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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

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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!

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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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

 

Saw these smiling little chaps and thought that considering there are so many babies around at the moment, I would post this pic. What a lovely sentiment, don't you think? About 17 years ago I learned that happiness was a choice. It was just after I got divorced.  I wonder if your experiences are similar to mine… Do  let me know! I went through a kind of a metamorphosis, including having a carefully concealed tattoo (three chinese symbols, and no, they didn't stand for 'quality, value and convenience!' ) as well as extra piercings. The man on the abseiling event at Center Parcs made me take it out of my belly button two years later, though, or I couldn't participate, and I never got back round to putting it back in. Anyway... there came a period when I learned different ways of dealing with the things that made me unhappy, including family comments. the phrases 'you'll get over it' and 'when I chose this I didn't have you in mind' became part of my vocab and I began focussing more and more on good things, and having appreciation. An 'attitude of gratitude' is one of the best things to cultivate, I was told. So I did, and it's really helped. 

Nowadays, I'm not so much a glass half full person, I'm a glass never empty and if it is a magic genie comes and tops it back up again... 'What can we learn from this' and 'everything happens for a reason' are two great mottoes. 

If you'd like to see what self-help books I recommend, you can read more about them on a blog I did, here. Enjoy. Any you've liked? Let me know. And do remember that happiness is a habit, a choice, rather than always feeling that the world made you do it or feel this way... Easier said than done, but just like touching your toes, the more you do it the easier it becomes. 

This week's updates- 

Did some fun vlogs this week, on my Facebook page. 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 one particularly long one that took a stroll by the river with the dogs in the sunshine - it's on my new QVC blog will be here Friday afternoon ... The blog will also have early bird order links for the new Tarte cosmetics 6 part TSV set this Sunday.

Book of the Week - Clifton Chronicles' SIXTH - I'm romping through them now! it's 'Cometh the Hour' and is apt given this week's shenanigans at party conferences - more here. including the latest book and writing and retreat news.

Latest news about a super competition to win a four night stay down in Devon... in conjunction with the super Stroud Writing Festival - more here.

Have a great week!

much love

debs

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 ps stay in touch with me via m,y 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 my writing is here

 

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Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
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Look! we are pleased to be sponsoring a competition to win a four night stay at Retreat’s For You in conjunction with the Stroud Writing Festival. How? By joining our mailing list for our regular email updates on our website - info on the attached pic. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and add 'stroud ' in the subject line, or subscribe directly to our newsletter yourself.
 
Do forward it to a friend if they would like to hear our news regularly as well. Anyone new who replies with the word Stroud in the subject line, we will enter them into the randomly chosen draw – includes all new subscribers between now and 5 November, all will enter this competition.
 
 
Stroud’s annual writing festival of the best in new writing from some of the finest novelists, non-fiction writers, poets, children’s writers and storytellers from Gloucestershire and beyond takes place 2-5 November.
 
With a wide-ranging programme of events – Cathy Rentzenbrink and Rachel Joyce on Writing to the Heart, TV and Guardian Food critic Matthew Fort, BIG READ author William Fiennes discussing The Snow Geese – over 30 events for writers, readers, adults and children, this year’s festival serves up something for everyone!
 
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 Hi! Had theeeee most amazing rehearsals this week for the upcoming concert - was singing with a pianist and with a saxophonist in a front room in Chiswick! Very exciting! We reharsed things like -

Beyond the Sea

My Baby Just Cares for Me

I Can Dream Can't I

and You Can Always Count on Me from my fave musical City of Angels

In the next couple of weeks I will post a video from the final rehearsal. Also met up with Barry Parsons, the 'singing councillor' who sings at events in Devon, but was part of a group who toured round the West End and sings show songs. He's very good. He sang things including 'Bring Him Home' to the girls at the current retreat (hello Jackie and co!) and they were teary eyed afterwards! Jackie said she took quite a shine to him too - and she's 85! Looks like it's going to be a great show. THe jazz band are amazing too. Do forward this to anyone who is down there who might want to come? Tickets are just £16 and it's for the Medical Detection Dogs!

(go here to book your tickets on Saturday September 16th at 8pm in Devon and make a weekend of it - come to the Retreats for You vintage tea rooms event the next afternoon too)

Retreats Updates.

Well it's a new look for the exterior of our thatched 1600s house in deepest North Devon - bright white and duck egg blue windows! Love it! Hope you can come at some stage - especially to the latest retreats - more here.

How smart does this look!

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, Watch this vlog (video blog) from this week – with messy hair and no make up! Go here to watch it – including an update on the knee

 See more on my Facebook page debbieflintauthorqvc

Book of the Week – just finished listening to 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. 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.

Hope you have a great week - it's all go for me! I'm off to see the MDD dogs on Friday morning and my daughter's hen-afternoon-tea is this weekend too, so more pics to follow including on my social media (list below - do follow me!)

much love

debs

x

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.  . 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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WORK IN PROGRESS

Rowan Coleman has done an amazing thing. In fact a series of quite possible things as it turns out, in her new novel The Summer of Impossible Things. She has created a riveting novel, that entranced me from the outset, and gripped me at the end. I always try to guess the ending and this one kept me guessing right to the end. Whilst I was reading it, on audiobook, listening to some very skilled New York accents amongst other things, I kept finding myself staring into space every so often, and realised that my mind was completely enraptured with the characters and their predicament. If this is not made into a film I will be very, very surprised. Rowan, well done, you have created one of the best books I have read in recent times. And one I will do something very rare with – I will almost certainly read it again on audiobook. I have only done that with Diana Gabledon's Outlander series and Mad About the Boy, The third Bridget Jones story. Anyway, this latest tome from Rowan has already got nearly 100 5* reviews on Amazon. Highly recommended.

"Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death.

In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens....

Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?"

 The feedback on reviews so far has been outstanding - mostly five stars, and I'm not surprised.

"I loved this book and my only disappointment was when I finished it!
The story flows and the characters make you care about them. A mix of time travel, love, family and New York (Brooklyn) what's not to enjoy.
The pictures painted by the story telling made me feel like I was watch a film, they were so vibrant and believable.
Luna, the main character is a fabulous creation and you want things to work out for her and you truly admire her courage.
Without spoiling the plot, there are a couple of twists that I didn't see coming and they make this story even more clever.
I can only say that this story was magical and I loved it !"

Go here to get it on Amazon now, or read/listen to the first bit.

FREE COPY - or join audible and get it free as your first book - go here.

 Julie Cohen my expert mentor has also written a short story which was in My Weekly this week. Hope you can find a copy! If you are, or would like to be, a novel writer, why not come along to one of her workshops? She has just released a spare place for September 25 at our guest house retreats for you. Full board including wine at dinner, tuition, one-to-one et cetera, is around £600 also. More info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 July 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 31st July andn 4th September have spaces. (Mon to Fri ) More here. 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.

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.

GO HERE TO VISIT RETREATSFORYOU.CO.UK AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EVENTS, ROOMS, AND FACILITIES 

Book or enquire by emailing us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the Retreats for You Facebook Page to see more info, pics and videos, or click here to read the super reviews - including from guests coming back since it's been under new management.

And find out more about the latest posts on Twitter by visiting @retreatsforyou

 

Enjoy!

 

debs and Wendy

 

 

 

 

FROM JULY -

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's the latest RFY july newsletter

here's our website with tons more info, pics and booking details

Here's the latest lot of fabulous five star reviews on our facebook page

and here's what we said - SEE BELOW - do let us know if you'd like to come stay! EMAIL US ON - 

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STOP PRESS - August is now nearly full on our Mon-Fri retreats on 7,14 & 21. Couple of spaces on 28th Aug, that's all.

best wishes

debs

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JULY NEWSLETTER - RETREATS FOR YOU

Retreats for You ~ July 2017

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Hi all.
Firstly, we were all chuffed to see this new rave review go up online this week – thanks to Gail Aldwin for alerting us. This site gives its take on the top ten writing retreats to go to for serious writers. And guess what? We made it onto the list! They say very complimentary things and call Retreats for You the ‘best for no distractions’!
How lovely!
 
It’s former guests who have alerted them, and of course the current Facebook reviews – which are currently 31 in total and all five stars – including most since Wendy and I took over this year from lovely Deb. 
Click here to read it all. And if you agree, do feel free to leave a comment there, or on our Facebook page here.

Glad to see the compliments keep flowing in blogs from guests too –

Rosie Dean has written a super description of what it’s really like to come here if you’re a writer too – go here to read hers. What would yours be, if you are a returner? If you’re curious, book a week and see for yourself.
 
We do mostly Monday to Friday, four nights, at £90 pppn, incl full board and wine at dinner. Own room, shared bathroom and lovely homecooked meals. We’re currently booking right through the Summer at the moment, although August is pretty full. We do have the following still available though:

Memoirs and First Time Writers Week  - Elaine Denning is your tutor for the week, including daily workshops to help get you started and bring out the novelist or autobiography in you. August 28th (bank hol) Mon to Fri. £440
 
Yoga Week August 14th – is practically full – do let us know if you’d like to grab the last remaining places - £395 including a morning and an evening session of gentle stretch yoga. Plus a healthy menu for the week. Non-writers welcome.

QVC viewers week Aug 21st or October 2nd. Just regular pricing of £90 pppn, ie £360 – come meet like-minded people, walk Daisy and Gracie the Labradors and really relax – everything is done for you, no chores.

Special Deals for last minute – if you’re an academic and need to get your thesis finished pronto, or a novelist with a deadline, come to us in July.
The 3rd is completely full but we have spaces on July 10th, 17th and 31st. Its just regular pricing so email us asap This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more, and if you can book far ahead too or are a returner,  you can either book via our new website or just contact us for info direct.
New website 
Finally, we have a new website! It’s up and running at last. There have been a few gremlins in the system but mostly ironed out now. If you spot one, let us know!
You can check availability and book through the new website now or if you prefer you can still email us with your enquiry.
Web address: www.retreatsforyou.co.uk

Useful Links
Need some help with how to pitch to a literary agent? This link might proves helpful -Click Here
Wendy's kitchen 
Chocolate mousse with fresh local raspberries and mint from the garden - a favourite amongst our guests for hot days or for a rich tasty dessert after a light dinner. Dark chocolate whisked with custard for an easy delicious mousse!
By the way, we have some famous authors who come to write at our lovely Retreat. Cally Taylor is one of them.
If you are in the Plymouth area in December, why not go and hear her speak, on a panel about crime writing and how to get published, more details here:




How to book with us
Bookings can now be made directly through the new website
Www.retreatsforyou.co.uk or if you prefer you can email usThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or just pick up the phone:  01409231252

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Best wishes,
Debbie Flint, and Wendy, hosts of Retreats for You

 

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Tale of Two Eggs

Well, the right hand side is what it's supposed to look like. The left hand side is what it ended up like. Because yours truly thought I'd try the onventional way of creating a poached egg by just dropping the de-shelled egg into the boiling water. Put a bit of vinegar in the water, they said - that's the secret. So I did. Turns out the secret is also to not have the water roiling. Boiled and simmering it seems - otherwise this catastrophe happens! All over me nice Kuhn Rikon strainer pan! Anyway - the other one was done in my nice new electric poacher/boiler so I'll stick to that in future! Unless you have any tips on how to do it the old way? I'm feeling a bit determined not to give in...

 

Book of the week - am thrilled to say that a very successful author and all round nice lady, Cally Taylor, AKA C L Taylor, is coming to stay at Retreats for You again, in the summer. WIll get a copy of her paperback for her to sign to go on our bookshelves containing guests' works. Her book The Accident was a top ten 'debut of the year' in 2014 and since then there are another three novels in the series. Love her work. Go here to read all about this new book, in advance of her latest coming out in October!

Part Four - the final part - has been so well received again - in my series on emotional bullies. Probably due to featuring the programme Catching a Killer, which featured the extreme version of this nasty personality disorder. This week I had another guy tell me his story about a female version. There's so much of it about. more stories and more help and guidance, to not feel alone - on my website here. Do share the link to anyone who you think might need it - you never know, they may one day have their long overdue 'aha' moment too...

New website is up! The long awaited brand shiny new website for Retreats for You - my guest house down in Devon - is up at last! WHat do you think? Can you spot any mistakes or have any feedback? Do go look and email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out some intriguing offers for those helping me beta test the website... go here to see the new website for retreats for you in Sheepwash, Devon.

And some fabulous new reviews - check them out here on our Facebook page - very happy - that's what I am!

Daisy and Gracie have been entertaining visitors again - Daisy this time for being so damn cute. Here she was last week on one of our walks, with two of the lovely girls from facebook/QVC contacts. Funny pup eh? What do you think the caption should be?!!

Finally - were you right? Was I right? Come Friday morning, it'll all be over bar the shouting, and a new government will be in place. I had a funny feeling about the majority - but I could be completely wrong - go see the facebook post I did on Wednesday to see how close I was - or if you thought the same - go here.

Have a lovely week - next week, lots of pics from my hol in sunny Cyprus!

best wishes

debs

x

ps 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! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It’s 21st August and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

And still time to decide on which songs I should sing in September, at the event happening in Devon – can you come? It’s in Torrington at the Plough, on September 16th - do come! and will feature classics like ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ and ‘That Ole Devil Love’– more here if you’d like to choose from the list of songs – which is your favourite?

That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 5200 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.

pps  

check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! 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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here

 

 

 

 

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First - stop press! Tonight's #tsv sunday midnight on QVC if you love Babyliss - 

Earlybird order link to new tsv tonight midnight @qvcuk - brand new launch of Babyliss hair tool - the best yet - imo - 

Click here

And do join me and Craigy together in an unusual hour kicking off an unusual day 

DEVON

I just love the fact that I live in Devon now - check out this beautiful sight I saw on one of this week's dog walks - click here to see the video - do you ever see these? Magical or what? click here to see video of a beautiful dragonfly...

and go here to see my facebook vlog with a walk around the local country market in Hatherleigh - bargains! (Like the Fbk page too  for future updates!) Silly Debbie bought a couple of items like hand made wooden planters for outside the front door, paid for them and asked to pick up from the stall-holders on the way back... then went home and forgot! It's a good excuse to go back next Tuesday morning tho. 

Talking of magical, I'm not far from Cornwall so I must go and see Tintagel at some stage - home, apparently, according to ancient mythology, of King Arthur. And a very good film it was too! Went to see it in Okehampton this week with Wendy and I must say it was very very good. More on my QVC blog but do go see it if you can. I loved Guy Ritchie's directing - yes it was a bit self-indulgent at times, but I really liked it and I have to say with some key shots being no longer than a second, blink and you'll miss it, it kept the pace rip-roaring along, so I didn't fall asleep one bit. Mixed reviews but I loved it - and Charlie Hunnam was hot and very watchable on screen - a bit Tom Hardy I must say. He should have been Christian Gray but backed out. Fifty Shades lost out there that's for sure...

A Book first - how exciting is this! A proper French translation in paperback of my very first novel! Was ever so chuffed! More here.

Also on my QVC blog - lots more pics of the week, plus enter my super #Philosophy bumper bundle competition - and some fabulous TSV sneaky peeks - it's here late Friday.

 Finally a very happy 11th birthday to my talented niece Lara. She has recently made me very proud because she won a drama scholarship at her school. And wants to be on the stage amongst other things… #ChipOffTheOldBlock:-) 

And that story... is coming honest... more soon, come back for full blog late Friday.

d

x

ps 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! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It’s 26th June and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

And still time to decide on which songs I should sing in September, at the event happening in Devon – can you come? It’s in Torrington at the Plough, and will feature classics like ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ and ‘That Ole Devil Love’– more here if you’d like to choose from the list of songs – which is your favourite?

 

That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 5200 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.

pps  

Ps check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! 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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here

x

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