Science Fiction: The Gate

Staci Troilo is one of my closest author friends. She’s got something new for all of us under her pen-name of D. L. Cross. Let’s make her feel welcome and share this around today.

“No Idea” Excerpt from New Sci-Fi Novel: THE GATE

Thanks for inviting me here today. I’m excited to share an excerpt from The Gate, Book 1 of the Astral Conspiracy series in the Invasion Universe. 


“You do realize I’ve never done this before. I have no idea what’ll happen up there.”

“You better hope it’s what I want to happen. Or you won’t be coming back down.”

Landon gulped, no longer certain he’d made the right choice to stay on Lorena’s behalf. So far, the mercs had been more or less gentlemanly toward her. She’d probably walk out of this ordeal alive. 

The same couldn’t be said about him.

They followed a path around the mountainside, but in the opposite direction of the gate. The trail started at a gentle rise but grew steeper as they ascended. About an hour into their trek, Lorena stopped at the entrance to a cave. 

A chill of foreboding skittered up Landon’s spine. The side of the mountain wasn’t carved, but damn if it didn’t look like it had been — into the shape of a face. It took no imagination to see large eyes, pointed cheekbones, and a thin nose above a gaping maw. Not just any mouth. 

The cave mouth.

A hell mouth.

Smoke trailed from the opening, the beast belching odoriferous brimstone from the bowels of perdition.

Landon’s muscles tensed, primed to run.

Wolf’s beefy fingers pressed into his flesh, bruising his shoulder. “Uh-uh, Professor. You’re not going anywhere. This was your idea, remember?”

Lorena yelled something that was carried away on the wind. Before Landon, or anyone else, could ask for clarification, shadows swelled in the opening of the cave. Despite the chill at that elevation, flop sweat formed on his brow and dripped down his face. He swiped at the salty perspiration stinging his eyes, then he squinted into the cave mouth. The shadow got darker, longer …

Then a man stepped onto the plateau.

Lorena approached him. They placed their hands on each other’s shoulders and bowed slightly until their foreheads touched. After a brief pause, they separated. Then she turned toward the group. “This is Eduardo, my grandfather. He is the shaman who will guide us on our spiritual journey. He bids us welcome.” 

“Grandfather?” Wolf muttered. “Feels like we’re being taken advantage of.”

“How?” Landon asked.

“I’m sure we’ll see soon enough.”

Tex ignored them, talking over their discussion and approaching Lorena. “You speak English?” 


“Why didn’t you say so?”

“Why didn’t you ask?” She smiled then gestured as an invitation for them to enter.

Tex led the group toward the cave mouth.

“Welcome,” Eduardo said. “Allow me to introduce you to Mother Ayahuasca.”


He lost his job. Lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life.

Landon Thorne is a disgraced archaeologist, a laughing stock in his field because of his unconventional beliefs – he’s an ancient astronaut theorist. No one takes him seriously.

Until an alien armada targets Earth.

Now Landon’s in high demand – by the US government and someone far more sinister.

They race across two continents to the Gate of the Gods, the one place on Earth that might give humans an advantage over the aliens. But no one is prepared for what they’ll find.

And not everyone will make it out alive.

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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:



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65 responses to “Science Fiction: The Gate

  1. Brilliant excerpt, fabulous cover and a blurb that will make anyone desperate to read The Gate. This has absolutely everything going for it, if it doesn’t go viral, I’ll eat one of my paperbacks!

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  2. Congratulations, Staci! The excerpt sounds intriguing. I picked up my copy this week and look forward to reading it.

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  3. I’m a bit over halfway through this one and enjoying it very much! Great post, Craig and Staci! Sharing! 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Staci Troilo is a guest poster today on Craig Boyack’s Entertaining Stories blog. Check out this excerpt from her latest release, The Gate, written under her pen name D. L. Cross, and don’t forget to spread the word! Thanks, Craig and Staci, for a great post!

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  5. Excellent excerpt! This book is freaking awesome! I am almost at the 50% mark and am enthralled by the story and characters. Highly recommended!

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  6. Craig, thank you so much for hosting me today. I’m truly grateful.

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  7. I stopped reading at one a.m. last night at 39% because I ran out of steam, or else I’d have kept going. Poor Landon. He’s in for a rough ride:) I wanted to stay awake long enough to see Nadia get her just come-uppance. Boy, I hope she gets all she deserves–what a nasty piece of work. Great story! We’re leaving for Florida tomorrow and I’m taking my Kindle with me to read on the plane.

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  8. Sounds amazing!! All the best with this one!!

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  9. Oh, my gosh! Your description of the cave entrance gave ME the skitterbugs, I can’t imagine how poor Landon feels!
    Can’t wait to dive into this one- congrats!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author

    Congrats Staci on your new release! I just finished it and loved it!

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  11. Congratulations, Staci. Thanks, Craig for hosting.

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  12. I love this excerpt! Even though it is short it has a cool twist to it. Congratulations to Staci and best wishes with the new venture into Sci-Fi!

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  13. Excellent post, Craig. Got my copy. Congratulations, Staci.

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  14. Fabulous excerpt ‘D.L’.; wishing you lots of success. 🙂

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  15. Congrats, Staci – loved the excerpt! Excited to get to this one.

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  16. Erwin Wensley

    It looks like a great book! I loved the cover, by the way ❤️

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  18. Angie Sim

    But can I just say “Gate of the Gods” sounds absolutely beautiful and terrifying at the same time? That use of language was wonderfully overwhelming, what a fantastic name. (Also, I’m really digging this cover!)

    Thanks for sharing! Always nice to find other authors on here (as someone who’s new to this field).

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  19. Angie Sim

    No problem. This was a great read, and I’m also thankful to coldhandboyack for sharing wonderful pieces like this. 🙂 Keep it up!!

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  20. Naba Kumar Garai

    I wonder if scientific speculations on COSMOS, LIFE and CONSCIOUSNESS can be a form of mass entertainment. After all, spending an entire life asking no existential question is like enjoying a picnic blindfolded. Isn’t life a picnic in space?

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    Reblogged this on science, stories and everything else…

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