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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

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Twitter

@mike54martin

People love Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries

 

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The reviews are pouring in for Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries from all over the world. England, France and from all parts of the United States and Canada. You can check them out for yourself on Amazon, Goodreads or NetGalley:

Amazon Average Rating 4.8 out of 5

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower-ebook/dp/B07WSRLXMK

NetGalley Average Rating 4.4 out of 5

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/173518

Goodreads Average Rating 4.4 out of 5

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47886570-christmas-in-newfoundland-memories-and-mysteries

Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries is available everywhere online (See links below). And now in stores all over Canada including:

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

St. John’s Newfoundland

The Downhome Shoppe and Gallery

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

Chapters/indigo Coles

Atlantic Canada

Chapters/indigo Coles

 

Here are some online links for Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and 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

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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

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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.

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An Award, An Audiobook and New Books from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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An Award, An Audiobook and New Books from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries.  The big news is that on May 24 Darkest Before the Dawn won the Bony Blithe Award for the best light mystery of the year. There’s also a new audiobook and new Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on the way!!

Darkest Before the Dawn wins the Bony Blithe Award

We are still pretty pumped about Darkest Before the Dawn winning the Bony Blithe Award as the best light mystery as the best light mystery of the year. As I said before, I was more than a little surprised to win. Mostly because of the competition. Alan Bradley who writes the fabulous Flavia DeLuce series with a precocious and adorable 12-year-old female sleuth and fun-loving troublemaker. Vicki Delany who is uber-famous as the author of 34 books and is currently writing three mystery series. Elizabeth Duncan who is a two-time winner of this award and who writes the coziest of mysteries set in Wales. Plus, a brand-new crackerjack author in Auralee Wallace who is destined to win many awards before too long.

Here is a link to my previous blog post on this and a new picture of the Bony Blithe plaque that was presented along with a cheque for $1,000. The money is long gone, but this will live on forever.

https://elizabethspanncraig.com/uncategorized/it-takes-a-community-to-win-an-award/

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The Body on the T Audiobook

We are now in production for the audiobook version of The Body on the T. This is the second book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series and once again it is being narrated by Frank Kearney. Frank and I met through an audition he submitted to Audible when we were producing The Walker on the Cape audiobook. He nailed the accent first time. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising since while he now lives in North Carolina he was born and raised in Newfoundland.

The Body on the T audiobook will be released in early July.

Memories and Mysteries, A Windflower Christmas

Memories and Mysteries, A Windflower Christmas is a collection of short stories that will be released in September of this year. It starts with stories that were told to me about Christmas in a long-ago Grand Bank, where gifts were few and love was plenty. Days when the snow and a home-made sled was the entertainment and nights were filled with kerosene lamps and laughter. And the 12 days of Christmas were a time for family, friends and roving bands of mummers.

There are also stories from the streets of St. John’s in the 1960’s when Water Street was the only place to shop and stores like Ayres and Bowrings and the Arcade held a young child in rapture with the toys in the windows and the Christmas music blaring everywhere. When a live turkey and a boy with a giant bell called shoppers to the Mount Cashel Raffle and nights were spent on a hot, sticky bus to see the wondrous lights all over town.

The mysteries came much later but just like me, all of the characters in the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries loved Christmas and the enduring traditions of caring and sharing that they found in Grand Bank. Windflower, Sheila and Eddie Tizzard all had new adventures across Christmas time each year and they found their way into trouble and back out again. Always in time to enjoy the most magical time of the year.

These stories started as a way to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends. Now I will be offering them to you and yours. Look for it this fall and especially for Christmas.

New Windflower book this fall

Yes, there will be another Sgt. Windflower mystery. Coming this October, Fire, Fog and Water (title may change) continues the adventures of 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

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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