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Sweet Success for Trista Herring Baughman

By: Darby Karchut

Hooray for Trista Herring Baughman. She is pleased to announce her children’s fantasy, THE MAGIC TELESCOPE, is back in print! This revised second edition contains the original illustrations by Eumir Carlo Fernandez and a new cover design. Get your copy today only at Barnes & Noble Press. Keep an eye out for her upcoming books including HALLOWEEN NIGHT AND OTHER POEMS (available now on Amazon), ZOMBIESAURS, and PiRATS.

The Magic Telescope cover

ABOUT THE BOOK

Seth has his heart set on a new Gazer 3000 telescope for his birthday, but receives a second-hand one instead. He’s disappointed until he accidentally discovers that this is no ordinary telescope. Join Seth and his cat, Sinbad, on an out-of-this-world adventure! Pick up a copy from Barnes & Noble.

Trista Herring Baughman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trista Herring Baughman is a star-gazing, pirate-loving, dinosaur-digging country girl and children’s author. She grew up in Mississippi and has lived in Nebraska and Louisiana with her husband, sons, and critters. Visit Trista at www.booksbytrista.wordpress.com and follower her on Facebook and Twitter.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Barb Nickless

Cheers to Barbara Nickless! Her short story is featured in the anthology, Denver Noir (edited by Cynthia Swanson and released May 3, 2022 from Akashic Books.) Denver Noir joins over 100 volumes in Akashic’s award-winning Noir Series of location-based dark fiction anthologies. Denver local Cynthia Swanson (author of THE BOOKSELLER and THE GLASS FOREST) has pulled together 13 contributors who know the city best to pen short tales set in distinct locations from Aurora to Washington Park.

Denver Noir

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY:

From editor Cynthia Swanson: “Even a city that boasts three hundred days of sunshine a year has its sudden, often violent storms—and writers have long taken advantage of that metaphor. Renowned authors Katherine Anne Porter, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Rex Burns, Robert Greer, Michael Connelly, and Kali Fajardo-Anstine—among many others—have brilliantly portrayed this picturesque but often merciless city. Today, Denver is home to a thriving literary scene, with writers of all stripes finding inspiration in its people and streets. The authors and stories featured in Denver Noir are no exception…”

Brand-new stories by: Peter Heller, Barbara Nickless, Cynthia Swanson, Mario Acevedo, Francelia Belton, R. Alan Brooks, D.L. Cordero, Amy Drayer, Twanna LaTrice Hill, Manuel Ramos, Mark Stevens, Mathangi Subramanian, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, and Erika T. Wurth. Purchase a copy from Bookshop, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble

Barbara Nickless

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Barbara Nickless is the #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the award-winning Special Agent Sydney Parnell crime novels and now a new series, the Dr. Evan Wilding books. Learn more about Barbara at www.barbaranickless.com.

 


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for J.D.R. Hawkins

By: Darby Karchut

A double huzzah for J.D.R. Hawkins! A BECKONING HELLFIRE and A REBEL AMONG US (the second two books in the Renegade Series from Westwood Books Publishing) have been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion.  According to the indieBRAG website: “BRAGMedallion.com is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States and in ten other countries around the globe. The word “indie” refers to self-published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group.”

JDR Hawkins Brag Award

ABOUT THE BOOKS: 

During the bloody American Civil War, the stark reality of death leads one young man on a course of revenge that takes him from his quiet farm in northern Alabama to the horrific battlefields of Virginia and Pennsylvania. David Summers enlists and sets off for Richmond to join the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. But once in the cavalry, David’s life changes drastically, and his dream of glamorous chivalry becomes nothing but a cold, cruel existence of pain and suffering.

After leaving Alabama and enlisting with the cavalry, his delusion of chivalry was suddenly quashed when he saw for himself the horrors of battle. Now, after being shot and ending up at a strange farmhouse, he’s found himself being nursed back to health by four beautiful girls, and has learned that his Confederate brethren have deserted him in Pennsylvania after fighting at Gettysburg. Purchase a copy through Amazon.

J.D.R. Hawkins, headshot

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J.D.R. Hawkins is an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author. She is one of a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her “Renegade Series” tells the story of a family from Alabama before, during, and after the Civil War. Ms. Hawkins has published a nonfiction book about the war, titled HORSES IN GRAY: FAMOUS CONFEDERATE WARHORSES. She is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. Learn more about her at http://jdrhawkins.com.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Tena Stetler

By: Darby Karchut

Three cheers for Tena Stetler! Her paranormal book, A WITCH’S QUANDARY (The Wild Rose Press, 2021) has been nominated for the prestigious RONE Award in the Paranormal Short category from InD’tale Magazine! Voting in this category begins May 9th. Visit her website for more information.

A Witch's Quandary, cover

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Gale’s engagement is off because she refuses to leave her thriving business in Ireland to follow Dillon to Scotland. Her family and friends are on the emerald isle. Yet, when Dillon returns with the whole story and asks for her help, she must follow her heart.

Becoming a partner in the family law firm was never Dillon’s dream. Now it’s his nightmare. Called to Scotland, his father demands he take his rightful place in the firm or be disowned and disinherited.

During Gale and Dillon’s investigation, they discover the enforcer for the Demon Overlord is also delving into rumors the firm is acting illegally. Magic has been stolen, someone is being blackmailed, and a member of the Witch’s council is corrupt. If Gale and Dillon want a life together in Ireland, they have to unearth secrets threatening to destroy the firm and family. Purchase a copy through Books2Read.com

Tena Stetler, headshot

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award-winning paranormal tales. Some call her crazy others creative. She deals with the voices in her head by writing them down and creating a fantasy world and characters you won’t soon forget. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure, magic, and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals. Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a fifty-year-old box turtle. Visit her at www.tenastetler.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Tena Stetler

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Tena Stetler! Her latest book, AN ANGEL’S WYLDER ASSIGNMENT, was recently released from The Wild Rose Press. While still paranormal, the book is also a mix of historical, western, time-travel, and a mystery. What a Wyld ride!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An Angel's Wylder Assignment

Warrior Angel Killian Dugan’s annual trip to the family castle in Scotland is shattered by the arrival of Legion Commander North. Killian’s skills are needed for an urgent time travel assignment. A rogue demon has escaped back in time. He must stop the demon before it can damage the past and change the future.

Killian’s girlfriend Chinoah Grace, a Native American shapeshifter is included in the mission which takes them to the wild west town of Wylder, Wyoming in 1878. She’ll have her hands full fitting in.

Nothing is as it seems. They encounter visions, spirit quests, and a mysterious shaman. On top of it all, blending in as a blacksmith is more physically difficult than he imagined. But not as challenging as keeping his hands off his undercover wife. Will they complete their assignment or run out of time? Purchase a copy through Amazon and other booksellers world-wide.

Tena Stetler, headshot

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award-winning paranormal tales. Some call her crazy others creative. She deals with the voices in her head by writing them down and creating a fantasy world and characters you won’t soon forget. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure, magic, and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals. Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a fifty-year-old box turtle. Visit her at www.tenastetler.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Conference Benefits

By: Catherine Dilts

When I began my writing journey, I listened closely to advice. One universal bit of guidance was to attend writers’ conferences. The Pikes Peak Writers Conference didn’t exist when I became serious about writing fiction. I didn’t have a clue about conferences, or their benefits.

Three Bits of Universal Writing Advice:

  1. Attend a writing conference
  2. Join (or create) a critique group
  3. Write

I began #3 with consistency when I took a creative writing course at UCCS. I learned about goals and deadlines in class. The instructor suggested students form critique groups when class ended. A few of us did, and I ticked off #2 from the advice list. One member became a lifelong friend. That group faded, but I learned the value of exchanging writing evaluations with other serious writers.

After that class, I felt adrift. I craved more professional guidance. A local chapter of Romance Writers of America was the only game in town. Many folks who didn’t write romance joined. It was a lively group of serious published and aspiring authors. The learning experience was valuable, even though it wasn’t my genre.

PPWC2022 logoThen the Pikes Peak Writers Conference began in 1993. I’m foggy on precisely which year was my first, but I was definitely there in 1995. I placed second in the writing contest. I was fortunate that one of the best conferences in the nation took place in my backyard. When I attended my first conference, it knocked my socks off. And checked #1 off the advice list.

I had not yet begun my professional career, and money was tight. The scholarship was a blessing. The welcoming atmosphere helped me believe I belonged. I hung out with my critique group. We fancied ourselves up-and-coming authors. We pursued agents and editors with our amazing stories. It was emotionally awesome.

I was certain I was on my way. I eagerly drank from the firehose of information, wisdom, and encouragement. Over twenty-five years ago, my world was small. The PPW Conference kicked in doors and opened windows I hadn’t even known existed.

Three Benefits of Attending a Conference:

  1. Education
  2. Encouragement
  3. Networking with professionals

Seventeen years later, I finally achieved my goal. I became a published author. I now have nine traditionally published novels, and a dozen published short stories. There are many reasons it took me that long to “arrive.” (Among them are the long stories behind my multiple name changes.) But the fact that I arrived at all, even after that length of time, owes a lot to my early dedication to PPWC.

If you have never attended a writers’ conference, I encourage you to consider PPWC. I wish for you the excitement I felt. Believing that all things are possible. Finding acceptance no matter where you are in your writing development. To make connections with people who understand your brand of crazy. To learn more than you ever thought possible.

Best Things I Got from Conferences:

  1. Friends – Julie was standing in the hallway at her first PPWC. My critique partner Joyce suggested we talk to her. So we did. Later Beth and Sharon attended PPWC with us. And we’ve all been friends ever since.
  2. Finding my tribe – realizing I belonged as a writer.
  3. Professionalism – learning to treat writing as a career, not a hobby.

At your first conference, you might feel like you’re drinking from a firehose. Some things may not apply to your journey. Others may not make sense the first time around. But I’m guessing you’ll feel the same exhilaration combined with exhaustion that I did. Conference might be the spark that gets you going, or keeps you going, to eventual publication.

My journey had a lot of detours and dead ends. I finally arrived, and I owe much of my determination to those early conferences. PPWC was a life-changing experience for me.


Catherine Dilts headshotCATHERINE DILTS prefers writing cozy mysteries and short stories surrounded by flowers on her sunny deck, but any day – and anywhere – spent writing is a good day. Author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, and the stand-alone Survive Or Die with Encircle Publications, Catherine also writes for Annie’s Publishing, contributing three books for the Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library and two for the new Annie’s Museum of Mysteries series. Her short story HazMat Holiday appears in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine January/February 2022 issue. Visit her website here.

Sweet Success for Debbie Burke

Until Proven Guilty, by: Debbie Burke

Hooray for Debbie Burke! Her latest thriller, UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, was recently released from Media Management LLC (March 2022). This is book #7 in her Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with Passion series.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When the law prevents justice…When DNA isn’t enough…When a lie is the truth.
Investigator Tawny Lindholm and her attorney-husband Tillman Rosenbaum juggle three baffling cases where DNA is supposed to prove guilt or innocence. Instead, it reveals deception and betrayal, triggering a crisis in their marriage, and an unimaginable threat to their family. Purchase a copy through Books2Read

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debbie Burke, Author

Debbie Burke writes the Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with Passion series. She’s a regular on The Kill Zone blog and is on staff for two senior newspapers. Her first book, INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL, won the PPW’s Zebulon Award. Visit the author at debbieburkewriter.com and follow her on Twitter.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for K.L. Emanuelson

Congratulations to K. L. Emanuelson on the recent release of her novel, THE WOMAN WHO RODE DESTINY (March 2022 from Spirit Gate Studios). Enjoy a spicy romp through the Old West of Colorado and New Mexico post-Civil War. If this was a TV show, it would be more “Deadwood” (with all of the same warnings) than “Little House on the Prairie.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Reb’s just one of the ‘boys, a cowhand who drifts from one cattle outfit to another. Despite society’s dim view of half-breeds, the other cowboys come to respect Reb as a ‘hand who works hard, while caring for an orphaned brother. But Reb guards a dangerous secret—she’s a woman and her ‘brother’ is her fatherless son.

Still, she makes a decent life for herself until she meets the half-Apache gun-slinger, Tor. Her dangerous obsession with him threatens her freedom and may cost him his life.

Reb learns to read and write when down in Santa Fe. She suffers a crushing loss, later dies and comes back to life, only to learn she will be allowed to participate in a sacred ritual where she gains a most unusual Spirit Guide. Stronger now, she faces the mistakes and insecurities of her past openly as a woman. Purchase a copy from Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

K.L. Emanuelson fell in love with Westerns as a child with her beloved Gramps. After she got out of the Army, she was a working cowgirl on various ranches. She has been a horse trainer for decades and tends to ride dressage more often than Western anymore. She has a ranch in the beautiful Bijou Basin which she shares with horses, dogs and cats. She’s a Storyteller, a poet and historian, with a focus on the American West and early 6th century Scandinavia. Follow her on Facebook.


Darby KarchutSweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Pikes Peak Writers

Dream is here!

 After a year of tireless work, the editors – Edward Raetz, Debora L. Brewer, Kathie Scrimgeour, and Jenny Kate – are proud to present the second anthology from Pikes Peak Writers, Dream. Congratulations to the 27 authors whose short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, appears in this newest anthology!

About the book:

Dream: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers
Cover Design by: Josh Clark

Whether you are awake or asleep, dreams take your mind and open it to a kaleidoscope of dreamscapes you never knew could exist. In a blink, the dream can transform from a bloody war to a little boy escaping his troubled childhood with his action figures.

In this second anthology from the Pikes Peak Writers, you will take a journey through the creative minds of the twenty-seven writers who penned the following works based on a simple one-word prompt – Dream. Let yourself experience worlds in a spirit-filled house, on a pirate ship, or teeter on the precipice of Hell. Then, with the turn of a page, walk through the beauty of far-off lands, watch purple ducks on a yellow pond, or run with terror through a town filled with monsters. Enjoy this stroll down a crooked path that could hold your worst nightmare or your most beloved wish. Be careful what you wish for, a genie may be lurking in the labyrinth of your mind waiting to be set free.

 Dream is available where ever books are sold.

Sweet Success for Jenna MacFarlane

Congratulations to Jenna MacFarlane on the recent release of her first novel, HARDWARE STORIES. This mystery features an awkward female hardware store clerk and one horrific murder to solve.

Hardware Stories cover image

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

If you combine 44–year-old Claire Cunningham, an awkward female hardware store clerk, and a horrific problem to solve, the stage is set for HARDWARE STORIES. When the police accuse one of Claire’s co-workers of a brutal murder, she becomes an unlikely detective. Her curiosity places her in direct conflict with the establishment, exposing a scintillating underbelly and threatening to undermine her beloved city, Boleyn, North Carolina. She must decide whom to trust in a place where the practice of swift justice screams Wild West rather than gentile South. Striking out on her own to solve the crime while avoiding the advances of a stalker, she clashes with the law and everyone who matters. Purchase a copy through Amazon.

Jenna MacFarlane

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jenna MacFarlane’s first novel, HARDWARE STORIES, debuted in February 2022. Her story “Old Debt” is published in the anthology About Time. MacFarlane holds a BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and has lived in the central Piedmont of North Carolina for many years. When MacFarlane’s not writing, hiking, painting, or restoring, she’s stocking shelves at a local supermarket. MacFarlane’s memoir, HINDSIGHT, will be published in 2023.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.