The last few months I had the honour to spent several weeks on the Hudson Bay, studying and guiding in a unique eco-system, watching polar bears, black bears, moose and wolves up close. A selection of my images can be found under the Impressions. If you are looking for a christmas gift, both my novels DARK TIMES and THIN ICE are now available as a signed soft covers.
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During the last few years I had the privilege and honor to contribute my underwater images and videos to the Aros na Mara Science Project in Iona, Grand Narrows. I am looking forward to what the future will bring, it is an exciting project. Thank you very much, it is a pleasure! #wildlifephotography #scubadiving #scuba #capebreton #novascotia #underwaterphotography #underwaterworld #marinebiology

Please check out the latest interview I did with The Reporter after winning Gold in the international Elite Choice Book Awards competition later this summer.
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This is an early birthday present, but I will take it! I can announce with distinct pleasure that DARK TIMES has won Gold in the 2020 Elite Choice Awards in the Thriller category.
The Elite Choice Awards is a book awards competition commited to honoring excellence in publishing!
“Author, Michael Gerhartz, has delivered a truly masterful work of fiction. DARK TIMES follows the story of Natascha, a once most-wanted terrorist who is looking to live a normal life but is forced into another mission after discovering a sinister criminal operation at a nearby abbey. The story is fast-paced, engaging and filled with action. The characters are relatable and the protagonist, Natascha, is a complex heroine you’ll want to root for. Overall, the book offers a unique take on the traditional thriller with multiple twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. A real page turner!”
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Please check out the latest article in The Report about DARK TIMES entering the international eBook Page Turner Award and to learn more about what is behind the story. You can find the article here.

Cape Breton – Michael Gerhartz‘s DARK TIMES wins a Book Excellence Award in the Thriller category. Founded in Toronto, Ontario, the Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedicated to recognizing both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal. Michael Gerhartz’s book offers a careful balance between a life-like escape with interesting characters and the suspense of dealing with some serious topics.

Blue Book Reviewer called it a “Gripping Thriller”! Another nice review for Dark Times!
Dark Times by Michael Gerhartz. @m.gerhartz
A thriller that make you feel like you are standing at the edge of a mountain? This is it…
Gerhartz’s Dark Times is a book full of suspense and mystery to uncover for the readers. Author’s characterization brings this thriller to life. Moving swiftly and fascinating, giving you enough and making you want more. The writing style of the author is truly riveting and deserves the fame it got internationally. Dark Times makes you root for the characters, enjoy the plot, live in a world created by Michael and make you curl your toes. It’s the kind of book that you literally want to read in a sitting. Gritty, fast paced, intelligent thriller is worth every single moment. Not gonna miss any title from Michael Gerhartz. I would give this one 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Cannot recommend it enough to lovers of mystery and thrill

It fills me with great pleasure to learn that DARK TIMES has just received the 2020 LITERARY TITAN BOOK AWARD. It is the 4th international Literary Award for DARK TIMES. Thank you very much!
“The Silver Award is bestowed on books that expertly deliver complex characters, intricate worlds, and thought provoking themes. The ease with which the story is told is a reflection of the author’s talent in exercising fluent, powerful, and appropriate language.”

If you want to know more about the character behind Natascha, what inspired me to write DARK TIMES just check out the author interview that Literary Titan did with me couple days ago.

Check out the Wednesday, January 8th edition of the Cape Breton Post to read the article about me winning the Reader’s Favorite Award 2019

The Reporter was the first newspaper to pick up on my Readers’ Favorite Award. You can read the full article here.

Please come and join me for an author meet and greet and book reading from my 3 time international Award winning Novel DARK TIMES on
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 7.00pm at the People’s Place, Public Library in Antigonish

For immediate release:
Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Dark Times” by Michael Gerhartz in its annual international book award contest.
The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.
Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).
“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” –Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House
Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Dark Times” by Michael Gerhartz won the Honorable Mention Award in the Fiction – Thriller – Terrorist category.

Please come and join us for the last book reading of DARK TIMES during this summer.

As part of the 2019 Nicolas Denys Days in St Peter’s, please join us for a book reading on Wednesday, July 31st from 7.00-9.00pm at the Lockmasters Quarters Pub in the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn.

Please check out the latest interview with the Cape Breton Post.

“Dark Times” has received 1 of 7 “honorable mention” awards of the 2019 San Francisco Book Festival. This is the third international Award for “Dark Times” in 2019. Thank you very much

If you are interested, please turn to channel 535 for a televised book reading of DARK TIMES as well as a follow up interview.
Tuesday at 2pm
Wednesday at 9am and 7.30pm
Thursday at 12.30pm
Friday at 6pm
Sunday at 7pm

Please join us at a book reading and author signing
Wednesday, June 5th from 5.00 – 6.00pm
La Scubatheque, Quebec City

West Bay — The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized Dark Times by Michael Gerhartz in the category of Thriller as a distinguished favorite.
The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.
For the 2019 competition, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries from across the globe.  Worldwide participation included books submitted from cities such as London to Madrid; Dallas to Philadelphia; Calgary to Melbourne, Chicago to San Francisco, and many different countries such as Australia, Africa, Canada, Egypt, India, Japan and Scotland as well as others.
“We are overjoyed to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2019 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD.  Independent publishing is prospering in every corner of the earth, and we are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

Richard wrote a beautiful article in Antigonish’s The Casket, about DARK TIMES and the upcoming book reading at the library. Check it out!

Visit 89.7 The Coast to listen to the podcast from March 31st 2019. The interview about writing DARK TIMES starts around the 35 minute mark.

Check out the article about THIN ICE and DARK TIMES in the local newspaper.

You can now also find us on Goodreads.
I is a great site for book lovers from book lovers!

Please join us at a book reading and author signing
Saturday, April 13th from 2.00 – 4.00pm
The People’s Library, Antigonish

Please join us at a book reading and author signing
Saturday, April 6th from 2.00 – 4.00pm
The Groundswell Pub, D’Escousse

Please join us at a book reading and author signing
Friday, April 5th from 6.00 – 8.00pm
Dr Luke’s Coffee House, Sydney

I am proud to announce that “DARK TIMES” has been nominated as best newcomer Thriller for the 2019 International INDIE Book Award.

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that “DARK TIMES” has been nominated for the

2019 IPPY Awards in the category Suspense/Thriller
Independent Publisher Book Award

The “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English.

January 29th, 2019 Dark Times has been awarded the prestigious 5 Star Readers’ Favorite Review! Thank you very much!

Previous Thin Ice book reading at the Port Hawkesbury Literacy Council “Spies & Superstitions: A Night of Intrigue”

Previous Thin Ice book reading at the
public library in Antigonish

Previous Thin Ice book reading at the public library
in New Glasgow

Previous Thin Ice book reading at the Governors book pub in Sydney.

En Profondeur Volume 13 No 1
Published on Feb 24, 2015
Interview with Michael Gerhartz

The Cape Breton Post
March 29th, 2012
Thriller Writer Michael Gerhartz leads his readers on Thin Ice

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