Gay Amish men fight for love and a new life #mmromance


 

One week until release day for A Way Home, my contemporary gay Amish romance about young men who want to build a life together.

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I’m excited and nervous for y’all to read the final part of the trilogy. Here’s a brand new excerpt to whet your whistle in the meantime.

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“Are you sure you’re up for this?” Aaron pulled into the Byler’s muddy driveway and put the rental car into park. “It’s been a long day of travel. And a long night before that. You look like you could use some rest.”

“I can’t wait. I need to see Isaac.” The sun was setting, splashing pink over the gray spring sky. When he and June had made it to the hospital only to be told Isaac had gone home with his parents, David had wanted to race after him. Even now he fought the urge to barge into the Byler’s house and take Isaac away.

As if he could read his mind, Aaron quietly said, “He’s not going to stay.”

David gripped the door handle. “I know.” He breathed in and out. “But I know he’s been dying to see Katie and the boys again.”

Aaron stared down the drive, as though he could see beyond the curve to the house and barn and his lost family. “I’ve never even met the little ones.”

“Maybe…if you ask, your parents might…”

Gaze still distant, Aaron shook his head. “They won’t. It wouldn’t be fair anyway. I knew what I was losing when I chose to leave.”

He’d never seen Aaron so withdrawn, and he hoped Jen wouldn’t be delayed. She’d texted to ask if David was okay and if the breathing exercises were helping. Her concern made him want to smile even when there was such little to smile about.

“Part of me wishes I could do that.” Aaron nodded in the direction of the house. “Put on my old Amish clothes so I could see them.”

As hard as it was for him and Isaac to come back, David could only imagine what it was like to be shunned. The ache of it rang through him like a bell. “I’m sorry.” He shifted in his old clothing. “You could borrow something if you wanted. My clothes would fit you fine.”

Aaron’s jaw tightened, “No. When I left Red Hills I swore it was for good. I wasn’t going to be one of those runners who couldn’t make it stick. I promised myself I’d never put on those clothes again.”

“I understand.”

He sighed. “But thank you for offering. I appreciate it.” He stared at the muddy laneway.

“I never lived here, but it still feels like coming to a home I’ll never have again. Stupid, I know.”

“Not stupid.” David paused. “I know why Isaac and I left. But why did you?”

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If you love James Bond type spy stories with a twist, this book is for you


 

The Chimera Affair by Keira AndrewsRave review for The Chimera Affair from Catherine L Byrne:

I have always wanted to read a spy story where the spy had to rescue a man in peril instead of a woman and this fits the bill perfectly. It is a breathless race of a story about a secret agent tearing around the world on a mission to save humanity…

There are lots of hot sex scenes, made hotter by the fact that our heroes are running for their lives from every imaginable villain and have to grab the opportunity whenever they can.

The sense of urgency—finding food, water, clothing, showers, sleep—is convincing in every scene and it is obvious that Keira Andrews has done lots of research into covert operations, as she does into the subjects for all her stories, such as ice skating for ‘Cold War’. I really did not know how this story would end until the last page.

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Awesome organizational tool for writers #Evernote


 

Okay, so I’m a little late jumping on the Evernote bandwagon. When I mentioned to a friend the other day that I’d discovered this great organization app, her reaction was something like this:

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She added that it was like saying I’d recently discovered Facebook, but what can I say? I’ve never paid attention to organization apps before. My bad!

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I constantly screencap web pages and whatnot on my iPhone if I see something I want to remember. I subscribe to several writer discussion groups, and it’s so easy to lose handy information in endless email digests. I’d cap an email about Amazon publishing tips, and then have to hunt through my camera roll to find it when I needed it. Needless to say, this was not a good system.

I read a blog post about this new-fangled app, and downloaded it. I almost immediately upgraded to the premium version of Evernote for way more storage, and I’m thrilled with it. $65 CAD/year well spent. Now I have book research, promo info, writing tips and everything I need neatly organized and tagged in Evernote notebooks. It synchs to my laptop and is so handy. I’ve also organized my online recipes, and everything is so easy to find.

I can’t recommend Evernote more to writers and everyone out there who needs to organize their digital information. (And next week I’ll be telling you about this amazing new thing called “Google.” It’s going to rock your world!)

Do you use Evernote? Any tips? Or do you have another organization method? Let me know!

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March madness—romance style with #DABWAHA. Vote now!


 

I was delighted that A Forbidden Rumspringa was nominated for a DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors)!

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It was nominated in the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Category, along with some amazing other authors including Sarah Waters. That’s pretty damn wonderful. Thank you to Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

My Amish boys are up against Ilona Andrews (my evil twin sister no relation) in my bracket. She is a Goliath of an awesome opponent, so please vote for David and Isaac!

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Marines go from friends to lovers: “journey of sexual realization and exploration”


 

semper-fi-web-200x300 3 Chicks After Dark highly recommend this gay WWII romance:

I love friends-to-lovers stories, and the way Keira Andrews manages to grow this relationship is unparalleled. I was surprised by the little glimmers of interest and awareness Jim demonstrates in the flashbacks, almost as if it’s been there all along and he didn’t recognize it for what it was…In using those brief moments, Andrews creates amazing anticipation and awareness.  It’s obvious their connection and affection are still strong years later, and I couldn’t wait for them to realize their potential…

If there’s one thing I can say for Keira Andrews’ stories it’s that she doesn’t shy away from emotion. She will fairly rip your heart out before putting it back together and presenting it to you in a shiny new box. In the end, love and happiness – while not always perfect – definitely prevail.

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What happens when Jack meets a sexy man atop that beanstalk?


 

I’m very excited to say that Leta Blake and I have a new release! Well, an old new release. We’re in the process of getting our rights back on three M/M fairy tales from Ellora’s Cave, and we’ve gotten the first. These fairy tale retellings were honestly never a good fit for EC for various reasons, and we’re very excited to revise and expand them.

We’d always planned on these books having one-word titles, and first up is Rise, our sexy twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. We’re putting it into KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited for three months as an experiment, so you can buy it at Amazon or borrow if you’re a KU member.

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What happens when Jack meets a sexy man atop that beanstalk?

Rumors of treasure have long sent fortune hunters clambering up a magic beanstalk to a mysterious castle in the clouds. Survivors told of an evil giant who guards the gold and glittering jewels with savage strength. No sane man would dare risk the climb—but Jack has nothing left to lose. Shunned for his evil red hair and abandoned by his cruel lover, he’s desperate to escape his life.

Rion isn’t a giant, only a man bearing the burden of protecting his family’s legacy. It’s a lonely existence, but he’s duty bound. Then Jack appears, and Rion’s world is turned upside down. After a blazing confrontation, undeniable lust sparks. Isolated in the clouds, Jack and Rion give in to their desire and growing connection. But do they have the courage to let go of the past and follow their dreams?

Soon they must protect the treasure—and each other—from a new threat. And they have everything to lose.

Buy now at Amazon!

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We’re crossing our fingers we can get back the rights to our other books this year. What’s your favourite fairy tale that you’d like to see made erotic? Let me know in the comments!

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In WWII romance “every detail rings true…and of course the sex is hot.”


 

semper-fi-web-200x300 Keysmash Blog highly recommends gay WWII romance:

Andrews’ knowledge and research on her subject matter shine through, lending a realism to both the setting of the late 40s apple orchard, and the flashbacks to the Marines fighting in World War II. From Cal’s rakish humor and smoking habit to Jim’s quiet, solid presence, to the jocularity and vulgar conversations with their bunkmates, every detail rings true.

One of the great things about Andrews’ writing is the way supporting characters and subplots feel integral to the story, fully fleshed out…And of course the sex is hot. That’s important, too.

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100 Modern Erotic Classics You’ve Never Heard Of


 

March 5 is Erotic World Book Day, and I’m thrilled to have been selected for the list of erotic classics you’ve never heard of. Both A Forbidden Rumspringa and Semper Fi made the list, which makes me feel thusly:

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Not to mention:

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There are several other M/M romances and LGBTQ titles on the list as well, and my TBR (to be read) list is getting longer and longer as I check out the other recommended books in a variety of genres. I hope you’ll have a look and find something new and sexy to read!

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Can two gay Amish men find a home together? Win a free copy!


 

I’m at Joyfully Jay’s with a cover reveal for A Way Home, the third book in my gay Amish romance trilogy. Check out the cover and the very first excerpt, and you can also enter to win one of three free ARCs (advanced reading copies). Easy peasy!

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Contemporay M/M romance A Way Home will be available April 8, 2015. Here’s a bit more about the final chapter in Isaac and David’s journey:

Will returning to their Amish roots renew their faith in each other?

Isaac and David never thought they’d go back to the Amish world. But when Isaac’s younger brother is stricken with cancer, they don’t hesitate to return. Their relationship is on the rocks after insecurity and fear drove a wedge between them in San Francisco, and David is determined to make things right. Yet if they thought navigating “English” life was confusing, being back in Zebulon is even more complicated.

Their families are desperate to bring them back into the fold, and pressure from the community builds. Isaac and David yearn for a future together, but each day it becomes harder to hide the truth about who they really are. They’re caught between two worlds, and if they’re not careful it could tear them further apart.

Can Isaac and David make their way back to each other—and find a place to call home?

Find out on April 8 at Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and other ebook sites!

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WWII romance is “an intimate tale of the struggle for love and family.”


 

semper-fi-web-200x300 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words highly recommends gay WWII romance:

A richly layered saga of a love that begins on board a rickety train bound for Parris Island in the year 1942, the story continues through the war years and ends in 1957.  All the social upheaval, all the national milestones that came with WWII, it’s all here, bound up in an intimate tale of the struggle for love and family…

There is a mystery to unravel, believable children to win over, and always a relationship in flux between two characters we have come to love.  I can’t recommend this story enough.  With Semper Fi, Keira Andrews now has two books in Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words “Must Read” Top Lists of 2014. This story will tug at your heartstrings while making our past and the sacrifice of so many young men feel immediate and haunting.

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