I enjoy writing about a wide variety of topics, and it shows in the titles I’ve published.Take a peek below at some of my non-fiction books and keep an eye out in 2015 for more titles about Ancient Greece, the History of Dance, and How the Light Bulb Changed the World. Happy reading!

New Releases

Terra Cotta Warriors

Emperor Qin’s Terra-Cotta Army

It was an army of clay, one never meant to be seen by human eyes. The thousands of terra-cotta soldiers fashioned by the order of Emperor Qin were buried with him in 210 BCE to protect him in the afterlife, and there they stayed for more than 2,000 years. Then, in 1974, some farmers stumbled across them, opening up an unprecedented archaeological dig and investigation into China’s distant past. You can read an excerpt here.

Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation and the End of Slavery in America

“Lincoln freed the slaves” is a common belief, but the maneuverings behind this extraordinary action are much more complicated. The story of the Emancipation Proclamation examines how the Civil War president successfully wrangled his own government in a time fraught with political turmoil, and how he managed to construct the framework that would eventually lead to the end of slavery in America. Here is how it all started.

Kansas Basketball

Kansas Basketball

As a longtime resident of Lawrence, Kansas, it’s pretty much required for me to be a fan of the Jayhawks. I jumped at a chance to delve into the history of our college basketball team. I think the school spirit is pretty much summed up in this introduction. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Suzanne collins

Other Books

Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy is one of the most-read young adult series of recent times. This look at the author investigates how Collins came up with the idea and developed the story, as well as exploring how her personal history and life experiences have infulenced her work.

Click here to read an excerpt from All about the Author: Suzanne Collins.

It's not all blood and fangs. Historical vampires are more diverse -- and often more scary -- than popular vampires such as Dracula or those found in the Twilight clan. Long ago, vampires were used to explain what science could not. This book explores vampire myths from around the world, and how religion and science influenced their evolution.

Click here to read an excerpt from Vampires in Mythology.

Vampires in Mythology
Space Exploration

Will soldiers of the future resemble the Bionic Man? Will tomorrow's cell phones be embedded in our clothing? Will humans be able to transform the Martian landscape and live there?

This series poses the question: What's next? While the answers aren't known, these books examine some of the possibilities of future technology.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Future of Space Exploration.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Future of Communications.

Future Communications

Plague: it’s a word that can bring the shudders even today, although this ancient disease has been around for centuries. It’s raged across the world in three major epidemics, killing millions of people in medieval Europe. But it also set the stage for a different world—giving new power to the lower classes and ushering in a new age of enlightenment.

Click here to read an excerpt from Plague.

A disease that can kill in as little as two hours, cholera is highly treatable, and yet it took doctors decades to figure out how. In the 19th century, cholera plowed through crowded cities, causing class battles and riots. At the same time, it spurred the tremendous medical breakthroughs of the late 1800s.

Few things can cripple a society like an epidemic disease. In these two books, explore how these gruesome, fatal diseases stymied doctors and scientists, led to new ways of thinking and living, and changed society forever.

Click here to read an excerpt from Cholera.


Sports fans, here you go. The World Cup is 80 years old in 2010, and has traveled all over the world, starting in Uruguay in 1930 and celebrating its 19th tournament in 2010 in South Africa. Read about the triumphant wins, the devastating losses, and the evolution of soccer itself. Click here to read an excerpt. (Rosen, 2010)

Even people who don’t follow tennis know about Venus and Serena Williams, the dynamic sisters who have dominated the game for close to two decades. They’ve brought their own style and personality to the court, and taken away every major tennis trophy there is. Click here to read an excerpt. (Rosen, 2010)


Learn about the “three states of Tennessee,” the early gateway out of the eastern colonies into the unexplored west, and how the state is home to both country music and early rock-n-roll.

Click here to read an excerpt. (Rosen, 2010)

Find out about Kansas’ pivotal role in the years leading up to the Civil War and the question of slavery, and investigate how alternative energy sources are being manufactured. As part of a “Past and Present” state series, these books cover each state’s geography, history, government, economy and people, and are ideal sources for school reports.

Click here to read an excerpt from Kansas.


Sure, actors get most of the credit--but it’s the crew who does all that hard work behind the stage. In these books in the High School Musicals series, learn the ins and outs of stage managing, as well as secrets to creating great sets. Click here to read an excerpt from Stage Management and Production, and/or Click here to read an excerpt from Scenery and Set Design.(Rosen, 2009)

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Brain surgery is one of the most grueling but rewarding careers around. In this book, learn about the history of brain surgery, the nitty-gritty of a surgeon’s daily life, and how neurosurgery may change drastically in the future. Also included are the heartwarming successes and unavoidable failures that come with this most difficult career. Click here to read an excerpt. (Rosen, 2008)

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One of hip-hop music’s biggest stars, Mary J. Blige is known for her courage in facing hardship--and bringing it to her music.  Learn how Blige worked her way up in the music business to become a Grammy-Award winning musician. Also included is the story of Blige’s amazing personal journey. (Rosen, 2009). Click here to read an excerpt.

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The Internet provides all kinds of information--and all kinds of opportunities to make mistakes. From hanging out in chat rooms to researching reports, this book teaches about both the advantages and the pitfalls of communicating and working online. Learn how to use electronic resources effectively, politely, and safely. (Rosen, 2008)


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