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The Bard

1703 or 1704???




The long march

Who/What? Is Andrew?

The Raid

Old Deerfield Road

Now available in Print and Kindle on Amazon.com




St. Clair Flats

Tecumseh

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

Picnics

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




THE HOOK





HEALTHCARE FINANCE FOR DUMMIES




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COMING SOON!

Old Citadel of Quebec

General Braddock

Forks of the Ohio River

Michigan Habitant Heritage

Vérendrye monument

Pierre Roy

Pontiac



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

Henri

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

Tags

May 29, 2013

During the first three books I developed a group of three modern-day young friends interested in French-Canadian-Detroit history. They are joined by an elderly Native American who helps with historical perspective. Along with the medallion they serve as the thread of the Allard series. When I finished the series and embarked on The Corridor I found places for each of them in this novel set in the present, and it is to that book I will now turn my attention.

Must the Allard series be read in order?

May 26, 2013

Tags: The Allard Series

Readers ask, “Must I read the Allard series in sequence?” My father told me the only two things one must do is pay taxes and die, although I have heard if you are rich enough one of these can be avoided. The Allard series does follow a trail, but each book can be read for itself. Most readers begin with the first book following this they usually read the others (or at least they buy them—I hope they read them). Although there is some character overlap, each is a stand-alone story with unique characters and plot. Each book begins with a scene from the present that will start the thread of the story. The opening scene of Book One: The New World begins with the modern-day discovery of an old medallion which serves as a connecting thread through all eight books.

The books are novels, each a story of a group of people in a specific era—filled with their lives, loves, tragedies, etc. You can view each and read selections on amazon at Wilmont Kreis, or click: Amazon.com

Must the Allard Series be read in order?

May 22, 2013

Tags: Allard Series

Readers ask, “Must I read the Allard series in sequence?” My father told me the only two things one must do is pay taxes and die, although I have heard if you are rich enough one of these can be avoided. The Allard series does follow a trail, but each book can be read for itself. Most readers begin with the first book following this they usually read the others (or at least they buy them—I hope they read them). Although there is some character overlap, each is a stand-alone story with unique characters and plot. Each book begins with a scene from the present that will start the thread of the story. The opening scene of Book One: The New World begins with the modern-day discovery of an old medallion which serves as a connecting thread through all eight books.

The books are novels, each a story of a group of people in a specific era—filled with their lives, loves, tragedies, etc. You can view each and read selections on amazon at Wilmont Kreis, or click: Amazon.com

Cliff Notes for the Allard Series:

May 18, 2013

Tags: The Allard Series, summaries

—Book One: The New World: From France to Quebec. 1665-1676.
—Book Two: The Hunter: Early Quebec and Antoine Cadillac. 1679-1725.
—Book Three: Peace and War: Quebec through the French and Indian War. 1725-1761.
—Book Four: The Voyageur: Travels to the frontier and growth of Detroit. 1761-1803.
—Book Five: The City in The Wilderness: Lewis and Clark to rebuilding Detroit. 1803-1832.
—Book Six: The Medallion: Underground Railroad. 1833-1860.
—Book Seven: The Witch: Civil War to the Industrial Revolution. 1860-1892.
—Book Eight: The Chief: The automobile, Prohibition, Great Depression, two World Wars. 1895-1948.

Asterisks

May 14, 2013

Tags: Book One, Asterisks

So what about asterisks? Stories like these, based on real people in real populations tend to gather a number of characters making the cast look more like something from Dickens or Tolstoy than Elmore Leonard. These people had large families providing large numbers with the same last name and they used precious few first names resulting in many folks with identical names. Early in my research I used the asterisk to note important characters, usually a member of the family line of the story. When I began the books I knew many readers would be interested in the genealogy of the era so I persisted with the asterisk. As the audience broadened, many readers weren’t particularly interested in this and it is to them I give my apologies for the asterisk. Just realize it does help keep the main-character, Pierre*, apart from the twenty other Pierres encountered along the way.
Confused? Coming next: Cliff Notes for the Allard Series.

The Tales

May 11, 2013

Tags: The Allard Series, research

And what stories they were!
—A young girl leaves her comfortable home, to cross the little-known ocean amid storms and pirates to a frozen wilderness and a man about which she knows nothing.
—A boy of fifteen who leaves his home forever to travel the wilderness to beyond where no white man has gone.
—That same boy as an old man who takes his son from their frontier city on the greatest adventure in American history to discover the long elusive passage to the sea only to return two years later to find their city in ashes.
—The pregnant mother of seven suddenly widowed at the age of 27 by the great plague and her struggle to survive until her mother brings a handsome young man asking her to hide fugitive slaves in her barn.
—A young farmer sent by his nation to fight a war in Europe he does not understand where he encounters a tragic love and horrors of war that send him home a changed and tormented soul.
These and many, many others provided the basics; all they needed was a little speculation and some imagination from the author.

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.
Thriller
Fast-paced thriller of outrageous healthcare fraud set in Detroit's inner city.
HISTORICAL FICTION
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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