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My book in at No.79! Win the trilogy


Yes, finally my book ‘Take a Chance on Me’ (TACOM) is in the famous high street bookseller, WHSmith – in their travel outlets at stations and airports and it’s gone in the top 100 this week! Since I started writing, it’s been the dream, of course – to take a ‘shelfie’ in a bookshop selling my writing – how proud am I! Supplied by a proper publisher, it means someone else takes care of the small stuff.  Currently it’s best value if you ‘buy one get one half price.’ If you get the chance to go to a local bookshop and ask for it, or find it or order it, do send me a pic, if you get one? Am happy to email you a personalised handwritten signed message you can print out to put inside it, if it’s a gift. Otherwise watch out for signing dates – it may be in a big bookshop near me or in London, in the New Year. (Sign up to my email newsletter  or alternatively ‘like’ my Facebook page for updates. I hope you get to find it before it gets replaced – they have a high turnaround in the lower numbers so fingers crossed you get it before it goes! But at least it was there – and to me that’s what counts. A true TiFFT!

Thanks to my pal Litty for reporting this sighting in Euston station. Do pop along if you’re near!

Litty's tweet

By the way, the sequel is out in the summer. I had a meeting this week at lovely Foxhills Club in Ottershaw to discuss it with my publisher, Choc Lit. My heroine Sadie from TACOM has a sister Helen and the next book will be about her – and her fight to win an online column called *’Try it for the First Time’ club. (Sound familiar?! Lol) so get a TACOM now and be ready to read book two in June. (Originally all from the Hawaiian Trilogy). Find out where to get them on eBook or paperback here on this week’s Read it Write it Sell it blog on my website.

Competition! Or take part in this month’s comp to win not only a signed paperback copy of TACOM but also the prequel and the sequel called Hawaiian Escape and Hawaiian Retreat. These two books will be amalgamated to create the new one. Just leave a comment below to stand a chance to win. Also included will be one of my favourite products, Gatineau’s neck and throat gel, which is still available in a trio for now with 19p P&P. Buy yours whilst the offer is on and leave me a comment below to say ‘enter me’ and maybe if you like, tell me what is the best book you’ve ever read. Read the T&Cs.

Prize collage

Stop press! If you’re a Friday early bird, do join me for my weekly Friday 6pm chat on QVC UK Facebook page – this week it’s all about our Festive Food finale that’s going on till 8pm that night. I’ll chat till I go on air at 7. And a survey about your Christmas meal in your house!

Doggy Update – Lesley Nicol, Downton’s Cook, with another fab prize!

How amazing is this Mega Draw raffle prize? Lovely Lesley is a fellow ambassador for my charity Medical Detection Dogs for whom we are fundraising to try to buy industrial freezers to store samples in for the vital three year study about to begin. She’s got the cast of Downton to sign a Downton Abbey book! It’ll be joined by a silk scarf and become a hoped-for prize I’m sure! All this is to help provide funds for the next round of studies – the research is one part of what MDD do, and the Medical Alert Dogs are the other side, providing fully trained clever canines to help poorly people cope.

Lesley Nicol

Here’s a selection of the latest prizes to be announced – spot your favourite? Enter soon – it’s being drawn on 14th December, the same night we have another super ‘just for fun’ online |Christmas quiz with Patrick Hoy Go here to find out more bout how to buy a ticket for just £5..

Mega Draw

Meet Derek the Medical Alert Pup I Named! And from the Summer fundraiser when I raised enough to name a puppy, lo and behold here comes Derek the little Labrador who will be training to help become an alert dog, helping take care of one lucky owner who will be given him to aid their battle with diabetes, for instance. Soooo sweeeeeet! Hoping to meet him next Friday 11th! More about him on my newsletter from last Friday here – do go read! And sign up for the newsletters if you want to, to be the first to see the exclusive updates I post regularly including big news about my fundraising. Last minute xmas cards on MDD website here btw. I love being part of this and at time of writing nearly £2450 has been raised. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Derek the pup

Back to You Update So in the week my first steamy romance went into WHSmiths travel outlets, I am very excited about my non-fiction book too. This week we had a chat about the next Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 book online – watch out just before Christmas for a snippet of the new cover! Taken in this lovely Yong Kim dress.

Yong Kim dress

And the wellbeing show itself returns aptly on New Years’ Day at 3pm – do join me – Back to You will be mid-afternoon, I’m told – and I’ll be on the Qpage afterwards for a webchat about your new year’s resolutions etc! Plus join me this Friday on the QPage for foodie chat during our four hour Festive Food finale! Tons of goodies all delivered in time for Christmas. Our final date for Chrsitmas delivery is 21st December.

Beauty Bash Tickets on Sale Now! I promised I’d announce it – I did this week as soon as they went on sale. Still available, if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to go to one of our huge beauty exhibitions in London (19/20/21 Jan). Buy yours now!

Beauty Bash


Charlie Bears’ Catch Up Of course lovely Will and Charlie from Charlie Bears were in this week – telling me about their own fundraising for MDD, via little mini-mohair Bones dog which is nearly up to £2000!

Charlie, Will and Debbie

I got this little sweetie – the 2016 Mohair Bear of the Year – watch this clip – this is my ‘look who I’ve found’ for this week:


Get the 2016 Mohair Bear of the Year and also Just Because bear.

Westfield Evening Out with Brad it was time for our annual ‘mum and Bradley’ night when my son and I ‘do Westfield Mall’ too this week – always have such a lovely time with my boy and am very proud of him as ever. After supper we went to see ‘Bridge of Spies’ (which I’ve just realised is a play on the Venetian ‘Bridge of sighs’… doh!) starring Tom Hanks – see below, it was fab. Had a nice lunch with Lauren same day – lovely to see my girl too for lunch same day and have a pogger with the dogs!

Brad and Debbie

Red Carpet Fan Spotted on Instagram! Well done Adele – great choice! Mine are lasting me ages atm as my sis does a super manicure – I often visit her at Westcroft Leisure Centre – Surrey Health Spa, for some fab treatment called IBX ( I think!) Red Carpet Ready is still available on QVC.

 Adele manicure

Facebook Funny – Three Wise Women – only joking – I know some very capable men too…! Lol. AND how bout this – snowman kit! Lol

Facebook funnies

BLOOPER – well it’s a highlight this week – watch this

WATCH  – double whammy this week – Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith

I’ve signed up for ‘Limitless’ which is the Odeon’s free pass system for one monthly fee I can see any film any time for free – whoo hoooo! So this week and last, I saw three! Lol. One was Lady in the Van with the inimitable Maggie Smith who plays an incorrigible real life hobo character living outside Alan Bennet’s house in London – she came for three months and stayed for fifteen years. It’s all character driven as you’d expect with a Bennet production and well worth a watch – if you love Dame Maggie it’s a given. Her performance makes it a nine out of ten. Loved it.


And Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks Well actually I saw it with my son Brad, Tom was unavailable! Hehe! Another superb film – kept my attention from the word go, and all the better for being based on a true story of espionage in the Cold War and one ordinary insurance attorney’s (Hanks’) fight for fairness in a hostage exchange. He’s brilliant in it, he’s definitely grown into these roles with more gravitas, even if his current ‘look’ makes me think of the basketball head character in Castaway…! A Good 8.75 out of ten = high!


This week on QVC –

  • Saturday 5th – L’Occitane – the bumper Christmas Today’s Special Value bundle!
    L'Occitane TSV
  • Sunday 6th – as teased last week the lovely Links of London bracelet is bargain of the day
    Links TSV
  • Monday 7th – great innovative pics if their phones are always running down – set of 2 HALO chargers with RFID!
    HALO tsv
  • Tuesday Yankee Candle sampler deal!
    Yankee TSV
  • Sneaky peek – Friday midnightmy telly hubby Lee and I will be bringing you an Acer Iconia 10” android tablet.
    Acer TSV


Next week – our big family get together happening on Sunday … meeting telly hubby and others in London … our presenter Christmas lunch! … and the final countdown for the Mega Draw and more amazing prizes are posted … Don’t miss it! And follow me on twitter if you like – @debbieflint

Best wishes for a great week!



Ps *’Try it for the First Time’

Pps keep in touch with me via Twitter, @debbieflint and via my Facebook page – search DebbieFlintQVC (page) or go here.

Go to my own website for full info about my novel writing, my Read it Write it Sell it blog and my Back to You show blog and well-being info, plus ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ weight loss book and also my charity for which I’m delighted to be an ambassador, Medical Detection Dogs, just go via my website, www.debbieflint.com

OR do leave me a comment below – just state your email address (not shown), a name, and comment!



  1. l taylor December 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm -  Reply


  2. Jacqueline Matheson December 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Enter me – Debbie, my favourite book of all time is ‘Everything to gain’ by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

  3. Lisa wolf December 4, 2015 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please. Would love to win
    Best book which I read as a child is Jennie by Paul Gallico. Beautiful & touching.
    Have a great day.
    Love reading your blog & books.

  4. theresa December 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to see your book is doing well going to order 2 tomorrow one for a friend as she loves a book at christmas as part of her gift and the other for me to read boxing day when I’m all cozy in my own home. Like you Debbie I love going out with my son some of my friends think its weird and the same when I take my grandaughter but I love the times we have together. Look forward to reading your blogs etc and the previews of things to come so thank you, also could you please enter me into thecompetion.

  5. Barbara Casey December 4, 2015 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Enter Me xx

    Best book ever read Rebecca xx

  6. Elaine Randles December 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Enter me. Pleasse enter me for the book comp. Would love to read Debbie’s novels!

  7. Annette sheard December 5, 2015 at 1:24 am -  Reply

    Please enter me in your comp.

  8. Ruby Homawala December 5, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Please enter me. Looking forward to reading the books over the holiday period. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all.

  9. lizzie December 5, 2015 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Just read “take a chance on me”. I needed a cold shower! Seriously though, Debbie, what a brilliant read, enjoyed it all. Well done

  10. Amanda December 6, 2015 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    Enter me to win the trilogy,please.x

  11. AMANDA PORTER December 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Derek is so cute, how adorable. And what an amazing job he will be trained to do.
    Please enter me onto the draw to win your books. Number 72 is an amazing feat. xx

  12. stephanie December 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    I would love to read your books for free especially with my favorite Gatineau product

  13. Gail December 7, 2015 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Well done you x. Wow, so much info in all your blogs Debbie, I really don’t know where you find the time, but I’m glad you do. So many snippets of info, upcoming TSVs and so on. Hope you have a lovely week with telly hubby etc. Saw Lee’s ‘pad’ on Twitter (nice one Lee).

    Anyway Debs, wishing you and your family a lovely healthy, happy Christmas and, like I’ve said on here before, CANT BELIEVE YOU HAVENT BEEN SNAPPED UP YET xxx

  14. Jacqui Hnad December 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Please Enter Me.
    Hi Deb’s,
    Congratulations on your success, you deserve it.
    Also good luck for your upcoming event for the charity Medical Detection Dogs,
    Derek is adorable.
    Hope you raise loads of money for a wonderful charity.
    Have a Great Christmas and may the New Year be as successful for you as 2015 has been.
    Hopefully see you at the Beauty Bash on Tues 19th Jan.
    Love Jacqui XXXXX

  15. Jacqui Hand December 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Please Enter Me.
    Hi Deb’s,
    Congratulations on your success, you deserve it.
    Also good luck for your upcoming event for the charity Medical Detection Dogs,
    Derek is adorable.
    Hope you raise loads of money for a wonderful charity.
    Have a Great Christmas and may the New Year be as successful for you, as 2015 has been.
    Hopefully see you at the Beauty Bash on Tues 19th Jan.
    Love Jacqui XXXXXX

  16. Claire Secker December 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Enter me (please) best book I’ve read (about 20 times) Riders by Jilly Cooper x

  17. Debbie Flint December 8, 2015 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Gail – aw thanks honey! very kind!
    Lizzie – funnyyyy! Hope it cooled you down afterwards! lol
    everyone else – thanks for entering – very kind! x

  18. Tracey barber December 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations. Please enter me

  19. Louise Thompson December 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Enter me in the competition please.

  20. Jill Beattie December 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Enter me! Well done Debbie,must be something in the air ,presenters now novelists. So many favourite books,thought I’d mention on by a relatively new author ‘Feels like the first time’ by Shawn Inmon…..took me back to my youth. Wishing you and the family a wonderful Christmas x

  21. Jane December 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie saw a picture of you on twitter wearing glasses they really suited you where did you get them from and will you be wearing them live on qvc? Love jane x x

  22. Rose Edgar December 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please x

  23. Eileen davies December 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please for the comp happy xmass to all at qvc

  24. ashley smith December 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    enter me please x

  25. carole forster December 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Please enter me for the competition
    My favourite book: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

  26. sue lee December 9, 2015 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely loved The Wise Women quote!! Please enter me in the competition, thank you. X

  27. Margaretpeirson December 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please

  28. A TAYLOR December 9, 2015 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Enter me in competition …would love to read your new book…love your books!!!
    Have a wonderful Xismas QVC UK XOXO

  29. Jayne Heath December 9, 2015 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please. Happy Christmas to you all at QVC

  30. Wendy Arnold December 10, 2015 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    Yes please enter me, thank you

  31. Valerie Crane December 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please.Read your books on holiday had to keep going in the sea to cool off.Really great reads enjoyed them.

  32. Andrea Harvey December 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Yes please enter me in your competition.

  33. Stavroulla Downes December 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Please enter me in your competition, I particularly liked the Book Theif.

  34. pat whittaker December 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Enter me into your competition.Love reading your blogs. X

  35. Debra flowers December 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Debbie please enter me I would love to win your book. Debs

  36. Stavroulla December 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    I love to read and take myself away from the stress of life. I read all kinds of books from Rod Stewart and David Essex autobiographies, to crime. love to read a racy book now and again add a bit of spice in my life.
    Please enter me, would love to read Debbie books they sound like fun.

  37. sarah kershawlandy December 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    enter me please. Best book i ever read The Lord of the Rings. Love and blessings Sarah

  38. Teresa Nicholas December 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Please enter me in your competition thanks

  39. Jannine December 14, 2015 at 3:27 am -  Reply

    would love to win, plz enter me.

  40. carol Gamble December 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Enter me please. Would love to read all your books. Thank you.

  41. Breda December 24, 2015 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie please enter me to win your books. Have read 1st one look forward to reading more! Best books read the Ellie Dean Cliffehaven set

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