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What a lovely first week off, using up some annual leave to spend some time down in Devon. Before I went, I put on the Gatineau product of the month, the Defilift mask - and after about 20 minutes this happened!~ Good job I live alone, haha! it felt nice after tho. We don't sell anything like that down in the village shop, as lots of Facebookers noted when they watched this video i took this week!

village store - a look behind the scenes

https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintauthorqvc/videos/1418554184893894/

And I also found something that tickled me when I was out and about this week - 

Funny Moment in a car park in Torrington... 
https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintauthorqvc/videos/1420218431394136/

hehe!

Did a lot of driving this week too, and listened to two tales on audiobook...

Book of the Week is Camino Island by John Grisham, and also there's a free audible exclusive short story from the brilliant Ben Aaronovitch, read by the outstanding Kobna holdbrook Smith - can you tell they are my faves? go here for more.

Medical Detection Dogs update - do find out more about the latest media appearances from these clever canines and their owners, and Dr Claire Guest, the founder who has now discovered they can help with early detection of Parkinson's disease too. Fabulous. More here including the link to buy the £5 raffle tickets that may win you a prize worth over £400! Enter before Aug 13th.

Other news –

Brand new dates for Retreats For You –

– Two new yoga retreat dates – September 18 and October 16,
– Two new edited work guided workshops and 4 night retreats with Sara Sarre from bluepencilagency.com , Monday March 19 and September 10, 2018

Last minute spaces available for edited workshop on August 28, one more place left with Jane Watson

Three places left on September 4 with other writers.

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This week's QVC blog is worth a view - it's got the first of my two part 'tourist in devon' blog - with pics from Rosemoor and a trip out on the electric bike! go here to see it once it's up Friday afternoon.

We've got a lot of work to do over the weekend at the retreat - but hopefully I'll get some downtime as well and go see Dunkirk at the movies! 

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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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 - 

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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

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JULY NEWSLETTER - RETREATS FOR YOU

Retreats for You ~ July 2017

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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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Tale of Two Eggs

Well, the right hand side is what it's supposed to look like. The left hand side is what it ended up like. Because yours truly thought I'd try the onventional way of creating a poached egg by just dropping the de-shelled egg into the boiling water. Put a bit of vinegar in the water, they said - that's the secret. So I did. Turns out the secret is also to not have the water roiling. Boiled and simmering it seems - otherwise this catastrophe happens! All over me nice Kuhn Rikon strainer pan! Anyway - the other one was done in my nice new electric poacher/boiler so I'll stick to that in future! Unless you have any tips on how to do it the old way? I'm feeling a bit determined not to give in...

 

Book of the week - am thrilled to say that a very successful author and all round nice lady, Cally Taylor, AKA C L Taylor, is coming to stay at Retreats for You again, in the summer. WIll get a copy of her paperback for her to sign to go on our bookshelves containing guests' works. Her book The Accident was a top ten 'debut of the year' in 2014 and since then there are another three novels in the series. Love her work. Go here to read all about this new book, in advance of her latest coming out in October!

Part Four - the final part - has been so well received again - in my series on emotional bullies. Probably due to featuring the programme Catching a Killer, which featured the extreme version of this nasty personality disorder. This week I had another guy tell me his story about a female version. There's so much of it about. more stories and more help and guidance, to not feel alone - on my website here. Do share the link to anyone who you think might need it - you never know, they may one day have their long overdue 'aha' moment too...

New website is up! The long awaited brand shiny new website for Retreats for You - my guest house down in Devon - is up at last! WHat do you think? Can you spot any mistakes or have any feedback? Do go look and email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out some intriguing offers for those helping me beta test the website... go here to see the new website for retreats for you in Sheepwash, Devon.

And some fabulous new reviews - check them out here on our Facebook page - very happy - that's what I am!

Daisy and Gracie have been entertaining visitors again - Daisy this time for being so damn cute. Here she was last week on one of our walks, with two of the lovely girls from facebook/QVC contacts. Funny pup eh? What do you think the caption should be?!!

Finally - were you right? Was I right? Come Friday morning, it'll all be over bar the shouting, and a new government will be in place. I had a funny feeling about the majority - but I could be completely wrong - go see the facebook post I did on Wednesday to see how close I was - or if you thought the same - go here.

Have a lovely week - next week, lots of pics from my hol in sunny Cyprus!

best wishes

debs

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ps 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?

And still time to decide on which songs I should sing in September, at the event happening in Devon – can you come? It’s in Torrington at the Plough, on September 16th - do come! and will feature classics like ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ and ‘That Ole Devil Love’– more here if you’d like to choose from the list of songs – which is your favourite?

That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 5200 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.

pps  

check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! 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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here

 

 

 

 

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Writing previously as Cally Taylor, with several feel good romances amongst others, this talented author has made a huge name for herself in crime fiction and become a Sunday Times Best Seller. The Accident is the first one made into audiobook and my pick of the week for my long journeys to and from my job in London and my writing retreat/guest house, Retreats for You in Devon. I love a good crime series and this is the first of FOUR! With the new one due out later in the year.

‘A rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists’ Daily Mail

"KEEPING THIS SECRET WAS KILLING HER…

A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep …

Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.

Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.

Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?"

This novel has over 880 five star reviews and made the top ten bestselling debuts list for 2014. 

One review sums it up - 

"This is a tense story, well told. Sue is a believable and, because you understand how she became the way she is, sympathetic. Her feelings of guilt (because being a parent is full of guilt, no matter how hard you try) and fear and the fierce need to protect her daughter were all wonderful. The secondary characters were brilliant (I especially liked Brian) and even the baddie is almost understandable.

A great book. It pretty much swallowed up my Sunday as I kept sneaking off to read it"

Get the Accident from Amazon here., knowing you have another four to go straight after. All three of Cally's other crime novels have been highly successful too, plus her new one The Treatment, is due out in October. Meanwhile I've ordered a copy of The Accident in paperback for Cally to sign when she visits us to write her next one, at our writing retreat in Devon this summer. We have two shelves brimming with finished works by previous guests. Looking forward to it.

NEXT WEEK - Chris James's book - ringing the changes a little - a non-fiction - his Mind Body Cleanse 12 day programme in book form - I think I'll need it when I get back from my Cyprus hol next week!

Other news –

 

  • June dates - Still time to book on 12th or 19th June four night stays 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. Other themed and tutored stays are available. More here. 
  • NEW WEBSITE NOW FINISHED - go see retreatsforyou.co.uk here.
  • RFY - and all the retreats are gradually getting booked up including the one for writing memoirs, the one with an editor who will help you with your first chapter and submission and the one with top author and book doctor Julie Cohen. More here.
  • A new short story from me – read it on my website here, and don’t forget to subscribe to receive all my news in a regular email update!

 

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 aailable to order in bookshops. Reached number 79 in WHSmith-Travel in 2016.

 

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!.

 

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 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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Regulars of this blog will know I'm a big fan of Jane Lovering's witty, quirky writing style and larger than life, flawed but compelling characters. Fellow Choc Lit author jane now has over xxx books out on Amazon and whilst I await the arrival of the latest on audiobook, I'm delving back into the backlist with StarStruck.

Am loving this tale of two hotties - Gethryn the Welsh TV soap super stud and Jack, aka The Ice Man, the script writer and show runner behind the top TV series that heroine Skye encounters on her trip to a sci fi convention in deepest hottest Nevada. I always love how Jane interweaves an intriguing back story into her tales, and this one is another that makes me look forward to getting back in the car to continue the audiobook as I want to find out what happens.

"Our memories define us don't they? And Skye Threppel lost most of hers in a car crash that stole the lives of her best friend and fiancé. It's left scars, inside and out, which have destroyed her career and her confidence. Skye hopes a trip to meet the actor she idolises will help her heal. But she bumps into mysterious Sci-fi writer Jack Whitaker first. An instant rapport soon becomes intense attraction, but Jack fears they can't have a future if Skye ever finds out about his past... Will their memories tear them apart, or can they build new ones together?"

You can see how Jane's writing style develops into what she has now become - even more original and funny than Star Struck - so hurry up Choc Lit, get the next one done on audiobook so I can listen to it on my long car journeys to and from Devon! 

 

Buy it on amazon here - Star STruck

other news -

Other news –

  • June 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 £80 per person per night full board inc wine, if you book before 31st May. More here. 
  • June offer - last minute offer to go to a tutored retreat in Devon If you've always wanted to get a book published , need help getting an agent, with your first chapter or submission letter, Sara Sarre can help - come to Retreats for You in Devon for four nights at the start of June and get a head start from a top editor and advisor for a top agent, Sara Sarre from the Blue Pencil Agency. More here.
  • RFY - and all the retreats are gradually getting booked up including the one for writing memoirs, the one with an editor who will help you with your first chapter and submission and the one with top author and book doctor Julie Cohen. More here.
  • A new short story from me – read it on my website here, and don’t forget to subscribe to receive all my news in a regular email update!

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.

First - stop press! Tonight's #tsv sunday midnight on QVC if you love Babyliss - 

Earlybird order link to new tsv tonight midnight @qvcuk - brand new launch of Babyliss hair tool - the best yet - imo - 

Click here

And do join me and Craigy together in an unusual hour kicking off an unusual day 

DEVON

I just love the fact that I live in Devon now - check out this beautiful sight I saw on one of this week's dog walks - click here to see the video - do you ever see these? Magical or what? click here to see video of a beautiful dragonfly...

and go here to see my facebook vlog with a walk around the local country market in Hatherleigh - bargains! (Like the Fbk page too  for future updates!) Silly Debbie bought a couple of items like hand made wooden planters for outside the front door, paid for them and asked to pick up from the stall-holders on the way back... then went home and forgot! It's a good excuse to go back next Tuesday morning tho. 

Talking of magical, I'm not far from Cornwall so I must go and see Tintagel at some stage - home, apparently, according to ancient mythology, of King Arthur. And a very good film it was too! Went to see it in Okehampton this week with Wendy and I must say it was very very good. More on my QVC blog but do go see it if you can. I loved Guy Ritchie's directing - yes it was a bit self-indulgent at times, but I really liked it and I have to say with some key shots being no longer than a second, blink and you'll miss it, it kept the pace rip-roaring along, so I didn't fall asleep one bit. Mixed reviews but I loved it - and Charlie Hunnam was hot and very watchable on screen - a bit Tom Hardy I must say. He should have been Christian Gray but backed out. Fifty Shades lost out there that's for sure...

A Book first - how exciting is this! A proper French translation in paperback of my very first novel! Was ever so chuffed! More here.

Also on my QVC blog - lots more pics of the week, plus enter my super #Philosophy bumper bundle competition - and some fabulous TSV sneaky peeks - it's here late Friday.

 Finally a very happy 11th birthday to my talented niece Lara. She has recently made me very proud because she won a drama scholarship at her school. And wants to be on the stage amongst other things… #ChipOffTheOldBlock:-) 

And that story... is coming honest... more soon, come back for full blog late Friday.

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ps 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 26th June and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

And still time to decide on which songs I should sing in September, at the event happening in Devon – can you come? It’s in Torrington at the Plough, and will feature classics like ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ and ‘That Ole Devil Love’– more here if you’d like to choose from the list of songs – which is your favourite?

 

That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 5200 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.

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Ps check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! 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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here

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Burning Question of the Day – Does your Brain do this Weird Thing too?

Had to laugh this week, when my brain did a weird thing after painting the kitchen walls at our Devon guest house, Retreats for You – and I need your thoughts on it too. I was listening to a particular TV programme whilst doing the kitchen window frame – and blow me, now if I look at the frame I can conjure up exactly what was going on at that moment, down to the actual topic of conversation between the two interviewees! Why does the brain do that? Does yours? If you’d like to hear a couple of other examples of mine, from when that’s happened in the past, just watch this Vlog I did where I discussed it, as I walked along the river Torridge last week during my six nights off, after I got back from France. By the way, just click that link – you don’t have to be on Facebook to access these vlogs (but if you are, ‘like’ the page to not miss any).

When I did that post, Karen T said – ‘My brain keeps remembering favourite clothing and accessories I used to have years ago in relation to places and other triggers. Odd ball! Even stuff I had when I was ten! Vivid memories of colours, fabrics- even an Old England purple wrist watch with HUGE Roman numerals my sister bought me from Carnaby Street in the 1960s. And a few jersey/crimplene mini skirts from Chelsea Girl- it goes on... weird!’

And Andy H said ‘This is so true, I was working on a drawing of an interior decades ago and the radio was serialising 'The Good Soldier Sveg' by Jaroslav Hasek, it's as though one activity cements the other in the brain.’

Whereas Laura D said a brilliant one – ‘My weirdest one is when I turn on the shower - I think of having lunch in a certain restaurant with one of my friends! I think of what we ate, what we spoke about - even about a window cleaner who was cleaning the windows of the restaurant. Heaven knows what the connection is to the shower!!! Just weird! I often wondered if it was just me ....so I'm very relieved to hear it happens to you too Debbie!’

Anyway…

The kitchen is now done. The kitchen…

Is…

Now…

Done.

*Siiiiiigh.*

It fills me with glee to say that. And I can’t wait to see Wendy’s reaction when she walks in and sees the whole thing newly painted and gleaming too! More on this week’s QVC blog here (out Fri pm) also including Early Bird links to both Liz Earle AND OPI tsv deals launching soon.

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 26th June and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

Other news -

Book of the week is the Jack Reacher short story, Not a Drill, click here for more info – including about a freebie  – two in fact, not just his free audible interview including his opinion about Tom Cruise playing 6’4” Jack Reacher on the big screen, but also my new short story, a freebie available on my website from MONDAY LATE (apologies for delay).

And still time to decide on which songs I should sing in September, at the event happening in Devon – can you come? It’s in Torrington at the Plough, and will feature classics like ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ and ‘That Ole Devil Love’ – more here if you’d like to choose from the list of songs – which is your favourite?

Have a fun week!

Best wishes

Debs

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Ps Mid Life Crunch Regulars will know of my own personal issues years ago with depression, so it was interesting to read Carol Vorderman’s articles this week. Another subject it’s vital to talk about – especially since last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. If it’s someone else’s emotional battering getting you down, though, it’s worth reading this blog – click here – it’s now had nearly 4500 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.

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Ps check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! 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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here

x

 

 

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Lisa Potter Dixom is a fabulous guest on QVC for Benefit - the country's number one high street make up brand. We do lots of wonderful kits, go here to see the whole range. Anyway in this manual, Lisa gives the benefit of her knowledge from years in the beauty business and the skills she's learned along the way.

"A comprehensive make-up manual that details all aspects of make-up application, solutions to common problems, as well as tips and tricks for perfecting your look every time.

Starting with Skin Secrets, make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon teaches you everything you need to know about skincare and perfecting your base before moving into sections that target specific areas of the face. Chapters and looks are organised by feature, each starting with an introduction to the area and followed by looks that show it off best. In Beautiful Brows, Lisa explains why it is so important to maintain and enhance your brows, before styling a Natural, Full, Ombre and Feathered look. In Go with the Glow, she explains why we add colour and takes a look at Contouring, Strobing, Blushing and Bronzing. In The Eyes Have It, things really get interesting, with looks for Smokey, Colourful, Nude, Smudged, Bejewelled and Glittery Eyes that will makes your eyes pop. And in Luscious Lips, Lisa helps you understand the difference between matte, glossy and smooth lipsticks, pencils, glosses and all that's in between before teaching you how to perfect the Red, Nude, Ombre, Matte, High Gloss and Bold Lip, no matter what your style.

Finally, in Lisa's signature style, she offers up Looks to Dazzle, from Extreme Glitter to using sequins, feathers and transfers, as well as enhancing your look with accessories in a series of features. These also give instruction on which tools to use when, a handy in-flight routine that will help you step off the plane feeling like a goddess, fixing make-up mishaps and finding your perfect wedding look. So whether you re looking for a fun and youthful, elegant and sophisticated or one-off look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your facial features and complexion to become Easy on the Eyes."

It looks a great present for a teenager just starting out or a gran who's never really got to grips with the whole makeup thing. 

Be the first to review it too!

other news -

Julie Cohen writing retreat 25th September 2017 - go here and scroll down.

Sara Sarre - comp to win a stay at RFY - an amazing opportunity - plus she is also doing a tutored retreat offering editing skills and help with your first chapter of your novel, at Retreats for You on 5th June too. more here.

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) and Goodreads (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.

Christmas in Devon and with family has been amazing this year. I've managed to capture many of the moments and have posted them online - 

- click here to see xmas day pics and my lovely sister's new house - sixteen for dinner!

- click here to see Boxing Day and beyond at Retreats for You in Sheepwash - my brother joined me and the pogs there with his family and later with his friends, for their new year too.

And it's been amazing spending time in the peaceful, picturesque Devon countryside - click here to see Sheepwash in the distance, the medieval strips and the bluest clear sky. It's just one of the live vlogs I did on my Facebook page (go here to 'like' 'debbieflintauthorqvc page  so that future ones come up in your feed.)

By the way, anyone need a four night getaway in Feb? We have a few spaces feb 6-10 and Feb 20-25 incl. Full board, wine at dinner, afternoon tea coffee cake. own room shared bathrooms, hot water bottles at bedtime and not allowed to do any housework or helping! Great for writers, or academics. Or carers needing a rest. Dietary needs can be accommodated more below. Just relax, walk, read, stare at the open fire... I just don't do enough of that when I'm down there myself, that's my trouble!

Presenter's Funny Xmas Lunch  - there's a great video clip on this post, my xmas blog on QVCuk.com - watch what happened when half of us got together for secret santas!  click here.

and my Review of the Year  blog reminded me just how much I'd packed into 2016 - a hard year in many ways, but culminating in a brand new era - a new home down in Devon and one of the most promising futures ahead of me, ever! click here to see some of the highlights - features 8 or more videos! Plus a good sneaky peek at the week ahead's TSVs on QVC.

What are you doing for New Year? I'm on air late afternoon, which means a fab evening of food and games at my pal Shyama's, who I've spent many a fun NYE with over the last decade or so, when I'm not on air. Are you a 'going out?' or a 'staying in?'

Things to look forward to in 2017 -

I'm very excited about my new Till the Fat Lady Slims - Break free from Food Prison (2017) book, being released to order in bookshops too, by publisher Choc Lit in January. more here. Get it here on Amazon if you are truly determined this year to make the difference in your eating patterns - it really works, and don't forget to come join our Facebook group - such a support system, it makes all the difference in the world - click here to join.

Plus, of course, back to Retreats for You - there are several new exciting plans underway for Spring and Summer. If you fancy full board incl afternoon tea, coffee, cake, and wine with evening meal, for only £80 per person per night own room shared bathroom, in a 1600s thatched house in a sleepy Devon village, with nothing to do except relax by the roaring open fire and read or write, or just stare into space, or you'd like to give a £30 deposit for a four night stay to someone who needs it, just email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , details on website retreatsforyou.co.uk/practicalities. It'd be lovely to book some of you in - do bring a pal. Sometimes dogs can come too, with conditions, so do ask. Home cooked meals and no housework - it's not allowed - plus hot water bottles at bedtime. Talk about pampered! And - surprise surprise - I'm really enjoying helping out with the pampering myself. 

Plus much more fundraising activity for Medical Detection Dogs - looking forward to a pop-up charity Vintage Teas Weekend at Retreats for You mid Feb maybe? And of course a super opportunity to set up a permanent vintage tea rooms at RFY from the summer onwards. I'm meeting all sorts of new people down there too - it really feels like home already. Thanks to Deborah Dooley for making this all possible as she goes off to start her long-awaited retirement on a permanently moored houseboat in Bideford, not far away. She'll kindly pop back from time to time to help out too. Wendy and I will be your main hosts for much of 2017 retreats.

I also have a run of lovely holidays lined up - including a return to Chez Castillon in the Dordogne, as well as Cyprus and France for family weddings this year. Plus my daughter's own wedding on 2nd September! #motherOfTheBride! x

One thing I do have a good feeling about is my love life this year. I don't know why - I just feel it in my bones... I won't be 'updating' until there's something proper to tell you and maybe not even then if whoever it is turns out to be a little social media shy, like Mr Back of My Tandem was in 2012! I may be wrong, but, still, it's been long enough to recover from the last one, so let's see what 2017 brings! 

best wishes

debs

x

ps - any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here.

 

 

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