Go, Dog. Go! *

In my author’s latest novel, THE SECRET VIKING (heard of it?),
recently published as an Amazon Kindle ebook (you know that),
one of the principal characters is a suspicious, smartass wheaten terrier named Satchimotomonkeyman.

I like dogs, so I’m glad to tell you a bit about Satch. He certainly surprised me!
Honestly, at first I doubted him.
And then he annoyed me.
Then we became friends.

The witty and self-taught Satch has learned to read and write and type and he also authors a weekly newspaper column called The Dog Log in a local paper. (If you are an avid, or rabid, reader, you may wish to know which local paper. I’m not telling!). He was once asked to anchor a radio news programme with a focus on the arts. Because of Satch’s lack of on-air skills (he does not actually speak), he was forced to decline that prestigious invitation. As for his typing skills, Satch is a touch-typist, but, with paws, he types with pause. So don’t be expecting 120 wpm! If you are the hunt-and-peck, two-fingered typist type, however, he will leave you in the dust.

In the first person (or first dog, as we like to say), the smart, modest and very charming Satch shares with readers of THE SECRET VIKING the tale of how all this reading and writing came about. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but suffice it to say that Satch was bored and figured out how to read, on his own. Smart pup, that one!

Hah! You may wonder: is Satch one of my alter egos?


Of course, as far as fictional characters go (if, indeed, Satch is actually fictional), the “super dog” is not a new concept.
But Satch’s role in THE SECRET VIKING works particularly well because it is based on an actual dog.
Who did all of the above.
While raising four kids as a single parent.
Doing set design for the Canadian Opera Company.
Selling real estate (quite successfully, I might add).
And also finishing up a Master’s degree in animal husbandry.

Of course our author and I realize that the intense study of animal care and feeding is a bit archaic, as career choices go. Even Satch himself worries that such a pursuit may only leave him trapped in the exciting world of barn-sweeping, or, perhaps worse, lead him to esoteric academia. (“Publish or perish.” Been there.)
The wonderful wheaten is currently considering a transfer to veterinary sciences.

Keep reading!

*For very fond reading memories: all hail, and sincere thanks to the late, great P.D. Eastman.
(Don’t know him? Bloody hell! Go here, now!)

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Sincere thanks

Hello friends,

It’s delightful to meet new friends and, if you’ve just picked up The Secret Viking from Amazon, I hope you’ll enjoy the read!

We now have readers in Japan, the UK and all over Canada and the US. Amazing! Thank you all for such a fun and busy weekend.

When you finish the book… and want to share your thoughts with friends: please visit Amazon and leave a review there.
Amazon and the Viking,
and the author too,
all love reviews!

And keep checking here in my journal. There is adventure ahead.
A tiny bit at a time!

Happy reading to all of you!


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Another little teaser…

“My daddy was a Viking.

One day he up and left.

His leaving was not to our liking

And we were left bereft.”

Son of a Viking

Need more? Start at the beginning of the book! (I’ll meet you there!)

Today only, still FREE to download.

Adventure and (if you hadn’t guessed…) frivolity, just ahead!

(maybe I’m the Son of a Viking , or maybe I’m the daddy…
You’ll see.)

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Thanks, readers!

Ⓓear Ⓦeekend Ⓡeading Ⓒompanions,

Thank you all for making this weekend so busy and satisfying.
My author offered the book for free before, but now we’re reaching more readers, world-wide.
We’re both delighted to share my rambling, writing, riddling story with everyone.

Do you have friends in Italy, France, Spain or Brazil who’d enjoy a nifty literary mystery?
Any family in the US, Canada, UK or Japan who have not read about me yet?
This is their chance!

Share this link with them, so they can grab the free ebook download this weekend.
The Secret Viking will be available, for FREE, until 3:00 am (North American) Eastern Standard Time,
the dark and early morn of Monday, 20 May, 2013.

And, dear readers, if you enjoyed the book, we’d be honoured if you’d post a review on Amazon.

Have I mentioned it lately?
You’re wonderful!


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Oh, that Mildred!

(I agree. She does go on!)

Dear Mildred:

Recently, my husband started barking at me to signal that he would like his dinner.
I thought this was charming at first, but it has become embarrassing.
Can you help?

Yours truly,


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Dear Embarrassed:

Often, the barking can be relieved with a tincture of green tea and clover honey.
If that doesn’t help, you might consider taking your husband to a veterinarian.
Sometimes, just suggesting this cures the barking.



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Want to read more about Mildred? And maybe more about a Viking, a dog, a professor, Bob Dylan, rocky road ice cream, thunder and lightning, Cleveland (just outside Cleveland, actually), and a few hundred other exploits, odd ducks, artefacts and warrior poet adventures?

Forsooth, hasten thee here, and download a copy of ye olde ebook (post haste!).
That means: free download of the Amazon Kindle ebook, THIS WEEKEND!


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Maybe Mildred can help

A little teaser from my book…

So, how does an ancient Viking answer queries to a modern advice column?
With great caution!

Dear Mildred:

In the middle of the job, my wife ran off with the electrician we hired to re-wire our house.
What should I do?

Yours truly,


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Dear Powerless:

A short-term solution might be candles or flashlights.
But your best bet is to find another electrician.
Many are listed in the Yellow Pages.



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Don’t forget to download the ebook about my adventures – literary and other –


Your pal,



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Put your feet up…

… read a good book!

The weekend is here!

A suspicious, smartass, reading, writing dog is a central character.

Well, I mean, I’m the central character, but I don’t mind sharing the limelight.

THE SECRET VIKING by Martin Myers.
It’s a free gift to you from my author.
Starting right now.
All weekend: Friday, May 17 until Sunday, May 19, 2013.

With a free app download, this Amazon Kindle e-book reads on any digital device but the microwave.

Download the book here, now!

And if you love my adventurous tale, review it!
Amazon enjoys that.

And so will Satch!

See you there,


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