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Valuable TreasuresI’m a little late but very happy to announce the publication of a Medici Protectorate standalone prequel short story, available in the Fall 2016 edition of the western magazine, Saddlebag Dispatches.

Fans of the Medici Protectorate series understand that, while much of the lore is based in Italian history, the novels take place in the present. But this family has roots back hundreds of years, back to the famous Medici line.

“Valuable Treasures” is separate from the contemporary romances, but it is related. Readers will recognize the family, the mirror, the Brotherhood, and if they’re careful, they’ll pick up on a HUGE Easter egg. It will give them something to look forward to in the coming novels.

Here’s a description of “Valuable Treasures.”

Life in the Colorado mountains isn’t easy for immigrants Anita and Ottavio Notaro, particularly when they’re isolated on a hillside and barely speak the language.

Anita is carrying their first child, and Tav works many long, hard hours away from home. This isn’t the American dream they were promised; this is a brutal life on the frontier.

Tav has been saving money to make their lives easier, and he stumbles on a windfall. The only problem is, he isn’t the only one who knows about it. Trouble befalls these two humble Italians, threatening their livelihoods—and their lives.

A strange posse made up of fellow countrymen ride to their rescue. But will they get there in time?

I hope fans of the Medici Protectorate series enjoy western stories. If you do, you can get “Valuable Treasures” and the rest of the Fall 2016 Saddlebag Dispatches by clicking here.