- Which bird makes this noise (listen to the video)?
- for paperback lovers, Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter is now on Amazon!
- Radical skin secrets for Craigy n me – spot the ghost!
- and the best chick-flick in aaaages – The Other Woman at the movies.
- plus sneaky peeks for Kim and ABC and Wen fans!
BUT FIRST Awwww! How cute is this?! This was Daisy dog’s ‘come on Mum, the rain’s stopping, it’s time for our walk’ look! Kept patting my knee – sooo cute! Have you got a hound like that?
I do, of course, have just the three Muskehounds now – would you like to meet them? Literally? I’m planning a charity walk in memory of Holly my eldest black lab, probably late May? It’s the ‘Bluebell Woods’ walk – more news next week. Do come join us!
And talking of meeting up – watch out next week for news of a book get-together on 29th June near Dorking.
Hope your Easter was good – apart from a teensy little sugar hangover I gave myself on Monday, due to eating a whole small choc egg (not the filling, just the shell), the day before. Eurgggh! Reminds me why I hardly ever eat sugar and serves me right! Hehe!
THEATRE WITH MUMMY – '12 Angry Men'
Well I took time out from my ridiculously hectic writing schedule to go see the matinee of ’12 Angry Men’ at The Garrick with mummy last week. It’s based on the classic 1950’s play, later immortalised by Henry Fonda in film (which you can watch on YouTube).
It was excellent I have to say – Robert Vaughn was a complete scene-stealer and Tom Conti in the lead was fab. Apart from one character – who shouted a bit too much too soon, leaving him nowhere to escalate to towards the end – it got top marks from me.
It was one of those old-school dramas they did so well in the 50’s – I’ve never seen the film so it was all fresh to me. It’s a clever production that held my interest. I usually see musicals and light hearted fayre at the theatre (remember 39 Steps?) so this was a departure from the norm. Loved it though. 8.75 out of ten. Here’s the original Martin Shaw trailer. But do go see it if you can.
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ME AND CRAIGY GET ‘RADICAL-ED'
Yes the fab brand is back (Fri 25th 9pm, Monday 28th 9am) plus the must-watch whole hour of Radical skin care on Monday 28th at 3pm with Anne and the lovely guests, sisters Liz and Rachel.
Their beauty range has some incredible effects, as Craigy found out at our little QVC training session/facial using their youth infusion bubbles serum!
When I use it, like Wed night at home, it totally makes my skin smooth and plumped after, and I like the science behind the brand.
Craig says their eye cream is one of the best he’s used too. It’s certainly got a lot of clever research put into it. Look out for the discovery set and give it a go. Some great reviews already on individual lines – check out on our website.
IMEDEEN EMMA MAKES MY DAY
If you saw the 8pm show on Tuesday you'll have seen my promise to put the January and April scan pics of my skin profile test done by Emma from Imedeen.
I've been taking the 50+ Imedeen supplements since January, just like Joanna Lumley has for 18 years. (See Good Housekeeping mag this month – she isn't paid to promote it either!)
Now my tests were not scientifically controlled, and my skin care since Jan has included Radical for a month, then Murad for the last month (see bottom re next week’s Murad comp. Bottom of blog not my bottom! Lol. That would need more than supplements… haha)
So there’s no way we can say my increase in skin density from 47 to 53 can be absolutely put down to the supplements alone. Anyway, Emma emailed me to say that she’d never seen skin measurements improve like mine have – by ten per cent – in my age bracket. How chuffed am I!?
Who knows exactly why, but I’m liking it! I’ve also been eating more healthily too, with lots of fresh foods which make a difference to the way I feel (apart from when I give myself a sugar hangover… der.)
By the way, see next week’s blog for info on how you can learn about food and health at a one day course at the end of June with Marlene Watson Tara. Meanwhile, check out what others say about Imedeen on our website. Click here.
Still to come… what bird makes this noise?… one of the best chick-flicks ever!… Leighton’s slip of the tongue…
RIWISI – Read it Write it Sell it
My weekly look at all things book!
Well, hot on the heels of my latest novel, Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter, making the top five in the prestigious books/fiction/humour chart last weekend (for the eBook,) by popular demand the paperback is now out on Amazon – just follow this link and you will see it!
Reviews so far for this madcap comedy following the behind the scenes antics of a would-be young TV star – all fictional I assure you! – have been great:
“For any Qvc addicts like myself, I highly recommend this book, it's a great read with plenty of humour to which I found myself laughing out loud at. Yes it's silly, yes it's fun and yes it's worth the price! The author Debbie Flint has delivered another winner!” Tracy Grenter, Amazon Review
Go here to get the eBook and here to get the paperback! And yes, in reply to some of your requests, you’ve guessed it, there will of course be a sequel! Meantime, I’m cracking on with book three in the Hawaiian Trilogy!
Seven Tips to Help Promote Your Book I had a pleasing little writing TiFFT* this week! None other than Joanna Penn, talented writer and blogger, asked me to guest blog for her – how chuffed was I! I wrote ‘7 tips to help promote your very first self published book’ – full version on my RiWiSi page on my website two weeks ago.
I love Jo’s site – and her intro to my guest blog has other very useful links and tips too if you’re new to self publishing! Click here if you’d like to read it!
My Titles All my books are shown at the bottom of this blog if you’re interested and would like to read them on Kindle/app them on Amazon.
Do leave me a review if so! I love hearing what you think! And thanks to so many of you for being so kind and leaving five star reviews – it’s very rewarding to know people are liking what I do!
Also on Read It Write It Sell It – Go-Large, over on my website … a beginner’s guide to self-publishing…why Germany is a vital market to consider… and the most brilliant book trailer ever, for Bone Season. Do click through and read it! New tips for writers every Friday. And sign up for the newsletters at the same time… click here.
BACK TO YOU – SLEEP
Interesting piece about nightly sleep this week, in my little health-based segment. This article (click here) discusses what the best length of time is. Now considering I had very little in the final days before publishing my new book (see RiWiSi above,) I would say the more I get, the better!
Am not going to do that again this time – will get the new one, Hawaiian Retreat, done by end May beg June, well in time for the end of June publishing date – am promising myself! But when I DO go to bed, I can honestly sleep for England! What about you? How important is sleep to you?
I must say I swear by memory foam pillows though, and we do some fab ones. And feather bed toppers – don’t forget to give them a try if you’re not sleeping so well. Plus here’s Marlene Watson Tara, my guru, talking about healthy food and sleep. Click here for more.
Also – if it’s relationship problems keeping you awake, have a look at this article all about 15 Habits of Healthy Couples – click here.
More on my Easter Monday Essay on my website, which included several updates on just how far some of our Facebookers have come plus a long extract from my weight loss book Till the Fat Lady Slims – just go to debbieflint.com, Back to You page, for more – click here. Another new B2U blog on Monday!
Back to You returns to QVC in September. See below for links to join the Facebook Groups.
Sneaky peek – On Wednesday week, Australian Bodycare lovers, you’re in for a treat with a special all-day bargain if you know what I mean! Includes the blemish stick too – which I swear by! I think I’ll be stocking up…
Shhh – Attention fans of Kim & Co – some lovely shows coming up over the Bank Hol weekend including with me on the Monday 5th (including one of those ‘one show only’ type deals but don’t tell anyone I told you!) at 5pm – put it in your diary Kim fans!
Leighton’s How To for Glitter Polish Removal – as promised on the Leighton show this week, our fab nail expert gives great glitter tips. Many more tutorials from Leighton on YouTube too! See also the blooper below!
This week – I'm off using up annual leave and writing my next book, until Sunday 4th btw, but in the meantime… my ‘tv husband’ Lee Hohbein brings us another fab tablet TSV bargain this Saturday (29th), launching midnight, it’s an Acer, with impressive 16gb storage.
And Sunday is your chance to find out the fuss about Wen hair care with a 4 PC set. Plus look out for the Gem Day special all day Tuesday, with a short-run Kunzite TSV, so watch at midnight Monday if u can!
BLOOPER – Leighton’s classic slip of the tongue – considering our Leighton snippet above, thought I’d bring you this one again!
- Sisters Make the World go Around – had a lovely afternoon and evening with my sis Linda Bignell, Red Carpet Nails guest, this week. It included seeing the brilliant movie 'The Other Woman' – see below. But look at this pic of me and my sis, next to the two Radical girls – ahhh! Don’t forget they’re back this weekend incl on Mon at 3pm.
- What bird makes this sound? Listen to my impression and tell me what u think it is? If you’re a twitcher? Put me out of my misery! Lol If you have pics you can email me too on firstname.lastname@example.org. My daughter loves birds, they’ve installed a camera in a bird box outside the top window – will keep you informed!
- Unexplained Mysteries of the world Read this article and watch the vid – can you explain any of them? I love the placebo one – the power of the mind will one day be harnessed to heal, maybe in our lifetime, who knows. Let’s hope so! Click here for more.
- Facebook spooky – this one doing the rounds this week – makes your hairs stand on end! How did it happen, apart from the obvious suggestion of being fake. What If it’s not… mwahahaaaaar! See the pics here of a Victorian girl appearing in family photos in York.
- It was St George's Day this week on 23rd – shame there wasn’t more to celebrate it – so here’s my contribution! How British are you? – take this fun quiz – I got 80%, the seabass let me down… click here to see it, and leave me a comment below to tell me how you got on!
- P.S. a note – so sad to see some of my lovely pals out of work as one of the other shopping channels closed this week. Such a small industry, many of us know each other. BUT even more reason to stick with the safety of QVC – for me personally, as well as, as a customer. Big hugs to all.
'The Other Woman' Right, if you love chick-flicks, you cannot miss the latest Leslie Mann release: 'The Other Woman' – Leslie had me rolling up laughing. A lot. Frequently!
Alongside Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton, who are good, they plot revenge on the cheating husband, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He is also outstanding in his acting, especially in the restaurant scene.
Echoes of 'Bridesmaids' but sooooo funny. Nicki Minaj also makes a notable cameo appearance.
P.S. who is the hot brother?? Actor Taylor Kinney (Zero Dark Thirty, Chicago Fire) – one to watch. And if anyone's got an older brother like that, let me know! In cinemas now, 9/10 (v v high for me!!)
The Grand Budapest Hotel I finally got to see it at the cinema last week with mummy and ex-sis-in-law Alison Flint, and well worth the wait it was too.
Ralph Feinnes' comic performance is worth watching it for, alone. It'll be marmite, but if u loved Moulin Rouge and Gatsby – that jerky, Tin-Tin-esque stylised filming, you will love this too. Nothing too taxing, but a quirky, fun movie. So many cameos from so many big movie stars ramped up the mark, for gawp-value alone! 8/10
- A trip to Hastings
- How to join the Bluebell dog walk for charity near Dorking soon
- What it's like from the 42nd floor of the old NatWest Tower in London as I visit Vertigo42
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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.