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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.

Congratulations Fleur Bradley!

By: Darby Karchut

A double dose of congratulations to Fleur Bradley! Her middle-grade novel, MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL (August 2020 from Viking/Penguin Random House) is a finalist for the 2021 Colorado Book Award and the book has been nominated for Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award in the Best Children’s/YA Mystery category. Find out more on the Agatha Awards page: https://www.malicedomestic.org/agatha-awards.html

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.

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

Fleur Bradley
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

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.

Sweet Success for Jean Alfieri

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Jean Alfieri on her recent release entitled BLESSED TO BE YOUR DOG. This is the companion book to BLESSED TO BE ME.

Blessed to be Your Dog - Cover

ABOUT THE BOOK

This guided journal helps people celebrate the stories of their fur hero. With famous quotes, doodling pages, and prompts to write from the viewpoints of both human and dog, it’s a fun and easy way to capture the memories. Jean’s books may be purchased through Amazon.

Jean Alfieri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A writer, speaker and dog-fan, Jean encourages others to share their amazing stories in her guided journals. She offers presentations and workshops on the subject and enjoys visiting groups to offer others inspiration and support on their exciting and life-changing writing journey.

Jean is an avid proponent of adoption for all dogs: pure breeds, mixed breeds, young or “vintage” (her preference) who need a forever home. Her favorite breed is Rescued. She and her husband reside with their fur-family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more about Jean and her other books, visit her at www.JeanAlfieri.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 PPW!

Cover, Fresh Starts

CONGRATULATIONS to Pikes Peak Writers! Their first ever anthology, FRESH STARTS will be released on April 9, 2021. In total this anthology has 30 authors, 4 editors, multiple genres, a gorgeous cover, and 414 pages of awesomeness. Two years in the making this eclectic collection of stories, poems, and essays has something for everyone.

About the Book

After the fires are out, the smoke has cleared, the divorce is over, the widow has stopped wearing black, the sun has risen, the monsters are dead, the world is saved (or destroyed!), the storm has calmed, and the trouble is over…

…what do you do next?

Find out in the first anthology of work by the Pikes Peak Writers. From mystery to romance and science fiction—from heartfelt essays to poetry that moves the soul. 

We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.

To learn more about the authors and editors, please visit FRESH STARTS.


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 Terry Odell

Way to go, Terry Odell! Kings River Life Magazine’s reviewer, Kathleen Costa selected THE MAPLETON MYSTERY Novellas as a top pick for 2020.

The Mapleton Mysteries, By: Terry Odell

ABOUT THE SERIES  

THE MAPLETON MYSTERY Novellas, a blend of police procedurals and cozy mysteries. The series includes DEADLY PLACES, DEADLY ENGAGEMENT, and DEADLY ASSUMPTIONS. The series may be purchased through Books2Read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terry Odell, Author

Terry Odell began writing when she ran out of room on her walls for any more needlepoint. She writes mystery and romantic suspense, but prefers to call them all “Mysteries With Relationships.” Her series include, Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops, Pine Hills Police, Triple-D Ranch, and Mapleton Mysteries, as well as several standalones and short story collections. Terry grew up in Los Angeles, spent three decades in Florida, and now resides in the Colorado mountains with her husband and rescue dog. When she’s not watching the wildlife from her window, she’s working on her next book. Visit the author at http://terryodell.com.   Follow the author on Facebook, TwitterBookbub, Instagram, 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.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Cate Glass

Congratulations to Cate Glass (aka Carol Berg) on the recent release of her newest novel, A SUMMONING OF DEMONS (February 2021 from Tor Books), the third book of the Chimera series.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Romy has been dreaming, every night more vivid and disturbing. In Cantagna’s streets and markets, crowds rage against magic-users. The philosophists insist that a disastrous earthquake has been caused by an ancient monster imprisoned below the earth, and that sorcerers intend to free the beast. Meanwhile the most recent assignment from the Shadow Lord plunges the Chimera into a mystery of corruption and murder, myth and magic, tangled inextricably with an odd young man who does not allow himself to sleep and a brilliant young woman with ideas that could upend the certainties of history. Copies of the book can be purchase through AmazonBarnes & Noble, IndieBound, or booksellers world-wide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cate Glass (aka: Carol Berg)

Cate Glass writes the fantasy adventure series Chimera. Cate has lived a large portion of her life in Middle Earth, Camelot, Wonderland, Jim Chee’s New Mexico, Victorian London, Cold War Berlin, the Welsh borderlands, River Heights . . .  you get the drift. While studying mathematics and software engineering at Rice University and the University of Colorado respectively, Cate carved out a place for English, History of Art, and reading, reading, reading. While working as a software engineer, Cate took up a hobby of writing her own fiction. (Cate Glass is a pseudonym for Carol Berg, award-winning, bestselling author of fifteen epic fantasy novels.) Follow the author on Facebook (Cate Glass) or Facebook (Carol Berg), or visit her at http://www.carolberg.com and http://www.categlass.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.