PUBLISHER: Tri Destiny Publishing (Sizzlin’ Books line)
(Exclusive content, deleted scenes, a “dream cast” and soundtrack)
(Both print and digital versions available)
SYNOPSIS: For years, Rob Frietag has resisted anything resembling a true emotional connection, preferring instead to explore life, and his own desires, without committing to anyone for very long. The reason remains known only to a few, among them Jack Gordon, his college cohort in female conquests, and life-long friend. At thirty-seven, while he is close to achieving his career goal, head chef at a five-star restaurant in Chicago, he is still very much alone.
After an intensely emotional relationship with Suzanne Baxter in Ann Arbor, Blake’s heart is left shattered. Completely broken by what he believes was his one true love, he arrives at a Chicago food and beer festival, prepared to drink his sorrow away.
When the two men meet, their lives change forever. But time is of the essence.
When Rob acknowledges his true feelings, he will stop at nothing to keep them together, including finding a surrogate mother for the child Blake so desperately wants.
Lila Warren is recovering from a nasty divorce, needs cash and believes carrying their baby will fulfill her in ways marriage never did. None of them could suspect that the connection they share would provide the final emotional key to their life-long puzzle.
When Rob’s secret is revealed, time becomes the one luxury they don’t have, setting in motion a chain of events that destroys the fragile illusion of happiness for them, and everyone who loves them.
“I don’t even know where to begin on this stunning and beautiful book. Ms. Crowe has outdone herself with this 4th installment in the Stewart Realty series… It’s so hard to review Essence of Time without giving too much information away about the mind-blowing ending, so I will leave readers with this: Even if you have not read the first three books in the Stewart Realty series you must put Essence of Time on your critical to-read list immediately! Ms. Crowe will have you laughing, drooling and crying while at the same time wishing you had her personal email to give her hell about these characters! For all these reasons I feel Essence of Time deserves a JERR Gold Star Award.” Gold Star Award ~ Just Erotic Romantic Reviews – 7/2012
“This book did it for me. I think my heart broke into a million pieces and I’m still trying to understand the twists and turns that this book had and the reason why it ended the way it did. Beware, you should have a whole box of Kleenex by your side because you will need it from beginning to end.
ESSENCE OF TIME totally left me devastated, heartbroken but with a different view in life. Live life as if tomorrow is the last, never waste time no matter the circumstance.
If you have not started reading this series, Stewart Realty Company, please do so as you will not be disappointed. This book really gives you a different perspective on not only Rob and Blake’s lives but also Sara, Jack and Suzanne. I have reviewed all the four books in this series and it was a pleasure reviewing this one. I can’t wait ‘til book five comes out.”
5 Stars & Top Pick ~ The Romance Reviews – 7/2012
“The passion in Essence of Time is hot and smoking! It will leave you wanting a cold beverage when you are done reading just one scene. There is something sexy about the desire that builds between Rob and Blake. But it is the emotional connections that are woven between the characters that create a story you won’t want to put down. The headstrong men, Rob and Blake, don’t let things come easy to them. I wanted to strangle them both at different parts of the story. While at other points, I was cheering their open and heartfelt love on. Liz Crowe knows how to write powerful stories that will pull at your heartstrings and make you wish for a love like that.
While Essence of Time is book four in the Stewart Realty books, it does read as a standalone book. It isn’t necessary to read the other books before reading Essence of Time but if you do read the other books first, Essence of Time will give you the background on your favorite characters, letting you inside their minds and seeing what makes them tick.
If you are fan of romance stories that drag you into the story and make you want to read the book from cover to cover, you are going to love Essence of Time. Just don’t blame me for your lack of sleep!” 5 Hearts ~ Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
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Microbrewery owner, multi-published author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe brings years of experience in sales and fund raising, an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, and making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry) to her life and work as erotic romance author. When she isn’t sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.
Otherwise, look for her doing pounds of laundry for her athletic children, watching La Liga on the Fox Soccer Channel, or trying to figure out what to order in for dinner. Liz loves her Foo Fighters Pandora station, and watching reruns of Deadwood, when there aren’t any decent sports on the telly. Her beer blog www.a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider-yet-outsider views on the craft beer industry. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.
Liz Crowe’s books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in Istanbul, and in high-powered real estate offices.
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SERIES READING ORDER:
Floor Time (Stewart Realty Book 1)
Sweat Equity (Stewart Realty Book 2)
Closing Costs (Stewart Realty Book 3)
Essence of Time (Stewart Realty Book 4 – Can be read as a standalone as well)
Conditional Offer (Stewart Realty Book 5) – Releasing 8/25
Escalation Clause (Stewart Realty Book 6) – Releasing 11/4
Upcoming New releases:
Stewart Realty Series:
Conditional Offer – releasing 8/25
Escalation Clause – releasing 11/4
Standalone Book: Paradise Hops – 10/16
Blog Tour Info:
8/11: Amber Skyze
8/12: Jayne Kingston
** HOT deleted scene**
8/13: Virginia Cavanaugh
8/14: Molly Daniels
8/15: Harlie’s Book Blog
8/16: Hesperia Loves Books
8/25: BREWING PASSION BIG GIVEAWAY
8/26: Amber Kallyn
8/27: Ann Siracusa
8/28: Tina Donahue
8/29: 7 Sexy Scribes
**HOT DELETED SCENE**
8/30: Janice Seagraves
8/31: Harlie’s Book Blog
9/1: Marian Lanouette
9/2: Gabrielle Bisset
Live Book Signing 11/4/2012: Nicola’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor