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New Release by Staci Troilo — Tortured Soul

Staci, thanks for stopping by.  I am so excited that you have released your final book in the Medici Protectorate Series.  I can’t wait to see how it ends.  I pre-ordered my copy and have started reading it.

Hi, Michele. Thanks for having me here today.

I’m excited to share your final book in the series.  I know I couldn’t wait to see how the series ended, and I have several friends that are waiting as well.  But I also have some questions for you regarding the series and one of a personal nature.

I know that the finale of any series can be difficult.
What will you miss most about the Norato family and Brothers of the Protectorate?

This series began when I thought about my grandfather’s heritage. His father was the illegitimate son of nobility. Hours (days? weeks?) of brainstorming later, and the Medici Protectorate was born. The hardest part of ending this series is ending my connection with my grandfather (who I miss every single day). I know working in this world didn’t really bring me closer to him, but it felt like it somehow, which makes the ending harder for me.

It doesn’t hurt that I’ve got a spinoff series (the Nightforce Security series under the pen name Keira Beck) where the Brothers often pop up.

Which sister do you think you identify most with?

That’s hard, since I put different aspects of myself in each of them. For example, all four of them chose career paths that interest me. Toni complains about exercising as much as I do. I feel the same sense of responsibility that Franki does. Jo hates invasion of privacy as much as me, maybe more. Maybe I’ll choose Donni because she loves to cook and bake. Really, it’s hard to choose.

Will the sisters and the brotherhood be making any appearances in any of your upcoming novels?

Like I mentioned above, I have a spinoff series called the Nightforce Security series. It features Danny Caruso, a secondary character in the Medici Protectorate series. Every now and then, the Brothers make a cameo. Even the sisters have. Book one, Hideaway by Keira Beck, is already released, and book two, Gamble, will be out soon. Three is already done, four is halfway finished, and five through eight are outlined. So we haven’t seen the last of the Medici gang.

What sort of research did you do to write this book series?

I did extensive research on alchemy, mythical properties/powers of stones and colors, the Medici family, and the Renaissance. Most of my research revolved around things in the distant past, but the series is actually set in the present. I also poured over maps of Italy and descriptions of certain cities/regions. Too bad I couldn’t go there in person and see the sights first-hand!

What was the most difficult part about writing this book and this series?

I think the hardest part was the learning curve. While Bleeding Heart wasn’t the first book I had published, it was the first I’d written. There was a lot I didn’t know then. When I reread the books in order, I can see my craft improving. Book four, Tortured Soul, is my strongest work. My editor actually said it was the cleanest manuscript he’d ever worked on. He also said the ending had him misty-eyed. I take his comments as a sign that I have learned a lot and am releasing a really good book.

What’s the worst job you had before becoming a full-time writer?

My worst jobs were my part-time jobs while I was in college. Tedious, but necessary. (At one—a hostess at Bob Evans—I only lasted six days before quitting. Those horror stories are for another time, though.)

After I graduated, I was a full-time writer, although it was corporate work instead of creative. Then I became a freelance writer, a college professor, and an editor. Each of these had specific challenges, but none of them made me hate the jobs.


Protection is safety. Until it stifles.

After months of clandestine battles, the Brothers of the Medici Protectorate finally know who is responsible for the assassination attempts on the Notaro family, the secret descendants of the Medici line. And they’ve never faced such a formidable foe.

Roberto Cozza–Coz–faces this new reality with surprising pragmatism. His powers may make the difference in winning their covert war–if only he can master them in time. It would just be so much easier if he could get his emotions under control, but neither his Brothers nor their charges are making things easy on him.

Toni Notaro appreciates the security provided by the Brothers, but she knows she has her own role to play–and it terrifies her. She is the missing link in Coz mastering his emerging abilities, yet she struggles to bridge the gap between what he needs and what she can offer.

As the Brotherhood hurtles inexorably toward the climactic final showdown, Coz and Toni must find the strength within themselves and each other to master the secrets of his powers, or risk death and defeat for all they hold dear.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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