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Debbie Flint

OK so I eventually finished ‘Just one Damned Thing after Another’ and I have to say in the end it was actually quite well written. I figured out what was the problem. The narrator reads it like it’s a YA book – perhaps it is, and that’s fine, but with major cussing outbursts and a couple of sex scenes I thought perhaps not.

She’s almost ok, but makes it into a much more lightweight offering than it could have been had it been read with a bit more gravitas and drama and suspense. Also kept mispronouncing a couple of key words (wandering read as wondering) – after a while it grated and didn’t keep me riveted. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the time travel story and it’s got enough going for it that I will try the next one – but mainly because on Audible I now get my credits for just £3.33 ish – meaning that it’s an easier decision – dear cappuccino pricing, really, instead of the £23 or so it comes up as if you don’t bulk buy credits. I highly recommend it!

Goats – the outsiders, and Sheep – the followers… So whilst I organise my own small one, what will it be like to be at a big publisher’s super-exciting book launch party - my writing pal Joanna Cannon and her Harper Collins book ‘the Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ – is finally out next week – but the

free sample is now available on Amazon here.

It’s a big sensation – one of Harper Collins’ big guns for 2016. A part-whodunnit, part-coming of age cosy crime set in the seventies. And the opening chapter is riveting and really witty.

Jo was recently named as one of the recent up and coming authors by the Observer for 2016 as you will know if you read my book blog RiWiSi regularly. Can’t wait to go! *

Do let me know what you think about it. I’ve pre-ordered the audiobook already and will report back next week on what it’s like to be at such a ‘do’ and how Jo’s coping now she’s living the dream.

Next week - Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 is out - here's the big cover reveal! More soon about how to get it, but it will be up on Amazon in eBook and paperback! More here.

 

Other news –

-          Romantic Novelists don’t forget to sign up for the RNA blog – here’s the latest from the talented Janet Glover about winning writing awards and  - Julia Roberts (QVC pal) has enlisted – she may accompany me to the Summer Party in May – that’ll be nice. I can introduce her to all my mates in the world of writing romance. Go here to read the blog by Janet.

-          My own little – emphasis on the word little! – book launch party is at the Chiswick Bookshop the week after on Feb 4th near Turnham Green tube – do email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be sent an invite to the wine and nibbles and signing event near Chiswick, in the independent Chiswick Bookshop with lovely Emily and her dad who run the shop and own a publishing company too.

-          The Daily word counts of 39 famous authors – interesting to see how prolific they are. My record is about 14,000 words a day when I had a stupid deadline! – go here.

 

 

Have 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!#

 

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.

 

 

So what is Freedom Eating and why has it helped so many people so much? As I approach the release of my new book, number 3.0 in the series, here's my number one student and her story is amazing - it's really made me proud. I'm only sharing the principles I learned years ago and have adapted with extra well-being info, but when you hear what Dawn had to say about how different her life is, you'll understand why I'm beaming with pride.

For those who don't know, in 1998 I was very overweight - and very unhappy. Bingeing was part of my secret relationship with food. Some foods were treasure, some were like homework and I found myself almost never being able to eat without feeling guilty. Plus I was eating for all sorts of reasons, as I had done all my life, instead of just for hunger.

Then I discovered the original Freedom Eating system which helped me out of Food Prison and I've been passing on the word ever since. 

 

DAWN ALLEN'S STORY - SIX AND A HALF STONE LIGHTER IN JUST TWELVE MONTHS

What a lovely trip I had down to see my Freedom Eating superstar pal Dawn Allen in Southampton this week. It was a long awaited visit to congratulate her on her incredible weight loss and find out her story. How has my 'Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the When Diet' system and it's Supersix principles helped? Listen to her story and find out -

- which everyday tasks were so hard to do before

- how it's helped her relationship

- when she finally realised this was a long term solution 

- how it feels to be normal around food

A couple of before and after pics really help to paint a picture of her super weight loss journey. at her heaviest, Dawn was size 30/32 and weighed more than the scales could measure - over 23 stone. She tried hard to lose but went up and down over time and across a decade it reduced by 5 stone but was tough.

This is Dawn at her heaviest - she almost never had photos taken. 

 

Then last January Dawn found my book - it was an exclusive offer in signed hardback via QVC UK (3000 sold out almost as soon as it was aired.) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet covers six basic principles which meant Dawn suddenly discovered a whole new way to be around food - 

1. Wait until you are hungry enough - we say six out of ten on the hunger scale. 

2. Choose what your body really really wants - not your brain. Drink water if you're not sure.

3. Eat mindfully - give the meal your FULL attention, especially when you're new to it.

4. Stop when you are satisfied NOT when you are full. Often about a palm sized amount, leading to a tell-tale deep breath which signifies satisfied.

5. Watch out for the bliss point - this is when your body has had exactly the right food, at the right time, in the right quantity and your body feels great.

6. Be an observer not a judge. Don't beat yourself up if you don't get it right, just learn and move on. Also, crucially, listen to your body AFTER you've eaten - learn the effect on your body - and make wiser choices next time.

Freedom means never having to 'start again tomorrow' = you just start again next mealtime, simply waiting till you are sufficiently hungry. These are simple straightforward principles and on their own may not be a surprise. 

But what some people have loved is that my own story is warts and all sharing, meaning that many people have told me they were reduced to tears when reading it - Dawn included. That wasn't my intention, it was just to tell my own tale in a starkly honest way that doesn't usually happen. But something clicked in Dawn's head and she found herself changing to a whole new way of being around food - really listening to her own body, and educating it and in the process, herself. Now a year later, she's managed to reach a comfortable level, size 12-14, and is a total of 11 and a half stone lighter - six and a half of which she puts down totally to Freedom Eating. I'm so so glad it's helped.

 

Here's her tale - in two parts - just ten minutes per audio chat - have a listen:

Dawn Allen part 1 - discovering life outside Food Prison and being normal around food for the first time ever.

 

Dawn Allen part 2 - how life is different 11 stone lighter

 

both are about ten minutes long. (pls allow time for the podcast to download)

 

Needless to say our quest to help people on the Facebook group continues. Here's another lady's recent story - see below. It's going to be a busy year!

Get the main book - Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 - the 'When' Diet - from Amazon in paperback or eBook here. - highly reviewed (65 x 5* at time of writing). Watch out for book 3.0 - in aid of Medical Detection Dogs - end of January 2016!

Best wishes

Debs

x

ps all my other books can be found on my Amazon page here.

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Ok so right now, here's a little update just to say that for those who don't know, the third book in the TTFLS series, will be out at the end of January.

Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 - tips and tales to inspire'  will feature -

- the 66 Top Secrets of Slim People

- the 8 different types of Freedom Eater in 'the Eight Guises'

- A whole section dealing with alcohol

- a new exclusive biographical chapter from me about my own story

- and an outline of how it all works for complete newcomers.

 

More soon!

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