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Debbie Flint

Debbie Flint

 

This week’s Read It Write It Sell it segment on my qvc blog also featured the Pam Ayres-esque funny poem too, which you can read in full on the previous post on this page. And as the five star count increases on amazon, an interesting contrast between opinions on what constitutes ‘steamy’ – let me know what Hawaiian Affair gets on your ‘shades of Grey scale’!

 

Book of the week 'Sailing Solo'Book of the Week – ‘Sailing Solo’ by Emily Harvale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But first - Emily’s latest is out! One of my fellow Tuscany writing group colleagues has achieved great things on Amazon – and her fun romances are always in the top 50 humour charts.

 

Well her fourth book is now available (have ordered the paperback so she can sign it for me, as she’s been a bit of a mentor!). This light-hearted story about a woman who takes a solo sailing trip (natch!) and finds love, might be a perfect next read. Plus, she was asked by amazon (whoop whoop!) to allow them to feature her third book ‘The Golf Widows Club’ in the 99p offers in their summer sale extravaganza – so do try her out! And if you leave a review, say you heard about her on here! 

 

Click here to find out more.

 

First time novelistFor Writers – So what’s it like if you do manage to get a fairly high profile publishing deal? What happens with all the publicity you have to do? An interesting article appeared in the Guardian this week - it's either an eye opener regarding what timid authors wanting publicity should expect from journalists, or it's a clever piece to draw attention to the coincidental launch of this writer's first book! Either way, it's quite a funny piece. Out of interest, though, has it made you buy her novel? 

 

 

 

‘Hawaiian Affair’ - It’s All in The Definition

 

Debbie with her bookSeems my ‘steamy’ first novel on amazon has finally divided readers! I always read the reviews on all my different versions currently available – it’s fascinating and educational after all. (Am overjoyed that there are now 102 five star reviews out of 110 – so chuffed I can’t tell you!) But one lady didn’t like it at all – ‘I know this is the steamy version but it was too much for me, I binned it,’ she said.

 

And gave it a one star review.

 

On the same day, I had this review – ‘I've just finished Hawaiian affair, I enjoyed it, it was a good book, ... being really honest it wasn't what I expected though, ... I don't think it was steamy, really!’

 

And gave it four stars and said ‘if it hadn’t said steamy and it wasn’t, I would have given five for being great chic lit!’ Apparently this lady 'eats shades of Grey for breakfast’ so that's why she thought mine was tame!

 

Doesn’t it just go to show how much perception depends on a definition – in this case, of 'steamy'! Interesting huh?

 

So what did you think, if you read it? On a 'shades of steamy' chart, how many 'shades' is 'Hawaiian Affair' in your opinion? I joked and said it's about 7 or 8 rather than 50. But of course it’s all down to what you’re used to.

 

Takes all sorts, tho’, eh?

 

(And if you haven’t got it yet – form your own opinion via this link – click here for steamy version!)

 

PG Version – BUT don’t forget the PG (non-steamy) versions of my novel ARE also available on amazon in serialised instalments right now, (of parts 2 and 4.) And from August Bank holiday weekend - drumroll…! Fanfare….! The complete PG version in eBook will also be uploaded! On a very temporary, very special offer! I do hope that the one-star lady tries that one!

 

More news about the special price deal next week!

 

 

 

JK Update – finally this week, the latest on the J K Rowling pseudonym saga. For those who claimed it was all just a publicity stunt, JK was this week awarded damages in court over the leaking of her new pseudonym, proving it wasn’t deliberate, as some thought. (For those who missed the news, see my recent blog for more.)

 

Good for her – even more so, since she’s donating the profits from her sky-high sales now word is out that Robert Galbraith is really her, towards the soldiers’ charity – they’d helped with her research for ‘his debut novel’ The Cuckoo’s Calling. Not read it yet, but it’s awaiting me on my kindle! Read the full story here.

 

How funny is this! It turns out that the 'Ode to Fifty Shades of Grey' attributed to great British poet Pam Ayres earlier this year, and doing the rounds again on Facebook and Twitter again now, isn't her work at all! Rather it's apparently from the pen of one John Summers. But it's so 'Pam-esque' that the doyenne of the ditty had to take to Twitter to declare 'I DID NOT write this poem... It is nothing to do with me.' 

 Here's one that IS to do with her - inspired by her recent Jam Making sessions -

Great boiling pan of home-made jam

Shop stuff can't hold a candle

It's such a treat; it smells so sweet

And sticks you to the handle!

Hehe! Well done @pamAyres - you are now duly followed.

d

x

ps for those who missed it, here's the poem in full - inspired by the novel, in the style of the master of Odes!

'An Ode to Fifty Shades of Grey'

The missus bought a Paperback
down Shepton, Saturday,
I had a look in her bag;
...T’was “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Well I just left her to it,
...At ten I went to bed.
An hour later she appeared;
The sight filled me with dread…

In her left hand she held a rope;
And in her right a whip!
She threw them down on the floor,
And then began to strip.

Well fifty years or so ago;
I might have had a peek;
But Mabel hasn’t weathered well;
She’s eighty four next week.

Watching Mabel bump and grind;
Could not have been much grimmer.
Things then went from bad to worse;
She toppled off her Zimmer!

She struggled up upon her feet;
A couple minutes later;
She put her teeth back in and said...
I must dominate her!!

Now if you knew our Mabel,
You’d see just why I spluttered,
I’d spent two months in traction
For the last complaint I’d muttered.

She stood there nude, naked like;
Bent forward just a bit ….
I thought oh well, what the hell,
and stood on her left tit!

Mabel screamed, her teeth shot out;
My god what had I done!?
She moaned and groaned then shouted out:
“Step on the other one!”

Well readers, I can’t tell no more;
About what occurred that day.
Suffice to say my jet black hair,
Turned fifty shades of Grey.

by John Summers

Time to get cracking on the next batch of writing! I take regular breaks down to see my lovely Tuscany writing group pal Alix, and we put the world to rights over her home made bread and endless cups of tea and long walks on Exmoor. Her village is near Okehampton and they sometimes even get ponies wandering across the green! The best thing is getting completely away from everything - and all I do is write.

So with the prequel to Hawaiian Affair well and truly underway, I'll be finalising what happened to Sadie BEFORE she meets Mac in Monaco. More about her background, her home life and how she nearly never made it. I love it!

So have a good week and I'll keep you informed! Remember I add weekly updates to my RiWiSi page on this website, if you love reading or writing, plus a weekly link to my regular QVC Blog with bloopers, film reviews and sneaky peeks of what's in store on the world's favourite shopping channel.

luv debs

x

ps I've changed my comments section now since someone kept pointlessly adding spam, so they now have to be approved prior to upload - otherwise email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

READ IT WRITE IT SELL IT

My weekly look at all things book!

Author of the Week. First this week, I wanted to recommend a fab author, as opposed to a single book. Tess Stimson has been a favourite of mine for a decade or so now – and once I knew I loved her writing, I even bought second-hand copies of her original first titles - enjoyed ‘Pole Position’ in particular. Maybe she resonated with me because she started off in broadcasting? Who knows. But you just know when you like a good book, don’t you?  

Author pic of the weekIt was ‘Adultery Club’ - a freebie on a magazine - which first brought her to my attention and I was hooked. I loved the alternate first person narrative and the way she drew the suspense from chapter to chapter – very clever books – and I like ‘clever’!

Do go do some research on her, as I’m sure there will be some wonderful offers on some of her works, there are so many! If you like relationship drama, and getting deep inside the heads of the characters, as well as edge of the seat twists and turns, do try her out! Find out more here.

Who is your own favourite author, whom you’d like to recommend? Leave me a comment below!

Countdown to PG versionCountdown to PG version of Hawaiian Affair!

As mentioned previously, my first novel is currently available on Amazon in the steamy option. Well the complete PG version is finally going to be available - it's the last eBook option yet to be uploaded – on Bank Holiday weekend in August. At an exceptional price!

Clue? Less than £2! Maybe much less… more news over the next few weeks! 

If you’ve read it, did you like it? Did you review it?

There’s been a flurry of additional reviews on amazon of late – now 93 out of 100 FIVE STARS! - across the different titles - so again, thanks to you all! I’m progressing nicely with the Prequel, which will be my next book. We will find out about Sadie’s family background, and more about how she came to be in Monaco in the first place. Meanwhile here’s another lovely review if you haven’t read it already!

Go here to get the steamy version in paperback or complete eBook, on Amazon.

Following Debbie on twitter and being a QVC fan, I had to give this a go as I love romantic stories. I found i could relate to the character of Sadie and thought she was the epitome of the modern woman, juggling working life and kids. The story was very believeable and the steamy scenes were great! I can't wait to read more from Debbie and really glad I downloaded the book. If you love romances then you are sure to love this.’ lucyD1980 – amazon review

We're opening the doors for four more people to join us in my Debbie's Readers facebook group, for beta readers of my WIP's - that's 'work in progress' for those in the know!

It's a lovely little friendly, supportive group of QVC viewers (mainly) who know me from my job, and volunteered to help me out with Hawaiian Affair! They were super-helpful, and have all offered to continue the good work with my next title - the prequel to Sadie's adventure with Mac, covering the couple of years before she met him. Its working title is 'Hawaiian Prize' and I've so far done 11500 words of an intended 60-70000.

If you'd like to join us, do email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or if you're already on facebook, preferably facebook me! I just need to know a bit about you and what you like to read, and if you've ever done proofing work or beta reading before.

Anyway, hope you're enjoying the lovely weather and do take a look at the latest update on the RiWiSi page!

best wishes

Debs

x

Well so far my self-publishing journey since May has been very exciting, and there’s still so much to learn! See below if you’re in the same boat as me, for some excellent free advice about marketing your work. Plus a book of the week from one of the bestsellers of our generation – in disguise!

Exciting News if you liked my Novel!

For those who are new to my writings, and are keen to find out more, just to say that the complete eBook /paperback of my first novel, ‘Hawaiian Affair’ (Steamy version), is available on amazon. Click here  to see it or to leave me a review below and on amazon, if you don’t mind – that is, if you’ve already kindly read it. And what a lovely Hawaiian sunset pic from talented raymasters.com eh? Inspiring!

 


Hawaiian Affair
Anyway, my book – in all its guises - has been selling steadily and building up some lovely reviews – it’s now reached 80 five star (out of 86!). #chuffedAuthor! Please note that if you want the PG (non-steamy version!) the original serialised instalments are still up there to download in 4 separate parts.

Well, I’m glad to announce that in a month’s time, on August Bank Holiday Weekend, the alternative complete eBook version of my novel (the non-steamy PG format) will become available – I will unveil a special introductory price nearer the time – but it’ll be low, and just for that weekend - Friday 23rd till Monday 26th August. Whoop! In the meantime, here’s the latest review, which is really heart-warming for me to read, given it’s my first attempt at writing a romance, so thank you! Thank you all, so much.

 

“I am an avid reader and loved this book! Considering this is Debbie's first attempt I thought it was amazing. The intrigue, suspense, (and the steamy parts) were definitely well written. I am now looking forward to more books from this author. I couldn't put this down until I had read the last page. Well done!”

From reader Susan Rogers, in an amazon review!

 

The Cuckoo's callingBook of the Week

All was revealed this week that J K Rowling is the real author behind the new runaway crime bestseller ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, when fans began to sniff that ‘Robert Galbraith’ was really their favourite writer in another guise. Having got some decent reviews before the unveiling, and sold a decent but comparatively lowly 1,500 copies (more complete copies than my Hawaiian Affair has so far, though!, initially!), it leaked out that none other than the Harry Potter creator herself was at the bottom of this new mystery novel. And now? Well, it’s number one on the book charts, naturally! The Cuckoo's Calling tells of war veteran-turned private investigator Cormoran Strike and received good reviews when it was first published. Within hours it rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon's sales chart. When she was revealed as Galbraith, Rowling said she had found writing under a pseudonym "a liberating experience".

She issued a statement saying she had "hoped to keep this secret a little longer" but added it had "been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name".

Since The Casual Vacancy sold well but had mixed reviews, it’s nice to see this one doing far better for J K. And why not have a pseudonym? Lots of writers do after all. Usually it is so as not to confuse genres. Any you know of? Leave me a comment below...

 

Book heartSelf-Pub Spot

Considering my own books are self-published, when I saw this blog I had to share it. If you’re new to this stuff, but interested in writing your own book, just to explain – writers do ‘guest blogs’ on other writer’s blogs, which helps to spread awareness of their own work. But usually it’s via offering some key knowledge for free, in the form of an interesting, fact-filled blog.

Eminent blogger and writer Joanna Penn (writes fiction under J F Penn too) has written a fascinating run down of ‘5 Book Marketing Myths You Need to Forget.’  (Click to read the whole blog). And explode these myths she does, in a really helpful, encouraging way to us newbie authors. Ironically it’s also in itself a typical example of perfect marketing - how plugging a book within the perfect environment can mean the fastest route to solid sales – just read down the comments and all will be revealed. By the way, I bought it too! :-) Enjoy.

 

 

 

SNIPPETS

Books– On the back of RiWiSi this week, here’s a little funny for you! Click here to see what happens when some famous books lose one letter – very witty!

 

 

 

 

Winner of comp – Firstly, congrats to the winner of last week’s randomly chosen ‘win a copy of my book’ comp! It’s Kate Wareham from Kettering! Well done hon!

Hawaiian Affair in paperback (steamy version!) will be winging its way to you when I get back from hols! Congrats! And anyone else wanting to buy it can just search under my name on amazon perhaps, or follow this link! (Go here)

Next week – exciting news about an eBook amazon freebie from me, coming up in August!

 

Stephen KingBook of the Week

This week it’s an audio book that's been keeping me company on the long journeys to and from work – and full of the wisdom of a master – it’s Stephen King’s famous ‘On Writing’. Part autobiography – you can really see how he was born to be an author. And part ‘how to’ – with recommendations even down to what kind of writing space to set up for yourself to make yourself focus, plus it includes very hard and fast rules about plot - it's utterly fascinating. Even more so ‘cos it’s narrated by the author himself. Great if you get writer’s block sometimes or just love a good case history! A really good read/ listen, highly recommended.

Hey you all!

Am currently (Saturday 13th) on holiday, sitting in a café, overlooking lovely Ladram Bay near Lyme Regis, writing my prequel to Hawaiian Affair! (Congrats to Kate from QVC viewers who won the signed book from last week's comp btw! That and more news on my latest QVC blog, go here to find out more.)

Anyway, thought I'd just mention how intrigued I am that Helen, (my heroine Sadie's older sister), is looming large so far in the story of what led up to Sadie's exciting adventure in Monaco & Hawaii with Mac. Just how did she get there in the first place!? Any ideas of what you'd like to see? Leave me a comment below!

Also just a little heads-up - next week (around 19th July) I am going to announce an exciting event for lovers of my writing! So come back soon to find out more!

Or sign up to the newsletter!

luv

debs

:-)

Hey you all!

Am currently (Saturday 13th) on holiday, sitting in a café, overlooking lovely Ladram Bay near Lyme Regis, writing my prequel to Hawaiian Affair! (Congrats to Kate from QVC viewers who won the signed book from last week's comp btw! That and more news on my latest QVC blog, go here to find out more.)

Anyway, thought I'd just mention how intrigued I am that Helen, (my heroine Sadie's older sister), is looming large so far in the story of what led up to Sadie's exciting adventure in Monaco & Hawaii with Mac. Just how did she get there in the first place!? Any ideas of what you'd like to see? Leave me a comment below!

Also just a little heads-up - next week (around 19th July) I am going to announce an exciting event for lovers of my writing! So come back soon to find out more!

Or sign up to the newsletter!

luv

debs

:-)

Hey you all!

Am currently (Saturday 13th) on holiday, sitting in a café, overlooking lovely Ladram Bay near Lyme Regis, writing my prequel to Hawaiian Affair! (Congrats to Kate from QVC viewers who won the signed book from last week's comp btw! That and more news on my latest QVC blog, go here to find out more.)

Anyway, thought I'd just mention how intrigued I am that Helen, (my heroine Sadie's older sister), is looming large so far in the story of what led up to Sadie's exciting adventure in Monaco & Hawaii with Mac. Just how did she get there in the first place!? Any ideas of what you'd like to see? Leave me a comment below!

Also just a little heads-up - next week (around 19th July) I am going to announce an exciting event for lovers of my writing! So come back soon to find out more!

Or sign up to the newsletter!

luv

debs

:-)