Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Newest Review of Relic Tech (Audiobook)

Thought I would share the most recent review of Relic Tech on Audible:

  • 5 out of 5 stars

"Pretty Original for a Relic"

I first read Terry Ervin II's book Outpost, and it blew me away. The story had the tone, the characterization, the plot, and the pacing that really appealed to me. So, I knew that I couldn't let anything else by the man slip past me. So, I got Relic Tech just from the singular reading of his fantasy/Gamelit novel. Man, am I glad that I did!

Ervin's writing style is very appealing, it is easy to listen to, is intelligent, and has fantastic pace to it. The story is sensible and fun and sucks you right in. This is one of those stories that iwould say I couldn't put it down if it was in print, as it was I had a hard time to stop listening when I had to. I am so glad that this is just a 'Book One" in a series as I would have called for more if it weren't. I almost had to laugh because the story is so frenetic that you feel out of breath in some spots, and I really believe that Ervin deliberately provided a few breathing spaces for the listener to rest in before cranking things up to 11 again.

I'm not sure if it has a western hero, an Indiana Jones (movies 1 & 3), or James Bond type feel for the main character, but it really doesn't matter because you can very clearly see that the MC is pretty cool and exciting. Ervin has a way of captivating his listeners and maintaining their attention. I love his writing style. Amazingly, it holds your focus for almost 24 straight hours.

Conlan does a really good job narrating; although I have to admit that there were a few points that he seemed to be talking really fast, like he was sped up. It worked really well in the fight scenes, but it did kind of throw me off when we hits a slow down point. It wasn't enough for me to deduct any stars but I do think you, as a listener, ought to know about it. Regardless, he handles the story quite well, and I had no real complaints.

This is a fun story, and I have very clearly discovered a new writer for me to follow. You should really look into all of Ervin's writings, as I know I will. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

Ray Johnson

Available onAudibleAmazoniTunes

Monday, September 3, 2018

LitRPG Audiobook Podcast's Review of Outpost

Hey Folks,

The LitRPG Audiobook Podcast reviewed Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost.

Click on over to see what they had to say about the story and Jonathan Waters' narration.

Note: The review of Outpost begins about 9:30 into the episode (this link is set to go directly there).

Please don't hesitate to leave post your thoughts and comments for the reviewer (Ray Johnson) on the youtube channel above or at the podcast's Facebook Post, here:

You can see the audio and written review here: LitRPG Audiobook Podcast 008

Link: Where Outpost is Available

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Classroom Plants

This year I thought I would add a little green to my classroom, so I planted mystery plants. (Could be the science teacher coming out in me?)

Maybe my landscape management students will be the first to guess what type they are.

Don't know how well they will do. Have the grow light for when I am in the room. They do have a skylight for weekends and such. Over long breaks, I can take them to the Landscape Management green house.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Brutus VI and Brutus VII

Brutus V went home with a graduating senior at the end of last year.

This year, I retrieved an old fish bowl from home so that I might have two fish in the classroom. (No sense it sitting idle and collecting dust, right?)


Brutus VI

Brutus VII

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Outpost's Audiobook Remains #1

Outpost remains #1 on Amazon for Releases in Games (Literature)

A reminder where Outpost in audiobook is Available:


Of course, it's also available in print and ebook!

Amazon and B&N (Print)
Ebook Vendors

Many thanks again to Gryphonwood for publishing, Drazenka Kimpel for the fabulous cover art, and Jonathan Waters for his excellent narration of the tale.

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Outpost Audiobook Continues to be Well-Received

Readers and Listeners,

As illustrated above, Outpost continues to earn overall positive ratings and remains #1 in its Amazon category. You might note that the narrator, Jonathan Waters, earns very high marks for his skill in giving voice to the tale.

Note: my publisher reports that Jonathan Waters has been contracted to narrate Betrayal, and it's in his queue.

A reminder where Outpost in audiobook is Available:


Of course, it's also available in print and ebook!

Amazon and B&N (Print)
Ebook Vendors

Many thanks again to Gryphonwood for publishing, Drazenka Kimpel for the fabulous cover art.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Art Affair on the Square: July 21st

I will be participation in the 14th Annual Art Affair on the Square in Urbana, Ohio.

You can find me in the tent hosted by the Champaign County Library, talking to readers about reading, SF, fantasy, writing, and signing copies of my novels.

There will be a handful of other authors with me, covering a wide variety of genres. Plus, there will be nearly a hundred artists of all varieties, from painting and photography to quilting and metalwork.

The event will be located just north of the square in Urbana.

July 21, 2018
10:00 am until 6:00 pm
Free Parking/Free Admission
One Monument Square, Urbana, OH

Here is the link for more details: Art Affair on the Square

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Outpost Well Received Thus Far

Outpost is doing well among early listeners, and it remains #1 in its Amazon Category.

Maybe give it a listen s well.


Of course, it's also available in print and ebook!

Amazon  (Print and Ebook)
B&N  (Print and Ebook)

Many thanks to Gryphonwood for publishing, Drazenka Kimpel for the fabulous cover art, and Jonathan Waters for the excellent narration.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost Now Available in Audio

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost is now available in audiobook format!

Where Available:

Download your copy and listen to Jonathan Water narrate the first book in the series.

Note: Jonathan Waters is contracted to narrate Betrayal with recording and production to begin soon.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Compilation of Star Ratings for My Novels and Novellas

I decided to take couple hours to compile the star ratings given to my works by readers/listeners. I decided to use Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes &; Noble and Audible, as those were the vendors with ratings to be collected.

I considered using Goodreads, but a few of the reviews/ratings there were duplicates (the same reader posted both on Amazon and Goodreads, for example), and I didn't want to take the time to sort through all of those reviews to eliminate any duplication.

Here are the results:

I may do some small analysis and commentary at a later date.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Interview at Dueling Ogres (Episode 157)

Hey Folks,

If you have a short bit, check out my interview with the Dueling Ogres, were we discuss books and writing (of course) which includes LitRPG, Robert Bevan (Critical Failures), Jim Bernheimer, Amber Cove Press, CT Phipps, Kevin Hearne, and more.  Also, some interesting apartment hunting tales, a shot figuring out the current political, and (of course) more.

Here's the direct link to the website and the podcast episode: Dueling Ogres Episode 157

Here's the Youtube link: Dueling Ogres Episode 157/Youtube

Here's a link to the Dueling Ogres Facebook Page, where you can leave comments (that will be read in the next episode--unless you ask them not to): Dueling Ogres Podcast FB

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Presentation on Self-Editing Strategies at Westerville Public Library

If you're in the area, don't hesitate to join me as I present/discuss strategies for editing manuscripts.

Time: 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm
Place: 126 South State Street
           Westerville, Ohio
Date: 6/14/18

Here is the link for more information: Self-Editing: Strategies for Writers

Note: I will have copies of my novels should there be interest.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Highlander vs. Babylon 5

Okay, mixing content from two series I really enjoy:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

River City Comic Convention 2018 Cancelled This Year

I just got notice today that the 2018 River City Comic Convention will not happen this summer.

Here is the note from the event coordinator:

In a difficult and unforeseen turn of events, this July’s show has been canceled. I have been fighting some health problems the past few weeks, and have sadly come to realize I wouldn’t be able to put on the quality of event we’ve always tried for and the fans of the Mid-Ohio Valley deserve. Artists and vendors will be receiving table refunds shortly. Thank you for your understanding.

While I'll miss crossing paths with a lot of folks I've come to know, I look forward to participating next year.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Short Mystery Fiction Society Announces 2018 Derringer Award Winners

The Shorty Mystery Fiction Society has announced its Derringer Award winners for:

  Flash (Up to 1000 words)

  Short Story (1001 to 4000 words)

  Long Story (4001 to 8000 words)

  Novelette (8001 to 20,000 words)

Here's a link to the Announced Winners: Derringer Awards

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Amazon's Indifference and Gryphonwood/Adrenaline Press

As you may know, my publisher is Gryphonwood Press. Two days ago my publisher was accused by Amazon of violating its terms of service, and had all of its ebooks removed.

The allegation apparently centered around the belief (likely determined by one of Amazon's bots) that my publisher was engaged in activities related to inflating page reads with respect to Kindle Unlimited. Amazon is what Amazon is, a mega-large corporation that is largely indifferent to anyone or anything that is not of sufficient size affect its profits.

My publisher discussed what happened (based upon what my publisher absolutely did not do), the possible cause for the false accusation of violating Amazon's Terms of Service, the ramifications, and the results in the podcast Wood on Words, Episode 55.

Here are the links:
55- My Kindle Nightmare (Blog post where read the details, the back and forth and consequences)
Podcast: My Kindle Nightmare (discusses in more detail beginning at 14:43 into the episode).

The issue is not an isolated incident. It is affecting dozens of authors and publishers that I know of, and my connections in the publishing words are fairly limited. As for me, it has already had deleterious effects on my novels and reaching readers.

How bad and long-lasting is yet to be seen...which makes me feel extremely bad for those whose livelihood (like my publisher) is being negatively impacted.

** As of last night, the ebooks published by Gryphonwood/Adrenaline Press were returned by Amazon, and my publisher taking steps to ensure there will not be a recurrence.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Article: Is Being Dynamic Necessary?


Here's my most recent article that may be of interest to readers and writers. John Wayne, Dirty Harry, Lenny (from Of Mice and Men) and the characters in my Monsters, Maces and Magic novels: What do they have in common?

If you have a moment, find out by taking a look at my article.

Link: Is Being Dynamic Necessary?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Over 1,000,000 Words in Print

The publication of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal brings the total word count for my published fiction to 1,060,000!

Eight Novels (960,000 words)
Two Novellas (35,000 words)
One Short Story Collection (65,000 words)

I know that there are many authors out there that have far surpassed this mark. Maybe I'll catch a few of them in the next few years. We'll see!

Friday, April 6, 2018

LitRPG Podcast Review of Betrayal

The LitRPG Podcast did a review of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal.

It's what I expected from Ramon Mejia, the reviewer. It's not exactly the reviewer's cup of tea, but not a bad review either.

Take a quick look and see what you think.
(The video picks up right when the review of Betrayal begins)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal is Now Available

Hey Folks,

Betrayal, the 2nd novel in the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series is now Available!

Check it out and hope you enjoy Jax's second tale!

Direct Links:

Amazon US   Amazon US Print

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

Amazon Canada

Amazon Germany

Amazon France

Amazon India

Amazon Spain

Friday, March 30, 2018

Looking Forward to Scourged by Kevin Hearne

I am looking forward to the release of Scourged, the final novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles (by Kevin Hearne). I actually have the hardcover and audiobook pre-ordered.

A prediction:
Atticus O'Sullivan (Siodhachan O Suileabhian) will die in the final novel during the battle to put down Loki's attempt to bring about Ragnarok, or the end of the world.

One of the main clues is that of the POV characters (all in first person), the telling (journal) of Atticus is written in past tense, while Granuaile's and Owen's are written in present tense.

Oberon was devastated when Atticus 'died' in Hunted, but now he has Orlaith and their litter of puppies to care for. It will give him purpose and the ability to move forward despite the loss of his long-time friend. Plus, a short tale in Besieged, both prepared Oberon for the potential loss while setting the stage for it.

Owen is busy rebuilding the druids with his current grove of apprentice druids, so the death of Atticus will not deprive the world of druids.

Granuaile will feel the loss, but the Morrigan's unnecessary 'sacrifice' in Hunted, while battling Diana and Artemis in order allow Atticus and company to escape, is actually part of her long-seeing plan to reunite with Atticus in the land of the dead. The Morrigan has repeatedly proven her vision of future events, such as providing placing Atticus's Arch Druid (Owen Kennedy) on the time island, with information that his youth could be returned to him, or giving Odin the gem to let him know of her death and the what actions he should undertake when that occurs, etc.

Okay, I could be wrong. We'll see. In any case, I expect Scourged will be an excellent read/listen.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Monsters, Maces and Magic Series Official Logo

Thought I would share the logo for the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Day of Spring in Ohio

Well, schools are closed on this First Day of Spring...
Photo of our Back Yard and Commentary, Complements of My Wife

Friday, March 16, 2018

LitRPG Podcast's Review of Outpost

The LitRPG Podcast did a review of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost.

Overall I'd say it was a fair and accurate review.

Here's the text review (link to the review on the LitRPG Podcast's website)

Here's the video review below (link to the review on the LitRPG Podcast's Youtube Channel)

The review of Outpost begins at 39:44 in:

The podcast review, again, is accurate and fair, although the reviewer (Ramon Mejia) spent a lot of time discussing how Outpost lacked elements of what he believes LitRPG should fully incorporate (frequent reference to stats, dice rolls/results, game references with blurbs of detailed information, etc.) and leaned more toward fantasy storytelling. Still, he indicated it had enough of those elements to qualify it as LitRPG, just not the sort of balance he really enjoyed reading. Again, fair and honest, which is what one hopes for in a reviewer. Plus, he did point out good writing and other things about Outpost :)

Take a listen and see what you think.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Critical Failures 1 to 5 all on sale for 99 cents

Hey All,

Robert Bevan's entire Critical Failures Series is on sale March 12th to 18th.

If you enjoy your fantasy laced with humor (sometimes a bit course), then Bevan's novels are for you.

Check it out: Caverns & Creatures Special Offers

For a little background, you can check out the interview I did with Robert Bevan a few years back: Interview with Humor/Fantasy Author Robert Bevan

Monday, March 12, 2018

Number 2 Breakfast of Writing Champions!

Here is the #2 Breakfast of Writing Champions -->

Some people say it's more like brick mortar, but they're wrong.

Link to the #1 Breakfast of Writing Champions (posted a while back).

Friday, March 9, 2018

La Espada de Sangre (Spanish Edition of Blood Sword) Released

The Spanish translation/version of Blood Sword has been released!

Currently it is available through these vendors:
  Amazon US
  Amazon Spain
  Barnes & Noble
  Livraria Cultura

Will update as more vendors make it available.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Article: Value in Co-Authoring

Over at Kevin's Corner, my article on co-authoring has been posted. Talks about the process and benefits and more.

LinkValue in Co-Authoring

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Outpost Official Release!

Outpost is now officially released in Print and E-book.

Click on over and get your copy! --subtle huh ;)

Amazon US: Print or Kindle

Amazon UK: Print or Kindle

Amazon Australia: Kindle

Amazon Canada: Print or Kindle

Amazon Germany: Kindle

Amazon France: Kindle

Amazon Japan: Kindle

Amazon India: Kindle

It is available via Kindle Unlimited in the USA, and in ebook through many more international Amazon outlets.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo Follow-up

Had a great time at the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo this past weekend. Connected with folks who'd read some of my works, and picked up one or two more, and met some new readers and got to talk reading and writing with so many visitors to the event.

Here are a few pictures:

Captain Marvel Supporting Outpost!

Me and Brandon from the Dueling Ogres Podcast

Me and Remington from the Dueling Ogres Podcast

Monday, March 5, 2018

What is LitRPG?

Hey Folks,

Ever wonder what LitRPG is? Here's a quick article I wrote that Dueling Ogres published the other day in conjunction with the upcoming release of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost!

Link: What is LitRPG?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Article: Readers and Genre Crossover

Hey Folks,

If you have a chance, click on over and check out my article over at Two Ends of the Pen.

Link: Readers and Genre Crossover

The article discusses reader trends and the rate of movement from one genre to another.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo 2018

Hey Folks,

A quick reminder that I will be at the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo this upcoming weekend.

It's being held at the Parkersburg Art Center
(725 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV), which is a pretty neat venue.

Saturday, March 3: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 4: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

There is a whole list of events over the weekend, from Cosplay to video game tournaments.

You can find me on the main floor and, of course, I will have copies of all my novels.

Link for more Info: 2018 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Outpost Mentioned on LitRPG Podcast 96

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost's upcoming release was mentioned on the LitRPG Podcast (about 10:55 in).

The LitRPG Podcast is having a large number of giveaways in preparation for its impending 100th episode, discussed early in the podcast (in case you might be interested).

Pre-order ebook: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost
Print book: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost (Now Available)

Below is the LitRPG Episode 96:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pre-Order for Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost is available for Pre-order (ebook) at a discount ($2.99)

Ebook Publication Date: March 7, with retail price at $3.99

Pre-order LinkMonsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost on Kindle

Order Link: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost (Print) (Now Available)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo 2018

My wife and I will be here March 3rd and 4th.

Here's a link to the event: Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo

Should have copies of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost available (if thing go smoothly).

Will post more details later in the month.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Writing Status Update

Just a quick update.

I have completed the first draft of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal. Actually it's more like a second draft for most sections. I am now working on final edits/revisions with Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost, the first book in my new Fantasy (LitRPG) series.

When I get the edits for Outpost finished, I'll send it to my publisher (Gryphonwood Press), who will assign an editor. While that is happening, I will begin the revision process on my end for Betrayal. It will then go to Gryphonwood for editing.

I will have to incorporate/approve all recommended corrections/edits/revisions and then return the manuscripts for Gryphonwood to prep for publication.

I have one blurb in, and the cover art for both novels is completed (although the second is not cleared for preview yet). The titlework and other bits have yet to be finished, as well as the back of the book teaser.

Not yet solid on when the release for Outpost will be, since there are still a lot of moving parts. But the plan is to release Outpost, with having Betrayal ready as a pre-order. The goal is to have two books in the series available in relatively close release.

Then, I will begin work on completing the third novel in the Crax War Chronicles (Relic Shield). It's outlined and I began writing it, but it's not been touched since January of last year. During most of 2017 I focused on the two Dane Maddock Kindle World releases (Rock House and Cavern) as well as writing Betrayal.

So it's possible I may have three novels published in 2018. :)

After that, either work on the next Monsters, Maces and Magic novel or the next First Civilization's Legacy novel.

We'll see.