TSX.V: CCC

Appleton Enters into Advisory Services Agreement with Byron Capital Markets

August 12, 2009 - Vancouver, British Columbia. Appleton Exploration Inc. (AEX - TSX.V) has entered into an Advisory Services Agreement with Byron Capital Markets, a division of Byron Securities Ltd. of Toronto. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Byron will act as a nonexclusive business advisor for an initial 4 month term, renewable on monthly basis after the initial term, at a fee of $10,000 per month. The agreement may be terminated by either party upon 30 days written notice.

Byron Capital Markets, a division of Byron Securities Limited, is a Toronto-based institutional investment dealer focused on small and mid market capitalization companies primarily in the energy and mining sectors.  Byron is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and provides companies with a full range of investment banking and advisory services to assist them through their various stages of development and growth.

Under the terms of the agreement, Byron will introduce Appleton to capital market participants  and other strategic investors; provide strategic advice to maximize shareholder value; assist with advice on Appleton's strategic external growth initiatives; make introductions and structure relationships with strategic business partners; assist Appleton with structuring any potential transactions; and assist with any potential financing.

Appleton President Tim Henneberry states "We are very pleased to enter into this advisory business relationship with Byron to assist us in moving our Manalo Gold Project in the Republic of Mali, West Africa forward." Information on the Manalo Gold Project can be found on the Company's website: www.appletonexploration.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

"R. Tim Henneberry"

R.Tim Henneberry, P.Geo.

President and CEO

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For Investor Relations Information contact:

Tim Henneberry:  (604) 694-0741

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