Author Stephanie Keyes Offers A Skeptic’s Take On Romance

I’m so happy to have Stephanie Keyes back on my blog! This time she’s here to talk about my favorite topic: Romance! Welcome back, Stephanie!


Hello and thank you to Bonnie for having me on her blog today! I thought it might be nice to talk a little bit about the romance aspect of my new release The Star Child. After all, even though the journey that Kellen and Calienta take in the book is center stage, the romance is always there, building.

I call this piece skeptic’s take on romance, because I’m not someone who is easily won over. Skeptic doesn’t even begin to cover it with me. In fact, before we started dating, I thought my husband lied to me about his birthday being the same days as mine. Yes, I did make him show I.D and yes, it is the same day.

With that backdrop in mind, here’s my take on romance:

Be sincere: Don’t create a portfolio of romantic expressions to be whipped out at a moment’s notice. If you say something that you don’t mean, then your friend/partner/spouse will know it.

Many years ago, I was working a part-time in college and I missed my boyfriend (now the enigmatic Mr. Keyes) so much. The next moment, I received a fax of a clip art rose, with the expression, “a rose for you my love”.

Corny? Definitely. However, it so perfectly made a connection that I needed at that time. I still have the fax sixteen years later. Fortunately, Mr. Keyes’ poetic expressions have improved. [Smiling]

Find Humor In Everything: Let’s face it. Life is hectic and it’s boring at times, even when you’re on the run through Faerie, getting chased by a pack of Hellhounds. If you can’t laugh at yourselves in a relationship, then where’s the fun, the passion in it?

My husband sends me ridiculous texts and tweets throughout the day. What’s interesting about this is that we both work from home, so we are only ever one floor away from one another. I spend the entire day laughing. Particularly when the jokes are bad.

Romance Is Free.

Being romantic doesn’t cost a thing. Leave a love note for the person that you care about, send them a song that touches you, and tell them what a kind person they are. The list goes on and on.

Sometimes, even motivating your significant other can be romantic. One morning I did just that. I set up the coffee pot for my husband who had worked all night. I left a note by the pot that read “Just Press On”. I intended the Post-it as a brief set of instructions; he thought it was a motivational message.

Here’s to hoping any skeptics out there (like me) find some real-life romance. Thanks for having me on your wonderful site today! Please check out The Star Child from Inkspell Publishing!

About the Book



The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. 
Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?




About the Author

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

Contact Stephanie


4 Responses

  1. admin Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post, Stephanie! It made me smile and was just what the doctor ordered in the middle of a stressful week! Great advice on romance and it means more coming from a skeptic! 🙂

  2. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Thanks Bonnie! I’m happy to be here. I think often many of us miss out on a great romance because we think it has tobe “epic” aall the time. Some of the best romances are made up of sweet moments that no one else would find remarkable, but perhaps you would. So glad you enjoyed the post!

  3. Linn B Halton Says:

    It made me smile too! Great post, I really enjoyed reading this. The Star Child is a great novel and I can’t believe it’s a debut one for Stephanie Keyes.

  4. Karen Holder Says:

    I love the comment… Being romantic doesn’t cost a thing. In today’s economy that says a lot!

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