The first week of 2019 kicks off well with a super Elemis competition – see below for the bumper bundle you can win if you’re quick! Plus some brilliant books to read if you want a bestseller, with a look at names to watch out for this year. And the usual sneaky peeks with lots of early bird links to buy now!
First though, such a fun couple of weeks I had with my lovely nieces, Lara and Izzy. We played this new game called ‘Game of Life’ – have you played it? New to me, anyway – and quite complicated. It’s a bit ‘monopoly-esque’ in the logistics of spinning a wheel and by chance ending up on a square which prompts a further action, or to acquire a property or a baby or two. There’s even an element of performance, like when they both had to ‘do a tap dance’ and Izzy decided to play the recorder at the same time.
Loved it – and Izzy won. Also this Christmas I’ve played several games of ‘Five Second Rule’ – another one to be recommended. And the latest new one, Linkee. Now this is a multi-level skill game, about collecting cards that spell out ‘Linkee’ but by using your general knowledge and powers of deduction plus a fair bit of chance as well. Very clever. I do love a good board game, don’t you! But if you love chance, take part in my big Elemis New Year competition, see below! Someone’s got to win it and you never know, it could be yoo-hooo!
This weekend’s highlights – many you can buy now!
Today – (Friday 4th) it’s the seated elliptical trainer – great if you can’t stand up or just want to exercise whilst you type! See it and buy it here if still available.
Saturday (5th) – tomorrow we launch the latest Sealy Posturepedic mattress or bed TSV, go here to see it and buy it now with this early bird order link – I have to say that my Sealy, which is similar – the geltop pillowtop – is the best I have ever slept on, and I feel like I’m floating on a cloud when I drop off! It’s smashing – do try one!
Sunday (6th) – Another fab early bird link – click here to see Decleor’s new deal – the 5-piece calming day and night skincare collection with enormous savings as usual for this premium brand which really can help save your face! Go here to see it and buy it now.
Sunday at midnight – join me for the launch of the brand new Packmate 12-piece vacuum bag storage set – so good for sorting out all those things that need to be safely packed away like kids clothes they’ve grown out of etc.
Big Deals – here are the three Big Deals for next week from our sister channels…
Beauty – discover a four-piece collection from Nude by Nature.
Fashion – choose your perfect length from our slim leg Kim & Co trousers.
Exercise – get fit with the Twist & Shape workout machine.
But first – your chance to win this little lot! This gorgeous kit includes Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in fabulous limited edition packaging, Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, and Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Milk plus Oil-Rich Body Cream. All you have to do is to leave a comment below and say ‘enter me to the Elemis comp’ and if you like, add your favourite item and why you like it! The winner will be chosen at random next week, after the comp closes at midday on Thursday 10th and announced here on next week’s blog. Full T&Cs are here. Good luck!
I hope you saw our full QVC New Year ‘highlights of 2018’ video – it’s always nice to look back. We played it just before the gongs, after which we saw the fireworks over London from our Chiswick rooftop vantage point, and rang in the New Year with the gang on the stage before leaving Jill to launch the brand new year.
What are you most excited about this year? I must admit my cruise in February is one thing, as is knowing this will be the year I will finish my fifth novel and hopefully get a book deal for it to be published. But having two little granddaughters will also be an amazing experience too – of course! I can’t show pics of them online, but if I ever meet you I’ll show you some from the growing album! I got a few vouchers and sent off for some super canvases for my room in Devon. Can’t wait!
Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover is back! I must admit I’m soooo pleased that Gatineau’s product of the month is the original – yes, the original, Floracil eye make-up remover – back in its original form, 400ml size, plus zero postage – for the month of January only. The stocks are literally flying out, so don’t leave it too long. Jenny took off her makeup during the final part of the 11pm fashion sale show, and was really impressed that the black liner and mascara just glided away without rubbing and scrubbing and no oiliness afterwards – superb. Go here to see it and get yours before others beat you to it – many are buying more than one to stock up!
Found out I listened to another 36 audiobooks during 2018, courtesy of my app – that’s over 28,000 minutes of reading! And mostly in the car! Lol. Well done me. Three per month. Aiming to make it four in 2019.
Watch – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel season two. Not only is Amazon giving me season four of my favourite Outlander series, it’s also just begun the next season of the 1950s housewife’s rebellion/ stand up comedienne show, and it’s just as compulsive as the first series. Do watch out for it and have a binge watch. If I had more time to watch TV I’d definitely also binge watch Luther, as I love Idris Elba. And many of the other big series I’ve yet to enjoy. Not enough hours in the day, eh? Considering I’m doing really well with all the audiobooks I’m reading though, perhaps one day when there are driverless cars whisking me down to Devon and back, I’ll be able to watch more shows! Seriously though, would you trust one of those? Not sure I would. Mind you I’d probably end up just sleeping!
One of my resolutions is to get through more books and fewer podcasts, so here’s a lovely big chunk of bookishness to kick off 2019!…
Books to watch out for:
Looking forward to revamping my book of the week feature, after a lull at the end of 2018. This was in part due to re-listening to old books, and to not driving anywhere near as much for various reasons and as I always listen to audiobooks it made my options a bit more limited. So apart from my Book of the Week on my website – the latest John Grisham – The Reckoning, which I’m still ploughing through, here’s a nice little round up, care of some of the books recommended by Stylist Magazine.
2019 is already looking like being a brilliant year for ‘watershed’ books – including a long awaited thriller, a Booker winner and breakout debuts which have already been snapped up for the small and big screens. And amongst them, my mentor Julie Cohen’s next novel, Louis and Louise. This is released on 24th January so will have a fuller review then. For now, if you’re after some stonking new author recommendations, how about the following – here’s a selection from the Stylist list, which took my fancy:
Queenie – by British author Candice Carty-Williams. Being called ‘the one to watch out for’ this novel sounds like being the best anti-heroine antidote to the social media generation with a real life tragi-comedy storyline and proper ‘uplit’ feelgood factor – I will definitely be getting this when out in April.
The Wych Elm – by Tana French. Being called ‘the most highly anticipated thriller’, this one looks fascinating. Having already made her name with the Dublin mysteries (must look those up) Tana brings us this stand-alone thriller based on unreliable memories of youth in a PR guy struggling to recover from a horrible incident and a discovery in a tree. Any book Stephen King calls ‘incandescent’ has to be a must. Out 21 February.
Daisy Jones and the Six – by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This debut has been snapped up by none other than Reese Witherspoon’s book club (Reese ‘devoured it in a day’) and Amazon for a 13-part TV series. It’s very appealing – but do you wait for the TV series? I tend to do that as I prefer to see the TV series first, since the book always has so much more detail it’s better to do it that way round, IMO. Filled with the glamour and excess of the late 70s music scene (yessss!) it’s going to be on my hit list and I hope the TV series is in 2019. Well done Taylor though – great debut.
Louis and Louise – by my mentor Julie Cohen. I am unspeakably proud of Julie and know that this book, which I have yet to read, deliberately waiting till it’s on audiobook, will be huge. This is being called the ‘thinking lit,’ and will be a top choice for book clubs everywhere this year. Out in January, be the first to recommend it to yours! ‘Two lives, lived twice’ is the clever byline, and features the same life told twice – once as a female and the other as a male hero. What difference does sex make to events in our lives? Julie explores this and will have people discussing it for days after reading it. Can’t wait. On pre-sale now.
Cape May – by Chip Cheek. Set in 1957 this book will have you transported to a different era, with shades of Mad Men and Revolutionary Road, apparently. I love the 1950s (the Marvellous Mrs Maisel is my current go to binge watch show, am on season 2) and this one looks fascinating as it’s set in a racy world of money and risky encounters… Because of the setting I would give it a go. Out at the end of April.
The others are listed on the Stylist website and are worth looking up if you like dystopia, quirky Richard Curtis type rom-coms and fantasy amongst others. Meanwhile, my own writing has resumed and my New Year’s ambition to get my fifth novel finished is marching on apace.
Blooper – a funny from our New Year’s Eve show with Miceal – he made my end-of-year, for sure! Such a fun show, and wonderful Charlie Bears products. During the Velvet Mouse he treated us to his ‘mouse face’ – go here to see it on my official/QVC facebook page – where you will see lots of new vlogs once I’m back down in Devon the coming week – can’t wait to see Daisy and Gracie again! Xxx
This week on QVC:
Monday – 12-piece Packmate set as mentioned above – join me Sunday at midnight for the launch.
Friday – Fitbit are back this time with the latest Fitbit Charge 3, which I’m launching on Thursday night at midnight – join me, especially if you really want to make this the year to move more. I love mine and use it all the time. This Charge 3 though, is waterproof so you can swim in it, I believe!
Next week – back down in Devon and the results to my big Elemis competition!
Have a fab week! And get some books read!