Journey of a Thousand Steps: Book Three (A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy)

by M.A. Appleby

After several years with no new information about Jason, Ellen still wants closure and vows to never give up. A documentary about a super cyclone that devastated islands west of Fiji catches her attention – oil tankers the size of football fields are maneuvering to avoid the storm; and this gives Ellen a theory and renewed hope. Taking matters into her own hands, she devises a plan to seek answers without the CIA’s help. After searching, Ellen brings a storm survivor home to be part of their extended family, indicating he has a brain injury. This is possibly the beginning of the hardest journey of her life.

I dealt with Traumatic Brain Injury when my son had a accident. Finding peace and closure has not been easy. In the last chapter of this book, I share our 10 Keys to recovery.

 

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Appleby — Whispered Dreams

Whispered Dreams: Book Two (A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy)

by M.A. Appleby

Whispered Dreams

Book Two focuses on Ellen’s son, Jason, who has grown into a young man and is every bit as headstrong as his Mother. Together, they expand their racing teams, outsmart the ‘good ole boys’ down at the race track, and endure confrontation from owners who like to play by their own rules.

Meanwhile, the CIA uncovers a plot to kill Jason, due to his heritage, from their nefarious Middle East cousins. As he learns that the Monarchy of Obagur is threatened, he feels compelled to become involved. He is caught up in a coup and during the confusion is presumed missing or dead.

Refusing to attend the Memorial Service, Ellen knows Jason is still alive, but what has happened to him?

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Appleby — The Ancient Whisper

The Ancient Whisper: Book One (A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy)

by M.A. Appleby

The Ancient WhisperIn today’s interconnected world, anyone can find themselves embroiled in international politics, intrigue, and suspense. Ellen and her family learn the hard way that things are not always what they seem as they find themselves in seemingly impossible situations – especially when ties to the Middle East surface.

Relying on her strong resolve, faith, and enduring love for her family, Ellen confronts a host of shadowy characters, then leverages family dynamics to lead them through twists & turns in this new-world-order story…you will cheer for Ellen and her family as you travel with them!
A family struggles to rebuild their lives after a mysterious

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Appleby — Raising David Again

Raising David Again by M.A. Appleby

Raising David AgainM.A. Appleby narrates her perspective as a caregiver to her son when he suffered a Traumatic Brain injury; their frustrations, disappointments, as well as their triumphs. What the family did to regain their ‘sense of self’ will surprise and inspire you as she recounts their 10 Keys to Recovery and the many tips, and suggestions they learned along the way. It is both poignant and funny as she shares some of her coping mechanisms. This book is intended as a guide to understanding the uniqueness of brain injury. There is no ‘one size fits all’ nor is there a magic pill. As you read Raising David, Again, you will travel with the family as their faith was tested, their journey from a horrific accident, through discovery, recovery, and finally rehabilitation and a ‘new life’. If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI, ABI, or Stroke, you will find the Brain Injury Tool Kit, our Simplified Guide for Survivors, Caregivers, & Family of Brain Injury, several lists, and helpful hints that can assist in identifying what you need to do.

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CRAFT ELEMENTS CONTEST


For this contest, we will be reading the stories through the lens of craft, and selecting winners based on the strength of the story in each of the following three craft categories: Setting, Dialogue, and Character. One story will be awarded in each category, and each of the three authors will receive $1000 and publication. Finalists will also be noted in each category. So send us that story that really shines in one (or all!) of these categories. We can’t wait to read your fiction! Submit here.

Possibilities! The Hudson comes to the Peace

 

 

 

Long trips & multi-day events not possible with your schedule or budget? Try this!

Title: “Possibilities!  The Hudson comes to the Peace” (“River” that is)
Primary Area Served: From Sarasota/Bradenton to Naples/Marco Island and inland (Everyone is welcome)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019  —  7:00 AM until  8:00 PM
Theme: Writing’s possibilities!
Areas included: Books (fiction & non-fiction), Magazines, Newspapers, TV/radio, & Electronic media.
Location: Charlotte County Cultural Center, Port Charlotte
Program: One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring 70 individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
One to One Sessions: A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including 16 agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee.

Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located … a two hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved. Conference registration is limited!

Discounts for early bird registrations!

For more information go to:  http://www.abc-artisansofbooks.com/writer-conference.html
Information about registration here.

Third annual Indie Author Day

Have you ever said to yourself, “I should write a book”? Come meet some folks who have done just that at Indie Author Day.

The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The event will be hosted at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, from 9 am until 1 pm during its weekly Greenmarket.

Just what is an “Indie Author” anyway? The term applies to authors who have self-published a book. Ever since Amazon launched its self-publishing platform in late 2007, indie publishing has grown exponentially. In 2017, of the 1,000 top-selling eBooks on Amazon, 284 of them were written by self-published authors.

But indie publishing isn’t strictly digital. Indie authors also offer books in print form. Local authors who write in a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sign their books and to answer questions about their publishing journey.

Spots are still available for authors who want to join in the fun. Please contact fran@francesothomas.com for more details. GCWA members please also contact Irene Smith at president@gulfwriters.org in order to coordinate our participation.

Marjorie Appleby

Marjorie ApplebyNational Award Winning Author – ​Speaker
Brain Injury Awareness Advocate
M. A. Appleby is an artist, avid reader, and retired Certified Landscape Designer. She is a mystery buff who enjoys traveling and lives in Southwest Florida with her husband and son. The concept for her books came from a journal written the day her son suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury). This tragedy threw their family into turmoil as they tried to understand what lay ahead for them.

As a caregiver, it is important not to lose your ‘sense of self’ and that’s where writing became cathartic for her. She thought they would wake up from the nightmare and their lives would go back to ‘normal’, but that didn’t happen. That ‘recovery’ journal was the impetus Ms. Appleby needed to write The Ancient Whisper, Whispered Dreams, and Journey of a Thousand Steps that comprise A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy. Each chapter starts with an inspirational saying, uplifting quote, or a prayer sent or given to her throughout the recovery phase of her son’s ordeal.

After the third book in the series was published, Ms. Appleby realized she finally had closure. She was then able to write her son’s story, RAISING DAVID AGAIN. As a brain injury advocate, she now lectures to support and caregiver groups where they share their stories of encouragement and hope as they move forward in this ever-changing and ever-evolving situation.

Marjorie’s books.

Sarasota Screen Writer’s Retreat

Three day screen writers retreat at Ringling College of Art and Design.

In an intense 3 days, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style and principles of Story. Learn how to apply classical story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.

Seminar tuition: $865

Begins: Friday, October 19
Ends: Sunday, October 21
Time: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

Venue: Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida
USA 34234-5895
Map and Directions

We are pleased to offer a discount to you, your writing groups and College students and educational professionals. Students and college professionals may contact Kimmi at 941 309-1200 x 104 for the discount code and writers and writers groups may apply the code MCKEE10 for a 10% discount!

We so look forward to you coming to our beautiful county and enjoying the seminar in an intimate setting.

Here is the link! Space is going fast! https://mckeestory.com/register/registration/?ee=72

Kimberly Heath-Carrico
Production Coordinator
AFCI- Certified  FcP, FcF

Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office