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Thursday, November 15, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Annie Burrows - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Annie Burrows

I have been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember. It was a long walk home from school, and there were no ipods in those days to keep you amused! When I wasn't daydreaming, I had my nose stuck in a book. My parents used to take me to the library every Saturday, until I was old enough to get there on my own, and my house was always full of books.

During school holidays, the whole family loved to visit stately homes and castles. As soon as we got home, my older sister and I would either dress up as lords and ladies, and romp around the garden, or, if it was raining, retreat to our bedroom where we would draw intricately detailed plans of our very own imaginary stately home, complete with secret tunnels, dungeons, and usually, a maze in the extensive grounds.

When I was old enough to go to university, I studied English literature, with Philosophy. I was not sure what I wanted to do after that, but meeting a handsome student of maths, who was the owner of a very powerful motorbike helped me make up my mind. Reader, I married him.

For many years I felt it was important to stay at home to raise our two children, but one day, when the youngest had gone to senior school, I began to wonder if all those stories I made up to occupy my mind whilst attending to mundane chores, would interest anyone else.

I started to write some of them down, and eventually decided that one of them was "deep" enough to merit attention from publishers! It took me almost two years to complete, mainly because I kept tearing it up and starting all over again. And having to keep going out to work to help pay for school fees, then university tuition, slowed progress down as well.

Needless to say, this masterpiece was rejected by every single publisher I sent it to, but by this time, writing had become an addiction.

Four more stories got rejected before Mills & Boon bought "His Cinderella Bride", my first regency romance.

And the rest, as they say, is history...


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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Annie Burrows

I had to have a bit of a think when Suze and Anniek asked me what makes my heart beat faster. But then it hit me…it’s books!

I just love the feeling I get when a box of books I’ve ordered from Mills & Boon land on my doorstep. As soon as I open it, I start looking forward to all the adventures I’m going to go on with the rugged heroes and plucky heroines as they realise they are meant for each other.

Which leads me to a bit of a problem…I enjoy reading so much it’s hard to throw a book away after I’ve finished. So I have a “keeper” shelf, where I store all that pleasure, knowing I can pick up any one of the books and re-live those great times again.

After I’ve re-read one of these books, I do try to pass them on to a charity shop…all apart from my hallowed Heyer’s of course, which have a shelf to themselves. (And I’m not going to show you the corner of my study, where I store all the books by people who aren’t Georgette Heyer, which I know I’m going to want to read over and over again!)

Whenever I’m on holiday I treat myself to a browse round all the charity shops in whatever town I’m in, on the off chance of discovering a book by an author I love. There is actually a second-hand bookshop in Felixstowe called the Treasure Chest, which is exactly that. Room after room piled to the ceiling with every sort of book you can imagine. The owners proudly claim that their shop is a bit like the Tardis, because it is far bigger on the inside than it looks from the narrow frontage.

And then there’s the local library. I have been visiting whichever library is nearest to me ever since I could read. And I still get a little thrill when I walk inside and see all those rows and rows of books, of all sorts, fiction and fact, which I can take home for free. I have even started to borrow audiobooks, which I can put on my ipod and listen to while I am on my exercise bike (when my heart really does get to beat pretty fast!) To be honest, it’s the only way I can make myself do any exercise – the lure of a good story to listen to while I’m pedalling nowhere.

But there is nothing to beat the thrill of receiving a box of books with my own name on the cover! Ever since my first book was published, in 2008, I have been proudly putting each edition on my own shelf, and now have books in 19 different languages, each with their own beautiful and unique cover designs. I especially love getting Japanese editions of my books, not least because they open at what I think of as the back, and it takes a while to work out which book it was originally.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of A Duke In Need of a Wife by Annie Burrows.

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


  1. Great guest post. Books make my heart beat faster too.

  2. Great guest post, thank you for sharing!

  3. Your books sound marvellous, I'd love to know which book that Japanese one is and compare it to the original cover.

  4. The books sound amazing.I love the covers too.

  5. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

  6. I've read a few of your books and really enjoyed them! great writer! xx

  7. Sound good can't wait to read your books.

  8. Love your story Annie - it's really inspiring for other writers! ;)

  9. Thank you Annie for sharing your world with us.

  10. I would love to read your books, I always love finding new authors :)

  11. Sounds great! I love the sound of your books x

  12. 19 different languages is impressive. The foreign covers must be lovely too.

  13. Thank you for sharing your love of books.

  14. I'd be proud enough with a book in English with my name on the front. To have it in Japanese as well would make my head swell ten times its normal size!

  15. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  16. The books sound amazing. Thanks for the chance.


  17. A Duke In Need of a Wife - can't wait to read it!

  18. enjoyed the post - book sounds great!

  19. Absolutely love your books. My fav at the moment if I had to choose one would be THE CAPTAIN CLAIMS HIS LADY. But can't wait to read more as I know I won't be disappointed.

  20. Oh I love your books, and after reading your story, I am so glad you never gave up!!! Such an inspiration!

  21. Thanks for the great prize and competition!

  22. You have very beautiful covers that are very eye catching. Thank you for being so dedicated!

  23. Inspiring story, thank you for the guest post and giveaway.

  24. Interesting book with an amazing cover!