Melina Druga is the author of nine nonfiction books published between 2013 and 2019. Paperbacks and hardcovers are sold on Amazon, and eBooks are available wherever eBooks are sold. The titles also are available to all distribution channels served by Ingram.

Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

In Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, you’ll travel back to a violent decade – a time when “idiots and morons” were police departments’ first suspects, when journalists had the opportunity to conduct interrogations and when forensics was in its infancy.  It also was a decade when crime of all varieties was surging, and experts blamed everything from immigration to lax parenting.

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How did newspapers report the events of World War 1?  How much of the story was the media able to tell? Melina Druga asked these very questions and weaves together details from key events in the war using contemporary newspapers as her main source.  As a consequence, the events in A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 do not have the benefit of hindsight and analysis.  The reporting is chaotic, incomplete and often inaccurate, but it paints a picture of the war as our ancestors knew it.

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A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WWI by Melina Druga
1918 by Melina Druga

The war ends, prompting spontaneous and boisterous parties to erupt in cities throughout the United States and Canada.

Joy follows the deadliest month of the Spanish flu pandemic, an event that would kill more Americans and Canadians than the war.

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Canadian troops easily take their objective at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a battle later called Canada’s coming-of-age. 

In 1916, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election pledging to kept the nation out the war, but submarine warfare increases, and Wilson decides to enter the conflict.

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1917 by Melina Druga
1916 by Melina Druga

The Battle of the Somme drags on in Europe, but the battle receives sparse coverage in Canada.   

American voters go to the polls in a close election that pits Democrats against Republicans and Republicans against Democrats and Progressives.  Suffragists seize the moment and hope to gain universal suffrage for women on all three parties’ planks.

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Canadian troops endure a trial by fire at the Second Battle of Ypres.  While the Canadians are ultimately successful – to the pride of their countrymen – the battle marks the first widespread use of chlorine gas.  

Americans are rocked by the torpedoing of the Lusitania, an ocean liner that, like the Titanic, was thought to be unsinkable. 

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1915 by Melina Druga
1914 by Melina Druga

Slavic nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, Bosnia.  Soon war clouds envelop Europe.  

In Canada, the news is met with excitement and pride while in the United States, the government focuses on isolationism and neutrality. 

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Considering starting a business?  Unsure where to begin?
Starting your own business is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do, especially if you’re a woman.  It’s also one of the most challenging.  Business ownership is fraught with pitfalls  ̶  lack of planning, funding, marketing skills, dedication and passion. Enterprising Women: A Practical Guide to Your First Business is a handbook highlighting the basics of launching a startup.

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Enterprising Women: A Practical Guide to Starting Your First Business by Melina Druga
Enterprising Women: Practical Advice for First Time Entrepreneurs by Melina Druga

Melina Druga interviewed nearly 100 female entrepreneurs and asked them several career defining questions including the one people don’t talk about:  Did you struggle when starting your business?  The businesswomen did not disappoint, speaking candidly about failure as well as success, self doubt and what the process of launching a business taught them.

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