Transition can be beautiful!
Whispered Dreams, Book Two, segues to another part of the world, where it takes the reader on a journey of discovery, that will not be revealed until the third book. It picks up the action and the focus of the story shifts to 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 confrontations from owners who like to play by their own rules.
Meanwhile, a CIA team uncovers a plot to kill Jason, due to his heritage from their Middle East cousins. When Jason learns that the Monarchy of Obagur is threatened, he is compelled to become involved. Ellen starts to worry when Jason misses their usual time to connect. Days pass without word and when the unthinkable happens, she refuses to attend Jason’s Memorial Service, because she will not accept that he is presumed missing or dead. She knows that Jason might still be alive - but no one believes her. What has happened to him? She doesn’t believe that life is a bowl of cherries, and it’s certainly not a box of chocolates! Every one of us has to overcome obstacles during our lifetime -- she’s had more than her share. How will she get through this sad turn of events?
The Ancient Whisper, Book One, is fast-paced, laced with mystery and suspense, with a splash of international intrigue, as the main character, Ellen narrowly escapes a plane explosion. She is kidnapped during a botched murder attempt and goes into the Federal Witness Protection Program with her family. With no income and a new identity, she needs to generate money quickly, thus she enters the perilous world of horseracing, wagering, and high-stakes betting!
When Ellen finds out she was duped by the FBI, she contacts the CIA and learns that her kidnappers have ties to the Middle East. Something big is going down…but what? Ellen and her family are pitted against an endless stream of nefarious villains and characters. Through her courage and perseverance, she is able to outwit them all in order to save herself and her family.
Journey of a Thousand Steps is the conclusion of the trilogy. After several years with no new information about Jason, Ellen wants closure and vows to never give up her search. A documentary about a super cyclone that devastated islands, west of Fiji, catches her attention. This event reenergizes her enthusiasm and a possibility emerges that they had not explored yet. What if large oil tankers the size of football fields were maneuvered to avoid the storm? Could they have been used to pick up cyclone survivors? Ellen forms a new theory and has renewed hope.
Book three takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, as Ellen embarks on the journey to find her son, but does this without her husband’s knowledge. She has a deadline: she must either find Jason -- or let him go forever. When she returns home with a storm survivor, this becomes the hardest journey the family will ever face.
My story revealed itself when my family experienced a true life-altering event. Finding peace and closure has not been easy. In the last chapter of book three, I share our caregiver tips in the form of 10 Keys to Recovery that help us get through our day. No one can predict with any certainty what life will bring, but when one door closes, another opens…because God does not abandon you; he gives you only what he knows you can handle.