Friday, August 5, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Giving Up by Lee Brazil

Yaaaay! I'm so excited! The fantabulous Lee Brazil has come to play blog with me. *happy dances*  He's here to chat about writing his first M/F book Giving Up, and to play giveaway too! You know what I think of that...

AweS000ME (<---sings that part)

As I stand by, singing and dancing like a loon, I turn the Place over to Lee with a big warm Welcome. :)

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections,
 held together but separable - each segment distinct.
 ~Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Writing Erotica- About Family?

Hi, I’m Lee Brazil.  I write m/m erotica.  (Wow- is this a support group or something? ) Well, I’d really call the majority of what I write romance, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.  And the book I’m here to talk about isn’t m/m.  It’s m/f.  And that is a kettle of different fish altogether, isn’t it?

See, I started writing this series about four brothers.  And my lovely beta reader said, “Well, they can’t all be gay.  That’s statistically impossible.”  So, I said, “Yeah, you’re right.” So we made one of the brothers heterosexual.  It sounds so easy, and makes so much sense, doesn’t it? This story is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.  I actually blushed… blushed, I tell you!  Over these sex scenes.  My beta and I went round after round on what to call a … vagina.  Yeah.  Her suggestions were things my mother would have washed my mouth out with soap for.  We finally settled on the p- word.  (Yes, I’m still blushing.)

But, it all came together, and the end result is Brandon Blake finding his love in an unexpected place.  I think it works not because of the statistics, but because Truth or Dare is ultimately about family.  It is the story of four brothers’ different life views: how they interact, forge relationships with one another, and find a love unique to each of them. It is a tribute to the individual as well as the family. 

Each brother is looking for his own way in life, and each of them discovers that that means something different. None of them get exactly what they thought they wanted, but all of them are ultimately satisfied with what life hands them. 

Each book begins with a gathering of the brothers, the little microcosm of society that is the Blake brothers.  Each book follows a brother as he finds his own concept of love and family.  Each book ends with a family gathering, a party, a wedding, some event that draws together the Blakes and their respective partners, be they male, female, multiples or single. 

The underlying theme is family, bamily means something different to everyone.  And in today’s society, families come in all kinds of varieties.  Each brother finds his family- and in doing so finds himself. 

In loving Donovan, Mischa discovers that he values his brothers and expands his concept of family to include Donovan and his dream of being a father.  Loving Donovan frees him from a cycle of rebellion and he’s able to actually make choices for himself about what the wants to do with his life rather than simply choosing not to do what his brothers want him to do.

Terry discovers that he’s not happy as a heterosexual, that he needs things that others might not approve of.  He lets go of his need for approval and pursues his own fantasy, creating a very unorthodox, but wonderful family of his own.

And then there’s Brandon whose family has been expanding rapidly as his brothers fall in love.  How does Brandon’s love for Arden change the family dynamic?

Find out!


Can Dr. Arden Grey teach Brandon Blake that giving up control is worth while, with the right woman?

Brandon Blake has a problem.  His family is fed up with his controlling ways. They don’t need him managing their affairs any more.  Brandon doesn’t want to lose his connection with his brothers, but he doesn’t know any other way to live.   He’s been in charge for a long time. Now his brothers are leaving home and making families of their own, and Brandon’s interference has caused some serious rifts. Brandon’s stressful job as CEO of the family production studio and his concerns for his brothers have contributed to the ulcer his doctor recently diagnosed. Therapy is supposed to help Brandon learn how to let go and give up the need to control every thing.  Brandon finds the counselor he’s been sent to intriguing, if a bit intimidating, though she has absolutely nothing in common with the women he’s dated in the past.

Dr. Arden Gray knows about control.  A survivor of marriage to a dominant, abusive partner, she’s spent the last twenty years turning her life around.  She’s learned to take control and has made a career of teaching others to do the same.  Brandon Blake is a surprise.  When his doctor sends Brandon to her, Arden isn’t sure how she can help the man.  But after a few sessions, she sees something intriguing hidden inside Brandon Blake, something that tells her he just might be the man she’s been looking for.  If only she can convince him that giving up control to the right woman will solve all his problems!


He stood automatically, reaching out to shake her hand in greeting and murmuring polite good mornings.  A slight heat rose in his cheeks and he hoped to hell the blush wasn’t visible.  And why the fuck a simple handshake for the doctor should cause him to blush he didn’t know, but something about her made him feel self-conscious and uncertain in ways he hadn’t felt since he was a wild sixteen year old serving as his beautiful mother’s escort to Hollywood’s wild parties.

            He stiffened his spine and forced himself to meet those sharp blue eyes, unwittingly squeezing her hand just a little too tightly.  He watched as the blue eyes flared wide then narrowed, and Dr. Grey gently removed her hand from his.  The flush on his cheeks grew and he felt his stomach churn alarmingly.  He and Trick were about to have more in common than he’d ever thought possible if he couldn’t calm down soon. 

            Dr. Grey led him into her office and he took the same seat he normally did on the plush leather chair in front of the desk.  Somewhat surprised, he noticed that instead of taking the chair adjacent to him as she usually did Dr. Grey seated herself behind the neat steel and glass desk.  Crossing her hands on the desktop, she met his questioning gaze calmly, and Brandon let out the breath he hadn’t realized he held.  His roiling emotions calmed as he took in her stillness, and even his churning stomach was soothed.  This was different, but not wrong. 

            Or so he thought until she spoke. 

            “I’m afraid, Brandon, that I can’t keep you on as patient any longer.”

            Panic flared.  “What? Why not?”  His stomach heaved and he forced himself to breathe deeply through his nose, swallowing rapidly to prevent the consequences of the sudden lurch.  Nothing of his feelings showed on his face.  He had twenty-three years of practice at making sure of that. He couldn’t have heard correctly. 

            “Because I can’t help you in a professional capacity.  I’ve given you the tools to manage your problem, you’re an intelligent man and you can resolve your issues from here on your own.”  Her voice remained the same as it always had, soothing and cool, her gaze untroubled and calm. 

            Damn. How had he come to depend on that calmness in such a few meetings?  How would he deal without the soothing effect her voice had on his nerves and stomach?  Quickly pulling in resources to hide the shocking sense of abandonment he suddenly felt, Brandon grasped the tiny thread of anger and blew it up. 

            He surged upright and waved his phone in her face.  “Fuck.  I could have been at the office heading off a dozen major crises!  See this?  It’s called a cell phone. I have it with me all the time.  Next time you need to change our plans, use it!”


Like what you read? I’m giving away a pdf copy of Giving Up to one reader who leaves a comment here! 

The fine details...
  • Giveaway is for an PDF copy.
  • Contest closes 9:00PM PST, August 8th, 2011
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
  • Please include a valid email address or I won’t know where to contact you.
  • Winners will be selected at random using
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • Contest is open to worldwide.  
  • Must be 18 yrs. old or older. 

Thanks Lee, much much. And congrats on your release today.  

Later taters!


  1. Sounds like a great series so please count me in for this book :)

    luciatea01 (at)

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me Amara! I really appreciate it!

  3. Hi Amara *waves*. Could you enter me please, Thanks Andrea

  4. Great post! I laughed out loud at blushing over the "p-word" :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

    smaccall AT

  5. Wow! I'm excited. I loved the first book and the second book is on my list. I can't wait to read this book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    lacrimsonfemme at gmail dot com

  6. Ooh, ooh,ooh, pick me, pick me {waves hands}
    Please enter me into your drawing, sounds like I great series,and a great read.

    loribooklover62 @

  7. This sounds like a great story. I loved that you blushed at the "P-word"! I can't wait to read this. Must get caught up on this series.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. @Lee: You're welcome, and thank you darlin'. MuchMuch. I'm vera glad we get to play blog again. :D

    @Lucia: Hi. I've got you counted. :)

    @Peskyanimal: *waves* Hi Andrea :D You're in m'dear!

    @Bokwyrm369: Lol I laughed out loud at that too. :)

    @La Crimson Femme: Hi. You're in. :)

    @BookLover62: LOL, you're in the drawing m'dear. :)

    @June M: Hiya. Wasn't Lee's post great. I hear wonderful things about his series. This one is on my list to check out for sure.

    Thanks for coming by everyone. Hope you all have a great weekend! :D

  9. Enter me into the contest too Lee- and good luck- this sounds like a great read
    Dawne P

    dawne dot prochilo at yahoo dot com

  10. Please add me as well!! Loved the 1st 2 and cant wait to read the 3rd.

    Araya313 AT

  11. ~CLOSED

    Thanks for coming by and playing everyone!

    Congrats to La Crimson Femme!



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