Published by Owl Hollow Press
“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.
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.
Her books include the best selling middle grade series, THE ADVENTURE OF FINN MacCULLEN. Coolest thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.
• What is on your nightstand?
My nightstand is rather low for the bed, so there’s a stack of plein aire art books (husband’s) with a lamp on top. And a Kindle (mine) with more books than I could possibly read in my lifetime. Still, I’m going to try. What can I say – I like a challenge.
• What author would you totally fan?
Dead: J.R.R. Tolkien Living: John Flanagan and about a bajillion others
• What makes you cringe?
When I forget people’s names. Which I do. All. The. Time. I used to teach middle school, and I’m always running into former students. I’ve given up trying to remember their names, and just call the boys “buddy” and the girls “sweetie.” They are always gracious with me. Or they feel sorry for me. Could go either way.
• Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Okay, I have to admit that every book has been different. And DEL TORO MOON is book #13, so you’d think by now I’d have a system in place. But, alas, I don’t. I do try to write a one or two page synopsis of the entire story, start to finish. Then I start writing and totally forget to look at my notes. Sheesh.
• Is there a word you love to use?
Not so much a word, but I adore the em-dash something fierce.
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
Me, too! Here’s my Henry, striking a pose. What a punk.
1 Winner will receive a signed finished copy of DEL TORO MOON, US Only.
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