– Hawaiian Affair, my first novel, finally available on Amazon!
– eBook serialisation begins now till end June, when paperback also available via amazon
– Plus the usual snippets and sneaky peeks
– And film review – The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann style – incredible movie!
Well it’s finally here – the launch of my serialised eBook on amazon – my very first romance novel is now available for your delight and delectation! Up till 4am the other night I was, all on me loansome, formatting and editing for all I was worth! Well the end result is finally available – the first instalment of my very own story I’ve been boring you all with for months! And since so many of you kind people have said you’ve been awaiting it, I’m making it the headline for this week! And thank you in advance, if you are kind enough to get it – do let me know what you think if so!
All you need to do, is go to amazon, search for my name, and click on the book, Hawaiian Affair (or follow the link below) – and if you’ve never ordered before, just fill in the form and you will be able to read it within minutes!
For those that don’t know, there’s a very useful link here telling how you can read an eBook – not only on Kindle, or on your smartphone, but also even just on your normal computer. So basically, if you can read this blog, you can download my eBook!
If you just have a laptop, go here to download the Kindle for PC/MAC free app. This one’s for windows 8, but they do windows 7 and mac too – so you can read ebooks on your laptop! Simples!
If you’re a prime member you can ‘borrow’ it for free don’t forget. And you can also request a free sample. So go for it! For those that want to wait, however, the paperback will also be available but at the end of June, also via Amazon.
To whet your appetite, apart from another fabulous Hawaii sunset pic from Ray Masters here, below you will find the ‘blurb’ about the book – does it make you want to buy it? Let me know.
Don’t forget that it does become a little bit steamy in future instalments! BUT the news is that part of the reason why I’m serialising it is so that I can offer an alternative ‘close the bedroom door’ – tamer – version of the steamy chapters!
So next week’s will have two options – be sure and choose the right one! Lol.
“Single mum and would-be businesswoman Sadie Turner, PhD, needs an investor – and fast. Nothing can stand in her way – she's even on a man-ban till she proves her critics wrong and stands on her own feet financially. Now, with this life-changing deal on the table, success is finally within reach. But she only has thirty days to sign the contract, so the race is on.
Mac is a playboy billionaire with an appetite for extreme sports and supermodels. So where does curvy Sadie fit in? After all, he has a rule never to mix business with pleasure. A mistaken one-night stand leads to the most incredible board-room showdown, and the start of an adventure which takes them half way round the world. But can they seal the deal – and stay out of love – within the deadline?”
So if that’s whetted your appetite, do go here to check out the first instalment on amazon! And see book section of blog below for more feedback from beta readers.
Amongst all the frantic last minute editing and formatting this week, I still managed to go with good pal Shyama to another one of our occasional pub quizzes. And you know what? I really don’t know why I bother! Lovely to see my mate, as usual, but OMG WE WERE RUBBISH! Lol! Mind you, questions did include ‘what are all the US States’ and ‘name the battle that happened 19 days after the Battle of Stamford Bridge’ (Hastings, if you didn’t know! We didn’t!). Two teams knew all 50 US states, so in the end we just gave up. And came sixth. Of six. Hehe!
Mind you there were only two of us and we were only 3 points shy of being 3rd so it wasn’t too shabby. But I have to say, apart from catching up with Shyama, the best part of the evening was the plate of houmous. Nuff said. Lol!
BLOOPER – ok so it’s only a diddy one, but since it was my pal Craigy playing around and teasing Richard Jackson, I just couldn’t resist! Funny! From one of Richard’s fab Chelsea Gardening shows which have been running all this week on QVC!
Still to come – The Great Gatsby review and trailer, plus fancy a Jo Fairley tip for the top in a new beauty range?
READ IT, WRITE IT, SELL IT! – my weekly look at all things book!
Including recommending a great eBook illustrator, and two free amazon kindle books to help you self publish.
Book of the Week – well, books – two free ones from kindle for anyone wanting to find out how to do what I’ve done and actually upload the books yourself to ‘self-publish’ them.
A lot of authors are now doing it – like Jessica Hart, one of my favourite Mills & Boon writers, who’s just launching her ‘vintage’ collection. Just download these two ‘how to’ books for free, as they have almost all you’ll want to know about how to do it – even including pictures of which buttons to press on Word, to format your work prior to uploading! Then you go to KDP – Kindle direct Publishing, and Amazon’s Author Central sites, to do the rest. Good luck! Let me know how you get on!
And of course you’ll need a cover – as they say, people really do judge a book by its cover! So I thought long and hard about mine. I have to say, a big thank you to a lovely helpful lady and superbly talented illustrator, Angela from Angieocreations.com. Based in Canada, she offered me half a dozen options using my guidelines and synopsis, and we whittled it down to the final blue skirt and shoes cover above. I nearly chose another one with black shoes kicking heels in the air, laying on a jetty, but I think I may use that for a sequel!
I’d highly recommend her if you are thinking of creating an eBook. We’re now working on the wrap-around cover for the paperback which will be going up onto Amazon’s Createspace service at end June. (which is a ‘print on demand’ service – more news about that in a few week’s time.)
Alternatively, why don’t you just find some covers you love, and research who created them in your genre – lots of people are doing it now, and they’re very affordable. My whole lot including all the parts too, was very well priced and much less than I thought it’d be! I’m now recommending her to all my friends!
Debbie’s First Novel – thanks to my facebook group ‘Debbie’s Readers’
I really don’t think I would have been as far along this year without the help and feedback of a lovely supportive group of about two dozen ladies on a facebook group run by lovely pal Sharon Harvey. They all helped me with comments, proofing and feedback. Here are a selection of comments from them about the book, which of course they’ve all read! (Well, it’s only been tweaked a bit since they read it so it’s nearly the same!).
And I had another lovely critique from fellow presenter Alison Young – she went out of her way to email it to me – yes, to email! (Ali emailing is no mean feat!). Now, for anyone reading this and downloading the book in instalments to read for the first time, I’d love to have your feedback too!
In fact, it’d be great if EVERYBODY who reads it could kindly leave me a comment below! I can dream, can’t I? It’ll help me with my next book, to know which bits you like and which you don’t! lol.#
Thanks again to all of you who’ve commented so far!
FROM OUR BEAUTY EXPERT ALISON YOUNG (a secret vacation romance reader!)
“In February I read Deb's book on holiday – what a fabulous day I had. I couldn't put it down! I read it in one day whilst hubby Simon sunbathed – he thought I was working!! Be warned it does have raunchy bits! And a romantic storyline that reads like a Danielle Steel. If I had purchased it at the airport I would have been pleased with my choice – pure escapism, not too taxing but thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to her next book and another relaxing day!”
How lovely of Alison!
FROM MY BETA READERS GROUP – so grateful for the following feedback and comments on my novel Hawaiian Affair, which they all helped me proof read in the final stages.
Joy Shipley – “Very addictive reading, superb characters play the field in this romantic & highly humorous – and quite steamy! – book. Excellent read with great storyline, leaving you hooked.”
Michelle Roberts – “This book got me hooked from the first page to the point I couldn't wait to read the next page, strong characters with a good plot, romance and passion set in a beautiful location the perfect book to chill out with and switch off from the world from a while. Would highly recommend!!!!”
NEXT WEEK – part two – and a choice of ‘adult content’ or ‘close the bedroom door’ versions!
Go here to get part one
Ps Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to go on the mailing list for updates.
SNIPPETS – now for some behind the scenes events from the past week on and off QVC!
– Michael Perry’s issued a presenter challenge! A Lily-growing contest! Now many of use presenters are highly competitive so you can imagine all the sneaky use of Richard Jackson’s plant food! Lol! Will keep you informed.
Like Claire (hers are pictured from her tweet this week) I just planted mine at the end of this week!
The judging will happen in July. Wish me luck! And if you’ve got any tips (apart from plant food!) let me know below!
Old head on young shoulders they said! Well don’t worry Lara, you revert when you hit middle age – now they tell me I act like a kid! Lolol!
– I saw my daughter Lolly four times this week! Wow! That’s more than I did in a couple of months, when she was living in Bath! I do like having her close again! Wednesday nights is becoming a bit of an Apprentice TV viewing and dinner routine! And I liked meeting them (pic) and my kids’ dad and his new wife Nikki in Dorking recently when they popped down to see Lauren’s new place in Godalming. (I promised I wouldn’t feature the pic of Tony and Nikki!) But it’s nice to have a catch up, every so often. And nice to be amicable. I’m known for it in our family! Best way, I say!
– Now this is a must-see for EVERY woman out there. Just click on it and you’ll see why! All I can say is – errr, this works! Fab concept, and hot men – what more could a girl ask! Hehe! And considering QVC’s links to BCC, a worthy inclusion this week!
– Facebook saying – and finally a fab Facebook saying. Considering the Hawaiian theme, I thought this crazy Einstein was the perfect finale to this week’s snippets – and the saying itself makes such sense! It’s only taken me three years to complete my novel, so there’s always a way, I say!
WATCH – OMG OMG one of the most spectacular movies of the year so far, maybe of the decade, The Great Gatsby, is this week’s ‘watch’. Firstly, if you loved Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, you will love this. It’s very much style fighting with substance, as opposed to ‘style over substance’, but for me, I adored the feast for the eyes that is his particular OTT technique. But whatever you think of the direction, the performances are remarkable. I always love Carey Mulligan anyway, Leo was superb, as was Tobey Maguire, and the supporting cast all hit the mark. I would absolutely go see it again, maybe in 3D this time. It’s more a cinematic roller coaster than a film, so it won’t be for everybody, but he couldn’t just remake the Robert Redford version, so good for Baz. A thumping 8.5 out of ten.
If you have seen it too, what did you think? Leave me a comment below. Here’s a little flavour of what it’s all about…
Ps – NEXT WEEK – Colin Firth’s latest DVD, Gambit!
QVC SNEAKY PEEK – This week something quite new to our health and beauty choices – Melvita – it means life and honey apparently, and is an organic brand, one of the biggest French pharmacy ranges and part of the L’Occitane family. There’s a wonderful new guest called Simon, who’s extremely knowledgeable and he was whisked onto Alison’s live shows straight away recently, with three items, following their success in winning a CEW award for Eco range.
One of their products is featured in the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, and another, pictured, has made Jo Fairley (AABB editor) say this item has made her introduce an extra step into her face routine – it’s the Extraordinary Water, making waves (ahem!) in the beauty press currently. Now, you will have to look out for the recording I did this week with Simon, cos it’s all going on our prerecorded channel, QVC Beauty, launching on 1st June! Very affordable it is too and well worth a try.
QVC – Shhhh! Insider Secret! I also this week recorded some other inserts for the beauty channel featuring my favourite products including a long chat with Will. It’ll all be going on QVC Beauty, to be found on Sky – 24 hour skincare, tools, cosmetics and tips! And that leads me onto a little date for your diary – if you’ve always wondered about my own desert island must-haves, I’ve been chuffed to be asked to present a beauty show packed full of my own ones. It’ll be on QVC live at midday on Sunday 9th June! Can’t wait! It won’t feel like work, that’s for sure – do join me if you can. And meanwhile, tell me some of YOUR faves by leaving a comment below. What could you absolutely never do without? And why?
One of mine is Cleanse and Polish, which of course I’ve been using for as many years as it’s been going, since I was there at the launch on QVC about 18 years ago! BTW, if you’re quick, this bargain (212054) may still be on birthday treat 3 crazy EZ pay instalments, from my show on Monday evening with Caroline the guest, when the makeup came off my face at the end of the show – again!
Susan Graver’s also back then – I love that lady!
Then I’m off till Tuesday but don’t miss Decleor’s all day special on Sunday (26th) too. And on Tuesday night at midnight I’ll be launching a fabulous Le Sak tote bag – great for summer!
And if you missed seeing lovely Ralph with Honora, maybe you can treat yourself to his QVC 20th birthday treat earrings – including in QVC purple! This set of 3 pairs of studs is 607969.
Next week – part two of Hawaiian Affair will be out, including some saucy bits! It’s not quite 50 shades of Gray, but maybe 7 or 8! Hehe! But the CBD version will also be available, never fear!
Have a great bank holiday and don’t forget to go sample my book on amazon – even if you just take a look at the free sample you can download to kindle! Or just read it on your computer. Enjoy – it’s been a big week for me! And one of the most pivotal ‘TiFFT’s *’ of my life so far!
Thanks so much to everyone who’s shown an interest in my writing – I much appreciate it!
Best wishes and have a great week!
Ps *TiFFT = Try it For The First Time!
p.p.s. Keep in touch! Do follow me for behind the scenes updates about upcoming bargains etc!
My QVC facebook page – click ‘like’- https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintQvcUk
Or leave a straightforward comment below – just post and there you go! Easy!
Looking forward to hearing from you!