Had a fab long weekend down in Devon this week, including meeting the crazy gang at the Belstone Supper night!
Also some exciting news for me – my publisher will definitely be releasing my paperback steamy novel ‘Take a Chance on Me’ into some bookshops in December! Whoop! AND…
Stop Press! I am moving house! Out of the blue, but that’s ok. And it got me thinking. It’s funny how life sends us a curve ball sometimes, when we’re least expecting it, right? Well, I live on a lovely Surrey estate where the private landlord owns lots of tied housing. I had a call last week saying that they’ve got a new gamekeeper called Ross who needs a house big enough for his six dogs and two kids and could they have mine back please? Two months to find a new home! Eeeek! Then along comes an idyllic picture postcard cottage round the corner – much smaller floor space but lots of outbuildings – so I’m moving home!
More news soon! Have you ever had to up sticks suddenly? Any tips for decluttering whilst packing up your old kit bag and following the van? And not dilly dallying on the way…??!
So off I went with my mind all a tizz thinking about all the massive sorting out I have to do, to Devon once again to see pal Alix and had a lovely mini holiday. Niece Steph house/dogsat for me leaving me free to enjoy it! And enjoy it I did. A tiny caterer called @Pickle_shack cooked up a storm for 60 at @BelstoneVillage hall on Friday night – delicious locally sourced food – served on slates with unusual dressings – like red pepper on the pud! But truly wonderful. They do others in the Devon area – look out for them, they’re highly recommended.
And I had lots of lovely lunches and walks on the Dartmoor wilds – including seeing some Baa Baa Black Lambs! Plus did some writing and also managed to buy a piece of software called Scrivener, which is apparently a brilliant organiser for novelists. Well the current WIP (work in progress) is going to be a long historical saga (kind of) and will have many parts and sub plots, so I thought it a good move. (more here.) Then we also indulged ourselves and binge-watched some House of Cards on Netflix! Nothing like a good couch viewing extravaganza for feeling deliciously lazy on a holiday is there! If you could binge-watch one series from scratch, what would your recommendation be? I’ll be back seeing Alix again soon…
RNA Summer Party and Big News for Debbie Flint the Author!
Once again I had tons of fun attending a writing industry evening event – the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party in London on Thursday night. I met tons of other fellow Choc Lit authors. It was really nice now that I know so many people in that world. It’s a good time for a catch up and also to see the awards take place for best new novel to come through their new writers’ scheme. (see book of the week below.)
News And head honcho of Choc Lit, Lyn, told me the thrilling news that my first novel with them, ‘Take a Chance on Me’ (revamped from my ‘Hawaiian Affair’) has been accepted to go into the shops – some shops (eg WHS Travel possible) will have it on the shelves by December! How exciting! It’s the one moment every writer dreams of – and you can be sure I’ll be putting my first selfie on here as soon as I see it! Just in time for Xmas too! And to celebrate, in two weeks’ time, the prequel, Hawaiian Escape, will be going on a special discounted deal on Amazon ebook just in time for the Summer hols. Go here to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get an email to let you know when.
Blog about my China trip if you missed the blogs a couple of weeks back, here’s a little summing up of my fab three weeks in Beijing in April, thanks to Janice Rosser and another great blog on her cute little site for ‘fun seniors’! more here
Read it Write it Sell it Considering my fab book news this week, there’s a run down about ‘Take a Chance on Me’ (formerly Hawaiian Affair) on my book blog Riwisi; Plus – book of week – A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon … Countdown begins for Hawaiian Escape discount deal on 6th June… Who won the Crimefest goodie bag? … And more info about how to self publish if you’re a beginner. Go here to debbieflint.com for latest RiWiSi writing blog.#
STOP PRESS! Hawaiian Escape (prequel to Take a chance on me/ hawaiian affair) will be on a special deal for five days from 6th June! On Amazon in eBook or paperback. You can read TACOM/ H.Affair first though don’t worry, it’s been written as a prequel but works equally well to read it first.
Back to You Update So this week along with Bodyblade Bruce and his regular web chat, there’s the full Q&A from Lorna Ko, fresh from her fab Bernini Fountain TSV and also OPI’s Julie Barham, giving tips and techniques on nail care. Aids on Cutting Back Sugar – update… The Single thing that could make the Biggest Difference to your weight loss … PLUS some super comments about progress in our Three Month Challenge – your well-being blog for this week can be found on my website – click here for latest Back to You blog.
Webchat on Monday 1st June will be the lovely Marie Francoise Wolff, talking about her 7th June Today’s Special Value bag (see below) and also Sara Hollamby from the Judith Williams team, so any questions, do join us on Monday on Back to You QVC Facebook group here, 8-9pm.
12 Body Parts you Never Want to See Under a Microscope… go on, I dare ya! click here!
Shhhh! Kipling’s Today’s Special Value is on Sunday 7th and is called the Olano – medium shoulder bag with cross body strap (ask her questions about it in Monday’s B2U webchat 8-9pm!) And One Time Only’s at 11pm Thursday (SBC), (Friday it’s free PnP on Leighton Denny in 11pm hour, ohh and happy birthday to Leighton for Wed 27th just gone!) Then Saturday is a huge Look Good Feel Good OTO at 11pm, then it’s a Yankee Candles one on Sunday at 11pm! Book that remote control!
Mally’s Necklace – Anyone wondered what the initials stand for? is it like ‘TCOB the classic Elvis one (Taking care of Business!)? No, apparently according to Wikipedia, it’s the intials of her husband & three daughters – Phil, Sophia, Vivienne and Pilar – so now you know!
Debbie Does Dinner #13 Oooooh this one was lovely! Thanks to Hello Fresh once again.
Facebook Funny Put a wig on the dog and frighten the bejebbers out of the postman! My daughter’s BF Nick won’t appreciate this – he’s a postie! Lol . Bet my Gracie dog would keep it on but Daisy wouldn’t. If I ever get to find out, I’ll post pics here! I wonder if the pogs will like our new house?
Bloopers Two this week! First Chloe and Dale get the giggles in the lunchtime show…
And then Adele from SBC has a wardrobe malfunction that makes Deborah Anne’s eyes water…
WATCH – has to be House of Cards – Season Two, which I’m just nearing the end of… OMG Francis Underwood is so Machiavellian, it’s excruciatingly good! And Alix in Devon , and I, watched about seven episodes over the weekend! It felt good! Haha. An excellent series, available online streaming or DVD. Winner of three Emmy awards and it’s easy to see why. Easily 9.25 out of ten – that’s high for me!
This week highlights include a brilliant new Dyson Fan/Heater with a turbo jet focussed function and FREE p&p, at the weekend (Sunday’s TSV, 31st) – and Antthony’s back! Yayyy! Join me and our fave fashionista from Beverly Hills including with me on Saturday night at 9pm. Can’t wait!
And in the meantime, get this Antthony Designs tunic set with wristlet bag (148318), it’s already a hot favourite on Facebook and selling fast! Huge Reduction too, don’t miss out, buy now!
Also next week join me for a Liz Earle skincare show at 8pm Tuesday (2nd), or for Judith Williams lovers, how about Tue at midnight for her new 4pc Future Skin collection? Including two new products! Yay!
Also next week – the big sort out begins! And catching up with old pals…
Ps – there should be 10… or is it 11 faces?!
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