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

Gary Phillips – update on a new novel

Gary Phillips was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Oct. 2014. He’s back now to tell us about the publication of a new book in which he is involved.


Beat, Slay, Love: One Chef’s Hunger for Delicious Revenge
by Thalia Filbert
Genre: Thriller, humorous mystery

This hot culinary thriller will burn off a few extra pounds — or so we can hope!

Like your barbeque and your sex extra spicy? Your murders saucy and done to a turn? Plunge into the fascinating and competitive world of food media culture, in this wry, witty crime story where cutting edge takes on a new meaning when celebrity chefs across America start dying.

“An incredibly sly mystery, it has everything you’d want when you bite into a dish: suspense, spice, and a new take on an old classic.”
— New York Times bestseller, Charlaine Harris

About the author: Thalia Filbert was born in a one room lean-to in the Painted Desert, was a Bingo manager on a Seminole reservation, a sommelier at an upscale taxi dancer joint, an MMA underground fighter, and an asphalt highway repair inspector. Or she could be acclaimed veteran crime fiction writers Taffy Cannon, Kate Flora, Lise McClendon, Katy Munger and Gary Phillips.

Book may be purchased from:

Kristina Stanley – an update on a new novel

Kristina Stanley was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in August, 2015, promoting Descent, the first book in her Stone Mountain Mysteries series.


Blaze (A Stone Mountain Mystery Book 2)
by Kristina Stanley
Published by: Imajin Books
Genre: Mystery

Instead of exchanging vows, Kalin Thompson spends her wedding day running from a forest fire near Stone Mountain Resort, and the pregnant friend trapped with her has just gone into labor. Meanwhile, Kalin’s fiancé, Ben Timlin, hangs from the rafters of a burning building, fighting for his life. Can the situation get any hotter?

When the fire is declared as arson, finding the firebug responsible becomes Kalin’s personal mission. In the course of her investigation as Director of Security, she discovers that some people will go to extreme measures to keep her from exposing their secrets.

Where to purchase Kristina’s book:

Gail Anderson-Dargatz – an update


Playing With Fire
by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Genre: Playing With Fire is a mystery for literacy learners. Reading level: 2.8 (Part of the Rapid Reads adult literacy series published by Orca Books)

Quick description: Small-town journalist Claire Abbott has a sixth sense, what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” When a string of suspicious fires breaks out in town, Claire thinks she knows who the firebug is. Or does she? She finds there is much more to the story than she imagined. Worse, no one will believe her. The firebug is getting bolder, and the fires he sets more dangerous. Claire is now in a race against time to catch the arsonist in the act before he takes a life.

Playing with Fire is the second in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott. The first, Search and Rescue, was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Sept. 2014.

Gail’s book may be purchased from:
Orca Books

About Rapid Reads (from Orca’s website)

Author Ian McEwan once wrote that “the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.”

In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are short books for adult readers. They are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read.

The Rapid Reads series includes titles by best-selling authors Gail Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman and William Kowalski, among many others. Visit the Authors page for a full list.

Rapid Reads focus first and foremost on strong writing and storytelling.

We are committed to providing books that will help adults achieve their literacy goals in an interesting and accessible way. Each novel in the Rapid Reads series is written between a 2.0 and 6.0 reading level. The plots are contemporary and entertaining, with adult language and themes.

Rapid Reads in the Classroom
Are you an educator? To purchase Rapid Reads titles for your classroom, please contact us at rapidreads@orcabook.com. Reading guides with plot summaries and discussion questions are available for free download.

Kristina Stanley

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Descent is a mystery and popular in the women’s sleuth category.

Quick description: When Kalin Thompson is promoted to Director of Security at Stone Mountain Resort, she soon becomes entangled in the high-profile murder investigation of an up-and-coming Olympic-caliber skier. There are more suspects with motives than there are gates on the super-G course, and danger mounts with every turn.

Kalin’s boss orders her to investigate. Her boyfriend wants her to stay safe and let the cops do their job. Torn between loyalty to friends and professional duty, Kalin must look within her isolated community to unearth the killer’s identity.


Brief biography:
Kristina Stanley is the author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series. Her books have garnered the attention of prestigious crime writing organizations in Canada and England. Crime Writers of Canada nominated her Descent for the 2014 Unhanged Arthur Award. The Crime Writers’ Association nominated Blaze for the 2014 Debut Dagger. She is published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Before writing her series, Kristina was the director of security, human resources and guest services at a resort in the depths of the British Columbian mountains. The job and lifestyle captured her heart, and she decided to write mysteries about life in an isolated resort. While writing her first four novels, she spent five years living aboard a sailboat in the US and the Bahamas.

Links to buy Kristina’s book:

Kristina’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
Avalache, the third in the Stone Mountain Mystery series is just about ready to submit to Imajin Books, and then I’ll cross my fingers that they like it. I’ve the opportunity to meet with an avalanche forecaster and rescuer this week to review some key scenes and make sure I have the details right before I’m ready to send this one off. After that, I’m 20,000 words into the fourth in the series and need to keep writing. Look the Other Way is a standalone murder mystery that takes place in the Bahamas and needs a little fine-tuning before submitting anywhere.

Kristina’s reading recommendation:
Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of Hanged Man’s Noose published by Barking Rain Press, July 2015. It’s an amateur sleuth with an edge.

Axel Howerton

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? AB Negative – Crime anthology, fiction

Quick description: AB Negative is an anthology of Alberta-based crime stories, by Albertan authors. This is a labour of love for crime writers from across the province, focusing on our beloved home province with stories ranging throughout time, geography and stylistic bent. There are dark noirish tales of sin and revenge, drug deals gone wrong, homey stories about neighbourhood killers, humorous tales of bumbling mafiosa, detectives on Stephen Avenue, and futuristic visions of sexbot domination.


Brief biography:
Axel Howerton is the author of the darkly funny detective novel Hot Sinatra, a finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Axel is a former entertainment journalist, award-winning poet, and editor. His short fiction has recently appeared in such weird and wonderful publications as Fires on the Plain, Steampunk Originals, Clones Fairies & Monsters in the Closet, Big Pulp, Night Shade, Dark Eclipse, and Sleuth Magazine. He is the editor of the anthologies, Death by Drive-In, Tall Tales of the Weird West, and AB Negative.

Axel is a member of the CSFFA, Calgary Crime Writers, The Kintsugi Poets, and serves on the board of the Crime Writers of Canada. He recently brought the “Noir at the Bar” #NoirBarYYC event to Calgary, Alberta, and he is the owner and publisher of Coffin Hop Press. Axel spends most of his time roaming the untamed prairies of Alberta with his two brilliant young sons and a wife that is way out of his league.

Links to buy Axel’s book:
All the links can be found on the Coffin Hop Press website.

Axel’s promo links:
Coffin Hop Press
Axel Howerton website

What are you working on now?
After having produced, edited and published two anthologies this year, as well as publishing new fiction in great new venues like Sleuth Magazine, I’m going to take a little time for myself and get back to some novel-length projects. One is a humorous action-adventure-style historical look at Fort Whoop-up and the formation of the NWMP in Alberta. The other is a sprawling crime saga involving several characters that have appeared in some of my short fiction.

Axel’s reading recommendation:
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins, which was a formative influence on the crime writing of Elmore Leonard. It’s very quick and snappy writing, a lot of dialogue and very little in the way of descriptive prose. Solid crime-writing and excellent criminal characterization from a man who was, at the time, an assistant US Attorney.

Randy McCharles, who has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations, has written one of the stories included in this anthology.

Roy Dimond – an update on a new novel

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by Roy Dimond
Publisher: Untreed Reads

Genre: Mystery Novel/Non-Fiction

About the book: Agatha Christie, pawn or puppet-master?

For eleven days in December 1926, that was the question all of England was asking. Was she kidnapped, or possibly a pawn trapped in an international mystery? Or could she actually be the puppet-master, secretly manipulating an entire nation from behind her typewriter?

Did one of the most disciplined writing minds the world has ever known really just “black out,” only to somehow reappear eleven days later, feeble and disorientated at a spa hotel? And what really was written in her missing diary regarding those eleven mysterious days?

Through a weaving of facts and fiction, the adventure unfolds through the perspective of her governess, Charlotte “Carlo” Fisher. Having accepted the role of confidante to the great writer, and ignited by the receipt of a mysterious letter, Charlotte embarks on a sinister and harrowing quest.

In her exploits, Charlotte is aided by many of the famous and elite of the twentieth century. While Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his protégé, Ian Fleming, speed towards Istanbul on the Orient Express in search of Agatha’s diary, Charlotte discovers clues that dispatch her to Berlin where she stumbles into a world gone mad.
Mysterious societies emerge from the shadows, and it appears something dark is rising…



Published by Untreed Reads

Comments and reviews for Roy’s Book:
“Never heard of this spin before, really, really interesting.”
“Intriguing cover.”
“Love this book, great story.”
“Really an ultimate original concept… this is really, really special.”
“Tons of fans will want this.”
“Awesome wicked cool book… someone will turn it into a movie.”
“Thank you for having an original idea!” … … Webb Weaver Books Blog, Talk Radio, C. K. Webb

“With talk about a screenwriter creating a TV series with Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, I shouldn’t be surprised that someone thought about making Agatha Christie a fictional character as well… Silence and Circumstance, by Roy Dimond, could be the meta-mashup of the year. According to a Florida newspaper, Dimond has stuffed this thriller with every boldfaced name of the 1920s:”
“ Give Dimond credit: It’s a high-concept ‘what if’ that I’ve never seen before.”… Planet Peschel

“The style of the writing is a meandering, twisting and turning of the reader’s mind creating a great long mystery with its unraveling of clues and ultimate finale”… by Roses are Amber

“It’s the quintessential mystery – a mystery writer goes missing for 11 days.”
“Dimond turns to fiction and begins a lively romp through the literary salons of the time”
“Dimond’s vivid imagination”
“This book is entertaining.”… Jan DeGrass Arts and Entertainment Writer for The Coast Reporter

“It’s one of the best stories around.” Arthors’ Curtilage by Darmie Orem

“Mystery buffs will find very interesting.” Ann Everett

“Imagination is a wonderful thing. Roy Dimond has it.”
“It’s the kind of world Agatha Christie would create. Now Dimond has done it as well.”
“This is one journey you definitely want to take. You’ll be glad you did.”… Venture Galleries

Roy Dimond was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2014.

Don Gutteridge

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Bev Editions (Toronto) has published four books in the past two months in the Marc Edwards Mystery Series: The Bishop’s Pawn, Desperate Acts, Unholy Alliance and Minor Corruption. Governing Passion will be published on June 15, with the last of the series due out next month (The Widow’s Demise). All of these are e-books. The Marc Edwards Mysteries are set in Upper Canada during and after the Rebellion of 1837. All of them involve both politics and murder, with a continuing theme of the development of responsible government.

Quick description: I also would like to mention my historical mystery, Lily’s Story (Bev Editions, e-book and paperback), set in Lambton County during the 19th century.

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Brief biography:
I am the author of more than forty books: fiction, poetry and scholarly works. I was born in Sarnia and raised in the nearby village of Point Edward. I am a graduate of Western University, where I taught for twenty-five years in the Faculty of Education. I am presently Professor Emeritus (retired).

Links to buy Don’s book:
All m books are all available on line at Indigo, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

Don’s promo links:
e-mail: dongutteridge37 (at) gmail.com

What are you working on now?
I am currently writing poetry and editing the mystery series as they come out.

Don’s reading recommendation:
The Timekeeper by Trevor Ferguson

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!


A Twist of Fortune
by Mike Martin

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 UK
Chapters Indigo

Gail Bowen

For me, it is a privilege and an honour to have this opportunity to promote Gail Bowen, an author whose work and career I hold in high esteem, not only because she has been a role model to me all these years, but especially because she has been such a good friend and an ardent supporter of my careers as a sales rep and writer. I met Gail in 1990 when I was her Alberta/Saskatchewan sales rep for the first book in this series, Deadly Appearances, in which she inscribed: For Susan, … here’s where we came in. And I’m so pleased to still be reading, and promoting, Gail’s books as she publishes the 15th in this series!

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
12 Rose Street, the 15th novel in the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve Series

Quick description: Joanne’s husband, Zack, is running as a progressive candidate for mayor of Regina. Those opposing Zack have a great deal to lose and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to defeat him. When a man is murdered and Joanne is confronted with proof of a heartbreaking personal betrayal, she is forced to revisit her commitment to a decent, transparent campaign.

12 Rose Street

Brief biography:
I taught English at First Nations University of Canada for thirty years. In addition to the Joanne Kilbourn Series, I’ve written the Charlie Dowhanuik Series, targeted at reluctant readers, and many occasional pieces for the Globe and Mail, CBC, and the National Post. Five of my plays have been produced in theatres across Canada; two have been presented on CBC radio.

Links to buy Gail’s book:
Penguin Random House of Canada

Gail’s promo links:

From Retirement Redux: Saskatchewan author Gail Bowen releases new book at age 72
From The Regina Leader-Post: Bowen’s latest mystery fueled by her own indignation (video)

What are you working on now?
I’m working with my editor on the second draft of What’s Left Behind, the 16th Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery.

Gail’s reading recommendation:
US Conductors by Sean MIchaels

Gail Bowen has also been featured in the Authors Recommending Authors segment of Reading Recommendations.