Are You Ready for Body Armor, Because It’s Finally Here!

It’s finally here – Staci Troilo’s new book in her Medici Protectorate series!

Staci Troilo

Body Armor coverWell, I think it’s about six months late, give or take a week or so, but at long last I can happily announce the release of Body Armor, book 3 of the Medici Protectorate series.

Many of you have asked when it was coming, and I’ve been vague in my answers because a litany of bizarre issues kept pushing the release back. But it’s finally here, at least in a limited capacity.

The eBook is available on Amazon, and more eBook carriers will be added soon. The paperback and hardcover versions are also on the way. I am sharing the Universal Purchase Link because other vendors will automatically be added to it as the title becomes available at other retailers.

Thank you for your patience in waiting for its release. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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The Authors Bookshelf – Teri Polen @TPolen6

I’m a little late reblogging this – out of town this past weekend. Book lover and indie author supporter Claire Ayres interviewed me for her feature, The Authors Bookshelf – jump over for a visit!

BrizzleLass Books

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Teri Polen, I’ve been speaking with Teri via our blogs for a while now, and her horror novel, Sarah has received some fantastic reviews from bloggers I highly regard.

I hope you enjoy peeking into her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I know there were plenty before, but the one I still remember is Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan.  It was my first ‘age appropriate’ horror novel – I think I was 8-years-old at the time.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang – I heard it’s an entertaining read about a dysfunctional family, which is something everyone can identify…

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New Release: A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair #KensingtonMystery #Mothman #RRBC #TuesdayBookBlog

Happy Release Day to Mae Clair! I’ve had this final book in The Point Pleasant Series pre-ordered for months – can’t wait to dive into it, but hate saying goodbye to these characters.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

I’m celebrating a book birthday today and hope you’ll join me! A Desolate Hour, the final novel in my Point Pleasant series, is finally available for purchase. I’m wrapping up all the plot threads begun in the first two novels, A Thousand Yesteryears and A Cold Tomorrow. Caden Flynn and all my regular characters are back, along with a few new ones. The Mothman, of course, is front and center.

When I set out to write the Point Pleasant series, I envisioned the mystery relating to the origins of the Mothman spanning all three books. But I also wanted each book to focus on an aspect of Point Pleasant folklore in addition to my favorite cryptid.

In book one, A Thousand Yesteryears, I shared the history of the Silver Bridge tragedy. Book two, A Cold Tomorrow, saw the introduction of UFOs and Men in Black. The final…

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Interview at Jessica Scott’s Blog #horror #YA

Author Jessica Scott is interviewing me today on her blog.  Sarah is the biweekly selection of the Indie Eden Book Club, run by Jessica. 

While you’re there, stick around and check out her books.  Jessica’s debut novel, Chase and Charlie, was published by Black Rose Writing on May 28, 2015, and her second novel, Portrait of a Sunset, was released on October 28, 2016.

You can find Jessica on social media at the following places:


Jessica also runs a book club on Facebook called Indie Eden, which is devoted to reading books by indie and self-published authors.

Indie Author Friday: K. Matt #IndieAuthor #GraphicNovels #fantasy #horror

It’s finally Friday!  Today’s guest is K. Matt with her collection of graphic novels blending urban fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, with a bit of humor and plenty of action – sounds perfect to me.  Aren’t these covers striking and vivid?

Dr. Spencer Abbot has been searching for the ideal anniversary gift for his wife. When he and his friend Travis meet a woman that claims she can help, they accept.  The pair are led to Visions Studios. But instead of the boudoirs photos they’d intended to get, they stumble upon something far more sinister: snuff films.  Before long, it’s up to Travis to resolve their situation, no matter what tries tog et in his way.
This first installment of the Hell Bent series blends urban fantasy, sci-fi, horror, a bit of humor, and plenty of action.
It’s been 5 months since the Visions Incident. 5 months since the Abbots/Malones had dealt with sadistic murderess Jesse Lynn Belle. Over this time, Travis and Spencer have been undergoing therapy, trying to cope with the trauma. But signs of Jesse’s presence begin cropping up. And it’s beginning to take a toll on Travis. It soon comes down to him, his aunt, and his friends to track her down, before it costs them the rest of their family. This second installment in a three-part story arc brings more action, new characters, and more of the city of Hell Bent.
Jesse Lynn Belle has not made contact with Travis and Spencer’s family in four months, and things couldn’t be better. The nightmares have been happening with less and less frequency, and Spencer is now a father. But then an evil they hoped never to encounter again turns up, and Travis soon finds himself taken from all he knows and loves. And it’s Jesse’s intent to utterly break the young half-monkey. What if she succeeds? And if she does, will his family and friends be able to fix him?


Sick of being the universe’s punching bag, Dr. Spencer Abbot begins to look into self-defense training. His search leads him to Slade McManus, a powerful mage who is more than willing to teach Spencer the ways of magic.  But there is something very off about this mage, and before he knows it, Spencer and Travis find themselves in trouble yet again.  Can they keep their lives from being ruined by McManus? 


Dr. Spencer Abbot: there was once a time that he was (mostly) at peace, living with his family. But for the past couple of months, he has had to hide from the law. As if that weren’t enough, he has started to experience nightmares and see ghosts of those he feels he has failed to save.  He and his support system know who is behind the sightings, but not where Slade McManus is.  Will things ever be okay again for the doctor? Or will Slade successfully drive him beyond the brink?


What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

Since before I was published, I had been told to think about word choice when alternating 1st person POVs. If the word choices are too similar, the characters sound too similar. I’ve taken that piece of advice to heart (I like to think).

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

One thing I’ve heard a few times is that my characters are probably my strongest point.

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

I don’t think I’d get along with Slade at all. He hates modern technology, has rather…antiquated views on women, and he’s just overall an arrogant jerk.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Aw, man…it’s hard to play favorites when it comes to cookies. I don’t think I’ve met a cookie I didn’t like (well…that one vegan one, but even then it wasn’t so much “dislike” as “I’m really not used to this…”). But I’ll probably go with Oreos. I’m not sure exactly why, but they’re the first that popped into my head.

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“I’m here to finish what my big bronze cousin started,” he says to me, an evil gleam in his penguin-y eyes. He’s carrying a large bronze flipper, looking to smack me over the back of the head. “Not again…” I groan as I grab my bullwhip to try and defend myself.

If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

Another hard one. I’m something of an animation freak, so there’d be so many choices… One that I’ve cosplayed as before, though, is Amethyst from Steven Universe. So, I’d probably go with her. I’ve already got a close-enough body type, and it’d be nice to not require sleep. Plus, I do like the color purple. Sure, there’d be drawbacks and whatnot, but …yep, I’d likely go with her. Also, I’d be less likely to accidentally hit myself with the bullwhip mentioned in my previous answer. It might still happen. But it’d be less likely.

Author Bio

K. Matt is a graduate of Philadelphia, PA’s University of the Arts. Her interests in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, and anime have inspired her to both write and illustrate her own work.

The books in the Hell Bent series are a combination of prose and graphic novels, and tend to be a mixture of (somewhat soft) sci-fi, urban fantasy, and horror. It is something of a pet project for her, a pet that she feeds with time, and that feeds on her sleep.

Social Media
Twitter: @MarieTwixie
Main Character’s Facebook:
Buy Links
Visions  Amazon
Retribution  Amazon
Destruction  Amazon
Deception  Amazon
Apparition  Amazon

Reviewing A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair

If you haven’t read Mae Clair’s Point Pleasant Series, you have a few weeks to start. This binge-worthy supernatural suspense series wraps up with the release of A Desolate Hour on July 18th. What are you waiting for?

Staci Troilo

Writers are an interesting bunch. If we consider ourselves as individual companies, then technically other writers would be our competition.

But we don’t think that way. We think of ourselves as a community, and as such, we share tips and tricks, and we support each other. One of the ways we do that is by showcasing each other’s works.

It’s with great pleasure that I’m showcasing A Desolate Hour today, book three of the Point Pleasant series by Mae Clair.

A Desolate HourBlurb

A story of mystery, suspense, and…
the Mothman

Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures 

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief…

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A Perfect 10 with Teri Polen

Swing by author and wonderful indie supporter Don Massenzio’s blog – today he’s interviewing me for his Perfect 10 series.

Author Don Massenzio

Today we sit down with author and blogger Teri Polen. She is going to tell us a bit about her work and inspiration.

Please enjoy her responses to these 10 questions and check out her work in this edition of A Perfect 10.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. Flory, Steve Boseley, Kayla Matt, Mae Clair, Jill Sammut, Deanna Kahler, Dawn Reno Langley, John Howell, Elaine Cougler, Jan Sikes, Nancy Bell, Nick Davis, Kathleen Lopez, Susan Thatcher, Charles Yallowitz, Armand Rosamilia, Tracey Pagana, Anna Dobritt, Karen Oberlaender, Deby Fredericks

Also, if you are an author and you want to be part of this feature, I still have a few slots open for 2017. You can email me at

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