Dear Readers It’s a Brand New Year!

New Year Kitten

Our Mesdames and Messieurs are already hard at work to bring you a new anthology later this year. And we look forward to a year of new publications, webinars and other events each month, beginning with Donna Carrick’s webinar on short story writing.


Blair Keetch

Congratulations to Blair Keetch. His Flash Fiction story “Glimmers” appeared in the online magazine Shotgun Honey on December 23rd.

Congrats to Melodie Campbell. Her sci-fi noir story,” A Ship Called Pandora”, was reprinted and featured on the cover of Black Cat Weekly Magazine Issue 14.

Melodie Campbell
Melodie Campbell
Lisa de Nikolits

Check out Lisa de Nikolits‘s latest blog post, “Goodbye to 2021! What I’m looking forward to in 2022!” on Goodreads. In the post, she gives you a sneak preview of her upcoming book Everything You Dream is Real, which is a sequel to her latest book, Rage Room. She also shares an interview she had with Chapters4Change about Rage Room.

A friendly reminder about our December books now available on Amazon:

September by Rosemary Aubert

September by Rosemary Aubert, available on kindle.

Rosemary Aubert
Rosemary Aubert

Shifting Trust by Madona Skaff-Koren, available on Amazon in paperback or kindle.

Madona Skaff
Madona Skaff

White Lightning: Prohibition and Predators. by Melissa Yi, (Melissa Yuan-Innes) Book 9 of the Hope Sze series. Available on Amazon in paperback or kindle.

Melissa Yi


Donna Carrick is giving a webinar in the Crime Writers of Canada 40th Anniversary Webinar Series. Donna will speak about Short Story Writing on January 18th, 7 pm EST. The webinar is FREE to professional and associate members of CWC. One of the many benefits the CWC provides to its Professional and Associate members is access to the Webinar Series Archive. Emerging and established writers can access an amazing array of topics from Medical Mystery Mistakes (Mme Melissa Yi) to poisonous plants to talking with a real-world detective. 

New Resource for Writers of Historical Mysteries

Attention all authors of historical mysteries: a new resource is available through the website, A Curiosity of Crime, created by Toronto writer and editor, Kerry Cathers. Kerry earned her doctorate in medieval warfare from the University of Reading. Mme Rosemary McCracken has an in-depth interview with Kerry on her blog, Moving Target.

Rosemary McCracken

Also, check out Rosemary‘s latest post on Shelley Workinger’s blog, But What Are They Eating? It will make your mouth water. Not only that, but it also provides a glimpse into Rosemary‘s time as a food critic for the Calgary Herald.

July-August Kittens with computer and books

Friendly reminder that submissions to the Derringer Short Story Awards are now open, deadline January 31st. You must be a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society to submit a story. If you are not a member, a friend who is a member may submit your story for you. For the complete submission rules, check out: The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog: Derringer Awards Policy (2018)


Stay tuned for Wow What a Year, the Mesdames’ round-up of their highlights in 2021!

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