Joys of Writing and Goodreads Giveaway Plus New Review

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In case you missed it, here is my article on the Joys of Writing which appeared on Omni Mystery News. Plus news about a Goodreads Giveaway and a new review of A Long Ways from Home

http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2016/10/please-welcome-back-mystery-author-mike-martin-5ff968c0.html

 

The Joys of Writing

Sometimes writing feels like a task, a chore that I have to do. It feels like work. That’s not always a bad thing when you are a freelance writer. It’s good to work if you like to eat. But when my creative or fiction writing starts to feel like work, I remind myself of some of the joys of writing.

First of all, I get to let my imagination run wild. Not that wild!! But free, that’s a better word for it. I get to create imaginary characters in an imaginary world and invite people to come visit. I make up imaginary friends and they become other people’s friends as well. That’s pretty cool. When I meet people who have read some of the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries they often talk to me about the characters they like, as if they were real. That’s because to them, and certainly to me, they are real.

Secondly, I get to see some of my innermost thoughts displayed in public on bookstore shelves and in public libraries. People actually pay money or walk to the library to check out what I have written. The sheer pleasure of seeing your book on the shelf between Margaret Maron and Peter May is pretty awesome. But to see someone walking out of the library with their book under their arm is a gift that no money or fame could buy. It cannot help but make you feel a little humble and a whole lot grateful.

Thirdly, people don’t just take your books into their homes, they take them into their lives. I’ve had many people write or tell me how much they enjoyed the last book or how much they are looking forward to the next Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Others have told me that they felt calm and relaxed when they were reading the stories, as if they were walking along beside Windflower and his partner Sheila. Or imagining the meals that they were eating and even trying out some for themselves.

Just recently I got a message from a reader who told me the sad news of her mother’s passing. She was not looking forward to the next few days and saying goodbye, but she had the new Windflower book, and said that at least would give her something pleasant to look forward to when those hard days were over. And last year I got a phone call from a reader on the east coast who called to tell me how much she liked the series and that she had shared the books with a friend who was suffering from cancer. That friend had to go through the misery of chemotherapy, but before they went they would read a few chapters from one of my books. That relaxed them enough to go through the pain and come through to the other side.

I don’t share these stories to say how great my books are but to show the power we as writers have to collectively bring some joy to a world that is desperately in need of it. And to remind myself and fellow writers that the gifts we receive from writing far outweigh any time or effort or work we put into them. Keep writing and finding the joy in writing. And remember the great Agatha Christie who said “Write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”

 

Goodreads Giveaway for A Long Ways from Home Nov 1- Nov 15

Enter to win a copy of the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery: A Long Ways from Home. Set in beautiful Newfoundland at the eastern tip of Canada. Cool, cozy, Canadian crime fiction. Giveaway opens on Nov 1, 2016.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/208197-a-long-ways-from-home

 

Review of A Long Ways from Home on Book Obsessed

“The novel is engrossing and entertaining, and the ending is completely satisfying. I can’t wait to read more about Sgt. Windflower and his adventures in Newfoundland!”

https://cecilesune.com/long-ways-home-mike-martin/

 

Where to Buy a Long Ways from Home

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

Kingston

Novel Idea Bookstore

Edmonton

Audrey’s Books

 

Books are now available in Chapters/Coles/Indigo across Canada. Locations coming soon. If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies. Or you can order any Sgt. Windflower Mystery online and get the book shipped right to your house. You can also ask your local library to order some copies as well. Many of the bigger libraries have already ordered copies, but you can ask your local branch and they will bring in a copy for you.

Below are the online links where you can buy A Long Ways from Home. Don’t forget to follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook and keep liking and sharing the good news. Thank You!!

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/

www.sgtwindflowermsyteries.com

 

Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/search/?keywords=A%20long%20ways%20from%20home%2C%20mike%20martin

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+long+ways+from+home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-long-ways-from-home/id1146912733?mt=11

 

Friesen

http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000033871183/Mike-Martin-A-Long-Ways-from-Home

 

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-long-ways-from-home-mike-martin/1124466682?ean=9781460292006

 

 

 

 

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Five-Star Review and a Meal from A Long Ways from Home

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5 Star Review

“A well written series is set in Newfoundland, Canada”

A Long Ways From Home

Salmon (Arctic Char) Curry from A Long Ways from Home

Here’s a very cool blog post from Cheryl Pasquier in France who is a long-time Sgt. Windflower reviewer and fan. She writes a food blog that features recipes from books. This one is from A Long Ways from Home

http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.ca/2016/10/readcookeat-recipe-salmon-with-curry.html

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Don’t Forget…

Kingston Book Signing Event: October 22, 2016

Come Meet Mike Martin and get your own signed copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

1-3:30 pm Saturday October 22, 2016

Novel Idea Bookstore

156 Princess Street

Kingston

 

Get Your Books Here!!!

Books are now available  in Chapters/Coles/Indigo across Canada. We’ll start posting locations as soon as we have them. If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies. Or you can order any Sgt. Windflower Mystery online and get the book shipped right to your house. You can also ask your local library to order some copies as well. Many of the bigger libraries have already ordered copies, but you can ask your local branch and they will bring in a copy for you.

Below are the online links where you can buy A Long Ways from Home. Don’t forget to follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook and keep liking and sharing the good news. Thank You!!

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/

www.sgtwindflowermsyteries.com

 

Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/search/?keywords=A%20long%20ways%20from%20home%2C%20mike%20martin

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+long+ways+from+home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-long-ways-from-home/id1146912733?mt=11

 

Friesen

http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000033871183/Mike-Martin-A-Long-Ways-from-Home

 

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-long-ways-from-home-mike-martin/1124466682?ean=9781460292006

 

 

 

Another Great Week Coming up at Sgt. Windflower Mysteries Oct 11-15

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It’s another great week of events with a TV appearance and the much-awaited Book Launch in Ottawa on Oct 13. Mike Martin will be appearing on Rogers Daytime Ottawa TV show at 1pm on Wednesday Oct 12. The show will be televised live at 1pm on Channel 22 and then repeated again at 6pm and 11 pm in case you miss the live version. Talking about Sgt. Windflower Mysteries and A Long Ways from Home.

Book Launch for A Long Ways from Home: Thursday October 13, 2016

Come Celebrate the Launch of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

6:30-8:00 pm Thursday October 13, 2016

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Ave

There will be Cake!!

 

Coming Soon….

Kingston Book Signing Event: October 22, 2016

Come Meet Mike Martin and get your own signed copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

1-3:30 pm Saturday October 22, 2016

Novel Idea Bookstore

156 Princess Street

Kingston

 

Where you can find the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery: A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home is on its way to Chapters/Indigo/Coles bookstores all across Canada. If your local store doesn’t have them coming you can always ask them to order some for your area. In the meantime, A Long Ways from Home is available now for order from all of the online retailers listed below, plus many more.  You can also buy A Long Ways from Home from these fine independent bookstores.

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Avenue

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

907 Millwood Road

 

Kingston

Novel Idea Bookstore

156 Princess Street

 

Edmonton

Audrey’s Books

10702 Jasper Avenue NW

 

Order online anytime from:

Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/search/?keywords=A%20long%20ways%20from%20home%2C%20mike%20martin

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+long+ways+from+home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

 

Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-long-ways-from-home/id1146912733?mt=11

 

Friesen

http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000033871183/Mike-Martin-A-Long-Ways-from-Home

 

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-long-ways-from-home-mike-martin/1124466682?ean=9781460292006

 

Don’t forget to follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook and keep liking and sharing the good news. Thank You!!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/

www.sgtwindflowermsyteries.com

 

Book Launch Ottawa and Book Signing Kingston

Don’t Miss these Great Events

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Book Launch for A Long Ways from Home: October 13, 2016

Come Celebrate the Launch of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

6:30-8:00 pm Thursday October 13, 2016

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Ave

There will be Cake!!

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Kingston Book Signing Event: October 22, 2016

Come Meet Mike Martin and get your own signed copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

1-3:30 pm Saturday October 22, 2016

Novel Idea Bookstore

156 Princess Street

Kingston

 novel

 

 

And There’s More

I will be appearing on Rogers Daytime Channel 22 on Wednesday Oct 12 and CKCU Radio 93.1 FM Special Blend on Thursday October 13. More information will be posted soon on these media appearances.

And books will finally start to be available soon in Chapters/Coles/Indigo across Canada. If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies. Or you can order any Sgt. Windflower Mystery online and get the book shipped right to your house. You can also ask your local library to order some copies as well. Many of the bigger libraries have already ordered copies, but you can ask your local branch and they will bring in a copy for you.

Below are the online links where you can buy A Long Ways from Home. Don’t forget to follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook and keep liking and sharing the good news. Thank You!!

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/

www.sgtwindflowermsyteries.com

 

Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/search/?keywords=A%20long%20ways%20from%20home%2C%20mike%20martin

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+long+ways+from+home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=A+Long+Ways+from+Home%2C+mike+martin

 

 

Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-long-ways-from-home/id1146912733?mt=11

 

Friesen

http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000033871183/Mike-Martin-A-Long-Ways-from-Home

 

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-long-ways-from-home-mike-martin/1124466682?ean=9781460292006