ANNIVERSARIES, CHAMPNEYS, Debbie does Devon, and The Secret Life of Bees

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Debbie at the ChampneysThis Week – 

- Four years back at QVC (ten in total!) this week!

- Spa break and writing holiday – what a treat

- Introducing Pirate the Tripawd cat…

- Chloe’s shaving foam mishap – funny blooper!

- And The Secret Life of Bees in review

Plus RiWiSi focus on Hot Italian Men! What should my hunk be called

P.S. – LAST DAY OF 99p OFFER ON MY PG EBOOK – ends Friday 20th!

 

FOUR YEARS BACK AT QVC
So – this month I celebrate a major milestone in my time at QVC – I’ve been back four years! Plus the six I was here initially Feb ’94 – Feb 2000 actually makes my time presenting at QVC reach the magic 10 years this month! Happy anniversary to me!

To help mark the occasion, I took myself off for a mini-break (in true Bridget Jones style!) to Champneys. The last four years have flown, for sure, and I have had some of the best times in my career.

Like Saturday Night Gifts (returning Saturday, see QVC section below)! And like meeting some heroes, including Wayne Dyer, some BCC ladies and so much more. What’s been your highlight over the last four years?

There have been diverse publicity shots too! Here are a selection of QVC pics over the years – in date order, left-right!

Debbie headshots More Debbie heashots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder if anyone’s still got one of the old ones? If you’d like a signed pic of the most recent shot, just email me at debbieflintblog@qvc.com or send a Stamped Addressed Envelope, and say who you’d like it signed to, to:

Debbie Flint, Presenters’ Lounge, QVC, Unit 8, 556 Chiswick Park Rd, Chiswick, London, W45XU

And don’t forget – on 1st October, QVC is 20! There’ll be some whopping celebrations then for sure! See below to find out what I’m launching as that day’s TSV too.

 

CHAMPNEYS MINI BREAK
The ChampneysMeanwhile, it was time to use up some remaining annual leave and take myself off to a long awaited spa break at Champneys, Forest Mere.

Not too far away and perfect for missus fussy-eater, here, along with a wide range of classes and extra treatments you can choose.

In the three whole days I was there I had a fabulous facial and hot stone massage, courtesy of the Elemis team. Then reflexology, followed by chi ball, yoga, total body stretch and a wonderful anti-stress massage. Theresa and Tracy the anti-stress and reflexology therapists were EXCELLENT!

I also had three other interesting sessions, which I’m going to tell you about in a few weeks’ time, cos I’m waiting to see their impact. Mysterious? Watch this space!

But it was definitely a TiFFT (try it for the first time event). Lauren my daughter joined me for a day too, and we went swimming in their amazing pool and took a walk in windy grounds. But the sun did come out occasionally! when I took this vid.

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Champneys dinnerI have to say the food was outstanding. I stuck to mainly low-carbs – trying to get a bit trimmer in time for my son’s wedding in three weeks’ time! (he had stag do this week – see Snippets below!)

But my fave was this meal – I could eat it again now! Yummm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing that wasn’t quite great was the weather, but the geese seemed to love it! I asked Daughter about taking a blog pic, one day we were sitting there looking freshly scrubbed and a bit bedraggled if I’m honest!, and she said she’d prefer not to have one done in our dressing gowns.

Geese at the ChampneysSo I hope you don’t mind the obvious pic not being on here but sometimes, just sometimes, I’ve gotta not live my life online! Lol! The rest of the year it’s Deb on the Web! Hehe! So here’s the geese instead – haha!

 

 

 

 

P.S. – Fellow presenter Craigy my OOMBFF (one of my best friends forever!) was well-jel, so next time I go, he’s going to come with me too – it’ll be fab fun!

 

DEBBIE DOES DEVON
Then straight after the spa weekend, it was down to the serious business of writing my next novel, and commencing the upload of the paperback of HA PG version. So, off to Devon I went to see writing pal Alix again.

Reason is ‘cos I’m trying to finish my prequel by mid October, to go on sale in November after all the proofing. Am still amazed by the feedback about my first book Hawaiian Affair (Now 67/75 five star reviews just on steamy version) Whoop! Oh and it’s last day of 99p offer for PG version today (Friday 20th) – see RiWiSi below.

So it’ll be nerve-wracking to put my second ever novel up online to see what people think! But first I have to write the thing! It helps having some fab hunky men to write about – see below for info about an Italian one!

Dartmoor viewAnd what better place than here -  this is the view two mins from Alix’s place near Okehampton. It was lovely, once more, to be out on Dartmoor – Alix lives on the edge of the National Park.

It’s quiet and calm, and even though most of the week we had awful weather – like most of the country eh? – we managed to take a day out to Chagford.

The sun was shining and we went for lunch in the newly refurbished Three Crowns Inn. Lovely!

Debbie and Alix in DevonAnd I got tons and tons of writing done! Hooray! At least another 8000 words on the prequel.

And guess what? I’ve added a new beginning – featuring an Italian Adonis in a scene with one of the two heroines (yes there are two) in my prequel to Hawaiian Affair*.

But I need your help – what shall I call him?  Leave me a comment below with your suggestion and see RiWiSi below for more!

And I helped Alix, alias Mary Jane Hallowell, upload her first paperback of her upcoming novel to Createspace. Have any of you lot done that?

When I did my own first novel it took me THREE DAYS to get it right! Now I see they have a template you can use! Pah! So it meant everything was much faster and Alix was very proud of herself – for a lady in her mid-sixties she should be – she was fab!

I love visiting Alix – she inspires me – and pretty Belstone. And to think, it’s been four years since the Ladies of Posara writing group met for the first time in Tuscany!

Jessica HartJessica Hart our tutor – she’s written over 60 romances with Mills & Boon publishers, so knows a thing or two about novels. And since then we’ve gone strength to strength. I’ll be doing the online book launch party with some of them at the end of November – see below.

 

 

 

 

Anyway, I thought I would mark the four year anniversary of us all meeting up with a nice piece on my website in RiWiSi-Go-Large.

Last week’s told how one of our group, Claire Firth, is self-publishing for the first time, go here to read more. And others have done very well indeed! Now time for RiWiSi!

 

RiWiSi – READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT – my weekly look at all things book!

See below for some fab info if you’re one of the many kind people who’ve told me you can’t wait for the next novel to come out! An update on how it’s going – if you didn’t know, it’s the prequel to Hawaiian Affair.

Plus, a reminder about how to get HA for 99p if you’re quick. And an invite to our online book launch!

Plus a SUPER Book of the Week – My Granny Writes Erotica!

This week’s topic of the week over on my website, RiWiSi-Go-Large page, is spoiler reviews – don’t you just hate them? Have any ever put you off buying a book cos they gave away the plot? Go add your opinion there – or below if you like!

 

*PG version – Last Day at 99p (Fri 20th)
Hawaiin Affair PG coverOk so it’s nearly over – the final chance to get the PG eBook of Hawaiian Affair is Friday, at 99p.

BTW I am so chuffed – Hawaiian Affair has now got 140/159 five stars! (across all the options). So anyway, the next big milestone is the release of the long-awaited PAPERBACK of the PG version (without the steamy bits! Or as Leighton Denny says – the ‘detail’! hehe).

Here’s a sneaky peek at the PG paperback cover (almost identical but with subtle differences – a bit like the novels themselves!) See if you can spot the difference!

 

 

Hawaiin Affair PGIf you want a paperback but don’t like raunch, the PG version will be the one to buy your daughter or grandma – depending on your grandma!

(Otherwise the steamy version paperback is already available on Amazon, as is the complete eBook and getting some great feedback from happy readers – thankfully! Phew!)

More on RiWiSi-Go-Large about reviews – this week – why do some people précis the whole story in their review! Spoilers – grrr! But happily not many have done that on any of my reviews at the moment.

 

What shall I call my Italian hunk in my new novel?
Ok so I asked on Facebook about a good name for a hot character from Italy, and received about two dozen different options! I’ve narrowed it down, then, to the three I like best so far.

Would you help me choose? For instance should the Adonis from Tuscany in my next novel be named –

- Ferro (means iron apparently)

- Pietro – sounds kind of cool

- or Alessandro – although I’m not sure about a name that’s appeared in a Lady GaGa song! Lol.

Leave me a comment below to let me know. Or email me at debbie@debbieflint.com.

 

Date for your online diary!
The Ladies of Posara reading clubAnd the other news about the prequel is, you’re invited to an online ‘party’! Whoop! Along with some of the other Ladies of Posara (see pic) we are due to launch our new titles the last weekend in November.

Please join us on Facebook on Thursday 28th November for the launch ‘party’ – lots of giveaways and fun questions – with four or five of us authors taking part. Will be fab!

Most of those pictured here have managed to publish our books in the four years since Tuscany.

I’m very proud of our group, spearheaded by Emily Harvale, who will be masterminding the online party in November. More soon.

 

Book of the Week – My Granny Writes Erotica
Granny EroticaTalk about a zeitgeist for the early ‘teens and just perfect for 2013 readers who are ’50-shades-of-grey’ed’ out! I saw this book online – making waves on Amazon – and thought I’d have to feature it this week!

My Granny Writes Erotica is a timely response to the tidal wave of titillation and erotic romance swamping the online stores nowadays. And the high-street stores and supermarkets come to that!

In this book by Rosen Trevithick, newly single, straight-laced Betty needs a get rich quick scheme, and completes her life’s ambition to write a bestselling novel – the research she endures and the fall out that ensue are a delight to behold – it’s a comedy, and doing really well on Amazon! Well done Rosen!

Have you read it? If so, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

More about all things book over on this week’s Friday Fiction Focus including advance warning of the Bath Novel Award writing competition…

And come back next week for news of a free steamy eBook you won’t want to miss!

 

BLOOPER
This week’s on air howler features my room-mate (dressing room buddy and roomie) Chloe Everton – and the curious case of the Elemis shaving foam incident – oh how Keeley laughed!

 

 

SNIPPETS
I can do it page- Time for the ‘I Can Do It Weekend Early Bird booking deal’ to end soon – do go to their website to book a fabulous weekend of amazing inspirational self-help speakers. Am going with Craig again like last year – can’t wait! Click here for more info about I Can Do It weekend in London on 12th and 13th October.

 

 

 

 

Pirate the kitten- PIRATE THE THREE LEGGED KITTEN – the story begins… From this week I’m going to have an update on Pirate the little kitten who is the sole survivor from the litter discovered by a kind person in Essex who took him (and his brother Peg who sadly died soon afterwards) to Golden Oldies Cat Rescue – which is not just for oldies!

Pirate lost his back right leg when it was believed to have been chewed off by an inexperienced stray mother who accidentally removed a paw when she bit the cords.

Well, after a shaky start, and losing his little brother, he’s coming on leaps and bounds, albeit wonky leaps.

He’s so cute, he’s now got his own Facebook page! You can like it here. Next week – what happened in his first few weeks of life? And what’s his future? Will they have to operate? More next week on snippets!

 

Food and behaviour research- Food and Behaviour Research have a fascinating new seminar coming up -  
Feeding Healthy Minds. Held in London on the 29th October, the seminar would make a fascinating day out for those with children, or trying to get pregnant or anyone just with an interest in infant nutrition and behavioural research.

Go here to book ASPAP – places are limited and it will feature the latest studies done by the original scientist who worked on the Durham School Trials, from where the current craze for Omega 3 began.

Visit the website if you can’t go to the conference, where you’ll see why Omega 3 is vital for heart health as well as so much more.

 

Brad's stag in Ibiza- My son Brad’s stag do was this week – a weekend away with these lads – Ibiza didn’t know what hit it! Lol! They are remaining tight lipped about what happened – to be honest, I’m pleased about that, ignorance is bliss!

But the one story that did filter back was that it was my 38 year old brother Glenn who ended up in A&E on the last day… ‘cos his contact lens got stuck! Hehe!

Anyway, thank goodness it’s over and now the big wedding is only three weeks away! EEEk!-

 

 

Facebook funny- Facebook funny this week – just had to include it – made me smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES
WATCH – The Secret Life of Bees. Star studded or what! This is a DVD which Lauren and I watched on the night she joined me at Champneys, when we felt like a good film.

With an emotionally-deep, rich tapestry of black and white characters in 1960’s America, Queen Latifa and Alicia Keys (yes really) and Jennifer Hudson (as usual) were fab. But Dakota Fanning as Lily, the white kid brought up by them after running away from her abusive dad (Paul Bettany), was outstanding.

We gave it 8.75 out of ten. Worth a watch to make you feel good about life – or good about your own life! Just keep the tissues at hand.

 

QVC – SNEAKY PEEKS 
 – Which former CBBC colleague of mine and would-be chef is due to appear on QVC in the not too distant future? See if you can guess! Dale’s looking forward to being on the show with him!

- With Sara Griffiths now back on air (do go say hi to her on her blog!) now there’s a brand new presenter in the wings! She’s due on the schedules around the beginning of October, all being well!

Some people say she’s a bit like me in her personality. I’m sure she’ll fit right in!

Plus – at the end of next week my fave hairdryer, Ego is back with a TSV on Friday 27th!

And – the week after, help to celebrate our 20th birthday on 1st October! And if you like your Clogau, you must join me launching that day at midnight Monday 30th for a very limited run of a beautiful Clogau watch!

 

QVC THIS WEEK
First of this week’s highlights – of course! Saturday Night Gifts with Dale – he’s on the launch show, 8pm on 21st – then we alternate until Xmas! Should be great, don’t miss it.

Have you seen the fab new promo? Leave a comment below to let me know your memories of last year’s series – what did you enjoy most?

Other highlights –
Perfect Formula nailcare - 203826- SUNDAY NIGHT MIDNIGHT – PERFECT FORMULA LAUNCH with an introduction pack to the brand that some people have said –

“NEVER BEFORE …….have i had such beautiful nails. Been a nail biter all of my life,worn false tips that have damaged my real nails….tried this and the pink gel coat and WOW WOW….i have nails . Thankyou so much” 

 

 

 

Kipling bag - 108660- Then do watch out for my hour with Ginetta and gorgeous Diamonique Veronese 11pm Monday, the return of Algenist with Alison on Tues at 5pm, and a new Kipling TSV Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK – the first instalment in the countdown to the release of the prequel to Hawaiian Affair – excerpt warning!

And – more from Pirate the three paw’ed little black kitten – how he’s doing on his journey to getting better.

Have a lovely week! And don’t forget to tell me your suggestions for my Italian Hunk’s name!

Best wishes
Debs
X

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25 Comments

  1. Mo Whitelaw September 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    My vote Alessandro (as it was me that orginally suggested it) he he I honestly dont think of the song when I hear it. I love the name Alessandro.
    I love the title of your blog – Debbie does Devon!! Lol – hope you enjoyed it :)
    Very jel of your Spa break!
    Loads of Love Mo xx

  2. jean mullen September 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I always love reading your blog so interesting. I also have been reading your book its great. I have a question for you what has happened to the other Debbie greenwood.
    jean

  3. Karen Stevenson September 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi
    I always love reading your blogs they do make me smile. I wondered if you can help I missed out on Babyliss pro culer when it was TSV back in March time I did have it on wait list but it never came back into stock. Could you tell me if it may come back I am desperate for one saw them in Boots but unlike QVC they don’t deliver to Mallorca .Thanks in advance

  4. Susan September 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    One question Debs…how did you fit that many treatments into your break?! And does it not cost a bomb? Or do you go somewhere I don’t know about to get deals??
    Poor Glenn btw!
    x

  5. martin forbes September 21, 2013 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    i have the first 2photos still debbie taoing on sky tonight dale 8to 1o have anight out got day off work for qvcs 2oth made sure i requested the day off.best of luck for brads wedding.hope your daughter is well and yourself i would like the new photo if posible

  6. Andie Sacks September 21, 2013 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Love the piece about baby Pirate! Thank you for sharing this precious baby and his progress with everyone xxx
    Andie

  7. vanessa Bond September 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    hi Debbie loved your book cant for next one x

  8. Janet Hall September 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, really enjoyed your blog this week. Glad you enjoyed your little break and managed lots of writing too.
    It was lovely to see Sara back on the TV but I really cannot believe you have been back for four years, where did that time go haha. Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary and yes I have all your pictures still some of which were signed personally to me. I also have most of all the other presenters too some who have left now, its so nice to look back from time to time.
    Your Brad looks pretty happy on his stag do my Nephew will be doing the same in Austria in February, can’t see much being done on the Ski slopes though.
    Take care Debbie and have a great week. Love Jan, Ollie and Solo xxx

  9. Sue Wilson September 22, 2013 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Glad to hear that your new novel is on the way I can’t wait to read the next book. I really enjoyed Hawaiian Affair I was hooked from the first page and found that I couldn’t put it down.
    Keep up the good work
    Sue x

  10. Karen September 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Another very interesting and exciting blog!
    Your Spa break seemed amazing! My friend and I went to a Spa Hotel in Arran recently and it was just a lovely way to spend a few days…on a beautiful wee island. Have you ever be to Arran?
    Loved your book soooo much and cannot wait for the Prequel.
    Italian Hunks > Marco or Lorenzo, hehe?
    All the Best
    Karenxx

  11. Ruth September 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Ferro sounds like a cat’s name to me. Pietro for some reason makes me think of a very skinny wimp sort of bloke – the type with black hair, bald head, huge glasses, bad skin, and a skinny white body lol. Alessandro is too associated with LG song imo – it was such a big hit everyone will think you copied it from that. Sorry that’s not what you probably wanted to hear :-(
    How about Dante? or Dominic? or Salvatore?
    xx

  12. Nicki Lawrence September 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb
    I love the name and was going to suggest Alessandro; conjures up classy, affluent, tall, dark and handsome, so was delighted to see it as one of the vote options.
    Love your blogs and looking forward to hearing more on little baby Pirate’s progress.
    Have a fab week.
    Nicki x

  13. susan September 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Wonder why really did lovely jules and debs leave debs? Suspicious. X

  14. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 2:52 am -  Reply

    Mo –
    thanks hon! Glad you like the name – you’ll be beta reading all about him soon enough! hehe!
    hugs
    d
    x

  15. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 2:55 am -  Reply

    Jean -= susan –
    As you’ll have seen if you caught the brief blog mentions on blog page last week, both Julian and Deb G have gone off to other projects, but both can be contacted via facebook or twitter – you’ll see @debGreenwoodTV and Julian ballantyne on facebook.
    best wishes and I’m sure they’d be chuffed to know you were asking about them!
    d
    x

  16. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:00 am -  Reply

    Karen –
    Glad you like the look of the babyliss – best bet is to look for it online on our pages, and also to email customer_careUK@QVC.com as they’ll know faster than me!
    Wow – lucky you – Mallorca eh!
    Nice!
    hugs
    d
    x

  17. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:02 am -  Reply

    Susan –
    yes poor Glenn! He’s ok now bless him! Brad’s all excited about Friday too – big day!
    ps got a nice complimentary Elemis one courtesy of Keeley and team – nice surprise! But others were just one or two a day – I paid for it as part of my stay, as normal. But the overall three night deal was on one of their special deals offers – always worth keep checking back!
    Wish I could go back again soon!
    d
    x

  18. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:03 am -  Reply

    Martin – just email me as I mentioned in the blog hon, to get an updated pic! Am impressed you kept it so long!
    Yes all exciting stuff this week!
    d
    :-)

  19. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:05 am -  Reply

    Andie –
    would love to go meet him sometime! Bless him! Let’s hope he doesn’t need an op on his little back leg stump after all!
    More in the next few weeks and thanks for keeping me up to date!
    d
    x

  20. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:07 am -  Reply

    Vanessa –
    Sooooo glad! I love hearing what people think! It’s the end of November for the next one – paperback and eBook both coming out at same time – only one option too, altho there might be a steamy spin off short story to go with it… am deciding! lol
    hugs
    d
    x
    ps do add your review on amazon if you can – very kind!

  21. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:08 am -  Reply

    Jan –
    am impressed you kept the pics so long! Yes we’ve had a fabulous line up of people throughout the years haven’t we! lol.
    Ta so much for such a kind comment!
    hugs
    d
    x

  22. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:09 am -  Reply

    Sue –
    awwww thanks so much hon – very kind of you to let me know – it warms me cockles when people say such stuff! And specially when they leave me a review on amazon!
    Am frantically scribbling (metaphorically!) away to get the next one done!
    d
    x

  23. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:11 am -  Reply

    Karen –
    so happy you loved the book too! And yes the spa break was truly heaven – deffo going back – craigy may accompany me! lol.
    Do leave me a review on amazon if you haven’t already hon!
    best wishes
    d
    x

  24. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:12 am -  Reply

    Ruth –
    am sure others will think the same as you – and that’s ok – and I do thank you for your honest opinion! sometimes we learn more from critique than praise eh!
    thanks for leaving a comment!
    hugs
    d
    x

  25. debbs f September 29, 2013 at 3:14 am -  Reply

    Nicki –
    yes little pirate is doing well – so far! fingers crossed he goes from strength to strength!
    More about him next week!
    and yes – it’s alessandro! by majority vote – on facebook and twitter as well as on here!
    glad it conjures up that image for you – me too, once I get past the Ga~Ga connection! lol
    d
    x

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