Is there a punctuation mark to express more interest/excitement than a full stop, but less than an exclamation mark? I ask this because it seems uncouth to end two sentences in a row with an exclamation mark, so the writer may come off as overly excited or mildly deranged.
A reasonable way around this is to first use a semicolon and then use an exclamation mark, as in these examples:
- I was thrilled; he bought me a pony!
- I couldn't believe they returned; I never thought I'd see them again!
- Finding the treasure was amazing; seeing that gold coin made my heart stop!