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J. Drew Brumbaugh

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: Kindle edition paperback edition…/1114707174…Nook edition Kobo edition Apple edition 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: Kindle edition paperback edition Nook edition Kobo edition Apple edition 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.

Shepherds – a reading by the author

The ebook version of Shepherds, my highest reader-rated novel, is going on sale for a short time.  To go along with the promotion, here is a video discussing the book and including a short reading from it.  It is just supposed to be fun for those who are fans.  Enjoy.

The ebook is available at: For For for NOOK for Apple and at Kobo


Fantasy Book 3 Progress

The first draft of Book 3 is now over 250 pages. For me, it is the most difficult of the trilogy to write. Despite that, I hope it turns out to be the most fun to read. The difficulty arises from the challenges presented in book 3 by the two main characters, both women. In books 1 and 2 the good guys are easy to distinguish from the bad guys and there was no confusion about them. The reader liked the right characters from the beginning. Book 3 is different. The dark haired woman has a demon for a father yet was raised in a healthy nourishing environment that should have instilled strong ethical values. The lighter haired woman had wonderful biological parents but was taken from them at birth and raised to be the leader of the evil demonic realms in the West. Which basic side of either’s nature will win out? Who will the reader hope triumphs? Even I can’t say for sure as the book progresses. They both work their way into your heart and I feel for them both. What becomes of them? I guess I’ll find out when the book is finished.

Fall of the Western Kings Review

Fall of the Western Kings remains on sale for 99 cents (free to Amazon Prime members) for a few days more. Here’s a review from Goodreads that makes me feel like I didn’t do to badly writing this book.
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. “