Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Excerpt and Giveaway: A Twist of Fortune by Mike Martin

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.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. The Body on the T was the second book, Beneath the Surface is the third installment and A Twist of Fortune is the newest book in the series.

He is a member of Ottawa Independent Writers, Capital Crime Writers, the Crime Writers of Canada and the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild.
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About the Book:
Title: A Twist of Fortune (Book 4 of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series)
Author: Mike Martin
Publisher: Booklocker
Pages: 278
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback

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 maritime 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.


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  • A Twist of Fortune is available at Amazon
Excerpt #16:
 Constable Carrie Evanchuk was just coming back in from her highway tour so everybody sat around to hear her report on the highway conditions. It was very predictable: snow, blowing snow, drifting snow, and more drifting snow. And of course the wind had picked up. They decided to have a friendly pool on when the highway would be officially closed.
Windflower had guessed 7:30 but they didn’t get that far. It was just past 7 when the call was made to close the highway from outside Marystown to Grand Bank.
Tizzard and Fortier left in one vehicle to head towards Marystown. They would meet up with the Marystown patrol near Creston and work backwards towards Garnish. Their job was to secure the highway and ensure nobody had been stranded on that stretch. At Garnish they would travel the loop down through that small community and Frenchman’s Cove with their lights flashing as a signal to everyone that the highway behind them was now closed.
They made a point of stopping in at Skipper Handrigan’s house to check in with the Skipper and to give him the news. Skipper Handrigan, or more specifically his wife, would then pass the word to everybody else. It was an old-fashioned but highly effective method of getting the word out. When they returned from the Garnish loop, the two officers slid the wooden barriers across the highway behind them and turned on the flashing red lights on top of them.
While they were doing this, Evanchuk took over the radio chair, which became the emergency central point for the evening. She notified the highway department of their activities, and sent notices to both local and regional media. She also turned on the emergency beacons, a set of strategically placed lights that would blink red all along the portions of the highway that were closed. Finally, she advised Marystown and RCMP NHQ that the Grand Bank RCMP detachment was now operating on an emergency basis. That would allow them to easily access additional resources, such as Medivac, if the need arose.


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