Author Archives: Keira Andrews

What’s Fun About M/M? Hmm, Let’s See… (NSFW)

Could it be the smokin’ hot men groping each other? 😀 😀 😀

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Yep, that about sums it up! What do you love most about m/m romance?

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Keira Andrews and Leta Blake write fairy tale inspired m/m erotica and romantica with Ellora’s Cave. Check out Ascending Hearts, available through Ellora’s CaveAmazonBarnes & Noble, Sony, and others! And also remember to look at Earthly Desires, the first book in the Tempting Tales series, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Ellora’s Cave.

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Just the Facts, Ma’am?

For me — and the Academy — the best picture of 2012 was Ben Affleck’s Argo. It was taut, gripping, well acted and entertaining as heck. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish, even though I knew how it would end. Of course the movie wasn’t particularly true, despite appearances. Affleck and co. certainly took dramatic license with a few pivotal plot points to rachet up the tension.

My question is, does it matter? In movies or in historical fiction, is it okay to fudge the facts?

As a Canadian, I wish they’d given our ambassador Ken Taylor more of the due he and his wife, Pat, deserved. They put their own lives at great risk to shelter the Americans when others turned them away. I’m glad that after Ken Taylor’s friends saw the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival and expressed outrage, Affleck flew the Taylors to LA to see the movie and changed the movie’s postscript to reflect that the rescue was a joint Canadian/US effort. I understand the movie is from the CIA agent’s POV, and that this is Hollywood. Truth is relative.

But as a viewer does it matter?

Nope.

In real life, they never went to the bazaar. Pat Taylor bought the plane tickets with no drama. They flew out of Iran without a hitch. Thank goodness! But does that make for a dramatic movie? Not so much. As a viewer or reader, I want a tale that keeps me riveted, and Argo delivered. If I read a historical romance, I want it to be as true to the time period as possible, but the most important aspect is capturing the spirit of the era or events. I don’t need slavish accuracy at the expense of drama.

How about you? Does it bother you when movies or books aren’t historically accurate?

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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Keira Andrews and Leta Blake write fairy tale inspired m/m erotica and romantica with Ellora’s Cave. Check out Ascending Hearts, available through Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and others! And also remember to look at Earthly Desires, the first book in the Tempting Tales series, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Ellora’s Cave.

Wishing You a Sexy New Year

Happy 2013! We’re going to ring in the new year with a few of our favourite sex symbols. Okay, several. Okay, so we couldn’t decide and went with five. But we figured you wouldn’t complain since pictures of gorgeous men are a known hangover remedy. *nods*

Matt Bomer. His husband is one lucky man!

Matt Bomer. His husband is one lucky man!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Oh yes, we can smell what The Rock is cooking!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Oh yes, we can smell what The Rock is cooking!

Ryan Gosling. Hey, girl. Happy new year.

Ryan Gosling. Hey, girl. Happy new year.

Sendhil Ramamurthy. Why yes, we'll join you for a lazy New Year's Day morning in bed.

Sendhil Ramamurthy. Why yes, we’ll join you for a lazy New Year’s Day morning in bed.

Tyler Hoechlin. He makes stubble an art form.

Tyler Hoechlin. He makes stubble an art form.

Okay, we couldn't resist one more! Teen wolf co-stars Dylan O'Brien and Tyler Hoechlin being good to the slash fans. :D

Okay, we couldn’t resist one more! Teen wolf co-stars Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Hoechlin being v.v. good to the slash fans.

Also, if you’re looking to start your year off right reading about sexy men having smoking hot sex, Leta and I are happy to tell you that the second book in our Tempting Tales series, Ascending Hearts, is available January 2nd! Check it out HERE! Or you can start with the first book in the series now! Earthly Desires can be purchased at Ellora’s Cave or at Amazon.

Happy new year, and here’s a sexy, fabulous 2013!

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Keira Andrews and Leta Blake write fairy tale inspired m/m erotica and romantica with Ellora’s Cave. Check out Earthly Desires, the first book in the series, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Ellora’s Cave. The second book in the series, Ascending Hearts, is out January 2nd through Ellora’s Cave with eventual availability through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, and others!

Let it Snow – and Let Us Eat!

Happy holidays! We hope you’re all enjoying the festive season and aren’t too overwhelmed by shopping and family obligations. We thought we’d share two easy-peasy holiday recipes that are favourites in our households. Both these recipes can also be found in Passionate Cooks, a free cookbook from All Romance.

Scottish Shortbread

Using a food processor (Cuisinart, Kitchen Aid) makes this recipe very simple.

Preheat oven to 275F.

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

If using normal sugar, grind it in processor to make it fine. Add butter and cream with sugar until smooth and light. Add rice and pastry flour. Dough should form into a ball in processor. Press into a greased square glass cooking dish (medium sized – 9 inches or so).

Cook for one hour or until bottom is lightly browned (lift up glass dish to check). Do not overcook! Cool and cut into squares. It’s best to cut when the shortbread is still a bit warm – not too hot, not too cold.

The secret ingredient is butter

The secret ingredient is butter

Sweet Embrace Potatoes

1 large can sweet potatoes in syrup (drained)
¾ stick melted butter
2 eggs
1 c sugar
1 c milk
2 tbs corn starch
cinnamon to taste

Dissolve cornstarch in a little of the milk to make it mix easily.  Beat all of the above ingredients with mixer until well blended. Pour in casserole and bake 22 minutes at 375 degrees.

Topping for casserole

1 c crushed cornflakes
1 c coconut flakes
½ c brown sugar
¾ c butter
½ nuts (chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, almond flakes)

Mix topping ingredients over low heat.  Spread over partially cooked sweet potato mixture.  Return to oven for 20 minutes.

Sweet Embrace Potatoes

Enjoy! We wish health and happiness to you and yours.

p.s. Come on over to Long and Short Reviews for another holiday recipe and a chance to win a copy of my m/m Hanukkah romance Eight Nights!

Keira Andrewsand Leta Blake write fairy tale inspired m/m erotica and romantica with Ellora’s Cave. Check out Earthly Desires, the first book in the series, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Ellora’s Cave.

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