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Sweet Success for Darby Karchut!


Darby Karchut’s fantasy adventure for kids, MACE AND HAMMER, was recently released from Owl Hollow Press! This is the next book in the award-winning Del Toro Moon series which includes DEL TORO MOON (Book #1) and THE RED CASKET (Book #2).


For four hundred years, generations of Del Toros and their battle-savvy
warhorses have secretly guarded their corner of rural Colorado from all things monster. Now with the local creepy critters locked up, it’s a perfect opportunity for the family to make a pilgrimage on horseback through the mountains in honor of an old friend’s memory.

That’s when the wild in “wilderness” comes out swinging. Along the way, Matt Del Toro and his friends battle unexpected rock slides, impossible ascents, death-by-lightning storms, and worst of all: human-hating subterranean dwellers known as tommyknockers. With the knockers determined to make the Del Toros food for worms, the journey becomes a dangerous race of survival. Aided by his war-brother, the stallion Rigo, Matt must use all his training, one unexpected resource, and a twist o’ Irish luck to save himself and his family.

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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, former teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her many books include DEL TORO MOON (middle-grade fantasy series) and ON A GOOD HORSE (middle-grade contemporary). She is the recipient of the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby can be found wrangling words. Visit the author at and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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