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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 . 

Herlong Mansion: Reminder of a Earlier Time

Story and photos
by Kathleen Walls

herlong mansion

When Zeddy Clarence Herlong came to Micanopy with his wife, Natalie, in the early 1900s and settled into the house along an Indian trading route, now known as Cholokka Boulevard, he never imagined it would one day be a famous bed-and-breakfast. The two-story pine “cracker style” home, built in 1845 by R. S. Stoughton, and then owned by Herlong’s father-in-law, John Simonton, is now The Herlong Mansion and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

As Zeddy Herlong’s fortunes improved, he enclosed the original house in a brick classic Greek revival with four stately Corinthian columns on the front. The interior has more of an Art and Craft style with elegant leaded glass windows, fine wood paneling, and intricately laid floors of oak, maple, and mahogany.

When Natalie died, Zeddy remarried and moved away. When Zeddy died, he left the home to all six children. There was a long-drawn-out court battle between the heirs. Inez, the eldest, finally got possession of the home, but died there shortly after. Her son, who inherited, had no interest in it and the beautiful home fell into disrepair for years until in 1986, when a couple bought it and turned it into a bed-and-breakfast.

parlor of mansion

When a friend and I visited recently, the current owner, Kim Shore, welcomed us. When we entered the lovely parlor, one of the first things I noticed was the antique piano. It sat against the side wall with a commanding painting of two galloping horses done in stark black and white. Kim showed us the paten date under the top cover. It dates to 1880. The room felt so comfortable with its tall lead glass paned windows facing the front garden-like lawn, wood-paneled walls, and hardwood floors. It gave the feeling of stepping into the 19th century.

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We continuing into the hall, that ran the entire length of the home, into a cozy side parlor with a big screen tv, and the dining room, the antique furnishing and the modern amenities, blend well. One bedroom, the Azalea Room, is on the first floor. The bath in there is one of the most gorgeous I have seen. The ultra-modern huge walk-in shower merges perfectly with the 19th century style bed of dark wood with a tall headboard and footboard. Several almost floor-to-ceiling windows give the room a light airy feeling.

azelia room bath room

There’re seven rooms, four suites, the Pump House Cottage, and the Carriage House awaiting guests. Each room is unique, has its own bathroom and shower. We looked into the ones that were not occupied and I would have felt very comfortable in any of them. Many have ball-and-claw tubs for great soaking. The cottage and Carriage House are pet friendly.

front porch

The front porch looks out on the main street. White wicker chairs with cozy cushions on them and rocking chairs are bracketed by hanging beds suspended from the ceiling by sturdy chains so they could swing and sway at each end of the porch. Talk about rocking yourself to sleep!

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We had a special treat when Kim took us for a spin in the mansion’s 1930 Model A Ford. Imagine riding in a vehicle made when Herbert Hoover was president and WWII had not yet shown its ugly head. It started after just a few tries and gave us a real feeling of time travel, literally. Kim drove us to the Micanopy Historic Cemetery founded in the early 1800s. Many of the Herlongs are buried here.