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Mysterious explores the mysteries in the world around us. Brought to you by authors from a variety of genres, we each tell you about a mystery related to our particular field of expertise. From mysterious disappearances and UFOs to the unexplainable behavior of a pig to an unsolved mass murder at sea to a nun who suddenly disappeared. We will explore mysteries in nature, mysterious occurrences in history, and the enigmas of space. Join us and take a closer look at the mysterious world around us.

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Mysterious explores the mysteries in the world around us. Brought to you by authors from a variety of genres, we each tell you about a mystery related to our particular field of expertise. From mysterious disappearances and UFOs to the unexplainable behavior of a pig to an unsolved mass murder at sea to a nun who suddenly disappeared. We will explore mysteries in nature, mysterious occurrences in history, and the enigmas of space. Join us and take a closer look at the mysterious world around us.

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Summer Solstice Mysteries

6/18/2024
Episode 39: Summer Solstice Mysteries The Summer Solstice, the day marking the longest period of daylight in the year, has been celebrated across the globe since time immemorial. The significance of this celestial event transcends geographical and cultural boundaries, weaving a tapestry of traditions, myths, and scientific observations. Here, we explore six captivating mysteries linked to the solstice. These mysteries include the solstice alignment at Stonehenge, the legend of the Phoenix, Midsummer’s Eve and its supernatural beliefs, the ancient Egyptian connection, Native American Sun Dances, and the secrets of the Nordic Midsummer Pole. We're Having a Summer Solstice Party! Join Beach Blanket Books—a Facebook Event. It is happening now and lasts until the Summer Solstice on June 21st. Join in the games and win some prizes. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! _________________________________________________________ Individual Event Times for June 21 The event begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT and ends at 9:00 p.m. EDT on June 21 Individual Event Times for June 21 Magdel Roets 10:00 a.m. EDT Mary Flint 11:00 a.m. EDT Mary Ann Poll 12:00 Noon EDT Valerie Winans 1:00 p.m. EDT Carl Douglass 2:00 p.m. EDT Victoria Hardesty 3:00 p.m. EDT Evan Swensen 4:00 p.m. EDT Rebecca Wetzler 5:00 p.m. EDT Cil Gregoire 6:00 p.m. EDT Steve Levi 7:00 p.m. EDT Robin Barefield 8:00 p.m. EDT ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Evan Swensen, your host for Episode 39: Summer Solstice Mysteries Evan Swensen, book publisher, editor, author, and Author Masterminds charter member along with his wife, Lois, publishes books by authors worldwide. He has been the publisher and editor of Alaska Outdoors magazine and producer of Alaska Outdoors television show and outdoor videos, and host of Alaska Outdoor Radio Magazine. He has been an Alaska resident since 1957. As a pilot, he has logged more than 4,000 hours of flight time in Alaska, in both wheel and float planes. He is a serious recreation hunter and fisherman, equally comfortable casting a flyrod or using bait, or lures. Evan has been published in many national magazines and is the author of five books and publisher of more than 1,000 books by other authors. Evan claims to have the best job in the world; he gets up in the morning, puts on his fishing vest, picks up his fly rod, kisses his wife goodbye, tells her he’s going to work—and she believes him. Author Masterminds: https://authormasterminds.com/evan-swensen Author Masterminds One Last Cast book: https://authormasterminds.com/details/XLxrX One Last Cast on Amazon: https://bit.ly/3H0OzTo One Last Cast short video: https://youtu.be/2wzwWmim-2g Alaska Outdoors https://alaskaoutdoorsmagazine.com. Alaska Outdoors Blog: https://alaskaoutdoorsmagazine.com/blog/ Alaska Outdoors Videos: https://bit.ly/37xjUzl

Duration:00:20:45

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Mysterious Loss of Billions of Crab in Alaska

6/4/2024
Episode 38: Mysterious Loss of Billions of Crab in Alaska Since 1975, the surveilling authorities of Alaskan fisheries tallied snow crab in the billions. It was observed and confirmed over the years that animal populations rarely remain steady, owing to poor survey procedures, over-harvesting, movement of life based upon changes to the environment, and simple poor management of a resource. About ten years ago, scientists declared that they had “found the largest number of juvenile snow crab ever.” That was important because the juveniles produce the next generation of the crab. However, in 2021 they found “the fewest juvenile snow crab” since population surveys began being recorded on crab species 46 years ago. That result forced the closure of the snow crab season, which is one of the most important one in Alaska’s economy and for the world’s crab lovers. The first question was what happened to create that mystery? Join Beach Blanket Books—a Facebook Event. It is happening now and lasts until the Summer Solstice on June 21st. Join in the games and win some prizes. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! _________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Carl Douglas, the host for Episode 38: Mysterious Loss of Billions of Crab in Alaska My pseudonym as an author is Carl Douglass, adopted as a means of telling stories with gripping realism—the truth of which would not bring trouble to my door. My writing of gripping, realistic fiction began after I was obligated to retire from the private practice of neurosurgery due to sudden blindness in my left eye from a retinal detachment which caused loss of stereoscopic vision. I carried with me decades-long knowledge of doctors, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning, including some less than laudatory information. My military experience during the years of the recent unpleasantness in Vietnam also gave me considerable insight. Both of those lengthy experiences provided true grist for the mill of my writing, but neither of them need to connect the stories to the lives of the real people and places where the stories took place. In that sense, I know too much and have no wish to incriminate or to bring harm or embarrassment to real individuals or institutions. My rich and varied life has provided even more fodder to feed my mind and contribute realism to my written work. In my time, I have had to work due to lacking a sugar daddy. I have been a grease monkey, a lumber mill and forest worker, a lifeguard, a slaughterhouse worker, a diener in a morgue, a lab rat, an academic writer, a medical officer in a mental hospital, a naval officer and surgeon, a brig doctor, and a deep diving officer. I have been the husband of one fine wife, the father of four children—one deceased—eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. All of them have enriched the depth and breadth of my storytelling

Duration:00:24:18

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Wall of Silver — The Lost Mine

5/21/2024
Episode 37: Wall of Silver -- The Lost Mine Who can resist a story about a lost mine? King Solomon’s Mine in Africa, the Lost Dutchman’s Mine in Arizona, and The Wall of Silver in Michigan. They all have a story. Historically, Michigan had vast iron ore and copper deposits in its Upper Peninsula. Gold and silver were also found there, but no mother loads were found in Michigan. Richard Kellogg says he has seen a wall of pure silver at least 90 feet long in a mine in the Keweenaw peninsula of Michigan. Source: Kellogg, Richard. Wall of Silver: A Treasure Hunter’s Dream. Avery Color Studios, Inc. 2004 ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Join Beach Blanket Books—a Facebook Event. The Fun begins on May 15th and lasts until the Summer Solstice on June 21st. Join in the games and win some prizes. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Valerie Winans, the host for Episode 37: Wall of Silver -- The Lost Mine Valerie Winans is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College, a retired state government manager, and a former campground host in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Valerie is the author of three books: Alaska’s Savage River: Inside Denali National Park and Preserve, Road Trip with Remington Beagle: Michigan to Alaska and Back, and A Hero’s Journey: Life Lessons From A Dog And His Friends. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her books are written to inform and entertain readers of all ages. She currently resides with her husband in Traverse City, Michigan. More information can be found at www.valeriewinans.com.

Duration:00:23:23

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The Most Mysterious Bombing in American History

5/7/2024
Episode 36: The Most Mysterious Bombing in American History Without a doubt, the single most misused word in America today is terrorism. It is the word used or hinted at when any act of violence occurs. And 911 is constantly called a terrorist attack. This is an error. 911 was not a terrorist attack. We know what did it and why. A terrorist attack is one where no one knows who did it, why they did it, and no one claims credit for it. The act is done to strike terror in the hearts of citizens and, more importantly, to get the population to distrust the government. Why didn't the police know this act of violence was coming? Why didn't the government stop it from happening? And, critically, could it happen again in my neighborhood or where my children are going to school? There have been very few large-scale terrorist attacks in US history. Four of the largest occurred between 1910 and 1920. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Join Beach Blanket Books—a Facebook Event. The Fun begins on May 15th and lasts until the Summer Solstice on June 21st. Join in the games and win some prizes. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Steve Levi, the host for Episode 36: The Most Mysterious Bombing in American History Steve Levi is a 70-something writer in Alaska. He specializes in the impossible crime and the Alaska Gold Rush. An impossible crime is one in which the detective must figure out HOW the crime was committed before he can go after the perpetrators. As an example, in THE MATTER OF THE VANISHING GREYHOUND, the detective must figure out how a Greyhound bus with four bank robbers, a dozen hostages, and $10 million can vanish off the Golden Gate Bridge. Steve’s books can be seen at www.authormasterminds.com/steve-levi and www.steverlevibooks.com. He also does two historical uploads a week. Send Steve your email, and he will include it in the mailings.

Duration:00:17:37

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Mysterious and Deadly Critters

4/23/2024
Episode 35: Mysterious and Deadly Critters Kissing Bug To find this deadly mystery and the murderers involved, Victoria looked no further than her backyard. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Join Beach Blanket Books—a Facebook Event. The Fun begins on May 15th and lasts until the Summer Solstice on June 21st. Join in the games and win some prizes. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Victoria Hardesty, the host for Episode 35: Mysterious and Deadly Critters Victoria Hardesty has owned, bred, and shown Arabian Horses for more than 30 years. She and her husband operated their own training facility, serving many young people who loved and showed their own horses. She is the author of numerous articles in horse magazines and was the editor of two Arabian Horse Club newsletters, one of which was given the Communications Award of the Year by the Arabian Horse Association at their national convention. An avid reader from childhood, she read every horse story she could get her hands on. Victoria and her writing partner, Nancy Perez, have written seven novels about Arabian horses. Check out their website at http://www.wonderhorsebooks.com/author-bio and see their books at Victoria Hardesty and Nancy Perez | Bookshelf (authormasterminds.com).

Duration:00:17:00

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The Female Robinson Crusoe and Wrangel Island Expedition Mystery

4/9/2024
Episode 34: The Female Robinson Crusoe and Wrangel Island Expedition Mystery Ada Blackjack’s story reflects the harrowing experiences faced by those who venture into the Arctic and the often-overlooked capabilities and contributions of indigenous peoples to Arctic expeditions. In the annals of Arctic exploration, few tales evoke the blend of mystery and tragedy quite like the Wrangel Island Expedition. The year was 1921, and under the auspices of Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a team was assembled to claim the desolate Wrangel Island. __________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Join Beach Blanket Books—a Facebook Event. The Fun begins on May 15th and lasts until the Summer Solstice on June 21st. Join in the games and win some prizes. Sign up now so you don't miss a thing! This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Evan Swensen, your host for Episode 34: The Female Robinson Crusoe and Wrangel Island Expedition Mystery Evan Swensen, book publisher, editor, author, and Author Masterminds charter member along with his wife, Lois, publishes books by authors worldwide. He has been the publisher and editor of Alaska Outdoors magazine and producer of Alaska Outdoors television show and outdoor videos, and host of Alaska Outdoor Radio Magazine. He has been an Alaska resident since 1957. As a pilot, he has logged more than 4,000 hours of flight time in Alaska, in both wheel and float planes. He is a serious recreation hunter and fisherman, equally comfortable casting a flyrod or using bait, or lures. Evan has been published in many national magazines and is the author of five books and publisher of more than 1,000 books by other authors. Evan claims to have the best job in the world; he gets up in the morning, puts on his fishing vest, picks up his fly rod, kisses his wife goodbye, tells her he’s going to work—and she believes him. Author Masterminds: https://authormasterminds.com/evan-swensen Author Masterminds One Last Cast book: https://authormasterminds.com/details/XLxrX One Last Cast on Amazon: https://bit.ly/3H0OzTo One Last Cast short video: https://youtu.be/2wzwWmim-2g Alaska Outdoors https://alaskaoutdoorsmagazine.com. Alaska Outdoors Blog: https://alaskaoutdoorsmagazine.com/blog/ Alaska Outdoors Videos: https://bit.ly/37xjUzl

Duration:00:20:49

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The Mystery of Time

3/26/2024
Episode 33: The Mystery of Time There was a time when we thought we mastered time by clocking it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Fifty years ago, I thought I had mastered time when I strapped on my first Timex windup wristwatch. If I didn’t forget to wind it up every day, I had time under control. How little I understood about time back then. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Cil Gregoire, your host for Episode 33: The Mystery of Time Cil Gregoire is an Alaska writer who has lived in the state for more than four decades fulfilling her Alaska dream. She has built a log cabin in the woods, commercial fished Bristol Bay and Norton Sound, and lived remotely in the northern Susitna Valley, the primary setting for many of her novels. Possessing a vivid imagination, her fiction specialty is sci-fi/fantasy. Links: Crystalline Aura https://youtu.be/mV-offy2myA Crystal Shards https://youtu.be/VkAxmu3Cwaw https://www.authormasterminds.com/cil-gregoire Facebook: https://bit.ly/3eHhE7k

Duration:00:24:37

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Mysterious Sudden Collapse of the Mayan Civilization

3/12/2024
Episode 32: Mysterious Sudden Collapse of the Mayan Civilization What caused the mysterious demise of the Maya? What was the cause that led to the disappearance of one of the greatest civilizations in the history of Mesoamerica? The collapse did not happen all at once; instead, it occurred over time from place to place, between about the late 8th and 925—about ±100 years. Exactly why any of this transpired, though, is a mystery. _______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Carl Douglas, your host for Episode 32 My pseudonym as an author is Carl Douglass, adopted as a means of telling stories with gripping realism—the truth of which would not bring trouble to my door. My writing of gripping, realistic fiction began after I was obligated to retire from the private practice of neurosurgery due to sudden blindness in my left eye from a retinal detachment which caused loss of stereoscopic vision. I carried with me decades-long knowledge of doctors, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning, including some less than laudatory information. My military experience during the years of the recent unpleasantness in Vietnam also gave me considerable insight. Both of those lengthy experiences provided true grist for the mill of my writing, but neither of them need to connect the stories to the lives of the real people and places where the stories took place. In that sense, I know too much and have no wish to incriminate or to bring harm or embarrassment to real individuals or institutions. My rich and varied life has provided even more fodder to feed my mind and contribute realism to my written work. In my time, I have had to work due to lacking a sugar daddy. I have been a grease monkey, a lumber mill and forest worker, a lifeguard, a slaughterhouse worker, a diener in a morgue, a lab rat, an academic writer, a medical officer in a mental hospital, a naval officer and surgeon, a brig doctor, and a deep diving officer. I have been the husband of one fine wife, the father of four children—one deceased—eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. All of them have enriched the depth and breadth of my storytelling.

Duration:00:22:31

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Mysteries from the 1990s

2/27/2024
Episode 31: Mysteries from the 1990s I'm your host, Victoria Hardesty, and in this episode, I share several mysteries from the 1990s. Welcome aboard! Mysteries include: Who Abucted Amber Hagerman? Who did the Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre? Where did the Oakville Blobs come from? Who killed Yale Senior Suzanna Jovin? Who Sabotaged Amtrak’s Sunset Limited in 1995? What was the Cosford Incident? If it wasn’t O. J. Simpson, who was it? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Victoria Hardesty, your host for Episode 31: Mysteries from the 1990s Victoria Hardesty has owned, bred, and shown Arabian Horses for more than 30 years. She and her husband operated their own training facility, serving many young people who loved and showed their own horses. She is the author of numerous articles in horse magazines and was the editor of two Arabian Horse Club newsletters, one of which was given the Communications Award of the Year by the Arabian Horse Association at their national convention. An avid reader from childhood, she read every horse story she could get her hands on. Victoria and her writing partner, Nancy Perez, have written seven novels about Arabian horses. Check out their website at http://www.wonderhorsebooks.com/author-bio and see their books at Victoria Hardesty and Nancy Perez | Bookshelf (authormasterminds.com).

Duration:00:17:13

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The Doomed Wilcox Expedition

2/13/2024
Episode 30: The Doomed Wilcox Expedition George Mallory once said, “I climb mountains because they are there.” Mallory died climbing Mt. Everest in 1924, and his body wasn’t found for 75 years. George Mallory represents both the passion and the danger for those who climb mountains. On July 18, 1967, a catastrophic snowstorm pummeled Alaska’s Mt. Denali, killing seven of the twelve young men in the Wilcox Expedition attempting to reach the summit. This is still the worst climbing disaster ever to occur in the United States. We will never know what happened at the top of Mt. Denali. Experts can only guess the fate of those seven unlucky climbers. Sources My primary source for this newsletter was Denali’s Howl by Andy Hall. If you want to learn more about this tragic event, I highly recommend this book. Hall, Andy. 2014. Denali’s Howl. Plume, the Penguin Group. New York, NY. Manley, Kelley McMillan. 7-2017. Disaster on Denali. 5280.com/ Magazine https://www.5280.com/2017/06/disaster-on-denali/ Duke, Kevin. 3-28-2012. Finishing the climb: Babcock finally tells his story of Denali tragedy. Gvnews.com. https://www.gvnews.com/sports/finishing-the-climb-babcock-finally-tells-his-story-of-denali-tragedy/article_d158684c-78f7-11e1-871e-0019bb2963f4.html Worrall, Simon. 7-2014. The Denali climb that became one of the deadliest. National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/140720-mountain-climbing-denali-mount-mckinley-alaska-national-parks ______________________________________________________________________ Read about Murder and Mystery in Alaska _________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website ________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Robin Barefield, your host for Episode 30 Robin Barefield is the author of five Alaska wilderness mystery novels, Big Game, Murder Over Kodiak, The Fisherman’s Daughter, Karluk Bones, and Massacre at Bear Creek Lodge. She has written two nonfiction books, Kodiak Island Wildlife and Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier. Sign up to subscribe to her free monthly newsletter on true murder and mystery in Alaska and check out her podcast: Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier. Read more about Robin's books at Author Masterminds.

Duration:00:35:38

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The Death of Juanita Richardson: Accident, Suicide, or Murder?

1/30/2024
Episode 29: The Death of Juanita Richardson: Accident, Suicide, or Murder? On June 22, 2006, Juanita Richardson fell to her death. The investigation of her death, and the subsequent trial and conviction of her husband, Thomas Richardson, was not ordinary. Sources: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on appeal from the Western District of Michiganhttps://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?s=MI&d=135150 Wife’s plunge sends Thomas Richardson to prison for life. May 20, 2008. The Associated Press https://www.mlive.com/grpress/2008/05/wifes_plunge_sends_thomas_rich.html The Oakland Press / Schoolcraft County jury convicts man in wife’s fatal fall. https://www.theoaklandpress.com/2008/04/17/schoolcraft-county-jury-convicts-man-in-wifes-fatal-fall/ Juanita Richardson Murder Case: Where is Thomas Richardson Today? https://spikytv.com/juanita-richardson-murder-case-where-is-thomas-richardson-today/ Interview: Natalie Torres, Michigan State Trooper ________________________________________________________________________ Read about Alaska's Savage River ________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website _____________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club _________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Valerie Winans, your host for Episode 29 Valerie Winans is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College, a retired state government manager, and a former campground host in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Valerie is the author of three books: Alaska’s Savage River: Inside Denali National Park and Preserve, Road Trip with Remington Beagle: Michigan to Alaska and Back, and A Hero’s Journey: Life Lessons From A Dog And His Friends. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her books are written to inform and entertain readers of all ages. She currently resides with her husband in Traverse City, Michigan. More information can be found at www.valeriewinans.com.

Duration:00:22:54

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Richard Willoughby and “The City in the Mist”

1/16/2024
Episode 28: Richard Willoughby and “The City in the Mist” "Did Richard Willoughby really photograph a mirage in the sky, or was he conning the residents of Juneau, Alaska, and the many people who paid dearly for a copy of his photograph?" ___________________________________ Grab a copy of The Human Face of the Alaska Gold Rush _________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website __________________________________________________________________________ Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Steve Levi, Your Host for Episode 28: Richard Willoughby and "The City in the Mist"

Duration:00:22:31

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Ghosts of the Desert

1/2/2024
Episode 27: Ghosts of the Desert Listen to ghost stories from the California desert. Vallecito Stage Stop Yaqui Well _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ______________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Victoria Hardesty, your host for Episode 27: Ghosts of the Desert Victoria Hardesty has owned, bred, and shown Arabian Horses for more than 30 years. She and her husband operated their own training facility, serving many young people who loved and showed their own horses. She is the author of numerous articles in horse magazines and was the editor of two Arabian Horse Club newsletters, one of which was given the Communications Award of the Year by the Arabian Horse Association at their national convention. An avid reader from childhood, she read every horse story she could get her hands on. Victoria and her writing partner, Nancy Perez, have written seven novels about Arabian horses. Check out their website at http://www.wonderhorsebooks.com/author-bio and see their books at Victoria Hardesty and Nancy Perez | Bookshelf (authormasterminds.com).

Duration:00:17:37

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Christmas Hauntings in England

12/19/2023
Episode 26: Christmas Hauntings in England When I hear the words ‘ghost’ and ‘Christmas,’ I automatically think about my favorite Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and Scrooge’s nightmare evening of being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. But did you know other Christmas ghost stories aren’t so full of hope and the spirit of the season? You may not since hauntings are far from most people’s minds during Christmas. Some creepy paranormal occurrences tied to Christmas revolve around certain places that, for one reason or another, become haunted at Christmas time and have been so for a long time. England has several such hauntings. Today, we are traveling across the Pond to the shores of the United Kingdom. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ New Release by Mary Ann Poll Welcome to Andalusia Forest, a theme park that once bustled with excitement but now lies abandoned, steeped in mysterious legends and tales of hauntings. This once-beloved destination is still imbued with a captivating allure, a magnet for both treasure seekers and the curious. In this intriguing setting, a tenacious ghost hunter, Chloe Melbourne, teams up with the adventurous Iconoclast trio of Kat, Ken, and Bart. What starts as a straightforward mission to locate a missing friend quickly becomes an exploration of the forest's deeper secrets. No longer home to the whimsical creatures that once danced in the minds of its audience, Andalusia Forest reveals chilling truths hidden in its shadows. Why not embark on this exciting journey? The gates are open for those willing to venture into the unknown. You're invited to discover the enigmatic entities that inhabit these haunting woods. With a balanced blend of whimsy and reality, the tale of Andalusia Forest offers a thrilling yet measured experience. So, take a bold step, and let the answers reveal themselves through your exploration. Andalusia Forest awaits. Will you heed the call? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Mary Ann Poll, your host for Episode 26: Christmas Hauntings in England Mary Ann Poll is the author of five Supernatural Thriller novels, Ravens Cove, Ingress, Gorgon, Dullahan, and Andalusia Forest. Sign up to subscribe for free information about upcoming events at www.maryannpoll.com and check out her podcast Real Ghost Chatter. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Duration:00:16:23

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What Happened to the Christmas Tree Ship?

12/5/2023
Episode 25: What Happened to the Christmas Tree Ship? The ship known as the Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons, sank in November of 1912 between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, during a winter storm on Lake Michigan. The ship left Thompson Pier, Michigan, reportedly needing repair, and overloaded with Christmas trees for its annual journey to the expanding Christmas market in Chicago. The story surrounding the mystery of the sinking and the legend that followed cannot be told without first sharing the story of the schooners and their masters in the late 19th century. Sources: Neuschel, Fred.Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships. The University of Michigan Press. 2007 Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons, sank on Lake Michigan 109 years ago. Wisconsin Maritime Museum will honor its legacy Saturday. https://www.htrnews.com/story/entertainment/2021/12/01/lake-michigan-christmas-tree-ship-rouse-simmons-sank-1912/8778837002/ A ship carrying thousands of Christmas trees sank in Lake Michigan 107 years ago. https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/history/christmas-tree-ship-sinking/69-06a7fa47-2e80-4ab0-b592-6b62bcc8e078 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Valerie Winans, your host for Episode 25 Valerie Winans is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College, a retired state government manager, and a former campground host in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Valerie is the author of three books: Alaska’s Savage River: Inside Denali National Park and Preserve, Road Trip with Remington Beagle: Michigan to Alaska and Back, and A Hero’s Journey: Life Lessons From A Dog And His Friends. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her books are written to inform and entertain readers of all ages. She currently resides with her husband in Traverse City, Michigan. More information can be found at www.valeriewinans.com.

Duration:00:18:58

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Trailer for Mysterious

12/4/2023
Why do so many people disappear in Alaska? Who buried Sister Mary Janina in the basement of the church? How did a pig manage to calm the animals at an Arabian horse ranch? Are there stories about Bigfoot in Alaska? Was the sinking of the Clara Nevada an accident or mass murder? Can it rain blood? Where did the saying, “Another one bites the dust,” originate? What happened to the Grand Duchess Anastasia? Join us on the podcast Mysterious and explore the mysteries in the world around us, including unsolved murders, mysteries found in nature, intriguing historical events, paranormal experiences, and baffling enigmas of space. The author hosting each episode investigates a true mystery related to their genre. We invite you to listen to Mysterious and take a journey into the unknown.

Duration:00:01:10

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A Terrible Christmas Tragedy — Or Murder?

11/21/2023
Episode 24: A Terrible Christmas Tragedy -- Or Was It Murder? The Jon Benet Ramsey case pops into most of our minds when we are asked to relay the most terrible Christmas story we know, but seventy-eight years ago in 1945 in Fayetteville, West Virginia, the Sodder family lost five of their ten children in a house fire on Christmas Eve. Was it a tragedy, a murder, or a kidnapping? Until their deaths, George and Jennie Sodder believed their five children survived the fire, but if so, where did they go? Photo Resembling Louis Sources: Abbott, Karen. “The children who went up in smoke.” December 25, 2012. Smithsonian Magazine. History’s Greatest Mysteries. Season 3, episode 9. “The Sodder children disappearance.” Horn, Stacy. “Mystery of missing children haunts W.Va. Town. All Things Considered. NPR. Newton, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. 2009. New York, NY: Checkmark Books. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Want more MYSTERIOUS? Be sure to subscribe! _________________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Robin Barefield, your host for Episode 24: Robin Barefield is the author of five Alaska wilderness mystery novels, Big Game, Murder Over Kodiak, The Fisherman’s Daughter, Karluk Bones, and Massacre at Bear Creek Lodge. She has written two nonfiction books, Kodiak Island Wildlife and Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier. Sign up to subscribe to her free monthly newsletter on true murder and mystery in Alaska and check out her podcast: Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier. Read more about Robin's books at Author Masterminds. Now Available: 29 True Stories about Murder and Mystery in Alaska

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The Mystery of The Way to Go, Nassau, Buster Brown

11/7/2023
Episode 23: The Mystery of The Way to Go, Nassau, Buster Brown This is the story of a gorgeous Thoroughbred horse. If he could talk, it would be interesting to listen to him talk about the many miles he put on American roads and highways. We know he crossed the entire continent twice and went halfway one additional time. _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Want more MYSTERIOUS? Be sure to subscribe! __________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Victoria Hardesty, your host for Episode 23: Victoria Hardesty has owned, bred and shown Arabian Horses for more than 30 years. She and her husband operated their own training facility serving many young people that loved and showed their own horses. She is the author of numerous articles in horse magazines, was the editor of two Arabian Horse Club newsletters, one of which was given the Communications Award of the Year by the Arabian Horse Association at their national convention. An avid reader from childhood, she read every horse story she could get her hands on. Victoria and her writing partner, Nancy Perez have written seven novels about Arabian horses. Check out their website at http://www.wonderhorsebooks.com/author-bio and see their books at Victoria Hardesty and Nancy Perez | Bookshelf (authormasterminds.com).

Duration:00:16:19

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The Mothman of Point Pleasant

10/24/2023
Episode 22: The Mothman of Point Pleasant Welcome to a journey through one of America’s most haunting enigmas—the Mothman of Point Pleasant. Plus -- The Phantom Dogsled. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ New Release by Mary Ann Poll __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Want more MYSTERIOUS? Be sure to subscribe! __________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Mary Ann Poll, your host for Episode 22: The Mothman of Point Pleasant Mary Ann Poll is the author of five Supernatural Thriller novels, Ravens Cove, Ingress, Gorgon, Dullahan, and Andalusia Forest. Sign up to subscribe for free information about upcoming events at www.maryannpoll.com and check out her podcast Real Ghost Chatter. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Phantom Dog Sled was written and performed by Steve Levi. Check out his books at Author Masterminds.

Duration:00:22:22

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What Happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald?

10/10/2023
Episode 21: What Happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald? The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called Gitchee Gumee The lake it is said never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy Gordon Lightfoot's lyrics memorialize the tragedy of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the mystery remains - what sunk the great ship? Sources: Stonehouse, Frederick. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Avery Color Studios, Inc. Gwinn, Michigan. 1977. Charles River Editors. The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald: The Loss of the Largest Ship on the Great Lakes. Kindle Schumacher, Michael. The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Eyewitness Accounts from the U.S. Coast Guard Hearings. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis, MN. 2019. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Want more MYSTERIOUS? Be sure to subscribe! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This podcast is sponsored by Author Masterminds and the Readers and Writers Book Club. Check out the Author Masterminds Website Get to know the authors at The Readers and Writers Book Club ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Meet Valerie Winans, your host for Episode 21: What Happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald? Valerie Winans is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College, a retired state government manager, and a former campground host in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Valerie is the author of three books: Alaska’s Savage River: Inside Denali National Park and Preserve, Road Trip with Remington Beagle: Michigan to Alaska and Back, and A Hero’s Journey: Life Lessons From A Dog And His Friends. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her books are written to inform and entertain readers of all ages. She currently resides with her husband in Traverse City, Michigan. More information can be found at www.valeriewinans.com.

Duration:00:22:43