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Book of the week - a festive tale from Katie Fforde!
21 December 2016

... and there are many to choose from! Katie is one of our most prolific novel writers where romance combines with relationship drama and usually incorporates several story strands in this collection of short stories brought together for the first time - think Love Actually. Kind of. In true Fforde style, A Christmas Feast features an unlikely Scottish hero and heroine coupling - at the start of their tale anyway, and goes on to show how conflict leads to closeness and eventually - we are never let down - the big hook up! I liked the chef storyline too. But I have to admit the narrator does several annoying things with the ends of words with spat-out consonants and very irritating male voices. It's when the narration takes you out of the story that it starts to irk me, and sadly this one did it quite early on. It's hard to picture a hunky Scot when he sounds like Fraser from Dad's Army on a bad day.

Anyway, the novel itself rises above the problems with the narration, (check out the audio here to see what I mean - you may like it, and that's fine too) and is a great Christmassy read!


Get the Christmas Feast on amazon here. And look out for Katie's other festive tales.

Deb's Big Cover Reveal

If you missed it elsewhere, here's the new cover for the upcoming updated version of Till the Fat Lady Slims, Break free from Food Prison (2017 version) being released by Choc Lit to bookshops (to order) end of January. Am quite excited as it's more autobiographical than ever before, with many new parts to help elucidate why Freedom Eating worked for me. Get it here on Amazon on pre-order.


other news -

- Christmassy stories from Pan Macmillan Here are some more choices to get you in the festive mood ready for Next Sunday! here.

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.

Best wishes



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

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

Well a January date has been set and the book is on its way to the printers, ready for the New Year New You bookshop frenzy (lol) and Choc Lit are aiming to get it in WHSmith Travel as they did last year with my first novel Take a Chance on Me.

Have a lovely week




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