On August 22, 1970, I was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla struck broadside by a Ford Fairlane. I mention the types of cars merely to indicate their sizes in relation to each other. The car I was in spun 90 feet before stopping.
I was left with a pelvis broken in three places and a crushed hip, and was hospitalized for three months, in which I floated in and out of consciousness assisted by various painkillers and other drugs.
Since I could little more than be raised to a 45-degree angle while in bed, whenever I was awake I was in too much pain to try watching television. Also, I was so nearsighted I couldn’t see the screen anyway…not enough to know what was going on, at last. I could read, however…and whenever the medication took over, I’d simply drop the book to my chest and snooze, then awaken, reopen the book and pick up where I left off.
I truly think if I hadn’t been loved to read so much, I’d have gone stir-crazy during those three months…as well as the following six months I was home and bedridden also. Reading got me through some very long and painful periods during my recovery.
Later, when I was on my feet again but finances were so bad I couldn’t afford to buy books, I took to writing my own to have something to read. 48 books later, I’m still writing.
So…I’m thankful for my love of books and where it’s helped me and also where it’s led me.
Toni V. Sweeney
The Three Moon Novels
This award-winning trilogy (Three Moon Station, In This Kingdom By The Sea, The Finer Gentleman) is set in the future when space travel is a given and other worlds are home to former citizens of Earth and other planets. It tells the story of Sar Trant and Katy Rawls, a couple thrown together by circumstance. Sar is an Arcanian rancher living on the planet Tritomis-2, where technological advancement includes a spaceship in every barn and a laser pistol in every gunbelt, but the cultural development is that of the Old West. Katy is a witness to a crime, with a hit man on her trail, hiding out on a planet as far from Earth as she can get. It’s inevitable that she and Sar meet, but no one, not even they, expected what happened after that.
Three Moon Station (Book 1) was voted #2 in SciFi/Fantasy series for 2013 and 2014 by the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewer’s Choice
In This Kingdom By The Sea (Book 2) was named one of the Top 8 SciFi/Fantasy novels for 2014 by the Paranormal Romance Guild.
All three novels are published by Class Act Books, and are featured on the publisher’s website, on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. They are available in e-book and print editions.
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Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains.
Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Toni divides her time between writing SF/Fantasy under her own name and romances under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone. In March, 2013, she became publicity manager for Class Act Books (US). She is also on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books. In 2016, she was declared a professional reader by netgalley.com. She currently has 48 novels in print, including the award-winning Three Moon series.