Brenda Cothern


Brenda is unlike most authors since she only began writing a few years ago. Her first book Fates, an adult fantasy, was published in 2010. Her love for reading fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance has caused her to discard her Bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing in order to write full time. She is an Amazon and ARe best-selling author. Brenda resides in Tampa, FL when not attending conventions and is a volunteer with the Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She is also an active member in organizing the Florida Leather n’ Fetish Pride weekend and an associate member of the Tampa Leather Club. Most recently, she has joined coordinating staff for RainbowCon 2015.
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Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Unlike most authors who will tell you they have been writing since they were a kid, I didn't start writing until around 2005. I say 'around' because back then it wasn't anything serious. I just started writing the back story to my D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) character, Zarkina, who has been rattling around in my head for the last 31 years.

For over four years, the first three chapters of her story sat on my PC and every now and then I would add to it. It's wasn't until the economy tanked and I lost my job as a COO (Chief Operations Officer) in 2009, they I really started to write. After becoming miserable and frustrated searching for a job, my husband said, "Why don't you finish Zarkina's book?" I am sure he just was trying to give me a distraction so he wouldn't have to listen to my b*tching about my lack of success in finding a job.

I started writing more of Zarkina's tale and her voice kept growing louder and louder in my head with every page I wrote. I went to conventions and sat in on writing panels and joined writer's groups online to learn more. By the time the first half of Zarkina's story was written and I had investigated & learned about publishing, other voices made themselves known.

Since then, writing has become not only my full time job but also a compulsion... and it is all my husband's fault!
What motivated you to become an indie author instead of going with a traditional publishing house?
The more I learned about writing the more I wanted to be educated about the publishing aspects. Since I was a COO, I was familiar with contracts, distributors, vendors, and the such. I think this gave me an advantage when I was looking into my publishing options. I spoke with several authors and did my homework on the pros & cons of becoming self published. So much so, that I now speak every year at a convention about it and have put the information on my website.

This was in 2009 and self publishing wasn't even picking up speed yet. Most indie authors were looked down upon and comments about them 'not being a real author' were frequently tossed about.

However, the real deciding factor was cost. I looked into several different publishing house submission requirements and almost had a heart attack. They did not accept digital copies of a manuscript but wanted a hard copy, double spaced, bound manuscript mailed to them.
No big deal right? Well, Fates was 330 pages, over 150k words, and once I double spaced it, it was over 700 pages! To put that in perspective, that is almost a ream of copy paper for every printed manuscript I wanted to send out. Add to that the cost of binding the manuscript to the publishers specifications, around $70 a piece, at the time, and the shipping and I was looking at $150 or so per manuscript that I wanted to send out. And that did not even guarantee it would even be looked at!

Since I was unemployed at the time, I just didn't have the money to gamble on 'hopefully they will look at it." I wasn't writing to get rich anyways so self pub was the better option for me.
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Shattered Illusions (Shadows v.5)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,850. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Guns & Hoses fans... John's story is now here!!! The Tampa nightclub Shadows, in Ybor City, is the refuge for those who are not quite normal. When John meets Simon, his life takes a bizarre direction. Can either handle the fall out of John's acceptance of who he really is?
Series: Mad Dogs, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,740. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Routine training for the Mad Dogs turns out to be anything but routine for Brian Hay. Finally bonded to the rest of the pack, there is only one last step to make him an official Mad Dog: meet the Council representatives. What should have been standard operating procedure between the Mad Dogs and the Council turns into a mission like none other they had been sent on before…to save Markus and Brian.
Guns & Hoses
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,160. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Tigger Flint & Thomas Flame shared an instant mutual hate for one another from the day they met in sixth grade. Sharing the same haunt, Guns & Hoses, & being forced back onto the football field for charity gave both men another venue for their hatred & rivalry to make an appearance. But those feelings weren't the only emotions in attendance and the winner of game could just be both of them.
Mad Dogs Volumes 1 & 2
Series: Mad Dogs Volumes, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 79,050. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The first two books, Sixth & Deployed, in the Mad Dogs series. The Mad Dogs are an elite Delta Unit. They live up to their name by policing the supernatural world that most civilians know nothing about and protecting other non-humans from the Organization.
Series: Mad Dogs, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,520. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Four geological scientists go missing in the Swiss Alp’s when they apparently wander into Arimaspi territory. It is up to the Mad Dogs to retrieve them because the whole situation stinks of the Organization. However, it’s not Organization Operatives the Mad Dogs encounter but instead the Watcher who is obsessed with the Unit, especially its newest member.
Series: Mad Dogs, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,560. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Brian Hay’s only dream in life was to be part of America’s elite, yet unacknowledged, Delta Force. After years of training to be the best the 75th Ranger Regiment had ever produced, his dream was finally coming true. But what starts out as what he thinks is a Delta hazing op soon turns into much more when Brian not only becomes a Delta Force soldier but a Mad Dog.
Not For Sale
Series: Undercover Love, Rick & Brew #1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,050. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
When Agent Brewster recruited Rick Kendry for the deep undercover Homeland Security op, Rick couldn't have been more thrilled but little did Rick know that he would soon be immersed into the intricate world of leather & BDSM.
Highest Bidder
Series: Undercover Love, Rick & Brew #2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,470. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Sequel to Not For Sale ICE Agent Ryan "Brew" Brewster finally regains the trust of vice cop Rick Kendry, after deceiving him on their undercover operation to bust the human traffickers who were selling gay man in the Tampa area, when that trust is threatened all over again.
Undercover Love: Rick & Brew
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 123,620. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Two novels in one! Not For Sale & Highest Bidder. Follow the story of ICE Agent Ryan "Brew" Brewster & Vice Cop Rick Kendry as they go undercover in Tampa to bust a human trafficking ring that has been abducting gay men from the leather & BDSM communities to sell as sex slaves.
Brothers by Bond
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,850. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
An Amazon Best Seller!! Johnny Baxter has been Mike Morgan's best friend for the last seventeen years and his adopted brother for the last fifteen. They have been attached at the hip since they were kids, where one was found, so was the other. They shared everything. Until six months ago… Johnny got divorced. Mike's feelings for his best friend and brother changed.
Embracing Sin (Shadows v.4)
Series: Shadows, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,760. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Shadows: Embracing Sin is the 4th book of the Shadows series. Shadows: Soul Stealer is #1 Shadows: When Beasts Bite is #2 Shadows: Barely Restrained is #3
Cresting Tide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,690. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf. Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love.
Coming Home
Price: Free! Words: 24,950. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
This book is the extended re-write from the original version. Character names have been changed and an additional 7k words have been added to the story not including excerpts.
The Sapphire Tower: New Beginnings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,830. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Magic is fleeing the world and a seer’s vision may be the only way to prevent its extinction.
Barely Restrained (Shadows v.3)
Series: Shadows, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,550. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Roni is the head bartender at the Tampa nightclub Shadows. All she wants is to date normal humans as she brings enough baggage to the table as a changer. However, when her past comes calling and she kills her tormentor once and for all, what she thought she knew about her new lovers turns out to be a lie. Surviving the punishment is the easy part but can she accept what her lovers are?
When Beasts Bite (Shadows v.2)
Series: Shadows, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,950. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Jordy, manager at Shadows and Nick, Ex-Special Forces and Marine instructor, are best friends. Both are garouls. Everything changed when they accidently touched intimately; both enjoyed it. Neither will admit it. Jordy’s abducted and Nick must rescue him. Will he be able to make Jordy remember his humanity & love?
Soul Stealer (Shadows v.1)
Series: Shadows, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 41,290. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Born at the creation of time, the Soul Stealer feeds on the malevolent and immoral auras to survive. She has honed her skills by enticing her meals to lay with her. But by attracting the attention of a soulless life-drinker, her very existence begins to change but will she allow it?
Before there was Beer Pong...
Price: Free! Words: 11,090. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles and brain twisters
45 different party games that are from the 1980's. Some are still around while others have been taken out of the closet and dusted off for the next generation to play! Great to add to your phone so the games can go to any party with you!

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  • The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels on Dec. 28, 2011

    I grabbed this book as a 'free read' since my past experiences with pick the price have resulted in paying for books that were poorly written with no editing, weak (or worse, no) plots, and characters who were two dimensional if I was lucky! Boy, was I surprised! Reading The Eternal Dungeon was like taking a walk back into an alternative history that could have actually happened. I can not imagine the amount of research that has gone into this novel but it is clear that Peterson did his homework for the world he created for his characters. Characters, which I might add, that you will fall in love with. You will feel their joy and their pain as Peterson takes you through the in-depth plot of The Eternal Dungeon. I was so impressed by Peterson that I was disappointed there was no way to come back here to smashwords and actually pay him for his work. So, I did the next best thing... found him online and sent him some $ through paypal. This book is worth more than the $10 I sent him (and if I could send more I would!) so, take my word and throw a few bucks into the 'pick your price' and save yourself the guilt you will feel later, once you realize this author deserved to be paid for this book :)
  • Jewels on Jan. 24, 2012

    Fantasy meets Sci-Fi and is excellently written!
  • Danger Games: Volume 1 (Book 1 - 3) (Gay Erotica) on April 16, 2012

    Excellent... I can't wait for vol.2. Get writing!
  • Stepcest Taboo Bundle: All in the Family (Gay Erotic Stories) on April 16, 2012

    Hot, kinky... and hot.. and did I mention kinky?
  • Pink Triangles on April 25, 2012

  • Pink Triangles on April 25, 2012

    Good free short
  • Eyes Wide Shut on April 25, 2012

    Enjoyed this.
  • Allegiance: A Dublin Novella on April 30, 2012

    Excellent! I am amazed that this was a free read. I have not been sucked into a great historical in a long, long time! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome novella. I look forward to checking out more of Domin's work!
  • Fully Involved Fire on April 30, 2012

    Excellent! It was nice to read a good free story for a change! Thank you! I am looking forward to checking out more of Sherry Silver's work!
  • The New Boy on June 28, 2012

    This was a good YA gay story about coming out and finding young love. The story started out very well and held my attention but after awhile, Like Jonovan said below, I was wondering where the story was going. I really enjoyed the twist ending and would recommend this for any young reader, not just young gay readers.
  • The Ultimate Submission on May 01, 2013

    Awesome, totally awesome. Very well written with very few errors. The descriptiveness was incredible but the best part was all the twists and turns of the story. I was totally blindsided on page 360 and I haven't had that happen in years! Thank you! This book had me guessing who did it right up to the end and I loved the way it ended, too! Great Job! I am looking forward to reading more of this author's work :)
  • Continental Divide on Oct. 10, 2013
    (no rating)