As Evalycer gets more
involved with a group wanting to change a corrupt government, she struggles
between wanting change and doing the right thing. Part of The Elixir Series but
can be read as a stand alone book.
Margena has been writing ever since she can remember, writing her first poem in 1st grade. At her day job, when she’s not kicking young kids out of R-rated movies, she’s sweeping up spilled popcorn from the hallways and aisles (she’s not your mother, though, so please take your trash out). Her days off consist of writing science fiction, space opera, and more movie theater shenanigans. Reading is a close second to writing, and she normally has her nose buried in a book. Visit her website.
EVALYCER’S WAR: Novella in The Elixir Series. E-book; Science Fiction; novella; 118 pages Purchase at Amazon.com
Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce that BURNING RIDGE, fourth in her
Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries (2018 from Crooked
Lane Books), has earned the following: listed in Best Books of 2018, Kings
River Life; Winner, Colorado Authors League Award for Ebook Fiction; Silver
Award, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for mystery; Winner, Next Generation
Indies for Action-Adventure; Bronze Award, Foreword Indie Book of the Year
Awards for mystery; and Finalist, Colorado Book Awards for mystery. Margaret’s
fifth book, TRACKING GAME, will release November 12, 2019, and she is busy writing a
sixth episode in the series to be released fall of 2020.
When a charred body is
found on beautiful Redstone Ridge near Timber Creek, Deputy Mattie Cobb and her
dog Robo are called to investigate. But Mattie discovers a close personal
connection with the victim and soon finds herself the target of a killer.
BURNING RIDGE: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
978-1-68331-778-4; Mystery; Hardcover; 281 pages
Purchase: Online booksellers and bookstores near you.
Margaret Mizushima is the award-winning author of the
internationally published and critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries,
including Burning Ridge, named a Best Book of 2018 by Kings River
Life. Active within the writing community, Margaret serves on the board
for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of
America and was nominated for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the
Year award. She lives in Colorado
on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters
and a multitude of animals. Visit her at www.margaretmizushima.com.
Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut. If you have a success story to share please got to the Sweet Success form.
Darby Karchut is an award-winning 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
thirteenth book, DEL TORO MOON, a middle grade western/fantasy mashup (Owl
Hollow Press) is the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner-Juvenile Literature
Visit the author at her website: www.darbykarchut.com.
Writing from the Peak is happy to welcome Darby Karchut as the new coordinator for the Sweet Success column. She is excited to get started and her first Sweet Success will post on Friday.
Darby Karchut is an award-winning 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 thirteenth book, DEL TORO MOON, a middle grade western/fantasy mashup (Owl Hollow Press) is the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner-Juvenile Literature Visit the author at her website: www.darbykarchut.com.
Do you have exciting news you want to share with the world? A book launch? Signing party? A Sweet Success? If so, hop over to the Sweet Success submission form to get started. Darby looks forward to hearing from you.
Congratulations to Jason Evans! The Galloglass, a historical fiction, will release on July 10, 2019 by Grant Street Publishing.
Lt. Philip Williams thought his career as an English mercenary was over after surviving the sack of Calais by the Spanish in 1596. If only he knew his troubles were just beginning. While recovering in a hospital in Antwerp, a distant relative arrives to dangle an irresistible offer: The Royal Irish Army. All of Ireland is in open revolt and Queen Elizabeth is going to war. She needs experienced officers and Philip accepts. Once in Ireland, Philip meets two Irish women. Nualla asks for his aid while Colleen asks for his heart. Will he be able to protect either of them from the coming violence? Meanwhile Irish rebels and Scottish mercenaries raid and the survivors whisper the name of a monster: Solomon Red Beard O’Donnell. Will Philip and his friends have enough time to turn Irish peasants into soldiers? If they don’t, Solomon Red Beard will spread the rebellion and Ireland will be lost.
Jason always wanted to be a writer; he just didn’t know it. After attending college and working in education, Jason’s life changed when he fell in love with the Fetching Mrs. Evans. After over a decade as a teacher in public and private schools, he discovered the wonderful writing community in Colorado, where he still lives. Jason is an educator, and a historian (as well as a bon vivant,) who is active in the Colorado writing community as a teacher and speaker. Visit Jason’s website for more about Jason and his publication.
Celebrations are happening at Becky Clark’s house! She is giggling with excitement with TWO Sweet Successes!
First, she can finally announce her new 3-book deal with Kensington Books for a cozy mystery series set in the world of crossword puzzles. The first one, PUZZLING INK, is scheduled for release in November 2020.
Waitress Quinn Carr wishes her life was more like a crossword puzzle — orderly, one correct answer, no chaos. She loves her side gig creating the puzzles for the local paper, but when she finds a dead man at her table in the diner, she knows chaos has found her once again. Her boss is arrested, but she wonders if he’ll get a fair shake from a police chief who isn’t interested in pursuing any other leads. Luckily, Chief loves crosswords as much as Quinn does so she designs one with specific entries to get him to look at certain other suspects. But will he get a clue before the wrong person is sent to prison?
Mystery author Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the product of her imagination—until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee’s new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion now swirls around her and her critique group, making her confidence drop as severely and unexpectedly as her royalty payments.
The police care more about Charlee’s feeble alibi and financial problems than they do her panicky claims of innocence. To clear her name and revive her career, she must figure out which of her friends is a murderer. Easier said than done, even for an author who’s skilled at creating tidy endings for her mysteries. And as her sleuthing grows dangerous, Charlee’s imagination starts working overtime. Is she being targeted, too?
A highly functioning chocoholic, Becky Clark (Denver, CO) is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She published her first novel in 2001, and is a sought after speaker. Visit her online at Becky Clark Books.
One thing was certain, that the zombies had everything
to do with it…
Almost nine years have passed since that golden afternoon
when gentleman zombie Charles Dodgson told Alice Liddell and her two sisters
the story of Alice’s Adventures in Underland, the story of how Alice goes to
the land of the zombies and what she finds there–and how she escapes.
The real Alice is no longer a little girl, but a young
woman on the cusp of adulthood, troubled by the restricted life ahead of her as
an upper-class woman in Victorian Britain. Soon she will have to look for
a husband…whom she hopes to find in a younger son of Queen Victoria, her old
friend and playmate, Prince Leopold.
Queen Victoria has other ideas.
Then another, more virulent outbreak of the zombie virus spreads across Britain, leaving nowhere untouched…with Alice’s only hope being, once again, Mr. Dodgson and one of his wonderful stories, this time on the other side of a looking glass…
DeAnna 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, www.WonderlandPress.com, and her website is www.DeAnnaKnippling.com
Congratulations to Kendra Merritt on the release of her YA fantasy, Skin Deep, releasing from Blue Frye Press April 1, 2019.
Cursed for a
youthful accident which maimed a young woman, Léon Beauregard roams his
mountain as a bear, clinging to the scraps of his humanity. But when he comes
across an enchanter scarred from an accident she doesn’t remember, she promises
to free him.
As the graceful young woman studies his curse, Léon begins to realize she is much more than just a passing enchanter. She’s the one he’s falling in love with. And she is the one whose life he ruined. When bodies show up mauled by a large animal, Léon has more to hide and everything to lose if Anwen ever learns the truth about the monster inside him.
is an author and avid reader living in Denver with her very tall husband, their
book loving progeny, and a big black monster masquerading as a service dog.
She writes familiar stories from unfamiliar points of view,
highlighting heroes with disabilities. Her first book, By Wingéd Chair,
is a retelling of Robin Hood where Maid Marion kicks butt from a wheelchair.
Congratulations to Catherine Dilts on the publication of her new amateur sleuth mystery, Survive or Die, from Encircle Publications, released February 28,2019 (ISBN: 978-1-948338-33-2, e-book, 390 pgs).
You think you’re gonna
Survive, but you’re gonna Die. Die. Die. The owner of a dysfunctional company
arranges a mandatory team-building exercise at the Survive or Die survivalist
camp, once the setting for a defunct reality TV show. When he receives a death
threat, what surprises employees is not that someone wants their lecherous,
hard-drinking boss dead. The surprise is that he’s not the first casualty. The
unexpected demise of a coworker’s husband barely causes a ripple. The annoying
photographer’s death is attributed to natural causes. The excitement comes when
the boss announces the winner of the week-long game will receive a raise, and
the loser will be fired. Most employees dig in with grim determination. A few
have other agendas.
Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery
series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery
Magazine. She takes a turn in the multi-author sweet cozy mystery series
Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library with Ink or Swim. 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. Visit Catherine at her website.
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
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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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.
This 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 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, www.WonderlandPress.com, and her website is www.DeAnnaKnippling.com.