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Rival skaters keep their relationship secret and end up on thin ice


 

When I first told people I was writing Cold War about two gay figure skaters, many of them pictured something like Blades of Glory.

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Er, not quite!

Meet Dev and Misha

Cold War by Keira AndrewsAfter an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

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Can Misha and Dev keep their romance under wraps this holiday?

Writing this sequel from Misha’s POV was really fun. I learned a lot about Russian holiday traditions (huge thanks to Tatiana, my Russian translator and answer-er of my many, many questions), which was fascinating. They go all out for New Year’s and have Orthodox Christmas in January. I love learning about other cultures, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading as Misha and Dev spend their first holiday together. Here’s a bit more about Holding the Edge:

KA_holding the edge_coverlgMisha Reznikov has an Olympic gold—and a secret lover who just happens to be the silver medalist. Now that their competitive days are over, Misha and former rival Dev Avira are setting up house in LA and giving their relationship a shot in the real world. They agree that keeping their romance strictly under wraps is best for their pro careers and Misha’s family back in Russia. So what if Dev hasn’t told his parents, and they never eat out for fear of being spotted? It’s not perfect, but they’re together.

But as they prepare for a special holiday skating show on Christmas Eve in Dev’s hometown, tension builds. How long can Misha and Dev keep their love secret—and what happens if one of them wants to stop hiding?


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Sex in the rain? Yes please!


 

Favourite Things Friday:

Mmm. Delicious.

Anyone seen this movie, Freier Fall? I need to check it out, but I fear it won’t be a happy ending because gay movies so rarely have them. Also, the rain in Germany apparently has magical lubricant qualities. ;)

Exploring the intense bonds of battle in SEMPER FI


 

As part of Semper Fi‘s release tour, I blogged at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words about my inspiration for the novel, including this moving image from the Korean War:

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This evocative shot from the Korean War so eloquently shows the comradeship and tenderness that can exist between soldiers fighting and suffering together. I wanted to explore the evolution of a close friendship when two Marines fall in love. Intense bonds form in boot camp and foxholes in the heat of battle, but what happens to that relationship back in the real world?

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Check out some sexy sailors and win a free book!


 

As part of Semper Fi‘s release week, I’m guest blogging at The Novel Approach and sharing some great historical pictures of gay servicemen. You can also win one of my backlist titles, and check out the NSFW full version of this image:

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p.s. This was my reaction when I first saw the complete picture:

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Two Marines risk everything for love in WWII gay romance SEMPER FI


 

10774974034_c964769244_nI decided to release my new novel Semper Fi on Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day as my small way of paying tribute to the veterans who have served so bravely in too many wars over the years.

The idea for this gay romance came about when my dad lent me a book on the Guadalcanal Campaign, and I started wondering about the Marines who fought there. Were any of them gay? What were their lives like after the war? Did they find happiness even after the horrors of battle?

From these musings Cal and Jim were born, and I knew I had to tell their story. I hope you’ll take their journey with them!

semper-fi-web-200x300The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.

But when Jim’s wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn’t know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he’s determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend’s support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

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Gay skaters keep their relationship secret—and end up on thin ice


 

Super excited to share the cover for Holding the Edge, my new novella out December 2!

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Tessa and Scott are excited too!

Former rivals Misha and Dev from from my figure skating romance Cold War are back. Now retired, they’re trying to make their secret romance work as they skate in ice shows and start a new life beyond training and competing. I love writing sports romance, and I thought it would be interesting to explore what happens once athletes retire from competition.

Click here to see the cover of Holding the Edge, read an excerpt, and enter to win a free book!

Love a man in uniform? Check out these gay military men stories!


 

Unconditional SurrenderStrong. Sexy. Sizzling. 

There’s nothing like a man in uniform! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this M/M military men bundle. These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never-before-published words about gay soldiers — all for $2.99.

Check out these story teasers:

Kerry AdrienneCruise Control
One Maserati brings Parker and Blake together, but will Blake slow down and discover the important things aren’t in the fast lane?

Annabeth AlbertResilient Heart
When a wounded soldier is forced to accept help from his former best friend, both men discover the true strength of their entwined hearts.

Keira AndrewsArctic Fire
Can an army captain who can’t forget Afghanistan make new memories with a ranger in the Arctic?

Brit BlaiseStorm Out
An Army Ranger suffering from PTSD finds coming out the biggest storm he’s ever faced.

Cassandra Carr Civilian Master
Clay’s home for some R&R after a Special Ops mission goes terribly wrong. Can Flynn help him find his true self?

Lia DavisHis Guarded Heart
Being Senator Beckett’s bodyguard while staying out of his bed becomes Judd’s biggest challenge as passion ignites between the men.

Sasha DevlinHometown Hero
Sparks fly when injured Marine Colin returns home …and ends up in the arms of the man he left behind.

Rhi EtzweilerBlood & Peyote
“I almost did it, Api. I had the Glock in my mouth and my finger on the trigger.”

Lucy FelthouseDesert Heat
Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk. Yet they still can’t resist.

Amelia C. GormleyThe Houseboy: Initiation
Being Fowler Vale’s houseboy may open more doors than Bryce ever dreamed possible.

Cat GrantThe Only One Who Cares
Committed couple David and Josh have overcome years of struggle to arrive at their happily-ever-after. But what happens when fate has one last killer right hook in store?

EM LynleyIrresistible Forces
DADT kept them apart, but old flames reignite as Logan and Brody succumb to irresistible forces.

L.A. WittFlight Risk
Sex with a co-worker is all fun and games until your friendship crashes and burns…

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All hail happy endings and @QueerRomance!


 

If you haven’t been reading the excellent, thought-provoking posts at Queer Romance Month, run, don’t walk. Subjects range from diversity, to the importance of queer YA novels, to intergenerational relationships in LGBT romance. The site is a treasure trove of insight and information.

Happily ever after? Hell yes!

One of my very favourite posts is on happy endings by KJ Charles. KJ shares eloquently on the importance of happily ever afters, and on the snobbery romance readers and writers are subjected to at times. Somehow there’s a notion that happy endings aren’t as artistically worthy as sadness and pain. That romance and happy endings are childish and lacking because they might not be particularly realistic.

So, most mornings I take a look at the news online to see what’s happening in the world. Usually, this is how it makes me feel:

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Sometime it makes me feel thusly:

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Or even:

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There’s plenty of reality in my life, and I don’t want to spend what little time I have to read feeling shitty. The greatest thing about the romance genre is that we can enjoy juicy angst and drama while knowing there’s a happy ending on the way. This is how romance novels and happy endings make me feel:

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“Happy reader sighs” as Ava March puts it. It’s the best, isn’t it? To quote KJ:

I’m too old to worry about being thought childish. I’m too old not to understand that happiness is precious and fragile, and should be cherished. And I’m a damn sight too old to paint my bedroom black and wallow in vicarious pain for the purpose of entertainment. By all means choose grim dark, serial killers or misery memoirs for your holiday reading: whatever floats your boat. Just don’t tell me it’s better than my book because it has rape instead of sex or pain instead of love. Don’t sneer at my happy endings.

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Two Marines go from friends to lovers after WWII. Can they make a life together?


 

Semper Fi is now available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords!

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Here’s a little more about the novel, which comes out November 11. The first reader review is lovely, and I hope you’ll enjoy the book too. :)

semper-fi-web-200x300The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.

But when Jim’s wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn’t know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he’s determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend’s support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

Available November 11, 2014!
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Sexy gay military men now available for only $0.99! #SurrenderBundle


 

Unconditional SurrenderStrong. Sexy. Sizzling. 

There’s nothing like a man in uniform, and 13 of today’s hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them. These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never-before-published words — all for a dollar for a limited time.

I’m so thrilled to be a part of this M/M military men bundle with amazing authors including Cat Grant, LA Witt, Cassandra Carr, Brit Blaise, Annabeth Albert and more!

My novella Arctic Fire

Haunted by what he lost in Afghanistan, Captain Jack Turner is at a crossroads. A routine mission to the Arctic gets him out from behind his boring new desk, but he starts off on the wrong foot with the Canadian Ranger guiding him across the forbidding and dangerous land. Jack doesn’t know where he belongs, but he’d rather be anywhere than sharing a tent with Sergeant Kin Carsen.

The Arctic is in Kin’s blood, and he can’t seem to leave the tundra behind. He wishes he could live openly as a gay man, but the north isn’t as accepting as the rest of Canada. Although he’s lonely, he’s proud of his responsibility as a Ranger, patroling the vast land he knows so well. But he’s on unfamiliar ground with Jack, and when they’re stranded alone by a blizzard, unexpected desire begins to burn. Soon they’re locked in a struggle to survive, and all these strangers have is each other.

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