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A fifth-generation South Dakotan, Haugen is a recovering journalist living in the Black Hills with his wife, three teenagers, two dogs and Johnny Depp, the pet rabbit.
Haugen is a former newspaper reporter, editor, sportswriter, publisher and award-winning columnist. He has lived throughout South Dakota - in Montrose, Canton, Sioux Falls and Valley Springs. He's worked at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Tri-State Neighbor and owned the Tea & Harisburg Champion newspaper in Tea. In addition to several free-lance writing gigs, he also had brief forays across state lines and worked at newspapers in Windom and Luverne, Minn., and Rock Valley, Iowa. Haugen is also an avid runner and gardener.
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
Really enjoyed this book. Joshua and his "climb" was really interesting and kept me wondering what would be next throughout the book. Joshua was easy to like and so were the rest of the characters in the book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick fun read. Am wondering what will happen to Joshua next...
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on June 22, 2011 :
after reading joshua's ladder, i called all my friends with kindle and told them to get it. i could not put it down
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on April 11, 2011 :
I have so many books on my kindle at the moment, it took me quite awhile to get around to Joshua's Ladder. I was pleasantly surprised with this book, for 99% of the time. It kept me interested, I enjoyed the story, the characters were likeable, and the pace was good. Honestly the end of the book ruined it for me. Some people may still enjoy this book, despite the ending, or perhaps because of the ending. If you like uplifting stories, I don't think this one is for you.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on March 10, 2011 :
Joshua's Ladder is a rare find that once I started I couldn't put down! The story was as compelling and engaging as it was entertaining! Laugh-out-loud funny, this is not your run-of-the-mill romance drama. What a refreshing and unique approach to clever humor weaving through a storyline you can't predict and is unparalleled. This one makes you wish you could meet and hang out with Joshua and his sidekicks while at the same time identifying with the complexities of the characters. Creative writing from a clearly talented writer. Mark Haugen is my new author of choice.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on March 05, 2011 :
I really loved this book. The story was very captivating and I found I couldn't stop reading it! I felt like I knew the characters and living in South Dakota even brought the story closer to home. Enjoyed the twists and turns up and down Joshua's ladder of life. Great job Mark! I can hardly wait to read your other books.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on March 05, 2011 :
Only took a few pages and I was hooked, couldn't stop reading. Perfect combination of romance, intrigue, and humor. A character with such depth in his sadness, yet such courage and perseverance. Diverse characters with great humor - caught myself laughing aloud - always a good sign. Romance that allowed you to feel the emotions but wasn't micro-detailed, creatively written. I'm not one for "smut" romance novels, this was perfect. GREAT READ!! Can't wait for another - - - - - -
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)