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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

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Fall of Quebec

December 27, 2013

Tags: Book Three, the fall of Quebec

In 1608, Samuel Champlain began his fort which became the impregnable Citadelle of Quebec. This unapproachable fortress maintained the French Canadian hold on New France, but eventually, the overwhelming numbers of British troops as well as some bad luck for the French resulted to the ultimate fall to the fortress and the beginning of British rule. Following the fall, Pierre Allard succumbs to injuries and his fifteen-year-old son, Jacques makes arrangements to leave for the west with Canada’s renowned backwoodsman, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, and begin The Allards Book Four: The Voyageur leading our tale into the frontier at the Straits of Detroit. Next week a departure into healthcare fraud and the soon to be released book, The Labyrinth.

Braddock's Attack at Fort Dusquesne

December 24, 2013

Tags: Book Three, Braddock

In 1755, Major General Edward Braddock was appointed to lead a massive attack on the French fort at the Forks of the Ohio to gain control of the area and facilitate settling by the ever growing population of English colonial farmers searching for land. In spite of his overwhelming superior force, Braddock is foiled by a lack of knowledge of back woods fighting in which the French-Canadians were well schooled.

Forks of the Ohio River

December 22, 2013

Tags: Book Three, Forks of the Ohio

The Forks of the Ohio River play a large part in the French and Indian War. The confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela Rivers at the present site of Pittsburgh, were strategic for trading. They also were the gateway to the great land of Ohio desperately needed by the enlarging mass of British farmers but controlled and guarded by the French to protect the fur trade. This strategic area was pivotal in the events leading to the Seven Years War, more commonly known in North America as the French and Indian War.

Trombley and Laforest families come to Detroit

December 18, 2013

Tags: Book Three, Trombley and Laforest

Just before the advent of the French and Indian War, a group of two families were recruited from north of Quebec to Detroit to help run the windmills. The Tremblay (later Trombley) and Laforest families came to Detroit by canoe. Along with the arduous voyage, this included portaging Niagara with sixteen children, thirteen of whom were quite young and four were one year old or younger. The story of this voyage to bring two great families to the city in the wilderness is well recorded and recently reported in Michigan’s Habitant Heritage, a periodical filled with priceless details of the French-Canadian-Detroit society. I could not help including it in the book, as these families will play a large part in the story into the twentieth century.

To the Rocky Mountains

December 15, 2013

Tags: Book Three, The Voyage West, Vérendrye

The voyage to the west to relieve the military explorer Pierre Gauthier de la Vérendrye did take place as did the diversion of a few participants farther west to find the ever elusive Northwest Passage. The group did become stranded for the winter around Yellowstone. The Vérendrye plaque was unearthed in South Dakota by some curious school children 100 years ago and did substantiate what had once been thought to be merely a legend. It is highly possible that this group did, as they claimed become the first white men to see the east-facing slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

The Voyage West

December 7, 2013

Tags: Book Three, The Voyage West

In 1742 the legendary voyageurs Joseph Parent and Pierre Roy appear to recruit Pierre and Toussaint for a voyage to the west. Parent and Roy are actual characters from history but I must confess that I have romanticized them a bit. I hope their descendants don’t object. I have taken the greatest liberty with Pierre making him the quintessential voyager with a body of steel, brain of wood and heart of gold. Of all hundreds of characters in the Allard series, he is certainly one of my favorites. (more…)

Ice Boats

November 24, 2013

Tags: Book Three, Ice boats

As with all eight books of the Allard Series, Book Three begins with a scene from the present, in this case an iceboat scene on Lake St. Clair. Growing up in the 1950’s on this diminutive body of water in the chain of Great Lakes, I could not write about the area without including this magical craft. In my life I have had some thrilling experiences, but I remember a ride in my father’s iceboat as the most thrilling by far. I even included a possibly anachronistic scene in the body of the book.

Book Three Peace and War -Pierre

November 17, 2013

Tags: Book Three, Pierre

Young Pierre Allard is completely Canadian. For his generation, France is only a word heard on rare occasions in tales of days long past. The Allard family has continued its close relationship with the Algonquin family of old Henri. His grandson, Joseph has married a girl with an Algonquin mother and French trapper father making the family metis or mixed blood as they take on the family name of de Baptiste. His son, Toussaint will become the lifelong friend of young Pierre Allard.

The Allards Book Three: Peace and War--Trailer:

November 10, 2013

Tags: Book Three, Trailer

The Allards Book Three: Peace and War follows the Allard family from 1725 to 1761. Opening on the Peace of Utrecht, French Quebec is enjoying a peaceful and productive period. The lack of hostilities in Europe has resulted in tranquility in the colony where he habitants can tend their fields and enjoy life. Unfortunately life in the wilderness is generally not so tranquil for long when a great plague robs many families of their children. Ultimately the peace ends in 1750 with renewed hostilities across the sea which will spread westward across the Atlantic resulting in the ultimate fall of French Canada to the British in 1760.

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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