Paperback is out! Three phantoms and Star Trek movie review!


Hawaiian AffairThis week-

– Squeeee! My first ever paperback is out on amazon!

– Hawaiian Affair gets 47 out of 48 five star reviews on amazon – so far!

– Three Phantoms at Wimbledon Theatre – musical theatre at its finest

– And Star Trek, Into Darkness, movie review – will you boldly go to see it?

Plus – sneakiest of peeks if you’re an Elemis fan, L’Occitane fan, or faux tan fan! And a funny fashion show blooper.


What a proud moment it was this week when I opened up that first parcel containing my debut novel Hawaiian Affair in paperback! Three years in the making, countless iterations of it along the way and many, many, many hours of deciphering the uploading process! As regulars know, it’s been on Amazon – as an eBook – in instalments over the last four weeks, but this was a real ‘giving birth to my baby’ moment – one to savour. I couldn’t even wait to put makeup on for the pic! Lol.

Now, far more of you have been waiting for the paperback, as you’ve been telling me on Twitter and Facebook, – you just love to hold a book! Whether it’s for your summer holiday somewhere hot, or just sitting relaxing in the garden, the paperback is just the job for many of you. Let’s do a survey – what did you buy my book on? Kindle/kindle app/eBook? Or traditional paperback? And if you bought it on paperback for a holiday – have you already cheated and dipped into my novel?! Maybe you are going to buy it this weekend – well just for launch it’s at a slightly reduced price, temporarily.

But be warned – it’s steamy! (nb there is a tamer version up on amazon too. Anyone wanting the PG/ non-steamy version, read on below.) So what’s it all about? Well, if you click on this pic of the back cover, you’ll see the full low down!

Back coverOne of the nicest things in this self-publishing process is, without a doubt, getting feedback – finding out what people think of my work. Like from amazon reviews from those who kindly leave them. In fact, every review but one (a 4 star) has been five stars, across all the instalments on offer, so I’m well-chuffed! 47 out of 48 five star reviews in fact, at time of writing this blog! Wow! Thanks, you guys! What will you think? Let me know! NB the price on paperback is only temporarily lower until next Friday – 28th so do order soon!

Go here for my paperback (only steamy version of paperback is available at the mo. but see below for update on how to get PG version on ebook instalments!). PG version of paperback will be available on amazon nearer Christmas.


Signed picSIGNED?

For those who have asked about a signed copy, no, I haven’t got any signings planned at the moment, but thank you for asking! BUT if you buy the book and email me your info before Friday 28th, I guarantee to get the signed pic in the post to you by 30th June! OR anyone who can’t actually order online from amazon – you, or a pal – just tell them to email me and I’ll explain what is the solution I’ve come up with.

The email to write to is –

Give me time and I’ll sign the pics asap and thanks so much for being interested in my first novel!


EBOOK - Of course for those who prefer, the eBook is still very much available on amazon too – (in 4 instalments – with a choice between steamy and non-steamy versions! Lol).  Created in response to requests from viewers. Please note that part 4 is currently only 77p – until Friday 24th – so do go download it soon!

nb for eBook part 4 (steamy), at time of writing, Amazon search has a glitch, so use this link to get part 4 steamy in eBook if you have problems (Go here)


So amongst all the excitement and late nights (!), I also managed to go along to a superb performance of musical theatre at Wimbledon Theatre this week with sis Linda.

I’ve got a real affinity with this lovely old place, having been to Meg Shanks’ Theatre School there in the 80’s! and Superpop ’76 – oops, giving my age away! Lol. Anyway, being a big fan of Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables, Lin and I loved the treatment these three fine performers gave some of the all time musical classics.

And guest appearances from amazing female voices too. Incredible harmonies from such high class singers – and not just straight forward singing either! Listen to a bit of this clip and you’ll see what I mean. This was a bit of a TiFFT* by the way – usually theatres forbid filming, but these three encourage it in their finale, as you’ll see from this excellent clip! They did some very funny skits too, so all in all a great night. Do go see it near you – click here for more info.





Dan Brown book of the weekREAD IT WRITE IT SELL IT

This week’s feature is a book of the week – well, audio book! It takes me an hour to drive to work, so for me they’re a boon. I’ve got to give a quick mention to the novel I’m listening to avidly on my long car journeys at the moment – the full unabridged (14 cd’s!) version of Dan Brown’s new one (he wrote Da Vinci code). ‘Inferno’ is such an edge of the seat page turner, or (next-cd-listener) – I’ve even finished a journey and stayed sitting there just so I could listen to the next bit! Hehe! Gripping. BUT at the same time, it’s so peppered with unlikely chases and coincidental discoveries, I hate to think what the film will be like!

HOWEVER I do like history and it’s full of references to real art, artefacts and architecture – in Florence and Venice and the like – so for me it’s gripping! Well I’m a bit of a geek as you may know! Lol. Highly recommended, if you loved his first few books. I really loved the last one too – The Lost Symbol – anyone know if it too is being made into a film?


DebbieflintRiWiSi – For more info on self-publishing, writing and ‘all things book’, go to the Read It Write It Sell It pages on my website here ( including some of my previous blog features on self-publishing, trends, cover design, courses, etc.

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Had a right laugh on Thursday night’s Casual & co TSV launch in the 1am hour – guest Rhiannon Duffin with an unfortunate but funny slip of the tongue… 🙂 x 






– Had a couple of lovely afternoons in the back garden when the warmer weather returned this week – hope it comes back soooon! Here’s a little look at mine. What does yours look like?



Customer beauty awards– My sister Linda – the Red Carpet Manicure guest – is chuffed to be amongst the awards nominees for our QVC Customer Beauty Awards – but do get your votes in for your favourite beauty products before Friday 24th! The big finale shows are end of month.





Snippet– Talking of beauty, did you enter my Gatineau TSV twitter comp? You just had to retweet and follow. I’m going to be doing a few of these through the summer, so do join in! (@debbieflint) And well done to the winner – it’ll be announced on Twitter who won!






Rooftop bar– Now the warmer nights are here, I’m determined to get out and start socialising more in the evenings – that night out with Lee Hohbein and Hannah (IT guests and pals) recently was such fun, maybe they’ll come with me again to one or two of these venues? How about one of these wonderful rooftop bars? Sounds fab to me.

One of my favourite memories of Italy in July last year with Craigy was an evening drink on a glamorous rooftop bar in Firenze. Go here for more info about some of Britain’s best.




Facebook funny– And finally as usual, a facebook funny. Circulating online this week, this cute little cartoon. Made me remember the days when the kids were still at home and I was the main wage earner! Lol










WATCH - This week it’s the eagerly anticipated Star Trek follow up, ‘Into Darkness’ – with a young Jim Kirk and crew. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and co are back as Kirk and Spock and crew, with some excellent performances. Also notable are Karl Urban as the young ‘Bones’ – who’s uncannily how you’d imagine original Star Trek actor Deforest Kelly would have looked. And our own Benedict Cumberbatch as the baddie (he was GREAT!) and Simon Pegg as Scotty – quite scene-stealing in a comedic way, as he always does (eg Mission Impossible 3).

Many action type movies on offer at the mo but having really enjoyed the first movie starring this gang, I was looking forward to it. I’ll say this – it’s well acted, it’s well put together, the effects are fab. BUT one too many blooming chases and escapes which you just knew would end ‘in the nick of time!’ So whilst it gains for the overall plot, and impact, I had to deduct points for those failings.

Therefore it gets a solid 7.75 out of ten. Will I see it again? Only if someone else is watching it and I just join in. BUT if you are a trekkie, you’ll probably love it. And Benedict Cumberbatch consolidates his sci-fi position with another impressive outing. Elementary.



Next week – it’s got to be done – the new Superman, with heart throb Henry Cavill…



Sneaky peekQVC – SNEAKY PEEK!

I went to a Today’s Special Value advance meeting this week – very interesting it was too! And even about this year’s xmas plans! Those are top secret of course! But I can tell you there are some amazing TSV’s coming – eg L’Occitane’s fab tote bag of mini’s on 6th July.

Then early July, around 9th, a new hair growth device appears, which has taken three years of clinical studies and legal clearance to bring to air, impressive eh? And we’ll be stating claims that it actually helps hair grow back, helping certain hair loss conditions.

– Best of all with a first for QVC – an incredible 26 week ‘buy it and try it’ period so you can test run it properly. Next week – come back for a sneaky of the July Bibi Bijoux bracelet!



Michele MoneQVC – SHHH!

Michelle Mone the Ultimo bra supremo and inventor was in this week launching her fab tanning range which was a sell out. Well, a little bird tells me there’ll be a wonderful superb value tanning pack TSV in July from the lovely lady – just in time for your hols!






– Don’t miss out on a rare Q&A, Elemis fans! There’s a special show 9pm on Saturday (22nd), with some fab 18th anniversary offers – and straight afterwards, I’ll be going with Keeley to do a Q&A online – any other questions you need to ask her, we’re there tweeting and replying till 9.30pm so join us!

Plus – same night at midnight I launch the G-Tech upright cordless vac I mentioned a few weeks ago -it’s premium and amazing – even for carpets! Sold out fast last time, so if you want effortless vacuuming, don’t miss it!


Keeley from Elemis



Next week’s TSV’s include Charlie Bears’ Grandma and Grandpa bears on Tuesday! (bless!), and finally Tuesday night at midnight, I will bring you the Today’s Special Value Slendertone Facial toner I mentioned ages ago! You just pop it on and it tightens and tones your cheeks!


Charlie Bears Slendertone









Enjoy your week – don’t forget to let me know what you think of my novel! And get in touch by leaving me a comment on this blog – and if anyone experiences issues with posting, pls let customer care know and they’ll tell the blog team – email if your comment won’t post – several people told me they’d posted last week but they didn’t come up – weird! No wonder I haven’t had very many! Try below – help me see if it’s fixed! ‘Specially if you’d like to mention about my book! And don’t forget, the eBook of my novel is on amazon in instalments – and the juicy finale, part 4 (steamy or PG) is only 77p until Friday 28th so do go download it, it’s a special deal for you guys!

Best wishes



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  1. Andie Sacks June 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    I’ve read the book in electronic form on my iPad and my kindle and have a hard copy of the book waiting at home for me when I get home from hols. Brilliant book Debs and so well written!

  2. martin forbes June 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    you certainly pack a lot in to your life do you ever sleep debs

  3. debbs f June 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    andie – you’re a darling! When are you back? Alix is wondering when to send you part 2 of her story for you to kindly take a look at! d x

  4. debbs f June 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    haha! not as much as I should Martin! lol 🙂

  5. debbs f June 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    please note if anyone is having problems with the email address bouncing, I am trying to fix it – it worked on Thursday so I’m mystified! Do come back to find out if it’s working on Monday when I hope it will have been fixed!
    ps sorry!

  6. Adele June 22, 2013 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    I’ve read the book on kindle Debbie, brilliant. Your garden looks lovely. Some great tsv’s coming up the Charlie Bears look cute bet they will be a hit. Take care.

  7. Lily Healy June 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie I have just ordered your book from Amazon & can’t wait
    to receive it, would love a signed photo that I can keep with the book.Many Thanks Lily.

  8. Mo Whitelaw June 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    I have down loaded your book, not started it yet, need to hurry up
    And finish another one first. Your garden looks lush!!! And girl you soooooo don’t need make up! Your skin is lovely!
    Ha ha at the blooper! Think it would be another channel that sell that 🙂
    Love speaking with you Debbie, love that you answer us and give us sneak previews. Would love to go out with you and the gorgeous Lee 😉 lol you look like you have so much fun!
    Keep smiling 🙂

  9. Joy Shipley June 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Ur life is so interesting & besides all this Ms. Flint u still have time 2 share with us the wonderful life amongst Qvc u have. We love watching Qvc but the fact the channel makes it so reachable 4 its customers I thk is wonderful. The funny bloopers make a cheery day & the little hints of forthcoming tsv’s allow u not 2 miss them. Keep up the good work, ur simply the best. Joy Shipley,Nottinghamshire xx

  10. Joanne Kershaw June 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for another great blog, you lead such an interesting life, or am I just nosy x

  11. Nigel June 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Debs, disappeared off the face of the earth eh! – how did you guess – just spent a couple of weeks touring the Andromeda galaxy but back now – bet you didn’t know owls could fly that far !
    To be honest am so busy atm I’ve only just caught up with your blogs but nice to see your garden again, wouldn’t the lilies grow faster if you put them in the greenhouse ? You could do an outside broadcast from your pile with all those QVC products you have !lol!
    What a great lineup of guests on the GN sofa this week – methinks that was definitely a stunt fly! – keeping a lookout for a Tigerswan though! lol!
    Always interested in all things bee (including your good self!) so good to see Brigit Strawbridge is developing a bee sanctuary and B&B (ironic) at Bumblebee Farm near Fowey,Cornwall(also running plant based diet & nutrition workshops in Aug).
    Just off to the moon so maybe some time! Take care, Nige :))
    Always aim for the moon for even if you miss you will land among the stars.

  12. Magda Chetty June 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    This is the first time I write on your blog, What an amazing life. The other day I went to download Julia Roberts book on Amazon and it said You may also like: and there was your book.
    I started to read it today and it is great, I got the 4 parts on amazon, as I live in Mallorca and can not get English book, I get all my books on my Kindle. You are an amazing writer and when I finish it I am sure it will be 5 stars from me too.
    I will from now on keep an eye on your blog.

  13. alana June 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I bought your book from Amazon and it arrived in the post last week! I’m saving it for for my holiday in 3 weeks, can’t wait (the book and the hol 🙂
    Finally took the plunge and bought the red carpet manicure set, applied it on Sat and so far so good, day 4 and looking good which is great considering I’ve done lots of cleaning, baking ted and I think my application could be improved upon! Looking forward to the next TSV in Aug.
    Have a nice week.

  14. brian yell June 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    hi debs see you’ve been busy still waiting for the book to arrive,glad its gone so well for you x

  15. Jill Dowding-Walker June 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    I am one of those who loves to hold a book and can’t wait to get hold of yours! I will leave you a review! And I would love for you to do a signing, but in the meantime, will make do with the signed photo to put in the book! Another friend of mine has just published her first novel this week too! Very exciting! Great info on the RiWiSi.
    Great blooper! Missed it live as I had retired to bed, so thanks for sharing! LOL – I have a belly flap! TMI!!!
    Have managed a few minutes in the garden with MY new fountain – the same one as yours! I love it – had been wanting a water feature for years and this is finally it! Sat in the sun, admiring my Red Carpet Manicure reflecting like a mirror! Damaged my thumb a few months ago and the nail is growing with a deep groove right across it – rather unsightly – but with the RCM on, it is barely noticeable. Should be able to grow it out completely without any painful breaking!
    Off to see the new Star Trek film – think I will enjoy it, especially after your review!
    Ooh it is good to have a couple of newly published books to enjoy this summer! Do try and rest sometimes Debbie – don’t know how you fit it all in and stay standing, bless ya!

  16. Carolyn Mahony June 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hey Debs – have posted a review for you on Amazon. Should be showing by tomorrow some time. Well done on cracking on with all your publishing – keep at it. I’ve had Maureen’s comments back on mine and am aiming to get it off to the Agent I saw at Bristol by the end of the week. Fingers crossed!

  17. Lanie June 26, 2013 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Hey Debs, I downloaded all 4 instalments of yr book and found them thoroughly enjoyable & unputtdownable! Found the saucy versions to be so very well written. I do hope that you take to heart all the compliments you receive – you deserve them.
    Many,many congratulations on yr 1st novel. Can’t wait for the prequel.
    Wishing you all the best

  18. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 4:34 am -  Reply

    Adele –
    thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it hon – yes the Charlie bears were cute weren’t they?!
    ta for commenting!
    luv debs x

  19. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 4:37 am -  Reply

    Lily –
    how lovely of you to ask! I really hope you enjoy it when it arrives – I wonder if it’s for a holiday or if you’re going to read it straight away. If you’d like to email me your address at
    I would be delighted to send you a signed pic hon!
    Thanks so much for your kind comment!

  20. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 4:42 am -  Reply

    Mo –
    Oh we do! Lee is one of my BFF’s indeed! Ta for your fab comments – how kind you are! So what’s the book you’ve been reading then I wonder? I do hope you enjoy Hawaiian Affair. Yes the garden’s coming along fine – just wishing for a bit more sunshine eh! best wishes

  21. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 4:44 am -  Reply

    joy –
    glad you like the bloopers and the sneaky peeks! Next week’s is a good one! you’ll have to see if you can guess who is the super celeb guest appearing at the start of July! Hope the toe is recovering ok hon!

  22. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 4:48 am -  Reply

    Joanne –
    You can be as nosy as you like hon! Am very pleased you appreciate the blogs – they get longer and longer the more I’ supposed to be doing my new novel! lol!
    Do come back again!

  23. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 4:58 am -  Reply

    niiiiiige!!! –
    how was Andromeda?! lol. Were you sorting out the space-garden? Bumblebee Farm looks interesting – only one course and it’s in august, but will keep an eye out! So – big question – you got the book yet? 😉

  24. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 5:00 am -  Reply

    Magda –
    Welcome! So lovely to hear from newcomers! Thanks so much for your kind comments about the book – so far! I wonder if you will guess the twist! Do come back and keep me informed hon!
    lovely to have you on board.
    best wishes and enjoy it!

  25. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 5:04 am -  Reply

    Alana –
    Yes – cleaning, gardening, most things! Red Carpet manicure is totally fab! Apparently Marian Keyes likes it too – the writer? She tweeted about it! Keep me informed how long it lasted before you had to do it again! Where you going on the hol then, I wonder. Have a lovely time! and hope the book does the trick for you hon!
    best wishes

  26. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 5:06 am -  Reply

    Brian –
    ta so much – am very chuffed for sure! I do hope it’s up your street too! Not had much feedback from the guys yet – maybe you’d be a sweetie and put a review on amazon if so!
    do come back again
    best wishes

  27. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 5:10 am -  Reply

    Jill –
    what a lovely day it was eh! So nice listening to the trickle from the fountains – long as you don’t want the loo! hehe! So RCM disguises your problems with the nails eh? My thumb too – the left one – it’s got bumps in so RCM covers it all up! How was Star Trek?
    ps belly flap! hehe!

  28. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 5:12 am -  Reply

    Carolyn – sweetie!
    Thanks for leaving a comment – very kind of you! Specially considering how busy you are with all the writing! I am looking forward to reading the next iterations of your titles too! Let me know what happens!
    big hugs

  29. debbs f June 28, 2013 at 5:14 am -  Reply

    Lanie –
    so nice to hear from you on here hon! Thanks for your nice comment – am glad the hard work I put into getting the steamy scenes right is going down well… I will keep you informed about the prequel – it’s going to have it’s own bit of drama drama drama!
    do let me know if you do read it!
    best wishes

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