Posts Tagged ‘Sweet Success’

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.

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

Sweet Success for Shannon Lawrence

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Shannon Lawrence on the upcoming release of her non-fiction book, THE BUSINESS OF SHORT STORIES: Writing, Submitting, Publishing and Marketing (February 1, 2022 from Warrior Muse Press). After years of teaching workshops on the topic, Shannon Lawrence has compiled useful tips, instructions, and resources to help others write, edit, submit, publish, and market their short stories. From the dynamics of short stories to how to find publishers, options for traditional publication and self-publishing to building websites and social media presence, THE BUSINESS OF SHORT STORIES is an important resource for all writers.

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Whether you’re looking to add short stories to your repertoire as a solo pursuit or in addition to novel writing, The Business of Short Stories covers every aspect from writing to marketing. Learn the dynamics of short story writing, where to focus your editing efforts, how and where to submit, how to handle acceptances and rejections, what to do with reprints, and how to market yourself and your stories online and in person. The information in The Business of Short Stories has been distilled from over a decade of short story publishing experience so you don’t have to learn the hard way. You’ll find information on submission formatting, cover letters, querying a collection, sending proposals to writing events, how to create a website, SEO, social media, and so much more. There’s never been a better time to get into short stories! Purchase a copy through Amazon.

Shannon Lawrence

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shannon Lawrence is a fan of all things fantastical and frightening, she writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, and her three solo horror short story collections and her nonfiction title. You can also find her as a co-host of the podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Visit Shannon at www.thewarriormuse.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, BookBub, and Goodreads


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 Catherine Dilts

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Catherine Dilts! Her short story, “HazMat Holiday,” will be featured in the January/February 2022 Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The magazine is one of the oldest and most influential magazines of short mystery and crime fiction in the world.

ABOUT THE STORY:

The story features Dilts’ recurring short story characters: Charles, a dignified gentleman who loves his career as a chemist, and Tony, a college student / laboratory intern. Charles insists on completing a vitally important lab test and report, causing him and Tony to be stranded at the factory during a blizzard. Employees quickly become dangerously competitive for the leftover holiday meal. Pick up a copy of the magazine at https://www.alfredhitchcockmysterymagazine.com/store/

Catherine Dilts

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She writes for Annie’s Publishing, which include installments in the multi-author cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library, a Mistletoe Mystery, and the upcoming Museum Mysteries. Working in the world of hazardous substances regulation, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. Visit the author at https://www.catherinedilts.com/ and follow her on 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 Hillary Dodge

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Hillary Dodge on the recent release of the anthology, SHADOW ATLAS: DARK LANDSCAPES OF THE AMERICAS, edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola.

Shadow Atlas, cover

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY: 

Ancient peoples knew there were lands given over to shadow and spirit. The world is full of haunted places that exact a terrible toll on trespassers. Our forebears paid a heavy price to earn the wisdom and the warning they bequeathed to future generations.

Time transformed their precious knowledge into superstition, but there are those whose hearts beat in rhythm with the past and whose vision is not clouded by modernity. Seeking to reclaim humanity’s early secrets, the Umbra Arca Society was forged. For centuries, this private league of explorers dedicated their lives to uncovering the oldest mysteries of the Americas. Armed with boldness and guile, and equipped with only a compass, a journal, and devotion to truth, these adventurers braved cursed landscapes, dared unnatural adversaries, and exposed hidden civilizations. Many did not survive. None were forgotten.

“Dead serious in its horror, yet delightful and inviting in its design and conceit, Shadow Atlas is a rare, beguiling treat, a collective fantasy with teeth, vision, and grounded in urgent, ancient truths.”
– BookLife Reviews (BookLife section of Publishers Weekly)

“Think The DaVinci Code or Indiana Jones, but with more literary force…”
– Midwest Book Reviews

“A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection.”
– Kirkus Reviews

Purchase a copy through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Hillary Dodge is an author, librarian, food literacy consultant, and educator. Her short fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies, and podcasts including Pseudopod, Space Squid, and Hellbound Books. She also writes nonfiction on a variety of topics, including technology, medical history, and food literacy. In 2016, she and her husband quit their jobs and relocated their family of three to South America where they spent two years overlanding in Chile and Argentina while researching and writing about food, culture, and the ghosts of South America. Visit her at www.hillarydodge.com and follow her on Instagram and 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.

Sweet Success for Jasmine and Jim Tritten

Cheers for this dynamic duo. Jasmine and Jim Tritten are happy to share their most recent
success: the recent release of the second edition of KATO’S GRAND ADVENTURE. After
being published, the book won six awards, including winner in the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona
Book Awards-Young Readers Books. This new second edition includes additional original
drawings by Jasmine, a map to follow Kato’s journey, discussion questions and exercise topics
for young readers, and some revisions to the text.

Kato's Grand Adventure


ABOUT THE BOOK:

An adventure story written from the perspective of a lost kitten. Kato is the cutest little gray/black striped young tabby with white paws and a rust-colored nose. He sets out to look for his missing sister. In the process, he gets lost in the woods near a rushing stream.
With the help of a rabbit, then an owl, and finally a coyote, he overcomes many obstacles on his journey. Kato learns to take chances and accept help from the most unlikely of characters. He reunites with his sister and arrives safely home. Perfect to be read aloud to children and grandchildren at an early age. It can then be an enjoyable chapter book for anyone with a 4th or 5th-grade reading level—original illustrations by the author. Pick up a copy through Amazon.

Jasmine and Jim Tritten


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Jasmine and Jim Tritten are both multi-award-winning authors. Jasmine has also won awards for her book designs, covers, and illustrations. They live in New Mexico with four cats. Visit Jasmine on her Amazon author page and visit Jim on his Amazon author page.


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.