Thursday, April 18, 2013

In a Heartbeat Blog Tour

In a Heartbeat
By Teodora Kostova


“I’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past ten months. I’ve had half my liver removed and even though this time the doctors are very optimistic that they’ve removed all of the tumours, they can’t be sure. In another three months they want me here again for a check up. Right now I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I know the damn thing is gone, at least for the moment. Despite that, I can’t make any plans for the future, not yet. I need to go somewhere where nobody knows me, where I can relax and maybe even forget about all this. Where I can meet people who don’t think of me as the girl who lost her father and her brother in a car accident, and who has cancer. I want to have fun, even if it’s for a couple of months.”

When Stella decides to visit her estranged cousin Lisa in Genoa, she has no idea Italy will give her a new reason to live.


“Her gaze locked on a scene so beautiful, the picturesque beach paled in comparison. A lifeguard emerged from the water, his orange trunks stuck to his legs and water dripping all over him. He shook his head to get rid of some of the water in his hair and Stella felt as if everything started developing in slow motion – tiny drops of water slid from his neck down his broad chest and muscular arms, along a weaving tattoo on his right shoulder, and continued downwards towards his chest and washboard stomach, finally getting lost in the waistband of his trunks. A part of another tattoo peeked over his trunks on his left hip, the other part hidden under them. It was a total Baywatch moment.”

Their love is epic. But there are too many things keeping them apart.

“How could you keep this from me, Lisa? If you had told me the first day I met him, I would have avoided him like the plague. Nothing would have happened between us.”
“I kept your secrets, too, Stella.”

Are Max and Stella strong enough to fight not only for their love, but for their lives?

I asked Author  Teodora Kostova what inspires her to write. This is her reply:

What inspires me to write? I honestly have no idea.

With “In a Heartbeat” it was a picture and a song, and suddenly my head was filled with images, scenes and conversations. It hit me really fast. I had to sit down and write some of the things going on in my head, because it was overwhelming and I couldn't think of anything else. The story came together very quickly and I wrote literally every chance I got – early in the morning before I had to take my son to school; late at night when I couldn't sleep because Max and Stella wouldn't shut up; after Christmas dinner right before I fell into a food coma.

Music kept me going. My greatest inspiration for this book was 30 Seconds to Mars – I had their albums on repeat for days on end. Sometimes I’ll alternate between Framing Hanley and Three Days Grace, or even the radio, but I always came back to 30STM and their music always managed to guide me along and keep me writing.

Now that “In a Heartbeat” is published and people have started reading it, my biggest inspiration ever is the readers. I love getting fan mail and feedback! Some of the things people have said made me cry – I’m humbled and feel so lucky that my book has touched people in some way, even for a day or two while they were reading it. That’s the best feeling any author can ask for and it makes every single effort absolutely worth it.

Author Bio
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a five year old.


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