Darby Karchut
Darby Karchut                   

Darby Karchut 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.


When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.

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I recently talked with

The Writers XL

about world building in fantasy and sci-fi stories.


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Busting out of the corral October 2nd  ~


"... a wildly original, pulse pounding tale of a boy carrying on his family's legacy of protecting their rural community from bloodthirsty, supernatural skinners. Medieval Spanish myth meets the Hispanic culture of rugged southern Colorado to create a captivating story of modern-day knights."
         ~ Laura Resau, Américas Award-Winning author of The Lightning Queen


"This fresh and fun exploration of tough familial relationships, modern knights, and talking horses is sure to appeal to fans of The Ranger’s Apprentice and equine enthusiasts."

            ~ Todd Mitchell, award-winning author of The Last Panther


"... builds to a genuinely rousing climax ... straight into my Top 10."

                                                                    ~ Nick Garlick, author of Storm Horse

“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.”

Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.


Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.


Serious horse power.  Those skinners don’t stand a chance.

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