Valuable Treasures

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 really like the ones I’ve written so far.

Valuable Treasures explores the difficulty Italians had when coming to our country. It’s a compelling introduction to the mythology surrounding the Medici Protectorate series.Β I set it in Colorado, which is where my grandmother’s family first settled. It seemed only fitting to me that she get represented somehow in the series, as the idea originally stemmed from my grandfather’s heritage. Now I feel I’ve paid both of them homage.

If you like romances, paranormals, westerns, or thrillers, you may enjoy this story. I hope you check it out.

So what about you? Do you like westerns? Do you think there’s a way to tie other genres inΒ to make them appeal to a wider audience? Let’s talk about it.

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45 thoughts on “Valuable Treasures

  1. Hi, Staci! I enjoy westerns when the mood strikes. I also think they have a lot to teach us as writers, particularly if we write action packed or adventurous stories as I tend to do. Best of luck on your new ones, and WTG for tackling westerns while you were at it.

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    • Thank you, Flossie. I think more people enjoy them than I once thought. I really need to give the genre another look. If I’m going to write one now and then, I should learn the intricacies of the genre.

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  3. A lovely post about Staci’s book. I am ambivalent about Westerns. If my family chose a Western I will watch it but I wouldn’t necessarily seek them out. My younger son loves Westerns as he loves anything to do with guns, fighting and men doing men things [smile].

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    • Boys will be boys, right? Although, when I was young, I played with toy guns and toy arrows when the boys in the neighborhood wanted to. It still didn’t make me like westerns, though. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting, Robbie (and/or Michael).

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    • Thank you, Julie. Bleeding Heart is a very special novel to me for various reasons, but if I’m being honest, I think the following books are even better. Please let me know what you think once you’ve cleared them through your TBR list. (Which, if it’s anything like mine, is probably pretty long, so no pressure!)

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  4. I shall have to add your series to my wishlist as I am a big fan of supernatural ‘weird westerns’ (my upcoming novel is in fact exactly this. I adore writing about gunslinging heroes and villains, hot choking dust and spurs hitting the boards as the villain wanders in through a set of swinging batwings. Kudos to you for getting so far in your own writing journey!

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  5. My dad and hubby are both big western fans – especially if John Wayne is involved, but I’ve never gotten into them. Really impressed that despite not liking westerns, you managed to write 4 shorts! The mention of thriller and paranormal with the western does sound intriguing, though.

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    • I think mixing in other genres really helped me write them. Maybe I’ll get around to publishing the other two someday. The mood will have to strike me before I work on them more, though.

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  6. I’m a fan of the old westerns, mostly John Wayne type heroes. It doesn’t get much better than The Cowboys πŸ™‚
    There are a few western authors I read, but I haven’t been brave enough to try writing one myself-yet!
    Congrats on your upcoming releases, Staci!

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    • Thank you, Jacquie.

      I admit, writing outside my comfort zone was tricky, but it was fun to stretch my creative muscles. My lastest break from the comfortable is writing a sci-fi piece for a time-travel anthology. But I’ll always go back to my wheelhouse for my novels.

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  7. I was a daddy’s girl and grew up watching westerns with him. Rawhide, Wanted:Dead or Alive, The Virginian, High Chapparel, Bonanza, Gunsmoke…loved them all and more and look for them on the classic channels. πŸ˜‰

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    • I think the only reason I watched them (instead of going out and playing with friends or just reading a book I found interesting) is because I was a daddy’s (and granddaddy’s) girl, too. Like I said, they bring back happy times, even if the genre itself doesn’t really appeal to me. I’m glad to hear you have such fond memories of your childhood.

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  8. I quite enjoy Clint Eastwood movies and some older war movies – but I do not enjoy attempting to write them. I’m too far removed and I don’t like to delve into those worlds in an exploratory fashion because it ends up feeling like a history lesson. That being said, reading them isn’t bad. Looking forward to reading Valuable Treasures, when the baby affords me some time. πŸ˜‰

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  9. Reblogged this on From the Pen of Mae Clair and commented:

    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. πŸ™‚

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  10. I’m with Joan on this one where we differ with you :).I love the Old West with its history, colorful characters and the challenges settlers and ranchers faced in the expansion of our country. I’ve read a lot of fictional novels but also a good deal of non-fiction about that time period. I have an entire western/romance trunk novel tucked away, plus numerous short stories.

    The old TV shows were far from PC but I loved Bonanza, Lancer, Custer, Zorro, Alias Smith and Jones, and the Rifleman. High Chaparral and The Virginian were good too, but I don’t remember as much about them. I’m a huge fan of John Wayne westerns, and liked a lot of Clint Eastwood movies too.

    I can read straight western tales (Louis L’Amour, William W. Johnston (on my read list)) but I think many women prefer their westerns peppered with romance. I’m fine with that too, although it’s not necessary. I also like the odd element (ghosts, monsters, folklore) tossed into the mix, but there are very few writers who do that. I think introducing a speculative element would open the genre to more readers.

    So, yes I do love westerns!! πŸ™‚

    And I was glad to see Valuable Treasures reach so far back in time. It is more of a frontier tale, as you said, but you captured that period well. I left you a review on Amazon and Goodreads week or so ago. I thought VT was extremely rich with detail and a great introduction to your Medici series!

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    • I don’t think I realized you left a review (or if I did, old-age memory issues made me forget). I just read it. Thank you so much. As always, your kind words humble me.

      No, I’m not much of a fan of the genre. And while I wasn’t crazy about the movies the men in my family are apparently addicted to, I did rather enjoy a few of the television shows. The Lone Ranger was okay, as was Zorro, but I really rather liked Wild, Wild West. (I think some of that was due to a crush I had on Robert Conrad, though. Don’t judge me!)

      Straight westerns just don’t really do that much for me. Of the four “westerns” I’ve written, three have some kind of paranormal element. Only one is plain ol’ fiction, and that’s the one I like the least. Who knows? Maybe I’ll do something with the two unpublished ones eventually.

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    • Oh, I forgot the Wild Wild West! I only remember that one a bit, but I seem to recall it being a LOT of fun. And Robert Conrad was a cutie in his day.

      I’m glad you liked the review of VT. It might have been me forgetting to mention it, LOL.

      And I have a suspicions those two unpublished westerns will find a home eventually.

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    • My mom and I actually walked out of the theater when we went to see WWW, an extremely rare happening when we went to the movies together, which was almost every weekend. That movie was awful, and I’m a Kevin Kline fan!

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    • Mae, I had forgotten about Alias Smith and Jones. I thought Pete Duel was so good looking. His death was tragic. Have you seen any movies with Scott Eastwood? He looks a lot like his father.

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    • I’ve seen photos of Scott and he does look like his dad, but I haven’t caught any of his movies yet.

      I think Peter Duel was my very first celebrity crush. It’s so devastating that he could’t get help.

      His brother, Jeffrey, played Billy the Kid in Chisum with John Wayne. He looked so much like Peter it was uncanny!

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  11. One area where we differ. I like western movies. (Some of them anyway, although many of those old ones were just bad acting.) I think Clint Eastwood may be responsible for my liking them with films like “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” I loved your story in Unshod and I’m sure I will equally enjoy this one.

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    • Thanks, Joan. (We can’t like EVERYTHING the other does, right?)

      Like my story in Unshod, this one is also not a “traditional” western. It’s more of a frontier tale, I’d say, but certainly fits the loosest definition of a western. Either way, it was fun to explore this family line a bit further back.

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