Had a fab time at the annual QVC host-bash – including a fun bouncy secret santa – (can you guess what I took? See below). Also I spotted my own first novel on a bookstore shelf with my own eyes – and took a ‘shelfie’! lol. This is in WHsmith Victoria. Let me know if you’ve spotted it near you! email me firstname.lastname@example.org. PLUS news below of how to get an invite to my book launch in January!
Prize Winner And congrats to prize winner of last week’s comp to win my books and Gatineau Throat Gel combo – it’s Lisa Wolf!
Stop Press Friday 6pm – as usual if you’re an early blog reader, join me for another super comp – to win a little bundle of Elemis goodies – by leaving a comment on my QVC UK facebook page webchat – this week (11th) with Emma from Imedeen – see links near bottom.
MEGA DRAW NEARLY HERE – GET TICKETS NOW!
But first a reminder to kindly get your raffle tickets for our Mega Draw – last tickets can be sold until Monday 14th at midnight. It’s all for these guys – little Gemma’s life has changed unrecognisably since her own personal alert dog Polo came into her life. My fundraising aims to help Medical Detection Dogs keep up the work, with the current funding going towards the prostate cancer early detection research and the industrial freezers they need for the hospital samples in their three year study which will also cover breast cancer detection and more.
We are at time of writing hovering around £3300 – hopefully we can get this a bit higher over the weekend. Each freezer costs £5000. Latest donation is incredible – see below. Go here to enter and buy your £5 ticket via Just Giving and for the full list of amazing raffle prizes – enter up until 11.59pm on 14th .
Latest charity news on my website here!
NAME A LOLA ROSE ITEM
And how about this for a super duper prize? Hot on the heels of Alison Young’s consultation prize, here’s a belter – Lola Rose will donate an opportunity to name an item of jewellery – which you will then get once it’s made! Wow! Don’t forget, visit the site which will stop midnight on Monday 14th! Winners notified soon after.
QUIZ – we will also have our online Christmas Quiz with Patrick Quacker too – just come to facebook to take part – it’s a voluntary donation to MDD via text (eg text to 70700 and write ‘MDDC53 £3′ to give eg £3) and it’s just for fun. We all had tons of fun last month and thanks to Patrick for running it again! Click here to register an interest in taking part (clicking one button – do go do it!)
PRESENTER’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Oh my did we have fun on Tuesday at our annual bash – lovely food in the nearby Napa restaurant – super secret santas (my gift went down very well – and up and down, and up and down, actually – can you guess which it was? ‘Specially if you’ve seen some of the other presenters posting about what they got?) it’s always lovely to spend time with more than one or two fellow presenters and everyone was on fine form specially my lovely mate Craigy! Watch out for others’ pics this week and next – the second ‘sitting’ is next week with the rest of the team.
Guests and Presenters’ XMAS SUPPER
And a really fun evening ‘up London’ going ‘out out’ (haha!) with several more of my colleagues – this time Lee and Patrick and Craigy and Marie Francoise from Kipling. We went to Patrick’s club near Covent Garden and just chilled. We were going to go to the theatre but got chatting and ended up just chinwagging and having a great catch up – must do that more often. These are several of my most favourite people in the world! Very busy week though for me!
Red Carpet Treatment for my Sis in Best Mag
Well how about this! In the week my book also appeared in the Chiswick Bookshop, my very own sister Linda Bignell wrote a feature in Best Magazine on how to achieve perfect gel nails at home. Well done that girl! My little sis is very talented, and generous too – at her Elemis salon inside Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton they do all the usual, plus nails, plus every now and then they put on special Treat Yourself days for mums of disabled kids and carers, using sample products. She’s such a star. Follow @surreyhealthspa on Twitter, if you have it.
Yes it was that time of year again, and on Sunday about 40 of my family descended on the local village hall. We had secret Santas, best jumper competitions, a xmas quiz, (my team came second) and some lovely food and banter. Am the eldest of five and there are 16 grandchildren, my mum is the one in the middle! Another good year’s get together.
Irish Xmas Ad
If you’re in Ireland you may see this every yuletide – well the music is by my fabulously talented composer mate Kevin Sargent. So many people to be proud of this week!
Proud of me too
And when I posted my pic about finally finding my own book in WHSmithTravel in Victoria, I got some lovely comments – including two very well known QVC faces who made me swell with pride!
Next week – my first independent bookshop stocks, and being interviewed for local magazine show.
Book of the Week – Jessica’s Christmas Kiss by my talented fellow Choc Lit author, Alison May is my top tip for this week – it’s on preorder, out Saturday (12th) and I can’t wait to read it – she’s a very funny writer. Perfect for this time of the year eh? Go to my Read It Write It Sell It blog on my website for more plus the latest news about my book and it’s very exciting!
Another proud moment – Carol Singing with LuLu –
Ok so we rehearsed a little in the dressing room before this week’s Today’s Special Value finale with the lovely songstress, and this was the result – during a knock out day for Lulu’s skincare range. Gave me an idea that perhaps we could create some sort of charity album – Medical Detection Dogs would love it! lol. Don’t know if Lulu would though… or people’s ears… hehe. Here’s the moment once again –
Posara Ladies who Lunch
Had a super catch up with some of my lovely writing group this week too. Litty who is finishing her Masters in novel writing, Carolyn who is publishing her own second romantic suspense novel soon and Maureen, who as ‘Merryn Allingham’ has achieved some fabulous sales this year with her ‘Girl from Cobb Street’ series and has written 12 books in the six years since we all went to Italy on that first writing course. If you have a long memory you might recall it was one of my first blogs when I came back to QVC.
Well in the week that I spotted my book for the first time in a proper bookstore, news about my steamy romance has reached Australia! Blogger Renee has done this fabulous review- plus she’s written a quick reminder of what the book is all about. Here’s what she said –
Told in alternating POV between Sadie and Mac, this novel combines a raunchy romance with a great plot. I loved the build up of tension, waiting for all the little lies to blow up into a drama. I found Sadie to be likable and relatable. Mac had more depth than the typical playboy billionaire and I liked him more than I had expected to. I often find “billionaire romance” novels over the top and unbelievable, but this one was much more realistic.
To get yours, order paperback via your local bookstore or find it now at number 79 in WHSmithTravel outlets (main rail stations, airports) or online via ChocLit. Plus read more here on Renee’s blog - and thank you!
Want to come to my book launch in January?
What’s even more exciting is that my publisher wants to do a proper book launch and we are just working out where. Most likely is local to me in Dorking. But our lovely guest Lorna Ko who is a reporter on Chiswick Buzz a local online video magazine show covering events near QVC, wants to do an interview soon with me – she usually books a venue like a bookstore for such things and it looks like the Chiswick Bookshop family team are open to my having it there. Do go in and ask manager Emily for one of the signed copies. I also got some super wrapping paper that can be framed – it looks like old school bookshelves of eg 1930s girls books, or classics etc. Fab gifts too!
Free Christmassy EBooks from Choc Lit
Look out for Christmas treats coming later this month. If you’re not signed up for Choc Lit’s flash fiction treats yet, simply email ‘TREAT’ to email@example.com to subscribe and you will automatically get them!
Watch – Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks latest outing, set at the height of the cold war in the early 60s, is another amazing achievement – a superb period drama based on a true story. If you love sprightliness, and human interest stories, to go and see it. It’s highly recommended. I gave it 8.75 out of 10, quite high for me. And the extras at the end over the credits told you what happened afterwards with the real characters, made it all the more fascinating.
BLOOPER OMG POOR SIMON BROWN! Funny though… ‘cooking with gas. or not.’
This week on QVC -
– Saturday’s Today’s Special Value – Acer tablet – as previewed last week – am launching Friday midnight, great price so join us if you can!
– Imedeen is back! –
But you don’t have to wait as there are several videos of the fabulously effective skincare supplements if you follow these links –
And don’t forget to join Emma from Imedeen and myself talking about who can use them etc, on our QVC Webchat 6pm tonight (Friday 11th) till 7pm on our own QVC UK facebook page.
Sneaky peek at the next Dyson Cordless Today’s Special Value which I’m launching in a week’s time on Friday 18th at midnight – by which time it’ll be only a week to go before the big day!
Best wishes for surviving the final week or so – and remember our take-the-weight-off-your-shoulders last minute delivery is for orders right up until the 21st December – yes really!
Next week – interview for local online magazine show as first independent bookshop carries my stocks of Take a Chance on Me; plus tons more socialising! And – meeting little Derek the latest Detection Dog in training, for the first time. AND seeing the premier of the new Star Wars movie – at midnight!
Have a great week!
Go to my own website for full info about my novel writing, my Read it Write it Sell it blog and my Back to You show blog and well-being info, plus ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ weight loss book and also my charity for which I’m delighted to be an ambassador, Medical Detection Dogs, just go via my website, www.debbieflint.com
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