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Well another deadline, another submission! The newest version of Till the Fat Lady Slims - break free from food prison' - has gone off to the publisher Choc Lit. They have arranged to get it in WHSmith Travel, as they did with my first novel, when it went to number 79 in their chart!

There's a whole page on my website explaining all about Freedom Eating and TTFLS here. It's basically my semi-autobiographical weight loss book series. But this new one is MORE autobiographical with more personal stories about me than ever before! I will keep you informed.

Go here to get the previous versions, all still valid and all still available on amazon. TTFLS 2.0 is the main one, updated in 2014, to include the new thinking behind various aspects of using Freedom Eating alongside any traditional diet, too. Version 3.0 is a companion, with more about the gut and the inner chimp, and tons of coffee table type dip in and out tips and tales to inspire, many from our TTFLS Facebook support group here.

Choc Lit have taken my first novel (Take a Chance on Me, here - previously 'Hawaiian Affair', part of the trilogy of romance adventures I wrote and self-published) already and I hope they can do the same with TTFLS - break free..'

 

other news -

- AJ Pearce hits the big time! In case you missed it, here's an amazing story about one of my writing pals who is set to scale the heights of publishing success with her super wartime series Dear Mrs Bird, in 2018! click here to read it all

- Julie Cohen's next big one! to come

 

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.

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

Riwisi Clever writing pal AJ Pearce wins super Picador deal – Dear Mrs Bird, wartime tale, will get a massive launch!

Picador has won the long awaited debut novel by A J Pearce, Dear Mrs Bird, after a "passionately-fought" seven-publisher auction. A seven-way fight to get the rights to bring this fabulous innovation to the fore!

I’ve known AJ for several years, having met her via our mentor Julie Cohen (see last week’s RiWiSi blog for more info about her and her writing courses!). Julie gave AJ’s first drafts the once-over and she successfully secured Jo Unwin as her agent. Just recently, when I was talking to AJ about my Devon project (where we both attended workshops; more about Devon soon!) she mentioned she was up against it with edits, and having had a tiny glimpse of what’s in store, I was so pleased to hear she’s obviously done such a good job, she’s made the headlines in a big announcement in the new Bookseller industry magazine online! (here)

Francesca Main acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Dear Mrs Bird in a "major" two-book deal struck by Jo Unwin at JULA – her first since Unwin established her fully independent agency.

Translation rights are on the way for Germany (Rowohlt/Kindler), France (Belfond) and Italy (Sperling & Kupfer) and an auction is underway in the USA. Whooo hooo! Further deals are expected imminently, and Conville & Walsh agency will be concluding more at the Frankfurt Book Fair on behalf of JULA.

The book, to be a "super-lead" for Picador, will have a major launch and big budget marketing plan.

Dear Mrs Bird is set in wartime London in 1941. The plot follows protagonist Emmeline Lake who, amid the falling bombs, dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent. However, instead she finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Day magazine. Mrs Bird is so resolutely against any form of Unpleasantness that she dismisses letters from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted in favour of those who feel their ankles are unsightly or have had trouble untangling a length of wool. But Emmy can’t bear to think of women with genuine fears and worries going unanswered, and soon decides the only thing for it is to write back secretly...

Main said: "I fell head over heels for Dear Mrs Bird, which is the perfect tonic for these troubled times – it’s warm-hearted, poignant and gloriously funny; an utter delight on every page. A J Pearce is a born storyteller and has written a love-letter to friendship, to acts of everyday heroism, and to letter-writing itself. We’re thrilled to welcome her to Picador and can’t wait to start bringing the unforgettable world of Dear Mrs Bird to life."

Jo Unwin said: "Dear Mrs Bird is everything I ever want in a book – it’s funny, sad, and deeply touching.  And A J Pearce is the author we all dream of: seriously good at what she does and ridiculously good fun."

AJ said: "I am beside myself with excitement to be joining Francesca and the incredible team at Picador.  Everyone has been lovely and I know I have found the perfect home for Emmeline and Dear Mrs Bird. Now I really must stop running around shouting PICADOR! at complete strangers."

This last quip is typical of AJ and if you’re like me, you’ll already be earmarking her first novel as a ‘must-read!’

AJ grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. She has worked in magazine publishing and spent 15 years in home entertainment marketing. She now lives in the south of England and works freelance.
 
Dear Mrs Bird will be a "super-lead" fiction launch for Picador in Spring 2018 with an "extensive" marketing and publicity campaign. How amazing – and hot on the heels of Joanna Cannon’s success, Julie is building up quite a stable of success stories! See last week’s RiWiSi blog to see how you can go to one of her courses.

More from The Bookseller here

Follow lovely AJ on Twitter here.

Other news –

- folly Farm fun When AJ and I attended one of Julie Cohen's previous workshops, we found an unusual student outside... some Pig! 

 

- more about Julie Cohen's next workshop for authors March 2017 here.

Book of the Week is actually a reprise of my mentor Julie Cohen's latest novel. Launched in August, it's called 'Falling' in the UK. But in the US it's 'the Day of Second Chances' and it's fabulous.

Hence the audiobook title, and that's what I've been 'reading' this week. 

WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY! All you have to do is to leave me a comment below - it won't show up immediately so don't worry! And the chances are pretty good so do enter! I will randomly pick the winner and contact you via the email you register with, closes Friday 14th October. The paperback copy of Falling, (aka The Day of Second Chances in the US and on audiobook) will be sent soon afterwards!

  

Julie always gives us a heartfelt, carefully-woven tale of relationships and emotions and this one is no exception. What is always original though is what the heroines 'are.' In other books it might have been their job or some aspect of their personality or being. In this one, it's a bit of all three - based around three women from the same family, from different generations. The youngest is struggling with her infatuation with her best pal, who is also female. The oldest is a stroppy Doctor character - whom I love - Honor is feisty despite having a broken hip. And Jo the mother is in between both of them, with an interesting back story. 

The audiobook is read by Jilly Bond, a quirky older narrator and after I got used to her distinctive enunciation I really liked the way she reads the novel - I pictured an old teacher when I was at school during storytime. Think Penelope Wilton in Downton. But her dialogue performance is excellent.

"Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?"

Having been a Richard and Judy book of the month author, Julie gets attention when she publishes a new book - eg

"Tears you apart and puts you together again" (Katie Fforde)

"Gripping, intriguing, unique and gut-wrenchingly poignant . . . brilliantly original" (Heat)

"Beautifully crafted and utterly compelling . . . reflects perfectly the ecstatic highs and thundering lows of love, friendship and family." (Lucy Robinson)

"This moving novel will make you laugh and cry in equal measures and you won't be able to put it down" (Sunday Express)

And on amazon, one reviewer writes -

"...I love this book. I love the fact that the entre narrative discuses how strong women are and that they are even stronger when they support each other. The bonds between grandmother, mother and daughter are also fully explored, as is the delicate relationship between mother and daughter-in-law.

This book really was like a breath of fresh air and will make you evaluate the relationships that you have with the important women in your own life."

Find the ebook and paperback on amazon here Audiobook to come.

Join Julie's Writing Workshop for Published Authors in March 2017

And don't forget what I've mentioned before - come away for a three night stay to Folly Farm in Bristol to meet Julie (and me!) and Rowan Coleman and hear a talk from top agent Lizzy Kramer 

Go here to find out more and to book.

other news - 

- AJ hits the big time! Another friend has done it! Picador have signed up AJ Pearce, another Julie Cohen alumnus like me and Jo Cannon - my blog about it will be here. Full interview to come!

- Fancy some top writing tips from top authors? In a recent Guardian post, writers like William Boyd gave their top tips - read them here.

Former police officer offers consulting service - how brilliant - access to the horse's mouth for a fact-check, from Stuart Gibbon a former DCI in London - he says :

'I've helped writers with many different topics from the role of the Coroner in suspicious deaths, how the police promotion system works to forensic procedures and Court sentencing guidelines. One of the most interesting was explaining how the police would deal with a person in prison who had confessed to a serious crime (you may recognise this if you've read 'The Missing', by CL Taylor if you haven't keep an eye out for it!!!)
 
I also talk with Writing Groups on the subject of 'Murder investigation' and have a couple of national conferences booked for later this year as a speaker. I take the audience through a Murder case (using a generic case study) from discovery of a body to the arrest and detention of a suspect, explaining the challenges facing Detectives in such cases.'
 
What a great idea! Maybe when I'm running my own retreats one day we can book him to come do a talk! 

 Click here to read more

Joanna Cannon up for an award Speaking of the successful lady herself, do go vote for her as upcoming author in the Book Bag awards - go here to find out more - click here for 'love letter to a bookshop blog' - vote by 14th November here.

- Jo is also at Carlisle library this Saturday 8th october 11am, giving a talk - do go!

- and listen to Jo's latest interview on NTS - the kind of thing AJ will have to get used to once she's hitting the big time too! go here to find out if you're with the flock or against it #goatsandSheep

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.

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

And another atmospheric, drama-filled one from Jean Fullerton's 1940s district nurse series! 

Well maybe it's because my head's been full of vintage this and retro that lately, but I really fancied listening to this audiobook next, after recommending her latest from the Connie series a few weeks ago. I'd actually not read this one, instead I'd already ploughed through the Nurse Millie books, so it was lovely to hear how Jean interweaves the two nurse's tales together.

I'm finding I'm loving the contemporary touches - like references to what they eat and drink, how they travel, news of the day, even interactions between women and men. It's so well done, honestly - really worth a read.

For Nurse Connie Byrne the end of the war signals the beginning of a new chapter and as the revelries go on around the city, Connie's mind is on another celebration that she'll be able to arrange - the wedding to her sweetheart, Charlie, set to take place as soon as he arrives home. But when Connie meets Charlie off the train at London Bridge, she finds that his homecoming isn't quite going to go according to plan.

From one reviewer -

"This is a page-turning saga in which we meet memorable characters, and learn a lot about nursing in 1945. Connie Byrne is a determined, staunch and upright young woman facing a demanding job, and a difficult relationship with a fiance who has returned from the war with a shock in store for her. Charlie is convincingly plausible as the unreliable and self-seeking fiance, with looks to melt your heart, and Connie's nursing friends are real individuals not just cardboard cut-outs. Connie's journey up the ladder of the nursing profession is a difficult one, but the book does not shy away from the sexism of the times, and from the harsh realities of life in the East End of London for poorer communities.
The interest in this novel is in immersing yourself in another time and period, and in the pre-NHS nursing system, all lovingly evoked by the author."

Get Fetch Nurse Millie from Amazon here - click here

 

other news -

- cool ideas for bookshelves - you've never seen anything till you've seen these! Which is your fave? I love the idea of thw swinging newston's cradle-type ones, but I think the star , well, outshines the rest! click here to see them, great pics. 

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.

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

Book of the Week –


One of my top authors has a convenient backlist which I am working my way through on audiobook and I’ve reached the last one, one of her earliest, ‘The Ballroom Class.’ It’s still good though. Lucy’s writing always pulls me in right away, with gripping openings or compelling family situations we can identify with, and develops from there. This one features several couples and their own dramas, as they try to solve them using weekly dance classes.


Lauren and Chris are getting married, and Lauren's dreaming of a fairytale wedding with a first dance to make Cinderella proud. Not wanting to be shown up on the dancefloor, her parents Bridget and Frank have come along too. They normally never put a foot wrong, but Bridget's got a secret that could trip them up unexpectedly. Meanwhile Katie and Ross are looking for a quick-fix solution to their failing marriage even though neither is quite sure who's leading who anymore.


As friendships form over the foxtrot, the rumba rocks relationships, and the tango leads to true love, all the students in the Ballroom Class are about to face the music and dance...


From Olivia on amazon:
There are plenty of laughs to be had from bride-to-be Lauren’s over-the-top wedding plans but, be warned, this novel also had me sobbing on a train. Lucy Dillon writes with such heart, you can’t help caring for her characters. A treat from beginning to end.


Well done that lady!


Go here to pre-order her new one out on December the first – All I Ever Wanted – can’t wait!

 

Other news –
- The Shortlist for the new Mann Booker Prize – if you follow each year’s offerings, go here to see the new ones and choose yourself some new reads!
- OK so ~Xmas references time… The ‘Normal British Christmas’ is up on Amazon, here, celebrating the different and daft ways we mark the season of goodwill

 

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. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie is by the talented author Jean Fullerton. The 1940s were not an easy time for a midwife! But as a former district nurse, Jean writes convincingly and authentically about the ups and downs of nurse Millie and nurse Connie in that era. Great audiobooks too.

Nurse Connie Byrne has lived and worked through the Second World War, has celebrated its ending with friends and patients in the East End of London and is now enjoying a fresh new chapter in her life and looking forward to her wedding. But, as many a young bride-to-be has proved, the path of true love never runs smooth....

One reviewer says -

"I loved Wedding Bells for Connie from start to finish and as usual, wished I hadn't come to the end. If you are interested in pre-war life among the medical services and the poor people of the cities, then this is a must read. My favourite character in this book is Dr. McCausland (Hari) because ........ well, you have to read it to see what I mean!! I can't wait for Jean 'Fullerton's next book"

More from Nurse Connie on amazon here! Looking forward to reading it on audio book! And more from Jean Fullerton here.

Other news -

- the Historical Novelists' Society weekend in Oxford, HNS2016Oxford, was good value. It wasn't that expensive either, given what was included, IMO. Go here to find out more about next year's. I thoroughly enjoyed the keynote addresses from Melvyn Bragg and also Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring), and the lovely Jean Fullerton, workshopping about period detail. Plus some super colourful extras, about which I posted pics on Facebook here! They are international – next year’s is in Colorado I think! This was my first and I did enjoy it. There were several historical demonstrations, like a re-creation of the Bayeux tapestry, only done in English; authentic mediaeval clothes worn by a monk, dyed with plants. And this one, featuring a very scary knight! Very entertaining.And their main website is here for more info about writing a period piece.

 

- Go here for some super writing tips from top authors including William Boyd, in the Guardian - from 'show don't tell' to observation, click here.

- and none other than a TED talk all about what makes a best seller - if you love a good video, watch it here!

- Plus - there’s a new book out from one of my fellow authors, E. M. Davey, author of Foretold by Thunder. His new thriller is out now - here's the Amazon link to buy it - click here. The Napoleon Complex is intriguing.

Napoleon stood before a stormy sky. In his hand was a scroll, and on that scroll were characters. Etruscan characters. How was Napoleon able to coordinate his armies over great distances in an age before radio or the telegraph? What lay behind his string of astonishingly accurate predictions? And how did the son of a provincial Corsican family raise himself up to be the most powerful man on earth? The second instalment of the epic Book of Thunder series catapults reporter Jake Wolsey into the seismic geopolitical events of the nineteenth century. But if Napoleon Bonaparte obtained the ability to predict the future, why was he ever defeated?

Looks good!

 

  more on Ed's website here.

 

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. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

I LOVED this book. A little slow to drag me in at the start - most are. But once I realised how witty some of Jane's writing is, it had me yearning for more. Some of the clever inventive turns of phrase made me laugh out loud when listening to this, driving along in the car. Melody Grove the narrator has a good comic delivery too - refreshing when too many narrators just don't get the comedic element which is enormously frustrating sometimes. But not with this one.

Jane is a fellow Choc Lit author and has several books to her name so I will be buying more for sure and it's no surprise that she is an award winner. 

I love that her hero is not a typical alpha - he is a geek with a PhD in astrophysics and a tortured past that is a match for heroine Molly's own disastrous love life. The secondary characters are compelling too, and the twists and turns in the romance were believable. Really entertainingly written and highly recommended. Others think so too hence lots of good reviews.

Next on my list is the one with which she won the Romantic Novel of the Year 2012 award. Fabulous!

A Top 500 reviewer on Amazon says -

This is a light romance set in Yorkshire with much of the wit that I am coming to appreciate in this author's books.

Molly is riding her horse Stan across the moors when she comes across a naked man (as you do). She takes him home to sort him out and from there develops one of those love stories where every step forward seems to be marched with a couple towards the rear. I usually get very frustrated with stuttering love stories because the protagonists could usually sort everything out if they only talked to one another but in this novel the author relates all their issues to their characters and what has happened to them in their past - this makes the story much more likely.

Molly is a deeply hurt woman who has come to Yorkshire to escape and has only her friend Caro for company. Phinn has inherited a semi-derelict cottage and has taken up residence in order to get away from his world too - he is a physicist and more than slightly nerdy which is nice and unusual. Phinn's friend Link has his own issues too. These wounded people recover in the Yorkshire landscape and begin to forge new relationships. This process is great fun as we are engaged with the characters and also because the author has some great lines - this book is written with a lot of wit and humour which raises it above the average.

This is a quick and engaging read. It uses the Yorkshire landscape to its best advantage and is full of humour and amusing moments. The characters are flawed but human and the author wraps it all up in a very satisfying manner

Go here to see it on Amazon.

other news -

- ten classic novels as if they were marketed today. more here. Funny!

- How to hit the USA Today bestseller list - Joanna Penn again hits the nail on the head with this guide - click here - interesting.

- Dead Dog Day is now on audiobook! Jackie Kabler's first novel is now on audible - am delighted! The second one is due out soon too!)

 

Off to Historical Novelists Association weekend.

this weekend I'm off for a writing workshop and to meet a lovely agent who represents a friend of mine, about a saga I'm writing. I began writing it with a pal three years ago believe it or not. This year it will get finished. Will keep you informed! HNS here.

 

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. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

 

 

 

'this week i've chosen to feature another of Jane lovering's super books because I love her writing so much. The first one I read was 'How I wonder what you are' and it drew me in with some brilliantly witty one liners, just the type of unpredictable and creative writing i like to read - or rather - listen to!

Having just finished listening to the audiobook of Jackie Kabler's 'Dead Dog Day' (my fellow QVC presenter and author signed by Accent Press) - which is very well narrated by the way - I've downloaded Please Don't Stop the Music for my next read. i'm going to my nephew's wedding this weekend followed by another trip down to Devon for some er... errands, so it'll keep me company and I'm expecting more entertaining creativity from the talented Jane!

 Winner of the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. --Romantic Novelists' Association

~From the start I found myself connecting with the characters. They were believable and I could imagine them as real people. The two main characters, Ben and Jemina both have underlying secrets and as the book progresses, are hinted at. This made me want to keep reading to find out all the whys and hows .... ... I actually found it rather more upmarket than other chick lit. Yes, it was easy to read but with a great plot, really believable characters and lots of laugh-out-loud moments - I loved it! Jane Lovering is definitely an author on my reading list now - I can't wait for her next book!~

go here to get it on Amazon in all formats

 

Join Julie - and me - in March!

Experienced writers! How would you fancy joining us on a tutored retreat in Bristol in March? Julie Cohen and Rowan Coleman are holding another three day retreat including tutor sessions and one to ones, and I find them enormously beneficial when I've got deadlines. More here including booking info.

York Festival - Writer's Workshop Weekend

It was lovely to see so many people tweeting updates from the annual writers' weekend where in 2010 I actually met Julie Cohen! They always have such a variety of workshops and talks and my pal Sue Bassett came away with a total of 7 agents wanting to see her full MS!

Go to writersworkshop.co.uk for more info about what happened and for more about next year's - an excellent way to meet industry experts in one to ones.

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. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

Another belter of a suspense novel this week - gritty, real, undeniably compulsive and full of edge of the seat moments. Plus a couple of twists I did not see coming. Well done Clare! I do pride myself on being pretty good at guessing twists, as most of us do I'm sure! And I was pleasantly surprised to read this one and suddenly find out of nowhere I've got unpredictability. Always good in a new author. The first part did take a little while to warm up but because the second half was above par, I'd still give it top marks.

 

Loved the cop duo, loved the dynamic between the heroine and her would-be beau. Loved the gradual feeding in of info and strong narrative drive. Very good. No wonder this lady takes workshops on writing.

One thing that bugged me though, on the audiobook version, which I always listen to, is the lack of cohesion in the accent of the antagonist. One narrator did one, the other narrator did another. Shame - would have been so easy to fix.

THERE ARE 2560 X 5* REVIEWS!!! The vaaaaast majority. Clare is big time in crime - as an ex-copper, it's no wonder it's all so authentic.

I am going to get her next one - I See You. Will keep you informed!

get I Let You Go from amazon here.

More about Clare Macintosh here.

other news -

- Finding Time to Write - 7 Ways to Find more time to Write by Diane Fraser and 8 Ways you can Fit Writing Into Your Life by @writers_hq, both have a common theme - schedule it! Note to self.... well, you can guess!

- the problem with writing cliff hangers for tv serials - a reaaaally good post on Bang 2 Write - great site - add it to your favourites if you want to write!

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. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

fab atmospheric book - review to follow

An epic, escapist novel that will transport you away to an extraordinary time in history. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop.

Rome, 1950s. One fateful night, Hal Jacobs meets Stella, a beautiful society darling from New York. To Hal, flailing in the postwar darkness, she's a point of light. They're from different worlds but both trying and failing to carve out new lives.

Stella vanishes all too quickly, until a curious invitation from an Italian Contessa reels her back into Hal's world. They join the Contessa's collection of luminaries on a yacht headed for the Cannes Film Festival. The scene onboard is a fiction - scars from the war can be hidden yet not healed. Everyone is hiding a dark history, but Stella's secrets run the deepest.

Compelled by her fragile beauty, Hal is determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who's been confined to history.

The Invitation is an epic love story that will transport you from the glamour of the Italian Riviera to the darkness of war-torn Spain and to a golden - if rather haunted - time.

Good reviews so far - 

this was a Gatsby-esque tale of how glitz and glamour can hide so many secrets and so much pain.

Stella’s story was the most developed given her flashbacks to her life in Spain. Hers was an intriguing story and I would have loved to know more about her time in Spain. I think there was even more to this story that the author let on and that in itself got me interested in finding Stella particularly interesting.

The tension and attraction between Hal and Stella was nicely done and I liked the way that as the boat sailed into a new destination, there was even more baggage to offload. The locations are evoked with sun and panache and you would be recommended to read it with your shades on and a lime slice and margarita nearby.

I liked the story and I liked it very much after the first half. it developed more dramatically once the scene was set, and led to me wanting to get back into the car to 'read' more of the audiobook. The narrator was VERY good. She definitely captured different accents and intonations so you knew which character was speakingn without needing to have it spelled out. Loved the interweaving of the flashback scenes which eventually explained the characters' actions.Cleverly put together - bit too 'literary' for me at the start but glad it got a bit more dramatic later on, and well worth it for the atmospheric descriptions of this glamorous vintage era.  Well done Lucy! Would look for more by her, and would definitely look for more read by narrator Emma Gregory.

go here to buy it on amazon

HNS soon - looking forward to going to the Historical Novel society's weekend workshop in Oxford, first weekend in September. More info here if you are interested too. Going with my writing pal Litty - she wlil have her novel done soon! Yay - it'll be fab. Also looking foward to seeing what Jane Judd thinks of my current Work in Progress, a saga.

Julie Cohen's 'Falling' ( a recent book of the week on here) is called 'The Day of Second Chances' in the US and there's an audio book of the same name - just trying to track it down so I can listen - have got the paperback but progress is slow given how often i get chance to actually read a book when I'm sitting still! lol. More here.

Cornerstones have a summer offer on, for their services - great for new novelists to get appraisals - more here.

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. 

Best wishes

Debs

X

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.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon