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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 judypenzsheluk.com, 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.

Claudette Jeffrey - author photo
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.

World Enough And Crime ~ daily Feature: The Ultimate Mystery, by M.H. Callway

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

Donna Sara3 June14***Coming soon***
WORLD ENOUGH AND CRIME***,
(Carrick Publishing, Fall 2014)

At Carrick Publishing, we’re thrilled to be working once again with a group of talented professional authors. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re not there yet, but by October we’ll be ready for the release of this exceptional Crime anthology!

Meanwhile, allow us to whet your anticipation. Leading up to the launch of EFD2: World Enough And Crime, we’ll feature daily “snippets” from each of the tantalizing stories.

Stay tuned, folks! This is but the first of many delightful excerpts to follow:

EFD2 - World Enough EXCERPT Callway

Readers on the Couch: Why do people love mysteries? ~ guest blogger Cecilia Dominic

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by Carrick Publishing 1 Comment

The Mountain's ShadowFirst, a huge thank you to Donna Carrick for inviting me to write this post!

As a psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist, I hear the following three complaints most often in my practice:

1. I can’t sleep.
2. My mind won’t stop racing.
3. Why is this anxiety/depression/sleep problem happening to me?

I address the first two a lot. The third one doesn’t come up quite as often because people, being naturally curious about themselves and their own lives and minds, usually have a good idea of how their sleep problems started. However, when I ask if they can think of what kicked off their insomnia, about ten to twenty percent of patients frown, wrinkle their noses, and eventually admit they can’t say why or give some vague answer like “stress, but my life has always been stressful, so I’m not sure that’s it.” Some are very distressed that they can’t figure out the origin of the problem because, as human beings, we like to have explanations. Knowing why gives us a sense of control.

According to writing professionals, people love mysteries because it’s fun to play along with the detective to solve the puzzle, they like to know about why the murderers did what they did, and it’s a safe way to satisfy the thrill-seeker in all of us. They satisfy us on a deeper level when justice is served, and everything turns out, if not okay, then as okay as they’re going to be in a satisfying way. The appeal of mysteries goes beyond the good/evil story, though. I also believe they give us a safe place to explore the question of why bad stuff happens.

The mystery at the heart of the plot of my debut novel The Mountain’s Shadow, which was released October 1 by Samhain Publishing, is what happened to the main character’s grandfather and why, but the broader issue faced by the heroine Joanie Fisher, a behavioral health researcher who has just lost her job, is, “Why did all this awful stuff happen to me?” Isn’t this a question we all face at some point?

Part of my heroine’s struggle is that the answer lies in her own genetics, and the disorder she’s been researching takes on a frightening personal significance. Some might argue that this was a convenient happenstance for the purpose of story, but it grew out of experience. We had a running joke in graduate school that we study what we struggle with, so, for example, those of us on the alcohol research team had latent drinking problems. We didn’t, at least not any more than your average psychology graduate student, but you can bet it was something I thought about. I suspect that a lot of us who go into psychology wonder at times if we did it to fix something we don’t like about ourselves.*

In mystery novels, one of the fun parts is figuring out the motivation of the villain. My favorite villains are the ones whose reasons for killing, robbing, or other illegal behavior go beyond monetary gain or pure badness. Sure, sociopaths are interesting – to a point – and they can be very entertaining when matched up against their polar opposite (e.g., Holmes and Moriarty as portrayed in the recent BBC series Sherlock – sorry, but it’s been ages since I read the books, and I don’t remember if Conan Doyle explained Moriarty’s backstory), but for me, again, it’s got to go beyond pure good vs. evil. Even the definition is up for debate, as is explained in the book I’m currently reading, Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience and Psychotherapy. One of the questions the chapter authors keep coming back to is whether evil is just fundamentally present in some people, or if it arises from other circumstances. Several argue the latter, that people do “evil” things because of how they were raised, genetic history or biological factors, previous learning or other experiences, or societal circumstances.

So there’s another reason to enjoy mysteries: it’s hard to acknowledge the parts of ourselves that predispose us to end up in troublesome situations, but it’s fun to explore them in others. Whether it’s the genetics that make us likely to develop some sort of disorder or the mistakes parents made, we all have to face the origins of our own bad behaviors – and we all have some, although hopefully not at mystery villain level – at some point, or at least try to, and decide how to deal with it.

This brings me back to my heroine. She has to embrace, not fight against or avoid, what she is and what she learned from her past life as a researcher to rescue herself and her friends from a potentially deadly situation. She also has to face the consequences of some bad behavior in her past that eventually ended her up in her current situation. Since the big villain in the book doesn’t get revealed until the very end, I won’t tell you what that entities’ motivation is, but the apparent villain’s reasons for his actions have both evil and redemptive qualities.

So why do people enjoy mysteries? They give us a safe space to explore the questions of why bad things happen and how people overcome both external and internal factors to deal with their challenges. Who knows? Maybe thinking about what we identify with in these stories can point out areas we need to explore in ourselves, which may then lead us to some helpful explanations and growth.

* If this is the case, don’t go into psychology, just seek out your own therapy. Trust me, it’s less expensive and a lot less effort to face whatever it is than to avoid it by trying to fix it in others.

The Mountain's ShadowCecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it.

She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication.

By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each.

You can find her at:
Web page: www.ceciliadominic.com
Wine blog: www.randomoenophile.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CeciliaDominicAuthor
Twitter: @RandomOenophile

Some mistakes can literally come back to bite you.
The Lycanthropy Files, Book 1

First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.

When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, though, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can’t seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her.

Joanie’s research is the key to unraveling the mysteries of Wolfsbane Manor. However, resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left.

Warning: Some sexy scenes, although nothing explicit, and adult language. Also alcohol consumption and food descriptions that may wreck your diet.

EFD1: Starship Goodwords is coming to Print!

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

EFD1: Starship Goodwords

Good news, Anthology fans! The first in our Carrick Publishing series of anthologies, EFD1: Starship Goodwords, is coming to Print!

The expected release date is October 30. Stay tuned for availability news!

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Carrick Publishing is pleased to present: EFD1: Starship Goodwords, the first in a series of cross-genre anthologies brought to you by editors and contributing authors 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 of today’s authors.

 

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”

Excerpt from Family Recipe by Catherine Astolfo

Years after Pom-Pom disappeared, the trunk arrived at my door.

That afternoon I had Skyped the girls—young women, really—who, I can tell, I’m not stupid, are a little frustrated that their mother is still hovering. Their faces satellited in and out of the screen, frozen in cyberspace from time to time, but even through the cosmos I could feel the impatience. After two thoroughly dissatisfying conversations from different parts of the world, I went out and stood on the front porch, shivering, sneaking my last—once again—cigarette. I didn’t want any of my coats to give me away by soaking in the smell, so I was freezing to death as I inhaled the final (I swore it was) blessed smoke.

Just as I sucked out the last possible drop of nicotine, a delivery truck slid its way into the fortunately empty driveway and skidded to a halt. At first the cargo resembled a small coffin and I was not sure it was for me. But my formal title was clearly marked on top and once I’d proven my identity to the pimpled delivery boy, he left it in my front hall.

I tried twice to break open the thin wooden bars and façade in which the trunk had been delivered. Deciding to use something more efficient than my hands, I stopped by the bar, filled my glass with vodka and orange juice (the juice because it was still early), and proceeded to the garage. There I found a crowbar, an item I hadn’t known existed in the house of a politician whose hands, to my knowledge, had never even held a hammer. Back at the carton, I hacked away at the veneer until I uncovered a deep brown chest.

Exquisite engravings graced every face of the rectangular box. Beautiful figures in long sinuous gowns, male and female, danced through carved gardens from panel to panel. Their faces were slightly oriental, long hair flowing over shoulders or twisted into buns. Flowers, vines and stems intertwined over the lid and corners. An upturned brass handle, sealed with a rusty combination lock, grinned invitingly. The little trunk stood proudly on four brass claws.

Astonished by the craftsmanship of the trunk, but curious about the contents, I returned to the garage. I once more hunched over with a tool in one hand and a newly refreshed drink in the other. The pliers would not normally be strong enough to crack a lock, but this one was old and rusty and snapped after only a few minutes of muscled determination. A cloud of dust sprang into the air as I lifted the lid, forcing me to gulp quite a lot of my screwdriver in defense.

I got down on my knees and peered into the depths of the chest. It appeared to be mostly empty. A shoebox, a bunch of letters bound together with a withered elastic band, and an old photo album were its only contents. I went for the photos first. New drink in hand, I carried it to my reading chair, switched on the light, and opened it to the first page. And there, in the small black and white images, was my grandfather.

Sales Rankings — Not just a number…

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

Suits and LaddersWhether you’re in the market for a great e-book on corporate survival, like Suits And Ladders, by Suzen Fromstein, or a gripping literary thriller for the sunny summer days ahead, chances are you’ve encountered Best-Seller Rankings within the Amazon book and e-book retail machine.

How important are those rankings, really?

The answer to that question will almost certainly depend on who you ask, as experiences will vary given genre and the popularity of the author.

I believe the position of a book or e-book within its category is important, both for readers and for authors.

From my perspective as a reader, while a high ranking won’t guarantee I’ll enjoy the book, it does at least position the title where I can see it — on the category’s best-selling page at Amazon.

This alone is worth the effort of trying to manage your book’s rankings. I value it as advertising for my books. If a reader is searching for a Literary Thriller by a Canadian author, I like to believe they may discover The First Excellence thanks to it’s current placement at the top of the Kindle World Literature/Canadian list.

The First Excellence

From my point of view as an author, I’d naturally ask: Do rankings have a tangible value in terms of sales?

Again, this will depend largely on genre and the author’s existing name-recognition. From my own experience, there is a value in achieving a sales position within an on-line retail site like Amazon.

The rankings become, for want of a better phrase, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

An increase in sales will produce the desired lift in your book’s rankings.

A rise in rankings will cause your title to be displayed in the Best-Selling pages, which is valuable free advertising for your book. This will usually result in a bump in sales.

And so it goes.

But how do we achieve that initial increase in sales?

Lesser-known or Indie authors face this dilemna daily. Sadly, there is no easy answer.

However, I can tell you with some assurance that “name recognition” is the key. For those of us blazing our trails without the benefit of traditional publishers and media assistance, the path is not an easy one.

It comes down to building an effective platform. (See my previous 4-Part Series on “Today’s Author: Building a Platform”, Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV.)

In the final analysis, each of us has to be prepared to answer one question: How badly do we want to reach readers?

If getting our work into appreciative hands and minds, whether in print or e-book format, is something we are determined to accomplish, then building an effective Author Platform can help.

Donna Carrick speaks and blogs on the topics of Social Media for Authors, e-Publishing, and Independent Publishing.

Her Literary Thrillers can be found at her Amazon Author Page.

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Carrick Publishing presents: Teeter-Totter Between Lust and Murder, by Steven M. Moore

Posted on: May 25th, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

Teeter-Totter between Lust and MurderOne of the greatest benefits of being an Independent e-Publisher is enjoying the opportunity to meet a myriad of talented writers. Such is the case with my friend and fellow-author Steven M. Moore, creator of the Chen and Castiblanco Detective Series.

In his latest e-novel, Teeter-Totter between Lust and Murder, (Carrick Publishing, 2013) Steve continues the saga of your two favorite detectives as they and their companions fight the corrupting influence of the illegal weapons trade.

When Detective Chen is arrested for the murder of a senator in circumstances that seem to leave no doubt of her guilt, her partner Castilblanco helps prove her innocence.

One of the things I love about Steve’s writing is the sheer intelligence he brings to the page. His stories are action-packed and human. They feature a unique view of our world today, and an understanding of the challenges that might lie ahead, should our species survive the coming decades.

The Golden Years of Virginia MorganIn particular, his thoughtful and thought-provoking style lends itself well to the development of female characters. We saw this most sharply in The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan. (Carrick Publishing 2013)

In Teeter-Totter between Lust and Murder, we see through Chen’s eyes the struggle to maintain dignity in the face of dangerous, deeply personal and embarrassing circumstances.

I asked Steve how he has been able to so adeptly portray his female lead characters.

My question: How are you able to incorporate the female POV with such skill?

Steve’s answer: I lost my first wife in a car accident and later married again, so I had the opportunity to know very well two strong and intelligent women.

Part of the long answer: Much is revealed in my analyses on “Female Characters” (two blog posts), but I’m a people-watcher, and I watch men, women, and children. I have had many working relationships with strong and intelligent women too (you and Sara included).

Although I believe that the adage “Write what you know” is mostly bad advice (think sci-fi, for example, or most any fiction, for that matter), your characters can come to life if you incorporate what you know about the infinite variation in human beings.

Hmmmm…. Human beings… Well said, Steve. I agree whole-heartedly: any story can come to life when we, as writers, pay attention to the human element. The simplest plot can take on layers of complexity, and can give us cause to think long after we’ve turned the final page.

Such is the life’s work of Steven M. Moore, an author who deserves to be widely-read.

If you haven’t yet discovered this treasure of today’s Independent Literary world, pay a visit to his Author Page today.

Tell him Donna sent you!

Steven M. MooreBorn in California, Steve Moore reversed the adage “Go west, young man,” spending twelve years in South America and seeing some of the world before settling in the Northeast U.S. His travels provided him opportunity to study the people and cultures often portrayed in his work while his scientific background helps make the creations of his imagination seem all the more real

He has specialized in socially relevant science fiction that bridges thriller, suspense, and sci-fi genres. He now dedicates full time to writing with nine adult novels and a novel for young adults–all are sci-fi thrillers. A short story collection is also available.

For a more extensive bio, visit him at his website http://stevenmmoore.com where you will also find an active blog containing op-ed, reviews, interviews, and comments on the writing life, as well as short stories to stimulate your imagination.

Cover Art for Teeter-Totter between Lust and Murder and The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan by Sara Carrick.

COMEDY WRITER FALLS RIGHT OVER THE CLIFF ~ Melodie Campbell

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

Melodie CampbellEver make a really bad typo? I mean really bad.

My worst ever professional mistake was in an Annual Report for a one-hundred-million dollar corporation, in which an innocent little ‘t’ went missing from the word ‘assets.’ The board was not amused by “This year, we experienced an increase in corporate asses.”

Today, I found out what one little vowel can do to ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD.

Okay, REALLY uncool when you misspell the name of your own book on your own blog.

ROWENA AND THE DARK LARD is probably not the best way to get sales for a fantasy series. However, as I do write comedy, I’m thinking about a parody.

Is it okay to write a parody of your own book?

Draft one: ROWENA AND THE DARK LARD
Synopsis 1: Rowena moves back to Land’s End and opens up a bakery.
Synopsis 2: Cedric’s use of dark magic goes totally out of control, and so does his appetite.
Synopsis 3: Thane and Rowena return to Land’s End and become pig farmers.
Synopsis 4: Rowena messes up another spell that causes all who look at her to turn into donuts.
Synopsis 5: Rowena kills off Nigella Lawson in a battle with pastry rollers, and assumes the role of Prime Time Network Food Goddess .
Synopsis 6: Someone takes a totally justified whack at the author. End of series.

Rowena and the Dark Lord
Excerpt from ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD

Men’s voices again, echoing like souls lost in a fog. The mist lifted in one swift movement to disappear into nothingness. In its place, were at least a hundred men.

Bugger. I messed up.

“Houston, we have a problem,” I said out loud. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I must have pronounced one of the spell words wrong.

“Who is Houston?” Lars said.

“Romans!” Gareth hissed. He drew his sword.

“Romans?” I stared at the battle-scarred men before us. They looked exhausted. They also looked bloody, dirty and rather short. Not to mention confused.

How the heck could they be Romans?

Someone yelled “Form Square!” in—yup—that was Latin.

“What the hell?” I stared. The men came to life moving with purpose into a square. Within seconds we were facing a shield wall bristling with spears.

The man on horseback stared at me. No stirrups on his saddle. A helmet that was in history books. Definitely Roman. I stared back at him.

Romans? In this time? What the poop had I done?

“It’s a freaking temporal rift!” My laugh was strident. “Where the hell is Spock when you need him?

Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and 4 novels. She has won 6 awards for fiction.

Visit Melodie at her site: www.melodiecampbell.com
Or at her Blogsite: www.funnygirlmelodie.blogspot.ca

ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD is NOW AVAILABLE at the special introductory price of .99! (regular price $3.99, after May 1.)

Spring in Canada — a wonderful time (and place) to be a Crimewriter

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

Arthur Ellis Awards 2013

With all the buzz this month about the up-coming Arthur Ellis Short-list (Short List Events take place April 18, 2013 in cities across Canada), I’d be a naughty little Crime Writer if I didn’t pay homage to the CrimeWriters of Canada (CWC) and their exceptional work in raising the profile of the Crime Fiction and True Crime genres in our country.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FINALISTS, including my very good friends:

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: the Unhanged Arthur
William Hall, Cold Black Tide

Best Short Story
Melodie Campbell, “Life without George” in Over My Dead Body Mystery Magazine, August 2012

Best Novella
Lou Allin, Contingency Plan, Orca Rapid Reads
Vicki Delany, A Winter Kill, Orca Rapid Reads
Barbara Fradkin, Evil behind that Door, Orca Rapid Reads

Way to go — I’m so proud of each of you!

You’ll find up-to-the-minute news about the May Awards Banquet at the CWC Website.

The exciting Awards Categories include:

Best Crime First Novel

Best Crime Novel

Best Crime Novella (3-year pilot)

Best Crime Short Story

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Best Nonfiction Crime Book

For unpublished authors:

The Unhanged Arthur Award

for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Be sure to stay tuned for Short List Announcements!

Donna Carrick – April 17, 2013

Hooray for March!

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

At Carrick Publishing, we’re thrilled to (nearly) see the end of winter!

True, it’s had its moments of glory, with plenty of snowfall for the kids to enjoy and lots of socializing for the adults.

And it was a productive season, with e-Books and appearances galore! Plenty of work for this formatter, as Carrick Publishing celebrated its 50th Kindle e-Book on Amazon.

Still, this writer is craving the rejuvenating rays of Spring, and that annual burst of creative energy that comes along with it.

So, what’s on the agenda for us in the up-coming season?

By mid-March we plan to put out another cross-genre author call for the second anthology in our EFD series. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to download EFD1: Starship Goodwords for your Kindle. Don’t miss out — the e-book features 21 of today’s hottest storytellers!

Do you have a story you’d like to share? Want to see it included in our second EFD anthology?

Stay tuned for news on how to submit — to be announced at this site by March 15th!

Also in March, yours truly (Donna) will be featured in the CrimeWriters of Canada’s “Crime Time” newsletter. Watch for my article Starting from Scratch — The role of Social Media for Writers.

Are you a serious reviewer? Our EFD1 authors need exposure. For 5 days, from March 7 – 11, we’ll be offering EFD1: Starship Goodwords absolutely Free for your Kindle!

We’re so sure you’ll enjoy these authors that we invite your Amazon reviews and comments!

Also in March, we’ll be offering Knowing Penelope, a selection of 5 chilling tales by Donna Carrick, free for your Kindle. Watch for it from March 21 – 25.

From February 27 to March 3, be sure to download your Free Kindle copy of “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! by Alex Carrick.

With a fresh season just around the corner, we’re looking forward to sunshine and long, leisurely days spent writing on the back deck.

Here’s to a renewed supply of creativity!