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eronwood Enterprises offers clients a full range of writing and editorial services. Recent projects have included newsletters, directories, news releases, publicity campaigns and exhibit text for business, government and non-profit organizations.

Heronwood has produced brochures, news releases, magazines and other material promoting tourist destinations. In addition, Heronwood has been involved in numerous book publishing projects for historical societies and individuals .

Owner Cheryl MacDonald is an experienced professional writer who has written, co-authored or edited nearly 40 books on Canadian history. Her articles have appeared in Harrowsmith, Canadian Living, The Beaver, the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, New York Daily News and other publications. She has written a weekly heritage column for the Simcoe Times-Reformer since the mid-1980s and in 1992 was one of a team of Canadian writers who contributed to the best-selling book Chronicle of Canada.

Latest Book!  Canada Under Attack


2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fenian invasions of Canada, including the Fenian victories at the Battle of Ridgeway and a skirmish at Fort Erie. To mark the occasion, I've done a book for James Lorimer's Amazing Stories series, Canada Under Attack, which is scheduled for publication August 11. Canada Under Attacks looks at five Fenian invasions, starting in New Brunswick in 1866 and including two Fenian victories, at Ridgeway and Fort Erie, in early June of that year. To find out more or to order the book, visit James Lorimer's website.

Debut Novel!

Mystery and the War of 1812 combine in Colonel Nichol and the Murdered Maiden. The story takes place in the summer of 1812 and opens near Port Dover, on the north shore of Lake Erie as General Isaac Brock leaves for Detroit  to repulse invading Americans. Most of the book’s action takes place near Amherstburg and Windsor, where, on the eve of the Battle of Detroit, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Nichol is asked to look into the murder of a young woman. What he turns up in his investigation may affect the fate of the entire province, tipping the balance of power in favor of the invading Americans.

Robert Nichol was a real person, MLA for Norfolk from 1812 to 1824 and quartermaster-general of militia for Upper Canada during the War of 1812.    Fictionalized versions of a number of other historic characters also feature in the novel, including Isaac Brock, John Norton, John Brant, Tecumseh, and Samuel Jarvis. But many of the situations and characters are totally fictional, including  Nichol’s trusted companion, Wallace, who narrates the book. Wallace is a young man of mixed black and white ancestry whose powers of observation inform Nichol’s investigations.

Colonel Nichol and the Murdered Maiden is currently available as an e-book from both Amazon and Kobo. The paperback will be out by August 15th and will be sold through Amazon, Heronwood Enterprises, and select local retailers in Haldimand and Norfolk.

Cheryl MacDonald's Writing and Public Relations Experience

Short Historical Works by Cheryl MacDonald