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Okay I finished it. I have to tell you that 'Together' by my amazing book doctor /mentor /friend Julie Cohen, is outstanding. Such a clever twist. Still reeling from its originality!

No wonder it is number one in several charts, and top 10 on Kindle overall! What an achievement! This is one that book groups will love. They will all be discussing what the ending can possibly be and congratulating themselves on guessing each stage of the way. If they can!

You can also get it for free on audiobook as your first audible novel. click on the link below to get yours. Author still gets relevant royalties by the way. And I loved the acknowledgements at the end read by Julie herself too.

I just put a five star review online for it as well.

So -

This tale was not only about guessing what happens at the end, this was about feeling like you were there with the characters every step of the way. And caring about them so much! I have to say I sat in the car longer than I should have, just to finish each chapter, and, something I have never done before, I actually put off reading the last 20 minutes, just because I did not want the pleasure and anticipation of it to be over! And then it was. And the twist was totally out of the blue.

Imagery is evocative and clever. Characterisation is powerful and compelling. And every book has been 'morish' to the point of creating little journeys I didn't really need to make right now, just so I can listen to some more in the car...

full info on Amazon here, including precis and reviews. BUT don't get it there, get the audiobook for free by clicking this link and filling in a few boxes - you don't have to sign up for tons of stuff and there's nothing to catch you out - genuine offer and as audiobooks in general are growing in popularity, it could be the start of a whole new accelerated year of book reading for you (during the housework, walking dogs, driving etc) Give it a go...

So Ms Cohen, when is The next one?

Julie Cohen Workshop Update


NEWSFLASH - one place has become available due to illness for this workshop - please email Julie as soon as possible as it is sure to be taken soon - or ask to go on waitlist should a place become available.

Julie Cohen's new novel 'Together' is now a bestseller! She has topped several charts on Amazon and hit the top ten of all kindle books - that's amazing. It's becoming a fast favourite for book groups to review due to its clever structure and incredible twist at the end... can you guess it? Just don't tell...

Offer to get the audiobook for free - if you sign up to audible you can get her book totally for free. Narrated brilliantly by Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan, click here to get it now (free at time of writing).

Looking forward to welcoming Julie and her workshop to Retreats for You on 25th September. Mentored by the master of show don't tell, plot doctor and award winner, email Julie direct to book the last place - it's not too late... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from nimblelimbs.com. They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other news - 

  • RFY summer dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 4th & 18th September (18th is yoga week) still have spaces. (Mon to Fri )  Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night stay 28th August - NOW FULLY BOOKED
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have just announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th and creating complex characters retreat on June 12-16th (or 11th - 15th) - email us for info
  • win a place at the Creating Complex Characters Retreat next march @retreatsforyou! Run by  @RetreatWest - fab chance

    https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/win-complex-character/

     

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

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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) andGoodreads (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

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

 

Well just over a week to go and it's yuletide again! So for this week's book of the week I thought I'd include a freebie - on youtube - here's a vintage 1965 version read by Ralph Richardson and others, making it a really fabulous glimpse into how things used to be back then, with the snipped BBC accents and dick van dyke common people - love it!

enjoy!

Deb's countdown to January = Till the Fat Lady Slims - Break free from Food Prison (2017) - well it's out soon! And as promised, here's the cover reveal! This latest version will have several chapters that have never been in any other version, about my own story - much more in depth than ever before. Most people who love it say that it's like reading their own journey, so this may resonate even more given what I reveal inside it! It'll be available to order in bookshops and of course online.

I was delighted this week to read this super write up too, in the industry magazine that goes via wholesaler to booksellers.

"A title that many of your customers will be all too ready for (and me too if I keep scoffing the hummus) the in the New Year is Till the Fat Lady Slimsby Debbie Flint(£7.99, pb, 978 178189333 3). I appreciate that there are an absolute deluge of diet titles competing for your bookshelves; but the USP of this one is that previously self-published this semi-autobiographical weight-loss and lifestyle book on Kindle with much success, and this new paperback edition includes many testimonials from her fans – the author is a very successful presenter on QVC. In 1998 Debbie found herself more than two stone overweight, under stress and in need of help. Enter Freedom Eating. This natural weight loss method helped Debbie break free from Food Prison and un-learn all the bad habits from a lifetime of 'starting again on Monday'. Till the Fat Lady Slimscontains some painful secrets which many readers will find familiar. The book also includes material covering the dangers of sugar, information on how to use Debbie's method alongside traditional dieting and endorsements from successful slimmers. “Debbie Flint’s honest account of what she went through will hit home to every yo-yo dieter out there. Life-changing and well-worth reading. Till the Fat Lady Slims is in my view absolutely BRILLIANT!” It’s published (rather ironically, I feel) by Choc Lit in January."

for the whole piece, click here.

Buy it now on pre-order - you can actually order it in advance here on the Amazon website for kindle, or other platforms -

click here to pre-order Till the Fat Lady Slims - break free from Food Prison (2017)

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

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

Well a January date has been set and the book is on its way to the printers, ready for the New Year New You bookshop frenzy (lol) and Choc Lit are aiming to get it in WHSmith Travel as they did last year with my first novel Take a Chance on Me.

Have a lovely week

d

x

 

 

In a word - Squeeeeee! 

Here it is - finally - the audiobook of Take a Chance on Me! Originally self-published as 'Hawaiian Affair' (and followed by Hawaiian Escape and Hawaiian Retreat as they are called at the moment on Amazon) this is my first finished novel, and for three years people have been asking when the Audiobook would be out. Well here it is!

I devour audiobooks, if you didn't know already. Every week I'm listening to hours and hours of stories and non-fiction in the car, and whilst cooking and gardening and sometimes even whilst walking the dogs. I've listened to/read more books in the past three years than I have in the past decade, thanks to multi-tasking. So it is with great pleasure that I announce that TACOM is now on audible.

I was delighted when Lyn my publisher told me that Howes Audio had bought the rights to make the audiobook and even more delighted to chat to talented narrator Antonia Beamish who told me she loved my (ahem) steamy scenes - 'you're very good at writing the sex scenes, Miss Flint' she said. Lol. That's one of the reasons I was happier for someone else to read my books, I have to say.

This week, a full look at one of my best TiFFT’s ever – my first novel finally out on my first audiobook. If you wondered what the narrators look like, here's a pic of lovely Antonia Beamish who was chosen to be my narrator, and to get a link to listen to a free sample! Go here.

 

So do enjoy it and let me know what you think!

Get it here on amazon - with 123 five star reviews. If you read Hawaiian Affair, this version is a little different so you might enjoy this too. Let me know what you think - just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

other news - 

- the double agent - the relationship between literary agents and writers - more here

- learn about writing - from accomplished author Liz Harris - FREE EVENT.

"I shall be giving two talks - one about Publishing and one about Plotting your novel - at the City of Westminster Archives Centre on Saturday 11th June 2016, from 11am- 2pm.

11am- 12pm. I'll talk briefly about my path to publication and will discuss some of the things I know now that I wish I'd known when I started out.

1pm- 2pm. Plotting Workshop: I'll take you through the essentials of writing a novel that has a striking beginning, a non-saggy middle and a resounding ending. 

Places are free, but booking is essential. Please call City Archives at 020776415180 or email them atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book."

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. 

luv

Debs

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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.

 

 

 

 

 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

 

 

(re-posted after IT glitch fri-mon)

READ ME A STORY… MY STORY?

I’ve noticed how high the profile of Audible is getting lately – have you? A big article in the London Metro paper, ads on the tube, features online… Am glad ‘cos it’s my lifeblood especially in my car.

Audible, if you didn’t know, is Amazon’s audiobook arm, where you can find most books in audio format. You can link to it via a book’s page on amazon too, which makes it easier. And you can use audible apps on any device to listen to your purchases (it’s fab!).

But how do you make your own titles into an audiobook? Amazon’s subsidiary has recently started allowing the UK to use ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange.) There, authors can link up with producers/narrators all looking for novels to make audiobooks out of. Most authors are currently doing a royalty split deal, to create their own, but you can pay outright for a producer to do it. Or create your own. Go here to read more about it if you’re an author/narrator. Go here to find out more about what a narrator is looking for in their next collaboration. And a fab look at the whole journey from Roz Morris is here – look at this first if you’ve no idea about audio books.

But if you’re a reader or should I say listener – OMG what a great way of getting more books read! I listen in the car – hallelujah, what a godsend it is – someone reading a story to me, all the way to work on my long journeys (about an hour each way, sometimes more!) I’ve been loving the entire Lee Child/Jack Reacher back catalogue, plus the Highlander time travel series by Diana Gabaldon (am on book 4 – and each one is over 30 hours long! Great value and really well read.) Plus many John Grishams and countless romances.

For most listens, my fave audio book – having listened to it three times - has to be Bridget Jones’ Diary 3 (Mad About The Boy) – read by the excellent Samantha Bond. I’d love her to read one of my stories – she could do great justice to Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter, recently released on Amazon in paperback and eBook. #Wishlist!

But some truly ruin a book. I’ve stopped reading a couple because the narrator took a dramatic unrealistic actor-y sharp intake of breath at the end of every sentence (grrrr!) – they’re not reading a story, they’re doing an actor playing at reading a story. I didn’t finish it – I won’t say which one but it was a light romance about xmas in a famous London St. I also went as far as getting a refund on Cloud Atlas – the first passages were un-listenable (ok so I’m making these words up, but they should be words! Lol) – being read by the actor as if he’d never seen those words before, and in a seventeenth century type context, that ain’t a good thing! Another had a sing song tune she sang in almost every sentence, mostly near the end, whereby I was more listening out for the blimmin tune than I was getting into the story. Most distracting. And of course there are the books which I just haven’t managed to wade through – some most definitely made more for the eye than the ear (Wolf Hall, the Luminaries etc – gotta give me points for trying though eh?! Hah!).

Anyway, fortunately most are GREAT! And if you find you are too busy with household chores, travel and so forth, to settle down to actually read a book, do get the audio book version – with audible apps on every smartphone device it’s never been easier – and you don’t need to be stuck with headphones either, not with all the great Bluetooth devices around. My current faves are a couple from QVC, including the Edifier and the trendy brand Bassboomz’ small but beefy 2 inch rechargeable speaker 504033 – no wires needed, connects by Bluetooth to your device with your audible app on! Oops! Slipped into sales mode there. But it’s great. And so is audible. Next step – to get some of my/your novels made into audiobook!

 

VOLUME IS KING – from one book in 12 years to 12 books in one year. It’s one of the biggest thrusts in self-publishing at the moment – listen to this podcast including some fascinating points about writing – a lot – from Joanna Penn with @johnnybTruant from theselfpublishingpodcast.com (a good site if you like ‘depravity,’ he says! Lol.) Seriously needs listening to! Click here for more info about Johnny B Truant and the selfpublishingpodcast.com

Kickstarter project – also from Johnny and co, watch out for their real time innovation - a ‘write a novel in 30 days’ project - helping people understand the whole procedure of writing and self publishing a novel. Going live June 1-30 2014. You can also ‘crowd-fund’ via kick-starter and get involved too. Fiction Unboxed – more here about fiction unboxed.

 

OTHER NEWS –

Courses – the inimitable Joanna Penn is one of the best people I can ever recommend, to help give you marketing tips and help. She’s available again – if you’re quick -

Book Marketing Masterclass with Bestselling Authors Joanna Penn and Polly Courtney

Inspiration – James Patterson: how the bestseller factory works – interesting Telegraph article from one of the biggest authors in the business, James Patterson

 

Self publishing Tips

Tons this week. Next week I’m going to do a consolidated single blog post which points people in the direction of superb beginner self pub resources, who are doing it far better than me! Then my own RiWiSi will be more specific to my own stage in the journey. This is a mixed bunch, but all fab! I tend to read several of these each week, and try to earmark the ones I think you’d like!

 

 

-          Publishing On Kobo With Mark Lefebvre via The Creative Penn

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/11/25/ebook-publishing-kobo-mark-lefebvre/

 

-          How To Build Up Your Writing Bio Super Fast - Writer's Relief, Inc.

http://writersrelief.com/blog/2009/04/no-publishing-credits-get-publishing-credentials-how-to-build-up-your-writing-bio-super-fast/

 

-          5 Things Literary Agents Want To See In Your Author Platform – the importance of your social media platform via Web Design Relief

http://www.webdesignrelief.com/literary-agents-want-to-see-in-author-platform/

 

-          A rallying cry for high standards in self-publishing from a great resource site Self-Publishing Advice - hear hear!
http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-spotting-the-elephant-in-the-self-publishing-room/

 

 

-          Why Authors Need To Set Up A Mailing List, NOW!  from Book Marketing Tools Blog

http://bookmarketingtools.com/blog/why-authors-need-to-set-up-a-mailing-list-now/

 

Don’t forget to check out my archives for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. And do remember there’s even more RiWiSi on my Friday QVC UK.com blog! Go here.

Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Have a lovely week! Next week -  the importance of Goodreads… are you a member?

Best wishes

Debs

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MY 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 and Goodreads! Enjoy! x

 

Books  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

 

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 coming in the Summer)

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – see above – 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…

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

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!

 

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

‘Hawaiian Retreat’ – Helen’s story - book three in the trilogy, see above.

‘TTFLS’ revised version – coming Autumn 2014

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the summer. 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