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

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I have now published six books in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series 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 A Tangled Web 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.

Here’s where you can get A Tangled Web

Canada

A Tangled Web is available in many bookstores across the country and for order from Chapters/Indigo

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/search/?keywords=a%20tangled%20web%2C%20mike%20martin&internal=1

 

United States

A Tangled Web is available for order from Booklocker.com and from Amazon.com in both print and e-book versions

Booklocker

http://assets.booklocker.com/pdfs/9456s.pdf

 

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1634926501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507079811&sr=8-1&keywords=a+tangled+web%2C+mike+martin

 

United Kingdom

A Tangled Web is available for order from Amazon UK in both print and e-book versions

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+tangled+web%2C+mike+martin

 

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Now Available All Over the World: A Tangled Web, new Sgt. Windflower Mystery

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Mike Martin and Booklocker are pleased to announce the American and International release of A Tangled Web, the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery. This book follows the highly successful last book in the series, A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award as one of the best light mysteries of the year. It is now available for order from Amazon.com and on Amazon sites all over the world. Soon it will be available from a variety of other retailers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

 

United States

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1634926501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507079811&sr=8-1&keywords=a+tangled+web%2C+mike+martin

 

United Kingdom

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+tangled+web%2C+mike+martin

 

A Tangled Web will also be available very soon in all e-book formats and we will post those links as they become available.

 

“Life is good for Sgt. Wind­flower in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. But something’s missing from the Mountie’s life. Actually, a lot of things go missing, including a little girl and supplies from the new factory. It’s Windflower’s job to unravel the tangled web of murder, deceit and an accidental kidnapping that threatens to engulf this sleepy little town and destroy those closest to him. But there’s always good food, good friends and the love of a great woman to make everything better in the end.”

 

Canada

A Tangled Web is already available for order from Indigo Chapters and from a few select bookstores like Books on Beechwood in Ottawa and Elaine’s Books in St. John’s, Newfoundland. And it will soon be available in book stores all across the country!!

 

Here is the link to order from Indigo Chapters

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-tangled-web/9781772161175-item.html?ikwid=a+tangled+web%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

See you at Bouchercon in Toronto October 12-16, 2017

Bouchercon Panel October 12, 2017

Bouchercon is the world’s largest mystery conference. Thousands of people will be flooding into the Sheraton Centre in Toronto Oct 12-16, 2017 to attend this premiere event. I will be participating on a panel on Thursday, October 12. The name of the panel is Coastal Crimes and it is described as: “How does living on the water’s edge drive crime?” The panel runs from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Sheraton A room and I will be signing books afterwards in book/dealer room (Osgoode).

 

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It’s Here!!! Canadian Book Release: A Tangled Web

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Mike Martin and Baico Publishing are pleased to announce the Canadian release of

A Tangled Web, the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery. This book follows the highly successful last book in the series, A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award as one of the best light mysteries of the year. It is available for order from Indigo Chapters and from a few select bookstores like Books on Beechwood in Ottawa. And it will soon be available in book stores all across the country!!

Here is the link to order from Indigo Chapters

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-tangled-web/9781772161175-item.html?ikwid=a+tangled+web%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

There will be a separate American and international publication of A Tangled Web. It will also be available very soon in all e-book formats and through Amazon all over the world as well as through other online and retail book sellers

“Life is good for Sgt. Windflower in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. But something’s missing from the Mountie’s life. Actually, a lot of things go missing in Grand Bank: a little girl, supplies from the new factory, even some of his people. It’s Windflower’s job to unravel the tangled web that threatens to engulf this sleepy little town. But there’s always good food and good friends and the love of a great woman to make everything better at the end. Come back to Grand Bank and enjoy some of that for yourself.”

 

Book Launch October 4, 2017

A Tangled Web will be officially launched at our favourite independent bookstore, Books on Beechwood in Ottawa. There will be food and fun including cake!!

Come Celebrate the Launch of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Tangled Web

6:30-8:00 pm Wednesday October 4, 2017

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Ave

There will be Cake!!

 

Bouchercon Panel October 12, 2017

Bouchercon is the world’s largest mystery conference. Thousands of people will be flooding into the Sheraton Centre in Toronto Oct 12-16, 2017 to attend this premiere event. I will be participating on a panel on Thursday, October 12. The name of the panel is Coastal Crimes and it is described as: “How does living on the water’s edge drive crime?” The panel runs from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Sheraton A room and I will be signing books afterwards in book/dealer room (Osgoode).

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/

www.sgtwindflowermsyteries.com

 

 

 

Update #1 5th Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale

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Thank you everybody who is supporting this year’s event. We are pleased to report that 27 Sgt. Windflower books have been sold to date. That means we are well on our way to meeting our goals to help Minwaashin Lodge in Ottawa.

Just a reminder about this great organization. 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.

The money donated 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.

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

http://www.minlodge.com

Special Offer

If you make a donation to Minwaashin Lodge I will donate an additional $5.00. Just let me know that you’ve made a contribution. In addition, I will send a signed copy of a Sgt. Windflower Mystery, to you, or a friend or relative of choice, anywhere in the world.

E-mail me at mike54martin@yahoo.ca and I’ll send the other book along. And of course, add my additional donation to the cause.

 

Where to Buy A Long Ways from Home, the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home is now available at many fine retail locations across Canada. It will soon be available in many more Chapters/Coles/Indigo stores. We’ll try to keep you updated. In the meantime, here are some of our favourite retail locations and below is the list of online retailers where you can order A Long Ways from Home at any time.

(If your local store doesn’t have A Long Ways from Home in stock, ask them to order some copies)

 

Edmonton, Alberta

Audrey’s Books

 

Toronto, Ontario

Sleuth of Baker Street

Indigo Yonge/Eglinton

 

Ottawa, Ontario

Books on Beechwood

Chapters South Keys

 

Kingston, Ontario

Novel Idea Bookstore

Chapters Kingston

 

London Ontario

Chapters London

 

Montreal, Quebec

Chapters Pointe Claire

 

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Coles Corner Brook Mall

 

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chapters Kenmount Road

Coles Avalon Mall

Coles Village Mall

 

All Sgt. Windflower books are available in Chapters/Indigo stores across Canada and at Chapters.ca

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-long-ways-from-home/9781460292006-item.html?ikwid=a+long+ways+from+home%2c+mike+martin&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0

 

You can also find them at Amazon online all over the world.

 

In Canada on Amazon.ca at

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries

In the United States from Amazon.com at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Asgt+windflower+mysteries

In the United Kingdom at Amazon.co.uk at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sgt+windflower+mysteries

 

Thank you for supporting Minwaashin Lodge

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Another Great Week Coming up at Sgt. Windflower Mysteries Oct 11-15

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It’s another great week of events with a TV appearance and the much-awaited Book Launch in Ottawa on Oct 13. Mike Martin will be appearing on Rogers Daytime Ottawa TV show at 1pm on Wednesday Oct 12. The show will be televised live at 1pm on Channel 22 and then repeated again at 6pm and 11 pm in case you miss the live version. Talking about Sgt. Windflower Mysteries and A Long Ways from Home.

Book Launch for A Long Ways from Home: Thursday October 13, 2016

Come Celebrate the Launch of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

6:30-8:00 pm Thursday October 13, 2016

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Ave

There will be Cake!!

 

Coming Soon….

Kingston Book Signing Event: October 22, 2016

Come Meet Mike Martin and get your own signed copy of the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery

A Long Ways from Home

1-3:30 pm Saturday October 22, 2016

Novel Idea Bookstore

156 Princess Street

Kingston

 

Where you can find the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery: A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home is on its way to Chapters/Indigo/Coles bookstores all across Canada. If your local store doesn’t have them coming you can always ask them to order some for your area. In the meantime, A Long Ways from Home is available now for order from all of the online retailers listed below, plus many more.  You can also buy A Long Ways from Home from these fine independent bookstores.

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood

35 Beechwood Avenue

Toronto

Sleuth of Baker Street

907 Millwood Road

 

Kingston

Novel Idea Bookstore

156 Princess Street

 

Edmonton

Audrey’s Books

10702 Jasper Avenue NW

 

Order online anytime from:

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

 

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Writers: Don’t Get the Summertime Blues

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It’s summertime and the writing is, well sometimes it’s hard to write in the summer. That’s why I don’t even try anymore. I have learned that summer is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying myself, visiting with friends and family and just lolling about in the garden or at the beach. But the craziest thing happens when I give myself permission to relax. I get these amazing ideas.

It’s almost like unlocking a safe. Once I open up my mind and loosen my grip on the day to day, the universe releases all of this energy about the possibilities, the writing possibilities, of the future. So as I relax by the water I take a notepad or a small notebook with me and I jot down these ideas as they appear. I don’t try and analyse them or make them fit into any particular order. I just watch them appear and I write them down. When I have some quiet time later in the day, or sometimes early the next morning I take a look at them.

I still don’t try and make sense of them or where they are going, or supposed to go. I observe them and then I put them away. But here’s the cool thing. After my summery days at the beach or lying in the hammock reading a good book are over I take them all out again. As I read these random notes I realize that they’re not really random at all. They have transformed into a story line or a series of activities or aspects of characters in my current series that that I had never thought of before. Sometimes even new characters and ideas for new stories are there. It’s kind of like Christmas morning for a writer!!

So I don’t write in the summer anymore. I have realized that’s not my job. My job is to listen and observe and take notice of what is happening underneath the surface. All I have to do is sit back and relax. I can do that. I’m actually quite good at it.

After the summer is over I have not only gotten myself back into a healthy frame of mind from just taking it easy, I also have these great ideas to work on. Some become the seeds that grow into the next Sgt. Windflower Mystery while others are left to ferment and grow inside of me. Still others never become anything more than that cool breeze you feel every so often on a hot summer day, they are not supposed to be anything but a thought, an idea, or maybe just a way to help you and your brain relax.

That’s how I’ll be spending my summer. Not really looking for inspiration but ready to jot it down when inevitably comes. How about you?

Mike Martin is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries which are set in Newfoundland at the easternmost tip of Canada. His latest book is A Twist of Fortune, available from Amazon in paper and Kindle all over the world, and in Canada through Chapters/Indigo/Coles and select independent book stores.

Book Signings in June

Chapters Queensway in Toronto on Friday June 26 7-9 pm

Chapters Kingston in Kingston on Saturday June 27 1-4 pm

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Twitter @mike54martin

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