Icarus Available Now on Story Cartel

For a limited only, download Icarus for free on Story Cartel. That’s right! The full novel. No strings attached. The only requirement is a valid Story Cartel account, which is also free. What a bargain!

This offer ends on March 20th, 2017, so head on over to Story Cartel and get yours today!

Signed Paperback Giveaway

To celebrate the one month anniversary of Icarus, I’ve teamed up with Goodreads to give away ten signed paperback copies!

Want one? Hurry, because the giveaway ends on March 4th, 2017. Good luck!

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Icarus by David K. Hulegaard

Icarus

by David K. Hulegaard

Giveaway ends March 04, 2017.

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Icarus Radio Spot

Since the story of Icarus takes place in the 1940s, somehow making a big fancy trailer didn’t seem appropriate. Instead, I’ve put together this little radio spot to capture the essence of the era. I hope you enjoy it!

What Readers Are Saying About Icarus

After two weeks on the market, I couldn’t be more thrilled about the reception Icarus is receiving. The book currently has a five-star average rating on Amazon, and many readers have taken the time to write me and share even more detailed thoughts. I love it!

Based on the feedback I’ve received, Miller Brinkman seems to have resonated with readers. His character has drawn multiple comparisons to Indiana Jones, which is flattering. Readers have also expressed their satisfaction with “the twist.” I can’t say anything more about it without spoiling the surprise, but needless to say, Icarus doesn’t finish the way you think it’s going to. 🙂

But, hey! Writing is all about showing versus telling, so here’s just a few of the comments readers have left about Icarus:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you haven’t read Icarus yet, check it out!

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Icarus Available Now

The wait is over: Icarus is out now and available in both Kindle and paperback format. I couldn’t be more excited to share this story with you!

Icarus is a mystery with a sci-fi twist. I tend to think of it as Dick Tracy meets the X-Files.  It’s a mixture of 1940s noir,  coupled with the paranoia that swept the nation in the 1960s. A reader once said, “Imagine a Sam Spade novel as written by Phillip K. Dick,” and I couldn’t ask for a greater compliment than that.

I came up with the idea for Icarus a little over six years ago, and it’s been a long journey full of false starts and detours to reach this point. After many rounds of revision to get it right, I’m so proud of the final result, and I hope that you will enjoy it.

In celebration of today’s launch, please enjoy the first two chapters below with my thanks.

Planet of Ice Giveaway

When a mysterious message prompts Delta to leave the crew unexpectedly, Max, Kort and K1RB pursue her to a mining colony on Quaris – a distant planet with a seedy reputation. To find Delta, the team must traverse a harsh, unforgiving environment; face certain death at the hands of murderous mercenaries; and uncover the powerful secrets hidden beneath the planet’s frozen crust . . .

Enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of Planet of Ice.

The Hulegaard Books Podcast is Back!

After a very long hiatus, I’m pleased to announce that the Hulegaard Books podcast has returned. It most likely won’t become a weekly fixture as it once was, but my goal will remain the same: To bring you compelling conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the literary field.

My first guest is none other than the illustrious Tony Healey, the best-selling author of Hope’s Peak. In this episode, Tony and I discuss his journey to traditional publishing, and the aftermath of success. Check it out below!

Mark Duplass is My Spirit Animal

What can I say about 2016 that hasn’t already been said? It was a difficult year filled with countless hurdles, heartbreaking losses, and growing uneasiness about the future. Yes, 2016 felt like a never-ending downward spiral, however, it also turned out to be a breakthrough year for me on my journey of self-discovery.

In 2016 I saw a wonderful film called Blue Jay, written by Mark Duplass (side note: I’ve discovered over the last several years that Mark Duplass is in fact my spirit animal, and our iPods are soul mates). The movie is a nostalgic, gut-wrenching tale of two former high school sweethearts reconnecting twenty-four years later, and reflecting on their past.

Although I found the film deeply moving and poignant, it was actually something Duplass said about his inspiration to write it that resonated with me even more. He was about to turn forty-years-old, and took stock of his life, wondering if it had turned out the way he’d imagined in his youth.

“I lead the complex life of a 39-year-old husband, dad, runner of businesses. But once, I was just a 15-year-old who would stay up all night crafting a journal entry about my feelings. I was melodramatic and romantic, and I didn’t edit myself. But I suddenly woke up feeling like that person had died, and I didn’t know how to get that person back.”

These words stuck with me long after the film because I realized that’s what was happening to me. I, too, was turning forty-years-old, and an unexplained melancholy writhed in my gut. On the surface, I had no reason to complain, but I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that I’d strayed too far from my path in life—that I’d somehow disappointed my younger self.

So, I followed Mark’s lead and took inventory of my life, and the results were surprising. Although I had much to be thankful for, what I lacked was passion, something I once had in excess. But at forty-years-old, most of my time was allocated to a job that grew more soul-crushing by the day, which drove a wedge between me and my passion.

After much introspection, I arrived at a simple conclusion: My passion is to create, and long have I neglected it. But no more. I made the decision to do something about it, starting with saying goodbye to my soul-crushing job in October.

In the two months that have since past, I’ve devoted more time and resources into feeding my passion. I feel wonderful, and exercising my creativity again has greatly improved my overall mood. While there are many things about 2016 that I can’t change, I enter 2017, hopeful, and continuing to focus on the things that I can. That path begins with the release of my new novel Icarus on January 27th.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and encourage you to explore your passions deeper than ever. Let’s make 2017 a brighter year together.