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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 –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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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.

You can purchase Password by clicking the universal purchase link below.

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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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On Tour for Paranormal Attractions with Stacy Eaton

On June 20, Paranormal Attractions, including Romance Under Wraps will be released.

PNR Box SetRomance Under Wraps Final 4.14.16

Today, Stacy Eaton will feature an excerpt from my book on her blog.

Are you a fan of the paranormal?
Mummies, gargoyles, spirits, ghosts, and vampires are featured in this boxed set.

Things that go bump in the night, have you looking over your shoulder, and give you goosebumps. You’ll find all of this and more in this anthology.

Did I mention this boxed set was is also a romance?

Stacy, thanks for hosting me today.
Friends, I hope you’ll stop by.

New Pittsburgh Novel Bleeding Heart

Staci Head ShotToday’s post is a bit different. I am interviewing fellow author, blogger and my sister, Staci Troilo. I’ve been following Staci’s writing journey since she started.

I’m excited to have my sister as my guest today sharing her journey as an author, and information about her upcoming book, Bleeding Heart, being released on August 11.  You can pre-order at Amazon or iBooks. Please welcome Staci Troilo!

Welcome Staci
I’m so happy to be here today to talk to your friends, Michele. Thanks for inviting me.

bleeding heartWhat gave you the idea for Bleeding Heart?
This story holds a special place in my heart because the initial seeds of it are rooted in my ancestry. No, I’m not a descendant of the Medici. However, my grandfather always told us the story of his father’s birth—he was the illegitimate son of a duke. That got me thinking about the famous royal lines of Italy, and what would happen if an heir appeared. A discussion with my children—who were learning weapons in their TKD black belt classes at the time—soon had me incorporating a supernatural warrior element into the mix. Now, every time I think about the roots of this saga, I think of both my grandfather and my children. I love that those two generations came together to help me make this work, particularly given my kids never had the pleasure of meeting my grandfather.

What is your favorite part of this story?
Ooh, that’s difficult to answer. I think I’ll tell you who my favorite character is, instead. The grandmother of the heroine is my favorite. In some respects, I modeled her after my own grandmother. Not only is this character an amazing woman, the person who inspired her is amazing, too. Beta readers have asked for even more of her, so I guess my nonna—whether fictionalized or in person—is someone everyone loves. I know I simply adore her.

I understand this story takes place in Pittsburgh, near your hometown. What makes this setting so special? I haven’t been blessed to live in Western Pennsylvania since January 2000. But I take it with me, everywhere I go. I decided that it was time I write a story that paid homage to my roots. While I made up many of the businesses and locations, I stayed true to the city, its suburbs, and the character of the area. Hopefully people reading this will come to love the area as much as I do.

If you could be any character in Bleeding Heart, which one would you be, and why?
I think it’s too easy to pick a lead character—we’re supposed to adore them. (At least, by the end we should.) And I already sent some love to the grandmother in this piece. So I’m going to choose Mike. He has a wealth of knowledge and power, and he’s harboring a secret. Many secrets, actually. I think it would be fascinating to be him. At least for a day or two. I’m not sure I’d want all the burdens he carries! But experiencing that power… that would be kind of cool.

What has been the most challenging part of this publishing process?
Every phase of writing and publishing has its pros and cons. Most recently, I’d have to say just being patient and waiting for the book to go live. But even since the inception of the series, there have been hurdles. Writing isn’t for impatient people, and it isn’t for sensitive people. (Sadly, I’m a bit on the impatient side. But I have learned not to take critiques personally, so that’s a plus.) You need a thick skin and the ability to wait without going crazy.

I heard that you are working on a couple of sequels. Would you tell us about them? Bleeding Heart Kiss Properly Teaser
The Medici Protectorate Series will be a four volume set, with the possibility of a few additional pieces. I’ve already completed the first draft of Mind Control, book 2 of the series. The other two novels, Body Armor and Tortured Soul, are outlined. These novels follow the other sisters and warriors, and while each is a standalone novel, the overall saga storyline will conclude at the end of book four. (There may be a short story or a novella or two, focusing on some of the secondary characters, and my publisher wants me to do a corresponding cookbook, but I haven’t done any work on these pieces yet.) I’m also writing the sequels to Type and Cross, the first book of the Cathedral Lake Series. The second installment, Out and About, is roughly half done, and the third book of the series, Pride and Fall, has already been outlined. So I have a lot to keep me busy.

How did you get into writing?
It’s so cliché, but I’ve been writing since I could actually form letters on the page. And before that, I just told stories to anyone who would listen (which was usually my mother or my toys). When I went to college, I tried a few different majors, because everyone said I couldn’t make a living writing. But I finally switched my major to writing. And guess what? You can make a living writing. I have. I’ve worked in advertising, development, corporate communications, technical writing departments, and marketing, and I’ve taught writing in college. Most recently, I’ve been writing and editing fiction. There are plenty of jobs out there for writers. You just need a passion for the vocation.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write. I know, that isn’t very helpful. But it’s the best I can tell you. Write anything and everything you want, and write often. Consistently. Frequently. Practice makes perfect, so practice. Hone your skills until they are violently sharp. Solicit feedback, listen to the comments, and revise. Then write some more. People will tell you to build your platform and work on your marketing, and it’s true—fiction writers have to do those things. But your best sales tool is a big backlist—a big well-written backlist—and you won’t get one if you don’t write.

Bio:
Staci Troilo grew up knowing family is paramount. She spent time with extended family daily, not just on holidays or weekends. Because of those close knit familial bonds, every day was full of love and laughter, food and fun. Life has taken her one thousand miles away from that extended family, but those ties remain. And so do the traditions, which she now shares with her husband, son, and daughter… even her two dogs. And through her fiction, she shares the importance of relationships with you. Mystery or suspense, romance or mainstream—in her stories, family is paramount.

You can connect with Staci by clicking the links below

Blog: http://stacitroilo.com
Facebook: http:/www.facebook.com/authorstacitroilo
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Staci Troilo’s Novel Idea: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stacitroilosnovelidea/