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Here it is - the latest update I've been sent about my little sponsor dog whom I named after my late dad Derek when I donated £2000 to the charity. Go here to find out more if you'd like to donate and name one too!

Plus - malaria detection dogs - in case you missed it previously, there is now a plan for a programme to develop dogs who can detect if someone has malaria - very important due to the Zika virus.  more here.




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Charlie Bears will be coming down to my Vintage Pop Up Tea Rooms in Devon Feb 18,19thHow exciting! We are doing a bit of a fundraiser for Medical Detection Dogs too that weekend and a couple of the actual dogs themselves will be coming along – am so proud to be involved and it makes me smile knowing our help is contributing to irreplaceable canine companionship which changes lives. More here. Book it in your diary if you live nearby – and come try our homemade cakes and exquisite teas in bone china cups in a vintage setting – can’t wait! Sheepwash is EX215NE if you want to check out how far away you are from Retreats For You.

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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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Lovely Lesley my Medical Detection Dogs sponsor dog – here's her latest update. Since I sponsored her puppy-naming, calling her after my mum (who was delighted - see archive for the pics!) she's coming on leaps and bounds!

Plus look who is supporting MDD! Thanks to Michele Hope for her fabulous visit – do check out her Facebook page for more info about how she intends to help raise funds for MDD too.

And we had a super night at Retreats for You in aid of MDD - raising £80 with a little raffle. Waiting for Christina to let me know what supplies they need and will send it!



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The Good Grief Trust is forging ahead with its launch plans – had the photo and video shoot last week with lovely Linda Magistris, for the launch site, including meeting up with Shirley from Pepsi and Shirley, aka Mrs Kemp. She was very nice too. More about Linda’s latest news here.

Go see Leeds Castle and meet MDD dogs how Christmassy does my little sponsor dog, Derek, look here? Bless him! I guess he’s about 18 months old now? If you go along to the extravaganza for yuletide at Leeds Castle you can meet some Medical Detection Dogs – they are truly amazing, do go if you can. And watch the impressive video of the festive event here.

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It takes bravery to tell all about such a personal subject but that's exactly what one of our patrons, Ian Duncan Smith's lovely wife Betsy, did in the national newspapers this week. She also explains how she was so impressed with the work of MDD research and how it may one day help others int he same position with breast cancer, to be diagnosed earlier.

REad all of Andrew Pierce's article about Betsy Duncan Smith and Medical Detection Dogs in the Daily Mail Tue 15th here.



Some are now sold out! Eeeek! It's getting close to the time when I usually write mine, so maybe get some this year of these beautiful designs and help MDD at the same time! I've ordered some of this one - love it!

click here to get yours on MDD site.


Best wishes


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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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Medical Detection Dogs on This Morning Again! And more shaggy dog stories – amazing ones – including a dog helping alert a little girl’s parents to her illness. So many stories like this out there – must start compiling a list! Anyway Dr Claire Guest, founder of my fave charity Medical Detection Dogs, was at hand to once more lend credibility to the way these clever canines do it. Nice ciip – watch 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 –

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?

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!

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,, 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. 




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!

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.


 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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