Featured New Book: Brambleman by Jonathan Grant


I haven’t done a Featured New Book in awhile, so I put a call out for some blog fodder. The first person to respond was Jonathan Grant, so here we go…

Jonathan, what song makes you think of your book?

Answer: “One of Us” written by Eric Bazilian, performed by Joan Osborne, inspired me to write Brambleman the way I did. In other words, it actually
made me think of the book. (And they are listed in the Acknowledgments.) Brambleman’s theology is based on the song. Supernatural beings rely on public transportation, and buses are vehicles of both salvation and terrible (and sometimes random) justice. The book attempts to answer the musical question:

“What if God was one of us

Just a slob like one of us

Just a stranger on the bus

Trying to make his way home?”

Wait. WHAT?? Eric Bazilian?? As in … The Hooters????


I never knew that! Remind me to tell you guys my Hooters story one day. Or don’t; it’s not terribly exciting.

Back to Jonathan, ’cause he’s got me right curious about this Brambleman book of his…

The book blurb:

Brambleman. a novel by Jonathan Grant

Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits
him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book
about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. Charlie becomes
convinced he’s been chosen by a Higher Power to wreak vengeance on those who
profit from evil. Either that, or he’ll die trying. Eventually, he realizes
the deal is an otherworldly setup.

Sounds good, no? I bet this will be the sort of book I wished I got to edit — not that it’s bad (perish the thought!) but because I’d have gotten to get my eyeballs on it before most others.

Yeah, I bet you never thought that was one of the perks of being an editor!

Anyway, pick up your copy/copies (books make great gifts!) at …

The book is still in the process of coming out, but Barnes and Noble has
listings for both eBook and for pre-ordering the paperback.

Can I tell you guys how much I like Jonathan, already? He’s a B&N dude, just like I’m a B&N chick, if I can’t go indie, that is…

Stop in at his website, too!


1 Comment

  1. Imaginography

    March 13, 2012 5:37 pm

    Interesting concept for a book. Does Joan Osborn know as it might help answer her question? 🙂

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