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

I have now published ten 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 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 Safe Harbour 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.

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.

You can get Safe Harbour from Chapters/Indigo/Coles bookstores in Ottawa and Atlantic Canada and from these fine independent bookstores:

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood (Signed copies available)

Perfect Books (Signed copies available)

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street (Signed copies available)

St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador

Downhome Shoppe and Gallery

You can purchase a copy of Safe Harbour online:

Amazon:

USA – UK – CA – AUS – IN

Follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook

Twitter

@mike54martin

Reviews are coming in for Safe Harbour and They are Great!!

Reviews are coming in for Safe Harbour, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery on Amazon, Goodreads and NetGalley. Check them out on your favourite source. They are all good!!

Reviews from Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Cozy Mystery Book Reviews and coming soon on The Midwest Book Review.

Here’s some teasers…

“Go on – take a break from gore and violence, read a mystery with some personal depth to it.”

“Well-written and well-researched. I certainly look forward to future Sgt. Windflower.”

Martin does a great job of teasing the reader and hinting to where the story will be heading in the next installment of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, and I cannot wait !!!”

“I love this character and feel like I am going home to be with family each time I read one of Martin’s books.”

“Safe Harbour may be the 10th addition to the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, but the pleasure of this and each of the other books is that they all stand alone, contributing to an expanding series without requiring prior familiarity with Sgt. Windflower’s investigations or life.”

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“Safe Harbour may be the 10th addition to the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, but the pleasure of this and each of the other books is that they all stand alone, contributing to an expanding series without requiring prior familiarity with Sgt. Windflower’s investigations or life. The personal vignettes in the story focus as much on family developments and community interactions as the whodunit in a string of disappearances, making Safe Harbour a thought-provoking, fast-paced read.

Windflower’s adjustments to new challenges in his new life are realistically portrayed, his character is astute and clever, and the cat-and-mouse games he plays with the criminal are absorbing. Mike Martin takes the idea of safety and danger and turns the concepts on end to examine how a transplanted detective uncovers new meaning in his job, family, and interactions within the community.

Mystery readers looking for a whodunit that extends well beyond perp and his pursuers will find Sgt. Windflower a believable character that simultaneously goes after a normal home life and a safer community. The mystery woven around this home life is very nicely done, containing just the right amount of tension and development to make for an inviting leisure read.”

Excerpt from The Midwest Book Review

“I love reading these books and getting lost in the story. It doesn’t matter what is going on in the story, the reader will be thoroughly entertained and turning the pages as fast as their eyes can absorb the words and their fingers can turn the pages. Readers cannot help but love Windflower and his family and his rituals and the way he is there to help everyone. Readers will also love the family dynamic and the way Windflower and Sheila work together and how they complement each other and their relationship.

Martin does a great job of teasing the reader and hinting to where the story will be heading in the next installment of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series and I cannot wait !!! 

Cozy Mystery Reviews

United States

“I also like with way that the various forces interact and work together to bring perpetrators to justice. There’s also a little history thrown into the mix, all of which combine to raise these books above the ‘cozy mystery’ genre. I fully intend to read the other books in this series, as they are seriously good. They might not be full of high-intensity action, but they are well-written and well-researched. I certainly look forward to future Sgt. Windflower.”

Joanne H.

United Kingdom

“The thing about this series is that, although each book’s investigative focus for Winston can be really difficult and in some cases, harrowing, we are totally focussed on his day-to-day life; his strength and reasoning gained from communing with the spiritual world; his daily loving interactions with his family and the wisdom of his ancestors.

Go on – take a break from gore and violence, read a mystery with some personal depth to it.”

Hazel M.

Canada

“The book has a nice balance between detailing the investigation and Windflower’s attempts to balance work with his busy personal life.  The insights that Windflower gets from his dreams help point him in the right direction at key points in the investigation,

This was another enjoyable read in the Sgt. Windflower mystery series.”

Grace K.

You can order Safe Harbour from Amazon all over the world or directly from Ottawa Press and Publishing. Signed copies will soon available at:

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Toronto

Books on Beechwood, Ottawa

Perfect Books, Ottawa

Where to Buy Safe Harbour online

Amazon:

USA – UK – CA – AUS – IN

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/safe-harbour-mike-martin/1139619711

Safe Harbour is now available for reviewers on NetGalley:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/225510

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook

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Safe Harbour, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery is Here!!

Safe Harbour , the latest Sgt. Windflower adventure is now available for order and will soon be in bookstores everywhere. There’s a beautiful cover based on a fabulous photograph by famous St. John’s artist, Larry Mahoney. It’s set in St. John’s, the capital city, and features some of the glorious scenes and settings in that wonderful part of the world.

What people are saying about Safe Harbour

“I love learning more with the spiritual traditions of the Indian tribe, and how in his dreams things are revealed to Windflower. I would recommend this book and series to others.”

Margaret Y Reviewer

“The reader gets to know more about the personal life of Sgt. Windflower and his growing family. We also learn more about the beliefs and practices of the indigenous people of Canada. Police officers are humans with families and feelings. This is a pleasant change from many mysteries.”

Jo Ann W. Educator

“I also like with way that the various forces interact and work together to bring perpetrators to justice. There’s also a little history thrown into the mix, all of which combine to raise these books above the ‘cozy mystery’ genre. I fully intend to read the other books in this series, as they are seriously good. They might not be full of high-intensity action, but they are well-written and well-researched. I certainly look forward to future Sgt. Windflower.”

Joanne H. Reviewer

You can order Safe Harbour from Amazon all over the world or directly from Ottawa Press and Publishing. Signed copies will soon available at:

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Toronto

Books on Beechwood, Ottawa

Perfect Books, Ottawa

Where to Buy Safe Harbour

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

Amazon.uk

Ottawa Press and Publishing

https://www.ottawapressandpublishing.com/

Safe Harbour is now available for reviewers on NetGalley:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/225510

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore

Twitter

@mike54martin

cOVER reVEAL sAFE hARBOUR

Here is the cover for Safe Harbour Book 10 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. It will be officially released on May 31, 2021.

Come back to Sgt. Windflower Mysteries for more fun, food and adventure with Sgt. Windflower and all the gang.

Sgt. Windflower is on a special assignment in St. John’s and adjusting to life in the big city. He is navigating traffic, a difficult boss at work and what seems like an epidemic of missing girls. He becomes more interested when he discovers that one of the girls is from Grand Bank. Then a girl approaches his RCMP van one night and he is pulled into the underlife of the capital city. But he still manages to enjoy all of the good things in life. His family, old and new friends, and the love of living so close to the Atlantic Ocean. Welcome back to Sgt. Windflower Mysteries.

Pre-Order now available from Ottawa Press and Publishing

https://www.ottawapressandpublishing.com/

You can be first in line to get your copy of Safe Harbour. 

Signed copies will soon available at:

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, Toronto

Books on Beechwood, Ottawa

Perfect Books, Ottawa

Safe Harbour is now available for reviewers on NetGalley:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/225510

Follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook

 Twitter

@mike54martin

Spring Forward with Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

Big News at Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour, the latest Sgt. Windflower adventure is coming on May 31. There’s a beautiful cover based on a fabulous photograph by famous St. John’s artist, Larry Mahoney. It’s set in St. John’s, the capital city, and features some of the glorious scenes and settings in that wonderful part of the world. Cover reveal and Pre-Order coming soon.

Sgt. Windflower en español

Now this is new and exciting. The Walker on the Cape is going to be published in Spanish. The translator is Talía García who is working on “El caminante del cabo” and we are hoping that this new version of Sgt. Windflower Mysteries will be on the market in July.

A Twist of Fortune Audiobook

A Twist of Fortune is the latest audiobook to be recorded and it will be released in August. Once again narrated by the great Frank Kearney this book will be the 4th Sgt. Windflower Mysteries audiobook to be published. And more on the way

As always, thank you for your support and kindness

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Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale: Update #2 We Made It!!

Min lodge

Thanks to your kindness and support we have sent a cheque for $1,000 to support the great work at the Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa.

You can still participate by donating yourself. Tell them Sgt. Windflower sent you.

Make a direct donation to Minwaashin Lodge. Our donations are crucial. Every year Minwaashin Lodge provides gifts to around 300 people (200 of them are children).  Last year for the first time many of the moms were able to receive a gift and the hope this year is to include all moms in the gift giving. Will you help us get there? If you want to make a donation please visit: http://www.minlodge.com

Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

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.

If you’re still interested here are some online links to buy Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries

Chapters/Indigo 

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/christmas-in-newfoundland-memories-and/9781988437255-item.html

Downhome Publications

https://shopdownhome.com/Christmas-in-Newfoundland–Memories-Mysteries–Mike-Martin–A-Sgt-Windflower-Book_p_3745.html

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Newfoundland-Memories-Mysteries-Windflower/dp/1988437253/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Christmas+in+Newfoundland+-+Memories+%26+Mysteries&qid=1606479973&sr=8-1

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

All Sgt. Windflower books including the latest A Perfect Storm are available in print from fine Canadian booksellers across the country and online from Amazon and other e-book retailers.

Follow Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore

Twitter

@mike54martin

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

 

 

 

 

I have now published nine 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 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 A Perfect Storm 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.

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.

You can get A Perfect Storm from these fine independent bookstores

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

Burlington

A Different Drummer Books

Elora

Magic Pebble Books

St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador

Downhome Shoppe and Gallery

You can purchase a copy of A Perfect Storm online:

Canada

US

UK

You can also order A Perfect Storm from Ottawa Press and Publishing at https://www.ottawapressandpublishing.com/products/a-perfect-storm

Sign and Send Still Available

Or you can message me or email me at mike54martin@yahoo.ca and we can do a sign and send. I will send you a signed copy and you can e-transfer me the cost of the book plus shipping or pay through PayPal. The cost will be $25.00 and that includes postage and handling.

Thank you for supporting Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

Follow Sgt. Windflower on Facebook

Twitter

@mike54martin

Reviews from All Over the World for A Perfect Storm, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery

 

 

 

The new Sgt.  Windflower Mystery A Perfect Storm is getting great reviews from all over the world. From Norway to New Mexico. From Michigan to Minnesota and from the United Kingdom to Canada, people love A Perfect Storm

Here are a few reviewer’s comments so far:

“This is a storyline that you can very easily see happening in our everyday lives at the present time. I would certainly recommend this book to others”

“A good story, a good ending, an all-around good series that you should read”

“This was another delightful entry in the Sgt. Windflower mystery series”

“Part family fiction and more police drama, Sgt. Windflower mysteries involve a small town in Newfoundland and its RCMP detachment.  I love this series and all it entails”

You can buy A Perfect Storm online here:

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JDVGR7Q/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=a+perfect+storm+by+Mike+Martin&qid=1600472301&sr=8-2

US

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JDVGR7Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+perfect+storm+by+Mike+Martin&qid=1600472189&sr=8-1

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JDVGR7Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+PERFECT+STORM+BY+MIKE+MARTIN&qid=1600472266&sr=8-1

You can also order A Perfect Storm from Ottawa Press and Publishing at https://www.ottawapressandpublishing.com/products/a-perfect-storm

Soon you will be able to buy a pre-signed book at:

Books on Beechwood in Ottawa

Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto

Sign and Send

Or you can message me or email me at mike54martin@yahoo.ca and we can do a sign and send. I will send you a signed copy and you can e-transfer me the cost of the book plus shipping or pay through PayPal. The cost will be $25.00 and that includes postage and handling.

Thank you for supporting Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore

@mike54martin

New Sgt. Windflower Mystery is Here. How to get a signed copy of A Perfect Storm

 

 

 

 

These are interesting times for authors, book sellers and readers. The new Sgt. Windflower Mystery A Perfect Storm is winding its way from the publisher to bookstores across the country. It will be available soon at the usual places and always online through Chapters/Indigo in Canada and Amazon around the world.

Here are some Amazon links

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JDVGR7Q/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=a+perfect+storm+by+Mike+Martin&qid=1600472301&sr=8-2

US

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JDVGR7Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+perfect+storm+by+Mike+Martin&qid=1600472189&sr=8-1

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JDVGR7Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+PERFECT+STORM+BY+MIKE+MARTIN&qid=1600472266&sr=8-1

You can also order A Perfect Storm from Ottawa Press and Publishing at https://www.ottawapressandpublishing.com/products/a-perfect-storm

What we can’t have this time around are any book signings or author events or even a real book launch. And that means less opportunity to meet you and sign your books. To remedy that I am offering the following options to allow readers to get a signed copy of A Perfect Storm.

Soon you will be able to buy a pre-signed book at:

Books on Beechwood in Ottawa

Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto

Sign and Send

Or you can message me or email me at mike54martin@yahoo.ca and we can do a sign and send. I will send you a signed copy and you can e-transfer me the cost of the book plus shipping or pay through PayPal. The cost will be $25.00 and that includes postage and handling.

Thank you for supporting Sgt. Windflower Mysteries

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore

@mike54martin

First Review of A Perfect Storm, New Sgt. Windflower Mystery

 

 

 

 

 

Advance praise for A Perfect Storm

“A thoroughly compelling work that is hard to put down.”

Midwest Book Review

The ninth book in the Sgt. Windflower mystery series, A Perfect Storm, has the usually-quiet Newfoundland town of Grand Bank under siege from biker drug gangs who invade, presenting many new challenges to Windflower and Mayor Sheila Hillier as they simultaneously face crises at home and in the workplace.

More so than in past mysteries, Mike Martin crafts a sense of intrigue that is complex in its multifaceted subplots and special interests. This adds a delightful flavor to the story, creating a series of calls to action that can’t always be answered by effective choices.

It’s unusual to receive detailed family interactions beyond the professional level, in a mystery. Martin’s attention to detail in exploring these evolving relationships adds authenticity and compelling psychological touches to personalize the reader’s connection with Windflower’s life and world.

The result is a gripping murder mystery that not only expands the prior series but creates an engrossing stand-alone saga that is easy for newcomers to access. It’s a thoroughly compelling work that is hard to put down.

Diane Donovan Senior Reviewer Midwest Book Reviews

NetGalley

Reviewers: Get your advance copy of A Perfect Storm on NetGalley

http://netgal.ly/yHsDuG

Pre-Order your copy of A Perfect Storm from Ottawa Press and Publishing

A Perfect Storm

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