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This ain’t your grandma’s Amish romance! Exclusive excerpt and giveaway.


 

I’m delighted to announce that A Clean Break, the sequel to A Forbidden Rumspringa, will be out February 3, 2015.

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You can see the gorgeous new cover by Dar Albert and read an exclusive excerpt at Joyfully Jay’s. You can also enter to win an advanced reading copy, so hurry on over! I’m very excited for you to read the second part of David and Isaac’s journey.

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Tell your friend Veronica it’s time to celebrate Hanukkah – with a hot gay romance


 

I just had to quote “The Hanukkah Song,” which is probably the best work Adam Sandler has ever done (or will ever do!). Hanukkah starts tonight at sundown, and what better way to celebrate than with a gay new adult romance?

Lucas McKenzie figures spending the holidays with his annoying roommate’s family is better than being alone on campus. The last thing he expects is to lust over Sam’s brother — or for Nate to actually want him back.

They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill.

Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.

 

 

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Read an excerpt from Eight Nights

As Nate went through the steps, Lucas tried to pay attention. At one point, Nate handed him a pair of rubber-tipped tongs, and Lucas dutifully plucked out a developed photo and hung it on the line. They worked in companionable silence, and Lucas found he enjoyed watching the photographs come to life. They were all black-and-white cityscapes, and he felt a frisson of excitement, knowing he’d get a chance to finally see New York for himself in the days to come.

“You took all of these?” Lucas admired the clean lines and unique angles of the photos.

Nate waved his hand dismissively. “Yeah, I’m just messing around.”

“I’d like to see what you can do when you’re taking it seriously because these are amazing.”

“It’s nice of you to say so.” Nate wiped his hands on a towel and plucked a doughnut from the plate Lucas had left on the counter. “We just need to wait now before we open the door.”

Nate didn’t seem comfortable with praise, so Lucas stopped talking and took his own doughnut, relishing the sweet, fruity flavor. He couldn’t understand why Nate trivialized his talent. Lucas was no expert, but he found the photographs beautiful.

They ate in silence, and Lucas noticed a blob of jelly filling on the corner of Nate’s mouth. Before he could think, he reached out, swiping at it with his finger. Their eyes locked, and Lucas froze, his hand still at Nate’s mouth.

Oh God, what was he doing?

He stayed in place, not breathing as he and Nate stared at each other in the muted red light. Before Lucas could process what was happening, Nate’s tongue curled out and licked the jelly from his finger. A jolt of desire ran though Lucas, and he swallowed thickly, his throat suddenly dry.

Nate turned his head just a bit and sucked Lucas’s finger into his mouth.

As Lucas moaned low in his throat, Nate yanked him close, and they were kissing. Lucas’s head swam from the explosion of sensations he felt.

He was actually kissing another man.

He opened his mouth and Nate’s tongue dived in, probing and stroking as his hands ran over Lucas’s back, down to his ass.

Quiet, mild-mannered Nathaniel Kramer was grabbing his ass.

His head swimming, Lucas kissed Nate back, his body alive in a way it never had been while kissing a girl. The scratch of Nate’s stubble, his musky scent — every thing about him was so male, and any lingering doubts Lucas had about being gay melted away as he explored Nate’s mouth.

They both gasped for air, and Lucas realized that his jeans were undone as Nate sank to his knees. “What are you…?”

Copyright © Keira Andrews

Then Lucas and Nate are back trying to make their secret romance work once the holidays are over

Lucas and Nate enjoyed eight steamy nights of forbidden romance last year at Hanukkah. Now after months of long-distance dating, they’re living in their own apartment in Greenwich Village and beginning a new life together. Lucas hates lying to Nate’s family about the true nature of their relationship, but being with Nate is worth it.

They revel in having a private place to explore their relationship — and every inch of each other — but Nate and Lucas soon discover that living together isn’t always perfect. When an unexpected betrayal shatters their tentative happiness, they struggle to find their way back together as the holidays approach once more. As their first magical nights together become a distant memory, can Lucas and Nate’s relationship survive the break of day?

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Please have snow and mistletoe – and hot men by the tree


 

Christmas is truly my favourite time of year (although summer is admittedly a close second). In December I just adore all the lights, decorations, delicious treats and catching up with dear family and friends.

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It’s also the only time of year I enjoy snow and cold weather! Living in Toronto, January through April is pretty miserable, weather wise. Cold and dreary, with the sun rarely making an appearance. But in December? Bring on the snow and ice!

I delight in every flake and gust of arctic wind. The past few years it’s been a green Christmas here, but fortunately at my family’s cottage a few hours north on Georgian Bay, there’s always lots of the white stuff at Christmas. I love snowshoeing and then warming up in front of a crackling fire.

What about you? Do you love snow at Christmas, or would you rather be sun worshipping? Do you live in a warm climate and can’t imagine a frosty holiday? I did spend one Christmas in Australia on the beach and I have to say it just didn’t feel the same! Of course if you’re used to sunny warmth in December, snow would likely feel just as foreign to you. No matter where we’re from, there’s really no place like home at the holidays.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

It was a real joy for me to set my M/M holiday romance, Where the Lovelight Gleams, on Georgian Bay at a cabin not unlike my family’s. I couldn’t think of a better place for LA actors to spend the holidays while navigating the tricky waters of going from friends to lovers. While Ryan has pined for his co-star since they day they met, Cary has dated starlets—which means he’s straight, right? Ryan doesn’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell Cary will ever return his feelings. Little does he know, Cary has his own secret desires to unwrap this Christmas…

Where the Lovelight Gleams by Keira AndrewsThis Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.

Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?

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Check out this gay Christmas romance and the best shortbread you will ever eat


 

In my M/M holiday romance, Where the Lovelight Gleams, sci-fi actors Cary and Ryan unexpectedly spend Christmas with Ryan’s family at their cabin in Canada. While Ryan has pined for his co-star since they day they met, Cary has only ever had starlet girlfriends— which means he’s straight, right? Ryan doesn’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell Cary will ever return his feelings. Little does he know, Cary has his own secret desires to unwrap this Christmas…

For me, one of the best parts about the holidays is undoubtedly the food. Of course I relish the joy of giving and spending time with friends and family, but I think all of us also really look forward to the delicious goodies! One such tasty treat Ryan and Cary savour in the book is shortbread, and I thought I’d share my grandmother’s Scottish recipe. This is without a doubt the best shortbread in the world (not that I’m biased!), and it’s so easy to make with a food processor.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1/2 cup fruit sugar (or grind up regular sugar in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 cups cake and pastry flour

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
  2. Use food processer – Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid – to make this recipe incredibly simple. (But it can be done by hand as my Scottish ancestors in the 19th century did. All you need is a bowl, wooden spoon, strong arms and boundless energy!)
  3. If using normal sugar, grind it in processor to make it fine. Or add fruit sugar to processer.
  4. Add butter and mix with sugar until smooth and light.
  5. Add rice and pastry flour. Dough should form into a ball in processor.
  6. Press into square glass cooking dish (medium sized – 9 inches or so).
  7. Cook for 1 hour or until bottom is lightly browned (lift up glass dish to check). Do not overcook!
  8. Cool and cut into squares. It’s best to cut when the shortbread is still a bit warm – not too hot, not too cold.
  9. Try not to eat them all yourself. These squares are deceptively addictive in their simplicity.

What’s your favourite holiday treat? I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Where the Lovelight Gleams by Keira AndrewsThis Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.

Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?

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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!