Weight loss book comp, plus a Focus on Steamy! Jewellery Month Continues, a fab blooper, & DVD review – ‘I Give it a Year’!


Debbie with autumnal leafThis week –

- First signs of autumn, during another heatwave!

- Win a copy of my 2002 semi-autobiographical weight loss book

- RiWiSi focusses on raunchy novels from the UK’s new Queen of Steam

- And Rafe Spall and Stephen Merchant shine in ‘I Give it a Year’


Oh gosh it’s that time of year again, I’ve spotted the first red, yellow and green leaves from the trees in the field behind me (in the photo above). Yet it’s hot! How is it suddenly September again? How? How?

Of course a lot of the mums are pleased – it means you get your daytimes back as the kids return to school! And for me, it means thinking about my daughter Lauren’s birthday. And also where to go on my upcoming week off.

WeatherI’ve decided to kill both birds with one ‘champney’s shaped stone’ – whoop! Me and my girl do love a pamper session – so it’ll be lovely to get away and recouperate for a few nights.

Let’s hope the weather stays like this – it’s supposed to!

I need to focus now, cos I’m getting behind – there are actually some hypnotherapy sessions during my stay at the spa, so I might go ask them to help me with ‘writer’s block’ – altho’ it’s less ‘block’ with me – and more ‘writer’s-being-distracted-by-social-media-and-blog-writing’…!

Anyway after that it’s back to Devon to pal Alix’s – so guaranteed it’ll rain that week knowing my luck! I just have to finish my prequel to 'Hawaiian Affair'.

The first chapter freebie is now over, and it went very well I’m glad to say!  If you didn’t know, I also did a weight loss book – see below for comp!)

But tell me – what does this time of year mean to you? Do you hate it? Love it? Leave me a comment below!



Debbie with jewelleryYes see below for more from Jewellery Month in ‘QVC THIS WEEK’

But I have to say I really enjoyed my Museum Of London show on Tuesday night – well, with what was left of the stock after Catherine’s lunchtime show!

Hazel, curator of the new exhibition also has a book coming to QVC in October about it all, so look out for it!

And for more from Carol Woolton, Jewellery Editor of British Vogue (see her video about the range on my blog last week!)

Loved this hour! Loads sold out or went limited but if you missed it, do LINK search our website for Museum of London to see what’s left. And watch out on around 22nd October for its return, featuring some of these new pieces…

Moll1 Moll 4





Moll 2 Mol 3











Still to come…. A funny blooper from guest Jodie during Artscapes show… ivy run riot… and a facebook philosophy from Antthony…



This week, more kindle-fodder for you, a focus on steamy, and a book of the week to lift your spirits!







Win a copy of ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’!

Till the Fat Lady SlimsBut first, as promised, here’s the chance to win a signed copy of my 2002 semi-autobiographical weight loss book, ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ – fab title eh! Lol!

When I was at my heaviest, and desperate for a solution, I met two ladies who were on QVC with ‘Freedom Eating – the 7 secrets of slim people’ – remember them? Well to say it changed my life is an understatement.

They asked me to write my story and this is the result! It’s got a lot about me and my own journey through the dieting minefield, bits about when I was at QVC first time round too (1994-2000) and some useful tips which I’ve adopted and never binged again.

If you’d like to get it anyway it’s £2.02 on ebook and £5.43 on paperback (correct at time of writing – Amazon sometimes change the paperback prices willy-nilly!) click here for more info.

Otherwise just leave a comment below saying you’d like to be entered in the random draw to pick the winner – results next week! (deadline midday thurday 12th). Good luck! Full T&C's here.


Focus on Steamy

Knight and PlayAuthor of ‘Knight and Play’ and ‘Knight and Stay’, USA Today top author, a former fellow student of Julie Cohen’s writing courses, and all round nice person, Kitty French talks about her own success – and it’s a massive success! – since she self-published her own first erotic novels on Amazon. Go here to see her titles online.

But first, here are some tips from the UK’s Queen of Steam…

“I usually write romantic comedy, so with the advent of Fifty Shades and the associated explosion of the erotic romance market it wasn't a huge leap to have a go at writing something more explicit.

My books are still romance at heart, just with added oomph – I think of it as complete escapism reading.

A hot leading man is an absolute must for this genre, as is a heroine that doesn't irritate the heck out of everyone!

The one question I get asked the most is where do I get my inspiration from, and the answer is lots of places. I read a huge number of books, and film and TV are great sources of inspiration.

For the 'Knight' series I wanted to write a hero who had some of Christian Grey's alpha qualities, but who was all about pleasure rather than pain. I also wanted to set it somewhere unusual, somewhere icy cold where you could see the aurora borealis.

Putting all of this together led me to create Lucien Knight, originally from Norway but now a successful London based club owner. This gave me the scope to set the book between the UK & Norway, which was a real treat to research, and Lucien was great to write, full of wit and one liners but with lots of hidden depths!

Any fans of the True Blood TV series will not be surprised to hear that Alexander Skarsgard would be my dream casting for Lucien. A girl's gotta dream, right?

I decided to self publish the Knight series for speed reasons – if there's one thing I've learned about the traditional publishing industry it's that everything takes an absolute age, and I wanted the Knight series to catch the crest of the erotic wave. It turned out to be the best decision I've ever made.”

Added info about self-publishing steamy novels and links to her books, all on on my website’s RiWiSi Go Large page!


Free Kindle content

It’s easy to find free content on kindle, you just search ‘free’ and the category or keyword you’re looking for. To find more steamy novels, just add ‘erotica’ and you’ll get a whole lot of choices! All instantly available. And if you haven’t got your kindle app or kindle device yet, find out more on my recent blog here.


Book of the Week – Pam Grout’s ‘E2'

E2Part of the Louise Hay stable, ‘E2, Your Thoughts Create Your Reality’ caught my eye this week doing the rounds on Facebook. It’s currently only £1.49 on Kindle, and has been making waves on Amazon and elsewhere online.

With some fab testimonials, as to how it’s making a difference to what happens in some people’s lives, if you’re down in the dumps at the moment, it might be worth getting.

Could it be you too? It’s all about going far beyond The Secret and the power of positive thinking, and has some specific exercises to do to as well. Give it a go, or gift it.

You can find out more about Pam Grout’s E2 here. And if you’ve got a self-help book that you’d like to recommend, do let me know by leaving a comment below!

And over on my website, the book focus continues. On RiWiSi GO-LARGE –
- More writing tips – this time how to self-edit, plus ‘he said, she said’, what to do?
- And a Sue Moorcroft course happening soon
- Click here to go to RiWiSi page on debbieflint.com



It’s a cracker this week – from the artscapes show on Saturday night – a cute slip of the tongue by guest Jodie! Hehe!

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What your nail colour says – What’s your nail colour? – it tells a lot about you, apparently! Hehe! Maybe time for a new one? Don’t miss my OPI show this Saturday night on QVC Live – 9pm Saturday 7th).








Brad stag- Brad had his stag night (well the ‘northern family’ one!) this week, and my son and his uncles and cousins had a right laugh as you can see in this pic! Time is drawing near – his wedding is less than a month away now! Eeek!






Overgrown ivy- Overgrown ivy – who’d have thought it? My niece Becky moved nearby the house in Aragon Rd, Morden, where I lived for 12 years when the kids were small.

In 1986 I planted a single normal sized Ivy plant from the garden centre, which had been a gift from Terry the Lodger in my house in Wincham, Cheshire when I worked at Screensport.

Now look at it! OMG – totally taken over the garage! Funny! Have you got any examples of plants which have turned triffid? Let me know by leaving a comment below!



Antthony Facebook message A FACEBOOK THOUGHTFUL – this week it’s a lovely one, from my pal designer Antthony – how nice! Just a little philosophical thought to set you up for the weekend!








When you watch ‘I Give it a Year’ you begin to see just how much of 'The Office' was Stephen Merchant and not Ricky Gervais. So if you didn’t like that, you won’t like this. I did, so I do.

Rafe Spall (son of Timothy) – Life of Pi, Hot Fuzz, Prometheus, Anonymous, One Day – has become one of my fave Brits to watch out for in movies, and he didn’t let me down in this one. Just a little on the cringey side of loved up, but nonetheless a strong compelling performance as the groom in the one-sided marriage which is the focus of the film’s title.

It’s packed full of one liners – like when talking about writing wills & life support: "We just switched off my aunt, lounge looks much better and we freed up the socket for a lava lamp." - and others.

At times it is a bit too laugh-a-minute, in a bad way - I wasn’t a fan of the hackneyed ‘coarse best man’s speech’ routine. But overall quite entertaining – if you aren’t expecting anything too deep.

It actually gets a higher score as it really did make me laugh out loud on several occasions – so it’s obviously my cup of tea, this type of humour! Well, some of it. But I’ve seen Stephen Merchant be much better – e.g. in the film 'Tooth Fairy'. So overall, I give it 7.75 out of ten (it loses a mark for the clichés!)



Sneaky peek - torches– If you’re a big fan of the LED torch sets we do from time to time, don’t miss this new set – here’s one of the options, the other is colourful patterns – coming soon around Thursday 26th.





Nails Inc set - 204507- And for Nails Inc fans, this new combination set will be appearing on some of the presenters’ nails (and not just the boys’ – hehe) over the next couple of weeks ahead of it being the TSV on 19th September. Don't miss it!






Marta Jonsson shoe - 103666- Plus one of my favourite QVC footwear brands is back around 23rd September – watch out for some amazing designer shoes from Marta Jonsson. And some brilliant bargains online at the mo, like these – item 103666 – they are quite like some I’ve got in fuschia.







Jackie KablerJEWELLERY MONTH CONTINUES – including Gem Style Premiere with Jackie on Thursday at 9pm.








It’s a wonderful weekend of Beauty – can’t wait! Including SBC (left) and Elemis (right) TSV’s…

SBC gel set - 201933 Elemis set 203633








ALSO I’ll be on Sunday night at midnight with Susan Graver’s new Today’s Special Value top (left) and join me Tuesday evening with Judith Williams for her TSV day (Judith Williams set – right). Then I’m off till 19th!

Susan Graver chiffon print set - 108400 Judith Williams set 203673










Next week – Lauren’s birthday celebrations! Including Sally Morgan at Wimbledon Theatre. And the QVC Xmas shoot begins…!

Best wishes

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  1. martin forbes September 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    qvc xmas shoot who is going to be on it debs hope your daughter has anice bday and your son brad all the best for his wedding i bet you are getting excited for your sons bday.when will the saturdday anything goes start up again.good funny show when on

  2. Anita September 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Love the facebook thoughtful and please enter me in your 2002 book competition, thanks. x

  3. Tamie & Mila September 7, 2013 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Haven’t replied in a while to your blogs, oops! But you prob didn’t notice!! Purple is my fave colour of nail polish now, though it used to be pink and gone off red now completely. Used to wear it at school when wasn’t meant to, perhaps that’s why.
    Plants gone viral, or Triffid, ha. The grape our late father planted, need to cut it back, but just right now, don’t feel like doing it.
    September kind of reminds me of things was meant to do over Summer, well over the year, didn’t get round to it…also niece’s birthday this month too.
    Tamie would like to be entered in the draw for your book. Thanx.

  4. Tamie & Mila September 7, 2013 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Oh forgot to mention, ‘I Give It A Year’ worth watching for gorge Simon Baker alone! Showing he is capable of acting outside of ‘The Mentalist.’ Deja vu I recall writing this somewhere before!

  5. Fay September 7, 2013 at 3:19 am -  Reply

    Hello Debbie
    I downloaded the Kindle App on my mini ipad that I received for
    my 67th Birthday and that meant I could read your book
    Hawaiian Affair PG version in Full. I haven’t read 50 shades of Grey – three volumes seemed too much. In fact your book is the first book I have read in 25 to 30 years. So enjoyed your book. A relaxing read. Hope you write a follow on to know more about what happens to Sadie, Mac etc. Thank you Debbie – it has encouraged me to read more perhaps the author Stella Gibbons.
    I do appreciate your blog each week full of interest and variation.
    Good luck with your writing. Best of wishes Fay x

  6. carole charlton September 7, 2013 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    truly believe this would be a GREAT READ !!!!!!& so current and apt for me !!!! most of all Debbie Flint some how makes things LIGHTER with her LAUGHTER !!!! x

  7. amanda punter September 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. I struggle with my weight, i got fed up of tomato based food with one club and became obsessed with counting things at another. It would be nice to read your inspiration and have seen how you have changed helps. Amanda x

  8. Monica Latimer September 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,can you please put me in the draw for a copy of Till The Fat Lady Slims.
    Many thanks.

  9. Rebecca September 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi. I would love to be entered into the competition to win your book.
    Love you latest book.

  10. fiona duffy September 8, 2013 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie my name is fiona & this is my first comment posted.I have sent it from my neew kindle that was the tsv just to say it’s fab .Have also read your book grt .Talking of books I came across your other book Till the fat lady slims, read the intro on my kindle & thought gosh that’s me lol so it would be grt to be entered into competition to win your book.Love shopping at qvc just bought today’s tsv & watching you on air you always make me laugh ,in a good way I may say.Just wondering do you still read ur book ttfls ,hope that doesn’t sound awful it’s just you look grt.Hope this gets to you love reading your blogs keep it up ,take care fiona x

  11. martin forbes September 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    hi debbie hope you are well hope your sons wedding goes well.bet you are nervous hope your daughter iswell too when is anything goes back on a saturday

  12. Tracey McCreery September 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Would love to win a copy of your book “Til the fat lady slims”. I lost weight last year (2 stone) but is a constant “monitoring” process to keep it off! I will get your book anyway as I feel it would help me with my monitoring……..but would love a signed one!
    Love QVC, have a good break
    Tracey Mc

  13. Eng (Lucy) September 9, 2013 at 1:17 am -  Reply

    hi Debbie
    love watching your presentations! hope to win your book.
    take care

  14. zoe September 9, 2013 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    please enter me in comp thanks, I had thought ebook was free last weekend, must have got it wrong, have good week.

  15. Christine September 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I love your blogs. I started reading your book at 4.30 this morning. Still on the first few pages but I was naughty and flicked on a bit further and came to a “hot” bit. Didnt go any further than that, so will have to wait!! Are those your legs on the cover? They do look familiar.
    C 🙂

  16. Debbie hacking September 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie would love to win your book, constantly on diets. Love reading your blogs as well

  17. Nikki Stanescu September 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, Please enter me into draw for your weightloss book. Thanks Nikki

  18. Carole A September 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, hope all is well. I am going to get a set of the torches for xmas stockings – is it too early to be thinking of xmas yet??? Also – am loving the nails inc….Just perfect for my nine year old who has stopped biting her nails, and now loves having polish on at weekends as a reward.
    Please enter me in the draw for the book – would love to win it…might be just the inspiration I need.
    Take care
    Carole x

  19. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Martin –
    it’s 21st September with Dale hon.
    Yes looking forward to Brad’s wedding!
    Jilly’s definitely with me on Wed, that much I know!
    best wishes

  20. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Anita –
    hello hon!
    entered! Glad you like the saying from Antthony’s facebook! Fab one eh!

  21. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    Tamie –
    where’ve you been, woman?! lol.
    I had grape vines in my morden house – same one as the ivy funnily enough – never had edible grapes but grew well!
    simon baker’s good in the role, but totally not my cup of tea!BUT I do think he could possibly be Mac in my movie of my book! Well, an older version of him could.

  22. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:35 am -  Reply

    Fay –
    Happy belated 67th hon!
    Wow – I’m so flattered and honoured about your reading my book in that way. So glad you liked it! Not heard of Stella Gibbons, will have to have a look at some point.
    So happy you like reading the blog regularly! Makes it all worthwhile!

  23. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Carole –
    thanks! You’re duly entered! lol. I hope people like it – it’s from 2002 but the principles are timeless!
    best wishes and thanks for your kind comments!

  24. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Amanda –
    Your comments made me smile! Yes it made a massive difference to me when I first learned the principles around 1999, and lost 35lbs over the next 18 months – stayed off for the longest time! Freedom eating is the only thing that’s every worked really!
    best wishes and if you read it let me know what you think!

  25. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Monica – Rebecca – eng – zoe –
    all duly entered! Thanks so much!

  26. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Fiona –
    wow thanks for making my blog your first posting choice! Glad you’re liking the kindle! And very happy you liked the book – prequel coming soon!
    Take it you meant the elemis set? Glad I keep you amused! lol.
    I do follow many of the principles myself still – for instance, thanks to freedom eating, I haven’t binged since the late 90’s – whoop! Glad you like the blogs too!
    come back again?

  27. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    Tracey – yes! It’s fantastic for maintenance! Exactly that. it’s all about lifestyle, not a temporary diet solution.
    Anyway thanks so much and yes am hoping to have a good break!
    ps keep me informed what you think!

  28. debbs f September 10, 2013 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Zoe –
    yes you’re right, the free first chapter of Hawaiian Affair was last weekend – ended Tuesday hon. Ther’ell be another promotion when I launch Hawaiian Prize – or Hawaiian Escape – the prequel, haven’t quite decided the title yet! lol

  29. Teresa Karasavvas September 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie
    You look amazing and always are so bubbly – it is a pleasure to watch you on QVC.
    I would like to be entered for the book draw please.

  30. Marie September 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie I have struggled to lose weight for over ten years . I would love to read your book to give me inspiration to finally lose those pounds which would give me the confidence to feel good about myself and start to go instead of wanting to hid away. Also I am going on holiday at Christmas and would love to wear a dress for the Christmas Gala Meal instead of always wearing trousers. So this is why I would love you to enter me in your competition.

  31. debs f September 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Teresa –
    you were duly entered and thanks so much for taking part hon!

  32. debs f September 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Marie –
    I do empathise hon – you were duly entered.But if you get the chance to read it anyway, do feel free – and let me know what you think. The principles certainly changed what I do around food, and most of it I’ve never gone away from, either.
    Ta so much for wanting to win one.#best wishes
    ps keep me informed
    you can always email me direct on debbieflintblog@qvc.com

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