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THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE

Publisher: Barking Rain Press

Publication Date: July 21, 2015

Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in a tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok.

Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.

But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s journalistic suspicions are aroused.

Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme—before the murderer strikes again.

The Hanged Man’s Noose is available in print and eBook on Amazon, Chapters.Indigo, Barnes and Noble, KOBOAbeBooks.com, GooglePlay and all the usual suspects. 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00072]SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC: A Marketville Mystery (#1)

Publisher: Imajin Books

Publication Date: August 21, 2016

What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there…

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.

Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?

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SHORT STORIES

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Publication date: January 13, 2016

Available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

Appearances are often deceiving and that’s the underlying premise of this collection:

In “Live Free or Die,” naive 21-year-old Emmy falls hard for 31-year-old Jack, an efficiency expert from New Hampshire who is not all that he seems.

In “Murder in the Marsh,” cyclist Carrie Anne Camack discovers more than she bargained for in the fertile farmlands of Ontario’s Holland Marsh.

In the final story, “The Cycopaths,” a triathlon team’s open-water swim training in Collingwood, Ontario, has deadly consequences.

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UNHAPPY ENDINGS

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

Available in Kindle edition on Amazon.

We like to believe that every story has a happy ending, but in life, as in these brief slice-of-life stories, that isn’t always the case.
In Sylvia’s World, narrator Sylvia considers her life with her husband, Phil.
In Cleopatra Slippers, a sixteen-year-old girl arrives home to discover her mother has tried to commit suicide.
In Emmaline, the shortest of the three flash fiction stories at 260 words, a teenager contemplates her life while faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
The first time published as a single collection, each flash fiction story was previously published in 2005 or 2006 in THEMA, a literary journal based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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ANTHOLOGIES

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Publisher: Untreed Reads

Publication Date: October 8, 2015

Sometimes, crime occurs with the sound of a drip of poison, or the whispering whistle of a knife moving through the air. And, sometimes, it happens with a “flash and bang.”

The Short Mystery Fiction Society was formed in 1996 to promote the reading, writing and publication of short-form mystery and crime. This includes the yearly presentation of the Derringer Awards, which celebrate excellence in the writing of stories of up to 20,000 words in length.

With over 1,600 members worldwide, SMFS represents a unique pool of authors. Now, the Short Mystery Fiction Society is pleased to present all-new stories for its first-ever anthology of stories in the short form—Flash and Bang.

From Vikings to ancient Chinese judges, diners to pawn shops, and a variety of gumshoes and amateur sleuths, Flash and Bang not only represents a wide variety of tales, but also serves as a showcase for a sampling of the incredible talent in the SMFS ranks.

Within these pages are contributions from Herschel Cozine, Bobbi A. Chukran, Su Kopil, P.A. De Voe, Laurie Stevens, Tim Wohlforth, Suzanne Berube Rorhus, Sandra Murphy, Julie Tollefson, O’Neil De Noux, John M. Floyd, JoAnne Lucas, Andrew MacRae, Judy Penz Sheluk, Albert Tucher, Earl Staggs, Barb Goffman, BV Lawson and Walter Soethoudt.

Here’s a review by SFMS member/blogger Kevin Tipple.

Flash and Bang is available in print and ebook from Untreed Reads, as well as all the usual suspects, including Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and Chapters.Indigo.

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THE WHOLE SHE-BANG 2 

Edited by Janet Costello

Publisher: Sisters in Crime – Toronto

Story: PLAN D

Publication Date: November 20, 2014

A second anthology from the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, featuring crime fiction short stories by members of Sisters in Crime in Canada. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wholeshebanganthology, and for a list of authors and their websites (where available) visit http://torontosistersincrime.ca/shebang.html.

Here’s what some authors are saying about The Whole She-Bang 2:

“The Whole She-Bang 2 is wonderful! With accomplished short stories that range from hilarious to gruesome to downright unsettling, this is a collection sure to appeal to any taste. It does Canada’s female crime writers proud.” Louise Penny, New York Times Bestselling author.

“Are the stories in this new collection by Sisters in Crime ingenious? Check. Well-written? Check. A delight, a surprise, and unputdownable, story after story? Check, check, and check. If ever there was an anthology worth checking out, this is it.” Scott Mackay, Arthur Ellis Award winner for best short mystery fiction.

“Thoughtful, well-written and above all, entertaining, this collection of short stories by established and up-and-coming crime writers is as Canadian as a polite little murder on a winter’s afternoon.” Elizabeth J. Duncan, award-winning author of the Penny Brannigan series.

And on December 19, 2014, The Globe and Mail included The Whole She-Bang 2 to it’s “Must-Read” list! Read the review here.

The e-book version of The Whole She-Bang 2 is available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, B&N and Smashwords. The print version is available at participating booksellers, including Amazon and Sleuth of Baker Street

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Edited by Donna & Alex Carrick

Publisher: Carrick Publishing

Story: LIVE FREE OR DIE

Publication Date: October 25, 2014 (Kindle and print). 2015 (other e-formats)

Featuring such exceptional authors as Kevin Thornton, Bloody Words finalist Joan O’Callaghan, John Thompson, M.H. Callway, Steven Moore and Arthur Ellis Award winner Melodie Campbell, the second in Carrick Publishings’ Excerpt Flight Deck series will contain more than twenty original crime fiction stories, ranging from light and humorous to dark and psychological. You can find an excerpt from LIVE FREE OR DIE by clicking on this link.

50 words: World Enough and Crime, multi-author anthology. Carrick Publishing. “A diverse collection of well written stories including such leaders of this challenging form as Rosemary Aubert, Melodie Campbell, Anne Barton, Rosemary McCraken and Donna Carrick. The author gets a brief shot on goal to score with a reader in this form. Excellent storytelling that keeps you reading.” Don Graves, book reviewer.

World Enough and Crime is currently available on Amazon (print) and Kindle

COOKBOOKS

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Edited by Lois Winston

Publication Date: October 2015

Recipe: Easy Peasy Veggie Lasagna

Have you ever wished you could find more time to do the things you want to do, rather than just doing the things you have to do? Most authors juggle day jobs and family responsibilities along with their writing. Because they need to find time to write, they look for ways to save time in other aspects of their lives.

Cooking often takes up a huge chunk of time. In We’d Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips you’ll find easy, nutritious recipes for meat, poultry, pasta, soup, stew, chili, and vegetarian meals. All of the recipes require a minimum of prep time, freeing you up to read, exercise, garden, craft, write, spend more time with family, or whatever.

The authors who contributed to this book are a rather creative and resourceful bunch when it comes to carving out time from their busy lives. So in addition to timesaving recipes, within the pages of this book you’ll find timesaving and organizational tips for other aspects of your life. And if you happen to be a writer, you’ll also find a plethora of great ideas to help you organize your writing life.

See some of the recipe photos on Pinterest.

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BAKE, LOVE, WRITE

Edited by Lois Winston

Publication Date: September 2014

Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake

What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on writing, and their advice on love and relationships.

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Bake, Love, Write is available on Amazon (print), Kindle, B&N, Kobo and iBooks.

Find Judy Penz Sheluk on Amazon and on Goodreads