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... 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, TheCreativePenn.com, 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

Debs

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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.

 

 

FICTION

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.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘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.

NON-FICTION

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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Deb's new book is out! (Jan 6th) = Till the Fat Lady Slims - Break free from Food Prison (2017) - well it's out! And as promised, here's the cover reveal! This latest version has several chapters that have never been in any other version, about my own story - much more in depth than ever before. Most people who love it say that it's like reading their own journey, so this may resonate even more given what I reveal inside it! It'll be available to order in

 

bookshops and of course online.

 

Here's the interview I did for fun little website OAPs Chat - part one and part two of the interviews, explaining all about it.

And here's the link to Choc Lit, the publisher's TTFLS page, with links to all the different ways you can now order it - all platforms plus from all good bookstores.

 

I was delighted in December to read this super write up too, in the industry magazine that goes via wholesaler to booksellers.

"A title that many of your customers will be all too ready for (and me too if I keep scoffing the hummus) the in the New Year is Till the Fat Lady SlimsbyDebbie Flint(£7.99, pb, 978 178189333 3). I appreciate that there are an absolute deluge of diet titles competing for your bookshelves; but the USP of this one is that previously self-published this semi-autobiographical weight-loss and lifestyle book on Kindle with much success, and this new paperback edition includes many testimonials from her fans – the author is a very successful presenter on QVC. In 1998 Debbie found herself more than two stone overweight, under stress and in need of help. Enter Freedom Eating. This natural weight loss method helped Debbie break free from Food Prison and un-learn all the bad habits from a lifetime of 'starting again on Monday'. Till the Fat Lady Slimscontains some painful secrets which many readers will find familiar. The book also includes material covering the dangers of sugar, information on how to use Debbie's method alongside traditional dieting and endorsements from successful slimmers. “Debbie Flint’s honest account of what she went through will hit home to every yo-yo dieter out there. Life-changing and well-worth reading. Till the Fat Lady Slims is in my view absolutely BRILLIANT!” It’s published (rather ironically, I feel) by Choc Lit in January."

for the whole piece, click here.

Buy it now online or order from bookshops - you can actually order it in advance here on the Amazon website for kindle, or other platforms -

click here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims - break free from Food Prison (2017)

and of course there's a whole section about it on the TTFLS tab here.

Plus don't forget to join our Facebook Group Till the Fat Lady Slims or 'like' the page here!

lots always going on and a great group of girls to give support and galvanize people to abandon the wayside... read the book and you'll get what I mean! And keep in touch to let me know what you think - we love a personal story.

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It’s been a lovely week at Retreats for You where my poggies are staying in Devon nowadays, looked after by lovely neighbour Wendy who is helping out at the retreats too.

Had a beautiful afternoon walk along the river and told everyone about our latest bathroom revamp in a little Facebook Live video – click here to see it. it's not been hard, with so much still to sort out, clean, put in place and sift through, to do my regular daily steps either - one day this week it was 14000! it's such a big place, even going from the bin to the utility room is 13 steps!

Was also thrilled to be warmly welcomed into the fold by so many of the lovely ladies of Sheepwash too - pics on this week's main QVC blog which is live here - as usual each Friday late pm. Also Early Bird links to this Monday's superb Lulu Guinness retro DAB radio! Plus the Kipling one will go on there on sunday ish?

Many of the Sheepwash gang were delighted when I said we'll be aiming to set up a vintage tea rooms next summer too, so that's good news!

Also this week -

Book of the Week Very glad to be posting a freebie this week! Scrooge, vintage style, read in 1965 by Ralph Richardson and a cast of classics. Loved it! Also news of my next TTFLs book – the big cover reveal is here on my RiWiSi blog!

MDD update  - there’s a full summary about little Lesley’s latest escapades (she’s the lovely little sponsor dog I named via a big donation, calling her after my mum) Plus one of the fabulous QVC guests who helps support MDD, Michele Hope, published a super pic on Facebook last week of her visit – very exciting that I’m helping to introduce lots of such supporters. Go here to see the pics.

Have a lovely week!

best wishes

debs

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ps don't forget to go see the latest Early Bird Order links on my QVC tab too! 

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

for all my social media and to keep in touch go 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!

hugs

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Had such an amazing time this week helping out at my first ever proper retreat at Retreats for You  in Sheepwash, site of my new home. Deborah and I attacked a huge salmon for one of the evening dinner menus and had enough to last for another meal too. There's some super fishing nearby apparently, so maybe I'll look into helping set up some fishing weekends at RFY or something.

Lots of people are making several suggestions and so far we've had -

photography

craft

ancestry

just chilling

and many more. Now I'm helping out, and getting a few overhauls done of various areas (main bathroom is next week) it definitely feels like a home from home and the dogs are there most of the time - here they are this week with their new xmas toys and also out on one of their walks - Gracie definitely needs a speech bubble! They were made to feel very welcome too by the four lovely writer guests, Clare, Amber, Becky and Amanda, who didn't mind them waddling around and nosing for a cuddle every so often.

Walking in the Devon countryside has given me some great opportunities to do 'vlogs' - my video blogs - and it's been lovely having such amazing backgrounds to chat in front of. See this week's one here. I'm back to London over the weekend for my QVC shifts, then returning next week to help Handyman Mark with the new bathroom work. HOWEVER I wonder if the resident ghost, 'shower girl' will be miffed we're messing with her fittings and fixtures? As I said on my vlog, it seems there's a ghosty which turns on the taps, full on, in the downstairs shower room every so often - full on, not like someone would leave them. Weird eh! Will keep you informed...

Book of the Week - if you love your Christmassy tales, you'll love Christmas at the Comfort Food Café, more here.

QVC blog includes the big Flint Family get together for Xmas, and links to info about upcoming deals like Dyson V6, Bare Minerals, and much more. it will be here Friday pm, along with an Earlybird order link for Sunday's Bare Minerals 7pc Divine TSV deal. 

Finally - the big reveal of the new cover for my next book, going into WHSmithsTravel and bookshops in January time, courtesy of Choc Lit my publisher, will be posted on here next week - watch out for next week's blog!

have a great week

debs

ps don't forget to go see the latest Early Bird Order links on my QVC tab too! Lulu Guinness currently posted in advance of tonight's midnight launch!

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here.

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2 December 2016

Retreats for You

lgo here to the website - retreatsforyou.co.uk

and here to see the reviews on the Facebook page Retreats for You

So many people have been asking about Retreats for You, here's the latest newsletter to find out more about it.

Also check out the website www.retreatsforyou.co.uk

You can also call us on 01409 231252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

maybe I'll see you down there one day!

Christmas and Boxing Day was lovely - here's a little sample of what it's like inside the house, all done up for Xmas - check out the roaring fire! And a look at the new bathroom here! The heating system has also had a little revamp so it's a bit warmer, and there's all new bedding and mattresses.

There are several new exciting plans underway for Spring and Summer. If you fancy full board incl afternoon tea, coffee, cake, and wine with evening meal, for only £80 per person per night own room shared bathroom, in a 1600s thatched house in a sleepy Devon village, with nothing to do except relax by the roaring open fire and read or write, or just stare into space, or you'd like to give a £30 deposit for a four night stay to someone who needs it, just email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , details on website retreatsforyou.co.uk/practicalities. It'd be lovely to book some of you in - do bring a pal. Sometimes dogs can come too, with conditions, so do ask. Home cooked meals and no housework - it's not allowed - plus hot water bottles at bedtime. Talk about pampered! And - surprise surprise - I'm really enjoying helping out with the pampering myself. 

Get in touch - you'll love Retreats for You!

best wishes

debs

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i just love this pic! One of the proudest, most satisfying experiences of my life was last weekend at the Love Music concert at St Michael's church in Bath Rd Chiswick. Talented musicians and singers... and me... got a chance to perform in the beautiful, acoustically amazing, cavernous church near Turnham Green tube.

Id' been asked to take part when Lorna mentioned me to Sara the lady who works for Bown Building firm, which is the family business full of brilliant musicians, behind the event. This was their second year. Lorna works for Chiswick Buzz the online mag for W4, and was there to record the whole thing too. Now her fab report is out - to see what it was all for, and the other performers, click here.

THe rehearsals were all afternoon - Go here to see the live Facebook video I did during rehearsals.

I chose a few of my favourite songs, and despite my career on TV, was duly terrified, dry mouthed and petrified I'd forget my words. But it all went well. Here's the first song, with Hugh on piano - Adele's Someone Like You

click here to watch it

It's been a karaoke fave for ages! 

Then I had the opportunity to sing along with the Eric Gilchrist Quintet, his amazing jazz band - they did their own performances too and were excellent, and so full of joie de vivre! My two songs were That Ole Devil Love, and then one of my top tunes, (now I've learnt it!!) - What a Difference a Day Makes. Both are to be heard on this little video which my mum did, bless her - not quite got the hang of the camerawork, so close your eyes if you don't want to feel sea sick! lol.

click here for Ole Devil love and What a Difference a day Makes

Well it all went very well! I just love singing in the old fashioned war time style, and it was an amazing feeling and a highlight of my year to sing with a live band like Eric's. .The energy is superb and really does half the job for me to have them there. One of them took my card so you never know what might be next. I'd be happy to do a few numbers if they do another charity concert maybe. And Ali Keenan, my colleague on QVc, has said we should record an album for charity in her hubby colin's studio, so watch this space!

We also did a finale where everyone joined in, 'As Long as I have Music', which will be on video at some point and I will add it here too! Not seen it myself yet but I thoroughly enjoyed it, made me want to do more choral stuff.

Lovely little Lara and Issy came too and it was lovely to have mum and her partner David there to watch. Mum was super proud and I was delighted they came, along with around 200 others too. Several thousand pounds was raised for the three local charities the church and the Bown family firm support.

I was very happy to be asked to join in and maybe next year I'll do it again!

Hope you enjoy the videos

d

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#lovemusic in aid of @upperroomOrg @MsaadaCharity @mulberryCentre @stmichaelsW4

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Jackie's done it again, proclaim the already glowing five star reviews on Amazon. Yes my QVC pal and talented author Jackie Kabler's second in the Cora Baxter series takes us on another romp behind the scenes in the newsroom of her 'fictional' character...

Cora Baxter is back - and this time, she's facing the most important deadline of her career... When TV reporter Cora Baxter attends the scene of a murder in a London park, she's horrified to discover the victim is someone she knows and devastated when one of her best friends is charged with the crime. Suddenly the fun-filled life of Cora and her eccentric camera crew takes a darker turn. Cora is convinced that her friend is innocent, but with seemingly solid evidence, the police investigation team reluctantly led by Cora's boyfriend DCI Adam Bradberry believe the case is closed. With a trail of clues that leads all the way to New York, can Cora find out the truth before the trial begins or is it already too late?

I loved the audiobook of 'Dead Dog Day' so I'm looking forward very much to the next tale following Cora's haphazard detective work. It should be uploaded soon, Jackie told me this week!

From Amazon -

"Once again Jackie Kabler has written a highly entertaining read and I spent some delightful hours engrossed reading it. I have to say that I actually enjoyed it even more than 'The Dead Dog Day' and that's a brilliant book! Like in the previous book, the author shows an exceptional ability to mix and balance humour, drama, suspense and romance seamlessly and effortlessly while weaving a very well-written, clever, intriguing plot, brimful of highly realistic characters and believable dialogue. The numerous twists and turns the author plants along the way throws the story into a direction I certainly wasn't expecting." Top 1000 reviewer - great accolade!

 

Get The Deadline here on Amazon

other News

-  20 Top Tips from Fiction Authors. here's my favourite - from Anton Chekhov - ""Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." More here.

Want to Self-publish but don't know where to start? @retreatsforYou in Sheepwash in Devon is holding a themed writing retreat on March 27th (and other dates) with help on hand to discuss the merits of, and how to, self publish to Amazon e-Book and perhaps Createspace for paperback. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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, TheCreativePenn.com, 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

Debs

X

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.

 

 

FICTION

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.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘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.

NON-FICTION

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

Have a lovely week

d

x

 

 

 

Now I’m a massive Jack Reacher fan and I’ll take the big guy any way you wanna serve him up, which in this case is a flashback novel based when he was still a Military Cop in the late nineties, when sidekick Neagly was still on the scene. Absolutely fabulous as ever, full of twists and turns and action and come-uppance and revenge and tight situations that Reacher always gets out of, he puts Tom Cruise to shame! (the latest film version of one of Lee's novels is sadly lacking apparently although I'll probably still go see it! lol.)

I have been driving a lot in the car and loving every minute of listening to the fabulous audiobook, read with the usual panache by Jeff Harding, who is the definitive Reacher, for me. 

We go back to Germany in 1997 and a plot to sell some sort of mysterious booty in return for a hundred million dollars (probably 200m now!) with all sorts of collusion and Middle Eastern threats ahead of time. I love Reacher as the ex-Military Cop but I also love these novels. I just can't wait for the next one. I guess I'll have to succumb to some of the novellas and flashback stories also available.

Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then they send him back to school. It’s a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment? To find that American. And what he’s selling. And to whom. There is serious shit going on, signs of a world gone mad. 

love this review too - 

"Reacher is unchanged in this 21st of his adventures. He wins all fights, charms all women and outsmarts all rivals, friend or foe.What makes Night School the best of the Reacher novels I've read is that Child has concocted a brilliant plot...battling to save America, or maybe the entire civilised world, from a terrorist plot that is original, engrossing and all too believable...one of the best thrillers you'll read this year." (Washington Post)

Roll on the 22nd novel!

Find it here on Amazon

other news - 

- RNA party congrats to the winners of all the different awards, and especially nice to catch up with all my writing pals including from Choc Lit - more info on my QVC blog here (posted Friday 18th pm)

Enlightening, thought provoking post from Joanna Cannon my author pal and best-selling wirter of 'The Trouble with Goats and Sheep' overcame a huge fear thanks to her novel and having to travel the country to publicise it. I must admit that's one of the things that fills me with awe - read her story here - 'what I've really learned since being published' - it's fascinating and impressive and awesome all at once.

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, TheCreativePenn.com, 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

Debs

X

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.

 

 

FICTION

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.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘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.

NON-FICTION

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

Have a lovely week

d

Two things this week - first, having just seen for the second time, the superb movie Bridget Jones's Baby, I'm making the book my book of the week, but it's not the same as the film - there's an alternative storyline...

Second, thought I'd mention that lovely Jo Cannon has done an amazing blog explaining how becoming a writer helped her overcome what happened to her, a tragic event which changed her life, several years ago. Her spin on the effect writing has had has really rammed the point home that successful people are not some super-woman or man, and often have their own story of adversity, so let it be an inspiration to you.

Go here to read her enlightening blog - The Person I've Become - or 'what I've really learned since becoming published.' And don't forget to check out the rest of her website, or my archives from around January, for news about her fabulous first novel 'The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.'

BOOK OF THE WEEK - Bridget Jones's Baby.

I couldn't resist this one. Partly because it's in audiobook - it'll be next on my list, believe me, for those long journeys I'm about to go do up and down the M4 from and to my new base in Devon. But also because... there's a twist - the book was written before Hugh Grant refused to play Daniel Cleaver once again. So in this book - there's no Jack Quant, it's all about Daniel and Mark Darcy again!

Now unlike some, I'm one of the many who LOVED Bridget Jones - Mad About the Boy, the 'ten years after' scenario published a couple of years ago, in which our Bridge is in her early 50s. I won't tell you what happens, but it presents a completely new era for our beloved singleton.

Well, 'Baby' is set in between. So Bridget is in her early forties, and still torn between two lovers. But in the film it's a newcomer, played by the delectable and heartbreakingly gorgeous Patrick Dempsey. Which was great, loved it. Reviewed it on my QVC blog 'watch' section, as usual. However, this book version is an intriguingly tempting alternative, and I'm looking forward to it chiefly because Samantha Bond is so bloody good at narration.

Go here to hear a sample and to get it on Amazon's Audible.

Considering 'Mad about the Boy' is the only audiobook novel I've listened to FOUR times, you can imagine how good the narration is.

So what's the new one all about?

Before motherhood before marriage Bridget with biological clock ticking very, very loudly finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated however by a crucial but terribly awkward question - who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable decent notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming witty notable f***wit?

One reviewer on Audible for 'Baby' says - "generally, Helen Fielding doesn't do subtlety and there are lots of funny and exaggerated swipes at the way life is these days, but the growing love between Bridget and her unborn baby and the final lines of the story hit a genuine and emotional high note."

fabulous.

Coming soon - the new Jack Reacher, timed to coincide with the latest movie on the big screen. And more lovely Christmassy themed delights.

other news -

- Joanna Penn's latest one day workshops on how to make a living from writing - go here to find out more - London, November.

- Dear Julie - Should I be Plotting my Novels? my mentor and all round talented super-author, Julie Cohen talks all things structure for a column on Novelicious - click here to see which camp you fall into - a plotter or a 'pantser'...

- and congrats to my writing pal Sue Bassett, who proudly tweeted recently that she was now a fully fledged agented author, with her first book on its way to various publishers soon - go here to see her mentioned on the website of Richford Becklow. Proud or what!

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, TheCreativePenn.com, 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

Debs

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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.

 

 

FICTION

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.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘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.

NON-FICTION

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

Have a lovely week

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