Debbie Flint

book of the week – Claire Dyer’s The Last Day

Claire Dyer books

A fabulous author who has achieved something quite extraordinary in over 90% of five star reviews on this enchanting tale.

I picked this since Claire is one of our regulars down at Retreats for You in Devon. As one of the professional writers, we look forward to her latest books and it gives us great pleasure to report on this one.

“They say three’s a crowd but when Boyd moves back into the family home with his now amicably estranged wife, Vita, accompanied by his impossibly beautiful twenty-seven-year-old girlfriend, Honey, it seems the perfect solution: Boyd can get his finances back on track while he deals with his difficult, ailing mother; Honey can keep herself safe from her secret, troubled past; and Vita can carry on painting portraits of the pets she dislikes and telling herself she no longer minds her marriage is over.

But the house in Albert Terrace is small and full of memories, and living together is unsettling.

For Vita, Boyd and Honey love proves to be a surprising, dangerous thing and, one year on, their lives are changed forever…

I look at what fellow professionals say and it includes the following:

The Last Day is an exquisitely written story of love and loss. With a poet’s hand, calm clarity and true wisdom, Claire Dyer paints a picture of real people dealing with very real emotions. Turn your phone off, put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, and curl up with this gem of a book.” – Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

“A tender, beautifully written book about marriage, love, grief and fear: how all can be lost in a moment, and how hope survives.” – Julie Cohen, author of Together

And if Julie Cohen says it’s fab, then isn’t it worth a go if you’re looking for a new novel to read this Spring?

Amazon’s link for it is here so you can go read the wonderful feedback from reviewers – go here.

Well done Claire! Looking forward to the next one!

Other news –

We are still offering some wonderful retreats at last year’s prices. Just £95pppn to come and ‘just write’ – meaning you can lock yourself away in a cosy room with all meals provided and absolutely no chores! 

You can look up some of the dates on our blog on our website including several with taxi included, several with a yoga session every day to stretch out those aching writing muscles, and a couple of opportunities to come. 

Writers love our 1600s thatched, grade 2 listed house in deepest North Devon, along with home cooked meals, a dash of doggy therapy, or stint in the mini home gym, or a walk in the beautiful North Devon countryside right on our doorstep. Email us for more info!

Here’s a summary –


  •  Pitch to a publisher weekend – incl talks from Harper Collins commissioning editors Phoebe Morgan (Avon) and Charlotte Mursell (HQ) March 7-11th. Includes talk and one-to-one pitch session afterwards. More info here** £459 now, £489 later)
  • Alison May  – tutored workshop (SOLD OUT June 17th-21st), Second week September 23 – 27th ) Developing Your Novel – for anyone with a novel in progress, or just starting one; incl in depth one-to-one tutorials as well as optional workshops. From £555 if you book before end March 2019. You book direct with Alison – email us to put you in touch or see more here.
  •  Julie Cohen – tutored workshop, November date just announced! November 25th – 29th  – always sells out early – please email us asap to be put directly in touch with Julie or see more here.
  • Also – May 6th – 10th  Developing Your Novel – another workshop for beginners  – tutor is experienced teacher and Jericho Writers tutor, Rebecca Horsfall. Two places already gone so be quick to email us!
  • OTHERS TO FOLLOW – stay signed up to our newsletter to get first refusal and early bird offers.
  • If you are a tutor and would like to run a week using Retreats for You, pls email us.

Best wishes




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,, 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 HERE.

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) and Goodreads (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.


 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.

 Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy – now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback can be ordered from almost all bookshops. Reached no 79 in WHSmithsTravel charts.

 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.


 ‘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!

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.


 Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet – is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – originally published in 2000. It was updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do and published on Amazon as TTFLS 2.0

It was followed a year later by Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon which introduced new concepts and latest theories on gut bacteria and the inner chimp plus six guises of Freedom Eater.

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

Choc-Lit, UK independent publisher, gave it a revamp and put it on order in Bookshops early 2017 – published just as ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims’ and with a black silhouette cover, it pulls together elements of all the predecessors, and is a good place to begin if you haven’t read any of it yet. Go here to get the Choc Lit 2017 Till the Fat lady Slims on Amazon or order in bookshops.

Amazon review – January 2018 – 

This is a great book and so easy to identify with the author. I have been there and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air. I took on board what was written and lost 3 pounds in the first week. I am still losing but I don’t dwell on food or think about it all day which is brilliant. I feel I can get on with my life and food is in its proper place. I eat when I’m hungry and because I am hungry, I enjoy the food all the more. If you are struggling and have tried every diet known to woman – like I have – buy this book. You will not regret it. It is turning my life around and I feel so much more positive than I did.

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