Troy D. Smith

Biography

Born in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee, Mr. Smith has loved books even before he could read them. In 1995 his first short story was accepted by Louis L'Amour Western Magazine, and he has been published in magazines since then on a fairly regular basis.

Author of numerous award winning short stories and novels, Troy is currently a Doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Illinois. He says, "I don't write about things that happen to people—I write about people that things happen to."

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Books

Weird Western Yarns Vol. 3
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,190. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Zombies... werewolves... ghosts... Sometimes the West was just weird.
Dead Rednecks #3: Dead Rednecks on a Friday Night
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Hoss Qualls doesn't take it kindly when a couple of thugs lean on his little brother Howard – it seems Howard's investigations are hitting too close to home for someone. Can Hoss solve the case despite the interference of his old enemies in the sheriff's department... and the help of his bumbling brother?
Dead Rednecks #2: Dead Rednecks in the Holler
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Hoss Qualls returns to his hometown after learning that his cousin Bucky has been shot dead in the woods, along with an old enemy from Hoss's criminal past. He's determined to get to the bottom of it – if his family doesn't drive him crazy first.
Dead Rednecks #1: Dead Rednecks Are My Specialty
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Ex-con Hoss Qualls and his eccentric brother Howard (who has watched too many Bogart movies) set out to prove their cousin Ivory's innocence in a murder case – a task that is complicated by the fact Ivory has killed in just such a way before...
Now Spit
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Jerry Carp is used to the fact that some people don't like the dentist. But as he sits chained in a dark waiting area, hearing the shrill whines and muffled screams, he is realizing that some people REALLY don't like the dentist...
The Infidels
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Murder and Intrigue in 5th century Ireland! Conor MacCormac, the new King of Connacht, had not wanted a Christian church in his territory, but the High-King – a new convert – had insisted. Now the priests have been slaughtered by raiders from the northlands – or so it seems. Conor must unravel the mystery, and he fears the truth may rock the Emerald Isle
All Great Neptune's Ocean
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
When Charles Weaver's investigative reporting got too close to mobster Albert Rossi, the gang leader ordered him killed. Weaver survived, but lost everything -including the love of his life. Now he plans to repay Rossi in kind -by destroying the one good, decent thing in the mobster's life, his daughter. But he may destroy his own soul in the process...
The King's Avenger
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Murder and Intrigue in 5th century Ireland! Conor MacCormac is not only the most honored warrior of Connacht, he is the king’s closest friend. When his leader is murdered at the High-King’s Fair, it is up to Conor to find the killer. The king had no shortage of enemies – but which one is guilty? And what price must Conor pay to find the answer?
And Naked We Leave
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Lew Roycko is a lunar developer on a business trip to earth. On the streets of Denver he meets a fascinating old man who seems to know all there is to know about hobos, trains…and freedom.
Rider in Shadow
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The tales in this collection come from many different genres, often blurring the distinctions between one and another: horror, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, paranormal, suspense. Despite that, most are bound by a common thread –a certain… darkness. Any of these short stories, no matter their genre, could have appeared on either The Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents...
Western Tales! Vol. 4
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,950. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Western fiction from some of the most exciting writers in the genre today- from veteran favorites to rising stars! In this volume: Ned Christie’s Fort by Troy D. Smith The Old Dog’s Day by Lee Aaron Wilson If You’ve Got the Saddle by John D. Nesbitt The Songbird of Seville by Vonn McKee The Partners’ Tale: Dead Man’s Gold by R.E. Chamberlain
Blackwell Chronicles Volume 2
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,800. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
These six stories include "Blackwell Down Under" Caleb seeks gold in Australia; "Blackwell the Highwayman" Duke decides to get on the wrong side of the law; "The Blackwell Raid" Max meets up with brother Jake to fight Comanches; "The Blackwell Gang" Duke is wanted for murders he didn't commit; "Blackwell's Star," Caleb returns to America; & "Blackwell Unchained" Jake is a captured Union soldier.
Blackwell Chronicles Volume 1
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,160. Language: American English. Published: June 7, 2013 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
~ 6 exciting Blackwell stories ~ The Blackwell Claim introduces the four Blackwell brothers: Max, Duke, Caleb, & Jake. Blackwell's Run, 1864, tells of Max in the US Calvary fighting Indians. The Stealing Moon, 1855, has Jake meeting a boy who's struggling to become a man. In Blackwell's Stand, 1864, Caleb faces a grizzly & more. The Windigo is about Max's son Billy in the Klondike Gold Rush.
Red Trail
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,050. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
An intense and often violent story collection... These seventeen character driven short stories of the Old West and the American Frontier by award-winning author Troy D. Smith reveal the good and the bad in men and women as they fight to survive harsh circumstances and deadly situations. Includes the story "The Sin of Eli" 2011 Peacemaker Award Winner.
Cherokee Winter
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,380. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
15 Powerful stories from award-winning western author Troy D. Smith! "Troy Smith has a rare and wonderful gift. His words do more than take you to another time, more than allow you to live another person’s life … they also open that person’s heart and allow you to feel its beat. Smith is able to evoke the emotions that will touch your heart, using characters you will remember..." Frank Roderus
Good Rebel Soil
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,290. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Rated R for violence and language. "To some he was a brutal thug, a heartless murderer – a monster. To others he was a protector, a beloved martyr to the Confederate cause – a hero. To a few he was a family man, a good old boy caught up in passions beyond his control – a man.He was all these things, and more. He was an American tragedy. He was Champ Ferguson." ~ Troy
Blackwell's Run
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
The Blackwell Series - Max Blackwell is a Sergeant in the US Calvary. Then Company C is assigned a new Lieutenant - one interested only in glory and following his personal vision. After watching many of his men die due to the commanding officer's disregard of rules and common sense, will Blackwell agree to a mutiny? And if so, what will the long-term results be?
Bound for the Promise-Land
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,040. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
"Freedom is not a place you run to…Freedom is a place in your soul." These words sum up the life long quest of ex-slave Alfred Mann as he pursues the dream of equality. From fugitive to Medal of Honor winner, Mann carries on to rise above the ignorance and intolerance of those who seek to bring him down; somehow gaining strength from the unimaginable losses he suffers.
Caleb's Price
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,100. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Cattle vs. Sheep...Grazers vs. Squatters...Life vs. Death... Joey, a nine-year-old orphan, leads a lonely existence. His uncle and aunt have an impending range war on their hands and don't take much notice of him. Then a mysterious stranger named Caleb enters his life. Caleb, a gunman who is in turn tender and brutal, has a deadly secret.. Will he save the downtrodden settlers, or destroy them?
The Galvanized Yankees of Company D
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Several Confederate POWs were offered a choice, prison or go West to fill ranks on the frontier. Joe Evans and several Rebs from his captured outfit opted for the frontier and became 'Galvanized Yankees'. Their duties should have been endless patrols and drills with very little real Indian fighting. Trouble was someone forgot to tell the Indians.
The Divided Prey
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
A posse of five men capture a bank robber in the wilds of the Apache Mountains. A Texas Ranger, Jake Blackwell, rides with them, staying to prevent a lynching. Then their horses are stolen and death visits the camp. The Indians are supposed to be on the reservation. But are the legends of the Apache Mountains true? Will any of them survive?
Riding to Sundown
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,480. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Retired lawman, Luke Temple, has seen it all, and become a living legend along the way. Now, he must come out of retirement to face his greatest challenge. With his oldest friends by his side, he trails the vicious Thaw gang to an outlaw stronghold where he almost died forty years before. Will the mountainous fortress called Sundown be Luke Temple's redemption, or his final defeat?
The Blackwell Claim
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
GOLD... Seeking a fortune from a pile of rocks or out of a streambed. Men from all walks of life are digging and panning for gold in the West and the Blackwell brothers are no different. But along with gold mining comes rough towns like Grizzly Gulch, fighting the elements, and claim jumpers. Raised tough in the hills of Tennessee, are the Blackwell brothers up to the challenges of prospecting?
Blackwell's Stand
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
What happens when a tough cowboy meets an ill-tempered grizzly bear? After trailing an outlaw, Caleb Blackwell is deep in Ute territory when he finds out. Alone, injured, and without supplies, how could the situation get any worse? A second bear and a band of Utes show him just how bad life can get.
Brothers in Arms
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,900. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
The larger war over—the family war has only begun. Fate draws three brothers together again. A daring robbery, a bloody shootout, and a desperate trek through Indian Territory are just the beginning: Wade Qualls comes home—death and hell riding his coattails. Sam prepares to make his stand, his eye on a higher duty. Which brother will have the younger brother, Tim's loyalty, and Violet's love?
The People in Yonder
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Two mountain men, Harry and Joe, stand before a strange phenomenon they found on the grassy plains–an aperture, a jagged hole in the sky. Is it an opening into another, evil dimension? The strange opening swirls with wild colors, and there are shadowy, demonic figures inside. One man is frightened, but one is mesmerized. And what does this have to do with the Battle of the Little Big Horn?
The Windigo
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Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
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Prospectors lost in the North woods during a cold, desolate winter are on the verge of starving. With no game, no supplies, and no idea of which way to travel, they are desperate. Two men leave to seek food and shelter to save the small group, but never return. Then an eerie howling that raises the hackles of even the bravest among them travels on the cold wind. Could it be the Windigo?

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