A sunshine break, a new book and some autumn treats


Hi all,

What a lovely week I had last week! I had a few holiday days to take, so hubby and I decided to escape to the sun for a few days, and flew off to beautiful Santorini in Greece.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such spectacular scenery – it’s part of a circular archipelago created after a massive volcanic eruption more than 3,000 years ago, and the whole area is just breathtaking – a caldera, or cauldron, of calm, almost lake-like water, dotted with rocky islands with hotels and homes clinging to their cliffs.

We were only there for six days but had glorious weather and fabulous food – heaven! Now I’m ready to fully embrace autumn, which seems to have arrived with a vengeance. It’s always nice, if we can, to treat ourselves to some new clothes or make-up when the season changes, and a new lipstick is often an affordable treat – so have you seen our October Beauty Pick of the Month?

It’s a set of three gorgeous Moxie lippies from Bareminerals, with a choice of Bold & Bright or Nude & Neutral. We’ve had some fun at work with badges putting us in “Team Bold” or “Team Nude” – I must admit it was a close call for me, but I finally plumped for Team Bold. Three gorgeous, bright shades to bring a pop of colour to a grey day, and no P&P to pay this month either. Love it.

I’ve also been enjoying a brilliant new addition to my conservatory this week, courtesy of our fabulous gardening department. It’s the Plants2Gardens Streptocarpus Crystal Ice which is supposed to flower all year round, which is kind of amazing. It’s certainly got plenty of flowers on it at the moment, and it would make a lovely gift for someone who loves flowers in the depths of winter. So pretty. I’ll test it out over the next few months and see how long those flowers last!

I have a few hectic weeks coming up now…work, of course, is getting busier and busier as Christmas draws nearer, and I’m looking forward to presenting lots of fun festive shows. Meanwhile my second novel The Deadline – number two in my murder mystery series, the Cora Baxter Mysteries – comes out this week, so my days off work will be spent doing a few promotional trips to various parts of the country over the next little while.  Here’s a photo my publisher sent me of the new book with the first one – I’m so pleased with the cover!

This Friday the 21st I’ll be doing a signing at a bookshop in Cardiff, and I also have a library visit in Walsall, another book shop appearance in Cheltenham and a literary festival lined up. You can keep up with my book stuff by following me on Twitter or on my Facebook author page.

I always love to hear from you, so do get in touch  – if social media isn’t your thing, you can leave a comment under this blog.

Onwards into autumn!

Jackie x


  1. Teresa Karasavvas October 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie as soon as I saw the photograph of yourself and your husband without knowing where you were I knew straight away it was Santorini – the scenery gave the game away! I have been lucky enough to go to Santorini for three, two week holidays and it is such a stunning Greek island. Go for longer next time if you can as you will not be disappointed.

    • Jackie Kabler October 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Teresa, yes it is quite a distinctive view isn’t it? So spectacular. I would love to have stayed for longer, we had such a lovely time. Ah well, autumn is with us now!
      Love Jx

  2. Vanessa October 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie can’t wait to read the new book (just downloaded it) as I really enjoyed the first one. Take care lots of love Vanessa.

    • Jackie Kabler October 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Vanessa, hope you enjoy this one too then, let me know how you get on!
      Love J x

  3. Denise October 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Santorini sounds wonderful Jackie. I’ve just come back from holiday too we went to Ischia which we really enjoyed. Hols are great but must admit hubby and I are a bit down in the dumps coming home and feeling like we’re stuck in a rut with routine. I think we need to plan a few little days out. We also have our first grandchild due at the end of the year which we’re excited about.
    I had seen the beauty pick of the month but must have been going around with my ears and eyes shut as I didn’t realise there was a choice. I like neutrals so I’m team nude and will go off and check that out.
    Denise x

    • Jackie Kabler October 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise,
      Yes you can feel a bit flat after a holiday so it’s definitely a good plan to think of things to look forward to. Days out sound great. I like to plan theatre trips and nice dinners with friends too, and how exciting to have a grandchild to look forward to, that will be fabulous! Congratulations in advance.
      Love J x

  4. Susan October 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, congratulations on your new book! Super professional cover again. Lovely to get away again for a week. Lovely photo of your Grecian trip x

    • Jackie Kabler October 24, 2016 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Yes I love my cover, thank you! And I’m taking the memory of the Greek sunshine with me to warm these increasingly chilly days. Nice to have photos to look back on.
      Love Jx

  5. Janet October 22, 2016 at 5:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, good luck with your book launch, hope all goes well. Autumn has arrived and that means dancing flame candles, twinkle lights and out comes my slow cooker! Happy days xx

    • Jackie Kabler October 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janet, thanks for the kind wishes! And what a gorgeous picture you paint of autumn, that sounds wonderful! Enjoy.
      Love J x

  6. Heather Blaber October 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Ah, lovely Santorini. We stopped off on a cruise we went on last year. The coach took us all over the island. Its much bigger than I thought. We were going to come back down to the port by donkey, but we decided to use the cable car instead.

    Good luck with the book launch. I’ll have to download it onto my kindle.

    Take care


    • Jackie Kabler October 26, 2016 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      Hi Heather, yes it’s such a beautiful island, I’ve really never seen views like it, could have sat there all day just looking! So many steps though – I certainly didn’t need the gym while I was there? Really hope you like the book.
      Love J x

  7. Judith Lennon October 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Hope you enjoyed your holiday. I love Greece but haven’t been to Santorini. I wanted to let you know that I have just finished your second book. It was brilliant and I couldn’t put it down! Hope you continue to write. Judith x

    • Jackie Kabler October 26, 2016 at 11:11 am -  Reply

      Hi Judith,
      Gosh that was quick, so glad you liked it! I’m currently working on the third in the Cora Baxter series which will be out this time next year. Thanks for the kind words!
      Love J x

  8. Sue Stewart October 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie your holiday pictures look great. My hubby and I have just come back from Rhodes another beautiful island. I was watching you today on QVC you looked absolutely stunning when you were on with Dennis Basso. X

    • Jackie Kabler October 26, 2016 at 11:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue, Rhodes is on my list too, would love to go there one day. And that’s so kind of you, thank you so much.
      Love Jx

  9. Emma October 25, 2016 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Love the blog.
    Where did you stay ?
    Me and the hubby have booked for Santorini next year for out summmer holidays.
    Can’t wait looks absolutely beautiful.
    We married in Greece at Lindos.
    Santorini looks amazing x

    • Jackie Kabler October 26, 2016 at 11:15 am -  Reply

      Hi Emma,
      Oh you will love it, absolutely beautiful place! We moved around a little, three days in Oia and then three days on the outskirts of the capital Fira. It’s all stunning though, I think wherever you stay will be wonderful. Hope you have a great time!
      Love J x

  10. tina upton October 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, love your pics of you both, looking forward to reading your new book, your very busy at the moment, yes Christmas is a very busy time for the presenters, but when you have watched over 20 years of qvc, the excitement of what’s on, is what I look forward to most of all.All the best. Tina.

    • Jackie Kabler November 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Very kind, thanks! Yes I absolutely love all the Christmas shows, so much fun, especially when there are toys to play with! Definitely one of my favourite times of year!
      Love J x

  11. ANNMARIE ROONEY November 16, 2016 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, can you tell me about the blue knit batwing sleeve top you wore on Sunday 13/11/16 I think while presenting the Orla Kiely show. Thanks so much.

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