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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, 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: Living With Death, by Carolyn Dale

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing

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

~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:
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World Enough and Crime — Our authors and their stories

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

EDF2 World Enough COVER PNGOn October 26, Carrick Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of our latest Excerpt Flight Deck anthology: WORLD ENOUGH AND CRIME. Poet Michael C. Slater kicks off the collection with his piece titled “Crime…Noun”.

Michael C. Slater loves words. It all started in grade school with vocabulary tests. Sometimes, it was augmented by having to copy the dictionary when “in trouble” and even more words were learned. Currently, Michael tries to capture emotions he sees on display with words instead of a camera.

Michael Slater’s poetry appeared in our first multi-genre anthology, EFD1: Starship Goodwords. We were delighted when he offered to contribute Crime…Noun to kick off our 2014 crime anthology.

Visit Michael at Facebook
or Tweet with him @MikeCSlater

a- carrpub DonnaDoctor Shediac
When a thirty-year-old murder drags Detective Mallory Tosh back into a past she’d prefer to leave buried, she is forced to choose between childhood loyalties and adult conscience, in the case of Doctor Shediac.

Donna Carrick is the author of The First Excellence (winner of the 2011 Indie Book Event Award), Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, available in both paperback and e-book. Her Crime Anthologies, Sept-Îles and other places and Knowing Penelope, are available for e-readers.

Her story “Watermelon Weekend”, featured in Thirteen (Carrick Publishing), was shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award, 2014.

Visit Donna at her Website
or at her Amazon Author Page

The Case of the Carriageless Horse
Moore’s loveable detectives, Dao-Ming Chen and Rolando Castilblanco, make their appearance in this prequel to the gripping Chen & Castilblanco series.

Steve Moore writes sci-fi, mysteries, thrillers, short stories, and book reviews. At last count, he has written thirteen novels, including one novel for young adults. He also has two short story collections. His stories reflect his keen interest in the diversity of human nature that he has observed in his different abodes across the U.S. and in South America as well as in his European travels for work and pleasure.

His interests include physics, mathematics, forensics, genetics, robotics, and scientific ethics. He also has an active blog where he comments on current events and their meaning to the U.S. and the rest of the world, and posts opinions about writing and the publishing business from the perspective of an indie author.

Steve and his wife now live just outside of New York City.

Visit him at his website:

Cover Girl
When private detective Mel Ramone and her somewhat obtrusive assistant Tony are commissioned to locate Colonel Beckwith’s missing wife, we learn that appearances can, indeed, sometimes be deceiving.

Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell has had a decidedly checkered past. Don’t dig too deep. You might find cement shoes.

Her crime series, The Goddaughter, is about a wacky mob family in Hamilton aka The Hammer. This has no resemblance whatsoever to the wacky Sicilian family she grew up in. Okay, that’s a lie. She had to wait for certain members of the family to die before writing The Goddaughter.

The Goddaughter’s Revenge won her a 2014 Derringer (US) and the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in Canada. She has won seven more awards for stories which have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Over My Dead Body, Flash Fiction Online, and more. Publications total over 200 and include seven novels. By day, she is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Visit Melodie at her Website
or at her FunnyGirlMelodie BlogSpot

The Prime Suspect
Sounds…sounds…nothing but a wall of killing sound! In this diabolical thriller, Aubert shows us how noise pollution can sometimes be death to the senses.

Rosemary Aubert is the author of the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series and her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill. She is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, winning in both the novel and short-story categories. She appears in the acclaimed short story collection Thirteen. Rosemary is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Mystery Writers of America. She conducts a much-in-demand writers’ retreat at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, each summer, as well as mentoring writing students at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

As a hobby, Rosemary studies math and science and has recently completed her second stint attending lectures at the International Summer School at Cambridge University in England. She intends to use some of this math knowledge in future works. Rosemary is an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, where she promotes Canadian writing and encourages other writers like herself.

Visit Rosemary at her Website for more information.

What Fresh Hell is This?
Timon Dexter Chiseldon emerged from a riotous nightmare of angry faces to a waking nightmare of stench, uproar, and pain. His eyes opened first. Reports from his other senses queued up close behind to also demand immediate attention.
So begins the riotous tale of Timon Chiseldon in this terrifying tale of another century.

John Thompson was born into a Canadian Air Force family in 1959, served in the Canadian Army for 13 years, and was a researcher and commentator with the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and Mackenzie Institute from 1985 to 2014. He currently still sits on the officer’s association of his old regiment and is a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

Look for the 75th Anniversary Edition of his critically acclaimed Spirit Over Steel, a chronology of the Second World War (MK II).

The Savages Among Us
What could be more frightening than a home invasion? When the family gardener, Themba, passes through the kitchen doorway, it comes as no surprise.

Bianca Marais is a South African who moved to Toronto in 2012. She has aspirations of: writing great books, training her Golden Retriever to poop directly into the lemon-scented bags from PetSmart, and finding out once and for all what the plural of “moose” is. Also, she was once bitten by a giraffe. True story.

Visit Bianca at her Website:

When financial advisor Pat Tierney befriends a client, the friendship leads her into murky professional waters.

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based journalist, specializing in personal finance and the financial service industry. So it’s not surprising that Pat Tierney, the protagonist of Rosemary’s mystery series, is a financial advisor with a knack for wading into criminal conspiracies.

Safe Harbor, the first novel in the series, was shortlisted for Britain’s Debut Dagger Award in 2010. It was published by Imajin Books in 2012, followed by Black Water in 2013. “The Sweetheart Scamster,” a Pat Tierney short story in the crime fiction anthology Thirteen, was a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award.

Jack Batten, the Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat “a hugely attractive sleuth figure.”
Visit Rosemary’s website
and her blog

Delights in Novelty
When Mia can no longer bear the scent of Colin’s infidelity, she takes olfactory matters into her own hands.

Brad Ling is the author of two novels and over a dozen screenplays. As a scriptwriter he’s represented by Integral Artists and his prize-winning scripts have been optioned as potential movies and television series.

His history as a storyteller began as a film director. His short film Johnny in Limbo was showcased at the Canadian International Annual Film Festival and he directed several episodes of the Global TV show Going Green for Green.

His latest novel The Doll Nest is a dark psychological tale about the extremes a mother will go to protect the most important person in her life.

Connect with Brad Ling on Facebook.

When a troubled woman throws herself in front of a downtown train, homeless teen Jed and his friend Pitbull discover a USB key that spells danger…for Jed!

Joan O’Callaghan is an award-winning educator at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

She is the author of three educational books as well as two e-shorts: “George” and “For Elise” (Carrick Publishing).

Her short story “Stooping” to Conquer appeared in the 2012 Anthology EFD1: Starship Goodwords (Carrick Publishing) and “Sugar ‘N’ Spice” was published in Thirteen (Carrick Publishing, 2013). Her story “Runaway” won third prize in the 2014 Bony Pete contest.

Connect with Joan on Facebook
or at her Website Teaching Days and Dates

a- carrpub JudyLive Free or Die
Emerald should have spotted trouble the day Jack came to town in his green suit. But the heart is near-sighted, and Emmy never saw the punch line coming…

As a full-time freelance writer for more than a decade, Judy Penz Sheluk’s articles have appeared regularly in U.S. and Canadian publications. She is also the Editor of Home BUILDER Magazine, and the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal.

Judy’s first mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, is coming out in Summer 2015 from Barking Rain Press. Her short story, “Plan D”, is included in the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime anthology, The Whole She-Bang 2 (November 2014).

Find Judy at
and on Facebook.

Writer’s Block
Enoch and his wife Portia have a comfortable life…except for that pesky case of writer’s block he suffers. But when a hunter’s arrow barely misses Enoch’s head, he discovers that writing can be a dangerous profession.

Kevin Thornton is a five-time Arthur Ellis Award finalist, a short story writer and a published poet of work that actually rhymes. Born in Kenya, he counts North America as the fourth continent where he has lived and worked. He now resides in the frozen north of Canada. It is well named.

His ramblings and strange sense of humor may be found at
and on Facebook

Carol has always loved the holiday season. But when, after being in Finland for years, she returns to Canada to spend Christmas with her sisters and aging mother, why does Nick not accompany her? And why must Carol keep her mysterious husband’s career a secret?

Jane Petersen Burfield was a co-winner of the Bony Pete Short Story Award in 2001 for her first story, “Slow Death and Taxes”. After several years of success with the Bloody Words story contest, she decided writing was a misery-making but delightful challenge. She has had short stories published in Blood on the Holly and Bloody Words, the Anthology, as well as in Thirteen, an anthology of Crime Stories. (Carrick Publishing, 2013)

Jane is honored to be a member of Mesdames of Mayhem, and looks forward to the creative buzz that comes from an association of women writers.

Connect with Jane Burfield at her Website .
Or on Facebook

Ghost Protocol
When Virgil, in his disguise as “Algernon P. Stoblenski”, blusters his way past security at Stoblenski Arms, no one suspects that his watch tells him more than just the time.

Angie Capozello has been fascinated by ghosts ever since she was a child, having spent weekends at her grandparents’ haunted hunting lodge. She’s been researching the myths and science around ghosts ever since, and will write about them in any genre she can get away with. She also has a green thumb, likes blacksmithing, archery, and firmly believes one can never have too many books. She currently lives in Pennsylvania, in a very old house.

Visit Angie at her Website:

The Angels Wait
True enough, no one would ever accuse Blake of being a “nice guy.” Still, it wasn’t his fault Holly had died last Christmas, was it? Besides, Gabrielle was worth the snowy drive north, even on Christmas Eve. If only Blake wasn’t feeling quite so…ill.

Ed Piwowarczyk is a veteran journalist who has worked as an editor for the National Post and the Toronto Sun, and as an editor and reporter for the Sault Star. A lifelong fan of crime fiction, he is also a film buff and wrote a weekly movie quiz for the Toronto Sun. He plays in the Canadian Inquisition, a Toronto pub trivia league. Ed lives in Toronto with his wife, Rosemary McCracken, author of the Pat Tierney mystery series.

“The Angels Wait” is his first published work of fiction.
Connect with Ed on Facebook.

The Ultimate Mystery
Author Callway builds a terrifying world of black tunnels and endless labor, where Lily and her “mother”, Maria, toil endlessly. But events take an exhilarating turn when Lily, quite literally, discovers light at the end of her tunnel.

M. H. Callway is the pen name of award-winning author Madeleine Harris-Callway.

Her short stories have been published in several crime fiction anthologies and magazines. Her debut novel, Windigo Fire, was published by Seraphim Editions in September 2014.

She and her husband, Ed, share their Victorian home with a sweet, elderly cat.

Visit Madeleine at: Mesdames of Mayhem
Or on Facebook.

An Inexpensive Piece
Jacqui is falling for Sam. But, as so often happens, Sam is hesitant to commit. A simple story, right? Wrong. There’s more to Sam than meets the eye, as Jacqui is about to learn…

C. A. Rowland is an author, lawyer, speaker and teacher. She is currently working on short stories and a humorous mystery novel set in Savannah, Georgia. She’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Virginia Writer’s Club, Inc. Her short story, “The Gift”, was a semi-finalist in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2014 Short Story Contest.

Danger by Moonlight
Derek and Chad are excited by the prospect of a moonlight ride. But why was Chad’s brother, Connor, leading a riderless horse and a pack string home after midnight? And what kind of claim were those so-called miners really defending, deep in bush country?

Anne Barton is a retired veterinarian and flight instructor. She has written eight mystery novels, one autobiographical book and numerous articles and short stories. Her short story was a co-winner of the Bloody Words 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.

Mary discovers there is nothing quite like a little leverage. And Bill learns there are some disgruntled employees who are best left alone.

Andrea Kikuchi lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, with her husband and two children. Her stories have been published by the Tokyo Notice Board, Broken Jaw Press, and most recently Hard Times in the Maritimes. She teaches creative writing classes and is the co-chair of the Fog Lit Readers and Writers Festival in Saint John.

Learn more about Andrea at her Blogsite:
and at her Facebook Page

Bessie’s worms are back on the scene, and this time they’re spicing up the compost! But when the ladies of Golden Elders Seniors’ condo decide to experiment, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the Reverend Carp from unearthing the truth.

Lynne Murphy is a retired journalist who has been reading and writing mysteries for many years. She helped found the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in crime, which led to her joining a writing group, which led to her becoming one of the Mesdames of Mayhem. Her short story, “Saving Bessie’s Worms”, was published in the Mesdames anthology, Thirteen, an anthology of Crime stories. (Carrick Publishing, 2013) Her story “The Troublemaker” appears in the Sisters in Crime anthology, The Whole She-Bang.
Lynne lives in a condo in Toronto and she has found life there to be an inspiration for her stories.

Easter Aches
Things are usually pretty quiet at the nurses’ station in the Kimberly Acres seniors’ home. But when an attractive stranger, Richard Delaney, comes to inquire about the Gaudette family history, retired copy Artie Rusnak is only too happy to tell him about the recent poisonings.

Jayne Barnard lives in Calgary, Alberta, in the angle between the Bow and Elbow Rivers, in a solar-powered urban cottage with computers, cats, and many books. When not writing, she can often be found promenading in Steampunk gear or Edwardian costume with others of her tribe.

Connect with Jayne on Facebook
or at her Blogsite

The Peace of Mind Thief
Most of the townspeople of Quiet Bay were upset. A certain Mr. Gary Willikers was in the process of building an enormous structure on land that most people had taken for granted was public property. But what was the hideous structure G. Willikers took such passionate interest in? And why did it cause such a kerfuffle in the sleepy burb?

In 1985, Mr. Carrick became employed as Chief Economist with CanaData, a product line of Reed Construction Data, based in Atlanta. He is frequently quoted by major news outlets. His online video analyses are a popular feature with the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce.

Alex is also an award-winning short story writer. He has twice received Honorable Mention in the international Lorian Hemingway Competition. In the summer of 2012, his personal blog was chosen Writing Website of the Week by Writer’s Digest.
Carrick Publishing, which Alex manages jointly with his wife Donna, has published nearly 100 anthologies, fiction and non-fiction works by a variety of talented authors.

Visit Alex at his Website: .

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***
(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

Coming soon: World Enough And Crime — the second in our EFD Anthology Series!

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

EFD2 World Enough Cover FINALAnd now, at last, EFD2 is on the runway!

With a fabulous cover by our own designer Sara Carrick, World Enough and Crime, our multi-author Crime anthology, is well underway.Excerpt-Flight-Deck-Final-Logo

Featuring such exceptional authors as Kevin Thornton, Bloody Words finalist Joan O’Callaghan, John Thompson, M.H. Callway, Steven Moore and the Arthur Ellis Award winner Melodie Campbell, this second in our Excerpt Flight Deck series is sure to be a hit with Crime lovers!

With an original introductory poem (can’t reveal the author yet!), this book will contain more than twenty original stories, ranging from light and humorous to dark and psychological.

As the title suggests, there will be tales set all over the globe, and a couple will take place off-world! There will even be a highly humorous story involving a “pot” luck party! (Lynne Murphy)

So many wonderful authors will be featured. We’re thrilled to have stories by a talented crime-writing duo, Rosemary McCracken (Pat Tierney mystery series) and Ed Piwowarczyk, long time newspaper editor and debut fiction author.

And yes, there will be stories by both Donna & Alex Carrick!

As soon as all contracts are in hand, rest assured we will reveal the full author list!

Meanwhile, watch for this one, folks. It’s a collection you won’t want to miss!

EFD2: World Enough and Crime will be available Fall 2014 in Print and Kindle Editions. Other e-Editions will follow in 2015!

EFD2: Crime Antho Submissions are now open!

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

**DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2014**

Effective Thursday, June 12, 2014, we’ll begin accepting submissions for our second Excerpt Flight Deck Anthology, EFD2. Now the fun can begin for active members of the Excerpt Flight Deck FaceBook group:

This collection will include short Crime Fiction stories between 800 and 6,000 words in length.

Each installment will be footnoted with an author photo, brief bio, a link to the Amazon author page and/or website link, and an editor’s note about the author’s use of genre.

This ambitious project is possible thanks to the experience Carrick Publishing has acquired through our own literary endeavors and the work we’ve done for our Associated Authors .

This exciting opportunity will be open at no cost to EFD group members only.

    Submission Guidelines:

1- Author must be an active member of the FaceBook group “Excerpt Flight Deck for Readers and Authors”, hosted by Donna & Alex Carrick of Carrick Publishing. If you are not already a member, please join prior to submitting your story.

2- Submission must be previously unpublished in e-book or electronic format.

3- Author must possess full copyright and must be the author of the work. Public domain work is not eligible.

4- Carrick Publishing will be granted exclusive copyright for publication and e-publication of the work. This exclusive copyright will remain in effect for 2 years after the date of publication of the anthology. In other words, the author will not publish or e-publish or cause the submitted work to be published or e-published elsewhere.

2 years after the publication of the anthology, copyright will revert to the author and will then be shared by Carrick Publishing and the author.

This is critical to ensure we comply with Amazon Kindle’s strict copyright policies. Also, from time to time we may enroll the anthology in KDP Select to ensure broadest exposure. This means it must not be available anywhere else in e-Format.

Once the two-year period has expired, the author will be free to re-publish the work in print or electronically.

5- Each contributing author will receive an equal share of the Net Royalty Earned. Carrick Publishing will retain 50% of that Net Royalty Earned. The balance will be distributed to contributing authors when received by Carrick Publishing.

In addition, each author will receive exposure via Kindle links within the ebook, as well as being offered exposure at our site as an “Associated Author” for not less than one year following the anthology publication date.

The author will also receive full credit as author on the Amazon Kindle selling page, or any other selling page associated with the Anthology.

6- Carrick Publishing will retain this shared copyright and will be free to reproduce the work in other formats down the road if so desired, including but not limited to e-Pub edition, print or audiobook. Author will continue to receive full credit each time the work appears in any format.

7- Crime Fiction Short Stories are welcome for submission. Canadian publishing laws will prevail. (No hate literature or material of an extremely offensive nature will be considered.)

For purposes of this anthology we ask that you eliminate all ultra-violence and explicit sex from your submission. The editors will employ their discretion regarding such issues as strong language.

8- To ensure a high quality product for readers, Carrick Publishing will reserve the right to copy-edit as needed.

9- Size of entries:

Short-Stories: Crime fiction — maximum 6000 words.


Send your submission in Word doc format to CarrickPublishing @ rogers . com . (Remember to remove all spaces.)

In the subject line say: EFD2 — EXCERPT FLIGHT DECK SUBMISSION
We will be reviewing all submissions in August and will get back to you at that time.

Thank you in advance for participating! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Our very best regards,
Donna & Alex Carrick


Exciting news from Donna Carrick and Carrick Publishing!

Posted on: April 26th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

Donna CarrickSome 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.

Mesdames-Thirteen-Cover-187x300I 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!

It was indeed a great night for the Mesdames of Mayhem, and for Carrick Publishing as well!
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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.

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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.