Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review, Feature, and a contest!! Moments in Time by Karen Stivali

Karen Stivali's Moments in Time series is about to get a new installment!! Are you following this series?

Moment of Impact is the first book in the series. I read this a few months ago and really liked it. My first thought was that wow, this story really seems to remain true to the age and maturity of the characters. I see so many romance stories force college guys into 'I'm looking for Mr. Right' instead of 'I'm looking for Mr. Right Now' that it doesn't feel believable. I know the guys stay together through the book, but it doesn't feel like the forced 'I met this guy and loved him forever' vibe.

Do you like a story with sex? Well, then you'll like this story. Okay, so it borders on too much, but I actually liked it. It built on the aspect I spoke of above. Guys, especially young guys, have active sex lives. So do Collin and Tanner. These guys really, really get it on... once they both learn they're not straight.

That's all I'm gonna tell you of the actual plot, other than of course there is an outside force of conflict between Collin and Tanner, and lo and behold... it's both a mix of family and religion. The story explores those aspects, and how someone deals with the internal and external conflicts those can bring when you're not exactly who you're family thinks. I think a lot of gay or bi readers can identify with that, and that really sucks them in!

Okay, so that concludes the review portion of my blog! Check out the info the author shares on the 2nd book and her soon-to-be-released 3rd! The third instalment of Karen Stivali’s Moments in Time series will be LIVE from May 6th 2015. These novellas are a continuation of the romance between Collin and Tanner and cannot be read as stand-alones so have you met the two young men yet?

Title: Moment of Impact
Author: Karen Stivali
Series: Moments in Time #1
Release Date: January 7th 2015
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance, Gay romance, M/M

Outside Collin Fitzpatrick’s dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he’s straight, as does his Catholic family who’d disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he’s safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D’Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner’s not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin’s not sure he’s ready for the impact stepping outside will make.

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Dreamspinner | Are


Title: Moment of Impact
Author: Karen Stivali
Series: Moments in Time #2
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

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.

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | B&N | Dreamspinner | All Romance


Title: Moments of Clarity
Author: Karen Stivali
Series: Moments in Time #3
Release Date: May 6th 2015
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Spending the summer together on Fire Island brought Collin and Tanner closer than ever, but back in their conservative college town, challenges confront them at every turn.
As they search for their new normal in their old environment, Collin’s brother Sean surprises them with help when they need it most. But when word about their relationship gets out, trouble erupts with friends and family. When Collin’s relationship with Tanner becomes an issue in his brother’s custody battle, and Tanner struggles with his feelings for a heartbroken Wendy, Collin wonders if everyone he cares about would be better off without him in the picture. In order to save them both, Tanner must make it clear to Collin that their love for each other is all that matters.

 Pre-Order: Dreamspinner Press

On May 6th Karen Stivali also releases the Moments in Time series as a paperback bundle


GIVEAWAY: 3 readers will be gifted a copy of Moment of Impact.

There will be a Q&A hosted by Karen on May 5th . . one hour about Book 1 and the next about book 2 . . .held on her Facebook Street Team page . .
About the Author
 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. Her 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.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

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