#IntAuthorsDay is coming! Review: Defined by Others & a #giveaway. Hosted by @b00kr3vi3ws.

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The idea behind International Authors Day began with book blogger Debdatta. Last year she realized that there was no day set aside to praise all the authors (traditional or self-published) who have provided us with years of entertainment. Debdatta has declared July 18th as International Authors Day and for that, we all love her. From July 14th thru July 18th book bloggers and authors will be sharing posts about their favorite books and or authors- oh and there will be lots of giveaways! Check out mine at the end of this post. Be sure to check back with this hop on July 18th – International Authors Day, see if you’ve won a prize.

Today I’ll be mentioning a few authors I enjoy and then I will feature the author of a wonderful book I’ve just reviewed.

Mini Alex 2Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and co-host of the A-Z Challenge. His awarding winning Cassa Series is now an affordable boxed set and his Dragon of the Stars continues to increase in popularity. What are the Kargrandes?

Stacey Rourke is the awarding author of the Gryphon Series and The Legends Saga, for which I had the pleasure of revealing the latest cover for here. She writes with a quick wit and isn’t afraid to go beyond the norm. My review for book 1 in The Legends Saga, Crane, coming soon.

Ian Mathie is an awarding winning memoirist with a life story worth writing about. He has an incredible outlook on life and is definitely an author worth getting to know. He’s also written some fiction. I’ve just finished Chinese Take-Out and will post my review soon.

And last, but definitely not least, is M.C.V. Egan.  This author writes in genres that I’m just not all that interested in, at least that’s what I thought. She changed all that with her Historical-Metaphysical novel The Bridge of Deaths. She’s at it again with her latest release, a Contemporary (Women’s Fiction), entitled Defined by Others. See my review below.

 Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan

I give this book a 5

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This author has a way of intriguing me that always manages to entice me into reading outside my preferred genres.

Defined by Others, on the surface, is the tale of a mid-life crisis gone terribly wrong, but it’s actually much more than that. It tells the bounce back journey of Anne, a woman who likes to define moments in a single word, only now she’s a little speechless and unknowingly open to pursue other actions. She is after all trying to bounce back from learning that her husband is leaving her for a man, her father has just been hospitalized, and an old frenemy has just died- but not without leaving Anne a parting gift.

‘Manipulation’ is the single word that would define this book. It’s very dark, but glossed over with pretty wealthy people and little white lies, that turn black in the blink of an eye. That’s how the end comes at you. You see it coming the whole time, but when the “stuff” hits the fan, it catches you off guard- even with the metaphysical aspects in the story.

People often complain about the dangers of social media much in the same as they do the use of firearms. I’m not going argue either case here, but as many would agree, it’s not the “weapon” it’s the user. Anne and her friend Connie take their old frenemy’s gift and turn Facebook into a weapon of mass emotional destruction. When they say misery loves company, they must be thinking of Anne and Connie- but is Anne really looking to destroy lives or is she simply hurting, lost, and confused?

I didn’t fall in love with any of these characters, but I did become enthralled in this story. The whole time I read it, I kept thinking, “There are crazy people out in the world just like this, for real. I’m so glad I don’t have this kind of drama in my life.” This book made me appreciate the small number of close friends I have and made me appreciate how wonderful my husband and family really are. One word to define my feeling for this book would be ‘grateful’, plus is was quite entertaining.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Women’s Fiction or Contemporary fiction with a hard edge. This is purely an adult read, though it does not contain erotic material. It deals with mature concepts that young children will not understand and that hopefully teenagers aren’t currently dealing with (but consider the times we live in).

This review has been posted to GoodReads. If you’d like to obtain a copy of this book, try this link.

And then there’s me, Toi Thomas. I write to entertain and read to be entertained. I’m very proud of my Eternal Curse Series, and am currently working on a contemporary romance, It’s Like the Full Moon, which I plan to release in late 2015 or early 2016. If you want to know more about me and my writing, just take a look around this site…And now for the giveaway.

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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.

PRINT – $10.99 | EBOOK – $2.99

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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. 😉

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords