Darby Karchut ~ Author
 Darby Karchut ~ Author                  

Darby Karchut is a multi-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 at her writing desk.


Her books include the best selling middle grade series: THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN. Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.


Her latest book, DEL TORO MOON, releases October 2, 2018.


Find Darby:



Writing from the Peak


Find Darby's books:

Owl Hollow Press

Spencer Hill Press

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Contact Darby:                         darbykarchut@gmail.com



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."

      ~ Readers Favorite



Stone's Heart

    Clean Read Books

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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   (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


"Karchut (Kaye) continues her exploration of the fighting Irish in this crisp and feisty urban fantasy. Adult fans...will relish the relationship between an heir to the Celtic throne and the young healer, Shay, whose skills are constantly put to the test."  --- D.C. Farmer, author of The 400lb Gorilla (The Hipposync Archives)


“There is no slow burn with this read…a resounding success.”

– RoloPolo BookBlog


"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


"...a delightful tale filled with action, mystery, and romance...a fine kick-off to the BANNERMAN BORU series."  -- Rabid Reads


"...highly recommend for fans of urban fantasy, and to readers who are looking for something new and different with brilliant characters to fall head-over-heels for."  -- A Belle's Tales



(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.


 What readers are saying about UNHOLY BLUE:


"UNHOLY BLUE is the author's second foray into the adult section of the bookstore. I hate/love to say it, but the second time was better than the first. Don't get me wrong. I loved THE STAG LORD (book one) a lot. Hated the ending A LOT, but loved the book A LOT. (Go read the book, and you will understand."
-- The Literati Press


"Fans of urban fantasy will enjoy this story and be eager for more." 

                                                                                                 -- Inside of a Dog


"UNHOLY BLUE is a triumph on every damn level and there is no other way to cut it.  The writing is polished and tight, the characters are so freaking real you can damn-near reach out and touch them, and the plot is just complicated enough to be surprising yet not so much that it becomes convoluted.  I dare you to try and find something wrong with this read."  -- Rolopolobookblog

"There is betrayal, a great battle, jealousy and laughter. What more can you ask of a book?"  -- Mavel's Ramblings


"UNHOLY BLUE is a wonderful addition to the exciting story of Bannerman Boru.  The Celtic mythology and sizzling romance has this reader begging for more and willing to drop everything for another visit with these enchanting characters!  Faugh a Ballagh!"  -- A Belle's Tale


"Shay, Bann and Cor are on my top ten list of favorite characters. I can't wait to read more about them."  -- Booklady's Booknotes



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