Gay Romantic Thriller – “One of the best novels I have ever read”

Lots of praise for The Love of Wicked Men. Thanks to everyone who’s enjoyed it.

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Undeniably one of the best novels I have ever read. Highly recommend.
– The Novel Approach

Extremely difficult to put down.
-Joyfully Jay Reviews

Riveting storyline. Kept me reading through the night.
– LeAnn’s Book Reviews

Five SMOKING Stars! Kept me on the edge of the sofa, flicking the next button as fast as I could.
– Foxylutely Books

All I can say is WOW!!
– Gay Media Reviews

Hot, sexy, mysterious. It throws out surprises at every turn. Highly recommended.
– On Top Down Under Book Reviews

My mind was blown. Loved the book, and the surprises it threw at me.
– Rainbow Gold Reviews

Could not stop reading. I was just plain hooked. Simple as that.
– Multitasking Mommas Reviews

Amazing! This really was a ride and I loved every second of it.
– Diverse Reader Reviews

He tastes like Sin

rogueThe tone of Rogue, by Allen Renfro, is set from the very first line. This isn’t some slap-happy romance full of feels and nauseating good guys the hardline romance readers swoon over. In fact, it’s not a romance novel at all.

This book is about men who act like…wait for it… Men. They are horny and hot and arrogant. They fuck, they suck, and they don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves.

Rogue resonated with me because Renfro’s portrayal of gay men below the Mason-Dixon line is spot on. I know these characters in real life. I’ve met them on the streets and in the clubs of Atlanta, Memphis, Tupelo, Houston and a dozen other southern cities. The upbringing of these corn-fed beauties shows even in their arrogance. And so does the baggage they carry.

But what struck me here was everything Renfro didn’t say. The flip side of arrogance is insecurity, and Renfro could have made this into a weeping, sob story of self-reflection and redemption, but that would have ruined everything.

Who wants to change when you’re on top of the world? Short answer: No one does.

Even the bad boys win one once in a while. And these boys are so sinfully bad. Sometimes, evil just tastes better.

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Author Bio

Allen Renfro, AuthorAllen Renfro makes his home in Knoxville, Tennessee and is a native Tennessean. A graduate of Tennessee’s oldest college, Tusculum, he frequently appeared in the small press and underground zines of the early to mid-1990s. A published poet and artist, he has tackled controversial subjects and is making a name for himself in dark fiction. He is the author of the supernatural thriller The Raised and the psychological thriller Snap. The Falling, the sequel to The Raised, was released in January 2013.

Gay Film – #Credence – A Must See

gay filmThere are some movies whose mere conception capture an audience and hold them until the film is brought to fruition. From the onset of the Indiegogo campaign that brought Credence to life, this film has done that.

The men and women involved had high hopes. The wanted to redefine the portrayal of LGBT people in film. In that, this piece of cinematic art is a smashing success.

I sat down last night with some popcorn and a great amount of anticipation. By the teary end of this movie all I could utter was More, please moreDon’t let the sci-fi tag turn you off, this is drama at its finest with science fiction elements as a backdrop.

It is going to leave you wanting more.

Credence, is available at Vimeo On Demand

2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

rainbow awards lgbt booksI’m pleased to announce that two of my books, Summer Symphony and The Love of Wicked Menhave received Honorable Mentions in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Winners will be announced in December.

Summer Symphony Honorable Mention – Bisexual Contemporary General Fiction

Wicked Men Honorable Mention – Gay Erotic Romance


gay romanceBlurb:

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.


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Martin Zoric, a maestro and composer in Croatia, had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth, and his world fell apart. He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.

But, he has never found the strength let go and grieve over the loss of his stillborn daughter. Now, he can’t feel his music and is obviously falling apart.

When renowned pianist Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia for a summer concert series, he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put upon him by his Japanese family. They wanted him to conform – to forsake love for familial duties. But Ren has other ideas about love and family obligation.

Over the course of the summer, Ren must decide whether he will yield to his family’s wishes or has the courage to be the man he wants to be.


MM Romance vs Gay Contemporary Romance

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It being Queer Romance Month, I decided to answer a question a reader posed to me some time back.

What is the difference between MM Romance and Gay Contemporary Romance?

Here are a couple of formulas to answer the question.

MM Romance:

a + b = HEA

Gay Contemporary Romance:

eix = cos x + i sin x = HEA (maybe, but not always – particularly if the variables are off or your imaginary numbers aren’t squared).

*Bonus points if you recognize the GCR formula.

*Major points deducted from your final score if you came to the erroneous conclusion that writing MM Romance is ‘easier’.

I hope that clarified things for you.

Pulling back a bit

future awaitsI wanted to let readers know that I will be away for the foreseeable future. There are many reasons behind this, but it is my hope that you will continue to enjoy my books and recommend them to others.

I will continue writing, but my online presence and interaction will be severely diminished. As will my publishing schedule.

The enthusiasm within the my Goodreads fan group has helped me pump out 10 releases in 2015, but I cannot keep that pace going with the reality bombs life has decided to drop on me as of late. Business, family and health issues have had a huge impact in the last year and I must bend to necessities of the real world as much as anyone else.

In the last four years, we have raised nearly $10,000 for LGBT youth. That, in itself, is something I am proud to have been a part of. Again, it was the people in the GR group who helped make that happen. They deserve all the credit.

I’ve met many wonderful people while writing, even those still under the illusion that I’m a woman. I hate to break it to you, but yeah, I’m a guy. Have been for 50 years now, so we’re moving into the bitter old queen stage. (Use caution.)

Going forward, I plan to use my (increasingly limited) time to focus on writing well and less on trying to attract the readers who need to be constantly ‘entertained’ via social media. As an indie writer, I don’t have the time, the resources, or frankly, the inclination. Most people who know me in real life (and not the online persona), understand that I’m a cranky old sod who is extremely protective, opinionated and private.

I hope you’ll stick around, but I’ll understand if you drift away. Life is just life. The best way to stay informed about new releases and upcoming book sales is by signing up for my email list. (Subscribe on the right. >>>)

I wish the very best for all of you.

Love ’em hard,

Brandon Shire

Of Angels and Demons…

Welcome S.R. Carrillo to the blog with her LGBTQ dark fantasy, the Soul series.

lgbt fantasyEvil has flourished since the beginning of time, but at long last it has come to pass—that the world should end at the hands of the divine. A Lesser Earth thrives in the ashes of the old world.

As does an unnamed lost boy, the abandoned effigy of evil, who wanders the globe without a clue and without a purpose.

The Last Angel Ero’s only task is to find this boy and raise him into the arms of Grace. He doesn’t expect to question that purpose—and he certainly doesn’t expect to find an affinity with the evil inside the boy he names Sol. [Read more…]

Wicked Men – Season 2 #teaser #excerpt

Just thought I’d offer a peek at my rough draft to give you an idea about what Jack and Sid are up to in Season Two of Wicked Men. Feel free to leave your comments below.  ~ B.



Jack was in Philadelphia when he first caught sight of the tail. He noticed the same man three months later when he was in the Keys, and then a third time in LA. At first, he thought the guy might have been working for Wessman or the Feds, but they would’ve moved in on him long before now.

This tail was too casual. He didn’t seem to mind showing himself now and again, but he never got close enough for Jack to clock his ass and demand information. His presence was meant to be an irritating reminder that someone was keeping tabs. [Read more…]

50% rebate on all my Books

You missed the sale, but don’t fret. My books are always 20-30% off. Just click on the Books on Sale link and follow the instructions to get your discount.

In celebration of their new Android App, All Romance eBooks is offering a 50% rebate on Sunday, Aug 9th. All my ARe titles are included! Click on any of the covers below for a direct link.

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The All Romance Reader Android App comes with a library pre-loaded with six free ebooks, courtesy of, the largest and oldest independent seller of Romance eBooks in the world.

With the All Romance Reader App for Android, readers can browse sixty categories or focus their search by specifying a particular title, author, series, publisher or keyword. Search returns can then be further sorted by best selling, top rated, recently added, heat level, length, title, or price—including discounted ebooks and freebies. They can also access ARe’s bestseller list, discover what’s trending, or peruse picks selected especially for them. Highlander warriors, spaceship captains, pack leaders, vampires, doms, bad boy bikers, billionaires, Navy SEALs… ARe has them all.

Those with the App will easily be able to take advantage of special rebates, discounts, sales and promotions. They’ll be able to use the wish list feature to help plan for a nd manage future purchases. Then rate and review the books they’ve already read to help others make selections. “The best part is that we’re celebrating the release by offering a 50% rebate on thousands of titles on Sunday, August 9th(US/Central),” said Lori James, CEO of All Romance. “For the first time our Customers will be able to download and read their purchases using the App’s robust reading features, or tap on our nifty gift icon to send it to a friend. And, our multi-format files are easy to share and read across platforms. An iOS version will be coming soon.”

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NEW Covers for the Afflicted Series

The Afflicted Series is still my best-selling series, by far. Recently, we decided to do new cover art and re-edit the books. I’m happy to say the new and improved version is now available at all retailers. I’m also working on Book 3, but don’t expect it too soon. Readers are screaming for Season 2 of Wicked Men, so that’s what I’m concentrating on at the moment.

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Spotlight on paranormal M/M – Awakened

Welcome Kenneth Creech to the blog with his paranormal M/M novel, Awakened. 


Caleb McEllis has been haunted by the same nightmare for as many years as he can remember; he is swallowed by darkness and unable to escape. Which was the perfect metaphor for the small conservative town where he grew up. Once he graduated from high school, he vowed to never return, hoping to escape the teasing he experienced since childhood.

On his way to work one night, his nightmare comes to life and something in the darkness comes for him, causing him to careen off the freeway and flip his car. During the ensuing chaos, a stranger pulls Caleb from the wreckage moments before lighting it on fire. As the night continues, Caleb discovers that this stranger knows more about him than he should, perhaps even more than Caleb knows about himself.

Caleb is forced to trust the stranger or run the risk of being killed by whatever attacked him on the road. He soon learns that the things he thought he knew about himself are based on lies he’s been told since childhood and as they unravel he is forced to confront the truth about what he really is. In order to survive, Caleb must let go of his past and embrace his true nature. Proof that puberty is hard for everyone, but for Caleb, it could be murder.

Awakened is a young adult paranormal fiction novel that is infused with humor and a little bit of male on male romance. It’s a twist on the traditional shifter genre, and will leave you wanting more! Awakened is the first in the series.

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Author Bio

kenneth creechHaving been an avid reader of paranormal and sci-fi books since childhood, the genre is part of Kenneth Creech’s everyday world. Kenneth has the sometimes annoying habit of watching the people around him, which has led to some of his best inspiration, as he imagines what is going on in their lives and their minds. While writing Awakened, Kenneth also used some of his own dreams as inspiration for how the events unfolded in the story. When not writing, Kenneth also helps other writers by editing their works, getting them polished and ready for the world to read.

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