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Preview! PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL, coming in May…

 10671291_10204899371671375_49313415769689754_n copy 2Here’s a taste!



The sound of ice thudding and crunching against the ship’s hull wakes me, and the pain is stunning.

…My hands are chained together, so I lift them as one and push tangles of ivory hair out of my eyes. It must be night. During the day, light seeps into the hold and turns it gray. Now all is blackness. My world is little more than stench and sound. People breathe all around me. Some breathe deeply, still asleep. Others pant in pain. Near the prow, a man sobs. We’ve spent eleven days together in this dark sewer, listening to rumors fly. Some think we’re going to a slave market in Iceland…

Young Thyra’s journey from Denmark to North America is not an easy one.


Viking houses–Old World and New World

Viking houseEver wondered what Viking houses looked like?  Well, construction techniques depended upon the time period and geographical location.  This was a typical Viking house in Europe around AD 1,200.  However, Viking houses in North America around AD 1,000 looked like the one below found at the L’Anse aux Meadows site in Newfoundland.  L’Anse aux Meadows is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This is a delightful site to visit, by the way.  In the summer, they have living history programs that are just fabulous.

L'Anse aux Meadows site

Free Excerpt of THE DEAD MAN’S DOLL, our new short story…

New e-short story coming!

New e-short story coming!  Read a free excerpt at http://www.dragonmount.com/eStore/ebook_samples/3699_The_Dead_Mans_Doll.php

For those planning to read THE DEAD MAN’S DOLL, you can now read a free excerpt at:


 This e-short story is a prequel to our book coming out in May, PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL about Viking exploration of North America around 1,000 years ago.  Hope you enjoy it!

It’s a warm sunny day here.  We only have a few patches of snow still lingering in the shadows of the cliff ledges.  Pretty.

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VIKINGS IN NORTH AMERICA, new non-fiction essay!

Vikings-in-North-AmericaWe are so delighted with this cover for our upcoming non-fiction essay on Vikings in North America.  You see, they did not set sail into the blue emptiness.  They had legends of a fabulous alien land to the West, and they were determined to find it.

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