Books by Donna and Alex Carrick

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Based in Toronto, Canada, Carrick Publishing was formed in 2010 by Donna and Alex Carrick. As dedicated authors, we’ve fully embraced the excitement of today’s independent literary scene.

With 20 titles to our credit, we bring a dynamic approach to the challenges of independent publishing. In addition to offering our own books and e-books, we’re working closely with a growing number of both established and new authors to present their work to readers.

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SEE OUR FULL LIST OF TITLES BELOW:

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“FOUR SCOOPS” IS OVER THE TOP
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36 entertaining, original short stories and poems that combine the best elements of “Two Scoops” Is Just Right and “Three Scoops” Is A Blast!

 

Alex Carrick has twice received Honorable Mention recognition (2010 and 2011) in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition for literary excellence.

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THE FIRST EXCELLENCE
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What happens when East bleeds into West – when a flower of the Orient takes root in Canadian soil?

Searching for her lost heritage, Fa-ling encounters murder, kidnapping, political intrigue and organ theft. Together with Detective Wang Yong-qi and his brilliant but uncouth partner Cheng Minsheng, Fa-ling must uncover a high-stakes kidnapping plot — before another child goes missing!

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“THREE SCOOPS” IS A BLAST!
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“Three Scoops” Is A Blast! is a collection of short stories set in the past, present and future.

While this second installment in the “Scoops” series does contain some stories about the family and the modern work environment, it branches off into somewhat longer fictional pieces than appeared in Two Scoops. These latter tales wander through time and space or consist of made-up conversations that take amusing, ironic or unexpected turns.

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THE NOON GOD
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Living in the shadow of ‘greatness’ can be a difficult thing…

Just ask Desdemona Fortune. When her father, the magnificent J. Caesar Fortune, is found murdered inside the offices of the Faculty of Art, there is no shortage of people who carried a grudge against him.

In a household pummeled by the dual forces of addiction and narcissism, Desdemona must face the fact the father she loved has hurt those closest to him.

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“TWO SCOOPS” IS JUST RIGHT
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This book contains more than just stories about the family. Some entries are dappled impressions of modern life. Some are comedy bits, with the odd gem of a punch line. Others are lighter than air and rise up like whimsy. Others still have a slightly more serious intent, with surprising twists.

These funny, short original stories first appeared on the website: http://www.alexcarrick.com.

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GOLD AND FISHES
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On December 26, 2004 the earth erupted under the waters of the Indian Ocean.

From the devastated tourist beaches of Southeast Asia to the graveyard that was Banda Aceh, Ayla sets out on a personal mission – to find her sister’s gold-hungry husband and return him to his family.

In the midst of universal tragedy, what is the value of a single life? Can Ayla expose a killer and avoid becoming the next victim as she and her team struggle to bring hope to a region that is drowning in despair?

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KNOWING PENELOPE

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5 tales of deadly intent: Volume II of the Toboggan Mystery Series. These disturbing stories will touch the reader’s sense of reality and reveal the dark forces that drive ignoble deeds.

Titles include: A Happy Customer ~ A Penelope Canon mystery; Axe Husband, a tale of love gone wrong; Low Roller ~ A Penelope Canon mystery; Prepared, about love, loss and murder; Appearances ~ which as we know can be deceiving.

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SEPT-ILES AND OTHER PLACES

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A selection of five haunting stories by Donna Carrick — Volume 1 of the Toboggan Mysteries series. Each compelling tale features a Northern locale, with characters and settings that will seem familiar to many readers.

Titles include: North On The Yellowhead, set in Saskatchewan; Dancing With Carole, Northern Quebec; Invasion, Toronto; The Night She Died, New Brunswick; Spring’s Last Skate, somewhere near Sept-Iles.

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THE PRIESTESS AND HER STROBE LIGHT BURDEN
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Two modern magic mystery tales.

“The Priestess and Her Strobe Light Burden”. A ghost story based on a family’s mysterious and often tragic history. Where are the fathers? One woman finally breaks the cycle, but must take charge and exact retribution after a terrible accident.

“Physician to Precarious Longings”. A hanky-wringing, bring-tears-to-your-eyes romance. More literary, poetic and sentimental than Mr. Carrick’s usual. One comment: “Astonishingly rich, sumptuous writing.”

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NOSTRA AND DAMUS
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“Nostra and Damus”: Pure-at-heart sisters confront evil brothers while trying to escape persecution and violence. A medieval short story/novella featuring prophecy, murder and the mysterious power of twins. Intricate plotting and a “gotcha” ending. According to one review, “rich, lavish, perhaps even cinematic”.

“Foil’s Forsaken Folio”: A young actress takes charge of her destiny in a most unseemly way. A story with a modern Shakespeare feel. A medieval murder mystery. GLEE-like with a Hamlet hero, who’s living at Lady Macbeth’s house. Intricate plotting, lots of fun.

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THE WHIPPER SNAPPER SIDE-SWIPE CAPER
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“The Whipper Snapper Side-Swipe Caper”: Can romance endure? An adventurous romp through time that mixes politics, corruption, the theater and various disasters throughout history. For a change, age gets the upper hand on youth. Fun and scary!

‎”Undeterred She Forged Ahead”: A woman artist’s attempts to stay forever young yield a love story for the ages. Her accomplice/partner is the epitome of evil, but he’s undergoing an identity crisis of his own.

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THE SEDUCTIVE CHARM OF A TENTATIVE TOUCH
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“The Seductive Charm of a Tentative Touch”: A lyrical, paranormal, murder-mystery, love-triangle novella. Meet Isabelle, Wyatt and Oliver, a supposedly college-aged threesome involved in a complicated and disturbing relationship. Situated in the exotic wild-lands north of Superior. Jealous rage, great music and poetic scenery yield chills, shivers and great fun!

“The Melancholy Fog Harvester”: A chance encounter during an evening stroll is life altering. A stranger on a bike has mysterious ecological powers and invokes memories from long ago. Two men who have experienced relationships gone bad are able to find solace in each other’s brief but revealing company. A mood piece that charms with startling imagery.

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TEN TALES OF TILTED LOVE
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Ten Tales of Tilted Love is the first in a series of short story compilations by Alex Carrick.

Chapter titles: (1) Mystery of the Witch’s Knickers; (2) Ms. Phitts and Mr. Gatheral Spar Two Rounds; (3) Real Estate Purgatory; (4) The Wizard and the Rose; (5) An Imaginary Friend of an Imaginary Friend of Mine; (6) Best Valentine’s Day Present Ever; (7) The Madame Lazonga Defense; (8) Platter and Glance; (9) Kiss Me Soft, Kill Me Quick; (10) The Ten Minute Date that Changed Everything.

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TEN TALES OF SPOTTY RUIN
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Ten Tales of Spotty Ruin is the second in a series of short story compilations by Alex Carrick.

Chapter titles: (1) One Thousand Years of Baked Goods; (2) Giving a Finger to the Moon; (3) A Father and Son Explore Some Grey Areas; (4) Herb Green Discusses His Finances in Four Letter Words; (5) Saved by a Hare’s Breath; (6) Two Men Who Thought They Knew People; (7) The Weatherman, the Economist and the Gypsy Lady; (8) Fuzzy on the Details; (9) Witness to a Backyard Execution; (10) Queen’s Jester to King’s Betterment.

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TEN TALES OF FAMILY GLUE
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Ten Tales of Family Glue is the third in a series of short story compilations by Alex Carrick.

Chapter titles: (1) My Wife and I Argue over a Plant; (2) Taking Someone Else’s Child to the Cottage; (3) Walking Daisy – Over the Dunes and Around the Bend; (4) Revenge of the Beaster Bunny; (5) My Wife and I Argue over our New i-Phone; (6) A New National Holiday Based on Doing Nothing; (7) Dancing the Family Man Shuffle; (8) Floaty Boat Weekend; (9) There can only ever be the One Dog; (10) Every Family Lives by its Sayings.

Plus three Bonus titles: (11) Marriage and Multi-taking; (12) High Finance, Carrick Family Style; and (13) Donna and I Go Hollywood.

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TEN TALES OF PEOPLE DEAR
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In this fourth volume of his “Ten Tales” series, Alex Carrick offers 10 exceptional tales of family, friends and the people we hold most dear.

Chapter titles include: (1) The Size of the Skip; (2) Why’d You Leave Me in the Lurch?; (3) The Mechanized Sorting Day of the Dead; (4) Lenny and Keith Flounder in the Shallow End; (5) In Memoriam, Life Magnifico; (6) The Lord’s Rogue Locomotive; (7) The ‘Oh I Wish I’d Been There’ Club; (8) A Dystopian View on Being Ripe; (9) Copycat Commute Concerto; (10) Undeterred She Forged Ahead.

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TEN TALES OF SUNNY LIFT
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In this fifth volume of his “Ten Tales” series, Alex Carrick pens 10 uplifting short stories that are sure to bring a smile to readers.

Chapter titles include: (1) Proper Young Ladies Should Never…; (2) The Devil Pulls a Fast One; (3) Caboose Follies; (4) The Wise Old Rooster; (5) The Ethical Auctioneer; (6) One Shot in the Hot Seat; (7) The Red-Suit Mistletoe Initiative; (8) The Tooth Fairy Must Work for the Government; (9) Spartacus the Kite; (10) One Fib Too Far.

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TEN TALES OF FROTHY PLAY
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In this 6th volume of his “Ten Tales” series, Alex Carrick presents a selection of 13 playful short stories (10 plus 3 bonus tales!) that are sure to delight.

Chapter titles include: (1) Bad Starts to the Working Day; (2) For Daisy, Life is a Stretch; (3) The Seagull Poet of Butter Bay; (4) Chasing a Murderer into Polar Bear Country; (5) Knowing when You’ve had Enough of Your Summer Holiday; (6) Canadian Male Pick-up Lines; (7) Which Letter of the Alphabet is the Funniest?; (8) A Dozen Answers to One Osama Bin Laden Mystery; (9) A Mathematical Proof Economists are Sexy; (10) Ode to Canada’s National Game (no, not hockey) as well as the Bonus Extras: (11) Spotting the Space Aliens Among Us; (12) The Most Serious Letter in the Alphabet; (13) Marshall of Cahoots.

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TEN TALES OF DARKER CORE
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In this 7th volume of his “Ten Tales” series, Alex Carrick presents a selection of 13 twisted short stories (10 plus 3 bonus tales!) that take a somewhat ironic look at relationships.

Chapter titles include: (1) Death of a Mattress; (2) Gravity’s Absence; (3) The Frightening World of Drug Disclaimers; (4) An Unfortunate Dog Walking Incident; (5) So You Think You Know Flop Sweat; (6) Pedro Martinez’ Incredible String of Good Luck; (7) A Curious Case of Bottled Up Passion; (8) That Would Be Naïve of Me; (9) The Melancholy Fog Harvester; (10) Trap; as well as the Bonus Extras: (11) I Got Robbed by a Liquor Store; (12) Reminisce Once Too Often (13) Forever Running Late.

 

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TEN TALES OF QUIRKY BENT
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Ten Tales of Quirky Bent is Volume #8 in a series of short story compilations by Alex Carrick.

Chapter titles are: 1) The Grief Machine; 2) Physician to Precarious Longings; 3) Pretty Sure What Done Him In; 4) A Beatles’ Legacy; 5) The Great Wall of America; 6) The Monkey, the Croc and the T-Rex; 7) Bullet Proof; 8 ) Anheuser-Busch the Budgie; 9) Foil’s Forsaken Folio; and 10) Ornament.

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