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Friday, September 21, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Jenni Fletcher - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Jenni Fletcher

Jenni Fletcher was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes Medieval, Roman and Victorian romance novels.

She studied English at Cambridge University before doing an MA on Women and Literature in English and a PhD on Victorian & Edwardian literature at Hull University. After realising that she was better at writing than teaching, she worked in a number of administrative jobs whilst trying to finish her first book, which was rejected. Thinking there must have been some mistake, she then wrote another, which was fortunately accepted by Harlequin Mills&Boon.

She spends a large part of her day obsessing about things like the Oxford Comma and whether she uses exclamation marks too often (she does!) whilst getting distracted by Twitter. The rest of the time she drinks too much caffeine, eats too much chocolate, and tries not to drop crumbs into her keyboard.

When not writing, obsessing or cleaning up after her children, she likes mountain biking, hiking and watching period dramas (her husband joins her for two of those). She knows nothing about sport or crime fiction, but can talk with authority on Minecraft, Star Trek (mainly Next Generation) and the Lord of the Rings. 

Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite BrontĂ« is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe that’s just because she’s Northern.


Books by Jenni Fletcher

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Jenni Fletcher

This is a tricky question because it kind of depends on how romantic I'm feeling. I mean, as a romance writer, I know what I ought to say, but if I'm being totally literal, I'm not sure that a fast heartbeat has anything to do with love. Hearts beat faster when there's some kind of threat or danger, when the body produces dopamine and adrenalin in response to a stressful situation. None of which sounds particularly appealing.

On the other hand, millions of love stories claim the opposite. I do it too. In fact, I frequently mention my characters' pulse-rates because we know that our heart beats faster when we're in or falling in love. Because love is stressful. When we're attracted to someone and can't stop thinking about them, when all that increased blood-flow makes us feel exhilarated and somehow more alive. That's the rush we try to capture in romance novels - exciting and scary and addictive and stressful all at the same time. Much more appealing!

Ultimately, however, the hearts-beating-faster phase is temporary. Once you're in love, things start to, well, slow down. They have to. Years and years of heart palpitations sounds dangerous. And weirdly enough, that can be stressful too. Because it's the part of the love story that romance novels don't deal with, the part that comes after the happily-ever-after.

This month, I've been married for ten years. I find that hard to process because so much has happened in that time. I'm not the same person I was ten years ago and I can't honestly pretend that my heart skips a beat every time I see my husband (like doing the laundry, unclogging the shower, emptying the bins - sexy stuff like that), but we're best friends and I know that I love him more now than when we got married. Still, it used to bother me, that slowing down of the heartbeat. I was afraid of complacency, of being taken for granted, or even worse, of boredom.

Eventually, however, I realised that the slowing down isn't a bad thing. It's the intimacy and understanding and acceptance that all the characters in my stories are searching for. It's an emotional, not a physical response and just the idea of that makes my heart beat faster again. So I guess what I'm trying to say in a roundabout, convoluted kind of way is that while my heart might not literally race anymore, metaphorically it's hammering. 

PS. I gave this to my husband to proof-read and he smiled.


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Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of The Warrior’s Bride Prize by Jenni Fletcher.

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


  1. I do enjoy good historical romance novels and I have my fingers crossed, though I am more of a book in the hand is better than 2 on the ereader. LOL

    1. I know what you mean - although I find my Kindle app really useful in emergencies! Good luck X

  2. Great guest post. Sounds like you have a wonderful marriage.

  3. love a good historical romance, have a few of your books on my to-read pile or piles, depending on the light lol! they're tumbling over each other and yet I keep buying more! Read one of yours and really enjoyed it though, gonna get to another after finishing the book I'm reading! xx

    1. My TBR pile is massive too so I completely understand :) But I'm really pleased you enjoyed the one you read!

  4. Congratulations on 10 years of marriage. My honey and I have been married for 27. And I can honestly say that he still takes my breathe away, but it hasn't always been that way. When your kids are little and your exhausted all the time, it can be easy to just fall into a groove. Not a bad thing necessarily. But I wanted that heart thing back too. So I prayed about it. I told the Lord that I wanted renewal with my sweetheart And somehow He has done that work in my heart.

    1. Congratulations on 27 years! That's very impressive and you sound really happy X

  5. I love historical romances and this book sounds great, I love the cover too!

  6. There is something comforting to read your guest post. Happy ten years of marriage, wish happiness to you and your family. Thank you for the guest post and giveaway. The book look gorgeous.