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Friday, August 17, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Lilac Mills - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Lilac Mills

Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.


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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Lilac Mills

There are lots of things that make my heart beat faster – waking up in the early hours of Christmas morning, the first fall of snow, a glimpse of bluebells in the spring, the sound of waves on a windswept beach, reading a lovely review of one of my novels, my daughter’s laughter…

But what really makes my heart beat faster is my husband (aww…). From the little things, like bringing me a cup of tea in bed every morning (milk first, remember!) and putting surprises in the bag I take to work every day. To the big things, like being there to love and support me when my beloved father passed away, and not complaining when my mother comes to lunch most Sundays (he’s a real hero!).

Love isn’t just about those initial mad feelings when the relationship is new and exciting, when you can’t seem to get enough of each other, and when every minute spent apart feels like a week. It’s about the ‘happily ever after part’ – what happens after the wedding when the bouquet has wilted and the confetti has been swept away. It’s the living together and the loving together. It’s the feeling, after years spent together, that he is still the love of my life, my rock, my soulmate, my tur ‘other half’. Being one of two halves is a joy and a blessing, and something that needs to be cherished and nurtured, and never, ever taken for granted.

My hubby and I have been together for a long time, but every one of those years have been special. Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs (show me a couple who haven’t), and there are times when things have been tough. But we’ve lived through them and I think, I hope, we’ve come out the other side stronger than ever.

He might have a wrinkle or two (I’ve got my fair share of those, too), but to me he still looks as handsome as the man I married all those years ago, and he still makes my heart sing. Never a day goes by that he doesn’t tell me he loves me (even if it is through gritted teeth, on occasion) and never do I feel that he hasn’t got my back, and that I can’t rely on him.

Reading and writing romance brings all those feelings that I have for him to the fore, which is probably why I enjoy them so much. There is some part of him in all my main male characters, and the things that we do together are often reflected in my stories. Take ‘Love in the City by the Sea’, for instance – my husband’s hobby was the inspiration for the setting. We had been to Barcelona the year before I started writing the book because he was running the marathon. I saw the hard work, commitment and sheer determination that went into not only the race itself but the hours and hours of training beforehand, and the germ of an idea began to form…

The days we spent in Barcelona wasn’t just about the race though. Together we explored as much of the city as time would allow, and we shared so much fun and laughter (just don’t ask him about getting lost and having to walk for miles in the dark to come down off Montjuïc, because I’m not sure he’s actually forgiven me yet!), and some of these experiences were written into the story, because I wanted to share the romance and the mystery of the place with my readers.

My husband makes my heart beat faster, not only because he’s still the gorgeous man I married, but because he’s so much more than that. He’s the other half of me (he’ll claim to be the better half, but I beg to differ), and he supports me in everything I do. I particularly love

him for not resenting the amount of time I dedicate to my writing (believe me, it’s a lot), and I love that he’s so proud of me.

In fact, I’m writing this as I’m waiting for him to come home from work, but I’m not going to show it to him because his head will never fit through the front door again!

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  1. I love to read more about the authors. What a wonderful marriage :)

  2. Great guest post. It sounds like you have a great marriage.

  3. fantastic that you tell us a bit about yourself - helps to identify with the characters in your books xx

  4. He's a good 'un - most of the time!!!
    Lilac xx

  5. You 're very lucky with a husband like him! I like to see happy couples after marriage!

  6. I can relate to the " detriment" of liking to read.

  7. Oh yes! That first glimpse of bluebells ... makes my heart sing!