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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!

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!