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Ok so here we are, Summer just starting, and thinking of either a) getting body bikini ready, or b)recovering post holiday! So along comes this fabulous plan from Yoga and Health guru Chris James.

This book ties in with his 12 day Ultimate Lifestyle plan  which he sold on QVC - and is still available if you're quick. That's a box of helpful supplements you can take together with a structured schedule of what to do alongside them food wise. This book goes a whole lot further. 

The 12 Day Cleanse product range started its life in a shoe box, and is now stocked in Harrods, SpaceNK, Liberty of London and Wholefoods as well. Chris is in demand - he also teaches privately to high-end and high-profile clients and runs retreats, workshops and masterclasses around the world.

The Ultimate set got some super feedback on QVC - 

"I have to say that this was a truly amazing experience! I have not felt better for years, possibly since I was a teenager. My skin is glowing, all my friends have been telling me. I have lost weight, somewhere in the region of 9 pounds. My tummy has not been flatter for years. I have oodles of energy. I am sleeping better, I feel calm and relaxed. I can 110% recommend this programme!!

What I really like about this programme is how easy it is. I have a stressful job, with long working hours, and Chris James lays out everything very clearly in the brochure, and I had no problems with the supplements as it shows you how to take these.

My favourite part of the 12Days lifestyle programme is the 12 day menu guide that comes with the pack. All of the recipes are delicious and easy to put together. The veggie tagine was speciaI, Spanish style chickpeas with wilted spinach and pine nuts was out of this world, and the berlotti bean stew was divine! I was left thinking how could I be on a life changing life style programme, yet still eat food that was this delicious. I learnt how to make my own museli, and how to bake granola bars.

Since I ended the programme I simply have never felt better, all my favourite clothes fit me, I am still using the recipe ideas!

Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY YES!! In fact I have been telling all of my friends about it, and I have just ordered my second pack"

So now Chris's first book gives tons of extra info about his complete mind body version - including why meditate, mindfulness, yoga and exercise and much motivational material if research and reasoning are what gets you going.

Go here to see it on Amazon and find out more about him all on Chris's website here. And get the supplements pack to help you along, from QVC! Good luck!


Lee Child's Jack Reacher short story 

 I'm a big lover of Jack Reacher and have read all of the novels Lee Child has written. Ever. On audiobook. I don't find the short stories such good value as they're often only an hour or so, but at that length they're perfect for me for my journeys to and from Devon to our lovely guest house and writing retreat Retreats for You in Sheepwash. So this week I also listened to Deep Down, read well as usual by Kerry Shale.

"Early in his military career, Jack Reacher is ordered undercover in Washington, to discover which one of four women, all staff officers on fast track careers, is leaking secrets. The suggested method: get close to each in turn. The obvious problem: the most receptive will be the guilty one, with an agenda of her own ... to kill the investigation - and the investigator."

Not a bad way to spend a few hours if you're a Reacher fan, if a little un-memorable. I won't say forgettable. Who could ever forget Reacher... 

Available on Amazon as part of a three tale set called No Middle Name, which of course Jack Reacher ... hasn't.


Other news –

  • June dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £80 per person per night full board inc wine, if you book before 31st May. More here. 
  • June offer - last minute offer to go to a tutored retreat in Devon If you've always wanted to get a book published , need help getting an agent, with your first chapter or submission letter, Sara Sarre can help - come to Retreats for You in Devon for four nights at the start of June and get a head start from a top editor and advisor for a top agent, Sara Sarre from the Blue Pencil Agency. More here.
  • RFY - and all the retreats are gradually getting booked up including the one for writing memoirs, the one with an editor who will help you with your first chapter and submission and the one with top author and book doctor Julie Cohen. More here.
  • A new short story from me – read it on my website here, and don’t forget to subscribe to receive all my news in a regular email update!

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) andGoodreads (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'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.