Toni V. Sweeney


Toni V. Sweeney was born some time between the War Between the States and the Gulf War. She 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. Her first novel was published in 1989. An accomplished artist as well as writer, she has a degree in Fine Art and a diploma in Graphic Art. Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Toni writes Sci/Fantasy under her own name and Romance under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone. She has been promotions manager for Class Act Books since 2013 and is on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books Online and the Paranormal Romance Guild. She has also been named a professional reader by

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  • Dead Men's Fingers on April 18, 2012

    Think any Clint Eastwood-directed Western movie and you’ve got a good idea of Dead Man’s Fingers, and the fact that the author is a Brit doesn’t detract in the least. This is a tough little Western(only 61 pages), as gritty and bloody as they come. The descriptions are so realistic one can almost feel the arid heat and see the stark surroundings as the wagons push across the plains, and feel the splash of the water and see the mud being churned up as they ford the river. Dead Man’s Fingers may be short, but it’s filled with plenty of narrative, description, and characterization. Jed is a good man, a caring father but a man aware of how his past may catch up with him sooner or later. The villains are a motley crew, and as bad a bunch as you can find, this side of a Rawhide episode. What are the dead man’s fingers? Something you’ve seen in hundreds of Westerns and probably never knew. Read the story. This novel was supplied by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
  • Holding Back on July 22, 2012
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    A fairly short but good story about finding the courage to speak the truth. Told from both Amana and Husan’s POVs, their sides of the tale are contrasted to show exactly how much they are faithful to their countries and binding to duty but how each also seeks that elusive factor, love, and wishes to have a mate who is just that and not simply a political tool. Right off, the reader learns that Husan is a man who can be patient and attempt to convince his bride to love him, while Amana responds and wishes she could tell him exactly how she feels. The only other character is Rushad who’s featured only briefly but he’s given very good characterization as a father wanted the best for his child and his country while not really understanding his daughter’s wish for “love.” His response is, more or less, “What’s love got to do with it?” But to both Husan and Amana, it has everything. Only 25 pages, but definitely enjoyable. I give it 4 Stars. This novel was supplied by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
  • A Lover for Rachel on July 29, 2012
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    A delightful story and much too short at only 19 pages. Rachel is enchanting from the first page. Friend Samantha is encouraging and a good pal and even ex-fiance Devon turns out not to be a drag on the story as exes are wont to be. As for Dewin… He wins the readers’ and Rachel’s heart right off, even if he does have to wait for Rachel to figure out exactly how to free him from his enchantment. Looking forward to some of this writer’s longer pieces.