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Monday, September 10, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Kyra Jacobs - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Kyra Jacobs

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor, and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporary to romantic suspense and paranormal/fantasy. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both comedy and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after.

When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.


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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Kyra Jacobs

I love this question, because just thinking about it has my heart rate kicking up a few notches. And it’s something we can all relate to, isn’t it? When an event or even a thought moves us from a place of calm and comfort to something far less stable?

Our family just finished another Harry Potter movie marathon (we do this about once a year #HPForever) and there were plenty of time where our pulses were pounding even though we’ve seen the movies countless times before. Why? Because a great story has the power to suck you in.

Ah, but what is it about a story that gets my heart beating faster, especially if it’s a romance? I think I’d have to say much of it lies in the anticipation of things to come. Things I want for the characters, things I want them to experience so that I can live vicariously through them. I love reading about the awkward early moments, when you know there’s a growing connection between the main characters. The clumsy first kisses, or heck, the spicy first kisses. I mean, come on—kisses in general tend to get our hearts pounding, don’t they?

But even beyond that, it’s simple touches that get my heart beating faster. A hero’s steady hand placed at the small of his heroine’s back. Stray stands of hair being tucked gently behind an ear. Lips brushing feather light across a cheek. Hands being held for the first time. These intimate gestures give us a sneak peek into the character’s wants and desires.

And sometimes the simplest of acts can be the most potent because we can easily imagine the sensation. I was reading a book recently where the heroine’s midriff was exposed. She and the hero were standing toe-to-toe, and the hero brushed a fingernail across her soft skin. Can’t say that was something I’d ever thought much about, but I got goose bumps because I could totally picture it. The heroine did too, and heat was soon pooling low in her stomach.

Which brings me to another heart rate riser: reactions. Eyes widening, sharp inhales, soft mews—when a well-written character’s pulse rises, mine does too. In the age of Kindle apps on cell phones, that means I often need to monitor where and when I do my reading. Don’t want to come back to work after my lunch break and have everyone asking why my cheeks are flushed and I’m out of breath. LOL

Of course, writing these types of scenes kicks my heart rate up as well. To make them believable means drafting and tweaking and reliving the moments over and over and over again in an attempt to get them just right. If it doesn’t get my pulse racing, then what’s to say it will have that affect on my readers? But hey, it’s a price I’m willing to pay. ;-)


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a Vera Bradley makeup bag from Kyra Jacobs.

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


  1. Great guest post. I love Harry Potter too.

  2. Awesome guest post. We too enjoy Harry Potter marathons :)

    1. Thank you! And HP marathons are the best ;-)

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ruth! Glad you enjoyed it :-)

  4. Another great guest post, we're all big fans of Harry Potter here too though we've not done a marathon with the movies as we did with Star Wars -yet!

    1. Ah yes, gotta do a marathon! We tend to bounce between this and Back to the Future ;-)

  5. A simple touch can certainly get the heart racing. A great post thank you.

  6. Looking forward to reading Kyra's books. Thank you

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! Happy reading :-)

  7. What a gorgeous makeup bag, thank you for being so generous.

  8. Dear Kyra Jacobs, I love reading your books. Keep up the good work!

  9. Kyra, I enjoyed learning more about you.

  10. I really enjoyed your guest post! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Looking forward to read your books Kyra :)
    Thank you for the lovely post!