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Friday, November 2, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Trisha Ashley - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Trisha Ashley

Trisha Ashley is now a full-time novelist, but she has been known to work for stained glass makers and/or plumbers. She likes to paint, eat, drink, and read literary biographies. Her previous hobbies included getting divorced and packing to move. She claims to have once actually eaten Bronte burgers at the Branwell café, but her publisher declines to verify this. She lives in North Wales.

She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also one of the trio of authors called The 500 Club, along with Leah Fleming and Elizabeth Gill.

She is a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of the Welsh Academi.


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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Trisha Ashley

The immediate answer to this has to be: Christmas!

And oddly enough, when I think of Christmas, it’s in terms of all the various aromas associated with it, from the spices, treacle, dried fruit and dark rum involved in the making of the pudding and cake on Stir-up-Sunday (so called because the text always read out in church on the last Sunday before Advent starts with the words: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee!’), to the last lingering scent of dried pine needles, as the balding tree is denuded of its baubles and tinsel on Twelfth Night.

It’s about warm cinnamon and allspice, pine and the hot wax of the Advent candle as it burns off the days to Christmas.

Mincepies, home-made and hot from the oven. Crisp, thin gingerbread stars, pierced to hang on the tree and thicker, softer slabs to construct a Hansel and Gretel house, held together with icing and scattered with bright sugar-coated chocolate drops, or colourful hundreds-and-thousands.

The sweet, charred smell of chestnuts roasting on the hot plate, bursting open to reveal their soft deliciousness..

The sharp, citrus of the tangerine at the bottom of your stocking and the scent of chocolate as you peeled the gold foil from the coins in the little net bag…

Even snow scents the air when it’s about to fall - and remember the smell of wet woollen mittens when the icicle or snowball you were holding melted away? And the damp, chill air, tinged with woodsmoke, that invaded your lungs and made your head sing?

And Christmas itself is an entity that has its own aroma, made up of heady excitement and anticipation – that’s the magic of Christmas.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley.

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


  1. I love Trisha's books and the covers are always cute!

  2. Great guest post. I love Christmas too.

  3. What a wonderful cover, love it and your novels sound wonderful too.

  4. Loved the guest post. You have put me in a Christmas mood :)

  5. Would love to win these books for my Mum who reads a lot.

  6. fab colourful cover that draws the reader in, fabulous!!

  7. Love the cover can't wait to read it.

  8. Love all of Trisha’s books especially the Christmas ones ����

  9. Great covers - make you want to read into them

  10. this book sounds great and the cover is so inviting

  11. Oh, I just love Trisha's stories. I own a few paperbacks myself. Love her!

  12. Great guest post, love the sights and smells of Christmas too!

  13. They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I can tell I would love these stories.

  14. Have loved her books since I took A LEAP OF FAITH and read my first one back in 2001. Never disappointed and the covers are gorgeous!

  15. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  16. Oh this sounds like such a great book! I have to say...I adore the covers!!!

  17. Alway love finding new authors, I would love to read your books :)

  18. Trisha, all your books have beautiful covers! I love them. Thank you for sponsoring giveaways on WLFB!