Please Ignore This Post

This post has nothing to do with writing. Nothing to do with anything, really, other than as a test for a project I’m working on. I promise to post something substantial soon.

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Off-Topic


Please Pardon the Dust!

Major changes are afoot here. I’m reworking some thing about the website, moving some things around, and getting ready to announce a new project.

I know it’s been kind of stale here for the last little bit. The changes I’m making will breathe new life into the blog and hopefully reach some new fans of the genres I love so much.

Stop back soon to see what develops!



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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in News


#LoveIsLove – Solendrea Proudly Supports the SCOTUS Decision


As the official spokesperson for the world of Solendrea, I’m happy to say on behalf of Tiadaria, Faxon, Maera, and the other power players in Blackbeach and beyond, that we’re all thrilled with the SCOTUS decision to let love rule the day. #LoveIsLove


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Posted by on June 27, 2015 in News, Off-Topic


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Time Flies!


I realize that it’s been quite some time since I last updated my blog…or Twitter…or really anything. I am here to assure you that the rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated!

Over the past few months, I’ve been adapting to once again being a full-time employee. In so doing, I’ve had to prioritize time among my various interests, including writing. I’ll even admit that I took a bit of a much needed break to recharge the old gray matter.

Now it’s time to get back to work. Personally, I needed some time away from the world of Solendrea. As much as I love Tiadaria, Faxon, and all the rest, I needed to take a break from their conflicts and conquests and work on something different.

I’ve decided to do a bit of work on a pet project that’s been calling to me for some time. It’s a dystopian version of our world, set in the not so distant future. It explores what has happened to the northeast United States once the dead start roaming the earth.

I know zombies have been done and done again, but I’d like to think that there will be enough in my world to keep it interesting, if not fresh (pun fully intended), for one more go around.

I hope to have something new for Beta Reading in the next month or so. Keep an eye on this space for more information as it becomes available.

Stay cool out there!


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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in News


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Transitions and Changes

I’ve always been very open and honest in regards to my journey as a writer. As I begin another phase of my professional career, I thought it only fitting to share these new challenges as I always have.

On Monday morning, I’ll be going back to a full time job for the first time in almost two years. As much as I have loved living the dream I’ve had since I was in High School, it’s no longer economically feasible to support my family on the royalties from my books. I had to make the very difficult decision to abandon my life as a professional writer and do what’s best for my family.

That being said, the last two years have been an amazing experience, and I want to thank every single person who has read my books. You’ve enabled me to fulfill a lifelong dream.  How many people can say they’ve been able to live their dreams? I’m incredibly lucky and so, so thankful that I’ve been able to do this. It’s something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

So what does that mean for the future of Solendrea and the rest of the stories I have to tell? Not much. I wrote Swordmage, Darkest Hour, and Pegasus while holding down a full time job. I can handle new books with the same aplomb.

Obviously, writing will take longer and new books will take longer to be published, but I hope that you will find them worth the wait. In the meantime please recommend the current books to anyone you think might enjoy them. It would be a huge help.

Thanks for your support, both past and future.

Best Wishes,

Martin F. Hengst

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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in News, Solendrea, Writing Life


Pathfinder Winner Drawn!

Congratulations to Matt S. for winning the Pathfinder fantasy roleplaying pack sweepstakes.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Giveaways, News, Off-Topic


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10 Hours Left! Enter Now! $100 Pathfinder Roleplaying Sweepstakes

Pathfinder SweepstakesJust a quick heads up: we’re down to the last 10 hours remaining to enter to win more than $100 in Pathfinder roleplaying products. If you’re interested in roleplaying games, or know someone who is, be sure you enter and share your lucky link with your friends. Each time someone uses your link to sign up, you get more chances to win.

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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Giveaways, News, Off-Topic


Pathfinder Roleplaying Pack Sweepstakes

Pathfinder SweepstakesIf you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably already know that I’m an avid gamer as well as an author. I love games of all sorts…cards, board, roleplaying…but I especially love games that have some sort of magical element to them.

In that respect, some of my favorite games are the fantasy-based roleplaying games and card games like Magic the Gathering.

So when I decided that I wanted to do another giveaway, I thought about the kind of people I wanted to gear it toward and it made the most sense to aim it at people just like me…people who love fantasy and games and magic.

So here we go. Until March 20th, you have an opportunity to win my largest giveaway yet. A set of three Pathfinder roleplaying books. Enter below…and be sure to use your special link to refer your friends. The more people you refer, the more chances you earn to win.

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Giveaways, Off-Topic


I have a love-hate relationship with ebooks, here’s why…

For as marvelous as ebooks are and discounting the fact that I make a living writing them, there’s a big reason I hate them too. Here’s why…

I love ebooks. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot to love.

There is something to be said for being able to carry 500+ books around in my backpack in the form of a Kindle that weighs less than a magazine. That’s beside the fact that I write books for a living and ebooks account for 99.5% of my sales. That alone would be reason enough to love them.

However, for all the many reasons there are to love ebooks, there’s still a part of me that hates them.

Allow me to demonstrate.

crystal1This is my paperback copy of Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey. I picked it up a used book sale when I was in high school…so it’s old. Really old. It’s ratty and torn, a lot of the edges are ripped. Its pages have been chewed on by bugs over the years. Even so, I’ve read it probably a hundred times.

crystal2 I love the book and it shows. It looks like it has seen more than its fair share of battles, but every crease and tear, every borehole and dogeared page, is a mark of love. When you open it up, there’s a musk of old ink and paper that’s like a lover’s perfume. Heady and intoxicating.


That’s what I hate about ebooks. Not that they aren’t real, or that the people, like myself, who specialize in them aren’t proper authors…but that they don’t have the physical presence of a paper book. Unless something remarkable happens in the near future, they don’t have that smell that only comes from a lifetime spent in loving hands.

They don’t show the scars of how often they’ve been read and enjoyed. You’ll never see a battered old ebook and wonder who has held it, who has loved it, and what they were going through when they read it. Did they turn to its yellowed pages in times of pain for comfort and solace? Was it just a story to while away the time? Was it a familiar place with familiar friends that felt warm and welcoming regardless of the fact that it was just a work of fiction?

That makes me a bit sad…and no matter how much I love ebooks, there will always be a part of me that hates the reality all the same.

That’s why I make a paperback for each ebook I write. Sometimes, you just want to feel the texture of the paper on your fingertips as you get ready to cross over into a land of make believe.



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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Off-Topic, Writing Life


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The Broken Tower – Magic of Solendrea #7 Now Underway

WriterI just finished the rough draft of the first chapter of The Broken Tower, the 7th book in the Magic of Solendrea series and the 2nd book in the Second Swordmage Trilogy. Get ready for more adventures with Tiadaria, Jonah, Faxon, and more.

Also, remember that Volinette’s Song is $1.99 (down from $3.99) for the next 17 hours and change. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, do so!


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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in News, Solendrea


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