Legends of Green Isle: The Forgotten Spell

Book One

Stewart Manor had a mystery, children disappeared. Matt and his little brother, Toby, did not know this when they moved to Georgia. Their new home contained memories of a past woven with a new adventure into a parallel dimension. Caught up in an ancient battle with an evil Warlock, Matt and his new friends set out on a quest to save Green Isle and all its magical creatures from destruction. Emerging from a magic portal into the world called Be’thasileth, the four friends embark on a journey to find Matt’s little brother and others that were kidnapped. What they discover is a world that has called to them before in their dreams. “The Forgotten Spell” is the first book in the series of Legends of Green Isle, a Young Adult Fiction Fantasy collection.

AMAZON BOOK LINK: The Forgotten Spell

New Publication of WWI Letter Collection

Leaving North America: A Boy’s Adventure in the First World War – Chester Cole

Word Cloud for the Most Used Words in Chester Cole’s Letter Collection

Chester Edmund Cole was born April 26, 1899, to Bertha Meriam Wheeler (Cole) and Walter Cole. His mother Bertha married his father, Walter September 17, 1890. Chester’s older brother Raymond Walter was born May 26, 1892, and his sister Mabel Loie was born June 27, 1895. The Cole family resided in Berlin, Massachusetts and were part of a larger family group under the Wheeler family of Concord, Massachusetts. These are a collection of letters saved by the family from The First World War.

AMAZON BOOK LINK: “Leaving North America: A Boy’s Adventure in the First World War

Chester was 17 years old when he enlisted to fight with the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) in the first part of 1917. He was part of the 504th Engineering Service Battalion. He was sent to Jacksonville, Florida to train at Camp J.E. Johnson. He transferred to the Motor Truck Co. 433 once he landed in France. Chester was a participant in the Meuse-Argonne Forest Campaign in September 1918, which involved approximately 550,000 service men. This was a push against Germany and Chester remained in the areas of Cochem and Mayen, Germany for a time before transferring to Willich, Germany with the Motor Company to assist with moving the 89th and 90th divisions, along with 7th Corps troops to embark towards home in the States.

The Cole family was part of the family group of the prominent Wheelers of Concord, Massachusetts. The Wheelers were from Odell, Bedfordshire, England. Twelve families moved to the colonies in 1635 as part of the Puritan movement to escape religious persecution in England. The Wheelers were part of “the Hundred” who came from Willy County, Bedford, England with Reverends Peter Bulkeley and John Jones, and traveled to the colonies in 1635 on the ships Susan and Ellen and the Defiance.

A.G. Wheeler, The Genealogical and Encyclopedia History of the Wheeler Family in America, Compiled by the American College of Genealogy (Boston: 1914).

New Publication of WWI Letter Collection

“Write Real Soon” : Samuel Riggins WWI Letter Collection

Samuel Riggins

This collection of 101 letters written by Sam Riggins, a young man from Liberty, South Carolina to his future wife, Arabella Smith, is a wonderful example of blossoming love during war.[i] Both grew up in the small town of Liberty, South Carolina before its Textile Era (1900-1980). Sam’s christened name was Samuel Leonard Riggins, born October 4, 1875, and his death was recorded on April 13, 1974. Arabella “Arrie” Smith was born in 1897 and she passed away in 1948. Sam then married Catherine Janice Ponder in 1949 who was a schoolteacher.[ii]

AMAZON BOOK LINK: “Write Real Soon”

Liberty, South Carolina, the town Sam and Arabella lived in was incorporated March 2, 1876, and members of the town changed the name from Liberty Springs to Liberty. The town was included in the Pendleton District, which in our contemporary era consist of the counties of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens. During the Antebellum Period (pre-Civil War), most of the members of the community were subsistence farmers and did not own slaves. After the Civil War, Union soldiers remained in the area until 1868 and Reconstruction divided the Pendleton District into Pickens and Oconee Counties.[iii] The Charlotte-Atlanta Airline Railway made Liberty a stopping point on its route. Liberty did not receive its post office until 1873 and after 1901 became a booming textile community with the first cotton mill in the area.
Sam was stationed in the Military Branch around Chattanooga, Tennessee and trained in Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, South Carolina, before making his way towards deployment to France as a Sergeant. He remained in Company “C” of the 16th Machine Gun Battalion and was a part of the 6th Infantry which earned the nickname “The Sightseeing 6th Infantry Division.”

[i] This collection of letters is the personal collection of Dr. Ruth Looper of Hiawassee, Georgia, Professor of Literature at Young Harris College. Sam Riggins and Arabella Smith were her grandparents and she was most generous in allowing Rainbow Crow Publishing to edit the collection for our First World War Letter Collection Series.

[ii] Ancestry.com, “Samuel Leonard Riggins,” ancestry.com/genealogy/records/Samuel-leonard-riggins-24-2xgmt9, accessed July 16, 2021.

[iii] libertysc.com, “City of Liberty: Start Here, Travel Here,” libertysc.com/history, accessed July 19, 2021.

The Architect’s Daughter

A utopian future earth is jarred as the Nazi Bell time traveling project catches up to the present and several time streams begin to merge. Violet, an orphan and unsure of who she is, befriends Jacob, the boy next door to her foster home. Her life is snapshots of vivid memories of Hitler, the cast of The Wizard of Oz, Walt Disney, and a rap star who she has a connection to but doesn’t know why. Violet hears memories of time streams, sees time frames, and constructs a tesseract in her closet to hide from abusive foster parents. She guards her secrets in a journel that Jacob reads one day when someone breaks into her house and they hide in her closet. Both suddenly find themselves back in World War II and sitting in a bunker with Chancellor and his Time Machine. Publication 2023.

The Omega Factor

The children of the Nazi experiments of Die Glock are hunted in time. Violet and Jacob, now teenagers, hide their secret well. Transferred back and forth in time, both find they aren’t alone. The year 2017 becomes a pivotal doorway as off-worlders make contact with the human race. How do Violet and Jacob save the future from the Corporation’s agenda 578 years in the future? When she and Jacob land in 2130 both war to disrupt a corrupt time line that will move earth into a dystopian society in which everyone is coded to a system of what they call “the machine.” Publication of this unique perspective on the Nazi experiment Die Glock is set for 2025.

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The First WWI Letter Collection Appearing Soon

As an educator, I was intrigued with a small letter collection from WWI written from a 17 year old who enlisted to fight “over there.” Thinking of primary source material, I felt this small collection would be ideal for middle-grades and high schoolers as supplemental reading material. It is footnoted with many topics important to the study of the First World War and includes many images from the time period. It is edited as a primary source for teachers. It is Rainbow Crow Publishing’s honor to announce that Chester Cole’s letters will be the first published in our WWI Letter Series. The book will be available for Christmas through several venues. Please look for it on Amazon within the next month.

The Myth of Rainbow Crow

The story of the Rainbow Crow is a Lenape legend, symbolizing the value of selflessness and service. According to the legend, after a long period of cold weather, animals of the world community become worried. They decide to send a messenger to the Great Sky Spirit to ask for relief from the extended cold. The Rainbow Crow, the most beautifully feathered bird of the group, offers to make the arduous journey. He travels safely, and is rewarded by the Great Spirit with the gift of fire to warm the world of animals. He carries the gift in his beak back to his people, but upon his return, he does not appear to be the same bird that he once was. The fire has scorched his plumage black, with only hints of his previous color, and his voice has been made rough and hoarse by the smoke. In this way, his sacrifice is commemorated that he brought fire to warm those around him.

House of Sparrow

This futuristic novel delves into sci-fi questions about our own solar system and the idea of Hades. Was Earth just a mining penal colony to the worlds between Mars and Venus? And a Moon to Talmud? When a mining vessel crashes on Talmud, the planet sister to Mars, the colonists on board exhibit a mysterious illness. As the Peace Keepers on the Penal Colony haul the craft from the depth of the ocean, Lt. Commander Beckum is perplexed by the exoskeleton suit hanging from one of the blown portal doors. Who were these beings that tumbled from the nearby star-gate? To be released in 2022. Photo by NASA on Unsplash

War Letters Collection Series

Rainbow Crow Publishing is creating a War Letters Collection Series. Currently we are working through about 25 different collections from the First World War and Second World War. We welcome new collections from those found in attics and closets, from any conflict period. Manuscript collections must be set in end notes or footnote style should you choose to add narrative or memory to the edited letters. We will be happy to help those who need assistance in formatting.

The target release for the first of these are Midsummer 2021. Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash

Claire Ridgeley Trilogy

Upcoming Release of the first book “Illumination” in The fall of 2024. This futuristic dystopian story is featured in three books. Illumination, Redemption, and Revelation. Set in the year 2127, Dr. Claire Ridgeley can’t remember her life. Memories come in bits and pieces as she returns from a journey to the moons of Saturn.

Image by Reimund Bertrams from Pixabay

False memories plague Claire as her life is turned upside down. She finds pictures of a husband that disappeared. Those of her associates keep telling her she was never married. When a mysterious note appears under her office door at the University, she uses her background as an anthropologist to uncover deep secrets of otherworldly visitors in her past.

Photo by Drew Graham on Unsplash