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Had a fab Xmas - did you? Just to say a very happy new year to you! I will be seeing out the final hours alongside my lovely mate Miceal, on QVC. Join us between 10 & midnight, with two smashing hours of cuddly Charlie Bears, which I of course have a fair old collection of! 

Meanwhile, I wanted to just point you to my latest QVC blog - it's my annual Review of the Year.

When you look back over the last year, what are the highlights? Mine are listed in this blog - including quite a few which will make you smile, including what has to be one of the best bloopers ever! And a funny vlog link, and some lovely memories of another momentous year. Two grandbabies, making it extra special, and there's a pic of Lauren my daughter her hubby and her bubba (turning the other way of course, not allowed baby's face on social media!) Do go and look - the QVC Review of the year blog is here. Loved being with my own two kids as well, even though they've now got kids of their own - so much changes in a year, eh!

Plus we had some lovely times at my brother Glenn's for an elongated stay over Xmas - Lolly and bubba and hubby also stayed and we took several trips out including to Ikea in Croydon where I was allowed to carry Phoebe around a bit whilst the kids looked at kitchens. They are building a lodge down in Wales and are very excited about it being finished for February. Chips off the old block!

 

So I'm looking forward to the festivities over New year with yet more family get togethers and meals - then it's full steam ahead preparing for my cruise holiday to the caribbean in Feb and unless I want a new wardrobe, a determined steam!

Book recommendations - inc John Grisham's the Reckoning. Had a bit of a lull in doing my book reviews, mainly cos of knee op and then xmas break so didn't drive around as much! Also got wrapped up in listening to podcasts more, incl political ones, since I'm a politics geek! Anyway I've got stuck into the new John Grisham and it's a good one! Go here to see it, and also to find out about some of the top books to watch out for in 2019 - including from my mentor Julie Cohen! 

Lots to do over the coming weeks, including getting all the new dates up online for my retreat down in Devon. If you're a writer or know one, do ge them to sign up for our newsletter via our website www.retreatsforyou.co.uk, as the next one is about to go out with some new dates and exciting info about upcoming events. 

Have a fabulous New year and look forward to some more regular posts in 2019!

best wishes

debs

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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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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

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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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What an amazing new place my lovely daughter will be bringing up her first baby in. My second grandchild will be in a countryside home, on a smallholding with 22 acres, where Nick / daddy will be building yurts and treehouses for rental. His parents share the place and it was a smashing trip to see it for me last week. I loved seeing my grandpogs and am very happy there's a grandsprog being brewed too!

 

They have several fields, one of which houses lovely horses - one of them decided to do a quick bum-scratch-dance for us which was very funny! see it on my vlog here on Facebook (do 'like' the page to see the updates!) They have hay ready to bale in other fields too, but the multitudes of blackberries in the hedgerows will all be theirs - er… mine! … lol. Already planning the jam-making trip this autumn! A spectacular bird was circling above too - a little Kite but also a buzzard, they thought.

 

A tasty BBQ ended the evening, and the next day after Lolly's new midwife had visited, we went into Carmarthen, her new local shopping centre, where we had a nice shopping trip and she dropped off her bloods to the hospital and got an Anti-D (?) injection before they headed back to continue packing up their Farnham home and I braved the traffic back to Devon.

First Wednesday Tea Rooms 

It was my great pleasure to hold another tea rooms day this week. We got a lot of passing trade, many cyclists - as you can imagine in this weather! And some lovely locals and friends of mine from Facebook. Julia met up with Sheila and Bernadette and others, who chatted to her about QVC whilst she was here visiting, writing her book. More about that on my QVC blog this week - see below. it was all thanks to my new lady Nicola who makes the most amazing cakes and brownies and sausage rolls. She is working locally and able to be consistent throughout the summer doing the midweek opening for me. I'd love to do more days and if I was full time in Devon I would. But not for a few years yet!

 

 

Book of the Week - recommended to me on twitter by someone whose life had turned around as a result of reading it, Reasons to Stay Alive by bestseller Matt Haig. He writes very mixed types of books, and this is more of a modern classic self-help type. Many of the reviews talk about how this helped people feel they were  not alone and is a life-saver. Worth a read - more here on my RiWiSi blog on my website this week.

On my QVC blog - great news! If you LOVE Elemis, go here to read how to get tomorrow's (Sun 8th) Elemis pro-collagen set for over £100 off! Plus pics of Devon and when Julia came to stay - some cool pics! And of next week's sneaky peeks of course - do I ever let you down?!

We also watched the Colombia match, (yay) so I have just watched the quarter final Sweden match too - on my own! (Even bigger YAY for the result of that one!) So good luck England for Wednesday! I'm not on air, I'm going for a yearly medical so I'll be able to watch it in the evening!

Anyway I'm back on QVC after my Devon week, Sunday 8th at 3 with Elemis - and 5 with Radley. Looking forward to it!

Hope you're enjoying the weather!

best wishes

debs

ps Go here to see last week's blog  if you missed it!

ps My guest house in North Devon has spaces for non-writers (and writers in July. We are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers. I have two full weeks booked of non writers, actually, including some spaces for July 23rd Mon-Fri (£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, and have a little look here - by the way - we have spaces currently on our yoga week on August 13th if you fancy doing one or two classes each day!

- 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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I'm currently writing this from my hotel room overlooking Protaras beach in sunny Cyprus- according to the thermometer on the hotel wall it's 33 degrees sunny, to be exact! So I thought I'd mention a few things that I've loved about my annual summer holiday this year.

Firstly - when the sun went in! As you'll know from previous blogs, including this one from last June all about my rare genetic 'thing' called EPP, I can't stay in the sun. So when a rare overcast afternoon meant I could go in the see and not worry about the sunshine, I took advantage! (see pic in montage)

Otherwise it was a regular evening swim in the hotel pool, where the sun dipped low enough to provide some shade yet the water was lovely and warm.

We've had some wonderful food, my sis and mum and their partners, and I've relaxed loads. Yoga has been on the menu every morning at ten. As was a smashing massage in the Elemis spa in the nearby Sunshine Pearl hotel. And lots of brain games like doing the daily crossword and Sudoku with mum, and the daily poolside quiz. Also had a good couple of nights out including cocktails with the management and karaoke at the Zodiac up the strip! And I've written a lot - not just catching up on all the social media and emails, including for Retreats for You bookings (latest dates on the post here) but also getting on with my next novel, French or Dutch. I'm well over 62000 words now. Getting there. the room is comfy and the views are fab. It's right on the beach so the sea features in many picturesque shots! 

Have loved being away and being able to get time to do all the things I wanted to do - even did some bodyblade! Trouble is there's never enough time is there! And I fly back to a very busy retreat week in Devon at my place this Monday. It's nearly full! But I'm looking forward to it! Hope you have a nice June too - whatever you do?

 

Medical Detection Dogs meet Royalty

Puppydog puppydog where have you been- they've been to London to visit the Queen! Well what an amazing achievement to not only be celebrating ten years anniversary but also to be invited to meet the Queen herself and HRH Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, who has been a patron since 2015. Here's my latest report on it - including link to a video! Very proud of the charity for which I am an ambassador.

 

Book of the Week - is a super suspense/drama/crime/thriller - Cross Her Heart - by one of my top authors Sarah Pinborough. She had my 2017 Book of the Year 'Behind Her Eyes' and this new one is fab too! Go here to read more on my book of the week blog RiWiSi.

Plus if you're after a little list of top tips for great summer reads, do go to my latest QVC blog here - which also includes a couple of sneaky peeks for the week ahead on QVC - and the Early Bird order link for the new Nails Inc deal is here! Apologies for not emailing my newsletter last week - ran out of time ahead of hols!

 

Want to get away? How about a little trip down to Devon this summer - we are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers. I have two full weeks booked of non writers, actually, so always worth asking us! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about dates, and have a little look here - by the way - we have spaces currently on our yoga week on August 13th if you fancy doing one or two classes each day!

Ok so I'd better get back to writing my book - one day I'll get it finished!

Much love

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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Please note - Debbie Flint is NOT ON ANY DATING WEBSITES. Please report fraudsters to police, dating helpdesk and to email above.

On this site - 

- DEBBIE'S DIARY - latest blog news (scroll down) - subscribe to receive weekly email updates (subscribe box is top left)

- TTFLS page - my weight loss system  TTFLS - Till the Fat Lady Slims tab - and read here about latest version ,out January 2017

- Retreats For You info about my writers' treat & guest house in Devon fab reviews for Retreats For You is here. along with latest dates available  

- MY BOOKS - I write novels! I am with UK independent publisher Choc Lit  My books all on Amazon here. Book blog - Read It Write It Sell It  

 - QVC - I'm a QVC presenter! QVC blog 

Back to You page for my weekly well-being blog

- USEFUL LINKS - Basic guide To Twitter ...  Aids to Cutting Back on Sugar ... Which omega threes and why. ... Bodyblade get it on QVC here! Plus - videos - FULL LIST OF BODYBLADE VIDEO CLIPS IS HERE. including the most-watched beach Super6 video on youtube with Bruce in LA click here 

- SOCIAL MEDIA Find out where to join all my facebook groups ETC by going here. 

- SELF-HELP Find out my  self-help audiobook recommendations by going here.

- and a full list of Deb's top resources for well-being, incl gut health, the chimp paradox etc are going to be here. 

PLUS - My TV presenter career: TV Presenting work info click here.

- I am a MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS AMBASSADORgo here to 'charity' page for latest exciting updates. . What is Medical Detection Dogs all about? Help fund a cancer detection or alert dog

KEEP IN TOUCH via TwitterFacebook, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enjoy, Luv Debs x

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The lovely early evening light down in the Sheepwash meadow in Devon this week meant that I could take a 'no makeup selfie' and hang the consequences! What a beautiful week - just wish I could have stayed longer. Are you lucky enough to live somewhere where it has been warm too?

Of course sleep isn't called 'beauty sleep' for nothing. When I had my bad eye problem (blepharitis and marginal keratosis or some such) I slept badly and for two nights running, had to wake every hour on the hour to put in anti biotic drops! Thank goodness they worked but my delicate under eye area was ravaged by lack of product and lack of sleep. Thankfully that's over and I've been sleeping for England! 

And if you sleep badly, watch out for the return of the most amazing mattress EVER (IMO) the Sealy pillowtop, back as a Today's Special Value on 2nd June. I'm giving you early warning as I'm launching it and because it's such an investment - but our deal is incredible and you get a try out period. More info next week...

The other thing I did at the weekend is have a fab BBQ with family and who should turn up but little Blake and her handsome daddy. Brad is my boy - aged 31 now - but I still can't help looking at him and thinking 'I made him I did!' And by proxy - I made a quarter of his little daughter too!

Didn't have much time for reading this week as everything was so hectic and I had a day less in Devon, so this week's review is of a useful non fiction book.

#Book of the week - for anyone wanting to write a book, or finish a book, self-editing is vital and Helen Corner and Kathryn Price tell you how - and show you how, pertinently, in their new guide 'On Editing'. Go here to see more on my latest book blog - RiWiSi

On the new QVC blog here, you can see what Catherine (QVC host) and I got up to when we went to do a 'must-have' for being a presenter this week in Reigate, plus sneaky peeks of the next week's deals.

In addition, more lovely pics of Devon in bloom...

Definitely worth having a gander at the week's vlogs over on my Facebook page here - some funny ones this week! 

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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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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Hi there! Just a quickie to say firstly thanks so much for the many birthday greetings I got - more on my celebrations to come soon - and the early events are mentioned on the new QVC blog here - which includes looks ahead to the next few days' offers on QVC. Plus pics from the vintage tea rooms at our guest house in Devon, Retreats for You, where we raised over £250 for Medical Detection Dogs.

But if you've been thinking of buying an Amazon Echo Spot, with Alexa, the little speakers that are voice activated and completely change your way of life at home, get this one with the tiny screen that acts like a clock when not in use for the bedside table, or wherever, but please be quick since, as of Sunday morning, it looks like it'll be selling out early - again. It's £119.99 from Amazon direct, and just £99.96 from us today only (TSV) - go here to get yours soon as poss - click here for amazon Echo spot TSV

Also - I wanted to give you a little alert that I'll be posting some lovely baby pics of my granddaughter Blake Katherine after my birthday get together with my kids and their partners - and baby! - Sunday lunchtime. Have had a super few days of celebrations, and apart from a sore eye (again) it's been fab.

Book of the week is from my friend and QVC colleague - Jackie Kabler - read about it on my review blog RiWiSi. The Development is her third in the Cora Baxter Mysteries series and very good the first two were! I hope it comes on audiobook soon! click here.

I'm off to see Gary Barlow in Brighton, then off on a little writing break next week back to Chez Castillon in France for a few days, back next weekend as my birthday celebrations continue.

Thanks again for wanting to read this newsletter each week or fortnight - you can always unsubscribe below, but if you like it, do forward it on to a pal - the more the merrier!

Best wishes

debs

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- 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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Happy Boxing Day! Hope you had a nice Xmas? I'm back at work tonight launching the Shark duo vac #TSV on QVC, at midnight, but first a round up of some nice christmassy scenes from my house to yours.



Spent an early xmas with my kids on 23rd too –



Had a super get together with family, as usual, three separate Christmas meals in fact. But I wanted to say hi to anyone who finds this time of year particularly difficult. Thinking of you as well.

 Nice New Year 

Fortunately I have a few days off after 27th. I have always loved Christmas, but New Year has not been my favourite time, through the years, so mainly I have worked it. However this year I will be going to a New Year’s Eve get together in the village of Belstone with my lovely friend Alix, who has also threatened to kidnap me on New Year's Day to make me relax. She has promised several hours in front of a roaring wood burner, drinking tea, eating treats, and catching up with the box set of Big Little Lies. I have wanted to watch that award-winning series for a while so I may well let her! Have a lovely time whatever you do.

On Friday, my 2017 Review of the Year will be available on the Qvc Blog - do check it out, it will appear here. Very big year for me in so many ways! Top film, show, book, moment, funny, product, etc etc – do compare yours to mine and go have a read!

Finally I thought I would post a link to a winter quiz on the BBC website, see how much you know about Christmas. It is here – https://trib.al/tVdwe6x We played it on air as well as at home and some of the ten questions have weird answers! Just a bit of fun!

Wishing you much joy, rest, balance, and gratitude for what ever is good in your life right now. To anyone who is poorly, I wish you well. To anyone who is alone, social media can be a godsend. Watch out for my new ‘Debbie Flint QVC Chat’ Twitter and new Facebook page launching properly in the New Year with a massive bundle of goodies to give away if you follow and share. 

Looking forward to getting back to Devon to have a few days relaxing with the dogs and some lovely country walks, and I will obviously post more of my vlogs (video blogs) as I know many of you really appreciate watching them. And see you on QVC around the third. Also there’s a massive Decleor today's special value coming up soon if you got given some Christmas money, and fancy a super treat! Lots more about what’s on this week on the latest QVC blog posted on Friday here.

Big hugs for a lovely time and a happy healthy 2018.

Debs

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it's been another week off for me down in Devon. Next week it's back to welcoming lots of guests here again, but this week it was all about Christmasssss!

Bought lots of pressies and as usual, I laid them all out in my back room before wrapping them up ready to take back to London around 20th. It's a good job that a) I live alone and b) noone was here writing this week! 

 

 But it'll all be ok once they've all gone... and it's a good job I can close the door on that room next week once everyone arrives!! hehe!

Meanwhile, the decorations are up - here's an example - I'm sure it's going to feel very welcoming when you walk through the door. The tree is in the hallway - it's really the only place it can go, even though it's a big house. And I was very glad to discover a little place not far away that did a seven foot tree for just £36. I love having a real tree - do you?

 

Another thing I did was find enough batteries for the lights and hanging baskets, garlands, candles and so on. Happily, I stumbled across last year's box where I'd decanted all the old ones and some still worked! Oh the simple joys. Plus the alkaline battery re-charger - delight! But there are several pressies still to buy..

Secret Santa Surprises?

So we have a long list of lovely people who have helped this year, helped to make our lives more enjoyable and our jobs easier. Both at the retreat in Devon and at QVC, my 'proper job' (as they say in the South West!) Plus I'm having a little 'ladies' lunch' featuring a Secret Santa, on 19th in Sheepwash, then our annual presenters' lunch on the Thursday. So it's time to consider what to get for all these little treats - some secret santas and pressies - with a budget of between £5 and £10. From little yankee candles to the mini version of the super board game 'Articulate', there were lots of options. In the end we went with a bottle bag, and a little bottle of fizz, together with a surprise at the bottom of the bag - can you guess what it is? Answer at the bottom! total cost just a fiver! Fingers crossed they all like them - looking forward to seeing their faces!

Book of the Week

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. More here.

Facebook Vlog of the Week

Well most of the days were rather dull, weather-wise, but happily it was ok enough to take the dogs for a nice walk. Gracie can't go too far nowadays cos of her hip dysplasia but they love to get out. Here's a vlog from one of my daily walks in Devon which so many facebookers seem to love so much! Do follow the Facebook page and 'like' it to get the regular updates automatically!

QVC BLOG - this week's on Friday will feature an early bird link for Sunday's big Amazon Echo Today's Special Value as well as lots of other sneaky peeks, and a reminder of one of the funniest bloopers EVER! Made me laugh for days on end... poor Mally didn't know what hit her! Go here to see it on Friday from around lunchtime...  Or visit my Twitter page where it is still the pinned post!

FINALLY - are you near Kingston this Saturday (9th)? Can you come to the Good Grief Trust gig? More info here - come hear me sing a few vintage songs, amongst other things - should be fun.  go here to find out more!!

Hope you have a lovely week!

debs

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New QVC Blog - with lots of sneaky peeks! Go here to the latest one: read my new QVC blog which will be here 

And don't forget to 'like' the Facebook page here for instant access to all my 'vlogs' during my weeks off in Devon whilst my hand heals, and other sneaky peeks and early bird links!

best wishes for a fab week!

d

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

best wishes

debs

 

 

 

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