PPW News

Sweet Success for June 2017

June 16, 2017

Darby Karchut’s DEL TORO MOON (middle grade fantasy/western mashup), received multiple offers before being sold to Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press, in a nice deal, for publication Summer 2018, by Amanda Rutter at Red Sofa Literary (World Rights).

June 9, 2017

Pikes Peak Writer member and PPWC faculty member JL Field’s next book will be released June 6: The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors.

Join JL for her book release party from noon to 2 p.m. on June 17, 12 to 2 p.m., at Colorado Common Hard Cider. All are welcome! First 75 people get a free drink coupon (if over 21), free recipes samples from the book, vegan food truck fare for purchase, and everyone in attendance is entered in a free drawing to win an air fryer!

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Sweet Success for May 2017

May 26, 2017

Congratulations to Chris Goff and her second International Thriller Red Sky, which is due out June 13th. The second in the Jordan series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter says, “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky.”

May 19, 2017

Congratulations to Author Cynthia Kuhn

About the Agatha: Agatha Awards are given out at the annual Malice Domestic conference held in Bethesda, Maryland: “The Agatha Awards honor the ‘traditional mystery.’ That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others” (Malice Domestic website). Categories include Best Contemporary Novel, Best Historical Novel, Best First Novel, Best Nonfiction, Best Short Story, Best Children’s/Young Adult.

About the book: English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University until she finds one of her colleagues dead. She soon learns that everyone, from the chancellor to the detective working the case, believes Lila—or someone she is protecting—may be responsible for the horrific event, so she assigns herself the task of identifying the killer.
More attacks on professors follow, the only connection a curious symbol found at each of the crime scenes. Putting her scholarly skills to the test, Lila gathers evidence, but her search is complicated by an unexpected nemesis, a suspicious investigator, and an ominous secret society. Rather than earning an “A” for effort, she receives a threat featuring the mysterious emblem and must act quickly to avoid failing her assignment…and becoming the next victim.

May 12, 2017

STALKING GROUND by Margaret Mizushima is a finalist in the 2017 Colorado Book Awards mystery category. In this second book in the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series Deputy Mattie Cobb, her canine partner Robo, and veterinarian Cole Walker investigate the disappearance of Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart, but the hunters become the hunted when they find themselves caught in a killer’s stalking ground. “Dog lovers will want to read this thriller.” – Library Journal

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Emotions in Fiction — Special Paid Event with Angie Hodapp

Pikes Peak Writers is very proud to present “Emotions in Fiction” with presenter Angie Hodapp. This paid event will occur on June 24th, 2017 from 1PM until 5PM at Library 21C in Colorado Springs.

Advance payment ($25.00 via PayPal) and RSVP are required to attend as this four-hour workshop does not fall within the usual free monthly events Pikes Peak Writers normally hosts. More details can be found in the link above.

About the workshop: Memorable stories are rooted in emotion. In this workshop, we’ll start by looking at emotion in fiction from three perspectives: writer, character, and reader. Then we’ll dive into the many ways you can use character, story, and prose to elicit emotion in readers and make your stories unforgettable.

About the presenter: Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing and editing, in one form or another, for sixteen years. She currently works at Nelson Literary Agency as the Director of Literary Development and loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.

Monthly Write Drunk, Edit Sober

The “Write Drunk, Edit Sober” sessions at the 2017 Pikes Peak Writers Conference were so successful, Pikes Peak Writers is launching a fourth free monthly event for our writing community! Our thanks go out to Deb Courtney, who is spearheading this effort.

We hope you show up at our initial Write Drunk, Edit Sober session on May 10th, 2017. You can always find out more about our regular, monthly events, and about Write Drunk, Edit Sober by following the links.

The Write Drunk, Edit Sober sessions will include guided improv writing time, and then a discussion about the tips, tricks, and techniques that go into writing in general. It will be a great time for our adult members.

As a note: The location is Bar K in downtown Colorado Springs. This means no minors, please.

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.

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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.

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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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