Mike Martin – update on a new novel in the Sgt. Windflower Series

Mike Martin has returned to Reading Recommendations to tell us about a new novel in his Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Mike has previously been featured several times
on this blog.

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A Long Ways From Home
by Mike Martin
Genre: Mystery

Author Mike Martin is pleased to announce the release of his new book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, A Long Ways from Home. This new mystery continues the adventures of Sgt. Windflower as he tries to solve crime and experience the joy and the sadness of life in small Newfoundland communities.

A weekend visit to picturesque Newfoundland by a large crew of outlaw bikers leaves behind another mess for Sgt. Windflower to clean up. This time he’s facing violence, murder, mystery and intrigue. This adventure has Windflower questioning everything he thought he knew. There are troubles on the home front, cutbacks in the policing budget, old friends leaving and new ones not quite here yet. Windflower is seeking to find answers in territory that is both dangerous and unfamiliar.

This installment in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series has our hero dashing all over the beautiful little island of Newfoundland. Along the way he never wavers in his pursuit of justice. But he still tries to find a way to enjoy the natural beauty that lays all around him, and to bring out the best from everybody he meets.
A Long Ways from Home is about more than just homicides or the dirty dealings of outlaw bikers. It is also about helping people and communities face up to and overcome new and very difficult challenges. Windflower relies on his friends and allies, including some four-legged ones, to help him and them find the answers. He also discovers that we are never really alone, even when we are a long ways from home.

Book one of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, The Walker on the Cape was published in 2012. Book two, The Body on the T was published in 2013. Book three, Beneath the Surface, was published in 2014. Book four, A Twist of Fortune was published in 2015.

Book Details:
A Long Ways from Home
By Mike Martin
Publisher: Friesen Press
ISBN: 978-1-4602-9200-6
Pages: 378
Genre: Mystery

About The Author:
Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have been published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome Magazine.

Where to purchase:
Amazon
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Chapters/indigo
itunes
Friesen Press
Barnes and Noble

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Mike Martin – a Holiday Special

Mike Martin was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Nov. 2013, May 2014, and April 2015. He’s back now to tell us about the Holiday Special he’s offering to Readers!

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It’s Good to Give Back

Of all the promotions I do each year, my favourite is the one that makes me the least money. In fact it usually costs me some. But I still love the Annual Windflower Holiday Book Sale. For the last years I have been donating a portion of the proceeds from the November and December sales of all Windflower books to a great 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.

This year during the months of December and November, I will be donating $5.00 from the sale of every Windflower book to 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.

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.

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 the latest Sgt. Windflower Mystery, A Twist of Fortune, to you, or a friend or relative of choice, anywhere in the world.

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

For more information about Minwaashin Lodge and to make your own donation please visit their website.

Here is the link to the Sale on my website.

The Windflower books are available in Chapters/Indigo stores across Canada and at Chapters.ca
You can also find them online:
In Canada on Amaazon.ca
In the United States from Amazon.com
In the United Kingdom at Amazon.co.uk

Thank you for supporting Minwaashin Lodge.
Mike Martin, Author of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series
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Mike Martin – an update on a new novel

Mike Martin was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in November, 2013, and again in May, 2014. He’s back now to tell us about a new novel!

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A Twist of Fortune
by Mike Martin
Mystery/Crime

The small town of Grand Bank in southeast Newfoundland, at the very eastern tip of Canada is in crisis. Their largest employer and a link to the glorious past, the fish plant is closing. Sgt. Winston Windflower’s personal life is also in crisis since his longtime girlfriend, Sheila Hillier is leading a community protest to try and stop the closure. It may be too late for the fish plant, but is it too late for Windflower and Sheila?

If that isn’t enough, they are being buried in snow and an epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is creating major problems for people and the police who patrol the area. An accidental death on a snow-covered highway leads only to more questions and more problems for Sgt. Windflower and the RCMP to resolve.

A Twist of Fortune is the fourth book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series and it continues the adventures of Sgt. Windflower as he tries to solve crime and experience the joy and the sadness of life in a small Newfoundland community. Follow along as he feels the sometimes bitter taste of an east coast winter and the unique culinary delights of this part of the world. This story is like the weather in Newfoundland. It can twist and turn at any time.

The Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series is set in small fishing communities on the southeast coast of Newfoundland on the easternmost tip of Canada. They feature RCMP Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from Northern Alberta who fights crime, solves murders and tries to have a good time doing it. There are now four books in the series: The Walker on the Cape, The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface and now A Twist of Fortune.

All of the books provide information and history about the local area that has been populated by fisherman from all over the world since the 1600s. They also highlight the culture, customs and food of Newfoundland which Windflower learns to love and enjoy as much as the locals. He also finds the love of his life and a place where he can feel at home.

The series has been compared to some British mysteries like Hamish MacBeth and A Touch of Frost. It has also been optioned for TV.

Where you may purchase Mike’s book:
Amazon
Amazon UK
Chapters Indigo

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Body on the T is a traditional mystery set on the east coast of Canada

Quick description: The Body on the T is the second book in the Windflower mystery series and it follows up on the premiere, The Walker on the Cape. The story begins when an unidentified body washes up on a beach near Grand Bank, Newfoundland. The case becomes the responsibility of Sgt. Winston Windflower of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his trusted side-kick, Corporal Eddie Tizzard.

There is also a devastating accident on the highway and another suspicious death to deal with. Throw in a rogue police officer and an international drug ring operating in the waters off the coast and Windflower’s peaceful world is turned upside down. Along the way Windflower also continues to enjoy the food and home-style hospitality of this part of the world. Cod tongues, pan seared scallops and even figgy duff become part of his diet, and his long list of favourite foods. Windflower may be a long way from his Cree home in Northern Alberta but he has found a new place to love in the fog and mist of Newfoundland.

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Brief biography:
Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and now lives and works in Ottawa. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have peen published in various publications, including Canadian Stories and Downhome Magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full-length fiction book and the premiere of the Winston Windflower mystery series. The second book in the series, The Body on the T was released on May 1, 2013.

He is a member of Ottawa Independent Writers, Capital Crime Writers, the Crime Writers of Canada and the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild.

Links to buy Mike’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook & paperback
Chapters and Indigo – paperback
Kobo – eBook

Mike’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Sgt. Windflower Mysteries Facebook Page
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I have completed Book 3 of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Beneath the Surface, and it should be on the shelves spring 2014, so I will enjoy that book’s journey into the world. (Read the RR Update about this book here!) I am also thinking about Book 4 but I like those ideas to percolate, so I probably will not do any more major writing on that until later in the year. I think I may even write another book, not a Windflower, and maybe not even a mystery. But that too is still brewing on the back burner.

Mike’s reading recommendation:
Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda