Sweet Success for Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten

By: Darby Karchut 

Congratulations to Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten! PANAMA’S GOLD, a thriller set in the forests of central Panama, won the first place for Adult Fiction-Novellas, in the New Mexico Press Women’s Communication Contest. PANAMA’S GOLD is a novella contained within the anthology, MELTINGPOT (October 2020, Sydnie Beaupré, Publisher). 

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ABOUT THE NOVELLA: Chen Zhou, the protagonist, represented his company and a Chinese gang in Panama in 2018. His objective is to secure an economic advantage for his country with raw materials critical in manufacturing smartphones, digital cameras, computer parts, and in the renewable energy technology industry, military equipment industry, glass-making, and metallurgy. Chinese gangs are running investments and infrastructure development in Panama. Lanny Mitchell, a youthfully American retired environmental lawyer as the antagonist, revisits Panama, to test her idea of becoming a resident ex-pat. She unexpectedly encounters ecological issues and the activities of the gangs… Finding the answer to environmental and economic concerns and helping friends drive the action to a surprising finish, with enough clues to hint at a follow-on adventure.  Copies of the anthology may be purchased through Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS   Award-winning authors Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten live in Corrales, New Mexico, and have collaborated on a number of short stories and two novellas. The authors are grateful for their recent award and hopes the piece’s inclusion in the fund-raising anthology, MELTINGPOT, will generate more donations to The Douglas Foundation. Be sure to follow the authors on Sandi’s Facebook and author page and on Jim’s Facebook and author page.


Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her latest book (lucky number thirteen), DEL TORO MOON, released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at her website.

Panama's Gold