Friday, September 28, 2012

Sweet Success! Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut's YA fantasy novel, Griffin's Fire, recently won the 2012 Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest Bronze Medal in the Young Adult/Coming of Age category. The first book in the series, Griffin Rising, was the 2011 Sharp Writ Young Adult Book of the Year. Griffin's Fire (ISBN 978-1606192122, 200 pages, trade paperback) was published by Twilight Times Books in April 2012. Her websites are at or You can find her books at all major bookstores and in many independent bookstores.

Forced to become mortal, ex-teen angel Griffin has been banished from the Terrae Angeli. Struggling to adjust, he enrolls in the heaven-and-hell known as high school. It quickly proves to be a battleground, complete with a malicious math teacher.

And to make matters worse, his Mentor, Basil, has been ordered to take on a new apprentice, the gifted and egotistical seventeen-year-old Sergei, whose covert attacks make Griffin’s home life as bleak as a Siberian winter.

Caught between school, Sergei, and a desperate secret, Griffin is certain of one thing: the only way to fight a Cold War is with Fire.

Darby Karchut is an award winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is the setting for both of her series for young teens. 

We love to hear of fellow Pikes Peak Writers' Sweet Successes. Please email DeAnna Knippling at dknippling [at] gmail [dot] com if you've got a Sweet Success you'd like to share.


  1. Congratulation, Darby! My daughter, Emmy, absolutely loves your books, and is as excited for your award as I am.

  2. Congratulations on the awards, Darby! Sounds like a great series.


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