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Imagine The Archers in drag… An edgy Jilly Cooper … that’s Book of the Week 'Life’s a Drag!'
9 June 2015

So am here in Chez Castillon near Bordeaux for a week’s writing retreat and loving it so mustn’t be on here too long! Lol!

First thing to say is that Julie Cohen’s writing tuition is as usual spot on, and she’s helping me formulate my plan for the next novel, French or Dutch. It’s a historical style saga with a gritty undertow, but has elements of comedy in it too. And she’s really helped define what I need to do going forward – mostly paring down and honing and pruning. ‘You come in late enough but you don’t leave early enough,’ she said to me over a cuppa in the pretty gite where the classroom is. And bring in a few of the characters a little later on in the book…’ So I’m off to get back to it, and in the meantime here’s this week’s Read it Write it Sell it blog!

Ps one more day to get my first book in the Hawaiian Trilogy, Hawaiian Escape, for 99p on Amazon! Offer ends Thursday 10th, go here to get it.


Book of the week – Life’s a Drag by Janie Millman

Not only is our lovely hostess at the French retreat I’m writing from a talented cook, she’s also a published author too. The accolades line up, via Accent press, and include this eye-catcher from none other than the famous author herself, Katie Fforde -

'This is like an edgy Jilly Cooper - lots of eccentric characters and a lot of fun!'Katie Fforde 

'High jinks and high heels...Imagine The Archers in drag, with a huge heart and lots of laughs' Veronica Henry 

So what’s it all about?

“Fuelled by large quantities of alcohol and ubiquitous community spirit, they soon find themselves caught up in a battle for the identity of the village itself. 

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Drew is fighting his own battle to save his club and the livelihoods of his closest friends. Though they seem worlds apart, it soon becomes clear that appearances are not everything and that sometimes human connections can surprise us. 

A heartwarming, generous – and drunken – debut taking ‘romance’ to entirely new places.”

Seems like good fun, so it’s my book of the week – I do hope it makes it into audiobook! It’s currently on Amazon available for pre-order right now – charged 31st July just in time for a holiday maybe!

Click here to pre order Life’s a Drag on Amazon, Janie Millman.


Other news –

-      Julie Cohen writing course at Kingston Poly at a ridiculously low price! End June - Kingston Surrey – find out more here 

-  ChickLitChloe loves Take a Chance on Me! Hawaiian Escape is the prequel to this book so my little 99p promotion followed this fabulous review from lovely Chloe, who is doing a 2015 reading challenge to read 100 books and is 41% of the way there! She said "Debbie Flint's writing was fantastic - really drawing me into the story and making me want to keep reading from start to finish. I hope I'll be reading more from Debbie Flint - this was a great book!" Read more here.

 best wishes



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,, 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. 

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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) 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.



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 since 14th March.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - 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 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.



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!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)


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

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

‘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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