Some years ago I wrote a story about my son and grandson’s short stay in the tiny town of Murdo, South Dakota. Their old van broke down, and they were stranded with a long trip ahead of them. I’ve thought about it so many times and felt I should let that town know how much their kindnesses meant to them and our whole family. Finally, I looked up the name of the local newspaper (The Mundo Coyote) and sent them the story. I received a response almost immediately. They said the story was “awesome” and they planned to publish it in their next edition. When they sent me copies, I was taken aback that they printed it on the front page taking up one-half of the entire paper. My son Michael died a year after that stay in Murdo. How proud he would be to have a story about him and his son featured in the town of truly Good Samaritans.

Pat Janda

See story here.

May 22, 2017

Jamilla Brooks’ First Book is Published!

I am excited to announce that my first book “Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems” has been

I am also excited to announce that I will be a vendor at the first Memorial Day Singles Retreat “Fun in the Son” on Fort Myers Beach. My book and tees will be available for purchase! The Retreat dates are May 26-May 29 and for more information check out the website:

To conclude my good news share I would like to say how honored I am to have been a nominee in the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida for my business Desire To Inspire! I was one of thirty entrepreneurs so this is a huge honor!

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Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems  by Jamilla D. Brooks 

I’m happy to announce that my book, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Movin’ On! , has been published. It’s the sixth book in a series that combines autobiography and an accounting of the character and characters of my small (population 2400 ) Wisconsin rural town. Writing a weekly column the past fifteen years for Fennimore’s newspaper has given me a vast number of anecdotes (750 and counting) from which to relate my tales from the 1940s era to the present day.

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I want to thank Bob McCarthy for the incredible review he posted on Amazon and Google, for my novel, Angel of Tears. This was not just a quick overview; it was a six-point outline of why he believed the story worked from start to finish. As a published writer, professional in Media Marketing, Public Relations and other aspects of the writing process, this review is invaluable to me as a first-time novelist.

It is also an excellent reminder to me, and all of us writers, how important it is to let the rest of the world know what we liked about the books of our fellow members of GCWA.

The more reviews a book receives, good or not-so-good, help bring the book nearer to the top of Amazon’s most-read list.

Thank you again, Bob, for your encouragement. It is a definite boost for me now that I am writing my second novel.
~Irene “Susie” Smith

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Good news to share with you: My poetry manuscript has been accepted for publication by Kelsay Books of Helmet, California. The collection gathers some 50 poems culled from three decades of writing. I’ve been advised by other Kelsay authors that actual publication is “slow,” but when compared to how long it’s taken me to tuck these poems into one bed, ‘slow’ is much quicker than “never.” As “they” used to say before we hurried up, “don’t touch that dial!”

Doug has a new children’s book out in time for the holidays. Entitled, ‘Morgan McKinney’s Bigger-Than-Life Bedtime Story’, it stars Morgan McKinney, a big lovable kid who is rambunctious and full of energy. No one can jump like Morgan and no one has a feather pillow like Morgan. You know, the feather pillow with the DO NOT REMOVE tag on it. It isn’t until his mother tells him a bedtime story on Christmas Eve that he discovers just what happens when the tag is pulled OFF.  Follow Morgan and all the large animals at the zoo on their amazing airborne adventure above Florida. Meet Henry, the Humongous Hippo; Ralph, the Rugged Rhino; Eloise, the Purple-Spotted Elephant Seal; Garth, the Goliath Grouper; and Martha, the Monstrous Manatee.   Watch for a guest appearance by the Big Guy himself, Santa Claus. And don’t miss the super cool surprise ending!

Kerryn Reid’s novella, “Butterfly in a Hurricane,” has been named a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The story involves a fragile young woman with Asperger’s syndrome who falls for the Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy who spares her a speeding ticket. He sees in Lydia the beauty of a butterfly, with all its vulnerability. She’s odd, awkward, and irresistible… but if he’s Type A, she must be Type Z. Can they possibly find happiness somewhere in the middle of the alphabet? “Butterfly” is part of an anthology of short stories by Southwest Florida Romance Writers out August 2016 in ebook and print.

After six years’ research  and multiple rewrites my debut novel is a reality. It is a quest novel grounded in historical facts dealing with 10th century Britain and Ireland. I have an author in the same basic genre, Historical Fiction, whom I have requested to review  Life Song and am awaiting a reply. Lakes Regional Library turned me on to Jane Kirkpatrick. She is a resident of Oregon, and I have been receiving her newsletter every month for the past three years.

Why Oregon? a: I went to school there. b: Her writing is fabulous.

Best regards, Susan Thornburg


Just wanted to provide you an update! At the March meeting, I shared that I would be in the Table Topics Division Contest on April 1st! I’m happy to share that I came in 2nd place out of eight contestants and earned a trophy!

Also this week is the first week of the Inspirational Running Club that I was inspired to start! iRun Presented by Desire To Inspire will have our kick-off run on Tuesday, April 5th @ 6:45 pm at the Edison Bridge Downtown Fort Myers! If you like us on Facebook ( you can subscribe to our events, that way you never miss-out on upcoming events. “The key is to start where you are.” Let’s come together to Pray… Run/Walk… and Pray again on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Be sure to bring your running shoes!!!

Thanks so much for the amazing support and the excitement shared when I announced that the film “Ring” which I am a Supporting Actress (yes I had a speaking part, I am so excited!!!) will be in the Fort Myers Film Festival showing on Saturday, April 9th at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center the film will be in the 7:15 pm block.

April is a very exciting month. I recently learned that  “Hanging Millstone” the full feature film in which I play a Doctor was recently accepted to the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and “Ring” will also be in this 10th annual film festival! (How cool is that?!?!) The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 20 -24. I believe the films will be showing Wednesday, April 20th starting at 7:30 pm at the Beach Theater ( I will follow up once they provide more details. Thank you for the love and support checking out this share!

Have an AWESOME Day!

~ Jamilla D. Brooks 🙂

At last a winner

I took the advice of Henry Heitmann, who last year was a winner in the DreamquestOne writing contest, and  I entered one of my short stories in this years contest. This year I won third place and was very pleased to do that. Dreamquest is a National/ International web site and draws 1000s of entries each year from around the world. Winning is a plus and I encourage you to try it.  Ken Feeley..   (view the winners at )