Thursday, September 12, 2019

Audiobook Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Body on the T (Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series Book 2) by Mike Martin

Audiobook Tour: The Body on the T by Mike Martin

Title: The Body on the T
Series: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 2
Author: Mike Martin
Narrator: Francis G. Kearney
Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
Publisher: Mike Martin
Released: July 1 2019
Genres: Modern Detective Mystery
The Body on the T is the second book in the Windflower mystery series and it follows up on the highly acclaimed premiere, The Walker on the Cape. The story begins when a body washes up on a beach near Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There is no identification on the body and few clues to identify who the person was or where they came from. The case becomes the responsibility of Sgt. Winston Windflower of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his trusted side-kick, Corporal Eddie Tizzard.

But this is just the beginning. 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. This time Windflower’s adventures take him to the scenic town of Burin where Captain Cook once patrolled the waters looking for French mercenaries. And to historic St. John’s where he faces down an armed suspect on a parking garage rooftop in the midst of a busy downtown evening.

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 favorite 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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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 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. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune, and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the series is Darkest Before the Dawn which won the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year.

Mike is currently Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers.
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
This is my second audiobook and the second book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. It was much easier the second time around, but still exciting as we wait to see what the reaction to The Body on the T audiobook will be. So far it’s been great.

- Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
I do think that mystery stories work quite well as audiobooks because they can engage the listener in following along with the story and plot development. A series is particularly good because readers can listen for their favourite characters to appear in each audiobook.

- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
I never really imagined an audiobook version of The Body on the T when writing the story. Although I have listened to the character’s voices in my head for so long, maybe it’s not so surprising that they have found their outside voice.

- How did you select your narrator?
Again, this time it was much easier to find my narrator, just like the rest of the process. I used Frank Kearney again and he was as wonderful as the first time. He captures the flavour and essence of the story and is able to translate that through the characters and throughout the audiobook.

- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
I would certainly use it, to go back in time. I’d love to be close by as Charles Dickens wrote his stories or by the bedside of JRR Tolkien’s children as he told them his fabulous stories. I would not however want to live there. It is much more comfortable and pleasant here in the modern world.

- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
Listening to an audiobook is just another way of reading, of enjoying the written word, the stories. It is not for everybody and that’s okay. But listening to an audiobook adds something extra to a ‘reading’ experience and is something that everybody should try at least once.

- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
There is a great whoop of joy whenever you finish a project like this. I try and enjoy the moment and give the book the best launch I can out into the world. Every book is like a child to an author. We send it with good intentions and then we watch its progress. Once this book is safely on its journey, it will be time to start thinking about the next Sgt. Windflower Mystery.

What's your favorite:
Food: Pizza
Song: Stairway to Heaven
Book: Lord of the Rings
Television show: Lucifer
Movie: Avengers
Band: Arcade Fire
Sports team: Toronto Raptors
City: NYC

- Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
Pieces and parts of me show up all the time. Sgt. Windflower and Sheila often watch movies together that are some of my favourites and there may even be a song or two of mine that slip in as well.

- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write and read, as much as you can and don’t stop. You will learn from others by reading and grow your writing skills through practice. Stay with your dream and be brave enough to share it with someone else. Welcome feedback and always try and be a better writer.
Narrator Bio

Following college and many years as a local entertainer and actor I eventually entered the business world and a career of building and selling multiple successful enterprises.

In 1985, I purchased an aviation business and while building a very successful business also earned multiple movie credits as a helicopter camera ship pilot - among other services, and flew the camera helicopter for London Weekend Television's mini series "Piece of Cake" in 1988. I have an extensive aviation background from helicopters through turboprop and jet aircraft, and a deep knowledge of all things aviation.

I have always been an insatiable reader with a love of history - the ultimate story, and anything military - especially if it flies. My evolution into narration and the joy of storytelling is the culmination of many years of a life fully lived, and is reflected in a voice of experience.
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  1. I would love to read this, sounds very interesting

  2. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing a book description and giveaway also. Sounds great!

  4. The narrator seems to have had an interesting life.

  5. Fascinating and intriguing series. The locale is unique and interests me greatly as does the story. Being Canadian I would enjoy this book greatly.

  6. Fascinating and intriguing series. The locale is unique and interests me greatly as does the story. Being Canadian I would enjoy this book greatly.