Welcome Heather Kuehl to the Table

PromisestoKeep_FINALARTHi everyone, I know that I normally post the monthly Wednesday Weirdness post on the first Wednesday of the month but I’ve decided to do something a little different this month. I’m excited to have with us today one of my fellow Eternal Press authors. So lets give a warm welcome to Heather Kuehl, whose next Eternal Press release, PROMISES TO KEEP, comes out this upcoming Sunday. The cover art is gorgeous, isn’t it?  This one is going right on top of my TBR pile. Here’s a blurb:

Starlette is on a mission, and nothing will get in her way.

Starlette DeFore knows that her father is alive, even though her family buried him ten years ago. When a faerie confirms this she travels to Charleston, South Carolina to hunt down Sivad Night, the only person to have ever escaped from the hands of a powerful sorceress, the Dark Lady Dreashae. With help from a witch, Stalette travels into Verella, a fantasy realm filled with centaurs, dragons and magic. She is very close to finding her father, but first must defeat Dreashae.

Will Starlette, a mere mortal, have the strength needed to finish her quest and save her father?

Take it away, Heather :-)

KEEPING THE ROMANCE ALIVE

by:Heather Kuehl

I never thought that I’d have problems keeping romance in my marriage. After all, I write romance for a living. But after my son was born it became more and more difficult to keep that passion alive. I mean, after a day of cleaning the house, washing baby bottles, and changing messy diapers the last thing I wanted to do was get intimate.

I didn’t realize how much my relationship with my husband had changed until our son turned eight months old and was sleeping through the night (he still does, by the way. 6:30pm-7am and yes, I do know how lucky I am). After the little one went down for the night, we’d sit there struggling to find something to talk about. Finally we agreed that we were going to have to start over.

We started by writing little notes to each other. It felt very high school to be passing notes to each other during the day, but the simple words inside that folded piece of paper made me feel wonderful. Then he started texting me. Just little things, like how he loved me and what a great job I was doing with our son.

Lucky for us, our parents live within 10 minutes of us. Once, sometimes twice, a month we get them to watch the little man for the weekend. Time alone with no diapers, bottles, or messes was just want we needed. When we first started doing this we hardly got intimate, using the time instead to play card games, watch movies, or just hang out like we did before the little prince came along.

Before we knew it, the romance was back like it had never left. We felt like love-drunk teenagers. The things we did to jump start the passion in our marriage seemed so little, so insignificant, that sometimes it’s hard to believe that it did the trick.

We’re planning on expanding our family again soon, and are taking notes on what we do to keep our romance alive. We are always open to suggestions. So, what do you do to keep the passion alive?

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Thanks again for stopping by, Heather. If you’d like more information about Heather and her books, feel free to check out her other Eternal Press titles here or visit her blog.

10 Comment(s)

  1. Welcome to the Roundtable, Heather. Your book sounds wonderful! And I love your story about “keeping the romance alive.” I keep a note my dh wrote me when things were a little rough for me inside my planner. Every time I need a little pick me up, all I have to do is look at it and I remember. :)

    Brynna | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks again for visiting with us today, Heather. I’m really intrigued by the book and blurb. Can’t wait until sunday when I can actually get a copy to read. I just got a nook and you’ll be one of the first to get downloaded into it. Woo hoo!!

    Arianna

    Arianna | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Right now, I’m single, but I am taking notes for when I meet Mr. Right :-)

    Arianna | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. Welcome, Heather, and congratulations on your upcoming release!

    I think doing little things for each other that shows that the other is special. Nothing big or dramatic, but things like a back rub after he’s been working all day or picking up a small gift that you’ll know he’ll like just because. That focus and attention on the other’s needs and wants is what I think keeps the magic alive – or resparks it.

    Laurie Faelan | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thank you again Arianna for having me. It was difficult to find romantic things to do with a little one under foot, but Laurie is right; it’s the small things that count. :o)

    Heather | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  6. Great post, Heather! How wonderful you and your hubby recognized the importance of giving each other the most important gift – time. I’ve been married 32 years, I think because we figured out we had to let each other grow, and not be afraid to let go a little sometimes too.
    Best of luck with Promises to Keep! Sounds like a great read.

    Cate Masters | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  7. Great post Heather! As someone who is expecting her first son in May, it was great to read a few tips on surviving life after the little one arrives:)

    Sarah Tormey | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  8. Welcome to the Roundtable Heather! And congratulations on your upcoming release.

    After 21 yrs of marriage and two, almost, grown boys, I find two thing very important, to take the time and to make the effort to show you care. Life is hard and can become overwhelming at times, it’s important not to let it keep you from showing your other half what they mean to you.

    Happy sales!!!

    Anastasia St. James | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  9. Thank you!

    Congrats on the little one, Sarah, and good luck. My little guy is a handful. Some days I wish he was one of those kids that like to just sit down and play, but where would be the fun in that.

    I hope my hubby and I are together that long, Cate and Anastasia. We’ve been together for eight years and will be married for four years in May. I had never imagined the level of stress a kid would put on our marriage, but I’m happy that we’ve managed to pull through.

    Heather Kuehl | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

  10. Welcome to the Table, Heather. Dh and I have been married over 17 years, and together over 21. We have four children and it isn’t always easy to keep the romance going, but it is very important. One thing I suggest if at all possible is to do a date night once a month, even if it is just sitting at home together without the kids.

    It is very nice to hear of couples working on the the romance instead of giving up like so many do. Kudos to you and your dh.

    Renee | Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

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