“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 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.
Eternal Curse: 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.
Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Toi: My name is Toi Thomas and I’m a big kid, though I do try not to be sometimes. My husband and I are best friends because no one understands our geekness the way we do. Aside from my love of writing and reading, I’m a bit of hobby hog. I enjoy cooking, painting, dancing, collecting, and nature- to an extent. I think most people look at me and see one thing while I’m usually something else entirely.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Toi: In many ways, I’ve been writing my whole life, but I only began to pursue writing as a possible career about three and half years ago. Writing has always been a creative stress release for me and I hope it stays that way.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
Toi: I have a desk that hardly ever get used for writing, but I do use it for other professional tasks. I mostly write in one of two places, my kitchen table or in bed, the bed is so comfy. While I try to be prepared to take notes at any moment creativity might spark, I find that I don’t really write well creatively away from home or at least a sense of home. If, however, I’m editing or doing something more technical and less creative, I can write anywhere.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Toi: I’m currently promoting the first installment of urban fantasy series I’m writing. Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel was originally self-published, but has recently been picked up by a publishing house. While the book is under redevelopment, I’m spreading the word about series.
Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel is a fantasy tale set in the modern era, but has elements of a paranormal romance with a spiritual foundation, but this isn’t a book with a hidden message. In the world of Eternal Curse, readers learn about the coexistence of humans, angels, demons, and all those beings in between, but the first book is only an introduction.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Toi: As cliché as it sounds, it all started with a dream. I had a dream about a gray man who turned into an angel and then begin to outline a story that might explain why it happened. In the process of course, other parts of the story changed, so I haven’t given anything away here.
Toi: My favorite character is Abraham. I’ve seen enough movies and read enough sci-fi and fantasy tales to know that you can’t go wrong with an old wise man to help lead your hero down the straight and narrow and that’s just what Abraham does, but he’s so much more. The nature of Abraham and Giovanni’s relationship is hard to describe or explain to someone who hasn’t read the book, but Abraham is father, brother, friend, and child to Giovanni and is the single most important person in the develop of who Giovanni is when he first meets Mira.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Toi: Writing the romance was the hardest part for me. When I first started writing the story, there was no romance in it. Since my hero, Giovanni, struggles with the concept of being human, I thought it would be foolish, in the long run, not have him deal with one of the most common aspects of the human struggle, and that’s the awkward painfulness of love and romance.
Tricia: What would you like to tell us about your book or your writing that someone wouldn’t discover during a casual review of your blurb or website?
Toi: This series doesn’t fit perfectly into any particular category. While the story is an obvious urban fantasy with a paranormal romance and a spiritual essence, it expands beyond that even more. There are elements of technology and sci-fi, historical references and flashbacks, and even a mixing a medicine and magic. It’s difficult not to open a book without some expectation, but this typically isn’t what you’d expect it to be.
Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?
Toi: I just want to entertain readers.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Toi: Ever the wanna be lost boy, I’ve always admired the writing of J.M. Barrie with L. Frank Baum always close on my mind as well. C.S. Lewis, Jules Verne, and other writers of fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure have definitely left their mark on me. I’ve recently discovered the many talents of Gregory McGuire and Orson Scot Card, and am a little smitten with Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Toi: While I’m currently working the sequels to Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel, I’m also working to release, independently, a collection of short stories entitled: Unexplainable. The collection will include four short stories and one novella, all of varying genres.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Toi: Write a lot and read a lot, but write a lot more. Never throw an idea away; it may become something more down the road. If you’re writing purely for pleasure, critics have no say in what you do, but if you’re writing to reach out into the world, critics can and will express opinions about your work so try to prepare for all the good and the possible bad. As much as you may want to resist it, try to think like a businessperson when you’re not writing. You must have a plan if you really want to reach out into the masses.
About Toi Thomas:
A self-proclaimed techie and foodie, Toi Thomas was born in Texas, but considers Virginia to be her home now. Growing up in Dallas, Toi had a strong interest in reading fiction and loved to watch movies. Even today, many of Toi’s friends come to her for the answers to movie trivia. Working with computers, cooking lavish meals, and collecting comic books and vinyl records have become reoccurring pastimes for the Virginia Beach teacher’s assistant, and now Toi is ready to entertain the world with the first installment of her new books series, Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel. For the past three years Toi has begun to make a name for herself in the publishing industry with her two blogs and an active social media presence. Toi Thomas is thrilled to take the world on a journey to discover the secrets of the Eternal Curse and to expand the minds of readers around the world with her many other stories as well.
eToiThomas.com (with accompanying ToiBox Blog),
Toi Thomas Facebook Fan Page,
Eternal Curse Series Facebook Fan Page,
Toinette “Toi” Thomas Google+ Page,
GoodReads Author Profile,
Amazon Author Central Page
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After a while, Giovanni finally began to fall into a deep, dream filled sleep of his own. Once again, Giovanni dreamed of a celestial war where he saw glowing angels soaring through the sky delivering blows to their lesser counterparts; angry demoted angels whose lights had faded and their shine had dulled. The right and noble faction of warrior angels was led by a youthful looking Archangel, donning a helmet of gold and carrying a sword made of a single massive diamond blade and with a curved handle made of the finest platinum. He charged forward protected by a shield, made of solid gold with platinum spikes protruding through the font, scaling the length of his entire body.
The Archangel diminished in size standing next to his adversary. His opponent was twice his height, with four pairs of enormous wilting wings and the head of an ox. It was a fallen Seraph. It had once held a position of high regard, and was now fading in its own adoring beauty and shine. The Seraph was large, but it was weak and growing weaker every second, without its holy light shining through it any longer.
Giovanni stood helpless in the middle of the great battle, wanting to help in the efforts of the angels, but he was denied the opportunity. He was held down by the lower ranks of enemy angels, which were by now vomiting up their own essence. They shackled him to a huge spear that had been driven down into the celestial terrain beneath him. He was forced to watch the fallen ones rip off the wings of the righteous, and try to replace them as their own, while continuing to mutilate the bodies of the defeated righteous angels. The fallen angels would gather up the gold dust left behind from the defeated angel’s fleeting spirits and rub it on their weak bodies, temporarily regaining the power to reenter the battle.
Though the evil ones tormented Giovanni, he found comfort in knowing that they grew weaker as their rage and greed grew stronger. Even more so, he took comfort in knowing that with each defeat of an evil fallen one, all the angels, as though they were one combined being, grew stronger from the destruction of such a corrupted soul.
Suddenly, Giovanni’s body was painfully ripped up from the spear and was dragged out into a field where a mass of bodies had been stacked, one on top of another. Their smoky spirits were slowing seeping out from them covering the whole area in a black cloud.
The evil one, that captured Giovanni, snatched him up by his hair and held him over a pile of bodies while pointing a golden sword to his throat. Blood and tears of pain poured out from the evil one’s bludgeoned eyes. With his face hidden behind a cloud of smoke, the evil one spouted out the words, “Remember me, old friend!” Then he swiftly swung his sword with a mighty hatred, slashing Giovanni’s neck with his blade. This act of brutality and hatred caused blood to gush from Giovanni’s jugular, which in turn provoked him to become enraged and rise up from his slumber.
He woke up in shock and pain, filled with anger, hatred, and overwhelming confusion. Giovanni screamed out in horror, shaking the foundation of the house and setting his bed a blaze, as he felt the trickle of blood running down his neck. Smoke alarms all over the house began to sound off like an orchestra of sirens. Mira leaped up from her bed and ran to the stairwell in the hall and called out, “Where is the fire, what should I do?”