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Sweet Success for Carol Berg

An Illusion of Thieves by, Cate Glass

Exciting news from Carol Berg!

I have a new three-book deal with Tor Books for a fantasy adventure series called Chimera. I will be writing this series under the nom de plume, Cate Glass.

Chimera is the name taken on by a group of four rag-tag sorcerers – a former courtesan, a professional dualist, a metalsmith, and a youth whose first job is an alehouse bouncer–in a world where magic is a death sentence. The four  discover that there are some causes that make using their talents worth the risk.

The first book, An Illusion of Thieves, will be released on May 21, 2019.

See everyone at conference!


Carol Berg
Carol Berg

As Cate Glass, author of An Illusion of Thieves, first novel of the Chimera, forthcoming in 2019 from Tor Books! 

As Carol Berg, award-winning author of the Books of the Rai-kirah, The Lighthouse Duet, The Sanctuary Duet, the Novels of the Collegia Magica.

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Volunteer of the Year Nominations Open

The Volunteer of the Year nominations are open! If you know someone who has gone out of their way as a volunteer for Pikes Peak Writers, we want to hear about it. We annually award Pikes Peak Volunteer of the Year and Pikes Peak Writers Conference Volunteer of the Year. When the occasion demands it, we recognize individuals for many years of effort with a special Legacy Award. If you know someone who deserves this extra recognition, please visit and nominate them! Help us shine a light on our brightest stars!

Sweet Success for DeAnna Knippling

Congratulations to DeAnna Knippling and the release of the multi-authored Dawn of the Monsters. Other featured authors are: Dean Wesley Smith, Ron Collins, P. D. Cacek, Mark Leslie, Steve Vernon , Annie Reed, Sèphera Girón, Rebecca M. Senese, Marcelle Dubé, and Jamie Ferguson.

DeAnna Knippling, Dawn of MonstersThis volume, DAWN OF THE MONSTERS, features trolls, goblins, creeps, mad scientists, vampires, aliens, Frankenstein, a very nasty ex-girlfriend, a mysterious egg, a bargain you can’t refuse, something dark and mysterious that lives underground, and a disgusting, evil beast straight out of the swamp!

We can’t promise that these tales won’t make you think…but they’ll grab you by your sense of adventure and take you for a ride!

DeAnna KnipplingDeAnna Knippling has two minor superpowers: speed-reading and babble. She types at over 10,000 words per minute and can make things up even faster than that. Her first job was hunting snipe for her father at twenty-five cents per head, with which she paid her way through college; her latest job involves a non-disclosure agreement, a dozen hitmen, a ballerina, a snowblower, three very small robots, and a disposable dictator in South America. Her cover job is that of freelance writer, editor, and designer living in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, cat, more than one cupboard full of various condiments, and many shelves full of the very best books. She has her own indie small press,, and her website is


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Sweet Success for Dan Grant

Sweet Success is excited to announce the release of Dan Grant’s newest publication, The Singularity Witness by Mindscape Press.

Singularity Witness by Dan GrantThe Singularity Witness explores an intersection of science and medical research, and what happens when a radical technology ushers in an ominous future. A neurologist and an FBI agent unlock secrets that start with murder, abduction, and inhumane research. 

Dan GrantDan Grant is a licensed professional engineer with degrees from Northern Arizona University: a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and masters’ in college education and English with an emphasis in creative writing. In college he did theater, choir, and wrote teleplays for the university soap opera (One Semester to Live). He has also worked as a technical writer and multimedia content creator.

His engineering endeavors have provided unique opportunities to work with a variety medical and technological applications, and get behind the scenes at military facilities. Those experiences add threads to conspiracies and form a broader storytelling tapestry.

Dan loves intriguing tales, especially suspense and thrillers that weave science, medicine, technology, or history into the fabric of the drama. He is working on his next thriller, Thirteen Across. And Thomas Parker and Kate Morgan will be back in The Singularity Transfer.

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Sweet Success for D.M. O’Byrne

Congratulations to D.M. O’Byrne’s release of Death in Trout Fork: Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries (Book 1) released October 13, 2018 by Black Opal Books.
Death in Trout Fork, by: D.M. Obyrne
Kathryn “Ryn” Lowell has escaped the stifling confines of her office at the New York travel magazine she writes for. Her assignment? Trout Fork, a tiny fishing hamlet in the Colorado Rockies. She hasn’t been there long, when, along with her orange tabby cat, Jack Kerouac, she discovers a T-shirt. She should have known when she fished that Pink Floyd T-shirt out of the creek that it belonged to that waitress, the one who disappeared. Teaming up with the local police detective, who seems to want more than Ryn can give him, she puts it all on the line—her heart, her job, and her life.

D.M. ObyrneD.M. O’Byrne’s first job was as a waitress. Now she’s a writer of mystery novels. In between, her 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.
O’Byrne is the author of Dangerous Turf, Three to One Odds (the sequel), and Death in Trout Fork (Book 1):The Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries Series. Learn more about D.M. on her website or check out more of her publications on Goodreads and Amazon.

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Farewell as President

Final Prez Says from Bowen Gillings

For the past eighteen months, it has been my honor to serve as the President of the Pikes Peak Writers Board of Directors. That time has seen many great challenges and changes at PPW. These ranged from adding Deb Courtney’s Write Drunk, Edit Sober to our monthly slate of events to establishing the Writing is Art partnership event with Cottonwood Fine Arts Center to honoring the legacies of members Steven Nelson and Ron Cree. I heartily thank my fellow board members and the volunteers of PPW for their support, their efforts, and their commitment to the education and improvement of fellow writers.

My time as your president is now over and I look forward to serving alongside a reinvigorated board under the leadership of President Kameron C. Easler. Please, join me in giving her our full support as we, the members of PPW, strive to grow and improve this outstanding organization.

September 2018 PPW Board MeetingPrez Says Logo

September 20th our Board of Directors met to discuss agenda issues and elect replacements for vacant positions on the Board. As mentioned, Kameron was elected for a two-year term as president. Georgeanne Nelson is the new PPW Secretary. Shannon Lawrence and MB Partlow now serve as co-directors of the Non-Conference Events (NCE) committee. KL Cooper, Becki Davis, Jenny Martin, and Ed Raetz are all on the Board as Members at Large. Laura Hayden, the 2019 Conference Director, vacated her position as Board Liaison and has been elected to serve as a Member at Large as well. The Board is now one of the largest in recent PPW history with fourteen members. This excites me as it means opportunities for new ideas to address the needs of our organization.

With Kameron taking on the role of president, PPW is in need of a Vice President to serve alongside her. If you value PPW and what it does, if you wish to help steer the future course of the organization, then reach out to her or any other board member as soon as you can.

Aside from elections, the September meeting also addressed our ongoing needs with reports from the treasurer, the NCE directors, the conference director, and the web team. Keep checking our website and social media for updates in these areas.

We took a look at and built teams to address the following areas:
• Special Scholarships – led by Georgie Nelson
• Fundraising – led by Damon Smithwick
• Marketing – led by KL Cooper

How You Can Help

If you would like to help PPW in any of these areas, please reach out to the leaders mentioned above. You can find contact email information for each on the website.

We are also in need of volunteers to help in building our 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Vacant positions are listed on PPW’s volunteer page.

Bowen GillingsThank you for continuing to engage with Pikes Peak Writers. If you have questions about PPW and how it works, please reach out to me. The address is now

Best regards,
Bowen Gillings
Immediate Past President
Pikes Peak Writers

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is happy to announce the release of Darby Karchut’s middle grade novel, DEL TORO MOON. Mark your calendar to join her October 2, 2018 for her virtual launch.

Del Toro Moon cover“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.” Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse. Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains. Serious horse power. Those skinners don’t stand a chance.



Darby KarchutDarby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New MDarby karchut link to Virtual launchexico, 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. Visit Darby’s website. She can be contacted at:



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L. D. Colter Celebrates Sweet Success

When Gods Sleep, CoverCongratulations to L.D. Colter on the September 14, 2018 release of While Gods Sleep.

The first time Ty died he was five, the second time he was seven. He’s always believed his third death will be the final one, and now he may find out. “The pleasures of Greek mythology mixed with the dark undercurrents of contemporary fantasy.” Walter Jon Williams, New York Times bestselling author.

L.D. Colter, AuthorLiz Colter is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. Her novels written under the name L. D. Colter explore contemporary and dark fantasy, and ones written as L. Deni Colter venture into epic fantasy realms. She’s an active SFWA member with multiple short story publications, and her debut novel A Borrowed Hell was the winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Learn more about Liz on her Website. You can purchase While Gods Sleep on Amazon.

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Sweet Success for Catherine Dilts

Catherine Dilts is delighted to announce her appearance in a multi-author subscription series from Annie’s Publishing.

Ink or Swim book coverJoin Faith Newberry and her cat, Watson, in the quaint town of Lighthouse Bay on Cape Cod in Massachusetts as she marries her love of books to a penchant for sleuthing. After landing her dream job as a librarian at Castleton Manor, an upscale literary retreat, Faith is forced to read between the lines and solve the mysteries she finds between the stacks.

In Ink or Swim, book 14 of the Secrets of the Castleton Manor cozy mystery series, the luxurious mansion hosts a literary and historical conference during Lighthouse Bay Whaling Days. While attending an event dedicating a replica whaling ship, Faith discovers a guest murdered with an antique harpoon. The victim’s valuable scrimshaw goes missing at the same time. His widow claims the piece of engraved whale bone is from the Essex, a whaling ship whose story inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Faith sifts through suspects who have the skill to use a harpoon, and the desire to kill for scrimshaw. Faith’s cat Watson teams up with a timid dachshund to discover clues to the murder, while Faith’s attraction to the mansion’s handsome owner provides a welcome distraction from an increasingly dangerous investigation.

Catherine DiltsCatherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. Her short story Do-Over appears in the 2018 anthology Blood and Gasoline. She takes a turn in the multi-author sweet cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library with Ink or Swim. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction on her website.