Cynthia Toliver announces the publication of her debut novel, Crown’s Jewel. Inspired by the piney woods, murky bayous and rice fields of Southeast Texas, Crown’s Jewel is not another urban novel. Although the setting is fictional, the warm people and rich backdrop of the Golden Triangle flavor the novel.

Titles typically grow out of stories, but Ms. Toliver says in the case of Crown’s Jewel, the story actually grew out of the title. Crown McGee comes to Colwin County to claim his estranged father’s estate, a thriving rice farm, dilapidated mansion and cemetery. Smitten by tenant Carrie Giddings, Crown vows to have Carrie just as he has claimed his father’s land. Crown offers complicity in a murder in exchange for Carrie, but the Giddings flee, leaving Carrie’s daft sister Jewel in Carrie’s place. On the road to love and redemption, Crown faces hard lessons, a daughter Sela, born with his deformity and a wayward brother Jackson bent on claiming the estate.

Well written prose and short chapters propel the reader from cover to cover. Along the way, we learn, like Crown, that treasures come in simple packages and men are measured, not by outward appearance but by the heart.

Ms. Toliver was born in Houston and grew up in Waco, Texas. She credits God for the talent; her teachers and librarians for fostering her love for reading and creative writing. After graduating from Richfield High School, Ms. Toliver earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. She has enjoyed a varied career as an engineer, environmental consultant, educator and author. Ms. Toliver is single and the parent of one son. She currently resides in Orange, Texas.

Crown’s Jewel ($14.95) ISBN 978-0-595-48335-8, published by iUniverse, Inc. in February, 2008, may be ordered at,,, and at book stores.

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