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Congratulations PPW Authors!

PPW Authors featured in a New Anthology from Borogrove Press

By: Darby Karchut

Cover, Amazing Monster Tales, Issue #3

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (Amazing Monster Tales #3) released February 7 from Borogrove Press. This anthology features fourteen amazing authors (a number of which are Pikes Peak Writers members): Travis Heermann (Member) · Rebecca Hodgkins (Member) · Charles Eugene Anderson & Jim LeMay · Meyari McFarland · Jason Dias (Member)· Debbie Mumford · Ron Collins · Shannon Lawrence (Member) · Jamie Ferguson (Editor and Author, Member) · Stefon Mears · Thea Hutcheson · Robert Jeschonek · DeAnna Knippling (Editor and Author, Member).

This is Issue #3 in the Amazing Monster Tales series. Check out the other books here and be sure to pick up your copy. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many independent bookstores worldwide.

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY:

Hello my Earthling! Hello my starling!

Hello my space-time alien gal!

A baker’s dozen of tales about creatures from outer space who may or may not have boldly gone where they really shouldn’t have. Tales of aliens who test the creatures of Earth…tales of Earthlings who test the creatures from other planets…aliens who attack…aliens who defend…and aliens who are a little too close for comfort.

Prepare to discover realms at the furthest edges of human imagination.

From the depths of outer space…

To the depths of the sea…

To Portland…and beyond!


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 Pete Klismet

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to PPW member Pete Klismet on the release of his latest book: Profiling Violent Crimes: A Behavioral and Forensic Approach by Peter M. Klismet and Dr. Clarissa Cole

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Profiling Violent Crime, By: Peter M. Klismet, Jr. and Dr. Clarissa Cole.

About the Book:  What do you get when you combine knowledge from a veteran FBI profiler (with 30 years of hands-on experience) and a PhD psychologist who has evaluated hundreds of violent offenders in 10 years with the California Department of Corrections?These two experts have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind textbook – which is suitable for all readers. Already the reviews have been outstanding. 

Students and readers will learn what it’s like to be on the ground as an FBI profiler, dispelling myths and detailing the actual process. Subsequent chapters detail crime scene analysis; determining of the type of offender who may be at work; the fascinating interplay between mental illness and criminality; and breakdowns of the various types of criminal offenders including stalkers, murderers, rapists, mass murderers, and serial killers. The book also offers multiple real-life case examples to shed further light into the mind of violent criminals.

The book is available from Cognella Press and Amazon.

Pete Klismet

About the Author:  Peter M. Klismet, Jr. holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from California Lutheran University and another in public administration from the University of Southern California. He is a former agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was one of the first formally-trained psychological profilers within the Agency. He served in law enforcement for over thirty years before joining the faculty at Pikes Peak Community College as an associate professor of criminal justice, going on to chair the department. He is now the founder and director of Criminal Profiling Associates, a law enforcement consulting company.


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.

Karin Huxman Wins Gold!

By: Darby Karchut

Karin Huxman, writing as K.D. Huxman, is just tickled to announce that her teen non-fiction book, The Colorado Coal Field War: Massacre at Ludlow (Apprentice Shop Books), won a gold medal in the 2019 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards and a bronze in the 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Huzzah! The book is available from  Amazon and independent booksellers.

Karin Huxman

Karin Huxman is a children’s book author. She writes both picture books and books for young readers. Visit the author’s website for more information or follow her on Facebook and 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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Tena Stetler

Congratulations to Tena Stetler! She just signed contracts for manuscripts 12 and 13 with The Wild Rose Press! With a little luck and fingers crossed the books, Hidden Gypsy Magic (Book 3 in A Witch’s Journey Series), and Chocolate Raspberry Magic (book in The Wild Rose Press’s new fun summer series involving ice cream, One Scoop or Two, plus it’s book 4 in A Witch’s Journey Series, yep its doing double duty) should release by summer’s end 2020. For more details about her upcoming releases, as well as her other books, visit her website:  https://www.tenastetler.com/books/

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. Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. 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. Follow the author on Goodreads, Facebook, and 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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

PPWC 2020 Cancellation

Esteemed Conference Attendees, Sponsors, Volunteers, and PPW Members – 

We have been watching the development of COVID-19 along with everyone else and share your concerns. First of all, we are deeply grateful for all the messages of support we’ve received and thank you for letting us know how much PPW matters to you. It matters to us too, which is why this decision was so hard to come to. We are also immensely thankful to our partner, DoubleTree Hilton hotel, for helping us through this difficult time. 

To follow the best practices set forth by the CDC, and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we regret to announce we are cancelling the 2020 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, scheduled for April 16-19. We are deeply disappointed that circumstances made this decision necessary, and will miss the opportunity to connect with our writing family in person. However, we will be back, better than ever and ready to rock, next year. Please put the dates of April 21-25, 2021, on your calendar now!  The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs. 

To our faculty: You have already been contacted by Amy Krasikov, our 2020 Conference Program Director. Please continue to address your questions to her, and she’ll coordinate with you in regards to our future conference as appropriate.

To our registered attendees: For those of you already registered, there are multiple options. As of right now our 2021 conference is set for April 21 – 25 2021. Your current registration can be rolled over to 2021, your 2020 price confirmed, while your date of registration and the benefits associated with early registration remaining intact. Or you may request a refund of your 2020 conference registration. If that is your choice, please give us a few days to work through those as they come in. Email registrar@pikespeakwriters.com if you would like your registration refunded. Another option, as we are a non-profit organization, is you can donate any portion of your registration fee to the organization to keep us moving forward over the next few months. As many of you know, our conference is the engine that fuels the organization all year long.  In addition, we’ve made several purchases for the 2020 conference that will not be recoverable (such as airfares for faculty).

Also – Please don’t forget to cancel your Doubletree hotel reservations for this year.  Reference the PPW Conference cancellation. They are expecting our calls.

To our conference staff / volunteers: You are the heart of this organization, and we can’t thank you enough for your patience and perseverance. We appreciate all the hard work you did for conference this year, and we look forward to working with you in the same capacity for 2021.

To our sponsors:   We would love to carry over your sponsorship for next year. If that doesn’t work, we are more than willing to give you a full refund and we’d consider the digital advertisement we’ve done on your behalf already to be our gift to you.

Pikes Peak Writers will continue to appreciate and support our local writing community. We may need to cancel or restructure a few events, but we are committed to serving our writing family. Stay safe and keep washing your hands!

Kameron Claire
Pikes Peak Writers
2019-2020 President / 2020 Conference Director

COVID-19 Update

Updated news on COVID-19 comes hourly with more conferences and large scale events cancelling daily. Currently, the PPW board and the 2020 conference committee are working with our conference partners to identify options that will protect our members as well as our organization. We hope to have an answer in the upcoming week, however, in the interim, to help alleviate financial concerns for those who have registered or who were waiting to register, we are extending our refund period beyond March 17th to April 1st, as well as our regular pricing.

Please note, we are taking COVID-19 very seriously and worry about our member’s health as well as our own. As a small non-profit organization this is not an easy decision, therefore we need time to investigate every option available that might keep our lovely community intact. We sincerely hope our sibling organizations who have also had to face this dilemma have been able to do so in a manner that will allow them to operate in the future.

Please hang in there with us for another week or two and stay tuned.

Coronavirus Update

Our partners at the State Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) report that the risk to most Coloradans from the coronavirus is LOW, and they are confident the state health care system is prepared to minimize the potential spread of infection. We are operating as normal and there are no changes to the conference schedule. We will continue to monitor the situation through the CDPHE and the CDC.

It is important to remember the risk to most Coloradans from the coronavirus is low. We are recommending that everyone follow appropriate safety measures as recommended by the CDC, which include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Then, wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In addition, we recommend

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of into your hand
  • Consider elbow or shoulder bumping instead of handshakes or hugs.

While in attendance at the conference, we encourage you to make use of the hand sanitizer we will have available in every conference room and at the registration desk. If you are feeling ill, we recommend that you give yourself an opportunity to recover or take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your fellow attendees.

 

Sweet Success for Sandra Knauf

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Sandra Knauf, finalist in the 2019 North Street Book Prize!

ABOUT THE BOOK

On February 15, 2020 Colorado Springs author Sandra Knauf was announced as a Finalist in the 2019 North Street Book Prize. She received recognition for her self-published memoir Please Don’t Piss on the Petunias: Stories About Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City. Out of 1,657 entries, there were 22 self-published books that received awards and recognition. Sandra said that the very first story she wrote for this memoir was “The Chicken Chronicles,” which was submitted to the 2000 Pikes Peak Writers Contest and won first place in Creative Nonfiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandra Knauf has been a “Colorado Voices” columnist for The Denver Post and her writing has appeared in Colorado Gardener and national publications such as GreenPrints and MaryJanesFarm Magazine. She’s also been a guest commentator on KRCC’s (a NPR affiliate station) “Western Skies” show. In 2011 she created Greenwoman Publishing and has since published a garden writing journal, Greenwoman: Vols. I-6; her YA fantasy novel, Zera and the Green Man; an anthology of sexy gardening stories (Fifty Shades of Green); and, in 2019, her gardening memoir, Please Don’t Piss on the Petunias: Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City. Follow the author at sandraknauf.com, Greenwoman Market, Greenwoman Publishing, LLC, Greenwoman’s Blog: Flora’s Forum, andGreenwoman Facebook 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.

Sweet Success for Donna Schlachter

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to author Donna Schlachter. Her latest book, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, released January 7th.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Double Jeopardy, Cover, by: Donna Schlachter

 Mining, murder—and a mock marriage? New York City socialite Becky Campbell inherited more than a speck of her father’s wanderlust. Now his murder bequeaths her a mystery, a ramshackle homestead, and a silver mine. Zeke Graumann signs on as Becky’s foreman to keep his portion of his family’s ranch. He shares the workers’ reservations about a woman boss, especially one who burns water and prances around in dungarees. Even though she did look awful good in the dungarees. Then a series of accidents add threat to tension. Can Becky trust Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture? Will Zeke be forced to give up his ranching dream to win Becky’s heart? DOUBLE JEOPARDY is available at www.shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy and Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Canadian by birth, American by choice, Donna left everything and moved to Denver in 1999 to marry Patrick, the man chosen by God to be her husband. Together they have two daughters and eight grandchildren. Donna is past-treasurer of her local American Christian Fiction Writers chapter and facilitates a local critique group. She has worn many hats in the past, including bank teller, bad debt collector, accounting clerk, paper-girl, professional cleaner, and apartment manager. A storyteller at heart, Donna’s passion is to tell His Story through the ages, using flawed characters in need of a Savior, because this is her story. Follow the author at: www.HiStoryThruTheAges.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 Cate Glass

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Cate Glass (aka Carol Berg) on the release of her latest novel, A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS (Book 2 in the Chimera series from Tor/Forge)

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Conjuring of Assassins, Cover, by Cate Glass

Romy and her partners of the Chimera have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord’s agents, using forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot. Their new mission seems simple: discover where a prisoner has hidden an assassination contract and destroy it. But the prisoner is not who they expect. The man who holds the contract has a fascination with divination, a strange obsession with perfection, and a terror of malignant spirits. And when the partners venture a dangerous impersonation to infiltrate his household, they discover that the document is the spark that could ignite a revolution. 

A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS is now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble , IndieBound, and Audible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol Berg
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 studies in 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 at: 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.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.