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Book of the Week - The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man

OMG this looks brilliant!

Remember The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared? By Jonas Jonasson? Quirky, made into a film in 2013 and subtitled, currently on Amazon Prime for free – going to watch it soon! Well… I just found out there’s a sequel! Now I liked other books by Jonasson, the Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. I liked better than Hit Man Anders. tbh, but I’m giving this sequel a go as The Hundred-Year-Old Man definitely left me wondering what happened next! If you like having an author who you can enjoy across several novels and you like to be surprised, try these. Both Hundred-Year-Old books are highly reviewed too. Cool! Another one for my audible app!

"It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un....

Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated.... "

 

How timely and quirky and original and brilliant!

Get it here on Amazon.

 

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

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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.

 

Home news blog –

Come to our concert – Songs from Shows – with Barry Parsons and me singing to help raise funds for the village church roof. It’s in Sheepwash on August 22nd – a Wednesday eve at 7pm. Refreshments are at our place in the interval in return for a donation. It’ll be lovely to have a good sing song and song sheets will be handed out too! Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets, get them in the village shop or pay on the night at St Lawrence’s church, Sheepwash.

We were asked to do it after our concert in Torrington last September, by Rod Bridges, the lovely guy who runs the church and we are only too glad to help! Songs will include ‘Bring him Home’, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’,  and others like ‘That Old Devil Love’ – my standard! I do hope we get lots of people along – it’s only £7 per ticket – do pass this message on to anyone who lives down there, it’d be great to see them on the night!

It certainly is a picturesque little village, for sure. and so peaceful. Go here to listen to a vlog I did strolling through the country lanes nearby our lovely retreat in Sheepwash - very unusual! And do 'like' the fbk page if you would like updates ongoing! Other social media is below. I'm doing ever more on instagram nowadays too.

Author writes 25000 words in 4 days at RFY! How proud am I – great write up by Nikki Moore about our writing retreat, author of the ‘Love London’ series of novels. She’s written some awesome books herself and I’m looking forward to her next one being sent to us so we can add it to the shelves of former guests’ books in our dining room! Go here to read what she said about it.

STOP PRESS! We have one more place for Monday 13-17 retreat week in Devon if you're able to come? It's a yoga week - how fab if you've been sitting all day and want a daily stretch session - it's included in the cost, as is full board and wine at dinner and all snacks and hot drinks - just £102.50 pppn. email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Book of the week Kate Riordan’s period drama, The Stranger – a super summer romantic suspense – go here to read more and find out about writing for therapy if you need help with your emotions it could help.

This week’s QVC blog has a fab competition to win a silver Taxco Designs necklace, worth over £100,  and all about when I went to see an old colleague in theatre in Devon – can you guess which colleague?! It’ll be out on QComm page on Friday.

The play he was in was ‘Gaslight’ – the famous 1930s drama which gave rise to the expression ‘gaslighting’ meaning playing with someone’s mind to make them think they’re going mad, like the bullying character in the play. It’s connected with emotional bullying and narcissistic psychopathic behaviour – worth reading up on if you’re living with a nutcase drama king or queen. Don’t forget I also wrote all about it last year after meeting someone who was being bullied– there are four parts in total and another maybe on its way soon. Scary stuff but you’re not alone and it helps to find out how to deal with them – tons of links on my blogs and I’m so glad it’s helping so many people who thought they were stuck in these awful relationships. Part one has been read more than 11,500 times now so do pass it on to someone you think may be interested. Here’s the full round up on the latest blog about it click here to see ‘How to spot Gaslighting and emotional bullies – the Narcissistic Psychopath exposed.’

It feels good to help people with stuff like this. If you know anyone who fancies coming down to stay at RFY for just a normal retreat or is being bullied and just wants to get away from it all, I’m more than happy to spend some time chatting about it all with them, just ask them to email us for booking info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Much love

Debs

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Anyway have a fab week! Don't forget to follow my social media and you'll see the updates first!

best wishes

debs

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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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Have you ever found yourself in a place where in the middle of the afternoon, you need to go eat, but nothing is open? NOTHING?!! That's what happened to my Yoga pal Jennie and me one Saturday afternoon in the middle of North Devon.

Went to yoga - nearly fell asleep as usual - so relaxing. Especially after the huge number of guests I was looking after - see below. Then it was about 2.45pm so we went off for some 'lunch'. Except in the area I live, there is NO FOOD served for a couple of hours mid afternoon. None. We went to Shebbear, pub stops at 3pm. Then to Black Torrington - ditto. Then to Holsworthy , to my fave Filter Through, and guess what - it closed at 2pm. Pubs the same. Apart from a sarnie from the coop or the coffee shop in Waitrose, we were stuffed. And hungry. Why don't you go to Bude, says a lady in the pub. Turns out it's only 15 mins from where we were. I forget how near we are to the amazing Cornish coast! So off we did go. Eventually found a parking place and had a bite to eat which was blimming lovely! 

Look at those plates - yum!!

So eventually a good time was had by all. And Bude was heaving with people - obviously the ghost town that was Holsworthy on a Saturday is due to everyone going elsewhere - like Bude. Must go again and do it properly. At least I got to go be a tourist with one of my besties in Devon, during my heavy workload week in Devon.

go here to see the post on Facebook about it - videoed outside the fab hotel/cafe we finally managed to get served at, with the Bude surf in the background.

The video also tells the story of how I got a full house. This week I had the most guests I've had yet at my lovely guest house in Devon. Retreats for You had four writers in the week, who were lovely, and two stayed over the weekend as it was my Devon week (to be followed by a London week - on air seven days out of the next eight! New schedule.) Then the others were spill over wedding guests from the pub opposite, plus a lone extra. Listen to the video to find out more!

We are busy again week commencing 13th Aug and 20th Aug, just one or two places left each week (four nights at £95pppn full board inc drinks), and then I'm easing off for September just in case my daughter Lolly has her baby early. Or late. Watch this space.

This week I also went to see an old colleague and good pal, in a play in Sidmouth. Again I did a vlog about it, click here to see it - plus it also showed what the poggies got up to down at the river - bless them, well it was hot - and also mentioned a teaser for the Laura Geller #TSV deal happening Sunday on QVC (go here to see it now and buy it if you're quick!) Loved seeing the play - very good day out this time with Sheena - one of my other 'Louises' (I'm Thelma!)

Very bracing. I do love my excursions. Just wish there were more hours in the day!

This week's QVC blog has a funny from Katie Pullinger, which I saw when I was in last weekend doing my early weekend stint - go here to read the blog, see lots of sneaky peeks and updates from my garden, and watch the funny - click here. I'm back on QVC tomorrow, Sunday (5th) late pm. Looking forward to Monday too, when I'm off to Margaret Dabbs clinic for a medical pedicure - she has the most superb TSV on Monday - amazing value, don't miss it. 

Lastly this week I'm happy to announce there'll be another concert for you to come along to if you're near Sheepwash on Wednesday 22nd August - after our concert last September at The Plough in Torrington, Barry Parsons the 'singing councillor' and I have been asked to perform to raise funds for the church roof - yes literally! So do come and see us - tickets from Sheepwash shop or from Rod Bridges on

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If you come along in the afternoon, we can offer you tea as that's the day our tearooms is open and if you're lucky there might be a room for an overnight in the pub opposite! (Half Moon Inn). Make a day of it! We are singing mostly songs from the shows and I'm really looking forward to it. It's in the St Lawrence's church just up the road so join us if you can!

 

Anyway have a fab week! Don't forget to follow my social media and you'll see the updates first!

best wishes

debs

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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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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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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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- 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

ps - if you're reading this via newsletter direct to your inbox, here's a pic of my lovely granddaughter - but if not, do sign up for my newsletters via the home page on my website (pops up) and you will be amongst the few to see the new ones each time I send out a newsletter update! Email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can't see how to do it! xx

 

 

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Well I missed the worst of the snow last week - did you? But turns out I had a nasty surprise when I got back to Devon on Sunday night - a burst pipe! Eeek! Pics will be on my new QVC blog on Friday but suffice to say it was a lot of work and a collapsed ceiling. Boo. Not as bad as some though so I won't moan. Here's a pic of the lovely snowy scene outside in the square, sent to me by Mary my mate.

In London all was well, basically. I went along to see my lovely son Brad who was 31 last week (no idea how that happened! Where have the years gone!) And have some cuddles with cute little Blake, who is now 6 weeks.

Looking forward to Mother's Day on Sunday as it'll be my first 'grandmother's day' too! And Brad's birthday meal. Yay! Plus I'll get to see Lauren - who is... wait for it ... having a baby in September! Yahoooo! Two grandkiddies by Christmas - aren't I the lucky one!

The other thing I've been discussing this week is Four in a Bed, the Ch 4 series about bed and breakfasts. I was asked to do it but I can't due to my QVC commitments, but it would have been fun! I'd have done it with Sheena, my mate down here in Devon with whom I go on adventures, but never mind. Instead we went to a painting class this week - the first in yonks. 41 yonks in fact! Eeek! It's amazing how everyone's pics differed - here we all are down at the Cranford Inn near Torrington. Not bad for a first effort, but hopefully the next one next month will be better!

Book of the week is actually a couple this week! Well done to my mentor Julie Cohen for winning the best Contemporary Romantic Novel with 'Together' - a truly thought provoking read. Plus Jane Lovering - another one of my top authors - won one of her categories - she had two nominations, and they're both on my book of the week review! If you like recommendations that win awards, try these books. Go here to read my RiWiSi review blog.

RNA Magazine Mention. Retreats for You got a mention too from the RNA in their latest Romance Matters magazine, with a feature on my taking over the retreat and trying to do my own writing here! Thanks to Adrienne Vaughan for the feature. I'll be running a competition later in the year to win a free stay, so do watch out for it. PLUS the latest newsletter for RFY has just gone out - go to the blog post to read it all and find out about the latest retreat offers! Including one place left for the April 9th Yoga week and a tasty cauliflower dish from Wendy's kitchen! click here

Finally, do check on my Facebook page for regular updates and special offers from QVC and Retreats for You - or just email us for more info - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - maybe we'll have a painting weekend at some stage! We've already got a photography weekend coming up at end April!

Watch out on my new QVC blog coming out Friday for sneaky peeks and lots of nice catch ups. Meanwhile, am on Thursday night (tonight) with Amanda Holden and her lovely Today's Special Value trunks set - the ones that featured on Craigy's wind up show that was on Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant and Dec last weekend!

go here to get them now.

Have a fab week!

d

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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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here you go! 

It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas - tour of hall way at Retreats for You in Devon! Is it where you are? Done your decs yet? Or waiting for a special date each year?

What a lovely week I've just had with the very very talented author Julie Cohen and my lovely writing pal Sue Bassett joining me and new guest Hazel for the week. It poured and it poured, see here on Facebook! But we were cosy inside - they were writing and I was looking after them, and wrapping presents - when the dogs let me! That's them in the pic getting in the way!

Here's Julie's post showing some of the christmassy scenes at our place - such a lovely time of year - in fact, the 'most wonderful time, of the yeeeeear'

 

PS YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS FUNNY VID of spaniel Loony Luna too - so funny bless her! On facebook here - and do 'like' the page. Watch out also for a new page coming soon with QVC Chat and me!

 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Seems a sensible one, given this weekend is the final of the Apprentice 2017 series. 'Apprentice' the Audible original audiobook however, is fictional - set in the 1300s and follows a rags to riches story of a self made Merchant way back when. 50 different voices across the three tales - this is the first.  Looking forward to reading it after I finish 'Column of Fire' by Ken Follett. Book of the Week here.

 

 

SING FOR MY SUPPER

Had a lovely time at last weekend's Good Grief Trust winter gala dinner at Wimbledon FC clubhouse in Kingston, where I sang - again. Only karaoke this time but it was fine in the end! Was very nervous again about it - turns out it's much easier when I'm not petrified of forgetting the words! Go here to see me sing a bit! And well done to Linda Magistris for arranging it all! Superstar event organiser...!

this week's QVC blog includes a new format with links to all the upcoming deals I mention, which will go live once they are available! Plus a funny blooper with Nikki from Lola Rose! Go to this link to see it on Friday once it's posted!

Hope you have a great 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!

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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just finishing the final (7th) Clifton Chronicles – This Was A Man. I have really enjoyed them. Jeffrey Archer is such a superb storyteller and it was sad to come to the end of the series. So now I’m on to the brand new one from Dan Brown. Just out, Origin is another twisting and turning tale that intertwines historical fact and his own brand of ‘faction’. So far so good – review next week.

This Was A Man takes us right into the 1980s, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and intertwines our characters into the factual events of the era. I have found myself wanting to continue listening to the audiobooks more with this series than with mos of the other books I've heard in the last few years. I think because once you buy into the family saga, you just want more, the familiarity keeping you hooked. Worth remembering if you are an author thinking about your next move.

More about the whole series here

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. 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. .

Other news - 

- WIN A four night stay at rfy - in conjunction with Stroud Writing Festival - go here for more info.

 

  • RFY Autumn dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols 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 Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already 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.   
  • 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 11th - 15th 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/

     

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

 

Saw these smiling little chaps and thought that considering there are so many babies around at the moment, I would post this pic. What a lovely sentiment, don't you think? About 17 years ago I learned that happiness was a choice. It was just after I got divorced.  I wonder if your experiences are similar to mine… Do  let me know! I went through a kind of a metamorphosis, including having a carefully concealed tattoo (three chinese symbols, and no, they didn't stand for 'quality, value and convenience!' ) as well as extra piercings. The man on the abseiling event at Center Parcs made me take it out of my belly button two years later, though, or I couldn't participate, and I never got back round to putting it back in. Anyway... there came a period when I learned different ways of dealing with the things that made me unhappy, including family comments. the phrases 'you'll get over it' and 'when I chose this I didn't have you in mind' became part of my vocab and I began focussing more and more on good things, and having appreciation. An 'attitude of gratitude' is one of the best things to cultivate, I was told. So I did, and it's really helped. 

Nowadays, I'm not so much a glass half full person, I'm a glass never empty and if it is a magic genie comes and tops it back up again... 'What can we learn from this' and 'everything happens for a reason' are two great mottoes. 

If you'd like to see what self-help books I recommend, you can read more about them on a blog I did, here. Enjoy. Any you've liked? Let me know. And do remember that happiness is a habit, a choice, rather than always feeling that the world made you do it or feel this way... Easier said than done, but just like touching your toes, the more you do it the easier it becomes. 

This week's updates- 

Did some fun vlogs this week, on my Facebook page. Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon - this week's included one particularly long one that took a stroll by the river with the dogs in the sunshine - it's on my new QVC blog will be here Friday afternoon ... The blog will also have early bird order links for the new Tarte cosmetics 6 part TSV set this Sunday.

Book of the Week - Clifton Chronicles' SIXTH - I'm romping through them now! it's 'Cometh the Hour' and is apt given this week's shenanigans at party conferences - more here. including the latest book and writing and retreat news.

Latest news about a super competition to win a four night stay down in Devon... in conjunction with the super Stroud Writing Festival - more here.

Have a great week!

much love

debs

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 ps stay in touch with me via m,y 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 my writing is here

 

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Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
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