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Book of the Week - QVC pal Jackie Kabler's debut novel with Accent Press; plus a Hallowe'en freebie from me!
23 October 2015

Book of the week – Dead Dog Day

OMG another QVC colleague becomes  a first-time author, this time our lovely Jackie Kabler – and hers is available in some bookshops too as it’s with publisher Accent press. Go here to read about it on her QVC blog  A murder in a newsroom and the weekend from hell for Cora Baxter, breakfast TV reporter (that was Jackie’s job! See my little Q&A with her to find out if it’s a bit more close to home than she’ll admit!...

Jackie says –

“The book is called The Dead Dog Day, and it’s what the book industry calls “cosy crime” – a sort of mix between chick lit and a murder mystery, set in a TV newsroom.”

When your Monday morning begins with a dead dog and ends with a dead boss, you know it's going to be one of those days. And breakfast TV reporter Cora Baxter has already had the weekend from hell, after the man she'd planned a fabulous future with unceremoniously dumped her. Now Cora's much-hated boss has been murdered - the list of suspects isn't exactly short, but as the enquiry continues the trail leads frighteningly close to home. Why is Cora's rival, glamorous, bitchy newsreader Alice Lomas, so devastated by their boss's death? What dark secrets are Cora's camera crew hiding? And why has her now ex-boyfriend vanished? The race to stop the killer striking again is on...

Lorraine Kelly with whom Jackie worked, says Jackie has real insider knowledge and it shows. A proper page-turning thriller. I couldn't put it down! --Lorraine Kelly

Q&A with our lovely new author colleague!

1. Give us a teaser about your new book, who is the heroine?

It's about a TV news reporter called Cora Baxter. She works on a breakfast TV show and one morning her boss is murdered. Cora is assigned to cover the story for the show and ends up getting dragged into the investigation in unexpected ways. It's essentially a murder mystery, but there's humour and romance in there too.


2. Is any of the story based on your real life experiences? Reminders what you used to do.

Absolutely! I worked in news as a reporter and newsreader for twenty years before I joined QVC, and spent nearly ten years with GMTV.  Virtually everything in the book (apart from the dead boss!) is based on things that actually happened to me during those years. Some might seem a bit far-fetched, but believe me, they are all true. Breakfast television is a crazy world!


 3. Have you always known you wanted to write a book, is this your first one that you've completed? Did you used to be a writer?

I loved writing even at school, and dreamed of one day seeing a book with my name on it, but I didn't get round to starting one until I was in my forties! The Dead Dog Day is the first one I've ever written, so I was so lucky to get a publishing deal with it, I'm absolutely thrilled. 


4. How did it come to be published, tell us your amazing story.

The book, which I started when I was still working for GMTV, originally started as more of a romantic comedy, but it wasn’t really working and there was no interest in it whatsoever when I sent it out to a few agents. Then I left GMTV to work freelance and life got even busier so the book was put away for about six years. When I joined QVC, where I work four days a week, I decided to get it out again, and rewrite it as a murder mystery. This time when I started sending it out I got several rejections but then a sudden flurry of interest, until one crazy day when I suddenly had an agent and three publishing deals on offer. I accepted a three-book deal with the fabulous Accent Press, for a series of murder mysteries featuring the same characters. It was one of the most exciting days of my life!


5. How can people keep in touch with you? 

Here are my contact details:

Twitter @jackiekabler




Go here to get The Dead Dog Day, Jackie Kabler's debut novel in ebook or paperback on amazon or try a good bookshop near you!


Hallowe’en Freebie and Hocus Pocus Anthology

I know it’s a bit early – a bit – but here’s a quick heads up – next week I will be offering a free eBook download for Kindle or Kindle app, of my spooky story ‘When Dreams Return’. Go here to see it meanwhile! It will be free from 29th till 1st Nov.

this one - 

And if that whets your appetite, maybe go for the 99p eBook anthology, Hocus Pocus ’14 with twelve more twist in the tale short stories – it’s here, including When Dreams Return :-

Hocus Pocus ’14 – eBook or paperback on Amazon


French or Dutch update

Saw ‘Suffragette’ last week and it spurred me on to do some more research. Watching some old footage and documentaries on Youtube reminded me how archaic some of society was a century ago. In the USA some states made it illegal to teach the science that the world was more than 5000 years old, until the 1930s!  I’ve loved watching some of the old interviews with silent movie stars done in the 1950s when of course they were still alive, recalling the magic days of early film and giving me excellent points of reference to use in my novel. Mine is set around 1921 at the start of the early revolution in women’s sex lives in Britain and is based on a true story!... More next week!

Best wishes



Ps 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,, 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.



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



‘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.



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.


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