J. Drew Brumbaugh
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://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/war-party-6 Kobo edition
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id622381135 Apple edition
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.
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:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NGO2TO For Amazon.com http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002NGO2TO For Amazon.co.uk
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shepherds-j-drew-brumbaugh/1108916200?ean=2940148551294&itm=1&usri=2940148551294 for NOOK https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id711489594 for Apple and https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shepherds-1 at Kobo
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.
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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.