Summer Symphony Release Day!

 Today Summer Symphony is available from all online retailers. 

Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire

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.

 ORDER from AmazonSmashwordsKobo, (BN is coming).

Also of note:

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance MonthI didn’t realize this when we set the publication date, but it seems apt that parents are raising awareness instead of living in silence. Click the link to learn more.

October is also Queer Romance Month, and there are a lot of activities going on around the internet.

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Meet me at Shira’s

Summer SymphonyI’m over on Shira Anthony’s blog talking about The Power of Music and how it relates to my new novel, Summer Symphony.

We all have a story about a particular piece of music, or a memory which is triggered when we hear that song. Stop by and share your thoughts.

Summer Symphony is available for pre-order from AmazoniTunes and Smashwords.

Summer Symphony…in the wild

Summer Symphony by Brandon ShireI can finally happily say that the ARCs are going out and Summer Symphony is available for pre-order from Amazon, iTunes and Smashwords. (Other sites are coming soon.)

Readers are already asking me to describe this book beyond the blurb. That’s hard. It’s a very different story and doesn’t really fall into any specific genre.

In short, a bisexual father grieves over the loss of his daughter to stillbirth and cannot find a way out of the grief until…

It’s an lgbt romance, and a story about a father’s love, and explores how society treats male grief. Oh, and music, and Europe, and orchestral politics… See what I mean?

Like I said, different. But having to explain all that it encompasses within just a few sentences leaves so much unsaid.

I guess I’m going to leave it to you now. Hope you enjoy it.

~B.

 

Pre-Order Summer Symphony

It’s my pleasure to finally announce that Summer Symphony is available for pre-order from Amazon. This has been a long and difficult road into a subject that hits men and women in their core: the loss of a child.

In essence, this book is a love story, but it is also a challenge to the misinformed perception that men do not grieve when a child is lost through miscarriage, or in this case, a stillbirth. The sheer lack of information I found during the research phase of this book only attested to how pervasive this viewpoint is. It is my hope that readers will find a reality within this book that they may not have considered before, and that they gain an understanding that men do grieve, even when they try to hide it behind the facade required of them by society.

Pre-Order from Amazon

Summer Symphony by Brandon ShireMartin 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.

Obscura Burning – Suzanne van Rooyen

Welcome friend and fellow author, Suzanne van Rooyen to the blog. I’ve put her to the test and asked which of her own books is her favorite and why. ~B

Suzanne van RooyenReading has always been therapeutic, like going for a brief holiday every night that leaves me feeling rejuvenated and ready to face real life. Writing has proven even more cathartic as I immerse myself in the worlds I create and become my various characters be they cyborgs or androids, androgynous angels, genetically engineered super-soldiers, or troubled bisexual boys.

I’ve written several books, only two of which are published so far, and numerous short stories. I loved writing each and every story, from novel to flash fiction, for different reasons. Being forced to pick a favourite feels horribly unfair since they’re all dear to me, but since a favourite is what this post is all about I’ll have to choose Obscura Burning. [Read more…]