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Sweet Success for Deborah Martinez Martinez

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to author Dr. Deborah Martinez Martinez and illustrator Robert W. Pacheco! Their book, CHICANA ACTIVISTS OF COLORADO: POWERFUL WOMEN PAPER DOLLS AND THEIR STORIES, is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award (Pictorial category) View their talk with five other authors/illustrators in the Pictorial category on YouTube.

Chicana Activists of Colorado


Illustrated by Robert W. Pacheco, the unusual art portfolio book uses the paper doll format to present 21 short biographies of each woman and her work in social justice. According to the author, “These women and their stories are treasures. Their stories are potent and serve to motivate and guide.” The book is available from the publisher,  and from Amazon.

Deborah Martinez Martinez


This is the second book by author Deborah Martinez Martinez, Ph.D, and the eleventh book for her as editor and CEO of Vanishing Horizons Publishing. She retired from higher education with the Colorado State University of Pueblo in 2004. “Throughout my career as a college recruiter,” she said, “I realized that no matter how much someone worked for the good of the community, only certain people showed up in the newspaper. It was the racism and sexism of the 1970s. Being an author and publisher is my way of combatting that slide into anonymity that faced some of these leaders.” For more information about the author or her other books, visit the author at

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.

Congratulations to 2018 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Colorado Humanities has announced finalists for 2018 Colorado Book Awards, and I’m proud to say that several members of Pikes Peak Writers are on the list.

Well done Chris Goff, Peg Brantley, L.D. Colter, Barb Nickless, Margaret Mizushima, Pat Stoltey and Laura E. Reeve!


The only nonprofit Colorado organization dedicated to providing opportunities to explore what it means to be human through our history, literature and culture, Colorado Humanities was founded in 1974. Affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress Center for the Book (as the host of the Colorado Center for the Book), Motheread, Inc. and the Smithsonian, Colorado Humanities partners with communities throughout the state to deliver high-quality, educational programs and resources. You can find out more about this exceptional organization here.

Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers BlogGabrielle V. Brown has put words to paper since she could hold a crayon. She is extensively published in technical and academic nonfiction and currently writes humor, short stories and literary fiction. Gabrielle has lived all over the United States and now resides in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.