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I Didn’t Win But I’m Still Happy

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I just came back from two award galas without any hardware, but I’m not disappointed in the least. Yes, I could have used the money, but I can always get money. I am still on a high from being nominated for a major Canadian book award. For those of you who don’t know, my book, A Long Ways from Home, was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award which every year recognizes the best in Canadian light mysteries.

I didn’t expect to win the Bony Blithe Award this year. It’s my first year as a finalist and two of my fellow nominees have won before. One of them, the great Elizabeth Duncan took home the award and I am very pleased for her. She deserved to win and I am just happy to have been nominated along with her, the great Cathy Ace, newcomer Ryan Aldred, who will win many awards for his writing, and Alan Bradley writes the fabulous Flavia de Luce series featuring a 12-year-old female chemist who hangs out in cemeteries.

I had a great time at both award events, especially the Bony Blithe Mini-Con. I met some old friends, made many new ones and learned a lot more about writing and about myself. We are never really alone in the writing world, as long as keep pushing ourselves out there, and as long as we have people and readers who care about us. Thank you to everyone who sent me good wishes and good karma. I felt your love. Now it’s time to get back to work. Book 6, A Tangled Web, is taking shape and will be out, I hope, in the fall. Til then, there’s always more work to do.

Hope to see some of you at these up-coming events:

 

Limestone Genre Exposition Kingston, Ontario June 3-4, 2017

http://www.limestonegenreexpo.ca/

 

For my friends in the Kingston area, I will be attending this year’s Limestone Genre Expo on June 3-4, 2017. The Expo is a two-day literary event, celebrating the best in Canadian genre fiction. They offer panel discussions, workshops, readings, pitch sessions, a large vendor area, and many opportunities to interact with our attending authors, editor and publishers.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m June 3-4, 2017

St. Lawrence College

100 Portsmouth Ave.

​Kingston, ON

 

 

Prose in the Park June 10, 2017 Ottawa

https://www.proseinthepark.com/

 

I will also be attending the 2017 Prose in the Park Event in Ottawa on June 10, 2017

Ottawa’s favourite open-air literary festival and book fair, Prose in the Park, will take place on June 10, 2017 in the Parkdale Park. More info to follow on this great Ottawa event.

 

 

 

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More Great News and Events from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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A Long Ways from Home up for Best Canadian light mystery

Announcement May 26, 2017

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A Long Ways from Home has been shortlisted for the prestigious Bony Blithe Award for best ‘light’ or traditional mystery book in Canada. The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala on Friday, May 26, at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto. The festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include lunch, panels and/or round-table discussions, afternoon nibblies, a dealers room, loot bags, and the award banquet where the monarch of merry murder will be crowned. For more information or to buy a ticket for the gala, contact  event@bonyblithe.com or visit www.bonyblithe.com.

The Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series is also profiled on the Bony Blithe blog here.

http://bonyblithe.com/blog/

Find out all about the series and why it’s set in Newfoundland!!

 

Crime Writers of Canada Annual General Meeting May 25, 2017

The Crime Writers of Canada Annual General Meeting is taking place in Toronto on May 25, 2017. There will be the meeting followed by a reception and then the Arthur Ellis Award gala and announcements for the best mystery books in Canada. At the AGM I will be joining the CWC Board as their Vice-President for Eastern Ontario. Very excited about this new opportunity!!

 

Limestone Genre Exposition Kingston, Ontario June 3-4, 2017

http://www.limestonegenreexpo.ca/

 

For my friends in the Kingston area, I will be attending this year’s Limestone Genre Expo on June 3-4, 2017. The Expo is a two-day literary event, celebrating the best in Canadian genre fiction. We offer panel discussions, workshops, readings, pitch sessions, a large vendor area, and many opportunities to interact with our attending authors, editor and publishers.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m June 3-4, 2017

St. Lawrence College

100 Portsmouth Ave.

​Kingston, ON

 

 

Prose in the Park June 10, 2017 Ottawa

https://www.proseinthepark.com/

I will also be attending the 2017 Prose in the Park Event in Ottawa on June 10, 2017

Ottawa’s favourite open-air literary festival and book fair, Prose in the Park, will take place on June 10, 2017 in the Parkdale Park. More info to follow on this great Ottawa event.

 

 

 

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Good News: A Long Ways from Home shortlisted for Best Canadian Light Mystery Award

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Good news. A Long Ways from Home has been shortlisted for the prestigious Bony Blithe Award for best ‘light’ or traditional mystery book in Canada.

Thank you for your on-going support of the Sgt. Windflower Series. You deserve a share in this success.

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Murder Is Nothing to Laugh About…Or Is It?

The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award Announces Finalists

(Toronto, ON) April 13, 2017 – The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award), an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries is pleased to announce this year’s finalists. Now in its sixth year, the award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore – in short, books that are fun to read.

Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2017 award:

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Garnet Face (Touchwood)

Ryan Aldred, Rum Luck (Five Star)

Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Doubleday Canada)

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Murder on the Hour (St. Martin’s Press)

Mike Martin, A Long Ways from Home (Friesen Press)

 

Help us celebrate Bony Blithe’s six birthday at the 2017 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala, a day and evening this year of mirthful mayhem!

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala on Friday, May 26, at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto. The festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include lunch, panels and/or round-table discussions, afternoon nibblies, a dealers room, loot bags, and the award banquet where the monarch of merry murder will be crowned. For more information or to buy a ticket for the gala, contact us at event@bonyblithe.com or visit www.bonyblithe.com. 

The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.

You can buy A Long Ways from Home online from Amazon.com and Chapters/Indigo.ca

In Ottawa:

Chapters Rideau

Chapters South Keys

Books on Beechwood

 

Thank you again

Mike Martin

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Another Five-Star Review and Book Signing Feb 11 in Ottawa

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Ottawa Book Signing Event: Feb 11, 2017

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

A Long Ways from Home

1-4 pm Saturday February 11, 2017

Chapters South Keys

2100 Bank Street

Ottawa

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5 Star Review on Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1884934149

“I love this series and how the author shares his knowledge of the area, cultures, food and look forward to more from this creative author.”

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

 

 

 

HNY and Upcoming Events in Ottawa and Toronto

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Happy New Year from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. Hope you are still jolly and warm and that your new year looks promising and bright.

Two great events coming up soon.

In February, I will be doing book signings in Ottawa and Toronto. Here are the details:

Ottawa

Saturday Feb 11 1-4pm

Chapters South Keys

Toronto

Sunday Feb 26 1-4pm

Indigo Yonge/Eglinton

Drop by and say hello. I’d love to see you.

Read/Cook/Eat Windflower

My friend, the fabulous food blogger Cheryl Pasquier has been writing about the food in the Windflower books for the last few years. She takes the dishes described in the stories and then cooks them for herself and her family. She then writes out the recipes and shares them along with pictures of her meals on her blog. So far she’s written about salmon and cod fish with scrunchions. This week it’s a vegetarian lasagne. See the latest blog here. Read and Enjoy!!

http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.ca/2017/01/readcookeat-recipe-triple-layer-vegetarian-lasagne.html

 

Where to Buy A Long Ways from Home, the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home is now available at many fine retail locations across Canada. Here are some of our favourite retail locations and below is the list of online retailers where you can order A Long Ways from Home at any time.

(If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies)

 

Edmonton, Alberta

Audrey’s Books

 

Toronto, Ontario

Sleuth of Baker Street

Indigo Yonge/Eglinton

 

Ottawa, Ontario

Books on Beechwood

Chapters South Keys

 

Kingston, Ontario

Novel Idea Bookstore

 

London Ontario

Chapters London

 

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Coles Corner Brook Mall

 

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chapters Kenmount Road

Coles Avalon Mall

Coles Village Mall

All Sgt. Windflower books are available in Chapters/Indigo stores across Canada and at Chapters.ca

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-long-ways-from-home/9781460292006-item.html?ikwid=a+long+ways+from+home%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0

 

You can also find them at Amazon online all over the world.

 

In Canada on Amazon.ca at

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries

In the United States from Amazon.com at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Asgt+windflower+mysteries

In the United Kingdom at Amazon.co.uk at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries

 

 

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Update #4 Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale

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Thank you everybody who is supporting this year’s event. We are pleased to report that we are up to 80 Sgt. Windflower books have been sold to date. That means we are well on our way to meeting our goals to help Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa.

Minwaashin Lodge is healing centre in Ottawa that provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. The mission of Minwaashin Lodge s to provide wholistic programs and services for grandmothers, women, children and youth impacted by family violence and residential schooling. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values as part of the healing journey.

The money donated will go to support First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children to have a good meal and presents from Santa under the tree on Christmas morning. For more information about Minwaashin Lodge nd to make your own donation please visit: http://www.minlodge.com

A Long Ways from Home is now available at many fine retail locations across Canada. It will soon be available in many more Chapters/Coles/Indigo stores. We’ll try to keep you updated. In the meantime, here are some of our favourite retail locations and below is the list of online retailers where you can order A Long Ways from Home at any time. (If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies)

All Sgt. Windflower books are available in digo stores across Canada and at Chapters.ca

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-long-ways-from-home/9781460292006-item.html?ikwid=a+long+ways+from+home%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0

Thank you for supporting Minwaashin Lodge

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Update #3 Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale

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Thank you everybody who is supporting this year’s event. We are pleased to report that we are up to 62 Sgt. Windflower books have been sold to date. That means we are well on our way to meeting our goals to help Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa.

Just a reminder about this great organization. Minwaashin Lodge is a healing centre in Ottawa that provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system.

The mission of Minwaashin Lodge is to provide wholistic programs and services for grandmothers, women, children and youth impacted by family violence and residential schooling. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values as part of the healing journey.

The money donated will go to support First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children to have a good meal and presents from Santa under the tree on Christmas morning.

For more information about Minwaashin Lodge and to make your own donation please visit:

http://www.minlodge.com

Special Offer

If you make a donation to Minwaashin Lodge I will donate an additional $5.00. Just let me know that you’ve made a contribution. In addition, I will send a signed copy of a Sgt. Windflower Mystery, to you, or a friend or relative of choice, anywhere in the world.

E-mail me at mike54martin@yahoo.ca and I’ll send the other book along. And of course, add my additional donation to the cause.

Where to Buy A Long Ways from Home, the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home is now available at many fine retail locations across Canada. It will soon be available in many more Chapters/Coles/Indigo stores. We’ll try to keep you updated. In the meantime, here are some of our favourite retail locations and below is the list of online retailers where you can order A Long Ways from Home at any time.

(If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies)

Edmonton, Alberta

Audrey’s Books

Toronto, Ontario

Sleuth of Baker Street

Indigo Yonge/Eglinton

Ottawa, Ontario

Books on Beechwood

Chapters South Keys

Kingston, Ontario

Novel Idea Bookstore

Chapters Kingston

London Ontario

Chapters London

Montreal, Quebec

Chapters Pointe Claire

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Coles Corner Brook Mall

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chapters Kenmount Road

Coles Avalon Mall

Coles Village Mall

All Sgt. Windflower books are available in Chapters/Indigo stores across Canada and at Chapters.ca

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-long-ways-from-home/9781460292006-item.html?ikwid=a+long+ways+from+home%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0

You can also find them at Amazon online all over the world.

In Canada on Amazon.ca at

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries

In the United States from Amazon.com at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Asgt+windflower+mysteries

In the United Kingdom at Amazon.co.uk at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries

Thank you for supporting Minwaashin Lodge

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