Sweet Success

Sweet Success for Mike Torreano

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Mike Torreano! He just signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for his third western, titled A SCORE TO SETTLE. It’s set on a cattle drive on the Goodnight-Loving Trail in 1870 New Mexico Territory, the historic genesis for Larry McMurtry’s beloved LONESOME DOVEseries. The release is schedule for this summer and takes its place along with Mike’s other traditional western mysteries, THE RECKONING and THE RENEWAL, also from The Wild Rose Press.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Del Lawson, a broken-hearted rancher, drifts aimlessly after his family is murdered. He signs on to a cattle drive along the Goodnight-Loving trail, unaware he’s still in danger. When he falls in love with Rose, a pretty Army nurse, the killers target her. Now, if he’s to recover from his grief and build a new life with her, Del must set out on a gritty hunt for the men who are hunting him.

Meanwhile, Del’s mother, who Del doesn’t know survived that murderous night, discovers the gold the killers are after. Vowing revenge, she uses the treasure in an elaborate masquerade aimed at taking the murderers down.

Will mother and son’s plans reap justice or destroy what’s left of the Lawson clan?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mike Torreano has a military background and is a student of American history and the Old West.

His debut western mystery, THE RECKONING, set in South Park, Colorado, in 1868, released in 2016 by The Wild Rose Press. The sequel, THE REVEWAL, also in South Park, 1872, released in 2018.

Mike’s written for magazines and newspapers for many years. An experienced editor, he’s taught University-level English and Journalism. He’s a member of the Historical Novel Society, Pikes Peak Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Western Writers of America and several other western writing groups. He brings his readers back in time with him as he recreates life in mid-to-late 19th century America. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Anne.

 For more information on Mike and all his publications, visit him at miketorreano.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.
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Sweet Success for Barbara Nickless

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Barbara Nickless on her newest release, GONE TO DARKNESS, the next book in the best-selling Sydney Parnell series.

About the Book

Gone to Darkness cover, by, Barbara Nickless

Newly minted homicide detective Sydney Parnell faces a savage killer whose endgame is to capture her. And keep her.

Iraqi war vet and former railway cop Sydney Parnell is now the youngest homicide detective in Denver’s Major Crimes Unit. In the past, gut instinct has served her and her K9 partner well. But it’s not a trait Len Bandoni, her old nemesis turned reluctant mentor, admires. Not until Sydney’s instincts lead to their first case: a man tortured and beaten to death, then left in a refrigerated train car with cryptic messages carved into his body.

As Sydney; her K9 partner, Clyde; and Bandoni investigate the grisly murder, the three develop a bond that carries them through a shocking series of crimes and a horrifying conspiracy that threatens the detectives’ lives and promises to bring their beloved city to its knees. Pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or your favorite indie bookstore world-wide.

About the Author

Barbara Nickless

Barbara Nickless is the #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the award-winning Sydney Parnell crime novels featuring a railway cop and her K9 partner. Jeffery Deaver promises “you’ll fall in love with one of the best characters in thriller fiction.” The series has been optioned for television. Barbara’s essays and short stories have appeared in Writer’s DigestCriminal ElementPenguin Random House, and other markets. She also teaches creative writing to veterans at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Barbara is often in the Rocky Mountains where she loves to hike, cave, and drink single malt Scotch—although usually not at the same time. Follow the author on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or visit her at www.barbaranickless.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 Roger Thomas

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Roger Thomas on the May 29th release of THE SPECTER OF SPAR MOUNTAIN. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This fourth book in the Roland Mason historical mystery series presents Mason, an attorney in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1881, with a daunting case.  A miner stands accused of murdering his partner.  While he admits his partner is dead, he claims he didn’t do it; his partner was killed by a ghost. Grab a copy at Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Roger Thomas was born in Illinois and lived in Virginia, but he has spent the last 25 years living in Colorado Springs.  After a 30-year career in Information Technology, he retired and returned to his love of writing.  In all, he has indie published six books, including four historical mysteries set in Laramie, Wyoming, in the 1880s. THE SPECTER OF SPAR MOUNTAIN is the latest in the series, and Roger is already busy writing a fifth Roland Mason mystery novel.  He lives here with his wife, Becky, and is happy to report that his two grown children and two grandchildren also live in Colorado. For more information about his other books, visit the author at rogerthewriter.weebly.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 Karen Lin

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Karen Albright Lin on the success of her novel, AMERICAN MOON: A CHINESE IMMIGRANT STORY which released June 18th and is now available on Amazon. As of June 15th, it was #12 on Amazon in the HOT NEW RELEASES in its category (Asian American Literature and Fiction). “This hard-luck story about a determined family battling poverty, communism, corruption and their own fateful decisions, makes for an emotional and uplifting read.” – Publishers Weekly (ABNA)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

American Moon is the true saga of one family’s struggle to escape Chinese Communism, survive unjust incarceration and homelessness in Taiwan, and ultimately move to America where they think the moon shines brighter.

As her father survives on death row, a strong-but-bitter daughter overcomes financial woes in an unhappy marriage, until risking a move to the U.S. Facing new struggles as an undocumented immigrant, she learns only she can make the American moon shine bright.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Karen Eats Prawns in Taipei Oct 2005

Karen Albright Lin is an award-winning author of many genres and a produced screenwriter. Her novel, American Moon, is available on Amazon. She’s also a freelance editor for bestselling and award-winning authors, and a cruise ship speaker. She’s published many short works and worked with a Hollywood agent and top New York agents. Visit the author at karenalbrightlin.com or follow her on Facebook.


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 Scott Brendel

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Scott Brendel! His short story, “Ghost Tour,” has just been published in an anthology entitled What Monsters Do for Love, Volume 2. The story is about a businessman visiting New Orleans whose crimes of the heart and propensity for infidelity come back to haunt him. Purchase your copy of the anthology at Amazon or from Soteira Press.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Scott’s Brendel’s novel, JUST BEYOND THE LIGHT, recently took first place in the mainstream/literary/historical category of the 2020 Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Contest. His short stories have appeared in Read by Dawn, Volume 1; Subtle Edens, an anthology of slipstream fiction that was nominated for a 2009 British Fantasy Award; Day Terrors; Something Wicked, Volume 1; and Penumbra.


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 Rosalind Dandridge

Congratulations to Rosalind Dandridge on the March release of her Middle Grade magical realism book NATASHA DRBY AND THE JEZABEL WITCH.

About the Book: In a race against the third sunset to save her Grandma Dotty from the evil lurking in her retirement home, ten-year-old Natasha Drby teams up with Egyptian fairy Ruthie to save her sisters from the witch’s curse and kill the ancient witch, Jezabel. Purchase your copy at Amazon.

About the Author: Rosalind Dandridge was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Walden University with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in teaching. She comes from a family of musicians and singers and began writing poems and songs at the age of fifteen years. She lives in Colorado with her daughter Symone and her two cats Rosealee and Mimi. Follow Rosalind on Instagram for all her latest news.


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 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.