No Such Luck! #NewBook by Staci Troilo @stacitroilo

Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to host fellow author, Story Empire contributor, and friend, Staci Troilo, with her latest book: No Such Luck! I’ll let Staci tell you all about it 🙂 >>>

Take it away, Staci!


I appreciate you inviting me here today, Harmony. Hi, everyone. Thanks for taking a few minutes to chat with me about my new release, No Such Luck. It’s a quick and quirky clean romance just in time for the Christmas season.

Piper Seidel has had a crush on Tommy Burnett since they were kids. Now that she’s back home, she finally has a chance—if she can take her foot out of her mouth long enough to form a coherent sentence. The few she’s managed so far have all been full of double meanings, which is just as bad if not worse. The following is a brief excerpt from the novella, when she finally has herself put together and is composed enough to start an adult conversation.


“I heard you’re a rider,” Tommy said. Aren’t you kind of big for that?”

“Excuse me?” She pulled on her sweater, wishing it wasn’t so clingy around her middle.

“I thought jockeys were those tiny little guys that weighed about ninety pounds or something.” He looked her up and down and cocked a brow.

“Oh. Oh! Not rider. Writer. Journalist. I’ve written for newspapers in Detroit, Dayton, and Fayetteville.”

“Oh. That makes more sense.”

Did he have to stare at her hips while he said that? “Sure. I’m not really the buck-wild-in-the-saddle type.”

He smirked.

What was wrong with her? She was a writer. Did she not know how to form a coherent, non-humiliating sentence?

“The horse-thing sounds more exciting to me, but I was never much for academics. Always preferred to work with my hands, if you know what I mean.”

She nodded. Best to keep her mouth shut than blurt out another ridiculous innuendo.

“What made you get into writing?”

“I always liked reading. And writing. I wrote for the school newspaper in senior high, remember?”

“Not really. I never read it.”

“Oh.” She finished her eggnog and poured another.

Even prepared, Piper can’t get the upper hand. Poor thing.

I hope you enjoyed that quick sneak peek. No Such Luck, the first installment of the Keystone Couples series, is available now on Amazon.


Seeds of luck usually wither. The rare one grows and blooms.

Piper Seidel has one thing going for her—a red carnation given to her by Tommy Burnett in the tenth grade. It might have dried over the years, but it’s still her good luck charm. Losing it sets her life in a downward spiral, forcing her to return to her hometown where she comes face to face with her high school crush.

The years have been kind to Tommy, who looks better than ever. Unfortunately, Piper is at her worst, continually embarrassing herself whenever he’s around. The only plus? Her long-time friend, Jack Rhodes, still lives in town. Since she last saw him, his legs have grown longer, his biceps thicker, and his shoulders broader. He was always the brother she never had, but now she can’t help noticing him in an unsisterly way. Jack is every bit as caring as he’s ever been—until her bad luck drives him away, maybe forever.

Piper needs a new good luck charm, and fast, before she loses her final chance at happiness.

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It’s wonderful to have you visit today, Staci! My copy hit my ereader on release day, and I really enjoyed it! 

My Review:

A wonderful quick romance read.

No Such Luck follows Piper, who’s had a life of more downs than ups. When she returns to her hometown for the festive period, she feels anything but. And the issues just keep on piling higher.

There’s no ‘meet cute’ in this little gem, but rather a ‘remeet’ and not knowing what you’re missing. At fifty some pages this is a fast and enjoyable read. I look forward to the next novella in the series, Pour It On.

Wishing Staci all the best with her latest book! 🙂 

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Yvette M Calleiro

Sounds great! I just picked it up. Thanks for sharing this cute story with us today, Harmony! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

Staci Troilo

Aww. Thanks so much, Yvette! I hope you enjoy it.

Diana Peach

This sounds like such a fun little read. I’ve picked it up and plan to enjoy it over the holidays. Great review, Harmony, and congrats to Staci. 🙂

Staci Troilo

I hope readers find it fun. And I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much, Diana.

Mae Clair

A fantastic review for what looks like a wonderfully flirty and breezy book. I hope to be cracking open my Kindle later tonight.
Congratulations to Staci and thanks for hosting, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

Flirty and breezy. That’s a great way to describe it. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, Mae.

Roberta Writes

A lovely extract, Harmony, and an even better review.

Staci Troilo

Thanks, Robbie. I’m glad you liked the excerpt (extract). And I’m over the moon about the review, too. 💕

Jacquie Biggar

We often miss what’s right in front of us. Loved this sweet story, Staci. Wonderful review, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

That’s so true. I’m frequently blind to what’s in front of my face. I’m delighted you enjoyed the story, Jacquie. Thanks so much. 💕

Gwen Plano

Congratulations, Staci! I am so happy for you. And a big “thank you” to Harmony for hosting. This is a beautiful showcase! 💗

Staci Troilo

Many thanks, Gwen. 💕

Sue Coletta

Excellent review, terrific excerpt. Sounds like a winner, Staci.
Hi, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

Thanks so much, Sue!

Teri Polen

I swear Piper must have awkward tattooed on her forehead, lol. I feel for her. Awesome review, Harmony – congrats, Staci!

Staci Troilo

Piper definitely lacks a few of the finer social graces. Thanks, Teri.

Jim Borden

another good review! must be nice to have these international connections!

Staci Troilo

It makes me feel famous! lol

Thanks, Quincy. 🙂

Staci Troilo

Harmony, thank you so much for hosting me today. It’s always so much fun here. And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your review. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the story. 💕

CS Boyack

Great review, and wonderful excerpt.

Staci Troilo

I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Craig. And I agree; the review is wonderful. Thanks.

Joan Hall

Read this in one sitting. Loved the bits of humor intertwined. I’m looking forward to the other books of the series.

Congrats, Staci! It’s good to see you publishing something under your name again. Thanks for hosting, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

Thanks, Joan. It has been a while since I put out anything under my name. I’m glad to be doing so again. And delighted you enjoyed it.

D.L. Finn

Great excerpt and the part of the story cracked me up. Thanks gor hosting, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

That’s the kind of mix-up that would happen to me, so it was easy to picture how that exchange would go. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks, Denise.

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Beem Weeks

Great excerpt and review. This one is on my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it. Congratulations to Staci.

Staci Troilo

I really appreciate the support. Thanks, Beem.

Jan Sikes

Poor Piper. She seems to always put her foot in her mouth. I am looking forward to reading this story SOON! Thank you for your review, Harmony, and for hosting Staci today! Congrats to Staci!

Staci Troilo

She excels at doing exactly that, Jan. It’s a trait I share with her, I’m afraid! Thanks for your enthusiasm about the story. I appreciate it.

Priscilla Bettis

Fun excerpt.:-) I’ve actually got mixed up in a “rider” “writer” conversation, and my companion started talking about horses, and I don’t know much about horses. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

Staci Troilo

Oh, no! I’m sorry that happened, but that’s funny.

Thanks so much for the support, Priscilla.

john howell

Congratulations, Staci. Harmony’s review is terrific. Thanks, Harmony for hosing Staci .

Staci Troilo

I agree; I’m delighted with it. Thanks, John.