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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.

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