Monday Meets: Keelan Ellis

Welcome to my blog, Keelan Ellis.


Hi! I’m excited to be here on Brynn Stein’s blog today. Since I’ve been busy working on a sequel to I’ll Still Be There, I thought I’d talk about the difficulties in keeping things fresh even though your characters are in an established relationship. The sex can start to feel repetitive, and sometimes authors feel that they need to create conflict just for the sake of adding some spark to the story. I wanted to show that in a committed relationship, there are many small conflicts that can ultimately lead to real progress. Jealousy and insecurity can be deadly, especially when they come up unexpectedly. People also have their own lives and problems that don’t have to do with their partner, but which affect them nonetheless. It might not sound like an exciting premise for a story, but what is rewarding and interesting is how it gets resolved. The most important thing in a romance, for me, is that the relationship moves forward.

In my next book, Clay and Silas will have to deal with the fallout from a spontaneous night in Paris that calls things into question for Silas. Jess has his own internal struggle with jealousy while the boys entertain a houseguest (who has some pretty big problems in his own marriage). Jess is also in the middle of dealing with some ongoing, unresolved issues with Cassie. All of these things make him less than pleasant at times, and gives Eli a chance to show how loving he can be when he really needs to.



The summer after high school, Eli Dunn and Jess Early explore an abandoned brothel in the rural Florida Panhandle. They’ve always kept their mutual attraction unspoken, but in an upstairs room at the end of the hall, everything changes. Suddenly, all the longing Eli and Jess have tried so hard to conceal bursts free, and passion like they’ve never experienced comes to light, along with the ghosts of Clay Bailey and Silas Denton, murdered

owners of the brothel. And Clay and Silas have no problem possessing Eli and Jess in order to express their love for each other, without thought for the living.

Deeply disturbed by the experience, Eli and Jess part and try to get on with life as best they can. But after several years, Eli returns to Florida, only to find that Jess has made some questionable choices. These eventually lead him back to the abandoned house and a confrontation with Eli. Old scores are settled and Eli and Jess reunite. But Clay and Silas’s ghosts aren’t finished yet, for they’ve always believed in the power of open and honest love.

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