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Doubtful Relations Cover


The Seamus McCree Series consists of three published novels (Ant Farm, Bad Policy and Cabin Fever, a the fourth, Doubtful Relations) . Future novels in the series include Empty Promises (2017) and False Bottom (2018).


What will Seamus do this time?

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree has wife problems, and Lizzie’s not even his wife anymore. Her current husband disappeared on a business trip to Savannah. Was he kidnapped? Dispatched by his hedge fund partners? Or did he run off with another woman? Police assume he’s AWOL, and Lizzie turns to Seamus for help.

Seamus has no desire to be sucked into Lizzie’s drama again, but her angst is also affecting their son, Paddy. Seamus agrees to help discover the truth, a quest that soon involves the entire extended family. Long buried secrets surface and each member must confront the question, “How far can you trust your family?”

Equal parts road trip, who done what, and domestic thriller, book four in the Seamus McCree series takes psychological suspense to a new level. Seamus McCree fans and newcomers alike will delight in this fast-paced novel that leaves no one in the family unchanged and keeps you guessing until the very end.

What Readers Say …

James M. Jackson has once again proven himself a skilled storyteller with this highly entertaining page turner that takes the reader into the heart and soul of Seamus McCree’s often dysfunctional family. Doubtful Relations is a rollercoaster ride of missing persons, drug cartels, crime lords, shady stock market dealings, car crashes and shoot-em-ups that left me breathless—and not quite knowing who to trust—until the very end.

~ Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the two-time Agatha nominated Zoe Chambers mysteries.

Click here for the book club Discussion Guide.

Get a Free Seamus McCree Story

Send proof of your pre-order or purchase of Doubtful Relations during August to jmj@jamesmjackson.com, and I’ll send you a link so you can download a copy of the not-yet-published story, “Power of Attorney.”

The story takes place in the future after Empty Promises and False Bottom and features Seamus and Niki (from Cabin Fever) and is set in Chicago.

Where to buy the book

More retail links for pre-orders are coming soon!
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Growing Berries for Food and Fun

Growing Berries for Food and Fun

March 16, 2016 — Cooks, Michigan


New Book Shares Tips and Experiences for Growing Berries in the Backyard Garden

U.P. author, artist and gardener, Sue Robishaw, has just released her latest book “Growing Berries for Food and Fun – Notes from the Northwoods”, to help fellow northern gardeners successfully grow their own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes. Picking fresh berries from your own home-grown plants is a treat no matter where you live, but in this cold short season climate of the Upper Peninsula there is an extra special satisfaction when you succeed. With almost forty years experience to draw on Robishaw’s book promises to help readers do just that.

Full of color photos this is both a journey and a visit to the northwoods homestead that Sue shares with her husband, Steve Schmeck (also a writer and artist), as well as a book full of practical information and encouragement. Along with important notes on preparing ground, choosing varieties, planting, caring, maintenance, and harvesting, the information on the protective cages they designed and built to keep the birds away from their ripening strawberries and blueberries will be of particular interest to those already growing their own fruit and sharing too much of it with the birds.

Robishaw has been writing about gardening and homesteading for 35 years. Known in the U.P. for her popular presentations, this book will be a welcome addition to her other books and articles. “Growing Berries for Food and Fun” is available as both a digital ebook and a full color paperback print book, giving readers a choice depending on what they prefer. Between them she and Steve have written and self-published eight books (their first book was the incentive to start UPPAA!). They share even more how-to information, tips, and interesting aspects of their solar, sustainable lifestyle on their extensive website at www.ManyTracks.com. Ordering information for this newest book can also be found on their website [click here].

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Superior Plates & Places

We are launching, Superior Plates and Places by the Yooper Goddess, Lori Kulju. The book takes you on culinary adventures across the Upper Peninsula visiting places like Johnny Dog Flanders, Nahma Inn, The Jampot and many more. I also share my personal stories about the place I live and love, the Upper Peninsula, along with my unique recipes.

You may recognize Lori, aka The Yooper Goddess from her television segment on TV6 Fox WLUC-TV6 or from her youtube channel. Her down-to-earth personality and zest for life have created many followers and fans. The special pre-order price is a limited time offer and can only be purchased at The Yooper Goddess site

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GeographyCarrying on the writing tradition (and carrying it further), The Geography of Water, a debut novel by Mary Emerick, daughter of UPPAA founders and independent publishers, Lon and Lynn Emerick, has been released by the University of Alaska Press in its Literary Series.   Mary Emerick is a U.P. native and after graduation from Marquette Senior High School and Michigan State University has lived in many locales, including seven years on the southeast coast of Alaska,  in her roles as backcountry, wilderness and kayak ranger and most recently, as.a Forest Service wilderness recreation consultant.

In this exquisite debut novel, Mary Emerick takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis. An abusive father and a broken home force a teenage Winnie to seek the safety of a neighboring bay and a pair of unlikely father figures. Years later her mother goes missing, and Winnie returns to the hunting and fishing lodge she grew up in to find the world she knew gone. Her once-powerful father disfigured by a bear attack. Her childhood hero revealed as merely human. And her mother’s story rewritten by a stray note. As Winnie uses the help of friends to sort out the details of her mother’s final exodus, she finds herself pulled into a murky swirl of family secrets and devastating revelations. As the search heads higher into the mountains, Winnie must learn to depend on her own strength in order to reach the one she loves.

Mary Emerick spent seven years as a kayak ranger in Southeast Alaska, traveling the wild and remote coasts of Chichagof and Baranof Islands in a small boat. She has published essays and short stories in several magazines and anthologies. She lives in northeast Oregon where she works for the US Forest Service.

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Deer Tales - 20th Anniversary Edition

Deer Tales – 20th Anniversary Edition

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of publication of a popular series of Michigan deer hunting books, Smith Publications in Marquette has printed a special collector’s edition of the first book in the series. Book 1 of Great Michigan Deer Tales continues to be the best selling title of the series, which now includes six books. Each of the 128-page volumes contains a different collection of true short stories about the biggest bucks bagged by hunters in the state.

The 20th anniversary edition of Book 1 is the fifth printing of the title. Approximately 15,000 copies of the book have been sold, but there are an estimated 750,000 deer hunters in Michigan, so there are still plenty of deer hunters who haven’t read the book.

The first book in the series was originally printed in 1994 to commemorate 100 years of licensed deer hunting in Michigan. The state’s first deer licenses were issued in 1895. Preserving the stories about how, where, when and by whom the state’s biggest bucks were bagged was considered a fitting way to honor the proud tradition of deer hunting in the state by the author.

Veteran outdoor writer Richard P. Smith of Marquette is the author of Great Michigan Deer Tales, and his wife, Lucy La Faive, is the publisher. When the pair published the first book, they had no idea how well it would be received. Since most deer hunters dream about shooting “the big one,” they knew the effort was worth a try.

It didn’t take long for the couple to realize printing the book was a good idea. The 5,000 copies they had printed sold out within the first few months. They printed another 5,000 copies the following year and those were also sold.

The introduction promised that if the book proved to be popular enough, a second book with more big buck stories would be printed, and it was. Since Michigan deer hunters bag a new batch of big bucks every year and create a new collection of great deer tales, it only made sense to add to what had been started. So a new book was added to the series every three or four years.

The stories are based on interviews Smith does with the hunters who bag the biggest bucks in the state every year. Only the best of the best make it into the books. Most of the stories in the books contain at least one important lesson that hunters can learn from reading them. Some of the stories are full of advice that hunters can benefit from.

Photos of live bucks with impressive antlers that were taken by Smith, who is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, grace the cover of each of the six books in the series. A banner across the top right hand corner of the cover of the books identifies the number in the series. When Book 1 was originally published, however, the author and publisher didn’t know there was going to be a Book 2, so there was no banner on the cover of that title.

A banner labeling Book 1 appropriately was added to the 20th anniversary edition. A gold label that says “20th Anniversary Edition” in the lower right hand corner also clearly identifies the collector’s edition of the book. The cover isn’t the only thing that was changed on the anniversary edition. The contents of the book were also updated and new photos were added to make it even better than it was.

Many hunters who have read the book say its contents help get them get pumped up for the coming season. Plenty of deer camps contain copies of one or more of Great Michigan Deer Tales. Some hunters even take the books with them to their blinds to help pass the time while they wait for their “big one” to arrive.

As it says on the back cover of Book 1, “If you are interested in bagging a book buck in Michigan, studying this collection of success stories will help make it happen. There’s no better way to learn than from those who have already accomplished the feat.”

Copies of Great Michigan Deer Tales can be ordered through any bookstore. They are also available in some sporting goods stores and gift shops across the state. Autographed copies can be ordered through the author’s website: www.richardpsmith.com. The mail order price for Book 1 from the author is $15.50 and a complete set of the six books is available for the special price of $72 postpaid. Special pricing is also available from the author for multiple books. For those who prefer not to order online, orders can be sent to 814 Clark St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Great Michigan Deer Tales: Book 1
by Richard P. Smith
Smith Publications
ISBN13# 978-0-9617407-5-7
ISBN10# 0-9617407-5-2
Retail Price: $11.95
Mail Order Price: $15.50 (includes tax & postage)
Special Pricing for sets of books


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breakingfree2Tamara Lauder is the author and illustrator of a new inspirational book.  Breaking Free Too: Taking a Flight With a Butterfly Toward Self-Discovery is a powerful pictorial book appropriate for anyone struggling to discover their true self. Each page is filled with symbolic artwork, interpretive titles, and accompanying short text that address the journey of life, the influences that affect how we see ourselves and the decisions we make, the obstacles we face throughout life, and the help available to us.

Using the butterfly as an allegory, the author stimulates you to ask and answer difficult questions for yourself, with a goal of helping you unlock your own mystery, break free from what binds you, and find greater fulfillment in life.

The book is available by contacting Tamara Lauder at bike123@frontier.com or 715-358-5687.

Paperback $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-9860829-0-0
Publisher: Turtleye Publishing (2015)
8.5×11 – PB – 64 pages

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UPPAA member Richard P. Smith is proud to announce two recently revised classics on bear and deer hunting and the latest entry in the ever-popular Deer Tales Series.  You can buy them at Richard’s online store or wherever fine hunting books are sold.

Black Bear Hunting, 2nd Ed.   – The Ultimate Reference
The ultimate reference for black bear hunters everywhere, containing everything you need to know for success regardless of how you plan on hunting. Field judging, shot placement, carcass care included

Deer Hunting, 4th Edition
One of the most comprehensive books on deer hunting on the market today, containing almost 300 quality color photos. Covers all the bases.

Great Michigan Deer Tales, Book 6 – Stories Behind Michigan’s Biggest Bucks
Another collection of short stories about how, where, when and by whom the state’s biggest bucks were bagged, including the highest scoring nontypical.

Deer Tales 6

Deer Tales 6

Black Bear Hunting, 2nd Ed.

Black Bear Hunting, 2nd Ed.

Deer Hunting, 4th Edition

Deer Hunting, 4th Edition

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