Spotlight Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway – The Love of Wicked Men by Brandon Shire

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First, let me say thanks for hosting the Wicked Men blog tour. The creation of this lengthy novel was quite an adventure. Throughout the course of writing each episode, readers were offered the opportunity to give their input and suggestions on how they thought the story should move along. And I threw in a few twists and surprises along the way, just to keep them on their toes. The Wicked Men blitz features seven unique excerpts, so don’t miss any. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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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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Jack had to agree. His body ached like he’d been jumped by a group of men. He waited a moment and Rivers came on the mat acting exactly as Jack expected him to.

“My turn,” Sid snarled.

Jack bowed and they began to circle.

“You’re a long way from Huntsville,” Sid remarked with a sneer.

“I could say the same about you,” Jack replied as he feigned a left handed takedown. Sid turned quickly, spinning. His foot connected with Jack’s midsection, forcing Jack’s breath in a woof. Sid grinned but didn’t press his advantage.

Jack capitalized on his mistake and lashed out with a side kick that caught Sid in the head. When Sid attempted to block the next kick, Jack changed up and stunned him with three quick punches to the right flank. Sid lunged, and Jack tossed him over his shoulder. Jack rushed in, struck him in the face once, tapping his cheekbone with his knuckles, before he backed off to let Sid recover.

Sid jumped to his feet quickly, pure rage in his eyes.

“What’s the matter, Counselor? Can’t hang?” Jack taunted. He’d left a thin but visible welt on Sid’s face. It would bruise by the evening. With a little more force, he could’ve broken his cheekbone and dislocated his jaw.

Sid stepped away, signaling his next kick. Jack rotated his upper body, the kick catching his arm at an ineffective angle. He grabbed Sid’s shin and twisted, whirling Rivers in the air and dropping him on the mat with a hard thud. Those watching the match muttered quietly.

“You through?” he asked Sid, knowing the question would only incense him more.

“Not by far,” Sid growled.

Jack wagged his fingers, moving across the mat, his mind on Sid and not the audience they’d attracted. “Come on then.”

Sid bounced to his feet and leapt forward with a side kick. Jack blocked him, spun and drove an elbow into Sid’s thigh while ushering his graceless plunge to the mat. Sid came back quickly – punch, left, right, and then three attempted palm strikes. It was a standard set, but ineffective against an experienced fighter and Jack brushed each blow away easily.

A touch of respect welled in Rivers’ eyes, but it was obscured by his growing resentment. Jack knew it was time to finish before one of them got seriously hurt. Sid thought he was better than he actually was, and he was angry enough to do something stupid. He knew how to fight within the rules, but when there were no rules, he would end up hurt, or dead.

Jack feinted with a left fist, then went sideways into the throat and knee at the same time. Sid blocked to protect his throat, but missed the knee and dropped to the mat groaning in pain. Jack was on him in an instant, closing the space between them with a flurry of kicks to Sid’s ribs that would leave no portion unbruised.

He didn’t give Sid a chance to recover this time. He changed disciplines, showing Rivers what actual fighting was about. As Sid rose, Jack slid behind him, jabbing at Sid’s throat with his fingers.

Sid gasped and sputtered. His eyes flared. His discipline unfocused because of his anger, he grabbed at his throat, and then reached for whatever piece of Jack’s flesh he could get his hands on. Jack snatched his wrist from the air, twisted it and wrapped himself around Sid’s body, bringing them both back to the floor. Sid heaved against his grip, but Jack’s hold was solid.

Jack placed his lips against Sid’s ear. “I have a present being delivered to you later. You better pay attention to it.”

“Fuck you,” Sid spat. He attempted to roll, but couldn’t get Jack off.

Jack tightened his grip, slipped his opposite arm around Sid’s neck and cut off his air. “You’re a little boy in a man’s game,” Jack whispered, his voice full of contempt.

“And what’s it to you?” Sid rasped.

“Because you’re going to end up dead.”

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2015NewAbout the author

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book, which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters, which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

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Using Rafflecopter below, enter to win ecopies of all Brandon’s books or one of five ecopies of The Love of Wicked Men Box Set. Open internationally. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

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June 11

Diverse Reader & Boys in Our Books

June 12

3 Chicks After Dark, Attention Is Arbitrary, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Bike Book Reviews, Book Reviews & More by Kathy, Charlie Cochet, Cup o’ Porn, Divine Magazine, Foxylutely, Gay Media Reviews, GGR-Review, Hearts On Fire, Love Bytes, Multitaskingmommas Book Reviews, Nautical Star Books, The Novel Approach, On Top Down Under Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words & Sinfully… Addicted to All Male Romance

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Guest Author Brandon Shire – Homeless LGBT Youth and Cold

First, I want to thank Charlie for hosting this post and allowing me to be here to talk to you. This post is meant to be a part of the week-long blog tour for my new book Cold, which is a gay romance novel based in prison. But even in the midst of all the work that goes into creating a and promoting a book, I believe it is important to keep in mind the reason I began publishing – to raise money and awareness for homeless LGBT youth.

As a writer, I’m typically granted space around the web to spread my own message, often about the latest book. But lately I’ve begun asking why we continue to whisper about the problem of homeless gay kids and then scream on issues like marriage equality, as if 500,000 homeless gay kids aren’t important enough for the LGBTQ community to be loud about.

Did you know that LGBT youth make up 13-15 percent of the juvenile justice system, even though they are only 5–7 percent of the population? It seems like there’s a pipeline that runs directly from school to prison built especially for them, don’t you think? And it may very well be, because in today’s U.S. schools the police are roaming the halls and administrators are sending kids to jail for such heinous infractions as dress code violations, being late to class, and talking back. We’re not talking fighting and violence in school, we’re talking normal adolescent behavior, and for a LGBT kid that doesn’t fit in, or is forced to endure harassment by his peers and school employees, it becomes almost too easy to become a part of the juvenile justice system.

There’s a lot about the issue of incarcerating kids that I purposefully didn’t cover in Cold, because the book is an erotic romance novel based in an adult prison.  What happens inside a juvenile prison is often more terrifying, more unrelenting, and typically un-reported. I only touched on that briefly with my character, Anderson, in the adult prison system.  Anderson is a small man, a twink, who doesn’t have a fight game and is one that would be easily targeted by predators if he were a real person in a real prison. Anderson meets up with a predator as he comes to the end of his time, but is saved by an unlikely hero. That is often not the case as you can see here from a real life example of what happens to the weakest inside a juvenile prison.

Did the reality of that linked post ruin your taste for a fictional account of romance in prison? I hope not, but I hope even more that we don’t take the fiction we see around us and use it as a block against the vast reality that encompasses LGBT homelessness. Unfortunately, there is no one answer to youth homelessness. There isn’t a singular law we can pass that will help gay homeless kids become equal in the eyes of the law, or in the eyes of the people who step over them on a daily basis. It takes me and you making it a priority; just as we have made marriage equality a priority. It takes resources, and commitment, and yes, sometimes it even takes personal sacrifice.

I understand that this isn’t a typical book tour post, but the issue of homeless LGBTQ kids is important to me, and I hope it becomes important to you too. Because behind each of the stories you read within this genre, there’s a reality that is much, much worse and has no happy-ever-after to make us feel better when we curl up at night.

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Prison is a brutal, heartless, and demeaning environment. No one knows this better than a man sentenced to life in prison for murder. Lem Porter is a high-profile prisoner who had a solid career ahead of him in a field he loved until he killed his brother. He has spent almost eighteen years behind bars and doesn’t have much hope left.

Anderson Passero had it all.  He built a career, a name, and a relationship with a man he thought he loved. Only after he very publicly landed in prison did he realize how ignorant he’d been. He has eight months left on his sentence and he is eager to go home and put prison life behind him. He doesn’t know it yet, but he will always carry these eight months with him, and they may just help him to understand what love really means.

Visit Brandon’s website to learn more about his books and the LGBT youth charities he supports.

10% of the proceeds from the sale of any of Brandon Shire’s books are donated to LGBT youth charities combatting homelessness.