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Debbie Flint

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

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Published in Debbie's News

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

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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

 

 

Another belter of a suspense novel this week - gritty, real, undeniably compulsive and full of edge of the seat moments. Plus a couple of twists I did not see coming. Well done Clare! I do pride myself on being pretty good at guessing twists, as most of us do I'm sure! And I was pleasantly surprised to read this one and suddenly find out of nowhere I've got unpredictability. Always good in a new author. The first part did take a little while to warm up but because the second half was above par, I'd still give it top marks.

 

Loved the cop duo, loved the dynamic between the heroine and her would-be beau. Loved the gradual feeding in of info and strong narrative drive. Very good. No wonder this lady takes workshops on writing.

One thing that bugged me though, on the audiobook version, which I always listen to, is the lack of cohesion in the accent of the antagonist. One narrator did one, the other narrator did another. Shame - would have been so easy to fix.

THERE ARE 2560 X 5* REVIEWS!!! The vaaaaast majority. Clare is big time in crime - as an ex-copper, it's no wonder it's all so authentic.

I am going to get her next one - I See You. Will keep you informed!

get I Let You Go from amazon here.

More about Clare Macintosh here.

other news -

- Finding Time to Write - 7 Ways to Find more time to Write by Diane Fraser and 8 Ways you can Fit Writing Into Your Life by @writers_hq, both have a common theme - schedule it! Note to self.... well, you can guess!

- the problem with writing cliff hangers for tv serials - a reaaaally good post on Bang 2 Write - great site - add it to your favourites if you want to write!

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, Go here to read more.

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

Best wishes

Debs

X

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!

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