MOMENT OF IMPACT release day party – post 2

January 7, 2015

Hello all! It’s Karen Stivali, here to tell you some more about my brand new release MOMENT OF IMPACT, the first book in my New Adult series Moments In Time.  If you missed the first post of the release party, please scroll back or click the title so you can see more info about the book.

In keeping with the theme of firsts I’m going to talk about my own favorite first—first kisses. Not only are first kisses among my favorite personal memories, they’re my very favorite scenes to write in every single book. I love the build up, the sexual tension, the OMG-is-this-really-happening feeling. *sigh*

There are a lot of “firsts” in MOMENT OF IMPACT but I’m going to give you all a peek at the ever important First Kiss…


Don’t blow this. Not now. Not when he’s right here. So close. So… Forcing myself to move, I reached out and clutched at his shoulder. His skin was smooth, warm. I pressed my fingers into his flesh with enough force, he flinched. His gaze darted to mine, wary.

Swallowing hard, I willed myself to maintain eye contact. “I didn’t think I wanted that, until I met you.”

Tanner’s gaze raced back and forth between my hand, which was still gripping his shoulder, and my eyes, which felt like they were about to bulge out of my skull. I couldn’t blink. Couldn’t breathe. Couldn’t think. Do something. Say something.

Then his mouth crashed into mine.

I like kissing. I always have. Even though I wasn’t super into any of the girls I’d been with, kissing was the one thing I still enjoyed. Warm mouths, wet tongues, moving together. It felt good. I seriously thought I’d done some decent kissing in my life.

I was wrong. Tanner’s mouth on mine for one fucking second proved to me that what I’d done before might have looked like kissing, might have felt like kissing, but was like the frozen french  bread pizza version of kissing. Nothing like the real thing.

Nothing like this.

His tongue swept into my mouth, hot and velvety. His hand gripped the back of my neck, tugging me upright. Everything fell away. Disappeared. The whole world was this one kiss. I could have drowned in it and died happy.

Tanner pulled away, breathing hard, his forehead pressed to mine. The room spun like a carnival ride.

“You okay?”

His voice sounded lower than usual. Deep and gravelly. I gave a shaky nod, and he tipped his head back, looking at me.

“You sure?”

“Yeah.” My heart beat double time as I realized he still had his hands on me. And he was still naked. And I was probably harder than I’d ever been in my entire life. Jesus.

“We can stop.”

“No.” That wasn’t what I wanted. Not at all. “I just… I mean… we’re roommates. What if this doesn’t work out?”

Tanner’s lips pulled into a grin so sexy my brain turned to oatmeal. He rubbed the back of my neck. “So, one kiss and you’re already thinking about what happens if we break up?”

I shook my head. “I don’t know.”

“Let’s see how we feel after another kiss.”



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5 Responses to “MOMENT OF IMPACT release day party – post 2”

  1. H.B. says:

    Great excerpt!

    I’ve never been kiss by someone outside my family so there’s not really an amazing story for me to tell. My favorite kiss with family was when my nephew got old enough to kiss me on the cheek. It was the best and sweetest moment.

  2. I was in college. His name was Christopher. He was just coming out, and we were parked on the side of a mountain in late October. It was cold, so cold, and the windows were all fogged up. His head was in my lap and we were talking and I don’t even consciously remember deciding to kiss him. I just remember him complaining that bells didn’t ring in his head before proceeding to kiss me senseless for almost four hours. Just kissing.

    We were horrible for each other, and even though I know it, I regret that relationship falling apart. Nothing else worked, but with everything physical the chemistry was just mind-blowingly amazing.

    I found out later that it was his first kiss ever.

  3. Angela says:

    My best first kiss ever was with the man who is now my husband. We met at carnival and he walked me to my friends place (i stayed with her because we were celebrating carnaval together). Outside her door he looked me in the eyes and gave me a kiss, maybe it wasn’t the best kiss we shared (we kissed and still kiss a lot since then) but it will always be my favorite one.

  4. Rashell says:

    Loved the excerpt.. My best kiss was in Berlin..a stolen kiss

  5. Zeoanne says:

    The best kiss I’ve ever had was when I met Mark. He was gorgeous. Blond, baby blue eyes with a slim body. It was a going away party I threw before moving to FL. We exchanged phone numbers. A month later he came to visit. Allow me to tell you exactly what happened…
    Your eyes traveled to my mouth, I swallowed hard, licked my lips. Your eyes widen acknowledging what was to come.
    Slowly… Ever so slowly your hand reached up, touching my face, thumb playing circles on my lips.
    Slowly… Your hand traveled to the back of my neck holding me ever so gently.
    Slowly… I saw your lips coming closer, ever so slowly, they gently caressed my expecting ones.
    My mind….reeling, needing, dizzy with want.
    Soft as a feather’s touch my tongue explored your soft lips as they offer an invitation to proceed.
    Tongues touching. Heat exuded like molten lava traveling from our faces, our chests, our torso, depositing itself farther below allowing the rush of blood to play havoc with us.
    Passion arised, tongues twisting like mating snakes, fighting for control, fighting for dominance, for pleasure.
    Sucking, biting my bottom lip, down to my throat, taking small samples of my essence, learning my skin.
    So much ecstasy between you and me.
    Moisture covered us like a clear silk curtain, shinning like twinkling stars on a midnight sky. Hearts beating like a natives drum. Fire surged upwards from between us, heating our bodies without mercy.
    Our mouths locking once again, while breathing becomes more and more difficult. We tred to quench the thirst, satisfy the mind, exhaust the need.
    Hands convulsing, learning every crevice of our bodies, giving incessant welcoming pleasures.
    Brain become cloudy, we held each other tight, breath catching until…..

    (I ended up writing that experience for a scene in a novel I wrote thus it’s copyrighted)

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