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Learning about history is like discovering the intimate details of a life— only this life exists through the lives of others. The story of Alaska cannot be told without profiles of the intrepid searching for a new life, one that might contain gold. I have actually panned for that sparkly bling (okay, it was only for a day, but those little specs gave me a quite a fever) and watched a master craver create a totem pole, which is why author Ilona Fridl’s book grabbed my attention.
Here’s a video to give you a glimpse into Juneau, Alaska. Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55BE0QZaO_A
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In my Dangerous Times series, my main characters Addy and Zeke were being stalked by the mob in Los Angeles. I needed a place for them to run to. Zeke’s brother, Josh, had just bought an old opera house in Juneau, Alaskan Territory, so they escaped to Alaska. This was in the 1920′s, so it was still a gold rush town in many ways.
It was founded in 1880 by prospectors, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau, who discovered gold at Gold Creek with the help of the local Tlingit Chief Kowee. The town is set on a shelf at the base of Roberts and Juneau mountains next to the Gastineau Channel. It started out as Harrisburg, but was changed to Juneau when Richard Harris fell out of favor for some reason.
Gold started out as the principal industry with the Alaskan-Juneau mine that operated until 1944. Most of the gold was locked in quartz and had to be crushed to release it. There were mines across the channel in Douglas, which is on an island and is now connected with Juneau.
When the territorial capitol was moved to Juneau, it grew in importance. People came there for both business and travel. You can only get to Juneau by ship or airplane. There are no roads or railroads leading to it.
In my new book, Prime Catch, my characters of Sheriff Amos Darcy and Sarah Lakat were minor players in Golden North, the second book in the series. They were so popular that I gave them their own book. There is a lot of scenes out and around that area of Alaska.
Here’s the blurb: Someone is killing executives in a string of Alaskan canneries. Is it natives because their food supply is being cut short? Or is there another reason, another culprit? With racial tension running high, Juneau’s Sheriff Amos Darcy, a man of few words, is going to find out who it is, come hell or high water.
Deputy Sarah Lakat, a Tlingit woman, knows her job, but she wants to prove her people aren’t responsible for these vicious crimes. Her family and childhood friends give her access to clues the white sheriff would never have discovered, though, and she has to realize justice must be served no matter who the murderers are.
Amos is married to his work and Sarah was badly hurt by a man in her past, yet as they work together in the investigation they grow close, facing danger and discrimination together. Can they solve the case even as they fight their attraction to each other?
I want to thank Linda for giving me a chance to guest on her Friday with Friends blog!
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