Moment Of Truth Release Party – Part Two

March 5, 2015



Hello everyone, Karen Stivali, back again. I think the harshness of this winter has finally gotten to me (looking out my window in New Hampshire I see about five feet of snow on everything, and that’s after two days of thawing) so I’m going to talk about the location where MOMENT OF TRUTH takes place: Fire Island.

For those of you not familiar with the northeastern US, Fire Island runs parallel to New York’s Long Island and it’s a beautiful beachy paradise. There’s not much there other than tons of beaches, a few shops, some cool restaurants and night clubs, and miles of trails to walk or bike. No cars are allowed on the island so when you’re there you really feel like you’re away from it all. Like a summer vacation should make you feel!

For Collin and Tanner, spending the summer living on Fire Island not only means an escape from their conservative college town to a much more liberal environment where it safe for them to be “out” as a couple, it also means that Collin is free from the prying eyes of family. It’s like a fresh start for them as a couple. But, as with any summer, the time is limited, so the future—back at school—is always looming in the background.

That’s not to say Collin and Tanner don’t make the most of their summer. They do! From time on the beach to enjoying some of the local clubs and restaurants they definitely get the full vacation experience even though they’re both busy working (Collin as a waiter and Tanner as a bartender).

I’ve been to Fire Island a few times but the beach I visited most recently was Nantucket (pictured in the lovely sunset above and again here).


I love the beach but I’m not a typical beach person. Too much sunlight makes me jittery and gives me a headache. My favorite time on the beach is sunset or later. I love strolling along the water or sitting on the sand and watching the waves roll in and out in the moonlight. It’s so peaceful and relaxing and beautiful.

My favorite beach is probably Ocean City, New Jersey because it’s the perfect old-fashioned (homemade fudge and donut shops, fresh salt water taffy, miles of boardwalk to bike or stroll) beach town but it’s close enough to Atlantic City that if you want something more lively it’s only a twenty minute drive away. I also love Narragansett, Rhode Island  and Nantucket because their beaches are covered in gorgeous polished stones that look more like river rocks than something you’d find on a beach. I can never leave without a heavy collection of them weighing down my beach bag!


Are you a beach person? Do you have a favorite beach to visit? Would you rather live at the beach full time if you could, or do you prefer it as a special vacation getaway? Tell me in the comments below and again one random winner will be selected to win an ebook at the end of the day today!

9 Responses to “Moment Of Truth Release Party – Part Two”

  1. Angela says:

    I’m happy where i live although i like the beach to visit sometimes, but i’m not a fan of to much sun/heat. We do have a beautiful lake in my village so when i want to enjoy the water i can go there.

  2. JJ says:

    I’ve never heard of Fire Island, so your post is quite informative about the lovely vacation spots along the northeastern U.S.. I love seafood and would love to eat the lobster rolls, fresh clam strips etc in your area.

    I’m not a beach person, since too much sun gives me a headache too. I do like to see the ocean and the scenery, but not to stay in the sun, swim or sunbathe. A favorite beach spot was when I visited Monterey in Northern California.

  3. H.B. says:

    This is mu first timing hearing about Fire Island, the post makes me curious maybe one day I will visit since its close enough.

    I don’t usually go to the beach and have only been to three beaches in my lifetime: Wildwood, NJ; Egg Harbor, NJ and Atlantic City. Of the three I think Egg Harbor was my favorite but it took a while to get there. I kind of detest sand since it just gets everywhere but I love walking the boardwalk and getting a huge bucket of french fries (with or without malt vinegar).

  4. karenstivali says:

    I hear you Angela and JJ. That’s why I prefer the beach at nice. Especially with a nice bon fire. I love the beach in fall and winter too—the scenery changes and you need different attire, but it’s still beautiful. And nto as sunny! At least not up north where I live!

  5. karenstivali says:

    Wildwood was one of my favorites when I was a teen, HB. All those rides! I still love a bucket of french fries—Curly’s Fries are my favorite (a Jersey Shore legend).

    I guess maybe not too many people are that familiar with Fire Island. A family friend of ours used to summer there yearly so there was never a time in my life that I didn’t know about it. Definitely worth a visit for anyone who can manage it. It’s a unique place in many ways and a good blend of people—families with young kids, families who’ve summered there for decades, a young crowd, an older crowd, some very fun gay towns, a few crazy-wealthy spots that house celebrities—but all with an old-fashioned feel to it.

  6. Susan says:

    I used to live in NYC, so I’m familiar with most of the beaches you mentioned. I used to love the beach, but now I burn in about 5 minutes, so now I too like it in the evening.

  7. Su says:

    I am not a beach person, as I just burn to a crisp in the sun. If I go to beach its not to lie in the sun but to beech comb and search for treasure. We used to do that a lot as children, with about five layers of sun block on to protect my fair skin, which I still need to do :(

    I am particularly fond of the Jurassic Coast, which is about 75 miles of the Dorset and East Devon Coastline and is a England’s first World Heritage Site. I look for fossils and quartz and I also like Brighton’s (which is easier for me to get to and on the south coast of England) sand-free shingle beach which is excellent for finding sea glass. I plan to go to Whitby, which has interesting connections to Bram Stoker and Count Dracula, soon to check out the fossils and for semi-precious stones. It is also famous for jet, which is fossilised monkey puzzle tree.

    Thank you for a chance to win one of your books and I look forward to reading Moment of Truth.

  8. karenstivali says:

    Su, I love combing the beach for treasure. Sea glass and quartz are my favorite finds! And I hear you on the sun block issue—I’m paler than most vampires and a lot of sunscreen these days has tiny particles that glitter in the sunlight which leads to endless Twilight jokes anytime I go out in the sun.

  9. karenstivali says:

    The random winner from this post is JJ!

    JJ, please email me at so I can arrange to get your free ebook to you. Thank you!

    (If you commented on more than one post, please check each one to see who won!) Thank you everyone for the comments! <3

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