Darby Karchut Author
   Darby Karchut                    Author    



Week One:

9/24- BookHounds YA

9/25- Oh Hey! Books

9/26- Random Bookish Banter

9/27- Patriotic Bookaholic

9/28- Rhythmicbooktrovert


Week Two:

10/1- Eli to the nth

10/2- Beagles and Books

10/3- Daily Waffle

10/4- LA Bookworm

10/5- Two Chicks on Books




Thanks for stopping by. Kick off your boots, pull up a chair, and let's talk about Story.


If you're curious about my latest book, DEL TORO MOON or wish

to view the book teaser trailer, click here.




Facebook  |  Twitter   |  Instagram


"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


“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. 


Read the first chapter                  


Request an ARC

NetGalley  or  Owl Hollow Press


Add to Goodreads




Barnes & Noble


Book Depository

Abe Books


What Folks Are Saying:


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

                                            ~ Nick Garlick, author of Storm Horse


"It's laugh-out-loud funny, but there's also a ton of suspense and a surprising amount of sweetness. . .constantly compelling and excellent. If you (or someone you know) loves excellent middle grade stories, snag this one."     ~ KellyVision


"If you love contemporary middle grade fantasy, but are looking for something different from what you've seen before, this is the right book for you.  I will be happy to have Matt and his story of growth and family in my classroom so that he can reach into the hearts of our children who need that feel-good message the most . . ."   ~ Vi F. (Educator, Texas) 


"The characters shine in this book from the talking Andalusians each with distinct personalities, to the family dynamics between a single dad, big brother and little brother . . . I have never before seen a children’s fantasy book that has not only one Hispanic main character but a whole magical family that the story revolves around. I really find it refreshing to be able to read something with my kids where the characters are simply heroes and not defined in any negative way by their heritage. Instead, they find pride in it."       ~ MinMex Reads


"Karchut has written an exciting book that I think will speak to many students. I will be adding Del Toro Moon to my classroom library, and offering it asa “book club” option in our Monomyth Unit."   ~ Zakia J. (Educator, Massachusetts)


"Del Toro Moon is an action-packed story. . .I really liked Matt, he wants his father and brother to take him seriously and despite being new to the task of hunting monsters, he really wants to show he has the skills to make a good fighter. It's not easy being the youngest, having a father who is a legend, and a family history to live up to . . . a wonderful story."    ~ Log Cabin Library


"As I followed the Del Toro family through their good times and bad, I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. The author has a magic touch when it comes to creating characters . . . I was not ready to let go, so I did the logical thing and read it again."   ~ The Story of a Writer


". . . a lot of adventures, a touch of history and myth, friendship and family relations, a main character who has flaws and fears, who is actually a nerd (there are a lot of LOTR quotes and reference) and a little touch of horror, thanks to the skinners."            ~ Fortunately The Book



Supernatural monsters, talking war horses, and a heritage like no other!

Matt Del Toro and his family must saddle up and save their friends and town from a growing horde of creepier than creepy creatures.



ISBN: 978-1-945654-14-5

258 pages, $12.99

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2, 2018



PUBLICIST:  Caroline Geslison


+1 (385) 325-1488



224 S. Main St. #452, Springville, UT 84663





Print Print | Sitemap
© Darby Karchut