Publishing in the 21st Century

Carrick Publishing celebrates 5 fantastic years!

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

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We wanted to do something special to commemorate our 5th year as Carrick Publishing. What could be better than a tribute to our stellar authors?

Our heartfelt gratitude to each of you for the beautiful words you’ve entrusted to us.


New Kindle release — 13 O’Clock, by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

I can’t believe it’s been two years — count ’em! — since the launch of Thirteen, an anthology of crime stories by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

When we released that critically acclaimed collection of stories, we made a pledge: to follow it up with a second crime anthology within two years.

Let it be noted that the Mesdames are women of their word! At last, and right on time, the Kindle release of 13 O’Clock by the Mesdames of Mayhem (Carrick Publishing, 2015).

Our e-launch on September 17 was a tremendous success, thanks largely to our hostesses, Mesdames’ founder M.H. Callway and author Joan O’Callaghan. Of course, the contributors were out in force to help. Our special thanks to Catherine Astolfo who fielded questions and spread the word.

And of course, there were Kindle Gifts galore! We gave away 13 Kindle copies of 13 O’Clock to readers who participated in our game of questions.
(If you were a winner but haven’t heard from us, we may not have your email address. Please contact me at carrickpublishing at rogers dot com.)

If you were lucky enough to win your copy, Congratulations! We sincerely hope you will enjoy the book, and be sure to post a review on Amazon.

Otherwise, visit Amazon today to download your very own e-Edition of this fabulous anthology!

Our award-winning lineup of authors includes:

Foreword, M.H. Callway
Perfect Timing, Melodie Campbell
Pulling a Rabbit, Catherine Astolfo
Thrice the Brinded Cat, Joan O’Callaghan
Being Leda Fox, Lynne Murphy
Life Lesson, Ed Piwowarczyk
Glow Grass, M.H. Callway
The Test of Time, Melodie Campbell
The Bench Rests, Rosemary Aubert
The 14th of Forever, Donna Carrick
Beat the Clock, Catherine Dunphy
Troubled Times, Lisa de Nikolits
Nick of Time, Rosemary McCracken
Life is a Big Headache, Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Hidden, Jane Petersen Burfield
Mirror, Mirror, Cheryl Freedman
Afterword, Joan O’Callaghan
Acknowledgments, Donna Carrick

Thanks for supporting Canadian Crime!

New release: 13 O’Clock, now available for Pre-Order!

Posted on: August 21st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

Guest Blogger Judy Penz Sheluk: The Power of “What If?”

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing 6 Comments

Judy Penz Sheluk As a mystery writer, I’m often asked where I get my ideas. The answer to that varies by the story, although I’ll admit that there’s always some impetus that drives me to want to develop the fictional characters and inhabit their world for a while.

Let’s take, for example, my short story “Live Free or Die,” which appears in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing, Nov. 2014). Although the story takes place in Toronto, as the title suggests, New Hampshire is most definitely represented. Without giving too much away, the plot involves a naïve twenty-one-year-old, Emerald (Emmy) and her love affair with Jack, a thirty-year-old man from New Hampshire who’s not all that he seems. Am I Emmy? Of course not. But, like Emmy, I did once work in the credit department of a Toronto-based insurance company, and I did have the misfortune of falling head over heels with a cad I met while working there. I merely took those circumstances and said, “What if?”

Judy Penz Sheluk - Hang Man's NooseBGWriting a novel takes even more of those “What if?” moments. In my debut mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose (Barking Rain Press, July 2015), freelance writer Emily Garland is cash-strapped, newly single, and tired of reporting on the same old Toronto condo stats. When she’s offered a lucrative assignment in the village of Lount’s Landing, she decides to take a chance. All she has to do is relocate and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan. And that’s where “What if?” comes in—along with a greedy developer and a feisty antiques shop owner who will do anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s Main Street.

Once again, I’m not Emily Garland. I have, however, been a fulltime freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry, since 2003. (I’m still waiting for a lucrative assignment to come my way!) I’ve also seen firsthand how irate people can get when unwanted development comes to their neighborhood. What if???

Getting ideas is as simple as paying attention to the world around me. The “what if’s” are what help me turn those ideas into fiction.

Judy Penz Sheluk is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Guppies, and Toronto, as well as Crime Writers of Canada. Find Judy at, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life.

Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, is scheduled for publication July 21, 2015. Click on the Barking Rain Press logo to sign up to receive the first 4 chapters FREE and get a 35% off coupon to buy the book!

New Release! The Color of LIfe, by Claudette Carrida Jeffrey

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing 1 Comment

Hot off the Carrick Publishing presses!

We’re thrilled to bring you this exceptional literary novel by Claudette C. Jeffrey: The Color of Life.

Now available:

Kindle Edition
e-Pub Edition (Smashwords and their Premium Distributors)
Print Paperback Edition

The Color of Life is ‘coming-of-age’ at its finest. This second book in the Claire Soublet series gathers the thread of recent American history to spin the tale of Sera, a woman of color who ‘passes for white’ in New Orleans.

When 23 year-old Claire Soublet arrives in New York City to begin her new life, she has no idea that after only four days a situation will arise forcing her to return to New Orleans. Growing up mired in years of hardship and being abandoned by family through death and disinterest, she manages to scratch and claw her way out of that life. And, in the process, she earns a college education.

Back in New Orleans and not ready to succumb to her old way of life, she enlists the help of her high school friend. They devise a plan to, once again, get Claire out of her hometown. With their new-found relationship, they return to New York together.

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Claudette Carrida Jeffrey, a native New Orleanian, is a retired teacher who lives in Northern California. The Color of Life is her second installment in a four-book series.

Book one, A Brown Paper Bag and A Fine Tooth Comb (2012), begins the coming of age story of Claire Soublet, a young Creole of Color growing up in 1940s and 50s New Orleans.

New Release: Living With Death, by Carolyn Dale

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

Anne Barton - Living With DeathCarrick Publishing is proud to bring you this brand new mystery, Living With Death by Carolyn Dale.


When an attractive young woman is found dead at a bus stop on a cold, rainy November morning, detectives Rankin and Kalinski must find the person who hated her enough to kill her in such a brutal way.

Was it a family member, a boyfriend, or one of the defendants in a lawsuit she had filed against those responsible for the euthanasia of her comatose stepbrother? In trying to revenge her stepbrother, she had engaged her friends, family members and classmates in an attempt to get the new law allowing euthanasia repealed, but in doing so, had annoyed many of them, broken up her father’s marriage, and had become the target of obscene phone calls and a poison pen letter.

To the surprise of the detectives, people they talked to were more interested in the euthanasia of the stepbrother than in the identity of the murderer.


Carolyn Dale is a pen name of mystery author Anne Barton. (New Website under contruction:

Anne Barton is a retired veterinarian and flight instructor. In her retirement, she has taken up writing mystery novels. She has also written one autobiographical book and numerous articles and short stories. Her short story won the Bloody Words Crime Writers’ Conference contest in 2001 and is published in Bloody Words, The Anthology.

Born in Drumheller, Alberta, she grew up in Northern Idaho, returned to Canada, and now lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where she is deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity and her Anglican Church work – that is, when she isn’t riding horses or curling.

New Release! Silicon Slummin’…and Just Gettin’ By, novel by Steven M. Moore

Posted on: March 1st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

~by Donna Carrick, Carrick Publishing

Mary Jo Melendez is back. The protagonist of Muddlin’ Through takes a permanent security job in the Silicon Valley after bouncing across the U.S. through temp jobs.

Her future isn’t all bright, though, as she discovers she has a stalker. Moreover, two teams of agents, U.S. and Russian, are in hot pursuit.

She hires a PI for surveillance and protection who becomes a new love interest. The two match wits against her pursuers.

Will this ex-USN Master-at-Arms survive this time?

Steven Moore - The Golden Years coverAfter the 2013 release of The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan, I asked Steven how he could manage to create and develop such strong, believable and likable female protagonists.

To paraphrase his answer: It all comes down to life experience. I’ve been blessed to surround myself with strong, intelligent women. Their ideas and attitudes find their way into my female characters.

It’s clear to the casual reader that Steve brings a great deal of his own intelligence and human understanding to his novels and short stories. From characters as diverse as “Chen and Castilblanco”, to DHS Agent Ashley Scott, to our mystery heroine Mary Jo Melendez, “believable” and “likable” are the labels that fit across the board.

Silicon Slummin’…and Just Gettin’ By is the second in the Mary Jo Melendez mystery series. If you haven’t already met Mary Jo, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of Muddlin’ Through.`

Buy it, read it, and grow to love Mary Jo!

Cover art by Sara Carrick

To learn more about the works of Steven M. Moore, or any of our Carrick Publishing authors, don’t hesitate to contact us at:
carripublishing email

Join us for Rosemary Aubert’s signing of Don’t Forget You Love Me, Feb. 21, Sleuth of Baker Street

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

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The season of love is well underway!

With that in mind, Carrick Publishing would like to invite mystery lovers in the GTA to join us at the Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, where author Rosemary Aubert will be signing copies of Don’t Forget You Love Me.

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore
Saturday, February 21, 2015
from 2-4pm
Address: 907 Millwood Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1X2
Phone:(416) 483-3111

Refreshments will be served!

When a profound personal tragedy propels Ellis into a puzzling case with no suspects and no clues, he’s forced back into the world of crime. Against the drama of a Toronto conference that brings world leaders to the city, Ellis finds himself surrounded with new enemies and old allies, one of whom threatens to make demands on him he’s in no position to meet.

Don’t Forget You Love Me is the 6th novel in Aubert’s beloved Ellis Portal mystery series. It was chosen by both J.D. and Marian of Sleuth of Baker Street as their January, 2015 “Pick of the Month”, and with good reason!

Rosemary Aubert has achieved world-wide attention with her Ellis Portal series. She is a Toronto writer, teacher, speaker and criminologist who mentors fresh mystery writers and treasures classic ones.

Critical acclaim for Ellis Portal and the Ellis Portal mystery series:

The New York Times “…in Ms. Aubert’s sensitive treatment, a character with great dignity and unusual moral depth.”

Washington Post “Rosemary Aubert has a touch of the poet.”

Kirkus Reviews “Heartfelt and often piercing in its portrayal of life on the edge.”

New Brunswick Reader “An absorbing read that stays with you long after you put it down.”

The Globe and Mail “Aubert has done a fine job…taking on some of the social issues that bedevil a big city…”

Don’t miss your chance to meet this exceptional author and support Canadian Crime at its finest!

Farewell 2014, and Welcome 2015!

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

From the Carrick home to yours, we wish you Peace, Joy, Health and Happiness, now and throughout 2015!

May you close this year with a sense of accomplishment and face the next with passion, spirit and purpose.

And this, above all: Love.

The warmth and light of a home filled with laughter and goodwill.


All of this we wish for you.


See you on the other side of MIDNIGHT!

Launch party for World Enough and Crime – Sleuth of Baker Street, a smashing success!

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

We’d like to thank Tammy-Li Carrick for the photos shown in the following collages.

We also send a huge Thank You to Ken Quan for the lovely photos immediately following the collages!

Click to view the powerpoint World Enough Sleuth Launch.

Click to view the full Powerpoint created by Ken and Sophia Quan  World Enough and Crime Ken Quan 2014 12 06

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Below: Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, 907 Millwood Road, Toronto.

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The food table was laden with wonderful treats: home-baked cookies by Joan O’Callaghan, a fruit tray from Rosemary McCracken and Ed Piwowarczyk, and sandwiches and cheese from the Carricks.

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Excellent musical background was provided by Ted Carrick.

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Author Rosemary Aubert (the Ellis Portal mystery series) chats with Ed Callway. We thank Ed and Madeleine for bringing the wine, and Ed for manning the drinks table.

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Donna takes a break with Ted and Tammy-Li Carrick.

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Hard-working authors arrive early to sign copies of World Enough and Crime.

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Left to right: Authors and friends Judy Penz Sheluk, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Melodie Campbell and Dave Campbell.

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Donna, Ted and Tammy-Li visit with dear friend Sophia Quan.

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The store was hopping with energy throughout the event.

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Donna takes time out for a quick photo-op with our anthology.

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Our lovely anthology among the many great crime books!

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A crowded bookstore is a beautiful sight.

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Dear friend Gaby Gaedecke was a very welcome guest, sharing a hug with Donna and Tammy-Li.

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Sleuth of Baker Street store owner Marian Misters rings up a sale of World Enough and Crime.

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Percy stands guard over the book-stash!

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Melodie Campbell (The Artful Goddaughter) reads from her story “Cover Girl”.

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Donna Carrick (The First Excellence) reads from her story “Doctor Shediac”.

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Rosemary Aubert (Don’t Forget You Love Me) reads from her story “The Prime Suspect”.

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 Rosemary McCracken (Black Water) reads from her story “Antonia”.

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Alex Carrick (“Five Scoops” is an Addiction) discusses the inspiration for his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”.

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Bianca Marais reads from her story “The Savages Among Us”.

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Joan O’Callaghan (Amazing Days) reads from her story “Runaway”. Earlier Joan also read from “Delights in Novelty” by Brad Ling.

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The yummy food and wine provided a welcome re-fuelling for our gathering.

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John Thompson (Spirit Over Steel – MKII) reads from his story “What Fresh Hell is This?”

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Ed Piwowarczyk reads from his story “The Angels Wait”.

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M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (Windigo Fire) reads from “The Ultimate Mystery”. Earlier, Madeleine also read from “Potluck” by Lynne Murphy.

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Alex Carrick (“Four Scoops” is Over the Top) reads from his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”. Earlier, Alex also read from “Live Free or Die”, by Judy Penz Sheluk.

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Our thanks to Holly Quibbell and Thomas Cazes for providing delicious gourmet tea samples for our event!

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Thomas chats with Carrick family friend Sophia Quan.

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Below, left to right: Madeleine Harris-Callway, Donna Carrick and son Thomas Cazes.

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Donna chats with long-time friend Stephanie Bell.

Authors M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (left) and Rosemary Aubert (right) enjoy a break with friend and fellow-writer.

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We want to thank everyone who made this day a great success!

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