Hey there everybody, and welcome to my new blog! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Chad Ballard. I'm a recently published author (with Realmwalker Publishing Group). My first novel, Sentinel, was released on December 8th. It's available just about anywhere that you can buy books online.

The handsome guy on the left there is Stark. He's helping.

If you hang with me until the end of this post, I'm going to be doing a giveaway to celebrate the opening of the site and to thank everyone who has supported me since the book's release. Until then, though, I'm going to give you a little introduction to...well. Me.

As of this writing, I'm 23 years old. That'll change in the next month or so. I've been writing for as long as I can remember. My first published work was in the local newspaper when I was in 3rd grade. It was for a scary story contest (which I won. Go me.) and involved time travel gone wrong and sharks.

I love sports. Love, love, love. I'm a huge Cubs fan. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2014 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism so that I could write about and talk about sports. Well, it turns out the news industry doesn't pay well. So I've kind of been job hopping since then, trying to find something to sustain myself while I do the one thing that I think I'm any good at...telling stories. 

If you have any questions about me or my work, feel free to leave a comment. I'll try to get to everyone as quickly as I can. 

And now...on to the contest.

Lindsey Burcar did wonderful work on the cover for Sentinel and on the poster of Torruk (one of the characters in the novel. He's a Fanir. Big bad wolfman). that doubles as the banner for this blog. I'm going to be giving away a signed poster from InPrint of the winner's choice: Cover or Torruk. 

All that YOU need to do to win is post a picture of yourself holding a copy of Sentinel to either my Twitter account (@Chadtastic92) or my Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/authorchadballard). Post the picture, your favorite moment or line from the book, and the hashtag #StandSentinel. I'll pick a winner at random on March 15th.

Questions? Comments? Post them here! Or Twitter! Or Facebook! Wherever!

Keep 'em Sharp,