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Oooooo!! My little girl is fit to pop! And only two weeks till her due date. Mind you, she and Brad were both ten days or more late, so was Brad's baby Blake Katherine. And a couple of their cousins' kids. So it might be another month!! Hope not tho - it's going to be marvellous!

How proud am I?!

Plus, on another topic, more pride. Derek my lovely sponsor dog has had his passing out parade at last! Hooray! Medical Detection Dogs have kept me informed about his progress for the two years or so since I paid to name him, and it's been a pleasure to chart his progress. Now he has been allocated to a lovely guy, pictured with Derek here, and I'm so proud of the lovely little chap. He'll now help his new 'partner' detect high or low blood sugar levels and signal him to do a blood test. Even when Derek's asleep he's trained to wake up if he needs to do an alert. He's now one of the fold and will stay with his owner through thick and thin. How wonderful. More info about my fab charity for which I'm an ambassador here. and on my blogs here.

Book of the week  - is from one of my regular authors, mind you I haven't read his thriller selection before, only the historicals. Ken Follett has been busy with the latest called The Key to Rebecca. It's a steamy thriller filled with classic baddies and an Agatha Christie 'orient express' feel. Go here to find out more.

This week's QVC blog will feature a funny from lovely Charley Farley my presenter pal, when he and Ali K hosted Diamonique finale - he's a card! And the big wardrobe malfunction I experienced this week! more here from thursday pm. The new Amanda Wakeley bag is going live at midnight Sunday (9th) with Charlie - looks good! 

Finally - if you're down Devon way, do feel free to get in touch if you're passing by one Wednesday! Also in December we are going to be putting on a special Xmas concert, Barry and I (see last few week's blogs) with another chance to come along to mine afterwards - this time for mulled wine or punch, so do stay at the Half Moon Inn at Sheepwash and visit the tea rooms on the day after. The date is December 11th... 

More soon!

hugs

d

x

 

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 dates for 2019, and have a little look here - by the way - we have spaces currently on our Oct 15th week mon-fri.

- 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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Book of the Week is the new one from Ken Follett. Regulars will know I love his Pillars of the Earth etc, historical series. So I thought I’d try The Key to Rebecca, a gripping thriller set during – yes you’ve guessed it – the second world war! It’s just out and I can’t wait to get stuck into it! I’ve got some long journeys coming up, backwards and forwards to Devon and now Wales – Lauren’s baby is due in just two weeks’ time! The stakes are high for the survival of the British campaign in North Africa, and only intelligence officer Major William Vandam and the beautiful courtesan Elene can put an end to the danger as Rommel’s troops come ever closer... ooo! It's even a bit steamy apparently!

This Amazon review sums up why I'm excited to read it - 

The book more or less takes place over two days, the majority of it being filled with the flight of PanAm's Boeing 314 Clipper over the Atlantic, two days after Britain's declaration of war in 1939. The setting has a bit of Agatha Christie in it, with the difference being that you learn about the possibly dubious motives of the protagonists throughout the book, and the 'crime' happening towards the end, rather than the other way around.

Fascist sympathisers, arrested mobsters, Rusian princesses, movie stars, escaped Jewish scientists, and runaway thieves share the flight, all offering potentialities of being involved in the finale, and while you will not be kept guessing throughout (some clues are stronger than others), they form a sufficiently eclectic set of characters to make the book easy and exciting to read.

Find out more on Amazon here.

Other News

Yoga Retreats - we are happy to offer full board breaks for writers with a daily stretching session to help tired muscles after hours at the keyboard. A last minute retreat is available -

- join us on October 22-26. (one place left)

- 'Just Write' weeks - we are available most months of the year, Monday to Friday, full board including wine with supper, afternoon snacks and hot drinks, with a mini home gym, massage chair and summer house to get away from everything and finish - or begin - that novel. With over fifty finished novels from former guests on our bookshelves, we are proud to have been helping writers write for around ten years. Join us on - 

17th - 21st September

new week opened up - 15th - 19th October

Themed weeks with Tutors.  We have experts offer tuition at our retreat too - join us - 

12th November for flash fiction week with Retreat West run by Amanda Saint (one place left)

26th - 30th November for a writing workshop week for novelists with award winning Richard and Judy author Julie Cohen - my mentor! (waitlist only)

Reviews for Retreats for You Check out our Facebook page to see all the five star reviews for our place - go here to see it. And if you'd like to come too, email us for info and dates This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and see more on our website here - retreatsforyou.co.uk

best wishes

debs

x

TIPS AND MY OWN FICTION - 

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 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) 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.

 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.

 

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 – 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.

 

Ohhhhh I love my regular authors when they bring out the next book in a series! So it's time for me to dip into the Pillars of the Earth sequel, from Ken Follett - book 3, Columns of Fire. Set in the 1500s, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it's full of the usual pithy detail about life in those times and as normal, the narrator adds a touch of authenticity with his inflections even if it's a little affected sometimes. Enjoying it very much. 

The thing I love best is the way Ken Follett intertwines facts about life in the day, historical events and real names and places, into his story. You care about the characters really quickly and he's skilled at creating conflict that drums up the narrative drive to keep you wanting to read more. Getting into a new audiobook is often a bit of a task, so anything that helps me get past the first stage of getting to know the characters and their needs is welcome. That's why I will always go back to his novels. Have read one of the 20th century series too, but this is the series I like best.

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.

The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch immediately sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans.

Elizabeth knows that alluring, headstrong Mary Queen of Scots lies in wait in Paris. Part of a brutally ambitious French family, Mary has been proclaimed the rightful ruler of England, with her own supporters scheming to get rid of the new queen.

Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. With Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents, it becomes clear that the real enemies – then as now – are not the rival religions.

The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else – no matter the cost.

It's really highly reviewed too - far more five stars than an average book rating. Highly recommended.

Get more here on Amazon

Other news –

  • RFY December dates - Still time to book on one of our Christmas breaks at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine., Lots of dates throughout the Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed, 1600s thatched house. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 18th - 22nd a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

    https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/win-complex-character/
  • New dates for writing retreats with yoga coming soon - and a craft weekend too! . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates for 2018 are being arranged as we speak! £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga.Contact us for up to date info or to suggest some dates. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

    latest newsletter from RFY - go here to read our latest news - and another super recipe from Wendy!

     

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

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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

 

As 2016 arrived I finished a superb tome – Ken Follett’s follow up to Pillars of the Earth – it’s called ‘World Without End’ and is set in the 1300s. It’s another blockbuster, that’s for sure – over 40 hours on audiobook! But after getting into it, it’s kept me riveted as much as any I’ve read over the last year or so. The goings on in a medieval town charting the rivalry of villagers and priory, during the time of the plague, really gives a roller coaster ride and the narrative drive, keeping me ‘page turning’ (well the equivalent, in Audible terms!) was almost exhausting at times, so skilfully does Ken Follett build you up then tear you down again.

After I read his first one, Pillars of the Earth, which had been recommended to me by a pal, I skipped ahead to the early 1900s for one of his later ones, and enjoyed it. So maybe I’ll go there again next. But I think I need a rest from superlong audiobooks before I do. I’ve got a couple of shorter ones to ‘tuck into’ awaiting my attentions on my iphone app next. Plus have got some super well being books to read that are enlightening - and there's nothing quite like being enlightened to start the new year!

Mind you, Ken Follett's research is so good, you learn about life in his chosen era too.

Murder, intrigue, plague, and pestilence all play a part in this stunning sequel to the international best seller The Pillars of the Earth.

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.

As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.

Now THAT’s a write up! ANd it got me so engrossed i find myself quite missing Merrfyn, Carys, Wolfrick and Glenda! i'd give it a good 9 out of ten.

Go here to get World Without End on amazon.

 

D

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Take a Chance on Me update  - well I got a few shelfie’s this week – including this one from a lovely lady who said that she had found it in number 57 slot in WHS terminal 5 (on the right as you go thru the departure gates apparently) – if that’s not just by mistake it means it’s gone up from number 79! A lovely chap said he’d bought it at Waterstones in Warwick and they’d said they’ll stock it as he wants his local book group to use it – they’d better not mind 7 or 8 shades of gray! Lol. All in all, another reason for this week leaving me on top of the moon! Go here if you’re not sure where to get my book.

Pics of shelfies

Chiswick Buzz – Lorna Ko, my mate from QVC, reports for the local online video magazine Chiswick Buzz and asked to come interview me at the Chiswick Bookshop. Lovely Emily Crane and her father David own the store and she kindly immediately stocked some copies so they were ready to sign when I got there for my chat with Lorna! Here’s what happened

 

Go to the Chiswick Bookstore – turn left out of Turnham Green station and it’s five mins walk – to get one of the signed copies! And they’ve got that fabulous ‘old school books’ wrapping paper available there too – I bought three different ones for the wall of my writing room!

Review – on amazon -

 Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

Needed a cold shower after reading some parts of this BUT was an excellent book. Didn't want to put it down so read it in a couple of sittings. Hope your future books are as good. Well done Debbie.

 

Book of the week – fellow Choc Lit author Jane Lovering’s The Art of Christmas – currently 99p. With 19 out of 22 five star reviews on Amazon and doing well in their charts -

WINNER - ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2012 with PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC, Jane Lovering has done it again. This tale is a perfect NOVELLA for a speedy read to get you in a festive mood.

What if the memories of Christmas past were getting in the way of Christmas future? 
It’s been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but she’s finally decided that it’s time to celebrate Christmas again. Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more. With the help of eccentric comic book dealer Kell Foxton, she discovers that the comics collected by Jonno are not only extremely valuable, but also hold the key to his secret life – a life that throws Harriet’s entire marriage and every memory she has of her husband into question. As Harriet grows closer to Kell, she begins to feel like she could learn to love Christmas again – but first, she needs to know the truth.’

Sounds great eh? Get it on eBook from amazon here now whilst it’s still only 99p – currently doing well in the kindle charts. Click here

Audiobook of the weekFall of Giants Well I finally finished it! Haha! And it was good. It wasn’t fabulous but it was fascinating. I did it in stages – but after about a third of it, did start really wanting to find out about the characters. HOWEVER the era was fascinating. What Ken Follett does is manage to interweave real historical facts and settings into an intricately plotted tale. The voices are really well done on the audiobook too, by narrator John Lee, whose accents span the globe at the time of World War One. It’s the era I’m researching for my French or Dutch book, so very timely. Hear how working class pitch against upper class as the world changes forever. More here.

 

Other news –

-          Authors earnings – what should you expect to earn?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/what-should-authors-expec_b_8755642.html

Pic of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Signing of a different kind I’d like to alert you to a big noise coming up in January in the book world and proud to say Joanna Cannon is a fellow Julie Cohen alumni. Since we met at the writing course a few years ago, Jo has gone on to get a super deal with Harper Collins after winning a comp at the annual York Festival. Am so proud of my friend! Her book is getting lots of attention in the literary press, and she was one of my authors of the week at one point a while ago on my Read it Write it Sell it blog. I promise I will share the excitement as the release date gets nearer – have just been invited to her fabulous launch party at the end of January too. So proud of Jo. And how about these lovely cards she’d signing here too?! #Proud#2

 

ave a lovely week.

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, 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. 

-          ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via @debbieflint on Twitter!

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-          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.

 

 

Take a Chance on Me update  - well I got a few shelfie’s this week – including this one from a lovely lady who said that she had found it in number 57 slot in WHS terminal 5 (on the right as you go thru the departure gates apparently) – if that’s not just by mistake it means it’s gone up from number 79! A lovely chap said he’d bought it at Waterstones in Warwick and they’d said they’ll stock it as he wants his local book group to use it – they’d better not mind 7 or 8 shades of gray! Lol. All in all, another reason for this week leaving me on top of the moon! Go here if you’re not sure where to get my book.

Pics of shelfies

Chiswick Buzz – Lorna Ko, my mate from QVC, reports for the local online video magazine Chiswick Buzz and asked to come interview me at the Chiswick Bookshop. Lovely Emily Crane and her father David own the store and she kindly immediately stocked some copies so they were ready to sign when I got there for my chat with Lorna! Here’s what happened

 

Go to the Chiswick Bookstore – turn left out of Turnham Green station and it’s five mins walk – to get one of the signed copies! And they’ve got that fabulous ‘old school books’ wrapping paper available there too – I bought three different ones for the wall of my writing room!

Review – on amazon -

 Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

Needed a cold shower after reading some parts of this BUT was an excellent book. Didn't want to put it down so read it in a couple of sittings. Hope your future books are as good. Well done Debbie.

 

Book of the week – fellow Choc Lit author Jane Lovering’s The Art of Christmas – currently 99p. With 19 out of 22 five star reviews on Amazon and doing well in their charts -

WINNER - ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2012 with PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC, Jane Lovering has done it again. This tale is a perfect NOVELLA for a speedy read to get you in a festive mood.

What if the memories of Christmas past were getting in the way of Christmas future? 
It’s been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but she’s finally decided that it’s time to celebrate Christmas again. Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more. With the help of eccentric comic book dealer Kell Foxton, she discovers that the comics collected by Jonno are not only extremely valuable, but also hold the key to his secret life – a life that throws Harriet’s entire marriage and every memory she has of her husband into question. As Harriet grows closer to Kell, she begins to feel like she could learn to love Christmas again – but first, she needs to know the truth.’

Sounds great eh? Get it on eBook from amazon here now whilst it’s still only 99p – currently doing well in the kindle charts. Click here

 

 

Pic

Audiobook of the weekFall of Giants Well I finally finished it! Haha! And it was good. It wasn’t fabulous but it was fascinating. I did it in stages – but after about a third of it, did start really wanting to find out about the characters. HOWEVER the era was fascinating. What Ken Follett does is manage to interweave real historical facts and settings into an intricately plotted tale. The voices are really well done on the audiobook too, by narrator John Lee, whose accents span the globe at the time of World War One. It’s the era I’m researching for my French or Dutch book, so very timely. Hear how working class pitch against upper class as the world changes forever. More here.

 

Other news –

-          Authors earnings – what should you expect to earn?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/what-should-authors-expec_b_8755642.html

Pic of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Signing of a different kind I’d like to alert you to a big noise coming up in January in the book world and proud to say Joanna Cannon is a fellow Julie Cohen alumni. Since we met at the writing course a few years ago, Jo has gone on to get a super deal with Harper Collins after winning a comp at the annual York Festival. Am so proud of my friend! Her book is getting lots of attention in the literary press, and she was one of my authors of the week at one point a while ago on my Read it Write it Sell it blog. I promise I will share the excitement as the release date gets nearer – have just been invited to her fabulous launch party at the end of January too. So proud of Jo. And how about these lovely cards she’d signing here too?! #Proud#2