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The Sentient Fire for Under a Dollar

The Awakening Storm

The Awakening Storm–Coming Soon!

The Sentient Fire

The Sentient Fire–now just $0.99!

So.  Today has been an enlightening day, and a hectic one.  Yesterday was also a long day, because I–in my wisdom–decided that I would update my website real fast, and further integrate my blog with it.  As all things having to do with websites, it inevitably took all day to get done, and I didn’t even come close to reaching the goal I’d had in mind, instead having to go for a huge compromise.  Such is life.

Since I had just updated everything with the new book covers and graphics, I decided to go ahead and paste in the revised blurb for The Sentient Fire.  Again, this was one of those things that was going to happen real fast.  I’m sure you can guess how that worked out for me.

As it turns out, both Amazon and Smashwords had changed their book cover requirements related to image size, going from a requirement of 800 pixels wide to somewhere in the ballpark of 1400-1800.  The reason that’s such a bad thing is that with raster images–like a book cover–you can’t just resize the thing and reupload.  Oh no–you have to make the whole thing over again from scratch.  And this meant that all of my covers, which had been made to the same size requirements, were out of date and probably looked horrible on modern devices.  It constantly amazes me how fast technology moves.  So without an updated cover, I couldn’t move forward with resubmitting the book I’d already published until I had taken care of that.  I doubt anyone noticed, but for about 12 hours I went dark.

The reason why that was such a bad thing is that I recently had my computer crash–as some of you may have read–and had switched from MS Word to LibreOffice Writer.  So not only did I have to make three brand-spanking new book covers, I had to reformat my entire Gods-damned manuscript.  Plus figure out the nuances of Libre besides your basic point-and-type functions.  All in all, it has been a hectic and really fun day.  I mean that in the most sarcastic way possible.

Not to worry, though–I did finish it all up.  In fact, I decided that if I was in need of an update, I might as well add some back matter and redo everything, so I did.  No, TSF Revised is not out yet, but there is a new cover and a revised blurb, and some promo material in the back.  If you’ve already downloaded, then look back in the next couple of weeks (considering all the distribution channels update quickly) and you can get your new version.  Or, you can wait for TSF Revised.

For those of you who haven’t yet bought The Sentient Firethough, I’ve decided to run a promotion.  From today until The Awakening Storm is released, The Sentient Fire is only $0.99.  That’s around 340,000 words–a true epic length fantasy novel–for under a dollar.  I know the Kindle price is updated, but you Nook and Apple users may have to wait for the price to filter down from Smashwords, or you can go right over to Smashwords and buy the book in any format you need.

Click here to get your copy of The Sentient Fire for just $0.99 (Kindle)

Here for Smashwords

Don’t forget to head over to Dwhawkins.com and join my mailing list, The Conclave, for news and updates straight from me and free stuff.  Much love and respect to you all, and I’ll type at you soon.

~D.W.

Tentative Release Dates: The Awakening Storm & The Sentient Fire, revised

The Sentient Fire, The Seven Signs Book One, revised

The Sentient Fire, The Seven Signs Book One, revised

The Awakening Storm Cover

The Awakening Storm, The Seven Signs Book Two

Well everyone, the time has come to release a little information about the next installments in the D.W. Hawkins universe–yes, I’m taking about The Awakening Storm, and The Sentient Fire Revised.  You may have read the blog I released a few days ago regarding my progress on The Awakening Storm and the arrival of the new cover art.  Well, just today the cover art for the revised version of The Sentient Fire came in, and I updated my website in turn.  Such a thing wouldn’t be complete without a bit of new information, so here goes.  I know what you’re thinking–Geez, it’s about time.

First, the news everyone wants to hear–The Awakening Storm.  TAS will be released in the late summer/early fall of this year, 2015.  I’m aiming for a mid to late August release, because yours truly starts school on the 24th of that month.  I’m now under 100 pages of finishing the beast, and the last chapters always go the fastest.  The cover art is in, the final draft is being finished, and you’ll have this bad boy in your hands within a couple of months.  Believe me, I’m just as excited to get it to you as you are to read it.  I’ve put out on website that it’s coming in the Fall of 2015, so consider this official.  Sadly, it won’t feature any new character sketches the way The Sentient Fire had, but I’m currently working on getting a new and improved map made, and that will hopefully make it in time for the release.  Regardless, I will update my website with it.

The Sentient Fire Revised will come a month or two later, in the Winter of this year.  I’ve mentioned this once before, but I’m going to put it out again–this is not a packaged reselling, merely a repackaged update.  I will simply be updating the digital information for the book, so if you’ve already purchased your copy of The Sentient FIre, you get the revised version for free.  All you’ll have to do is re-download your version from either your preferred retailer or Smashwords.  Nothing in the story is changing, I’m just giving the prose a stylistic polish.  The truth is that TSF was a book that evolved with me over a long period of time, and I feel that the prose–especially in the early parts of the book–is no longer an accurate representation of the story, or me as a writer.  Vanity it may be, but don’t worry–I’m not making you pay for it.  Unless, that is, you want a print copy.  That, I can’t really control.  Look for The Sentient Fire Revised around October of this year, 2015.

On to even more news:  There is now a plan in the works to have The Sentient Fire Revised and The Awakening Storm converted into Audiobooks!  After the release of TSF Revised, work will begin on getting the two huge tomes read by someone amazing, and hopefully those two gems will be available on Audible just in time for Christmas.  For those of you like me, who greatly enjoy a well-read audiobook, I’m sure it will be interesting to experience The Seven Signs that way.  I know it will be fun for me.

So, this year will be a big year for the D.W. Hawkins universe.  You’ll have not one, but four new things from me before the end of 2015.  Work never stops on this end, and directly after the release of The Awakening Storm, work will begin on Book Three, which is being called The Whispering Tide.  I’ll also go back to working on The Ballad of the Outrider.

Don’t forget to share this post with all your friends.  Head on over to dwhawkins.com and join The Conclave so you can get free stuff and updates directly from me every month, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like my page on Facebook.  Much love and respect to all of you, and I’ll type at you soon.

~~D.W.

The Awakening Storm

The Awakening Storm Cover

The Awakening Storm

Well everyone, the cover art for The Awakening Storm is here, and I’m pretty stoked about it.  In my last post you guys may have noticed that I said that TAS is within 100 pages of being done, and it’s chugging right along toward the end.  It has been a wild ride for me, as this book has stuck with me through some of the most challenging times in my life.  I must admit that it’s been a love-hate relationship, and that now I know the challenge of attempting to conquer the “great muddled middle” of the fantasy series.

I’m expecting to be finished with this bad boy before I start school at the end of August, and I’m pushing harder than ever to make that happen.  I’m to the point now in the story where all the dominoes are set, the course is ready, and the only thing left to do is to tip them all over and see where everything lands.  The way things are looking, The Awakening Storm will be the same size–or even larger–than The Sentient Fire, as a lot of things still need to happen before I can brush off my hands and call this effort finished.  As anyone who read book one can probably imagine, the thing is already titanic.

I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has waited way too long for this book.  I know that it should have been released years ago, and you have no idea how much I appreciate your patience with me over the last while.  I published a blog post a few months ago explaining the reasons for the delay, and I won’t go into detail about the medical and personal issues that have plagued me since 2011, but things are looking up now and you’ll have this bad boy on your devices (or in your hands if you still prefer print) very soon.  I’m super excited for you to read it.

The Awakening Storm is a little different than The Sentient FIre.  It has loads more action, and a ton of things are going on in the world in the wake of Dormael and D’Jenn’s battle at Orm.  The Galanian Empire is ramping up it’s war of conquest once again, and a whole new group of characters will enter the story to play their parts in the larger drama.  Maaz and Maarkov are still on the scene, working to further Maaz’s goals–or did you think that they would sit idly by while the companions raced around the globe outwitting them?  Not likely.  The companions are now fugitives from justice, and have to adjust their tactics accordingly.  There’s war, political strife, romance, naval battles, and more magic than the first book had on its best day.

Oh; and Bethany gets to kick a little ass, too.

In short, it’s time to start checking up on my progress periodically if you’re interested, because the final draft is nearing it’s final keystroke.  Next week I plan on setting the book up for preorder through Smashwords, so check back often and order your copy soon.  When it’s published, you can just up and download it at your leisure.

Much love and respect to you all, and you’ll be hearing from me soon.

~~D.W.

The Last Days of the Sony Vaio

She was a good computer.  Fast, with a dedicated graphics card and lots of software.  We had many adventures, R.I.P.

So yes, my computer died the digital death recently.  I was right in the middle of trying to update my website, and it had a fatal error.  I’m fairly sure it was a problem with a power converter or something–the thing would only draw enough power for the HDD to spin up.  It wasn’t the end of the world, though.

I had my writing backed up, of course.

I took it as a sign that it was time to upgrade.  We’re now back in business, with a new computer and an entirely new operating system, too.  It took me forever to get Windows 8 to behave, believe me.  Many of the features on this thing just make me wonder “why?”, but I figured it out soon enough.  Despite the catastrophe, The Awakening Storm is now within 100 pages of being finished.  A few more chapters, and it’ll be time for editing.

I also wanted to announce the possibility of having TSF and TAS produced as audiobooks.  It will be later this year–after the release of The Sentient Fire revised–but there is a plan in the works to have the books, or at the least the first one, on Audible by Christmas.  Maybe sooner.

Hope you all are doing awesome.  Don’t forget to subscribe, like, share, all of that stuff, and if you feel so inclined, then head on over dwhawkins.com and subscribe to my mailing list, The Conclave.  They got some free stuff today, just to let you guys know.

Battlestations

My battlestation.

My Battlestation.

Yes, that is a shot from five minutes ago.  That’s my nerd-cave right there, my Battlestation with a capital “B”.  It’s blogging time again, and I thought I would fill you guys and gals in on some of the changes that I’ve made, and just give you a glimpse into what has been going on.  Give you a peek into my world, so to speak.

First of all, you may notice a few things above.  Yes, that is a full-sized, poster quality map from The Sentient Fire.  Beside it is an actual painting of Maaz given to me for Christmas by Jason Peek.  It’s true–his eyes follow me around the room, and I have to admit that the painting is one my favorite things on the planet.  Beneath the map you may notice a series of scribbled pages taped to the back wall.  That, my friends, is the hand-written rough outline for the last third of The Awakening Storm.

That’s right; I took it to the page and attacked the problem old-school style.

It’s daunting for me to realize how much has happened in the story since I left off with TSF, and just how many spoilers I would let go if I talked about it at all.  Just to show you guys, though–it is getting crazy around here.  It always does, toward the end.

You may have noticed a few changes in my little corner of the interwebs.  I’ve moved my main blog away from Tumblr and set up shop at WordPress, mainly for integration reasons.  The Tumblr blog is still active, but it is fed from WordPress now and I no longer use Tumblr first-hand.  You readers know how sporadically I use social media anyway, but now you’ll mostly find me checking my WordPress and Facebook, and maybe tooling around on Goodreads every now and then.

One thing I am excited about, though, is the new mailing list.  Head on over to dwhawkins.com and sign up for The Conclave.  Think of it more as a membership than a mailing list.  Sure, I’ll be sending emails out once a month, but more than that I’ll also be letting exclusive content, members-only deals, and giveaways go from time to time.  Every piece of correspondence you’ll receive as a member of The Conclave will be from me, personally.  You’ll know everything first and get a chance at everything first.  It’s completely free, by the way, and the only information required is your email.  Nothing gets collected and sold to any third party.  Sign up here today.  Unless, you know…you don’t like free stuff.

I’m also stoked to announce that on May 25th I’ll be featured on r/Fantasy as the Writer of the Day!  For all you fellow redditors out there, head over to the subreddit r/Fantasy and look for me on the 25th.  I’ll be answering questions about anything and everything, and I’m excited to possibly talk to fans and strangers alike.  I’ll be online during the day starting at 9am.  While you’re there, browse around the subreddit, there’s plenty of interesting links and discussions to be had.

Anyway, gang, things here are looking great.  TAS is coming along, and we’re finally getting close to the end of that long, long road.  I’m looking forward to it just as much as you are.

Then, it’ll be time for Book Three.

The Big Move

Alright, so I’m once again changing my social media infrastructure.  Try and bear with me through the changes and this will all settle out.  I’ll be changing my official email, and moving my official blog from Tumblr to WordPress.  It’s going to take some doing, but I’ll get everything straightened out soon enough.  I’ll also be adding a mailing list when the dust settles, so be sure to look for it if you’re interested in joining.

Here we go…