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  Darby Karchut                    Author    

I'm Darby Karchut. I write stories filled with fantastical adventures, the love of wilderness, and the power of family. If you want to know more about me, visit my FAQ page.


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Money and Teens:

Savvy Money Skills

Winner of the 2013 EIFLE Award for best book on personal finance for teens.


"Money and Teens lives up to its title...highly recommended and a must read for any young person."

            -- Midwest Book Reviews





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Essential Money Guidebook

The companion book to the award-winning MONEY AND TEENS.

Release date: March 1, 2014.


"This well-written primer on personal finance will help anyone manage their money better."  -- ForeWord Book Reviews


"...insights that strike at the heart of what it means to earn and effectively use money." -- Midwest Book Reviews


"This book will help any family...explains financial issues that every person will or might come across in their lifetime."

-- Readers Favorite  Five Stars


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2016 Chatelaine Award


"A charming Western read that will make you believe in happily-ever-afters."

       ~ InD'tale Magazine


"I found myself falling in love with Stone and little Beau...a perfect read."

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Stone's Heart

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No way, blue jay, and never again. That’s the vow Linney Van Horn has made regarding single dads and their adorable children. After all, that’s why she tucked tail and hauled herself and her beloved Arabian horse clear across the country from New Jersey to the small town of Venture, Colorado. To mend her bruised heart—and ego—and start over.

However, the good Lord has a different “do-over” in mind for Linney. She finds herself living next door to Stonewall Wheeler, the frustratingly stubborn, but oh, so ruggedly handsome farrier, and his seven-year-old son, Beau.

A widower, Stone has buried himself in his work to avoid the grief of losing his wife. Determined to grow his horse-shoeing business and raise his child, falling in love is the last thing on his mind. Until an equally stubborn—but pretty as a daisy—teacher moves into the cottage besides his, and charms both him and his son.

Divine intervention. Yup, it’s a beautiful thing.

It’s going to take one adorable little boy, a pair of spirited horses, and a near-fatal accident to convince Linney and Stone a second chance at a Grace-filled forever is theirs for the asking.


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2016 Best Book Award Finalist (Fantasy)



   (writing as Darby Kaye)


On the run across America from a vengeful shape-shifter, Bannerman “Bann” Boru has only one thing on his mind: keeping himself and his young son, Cor, alive.


At any cost.


Until he meets Shay Doyle, healer and member of a secret group of immortal Celtic warriors, the Tuatha De Danaan, living in modern-day Colorado. When Cor is injured, Bannerman is forced to accept her help. He quickly realizes that the golden-haired Healer is shield-maiden tough and can hold her own on the field of battle with the big boys. And Shay soon discovers that there is more to Bann than meets the eye.


Now, with the shape-shifter Cernunnos teaming up with the local pack of Fir Bolgs (Goth wannabes with a nasty taste for children), Bannerman, Shay, her wolf-dog, Max, and the rest of the Doyle clan must figure out how to battle one insane god.



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What readers are saying about The Stag Lord:


"Darby sets a vivid scene as backdrop to a passionate story with a strong romance, and even stronger family unit. She had me at Bann’s Irish brogue, Cor’s young bravery, and Shay’s sheer strength of will, then slayed me with the Doyle family. Darby Kaye’s Tuatha Dé Danann shouldn’t be missed."

-- M.D. Waters, author of Archetype and Prototype


"Darby Karchut's new novel is a refreshing glimpse into the often-visited world of Celtic mythology and tradition. It paints familiar myth with new colors and gives us heroes we want to root for - and reasons to keep turning the pages."                --- Walter H. Hunt, author of the Dark Wing Universe and Elements of Mind


"The combination of setting, love of family and creating outstanding three-dimensional characters kept me invested in this book...I'm gathering my breath for December when I'll dive into UNHOLY BLUE."  -- Donnell Ann Bell, best-selling author of Buried Agendas and Deadly Recall


(sequel to THE STAG LORD)


It's going to take more than a bit o' luck for Shay Doyle to keep one stubborn Irish warrior alive.


Strong and Irish. That’s how Shay Doyle likes her whiskey. And men. As Healer to a clan of immortal Celtic warriors living in modern-day Colorado, she has been gifted with such a man: Bannerman “Bann” Boru. The only problem is keeping the stubborn warrior alive. For Fate seems to have it in for Bann, and his son, Cor, descendants of the kings of Ireland, and recipient of an ancient grudge from the mad god, Cernunnos.


But, with a bit o’ luck, Shay, Bann, and the rest of the Doyle clan—along with the aid of a legendary huntsman known as the Black Hand—might just suss out how to kill a shapeshifter that refuses to stay dead, prevent clan warfare, and make a choice that could change their lives.


If they don’t lose them first.


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