Wednesday, July 17, 2019
I will be participating in Urbana's Art Affair on the Square this Saturday (July 20th) from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Come see artists, crafters, authors, food vendors and more.
It's located in downtown Urbana, just off the Square (where US Rt. 36 and US Rt. 68 intersect).
I and several other authors (including William O. Weldy and Addie J. King) will be in the literary tent, sponsored by the Champaign County Library. We will be located on East Court Street this year.
Rumor has it the Domestic Divas will be there too!
Come and see what's happening, and maybe pick up a few signed books!
For more details, check out this link: Art Affair on the Square 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Yesterday I finished the revision of Fairyed (based upon editor suggested corrections and comments), and a few minor things I wanted to fix. I also completed the Dedication, Acknowledgements, and About the Author sections, and emailed those, and the manuscript to Gryphonwood Press.
Actually I did the majority of the revision while on vacation with the family at Fort Myers Beach, Florida. I got up early and worked, and did work while there was down time or my daughters/wife were napping or shopping. Maybe some would think working on revisions while on vacation doesn't make sense, but it's what I do. I sat on the porch of the condo, overlooking the gulf, listened to the waves wash up on the sand and focused on the task at hand. (See pic above of my 'work station.' Not too bad.)
The cover art should be completed (by Drazenka Kimpel) in early August, and Jonathan Waters has been contracted to narrate the audiobook version of Fairyed.
Most of the work is done. I will have to proof the galley when my publisher sends it over. And I am the one who proofs the audiobook version, but the major work for the novel is finished (on my end)--well, except for marketing and promotion.
Back to Relic Shield. Less than a month before the school year again starts, and I will have less time available for writing and writing-related projects.
Friday, June 14, 2019
An author friend pointed me to this article: Barnes & Noble SOLD: Goliath has Fallen & What This Means for Writers
Gives a good history of publishing and its impact on authors (and thus, in the end, on readers--but mostly writers at this point), especially in light of Barnes & Noble being purchases (along with all of its debt).
Worth the read...while there might be a glimpse of potential good news, rotten news is nowhere near out of the question...
Give it a read...see what you think.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
As an update, this week I sent the manuscript for Fairyed (the 4th installment in the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series) to my publisher. There it'll be assigned an editor, and the process continues.
Drazenka Kimpel has been commissioned to create the cover art! For my novels, her art has been featured on the covers of Outpost, Betrayal and Relic Hunted.
While there is still a lot that has to happen before Fairyed is available, it's definitely getting closer to the final stages before release.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
My daughter's cat, Romeo, passed away today. Cancer took him after 13 years spent as a loyal pet. Genevieve showed him exceptional care and understanding in his final weeks and days, and Romeo very much accepted and enjoyed it all. Maybe even more than the love and care he experienced over the 13 years.
Romeo started out as a stray and took up residence in our garage. Young and thin, he was overjoyed to have a family and people that cared for him. Initially Romeo was pushed around by the many cats in the neighborhood but, as he grew and became healthy, he established himself as a cat not to be messed with. He had a favorite ninja move: Face the adversary, then jump forward, high in the air while performing a 180 degree spin, landing on the back of the adversary. Insert tearing claws. It always ended the fight with the other cat fleeing, pretty much never to invade Romeo's territory again.
|Romeo and Swirly|
While he was pretty much a bad-ass cat, he was a good fella too. He loved his treats and tuna, playing with his bird toys, and to be petted. He meowed in a variety of ways to let you know he was hungry. The loudest purring cat I've ever heard when sitting next to Gen, or anybody. Like a happy, content motorboat. And his nemesis, Penny (one of our dogs), they eventually learned to tolerate each other...
|Romeo, barely motivated...until the mower approaches.|
Romeo is now in Heaven, hanging out with his sidekick, Swirly, and his second side kick, Specter.
|Gen with Romeo and Swirly (2010)|
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
A great deal. Icefall, part of the bestselling Dane Maddock Adventures (by David Wood) is now free on through most ebook sources. It's a book that works as both a standalone and introduction to the Dane Maddock, Bones Bonebrake, and their adventures--think Indiana Jones but starring two former Navy SEALs.
Actually, it's my favorite book featuring Dane Maddock, except for Cavern, which I co-authored with David.
Give it a try...it's a quick, action-packed read, and it's free.
Link: Icefall by David Wood
Link: Cavern by David Wood & Terry W. Ervin II
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Here's Flank Hawk's most recent review on Amazon--some pretty neat authors in which to be grouped!
"I have read Tolkien, Goodkind, Donaldson, and McKiernan. Irvin (II) has stood toe to toe with their work, and in+my opinion delivered an equal tale.
Flank Hawk lays out a tale of fantasy, of a future yet to be made, and a tapestry of alZ the sword and sorcery familiars mixed with historical machines of death.
The characters are breathing, and the treatment of the yarn they weave will have you enraptured.
I'm sure you will not regret the read.
Very well done!
Now on to the next book.😊"--Bookworm Forever
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
A quick reminder that I will be one of over a hundred Ohio authors participating at the Ohioana Book Festival, talking to readers and signing copies of our books. There will be authors of all types, from fantasy and SF (like me) to nonfiction, romance and children's books.
It's being held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Branch at 96 S. Grant Ave. from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm.
Click the following Link for more Details: Ohioana Book Festival
|The 5 titles I will have at my table|
(Festival limit on all authors due to table space)
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Here's an interesting interview with Mindy McGinnis, a very popular author. She writes in a host of genres, from post-apocalyptic and fantasy to Gothic horror and contemporary.
She talks about writing, becoming an author, regular life and an insight as life as an author, social media, and more...
This year Mindy also visited the school where I teach. She is a very engaging speaker.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Gryphonwood Press has dropped the price of Flank Hawk (ebook version) to $0.00!
If you haven't tried Flank Hawk, now is a great opportunity.
It's free through virtually all ebook vendors--Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords and more!
Here's the link to get your free copy: Flank Hawk Ebook
As an additional note, if you're an audiobook fan and member of Audible, if you pick up the Kindle version, you can get the audiobook version at a steep discount.
Link: Flank Hawk on Audible
Saturday, March 23, 2019
I'm currently waiting for the audiobook release of Hard Luck Hank: Dumber than Dead. It's the 7th book in the Hard Luck Hank series. I find the mutant Hank's tales interesting and amusing. The author indicated that the audiobook recording is about two-thirds of the way finished.
Currently re-listening to the series. Through the first three. Dumber than Dead will probably be released before I get through the series to date, but that's okay.
For those who might be interested, here's an interview I did with Steven Campbell a few years back: Interview with Author Steven Campbell
Friday, March 15, 2019
A reader/listener of my audiobooks notified me that on his Youtube feed, he saw a Betrayal, and sent me the link.
I went through the process to claim copyright infringement, and Youtube had the video removed within 18 hours. Pretty fast.
While I check for funky thinks online with my works, I had not been scrutinizing Youtube as thoroughly as I should have been. Will have to be more focused on that front.
Oh well, I guess it's all part of the life of an author.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Just a quick reminder that I will be at the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo this weekend (March 2 & 3) in Parkersburg, WV.
It runs Saturday and Sunday, and is $5.00 to get in (kids 10 and under are free). Tons of vendors and events.
Here's the link for more details: 2019 Classic Plastics Toy Expo
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Gryphonwood Press has listed eight of my titles (print via Amazon) temporarily on sale at a deep discount (30-40%).
Here's a link to check it out: Terry W. Ervin II's Amazon Page
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Hey Readers and Listeners,
The LitRPG Audiobook Podcast reviewed Flank Hawk as part of the What Else Have They Done segment.
Click on over and see what Ray Johnson had to say about Flank Hawk and narrator Michael Slusser's performance.
And there's an awesome quote involving JRR Tolkien, Willy Wonka and Clint Eastwood.
Note: The youtube link connects right when the review of Flank Hawk begins (at 45:35 in):
You can access the audio only version of the podcast here: LitRPG Audiobook Podcast Episode 31
Links where you can find Flank Hawk, and all of my other books (in print/ebook/audiobook): Where Available
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The LitRPG Audiobook Podcast reviewed Guild!
Click on over and see what they had to say about the novella and Jonathan Water's narration.
(Guild is first on the list or reviews and the Youtube link below goes right to where the review starts)
Link: Where Guild, and all of my books, are Available
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Neal James, sidekick of Ernie Brown, Jr. (better known as The Turtle Man) passed away Feb 1st.
I and my family enjoyed the show, Call of the Wildman, in which Neal played a significant role, narrating their adventures and holding the bag open so the Turtle Man could stuff in the snake or angry possum or whatever else his partner had caught for rescue. My younger daughter thought Neal was pretty brave for doing that).
Anyway, just thought I would share the sad news--sad for us, but now Neal James is in Heaven :)
|The Turtleman Crew|
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
One lucky subscriber to our newsletter will win a free copy of Outpost by Terry W. Ervin II! Sign up for a chance to win, and you'll also get an ebook bundle (over a million words of fiction) for free when you subscribe. No spam, just discounts and new release announcements!
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Click on over and see what the LitRPG Audiobook Podcast had to say about Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal, including Jonathan Water's narration.
It's the first audiobook reviewed in Episode 26. Youtube link below.