J. Drew Brumbaugh
I think anyone who writes novels will admit that characters do take over the story. When I start a novel I usually have a few of the main characters in mind and a general plot idea. But as the story grows, the characters start to demand their own outcomes, their own actions, and sometimes demand to move into the limelight instead of being relegated to minor status. For example in “Fall of the Western Kings” Dalphnia, a woodland nymph with the power to enchant men was originally only supposed to be the foil that stopped Gant from being able to go after the demon lord Varg. Instead when he broke her spell and left she was not happy sitting on the sidelines. She was in love (not nymphonic love that is mostly one-sided, but human love) and she went to get him back. Thus she became one of the strongest characters in the story! Here’s a link to a short video dealing with Dalphnia. https://youtu.be/yKjUP10isRE
And here’s an excerpt from “Fall of the Western Kings” chapter 36 where we see her putting some of her abilities to good use.
She wasn’t far from Blasseldune when the trees brought a different message, of men camped beside the road, several of them, with a campfire (trees always took note of fires) and horses tied nearby.
Gant, thought Dalphnia, and in her excitement, she rushed headlong into the camp without asking the trees if these men carried swords of power. She stopped in the dim circle of the dwindling campfire, having run so swiftly and silently she’d passed the lone sentry without an alarm. One look around and she realized her mistake.
There were six large, bushy bearded, armed men cast around the fire like sticks dropped by high winds. Before she could duck back into the forest, the guard shouted a warning. Several of them leaped to their feet, coming immediately to a half-crouch, swords drawn. They had her surrounded.
“What ‘ave we got here?” roared the largest one, brandishing his sword.
“Looks like just what we was lookin’ for,” said another, and lunged at her, his thick fingers eagerly grasping for her arm.
There was no time to exert her influence on these men. She dodged the initial rush and tried to push off a second attacker. Before she could escape she was tackled from behind. The force slammed her to the ground, knocking the wind out of her. She fought to get a breath.
“I’m first,” growled the leader, and he shoved the other man off of her. Roughly he clawed at her shoulder, rolling her over to face him. Her knees came up reflexively, but he thrust his hairy arms between them forcing her legs apart.
“Stop,” she hissed, “or else!”
“Or else what?” laughed one of the men in the circle.
Trees, she thought. I need help. She reached out using the empathy she had with trees to the nearest oak and the 80-foot tall tree responded. A three-inch thick limb swooped down shattering the skull of the man on top of Dalphnia. Blood and brains splashed across the carpet of dead leaves beside Dalphnia. He was dead before he fell over.
Another limb caught the man next to him in the chest knocking him over backwards. He yelped in pain and rolled away from the tree.
“What the ‘ell’s happenin’,” snapped one of the assailants.
“Th-the tree hit ‘em,” managed another.
Dalphnia was on her feet. The remaining men cowered away, their eyes glued to the trees.
“Hey, didn’t mean no harm, just ‘avin’ a little fun,” said one, his forced smile ripe with fear.
“Fun for whom?” she growled. “I suggest you learn how to treat a lady.”
“Yes, m’m. We’ll be rememberin’ that.”
“I’m sure you will.”
With that Dalphnia raced back into the woods, remembering to ask the trees specifically about swords with strong magic.
I am happy to announce that as of Friday, October 11, the two books in the Galiwee Visions series (War Party and Bula Bridge) are available at Logenberry Books. If you haven’t visited Loganberry Books before, you’re in for a treat. The staff is friendly and they know their books, which they have lots. The last time I was in there I got a tip about a book, bought it and am really glad I did. You can find this fabulous bookstore at 13015 Larchmere Blvd in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
While the blog tour for “Fall of the Western Kings” slogs on questions come up regarding where the ideas came for the book, now trilogy, and how I wrote it. So, here’s a short video describing the fantasy from the beginning with some insight into how I do things when I’m working on a book.
It’s day 4 and the fantasy blog tour for “Fall of the Western Kings” is going strong. Lots of people checking things out, dropping a comment, and entering the giveaway. But the tour is at different blog sites every day. So how do you find the tour?
Here’s a video showing how I went looking for the tour. https://youtu.be/R6a7UskaKfM
Or you could visit Silver Dagger Tours and find the schedule for the tour.
The tour starts today! Yikes, and I don’t really know what I’m doing. They tell me it’ll be fun, that I’ll get to interact with bloggers and readers and maybe another author or two. The tour highlights the two books in my epic fantasy series, “Fall of the Western Kings” and “Child of Evil.” It starts today and runs through October 26th. There’s a giveaway too – an Amazon gift card so be sure to sign up to win that. During the tour please stop by some of the blog spots and add a comment. I’ll be checking in from time to time so leave a question and I’ll try to answer it. The whole thing kicks off here where you can sign up for the giveaway and find links to all of the blog stops. Check it out. https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/fall-of-the-western-kings-book-tour-and-giveaway
Yes, that’s right, I’m going on a blog tour even though I’ve never done one and really don’t know how they work. I guess I will find out. The tour will highlight the two books in my epic fantasy series, “Fall of the Western Kings” and “Child of Evil.” The tour starts September 26thand runs through October 26th. During the tour I’ll be dropping in on some of the blog spots and adding a post here and there. I’ll be letting readers in on things about the series and about me that I haven’t shared before. If anything I hope it’ll be fun for the bloggers, their subscribers, and me.
Right now the tour is being set up and if you’re a blogger who might be interested in getting in on it, here’s a link to sign up. There are giveaways and incentives for bloggers to be part of it so check it out. https://www.silverdaggertours.com/tour-sign-ups/fall-of-the-western-kings-tour-sign-ups
As mentioned here before, I had a couple of books at Carlisle’s on Bridge Street in Ashtabula, OH and they sold out right away. I don’t know if anyone went there looking for a copy and was disappointed that they couldn’t get one, if so I’m sorry about that. I had no idea the books would sell so fast. Additional copies will be available at Carlisle’s beginning the afternoon of Friday, August 23. I can’t guarantee how long they will last.
If you want a copy with a personalized autograph I will be on Bridge Street that afternoon and would be happy to sign a copy for you. If you don’t find me at Carlisle’s (I won’t actually be there long) you probably will find me at Harbor Perk. Whether you are interested in the book or not, just drop by to say hi.
A lot of good indie authors go unnoticed and yes there are indie authors who should go unnoticed. Renee Scattergood is one of the good ones. So far I’ve only read the beginning ofShadow Stalker and from what I’ve read, Renee’s writing is clean, crisp and well done. I was immediately taken by her main character, Auren, and you will be too. The only reason I haven’t gobbled up her books is that they are not available in print and I don’t like reading on a digital device. I stick to reading paper editions with pages that I touch and turn. For all you e-reader fans that shouldn’t be an issue.
Since this is being released as a serial, the first book actually contains episodes 1 – 6. If you like urban fantasy, give it a try. Links are below along with a little more about Renee and the book.
Renee Scattergood, author of the dark fantasy serial, Shadow Stalker, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She loves reading, watching movies with her family, and watching YouTube videos with her daughter. Visit her site for a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): https://reneescattergood.com
Auren longs to prove her independence, but when she disobeys her foster-father, her forbidden excursion turns into a nightmare. The Galvadi have invaded and their emperor wants her dead. Only she can stop him and save her people, but can she overcome her fears and live up to the task?
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Jumping between the writing department and the promotional department can be a struggle. There’s never enough time for both and yet somehow it must get done.
Currently the writer is nearing the three-quarter mark on the first revision to the final book in the Tirumfall Trilogy. As with all rewrites this one is going to take several more iterations before it’s ready to publish but at least it’s moving along. I have to admit some of the characters in book 3 are doing things I had not had in mind when I began writing this novel and there might be a bit of it that seems shocking to some readers. I just hope it ends up being the kind of shock where the reader goes “Wow. I didn’t see that coming.” in a good way.
Meanwhile, the promotion department is moving forward on several fronts centered around “Bula Bridge” and how best to market it within the local area. Up to this point, it has not gone smoothly. So far attempts to hold a book signing have not produced anything positive. I hope one way or the other there is something to report soon.
I know I mentioned to a number of people that there would soon be a book signing (or reading) in Ashtabula, and so far there hasn’t been one. Never fear, it is still in the works. The problem has been finding the right date/time and location. As soon as the details are finalized, I’ll post it here. In the meantime, anyone looking for a copy of Bula Bridge remember that if you’re visiting Bridge Street in Ashtabula, Carlisle’s has copies and I’m sure they’ll be happy to sell you one. And while you’re in there, tell them you’d like to see them handle copies of the prequel, War Party. Thanks. Looking forward to seeing some of you soon out on Bridge Street.