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FREE READ! A Christmas excerpt from Meant To Be

There is a Christmas chapter in MEANT TO BE that captures the spirit of Christmas and the budding friendship between the main characters, Daniel and Marienne. It’s always been one of my favorite scenes in the book and that’s why I’ve decided to share it as my holiday gift to all of you.  To read the story, CHRISTMAS COOKIES, click here.

To read the rest of Daniel and Marienne’s story you can purchase Meant To Be and its sequel Holding On at most major book retailers.

Amazon     Barnes&Noble     AllRomance     TurquoiseMorning

(And if the read makes you hungry for the cookies, click on the various recipe links throughout my blog so you can make some of the recipes mentioned on the pages of Daniel and Marienne’s Christmas tale.)

Happy Holidays!




Now Available in Paperback!












MEANT TO BE and its sequel HOLDING ON are now both available in paperback! You can purchase copies at most major online book retailers.

Amazon   Barnes & Noble Turquoise Morning Press


“The characters are charismatic, their fears and trust issues are palpable, the lust is like molten lava…hot and dangerous, and the love is so darn endearing that it will make you sigh with pleasure.” ~BlackRavens Reviews 5 stars; Recommended Read

“I don’t know if there is a ‘talented writers gene’ that sets some apart from others; but if there is, then Karen Stivali has it. If you want to read a book that will make you grin, laugh, love, forgive, understand, and lust, then I highly recommend Holding On.” ~Literati Literature Lovers 5 or 5 stars

I love when I read a sequel and like it as much as the first one. I couldn’t have asked for a better story for Marienne and Daniel to show what it’s like after the Happily Ever After ending at the end of Meant to Be. The beauty of this story is the way the author develops her characters and their relationships and gives you a true sense of how people would react and interact. Karen Stivali is a superb writer in contemporary romance.” ~Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 5 of 5 stars; A True Gem

“Sigh. That’s what I always feel like doing after reading one of Miz Stivali’s novels. I just want to sit here, with my hand over my heart, and sigh. And smile. Because there is something so innately sweet and heartfelt about her characters and their love. I loved Marienne and Daniel in Meant to Be and I think I may love them even more in Holding On.” ~Romantic Book Affairs


What I’ve Been Up To…

I know I’ve had a rather sudden and mysterious absence from my blog, but I’m glad to say that it was with very good reason. I’ve been waiting all that time so that I can share some extremely exciting news. In the past three months I have been offered contracts to publish three of my works of fiction!

The first contract I signed was with Ellora’s Cave. I’m delighted to announce that my erotic romance novella ALWAYS YOU will be released on September 2, 2011. You can read the blurb on the website by following this link to the Ellora’s Cave site. (If you’re over 18 feel free to read the excerpt!) In the meantime, here is a peek at my cover!


The second contract I signed was with Turquoise Morning Press. They will be publishing my women’s fiction novel MEANT TO BE in 2012.  Those of you who have been following my path to publication know that MEANT TO BE is a project that is incredibly near and dear to my heart and I couldn’t be happier that it’s being published. It will be available in both trade paperback and e-book format and I will let you all know the second I have a release date and a preview of the cover. I can’t wait to introduce Daniel and Marienne to the world!

The third contract I signed was also with Ellora’s Cave and it’s on a short novel I co-wrote with my awesome critique partner Karen Booth. The second we wrap up our paperwork I’ll fill you in on the title and some other juicy details, in the meantime I’ll just tell you that I can’t wait for you to meet the characters we cooked up together!

I’ll be resuming a more regular blog schedule, posting more recipes and maybe even doing some more commentary on some of the Bachelor franchise shows, but for now I’m focusing on getting all of the books ready to be read. Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for following me on this AMAZING JOURNEY (drink!). :)