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‘Scandal’ By Sasha Morgan

The fourth leg on my marathon round of Blog Tours sponsored by publisher Aria Fiction, finds me mixed up in ‘Scandal’, care of author Sasha Morgan … But not just any old scandal. This book is described by Goodreads as …

“Scandal is the perfect rip-roaring, bonk-busting, horsey, escapist read, for fans of Jilly Cooper and Tilly Bagshawe.”

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SCANDAL

Cover Image Of 'Scandal' By Sasha MorganAs the new custodian of the ancestral home, Treweham Hall, Tobias Cavendish-Blake soon discovers exactly what he’s inherited. Instant financial action is needed if the Hall is to survive the mounting debts it’s racking up. Adding insult to injury the family is forced to sell the Gate House on the estate to lottery winners Gary and Tracy Belcher – not the kind of neighbours Tobias was hoping for.

Megan Taylor inherits her grandmother’s country cottage in the village of Treweham and decides to make a fresh start there, taking a job at the local country pub.

When Megan meets Tobias, the attraction is clear, but she is determined to resist his charms, put off by his reputation and that of his best friends – the rakish Seamus Fox, son of a millionaire race horse trainer and dastardly jockey Dylan Delany. But Tobias is a hard man to resist…

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SASHA MORGAN

Image Of Author Sasha MorganSasha lives in a village by the coast in Lancashire with her husband and Labrador dog, Zac, and she has one grown up son. She has always written stories from being a very young age and promised herself that she would one day write a book.

Her debut novel, ‘Bellebrook’s Secrets’ was published in 2014 and her latest book ‘Scandal’ is the first in the Treweham Hall series, being represented by Aria Fiction.

Sasha also writes articles and short stories for newspapers and magazines and is on the writing team for a children’s publishers.

As a teenager she loved reading Jilly Cooper, which may explain the ‘spice’ in some of her novels!

Sasha also writes under the name of Helen Stafford.

Keep up with all the latest news at Sasha’s website

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Aria Fiction and Sasha Morgan would like me to share this short extract from ‘Scandal’, as my contribution to the Blog Tour. These lines are also the opening passage of the book …

It was day break. A rosy, warm sunrise glowed over the valley. Galloping through the early morning mist, Tobias Cavendish-Blake finally slowed his horse to survey the sight before him. Treweham Hall stood proud and majestic against the smooth, rolling hills. The imposing building was made of sandstone with four corner turrets and sturdy buttresses that gave it a castle-like appearance. Gothic windows with stained glass twinkled in the sunlight. He sighed heavily: would it always remain so resilient, the fortress of his family?

That seemed dubious, going through the estate accounts. His father, the late Lord Richard Cavendish-Blake, had looked after the place well – too well. All the contingency funds had haemorrhaged, bled completely dry relentlessly maintaining the upkeep of the Hall. The outgoings far outweighed the incomings. The payroll of the staff alone made Tobias’ eyes water, not to mention the colossal energy bills. Tobias had suggested shutting down the many vast unused rooms, but his mother wouldn’t hear of it. Lady Cavendish-Blake had been sheltered by her late husband, leaving her totally oblivious to the fact that her home was a money pit and the current state of affairs could only be described as dire. As the new custodian, it was down to Tobias to keep the place running. He was responsible not only for the staff, but the village tenants too. Feeling the burden weighing down on his broad shoulders, he realised it was time to grow up. Time to settle down. The future meant kissing goodbye to the wild parties for which he was notorious.

His thoughts turned back to his thirtieth birthday bash, making him wince. It hadn’t been so much a party, more a two-week brawl around Europe with a few friends, including his oldest childhood chum, Seamus Fox, son of a millionaire racehorse trainer. The two of them together had been a lethal combination, each egging the other on, the more daring and outrageous the exploits the better, resulting in the occasional brush with the tabloids. The picture of him and Seamus plastered over the front page of a newspaper showing them tumbling out of a St Tropez nightclub, legless (and trouserless) with a beauty on each arm, was one he couldn’t forget. His father wouldn’t let him. They’d been dubbed ‘the Heir and the Fox’. Ironically, Tobias wasn’t a natural wild child, the opposite in fact.

His one true love, Carrie, had been a local girl from the village. They’d always been close. Even when he had been sent to Eton they’d written, phoned and constantly made arrangements to meet. When Tobias had turned twenty-one he had proposed, claiming she was the only thing he wanted. Both families had been happy with the  arrangement. Carrie’s parents were glad that being married to Tobias meant she would stay in the village close to them and obviously be well looked after.Tobias’ parents were just plain relieved he wanted to settle down with a sensible, local girl, instead of turning to drink and drugs like so many of his peers. Then one year after their spectacular engagement celebration, Carrie had been hit by a drunken driver and killed instantly. Tobias had been inconsolable; not even the Fox could calm him. He turned his back on society and locked himself away, refusing to talk or open up to anyone. His mother had been sick with worry, every attempt to reach him futile. Then, as if overnight, he completely changed. After twelve months of grieving, Tobias stopped being angry with the world and everyone in it and decided to rip the hell out of it instead. He forced himself to live life to the max, which meant spending his considerable allowance on any substance necessary to get the highs he craved, not to mention a string of stunning girlfriends who were more than happy to be showcased on the arm of a Lord…

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Scandal is set in the Cotswolds, a favourite spot of mine since honeymooning there years ago. It seemed the ideal location to place Treweham Hall. The name Treweham came from two old English words, ‘Trewe’ meaning true and ‘ham’ meaning home, as Megan, one of the main characters in the novel, inherits her gran’s cottage and finds her true home.

 

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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6 comments
  • Scandal sounds like a good one, enjoy it! Treweham Hall sounds like a sight to see and Tobias needs to tone it down, before he blows all his money. Happy weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I’m not sure that this style of modern day ‘bodice ripper’ is really my thing, although there are some quite interesting and slightly more serious aspects to the storyline …

      I love the way in which Sasha put together the concept of ‘Treweham Hall’ and if you read a little more of this article about Sasha on Aria Fiction, you will note the effect that researching World War Two soldiers’ messages had on her …

      https://ariafiction.com/article/introducing-sasha-morgan-and-scandal

      Also, Linda’s Book Bag also ran a lovely piece for the Blog Tour, where Sasha describes the ideal voice for the audiobook version of ‘Scandal’, should there ever be one.

      I too can remember the Oliver Tobias of the 1970s and for my liking, he also depicts beautifully, the way I would have Tobias Cavendish-Blake looking … (Note that Sasha has even used the name Tobias for her ‘bad boy’ hero 🙂 )

      https://lindasbookbag.com/2018/02/15/staying-in-with-scandal-author-sasha-morgan/

      Thanks for stopping by so many posts today, I always appreciate it and hope that your weekend is going well so far 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      We have so many of these ancestral homes over here, going to rack and ruin through lack of funds and death duties payable to the Inland Revenue. Many of them are eventually picked up by the likes of the National Trust, Historic Houses and English Heritage. Others are turned into hotels, conference centres and wedding venues, which whilst still keeping the facade of a place, never really manages to maintain the social and cultural heritage inside, no matter how sympathetically they are renovated.

      You really should check out the link to Linda’s Book Bag, as Oliver Tobias is just how you would imagine a young Lord to look and sound. He was definitely a heart throb when I was in my youth 🙂

      I also like that the story is set in the Cotswolds, which is an area I know quite well, having lived there for some time when we were first married and hubbie was in the Armed Forces.

      Losing someone you love can also affect people in different ways and who’s to say that if I didn’t have money, then I might go off the rails big time!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

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