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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 . 

Take a Pink Jeep Tour into History

Story and photos
by Kathleen Walls

Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a place you could spend days or even weeks exploring. It is America’s most visited national park. Cades Cove is one of the most popular places in the park, but there is another lesser-known section where history still lives.

Pink Jeep Tour

Tim guiding us back to his pink jeep

I took a Pink Jeep Tours recently and our driver, Tim Church, took us through Cherokee Orchard road to the beautiful, winding, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It’s a 5.5-mile, one-way, loop road that follows the Roaring Fork Mountain Stream through one of the park’s old-growth forests.

As we drove Cherokee Orchard Road, there are scenic overlooks where we could see Anakeesta Mountain Adventure Park, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, and other modern attractions. Then you move into the past with several historic structures from the early 1900s.

Ogles Cabin

The Ogles were one of the first families to settle this area first called White Oak Flats. Noah (Bud) Ogles, a descendant of that family, built a cabin and farmed these 400 acres, beginning around 1879. His cabin is interesting as it was originally about half size and he later added a second section, which shows a different roof structure. There are still traces of his rock walls, cornfields, and mill. Walking along the rocky trail, you wonder how anyone could farm such steep rugged land.

Bales’ Farmstead

We roamed the Ephraim and Minerva Bales’ farmstead on Roaring Fork Trail, where they raised nine children in a tiny log cabin. They owned 72 acres and farmed only 30. The rest remained was too rocky and remained wooded. The Bales family lived here from about 1890 to 1930, when the government’s purchase of the park bought them out.

Their cabin was built a “dog-trot” style where two rooms sit side by side with covered space between and a single roof connecting them. The dog trot serves as a family area during warm or rainy weather, and a cooling device before the days of air condition. Air flowed through the dog-trot, keeping the two sections cool in the summer. The larger cabin was the living area, and the other side served as a kitchen.

Old Ely Mill

Near the end of the park, we explored Old Ely Mill. It was built in 1920 by Andrew Jefferson Ely, a former Yale Law graduate and practicing lawyer, who grew bored with civilization after his wife died. He built the mill and a shop on 25 acres here and called it The Water Wheel Craft Shop. He had strong opinions on many things and preached against the evils of store-bought food, milk, cheese, alcohol, coffee, tea, and many other foods. It seems he was somewhat the equivalent of a modern-day vegan. He never hesitated to push his way on anyone he spoke to.

Over time, he added barns for livestock, sheds, chicken houses, a mill, and a blacksmith shop. He built a caretaker’s cottage and brought in a family to tend to everyday tasks. The buildings were completed in the 1940s and had grown to almost twenty buildings.

Today, the mill is a wonderful place to find local crafts, antiques, and honey in season. There are two over-night rental cabins, and they host small weddings. Ely’s Mill is one of the few remaining pieces of “Old Gatlinburg” remaining active. It’s still run by the original family.

By the time you finish the tour, you will feel you are back in the early 1900s except for the very comfortable 21 century pink jeep.