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New TTFLS 2 eBook gets to number three in Kindle Diets chart. Jackie Kabler’s book deal. And audiobook of the week - Broadchurch.
3 October 2014

TTFLS 2.0 - was out September 29th TTFLS 2.0 - was out September 29th

TTFLS 2.0 Yes I was very chuffed to see so many people loving Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – The ‘When’ Diet on social media this week – it makes all the hard work worth while. Also it got to number 3 in the main kindle health and fitness/diets chart for eBooks! Whoop!  Click here to get the eBook on Amazon – and the paperback is out imminently! You can click on that link and read the first chapter too – would love to know what you think. It’s not fiction – it’s semi-autobiographical – and lays out what I’ve been using to lose weight lately. That and the bodyblade! (All the info is in my latest Back to You blog – see tab above or go here to read Monday’s one.)

Hallowe’en Update This week I’ve been putting the finishing touches to the collection of thirteen short spooky stories in the upcoming Hallowe’en Anthology. It’s now going on sale October 17th, but catch the freebie Oct 28th-1st Nov, with a special Facebook online party for Hallowe’en on 31st! Below I introduce you to two more of the authors featured. Some of the stories are very good I must say!

Jackie Kabler’s Book Deal And talking of authors, how about fellow QVC presenter Jackie Kabler getting a book deal with Accent press! Soooo proud of her – and she’s so humble about it, such a lovely lady. Can’t wait to read it. Jackie says –

while I was still working at GMTV six years ago, I started writing a murder mystery novel. When I left the breakfast show to go freelance, I thought I’d have time to finish it, but work became so frantic that the book was put to one side. This year, I finally took it out again, dusted it off and got it finished. Then two weeks ago, after nervously starting to send it off to literary agents and publishers, I found myself in the frankly astonishing position of being offered book deals by THREE different publishing companies. Fortunately I had by then acquired myself a wonderful literary agent who took over the reins and led me in the right direction. The result? I am still slightly in shock but thrilled to announce that I have signed a three book deal with the fabulous Accent Press, home to some of the biggest names in women’s fiction. The first of my crime novels will be released in 2015, with two more in the same series to follow. It’s a childhood dream come true, and I can’t tell you how delighted, thrilled and happy I am!”

And we are too, Jackie, for you! More here, and I will keep you informed when they become available!

Choc Lit Update Meanwhile my own book deal is at editing stage – Hawaiian Affair and the Hawaiian Trilogy have been signed to Choc Lit, for those who don’t know! It’s a fabulous publishing house – go here to find some new authors to read! I’m currently listening to an audio book by Christina Courtenay (I have several on the go at once for different moods!) Do you? Leave me a comment below or let me know by emailing me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Audio Book of the Week  So here’s what I’m reading at the moment – Broadchurch. I thought I’d go for the audiobook from Audible rather than watch the TV series on catch up. BUT I’ll probably binge-watch it afterwards too since Olivia Coleman is in it and she’s one of my fave actresses. So far it’s capturing my imagination – even though I think I remember who ‘dunnit,’ from the coverage around the TV series, I’m enjoying the cosy crime element to it. There’s even a psychic! Lol!

However, not everything I make myself finish listening to gets a rave recommendation. I can’t say go listen to The Child by Sebastien Fitzek. I wanted to like it – Andy Serkis is one of the actors in it and it’s read like a play, rather than a single narrator. BUT I’m not at all sure that’s preferable – you’ve only got to have one or two be under par and it spoils it. Sadly for me several were. Also the way it was written was too melodramatic – even though it was read by one of my top narrators, Robert Glenister (he reads J K Rowling’s ‘Robert Galbraith’ mysteries.) Some will enjoy it, but I didn’t so much especially combined by the theme of the story – a paeodophile ring (eurgh – and no, I didn’t realise, just as I didn’t realise that The Paying Guests had a sub-theme of lesbianism! Glad I read the latter though, that was very well done by Juliet Stephenson – see archive for review of that one.) I actually thought it was more about reincarnation. Which it wasn’t, eventually. Overall 6.5 out of ten.


Other News –

Does the Face Fit? Do you avoid certain books because the author puts you off? One of my best pals and fellow writer Shyama Perera raised that point in her blog this week – she makes some very good points! Do you agree? read more here


-          Hallowe’en Anthology Author interviews – Lizzie Lamb & Adrienne Vaughan – introducing the second and third of our fabulous dozen – the writers who are collaborating with me on our Hallowe’en Short Story Anthology (out 17th Oct, freebie and online Facebook party on 31st). Lizzie and Adrienne are part of the @NewRomantics4 writing group. Follow Lizzie @lizzie_lamb and Read the interview here, including links to her books.

Follow Adrienne @adrienneauthor and see an interview with Adrienne here.


-          Here’s a list of 75 banned books you can read for free. Bubblecow bring us a list of books which were once banned and how to get them. Yay! More here.


Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published on here in the archives – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Next week –Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – The ‘When’ Diet – paperback will be released – come back here to get the links, or just search on Amazon. And meet the next group of authors taking part in the spooky anthology for Hallowe’en!

Best wishes



Ps – see below for all my links to my own books.




As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise 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 titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.


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 or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now 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.



‘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…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – coming for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors!



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, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  Here’s the original, just 99p on eBook. Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab for updates!)

‘Spooky Tales with a Twist – Volume 1’ – a Hallowe’en anthology FREEBIE – coming end October

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the winter. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

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