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Sweet Success for Tena Stetler

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Tena Stetler and her amazing year so far! A WITCH’S QUANDARY, part of A Demon’s Witch series, is the second book release this year (coming July 12 from The Wild Rose Press). Earlier in the year was CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY MAGIC, part of the One Scoop or Two Summer series (April 2021 from The Wild Rose Press). There may be a third release in her future this year. Also, she signed a contract to turn her published novel, CHARM ME AGAIN, into a video game by Romancefate.com. The release date is about six months away.

Tena Stetler

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award-winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales. Visit her at tenastetler.com and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Bookbub, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and Pinterest. Tena’s books may be purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and The Wild Rose Press


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. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Randall Stewart

Congratulations to Randall Stewart. His recent release, HIKING IN CRIPPLE CREEK, VICTOR, AND GOLDFIELD WITH THE GOLD CAMP TRAIL MULES, was featured in the Pikes Peak Courier newspaper.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This hiking book discusses the geology of the Colorado Gold Camp, selected mines of the district, and highlights the many hiking trails around the Gold Camp. Copies may be purchased through Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Randall Stewart lives in the Front Range of Colorado, and has written 11 books available on Amazon Books, including a recent book on hiking in the Gold Camp area of Cripple Creek, Victor, and Goldfield. His books are available as paperbacks and ebooks. Visit him at Randall Books and follow the author on Facebook.


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. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

2022 Conference

Dates: April 29-May 1, 2022 with an add-on date of April 28
Keynotes: Jane Friedman, Robert Crais, Barbara O’Neal (Samuel)
Location: Colorado Springs DoubleTree
Registration: Begins in the fall!
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Sweet Success for Jeanette Minniti

A rousing cheer for Jeanette Minniti! Her debut novel, THE ONLY WAY HOME, released in April from Penning Press. An historical fiction set in 1933 during the Great Depression, it’s the story of one boy’s determination to survive loss and hardship to help his family –and how fate and a violin touch the course of his life.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Desperate times. Danger on the rails. A journey to save a family.

It is 1933 inside a sweltering courtroom in Macon, Georgia. Fifteen-year-old Robert sits on a bench awaiting his fate after being picked up for vagrancy and spending a night in jail. He left his home in Illinois with a neighborhood friend to ride the rails to find work to help his widowed mother and siblings. After his friend became dismayed by the perils traveling and went back, Robert pursued their plans to find harvesting work in Georgia.

Going home empty-handed isn’t easy for Robert. His father died just prior to the onset of the Great Depression and the family lost their home and livelihood. Government agents came by to discuss the younger siblings live in other homes. Resolved to keep her family together, his mother was forced to sell most of their belongings. In an effort to help, Robert insisted on selling his precious violin.

THE ONLY WAY HOME is available through Amazon, Kobo, IndieBound, and through IngramSparks.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanette Minniti has an MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her writing interest gravitated to historical fiction. She recently released her first novel THE ONLY WAY HOME set in 1933 during the Great Depression. She placed 3rd for the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon Award in 2020 in the Literary Fiction category and was a finalist in the same category for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award. Visit the author at JeanetteMinniti.com  and follow her on Facebook


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. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Deborah Martinez Martinez

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to author Dr. Deborah Martinez Martinez and illustrator Robert W. Pacheco! Their book, CHICANA ACTIVISTS OF COLORADO: POWERFUL WOMEN PAPER DOLLS AND THEIR STORIES, is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award (Pictorial category) View their talk with five other authors/illustrators in the Pictorial category on YouTube.

Chicana Activists of Colorado

­­ABOUT THE BOOK

Illustrated by Robert W. Pacheco, the unusual art portfolio book uses the paper doll format to present 21 short biographies of each woman and her work in social justice. According to the author, “These women and their stories are treasures. Their stories are potent and serve to motivate and guide.” The book is available from the publisher,  VanishingHorizons.com  and from Amazon.

Deborah Martinez Martinez

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

This is the second book by author Deborah Martinez Martinez, Ph.D, and the eleventh book for her as editor and CEO of Vanishing Horizons Publishing. She retired from higher education with the Colorado State University of Pueblo in 2004. “Throughout my career as a college recruiter,” she said, “I realized that no matter how much someone worked for the good of the community, only certain people showed up in the newspaper. It was the racism and sexism of the 1970s. Being an author and publisher is my way of combatting that slide into anonymity that faced some of these leaders.” For more information about the author or her other books, visit the author at VanishingHorizons.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. Visit her website for information on her publications.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Fleur Bradley

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

By: Darby Karchut

Yipppeee! Fleur Bradley’s mystery for kids MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTELis a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers’ Reading the West Book Award in the Young Readers category. You can see all titles and vote here: vote – Reading the West

About the Book:

When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary. Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.

Copies may be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and booksellers world-wide.

Fleur Bradley

About the Author:

Fleur Bradley is the author of the spooky middle-grade mystery MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL (Viking/Penguin Random House) which recently made NPR’s Best of 2020 Books list. She’s passionate about two things: mysteries and getting kids to read. Fleur regularly does (virtual) school visits and speaks at librarian and educator conferences on reaching reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, Fleur now lives in Colorado Springs with her family, and entirely too many cats. For more information on Fleur and her books, visit www.ftbradley.com, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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 Jamie Ferguson

Cheers and congratulations to Jamie Ferguson on the April release of MAGICKS & ENCHANTMENTS. This is the first issue in the Enchanted Tales anthology series from Blackbird Publishing

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY:

Set your cauldron to bubbling, and read these fifteen tales of magic, sorcery, and enchantment!

What if you could smell magic—or go to a bar and get a shot of magic to go with your cocktail? Will an aging sorcerer’s last pupil ever learn anything? And what could possibly go wrong when a pair of witches enter the local chili cook-off?


The anthology includes stories by DeAnna Knippling (PPW member), Leah R. Cutter, Robert Jeschonek, Debbie Mumford, Annie Reed, Rei Rosenquist, Alicia Cay (PPW member), James Pyles, Grayson Towler, Jamie Ferguson (PPW member), Dayle A. Dermatis, Thea Hutcheson, Leslie Claire Walker, Sharon Kae Reamer, and Steve Vernon. The anthology may be purchased from  Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Books2Read, and Apple.  

Jaime Ferguson

ABOUT THE EDITOR/AUTHOR:

Jamie Ferguson focuses on getting into the minds and hearts of her characters, whether she’s writing about a saloon girl in the American West, a man who discovers the barista he’s in love with is a naiad, or a ghost who haunts the house she was killed in—even though that house no longer exists. Jamie lives in Colorado, and spends her free time in a futile quest to wear out her two border collies since she hasn’t given in and gotten them their own herd of sheep. Visit Jamie at jamieferguson.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest, Bookbub, and on her Amazon author page


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 Angela Sylvaine

Congratulations to Angela Penland, writing as Angela Sylvaine, on her latest publication. CHOPPING SPREE, number 27 in the REWIND OR DIE novella series, recently released from Unnerving Books. This 80s style slasher is fast paced and full of campy bloody fun.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Eden Hills, Minnesota is famous for one thing- its 80s inspired Fashion Mall. When high school junior, Penny, lands a job at one of its trendy stores, she notices her teen coworkers all wear a strange symbol they won’t explain. Suspicious but wanting to belong, she agrees to stay after closing for a party in the closed store. Her fun turns to terror when Penny discovers a mortally wounded boy and learns there is a killer loose in the mall. Soon the teens are running for their lives. Will Penny discover the truth behind the mall cabal and survive to slay another day, or will she fall victim to the galleria of gore? Copies may be purchased through Amazon.

Angela Sylvaine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Angela Sylvaine is a self-described cheerful goth who still believes in monsters. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Night Frights, Places We Fear to Tread, and Not All Monsters. Visit the author at angelasylvaine.com and follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.


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. 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.

Sweet Success for Kendra Merritt

By; Darby Karchut

Kendra Merritt, author of the MARK OF THE LEAST series (YA fantasy) is pleased as punch to announce the release of the first book in her new adult fantasy series: MISHAP’S HEROES. Book #1, MAGIC AND MISRULE, released April 2nd from Blue Fyre Press.

Mishap's Heroes, Magic and Misrule

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

They’re only badass by accident…

Vola might be new to this whole adventuring thing, but she’s pretty sure this isn’t how you’re supposed to save the day. No one at her academy wanted an orc as a paladin, so they’ve sent her to the back end of a swamp, hoping she’ll never find a quest good enough to earn her shield. Well, screw that. Vola’s got divine help, and even a laughingstock of a goddess can do some righteous smiting.

Armed with a new mission to find some missing orphans, Vola just needs a team to help her track them down. Now she’s stuck with a hyperactive halfling, a klutzy spell caster, and a cloaked mystery who’s a little too good with their knives. Can a half-orc paladin keep her new party alive in a swamp that’s determined to eat them, or are all the naysayers right and Orcs really can’t be heroes?  Copies may be purchased through Amazon.

Kendra Merritt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Books have been Kendra’s escape for as long as she can remember. She used to hide fantasy novels behind her government textbook in high school, and she wrote most of her first novel during a semester of college algebra.

Older and wiser now (but just as nerdy) she’s the author of the Mark of the Least series and the Mishap’s Heroes series. If she’s not writing, she’s reading, and if she’s not reading, she’s playing video games.

She lives in Denver with her very tall husband, their book loving progeny, and a lazy black monster masquerading as a service dog. KM Merritt is the pen name for her adult fantasy. Be sure to visit the author on her website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.


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. 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.

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). 

Panama's Gold

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.