- Family time in the sunshine!
- How dare we wear leggings over 40..?!
- A great author for you to try in my regular book section
- And 'Now You See Me' – under review!
Plus the usual sneaky peeks of upcoming QVC deals, and another great blooper!
FAMILY FUN in the SUN
Gosh what a busy week it’s been this week for catching up with family. Since I’d been doing so much writing – and working! – after my return from Devon (see last week’s blog for holiday pics!), I thought I’d better see some family – or several. And catch up I did! Mum and I (see top pic) went with my niece Lara to have lunch whilst I waited for my car to have some weird light in the dashboard diagnosed (they still don’t know what it is! Boo!). Then – of course – did a bit of retail therapy in Epsom.
Sister and I went to Westfield mall in Shepherd’s Bush after having a lovely spa session courtesy of a Living Social voucher, which she kindly bought me for my birthday (in May), including a mini Elemis facial – heaven! Then we saw 'Now You See Me' (see the review below) and still had time for some, er, retail therapy…
Do you see a pattern beginning to emerge here? Yes? OK so I won’t add the bit about going to Dorking with daughter and her partner to, er, do some… ok, you get the picture. I can’t help it. My name is Debbie and I’m a SA – shopping addict! Specially for shoes. #CallMeImelda…
Still what a lovely week for it. And when the shopping’s done, how great to enjoy the garden – it’s coming up well now. It’s so beautiful being outside till the sun sets and not catching a chill!
Even though the nights are getting shorter again now, I’m so pleased the weather turned at last. Long may it ‘reign’. Actually it hasn’t ‘rained’ – near me in Dorking – not much, anyway. I’d love a good thunderstorm, too. Fingers crossed we’ll get a downpour or several shortly – I’m determined my lilies (left) will be given the best shot in the upcoming presenters’ growing competition for Michael Perry from Thomson and Morgan! Hehe!
HAVE YOU PASSED YOUR WEAR-BY DATE?
How affronted was I this week to read in a paper about a supposed ‘sell by’ date for certain fashions! Apparently, according to a new survey, you’re not supposed to wear leggings past 37, stilettos past age 41, and Topshop or Miss Selfridge past the age of 39. (OK, so the last one maybe I agree with but anyway…)
(Go here for more info on how to beat a wear-by date).
The author of these claims clearly hasn’t seen our QVC fashions, right girls? I’m 51 and I live in leggings – Kim & Co, Antthony, Women With Control – so many of our own brands, they just work for my shape. With the right tunic length top above it, there you go – I feel trendy, even. For instance, this Antthony combo is just fab. After all, isn’t 50 the new 40?
What do you think? Let me know by commenting at the bottom of this blog. Which bits are they right about? Or what do you feel strongly about that’s not been mentioned in the article – any other ‘no-no’s? (ps Antthony our lovely designer is back soon – will keep you informed!)
READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT
My weekly look at all things book!
Author of the Week. First this week, I wanted to recommend a fab author, as opposed to a single book. Tess Stimson has been a favourite of mine for a decade or so now – and once I knew I loved her writing, I even bought second-hand copies of her original first titles – enjoyed ‘Pole Position’ in particular. Maybe she resonated with me because she started off in broadcasting? Who knows. But you just know when you like a good book, don’t you?
It was ‘Adultery Club’ – a freebie on a magazine – which first brought her to my attention and I was hooked. I loved the alternate first person narrative and the way she drew the suspense from chapter to chapter – very clever books – and I like ‘clever’!
Do go do some research on her, as I’m sure there will be some wonderful offers on some of her works, there are so many! If you like relationship drama, and getting deep inside the heads of the characters, as well as edge of the seat twists and turns, do try her out! Find out more here.
Who is your own favourite author, whom you’d like to recommend? Leave me a comment below!
Countdown to PG version of Hawaiian Affair!
As mentioned previously, my first novel – currently available on Amazon – is going to be out in the last eBook option yet to be uploaded – the ‘non-steamy’ PG version – on Bank Holiday weekend in August. At an exceptional price! Clue? Less than £2! Maybe much less… more news over the next few weeks! If you’ve read it did you like it? Did you review it?
There’s been a flurry of additional reviews on amazon of late – now 93 out of 100 FIVE STARS! – across the different titles – so again, thanks to you all! I’m progressing nicely with the Prequel, which will be my next book. We will find out about Sadie’s family background, and more about how she came to be in Monaco in the first place. Meanwhile here’s another lovely review if you haven’t read it already!
Go here to get the steamy version in paperback or complete eBook, on Amazon.
‘Following Debbie on twitter and being a QVC fan, I had to give this a go as I love romantic stories. I found i could relate to the character of Sadie and thought she was the epitome of the modern woman, juggling working life and kids. The story was very believeable and the steamy scenes were great! I can't wait to read more from Debbie and really glad I downloaded the book. If you love romances then you are sure to love this.’ lucyD1980 – amazon review
For more info about Reading, Writing and Self-Publishing, see the RiWiSi page on www.debbieflint.com.
The vintage ones have been so popular of late, I thought I’d give you another this week – so here’s a reminder of my lovely pal, Ingrid Tarrant, whom I was on with on Sunday, creating havoc with an ad-hoc strip, live on air in a Yong Kim show – very appropriate since she’s back on again soon with some more of these lovely fashions! Enjoy! Hehe!
- Now I’m not saying I’m not grateful for the heatwave, but look at this pic of my dashboard showing the temperature.
Nothing unusual you might think? Well it was taken at about 10pm on my way home from work! I hope you managed to keep cool and maybe snapped up the Dyson fan before it went on waitlist – it’s brilliant.
- And talking of the heat, on air last week I was discussing the sunglasses we used to have on QVC many moons ago – called Blublockers. Anyone remember them? Guest called Joe? Joseph? Well they fast became a thread on facebook – did you love them too? I did. What else do you have and still use, which you got from QVC years ago?
From live broadcasts in his car to clips and vids from his appearances – I’m not saying I’ll be glued to it, but it seems a great new concept for reaching a fan base.
Who would you like to see have their own channel? I wouldn’t mind a Paul Rudd one – he’d be really funny. Leave me a comment below and let me know!
- And talking of men – kind of – a one liner from a pal’s recent first date, proving in one sentence why there wouldn’t be a second – do you have any like this? The guy apparently said ‘lions are actually the most reasonable of animals’… She posted soon afterwards ‘#I’mGoingToBeSingleForever! Any examples of your own first date disasters? : – )
- An early heads-up if anyone’s in the Dorking area on Sunday 11th August – I’m helping to run a charity tea rooms at Wotton Village Hall 11am-3pm, in aid of the local church fundraising, and I’ll bring along some copies of 'Hawaiian Affair' to sell and sign, if you’d like to join me!
My little band of merry Beta Readers may also be popping by at some point! It’s behind the Wotton Hatch pub (rh56qq) and there’s lots of parking.
She turned her back to put some frozen food on the table, and when she turned back round again, there was her cat – certainly knows how to keep cool eh! Lol.
Any solutions for your animals during the heat?
WATCH – Been to the cinema again! Saw the current big screen release, 'Now You See Me'. Sooooo worth watching! I was pretty pleased about how good I found the script and the acting and the general fun factor of this heist movie crossed with a David Blaine show. Woody Harrelson was particularly fab, as was Jesse Eisenberg, not to mention Morgan Freeman and a particularly menacing Michael Caine!
During their performances, the world's greatest illusionists known as "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders. The super-team of illusionists shower the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse.
Great night out – thoroughly recommended, almost no plot holes (apart from the obligatory car chase, which always loses points in my book) so it gets a high scoring 8.75 from me. Loved it!
QVC SNEAKY PEEK
Another little sneaky look ahead for you – and it’s a wonderful new special set from Leighton Denny (above left)! On Monday night, 6th Aug, I’ll be launching the midnight show, including this 8 piece cocktail collection – don’t miss it!
QVC THIS WEEK
As usual, if you’re a Friday blog reader, you won’t have missed the Morphy Richards Steam Generator Iron (above, right), which is our Today’s Special Value on Saturday – join me Friday night at midnight for the launch!
Plus don’t forget the Honora set of two Keshi Pearl necklaces which are today’s special on Sunday night/Monday – looking forward to seeing Ralph again!
He’s flying over specially! And do join us on Monday and Tuesday when we’ve got the Great QVC Summer Sale on air – from northern nights to kitchen to Gems, it’ll be frantic! Then Beauty Day on Wednesday. Busy week eh!
Stop press – competition next week – and do join me back here next week for news of a little Liz Earle hair oil competition!
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