New Pen Name and New Cover

Friend and fellow author Staci Troilo has a new book (and a new pen name) coming soon. Look for The Gate by D. L. Cross coming next month!

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! Life’s been busy, and it just got CRAZY. My publisher moved the release date of my new book from October to May 7. May 7! That’s less than a month away! I’ve got so much pre-release work to do. Starting with a cover release. So… ta-da!

It’s it stunning? I’m so excited about it.

Let me back up a step. First, you’ll notice it does NOT say “Staci Troilo” on the cover. We’ve talked about this before, here and there or in passing. I’m writing under a pen name (D. L. Cross) for this series. We can talk more about that later, though.

Second, you’ll note an alien ship on the cover. Aliens, as in sci-fi. It’s not a genre people associate with the name Staci Troilo, which is one of the reasons I’m writing under a pen name. If you’re interested in science fiction and aliens, this…

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Bonus Friday: Favorite Book

Maybe we’re a glutton for punishing ourselves, but today at Story Empire each of us picked our favorite work. Not an easy thing to do. Stop by and see which of our own books we selected.

Story Empire

Hey, SEers! This is one of those months with five Fridays in it. That means today is a group post.

The theme for today is Favorite Book Written and WhyWe’re each going to tell you our personal favorite. We encourage you to share yours in the comments.


Tortured Soul by Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! Staci here. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I chose Tortured Soul. It’s the fourth and final book in the Medici Protectorate Series.

I won’t swear it’s my favorite, but it’s up there. And here’s why.

  • The writing is a lot stronger than at the beginning of the series.
  • It’s the culmination of a work inspired by my grandfather.
  • It’s a springboard to another series that I enjoy.
  • I love these characters.

You can read more about it here or purchase it here.


Hey SE Readers. Joan here.

So far, my favorite book to…

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A View of The Moon

Hey readers. I know I said I planned to blog more often, but life has been super busy of late I know. Life is ALWAYS busy. I’m reminded of a line from the Lord of the Rings, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us.” There’s a lot of... Continue Reading →

The Year That Wasn’t

To say that my New Year’s post is a little late would be an understatement. It’s already February, and I’ve yet to write a blog post this year (aside from having a guest, C. S. Boyack and a reblog of Mae Clair’s post about her latest release). I started a draft, or at least I... Continue Reading →

It’s Release Day! End of Day by Mae Clair #SupernaturalSuspense #Mystery #Thriller

Friend and fellow author Mae Clair has a brand new release! I promise you’ll love this one.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Today is the book birthday for End of Day, book 2 of my Hode’s Hill trilogy.  If you enjoyed book 1, Cusp of Night, you’ll find this one in the same vein. Once again, I’m visiting the small Pennsylvania town of Hode’s Hill, but with a plot whose tentacles reach back to the town’s founding. As in Cusp of Night, I’ve spun two mysteries—one in the the past (taking place in the year 1799) and one in the present. You get two separate mysteries that tie together at the end.

Book cover for End of Day, mystery/suspense novel by Mae Clair shows old dilapidated church with bell tower and a cemetery in the background overgrown with weedsThe past is never truly buried…  

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is…

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