Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #Medical #Thriller – Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Book 1) by Staci Troilo

We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

I hope you will participate in this series.. there are currently 130 authors on the shelves with reviews within the last six months and you can check your entry at this linkCafe and Bookstore

Today Staci Troilo shares an excerpt from her medical thriller Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Book 1)


About the book

Blood defines family. Blood reveals betrayal.

Dr. Royce Keller is no stranger to blood. As Chief of Emergency Medicine at Oakland Regional Hospital, it’s his job, his calling. To Royce, it is the very essence of life—what ties his family, his career, and his world together. Until he learns everything he believes is wrong.

Vanessa Keller has a secret she has kept hidden for almost two decades. It’s her burden, her cross to bear. To Vanessa, the truth is a choice—something best forgotten for the greater good of her family and their future. Until the day it comes back to haunt her.

A tale of family dysfunction, betrayal, heroism, and loss, Type and Cross is the story of one family’s journey from devastation to redemption.

An excerpt from Chapter Two of Type and Cross, Book One of the Cathedral Lake Series

Vanessa was in her element—planning a blood drive and hospital fundraiser—when the doorbell rang. She kept working, but when she heard a second chime, Vanessa sighed and took off her reading glasses. “Lydia!”

No answer, other than a third ring of the bell. Apparently her housekeeper had no intention of answering the door. Or doing anything Vanessa wanted her to do. She saved her document then walked to the door. “May I help—Oh. It’s you. What do you want?”

Ben Lyndon stood there, eyes hidden behind mirrored shades, dark curly hair wind-mussed from the ride over. “Is that any way to greet an old friend?”

“I’ll give you the ‘old’ part, especially if you think mirrored lenses are in fashion. ‘Friend’ is a bit of a stretch.”

“Ouch.” He placed a hand on his heard like she’d wounded him, took off his sunglasses, and stepped inside.

“I didn’t invite you in.”

“I’m not staying.”

“Shouldn’t you be at work?”

“I was at work. Stanford’s assistant called. Said he wanted me to come get you.”

“For what?”

“Do I look like Fox News? She said to bring you straight to his office. He and Royce are in a meeting.”

“Is this about Royce’s promotion? Why didn’t she just call me herself?”

“Look, Ness.” He pinned her against the wall, his hands next to her head, his body way to close to hers. “I had to cancel a full docket of patients to do this. I’m sorry if the timing isn’t good for you, but I’m here now, so clear your schedule.”

Lydia walked into the foyer and cleared her throat. She stood there, bucket in one hand and rags in the other.

Ben turned to look at her but didn’t move away from Vanessa. “You need something, sweetheart?”

“Not from you. I just need to see Dr. Keller this evening.” She hurried away, a smile on her lips. Her brown hair, pulled into a loop, bounced as she retreated, and her hips swayed dangerously hard with each step.

And Vanessa thought she only worked it around Royce. Apparently any warm male would suffice.

“Lydia.” Vanessa scrambled to get out from between Ben’s arms. “Lydia!”

But the housekeeper kept going, humming on her way up the stairs.

“Damn it, Ben. I have enough problems with her without you adding to them.”

“Trouble in paradise?”

“Just fix this.”

“I didn’t do anything.”

“You’re always doing something.”

He shot her a wolfish grin as he looked her up and down. “Are you ready?”

“For what?”

His jaw ticked as he glared down at her. “Get your damn purse or whatever it is you need, Ness. Because in five seconds, if you haven’t walked out that door willingly, I’m carrying you out.”

©Staci Troilo
One of the five star reviews for the book

tpolen5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, Flawed Characters  Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017

As a fan of medical shows and thrillers, the beginning of this book especially piqued my curiousity – but I’m not giving away spoilers. By the time that mystery was solved, these characters had me completely caught up in their family dynamics and secrets.

At times with each character, I alternated between being on their side, then wanting to throttle them on the next page. The author did an exceptional job of creating realistic, flawed characters, and Royce and Vanessa’s range of emotions after tragically losing their daughter are heartbreaking and genuine. Once the secrets are uncovered, I appreciated the fact that Royce and Vanessa’s troubled marriage didn’t undergo a quick fix with a fairy tale resolution.

This story wonderfully portrays that things aren’t always what they seem on the surface and some secrets can have residual effects for years to come. Highly recommend for fans of suspenseful family drama.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A small selection of books written by Staci Troilo

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Cross: Goodreads – Blog: Staci Troilo WordPress – Website: Staci TroiloTwitter@stacitroilo –

About Staci Troilo

Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and she worked in corporate communications until she had her children. When they had grown, she went on to become a writing professor, and now she is a freelance writer and editor.

Staci is a multi-genre author. Her fiction is character-driven, and despite their protests, she loves to put them in all kinds of compromising or dangerous situations.

You can find out more about her on her website. Staci Troilo

Thank you for visiting today and I know that Staci would love to hear from you.. thanks Sally.

How to participate in this series

In this latest series I am offering authors in the Cafe and Bookstore a chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book. Please check the link if it has been some time since you were promoted in the Cafe.

The aim of the series

  1. To showcase a previous book and sell some copies.
  2. Gain more recent reviews for the book.
  3. Promote a selection of other books that are available.
  4. Share an excerpt from the first book in a series to encourage readers to buy following books.

I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media. I will also select a review that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.

  • This series is open to authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have more than one book (as this already gets promoted on a regular basis) and have reviews for that book I can select from. Cafe and Bookstore
  • I suggest an extract of 500 words or a poem that you feel best reflects the theme of your collection. This is a PG rated blog and there are younger readers so it would be great if you could bear that in mind.
  • If you have an illustration or images you can attach to the email for me to include. No need to send the cover as I will have that or will access from Amazon.
  • I will check reviews on Amazon sites as well as Goodreads and select one I feel is a great advertisement for the book.
  • As an author in the Cafe and Bookstore I will already have all your details, links and covers of other books so need to send anything further.
  • Please send your excerpt and any accompanying images to

N.B..If you participated last year in the two series and would like to check which book you shared, please email and I will let you know.

Look forward to hearing from you.



80 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #Medical #Thriller – Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Book 1) by Staci Troilo

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  2. Thank you, Sally, for showcasing Staci today. She’s a wonderful writer, and now I’m looking forward to reading Type and Cross. I just picked up my copy. 😊

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  3. Ooooh, I love that excerpt, Staci, and definitely need to read this one. (I also need a clone or six to help me whittle down my TBR stack, but that’s another story.) Paused my comment long enough to grab this from Amazon, and am looking forward to delving into it soon. Great post, Sally, and glad to be reminded of this one, Staci! Way to go! 🙂

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  4. I’ve been so absorbed in Staci’s Astral Conspiracy series that I didn’t even realize she had all these other books under a different name. I enjoy medical thrillers and this one sounds good. Great review. Thanks for sharing, Staci and Sally. 🙂

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  5. Great excerpt, Staci – that dialogue positively zings along the page and now I’m going to have to stretch to balance another book on top of my TBR pile!

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