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Sunday, September 2, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Jill Steeples - Guest Post & Giveaway


About Jill Steeples


Jill Steeples lives in a small market town in Bedfordshire with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, baking cakes, eating them and drinking wine.

From an early age she fell in love with the fabulously funny romances of Jilly Cooper, and vowed, one day, she would have a go at writing one of her own.

Jill loves writing short stories, particularly those with a twist in the tail, and her work has appeared in popular women’s magazines around the world and in a number of charity anthologies.

She is the author of seven romantic comedy novels.

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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Jill Steeples

As a romance writer, you might expect this particular question to elicit a suitably romantic response from me. And it does, but not in the way you might imagine. You see, it’s not the sight of a tall, dark and handsome stranger across a crowded room, or an intimate dinner for two over a candlelit table or a walk across a sandy beach at sunset with that special person, that sets my heart really racing. Don’t get me wrong, all those scenarios are very appealing, and do indeed make my heart go pitter patter, but none of them are quite so exciting as the prospect of a night at the theatre, more specifically to watch a musical show.

I was a teenager when I first went to the West End in London to see a show which happened to be A Chorus Line at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and from that very first moment I was hooked by the whole spectacle of the occasion. It instilled in me a love for musical theatre which has continued to this day. I can remember that sense of awe and wonder as the curtain raised and the buzz of anticipation that rippled around the audience. The song and dance routines were energising and exciting, the whole cast super talented and inspiring to watch, and within moments I was totally immersed in the story unfolding me before me. When I left the theatre that night I felt totally joyous and uplifted and walked out into the London streets with a huge grin upon my face.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to see many shows and some of my favourites include 42nd Street, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Producers, Legally Blonde and so many more. My current obsession is Bat out of Hell which is showing at The Dominion Theatre in London, and anyone who knows me will know that I’ve been waxing lyrical about this show for months now. I’ve seen it five times so far and I’m already planning when I might be able to see it again! It’s a rock musical written by Jim Steinman and is based on the album of the same name. It’s a loose retelling of Peter Pan, with elements of Romeo and Juliet thrown in. It’s big and bold, has the most amazingly talented cast ever, special effects that will make you gasp and songs that will send goosebumps along the entire length of your body. At its heart though is a love story, and whether it’s a book or a film or a West End show, I’m a sucker for a good love story.

A good musical stage production is joyous, life-affirming and has the ability to transport you to another world, to offer an escape from reality for those two and a half magical hours and will have you leaving the theatre with a smile on your face and a heart-warming, feel-good factor tingling through your bones. For me, it’s the best feeling ever.

Honestly, if I wasn’t tone deaf and with two left feet, I might have been a musical star myself. Well, it doesn’t hurt to fantasise, does it?

Books by Jill Steeples

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Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Wedding Bells at The Dog & Duck, a cute doggy tea towel and bookmarks from Jill Steeples.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

27 comments:

  1. Great guest post. I love musicals too.

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  2. I love the Dog & Duck series, and I love musicals too. Phantom always gives me shivers

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  3. Love Jill’s books. Can’t wait to read more

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  4. I love reading sets of books with familiar characters and set around a central place. It makes the book even more enjoyable for me.

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  5. I love reading this genre and enjoy following familiar characters too.

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  6. I'm afraid I have no love of music but I do love books :-) I'm hoping that this time I'll be lucky and get to read about the pub and the goings on there, you have me intrigued.

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  7. This looks like a lovely series, would love to win for my Mum who reads a lot.

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  8. This series looks awesome! Thanks for the review xx

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  9. This looks like another delightful Jill Steeples romance!

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  10. Hello Jill, I love your book covers! Thank you

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  11. It's been a long time since I had a night at the theatre. Thank you for the reminder.

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  12. This series sounds right up my street. Thanks for sharing x

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  13. I have already read "Hopelessly Devoted to You". I really enjoyed it!

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  14. wonderful set to win here
    jan

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  15. This looks like the type of feel good novel I love to read

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  16. Would love to win this book and goodies for my mum :)

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  17. This looks a really fun read.

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  18. Look like a lovely book I would love to read it.

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  19. Looks like a brilliant read!

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  20. I love musicals too. I'm always amazed at the talent on stage.

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  21. I haven't been to nearly as many musicals as you have, but I loved the few I've been to... Cats, Phantom and Mamma Mia! I'd love to see a LOT more!

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  22. I really like the look of this series!

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  23. I agree, musicals are awesome. I wish we could live like we were in a musical and sing to deal with our problems!

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  24. Love the cover - looks and sounds like a great read

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