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Thursday, September 20, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Jaimie Admans - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Jaimie Admans

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.


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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Jaimie Admans

In a word, writing.

The act of writing and the things I write.

For me, nothing beats the feeling of a book going well. Books are strange things, they are hard to write, but sometimes – very, very rarely – you get these magical ones that write themselves, when your fingers are flying across the keyboard and inspiration is flowing faster than you can type. This is the best feeling. I’ve recently finished the first draft of HQ Book 4 (The Vintage Carousel by the Sea, which will be released in spring next year) and it was one of these rare books. It was a joy to write. I wrote it so fast, and with so little trouble, that I wrote 30k over my target word count and had to cut 26,000 words. I was sad to say goodbye to the characters when I sent the book off to my editor – but don’t worry, when I get them back with revisions, I doubt I’ll feel so positive then!

I’ve had a few of these books in the past, but in recent years, writing has been increasingly difficult. Each one of my recent books has not been easy to write. I’d started to think that every book was going to be like pulling teeth to get the words out, and while hopefully readers can’t tell this after many rounds of revisions and edits, it makes such a difference if you’re forcing yourself to sit at the keyboard every day or if you’re eager to open the document and get started in the mornings.

Writing Book 4 has made my heart beat faster!

Now if only there was a formula so I knew how to make all books like that!

The second part of writing that makes my heart beat faster is when you get a new idea and you know it’s ‘the one’! I get lots of ideas on a daily basis – snippets of conversations, news stories, articles, and I jot everything down because you never know when things like that will come in useful, but every so often, you get an idea and you can’t stop thinking about it. The more you think about it, the bigger it grows, and you just know. You know that this is the next idea you’re going to write. You know it will make a good book. Within a few minutes of having the idea, the characters and situations they’re in have presented themselves to you, snatches of dialogue are already appearing, and you can’t write it all down fast enough. There is no part of writing that’s more exciting than this feeling!

And the third aspect of writing that makes my heart beat faster is the romance!

I write romantic comedies, and one of my favourite parts about them is the “almosts”. The almost kisses, brief touches, and stolen glances. I love building the romance between characters and watching them fall in love. My life isn’t very romantic and I live vicariously through my characters. When my characters anticipate that first kiss, even though I’m writing it, I find that I’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for that magic moment. When I know something big is about to happen, I’m writing faster to get to it. When my characters laugh, I laugh. When they cry, I cry. When their hearts are pounding, so is mine. When they’re falling in love, so am I.

I love writing those secret glances, the raised eyebrows and flash of mischief in the eyes, and I love it when hands brush, and characters nearly kiss but pull back at the last moment. I love it as they grow closer and there are hugs that last too long and touches that linger. I love it when they start off as enemies but the sarcastic digs gradually turn into softness and understanding.

It’s no secret to say my books always end happily ever after, and by the time I get to the end, my heart is pounding in anticipation of the final pay-off and the hopefully happy sigh on the last page, and usually some happy tears too!


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

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


  1. Great guest post. It must be a wonderful feeling when a book writes itself.

  2. I enjoyed this guest post, though I do think it's a good thing that books don't write themselves since otherwise everyone could be an author.

  3. Loved the guest post. The books sound awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Lovely set of books right here, Nicely done guest post

  5. Lovely covers of these books, makes you want to read them

  6. great guest post, i'll keep my eyes open on amazon etc for your books xx

  7. Awesome guest post. The books sound great!

  8. Interesting read about the difficulties of writing sometimes

  9. Terrific guest post, many thanks!

  10. I loved the post. The "almosts" are fun to read too.

  11. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  12. I love the 'almosts' too. The anticipation is so often better than the event itself!

  13. I'd definitely start first with "The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters," since I love chateaux!

  14. Sounds like an amazing read. I love the covers! :-)

  15. I enjoyed this guest post. The books sound fantastic.

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

  17. Enjoyed the post! Your covers are so sweet!

  18. Thank you, Jaimie, for sponsoring this giveaway!

  19. I hope you would get more magical idea and writing in the future. When i read about it I was right away imagining typing fingers like flying on the vintage typewriter like those feet in the red shoes in a fairy tale. Thank you for the guest post and giveaway.

  20. 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.

  21. "... the voice of a dying hyena"? That's so funny!

  22. Thank you! I've responded! Hope you got my e-mail.