Astral Conspiracy Series by @StaciTroilo (a.k.a D. L. Cross) #Series #NewBook #mustread #wannaread

Hi everyone! Today, it gives me tremendous pleasure to host fantastic author and friend, Staci Troilo. She has the most readable and wonderful new sci-fi series out now, and it has me hooked. Staci writes the Astral Conspiracy series as D. L. Cross, and it’s not to be missed. Okay, I’ll stop raving now and will let Staci tell you all about the fab books >>>

Ciao, Harmony. Thanks so much for inviting me to visit again today. It’s nice to be back. And bidding all your readers a good day, as well.

{It’s so great to have you over to visit today, Staci 🙂 }

I’m here today to talk about my Astral Conspiracy series. It’s technically science fiction, as it’s part of the acclaimed Platt and Truant Invasion Universe, but my saga is as much thriller as it is sci-fi, so I thought I’d have a little fun with my marketing and include pages from the top-secret government files on my main characters. Today, I’m sharing info on Christopher Tian.


Name: Christopher (Chris) Tian

Occupation: Along with his father, in charge of Tian Global Enterprises (TGE), an international conglomerate, as well as having an interest in many other corporations

Of Note: Member of one of the “Nine” (a secret cabal of nine families who are the masterminds behind any transaction of note, nationally or internationally)

TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW BETWEEN AUTHOR (Staci Troilo a.k.a. D.L. Cross) AND CHARACTER (Chris Tian) ON ASTRAL DAY (the day the world is alerted to the approach of alien ships) via video conference.

(Video is eyes-only, file #10171997-V, director’s approval required.)

Subject photo available, file #10171997-G

Staci: Mr. Tian. It’s a pleasure to talk to you today.

Chris: I only have a few minutes. How can I help you?

Staci: Well, I’m given to understand that you knew about the impending invasion before the Astral app went off. Is that true?

Chris: Why do you ask?

Staci: Well, if it is true, I’m curious how you came by that information and why you didn’t share it sooner.

Chris: And if it’s not true?

Staci: Then I guess I’d like to know why people think you have access to intel the rest of us don’t.

Chris: People are always curious about public figures, particularly the ones they consider enigmas.

Staci: I don’t even know if it’s fair to call you a public figure, you stay so far out of the limelight. Maybe it’s not so farfetched to say you operate from the shadows.

Chris: And who says that?

Staci: Mr. Tian, I’m the one who’s supposed to be asking the questions.

Chris: And you have been.

Staci: But you aren’t answering them.

Chris: Of course I am. You just haven’t asked the questions you really wanted answered.

Staci: I don’t think that’s exactly the case, but—

Chris: Are you calling me a liar?

Staci: Of course not. And I apologize if you misconstrued my meaning.

Chris: Mmm-hmm.

Staci: (takes a deep breath) All right, Mr. Tian. I’ll ask you plainly, and hope you’ll answer just as earnestly. What do you know about the aliens that hasn’t been released to the public?

Chris: (looking at his watch) And we’re out of time. Have a good day.

Staci: But you still haven’t answered my ques— (sighs as Tian’s screen goes dark)

Chris makes his presence known in the first two books, but he doesn’t make his official debut in the Astral Conspiracy series until book three, The Nine. You can read a brief synopsis of all five books below, and each one has links to its product page and a purchase link.

The Gate: When the hypotheses of disgraced ancient alien theorist Landon Thorne prove to be true, he travels across the globe in search of a way to communicate with—and perhaps stop—the approaching alien armada. Full Blurb | Purchase Link

The Stones: The invasion couldn’t be prevented, but there is a chance the Astrals can be driven away… if Landon Thorne can reach the Georgia Guidestones, unearth its secrets, and decode the mystery before the aliens stop him. Full Blurb | Purchase Link

The Nine: Landon Thorne and his team of resistance fighters seek a cipher to decode the message accompanying a cache of alien artifacts they’ve unearthed, but the government, a clandestine cabal, and the Astrals themselves stand in their way and might not only put an end to their plans—they might put an end to their lives. Full Blurb | Purchase Link

The Twins: When all factions converge for a human-versus-alien showdown, resistance fighter Reverie Sterling gets help from the least likely source. But even then, it may be too late for everyone she loves to make it out alive. Full Blurb | Purchase Link

The Lab: In the final showdown between Earthlings and Astrals, twins Asha and Vonn insist their long-lost grandfather has a plan to save humanity. It’s a long-shot, but the resistance takes it—and no one is prepared for the consequences. Full Blurb | Purchase Link

About Staci Troilo/D.L. Cross

D.L. Cross has loved science fiction ever since she was a young girl and fell for Major Don West on television’s Lost in Space. To this day, she still quotes the show, though her favorite lines were spoken by the robot and the antagonist. Parallel universes or alternate realities, aliens or dinosaurs, superpowers or super viruses, time travel or AI… no sci-fi theme is off limits and all of them fascinate her. D.L. Cross also writes other genre fiction under the name Staci Troilo, and you can find more information about all her identities and all her work at her website:

Connect online: Website | Blog | Troilo Amazon |

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Troilo Goodreads | Cross Goodreads | Social Media


I just wanted to thank you, Harmony, and your readers. This post was as fun to write as the stories were, and I appreciate you all taking the time to read it. Grazie!

I wish Staci all the best with this series and can’t wait to see what she writes next! See below for a review of mine from July last year for the first book in the series: The Gate >>>          





Having read other books by this author (Staci Troilo/D L Cross), I grabbed my copy of The Gate as soon as it went on pre-order, and I haven’t been disappointed. What a fantastic fast-paced read. We meet Landon Thorne, long ridiculed for his outlandish beliefs. Then we meet the agents of AATIP, who pull us into a world of betrayal, back-stabbing, ambition, lies, and intrigue. Meanwhile, an Astral App has alerted everyone on Earth that Aliens are coming. All of a sudden, Landon Thorne is the man everyone wants. And while he’s happy his beliefs and life’s work have, finally, been recognised and vindicated, he’s less than thrilled at the mess and complications he gets pulled into. While the author has obviously done lots of research for this book, she doesn’t bore the reader with it, but uses it to enhance an already gripping tale of Aliens, conspiracies, government secrets, and betrayals. While this first episode in the series does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, it also rounds off many of the preceding threads nicely and leaves you wanting more. I’m eagerly awaiting the second book in the Invasion Universe (Astral Conspiracy) series. If you’re a fan of ancient-alien theories, thrown together with modern conspiracy theories and plenty of action, suspense, and intrigue, then you’re bound to love this book. I can’t recommend this first book in the series highly enough. It gets a solid 5 stars from me. Go out and buy it now.

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Diana Peach

Great post, Staci. Chris isn’t very good at answering questions, is he? I look forward to watching his powerful man in action and seeing what’s behind his evasiveness. Great interview that left me wanting more. Thanks for sharing, Harmony. 😀

Staci Troilo

He’s really much more used to asking questions than answering them. You’ll see that as you go along, though. Thanks, Diana.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Well, Chris certainly isn’t an easy chap to interview. Thanks for hosting Staci, Harmony.

Not much about Chris is easy, Robbie. I still kind of love him, though. Thanks.


A wonderful feature, Harmony! Thank you for sharing, and have a beautiful week! Michael

Staci Troilo

Thanks, Michael!

Jan Sikes

Mr Tian is quite the elusive one, now isn’t he? 🙂 Another great post for this series, Staci. Thank you for hosting, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

I can think of only one character who gives away less information than he does, Jan. Thanks for following along!

Jacquie Biggar

Tian’s a real friendly type guy, isn’t he? 🙂 Enjoying these posts, Staci. The mini-trailer above is cool!
Wonderful interview, Harmony. This series is changing my belief in aliens!

Staci Troilo

He’s so emotive and willing to share. I love that about him. lol

Harmony blew me away with that. It was such a wonderful surprise!

Thanks, Jacquie.

Teri Polen

Sounds like this guy’s hiding tons of stuff. I’m already suspicious, but interested to meet him.

Staci Troilo

He definitely doesn’t show his cards, Teri. And despite some rather large and obvious personality issues, I did like him. He was fun to write. Talk about someone who feels the weight of the world on his shoulders. Thanks for following the tour here today.

Judi Lynn

LOL. This is so like Chris Tian in your books. Never a straight answer, but I’m growing to like him–reluctantly. Not so much when he tested the new weapons. I hope he and Tasha get together at the end of the series, but your books are full of surprises:) And his time is always precious. Great character interview.

Staci Troilo

I tried to make sure everyone stayed true to character in their interviews. They were a lot of fun to write. And he doesn’t give straight answers, that’s for sure. Thanks for following along on the tour, Judi.

Marcia Meara

This is my very favorite of these fun interviews, Staci! I laughed all the way through it. 😀 (And happily, I knew you were over here today, so I found it even after losing the contents of my Inbox this morning.) I’m just about ready to begin my binge read of this whole series, and can’t wait! Thanks for giving me one more reason to want to get to it! 🙂 Great post, Harmony and Staci! Sharing! 🙂

Staci Troilo

So sorry about your inbox, Marcia. But I’m glad you remembered I was here. And I’m glad you enjoyed the interview!

Mae Clair

And why does it not surprise me that Chris was so evasive in that interview? The man is definitely an intriguing character. Just one of many in this series.

I’ve read all five books and like any outstanding series, am currently mourning the fact I have no others to devour. For those who haven’t read these yet, WHAT A TREAT!

Huge congrats to Staci and excellent job hosting, Harmz!

Staci Troilo

Chris was the quintessential Chris in this interview—he turned things to his benefit.

I’m so glad you enjoyed the series. Sorry you’re sad it’s over. I’m always happy to talk behind the scenes with you. There’s a lot that hit the “cutting room floor” and readers always have questions and theories. Truth be told, there were a few characters I was sad to say goodbye to, as well. And a few I couldn’t run from fast enough. lol

Thanks, Mae.

CS Boyack

Chris was kind of unhelpful. Loved the post, and loving this series. Nice to see Staci out on the trail.

Staci Troilo

Chris is never helpful. Chris is the kind of guy that expects people to help him, not the other way around. I have a few of those in this series.

Thanks, Craig.

Gwen M Plano

What a wonderful post, Harmony! I love how you animated the cover. Fantastic! A big congratulations to Staci for another great interview and showcase. I am captivated! 😊

Staci Troilo

Thanks, Gwen. And isn’t that animation awesome?

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Staci Troilo

Thank you so much for welcoming “D.L. Cross” here today, Harmony. You always roll out the red carpet for me and make me feel so at home. And that animation on the cover is amazing. It just blew me away. I can’t tell you how grateful I am… words fail me.

Staci Troilo

I was very surprised. In the best possible way.

Yvette M Calleiro

These series sounds great! It gives me a Dan Brown vibe on thrilling suspense. I will definitely take a look at it. 🙂

Joan Hall

This is a fantastic series. I read the first book last year and have devoured the other four as they were released. Staci did an amazing job. All rate five stars for me!

Staci Troilo

Thanks so much, Joan. That means the world to me.

Sarah Stuart

5 stars from Harmony gets any book on my TBR list.

Staci Troilo

She’s a tough critic, for sure, so you can imagine how pleased I am to see I scored five stars from her! Thank you, Sarah.

Jess Bakkers

Great post guys! I’m awestruck how you made that glowy logo on your book cover, Staci 🥺

Staci Troilo

I was blown away by it, too, Jess. Thanks.

John Howell

Terrific, Harmony. I loved the special feature in the beginning. Made the book come alive.

D.L. Finn

That interview made me chuckle, Staci. Sure fit him.

Staci Troilo

Chris was one of my favorite characters to write. On one hand, every bit the most powerful man on the planet. On the other, every bit an abused and petulant child. Such a fun dynamic to play with. Thanks, Denise.

Staci Troilo

It really does, John. Thanks.