New blog, #ReadingIndie, caters to readers & offers #free promo to authors.

Hey guys. I’m happy, excited, and a bit nervous to tell you about a new project I’ve taken on. The Reading Indie blog is the pet project of the Authors Professional Co-op. This Facebook group is dedicated to offering support and education to indie authors but has decided to try something new. The original idea became the blog, Author Promo Co-op, but the platform didn’t quite work out and so, faded away. As a former Author Promo Co-op Admin and a current Authors Professional Co-op Admin, I decided to contact the founder of the APC to see if I could have a go at creating a reader-targeted blog with the sole purpose of promoting indie authors. This new blog would be powered by the APC, but not limited to it. This blog will be open to all indie authors. She thought it was a great idea, so I started planning.

For weeks, I approached the group with questions and polls to make sure I was putting something together that they would actually want to be promoted on; that’s even how the name was decided. It was all voted on. Once I had a small admin team to help with the development, we took over and put hours and days into making a place that would showcase indie books and authors to excited readers. Since the development of the blog was completed, life has gotten in the way of some of our efforts and some of my team has stepped aside. I’m still going forward with trying to launch this new blog, but will always be open to taking on more help. Click here if you are interested in helping out.

Now, all Reading Indie needs are some amazing indie authors to feature. We have so much to offer and hope that authors, bloggers, and readers will take advantage of our efforts. We are now, and will be each month, running a giveaway to feature the book covers of four authors, for one week on the landing page of our blog. The more the blog grows, the more influence that landing page will have. We are so excited about the possibilities and hope you will join us and follow along… Seriously, please follow this blog. 😉

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#IWSG May 2017: Being Overwhelmed, Weird Research, & Another Con

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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.

Monthly Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

At this point in my writing, I haven’t really had to research anything too weird yet. I guess I could at least mention a few cool things I’ve researched, like: scientific terms and effects of two moons for a story I haven’t started yet or how to create a language for a story I’ve been developing for about three years.

For now, I’d say the most interesting thing I’ve researched is angel lore. After I completed the first draft of my first book, before I even knew it was a book, I decided to look into the different worldviews of angels to see if anything interesting could be added to my story. I bought a book online that had high ratings and was recommended by several different sites. Can’t for the life of me remember the title now. I still have the book, but it’s in storage somewhere.

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So, the month of April was a bit crazy for me. I did a virtual convention, went on Spring Break, took a trip with my sister, did a live convention, and battled and assortment of illnesses- some still in progress. I’ve had a lot of low points in the past month, but the high points made it all bearable.

I only finished one book in the month of April and I still need to write a thorough review for it. I’m struggling to finished up the first installment of “We Are Jardin”. Who knows when that will be ready to publish. My YouTube channel will suffer a bit this month. I’m working on a RavenCon wrap up video and have no real Reading Challenge update to offer. Plus, I have two more author events coming up that I’ll have to work around my ongoing medical issues.

All in all, I guess I can’t complain too much. I’m busy in a good way and my health is always an issue. If I waited around to be healthy all the time, I’d never get anything done.

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What have you had to research for a book?
Read any good books last month?
Hope this post finds you in good health.

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After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Michelle Wallace,
Nancy Gideon,
Tamara Narayan, and
Liesbet!!

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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 #66).

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

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse #Review: My Father Didn’t Kill Himself #YA #book

The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you’ve finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we’ll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers. Please join us below.

So, the end of April came way faster than I was prepared for. Today, I’m prepping for the RavenCon and am feeling a bit jittery. I feel bad about not putting forth my best effort with this review so let me be clear now, this is not the full and complete review. I will be more thorough at a later time and post my complete review on Goodreads and Amazon (if they let me). Since I’m pretty much a member of the author’s, Russell Nohelty, unofficial fan club, I get a lot of his content in bulk and at discounted prices. I support almost all his Kickstarters and thus, that’s how I acquire his content whether digital or print. In any case, I’ll provide a brief review of this ebook below.

Title: My Father Didn’t Kill Himself
Author: Russell Nohelty
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 305
Reading Level: Adult
Content: R (adult content and situations, mature themes, drug and alcohol use, language, sexuality)

So first, I have issues reading YA in general so that’s not a reflection of the author’s ability to tell a story. I had trouble relating to teens with I was one, so reading about them is always a little difficult for me. With that said, this is a very hard book to read. Some of the subject matter is just painful, in an emotional way, but it’s good. Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to really experience something that sticks with you. Overall, this is a good book I’d recommend to a select few I feel would really connect with it and benefit from it.

I give this book a 4.

If you’d like to obtain a copy of this book, try this link: Amazon

Please stop by and see what others have read 😀

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#NewRelease, #Goodreads Reading Challenge, and more.

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
By Joylene Nowell Butler
Psychological Thriller
$4.99 eBook ISBN 9781939844385
An IPPY Silver Medalist!

To the Breaking Point…
When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.
However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?
Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.

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I’m a blogging mess! #B2BCyCon2017 wrap-up.

So, last month I barely got in my basic/weekly blog posts. I actually watched two movies but didn’t manage to write a review for either of them. I’ll try to catch up on that later. Also, I may or may not get to all my book reviews this month. I’m aiming for two a month, including participating in The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, but we’ll see what happens. As I prepare for my next conference, RavenCon (at the end of April), I’ll consider my takeaways from the B2BCyCon.

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