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 both m/f and m/m contemporary romance, all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings. Karen's writing has been awarded the following: Always You - First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award - 2012 Marry Me - First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader's Choice Award - 2013 Decadence - Third Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award - 2014 Decadence - Finalist in the RWA National Excellence for Romance Fiction Award - 2014 Leave The Lights On - Finalist in the RWA National Excellence for Romance Fiction - 2014 Meant To Be, and its sequel, Holding On, both made the Best of 2012 list at Literati Literature Lovers and Guilty Pleasures Book reviews. Karen's New Adult m/m trilogy MOMENTS IN TIME will be releasing in January, March and May of 2015. (Moment Of Impact; Moment Of Truth; Moment Of Clarity) London Calling, a m/f New Adult romance co-written with Karen Booth, will release April 16, 2015. (Previously published as Long-Distance Lovers, London Calling features a brand new epilogue and cover and is exclusively available at Amazon until July 16, 2015.) To learn more about Karen you can visit her website karenstivali.com 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 http://twitter.com/#!/karenstivali Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency.Read more Read less
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