This week –
- Ab Fab Am Dram with old thespian pals
- Happy 20th Birthday to QVC!
- Shopping for Wedding Hats – it’s next Friday!
- Riwisi book slot including a steamy freebie eBook
- More from Pirate the Tripawd Kitten
- And my first Saturday Night Gifts show – and Matt Goss is on!
Me shopping for wedding hats last week – grow up? Me? Never..!
Oooo – October just around the corner! EEEEEK! Does it surprise you that NEXT WEEK it’s 1st October and QVC’s long awaited 20th anniversary?
I always find at this time each year that I start thinking I’ve got tons of time before… the ‘C’ word (Christmas! Lol)… yet suddenly it’s November – and time then completely runs away with me until 25th December.
So, this year I’m starting early – having bought my first xmas pressies the other day, I am determined to get my cards sent off by the beginning of December – or at least by the last second-class-posting-day – or maybe the first-class-posting-day – or, oh rats I’ll have to hand-deliver them again… you get the idea!
Must plan it tightly this year as the launch date of my next novel, on Amazon, is the last weekend in November too. Gonna be busy, eh?!
And whilst I’m still currently picking the remaining end-of-the-summer blackberries (just), I plucked the final tomato from the shrivelling vine in the greenhouse yesterday – not that there were that many this summer, but what there were, were very tasty!
Did you have much luck in the garden? Leave me a comment below to tell me more.
OLD PALS, NEW SHOWS
As you’ll see in the pic, I went to see some of my beloved am-dram (amateur dramatics) this week – 'The History Boys', by YOUtheatre, at Epsom Playhouse.
Old acting pal Bob Hamilton (he of many an am dram production – musicals and plays – over the last 30 years!) played the lead role Hector, and was excellent! Kevin Sargent, my other mate from my acting days, and I were very impressed.
Equally as impressive was a young actor called Jonathan Ford who played Dakin – the Dominic Cooper role if you saw the original. Very good indeed.
The other guy with me and next to Jane isn’t on Facebook though – he’s called Mark Bannister and he played Lysander opposite my Hermia.
He’s also standing next to Jane in the other pic below – the one of me shaking hands with probably the most famous person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting properly and talking to.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever been introduced to?
We all thought Mark would be famous at one point – he did become an actor for a while, in 'Casualty', 'Eastenders' and so on. Haven’t seen him for years though. If you know him, tell him to get in touch! (he does kitchens now, I think.)
We’re planning another little get-together at some point, to reminisce. I loved acting – kind of – but found I only had one expression – ‘slightly quizzical’ – so my acting career whilst a student was short-lived! Good job really, I much prefer presenting. BUT I would love to be in an am-dram production at some stage.
My ideal would be the musical 'City of Angels' – the detective one – about a screenwriter… (funny it should be about that, and it’s my favourite eh? Lol.) But the only role I could play now would be the older Cougar woman Elora Kingsley, who seduces the detective – or tries to. Fab songs, too.
Here’s some of the best. One day. Maybe.
Which play or musical would you want to be in, and which character would you be?
SHOPPING FOR WEDDING HATS!
As you can see from the top pic, we were playing silly blighters a little bit in the Westfield shopping centre last weekend, whilst looking for a suitable hat to go with my wedding outfit which Antthony our lovely designer has created for me (one of our regular designs, adjusted for length and colour – loooovely!).
Had a good laugh, then got down to the serious business of what on earth the mother of the groom should wear on her head! After all, it isn’t every day your boy gets married and Friday 4th October is nearly upon us.
So just for next week, there’ll be an extra addition to my blog on the Monday (7th), to mark the special occasion.
Can’t wait – he’s got it all organised, has my son Brad, being a project manager, and all. The only thing I need to do is give a few lifts in my car and turn up and enjoy it! Will be fab. More soon!
Still to come…. Freebie steamy eBook… Dale’s a good sport with mascara!… & Downton’s back!
READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT – RiWiSi, MY WEEKLY LOOK AT ALL THINGS BOOK
The Italian is Named!
Last week I told you I was writing a scene in my new book (the prequel to my first novel) which featured a hot Italian guy and asked you what he should be called?
Thanks to all of you who told me your thoughts – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter – and I have to say, against my initial judgements I’m going to go with the majority vote – Alessandro!
The scene is in a luxury hotel after he’s taken our heroine for a drive in his Ferrari, somewhere in the beautiful hillside of Tuscany… Maybe he’d look a bit like this…
'Hawaiian Prize' (working title) will be out end of November, with a Facebook launch party on Thursday 28th – shared with my writing pals – more news soon!
I almost chose 'Dating a Cougar' but after comparing the reviews it was just beaten by Kris Pearson’s novel from October 2012, currently free on Amazon, and riding high in the charts.
'Resisting Nick (Wicked in Wellington)' is about a hot boss with a troubled past and his temporary PA who arrives at his fitness club. See what you think and let me know!
P.S. – I loved the ‘warning’ at the bottom of the write up – must add one of those to my own steamy novel Hawaiian Affair! My equivalent would be – ‘warning, contains sex in luxury cruisers, hotel rooms and under waterfalls!’ hehe!
And thanks so much to the latest reviewers on Amazon – it’s reached 70 out of 79 five stars now!
**Countdown – Hawaiian Affair paperback – PG Version – 3 WEEKS (MID OCT)
**Countdown – Hawaiian Prize – paperback and eBook – one version – 7 WEEKS (end Nov)
And over on my website, the book focus continues. On RiWiSi GO-LARGE –
- More writing tips for self-publishers
- And a reminder of the facebook launch party date at the end of November!
- Click here to go to RiWiSi page on Debbieflint.com
It’s got to be this clip of Dale being ‘game’ when he tried Revitalash on his first Saturday Night gifts show, last week at 8pm – he’s a good sport that’s for sure!
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- Went to see pal LJ Rich at her work at BBC Click this week, was very interesting – here’s me in front of the famous newsroom! Had a lovely dinner and put the world to rights – I always feel better when I’ve caught up with my lovely OOMBFF!
- Talking of good friends, I just want to wish all round good guys Debbie G and Julian the best for their new ventures, as you may have seen the announcements on their blogs. Big hugs to both! (stay in touch with Deb and Julian on Twitter).
- Lots of info about food and health in the press again this week, including a big article about that YouTube sensation I mentioned ages ago – Sugar the Bitter Truth – it’s now got 3.8m views!
Well, the Queen of Macro-Miracles, Marlene Watson Tara has added another excellent video – this time how to make your own fermented pickles for cheap home made but effective pro-biotics.
She’s so fabulous, and helps so many people – I’m trying to persuade her to write a book about some of the amazing success stories she’s made happen over the years! Her website marlenewatsontara.com tells you more, so check it out if you have any health worries you think diet might help. Go here for more info from Marlene about intestinal flora & gut health.
Well, he is currently staying with loving foster-parents Yvette and her family, being looked after until they decide whether he needs an operation on his little stump. As you can see in this pic, he started to walk and was just as playful as any normal kitten.
BUT he didn’t know how to be a cat – he didn’t have anyone to copy so his development was slower, for instance, he didn’t know how to use the litter tray and didn’t want to eat or drink from a bowl.
So, the vet recommended a little friend about five weeks old, he was put with another little kitten (who is three weeks older but small for his age) and within three days Pirate was eating from a bowl and using the tray. Although, he still struggles to drink water, tending to stick his whole face in it and then sneeze! But he and friend Mikro are getting along fine!
NEXT WEEK – how will he cope with stairs!?
- As promised, here’s the link about the new iOS 7 update, which if you have iPad or iPhone you’ll be updating soon. It’s a bit different – but as Lee Hohbein our IT expert says, it’s a lot more convenient in many ways. How? Why?
Go here to read the article and watch an excellent video about iOS 7 which was circulating on Facebook this week – hope it helps you understand the differences and why it’s worth accepting the update!
Do you recall tapping the black rests at the top, to bypass a dial-phone-padlock, which parents used to prevent high phone bills? You could tap out the numbers, bit like morse code – hah! Anyone else remember doing it?!
It made me smile thinking about the time my kids saw one of these phones and said to me ‘but how do you actually make the phone call?’ Things we take for granted eh! In the same bracket as ‘what’s an LP mummy…’ lol!
It’s back! Long awaited and just as fab – 'Downton Abbey' bold has returned! You’ll need to watch it on catch up TV, if you missed episode one on Sunday. It was a bumper one, with the aftermath of the xmas special accident - the shocking death of Matthew in a car accident means the estate's only heir is now the baby George.
Lord Grantham will likely take over the managing of the estate once more and that could spell the end of modernization reforms. On the other hand Branson now has a role managing the estate and he is still a revolutionary at heart and will continue to fight for Matthew's reforms.
Have you enjoyed it so far? Let me know below! Sunday nights – but watch it on catch up TV!
QVC SNEAKY PEEKS
For those who adore Honora – you’ll be spotting a few of us wearing this gorgeous set from Ralph, coming on Thursday next week – the day before Brad’s wedding. I’m considering wearing this jewellery on the day!
If you love your coffee, I’ve spotted a very enticing TSV machine being lined up from one of the major brands in coffee, mid October!
- It’s my first Saturday Night Show, and appearing will be Matt Goss! Whoop! It’s a recording from his visit earlier in the week (I don’t get to meet him) but if it’s anything like his performance in Vegas which I saw in 2010 it’ll be amazing!
Also next week, our 1st October 20th Anniversary! Join me as I kick it all off on the Monday night with a beautiful Clogau watch Today’s Special Value (short-lived, so get in early!)
Plus, some exciting programming coming up on Thursday from Alison and Will – live from the USA! Visit the Alison's blog to find out more about what Alison's got in store for beauty fans.
Next week – more from Pirate the Tripawd Kitten, and a lunch, a wedding reception and a meeting about a man..! Join me to find out more next Friday! Have a fab week – and don’t forget to leave me a message!
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