Disclosure: I am a real mess right now. As some of my followers know, I have had some relapse going on, and have fallen behind on my work.
However, I am feeling better! So, catch up time.
I should have had the review for Stray Ally done yesterday and posted with the marketing materials. However, with everything going on, it slipped under the radar. I am half way through reading now, and will be posting my review (and it will be a good one – I am having trouble hurrying through the book because I want to savor it!) I will, therefore, post my review later today. But for now, I want to encourage you to check this out! It is a great book from what I have read so far.
Below you will find a statement by the author, Troy Lambert, and an excerpt from the book, as well as the blurb. Enjoy, and look for my review soon!
A Note From Troy Lambert
It’s really funny when you read your own work. Sometimes it’s best to do it with a drink nearby. Not coffee. Something stronger. Other times a box of tissues is appropriate. Hopefully it is not so bad that you need to ensure all the firearms and sharp knives are locked safely away before you start reading.
Don’t get me wrong. It can be magical, and there are a few times in my life when the magic has happened to me. Stray Ally is one of those times. Now, before you think I am doing some egotistical bragging let me explain. This book did not achieve automatic magic status right away. In fact, the first time I read it when I did my initial revisions, I almost threw it away. I thought it wasn’t really that good. But I’d made a promise to write it, so I dug in, fixed what I could, and sent it off to my publisher and editor.
It wasn’t until I revisited the story later that I actually liked it. That was also when I realized some of the ‘why’ behind its creation, and that’s also when I wrote the dedication to my dog, Houston, who passed away a few years ago.
So I read this book the other day, about a man in some real trouble, at an uncertain and dark point in his life. He meets a dog, and that changes everything. The dog is no ordinary dog, but I ask you: what dog is ordinary? With the help of this amazing dog and some of his canine friends, the man finds the strength to keep going.
Is his friendship with the dog enough to get him through? Ah, you’ll have to read the rest of the story to find out. But I hope when you read it something magical happens inside of you, like it did for me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Excerpt From Stray Ally
She’d heard something, not imagined it.
Then it came again. A soft scratching at the back door. Down low.
She hadn’t had a dog since she was a kid, but it sounded like one scratching to be let in. The knob rattled, claws scratching on either side of it. It couldn’t be.
Surely the dog wasn’t trying to open the door?
Slowly she made her way around the table, flipped on the porch light and peeked through the blinds. No one. Looked down as low as she could, but couldn’t see a thing closer than the first step.
As quietly as she could, she eased back the deadbolt, hearing an urgent whine outside.
Slowly she eased the door open. A medium sized mongrel pushed it open, out of her hand, causing her to cry out.
The door swung wider, headed for impact with the wall. The dog was quicker, around the door like a flash, swinging it closed. The pooch stood on his hind legs, his paws on either side of the door, looking up at the lock. He barked once.
Marsha reached out, shooting the bolt home.
The dog plopped down on all fours, and then she got a good look at him.
Long scraggly black fur and droopy ears framed a kind face. An arrow of white and gray fur decorated the chest, and he wagged his tail.
He didn’t wear a collar, but there was a mussed line of fur where one had rested not long ago and by the look of it for an extended stay.
Marsha moved warily forward, and the dog closed its mouth, stopping its panting tongue for a moment, cocking his head as if listening closely. He lowered his head with canine respect, stretching his neck out.
Go ahead, pet me, he seemed to say.
She reached out, scratching him behind the ears, rubbing his head. The strange dog responded enthusiastically, dancing about her kitchen with giddy excitement, but not barking.
Marsha giggled as he did. Strange, but even with this dog showing up unannounced at her house in the middle of the night, she felt oddly at ease.
He smiled, though, like the dog she remembered from her childhood when he’d gone off running or been playing really hard, and needed a bath.
The dog was sweaty, and thirsty. His tongue hung from his mouth, but no drool fell from it. She found an old metal bowl in the cupboard, and filled it, setting it gently on the floor.
He quickly dropped his head, lapping eagerly.
She smiled again, wishing for the umpteenth time that Todd was here to share this oddest of moments.
The front doorbell rang.
The dog took off before she had a chance, barking fiercely, his tail no longer wagging.
Marsha followed close behind, wondering who could be at her door so late at night.
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.
Buy Link: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Lambert_Troy/stray-ally.htm
Bio For Troy Lambert
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.
Author Website: http://www.troylambertwrites.com
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Troy-Lambert/e/B005LL1QEC
Giveaway: Best story of a dog (Stray Ally) that you rescued, or that helped you through a hard time sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29th wins a $25 Amazon gift card. Winner and story shared on my blog Monday, March 31st. Share your story today