Grave Discoveries: Shawnee Bend Cemetery

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

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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.


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.


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:


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

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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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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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