- Big news about my new show Monday nights in the new year
- My sis is 50!
- And some super sneaky peeks! Plus more self-publishing tips – and how to buy my books in a shop!
Gosh nearly the end of the SNG series! One of my highlights was last weekend – a star studded group shot from Saturday Night Gifts (7th) – with John Barrowman and Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen amongst others. News of the finale of SNG is below – it’s this Saturday (14th) – join me and Dale at 8pm.
Watch the clip below of some of the best bits from the shows!
FUN FILMING FOR MY NEW SHOW, MONDAYS 9pm IN JANUARY
Had a lovely ‘off-air’ work-day on Monday this week, filming a promo in a wonderful old school conversion in Wandsworth, with Steve and the fab promo team. Wait till you see their finished work! And what nice guys. At least my poggies seemed to think so!
Gracie and Daisy will make an appearance in the promo whilst watching me do pilates! It was nice to bring Gracie along, particularly since she had a nasty injury on her eye last week and has to have an operation, on Monday 16th. Poor little mite.
She’s fine tho’ – dogs are resilient aren’t they? Anyway, she was well-behaved and so was Daisy, as we took some lovely relaxing – fun shots all around the house.
Back to You – is the title of the new show. I’d like to know what you think about January. What does January mean to you each year? Do leave me a comment below. I’d love to get your feedback and then I’ll be able to tell you more next week!
Well this January, every Monday at 9pm, I’ll hopefully be helping anyone who is like-minded to get the lift they need, so stick it in your diary to join me for some ideas for some lovely ‘me-time’. It’s going to be so much more than just ‘New Year resolutions’!
The hard work of Xmas will be over, so time to dedicate some effort to yourself. What is it you need to sort out in your own life? For me it’s lovely food that I know is good for me – like this ‘meal’ I made this week. Brussels (don’t ask, I just have a thing about them atm!) and adzuki bean pate – absolutely delicious! Not in the same mouthful, however, as I discovered accidentally – yuk! Lol.
Must get ‘back to’ eating more like that in January. I’d like to get ‘back to me’ how my stomach muscles were in the shot above, from 2000, which I keep on my fridge!
It was not long after I left QVC after my first six years here. I was working out a lot that October when I took the kids to Ibiza on my own for the first time since the split, and I’d been eating strict vegan for three months.
Maybe I can do enough in January to get a close approximation of those abs! Don’t know if you don’t try, right? Maybe I can help myself to achieve them with the aid of some of the products we’ll be showing you. Inspiration – supposedly!
What do you do to inspire yourself, when you need to make changes in your life? Do leave me a comment below.
And watch out for the new promo coming soon!
P.S. if you like pet products, see QVC section below for something for pogs from Richard Ward!
If you’d like to wish her a happy birthday (for the 19th) she’s on Facebook and also @lindabignellqvc!
The big ‘do’ was Smith and Western in Boxhill, with a huge party of us at the ‘Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers tribute night’! And great fun it was too (pic to come!). Happy birthday little sis!
BLOOPER – two for you this week – first, as promised, Chloe on Antthony’s show recently – she’s so funny! Doing a job swap with our lovely model!
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Plus a little bonus blooper – Dale and Charlie’s three hour diamonds show on Monday was not without little mishaps…!
Still to come…which film first featured White Christmas?… and a sneaky peek at the Honora TSV stud earrings set coming up.
Riwisi – READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT – my weekly look at all things book!
In the run up to Xmas I’m accumulating lots and lots of titles for my kindle app, which I’ll read at some point, and am feeling drawn to the Christmassy ones. How to choose? See below.
But am also re-listening to the Bridget Jones’ Diary 3: Mad About The Boy audio book again – I just love Bridget. I just realised how parallel our thought processes have been, what with the sub plot about Hawaii and a yacht! Funny! It got me thinking – there’s a manuscript I must dig out and maybe tell you about in the new year… Anyway, on with this week’s RiWiSi – this week, lots of Ri and a bit of Wi! Lol.
Blog of the Week – A change from the usual Book of Week this week – since there are so many seasonal titles to choose from, here’s a lovely little fun write up with some recommendations from fellow @julie_cohen writing retreat attendee, the talented author Alison May. She helps you choose which ones to go for! Do look out for her own work coming next year too! Go here for her full blog.
Latest Review for Hawaiian Escape –
Meanwhile my latest novel, Hawaiian Escape is happily getting some fab reviews. One person didn’t like it much – nothing is going to suit everyone! – but the others are almost all five star, so I’m very pleased! Thanks to all who review it for me.
“Not what I expected… in a good way! I thought that this would be all about Sadie's marriage but it was a lot more interesting than that. Well done on getting the balance right of light entertainment plus a story line to follow…”
5 stars from Vampire, Amazon review.
Paperback or eBook of Hawaiian Escape, book 1 in the trilogy, is available from Amazon here
Or – to buy a signed copy if you live near Fetcham in Surrey, go to Better For You Health Foods & Wellbeing store, 105 The Street, Fetcham, 01372 374992, where owner Kerena is keeping a little stash!
Call her to arrange who I sign it to, (limited stocks) and where to send cheque.
P.S. – VIVA London Review for Hawaiian Affair
How lovely of Viva London to review Hawaiian Affair for me – my first independent website review! Go here to see the whole thing and find out about this snazzy online website – not just London – for Manchester too.
Next week – news of the steamy chapter free download for Xmas.
RiWiSi Go Large –
Winner – plus well done to Anita for winning last week’s signed book competition – Carole Singer’s Christmas will be on its way to you as soon as we get your address!.
- Kala and me do Trinny and Susannah! One of my absolute favourite dresses got an airing on this week’s T&S show – and it caught Kala’s eye too! This was the tweet we sent out before the show.
Do follow me on @debbieflint so you don’t miss any of the little warnings about the upcoming bargains! It’s item 110158 by the way!
- Annual Xmas Day Out – we did it again! Mum, me, sis & Nicky. Lovely day – as ever. Then I had another one with son Brad on Wed night this week. I so love shopping – specially at this time of year eh!
- Heard of this website? ‘Women Scorned’ is a fun new site for jilted or betrayed ladies, and it’s been getting a fair bit of media attention lately! Well they contacted me about featuring my book, and it seems the next logical step for me to promote my books on, they thought, since Sadie my heroine is a betrayed mother maybe there’s a parallel there… More soon about this site.
- Facebook fabulous – finally, just had to include this vid doing the rounds on Facebook this week – so wonderfully festive and puts a smile on your face and a tear in your eye. Imagine if this happened to your kids or your granny! Well done that airline!
Last week on Saturday Night Gifts, the poll asked ‘What’s your favourite Xmas film?’ – 'Love Actually', 'It’s a Wonderful Life', or 'Holiday inn' ('Love Actually' won). Lots of the ‘youngsters’ in the crew that night didn’t know about Holiday Inn! So I thought I’d review it specially!
Some of you might not know this, but 'Holiday Inn' was in fact the first film to feature the famous festive song, ‘White Christmas’. Bing Crosby starred with Fred Astaire in this 1942 black and white classic. It’s unbelievably dated, even compared to the more famous movie actually called ‘White Christmas’ which everyone thinks was the first appearance of the song.
Yet it was made, with Danny Kaye (originally it was going to be Fred Astaire again but he wasn’t free) only 12 years later, and was the biggest hit of 1954. 'Holiday Inn' is very slightly jingoistic too, given it was made three years into WW2.
Well, 'Holiday Inn' has now been re-mastered and colourised too – see the pic – making it much less archaic, in my opinion. Funny how black and white seems so, so old! (And so am I, given that I used to watch kids progs in black and white when I was a nipper!)
Anyway, this film is so charming, and so olde-worlde I just love it – totally un-PC on so many levels, but includes some amazing dance stunts and a classic girl-chooses-between-two-boys storyline – one sings, the other dances. From then on, it’s nostalgia all the way.
If you’ve never seen it and like vintage movies, do give it a go! It gets 8.75 out of ten from me! I love both films actually, And Love Actually, actually…
P.S. Buble Vintage Classic – Apologies about last week’s film, it was a bit hard going ‘cos of the quality! Lol. So here to make it up to you, here’s another lovely little clip to watch – a Buble recreation of some vintage Xmas TV!
David Bowie might have sung ‘Little Drummer Boy’ for real with a much older Bing, but here’s Buble’s offering – it’s fab – and very clever! Enjoy. Any other clips you think I should watch, do put it below!
QVC – SNEAKY PEEK
As you may know by now if you saw The Daily Mirror feature about the launch, it’s Jodi Prenger who will be launching her new fitness DVD with me at midnight on New Year’s Eve – our first TSV of 2014! If you’re a ‘stayer-inn’er’ not a ‘goer-outer’, then join me!
QVC – SHHHH!
Once the xmas rush is over, on Saturday 21st all day, we’ll be featuring our annual QVC Cares day of charity specials – click here to find out more!
QVC – THIS WEEK –
There’ll be nostalgia as well, with our question: ‘Tell us about your favourite present when you were a kid’!
Plus, a special surprise for my co-presenter, Dale – shhh! Don’t tell him! Lol.
Watch this fab highlights videos of this season…
Plus on Sunday it’s the big xmas Laura Geller TSV – another wonderful 6 piece baked selection! Then, a gorgeous Honora set of 6 pairs of stud earrings is Monday’s TSV – fab value again from the lovely Ralph! Watch out for more from me on them soon. That night I’ll also be bringing you 7th Anniversary pricing for Renee’s fashions at 8pm (16th).
And on Last Minute Gifts (with me Thursday 19th, with Dale Friday 20th) we conclude our ‘get there by xmas’ shopping offers with these two 2-hour-finales. In mine on the 19th, Richard Ward will be bringing us his brand new tangle angel – for pets! Pet Angel premieres that day so don’t miss it! Fab idea for pooch lovers! Plus lots of last minute pressie ideas both practical and affordable.
So next week – our infamous cousins pre-christmas bash will have happened and some more pics of family fun!
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