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Monday, October 8, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by E.A. Clark - Guest Post & Giveaway



About E.A. Clark


E. A. Clark lives in the Midlands with her husband and son, plus a rather temperamental cat, a rabbit and a chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that …) and cake – and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions.

She has a penchant for visiting old graveyards and speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal has culminated in her first novel for adults, Lay Me to Rest. The setting is inspired by her love of Wales, owing to her father’s Celtic roots.

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by E.A. Clark

Firstly, I would like to thank Anniek and Suze for inviting me to feature on their wonderful blog. It’s a real privilege.

What makes my heart beat faster? Hmm. This is a question that set me to thinking. There are so many things that can provoke an increase in my heart rate: listening to a rousing piece of music, reading an exciting chapter in a novel or an evocative piece of poetry; watching a thrilling scene in a film or TV drama.

Witnessing the powerful chemistry between skilled dance partners, as they perform a perfectly executed paso doble or rumba. That first, heady sip from a glass of good red wine. The indescribable rush of a fairground ride travelling at break-neck speed.

The breath-taking spectacle of an eagle in flight; being in the humbling presence of a large predator, such as a tiger or leopard. Driving through a mountain pass and wondering at the sheer scale of these incredible, majestic landforms. The magical, mystical sight of the aurora borealis. Watching lightning split the horizon as unbridled waves crash over the sea wall during a storm at sea.

The list is endless.

But I think most of all, as a writer, I would have to say it is putting pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) when the idea for a new story begins to form in my mind. It never fails to give me a huge surge of adrenaline. Something innocuous triggers an idea and I feel compelled to start scribbling. As the characters take shape, I become totally absorbed in them and their lives, and am frequently surprised with the direction in which the story begins to take them. It is something of a cliché to say a story writes itself, but so often it feels that way. It’s almost as if someone is whispering into your subconscious, a thought that makes me shiver a little!

I love to write about things that scare me. I am drawn to the paranormal (don’t ask me why!), and find the idea that spirits from another realm walk among us both intriguing and not a little unnerving. I spook myself all too frequently!

I find exploring the unknown, both characters and locations, from the safety of my own desk, amazingly exhilarating. I can let my imagination run riot without risk of harm, and when I start to believe there is someone watching over my shoulder, shut the lap-top lid quickly if I feel the need to escape… I suppose it’s a sort of “virtual reality” danger, with all the thrills and none of the peril. The mind is a gift: the most wonderful playground we have. And it’s completely free!

Every day is a new day, with limitless possibilities for heart-racing moments. It’s all about embracing the here and now and learning to appreciate the world around us and our capacity for enjoying life to its fullest. We all need something to leap out of bed for in the

morning. And as I’ve learned, it can be the simplest pleasures that help us find joy and get our hearts beating that little bit faster!

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark.


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

40 comments:

  1. Great guest post. The paranormal fascinates me too.

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    1. Thanks very much, Solange! I love to hear or read about ghosts - especially as the nights draw in around Halloween!

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  2. What part of Wales is your Dad from? My Mum's a native speaker from a little village in N.Wales.

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    1. Hi Kate, My dad's from the isle of Anglesey - he's Welsh-speaking, too!

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  3. I love the covers, the artwork is amazing.

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    1. Thanks very much, Judy! Hope you like the stories, too :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Ruth! And thank you for reading :)

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  5. Awesome guest post! I've always wanted to visit Wales

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    1. Thanks very much, Sandy! You really should - it's a wonderful, scenic country. Just make sure you take an umbrella, though :)

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  6. Wow, you look far too young to have grandchildren!

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    1. You're very kind, Elizamatt! I certainly feel old enough, that's me on a good day! :)

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  7. Looking forward to reading your books E.A.Clark. Thank you

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    1. Thanks very much, Linda! I hope you enjoy them - please let me know what you think! ��

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  8. Most intriguing covers and titles too.

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    1. Thanks very much, Mary! I hope you find the stories interesting, too ��

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  9. Really like the covers.Unique.

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    1. Thanks very much, Anna! So glad you like them. Hope you enjoy the creepy content! :)

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  10. I love a good ghost story in the wintertime

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    1. Thanks very much for reading, Sheena. Hope the stories give you the shivers (in the nicest possible way!) :)

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  11. I love ghost stories. I'm so excited to read it.

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    1. Thanks very much, Irma. Do hope you enjoy the story! :)

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    1. Thanks very much Sheri! Hope you enjoy the story :)

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  13. sounds like a great read - thanks for the chance to win

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    1. Thanks very much, Carole! Good luck with the giveaway! :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Janine! Hope you enjoy the story! :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Lauren! Hope you like creepy stories! :)

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  16. I enjoy 'virtual reality' danger too, that's a great way of describing it.

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    1. That's the best kind, Angela - all the thrills and none of the danger! Thanks very much for reading :)

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

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    1. Thanks very much Adrian! Wishing everyone the best of luck! :)

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  18. Always been fascinated with the paranormal and we live in a haunted house which just feeds my obsession. Last ghost I saw was a young girl near the "small bedroom". We don't have anyone in the family that fits her description.

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    1. That's fascinating Tracy. Sounds a little spooky too! Thanks very much for sharing. Love to hear people's paranormal experiences! :)

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  19. E.A. Clark ... you have a pretty smile!

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    1. Thanks very much Wanda, that's very kind of you! :)

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  20. Wonderful observant post,as you talk about like what sounds to me sensorial experiences . Love it. Your book cover looks intriguing and I think it would be a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks very much Chachamisu - glad you liked the post! Hope you enjoy the book :)

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