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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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Sgt. Windflower Goes Audio

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The Audiobook version of The Walker on the Cape is here!! The first book in the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries is now available in an audiobook version. Narrated by Frank Kearney it is a completely different experience. One you won’t want to miss.

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

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&

Some early listeners said:

“To hear the book read in a Newfoundland accent is a game changer. As a reader, I create visual images of what I read, as I read; a dream-like visual. Hearing it read this way connects it to place more firmly. For the dream-like visual, it is as if the B&W dream is now presented in colour.”

“I absolutely LOVE this treatment of the work. Easy to follow, clear and easily understood but authentic with its local narrator who clearly did his reading and preparation beforehand to get the phrasing as natural as possible.”

Book 8 in Progress

The first draft of Book 8 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series is done. Put “The End” on it and sent it off to the story editor. Many changes to come but soon it will be over to the wonderful beta readers. It will be published in the early Fall by Ottawa Press and Publishing.

Up-Coming Book Events

Ottawa March 30, 2019

Chapters Gloucester

I will be at Chapters Gloucester in Ottawa on March 30 from 1-3-m. This replaces a storm cancellation day in February, If you’re in the east end of Ottawa that day, come by and say hi.

Kingston April 13, 2019

Indigo Kingston

I will be in Kingston, Ontario at the brand-new Indigo store on Saturday April 13 from 12-2 p.m. More details to follow.

Belleville May 4, 2019

Chapters Belleville

I will be in Belleville Chapters too, From 2-4 pm Saturday May 4. More details to follow.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Darkest Before the Dawn.

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

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

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

 

Amazon:

USAUKCAAUSIN

 

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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Very Exciting News: Audiobook and More

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Lots of exciting things happening at Sgt. Windflower Mysteries including a new Audiobook version of The Walker on the Cape. Plus a new Windflower mystery is brewing, a special project is underway and more Book Events.

Audiobook The Walker on the Cape

In the final stages and soon to released is an audiobook version of the first book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, The Walker on the Cape. Narrated by Frank Kearney, here is a sample. Let us know what you think.

Book 8 in Progress

Book 8 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series is well underway. Up to Chapter 42 right now. Should have a first draft ready for beta readers in the Spring. It will be published in the early Fall by Ottawa Press and Publishing.

Special Project Coming Soon

We also wanted to tell you about another project that will soon be moving into production.  For the last number of years I have been writing Christmas stories for family and friends. We’ve put those into a special collection that is tentatively titled Christmas in Newfoundland: Stories, Scenes and Memories. It features stories from my childhood in St, John’s as well as a series of new stories based on Windflower, Tizzard and the crowd in Grand Bank. More info coming soon…

Book Events

Kingston April 13

I will be in Kingston, Ontario at the brand-new Indigo store on Saturday April 13 from 12-2 p.m. More details to follow.

Belleville May 4

I will be in Belleville Chapters too, From 2-4 pm Saturday May 4

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Darkest Before the Dawn.

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

 

Amazon:

USAUKCAAUSIN

 

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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Upcoming Events in Ottawa and Toronto

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Happy New Year from Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. We’re kicking off the new year with events in Toronto and Ottawa, including book signings at Chapters Gloucester and Coles Carlingwood.

Toronto Feb 1, 2019

Ontario Library Association Super Conference Toronto Feb 1, 2019

I will be joining a group of members of Crime Writers of Canada to make a presentation at the 2019 OLA Super Conference. The event will take place at the Metro Toronto Conference Centre on Friday February 1, 2019 from 1-2 p.m.

Ottawa Feb 2, 2019

Chapters Gloucester Book Signing Feb 2, 2019

Come and get your personally signed copy of Darkest Before the Dawn at Chapters Gloucester in Ottawa from 2-4 p.m. Saturday Feb 2, 2019

 

Ottawa Feb 16, 2019

Coles Carlingwood Book Signing Feb 16, 2019

Come and get your personally signed copy of Darkest Before the Dawn at Coles Carlingwood in Ottawa from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Feb 16, 2019

 

Watch for Kingston and Belleville events coming soon!!

 

Another Five Star Review of Darkest Before the Dawn “Like going home”

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“It’s like going home each time I read about Sgt. Winston Windflower, his family, and his fellow officers in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. I enjoy these stories that contain a little mystery and at the same time a cozy feel to the life and times of this good man, Sgt. Winston Windflower.”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RDPR9XHA5IMZ/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07HRTTMLY

 

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

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

 

Amazon:

USAUKCAAUSIN

 

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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Holiday Sale Update Last Chance to Win A Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

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Donate, Buy a Book, Like or Share to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

The 6th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale is going great. We’ve already donated $500 to the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa and more book sales are coming in every day.

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.

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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.

Here’s how you can participate.

Make a Donation

Make a direct donation Minwaashin Lodge. All your donations 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. If you want to make a donation please visit http://www.minlodge.com

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Enter the Contest to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

If you like or share this post on Facebook, your name will be automatically entered into a contest for a full set of all 7 Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. Sent to you or anyone you would like anywhere in the world. Contest runs until December 15, 2018.

Buy a Book

I will also be donating $5.00 for every copy of Darkest Before the Dawn that is sold in December either in print or online. Final tally will not be available until after Christmas, but that will be another contribution that you can help support to Minwaashin Lodge.

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

http://www.minlodge.com

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

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

 

Amazon:

USAUKCAAUSIN

 

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

 

 

Thank you for supporting the Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale and Minwaashin Lodge

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3 Reviews of Darkest Before the Dawn and a Holiday Sale Update

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Three new great reviews came in for Darkest Before the Dawn, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery. Links are below.

Linda Grant in The Crafty Gardener

http://www.craftygardener.ca/darkest-before-dawn/

“The series is about Winston Windflower, an RCMP officer, who is stationed in Grand Banks, Newfoundland.  It is not just a mystery book centered in the police office but a book that shares the quiet side of Winston.   You will love reading about his family, his pets, his friends, his co-workers, and the people he encounters in his life away from his job.”

Harold Walters in The Clarenville Packet

(reprinted in Western Star, Southern Gazette and other Newfoundland and Labrador newspapers)

https://www.thepacket.ca/living/book-remarks-darkest-before-the-dawn-261810/

“Mike Martin pens a cracker-jack image of capelin rolling: a silver tsunami … swimming near the top of the water as tens of thousands of capelin tried to get in to spawn on the beach.”

Jim Fisher in The Miramichi Reader

http://miramichireader.ca/2018/12/darkest-before-dawn-windflower-7/

“When it comes to writing about police work, Mr. Martin excels, particularly at demonstrating Windflower’s keen skills when he interrogates the murder suspects in addition to handling the various day-to-day duties of running the Grand Bank RCMP detachment.”

Update on the 6th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale.

Our initial $500 donation is on its way to the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa. See below for how you can participate.

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.

Make Your Own  Donation

If you want to make a donation please visit http://www.minlodge.com

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Enter the Contest to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

If you like or share this post, your name will be automatically entered into a contest for a full set of all 7 Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. Sent to you or anyone you would like anywhere in the world. Contest runs until December 15, 2018.

Buy a Book

I will also be donating $5.00 for every copy of Darkest Before the Dawn that is sold in December either in print or online. Final tally will not be available until after Christmas, but that will be another contribution that you can help support to Minwaashin Lodge.

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

http://www.minlodge.com

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

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

 

Amazon

USAUKCAAUSIN

 

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

 

Thank you for supporting the Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale and Minwaashin Lodge

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore?ref=hl

 

Twitter:

@mike54martin

 

 

 

Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale

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It’s time for the 6th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale. For the last five years I have been donating most of the profits from the December book sales to a worthy community cause. It’s a great way for me to give back a little to people and organizations who need so much, especially this time of year. In the last five years we have been able to donate over $3,000.00 to community groups who really need our support. We will be doing things a little different this year, so check out the information below as to how you can participate and help this great cause.

This year our chosen organization will again be the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa. 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.

Min lodge

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.

Here’s how you can participate.

Make a Donation

I am be making an upfront donation of $500.00 to Minwaashin Lodge. I know that this money 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. If you want to make a donation please visit http://www.minlodge.com

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Enter the Contest to Win a Full Set of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

If you like or share this post, your name will be automatically entered into a contest for a full set of all 7 Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. Sent to you or anyone you would like anywhere in the world. Contest runs until December 15, 2018.

Buy a Book

I will also be donating $5.00 for every copy of Darkest Before the Dawn that is sold in December either in print or online. Final tally will not be available until after Christmas, but that will be another contribution that you can help support to Minwaashin Lodge.

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

http://www.minlodge.com

Here’s where you can get Darkest Before the Dawn

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

 

Amazon:

USAUKCAAUSIN

 

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

 

 

Thank you for supporting the Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale and Minwaashin Lodge

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore?ref=hl

 

Twitter:

@mike54martin