Crip Cyn

Winner-Booksie 2019 First Chapter Novel Contest Winner - Booksie 2019 First Chapter Novel Contest

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 1

Crip Cyn - A Southern Gothic Thriller   CRIP CYN Buford Alabama ~ Whiskey Flat County Tuesday, August 22, 1967 C... Read Chapter

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Recent Comments

Honor Gainey

Congratulations on your very well deserved win!

Fri, September 6th, 2019 11:09am


Thanks, Honor. I am so crazy-happy-thrilled, grateful.
Thank you,
Toni & Cyn

Sat, September 7th, 2019 2:22pm

Anonymous Five

This is a masterpiece. You deserved to win.

Sat, September 7th, 2019 8:00pm


I am so touched. Thank you, oh so very much.

Sat, September 7th, 2019 2:21pm

Forrest Obzerveer

Wow, this seems like a whole story in and of itself. I can't imagine where future chapters of the book would take you. The possibilities seem limitless, with a strong character to navigate her own future.

Sun, September 8th, 2019 9:12pm


My mind has been reeling since I found out yesterday that Cyn and I won. Now, your kind words put me over the top. The money is lovely, certainly needed, and validates my works worth. But the feedback from you and others, wow, so long sought. All authors know, that like an artist, if Renoir painted work from his heart and soul and no one ever saw it, although beautiful, in his eyes it would have little worth. We all need validation and encouragement and I thank you from my core. I realize you did not have to take the time to speak to me and I am so grateful you did. Oh, and Cynamenell has a lot to do and does it well. toni

Sun, September 8th, 2019 2:44pm


Congratulations! I entered the contest, I am honored that you won, this is gripping and amazing storytelling at its best!

Tue, September 10th, 2019 7:10pm


My sincere appreciation - very delighted and sort of not believing. I have worked so hard for so many years. This is such a major affirmation. Jadeangel, thank you for giving me an atta-girl. Toni

Tue, September 10th, 2019 12:20pm

Linda Jones Weber

Wonderful first chapter. This is a book I would buy in a heartbeat. I love the deep dive into southern vernacular and the way in which it pulls you in to scene, emotion and character. This was a chapter that gripped from the first word to the last. Well deserved win Toni Pacini. As gripping a beginning as your first book, Alabama Blue!

Sun, September 15th, 2019 4:33pm


Linda Weber, I am touched and grateful for your kind feedback. Winning the Booksie First Chapter Contest has really boosted my confidence in my work. Also, I am delighted you enjoyed my memoir, ALABAMA BLUE. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Toni

Sun, September 15th, 2019 9:42am


Wow. I am truly impressed. You had me from beginning to end. If the rest of your book is as gripping as this chapter it will be quite the emotional roller coaster. Well done.

Fri, October 25th, 2019 4:05pm


I really appreciate your kind feedback and I sincerely hope everyone feels the rest of Crip Cyn is well done. Crip Cyn just had the final edit. I am now working on all authors (at least the ones I know) greatest nightmare, the synopsis, bio, tagline, query. YIKES It is easier to write a book than a synopsis and query letter. Hee. But I am on it as I hope to have Crip Cyn out in early 2020. Now, on to #3. Be well and thanks. toni

Fri, October 25th, 2019 9:37am

Sarah Jennings

I am awed by the description of your characters. It is crisp, enjoyable and made me want to read it over and over. A deserving win indeed!

Thu, May 14th, 2020 5:23pm


Thanks Sarah,
You have no idea how your words healed me and delighted me.
I completed Crip Cyn in December and started sending out queries just after christmas, I was very optimistic.
But Jan 7 I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.
I was having my 4th of 6 chemo treatments (before surgery) today when I read your lovely and much appreciated words.
I intend to kick cancers ass, go back and finish my creative writing degree that I was looking at completing in the fall before the big C, and market Crip Cyn.
I would love to send you a copy of my first book, a memoir published in 2016, if you would send me an address for you?
My email is,
Thank you Sarah for taking the time to read and respond.
You renewed my optimism.
I hope you are well and happy.

Thu, May 14th, 2020 4:59pm


This is so well written, engaging and full of emotion. The descriptions and character development were knife sharp, economical but powerful and complete. Most of all I thought you captured the essence of a young girl's heart.

Sun, June 21st, 2020 6:03pm

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