Sweet Success

Welcome to Sweet Success!

New Coordinator for Sweet Success Darby Karchut

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

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.

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Sweet Success for Jason Henry Evans

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 Henry Evans
Jason Henry Evans

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.

The Gallowglass: ISBN; 978-1-0730504-5-1, 129,000 words, Ages 15+, Pre-order your copy today! 


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Sweet Success is coordinated by Managing Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim.

Sweet Success for Becky Clark

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?

Second, Becky Clark’s FICTION CAN BE MURDER, the first in her Mystery Writer’s Mysteries series, won 1st Place in the Mystery & Mayhem Awards, given by the Chanticleer International Book Awards in May 2019.

Fiction Can Be Murder (A Mystery Writer's Mystery Book 1) by [Clark, Becky]

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.


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Sweet Success is coordinated by Managing Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim.

Sweet Success for DeAnna Knippling

Congratulations to DeAnna Knippling on the release of her new book, Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Knight of Shattered Dreams from Wonderland Press on May 28, 2019 (ASIN: B07SFYQS45, 192 pages, for older teens and up). This finishes the story from book 1, Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts.  

Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Knight of Shattered Dreams by [Knippling, DeAnna]

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

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

Sweet Success for Kendra Merritt

Congratulations to Kendra Merritt on the release of her YA fantasy, Skin Deep, releasing from Blue Frye Press April 1, 2019.

Skin Deep (A Mark of the Least Novel) by [Merritt, Kendra]

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.

Kendra Merritt
Kendra Merritt

Kendra Merritt 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.

Sweet Success for Catherine Dilts

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
Catherine Dilts

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.

Her book is available through Encircle Publications.

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

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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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, www.WonderlandPress.com, and her website is www.DeAnnaKnippling.com.

 


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Sweet Success is coordinated by Managing Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim.

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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