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.

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.

 

bisexual fictionBlurb:

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.

 

Tear Jerkers and Heart Breakers in LGBT Lit

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The Value of Rain – Best in LGBT Fiction 2011, Top Read 2011

Chronicles a journey from hate to the unexpected beginning of redemption and reveals the destructive nature of families, secrets and revenge.

Listening to Dust – 2012 Rainbow Award Winner – Best Contemporary Gay Fiction

A book about love found, love lost and the devastating effects of homophobia.

Summer Symphony – Finalist – 2015 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards

A bisexual man’s perspective of what it is to lose a child. It is the story of how two men with exceptional talent and passion find answers in music and what they learn about strength, grace, and the endurance of love.

Finalist – Best Romance / Best Literary Fiction

finalist best romance best literary fictionIt’s my extreme pleasure to announce that two of my books have been chosen as finalists for the 2015 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards!

Only registered members can vote in the polls. If you’d like to vote, the registrations is quick and easy.

1) Got to: eFestival of Words. 2) Go to the Awards Hall Forum.

3) Go to the 2015 Finalists Sub-forum. Open the thread for the category you want to vote in. Vote. Rinse and repeat for each category you want to vote in.

To see a complete list of the finalists, visit here.

Best Literary Fiction

Summer Symphony by Brandon ShireSummer Symphony is a story of love and loss – a bisexual man’s perspective of what it is to lose a child. It is the story of how two men with exceptional talent and passion find answers in music and what they learn about strength, grace, and the endurance of love.

 

 

 

 


Best Romance

Wicked Men - gay romanceThe 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.

 

Win a signed copy of Summer Symphony

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US residents can win a signed paperback copy of Summer Symphony from me by entering the giveaway on Goodreads.

Review and #Giveaway of Summer Symphony

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Summer Symphony was recently reviewed over at Diverse Reader, and Mere is giving away a FREE ebook copy. Check out Diverse Reader for your chance to win. You have until Jan 17th to enter.

Book blurb:

Martin Zoric 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 of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.

But does he have the strength let go and really grieve?

When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.

Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?

Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.

Read the reviews on Goodreads.

Spotlight on Bisexual YA – Missing in Somerville

“One of the best YA mysteries out there!”

missing in somervilleBlurb:

The beautiful young bride of the town’s wealthiest man has been missing for several months and rumors of her whereabouts are rampant. Some speak of murder at the hands of her husband. Others claim that the young beauty died at the hands of a jealous ex-boyfriend. She could have run away, but why would a woman throw away a life of luxury? When a group of friends begin to search for her, they quickly discover that their lives are in danger by those determined to keep the woman’s whereabouts unknown.

What are readers saying?

This is one amazing YA mystery!

An excellent Ya mystery!

I recommend this book as a great Saturday night read.

Get it from Amazon!

Author Bio:

A.J. Raven is a writer of mystery/paranormal/crime books who also likes to read and write stuff on the internet.  He has a B.Sc in Bio-technology and B.A in Psychology and is currently working on a M.Phil in Bio-technology.

A.J. has written six books which make up two mystery series. Learn more on Goodreads.

Summer Symphony wins Oct Cover Wars

After a few hiccups, it seems Summer Symphony has won the October Cover Awards. Please stop by the blog, leave a comment, and let the crew know just how ‘amazing’ my fans and friends are.

All credit for this cover goes to Aeternum Designs.

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Interview and ebook Giveaway

Summer SymphonyI’m over at Attention is Arbitrary today with a rare interview AND I’m giving away two copies of my new novel Summer Symphony.