Work

https://twitter.com/SuzeLavender https://twitter.com/Annieksnowroses https://www.facebook.com/SuzeLavender/?ref=bookmarks https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/with-love-for-books-14626323 https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29148122-suzanne https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/46780725-anniek https://plus.google.com/u/0/108289270387325642684 https://www.facebook.com/lavender.smith.750 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pdp/profile/ADAJ62S65XLVH/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AEWOFGDZJMGNMC36BUAXVIQPDVRQ?ie=UTF8&ref_=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_pf
Review Request Sign up for Newsletters Tips and ideas Write for us

Follow by Email

Saturday, September 22, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Melanie Dobson - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Melanie Dobson


Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense. 

Melanie is the award-winning author of seventeen historical romance, time-slip, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobsons have finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.

Links


Books by Melanie Dobson

Amazon USA Amazon UK Goodreads Bookdepository
What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Melanie Dobson

More than twenty years ago, I stepped into an abandoned house in Virginia. The house hadn’t been occupied in decades, but its former residents had left clothes in the closet, dishes on the table, the rusty hood of a Chevy buried in what had once been a yard. As I explored the attic of this clapboard house, I wished the crumbling walls would tell me its story.

The house kept its secrets, but the experience changed my life. Deserted places, I discovered, fired up my heart and fueled my imagination. I wanted to know who had lived in each place and what their lives were like.When I couldn’t find the answers to my questions, I began creating my own stories on paper.

In the two decades since I stepped into that old Virginia house, I’ve written multiple novels inspired by a number of abandoned places—a manor home, lighthouse, English cottage, amusement park, and French chateau. For Hidden Among the Stars, my latest time-slip novel, I decided to write a story about a medieval castle set on the shores of Lake Hallstatt in Austria.

My husband and I discovered this castle years ago when we were backpacking across Europe. From the beautiful, alpine village of Hallstatt, I could see spires of an abandoned castle across the lake, hidden partially by trees. The sight sparked my imagination, but when we rented an electric boat and cruised along the shoreline of this castle, saw the rusty turrets and boarded windows, my heart began to race and my mind blazed with possibilities.

Legends abound in Austria’s lake country about treasure lost or hidden by Nazis near the end of the war. I wondered if anyone had lived in this old castle during the war and if the Nazis hid any of their stolen treasure on the estate? Like I’ve done with so many of my novels, I began answering my questions with a fictional story.

I realize that not everyone has the same rush of adrenaline over discovering abandoned places. In fact, my family thinks this is a bit crazy. But over the years, I’ve learned to embrace the fact that my heart pounds when I explore another vacant place and it continues pounding as I begin writing a novel inspired by its story.

Giveaway


One very Lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson.



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

29 comments:

  1. I love abandoned places too! They really stir my imagination.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great guest post. I love discovering abandoned places too.

    ReplyDelete
  3. what a great insightful post, thanks xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the idea of novels of historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense. Keep up the great work.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Abandoned places do cause one to wonder. I love to make up stories about what may have happened there.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What an interesting guest post. I loved reading about the abandoned houses. I can't wait to read the book.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful cover and sounds like a really intriguing read.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hello Melanie, Hidden Among The Stars sounds great! Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  9. Abandoned houses are always sad and I can see how they would inspire.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hello Melanie, I'm excited to read Hidden Among the Stars!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Looks like a really good book I would love to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Terrific guest post, many thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love the cover and would very much love to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  14. great giveaway - sounds like a great read

    ReplyDelete
  15. This sounds a really interesting book

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm oddly intrigued by empty and abandoned buildings too. It's interesting to wonder what happened there.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I would love to read your books - the castle in Austria sounds intriguing!

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

    ReplyDelete
  19. The book sounds great, I love books set overseas x

    ReplyDelete
  20. I like abandoned places, too (as long as I'm not discovering them on my own).

    ReplyDelete
  21. Abandoned places intrigue me, and I always feel sorry for them in a way. Do wonder what stories they could tell you if the could talk and what secrets they might reveal. They make me want to make them special all over again (not that I have the money).

    ReplyDelete
  22. great cover - sounds like a good read

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love a good read and cuppa. How exciting to find inspiration in forgotten places.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Abandoned house makes my heart beat faster too, and Hallstatt is indeed beautiful. Thank you for the guest post and giveaway. I'd love to read your book.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Melanie, thanks for sponsoring this giveaway. Your story reminds me a bit my vacation in Austrian castle some years ago :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments! I'm glad to know that I'm not alone in my intrigue of abandoned spaces. :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. You are most definitely not alone, Melanie. There's something so sad about places that used to ring with laughter and are now devoid of human life. Thank you for this charming post.

    ReplyDelete