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Click on the Obscure Science tab at the top of the page. Scroll down to the title you want for some facts behind the fiction. 

Click on the book covers for plot summaries and why I got intrigued with the subject.

 My interests are hidden history and forbidden science…no romance, no teen-age angst, no dystopian landscapes. These novels are set in the real world, which is scary enough without portals to alternate universes. Each book has a bibliography of sorts so you can do your own research. I love the hunt for information, the thrill of discovery, and weaving it all into a story.


Twenty Days to Treasure

20 days to treasureTwenty Days to Treasure
by Phyllis Gunderson

I’m an Arizona girl, raised on tales of the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains. But lately I’ve learned there’s a range of mountains farther north called The Uintas with lost gold mines and caverns of treasure that dwarf my little Arizona legend. Slavery, murder, destruction, and hauntings are a big part of the reports. The more I researched, the spookier it got.

TWENTY DAYS TO TREASURE is now available on Amazon.

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Author’s comment, June 16, 2013

Finally, this little book sees the light of day.  THE MOUNDS ANOMALY is a fact-based fictional adventure about the deliberate destruction of artifacts from the American mounds.  It took two years for the manuscript to find a publisher.  “It’s too speculative,” one company wrote in their friendly rejection letter.  “Who’s your audience?” an editor asked.  

The fact is, The Mounds Anomaly isn’t mainstream. I wrote it because I got tangled in the topic and couldn’t get out.  Cedar Fort, bless its heart, took a chance on it. For more information on the research, push the obscure science tab at the top of the page. A plot description is below. 

An ancient gold coin, a hidden burial cave, and a Colorado canyon have something in common…and brilliant archaeologist Mathilda (Matt) Howard holds the key to solving the puzzle.  Warned to keep quiet or lose her job, Matt risks everything to expose the truth that could change history in this intriguing mystery. The Mounds Anomaly offers both an entertaining story and a fascinating subject.

There you have it.  If you read it and like it, we are fellow searchers.  Huzzah.

                                                    Phyllis Gunderson


The Lights of Mahonri Moriancumer

the-lights-of-mahonri-moriancumer-phyllis-gunderson-9781599550190_smcoverA weird, wonderful friend introduced me to a book published in 1963 called Cave of the Ancients written by a Tibetan Monk.  The author was a boy when older monks took him to a cave full of strange machinery with a technology not found in the modern world. His description of the lighting system caught my attention: lights that didn’t burn out, no on-off switch, no power source. I’d heard of such lights before. Col. P.H. Fawcett’s book, Lost Trails, Lost Cities, mentioned a lost city in Brazil with eternal lights, but Fawcett disappeared in the jungle before he could disclose the location. Another report from Aristotle claims that Alexander the Great carried one of the lights in his belt.  Finally, to top it off, a relative of mine who lives in Belize told me of a pyramid being excavated not far from his Mayan village. The natives working on the dig insisted there was a light inside. From there, the novel pulled together.

Just so you know: The Lights of Mahonri Moriancumer is my only novel written for a Mormon audience because, yes, I am a Mormon and we have a story of lights that never go out. The book is a fun adventure, though, and not designed as a missionary tool.

Jaguar Prophecies

the-jaguar-prophecies-phyllis-gunderson-9781599554624_smcoverIn 2006 somebody loaned me a book titled Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 by John Major Jenkins. By the time I’d finished reading the very large footnoted book, I’d tagged it with so many sticky notes the spine was stretched to its limits. I liked this author. He did independent research and made the Mayan calendar a priority when nobody else cared…until the media grabbed it and turned it into the End of the World.  Meantime, I used Jenkins’ references to plow through the scholarly Hamlet’s Mill and portions of The Invisible Landscape, which led me to the Chinese I Ching. Eventually, I found myself at the pages of the Sumerian Enuma Elish, the Hopi prophecies, and the Sun Dagger at Chaco Canyon.  I wrote the novel, but couldn’t resist cramming everything in it, including precession of the equinoxes, polar shifting, solar flares, and underground shelters for “those who know.” My fiction readers liked the story but thought the science holding it together was too complicated. But a NASA consultant said it was too simple. And one reviewer said the whole thing was pseudo-science and I shouldn’t be allowed to put pen to paper again. ‘sigh.’  It’s always something. Now that the 2012 hysteria is over, you might find The Jaguar Prophecies fun to read. It’s the story of the Mayan calendar, its origins, connections to other ancient world calendars, and what the end date really means. Hint: It’s not over yet.