J. Drew Brumbaugh

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Inspirational company while I write

Writing is pretty much a solitary endeavor so it’s really great when Mother Nature provides you with company. I write most of the time in a third floor “office” and it’s quiet up here. Now, I’ve got company and inspiring company at that. An oriole pair built a nest just outside my window and their colorful plumage and the basket nest are treats that I get to watch while I write, or look for inspiration. Thanks for that blessing is all I can say. Here’s a pic of the nest and one of the birds. I can’t wait until there are little birds.

War Party Wins GR group read poll

Thanks to everyone who voted in the GR poll. I just got word that “War Party” was voted in as group read for the month in the Action/Adventure group at Goodreads. Something I never expected but I certainly am thankful for a chance to not only have new readers for the book but actually be able to hear what they think of it, what they liked, what they didn’t.
To celebrate winning, the ebook price is being dropped to 99 cents while the group read is going on. Links if you are interested are here but be sure to check the price before you buy since the price changes sometimes happen slowly.
http://hyperurl.co/06fkvo smart URL – Amazon by country link

A Reader’s Request for the War Party sequel

During a discussion yesterday with a friend who reads all my books and is often critical, he asked what book I’m working on (he’s not on FB) and I said the sequel to “War Party”. He asked if he could make a suggestion. Gulp, okay, I said. Can you have more of the book be about Tommy? I liked him a lot but really didn’t need so much about the other characters. That was a surprise not just because I didn’t think Tommy was the kind of character he’d like but because Tommy was not originally supposed to be the main character in the book. He grew into my favorite character while I was writing. So, wish granted (I hope) because Tommy and Johanna do fill up the bulk of book 2. I hope others will agree that this is what they wanted to see.
And if you haven’t read “War Party” yet you can get it here:
http://hyperurl.co/06fkvo smart URL – Amazon by country link

Thoughts on Artificial Intelligence

Like many authors, I usually have more than one book idea rattling around in my head at a time. While I’m concentrating on finishing a sequel to “War Party” I also have been thinking about a far-future scifi novel that’s been in the drawer for a couple of years. If the setting is about 200 years in the future, what will human society be like especially if AIs are here in large numbers. I realize now that my first draft stuck too close to the usual drivel; AIs as robotic humans, hardly more than servants or mobile computers with perhaps more humanity built in than is likely. I’ve been trying to expand this whole idea because I’m sure things will change a lot more than that. Just think about how much things have changed in the last 50 years. What will AIs look like? Probably not people if they have anything to say about it. Will AIs create other AIs? What kind of relationship will they have with humans? As the author, I have already decided that it not be the outcome seen in “Terminator.” For me, I think the AIs will be more altruistic than that though really I’m having a hard time coming up with a reason why AIs would suffer humans at all. I think AIs will gradually take control of things; do all of the farming and manufacturing, run law enforcement, give humans a stipend to live on or maybe money will lose significance, and refuse to allow disruptive behavior that interferes with the logical, smooth and efficient operation of society. I think the AIs will have a much wider range of inputs or senses and likely they will see in other spectra, hear a much wider range including sonar, and have all sorts of interconnected data feeds though I think it will be through some sort of tunneling, quantum connections. Some AIs may wonder about the human concept of a soul and God, but I’m not sure what that means to them. These are just a few thoughts that I’m wrestling with. I’ll have to figure more of this out before I work on that book. What do you think?

War Party Sequel Progress Update

I am about 1/3 through what I hope is the final draft to the sequel to “War Party.” With any luck (well really just more work) it might even see print later this year. In the meantime, I still don’t have a title for it and can’t seem to come up with a catchy name for the series. Certainly Tommy is the main character and again a vision plays a big part in the plot. This time Johanna jumps to the forefront and becomes very important to both the plot and to Tommy. Some of the other characters you’ll remember from from book 1 do make appearances. I only hope that this book lives up to the expectations of readers since I’ve gotten some really good feedback on “War Party.” While these books are okay for young adult readers (some violence but less than on many TV shows) they are really more for adults.
If you haven’t read it, you can get it at these outlets:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKMFNCM Kindle edition
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480151998 paperback edition
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BKMFNCM Amazon.com.uk
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/war-party-j-dre…/1114707174…Nook edition
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/war-party-6 Kobo edition
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id622381135 Apple edition
https://www.scribd.com/book/231329098/War-Party for Scribd

“Shepherds” gets another 5-Star Review

Every Author wants to connect with readers and yet we seldom get that chance. One way is through reviews but even those are generally few and far between for Indie Authors. So, imagine my surprise and delight to find that I just got a 5-star review on Amazon for my scifi action novel, “Shepherds.” And along with it was a detailed review that told me the reader had gotten all that I’d hoped to put in there. It made my day. If you want to see the review here is the link to the book where you can find all the reviews.

What’s In A Title

With fantasy book 3 set aside to ferment, I am working on the sequel to “War Party” and need to figure out what the title should be. Right now the working title is “Train Wreck” but I think it is both misleading and maybe gives too much away. Another thought is “The Bridge” though again that doesn’t really say much that would draw in those readers who are more likely to enjoy this book. Tommy is a main character in this book, and yes, again he will have a vision that gives him advance knowledge of a potential disaster. Unlike “War Party” this vision is not nearly so easy to determine where or when this is going to happen and so Tommy has to get resourceful about figuring that out. He does have help from friends and especially from Johanna. So without giving too much of the story away, I’m looking for possible titles, maybe even something that suggests that this is book 2 in a series. And if it’s a series, what should the series be called?

If you haven’t read “War Party” you can get it through the following sites:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKMFNCM Kindle edition

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480151998 paperback edition

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BKMFNCM Amazon.com.uk

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/war-party-j-drew-brumbaugh/1114707174?ean=2940016243085&isbn=2940016243085 Nook edition

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/war-party-6 Kobo edition

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id622381135 Apple edition

https://www.scribd.com/book/231329098/War-Party for Scribd


Fantasy Book 3 First Draft Complete

The first draft of fantasy book 3 is done. Finally. I can’t say it all went exactly as I thought it would when I started but it seems consistent within itself and for now that’s all I can ask. Now to set it aside, take time to reflect on what I’ve written before starting to tear it apart and make it readable, exciting, and hopefully a good read. In the meantime, I’m going to pick up the second book in Tommy’s Vision series and really polish it up.

Limited Time Sale “War Party” is 99 Cents!

To celebrate my action-adventure thriller now being available on not only Kindle, but Nook, iTunes, Kobo and several other ebook outlets, it will be on sale. It has a 4.7 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon. Check it out and feel free to forward this to anyone who likes a good A-A novel.
Below are links to various outlets:

Shepherds Sale over and Fantasy book 3 update

The sale is over, the ebook version of “Shepherds” is back to normal price. The promotion went okay, sold a few that will hopefully generate a review or two. Thanks. Meanwhile, work goes on with fantasy book 3. Now well past 300 pages of the draft and a final direction seems to be taking place. We’ll see. Meantime you can get books 1 and 2 at the links below.