Publishing in the 21st Century

Announcing Dead to Writes, the Podcast!

Posted on: December 10th, 2017 by Carrick Publishing No Comments

Join us today at and subscribe to our Podcast Dead to Writes for fabulous content updated throughout 2018!

*  Short stories for our #ReadersOnTheRun

*  Interviews with many of your favorite authors

*  Tips for writers on the art, publishing and marketing your work.

*  Fantastic contest prizes via our Facebook page: Dead to Writes!

13 Claws Pre-Launch Party and Give-aways!

Posted on: September 9th, 2017 by Carrick Publishing


Join the fun! Our **Book Give-away** Promotion is underway.

Enter our weekly Pre-Launch draw!
Simply send us an email: MesdamesMayhem @ gmail . com (Remove spaces.)
Each week, we’ll give away:
2 e-copies (Kindle or e-pub) of Thirteen, our 1st anthology
2 e-copies of 13 O’Clock, our 2nd Crime Anthology
1 Print Edition of 13 O’Clock

Hope to see you on Oct. 28 (2pm ET) at Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore for the launch of 13 Claws!

As we steam forward to the October 28 launch of 13 Claws, the Mesdames of Mayhem have teamed up with Carrick Publishing to present a series of special promotions!

Be sure to visit our Facebook Event

13 Claws Pre-Launch Party

often to enter for your chance to win books and e-books by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Join us Oct. 28 for the Launch Party – 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Carrick Publishing


Join us at the Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore:
2 – 4pm ST
907 Millwood Rd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Come meet our talented authors.

Bring your friends to peruse Toronto’s best Crime Bookstore!

There will be plenty of refreshments to make this a special event, so mark your calendar.


Holy Menagerie! The Mesdames of Mayhem, a group of established, acclaimed Canadian crime writers, have teamed up with three talented newcomers to create a book to add to your library favorites!

“A great mix of shuddery dark and tongue-in-cheek funny. What devious minds all these nice women have.”
~ Maureen Jennings, author of Murdoch Mysteries, the Tom Tyler series and Christine Morris Books.

13 Claws includes 17 fantastic tales (pun intended), featuring cats, dogs, dragons and snakes!

With thrillers, cozies and mysteries of every variety, 13 Claws is sure to find a sweet spot with crime lovers.

M.H. Callway, Mesdames of Mayhem Founder, contributing author and Afterword
Donna Carrick, contributing author, editor and Foreword
Ed Piwowarczyk, contributing author, copy editor

13 Claws Authors:
Catherine Astolfo
Rosemary Aubert
Jane Petersen Burfield
M.H. Callway
Melodie Campbell
Donna Carrick
Lisa de Nikolits
Catherine Dunphy
Marilyn Kay
Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Rosemary McCracken
Lynne Murphy
Mary Patterson
Ed Piwowarczyk
Rosalind Place

Join us November 6 at the Sleuth of Baker Street Bookstore!

Posted on: October 2nd, 2016 by Carrick Publishing



January event ~ Toronto launch of Maverick Publisher: J. Patrick O’Callaghan, A Life in Newspapers

Posted on: January 9th, 2016 by Carrick Publishing

Carrick Publishing is proud to bring you this historically relevant memoir from one of Canada’s leading print publishers: J. Patrick O’Callaghan.

Born in the Republic of Ireland, J. Patrick (Pat) O’Callaghan became one of the giants of print journalism in Canada and beyond. He believed fervently in the role of a vigorous and free press in a democratic society and was quick to confront and expose any encroachment on that freedom by government or other agencies.

These memoirs are dedicated to those journalists who share his ideals, his integrity, and his moral imperative.

Join us at the Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University, Room RCC 103, 80 Gould St., Toronto

When: Thursday, Jan. 21, 5-7pm EST
MC: Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail

Refreshments will be available!

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It’s been a stellar 5 years for Carrick Publishing. We celebrated that Anniversary in Sept/15. It’s been our honour and pleasure to have worked with many talented authors, helping them bring their stories to the world.

We want to thank our readers and authors for their dedication to the enduring world of words.
Donna & Alex Carrick
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Our wishes for a wonderful Holiday!

Posted on: December 18th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing

From our house to yours, and all the stops in between…
Christmas 2016 Holiday Greeting

Carrick Publishing celebrates 5 fantastic years!

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing

Donna Launch Thirteen

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

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

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!