News You Can Use – Maybe

First up, for all the ebook fans who are familiar with Smashwords, they are having “Read an ebook Week” sale beginning on March 5th and running through March 11.  There will be thousands of books on sale, many at 75% off, some free.  Even if you don’t know about Smashwords, you should check them out during that week at https://www.smashwords.com/ebookweek

Secondly, for those in the St. Louis area, I’m going to be there over the weekend of March 4-5 and will be heading to Spine Café and Bookstore though I don’t know exactly what time or date.  Most likely it’ll be on Saturday and probably in the afternoon.  Anyone interested can drop a comment and let me know that you’d like up dated and I’ll post something when the details are worked out.  In any case, check out Spine and their list of special events.  It’s a great place to hang out. spinebookstorecafe.com


Book Sales

On sale for the rest of February, the ebook version of Bula Bridge is 99 cents and can be purchased almost anywhere.  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFS85PJ  Kindle edition

https://books2read.com/u/mKxWgv universal book link except Amazon 

What about actual brick-and-mortar bookstores?

If you live near Chargin Falls, Ohio, check out Fireside Book Shop at 29 N. Franklin St.  They have the first book in each of my series.  And even if you aren’t interested in my books, drop in.  They are friendly, they have lots of great books, can order it if they don’t have it, and might even be able to make a suggestion or two.

If you live in the St. Louis, MO area, check out Spine Bookstore and Café at 1976 Arsenal St.  They have all my books plus lots of other great indie authors.  They aren’t just a bookstore; they have great drinks and all sorts of special events. Just a fun place to visit.


Latest News

First up, despite earlier reports, Child of Prophecy will not be getting a new cover anytime soon.  While I have a really good potential cover, there are technical issues that have put a halt to the project.  Things don’t always work out the way you think they will.

Moving on, work on the second book in the story of who built Tirumfall Tower and why it was abandoned for so long is moving ahead.  As of right now this looks like it will be another trilogy telling the story of Koronus, a kid destined for great things only as I mentioned in the first part of this post, things don’t always work out the way you expect.  

The draft of Book 3 of the Galiwee Visions Series remains safely locked up letting it ferment, stew and age until it is done to perfection. Work on it will likely get going again in a couple of months.  

I do not have any new in-person events scheduled.  Any changes will be posted here as they develop.  

I hope everyone finds some great reading material and if you do, especially if you discover a good indie author, drop a review wherever you bought it, and post a comment here and tell us.


Not The Expected News 

This was supposed to be an exciting post about all the interesting twists and turns that are coming in my next book.  BUT – Mother Nature had other ideas and for a few days I did not write a thing because I got to learn up close and personal once more what the flu is all about.  I relearned how explosive a stomach can be that really wants to get rid of what’s in it, repeatedly and yes, dry heaves are real.  What muscles have the power to produce such velocity?  Don’t know.  And once that round was over, it switched to the opposite end.  I can now claim with certainty that my GI tract is clean stem to stern.  I am better now and should be writing again except I am now distracted by the Beargrease Sled Dog Race which ends today and THEN I’ll be putting words on paper.

So, I’ll leave you with this, next post will be back to books and writing.  I promise.

Oh, and, “Shela,” book 2 in the Ocean Cowboys Series might still be on sale, depends when you see this.  Just in case, here are links.

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

Other retailers: https://books2read.com/u/braxpz


Breaking News

Not earth-shaking news.  But the fact that the first draft of book 3 in the Galiwee Visions series is done is a pretty big deal.  Now it needs to sit and ferment for a couple of weeks and then the revising will begin. Can’t say when it will get published but it is getting closer.

Child of Prophecy is about to get a new cover.  I think this one will really shout out that this is a fantasy novel which I hope steers more of the readers I’m looking for toward the book.  I will post an image of the new cover when it actually goes live.

For a long time, I’ve said it would be nice to see one of my books as a movie.  I’ve been told if that’s what I want then I will need a screen play.  So, I have embarked on writing a script for War Party based on suggestions from people in the film industry.  Already I’ve discovered that writing a script is not like writing a book.  Being such a total novice, I am going to need all the advice I can get.  Any thoughts?

Sadly, the first in-person appearance of 2023 was a bust. Café Phix Midtown is a beautiful venue and I’m sure future events there will bring in much larger turnouts.  Still, I appreciate the invitation and was glad to meet the owner. Wishing her success going forward.

Finally, just a reminder that Spine Café and Bookstore in St. Louis has copies of my books for sale, as does Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls Ohio.  Even if you don’t buy one of my books, drop in and support these independent bookstores.


Upcoming Appearances

My first in-person appearance for 2023 is scheduled for Sunday, January 8, 2023. Along with three other authors, I will be at Cafe Phix MidTown, 6815 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. The Author Author event begins at 1 PM (coffee shop opens at 12:30). Each author will have an hour to talk about their work, answer questions and sign books.  There will be one of us at 1, 2 and 3. I’m on at 3 – saved the best for last? Probably not but that’s my version. The cafe will be serving all their usual drinks and it would be great if we could get a big enough turnout so that the coffee shop wants to do more of these and help other local authors. Hope to see you there for all three authors.  It will be fun.


Books on Smashwords

Some of you may already be familiar with @Smashwords, maybe even buy books there.  They have been an important retailer for indie books for a long time.  For the first time ever, several of my books can be purchased through Smashwords and as it turns out it’s just in time for the Smashwords end of the year sale.  They have thousands of great indie books on sale, some free starting December 15th running through January 1, 2023. Mine are 75% off.  Here’s the link for the sale, where you can search through everything that is on sale.


If you try looking up any of my books by author, there is a problem.  Some of my books show up under J Drew Brumbaugh, others under James Brumbaugh.  No idea why that is.  To make it easier to find my books, Smashwords fans, here are direct links:

Shepherds https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1200879

War Party https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1201213

Ten More https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1202186

Girls Gone Great https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1201499

Foxworth Terminus https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1201015

Bula Bridge https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1201971

Shela https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1202239

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Book News

There’s nothing like having your books in a brick-and-mortar bookstore.  Fireside Books in Chagrin Falls, OH now has copies of Fall of the Western Kings, Shepherds and War Party.  If you’re looking for a copy of one of these, drop in and give your business to a local bookstore. And even if you aren’t looking for one of my books, pay them a visit anyway.  It’s a great bookstore.

And then there’s Half Price Books in Mayfield, OH where a friend saw copies of all three books of the Tirumfall Trilogy on the shelf sandwiched between Terry Brooks and Steven Brust (photo below).  Does that mean I’ve made the “big time” or just that someone got rid of my books? For anyone thinking of buying the trilogy, here’s a chance to get the complete set at a bargain price.

And several of my e-books are on sale in December for 99 cents, including War Party, Bula Bridge and Shepherds at various outlets.

Meanwhile, work continues on the third book in the Galiwee Visions Series. The first draft should be done by mid-January.  Stay tuned for updates.


Books on Sale

First, I will be at the local authors event at the Huron Library on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am until 1 pm.  The address is 333 Williams St, Huron, 44839.  Drop by and check out all the authors who will be there.

Next, I want to give a pat on the back to everyone who answered my suggestion and have picked up a book from a genre you seldom read.  Please post your reading experiences in the comments section.

Finally, as the holiday season gets going, like just about everyone else, many of my e-books will be on sale.  

The entire Tirumfall Trilogy is now on sale for 99 cents; three books for essentially $3 instead of $12.  That runs through the end of November.  And, for whatever reason, I’ve noticed that Amazon has put some of the print editions on sale too.  I don’t know how long that will last since that is not my doing.

In December only Fall of the Western Kings will remain at 99 cents while books 2 and 3 go back to full price.  

And in December, War Party, Bula Bridge and Shepherds will be on sale for 99 cents from December 5 through the end of the year.

Check them out, gift them to your friends, and then post reviews.

Good reading.


Autumn Reading Challenge

As the leaves turn and the winds grow colder, it’s time to do some serious reading.  So, here’s a challenge: read a book not in a genre you usually read.  When you finish, good, bad or ugly, let me know the title, author and how you liked 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 along with Amazon links for the ebook:

Fantasy: Swallow the Moon by K. A. Jordan a supernatural romance adventure that will keep you reading. https://www.amazon.com/Swallow-Moon-K-Jordan-ebook/dp/B005CX8OKS/

Science Fiction: Combat Wizard by Jack L. Knapp a captivating scifi novel that looks at ESP from a different perspective.  Full of action. https://www.amazon.com/Combat-Wizard-Paranormal-ESP-Thriller-Wizards-ebook/dp/B00J2HMUX2/

Mystery: Murder, They Wrote by Dzintra Sullivan a fun whodunit that will have you laughing out loud as the bodies pile up. https://www.amazon.com/Murder-they-wrote-Dzintra-Sullivan-ebook/dp/B08GHP2WN3/

Erotic Fiction: Twenty One by D. Victoria Bonanno erotic fiction with a compelling plot and a surprise (well I did sort of see it coming) ending.  Good fiction if you are okay with erotica. https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-One-D-Victoria-BonAnno-ebook/dp/B075F6KL9B/

Nonfiction: Sea Stories: True Adventures of a Great Lakes Freighter Captain by Richard Metz.  If you have even the slightest interest in Great Lakes shipping, this is a great book to check out despite the occasional typo. https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Stories-Adventures-Freighter-Captain-ebook/dp/B01NCN9FBT/