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Writing Update

As most of you know, Shela is out, published, and the ebook is currently on sale.  Thanks to everyone who has read it and especially thanks to those who chose to post a review.  Ratings and reviews are appreciated.

On another note, the Tirumfall Trilogy continues to be my best selling collection, regularly garnering more reviews and positive reader comments.  

That’s all history and as they say “what have you done for me lately?” So, what am I doing?  I am working on the pre-prequel to the fantasy series.  If you read the complete trilogy, you know that there are serious ties to the tower that was built long ago by a group of wizards that has been sealed for centuries.  Who built it?  Why was it locked?  What happened to those wizards?

All that was left unexplained in the current trilogy and is quite a story in itself.

And that’s what I am working on.  It is the fascinating story of a young man who though born into nobility had no future until he discovered magic.  It is the story of how he managed to find his way to the Tirumfall Wizards Guild and through hard work and struggles, earned his place as a wizard. Eventually he becomes the Master Wizard who despite open opposition from some of the more unscrupulous wizards, unites most of the guildmembers to build the tower that finally got Gwen and Isabella into the mess that reaches a climax at the end of Key to Tirumfall.

I hope this (no title yet) will be even better than the books that precede it.

In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe and find some really good books to read.

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Growing Wiser

As I grow older and the wrinkles in my face expand, my hair turns gray, and my body learns to deal with aches and pains that I never had before, I think about the people who do everything to erase the passage of time by getting face lifts, cosmetic surgery, etc.  Nothing wrong with that.  But I hold onto my wrinkles.  I’ve earned them, they bear witness to the life I’ve lived and I’m glad to remember it all, even the mistakes and bad times.  At the same time, I have begun to accept the fact that I will not live forever.  I mean that not just intellectually as some sort of abstract hypothetical exercise but as a concrete truth that I know emotionally is undeniable. I think about what I’ll miss when I go ahead (as Poika and the dolphins in the Ocean Cowboys series of novels call dying).  Certainly I will not miss the pain, sadness, hatred and all that is ugly about this existence.  I will miss the people I love, my friends, both the in-person ones and now the online cyber friends.  Sharing this life with them is a major part of what makes being alive worthwhile.  Though it is impossible to tell what I’ll feel once I’ve gone ahead, somehow I think I’ll hold memories of my friends and family dear with the hope that we will actually get together again on the other side.  If I need to believe in something then this is it.

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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.

https://www.readfree.ly/50-best-indie-books-2021/

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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.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JY2VFCH

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

Wishing everyone finds great books to read.

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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

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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

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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