Cynthia T. Toney

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Cynthia chose to write for young people to show them how wonderful, powerful, and valuable they are. She creates complex characters and twisty plots—because life is complicated. Ask any teen! Her stories address issues that young people face today, but they are full of hope and laced with humor. Her characters are diverse in culture and ethnicity and include deaf and Jewish teens.

Cynthia's contemporary Bird Face series includes 8 Notes to a Nobody, 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status, 6 Dates to Disaster, and 3 Things to Forget. Her first coming-of-age historical, The Other Side of Freedom, takes place in the rural southern U.S. in 1925. It has received literary awards from Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards (2018 Outstanding Fic
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Book Award Competitions, Part 2 (the second scoop)

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If you’ve landed here, you may be familiar with my post from December 5th,  The Real Scoop on Book Award Competitions, Part 1. If not, be sure to take a look and see why and how I began entering award contests for my historical novel, The Other Side of Freedom.


One thing I didn’t mention then but will share with you now is that I had unexpectedly received opportunities to earn a li

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“What could I say about Bellingrath Junior High? Not much, except it was named after my secret hero, Bernard Bellingrath. But Barney wasn’t the kind of hero who rescued a kid from a burning building or found a cure for a disease.
Barney dropped a big load of money on our school to build the gym, stadium, and later the library annex. As his reward, a faded portrait hung on the wall of the visitors’ area inside the main entrance. But that wasn’t the reason he was my hero.
According to legend, Barney had been born with a tail. A tail. Grand-mere Robichaud, who’d once seen such a tail on a baby’s pink bottom, said he could’ve been mistaken for the main course at a cochon de lait—a Cajun pig roast. But Barney’s parents were very religious, so they refused to have the tail removed.
In spite of that decision, Barney grew up to be the richest and most powerful man in town. But that still wasn’t the reason he was my hero. The fact that he decided to keep the tail anyway—that was the reason.
Now, all these years later, you’d think physical imperfections would be tolerated at a school practically founded by someone with a tail. But no.”
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Cynthia Dec. 6, 2015, is LAST DAY to enter Goodreads Giveaway for 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status in paperback. 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status


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Cynthia Dec. 3, 2015, is LAST DAY for FREE Kindle version of 8 Notes to a nobody on Amazon. 8 Notes to a Nobody


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