Tree Slayer by Harriet Springbett @HarriSpringbett @impress_books @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 


Tree Slayer by Harriet Springbett

Paperback published by Impress Books 14th October 2020

Nine months after the events of Tree Magic, Rainbow is struggling to come to terms with how she’s changed. Her bond with trees has grown, but now they’re under threat from the Tree Slayer.

To save them, she’ll need to leave everything she knows and loves. It will be her greatest adventure yet – but she cannot succeed alone.

She’ll have to enlist the help of Eole, an enigmatic scientist and sceptic.

Does Rainbow have what it takes to face the Tree Slayer? And can she trust Eole, who has powers of his own?

My Review 

I loved reading book one Tree Magic, so much that I wanted to read in the tree magic book 2 Tree Slayer, which is another extremely well written story, full of pure fantastic imagination by author Harriet Springbett. 

From book 1 leads to book 2 where Rainbow has now grown up, who wants to borrow her mums car, to see Christophe, he has a surprise for her, but she must spend her evenings revising for her Baccalaureate exams. 

Rainbow still cares about trees, she has a mysterious quest with the most important gre in France to save. Rainbow tries to help a tree even in a gale force of high winds, where a waulnut tree could fall down. Rainbow couldn’t just abandoned the trees and began to try to communicate with them in torrential wheather. But then there’s the Tree Slayer which is daunting and gaining strength but Rainbow has other thought of someone who may know how to vanquish the Tree Slayer, what ever it was? Or can Rainbow face the Tree Slayer alone?

I recommend both books Tree Magic and Tree Slayer as you won’t find anything quite like this kind of unusual magic anywhere  other than from the perfect imagination of Harriet Springbett.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Kelly Lacey at Love Books Group for inviting me to  read and review Tree Slayer and for kindly inviting me to be involved in the blog tour. I would also like to say I appreciate Impress Books for sending me Tree Slayer.


Harriet Springbett’s childhood on a small farm in West Dorset gave her an early exposure to nature, which continues to inspire her writing.

She qualified as an engineer but, during a Raleigh International expedition in Chile, she realised she preferred words to numbers. She abandoned her profession, moved to France, studied French and then worked as a project manager, feature writer, translator and TEFL teacher. She now lives in Poitou-Charentes with her French partner and their teenage children.

Since her first literary success, aged 10, her short stories and poetry have been published in literary journals and placed in writing competitions, including a shortlisting in the 2017 Bath Short Story Award.

Harriet leads writing workshops, has judged the Segora international short story competition and blogs at

The Art Fiasco Fiona Veitch Smith Blog Tour




Paperback published  23rd October 2020 by Lion Hudson 


It’s 1924 and Poppy Denby is heading up to Northumberland to celebrate her father’s sixtieth birthday. She stops off in Newcastle en route to visit her Aunt Dot, who has temporarily relocated from London to renovate a house she’s inherited. 

One of Aunt Dot’s guests is the world renowned artist, Agnes Robson, who is staging an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery. Reluctantly, Poppy is roped in to help when the artist’s press liaison man falls ill. 

She soon discovers that the local press have dug up some dirt on Agnes relating to the tragic death of a young art teacher in Ashington Colliery, twenty-seven years earlier. As she tries to suppress the story, Poppy begins to suspect that the teacher might have been murdered and that the killer may still be on the loose.

My review 

This is my first book that I have read by Fiona Veitch Smith and tea enjoyed it. The Art Fiasco is currently the fifth book in the Poppy Denby Investigates series. 

The Art Fiasco mixes with the art world and perhaps a murder. 

Inside the book is a map that readers can follow, explaining where every place is within this storyline. There is also a list of characters for each year this story is set in.

The Art Fiasco is set in the 1920s, in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

At the beginning of the story in 1897, 30th September, Adhington Colliery, Northumberland . Agnes Robson is attending  Mr Michael Brownley ‘s free art class, at the Newcastle School of Art at the University college. He ran the free art classes for children of the pitmen  in Ashington and Hirst. Agnes had the flair to change the colours of trees and Mr Brownley gives her some money, but I’m not saying why. 

My heart sunk, on the 14th October in The Morpeth Herald the sad news is running that lecture Micheal Brownley has been found dead at the bottom of Ashington Pit.

Poppy Denby is investigating the death of teacher Mr Brownley, where something is about to be discovered. 

If you like murder mysteries, then this book could be just right for you!

What has been said about The Art Fiasco by Fiona Veitch Smith.

Veitch Smith carries us back once more to the Golden Age for this delicious murder mystery. Jacky Collins ( Dr Noir )

It’s deep social and cultural changes are so vividly captured you could wonder if the author had time-travelled.   Colin Duriez

Great fun for fans of mysteries set during detection Golden Age. Martin Edwards.



Agnes Robson hurried into the church hall, smiling an apology at the gentleman in charge, and took her usual place at the easel nearest the window. The other young artists half a dozen of them, ranging from eight to fourteen were already busy with their paints and brushes. Agnes lifted the sack of her canvas to reveal a half-finished study in oils. She inhaled the fumes, allowing the familiar smell to settle her quickened breath, picked up a brush and chewed the end while she contemplated the composition. 

I would like to thank Lion Hudson for sending me this paperback to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About author Fiona Veitch Smith

Formerly a professional journalist, Fiona Veitch Smith is now an author of books for adults and children. She has also written theatre plays and screenplays. Her adult mystery series, Poppy Denby Investigates, set in the 1920s, is published by Lion Fiction. The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Endeavour Historical Dagger award, 2016. Other titles in the series include: The Kill Fee, The Death Beat, and now The Cairo Brief. For more on the Poppy Denby Investigates series including background material on the 1920s, film reels, period fashion and fabulous jazz recordings check out the Poppy Denby website: Interested in learning more about Fiona, take a look at her website:

The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke Caroline Smailes Blog Tour 



Paperback published  15th October 2020 by Red Door Books 

When 19-year old Theodora Quirke heads to work on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to find out side her flat is St Nicholas of Myra the saint people think is Santa Clause much to St Nick’s disgust. Given he is in full Santa suit and professing to be nearly 2000 years old. Thesis wary, but St Nick insists he is there to save her  although he isn’t sure how or why.

St Nick does know that Theo is grieving however, so he knows her four scenes from her life that gives her hope, but he’s also had cryptic from the Christmas Higher Powers that lead him to begin Theo’s training as the first ever female Christmas Angel a role Theo is not sure she is cut out for.

The training is soon derailed by St Nick’s evil brother, filled with jealousy and spite over his brother’s popularity and, with confidence dented, and saddened by society’s spiralling levels of expectation and greed. St Nick begins to falter.

Theo does everything she can to defeat the evil brother and to lift St Nick’s spirits but as the deadline for Christmas miracles draws close, she realises she must complete them herself but is she up to the job?

My review 

The latest novel from the author Caroline Smailes The Drowning of Arthur Braxton film is coming in the Autumn 2020.

A Christmas Carol meets stranger things funny, sweaty and moving festive story. 

As I born 3 days before Christmas I absolutely love reading Christmas novels. I normally read the romantic Christmas stories, so reading this funny quirky book made an awesome refreshing change. 

Do you believe in Christmas magic ? Do you believe in miracles? Well this will be a memorising Christmas story that I won’t forget.

There’s an element of attraction with Santa Clause, with a difference. Nineteen year old Theodora Quirke know as Theo for short, on Christmas Eve thinks she has met Santa Clause, but he is Nikolaos of Myra, commonly known as St Nicholas. Extraordinary  once it was Christmas Eve, now magically she has travelled back in time, getting back to her family. 

I loved the Christmas fantasy escapism with not knowing where this story will take me and surprisingly up to the last page. 

I recommend The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke by Caroline Smailes as the author is right on her top of her game with this unusual fantastic Christmas fantasy with St Nicholas and Theodora Quirke. 

I  would like to thank Lizzie at Red Door Books for sending me an early proof copy paperback to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today and for very kindly sending me some delicious sweets with lovely words in a Christmas card the same as the pretty book cover.

About author Caroline Smailes 

Caroline Smailes worked as a lecture for several years before turning her hand to fiction in 2005. The unwrapping of Theodora Quirke is her seventh novel. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and their children. She can be found at



The Marriage of Innis Wikinson Lauren H Brandenburg Blog Tour 


The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson by Lauren H Brandenburg 

Paperback published by lion Hudson 23rd October 2020

Roy Blackwell has proposed to Margarette Toft. A controversial decision given their families are sworn enemies!

Soon Coraloo’s feuding clans are competing to organize events for the most talked about wedding of the year and glorious chaos ensures! But as the depth of the two families animosity becomes clear,Roy’s and Margarette ‘s  relationship begins to falter.

Then Roy unearths a town secret involving the mysterious marriage of Innis Wilkinson and a muderer. Parallels between the past and present rock the couple even further.

But, as the whole truth comes to light, Roy and Margarette learn more than they could have imagined about love, family, and finding a place in the world.

My review 

The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson is heartwarming and charming, it will inspire joy and laughter. After reading the first book The Death of Mungo Blackwell, I had to read the second book here, The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson. 

There’s always characters that author Lauren Brandenburg has created draw you in. As all of us girls know we are over the moon when we are engaged to be married.
On the front cover of The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson, the picture of the scissors play a big part within the story.

I was drawn in by Roy Blackwell’s and Margarette Toft wedding proposal, are their families are enemies. 

At thirty-seven Margarette was beginning to wonder if she would ever find her forever until after eight months of her dating Roy Blackwell, he proposed to her.

Coraloo was a place were news traveled fast

Margarette Toff was going to marry constable Roy Blackwell. 

She removed her delicate diamond ring 💍 from its velvety hold, and slipped it onto her finger as she had done for the past three mornings. Then she took it off as the family hadn’t heard about the proposal. Margarette hid her ring  in a little box from her family. For Margarette Toft, her ring was a symbol of commitment to Roy and to the Blackwells. And a betrayal to the Tofts.

Margarette’s mother called her engagement to be married a rebellious fling.

Constable Roy Blackwell finds out a secret about the marriage if Innis Wilkinson.

Will Margarette and Roy finally get married? 

What’s to look forward to is weddings with lots of drama.

I would like to say a special thank you to Lion Hudsin for sending me the second book  The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson to read and review and for inviting me to be part of this exciting blog tour.

About author Lauren H Brandenburg 

Lauren H. Brandenburg is a mentor, speaker, and author who happily blurs the lines between traditional genres in both middle grade and humorous family fiction. She has currently written six of the ten books in The Books of the Gardener Series–Orlo: The Chosen (#4) was a finalist for the Selah Award middle grade novel of the year. The Death of Mungo Blackwell, a humorous family fiction (Lion Hudson publishing) was recently longlisted for the People’s Book Prize in the United Kingdom. Lauren is a former junior high and high school English teacher who stepped away from her profession to raise and homeschool her two children. She currently lives with her husband, Jamie, and their children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee where they eat and laugh a lot. 

Find author Lauren H Brandenburg 

Twitter @LHBrandenberg

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray @tlgraybooks @Bethany_House @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #LoveAndALittleWhiteLie


Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray
Paperback published 4th August 2020 by Bethany House Publishers 

January Sanders grew up believing karma was more reliable than an imaginary higher power, but after suffering her worst heartbreak in 29 years, she’s open to just about anything, including taking a temporary position at her aunt’s church. Keeping her lack of faith a secret, January is determined to use her photographic memory to help Grace Community’s overworked staff, all while scraping herself off rock bottom.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting the church’s handsome and charming guitarist, who not only is a strong believer, but has also dedicated his life to Christian music. It’s a match set for disaster, and yet January has no ability to stay away, even if it means pretending to have faith in a God she doesn’t believe in.

Only this time, keeping secrets isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Especially when she’s constantly running into her aunt’s landscape architect, who seems to know everything about her past and present sins and makes no apologies about pushing her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried.

Torn between two worlds incapable of coexisting, can January find the healing that’s eluded her or will her resistance to the truth ruin any chance of happiness?


I fell in love with this Christian fiction book, as it made a lovely change with scene setting mostly in a church.  Tammy L. Gray  has given January an incredibly witty voice, that some of January ‘s dialogue I was laughing out loud too. I can promise readers Love and a Little White Lie is full of likaable characters and a page turner with a contemporary religious romance. 

January Sanders has given up everything to move to San Antonio Texas with her boyfriend. Once he is set to go to go of to Afghanistan he realised January wasn’t his soul-mate.

 With her heart hurting she move to her Aunt’s in a bridal cabin, that her Aunt Doreen owns. 

Her Aunt Doreen has been a Christian for over forty years. January tells a little white to Pastor Thomas who offers January job. Each page brings a new level of interesting secrets that January is keeping, one is that she is pretending to have faith in God. 

With a man that’s just dumped her, she meets Cameron and Dillon from the church. With new men friendships beginning, will January Sanders find it within her heart and fall in love again? 

I’m going to recommend Love and a Little White Lie by author Tammy L Gray because it is easy to read and to follow and hard to put down. 

I would like to say a huge thank you to Kelly at love books group for sending me this unputdownable unique contemporary romance book and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. 

About author Tammy. L. Gray

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include the 2017 RITA Award-winning My Hope Next Door and show her unending quest to write high-quality, culturally relevant stories with relatable and flawed characters. When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life. Find her online at –This text refers to the paperback edition.

Chameleons by Onyx Gold @CayellePub @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Chameleons By Onyx Gold 
Paperback published  17th March 2020 on a Amazon £14.99 by Cayelle publishing  Family, revenge, murder, and passion spearhead this twisty steamy plot that follows ambitious young literary agent, Zia Lennox, as she makes daring professional moves in the big flashy literary world. She suffers anxiety in her personal life until she meets a wholesome southern attorney named Bryce, who properly courts her. But when she excavates an intriguing query from author Baxter Leopold, she finds herself becoming hopelessly addicted to his Chiseled Bone crime book series, and is soon smitten.

Both men are wealthy, overseeing the two largest conglomerates in the country. One lights a scorching fire inside of her, satisfying her in exciting and foreign ways that she’s otherwise neglected. The other takes care of her heart and betters her in all of the most perfect ways. 

As stakes reach their heart-pounding precipice, Zia must choose, but when she tries to break things off with one of them, she’s manipulated psychologically and emotionally. Torrid, fulfilling sex blinds her to a reality staring her right in the face until it’s nearly too late.

My review 

I adore the sexy front cover, yes I want you , I need you ! Yes I need more. Chameleons is a new page turning romantic suspense. If you love reading mills and Boon novels like I do your in for a treat reading Chameleons. House work will have to wait as it won’t get done, because once you start reading this sexy passionate story you won’t stop. I loved all the characters, but was just like Zia I torn between the two men in Zia Lennon romance world.

Literary agent Zia is in a loving trance after meeting attorney Bryce on  his first day which she has an engaging romp with. 

But games up when she is taken by a want to be crime book author Baxter Leopald who wants Zia to publish it. Zia liked of Baxter’s novel after reading part of it, …More body parts of an unidealised woman has been discovered along the Hudson River this morning. NYPD have yet to release any further details regarding the discovery and whether this is in any way related to the remains discovered in Long Island Sound just last week.

Zia couldn’t wait to read more and to meet the man himself Baxter Leopold. When finally she meets wannabe author Baxter, she finds herself spinning into another hot passionate climax breathessly Zia, has been sucked up with Baxter Leopold. A reckless situation is stirring, who will Zia Lennon be wholly committed too now, Bryce or budding author Baxter? 

I highly recommend Onyx Gold as new talent for this new hot sexy romance, that I hope Onyx will write plenty more sexy stories. 

Another reason to order Chameleons from is its one of the best publishing companies to order from as they take pride in packing orders with care!

About author Onyx Gold

Onyx Gold is a writer of all-things romantic suspense. The stories Onyx writes are primarily imitations of life with extreme twists. Onyx’s debut title, Chameleons, is the first in a tantalizing, unexpected trilogy.

I would like to thank Kelly at lovebooksgroup for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and for arranging the paperback to be sent to me.

I would also like to say a special huge thank you to for sending me my paperback Chameleons and loads of goodies all carefully wrapped up in pretty black and gold wrapping paper with

Secrets in the Snow Emma Heatherington Blog Tour


Secrets in the Snow by Emma Heatherington 

Paperback published 15th October 2020 by Harper Collins 

As the winter snow falls on the small Irish village of Ballybray, Roisin O’Connor and her young son, Ben, are saying goodbye to their beloved neighbour Mabel Murphy. Mabel lived a bold and colourful life, but the arrival of her brooding nephew, ‘blow-in’ Aidan Murphy, just makes life more complicated for Roisin.

However, in one final act of love, a message arrives from Mabel that changes everything. And as winter turns to spring and the cold snow melts, the secrets both Roisin and Aidan are hiding must be revealed at last.

My review 

Emma Heatherington has remained one of my favourite authors after loving Rewrite The Stars, which I highly recommend reading.

I’m delighted to be asked if I would like to read Secrets in the Snow, with the likeable, loveable characters that are created extremely well as always, this is something the author Emma Heatherington can create in every book that she writes, adorable readable characters and with always a well thought out storyline. 

The starting point of this story made me cry and from then on it made me smile. I really did experience a wave of compassion for Roisin O’Connor with firstly the death of her husband, with Roisin’s young Ben that seems emotionally fragile missing his dad.

36 year old newly widowed, Roisin moves with her son, Ben to a tiny village in Ballybray Ireland. With her shaky upsetting past she makes friends with her neighbour 79 year old Mabel Murphy. With another tear in my eye, Roisin and Ben are grief stricken when Roisin’s only caring friend Mabel dies.

The scenes that made me smile,  is the white winter snow, with snow flakes that hit Roisin’s window and her energetic offer for a snowball fight with Ben to get him not feel so traumatised by everything that has happened to him at such a young age. 

Aidan Murphy, Mabel’s nephew and Roisin are both hiding secrets. Will they adventurally come to surface and be out in the open? 

Secrets in the Snow is a perfect winter heart warming story  to curl up with on the sofa  in the dark cold nights, that will keep you guessing will there be or won’t there be a breezy love story. 


Emma Heatherington is a fresh contemporary voice and kindle bestseller. Her novel The Legacy of Lucy Harte has sold over 80,000 copies in both the UK and the US. Emma is from Northern Ireland  and has penned more than thirty educational short films, plays and musicals as well as eleven novels, including Rewrite The Stars. She also ghost wrote the Irish Times best seller Born for the Road, which was nominated at this year’s Irish Book Awards. She lives in her native Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, with her partner, the arists and singer/ songwriter Jim McKee and their children Jordyn, Jade, Dualta, Adam and Sonny James. 

This Time Next Year Sophie Cousens Blog Tour


This Time Next Year By Sophie Cousens 

Paperback published 15th October 2020 by arrow books 

Get ready to fall for this year’s most extraordinary love story 
Quinn and Minnie are born on New Year’s Eve, in the same hospital, one minute apart.

Their lives may begin together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different.

Thirty years later they find themselves together again in the same place, at the same time.

What if fate is trying to bring them together?

Maybe it’s time to take a chance on love…

My review 

I loved reading This Time Next Year, with two unlikely friends that’s has one extraordinary love story. 

Minnie is out with her boyfriend Greg, celebrating the New Year with sparkling fireworks, but as its her birthday too, unfortunately nothing seems to go right for Minnie at all, she has so mishaps, which are rather loud out moment. Minnie Cooper struck a chord for me as I’ve never known a character, with everything turning into disasters. 

By chance Minnie meets Quinn, when amazingly they find out that were both born on New Year’s Eve, in the same hospital, with just one minute apart. What are the chances of that? I thought this part was so well imagined by the author, it completely captured my heart. 

Embrace your self, Minnie is so brave she breaks up with her boyfriend Greg.

The years switch back and then forward, but sit back and enjoy, when Minnie meets Quinn again. 

With Minnie Cooper who is the lively star of this book This Time Next Year, I can’t quite believe that this is Sophie Cousens first novel,  I’m now ready and waiting for book 2. 

For fans of Lindsey Kelk and Sarah Morgan you will love Sophie Cousens. 


The Night Jam was rammed. Pounding music pulsed through the club and the walls felt sticky with sweat, alcohol and likely worse. Minnie held tightly Greg’s hand as the jostled through the crowd near the door. 

We’re never going to get to the bar, Greg shouted back to her.

What ? Minnie yelled back, her ears adjusting to the heavy bass.

We won’t be able to get a drink before midnight. I don’t even know where Lucy’s party is, said Greg.

He pointed upwards, indicating they should try to push their way upstairs to the terrace on the mezzanine above. Minnie looked at her watch it was ten to midnight. So far, this whole evening validating her hatred of New Year’s Eve. Why hadn’t she stayed at home and gone to bed early? Then she remembered that her heating had cut off she’d come out to keep warm. And Greg had been determined to go to his work friend’s party, she would have felt like a bad girlfriend if she’s made him go alone.

Minnie let herself be dragged through the throng of pulsating bodies. Finally emerged from the crush. Stepping out into the cool night air where the thumping bass from the club settled to a more manageable decibel. 

I would like to say a huge thank you to Rachel at Penguin Random House for sending me a printed copy of This Time Next Year,  it was a lovely page turning story. 

About Sophie Cousens 

Sophie Cousens worked in the TV in London for over twelve years, producing The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother and Ant and Dec. She now lives in Jersey and balances her writing career with working for an arts charity and taking care of her two small children. This Time Next Year is her first novel.

Station Helix by Ash Greenslade @AshThrillers @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

Station Helix by Ash Greenslade

Paperback published 19th July 2014

“I DON’T WANT YOU TO FEEL PARANOID ABOUT ME LYING TO YOU.” An inexplicable suicide… A devastating car wreck… A secret Ministry of Defence facility… Told with pace and tension, STATION HELIX is an exciting and modern novel rooted in the tradition of British thrillers. Alex Hannay makes a shocking discovery which draws him into a perilous world of conspiracy and murder. As operatives from the CIA pursue their own operation on the streets of London, Alex is torn between protecting those who share his secret and seeking retribution for a terrible crime.

 I’m delighted to bring you chapter 6 

Chapter 6


From the driver’s seat of his silver Audi A3, Bill Hannay glanced in the mirror at his twenty-two-year-old son Alex – the new British foil fencing champion. “You and Jim should have a good chance at getting into the Olympic squad now,” he said. He looked back at the road, gripping the steering wheel a little tighter. The downpour was causing surface water to accumulate. Bill kept his speed at fifty miles an hour, despite the seventy limit.

“Maybe,” replied Alex from the back seat. “We still have to earn the points though, Dad. We need some good international results first.”

“You will. Hopefully you’ll do well at Valenciennes next month.”

“I’m looking forward to that. Are you sure you can get the time off work?”

“Already sorted. Your mother and I are looking forward to going with you.”

“I appreciate you taking me to all these competitions.”

Sarah Hannay turned round in her seat, nudged her glasses with a fingertip, and smiled at her son. “Hey, we’re only going so we can enjoy the French culture,” she joked. “I’m really proud of you. You did so well today.”

Alex returned the smile. “Thanks. It’s been a good weekend.”

“Apart from this awful weather.” Bill gestured at the windscreen. “The rain hasn’t let up since we passed Brentwood.”

Alex shifted in his seat, trying to stretch his tired leg muscles. He closed his eyes and visualised the last few moments of the final against his friend and opponent James Peters. Jim had reached the final on similar form. Alex had beaten him by only two hits. Beside him on the back seat was the trophy he’d won: a large silver statuette with the words National Men’s Foil Championengraved on the front. Alex picked it up. “Jim’s so going to want this next year,” he said.

“He’ll have to work hard to beat you,” Sarah replied.

“Well he almost did today. I lost concentration for a while. I fell for that broken time attack he pulled on me.”

Sarah looked around again and gave Alex a bemused smile. She was fifty-one but looked younger. “I have no idea what that means. I just cheer when your light comes on.”

Alex grinned. “That’s good enough for me. I’ll just have to respond quicker next time he tries that.”

“Well you’re fast enough – if you concentrate,” said Alex’s father. Bill was right. Alex wasn’t just a good foilist; he was excellent. He had speed and fluidity of movement. His timing and execution of technique were precise. Bill frequently called him ‘the Jackie Stewart of fencing’. Tonight’s victory in Weymouth was the culmination of years of relentless effort.

“I’m going to sleep for hours tomorrow,” said Alex as he closed his eyes and tipped his head back against the headrest, listening to the drumming of the rain on the car’s roof.

“You mean today,” Sarah said, glancing at the digital display in the Audi’s dashboard. The clock showed 02.30. “Why don’t you have a sleep now? We probably won’t be home for another hour.”

“Are you sure?” Alex replied. “Sorry for not being good company.”

“Don’t be daft. Your dad and I will be fine. We can cope without you trying to confuse us with your weird terminology for a little while.”

Alex laughed. “Okay, wake me up when we get back. And don’t sell my medal on eBay when I’m not watching.”


About author Ash Greenslade

Ash Greenslade is a former police officer and trainer who became hooked on thrillers after reading David Morrell’s THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE. Despite dabbling with numerous writing projects since his schooldays, it took over two decades from reading Morrell’s landmark book for Ash to finally take writing seriously. Determined to accomplish an original novel, he embarked on STATION HELIX, a conspiracy thriller inspired by a visit to Orford Ness. Originally intended as a standalone novel, STATION HELIX prompted another two books, THE ELZEVIR COLLECTIVE and TORUS, plus the RYAN KERREK spin-off series (SINISTER BETRAYAL, DEADLY ACQUISITION, BLACK SCARAB and HUNTING CARACAL).

Ash credits his love of words to weekly spelling tests from the age of four, an incredibly enthusiastic English teacher who wrote children’s stories in the 1960s, and his collection of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis and Willard Price books. Captivated by the escapism of stories, the young Ash wanted to become a children’s author, and he still has a few early projects hidden away which might resurface one day. But it was the thriller genre which grabbed him as an adult. Although Morrell remains his favourite author, he’s a fan of the old-school British stalwarts such as Buchan, Ambler, MacLean, Bagley and Higgins.

Despite his working background, Ash doesn’t write crime thrillers, preferring the more secretive and enthralling world of espionage for his stories. Betrayal and conspiracy are recurring themes. And while he avoids revealing too much of his own character through his pages, some aspects of Ash’s books are very personal, such as the scuba diving scenes in BLACK SCARAB. (Ash worked as a divemaster in the Red Sea before qualifying as an instructor in Grand Cayman.)

When time permits, Ash researches his family tree and takes photographs. Several family surnames feature in his books, and he took the cover shots for the STATION HELIX series. And while he enjoys the occasional trip to London to meet friends, visit the theatre or conduct some research for his books, he’s more at home exploring the solitude of rural Essex in search of wildlife. He can be found online at 

Naked Truth: Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit: A Novel by Carrie Hayes@lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours


Naked Truth : Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit: A Novel by Carrie Hayes

Paperback published 24th February 2020

From Washington Heights to Washington D.C. comes a true American Herstory. Filled with intrigue, lust, and betrayal, this is the fight for sexual equality.

1868, on the eve of the Gilded Age: Spiritualist TENNESSEE CLAFLIN is smart, sexy, and sometimes clairvoyant. But it’s her sister, VICTORIA WOODHULL, who is going to make history as the first woman to run for President of the United States.

It starts with the seduction of the richest man in America. Next, they’ll take New York City and the suffragist movement by storm, because together, Tennessee and Victoria are a force of nature. Boldly ambitious, they stop at nothing, brushing shoulders with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony, using enough chutzpah to make a lady blush.

My Review 

This book has it all , biographical fiction, occult horror and historical fiction, seduction, politics betrayal, healers and spirituality all woven into this novel.

Set in 1868.

Two sisters are completely different Tennesee Claflin is a spiritualist. Now I’m generally interested in the spiritual world, I used to like listening to Sally Morgan who connects with the spirit world and  I used to love watching Tyler Henry on TV visiting the rich and famous homes and drawing things that he was drawn too from the spirit world about their families. 

So as I love the spiritual world my favourite part of the story was 

Tennessee Claflin is astonishing with her extraordinary clairvoyant powers. She is visited daily by many people who are anxious or need to convince themselves of her supernatural powers. Tennessee can remarkable gives out information to people who requested them and answers all their questions with accuracy.

To test her supernatural claims many people have asked her the question, how much money have I in my pocket, and in all cases Tennessee gives them the correct answer.

this is a story that’s buzzing with sisters Tennessee and Victoria who are completely different leading total different lifestyles.

I would like to thank Kelly st love books group for arranging for this book to be sent to me  and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. 

About Carrie Hayes


Over the years, Carrie has tried a lot of things. She’s sold vacuum cleaners, annuities and sofas. She’s lived at the beach and lived in Europe. She’s taught school and worked in film. For a while, she was an aspiring librarian, but she fell in love and threw her life away instead. Back in the States, she started over, then met an architect who said, “Why don’t you become a kitchen designer?” So, she did. Eventually, she designed interiors, too. And all that time, she was reading. What mattered was having something to read. Slowly, she realized her craving for books sprang from her need to know how things would turn out. Because in real life, you don’t know how things will turn out. But if you write it, you do. Naked Truth or Equality the Forbidden Fruit is her first book.  

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