Hallowe’en online antics, nutrition nuggets and lots of bloopers!

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Lolly costumeThis week –

- Hallowe’en Affair – an online book launch ‘party’!

- Nutrition Scary facts – from some of the biggest names in the business – Fab new romance from Mary Jane Hallowell on offer

- Paul Potts – another chance to see this amazing tenor’s live gig on qvc

- Antthony bloopers – the man’s craaaaazy!

- Mary Jane Hallowell's first self-published full-length novel, 'To Touch a Rainbow' 

And who won the Tracy Bloom competition! Plus, how to choose a front cover in my RiWiSi section.

First – doesn’t my daughter look ‘shamazing’! She dressed herself up for her Hallowe’en works bash – can you guess what she went as? *(answer in the P.S. at the bottom)

HALLOWE’EN AFFAIR!

Pumpkins and authorsI had a big month of ‘TiFFT’s (try it for the first time club) in October, didn’t I? What with the whole Mother of the Groom thing (see pics of my son’s wedding)!

Well this week, I helped run my very first online book launch ‘party’! THAT was a first! And what better night to run it, than 31st October with a Hallowe’en theme?! It coincided with the launch of ‘Cry From The Grave’ from fellow Tuscany writing group member Carolyn Mahony (next week’s Book of the Week, it’s called a ‘cosy-crime’) and also Mary Jane Hallowell’s first self-published full length novel!

So there it was, a paranormal party – well nothing’s normal if I’m involved! Tee hee! Plus my lovely pal Sharon, who keeps our beta-reading Facebook group in order, was honorary Pixel Pixie for the evening and cast her spell over some of our pics!

Author Emily Harvale, our inspiration and writing pal, cajoled us into doing this event to help promote our books and it was only supposed to be a little, low-key event. Or that was the plan – because we’re doing a big one, which all of you are invited to, on November 28th when my next novel is also launched!

But in the end, over 80 people participated and we had over 720 postings, likes and comments – boy did we have fun! Often, it was hardly even about the novels! Although we did have book-connected competitions like MJ’s ‘What would you like to find at the end of YOUR rainbow?’

Pirate at HalloweenThe evening was definitely dominated by the spooky theme, even Pirate the Tripawd Black Cat made an appearance and informed everyone about his story and got lots of sympathy. We hopefully helped to raise a few more funds by selling some more bracelets, being kindly made to help cover the cost of his forthcoming surgery when he’s old enough (more next week about that – email goldiesoldies@hotmail.co.uk to ask more).

Carolyn’s competition – what supernatural encounters have you had – caused us to be astounded by the amount of posts telling of our own real-life ghostly goings-on (see next week’s interview).

Freaky Halloween food

Finger food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the whole day was filled with pics of virtual-offers of dastardly drinks, freaky fairy cakes and ‘finger’ food! Lol!

Had some great pics of kids and pumpkins too – and we all had fun with our polls – top spooky song was Thriller, top genre was ‘romance’ – with ‘crime’ a close second – and top way of reading was still ‘a book you can hold’, just pipping at the post ‘kindle and cocktail by the pool’!

Halloween AffairSharon thinks this should be my title for next year’s novel in the ‘Hawaiian’ series! Lol. Wonder what would be the gist of the plot if it WAS called ‘Hallowe’en Affair’…!

So a great idea, and a fun time was had by all! Roll on the next one!

Did you have a good Hallowe’en? Leave me a comment below – or if you’ve ever had any ghostly encounters in your own life!

 

 

 

 

‘FAB RESEARCH’ SEMINAR

 Well I fed the geek in me on Tuesday this week, attending the nutrition and health seminar run by Food And Behaviour Research team – with the snappy title of Feeding Healthy Minds: Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Children’s Brain Development.

Another one which would have put Craigy to sleep! If you want to find out some INCREDIBLE life-changing information about the food we eat, especially if you are unhealthy or you know someone who is, or you’re really concerned about getting it right for your kids, then do two things: buy the books below, and visit the FAB website.

Without going into the eight hours of detail, the gist of the day was that we need to eat more EPA and DHA (a special type of omega three from fish) and – no surprise – cut down on not only the obvious stuff but also on anything with too high levels of omega 6.It’s the balance of 6 and 3 that’s important. And it’s much less 6 and much more 3 than you’d think.

These talks are jam packed full with up to date findings and science that’s gradually spreading across the world and opening people’s eyes to see that what we really are what we eat.

So, yes, I’m a fish. I always say I’m a bat, cos I’m nocturnal, but on this evidence, I should be a fish!

It’s not about the omega 6 (with rare exceptions) or even 9, it’s the 3 – don’t be mistaken and take the wrong supplements or believe it can easily be obtained or converted in the body from short chain fatty acids like ALA. It can, but not easily, and not enough, and the results in the body and brain can be quite scary.

Adequate DHAHere’s one reason why – and bear in mind that this whole symposium was run by scientists who do nothing without ample scientific proof!

This pic shows two nerve cells in the brain – one with enough DHA (left) and one that is typical of so many children and adults who don’t eat sufficient appropriate fats (highly unsaturated fatty acids or HUFA’s).

Just look at how much better the ‘branches of the tree’ are – showing how some brains suffer as connections DON’T GET THROUGH well enough!

OMG shout it from the rooftops, if only every health expert knew this stuff! You may hear me say from time to time that my daughter (that beautiful lady in the top pic) had awful, awful eczema till we realised that she was intolerant of S.L.Sulphates but also that she needed high doses of EPA – she takes 1000mg per day and it really really, really helps her skin, too.

Please don’t leave any stone unturned in your quest to be healthy. Do your research, and start with this website. There’s even a place on the FAB site where you can SEE their previous talks – email them for more info. And read books.

Two health booksOmega 3 expert Dr Alexandra Richardson and her clever book ‘They Are What You Feed Them’, and Dr Robert Lustig – one of my heroes – have both done talks you can look at on their site.

Lustig's new book ‘The Bitter Truth About Sugar’ reflects the YouTube sensation (now at 4 million hits, called Sugar the Bitter Truth, the lecture I raved about on here a couple of years ago – do watch it. I had to watch it four times before I took it all in, hence his book being published, making it easier to understand for the layman).

Fab end slideThis info has changed lives and shows how, if you’re serious about your health, you have to act to change your diet. Marlene, my macrobiotic health maestro, would be proud of me! Loved this special day of learning, and it took me back to my years in the health food industry, when I was away from QVC in the early 2000’s.

Never stop learning – I love being curious about the world. And I hope you enjoy this info too – do let me know if you do! Leave me a comment below.

 

BLOOPER

 Where do I begin! Sooo many bloopers to relive from a fab fun TSV launch with our lovely designer and my good pal Antthony on Sunday night – and an extra guest we weren’t expecting…!! (click here to see someone caught on camera who shouldn’t be! Bless Jo our FM!) Then Antthony demonstrates his knowledge of French – kinda!

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Still to come…tips for writers… a new Leonardo work of art … and see Paul Potts perform again.

 

READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT – RiWiSi- My Weekly Look at All Things Book

First, winner of last week’s comp from chart-topping author Tracy Bloom – the person who won signed copies of both ‘No one has Sex on a Tuesday’ and ‘Single Girls’ Revenge’ is Adele Blair– your prize will be on its way soon!

 

Book of the Week – 'To Touch a Rainbow' by Mary Jane Hallowell

To Touch a RainbowAs promised last week, here is a special offer on 'To Touch a Rainbow', the enchanting and compelling romance novel, the first full-length published work by Mary Jane Hallowell, whom you may remember from her short story featured here, the Thrill of the Chase!

If you enjoyed that, it may be time to give this one a go! Set in picturesque Cornwall and pre-handover Hong Kong, it’s a delightful story of reunion, risk and romance.

Mary Jane said during our Hallowe’en Online Book Party –

“It started out as a true story, would you believe? I did meet an old boyfriend from Hong Kong, though not as intense a relationship as my heroine Matilda Woods. And I did meet him at the races in Cornwall. When I got back home that evening I told my two daughters about my ‘brief encounter’ and said.

‘You should be very proud of your mother that I was recognised after nearly 30 years.’ Silence, then the younger one replied ‘I’m not surprised Mr X recognised you. You’ve had the same hairstyle for 30 years!’ That got me going.”

Do go to Amazon and ‘Read Inside’ for free, the beginning of Mary Jane’s delightful book 'To Touch A Rainbow' – plus, this week only, it's on a launch sale on ebook – just 99p! So do go download it here to get the ebook version. Otherwise the paperback is also available. 

Praise includes -

"This is totally and utterly one of the most touching and beautifully written books I have read. Highly recommended" beta reader

So don't miss out! And let Mary Jane know what you think with a review!

(Same for everything – reviews are fab!)

Next week – Carolyn Mahony’s ‘Cry From the Grave’ on special offer! What happened a decade ago that makes Hannah go cold when she hears the newsflash? How does an illicit romance play a part…

 

Tips for self-publishers – Can you judge a book by its ‘thumbnail’?

Teal and orange How to pick your front cover. Yes it really does make a difference what you put on the front, the old adage is true. Here are a whole host of great ‘publishers’ inside tips’ – including: contrasting colours like teal and orange are often used – like in film posters – to grab attention.

This also works on a thumbnail on Amazon kindle books! Click here for more info.

 

 

 

Countdown to my next novel – the prequel to my steamy romance Hawaiian Affair continues –

– Book 2 COMING SOON – Hawaiian Prize – paperback/eBook – 4 WEEKS (Nov 28th 2013) Eeeeeek! Glad I’ve got a week away end of next week to finish it!

- COVER REVEAL – November 22nd – 3 weeks! But go to RiWiSi-Go-Large for another sneaky reveal!

PLUS, THIS WEEK On RiWiSi Go-Large – more for fans of fiction on my website’s weekly Read It Write It Sell It update – the info and recommendations continue…

- How to earn a living as an indie author

- How to get book bloggers on your side

- Reminder about this Saturday’s (2nd) Writers & Artists Self-Publishing Seminar in London

- A further sneaky peek of my new romance novel’s cover, out end of November!

- And stand by for next week’s Book of the Week – Carolyn Mahony’s first full length published novel – 'Cry From the Grave' – a cosy crime with intrigue and romance and a dash of sauce!

Go here to see this week’s extended Read it Write it Sell it – Go Large! on my website – www.debbieflint.com

 

SNIPPETS -

Debbie with Lee Hohbein and Paul PottsPaul Potts Live! – What a great job I’ve got! I loooooved having Paul on the show – and his singing was amaaaaazing!

First, click here to watch his interview and hear him sing 'The Godfather'.

Then, below is his second performance from last Saturday night – am sure the whole performance will be shown again on our other channels and overnights at some stage. News of THIS week’s star guest is below.

 

 

Debbie with Gill and LenovoLenovo reveal – did you guess what it was? Were you impressed with the battery and new innovations in this cutting edge yoga tablet which launched Wednesday at midnight after much hush-hush pre-promotion worldwide?

If you were curious after last week’s mention,– go here to see the mini blog about it – genius ideas!

 

 

 

London Memories – I used to go to Uni at LSE in the Aldwych, and this week I decided to walk back to Waterloo after the Nutrition conference, across the bridge – this view certainly brought back memories of being a student! A few more additions since the early 80s tho! See if you can spot which ones in this clip! 

 

Leonardo discovery- Leonardo da Vinci mural discovered – A ‘lost’ mural has been discovered believed to be by the great master, hidden under several layers of whitewash on the ceiling of Sforzesco Castle, where da Vinci worked as court artist in the late 1400s. In a 21st century word, OMG! More here.

 

 

 

 

Paul OGrady tickets- Paul O'Grady show tickets anyone? Lost in TV always send out interesting tickets – worth going on their mailing list! More here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie with Linda and their mum- Mum’s 70! It’s my lovely mummy’s birthday on Monday and we’ve got some wonderful stuff planned for her – including a couple of surprises! More next week… (in case she sees this!)

Who’d have thought, 70 years ago that this lady, and her hubby, my late father Derek Flint, would have ‘begat’ so many human beings? There are five children, fifteen grandchildren and a great-grandchild – so far!

Twenty one people living today who are a direct result of one amazing lady. Well done, Mummy!

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins by Ray Villafane- Facebook Funny, or should I say, Fantastic! – Finally, had to include these amaaaazing pumpkin carvings doing the rounds big-time online on Hallowe’en – the work of talented artist Ray Villafane – wow, wow and wow! Puts our efforts in the shade, right! More here.

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES

WATCH – Theatre this week and final bookings have been made for a whole bunch of us to go watch Catherine in her play on Tuesday night (5th) – Ali K, Kathy T, Deb G, Anna Cookson, Marverine and Claire all due to attend on Bonfire Night next week in a little theatre in London.

So, barring last minute no-shows (they better not!!), we’ll all be schmoozing in the bar at the interval and afterwards! Do come see us and say hello! Better still, come to Catherine’s play! Here’s a reminder, with Will’s interview with Catherine recently at her rehearsals and the phone number to reserve your seats (£12 each) at the Baron’s Court Theatre, is 0208 932 4747 – do come.

'The Memory of Water' sounds fab and it’s on till 17th Nov.

 

QVC SNEAKY PEEK – ok it’s only on at the end of next week, but I wanted to alert you ‘cos I really think this one’s going to FLY! – it’s the lovely dress Claire Sutton wears in the ‘hula’ing’ Christmas promo – Trinny and Susannah’s velvet and lace TSV – and it’s here Thursday night next week thru’ Friday (8th) and looks absolutely gooooorgeous!

 

QVC SHHH – I just got my schedule for the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November and believe me, you won’t want to miss it! As we do our own ‘sneaky launch’ prior to midnight, of the massive Elemis Christmas TSV, which is the best value we’ve ever had and will be gi-normous! (technical term!) lol! Plus a fab hi-tech fruity bargain for the boys on the Saturday – diarise it now! Now, I tell you, now! : – )

 

QVC THIS WEEK –

- SHANE FILAN from Westlife (no not Shane Lynch from Boyzone, although he was on recently too!) is here with me, launching his solo CD on this week’s Saturday Night Gifts show at 8pm – lots of other novel and innovative gifts too.

Leighton Denny TSV - 203920- Then Sunday is Beauty Day including Leighton Denny’s TSV which was last week’s sneaky peeky, plus best-selling brand in the UK, Benefit cosmetics, which is at 3pm with me!

 

 

 

 

 

- More from Monday’s 7pm regular kitchen show with Andi Peters and … some other bloke… lol – see this promo! Teehee!

 

- And next week, I’m on in the afternoons Monday – Wednesday, mainly ‘cos I’m out Monday and Tuesday nights socialising (as above) and go away Wednesday late (for an intensive week’s writing retreat and hol – to get this novel finished)! BTW Monday (4th) I’ve got Ken Paves including at 1pm – whoop.

Also, just to alert you – Kim & Co’s 16th anniversary shows are on Wednesday – Friday – plus a fab bareMinerals TSV on Wednesday.

Kim BareMinerals TSV - 201936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week – the self-pub conference in London this Saturday… Going ‘Out-Out’! – pics from mum’s birthday bash … and Catherine’s play! Have a great week and don’t forget to leave me some comments below!

Best wishes

Debs X

*P.S. – yes, Lauren went as Poison Ivy from Batman!

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22 Comments

  1. Andie Sacks November 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Pirate says he had a ball last night and enjoyed talking to everyone!

  2. Susan Newbery November 2, 2013 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Loved the picture of you with your two sisters. I hope you enjoy your Mum’s Birthday. My Dad will be 89 on the 21st of this month. Debs where has Debbie Greenwood and Julian Ballantine gone too. I loved watching Jules. I really enjoyed your shows with Anthony this week, my bank balance won’t though, beautiful pieces. Have a great time celebrating with your Mumma x love from Susan x
    .

  3. Elizabeth Shields November 5, 2013 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    debbie the three of you looks likes sisters.your so blessed to have your mum.all i can say god bless her.x

  4. John rushton November 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday to your mum on her 70th!! May there be many more!!

  5. Heidi Barnett November 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb, you certainly live to the full, fabulous blog as always hun! Just a quick answer to say ‘Yes’ to the man from Skechers…men’s range would be great. Hubs always buys their trainers as they are fab. Happy belated b-day for your Mum, hope all the dogs well, take care
    luv Heidi xx

  6. Kate Angus November 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Love your blog as always..so looking forward to you new novel launch!!
    I just love your shows with Antthony, you two have such a rapport with each other. It must be difficult sometimes to remember you are working to a schedule!
    I so enjoyed looking through your pics of your son’s wedding, they were all gorgeous..as I said before your outfit was stunning..loved the hat!!
    I hope you have a lovely time with your mum and family on monday..look forward to hearing about the surprises?
    Take care Debs
    Kate x

  7. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv November 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    hi debbie hope you and your family are well iam nae bad.iam on holidays for aweek from this week from work having anice lazy holiday and doing nothing

  8. Mo Whitelaw November 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Debs there is NO WAY your mum is 70 coming up! No way! She looks amazing and I see where you get your skin from. I’ve now read Cry from the Grave and it was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. Carolyn Mahony is a very talented writer. X

  9. Joy Shipley November 7, 2013 at 4:33 am -  Reply

    Wow Debbie your blogs have so much in them it’s like a magazine!! Amazing coverage on brain cells – 2 b researched – happy 70th 2 ur mum & well Qvc sneaks & bloopers, lovely. Glad the book is doing well. Kerp up the good work – J.Shipley

  10. Jill Dowding-Walker November 7, 2013 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Great blog, yet again!
    As you know, I have my geek side and love the info on Omegas. Please can I share this?
    Glad to have joined you at the Halloween ‘party’! So pleased you shared the incredible pumpkin artistry!
    Antthony is so lovely! Enjoyed seeing you two having fun! Loved your brother’s story – what a giggle!
    Love, Jill x

  11. Sharon harvey November 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic blog as usual from our favourite presenter & author ;-)
    What an amazing Halloween we all had and look forward to it becoming a tradition!
    Can’t imagine who was messing around with all those photos :-)

  12. Mausieb November 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    The online Halloween book party was really good and so interesting to read where you got your inspiration from when writing your books …here’s to the next one xx

  13. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Andie –
    aha! A comment from you on here! Whoop! lol
    Say hi to little Pirate and thank him for being a guest on our Hallowe’en book event on facebook too!
    hugs
    d
    x

  14. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    SuSan N –
    So glad you liked the shows! Hope your bank balance recovered ok from Antthony’s visit! lol
    And yes mum is very much like my sister – she’s worse than my sister in so many topics! lol!
    d
    x

  15. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    Elizabeth – john –
    Thanks so much for your kind wishes for my lovely mummy!
    thanks for reading my blog.
    best wishes
    debs
    x

  16. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Heidi B –
    thanks so much for your kind best wishes! And will pass on your comments to the man from skechers!
    thanks hon
    d
    x

  17. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Kate –
    So glad you love Antthony’s stuff – he’s a darling!
    And yes had tons of fun with mum!
    Am taking a diversion this week away at center parcs finishing novel amongst other things!
    nov 28th – getting near!
    ;lol
    d
    x

  18. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Martin –
    nice lazy holidays sound good to me!
    d
    ;-)

  19. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Mo –
    mum is indeed 70 – altho sometimes i think from her humour she’s 12! lol! So glad you liked Cry from the Grave! Yes Carolyn is indeed a talented writer – much more to come from that lady!
    best wishes
    debsx

  20. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:49 am -  Reply

    Joy – I know! Amaaaaazing mind-blowing stuff about brain cells and omega 3 eh?
    i just have to share it all!
    hehe
    x
    x

  21. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    jill –
    geeks unite! hehe!
    yes do share with whomever you wish – the more the better!
    and Glad you liked Antthony’s shows – he’s a doll!
    d
    x

  22. debs f November 12, 2013 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Sharon – Mausie –
    you are both fab and thanks so much for all your support – really appreciated!
    d
    x
    ps Sharon – was it a ghost…?!! lol

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