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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Jo Cannon's tip for the top launches soon!
21 January 2016

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,, Go here to read more.

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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. 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



‘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.



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.



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