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You may or may not know that I am published with UK independent publisher Choc Lit, and my very first novel with them, Take a Chance on Me, became a top 50 best selling e book last year. My ambition of a lifetime was fulfilled at Christmas, when it went into bookshops including WH Smith travel, where it reached number 79 in the charts. It was such a pleasure to see my book on a proper bookshop shelf, via a proper publisher.

Well the latest news is that Lyn my lovely publisher has now sold the French rights to a company who will be doing the translation into French! That has finally made me feel like a proper author :-)

Previously she informed me that Antonia Beamish would be narrating, for Howes. Their Wholebook Audio is huge and you will be able to get it on CD as well as download eg via audible. Antonia has an excellent voice and I was thrilled to talk to her on the phone - which according to the Crimefest panel from audible, is quite rare. 

now available - full report is here

Finally a look ahead. My next book will be the sister;s story. There is a prequel called Hawaiian Escape on Amazon which takes you into the past before Take a

Chance on Me happened. So my current Work in Progress is set just afterwards, and is based on, but NOT IDENTICAL TO, my sequel, previously published as Hawaiian Retreat.


More about Choc Lit here

More about take a chance on me from Amazon here. It now has over 120 five star reviews!

For a full run down of my books and other writing see below or go to 'writing' tab at top of this page.

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

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

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

 

FICTION

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

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

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

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

 DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

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

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

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

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

STOP PRESS - the companion to ttfls 2.0 is now available on pre-order on amazon for kindle or kindle app, paperback also out 20th Feb - how to preorder it here.

 

THE BIG SHORT

You know when I went away from QVC? Well I worked for several years in the health food industry – bottled energised water, omega threes. Then I hopped over to work as a manager in the financial industry, (my background was accounting and finance before media) and with my impeccable timing, I did so JUST as the financial crisis was looming. Three redundancies later and I was training myself to be an operations manager but the first job I got for a company who wanted my professional PRINCE 2 qualification, was as a manager at a shopping channel (Bid, now defunct too) and they had me back on air by Xmas. So I was well-placed when QVC came calling the following summer. Anyway – that’s the short version of my 9 years away from QVC.

In the middle of it, the unprecedented fall from grace of the banks happened, and I was on the inside looking out, watching more and more people get laid off all around me, scrabbling to get my team’s mortgage applications through before the deadlines closed with guillotine-efficiency, hoping our sub-prime mortgage customers made it through before it was too late. By summer 2008, it was too late for most of them and mortgage lending ground to a halt. Worldwide.

Well a small group of people spotted that the bubble was going to burst and bet that it would happen – in a form of insurance bet called a ‘big short.’ And this week, I went to see the film that’s taken this long to be released.

WATCH – the BEST BEST film I’ve seen in ages – The Big Short! OMG it was so good I already want to see it again. Ace performances from Steve Carell, Christian Bale (Oscar winning if ever there was, from both), Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and one of my faves, Rafe Spall, memorable and funny as ever also starred. And really really clever fast-paced directing which intersperses snippets of life in the mid-2000s as the housing crisis exploded and the world changed forever. Loved it. Of course, I worked in the financial industry for a few years and was in the middle of the crash, so it was especially poignant to me. 9 and a quarter out of ten – one of the highest ever.

It's one of those rare films that just make me want to rave about it and urge you to go see it!

Here’s the link to the trailer – do feel free to let me know if you have a big crash story of your own!

And here’s a brilliant interview with cast and creators – so interesting! Enjoy. Let me know if you see it, just click ‘reply.’

 

Book Launch Party – so here’s the invite to my official book launch party – can you come? It’s at the Chiswick Bookshop (that’s what it’s called) at 12, Turnham Green Terrace, W41QP, tel 0208 9948020 if you have questions about the venue. It’s a lovely little bookshop to peruse whilst you wait for things to begin! Or come help me with the twiglets… lol.

Come along on Thursday 4th  between 5 and 7.30 – for a reading, a signing and some wine and nibbles! I’d love to see you there? Just reply to this email and tell me if you can. OR GO TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE AND CLICK 'GOING' - HERE.

My lovely steamy Choc Lit romance ‘Take a Chance on Me’ will be on offer in a signed paperback and there’ll also be a preview of my BRAND NEW ttfls book - a follow up to my semi-autobiographical weight loss book. The new one is called  Till the Fat Lady Slims – version 3.0 Tips and Tales to Inspire. (Here’s version 2.0 on Amazon now if you haven’t got it yet.) Dawn Allen, the lady who lost six and a half stone in a year and says Freedom Eating changed her life, will be at the launch party as well as lots of other QVC faces, including Catherine, Alison Keenan, Craig and Gill Gauntlett and I’d love to hear from you if you can come too? Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(STOP PRESS - HOW TO ORDER A SIGNED COPY OVER THE PHONE! Just call Emily at the Chiswick Bookshop and she will help make it happen. 0208 994 8020)

Of course I'll be donating the profits to my lovely charity Medical Detection Dogs. And Christina from MDD will also be there on the night. Talking of MDD :

Star struck I was kinda star struck, a bit, to this week be tweeted by Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den herself! She’d just been to the Medical Detection Dogs HQ – and was so impressed. I only hope they can raise the funds they need soon enough to help train another dog to do the prostate cancer detection work that impressed Deborah so much. I you can spare a fiver or so towards it, click here.

Here’s the tweet – squeee!

Finally – a cheeky sneaky puppy video which made me smile. I know I should have rushed over sooner to help Daisy out of her predicament, after wrapping herself up in her microfibre towel a bit toooo well… but… well watch it and you’ll see why… And no she wasn’t unhappy about it – watch her reaction!

Click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRJT7O-qJ5o

Anyway – this week’s Read it Write it Sell it book blog (click here) has the John Grisham novel ‘Gray Mountain’ which I’m enjoying, as the Book of the Week this week. And more about the fab book launch party I’m having.

And Back to You blog (click here) is all about why some people can lose weight eating certain foods and some people can’t; and the relationshiop between that and... yes you've guessed it, gut bacteria - the mot du jour! Plus the links to the Yankee candle Q&A with lovely guest Rosa, plus as usual Bruce’s fab Bodyblade Q&A.

Finally don’t forget my new QVC blog, out Friday 29th, will have a big competition – someone will be picked at random to win none other than a QVC Beauty Bash Goodie Bag! All you need to do is leave a comment on that blog and you’ll be entered – but it has to be on the blog itself. You'll also read all about the fab The Trouble with Goats and Sheep book launch party I attended for my author friend Joanna Cannon last night too!

(Alternatively if you’re really quick the odds may be better in the Friday Webchat competition which I will have on our QVC Facebook page during my final webchat of this run – I’m letting someone else take over. Go here to our QVC Facebook page and look for the post which goes live Friday lunchtime - ENTER BEFORE 7PM.)

Good luck if you take part in the big new Beauty Bash Goodie Bag Competition! And maybe I'll see you on Thursday next week in The Chiswick Bookshop?

Hugs

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Ps also follow me on twitter @debbieflint for updates about QVC bargains or on my facebook page here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMINDER -

My own little – emphasis on the word little! – book launch party is at the Chiswick Bookshop the week after on Feb 4th near Turnham Green tube – do email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be sent an invite to the wine and nibbles and signing event near Chiswick, in the independent Chiswick Bookshop with lovely Emily and her dad who run the shop and own a publishing company too.

 

Here's the link to the official Facebook invite on the event page - do go there to tick 'going' -

 

Here's the basic info!

 

Join me for wine/tea/juice and nibbles at my Informal little gathering in super independent bookstore near Chiswick. Debbie Flint, Choc Lit author and QVC presenter celebrates the launch of the first 'Hot Choc' title from UK independent publisher Choc Lit - Take a Chance on Me - a steamy romance between a playboy billionaire who doesn't mix business with pleasure, and a feisty businesswoman on a man-ban, as they jet set around the word from Monaco to Hawaii (originally Hawaiian Affair on Amazon.) 120 x 5* reviews. WHSmith Travel top 100; kindle top 50 bestseller. Copies will be on sale by Emily and co at The Chiswick Bookshop, for signing.
 
Also PREVIEW the third of her non-fiction semi-autobiographical weight loss books TILL THE FAT LADY SLIMS 3.0 - Tips and Tales to Inspire.
Featuring the Freedom Eating method of getting our of food prison. Meet Dawn Allen the lady who has lost six and a half stone in the last 12 months through Debbie's original book. TTFLS book 2.0 - the 'When' Diet, has 65 x 5* reviews and features the six secrets of slim people and Deb's own story about her battle not to binge and to eat more healthily.
See also http://debbieflint.co.uk/ttfls for more info.
 
Do respond by stating 'going' so we can guage numbers!
Email Deb if any questions - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
- the Chiswick Bookshop - 5 mins from Turnham Green tube (district liine), 12 Turnham Green Terrace, W41QP (free parking nearby after 630, on yellow lines after 7). shop tel no for any queries - 02089948020.
 
Do feel free to come browse the bookshop beforehand, but the party kicks off around 5-730pm, with a few words at around 6pm.
 
http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/take_a_chance_on_me/
 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Till-Fat-Lady-Slims-2-0/dp/1909785342/

 

 

Published in Debbie's News

How proud am I!! Take a Chance on Me launched into the book industry in December 2015 exclusively at WHSmith-Travel and soon after appeared at number 79. (Main rail stations and airports etc, with a chart over 70. Currently available on order from most bookshops, just ask. Publisher - Choc Lit, agent Compass, distributor Marstons.

 

see where to buy it online via Choc Lit Take a Chance on Me page - incl other platforms not just amazon on my publisher's website - go here.

 

see the video interview with Chiswick Buzz as The Chiswick Bookshop stock TACOM, Dec 2015 - click here.

 

With 115 x 5* reviews (Dec 2015, here are some examples -

'5.0 out of 5 starsWell done, Debbie           on 7 December 2015

Needed a cold shower after reading some parts of this BUT was an excellent book. Didn't want to put it down so read it in a couple of sittings. Hope your future books are as good. Well done Debbie.
 
 
Apt title for this book as everyone should give it a go, I really enjoyed it and found it very hard to put down. Debbie is a very good story teller and I await further novels from this talented writer with great interest. Go on you know you want to!
 
 
 

How proud am I!! Take a Chance on Me launched into the book industry in December 2015 exclusively at WHSmith-Travel at number 79. Currently available on order from most bookshops, just ask. Publisher - Choc Lit, agent Compass, distributor Marstons.

 

see where to buy it online via Choc Lit Take a Chance on Me page - incl other platforms not just amazon on my publisher's website - go here.

 

see the video interview with Chiswick Buzz as The Chiswick Bookshop stock TACOM, Dec 2015 - click here.

 

With 115 x 5* reviews (Dec 2015, here are some examples -

'5.0 out of 5 starsWell done, Debbie           on 7 December 2015

Needed a cold shower after reading some parts of this BUT was an excellent book. Didn't want to put it down so read it in a couple of sittings. Hope your future books are as good. Well done Debbie.
 
 
Apt title for this book as everyone should give it a go, I really enjoyed it and found it very hard to put down. Debbie is a very good story teller and I await further novels from this talented writer with great interest. Go on you know you want to!
 
 
 

Take a Chance on Me

Just heard from my publisher Choc Lit that my first Steamy novel, Take a Chance on Me, is only 99p on eBook till end of July 2015, as part of their Summer Promotion on Amazon! So stock up your kindle/app now!

go here to get Take a Chance on Me on Amazon

TACOM was originally called 'Hawaiian Affair' when I self-published it in 2013, and as such it received over 100 five star reviews. 

" You know what they say about mixing business with pleasure … 
When the breakdown of her marriage leaves Sadie Turner a single mum, she vows that she will make it on her own. After all, why would a smart businesswoman with a PhD and the prospect of a life-changing deal on the horizon need a man? 

But Sadie’s man-ban is tested to the limit when she travels to Monaco to meet her potential investor. There she encounters Mac, a rough and ready playboy billionaire who lives life in the fast lane – and that’s when the real adventure starts! 

But Sadie’s heart isn’t the only thing on the line. There’s also the business she’s worked so hard to make a success; the business that could so easily slip out of her grasp if she doesn’t seal the deal within thirty days … 

Published under Hot Choc Lit - slightly raised heat level but not erotica! 
Previously self-published as Hawaiian Affair. Revised and edited by Choc Lit March 2015
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Hawaiian Escape


This is the prequel to Take a Chance on Me, but can be read first. 

go here to get Hawaiian Escape on Amazon, in eBook or paperback, steamy version or PG version, the first in the Hawaiian Trilogy, originally published as the prequel

 

"Exciting romantic comedy with intrigue, mystery and a twist in the tale, Hawaiian Escape is a humorous romance with a dash of drama - from the rolling Surrey hills to bustling New York, to an ancient ruin in Tuscany. 

Feisty singleton and former international jet-setter Helen Parker’s life is in crisis, and so is her sister Sadie’s. Now Helen has to learn to manifest her own destiny instead of fixing everyone else’s. 
Rookie businesswoman Sadie Turner needs help – but is marketing whizz Damian Hugh her knight in shining armour or her nemesis? 
With time running out for Sadie, Helen faces the biggest choice of her life so far – to find an escape that could solve everything for one of them – or ruin it all for both. New man, new career, new era. But for whom?"

 

 

Hawaiian Retreat


This is the conclusion to Helen's story, and should be read after the other two - whatever order you read the other two in, read this one last!

Go here to get Hawaiian Retreat on Amazon - eBook or paperback

" A disastrous break-up kicks off a year of self-discovery for internationally renowned columnist Helen Parker, as she travels the world in search of ever more exciting thrills. But when her deepest secrets suddenly catch up with her, how long can Helen stay on course to win the ground-breaking Try it For The First Time Club challenge? As romance blooms, Italian passion meets tantric sensuality in a luxurious retreat deep in the Himalayas – but how long for, when a mystery man appears. Will he turn out to be the key to her future or a ghost from her past? With everything resting on the nail-biting grand finale in Hawaii, will her secret stay hidden, or will she risk losing her column, her identity – and her man – forever?  "

 

 

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Just a quickie since I'm over in China till beginning of May with work, training QVC presenters!

More kind book reviewers mentioned my Choc Lit book - see below. Makes me very pleased!

And a quick Book of the Week - the seventh in the Outlander series - Written in my Own Heart's Blood - by Diana Gabaldon. This is where the time travel really picks up and the drama raises to a new level. Love this series - and this latest one is the final available to me to listen to on Audible, for now - till she releases the next! She says she supposes the Claire and Jamie story will come to a conclusion sometime, but she doesn't know when or how! CLick here for more.

other news -

- a hundred years ago - Titanic story given new spin   click here for more

- Shaz's Book Blog - 'if you like Pretty Woman, you'll like Take a Chance on Me by Debbie Flint' - a lovely review and book blog - click here.

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

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

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.

 

Best wishes

Debs

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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

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 since 14th March.

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

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 here 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. 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.