RNA and Take That


Take That at Wembley Stadium I'll stop saying 'busy week' 'cos they always are! So, this week –
-    Relight MY fire! Off to Wembley to see Take That!
-    And the Romantic Novelists' Association conference
-    With my very first meeting with publisher Mills & Boon!
-    TiFFT's galore!

Take That and partay!  
Come on, come on, come on, take that (take that) and party! OK so they didn't play many of their earliest songs, but what a concert!

Cool to see them back together again. Just like with my like for Peter Andre's music, being a bit of a middle of the road girl myself, I did used to get all the Take That albums, old and new, and was thrilled to see their first reunion concert five years ago.

Debbie with her sister and brother-in-law at the Take That concert We had great seats then, which made it even more special. So it was fab to get tickets via sister-in-law Nicky to go with her and her pals, and my sis and hubby, to Wembley.

Rotten venue though – had to watch much of it on the big screens, as the seats were in the gods, but the atmosphere was electric! First time I'd been in a proper, bona fide 'Mexican wave' too! (there's one of many TiFFT's for July!). Brilliant how the atmosphere lit up as the wave reached your section, then continued on round! Robbie instigated one that worked really well. Otherwise, how the hell do they start? Group consciousness and all that, I'm sure! Fascinating!

Robbie Williams on the big screen at Wembley Stadium Got to tell you Robbie was a real highlight – never having been to one of his shows myself, but my sister said he's always that fun and personality-packed. He hit the headlines again – for the wrong reasons – but I have to say that Robbie was just funny rather than offensive, in my opinion – to be honest, even though some people objected to his swearing, you get used to it in the media, so it wasn't a problem for me. And many people with kids just laughed too. 

Take That's stage at Wembley Stadium And I have to point out that I was using my fab 30x zoom Fuji camera from the previous TSV to get these shots – at least I managed to get photos a bit closer to the action, even if I didn't get there myself!

Romantic novelists galore
Debbie with Penny and the girls How lovely to meet so many like-minded people at the annual Romantic Novelists' Association conference in Caerleon in Wales at the weekend. It's a fun shin-dig attended by successful published novelists and wannabes like me, alike.

Met some great new friends – including Penny and AJ as well as lovely Lisa who was at the Cornerstones course I blogged about last summer. We had a fabulous Gala Ball too – where I wore my Kim and Co maxi dress and my Joseph Esposito jewellery!

Debbie in her Gala Ball outfit The ladies were commenting on my good skin when we were having a conversation about the ages of our kids – theirs are mostly under ten and of course mine are 24 and nearly 22! Anyway – so Penny says 'wow! Forget the novel writing, talk to me about skincare!' Lisa laughed – she knows where I work!

And Penny went away with a little sample of Melatogenine from me! Hehe! The wrong person to ask that question eh! Seriously tho, was so pleased for some of the girls – Penny's just got a fabulous coup – her own agent – the biggest stumbling block to getting to a publisher nowadays – for most people. Unless you write for Mills and Boon…

Anna Boatman, Mills & Boon editor Anna Boatman, pictured, was the lovely lady editor from Mills & Boon who did my one-to-one, having read my first chapter. She liked it, on the whole, and gave me some revisions to do, and her card to get back directly to her once I've done them. I'm giving myself a month now to get them to her – now or never eh?!

And I felt very encouraged coming away from the meeting as apparently she wasn't giving her card out to everybody, some of the others were asked just to submit to the normal submissions address. If you've ever wondered about their submissions process incidentally, follow this link to their submissions information page.

Anyway, it was a great weekend – lots of learning and enlightening info. Some of the info included some fascinating facts about successful authors Jill Mansell, Katie Fforde and Elizabeth Chadwick, who all attended the conference. Did you know, they all had written 6 – 8 novels that were never published, before getting their first deals many years ago. Just shows you, eh?

All those hours and then they had honed their craft enough to launch a great career. So I won't get too downhearted that I haven't managed to crack my FIRST novel yet! For those that told me on Facebook tha t they love Jill Mansell novels (I showed her the texts btw and she was thrilled!), take a look at this little clip of the coffee queue and see if you can spot Jill lining up for her cuppa!


Author Linda Gillard Another final bit of intriguing info to come out of the weekend was – again – the prevalence of self-publishing on Kindle. One really successful author, previously published, was Linda  Gillard – who has sold over 9000 copies of just one novel by posting it to Kindle, and that's mainly in the UK. Big business eh?

Maybe I should rethink my strategy! Or just get a soft copy of my old Till The Fat Lady Slims book cover book 'Till The Fat Lady Slims' and put that up! Remember Freedom Eating back in 2000? Made me smile recently when I spotted a copy going for £19.99 on Amazon! Lol.
Anyway a good time was had by all.

Finally – as far as Try it for the First Time club is concerned – well June Peter Andre with Debbie just had to be interviewing Peter Andre didn't it!

And for July – there will be so many! Including the Mexican wave, meeting Mills & Boon, going to Lauren's graduation on 22nd, (with Nigel – I'll be doubly proud!) and next weekend – boot camp! God what am I letting myself in for… Come back next week to find out!



  1. Michelle Roberts July 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, Nice blog, really enjoy reading all the different items, the RNA sounded good and the ball at night i bet that was fun.
    My book arrived today Getting away with it,will start that on Monday as i have a busy bithday weekend ahead of me involving lots of eating out, so free from the kitchen !!
    Well i’m impressed with hubby my bithday present this year was a beautiful Glogau gold bangle,i was poorly the beginning of the week with my arthritis, major fare-up something that hasn’t happened for a while now, resulting to a horrid steriod injection, any way he looked after me very well and get this Debs managed to put a meal together(not before time hey!!) Sausage, Chips and beans, well its a start bless him, he has a long way to go to meet Nigel’s culinary skills LOL
    Can’t wait to hear about Boot Camp sounds good fun and hard work!! LOL
    Well all for now from a very wet Wales with added wind !!
    Love to the Pogs
    Michelle x x

  2. Linda, Glasgow July 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Do you ever take a breath!! – you are one busy lady – i love reading about all your adventures though so dont slow down!! Congrats re the Mills and Boon meeting – the editor seemed impressed – your one step further in getting your first novel published(or is it second?i say that because of your first book “until the fat lady sings”). Sounds as if you and the lovely Nigel(he’s so kind to animals)are still going strong – i’ve just watched your Smashbox hour and you’ve mentioned you and Nige going to the cinema(Transformers!! i think) now youve got to explain that one did you pick the last film? Your looking good Debs are you losing some weight(new romance and all that eh)i love your look – you know your body shape and dress to suit it – always lovely. You mentioned Freedom eating – i loved the common sense approach to this system. Whatever happened to the two lovely ladies that used to guest for this product? Sadly gaining weight is usually a symptom of a phsycological problem(as Freedom eating told us) and we need to get our head in gear before being able to have any success in losing any weight or infact succeeding in most things – a bit deep but sadly so true. Lovely to speak to you again Debs look after yourself. Love Linda Glasgow

  3. Mo Cowell July 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    You asked the question – in your reply to my comment to your last blog (phew – that’s long winded !)’how did I get my nickname Dudie ?’…….well it was given by my friends in Egypt when I started visiting there circa 17 years ago !
    Talking about Egypt – the Nile – Nigel wow ! – what a trinity !
    if you ever want THE best contacts there for a magical time – just let me know.
    lve Mo/Dudie x

  4. Caz Jones July 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Fabulous blog as always :o) You’re an inspiration to me with your busy life!
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Kenneth J Lane show with Barry. It’s the first KJL show I’ve seen and really liked his products.
    I also wanted to say thank you for running the competition for Clare Jacob’s book – Ophelia in Pieces – it arrived the other day (signed by Clare) and once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I was still up at 2am reading it cos I wanted to see what happened to all of the characters! I’d recommend the book to anyone as it was a really good read and am looking forward to her next one.
    Thanks again Debs,
    Caz xxxx

  5. debs flint July 21, 2011 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Michelle – ooo god I could murder sausage beans and chips! Am on that healthy eating stint and have lost seven pounds so far and am 3% lower bodyfat in a month! Can’t complain, And can’t eat sausage! so to speak! hehe!
    Glad hubby is ‘learning’! lol

  6. debs flint July 21, 2011 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Linda – nice to hear from you again! Yes I did choose the last film! hehe! Actually Transformers 3 was really rather good – and Nige loved it!
    Freedom Eating totally changed my life – there I’ve said it! So I am indebted to Shaun Goodman for starting me off on the right path! Yes I have lost as below on Michelle’s reply – am very happy too!
    thanks for your nice words hon!

  7. debs flint July 21, 2011 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    Mo – but WHY did they nickname you dudie? lol
    Thanks for the offer hon – when Nige is ready to take a flight somewhere with me, and it’s to my dream destination of the Nile, I’ll definitely run it by you to decide where to go!
    thanks for commenting – nice to hear from you!

  8. Mo Cowell July 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I’ll ask them and get back to you ! hope it’s printable !!!!
    Lve Mo/Dudie x

  9. Susan July 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Debs…How rude!! See sausage comment above all you other bloggers! I have to echo all the comments Deb. You look great. Glowing and gorgeous. You’re following after the lovely Anne!! x

  10. debs flint July 28, 2011 at 2:04 am -  Reply

    Susan – thanks! I certainly feel glowing nowadays! lol

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