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Moment of Fate by Karen Stivali

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We have Karen Stivali stopping by today with her new release Moment of Fate from Dreamspinner Press


I’m a natural born skeptic. It’s not that I don’t try to accept things on faith, I do. But no matter how much effort I put into that, my natural inclination is to require facts to back things up. I’m curious. I enjoy research. And in order for me to get behind an idea, or a concept, or a person I tend to need to feel that I know all there is to know before I make what I can feel is a solid, informed decision.

In my writing I often, without realizing it, return to the topics of fate, or destiny—things that don’t seem to be based on science or facts at all. That’s because in spite of my inquisitive nature and need for proof, there are things in my own life that I can’t explain through those means. Throughout my lifetime there have been countless people I’ve encountered through seemingly random circumstance who’ve become the most important people in my life. These are people I could very easily have never met. In many cases they’re people it seems are unlikely to have ever crossed my path. Yet there they are. Game changers. People who dramatically altered (and improved) my life just by being in it.

Where did those people come from? What brought us into each other’s lives? Was it just coincidence? Timing? Happenstance? I choose to believe it was fate.

In MOMENT OF FATE this is how Oliver and Bryan are brought together. Oliver is in NYC for a summer study program at NYU. He’s there to experience a summer in a new city and be “out” for the first time in his life. He’s hoping to finally live the life he’s always fantasized about—a life full of spontaneity and exploration—and the last thing he thinks he’ll find is “the one.” Bryan is at the tail end of a yearlong self-imposed sex hiatus that he felt was necessary for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that he wants to focus on finally completing his degree. He doesn’t want complications and isn’t even considering entering into a relationship with anyone. Until Oliver appears in his life.

Their meeting seems random, but there’s nothing random about the immediate impact they have on one another. In an unexpected twist these two strangers wind up privy to each other’s deepest held secrets, and their friendship starts from there. A friendship that morphs into attraction, then love, but also one that, most importantly, teaches them things they both needed to learn. How to be themselves, be comfortable in their own skin, accept their limitations, acknowledge their strengths, and trust other people.

When someone comes into your life, at just the right moment, and changes everything about your life from that moment forward, I believe that’s fate stepping in and giving you what you need, precisely when you need it. That moment of fate changes you, forever. There’s nothing I value more than those people in my real life and I love giving my characters partners like that to help them on their own journeys.

MOMENT OF FATE (Book 5 in the Moments In Time series)


A Moments In Time Novel

Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.

From the moment they meet, the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sow his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate may have other plans.

This is a standalone novel set in the Moments In Time world. You do not need to have read any of the previous titles to enjoy this book.

Release Date: February 24, 2017

Words 80,385

Pages 244

ISBN-13 978-1-63476-546-6

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

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Review by Truus

Stunning absolutely stunning. The waves of sentences were magical. The contemplate in them were breathtaking. It swallowed me totally….. I was in its ban and enthralled.

Bryan and Oliver…. Through Bryan’s head and eyes visualised…

Bryan is a songwriter/singer-rocker in the evening and photographer student at daylight….
He has one witty sexy sensual head, I think he thinks in song lines, and sees through a lens…… because all those beautiful observations were like love songs, and breathtaking pictures.

I loved him from the first page. And when he lay an eye on a exceptional man in the elevator he sees beauty.(No facial beauty without inner beauty, that’s how I feel about Oliver because I also loved him)

Oliver working in the same building is in his spare time blogger…
Bryan was looking inside an open office room and he sees an leather journal on the floor with “OLIVER UNABRIDGED… www.oliverunabridged…” on it…. he starts reading….who the hell is Oliver… Well he finds out soon enough….

Jesus what a sensual build up…. you get aroused only by reading how they behave around each other…damn they are hot and sizzling…. And damn the way all the eye-fucking is put down….*fanning*

But there is more in this story much more…. a real convincing story, sometimes heartbreaking it felt all so true and honest.

At first sight Bryan is a hot controlling ass everything has to go his way, only he is much more and there are reasons why he is like he is…. the story will tell….
When he meets Oliver his body reacts immediately but…..he is on celibate for nine months already and he wants to make a year. He was done with his oversexed life….
But Oliver is hotness on a stick and he isn’t even aware of it.

Oliver is newly out and want to experience his new life as gay the fullest.
Bryan and Oliver become friends and Bryan offers to help him in the gay scene.
But Bryan is jealous as hell and shoot daggers at anyone who approach Oliver.
Finally Oliver ask Bryan what’s  up and there they go……hot hot.
Oliver is caring and honest, he knows exactly what Bryan needs…

It’s somehow deeply emotional between both and they have the best possible time of their life. The big L is almost rolling….
But old wounds and behavior rears its head and Bryan knows only one thing….back off
It’s absolutely not written in a predictable way…it just slipped in ugly.

Both personalities were well exposed and developed, I felt involved with Bryan as well with Oliver.

Amazingly and emotional, almost in a poetic way, written story. I really really enjoyed it very much. All those emotions were put down in a way you could see, smell, hear and feel it deeply, at least I did!!

Highly recommend to all readers of this review!!! My first 5++ of 2017

~ ARC received from Divine Magazine given by publisher ~

About the Author


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:







Other books in the Moments In Time series:




MOMENTS IN TIME (a compilation of Books 1-3)




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