Broken Albatross Chapter 1 Revised

Since I take my editor’s comments seriously, I’ve revamped the first paragraph in Broken Albatross. The first line was “It was an abandoned brick warehouse owned by a shell corporation in a once thriving industrial area that was now rotting.”  I’ve changed it to “The abandoned brick warehouse was the perfect place to plot an assassination.”  Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Well, better anyway.

Here’s how to find out when Broken Albatross will be published.  

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Meanwhile, the script for War Party continues to be an ongoing project but will not be finished until sometime in 2024.

Closer to completion is Tirumfall, the Complete Collection which will include bonus material and an expanded ending to book 3.

Wishing you all great books to read.


Editor Gets Chapter 1

Broken Albatross, the next novel in the #GaliweeVisions series, has begun the process of editor scrutiny.  Chapter 1 went out, came back with lots of ink.  Biggest problem is the opening paragraph.  It’s about a brick building and is so “ho hum” that my editor said “Where’s the punch?  You can do better.”  I’m on it.  And I’ll let you know how that turns out.

In other news, War Party and Bula Bridge are both now available as audiobooks at the Apple Bookstore. You can check them out and be ready for book 3 when it comes out.

There are a couple of ways to find out when my next book is being published.  If you are a Kindle person you can sign up at my Amazon author’s website https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004G7SG90

Or if you like Apple, Barnes & Noble, or any of a multitude of other sights, you can sign up at https://books2read.com/author/j-drew-brumbaugh/subscribe/1/236157/

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That’s all for now.

Write on – Read on.


Best Editor Ever

Most authors do like their editors despite the awful stuff they feel compelled to tell us about our beautiful books.  We do realize that without our editors, the books wouldn’t be nearly as good.  And then on rare occasions, the editor makes a comment that fills us with bursting pride. Lately among other projects I’ve been working on a compiled Tirumfall Collection that contains all three books of the trilogy.  I don’t want it to be just the three books that are already published, so I am adding some bonus material, namely short stories that give more detail into the lives of some of the lesser characters.  So far, I have one done that goes with book 1.  And then I gave my editor a short story that goes with book 2 and unbelievably when she gave it back there were few red marks and she said, “I really like this one.”  Wait, editors don’t say that.  Made my day in a way that’s hard to explain.

Anyway, please remember if you are looking for an audio book for your iPhone, iPad or other Apple device, Shepherdsand Shela are both available at the Apple Bookstore.

Write on – Read on.


Audio Books

To anyone who read Shepherds and/or Shela and recommended them to friends but found out that your friends only do audio books, I am pleased to announce that as of September 27, 2023, both books are available as audio editions through Apple books for only $4.99.  You have to have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and the Apple books app.  Open the app and select the audiobooks tab.  From there type in the title in the search tab.  They will come up right away but that is a lot of key strokes.  I wish I could give you an easier method.  If anyone finds an easier way to locate them, please let me know.

Good reading to everyone and please forward this to your audio book friends.


What’s Up?

Well, there’s the Screenplay for War Party that it is progressing with help from several people.  No prediction as to when it will be finished or if it will ever have a chance to be made into a movie.  Still, the quest continues.

What about the third book in the Galiwee Visions Series? At least it has a title, “Broken Albatross” and the latest revision will be heading to my editor soon. Depending on how rough the work turns out to be (based on her judgement) I hope it sees print by year end.  Work on the cover will be starting soon.

But that’s not all.  There are several short stories in the works, one in particular titled “Dalphnia’s Grief” will be included in the Tirumfall Trilogy “boxed set” as bonus material.  That project will likely be hitting the publisher some time in 2024.

And a new cover is now done for Child of Prophecy (posted below).

On the what to read shelf, to all you WWII history buffs who have not read the two books by Hermann Wouk, “Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance” I highly recommend them. Both are long works that cover many lesser-known aspects of that conflict as seen by members of one family.

Whatever you’re reading, I hope it is wonderful and you’ll post reviews and tell your friends about the good books.


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.

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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.