So, The Awakening Storm is nearing completion. It’s been a wild ride for the past few years. My life has been characterized by many struggles over the past while that have pushed my writing to the back burner, but things are starting to come together.
I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I am really excited about this book. I’ve struggled with it, and it has been hard coming, but it is going to be awesome. In The Sentient Fire, the story got off to a good start, and I was mostly satisfied with its execution. The Awakening Storm, though…well, let’s just say that it’s a thrill ride from start to finish. The story doesn’t let up for a second—mostly because there’s so much that happens in book two. In TAS, the story gets bigger and you’ll get to see what’s happening in the world on a wider scale, and start to see how it all plays together. New characters are introduced, and Dormael and D’Jenn get tired of playing around.
Oh, and Bethany gets to kick a little ass, too.
Just to give you an idea, I speak regularly to my limited team of beta readers during the writing process. One of them, after having read an update from me said during a conversation something like…
“Dude. I loved TSF—like, loved it. But this one…just damn, dude. I can’t put it down, so hurry up.”
I’m also going to be releasing a revised version of The Sentient Fire. Don’t worry, I’m not changing any of the plot points around or anything like that, just giving it a stylistic polish. There won’t be any “Greedo shot first” moments here. There will be a new cover, and the prose will be better. If you’ve already bought the book, you won’t need to buy the revision—just re-download your purchased TSF, and you’ll have it. I’ll be releasing it as an update, not a separate book.
2015 will be a big year for the D.W. Hawkins universe, so stay tuned for the final announcement that TAS is done, TSF is revised, and if you’re so inclined, stay tuned for the first installment of Ballad of the Outrider, which will follow soon after.