Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Brooding British

When I went to write this post, I realized that I usually crush on English male characters. Apparently, I have a ‘type’ and it’s the brooding English fellow. He’s the silent type with emotions simmering, waiting for the right woman to bring them to the surface. Yes, pure romantic hogwash fantasy… but I love it.

Colin FirthOf course I have to start with Colin Firth as Darcy. He’s the ‘it boy’ for the typical alpha male – silent, arrogant, strong, brooding with dark good looks. I mean, really, who doesn’t love the guy?  

Then I watched Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and fell completely for Mr. Thornton played by MrThorntonRichard Armitage. Again, an angry young man, but instead of highborn like Darcy, he was a self-made man. He built up his business from the ground up and was proud of it. It takes the love of a woman for him to express his softer side and the ending is just…well, I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet…but let’s just say…PERFECT.

Lord Aragorn is up there on my list and although the character wasn’t played by a British actor, the character is British since Tolkien penned the book! So he counts…

He’s a softer version of the alpha male. He doesn’tthe return of the king 009 hide his nature, singing, speaking Elfin to his Arwen in the most intimate ways. Yet he kicks ass in a fight and becomes king despite his reluctance. He is willing to sacrifice his life for those he loves. The picture also includes Legalos as an extra bonus!

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Thou shall not kill.

For archangel Razi-el, he had no choice. He would break God’s commandment again if it were to save Uri-el from a demon’s talons. Yet even God’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. No longer Razi-el, he is now Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.

When a Protector kills an angel, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uri-el to capture the killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. He knows better than to go after forbidden fruit. Refusing to give in to temptation, he ignores his body’s tempestuous arousal for Uri-el until a heated argument turns his blood into molten lust.

As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to make a choice between life and death if he is to save Uri-el again.

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Just A Lil’ Crush

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I have the smallest of crushes on a certain actor. And with good reason – he’s handsome, ripped and has the sexiest voice on the planet. But, you know, beauty is only skin deep and the cutest guy ever is just a cute guy unless there’s more to him than looks.

Cliff SimonMeet Cliff Simon. Cute, huh? This guy has been everywhere and done just about everything. Seriously. As a teen he was a gymnast and Olympic-standard swimmer. He’s been a lifeguard, a rescue scuba diver, and windsurfing and water-skiing teacher (something of a water baby, heh). He trained as an acrobat and performed all over the world, including a year at the Moulin Rouge. And he’s used those good looks to the max as a model in ramp, print and television commercials.

So far, so shallow? Perhaps, but there’s more to Cliff than performing for a camera. He’s an activist with Ocean Minded and sponsor for KarmaRescue (he used to foster, but recently adopted a dog on a full-time basis). Yeah, cute AND an animal lover – are you on-board yet?

Fine. You guy are such hard work!

But I can give you more, because Cliff is on Twitter. And he chats to his fans. He’s all the maturity of a 12 year old, but that’s precisely one of the reasons those fans love him. Nothing will snap you out of a funk like one of his goofy memes. Bad day? This guy will give you a hug, a pep talk and make you feel top of the world.

And he knows his fans. Yes, really. Guess who got an unprompted birthday wish? This girl (and no, I’ve not gotten over that even if it was three months ago). He’s incredibly generous, has a wicked sense of humour and is generally an all-round nice guy. Even if all the roles he gets are bad ones.

So yes, I have a little crush, but honestly don’t I have some pretty good reasons? Oh, fine, have him without a shirt. Shallow lot 😛


Misa Buckley is a sci fi geek who escapes the crazy of raising five children by creating imaginary characters who experience adventure, romance and really hot sex on their way to a happily-ever-after. You can keep up to date with Misa’s latest news by following her on Twitter or at her website.

Let’s Talk Vibrators

Leta and I are practical women, so when we thought about a place where all our erotic fantasies could come true, even though we’d have a bevy of hot men at our disposal – we also insist on having our vibrators on hand. Because sometimes scratching that itch yourself is the only way to go. And of course vibes can be fun with partners as well. 😀

There are two brands we recommend (and no, they don’t pay us!): Lelo and Eroscillator. The Lelo comes with an electric charger, so no need to worry about batteries running low. The Gigi is great for all your pleasure needs and hasn’t disappointed me yet. It’s smooth to the touch and the five settings offer a nice range of variety.

The Gigi hits the spot! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

The Gigi hits the spot! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Here’s what Leta had to say about the Eroscillator:

A few years back, my favorite, reliable vibrator complete with rabbit ears, g-spot stimulation, and rotating metal balls, went kaput and I went on a search for an identical one. I ended up reading a ton of sex toy reviews. This review by Hey Epiphora and this one by Ellen Barnard both convinced me that in addition to a replacement of my old, trusty vibrator I should also buy the Eroscillator. It was about two years after having had my child and I was really looking to splurge on feeling sexy and sexual and super-orgasmic again. The reviews convinced me it was worth a try.

The reviews didn’t lie!

I will quote from Hey Epiphora now:

To explain my love for the Eroscillator in terms that longtime readers of this blog will understand: I haven’t used my (ex-) beloved Xtreme Pack G-spot bullet (which I once dubbed “the bullet to end all bullets”) since I received the Eroscillator. I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t feel good anymore. Yeah, the clitorial stimulator that I used almost exclusively for over a year and a half doesn’t do it for me now. Basically, I’m ruined.

Yes, this is my experience exactly. Except mine wasn’t a bullet, but whatever.

Be sure to read both reviews in entirety. They give you both the good and the bad of the product. But, for what it’s worth, there is very little that is bad. Especially if you have a partner with a penis (or a strap-on) or a traditional dildo or internal vibrator for when you really need that feeling of being filled. The Eroscillator is strictly a clitoral stimulator. It’s different from a traditional vibrator, though, in that it oscillates, it doesn’t vibrate. The biggest difference there is that you will never go numb from the Eroscillator like you would from a vibrator, so multiple orgasms are a possibility if you’re up for that. And the orgasms themselves feel deeper and stronger once you learn how to use the product. (Do check out the reviews because they explain at length how to best employ the product.)

Again, no one’s paying me anything to sing the praises of the Eroscillator. I just want to share the pleasure!

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“French Legionnaire’s Mustache” is the best vibrator attachment description EVER.

These vibrators are pricier, but really, can you put a price on pleasure? We deserve it.

How about you? Have any vibrator recommendations? Don’t be shy now! We aren’t. 😀

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Sexy Overload

For some reason writing this blog post was hard. Maybe it’s because the older I get is the more sex symbols I acquire. You know what I mean—just because a person gets older, or I get older, doesn’t mean I drop that hottie from the sexy-as-hell list. So, in my case, there were too many to choose from—old hunks, fictional hunks, young hunks—and my brain started going into overdrive. “Danger, danger! System overload…”

Then I suddenly realized there was something most of my sex symbols have in common…they all move. No, no, not like get up and walk across the room. I mean they REALLY move—dance or fight or do martial arts—something physically demanding and utterly awesome. Some of them aren’t even handsome in a traditional sense but, damn, who cares with the moves these guys can do? So, here I present a small, eclectic sampling of my acquired sex symbols from past to present, and I hope you enjoy!

(Follow the links for more information and pictures.)

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I knew almost nothing about ballet when I saw the movie, The Turning Point, but afterwards I was hooked—on Baryshnikov. How could he get his body into those positions? I wanted to know…personally…up close…very, very close…

Adrian Paul (Highlander series)

There’s something about a man in a trench coat, carrying a sword that’s irresistible, and when that man is Adrian Paul (“Duncan MacLeod, of the Clan MacLeod.” *sigh*), I’m done…or undone might be the more accurate phrase. To make it worse he not only wields a sword but does martial arts and dances a mean tango too. Yum!! Yes, when I see the reruns I desperately want to put him in a pair of low-slung jeans, but even with his waistband up way too high he’s still hot!

Worf (Star Trek, The Next Generation)

Forget about the ridged forehead (although that could get interesting…just sayin’), have you seen that Klingon use a Bat’leth? Now, don’t get me wrong, if Michael Dorn came to my door as himself there would be no turning him away. Just his voice alone is enough to do it for me. But if he turned up as Worf? The hubby might have a hard time getting me back!

Jet Li

O.M.G. There are a host of martial arts experts in the movie industry and I enjoy most of them, but Jet Li is the man for me. He’s cute, cut and has the nicest Chinese accent, but it’s the moves, people. The moves! There is a scene in the movie The One where Jet does a standing side kick that Rocks. My. World. every time I see it. Not to mention how he saved his daughter’s life during the tsunami in 2004. *melt*

Channing Tatum

I’m old enough to know better but hold on to your drawers…didya see Magic Mike? Can that boy move or WHAT? Good actor, cute guy, really nice body, but it was when I saw him shaking it on the stage that my head went up and I was like WHOA…

So there’s a tiny taste of my sexy list. Have you found there’s a common thread running through your list of hot men or women? On January 8th Sabrina admitted brains is what gets her going…what’s your top criteria??

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Top of my List

There is such a thing called “The List.”

Each husband and each wife own one. This is the list of people that, if they show up at your front door, you’re allowed to go have insane, crazy, buck-wild monkey sex with, and your significant other won’t complain.

My list has a few people on it. The most interesting is probably Heidi Klum. (What? The woman is HOT.)

But, there at the top, is a single man. A man who’s one of the most phenomenal actors I’ve ever seen. A man who can take a role and twist it around his little finger. A man who’s pure magic.

Yes. I’m talking about him.

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Johnny Depp.

What can I say? I first fell in love when I saw him in “Chocolat.” This is the scene that did it: http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-c3IRf-2e8

The way he checks her out, then says “I’ll come around sometime and get that squeak out of your door.” And then smiles… MELT.

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He’s gorgeous, that is undeniable. But the man has TALENT, too. Even when he plays a role that isn’t exactly “sexy”, like in “Sweeney Todd”, his sheer talent makes him appealing to me. I don’t know. He’s magnetic. He makes you drawn to him. And the fact that he looks like a total bad boy when he’s not in character? Holy sweet lord, pass the massage oil.

You may not agree with me. Channing Tatum currently occupies the top spot on a lot of people’s lists. And you know what? That’s fine. Channing can come by my house anytime he wants.

But if Johnny comes ’round?

So will I. 😉

Because this is my day to post, and I can, I’ll be putting a couple more pictures of Johnny below. You may need a few minutes. Please, take your time. 😉

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The British Isles Bring the Smexy

MANHANDLERS! Yes, you! It’s a new year. This means chances to make resolutions grudgingly and break them with glee (or not), to take that trip you always promised yourself, accomplish a major goal, write a book and read thirty more! It’s also an opportunity for me to share more delicious men on my post days. So let’s start the year off right, yes? (You know I have a thing for abs, right?)

This was a hard post to write — pick one man out of a world of gorgeous men and say “He’s the one I’ll write about” is no easy task. My mind rebelled. My mouth was so dry I was puffing our powdered sugar. (And no, it had nothing to do with the donuts that leapt into my cart and then onto my desk. I swear…a lot.) I thought about the things I find ridonkulously sexy and they all seemed to come from, you guessed it, the British Isles. My love affair with green grass, sheep that look like they were hooked up to an air hose, royalty and handsome lads came together to help form this post.

First, allow me to introduce you to a familiar face for romance readers and writers. He’s graced a bazillion covers, each one hot, hot, hot, and he is gracious about all of it. Sam Bond is, by far and away, my serious want that borders on need. Born in Christchurch, England, he fulfills just about every single fantasy I could possibly have. Arms that could bench press me? Check. Pecs that cast small shadows? Check. A wicked set of abs? Check, check and check. Long hair? Cheeeeeeck.

But I’m not limiting myself to one aspect of that lush, lush landscape. (ahem) No, I’ve found that there are a wide variety of men who pique my curiosity. I have a wicked thing for a man in a kilt. Wicked. Thing. This picture seemed to sum up some of the finer points of Scotland.

Finally, I’m skipping across the Irish Sea and touching down with a wee bit of interest in a pint and a lovely lad. Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s accent is enough to make the seams of my clothing start unraveling. No joke. Hems come undone, thongs snap, laces untie, bra clasps go twang and fire off all willy-nilly. It’s embarrassing, really, since I have no real control over whether or not I find myself topless in any given situation. Just kidding. Barely. I find the accents of the Isles the most compelling of any accents out there. Australia naturally runs a close second, but England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales will always hold my heart. And the men of those lush lands? Well, they can hold any part of me they want.

Sexy and the Brain

I’ve always been a little different. Even my father told me I marched to a different drummer, moreyoung_steve_jobs4 than a few times. When it comes to sex symbols, I’ve decided to come clean and let that difference shine, brightly.  While I like man candy as much as the next gal, its brains, imagination and drive that really get my juices going. So Sabrina’s list of sexy is a who’s who’s in rule-breaking business men than a litany of celebrities.

 

Take my first major crush–Steve Jobs.  He really was cute when he first hit the media but that’s thelast thing people think of when you hear his name. And he started a major, world reshaping business in his garage.  He failed and came back stronger, and kept getting more interesting. In other words, as I got older, he may have too but stayed sexy throughout most of it.

 

As I got older, Richard Branson was the next one to catch my eye. All that long blond hair (me likey), a British accent that still sends shivers up and down my spine, he seems to design innovative new businesses while jetting across the globe in a hot air balloon, and breaking extreme sport records. Definitely fantasy worthy (what you never thought about doing it in a hot air balloon)?

 

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And look who’s coming up behind them:

 

Jason Kilar, founder and  CEO of Hulu–take a look at him. Cute, eh!jason_kilar

 

Tony Hsieh, Founder and CEO of Zappos and possibly savior of Las Vegas..
 
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Now, have I found a treasure trove of hot or what?  Oh, and they’re successful, fearless, always trying new things and changing the world, for real. You with me?

 

Danica’s Sexy Men

Welcome back folks! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I did, but really? Were any of y’all ready for 2013? I wasn’t. *sigh*

So we’re talking about our favorite sex symbols. This was a tough one for me because it changes. What can I say? I don’t like to tie myself to one sexy man. I like options.

A few years ago (and even now), this would’ve been my first answer:

Oh Vin…with your deep voice like boulders grinding together, your buff, muscled, gleaming body and those silvery cat eyes…I loved you in Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. Oh yes, you could spin me around in the mud all day long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then I went to see another movie and thus was born my obsession with Gerard Butler.

Oh Gerard…the minute I saw you with your full beard, your muscled torso and that…diaper thing, I was hooked. I watched you in 300, in The Ugly Truth, in Law-Abiding Citizen and I was in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But recently, I’ve discovered, not one but two new sex symbols who have forever won my admiration. Yes, I went to the movies this weekend and fell in instant lust with two Tolkien dwarves. (I’m squeeing right now because yeah, I’m going to see The Hobbit again.)

Richard Armitage as Thorin son of Thrain who made me realize that apparently I have a thing for men with beards and lots of hair. I knew this because of my crush on Rob Zombie a few years ago, but I thought I’d grown out of it. Apparently not:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and I’m not forgetting the adorable and young-looking Kili, one of the twins. Oh when he and Fili knocked on Bilbo’s door…my heart went pitter-patter and I might have even sighed like a school girl checking out Justin..what’s his name? Bieber? Beiber? Whatever his name is. That’s how I felt about young Aidan Turner:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*sigh*

Yeah, most of my sex symbols are non-humans. What’s wrong with that? Most of them have facial hair that make them look as though they’d fit in perfectly on Duck Dynasty. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?

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Announcing Ascending Hearts!

Keira and I are excited to announce that the second book in our Tempting Tales series, Ascending Hearts, is available through Ellora’s Cave! A fairy tale romance based on Jack & the Beanstalk, Ascending Hearts is by turns sexy, angsty, romantic, sweet, and (hopefully) satisfying.

We’re thrilled to finally have it available for fans of the first book, Earthly Desires, and for new readers who haven’t had read any of the series yet. Each book in Tempting Tales is a stand-alone story based on a different fairy tale, so there is no need to have read Earthly Desires first, but if you’d like to check it out, too, we certainly won’t stop you!

In addition, can we get a whoot-whoot! for the gorgeous cover art by Dar Albert? She’s captured Jack so beautifully here and we are beyond thrilled with it.

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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 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 changes. After a blazing confrontation, undeniable lust sparks. Isolated in the clouds, Jack and Rion give in to their desire and growing connection. Soon they must protect the treasure—and each other—from a new threat. And they have everything to lose.

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Back to work…

12 The Hanged Man

I love beginning a new year. It’s full of possibilities, where dreams can come true. It’s also a time for reflection. I’m thankful for so many things, especially my supportive family and friends. I’m blessed to have so many good people in my life. As I reflect on 2012, the year wasn’t particularly stellar, professionally, nor a disaster, either. I vacillated between loving writing and hating it. Many weeks went by where I stared at my computer more than used it. I’m not a prolific writer and I don’t see that changing in 2013. But I do want to change my perspective.

I study the Tarot and this year The Hanged Man is my card. For those not familiar with the Hanged Man, he is typically shown hanging upside down with his eyes closed.

There are various interpretations for this card, but for me, the man represents my self, hanging upside. I must view things in a different way and  sacrifice something in order to require something new. This means giving up old habits, ways of thinking or old tapes that no longer apply.

When I’m ready to open my eyes and stand up, I will take on a new perspective and apply it to my life. Learning experiences sometimes aren’t fun but necessary in order to break free of restraits that hold us back. I dream that this year will be a breakout year for me. In what way, who knows, but sometimes it’s just fun knowing things will change without knowing what or how!

I wish everyone a bright year ahead!

Happy reading.

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Viki Lyn: Award winning author of male/male paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

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