Brenda Cothern


Brenda is unlike most authors since she only began writing 2010. She never wrote fan-fic but has been an avid D&D player for over 35 years. Painting pictures and telling stories for gamers to see in their imaginations came naturally and now she does the same in her novels.

She is an Amazon and ARe best-selling author and her love for reading fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance has allowed her to apply her Bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing to her new career.
Her first best-seller in 2012, Coming Home, was her first attempt at a short story and admittedly ‘shorts’ are not her forte. However, since then, almost every book she has published has made the best-sellers list on Amazon and/or Are (All Romance eBooks.) Brenda’s Shadows universe has been compared to True Blood or Anita Blake by fans and her Mad Dogs series have received rave reviews for its uniqueness. Brenda’s BDSM books in her Undercover Love series, Not for Sale & Highest Bidder, have been banned from Amazon with no explanation. They are also what Brenda considers her best work.

Brenda travels the country appearing at leather events and conventions. She frequently is asked to speak on panels about writing and BDSM/kink related topics When Brenda is not writing; she lives and breathes in the Tampa Bay gay leather community. She is a member of the Tampa Leather Club and the only associate member to receive an award (2011) for her dedication toward making the club events all they can be. In 2014, Brenda also received the award for Ms. Community Service 2015 from the Florida Puppy Contest organizers. In 2015, Brenda was again honored for her service to the community when she was pinned ‘Mama’s Tampa Wench’ by Sandy ‘Mama’ Reinhardt who has been an activist for over twenty years. Less than 2000 leather community members worldwide have received this honor. Brenda is also member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. In Nov., she became (the first) Ms. Florida Leather n' Fetish Pride 2016.

She was the coordinator for Alt*Life Bike Fest in 2013 and currently hosts a monthly leather social at her home bar, The Body Shop. In the past, she has been on the organizing boards for Florida Leather n’ Fetish Pride and RainbowCon.

Brenda resides in Tampa with her husband of almost 20 years, 7 cats, and a turtle named Tammy. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters and a grandmother of two gorgeous granddaughters.

Brenda loves to hear from her fans so don’t hesitate to contact her online!

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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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Where to find Brenda Cothern online

Where to buy in print


The Gardeners (Those Who Dare #1)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,450. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Max changed everything three years ago. Their friendship shattered and Max fled to Michigan to do his uncle’s work. Now he’s been called back to Chicago and once more paired with his former best friend, chosen brother, and the one man he’d always loved. Now, both men must address what happened between them three years ago in order to do the job only they can do: recover their cousin Val.
I.N.E.T. (International Narcotics Enforcement & Tracking) Book 3
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,330. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
David Payne only worked with his Irish teammate for three months before he went under cover for two years on an op that almost got him killed. Waking up to Hunter after his surgery was a surprise and reignited his attraction for the man. When their boss sends him to finish up his required medical leave and home with Hunter to bury his grandfather, Payne not only wants to be there for his teammate,
Then & Forever (A Guns & Hoses Novel)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,090. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Officer Jake Silverstone was content to be alone and only hooking up to satisfy his needs. He’d already had the love of his life and after he gave his heart away twelve years ago and had it shattered into a million pieces, knew he would never risk that kind of pain again. This book contains M/M sexual situations and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.
I.N.E.T. (International Narcotics Enforcement & Tracking) Book 2
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,770. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Rob ‘Zep’ Zepple loved working for INET and was never afraid to go undercover to bust the drug dealers who polluted the world. In fact, there was only one thing, one person, who scared him senseless. That was Spider, the bully from his youth. Spider is a changed man & has to convince Zep But for that to happen, Zep must overcome his fear and sometimes there is a good reason to be afraid.
Spark & Blaze (A Guns & Hoses Novel)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,070. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Brett Malone has been working for Tampa Fire Department for over three years and the last thing he needs or wants is a rookie who can’t follow orders on a scene. All Evan Carmichael ever wanted to be was a fireman. Back to back shifts of one trauma call after another send him quickly to his breaking point.
Undercover Love
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 124,520. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
ICE Agent Ryan "Brew" Brewster finally got the break he was looking for in his human trafficking case. But to follow the lead, he would need to go undercover into the world of the gay leather community. Vice Cop Rick Kendry did not look twenty eight so he's perfect for the undercover op to bust the human trafficking ring wide open.
I.n.e.t. (International Narcotics Enforcement & Tracking)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,420. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fists soon follow as Slade deals with Knight's anger management issues over everything, but especially his I.N.E.T. training. All Knight wants is to be back in the field with his new partner, but it turns out that isn't the only thing Knight wants from Slade.
Shadows Bundle
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 201,030. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
The complete Shadows series. All five novels in one great bundle! Re-written with an additional 10k words added! Soul Stealer, When Beasts Bite, Barely Restrained, Embracing Sin, & Shattered Illusions. These stories contain m/f, m/m, m/m/f and BDSM sexual practices and are intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.
Series: Mad Dogs. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,370. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mad Dogs Book 6 The attack on their downtime base, Camp Smokey has caused the Mad Dogs to scatter. Aside from the core pack and the former Watcher Duke, the status of their CO, McCormick, and Councilman Representative, Rolex, is unknown. Either their own Order or the Organization is trying to take them out. Going AWOL is their only option until they can figure out which faction is hunting them…
Series: Mad Dogs. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,860. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
After a disastrous R&R where none of the Dogs got any rest or relaxation, they have returned to Camp Smokey, but they are not the same Delta Unit. However, as the pack recovers, a new threat comes from a faction they never would have expected; their own Council.
Revelations (The Goddess of Fate 3)
Series: Goddess of Fate, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,610. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
As Fate continues to manipulate Zarkina, she has no choice, but to venture to the Isle of Destiny to learn to control her Goddess ‘gifts.’ The journey is fraught with danger as the Bis’halites attempt to make her chose the God of Chaos and the Sisters’ of Fate have their own agenda for the heir to Jaxarelin.
Reunion (Goddess of Fate 2)
Series: Goddess of Fate, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,990. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Goddess of Fate, Book 2 Forced to meet her mother, the Queen, but also confronted by the world’s religious order, the Sisters of Fate, Zarkina's life changes. The forces of Fate try to make her walk not one but two paths. She stubbornly refuses to take either. But sometimes Fate gives no other options but to do as it bids.
Fire & Ice (A Guns & Hoses Novel)
Series: Guns & Hoses Universe, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,760. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Austin Kinsley moved to Tampa Bay to reconnect with his cousin, Thomas Flame, and to apply for an arson investigator position with the county. Of course, getting his dream job is the easy part. Working with his new partner, Lukas Wolf, and finding what he needs to satisfy his craving for pain might be more difficult.
Mad Dogs Volumes 3 & 4
Series: Mad Dogs Volumes, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 108,110. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The second two books, Extraction and R & R, 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.
Retrieval (Goddess of Fate 1)
Series: Goddess of Fate, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,700. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Zarkina had always known she was the bastard daughter of the Queen and was perfectly content to have never met her mother. Perfectly content guiding merchants and travelers through the Broken Arrow Mountain range. However, that contentment is shattered when she is ripped from the life she knew, abducted, and forced on a journey that she wants no part of taking.
R & r
Series: Mad Dogs, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,950. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
After rescuing Markus and Brian from the clutches of the sadistic Councilwoman, Shanna Crystal, they are forced on R & R. None of them are happy and none of them want or need ‘rest & relaxation’ but they have no choice. A leisurely run in the Ocala National Forest turns their R & R into a mission. A misson that almost takes out the Delta Unit. Permanently.
Shattered Illusions (Shadows v.5)
Series: Shadows, Book 5 ยท Guns & Hoses Universe, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,850. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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
Series: Guns & Hoses Universe, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,160. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,050. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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.
Brothers by Bond
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,850. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,760. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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
Barely Restrained (Shadows v.3)
Series: Shadows, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,550. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
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?
Before there was Beer Pong...
Price: Free! Words: 11,090. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Categories: 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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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Continental Divide on Oct. 10, 2013
    (no rating)