Why I’m Giving Books Away: The Sgt. Windflower Reading Equality Program

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I have now published six books in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series and each time I have chosen to give away a number of copies, absolutely free. Not only that, but I actively seek out strangers or near strangers on social media to give them away to. Now, I am not giving away all copies of my books. I am neither rich nor daft and I am not particularly altruistic, but I do believe in helping people to read my book.

And quite honestly not everyone can afford to buy a book, especially new books. Tons of people are living on a tight budget, on social assistance or on a fixed income because of disability or not being able to work anymore. It’s hard to comprehend in this world of plenty, but twenty bucks is a lot of money if you haven’t got it and one of the ‘luxuries’ that many people give up is purchasing new books. They wait until they are available from the library or get them lent from friends or from the second-hand bookstore. I support libraries, but why do some people have to wait?

I realize that I can’t give anybody a raise in their monthly stipend to help them with their book budget, but I can help at least a few of them enjoy my new books, fresh out of the printer’s box. I believe in an idea called Reading Equality, a radically new concept that everyone should have access to quality, new release books. That’s why I am making 25 copies of A Tangled Web available to people on a low or fixed income. I am advertising this offer on Facebook and Twitter and as the time of writing there are still a few copies left.

If you want one or know of someone who could use one but can’t afford it, just message me with the mailing address and I will send a copy in the mail. And yes, I will even sign them. No questions asked. You can send me a message thru Sgt. Windflower Mysteries or Facebook. The links are at the bottom of this post.

Of course, if you have the money, I hope you will consider buying a copy for yourself. Maybe even one for somebody you know doesn’t have the cash. Pay it forward. It works for me.

Here’s where you can get A Tangled Web


A Tangled Web is available in many bookstores across the country and for order from Chapters/Indigo



United States

A Tangled Web is available for order from Booklocker.com and from Amazon.com in both print and e-book versions







United Kingdom

A Tangled Web is available for order from Amazon UK in both print and e-book versions



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4 thoughts on “Why I’m Giving Books Away: The Sgt. Windflower Reading Equality Program”

  1. Hi Mike, I got the ebook version and read it. It is great as usual. I really enjoy your writing and will continue to get your books and read them with pleasure. I wish you continued success in you writing career.

    Warmest regards,

    Robert PS. Say hi to Joan and Lynne for me.

    So Far–So Good W. Robert Arnold greyknight@shaw.ca


  2. I wrote a very nice but long reply but it disappeared since WordPress needed me to log in again and I needed to reset my password and then they lost my reply. Anyway, it is a good thing you are doing and I wasn’t always able to afford books myself and now I don’t always have access to a library so I am loving Little Free Libraries but what you are doing is very, very nice!


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