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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.”


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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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.”

If you’d like to connect with Craig (or Lisa) use the links below:

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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.



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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Revisions and Elevator Pitches

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Revisions and Elevator Pitches

You’ve finished your book–or so you think. What’s your next step. Staci Troilo from AIW Press has you covered. From revisions to the elevator pitch, Staci give provides guidance and tips to get you moving in the right direction.

Remember, just because your book is finished doesn’t mean it’s ready to submit. In fact, you’re nowhere close to ready to submit. You’ve got a lot of revising to do.

Once you’ve finished those revisions, then what. Time for the elevator pitch. Relax, Staci provides excellent advice on crafting your pitch. Don’t forget, your pitch is to be written in third person, present tense.

To get all of Staci’s Revision and Elevator Pitch tips visit AIW Press.
If you have anything you’d like to share, please leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

Proofreading Your Manuscript

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Proofreading Your Manuscript

This week Joan Hall talks about the importance of proofreading your manuscript.

Even with proofreading there are times when things slip through. Remember, even the big name publishing companies have typos occasionally. Proofreading can help you eliminate many of these errors.

How about you? What are your proofreading methods. Please share with us in the comments.

Happy proofreading. Don’t worry, you will be great.

Ten Tips To A Better Manuscript – Part Two

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Ten Tips to a Better Manuscript – Part 2

Last week, KE Lane talked about ways to get a first draft into manuscript shape. This week, she is going to cover the last five tips about turning that manuscript into something worth submitting.

It’s these final five steps that give the manuscript its extra edge, and it’s those little steps that really round out the editing process leading up to submission.

KE Lane from AIW Press give the final five tips to get your manuscript ready for publication.
This is the is continued from part one, and you can get part two here.

Happy editing. Don’t worry, you will be great.