Crime Writing, Moonwalking, Lulu-watching – a packed weekend!


Moonwalk’ed out!

So we made it to 18 miles – watch the  video  below of the event – a tiny snippet of it really, courtesy of our camera guy Mark. It was great, glad I did it, and took two days to recover! OMG those aching ankles! Happily my Skechers pumps didn’t give me blisters and the memory foam insoles were comfy underfoot but not quite enough support for my ankles on such a long walk. Maybe the half marathon next year, we’ll see…

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So as you’ll see, Jackie and the others made it to the end – at half past seven! Eight and half hours of walking! Our five and half was tough enough – well done them, and what a great cause. It was lovely taking selfies as we walked around the sights of London – here are a few –

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Lulu-QVC-presenter-fest! Got to bed by about 10am Sunday morning, then we were all out at the Lulu concert on Sunday night. Seven presenters all in one place – good job there are 21 of us!


Plus mummy (Lesley) was chuffed to meet up with one of her pop heroes from her younger days – and got a pic for her profile to boot! Wow I didn’t realise how talented Lulu is at songwriting – I’m definitely buying her new album now. It’s here on QVC, and features some amazing new self-penned ballads – my fave. She did a cool Bee Gees medley too – it went down a storm. And who knew that Lulu co-wrote ‘I don’t want to fight anymore,’ the Tina Turner hit? What a star she is. Catch her tour while you can – more here.

Lee Child spills the Beans on the Next Jack Reacher  CRIMEFEST weekend was amazing too – with Lee Child being star guest – what a nice man he is. (top pic) Stop press! He told me his next ‘Jack Reacher’ novel called ‘Make Me’ will be out in September – and he’s always top of the charts, so well worth a read if you haven’t tried him before. I loved the weekend.

Had to cut it short to get back for the Moonwalk but next year I will go for the whole thing, I think. Why? Well so far I’ve written romance, but I do READ a lot of crime and cosy crime novels, so it makes sense! If you want to find out all about him and his news about top crime hero Jack Reacher, go to the new Read it Write it Sell it blog (RiWiSi, with news of a fab giveaway from the CrimeFest Writing weekend too…). And my usual links to the following:
– Beginners’ Guide to Self-Publishing, if you’ve ever wanted to write yourself
– Book of the Week is the WW2 trilogy part 2 – ‘Daisy’s War’ from fab author Merryn Allingham, just out! Plus one of the most unusual vintage elements of our London Streets in a new feature – ‘French or Dutch Research #1’.

Click here to enter the comp on my website and read about Crimefest and meeting Lee Child.



Updated healthy eating pyramid So finally the food gurus wise up to the fab benefits of veg! If you’re wanting to lose weight and not sure how, do click here to see this fascinating revised food pyramid to help you choose more wisely. And don’t forget there’s a ton of info about well-being on my Back to You page on my website. (links below) Meanwhile, what do you think about this new composition of our daily plate? Find out more here!



Debbie Does Dinner – talking of plates, here’s another one from my Hello Fresh repertoire – but I’m going to expand my choices in the next few months, branching out away from stuff with too much cheese – I kept having to give it away and find non-dairy alternatives! This was delicious though – with tons of veg – right up my street!


Back to You Update – 3MC challenge ends – or does it? Hear what happened to some of our participants in the weight-loss-fitness challenge we began in Feb. Plus web chats from Lola Rose, bareMinerals, Bodyblade (on Monday 25th it’s OPI! Join the Back to You group – link below – and come type your questions for Julie the guest 8-9pm.) And news of the new Three Month Challenge, now (3MCFeb) just ended. just click here


BlueBell Woods Time again Blue bells everywhere still – so welcome on my dog walks in the local woods!

Bluebell woods

Grampa’s Weeder Strikes again
And talking of plants, it was time to get out my trusty Grampa’s Weeder once more – ohhhh that feeling of ripping up a pesky dandelion from its root! Whooohooo! Something cathartic about it, that’s for sure – and my garden is nearly yellow-head free once more! Good job I have this clever tool, considering I live next to a field full of them!

Grampa weeder and root


 RiWiSi – Book of the Week, ‘Nurse’s War’  – by Merryn Allingham, links on my Read it Write it Sell it blog on my website, where you’ll also read more about the CrimeFest weekend as above – just click here to see it and enter.

nurses war

Riwisi Giveaway over on my website – just go and subscribe to the weekly newsletter on my website – someone will win this bundle of crime novels and TWO audio-cd books, one is Doctor No! Full info on my latest Riwisi blog – just click here.


‘Hawaiian Escape –  Plus you’ll see my latest research gem, as I write my next novel, ‘French or Dutch’, about a fascinating part of vintage London still in existence which you may not have heard of. And FOCUS ON FICTION spotlights ‘Hawaiian Escape’ – if you didn’t realise it, I have a steamy trilogy of romance novels, perfect beach reading this summer! Click on the Riwisi link above. Or go to the writing page in to see all 7 of my stories, e-book or paperback

Hawaain escape            .


Gracie’s been furminated – just look at all this loose fur that came off my five-year old ‘Flabrador’! I swear she lost a couple of inches round her belly too – if only someone could brush me and the same thing would happen – haha! Gracie seemed pleased to be less insulated too in the recent hot weather!



face53 year old make up free face – over 8000 views on Facebook – it’s a record – so I thought I’d share it! This was the day after my birthday and just after one of my fave masks – the Gatineau melatogenine one, overnight it’s amazing!

Shhh!  Another show to put in your diary – the one show only type deals return on Tuesday (26th ) at 11pm with Ultrasun and on Friday (29th) with Easiyo! Allegedly – haha!









Facebook Funny Batman giggles for you – this made me laff big time – it’s silly but clever! Haha!

Facebook funny

WATCH SPECIAL – lots to recommend you this week. Firstly to say that ‘Outlander’ episode 15 was awesome! OMG! Do you watch it? Just search YouTube for ‘Jamie Fraser Outlander ep 15’ and you’ll get the gist. SO well shot – the direction was stunning and the acting second to none. ‘Game of Thrones’ eat your heart out.

Game of Pawns – a fitting recommendations from the ‘spies’ panel with crime authors at CrimeFest  – every crime lover should watch this story of a spy sting! More here.

Free Wayne Dyer Film  – if you’re a fan of this self-help guru like I am, you may have seen his film. If not, take advantage of the freebie currently up for grabs – and let me know your comments below. It certainly makes you think! I absolutely love listening to Wayne Dyer and some of my biggest leaps forward were made after listening to his audiobooks in 2000/1.  More here. or on Hay House site.

Episodes is back! On a completely different note, one of my top sit coms ‘Episodes’, starring three fantastic actors, is back on the Beeb! Matt le Blanc, playing himself, and Tamsin Craig and Stephen Mangan playing Brits in Hollywood – soooo funny and dark! The pastiche on the scriptwriting business continues… On catch up now, Ep 1 still available for another couple of weeks so don’t miss it! Go here.


Blooper – And finally a short funny for you to watch – lovely model Anita doing exactly what Sally did a couple of months ago – how hilarious!

This Week on QVC – 

If you’re around, Sunday’s (24th May) QVC Today’s Special Value product is an all action garden fountain from Bernini – it’s fab!


Also – looking forward to my Friday 29th midnight launch of a new Samsung TV with 4K! and Saturday night (30th) at midnight, a fab updated version of the iconic Dyson fan – with a focussed jet function! Don’t forget this Monday’s massive ‘Got to Have it’ day – with tons of TSV type bargains every hour for the Bank Holiday!

Destiny? Finally I’ve just had some interesting news – I choose to call it interesting, which means destiny sometimes has a greater plan, right? Well right after I’d finally finished a particular piece of writing I’ve been working on for ages, I got a morning call from my landlord, who told me some news. If it actually happens, I should know next week – and it means the biggest change for me for about 9 years. I will keep you informed but I bet you can guess!

Anyway have a lovely week! I’m off to the Romantic Novelists’ Association summer party then I have booked a couple of days annual leave (we have to use it up or we lose it!) and am going to see writing pal Alix near Okehampton in Devon once more. Can’t wait!


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  1. Jacqueline Jackson May 28, 2015 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie blimey I don’t know how you fit it all in! Your feet barely touch the ground back from China and you’re off moonwalking! Seriously you’re fantastic don’t ever lose your zest for life, it’s inspiring. Love the bare faced photo you look fab. xxx

  2. janie smith May 28, 2015 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Episodes is soooò funny . Cant get enough of it. Its so true as well!!!!! Xxxx

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