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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Karen M. Cox - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Karen M. Cox


Karen M. Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, I Could Write a Book, and Son of a Preacher Man. She also contributed short stories to several anthologies: “Northanger Revisited 2015”, in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy”, in The Darcy Monologues, “An Honest Man”, in Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues, and “A Nominal Mistress”, in the new anthology, Rational Creatures. She has some titles in Kindle Unlimited, and some in iBooks and Kobo. All are available in Amazon, and I Could Write a Book is currently in production for audio.

Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Karen M. Cox

Hello, all you wonderful readers! I’m thrilled to be back at With Love For Books with a giveaway and a post about things that make my heart beat faster.

There are a bazillion things that COULD make my heart pound. Some of these things are not so good: the (bad) news, nightmares, public speaking.

Then again, some of those heart palpitation-inducing agents are delightful: that first glimpse of the ocean after a long stint inland, the Hallelujah chorus (I don’t care if they play it every Christmas), Tom Hardy (those lips, wow!).

When it comes to books, however, what makes my heart beat faster is adventure, whether it takes place out in the world or inside a character’s mind.

I have always been a particular fan of identity arc stories: the tale of how a person learns who they are and what their life path should be. It’s what I believe fiction was meant to do for us—pointing a way to self-discovery and showing us by example how a person can grow and change into who they are meant to be. Most of my favorite books—even if they aren’t books about identity per se, have that element in them. For example, I have loved JK Rowling’s The Prisoner of Azkaban, the In Death series by JD Robb, and The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

My love for identity stories has also influenced my own writing. In particular, my Son of a Preacher Man is a tale of two people finding their own life paths and figuring out whether those paths can intertwine.

A story doesn’t have to end happily for me to be glad I read it, but if it doesn’t end well, there had better be some superb writing to compensate me for the sadness or anger I feel. I think that’s why I’m often drawn to romance novels. The world is sad enough, and my reading functions as my escape. Therefore, a Happy Ever After is a typical requirement.

I’m willing to step out of my usual genre, however. If an identity arc story includes a mystery, I’ll happily follow the clues and try to figure it out. But if a tale of self-discovery includes the discovery of a potential soul mate, all the better. If books with adventure makes my heart beat faster, it makes perfect sense that I’d like a little romance in the mix as well. Because, in the greater scheme of things, it could be argued that an enduring love is the greatest adventure of all.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of one of Karen M. Cox's latest releases: Son of a Preacher Man OR I Could Write a Book (winner’s choice).


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

49 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

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  2. Great guest post. I love a good adventure too.

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  3. I loved learning about the different books you've enjoyed. Your love of identity arc stories is quite clear in your wonderful I Could Write A Book. (I'm looking forward to see how it plays out in Son of a Preacher Man, too!) And it's no wonder you love Austen books. She is a master at using the marriage plot to allow her main characters to understand themselves better. Thanks for writing!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Yes, I love the growth Austen shows in her characters over the course of the book - she's a genius!

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  4. I am a huge fan of your novels and look forward to what you are working on now. As a fangirl, I can totally see any of your books translated to the big screen (or TV screen) because of the strong themes with remarkable identity arcs —in gorgeous settings. Just putting that out into the universe!

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    1. And...hopefully the universe will pick it up :D Wouldn't that be an amazing thing!

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  5. I agree about public speaking. That would really make my heart pound in a bad way.

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    1. My daughter was salutatorian of her high school class - gave a speech in front of over a thousand people, and did it with grace and competence. She's afraid of public speaking too. I was in awe.

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  6. Thanks for the guest post and giveaway.

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  7. Excellent points. You can make me sad, but it better be quite the reading experience to compensate. LOL Oh, Love the In Death series. Just started them this year. Your Son of a Preacher Man and I Could Write a Book were great character-driven pieces, Karen.

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    1. Thanks, Sophia! Yeah, I don't like to be sad at the end of a book - at least not very often. Glad you could stop by!

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  8. Great guest post. I"d love to check out Karen's books

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    1. I would love that! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  9. Public speaking is one of my major phobias! I can sit in a room of people and talk for hours, but get me on my feet and I can't help feeling like I'm naked!!

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    1. I can do it, but it still scares me. :0

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  10. I once dubbed Karen M Cox the ‘other-era maven’. Each of her stories is rich with the flavour of whatever time period the piece is set, and I agree with Christina that Karen’s work could be—should be!—translated to the big screen. I’d love to see Son of a Preacher Man given such treatment. That sort of recognition would make my heart—and Karen’s, too, I bet—beat faster!

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    1. It would indeed! But who would play Billy Ray Davenport? ;) Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. I haven't read any of Karen M. Cox's books as of yet. Looking forward to it.

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    1. Thanks so much! Good luck on the giveaway :)

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  12. Karen Cox is a new-to-me author. Thank you for the great post.

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  13. It's always good to get to know a little more about an author, thanks for sharing. :-)

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  14. I like the varied genres.
    jan

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    1. I do like to mix it up a little when I read:)

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  15. Nice to meet you Karen, looking forward to reading your books. Thank you

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    1. You're welcome, Linda :) I hope you enjoy them.

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  16. I like it when characters develop over the story. A great post thank you.

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    1. It makes them so much more interesting, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Sounds like a lovely warm book!

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  18. Thank you for introducing me to this book, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

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  19. I would really like to read your work. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Romance and history are my thing, Sheena ;)

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  21. There's a Tom Hardy movie where you actually get to see his lips?

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    1. Ha! Mostly in publicity photos, I guess :)

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  22. I agree with Karen: I prefer a happy ending and, if not, I need explanations!

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    1. HEAs for the win! Thanks for stopping by :)

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