The Legend of Swell Branch

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19th Century

JR Collins

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The Reconstruction of the South was a horrible time for those homesteaded in the Southern Appalachians. Greedy ex-soldiers and rogue profiteers head south looking to gain from the weak. Buach Whelan, an Irish lad, trained as a warrior by the Cherokee, rises up to fight the madness.


Adventure,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Buach Whelan returns home alone from a long hunt with his Cherokee brothers. He finds his home and farm have been taken by outlaw ex-soldiers. His dad murdered. He goes in calmly to introduce himself. Evaluates the situation. He finds they also have his sister as a hostage. He knows to be cautious.

Buach seeks revenge for a friend that was murdered for profit. He finds out the murderer is visiting a certain tavern just off the North Trail. There he finds a way to get the killer. He also frees a young Cherokee maiden from the bondage of slavery while he fights to get his revenge.


Southern Appalachian Wilderness mid nineteenth century.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rebellion Against 'The One',Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Buach Whelan

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Secretive,Romantic,Visionary,Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Blunt,Religious,Patriotic,Sexy,Obedient,Modest,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Henri

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Secretive,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Blunt,Obedient,Modest,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Miriam Sky Watcher

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Secretive,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Religious,Sexy,Obedient,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Mary

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Selfless,Religious,Sexy,Obedient,Modest,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Unapologetic,Secretive,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken

Development Pitch

The Southern Appalachian Mountains of 1868 became a dangerous place to be following the Civil War. Folks who'd lived there all their lives were finding themselves homeless and without, due to the thieving ways of certain profiteers sweeping south. Many southern men were lost to the legal fighting of the great war. Hundreds more to the illegal fighting of the so called Reconstruction. Lots of mountain homesteads were left without proper protection from all that killing. Wives and daughters of the deceased becoming vulnerable. Outlaws and rogues showed no mercy when easy taking like land stealing and women abusing come their way. The weak were made to sign over their properties or die. Buach Whelan was a big, strong lad of Irish descent. Mountain bred and founded by a strong moral creed, he is trained by the Cherokee to become the white warrior, Lone Eagle. His spirit will not tolerate the behaviors of the evil ones invading the south. His fate becoming sealed when his own farm was taken. His father murdered. Forced to grow into manhood almost overnight, his spirit answers a call he vows to see to the end. A duty his soul will not let him deny. A duty his family and friends depend on him to carry. By his blood, he will not let them down.

About The Author

Rooted in ancestral heritage, JR Collins grew up in the Appalachian valley of Choestoe. Home of his ancestors and family since the late 18th century. An outdoors-man, trained by his father to respect home and the tradition of faith and family, watched as the invasion of progress took his sacred mountain existence. The stories of times forgotten sparked at a young age and he found himself with a need to pass on tradition, to some extent, to the next generation. Married and raising teenage twins, strengthened by a desire for his children to understand the efforts of family, that bought them the right to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: JR Collins, Dancing Rabbits Publishing, LLC

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available