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More Great Reviews for A Long Ways from Home

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Here are 3 great reviews for A Long Ways from Home, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery. The first from the well-respected mystery review website Reviewing the Evidence. The second, a unique and funny review from Harold Walters of Book Remarks in the Clarenville Packet newspaper. Finally, one from the Miramichi Reader, the source for great book reviews from Atlantic Canada.

 

Review of A Long Ways from Home on Reviewing the Evidence

“A LONG WAYS FROM HOME will appeal to readers who enjoy Newfoundland settings, stories with an aboriginal twist, and simply well-told tales about ordinary people caught up in life on what is, when all is said and done, a very small island.”

http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=10768

 

Review of A Long Ways from Home in the Clarenville Packet newspaper

“Yahoo, Sgt. Windflower rides again!! When all is said and done, Mike Martin’s Sgt. Windflower novels are fine reads.”

http://www.thepacket.ca/community/2016/11/3/a-long-ways-from-home.html

 

Review of A Long Ways from Home in the Miramichi Reader

The Miramichi Reader says “If you like police detective crime fiction that takes place outside the customary big city setting, then the Windflower mysteries will be enjoyable to you.”

http://miramichireader.ca/2016/11/long-ways-from-home-windflower/

 

Don’t Forget: 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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The Reviews So Far: What People are Saying about A Twist of Fortune

 

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The reviews are starting to roll in and reviewers really like A Twist of Fortune. Here are some samples from the reviews to date.

“A Twist of Fortune” is a leisurely stroll through some of Canada’s wild places, where no one can hide from the effects of crime. We get an insight into the communities and people who choose to live away from the bright lights of the cities.”

Rosie Amber: Book Reviewer, Avid Reader and Bookworm

 

A Twist of Fortune tells the story of drug smuggling gangs and multiple homicides, but the book isn’t fixated on murder mystery and instead weaves the criminal investigation narrative around those of the decline of the local fishing industry and Windflower’s personal life, relationships and his love of the local food and not so local scotch whisky.”

Kindle Book Review

 

“A Twist of Fortune is the 4th in the Windflower series that grows on you. It’s essentially a character driven story, the character being Winston Windflower and those around him but also a character called Grand Bank Newfoundland, a small town facing change that it’s not quite ready for. It’s a police procedural that feels real, no instant forensic results but the real backstory of how cops deal with a mixture of crime, highways closed because of weather and small town life meeting today’s demands.”

Don Graves D.D. Mystery Reviews

 

“Sgt. Winston Windflower is a food loving member of the RCMP.  A Twist of Fortune continues the romantic involvement of Sheila Hillier and Winston through some ups and down.  Sheila is arrested at the beginning of the book for helping to save the fish plant in Grand Banks.  If you have been following their romance you will love the ending of this book.”

Linda Grant aka The Crafty Gardener

 

A Twist of Fortune is a reminder that good people can do good things, be good friends, and believe in the good life of small communities. Festivities and principles are still important and the Canadian cuisine can still be celebrated. The story reads more like a day-to-day, step-by-step, report of life in a close-knit community, where criminal activities are handled as part of the make-up of the people in town. I would compare it with a Maeve Binchy novel with a crime plot thrown in, without the high drama and suspense of the murder mystery genre.”

Margitte Mayer on Goodreads

 

 

“The real strength of A Twist of Fortune lies in the author’s ability to make the characters and setting come alive to the reader. The reader is quickly wrapped up in the lives of the people. The chapters are relatively short and the narrative voice is succinct, dry, straightforward, and easy to read. I liked reading about the morning rituals of the protagonist. The description of the traditional Cree beliefs was certainly a bonus. The sexual activity between the characters is only ever gently implied and I liked that as well.”

Online Book Club

 

“Sgt Windflower is back and I must admit, this made me smile. He is perhaps the most laidback detective I have ever come across in literature, loving his food and his walks around Grand Bank as much as he does locking up the criminals in the sleepy Newfoundland town. In A Twist of Fortune Sgt Windflower is back on a murder case, as well as keeping an eye on the unrest in Grand Bank caused by the fish plant, one of the town’s biggest industries, closing down.”

Cheryl Pasquier: Madhouse Family Reviews

 

“Relying on good, old-fashioned detective work to solve his cases, Sgt. Windflower thrives in a skilfully nuanced, though not overly contrived plot that delivers a number of surprises, but it’s the dialogue and the subtleties of Windflower’s character that really makes this superb detective novel stand out. On many levels he defies our expectations, living his life according to values which are wholly congruent with the setting that surrounds him and it’s due credit to Martin that he captures the beauty, contrasts and grandeur of his chosen backdrop to create a real sense of visual ambience.”

Book Viral

 

“Sgt. Winston Windflower becomes more interesting with each book. He is not the typical renegade or fast action cop; he does his job, follows the rules whenever possible, and keeps his balance with his beliefs and personal relationships. He has high expectations of the people he supervises and doesn’t let problems slide and yet has great empathy. The other characters hold their own too, especially Tizzard, Sheila, Herb and the coroner. In A Twist of Fortune the plot is well done; the Mounties must work together to track the complicated drug network. I especially love the setting. In this book the Newfoundland winter is a major factor. Some might think the snowstorms are overdone but those of us in the northern climes are well aware that once one of these systems starts pounding an area, it can be relentless. Well done!”

Prairie House Reviews

 

This book is well written and is the kind of story that makes you feel good when you read it. The characters are well-developed and it has a strong plot. Though there is probably a little too much focus on food and coffee consumption, the story unfolds nicely and comes together well at the end. It has the perfect blend of showing an interesting daily life, the charm of a small town, the intrigue of police work, and the love shared between two people in a strong relationship. A Twist of Fortune is well-written, entertaining and interesting, and while at times it is a bit predictable, it doesn’t detract from the quality of the story. It’s a fun and heart-warming book that makes you want to read the rest of the series.

Red City Reviews

Here’s where you can buy A Twist of Fortune online

Canada

Chapters Indigo

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-twist-of-fortune-a/9781772160291-item.html?ikwid=A+Twist+of+Fortune%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

United States

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Twist-Fortune-Mike-Martin/dp/1634903803/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1428753480&sr=8-6&keywords=A+Twist+of+Fortune

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-twist-of-fortune-mike-martin/1121721096?ean=9781634903806

Booklocker

http://booklocker.com/books/7981.html

Books a Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Twist-Fortune/Mike-Martin/9781634903806?id=6287674007697

 

United Kingdom

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twist-Fortune-Mike-Martin/dp/1634903803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428753725&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Twist+of+Fortune%2C+mike+martin

 

Australia

Amazon.au

http://www.amazon.com/Twist-Fortune-Sgt-Windflower/dp/1634903803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429224454&sr=8-1&keywords=a+twist+of+fortune

 

 

 

 

Review of A Twist of Fortune on Kindle Book Review: “A solid and absorbing read “

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Review of A Twist of Fortune,  A Sgt. Windflower Mystery on Kindle Book Review

“A solid and absorbing read “

Kindle Book Review

http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1UFU1Q1KSSWIY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_pdp

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