I received notification I'm among the top twenty candidates for the THORPE MENN AWARD. The competition is run by the Kansas City Library and the AAUW (American Association of University Women) for the Kansas City area.  I submitted FIRE ON THE HORIZON: The Death of the Morrow Castle.  It is a historical fiction novella based on the true story of my grandfather's heroism during the fire that destroyed the Morrow Castle, a luxury liner like the Titanic (half its size) that burned off the coast of New Jersey in 1934.  The top three winners will be announced on October 3rd.  Wish me luck!


                     BURY ME WITH MY PEOPLE: The Arrests of

                  Elizabeth Temms and The Roswell Mill Workers

is available in Ebook and print copies at my Amazon Author page at:


To read first chapters of:

BURY ME WITH MY PEOPLE: The Arrests of Elizabeth Temms and the Roswell Mill Workers;

LOU'S STORY: She Adder or Patriot? and,

FIRE ON THE HORIZON: The Death of the Morro Castle 

also go to my Amazon Author page at:


Go to the NEWS tab to read excerpts from my  (two) short stories in KANSAS CITY STORY: From Trading Post to Cowtown to Cosmopolitan Crossroads.

KANSAS CITY STORY: From Trading Post to Cowtown to Cosmopolitan Crossroads, is an anthology written by members of and published by the Midwest Romance Writers (MRW), of which I am a member.  Learn KC's history from the early 1800's through 2000 with stories written for each decade by our members.  (I'm happy to say I have TWO stories in the anthology - TERROR IN RUSKIN HEIGHTS, the story of the Ruskin Heights Tornado in 1957 and TICKET LINES, PHONES AND ELTON JOHN about  the opening of the Sprint Center in 2008.)  If you want to take a look, here's the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Kansas-City-Story-Cosmopolitan-Crossroads-ebook/dp/B07G2CR368    

For  information on or to purchase any of my books, go to my Amazon author page at:  https://www.amazon.com/author/www.dlrogersbooks.com

  • Crossfire in the Street - Lone Jack 1862

    The Civil War yielded many bloody battles and the Battle at Lone Jack was among the worst. Fought across a sixty-foot strip of dusty road, brothers fought brothers, neighbors fought neighbors, cousins fought cousins, and the blood of horses and men ran together in the street under the blistering August sun.

    The Green family tried to keep from being caught up in the war headed for their doorstep, but their efforts were lost—even before the Yankees came to town.

    In their youthful exuberance and ignorance, sixteen and fifteen year old Hank and Jesse sneak into town to watch the battle—and find more trouble than they bargained for. Pete, the oldest brother, joins the Rebels and fights to save his life—and that of his brothers. Cora, the oldest daughter on the cusp of becoming a woman, loves a boy who runs off to fight with the Federals—and breaks her heart.

    Read the first two chapters here.