Tag Archive: Discovered – The Cross of Lorraine

St. Ignace Sunset

St. Ignace’s yacht harbor is easily seen from a distance now that a

new lighthouse is installed at the end of the public pier.

The city itself is important to the novel. Chief’s Tribal Police Station is located north of St. Ignace.

When Chief travels to visit Tawny’s mother, Laura, on the island, he either takes the Star Line ferry or

hitches a ride on the Coast Guard’s launch.

.St  Ignace Light Star Line boat

In this photo, the Star Line ferry leaves the Railroad Dock and turns toward the Main Dock.

The landscape of St. Ignace changed forever in the predawn hours of August 3rd, 2012.

 The foundation of the old railroad track elevator for the rail ferry “Chief Wawatam”

(seen on the left side of this photo) gave way and

left a pile of iron and timber rubble in its wake.

It was a distinguishing feature and historical remnant on the city’s waterfront. The actual

historical figure, Chief Wawatam, and his heroic actions are mentioned in the novel.


Mission Point Spring

One of the novel’s most romantic scenes takes place at Mission Point Resort,

but not in the springtime.

It just seems the right time of year to lift our spirits with

signs of springtime, while we are waiting for the northern snows to melt.


tulips and grand

A very happy Easter to all who are following this blog!

If you live in Michigan you know that the tulip plants are just starting to break through the soil.

The good news is that you still have time to plan a trip to Mackinac to revel

in the island’s beauty in the springtime.

The Grand Hotel gardens feature thousands of beautiful tulips.

As for the novel, could you have a story that takes place on the island without a scene featuring the Grand?

In the story, Chief realizes there might be someone working there, a friend, who could help him solve

the mystery of Tawny’s disappearance in Jamaica. Their interesting conversation

takes place in the Grand’s Audubon Room – a warm

inviting room that no one visiting the Grand should miss.

The Grand Hotel's Audubon Room

In honor of a very special 16-year old’s birthday, (That’s you. Tillie), the novel Discovered – The Cross of Lorraine is officially available at Amazon.com.

SEE: http://www.amazon.com/Discovered-The-Cross-Lorraine-Volume/dp/1475176333

Think of a modern day Nancy Drew type of heroine, add the excitement and suspense of hidden treasure such as in National Treasure, set the novel in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island, incorporate Native American heroes – and unite them in one intense love story, and you begin to sense the nature of this novel.

PLEASE SCROLL down through all the past postings on this blog to get more of a sense of the novel’s setting and plot.

Discovered - Book Cover



Discovered - Back Cover

Rendevous at the Straits PowWow

As Tawny is held captive, memories of her times with Takoda help boost her spirits.

Each time “Ice Blue” taunts her, Tawny’s mind retreats to Takoda and

how intensely she loves him. Every touch, every word is replayed in her mind.

In one chapter, she recalls how proud she was to stand at Takoda’s side at the PowWow in St. Ignace.

The Rendezvous at the Straits is held each year at St. Ignace and is sponsored by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the St. Ignace Chamber Of Commerce, and the Michilimackinac Historical Society. This year it will be held Friday, August 23, through Sunday, August 25, 2013,  at the Father Marquette Memorial Park.

Historical reenactors

Historical re-enactors portray French traders and Native Americans living in harmony.

The Star Line Ferry

Although Tawny has moved in with her grandparents on Mackinac Island, she often shuttles back and forth to the mainland at St. Ignace. In the novel, she and her mother travel on the Star Line Ferry. A popular choice of tourists, these ferries sport a large plume of water spraying out from the stern.  This distinct, playful touch can be spotted from miles away.

Rooster Tail

Star Line ferries and all ferry lines pick-up tourists at St. Ignace and Mackinac City.

Zooming across the Straits is one of the fun highlights of trips to the island.

Little Stone Church


Little Stone Church is a popular choice for a romantic wedding on Mackinac Island.

Most brides ride to the wedding ceremony in a elegant carriage. After the ceremony, the bride and groom follow the centuries old tradition of parading through Mackinac’s scenic roads in the elaborate white carriage. Tourists cheer and wave, congratulating the happy couple.


In the Mackinac Trilogy, a wedding will take place there,

but the actual bride and groom will surprise the readers.

Sunset at Mackinac's Harbor

Is there any better setting for a romantic novel than Mackinac Island?

Our heroine, Tawny Randolph, knows the island well, having spent

many summers at her grandparent’s home there.

Suddenly transferred to the very small high school on the island for her senior year,

Tawny suddenly feels like an outsider. But once she meets Takoda, everything changes – in more

ways than either could have predicted.

Rose Hall Plantation, JamaicaYoung Tawny’s (fictional) abduction takes place at Rose Hall, Jamaica – an intriguing plantation with a fascinating history.

Built in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, it eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annie, a beautiful but feisty English girl. Feisty may be the word used on Rose Hall’s web site, but that’s like calling a tornado a slight breeze. She was quite brutal and was rumored to be possessed with “black magic” powers.

Annie not only murdered her first husband, as mistress of the plantation, Annie did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim to see Annie passing through the Great House.

The novel paints a vivid picture of the estate and explains why it was one of the very few plantations to survive the devastating slave rebellion of 1831 – 1832.

When you walk through the halls, you can just sense Rose Hall’s macabre history – a perfect setting for Tawny’s violent kidnapping.