J. Drew Brumbaugh
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I am writing regularly on book 3, though it seems to come to me in bits and pieces. The first draft is now beyond 200 pages and gaining bulk daily. The first major confrontation has been taken care of and the biggest complications are looming near at hand. There remain questions as to who will get inside the tower first and will they discover the secrets to the ultimate magic. If they do, what will having that power do to them? Absolute power corrupts absolutely, is the saying and yet there are examples where integrity and ethics won out – I think George Washington is an example. And now, back to writing.
Slowly working on fantasy book 3. The Tower at Tirumfall has been sealed for 10,000 years and legend says it holds the secrets to the most powerful magic ever. A mysterious key has appeared that might open that tower. Who will be able to use it and unlock the secrets within? Several people are determined to open the tower and not all of them are caring, humane individuals. More importantly, what will they do with that power and knowledge? The fate of the world hangs in the balance.
I’m happy to report that “War Party”one of my highest rated books is now available for free to Amazon Prime readers. It is mainstream suspense fiction, not scifi, not fantasy. A terrorist plot is in the works and no one seems able to pinpoint the target. Unless you count the Paiute Indian who saw the attack in a vision. But who believes him?
Child of Evil, the 2nd book in my fantasy trilogy, was released yesterday and is on sale for 99 cents as an introductory offer. The adventure started in Fall of the Western Kings continues and while Child of Evil follows the earlier book, you don’t need to read book 1 to read book 2. With that release, a video trailer went live to go with it. Here’s the link for that trailer. Enjoy!
As part of the early promotions for “Fall of the Western Kings” I opened a GoodReads giveaway for 2 print copies. Six hundred seventy-seven people signed up and GoodReads picked the 2 winners, to whom I dutifully mailed each of them a book. The winners are never under any obligation to review or rate the books so I was surprised to find that one of the winners not only rated Fall but also wrote an extensive review. It is this kind of feedback that helps improve an author’s writing and energizes them to keep going.
Kristin gave it 4 stars and wrote:
“Fall of the Western Kings had a bit of a slow start, but made up for it by the end. There were elves, demons, dragons and mages. Plenty of action and some interesting relationships between the races, as well as some fascinating magical items.
I was particularly fond of the magic system. The combinations of incantations and movements that allowed the spells to work was interesting without being too complicated. I also was happy to see that they talked of magic backfiring. I’m never a fan of magic that comes too easily.
The antagonists in the book were varied and there were a few unpredictable twists that were engaging and intriguing.
One of my preferred things in a series, is where it leaves loose ends for the next book to build on, but doesn’t leave a huge, frustrating cliffhanger. This book did that well.
I will say, after the shaky start it ended up very engaging. It held my attention enough that I finished it in a day. If you like knights, sword-fighting, dragons and adventure, this is definitely a good choice.
I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. This had no impact on my review. “
The fantasy sequel to “Fall of the Western Kings” is getting near a release date. The final editing is coming to a close, the cover is in the final stages and very soon the package will go off to the printer for the production of a proof copy. Once that arrives the book will get one last scrutiny and any final changes made and then, yahoo, the book will get released. The plan is to have it come out as both a print and ebook simultaneously, unlike what happened with Fall. Here’s hoping this plan doesn’t become a train wreck. Stay tuned.
The sequel to “Fall of the Western Kings” is nearing completion. The cover design is almost done, and it will be another good one. The manuscript has been through its last revision and is now in the hands of beta readers and editors. Which means I have nothing more to do with it until the feedback rolls in and then I hope I won’t have much to fix. For now, fingers crossed, waiting. Nonetheless, “Child of Evil” will likely see publication soon, maybe as early as sometime in June. We’ll see.
Whew! Taking a moment to catch my breath now that I’ve finished the most recent revision. A huge thank you goes out to my wonderful editor who slogged through the entire manuscript and cheerfully pointed out faux pas that would have been inexcusable. And so the plot seems all straightened out, errors corrected, and as far as I can tell nothing contradictory is still in the book. And the characters are happy, at least the ones still alive, which is all that counts. Though certainly some of those killed off might have objections, but then again, they’re dead. Now I am almost ready for the really tough part – line editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and typographical errors. I should have some help with that and with luck there aren’t too many such things that will need fixed. Finally, the cover is coming soon so the target release date still seems doable. I am really looking forward to being done with this project so I can move on.