J. Drew Brumbaugh

Author of science fiction, fantasy and suspense

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Writing News

I keep working on the third book in the Tirumfall Trilogy.  More pages done, edited and ready to see print.  More surprises for my editor, and even a “wow” thrown in from her at one point. (smiley face here!)  The first possible covers are being reviewed so that seems to be coming together as well.  Looking forward to seeing a proof copy and maybe getting out a few advance review copies (ARC).

And while that project moves forward, “War Party” is on sale for 99 cents and doing quite well.  It has moved up in the sales rank at Amazon thousands of spots, which is great, but still hasn’t cracked the top 100.  At the same time the book received another 5-star review.  Nothing makes an author feel better than seeing some post a good review because it means someone out there enjoyed reading your book.  What else is there?

Lastly, I am continuing to fit in work on the sequel to “Shepherds” because I am often told that it is someone’s favorite book and that I need to write a sequel.  So, for all the “Shepherds” fans, it’s coming.  With luck it might see publication later in 2020.

If you want to get notices of new books coming out, visit my website homepage at https://jdrewbrumbaugh.com and then follow me on BookBub, Facebook or twitter.

Writing with Distractions

I finished my short story for the upcoming anthology of stories written during the pandemic, not about it.  That felt good.  Even better was the fact that the book’s editor accepted my story.

I’ve also been chugging along on Tirumfall Trilogy book 3.  I am approaching 2/3 complete, editor approved and all.  That also feels good.

However, book sales have slowed, and that doesn’t feel so great.  I think this goes in cycles so I’ll just hang in there and hope for better days ahead.  Nonetheless, I can’t sit around, I need to do something and with the corona virus keeping things in a state of limbo I’ve tried something new, buying books online and this time not from Amazon!  I found a book store in Pittsburgh (The Tiny Bookstore) that will ship for free if you order $35 or more so I ordered a bunch of books.  We’ll see if they get delivered.

Also, I bought gift certificates to places I want to visit and can only hope they’re still there when it’s a better time to travel.  I see it as doing my part to help keep them in business.

And then I looked at charities that I think would use my money wisely and I’ve made several donations with the hope that someone less fortunate than I am will get some benefit and maybe even be able to smile for a moment or two.

All in all, this is a time none of us are used to, none of us wished for, but here we are.  If it brings us closer, makes us realize that we need to count on each other more, then there will be good come of it, maybe not enough to wipe away all the tears and sadness, but some good.

I can only hope those who are reading this stay safe and healthy.

More Craziness

On one hand I’m okay with staying at home and writing.  I have accomplished a lot, including getting halfway through the final draft of Tirumfall Trilogy book 3, writing a short story for submission to an anthology of stories written during lock down, and I got going again on another scifi book, namely the sequel to Shepherds.

But I do believe I’m starting to crack.  I got up this morning, took a moment to remember that I’d been dreaming just before waking up – dreaming about drying and putting away dishes.  Really?  That’s what kind of dreams I’m having.  I need help.

One of my main sources of entertainment has been the acrobatic antics of the squirrels trying to snag food from the hanging birdfeeders.  They really are amazing.  I can’t help laughing as I watch them jump around and hang upside down holding on with only one back paw stretching out to reach the food.  I only let them have at it for a while and then chase them off so that the birds can have a turn.  Does that count as exercise?

I’m getting better and better with zoom.  Holding meetings, family gatherings, and teaching classes all on line.  Who would have guessed?

It’s supposed to warm up soon so I hope to get outside more, walking and doing some gardening. Maybe that will restore my mental stability and I’ll once again feel better about sitting down at this computer and pounding out more text.  I really do want to publish more than one book in 2020 and they won’t write themselves.

I was supposed to be at the Madison Library on Monday for their Books and Cooks event.  I was looking forward to seeing the good people there and probably selling a couple of books.  I’ll miss them this year.  And I would have liked to see Bailey (who I met at the Matchworks back in January), if she happened to be working that night, so I could ask her how she liked Fall of the Western Kings. Anyway, I’m sure lots of people miss going to the library.

All the best.  Stay well.  Buy lots of books.

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.