And after our wildly successful launch day for Stray Ally, the Finishing Fairies are now delightedly hosting a small tour for the very same book. Since it’s launch it’s garnered some great critical acclaim, and currently has an average of 4.6 stars on Amazon.com (as of April 3rd).
The tour, from the fourth (here) to the 11th, is on some great blogs, with all unique content, and a great view of the inner workings of Troy Lambert, rescuing animals and the writing habits of a great author.
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 the book here, from the Tirgearr Publishing.
Usually, books dedications drip with emotional tributes to spouse, brother, sister, friend, or some person who has influenced the writer in some way. Every one of them is a lie.
We all write for ourselves, but it would be arrogant and rude to dedicate books honestly. “This is for me and all of my hard work, and the late nights I spent with the story. Thanks me for all of your hard work on this one…” Just, no.
But I dedicated Stray Ally to Houston. It’s not just a city in Texas, but a dog I accidentally adopted and then kept until he passed a few years ago. He was loyal and dedicated, and more than once pulled me through a rough time. On a Black Friday, he escaped the yard (a feat he managed often), but aging and partially blind, he got turned around. A woman, rushing to Walmart ran him down. At 5 a.m. she took him to a local vet. He didn’t make it.
We discovered he was missing, searched frantically, and in calling around, discovered him. It was like losing a child.
Stray Ally is a thriller, but it is as much about a man and his new-found friendship with a dog. Sometimes, things aren’t exactly clear. In the end, the dog does more rescuing than the man. That was the case with Houston. I think in some ways he rescued me. The whole time I was writing this book, my thoughts drifted to him and his friendship.
I dedicated this book to him, because without his inspiration, I’m not sure I could have told the same story. Thanks Houston. Rest in Peace.
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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April 4th -The Finishing Fairies Introduction
April 5th -The Horror Tree Guest post
April 6th – Authors you want to read Top Ten
April 7th – Danielle DeVor Guest Post
April 8th – Shaun Allan Guest post
April 9th -Diane Nelson Guest Post
April 10th – Donna Augustine Guest post
April 11th – Michael Melville Top Ten
April 12th – Deborah Carney Animal rescue post
April 13th – Author Interrupted Guest Post
April 17th – AtoZ special post – Wilderness Apocalypse
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