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Sweet Success for Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten

Congratulations to Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten! MIRTH AND MUSINGS (Red Penguin Book, 2021), an anthology containing the written work of the authors, was the winner in the 2022 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the category of anthologies. ABOUT THE BOOK MIRTH AND MUSINGS in the same book? Join the […]

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Hats off to Darby Karchut (author) and Wes Karchut (illustrator). Their debut picture book, COWBOYS, COW CHIPS, AND TARADIDDLES, won the 2022 Will Rogers Medallion Award Bronze Medal for Nonfiction-Young Readers-Illustrated. ABOUT THE BOOK A quirky collection of common and not-so-common cowboy words and sayings, illustrated by award-winning artist and […]

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Sweet Success for J.D.R. Hawkins

By: Darby Karchut Congratulations to J.D.R. Hawkins. Her latest novel, DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD, the fourth book in the Renegade Series (April 2022, Westwood Books Publishing), has been awarded the 2022 B.R.A.G. Medallion. Huzzah! ABOUT THE BOOK The Civil War has ended. Confederate cavalryman, David Summers, returns home to Alabama, taking his […]

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Sweet Success for Josh Clark

Hooray for Josh Clark! His horror short story, Loving Bones, is featured in the anthology, NOM NOM: HALLOWE’EN DARK DRABBLES (edited by D. Kershaw and released Oct 1, 2022 from Black Hare Press in print and digital.) ABOUT THE BOOK Hallowe’en Horrors in tiny tales. Vampires, djinns, spirits, werewolves, trolls, […]

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Sweet Success for RMFW Gold Rush Literary Award Winners

 Three cheers for all the winners and finalists of the 2022 RMFW Gold Rush Literary Awards, many who are Pikes Peak Writers members. Through this annual contest, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers offers encouragement and opportunity to writers in all genres. For more information about the authors, visit RMFW Gold […]

Sweet Success for Kim Olgren

A well-deserved honor! Kim Olgren has been chosen among the many artists and writers of the Pikes Peak Region as a Featured Artist of the Day during Arts Month by the Cultural Office of The Pikes Peak Region. She’ll be featured on October 22, 2022. Be sure to check out […]

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Sweet Success for Kit Campbell

Hooray for Kit Campbell! Her latest book, HALLOWED HILL (Turtleduck Press, October 1, 2022), and her first release in six years, is the perfect spooky story to read this spooky season. HALLOWED HILL follows 16-year-old Martie Torsney as she arrives at a remote boarding school, to which she received a […]


Sweet Success for Trista Herring Baughman

Hooray – the wait is over! Trista Herring Baughman’s third book, ZOMBIESAURS, just recently released. This scary, fun picture book is hand-illustrated by Trista and her sons, Robby (11) and Johnathan (8), and contains information on the prehistoric creatures depicted in the book. If you love zombies, dinosaurs, or spooky […]

Sweet Success for Bowen Gillings

Hooray for Bowen Gillings! His newest mystery, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, was originally released in May 2021 as an ebook and is now available in paperback. And, for a limited time, readers can download the ebook for FREE on Amazon. ABOUT THE BOOK  After losing his lunch across Monterey’s Coast […]

Flight to Forever, by: Debbie Burke

Sweet Success for Debbie Burke

By: Darby Karchut Three cheers for Debbie Burke! Her suspense novel, FLIGHT TO FOREVER (2021 from Media Management LLC), is a finalist for the ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD, announced in April 2022. ABOUT THE BOOK:   Nobody tells Lou Belmonte he can’t hug his wife of 50 years. When pandemic […]

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Sweet Success for J.D.R. Hawkins

By: Darby Karchut Congratulations to J.D.R. Hawkins! Her newest novel, DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD, was recently released from Westwood Books Publishing. This is the fourth book in her Renegade series, historical fiction centered around the American Civil War. ABOUT THE BOOK:  The Civil War has ended. Confederate cavalryman, David Summers, returns home […]

Sweet Success for Barb Nickless

Cheers to Barbara Nickless! Her short story is featured in the anthology, Denver Noir (edited by Cynthia Swanson and released May 3, 2022 from Akashic Books.) Denver Noir joins over 100 volumes in Akashic’s award-winning Noir Series of location-based dark fiction anthologies. Denver local Cynthia Swanson (author of THE BOOKSELLER […]

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Sweet Success for J.D.R. Hawkins

By: Darby Karchut A double huzzah for J.D.R. Hawkins! A BECKONING HELLFIRE and A REBEL AMONG US (the second two books in the Renegade Series from Westwood Books Publishing) have been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion.  According to the indieBRAG website: “ is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately […]

A Witch's Quandary, By: Tena Stetler

Sweet Success for Tena Stetler

By: Darby Karchut Three cheers for Tena Stetler! Her paranormal book, A WITCH’S QUANDARY (The Wild Rose Press, 2021) has been nominated for the prestigious RONE Award in the Paranormal Short category from InD’tale Magazine! Voting in this category begins May 9th. Visit her website for more information. ABOUT THE […]

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. 

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