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Hi!

Have you noticed a real abundance of features about gut health lately? I have. And  I'm pleased to say my TTFLS book 3.0 tips and tales to inspire, was amongst the 1st to emphasise how important these bacteria are. That's why I have done a big post about it at the bottom of this blog - do have a look :-) especially if you need to lose weight. Plus our Facebook group continues to be a superb support for everyone so do feel free to come join us if you've got any of my semi-autobiographical weight loss books based on Freedom Eating (you may remember last week I reported about meeting up with Shawn Goodman who helped create this set of prinicples to help break free from Food Prison.) Following this body-signals based system means you can have whatever you want, if your body really wants it, including desserts. (Mine doesn't usually want them if it knows it can, it only  wants them when it knows it can't!) Which is handy given the mouth watering dishes served up by Wendy back at Retreats for You. Usually...

How NOT to make this classic dessert…Another culinary mix up at Retreats for You – at least it was Wendy this time! Go to my website blog and watch the video – click here (and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletters to be first with the updates often including Early Bird links)

 book of the week – Erin green’s A Christmas Week Well if QVC can have Christmas in July, why not a yuletide themed book of the week! Not sure why it’s been released this early but as one reviewer says, it’s a gem, don’t wait till December! More here.

Another super QVC blog too, featuring picking up a bargain at the local auction and a cool look ahead at next week's bargains - early!

And don't forget if you are near, in Devon, mid Sept -

 -  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!

  HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

 

best wishes

 

Debs

 

x

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

The importance of gut health-

'Hi everyone. Are you as impressed as I am with the amount of information flooding the market now, about gut health and the microbiome? So many books, pictures, articles. And TV programmes. Very proud to have been at the forefront of identifying this important factor for achieving good health . And weight loss of course.
My book 3.0 written way back in 2015 features the basics of why. As well as loads of other tips & tales to inspire. And the enlightening idea of the Inner Chimp, the demon inside us making us do things we know we should not do, and how to control it. Plus the Six guises of freedom eater - which one are you? Link is above.


However do read the article below, and it features an interesting approach if you like to diet alongside ttfls- eg if you are a Linda guise of freedom eater! My sister Linda is on a healthy eating drive at the moment and i feel much better when avoiding sugar. My body doesnt really Want it unless I am in the grips of a temporary sugar addiction 

So aside from all the little mentions of sweet food recipes et cetera that crop up on this group, it's more important than ever to look after your internal microbes.

Apparently Hippocrates knew that all disease begins in the gut. So wise even back then eh. Who knew it would come full circle. 

Anyone adjusted for gut health and got great results? Tummy problems, bloating, digestion better? Or increased your intake of probiotics eg with capsules (I take supermightidophilus 24, amazon, £23 or so for 60) 

Anyone notice now listening to your body, that certain foods always have a particular effect on you? Which?

So fascinating. Many illnesses are now  being linked to the gut and even depression is associated with that now. Hospitals are starting to give probiotics after treatment with strong antibiotics too now, thank God. At last.

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

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https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-new-mediterranean-diet?utm_term=pos-1&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily1&utm_campaign=170817


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"A warm, funny, uplifting new writer to celebrate!’ KATIE FFORDE.

'A lovely story of self discovery. It was heart felt and emotional and a heartwarming tale of new beginnings' JO THOMAS.

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn't want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it's so much easier to know where you're going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with."

Highly reviewed too - 

Don't wait until Christmas to read this book! It's also great escapist reading for summer holidays.
The quest to find Flora's mother kept me turning the pages. It's hard to imagine how it must feel to not know your blood parents but this book takes you there. And I have to admit to being a little bit in love with Joel ...

 

buy at amazon here

 

Other news –

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

Other news - 

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

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

     

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

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

Best wishes

Debs

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

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

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

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

 

 

FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHORT STORIES

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

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

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

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

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

NON-FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

Well I always say 'what a week' but this one was another 'WHAT a week!' and not for all the right reasons.

Over on my Back to You blog, 'CIBS - could it be sepsis' - the important questions everyone needs to know about.

Why? Cos one of my close family was in intensive care recently and it shocked us to the core that it could happen so fast. one minute she's a bit poorly, sleeping a lot and feeling fluey. The next, she's having convulsions, her heart rate is 166 per minute, and her lips are turning blue.

Sepsis comes on really fast, and timing is everything. The doctor in the High Dependency Unit, where she went first, said we got there in the right window for treatment. in other words, any later and it could have been very different.

 I write about it over on my Back to You blog this week, with several links, and sadly several stories from others who responded when I posted online about it.

Please read it, please share, and always ask the important questions so many people still don't even know they don't know - #couldItBeSepsis. If your share helps save even one person from the agony so many go through when they find out if they'd only got there sooner things could have been different, it's worth the share. Isn't it?

CIBS - could it be sepsis? Read the full blog here. (to come)

other news

Book of the week - is a fantastic new second in series from my pal Carolyn Mahony. The Jagged Line is the second Harry Luscombe thriller, and well worth a read on kindle - more here.

Medical Detection Dogs' HQ was the scene of a fascinating BBC Facebook live broadcast, linking with the Parkinsons Association to tell people more about the amazing new plans to detect the awful disease earlier than at present - more here

How about coming along to watch the charity concert I’m doing for Medical Detection Dogs in Devon – Torrington at the Plough Arts Centre – on Saturday September 16th ? lots of old fashioned singalong classics and songs from shows. Then on the Sunday, join us at Retreats for You for the next pop up vintage tea rooms in Sheepwash? Hope the weather will be nice and we can sit out in the garden and you could meet Daisy and Gracie! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or buy them here.

It’ll be a bit like this – close your eyes and ignore mum’s dodgy camera work!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOQnX_CQII0

Maybe come to Devon, find a superb B&B (we are full as band are staying) and visit our guest house/writing retreat on the sunday! Actually if you like, stay on and do the yoga and healthy eating week on Monday 18th Sept till the Friday (£410 full board inc wine if needed and supplements and a healthy gut regime)

Plus this is the second week of the Mega Draw raffle online with some super beauty prizes – it’s like another Beauty Bash all over again! Lol. Go here to get yours and as they are only a fiver, do feel free to get a second for a friend – you never know, you may be the ones winning the Alison Young phone consultation! Prizes are listed on the link!

This last week I did actually have a week off! I know!! Wonders never cease! But whilst I was away I did some cool stuff. Including this - what happened when i went to Appledore!

Find out more about the touristy bits on this week's QVC blog - here. Which also has a preview of the whole weekend's deals!

Also - here's an exclusive for this blog!... one of the few sunny days and a trip to the auction rooms in hatherleigh - i think this could become a weekly thing! 

And I managed to win (win?) this lot - ancient 1890s magazines, which will provide me with some super original source material for the fashions and news of the day, just prior to the period in which my latest book French or Dutch, is set. Can't wait to pick them up!

 

RFY news - incl new courses - inc retreats west one next year - click here- and two new yoga retreats this September and October. Plus Sara Sarre, the brilliant editor with agent connections, is back next year too - more here if you'd like to come!

Early Bird order links - Here's the link to this Sunday's Laura Geller Today's Special value and I must say it's the best set ever, IMO! go here to get yours now!

 HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

best wishes

Debs

x

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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What about this freebie audiobook from brilliant writer Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Peter Grant Rivers of London series.

Firstly, I absolutely love his writing and have read all of the Rivers of London series of novels. With the supernatural theme, PC Peter Grant explores the spooky goings on in and around London, but it is the performance of narrator Kobna Holbrook Smith that really gets me every time. His voice is amazing, his narration is brilliant, his comic timing is superb, they could not be a better narrator for Ben's clever writing. A Rare Book of Cunning Device is an Audible exclusive, a short story that is currently free, a good 29 minutes of entertainment if you've not come across anything like this before, and a taster as to what to expect if you then want to go to buy the series starting with book 1 rivers of London. Get it now.

Free from Amazon here

Book of the Week – Camino Island by John Grisham. Not one of his most taxing offerings, and a book that reads exactly like watching a film. But a pleasant way to spend my hours in the car nonetheless. A heist in the world of collectables world goes wrong, and we get to know an undercover rare books dealer whose front is a successful bookshop on Camino Island. The dilemma faced by a young girl involved in assisting the enquiry, is what keeps the story going. Not one of his finest but worth a read if you have audible credits that have not cost full whack. To be honest I think John Grisham seems to have changed his style, in the last few books I have read. Maybe using ghostwriters or helpers to take his writing in a different direction, otherwise it's as if the prose is purely describing what would be seen if it was made into a film, which let's face it most of his stuff has been! So who can blame him? I will probably keep buying John Grishams but mainly because with my audible credits I only pay about £3.70 per credit, making it cheaper than many Kindle books.

Amazon says –

"All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want?

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless), the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.

A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts.."

Get it from Amazon here

Other news –

 

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

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 7th August and 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 - one space left

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.

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.

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

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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A list of my holiday musts, and links to funny holiday vids...

First though, at last here is the link to the free short story I just posted on my website. You are the first to see it!

go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story. le...

oh and here's a heads up for Kipling fabs - the Early Bird Order Link - here's the link to Saturday's TSV bag - the Florizel medium bag from Kipling, so you can get in early! 

Fabulous holiday! You know how when you think about going away there's always that moment where you think 'shall we just go back to the same place again?' Well I'm quite adventurous in some ways, but tend to play it safe and revisit destinations sometimes. Do you? So it was nice to go to the Sunrise Beach hotel to see what the family have been raving about for years! Here's the link to last week's QVC blog with some pics and info, and stand by for the next QVC one which will appear on Friday afternoon, with tons more pics and links to videos.

One pic tho, is of me completely covered up in kaftan, with an alternative use for a cold beer! I don't drink beer, but the cold glass was really handy - literally - for putting my hot hands on the icy glass.

My skin condition had just begun to pain me a little, and I knew I'd used up all my sun minutes and had to stay out of it. It's affected me all my life, and means I can GO in, but not STAY in the sun. 

And here's the link to the Back to You blog about EPP I've just done, with the video explaining exactly what it is. And just what life has been like to not be able to be like other people all my life. In some ways it's helped me become who I am - weirdly. Just click on the link and watch the video to hear my story. Only 250 people in the country have it - told you I'm a weirdo! lol.

 

Holiday Essentials 

So here are my 'musts' for a fab hol - some of which are based on my own skin's needs, but would help others who are sensitive in the sunshine. Others I just cannot do without!

Avon Skin so Soft - anti mossy oil spray - can't believe how effective this is at deterring mossy bites. The one morning I came down without it I got bitten at breakfast. It isn't greasy and spreads amazingly well with no foul odour like deet. Do try it. more here.

Liz Earle Tonic Spray - OMG so good for cooling you down! Take little one away on plane too. more here.

ABC tea tree blemish stick - a little first aid box in a stick - especially good for stopping infection of scratched mossy bites, itching etc. I get mine from Amazon if QVC are out of stock.

 And of course, Ultrasun, loads of spfs on QVC. Plus Gatineau tan accelerator - one of the best - sinks straight in and moisturises too. It's fab for skins that have issues tanning - use each night for two weeks prior to going away. More on my QVC blog tomorrow afternoon (Friday 23rd - go here when it's up.)

The other thing I find invaluable is L-Tyrosine tablets, from eg Holland and Barrett. L-Tyrosine is the natural amino acid in our bodies that helps us make melanin. I use all year round really. 

Plus of course, long white sleeves, a long kaftan, long white skirt, spf gloves and a hat! Musts for my suitcase whenever I face a sun holiday...

Anyway the wedding was lovely, a good time was had by all, and it's back to business as usual! I'm looking forward to my few days off next week tho, as there's no one down at the guest house in Devon. It'll be great to relax - yeh, right! Hopefully I'll get lots of writing done of my own tho. email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to find out more about our lovely retreat in the heart of North Devon.

Book of the Week  a lovely dual romance set in the horsey world, a touch of Jilly Cooper with a hint of Dick Francis I'm told - by fellow Choc Lit author Lisa Hill.  Go here to read more.

have a lovely week! 

best wishes

debs

x

ps the tickets are released for the September 16th concert in Torrington, Devon - go here to book yours. Come for the weekend if you can, as on the Sunday 17th we'll be opening the doors to Retreats for You for another vintage pop up tea rooms afternoon too. do come! more here.

Also - 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.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 21st August and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

ps That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had over 6100 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

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

 

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

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

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

Published in Debbie's News

A hint of Jilly Cooper with a pinch of Dick Francis thrown in...

or so says one of the many reviews on Amazon for this debut novel from fellow Choc Lit author Lisa Hill. Lisa won the annual search for a star novelist comp and now her new book is out to great reviews.

What if finding happiness was a race against time?
Grace Cavendish knows a thing or two about horses – but what she doesn’t know is that her husband, top horse racing trainer Charlie Carrisbrook, is having a literal ‘roll in the hay’ right under her nose.

When the painful truth is revealed Grace has no choice but to move in with her highly-strung grandmother Clara and cousin Hennie; a single mum who has renounced men (at least that’s what she says!)

Determined to start again, Grace takes a job at the local cafe, Number Five. And whilst serving up coffee and cake is a far cry from the stables, she enjoys it – especially as she gets to work alongside the rather scrumptious Sam Whittaker.

But the past is racing to catch up with Grace. Can her life still be a romp to victory or will a devastating secret stop her dead in her tracks?"

 

It seems to have stuck a chord with a lot of Choc Lit authors as it's already got lots of feedback.

One reviewer on Amazon says - 

"Absolutely amazing book, had me hooked from the first page. I absolutely loved this book it was all you could want in a chic lit novel and more.
You had the most irresistible hero's (not just one) relatable characters, astounding descriptions that literally put you in that place experiencing the drama almost first hand. It has great build but not for so long that you forget what you were waiting for as can happen in some books. This book has a good depth for each character including their backgrounds to enable you to understand them better.
This is truly a wonderful novel that will have you constantly turning the pages. There is intrigue, hot romances a good helping of drama and secrecy to get you tucking in and savouring right from the first bite. Lovely novel and truly unputdownable amazing to read I recommend to all there is something there for everyone.
"

I do prefer it when reviewers actually put their thoughts rather than a precis of the plot! Well done Lisa - very proud of you, matey. Here's to many more.

get it on Amazon here.

 

Free Short Story from me!

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. It's based on a true tale I heard from one of the fellow attendees at Chez Castillon during my stay there in May and it inspired me to write this one...

Other news - 

  • RFY July dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 10th and 17th July have spaces, as does 31st July. (Mon to Fri ) More here. 
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night workshop run by editor Elaine Manning. At RFY

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

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

Best wishes

Debs

X

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

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

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

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

 

 

FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHORT STORIES

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

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

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

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

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

NON-FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

"i don't know how many times I told her to just walk away...'

"There was just weird stuff that he used to do..."

"I sent her a text message saying 'when this all goes wrong, and I think it will, don't come running to me because you've just slapped me in the face.' Now I feel so guilty I can't live with myself..."

Just a few of the extracts from a shocking programme showing how an emotional control freak at work. Catching a Killer is the extreme example of emotional abuse and narcissistic pyschopath behaviour, which I've been discussing in my three recent blogs.

part one is here

part two is here

part three is here

Now it seems the universe is getting back to me again, since I just got another story - a long one - from a lovely lady on Facebook (her story is below along with other feedback) who has now moved on successfully. A pity poor Natalie Hemming didn't.

Watch the programme again - and read more about it on this link here.

Here's the trailer.

SEE HOW HIS MIND WORKS...

An expert says - this man is small, unsociable, has no real male friends, and controls women... ossessive, jealous, puts people down including in front of friends...

If this sounds familiar, for goodness sake, get expert advice. Go to the doctor and other helplines and tell friends what you are going through. Remember that at the start they do 'love bombing' - making it hard not to hope that 'that person' will returna and you can one day 'get back what we had'. BUT it doesn't happen. The solution, many experts say, is total zero communication, for the reasons why, read through all the other blogs. Reassure yourself you are not alone, this IS happening to others, and it IS right to get out. One american survey showed around 8% of respondents are narcissistic psychopaths. They may be just emotional abusers, or they may involve violence and abnormal, unloving behaviour. Threats of violence, if not actual violence, or just threats against themselves, crying and saying life's not worth living, these are all traits of some form or other of this type of psychopathic behaviour. They also NEVER admit it - NEVER stop wanting to control - and unless medication changes them will not stop. There are many many posts online and videos on youtube to help you. Or the person you are worried about. 

Remember that with some types, secrecy is one of the key factors - worried about what people think rather than their partner's well being. Worse - the victim will often describe others who know the emotional abuser as 'they'd never believe it of him/her'. Because the front they present is utterly convincing, making others feel sorry for them whilst putting their partner down and always always bringing everything back to the mistaken belief that they are the most important thing in the world - 'how do you think this makes me feel' - 'you made me do this' - etc etc.

WHATEVER LEVEL OF ABUSE IT IS, GET OUT. 

If you're hearing stories from someone else, take them seriously. With the odd exception, they are giving you a cry for help. Expert help should be put in touch with them as soon as possible and your support and back up will be invaluable at this point and ongoing thereafter, in particular if they god forbid, try to withdraw the claims afterwards. 

Anyone who states they are unhappy and being abused in some format, is being abused in some format. If they later claim it was all their own fault, and their partner is not to blame, they have probably been got to. Most likely with a resumption of the 'love bombing' = but this is ONLY TEMPORARY and at some point the abuse will likely resume. Support, insist, interfere, record them, get proof of the abuse and BRING IT OUT INTO THE OPEN. In that way, once the abuser is exposed, often they will move on to someone else, so that they can resume their evil control of a normal person who just wants love.

This programme is tragic, especially seeing the What's App messages Natalie sent to Simon, her lover, who she spent one night with, after which Paul Hemming found out and killed her. The police woman was in tears as she read them.

The final word from the poor mother who told her daughter Natalie Hemming to go home and not be scared of her partner Paul - 'I was the last one to see her alive... if only I hadn't sent her home...'

With Home Office figures showing two women are killed by partners or former partners every week, don't become another Natalie. Get help, get out, get real.

With love

Debs

x

Remember to go to the other parts for full info and more stories from others affected by such emotional and / or physical abuse. Start here. Part one, Narcissus, has now been read close on 5500 times.

 

OTHERS STORIES, CONTINUED...

Omg it’s still  happening. Not only am I still getting lots of feedback and gratitude from readers of these blogs and posts, I have now met another two people who told me their own stories of awful abuse at the hands of former partners – one of them, Lorraine, is still hanging on to the last vestiges of hers. See below. And here's another one...

 Jan says -

"Hello Debbie, I have thought about this, and decided, the defining moment. Here goes, after being married many years, 3 lovely children, a building business , own house ,half each. We started ballroom dancing lessons , met this couple, got friendly with them, she was getting close to me, finding out about my then husband through me, I must have been so gullible and naive .

On the Boxing Day she was here with her husband , had a nice meal, played monopoly with the children etc etc, a really nice day. Next day, my then husband said he was going to see his dad on his own - which was unheard off. A few hrs later he telephoned to say, he wasn't coming back, I thought the car had broken down, then he said, he was going off with her, and had rented a cottage a mile away, and had stayed for Christmas for the children. !! I didn't know anything about it. I was devastated . What a shock for me and the children.

3 mths went past, in a haze, no income, 3 teenagers to support, I couldn't get a job, no cv or computer knowledge, I had been his business secretary and helping on site. Got a few hrs work in supermarket bring home £30 week, where I am still there, using a few savings.

Then lo and behold he came back declaring he was so sorry, and didn't know what he was thinking, could we start again, he missed his family ! Things began to settle, he then went off another eight times! to her.

So I changed the locks, the police said it was unlawful . One day while I was out, he made a hole in the roof, climbed in (a bungalow) put a window in, and lived in the loft space for a while as a lodger.

That's where the violence started, he was still seeing her, but had the benefit of seeing the children.

 I couldn't take it anymore, was having panic attacks.

He then got emotionally abusive - he said I was the problem, if I wasn't there he could get on with his life! It is called the Yo Yo syndrome - he wanted the best of both worlds, cake and eat it.

The doctor said he was having a mid-life crisis or breakdown and that I was the one who should be supportive!

He started getting very frustrated, spitting at me, continued emotional abuse.

Then the physical abuse began. One day anything that wasn't fixed to the floor, he threw at me, including plants, plates, ornaments, shoes etc. I was covered in bruises, he had threatened me with a mallet on my head, I said do it quick, stared him out, knocked me to the floor broke my fingers, then one night I was asleep , and started coughing, he was trying to strangle me, by waking up I saved my life, I had marks around my neck for 2 weeks. The doctor took notes, and advised him to move out, eventually he did - back to her.

That's when my friend found out. I went swimming, and she saw bruises, then locked me up until I told her. I then had a burst stomach ulcer and ended up in hospital.

Time went on he came back and wanted to settle saying he was sorry , he then made some suggestions about money children etc. I was so low I felt I had no choice. He suggested after a while, he couldn't give her up, but wanted us both, so could he spend a week with her and a week with me, or could she live in the loft room !! I couldn't accept that, not being second best, my head was all over the place, and I think that was the defining moment when I finally had my ‘aha’.

Then came the narcissistic psychopath behaviour of trying to turn it all on me. He told family and friends I was a nutcase, and was having me put in a mental hospital, he had spoken to my doctor about it, and he sadly convinced all the people to run away from me. I went to the doctors, told him, I said what is the matter with me. He just looked at me, said you might be stressed, but you are fine, and trying to cope and he could never discuss my medical problems without my permission, my ex told lies to everyone. The police said to go into a woman's refuge, I couldn't I had the children. The next challenge was sorting everything out, and money. Many court cases later, he sent me a bill for £10,000 for use of car, used for school runs, clubs etc. But I persevered, through horrendous stress, and I won my case, solicitors fees. But it was the principal. It took 3 yrs, he said he had no money, but he did - I did the company books. Magically, half disappeared to his brothers, and others, as he was self-employed it was hard to prove on paper, he said he was too sick to work ! (After court case I caught him working on a roof). There is much more that went on.

I eventually got the house-  no maintenance I couldn't prove his earnings, but the house was half mine anyway and only worth (£90,000) He had already bought another house, and been abroad many times. So much for having no money. Then we came to the child support agency.  They awarded me £2.20 a week for 3 teenagers , said he couldn't work , he claimed he was sick. But if the children lived with him, he would provide what ever they needed?? Eventually the 2 boys went to him, as I didn't have enough income. I called it blackmail. I pursued the CSA for a few years, got MP involved but eventually MP said you won't win your case, I stormed out. Then I went to the court, and I was awarded some back money, my ex still refused to pay, only £5.00 a week for 20yrs.

Just as an add on I forgot to mention. Another occasion he tried to abduct my son on the way home from school, people reported it to the police, 5 squad cars appeared, and a helicopter ! Got my son back. It was a truly horrible time but I am now moved on."

 

Listen to these and maybe you will have your own aha moment – or share with someone you know. Should Lorraine leave this man? Read her story and make up your mind.

 

Lorraine’s Story – should she leave him? What do you think?

This lady is an outwardly confident professional, with kids, who has survived a divorce and eight years with a guy for whom she left her husband, having been very unhappily married. What she describes is archetypal love-bombing, followed by reversal and withdrawal, then a long litany of emotional abusive behaviour and control. Listen to her story –

‘I met him when my marriage was on the rocks, and I was so desperate for love and attention. He waltzed into my life and was like a whirlwind of love and attention – he seemed devoted and before very long was introducing me to his parents, our kids to each other, and promising me a life I’d always wanted with a lovely house and a life full of being texted every day, usually several times a day, with lovely messages of affection. About a year to eighteen months later, everything changed. After I’d committed to him and taken a loan out to ‘make our lives easier’, and heard so many promises from him about our future together, and the house he would sell in order to buy one for all of us, he began not contacting me and not coming over every night as he had been doing. I asked ‘why haven’t I heard from you today, is anything wrong?’ and he acted as though I was crazy, asking why he had to contact me every day. It made me feel small and stupid but I accepted it. Looking back I should have held my ground, but after having been treated like a princess, I just thought it was a blip and held on to that dream. Shortly after he got me working at his company and I got told he wanted me not to go out on the road any more, but instead he wanted me on the desk next to him so he could see me every day. I felt flattered. Really I should have questioned why, but I stuck with it. He began insisting I didn’t go out with my friends and family and stayed home. He also began telling me I couldn’t achieve certain things I’d always had confidence about – undermining me and taking the mick. Over time, this insidiously seeped into my own psyche and I began to become a shadow of my former self, all the while holding on to the idea that he would one day get back to ‘how we once were.’ The big move never happened, and even my kids pointed out that he’s never around like I thought and why on earth would I want to be with him. I said I loved him and he’s not like that really – making excuses, but really I was just using his love bombing and the original idea of him as a reference point rather than his true self. Ironically I have been holding on to it for eight years. Then he sold his business, and after two years, the new owners ended his contract so I was no longer seeing him every day. I was relieved. We are now in contact only every couple of weeks – he occasionally texts me and says shall we go to dinner. I don’t know why, but I still accept. When I come back, I feel upset and disturbed, but don’t feel like going out any more and prefer my own company and staying indoors. What should I do?'

What should Lorraine do? Let me know with a comment below.

 

Angie’s Story –

Angie got married in the early 1960s when she was 21 and her hubby to be was a college lecturer 11 years her senior. Hers is a typical narcissistic abuse story – with added violence. It makes harrowing reading, but she is now in a great relationship with a caring man, having had a second marriage in between that lasted 25 years. Her first one lasted 5 years before she was able to get away, at the 4th time of trying, with help from family and friends.

‘I found out he was an abuser a week after we got married, but I should have known before that. He insisted that only 5 people came to our wedding, did not want photos taken apart from by one person (and later burned all the negatives in a temper when I had been doing the Twist with someone at a party and he erupted in anger and told me I had been ‘masturbating in front of everyone and embarrassing him’) Plus he made me take off my ring as he did not want his college students to know he was married. Turns out I found out why later - that he received massive adulation amongst his colleagues and students and did not want that to end if they knew he was married. For years he made my life a living hell. The worst memory was for example when one night a week he went away from home to work somewhere else and I looked forward to this night all week, when I could come home when I wanted instead of when he told me to. I went for a drink with friends after work and got home late. I spent an hour in the kitchen then went to the loo, down a long dark corridor where a light switch was at the end of the corridor. I reached out to turn on the switch and instead my hand found a face – his face, he’d been waiting there for me all that time, just to terrify me. I never got home late again even when he was away. Thankfully we never had any kids, even tho our sex life was the only thing that kept us going. He was totally bullying in his behaviour towards me on every level, making me have my hair a certain way – long and dark, and using it one time to drag me the full length of the staircase by it, because he was unhappy with my outfit. I was too terrified of what he might do, and by then, too worn down to break free on my own. Finally I did so when a new man told me he would help me and see me through the split, along with my friend. My parents, who had believed how wonderful he was for so long and encouraged our marriage because they were old fashioned and knew we were having sex so wanted him to at least marry me, also helped me break free. However, one of his students, who had been my friend, found out we were splitting up and heard why and could not believe it. She wrote me the most awful letter saying I was a terrible person to say this about such a lovely man and I should be ashamed of myself. Four years later, she had married an abuser herself, moved to France and had her ribs broken by him, and wrote to me saying I take everything back, I now realise how it is possible to go through hell in private, with someone who is the model of charm in public. I’m now very happily married with my third husband and wanting to help as many people as possible know that it is NOT acceptable to be belittled, nor to have someone make you think you must have dreamed up their promises or their abuse, and also specifically to alert people to watch out for those who love-bomb them right at the start – if their attitude changes, it’s very likely what they’ve changed to is their true self and they only did the overload of love at the start in order to hook you in and make you vulnerable."  

 

 

Published in Back to You

Since I've spent all week at the writing retreat Chez Castillon, with Jane Wenham Jones as tutor, this book seems very apt!

Anyone thinking of writing, this guide, by the prolific best seller Katie and the prolific skilled multi-platform writer Jane, may be a good first step.

This review just about sums it all up - 

"I've just finished reading this book - literally couldn't put it down. As well as being a really good book about writing, this is also very funny. I woke my husband by snorting out loud at her descriptions of genres. I loved the fact that the book is broken in to short sections so you can dip in and out if you want to. There is also really good practical advice about how to start, how to keep going, how other writers do it. But it's not just about writing, it's also about the writing business. Much as I've dabbled for years, I've decided now to apply my posterior to the chair and get on with it but I'd never even thought about what happens once the deal is made (dear God the thought of a promotional tour - must take the advice to get fit now!). The most important thing is that it has inspired me to actually do it and keep going. I'm going to read this again along with Stephen King's 'On Writing' whenever I'm lacking inspiration or direction. Plus if Jane's fiction writing is as funny as this book, I'm off to buy her other stuff."

And yes, Janes' novels are as funny and are definitely worth a read!

Go here to Amazon to find out more.

other news - 

- 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.

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) 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.

 

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