Sunday, May 17, 2015

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:

DEB'S POST:


So... I'm going to keep this informal, because that's the kind of person I am, really. Whether I'm writing, editing or publishing, I just do what I do!

I'm Debbie McGowan, and if you're a regular reader of Bike Book Reviews, then you might recall seeing my name before. I'm the author of the Hiding Behind The Couch series (including Crying in the Rain) and the Checking Him Out series. Most recently, I co-authored Leaving Flowers with the wonderful Raine O'Tierney.

As well as being an author, I run Beaten Track Publishing, a fairly small, UK-based, indie publisher. What do we publish? Well, it's hard to define, because we'll publish anything that we think is of merit, which includes novels (romance and relationships, crime/thrillers, children's and young adults' stories), anthologies and memoirs.

We publish a lot of diverse fiction, by diverse authors, and today I'm going to focus on the LGBTQ books and authors. Beaten Track authors are prolific, and some publish books elsewhere too, so check out their author pages for links to their websites and blogs.

Before I get to the EPIC list of books these awesome authors have written (and there are LOADS!), I’m going to dish the dirt. Don’t get too excited – I’m their editor/publisher, so it’s all about the words, words, words.

First there are those who are punctuation illiterate… yes, Al and Claire, I am looking at you. I think Al’s got a bag of commas and dashes next to his keyboard and he just sprinkles it over the manuscript before he sends it in.

Then there are the punctuation precious… Larry Benjamin, anyone?

I’m taking out this comma, Larry.”
What!?!?!?!? No!!!!” <- No exaggeration; this is his response.

Oxford Comma Alert! Oxford Comma Alert!

And then there is Laura…Susan…Johnson…ellipsing…her…way…through…the…pages…

Ofelia Gränd is…actually pretty good with punctuation, but she’s bossy. Super bossy. And very organised. It’s marvellous!
Then, Jonathan Penn, king of the parenthetical element. One day I’m going to grab him by the dangling modifiers, and— he’s a great proofreader, beta-reader, editor, but honestly, JP, just fix the thing. No explanation needed. See Spot sllliiiide across the floor…

Hans M Hirschi. Your Majesty. Long live…well none of his secondary characters. He is a literary serial killer. Seriously, reading a Hirschi story is like when you spot the red-shirt guy in Star Trek.

Raine O’Tierney!!!! <- these are compulsory. My goodness, can this woman write, like really fast and it’s all AMAZING, and she’s pushy, pushy…

No pressure, Debs. Write the next bit when you’re ready…is it done yet? How about now?”

Lucky we both write like the words will run out if we don’t.


I could keep going, but it would be the longest blog post in the world, so I’ll just say I am SO lucky to work with these awesome people, and it is truly a privilege to be trusted with guardianship of their words and their worlds.

I LOOOOVE THIS POST SO MUCH (GIGGLES), NOW LET'S LOOK AT WHAT IS COMING UP AT BEATEN TRACK!

Upcoming Releases!!!

Willem of the Tafel, May 28th, 2015
by Hans M Hirschi
A post-apocalyptic story of survival and love.

Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology, June 21st, 2015
An anthology of hot summer stories by various authors.

Vampire Rising, Summer, 2015
by Larry Benjamin
A novella.

PLUS lots of other books that don’t have titles or official publication dates yet – visit http://www.beatentrackpublishing.com.

THAT IS AN AWESOME WEB-SITE FRIENDS, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT OUT: HERE IS A LOOK AT THE LGTBQ AUTHORS AND SOME OF THE BOOKS THEY HAVE OUT AND UP-COMING (I WILL ADD MY REVIEW LINKS IN THIS SECTION) :)


*Al Stewart and Claire Davis

Eight Inches to Make Johnny Smile
The Invasion of Tork (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)
Coming Up (Al Stewart and Debbie McGowan)

Coming Soon: Ribbons and Frills (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)




























*Alexis Woods

Opening Day (Southern Jersey Shores #1)
Evading Exodus (Southern Jersey Shores #2)
Lion's Hero (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Ultimate Summer (Southern Jersey Shores #3 - Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)


 

















*Amelia Mann

Always Have, Always Will (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: No title yet, but it will be marvellous! (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)

* * * * *

*Amy Spector

Shiny Things (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

* * * * *

*Anne O'Gleadra

It's Like This

Coming Soon: A Stage and a Bus













*Ava Penn

Coming in from the Cold (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)


*Caraway Carter
Home is Where the Hard Is (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)


*Dan Sexton

The Handyman Can













*Debbie McGowan

Leaving Flowers (co-written with Raine O'Tierney)
Two by Two (Hiding Behind The Couch #6)
Cherry Pop Valentine
Checking Him Out for The Holidays (Checking Him Out #2)
A Midnight Clear (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)
Crying in the Rain
Champagne


Coming Soon: War of the Roses (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)



BIKE'S REVIEW OF CHERRY POP VALENTINE

 BIKE'S REVIEW OF LEAVING FLOWERS








































*Hans M Hirschi

Family Ties
The Opera House
Jonathan's Hope

Coming Soon: Willem of the Tafel (May 28th, 2015)












*Jamie Deacon
Coming 2016: Caught Inside



*Hunter Frost

An Angel in Eyeliner (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Waking Up in Vegas (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)














*J P Walker

A Friend for Christmas (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Rollercoaster (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)



*Jonathan Penn

Homme for the Holidays (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: No title yet, but it will be marvellous! (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)


* * * * *

*K.C. Faelan

A Little Christmas Magic (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Aligning North (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)














*Kathleen Hayes

The Bard and His Boyfriend (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)



*L.L. Bucknor

Kiss Me At Kwanzaa (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Fang and Fortune (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)

* * * * *

*L.M. Steel

A Good Word (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Offline (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)














*Larry Benjamin

Damaged Angels
Unbroken
The Christmas Present (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Summer, 2015: Vampire Rising


























*Laura Susan Johnson

Crush (House on Glass Beach #1)
Boyfriend Goes Home (House on Glass Beach short)

Coming Soon: Bright (House on Glass Beach #2)

















*Matt Hansen
Coming Soon: Basher



*Matthias Williamson

Holidays with Drum and Bell (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)




*Ofelia Gränd

From All of Us to All of You (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)
Silent Woods

Coming Soon: Dazzle Me (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)















BIKE'S SILENT WOODS REVIEW




*Raine O'Tierney


Xmas Cake: A Modern Fairy Tale (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)
Leaving Flowers (co-written with Debbie McGowan)

Coming Soon: lots! Two anthologies of short stories (one contemporary, one historical)

(SEE ABOVE REVIEW OF LEAVING FLOWERS) :)


*Rick Bettencourt

Tim on Broadway
One Nightstand (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)















*S.H. Allan

Te Amo, You Mushrooms (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)



*Shayla Mist

Christmas Commitment (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Will I Have You? (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)



*Terry Kerr

A Family Christmas (Boughs of Evergreen Holiday Anthology)

Coming Soon: Anything or Nothing (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)













*Victoria Milne
Coming Soon: The Strawberry Farm (Summer Bigger Than Others Anthology)

* AUTHORS THAT ARE NEW TO BEATEN TRACK DON'T HAVE LINKS YET, BUT KEEP YOUR EYE OPEN FOR 'EM, I KNOW I WILL!

HOW EXCITED ARE WE FOR THESE UPCOMING BOOKS? THIS SUMMER ANTHOLOGY IS GONNA ROCK! LOOK FOR MY REVIEWS OF SOME OF THESE BOOKS COMING UP! 

I JUST WANTED TO SAY A QUICK THANK YOU TO DEB FOR BEING A GREAT SUPPORT TO ME AND FOR GOING ALONG WITH MY CRAZY IDEAS! I KNOW SHE CRINGES WHEN SHE GETS A "WOULD IT BE OKAY IF I...." MESSAGE :P, BUT SHE ALWAYS GOES ALONG LIKE A TROUPER AND I LOVE HER FOR IT! 

THANK YOU TO ALL THE AUTHORS OF BEATEN TRACK ALSO, YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ AND REVIEW EACH AND EVERY BOOK YOU OFFER!

I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS LOOK AT BEATEN TRACK PUBLISHING, CHECK OUT THE LINKS ABOVE, YOU WILL BE SO GLAD YOU DID!


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