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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...

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 some fabulous TSV sneaky peeks - it'll be here late Friday.

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.

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.

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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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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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This summer we are proud to be hosting several writing retreats aimed at authors who wish to develop their writing. Do email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss -

JULIE COHEN, TOP MENTOR, SEPTEMBER 25TH (four nights)

go here to see more on Julie's site. You will book with her direct.

One of the best writing tutors is author Julie Cohen, a former Richard and Judy book of the month author. I've been on most of her previous one day workshops, weekly retreats and weekends over the last seven years and enjoyed every one of them.She's currently mentoring me through my 'big one' - French or Dutch - which will be finished this summer.

Julie is offering a four night stay at our guest house Retreats for You in Sheepwash, Devon, with one to one mentoring and in depth discussion about your own work. Plus daily workshops. Full board, including endless hot drinks and snacks is on offer - own room, shared bathroom, wine at dinner - in a thatched 1600s house in picturesque North Devon with rolling hills and a river for local walks and a mini gym in the studio. A walled garden is also there for a change of scene. Comfortable rooms with tea and coffee making facilities, quaint and olde worlde, but with great wifi. 

September 25th - 29th. Prices on Julie's website (scroll down) nb - three of the seven places already gone (as at 24th March)

 

SARA SARRE, EDITOR WITH ACCESS TO TOP AGENT, June 5th (four nights)

Themed workshop – Perfecting Your First Chapter and submission with Sara Sarre.

Your first chapter is what will sell your novel time and time again: to your agent, your publisher, the marketing team and eventually to your reader. It needs to be good. The week will be dedicated to the opening line, the first paragraph and finally, the first chapter. We’ll look at how to hook your reader and to get your characters to leap off the page. Along with this, we’ll discuss the submission process and how to summarise your story. There will be three workshops and each participant will receive an hour long, one to one session with Sara.  For more details and availability email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07956336044 . For facilities go to www.retreatsforyou.co.uk tel (ansafone) 01409 231252.

£430 per person including afternoon workshops and a one to one. Direct access to an agent for exceptional work.

Two places taken (as at 24th March)  (Nb overspill into pub opposite - for B&B/en-suite )

Go here to read more on Sara's website - bluepencilagency  - then email us to book - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

COMING SOON - MEMOIRS WEEK in August WITH EDITOR ELAINE MANNING

email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are keen to go on waitlist. Probably one Mon to Fri in August 2017.

 

For prices of regular retreats, not including tutoring at £80 per person per night, go here to our website.

Full weeks can be blocked out for writing groups too.

If you are a tutor and want to use our venue please contact us also.

best wishes

Wendy and Deb

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The big question which I will have to decide in the next few weeks is how to name the bedrooms in our lovely guest house and writing retreat in Devon - see below. What do you think?

Also - stop press - the latest Decleor early bird order link for the wonderful 4pc set in Sunday's (26th) Today's Special Value on QVC is already out - go here to see it and buy it - it's going to be busy - specially the gradual glow tanning option. More Early bird order links are usually added to my tab on my website here. when i can get in to edit it!

Naming the rooms

This is a hot topic for me at the moment and one I’d like to ask you about. Firstly I’m thinking of naming the bedrooms in our guest house/writing retreat, Retreats for You, after the former residents. This is because I have copies of the census returns showing who was living here. Eg in 1881 showing the landlord of this building, which was the White Hart Inn, was one Moses Dufty. If I had a ‘Dufty’ room, would you book it?!

Other names include the Jones family – who were here from the 1930s – Brian Jones is the boy in the pic above and he still lives up the road, now aged about 80 something. Also the Martin family – from the early 1800s and Slee – another local family name still in evidence around Sheepwash – who was a landlord in the late 1800s. Plus the Cooper clan, the former owners before me. What do you think? Or if not this idea, then what? Others said names of breeds of sheep, of trees, of MDD dogs and more. Any suggestions do just email me back This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Doggy Paws 

I've also managed to use a couple of pits in the kitchen floor to come up with a neat idea to immortalise Daisy and Gracie dog at Retreats for You - look at this!

We put their paw prints in the grouting! Funny and charming all at once. Better than a rotten great grey patch too ...

Book of the Week  is Kirsty Ferry's The Girl in the Painting, follow up to Some Veil did Fall, which I'm listening to on audio book at the moment. So it's a double whammy! Go here to read more about these historical novels.

Go here to see this week's new QVC blog - out now - with no less than SIX - SIX! - sneaky peeks at next week's QVC bargains! And see you on air tonight at 7, 10 and 11 with fab fashions, and a whole hour of Karcher cleaning products at 7pm (Fri 24th March.) 

And this week I've done a couple of vlogs from Devon - including a dangerously high river walk, and a meander around the house at supper time, showing the biggest culinary disaster yet! lol. clilck here to see the page and 'like' it in order not to  miss any posts in future!

Have a lovely week

#debs

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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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Gosh what a busy week!

Much of my news will be on the QVC blog out Friday, it will be here.

But in this little update I wanted to discuss a topic that cropped up when my son’s big watershed birthday happened – yes, I have a 30 year old son. Yes, this week, Bradley was 30. How on earth does that even happen?! When I still feel 30 myself, to be faced with a boy who has become not only a man but a man who is getting the first signs of distinguished grey at his temples – means I’m reminded how quickly life flies by. And it got me to thinking, about the passage of time, as I watched him be stoooopid at his 30th party in London, happy-tiddly-funny and making everyone laugh. We have to make every day count, don’t we? And how we all leave our mark on the people and places we touch in our passage through this lifetime.

At my Devon retreat* where I now am when I’m not at QVC (see below for how to book to come along – full board £80 per person per night, two places free 13th march if you can come!) I often get to talking with new people about all sorts of situations, life experiences and so forth. Plus meeting new villagers who have their own tales to tell, means it helps keep things in context. One lady was telling  me during my stint volunteering in the village shop this week (it was fun!) that most of her family were all born in this house and that her great great grandfather was the one mentioned on the census I had a picture of – Moses Dufty. He was the landlord of the then ‘White Hart pub’ which was what Retreats for You was during most of the 1800s. She only recalls that it stopped being a pub when the landlord died and it reverted to a home instead. Don’t know why. If you do, let me know? Cynthia doesn’t have pics, sadly, but it makes me happy to hear about those old days.

Turns out if you didn’t buy the house you were in, from the Clinton Estate in the 1930s, it was sold off, you were turfed out and someone else bought it. My next door neighbour Caroline’s hubby Keith’s mum and dad were two such new arrivals, as it happens. Another family called the Jones’s are well known in the village and Brian Jones who is in his 80s now, and lives up the road in East Street, and they must have taken over this house, The Court, when the Dufty family moved up North Street in the early 1940s just before Cynthia was born.

Then I went along to pancake night at the village hall this week and spotted more old pics of Sheepwash on the wall – INCLUDING the back of The Court in the centre of this shot -

One of them shows the back of The Court in the early 1960s – before the new roof was put on what is now the kitchen area but what shows as being an old out building in this photo. And the garden at the back is much bigger too. The old pig farm to the east is still there, of course, that was only made into a new housing development within the last 20 years. And you can still see the little petrol pumps which used to be in the square opposite RFy. Amazing how so much is the same yet so much is different.

All in all, it’s so wonderful to be integrating into a place with so much history now. I’ve never lived in a village so old, and I really appreciate all its foibles and idiosyncrasies.

Hence keeping the kitchen floor – this week my son-in-law-to-be, Handyman Nick, came down with a soda crystal blasting machine, to get the tiles clean, so they can be re-grouted then sealed and then hopefully easier to keep clean longer term. That’s the theory anyway. Pics next week!

Other news –

If you missed my updates from the last couple of weeks, apologies, I had a change to my web set up so here are the links to the new blogs I posted in case you wanted to catch up!

Click here to read about the MDD weekend and see some fab videos and here to read Derek the dog (my little sponsor puppy) latest update about his progress on the way to becoming a medical detection dog for a diabetic owner who is yet to be chosen.

Click here to read ‘Less clutter more joy’, last week’s news update including a link to the little blog ‘escaping the inescapable’ which I did as I hope it might help some people who are suffering from emotional abuse, written after a chat with a lovely lady at one of my retreats.

*Click here to see the latest news about coming down to Retreats for You and booking some me-time away from day-to-day life whether you’re a writer, a carer, or just a busy mum in need of a break!

And click here to read about a brilliant book called The Girl Before – I’m still reading it but it’s going to be a film apparently, by Ron Howard, it’s that good!

Hope you have a good week!

I’m off to a writing retreat of my own in Bristol with ace mentor Julie Cohen this weekend – then back to welcome another batch of writers to Retreats for You here in Sheepwash. Not back on QVC till the week after as I’m using up annual leave. Getting lots done and learning how to do a bit of plastering too! Lol. Loving life at the moment, and to be honest, even though there are things going on that I wish weren’t, it’s all about focussing on what makes you happy and gives you joy – happiness is a choice after all.

Best wishes

Debs

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Need a writing retreat? Respite? Or just me-time? Here are upcoming dates here at RFY in the peaceful N Devon hills (As at 28/2.) Atm still just £80 per person per night, full board inc wine at dinner. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details!

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MARCH 13th – 4 nights – £320 : Mon 13th to Fri 17th , two places

MARCH 15th – 2 nights - £160 : Wed 15th to Fri 17th , one place

MARCH 20th – 2 nights - £160 : Mon 20th and Tue 21st, three places

MARCH 27th – 4 nights – £320 : Mon 27th to Fri 1st April , three places left (incl optional self-publishing advice if needed)

 

New dates:

APRIL –

10th – 4 nights - £320 – Monday 10th to Friday 14th – 5 or 6 places

24th (Easter Monday) – 4 nights – Monday 24th to Friday 28th – one place only now left

28th – 2 or 3 nights weekend - £160/£240 – Friday 28th to Sunday 30th or Bank Hol Mon 1st May – 2 places only left

 

MAY – we are renovating the kitchen cabinets and have selected dates only –

22nd – 4 nights – Mon 22nd to Fri 26th

29th May – 4 nights to Fri 2nd June

 

JUNE

5th – 4 nights – themed workshop – Perfecting Your First Chapter and submission with Sara Sarre. Details on request. £430 per person including afternoon workshops and a one to one.

19th – 4 nights - £320 – Mon 19th to Fri 23rd – four places left

26th – 4 nights - £320 - Mon 19th to Fri 23rd – five places left

 

JULY

3rd – to Fri 7th – currently block booked out to a writing group

Other dates – just ask

 

AUGUST

7th – 4 nights - £320 – Mon 7th to Fri 11th Aug – four places left

Other dates – just ask

Check out the website too. Www.retreatsforyou.co.uk
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And some of the latest reviews left on the Facebook page - 

David Lloyd, creative writing MA student - Feb 2017

"My second visit more than lived up to expectations. It's under new management but all the best things about Retreats for You are in place. The lovely Debs and Wendy are the hosts producing great food and warm hospitality. Everything is taken care of and you can just relax into your writing or whatever has drawn you there.it's a peaceful idyll in a beautiful Devon village which still sustains a great pub and village shop. The countryside beckons for walks that release the creative juices. Back at Retreats for You there have been some positive refinements - a dining room that now doubles as a sometime tea room but which retains a wonderful atmosphere for shared dinners and conversation in the evening.
The sitting room has new sofas which are a great place to read or write in front of a log burner with a glass of something on tap pre and after dinner.The upstairs bathroom has had a welcome makeover and the studio in the garden makes a great break out space for tutored retreats or workshops.
I came there to write poems and wrote around 10 with ideas for a further three towards a portfolio for my MA Creative Writing course at Exeter Univ. This is a great place for MA course leaders to run events for their students or if you are flying solo why not finish the first draft of your play or story ?
I end by quoting the poet George Herbert "Love bade me welcome" and this is how I feel about Retreats for You."

Do come stay and let us know what you think!

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best wishes

Wendy and Deb

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