J. Drew Brumbaugh

Author of science fiction, fantasy and suspense

Shela Nomination

Even though Shela has only been out for a week, I hope it’s too early to ask those who’ve read or are reading it to consider nominating it for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2021.  It’s easy to do using the link below.  Or, maybe there’s another indie book you’d like to nominate.  One requirement is that the book must have been independently published after October 2020.  Happy reading.


Shela Print Edition

I know there are readers who want print copies that they can hold in their hands and turn pages instead of ebooks.  Heck, I’m one of them.  And so, Hallelujah the print edition of Shela is finally available.  You can order it online from Amazon or Barnes&Noble.  You should also be able to order through any brick-and-mortar bookstore, though I haven’t verified that yet.  I think after all the headaches of getting it put together, it came out pretty good.  I hope it lives up to expectations.

Links if you are interested in a paperback are here.



Wishing everyone finds great books to read.

Shela Release Date Set

Yeah!  Finally the ebook edition of Shela, the exciting sequel to Shepherds, is available for pre-order and will be released on November 1, 2021.  Toivo and Olga are faced with new challenges and will have to risk their lives to rescue their genetically engineered friend, Shela.  Of course Poika and the other dolphins will be there to help. 

For those who prefer print books, the print version is not quite ready yet but should be soon.  I’ll post something when it is.

The ebook can be pre-ordered almost everywhere.  Here are links to pre-order:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09J1M6HGF Amazon

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shela-j-drew-brumbaugh/1140344408 B&N

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1589795005 Apple books

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shela-1 Kobo

Getting Closer

As the release date for the sequel to Shepherds gets closer and closer, I think it’s finally time to give the book a name.  Shela, that’s the title.  Just to be clear, I pronounce it as if it was spelled Sheila even though it’s spelled differently.  We all know how crazy parents spell their kid’s names in unusual ways just to throw us off the scent.  Well, me too.  Anyway, the first proof copy of Shela has been reviewed, and heck yes, there were typos, formatting issues and the usual print problems that are now well on their way to being resolved.  The typos and changes to the text were actually the easy part of it.  Formatting issues for printing, font problems, and cover layout stuff, were all much more challenging than the manuscript.  I am hopeful that it will be released November 1, 2021, though please don’t hold me to that because at this point it’s only a guess.

For those who follow these posts, the goal for the next post is to show everyone the cover (one I really like) and to be able to announce the book is ready for pre-ordering.  I just hope that there are no unforeseen snags that prevent that.  Thanks for you patience.

All the best and hoping you find great books to read.

My Books at the Chardon Library

Sorry no release date for the Shepherds sequel yet.  Instead how about something for free, at least if you live close enough?  I know everyone likes free stuff and that’s just what libraries are for.  For everyone in and around Geauga County who have wanted to read one or more of my books, now you can check them out of the library in Chardon.  Free, paperbacks you can hold in your hands and turn paper pages.  That’s the way I like to read.  Enjoy!

Here’s a link to reserve them.  {https://search.clevnet.org/client/en_US/gc-ac/search/results?qu=brumbaugh+J+Drew&te=&rt=false%7C%7C%7CAUTHOR%7C%7C%7CAuthor 

Writer’s Burnout?

Well, I am happy to report that finally the sequel to Shepherds is done and a proof copy will shortly arrive at my door.  Big sigh of relief here, though that only carries through until the book shows up because then it will be another round of reading, editing, revising, refining the cover and the back cover blurb, copyright page, end data, and other tidbits that are all necessary to finalize this project.  It seems to have gone on forever and, honestly, I’m about sick of it.  #Writers burnout.  Yes, that’s me right now.   I just want the damn book done and published so I can move on to something new, fresh, and exciting.  And even as I say that, I know I cannot cut a single corner or the book won’t be as good as it should be.  So, I tell myself to buck it up and just do the work to finish it.  I wonder if others in the #writingcommunity reach that point of fatigue too.  Maybe I’ll ask them.

Next post should include the cover and release date.  Stay well and happy reading.

Is There Any Good News?

Hi all,  

I hope everyone is safe and well.  All is well here after another COVID scare.  These days it’s hard to watch the news.  There’s nothing positive and all the negativity makes it hard to be creative.  Maybe it’s better to not pay attention.  Nonetheless, I am working on the promised sequel to Shepherds.  Probably by now you’re tired of hearing that there’s no release date, but that’s a fact.  I promise, progress is being made.  The final edit is 2/3 done and picking up speed.  My editor continues to point out things that need revised and not just typos but actual plot and style issues.  It’s all going to make the book better.  When you finally get to read this one, say a quiet thank you to my editor.  Without her work this wouldn’t be nearly as good.  

Soon I’ll post the title, the cover and a short excerpt.  Look for that.

Also planned are some fun “giveaways.”  More later.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read book 1 of the Ocean Cowboys series, here are the buy links.

As always, I hope you find something great to read.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NGO2TO  for Amazon

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shepherds-j-drew-brumbaugh/1108916200 B&N

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id711489594 for Apple

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shepherds-1 at Kobo

Shepherds Sequel Update

For those of you waiting patiently for this book, I wish I could give you a publication date for it, but alas, not yet.  I have been working on the final revision with my editor, who has pointed out some things that really, really need to be fixed.  That was expected.  What I did not expect was to find that a significant theme from Shepherds had been totally ignored in book 2.  Ugh!  Nothing like figuring that out now.  But it isn’t something I can just ignore and so rather than have a book published with a huge hole I will take the time to get it right.  Every reader deserves a writer’s best, and without reworking this manuscript, my readers wouldn’t be getting that.  Please be patient.  I want this book to hit the high bar set by Shepherds.

And if you haven’t read Shepherds yet, here are links to buy it from your favorite site:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NGO2TO  for Amazon

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shepherds-j-drew-brumbaugh/1108916200 B&N

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id711489594 for Apple

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shepherds-1 at Kobo

Tirumfall as a DnD Adventure

While it is not common knowledge there might be a few readers who know that before #TirumfallTrilogy became the epic fantasy series it is now, I had a #DungeonsandDragons adventure titled “The Secret of Tirumfall Tower” that I ran at a number of gaming conventions.  It dealt primarily with how to open the Tower which turned out to be only a tiny piece of the novel.  In the DnD adventure, a hardy group of adventurers set off to the Tower, very much like Gwen did in “Key to Tirumfall” using only their skill, intuition and perseverance.  Getting the tower open wasn’t easy and there were a number of parties that failed.  It wasn’t just figuring out how to open the doors.  There were plenty of nasty things waiting to attack and kill the party.  Sadly, some parties became cannon fodder and didn’t live long enough to even try opening the tower.  Running that adventure at a con might not be as much fun now because all it would take is one party member who read the books, and the secret is out.  Then again, maybe I should run it again and see who gets it.  Maybe even do a book giveaway to the best player. Hmm, food for thought.

If you haven’t read it yet it’s available at:

Exciting News

Last summer I wrote a short story that was published in the wonderful anthology “Writers in Lockdown.”  The book has been getting good reviews with different reviewers touting different stories.  There is something for just about everyone included.  Now, thanks to the book’s fantastic editor my short story is available in an audible version on YouTube for FREE.  I think the narrator, Jerry Lord, did a fantastic job.  See if you agree.  You can find it here https://youtu.be/P-5JTkwRtXU