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J. Drew Brumbaugh

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” – A Book Worth Reading

I was given a copy of this book, one I’ve wanted to read for a while, and while enjoyed isn’t the right term because the things brought up in the book are sad, tragic, horrible and reminded me of the injustices man does to man. It also reminded me that there is wisdom in Native American culture, valuable lessons we’ve yet to learn.. The book was written in a way that made it easy to read and kept me reading. It made me question what I knew about the history of Native Americans, and taught me things about how I think. It is worth reading and thinking about afterward.  It will influence what I write going forward with Tommy Galiwee and “Bula Bridge” and for that I have to thank the author, Kent Nerburn.

Next Book: Bula Bridge

With the end of the sale for “War Party” and the Goodreads group read coming to an end, it’s time to get back to finishing up “Bula Bridge,” the next book with Tommy, Bert and Katrina.  I am working on a good name for the series since it appears that it will indeed become one.  Tommy’s Visions?  Tommy Galiwee Adventures?

Anyway, in the first book I had four main characters; Tommy, Bert, Katrina and Hamid.  All of them had a fair amount of material devoted to their character development above and beyond their actions that were integral to the plot. Part of the reason for that was that when I started writing the novel I wasn’t sure who the actual main (as in most interesting) character would be.  Even Hamid had a lot of description about who he was and how he felt about things.  He was a more empathetic villain than might be expected for a terrorist.

Now I’m working on building on that, especially for Tommy.  His life is moving forward, though he’s not sure where it is going, and his relationship with Johanna is becoming important.  Bert and Katrina are again part of the story but to a lesser extent and so their lives are not the focus that they were in book 1.  This time the villain is not very empathetic, though I hope readers will be able to understand why he is who he is and dislike him for the right reasons.  As always for me, it is the characters that make the story worth reading.  I hope I can provide interesting, captivating characters once again caught up in an adventure that keeps the pages turning.

“War Party” Sales Event

Well, “War Party” sales event started yesterday and got off to a great start thanks to lots of readers who bought the book at 99 cents. I hope they like the book and might even post a review when they’re done. The book nearly made the top 100 yesterday in the suspense category which was a pleasant surprise. I even got sales at Apple and that hardly ever happens. Thanks everyone. And it’s not too late to jump into the group read at Goodreads where I’m posting some things about the book that you won’t see elsewhere.  Here’s the link to the group read:
Here are links to buy the book on sale: smart URL – Amazon by country link paperback edition…/1114707174 Nook edition Kobo edition Apple edition for Scribd

“War Party” GR Group Read Update

As some of you know, I’m reading “War Party” myself as part of the Goodreads ActionAdventure group read going on now. I’ve reached page 203 and ugh found a second typo. I hate them even though I find them in books from major publishers too and understand that they sneak in despite the best efforts to stamp them out. I marked them in my copy of the book and eventually will get them fixed, just not right now.
Also, “War Party” is on sale for a while yet to coincide with the GR group read so you can get the ebook for 99 cents at any of these outlets. smart URL – Amazon by country link Kindle edition paperback edition…/1114707174 Nook edition Kobo edition Apple edition for Scribd

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. 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: 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: 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.