Friday, 19 July 2019

Recent Release: A Rising Evil by Graham West + never seen before epilogue!

Title: Mosswood
Author: Graham West
Language: English
Published: 219th July, 2019
Length: Length: 110,000 words (approx.)
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-78645-257-3
eBook: 978-1-78645-258-0
Category: Fiction
Genre: Paranormal

On the edge of Tabwell lies a forest where the dark secrets of the past wait to be uncovered...

It all began when Jenny Adams first dreamed of a young girl imprisoned in a dark attic. Now, over six years later, she's back where the nightmares started.

Mosswood has been transformed into a successful adventure park, and it is there Jenny meets troubled, flame-haired teen Bailey Rosales, and Cody Nelson, a seven-year-old who has some very special friends. Dead friends.

Why is Dennis Blakely, the park manager, tormented by visions of his own horrific demise, and why is an ex-councillor warning them to stay out of the forest at all costs?

Once again, Jenny finds herself calling on the spirit of Amelia Root in the search for answers, but it is a search that leads the whole family into a terrifying confrontation with Tabwell's past and the secrets that lurk beyond the dark waters of Mosswood's lake.


Publisher's Review:
I'm keeping this brief because the Mosswood launch party starts in exactly 45 minutes, and I don't want to be late. Equally, I didn't want to post this too much before the launch.

Of course, if I were better organised, I'd have written this earlier today...

Mosswood is book three of Graham West's Beyond the Dark Waters trilogy, and what a satisfying conclusion it is. As with Finding Amelia and A Rising Evil, we're following the paranormal twists and turns in the lives of Rob Adams and his daughter Jenny, now grown-up with a child of her own. It all began with a hit and run that killed Rob's wife and youngest daughter - Jenny's mother and sister, and it's a must to read these three books in order to fully understand the connections between the different characters, particularly in terms of family and who is related to whom.

I especially enjoyed seeing certain characters get their just desserts, and I still belief this is a brilliant exploration of the evil men do to women. Whether that's intentional on Graham's part or not, this is not only brilliant trilogy, it's also a saga with plenty of  (optional) food for thought.

I'll leave you with a little bonus content - never seen before, not in the published versions, but here is the epilogue that greeted me as I neared the end of Mosswood:


Jenny glanced across at her father, who was staring at the TV screen. “It’s been quite a journey, hasn’t it?” she mused.

Robert Adams nodded. “Yeah, but thanks to you, it all turned out okay.”

“Thank to me?”

“Yeah, you’ve held everything together.”

Jenny laughed. “Hey, you did okay. You’re a good person, no matter what some people say about you!”

Rob frowned. “People? What people? What have they said?”

“Well, Debbie McGowan thinks you’re sexist!”

“Debbie McGowan? Who’s Debbie McGowan?”

“She’s the one who’s been trying to keep you on track for the past few years.”

Jenny saw that look in her father’s eyes. He wasn’t going to let this lie.

“And who else has been slagging me off?”

“Well, Andrea Harding thinks you’re a prick, and she thinks you were a bit too quick taking up with Josie.”

“Oh, does she now!” Rob thundered. “Well, you can tell her from me—it’s none of her business!”

“Hey, don’t be getting stressed…”

“And this Debbie person—I bet she lives on her own in a bedsit with fifty cats…”

Jenny grinned. “No, actually, she’s a social scientist and she’s married to Nigel.”

Rob spun around. “What? Farage? Well, he should bloody well stop buggering off to Brussels and get his own house in order. I mean, this country wouldn’t be in such a mess if they hadn’t given women the vote!” Rob huffed loudly, turning up the volume on the TV. “I can’t believe it. Me? Sexist? Bloody cheek!”

Jenny smiled. “Dad?”

“Yes, sweetheart?”

“Do you think Debbie will have guessed we’re trying to wind her up?”

Rob smiled—a smile that really did reach his eyes. “I imagine she will have, yes.”

“Aren’t you scared?”

“We’re fictional characters, babe. What can she do?”

Jenny laughed. “Yeah, but that Graham West isn’t!”

Rob rolled his eyes. “Yeah, poor bloke. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes!”

[Yeah, he'd better watch his step, Rob. That's all I'm saying. ;)]



About the Author:
Graham West studied art at Hugh Baird college in Bootle, Merseyside, before joining the display team at Blacklers Store in Liverpool city centre where he spent seven years in the art department before moving on in 1981 to become a sign writer. He lives in Maghull with his wife, Ann, and has a daughter, Lindsay, and two grandchildren, Sonny and Kasper. Graham also plays guitar at weddings, functions and restaurants. He took up writing in 2000 and has had a couple of factual articles published in magazines. Mosswood is his third novel.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Outlaw's Legacy: Box Set now available on Kindle Unlimited

Today (11th July 2019) marks the release of Outlaw's Legacy - N.B. Dixon's LGBTQ+ retelling of the legend of Robin Hood - as an ebook box set.

Box Set includes:
Heir of Locksley (book one)
Knight of Sherwood (book two)
Earl of Huntingdon (book three)

Available on Kindle only and therefore on Kindle Unlimited:

Lythe and listin, gentlemen,
That be of frebore blode;
I shall you tell of a gode yeman,
His name was Robyn Hode.

- A Gest of Robyn Hode (An early printed Robin Hood ballad)


This saga chronicles the life of England's most famous outlaw, from his disturbed childhood to his fame as an adult.

What do you do when to love a man is considered a mortal sin? How do you protect your people when you have nothing? Who do you owe most loyalty to, your family or yourself? These are just some of the problems Robin Hood must face. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride packed full of family feuds, betrayals, romance and one man's fight for his beliefs.

Heir of Locksley

Robin of Locksley is a rebel, more comfortable roaming Sherwood Forest with his longbow and courting the village girls than learning how to run a manor.

An innocent flirtation with a peasant girl soon lands Robin in trouble, and worse, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to Will Scathelock, his best friend since childhood. Robin must decide whether to follow the rules of society or his own conscience.

Meanwhile, his neighbour, Guy of Gisborne, is anxious to get his hands on the Locksley estate and he will do anything to make it happen - even murder.

Knight of Sherwood

Robin returns to England after four years fighting in the Holy Land. On arriving at Locksley, he discovers that Guy of Gisborne, his most hated enemy, has been made Sheriff of Nottingham. Forced to flee into Sherwood, Robin sets himself up as champion of the poor.

But Robin has a secret. His feelings for his friend Will Scathelock have deepened, but to acknowledge the truth would mean facing up to his past. Meanwhile, Lady Marian Fitzwalter, heiress to the vast Huntingdon estate, is determined to claim Robin for her own.

Earl of Huntingdon

He was once Robin Hood, bold outlaw of Sherwood; now he is Robin of Huntingdon, one of the most powerful earls in England.

Sir Roger of Doncaster, an enemy from Robin's crusading days, is back in England and determined to take Huntingdon for his own. Caught in a desperate struggle for survival, Robin's only solace is Will Scathelock, the man he has loved and resisted for years. Surrendering would be easy, but the stakes have never been higher. Roger has the might of King John behind him, and he will not rest until Robin is dead. Win or lose, Robin's life will never be the same.

About N.B. Dixon:

I've made up stories since I was a child. I loved to take characters from my favourite books or television programs and make up stories about them or continue existing stories. In fact, if I had ever published them, I'd be in flagrant breach of copyright.

My parents gave me books as soon as I was able to hold one and so my love of literature was born.

I've always had a taste for the dramatic, so Historical Fiction was perfect. It also means I get to indulge my love of Folklore and Medieval History.

My love affair with the Robin Hood legend began one day in a hidden corner of the school library and has extended into my adult life. I only hope I can convince my readers to love him as much as I do.

Away from all things literary, I am an enthusiastic theatre goer. I also play the piano for pleasure and I like to sing when I'm sure no one can hear me. I'm fond of cooking and long walks and even now I'm still a self-confessed bookworm.

Friday, 21 June 2019

New Release: Love on the Dancefloor by Liam Livings

Author: Liam Livings
Language: English
Published: 21st June, 2019
ISBN: Paperback:978-1-78645-342-6
eBook: 978-1-78645-343-3
Length: 89,700 words (approx.)
Genre: LGBT, Romance and Relationships, New Adult, Pure Romance - M/M

Why does he want to ruin a perfectly good friendship by becoming boyfriends? Why would someone from Paul’s background have any interest in ordinary boy-next-door Tom?

Tom is quiet and awkward, especially after his ex told him he was nothing. Besides, Tom’s too nerdy, too organised, too shy to ask anyone out ever again.

Except maybe Paul.

When Paul talks to him, Tom feels fabulous, he feels brave. When Paul looks after him, Tom thinks maybe he’s not nothing. He wants to go wherever Paul, with his rich parents and monthly allowance, leads—to places Tom’s working-class background hasn’t allowed him before.

But there’s one problem. Paul’s love of the party drug ecstasy starts with him taking it sometimes, moves onto often, then to usually, until soon it’s always. Tom’s unsure if Paul’s a bad influence on him, or he’s a bad influence on Paul.

With a nerd, friends to lovers, clash of backgrounds, partying, dancing and lots of recreational drug use, Love On The Dancefloor is a stand-alone gay romance that asks: can you really make yourself stop loving someone?

Editor's Review:
I'm a bit too old to have been part of 1990s rave culture (I've probably given myself away by calling it that), but I certainly remember the hype in the British media about people dying from a terrible new drug called ecstasy. I was studying Beat culture at uni at the time, and the Beat writers' use of psychedelic drugs to heighten consciousness and think in new, subversive ways. And I remember thinking...really, that's what the 'mad for it' lot are up to - escaping the materialism left behind by the 1980s for a few hours of living for music, dancing and the heightened emotional connection with their fellow passengers on the journey through the unstill night.

Liam Livings has captured the era beautifully, through vignettes of early mornings after the afterparty, a convoy around the M25 in pursuit of a black Ford Sierra, market-stall-style drug sales, giant parties on Ibiza, the ups and the downs, the good, bad and ugly, and how, in all of this, the social divisions of the world beyond cease to have meaning.

But all of that is backdrop for a romance between two young, talented men who grow, together and apart, and tread a tough path in pursuit of their happy ending. The supporting cast is complex but fun - Tom's mum is fantastic (and hilarious, and sweary, simple as) as is Slinky Simon (my favourite part of the entire story relates to him - just for how brilliantly it's written, but I can't share, darn spoilers). There is also a line that will slay you. (Incidentally, it's really hard to edit when you're crying buckets.)

Whether you were there at the time and want to reminisce, or you're curious what it was like, or you just enjoy a mighty fine love story, Love on the Dancefloor is one you don't want to miss.

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About the Author:
Liam Livings lives where East London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He has a sweet tooth for food and entertainment: loving to escape from real life with a romantic book; enjoying a good cry at a sad, funny and camp film; and listening to musical cheesy pop from the eighties to now. He tirelessly watches an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing 'research'.

Published since 2013 by a number of British and American presses, his gay romance and gay fiction focuses on friendships, British humour and romance with plenty of sparkle. He's a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. With a Master's in creative writing from Kingston University, he teaches writing workshops with his partner in sarcasm and humour, Virginia Heath as and has also ghostwritten a client's five-star reviewed autobiography.


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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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.