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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



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.

In the beginning

April 17, 2013

Tags: Book One

Before I explain those pesky asterisks, I suppose I need to explain more about how the books came to be. What started as a short trip to the local library clutching a paper and pencil in case I found anything worth jotting down became a fifteen year quest for information leading me deeper and deeper into the bowels of libraries and other sources including many trips to places far away in quest of answers. Along this voyage, I wrote some reports and some brief synopses on the life of so-and-so, but it became ever more evident that something on a grander scale was calling. It was not data. It was people—all manner of people—screaming to escape the dank depths of the bibliothèques to return to the daylight if just for enough time to tell their stories, something they could do much better than I.
And what stories they were! More to come…

Early life in New France

April 14, 2013

Tags: Book One, life in New France

At the end of the day, The Allards Book One: The New World is about early life in New France. Most of the tales are inspired by French-Canadian literature and the volumes of stories from my Grandmother and Great-Grandmother: Stories of clearing the virgin forest and planting the first farms, hunting and fishing, brutal snow covered winters and idyllic summers with Sunday picnics, a tradition that lasted into my childhood. Stories of travel by water and that wonderful native invention, the canoe as well as stories of the inventors of the craft, the native Canadians both friend and foe. Attached is a picture of the guy responsible for all of it—the beaver.
In closing I should mention those pesky asterisks but I think I’ll save that for next time.

Winter In Quebec

April 10, 2013

Tags: Book One, winter in quebec

Life in Quebec during the late 1600’s was hard to say the least. Anyone who has experienced the Winter Carnival in Quebec likely remembers the weather (photo). The colonists differed greatly from their English counterparts to the south. The population was routinely Catholic and, of course, predominately French. Anyone who has visited both England and France has experienced the delightful differences between the two groups even today. Native relations were different as well due to the attitudes of the two European cultures as well as the respective natives. The Algonquin who predominated New France were hunters and relatively nomadic while the Iroquois in New England tended toward agriculture and stable communities. Francois Allard worked for three years for Anne Ardouin, a widow with adult children, and her relationship with an Indian family would not have been odd. I chose to maintain this relationship with the Allards throughout the early books. I also took the opportunity to bring both mundane daily and exciting famous events into the lives of my characters. More about that later…

More on Book One

March 16, 2013

Tags: Book One, Laval

More about writing Book One: The New World:
Laval, the first bishop of Quebec, ordered parish data: births, marriages, etc. be kept in two separate locations so they could not be lost from fire, etc. As a result, one of the benefits of French-Canadian research is remarkably complete data. This enabled me to find, for instance, the time people came to the New World, and who their fellow passengers might be, and it’s not odd their families remained close in Quebec. Guillaume Renaud and his family remained close to the Allards up to my lifetime. In addition, stories of the voyages, the nature of the boats and the many hardships: storms, becalming and pirates were common.
More later…

March 13, 2013

Tags: Book One, Rouen

In tiny Blacqueville I learned no one living there today knows about young Francois Allard or his trip to Quebec. In fact few people knew about Quebec at all. My investigation also showed no one else before or since had come from this village to the New World. We left for nearby Rouen, the capital of Normandy now and at the time of the book. The market town of the region in 1600, it appeared clear this was where young Francois would have been recruited for the voyage. While in Rouen, we visited the church of St. Maclou, the nearby charnel house and cemetery of the plague, and the square where Jean d’Arc (Joan of Arc) was burned at the stake. This was the inspiration for chapter 2 set in 1431. Driving through the wonderful countryside of Normandy, Susan asked, “What was wrong with these people? Why would anyone leave here and go to Quebec. And with that query, Book One: The New World was born.
More later…

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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