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Friday, September 7, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Miranda Liasson - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Miranda Liasson

Miranda Liasson loves towrite stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids in a charming old neighborhood which is the inspiration for many of the homes in her books.


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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Miranda Liasson

This question made me think of what I do all day long—write love stories. You would think that writing about kissing and about two people falling in love would make anybody’s heart race. So the most obvious answer would be something like this—a sexy guy with a heart-stealing grin and rock hard abs—and yes, that does make my heart beat faster, but love’s really not about just that for me. Yes, physical attraction is important, but hey, beauty fades.

So I would have to say that creating a three-dimensional character that embodies the traits that make me want to fall in love with him definitely gets my heart rate going! If I can see how wonderful he is, then I am certain my heroine will see it too and find him irresistible. My heroes are solid-gold men who love deeply and hard, even if they have a few issues to resolve first.

But also, I feel that the experience of falling in love and getting to know someone and sharing the intimate details of you—all the good and the bad—is a freeing, wonderful experience. Connection is what we all long for, and acceptance for the person we are, and I truly believe in the optimism and hope that love stories bring along with them. Life is a hard journey, and love isn’t easy either, but finding it is a wonderful gift. Reading about love can help us to understand what we want in a potential love match and who we want to become ourselves.

My last book, THEN THERE WAS YOU, is an enemies-to-lovers story about two people who have come to truly dislike one another over a lot of years of history. Colton Walker is gorgeous—but to Sara Langdon, he’s the biggest jerk ever. He teased her mercilessly in high school and he can still push all her buttons now. There was one time a long time ago when they could’ve gotten together—but he stood her up, and she found him with another girl in his dorm room. And worst of all, Sara blames him, as the best friend of her ex-fiancé, for allowing her ex-fiancé’s bachelor party to get out of control, which led to her ex-fiancé sleeping with his old flame. So it takes a while for these two to get over their past together and for Sara to see the amazing man Colton has become, and vice versa.

Colton Walker loves fiercely and is selfless. He sacrificed his own life goals to take care of his grandmother and baby sister. He will do anything for them, including having “the talk” with his sister before she heads off to college because he is her father figure and knows what he has to do.

He is kind. He finds the heroine’s grandmother (who has Alzheimer’s disease) wandering and gently takes care of her. He finds a lost poodle and lures it with dog biscuits in order to return it to its owner. He watches out for the young teenagers in town, and he helps a young man headed in the wrong direction to find his way because he was once that young man himself.

He’s humble, to the point where he doesn’t take credit for the good that he does.

He sees the heroine, Sara, for who she is—and recognizes her flaws too and doesn’t hesitate to call her out on them.

He grows as a result of knowing Sara and comes to understand his faults and works to correct them. Even as he helps her to understand what is holding her back from having a fulfilling and loving relationship.

He adores the heroine and is able to tell her how wonderful he thinks she is.

So it’s all these characteristics combined—and the hope and optimism of a great love story—that get my heart rate going, and I hope they get yours going too!


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson.

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 a great love story too.

  2. Love stories make me feel great. Awesome guest post, thank you.

  3. Yes, well rounded characters can make a good story great.

  4. Hello Miranda! Looking forward o reading your books. Thank you

  5. Loved your post. Sounds like a great romance!

  6. This looks like a heartwarming story

  7. I love her books! And this one sounds just as great as the rest of her work.

  8. What a joy to write a character that you would want to fall in love with yourself! ;)

  9. I adored the cover of your novel.

  10. What a lovely guest post, I agree that loving someone is not only about their looks but about their personality too, in fact that is much more important I've found.

  11. This is a beautiful cover for a book, makes me want to start reading straight away!

  12. I will have to catch up and discover this author.

  13. I love this author! Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. I am also fan of love stories! I really enjoyed your guest post! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you for the chance, I'd love to read it :)

  16. Thank you for the giveaway.I would like to read this book.x

  17. this books sounds great, definitely one for my "to read" list

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

  19. Thanks, Miranda, for the chance to win and read your book!

  20. It's interesting to read how the love developes. Thank you for this great post and giveaway.

  21. Thank you, Miranda. I really enjoyed your guest post and yes, humans are social beings so we need those connections in our lives.