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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Grab Book 1 from any of these retailers:

Help me choose the next book

Okay guys and gals, it’s pretty simple. The muse is confused and running amok. Time to tether her to a specific project. (Don’t ask why she’s female, IDKY.) Your choices are below. I know some of you will be groaning that the next season of Wicked Men isn’t on the list, but we’re saving that for later.

Below is a very brief synopsis of each upcoming book.

Survey link (Completed)

The Suggestion of Sex

Status: Working
Genre: MM Romance, Erotic

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.

It’s Only Love

Status: Pending
Genre: MM Romance, Erotic

A straight college boy walks into a gay club with his girlfriend for a fun night out. But when a cute gay boy sashays up and kisses him, his girl is none too happy. The kiss lingered a little too long, and he seemed to like it too much. She storms from the club. He, hesitating, with looks over his shoulder, follows…

Manuel’s Diary

Status: Working (slowly)
Genre: ??? No idea

We’re all voyeurs at heart.

A woman spies two men making love across from her bedroom window. She becomes obsessed, intrigued, enamored. Set in the 1970s, this book is about desire and sensuality.  Read the excerpt.

A Song for Katherine

Status: Research Phase
Genre: Gay Literature

A gay couple adopts a baby daughter, as the child grows they notice erratic behavior. By the age of six, it has become evident the child has psychological problems. She is diagnosed with juvenile schizophrenia (rare), and the suggested treatment is institutionalization.

Living Queer, with Mom

Status: Pending
Genre: Humor, LGBT

Marcus Brine just got a phone call from his mother’s retirement community in Florida. They say she’s acting erratic and needs help. But when Marcus arrives, he finds it isn’t Alzheimer’s as everyone suspects. His mother has suddenly decided she’s going to start living it up before it’s too late. Her first act of defiance is to flash her pervy old neighbor next door, and Marcus is forced to take her back to his home in Atlanta.

Afflicted III

Status: Pending
Genre: MM Romance, Erotic

The story of Dillon and Hunter continues…

Author of the Month!

I’ve been voted Author of the Month for April over on the MM Romance Goodreads group for an author with over 10 books.  I just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU to all those who voted.

If you’ve never read my erotic romance books before, I’ve got a freebie to start you out. Or my fans almost always recommend Afflicted as a first read.

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Upcoming Books from Brandon Shire

Readers continually ask: What are you working on next? But I’m always a little cautious about building expectations because I never know what my crazy schedule will allow. However, if you keep up with our group on Goodreads, you can get involved in the conversation about each book as it develops (and you’ll meet some really cool people too).

So here goes. In no particular order, these are my current works in progress. Note that I’m also  in the process of finishing up season one of  The Love of Wicked Men. Publication dates and cover art haven’t been determined yet.

The Suggestion of Sex

Status: Working
Genre: MM Romance, Erotic

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. [Read more…]

Tears, Therapy, or Hot Gay Romance?

As with most authors, potential readers contact me and tell me they’ve just discovered my books. Often, they’ll ask which book they should read first. Usually, I’ll forget to ask how they found me (which is important) and get right to the point.

What kind of book are you looking for? What are your tastes like? Do you want sad, happy, smexy, sweet, or downright tear-jerking?

I wrote this post to make it easier for readers to decide which book they wanted to read.

Note that I typically don’t follow genre conventions, write PC, or scribble comfort reads. So I have to be careful when I make a recommendation. Readers looking to me for those types of books are sometimes disappointed. I don’t like disappointing readers, but the reality is you can’t please everyone. You have to be happy before you can even attempt to make someone else happy, and I am partial to following my own path when it comes to writing.  I like to explore faults and frailties and prejudices. I like to challenge opinions and assumptions, especially when they conform to a cultural dogmas posited by our society, our media, and our politics.

So let’s get to it. Here’s the breakdown with the conventional ‘wisdom’ I’ve tried to challenge. Only readers can decide if I’ve achieved these goals, so I make no promises. You must decide for yourself.

(Click the covers for more info.)

The tear-jerkers

Summer Symphony by Brandon ShireGrief is such a highly personal emotion that it’s hard to encapsulate in words. In the West we talk around it, we avoid it, we steer our children’s eyes from it. But do we ever really face grief head on, or acknowledge what it does until it’s actually upon us? I tend to think that we don’t.

CHALLENGING: The false idea that male grief is subordinate to the concept of masculinity, especially when it comes to the loss of a child through stillbirth.

Listening to Dust - gay fiction

I get more email about Dust than any other novel. This book is about love and loss and how homophobic violence shatters people. It is also dedicated to a friend I lost through homophobic violence, so it is probably the most personal of all my books.

CHALLENGING: The idea that tragedy can’t display the true depth of love. We want shine and glitter. We want pretty packages and forever loves and HEAs. But life isn’t like that. This book is for readers who aren’t afraid to cry.

[Read more…]

Summer Book Sale – 50% Off

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I know you’ve been waiting, so here it is!

Celebrating Summer Book Sale

I’m over at Smashwords with thousands of other authors and ALL my books are 50% off for the entire month of July (but only at Smashwords). Enter the code SSW50 during checkout and you immediately get 50% off. How great is that?!

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A Treasure Hunt with 165 FREE LGBT Books

Rainbow Award FinalistThat’s right. You read it correctly. Elisa is celebrating and she has brought 165 Rainbow Award Finalists along for the hunt. Every day during the month of November she is offering you SIX chances to win.

Both Afflicted (Book1) and Cold are in her mix, so you have a chance to win them, and many more great LGBT themed books.

Learn more and keep up with the Treasure Hunt on Elisa Reviews.

Rainbow Awards Finalist

Rainbow Award FinalistI am very pleased to announce that both Afflicted and Cold have been named as finalists in the 2013 Rainbow Awards for the Erotic Romance and Contemporary Gay Romance categories, respectively.

You can see all the finalists here. (Or, like I do, you can use it as a shopping list.)

Winners in all categories will be announced December 8th, 2013. Congrats to all the authors!

 

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2 Book Giveaway – Afflicted – Gay Romance Series

Win a signed copy of BOTH books in the Afflicted series

Open to US Residents

One entry gives you the opportunity to win signed copies of the two-book series. Two winners will be randomly chosen by Goodreads.

Ends January 12, 2013

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Afflicted II by Brandon Shire

Afflicted II

by Brandon Shire

Giveaway ends January 12, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Goodread’s M/M Romance Award Nominations

GR MM Romance Nomination

It has been quite the year and now it is being topped off with two of my books being nominated in SEVEN categories of the  Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards.  I am thoroughly flattered. Thank you! (You can vote for your favorites by clicking on the link M/M Romance above. Voting ends 12/31.) Connect with the M/M Readers’ Group[Read more…]