I've always been pretty vocal about my appreciation for author Liz Crowe's books. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed her books because Liz writes Romance for Real Life, meaning, her books are true to life. All the ups and downs that good times and the hard times and yes, even life's tragic ironies make it into her books. She is the only author of real life romance that I will read. Her books just have that something special that I can't stay away from.
Which brings me to Essence of Time, part of the Stewart Realty series, which I highly recommend to any one looking to try something that has very complex and controversial characters, topics and situations but also has love, warmth and passion.
Liz's books have marked quite a few "firsts" for me. My first Romance for Real Life book, my first m/f/m menage romance and with Essence of Time, my first book cry. I read and reviewed this book back in 2012 and I just couldn't say enough good things about it. I've read quite a few books in my time but through them all, Essence of Time remains one of my absolute favorites ever. There's just so much heart and emotion between the characters that even now, they're still strong in my mind.
Essence of Time was originally released in June, 2012 with a lovely cover but now it's being re-released with not only additional scenes but a new blurb and cover that I personally think is a simple but powerful representation of the story.
So please enjoy the excerpt which is RATED NC-17 for sexually explicit scene/implied ménage. I'm also giving away a copy of Essence of Time to one lucky person who fills in the form at the bottom!
Amazon best-selling author, beer blogger and beer marketing expert, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. She has decades ofexperience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse. While working as a successful Realtor, Liz made the leap into writing novels about the same time she agreed to take on marketing and sales for the Wolverine State Brewing Company.
Most days find her sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, unless she’s writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”
Withstories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and many times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate, and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
If you are in the Ann Arbor area, be sure and stop into the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Tap Room—but don’t ask her for anything “like” a Bud Light, or risk serious injury.
Find Liz Crowe:
A “take life by the throat” philosophy has always served Rob well. It keeps him focused, forcing emotions and potential relationships to take a back seat to his aspirations. But once every obstacle has been conquered and he’s achieved his goal—executive chef at a famous Chicago restaurant—he must acknowledge that he has reached his mid-thirties very much alone.
Blake has just jettisoned his dream job—head of a fast-growing craft microbrewery—to escape from the woman who shattered his soul. Arriving at a Chicago beer festival prepared to drown his sorrows before moving on he is miserable and numb.
Fate throws the men together altering their respective worlds forever.
Once Rob reveals the personal demon that has haunted him for years, Blake allows himself to fully trust again, and admits he wants a child. But a mutual attraction evolves out of a business arrangement with the woman hired as their surrogate, which has the potential to destroy an already delicate status quo.
But time is of the essence, and becomes the one luxury they don't have.
An honest depiction of a modern relationship mosaic reminding us to treasure every single moment we are allowed to love and be loved.