I’m Visiting C.S. Boyack Today

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Blurb and Release of Gamble by Staci Troilo

Hi everyone. I’m happy to say Gamble, by Staci Troilo is available for download and she is here to share it with us.

Welcome, Staci.

Hi, everybody. I’m really happy to be here with you. Thanks for visiting with me.

I’m here to share a short excerpt from my new novella, Gamble, the second installment of my Nightforce Security Series. In the following passage, we join our hero when he’s putting himself in harm’s way to protect everybody else. I chose this one because it’s indicative of Noah’s personality and abilities.

Jack snickered. “You’re pretty funny, frogman. Too bad I don’t believe you about your crew. And I told you what I do to people who lie to me.”

Daphne gasped.

“You really want to risk making all that noise?” Noah asked. “I don’t know how you’ve diverted security so far, but a gunshot will bring everyone running. Including my guys.”

“Thought your guys were with your client?”

“I’m missing, and I’m not answering my phone. Someone’s looking for me.”

Jack stared at him through narrowed eyes.

The door burst open, and Ace and Joker strode in. They were dressed in casino security uniforms—charcoal pants, white shirt, blue blazer, burgundy tie—and they each had little gold name tags like the real guards.

“I see you’ve revealed yourself, Jack,” Ace said.

“Didn’t have a choice. This one,” he pointed his gun at Noah, “rushed Deuce. Almost took him out with a chokehold.”

Ace sighed. “What are we going to do with you, Mr. Crawford?”

“He’s a former SEAL, Ace. Works private security now. Says he has a crew in the building.”

“Is that so?”

“I don’t believe him, but…” Jack shrugged.

“Let’s find out, shall we?” Ace pulled his phone from his pocket then took Noah’s picture. Then he sent a text. “Trey can look through surveillance feeds and see who he came in with.”

“We really have time for that?”

“I’ll make the time. I want to know what I’m dealing with.”

Joker held a bundle of clothes in his hand, and he handed some to Deuce and the rest to Jack. “You’re lucky we prepared for you blowing your cover. Go change.”

Jack jumped off the edge of the table. “Don’t get your panties in a bunch. We always knew it was a possibility.”

“Just go.”

Jack and Deuce disappeared, presumably going somewhere previously scouted and safe for them to change. Ace’s phone rang, and he walked deeper into the poker tables to talk uninterrupted.

Noah only had a few seconds before Ace found out he really did have backup in the building. The hostages were as safe as possible on the floor. It was his only play. He turned to Daphne. “Stay down.”

“Noah—”

But he was on his feet again, charging Joker. They fell to the floor, rolling, wrestling—each trying for the upper hand.

Blurb for Gamble:

Sometimes stakes are too high to gamble. Other times they’re too high not to.

Noah Crawford is a consummate bachelor—until a one-night stand piques his interest in something more. The only problem is, she wouldn’t give him her name, and he has no way to find her.

A week later, resigned to forgetting her, he accompanies his friends to a casino. Floor traffic promises to be light while everyone clusters at the sportsbook for the college basketball championship game. But Noah isn’t in the mood for frivolity and sets off on his own. No one is more surprised than he is when he bumps into his mystery woman.

He’s playing a far different game than cards when armed criminals take over the poker room. Noah is separated from his friends, and somehow the room has been cut off from security. Help isn’t coming. It’s up to him to keep everyone safe while he tries to thwart the gunmen.

Noah quickly realizes he’s trying to prevent more than a simple heist. And he doesn’t know who he can trust. The stakes have never been higher, and he’s all in. But one of the thieves might have an ace up his sleeve, and that could cost Noah everything.

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About Staci:

Staci Troilo writes because she has hundreds of stories in her head. She publishes because people told her she should share them. She’s a multi-genre author whose love for writing is only surpassed by her love for family and friends, and that relationship-centric focus is featured in her work.

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Cover Reveal–Cusp Of Night by Mae Clair

Cusp of Night
by Mae Clair
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Mystery> Thriller & Suspense > Paranormal

book cover for Cusp of Night, a mystery/suspense novel by Mae Clair

BLURB:
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger.

Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .

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Cover Reveal –Gamble by Staci Troilo

Cover reveal for Gamble, by Staci Troilo.

The second book in the Nightforce series.

 

Sometimes stakes are too high to gamble. Other times they’re too high not to.

Noah Crawford is a consummate bachelor—until a one-night stand piques his interest in something more. The only problem is, she wouldn’t give him her name, and he has no way to find her.

A week later, resigned to forgetting her, he accompanies his friends to a casino. Floor traffic promises to be light while everyone clusters at the sportsbook for the college basketball championship game. But Noah isn’t in the mood for frivolity and sets off on his own. No one is more surprised than he is when he bumps into his mystery woman.

He’s playing a far different game than cards when armed criminals take over the poker room. Noah is separated from his friends, and somehow the room has been cut off from security. Help isn’t coming. It’s up to him to keep everyone safe while he tries to thwart the gunmen.

Noah quickly realizes he’s trying to prevent more than a simple heist. And he doesn’t know who he can trust. The stakes have never been higher, and he’s all in. But one of the thieves might have an ace up his sleeve, and that could cost Noah everything.

 

We are excited to bring you the second book in the Nightforce series by Staci Troilo.

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Unknown Reasons–Author Interview with Joan Hall

Today I’m interviewing fellow author, blogger, and friend, Joan Hall. I’m pleased that Joan could stop by and chat with us about her writing process and discuss the second novel in her Driscoll Lake Series, Unknown Reasons.

 

Please welcome Joan Hall!

Thanks for having me, Michele.

 

Tell us something about you that we don’t know. It doesn’t need to be writing related.
I’m an eighth generation American on my father’s side. The first ancestor came to America in the 1700s from Scotland. They were Scotch-Irish and settled in what is now Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. My third great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War.

One of my cousins has done extensive genealogy research. My maiden name is James but I’m not connected to the outlaw, Jesse James—much to my husband’s disappointment. For some reason, he thinks that would be exciting. However, it’s almost certain that my paternal great-grandmother was distantly related to Cole Younger, who ran with the James gang.

You’ve just finished the second book in your Driscoll Lake Series, Unknown Reasons. Tell us about it.

How did you come up with this series?
I planned to write Unseen Motives as a stand-alone novel. However, one of my characters, Brian Nichols, had different ideas. He wanted me to tell his story, so I wrote Unknown Reasons. Because I think a series should be at least three books, I’m currently writing the third book, Unclear Purposes.

 

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book or a series? What sources do you use?
I use the Internet a lot. Unseen Motives is set during the late summer and fall of 2011. Texas was undergoing a severe drought that year, so I wrote it into the story. I mention part of the space shuttle Columbia being discovered in a lake due to low water levels. That really happened.

Of course, never look at a writer’s browsing history. I’m really not planning to embezzle money or start a series of arsons. However, I did search online for famous embezzlement cases and arsons.

Which character was the most difficult to write about in this work?
Hard to say, although some characters were definitely easier to write. I guess the character of Dorothy Nichols was somewhat difficult. She suffers from early dementia so I wanted to write her words and actions as accurately as possible for someone in her condition.

There is more to a writer than just writing. I’ve asked Joan a to give us some insight. 

What were some of the challenges you faced on the road to publication?
My own procrastination. I finished Unseen Motives a year before I began the first rewrite. It was a convoluted mess and I dreaded the edits. Unknown Reasons was easier. I wrote tighter, so edits were easier, but it did take longer than expected. I also work full-time and my job is somewhat stressful. There were days when I would come home and not feel like writing.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
That’s easy. Scrivener. In my opinion, it’s the best writing tool around.

Is there anything about writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
It’s not all glamour. Writing is hard work, and there’s so much more than just writing. Whether an author is an indie writer or with a publishing company, they must be involved in promoting their work. We can’t just sit at our computers and write words.

I’d like to finish the interview with a few personal questions. Let’s see what Joan has to say.

Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?
I’ve always used my name. Probably wouldn’t use a pseudonym unless I wrote erotica (and that’s not my forte).

You recently did a time travel short story. If you could go forward or back in time, which would you choose? Who should you like to meet. And why?
I would want to go back in time. I’ve always been fascinated with the World War II era (hence the setting for my short story, Gold Wings.) However, if I could go back in time and meet someone, I would choose my maternal great-grandmother. Like my cousin, I’m interested in genealogy and did a little bit of research on my mom’s side of the family. My grandfather (who was seventy-five years old when I was born) had two brothers who died as young men. I don’t know the exact date, why they died, or where they are buried. I once had a dream that I was talking to my great-grandmother and I asked her, “What happened to your sons?” I woke up before she answered. That would be the first question I would ask her. She outlived five of her eight children before she passed away in the late 1920s.

 

Joan Hall likes to create character-driven fiction with strong, determined female leads and male characters that are sometimes a bit mysterious. Her favorite genre is mystery and suspense—often with a touch of romance.

When she’s not writing, Joan likes to take nature walks, explore old cemeteries, and visit America’s National Parks and historical sites. She and her husband live in Texas.

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Password Author Interview with Staci Troilo

Today I’m interviewing fellow author, blogger, and my sister, Staci Troilo. I’m excited to have my sister as my guest today sharing her newest book, Password, the first novel in the Nightforce Series.

Please welcome Staci Troilo!

 

 


Thanks for inviting me here today, Michele. I appreciate having a chance to talk to your readers about my new novel.

“I can take whatever you dish out.”

His eyes darkened.

She knew that look. She freaking loved what followed that look.

 


Meet Braelyn Edwards. In this day and age, it’s hard to find an adult who doesn’t have a social media presence. If Braelyn had it her way, she wouldn’t have a digital footprint at all, other than her bank account. (Why go to the bank when she can hit a few keys on the keyboard?) She’s intensely private and avoids large social gatherings. Her family, and especially her best friend, are just the opposite. They are outgoing, friendly people who enjoy getting together for every occasion—or no occasion at all.

It’s because of her family and friends that Braelyn has social media accounts. She only posts something when Facebook threatens to cancel her account due to inactivity, and then it’s nothing personal—a picture of something she ate that day or an inspirational quote she found online. She wouldn’t bother keeping the accounts at all, but her loved ones tag her in everything. And it’s easier to appease them and keep the accounts than it is to fight them on it.

It’s not that she’s awkward or grumpy. Quite the opposite, in fact. She’s kind-hearted, and one-on-one, she’s engaged and attentive. It’s a safe bet that she knows her family and friends far better than they know her. She’d never hurt their feelings by telling them that, though.

When Braelyn meets Danny, she’s resistant to having him protect her. Of course she is—a security guard who’s going to watch her 24/7 is definitely going to challenge her need for privacy. And Danny definitely does that.

He does a lot more, though, too. As is evident by the teaser. But you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

Oh, and a bit of good news. Password is the first book in a new series (Nightforce Security Series). The second installment, a novella for Susan Stoker’s Special Forces Kindle World, will be released in March. So if you enjoy this story, you won’t have long to wait before you can visit this world again.


Some passwords protect more than just secrets.

Danny Caruso was glad to be back in the United States, back to his regular job. Back to his comfortable routine of all work and no play. But when his friend Mac asks a favor of him, he can’t refuse. He owes the guy everything. So he accepts the job, even though it means a twenty-four/seven protection detail guarding a particularly exacerbating—and beautiful—woman.

Braelyn Edwards is careful to stay out of the spotlight, preferring to hide in the background and skip the trappings of a vibrant social life. But her privacy is threatened when there’s an attempt on her life and a bodyguard is foisted on her. Compounding problems? He doesn’t just want to protect her. He wants to investigate every detail of her life, starting with her top-secret job.

Danny casts his sights on Charlie Park, her coworker, her partner… the one man who knows all Braelyn’s secrets. She’s frustrated by the distrust until she realizes jealousy fuels Danny’s suspicions as much as instinct and proof. One of them is right about Charlie—but by the time they figure it out, it may be too late to save their relationship. And Braelyn’s life.

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Staci Troilo writes because she has hundreds of stories in her head. She publishes because people told her she should share them. She’s a multi-genre author whose love for writing is only surpassed by her love for family and friends, and that relationship-centric focus is featured in her work.

Connect with Staci on Social Media:

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I’m Visiting C.S. Boyack Today

This month AIW Press released their newest anthology Quantum Wanderlust.

Today I’m visiting C.S. Boyack to discuss the anthology and give some insight as to how AIW comes up with the ideas for production, and the process of assembling each project.

Stop over and visit me by clicking on this link and learn all about it.
And remember to pick up your FREE copy of Quantum Wanderlust.
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Guest Interview with Lisa Burton, Personal Assistant to Author C.S. Boyack, on Quantum Wanderlust

“Hi everyone. I’ve got radio personality and interviewer, Lisa Burton here with us today. Let’s give her a warm welcome.”

“Hi, Lisa and welcome. I’m super excited to have you stop by today.”

“Hi, Michele, so glad to finally meet you. I’m here today to talk about Quantum Wanderlust. This is a collection of short stories by thirteen awesome authors, and all of them deal with time travel.”

“Tell me, Lisa, what made Egypt, Tutankhamun’ s tomb, the place you decided to time travel to? I mean, there are so many places and times that could have been chosen.”

“Oh, it wasn’t me, it was Craig’s character. He’s the author here. It involves a kind of secret society that invented the time machine on the down-low. They wanted to place satellites in orbit around the ancient world so they could watch things as they happened. We’re not just talking about the building of the pyramids either. They could observe extinction events, erosion of fertile areas, and a lot more.

“Now to accomplish this, they needed funding, and they wanted to keep it all quiet for now. They chose Tut’s tomb, because it’s spectacular. It would draw attention and maybe the wealthy folks would pony up when they get an idea of what could be possible. It’s not too sexy to talk about erosion of the Nile Delta, or what Haley’s Comet looked like a thousand years ago.”

“Did you have to do a lot of research for this project?”

“There was a ton of research. Dates, names, actual hotels, tomb contents, train schedules. And you’re right to ask it this way. As Craig’s major domo, I wound up doing the bulk of it.”

“So how did you guys come up with the premise for this one?”

“Without giving spoilers, Craig started with a twist ending he wanted to use. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s a real world concern that might resonate with readers. Then he had to back it into the story in a way that also included time travel.

“Before I forget, we have posters made for all of Craig’s stories. We only made one for Quantum Wanderlust, because Swift Wings is the only story Craig has in the collection. I think it’s a fun one though, and here is your print.”

“Thanks, Lisa. You look stunning as usual. And this poster hints at Craig’s Story, Swift Wings. I understand that Craig gave permission for anyone to download and use this photo. So go feel free to use as a backdrop, screensaver, or however you like. Thanks, Craig.”

“So, Michele, I snuck ahead in the book and Fabric of Time is a cool concept. What brought you to use a baby blanket to symbolize this fabric?”

“Well, Lisa, both of my children were given homemade blankets from their granny and I thought it would be a great way to use something that anyone could relate to.

“The name Aisling is pretty unique. How did you find it and why did it appeal to you?”

“I always choose a nationality that I wish to feature in my work. I usually go Italian, because that’s what I’m most familiar with, but I wanted to highlight another of my nationalities, and chose Irish. I wanted a name that would go with that theme. But I wanted something unusual. I went to my favorite search engine and searched for Irish names. I came upon Aisling, which means dream or vision. I knew that was the name for my story.

“Rory appealed to me for another time traveler named Rory. He appeared on several years of Dr. Who. Did you base Rory on him somehow?”

“Actually, Lisa, I have never watched an episode of Dr. Who. Rory is the name I came up with while helping a friend choose a name for her cat.”

“I like the idea that this fabric needs to be constantly tended and mended to protect others from altering the timeline. It takes people of pretty stern construction to handle that kind of job. Those kind of characters make for great stories.”

“Thanks, Lisa. You know, Swift Wings had me intrigued from the start. Egyptian history is a favorite of mine, and many people are fascinated by it. I enjoyed going back in time with Dr. Preston and seeing King Tut’s tomb from his perspective.”

Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of Quantum Wanderlust at all the major sites. These thirteen authors will take you on some interesting time travel adventures. Oh, and if you don’t mind, please leave a review.

“Well, Lisa, I know you must run. So glad we finally connected. Tell Craig we said hi.”

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When we talk about the passage of time, it’s usually in short bursts (seconds, minutes, hours) or slightly longer chunks (weeks, months, years).

What if it was limitless? What if you could go forward or back? Decades, centuries, eons? Would you go back and change your life? Go forward and see your future?

Quantum Wanderlust is a time travel short story anthology. Characters travel forward and back—how far they go and how they get there make fascinating tales. Do they observe or interact? Is the outcome better or worse than the original timeline?

The scope is virtually limitless, definitely timeless.

Download your free copy today from most major eBook retailers by clicking here.

 

 

OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT

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Paranormal Romance, Romance Under Wraps, on sale for 99¢
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Time Travel Anthology, Quantum Wanderlust, free
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Horror/Suspense Anthology, Macabre Sanctuary, free
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Book Release: Quantum Wanderlust

I’m happy to announce the release of Quantum Wanderlust: A Time Travel Short Story Anthology. My story, “The Fabric of Time”, is one of thirteen included in this anthology by AIW Press.

Travel through time in this free anthology to see where  these talented authors journeyed in time.

Did they go forward? Did they go back?

 

What if you had all the time in the world?

Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning.

  • Visit the past to learn a family secret.
  • See the formation of a future dictatorship.
  • Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of time.
  • Travel back in time to WWII.
  • Use a family heirloom to solve problems.
  • Wear an inheritance to visit ancestors.
  • Leave a dystopian future for the hope of something better.
  • Make history come true in an unexpected way.
  • Fight evil fairies to protect a chosen angel.
  • Live with the childhood memory of visitors until the day they arrive.
  • Seek medical help for a memory issue and get way more than bargained for.
  • Discover that with great power comes great responsibility.
  • Uncover the secrets of a pharaoh’s tomb and curse.

Do the characters observe or interact? Is the outcome better or worse than the original timeline? Read these stories to learn how far they go, how they get there, and what happens when they return.

The scope is virtually limitless, definitely timeless.

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