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Niagara Author + Web Designer + Scenery Photographer

Niagara Author - John HartigPaperbacks and e-Books written by novelist, John Hartig, are now available on Kindle, as well as Amazon. You can find intrigue, entertainment and humor in his writing.
John's books are perfect for readers, young and old, who like mild murder mysteries and cowboy novels. You can take a look at the scope of John Hartig's writings by going to his Amazon bookshelf by clicking::

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About John:

My three passions are: being an author,a web designer and a photographer. I live within the Niagara Region, and I'm retired.

As a septuagenarian: I am blessed that I can write, I know how to design websites, and I know how to take pictures. So, I keep myself very busy in these productive ways.

As I've gotten older, I've found that the hours in my days and nights have turned topsy-turvy. I am an insomniac. My brain seems to be most creative behind a camera in bright sunlight or behind the computer screen, writing novels, in the wee hours of the night.

Several years ago I went to night school at Mohawk College to learn how to do scripting in web design. I don't use templates.I use mostly HTML and tables to produce attractive web pages. My sites are cell-phone friendly. I host the sites myself through my godaddy account. I love creating websites, fabricating stories and doodling with photoshop to enhance the pictures that I take. I am rich in so many ways!

You can Google Canadian Author-John Hartig, Niagara Author-John Hartig, Vineland Web Design, Niagara Scenery or John Hartig Photos.. I'm not crazy about Facebook. I prefer a direct how-do-you-do from people who are interested in my novels and my scenery pictures.

E-mail: johnehartig@gmail.com
Ph: 905-562-7821

 

 

 

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Niagara Author - John HartigYou Love Our MIlk and Honey, Memoir of a Refugee, Phase One: The first volume of my autobiography talks about my life to the age of 43.

My family are refugees from Austria. We came with two suitcases in 1954 and landed at Pier 21 in Halifax, Canada, hoping to start over. Dad’s family came from Romania; mom’s family from Serbia. They spoke 5 languages, and faced the fact they’d have to add English to that list, making it an even half dozen. We were given badges to pin to our coats in Bremenhaven before we boarded the S.S. Neptunia to identify ourselves as “DPs” or Displaced Persons.This was November and we knew nothing about wearing poppies on our lapels to honour Canadian soldiers who had died in the Great Wars.

When Don Cherry got fired from Coach’s Corner in November 2019 for calling new immigrants, “you people”, urging them to buy a poppy to honour Canada’s fallen soldiers for Remembrance Day, I said to myself, “This is a good time to write about my life story as a refugee.” I have some things to say about my boyhood in war-torn Europe and about my new life in becoming Canadian.

My story comes in two volumes: Phase One, Becoming Canadian, where I recount my experiences with systemic racism before I was accepted as a Canadian citizen and Phase Two, “Quo Vadis?” [Latin for, “Where are you going?”], which involves my experiences in jobs like teaching, photography, web design and writing, looking for that perfect fit. Despite the “rites of passage”, Canada has been pretty good to our family. – John Hartig, Canadian author

 

 

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Niagara Author - John HartigYou Love Our MIlk and Honey, Memoir of a Refugee, Phase Two: Quo Vadis? career + values -- My wife and I came back to Canada after living in France for a year back in 1989. We didn't know where we were going, as we settled back into our lives in Canada. I was 43 years old, a definite minus in the job market but I had French, which was a definite plus as a teacher. The job market was tight in those days and I found teaching stressful. I became a wedding photographer, a web designer and a writer, always hopeful for finding an ideal career!

By the time 2019 rolled by, Don Cherry was fired from Coach's Corner on Hockey Night in Canada for urging "you people" to buy a poppy for Remembrance Day. By the time 2020 rolled by, the world was on the verge of the Covid-19 Pandemic. It was the perfect time to write the two volumes to my memoir as a former refugee and immigrant to Canada, I had lots of things to say about the country which had assimilated me.

Social problems washed like a huge wave across the border from the United States. George Floyd died under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, suffocated after an 8 minute and 46 second ordeal. Torontonians reacted with Black Lives Matter demonstrations on this side of the border. Here in Canada indigenous peoples also rose up again about the abuses they had endured in residential schools. Migrant workers in Essex County got sick from Covid-19 because of crowded living conditions and senior abuse in long-term care homes was shamefully exposed, especially in the "for-profit" homes. There was just so much that caregivers could do when money was not made available, where staff was poorly screened, poorly trained, poorly paid and poorly supplied with proper equipment. The deaths of seniors was extremely high from Covid-19 because of terrible neglect. The army even had to be called in to help out.

I wanted to make a difference in my memoir, not only as a memoir about my life but also as a place to air my views about the social injustices in my adopted country. I want to live in a country that I can be proud of. It's better than most, but there is so much we can improve on. Maybe just pointing problems out is the first step towards what Pierre Elliott Trudeau wanted to create for all of us Canadians, as far back as 1968, which is a “Just Society”.

– John Hartig, Canadian Author

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Niagara Author - John HartigChildren's Rhyming Picture Book: "Can You Imagine?" is my first ever children’s picture book, targeting ages 4 to 104. It combines little poems with my knack for photography, especially sunsets and flowers. I owe my sunsets and flowers to Fair Havens Ministries, a Christian camp ground, where I spend every August on my holidays with my camera.I hope that my photography is eye-catching enough for little kids to take a delight in.

The basic premise of this children’s book is to get a child to imagine if he or she could be anything they'd like to be in nature. What would the child like to be? How about a flower or a bumblebee? What would it feel like to be the blue sky or a red sunset? “Can You Imagine?”

The book is short, 44 pages long, a perfect length for a mom or dad to read to a child, to share thoughts about the photographs and to ask questions. The colorful pictures have little rhymes. Kids love stories and pictures with little rhymes.

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Niagara Author - John HartigThe Polish Cowboy is about a real-life Texas legend, Joseph Cotulla, who immigrated from Poland in 1856 with his mother, at the age of 12. As a young man, he moved to Atascosa County, Texas, where he learned about horses, cattle and ranching. When he was 19, in 1863, he signed up on the Union side at Brownsville during the Civil War. In 1868, at the age of 24, he bought a parcel of government land in La Salle County and started his own ranch. In those days, you could buy cattle dirt-cheap in Texas or Mexico. When The Chisholm Trail opened up leading north to Abilene, Cotulla herded his cattle to the new rail-head there, which brought beef to the Eastern markets at high prices. Joseph Cotulla grew rich. He bought more land around 1875 and donated some of it to the railroad. A town was named after him. Ride with Joseph Cotulla on his way to riches and fame, and see how the West was won. This is a factual story mixed in with captivating fiction about an immigrant boy who went from rags to riches at a time when America was a wild frontier and when you could carve out your own destiny. Joseph Cotulla is "The Polish Cowboy".

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Niagara Author - John HartigThe Tipperary Kid is my first ever Western. Google and my imagination had fun creating this cowboy fiction about a young man whose folks escape the Irish Potato Famine in 1848. Aileen and Connor Murphy come to New York, and start a new life in America. Their son, Little Jimmy, is too young to join the Union Army during the Civil War, but by the age of 14 he has become Big Jim. He joins up at the tail end of the war in 1864. As a medic he befriends Sam Whitfield, a Confederate Reb, whose folks own a ranch in Laredo, Texas. Big Jim Murphy wants to become a cowboy and so he and the Reb team up and ride to Laredo, a dusty town this side of the Rio Grande. They have a run-in with Jesse James during a rainy night. They drive cattle up north along the Chisholm Trail to Abilene. They also catch a train to St. Louis and take riverboat trip down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. During his lonely nights guarding the horses in the remuda on the cattle drive, Big Jim Murphy practices his fast draw. He becomes fast, real fast. He earns a reputation as, “The Tipperary Kid”.

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Niagara Author - John HartigLove and Faith Trilogy: Book One asks the question: "What Honor is there in an Honor Killing?" The novel starts with Ahmad, the brother, killing his own sister, Khalisa, in the woods at Ball's Falls. Father, mother and the brother all agree that Khalisa must die because she is willfully dating a white "infidel", Christopher Unger. This, in their minds, is a relationship which is not on the true path of Allah. Ahmad gets away with the murder for nearly 2 years. The younger daughter, Fahm, doesn't know that her own brother had killed her older sister. But a silver necklace, found at the scene of the murder, leads to Ahmad, as the killer. When the police close in, the parents give Ahmad money to escape and join ISIS. They go on trial and are imprisoned. Detective Ed Spencer and Fahm fall in love after the trial. The parents disown Fahm. The brother is still free and plans to come back to Canada with a false passport to do what?

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Niagara Author - John HartigLove and Faith Trilogy: Book Two explores "Modern Clashes of Cultures". It sees Ahmad fully trained as an ISIS fighter after a year of living in Syria. While in Syria he gets a new name, Galip. He is given the task of beheading somebody which is videotaped and then put on the internet. Fahm, recognizes her brother despite the niqab he wears. It's by the eyes. Ahmad receives a new mission with a new passport under the name of "Ossi". He is told to come back to Canada to bomb the subway in Toronto. The plan is foiled. "Ossi" goes to plan B which is to locate Fahm in Hamilton, and there kill her. Detective Spencer saves the day.

Meanwhile, in the larger picture, Canada experiences tragedies as a nation. Patrice Vincent, a soldier, is killed by a car driven by an ISIS terrorist in Quebec, and Corporal Nathan Cirillo is shot dead on Parliament Hill. “Islamophobia” grows noticeably in Canada and hate videos are uploaded to Youtube. Symon makes one more trek with his camera to Ball’s Falls for more scenery photographs while he is still able to do this before cancer claims his life. Wally writes a stirring poem included in the end of Book Two.

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Niagara Author - John HartigLove and Faith Trilogy: Book Three asks the question: "Can a Muslim girl and a white Christian make it work ?" Book Three describes the last two months of Symon's life. However, on a lighter side, Book Three tracks the love story behind Christopher Unger and Lenya, as well as the progressing romance between Spencer and Fahm, their Baptism as Christians, and their planned honeymoon in Paris, France. Except for Spencer and Fahm, the date for their honeymoon is all wrong! January 7, 2015, the day that the Kouachi Brothers shoot up the Charlie Hebdo Magazine. But not all is lost...

If you start out with Book One, don't forget to continue with "Modern Clashes of Cultures" in Book Two and then, the question of "Can a Muslim Girl and a White Infidel Make it Work?" in Book Three. The books are full of facts and imagination, full of danger and hope. An enjoyable read.

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Niagara Author - John HartigCrooked Bay Police Story depicts a quiet little town on the west coast of Newfoundland. It has a bunch of little houses, two churches, "The Reserve" and an RCMP outpost. Since the Lucky Strike Mining Company found gold north-east of town, Crooked Bay has been going through an economic boom, bringing in lots of people looking for work. Sgt. Brett Wilson thinks that an economic boom is not necessarily a good thing for a small town. The police department, manned by three officers, has its hands full already, trying to keep up with abuse at the seniors' home, poachers on The Reserve, teenage drunkenness, a car theft and the usual break and entry. What they don't need now is the town's first murder! A teenager, recently released from juvenile detention, is accused...except he did not do it! The real killer hides behind a mask of status and respectability. How will the RCMP bring him to justice?

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Niagara Author - John HartigWho Killed Jean-Marie Leclair? The year is 1764. Jean-Marie Leclair is found stabbed to death right in front of his house. The crime was never solved and no one was ever arrested. What are the secrets in this murder mystery which were never uncovered?

Jean-Marie Leclair was an accomplished violinist of the Baroque period. Also a composer. He founded the French School of Violin. The culprit could have been the nephew who was a mediocre violinist wanting his uncle to promote him before King Louis XV of France. It could also have been the ex-wife, Louise Roussel, who made money by publishing Lecalir's manuscripts. So, who dun it? Read and find out.

 

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Niagara Author - John HartigBattle of the Violins Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise is given a mission. Bring back to the future 6 of the best violinists in history to see who is the best of the best in a fiddle jamboree to be held at the Hollywood Bowl in the year 2328. Engineer Scotty is none to happy about the mission. This will strain his "bairns" his beloved engines because it takes immense energy to bulldoze the Enterprise through the continuum of time and space. That is why they have to make a pit-stop in 1901 at the house in England of H.G. Wells who has secreted a Time Machine in his basement of a smaller dimension. One of the star performers is, of course, Jean-Marie Leclair, that is before he was murdered, so he can show off his prowess to see if it was equal to his renowned reputation. Among the top 6, who will win the best of the best?

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Niagara Author - John HartigCoffee Break Reading 2 Short Stories: The first, "Who Killed Jean-Marie Leclair?", one of the great violinists and composers of the 18th century, stabbed to death in 1764. It could have been the nephew. It could have been the ex-wife. The answer lies in your reading the book! The second story is about time travel. Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise is given a mission. Bring back to the future 6 of the best violinists in history to see who is the best of the best in a fiddle jamboree to be held at the Hollywood Bowl in the year 2328. Engineer Scotty is none to happy about the mission. This will strain his "bairns", his beloved engines, because it takes immense energy to bulldoze the Enterprise through the continuum of time and space. That is why they have to make a pit-stop in 1901 at the house of English author H.G. Wells who has secreted away a Time Machine in his basement which is small enough to do the job of moving people around within the time continuum with less energy. One of the musicians on the list is Jean-Marie Leclair, to be brought to the future before his untimely death at the point of a knife.

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