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Hi there! Just a quickie to say firstly thanks so much for the many birthday greetings I got - more on my celebrations to come soon - and the early events are mentioned on the new QVC blog here - which includes looks ahead to the next few days' offers on QVC. Plus pics from the vintage tea rooms at our guest house in Devon, Retreats for You, where we raised over £250 for Medical Detection Dogs.

But if you've been thinking of buying an Amazon Echo Spot, with Alexa, the little speakers that are voice activated and completely change your way of life at home, get this one with the tiny screen that acts like a clock when not in use for the bedside table, or wherever, but please be quick since, as of Sunday morning, it looks like it'll be selling out early - again. It's £119.99 from Amazon direct, and just £99.96 from us today only (TSV) - go here to get yours soon as poss - click here for amazon Echo spot TSV

Also - I wanted to give you a little alert that I'll be posting some lovely baby pics of my granddaughter Blake Katherine after my birthday get together with my kids and their partners - and baby! - Sunday lunchtime. Have had a super few days of celebrations, and apart from a sore eye (again) it's been fab.

Book of the week is from my friend and QVC colleague - Jackie Kabler - read about it on my review blog RiWiSi. The Development is her third in the Cora Baxter Mysteries series and very good the first two were! I hope it comes on audiobook soon! click here.

I'm off to see Gary Barlow in Brighton, then off on a little writing break next week back to Chez Castillon in France for a few days, back next weekend as my birthday celebrations continue.

Thanks again for wanting to read this newsletter each week or fortnight - you can always unsubscribe below, but if you like it, do forward it on to a pal - the more the merrier!

Best wishes

debs

x

 

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~Yay! My colleague and lovely mate from QVC, Jackie Kabler is back on track with the third in her Cora Baxter mysteries.

I liked Jackie's first two books A LOT! They were on audiobook and I hope this one is soon, too. BUT if you have Amazon Alexa, she can now 'read' you the kindle version anyway!

Jackie's character, Cora is a newsreader - and I'm sure a lot of Jackie's inspiration comes from her time in the GMTV reporting role that so many people remember her from. The dialogue is realistic, the storylines compelling and each novel is well worth a read. If you want an enjoyable romp to keep you amused on a journey or to get to know a new hero, check out her three Baxter books.

After a stressful week, TV reporter Cora Baxter is ready for a quiet weekend. What she isn't counting on is witnessing the shocking death of a young woman on her way home. Cora discovers that seventeen-year-old Leanne has been protesting against a new housing development, angering the powerful establishment. Leanne s death is ruled a suicide but, when puzzling information comes to light, Cora decides to investigate further. She might not know what an unscrupulous businessman, a suspended police officer and hate-mail sending neighbours have to do with the case but she does know there is a news story there. With her eccentric camera crew on hand to help, can Cora work out what happened in the days before Leanne s death? And was it really suicide after all?

buy it here from Amazon and be amongst the first to review it!

Other news

Would you like to come to a writing retreat in North Devon? Full board, be looked after and just write? or maybe just relax? Go see our thatched 1600s place on retreatsforyou.co.uk and email us for info - many themed weeks and workshops, many other editor led weeks plus several weeks where you can just come to write and also do a yoga class to stretch out each day. Prices from just £95 per person per night - full board including hot drinks and snacks, all food and wine at dinner. email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

- plus Julie Cohen's date has changed - it is now November 28th. Here's the link to Julie Cohen's workshopto find out more about this amazing mentor's week at Retreats for You in Devon - do contact her direct or just email us for more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

- as far as our own retreats go, we have three other yoga weeks this year so far booked - July 2nd, August 13th, and October 22nd - how great to be able to stretch your stiff muscles before and after a full day's writing, be looked after with tasty home-cooked meals and wine at dinner, plus no chores, only me-time to get your work done! Go here to find out more about this date and others, but email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or enquire, these weeks book up fast!!

-  looking ahead to Amanda Saint from Retreat West's third workshop with us in November, how about being part of a flash fiction workshop where your story ends up in a paperback? More info here. She's also running a scriptwriting retreat in June too.

 

best wishes

 

debs

 

x

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

 

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. More soon.

 

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

 

 

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

 

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FICTION

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

 

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

 

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

 

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

 

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

 

 

SHORT STORIES

 

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

 

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

 

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

 

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

 

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

~Yay! My colleague and lovely mate from QVC, Jackie Kabler is back on track with the third in her Cora Baxter mysteries.

I liked Jackie's first two books A LOT! They were on audiobook and I hope this one is soon, too. BUT if you have Amazon Alexa, she can now 'read' you the kindle version anyway!

Jackie's character, Cora is a newsreader - and I'm sure a lot of Jackie's inspiration comes from her time in the GMTV reporting role that so many people remember her from. The dialogue is realistic, the storylines compelling and each novel is well worth a read. If you want an enjoyable romp to keep you amused on a journey or to get to know a new hero, check out her three Baxter books.

After a stressful week, TV reporter Cora Baxter is ready for a quiet weekend. What she isn't counting on is witnessing the shocking death of a young woman on her way home. Cora discovers that seventeen-year-old Leanne has been protesting against a new housing development, angering the powerful establishment. Leanne s death is ruled a suicide but, when puzzling information comes to light, Cora decides to investigate further. She might not know what an unscrupulous businessman, a suspended police officer and hate-mail sending neighbours have to do with the case but she does know there is a news story there. With her eccentric camera crew on hand to help, can Cora work out what happened in the days before Leanne s death? And was it really suicide after all?

buy it here from Amazon and be amongst the first to review it!

Other news

Would you like to come to a writing retreat in North Devon? Full board, be looked after and just write? or maybe just relax? Go see our thatched 1600s place on retreatsforyou.co.uk and email us for info - many themed weeks and workshops, many other editor led weeks plus several weeks where you can just come to write and also do a yoga class to stretch out each day. Prices from just £95 per person per night - full board including hot drinks and snacks, all food and wine at dinner. email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

- plus Julie Cohen's date has changed - it is now November 28th. Here's the link to Julie Cohen's workshopto find out more about this amazing mentor's week at Retreats for You in Devon - do contact her direct or just email us for more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

- as far as our own retreats go, we have three other yoga weeks this year so far booked - July 2nd, August 13th, and October 22nd - how great to be able to stretch your stiff muscles before and after a full day's writing, be looked after with tasty home-cooked meals and wine at dinner, plus no chores, only me-time to get your work done! Go here to find out more about this date and others, but email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or enquire, these weeks book up fast!!

-  looking ahead to Amanda Saint from Retreat West's third workshop with us in November, how about being part of a flash fiction workshop where your story ends up in a paperback? More info here. She's also running a scriptwriting retreat in June too.

 

best wishes

 

debs

 

x

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

 

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. More soon.

 

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

 

 

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

 

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FICTION

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

 

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

 

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

 

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

 

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

 

 

SHORT STORIES

 

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

 

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

 

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

 

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

 

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

Book of the Week - Lucy Dillon is one of my favourite authors. I love the way she makes me really care about what happens to the characters in her books - usually with domestic plots and conflicts and true to life situations. I've read most of her books and love them.

This new one is fab and already highly reviewed.

You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn't work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That's where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.'

It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna's learned one thing from Betty, it's that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you're panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town's gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty's anxious little dachshund trembling beside her.

Lorna's come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows deep down there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It's where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It's not exactly a fresh start.

But as Lorna - and the little dog - tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn't have predicted the light it lets into her world....

Fabulous audio book too - so glad this one is out and it's already on my audible app on my iPhone for my long journeys to and from Devon!

 

go here to read more on amazon

 

Other news

Would you like to come to a writing retreat in North Devon? Full board, be looked after and just write? or maybe just relax? Go see our thatched 1600s place on retreatsforyou.co.uk and email us for info - many themed weeks and workshops, many other editor led weeks plus several weeks where you can just come to write and also do a yoga class to stretch out each day. Prices from just £95 per person per night - full board including hot drinks and snacks, all food and wine at dinner. email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

- plus Julie Cohen's date has changed - it is now November 28th. Here's the link to Julie Cohen's workshopto find out more about this amazing mentor's week at Retreats for You in Devon - do contact her direct or just email us for more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

- as far as our own retreats go, we have three other yoga weeks this year so far booked - July 2nd, August 13th, and October 22nd - how great to be able to stretch your stiff muscles before and after a full day's writing, be looked after with tasty home-cooked meals and wine at dinner, plus no chores, only me-time to get your work done! Go here to find out more about this date and others, but email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or enquire, these weeks book up fast!!

-  looking ahead to Amanda Saint from Retreat West's third workshop with us in November, how about being part of a flash fiction workshop where your story ends up in a paperback? More info here. She's also running a scriptwriting retreat in June too.

 

best wishes

 

debs

 

x

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

 

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. More soon.

 

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

 

 

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

 

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FICTION

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

 

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

 

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

 

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

 

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

 

 

SHORT STORIES

 

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

 

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

 

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

 

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

 

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

Book of the Week -  this week it’s book 2 of the series set in Canada, nr Quebec, and the hero is an inspector who talks English with a Cambridge accent. Book two has a murder that drags you into the story straight away and as I write on my Book review blog this week, it’s even more exciting than ‘Still Life’, the first in the series. ‘Dead Cold’ features an obnoxious author who is nasty to her family and gets her comeuppance – still too much head hopping, but good narration and very enjoyable.

See last week's blog for more info about this series.

Get it here on Amazon

more to follow

 

 

Other news

 

- plus Julie Cohen's date has changed - it is now November 28th. Here's the link to Julie Cohen's workshopto find out more about this amazing mentor's week at Retreats for You in Devon - do contact her direct or just email us for more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

- as far as our own retreats go, we have three other yoga weeks this year so far booked - July 2nd, August 13th, and October 22nd - how great to be able to stretch your stiff muscles before and after a full day's writing, be looked after with tasty home-cooked meals and wine at dinner, plus no chores, only me-time to get your work done! Go here to find out more about this date and others, but email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or enquire, these weeks book up fast!!

-  looking ahead to Amanda Saint from Retreat West's third workshop with us in November, how about being part of a flash fiction workshop where your story ends up in a paperback? More info here. She's also running a scriptwriting retreat in June too.

 

best wishes

 

debs

 

x

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

 

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. More soon.

 

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

 

 

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

 

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FICTION

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

 

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

 

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

 

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

 

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

 

 

SHORT STORIES

 

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

 

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

 

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

 

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

 

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

Book of the Week – Still Life by Louise Penny

It was time to get my teeth into a series again, so when Still Life popped up somewhere (wish I could remember where!) I decided to give it a go. And I have several check points which make for a good choice as far as serials go. Good narrator? Yes, Adam Sims does well enough, traversing many variations of French accent, signifying speaking French, and various Canadian accents.  Peculiarly when Ganache talks English to the Canadians, he speaks in a ‘refined’ British accent – supposed to be Cambridge. And he gets it near enough that it’s fine. Some americans doing Brit accents drive me insane, (usually a version of 1950s movie character or Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins). Anyway it drew me in quite quickly so I continued with the check list.

Inspector Gamache is a Canadian copper and has several well drawn sidekicks, some of whom are clearly set up for interesting future conflict or drama. Check.

Strong female characters, check.

Realistic enough situation and premise, check.

Book One had a big murder mystery, so it’ll be interesting to see what the other 10 in the 11 book series are like. Hopefully it won’t be too Midsomer Murders…

The one thing that jarred several times was head-hopping. But as this is book one, published in 2005 but audiobook released in 2014, I’m hoping Louise Penny will evolve and grow out of that habit and it’s not enough to put me off so I’m going to give the next one a go too.

I do like Gamache and I really like the town – the place, the atmosphere Louise creates, and the interaction between the characters. I was drawn in once the rebellious deputy sub plot began, too – Nicole seems a bit petulant but if it goes somewhere over the next few books it’ll be good to see her develop.

The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets....

4.6 out of 5 from me. – around about the mark for most of her books, which is pretty high.

Get Still Life on Amazon here – Kindle edition is only £2.99

 

Other News -

 

Other news

 

- plus Julie Cohen's date has changed - it is now November 28th. Here's the link to Julie Cohen's workshopto find out more about this amazing mentor's week at Retreats for You in Devon - do contact her direct or just email us for more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

- as far as our own retreats go, we have three other yoga weeks this year so far booked - July 2nd, August 13th, and October 22nd - how great to be able to stretch your stiff muscles before and after a full day's writing, be looked after with tasty home-cooked meals and wine at dinner, plus no chores, only me-time to get your work done! Go here to find out more about this date and others, but email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or enquire, these weeks book up fast!!

-  looking ahead to Amanda Saint from Retreat West's third workshop with us in November, how about being part of a flash fiction workshop where your story ends up in a paperback? More info here. She's also running a scriptwriting retreat in June too.

 

best wishes

 

debs

 

x

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

 

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. More soon.

 

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

 

 

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

 

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

 

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FICTION

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

 

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

 

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

 

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

 

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

 

 

SHORT STORIES

 

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

 

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

 

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

 

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

 

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Had an interesting experience this week, when I got a wake up call. Not literally - I was already awake. Well, almost - see below for more on THAT one! But I was delighted to attend the book launch of a lovely writing pal of mine - AJ Pearce. Her first novel - Dear Mrs Bird - has just launched and you may well read about her or hear her on the radio over the next few weeks. 

Dear Mrs Bird is all about the friendships and danger during the Blitz when an aspiring war correspondent takes a job as a fake agony aunt in a woman's magazine publishers, and all sorts of mayhem ensues. Amidst the bombings and craters, loyalty and love win through. It's very funny, as is AJ and she thoroughly deserves all the success in the world.

It was my book of the week on RiWiSi here - and I'm delighted to say it'll be next week's as well! I'm about to listen to the audiobook version - click here to read a sample -  and I cannot wait!

 

Inspiration

So AJ has inspired me. So has lovely mentor, Julie Cohen, who was also there last night. Her book 'Together' - reivewed here - has just been announced as a Richard and Judy pick! And now having chatted to lots of other author pals of AJ's at the book launch last night, I'm all geared up to get cracking on my fifth novel - French or Dutch. It's in final stages now, and I'm heading towards finalising draft one. Wish me luck! It's been a packed three years or so since I first started it , however, and in that time there have been house moves, weddings, disastrous potential relationships (well I say plural, but really it's just one!) and a whole new life and business down in Devon, as well as being an ambassador for Medical Detection Dogs. Plus becoming a grandmother! whoohoo! All of which mean I only wrote prolifically when away on a ... writing retreat! lol. Last March I wrote 14,000 words in a single weekend (with Julie) in Bristol, and another twenty thousand when away in France in May. A few thousand in June when in Cyprus for a family wedding - it was more wedding stuff than writing, that one. But apart from that, I have found that running a writing retreat (see below) has not been conducive to... writing. So a kick up the proverbial was needed - and AJ's launch, and some sterling words from Julie, has done just that. I hand in version one next week, with more to follow. Watch this space...

Squiffy eye.

Meanwhile, my poor red eye was conjunctivitis. Blimey it's been a year of it, that's for sure! Not enough sleep, and over working, under relaxing - you know the usual. I got so tired recently I found myself able to close my eyes and just drift off to dreamland, mid afternoon! So enough is enough. I have booked a WellWoman 360 health check (basically every orifice plus bloods and all the usual health measurements) in June. The end of June. After my next summer hol, so by hook or by crook, I will be Freedom Eating and Bodyblading my way to a healthier place by then and I swear this year is going to be a well one...

 

Book of the Week - Let me Lie by Sunday Times bestseller Clare Macintosh. The ex-cop does it again, with another tense psychological thriller that will keep you guessing - go here to read my book of the week blog.

 

WANT TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?

Retreat for Three nights on a rare weekend offer We don't have that many weekend openings, at our guest house down in Devon, but this month we have two! at Retreats for You in Sheepwash -

- Photography Weekend - £275 if you book soon, dinner Friday till Lunch Sunday with a trip out to Dartmoor on Saturday and fab instructional workshops with local expert Lee Orchard click here to read more and ask him more about it - book soon! Bring a partner, they can go photograph things, you can chill? How does that sound? Take pics like this one maybe -

 

 

- Writing Weekend - weekend, note! - (2 or 3 nights, final chance to get 2017 pricing at £90pppn full board inc wine at dinner) rest and relaxation in front of a roaring fire, nice walks, doggy therapy if required (if they're not out sunbathing!) And great beds! April - 27-29 - rare opportunity as I don't open for many weekends.

- Yoga Weeks 9th -13th April (next week) - one place left if you're quick - two sessions of stretching a day for writers wanting to get loads done but not feel stiff at the end of the week! £395 special offer, usually £420 - email soon. Other dates - July 2nd, August 13th (already taking bookings for these) and October 22nd.

To book - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we deal with it all that way but do check out the events page on our website for more info about all the themed events coming up. 

Am back on over the weekend - do click here to read my latest QVC blog and find out - where you'll also see info about how alcohol might be affecting your sleep. Plus sneaky peeks of some of the upcoming next week's deals.

Have a fab week!

luv 

Debs

x

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- stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

ps - if you're reading this via newsletter direct to your inbox, here's a pic of my lovely granddaughter - but if not, do sign up for my newsletters via the home page on my website (pops up) and you will be amongst the few to see the new ones each time I send out a newsletter update! Email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can't see how to do it! xx

 

 

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Just read a thrilling psychological drama from Clare Macintosh called ‘Let me Lie’ – this week my book blog reviews the latest tense novel from top author Clare – with a twist at the start as well as at the end! I really enjoyed this one, especially the relationship with the detective and his wife – you’ll see what I mean if you read it. It’s the number 1 Sunday Times bestseller and I’m not surprised why. Well done Clare.

 

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong.

 

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since.

 

Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her. By digging up the past, she'll set in motion something that can't be stopped and will soon discover that sometimes it's safer to let things lie....

 

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one best seller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.

 

Highly reviewed too - I must say I enjoyed the earlier parts with a supernatural theme very much, and when that changed I was pleasantly surprised not to have guessed the reality.  Will you?

go here to see it on amazon

 Joan Hessayon Award Nominees Announced

A few years ago I was delighted that Take a Chance on Me made it to the finalists list for the above award, and it's always a good shortlist to dip into if you're looking for new books to read. This years has just ben announced and features Lisa Hill, another writer pal from the Julie Cohen alumni! Go here to see the whole Joan Hessayon nominees list - winners announced in May.

Other news

ONE MORE PLACE on the yoga writing retreat below - don't miss it!

- and looking ahead to Amanda Saint from Retreat West's third workshop with us in November, how about being part of a flash fiction workshop where your story ends up in a paperback? More info here. SHe's also running a scriptwriting retreat in June too.

- plus Julie Cohen's date is the 15th October - do contact her direct or just email us for more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- as far as our own retreats go, in April we are holding another fabulous Yoga week on 9th April - how great to be able to stretch your stiff muscles before and after a full day's writing, be looked after with tasty home-cooked meals and wine at dinner, plus no chores, only me-time to get your work done! Go here to find out more about this date and others, but email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book or enquire, as we only have one place left!

best wishes

debs

x

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. More soon.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

Funny pic isn't it! Well the sun finally started coming out this week in Devon, and very nice it was too! Daisy dog obviously thought so! I've been not very well lately with a bad cough so apologies for delay in getting you the newsletters. To make up for it, you're the first to see some beautiful new pics of my bubba Blake, grandbaby number one, who is now two months old. Gosh how time flies! She's so bootiful. Obvs I'd say that! 

Been really busy at the retreat too - had a crazy week when Wendy and Linda my friends, neighbours and helpers were both away at the same time, looking after six people on my own! 

Decided I must get more sleep - and to that end, I've been reading a fab new book - Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker. Did you know you're more likely to get cancer or alzheimers or put on weight if you cross a vital threshold of too few hours of sleep. Do read my book of the week blog all about it. Also on that blog, if you'd love to read a free chapter of my own book, I mention the nice review on a romance blog which posts a sizeable chunk of one of my chapters, so you can get a flavour of my writing before you buy - and by the way the book, Take a Chance on Me, is on offer on Kobo this Easter weekend too. More about all that here.

Another topic that's been a hot one in our debates online of late is statins. I know there are a small proportion of people for whom they are good, but all I'd say is do go and please do some research, especially if you are told you 'might as well' take them, or if you started taking them and haven't felt great since, or if you think you might need them in the future. I'm not saying DON'T, I'm saying do more research. One such study worth reading for that purpose is being discussed on my Facebook page (don't worry you can read it if you're not on Facebook) - do look at some of the comments and see which you agree with. We all have to work out what's right for us individually, don't we. Go here to see the Facebook post debating statins - it's scary.

I made a big boo boo again this week with my culinary skills - the first one for ages, admittedly ... but it ended up with a creation akin to the Easter Island Stones... yes, another bread boo boo! Hope it doesn't happen when I'm on the designer kitchen this weekend!

Retreat for Three nights just after Easter Just a last minute shout for anyone wanting to come along to Retreats for You in Devon -

- Tuesday to Friday (3 nights £90pppn full board inc wine at dinner) rest and relaxation in front of a roaring fire, nice walks, doggy therapy if required (if they're not out sunbathing!) And great beds! Tuesday 2nd , lunchtime till lunchtime, leave Friday (self catering option over weekend possible)

- Yoga Week 9th -13th - two sessions of stretching a day for writers wanting to get loads done but not feel stiff at the end of the week! £395 special offer, usually £420 - email soon.

- last places left on the Photography Weekend on April 20-22 - dinner Friday till after lunch Sunday - trip out to Dartmoor for picturesque sights, workshop on getting the best pics, plus help with photoshopping - bring a partner and they can stay at home to write or relax whilst you go out clicking!

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we deal with it all that way but do check out the events page on our website for more info about all the themed events coming up. 

Am back on QVC Thursday pm, early evening, plus Good Friday, the off for Easter! Relatives coming down to stay - hope you have a nice time too and hopefully get some good sleep!

I'll leave you with a couple of pics of my son Bradley's bubba - and don't forget to read the QVC blog coming out Friday - click thi link after about 10am Friday.

Have a fab week!

luv 

Debs

x

ps

- stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

 

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Well I missed the worst of the snow last week - did you? But turns out I had a nasty surprise when I got back to Devon on Sunday night - a burst pipe! Eeek! Pics will be on my new QVC blog on Friday but suffice to say it was a lot of work and a collapsed ceiling. Boo. Not as bad as some though so I won't moan. Here's a pic of the lovely snowy scene outside in the square, sent to me by Mary my mate.

In London all was well, basically. I went along to see my lovely son Brad who was 31 last week (no idea how that happened! Where have the years gone!) And have some cuddles with cute little Blake, who is now 6 weeks.

Looking forward to Mother's Day on Sunday as it'll be my first 'grandmother's day' too! And Brad's birthday meal. Yay! Plus I'll get to see Lauren - who is... wait for it ... having a baby in September! Yahoooo! Two grandkiddies by Christmas - aren't I the lucky one!

The other thing I've been discussing this week is Four in a Bed, the Ch 4 series about bed and breakfasts. I was asked to do it but I can't due to my QVC commitments, but it would have been fun! I'd have done it with Sheena, my mate down here in Devon with whom I go on adventures, but never mind. Instead we went to a painting class this week - the first in yonks. 41 yonks in fact! Eeek! It's amazing how everyone's pics differed - here we all are down at the Cranford Inn near Torrington. Not bad for a first effort, but hopefully the next one next month will be better!

Book of the week is actually a couple this week! Well done to my mentor Julie Cohen for winning the best Contemporary Romantic Novel with 'Together' - a truly thought provoking read. Plus Jane Lovering - another one of my top authors - won one of her categories - she had two nominations, and they're both on my book of the week review! If you like recommendations that win awards, try these books. Go here to read my RiWiSi review blog.

RNA Magazine Mention. Retreats for You got a mention too from the RNA in their latest Romance Matters magazine, with a feature on my taking over the retreat and trying to do my own writing here! Thanks to Adrienne Vaughan for the feature. I'll be running a competition later in the year to win a free stay, so do watch out for it. PLUS the latest newsletter for RFY has just gone out - go to the blog post to read it all and find out about the latest retreat offers! Including one place left for the April 9th Yoga week and a tasty cauliflower dish from Wendy's kitchen! click here

Finally, do check on my Facebook page for regular updates and special offers from QVC and Retreats for You - or just email us for more info - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - maybe we'll have a painting weekend at some stage! We've already got a photography weekend coming up at end April!

Watch out on my new QVC blog coming out Friday for sneaky peeks and lots of nice catch ups. Meanwhile, am on Thursday night (tonight) with Amanda Holden and her lovely Today's Special Value trunks set - the ones that featured on Craigy's wind up show that was on Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant and Dec last weekend!

go here to get them now.

Have a fab week!

d

x

ps

- stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

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