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Sweet Success for Morgen Leigh

By: Darby Karchut

Morgen Leigh is thrilled to announce the publication of her psychological paranormal horror novel, bloodbrothers, a deep dark story about connection, redemption, forgiveness, and ultimate sacrifice. Just have to battle a few monsters to get there. This story has been likened to early Stephen King and Poppy Z. Brite. bloodbrothers is available in both print and ebook at Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, and Kobo.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Two boys fighting for salvation. A deranged mother bent on domination. A final confrontation that will drag them all into the abyss. In the small Oregon town of Cutters Grove, two friends lock horns as their lives speed in different directions. Eighteen-year-old Alex has it all figured out. An excellent student and violin prodigy, Alex is Juilliard-bound, his future bright. But the shocking suicide attempt of his best friend Joe spins Alex’s well-ordered life out of control. In an attempt to save Joe, Alex embarks on a harrowing journey into their shared past, where he digs up hard truths, exposes raw memories, and finally shoulders his long-abandoned guilt. While Alex struggles to hold his world together, Joe’s monstrous shadows grow over them both, pulling Alex into a dangerous and surreal world of Joe’s making. Locked in a war of wills, Alex must face his final choice: sacrifice his soul to save his friend…or allow Joe’s demons to consume them both.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A voracious reader as a youngster, Morgen Leigh spent entirely too much time with her nose stuck in a book and scaring the hell out of friends and family with her unsettling, dark tales. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous e-zines over the years. She is a university professor published in academic research and a yoga teacher specializing in adaptive yoga for people with disabilities. She is currently finishing a second novel and outlining a memoir. Morgen writes and breathes in Colorado. Visit the author at www.morgenleigh.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 Laura Hayden

By: Darby Karchut

Darkwood Crossing, Cover

Congratulation to Laura Hayden (writing as Elle Vaughn) on the recent release of her first middle grade novel, DARKWOOD CROSSING: BAILEY, THE CRITTER SITTER. The book is a result of a collaboration between Laura and long-time friend and past PPWC presenter, Yvonne Jocks.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Pitched as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Babysitters Club, it’s the first book in a proposed series. It’s published by Parker Hayden Media, home of the popular Dogwood series of sweet romances. Pick up a copy at Amazon, Parker Hayden Media, and from indie booksellers around the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Laura Hayden and Yvonne (Von) Jocks as Elle Vaughn.
Laura Hayden and Yvonne (Von) Jocks write as Elle Vaughn.

Laura Hayden writes as half of Elle Vaughn. As a kid, when Laura wasn’t watching TV, she was reading. Her eighteen novels and short stories straddle multiple fiction genres and include vivid characters, action, suspense, and humor. Yvonne (Von) Jocks, who writes as the other half of Elle Vaughn, is the author of more than twenty novels. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her dogs, her cats, and her imaginary friends.


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 Shannon Lawrence

By: Darby Karchut

Cover: Bruised Souls & Other Torments

Congratulations to Shannon Lawrence on her recently released collection, BRUISED SOULS & OTHER TORMENTS! The book released on Friday, March 13, just in time for everything to shut down for the coronapocalypse. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: A welcoming widow with a twisted appetite; a war-time evil lurking behind the face of a child; a father’s love gone horribly wrong; a deadly government solution; a new job with a demonic pay scale; a woman trapped in a mysterious house with no memory of who she is or how she got there. These are a mere glimpse of the terrors that lie in wait in this collection of horror short stories, sure to grip the psyche and torment the soul. Purchase your ebook or paperback from Amazon

Shannon Lawrence

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, and her two solo horror short story collections, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations and Bruised Souls & Other Torments are available from online retailers. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Learn more about the author at thewarriormuse.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.

April Write Brain Recording

A recording is available for the April Write Brain Zen and the Art of Parody.

Sweet Success for Shannon Lawrence

By: Darby Karchut

Cover: Stories of  Mischief & Mayhem

Congratulations to Shannon Lawrence! Her story, FOLLOWING THE RULES, is featured in the horror anthology, EIGHTEEN: STORIES OF MISCHIEF & MAYHEM (Underland Press March 20). In her story, a little girl learns why she wasn’t supposed to see her night parents.

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY: The eighteenth Tarot card is the Moon, and those who raise their arms to her know she offers Mercy and Severity in equal measure. This is the great river at night, where wolves howl and all doors are open. All futures are possible, and every truth is elusive. This is the source and passion of EIGHTEEN: STORIES OF MISCHIEF & MAYHEM. These twenty-four stories from voices—old and new—celebrate the inevitability of fate, the horror of prophecy, and the shivering delight of not knowing what comes next. Cross over the threshold with us, and explore the strange, the weird, and the fantastic. Do not fear what lies ahead. It is the same as what came before. The only difference is you. This is Eighteen, and nothing will be the same. Copies of the anthology may be purchased from Amazon or Underland Press

Shannon Lawrence

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, and her two solo horror short story collections, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations and Bruised Souls & Other Torments are available from online retailers. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Learn more about the author at thewarriormuse.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.

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