"One for Sorrow, Two for Joy"

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Madison C. Brightwell

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The story was written in 1995 and set in 2020. It concerns a deadly and highly contagious virus that is killing everybody infected. Alice is on a quest all over the world to find not only her long-lost brother, but a cure for the virus before it's too late.



Short Summary

Alice's world is forever changed when a bomb goes off at her workplace, killing her family and friends all at once. She now sets off on a quest to find the reincarnation of her dead brother.

Alice finally meets her brother in Australia, and he takes her on a hazardous journey to the top of Uluru and through the rugged Australian bush. Alice goes into a coma for several days. When she awakens, she knows the answer, and the cure that will save her and others with the virus.


London, then all over the world

Based on a True Story


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Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Alice

Age: Early 30's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kuniya

Age: Unknown

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Visionary,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Genevieve

Age: 60's

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Visionary,Leader

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

This novel was written in 1995, and set in 2020. I was at that time making medical training videos about HIV/AIDS. I had no idea how incredibly relevant my story would be 25 years after I wrote it. I believe the “answer” that Alice finds is important for us to know now. It’s not a drug or a substance that can be ingested. It’s something we can all use, without access to any special knowledge, medical experts or expensive drugs. I believe there is a reason why I set the book in 2020 – WE ARE HERE NOW! Alice travels from London, throughout Europe to places like Austria and Italy, then on to Borneo, Nepal, America and Australia. She meets a whole cast of fascinating characters, and goes on an inner voyage of self-discovery at the same time as her outer voyage. I believe an incredible movie could be made of this fascinating, mysterious and timely script - something similar to "Cloud Atlas", which travels in time and space and has an important message to share.

About The Author

Madison wrote her first full-length book at the age of ten: "Keepo the Puma", which was set in Africa and displayed her love of wild animals. Although Madison didn't keep her first manuscript, she did keep writing books, and she is now working on her fifth novel. Originally from the North of England, Madison now lives in Asheville, NC and works as a psychotherapist - a job that provides a lot of fuel for her dramatic imagination! Madison also spent many years as an actress, singer and dancer and she still has a strong love of the performing arts.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: iUniverse

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available