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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Montezuma's Gold-One of the Top Ten Lost Treasures

Gathered through years of brutal conquests over other Mesoamerican civilizations, Montezuma's treasure was vast.  His horde included: two gold collars, a huge alligator's head of gold, one hundred ounces of gold, birds and sculptures studded with precious gems, wheels of gold and silver, a large plate of gold with embroidered leather works and other priceless objects.

Various theories exist concerning the fate of Montezuma's Treasure. Some historians believe it remains buried beneath layers of silt and cement of what is now Mexico City, dropped by the Spanish Conquistadors when they fled from Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital.  One of Mexico's former Presidents even had Lake Tezcuco dredged, but no treasure was found.  Others believe the Spaniards retrieved the treasure when they reclaimed the city of Tenochtitlan and sent it to Spain, but then a tropical storm sunk the ship carrying it.  According to another legend, Montezuma's slaves traveled two thousand miles to southern Utah to hide the treasure and afterward, all the slaves were put to death.  Other suspected locations include the Grand Canyon, Guatemala, and the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

My fascination with lost treasure led me to write The Secret Sentinel, available from The Wild Rose Press, about a stash of lost Confederate gold and now The Montezuma Secret, about Montezuma's lost treasure, available from Amazon.  Here's a short blurb:

Murder and Passion Meet Head-On in the Steamy Jungles of Belize. 

Hunky Trey Zacco, gritty survivalist and host of the Miami-based Holiday Channel’s hit "Wildman" series and glitz and glamour girl, Erica Kingsley, host of the channel’s "Lap of Luxury" show, are thrown together in the steamy jungles of Belize as a publicity stunt and to search for Montezuma’s lost gold. Zacco cannot hide his resentment at having to share the spotlight with the flighty fashionista Erica, and he locks horns with her every step of the way even as both try to ignore the strong physical attraction growing between them. But when Erica’s father's plane crashes in the jungle, Trey and Erica launch a desperate search to find him. And when members of the camera crew are killed and the equipment sabotaged, Trey and Erica find themselves stranded in the middle of the jungle where no rescue crew can reach them.  But who is the target and who is really after them?

"The Montezuma Secret"
Only $.99 in e-book format for your Kindle, PC, iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, & Android

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Sandra Koehler, who writes under the pen name of Alison Chambers, was Vice-President of the largest association management company in Wisconsin.  She has traveled extensively and has also written for newspapers.  She first started writing when she was a teenager, sparked by an interest in Nancy Drew books and a desire to tell a good story.  She enjoys keeping her hero and heroine in dangerous and exciting situations against a backdrop of exotic settings, lost treasure and unsolved historical mysteries and conspiracies.  She has written seven novels, and besides writing, enjoys reading, playing piano and Green Bay Packers football.  She lives in Greendale, Wisconsin, where she is working on her next romantic suspense novel.

Alison Chambers

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