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just finishing the final (7th) Clifton Chronicles – This Was A Man. I have really enjoyed them. Jeffrey Archer is such a superb storyteller and it was sad to come to the end of the series. So now I’m on to the brand new one from Dan Brown. Just out, Origin is another twisting and turning tale that intertwines historical fact and his own brand of ‘faction’. So far so good – review next week.

This Was A Man takes us right into the 1980s, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and intertwines our characters into the factual events of the era. I have found myself wanting to continue listening to the audiobooks more with this series than with mos of the other books I've heard in the last few years. I think because once you buy into the family saga, you just want more, the familiarity keeping you hooked. Worth remembering if you are an author thinking about your next move.

More about the whole series here

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other news - 

- WIN A four night stay at rfy - in conjunction with Stroud Writing Festival - go here for more info.

 

  • RFY Autumn dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

    https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/win-complex-character/

     

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

CONCERT IN AID OF MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS

It all went really well, when, on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol.) Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid.

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle

 

Go here to  read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.

 

TEA ROOMS

We also then had a tea rooms event again at my place on the Sunday - it's all go! It was the best-attended, yet - with a total of over £1000 raised for Medical Detection Dogs. 

Go here to see a short video - we were packed!

 

Thanks to everyone who came and made it possible to raise so much again, over such a short space of time.

Very grateful

So are Medical Detection Dogs!

 

debs

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sorry ! posted this previously and it didn't post! grrr.

Here's a summary - 

CONCERT IN AID OF MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS

It all went really well, and on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol. Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle

 

And here's the link to the Charity post I did on my charity page on my website, where you can read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.

ps I 'm also a Good Grief Trust patron too - go here to find out more.

 

JAMIE'S BACK

Jamie Fraser, I mean - Outlander's hero - and season three does not disappoint. CAtch up on seasons and and two on More 4 ( i think) and then watch season 3 on Amazon Prime - it's amaaaaazing! 

go here to see the trailer and the catch up 

 

QVC blogs - the recent ones, which I've not managed to post on my newsletter/home news - have featured :

- more about the concert and tea rooms

- and the latest one features pics from my niece's wedding in France - more here.

 

Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon - this week's included when I was a bit worried about catering for such a big group at my guest house, on my own! ANd one where I take you round the back garden and show you what I found there...

more here

 

Book of the Week - well, more like Book of the  Month really - book series, that is. It's excellent and it's the Clifton Chronicles series by Jeffrey Archer. It's an eight book series, beginning in the 1920s and now I'm on book 6 and am up to the 1970s. It's thoroughly enjoyable and makes me realise just how much more agony I have to put my own characters through to create a dramatic page turning effect! more here on my RiWiSi blog...

 

Recent Retreats 

Well, what a busy week I just had! Seven people and me, and most of the week I was looking after them totally on my own as Wendy was on her hols! Thanks to Linda for covering when I had to go back to London, too. When I first took over the guest house and writing retreat, I was a bit scared of the catering side, I must admit. Cos I had a family with two kids in and cooked relatively plain stuff. Now it has to be biiiig dishes and it has to be right! But I'm getting there! This week's was with the fabulous writing mentor Julie Cohen, who is my own mentor - such a genius and master of show not tell. The writers were very happy with everything that happened and that made me happy too! Go here to see more on a facebook post.

Plus we have done several Yoga ones, and have loved every minute of them. So we have two more soon!

  • RFY Autumn dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have just announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

    https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/win-complex-character/

 

Hope you have a lovely week and apologies for the gap in my newsletters! 

luv 

debs

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ps stay in touch with me via m,y social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - 

check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

 

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

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more to come

Lolly's Hen Tea Party

it's so nice when your daughter has the same taste as you - on this topic anyway! She looked lovely and shone throughout the whole day of flower crown making (more on new qvc blog Friday)

It was short but sweet for me, as I had to go to work, but everyone really enjoyed themselves! yay! And no sore heads the next day... well apart from a sugar overdose 'cos of all the lovely cakes.

love the pics in the montage above! And not long to go now - till Sat 2nd and the big day! 

 

Retreats Updates.

Whilst last week had a look at the new outside revamp (click here) , this week saw us welcoming no less than SIX people to stay for our regular monday to Friday writing retreats. I had to leave half way through the week to go to my daughter's pre-wedding thing, but it was a great group , with editor Jayne Watson, helping people do their first novels or tidy up their WIPs. Another good time was had by all!

(had a great new review from last week's guest)

New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from nimblelimbs.com. They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RFY Autumn dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 4th & 18th September (18th is yoga week) still have spaces. (Mon to Fri ) Oct 16th is also Yoga whereas Oct 2nd is for non-writers too. Email us on

Vlogs from this week in Devon

click here to see the update on a special event for the dogs. and the funniest moment on QVC (go here to see the QVC blog when it's ready - late Friday pm)

~Also, regulars, here's another of this week's vlogs (video blogs) click here with an important bank holiday question I'd like you to answer if you can - email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 See more on my Facebook page debbieflintauthorqvc and don't forget to 'like' the page to keep up to date with all the goings on!

Book of the Week – such a great book if you love sagas, and an amazing narrator on Audible too - Jeffrey Archer's Only Time Will Tell - more here.

FREE AUDIOBOOK Julie Cohen’s ‘Together’ – OMG what an amazing ending! Click here for a very special message about it - get yours free!. And I'm so chuffed Julie is topping Amazon charts all over the place and has got herself a top ten best seller. What a star!

Plus - she's just got a place come free on her course at the end of September with us - so if you're a writer and want a one to one with this superstar author/mentor, email her - info on the above book of the week blog too.

Competition

We will announce it soon, but anyone signing up for our newsletter by sending us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. saying ' stroud' until the end of the Stroud festival will be able to go in the draw to win a 4 night full board stay at RFY - full info to follow when we do the full blog. But here's a sneaky peek - to tie in with the stroud and yeovil literary festivals.

 -  Tickets are still available for my concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

And here's my latest update from my recent visit to MDD - click here - puppy alert!

Hope you have a great week - it's Lauren's wedding weekend - squeeee! (to see the pics soonest, do follow me on my social media - list below.)

much love

debs

x

ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

 

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

 

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! Go to retreatsforyou.co.uk or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   . It’s 2nd October can include wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

 

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 6700 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

 

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 


Don't forget to watch the amazing videos on YouTube of Gut Reaction parts 1&2- its free.

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Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. I used to read Jeffrey Archer books years ago and spotted this one. Since it’s set partly in the 1920s, the era of the current book I’m writing, I listened to the audio book this week and boy is it good! Typical poor boy done good with a family secret that changes everything type story and am loving it.

"The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, 'I was told that my father was killed in the war.' But it will be another 20 years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

Only Time Will Tell covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. Volume One takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford, or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany."

Volume 2 next!

more on amazon here

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from nimblelimbs.com. They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other news - 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

What a super trip I had down to see the MDD gang again last week. They are powering ahead with so many new areas of research including Zika virus/malaria, Parkinsons and of course the original Prostate Cancer studies - in conjunction with the NHS - so they will be an official part of the screening in years to come. 

I caught up with Dr Claire Guest and heard some of the latest plans - but they really need funding to make it all happen.

And met some new puppies - little Ilsa and Banjo were just two of the newcomers. I love them!

 

I predict that in ten years time, THIS will be THE charity everyone is talking about, maybe including early breast cancer detection, who knows. But for now, it's a pleasure and a great source of pride to be an ambassador.

Do contribute if you can - eg text a donation - text 'SNIF11 £5' to 70070 in order to donate £5, for instance 

or Host Your Own Bake Off - download the free kit here.

more soon

d

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 Hi! Had theeeee most amazing rehearsals this week for the upcoming concert - was singing with a pianist and with a saxophonist in a front room in Chiswick! Very exciting! We reharsed things like -

Beyond the Sea

My Baby Just Cares for Me

I Can Dream Can't I

and You Can Always Count on Me from my fave musical City of Angels

In the next couple of weeks I will post a video from the final rehearsal. Also met up with Barry Parsons, the 'singing councillor' who sings at events in Devon, but was part of a group who toured round the West End and sings show songs. He's very good. He sang things including 'Bring Him Home' to the girls at the current retreat (hello Jackie and co!) and they were teary eyed afterwards! Jackie said she took quite a shine to him too - and she's 85! Looks like it's going to be a great show. THe jazz band are amazing too. Do forward this to anyone who is down there who might want to come? Tickets are just £16 and it's for the Medical Detection Dogs!

(go here to book your tickets on Saturday September 16th at 8pm in Devon and make a weekend of it - come to the Retreats for You vintage tea rooms event the next afternoon too)

Retreats Updates.

Well it's a new look for the exterior of our thatched 1600s house in deepest North Devon - bright white and duck egg blue windows! Love it! Hope you can come at some stage - especially to the latest retreats - more here.

How smart does this look!

Vlogs from this week in Devon

click here to see the update on a special event for the dogs. and the funniest moment on QVC (go here to see the QVC blog when it's ready - late Friday pm)

~Also, regulars, Watch this vlog (video blog) from this week – with messy hair and no make up! Go here to watch it – including an update on the knee

 See more on my Facebook page debbieflintauthorqvc

Book of the Week – just finished listening to Julie Cohen’s ‘Together’ – OMG what an amazing ending! Click here for a very special message about it - get yours free!. And I'm so chuffed Julie is topping Amazon charts all over the place and has got herself a top ten best seller. What a star!

Plus - she's just got a place come free on her course at the end of September with us - so if you're a writer and want a one to one with this superstar author/mentor, email her - info on the above book of the week blog too.

Competition

We will announce it soon, but anyone signing up for our newsletter by sending us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the end of the Stroud festival will be able to go in the draw to win a 4 night full board stay at RFY - full info to follow when we do the full blog. But here's a sneaky peek - to tie in with the stroud and yeovil literary festivals.

Hope you have a great week - it's all go for me! I'm off to see the MDD dogs on Friday morning and my daughter's hen-afternoon-tea is this weekend too, so more pics to follow including on my social media (list below - do follow me!)

much love

debs

x

ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

 

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

 

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! Go to retreatsforyou.co.uk or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 2nd October can include wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

 

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 6700 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

 

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 


Don't forget to watch the amazing videos on YouTube of Gut Reaction parts 1&2- its free.

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Okay I finished it. I have to tell you that 'Together' by my amazing book doctor /mentor /friend Julie Cohen, is outstanding. Such a clever twist. Still reeling from its originality!

No wonder it is number one in several charts, and top 10 on Kindle overall! What an achievement! This is one that book groups will love. They will all be discussing what the ending can possibly be and congratulating themselves on guessing each stage of the way. If they can!

You can also get it for free on audiobook as your first audible novel. click on the link below to get yours. Author still gets relevant royalties by the way. And I loved the acknowledgements at the end read by Julie herself too.

I just put a five star review online for it as well.

So -

This tale was not only about guessing what happens at the end, this was about feeling like you were there with the characters every step of the way. And caring about them so much! I have to say I sat in the car longer than I should have, just to finish each chapter, and, something I have never done before, I actually put off reading the last 20 minutes, just because I did not want the pleasure and anticipation of it to be over! And then it was. And the twist was totally out of the blue.

Imagery is evocative and clever. Characterisation is powerful and compelling. And every book has been 'morish' to the point of creating little journeys I didn't really need to make right now, just so I can listen to some more in the car...

full info on Amazon here, including precis and reviews. BUT don't get it there, get the audiobook for free by clicking this link and filling in a few boxes - you don't have to sign up for tons of stuff and there's nothing to catch you out - genuine offer and as audiobooks in general are growing in popularity, it could be the start of a whole new accelerated year of book reading for you (during the housework, walking dogs, driving etc) Give it a go...

So Ms Cohen, when is The next one?

Julie Cohen Workshop Update


NEWSFLASH - one place has become available due to illness for this workshop - please email Julie as soon as possible as it is sure to be taken soon - or ask to go on waitlist should a place become available.

Julie Cohen's new novel 'Together' is now a bestseller! She has topped several charts on Amazon and hit the top ten of all kindle books - that's amazing. It's becoming a fast favourite for book groups to review due to its clever structure and incredible twist at the end... can you guess it? Just don't tell...

Offer to get the audiobook for free - if you sign up to audible you can get her book totally for free. Narrated brilliantly by Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan, click here to get it now (free at time of writing).

Looking forward to welcoming Julie and her workshop to Retreats for You on 25th September. Mentored by the master of show don't tell, plot doctor and award winner, email Julie direct to book the last place - it's not too late... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from nimblelimbs.com. They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other news - 

  • RFY summer dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 4th & 18th September (18th is yoga week) still have spaces. (Mon to Fri )  Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night stay 28th August - NOW FULLY BOOKED
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have just announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th and creating complex characters retreat on June 12-16th (or 11th - 15th) - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

    https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/win-complex-character/

     

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

 

You know one of those moments when you meet up again with someone you’ve not seen for over a decade, and you just pick up where you left off? I have a couple of old boyfriends in that category who are dear to me. And also several female friends who have been pivotal in my life.

One of them is Shawn Goodman and she met me last week after a gap of 15 years or so. The last time I met up with her, I believe I was in LA with the kids on one of our adventure hols I used to take them on, and she met us for a meal in Santa Monica. I think. Well all these years later, Shawn was over in the UK with her other half who is in the medical profession, and asked me to meet up for afternoon tea. So we did!

It was amazing to catch up with her, and it reminded me of those early days when Freedom Eating was an alien concept. Basically it’s all about listening to your body instead of over ruling it with your brain.

Basics of Freedom Eating

If you can listen to your body it will tell you when to eat, WHEN being really important, plus how to eat and what food to choose. Usually it's based on what we now know is messages from your gut, associated with your microbiome. In the old days, like with The Seven Secrets, they said listen to your body, they just didn't know why. When I wrote my version, the original Til the Fat Lady Slims book in 2002 and it's updated version 2.0 in 2014, I refined the guidelines into six principles, and explained all about the 'When' diet - and how it could work alongside any traditional diet plan - any. Also how to do it, but not really why it's so successful where so many other pure diet plans fail. The facebook group kicked off, and the online support really made a difference to everyone in it, as we encouraged each other to remember things like 'the wayside is part of the journey, just don't set up camp there.' And much discussion about NSV's - non-scales victories - which help us avoid relying on the dreaded scales too much.

Then came a revolution in understanding the signalling from the body and the connection between that and the food we eat. So since the new technology allowed scientists to examine the gut in more detail, and its links to the whole of the rest of the body and the mind, I made the connection and put it in the book 3.0. - the companion to my original TTFLS book about Freedom Eating. It became a fascination to me also, to observe other people and their own diet habits - or non diet habits, as the case maybe. And from those observations, I created several 'guises' or types of Freedom Eater - gave them all a name, and described them in book 3.0. These six guises help you understand yourself and your own particular type of food prison, and how to get out of it using TTFLs principles. 

All of this was then incorporated into a newly updated version published by Choc Lit my publisher, in January 2017 - the end product is this one, and is available to order in good bookshops and of course online, eg on amazon here.

 It made me very proud this week to bring Shawn right up to speed and has reminded me how much this system helps people who could never manage their behaviour around food before. So hats off to you, Shawn Goodman and Vicky Hansen the original Freedom Eating founders, and thank you for giving me my life back!

More about the system and testimonials on my webpage here.

Who knows, maybe come join our Facebook group (here) having read the books and found out more from the big TTFLS QVC blog i did when it sold there, perhaps you too will have an experience a bit like Penni Rowe -

Talking of books - had a superb audiobook to keep me company on my long journeys last week ...

Book of the week  - Matt Haig’s ‘How to Stop Time’ – very enthralling book! And very well narrated on audiobook too – enjoyed it very much. More here.

New dates for Retreats for You Our little guest house is getting very busy this time of year! Am chuffed at how writers are booking and loving it. THere's a yoga writers' retreat next week, with two sessions a day, so I should be extra flexible when I get back to QVC next Thursday night for the Coco bianco launch! 

RFY news - incl new courses - inc retreats west one next year - click here- and two new yoga retreats this September and October. Plus Sara Sarre, the brilliant editor with agent connections, is back next year too - more here if you'd like to come! Don't forget the QVC viewers week on October 2nd! Still only £90 pppn incl full board and wine at dinner. Or just email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x

Jazz Event and Bookings I was delighted this week to get bookings not only for December but also four weeks next year are now block booked! It makes it all worthwhile doesn’t it. And of course the other thing people are booking is this jazz event at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington – was chuffed to be featured in the Sheepwash Chronicle too – our local rag! A news page and an ad will help – the new programme is out next week though so hopefully that’ll help even more!

Facebook Vlog Had a huge response to this vlog I posted on FAcebook this week – talking about the big development in our little village of Sheepwash that’s causing a bit of a furore locally. (Check out some of the objections in documents to find out more.) What would you think? Some interesting reactions on Facebook! Go here to watch it – and don’t forget to click ‘like’ on the page to get all the updates in the future.

Early Bird order links - superb Decleor deal with huge value for only £66 (3xEZ) is Sunday's TSV on QVC - go here to buy it now though and get in early and get in before it launches - before so many other people do! click here for more Early Bird links when they happen on my web page. 

 

 HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

best wishes

Debs

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ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! Go to retreatsforyou.co.uk or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 2nd October can include wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 6700 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

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Really enjoyed this audiobook - there are so many accents that the narrator was key. Mark Meadows did a very good job, albeit a little staid at the start. I will look out for him again in the future.

So the story is neither time slip nor time travel but it has elements of both. Just my cuppa tea. I'm beginning to realise that I really like anything to do with time quirks and alternative realities. Sliding Doors, Groundhog Day, About Time, and so many others. But what makes this more than just a tale about very long lived people, is the pathos infused throughout. Matt's previous bestseller 'Reasons to Stay Alive' with 825 five star reviews, laid the foundations for the philosophical thinking expounded in this novel, and it really makes you think. It will stay with me long after I finished the book.

'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about 40, but you would be very wrong.'

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

Highly reviewed online already and I would not be surprised if this becomes a movie!

get it here on Amazon

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from nimblelimbs.com. They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other news - 

  • RFY summer dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 4th & 18th September still have spaces. (Mon to Fri )  Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night stay 28th August - NOW FULLY BOOKED
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have just announced their new retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th and creating complex characters retreat on June 12-16th (or 11th - 15th) - email us for info

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

X

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

 

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