Writers: Don’t Get the Summertime Blues

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It’s summertime and the writing is, well sometimes it’s hard to write in the summer. That’s why I don’t even try anymore. I have learned that summer is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying myself, visiting with friends and family and just lolling about in the garden or at the beach. But the craziest thing happens when I give myself permission to relax. I get these amazing ideas.

It’s almost like unlocking a safe. Once I open up my mind and loosen my grip on the day to day, the universe releases all of this energy about the possibilities, the writing possibilities, of the future. So as I relax by the water I take a notepad or a small notebook with me and I jot down these ideas as they appear. I don’t try and analyse them or make them fit into any particular order. I just watch them appear and I write them down. When I have some quiet time later in the day, or sometimes early the next morning I take a look at them.

I still don’t try and make sense of them or where they are going, or supposed to go. I observe them and then I put them away. But here’s the cool thing. After my summery days at the beach or lying in the hammock reading a good book are over I take them all out again. As I read these random notes I realize that they’re not really random at all. They have transformed into a story line or a series of activities or aspects of characters in my current series that that I had never thought of before. Sometimes even new characters and ideas for new stories are there. It’s kind of like Christmas morning for a writer!!

So I don’t write in the summer anymore. I have realized that’s not my job. My job is to listen and observe and take notice of what is happening underneath the surface. All I have to do is sit back and relax. I can do that. I’m actually quite good at it.

After the summer is over I have not only gotten myself back into a healthy frame of mind from just taking it easy, I also have these great ideas to work on. Some become the seeds that grow into the next Sgt. Windflower Mystery while others are left to ferment and grow inside of me. Still others never become anything more than that cool breeze you feel every so often on a hot summer day, they are not supposed to be anything but a thought, an idea, or maybe just a way to help you and your brain relax.

That’s how I’ll be spending my summer. Not really looking for inspiration but ready to jot it down when inevitably comes. How about you?

Mike Martin is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries which are set in Newfoundland at the easternmost tip of Canada. His latest book is A Twist of Fortune, available from Amazon in paper and Kindle all over the world, and in Canada through Chapters/Indigo/Coles and select independent book stores.

Book Signings in June

Chapters Queensway in Toronto on Friday June 26 7-9 pm

Chapters Kingston in Kingston on Saturday June 27 1-4 pm

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Re-Discover the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

For those of you who are just discovering the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series through A Twist of Fortune here is some more information about the first three books in the series. They can be read as stand-alone stories, but if you want all of the flavour and colour of Sgt. Windflower’s adventures you can pick up the rest of the series anytime. They are all available online through Amazon all over the world and through Chapters/Indigo in Canada.

 

Here is a snap shot and a cover shot of the first three books in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series.

 

The Walker on the Cape (Book 1 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series)

A man’s body is found in a small fishing community on the East Coast. First everyone thinks it’s a heart attack or stroke but then it’s discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Winston Windflower and his side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way they discover there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful people who want to keep it that way.

The Walker on the Cape

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Amazon Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A95U6JQ

Barnes and Noble Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-walker-on-the-cape-mike-martin/1113728332?ean=2940015727500

Chapters/Indigo:

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-walker-on-the-cape/9781926945972-item.html?ikwid=the+walker+on+the+cape&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

 The Body on the T (Book 2 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series)

Sgt. Winston Windflower is enjoying an idyllic life in the small town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland when a mysterious and very dead body washes up on a nearby beach. Follow along with Windflower and his team as he tries to solve this mystery and uncovers a whole lot more lurking under the fog on the southeast coast off Atlantic Canada. Windflower is the ultimate outsider, an RCMP officer and a Cree from northern Alberta, yet he feels right at home with the rich culture, food and history of this part of the world. But his world is shaken by a series of events that threaten his new-found happiness. And it all starts with the discovery of The Body on the T.

The Body on the T

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Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/The-Body-Winston-Windflower-ebook/dp/B00F1K0WT8/ref=sr_pi_pm_npnf_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380297269&sr=8-1&keywords=the+body+on+the+t%2C+mike+martin

Chapters/Indigo

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/the-body-on-the-t/9990006734577-item.html?ikwid=THE+BODY+ON+THE+T%2c+MIKE+MARTIN&ikwsec=Home&gcs_requestid=0CJC955TM67kCFYo65wod4jUAAA

 

Beneath the Surface (Book 3 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series)

Sgt. Windflower is back!!! This time he faces down an international crime syndicate. Murder, mayhem and the Russian Mafia. Windflower is joined again by his trusted ally Eddie Tizzard, his rock-steady girl, Sheila, and a cast of supporters from the new Mayor to an old Crown Attorney. Together they fight the bad guys, at home and abroad. Windflower has to take on modern challenges like sexual harassment while re-discovering his roots and inner strength.

 

Beneath the Surface

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Chapters/Indigo:

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/beneath-the-surface/9781927481882-item.html?ikwid=beneath+the+surface%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Surface-Mike-Martin/dp/163263113X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399082176&sr=8-1&keywords=beneath+the+surface%2C+mike+martin

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beneath-the-surface-mike-martin/1119417270?ean=9781632631138

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Two Big June Events for the Big Smoke aka Toronto

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We are very pleased to be heading back to Toronto for two big book signing events in June. We are also pretty excited about a special Sgt. Windflower Mystery contest that is being run by NOW magazine in June as well.

We have always had great support in Toronto, particularly from our friends at Indigo Bay Bloor and Chapters Queensway and from the Toronto Star.

Jack Batten reviewed A Twist of Fortune in his Whodunit column in the Star on May 30. Here what he had to say:

“Sergeant Winston Windflower, the mild-mannered aboriginal Mountie at the centre of Mike Martin’s Newfoundland series says he isn’t accustomed to handling more than one emotion at a time. This time out, Windflower endures so many grim events- a possible breakup with his girlfriend, the drunkenness of an RCMP superior, a murdered pharmacist- that we readers expect Windflower’s emotional sang-froid is bound to snap. But as ever, it’s the man’s attractive good nature that carries the day and the book.”

So join us in Toronto to celebrate A Twist of Fortune

On Friday June 19 we will be at Indigo Bay Bloor in Toronto from 6-9 pm.

On Friday June 26 we will at Chapters Queensway in Toronto from 7-9 pm.

Hope we see you there!!

 

And stay tuned for information on the NOW magazine contest. Win a signed copy of the complete set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries including A Twist of Fortune. Contest scheduled to begin June 18.

 

A Twist of Fortune is now available in the GTA at

The Sleuth of Baker Street

Indigo Bay Bloor

Chapters Queensway

Indigo Eaton Centre

More Chapters/Indigo locations coming daily!!

And always on line from Chapters/Indigo

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-twist-of-fortune-a/9781772160291-item.html

 

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Where to Buy A Twist of Fortune

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A Twist of Fortune, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery is available for order online all over the world. See below for links. It is also starting to be available in stores across Canada. Here are some retail locations where you can buy A Twist of Fortune in Canada.

And stay tuned because more locations are being added every day.

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa

Chapters Rideau, 47 Rideau Street, Ottawa

 

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Road, Toronto

Indigo Bay/Bloor, 55 Bloor Street, Toronto (Book Signing July 19)

Indigo Eaton Centre,  220 Yonge Street, Toronto

Chapters Queensway, 1950 The Queensway, Toronto (Book Signing July 26)

 

Kingston

Chapters Kingston, 2376 Princess Street, Kingston (Book Signing July 27)

 

St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Downhome Shoppe and Gallery, 303 Water Street, St. John’s

Chapters St. John’s , 70 Kenmount Road, St. John’s

Coles Avalon Mall, Avalon Mall, St. John’s

Coles Village Mall, Village Mall, St. John’s

 

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Chapters Fredericton, Regent Mall, Fredericton

All Sgt. Windflower books are also available for order in Canada from:

Red Tuque Books and Downhome Publishing

http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/

http://www.shopdownhome.com/listings.php?search=sgt+windflower&go.x=15&go.y=14

 

And Online:

Canada

Chapters Indigo

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-twist-of-fortune-a/9781772160291-item.html?ikwid=A+Twist+of+Fortune%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

United States

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Twist-Fortune-Mike-Martin/dp/1634903803/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1428753480&sr=8-6&keywords=A+Twist+of+Fortune

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-twist-of-fortune-mike-martin/1121721096?ean=9781634903806

Booklocker

http://booklocker.com/books/7981.html

Books a Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Twist-Fortune/Mike-Martin/9781634903806?id=6287674007697

 

United Kingdom

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twist-Fortune-Mike-Martin/dp/1634903803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428753725&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Twist+of+Fortune%2C+mike+martin

 

Australia

Amazon.au

http://www.amazon.com/Twist-Fortune-Sgt-Windflower/dp/1634903803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429224454&sr=8-1&keywords=a+twist+of+fortune