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  • Grave Discoveries: Shawnee Bend Cemetery

    This is such a neat old cemetery along the Lake of the Ozarks. It’s old, shady and unexpected.

    Want to know where the bodies are buried? You can discover it here at FIND A GRAVE.

    There are several broken stones. Some have been patched back together. I think it just adds to the character of the cemetery.

    A handshake engraving

    Another similar handshake.

    A nice dove.

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    I really appreciate the practicality of these multiple/two-sided markers. One gets a hand pointing to Heaven and the other gets the Lamb of God. It’s hard to tell but I think the hand pointing to Heaven is a mother and the Lamb of God says infant on the top. I can’t tell if they both died in childbirth or not, but wouldn’t be surprised.

    This is clever use of stones to make both a marker and a planter. I approve.

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    Another interesting planter-style memorial marker.

    Finally, this was the oldest stone I found in the cemetery. Born 1791! Died 1819.

    Seeing a stone from someone born in the 18th century that’s not in a museum is amazing to me.

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    Speaking of cemeteries. Did you know that reapers travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through and invisible network called the consecrated subway? It’s true. Just one of the amazing details of the the Reaper Series.

    Want to know more? You can start with book one of the Reaper Series here:

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    Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

    Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available October 6, 2014

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    He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

    After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

    Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

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  • Grave Discoveries: Twilight Cemetery

    Twilight Cemetery is behind the Twilight Church and overlooks I-44 just outside of Phillipsburg, MO. I drive by it several times a week. Want to know where the bodies are buried?

    Check out Find-A-Grave.It was an older cemetery than I had expected. Handshake engravings seemed to dominate.

    I love when the top half of broken stones are leaned against the remaining marker. Arts and creepy all at once.In the use-what-you’ve-got vein, this marker is a big ass rock cairn. Practical if not descriptive.I liked this one a lot.Tiny stone, big plant. Works for me.And these? Just lots and lots of rock markers. I have no idea how they know who was ever buried there. I suppose now it doesn’t really matter.A book-of-life marker. I like the symbolism of starting the next chapter.

    These patina covered stones turn me on.

     

     

    Speaking of graves, did you know that the primary mode of travel for reapers is from consecrated ground to consecrated ground? Cemeteries are like the subway stations of the nether world. Want to learn more?

    Check out Reap & Repent (book one) and Reap & Redeem (book two) available at all ebook retailers.

    The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

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    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)Reap & Repent blurb

    They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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    Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available October 6, 2014

    ???????????????????????Reap & Redeem blurb

    He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

    After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

    Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

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  • Grave Discoveries: Old Masonic Cemetery aka St. James Cemetery

     

     

    The Old Masonic Cemetery aka St. James Cemetery is located in St. James, Missouri and has a beautiful entrance/exit. This is from the exit side. There are approximately 4,211 interments here. It’s quite massive. The oldest part, near the road and entrance. has some very interesting stones.IMG_7032 (1024x768) There are several stone foundation family plots in St. James Cemetery.  I couldn’t find any reason for this online other than to mark the actual plot boundaries.IMG_7030 (1024x768)

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    IMG_6997 (768x1024)It’s difficult to tell here but I think those are angel wings at the top?IMG_7029 (768x1024) A Mason’s grave.IMG_7028 (768x1024) Again, this stone is interesting but I can’t make out the design anymore. Thoughts?IMG_7027 (768x1024)

    A nautical theme here with the anchor.IMG_7026 (768x1024) IMG_7025 (768x1024) IMG_7024 (1024x768) A hand pointing to Heaven.IMG_7023 (768x1024) IMG_7022 (768x1024) I guess this was the winner of the coveted Death Cup.IMG_7021 (768x1024) IMG_7019 (768x1024) I love the gnarly old trees here in the oldest part of the cemetery.IMG_7018 (768x1024) Hand pointing to the Crown of Heaven. IMG_7016 (768x1024) IMG_7015 (768x1024) I love the patina on this stone and the floral design of the engraving. IMG_7014 (768x1024) These stones were tucked away on a shady edge of the cemetery, nearly overtaken.IMG_7013 (768x1024) IMG_7012 (768x1024) Nice patina and handshake engravings on these stones.IMG_7011 (768x1024) IMG_6998 (768x1024)Dove engraving.IMG_7010 (768x1024) I’ve found at least one Woodmen of the World stone in every graveyard I’ve visited so far in my travels. IMG_7009 (768x1024)  IMG_7007 (1024x768) IMG_7006 (768x1024) IMG_7005 (1024x768)   IMG_6996 (1024x768) IMG_6995 (768x1024) IMG_6994 (768x1024)Want to know where the bodies are buried? Check out FIND A GRAVE and you can see for yourself.

    Speaking of cemeteries. Did you know that reapers travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through and invisible network called the consecrated subway? It’s true. Just one of the amazing details of the the Reaper Series.

    Want to know more? There’s still plenty of time to read book one and join in on the fun. Reap & Repent is available now at all ebook retailers. 

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     


  • Grave Discoveries: Ben Franklin’s Grave and Christ Church Burial Ground

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    One of the highlights of our NYC/Philadelphia trip this summer was getting to visit the very historic Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.

    It’s a Colonial and Revolutionary-era cemetery with more than 1,300 markers and nearly 4,000 burials on two acres! It’s jam-packed with grave goodness.

    Of course the highlight is Ben Franklin’s grave, which was actually the least architecturally interesting in the entire cemetery to me. It was just a large slab. The pennies were cool. I didn’t know it but the American tradition of leaving pennies on graves actually began with Ben Franklin’s funeral. Folks came from across the country to ‘pay their respects’. Ironic that Abe Lincoln’s face is on the coin now. Guess these visitors didn’t want to leave hundred dollar bills 😀

    IMG_6618 (800x600)I think this is an early example of a Woodmen of the World marker. It was first officially founded in 1883 so I’m not sure but it fits the style.

    IMG_6646 (600x800)These pedestal and table-style markers are really interesting and unusual. This is the first I’ve seen of these in my travels.

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    IMG_6628 (800x600)I like the juxtaposition of the very old history and the modern skyline behind it.

    IIMG_6644 (600x800)These marker/planters are ingenious! Way to multi-task!IMG_6645 (600x800)IMG_6648 (600x800)

    These pyramid style markers seem Masonic to me but I didn’t find any proof of that. They are, however, very unique and this first one is elaborate.

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    IMG_6641 (800x600)Lots of windy little gravel paths meandered through the grounds. You can see they were packed in like sardines.IMG_6651 (800x600) IMG_6653 (800x600)

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    IMG_6654 (800x600)I really dig these old cross markers.

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    IMG_6656 (800x600)Want to know where who lies here? You can download a cool map here. 

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    Well, that’s it for this week. Next week I’ll show you Fox Crossing Cemetery in Pulaski County, Missouri.

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    Speaking of cemeteries. Did you know that reapers travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through and invisible network called the consecrated subway? It’s true. Just one of the amazing details of the the Reaper Series.

    Want to know more? There’s still plenty of time to read book one and join in on the fun. Reap & Repent is available now at all ebook retailers. 

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


  • Grave Discoveries: Old Roach Cemetery

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    Old Roach Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries I’ve run across in my travels. There are so many cool tombstones here I am going to break it into two posts.

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    These two graves are among the oldest.

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    Yeah, that says born 1789. A Christmas baby no less. And that isn’t even the oldest grave. There are several with no visible birth date or death dates left on their surfaces. If you’d like to see the full listing of burials, you can check it out here http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=1&GScid=1705991&

    The oldest birth date I found listed was 1780. SEVENTEEN EIGHTY!

    That boggles my brain.

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    I’m not sure what this particular shape or the one behind it meant if anything, but the marking were long worn away.

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    Lots of handshake symbol stones in this cemetery too.

    I found a few I hadn’t noticed before that can also be found in Old Roach Cemetery. Here is what the symbols mean according to Grave Addiction.

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    A Bible and a hand pointing downward. (The hand of God descending from heaven.)

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    Another handshake stone.

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    A rose/flower stone. (Symbolizes beauty.

    20140508_161704866_iOSA dove stone. (Peace, messenger of God. The most common birds found on gravestones are doves).

    This is only a sampling of the amazing old graves in this cemetery. Come back next Monday for a few more.

    I’ll keep prowling graveyards and bringing you interesting bits from The Reaper Series if you’ll keep visiting.

    In the meantime…

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    Reap & Repent 

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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  • Grave Discoveries: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans – Part Three

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    This is the final St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 post. I didn’t even make it to the St. Louis Nos. 2 and 3 let alone the other 39 cemeteries in New Orleans. All the more reason for a return trip.

    This post is all about the finer details of some of the graves in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

    There were few remaining statues on top of tombs but theft through the years has eliminated many of them. In fact, only a month prior to my visit, an unlicensed tour guide was spotted desecrating tombs and removing bones. Someone even painted Marie Lavaeu’s tomb pink. Seriously people. Not. cool.

    There are still some fantastic wrought iron, statuary and vault details that I found amazing.

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    Here is a great video of more tombs in the cemetery…complete with catchy NOLA tunage.

     

    There is more great history on St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 from the Save Our Cemeteries site. It’s worth the read.

    Speaking of graves…and reading…have you read Reap & Repent?

    What are you waiting for?

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     

     


  • Grave Discoveries: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans – Part Two

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    Last week I showed you a few of the highlights from St. Louis Cemetery, No. 1 in New Orleans. NOLA is my sort of town and this cemetery was a real gem.

    First off, all of the tombs are above ground due to extensive flooding through the years. You can read some great history on that here. Yellow fever was a real problem in south and thousands succumbed to it before officials realized parading dead bodies through town before going to their resting place wasn’t the greatest idea.

    The cemetery was moved back away from the city two or three times before it became what it is today. It takes up one square block but is the resting place of thousands thanks to a ruling that by tradition you can, after one year and one day, put another loved one in the same space. 

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    These tombs are basically condos in the City of the Dead. Stuff one in, seal it over and a year and a day later you can add the next. Mostly the bodies go in pine or cardboard boxes and with the NOLA heat and humidity the bodies decompose to bones and ash pretty quickly. When it’s time to add another, they sweep the bodies to the back and in it goes. I admire the efficiency. I’ve never understood spending thousands of dollars on a metal box and trying to keep your corpse fine.

    You’re dead.

    Go with it.

    Following are some of the more interesting tombs. I don’t know who’s buried in any of these but you can do some sleuthing of your own here if you are so inclined.

    I am, however, fairly certain these are some long lost relatives of my own.

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    Come back next week for one more St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 post. More grave goodness than can fit into two posts.

    Speaking of graves…Have you read Reap & Repent?

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     

     

     

     


  • Five Real-Life Cemeteries That Inspired The Reaper Series

    Cemeteries are integral to the characters of Reap & Repent who spend a lot of time traveling to, from, and through them. All of the cemeteries of The Reaper Series were inspired by real-life cemeteries near my own hometown. Here are a few fictionalized places you’ll be visiting in The Reaper Series. Want to visit the real places? Click the links below and see where the bodies are buried.

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    Good Springs Cemetery-  outside Huntsbury – rural cemetery two miles from Ruth’s home.

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    He lingered longer than necessary in the window and for a second, she thought he was going to kiss her again. After a moment’s hesitation, he turned and walked through the Good Springs archway. He didn’t even look back as he grabbed hold of the first headstone he came to and swirled and shimmered in a mini tornado until poof, he was gone. Just like that.

    Ruth rolled up her window and locked the doors. All of them. She was not ashamed to admit that she was more than a little scared. As far as she could tell at the moment, there wasn’t anything to actually be scared of in her immediate vicinity.

    It’s the things you can’t see.

    She backed her big-ass car out of the cemetery and headed into town with the radio blasting so that she couldn’t think too much.

     

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    Meridian National Cemetery downtown Meridian

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    She felt the pull, and in a few seconds they were in the middle of Meridian National Cemetery. The cemetery was situated along two very busy main roads in town. They landed in the middle of the grounds under a gazebo.

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    Panther Valley Cemetery – where Ruth’s parents are buried.

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    Panther Valley Cemetery is an old and rural cemetery in Steele County, Arkansas. Hundreds of similar cemeteries dotted the state. Since it was a week before Memorial Day, the grounds were neat and clipped. The headstones had been trimmed by the volunteer caretaker. The grounds were empty as they pulled up and through the gate. The entire area was bucolic with the rolling green hills, waist deep with the first growth of fescue of the year. A lush green line of trees demarked Panther Creek as it trickled through the bottom land.

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    East Lawn Cemetery, Meridian: – outskirts of Meridian

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    East Lawn Cemetery was another one of the larger cemeteries in town but at least it was off the main streets. The cemetery covered more than eight acres. The street lights were far enough away that the numerous trees made it almost impossible to navigate until their eyes adjusted. One by one, the white headstones appeared out of the darkness like blooming moon flowers.

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    Maple Park Cemetery, Meridian – near downtown neighborhood.

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    They landed in Maple Park Cemetery next, which was tiny in comparison but much darker. With no visible street traffic, they had about zero chance of being spotted as they made their way through the grounds, which was a relief. The entire cemetery covered a couple of wooded acres. It didn’t take long to find the next candidate: Evelyn Opal Carson, aged eighty-seven.  

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