Release Day Party for MOMENT OF IMPACT

January 7, 2015



Hello Dreamspinner readers! My name is Karen Stivali. Welcome to the release day party for MOMENT OF IMPACT, the first book in my New Adult series Moments In Time!  Let me take a moment to introduce myself, then we’ll get down to the good stuff (book talk, sexy guys and a giveaway!).

With all the unfortunate news lately about people stealing identities and using fake photos I want part of my introduction to be a photo. It’s really me. This was taken in the foyer of my home in NH a few months ago. It may not be the most professional looking photo, but the main reason I post photos of myself is so people can recognize me when I attend conferences because meeting readers and other authors is one of my favorite parts of being a writer!


MOMENT OF IMPACT represents a lot of firsts for me. Although I’ve been a published contemporary romance author for the past four years this is my first m/m novel and I couldn’t be happier about having this debut with Dreamspinner Press. While my other novels have all had m/f pairings for the romantic leads in the stories, I often had secondary characters who were GLBT characters—and I don’t mean just the stereotypical gay BFF for comic relief—I mean complex characters with lives and relationships of their own who were essential to the storyline. I was actually attempting to work on a different novel when Collin and Tanner, the main characters in MOMENT OF IMPACT started talking in my head non-stop and I knew they needed  a story of their own. I love all the characters I’ve created, but I have to say these two hold a special place in my heart. Not only did I have a ridiculous amount of fun writing about them, but Collin is the first character who’s ever inspired me to write in first person. My characters always chatter away in my head but something about his voice told me he needed to be the one to tell his story in his own words.

Now for a much more important photo, here’s my beautiful cover for MOMENT OF IMPACT. When I stumbled across the photo of this model (and by stumbled across I mean after hours on end of searching stock photo sites) I found this image and immediately knew that model was Collin—-everything about it, the lovely blond hair, the insanely blue eyes, the expression that mixes innocence and heat—it was him. I’m extremely grateful to the wonderful and crazy-talented art department at Dreamspinner for using this photo and crafting it into such breathtakingly beautiful cover—it’s perfect!


Here’s the blurb…

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.

Since this book represents firsts for me (first book with Dreamspinner, first m/m romance, first person point of view, first book in a new series) and it’s the first month of the new year, I’d like to offer a calendar as a giveaway. Not just any calendar—my favorite calendar—the Warwick Rowers 2015 calendar. If you’re not familiar with the Warwick Rowers, they’re a lovely group of gorgeous British rowers who raise awareness to fight homophobia in sports through their organization Sport Allies. And their beatiful (and award winning) charity calendars make it difficult not to support their cause!

My giveaway will run for the entire day (I’ll choose one winner at random at midnight and contact them the next day). To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post (or any of the other posts I make on this site during today’s release party) and tell me what your favorite kind of “first” is—first date? First kiss? First day of school? First bite of a pizza you’ve been drooling over the smell of on the entire drive home from the pizza place? (Now I want pizza.)

Also for an extra entry in the giveaway pop over to Facebook, like my author page, and leave me a note saying you saw me here!

You can purchase MOMENT OF IMPACT at Dreamspinner, Amazon, All Romance E-books and other retailers or add it to your TBR list at Goodreads.

And if you’d like to know more about me or my other novels feel free to visit my blog or follow me on Twitter.

Check back for other blog posts here throughout the day—I’ll be posting teasers, an excerpt and a few more pictures. And don’t forget to leave me a comment for a chance to win the calendar!

12 Responses to “Release Day Party for MOMENT OF IMPACT”

  1. Hmmm… I have four kids. I think all my fave firsts come from watching my kids make their “firsts”–first smiles, first steps, first glints of mischief in their eyes when they realized they could gain access to the kitchen counter, first day at school, first….everything. Nothing has compared to those bursts of joy.

  2. Congrats on your first M/M book. I hope everyone loves it as much as I did! :)

  3. Rashell says:

    First of all Congrats:) My fave first is the first time I took the plane:) I live in island so flying toward another Country was pretty amazing:)

  4. David Loofbourrow says:

    When I lived in the Midwest, I loved that first mild day when spring tried to break into winter: the tiny flowers that pushed up through the last of the melting snow and the daffodils which quickly followed, often in the middle of the lawn.

    Now, in California, that feeling of first spring comes with the taste of early field-grown strawberries.

    Congratulations on your new ‘first’ book. I look forward to reading it!

  5. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your new book! It looks and sounds fantastic.

    I’ve always been around family so when I found myself going off to college by myself and not having family around I was both excited and nervous. It was fun finding out if I could cut it myself and having so much freedom.

  6. Trix says:

    The first cookie is always nice, after you’ve baked a batch. And the first song at a concert…especially when it’s a band with a really long back catalog, you can kind of gauge what mood they’re aiming for!

  7. Susan says:

    Congratulations on your first mm book and your first book with DSP! My favorite first is the first true fall day, when it’s cool enough to need a sweater, but sunny and the trees are gorgeous with color.

  8. First chapters. As a writer I can usually tell a lot about my characters by how many questions I want answers to at the end of that first chapter.

  9. Antonia says:

    First snow of the year is a favorite of mine. Congratulations on your first mm book! It sounds great!

  10. Angela says:

    Happy release day and congrats to you first m/m book.

    One of my favorite first remembrance is the first day of summer vacation!
    when i was a child i always went to my bedroom and sit on my bed on the first day of my summer vacation and i was just so happy to be free of school for 6 weeks LOL

  11. karenstivali says:

    Wow, these comments are awesome! I’m glad so many of you have different favorite “firsts”. Thanks for sharing them and thanks for all the well wishes with my book—you’re making my release day great!

  12. Debra E says:

    Congratulations on the release of your first m/m book! One of my favorite, simple firsts (that I enjoy way too often) is that first potato chip when you’ve just opened the bag.

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