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The Tenant from Hell
Book 1 in the Realtor Mystery Series
Casey Clark, property manager, is just trying to evict a bad tenant. Instead she is over her head in murder and mayhem

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Double Duplicity
Book 2 in the Realtor Mystery Series
Trouble  follows Casey like a raging fire.

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Missing-- Gone but not Forgotten

Based on the unsolved abduction of a little girl in a rural  Florida Community.

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Under a Bloody Flag

Kansas and Missouri were a "no man's land" in the days before the War between the States.

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Under a Black Flag
Kansas and Missouri heated to the boiling point during the War between the States. 

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For Want of a Ship
John Roy came to New Orleans looking  for peace instead he found war.

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Last Step
Last Step will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you gasping in surprise at the ending

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Kudzu shows you a different part of the South, past and present. Mystery with a touch of romance and a smidgen of paranormal.

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Wild about Florida: South FL
The Everglades swarm with wildlife from birds,  to mammals, to reptiles.

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Wild about Florida: Central FL
Central Florida has the ocean and gulf beaches much like other parts of Florida but in many other ways it is distinct and unique. 

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Wild About Florida: North FL
Come explore caves, hills, whitewater falls and lots of other fun things you didn't expect to find in Florida.

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Georgia's Ghostly Getaways 

Who is not fascinated by mysterious things that go bump in the night? Are there some places where departed souls still linger?

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Hosts With Ghosts
The South has long been famous for its Southern Hospitality. Hotels throughout Dixie vie with one another to offer their guests more service and more amenities. Many have guests that never depart.

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Finding Florida's Phantoms
Florida! The land of sunshine and wide-open beaches. But even the Sunshine State has its dark secrets. Places where centuries old spirits remain tied to earth. Beneath the facade of fun and make believe lurks the real Florida.

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Color Saint Augustine
This is a way to virtually visit Saint Augustine. It's a coloring book for grown ups (but kids will love it too.)  with an actual photo of the attractions in Saint Augustine. The opposite page is the same photo converted into a black and white line image for you to to color. It's 64 pages with 30 photos and 30 pages for you to color. On each photo and each color page there is a little about the story of the image . 

Bilger’s Rocks:  A 300-Million-Year-Old Rock City

Kathleen Walls
Published 11-1-2023

sign at Bilger's rocks

Bilger’s Rocks have been there since before the America continents split from Africa. It’s about 300-million years old, give or take a few birthdays. Paleo-Indians used some of its caves for shelter. The first European settler was a German named Jacob Bilger in the 1800s. Today, it’s a park with not only the rocks but a primitive camping area and playground and the ruins of an old mill on Bilger’s Creek which runs through the park. There are hiking trails and beautiful woods.

lion carving

carving in bilgers rocks

We did a small group tour at this year’s MATPRA’s (Mid Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance) Welcome Tour. Unlike the better-known Rock City atop Lookout Mountain, this one is not fancied up. It’s natural. Although there are places where man has left a mark. Our guide pointed out some carved graffiti, including one from 1921 featuring a globe and the words, “The World is Looking to Us,” referring to America’s place in world politics just after WWI. It was done by John Lawson, a Swedish immigrant who had migrated to Clearfield County and worked as a miner. He was an amateur artist with no formal training. Another more elaborate carving, probably much older, was a life-sized stone carving of a crouching lion. The lion has lost some of its features, but you can still see enough to tell what it is.

looking up in bilgers rocks

The walking path is more of a suggestion. It leads down into the heart of the rock formations and from there, it is not so evident. We wandered off into several crevices where someone much skinner than I am might have fit through. As some points in these passages, I could look up and see the friends in the group who chose not to climb among the rocks.

guid in devils dining room

There is one large area called “Devil’s Dining Room.” There’s a long tight crevice from this room leads to the “Devil’s Dungeon” and the “Devil’s Kitchen.” A tight passage near the end of the path leads to a room called “Ice Cave” since in winter this spot keeps water frozen longer than any other places around it. The formations are a labyrinth of fun passages.

tree roots grown down int rock area

me in cave

Legend suggests the frequent use of “Devil” in the formation names refers to the early farmer’s name for barren rock land that could not be farmed. Although crops would not grow here, the trees have created some strange sights. Roots led down along the sides of the cliffs from some of the trees above. Human touches are seen on some of the trees. One is carved with a humanoid face and a smaller sun image on it.

face carving in tree

Even for those who do not explore the rocks themselves, there are amazing ground views down into the crevices. Do use caution with small children or dogs, as they could easily fall into these crevices. It’s a steep drop.

crevice in ground

One of the newest features of the park is “Rock House.” county-native Roland Welker won the History Channel’s Season 7 television show, Alone by surviving 100 days in Canada’s arctic wilderness. “Rock House” is a replica of the rock shelter he built to live in for those frigid 100 days.

rock house

Bilger’s Rocks is in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, five miles north of Grampian. Do wear sturdy walking shoes and be aware the path can get somewhat rugged. There were places where I had to almost crawl to get up a section of the path. This is a true natural treasure not to be missed.