The Sgt. Windflower Reading Equality Program

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

I have now published eight books in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series (plus Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries) 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 Fire, Fog and Water 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.

And if you want to help get this book into even more hands, ask your local library to order a copy. They’re looking for your suggestions. And if they don’t have the budget, tell them to contact me and we’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse.

Here’s where you can get Fire, Fog and Water

Fire, Fog and Water is available in many bookstores across Canada including Chapters/Indigo and many independent stores.

Where to Buy Fire, Fog and Water

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YWHZ675?pf_rd_p=2d1ab404-3b11-4c97-b3db-48081e145e35&pf_rd_r=TPEW9DC07PEDEBE6Y4JA

“Apart from being a great murder mystery this is a story of Newfoundland communities and relationships. Having spent a little time in Newfoundland, and loved it, this story really appealed to me. There’s a multitude of layers happening, contributing to my enjoyment.”

Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Fire-Fog-Water-Windflower-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07YWHZ675/ref=sr_1_1?crid=DM1REAWZ4JAF&keywords=fire%2C+fog+and+water&qid=1571920760&sprefix=fire%2C+f%2Caps%2C211&sr=8-1

“I have read all of the Sgt. Windflower series by Mike Martin. He just keep getting better! I enjoyed this book.”

Amazon.uk

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Fog-Water-Windflower-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07YWHZ675/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fire%2C+fog+and+water&qid=1571920819&sr=8-1

“The Newfoundland setting was sublime and the writer conjured a detailed picture of a small community. I felt comfortable with this novel from the start. I felt I knew the people – main characters being deftly drawn with few strokes.”

Chapters/Indigo/Coles

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/fire-fog-and-water/9781988437286-item.html?ikwid=fire%2c+fog+and+water%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

In Store

Ottawa

Chapters Rideau, South Keys, Gloucester, Kanata

Indigo Barrhaven, Pinecrest, Innes, Orleans

Coles Billing Bridge, Carlingwood, Bayshore

More locations coming across Ontario and Atlantic Canada soon. Stay tuned and follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook

And these fine independent bookstores

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

Winnipeg

Whodunit Bookstore

St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador

Downhome Shoppe and Gallery

 

Follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/inbox/?mailbox_id=401832063230933&selected_item_id=100000399124047

 

Twitter

@mike54martin

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48197240-fire-fog-and-water

 

 

 

Sgt. Windflower goes to Winnipeg

 

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Sgt. Windflower is going to Winnipeg!! Join Mike Martin at Whodunit Bookstore on November 7 from 7-9 pm for book signings, author interview and a special Q and A with local authors. Free admission and snacks.

Upcoming Events

Mystery Weekend Ottawa Nov 16-17

Indigo Barrhaven

Join Ottawa area mystery and crime writers all weekend long at Indigo Barrhaven. I will be there on Sunday Nov 17 from 4-6 pm.

Signatures Ottawa Christmas Show Nov 14-17

Shaw Centre

Sgt. Windflower books will be on hand at the Ottawa Press and Publishing booth. The Signatures Show is the National Capital’s premier holiday shopping event. I will be signing books on several occasions. Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook for more details

More events to come. Details to be announced

Where to Buy Fire, Fog and Water

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YWHZ675?pf_rd_p=2d1ab404-3b11-4c97-b3db-48081e145e35&pf_rd_r=TPEW9DC07PEDEBE6Y4JA

“Apart from being a great murder mystery this is a story of Newfoundland communities and relationships. Having spent a little time in Newfoundland, and loved it, this story really appealed to me. There’s a multitude of layers happening, contributing to my enjoyment.”

Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Fire-Fog-Water-Windflower-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07YWHZ675/ref=sr_1_1?crid=DM1REAWZ4JAF&keywords=fire%2C+fog+and+water&qid=1571920760&sprefix=fire%2C+f%2Caps%2C211&sr=8-1

“I have read all of the Sgt. Windflower series by Mike Martin. He just keep getting better! I enjoyed this book.”

Amazon.uk

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Fog-Water-Windflower-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07YWHZ675/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fire%2C+fog+and+water&qid=1571920819&sr=8-1

“The Newfoundland setting was sublime and the writer conjured a detailed picture of a small community. I felt comfortable with this novel from the start. I felt I knew the people – main characters being deftly drawn with few strokes.”

Chapters/Indigo/Coles

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/fire-fog-and-water/9781988437286-item.html?ikwid=fire%2c+fog+and+water%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Buy In Store Now!!

Ottawa

Chapters Rideau, South Keys, Gloucester, Kanata

Indigo Barrhaven, Pinecrest, Innes, Orleans

Coles Billing Bridge, Carlingwood, Bayshore

More locations coming across Ontario and Atlantic Canada soon. Stay tuned and follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook

And these fine independent bookstores

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

Winnipeg

Whodunit Bookstore

St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador

Downhome Shoppe and Gallery

 

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/inbox/?mailbox_id=401832063230933&selected_item_id=100000399124047

Twitter

@mike54martin

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48197240-fire-fog-and-water

New Sgt. Windflower Book is Here

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Fire, Fog and Water, the latest book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series is here. Now available for pre-order on Chapters/Indigo and available all over the world on Amazon.  Plus, at select independent book stores right now. Book Launch in Ottawa on October 17.

Amazon

Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/fire-fog-and-water/9781988437286-item.html?ikwid=fire%2c+fog+and+water%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Buy a print version right now at these fine independent bookstores

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

Winnipeg

Whodunit Bookstore

 

Book Launch Ottawa October 17

Come Celebrate the Launch of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

Fire, Fog and Water

6:00-8:00 pm Thursday October 17, 2019

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Ave

There will be Cake!!

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on social media

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/inbox/?mailbox_id=401832063230933&selected_item_id=100000399124047

Twitter

@mike54martin

Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries at Independent Bookstores Ottawa and Toronto

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We are pleased to announce that the first places you can buy a physical copy of Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries are at two great independent book stores. Books on Beechwood in Ottawa and the fabulous Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto. More stores coming soon.

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario

bobBooks on Beechwood is an independent, locally owned, bookstore that reflects the interests of the surrounding neighbourhoods. The selections on literary fiction, biography, and history are particularly strong. They also have a good selection of mysteries, of children’s books and of cookbooks. The collection of several thousand books in the store is backed by the ability to order from a suppliers list of millions of volumes. They are very involved in the community and host special events such as book signings. They also have their own two book clubs which you are welcome to join.

http://www.booksonbeechwood.ca

 

Sleuth of Baker Street

907 Millwood Road

Toronto, Ontario

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Sleuth of Baker Street is a bookstore that specializes in mysteries, crime novels, detective fiction, Sherlockiana, spy and thriller novels…lots and lots of mysteries…British, American, Canadian…new, used, out of print. If they haven’t got it, they’ll find it. A newsletter worth paying for, and if you want something other than a mystery, they do lots of special orders.

http://www.sleuthofbakerstreet.ca/

 

You can also buy Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries online:

Amazon

United States

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2H1YOVTK20JJW&keywords=christmas+in+newfoundland&qid=1566516404&s=gateway&sprefix=christmas+in+Newf%2Caps%2C285&sr=8-1

 

Amazon

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland&qid=1566516533&s=gateway&sr=8-2

 

Chapters/Indigo

Canada

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/christmas-in-newfoundland-memories-and/9781988437255-item.html?ikwid=Christmas+in+Newfoundland%2c+memories+and+mysteries%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

Amazon

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland&qid=1566516595&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Amazon

Australia

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland&qid=1566516650&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

 

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on social media and Goodreads

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/inbox/?mailbox_id=401832063230933&selected_item_id=100000399124047

 

Twitter

@mike54martin

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47883530-christmas-in-newfoundland

 

Christmas in Newfoundland on sale Everywhere

 

Christmas coverChristmas in Newfoundland is on sale now in paperback and Kindle version. Here are links for Canada, the United States and Australia. Celebrate Christmas early with Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

 

Amazon

United States

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2H1YOVTK20JJW&keywords=christmas+in+newfoundland&qid=1566516404&s=gateway&sprefix=christmas+in+Newf%2Caps%2C285&sr=8-1

 

Amazon

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland&qid=1566516533&s=gateway&sr=8-2

 

Chapters/Indigo

Canada

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/christmas-in-newfoundland-memories-and/9781988437255-item.html?ikwid=Christmas+in+Newfoundland%2c+memories+and+mysteries%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

Amazon

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland&qid=1566516595&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Amazon

Australia

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland&qid=1566516650&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Follow Sgt Windflower Mysteries all year round.

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Twitter

@mike54martin

 

Christmas Comes Early to Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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We are pleased to announce the up-coming release of Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries, a collection of short stories and mysteries from the award-winning author of the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries.

Now available in Kindle on Amazon,com and soon available across Canada in paperback on Indigo/Chapters

“Christmas in Newfoundland is a special time. In the depths of long winter nights memories are made and stories are told. Of Christmas by candlelight and horse and buggy rides to church. Of shopping on Water Street in St. John’s before malls and the Internet. In simpler times an orange and a few Christmas chocolates along with one special toy made every child’s eyes widen in delight.

In later years Sgt. Windflower came to work and then to stay in the quiet town of Grand Bank by the Atlantic Ocean where the salt air froze in the wind and the Mounties were welcomed to warm themselves by every fire. As everyone else slept through the night they kept the community safe and unraveled the mysteries that could only come from a special Christmas in Newfoundland.

Come and warm yourself by the fire and hear their stories. Some memories and some mysteries. Enjoy some holiday time with Sgt. Windflower and all the familiar characters that you’ve come to know and love. Good food, good friends and always another chair at the table.”

New Book Coming Soon

Fire, Fog and Water is in the final proofing process and should be in stores in October. Book 8 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series sees Sergeant Winston Windflower and his trusty crew at the Grand Bank detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with more than a few mysteries on their hands. Windflower suspects that the three cases—a homicide, a near-homicide and a fire on Coronation Street—are somehow connected, but how is proving difficult to determine, especially now that he must battle his unusually cranky mood, the never-ending winter that has gripped the coastal region of Newfoundland and his new, power-hungry boss.

In Fire, Fog and Water, Bony Blythe Award winner Mike Martin is true to form, retaining the light crime genre for which he is known while delving into the most perplexing social issues of our time, including mental health, addictions and workplace harassment. Windflower must not only solve the drug-and-death crimes that threaten the otherwise tranquil lives of Grand Bank’s residents, he must resolve his own internal conflicts before they consume him as surely as the blaze that engulfed the house on Coronation Street.

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries all year long

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Twitter

@mike54martin

First Review of the Body on the T Audiobook

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The Body on the T,  the second book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series is now available in an audiobook version. Narrated by Frank Kearney it is a great listening experience that you won’t want to miss. It joins The Walker on the Cape as audiobook versions of this popular light mystery series set in Newfoundland, on the eastern tip of Canada.

The first review is in

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A Cozy Mystery Series – At its Best

I was so pleased to find the second installment in this Sgt. Winston Windflower series.
While this 2nd book can be read (or listened to in my case) without the first, I do recommend getting to read them both.

The joy of this series is as much about the characters in it and how they interact with each other, both in their dialog and in the events that occur, than in the actual plot.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Body-on-the-T-Audiobook/B07TN3C3SM?ipRedirectOverride=true&overrideBaseCountry=true&pf_rd_p=34883c04-32e5-4474-a65d-0ba68f4635d3&pf_rd_r=DT5A9X2XFGSDFR8J2SKB

Here are some links where you can listen to a sample and buy your own audiobook version of The Body on the T. Soon available on iTunes, Hoopla and for ordering by libraries on Overdrive. And everywhere audiobooks are sold.

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/Body-Sgt-Windflower-Mysteries-Book/dp/B07TN1L4NR/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+body+on+the+t&qid=1563448092&s=books&sr=1-1

United States

https://www.amazon.com/Body-Sgt-Windflower-Mysteries-Book/dp/B07TN2FSYH/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1563448131&sr=8-1

United Kingdom

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Body-Sgt-Windflower-Mysteries-Book/dp/B07TKZ3YG1/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1563448189&sr=8-3

ListenUp

https://listenupaudiobooks.com/audiobooks/product/the-body-on-the-t/

The Walker on the Cape is also available in Audiobook version

The Audiobook version of The Walker on the Cape is also available on Audible and through other audiobook retailers.

Here’s a link to The Walker on the Cape audiobook on Audible and a sample

Canada

https://www.audible.ca/pd/The-Walker-on-the-Cape-Audiobook/B07PNRVCKV?qid=1552936232&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=65c74350-6dfb-47fa-85fd-1459a4762abd&pf_rd_r=6XRSJF47FWC783HG2CH3&

United States

https://www.amazon.com/Walker-Cape-Sgt-Windflower-Mystery/dp/B07PPVHHVQ/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

United Kingdom

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walker-Cape-Sgt-Windflower-Mystery/dp/B07PNRVG9C/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1553252285&sr=8-1&keywords=THE+WALKER+ON+THE+CAPE

People love the audiobook versions of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

“This is a delightful audiobook version which I enjoyed so much that I decided to download the ebook too. The combination of Frank Kearney’s excellent narration with Mike Martin’s great dialog really won me over within the first 5 minutes.”

“I love the story because of its simplicity but at the same time the mystery enough to make you continue hearing the book.”

“The Walker on the Cape by Mike Martin is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining narration that combines mystery, good old-fashioned police work by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and wholesome romance set in the beautiful province of Newfoundland.”

New Windflower book this fall

Fire, Fog and Water  is coming in October. It continues the adventures of Sgt. Windflower and the Grand Bank gang. There are changes and challenges, especially for Corporal Eddie Tizzard, but there are also some great meals and good friends to help make life more enjoyable. While you are waiting here’s where you can still get Darkest Before the Dawn. the winner of the Bony Blithe Award as the best light mystery of the year.

Darkest Before the Dawn is available in many bookstores across Canada including Chapters/Indigo and many independent stores.

Amazon:

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Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/darkest-before-the-dawn/9781988437132-item.html?ikwid=DARKEST+BEFORE+THE+dAWN&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

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