Friday, March 21, 2014

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Dog Days

It seems that there are few people who are not animal lovers of some sort. Dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, birds, and many more seem to fill our homes and surround us with something we seem to be missing elsewhere. I think I know what it is.

Unconditional love and friendship. There are times when we question human loyalty, and with good reason. It’s sometimes hard to trust. I’ve been divorced, I know. Anyone who has had someone cheat on them can tell you. But our pets? Well, they just don’t cheat. They forgive you, even if you did pet the Johnson’s dog when you were out getting the mail. If your dog is like mine, he’ll sniff the heck out of your pants when you come back inside, and may not let up until you have given him at least equal attention, but he doesn’t pack his blanket and toys and hire a lawyer.

So when in Stray Ally, Todd Clarke has been betrayed and is on the run, is it any surprise he bonds with a dog? Should we be shocked when Sparky helps him in ways he could not imagine? Shows incredible integrity and loyalty? Of course not. Those of us who have and love pets who have stood by our side through thick and thin totally understand.

Stray Ally is not a conventional love story, or even a conventional thriller. It is a story about a man, a dog, and their bond. Of course, this dog has some unusual powers, and some friends that help him in amazing ways. But at its core, the book is a tale of a grown boy and his dog, off on a wild adventure.

Enjoy the story. I hope you find it as entertaining to read as I found it to write.


I headed north further, spotting a trail in the direction the chopper landed. Moved to go down it.

Sparky stepped in front of me, and gave out two sharp barks. No.

"Move mutt."

Two sharp barks.

"What the hell?"

Two sharp barks. He turned away from me.

Three sharp barks that seemed somehow amplified by the night.

Three long howls.

Three sharp barks.

A ten second pause that seemed like it lasted forever.

Three sharp barks.

Three long howls.

Three sharp barks.

Another pause. Then a sudden cacophony of howls and barks rose from the woods.

He turned and looked at me.

Two sharp barks. He ran toward where I moved the truck. Trotted back and looked at me. One sharp bark.


Follow him.

The warrior in me spoke, and I obeyed.

I broke into a trot as the howls and barks became threatening growls behind me, moving in the opposite direction.

Sparky had called an S.O.S. into the woods and set up the perfect distraction. He seemed to be leading my escape.

I opened the driver's door of the truck and he jumped in first, moving all the way over to the passenger side. I hopped in behind him and started the engine.

He looked right in my eyes, and barked twice.

"Yes, let's go." I patted his head.

He wagged his tail. I exited the formerly gated compound, and headed east, deeper into the wilderness.


A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined.

A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.

With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.



Troy works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. He writes historical site characterization reports for those performing remediation on former resource extraction sites, software instruction and help guides, and edits the research of others as well. His true passion is writing dark, psychological thrillers. His work includes Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, Redemption the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Temptation the sequel to Redemption, along with the horror Satanarium, co-authored with Poppet, a brilliant author from South Africa and published by Wild Wolf Publishing. His next novel, Stray Ally, will be published March 4th by Tirgearr Publishing. The final in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Confession will be published May 1st

Troy lives with his wife of twelve years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer. 

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Giveaway: Best story of a dog (Stray Ally) that you rescued or that helped you through a hard time sent to by March 29th wins a $25 Amazon gift card. Winner and story shared on my blog Monday, March 31st. Share your story today

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