Thank you for being a reader. You have a very special mission in the world. Your job is to take imaginary worlds and make them real. To breathe life into characters that only exist as written words until you believe in them. Without readers, writers are simply shouting words down into the canyon. There is no echo, no reverberation, no continuing until a reader picks up these words and invites them into their homes and their hearts.
I don’t just thank those of you who read my Sgt. Windflower books, although those that do have my heartfelt appreciation. I am talking about all readers. Those of you who go into a bookstore and pull our books off the bookshelf and walk them to the cashier. Those of you who order online and read at night by the light of your e-reader. Those of you who go to the local library and check out of books and then share what you think in your book club. Thank you, so much.
We are engaged in a great partnership, you and I. For my part I will continue to try and write the best books I can, to make every book better in some way than the last. I will try and stay true to the things that you have told me that you like about the Sgt. Windflower books, and to improve the things that you tell me you can do with less of, or without entirely. All I am asking for is your time. But I know that it a lot to ask, because you have so little of it. You have so many other things and activities and people to care for and about. But if you give me your time, I will give you a story that at the end will help you feel a little better and maybe even a little more hopeful, and you will go to sleep thinking that that was a worthwhile use of your time.
Thank you for being a reader. Without you we would have no need for writers or books or libraries. But then the world would truly be a little colder, wouldn’t it?
Mike Martin is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. The latest book in the series is A Tangled Web.
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 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 published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.
A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.
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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.
A TANGLED WEB is available at Amazon.