Giveaway and Interview: Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali

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Book Name: Moment of Truth

Series: Moments in Time /Book two. Best read in order.

Release Date: March 4, 2015

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24236086-moment-of-truth

Author Name: Karen Stivali

Author Bio:

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Karen’s lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen’s novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.

When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don’t hesitate to contact/follow/like her at the links below.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenstivali

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenstivali

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karenstivali/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5170527.Karen_Stivali

Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/KarenStivali

Blog: http://karenstivali.com

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Blurb:

Collin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, he’s living in a beach house on Fire Island, waiting tables at a hip seaside restaurant and, for the first time since he and Tanner got together, they can publicly be known as boyfriends. Being “out” takes some getting used to, but with the help of new and old friends, Collin is happier than he ever imagined. And more in love. But newfound freedom brings unexpected challenges, and when friends get flirty, old insecurities arise. Moments of doubt and jealousy threaten their happiness, and Collin and Tanner must confront the truth or risk losing it all.

Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

Excerpt:

His smile twitched as he started up the next staircase. The last one. The one that led to our room and nowhere else. My hearth hammered hard and fast, and not from stair climbing. I needed to touch Tanner, soon, or every part of my body from my brain to my balls was going to simultaneously combust.

Tanner pushed our door open with exaggerated care and stepped inside. Jesus, is he trying to make me crazy? All I want is to….

My back slammed against the wall, and before I could complete my thought, Tanner’s mouth was on mine. The kiss was savage, tongue hot and heavy against mine, cock hot and heavy against mine. Even through our shorts, I could feel how ready he was. My head swam.

Desperate for more, I grabbed on to him, rolling us toward the door and kicking it shut. Tanner let out a grunt as I pressed him against the hard wood. Could anyone hear us? I didn’t care. I just needed this. Tanner. Now.

As soon as I shoved his T-shirt up his ribs, he yanked it off and tossed it aside. Warm smooth skin greeted my fingertips, filling my nose with his scent. God, I missed this. My mouth returned to his, tongues dueling as my hands fumbled with his fly. I couldn’t stop rubbing against him enough to get the zipper down. Tanner grabbed my ass, crushing his cock alongside mine, humping against me with enough intensity I had to force myself not to come.

I didn’t want that. Not yet. Not standing against the door when that crazy big bed was only feet away. As if he read my mind, Tanner shoved me backward, taking advantage of the moment our bodies parted to strip off his shorts. I tugged off my shirt, and before I could launch it across the room, Tanner had my shorts undone and down. Kicking them away put me off-balance, and Tanner steadied me with one hand clutching the back of my neck and the other wrapped around my cock.

Whimpers echoed through the room. My whimpers. His thumb slicked over my swollen head, round and round in circles that left me dizzy and panting.

“Let’s try out the bed.” Tanner’s voice was low and thick. I’d have said yes to anything he asked with that voice.

I couldn’t actually say a word, so I nodded and pulled us down onto the mattress. Holy Jesus. Soft cool sheets, warm hard body, wet velvety tongue. Heaven. Fire Island was heaven.


Pages or Words: 150 pages

INTERVIEW WITH KAREN STIVALI

VP: What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

Bread and Jam for Frances was probably my favorite childhood book but I loved books in general and read all the time. If I liked a book I’d read it over and over a thousand times. I’m still like that with favorite books even as an adult.

VP: When and why did you decide that you wanted to write M/M Romance?

It wasn’t really a decision. I’ve been writing romance for over five years and, although in my earlier books the main characters were m/f couples, most of my books had LGBT secondary characters. A lot of secondary characters are scene stealers and I think most writers think about giving them their own books in the future so it was really just a matter of time before I had an LGBT couple as my lead characters. Collin, the pov character in the Moments In Time series, started talking in my head while I was working on a totally unrelated m/f book. His voice and personality were so clear in my mind I knew I had to write his story and he was clearly the main character. I stopped work on the other project and wrote Moment Of Impact. Less than two months later I signed my contract on it. Writing isn’t something I can force—either the characters talk to me or they don’t. I write whoever is speaking loudest in my head. I imagine I’ll always write both gay and straight fiction. I just enjoy writing about people falling in love. And kissing. And all the other good stuff you find in romance novels.

VP:  Who are some of your favorite M/M Romance authors and why?

I like so many books (and know so many authors) I don’t feel like I can really answer that without forgetting someone super important! I’d be like the winners at awards shows who forget to thank their agent or their spouse. I can tell you some authors who write books that are very similar to mine—I adore their books and our recent releases have all covered some similar themes (coming of age, coming out, college years…). In fact, I can do better than give you a list! We’re throwing a Facebook party to celebrate the fact that we’ve all had m/m releases (one or more each, mostly NA) recently. Here’s an invitation if you’d like to come—we’ll be taking turns hosting and there will be giveaways and excerpts and teasers. I’m really looking forward to it. https://www.facebook.com/events/840986489273550

VP: Describe your writing place.

I write at a teeny tiny built-in kitchen desk which is literally in the middle of my house. We have a very open floor plan and the kitchen is a huge room that’s open to a big family room. There are times I wish I had an office and I’ve thought about converting the spare bedroom, but the truth is I think I’m better off in the middle of the house. I write all the time and the central location allows me to cook dinner (or bake brownies), or answer the front door, or talk to the other members of my household when they wander in looking for snacks. If I had my own room with a door I might wind up stuck in there for days on end. And no one else in my household cooks so we’d all starve to death. It’s safer for everyone to have me at my kitchen desk.

VP: What makes you want to write?

People fascinate me. In real life I tend to be the friend people go to with their problems (which I guess explains why I spent many years working as a clinical social worker). I’m a good listener and I enjoy helping people figure out what’s upsetting them and how to work through it. I started writing fiction pretty much as soon as I learned how to read because I wanted to make up my own stories. Even back then it was always really important to me that my characters acted and sounded like real people—they were real in my mind so I figured out how to make them as real as possible on paper so other people could get to know them too. That’s the main thing that compels me to write—the desire to tell the stories about these characters who are so real inside my head it’s as if I know them. I always hope readers come away from my books feeling as though they know them too. As to why I write romance, the answer is simple. In real life I can’t guarantee a happy ending for myself or anyone else I care about, no matter how hard I may try or wish for it. For my fictional characters I can guarantee that they’ll get their happy ending, in every single story I write. You’ll never find a cliffhanger or a sad ending in any of my books.


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Sales Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Stivali/e/B005KWSFGO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_2

AmazonUK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Stivali/e/B005KWSFGO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

AmazonCA: http://www.amazon.ca/Moment-Impact-Moments-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B00RO1Z6ZC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422304920&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/karen-stivali?store=allproducts&keyword=karen+stivali

All Romance E-books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-momentofimpact-1700287-340.html

Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/karen-stivali

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