Guest Post, Blog Tour Stop & #Giveaway – Moment of Impact by Karen Stivali

Title: Moment of Impact (Book 1 of the Moments In Time Series)
Author: Karen Stivali
Length:  33.000 words / 140 pages (novella)
Genre: New Adult, contemporary romance, gay romance, M/M
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis

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.

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Guest Post

Why write romance?

When people find out I’m a romance novelist one of the first questions they always ask is “Why write romance?” Luckily, it’s a question that’s very easy for me to answer—my favorite thing to write about is people falling in love and I could never write a book that didn’t have a happy ending—love story + happy ending = romance.

I’ve always been fascinated by people, so much so that I have a masters degree in clinical social work counseling. As much as I enjoyed working as a therapist, helping people sort through their problems and, hopefully, giving them the tools to make their lives better, that was real life. And real life doesn’t always work out the way people want it to. Bad things happen and sometimes no one can make them better.

Everyone has problems, including fictional characters. That’s what makes them interesting and relatable. A story where everything goes right for every character, all the time, would be boring. Struggles show what a person is made of and the way they handle the most difficult situations defines them. When characters go through angsty, gut-wrenching times readers (and writers) go along for the ride with them, gasping at the shocking news they receive, holding their breath at the tense moments, sniffling through the sad ones.

I do the same thing with my real-life friends—spend hours listening when they have problems, cry with them when tragedy strikes, hold their hands to give them courage—but I can’t make everything better. I can’t guarantee them that everything will be okay, because I’m not in charge. When I’m writing, though, I am in charge. No matter how much befalls my character I can make certain that in the end everyone is happy. That’s why I write romance. When it’s up to me, everyone gets their happy ending.

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About the author

Karen stivaliKaren 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 (and other writers), so don’t hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenstivali
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KarenStivaliAuthor
Website: http://karenstivali.com
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karenstivali
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KarenStivali
E-mail: karenstivali@gmail.com

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