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This week, I'm delighted to welcome guest author, Darby Karchut, author of THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN series, the GRIFFIN RISING series, and many other books.





Darby Karchut is a best-selling author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. She's been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. A former middle school teacher, she now divides her time between dodging death by Colorado and writing urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults. Darby has also recently dipped the toes of her running shoes into contemporary fiction. Her next book, FINN’S CHOICE, will release August 2016 from Spencer Hill Press.

I asked Darby to tell us a bit more about herself:

What was the first thing you had published?

The first book I had published was my debut YA novel, GRIFFIN RISING (Copper Square Books, 2011). It’s an urban fantasy adventure with warrior angels, some father/son head-butting, and a lot of cheeky humor. Last year, GRIFFIN RISING was optioned for film by producer Carmella Casinelli and actor/producer Geoff Stults.  

What piece of writing/work are you most proud of? 

The book I’m most proud of is THE HOUND AT THE GATE (Spencer Hill Press, 2015). HOUND is the third book in my ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN series. It’s the book that came closest to the vision I had for the story. It also features a bloody (literally) hurling match between two teams of immortal Irish warriors

What's your favourite movie?

My favorite movie is The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3). I saw it nine times in a row at the movie theater. Wept every stinking time at the end.

What do you like to do to relax? 

To relax, I like to run, bike, ski (Alpine and Nordic), hike, and do a bit of mountaineering. I’m a champion avoider of housework.

What do you like to read? 

Anything and everything, please.


Author Links

Website:   http://www.darbykarchut.com/

Blog: http://darbykarchut.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darby.karchut

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DarbyKarchut

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4558016.Darby_Karchut



 Darby's latest release is THE HOUND AT THE GATE  (Spencer Hill Press 2015)



hound cover


Jacket Copy:

Autumn: the season of endings. And beginnings. Especially for one young apprentice.

At the annual Festival of the Hunt, thirteen-year-old apprentice goblin hunter Finn MacCullen and his master, Gideon Lir, join other Tuatha De Danaan to honor their people’s heritage. But he soon realizes that there are some who denounce his right to attend due to his half-human bloodline.

While Finn struggles to keep his place by his master’s side, he finds himself embroiled in a decades-old grudge between Gideon and another Knight, bewildered (and beguiled) by a female apprentice with a temper as explosive as his own, and battling a pack of goblins determined to wipe out the entire camp in a surprise attack.

It’s going to take some fancy knife work, the help of a female Knight with a lethal bow, and one old pick up truck to defeat the goblins and prove to his people that Finn’s blood runs true-blue Tuatha De Danaan.


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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your work, Darby. :)


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  1. Darby Karchut

    Karen, thank you so much for having me on your blog! This was loads of fun!

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