Cover Reveal ~ Unclear Purposes

Two weeks ago, I wrote how a song inspired the opening scene of my upcoming release, Unclear Purposes, the third and final book of the Driscoll Lake Series. The expected release date is May 28 with AIW Press. Today, I’m excited to bring you the cover reveal. If you're familiar with the other books of... Continue Reading →

Book Sale ~ Unseen Motives

Hello readers! It’s hard to believe four years have passed since I typed the last words of my first full-length novel,  Unseen Motives. Even longer since the time I first conceived the idea, but on April 30, 2015, I finished the first draft of final scene. What began as a planed stand-alone novel turned into... Continue Reading →

With a Little Help From My Friends

Okay, last week it was an Eagles' song. This week, I turn to the Beatles for the title inspiration. I promise I don't have a musical theme going here, but it seemed appropriate for what I'm about to ask. The first draft of Unclear Purposes is complete. I sent the final chapters to my critique... Continue Reading →

Lyin’ Eyes

Sometimes the inspiration for stories come in the oddest ways. I often use real-life events in my books—either personal experiences or things I’ve read. I change the situation enough so as not to be recognizable. It’s been a long time in coming (much longer than I expected), but the first draft of Unclear Purposes, the... Continue Reading →

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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