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another pic of my little boy ‘Derek’ the trainee Medical Detection Dogs partner dog I paid sponsor money to name (after my late dad Derek,) who will go to become a diabetes detection dog soon – am so proud of him. There will be a chance to go meet them all at Crufts this year, hall 3, stand 94, from March 9th to Sunday 12th inclusive. If you can go, do ask about their amazing work in cancer detection research too – it’s incredible.

Am going to also attend the Dogs Day Out near milton keynes in April - on 2nd. More soon, or check out their website here.

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Medical Detection Dogs on the BBC 9th October -

#bbclifeline no less! Watch out for fellow ambassador Kate Humble presenting the next charity appeal on 9th October – She’ll be telling the charity’s story, from seven year old Archie, whose dog Domino alerts him to life-threatening changes in his blood sugar levels, to the research work the charity is pioneering into early prostate cancer detection.

 More here.

 

Xmas Cards!

Here are this year’s Xmas cards – look no further!

And how amazing are these designs? Wonderful Xmas cards which will be a joy to give out to people I still give cards to.

 

If you’d like to get some, go here, and know that you’ll be supporting my fave amazing charity MDD.

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So lovely to get these regular updates about my little sponsor dogs - I raised £2000 to name each. Lesley is named after my mum! x

more about how to name a pup here.

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Puppy Party!

What an amazing time we had up at the Medical Detection Dogs HQ this week, including a lovely catch up with Little Derek and Lesley who are not so little any more! They are the fabulous clever canines which I sponsored and named (after my late dad and my mum) – aren’t they growing! Here’s the summary of what happened –

 https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintauthorqvc/videos/1073015926114390/

There’s a full round up of what we did on the day of the puppy party on my charity page blog update here. It was a thank you to all the girls who came to help at the recent fund raising events. We had a nice tour, lunch, and a look round the cancer detection research lab, where the little dogs are taught how to sniff out urine samples with cancer in. Hence the need for industrial freezers at minus 80! They cost £5000 each and we’ve managed to raise enough for two so far. They need 8, so if you fancy donating, just let the team know here! Anyway thanks to all my lovely ladies who came to help and also to lovely Arianne Poole who was interested enough to drop by too, and she and the other girls enjoyed watching a live demo of the cancer detection research training, as did Andie (who runs Get Geller Gorgeous group) who is holding one of my favourites, little rescue spaniel Martha. Lovely little Marlow is the new puppy who just arrived – he’s so cuddly and adorable – just like Derek and Lesley were when they were little! Here’s a montage of the day –

 

The kids who need Medical Alert Dogs were also there – mainly they need the canine companions to help with diabetes, as their own dogs detect when they have high or low blood sugar, since they can’t do it themselves. It is a blessing for the parents of these children to have peace of mind that their child is being monitored by such a clever animal, changing their lives by detecting changes in their breath. Here’s the outdoor ‘musical chairs/detection dogs’ game we played – can you spot who is the big kid with Derek the dog?

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWSwWhZvX7E

Hehe! I gave up half way through though, to allow the kids to win! Had to curtail my competitive instinct tho’ – lol. We also heard from mum Serena and her two boys, Charlie and Steven. Steven’s MDD dog is Molly, who stays by him day and night and prevents him going into a coma and has transformed their lives, especially Serena’s, as she used to be up each night testing him every ninety minutes. Here she talks about how Molly can even detect Steven’s blood sugar levels from the sidelines when he is playing a football match!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnXpPZMIA3k

Seriously, a lovely day was had by all, and an amazing insight into the charity for which all the hard work is paying off. I love going there – it makes me feel grounded and I’m so proud of my team, and that MDD asked me to be an ambassador for them.

NEWS – we are going to arrange some sort of Open Day and Table Top Sale in November – more news later in the year, watch out for it if you live near or can get to Milton Keynes.

Here’s a reminder of why Medical Detection Dogs’ work is so vital and how it all began, including the story of Daisy and how she told founder Dr Claire Guest that she had cancer and got it treated early.

Do get Claire's book if you can, it's a super buy and a wonderful present for anyone what loves dogs or is interested in success stories around cancer detection and the amazing research they are doing that can change the way the NHS deals with certain screening in the future.

Love this work!

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This week's Book of the Week is a very special one to me - it's the story of how a red-ox labrador called Daisy helped to save Dr Claire Guest's life and give rise to the wonderful charity that is Medical Detection Dogs.

Dr Claire Guest was getting her dogs back in the car after a dog walk when Daisy, her fox red Labrador, nudged her breast insistently and stared up into her face with her big brown eyes. Sensing something was wrong, as this was unusual for Daisy, Claire visited her GP an. Soon after, she found out she had a very deep – and difficult to diagnose – form of breast cancer. Daisy had saved her life, simply by smelling her cancer. They told Claire if she hadn't discovered it this early it might have been too late by the time it had become a large enough lump to be noticed. She went through treatment and recovered, but the legacy of Daisy's skill led to one of the most ground-breaking charities the world has ever known.



With her scientific background and deep love of dogs, Claire set up the charity Medical Detection Dogs. Though faced with many challenges, Claire and her dogs have proven to be a remarkable asset to cancer detection,with ongoing studies currently underway which will lead to an active role in early prostate cancer detection in conjunction with the NHS using urine samples provided by the hospital. On top of that, Claire discovered that these clever canines can also detect other key stages of human illness, and the charity now provides diabetes alert dogs, for owners with Type 1 brittle diabetes, who need to be told when their blood sugar goes dangerously high or low. Along with other illnesses like Addisons and POTS syndrome, she and her team, both two and four legged, are now changing the lives of many seriously ill people and their families.

This is the story of how Daisy helped make that all happen, and why Daisy and other dogs, labradors, spaniels, vislas and others, and their life-saving talents are changing the medical world and the future of early detection.

 

Read the whole story now in Claire's fabulous new book.

get it on Amazon in kindle, paperback or hardback version here.

 

Second Book of the Week - Revenge is Sweet, by Berni Stevens (Choc Lit) - lush and sexy vampire fiction! Fellow Choc Lit author Berni Stevens has a new novel out - following the Immortals of London series, this is book 2 - "full of suspense, romance, twisted renegades, creepy vampire children and you name it. This sequel to "Dance until Dawn" doesn't let down," says one five star review. "This book can be read as a stand alone, but it helps to read the first one to get a stronger sense of character. And, since that's a 5* read too, it's no great task! ... This one is slightly darker ... Ellie is a very sympathetic vampire and retains a lot of her humanity. This is what makes the darker scenes so effective."

from my fellow Choc Lit author and also illustrator of my cover below, it's well worth a read! Get it here on amazon.

 

Still on special - Take a Chance on Me!

My steamy first novel is still available for just £1.68 on kindle, plus £2.99 for the audiobook too! go here to get it before the offer ends! 

 

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. 

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Debs

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHORT STORIES

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

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

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

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

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

  NON-FICTION

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

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

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

Watch this - the amazing MDD dog Magic and his owner / 'partner' Claire - watch how he alerts her in the middle of the night! This blog on the Cambridge uni site has hit over 1.5m views!

 click here!

This is why I devote my time to fundraising for this amazing charity. If you'd like to donate you can go to Chris Jopp's Just Giving page here

or you can text eg 'DOGS21 £5' to 70070 to donate five pounds. Or find out more here on their website about what you can do to get involved. Like sponsoring a puppy. I named two, after raising enough through my events and contacts. The first one was Derek, now about eight months old I think. And the other is little Lesley who is now not so little! See the updates below (or archive, bottom left) 

Anyway off I popped to the Kent County Show to help out for a few hours both Friday and Saturday and met up with Claire and her diabetes alert MDD dog, Pal. Whilst we were at the fair he alerted her to high or low blood sugars several times - spectators were in awe, quite rightly. It's a spectacular life-changing skill.

Here's the look around the show which I did on Friday, including a chat with Claire about Pal and Medical Detection Dogs. Click here.

Plus I had another TiFFT (try it for the first time club!) with a live interview on BBC Radio Kent - here's a quick chat with Erika North after I'd done it!

AND I touched a baby owl - meet it here. Lovely event.

 Fundraising

Chris's page is helping to raise the funds to cover the costs of being at the Kent County Show. Do help! 

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Pic of Claire guest and dog MDD report What a fabulous charity this is, courtesy of lovey Dr Claire Guest here, with her dog Daisy. Plus here’s a Cambridge Uni explanation of how lovely dogs like Magic, can help science – as featured on this report. Click here to watch it. (embed if poss hon)

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Lesley my little sponsor puppy is not so little! See archives for other updates on lovely little lesley.

The latest - i LOVE HERRRRR!!

Lesley is a delightful, affectionate, happy, confident little dog who has not yet met a person or creature she doesn’t like. She lives with hens, ducks, geese, sheep and a cat and has encountered all sorts of other animals from alpacas to frogs - all fascinating! (A visit from the sheep shearer was especially entertaining). Her best friend is probably the cat, who patiently tolerates her washing his ears but draws the line at games of roughand-tumble. Her very first public outing after her vaccinations was to the village pub while on holiday in Cornwall where she brought everything to a halt while everyone including the barman made a huge fuss of her. Nothing seems to bother her in terms of loud noises or strange-looking things, she takes it all in her stride. She is intelligent and quick to learn new commands and is eager to please. If anything, her enthusiasm to meet people and other dogs needs a little more control but she is gradually learning that not everyone is as keen as she is to jump about and play. Lesley has visited lots of different places including shops, railway stations, farms & pubs and has enjoyed a bus ride and a wonderful day on a canal boat. We plan to take her to a number of country shows over the summer. Her favourite toy is undoubtedly a tuggy and she greatly enjoys taking all her bedding and toys out of her sleeping crate and distributing them around the house for us to trip over. Thus far - touch wood - she hasn’t really done anything especially naughty or destructive aside from a little bit of unauthorised digging in the garden. Lesley is the second Medical Detection Dogs puppy we have had after a sprocker (Alan) last year who we grew very fond of and it will be a real wrench when Lesley eventually has to leave us but whoever is lucky enough to become her ‘client’ will be fortunate indeed.

jUNE 2016.

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Lesley my little sponsor puppy is not so little! See archives for other updates on lovely little lesley.

The latest - i LOVE HERRRRR!!

Lesley is a delightful, affectionate, happy, confident little dog who has not yet met a person or creature she doesn’t like. She lives with hens, ducks, geese, sheep and a cat and has encountered all sorts of other animals from alpacas to frogs - all fascinating! (A visit from the sheep shearer was especially entertaining). Her best friend is probably the cat, who patiently tolerates her washing his ears but draws the line at games of roughand-tumble. Her very first public outing after her vaccinations was to the village pub while on holiday in Cornwall where she brought everything to a halt while everyone including the barman made a huge fuss of her. Nothing seems to bother her in terms of loud noises or strange-looking things, she takes it all in her stride. She is intelligent and quick to learn new commands and is eager to please. If anything, her enthusiasm to meet people and other dogs needs a little more control but she is gradually learning that not everyone is as keen as she is to jump about and play. Lesley has visited lots of different places including shops, railway stations, farms & pubs and has enjoyed a bus ride and a wonderful day on a canal boat. We plan to take her to a number of country shows over the summer. Her favourite toy is undoubtedly a tuggy and she greatly enjoys taking all her bedding and toys out of her sleeping crate and distributing them around the house for us to trip over. Thus far - touch wood - she hasn’t really done anything especially naughty or destructive aside from a little bit of unauthorised digging in the garden. Lesley is the second Medical Detection Dogs puppy we have had after a sprocker (Alan) last year who we grew very fond of and it will be a real wrench when Lesley eventually has to leave us but whoever is lucky enough to become her ‘client’ will be fortunate indeed.

jUNE 2016.

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yes the Medical Detection Dogs will be present for the huge Kent County Show - in Deitling from 8-10th July. Ticket only event. Come see us on the stand! Headed up by Claire and her fab dog Pal, with help from our lovely volunteers - there will be a lucky dip with some fab prizes.

It was very successful at the June 12th Fete, so we are recreating it!

ROCHESTER CASTLE WOBBLE

Bodybladers Get Together! We will be meeting at Rochester County late morning on Saturday 9th July, to record a little supersix video, with Bruce on Skype. Then lunch! Then in afternoon (ticket needed) we will go to the Kent County Show to see the Medical Detection Dogs stand.

More info to be posted below and on the event page on Facebook - do click here and  state 'going' if you are in the wobble!

DONATIONS

Chris Jopp's Just Giving page is where to post your donations - we need to clear £700 if possible, that's the new target to help pay for the stand at the show!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Jopp 


Join the Bodyblade Ohana facebook group too where the group reside. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodybladeqvc/ 

more news soon!

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