Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance

a book by Karen Kreps

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Between these covers, find secrets to great relationships! Buy now and learn about love.

True stories about love, sex and romance will inspire adults, like you, to think in new ways and communicate openly so you'll enjoy more fulfilling personal relationships.

196-page softcover, with illustrations of sculpture by Arye Shapiro and book design by Rebecca Price. ISBN 978-0-9797890-0-7

Experts rave about what lies between the covers of the book, Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex and Romance, by Karen Kreps:

“The secrets of love, sex and romance must come from those who do not guard them selfishly, and Karen Kreps's collection of articles is a remarkably open-hearted series of revelations. It is reassuring that the positive aspects of connubial life are as fascinating as the downsides of our mating experiments, at least with this author as articulate guide. She makes true love seem as elementary as basic arithmetic she knows, too, that love is a complex and infinite miracle. We may discover how to embrace it if we have the right wisdom, and Karen Kreps generously inspires us with her vision.”—Avodah K. Offit MD, author of The Sexual Self, Night Thoughts: Confessions of a Sex Therapist, and Virtual Love.

“Karen beckons the many muses at her disposal—ordinary people and experts-to guide us through inner vulnerability to a loving place where we connect with others. Woven through her verbal tapestries are sentimental stories of families, insights about sexuality and resources to take courting to the next level. Relationships are the essence of our humanity, and Karen invites us to enjoy them in ways we might never have imagined.”—Larry Bugen, PhD, therapist and author of Love and Renewal: A Couple’s Guide to Commitment

“Her writing entices readers along paths of erotic fantasy and desire to find fulfilling relationships.”—David A. Crump, the Essential Experience workshop,

“Intelligent, candid and informative; a valuable service in a complex area of concern.”—Drs. Marshall and Marguerite Shearer,

"Karen’s columns are very insightful on the nature of our most important relationships. She has given me ideas to keep my marriage of almost 20 years on a stable footing. And were I single, I'd find her advice on starting new relationships equally practical.”-- Jeff Johannigman, President of People Type Consulting

“Karen Kreps’ stories of love and life are vivid and touch your soul. Her writing will inspire some to think more deeply about relationships and possibly value what they have even more!"—Dr. Robyn,

"In the table of contents there are symbols for each article to indicate who the topics would be most relevant to. Even if I wasn’t reviewing the book, I still would have read all the articles, just because they provide a wealth of information about human behavior. I also loved the personal stories and reflections. They are touching and heartwarming."--Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (2/08) Read the full review.


Give a gift that is really personal. A copy of Intimacies invites conversations on the interpersonal subjects that matter most.

Karen Kreps.I, Karen Kreps, wrote the "Intimacies" column for The Good Life magazine for seven years, until the magazine folded. I also hosted the related public conversation group that mets monthly at BookPeople in Austin, Texas from 2002-2009. After seven years, I have plenty to share about the art of relationship.

My book contains a collection of my columns, of interest to singles and couples alike. They touch on love and romance, sex and sensuality, and issues of money and commitment. The book is illustrated with photographs of figurative sculpture by my husband, Arye Shapiro.

Would you like a personal guide to love?

Would you like to feel less isolated and more connected to others?

Is arousal elusive?

Curious about sex and how others make out?

What stands between you and esctatic intimacy?

This 196-page book offers personal essays, how to advice, reports on trends, explorations of human behavior, and the accounts of many people who shared their real stories of love, sex and romance.

It's a perfect read for those with short attention spans. Every chapter is just a thousand words (four pages).

Jump right to the parts that call you, using the icon-coded Table of Contents. Use it to pick which parts contain subject matter on love and romance, sex and sexuality, commitment, and money--and know if it's relevant for singles or couples.

View the Table of Contents

Read a Sample Chapter

Read the Preface

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A sampling of what you'll find in Intimacies:

Love will cool if Cupid’s arrow finds the mark but once a year

How rituals keep romance alive and when they should be used

Harmonizing two frequencies essential to good relationship

When to share your inner world of memories and experiences with your partner--and when to keep them to yourself

Is the elixir of love in food, or are aphrodisiacs hopeful hooey?

From chocolates with a hot chili pepper center to phallic roots, food can stimulate many appetites

A June bride pops the question: Why do we weep at a wedding?

Examining what tugs at your heart strings

Don't avoid the tender trap as it’s a good place to get caught

You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.

Being married doesn’t mean that you and spouse are joined at the hip

Time apart matters just as much as time together.

I’ll hold you. You’ll hold me. Take my hand, as one we’ll be

The benefits of touching and communicating thorough simple touch.

Have you got sex on the brain? Well, you certainly aren’t alone

Celebrating sexual fantasy as normal and even fun

Enjoy an afternoon dalliance, even if you’re happily married

Make dates in the middle of the day for spice and connection.

Nature’s paradox: Men want to love more than just one woman

Got a wandering eye? Try a little imagination and trust.


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