Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Then Again by Karen Stivali Tour

Title: Then, Again
Author: Karen Stivali
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers


Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

Warning: This foodie romance contains sensual scone baking, a heroine who discovers one bad apple hasn’t spoiled her appetite, and a delicious hero you can’t help but crave. Blend well, serve hot.

Writer’s Corner---where do you write?

“You don’t have an office?”
I can’t tell you the incredulous stares I get from people when they learn that this is true. I do not have an office. I have written a dozen books in the past 4 years. I have worn all the letters off the keyboard on my laptop with endless hours of typing. I have baskets, drawers, boxes full of printed out drafts, filled notebooks and scraps of papers with storyline scribbled on them. I have certificates and awards I’ve won and contracts I’ve signed and forms to fill out. And all of that is somehow contained in the tiny space of kitchen that is my workspace
A kitchen desk, built into the rest of the kitchen cabinets, is where I do all my writing. (Well, except when I have an idea in the shower or in the car or on line at the bank, in which case I’ll do my writing on any available scrap of paper using a pen or eyeliner or whatever else is handy.) And I’m fine with it.
“Turn your guest room into an office! Take over that unused corner of the family room! Add a room!” These are things my friends tell me on a regular basis. I can see their point. There are times when  I wish I had more space to spread out. When it would be nice not to have stacks of things overflowing at all times. But the truth is I like doing my writing in the literal middle of the house.
I cook a lot. I write a lot. By working in the kitchen I can do both without skipping a beat. When the doorbell rings, I’m right nearby to get it. If people are in the house they’re guaranteed to wander through the kitchen and I can chat with them. The phone’s right there. I’m less than twenty steps from the laundry room. There’s a view of my beautiful back yard, complete with deep woods and a babbling brook. I don’t want to write anywhere else.
I’m not someone who needs complete quiet to write. In fact, quiet tends to make my mind wander.  I like to have things going on around me. I function better when multitasking.  Sure it’s nice to daydream sometimes about a beautiful room that’s all mine, with a gorgeous desk, a comfy chair, walls lined with books and enough space for all my stuff. But in all honesty I think I’d miss my cluttered little spot in kitchen. I’d miss being in the middle of everything that happens in the house. And I’d have to walk all the way to the kitchen to get a snack. For me, that’s a deal breaker. 

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About the Author:

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she's not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what's left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women's fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.

Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora's Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award - 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader's Choice Award - 2013).

Her works of women's fiction, Meant To Be, and its sequel, Holding On, (published by Turquoise Morning Press in August and November 2012, respectively) both made multiple  Best of 2012 lists and are rated as true gems and recommended reads.

Karen's latest release, Then, Again is a contemporary foodie romance published by Samhain Publishing.

To learn more about Karen  and all her upcoming books you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter!/karenstivali

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