Where are you, Brandon?

wanderingLet’s just say that I’ve received more than a few emails asking me this question. Thanks for caring. I’m here. Stupid busy, but here.

I’m still working on Season Two of Wicked Men, but to be honest, not much has been accomplished in the last two months. Life and work have been dragging me away from home and writing.

I expected this to happen, and for it to continue. It’s just that time of year and that point in life. A work/home balance will come soon (I hope) and I’ll be able to get back to my regular schedule. But for now, I’m hunting for a new home, talking with people about a new nonprofit I’d like to support and letting the muse’s ideas percolate a bit longer. She’s not happy about it, but she’ll survive.

In the meantime, be safe and well…

Brandon

*photo by Zachary Staines

Happy Holidays

holidaysI just wanted to say thanks to all my readers and wish you the happiest of holidays and a very successful and fulfilling new year.

For myself, 2015 has been a year of creative fun and literary exploration. It has also been a time of tumultuous change in my personal life, which has pulled me away from my normal level of online activity.

Despite that, the rewards have been great (even with the heinous day job taking up so much of my time). You, my readers, have made my efforts worthwhile and given me the vigor to keep going.

For that, I thank you.

Blessings for 2016,

Brandon

Rainbow Award Winner

lgbt book awardI’m pleased to announce that Summer Symphony has won the Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fiction. And, The Love of Wicked Men has placed as a runner-up in the Gay Erotic Romance category.

Thanks to all my readers, the judges, and to all the other Rainbow Award winners.

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

#LoveWins Celebration and a Price Drop!

gay romance fiction

In celebration of the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, I’ve permanently dropped the price of Wicked Men box set by 25%.

Grab it from NookAReKobo, or Amazon 

Was $7.99, Now $5.99!

It was the only way I could think of to say thank you to the many ardent supporters, both gay and straight, who spoke loud enough to change the course of history for LGBT rights.

Thank You!

And congrats to ALL the present and future happy couples!

lgbt flag

Summer Book Sale

areblast

It’s the first day of Summer and ALL my books are 25% off over at ARE today, including my latest, The Love of Wicked Men.

Stop by ARe and Save 

The one day sale is over, but you can still get a discount by buying direct.

A Grand Prize Winner!

congrats

Congratulations to Samatha who won the Grand Prize in the Wicked Men blog tour. Samantha walked away with an ebook copy of my entire backlist, plus a copy of The Love of Wicked Men.

Congratulations also go out to Andrew, Jen F., Felicia, Lisa G., and Jen C. They each won a copy of The Love of Wicked Men (Season One).

And thanks to the hundreds of people who participated in the blog hop.

Grab your copy from Amazon. 

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The Readers’ choice is….

Last month, I asked readers to choose which of my current WIPs they’d like to see first. As you can see from the results below, it was pretty close. The Suggestion of Sex inched out Afflicted III by just one vote. A Song for Katherine and It’s Only Love were left in the dust. Manuel’s Diary and Living Queer with Mom were an even tie.

gay romance survey results

 

I’m already about 10k into Suggestion and have my cover artist working overtime to find just the right design. At this moment, I’m thinking this will end up being a series of three books, but that could change as the writing progresses. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

The Suggestion of Sex

Status: Am Writing
Genre: Gay Romance, Erotic, BDSM

Keylan Milles is just about to turn eighteen. His father is a tech tycoon, but he’s about to lose everything and doesn’t know how to tell his son. Damon Creed, a billionaire, offers to bail Mr. Milles out, but has one condition – the virginity of his son on the day he turns 18.

Don’t forget!

Season One of The Love of Wicked Men hits stores on June 12th.

Pre-order yours from Amazon.

 

 

A Book Winner for #HAHATB

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Congrats to Kimberley who won a free copy of Season One of The Love of Wicked Men for leaving a comment on my post for HAHATB.

You still have a chance to win!

I’ll be picking TWO random winners from my email list on June 1st (wait for the popup if you’re not already on my list).

PLUS, there’ll be a blog tour starting June 11th which you can enter to win. Watch this space for details.

Want to make sure you get a copy of Wicked Men?

Pre-order it from Amazon.