Sweet Success

Sweet Success for Carol Berg

AKA: Cate Glass

by: Darby Karchut

Fourth time is a charm! Congratulations to Carol Berg. Her novel, AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES, (written under her pseudonym Cate Glass) won the 2020 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy. This is her fourth CBA, the first one under the Cate Glass name.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An Illusion of Thieves by, Cate Glass

In a land where the taint of magic is a death sentence, four sorcerers find an unexpected calling…

When Romy’s brother risks using magic for petty thieving, she exerts her influence as the Shadow Lord’s beloved courtesan to save his life. The price is her dismissal from nine years of settled happiness. Forced back to her roots in Cantagna’s Beggar’s Ring, Romy has only her wits and her own secret magic to make a new life for herself and her angry young brother. As they struggle to survive, they find allies in unexpected quarters — a professional duelist with a dangerous past and a metalsmith with a knack for forgery.  

Cast as scapegoat in a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and drive Cantagna into civil war, Romy finds herself in a confluence of bronze antiquities, pious grand ducs, treacherous allies, and greedy art dealers. She, her brother, and their newfound partners must risk exposing their secrets to save Romy’s life and preserve Cantagna’s future as a city of justice and enlightenment.

All the author’s books available from booksellers world-wide. To learn more about the series or to purchase a copy, go here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carol Berg

Cate Glass (aka Carol Berg) 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.

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.

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.

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.