- Join me for Jewellery Month launch on Sunday 1st at 3pm – sneaky peeks below!
- Ancestors and descendants – more family tree tracing
- For new Kindle owners, a free download or two!
- Poor poorly pog – Daisy dog rushed to doggy hospital last week
- Who won the lily competition?
- And a vintage QVC blooper – remember this one? Funny!
Plus sneaky peeks – guess what’s coming back to weekends on QVC in the autumn?!
And winner of the Red Carpet Manicure comp – it’s all below!
JEWELLERY MONTH KICKS OFF!
Now, you know how much I love my jewellery shows, e.g. with guests like Ralph from Honora on Wednesday this week, and Ken from Ammolite last week? Well, just wait till you see what we’ve got in store for you jewellery lovers throughout September on QVC!
In case you’ve noticed, lately on air I’ve been wearing these two rings (pictured above)! These, and so much more, will appear in a very special Jewellery Month, which I’ve been asked to launch on Sunday (1st) so I thought I’d give you a little preview of it here! Exciting!
One of the rings is from Diamonique on Madison Avenue – a glitzy new collection of our famous simulated diamonds set in bold designs, catch it at 9pm on the 18th with Julia. I’ve been wearing this (item no 609111, pictured left) – it’s gorgeous!
Plus, I'm wearing some double drop earrings (609298) from Charlie’s Special Editions DQ show 7pm on 3rd.
- Look out also in this month for a Lola Rose coin pendant, diamond zodiac pendants, special Jacqueline Kennedy 60th wedding anniversary treats
- Plus, shows from favourites Lisa Snowdon, Bronzo Italia, Ottoman, Butler & Wilson, Dinny Hall, Bibi Bijoux and South Sea Pearls to name a few.
- Look at our TV Guide to see what’s on when.
New Brand Focus Each week in my blog throughout September, I’ll be focussing on one of the brand new ranges. This week, it’s really thrilling for Mrs Archaeology-A Level-Geek here, as the Museum of London collection comes to QVC – I’m so excited, I’m so excited!
All designs are based on the famous ‘Cheapside Hoard’ - an exquisite collection of gem-set pieces discovered unexpectedly beneath a cellar floor over 100 years ago in Cheapside.
Each piece is set in stunning silver, coated in 14 carat gold, and made using the same craftsmanship techniques as those back in the late 16th century, to recreate the same designs – it’s a first for the museum too and ties in with their exhibition in October.
The editor of Vogue explains why it’s the sleeping beauty discovery of the last century – with lots of pics of the collection in this video.
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I used to do Egyptian and Etruscan jewellery on QVC years ago (remember that? And remember the classic blooper from 1996? See below).
Well, I just looooove historical connections, so can’t wait for my first show on Tuesday (3rd) at 10pm, with Catherine's show at midday. Don’t miss them!
Question But I have a question for you on this topic too – how important is QVC in your jewellery buying nowadays? You can be totally honest here – what do you always buy from us, and why, and what would you never be interested in? What do you only ever get elsewhere? What do you absolutely have to have?
I’m fascinated! Leave me your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this blog – see below for how to do so.
I’ll also be doing a little survey on my Facebook page next week too, so if you’re a Fbk pal watch out for it! Enjoy Jewellery Month! Now, for the rest of this week’s blog.
As usual, there’s a little bit of everything – from films to books to sneaky peeks of upcoming QVC highlights – do come back each Friday for the latest!
Still to come… tracing your family tree, free first chapter of my steamy romance novel Hawaiian Affair, poorly Daisy dog update, and the usual snippets, plus, a Liz Earle sneaky peek!
MEET THE DESCENDANTS…
…As opposed to the ancestors! If you like watching ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ then you’ll like this bit! Yes, mum and I spent all Tuesday afternoon doing yet more fascinating family tree tracing.
Here we are in the pic with Ruby Bone and Vera Francis, plus second cousin once removed Carol Monks, all from Raynes Park/Ewell area. If any of these names crop up in your tree, let me know!
The reason we went there is ‘cos my great nan, Ellen Johnson (who married a Whiting and lived in Mitcham), had a sister called Minnie Matilda Johnson (who became Minnie Bone). ‘Aunt Min’, as she was known, was Ruby and Vera’s mum.
She was a legend within the family – she seemed indestructible for most of my childhood, and lived to over a hundred – she only died in about 1996.
What a life full of changes she would have seen. From no electric lights, to internet. Not that she cared about that!
She was a funny little old lady – half deaf – who loved her telly and her cup of tea and slice of cake. Ruby, who is the older sibling by nine years, recalls her mum Min being strong, happy, but her husband had got mustard gas in his lungs in the trenches in World War One and could never work properly for the rest of his life, till he died in 1965.
Running out of coal, of food, and of clothing – but never out of love – she’d often resort to desperate solutions to fix things – as many did in those days.
For instance, a visit to the scrap metal merchant’s yard – he wasn’t called the ‘rag and bone’ man for nothing!
Many a new outfit was created from a freshly washed dress from old Lal Deacons’ husband’s scrap yard in Merton in the inter-war years, they told me, but ‘cos everyone else was the same, the little communities all got by somehow.
This is how we always remember ‘Aunt Min’, my great-great aunt – bless her! What a character.
And we found out more about Min’s parents, who would be my direct ancestors (since Min’s sister was my great nan).
A lovely afternoon indeed, and it was nice to meet Amanda, and Carol, who’s as interested as I am!
If you’ve had good fortune with your quest to trace your family tree, fill me in with a comment below – I answer every one that’s posted, usually!
TWO Useful Sites for Genealogy
I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to Graham Barnett on my Facebook, who told me of two sites which are able to offer some free information (I use ancestry.co.uk but I pay a small fee).
Also, what’s even more fabulous, one of the sites is currently recruiting for volunteers to help to transcribe the old censuses from the late 1800’s!
One year, they even asked how many children, how many living and how many dead.
This helps understand why some names disappear from decade to decade and helps to discount the fact that they might just be working and moved out, or just visiting elsewhere that night!
Do go here to find out more about helping transcribe and thanks again, Graham!
Well, considering the topic of the Jewellery Month update above, I’ve dug out a vintage blooper – that old Egyptian jewellery hour I did years ago, with a pharaoh they never had, but perhaps they should have done…
Here's more food for thought in this week's ReaditWriteitSellit segment.
RiWiSi – MY WEEKLY LOOK AT ALL THINGS BOOK
Firstly, how new studies show broccoli can help prevent arthritis. And secondly how prevalent dehydration is in patients.
(If you’re a regular you may remember ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water- you’re not sick, you’re thirsty’ being featured on my blog a while back, so that didn’t surprise me).
Well, considering the subject’s raised its head again, here’s some more food for thought.
In his 2003 book, Dr Batmanghelidj looks not only at water but at another of the most important elements for health in ‘Water and Salt – Your Healers from Within’.
If you’re into your health, or you need to be – do look at his other books too – they’ll come up further down on that link.
There are some fascinating topics in his other titles, which are outside my remit in this blog, but are well worth a look if you are at your wits’ end health-wise, or you know someone who is. (nb or visit www.marlenewatsontara.com).
Fiction Focus And for fiction fans, Lee Child’s new Jack Reacher novel ‘Never Go Back’ is out this week too! Have decided I’m going to start with The Affair (the prequel) and listen to the audio books from the Reacher series.
I was impressed by Lee when I interviewed him on QVC a couple of years ago, when I found out he's that rare breed, a single-draft author!
This latest title looks good – Jack finally gets to his military base in search of the female voice he was so intrigued by – but she’s been locked up. And he’s in trouble. Can’t wait.
Are you a Reacher fan? If so tell me what you think below.
Kindle Tips - I love the thought that you can get the equivalent of our ’30 day money back guarantee’ by going on to the ‘Look Inside’ section to read the first bit and see how you like it, before you buy!
And of course if you’ve got your Kindle, you can always download an eBook, then ask for a refund within seven days if you don’t like one – did you know that?
- For free Kindle novels click here – sign in or set up your account, then click away – any books you buy will automatically appear on your Kindle or Kindle app the next time you synch up or turn on. No matter which device you're reading a book on, it will know where you left off last time!
Don’t have a Kindle? Try the app or cloud readers – go here
MY FIRST CHAPTER – FREE FOR 5 DAYS!
Hawaiian Affair – first chapter FREE - click here to download the start of my first romance novel – only available free Friday 30th till Tuesday 3rd – to whet your appetite for the whole book!
The first chapter is the same whether you go on to download the complete PG version (which is still 99p but it won’t be for much longer) or the complete Steamy version (still £2.02)– currently 55 five star reviews, of 58. Go here to see all my books on amazon!
What do you prefer? So the question is – if you’ve finally tried eBooks, what do you prefer? Comment at the bottom please! I know some favour paper books, and I do, for certain titles.
But for me, it’s like movies – some I want to own, some I will rent and some I will wait to watch for free on the telly.
Therefore, some books I want to own, like friends’ ones I can get signed or a particularly beautiful hardback edition of something, or I just want to take my time and savour the pages.
But others I just want to read the story, and the reading experience is near enough for me to forget what I’m watching it on, plus an eBook is light, no one knows what I’m reading, and the next book is instantly accessible.
What’s your analogy? Are you a new convert? Let me know and leave me a comment!
Apart from my little focus on eBooks above, and audio books below, I thought I’d bring you a couple of fab extras on the Read It Write It Sell it page on my website debbieflint.com.
This week featuring –
- A nice little bit of news about one of the ways of marketing your book using social media, once it’s published. Would you like to experience a writer’s online book launch this Sunday?
- On the back of last week’s popular guest blog on how to publish your own novel from a successful Amazon author, I have another blog to recommend – ‘7 ways to improve your odds for bestselling success’ – a must read for anyone thinking of doing it!
- Full info in this week’s RiWiSi/goLarge – on my website click here.
(Next week in RiWiSi I’m doing a ‘focus on steamy’, considering 8 out of every 9 people buying Hawaiian Affair choose the raunchy version! And coming soon there will be a brilliant insight into what it takes to become a bestselling erotic novel writer, with another great author interview.)
– Poorly puppy – I didn’t say anything last week, but Daisy dog was rushed into doggy hospital with what turned out to be a particularly vicious gastro-bug, stomach ulcer and suspected chronic liver disease.
Each of which could have given rise to the others, they said. She was kept in for a week and I collected her, happily, on Monday – she nearly wagged her tail off!
And she looked a lot happier in the car, on the left, on the way home from the specialist in Winchester on Monday! More tests, but she’s stable and I’m relieved!
Thanks for all the lovely supportive messages on Facebook and Twitter btw!
So I popped over for a bit – thank goodness for the lovely weather – they had a great day for it!
I’ve got my tickets already! Love that stuff – I find it fascinating, even if it is only for entertainment. It certainly entertains me!
- Winner’s section now! And our own silver fox Dale Franklin won the presenters’ lily growing contest! The new lily is now called ‘Ruby Dale’… OMG did Alison Young give him what-for over choosing THAT name! lol
Having thoroughly enjoyed J K’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ audio book (8.5 out of ten overall – 9 for the narrator and 8 for the fab story), I’ve now begun ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett.
It’s a family saga, spanning decades, set in the church-dominated societies of England in the 1100’s.
Wonderful gritty detail about everyday life and it sucked me in very swiftly, so I am finding myself turning on my iPad indoors once I’m home too.
Pillars of the Earth is also an award nominated 2010 mini series with some major stars, which is sooooo going on my list after I've finished the audio book!
So, it's not just a 'listen', it can be a 'watch' too! (Next week, back to film reviews with the fab Brit flick 'I Give It A Year'.)
Click here to see more about it, and in about 15 listening hours time, I’ll be giving it a score! Any tips for a good audio book from you?
QVC – SNEAKY PEEKS –
And guess which show is returning to your Saturday night QVC screens late September?
Yes – Saturday Night Gifts Live, with myself and Dale alternating again in the run up to Christmas, with some marvellous guests and bargains galore! Begins September 21st!
Next week – MORE NEWS ABOUT STEAMY NOVELS AND FREEBIES! And a competition to win a signed paperback copy of my original self-help semi-autobiographical book 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' (2002) and get it – for free on eBook from Amazon for two days only! – next weekend!
Plus more news about gems week!
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