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Sweet Success for Margaret Mizushima

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Margaret Mizushima on the September 7th release of her latest book, STRIKING RANGE, book seven in her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery from Crooked Lane Books

ABOUT THE BOOK

In this episode, the past and present collide when Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are torn between investigating her father’s cold case and the death of a young mother. An ice storm batters the area, taking its toll on the investigative team, while Mattie and Robo search for the woman’s missing infant. STRIKING RANGE can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and booksellers worldwide.

Margaret Mizushima

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Pikes Peak Writers. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. Visit the author at margaretmizushima.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


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 Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten

By: Darby Karchut

Great news! Pikes Peak members Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten from New Mexico are pleased to announce their most recent release, MIRTH AND MUSINGS (August 2021, Red Penguin Books). This anthology is a collection of ten of their prize-winning short stories and essays.

Mirth and Musings cover

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Mirth and musings in the same book? Join the award-winning writing team of Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten in their fifth collaboration as they explore what makes us laugh and a few even serious essays on such subjects as running away from home when overwhelmed. You will never again go into a sauna without feeling Jim’s experiences after you read Saunagus nor have a stranger as an extended guest after learning Sandi’s lessons in There’s a Diva in the House. These ten chapters are sure to entertain you and perhaps challenge your preconceived notion of what makes the perfect woman. Purchase your copy through Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Sandi Hoover has explored various settings for her publications while on extended birding trips throughout the world. She has written several prize-winning short stories, and Red Penguin Books will release her AN EAGLE EYE’S VIEW in fall of 2021. Jim Tritten is a multi-award-winning author with numerous book publications to his name. As a writing team, their fiction has been published in a number of journals and by Rhetoric Askew and with Artemisia Publishing. PANAMA’S GOLD, their sixth collaboration, will be released by Red Penguin Books summer of 2021. Follow Sandi on Facebook and Jim 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.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Karen Albright Lin

Cheers for Karen Albright Lin! Her contemporary novel, MU SHU MAC & CHEESE, recently released as a paperback. 

Mu Shu Mac & Cheese by Karen Lin

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

With her household the focus of a TV reality show, food writer Elaine’s professional dreams are about to come true. But her dominating Chinese mother-in-law’s unexpected arrival blends the filming with more than a dash of culture clash. All too soon, Ma wants to chaperone Elaine’s son to prom and otherwise brings the household’s pot to a full boil. MU SHU MAC & CHEESE explores how far a corn-grown foodie will go to save her family’s happy life from being sliced and diced. It’s Julia Child meets My Big Fat CHINESE Wedding. Copies may be purchased through Amazon.

Karen Albright Lin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen is a hopeless foodie, award-winning novelist, and produced screenwriter. Many of her stories are inspired by her experience marrying into a Chinese family. Food is often a subplot. MU SHU MAC & CHEESE and AMERICAN MOON came out on Kindle 2020. When possible she, her husband, and their two boys travel as she researches recipes from around the world for a literary cookbook. She teaches for cruise lines and writers conferences in Colorado where she is part of a rich author community. Visit her at karenalbrightlin.com and follow her on Facebook and Sisters of the Quill.


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 Margaret Mizushima

Three cheers for Margaret Mizushima! HANGING FALLS, her sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
from Crooked Lane Books, has been named winner of the 2021 WILLA Literary Award for
Contemporary Fiction. Named for Willa Cather, the WILLA Literary Awards are presented by
Women Writing the West to honor stories that feature women or girls and are set in the
American West.

Hanging Falls - Book Cover


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this episode, Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo investigate the death of a person they found floating in a mountain lake, while Mattie seeks answers from long lost family about the secrets of her past. HANGING FALLS can be found or ordered wherever books are sold.

Margaret Mizushima


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Pikes Peak Writers. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. Visit the author at margaretmizushima.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


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 Kim Krisco

Congratulations to Kim Krisco! His fourth novel finally broke the “hardcover barrier.” THE MAGNIFICENT MADNESS OF TESSA WIGGINS will debut in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and Audible this fall (October 2021 from MX Publishing-London). His publisher is celebrating the launch with a limited collector’s hardcover edition trilogy (only 100 copies) of his newest novel and the two before that introduced Tessa Wiggins to the world.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

1920 – Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales: Tessa Wiggins’s “madness” is provoked by the adopted spirit of a two-thousand-year-old Druid priestess mentoring her to be the servant of The Earth Mother. When Tessa defies treatment, her lover asks a childhood friend, Sherlock Holmes, to intervene. But despite everyone’s best intentions, Tessa finds herself in Hellingford Asylum, where she is driven toward her final breaking point on All-Halloween. Purchase a copy through AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository, and MX Publishing.

Kris Krisco

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Kim Krisco is the author of three previous novels that followed in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More recently, he introduced a female protagonist in THE MAGNIFICENT MADNESS OF TESSA WIGGINS (coming Fall 2021). His attention to detail, which includes on-location research, adds a welcome richness to the tales. And his fascination with ancient Celtic culture brings a mythic dimension as well. Visit the author at MysteryBookAuthor.com and at his blog and follow him 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.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Kelley J.P. Lindberg

Huzzah for Kelley J. P. Lindberg! Her short story, “A Sail of Ash,” was recently published in the summer issue of The Baltimore Review.

ABOUT THE STORY: 

A woman and three friends head to the mountains to say goodbye to more than they realize. Readers can enjoy the story online here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Kelley J. P. Lindberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and how-to books, with short stories and essays appearing in The Baltimore Review, The Citron Review, Frontier Tales, 99 Pine Street, In Layman’s Terms, and others, as well as in the Tellables app for the Amazon Alexa platform. She’s also a freelance/contract writer. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling as far and as often as she can. She blogs about writing craft and the writer’s life on her website: www.KelleyLindberg.com. Make sure to visit 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 Terry Odell

Congratulations to Terry Odell on her recent release, TRUSTING UNCERTANITY. Remember T-Bone from PERSONAL ASSIGNMENT? This is his book, and he’s paired up with Chelsea, Emiko’s (remember the rainbow-haired Intel operator?) younger sister. Nothing is working out the way they expected.

Trusting Uncertainty. By: Terry Odell


ABOUT THE BOOK:

You can’t go back and fix the past. Moving on means moving forward. He thinks he can reset the past if he tries hard enough. Travis “T-Bone” Bostwick thinks volunteering for op after op will absolve him of the guilt he carries after a rescue went bad. When he’s sent on a simple ‘search and find’ mission as a favor to a colleague, he has no idea finding the woman will uncover something far more sinister.

She’s determined to be independent. Chelsea Goldman has spent most of her life avoiding her controlling mother hen of an older sister. She wants nothing more than to live her own life, make her own decisions. When she quits her job teaching wealthy middle school kids to move from California to Colorado to work for a new project focused on helping the less fortunate, she’s convinced she’s made the right life choice.

Terry Odell, Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she’d be a good mom and watch it so they’d have common ground for discussions. Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fan fiction, then through internet groups, and finally with live critique partners.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband and rescue dog in the mountains of Colorado. Visit the author at terryodell.com and follow her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads. Copies of her book may be purchased here.


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.

2022 Conference Update

Hi PPWC Enthusiasts!

Hold on to your hats, I’ve got a lot of exclamation points coming your way!

We are well into planning for 2022 and super excited to be back in person!

We can’t wait to introduce you to our new venue – the Colorado Springs Doubletree Hilton Hotel!

We’re thrilled to offer some incredible keynote speakers for you!

  • Robert Crais writes thrillers and noir mystery and is a PPWC alum.
  • Naima Simone writes sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark.
  • Jane Friedman is a stalwart in the publishing industry and we were her first in-person invitation for the 2021-2022 conference season!

Registration will open November 1, so SAVE-THE-DATE!

Are you attending? Save the date!

Do you want to buy a registration for your best writer’s Christmas present? Save the date!

Early bird registration is always cheaper, so save that date.

We are accepting workshop proposals until October 1, 2021.

Do you teach?

We’re looking for all manner of workshops: plotting, publishing, marketing, editing, advertising, character development, world building, you name it.

So if you’ve got one, we want to hear about it!

Click here and tell us everything.

If you want to volunteer, we need you!

Conference never happens without a slew of volunteers and there are many positions to fill.
Click here to see some of the volunteer positions.

Email the Volunteer Coordinator here.

But, COVID?

It’s possible COVID will still be a factor in April.

Don’t worry, we’re planning to be safe than sorry.

We are committed to your safety during conference.

So, in your grab bag will be hand sanitizer and a mask.

We’ll also have distanced seating during workshops and meals.

And, here’s something we’re really proud of.

We’re planning to offer virtual options!

Keep an eye on this page for more information as we develop this concept.

All in all, we are really, really excited about conference in April!

Our theme is “Get in the Game! Let’s get your writing career over the finish line!”

Mark your calendars: April 29-May 1, 2022.

More updates coming when we have them!

Feel free to email me with any questions, Jenny Kate, PPWC Director

2022 Conference FAQ

1- Will there be a virtual option for PPWC? 

We are offering 24 workshops plus keynote speeches as our virtual option. This option can be purchased as a stand alone option or as an in-person attendee add-on. Both options will have access to the content for 45 days following the end of conference. We reserve the right to cancel this option if interest doesn’t warrant.

2- When will registration begin? 

Registration for in-person and virtual conference begins November 1.

3- Will the virtual conference be the same as the in-person conference? 

We are working hard to provide a stellar virtual option and the details for our virtual offerings will be available soon.

4- What is the refund policy if COVID cancels the in-person conference? 

In the unfortunate and unexpected event COVID cancels our in-person conference due to federal, state, or local pandemic/health regulations, we will offer refunds and/or rollover to the next year. PPWC retains the right to offer an all-virtual conference. If we do decide we can transition to an all-virtual conference, we will make appropriate refunds of the difference in cost between virtual and in-person.

5- What COVID mitigation factors will you have? 

We are committed to a safe environment for all our attendees. We require our attendees to either be fully vaccinated and present a vaccine card, OR provide a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of picking up registration materials. Our other mitigation factors include distanced seating in workshops and meals, and masks and hand sanitizer in swag bags.

Fleur Bradley Keeps the Success High!

By: Darby Karchut

And the wonderful news just keeps on a-coming! Fleur Bradley is pleased to announce that her middle-grade mystery novel, MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL, not only won the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Southwest region AND the 2021 Colorado Book Award for Juvenile Literature, but her book is also nominated for the Anthony (mystery) Award in the YA category, the Agatha (mystery) Award in the Best Children’s/YA, and made Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers nominee and Rhode Island Children’s Book Award nomination list.

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.

Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.

Fleur Bradley

ABOUT THE 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. For more information on Fleur and her books, visit her 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. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.