- Sunny summer days in Surrey
– WIN a copy of my steamy novel Hawaiian Affair!
– Presenters in their bathing suits – Julia’s charity swim is nearly here
– And it’s a Super Sunday – our once a year bargain-fest!
Plus – a classic Alison Young blooper, and DVD review 'Cold Light of Day' – action all the way.
ABOUT BLOOMING TIME!
Oh at long last some sunny weather – makes all the difference to days out! And aren’t the plants loving it? What’s happening in your garden? My lilies – grown for the presenter competition – have sprouted up (they’re still little stubs but getting there!) And finally the flowers in the pots are all starting to come on a treat (with a little help from Richard Jackson’s Plant Food!). Remember these clematis climbers from last year?
Plus I’m at last actually able to pick some of ‘all my own work’ from the garden, to put in vases indoors! Yay!
We’ve had some wonderful days out so far, including the Abinger Hammer tea rooms where lovely Annie and Sally played host to dozens of families out in the sunshine last Sunday, there for the cricket on the typical English village green – so picturesque! Shame about the traffic, but we had a lovely tea.
We also visited the Open Day at nearby Wotton House, a cute little event with ponies for the kids to ride, a few stalls and pretty make-your-own flower displays. Not a massive event, but nice to have the family over, including my daughter and her man, and bruvva Del-boy and his missus. Derek is the one who recently tweeted Michelle Mone funny comments about being on with me with her faux tan! (see top pic). Hope you enjoy whatever you’re planning for the summer hols – any ‘staycations’ going on? Local day trips etc?
One thing some of the QVC peeps are planning to do, is to help our very own Julia Roberts this Sunday (7TH) in a charity swimming gala! I agreed to swim, as long as I didn’t have to display me body in me cossie! Lol. BUT it’s a matter of angles, really. For instance, look at these two pics taken thirty seconds apart last year on hols in Santa Monica, it might have well been twenty pounds apart! How can they be so different? Go figure?!
So anyway top marks to Jules for helping out her organisation related to the childhood illness she and others went through. She’s doing well so far, with the sponsorship – over £2,000 raised – do help her get to £3k – info below. And come along if you can? Next week, pics of people in pyjamas, rubber rings, and overcoming obstacles!
Here’s Julia’s message about it –
I'm swimming 100 lengths of the pool for my polio charity:
(The venue is Trinity School Sports Club, Shirley Park, Croydon CR9 7AT.The event is 11am – 1.30pm Sunday 7th.) Do feel free to donate if you can.
LOSING A LOVELY LADY
Just a quick word to say how sad we all were this week to learn that one of our regular faces on the modelling team, Beulah Hughes Grant has sadly passed away from her skin melanoma that she’d bravely battled with for the last six years. She died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones and I’m sure we speak for everybody in saying we send her family all the best at this sad time.
Still to come – film reviews featuring Henry Cavill, sneaky peeks at next week’s bargains, and what’s on this weekend on Super Sunday.
READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT
My weekly look at all thing book…
So with the events of this week in mind, I’ve a special book recommendation – an extra one – for anyone going through any sort of bereavement and who is interested in other people’s experiences of something similar.
A highly rated book – ‘Dying To Be Me’ – by Anita Moorjani – helped me to feel better about a loved one passing last year. It won’t be for everybody, and that’s ok, but if you like the things I like, do take a look.
It doesn’t matter if it’s true for everyone or not, it only matters that if it helps someone, then all well and good. Do go investigate if you can, and there are also some fascinating clips of Anita talking, on YouTube.
Go here to find out more about her
Here it is finally! News of how to get my first novel on eBook from amazon, in its complete format. And how to enter a comp to win a signed paperback copy – all below. First, thanks to Kat and her hubby for facebooking me this pic, taken at Glastonbury with my sis Linda, with the caption ‘perfect reading material for first anniversary!’
Lol! Well whatever the occasion you would like to read my book, here’s your chance to win a signed copy! Closing Date is Thursday 11th July (11.59pm) and all you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name and address, to say you’d like to enter, and who to sign it to, and you’ll be in the random draw. Winner announced next week!
In the meantime, if you’d like to read it on eBook, the great news is that finally the complete eBook is available in one title. But beware, it’s the steamy version! (PG complete version coming soon, with PG paperback out in time for xmas). (NB If you’d like to read Hawaiian Affair, but don’t like steamy bits, then the PG version is still available in instalments, just search my name on amazon and you’ll see it amongst the options.)
And click here if you’d like the steamy complete version.
Am really chuffed ‘cos you guys kindly keep leaving me some lovely reviews – the latest one is below – and thanks so much to those who keep asking me about book 2! Yes the ‘prequel’ is underway, where we find out how Sadie got to be in Monaco in the first place! And I already know what the ‘sequel’ will be about! In fact, I’m off for a writing holiday from end of next week, to get some serious scribbling done.
Review from Sarah on Amazon –
Really enjoyed reading Debbie's first novel, Hawaiian Affair. A true story with plenty of twists along the way that will keep you guessing. The characters are so believable and I really enjoyed the light hearted humour in parts. A perfect read to get lost in, plus the steamy nature will keep you reading! Well done and congrats Debbie x
Ooo a hard one this, since there’ve been so many lovely freebies available on amazon lately! Including Jane Wenham-Jones’ ‘One Glass is Never Enough’ and Mandy Baggott’s ‘Strings Attached’. But the one that I’ve just begun reading myself is at time of writing only 30p on the eBook amazon offer, and that’s a top-ten chart hit in the bestsellers list, ‘Watch Over Me’ by Daniela Sacerdoti. With over 700 five star reviews, it’s obviously got something going for it, so I downloaded it – which you can do here
I made it my book of the week because, when I began reading the ‘look inside’ segment, it almost immediately drew me in, making me want to read on – see if it does the same to you? Has anyone read it? Let me know what you thought below. I wouldn’t have picked it up from the product description alone, but the first few paragraphs enticed me to read on, and I liked her style. The story basically revolves around a broken hearted, broken woman with a broken marriage, and her unusual experience which changes forever the way she sees what awaits us after death, and about her second chances. Give it a go!
And if you’re a facebook friend, I give alerts when I see a new freebie promo eBook offer, so ‘friend’ me if you are interested! I am going to begin a book club for all such things on facebook, linked to the RiWiSi pages on my website, www.debbieflint.co.uk , so do go there to sign up for newsletter updates to keep informed when I launch it!
And just a quick extra here for you writers this week – go here (link already sent) to find out more about the annual famous Costa short story competition. And follow through the links to read about last year’s shortlist, as many of them include in their biog’s some of the other competitions they’ve entered, which is handy for writers wanting to discover other arenas to showcase their talent.
More about all things book on my website www.debbieflint.co.uk, on the RiWiSi page!
Ok so there was a little ‘titter’ on the Trinny and Susannah show this week, (see below) but not anywhere near as amusing as this little gem from the archives! Considering it’s the end of beauty month on QVC, and you’ve been loving last week’s reminder of the ‘cream on face’ boo-boo, here’s Alison Young’ hair mousse accident from circa 1996!
– First in ‘snippets’ this week, Proud Mummy time! Got my invite to ‘the wedding’ in October – and how innovative it is! Loved the little seal on the outside too, bless Brad my lovely son and Kari my daughter-in-law to be. October’s getting nearer and nearer! Come back to check in on next week’s blog to find out a (little) more about when Lauren and I go with Kari to her dress fitting on Wednesday next week!
– OMG how funny is this pic! Mat Trim’s dogs – during a camera sell last weekend – Sony camera took it – sold out too – but funniest thing was the fact that so many captions ran through my mind for this superb shot.
‘Bet you can’t capture me’ was one of the wittiest on twitter during the show! Can you do any better? Leave me a message on this blog – see below how to. And watch out for a new Canon camera this weekend on Super Sunday at an amazing TSV price – one of many…
– Behind the scenes just before going live, and Trinny and Susannah were catching up on some messaging! The show itself was lively, as usual. Here’s a little clip to make you smile, about the jacket I was wearing. (I’d probably still buy the 14 but I do like the girls’ knowledge and advice! ) Go here
– On one of my days off this week, I gave myself a pamper session – and frightened the dogs! Lol. Here’s why – item 203233, the overnight Facial and Miracle Mask – and yes, it peeled off afterwards exactly like when lovely beauty expert Sarah Chapman does it! Satisfying – and lovely skin afterwards!
– And finally in this week’s snippets, a facebook funny that made me feel all warm fuzzy as well as made me smile. I hope you can expand the pic to read the little story – altogether now… awww bleeesssssss!
WATCH – Ok so John Cusack’s The Raven (on my skyplus) lost out to another fab Henry Cavill DVD for this week’s review. It’s last year’s ‘Cold Light of Day’ with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver too – a fast-paced conspiracy tale, with slightly less clichéd and boring chase sequences than the run of the mill ‘escape’ movies. But a note-worthy, powerful performance from Henry Cavill – really really good, actually. In fact, it’s surprisingly good. Oh, and you get to see his chest. 7 and three quarters out of ten – so , for me, that’s pretty good!
QVC – SNEAKY PEEKS
Shhh – In a couple of Sundays' time, we’re planning a big ‘fruit-based’ brand (as Lee Hohbein would say!) mini tablet, featuring a5 chip as a Today’s Special Value… say no more! Oh ok, then, you can spread the word!
QVC – THIS WEEK
This weekend it’s our annual TSV extravaganza – yes, Super Sunday is back! With no less than 30 Today’s Special Value’s all on one day! But be warned – some of them are only on once or twice! And a plethora of presenters to bring them to you – several each hour. Watch out for the midnight launch of an amazing Elemis kit I sneaky peeked a few weeks ago, as Jilly, Craig and I kick off the day Saturday night at midnight. Plus bargains for the next 24 hours, from Samsung, Clarks, Veronese, Easiyo and a lot more besides! Join me also for a special from H Forman Salmon in the 7pm show (Sunday 7th) – if there’s any left! And not to be outdone – don’t forget this Saturday, (6th) it’s L’Occitane’s little tote bag of mini’s – what a great gift idea!
Finally, that hair-growth device I warned you about – is actually due on air this coming Tuesday all day. It really does help certain thinning hair conditions I’m told, and will have an incredible try-it period of 120 days!
Well I’ll be back on air Mon and Tue too, then off for my week’s writing. Cornwall maybe – possibly in the motorhome – possibly with my good friend Mr Back of my Tandem for company – purely to help me write of course! (he’s a scriptwriter). Let’s hope the promised good weather continues!
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