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Sweet Success for D. M. O’Byrne

Congratulations to D.M. O’Byrne on another author milestone!

D.M. O'Byrne books

D.M. O’Byrne, author of four mysteries from Black Opal Books, is pleased to announce that the Pikes Peak Library District now carries her books, including DANGEROUS TURF, THREE TO ONE ODDS, and the first two in the Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries series: DEATH IN TROUT FORK, and THE MOUNTAINTOP MURDERS. The third book in the series, A KILLING IN VAIL, is available on the Black Opal Books’ website, Amazon, and other bookstores worldwide.

D.M. O'Byrne - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: D.M. O’Byrne’s first job was as a waitress. Now she’s a writer of mystery novels. In between, jobs included English teacher, racehorse exerciser, jockey, accountant, golf resort assistant manager, writer, and editor. Her places of residence ranged from the Jersey Shore to a lengthy sojourn in California, and finally to the Colorado Rockies. Each profession, each location was rife with life lessons, fascinating characters, potential plot lines, and wide-ranging experiences. Sooner or later, they will all end up on the written page. D.M. lives in Colorado Springs with her husband. Visit the author’s website and follow her Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Margaret Mizushima

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Margaret Mizushima on the September 8th release of her latest book, HANGING FALLS, the sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery from Crooked Lane Books

Book Cover - Hanging Falls

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this episode, Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo investigate the death of a person they found floating in a mountain lake, while Mattie seeks answers from long lost family about the secrets of her past. HANGING FALLS can be found or ordered wherever books are sold.

Margaret Mizushima

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Pikes Peak Writers. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. Visit the author at margaretmizushima.com and follow her on Twitter, 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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Ghosts of Downtown

Congratulations to the PPW members who were selected for this year’s Ghosts of Downtown walking tour in Colorado Springs. Stuart Gould, Laura Hayden, Robin LaBorde, and Tammila Wright each provided a spooky story that is told by a guide as they led walking tours to visit some of Colorado Springs historic buildings.

Although the tours were sold out for 2020 mark your calendar for next year when submissions re-open.

Sweet Success for J. Dallas Brooks

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to J. Dallas Brooks on the release of his latest novel, MARTIAN MIST.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Martian Mist - cover

Surviving the end of the world is hard. It’s even harder if you’re on the menu.

When the first manned mission to Mars makes an unexpected return in 2037 with a dead crew, a terrible contaminant is unleashed that turns the skies purple and threatens humanity’s survival. It brings with it a frightening new apex predator that bumps the surviving humans down the food chain. In this new world, the unflappable sixteen-year-old, Zach Granger, rides his dirt bike across the scorching Arizona desert. With only a shotgun and his loyal beagle hound, Zach must find the robotics expert, Skylar Lucas—a man who may not even exist. His life hangs in the balance when the monsters catch his scent, and Zach must race to California in a quest to find where he belongs. Pick up your copy at Amazon, or add it to your Goodreads list.

J. Dallas Brooks

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  J. Dallas Brooks is an Air Force veteran, Cybersecurity Engineer, and adjunct professor who enjoys spending time with his family on their farm in Peyton, Colorado. A 7th generation Georgian, Dallas has made Colorado his home since 2008. When not writing, he enjoys playing retro games, listening to 80s music, and attending his children’s numerous sporting events. Visit the author’s website: www.jdallasbrooks.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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Karen Lin

By: Darby Karchut-

Karen Albright Lin is thrilled to announce the August 30th release of her new book, MU SHU MAC & CHEESE. The story interweaves the subtle relationships of family with food and Chinese culture, with liberal dashes of humor.

ABOUT THE BOOK: With her household the focus of a TV reality show, food writer Elaine’s professional dreams are about to come true. But her dominating Chinese mother-in-law’s unexpected arrival blends the filming with more than a dash of culture clash. All too soon, Ma wants to chaperone Elaine’s son to prom and otherwise brings the household’s pot to a full boil.

MU SHU MAC & CHEESE explores how far a corn-grown foodie will go to save her family’s happy life from being sliced and diced. It’s Julia Child meets My Big Fat CHINESE Wedding. The book is available from Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Karen Albright Lin is an award-winning author of many genres and a produced screenwriter. Her novel, AMERICAN MOON, is available on Amazon. She’s also a freelance editor for bestselling and award-winning authors, and a cruise ship speaker. She’s published many short works and worked with a Hollywood agent and top New York agents. Visit the author at karenalbrightlin.com or 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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

PPW’s very own Sweet Success Coordinator, Darby Karchut, has a success of her own! Congratulations!

By: Darby Karchut

Well, this feels totally weird to write my own Sweet Success, but, hey, it’s 2020 and weird is the new norm. So here goes…

My latest novel, ON A GOOD HORSE, releases November 10 from Owl Hollow Press. While this is my fifteenth book, it’s my first contemporary standalone middle grade (I usually write MG and YA fantasy series).

On a Good Horse - Cover

ABOUT THE BOOK: A boy and horse could outrun all the sadness of this flat world. If the boy believed, and the horse was swift. The sorrel knew he was fast enough to help the boy. He just needed open grassland and a light hand on the reins. He’d show Ol’ Mr. Grief his heels. Why, he’d run so fast that the wind would peel that sorrow right off the boy. Like a snake shedding its skin. Leaving it caught in the grass and drying up in the sun. Dust to dust. All the horse needed was a chance.

Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.

Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to live with his father, Roberto Nash, a man he barely knows. Or wants to know.

Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son.

The book is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Kobo, and from independent booksellers worldwide.

Darby Karchut, Headshot
Darby Karchut

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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 middle grade novel, DEL TORO MOON (Owl Hollow Press) won the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner for Juvenile Literature. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.


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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Jasmine Tritten

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to award-winning author Jasmine Tritten on her latest release, ON THE NILE WITH A DANCING DANE.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Underneath the black and gold glittery outfit, danced a blonde, blue-eyed Danish Viking woman with a Middle-Eastern soul.

In this adventurous travel memoir, the author explores the land of the pharaohs, overcomes challenges and obstacles, all while following her love for dance and the Egyptian culture. Filled with mystery and surprises. Filled with original artwork and photos by the author, the memoir (paperback or ebook) is now available from Amazon.

Jasmine Tritten

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jasmine Tritten is an award-winning author, an artist, and world traveler born in Denmark during the Nazi occupation. In 1964 she immigrated to the U.S.A. She has been journaling since childhood. Jasmine has written numerous short stories during the last five years that have been published in various anthologies. Her memoir, The Journey of an Adventuresome Dane, published in 2015, won an award. She wrote a children’s story with her husband and made the illustrations. Kato’s Grand Adventure was published in July 2018 and won five awards in 2019. Jasmine resides in enchanting Corrales, New Mexico with her husband and four cats. Follow the author on Facebook, Goodreads,  and Amazon Author Central.


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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Fleur Bradley

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Fleur Bradley on the release of her new mystery for kids, MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL. Called “a quirky, kid-friendly introduction to the murder mystery” by Kirkus, it released August 25th from Viking Books for Young Readers (imprint of Penguin Random House). Pick up a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and independent booksellers worldwide.

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.

Fleur Bradley
Fleur Bradley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Fleur Bradley is passionate about two things: mysteries and getting kids to read, and she regularly speaks at librarian and educator conferences on reaching reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, Fleur now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats. For more information on Fleur and her books, visit www.ftbradley.com, and on Twitter @FTBradleyAuthor.


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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for John B. Roberts II

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to John B. Roberts II on the recent release of his newest non-fiction book, REAGAN’S COWBOYS: INSIDE THE 1984 REELECTION CAMPGAIGN’S SECRET OPERTATION AGAINST GERALDINE FERRARO (July 2020 from McFarland & Company).

ABOUT THE BOOK: Part memoir, part detective story, and part political thriller, this never-before-told story goes behind the scenes as Reagan’s reelection team works to expose a political opponent’s Mafia connections. After rumors of Ferraro’s mob ties reached Nancy Reagan and the White House, Roberts was one of two people appointed to secretly organize investigations into Ferraro. Well-illustrated, this book features all the major players in the Reagan White House and 1984 campaign, with revealing anecdotes about Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Purchase a copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, McFarland & Company, or independent booksellers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John B. Roberts II is a writer, television producer and artist living in Colorado Springs. Former Reagan White House insider and international political consultant, his previous books include “Rating the First Ladies: The Women Who Influenced the Presidency,” (Citadel 2003) and “Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilience and Hope,” (AMACOM 2009), co-authored with his wife, Elizabeth. He was senior producer of the weekly political television talk show hosted by John McLaughlin, “The McLaughlin Group” and has thousands of broadcasts to his credit. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington PostWashington Times and numerous other publications. Visit the author at https://www.jbrobertsauthor.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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Query Letter Boot Camp

Presenter: Angie Hodapp 

This is highlights-only version of the four-week query boot camp I teach at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. We’ll typically move from the general (what is a query letter, how does it fit into the publishing process, how do you know when you’re ready to query, and what can you expect after you do?), to the more specific (the four parts of a query letter, how to execute each part well and avoid common pitfalls that make agents cringe), to the very specific (how to approach crafting a solid query pitch—the most important part of any query letter).