Today I’m excited to welcome Staci Troilo with her new release, Tortured Soul, the final book of her Medici Protectorate series. I haven’t gotten to this series yet (I’m currently reading the last book in her Cathedral Lake series), but the excerpts I’ve seen this week are making me anxious to get started!
Hi, Teri. Thanks for inviting me here today to discuss Tortured Soul, the fourth and final book in the Medici Protectorate series.
With the Halloween season right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to discuss all things supernatural. This series is best classified as a steamy romantic thriller with paranormal elements.
The guys have magic powers. It’s not the most important part of the novel, but it is crucial. And how did these powers come about?
Alchemy always interested me because it’s part fiction and part fact (which is kind of how I write). It was actually a precursor to modern chemistry, but the practitioners were less concerned with converting moles to grams and more interested in converting lead to gold. The transmutation of metals was of paramount importance to alchemists, as was the pursuit of immortality. Some say there was something that could do both—the illusive philosopher’s stone. (Bet that sounds familiar to many of you.)
In my series, alchemical rituals were performed by Michelangelo, who both mastered metal transmutation and conquered death. He used his alchemical abilities (including vast knowledge of the properties of stone and the mystical properties of colors) in addition to his sculptural talents to create a collection of marble daggers. Wielders of these weapons were imbued with great powers that corresponded to the color of the stone.
This series took a great amount of research to lend an air of authenticity to the stones and colors and rituals. Not that I minded; it was fun.
Gianni wields the red dagger. His powers are summed up by the words passion, blood, vengeance.
Vinnie wields the white dagger. His powers are summed up by the words purity, clarity, beginnings.
Nico wields the green dagger. His powers are summed up by the words life, balance, transformation.
Coz wields the black dagger. His powers are summed up by the words resilience, protection, potential.
Then there was the dagger wielded by the leader of the group. It was a gold dagger. Michelangelo was the only one who ever knew the three governing words associated with it.
After all, words have power. And he wasn’t about to give anyone an edge over him (he was the first leader of the group).
I really enjoyed the research into stones, colors, elements, and powers. I hope that comes through in the work.
Can you imagine having in your possession something that could extend your life, provide you with unlimited riches, and summon and control the elements themselves? I don’t know many people who could be trusted with such power.
Thank God such a thing is fiction.
Or is it?
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.
Author Bio and Links:
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.