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Debbie Flint

Last week I had a most wonderful welcome from the ladies at the Halwill W.I. near me in North Devon. Lovely Anne Goodspeed asked me in the Spring if I would come do a talk - and decided the theme would be - appropriately - split lives. It was a very interesting talk because as I began speaking, little snippets came out that I hadn't necessarily planned to reveal, but it felt right, in that intimate atmosphere to go into details eg about my short period of depression in 2006 when my importing business folded. It was very rewarding afterwards when one of the ladies came up to me to ask about that time, as she too was just beginning a period of treatment. We compared notes and I hope to be keeping in touch with her.

I told them stuff I'd never really discussed in any great detail - that citalopram - the drug I was on a tiny dose of - gave me the most amazing 'adventure' dreams, and how normally most of my dreams are about me battling conflict. I used to go to sleep and wonder what drama I'd be in tonight! I also found it adjusted my waking times - I became an earlier riser and got sleepy earlier at night. I was doing office hours at the time so it seemed appropriate. But whilst it helped me cope with bad things, it also muted any good feelings. I called it 'citalopram neutral' and it was a very weird time. Coming off it afterwards, gradually, led to a period of at least two years before I truly felt it was out of my system. But it helped me cope with redundancies, unfair dismissal, all sorts of accusations about my business that were untrue and finishing an abusive relationship. Hey looking back it was a bit of a crap time! But I told the ladies at the WI that I have a motto - 'what can I learn from this' - so everything became a lesson. I talk a little about this concept and its effect on my life, with its connection with food firmly in the frame, in my books 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' - including some of the toughest times in my life, and have had some super responses. (When I'm asked which one to get, as there are several, I say start with the latest one, from 2017, with a black silhouette. The others are numbered so are easier to understand which comes where. Go here to see them all. And the 2017 one is able to be ordered from bookshops as it was published by UK independent Choc Lit.) I actually thank goodness for Freedom Eating, the system of breaking free from food prison mentioned in the book, otherwise I'd be a very unhappy person at the moment having got stuck on the 'wayside' as we call it. Thankfully I recognise  a temporary sugar addiction and some sub-optimal choices that have become a habit in a retreat full of temptations, and I know normal service will be resumed, rather than losing my mind over it and beating myself up over and over again like I did in the old days when the weight wasn't what I wanted.

The overall topic of the talk however, was split lives and once I'd given them the background about being a geek on the one hand and 'laaaaaah!' on the other, I filled them in on the other stuff I do - singing for charity, being a Medical Detection Dogs ambassador, being an author, and of course my new 2018 role of grandmother (it's still weird!) - but I'm happier with ME now than I've ever been, so my London / Devon split lifestyle is truly making me content.

As is seeing how my children's children are growing before my eyes.

I babysat little Blakey on Monday and she was overjoyed to be standing up on her own, including in the bath, where she splashed and had a lovely time. Then Lauren brought beautiful Phoebe - now one month old - to Devon for a few days and we had some smashing times together including a trip to Ikea whilst Nick did some work in my house. Nanny, mother, daughter, sister, friend - I've got many roles and whilst my life's never been so split, I love them all.

And I still get time on all those journeys, to read...

Book of the Week  - I've been looking forward to this one for absolutely ages. Another Jack Reacher - number 23 in fact. Well done Lee Child, you never disappoint. Free sample info and full details and full blog - here.

Over on my QVC Blog  this week, click here,  lots more sneaky peeks of the next seven day's deals - AND the new Elemis massive Xmas #TSV  bundle which looks like being the biggest ever. Go here to see my latest blog and definitely click on the Elemis link which is here is you want to go straight to it! (My next blog will be out on Friday here.)

On Facebook on my main page there have been some fabulous little vlogs of late - and a funny behind the scenes with the lovely Laura Geller and gang here. As you know all you need to do is follow my social media - see below -  in order to be the first to see stuff including top deals that may sell out early, pics of upcoming deals not on my blog, limited offers, and updates on the doggies and life in Devon.

As I| write I'm sitting in a downpour - well, not technically IN the downpour but you know what I mean. The rain is blasting the window high up in the vaulted roof in my kitchen and sounds like a symphony serenading my creativity. And I have yet to finish my novel but I'm getting there. It is, after all, NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) and it seem there's something in the air...

I may actually have time to do some writing when I'm laid up having a knee op. It's only a little one - an endoscopy (is that right?) - cleaning out the debris from a torn meniscus on my left knee. It's one of the reasons I've been less mobile for the last 18 months and that and lifestyle stresses have meant my food choices haven't been my usual ones, and it's showing. So I'll be glad to get back in shape afterwards. I'll have to get more help down here in Devon and face six weeks of rehab and physio but hopefully it'll be worth it.

anyway hope you are well and have a lovely week!

Best wishes

debs

x

Heard about our guest house down in Devon?

Retreats announced

Do go see the latest Retreats for You newsletter which sums up what's happening next year, if you'd like to pop down to a writing retreat at some point. Also there are going to be a couple of non- writers retreats too - check them out here

 

Plus - if you're able to make it down for two nights - December 10-12, why not come to a Xmas special? a wreath making afternoon class on the Tuesday, followed by the Xmas concert which I will be singing at with my super pal, county councillor Barry Parsons, on Tuesday evening, with mulled wine and mince pies in the interval. AND a final 2018 opening day for our tearooms on the Wednesday, with a Christmas theme. email us for the prices and availability - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do it fast tho!

find out more here on the post and also on the facebook events page, more to follow soon. Tix on sale from Nov 1st.

ps My guest house in North Devon has spaces for non-writers too. We are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers.i (£95pppn inc full board and wine at dinner!) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about non-writing dates for 2019, and have a little look here -

- 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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Had a lovely week of birthday events! Including going away with family at the weekend to Brighton, seeing a concert and having a fab couple of days in Bordeaux at my favourite writing retreat on the banks of the Dordogne in France. Loved getting together with my nearly four month old granddaughter Blake Katherine too - so many smiles and lovely cuddles!

Here are some pics -

a fab girls trip -

and a lovely couple of days in Bordeaux at Chez Castillon my favourite retreat for my own writing - one day I will get that fifth novel finished!

All in all a great time was had. The video of me on the zip wire in Brighton will appear on my new QVC blog out Thursday 17th, go here to see it! Along with early bird links including for the superb Liz Earle 4 pc super set this Saturday and lots of other sneaky peeks of the next seven day's deals on QVC.

book of the week - is a super reminder of Together by Julie Cohen - since it is now a Richard and Judy Book of the Month and doing really well in the various bookshops and online. Do get it - see if you can guess the twist - for more, go here to my RiWiSi blog.

And of course, keep in touch with me on social media as below. Lots happening over the next few days and lots of bargains to be had!

Plus if you'd like to visit us at our super retreat in Devon, do email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for latest offers - currently booking through the summer, and full board inc wine at dinner is from just £95 pppn.

love

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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When you've had over thirty years in TV you inevitably come up against some mishaps live on air. Apart from the infamous NoNo cream blooper that made it on to it'll be Alright on the Night, this classic just popped up on youtube - one of the most unbelievable bloopers ever! #couldntMakeItUp! lol - it genuinely happened this way too! Watch... 

click here

 And another from Dale years ago, along the same lines! hehe!

 click here.

Anyway, hope you've had a good week - how amazing has this weather been? From sultry sweltering days to storm-ridden nights. This was the rain outside my back door on Thursday night - click here. The choccies were not very happy with the thunder, so I gave them lots of hugs!

Book of the Week Please Don’t Stop the Music by Jane Lovering – she writes a witty tale, so I’ve started listening to another by her on audiobook – more here on my Read it Write it Sell it blog on my website - plus info about the York writing festival. AND how to join me on the next Julie Cohen writing retreat for writers in Bristol in March!

Sugar escapes thru the 1960s net as industry pays experts to demonise saturated fat instead. Regulars will know how I've been writing on health topics for several years now, on my Back to You health blogs on my website. Well, one of the topics that's always befuddle dme is why it took so long for the Health Departments to realise about sugar. Well, this week it all came out.

It's official - they've released previously unseen papers showing that there was a deliberate ploy to divert attention away from sugar. It was back in the 1960s, in some of the earliest studies - when they could have stated it was sugar as well as Saturated fat which was at the heart of the health problems. They didn't, and so set the wheels in motion away from the worst culprit, blaming just fat, wrongly, and resulting in the exact opposite of the target to cut soaring health problems and cut cases of metabolic syndrome. The cases have increased since 1982 when the US FDA announced fat was to blame and 'low fat' foods began replacing the missing taste with more and more sugar . So if you still know someone who keeps saying 'this is good it's low fat', get them to do some research, including watching 'sugar the bitter truth' or my guide 'aids to cutting back sugar' on my website. Here's the full New York Times report read it here.

On a lighter note, I'm really excited because of a new project I'm working on - and of course getting my book French or Dutch finished to go off to a few specific people who are waiting for it. More soon - or soonish!

And here's the latest QVC blog - if you like finding out about offers before other people - go here to see tons of  sneaky peeks and a funny blooper from my hilarious mate Charlie Brook this week on air. See it all here.

Am off to a wedding at the weekend - let's hope the rain holds off! Then to Devon till Tuesday - squeee!

Have a fab week.

Debs

 x

 ps 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.

 

 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!

 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

 

 

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Hi all - hope you're having a great weekend! 

For the benefit of those not on social media and who didn't see my announcement on air on Friday night, the news is finally out - I'm off to China for three weeks in April! To train QVC presenters there - so I'm very honoured to have been chosen. A mixture of relatives will move in to look after the dogs, water the plants, and allow me to fly away for the longest break I've ever taken from the uk! More than one 'TiFFT' methinks! More news in my latest QVC blog, where you'll also see -

- epicModelFail blooper (funny!)

- talking of flying - videos of me indoor skydiving

- pics from the busiest week ever! inc Debbie Does Dinner once again...

- and sneaky peeks of QVC bargains incl apple, Antler luggage set and Kipling.

go here to read it on qvc website.

What's the longest you've ever been away from home for? My longest previously was a mere two week hol in Crete in '97. I'm lagging behind a bit, really, 'cos my son Brad went to the Far East for two whole months following his finals after uni, and came back a different person, he had such a great time. So it's on my list to do longer trips. BUT nice, comfortable ones, I think - haha! Maybe a lengthy round the world cruise would be my top trip. What would be yours? 

Also wanted to just quickly say - if you like reading inspirtional weight loss stories, or love Mally and yankee candles, go here to read this week's back to you blog, where you'll see the transcripts from their Q&A sessions on last Monday's live webchat, plus news of hitting 3000 members in the Back to You Facebook group (here), and more info about sugar again as it hits the news once more. 

And the book blog, if you llike finding new authors, is here, where you'll see a lovely Book of the Week from a winner of the Romantic Novelists' Assoc Award for best contemporary romance, Lucy Dillon. Find out her QVC secret by clicking on the link! hehe! 

Have a lovely weekend! The countdown is on till I go away - three weeks today! whoo hoo! (Back on air early May.)

luv

Debs

x

ps Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 book on QVC got another fab review - go here to see a mum of 7's solution to her eternal weight loss issues!

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What an idiot. Those automatic parking telephone lines in car parks are great nowadays, right? Save you loads of time? Hmmm.

So I took my own car in to be serviced, got the courtesy car and went shopping. Parked in the usual place, paid by phone in the usual way and when I got back, there was a parking ticket, bold as yellow brass, sitting on my windscreen. What had I done? Autoparked my own flipping car instead of the loan one! Grrrr!

Anyway, if you've got a lot on your mind this season, blame the time of year. Not old age, or scattiness... honest! Lol!

The blogs are complete this week, if you'd like to go have a read. Thing is with my QVC one, I don't get many comments left any more - I know I'm on Facebook and Twitter a lot, true. Therefore I'm more accessible, but it's still lovely when I see some pop up on my QVC blog so do feel free. This week's includes a funny video in Charlie's dressing room, with Alison Young - yes really! lol. And a teaser of Mally too. To see that and lots of music performances including Sam Bailey, Il divo etc clips, great xmas gift book bargains and some funnies from last week on air - click here to see the blog.

This Friday's is a biggie - my Friday QVC blog will have all the info about my new mahoosive Xmas competition prize of some Laura Geller, some Liz Earle, two of my books, a JW EDP Phytomineral perfume and ... a Bodyblade! Whoop! It'll be out Friday not right now, but when it's posted you'll find it here.

Had fun again on our fab supportive facebook group with the Back to You webchats, this week they were all about Nono and Judith Williams products, and some fascinating features about how the Mediterranean Diet is being proven once again to be one of the most healthy in the world. Check out the info relating to statins on a new study. Plus how most of us don't eat for hunger - emotions and habits get in the way. It's very interesting - check it out here.

Oh, and if you'd like a new Christmassy theme book, my lovely Devon writing pal has a new anthology - 'The Mistletoe Run' - based on a true story. Go here to see it on Amazon. Do you read only festive style books in December? Let me know - you can just 'reply' as it'll go to me (or my 'elves') not to a spambot! lol.

And thanks to those of you who have contacted me direct with huge outpourings of support and thanks this week for all the stuff I do, it makes it all worthwhile, believe me.

Now I've got a final little bit of insider knowledge to tell you - there will be one every week from now on - and it's a new SHORT story I've been working on. It's called 'Twelve Dates of X-mas.' Can you guess what it's about? If I get it done in time, it'll be a freebie over Xmas itself as my little pressie to everyone who has a Kindle or Kindle app. I'm just working on some loose ends then it's all steam ahead. Do tell a friend to subscribe to my newsletter to get the latest updates about when it's ready! Just go here and click on the pop up if they - or you - haven't already

So anyway - this weekend, I'll be doing the tree and the decs - when do you do yours?

Best wishes and big hugs.

Debs

xx

ps all my books are available in eBook or Paperback - just click here to order or to read the free sample in the 'look inside.' Or visit website www.debbieflint.com to peruse all about my world! x

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