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!
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 full Powerpoint created by Ken and Sophia Quan World Enough and Crime Ken Quan 2014 12 06
Below: Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, 907 Millwood Road, Toronto.
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.
Excellent musical background was provided by Ted Carrick.
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.
Donna takes a break with Ted and Tammy-Li Carrick.
Hard-working authors arrive early to sign copies of World Enough and Crime.
Left to right: Authors and friends Judy Penz Sheluk, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Melodie Campbell and Dave Campbell.
Donna, Ted and Tammy-Li visit with dear friend Sophia Quan.
The store was hopping with energy throughout the event.
Donna takes time out for a quick photo-op with our anthology.
Our lovely anthology among the many great crime books!
A crowded bookstore is a beautiful sight.
Dear friend Gaby Gaedecke was a very welcome guest, sharing a hug with Donna and Tammy-Li.
Sleuth of Baker Street store owner Marian Misters rings up a sale of World Enough and Crime.
Percy stands guard over the book-stash!
Melodie Campbell (The Artful Goddaughter) reads from her story “Cover Girl”.
Donna Carrick (The First Excellence) reads from her story “Doctor Shediac”.
Rosemary Aubert (Don’t Forget You Love Me) reads from her story “The Prime Suspect”.
Rosemary McCracken (Black Water) reads from her story “Antonia”.
Alex Carrick (“Five Scoops” is an Addiction) discusses the inspiration for his story “The Peace of Mind Thief”.
Bianca Marais reads from her story “The Savages Among Us”.
Joan O’Callaghan (Amazing Days) reads from her story “Runaway”. Earlier Joan also read from “Delights in Novelty” by Brad Ling.
The yummy food and wine provided a welcome re-fuelling for our gathering.
John Thompson (Spirit Over Steel – MKII) reads from his story “What Fresh Hell is This?”
Ed Piwowarczyk reads from his story “The Angels Wait”.
M.H. (Madeleine) Callway (Windigo Fire) reads from “The Ultimate Mystery”. Earlier, Madeleine also read from “Potluck” by Lynne Murphy.
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.
Our thanks to Holly Quibbell and Thomas Cazes for providing delicious gourmet tea samples for our event!
Thomas chats with Carrick family friend Sophia Quan.
Below, left to right: Madeleine Harris-Callway, Donna Carrick and son Thomas Cazes.
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.
We want to thank everyone who made this day a great success!
Some exciting news to share with you all today:
The Short-List nominees for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards (Crime Writers of Canada) were announced last night.
I was thrilled and honoured to learn that my story Watermelon Weekend from our crime anthology THIRTEEN was short-listed in the Best Short Story category, along with fellow THIRTEEN contributor Sylvia Maultash Warsh for her story The Emerald Skull. ( Carrick Publishing , 2013)
Congratulations to nominees in all categories, especially to yet another fellow-contributor, Melodie Campbell, whose book The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books) was short-listed for Best Novella!
But, you may ask, what goes into the creation of such a collection?
First, you need a project manager with a clear, realistic vision; one who can express ideas coherently. She must also possess the ability to excite others, motivating them to meet deadlines and strive for excellence.
Thank you, M.H. Callway, for sharing your creative energy!
Then, you need an outstanding group of authors. These people should ideally hail from various backgrounds, so as to offer a mix of literary ‘flavors’ that will entice readers and keep them interested throughout the book.
Our exceptional collection will include stories from 13 of Canada’s new and seasoned genre authors:
Jane Petersen Burfield
Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Our gratitude goes out to each of these gifted contributors!
Third, you need a stunning cover. We thank Sara Carrick, graphic designer extraordinaire, for her brilliant work on Thirteen!
Next, you need a core team with unending drive and a passion for words. These people must be willing to put in the hours, toiling to ensure the finished product is one all contributors can be proud of.
You know who you are; thank you.
Finally, selling books is hard work. We’d like to take a moment to thank our own Joan O’Callaghan for her tireless research into the art of book promotion. Joan, your ideas have been invaluable as we rapidly approach our release date!
Donna Carrick — August 23, 2013
Thirteen is an anthology of crime stories by the Mesdames of Mayhem, 13 Canadian Crime writers.
Kindle release: Sept. 1/13
Print release: Oct. 15/13
It is with great pride that we bring you the first in our series of ‘cross-genre’ anthologies, EFD1: Starship Goodwords, featuring more than 20 of today’s talented authors.
Now available at Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle App.
Compiled and edited by Donna and Alex Carrick, this collection includes: Mystery, Crime, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Literary, Paranormal, Science Fiction and Humor.
There’s something for every reader in this exceptional sampling.
Contributors by Genre:
Foreword, Donna Carrick
Crime Fiction, Catherine Astolfo, Family Recipe
Crime Fiction, Donna Carrick, Corner Store
Crime Fiction, Alexander Galant, Remember Me
Crime Fiction, Joan, O’Callaghan, Stooping to Conquer
Flash Fiction/Crime, M.H. Callway, Incompetence Kills
Flash Fiction/Crime, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Family Values
Flash Fiction/Literary, Kathleen Bjoran, Giving Thanks
Flash Fiction/Literary/Humor, Melodie Campbell, The Battle of Beavercoat
Poetry, A.C. Cargill, Treasures in the Attic
Poetry, Rosalind Croucher, Dance
Poetry, Sheila Jeffries, Finding Calm
Poetry, Michael C. Slater, Murmur
Persuasive Article, Paulissa Kipp, Fostering Humanity Manifesto
Literary Fiction, Melanie Robertson-King, Cole’s Notes
Literary Fiction, Tracy L. Ward, Running Parallel
Paranormal/Fantasy, Susan M. Botich, The Minstrel’s Spell
Paranormal/Horror, Dayna Leigh Cheser, The Legend of Corkscrew Swamp
Paranormal/Horror, Troy Lambert, The Mighty Pen
Paranormal/Science Fiction/Humour, Ira Nayman, The Predator’s Prerogative
Humor/Fiction, Alex Carrick, My Wife and I Argue over our Travel Plans (Hey, I’m not Cheap but…)
Humor/Anecdote, John Thompson, “Oh, Okay, and the Good Soldier Schweik”