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Sweet Success for Debbie Burke

Until Proven Guilty, by: Debbie Burke

Hooray for Debbie Burke! Her latest thriller, UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, was recently released from Media Management LLC (March 2022). This is book #7 in her Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with Passion series.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When the law prevents justice…When DNA isn’t enough…When a lie is the truth.
Investigator Tawny Lindholm and her attorney-husband Tillman Rosenbaum juggle three baffling cases where DNA is supposed to prove guilt or innocence. Instead, it reveals deception and betrayal, triggering a crisis in their marriage, and an unimaginable threat to their family. Purchase a copy through Books2Read

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debbie Burke, Author

Debbie Burke writes the Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with Passion series. She’s a regular on The Kill Zone blog and is on staff for two senior newspapers. Her first book, INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL, won the PPW’s Zebulon Award. Visit the author at debbieburkewriter.com and follow her on 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for K.L. Emanuelson

Congratulations to K. L. Emanuelson on the recent release of her novel, THE WOMAN WHO RODE DESTINY (March 2022 from Spirit Gate Studios). Enjoy a spicy romp through the Old West of Colorado and New Mexico post-Civil War. If this was a TV show, it would be more “Deadwood” (with all of the same warnings) than “Little House on the Prairie.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Reb’s just one of the ‘boys, a cowhand who drifts from one cattle outfit to another. Despite society’s dim view of half-breeds, the other cowboys come to respect Reb as a ‘hand who works hard, while caring for an orphaned brother. But Reb guards a dangerous secret—she’s a woman and her ‘brother’ is her fatherless son.

Still, she makes a decent life for herself until she meets the half-Apache gun-slinger, Tor. Her dangerous obsession with him threatens her freedom and may cost him his life.

Reb learns to read and write when down in Santa Fe. She suffers a crushing loss, later dies and comes back to life, only to learn she will be allowed to participate in a sacred ritual where she gains a most unusual Spirit Guide. Stronger now, she faces the mistakes and insecurities of her past openly as a woman. Purchase a copy from Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

K.L. Emanuelson fell in love with Westerns as a child with her beloved Gramps. After she got out of the Army, she was a working cowgirl on various ranches. She has been a horse trainer for decades and tends to ride dressage more often than Western anymore. She has a ranch in the beautiful Bijou Basin which she shares with horses, dogs and cats. She’s a Storyteller, a poet and historian, with a focus on the American West and early 6th century Scandinavia. Follow her on Facebook.


Darby KarchutSweet 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Pikes Peak Writers

Dream is here!

 After a year of tireless work, the editors – Edward Raetz, Debora L. Brewer, Kathie Scrimgeour, and Jenny Kate – are proud to present the second anthology from Pikes Peak Writers, Dream. Congratulations to the 27 authors whose short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, appears in this newest anthology!

About the book:

Dream: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers
Cover Design by: Josh Clark

Whether you are awake or asleep, dreams take your mind and open it to a kaleidoscope of dreamscapes you never knew could exist. In a blink, the dream can transform from a bloody war to a little boy escaping his troubled childhood with his action figures.

In this second anthology from the Pikes Peak Writers, you will take a journey through the creative minds of the twenty-seven writers who penned the following works based on a simple one-word prompt – Dream. Let yourself experience worlds in a spirit-filled house, on a pirate ship, or teeter on the precipice of Hell. Then, with the turn of a page, walk through the beauty of far-off lands, watch purple ducks on a yellow pond, or run with terror through a town filled with monsters. Enjoy this stroll down a crooked path that could hold your worst nightmare or your most beloved wish. Be careful what you wish for, a genie may be lurking in the labyrinth of your mind waiting to be set free.

 Dream is available where ever books are sold.

Sweet Success for Jenna MacFarlane

Congratulations to Jenna MacFarlane on the recent release of her first novel, HARDWARE STORIES. This mystery features an awkward female hardware store clerk and one horrific murder to solve.

Hardware Stories cover image

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

If you combine 44–year-old Claire Cunningham, an awkward female hardware store clerk, and a horrific problem to solve, the stage is set for HARDWARE STORIES. When the police accuse one of Claire’s co-workers of a brutal murder, she becomes an unlikely detective. Her curiosity places her in direct conflict with the establishment, exposing a scintillating underbelly and threatening to undermine her beloved city, Boleyn, North Carolina. She must decide whom to trust in a place where the practice of swift justice screams Wild West rather than gentile South. Striking out on her own to solve the crime while avoiding the advances of a stalker, she clashes with the law and everyone who matters. Purchase a copy through Amazon.

Jenna MacFarlane

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jenna MacFarlane’s first novel, HARDWARE STORIES, debuted in February 2022. Her story “Old Debt” is published in the anthology About Time. MacFarlane holds a BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and has lived in the central Piedmont of North Carolina for many years. When MacFarlane’s not writing, hiking, painting, or restoring, she’s stocking shelves at a local supermarket. MacFarlane’s memoir, HINDSIGHT, will be published in 2023.


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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

 

Sweet Success for Kelley Lindberg

By: Darby Karchut

Yay for this happy news! Kelley J. P. Lindberg is pleased to announce that she is now represented by Lynnette Novak at The Seymour Agency. Her YA novel, TRUE LOVE NEVER, is an award-winning contemporary Shakespeare retelling with magical realism.

Kelley Lindberg

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kelley J. P. Lindberg writes award-winning YA and adult fiction, and sometimes admits to having penned several best-selling how-to books in her early career. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s traveling as far and as often as she can. Kelley has spoken at numerous writing conferences and workshops. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Citron Review, 99 Pine Street, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE WINE LOVER’S SOUL, and others, and in the Tellables app for the Amazon Alexa platform. Visit Kelley’s website at www.KelleyLindberg.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Darby KarchutSweet 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Fleur Bradley

By: Darby Karchut

Three cheers for Fleur Bradley! Her new 6-book creative non-fiction series for the educational market, aimed at reluctant readers, entitled How the World Worships recently released from 45th Parallel Press (imprint of Cherry Creek Press). Visit the publisher’s website for more information.

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Readers will learn about the core teachings and beliefs of the world’s most widely practiced religions through the lens of two different perspectives, one from the United States and the other from another country where the religion is predominant, and dive deep into the important figures, sacred texts, holidays, and commandments. This narrative nonfiction series uses considerate text that is written at a higher maturity level with a lower reading level to engage and accommodate struggling readers. Includes sidebars that are aligned with the Common Core Standards, a comprehensive timeline, and activity. A table of contents, glossary with simplified definitions and pronunciations, and index are also included.

Fleur Bradley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Middle-grade author Fleur Bradley is passionate about two things: mysteries and getting kids to read, and she regularly speaks at librarian and educator conferences on reaching reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, Fleur now lives in Colorado Springs with her family, and entirely too many rescue animals. Be sure to visit Fleur at ftbradley.com and follow her on 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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for J.D.R. Hawkins

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to J.D.R. Hawkins! She recently participated in the anthology, SUCCESS MINDSETS, from Leaders Press and edited by Alinka Rutlowska. The book has reached the bestseller list on USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What’s the number one driver of a success mindset? Find out now in the latest mind-boggling anthology from Leaders Press! You will come to understand this by reading the brilliant contributors of SUCCESS MINDSETS. This anthology gathers advice from several dozen exceptional leaders, ranging from CEOs to champions to game-changers. SUCCESS MINDSETS reveals that many roads lead to success and you must choose the one that suits your concept best.

Each chapter in SUCCESS MINDSETS will reveal methods for developing the right approach for navigating your journey to success. Dive in now to:

  • Understand the mindset of being adaptable in your pursuit of success.
  • Adopt a growth mindset, to value long-term growth over short-term revenue.
  • Utilize your driven mindset to keep advancing your career even as the world turns completely upside down.

Copies are available through Amazon (ebook), Amazon (print), and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.D.R. Hawkins is an Amazon, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author. She is one of only a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her Renegade Series has received several awards and five-star reviews. Her other books include the non-fiction HORSES IN GRAY: FAMOUS CONFEDERATE WARHORSES. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the UDC, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. Visit her at www.jdrhawkins.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her author page on Amazon.      


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. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Writing Habits from the Best of Us

By Jenny Kate

As we embark on a new year, tons of folks are thinking about how to develop new habits.

  • Go to the gym.
  • Eat better.
  • Write more.

Habits and goals are important. They give us purpose. And purpose gives us longevity. I’ve been thinking a lot about Blue Zones. These are the locations in the world with the most people aged 100 or more. One is a place close to my heart. The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. We go for Christmas every few years. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. Surfing. Jungle. Sun. I’m off the grid for two weeks. I read paper books. And I just get to be. As I was there this past year, I was thinking, why do these people live so long?

Writing Habits from Centenarians

Their longevity seems to boil down to four things: diet, exercise, community, and purpose.

Diet & Exercise – duh

We’ve all heard it a million times. Eat healthier and move. Honestly, I can’t help you with your diet. Although I can tell you most of the folks in Nicoya eat a crap ton of fruits and veggies and some fish. Lots of rice and beans and plantains too.

They also live in a place where being outside is part of the culture. Beach every morning to surf or swim or walk. Beach at sunset for obvious reasons. Walk everywhere.

During the pandemic, I got in the habit of a daily walk. Kurt Vonnegut did pushups and sit ups all the time. Nora Roberts works out every day. What can you do to get yourself moving? Feeling better keeps you motivated to keep writing.

Community

The importance of community can’t be overstated. Writing is a solitary business. But producing books is all about community. Beta readers, street teams, agents, editors, proofreaders, critique partners.

Whether it’s in person or virtual, you are not alone in this writing endeavor. And community can keep you motivated to stick to your daily writing habits. Your community can be whoever supports your writing: immediate family, friends, colleagues at work, or writing buds. It just has to be a group of people that provide a positive environment for you.

Purpose

Purpose is the one aspect of this I think we control the most and might be the hardest. What is our writing purpose? To create wonderful worlds for our readers? To entertain, excite, scare?

How do you maintain that purpose when things like imposter syndrome sneak in?

This is where daily writing habits can be helpful.

  • Specific amount of writing time
  • Specific number of words written
  • Specific chapters finished in a certain time period
  • Specific timeframe work is due to the editor

Daily writing habits can be helpful if you have your community to hold you accountable. Whether it’s pages to your critique partners or chapters to your proofreader, a deadline to a human being can be motivating.

If this doesn’t motivate you enough to create your writing habits, then maybe some of the famous among us can.

Writing Habits from Famous Authors

Several bestsellers repeat the same mantra: “It’s our job.” If a doctor said he didn’t feel like it today, a life could be lost. A bit dramatic, but the point is, it’s our job. We sit down and we write. We produce stories. No one’s habit or process will be the same. But having that habit or process is what puts books on the shelves.

Ernest Hemingway: “I write every morning.”

Jodi Picoult: “I don’t believe in writer’s block. You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.”

Khaled Hosseini: “You have to write whether you feel like it or not.”

Toni Morrison: “I am able to write regularly. I have a nine-to-five job. I write either in between those hours or spend a lot of the weekend and predawn time writing.”

Henry Miller: “Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema – all these come after.”

Nora Roberts: “I write every day. It’s my job. Routine is my life.” and “Stop whining and write.”

Joe Lansdale: “I write every morning at 9, and I’m done by noon.”

Maya Angelou: “I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”  

Whether you take it from the Centenarians or the Famous Writers, find the writing habit that works for you. Stick with it for a month and see what happens.

Happy writing!


Jenny Kate

Jenny Kate is the founder of Writer Nation, an online space dedicated to helping writers market their work. With 19 years communications experience, she regularly writes on social media, internet marketing and face-to-face publicity. You can find her on her WebsiteFacebook, and  Instagram

Sweet Success for PPW Authors!

Congratulations to the 27 authors who were chosen for this year’s anthology, Dream. These worldwide authors were chosen from a field of nearly 200 submissions consisting of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry each following the theme of a dream. To read more about each author please visit PPW’s anthology page on their website.

The authors are:
Jean Alfieri – “She Told you in a Dream”
Steven Anderson – “House of Dreams”
C.E Barnes – “The Jungian Offensive”
Lou Berger – “The Last Ember Fades”
John M. Campbell – “Living the Dream (Except for One Thing)”
John Christenson – “Der Traumlicht”
DJ Davis – “Dream Quota”
Rick Duffy – “The Boundless Dream”
Marlene Fabian-Stiles – “Computer Genie“
Karen Fox – “Seedlings of Reality”
Lawrence Good – “Black Man Running, 1969“
Ronnie Graham – “I Always Wake Up”
Matthew Heneghan – “A Boy Named Ryan”
Scott Kerby – “The Bunker”
T.R. Kerby – “Dream Harvest”
Lauren Lang – “Dream On”
John Lewis – “Sleepstone”
Gregory Mattix – “Dream Eater”
Peter McQuade – “Dreamwater”
Tracy Mitchell – “False Fate“
P. James Norris – “Wind”
Barbara Preslier – “Augmented Dreams”
Uchechi Princewill – “Blanket of Joy”
Sandy Reay – “Damn The Dream”
Susan Schoolman – “Dream Crush”
CS Simpson – “Other Lives”
Benjamin X. Wretlind – “Over There”

 

About the book:

Dream is an anthology published by Pikes Peak Writers following a theme. This year that theme is:

Dreams.
They are manifold – resolving subliminal mysteries and creating chaos.
Our dreams are delightful and bold.
Some are lucid, cyclical, and idealistic.
They spawn yearning for our past – and foretell our futures.
Do you crave answers or adventure?
Join us.
Step through the veil.
Discover the primordial wisdom of the universe, and the shadows of our dreams.

Introducing the Authors!

Pikes Peak Writers and the editors of, Dream, are proud to introduce the twenty-seven authors selected for this second anthology. Congratulations to everyone! Click here to learn more about each author.

Jean Alfieri She Told You in a Dream
Steve J Anderson House of Dreams
Craig E Barnes The Jungian Offensive
Lou J Berger The Last Ember Fades
John Campbell Living the Dream (Except for One Thing)
John Christenson Der Traumlicht
Debbie Davis Dream Quota
Rick Duffy The Boundless Dream
Marlene Fabian Stiles Computer Genie
Karen Fox Seedlings of Reality
Lawrence Good Black Man Running, 1969
Ronnie Lee Graham I Always Wake Up
Matthew Heneghan A Boy Named Ryan
Tracy Kerby Dream Harvest
Kelly Kerby The Bunker
Lauren Lang Dream On
John Lewis Sleepstone
Gregory Mattix Dream Eater
Peter McQuade Dreamwater
Tracy Mitchell False Fate
P James Norris Wind
Barbara Preslier Augmented Dreams
Sandy Reay Damn The Dream
Susan Schooleman Dream Crush
Christina Simpson Other Lives
Uchechi Princewill Blanket of Joy
Benjamin X. Wretlind Over There