Today I am pleased to welcome author
Thea Hartley (Phillips)
as my guest at the end of her blog tour.
I think you will agree, once you’ve read about her journey to writing, that she is a remarkable lady.
Thea was born and bred in Merthyr Tydfil, and attended Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School.
Thea Hartley Author
She married young, and lived on the local Gurnos Estate, having three children by the age of twenty. Aware that she had not explored her educational opportunities, she became a mature student, obtaining a Psychology degree from The University of Glamorgan, followed by a Masters’ and PGCE at Cardiff University.
Thea became a practicing Psychologist and lecturer, a career which spans over thirty years.
During this time, she had research and educational papers published, plus some fictional articles and inclusion in two poetry anthologies.
Unfortunately, in 2007, Thea developed a degenerative eye disease, which deteriorated…
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New novel, a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, written under J.E. Spina – is now here from Jemsbooks!
I started this book back in 2009 and kept it on the back burner while I wrote and published several other books. Now is the time, I believe, to publish this book. It is in a new genre for me and completely different from my previous novel, Hunting Mariah.
Synopsis for How Far is Heaven
Priscilla and Parker Wilfork are college sweethearts happily married with two children, Deanna and Robbie, and life seemed perfect and peaceful until one day Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla searches for how and why her husband disappeared to no avail but Deanna cannot accept the fact that her…
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As you know, I’m fascinated by idioms and how their origin. The Passive Guy recently alerted me to a great post by Daily Writing Tips that includes 45 idioms from the world of boxing. Thanks to the Planetary Defense Commander for correcting a couple of them.
- bare-knuckle: fierce or determined (from boxing done without gloves)
- beat (someone) to the punch: accomplish something before someone else does
- blow-by-blow: a detailed account (referring to commentary during a boxing match)
- bob and weave: be evasive (as a boxer ducking to avoid an opponent’s blows)
- come out fighting/swinging: be immediately aggressive or energetic
- deliver/land a (knockout) blow/punch: hit
- down and out: destitute (an analogy to a boxer who has been knocked down and remains motionless)
- down/out for the count: defeated or overcome (as a boxer who…
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As this post is a slight departure from the norm… I’d like to put strangers to my occasional ramblings in the picture, lest they send ‘the men in white coats’ to my door. Eldest son, Jason, is a blogger (among other things) and I have written the following in reply to his recent out-pouring of nonsense.
Who would have believed it, after all the years of shady shenanigans; coded glances and messages secreted in ancient lavatory cisterns, the truth was revealed by our eldest son to the unwitting world.
It is true, we ran a modest hotel in Bournemouth, before being pursued and approached by the Cirque du Soleil (not the Circus con Leche as stated by Jason). Seduced by our reputation – for ‘‘im indoors and yours truly were renowned for our prowess on the trapeze (despite the gathering years, and not known by many people) – the…
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