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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 . 

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Winston-Salem, Where Two Cultures Collide

Can you imagine a culture of socialistic church members in a society where the church controlled all aspects of life and owned all property in the settlement and smoking, drinking and partying was forbidden ever finding common ground with capitalistic tobacco manufactures?

church and part of palisades in old Bethabara

It happened in Winston Salem. I felt I had traveled back in time to 1752 when 15 Moravians traveled south on the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and founded a small village, naming it Bethabara, the first European settlement in the Triad Area of North Carolina. It was never meant to be a permanent colony. Today, thanks to well kept written documents, the old settlement has been recreated with a palisade, their church called a gemeinhaus, herb gardens, community garden, baking oven, and many of the log homes.

Historic Bethania
 Log home in Bethania

A group of Moravians moved from there to Bethania and began a small village. Historic Bethania tells the story of this unique community starting at Historic Bethania Visitor Center and the Alpha Chapel next door, but because of Covid they were closed when I visited.

Old Salem

Old Salem lab in musuem

In 1766, North Carolina's best-known Moravian community of Salem was founded. Today it is preserved as Old Salem Museums & Gardens. We began our tour with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). The Old Salem Research and Archaeological Lab is housed here. The art and artifacts I saw in this museum are fantastic. My favorite is a huge white and gold organ.

potters at work in old salem

Walking down the streets of Old Salem, we visited the Boys School and learned about the life of a young Salem boy. A clever set of videos, one showing the boy with his sister talking about life in the village and a second one showing the same two siblings as young adults, add to viewing the schoolhouse. We watched potters creating the same items the early Moravians made. We visited a typical home of the period and saw how quilters, shoemakers, blacksmith and other crafts people worked at making all the things a new village needed to stay alive in the days before malls and chain groceries.

Hidden Town

st philips church

For many years, no one wanted to talk about the enslaved people of Winston Salem but today those hidden legacies are being revealed at Hidden Town. I visited Hidden Town that now helps tell those personal stories of 18th and 19th-century Salem's African American community.

original log church in hidden town

St. Philips Church in Hidden Town is the oldest standing African American church in North Carolina. The graves in front of the church tell a sad story. Moravians adopted slavery but accepted it later and banned it earlier. The last burial in the church graveyard was an enslaved woman named Rebecca Hill who died in 1815. Many of the grave markers merely say "child."
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A reconstruction of the African American Log Church from 1823 serves as the heritage center for Hidden Town. On a lighter note, I visited a 1930 era Shell gas station. It had gravity pumps and was shaped like a shell. I wish I could buy gas at those prices now!

Brookstown Inn

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Interestingly enough, it was a partnership between a Moravian mill owner, Francis Henry Fries, and R. J. Reynolds of Reynolds Tobacco that began the merging of the two towns. Reynolds brought Fries in to help create a railroad between Winston and Roanoke in 1887.
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Today, a unique hotel, the Brookstown Inn, was re-created from the Arista Cotton Mill built by Francis Henry Fries' father, Francis Fries, in 1836. The hotel keeps much of the original mill structure while providing modern amenities. The artifacts displayed make it feel like a museum. Its display in the lobby tells the story of the mill and the merging of Salem with Winston. Be sure to meet Sally, the hotel cat, who has her own unique story. She wandered into the hotel and when the owners took her to their vet, her microchip said she belonged to people in Washington state. They didn't want to come get her, so she became the hotel mascot.

Reynolda Gardens

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This beautiful botanical garden is tobacco tycoon, R. J. Reynolds, wife, Katharine's, contribution to healthy living. It was winter when I visited so many of the outside plants were not at their best, but those in the greenhouse were thriving.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
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Visiting R. J. Reynolds and Katharine's home was a glimpse into living with all the beauty money could buy. The art was breathtaking. Paintings and sculpture by renowned artists like Georgia O'Keefe, John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, John James Audubon, and Frederick Remington compete with furniture created by the finest artisans of the era for the most beautiful items.
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They didn't neglect their kids. In the attic, there is a shooting gallery, a bowling alley, a skating rink, a full-sized pool, and more. There's an Art Déco bar where the kids can grab a soft drink and adults something stronger.

Reynolda Village

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Reynolda Village is a mixed entertainment, shopping and dining area near the mansion. The Village was once part of the 1,067-acre estate of the R.J. Reynolds family. It was modeled after an English Village and what was once the family's dairy barn, is now an event facility.


lavender and honey kitchen

There are many vineyards, wineries, and breweries in the area, and some unique taverns and dining. Lavender and Honey Kitchen is a perfect breakfast stop. It's a mother/daughter owned restaurant specializing in baked items. I was told the cinnamon rolls are spectacular, but the sight of the chocolate cake just grabbed me.
patio at Muddy Creek Cafe

Muddy Creek Café is in Old Salem and gives a feel for being in an earlier time. You can dine inside or out here.
dinnner at Willows

Willows Bistro has some unique touches to its menu with the chef's pickled items. Chef Niki Farington combines her pickle making business with the food she creates at Willows.
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The Spring House was once home to a tobacco millionaire. Now it is themed to feel like a speakeasy. Loved the picture of Ma Rainey over the fireplace.
dip at Village Tavern

Village Tavern was voted best restaurant in Winston Salem. It is in Reynolda Village and has inside and patio dining.
several cats at Crooked Cat Cafe

Crooked Tail Cat Café is home to a bevy of kitties looking for a home. You can enjoy some baked goods and a drink while admiring the friendly felines.