grandfather's relatively recent death, his family's financial struggles, getting through school, thinking about college, getting over first love...being The Golden One and all it entails. Add to that some other stark and quite horrifying revelations, and it quickly becomes apparent our hero really has his work cut out.

Surrounding Jason is his small band of friends who understand much of what he is dealing with and are there for him when it matters. As I move through the trilogy, I find my allegiances shift quite significantly. At the beginning of Blooming (Book 1), Laurel was my favourite and Hannah got on my nerves. Now, Hannah's nicked the top spot...for the time being, at least. One can never tell what's around the corner.

As this is the second book, it does continue from the first insofar as all the 'who's who' stuff has been done, so whilst you could jump straight into book two and understand what's going on, I'd recommend starting at the beginning. There is a sense in Deceit of being left 'up in the air' as regards the overarching story, which is to be expected with a trilogy, and I can't really say more than the blurb already says without giving away the plot. So I'll just say this is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys Young Adult fantasy adventure at the edge of reality as we know it and appreciates characters who accurately reflect our wonderfully diverse world.

The Golden One - Deceit is book two of The Golden One and is available in paperback and ebook formats from the usual places.

Also available: The Golden One - Blooming (book one).

Coming September 2019: The Golden One - Reckoning (book three).

About the Author:
Photo: John O’Leary
Hans M Hirschi has been writing stories since childhood. As an adult, the demands of corporate life put an end to his fiction for more than twenty years. A global executive in training, he has traveled the world and published several non-fiction titles as well as four well-received novels. The birth of his son provided him with the opportunity to rekindle his love of creative writing, where he expresses his deep passion for a better world through love and tolerance. Hans lives with his husband and son on a small island off the west coast of Sweden.


Saturday, 9 February 2019

Valentine's Day 2019 - Free stories, poetry and prose

We want to celebrate our readers this Valentine's Day. Thank you so much for supporting our work. We appreciate you.

We hope you enjoy this collection of short stories, poetry and prose - the links below will take you to contributors' blog posts (where available - will be updated throughout the day).

After the 80s Party - Bob Stone
Dancing Queen - Elizabeth Corlett
Does your mother know - A. Zukowski
Dolce - A.M. Leibowitz
Hustle and Hart - Alexis Woods
I’ve Been Waiting for You - Dawn Sister
Lay All Your Love on Me - F.E. Feeley Jr.
Nina, Pretty Ballerina - Debbie McGowan
So Long - Ashley Corlett
The Bucket List - Caraway Carter
The Song of King Kong - Al Stewart
The Visitors - Neptune Flowers

Also available as a free ebook from Smashwords.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

New Release: The Mice and The Owls by Julie Pryke

Title: The Mice and The Owls
Language: English
Published: 8th November, 2018
Length: 18 pages (12 illustrations)
Illustrator: Humilta Abigail Holmes
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-209-2
eBook: 978-1-78645-210-8
Genre: Children's Fiction

The Mice and The Owls is a delightful read-aloud picture book poem about the friendship between five little woodland animals which will make you

Editor's Review:
You know when an author sends a manuscript entitled 'The Mice and The Owls', and you think...well, this won't end well for the mice...

Obviously, it was all going to be fine. It's a children's book, and while it does turn out OK for owls and mice alike, it was a bit tense at times.

This is a lovely short read, no messages or themes, just quirky verse and cute illustrations. I imagine it would be a lot of fun to read this with a group of littlies - lots of interaction and opportunities for discussion about nature.

The Mice and The Owls is released today - 8th November, 2018 - and is available in paperback and ebook formats from all the usual places.

Purchase Links:
Beaten Track Shop: Ebook EditionPaperback Edition

Other Vendors:
Amazon [Kindle]SmashwordsBarnes and NobleKoboiBooks

About the Author:

Julie Pryke is a mum and grandmum. She has been a playgroup and play-scheme leader, worked with youth and community groups; she was also a college lecturer. She is a 'born storyteller' and a member of Bradford Writers Circle.

She loves reading and encouraging young readers to 'get started'.


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

New Release: Cold as the Clay by Stephen Osborne

Title: Cold as the Clay
Language: English
Published: 23rd October, 2018
Length: 61,150 words (approx.)
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-284-9
eBook: 978-1-78645-285-6
Category: Fiction
Genre: LGBT, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural
Series: The Duncan Andrews Thrillers (Goodreads series link)

Private detective Duncan Andrews is used to dealing with things strange and bizarre. Luckily, he's got friends to back him up, including Gina, a witch, Robbie, his boyfriend, and Daisy, their zombie bulldog. A new case brings Duncan face-to-face with a demon named Asmodeus. If that wasn't enough, one of the original Gorgons wants revenge against Duncan for killing her sister. Duncan and his team must pull out all the stops if they're going to get through this alive.

Editor's Review:
So, if you've read any of my editor's reviews before, you'll know that horror is not my thing. Supernatural/paranormal...yes, I can go with some of that, as long as it's not too scary. I'm a complete wuss when it comes to scary stuff.

Also, I've not read the first five books in Stephen Osborne's Duncan Andrews Thrillers series.

But you know what? None of that matters, because Stephen's storytelling is pure brilliance. There are plenty of subtly placed background details in Cold as the Clay to give new readers the context of this instalment, and it stands entirely on its own.

That said, now I've read Cold as the Clay, I recommend you do as I will be doing and read the first five books (published by Dreamspinner). Of course, reading them in the wrong order might spoil some elements of the over-arching plot lines, but it won't ruin your enjoyment.

Cold as the Clay isn't really horror (it's a thriller, Deb, the clue's in the series title...). True, there are events in this novel that would make for some corking (gruesome) scenes in a movie, and there are a fair few of (what I these days know are called) 'jump scares', which is so clever - no scary music or lighting tricks, just building up the suspense with words and characters' observations.

And the characters... Obviously, by book six, the author knows the characters intimately, resulting in natural interactions, believable dialogue and touching little nuances. Duncan can be quite serious, but is adept at well-timed sarcasm (which I love). Robbie, I get the feeling, can be quite a handful. Gina is all of the awesome. I need Gina in my life. But my favourite character of all is Daisy - Duncan's zombie bulldog. She's loving and fierce and typical of her kind, undead or otherwise. Her dinnertimes are, um, grim, but even a zombie dog's gotta eat, right?

So that's the dream team - our supernatural crime-busting quartet. Then there are the baddies: a demon (Asmodeus, mind you), a Gorgon and her sidekick Anton. He reminds me of the time I had a sliver of apple skin stuck between my teeth for an entire day. He's a bit more pernicious than that, but you get the idea: he's a nuisance.

As always, it's impossible to do justice to a story in a review that is necessarily sketchy so as not to spoil anything, but take a look at that blurb and tell me this isn't a perfect read for the season.

Cold as the Clay is book six in The Duncan Andrews Thrillers series (and there may well be a seventh instalment on the way, squeeee). Available from Beaten Track and all the usual places.

Purchase Links:
Beaten Track Shop:: Ebook EditionPaperback Edition

Other Vendors:
Amazon [Kindle]Smashwords • Barnes and NobleKoboiBooks

About the Author:
Stephen Osborne lives in northern Illinois with a border terrier mix named Miss Christine Daae. He enjoys Broadway musicals, board games, and British television, especially Doctor Who. He recently wrote a Doctor Who audio adventure for subscribers to Big Finish Productions Doctor Who range called The Smallest Battle.

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