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Well it’s happened, baby is finally here. And I am a nanny! Some nice photos below.

On Thursday night, my son Brad's lovely wife Kari went into labour, and after a long protracted period in the delivery room, ending in forceps and an epidural, baby was brought into the world by the sunroof! Via an emergency C section. All good - she just got stuck. Now they are in hospital as she’s recovering from jaundice and a little infection but they will be home on Wednesday hopefully. They wanted to have a week of bonding with the baby to get used to their strange new world as a trio rather than a duo, understandably, then others can see her. I will hopefully see her this weekend :-) Yayyy! Kari actually reminds me in several ways, of me at her age! 

So here she is. Meet little Blake Catherine Carter, 7lb 5oz, looks like both mum and dad I think. She is apparently a happy baby, and is learning to breastfeed and seems very content especially when she is being cuddled apparently.



I have already done a couple of posts on Twitter and Facebook. But she will not be a social media baby. The only place I will be posting updates on a regular basis is here, or on my QVC blog. Do stay subscribed and tell others to subscribe, if they wish to be kept up to date with the latest, soonest, after it happens. I know my social media followers will understand. Brad and Kari discussed this with me and I think it's the right decision. So occasional updates on social media but main updates on my blogs.

So stay tuned to find out more once I meet her - hopefully, assuming all goes ok in coming out of hospital next week :-) Meanwhile here are a few photos and thanks in advance for your kind comments!

 

Competition - WIN WIN WIN a big beauty bundle!

It's beauty bundle time! And it's to tie in with my brand new twitter and facebook pages , just for QVC Chat!

Would you like to win this little lot? It's a social media competition and all you have to do is go here to the Twitter post and go here to the Facebook post on my new QVC Chat page and follow the instructions - eg RT and follow or 'like' and if you want to, also share. Sorry it's only for social media participation but it's specifically to help to promote my new pages. There will be another one soon on my main Twitter and Facebook pages too, now that they are not promoted on QVC I will be able to do my own regular comps and promotions! 

Good luck!

Follow me on the new Twitter page @DebbieFlintQVC and 'like' the new Facebook page @DebbieFlintQVCChat

QVC post inc sneaky peeks The team did me proud - there were seven sneaky peeks of the next week's deals on my latest blog! And a funny from Catherine - go here to see it all, including how she made my face mask crack!

 

Book of the week and AJ's on the list of Guardian new faces of fiction 2018!

So happy for my talented author pal. Well done lovely AJ Pearce - a well deserved mention on the annual list of upcoming stars!
So proud. (AJ is in black n red dress.) Her new book Dear Mrs Bird, which I reviewed on my book of the week blog on my website last week, is out in 2018 , so she has been named as one of the new faces of fiction for 2018 - by the Guardian, no less! Last year or the year before, it was Joanna Cannon, another writer colleague of mine. We all dream of being on this list, don’t we!

Go here to read the write up about lovely AJ in the Guardian piece, listing the best new faces of fiction for 2018.

Dear Mrs Bird is brilliant - review coming in full when novel is officially published in April! 

 

And this week's Book of the Week is one that's helping me to get to grips with what the world was like just before my own novel is set. The Husband Hunters tells the tales of some of America's gentry in the late 1800s and how the heiresses came to England to find husbands to improve their social standing back home. And info about some interesting phrases! 'Keeping up with the Joneses' for instance! Am enjoying the tale even if it does occasionally read a bit like a list, and becomes a trifle soporific ! Very enlightening precis of the mood of the era though and enjoyed it very much. Gave me some good ideas on how to tweak my own book very slightly, set in the 1920s. More here.

 

Next week - some lovely pics (all being well schedule wise) of me and new grandbaby! I can still hardly believe it!

best wishes

debs

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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

 

 

 

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So no news yet! I have a bit of an update though - they've tried all the old wives tales - except spicy food! My first grandchild is well and truly holding on - just like Bradley himself did, actually. He was two weeks late. And something happened that made me very glad of that - did this every happen to any of you? Back in the day - I'm talking in 1987 - if a baby was late, the expectant mum kept getting her weekly benefit. So I was eligible for another two weeks money - around £30 a week if I recall. So when Lauren was due on August 26th, and wasn't born until September 6th, I held on and didn't get her induced so she could go into the year above at school. I believed I'd get the same allowance, but I should have checked as they'd stopped doing the benefit extensions by then. Eeek! So for all her school life she was the oldest in the year, instead of the youngest. Nowadays if it's within a week of the cut off, I'm told they give you a choice. My great-nephew Arthur for instance is going to be eligible to choose being the youngest or the oldest when it's time to go to school, well, his mother Heather will choose. Matters were made a bit worse by my lovely lollipop being a big girl - 10lb9oz, yes really - and she kept that pace throughout her school years, mostly being a third taller than most in her year when she was little. But it means I guess she had the advantages that apparently the older ones get in learning and ability and grading. 

So back to Brad and Kari and they are doing well, Kari is understandably exhausted now and I hope for both of them the new arrival comes earlier rather than later! Much love to my family and hope to have some other news soon! 

(ps please note I will not be sharing massively on social media, mainly on this blog/website and qvc blog) Subscribe if you haven't already, to make sure you don't miss the updates!)

Meanwhile.,... here's a video I took of a little bubba - my niece Izzy - when she was a baby eight years ago - so cuuuuuute!! click here to watch it. 

Book of the week - Dear Mrs Bird

Launching on april 5th, it's currently on pre-order on amazon here, including on a very well narrated audiobook. I love anything vintage, and this is right up my street. I finished it - the hard copy (paperback publicity copy) - in three sessions. And each night I looked forward to re-joining the blitz spirit, rooting for the heroine Emmy, and adoring some of the turns of phrase befitting of the 1940s wartime setting. Blimmin' loved it - with bells on. Please go pre-order it, you won't be sorry. More here on my RiWiSi blog.

 

Plus my clever author pal AJ has also been listed in the annual Guardian Faces to Watch 2018 author list - go here to see more - congrats AJ!

Big little lies bingeing

Well I did it - I watched the whole series - and it was amazing. It's led to another round of discussions about real people who have the same sort of bullying experiences in their lives and some super heart-warming stories of triumph over adversity. On Facebook I put a post which basically mentioned emotional bullies and was inundated again with messages from people glad this topic is being highlighted. And as I said - if it helps ONE person, that's fine by me. If you're interested, or interested in forwarding it to someone in particular in your life, go here to see the latest Facebook strand.

And go here to see Narcissus, part one of my four part series filled with stories, links and resources to help those who think they're alone in their plight. They are not - there's always help and support out there. I hope this rings true for anyone feeling victimised.

Meanwhile, do go watch Big Little Lies - bullying is not the only plot and the acting is amazing - no wonder it's award-winning. On catch up /box sets / DVD.

 

Facebook Vlog of the week  - go here to see one of my many regular 'vlogs' - this one when we went to #Narnia - kind of - via Banstead Woods! 'Like' the page to keep up to date on my general life!

 

QVC this week - 

Here's a fab early bird look at tonight's (Sunday/Monday) TSV dress from Joe Browns - not their usual style at all is it? Very affordable and very stylishly classic. Watch out for several more sneaky peeks via my latest QVC blog - go here.

And watch out next week for a super massive bumper bundle competition you could win by RT and follow or 'like' and share my new Facebook page and twitter handle just for QVC! Launching next Friday (19th).

Have a great week!

luv

Debs

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Join me tonight midnight if you read this early enough, or repeated till 9am Sunday (7th)!

- 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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