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Lee Child Reveals! Plus Book of the Week - the Nurse's War by Merryn Allingham; and goodie bag giveaway from Crimefest 2015!
18 May 2015

meeting Lee Child, Crimefest 2015, Bristol meeting Lee Child, Crimefest 2015, Bristol

Part two of the Daisy's War Trilogy is my Book of the Week - the Nurse's War by Merryn Allingham. Book one was a best seller!

Also - win a goodie bag in this week's giveaway!

Plus - meeting up with Lee Child again, and this year's Crimefest weekend in Bristol!

Fiction Focus - Hawaiian Escape, first in the steamy romance trilogy - a great summer read!

And fascinating facts about London's Vintage past, in my WIP Research #1.



Goodie Bag Giveaway - How to Enter

Just subscribe to my weekly newsletter if you haven't already and then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. saying 'enter me'!

The winner will be chosen next Wednesday 8pm (27th) and announced in next week's midweek RiWiSi blog.  A fab bundle of crimefest books are the prize, including -

- Doctor No audioCD's

- big Elizabeth George audio CD box, 

- four books from crimefest 2015

Enter now!

BOOK OF THE WEEK - The Nurse's War by Merryn Allingham. 1941: Daisy is a nurse in the rubble-strewn East end of London,  but this isn't the only war Daisy is fighting – there’s a battlefield in her heart too. Can she let go enough to love again, or will the blitz stop her finding an answer to her heartache? Book One, the Girl From Cobb Street was highly reviewed and a top seller, gaining over 250 reviews, avge 4.3 out of 5. If you love sagas and want to get your teeth into an ongoing storyline, get these!


Book of the Week - The Nurse's War by Merryn Allingham in all good bookshops, from Mira, or to buy it from Amazon go here



Oh what a good time we had! As you can see, I met up with Lee Child, top selling author and all round good guy, creator of maverick ex-army cop Jack Reacher. In 2011 I interviewed Lee when he came to QVC, launching The Affair, the prequel to all of his Jack Reacher novels, and a great place to begin if you've not read any yet. Go here for Amazon link. Anyway I spotted him chatting in the coffee bar on the ground floor of the Bristol Marriot and caught him as he got up to leave. He said 'good to see you again,' which was great, even if he was just saying it to be nice! But he gave a lot of time to the readers and writers during the evening in the bar and also the next day when he was on panel discussing brains versus brawn. 

He said an interesting thing - that in dramatic fight scenes, they are usually over really fast. And that the scene in One Shot (which was made into a movie with Tom Cruise) where Reacher faces five thugs was based on Lee's own playground experience - he sounded like a right hard nut himself! Apparently it really happened in a back alleyway during his school years when he was around 8 or 9. He hit the first kid really hard, then the next two the same, and the other two ran away. Meaning the line 'it's never five against one - if you can take out the first three, the other two run,' was based on history. Also Lee pointed out that in real life no one waits politely for the fallen opponent to get up again, it's 'make him fall, kick him in the head whilst he's down.' No wonder Jack Reacher wins nearly all of his fights with Lee as his alter ego... 

Anyway, the next novel, 'Make Me', will be out in September, and I can't wait.

My pal Litty Williams came second in the hotly contested Flash Bang flash fiction competition (under 150 words) - well done her! But our crime pub quiz expertise was sorely lacking - we did object to being called 'the Rejects' as a team name by the elderly quirky American guy who they'd appointed as our table captain, but to no avail - and we came third from bottom! Fun though. And lovely facilities - a pool and gym. So I had a massage - haha!

I really enjoyed the Crimefest panels, with much debate amongst successful authors about various aspects of novel writing and crime fiction. More info here about next year's - click here. I'll be going. See you there?


FICTION FOCUS – Hawaiian Escape’ – the PREquel to ‘Hawaiian Affair’ / ‘Take a Chance on Me’(Choc Lit). I’ve written seven titles now, all on Amazon, so this summer, I’m taking you through them one at a time! Hawaiian Escape is one of the best places to start – in steamy version or less steamy!

THE STORY Sadie and Helen are sisters but both unhappy in love. Sadie’s ex, Stuart has a younger lover and gloats at every opportunity especially when her business takes a turn for the worst. In Hawaiian Escape, we find out what brought Sadie to the competition that changed her life – an amazing trip to Hawaii, and the events leading up to meeting Mac in Hawaiian Affair /TACOM.

I wrote Hawaiian Escape as a short story but it expanded and expanded and then suddenly out came Helen, Sadie’s older, mischievous sister and the story of her steamy encounters in Tuscany at the annual conference with Alessandro just had to be told. So Hawaiian Escape tells us Helen’s background too, as it takes us from Italy to leafy Surrey to New York and some funny encounters with Mr Right Now – or is he… A great summer holiday read, or if you’re looking for unpredictable plot twists and some larger than life characters!

“Wow, this book is quite literally a page turner! I couldn't put it down. A fantastic prequel to Debbie's Hawaiian Affair novel, not only does this book take you on a geographical journey, but also that of love, romance and passion.

A wonderful book outlining a fantastic relationship between two sisters who are helping each other whilst going on their own spiritual journey.

Challenges, drama and hilarious comedic moments I would thoroughly recommend this book. Please follow on with HAWAIIAN AFFAIR.” Amazon review. Hawaiian Retreat is book 3.

Go here to get it on Amazon – in eBook or in Paperback – in ‘PG (non steamy)’ or in Steamy versions!


WIP Research #1 - French or Dutch research reveals fascinating facts about London's Vintage Past.  I was truly distracted this week with a glimpse into London's street lighting past and info about who keeps the tradition going. I was writing a scene where the heroine walks into a dingy Village Hall for a meeting with her heroine, and the streets have to be dim. Hence my googling. This is what I found.

  • There are just 1,500 gas lamps left in London, each one hand-lit by a member of a five man team every evening
  • The 19th-century lamps offer a glimpse of the city as it would have been during the time of Charles Dickens
  • Current team of London lamplighters are actually British Gas engineers - but their efforts go largely unsung
  • That the gas lamps have survived is partly a tribute to English Heritage, which has protected and restored them

A sense of old London: That the gas lamps have survived is partly a tribute to English Heritage, which has protected and restored them

Read more: 
More info here about the magical job still being done in London's streets like it was in Dicken's day.

Another one next week. 

other news - 

BookLoveBug Blogger gives Take a Chance on Me Rave Review! Was well-chuffed with this review of my first Choc Lit novel - if you're not sure or want to find out more before you buy, do go here to see her opinion. Kirsty has quite a few other books there too so you can see if you agree with those and maybe you'll agree about TACOM! go here.

- Scrivener Webinar - another Joanna Penn special - if you're quick! - mentioned it last week but so worth it - after all, it's free! click here to register before Thursday night (21st)  go here for more.

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.


Best wishes



ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via @debbieflint on Twitter!



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 since 14th March.

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

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, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.


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