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Debbie Flint

How weird. 

I've just been sitting looking through old cards as I take down another year's Christmas decs (well some of them!) and I realised how time has flown. It's almost as tho this little blog has been on hold waiting for the moment I pick up the mantle once more and get my fingers working to type out some prose so you can read it and find out what's been going on in my life. (Apologies to those who said they miss my weekly newsletter emails!)

You'll have realised my focus has been on my QVC blogs and most readers have located them but if not, they are always now here - , cataloguing the shenanigans I've been getting up to over the past few years since this blog took a hiatus. Anyhoo...

Another year gone by means another look back and I'm not about to start banging on about highlights or a review as once again, I've already covered that! (If you'd like to read my Review of the Year blog its' here.) Nonetheless given what a tumultuous year 2020 was, I thought I'd take to the keyboard and, scrolling through the blogs for the last 52 weeks or so, I've realised how much has changed. 

So the new flat, for one. Regular followers of my social media (see my home page, all listed there) will know I've moved into a little flat next to my mum in the same complex back in Banstead, as my sis and my niece. 'Flint Towers' someone called it, but there's another 99 flats apart from ours so not really! But I've loved the forays into the woods nearby and being able to continue my live posts which so many Facebookers have come to know and love. 

QVC has been amazing, not just the job itself but how they've looked after us all - kudos to the bosses - and I feel very lucky indeed.

Less fabulous has been the situation in Devon, where my poor little (well, big) guest house has languished since early March last year. Little did my pal Alison May and I know that her workshop week around March 9th would be the last one for what will probably be almost a year! But what a success becoming a holiday let was, in July and August! And parts of September, and little in October then nothing again, once the rule of six kicked in - people don't want a house that can sleep up to 14! Then Christmas and New Year bookings were obviously cancelled once the next lot of restrictions kicked in. And now I'm debating whether to offer it as a furnished residential letting to at least cover some costs. 

Hopefully things will pick up in the Spring. Or Summer. Or Autumn... hopefully sooner rather than later but having looked around at some very appealing places for an alternative venue for my retreats, I'm not crestfallen - far from it! From the five floor Georgian townhouse in Bristol with a basement hot tub and sauna, to the farmhouse just over the Welsh border with acres to explore, to the Old School House in Gloucestershire, there are many choices. So the writing retreats will carry on. And with at least six postponed workshops all awaiting the go ahead, it'll be fun choosing where to take them, if things end up changing in Devon. 

My politics have gone online, and it's been wonderful having access to some key speakers and online quizzes and fundraisers (Balloon Debate anyone?), as the ups and downs of the pandemic have brought many different emotions to us supporters. We've set about raising funds and getting laptop donations which once refurbished have helped local needy students and their mums in parts of our constituency in Devon. And I've done Facebook sessions for would-be councillors on how to best use social media (Ok I know a bit about that, right! Go here to see a summary of it in an article I was asked to write.) However, with the vaccinations full steam ahead, a resounding success and a return to normality could be on the cards before almost any other country in the world. Won't that be wonderful?

So I sat down to write a short hello, and as usual it's turned out a bit longer than I thought. I just wanted to say I hope you're all ok - please reach out to one of the many many numbers out there that can help you , if you're not. And here's to a much much better 2021 than 2020 - for all of us , and the world!

best wishes





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First, happy birthday to my adorable son and before you say it, yes he does look like 'that bloke out of 50 Shades films' and yes, it one hundred per cent RUINED the movies for me!! For obvious reasons. Had a super get together with him and the two year old, who said 'silly nan-nan' and laughed, when I tickled her under the table on her knee. Growing up so fast. Both of them. Am sure you've had that in your life!
And secondly, Pretty Woman was amaaaazing. Brad was just THREE when Pretty Woman the movie first came out and over the years I've had pretty much every edit of the film, from VHS to DVD to BluRay. Well the theatre production was true to the film and I loved it. Hope to see it again, and highly recommended. Have been feeling a lot happier of late, partly due to all the exercise now I'm 'training it' as my family would say. And the reasons why are all tied up with why last year was such a weird time for me... more of that below.
Well I have completed about three weeks now of almost entirely train journeys and left the car in Devon. There is a reason why - bear with me.
After three years of lonnnng journeys in the car to and from my new home in Devon, I accumulated one too many points after late night journeys on empty motorways and sudden changes of speed limit.
I needed to get lots more steps done more regularly, and obviously lose weight. Mind you, the health scan I have regularly - as part of my work package - at the Nuffield, was okay. Apart from the usual recommendation to drop some pounds, cholesterol was good - really good - blood pressure good, blood measurements good (a couple had had some question marks in years gone by,) Airflow in my lungs, good (despite having had a bit of diary the day before, stupidly! It always makes my chest a little wheezy.) Heart indicators all good.But with my big holiday cruise coming up in May, and everything else going so well, it’s about time I got this in check.
One of the things I have to do is make sure I switch off (missus juggler here finds that very hard. I just completed a 'debbie day' as my pal Craig would call it, which consisted of lunch with Brad, in Stratford, then coffee and admin work in Waterstones cafe in Chiswick, then a brilliant film, Dark Waters, then ... work.) So a bit of reflexology never goes amiss. And I must get back to meditation which always helped me no end, from 1991 till around 2005, when I had an awful f***wit boyfriend and lost my confidence a bit, and had a b it of depression. And de-prioritised my me-time. Not a lot of people know about that era - well, social media wasn't around so why would most people know. I recovered and got back my mojo and have been pretty much ok till last year. Without realising it, I'd slipped into a concealed state that I can only now look back and label as some version of depression. Hence, lack of blogs on here. 
Looking back at last year, it’s interesting to see how things mounted up and I ended up being a little rundown and a lot under the weather. When I eat sugar I feel blue. Simple as that. And running a tea room/cakes/late night drive is where I need sugar to keep me awake/eating pudding is when the guests are at the retreat… It all led to too much sugar for too long. I had a little mini meltdown late November, and had a few days sick off work. That’s so rare for me. The last time was January 2017! And before that, I can’t actually remember being off for an unplanned sickness absence (operation not included.)
I knew something was wrong. And now I see that too many hours in the car, eating rubbish, and not enough sleep, made for a difficult combination. Not paying attention on late-night journeys is an absolute no-no of course. So as my points mounted up, I got precariously close to needing to stop driving. Facing six months without a car, I felt panicky. Then I checked myself.
I began picturing life where the train took the strain. I would have so much more time to do stuff, loads of stuff, on long journeys to Devon and to see Lauren in Wales. With nothing to prevent me from tap tapping away. I may even finish my book! Getting around in London is a doddle, mainly, since public transport might take longer on the whole but it’s quicker compared to going by car to QVC in Chiswick from South Croydon! So I've started leaving the car in Devon and going places mostly by train. It's an hour to QVC, door-to-door. And we have a company cab after hours to take us home. I’ve been on buses and trams and more trains in the last month then I have in the last 10 years, I think. And it really has taken the strain away.
I do updates regularly on my Facebook page et cetera, with the vlogs called 'let the train take the strain' – visit Facebook page to see more and read the regular trip reports! Some funny things happen when you are on the train journey. Some lovely things as well, like the Dawlish train route I took to a conference in Torquay, with the waves barely feet away from the train line. Then I got picked up in Carmarthen in Wales by my daughter, which felt lovely. And family and friends have been marvellous in Devon. By the way Lauren's holiday accommodation cabin which they've just finished is called The Hiveaway and is like a little hobbitses haven high up in a field in Wales - anyone looking for an alternative to travelling near people, please consider this!
Instagram Pic - The Hiveaway Glamping
Devon is obviously the problem, but there is a very tame taxi firm whom we have an arrangement with for my retreat, so failing all else, that’s what I use. Plus as the weather improves I will use my electric bike. Plus from March onwards there will be someone is living at my place on a trial basis, which will help enormously. On so many levels.
Over the past 3 to 4 weeks I have Walked 10,000 steps a day more often than not. One of the measurements of the hill scan was that my waistline was smaller than last year, which I did not expect! And drinking more water means that, with a splash of lemon juice in it, I find myself not having such a sweet tooth. And long late journeys mean I don’t have sweets to rely on.
Recently I met my lovely friend Antthony who is fashions we sell on QVC. He said he had been sugar free for three months. We talked about it, me having given up sugar for January, considering my sister was giving up alcohol. We did it together. And I reckon that was a lot to do with why my bloods were as good come February‘s health scan.
Finally I have been a lot more cheerful in myself. The perennial, perpetual, paralysing tightness in my Solar plexus, was released, ( having been there, I realised, for a couple of years.) But when had it started?
Anxiety over grandbabies, yes. Till my daughter told me off one summer and I let go the responsibility for ALL of their lives! It’s difficult isn’t it, once a mother always a mother, but when your children turn into parents, being a grandparent doesn’t mean you have an extra child, it’s a grandchild. So it should be easier. I’m sure I’m not the only one who got that wrong! And now it’s all great as my kids are fantastic parents.
Anxiety over being so far away from people, yes, a bit. Including the anxiety over travelling. Long hours on long journeys alone late at night in the car, when originally I loved it, just got too much for me once I started considering an alternative. My driving muscle (automatic car = numb bum!) always killed me, no matter how many exercises I did. Now I drive so little, it barely registers a twinge! And yes, another signal has been given to me by the universe, prompting me to casually explore other locations for a writing retreat.
Thatched house insurance is getting ridiculous – only one insurer will do it for a guesthouse, and we have a wood burning stove. Apparently that is a problem this year, they’ve decided. So if I can’t get insurance for a guesthouse with a thatched roof, I will be forced to relocate anyway. Now there are lots of other places very nearby, affordable as well. Some, like mansions, not that far away either from where I am now. But if I was to relocate, I would be looking at somewhere closer to transport. Exeter/Taunton possibly.
I actually fantasised for a bit about the idea of a beautiful old courthouse which literally was a courthouse, dating back to the 1600s, on the market somewhere near Bristol, with bedrooms which used to be jail cells. Apparently It was on '4 in a bed' once. But that would mean a whole new environment and I’m not sure I want to do that right now. So we will see. But for now the train seems to be taking the strain and pulley for me. And life is so much better.
I had not realised how I felt so constricted all the time. That’s the only word for it. Not just my solar plexus, but in my daily routine. I actually Watched a programme about being in prison, and that’s how I felt! And freedom is probably my most valuable life attribute, so something had to change.
Fortunately for me, the universe generally intervenes and makes things right. And I definitely feel on a better keel now. Regular reflexology is also helping, drinking lots more water is to, and avoiding sugar as much as I can :-).
New life/new era/new tearoom lady!
Regulars will know that I set up a tearoom in our wonderful place in Devon, but it is only open on Wednesdays at the moment, because I’m building up resources. Last year I had a lovely lady called Pat but she became ill this year and needed to take a break so could not do it. Since I am in Devon three weeks out of four, I figured I could probably do it myself and lovely helper pixie Sian would chip in including when I wasn’t there. So we opened anyway. And lo and behold on the very first day Wendy Green turned up. Well, I've never tasted lemon drizzle like it! Victoria sponge reminds me of the one my Nan used to make, and her carrot cake is to die for. So we are up and running with a lovely new tearoom lady – for now anyway! Thank you universe. And thank you, her hubby Rob, who tends to pop by regularly as well. We will now continue with the original plan to alert people that it is on, and spread the word around Beaworthy in Devon, that we are now open on Wednesdays one till five, with plans to open on weekends from one till five after Easter. Oh and a special opening for Mothers' Day - at Wendy G's suggestion! Possibly if all goes well, she will also help me on Thursdays and Fridays during the summer. So might the new lodger! So that’s that one sorted. Phew.
Another part of the new era is my politics. I have just gained a position in the local Association for whom I love fundraising, and have many plans to contribute over the next few years. More on my politics blog. That makes me very happy and is another reason why I would not move too far from where I am now, for the time being.
But, long-term, I can Foresee a time when I would possibly end up somewhere around the M4/M5 junction. Bristol, Bath? I bloody love bath. And how much closer would it be to QVC! I could probably end up getting to Lauren within two hours if I’m lucky, depending on the trains. Which is a lot better than the four hours it takes me at the moment. Anyway that’s for the future.
Do feel free to keep up-to-date with my shenanigans, via my blogs on my Facebook page mainly. 
 And I do my best to post fun pictures on my Instagram too.
Plus there's lots of info on my Retreat social media too. @retreatsforyou on all platforms and website. Recently we had a big occasion that needed shouting about on social media – two fab literary agents from big agencies in London came down to my retreat for a very special 'ask an agent' weekend. It meant that I was able to offer a whole day session with these experts, for six authors who are unpublished and needed tips and guidance. It was so successful they all contributed afterwards with a list of the Most important things they learned. Go here to my retreats for you blog, to find out more.
I’m also delighted that a top memoirs tutor got in touch and wanted to run a memoirs week as well. So that has now been added to the schedule here. In fact our schedule for retreats with a tutor, is getting pretty full - and they are selling out fast! Our 'Just Write' weeks alternate most of the year, with extras in the summer. Plus I have some yoga retreats coming up as well. It is nice to have a full house.
So everything is working out well. And it’s not long until my big retreat holiday in France assuming nothing happens with coronavirus! Followed by our self Caribbean cruise in May, again assuming nothing happens to stop it. To be honest, I'm thinking it will all be cancelled with every new development and update in the news, but what will be will be. (edited 12th March). And our retreats will remain on until further notice.
I have taken the big step of postponing my Women in Business event in Exeter though - March 28th is not good timing considering all that's going on with advice about crowds. It'll now be September 13th if possible. If any of you are near Exeter then, come along and hear my talk about How to Sell on video. More will be here - we will be changing the Eventbrite date soon as new date is confirmed.
For those of you who are QVC followers, our new blogs seem to have a fresh look, but have caused a few glitches! But you will find them all here each week on the QVC website 'Stories' pages.
Finally, Ziggy the dog is creating quite a stir - and it's always a pleasure to mention him - here's one example, posted on my Facebook page (cos that's where it's easiest to get things quickly.) I love him! He is an Australian Shepherd - a cross between a sheepdog and a german shepherd, and soooo intelligent! Great to see him when I stay with my brother's family in Croydon.
Anyway, am off to see my two kids and their kids on Sunday for our early Mother's Day celebrations, so fingers crossed all goes well and no cancellations. Well, life has to go on on some level, doesn't it!
Best wishes

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Had a fab Xmas - did you? Just to say a very happy new year to you! I will be seeing out the final hours alongside my lovely mate Miceal, on QVC. Join us between 10 & midnight, with two smashing hours of cuddly Charlie Bears, which I of course have a fair old collection of! 

Meanwhile, I wanted to just point you to my latest QVC blog - it's my annual Review of the Year.

When you look back over the last year, what are the highlights? Mine are listed in this blog - including quite a few which will make you smile, including what has to be one of the best bloopers ever! And a funny vlog link, and some lovely memories of another momentous year. Two grandbabies, making it extra special, and there's a pic of Lauren my daughter her hubby and her bubba (turning the other way of course, not allowed baby's face on social media!) Do go and look - the QVC Review of the year blog is here. Loved being with my own two kids as well, even though they've now got kids of their own - so much changes in a year, eh!

Plus we had some lovely times at my brother Glenn's for an elongated stay over Xmas - Lolly and bubba and hubby also stayed and we took several trips out including to Ikea in Croydon where I was allowed to carry Phoebe around a bit whilst the kids looked at kitchens. They are building a lodge down in Wales and are very excited about it being finished for February. Chips off the old block!


So I'm looking forward to the festivities over New year with yet more family get togethers and meals - then it's full steam ahead preparing for my cruise holiday to the caribbean in Feb and unless I want a new wardrobe, a determined steam!

Book recommendations - inc John Grisham's the Reckoning. Had a bit of a lull in doing my book reviews, mainly cos of knee op and then xmas break so didn't drive around as much! Also got wrapped up in listening to podcasts more, incl political ones, since I'm a politics geek! Anyway I've got stuck into the new John Grisham and it's a good one! Go here to see it, and also to find out about some of the top books to watch out for in 2019 - including from my mentor Julie Cohen! 

Lots to do over the coming weeks, including getting all the new dates up online for my retreat down in Devon. If you're a writer or know one, do ge them to sign up for our newsletter via our website, as the next one is about to go out with some new dates and exciting info about upcoming events. 

Have a fabulous New year and look forward to some more regular posts in 2019!

best wishes



ps My guest house in North Devon has spaces for non-writers too. We are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers.i (£95pppn inc full board and wine at dinner!) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about non-writing dates for 2019, and have a little look here -

- stay in touch with me via my 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



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Last week I had a most wonderful welcome from the ladies at the Halwill W.I. near me in North Devon. Lovely Anne Goodspeed asked me in the Spring if I would come do a talk - and decided the theme would be - appropriately - split lives. It was a very interesting talk because as I began speaking, little snippets came out that I hadn't necessarily planned to reveal, but it felt right, in that intimate atmosphere to go into details eg about my short period of depression in 2006 when my importing business folded. It was very rewarding afterwards when one of the ladies came up to me to ask about that time, as she too was just beginning a period of treatment. We compared notes and I hope to be keeping in touch with her.

I told them stuff I'd never really discussed in any great detail - that citalopram - the drug I was on a tiny dose of - gave me the most amazing 'adventure' dreams, and how normally most of my dreams are about me battling conflict. I used to go to sleep and wonder what drama I'd be in tonight! I also found it adjusted my waking times - I became an earlier riser and got sleepy earlier at night. I was doing office hours at the time so it seemed appropriate. But whilst it helped me cope with bad things, it also muted any good feelings. I called it 'citalopram neutral' and it was a very weird time. Coming off it afterwards, gradually, led to a period of at least two years before I truly felt it was out of my system. But it helped me cope with redundancies, unfair dismissal, all sorts of accusations about my business that were untrue and finishing an abusive relationship. Hey looking back it was a bit of a crap time! But I told the ladies at the WI that I have a motto - 'what can I learn from this' - so everything became a lesson. I talk a little about this concept and its effect on my life, with its connection with food firmly in the frame, in my books 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' - including some of the toughest times in my life, and have had some super responses. (When I'm asked which one to get, as there are several, I say start with the latest one, from 2017, with a black silhouette. The others are numbered so are easier to understand which comes where. Go here to see them all. And the 2017 one is able to be ordered from bookshops as it was published by UK independent Choc Lit.) I actually thank goodness for Freedom Eating, the system of breaking free from food prison mentioned in the book, otherwise I'd be a very unhappy person at the moment having got stuck on the 'wayside' as we call it. Thankfully I recognise  a temporary sugar addiction and some sub-optimal choices that have become a habit in a retreat full of temptations, and I know normal service will be resumed, rather than losing my mind over it and beating myself up over and over again like I did in the old days when the weight wasn't what I wanted.

The overall topic of the talk however, was split lives and once I'd given them the background about being a geek on the one hand and 'laaaaaah!' on the other, I filled them in on the other stuff I do - singing for charity, being a Medical Detection Dogs ambassador, being an author, and of course my new 2018 role of grandmother (it's still weird!) - but I'm happier with ME now than I've ever been, so my London / Devon split lifestyle is truly making me content.

As is seeing how my children's children are growing before my eyes.

I babysat little Blakey on Monday and she was overjoyed to be standing up on her own, including in the bath, where she splashed and had a lovely time. Then Lauren brought beautiful Phoebe - now one month old - to Devon for a few days and we had some smashing times together including a trip to Ikea whilst Nick did some work in my house. Nanny, mother, daughter, sister, friend - I've got many roles and whilst my life's never been so split, I love them all.

And I still get time on all those journeys, to read...

Book of the Week  - I've been looking forward to this one for absolutely ages. Another Jack Reacher - number 23 in fact. Well done Lee Child, you never disappoint. Free sample info and full details and full blog - here.

Over on my QVC Blog  this week, click here,  lots more sneaky peeks of the next seven day's deals - AND the new Elemis massive Xmas #TSV  bundle which looks like being the biggest ever. Go here to see my latest blog and definitely click on the Elemis link which is here is you want to go straight to it! (My next blog will be out on Friday here.)

On Facebook on my main page there have been some fabulous little vlogs of late - and a funny behind the scenes with the lovely Laura Geller and gang here. As you know all you need to do is follow my social media - see below -  in order to be the first to see stuff including top deals that may sell out early, pics of upcoming deals not on my blog, limited offers, and updates on the doggies and life in Devon.

As I| write I'm sitting in a downpour - well, not technically IN the downpour but you know what I mean. The rain is blasting the window high up in the vaulted roof in my kitchen and sounds like a symphony serenading my creativity. And I have yet to finish my novel but I'm getting there. It is, after all, NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) and it seem there's something in the air...

I may actually have time to do some writing when I'm laid up having a knee op. It's only a little one - an endoscopy (is that right?) - cleaning out the debris from a torn meniscus on my left knee. It's one of the reasons I've been less mobile for the last 18 months and that and lifestyle stresses have meant my food choices haven't been my usual ones, and it's showing. So I'll be glad to get back in shape afterwards. I'll have to get more help down here in Devon and face six weeks of rehab and physio but hopefully it'll be worth it.

anyway hope you are well and have a lovely week!

Best wishes



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Do go see the latest Retreats for You newsletter which sums up what's happening next year, if you'd like to pop down to a writing retreat at some point. Also there are going to be a couple of non- writers retreats too - check them out here


Plus - if you're able to make it down for two nights - December 10-12, why not come to a Xmas special? a wreath making afternoon class on the Tuesday, followed by the Xmas concert which I will be singing at with my super pal, county councillor Barry Parsons, on Tuesday evening, with mulled wine and mince pies in the interval. AND a final 2018 opening day for our tearooms on the Wednesday, with a Christmas theme. email us for the prices and availability - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do it fast tho!

find out more here on the post and also on the facebook events page, more to follow soon. Tix on sale from Nov 1st.

ps My guest house in North Devon has spaces for non-writers too. We are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers.i (£95pppn inc full board and wine at dinner!) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about non-writing dates for 2019, and have a little look here -

- stay in touch with me via my 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


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Had a lovely week of birthday events! Including going away with family at the weekend to Brighton, seeing a concert and having a fab couple of days in Bordeaux at my favourite writing retreat on the banks of the Dordogne in France. Loved getting together with my nearly four month old granddaughter Blake Katherine too - so many smiles and lovely cuddles!

Here are some pics -

a fab girls trip -

and a lovely couple of days in Bordeaux at Chez Castillon my favourite retreat for my own writing - one day I will get that fifth novel finished!

All in all a great time was had. The video of me on the zip wire in Brighton will appear on my new QVC blog out Thursday 17th, go here to see it! Along with early bird links including for the superb Liz Earle 4 pc super set this Saturday and lots of other sneaky peeks of the next seven day's deals on QVC.

book of the week - is a super reminder of Together by Julie Cohen - since it is now a Richard and Judy Book of the Month and doing really well in the various bookshops and online. Do get it - see if you can guess the twist - for more, go here to my RiWiSi blog.

And of course, keep in touch with me on social media as below. Lots happening over the next few days and lots of bargains to be had!

Plus if you'd like to visit us at our super retreat in Devon, do email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for latest offers - currently booking through the summer, and full board inc wine at dinner is from just £95 pppn.





- stay in touch with me via my 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


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When you've had over thirty years in TV you inevitably come up against some mishaps live on air. Apart from the infamous NoNo cream blooper that made it on to it'll be Alright on the Night, this classic just popped up on youtube - one of the most unbelievable bloopers ever! #couldntMakeItUp! lol - it genuinely happened this way too! Watch... 

click here

 And another from Dale years ago, along the same lines! hehe!

 click here.

Anyway, hope you've had a good week - how amazing has this weather been? From sultry sweltering days to storm-ridden nights. This was the rain outside my back door on Thursday night - click here. The choccies were not very happy with the thunder, so I gave them lots of hugs!

Book of the Week Please Don’t Stop the Music by Jane Lovering – she writes a witty tale, so I’ve started listening to another by her on audiobook – more here on my Read it Write it Sell it blog on my website - plus info about the York writing festival. AND how to join me on the next Julie Cohen writing retreat for writers in Bristol in March!

Sugar escapes thru the 1960s net as industry pays experts to demonise saturated fat instead. Regulars will know how I've been writing on health topics for several years now, on my Back to You health blogs on my website. Well, one of the topics that's always befuddle dme is why it took so long for the Health Departments to realise about sugar. Well, this week it all came out.

It's official - they've released previously unseen papers showing that there was a deliberate ploy to divert attention away from sugar. It was back in the 1960s, in some of the earliest studies - when they could have stated it was sugar as well as Saturated fat which was at the heart of the health problems. They didn't, and so set the wheels in motion away from the worst culprit, blaming just fat, wrongly, and resulting in the exact opposite of the target to cut soaring health problems and cut cases of metabolic syndrome. The cases have increased since 1982 when the US FDA announced fat was to blame and 'low fat' foods began replacing the missing taste with more and more sugar . So if you still know someone who keeps saying 'this is good it's low fat', get them to do some research, including watching 'sugar the bitter truth' or my guide 'aids to cutting back sugar' on my website. Here's the full New York Times report read it here.

On a lighter note, I'm really excited because of a new project I'm working on - and of course getting my book French or Dutch finished to go off to a few specific people who are waiting for it. More soon - or soonish!

And here's the latest QVC blog - if you like finding out about offers before other people - go here to see tons of  sneaky peeks and a funny blooper from my hilarious mate Charlie Brook this week on air. See it all here.

Am off to a wedding at the weekend - let's hope the rain holds off! Then to Devon till Tuesday - squeee!

Have a fab week.



 ps 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.



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



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

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

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

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


 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



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Hi all - hope you're having a great weekend! 

For the benefit of those not on social media and who didn't see my announcement on air on Friday night, the news is finally out - I'm off to China for three weeks in April! To train QVC presenters there - so I'm very honoured to have been chosen. A mixture of relatives will move in to look after the dogs, water the plants, and allow me to fly away for the longest break I've ever taken from the uk! More than one 'TiFFT' methinks! More news in my latest QVC blog, where you'll also see -

- epicModelFail blooper (funny!)

- talking of flying - videos of me indoor skydiving

- pics from the busiest week ever! inc Debbie Does Dinner once again...

- and sneaky peeks of QVC bargains incl apple, Antler luggage set and Kipling.

go here to read it on qvc website.

What's the longest you've ever been away from home for? My longest previously was a mere two week hol in Crete in '97. I'm lagging behind a bit, really, 'cos my son Brad went to the Far East for two whole months following his finals after uni, and came back a different person, he had such a great time. So it's on my list to do longer trips. BUT nice, comfortable ones, I think - haha! Maybe a lengthy round the world cruise would be my top trip. What would be yours? 

Also wanted to just quickly say - if you like reading inspirtional weight loss stories, or love Mally and yankee candles, go here to read this week's back to you blog, where you'll see the transcripts from their Q&A sessions on last Monday's live webchat, plus news of hitting 3000 members in the Back to You Facebook group (here), and more info about sugar again as it hits the news once more. 

And the book blog, if you llike finding new authors, is here, where you'll see a lovely Book of the Week from a winner of the Romantic Novelists' Assoc Award for best contemporary romance, Lucy Dillon. Find out her QVC secret by clicking on the link! hehe! 

Have a lovely weekend! The countdown is on till I go away - three weeks today! whoo hoo! (Back on air early May.)




ps Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 book on QVC got another fab review - go here to see a mum of 7's solution to her eternal weight loss issues!

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What an idiot. Those automatic parking telephone lines in car parks are great nowadays, right? Save you loads of time? Hmmm.

So I took my own car in to be serviced, got the courtesy car and went shopping. Parked in the usual place, paid by phone in the usual way and when I got back, there was a parking ticket, bold as yellow brass, sitting on my windscreen. What had I done? Autoparked my own flipping car instead of the loan one! Grrrr!

Anyway, if you've got a lot on your mind this season, blame the time of year. Not old age, or scattiness... honest! Lol!

The blogs are complete this week, if you'd like to go have a read. Thing is with my QVC one, I don't get many comments left any more - I know I'm on Facebook and Twitter a lot, true. Therefore I'm more accessible, but it's still lovely when I see some pop up on my QVC blog so do feel free. This week's includes a funny video in Charlie's dressing room, with Alison Young - yes really! lol. And a teaser of Mally too. To see that and lots of music performances including Sam Bailey, Il divo etc clips, great xmas gift book bargains and some funnies from last week on air - click here to see the blog.

This Friday's is a biggie - my Friday QVC blog will have all the info about my new mahoosive Xmas competition prize of some Laura Geller, some Liz Earle, two of my books, a JW EDP Phytomineral perfume and ... a Bodyblade! Whoop! It'll be out Friday not right now, but when it's posted you'll find it here.

Had fun again on our fab supportive facebook group with the Back to You webchats, this week they were all about Nono and Judith Williams products, and some fascinating features about how the Mediterranean Diet is being proven once again to be one of the most healthy in the world. Check out the info relating to statins on a new study. Plus how most of us don't eat for hunger - emotions and habits get in the way. It's very interesting - check it out here.

Oh, and if you'd like a new Christmassy theme book, my lovely Devon writing pal has a new anthology - 'The Mistletoe Run' - based on a true story. Go here to see it on Amazon. Do you read only festive style books in December? Let me know - you can just 'reply' as it'll go to me (or my 'elves') not to a spambot! lol.

And thanks to those of you who have contacted me direct with huge outpourings of support and thanks this week for all the stuff I do, it makes it all worthwhile, believe me.

Now I've got a final little bit of insider knowledge to tell you - there will be one every week from now on - and it's a new SHORT story I've been working on. It's called 'Twelve Dates of X-mas.' Can you guess what it's about? If I get it done in time, it'll be a freebie over Xmas itself as my little pressie to everyone who has a Kindle or Kindle app. I'm just working on some loose ends then it's all steam ahead. Do tell a friend to subscribe to my newsletter to get the latest updates about when it's ready! Just go here and click on the pop up if they - or you - haven't already

So anyway - this weekend, I'll be doing the tree and the decs - when do you do yours?

Best wishes and big hugs.



ps all my books are available in eBook or Paperback - just click here to order or to read the free sample in the 'look inside.' Or visit website to peruse all about my world! x

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