I was absolutely floored this week when I
read this post on Nancy Martin’s Author Page on Facebook!
When is the next Blackbird book coming out? Yes, I’ve been dodging the question, and I feel it’s time to tell you the whole story. Thing is? There isn’t one coming in the near future. To begin with, my editor was down-sized, and anyone who knows anything about the publishing biz will tell you that being orphaned is difficult to overcome. My editor helped me create the Blackbirds, and her steady input has been part of the success we enjoyed. I’m very sad to see her go. But the hits kept coming. As some of you know, it’s been a rough year at Casa Martin. We had a death in the family, and then I was in the hospital for my ongoing heart issue when—totally out of the blue–a CT scan discovered a tumor in my stomach. Last month I had some surgery to remove it, and today—trumpet fanfare, please!–I got the good news that I don’t need chemo. It was one of those lucky/unlucky things, but now I’m good to go, and I hope you’ll celebrate the no-chemo with me tonight. I can finally get back to writing. But without my editor…..it’s probably time for me to re-invent myself. I have a new–and totally different–book coming out in November, which I hope you’ll enjoy. And after that, I’ll have a Blackbird e-book to share with you. (Because, after all, you’ll want to hear about the birth of the babies.) But then I’ll probably try writing something new and fun and different and as entertaining as I can possibly make it. It’s scary and exciting to set off on a new venture like this, but I bet I have your support and good wishes. I so appreciate all your kind comments here. Please believe me when I say an author couldn’t be luckier to have so many supportive friends. Thank you! And now, please tell me what books I should be taking on my vacation, because my husband and I are headed for the beach to start this year all over again!
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Details on the new book –
Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything (Miss Ruffles Mysteries)
Series: Miss Ruffles Mysteries (Book 1)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (November 3, 2015)
Rich and flamboyant Honeybelle Hensley, the most colorful character in Mule Stop, Texas, dies a suspicious death and enrages the whole town by leaving her worldly fortune to the most undeserving recipient-her dog. The incorrigible Miss Ruffles is a Texas Cattle Cur, not a cuddly lapdog, and when Honeybelle was alive, Miss Ruffles liked nothing better than digging up Honeybelle’s famous rose garden after breakfast, chasing off the UPS man before lunch and terrorizing the many gentleman callers who came knocking at cocktail hour.
But now Miss Ruffles is in danger, and it’s up to Sunny McKillip, the unwilling dogsitter, to keep her safe. Sunny is new to Texas, and sometimes she feels as if she’s fallen into an alien world. If it isn’t the pistol-packing football fans and the sweet-talking, yet ruthless ladies of the garden club who confound her, it’s the rowdy rodeo hounds and the tobacco-spitting curmudgeon at Critter Control who have her buffaloed. With a killer on the loose and a cowboy lawyer keeping a suspicious eye on her every move, Sunny needs all the help she can get understanding how Texans think. There’s more to Honeybelle’s death than meets this Yankee’s eye, and Sunny has Miss Ruffles to protect, too. It’s a bucking bull ride of an adventure for Sunny, and if she’s not careful she might just get killed . . . or her heart lassoed.
A Little Night Murder:
A Blackbird Sisters Mystery
10th Book in Series
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 384 pages
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
E-Book – ASIN: B00G3L7VTI
Murder under the stars…
Nora Blackbird—pregnant at last!—is spending summer afternoons wallowing in the Bucks County pool of her best friend, Lexie Paine, who has just been released from prison. At night, Nora is covering Philadelphia’s high-society events for the local newspaper. And this time she doesn’t have to look far for a good story.
Next door, a Broadway show is in rehearsal at the estate of Toodles Tuttle, the long-deceased but ever-legendary composer. Reigning over the estate is Toodles’s diva widow, Boom Boom. The demanding old broad still rules with an iron fist, and considering the chorus line of enemies she’s racked up over the years, her death has been a hotly anticipated event. So imagine everyone’s dismay when it’s her beloved daughter, Jenny, who drops dead—from a cause that is anything but natural—just as the lights are set to go on for the lucrative new Toodles musical.
Yet murder is only an overture to the drama to come….
Nora’s sister Libby, a soon-to-be-grandmother, has gotten herself into a sticky situation, wooed by both a lowly bug exterminator and a cheesecake-loving Broadway impresario. Edgy sister Emma has a dangerous new boyfriend who may jeopardize her show-jumping exploits. And the love of Nora’s life, Mick Abruzzo, has been desperate to prevent Nora from meeting the most notorious member of his mobbed-up family—his mother.
Now Nora has to deal with the bump-and-grind of her personal life, and also bring the curtain down on a daring killer—before he forces her to exit stage left, permanently.
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