The Watch Dog – Prologue

The barking was echoing through my skull; a low growl rang through my ears along with the bellowing howls.  I sprang up in the bed forgetting where I was.  My eyes adjusted to the moonlight from the window.  I ignored the sleeping girl next to me and slithered out of the bed.

I searched my clothes out on the hardwood floor and dressed quickly.  Slowly and quietly I walked to the window and looked down the peaceful block tucked away in the Hamptons.  There were a few mansion-sized houses on the street and many trees in between them.

Seeking out the source of the barking, I glanced up and down the block.  The cold glass of the window pressed against my body as I leaned closer. 

Stupid stray dog.

The barking had sounded as if it was right next to my ear.  The sound was familiar and I couldn’t figure out why.

Growing up, I never had pets of my own—technically.  There was only one dog I had ever felt close to and she had passed away over fifteen years ago.

I began to wonder if the girl I went home with had a massive dog; an extremely protective dog who didn’t like me in her bed.

Fearful of my possible revelation and also cowardly, I left the house quickly.  The dog was merely a deranged excuse to ditch the girl before she awoke.  I didn’t leave a note or my number.  I doubt she caught my name and if she did, she probably didn’t remember it.  Damned if I knew her name…


  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.