March 05, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali

Book Name: Moment of Truth
Series?  Moments in Time             
If yes, what number? Book two. Best read in order.
Release Date: March 4, 2015

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 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.

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska


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

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


1-Welcome Karen Stivali! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your release.

According to my bio I’m a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic. I think that sums things up pretty concisely!

Moment Of Truth is the second book in my Moments in Time series. This series is about the romantic journey of Collin and Tanner, two college roommates who fall in love and begin their relationship in the first book. Each book explores their lives as a couple at very different stages of their relationship from first coming out and getting together to struggling with all the other things every couple has to deal with---jealousy, different living circumstance, family problems. All three stories are microcosms of their relationship; it’s just three unique times in their lives.

2-How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing stories off and on since I learned how to read but I started writing full time 5 years ago and publishing my work 3.5 years ago.

3-What compelled you to write this particular story?

My characters have a habit of talking to me while I’m working on other character’s books. I was working on a different project when Collin first started chattering in my head. He was so insistent about having his story told that I stopped working on the other project and wrote Moment of Impact. I sent it out on submission, thinking I’d satisfied Collin but when I went back to work on the other project he kept talking to me. Luckily when Moment of Impact got contracted Dreamspinner was open to the idea of more books about Collin and Tanner and that’s how the Moments In Time series was born.

4-What gave you the courage to submit your story to a publisher?

With this series I just did it. But the Moments in Time series is not my first project. Moment of Impact was my 12th release. The first time I sent my first book out it was sheer will and determination that forced me to hit the submit button. I sent that book to tons of agents and publishers and actually wrote and contracted a different book before I finally got an offer on the first one. Publishing is all about perseverance. I can’t say it gets any less nerve wracking to wait for responses but you do get more used to the idea that if you want your story out there the first step has to be to send it to someone.

5-When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?

I never ever use models. I see characters in my head and then I have to find someone in real life who looks enough like them that I can tell cover designers what kind of look I’ve imagined for the character.

6-Why did you start writing m/m? Is there something special that draws you to this genre?

I’ve had LGBT secondary characters (best friends, siblings, etc) in almost all of my stories. It was a matter of time before an LGBT character or couple took on the starring role. The second Collin started talking in my head I knew that time had come.

7-What are you reading right now? Do you have a favorite author or genre?

The last thing I read was an as-yet unpublished book by one of my critique partners. It’s contracted and I’m not sure I’m allowed to talk about it yet since I don’t think it’s been made public! That’s one of the perks of being a writer. You get to know and work with so many other great authors and you get to read their stuff before anyone else. I don’t have a favorite author---I like too many books. But I do gravitate toward books with happy endings. I get to depressed with sad stories.

8-What are you working on now?

I’m working on several projects including two other books for secondary characters from the Moments in Time series. Those would be m/m novels but I have more m/f books in the works as well. I love both genres and could never choose between them so I plan to continue writing in both.

9-When you're not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

I haven’t had a time when I’m not writing in so long I think I’ve forgotten how to answer that question. That’s pathetic, huh? I guess what little downtime I have I spend doing  my favorite things---watching movies, eating (I’m a bit of a foodie although I don’t like that term), cooking, and spending time with family. And chatting online. My online friends are my constant companions and keep me sane, which is not the easiest thing to do when I’m constantly mid-project!

10-What are your writing goals for 2015?

Wow….Um….I have the third Moments in Time book (MOMENT OF CLARITY) due out in May, I’m hoping to write and contract the other two books in this world, I’ve got a completed project out on submission and another few in the middle stages of writing and I’ll be re-issuing a co-written novel (written with Karen Booth) sometime in early Spring. We got the rights back a co-authored book and we’ve added a brand new epilogue. I’m excited to breathe new life into that book (London Calling---a m/f New Adult novel with a sexy British musician hero and his talented American jewelry designer girlfriend---incidentally this is the book where the hero’s best friend from childhood is a gay man who’s in the process of adopting a child with his husband).

11-Do you have personal goals for 2015?

I’d love to learn how to reduce my stress levels and manage my time better but realistically that’s unlikely! I have a very workaholic nature and I’m genetically engineered as a worrier. Relaxing is not my strong suit. But I’ll try.

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