Friday, December 28, 2018

LitRPG Podcast Shares Guild's Audiobook Release

The LitRPG Podcast listed Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild's audiobook release.

Ramon Mejia seemed surprised that the audiobook release was so close to the ebook release. That's due to Gryphonwood Press and the excellent narrator, Jonathan Waters, planning ahead and being on top of things.

Ramon also was surprised that Guild was released due to its length. He mentions it as a short story. However, it's actually a 90+ page novella, not short story. However, since many LitRPG novels tend to be on the long side (400+ pages), Guild probably seems quite short in comparison.

You can see the announcement below. The Youtube link is set to pick up at 11:14 in, where Guild is announced.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild is now an Audiobook

Hey Folks,

Guild is now available as an Audiobook!

If you might be interested, here's where it's available:


Saturday, December 22, 2018

LitRPG Podcast Mentions Betryal's Audiobook Release

The LitRPG Podcast mentioned Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal's release :)

Where Available:

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Outpost and Betrayal #1 and #2 at Gryphonwood

Hey Folks,

A successful launch for the Betrayal. Not only has it shot up to #1, its release has propelled Outpost back to #1 of all Gryphonwood titles :)

If you're interested in a good listen...of Betrayal, Outpost or any of my books listen...

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Betrayal Now an Audiobook

Hey Folks,

Betrayal is now available in Audiobook! :)

Where Available:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author Mindy McGinnis Speaks at Upper Valley Career Center

Hey, I thought I would share that author Mindy McGinnis spoke at my school yesterday to virtually all of the junior and senior students (seven sessions plus two smaller group engagements).

She is an interesting and dynamic speaker and, if you ever get the opportunity to hear her, don't pass it up. The vast majority of my students were interested, if not riveted, to what she shared about her books, writing, and even her cats, plus the variety of questions she answered.

Most of the students read Not a Drop to Drink in preparation for her visit. It's an excellent read. One thing is that Mindy McGinnis writes in a host of genres from post apocalyptic and fantasy to contemporary.

If you might be interested, check out her website to see what she she's written.

Website: Mindy McGinnis

Friday, November 30, 2018

Signing Books at Christmas in the Village (St. Paris, Ohio)

Hey Folks,

Just to let you know that I'll be a part of the Christmas in the Village celebration in St. Paris, on Saturday, December 1st.

I will be part of the Craft Show, in the Municipal Building (135 W. Main Street, St. Paris, OH), from 12:00 (noon) until 5:00 pm with copies of my novels. 

Who doesn't enjoy receiving a good novel (signed) for a Christmas present?

Plus, if you have questions about writing, fantasy or science fiction or whatever...stop by.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

LitRPG Podcast Reviews Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild!

Hey Folks,

The LitRPG Podcast reviewed Guild.

Check out the video of the review, and see if you agree (if you've read Guild), or maybe it'll convince you to give it a try.

Where you can get Guild: Ebook  /  Print

Monday, November 26, 2018

Now Available--Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild

Hey Folks,

Guild is now available in ebook ($0.99) and print ($6.99)!

You can’t hide in an RPG forever.

Eighteen years ago Tom, a barber college student, got trapped in the Monsters, Maces and Magic game world as Josiah the thief.

The first two adventures saw all of Tom’s party members, also trapped within the game world, perish within the fetid depths of the Dark Heart Swamp. His subsequent stint adventuring with NPCs proved short lived. He preferred survival.

Over time, Tom became Josiah, adopting a life blending in with the game world’s NPCs. He gave up advancing as a thief, trained as a lay healer, and works as a barber, cutting hair, pulling teeth, lancing boils and functioning as a low-level operative within the local thieves’ guild.

But life, even one lived as a faux NPC, can get interesting. Such happens when a young half-goblin thief named Gurk shows up in Josiah’s shop, looking for information.

Little did the pair know that the unobtrusive barber shop would become a focal point in a brewing guild war.

Get your copy of the third installment in the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series!

Get your Print copy: Here
Get your ebook copy: Here

Audiobook is in production

Friday, November 16, 2018

Guild's Upcoming Released Announced on the LitRPG Podcast

Pretty cool news. Ramon Mejia, of the LitRPG Podcast, announced Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild's upcoming release (on November 26th).

If you enjoy reading Fantasy and/or Science Fiction with a LitRPG slant, following the LitRPG Podcast (and/or the LitRPG Audiobook Podcast) may help you find some good titles to get a hold of.

As a quick reminder, Guild is currently available for Pre-Order a number of places.

You can find out where by following this link to a previous blog post:  Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild is Available for Pre-Order

Monday, November 12, 2018

Presentation at the Westerville Library: Writing Warfare--from Sword Fights to Space Fleet Combat

Hey Folks,

I'll be at the Westerville Public Library on November 15th, from 7:00 until about 8:15 pm, presenting on writing warfare in fiction.

If you might be interested, you can find more details (directions, content, etc.) by following this link: Writing Warfare in Fiction (Westerville Library)

Hope to see you there!

Why the fireworks picture? Why not   ;)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cavern Now Available: Release of Revised and Expanded Edition

When Kindle Worlds unexpectedly shut down, Rock House and Cavern (co-authored with David Wood) were unpublished.

Without the Kindle Worlds' restraints, David Wood and I decided that, since the novelette and novella were strongly connected, they would be combined into one tale, while expanding the storyline, offering a longer and more satisfying read.

A deadly enemy seeks an ancient power.

When an old journal falls into Dane Maddock's hands, he and Bones Bonebrake find themselves caught up in a search for a lost excavation site and the secret it hides. But the journal holds more than meets the eye.

Already at odds with dangerous local rivals, Maddock and Bones soon find themselves in another race with a clandestine organization called Trident, who are bent on securing the lethal prize.

Can Maddock and Bones survive what lies deep within the CAVERN?

Cavern is the title of the combined story and Today you can find the Re-Release (in ebook and print)!

Here where it's available:
Amazon US
Amazon: UK, Canada, Australia
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild is Available for Pre-Order

Hey Folks,

Guild is available for pre-order.

Here is where you can currently pre-order your copy (links):
Amazon US
Google Play
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Amazon: UK, Canada, Australia, Germany

The official release date is November 26, 2018.

Will update with other places Guild is available when it happens.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cover Reveal: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Guild

Here is the cover for the next installment of the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series:

Information on the preorders, release, and more soon to follow.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Some Pics from Parkersburg Pop Con 2018

I had a great time at the Parkersburg Pop Con. Met a lot of new readers and reconnected with a few I met in the past. Already signed up to participate as a guest author again next year!

Here are a few of my Pics from the Event:

My Table for the Event
Artist Doc Springer
Cosplay (Humanoid Rapidash w/ her Pokemon Trainer)

The Young Adult Cosplay Competitors 
Star Wars Cosplay
More Cosplay
Me and Daenerys Targaryen
More Cosplay (Mercy)
Star Wars (Chewbacca)

Army of Darkness Cosplay
Three of My Favorite People at Parkersburg Events!
Author Stephen Hines sporting his Dueling Ogres shirt

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Parkersburg PopCon 2018: I'll be there!

This is where I will be on October 20th!

Hope to see you there.

Link for Details: Parkersburg PopCon

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Guild submitted to Gryphonwood Press

I submitted the final version of Guild (after reviewing suggested edits from my publisher's editor) to my publisher (Gryphonwood Press).

The final version was slightly under 28,000 words, making it novella length. The cover art is in process. The next step will be for me to proof the galley when it's sent to me.

Guild is the third installment in the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series. No firm publication date set.

Will keep you up to date.

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