Today, I have a very special guest. Toi Thomas, author of Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel, is here to talk with us about her book and to share a her personal story. A couple of weeks ago, I attended her launch party event on Facebook. Most launch partiesare pretty much the same, but Toi’s was different. She was using her book launch to raise awareness and funds for a very special cause. As the winner of the grand prize in her giveaway, I wanted to do everything I could to help Toi get the word out about her cause. I’m going to hand the microphone over to Toi Thomas and let her tell you all about it in her own words…
Hi there, my name is Toi Thomas. I am an author, blogger, reader, wife, and dreamer. A while back I started a campaign that’s dear and dear to my heart, and while my big event is over, I’m still spreading the word. However, before I get into all the details, I want to tell you the story of Abraham. This isn’t the Abraham some of you may be thinking of. No, he’s the major supporting character in my latest book release, Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel.
Abraham’s tale is one of rags to riches during the time of The Great Depression. Abraham starts his life poor and desperate. Even though he’s a nice guy and looks on the bright side, it isn’t enough to keep him content. Soon he finds a way to better his life and make his dreams come true, but not without consequences to pay later. He reminds me of a more popular character of that period, Jay Gatsby, but their tales are very different.
Now in the winter of his life, Abraham has served many roles, but the ones of devoted friend and mentor are the ones that define who he has become. Having once been Giovanni’s (the book’s hero) savior, Abraham is now solely reliant on the aid of his young friend as he struggles with and suffers a battle with cancer. When Mira (the book’s heroine) enters his life, Abraham is more than happy to fulfill the greatest desire of her life. He becomes like a father to the little girl, now strong woman, who has never had one.
Eternal Curse is a not-so-typical paranormal romance that may just define a whole new genre. At this time, I would like to invite you to experience Abraham’s story within the tale of Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel and, in turn, help me to give to a worthy cause.
So, until further notice I’m offering 25% proceeds on all confirmed online sales and 50% proceeds on all indicated author-direct sales, of my books to the American Cancer Society. Each of the links provided will take you to my home on the web, The ToiBox of Words, and will direct you as to how to confirm your online purchases and how to order books directly from me. Because this cause is so important to me, I’m asking everyone to consider giving to the American Cancer Society whether or not you buy my books.
So many people in my life, friends and family, have been affected by cancer and now it’s found its way into my stories. When I write about cancer, it helps me deal with how it has impacted my life and so many others. Cancer is a scary subject that a lot of people simply don’t want to talk about, but ignoring it won’t make it go away.
When I first mentioned to people that I was going to try to put something together to help this cause, a few people asked me why I wasn’t giving to The Susan G. Komen organization and using a pink theme. My response to that was simple; the person I recently lost didn’t have breast cancer and wearing pink isn’t for everyone. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, against my personal preference I have worn pink before in support of this cause and will again, but cancer isn’t biased to breasts only. This cause is about the equality of cancer and the fact that we all deserve as many birthdays as we can get.
I do hope you will consider taking this opportunity to think of those you might know who have been affected by this disease in its many forms. If you do decide to give to this cause and want to make a simple statement, you can post in the comments below, either: why you’ll give, simply that you’ll give, or even list a name of someone you’ll be giving in memory of or on behalf of. Share as much or as little as you’d like.
I’m sharing this message today because of countless family members I never got to really know, Mrs. Smith, and my recently departed sister-in-law. Thank you, Tricia Drammeh, for having me today. Thank you and your readers for taking the time to hear my spiel and consider this cause. I wish you all Eternal health and sensational summer reading.
Very well said, Toi. I think we’ve all had loved ones who’ve battled cancer. Some of us have been directly affected by this horrible disease. For those who would like to learn more about Toi and her work, please visit the following links:
Here’s the lovely gift pack I received from Toi’s giveaway. As you can see, the cat enjoyed it too!
Thank you again, Toi, for your generosity in raising awareness and funds for such a worthy cause.