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Debbie Flint

Debbie Flint

Hi! Hope you're having a great weekend so far. Here's what I promised for those of you who love vintage as much as I do, a little look at a 1940s cookery book my pal Alix found - what weird ingredients! Plus - below - a sneaky peek at the new Liz Earle Today's Special Value bumper pack for a fraction of the usual cost, going live on sale around Thurs this week (19th Oct). AND news about Molly the detective dog who finds cats...

1940s Farmhouse Fare

Back in 1940, British 'countrywomen' were cooking up frugal meals and making the best of their sparse ingredients, and telling 'Farmers' Weekly' about their recipes. As well as 'make do and mend', British housewives were maximising their options with ingredients we would now call quirky or unappetising - but other meals such as 'jugged pigeons' and 'somerset rook pie with figgy pastry' seem inventive albeit unusual. In those days there were no fridges only cold pantries or larders, don't forget, and most people bought fresh for each day's meals.

The introduction to this book said they were recipes that had been tried and tested by genuine 'countrywomen' up and down the length of Britain and as such came highly recommended. Not sure if I'd have liked to eat some of them, whilst  others I'm almost tempted to try down at the Retreat in devon! 

 

Not sure which supermarket would be selling rooks by the kilo nowadays, but an interesting glimpse at the past, isn't it! Fortunately the recipes I've been trying when it's my turn to cook down in Devon are quite straightforward ones. Mind you - the housewives or countrywomen of wartime Britain might have raised an eyebrow at my quinoa or courgetti dishes! What's your favourite one from a bygone era?

 

Molly the Detective Dog that Finds Cats.

Met up with Colin Butcher the owner of Molly, the detective dog who finds cats, last Friday lunchtime. She hits the news regularly and has been on the telly too. He has been offered a book deal and wanted my advice so we went to lunch. Molly is an amazing little canine who has been trained to find lost cats. I think it would make a great kids book don't you? Colin is rushed off his feet with requests for help to find pets at the moment so it was nice to catch up with him. He wasn't always a pet detective. He used to be a private investigator. Like Cormoran Strike from J. K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith novels. He once asked for my help to help one of his cases – an author who had disappeared. Colin thought her husband had done away with her and her little dog. Colin set up a scenario where I would go along with him posing as a fellow author interested in the lady's work and he would go and look out in the garden whilst I distracted the husband. But for one reason and another it never happened. A few months later the author was found dead in their sess pit along with her poor dog. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had gone along following up on Colin's gut instinct that the husband wasn't innocent. Now that would've been a story all on its own :-)

 

This week's updates- 

Did some more diary vlogs this week, on my Facebook page. Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon -

This week's included a particular lament about being single - and dinnertime!- it's on my new QVC blog which will be here Friday afternoon ... The blog will also have info about the super new Liz Earle annual Xmas bumper bargain on next weekend. (Early bird order link will be here on this blog when it comes out around Thursday 19th ish)

Book of the Week - Clifton Chronicles' seventh and final instalment - This was a Man - more here. including the latest book and writing and retreat news.

Latest news about a super competition to win a four night stay down in Devon... in conjunction with the super Stroud Writing Festival - more here.

Have a great week!

much love

debs

x

 ps stay in touch with me via m,y social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here my writing is here

just finishing the final (7th) Clifton Chronicles – This Was A Man. I have really enjoyed them. Jeffrey Archer is such a superb storyteller and it was sad to come to the end of the series. So now I’m on to the brand new one from Dan Brown. Just out, Origin is another twisting and turning tale that intertwines historical fact and his own brand of ‘faction’. So far so good – review next week.

This Was A Man takes us right into the 1980s, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and intertwines our characters into the factual events of the era. I have found myself wanting to continue listening to the audiobooks more with this series than with mos of the other books I've heard in the last few years. I think because once you buy into the family saga, you just want more, the familiarity keeping you hooked. Worth remembering if you are an author thinking about your next move.

More about the whole series here

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. 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. .

Other news - 

- WIN A four night stay at rfy - in conjunction with Stroud Writing Festival - go here for more info.

 

  • RFY Autumn 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., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on 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.   
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win 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

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

 

Saw these smiling little chaps and thought that considering there are so many babies around at the moment, I would post this pic. What a lovely sentiment, don't you think? About 17 years ago I learned that happiness was a choice. It was just after I got divorced.  I wonder if your experiences are similar to mine… Do  let me know! I went through a kind of a metamorphosis, including having a carefully concealed tattoo (three chinese symbols, and no, they didn't stand for 'quality, value and convenience!' ) as well as extra piercings. The man on the abseiling event at Center Parcs made me take it out of my belly button two years later, though, or I couldn't participate, and I never got back round to putting it back in. Anyway... there came a period when I learned different ways of dealing with the things that made me unhappy, including family comments. the phrases 'you'll get over it' and 'when I chose this I didn't have you in mind' became part of my vocab and I began focussing more and more on good things, and having appreciation. An 'attitude of gratitude' is one of the best things to cultivate, I was told. So I did, and it's really helped. 

Nowadays, I'm not so much a glass half full person, I'm a glass never empty and if it is a magic genie comes and tops it back up again... 'What can we learn from this' and 'everything happens for a reason' are two great mottoes. 

If you'd like to see what self-help books I recommend, you can read more about them on a blog I did, here. Enjoy. Any you've liked? Let me know. And do remember that happiness is a habit, a choice, rather than always feeling that the world made you do it or feel this way... Easier said than done, but just like touching your toes, the more you do it the easier it becomes. 

This week's updates- 

Did some fun vlogs this week, on my Facebook page. Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon - this week's included one particularly long one that took a stroll by the river with the dogs in the sunshine - it's on my new QVC blog will be here Friday afternoon ... The blog will also have early bird order links for the new Tarte cosmetics 6 part TSV set this Sunday.

Book of the Week - Clifton Chronicles' SIXTH - I'm romping through them now! it's 'Cometh the Hour' and is apt given this week's shenanigans at party conferences - more here. including the latest book and writing and retreat news.

Latest news about a super competition to win a four night stay down in Devon... in conjunction with the super Stroud Writing Festival - more here.

Have a great week!

much love

debs

x

 ps stay in touch with me via m,y social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here my writing is here

 

Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
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Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
Terms & Conditions apply
info on this link -

Well I can easily say this guy knows how to tell a tale, since I'm now into my sixth DECADE of the same families in this series, the Clifton Chronicles, of which Cometh the Hour is the sixth book. There is a seventh , then I'm completely up to date, sad to say - as I will miss Harry Clifton and his clan once I get to the end. Apparently the seventh is the 'final' installment - but since there are several gaps in the various plots over the years, there could always be room for a spin off of some sort. 

Anyway...

I'm a fan of politics, of late, and this book brings in connections with several political figures and events which are in my living memory, so it makes it even more fascinating to me to read of the exploits of the main characters. I love having a continuity between each book too - they are really just like chapters of the same story rather than feeling like a new start with new settings - moreover, each book ends on a cliffhanger which picks up directly into the next book too. I have particularly enjoyed the court room subplots, and Jeffrey Archer clearly draws on lots of research (or his own experiences!) as they are very realistic and continue apace. 

As I'm writing my own mini saga, it's interesting to note the peril he puts his heroes and heroines through as part of the denouement and it's very educational too. Just as I start to feel uncomfortable, and want the characters to come good, I know there is prolonged agony ahead before I'm rewarded with payback and justice for the situation and usually good triumphs over evil. So far there are only a couple of annoying moments, for instance when a son is suddenly killed off (in an earlier book, I won't say which one) as a backstory update, rather than having been taken through it step by step as I believe should have happened.

Nonetheless it's polished, proficient and deserving of its 1200 five star reviews on Amazon - go here for more.

Looking forward to the final part. Probably that will be next week's Book of the Week!

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. 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. .

Other news - 

- WIN A four night stay at rfy - in conjunction with Stroud Writing Festival - go here for more info.

 

  • RFY Autumn 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., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on 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.   
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win 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

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

 

CONCERT IN AID OF MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS

It all went really well, when, on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol.) Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid.

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle

 

Go here to  read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.

 

TEA ROOMS

We also then had a tea rooms event again at my place on the Sunday - it's all go! It was the best-attended, yet - with a total of over £1000 raised for Medical Detection Dogs. 

Go here to see a short video - we were packed!

 

Thanks to everyone who came and made it possible to raise so much again, over such a short space of time.

Very grateful

So are Medical Detection Dogs!

 

debs

x

 

It's a long time since I just couldn't stop reading/listening to a book - but Jeffrey Archer, master storyteller, kept me hanging on every page with another of his Clifton Chronicles books. Currently there are seven, and I'm on book 5 - Mightier Than the Sword. It follows the lives of the Barringtons and the Cliftons and their adversaries, through decades from the 1920s onwards - I'm currently up to the 1970s. If you like having a serial or a series featuring the same characters, as you've got to know them and want to stick with them rather than delve into somethign new, begin with book one, and plough your way though.

I'm loving the way Archer puts his characters in jeopardy and gives us the pay off after inflicting the necessary amount of agony as we await justice for the protagonists. Several main characters mean diversity, and even the adversaries' POV is explored too. Very well written - but then he is a master at it, even if he's not everyone's favourite person - he knows how to tell a tale.

We have a lot to learn from craftsmen like him...

more here on Goodreads

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. 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. .

Other news - 

  • RFY Autumn 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., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on 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.   
  • 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 tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win 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

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.

Go here to watch on Youtube, the video interview Good Grief Trust are using, for the reasons why I think this charity is such an amazing idea. Well done my pal Linda Magistris for setting it up. It's in its infancy, but the website is underway now, and some very important people are getting involved.

more here.

Esther Rantzen on GGT

Greg Wise on GGT

I have to say also, kudos to Linda and her volunteers for going along to the Grenfell follow up procedures and helping there too.

x

sorry ! posted this previously and it didn't post! grrr.

Here's a summary - 

CONCERT IN AID OF MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS

It all went really well, and on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol. Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle

 

And here's the link to the Charity post I did on my charity page on my website, where you can read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.

ps I 'm also a Good Grief Trust patron too - go here to find out more.

 

JAMIE'S BACK

Jamie Fraser, I mean - Outlander's hero - and season three does not disappoint. CAtch up on seasons and and two on More 4 ( i think) and then watch season 3 on Amazon Prime - it's amaaaaazing! 

go here to see the trailer and the catch up 

 

QVC blogs - the recent ones, which I've not managed to post on my newsletter/home news - have featured :

- more about the concert and tea rooms

- and the latest one features pics from my niece's wedding in France - more here.

 

Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon - this week's included when I was a bit worried about catering for such a big group at my guest house, on my own! ANd one where I take you round the back garden and show you what I found there...

more here

 

Book of the Week - well, more like Book of the  Month really - book series, that is. It's excellent and it's the Clifton Chronicles series by Jeffrey Archer. It's an eight book series, beginning in the 1920s and now I'm on book 6 and am up to the 1970s. It's thoroughly enjoyable and makes me realise just how much more agony I have to put my own characters through to create a dramatic page turning effect! more here on my RiWiSi blog...

 

Recent Retreats 

Well, what a busy week I just had! Seven people and me, and most of the week I was looking after them totally on my own as Wendy was on her hols! Thanks to Linda for covering when I had to go back to London, too. When I first took over the guest house and writing retreat, I was a bit scared of the catering side, I must admit. Cos I had a family with two kids in and cooked relatively plain stuff. Now it has to be biiiig dishes and it has to be right! But I'm getting there! This week's was with the fabulous writing mentor Julie Cohen, who is my own mentor - such a genius and master of show not tell. The writers were very happy with everything that happened and that made me happy too! Go here to see more on a facebook post.

Plus we have done several Yoga ones, and have loved every minute of them. So we have two more soon!

  • RFY Autumn 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., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on 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.   
  • 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 tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

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

 

Hope you have a lovely week and apologies for the gap in my newsletters! 

luv 

debs

x

ps stay in touch with me via m,y social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - 

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!

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