Wow! Five decades went by so fast!
Benedict and Brazos first appeared in 1971. Roughly one year ago,
Bold Venture Press released our first paperback edition.
The Australian-born series (from Cleveland Publishing Party Ltd.) followed the exploits of two brawling Civil War veterans. Putting aside their differences, they strike out to recover a stolen fortune. The search also entails their hunt for the outlaw who attacked them at the Battle of Pea Ridge.
The path to Benedict and Brazos began three years ago. I emailed Piccadilly Publications and inquired about the Larry Kent detective series. "Don't you guys release paperback editions?" Mike Stotter's reply was, "No. Do you want to do them?" I suspect this may have been the easiest deal struck in licensing history.
While publishing the Larry Kent series,
I decided to pursue a western. Licensing issues made Bannerman
the Enforcer unavailable, so Stotter suggested Benedict
and Brazos. The unlikely duo became a personal favorite, so we issued the
first installment Aces
Wild in January 2021.
My conviction is most everyone who reads Benedict and Brazos will love them. Judging from reader response, I was correct in that belief, and we're eager to begin "season two."
So, Let's give a tip of the Stetson to Mike Stotter and Ben Bridges of Piccadilly Publishing. Thanks, Pilgrims!
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