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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.

Congratulations Barbara Nickless!

By: Darby Karchut

PPW member Barbara Nickless will be featured at Murder in the Mountains Friday, February 21-Sunday, February 23, 2020, in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Murder in the Mountains

This event promises a thrilling weekend celebrating all things murder and mystery, including author conversations, a live panel exchange with Scottish crime writers, mystery writing workshops, true crime podcast discussion, youth forensics workshop, “Noir in the Bar” event, murder mystery dinner, and more!

Barbara Nickless will be joined by visiting authors: New York Times bestselling author of fourteen full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, Craig Johnson; award winning mystery & suspense writer Christine Carbo; crime writer, volunteer firefighter and part-time radio host Rachel Monroe; plus Jakob Rodgers and Lance Benzel of the true crime podcast, Colorado Cold Case.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Barbra Nickless

Barbara Nickless is the #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the “blisteringly original” Sydney Parnell crime novels featuring a railway cop and her K9 partner. The series has been optioned for television and has won two Colorado Book Awards and the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Barbara also teaches creative writing to veterans at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is often in the Rocky Mountains where she loves to hike, cave, and drink single malt Scotch—although usually not at the same time. Connect with 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.

The Devil in the Details

by: Barbara Nickless


“If you want to get shot,” the SWAT leader said, “go ahead and reach for that gun.”

I froze, my hand inches from the pistol lying on the counter. Minutes earlier, I’d been full of bravado. Talking smack with my fellow drug dealers and preparing to relax on the sofa and count the day’s take. Now, looking into a pair of the coldest eyes I’d ever seen, I was suddenly unsure. Should I throw up my hands in surrender? Or go down in a blaze of glory?

My fingers twitched as my hand hovered over the gun.

“Go on,” the cop said. “I dare you.”

What I’m talking about here is not my life of crime, but the research I did in order to play the part. I had my run-in with that team of heavily armed and armored-up men while I was working on my first mystery/thriller.

Arranging the meet was pretty simple. I wanted to know more about the dangerous aspects of police work. They needed a guinea pig.

Research has moved beyond the dusty stacks of the library shelves of my youth (although I miss those shelves!). These days, we can run Google searches, join chat groups, watch YouTube videos, and gain access to information on a huge number of organizations—all from the comfort of our desks.

But first-hand experience can garner us telling details that makes our stories ring true.

When I set out to write my first thriller, a novel about a former Marine turned railroad cop, I had to convincingly depict guns, murder investigations, trains, railroad cops, the CIA, the Iraq War and Mortuary Affairs, the Marines, military working dogs, K9s, hobos, railroad gangs, and white supremacists.

Clearly, I couldn’t gain first-hand knowledge in all those areas. But I did what I could, and dove headfirst into every hands-on experience I could find.

Call me crazy.

While I’ve stopped short of trying to hop on a moving train, I have gone on a ride-along with a coroner (not for the queasy), watched K9s take down criminals while I scrambled to get out of the way, crouched in a corner when the husband of a domestic violence victim came home with a gun, and been inadvertently locked in the back of a cruiser during a murder investigation.

One of the most emotionally difficult experiences has been taking out possible bad guys during interactive video simulations. Each time, I’ve revisited the scenario in my mind. When I fired my gun and “took” a human life, did I do the right thing? Was the suspect guilty? And was there any way I could have de-escalated the situation without firing a shot?

Gaining first-hand experience takes time. And all of us are busy. We have kids and jobs and books to write. But a lot of research activities can be done on weeknights or weekends. Sheriff and police citizens’ academies, for example, are typically one weeknight for six weeks, plus an optional ride-along.

And it only takes a small taste to give you a larger perspective.

Back to that drug den and the gun lying on the counter. When the door burst open and twelve SWAT officers poured in—swathed head to toe in black body armor, assault rifles at the ready and aimed at me—I lost my courage. All I could see of them were their eyes, and the look in those eyes meant business. My hands went up in surrender, the gun stayed on the counter, and I missed my chance to get shot.

With a paintball gun.

 


Barbara NicklessBarbara has always been interested in things that might get her killed, or at least maimed. She’s rehabilitated wild birds of prey, explored little-known caves, handled rattlesnakes, and raised two children through their teenage years. Her bestselling mystery/thriller series featuring Special Agent Sydney Parnell is how she imagines life would be for Harry Bosch—if he were a railroad cop with a death wish. The third book in the series, Ambush, will come out March 2019.

Get the latest news on her website. Also check out the first two award winning books in her Sydney Parnell series, Blood on the Tracks and Dead Stop.