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Blog articles by author Joanne Sundell

Official author blog discussing Joanne’s books, Malamutes, experiences, and much more.

GHOST STORY RIGHT OUT OF THE OLD WEST, #4

Haunted facts make for good fiction! Think Tombstone, AZ. Think Wyatt Earp. Think, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Historical fact attests to Wyatt Earp's presence in Tombstone. Historical fact attests to the occurrence of the famous gunfight, at 3:00 in the afternoon....

GHOST STORY RIGHT OUT OF THE OLD WEST, #3

"Goodbye God. We are going to Bodie." Why would Grant H. Smith write these words supposedly uttered by a young girl moving to Bodie, California, in the late 1800's, in his submission to the California Historical Society Quarterly IV:1, 1925? The simple answer: Bodie...

GHOST STORY RIGHT OUT OF THE OLD WEST, #2

According to Colorado Ghost Tours, a book by Ann Westerberg, "In 1896, the Rocky Mountain News declared that it was printing no more ghost stories, as they had become too numerous." It's no wonder the famed newspaper came out with such a declaration since every mining...

GHOST STORY RIGHT OUT OF THE OLD WEST, #1

Show me someone who doesn't love a ghost story and I'll show you someone who has no imagination, "she said good-naturedly."  Drawn to tales from the Old West in character, story, song, and legend, I'm also drawn to ghost towns and their supposed ghosts. Living in...

SPOILER ALERT, Romance Junkies!

SPOILER ALERT, Romance Junkies! Okay, so I'm reading all about gold and gold mining, and its history, et al, when I thought to research a bit about why some stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush were referred to as, Argonauts. Apparently some of these "Argonauts"...

WHEN HISTORY GETS IT WRONG … HEARTS CAN BE BROKEN

Yes, it’s happened before in history when the wrong information is set down for all time. Then, when some go back to correct the record, well-armed with the facts, it’s often too late. Why?  First impressions are usually lasting impressions.  Once fixed in the hearts...

LEONHARD SEPPALA is VIKING GOLD!

LEONHARD SEPPALA is Viking Gold! (b.1877-d.1967) Leonhard Seppala, is arguably the greatest dog driver in history. Though he didn’t exceed five feet in height, his work with the Siberian husky is legendary. “Sepp,” as he was known to most, is equally remembered for...

LOYAL MUSHERS, INDEED!

LOYAL MUSHERS, INDEED!   No matter the sled or the dog driver, I count those among you who have read Arctic Storm and Arctic Shadow, Books 1 and 2, Watch Eyes Trilogy, LOYAL MUSHERS, INDEED!   This has been an emotional journey as well as a dangerous one, from...

THE “BETTORS” PLACE TO BE IN 1909 NOME!

The "bettors" place to be in 1909, Nome, is at the Board of Trade Saloon on Front Street; with a shot of whiskey in one hand while the other safe-guards your hard-earned gold dust.  The Bank of Nome holds your bet but you hold the cards.  A good hand or a poor one? ...

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