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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.

It is always a pleasure when one of my top 10 authors releases a new audiobook. Not only is Julie Cohens book out at the end of the month, but Rowan Coleman is releasing her new one too. So in the run up, I got one of her previous novels, now on audiobook. And I am loving it at the moment. All about a widowed mum who turns her life around by taking in interesting lodgers! How funny given my short story was about a lodger :-) (You can read it if you missed it, it's free, click here.)

Rowan has published some heartrending tales, usually with characters that are not only larger-than-life, there is always an aspect of their character that makes them very interesting. She is a master in getting you to care about their ups and downs, so I was looking forward to this one. And it's great! It's one of those that makes me want to get back in my car so I can listen to a bit more! I always do long journeys, you see, and these stories are my lifeline.

"Once upon a time, Ellie had her 'happily ever after' moment when she married her beloved Nick. But 15 years later, her husband's tragic death leaves her alone with their son and facing a mountain of debt. On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellie decides to rent out some rooms. And all too soon, the indomitable Allegra, estranged Sabine on secondment from Berlin and lads' mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence - each with their own messy life in tow. Ellie finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live - and love - again. Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all...."

Get it on Amazon here

 Having just finished this book, I found that I was very impressed with yet another layer of writing I didn't see coming. There is a little aspect to the plot I could not have predicted, which gradually emerged within the tale rather than being flagged up early in neon lights as some authors do. Well done Rowan - another winner as far as I am concerned. 

And watch out soon for Rowan's new book - 'the summer of Impossible Things'... ever wish you could go back in time and change your past...? Squeeee!

other news - 

- writer's workshop list of reasons why it's good to take a writing workshop - thought this was a great little article - lots of gems and words of wisdom especially for beginners. go here

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 17th and 31st July have spaces as does 28th August. (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

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) 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.

 

 

This is from one of my regular top-reads, I always look out for new Rowan Coleman books to add to my audiobook library. It's from 2011, but this one is also narrated brilliantly on Audible and part of my entertainment on my long journeys down to Devon once a week.

Willow and Holly are identical twins.  They are everything to each other.  Holly calls Willow her rock, her soul mate, her other half.  And Willow feels the same about Holly. They are alike in every respect except one - Willow is afraid on the inside. And all because of a secret - one that binds the sisters closely together and yet has meant their adult lives have taken two very different paths.

Willow often feels there are large parts of her missing, qualities she only knows she's lacking because she sees them in her sister. For a very long time Willow has felt separated from Holly by one terrible moment in time - a moment that meant Willow's life was never the same again. And when the past catches up with her, Willow realises it's finally time for her to face her fears, and - with Holly's help - learn to laugh out loud once more...

Tons of five star reviews - as there always are for lovely Rowan! Am looking forward very much to the workshop she and Julie Cohen are running in Bristol in March 3-5th (see previous blogs to get the info.)

'Chick Lit Chloe' a Top 1000 reviewer on Amazon says - 'Once I had finished this book, I have to say its one of the most moving and beautifully written novels I read in a long time - and its the first to actually have me crying tears for a very long time. Come the end I was sobbing for Willow, and it takes a great talent to move me to tears, let me tell you!'

I loved the larger than life characters including Victoria the ascerbic agent too!

Find Rowan's book here  on Amazon and of course it's on audiobook too.

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

Have a lovely week

d

x

Well I was off to the Coleman and Cohen retreat at Literature Wales this week, and fab as usual it was. Ooops, went a bit Yoda then. Lol.

The course itself was a bit more for beginners this time, which meant I could escape a little more to get back to the plot – which I have quite frankly, lost. Not literally – it exists on post-its, now on my wall in my bedroom at Ty Newydd near Portmadoc in West Wales and will soon exist again in my own (new) home – I move in this Saturday, finally.

Go here to my Facebook author page, to read more about the week and see some more fab pics of the place. - click here.

Rowan Coleman tempted me with her The Memory Book, as several of Rowan and Julie’s books came up during the workshops. See below for Author of the Week. And Archie Nolan, Family Detective, by Beverley Ward, another of the attendees, is being published next week so that gets a mention too – see below.

However, highlight of the week was clearly meeting and having a Q&A with famous author Katie Fforde – and what a lovely lady she is too. Her tips for being a successful writer and making a living included –

-          Read a lot

-          Persevere – possibly the most important

-          And be prepared to accept criticism

She also made us all feel better by saying that there are two Katie Ffordes really – the famous author one who goes on the stage and gets invited to Launch parties and talks to people. And the private one who does the hard work. What gets her out of bed each day is the challenge of the struggle – and it is still a daily struggle, even now, she says, to sit and get her words done, instead of playing spider patience (is that what she said? Is that even a thing?!)

The best part of starting a new novel is sitting doing the planning – making sure she has all the ‘ingredients’ included, in the plot etc. She tends to then write a few chapters then stop and write a bit more of the plan. And chapter two is always the hardest. She never really feels accomplished until the book is done. And tips for finding new professions to write about? The yellow pages! She’s had some great successes, including a ‘picture restorer’ through just picking up the phone book!

Katie was very gracious and sat chatting to us for ages, a point that Rowan was quick to mention is typical of Katie and Rowan holds her up as the best example of what an author should be. Katie said it took her 8 years of failed attempts at Mills and Boon submissions, before she got her book deal, and being so grateful for that has never gone away, meaning she always feels such gratitude she always wants to pay it back. She recounted the story of her first book deal which the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers’ Scheme led to, when the book doctor looking at her submission secretly passed it on to an agent and this led to a deal. However, soon afterwards the book, Living Dangerously, became a WHSmiths Fresh Talent winner – a massive deal in those days – and a cardboard cut out was displayed in her local town centre which meant she didn’t want to go there for fear of freaking out, till it was gone! She’s a lovely lady, a talented writer and it was a pleasure to meet her!

This is Katie Fforde’s Amazon page, where several of her books are currently only £1.99.

 

Rowan Coleman – Author of the Week

She’s pictured on the left in my top pic, alongside Julie who is lower down and Katie is sitting!

The Memory Book – is her current bestseller. I enjoyed Rowan’s classes this week, so I got it on audible – more here.

Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years before winning Company Magazine Young Writer of the Year in 2001. Her first novel GROWING UP TWICE was published in 2002 and was a WHS Fresh Talent winner. Since then Rowan has written twelve novels, including THE ACCIDENTAL MOTHER, THE BABY GROUP, and RUNAWAY WIFE, which won The Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read 2012, The RoNA Epic Romance novel of 2013 and was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013 and is the book that inspired Rowan to release WOMAN WALKS INTO A BAR as an ebook (published 10th September 2013) with 100% of her royalties going to Refuge. Her Sunday Times bestselling novel THE MEMORY BOOK was a Richard and Judy Bookclub selection 2014, and Love Reading Novel of the Year, as voted for by readers. Her latest novel WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS is out now. Rowan now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, and large family of four children, including surprise toddler twins. Rowan is often quite tired. 

I’m not surprised! Haha! At least she had a nice rest this week! Lol.

Amazon page is here

Ps Julie Cohen’s Richard and Judy book, Dear Thing, is currently only £1.99 but get it soon as offer ends – get it here, it’s fabulously thought-provoking.

Other news –                                                                                                       

-          Charlie Nolan, Family Detective by Beverley Ward, specially written for the donor parents foundation, it's 2 weeks until the book is out and at the moment it's only available from the charity who commissioned it. All the details are on their website so that's easy.

Science geek Archie Nolan tries to keep a low profile, but when his class are told to research their family tree, he is terrified twin sister and school swot Jemima is going to reveal that they are donor conceived. Archie’s in turmoil. The only person who understands is his donor conceived friend Cameron, but he seems to have unearthed a village vampire…..and Archie's far more interested in investigating that!

Open Archie’s secret diary and join him and his friends on an action-packed adventure to find out what family really means.

It's here: http://www.dcnetwork.org/products/product/archie-nolan-family-detective-story-8-12yr-olds 

 

-          Don’t forget one more week of Take a Chance on Me being 99p!Offer ends 31st July – steamy romance set in Hawaii and Monaco between a playboy billionaire and a feisty businesswoman on a man ban. Get it here.

-          Go Set a Watchman Leads iBooks Bestsellers List - From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.MORE HERE and tops many amazon chart – get it here. REaaally dear for a kindle ebook tho! They’re not silly are they! I’d go for the audible book but apparently it’s not that good, and I bet there will be lots of bad reviews. Still, when I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird maybe I’ll get that one. Too much on my audible app still to read atm…

best wishes

debs

x

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, 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. 

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via @debbieflint on Twitter!#

 

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, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is also on Amazon (2002)

 

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

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

Had a fabulous weekend away. At the end of the two days at Julie Cohen and Rowan Coleman’s writing retreat in Somerset, I’d -

- completed over a quarter of the revisions to Hawaiian Affair, for my publisher Choc Lit

- finalised a new title for my WIP - a series of novellas based on a scandalous ideal in 1920's, a kind of Mr Selfridge meets Call the midwife meets Downton Abbey.

- worked out the theme, the byline for the front cover and covered off the plot arcs for the first seven novellas in the series and the overall first series arc.

- made lots of new pals

- heard some fabulous tips

- walked in a wood with Badger viewing areas, a woodland classroom and a pig you could stroke (I was surprised how warm its skin was – don’t know why I thought it would be cooler!)

- ate some fabulous food and avoided too much bad stuff, and even did a bit of Bodyblade in my lovely studio room that overlooked the rolling distant hills. Read more about it on my News blog from Sunday, here.

It’s how I write, getting away from it all. Then I can totally focus and not let life get in the way. Which it does for most of us of course. But some of the promised we made at the end of the course were a schedule of what we would do by when. And at least I know after the punishing schedule I had this year, that I am capable of it, even if it means little sleep and stiff shoulders! Now I’ve just got to do it!

Meanwhile the Till the Fat Lady Slims weight loss book continues to sell well. I guess books in that genre always will. The thing is, what do you do when they… don’t? Joanna Penn wrote a feature about what to do if your book isn’t selling – more for first time self-publishers, but interesting none the less – find out more about the checklist she’s created after years of her own experiences. Click here for ‘help my book isn’t selling by Joanna Penn.’

 

AudioBook of the Week – The Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch’s supernatural book came on the back of our Hallowe’en anthology, so I was just in the mood to read about river sprites and wizards and people being possessed – in a ‘cosy crime’ kind of way though – it’s a bit of both! But the star of the audiobook is the narrator – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is definitely on my watch list now – his narration was funny, great accents, fabulous delivery and excellent timing. His Mr Punch voice is utterly spine chilling too! He lifted a good book to a great one – I’d listen to it again and there aren’t many I’d say that about! 9 out of ten from me. Here’s a taster:

“My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just a probationary constable in that mighty army for justice … the Metropolitan Police Service (known) as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – where you do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England…”

Roll on book 2 – Moon over Soho!

Click here to see it on Amazon

 

Update on Paperback of whole Hawaiian Trilogy in PG

‘Course what you could do is offer an unbelievable deal! Well, a good one – IMHO, lol! All three of my romance novels, Hawaiian Escape, Hawaiian Affair and Hawaiian Retreat, in that order, will be going up on Amazon for one month only in one bumper paperback, in PG version for gifting. More news next week, when I’ll have the big cover reveal! But do get ready to buy it on December 1st! The preorder will go on sale before that.

 

How to’s

Lots of people still asking advice about where to begin with self-publishing, naturally. There is a plethora of info out there. Notably some of the sites listed on my ‘beginner’s guide’ – see below. Just recently another person commented on the guest blog I did for The Creative Penn in April – asking about how to set up a readers group to help get reviews. This was my reply –

“Some beginner authors I know build up their social media platform, first, following and chatting to followers/readers of other authors who write in a genre similar to their own. Then you can ask if any of these new contacts could help with reviews. You may find, as I did, that you can form your own little beta readers group on Facebook.  (Relationship building is what social media is there for nowadays, of course, so a newcomer should in general be doing this anyway to build up their platform if they want to be taken seriously later by a publisher.) Good luck!”

Go here to read more, including a new update in the comments section on how Facebook has changed even since April and how to use it in your quest to gain readers – and sales.

 

Other news –

-          Three of the biggest books in self-publishing all for 99p for a short period only – go here to find out more.

-          How do TV writers write? Index card magic. Julie Cohen uses post it’s like index cards, so this amused me – click for a fab pic, good insights and a video telling you more click here

-          Julie’s courses – Getting to the Heart of Your Novel in June - just in case you’re interested in going too, I am! More here.

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published on here in the archives – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Ps – see below for all my links to my own books.

Have a great week!

And don’t forget to kindly leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you don’t mind!

Best wishes

Debs

x

 

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 (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 titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited to pre-Xmas only, the PG trilogy all in one book! More news about release date soon…

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…

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

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

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, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook. Here’s the original, just 99p on eBook. Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

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

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

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

Have a fab week!