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Sweet Success for April 2017

April 28, 2017

Pikes Peak Writers member, Barbara Nickless, has been nominated for for two outstanding awards.

The Colorado Book Awards is an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers.” Barbara’s debut novel, Blood on the Tracks, is a finalist in the mystery category. She and her fellow mystery finalists (along with finalists in the thriller and genre fiction categories–including PPW member Kevin Ikenberry) will be reading at Denver Bookbar at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 14th.

In addition, Barbara is thrilled to announce she is a finalist for the Colorado Authors’ League Writing Award in the genre fiction category. She will be doing a reading with her fellow finalists at Tattered Cover (Colfax) on Saturday, April 29th at 6 p.m.

April 21, 2017

The Chemistry of Heroes, a short story by PPW member Catherine Dilts, is a Derringer finalist in the Novelette category. The Derringer is awarded annually for the best short story in four categories – Flash, Short, Long, and Novelette. Catherine’s story was published in the May 2016 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The winners will be announced May 1st.

Catherine’s sixth story for Alfred Hitchcock, Unrepentant Sinner, appears in the May /June 2017 issue. She is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series. http://www.catherinedilts.com/

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Sweet Success for March 2017

March 31, 2017

Congratulations to Karen Fox and her re-release of Sword of MacLeod, now for on sale for .99.

About Sword of MacLeod

A renowned tracker throughout the galaxy, Raven reluctantly agrees to help Beckett MacLeod find his runaway nine-year-old daughter, even though he’s from a backward planet that denies the advances of technology.  The task turns out to be much more trouble than she expected.  In addition to almost destroying her spaceship, fighting privateers, and being forced to seek the one man she never wanted to encounter again, Raven finds herself drawn to Beckett and his primitive mindset. If she isn’t careful, they’ll all end up dead.

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March 24, 2017

The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2). Henery Press, 2017.

When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.

The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.

March 10, 2017

Mike Befeler’s international thriller, The Tesla Legacy (ISBN 978-0-692-84423-6), is now available in print and e-book from Wooden Pants Publishing. Be sure to check it out.

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Sweet Success for February 2017

February 24, 2017

Congratulations to Cynthia Kuhn for her recent Agatha nomination for her novel, The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries #1) The novel, published by Henery Press, became available April 5, 2016 in both hard and softcover as well as Kindle formats.

February 17, 2017

Author Ann Perramond (pen name Ann Myers for this series) has been nominated in the amateur sleuth category for an RT book award. Her intriguing book summary follows:

Cinco de Mayo brings margaritas, guacamole—and murder—to the menu in the second Santa Fe Café Mystery.

Tres Amigas Café chef Rita Lafitte is whipping up green chile soufflés and chocolate flan cake to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and prepare for a romantic dinner date. If only her friend Linda, the daughter of Rita’s octogenarian boss Flori, could get into the festive spirit. Linda’s humble food cart, Tía Tamales, is under siege from Crepe Empire, the hottest stand in Santa Fe, and its owner, a pompous star chef named Napoleon.

Linda confronts Napoleon in a public argument that leaves her dying from embarrassment. However, it’s Napoleon who ends up dead. When Linda discovers his body, stabbed and pinned beneath her tamale cart, she becomes the number-one suspect. Determined to prove Linda’s innocence, Rita investigates. From Napoleon’s disgruntled former employees to a shady health inspector, the list of suspects grows longer than Flori’s strings of dried chiles. And when another corpse surfaces, Rita must scramble to catch an elusive killer with an appetite for murder…

We’ll be watching to see whether you win, Ann, and we’ll be checking out your book in the meantime.

Join us here to celebrate the writing and publishing successes of fellow PPW members. When the sweet smile of success shines on you, but sure to let us know!

Sweet Success for January 2017

January 20, 2017

WorldFire Press published Aaron Michael Ritchey’s short story in Dragon Writers: An Anthology on October 17, 2016. The fantasy/sci fi story Dust and Fire is included in the 370 page anthology (ISBN 987-1614754763) which is available in trade paper.

January 13, 2017

On December 13, 2016, Patrick Hester’s essay I’m Pretty Sure I’ve Read This Before was released in the anthology Upside Down:Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. The anthology of 366 pages was released by Apex Publications. (ISBN-10: 1937009440 and ISBN-13: 978-1937009441) It is available in eBook and in soft and hard cover.

Join us here to celebrate the writing and publishing successes of fellow PPW members. When the sweet smile of success shines on you, but sure to let us know!

Sweet Success for December 2016

December 30, 2016

Congratulations to Laura DiSilverio on her Sept 2016 release of Close Call. The 327-page suspense novel was published by Midnight Ink in trade paper. (ISBN 978-0-7387-4920-4)

December 16, 2016

After the Crown, a science fiction by K.B. Wagers, will be released in paperback on December 13th by Orbit. (ISBN0316308633) The book is 100,000 words. Katy’s synopsis of her adrenaline-fueled Star Wars-style sequel to Behind the Throne follows.

December 9, 2016

John Stith’s Redshift Rendezvous was re-released by ReAnimus Press on November 15, 2016 in trade paperback and ebook formats. The paperback ISBN is 978-0-9672984-4-3.

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Sweet Success for November 2016

November 18, 2016

Soul of the Unborn is a dark fantasy penned by Natalia Brothers and published during November. Both paperback and digital versions will be available on Amazon. (ISBN9781944728083-print; ISBN9781533770073-digital) City Owl Press is publishing the novel of 370 pages.

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Amazing VIP Judges for the Zebulon!

Are you sitting on a manuscript, wondering if you should enter it in the Zebulon contest?

Let us make that one decision a little easier for you. Check out this year’s roster of VIP judges, who will be scoring the final round of competition.

Natalie Lakosil, an agent for the Bradford Literary Agency, will judge Middle Grade/Young Adult.

Lisa Abellera, agent for Kimberly Cameron and Associates, will judge Mainstream/Literary/Historical.

Kate Brauning, Senior Acquiring Editor at Entangled Publishing, will judge Romance/Women’s.

Esi Sogah, a Senior Editor at Kensington Publishing, will judge Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

Mike Braff, editor at Del Rey Books, will judge Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Sam Morgan, an agent for JABberwocky, will judge Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal.

You can find more information about each of these stellar individuals on the Faculty page for the 2017 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Remember, the contest closes at 12 p.m. on November 1, so you still have a few days to get that submission whipped into shape and submitted. Good luck!

2017 Director’s Note from Laura Hayden

It’s that time again. Writers are looking at their calendars and thinking, “I wonder when Pikes Peak Writers Conference will update their website with the new info about PPWC 2017?”

Well, we’ve started and over the next few weeks, you’ll see even more information. We started working on PPWC 2017 back in February. Yes, you read it right–two months before our 2016 conference, we were already working on the 2017 one. The first decision was choosing the director and I raised my hand to volunteer. Okay, I actually stood on a chair and waved madly, refusing to get down until they said yes.

It’s not easy directing a conference in Colorado when you live in Alabama, but I’ve done it twice before and am willing to do it a third time. My love for all things Pikes Peak Writers is legion and the Board agreed to allow me to be at the helm for our 25th Conference.

You read that right, too. TWENTY-FIFTH conference. In our parlance, it’s our SILVER JUBILEE and besides exceptional keynote speakers, brilliant faculty members and a slew of insightful, inspiring and instructive workshops, we’re celebrating with special events like our “Heroes and Villains” Costume Party, our “Write Drunk; Edit Sober” event and much, much more.

So mark your calendars for April 28-30, 2017 (and consider our Thursday Prequel on April 27) so you can join old friends and make new friends at our 2017 Silver Jubilee Celebration Conference.

Sweet Success for October 2016

October 28, 2016

PPW member Shannon Lawrence doesn’t seem to slow down! Another of her incredible short stories has found its way into the realms of publication. On July 15, 2016 her horror story, “Shifting Sands” was published in Dark Moon Digest by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (ISBN10: 1943720169, ISBN13: 978-1943720163, soft cover and ebook). Issue #24 is available on Amazon.

October 21, 2016

Hooked on Books is a lovely new space in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Shelves of books, a beautiful view out the large front windows, and a helpful staff make it a great place to visit … and to hold a book signing.

Ann Perramond (writing as Ann Myers) and Barbara Nickless held a signing there on October 1st. Ann was celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first book in her Santa Fe Café cozy mystery series, Bread of the Dead. The third book in the series, Feliz Navidead, comes out October 25th.

Barbara Nickless launched her debut novel, Blood on the Tracks, the first in a mystery/thriller series about a railroad cop and her K9 partner.

October 14, 2016

Congratulations to Catherine Dilts on the publication of her new mystery novel, Stone Cold Blooded – A Rock Shop Mystery (ISBN: 10: 1-893035-34-4 / 13: 978-1-893035-8, 325 pages, paperback and ebook, adult), was published October 10, 2016 by Encircle Publications LLC. It is available on Amazon.

Join us here to celebrate the writing and publishing successes of fellow PPW members. When the sweet smile of success shines on you, but sure to let us know!