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Monday, August 27, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by R.L. Blalock - Guest Post & Giveaway

About R.L. Blalock

R. L. Blalock’s love of reading started young. As a child, her father would read stories to her before bed every night. In middle school, she and her best friend bonded over books and writing. Her love of zombies, though, started later in life. In 2008, when R. L. Blalock first watched the remake of Dawn of the Dead, she instantly fell in love with the genre.

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, R. L. Blalock now lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her loving husband and precocious three-year-old daughter. Their family also includes three pets: Memphis, a Pitbull/German shepherd mix who prefers to spend his days cuddling; Dixie, a Pitbull/Akita mix who greets everyone with excited squeals and enough kisses to last a lifetime: and Pazuzu, the Green-Cheeked Conure who thinks she’s a dog.

By day, she gets the pleasure of waking before the sun is up to serve coffee to all the morning commuters in Lake St. Louis. Despite the early hours, the job has its perks. She can get her hands on as much coffee as she wants.

During what precious little free time she has, R. L. Blalock like to read whatever dark and twisted book she can get her hands on or scare herself silly with the same nightmarish kinds of video games.


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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by R.L. Blalock

Something I find exhilarating is new worlds. This might only be in reading, but I love being taken to someplace I could never visit. New surroundings. New creatures. New people. I'd love to think there is more to this universe than what we know. I'd like to think that in the vast depths of space, the universe is more amazing than we can imagine. That it is filled with so many worlds that are so different from ours that we can't even comprehend the possibilities. I've got to think there are aliens out there. Planets full of new and different life forms like nothing we have ever seen. But I can only visit those places when I read and hope that someday, someone will get to experience such wonders.

On the flipside, there is nothing scarier to me than death. Not my death, but the death of a loved one. A friend, a family member, a pet. Things are easy to replace, but there is no replacement for the ones that you love. Without them, your world has permanently changed and, to me, that is terrifying. What's even scarier is that people can disappear from your life at any moment. It doesn't take much and then that person is gone from your life forever. You can't talk to them anymore, you can't hang out with them. They are just gone. Death changes everything instantaneously. It's a terrifying world shift that no one wants to experience but everyone will at some time. And death leads to the great unknown. What lies after death? Anything? Nothing? Heaven or hell? A great melting pot of soul soup?

I guess that's what really makes my heart beat faster. The unknown. Not just what lies beyond death, but what lies beyond our knowledge. To me, the unknown is both fascinating and terrifying. We know so much and yet so little about the universe that the possibilities are endless. We once thought that nothing could survive in the deepest depths of the sea, but we found out we were very wrong. Deep down where light cannot reach there is a whole other world teeming with life, some of it amazing and beautiful. Others are horrifying and otherworldly. And even still, we are still discovering new things in those depths. Things that have existed for centuries and were unknown to us. This is the best representative of the unknown. If our planet could hold such mysteries, what mysteries could the vast universe hold?

Books by R.L. Blalock

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  1. Great guest post. I think the unknown is fascinating too.

  2. These books are real page turners! I like scaring myself silly too :)

  3. I also like to read dark books and scary myself! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Looking forward to reading The Death and Decay Series. Thank you

  5. looks like a fantastic collection of reads!

  6. Interesting perspective.

  7. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  8. I've added this series to my book wishlist.

  9. It's so true ... Dad died unexpectedly one night just over 3 years ago. All of a sudden it was just me & Mum and this enormous void in our lives. Somehow you carry on and the days turn to weeks, to months, to years, and you realise that it's only his physical presence that's no longer there; the memories, experiences, his humour, all he taught me, everything about him really, is still with me everyday and always will be.