– Cover revealed! At last – plus reviews and an extract of my new novel due out Sunday 29th!
– Devon trip – BBQ weather every day.
– Our MBE Guests – who got the honour? Plus Leighton’s new book and next week’s Wed TSV!
– Plus teaser peeks at G-Tech, L’Occitane and Casual and Co TSV bargains
FINALLY REVEALED – NEW COVER OF HAWAIIAN RETREAT
It’s here, it’s here! The E-book and paperback are available on Amazon from next weekend! News update, reviews, and extract below!
Thanks to all those who’ve been commenting on the sneaky extracts posted on my author page! Hehe…
Here’s the blurb – what do you think? Does it appeal to you? Let me know with a comment below, especially if you don’t normally comment!
“More exciting romantic comedy with intrigue, mystery and a twist in the tale, Hawaiian Retreat is Helen’s story, and the third book in the Hawaiian trilogy. A disastrous break up kicks off a year of self-discovery for internationally renowned columnist Helen Parker, as she travels the world in search of ever more exciting thrills.
But when her deepest secrets suddenly catch up with her, how long can Helen stay on course to win the ground-breaking Try it For The First Time Club challenge? As romance blooms, Italian passion meets tantric sensuality in a luxurious retreat deep in the Himalayas – but how long for, when a mystery man appears.
Will he turn out to be the key to her future or a ghost from her past? With everything resting on the nail-biting grand finale in Hawaii, will her secret stay hidden, or will she risk losing her column, her identity – and her man – forever?”
Go to RiWiSi blog here, to read the first chapter free! And sign up for future updates and freebies.
Some fab pics and a lovely BBQ with Lucinda, Chris, and their boys George and Tom. Lucinda is Alix’s daughter, and her sister lives in Australia. Alix goes to Oz to her second home once a year and when I go to mine, it’s to Alix’s!
Got tons of editing done – really needed to focus, which is great.
Anyway, apart from eating, I hardly stopped writing – as did Alix, she was finishing a Halloween story. We’ll be doing another Facebook bash so put 31st October in your diary and join us live online.
Plus, we had a little stroll up to an open day at a huge house that was for sale – amazing views! (Hi to housekeeper and QVC fan Myra and her husband Peter too!)
READ IT WRITEIT SELL IT
RiWiSi – my weekly look at all things book!
Countdown to 29th June – my new book
My new book, third in the trilogy of steamy romances, 'Hawaiian Retreat' is published on the weekend of 29th June –
– 1 weeks till Hawaiian Retreat is released on Amazon and my Dorking book launch do.
– 1 weeks till a bumper Summer Offer on my titles & a super comp to win 4 of my paperbacks!
Can’t wait? Get ready for your summer reading with my 6 titles – all on Amazon!
Free nightly extracts – Facebook sneaky peeks of my new novel!
The teasers continue over on my Author page on Facebook (click here to ‘like’ the page to see nightly updates) I’ve been posting them regularly – the last one will be on Friday 27th and meanwhile, another extract over on my Read it Write it Sell it blog page on my website – do go see!
I’ve been chuffed to bits with the feedback so far from my beta readers – here’s a selection –
Cath P – “Very readable, interesting and intriguing! A tasteful steamy scene and some twists and turns that keep me guessing!”
Michelle R – “Firstly this really wasn't what I was expecting when we are warned about a steamy bit, I automatically thought here we go boy gets girl into bed the usual blah, blah but oh what a surprise to have something else and in my opinion it' such a good read and so different, which is what I like, well done Debbie on presenting something un-expected!!
I'm really enjoying how the story evolves and I like the way the scenery is described and I can almost imagine myself at the retreat it's sounds divine ha…ha… this is definitely the best read yet.”
Jill D – “this is brilliant!!! Desperate to know this secret Helen is carrying!”
Not long now girls! Out on Amazon next weekend!
RiWiSi – Book of the Week – Leighton Denny’s racy autobiography
What a week for this man! Our very own award-winning nail expert and tan-man brings us his first ever book! It’s a bit racy tho, so be warned! And covers right up to his first appearances on QVC.
“His roller-coaster life from school dropout to multi award-winning entrepreneur is never short of drama, intrigue and showbiz encounters, but above all, it is an inspirational story of how one boy’s unyielding determination led straight to success!”
“You can hear Leighton speaking to you through the pages and he's led an extraordinary life. Well-written and pacey – defo worth purchasing” CP, Amazon
Reviews already giving it five stars all the way – Ebook only at the moment, paperback coming soon. Buy on Amazon here.
Over on my Read It Write It Sell It – Go-Large Friday Fiction Focus on my website is a super free guide for anyone wanting to be published. Plus, of course, there's my free first chapter of Hawaiian Retreat!
Click here to read it, especially if you’d like to self-publish or write a novel yourself.
Next week – Hawaiian Retreat Competition Announcement!
BACK TO YOU
Just a quick update for you this week. We've had some more wonderful interactions on our Facebook groups, it makes me feel proud to read things referring to my 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' book – like below.
When you read that it makes it all worth it, right?
Now – I’ve been noticing the extreme difference between the days I go on my medium dog walk (and before you ask, yes there’s a short and a long too!) and the days I’m just sitting writing. Therefore, apart from using fitbit and doing more with my various devices (I even took the Bodyblade to Devon!)
I hereby solemnly swear that I will be obtaining a treadmill desk – just as soon as the daughter moves into her first house with BF.
With luck, I’ll even have a place for my pilates machine again – then I can have a summer of keeping fit! Before that though, first week in July, I will have my lovely, first ever cruise with veteran cruiser, my mother! The green Kim and Co maxi I ordered came this week so I’ll be wearing that to dinner some nights! Yay!
Hope if you’ve got a holiday coming up, or you’ve been on one and come back heavier and unhappier, that the groups are helping. Full info below.
Over on B2U blog on debbieflint.com – my weekly Monday Update – this week's included: a way of joining me at an amazing London all day health talk with Dr Robert Lustig; plus Acid and Alkaline – what’s it all about?; as well as more from our lovely girls on Facebook.
Back to You returns to QVC in September. See below for links to join the Facebook Groups.
– Sneaky Peek Perricone MD TSV anyone?! Our one day only offer on this one will be Friday 27th before I’m off for ten days or so! Ultra premium skincare bundle in full sizes – fab new eye product too – can’t wait to help bring it to you – am on the 3pm.
– Shhh! If you love The Sak bag range, join me and Genevieve Mullen Saturday 11pm for a cheeky little one hour only type bargain!
– Guest surprises – MBE’s to both Leighton Denny and John Barrowman Well done to two of our favourite guys – both beauty guests and both now authors! And look out for Leighton’s eight piece Treat and Colour collection on the 26th!
This Week on QVC –
– Weekend TSVs etc – Saturday – Gtech gardening multi tool … Sunday – L’Occitane pack
– EasiYo 7th Anniversary Bargains On Wed and Thurs – snap them up!
– Find out what else is on on our TV Guide online.
No bloopers this week, but I am always on the hunt for them! As proven by this confusion from Ingrid during our Yong Kim show a couple of weeks ago!
What's yours for this pic of Will and his giant Sweet Potato?! Just leave me a comment below.
I'll tell you what mine is next week…
Glamorous guest For those who missed lovely Stacey from YBF talking about what modelling she did when she was a famous Ford model, take a look at the guitarist to the left of Robert Palmer in this groundbreaking, iconic eighties video – she's the one with the short skirt! Fab eh?!
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WATCH – 'The Descendants'
Do I REALLY need a reason when it’s got George Clooney in it?! To be honest, it’s one of his best roles ever – playing the bereaved father who makes a stunning discovery – but his rawness and honesty and lack of the usual slick Clooney-ness is what makes this special – watch out for the frantic run up the hills and you’ll see what I mean.
And ohhh that voice!
From the director of 'Sideways' and 'About Schmidt' – no wonder I love it! A real tear jerker too – 9/10. And what’s more? It’s set in Hawaii of course!!
Next week – Believe it or not I have a ‘starring’ on stage appearance – all being well – as the radio announcer in Happy Days the Musical this Friday (20th) in Milton Keynes! Eeek!
Have a fab week!
P.P.S *TiFFT = Try it For the First Time Club!
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Books - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (eBook is for Kindle or Kindle app for your PC or Mac)
(Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat – Helen's Story is coming in the summer)
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…
The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!
Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!
OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS – (see my new Work in Progress tab on my website for updates!)
'Hawaiian Retreat' – book three in the trilogy, see above.
'TFFLS' revised version – coming Autumn 2014.
'The How to Find a Husband Manual' – hehe – more info in the summer. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy's character Kate, Helen's friend in New York.
'Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter' – sequel – early 2015.