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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Teri Polen - Guest Post & Giveaway


About Teri Polen


Several years back, a friend told me I should read the Harry Potter series – I think the third one was out by then. I laughed, saying they were for kids, but she convinced me to give them a try, and for that, I’ll always be thankful. Reading YA opened up a whole new world for me, and I haven’t looked back.

Some of my favorite things in life are books (no romance), music (preferably alt/rock and absolutely no country), movies (rarely chick flicks), red wine (no merlot) and dark chocolate (please don’t add any fruit to what is already perfection). On the flip side of that, I strongly dislike the color pink and loathe shopping – unless it’s in a bookstore or someplace I can buy movies, music, wine, or chocolate. That being said, it’s pretty evident why my female friends think I’m a little strange.

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Teri Polen

Plenty of things can get my heart ramped up. Thinking about my favorite peanut butter/triple chocolate yogurt topped with buckeyes and hot fudge–something I crave daily, but rarely treat myself to (sadly, I’m salivating as I type this). Knowing the season premiere of The Walking Dead isn’t like, a light year away anymore. Watching the end of Avengers: Infinity War a few months ago and knowing I’ll be able to buy it soon. Riding The Mummy at Universal Studios–it raises the pulse rate every time because it’s just that completely awesome. Discovering the occasional horror movie that doesn’t rely on overused tropes (unfortunately, so few and far between). 

Many years ago at the beach, I bungee-jumped and it was awesome, scary, and breath-taking all at once. After that, skydiving made the bucket list, and although I’ve tried arranging it several times, the stars haven’t aligned. It will eventually happen, because I’m just that stubborn and determined. When I first heard about ziplining, I knew it was also list-worthy. And then a place opened just ten minutes from my house. Fate had sent up a flare, and I would answer the call.

On Mother’s Day, both of my sons were home, and hubby asked what I wanted to do for the day. The first thought that popped in my head was ziplining. Despite not being fans of heights, hubby and my oldest son were in, but the youngest preferred to stay on the ground and take pictures. 


After we were suited up and safety precautions discussed, our group was taken to a practice zipline that started out roughly ten feet off the ground, gradually tapering down to the ground so we could get a feel for it and learn how to stop on the ramps. When they asked for a volunteer to go first, my hand shot up. The staff warned us that taking the first step off the ramp was usually what freaked out first-timers, but it wasn’t an issue for me. The landing was a little rough, but I was eager to move on to bigger stuff. 

The three ziplines waiting for us ran through trees overlooking hiking trails and the entrance to a cave, so we we’d able to look down at the tourists as we sailed over top of them. These lines were much higher and a little daunting, but backing out never crossed my mind. After climbing six flights of stairs and impatiently waiting my turn, my heart raced as I climbed up onto the launch box to hook into the line. Sweat trickled down my back, but it was more from the sweltering ninety plus degree heat than nerves. Stepping off the platform didn’t worry me at all–coming in backwards and landing on my keister was at the forefront of my mind. I decided I’d worry about that when and if it happened.


I took a deep breath and dropped over the edge, bouncing on the line as I sailed through the trees, whooping with excitement. What had taken me so long to try this? It was exhilarating! I tried to take in everything as it whizzed by, but I was moving too fast and the landing ramp was coming up. Sure enough, I started rotating and would come in backwards. Nothing I could do about it. Let’s just say it was less than graceful, I didn’t take out any innocent bystanders, and it was a landing I walked away from. We’ll leave it at that. 

In the pictures, that’s me on the right at the top of a platform. The other picture is of my son, hubby, and me. I’m the short one in the middle. I don’t know about you, but every now and then, I need to do something that’s kind of scary and gets me out of my comfort zone. Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit. Think I’ll look for that number to the skydiving place.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $5 Amazon gift card from Teri Polen.

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

42 comments:

  1. Great guest post. I would love to try ziplining.

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    1. Thanks, Solange - it was sooo much fun. My birthday's coming up, so maybe I'll go again!

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  2. The photo in the tree is really scary. I can't handle heights too well.

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    1. It's not as bad as it looks, Judy. Even while standing on the platform, you hook onto the tree so there's no danger of falling. Trust me - if my hubby can handle it, anyone can!

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  3. I love finding new authors, Kim - which is one reason I have over 100 books in my TBR, lol! I write YA horror, sci-fi, and fantasy - hope you'll check out my books.

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  4. Thanks AnnieK and Suze for hosting me today!

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  5. Heights don't bother me, so that sounds like something I'd enjoy. (Of course, I've also told my family I'd like to try parachuting, so I'm probably not the person to ask.)

    Glad you had a great time!

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    1. We'll schedule skydiving together, Staci!

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  6. You never catch me bungee jumping or skydiving! Ziplining looks like a lot of fun but the heights would do me in. Maybe if I started off at a lower level, LOL.

    Regarding Harry Potter, the same thing happened to me. A friend of mine suggested I give them a try. Book four was coming out and I had considered them for kids. **shakes head** It's wonderful you found your niche with writing YA, Teri. You do it very well!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mae! They had a zipline for kids maybe you could try?

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    1. You're welcome - thanks for dropping by, Sue!

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  8. Terrific, Post, Teri. I can see the allure to ziplining. At my age the landing would be all about calling for a broom and dustpan to clean up the bone dust.

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    1. I don't know, John - I think you could handle it. Experience it and have John Cannon zipline in his next book!

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  9. I love heart stopping activity too.
    jan

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    1. We have that in common, Jan. Good to shake things up every now and then.

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  10. Got to love some heart pounding page turning thrills

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  11. I never thought I'd read YA but I do enjoy it.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. YA is the majority of what I read, Mary, not only to know the market, but for the wildly creative and imaginative storylines.

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  12. Thanks for the great post, love discovering new authors and books xx

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    1. You're welcome, Ruth, and thanks for stopping by - have a great week!

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  13. Great adventure, Teri. I would love to zipline even though normally I'm nervous about heights (my balance isn't as good as it used to be). Something about flying through the air is immensely appealing. Jumping out of airplanes? NOT. Happy Reading and good luck with your giveaway!

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    1. It was so much fun, Diana, and I'm still hoping to get to skydiving. Maybe this fall?

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  14. Loved reading about your adventures in ziplineing.

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    1. Thanks, Jana - it was fun trying something new, and with the facility so close to my home, maybe I'll drop by again soon.

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  15. Loved reading about your adventures

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    1. Thanks, James! Whenever someone asks what superhero power I'd like to have, flying is always my choice, so for those few minutes I'm actually 'flying' on the zipline, I can pretend I have a cape!

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway Teri, I wish I was as daring as you!

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  17. Lots of hobbies! Great to hear about the people behind these books. Well done on the zip-line - you are braver than me!

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

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  19. Must admit reading the personal info, sounds just like me. I love chick lit though. But I didn't want to read Harry Potter as I thought it was for children and my work colleague told me to and if I hated it he would buy me coffee for the month. Luckily I didn't have to put a bet of my own on, just a honest answer. I didn't get my coffee as I loved them. Absolutely love my music, bit of a rock chick (well hen I'm a bit too old for a chick lol) but up for listening to anything once. :)

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  20. I find the title "Quantum Wanderlust" very intriguing!

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  21. I enjoyed this guest post though I'm not such a danger seeking sort of person as you seem to be and there's no way I'd be participating in skydiving, ziplining or anything at all like that. Hmm, how about a parachute jump next?

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  22. That will for sure make my heart beat faster too! It's good to shake things up a bit sometimes, just make sure not eating chocolate or drinking wine at the same time while doing those challenges. Just kidding. By the way, good luck and all the best with your books, thank you for guest post and giveaway.

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  23. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including What Makes My Heart Beat Faster, and wishing the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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