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Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Three cheers for Darby Karchut. Her contemporary middle grade novel, On a Good Horse, recently won the 2021 High Plains Book Award and the 2021 Will Rogers Medallion Award. School Library Journal declares “…this realistic novel with a rustic setting is a classic tale of the deep connection between animals and people.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.

Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to move to Colorado and live with Roberto Nash, a father he barely knows. Or wants to know.

Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son. Purchase a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and booksellers worldwide. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Rockies, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her many books include ON A GOOD HORSE and the middle grade fantasy series DEL TORO MOON, winner of the Colorado Book Award. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut (this week’s Sweet Success author) 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 Darby Karchut

Hats off to Darby Karchut! Her middle grade contemporary western, ON A GOOD HORSE (Owl Hollow Press, November 2020), is a finalist for the 2021 High Plains Book Awards. These awards celebrate “…regional literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains and evoke a special connection to that singular landscape.”

On a Good Horse

ABOUT THE BOOK

Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.

Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to live with Roberto Nash, a father he barely knows. Or wants to know.

Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son.

Darby Karchut

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darby Karchut is an 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 middle grade books include the DEL TORO MOON series (Colorado Book Award), ON A GOOD HORSE, and the FINN FINNEGAN series. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut and follow her on Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Darby also coordinates the Sweet Success column. If you have a success story to share please send it here.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

PPW’s very own Sweet Success Coordinator, Darby Karchut, has a success of her own! Congratulations!

By: Darby Karchut

Well, this feels totally weird to write my own Sweet Success, but, hey, it’s 2020 and weird is the new norm. So here goes…

My latest novel, ON A GOOD HORSE, releases November 10 from Owl Hollow Press. While this is my fifteenth book, it’s my first contemporary standalone middle grade (I usually write MG and YA fantasy series).

On a Good Horse - Cover

ABOUT THE BOOK: A boy and horse could outrun all the sadness of this flat world. If the boy believed, and the horse was swift. The sorrel knew he was fast enough to help the boy. He just needed open grassland and a light hand on the reins. He’d show Ol’ Mr. Grief his heels. Why, he’d run so fast that the wind would peel that sorrow right off the boy. Like a snake shedding its skin. Leaving it caught in the grass and drying up in the sun. Dust to dust. All the horse needed was a chance.

Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.

Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to live with his father, Roberto Nash, a man he barely knows. Or wants to know.

Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son.

The book is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Kobo, and from independent booksellers worldwide.

Darby Karchut, Headshot
Darby Karchut

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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 middle grade novel, DEL TORO MOON (Owl Hollow Press) won the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner for Juvenile Literature. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.


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.