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The Bard

1703 or 1704???

The long march

Who/What? Is Andrew?

The Raid

Old Deerfield Road

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St. Clair Flats


Father Gabriel Richard

Woodward's plan for new Detroit

Seal of Detroit

Sacagawea's Child

Toussaint Charbonneau

Route of Lewis and Clark

Statue of Antoine Cadillac, Detroit

Lewis and Clark Journal

Book Five


Hamtramck takes control of Detroit for America

Anthony Wayne

Battle of Saratoga

Brown's Tavern on Harsens Island

Chief Pontiac

The St. Clair Flats, Lake St. Clair

Voyageurs route west

Old Detroit seen from across the Detroit River

Niagara Falls

Detroit Public Library home of Burton Collection

Old Detroit seen from across the Detroit River

The Maroon Bells

The walk to Longshot

The stack from hell

Sleeping Ariadne

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The most expensive route



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Old Citadel of Quebec

General Braddock

Forks of the Ohio River

Michigan Habitant Heritage

Vérendrye monument

Pierre Roy


Book Three: Peace and War

Detroit today

LaSalle's Boat: The Griffin

Replica of old Fort Michillimackinac today. Mackinac Bridge came later.

Antoine Cadillac

Charlesbourg, Quebec St. Charles de Bromee Cemetery Today

Book Five: The City in the Wilderness

Relations of the Jesuits

Jesuits in Quebec


The Allards Book Two: The Hunter

Opiates can ruin lives

Coming Next The Pain Doc

An old home near the Cass Corridor that gave me the inspiration for the Tower Light Mission.

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Department of Justice

Hilberry Theater on Wayne State University campus

A treasure on the Cass Corridor

From the Cass Corridor

The Corridor

Book Seven: The Witch

Book Eight: The Chief

Francois* Allard

Quebec City

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Driving force of New France - The beaver

Winter in Quebec

Madeleine de Roybon with the Filles de Roi

Les Filles de Roi

Artanne sur Indre: Church and Abbey

Artannes sur Indre

Filles de Roi in 1667

Here is an idealized painting of Les Filles du Roi arriving in Quebec.

Cliffs of Etretat, last view of France as Francois sails to the New World.

Charnel house and old plague cemetery, Rouen, Normandie, France.

Researching in Blacqueville


Mr. and Madam Forton

December 15, 2018

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Moon over the Lake
Once Philomene moves to Betsy's she meets Betsy's son, Joe. As Young as Philomene, he is the only surviving son to work his late father's farm. It is love at first sight and they soon marry and began to work the farm together.


December 10, 2018


I was just thinking how much has changed in healthcare since I wrote the CORRIDOR and THE PAIN DOC WHEN THIS APPEARED IN CRAIN'S
Scheme allegedly involved millions of opioid drugs, unnecessary medical procedures
Doctor operated clinics in Warren, Eastpointe
Nearly $500 million was billed to insurers, mostly Medicare and Medicaid
Five metro Detroit doctors (more…)

Philomene's Doll Frying pan

December 1, 2018

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Philomene’s few years with the LeBlanc family go reasonably well until she reaches puberty. Suddenly Monsieur LeBlanc has a different and nefarious attitude about his best worker as her physical characteristics become an allure to this man who has no passion at home. An old steel frying pan (a gift from the junkman Deneau) gives her the ability to cook in her small shack. When Monsieur LeBlanc becomes amorous she discovers another use for the pan. Suddenly Philomene’s position becomes untenable and she is forced to leave the farm in a panic. (more…)

Philomene's Doll

November 24, 2018

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LeBlanc farm

With hard work and a positive attitude, Philomene becomes a successful and valued member of the farming family. In spite of Madam LeBlanc's poor attitude, Philomene is able to win the confidence of Monsieur LeBlanc and the children and helps him turn his hovel farm to a successful enterprise. Image LeBlanc farm.


November 9, 2018

LeBlanc farm

The nuns arrange for Philomene to be taken to her new home by the local junk man, Monsieur Francois Deneau. A pleasant but odd fellow, he is very talkative and optimistic as he takes her to her new family. Arriving at her new residence, it is apparent this is not of the standards found with the LaForest family. The house is in terrible repair, the farm barely functions, and the mother of the family is… well, simply put, fat, lazy, and mean as a snake. Image Leblanc farm.

Philomene's Doll

November 4, 2018

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Philomene's Doll

The Nuns in Belle River are confident another suitable home can be found for Philomene, but a poor economy and other circumstances seem to work against her. So she remains with the sisters and attends the school with the other girls of the area. She finds the environment of the convent and the lodging for the students who come from a distance, very suitable, and as time goes on she settles into the life of a boarding student. Eventually a family is found with the LeBlanc family in northern Belle River. She hopes this will be another pleasant family… (more…)

Philomene's Doll: Going to Canada

October 26, 2018

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During the next five years, Philomene excels in school, church, farming, and work around the house. She looks forward to further education and a future with seemingly unlimited potential until on awful day when her new father figure, Abner dies suddenly and violently in a farming mishap. The LaForest world is turned inside out and Marie-Paul must take her children to live with relatives and Philomene is taken in by the sisters at the church to help her search for a new home.

Philomene's Doll: Going to Canada

October 19, 2018

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Belle River on the map

Life at the LaForest home becomes a Joy Philomene never expected. Abner’s wife, Marie-Paul provides a loving home where the children are treated with love and Abner and his wife, make family life and work on the farm a joy as Philomene grows to her teens (more…)

Philomene's Doll: Going to Canada

October 12, 2018

Philomene Heads to Canada

Two weeks before Christmas, Abner LaForest from Belle River, Canada, appears to take Philomene and her young sister, Nancy, to his home in Belle River, Canada. A kind and talkative man in contrast to Philomene’s father, Abner talks all the way to Canada about his wife and family and the wonders they are to expect. In the few hours it takes for Abner’s horse to pull the threesome to the ferry at the Canadian border, Abener has likely talked to Philomene more than her own father did during her six years of childhood.

Philomene's Doll

October 6, 2018

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Philomene Forton is only six years old when she is standing outside her mother’s room listening to her scream during a difficult child birth. Finally her mother is silent when the midwife comes to inform the children their mother has died. The oldest, Philomene, is asked to help clean and prepare the body, a scene that will remain with her forever. Following this, her alcoholic father sends her away to live with relatives as he abandons the family. Stay tuned for more.

Selected Works

French-Canadian-Detroit history
Here it comes: Philomene’s Doll Six years after the American Civil War ended, six-year-old Philomene sees her mother die horribly in childbirth. Soon she is sent from her home near Detroit to Belle-River, Canada, where, following a series of moves to various families and convents, she ultimately finds a stable home near the place of her birth and marries a young man. Together they build a successful farm and begin a family. We follow her through Prohibition, the Great Depression, and two World Wars, raising a large and varied family through the best and the worst of times. All along, she is comforted and stimulated by a simple rag doll that was the single great gift of her childhood. Based on a true story, it’s a tale of the highest and lowest points of a long life. You will not want to miss it! If you enjoyed 1634-Return to the New World, The Beaver Wars, Fearful Passage North, The Allard Series, or other novels by Dr. Kreis, you will love this one.
Historical Fiction Novel
Gravely wounded at the end of 1634-Return to the New World, Françoise Langlois must fight for her life while the fledgling French colony of Québec must fight for its as the Indian nations enlarge their wars with each other along their new European neighbors. Follow Françoise along with her French-Canadian compatriots as they struggle against all odds to retain and grow their place in the New World.
Historical fiction novel.
An enigmatic young woman emerges from a life of bad circumstances and worse luck, finding herself with a small group of French families traveling to the New world where they will prosper as the early prominent families of Canada.
Historical fiction
1704, the Puritan Massachusetts frontier: The small village of newly wed Elizabeth Price is raided by Indians. She is taken along with 100 of her neighbors and marched through the brutal snows of winter to Montreal where she must begin a new life.
Fiction, Medical intrigue
Convinced they are receiving the finest of care, seniors are being trapped in an inescapable maze while Medicare is being bilked for billions.
Greed and lust breed outrageous healthcare fraud in the rich suburbs of The Motor City.
Fast-paced thriller of outrageous healthcare fraud set in Detroit's inner city.
A young man leaves his home in France for the unknown wilderness of Quebec.
Historical Fiction
Jean-Baptiste Allard follows Antoine Cadillac to the frontiers of New France.
The Allard family battles in vain to save Quebec from the British.
Young Jacques Allard leaves Quebec forever to follow the wilderness ultimately making his family home in the outpost of Detroit.
Jacques Allard and his son follow Lewis and Clark to the sea, returning to find Detroit in ashes.
Young widow, Therese Allard, finds romance and adventure while helping to build Detroit's famous Underground Railroad.
Detroit's young men march off to join the Civil War, returning to began the Industrial Revolution
Detroit during Prohibition, the Great Depression and two World Wars becomes the Motor City.

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