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It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas - tour of hall way at Retreats for You in Devon! Is it where you are? Done your decs yet? Or waiting for a special date each year?

What a lovely week I've just had with the very very talented author Julie Cohen and my lovely writing pal Sue Bassett joining me and new guest Hazel for the week. It poured and it poured, see here on Facebook! But we were cosy inside - they were writing and I was looking after them, and wrapping presents - when the dogs let me! That's them in the pic getting in the way!

Here's Julie's post showing some of the christmassy scenes at our place - such a lovely time of year - in fact, the 'most wonderful time, of the yeeeeear'

 

PS YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS FUNNY VID of spaniel Loony Luna too - so funny bless her! On facebook here - and do 'like' the page. Watch out also for a new page coming soon with QVC Chat and me!

 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Seems a sensible one, given this weekend is the final of the Apprentice 2017 series. 'Apprentice' the Audible original audiobook however, is fictional - set in the 1300s and follows a rags to riches story of a self made Merchant way back when. 50 different voices across the three tales - this is the first.  Looking forward to reading it after I finish 'Column of Fire' by Ken Follett. Book of the Week here.

 

 

SING FOR MY SUPPER

Had a lovely time at last weekend's Good Grief Trust winter gala dinner at Wimbledon FC clubhouse in Kingston, where I sang - again. Only karaoke this time but it was fine in the end! Was very nervous again about it - turns out it's much easier when I'm not petrified of forgetting the words! Go here to see me sing a bit! And well done to Linda Magistris for arranging it all! Superstar event organiser...!

this week's QVC blog includes a new format with links to all the upcoming deals I mention, which will go live once they are available! Plus a funny blooper with Nikki from Lola Rose! Go to this link to see it on Friday once it's posted!

Hope you have a great week!

 

debs

xx

 

New QVC Blog - with lots of sneaky peeks! Go here to the latest one: read my new QVC blog which will be here 

And don't forget to 'like' the Facebook page here for instant access to all my 'vlogs' during my weeks off in Devon whilst my hand heals, and other sneaky peeks and early bird links!

ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

best wishes

debs

 

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it's been another week off for me down in Devon. Next week it's back to welcoming lots of guests here again, but this week it was all about Christmasssss!

Bought lots of pressies and as usual, I laid them all out in my back room before wrapping them up ready to take back to London around 20th. It's a good job that a) I live alone and b) noone was here writing this week! 

 

 But it'll all be ok once they've all gone... and it's a good job I can close the door on that room next week once everyone arrives!! hehe!

Meanwhile, the decorations are up - here's an example - I'm sure it's going to feel very welcoming when you walk through the door. The tree is in the hallway - it's really the only place it can go, even though it's a big house. And I was very glad to discover a little place not far away that did a seven foot tree for just £36. I love having a real tree - do you?

 

Another thing I did was find enough batteries for the lights and hanging baskets, garlands, candles and so on. Happily, I stumbled across last year's box where I'd decanted all the old ones and some still worked! Oh the simple joys. Plus the alkaline battery re-charger - delight! But there are several pressies still to buy..

Secret Santa Surprises?

So we have a long list of lovely people who have helped this year, helped to make our lives more enjoyable and our jobs easier. Both at the retreat in Devon and at QVC, my 'proper job' (as they say in the South West!) Plus I'm having a little 'ladies' lunch' featuring a Secret Santa, on 19th in Sheepwash, then our annual presenters' lunch on the Thursday. So it's time to consider what to get for all these little treats - some secret santas and pressies - with a budget of between £5 and £10. From little yankee candles to the mini version of the super board game 'Articulate', there were lots of options. In the end we went with a bottle bag, and a little bottle of fizz, together with a surprise at the bottom of the bag - can you guess what it is? Answer at the bottom! total cost just a fiver! Fingers crossed they all like them - looking forward to seeing their faces!

Book of the Week

Ohhhhh I love my regular authors when they bring out the next book in a series! So it's time for me to dip into the Pillars of the Earth sequel, from Ken Follett - book 3, Columns of Fire. Set in the 1500s, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it's full of the usual pithy detail about life in those times and as normal, the narrator adds a touch of authenticity with his inflections even if it's a little affected sometimes. Enjoying it very much. More here.

Facebook Vlog of the Week

Well most of the days were rather dull, weather-wise, but happily it was ok enough to take the dogs for a nice walk. Gracie can't go too far nowadays cos of her hip dysplasia but they love to get out. Here's a vlog from one of my daily walks in Devon which so many facebookers seem to love so much! Do follow the Facebook page and 'like' it to get the regular updates automatically!

QVC BLOG - this week's on Friday will feature an early bird link for Sunday's big Amazon Echo Today's Special Value as well as lots of other sneaky peeks, and a reminder of one of the funniest bloopers EVER! Made me laugh for days on end... poor Mally didn't know what hit her! Go here to see it on Friday from around lunchtime...  Or visit my Twitter page where it is still the pinned post!

FINALLY - are you near Kingston this Saturday (9th)? Can you come to the Good Grief Trust gig? More info here - come hear me sing a few vintage songs, amongst other things - should be fun.  go here to find out more!!

Hope you have a lovely week!

debs

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New QVC Blog - with lots of sneaky peeks! Go here to the latest one: read my new QVC blog which will be here 

And don't forget to 'like' the Facebook page here for instant access to all my 'vlogs' during my weeks off in Devon whilst my hand heals, and other sneaky peeks and early bird links!

best wishes for a fab week!

d

x

ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

best wishes

debs

 

 

 

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Super days out this week - another lovely restful week down in Devon and the dogs loved the sea - twice! 

See below for videos of how they got on in the waves - so funny seeing what Gracie did! 

It's been a great week for relaxing and it kicked off with a special acupuncture session with my lovely pal Goody. She told me I have to focus on getting more quality sleep so I agreed. That's why on Wednesday morning, I ended up snoozing the alarm at 8.30. I'll get another half an hour, I thought. I don't have to leave till ten past ten. Next thing I know, I'm waking up and it's ten o'clock! But sleepcycle, the app I use to monitor my sleep, is confirming it's working and the average this week is over 8 hours. How much do you get? Have you a routine that helps you nod off?

One of the best things I've had recently has been the This Works spray at bedtime, and a comfy mattress topper. Also I find now it's cold I'm loving a hot water bottle on  me tootsies! What about you?

Devon Beach Days

 

So many gorgeous sunny Autumn days recently. Lots of places to go to give my poggies a treat. Daisy and Gracie are funny - very sociable and want to say hello to as many people as they can when we are out. Not all the dogs want to say hello back however! 

This was on Widemouth beach on Monday afternoon, when Gracie saw the sea and decided it was bath time! click here to watch it on my vlog. Plus, also on my official Facebook page, a post with another dozen pics of the pogs at the beach and some beautiful sunset shots - click here. (Don't forget to 'like' the page whilst you're there to avoid missing updates!)

Then on Wednesday Sheena and I visited Northcott bay, on the other side of Bude in Cornwall, just over the border with Devon. It was very pebbly, with some amazing geology, and the dogs had fun in the surf. These waves were crashing to the shore in typical Cornish coastal fashion, and it wasn't long before Gracie was in again - even though she wasn't quite ready for the bigger ones!

click here to Gracie in the crashing waves on youtube video.

Book of the week

Well it was Hallowe'en this week and I went to an interesting talk, see below. BUT my book of the week is Hubble Bubble, a fun rom com by one of my fave authors, Jane Lovering. Its not a Hallowe'en story, so ok to read when you like! Good fun read and really witty turn of phrase as ever from Jane. More here.

And the winner of last week's competition is to be announced shortly

Super days out this week - another lovely restful week down in Devon and the dogs loved the sea - twice! 

See below for videos of how they got on in the waves - so funny seeing what Gracie did! 

It's been a great week for relaxing and it kicked off with a special acupuncture session with my lovely pal Goody. She told me I have to focus on getting more quality sleep so I agreed. That's why on Wednesday morning, I ended up snoozing the alarm at 8.30. I'll get another half an hour, I thought. I don't have to leave till ten past ten. Next thing I know, I'm waking up and it's ten o'clock! But sleepcycle, the app I use to monitor my sleep, is confirming it's working and the average this week is over 8 hours. How much do you get? Have you a routine that helps you nod off?

One of the best things I've had recently has been the This Works spray at bedtime, and a comfy mattress topper. Also I find now it's cold I'm loving a hot water bottle on  me tootsies! What about you?

Devon Beach Days

 

So many gorgeous sunny Autumn days recently. Lots of places to go to give my poggies a treat. Daisy and Gracie are funny - very sociable and want to say hello to as many people as they can when we are out. Not all the dogs want to say hello back however! 

This was on Widemouth beach on Monday afternoon, when Gracie saw the sea and decided it was bath time! click here to watch it on my vlog. Plus, also on my official Facebook page, a post with another dozen pics of the pogs at the beach and some beautiful sunset shots - click here. (Don't forget to 'like' the page whilst you're there to avoid missing updates!)

Then on Wednesday Sheena and I visited Northcott bay, on the other side of Bude in Cornwall, just over the border with Devon. It was very pebbly, with some amazing geology, and the dogs had fun in the surf. These waves were crashing to the shore in typical Cornish coastal fashion, and it wasn't long before Gracie was in again - even though she wasn't quite ready for the bigger ones!

click here to Gracie in the crashing waves on youtube video.

Book of the week

Well it was Hallowe'en this week and I went to an interesting talk, see below. BUT my book of the week is Hubble Bubble, a fun rom com by one of my fave authors, Jane Lovering. Its not a Hallowe'en story, so ok to read when you like! Good fun read and really witty turn of phrase as ever from Jane. More here.

And the winner of last week's competition is to be announced shortly.

Join me on QVC midnight Thursday (tomorrow/tonight!) for a lovely duo of Peony hydrangea flowers inc a little fragrance spray that's delightful. And read my new QVC blog which will be here on Friday for more early bird links for the weekend's deals including IT cosmetics 5 pc heroes set!

Near Kingston in Surrey on December 9th? A fun night is in store - go here to find out more!! Including me singing again - a couple of songs is all, at the request of lovely pal Linda Magistris... would love your company, why not come along? 

Have a great week!

luv

debs

x

ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

best wishes

debs

x

 

 

best wishes

debs

x

 

 

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I've been asked to help out lovely charity Good Grief Trust and sing at an event in Kingston on Saturday 9th. If you would like to find out more, please see below from Linda Magistris

Yay!! We have confirmed the date for our GOOD GRIEF CHRISTMAS PARTY!!

Join us to celebrate our 1st Anniversary and the launch of our new website.

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER- 7pm - Invitation only - £20 - to include; 
a delicious supper, dancing, entertainment and lots of fun! 
(& a fab Goody Bag!)

Football Club AFC Wimbledon

Hosted by the fabulous Denise Waterman
Featuring the beautiful soulful jazz voice of Debbie Flint
Posh Bingo! Raffle/Auction & Prizes galore!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve yours.

Bring a few friends to join your table. Great start to the Christmas festivities and you will be helping us to raise funds to signpost all those suffering grief to support across the UK. The Good Grief Trust

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What do you do for Hallowe'en? Anything? I do love this pic, taken three years ago at the launch party of a special spooky anthology. It was such fun - mind you, masks are always easier than makeup right?

I don't generally do much for Hallowe'en - but I will be in Devon without any guests this year, so maybe we will have some trick or treaters! It'll be the first year in a long time since my last two houses were actually quite remote so we never got any visitors! That's after many years where the tradition in my Banstead house, quite close to other houses where kids live, was that all Laurens cousins came round, dressed up, and went off with their little cauldrons! So should I get a bumper bundle of treats? Or be prepared for some tricks? What do you think? Shame I haven't got this mask any more since I might be able to lie in wait behind the door for them... mwahhahaaa! That's the sort of thing my dad would have done anyway!

Free Spooky ebook for Hallowe'en

 Nevertheless as it's next week, here's a treat of my own for you - a smashing offer! A free ebook - filled with spooky short stories, (mystical rather than gory) available for five days on Amazon, from 27th till Hallowe'en. Click here to read all about it and also to find out how to take part in the simple to enter competition to win a paperback copy of the book, Hocus Pocus '14 - over on the RiWiSi page this week. It's been written by award winners, best sellers and some 'true life tales' as well - all with a twist. Hope you manage to download it onto your kindles before the free offer runs out! more here.

Also over on my new QVC blog another chance to win a copy, this time including a box of delicious Devon fudge, from my trip to Powderham castle last week for the lucky winner, chosen at random from everyone posting a comment on the qvc website on that blog. More info will be here on my QVC blog launching on Friday

Tour around my garden - Wednesday vlog question

 Had an unseasonally warm day this week and videod my back garden - see it on my Facebook page, (and don't forget to click 'like' to see all future vlogs) - just listen to this wonderful sound, in my courtyard in Devon - click here.

What would you have done? 

Needless to say the garden won!

 

Near Kingston in Surrey on December 9th? A fun night is in store - go here to find out more!! Including me singing again - a couple of songs is all, at the request of lovely pal Linda Magistris... would love your company, why not come along? 

Have a great week!

luv

debs

x

ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

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Free Hallowe'en EBook!

Talking of Amazon, go over to Amazon at the end of October for your free ebook version of this anthology of 13 spooky tales with a twist! Created by me along with 12 other authors, some award winning novelists, this is a perfect way to spend Hallowe'en any year! Interlaces with real life spooky stories from readers and Facebookers, plus a bonus spooky poem.

 It's here and will go on sale for free around 27th October. 99p till then!

13 mystical short stories for Hallowe'en - 

From Haunted House to Fallen Angel, devious ghosts to soul stealers, these supernatural tales will give you thrills and chills, as the sun sets and the witching hour approaches...

Spooky rather than gory.

From thirteen authors - many of whom have their own amazon pages now - check out their other books, some are best sellers and award winners...

Seed of Doubt by Adrienne Vaughan
Letter for Ray by Carolyn Mahony
Heaven Must be Missing an Angel by Jules Wake
The Last Leg by S A Edward
Lovespelled by Jane O’Reilly
Clarissa by Lynda Renham
Orange Blossom by Mary Jane Hallowell (short novella)
Jumping the Queue by Lizzie Lamb
Haunted House by Alison May
The Soul Stealer by Tina K. Burton
Green Man Rising by Litty Williams
Insubstantial Evidence by Tracy Burton
When Dreams Return by Debbie Flint (short novella)
Bonus Material -– true life spooky tales & poem

  It's here and will go on sale for free around 27th October!

 

Win a copy in paperback

All you need to do is send an email to me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with 'subscribe spooky' in the subject line and you will be entered as well as joining my mailing list. Deadline is 3rd November, prize to be sent out first class post soon after winner is announced on this blog which will be updated. 

Good luck!

best wishes

debs

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ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

just finishing the final (7th) Clifton Chronicles – This Was A Man. I have really enjoyed them. Jeffrey Archer is such a superb storyteller and it was sad to come to the end of the series. So now I’m on to the brand new one from Dan Brown. Just out, Origin is another twisting and turning tale that intertwines historical fact and his own brand of ‘faction’. So far so good – review next week.

This Was A Man takes us right into the 1980s, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and intertwines our characters into the factual events of the era. I have found myself wanting to continue listening to the audiobooks more with this series than with mos of the other books I've heard in the last few years. I think because once you buy into the family saga, you just want more, the familiarity keeping you hooked. Worth remembering if you are an author thinking about your next move.

More about the whole series here

 

Other news –

New dates for writing retreats with yoga . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from nimblelimbs.com. The upcoming dates are on October 16 and November 27. £410 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other news - 

- WIN A four night stay at rfy - in conjunction with Stroud Writing Festival - go here for more info.

 

  • RFY Autumn 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., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - 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

 

CONCERT IN AID OF MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS

It all went really well, when, on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol.) Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid.

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle

 

Go here to  read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.

 

TEA ROOMS

We also then had a tea rooms event again at my place on the Sunday - it's all go! It was the best-attended, yet - with a total of over £1000 raised for Medical Detection Dogs. 

Go here to see a short video - we were packed!

 

Thanks to everyone who came and made it possible to raise so much again, over such a short space of time.

Very grateful

So are Medical Detection Dogs!

 

debs

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Here's a summary - 

CONCERT IN AID OF MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS

It all went really well, and on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol. Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle

 

And here's the link to the Charity post I did on my charity page on my website, where you can read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.

ps I 'm also a Good Grief Trust patron too - go here to find out more.

 

JAMIE'S BACK

Jamie Fraser, I mean - Outlander's hero - and season three does not disappoint. CAtch up on seasons and and two on More 4 ( i think) and then watch season 3 on Amazon Prime - it's amaaaaazing! 

go here to see the trailer and the catch up 

 

QVC blogs - the recent ones, which I've not managed to post on my newsletter/home news - have featured :

- more about the concert and tea rooms

- and the latest one features pics from my niece's wedding in France - more here.

 

Don't forget to 'like' the official Facebook page as that's where most of my news and updates go first - even if you're not on Facebook you can read them! I also do some live videos and 'vlogs' - video blogs - mostly from Devon - this week's included when I was a bit worried about catering for such a big group at my guest house, on my own! ANd one where I take you round the back garden and show you what I found there...

more here

 

Book of the Week - well, more like Book of the  Month really - book series, that is. It's excellent and it's the Clifton Chronicles series by Jeffrey Archer. It's an eight book series, beginning in the 1920s and now I'm on book 6 and am up to the 1970s. It's thoroughly enjoyable and makes me realise just how much more agony I have to put my own characters through to create a dramatic page turning effect! more here on my RiWiSi blog...

 

Recent Retreats 

Well, what a busy week I just had! Seven people and me, and most of the week I was looking after them totally on my own as Wendy was on her hols! Thanks to Linda for covering when I had to go back to London, too. When I first took over the guest house and writing retreat, I was a bit scared of the catering side, I must admit. Cos I had a family with two kids in and cooked relatively plain stuff. Now it has to be biiiig dishes and it has to be right! But I'm getting there! This week's was with the fabulous writing mentor Julie Cohen, who is my own mentor - such a genius and master of show not tell. The writers were very happy with everything that happened and that made me happy too! Go here to see more on a facebook post.

Plus we have done several Yoga ones, and have loved every minute of them. So we have two more soon!

  • RFY Autumn 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., Lots of dates throughout the Autumn and Winter, usually Monday to Friday (4 nights). Also already booking for December, for mulled wine and Xmas trees, roaring fires and cosy candlelit nooks and crannies to relax in, in our Grade 2 listed , 1600s thatched house. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • 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,creating complex characters retreat or June 11th - 15th a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - 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/

 

Hope you have a lovely week and apologies for the gap in my newsletters! 

luv 

debs

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- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - 

check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

 

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

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Lolly's Hen Tea Party

it's so nice when your daughter has the same taste as you - on this topic anyway! She looked lovely and shone throughout the whole day of flower crown making (more on new qvc blog Friday)

It was short but sweet for me, as I had to go to work, but everyone really enjoyed themselves! yay! And no sore heads the next day... well apart from a sugar overdose 'cos of all the lovely cakes.

love the pics in the montage above! And not long to go now - till Sat 2nd and the big day! 

 

Retreats Updates.

Whilst last week had a look at the new outside revamp (click here) , this week saw us welcoming no less than SIX people to stay for our regular monday to Friday writing retreats. I had to leave half way through the week to go to my daughter's pre-wedding thing, but it was a great group , with editor Jayne Watson, helping people do their first novels or tidy up their WIPs. Another good time was had by all!

(had a great new review from last week's guest)

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. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RFY Autumn 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 ) Oct 16th is also Yoga whereas Oct 2nd is for non-writers too. Email us on

Vlogs from this week in Devon

click here to see the update on a special event for the dogs. and the funniest moment on QVC (go here to see the QVC blog when it's ready - late Friday pm)

~Also, regulars, here's another of this week's vlogs (video blogs) click here with an important bank holiday question I'd like you to answer if you can - email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 See more on my Facebook page debbieflintauthorqvc and don't forget to 'like' the page to keep up to date with all the goings on!

Book of the Week – such a great book if you love sagas, and an amazing narrator on Audible too - Jeffrey Archer's Only Time Will Tell - more here.

FREE AUDIOBOOK Julie Cohen’s ‘Together’ – OMG what an amazing ending! Click here for a very special message about it - get yours free!. And I'm so chuffed Julie is topping Amazon charts all over the place and has got herself a top ten best seller. What a star!

Plus - she's just got a place come free on her course at the end of September with us - so if you're a writer and want a one to one with this superstar author/mentor, email her - info on the above book of the week blog too.

Competition

We will announce it soon, but anyone signing up for our newsletter by sending us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. saying ' stroud' until the end of the Stroud festival will be able to go in the draw to win a 4 night full board stay at RFY - full info to follow when we do the full blog. But here's a sneaky peek - to tie in with the stroud and yeovil literary festivals.

 -  Tickets are still available for my concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

And here's my latest update from my recent visit to MDD - click here - puppy alert!

Hope you have a great week - it's Lauren's wedding weekend - squeeee! (to see the pics soonest, do follow me on my social media - list below.)

much love

debs

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ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

 

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

 

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! Go to retreatsforyou.co.uk or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   . It’s 2nd October can include wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

 

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 6700 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

 

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 


Don't forget to watch the amazing videos on YouTube of Gut Reaction parts 1&2- its free.

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