Fifty miles south of Kansas City lies a rural community whose history makes it different than any other in the United States.  The residents of this small Missouri hamlet were once ruled by a king.

The Kingdom of Amarugia: The True Story of Missouri’s Country Kings, tells the strange story of a monarchy beginning with the early white settlers of western Missouri in the mid-1800s.  The book chronicles the origin of the kingdom, the lineage of the kings, and what life may have been like for its subjects during its existence into the early 1900s.

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This month has been a busy one with the release of my new book, The Kingdom of Amarugia, (now available for pre-order at Instead

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A Safari in Kansas

This month’s post is a little different than my normal history stuff.  That said, there is a history component to the Martin and Osa Johnson

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In the spring of 1972, the small, Missouri town of Harrisonville found itself with a hippie problem. Hippies had settled into the town square surrounding
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Border War Tour

Border War Tour is a must-have for those interested in the Civil War and its impact on the Missouri/Kansas border area. The explanations and images included in
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This book, complete with over 100 color images and maps tells the story of the Missouri/Kansas Border War with particular emphasis on the Raid of Olathe which
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European Travel

“An American’s Guide to European Travel”  is a must read for anyone traveling to Europe, thinking about planning a trip, or anyone who just wants to dream
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Upcoming Events

Check this section for upcoming events

August 1,  Time:  6:30:  I will be speaking to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1920 at Zarda BBQ in Lenexa.  Topic will be Quantrill’s Raid of Olathe.

April 9, 2025,  Time:  6:30:  I will be speaking to Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks at the Springfield Library.  Topic will be Quantrill’s Raid of Olathe.

Stay tuned for more events coming soon!  If you would like me to speak  to your group, about any of the topics covered in my books or about the self-publishing process, contact me at