I’m Officially a Novelist!

Blackguard Cover


I believe I’m experiencing incontinence of joy. I’ve got this thing going on where I stand in my bedroom, flapping my hands like a developmentally disabled but very happy chicken. No, I have not taken up hard drugs! No, I have not lost 18 consecutive rounds of beer pong! I am frightening anyone who happens to see because, for the first time in my life, after ten years of working my butt off and reading and editing and redrafting and throwing away entire manuscripts, I am officially a novelist!





My truest gratitude goes out to High Sierra Writers, Just Add Water and Lucky Bat Books, your support has been invaluable. Special thanks to my lovely editor Joelle Fraser and Cindie Geddes, who decided I’m worthy of the Lucky Bat name.

Thanks to my critique givers Mike Hemmingsen, Gina Akao, Jake Disch, Kaitlin Branch, Todd Borg, Paula O’Riley, Jake Ricci, Tom Cecil, Anne Merritt, Katie Eksten, Alexandria King, Chris Marsh, Michelle Suzanne Snyder, Lisa Mortara, Victor Woodel, Ben Rogers, JL Sarchet, Peggy Rew,  Jade Griffin and M. David Rosencrance.

Finally, I want to recognize the people who I’ve bothered these last ten years with endless crack-head ideas and boring dinner conversations about plot devices – Kathy Garrido, Natalia Garrido, Bill Garrido, Tyler Maggert and Justin McCargar. I hope it wasn’t too painful.




  1. Wow congrats! I will have to check it out!

    1. Thanks, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  2. Ben – will your book be available in print, too?

    1. Yes it will. In a few weeks I’m launching the print on demand version. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! How exciting 🙂 I see that the Kindle version is available on Amazon Japan, but do you know if the print-on-demand version will also be available?

    1. It will come out in a couple weeks. I will make a separate announcement for it.

      Thanks for your interest!

      1. Great! I look forward to it.

  4. Color me surprised. I thought Blackguard was being released in June.

    1. It went significantly quicker than I thought. I’m still looking for blurbs on the POD version, by the way. 🙂

    2. It went significantly faster than I thought. I am still looking for blurbs on the paper version, btw. 🙂

  5. Congratulations, writing is such a deeply personal risk regardless of the genre and once you add in a public and the possibility of judgment of your work it becomes even more of a risk. But as all things in this life that are truly worth doing or having risks are just something you must take to achieve your dreams/goals.

    1. Thanks, Jenni. I made some “Easter Eggs” that might give you a better sense of what I’ve written.


  6. Congratulations, Ben. I’ll congratulate you again when you’ve done the trilogy …

    1. Thank you sir. If you don’t object, I’ll be doing a review of one of your books this summer.

      1. I’d be honoured.

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