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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 . 

Destination Kansas City, Kansas 

Story by Renée S. Gordon 

The consolidation and incorporation of eight small towns in Wyandotte County in 1872 led to the creation of Kansas City eleven years after Kansas gained statehood. A biography of the state, both prior to statehood and into the 21st-century, is a microcosm of the history of the United States’ westward expansion and the colorful characters who impacted on those events. Until entry into the Union the region was recognized as the Nebraska and the Indian Territories until 1854 and as such settlers, outlaws, lawmen, natives and African Americans entered the area. Kansas City, KS is listed as one of fifty-five National Heritage Areas based on its historical sites, culture and significant geography. #kansascitykansas 

History of Kansas City

Archeological evidence indicates that there was a nomadic Paleo-Indian presence as early as 12,000 BC. The Spanish explored the area, led by Coronado, in 1541 followed by the French circa 1750. They partnered with the tribes and established a profitable fur trade.  

On June 26, 1804 the Lewis and Clark expedition set up camp on the shoreline of Kaw’s Point where the Kansas and Missouri Rivers meet. For the next three days they rested and restored their equipment. Ten-acre Kaw Point Park is open to visitors with a number of attractions, trails, heritage gardens and a boat ramp. Nineteen flags are displayed representing Native tribes in the region.  Interpretive signs and plaques focus on the Corps of Discovery history and their time encamped there. The park is open daily.  
The Kansas-Nebraska Act, opening the territory for nonindigenous settlement, occurred in 1854. Prior to this Kansas was home to more than 10,000 Natives forced to migrate from the east out of an estimated total of 100,000 who were forcibly relocated west. In 1862 settlers rushed into the area as a result of the Homestead Act. Pioneers were offered 160-acres of federal land for a $10.00 filing fee, an assurance that they would homestead the land and make improvements for a minimum of five years. 
Moses and Annie, a Delaware Indian, Grinter settled at the Delaware Crossing of the Kansas River. They built a homestead including a log cabin trading post and ferry in 1857. Their subsequent 2-story home was constructed of bricks made on-site. The brick house stands today as Grinter Place State Historic Site, the oldest home in the county. Visits to the home showcase pioneer life through tours of the home furnished with period pieces. The home remained in the family until 1950. 
Wyandotte County Historical Museum is near the Grinter House and adds substantially to information on the history of the indigenous tribes. There are greater than 75,000 artifacts displayed throughout the galleries.

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Because of Kansas City’s geographical location on the Kansas-Missouri border it became a crucial site in the pursuit of freedom in the years prior to the Civil War. Quindaro was established in the 1850s. Many who believed in Kansas as a free state moved to the area where they had quick access to a water route and people who opposed their stance could not so easily ambush them. Abelard Gutherie purchased the land on which abolitionists, fugitive slaves, freedmen and Wyandotte Indians founded the town. He named the town after his wife Nancy Quindaro Gutherie. The lower section of the town was filled with businesses while the area on the bluff was largely residential. #visitkck 

By the mid-1850s a line of the Underground Railroad ran through Quindaro. Freedom seekers, freedmen and newly escaped individuals found safe haven and the only free-state port of entry in the region. From this branch of the UGRR many linked up with the Lane Branch and moved further onward. 
The town lost many residents when the Civil War began as families moved for protection. The site has been designated one of only three National Commemorative Sites in the National Park Service. Quindaro Ruins Overlook allows visitors to view the archeological ruins of the town. Private hiking tours are available in advance through the city. 

The Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum is housed inside the Vernon Multi-Purpose Center, formerly the Colored School of Quindaro. The structure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, displays murals on the first floor and a museum on the lower level. The collection is eclectic and features the history of Quindaro and the region. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative relationships among blacks, whites and Native Americans. 

The first school to admit blacks west of the Mississippi River was Western University, an outgrowth of the 1857 Colored Normal School in Quindaro. The school was later named Freedman’s University and ultimately Western University. It closed in 1948. The school has the distinction of having erected the country’s first statue to John Brown in 1911. It was carved of marble in Italy, sent to the campus, and placed on a 7-ft. granite plinth. The life-sized statue holds a diploma. 
When the Wyandotte Indians were forcibly removed from Ohio in 1843 many of them died of cholera, measles and typhoid. More than 400 are interred in the Wyandot National Burying Ground/Huron Indian Cemetery, 120 in unmarked graves, in what was sacred ground.  
The land was to be sold by the government in 1906 and the Conley sisters, Lyda, Ida and Helena, of Wyandotte descent, vigorously protested the sale. At one point the sisters erected a shack over the graves of their parents, armed themselves with their father’s Civil War musket, locked the gates and settled in the cemetery to protect it. Lyda, raised in Quindaro, became the first woman admitted to the Kansas Bar and advanced the case in 1910 to the Supreme Court. She lost but by that time public support was overwhelming. In 2016 it was inscribed as a National Historic Landmark. The sisters are buried in the cemetery. Visitors are welcome and a series of plaques document tribal history. 

Neighborhoods in Kansas City

Kansas City is known as the “City of Neighborhoods” and each has its own history, ethnic heritage and culture. Urban Hikes KC offers several comprehensive neighborhood tours including a bike tour that can last up to five hours. #urbanhikeskc 

Strawberry Hill is one of the most picturesque and historic neighborhoods. It developed on the land of Mathias Splitlog, owner of 288-acres on which he established both a sawmill and gristmill. He wed a Wyandotte Indian and spoke seven languages.

Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center is housed in an 1887 Queen Anne mansion that was originally a family home. During the 1918 influenza epidemic it functioned as St. John’s Orphanage. Kansas City’s ethnic heritage is so pervasive and unique that in 1988 The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was founded to showcase the cultures. There are more than 30 rooms and Individual ethnic groups are responsible for the décor in each room. The holiday displays are particularly spectacular.  Evening dinner and wine tours are also offered. Strawberryhillmuseum 

Food in Kansas City

KCK Taco Trail is a distinctive culinary trail that encompasses more than fifty taquerias. The selections, tacos, Tex-Mex and specialty dishes are fresh and homemade from heritage recipes. There is a map and an app to start you off. While on the trail stop in Spicin Foods’ gift shop. They have created more than 1,800 salsas and sauces sold internationally. You can test a product in the shop along with a cup of water in case you have overestimated your abilities. #kcktacotrail   
NOTE: Sometimes Wyandotte is spelled without the t and e at the end. It seems interchangeable but I used Wyandot to designate individuals and Wyandotte for the tribe.