This week –
- Losing weight for Christmas – here’s how Chloe H lost five stone
- My novel – free! – till Wednesday – grab it now for Kindle or Kindle app!
- New trilogy paperback – cover reveal!
- And sneaky peeks at Gatineau Today’s Special Value offer plus news of upcoming One Time Only bargains!
What a fascinating evening I had this week when the lovely Antthony was back for another visit for his fabulous fashions shows and he went out with us for a ‘Jack the Ripper London Walk!’ It was one of those things we’ve been talking about doing for ages! I met him from his hotel and we made our way across on the tube – Antthony in cowboy mode – very inconspicuous, not! Gotta luv him! Lol.
The Tour guide was smashing – she had a US accent and pronounced she was a ‘ripperologist’ and went to all the conferences – a true expert on all things Jack. She used an Apple iPad to show our large group the pics of the Victorian streets how they were, and some of the victims pics. One of them was the first pic ever to be used to identify the victim – photography being a growing thing back in 1888.
It was a dark, eerie night but with modern street lighting it wasn’t scary. I loved the fascinating history she presented and the thought that in some spots at least, the buildings and doorways still stand. Many have gone but enough are still there to make it compelling listening. And we had a good walk into the bargain!
Then it was time for my pal Sharon, her hubby Ray, Antthony and I to have a quick mulled wine in the famous Ten Bells pub where some of the victims and they think Jack himself used to drink.
The guide thinks the perpetrator was a certain John Kelly, a furniture upholsterer who used a chisel called a ripping tool and who emigrated to places where Ripper-like murders later took place. If you love crime books and mysteries you may like to go on one of these walks. Go here for more info – they start at Tower Hill and cost £9 each – turn up at 7.30 and pay on the night. Must go again sometime with everyone’s favourite cowboy!
Losing Weight for Xmas
Thanks to those of you who have been commenting about how trim I look when you meet me and when I wear certain things on air. It depends if I’ve had dairy as to whether my belly bloats up (serves me right but the EasiYo coconut does taste amazing! #WedNightShowWithDale)!
Earlier this week I heard that Chloe Hillier, one of the girls featured in the before and after on the back of my weight loss book ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet,’ (click here for links to get it) has now lost FIVE stone! Wow, how proud am I!
Also the 22nd five star review on Amazon – Pam Merrifield (a relative newcomer), wrote this;
“So pleased I bought this book. Have struggled for years with my weight and have tried every method known to man to lose it but always failed so became a habitual yoyo dieter. Debbie’s book, which is not at all patronising as some diet books can be but more as a friend having a chat with you, is genius. It’s total sense and in fact is not a diet book but more of change your lifestyle book. It’s not about deprivation but listening to your body requirements and eating when your body tells you, a concept that sounds hard to grasp but Debbie explains it so well that within days my whole attitude to food changed.
In my first weigh in I have lost 5.5lbs. I don’t expect for a moment that this is going to happen every week but I feel so motivated to carry on and hopefully lose a steady 1lb or 2 each week.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who has yoyo dieted in the past as they have been unable to stick with conventional diets. I would also like to thank Debbie Flint for showing me the light about weight loss and being so supportive”
My heart fills with joy when I read things like that. I had a lady lose 8 stone once too. Let me know if you’ve tried it too – I’d love a few comments below. Do give it a try if you’re sick of dieting, you never know how quick it might kick in, to fit in that dress in time for Christmas.
Xmas Shopping With Lauren
I’m loving spending time with my grown up girl, especially now she’s moved out to her new house!
I had a nice evening with my lovely daughter in Guildford, getting some crucial gifts bought – namely her difficult to buy for boyfriend Nick! Got him a … better not say just in case! Do you have a really difficult to buy for person in your life? What do you do? I have got to the stage with my two that I just get what they tell me to – my ‘innovative inspirations’ don’t go down all that well when they’re both in need of stuff for their new homes! So I don’t amuse myself any more by spending the budget on things that make me smile! Although there have been some fun years…
Mind you, I will definitely make up for it with a ‘treasure hunt’ around the house for Lauren – or maybe for Nick – haha! Don’t tell them! Anyway, had a really delicious Wagamama meal too – super miso and mouthwatering stir fry etc. Xmas music everywhere too – festive!
The new house is coming along – it’s still in a ‘packing cases’ stage but they’re settling in nicely! Still got the bathroom and wall to finish but they should be done by Christmas. Not bad considering they took it over on August 22nd and WonderBoy Nick has done it all mostly by himself!
RiWiSi – Read it Write it Sell it
My weekly look at all things book!
Book Deal of the Week
Freebie for Cyber Monday – Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter
Free Saturday till Wednesday
Here goes – an opportunity for you to add to your kindle or kindle app! My stand alone novel was begun many moons ago and finished earlier this year, written in journal style and inspired by the sorts of things you see and hear and experience whilst in shopping telly. Then I crossed it with a bit of Alan Partridge and threw in a dash of Holy Man, the Eddie Murphy movie, all in a Bridget Jones type first-person abbreviated narrative. It follows the fortunes of Abigail, a twenty-something local paper journalist and would-be TV presenter, who seeks her fortune via a whole host of escapades and mishaps as she enters a ‘Search for a Selly-Telly Star’ contest.
It’s not at all a true account of real life and has more than a dose of fiction. Do let me know what you think of it, but please don’t read it if you don’t like summarised prose and diary-style writing. However, DO read it if you love a good ‘yarn’ and mad-cap frivolity, loosely set in a make believe world of shopping telly, at a make believe channel called T.S.C. – ‘The Shopping Channel’! Lol. If anyone’s read it, do please put your review at the bottom in ‘comments’.
NB it has 27 five star reviews – and 5 one star from people who don’t like the style so please sample it first.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing it and there will be a part two to Abigail’s adventures, sometime next year, set in reality TV, and the relationship hots up! Sign up for the newsletters on my website, debbieflint.com to find out as soon as it’s released! Go here for the rest of this week’s RiWiSi blog with news about how to self publish your own novel.
Cover Reveal – new Hawaiian Trilogy
What a lovely job my designer Angela Oltmann has done on my new paperback cover for the Hawaiian Trilogy! Hawaiian Escape, Hawaiian Affair and Hawaiian Retreat all under one cover. I’m so chuffed with it. She offered me two options which I asked people about online – overwhelmingly, 90 out of 100 – this one came top. So one more week and it will be available on Amazon in a thick paperback – over 600 pages! Specially good for gifting as it’s the three novels in PG version – spicy but not steamy – basically, fewer shades of grey! Lol! Email me now to go on the list to hear first when it’s out, if you’re not on Twitter or Facebook. Debbie@debbieflint.com or go here for full list of my book links.
Back to You Update – Axel from Flora Mare and Michele Hope
Well in this week’s web chat the adorable Axel Ruth from Flora Mare skincare and fashionista Michele Hope chatted to everyone. Axel got flirty – there’s a surprise! And Michele revealed upcoming petite fashion info – go here to read their Q&A on my Monday B2U blog on my website. Also on that blog, the scary facts about sugar – a cool pic of the brain and impressive links to YouTube videos with superb science about the ‘other’ white stuff – like this one from ‘down under’.
This Monday (1st) at 8-9pm on our Back to You QVC Facebook group (join now) it’s none other than Tova herself! She’s back the week after and will join me at 9pm on the 10th of December! Join me and Michele on Tuesday (2nd) at 11pm for a one show only type bargain!
Onesie Walkies! Well I must say I’ve been loving my Cozee Home’s plush onesie – in leopard print! Haha! (if you’re an early reader, you’ll see it again in the 6pm show on Friday 28th)! I love it so much I went for a walk in it with the dogs! I mentioned on air that I’m single – now maybe you see why – lol!
Romantic Venues for Xmas – I wont give up tho’ – am hoping one day to go on another date! Not in the onesie, naturally. In which case, in keeping with the ethic of visualisations, ohmming, chanting, manifesting blah blah, I’m posting this link and will sit and imagine someone marvelous is taking me there! My pick is this one in Mauritius. What’s your fave? Let me know – click here.
What Single Word Sums You Up? Another flash quiz for you to enjoy – takes two minutes – I’m ‘adventurous’ others are ‘determined’ – what will you be? Leave me a comment below. go here
First Christmas Card – thanks to Chris C for this fab little Christmas card – and ta for my pressie! Anyone who sends me a card with an address in, I will send you one back (albeit a bit late but it’ll get there)! Send to Debbie Flint, QVC, unit 8 Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W45XU to arrive by 19th December.
Woke up in a box Facebook Funny – hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Sneaky Peek Oh that Will I.T. Gowing and his webcam QCam! Here he sneaks in a belter of a preview of my Judith Williams Today’s Special Value launch from midnight on 8th December – wow what supersizes! And great news that Judith Williams skincare will be the subject of our web chat on Dec 8th 8-9pm on Facebook group Back to You QVC (see above).
Shhh! Double whammy one-show-only type bargains with two hours on the trot on Saturday 6th – Kim and Co at 10pm as well as Bronzo Italia gorgeous rose-gold tinged jewellery at 11pm! Plus if you love Emu’s don’t miss Sunday (7th) midnight show! Shhh!
A lesson in Hope from Susan Boyle – just as I adored Jackie’s interview with Donny last week, I also loved this sentiment from lovely Miceal’s chat with Susan Boyle, on QVC’s fab Saturday Night Show to promote her new album ‘Hope’ available from us with free P&P ! Here’s the interview if you missed it along with snippets from the songs in the background. I think it’s her best chat yet.
EZ Pay Offers throughout December on Today’s Special Values and a One Time Only offer every day at 11pm! Just in case you weren’t over-excited enough by Black Friday bargains (which are extend on the web till Sunday 30th at midnight btw)! How about this news – every day at 11pm until December 21st, there will be a nightly one time only bargain at 11pm! Yay! Plus each of those days, the Today’s Special Value bargain will be on Easy Pay installments helping you to spread the cost of Christmas! The extended money back guarantee/try out period for Christmas gifts is until the 25th January! So go for it!
BLOOPERS – here’s one of me with that massive telly that sold out – with a rather unfortunate clip from ‘Gravity’ – it was Sandra Bullock spinning around and around – honest!
Also here’s the lovely Craig having a singalong to Disney’s Frozen!
This week on QVC
Gatineau Xmas bundle – over £250 worth! OMG the bargains in skincare continue – so worth snapping up – join me and lovely Andrew this Saturday midnight (29th)!
Super Skinesis and Sarah Chapman returns – I’m on her 5pm hour on 11th – can’t wait! My fave product from her range is the SPF15 Daily Defence Day Cream – just love it and use it a huge amount.
More info about the forthcoming shows on the TV Guide here – check out up to 3 weeks ahead.
And finally, no time for films, so just a quickie this week as have been so busy doing my edits for Hawaiian Affair for my publisher (never get sick of saying that!) Choc Lit. So here’s a little funny for you – this link showing the funniest little ‘dog dressed as bear on treadmill’ I’ve ever seen! Hilarious – Munchkin will help you get through the day, gotta watch it!
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