J. Drew Brumbaugh

Author of science fiction, fantasy and suspense

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Stay At Home Writing

While the coronavirus makes life miserable for millions, I’m staying at home working on the final novel in my fantasy trilogy.  Well, that and a short story that I wasn’t going to write but somehow started writing almost unconsciously.  It’s for an anthology of short stories written during the pandemic.  This particular short story has nothing to do with anything I’ve ever written before.  I can’t really say where the idea came from.

Latest update on the fantasy novel – reached 240 pages done, edited and ready to go.  That means I’m almost halfway there.  Best news I’ve gotten from my editor in a long time was after the last chapter she said, “You know it’s good when I find myself forgetting to be the editor and just reading to find out what happens.”  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Now if I can keep that level of writing going for another 250 pages, I’ll have a best seller.

In the meantime, Bula Bridge, the second book in the Galiwee Visions series is on sale (ebook only) for 99 Cents.  Use the menu bar on the left to find links to places to buy it.

Everyone, stay home and stay well.  We all need each other.

A poem about hope

With things being what they are, I thought a poem about hope was appropriate. This one is by Kylli Berg.
Deep down in your soul,
is a tiny spark,
that when the need is great,
burns into a flame,
it urges you onward,
“don’t give up,”
it is the thing the world calls hope.
You can read more of her poems at https://wordsofink.com

More on Fantasy Book 3

Well the Iditarod is over and I’ve got no more excuses.  It’s back to work.  The good news is I (well with help from my editor) have plowed through several more chapters.  From a personal perspective, the best part is that though my editor has pointed out numerous areas that need massaged, overall it hasn’t been that bad.  I am actually making progress.  Happily, I’m nearly at the halfway point and plan to keep moving.  I’m not sure about the cover yet.  It is being worked on, that’s all I can say right now.

On another personal note, I know I’m no J. K. Rowling when it comes to sales, but with the books I’ve sold this month I passed 6000 copies total.  A milestone I never thought I’d reach.  Thanks to all the readers who’ve bought my books, especially to those who’ve left reviews.  I hope you all have something great to read especially if you’re in a “stay at home” situation.

What Happened to the Editing?

Okay, you caught me.  Instead of working diligently on the promised revisions and final editing of book 3 in the Tirumfall Trilogy, I’ve been glued to my computer watching the Iditarod dog sled race. It’s an event unlike most races or competitions because it covers 10 days or more and mushers, both men and women, are moving day and night.  For me, I can’t help myself.  I love watching the dogs running through the Alaskan wilderness, through snowstorms, winds, rough terrain and lousy trail conditions.  And the interviews with the mushers are great.  These people are traveling for days with little sleep and yet they’re all smiling and telling everyone what a great time they’re having.  If you don’t believe me, you can check it out at www.iditarod.com

What does that have to do with the revisions to Tirumfall book 3?  Well, I’m not getting much done right now because I’m watching too much of the dog sled race.  I have done something, now through page 195, but there’s still a lot left.  Once the race is over, I promise I’ll get busy again and knock this book out.  In the meantime, I hope everyone has a good book to read.

Latest News

Book 3 in the Tirumfall Trilogy continues to move forward.  It is currently finished through page 170, including editor’s suggestions.  Since the manuscript right now is nearly 500 pages, I am about a third of the way done.  I think this will be the best book in the trilogy and when it comes out, I hope readers agree. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, “Shepherds” is on sale for 99 cents until the middle of March. I’ve been happy to see so many people grabbing copies.  There are readers who think this is my best book and on some fronts I’d agree.  It combines science fiction, romance and action/adventure all in a single novel.

If you’re a Kindle person, you can pick up a copy at http://hyperurl.co/0pnqlp or if you are more a Nook, Apple or Kobo reader, please check other pages on my website www.jdrewbrumbaugh.com and you’ll find links to whatever outlet is your favorite.

Thanks to all my readers and a special thanks to those of you that have left reviews.

Read on.

More My Editor and Me

Working with my editor is slow painstaking and seldom with anything like a complement.   I got back chapter 17 of book 3 in my fantasy trilogy, gulped back my angst and took a look.  Wow, I couldn’t believe the comment on the first page.  There, next to the first paragraph was “Nice.”  That made my day so much that I’m posting a photo of that first paragraph just to prove I didn’t make it up.  So, sneak peek, you can read that paragraph long before the book is released.  Call it a teaser though it won’t give anything away because being on page 148 there’s too much of the story missing.  For me, I’m celebrating every success.

On another note, in case anyone is interested in the first two books in The Tirumfall Trilogy, they are both available once again through KindleUnlimited.

For “Fall of the Western Kings” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JH0IKJG

For “Child of Evil” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFS85PJ

Editors, Editors, Editors

As some of you know, I am working with my editor to finalize book 3 in my fantasy trilogy, The Tirumfall Trilogy.  I still don’t have a title, which has to be decided, and I will get there.  In the meantime, I am writing and re-writing the manuscript with advice from my editor.  And so, the progress with the rewrite is my yardstick for how the journey is going.  Recently I got Chapter 12 back from my editor.  I was really glad to see that I had two pages with zero red marks.  Zero!  I was feeling great, until I got to the rest of the chapter which really did need fixes and thanks to my editor for pointing those things out otherwise the book would not be as good as it should be.  Anyway, moving forward I turned in Chapter 13 to my editor and cringe thinking about what’s coming.  Onward.

Books In Stock

I don’t know if every author gets as big a grin as I do when I see my books on the shelf at a brick-and-mortar bookstore, but for me it’s feels great.  Currently “War Party” and “Bula Bridge” are both in stock at Loganberry Books on Larchmere in Shaker Heights.  I don’t know how long they will carry them so if you’re interested, stop over and check them out.  More importantly, there are really good people working there and they know books.  Ask them questions.  I’ve gotten some great recommendations from them, you can too.  It’s just a fun place to browse.

Here they are right in among lots of other books in the Local Authors section.

Fantasy Trilogy News

Exciting news – I just got chapter 9 back from my editor and it had very few corrections and nothing major.  Yippee!  My editor actually said I seem to be writing better than in the past and she doesn’t see nearly as many areas that need fixed.  That’s the good news, on the down side, I’m only at page 88 with the editor and right now there’s 472 pages to the book.  So, lots of work ahead, but at least I’m making progress.  One last note, I’m still searching for a title.  Right now, I have about 15 possibilities and need to weed that down pretty quickly.

Good reading everyone.

What’s Happening

The ebook version of “War Party” is on sale until the end of the month for 99 cents.  It’s been a great run with this sale.  The book jumped over 750,000 spots on Amazon’s ranking, not bad for something that’s been out for a while.  More important is the new readers that I hope will enjoy the book and look for more of Tommy’s adventures or any of my other books.

Other news:

As far as I know, the paperback edition of “Bula Bridge” can still be purchased at Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor on Bridge Street in Ashtabula.

And both “War Party” and “Bula Bridge” are available at Loganberry Books on Larchmere in Shaker Heights.

Happy reading to everyone.