Literary Cleveland Local Authors Reading Challenge

Hey readers in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  Want to win a free pizza just for reading? Local Author’s Reading Challenge is just that. Details and the entry form are at https://www.litcleveland.org/events-programs/read-local-challenge

And guess what? My scifi books, Shepherds and Shela are on the list of approved local author’s books. If you don’t have a copy and want to read either of them to take a chance at that pizza, please buy yours through www.bookshop.org and credit the sale to your favorite local independent book store.

Help Literary Cleveland reach their goal of One Million books read.


Sales, Promotions and New Book News

Starting August 14thShela, the #ebook, will be on sale for 99 cents. Whether you’re an Amazon person or buy your books somewhere else, here are links you can use to get your copy.

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

Other retailers (you pick your favorite): https://books2read.com/u/braxpz

If you really prefer print editions, you can help out your local independent bookstore by buying a print copy of Shela through www.bookshop.org and credit your local bookseller. 

And speaking of independent book shops, I’d recommend Spine Café and Bookstore in St. Louis, and Pretty Good Books in Ashtabula, Ohio. Both are fun places to browse.

If you wondered what happened to my next release, the third book in the Galiwee Visions series is inching closer to publication.  Now working on what should be the next to last rewrite and thinking about a cover. Tentatively the book will be titled Broken Albatross. In it, Tommy has another vision only this one is set on the national stage and maybe, just maybe, the FBI will believe him.

If you want to get updates in real time for new releases you can follow me on any of these sites:

my Amazon author’s page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004G7SG90

My BookBub author’s page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-drew-brumbaugh

My Facebook author’s page: https://www.facebook.com/jdrewbrumbaugh/

At Books2Read: https://books2read.com/author/j-drew-brumbaugh/subscribe/1/236157/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/jdrew

Here’s hoping you find something really inspiring to read.


The Latest

Hello followers,

Here’s what’s been happening since my last update.  The first rewrite of the third book in the Galiwee Visions series should be done within a week. One more rewrite and then it goes to my editor.  I am hoping that this time around she will not have to wear out her red pen. 

Also, the book now has a title – or at least I think so.  Not revealing it this post. A cover needs to get started and that’s something else I will be working on. 

In addition to novels, I continue to submit the short story “Solitary” to various magazines.  So far, no takers but I have gotten positive feedback from a few editors, even a couple who have asked to see other submissions.  Since I don’t have any other short stories, I began to write one and hope to submit it within a few months.  More on that as the story takes shape.

No appearances to report at this time though I do have a few possibilities pending.  

Wishing everyone good books to read.


Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

I’m excited to announce several of my books, including ShepherdsShelaWar PartyBula BridgeTen More, and Girls Gone Great, will be promoted on @Smashwords for the month of July as part of their Annual Summer/Winter Sale! This is great opportunity to get not only my books but thousands of others at fantastically reduced prices. Be sure to follow me for more updates and links to the promotion for my books and many more! #SWSale2023 #Smashwords #readingcommunity #readers



Hey Readers

Much of the time I don’t think I’ve done much, especially stuff that my followers and readers would care about. Maybe you wonder when I’ll be publishing something new.  What is there to look forward to if you are going to continue following these posts? With that in mind, here’s what I’m doing. I hope some it gets you eager to hear more.

Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to see War Party become a movie.  Write a screenplay, I was told. Well, the screenplay is done and it was a struggle. It has been sent to the first reader, who actually has some movie connections.  I don’t know when I’ll hear back on this but I will be sure to post whatever I learn.

Right now, the third book in the Galiwee Visions series (no title yet) is my main priority.  The first draft is done and I am about a quarter the way through a rewrite.  The goal remains to publish in September. However, my editor is currently busy and I’m not sure if her schedule will open up enough in time for that. I will keep posting updates here.

The other large on-going project is to complete a prequel trilogy for the Tirumfall fantasy series that is currently available at Amazon. The new set of books will show who built the tower, why it was built and why it was abandoned and remained empty for so long.  It will fill in the history of the tower and the wizards who lived there.  Books 1 & 2 of the prequel have made it through first draft.  Once the new Galiwee Visions book is done, I will tackle the final book in the prequel series. Barring setbacks, all three of them should publish in 2024.  Aggressive, sure, but I think it can be done.

If there’s anything you want to know more about, post in the comments.

Until next time, I hope you are reading books that fill you with a sense of wonder.


Two-for-One Special for NE Ohio readers

If you’re in Northeast Ohio you might want to visit Fireside Book Shop at 29 N. Franklin St. Chagrin Falls. It is a nice bookstore, run by nice people. They have lots of new and used books, plus they’ll buy used books and they can order just about any book you’d want.

They also have a few books of mine, but you’ll never find them without asking.  

So, I’ll make you a deal. Ask to be shown where my books are shelved and check them out.  If you see something you like (it’ll be book 1 of a series because that’s all they are carrying), buy it, snap a photo of the receipt and email that to me along with a mailing address at contact@jdrewbrumbaugh.com Once I see your receipt I’ll mail you book 2 in that series free.

One important note: this is only good until May 30, 2023.


Latest News

April was probably my worst month for book sales in several years. I know one of the things that hurts my visibility is the fact that I haven’t had a new book published in over a year and a half. No excuses. I do need to get that next book out. But first I am determined to finish a screenplay for War Party and that task is kicking my butt. It is something entirely new for me and I’m not doing that well at it. I am getting there, maybe despite myself, but slow going. I have a semi-deadline to meet so that I can get it into the hands of someone who knows what they are doing and has time to look it over for me.  Once that’s done, I will be going full steam ahead on finishing and publishing the third book in the Galiwee Vision Series. Hopefully that release will move my stock up the charts.

In the meantime, anyone have any indie author books that they’d recommend?


News You Might Use

I am back from a nearly three-week road trip with stops in Richmond, Savannah, Tampa and Sarasota.  A good trip despite coming down with a nasty cold. Glad to be back home and back to work – writing.  Two projects going right now; a screenplay for War Party and the first revisions to the third book in the Galiwee Visions series.

I will be at the Chardon Library Author Fair on Saturday, April 22 from 1 PM to 3 PM. Stop by the library to meet a number of wonderful authors, maybe buy a book or two and just talk about reading, writing, and no, not arithmetic. More info at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com/event/9758243

Wonder what other ways to get my books in paperback? If you’re in St. Louis area, check out spinebookstorecafe.com  And while you’re at it, check out their lineup of special event nights.

If you’re in Northeast Ohio you might visit Fireside Book Shop at 29 N. Franklin St. Chagrin Falls. If you go to Fireside, be aware that you’ll never find my books without asking.  

Anyone have a new favorite book, let me know, tell your friends, post a review.


Books, Books, Books

The last post was about books by authors you might not know.  Today, it’s about my books, so I hope that means this is about books by an author you do know.

The ebook edition of Shepherds, a unique science fiction adventure, is on sale for 99 cents until March 31 at Amazon and multiple other retailers.  Links below:

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

Other retailers: https://books2read.com/u/38D9yO

Looking for my books in paperback? If you’re in St. Louis area, check out spinebookstorecafe.com

If you’re in Northeast Ohio you might visit Fireside Book Shop at 29 N. Franklin St. Chagrin Falls. And if you go to Fireside, be aware that you’ll never find my books without asking.  

Here’s hoping everyone finds great books to read.


Another Reading Challenge

It’s always the right time to do some serious reading.  Whatever you read, when you finish a book, good, bad or ugly, let me know the title, author and what you thought of it.  I’m always looking for something worthwhile to read outside my norm.  Here are some recommendations for various genre by authors you might not know (or maybe you do) along with Amazon links for their ebooks:

Fantasy: Copper Pennies by Carrie D. Miller an adventure filled with magic and intrigue that follows three women on a dangerous journey. https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Pennies-Red-Twins-Book-ebook/dp/B07T7YG34H

Science Fiction: Crystal Series by Doug J Cooper.  A four-book series that has some great action, a wonderful snarky AI and aliens worth reading about.  Here is the series link.


Mystery: Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry If you have any interest in the Iditarod dog sled race, or Alaska, and like mysteries, here’s one for you.

Nonfiction: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. An entertaining and informative little book that doesn’t take long to read but is crammed with facts.