The Blackbird Sisters Paper Dolls

Over on my Facebook page, you can see all of the Blackbird Sisters paper doll designs that readers are sending to me.  They're fabulous! Here's a design created by Philadelphia reader Susan Shain, who says it's a Norell dress from  the 1960s, and Nora wore it for a lunch with Rory Pendergast.  Pretty cool, right?  Use the "Contact Me' box to send me your mailing address, and I'll send you a set of paper dolls--as long as my supply holds out. Doll susan shain



Paper dolls!

Do you love paper dolls?! On Facebook, I'm giving away some advance copies of LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF MURDER!  To enter the drawing, send me your snail mail address using the "Contact Me" box over on the right side of this screen.  -------------->  I'll send you a set of Blackbird Sisters paper dolls.  You can make your own clothes or cut out pictures from magazines.  It's a Project Runway challenge!  (Well, a little bit.)  Snap a picture of your doll and send it to my Facebook page.  We'll select winners who will receive free books.  Hey, it will be fun!  Here's my author page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authornancymartin  Photo (2)


Writing, writing, writing!

Yes, I'm gearing up for the summer release of the 9th Blackbird Sisters Mystery, LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF MURDER (how do you like the cover?) which will hit stores on August 6th.  Meanwhile, I'm writing like mad.  The 10th Blackbird is due on my editor's desk this fall.  (I'm still trying to dream up a title.  Any suggestions?) 

Did you know you can pre-order LITTLE BLACK BOOK now?  Click on any of the bookseller links to the right of this column.

See you in August!  Until then..........I'm writing!


Investigation Discovery

Yes, that's definitely me on the Investigation Discovery program Fatal Vows.  When Dr. Gulam Moonda was brutally murdered, I closely followed all the developments in the case and the subsequent prosecution and conviction of his heartless killer. The program producers contacted me to narrate parts of the show.  My books aren't anything like the real-life murder of Dr. Moonda, but I was very disturbed by the circumstances of his death and think about it often when I write.  He was a caring physician as well as a philanthropist--an inspiration to many people.


Blackbird #9--yes!

The good news?  I have finished the ninth book in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series, and my editor and I are fine-tuning the pages.  It's called LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF MURDER, and the cover art will be coming soon. The not-so-great news? The book won't reach bookstores until August, 2013--ack!  Between now and then, though, I hope to publish a couple more Blackbird "shorts" to whet appetites. Stay tuned!



Publisher's Weekly calls NO WAY "fizzy!"

Check out the review of No Way to Kill a Lady in Publisher's Weekly by clicking here.




A short Blackbird book!

While you wait for the release of the 8th Blackbird Sisters mystery, NO WAY TO KILL A LADY, how about trying a Blackbird Novella?  This short work first appeared in a paperback anthology called DROP DEAD BLONDES, and is titled Slay Belles.  It's available in e-book form for all reading devices.  If you have a NOOK, buy the book here.  Only $3.99!

Slay belles

#36 in 50 Shades of Pink

If you mosey over to my Facebook page and "like" the most recent dress in the 50 Shades of Pink, I'll put you in a drawing for one of he advance copies of NO WAY TO KILL A LADY. 

Here's dress #36, by Valentino.  Great, right?



50 Shades of . . . PINK!

Pink is Nora Blackbird's favorite color!

But . . . Fifty Shades of . . . Pink?  Yes!  For the 50 days leading up to the release of NO WAY TO KILL A LADY, I'm featuring 50 pink dresses on my Pinterest page and on my Facebook author page.  A new dress every day. Come join the fun!  (And you might find yourself with a free advance copy of the new book.)

Here's Nora's favorite Oscar de la Renta:



Nora's Favorite Party Dress

Nora Blackbird wears vintage couture dresses from the collection Grandmama Blackbird left behind in the attics of Blackbird Farm.  Here is Nora's favorite---it works for any occasion but a funeral.  It's Valentino, of course, from the 1980s.  What do you think? Nora's party dress

You can pre-order your copy of the 8th---and new!--Blackbird Sisters mystery now from your favorite bookseller. Get the best price by ordering early.

The Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, written by Nancy Martin, feature Nora, Libby and Emma Blackbird, three Philadelphia heiresses whose parents have run off with their trust funds, forcing all three women to get jobs for the first time in their lives. Nora Blackbird becomes the assistant to a newspaper society columnist and attends parties for a living. Unfortunately, Nora also stumbles over a lot of dead bodies while she's covering the social scene on the Main Line. Follow Nora's amateur sleuthing as she solves crimes of fashion as well as aristocratic murder!