– My fun week off in Devon and pics from the spa at Champneys writing break
– Some really funny pics and posts online including a cat called ‘Kitler’
– Plus Liz Earle competition – how to win a goodie bag!
By the way I have no idea what that mark is on my chin – honest! I think it’s a splodge (technical term!) on the camera lens – Lol.
First this week, what a fabulous week of annual leave I’ve had – off to see my writing pal Alix at the weekend, then off to a mini break at Champneys to write lots more of my novel! In fact, what culminated in my uploading the complete steamy Hawaiian Escape, began with my making a strange discovery… read on, all will be revealed!
Race Night in Belstone
Well, my lovely writing group pal Alix did me proud again last weekend by putting me up, in exchange for me getting her onto Goodreads and doing her first ever blog! Go here to read it if you’re interested in life in a small country village on the edge of romantic Dartmoor!
It’s almost like a second home to me, I wouldn’t be surprised if I retired down there one day! Well, it was nice joining in with the village life somewhat when on Saturday night we went along to Josh the Scout’s fundraising Race Night!
At one point we had an ‘auction’ to be an owner and I ended up being the one to ‘ride the hobby horse’ up the hall in front of everyone – cheers all round! The rest of them were kids. Silly Debbie!
We had a lot of fun, betting on which colour hobby horse would win all down to the roll of the dice. And young Josh the Scout raised a few hundred pounds more towards his overall three grand total needed for his trip to the Far East next year to represent his area scouts.
Lovely evening, I really enjoyed it.
The Curious Case of the Deb in the Nightime
As many of you may know, I’m a bat. I’m nocturnal, I can’t help it. I like to stay up till late writing and this time of night (currently 4.18am Thursday night!) is my time of night.
However, I did adjust it a little at Alix’s as she’s an early bird, and it’s only polite. However, once I got to Champneys in Forest Mere, my other regular haunt (dontcha just love special offers!?), I slipped back into my usual routine.
Which meant there was me, padding round the corridors going down to the coffee room to get more drinks, when everyone else is asleep! And there’s me, in the deserted pool alone – one of those moments with totally still water just waiting for you to jump in it! (see top pic)
Well jump I did, a couple of times, plus had some lovely treatments again, including Thalasotherapy. Bless you.
However, it was all about the writing.
The pic above was the view from my ‘writing room’ and all I could hear was birdsong. Until a little freshly spa-d hen party came in the room to have a last coffee before they left. And this was one of the snippets of conversation I heard. Just had to share it with you. Got to make it into one of my books at some point!
"So I said to her, like 'if you're moving to Ipswich to work in three weeks, how are you gonna learn the language?' and she was like 'what are you talking about?' and she laughed at me 'cos I told her I thought Ipswich was in Germany. Hahahhah!" Everyone laughed.
"You idiot," one said
"Well I just thought that it sounded like a polish word."
"But Poland’s not Germany."
Well I will miss having my lovely fresh salads and veggie meals all ready and waiting for me in the picturesque room with a view, as well as being able to go take classes. But the good news is that I have more annual leave I must use up, and most of that will be spent writing breaks over the next couple of months – including being back at Champneys with Craigy middle of March for a couple of nights! Yay!
And now it’s home to the poggies to see how mad they get when they see me walking back through the gate! And thanks to family for dog-sitting while I was away! A lovely break, really needed it. Back on air Sunday (see QVC bit below.)
BACK TO YOU – HEALTH SLOT – THE HORMONE THAT MAKES YOU FAT
(Tying in with our Back to You QVC Facebook group, supporting QVC’s show all about helping you get back to a happy you (returns in September), here’s our weekly update!)
I must admit I did get a little distracted whilst away, as I kept up the social media!
I took her advice and watched it whilst I was away at the spa break, (well I watched the sign-language 2.40am repeat online!) and utterly fascinating it was too.
It talked about the hormone leptin, that helps to stop us overeating and how it could make us fat. Go here to see on iPlayer the whole of ‘The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass’ (before Wednesday 6th).
And if you don’t see it, I’m going to summarise some of it on this week’s B2U blog on my website page (link below).
But it raises some interesting questions about why we are so out of touch with how our bodies should function. BUT anyone who’s watched ‘Sugar the Bitter Truth,’ Dr Robert Lustig’s Youtube sensation, may recall the section where he shows you how leptin gets disrupted if you eat too much sugar.
Watch it, you may be amazed if you can put two and two together like I did. Puts you off eating processed sugars for life eh! I was appalled to see ‘fructose’ being offered in little sachets on the tables at Champneys too – as if it’s a good thing! Yuk! Go to debbieflint.com for more on this topic.
Click on this pic to read a lovely little strand on the BTH group about some newcomers to Freedom Eating. Wonder what your response will be if you give it a go? Come join our group and find out. (see links at bottom)
Continue Reading – over on my own website, Back to You page, this week’s Monday Update includes –
– a summary of the programme about hormones
– the most amazing discovery I’ve made for ages – backing up something I’ve believed for years, and now being explained by the latest science. Do go across to read it if you have the time!
– My latest ‘before pic’ update (being posted Monday)! Sorry in advance for revealing more than you might want to see! And whatever it is it needs ironing! Boo-Boom!
(Plus on my Back to You blog page – there's eight weeks' of Monday updates for you to look back on from the January series on QVC, including links to all the shows.)
MONTHLY COMPETITION – NOW CLOSED
As promised, here’s my monthly goodie bag giveaway! To win this lovely prize, worth over £40, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me you want to enter. If possible, saying if you’re a romance reader!
I may be extending my Debbie’s Readers Beta reading group on Facebook at some point later in the year so say if you’d like to be considered! Full T&C’s here.
Still to come…Stacey’s most embarrassing nodding-off moment… I bet these pics will make you cry… and meet ‘Kitler’ – one of ten cats with astounding markings…
READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT
RiWiSi – my weekly look at all things book!
Book of the Week – '61 Hours' – by Lee Child - Ok so I’m becoming a bit of a Jack Reacher groupie. But quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn when his books are this good!
Jack Reacher 14 kept me riveted on my long journeys to and from Devon and Hampshire this week, and rightly so – this is one of his most nail-biting, and with a quirky ending too – can’t wait to read book 15 in the series.
Not happy that I’ve only got another few to go until I’m totally caught up! And the reading of the audio book was as ever, brilliant, by one of my fave narrators, Jeff Harding. nine out of ten, as ever.
Plus see QVC GUESTS SURPRISES below for Cashmasoft guest Donna Couling’s new eBook!
By Popular Demand – the complete Steamy Hawaiian Escape is now available! Hot on the heels of last week’s upload of steamy chapter 20, I had so many people asking me to hurry up and publish the entire steamy novel, as that’s what they were waiting for during my week away, I did it!
For more about my other titles see bottom of this blog.
Writing a book?
One of the things we self-publishers love is a success story. So here’s another one.
On the tail end of the hot debate in the publishing world about self-publishing vs traditional publishers earnings, Kerry Wilkinson tells all about bucking the trend for authors to complain about lack of help from their traditional publisher.
After selling 400,000 eBooks, he got a six book deal with Pan MacMillan for his Jessica Daniel crime series and they’ve been marvellous in helping promote his book to a brand new audience. This flies in the face of the usual tale of publishers sitting on their laurels whilst eBook royalties flood in, most of which they get – despite there being far lower costs associated with producing eBooks.
Click here to read the full success story – we do like a bit of inspiration, we self-publishers, don’t we?!
Read more over on my expanded weekly blog on my website, RiWiSi-Go-Large. Including this week, for self-publishers –
– The twelve Oscar nominated movies which all have two things in common, one of them with me!
– Weirdest book titles of the year
– And the complete archive of RiWiSi blogs since last summer including self publishing features for beginners.
Go here to read all about it on RiWiSi Go Large, and don’t forget to respond to the pop-up if you haven’t already. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get emailed the secret link to the free steamy chapter downloads!
– Sneaky Peek! – Clarks If you love your quality shoes, and big brands, then don’t miss Sunday 9th March at midnight for this lovely new Today’s Special Value from Clarks – with me! (Plus, put 4pm on 10th March in your diary for my next Pampered Pets show! Will Gracie make an appearance this time? Dodgy eye and all?)
– Not a Lot of People Know This Did you realise you can get a ring sizer online? Go here to find out more about QVC’s clever method of helping you choose which ring to buy. Fab news, ‘cos it is after all, (*fanfare, drum roll!*) Jewellery Month in March.
My chosen brand is Honora. I am in fact, helping to design a new bangle watch, to be a TSV in October, all being well! I wear one of Ralph’s on air all the time so I was honoured to help design it!
– Guest Surprises You may know that Cashmasoft’s Donna Coulling is a celebrity PA, well she’s just written her first book on the subject of how to become one! 'The Chamber of Celebrity PA Secrets' is short but snappy – 42 pages of her own journey to working with the stars, and how to do so yourself!
Worth having a ‘look inside’ on Amazon at the cool testimonial letters from both Rachel Weisz and Helena Bonham Carter. Sharon Harvey, my Facebook group co-founder and partner in crime, don’t get any ideas!
– THIS WEEK ON QVC – I'm back on Sunday, just in time to help Lee Hohbein bring you the new Apple iPad Air. It's one of the latest top tablets at a great bundle price – assuming there’s any left by our 4pm show!
Plus, join me Tuesday night at midnight for our new comfy Skechers shoes Today’s Special Value. Here's an early heads-up too – Vitamix is back Friday (8th) night for a new launch of our ever popular premium liquidiser.
QVC BLOOPER – ALISON YOUNG LOSES IT OVER A BOTTLE OF BRANDY-Talking of Alison… What can I say except this is flipping funny! What IS she like!?
Hope all goes well, looks like you had a lovely time with some of the other girls from the group of fabulous readers who help me proof my stories before I publish. Long time coming, but her John’s a lucky man! Lol.
What’s your equivalent? What have you ever done or what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard about happening when a person fell asleep in company?
– Ten Cats Famous for Their Markings Again this is funny. Ten cats that got famous for their awesome markings – like ‘Kitler’ here, all genuine, allegedly! Click here to see them all.
– Facebook Awesome – 33 pics that will make you proud to be a human being Awwwww! You don’t just need a tissue, you need a whole box, to watch this enormously emotional series of 33 pics to move your heart.
One of the most uplifting sites I’ve seen online, and gives faith in human nature. I love this one in particular, but they’re all great. Do have a look, but you have been warned! And do copy the link and share it with anyone you know who’s in need of a little lift or a smile. Click here to see more.
WATCH – Oscar News!
[Having trouble viewing this video? See YouTube's Help page]
Yes it’s nearly Oscar time (this Sunday 3rd). And I didn’t see any good films during my break so instead, here’s one of the 2014 Oscar round ups from a YouTube channels I subscribe to, Grace Randolph’s Beyond the Trailer. This video rounds up the Best Actor contenders.
Yes, she’s a bit ‘shouty-lady', but what she actually says is usually pretty spot on. Sign up for advance trailer news of new movies and behind the scenes rumours. And to think, this time last year I was actually in LA, loving being in town to feel the buzz, going to QVC’s pre-oscars bash, and watching the ceremony live at my ex’s producer/manager’s house in Studio City until the small hours! P.S. I bet '12 Years a Slave' romps it. What do you think?
NEXT WEEK – who won the Liz Earle bundle of goodies?! Plus dinner with Ingrid Tarrant and co – possibly on a new London socialising thing called Society Dining – more info next week so come back on Friday!
To leave a straightforward comment on this blog, just go to comments, below – write your comment, leave your name and your email (kept private), post, and there you go! Easy! Looking forward to hearing from you!
To keep in touch:
TWITTER: @debbieflint - follow me for behind the scenes updates & sneaky peeks of upcoming bargains
- My QVC Facebook page - click ‘like’- or friend me on my personal one.
– Or 'Back to You QVC Facebook open group' is here - over 670 members. B2U returns to QVC in Sept
– Join the challenge on photo-sharing closed group 'Break the Habit' - your online support system continues till June 29th SUCCESS STORY PARTY/ new book launch party!
MY WEBSITE & BOOKS
Sign up for regular email newsletters including LATEST NEWS about my novels – www.debbieflint.co.uk
Debbie’s books on Amazon – paperback or ebook (eBook is for Kindle or Kindle app)
Hawaiian Escape, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair, is available on Amazon in eBook or paperback.
Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique.
The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad! eBook only.
WORK IN PROGRESS –
‘Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter’!
Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in Holy Man!