This week – - Meeting up with the girls at Syon house event courtesy of Gatineau - My daughter Lauren’s birthday get together – times three! - Our QVC Xmas shoot begins… - RiWiSi focusses on a beginner’s story about self-publishing - ONE MORE WEEK AT 99p for my Hawaiian Affair in PG eBook version on amazon - And 'THE IMPOSSIBLE' DVD review – tissues at the ready!
And who won the signed copy of my 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' (2002 weight loss book)?
SALON PRIVE DAY WITH THE GATINEAU TEAM
OMG what a lovely afternoon we had last week on the third day of the annual Salon Prive event in Isleworth, in the gorgeous setting of Syon House.
The day after Boiling Thursday, we had Rainy Friday, but we weren’t put off. Every year, Andrew Bagley helps to run the premier supercar and classic car show in London, and what a deluxe event it is too!
Ali K, Kathy, Deb and I all had a fab gossip and a little session in the Gatineau tent, where Ali and I found ourselves sharing the table with a huge bottle of Pommery champagne (no, NOT Pomagne – lol).
In fact, what IS that bottle of champagne called (see pic above)– I think it’s smaller than a magnum – anyone know? If you do, leave me a comment at the bottom!
But one of the highlights for me – apart from meeting viewer Heather from Isleworth and her hubby, oh and looking around the showground once the sun finally came out – was definitely seeing a whole new side to Mr B – if you’re a Bagley fan, you’ll love watching this clip too!
What you don’t see on this video was what Andrew said next – ‘it’s amazing what you can find out on Wikipedia!’ lol! He’s missed his vocation as a comic, methinks!
P.S. Seeing all this has actually given me an idea for a couple of scenes in a novel! Will keep you informed. A truly glamorous event, with millions of pounds worth of motors and a fabulously glam day!
FAMILY GET TOGETHERS GALORE – IT’S BIRTHDAY TIME!
Yes, it was time for several more get-togethers for Lolly’s birthday last week, and my brother’s on Saturday. Plus it was Goody’s on the 2nd, my old mate Rocker Nigel’s on the 3rd, and one of my best friends Gill Sandford’s on the 14th (she may be coming onto QVC with her pet products at some point!) So Sept is always busy.
Sunday lunch at Bill’s in Angel Gate, Guildford town centre, was where this pic of me and my two offspring was taken – Kari and Nick came along too, but I love this pic so thought I’d post it – am so proud of my lovely kids and their partners!
Sally Morgan and a Meal…
Not a meal WITH Sally, obviously… But after our pre-theatre dinner, the family and I went to see Sally Morgan, celebrity psychic, at Wimbledon last week – on that reeeeeally hot Thursday!
She did put on a very entertaining show for us and hundreds of other theatre-goers, sweltering in the packed auditorium. No my dad didn’t ‘come through’ again, like in 2009 at Dorking – : – )!
BUT it was lovely to say hi to Sally’s hubby John – he was quite the star, in the foyer beforehand, where he was very much in demand with the ladies for a photo or several! Bless him.
If you watch the Living TV series you’ll know how big a part he plays in the TV prog.
The stage show last week wasn’t quite as a good as others I’ve seen, if I’m honest, but still enough uncanny readings and questions to make it really entertaining!
And do look out for her books if you can’t get to the theatre.
Brother’s BD BBQ
Then, it was brother Derek’s turn to have a get together for his birthday – here’s just one corner of the packed back garden in West Malling at the weekend! I have such a big family that it is virtually impossible to get everyone in one place without hiring a hall! That’s why I do, every xmas!
I’ve already booked the big Flint Family Festive Fayre for December. It’ll coincide with my sister Linda’s (she’s the Red Carpet Manicure guest on QVC) 50th birthday, so it’ll have to be something special this year!
Anyway nice to see the gang at Del boy and Amanda’s!
XMAS STARTS EARLY ON QVC!
And the socialising didn’t stop there! Boy, did I have a laugh when several of us went off to film this year’s Christmas footage – at a breath-taking country house near Reading.
Charlie, Will , Jilly and I had a breather whilst Chloe, Claire and models Tanya, Sally and Deborah-Anne were off filming. I can’t say more until October 16th, but then I’ll have a lovely little summary of what we got up to on the day.
Last year’s promolooked amazing, so will this year’s surpass it? And was a snow-ball fight involved again this year? All will be revealed!
Still to come…. An incredible blooper from Jackie Kabler at the hands of Leighton Denny… spaniel Baloo’s super sox!… and child stars steal the show in 'The Impossible'…
READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT – RiWiSi, MY WEEKLY LOOK AT ALL THINGS BOOK
This week: inspiration for novice self-publishers, a new Oxford Authors' course, and who’s going to play Christian Gray on the big screen?
Book of the Week – Gone Girl Well, having just finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’ audio book (excellent – gripping and educational about 12th century feudal living and cathedral building! 8.75 out of ten), I thought I’d mention a book that’s been in the news again, since they’ve announced who’s to play the lead role on the big screen.
No, not 50 Shades (I wouldn’t DARE make that a book of the week – wrong on so many levels! Lol), it’s ‘Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.
It’s been one of the most successful breakthrough novels of recent times – if you weren’t reading ‘Sister’, you were maybe reading this one – here’s one press review that helps to understand why
“Flynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling that it actually messes with your mind” (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL 20120609)
And this from topMysteryNovels.com – Although Flynn was first published only a few years ago, and Gone Girl is just Flynn’s third novel, it’s a highly accomplished piece of writing. Indeed, Flynn has an impressive track record.
Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist. Her second novel, Dark Places, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009.
Flynn’s fans include many top mystery and thriller writers, and Stephen King himself has hailed her as “the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.”
All very impressive. Until you look at customer reviews – they’re not skewed as high as you might expect, showing that once a book reaches tipping point and enough people start talking about it, the sales just keep coming in no matter what the mounting reviews say.
Or maybe all that press builds unmet expectations? What do you think? Have you read it? Leave me a comment below!
Who won the copy of ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’! As promised, here’s the result of last week’s comp and Nikki Stanescu has won the signed copy of my 2002 semi-autobiographical weight loss book, ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ – congrats! Click here for more info on the book that helped me to lose 35lb in about 18 months.
Well done Nikki! We’ll be in touch for your address. Another comp coming soon!
What do you do to publish your own novel? Writing has come a long way in recent years. With the tidal wave of digital self-published titles of late, it’s easier now than ever before, to get inspired by others and take the plunge.
It’s always lovely to read about someone else’s journey – especially when it makes you think ‘if they can do it, surely so can I?!’
Well here’s a taster of the beginner’s tale from a new amazon author, Claire Firth, who writes some lovely erotic regency romance.
She’s been writing for years, very well I might add, but has only just taken her first steps on the road to being a published author, by uploading her own work to amazon, just like I did.
The rest of the interview can be read on RiWiSi Go Large on my website this week!
Claire says –
“It’s been a huge learning curve and still is as I’m not quite there yet. Once I’d taken the decision to do it I just wanted to get on but of course it’s not quite that simple. Basically I wrote the novel, then after I’d had it proof read, I formatted it for Kindle.
I’m in the process of having a front cover designed at the moment (you can either design it yourself of pay someone to do it), after which I will then proceed to the next stage of uploading everything to Amazon’s website and following their instructions!
They do a brilliant book called Building Your Book for Kindle which talks you through the whole process but I’m very much learning as I go. I’m also setting up a website and have also created email, Twitter and Facebook accounts to promote and blog about my books.
It’s all incredibly time consuming but really exciting at the same time. If there’s anyone out there thinking about self publishing I would just say DO IT!”
For the full length article go to RiWiSi Go Large here.
Friday Fiction Focus
And over on my website, the book focus continues. On RiWiSi GO-LARGE –
- More writing tips – this time the Oxford Author’s Digital Age course in October
- And who won Emily Harvale’s signed novel?
- Click here for other Friday Fiction Focus items too, on RiWiSi page on Debbieflint.com
It’s CLASSIC blooper time, with a new one to make you giggle – as Leighton Denny obviously did with our own Jackie Kabler when he was discussing one of model Nina’s alternative occupations this week…
NEXT WEEK – just wait till you see what happened when Chloe Everton put on too much shaving foam on her arm during an Elemis show… rivals my ‘cream incident’ earlier this year! I think ‘It'll Be Alright on the Night’ will be calling for some of these latest bloopers from QVC Live!
– Baloo Sox! Daughter’s spaniel Baloo came for a spot of doggy-sitting this week, and as her paws were muddy from the rain, but she insisted in coming indoors, I found an amusing ankle-socks-and-elastic-band solution to pawprints on the carpet – do you think it’ll catch on?
Kelly Hoppen was on this week – maybe our bedding Dragon’s Den star would like to invest – haha! Baloo wasn’t initially impressed, then gave up and flaked out! Lol.
P.S. Daisy dog’s latest blood tests showed she’s much better, thanks to all who asked.
- Weather Fail And I thought it was supposed to stay sunny?!! What went wrong? I blame Siri. After last week’s promise of extended warmth, by Sunday late afternoon it was 11 degrees – ELEVEN! – during my dog walk near Dorking! Eurgh!
I guess out come the Emu’s eh gang?! And have you put the heating on and changed to flannel bedding again yet? It’s that time of year already!
- Kids’ Pres Behind the Scenes Philip and me circa 1986! If you didn’t already know, I was the first girl to present Children’s BBC in the broom cupboard, replacing Phillip Schofield for three months in 1986, before I fell for my first baby and handed over to my Piccadilly Radio mate, Andy Crane.
Well all these years later, a certain kids TV show asked me to record a little piece to be shown on CBBC, which I did at QVC this week.
And the kind producer emailed me this old publicity shot he’d found in the archives!
Will keep you informed about the actual show and when it’s on!
- A FACEBOOK THOUGHTFUL again this week, since so many liked last week’s one! This one is dedicated to my pal LJ and her partner Dav, who move into their first home this month, and to my other BFF Gill S, whose birthday is on 14th! Big hugs to both!
- Facebook Funny And just because, well, just because… another funny one too, this one doing the rounds and made me LOL! Enjoy! : – )
WATCH – DVD REVIEW – ‘The Impossible' Ok, so I’m a big softie, and yes, considering the subject matter of this week’s review was the tsunami in 2004, and an astounding, against-all-odds survival tale, is it any wonder that this week's review has a 'leaky eye alert'?!
If you’ve seen this film you’ll know you begin it with your heart in your mouth just waiting for the moment those thirty foot waves we all recall from the TV news footage, reappear and devastate south east Asia.
The family this is based on, of course, survive – you’ll know that from the trailer – but they still managed to make it compelling enough to keep you on the edge of your seat somewhat. How do you make a plot out of a story that’s so well-known?
Well, they did a fair old job, and the visuals are superb. But for me, it’s the kids who steal the show, particularly Tom Holland as Lucas.
One moment reminded me why I usually avoid any films where Ewan Macgregor talks in anything but a Scottish accent – 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' was excellent (Scottish), whereas 'The Men Who Stared At Goats' was shockingly bad (‘american’ accent – not even gorgeous George could rescue that film for me).
But in all, it was a pretty good feel-good film – yes, feel-good, and all due to the human kindness displayed throughout.
So tissues at the ready, girls, as I give it a good eight out of ten.
P.S. Animal Maternity begins Wed 18th Sept on Channel 5 at 8pm if you want more heart-string pulling! You don’t have to be Einstein to work out what that show’s all about! Lol.
Mind you, it’s up against a subject dear to my heart, self-building, the theme of ‘The house that £100k built’ on BBC2 – decisions, decisions! I’ll maybe take a break in my writing to watch those!
QVC SNEAKY PEEKS
- If you loved our Saturday Night Gifts show last autumn/winter, just to let you know Dale and I have been booked to do it all over again!
If you missed the recent announcement, here's a little photo reminder of why you should join Dale Franklin and myself as we alternate our weekend slot from 8pm Saturdays till Christmas, beginning on 21st September when the silver fox, Dale, kicks off the new season!
- Plus after my week away, I’m back on air on Friday next week – 21st at midnight – for the return of the sell-out smash the Hairmax and its impressive scientific evidence that it really works – do join me, if you know anyone with thinning hair issues, featuring early to moderate stages of hereditary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
As teased on here recently, the QVC face returning to fill the Pipa-sized gap whilst Pips is on her six month sabbatical is… none other than the lovely Sara Griffiths!
Do send her a message to say welcome back – after a three year absence for maternity leave. She’s on air from Thursday 19th!
QVC – THIS WEEK -
- Jewellery Month continues – including the Aurora range featuring Swarovski crystals in the glamorous friendship bracelet Today’s Special Value on Monday.
- It’s another cute and cuddly Charlie Bears TSV on Tuesday, and I don’t just mean Will and Charlotte the guests! Join them for their 7th anniversary celebrations if you collect their furry friends – like I do!
- Plus there’s the return of fab designer Renee, a Nails Inc TSV plus Lulu skincare and Laura Geller cosmetics are back for another visit towards the end of next week.
As I mentioned, I’ll be off air for a week on another writing retreat, but it won’t stop me writing my blog! As long as you guys keep leaving me comments below, to make it all worthwhile, of course…!
Next week – a weeend at the spa, plus Debbie does Devon once again. Will the prequel be completed and ready to go out to my beta readers? Will I manage to resist booking too many Elemis and Decleor treats?
And will I keep to my aim to stick to the low-carb fortnight I’m planning for myself, in the run up to my son’s wedding?! Join me next week for more about my holiday at Champneys…
Best wishes Debs X
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