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It's here! The brand-new raffle in aid of medical detection dogs is now active on JustGiving. There are some amazing prizes -

see the full donation page here

and check out the amazing value of first prize! All you have to do is buy a ticket for 5 pounds and Just Giving will do the rest, as will Sara the lovely lady who always organises these fundraisers. There are some massive prizes this time as you can see, it is on until Sunday 13th August - full Q&A on the page too, just scroll down, along with pics of prizes. The winners will be notified straight after. All the info you need is on the page. Thank you in advance for helping.

We have raised some wonderful money in the past, I do hope we are able to do so again now, especially considering how Dr Claire has been doing the rounds on various TV news interview programs recently following the announcement that the medical detection dogs team will before long be able to help detect Parkinson's disease apparently (see last post on this tab.) That's on top of their work with the NHS in a trial to detect prostate cancer in urine samples provided by the hospital. Plus maybe even breast cancer one day.

That's half of what they do. The other half is that they provide individual dogs to owners who have illnesses, eg diabetes (type one brittle) plus they even cover the cost of the upkeep and everything for the poor patient. It really is a worthy cause and I do hope you are lucky! Fingers crossed for you!

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Rowan Coleman has done an amazing thing. In fact a series of quite possible things as it turns out, in her new novel The Summer of Impossible Things. She has created a riveting novel, that entranced me from the outset, and gripped me at the end. I always try to guess the ending and this one kept me guessing right to the end. Whilst I was reading it, on audiobook, listening to some very skilled New York accents amongst other things, I kept finding myself staring into space every so often, and realised that my mind was completely enraptured with the characters and their predicament. If this is not made into a film I will be very, very surprised. Rowan, well done, you have created one of the best books I have read in recent times. And one I will do something very rare with – I will almost certainly read it again on audiobook. I have only done that with Diana Gabledon's Outlander series and Mad About the Boy, The third Bridget Jones story. Anyway, this latest tome from Rowan has already got nearly 100 5* reviews on Amazon. Highly recommended.

"Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death.

In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens....

Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?"

 The feedback on reviews so far has been outstanding - mostly five stars, and I'm not surprised.

"I loved this book and my only disappointment was when I finished it!
The story flows and the characters make you care about them. A mix of time travel, love, family and New York (Brooklyn) what's not to enjoy.
The pictures painted by the story telling made me feel like I was watch a film, they were so vibrant and believable.
Luna, the main character is a fabulous creation and you want things to work out for her and you truly admire her courage.
Without spoiling the plot, there are a couple of twists that I didn't see coming and they make this story even more clever.
I can only say that this story was magical and I loved it !"

Go here to get it on Amazon now, or read/listen to the first bit.

FREE COPY - or join audible and get it free as your first book - go here.

 Julie Cohen my expert mentor has also written a short story which was in My Weekly this week. Hope you can find a copy! If you are, or would like to be, a novel writer, why not come along to one of her workshops? She has just released a spare place for September 25 at our guest house retreats for you. Full board including wine at dinner, tuition, one-to-one et cetera, is around £600 also. More info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 July 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 31st July andn 4th September have spaces. (Mon to Fri ) More here. 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.

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.

It's here! The brand-new raffle in aid of medical detection dogs is now active on JustGiving. There are some amazing prizes - see the full post here and check out the amazing value of first prize! All you have to do is buy a ticket for 5 pounds and Just Giving will do the rest, as will Sara the lovely lady who always organises these fundraisers. There are some massive prizes this time as you can see, it is on until . The winners will be notified straight after. All the info you need is on the page. Thank you in advance for helping.

We have raised some wonderful money in the past, I do hope we are able to do so again now, especially considering how Dr Claire has been doing the rounds on various TV news interview programs recently following the announcement that the medical detection dogs team will before long be able to help detect Parkinson's disease apparently (see here.) That's on top of their work with the NHS in a trial to detect prostate cancer in urine samples provided by the hospital. Plus maybe even breast cancer one day.

That's half of what they do. The other half is that they provide individual dogs to owners who have illnesses, eg diabetes (type one brittle) plus they even cover the cost of the upkeep and everything for the poor patient. It really is a worthy cause and I do hope you are lucky! Fingers crossed for you!

Raving about Rowan

I have to say I am absolutely raving at the moment about the brilliant Rowan Coleman novel - 'The Summer of Impossible Things.' I finished the audio book this week and it was one of those books that had me entranced – I kept finding myself staring into space because I was thinking about the characters in the story and could not wait to get back to the next bit. It is a genius time travel web of intrigue, and I loved every second. Do read my review here, where you can also find out how to get it for free.

Plus if anyone finds it, this week's My Weekly mag has a story by Julie Cohen my mentor. Julie is doing a tutored workshop at Retreats for You, our guesthouse, on September 25, Monday to Friday, for £600 or so. Full board including wine at dinner, tuition, one-to-one et cetera. If it is still available or if you would like to go on waitlist for the next one, do let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

My QVC blog this week is now up here and has some interesting news, and a picture of Lee Hohbein my telly hubby - and his ripped pants! Ha ha! Do go see if you can. It also has tons of sneaky peaks from next week as usual and the early bird link available now for a cool pair of Skechers ballet pumps, Sunday's TSV. And which high flying daring ride I may go on in the next few weeks... out now, do go look.

On Facebook this week there were several Vlogs that were very different – including this one which was done from inside the 'Filter Through' coffee shop in Holsworthy where I go regularly not only to Waitrose but also to shop or to meet friends. Thing is when I tell them where to meet, I often mistakenly put 'see you in the Follow-Through…' OOps!  Now that would be an interesting shop… Not! Go to my official Facebook page to find out more and see some of the blogs. Do be sure and 'Like' the Facebook page if you would like to get regular updates.

At home in Devon this week, I took a photograph outside in the back courtyard to show the lovely flowers, the dogs came trotting after me and I said to them 'sit!' - as you do. And they did! Like two sentries! Like those lions on either side of a gated entrance. How funny.



Next week look out for a special video on the electric bike that I have now finally got set up and I'm using around the beautiful Devon countryside. It may be going up a very steep Hill pretty easy I must admit :-)

More next week.

 

Have a great week!

Luv

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! More info here, 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 yoga/walking and 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 over 6500 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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Awful week for my poor joints, following the gung ho attempts at playing netball in Black Torrington on the last two Wednesdays. This week I had to sit it out, but turns out only a few people turned up so they didn’t do the usual anyway. Phew. My ankles are still suffering as I mentioned in my vlog here. It really helps if I put my feet up – literally. And all because the lady loves …exercise.

And if you want to see an amazing role model to women, exercise fanatic Davina McCall in a pic of her ‘mummy tummy’ just go here – top marks that girl! She says her skin on her tum is like a ‘shar pei’ – one of those dogs with loads of rolls. Well if I did mine you’d say ‘what is it? Whatever it is it needs ironing!’ lol. (I know, one of my oldest, but still a good one!)

Something that’ll make your skin lovely is a good serum.

Well do read the super update on this week’s QVC blog – includes a comp to win over £100 worth of AD Synergy skin serum, which can be used along with any other brand you may currently have. And the usual sneaky peeks at upcoming deals. And the full  Go here Friday late pm onwards.

Facebook has been active this week too – including some lovely creative people suggesting ideas that helped me ‘find’ my missing calendar entries on my i-phone – turns out it was a simple ‘settings’ adjustment for the sync function – what else! Lol. Also ‘like’ my official Facebook page DebbieFlintAuthorQVC  if you ARE on Fbk, to get the updates first. (And my early bird order links can be seen here – if you can’t find them elsewhere.)

Medical Detection Dogs have a big week too – with Dr Clare appearing on the BBC to announce that they are now looking into the clever canines helping to detect Parkinson’s Disease. More here. And don’t forget to come along to my concert in Devon, on September 16th at The Plough Arts Centre, which is helping to raise funds too – lovely 40s and 50s classics and show songs, it’ll be a great night.

Had a superb week at the retreat this week, with lovely guests, great meals, nice weather, a bit of successful gardening, and an enjoyable stint in the Sheepwash Village Shop on Tuesday. Also, my pal Carolyn came along for a stay and it was so nice to have a long overdue catch up. She’s a trend setter as far as the latest marketing tips for self publishers is concerned, and she makes me wish I’d never stopped self publishing my stories to KDP. Most of them are still there and I’m very proud of my author page – see it here.

Finally on the subject of books, my Book of the Week is a very exciting one – my mentor and tutor Julie Cohen – master of show not tell – has her new book ‘Together’ out this week in hardback and ebook and I’m delighted to feature it. Can’t wait to hear the audiobook read by a Game of Thrones actor. Go here to read more about it and see how to get a free sample.

Hope all good in your world?

Have a great week!

Luv

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 !

 

Early bird order links on my website - http://debbieflint.co.uk/item/643-early-bird-order-links-buy-now including the superb Elemis 6 pc Frangipani set - click here - and I've got to say it's one of the best deals all year! 68% off? join me Saturday evening if it's still available, at 6 & 10. Back on air tonight (Friday 7th). 

 

- 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! More info here, 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 21st August and can include yoga/walking and 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 over 6100 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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One of my top five authors EVER releases her latest novel this week - a fascinating tale whose structure will get people talking about it.

"On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie's actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret - one they will do absolutely anything to protect."

'Julie Cohen's writing is powerful, moving and truly beautiful' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

'It takes a lot to tempt me from crime, but this is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking stories I've read' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

'This big, clever, tender and twisty love story reminded me of One Day & The Time Traveler's Wife' Erin Kelly

'Complex, compelling and beautiful, Together is the kind of novel that will stay with you forever' Rowan Coleman, author of We Are All Made of Stars

'Brave, compelling and original' Alice Peterson, author of A Song for Tomorrow

More on Amazon here, where you can click on the 'look inside' on the picture on the Kindle option and read the first bit for free. 

Julie is truly one of the best writers I know - technically excellent and a super plotter. She's also an amazing mentor and tutor, and having been on most of her workshops I should know! 

Hardback is out now, along with kindle. Paperback later. Audiobook mid August - I've pre-ordered mine!

And watch out soon for her co-tutor Rowan Coleman's new book - 'the Summer of Impossible Things'... ever wish you could go back in time and change your past...? Squeeee!

other news - 

- writer's workshop list of reasons why it's good to take a writing workshop - thought this was a great little article - lots of gems and words of wisdom especially for beginners. go here

Other news - 

  • RFY July 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 17th and 31st July have spaces as does 28th August. (Mon to Fri ) More here. 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.

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.

 

 

 

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's the latest RFY july newsletter

here's our website with tons more info, pics and booking details

Here's the latest lot of fabulous five star reviews on our facebook page

and here's what we said - SEE BELOW - do let us know if you'd like to come stay! EMAIL US ON - 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STOP PRESS - August is now nearly full on our Mon-Fri retreats on 7,14 & 21. Couple of spaces on 28th Aug, that's all.

best wishes

debs

x

JULY NEWSLETTER - RETREATS FOR YOU

Retreats for You ~ July 2017

Visit Retreats For You online                                Find us on Facebook                
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Or call on: 01409 231252

Hi all.
Firstly, we were all chuffed to see this new rave review go up online this week – thanks to Gail Aldwin for alerting us. This site gives its take on the top ten writing retreats to go to for serious writers. And guess what? We made it onto the list! They say very complimentary things and call Retreats for You the ‘best for no distractions’!
How lovely!
 
It’s former guests who have alerted them, and of course the current Facebook reviews – which are currently 31 in total and all five stars – including most since Wendy and I took over this year from lovely Deb. 
Click here to read it all. And if you agree, do feel free to leave a comment there, or on our Facebook page here.

Glad to see the compliments keep flowing in blogs from guests too –

Rosie Dean has written a super description of what it’s really like to come here if you’re a writer too – go here to read hers. What would yours be, if you are a returner? If you’re curious, book a week and see for yourself.
 
We do mostly Monday to Friday, four nights, at £90 pppn, incl full board and wine at dinner. Own room, shared bathroom and lovely homecooked meals. We’re currently booking right through the Summer at the moment, although August is pretty full. We do have the following still available though:

Memoirs and First Time Writers Week  - Elaine Denning is your tutor for the week, including daily workshops to help get you started and bring out the novelist or autobiography in you. August 28th (bank hol) Mon to Fri. £440
 
Yoga Week August 14th – is practically full – do let us know if you’d like to grab the last remaining places - £395 including a morning and an evening session of gentle stretch yoga. Plus a healthy menu for the week. Non-writers welcome.

QVC viewers week Aug 21st or October 2nd. Just regular pricing of £90 pppn, ie £360 – come meet like-minded people, walk Daisy and Gracie the Labradors and really relax – everything is done for you, no chores.

Special Deals for last minute – if you’re an academic and need to get your thesis finished pronto, or a novelist with a deadline, come to us in July.
The 3rd is completely full but we have spaces on July 10th, 17th and 31st. Its just regular pricing so email us asap This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more, and if you can book far ahead too or are a returner,  you can either book via our new website or just contact us for info direct.
New website 
Finally, we have a new website! It’s up and running at last. There have been a few gremlins in the system but mostly ironed out now. If you spot one, let us know!
You can check availability and book through the new website now or if you prefer you can still email us with your enquiry.
Web address: www.retreatsforyou.co.uk

Useful Links
Need some help with how to pitch to a literary agent? This link might proves helpful -Click Here
Wendy's kitchen 
Chocolate mousse with fresh local raspberries and mint from the garden - a favourite amongst our guests for hot days or for a rich tasty dessert after a light dinner. Dark chocolate whisked with custard for an easy delicious mousse!
By the way, we have some famous authors who come to write at our lovely Retreat. Cally Taylor is one of them.
If you are in the Plymouth area in December, why not go and hear her speak, on a panel about crime writing and how to get published, more details here:




How to book with us
Bookings can now be made directly through the new website
Www.retreatsforyou.co.uk or if you prefer you can email usThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or just pick up the phone:  01409231252

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Best wishes,
Debbie Flint, and Wendy, hosts of Retreats for You

 

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It is always a pleasure when one of my top 10 authors releases a new audiobook. Not only is Julie Cohens book out at the end of the month, but Rowan Coleman is releasing her new one too. So in the run up, I got one of her previous novels, now on audiobook. And I am loving it at the moment. All about a widowed mum who turns her life around by taking in interesting lodgers! How funny given my short story was about a lodger :-) (You can read it if you missed it, it's free, click here.)

Rowan has published some heartrending tales, usually with characters that are not only larger-than-life, there is always an aspect of their character that makes them very interesting. She is a master in getting you to care about their ups and downs, so I was looking forward to this one. And it's great! It's one of those that makes me want to get back in my car so I can listen to a bit more! I always do long journeys, you see, and these stories are my lifeline.

"Once upon a time, Ellie had her 'happily ever after' moment when she married her beloved Nick. But 15 years later, her husband's tragic death leaves her alone with their son and facing a mountain of debt. On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellie decides to rent out some rooms. And all too soon, the indomitable Allegra, estranged Sabine on secondment from Berlin and lads' mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence - each with their own messy life in tow. Ellie finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live - and love - again. Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all...."

Get it on Amazon here

 Having just finished this book, I found that I was very impressed with yet another layer of writing I didn't see coming. There is a little aspect to the plot I could not have predicted, which gradually emerged within the tale rather than being flagged up early in neon lights as some authors do. Well done Rowan - another winner as far as I am concerned. 

And watch out soon for Rowan's new book - 'the summer of Impossible Things'... ever wish you could go back in time and change your past...? Squeeee!

other news - 

- writer's workshop list of reasons why it's good to take a writing workshop - thought this was a great little article - lots of gems and words of wisdom especially for beginners. go here

Other news - 

  • RFY July 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 17th and 31st July have spaces as does 28th August. (Mon to Fri ) More here. 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.

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 lovely sunny week down in Devon - seems we got sun when some of the country was under cloud, so am very happy to have been there all week, including another netball night (more on my QVC blog , out Friday pm here). And we also had a huge retreat booking. Seven people came to spend the week and it was a huge success. Top of the treats was Wendy's tiramisu - OMG the best yet! And I took lots of pics!

And lots of videos...

you can click here to come on the tour with me. Also ‘like’ the page if you are on Fbk, to get the updates first. (And my early bird order links can be seen here – if you can’t find them elsewhere – including the big one for this Saturday’s Elemis deal – click here to get it.) nb – if it’s still available, join me 6pm on Saturday night!

Plus we went for a walk down a beautiful country lane in Devon with the dogs - want to come? click here.

And here's a link showing a bit of local colour in Holsworthy - the nearest bigger town - on their St Peter's Fete week - it's still on till 8th.

And a happy sight greeted me on my regular dog walk last week - click here

Finally a hilarious autocorrect on Facebook this week - don't forget you don't have to be on Facebook to read them as they are public posts! click here

Hah! Our retreat makes it onto the bbc spotlight prog - funny news clip. Slow news day, methinks! Lol. Spot the south st wall...! X 

https://youtu.be/HC-XFrFLxJc

 Latest Retreats for You Newsletter  - with some interesting pics and a recipe! go here

Medical Detection Dogs - Vote Please? Do feel free to click here and go vote for Medical Detection Dogs to get some funding from a good cause - they're doing quite well and every vote counts! Won't take long - will you? Thank you! 

book of the week - Rowan Coleman is one of my top authors and one of her audiobooks made its way onto my audible player this week and it's fab. She has such a quirky turn of phrase, I can always guarantee I'll be drawn into the story very quickly, which is vital as far as I'm concerned. I'm someone who sometimes listen to boring audiobooks in order to go off to sleep! This one is great - more here. Also on that link, what to expect from a writing workshop - if you've ever wanted to write your own story have a look.

 

best wishes

debs

x

ps - RFY makes 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 !

Early bird order links on my website - http://debbieflint.co.uk/item/643-early-bird-order-links-buy-now including the superb Elemis 6 pc Frangipani set - click here - and I've got to say it's one of the best deals all year! 68% off? join me Saturday evening if it's still available, at 6 & 10. Back on air tonight (Friday 7th). 

- 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! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 21st August and can include yoga/walking and 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 over 6100 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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My Other Day Job is a bit tongue in cheek really - as I volunteer every week in the local village store in Devon. The Sheepwash Village Shop is supported by lots of the locals and I enjoy being 'Arkwright' for a couple of hours. I get to chat to some of my neighbours, and the community spirit is superb. Anyway they've just got an air conditioner installed, given the hot weather it was very timely. But if you'd like to see the little 'vlog' I did showing how I kept cool, and a little tour round the shop, go here to the Facebook post I did on my Facebook page. 

And 'like' the Facebook page here, to be able to see other updates as they happen. (You don't have to be on Facebook to see it as it's a public post.)

RFY makes 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 a special QVC viewers week, for instance, or 2nd October when that's full, which it nearly is!

Something I've been talking about this week a lot is the current audiobook I'm reading. It's one of those that makes me want to get back to it as soon as poss and has kept me up late at night listening to the next bit! Book of the Week is a Sunday Times bestseller with an ending everyone's sworn to secrecy over, and deeply divided over - Behind her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough - go here to read more - am very much enjoying it - it gets you thinking!

More from my week including that netball match and what it did to my face, will be on my QVC blog tomorrow afternoon (Friday 30th - go here when it's up.)

I had a great week at home this week - it's never long enough though is it!

Back to work tonight, Friday, at 4pm and 7pm ,and am particularly looking forward to the Imedeen today's Special Value on Saturday on QVC - it's a big value set of the supplements that help the skin's collagen, I take them all the time, don't miss it. Have a great week!

best wishes

Debs

x

 

PS 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! More info here, 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 21st August and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

ps That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had over 6100 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.

pps  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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My colleague Jackie Kabler recommended this book as she wanted to know what i thought of the ending. So immediately it piqued my interest. 

This is a Sunday Times bestseller - kudos or what. 

"When a vulnerable woman is drawn into the lives of an enigmatic couple, she finds it hard to differentiate between reality and what truly lies beneath a seemingly perfect exterior."

The characters are very well delineated and the psychology of one of them is fascinating, given my recent blogs about emotional manipulators (see here).

Louise

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets...

David

Young, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice, let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife...

Adele

Beautiful, elegant and sweet - Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each in turn reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks.... Is David really the man she thought she knew, and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?

Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding, and how far will they go to keep them?"

Get it on Amazon here.

 

Free Short Story from me!

A new short story from me – read it on my website hereand don’t forget to subscribe to receive all my news in a regular email update. It's based on a true tale I heard from one of the fellow attendees at Chez Castillon during my stay there in May and it inspired me to write this one...

Other news - 

  • RFY July 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 10th and 17th July have spaces, as does 31st July. (Mon to Fri ) More here. 
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night workshop run by editor Elaine Manning. At RFY

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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