I like to come up with theme songs for my books and stories. For my first trilogy, I always thought that every song would be by Shinedown, just because they have the feel that I was going for.

I found a new theme for Book 2, though, that fits the plot perfectly.

Let me know what you think!


No Mercy - KIT
 
 
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Hi everybody. I thought that today would be a good time to give everyone an update on Sentinel and what was going on in the publishing world. I’ll do my best to keep it brief. Realmwalker Publishing Group no longer has publishing rights to Sentinel. In fact, the company no longer exists in the same capacity that it did over a month ago.

            Long story short, I wasn’t getting paid the royalties that were owed to me and I now have full publishing rights to the book back.

            What this means is…I could use some help from friends, fans, and readers. Reviews on Amazon are probably the best way to help out. They ups my visibility on Amazon itself, which leads to more sales. Another great way to help is to spread the word on Facebook! Tell the world what you thought of Sentinel, share pictures of my awesome cover, and tell anybody you know that’s looking for new fantasy about me and about Sentinel!

            Now, more than ever, I’m going to need help from all of you. I’m going to keep moving forward with writing the sequel to Sentinel and I’m going to continue working on others projects in the near future. For now…thank you for all of the support that you’ve given me so far and thank you in advance for future support. I love you all.

-Chad

 
 
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I love Ghostbusters. I mean, who doesn’t, right? My mom loves it even. As such, I, like so much of the movie-watching public, will re-watch it roughly annually. I have committed the lines practically to memory. It’s sort of a tradition, and I’m sure many of you have similar traditions, be they with Ghostbusters, another movie, a TV show you religiously binge-watch, or books.

A lot of people like to re-read books.

As an author, this kind of drives me a little bit crazy.

Now, when I was younger, this absolutely was not the case. I have re-read Rodney Mullen’s autobiography probably five times, and about as many times for Sean Mortimer’s Stalefish. I have both read and listened to Wil Wheaton’s Just a Geek a couple times apiece. Don’t even get me started on comics. I absolutely understand the mindset of re-reading a book, because it’s the exact same mindset as re-watching a movie or TV show; you enjoy something enough, and you want to go in for seconds.

“So what’s your problem then, Draga?” is a fair question, and one you may very well be asking me. 

Even if you aren’t, as long as you aren’t asking yourself “why am I still reading this?”, I’m going to give you an answer.

See, authors really like it when people read what we write (shocking, right?). We spend months, sometimes years writing, editing, re-writing, sobbing, drinking, burning, and re-re-writing our manuscripts, and we get pretty excited when, at last, our masterpieces emerge from the clay which we feverishly worked. We shout from every rooftop that we can get on without being arrested, bombard friends, family, fans, and Facebook with word of our completed tomes. We scour social media in the hopes of subconsciously sliding thoughts of our new work into a comment thread without feeling like door-to-door salespeople, or perchance to catch a glimpse of the elusive wild reader gushing over it. 

Now, while I can’t speak for other people, I know that oftentimes in such comment threads, I find myself stumbling across scores of readers saying things like “It’s time for my annual re-read of Tolkien’s entire completed works!” or “I just finished the last Malazan book, so I’m going right back to the first!”

I’m not saying it’s discouraging, but in the heat of the moment, it’s a little discouraging.

Problem is, for me to posit that readers not read what they want to read is dumb, and would brand me a total jerk, and would effectively achieve the complete opposite intended effect of this post, which is to try and endear those of you reading it to me in the hopes that you’ll maybe try reading my stuff (spoilers). So, if you yourself are a reader, I ask that you lower the torch and pitchfork, because I’m not here to take your beloved, dog-eared copies of The Black Company away from you. Now, if you’re a writer, and you find yourself in a similar position as me, I’m going to offer a little advice in regards to dealing with the inevitable feelings of jealousy and inadequacy that follow when you see that someone is on their twelfth read of Dragonlance and come on, Dragonlance fans really like my stuff if only they would...

...Sorry...

So anyway...

Take a deep breath and try to put things into perspective. I know for me, much of the frustration that arises when I see someone doing a re-read is just misguided frustration at the fact that I myself don’t have the time to read that I wish I did. Writers are busy people! Many of us work side jobs on top of our authorial pursuits, and I myself have sang the praises of audiobooks on multiple occasions for being the only way I can read with any kind of regularity. That said, of course my knee-jerk reaction to re-readers is “But there’s so many books and so little time!” and to this I simply have to remember that it’s much easier to find time to read when you don’t need to designate time to write. Sure, maybe someone is making their way through the Harry Potter books again (I swear, they were halfway through that one just six months ago), but it’s entirely possible that this is their side series, the one they can casually breeze through at bedtime while reserving their more alert mental faculties for something new!

Maybe your new book?

Maybe mine?

At the end of the day, people will read what they like, and far be it for any of us, readers and writers
alike, to yuk someone else’s yum. With any luck, one day I’ll have the time to go back and revisit 

some of my favourite book series, and hey, with a lot of luck, maybe one day I’ll stumble onto an 

internet comment thread and read that someone is on their tenth re-read of mine.

I don’t want to speculate or anything, but I imagine that probably won’t irk me quite as much.

 
 
Hi there, everyone. So, for those of you who were paying attention to my Facebook over the weekend, you know that I was in the ER for what doctors think was a big kidney stone that messed me up on the way out. It wasn't a whole lot of fun, but I'm feeling much better now. So...a big thank you to everyone who sent thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes my way. Also, I'd like to thank Bonnie at Barnes and Noble for being so understanding and accommodating.

Since I wasn't able to be there to sign books on Sunday, Barnes and Noble let me come in and sign all of the books that were left, and then put those on the shelves for me! If you would still like a signed book and are close enough to get to the Barnes and Noble in Peoria, just head back to the Science Fiction/Fantasy section and you should see them there. 
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The section looks like this.
The books will all have a little green sticker on then, saying that they're an autographed copy. The autograph is on the title page, just below the byline. 
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It looks like this.
Now, since they were signed and not personalized, if you would like to have me personalize your copy, just get a hold of me either on here, on Facebook, or on Twitter. I would be more than happy to arrange something so that you can get your copy of Sentinel personalized.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been patient with me and has been there for me over the last few days. It's much appreciated.

-Chad Ballard
 
 
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Hey everybody! I'm very excited to announce my first book signing! It's going to take place at the Peoria, IL Barnes and Noble on March 13th! You can click here for the event information on Barnes and Noble's website.

For those who don't want to click that link, the event runs from 2:00 P.M - 4:00 P.M central time. 

Also, for those of you who'd like to meet him, I'm bringing James Drake, the owner and president of Realmwalker Publishing Group along with me! It should be a lot of fun and between the two of us, hopefully we can answer any and all questions that you might have. And sign some books!

 
 
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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,

Chad