26 May 2009

EXCERPT: Claim Mate

I'd like to introduce my one and only mystery cross-genre story (so far...I'm working on a second story from the same world), but let me hook our lovers of the genre into a new read...first week out! That would be COMING TOGETHER: AGAINST THE ODDS...available in e-book now and coming in print next month.

Like all Coming Together anthologies, the authors, editors, and cover artists take not a thin dime from the publication of the book. All royalties (for all of those people) go to the charity designated for that issue. The charity for this anthology is Autism Speaks. Since I have two high-functioning autistic kids and three nieces/nephews thus afflicted, it's very near and dear to my heart. It's a great gift for mystery erotic romance lovers, especially if they have autistic family members.

My excerpt is from this book, BTW. It's from "Claim Mate" from my Born Investigators world!

HEA-yes, VIOLENCE-moderate, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-lightly erotic
Did I mention that I use a rating system on my site to help readers find books that will appeal to them? I do.

Sheara L'Lun stepped out of the pod, smoothing her uniform skirt. She hadn't bothered with primping in yars, but Dahv was at Command Level Surian again, and the last thing Sheara would allow was her former cohab seeing her in less-than-pristine form. Dahv H'Liah hadn't left her much but her pride, and vexed if she'd shed that final skin before him now.

It had been a quarter moon-turn since he'd returned to Surian. Sheara hadn't seen his detestable form since then, but it would only be a matter of time. Cool and unaffected would be the order of the day, when the moment arrived. She just had to remember not to show her hatred when she saw him.

Or anything else.

The silence of the office cut through her internal musings first. Sheara felt the fuzz on her arms rise in warning then the soft hair at the join of her head and neck. She slowed, looking around at abandoned work stations in unease. Had there been an emergency, the pod would have rerouted her. There were interlocks to avoid injury.

This is something else.

The first of the stony-faced I.I. techs had her heart stuttering in apprehension. Her mouth went dry in the realization that something was very wrong...and on her watch. Internal Investigation was only sent in for criminal acts within the Military Ministry.

Before she could find the words to question them, the one she'd spotted first nodded to her.

"You may join the others in West Ten, Captain L'Lun."

Sheara cleared her throat. "My thanks, Sergeant." She turned crisply and glided toward the conference main in question, as if she had not a care in the world.

In truth, a med-tech would set her to rest-bed status at the count of her pulse.

Internal Investigation was bad news for several reasons. The most obvious was that I.I. had no boundaries. If they were called in, there would not be an end for anyone until there was an arrest warrant...preferably an arrest.

I.I. was also Dahv's department. Of course, there was no reason to assume Dahv's team would be assigned. There were typically three full teams in the Ministry building in Surian, and Dahv's was the highest-ranking of them. Still, her department was Command Level. Any criminal breach here would bring either the mid-level or highest of the teams. Since Dahv's team was the highest currently in Surian, there was an even chance he was in charge of this investigation.

Sheara slid the door to West Ten open and stepped inside. She presented her palm for ID verification to a level six I.I. tech whose badge pronounced him H'Vet.

"Ah, L'Lun," he noted. "You may be seated."

Though it rankled not to know what the accusations were, she moved to comply. One didn't question an I.I. team. They questioned you.

Her turn toward the waiting chairs was cut short by a most unwelcome voice.

"Running late today, L'Lun?"

Her heart pounding in sick resignation, Sheara faced the brute. All her plans to stun him for naught, she was meeting Dahv H'Liah at a disadvantage. Her department was under an I.I....and he looked better than any man had a right to.

His gold hair lay in silken waves over his shoulders, and his blue eyes bored into her. If anything, her memory of his body didn't do him justice.

And... Damn the stars! She didn't want to hate him. After everything he'd done, the urge to crawl into his arms and bed clawed at her.

"L'Lun?" he questioned.

Sheara forced her jaw to unglue. "Oh, it's you."

And more news!

Oh, why not! Let's keep the news coming...and it's all good!

I signed a new contract with Phaze for a RAVEN Heat Sheet, coming in late October. The story, aptly titled since the RAVEN set my mind wandering to Poe's poem...is NEVERMORE! It's yet another new world from me, bringing the total to 20 so far. I haven't named the world yet, but there are humans, witches, werewolves, vampires, and zombies hanging around. A lot of fun and very hot!

I've had another new release...my second in a week. This time it's the second book in the Night Warriors series, WILL OF THE STONE. It includes the PEARL finalist
KÖNIG CURSEBREAKERS (the same year, NIGHT WARRIORS book one took Honorable Mention in the PEARL, second to Angela Knight), AUTONOMY, STEALING INNOCENCE, and CLAIMED: KÖNIG MATE.

The next installment releases July 6th (BEARING ARMEN). Making the debut of this book all the more exciting is that it contains new Night Warriors work! In fact, from here on out, all of the books (save VERIEL'S TALES I: CROSSBEARER TURNED) will have new content in them from the world. BEARING ARMEN includes ARMEN AND DANGEROUS, DEVON'S PRICE, HEART OF A WARRIOR, THE BLADE CHASER'S SON, and new work THE WARRIOR'S WIDOW and DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL.

I've also written some free reads from the Night Warriors world! The first one, "Claiming A Lady" will be releasing from Phaze this summer.

For Kegin lovers, the spin-off Kielan series with Logical-Lust continues with TIME CURRENTS! I just turned in that story and created the cover art for the book. I'm well at work on stories # 3 and 4.

Be sure to check out this interview that Logical-Lust blog did with me. It was a hoot and included questions I don't often get to answer.

Oh, and while you're over at LLP, check out the new site design. GORGEOUS. Everyone is updating sites lately, and they look wonderful.

Of course, that's not all I'm working on. I've finished the new piece of VERIEL'S TALES II: LOSING REGANA and am doing a cleaning edit on that for Phaze. I'm working on a Christmas story I hope to sign to Loose-Id and several anthology shorts. I'm also working on the next Xxan book for Loose-Id and finishing up MAGMON'S FIRE, in hopes that they'll like it.

And everyone has me busy on edits. In the last week, I've done edits for Phaze, Under The Moon, and Logical-Lust. Grinning... But they are fitting together as if on cogs, so that's good.

Cover art is still pouring in. The ever talented Kendra has created yet another wonderful Night Warriors cover. This one is for Maher Men, coming in 2010. Word is that I'll have the covers for the Night Warriors Beast Books within the next month or so.

I've got a couple of new reviews in that are stellar!


"Brenna Lyons takes a plot that's probably as old as time and weaves it into an excellent love story. Almost every reader will have personal memories of a time when family differences couldn't stand in the way of two hearts that want to be together. Ms. Lyons does a wonderful job building the characters, dialogue, and romance in this often witty tale of two families and two lovers. They're determined to make a life for themselves in spite of their fathers' hard headedness."

FATES MAGIC Reviewed by Dee Dailey for The Romance Studio 5 Sweethearts!

Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews

"Let me start by saying WOW! I am a lover of paranormals anyway, but the creativity in this story just added fuel to the fire for me. When an author can craft a tale such as this that truly tantalizes the senses and pulls you in, making you care about the characters, the story is all that much better. A great read about love that defies the rules. Sort of a “were” Romeo and Juliet. Touching and alive with emotions."

ANIMAL INSTINCTS Reviewed by Wisteria for Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews 4 Cherries!

Thanks to that 5 Sweetheart review from The Romance Studio for FATES MAGIC, I'm in the running for the Favorite 5 Sweetheart Read of the week! Check it out and cast a vote.

Last but not least, Mundania has the new site up. Doesn't it look FAB?

20 May 2009

Yet MORE News This Week!

Yes, it's a fabulous week this week, and I keep getting more good news. So, let's keep it rolling.

First up would be this interview that Logical-Lust blog did with me. It was a hoot and included questions I don't often get to answer. For those who don't know, LLP publishes my first Kegin spin-off series, the Kielan. The first story from this new world is THE LADY'S LOWBORN LOVER.

Yes, there is more planned from this world. But you can read the interview and find out more about that!

Next would be this great review from Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews. Wisteria gave ANIMAL INSTINCTS from Phaze (the first of my Instinct series) 4 cherries and said: "
Let me start by saying WOW! I am a lover of paranormals anyway, but the creativity in this story just added fuel to the fire for me. When an author can craft a tale such as this that truly tantalizes the senses and pulls you in, making you care about the characters, the story is all that much better. A great read about love that defies the rules. Sort of a “were” Romeo and Juliet. Touching and alive with emotions."

Finally...but certainly not least, I have two great new covers from Kendra Egert for the Night Warriors series from Phaze. I should have three more to show off over the next few weeks. Can't wait. Her covers are always stellar!

19 May 2009


It's release day! COMING TOGETHER: AGAINST THE ODDS (from the ever-popular Coming Together Charity Antholgies) has released in e-book from Phaze. The print release is currently scheduled for June 22nd.

Like all the Coming Together books, the authors, editors, and cover artists take not a thin dime from the book. All royalties are donated to their respective causes.

In this case, the cause is Autism Speaks, and it's near and dear to my heart. This is my second outing in Coming Together, and I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

15 May 2009


Where to start? Probably with the great review I got on THE LAST OF FION'S DAUGHTERS from Joyfully Reviewed! Patrice F. loved it and Joyfully Recommended the book.

Other great new reviews this month include...


"Last Chance for Love is an enthralling book with the ability to fascinate the mind and supercharge your libido. The characters aren’t without their flaws, and that makes them even more endearing. Ms. Lyons writes about a world that draws you in. I’m eager to read more about Kegin and the people prepared to repopulate their home world through love and respect for their mates."Reviewed by Scandalous Minx for Literary Nymphs Reviews 5 Nymphs!


"Rites of Mating takes us back to Kegin and the characters we love. Ms. Lyons has written yet another compelling story about this world and their people. She has left a bit of suspense to entice us with a few new characters. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the royals find their true mates." Reviewed by Scandalous Minx for Literary Nymphs 4.5 Nymphs!


"Matchmaker’s Misery takes off at a wildly passionate pace with Pilar’s story in all its Romeo/Juliet-esque angst. Her star-crossed mating is torrid while traveling an emotional rollercoaster. I had nary a complaint. Although Eve’s budding romance is enjoyable, it’s a cheer fest for the underdog and enhances her confidence and complexity. Kyra’s story fell flat at the beginning but by midpoint through the end, I was won over. I think I was confused about her condition. Still, once I got into the story, it was smooth sailing. Everything staggers to a halt with a tiny cliffhanger. This was a bit of a letdown because I admire how Ms. Lyons’ world building skills leaves enough space for a continuing the main storyline without resorting to serial tactics so that each installment is closed. I guess it worked because I’m tapping my toes in anticipation for the next segment. " Reviewed by Patrice F. for Joyfully Reviewed

I will add my apologies to anyone who found the ending jarring. In actuality, I started adding the cliffhangers back in Rites of Mating, with showing Cored in that book. Since the next five books are so interconnected, it helps to meet people who will become important in the next book. Again, I apologize for any discomfort this caused.


"Anna had decided to give in to Matt's advances if only to deal with the results of the erotic dreams she'd been having. She meets a hunk who would be perfect, but she already has the evening planned and it doesn't include the hunky Corwyn. Nor does it include Jorg', the man at the bar who comes on to her as she's leaving. Anna has no clue. She doesn't know that Corwyn's father died protecting her. She doesn't know that Jorg is an elder vampire and she DEFINITELY doesn't know he wants her to bear Corwyn's child so that their child can bear the vampires' children when she comes of age! Night Warriors: Book One was really a quick moving book. It caught me right at the beginning and just swept me up in the German-based warriors vs. vampire legends. The tales of the Hunter family and its member groups was fascinating and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes this genre. Since this is book 1, I am already wanting to read book 2 (hint, hint.....)" Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen for Paranormal Romance


LONG link on this one

"This story was a nice surprise. The story is rich in Germanic lore and history of the two classes of people. The book is done in sections or parts and I think this gives a richer understanding of the overall story being told here. The world-building is excellent. The Warriors lifestyle is very inventive, as well as the Beasts’. By the end of the [first] story I was seriously on the edge and loving every minute. The ending however shocked the hell out of me. Not what I expected. But the story is fricken fantastic and worth it! The second part of the story starts out years later, and the battle still rages on between Beasts and Warriors. The book could have ended and I’d have been fine, but knowing there is more to come makes me excited to revisit this world! It has vampires, warriors and bad chicks! The sex is hot! The fight scenes while not overly bloody, still kick ass! Don’t let it pass you by!" Reviewed by Acquanetta Ferguson for the San Diego Erotica Books Examiner 5 stars! "Highly recommended buy!"



"This action-packed short was the perfect “waiting room” escape. As an Italian, I found myself laughing out loud at Mama. She was so convincing, I could almost smell the lasagna." Reviewed by Jaded for Bitten by Books 3.5 Tombstones!


"I will not give away pertinent information here, but I really like the idea behind the story. Bottom line, this book is recommended. For such a short piece it is complex, yet makes you crave more from the dynamics of the world. The sex scenes are hot. And the intensity between the two characters is great. Don’t let this pass you by. [snip] I would love to know more.*" Reviewed by Acquanetta Ferguson for the San Diego Erotica Books Examiner

*Note from Brenna: It's a good thing there are more coming in this world!


"CLOSE ENOUGH TO HUMAN was an exceptional read. I found the world Ms. Lyons created to be realistic. Both main characters had humanistic characteristics but also the genetic makeup of their Xxanian ancestors as well. I blushed more than once, that’s for sure. CLOSE ENOUGH TO HUMAN is a great book – reading it will brighten your day. I know it did mine." Reviewed by Natasha Smith for Romance Junkies 4.5 Ribbons!

And then there's COMING TOGETHER: AGAINST THE ODDS! This is my second outing in one of the charity anthologies, and this one is to benefit Autism Speaks, a cause close to my heart! Because the book got so many great submissions, Debi Lewis had to redesign the cover. The wrap is above, and I placed both the original front and the redesign below to let you compare. I adore the switch-up. It's gorgeous.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For those waiting for COMING TOGETHER: AGAINST THE ODDS to release, the e-book release has been moved up to May 18th! That's right, just a few days away. The print release, to my knowledge, will still be June 22nd.

And, of course, Phaze has started making icons for our bestselling books. As you might know, LAST CHANCE FOR LOVE (in less than 5 months of being available in 2008...and as a re-issue) took #4 bestseller for Phaze.

My bestsellers in 2008 for Phaze included LAST CHANCE FOR LOVE (July, August, September, and October), FATES MAGIC (August), RITES OF MATING (September and October), and IN HER LADYSHIP'S SERVICE (October, November, and December).

So far in 2009, IN HER LADYSHIP'S SERVICE continued in the bestsellers in January, and MATCHMAKER'S MISERY was there starting in March! In April, ANIMAL INSTINCTS hit the Phaze bestsellers. Here's hoping for a long and happy run on the bestsellers this year!