Images of the World


You don't know Bruce until you know Bruce &Tass

Death of Innocence
Book 2
November 2021


The Way
of the World

Book 3
Spring 2022



Book 4
End of Series
Fall 2022

The Foundling
of Dayr Castle
B. Burgess Junek

Book One
A Bright One

The Making of a
True Warrior


A girl of prophecy
on a black stallion,
a boy falconer,
and a Barbarian Prince
share destinies with a deadly female warrior/mystic.

But not happily ever after.


After the fall of the glorious matriarchal Ambri Empire an infant girl named Tyme mysteriously appears in the stables of a magnificent borderland castle, now part of a Barbarian Kingdom.

She learns to ride Spike, a notorious mountain ibex, is taught the sword by the castle champion, and is spiritually mentored by a fearless old herb woman.

Tyme also befriends Jyg, a young boy who climbs the broken remains of the highest castle tower to capture, raise and train a gyrfalcon chick.

And she meets Crown Prince Epohco, a kind and introspective friend who may become something more.

Meanwhile political factions search for the girl of prophecy heralding the return of the Ambri Empire, while others believe she is the Divine Daughter, whose rise to power will bring a new world order.

An intriguing coming of age low fantasy adventure series about friendship, commitment, sacrifice, love, life and death. Captivating characters in a female predominate culture shaped by mysticism and spiritual awakenings.

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The Road of Dreams
A Two-Year Bicycling and Hiking Adventure Around the World
Bruce B. Junek

Photographs by Tass Thacker


Follow the unforgettable exploits of seasoned travelers Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker on their 26-month around-the-world bicycle trip.

They crossed four continents through sweltering temperatures and winter snowstorms--punctuated by 42 flats.

This deeply personal travel book is also the story of an inner journey with a compelling message: Recognize what you value most in life, and pursue it!

Written with a keen eye for detail and a wry sense of humor,
The Road of Dreams is travel writing at its best!

"Ask yourself, What do hill tribe food fights, volcanoes, snorkeling in the moonlight, Buddhist monasteries, Mt. Everest, boils, and bikes have in common? The answer in inside The Road of Dreams, as Bruce and Tass hop, skip and pedal their way into the heart of our world...Their enthusiasm is contagious; their story compelling."

John Viehman
Executive Editor, Backpacking Magazine and host of PBS Trailside TV series.
"I've just finished reading The Road of Dreams and enjoyed it so much that I've started to read it a second time. Congratulations on truly a spectacular and adventurous journey. What an accomplishment. Thanks for the inspiration!

John Powers, Birmingham, AL
"I am enjoying your book so much. I ride my stationary bike each morning for 45 minutes and am in the middle of touring Thailand. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment."

Sharon Benassi
Principle North Tahoe Intermediate

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"Our method of travel leaves us exposed. We are at the mercy of not only the weather, but of every driver on the highway. We have no roof over our heads. No walls to hide behind. No doors to lock...We must trust the world will treat us gently."

From The Road of Dreams

Andes to the Amazon
Seven Journeys in Mexico, Central and South America
Bruce B. Junek
Photographs by Tass Thacker

Riding third class trains through Mexico to Guatemala.

Bicycling through Central and South America.

Kayaking and swimming with whales in Baja.

Snorkeling with penguins in the Galapagos Islands.

Hiking through cloud forests in Costa Rica.

Traveling by dugout canoe in the Amazon Basin.


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Whether they are running off with a Mexican circus family or staying in the rainforest huts of Cofan Indians, Bruce and Tass’s unique personal interactions add a poignant human dimension to their travels. Volcanoes, Maya Ruins, nesting sea turtles, migrating monarch butterflies, monkeys and jaguars, Andes to the Amazon has it all!

“Extraordinary journey’s rich with experiences, meaningful encounters with other cultures and joys of living close to the earth. A great read with an important message, Andes to the Amazon will appeal to the traveler in all of us.”
Dan Buettner, explorer, author and founder of Blue Zones

"My name is Ashley. I am nine years old. I have read all your books. I would like to meet you.
My dream is to go around the world so I look up to you."

Ashley, via email
"Not often (as in never) have I written to an author to say that I was enthralled with a book. Received Andes to the Amazon--my kind of book! I traveled all the way with you two--that's how realistic the writing is--loved the pictures. Liked the fact that there was no whining--you both must be tough as nails...This book should be required reading in all schools."
Mrs. Ardith Eatherton, Rapid City, SD
Mrs. Ardith Eatherton, Rapid City, SD

"Just wanted to share this picture with you. On a recent bike tour I brought Andes to the Amazon to read.

Coincidently, my father-in-law brought The Road of Dreams! Here we are in camp, both enjoying your books!"

Scott Van Orman
Would you carry a book this big on a bicycle trip? Tass reading the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by headlamp in our tent, South Africa.
Explore the world of books!
Tass and our friend, Janet, share stories in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Rock Climbing Guide

Spearfish Canyon Limestone

Black Hills, South Dakota

Sorry, now out of print

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