Valuable Treasures

This is an EXCELLENT introduction to a fantastic contemporary series that combines elements of the supernatural, romance and history. Step back in time with this short novella by Staci Troilo to glimpse the foundation of her Medici Protectorate series.

And while you’re there, I’d really love to know your thoughts about westerns. 🙂

Staci Troilo

Valuable TreasuresWhen I was young, my father and both my grandfathers loved to watch westerns, particularly on the weekends. I was subjected to the genre more than I care to remember.

Now I think back to those days fondly, but I still have no real love for the genre. Which is why I swore I’d never write westerns.

Funny that I’ve written four western shorts now, two of which have been published. You can find my short story, “Warrior of Blanca Peak” in the Unshod anthology. It’s a contemporary western romance, but that’s not what I want to discuss today.

Book three of the Medici Protectorate series, Body Armor, is set to release in August. To ramp up interest in the series, my publisher has released this short western prequel, Valuable Treasures, before the novel’s release.

I never thought I’d write one western, let alone four, but I…

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  1. I’d forgotten how many Westerns our family used to watch on TV and at the movies. Lots of them. Gunsmoke was my dad’s favorite. I watched a lot of cowboys, but I didn’t read about many of them. I did like BETTY ZANE by Zane Grey, though. The best westerns, for me, were the ones that concentrated on strong characters. I’ve read that STAR WARS is just a modern version of a Western, and I can see that.

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    • My family used to watch a lot of westerns too, Judi, especially Bonzana and Gunsmoke. Of course, back in the 50’s/60’s westerns pretty much ruled TV.

      Excellent point about Star Wars. I can see that as well. I used to think (and still do) that the gunslingers of the old west were an equivalent to the knights of medieval times, complete with good and bad ones!

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  2. ‘Spose my upcoming book COULD be thought of as a Western. Maybe more, Weird Western, in that there are supernatural, fantasy and biblical elements. That said, writing about gunslingers, horses and spittoons has been immense fun!

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    • “When the mood strikes…” that’s a good way to describe my love of westerns too, Flossie. Sometimes I can’t get enough of them and then other times I can go for a while without be engrossed in one. Either way, they hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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