Holidays and book updates!


Hi all,

February, already! And I suddenly noticed the early signs of spring this week – the first snowdrops and daffodils are emerging in my garden. I’m a bit odd because I actually really like this cold weather, and thoroughly enjoy snuggling up in big coats and boots and blankets, but it’s still nice to see the season starting to change.

Now – on with the blog! First of all I just wanted to say how lovely it was to meet so many of you at QVC’s huge Beauty Bash in London a couple of weeks ago. There were 2,000 QVC viewers there on the day I went, and it was such a delight to chat to so many of you. If you didn’t get to go this year, maybe next year – it truly is a spectacular event.

I took a week off after that as I had holiday to use up before our year end on 1st April, and hubby and I zoomed off abroad to get some sunshine and also so I could crack on with some serious writing. It was a little uncomfortable being on a beach in a plaster cast (see below) but I had managed to find a waterproof protector so I was able to get a bit of swimming and snorkelling done which was fantastic. Hence, I spent the mornings writing and the afternoons reading and swimming – bliss!

On the beach

Quick writing update – the title of my first novel (which is now pencilled for release in October, eeek!) has now been finalised – The Dead Dog Day. And while I was away my publisher also sent me preliminary artwork for the cover, which I wasn’t expecting so soon and which really brought it home to me that yes, this is real, I actually will have a book in the shops by the end of the year. I can’t show you anything yet but I will as soon as I’m allowed to! I was also very excited to feature in Writing Magazine this month – it’s a magazine I’ve read for years so to have them write an article about me and my book deal was a great thrill (click on the image below for a closer look).

My featurebig

The other big news since my last blog is that I am now OUT OF PLASTER! Two days after returning from my holiday I finally had the blue monstrosity cut off my wrist. Now I’m just in a little wrist splint (I have two, one nude, one black!) for a few weeks while I try to regain strength and movement in my wrist. It’s going to be a long process but every day I can move it a fraction more. I have scarring from the surgery, so I’m using Decleor Prolagene Gel  and Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil  to help tackle that. I also had some hideous dry flakey skin on my arm and hand after the cast came off (honestly, I thought for a while that the surgeon had actually amputated my wrist and replaced it with one from Frankenstein’s monster), but I slathered on Josie Maran’s Argan Oil and SBC’s Jasmine and Evening Primrose Gel and it was gone within days, amazing! Really recommend those products if you suffer from dry skin.

Beauty for dry skin

This week I’m going to film a little behind the scenes video in the QVC kitchen so you can see what really goes on when we have food shows – that will appear in my next blog. Do get in touch by leaving a comment below this blog, or say hello on Twitter (@jackiekabler). Have a gorgeous week!

Love Jackie xx


  1. Melissa Lane February 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. That beach looks lovely. Where was it?
    Love Melissa x

    • Jackie Kabler February 10, 2015 at 11:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Mel,
      It was in the Maldives…one of my favourite places!
      Love Jackie x

  2. Susan February 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Congrats Jackie on the book deal! And on the hand being out of plaster! Where did you go on hold? Looks stunning. X

    • Jackie Kabler February 10, 2015 at 11:37 am -  Reply

      Thanks Susan, very kind! We went to the Maldives, I adore it there!
      Love Jackie x

  3. Jean Pugh February 10, 2015 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I must be odd as well because I like the cold weather as well, and we have had some super days when the sun has shone. It is marvellous how the bulbs push through each year even when it is so frosty.

    Glad you had a good break, beach looks lovely.

    Well done on your book, look forward to when it is published. I read the article that was in the Writing Magazine, and found it to be very interesting.

    Bet you are glad to get the plaster off. You mention Japanese Camellia Oil, that is great for your skin, I love it.

    Take Care.
    Love Jean xx

    • Jackie Kabler February 11, 2015 at 8:50 am -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      Yes bulbs are quite amazing, tough little things! Glad you enjoyed the article, and yes I am very, very pleased to be plaster free!
      Love Jackie x

  4. Carolyn February 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Can’t wait to read your debut novel, Jackie. Dramatic, thrilling and intriguing. And that’s just the title!

    I can understand how relieved you must be now that your cast has finally been removed as I’ve been there, done that, got the plaster cast myself. (A close encounter ’twixt wrist and ice in my case also).

    I recall the physio was repetitive and tear-inducingly painful (wuss!), so I hope you don’t mind if I share this tip: I found that immersing my arm in a bowl of warm water and making gentle wave movements up and down and left and right with my wrist was much less painful yet really effective. A washing-up bowl was too short in length to accommodate my long arm without bending it, so my husband found a seed tray from his potting shed, which was just perfect in length. Sounds a tad Heath Robinson, I know; however, it worked for me, and now I’m back merrily tapping away at my laptop like it never happened and there’s nothing wrgon with my tpynig. x

    • Jackie Kabler February 11, 2015 at 8:52 am -  Reply

      Hi Carolyn,
      I love that Heath Robinson idea, and others have also told me that warm water helps so I’m definitely doing it! And your typing looks a bit like mine…!
      Love Jackie x

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