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Ghosts of Downtown Story Submission!!!

  1. Stories must be no more than one page (11-point font) in length.
  2. When possible, stories should be linked to a specific historical figure or landmark in the Downtown district (roughly, the area between Acacia Park and the Pioneers Museum, bounded by Shooks Run to the east and Monument Valley Park to the west).
  3. Stories must be told in the voice of a tour guide relaying a historical tale to a crowd of would-be ghost hunters, but can cover any period of Colorado Springs history.
  4. Stories can be gruesome and scary or ironic and funny, but please avoid references to sexual violence, animal abuse and violence against children.
  5. Deadline for story submissions is Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Submit to ipp@pikespeakwriters.com.
  6. All writers submitting stories for this project will be thanked with two (2) complimentary ghost tour tickets (a $20 value).
  7. Stories selected for inclusion in the tour will be compensated an additional $30 by way of honorarium – we know this is small, but we’d like to share a portion of our tour revenue with the writers.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Hats off to Darby Karchut! Her middle grade contemporary western, ON A GOOD HORSE (Owl Hollow Press, November 2020), is a finalist for the 2021 High Plains Book Awards. These awards celebrate “…regional literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains and evoke a special connection to that singular landscape.”

On a Good Horse

ABOUT THE BOOK

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 Roberto Nash, a father 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.

Darby Karchut

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darby Karchut is an author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A 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 books include the DEL TORO MOON series (Colorado Book Award), ON A GOOD HORSE, and the FINN FINNEGAN series. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut and follow her on Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Darby also coordinates the Sweet Success column. If you have a success story to share please send it here.

PPWC 2022 – WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

If you’ve got a workshop on craft, publishing, marketing –   Submit it now! The proposal portal is open now to October 1, 2021.  Workshops will be selected in October 2021.

Go to https://pikespeakwriters.submittable.com/submit/119316/ppw-proposal-portal to enter your workshop ideas.  We prefer a minimum of three workshops per person.

If you have questions, contact Karen Fox at programming@pikespeakwriters.com.

Sweet Success for Jim Tritten and Sandi Hoover!

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten! Their novella, PANAMA’S GOLD (October 2020, Sydnie Beaupré) was awarded second place in the category of Fiction for Adult Readers (Novella) at the 2021 National Federation of Press Women’s 2021 Professional Communications Contest awards ceremony on June 11, 2021

Panama's Gold

About the Book

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

Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten reside in Corrales, New Mexico. They have collaborated on multiple short stories and three novellas. Follow Sandi on Facebook and visit her author Amazon page, and visit Jim’s author Amazon page as well as follow him 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.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Carly Stevens

By: Darby Karchut

Carly Stevens is pleased to share a wonderful milestone! With the release of KINGDOMS ON FIRE (YA fantasy, July 2021), she published her first complete series entitled The Tanyuin Academy series. The trilogy includes FIRIAN RISING, INTO THE UNREAL, and KINGDOMS ON FIRE. Early readers say book three is the best one yet, and she couldn’t be more excited to share it with one and all. Congratulations to Carly!

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

For the ones they love, Firian and Kiria will give everything to make things right, even if it costs them their lives. Brace yourself for a jaw-dropping finale full of twists and action. Be brave. Be dangerous. It’s time to fight for the future. With enemies-to-lovers romance, royal battles, banter, and magical mental powers, this YA fantasy series is the perfect summer read. Copies may be purchased through Amazon, and everywhere books are sold.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Carly Stevens lives and writes in beautiful Colorado, where she drinks coffee and teaches high school students about Hamlet and A Tale of Two Cities. Her adventure-filled fantasy novels feature characters with courage and hope. Visit the author at www.carly-stevens.com and follow her on Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.


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 Jasmine Tritten

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Jasmine Tritten on winning an Honorable Mention for a book Designed by Entrant (ON THE NILE WITH A DANCING DANE, August 2020) from The National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) in their 2021 Professional Communications Contest. She was also awarded a second Honorable Mention for a Single Photograph, General Photos (Four Bobcat Kittens).

On the Nile with 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.”

 An adventurous travel memoir by award-winning author Jasmine Tritten, exploring the land of the pharaohs, overcoming challenges and obstacles while following her love for dance and the Egyptian culture. Filled with mystery and surprises. Original artwork and photos by the author. Copies may be purchased through Amazon .

Jasmine Tritten

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Jasmine Tritten is an award-winning author born in Denmark. In 1964 she immigrated to the U.S.A. The last five years she’s written numerous short stories published in various anthologies. Her 2015 memoir, The Journey of an Adventuresome Dane, won an award. A children’s story, Kato’s Grand Adventure, published in 2018 and co-authored with her husband, won five awards. During the 2020 pandemic, Jasmine wrote and self-published a travel book On the Nile with a Dancing Dane, winner of three awards in 2021. Jasmine resides in enchanting Corrales, New Mexico with her husband and four cats. 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.

Sweet Success for Randall Stewart

By: Darby Karchut

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.

Hiking in Cripple Creek

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.

Randall Stewart

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.

Sweet Success for Donna Schlachter

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Donna Schlachter! Writing as Leeann Betts, she recently released her latest novella collection from Barbour Publishing, ALWAYS A WEDDING PLANNER, with co-authors RL Ashly, Toni Shiloh, and Davalynn Spencer. This sweet and clean romance collection features four best friends who operate a wedding planning business in Loveland, Colorado.

Always a Wedding Planner, by: Donna Schlachter

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Discover how keeping secrets from each other threatens four women’s friendships, wedding business, and own ability to find love in Loveland, Colorado.

Business partners Felicity Anderson, the cake baker; Kiki Bell, the seamstress; Cassie Blackthorn, the coordinator; and Chef Saffron Delarosa are best of friends in a town that is a romantic wedding destination for many couples—who work together at Weddings by Design to make every bride’s special day perfect. Could each falling into their own romance be the key to working out their differences and learning to trust each other—and God—with their futures? Copies of the book may be purchased through Amazon and Barbour Publishing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Donna Schlachter

Donna Schlachter usually pens historical mysteries while her alter ego, Leeann, writes cozy mysteries. Together, they’ve penned more than 30 books and novellas. They also judge writing contests, teach online and at conferences, and offer writerly services such as editing and proofreading. They are members of various writers groups including Pikes Peak Writers, ACFW, Sisters in Crime, Writers on the Rock, and Capitol Christian Writers Federation. Visit Donna’s website and blog, and learn more about her fellow authors, Toni Shiloh, RL Ashly, and Davalynn Spencer.


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.

Another Sweet Success for Fleur Bradley

By: Darby Karchut

And the wonderful news just keeps on a-coming! Fleur Bradley is pleased to announce that her middle-grade mystery novel Midnight at the Barclay Hotel won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Southwest region. Her book is also nominated for the Anthony (mystery) Award in the YA category, the Agatha (mystery) Award in the Best Children’s/YA, and made Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers nominee and Rhode Island Children’s Book Award nomination list.

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

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

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 family, and entirely too many rescue animals. For more information on Fleur and her books, visit her at ftbradley.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. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Doc Gurney

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Dr. H.C. Gurney on the recent release of his book, THE ONE-EYED BUFFALO AND OTHER ADVENTUROUS STORIES FROM THE LIFE OF DOC GURNEY VETERINARIAN (December 2020 from Boulevard Press)

One Eyed Buffalo, By: Doc Gurney

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book has 32 engaging short stories which illustrate the unique challenges of a veterinarian treating animals across the plains and mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. Often far from his veterinary hospital, he had to rely on quick thinking and ingenuity to help his patients in emergency situations. His dedication to all animals resonates throughout the book. Both ebook and paperback may be purchase through Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. H. C. Gurney has practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years in both Wyoming and Colorado. In his lifetime he has been a veterinarian, a cowboy, a scientific researcher, an inventor, a politician, an author, and a lecturer (to name a few). On the leading edge of scientific discoveries, he has devoted his life to the well-being of all species. His philosophy is, “No problems, only solutions.”


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.