Today I am so pleased to welcome Karen Stivali to Joyfully Jay. Karen has come to talk to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Moment of Truth (which Michelle reviewed here). She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Karen a big welcome!



Tanner came up behind me. “What are we toasting?”

“Can I tell him?” I asked.

Bryan nodded. “Sure. You two are practically married. I just assume what one of you knows, the other knows.”

Married. Do we give off a married vibe? Is that a good thing? A happily married couple? The thought didn’t scare me as much as I thought it should. I couldn’t imagine not having Tanner in my life. Agreeing to spend the rest of my life with him didn’t seem like it would be a bad thing in any way. In fact it sounded awesome. Maybe not now… but some day.

Tanner put his hand on my back, and I leaned into his touch. The smile on his face made my heart switch places with my stomach. Did he know what I was thinking? Did he feel the same way? And when the fuck had I started thinking about spending my life with another person? Electricity hummed through me as he stroked his thumb against my back. I knew the answer. I’d started thinking about it the first moment he’d touched me.


Moment of Truth by Karen StivaliCollin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, he’s 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 “out” 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.


Karen 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. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Karen’s 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 the links below.


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