A Stella Review: Moment Of Clarity (Moments in Time #3) by Karen Stivali

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Rating 4 stars out of 5

moment of claritySpending 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.

In general I’m not a huge fan of YA and NA books but this series is really well done. After reading Moment of Clarity, the last one in the series, I can say it was totally worth my time and I’m happy to have discovered Karen’s work.

The book starts where Moment of Truth ended. After spending the summer together on the Fire Island, Collin and Tanner are back to college just to find out their room not available due to some flooding. Spending weeks in the campus gym sleeping with other guys and having no time alone with Tanner is not what Collin was expecting. Luckly Sean, Collin’s brother, is back in his life and the only one in his family to support the relationship with Tanner. Sean offers not only his apologies but a place to be to Collin and Tanner while waiting for their college room back.

Hereafter some things will happen. First of all these young men meet hatred again in the character of Laura first, Sean’s ex-wife, and some college mates then. The scenes and the words used are really hard to take. The author chooses to send Collin and Tanner through homophobia again even if it’s a theme she already talked about in the first book (and I would have preferred some new elements, not the old ones again, risking to be repetitive, too angst and last boring. It becomes hard to find positiveness in this central part). Only this time the one more hurt by is Tanner, not used to be rejected and treat like that. On a good note I love how Sean is supportive and never have a wrong word to say to Collin, even if he’s threatened to take his kids from him.

Next we get a break from the drama with some “cargasm” (LOL). Nope I’m not going to post a snippet of the cargasm scenes but a sweet moment between Collin and Tanner at the end of it.

Our lives were still a mess—no place to live, Wendy still pissed, my family in a shambles—but I’d never been more thankful, because I had Tanner. As we reached the main road, I stopped.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
“Nothing.” I pulled my shoulder strap aside and leaned across to give him one more kiss. “I just love you.”
At that moment, nothing else mattered.

Most of all be ready to at least a couple of WTH moments with Tanner and Collin too, I was so ready to beat some sense into them (sorry for the violent streak). Especially Collin goes out of him mind. The feeling of guilty about everything happening in his life, even the hate Tanner got, will bring him to put on really unbelievable moves.

And after a while all these became too much to me and in some way it lost realism. I’m not sure if this drama was necessary in the final book of the series. I’m positive I could have gone without it. I wasn’t going to give it 4 stars cause I was hoping in something different for the final installment in this series, something lighter maybe but the ending part was perfect (almost too much and that’s why I liked it!). I couldn’t overlook on all the sweetness, rightness and great sense of family I got. And the fact that love overcome everything.

So my opinion on the Moments In Time series is definitely a positive one, I want to recommend it. It was a lovely journey reading about Collin and Tanner and all their struggles and fears. Moreover I discovered a new to me author and now I’m curious to see what she’ll write next.

Cover art by Anna Sikorska. My feeling on this third cover is the same I got from the second one. Of course it’s a well done cover, but the one of the first book is absolutely my favorite.

Sales links: Dreamspinner Press   All Romance (ARe)       Amazon            Buy It Here

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ebook, 114 pages
Expected publication: May 6th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781632167033
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Moment of Truth #2 https://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/2015/03/18/a-stella-review-moment-of-truth-moments-in-time-2-by-karen-stivali/

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A Sammy Review: Paradox Lost by Libby Drew

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars:

He’d had sex with a ghost, and nothing in his life had ever felt more real.

Paradox Lost coverReegan McNamara is from the year 2145. He’s a time travel guide with a bit of an addiction to the jaunts. When he gets the chance to go back to 2020 and see a man he considers a hero give a speech, he jumps at it. Everything starts out fine, but when one of the woman purposefully slips from the group, he finds himself in a whole lot of trouble.

Risking life and limb, Reegan heads back to 2020 after getting the other travelers back safely. Each minute he’s there the risk grows as he begins to cause ripples in the continuum of time. He needs help, and fast. That’s when he turns to cop turned P.I. Saul Kildare, a man with many demons of his own. They’re in a race against time, and Reegan needs to find Silvia before it’s too late for both of them. He just never expects to find love in the past, or the pain that comes with knowing they have no future.

This is what you need to understand. Your past isn’t a string of bad choices. Your mistakes don’t weaken you. And a person doesn’t have to save thousands of people to be a hero. He can save two. Or one. He can save himself, and that might be the hardest, bravest task of all.

I’m not typically a time travel fan, granted I haven’t read much of it. I feel like the plot can go cheesy far too easily, but I was pleasantly surprised by this. There was a sense of adventure mixed with heat and a dash of world building. It was a fun ride, enjoyable.

I felt for Saul and the author did a great job of projecting the pain that he associated with alcohol and being around it. I’d get the same feelings in the bit of my stomach that she conveyed for him, and it made me ache for him. The situation with his sister was also salient, though perhaps not as much as the alcoholism.

Reegan on the other hand wasn’t as easy for me to connect to on a personal level, but I did appreciate his sense of adventure and humor. It was so interesting to see him in the past (or, well, future for me), and how marveled he was by the simplest of inventions, or how puzzled he was by the lack of voice commands. It was charming and sweet.

The secondary characters, such as Silvia and Cammie, were also really nice. Two strong females fighting to survive, each in their own way. I appreciated that and how the author didn’t make Silvia out to be a complete victim. She still fought for herself.

I love the futuristic world that Libby Drew created, and I’d actually love to see more of that in her stories. She threw in some great plot points and it’d be interesting to see her do a series of books that stretch across that development of time and some of the historical events she points out here.

Overall, a nice story that kept my interest.

While I’m not a big fan of the colors of fonts on the cover, it does manage to do a nice job of conveying the futuristic and scientific theme that underlies this book.

Sales Links:  Carina Press         All Romance (ARe)          Amazon          Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 228 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by Carina Press
original titleParadox Lost
ISBN139781426897832
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3 Amazing Authors, 3 Books to Rip at Your Hearts! It’s the Piece Me Back Together Anthology Tour (with author interview and giveaway)

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Piece Me Back Together Anthology

Authors: Raine O’Tierney, L.J. LaBarthe, Cate Ashwood

Book Names:

  • All That Shimmers by Raine O’Tierney
  • Swimming With Elephants by L.J.LaBarthe,
  • Red Runs Through by Cate Ashwood

Release Dates: May 6, May 13, and May 20

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My “Q and A” with Cate Ashwood,  L.J. LaBarthe, and Raine O’Tierney

1. Just that title is heartrending…why such an anthology?
Cate: I think that the hurt/comfort theme is so relatable to so many people. Perhaps not to this degree, but most people have dealt with injury, or illness, or loss in their lives.
2. Hurt/comfort is a trope some readers love and others avoid, is this something you all personally enjoy reading as well as writing?
Cate: It’s true, and there are some elements of some of these stories that might not appeal to everyone. My story, for example, has a character that is HIV positive and I knew that some readers might dismiss the story for that reason alone, but it was for that very reason that I felt it was a story that needed to be told. I am so proud of this anthology because the subject matter could have so easily become dark or depressing, but all three of these novellas have an undercurrent of hope and lightness to them.
Personally, I love the hurt/comfort trope. I think overcoming something like that makes the HEA that much sweeter.

3. How did this anthology come together?
RO: Ooh! I’m glad I got this question because it means I can gush. Basically, I really, really wanted to do something collaborative with Cate and L.J. because…well…ZOMG. So talented! And I love collaborative projects and the meshing and melding of minds. So I asked and they said yes. It was a whirlwind of ideas, but our theme “healing” was quickly decided upon and it just flew from there. I’m forever grateful to these talented writers!

4. Did it start with the authors or subject matter?
RO: Oops! I over-answered the last Q! LOL! It started with the authors and then a brainstorming session that quickly led us to the healing theme which spoke so strongly to us all.

5. Imo, the order of the stories in any anthology needs to be thought out and logical, starting with a story to pull you into the right frame of mind and an especially strong and memorable one to end on. How important is order in an anthology? Who decides?
L. J.: I think it’s pretty important and I also think it’s important that the order be determined by a third party who isn’t so close to the stories as the authors are. The first anthology I worked on and pulled the authors together for was “Under the Southern Cross,” a set of five stories set in and about Australia. The story order was determined by our senior editor in consultation with me, and I think the way she figured it out worked really well, especially as there were several genres in the collection–historical, contemporary, dystopian and horror. With this one, I believe the order was again determined by the senior editor of the collection, and I think she’s done a terrific job.

6. What is the strongest hurt/comfort story or movie that you remember that left its greatest impact on you as a writer and reader/audience?
L. J.: This is going to be long, and I apologise in advance. I’m glad you said movies here, because I watch a lot of them and I tend to view them through the lens of “film/TV as a visual novel,” regardless of whether they’re based on a book or not. That probably stems from when I was at university studying Film Studies as part of my degree, and I find I get a lot out of a film that I didn’t prior to that. I also watch a lot of Bollywood movies, because I am a huge, huge fan of Bollywood, and I think that it’s a movie industry that often is dismissed for the fact every film has at least one song-and-dance musical routine. That doesn’t make every film a light-hearted fluff-filled romp, though–far from it. I’ve watched some of the most devestating dramas, the most hilarious comedies and the most romantic love stories from Bollywood, not to mention superhero films, historicals, James Bond-esque films and more.

So first is a film called “Haider.” It’s a reimagining of “Hamlet,” set in the modern era, during the purges in Kashmir in the 90s, which I knew very little about before this film. It is a gritty, heart-breaking film, and all of the cast are phenomenal in this, the writing is incredible and the inclusion of the two famous soliloquys fit so well into this piece that looks at race riots and police corruption. This was a heart breaking film, not just for Haider, the Hamlet character, but for his entire family and the woman he loves, the Ophelia character. So that’s number one. Number two is a piece called “Devdas” which is a torn apart by love and politics narrative, and involves the main character refusing to defend himself from a false charge which lands him, an Indian national, in a Pakistani prison. He does this to ensure the honour and safety of the woman he loves, who is Pakistani, who is unaware he’s done this and thinks that he’s dead, and she has gone to his family home in India to help set up an orphanage. When they reunite, it’s another tear-jerker and yes, both films made me a bit weepy. I highly recommend them both, though.

Book-wise, the one that leaps first to mind is the first “Infected” novel by Andrea Speed. The ending made me bawl like a baby, which I very rarely do with books, and it left a huge impression on me. She created wonderfully flawed, likable characters and then ripped out readers hearts, and did it leaving the reader with the desire to read the next book. I still bawled like a baby, though.

Finally, TV-wise, an Australian show called “Offspring” ripped out the hearts of all of its viewers with the death of a main character who died before his partner gave birth to their baby. Twitter was exploding with people watching it, screaming, and yes, I was one of them. The band The Offspring had to tweet to tell their fans, who were asking them, that no, no one had died, the band was all fine, the tweets were about a show with the same name. The show was set in a particular suburb in Melbourne, and the next day, the police station local to that suburb tweeted saying that no, there would be no inquest into the death of said character. Everyone in Australia who watched the show or knew someone who watched the show were great sports about it, as Twitter filled up with woe, tears and denial. That death was like a sucker-punch to the heart, and yep, once again, I bawled like a baby!

7. What’s next in store for each of you?

Cate: I have a new novel called The Storm Before the Calm that is coming out from Dreamspinner Press on June 5th. Here’s the blurb:
Charlie has one passion in life: dancing. It’s his salvation when it feels like the world is swallowing him whole. When his mom secretly secures him a spot in the summer intensive at the Free Rein Dance Company in New York, he is thrilled. He knows that once the summer ends, he’ll have to return to Beacon to get a job and help support his family, but for those two months, he can spread his wings.
In New York he meets Max, a junior instructor who is everything Charlie wishes he could be. Bold and self-assured, Max radiates pride in who he is. As they spend time together, Max shows Charlie what life can be like past the walls of his closed-minded home town. But Charlie doesn’t know if he’s ready to show the world who he truly is when standing in the spotlight is the last thing he wants.

RO: Next for me is my Love is an Open Road story from the 2015 Don’t Read in the Closet event! I submitted my *hella* late so I imagine it will be one of the last to be released. Other than that, I’m writing the sequel to last year’s Bowl Full of Cherries, co-writing an humorous adventure story, and considering finally tackling that one big “This will emotionally wreck me” story I’ve been putting off for, eh, 20 years? What’s another couple of weeks, right?

L.: For me, there is still a lot of editing to do. I have another three books due out this year, so there’s finishing up the edits on those. Two of those are the last two of the “Archangel Chronicles” novels, and the other is a co-authored book with Cate Ashwood. Then I hope to breathe and catch up on sleep a bit, then dive back in and finish the two works in progress that are glaring at me for ignoring them! One of those is a contemporary and the other is a paranormal. A full length contemporary called Waiting for the Moon and You has *just* been released through Dreamspinner as well, so I’m trying to do a bit of promo for that in between all the editing!

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Piece Us Back Together Anthology:

Life can seem bleak for people suffering devastating injuries or illnesses of the mind and body, and every day can be a struggle. But sometimes, when hope seems in short supply, they find a reason to keep up the fight. The men in these stories face some of the most difficult challenges imaginable, but fortunately they won’t be facing them alone, because when everything seems darkest, a point of light appears. With compassion, understanding, and love, these hurt souls have a chance to piece the broken parts of their lives and themselves into something strong and beautiful. Love might even be able to mend the most serious wounds of all—those of the heart.

All That Shimmers by Raine O’Tierney

AllThatShimmersLGBeau Bell is a former Olympic hopeful, left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. He has every reason in the world to be pissed off and miserable, yet he’s training for the Paralympics Men’s 100m—S6 division. The chair? Just a part of who he is now. Beau’s attitude is golden. If only he could contend with this one little issue: errant erections and no way to relieve them!

Nikša Meríc is a lonely scientist and really bad poet living underneath the old building where he does his research. Every night he watches his neighbor through his basement window as he undresses in his wheelchair. Although there is no apparent reason for Nikša to be unhappy, he’s struggled with depression his whole life and has tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.
When Beau proposes that his “voyeur” come over and help him experiment with the erections he can’t actually feel, the relationship they build is a sexual one. But the relationship they need is one that will heal each other’s heart as well.

Available May 6th, 2015

Swimming With Elephants by L.J. LaBarthe

11116017_655532701259367_1616015_nAfter suffering a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, Garrett believes his life is over. Depressed, bereft, in pain, and unable to return to the career he loves as an arborist, he sees no hope or future for himself. But a trip to Havelock Island in India turns his world upside down. He meets Jai, an Indian nurse, and becomes smitten with him. Near the end of his trip, while swimming with an elephant, he tells Jai how he feels.

After Garrett returns to Australia, he wonders if he can ever be healed of all his pain—physical, emotional, and mental—and fears that love and romance will never be his again. But then Jai turns up in Perth and brings with him astonishing news.

Available May 13th, 2015

Red Runs Through by Cate Ashwood

RedRunsThroughFSCarter McClintock’s life is uncomplicated. For the past five years, he’s spent so much time in hospital scrubs that one day bleeds into the next, and that’s just the way he likes it. That is, until he meets Matthew Nolan. Carter has never had a patient affect him the way Matthew does. During Matthew’s stay in the hospital, the chemistry is unmistakable, and once he is discharged, Carter asks him out.

Despite the obvious attraction between them, Matthew’s HIV status keeps him from handing Carter his heart, refusing to believe anyone could ever truly want him. When Matthew’s past comes to light, their budding relationship is threatened before it has even begun. But Carter isn’t one to give up without a fight and he will do anything to show Matthew the lengths he will go to keep them together.

 

Pages or Words: Varies by book

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt from Red Runs Through by Cate Ashwood

Carter looked at Matthew, and there it was. That moment of electricity that arced between them. Matthew didn’t let go of Carter’s hand, instead cradling it in his own. Carter inched closer and waited patiently to see if Matthew would do the same.
Slowly, they erased the space between them until they were a fraction of an inch apart.
“Carter,” Matthew whispered a sliver of a moment before Carter closed the last of the distance between them and pressed his lips against Matthew’s. For a moment, Carter thought Matthew was going to pull away, but then he kissed him back, his lips parting slightly and his tongue darting out to lick Carter’s bottom lip. Carter hummed his pleasure and opened for Matthew, letting him in and kissing him with everything he had.
It was a little bit fumbling and a lot sexy as they got their hands involved, touching and teasing one another until Matthew pulled back, pushing Carter away with a firm hand on his chest.
“I’m sorry, Carter, I can’t….”
Stunned, Carter didn’t know what to say other than, “Why not?”
Matthew sighed. “It’s not that I don’t want to. God, do I want to. But… you don’t know everything about me, and I can’t take advantage of you like that. You need to know if you’re going to make an informed decision about me.”
Carter’s eyebrows knitted together in confusion. “So tell me and I’ll make the informed decision to go back to kissing you. I like kissing you, Matthew. Actually, I like everything about you.”
“You don’t know that,” Matthew said sternly. He sat back on the couch and scrubbed his hands over his face.
“Tell me,” Carter said.
Matthew looked at him, his eyes wide, his face pale. “I’m HIV positive.”

 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Goodreads Link:  Piece Us Back Together – All That ShimmersSwimming with Elephants  – Red Runs Through

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About the authors:

Raine O’Tierney
Raine O’Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Siôn O’Tierney. When she’s not writing, she’s either asleep, or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers! Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
Website: http://raineotierney.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raine.otierney.1?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaineOTierney

L.J. LaBarthe
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.
L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.
L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.

Blog: http://misslj-author.livejournal.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lj.labarthe.9?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brbsiberia
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ljstar239/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dreadpiratestar/
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/dreadpiratestarkiller
and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/historybuffstar

Cate Ashwood
Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her brand new little boy, and her two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.
Website: http://www.cateashwood.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cate.ashwood
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cateashwood

 

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13-May
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14-May
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Check Out Mythologically Torqued, Volume 1 (anthology) (giveaway)

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Mythologically Torqued, Volume 1 (anthology)
Published by Torquere Books

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Release Date: May 13, 2015

 

Author Names: Leigh Ellwood, L.J. Hamlin, Eva Lefoy, V.L. Locey, Jacey Mills, Alisha Monroe, Shiloh Sadler, Alyx Shaw, Delilah Storm, T. Strange, Carol Tierney, Angelique Voison, Max Wilde, Salome Wilde, Logan Zachary

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Love a legend, or myth or more?  Check out this latest anthology from Torquere Books.  It’s huge and has something for everyone.

Blurb(s):

Torquere’s largest anthology to date features a total of 15 authors please to bring you 15 unique tales from when gods and goddesses ruled the world. This collection features both m/m and f/f content for your reading pleasure. Dare you enter this realm of Mythologically Torqued fantasy? Be on the lookout for Volume 2 summer 2015.

Mythologies from around the globe receive a happy little twist in this first volume of Mythologically Torqued. A Scottish kelpie, Greek gods and goddesses, a Japanese princess, and demons delight and intrigue in these stories, each containing LGBT elements.

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Whether it’s Greco-Roman gods and goddesses or heroes from tales around the globe, Mythologically Torqued, volume 1 brings together not-so-classic lovers with a Torquere twist.

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  • Eros finds his soul mate in the arms of a demigod friend in L.J. Hamlin’s In Love with Zeus’ Son.
  • In Shiloh Sadler’s Clipped Wings, two men on a plantation find love under the most unusual circumstances in 1842 Missouri.
  • V.L. Locey’s Back to the Garden, Pan hits up Woodstock with the sun god Apollo—sex, drugs, and rock and roll take on a whole new meaning.
  • In Brísingamen, Carol Tierney offers us the story of a magical necklace, and the payment goddess Freyja delivered to four dwarven sisters for it’s creation.
  • Delphinos, by T. Strange, is a modern-age retelling of Dionysus’ creation of dolphins.
  • In Angelique Voison’s version of the Japanese Moon Princess myth, Reiko is tasked with bringing the Emperor’s future bride, the fabled Moon Princess to court, and complications arise when Reiko falls head over heels for Kaguya.
  • Charged with ensuring Sisyphus fails, Hercules is conflicted by his feelings for the former ruler in Angelique Voison’s How Hercules Got His Bruise.
  • In Leah Ellwood’s Styx and Stone, Ferrying souls across the Styx is a lonely business, but Charon doesn’t mind—newly arrived Stone is more than willing to keep him company.
  • No one believes in the Greek gods anymore, and Apollo is in a rut, Ganymede—cupbearer to the gods— tries to get Apollo to see what’s in front of him in Jacey Mills’ Another Night at the End of the World.
  • Salome Wilde’s Eternal Grind offers a corporate take on Christian Hell, populated with horned and hoofed demons inspired by medieval monks’ fertile imaginations, which follows a pair of lesbian demon baristas, determined to find their own happily-ever-after.
  • In the distant past, Ero was the god of desire, but in present day, he looks for love with Psy—a peerlessly gorgeous mortal man—and needs to keep a secret, in Alisha Monroe’s The Myth of Ero and Psy.
  • Bound by chains and defenseless, Thor is being held captive by Garrick, a young man also forced to service until demands are met in Logan Zachary’s Bound by Desire. Together, attraction ignites between Thor and Garrick—can love grow if it is bound by desire?
  • In Delilah Storm’s The Golden Balls, true love’s kiss is powerful, and Jasper’s sexuality awakens—will Anur be able to keep Jasper in this sleepy little kingdom?
  • A spurned lover, mythical horse, and a public official walk into a pub—murder, mayhem, and everlasting love result in Alyx Shaw’s The Kelpie.

Pages or Words: 106,600 words

Categories: Alternate universe, BDSM, Bisexual, Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, Humor, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Paranormal, Romance, *Trans

*****Please remember: As an anthology, not all stories will use all categories*****

 

Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: BSClay

Sales Links:  Torquere Books

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Tour Dates & Stops: May 6, 2015
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Karen Stivali’s Moments of Time Finale is Here (excerpt and giveaway)

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The last installment of Karen Stivaliís Moments in Time series, Moment of Clarity, has just been released. At the same time, the paperback Moments in Time that contains all three novellas in the series has also been published!

Title: Moment of Clarity
Author: Karen Stivali
Length: novella
Genre: gay romance, contemporary, new adult, college.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis

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.

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As they search for their new normal in their old environment, Collinís 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 Collinís relationship with Tanner becomes an issue in his brotherís 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.

Excerpt:

Between classes, my work at Gino’s, Tanner’s shifts at the bookstore, and commuting back and forth to Sean’s house, Tanner and I were busier than we’d ever been. I always knew it was more convenient to live on campus, but I had no idea what a hassle it was to make the added drive daily. By the time we got to Sean’s, had dinner, spent time with the girls, and did some studying, we were exhausted.

I hadn’t touched Tanner for yet another week, and I didn’t think I’d last the day without changing that. Tanner must have felt the same. I’d seen the looks he’d been throwing me, particularly the night before while we were watching a movie together, but I wasn’t about to do anything with Sean and the kids in the house. I didn’t care that the doors locked. It didn’t feel right. And I didn’t trust either of us to be quiet enough. Especially since it had been so long.

Sean handed me the last dirty dish to load into the dishwasher while Tanner put the juice and milk in the fridge.

“I’m gonna run to the grocery store while the kids are at preschool. Any requests?” Sean asked, grabbing his wallet off the counter and shoving it in his pocket.

“If you get a can of crushed tomatoes and some spaghetti, I’ll cook.”

“Thanks. The kids loved that the other night. Anything else?”

I tried to think but couldn’t. All that registered in my brain was that Sean was going out. Tanner and I would be alone in the house. My cock was totally onboard with this thought and already looking for an escape plan from my pants.

“I think that’ll do it. Tanner, you need anything?”

Tanner looked up from wiping off the kitchen tables. His pupils were huge. I knew that look. I loved that look. He was thinking the same thing I was. My cock twitched in anticipation.

“I’m good,” Tanner said, tossing the rag on the counter.

“Okay, then.” Sean headed for the door. “It’s my turn to drive carpool home, so I’ll probably take the kids to Mickey D’s for happy meals. Lock up if you both leave, okay?”

“Sure.” My heart raced as I watched Sean trot down the back porch steps. I held my breath, listening as the car door slammed, the engine revved, and the tires crunched down the gravel driveway.

I turned to look at Tanner, but before I could even focus my eyes, he was on me. Hands on either side of my face, body pressed up against mine, lips prying mine open, tongue—oh, God, I’d missed that tongue—swirling in circles with mine.

Groaning, I grabbed his ass and tugged him closer. I needed to feel as much of him as possible. All of him. Immediately, if not sooner.

Buy Links

Moments in Time ñ Series Paperback

Contains books 1, 2, and 3 ñ Moment of Impact, Moment of Truth, and Moment of Clarity.

DsP: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6284

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Havenít read books 1 and 2? Then hurry up as Moment of Impact and Moment of Truth will be on sale for 99 cents for a limited time (May 5 -18).

Moment of Impact

Outside Collin Fitzpatrickís dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think heís straight, as does his Catholic family whoíd disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, heís safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner DíAmico. 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. Tannerís not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collinís not sure heís ready for the impact stepping outside will make.

Buy Moment of Impact

Moment of Truth

Collin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, heís 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 ìoutî 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.

Buy Moment of Truth

Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6066
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TWO2XH8/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TWO2XH8/
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00TWO2XH8/
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-momentoftruth-1751880-149.html
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moment-of-truth-karen-stivali/1121262738?ean=2940151483421

Want more? Moment of Silence and Moment of Fate, featuring secondary characters in Collin and Tannerís story, will be released in late 2015 and early 2016.

About the author

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. Sheís 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, itís guaranteed that Karenís novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sexóall the best things in life.

When Karen isnít 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 donít hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:

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