Happy Valentine’s Day! Fall in #love with a #book.

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#IWSG February 2016: A Month of Causes

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Created and hosted by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writers Support Group posts the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the image to learn more or sign up.

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Well, it’s February and I’m trying to be optimistic. I did hear that the groundhog had good news yesterday, but the promise of spring may not be enough to boost my spirits. February is a tough month for me and I’ll try to explain why without bringing you down.

I know that there are a lot of people who are tired of talking about race, but I have a feeling that many of these people haven’t lived a life where the color of their skin, the shape of their eyes or nose, or even the language they speak has made them a target. This month is Black or African American History Month and I’m proud to spend the next 25 days thinking about the accomplishments of African Americans and thinking about how far our nation has come since the time of slavery.

I almost feel ashamed that there are well-off famous black people in this country who don’t think we need this observance anymore simply because no one is targeting them. I’m proud of anyone, black, white, and otherwise who is able to live the American dream, but that’s not a good reason to pretend like the rest of the country is living it with them.

I also feel ashamed when other black people use this observance in a negative way and spread strife and animosity. When I hear a black person say, “black people can’t be racist”, my blood boils and my eyes turn red. Racism isn’t unique to a particular group of people. Just because someone happens to fit the demographic of a minority, it doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of judging someone purely by how they look and how they happen to be different from them… It’s still important to talk about race in the United States because there are still too many people who aren’t quite colorblind enough for the issue to go away.

On a slightly lighter note, Valentine’s Day is coming up and for those who observe it, I hope they use it as a time to spread love and not drama. It’s also American Heart Month and giving to the American Heart Association is always a good call, I think (haven’t done my research, but it sounds good). Also, Presidents Day is coming up. People will either sit back and educate themselves about the presidents good and bad along with the history of this nation or they will complain. I for one would never want to be President. It doesn’t matter how much good one may accomplish, someone will always have something bad to say about the President, because in this country, we’re allowed to.

Lastly (if you’re still hanging around), I’m trying to spread a bit of love myself with the release of my first ever, contemporary romance. The title is It’s Like the Full Moon and is released under the name Glorie Townson. Be sure to stop by the Alex J. Cavanaugh blog today for the usual IWSG stuff and a few words from me about this release.

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Sorry if I was a downer today.
What does February mean to you?

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After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Allison Gammons,
Tamara Narayan,
Eva E. Solar,
Rachel Pattison, and
Ann V. Friend!

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Click here to visit other IWSG blogs and sites to receive and share more inspiration and support. (This month, I’m #84).

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#Question of the Month: a #bloghop to think about. No. 9- When have you lost or found love?

A little while ago, Michael D’Agostino, of A Life Examined, brought up the idea of a new blog hop called Question of the Month. He thinks blog readers would like to know a little more about us, the bloggers. So we’re all gathering to show you guys who we are by taking part in the Question of the Month blog hop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here.

This month’s question is: “When have you lost or found love?”

Love is such a general term; it’s difficult for me to talk about it without going off on crazy tangents.

I’ve been blessed. I met the love of my life in college, and while I couldn’t stand him at first, we became friends and later fell in love. There really is something special about falling in love with someone you’re such good friends with, but not all love has to be romantic.

I’ve also lost love in my time. I’ve lost friends, people who I thought would always be there for me and vice versa. Alas, when the right circumstances present themselves, you find out exactly where you stand in someone else’s life. That’s not to say that I don’t have some devoted friends, but it still hurts to figure out how not devoted some are.

For me, family is the embodiment of love. I don’t always like or even agree with my family, but I love them and appreciate them so much. It saddens me when I see other people being hateful towards family members, or try to avoid family at all cost, or have a complete disconnect from the people they are related to by blood. However, I also appreciate the fact that not all family members have to be people you are related to by blood. People can say what they will about those “Fast and Furious” movies, but they are a wonderful representation of how family sticks together- if you ignore everything else that’s going on in the movie, hopefully, that message comes across.

Revisiting romantic love briefly, I just wanted to point out that my husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple. It’s too much of a hassle and is no reflection on the true nature of our relationship. We celebrated it once when we were still dating before we were even engaged. We vowed then to never do it again. We do special and romantic stuff for each other all the time- we’re cool…

With that said, we love to see how other people celebrate it. We love hearing stories of how others have expressed their love and celebrated this holiday.

If you’re interested and have the time, please check out my last BooktagsBlogHop post and perhaps join in.

Also, please visit the other participants in this hop and even join in if you’d like.

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Spread Some Indie Love, 2015 #BlogHop #Giveaway

Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop 2015
14th to 21st February

I admit that I’ve just heard of this amazing hop and was happy to see an open invitation to join. Had I discovered it earlier, I surely would have featured any one of my author friends, but for the time being, I’m featuring myself and one of my books. But first…

This blog hop is hosted by Bookish Indulgences with b00kr3vi3ws. Be sure to check her out and stop along this lovely hop.

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And now, Eternal Curse: GIOANNI’S ANGEL

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The blurb:

“You have plenty of time to change your mind.
You have not yet seen the monster I can be.” — Giovanni

Giovanni has been waiting his whole life to meet someone like Mira, someone from the outside world who might be able to help him. He wonders if there really is help for him as he continues to hold tightly onto dark secrets and even darker memories. Giovanni wants to be hopeful and he wants to accept Mira’s help, but first he has to look himself in the mirror and face what he truly is- and that is a reality no one is quite ready to accept.

Searching for new purpose and meaning in her life, Mira meets Giovanni online and an exciting and, in some ways, scary friendship is developed. Mira decides one day to meet Giovanni in person, at his secluded country home, in order to aid him on his journey of self-discovery. What these two are able to discover will not only test their strength and will, but it will stretch the limits of their minds and catapult them into a world where earth, Heaven, and Hell collide.

Giovanni’s Angel is the story of a man who may just be the answer to a spiritual war swiftly heading his way- but for now, he just wants to be a man.

An excerpt:

Giovanni found Mira asleep and shivering in the woods clinging to the trunk of a tree. He picked her up and carried her back to the house. Her body was cold from being out in the fall air. There were a few fallen leaves in her hair from sitting under the tree, and despite the cold, her pulse was racing from dreaming so hard.

Finally, they reached the steps of the porch and Giovanni sat Mira down on the top step. He briefly examined her for cuts and bruises and then held her body to warm her and send her feelings of comfort. She was still a little cold from sitting in the shade of the tree. Giovanni continued to hold her close. Then the wind stopped blowing so heavily and calmed down to a slight breeze. Giovanni sat next to Mira not saying a word as she became more and more alert, recovering from her enchanted slumber.

Finally, Mira was able to speak. “Thank you for coming to find me.” Giovanni shook his head toward her as though to say you’re welcome. Mira scooted a little closer to him to feel more of his warmth. “Where were you this morning? Why did you disappear?”

“I thought you were leaving today. I didn’t want to be around for the sappy good-byes.”

Mira puffed out her breath and sighed a bit. “You don’t run away just because something you don’t like happens. Besides, I’m not leaving forever.”

“I thought that’s what normal people do. I thought people ran away from things that hurt them or make them sad.”

“I suppose they do, sometimes, but that doesn’t make it right. Especially if you’re running away from someone. It’s not fair to the person who’s being left behind wondering.”

Giovanni turned toward Mira and looked in her eyes. “I honestly didn’t think I… I mean this place, us… I didn’t think we could mean that much to you in such a short time. I thought you didn’t care.”

“I care for you just as you care for me and I will come back to you and Abraham as soon as I can.” Mira braced herself for a jolt of energy as she grabbed Giovanni’s hand and walked back into the house with him.

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If you’re interesting in receiving a free ebook of Eternal Curse: GIOVANNI’S ANGEL, leave me a comment below and I’ll pick a winner at random. I’ll post the winner here on 2/21 and contact them via email. Thanks bunches. (This contest is over. See comments for winner.)

Thanks b00kr3vi3ws for hosting this wonderful hop. I hope everyone enjoys their visit to The ToiBox of Words and all the other stops on this hop. Now it’s time for me to get hoppin. 😉

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Happy Valentine’s Day! – 2015

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Most people probably have no idea that the celebration of Valentine’s Day (or St. Valentine’s Day) was once a controversy, but I like to know this kind of stuff.  I won’t bore you today with tales and legends of the past. Most of us have settled on the fact that in this day-and-age, Valentine’s Day is a commercial ploy to boost greeting cards and candy sales- but can’t we say that about all holidays now.

On a lighter note, don’t you just adore the season of romance? I mean, it seems like everyone, for just a little while, tries a little harder to spread love instead of war.

I think it’s great that some people believe in the spirit of love and romance and in celebrating it on a specific date each year. I usually try to send Valentines to my parents, and siblings, and my nieces and nephews. However, my husband and I decided a long time ago to not celebrate this holiday, even though we do recognize it. We do romantic stuff for each other all year long and enjoy staying away from the Valentine’s Day crowds.

So, if I haven’t completely bummed you out, I’d like to sincerely say…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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