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Book of the Week - Adrienne Vaughan's anthology - Fur Coat and No Knickers!
12 January 2017

ADRIENNE VAUGHAN - Fur Coat and No Knickers! Adrienne and I first met around 2010 at the Julie Cohen workshop near Oxford in an old Quaker venue - an ancient haunted 1200s building and former monastery - which had a ghost! Or so we told each other.

Adrienne also contributed to my anthology 'Roses are Red' and that short story is included in Fur Coat and No Knickers - a collection of this award-winning author's poems and short stories. 

"A mixture of thrilling, gripping and heart-warming short stories for a cosy fireside read :

- an impoverished heiress desperate to keep up appearances;

- a bitter and broken-hearted widow whose wilful terrier leads her to romance;

- an ageing theatrical masquerading as a highly-paid carer

- and a woman whose husband has maintained a secret family throughout their married life!

All that and more in Fur Coat and No Knickers here on Amazon by lovely Adrienne, who also edits the Romantic Novelists' Association magazine.

from Amazon reviews -

"I loved the idea of a poem before each short story, and also that each was so different, peopled with unforgettable characters. As with her novels - and once I read the first one I just had to read the others - the author's imaginative style is unique.
For anyone looking for a 'dipping in' enjoyable distraction, I can only highly recommend this collection."

I have a signed copy to give away - all you need to do is email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and say you would like to be entered for the randomly chosen prize draw to win Adrienne's book. Also if you like, tell me what is your favourite genre? Good luck! Winner will be drawn after the comp closes 19th January at midnight, and announced next week.

to come - MERRYN ALLINGHAM's latest period novel is out next week - the Buttonmaker's Daughter gets a reveiw. And... the latest John Grisham.

other news -

- New year's resolutions for book lovers - funny list from harper collins here - which ones relate to you? lol

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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  • Comment Link Lizzie Lamb 17 January 2017 posted by Lizzie Lamb

    Great blog Debbie. Lovin' FC&NK - great title and fabulous collection of stories and poems. Well done Adrienne.

  • Comment Link Lizzie Lamb 16 January 2017 posted by Lizzie Lamb

    Hi Debbie and Adrienne, what a fabulous review of Ade's collection of short stories and poems. I've been dipping into Fur Coat as and when time allows. I especially like the poem about 'never stopping at traffic lights', as I was the passenger in Ade's car who uttered those immortal words. LOL. See you both soon.

  • Comment Link June Kearns 16 January 2017 posted by June Kearns

    Loved Fur Coat & No Knickers - gorgeous little bijou read!

  • Comment Link Adrienne Vaughan 16 January 2017 posted by Adrienne Vaughan

    Thank you so much Debbie for featuring Fur Coat & No Knickers on your blog - much appreciated.
    If any of your wonderful readers would like a signed copy - 3 to give away - just send their email to me by close of play Friday 20th January to be in with a chance! Good luck!

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