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

Beyond the Sea

My Baby Just Cares for Me

I Can Dream Can't I

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

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

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

Retreats Updates.

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

How smart does this look!

Vlogs from this week in Devon

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

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

 See more on my Facebook page debbieflintauthorqvc

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

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

Competition

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

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

much love

debs

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


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

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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

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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.

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

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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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.

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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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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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Regulars will know I’m a massive Jack Reacher fan – ever since I interviewed Lee Child on QVC in 2011 when he launched his prequel ‘The Affair’ – I voraciously devoured all 16 of his Reacher novels and found myself another hero to follow.

Well the short stories are a little appetiser in between the main courses that constitute his mostly annual new releases and this week I listened to Not a Drill.

It’s a brief foray into one of Reacher’s encounters, this time with some ramblers in deepest Maine’s ancient forests. Julie Cohen my writing mentor would love this, as she comes from Maine! What I most loved about this was narrator Kerry Shale’s accents – his precision is admirable. Very entertaining and another great read.

"The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.

No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about? Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees…"

 More here on Amazon. BUT if you’re going to get his short stories, get the whole lot, called ‘No Middle Name (which of course Jack Reacher has) on audible as a single volume – it’s ELEVEN hours long - get it here.

Plus – listen for free to a full interview here with Lee Child talking about his work, his writing, the novel Night School, (which I loved) and his thoughts on Tom Cruise playing 6’4 Jack Reacher on the big screen.

Meanwhile I’ve already pre-ordered The Midnight Line, the next novel, Jack Reacher 22, due out in November. …

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

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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.

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Debs news

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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OMG - oops. This pic is of the latest accident from Mrs Klutz here - well, from Wendy but she didn't realise I'd just washed red napkins in the washing machine and the remaining water did this... thing is, check out what's underneath all the towels in this little video -

click here to see it - in the pink - another boo boo!

Plus - Had a great response last week with lots of you replying with your suggestions for favourite songs for me to sing at the 40s and 50s gig in Torrington Devon at The Plough Arts Centre on Saturday September 16th.  Top faves included 'Summertime' and 'girl from ipanema' - I'll keep you informed! See the song list from my accompanists the Eric Gilchrist Trio on last week's blog here. And go here to hear the charity concert performance of two such songs, last November, to give you a flavour of what it'll be about - do come if you can. We'l be doing a tea rooms on the Sunday too. (close your eyes though - mum's bad camera work! hehe!)

And another busy week down in Devon - although I did weekdays at QVC 'cos I'm going away this weekend, I still popped back to oversee the latest refurb. This time it's the kitchen. There's a before pic going up on my QVC blog coming out on Friday pm here. Next week there'll be some cool after pics tho! Can't wait to see it when I get back from my hol!

Whilst down there I catch up on my social media and there's been some poignant messages to me recently - some of it heartbreaking. Yet more feedback from the thought provoking blogs I've been writing about emotional bullies. (go here to see the original blogs). There's been a real unveiling of what's going on in some people's lives and the truth is it's more frequent than we might realise. The latest blog is here, and it has probably the best summary of the issue I've ever read. What's more, a lovely lady affected terribly by bullying and abuse, has offered to help. Watch this space if you or someone you know is affected by it then it may be worth getting in touch.  It may be a new Facebook group which will be secret, by invitation only, and for those people who have given me their stories.

 

Book of the week - Liz Earle's good Gut Guide - finally more and more evidence that Freedom Eating's pivotal principle of listening to your body, received validation - and from a fabulous source! lovely Liz, who we have known for many years via her superb skin care sold on QVC, has released her new book. Do go read it. And if you're inspired, there's more about that subject along with other reasons why we can't lose weight and tips on how to overturn the habits of a lifetime in my TTFLs 3.0 book here.

Latest blog on QVC is out here with lots of sneaky peeks of the week ahead on QVC plus funnies incl the most unusual things to do with a dolls head...! 

And don't forget to stay in touch with me via Facebook - 'like' the page here to access all the updates, including my regular vlogs from my walks in the picturesque Devon countryside. Plus do  'like' the Retreats for You page here if you're a writer and fancy a super full board retreat down in Devon at some stage!

much love for a happy week!

Debs

x

ps am off to France this week for my birthday and looking forward to relaxing and walking Rory the dog down by the Dordogne - bliss! Tables turned as it's the writing retreat I've been to a couple of times previousy - regulars may remember it!

ps a short story to follow - pop back to my home page on my website in the week, here.

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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It's finally here - Easter is around the corner and we have another super vintage tea rooms event for you at Retreats For You in Sheepwash Devon - are you near? Can you come? We are open 11-4pm, with delicious sausage rolls (did they have them in the 50s?!) and pasties and clotted cream devon teas plus bone china crockery with refreshing tea and coffees... come to EX215NE and you'll find us in The Court opposite the pub in the village square - can't miss it! Here's the event on Facebook so you can click that you're coming and see more.

My cousin Christina is coming - haven't seen her for years, so am looking forward to it. But isn't Facebook wonderful for keeping in touch with friends and family even though you haven't been face to face for yonks? It's a bit like christmas cards used to be - only now it's all year round - every so often there's a message and it makes you feel like you've kept in touch at least a little, right? Well Christina is an excellent cook and is bringing some of her own homemade cakes - all in aid of my charity for which I''m an ambassador, Medical Detection Dogs. More about them here.

Last time we raised quite a bit of money so I''m hoping the presence of Claire and Pal will do the same job - come see them and have a chat - you may see Pal alert Claire, his owner, to her high or low blood sugars and thereby saving her life and saving call outs to the NHS if she gets dangerously low or high. Such a good cause. and the little dog in the pic is Bones, available on QVC (last of the stock, assuming some left!) from Charlie Bears, also in aid of MDD.

Come to a sing song in Devon on September 16th Yes, we're doing it again! If you are near Torrington or fancy making a weekend of it, we will have a charity evening sing song full of fabulous 40s and 50s type songs, in the super 'the Plough' arts centre theatre and cafe on Saturday 16th September - do put it in your diary. More soon. Tickets will go on sale via their new brochure too, and there will be local kids singing, a mums choir singing accapella and a super band that have appeared at the royal albert hall. hope you can come!

past two weeks newsletters - were delayed - sorry you didn't get one! I had a few issues with logging on, but if you'd like to read them, go here to see new horizons no more shadows and see the back garden of Retreats for you without the trees; and go here to read about the funny chicken video in belstone and see the lovely feature on me in Surrey Life magazine! click here to read it. 

Book of the Week is something different this week - Benefit's lovely Lisa Potter Dixon's 'Makeup Manual' - just out - go here to find out more.

Getting the Message... it's a funny thing, but you know how sometimes topics keep cropping up in your life and it's like someone's trying to give you a message? Well the same issue has kept appearing in my life for a while now. and then I saw the awful situation Mel B found herself in with her abusive controlling husband, only now the truth is out. But so many people suffer in silence don't they. Well here's my take on being with an emotional abuser and you won't believe some of the stories - and if you know anyone you think might be in that situation, or you are someone - go here to read it on my website.

QVC blog  will go live here on Friday afternoon, with a couple of early bird order links, sneaky peeks of the TSvs for the week ahead, and a really funny blooper involving my bust! lol! Click when it's live.

Have a lovely week

#debs

x

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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They've gone! And suddenly the world seems a whole lot brighter... This week the insurance-criteria was fulfilled to get rid of the trees right next to the buildings and now it's so much neater. Also the view won't be restricted nor will there be mess or damp on the roofs below. Looking forward to getting rid of the stumps at some point now. And the garden is starting to look lovely!

before and after - 

 

Book of the week is Samantha Shannon's Bone Season and it's another belter about a dystopian future and an alternative reality when London is ruled by underlords and supernaturals are outlawed. Refreshing, authentic and supercool! more here.

New QVC blog out on Friday - including links to the Laura Geller today's special value that is on Sunday, including with me at 1pm - yay! Early bird order links will be via the QVC tab on my website usually.

luv debs x

 

 

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