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Mrs. L. Rees (Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan United Kingdom)

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Sticks And Bones (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 2)
Sticks And Bones (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 2)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Rides Out meets Miss Marple!, 23 Jan. 2015
The second in a series of crime fiction books, [the first being Kith and Kill], Ms. Hartley steps up the intrigue here. People are being poisoned and the police are baffled as there is no obvious motive or connection between victims.

So who is doing it and why?

Resa James, a criminal psychologist and specialist in Victimology, becomes embroiled in all these cases. Especially so, when a member of her own family is targeted and put in danger of her own life as a result.

It’s all too close to home, literally.

What I love about this novel is the continuing romance between Resa and Superintendent Mike Thompson and her own up and down relationship with teenage daughter, Laura. Adding touches of humour to the plot is Resa’s mother Edna. Who appears to be acting like a teenager herself as love blossoms for the senior citizen. Edna’s off the wall quips made me smile at times, adding warmth and humour to a story with a serious subject matter, murder!

Ms. Hartley writes with so much heart and soul that I can hear the characters’ voices in my head and see the scenes unfold before me as she builds up the suspense and takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride. I love the way she has interwoven witchcraft and herbal poisons into the plot. Not your average plot granted but then again, Thea Hartley is no average writer! She’s one to watch out for in the future.

This is one novel you won’t want to miss out on. Highly recommended!

Cut Emotional Ties...Free Your Life
Cut Emotional Ties...Free Your Life
by Thea Hartley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem of a book!, 19 Jan. 2015
This is a little gem of a book! Thea Hartley, who has extensive experience in the field of counselling and psychology, presents a comprehensive guide on how to cut the emotional ties that bind. The book is designed to help you rid yourself of those cords which may bind you so tightly, that you are virtually afraid to do anything. It's a complete revelation that will set you free!

Ms. Hartley has an easy to read style of writing and she tells it as it is. It's an interactive book, which as well as explaining how we make attachments, both healthy and unhealthy with one another, also includes little exercises the reader can try which help to clarify their thinking patterns.

Highly recommended!

Kith And Kill (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 1)
Kith And Kill (Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let them go right from the very first page., 22 Nov. 2014
[I was sent a review copy of this novel]

Resa James, a criminal psychologist and divorced mother of a teenage girl, is brought in for consultation by the police regarding multiple murders that appear to be connected to a local fertility clinic in Cardiff.

Resa’s life is already complicated by an acquaintance who appears to have a crush on her when she is already on the verge of a relationship with someone new and exciting she’s just met.

The killer in this story is meticulous and cunning. But what is their motive? And why are they targeting infertile couples?

Victimology, which is a way of studying the victims’ personal lives [their likes and dislikes etc] appears to be the way forward to catch the killer. If Resa can discover what the killer has in common with the victims then she might be able to uncover who the serial killer is as they probably move in similar circles.

A poison pen letter out of the blue, puts Resa on her guard as it could threaten both herself and her daughter, Laura. She is fiercely protective of her home life and there are plenty of people who are suspects in this story, including a husband and wife team who are against forms of IVF. And what about the person who has a serious crush on Resa? She’s acting out of character and seemingly dangerous, could she have something to hide? Also workers at the clinic could any one of those possibly have a motive? There are lots of characters in this novel who make the reader wonder if they are the killer.

The murdered couples themselves have been secretive about their use of IVF further complicating the issue which makes Resa’s work as a profiler much more difficult to undertake.

This is a great ‘who done it?’ mystery which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout this novel.

It’s a story that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let them go right from the very first page. A tale that is interwoven with secrets and intrigue, mystery and emotion. A first class psychological thriller with a little romance thrown into the mix.
Ms. Hartley has a way of drawing the reader in from the very first paragraph, taking them on a roller coaster of a journey. This isn’t a tale for the faint heartened, it’s gritty and realistic, a story that wouldn’t be out of place as a television drama. It could give ‘Cracker’ and ‘Silent Witness’ a run for their money.

The settings take place in South Wales, in and around the Cardiff area, which is a refreshing change to read a crime fiction novel from those areas instead of London or Edinburgh or any other major city in the UK where these stories are often set. Indeed Cardiff itself becomes a character in its own right in this novel as does the IVF clinic. Which is part of the art of good writing that draws the reader in and never let’s go. Thea Hartley is one Welsh crime novelist to watch out for in the future and I’m sure there is lots more intrigue to come from this wonderful writer.

Reviewed by Lynette Rees
Author of Beneath a Sicilian Sun and Watching You

Beneath a Sicilian Sun
Beneath a Sicilian Sun
Price: £3.88

4.0 out of 5 stars What he didn’t plan on was to be attracted to the beautiful Joanne. He invites her to go to Sicily ..., 7 Nov. 2014
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Review from Ind'tale Magazine

Joanne Smith is a renowned journalist for Life Today magazine. Her latest assignment is to interview Dante Alphonso. He is trying to get positive publicity for his pet charity, an organization that grants wishes to dying children. What he didn’t plan on was to be attracted to the beautiful Joanne. He invites her to go to Sicily with him at his expense to visit his vineyards and see the other parts of his life. He even takes along one of the magazine’s photographers. Things start to get hot and spicy between Dante and Joanne as he shows her the beautiful things the island has to offer. Then Dante is betrayed and he places the blame on Joanne. Can their relationship ever recover?

The scenery is described so well that it feels as though the reader is magically transported to Sicily. One can see the vineyards as they spread out over acres of land and the color changes between the different colors of the five different varieties of grapes that are grown there. The tension between Dante and Joanne can be felt so well that it almost makes the reader feel like an interloper! One is right there with Joanne, experiencing her angst as she questions her relationship with Dante after she returns home. This is a very emotional book that will leave haunting memories well after the story is finished!

Reviewer: Belinda Wilson

Sensuous Secrets (Siren Publishing Allure)
Sensuous Secrets (Siren Publishing Allure)
Price: £1.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Hidden Secrets in this gem of a story!, 8 Oct. 2014
Review of Sensuous Secrets by Thea Phillips

There are certainly plenty of hidden secrets in Thea Phillips' new erotic romance, Sensuous Secrets.

Sophie celebrates her sixtieth birthday and her retirement from work on the same day, leaving her feeling that the passage of time is ticking away just like the clock she was presented with at her retirement party.

However, even though she feels her love life might be over, she is invited out by the handsome widowed, American Mike Warren, who has returned from the US to live in the UK with his wilful teenage daughter, Katie.

Katie is a thorn in Sophie's side and out to spoil the blossoming romance between her father and the `old slut' (as Katie refers to her father's girlfriend after discovering Sophie's underwear on her father's bedroom floor!) The tension increases over time as Sophie feels sidelined by Katie and pushed out by Mike as he fights to placate his stroppy sixteen-year-old daughter.

However something happens that causes Katie and Sophie to share a secret. Not only a secret that could blow Mike's relationship apart with either one, but Sophie has a big secret herself she has kept from Mike, which could threaten their futures together.

I really enjoyed this story and read it within the same day as I was reeled in by the author to find out what would happen next. Ms. Phillips has a knack of drawing the reader in and transporting them into a very real feeling world, which isn't sugar coated or always nice. There are sometimes disappointments on the way, sometimes celebrations, but mostly a rocking roller coaster of a ride! Pardon the pun.

The sexual tension as well as the story tension, is hot. It positively sizzles off the page, oozing sensuality as the title suggests, proving that even when people are into their sixties their sex lives don't have to stall. In fact, it sounds as if things can only get better with age!

Thea Phillips has developed a niche market for her stories of older couples falling in love and indulging in wild sex. Pensioners on paper but teenagers at heart!

This is one story you won't want to miss out on this autumn, but it's also perfect for reading any time of the year and not just with cocoa and old slippers but with a nice glass of wine or tipple of your choice, flickering candlelight, and your bed covers turned down, just in case you strike lucky!

Lynette Rees
Author of: It Happened One Summer, Return to Winter. Watching You, A Taste of Honey and Beneath a Sicilian Sun

Roman Originals - Womens Dresses Printed Multi Panel Dress - Wedding Evening Party Cocktail Occasion Formal - Summer Going Out Vintage Day Smart - Shift Floral Swing Jersey Stretch - Thick Wide Straps Knee Length - Ladies Dresses - Red Pink
Roman Originals - Womens Dresses Printed Multi Panel Dress - Wedding Evening Party Cocktail Occasion Formal - Summer Going Out Vintage Day Smart - Shift Floral Swing Jersey Stretch - Thick Wide Straps Knee Length - Ladies Dresses - Red Pink
Offered by Roman Originals
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A great dress, 24 Sept. 2014
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I would have given this dress 5 stars [this might just be down to personal preference] but I think if it had been an inch or two longer, it would look even better. I'm around 5 ft 6 inches tall, so maybe for shorter ladies, the dress would be just right. The dress looks even better than online and it's a really good fit skimming my curves. I chose a size smaller going by some of the review comments and it worked out just right. I've bought it for a wedding and I think it's a good buy, not just for price but for comfort too. The dress has a 'bit of give' in it, being slightly stretchy which is great and it has a lovely fluid movement when I walk in it.

This dress is perfect for weddings, christenings, graduations, summer parties etc.

Highly recommended.

Girls Childrens Pink Princess Play Wendy House Outdoor Garden Tent Kids Toy
Girls Childrens Pink Princess Play Wendy House Outdoor Garden Tent Kids Toy
Offered by Domestic Economy
Price: £12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money but a poor fit, 22 Sept. 2014
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This is good value for money and my grand daughter loves playing in it. My only criticism is that the poles seem too long for the material. If the makers had made the framework the correct size, it would be perfect. There's a gap of an inch from off the floor where the material fails to cover the product and the door flaps don't quite meet. The photograph makes it look as if the material is a good fit, when it's not. Having said that, it's still a good product for the money.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with purchase, 22 Sept. 2014
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I bought this rocking horse for my grand daughter's first birthday. I was very pleased with the quality of it and it made a lovely birthday present.

Her Mother's Sins
Her Mother's Sins
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Lifelike characters and vivid descriptions!, 22 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Her Mother's Sins (Kindle Edition)
I absolutely love this novel! I was sorry when it came to an end and I had to stop reading. Gwen Madoc creates a world that is so vivid for me, I can actually see the characters and feel their emotions. The story is set in Swansea at the turn of the century [1900]. Ms. Madoc brings the town to life before the reader's very eyes; you can practically see the hansoms rattle over the cobbles and hear the characters' voices as you read this book. It's a tale of betrayal, passion and compassion. I particularly love the character of Trudy, whose cheeky impudence made me smile on more than one occasion, and Josh, the man with a dubious past, but a heart of gold. This is one of the best novels I've read in a long while. It's a story that stays with the reader long after they finish the book.

Rapture Recaptured (Siren Publishing Allure)
Rapture Recaptured (Siren Publishing Allure)
Price: £2.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Read!!! Get Steamy this Summer!!, 25 July 2014
This is the first time in a long while that I've a read a book in one complete sitting!

I was drawn in from the first page...and taken on a journey of discovery and high excitement.

"Widowed Anna meets Rick on an Internet dating site..."

Internet dating can be scary when you're young but what about when you're approaching your sixties and ready for your bus pass and bedroom slippers?

If you think erotic sex is for the young then you are wrong it's also for the young at heart. This is one hot, steamy read that I highly recommend this summer.

It's not just about the sexual scenes though, there is a real romance going on here. Anna is conflicted about her children's feelings about her being so loved up with a stranger. After all, she does have 'babysitting duties' to attend to. Why should she have a life of her own?

But whilst she has a sense of honour toward her family she also has a huge sense of lust and longing toward Rick. But things are never plain sailing and a forced separation threatens to tear the pair apart.

But is their love strong enough to survive the turbulence of a long distance relationship or would they both be better off forgetting one another and bailing out mid journey?

This is a tale that peaks and troughs just like those hot sex scenes Ms. Phillips pens so well.

Reading this novel makes you realise as a reader that not all grannies are made to knit bootees and bake apple pies. Some of them actually enjoy hard core knee tremblers while the oven is still hot....

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