Wednesday, November 15, 2017

900,000+ Words of Fiction Published

This month, with the publication of Cavern, the total number of words (fiction) I've had published is 901,000.

I anticipate that I will surpass 1 million before 2018 ends.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cavern #1 in Action/Adventure

Cool News!

Cavern (co-authored with David Wood) has reached #1 in Amazon's Kindle Worlds for Action & Adventure.

Consider getting your copy today: Cavern: A Dane Maddock Adventure

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Re-Elected to Village Council

Last night the voters of St. Paris showed their confidence in me by re-electing me to serve on the Village Council!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cavern Released!

My second foray into a writing collaboration with David Wood has resulted in Cavern, a Dane Maddock (Kindle Worlds) Adventure.

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 the Trident, who are bent on securing a lethal prize.

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

If you're interested or even curious, you can find where to get your copy and more here: Cavern

The Dane Maddock Series is a little like a modern Indiana Jones, with an old pulp novel feel. The first novel in the series I read was Quest. My personal favorite is Icefall. Consider jumping in on those, and more. You can learn more about David Wood, his writings (including the Dane Maddock Series) here: David Wood's Website

For those who may not know, the first novella I co-authored with David Wood was Rock House.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review of Relic Tech by AudioBook Reviewer

Here's a link to a recent review of Relic Tech. It's mostly positive :)

Link: Relic Tech (Crax War Chronicles Book 1) By Terry W. Ervin II 

If you're interested in checking it out yourself, Relic Tech is available in print, ebook and audio (of course). Here is a link to find it: Where Available or you can follow the links listed on the left of this blog page.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great GeekFest 2017

I will be participating at the Great GeekFest 2017 this Saturday, talking fantasy and science fiction and signing copies of my novels.

Delaware Main Library
84 E. Winter Street
Delaware, Ohio 43015

10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Authors, Artists, Vendors, RPGs, Cosplay, Video Games, Panels and more will be there.

Hope you will be too!

Follow this link for more information:
Great GeekFest 2017 Info

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Brutus V

Here's a pic of Brutus V.

He replaces Brutus IV from last year, who went home with a student...a graduating senior who had fed him each morning. Reports as of September is that he is doing well.

Brutus V is a classroom 'donation' from a student, who saw that I was preparing my tank and had an extra Betta fish that she did not want.

He looked sort of unhealthy...but after a couple weeks in his new tank, Brutus looks to be thriving, including more color. :)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

River City Comic Con 2017

New Venue: Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, Marietta College  

More space and actual air conditioning!

For more information (time, schedule of events, other authors, guests and vendors, and directions) here is the link to the River City Comic Con's website:

Link: River City Comic Con 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

General Sales Ranking Information (as of Sept. 2017)

Below is a basic chart, for those who might be interested, of overall sales performance of my books.

At a later date, I may break it down further, into ebook, print and audiobook sales.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Interview in the Dayton City Paper

The Dayton City Paper interviewed me and author Allison M. Dickson ahead of our appearance for the Second Monday Author event at the Centerville Library.

Here is the article: Off the Shelf: Authors Allison M. Dickson and Terry W. Ervin to visit Centerville

The cover for Relic Hunted was used in the article (and article preview).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Notes for Today's Writing Effort

One of the things I do is outline novels and novellas, and even short stories. I don't complete detailed 'line by line' or 'action by action' outlines, but major events or plot twists or turns are there. Sometimes I will add dialogue bits or minor descriptions, so that I don't forget them.

Anyway, it helps me keep on track and increases productivity.

This is today's bit of the outline I am working from for my 2nd LitRPG (fantasy) novel effort. The tentative/working Title is Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal. 

Actually this may end up being two or even three days to work from, depending on how much I manage to write.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Book Signing Event at the Amos Public Library in Sidney, Ohio

I will be joining eight other local authors at the Amos Public Library as part of an open house event to celebrate renovations and a new addition. We authors will be talking to readers and signing copies of our books.

Date: August 9, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Amos Memorial Public Library
230 E. North Street
Sidney, Ohio  45365

Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Influences: Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Virtually every writer is influenced by what they learned and enjoyed growing up. The movie, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, really captured my attention as a youth.

Heck, if you've read Flank Hawk (and the other novels in the First Civilization's Legacy Series) and have seen this movie, you may recognize that the ogres in my novels are reminiscent of the troglodyte in the film.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Interview with Steven Brust (at Buzzy Mag)

Release Date: October 17, 2017

Came across this interview with Steven Brust. Talks a little about how he writes, collaboration, what's coming up , and the final Vlad Taltos book he is beginning to consider.

Here's a link to the interview, which includes the video version.

Link: Steven Brust Interview -- Author of The Taltos Fantasy Series

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Conan the Destroyer Theme (Orchestra View)

I came across this remake of the Conan the Destroyer theme music, and thought it was interesting to watch the director and musicians recreate the classic music.

Okay 'classic' is what I would call it, maybe not so many others. Still, it's one of my favorite movies--just fun action/adventure.

Unfortruantely, in the trailer, Malak (the thief that accompanies Conan, played by Tracey Walter) is not highlighted. Yet, I think his part adds a lot to the movie.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Novels at the St. Paris Public Library

A few citizens of St. Paris have asked about my novels and their availability at the St. Paris Public Library. Stopped by at took pictures of them on the shelves, ready for borrow and reading :)

A number of libraries around Ohio (Westerville, Piqua, Sidney, West Milton, Bexley, Centerville, Champaign County, Deleware and more) have copies--not always every novel, however.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Signing at Gathering Volumes (Perrysburg, Ohio) on July 20th

Hey Folks,

Just a quick reminder of my book event in on the 20th (Thursday) at Gathering Volumes Bookstore.

Gathering Volumes
196 E. South Boundary
Perrysburg, Ohio

From 4:00 until 7:00 pm

Here's a link for more details/information: Author Event Terry W. Ervin II

After the signing, I'll be meeting with the Fantasy Reading Group, and discussing the novel they selected for the month: Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Interview with Dueling Ogres (Podcast Episode 119)

Hey Folks,

Here's my interview with Dueling Ogres, where we discuss writing, Thunder Wells, Flank Hawk, my current work in progress, Classic TV, reliability and more...

Link to Access the Podcast: Episode 119: Viscount Me In

Note: Dueling Ogres will be posting a Youtube video version of the interview, which I will post when it becomes available.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Art Affair on the Square on July 15th

A quick notice that I will be at the Art Affair on the Square in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, July 15th from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

I will be there along with seven fellow authors (including Addie J. King and William Weldy), talking to readers and signing/selling our books.

The Champaign County Library is hosting the Literary Tent again this year--A Big Thanks to Them! We will be located near the square (along the northeast sidewalk).

In addition there will be a street full of artists (over 60) of all types (including the Domestic Divas), along with food trucks and more.

**For more information, you can follow this link: Art Affair on the Square

Monday, July 10, 2017

American Civil War, Hochenwalt Files, and Besieged

So, right now I am in the middle of listening to The American Civil War, one of the Great Courses. Pretty interesting. Reminds me a lot of what I'd learned back when I was an active Civil War Re-enactor. Plus, learning some new things.

Just finished Shades of Gray, the Hochenwalt Files by Addie J. King. A good read, especially if you enjoy urban fantasy with lycanthropes in the plot.

Waiting for Besieged to be released (tomorrow). The next installment of the Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearne. I'll probably listen to the audiobook version, narrated by Luke Daniels, before I actually get to read the print version.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Current Listen: Why Evil Exists

Currently I am listening to Why Evil Exists. The objective is to expand my knowledge and understanding, both just for my own benefit, and to benefit my writing.

This one has many chapters/lectures that I found very riveting and challenging. Others, I have to admit, I kind of zoned out at parts.

Anyway, it covers views and perspectives of evil from ancient times up to modern, examined through various faiths, philosophies, histories, fiction and even poetry.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My New "Thunder Wells" Hat

Thanks to St. Paris Embroidery, I now have a new hat to wear!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review of Relic Tech at Kevin's Corner

Hey Folks,

Here's a review of Relic Tech posted today at Kevin's Corner.

Check it out if you have a moment or two. :)

Link: Review: Relic Tech: Crax War Chronicles Volume 1 by Terry W. Ervin II  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Review of Thunder Wells at Two Ends of the Pen

Debra L. Martin posted a review of Thunder Wells at Two Ends of the Pen.

If you have a moment, check it out and maybe leave a comment, if you agree or disagree, or whatever your thoughts about the review or novel may be.

Link: Review: THUNDER WELLS by Terry W. Ervin II

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Follow Up from Westerville Presentation on World Building

Information and a few quick photos from the event:

Due to a large reception for a new director at the Westerville Public Library (scheduled long after I was scheduled to present) I presented in the Staff Lounge, which worked out perfect for the 14 that attended. Most were writers, but one attendee was a film maker and one enjoyed learning about new things and had attended my previous presentation at the library.

Discussing Matte vs. Glossy Covers
Great questions and discussion. Those attending admitted I kept them engaged and was informative and helpful. That was the goal!

Speaking afterwards with Ms. Huffman, the Program and Community Engagement Director, we laid out a plan for a presentation engagement again next summer :)

It's an awesome library, and they have a lot going on for their patrons and the local community.

Scrawling a Signature on a copy of Genre Shotgun

Friday, June 9, 2017

Westerville and Bexley Libraries (Presentation and Panel)

Hey Folks,

Just a heads up on TWO upcoming events:

I will be at the Westerville Pubic Library on June 15th, giving a presentation on World Building, mostly related to Fantasy & Science Fiction. Plan to attend not only for that, but for discussion, questions answered and more. I will also have some of my books available.

Thursday, June 15th
7:00 pm until about 8:15 pm.

Westerville Public Library
126 South State Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Link for Event details and more:
World Building for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Writers

I will also be at the Bexley Public Library on June 22nd, participating on a panel discussing, Building a Better World Through Fiction. I and several professors from The Ohio State University will be serving on the panel. Come with questions and input, and more! I'll have a few copies of my novels for anyone interested.

Thursday, June 22nd
7:00 pm until about 8:00 pm.

Bexley Public Library
2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH  43208

Link for Event details and more:
Building a Better World Through Fiction

If you're in the area, hope to see you at one or both events!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Efforts to Improve Knowledge and Skills for Writing

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, trying to make efficient use of time while driving or doing mundane work around the house.

Normally I listen to fictional tales, but sometimes I focus on nonfiction, mainly history related to World War II or the U.S. Civil War.

Recently, I've switched up and have been listening to these two titles:

Obviously to assist with refresher on grammar rules and usage

To provide insight and background information for my fantasy novels

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thunder Wells Audio #1 at Gryphonwood Press

The Audiobook version of Thunder Wells is doing pretty well. It's reached #1 among all the Gryphonwood titles!

It's #1 among Jonathan Waters' list of titles he's narrated as well.

As a Reminder, Where it's Available:

Thunder Wells at Audible

Thunder Wells at iTunes

Thunder Wells at Amazon

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thunder Wells is Now Available in Audio!

Thunder Wells is now available as an Audiobook!

No one ever said surviving an alien invasion would be easy.

Jack Fairbanks made it through the initial wave of attacks, but now the Mawks have seeded the Earth with dozers and crawlers, tracking beasts that crave human flesh and are bent on hunting the remnants of humankind to extinction. 

Joined by Lucia, a hardened urban survivor, Jack finds himself caught up in a secret plan to turn the course of the invasion. Can a college sophomore and a ragtag force of soldiers survive when the Mawks descend from orbit and begin their final assault?

Consider giving Thunder Wells a listen--narrated by Jonathan Waters!

Where Available:

Thunder Wells at Audible

Thunder Wells at iTunes

Thunder Wells at Amazon

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Book of Bones (Audiobook) Available on Youtube

If you're a fan of action/adventure stories, along the lines of Indiana Jones, consider listening to The Book of Bones, by David Wood. If you enjoy it, there is a series and spin offs available, in print, ebook and most audiobook.

While available on Audible and iTunes, The Book of Bones is available on Youtube, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer (episodes/parts being released roughly weekly):

Here are the links:
The Book of Bones Part 1
The Book of Bones Part 2
The Book of Bones Part 3
The Book of Bones Part 4
The Book of Bones Part 5
The Book of Bones Part 6

Friday, April 28, 2017

An Interview with Author Kelsey C. Lewandowski

Welcome to Up Around the Corner, Kelsey. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to become a writer?

Well, I am currently a high school student in the process of finishing up my junior year. I published my debut novel, Abyss, in March of my freshman year (2015) and published my second novel, Elders, this past November.

As a kid, I loved reading and was reading chapter books by first grade. I think it was around that time (so, very early on) that I found a passion for storytelling. I loved hearing about stories and reading them, and actually began to understand the immense amount of thought that went into them. When I was still in elementary school, I decided that someday I would write a book and have it published.

Please share with us, one book that you recently read that you think readers of this blog might enjoy.

I recently revisited Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I had read a few of his short stories before reading this book and decided to check it out. In this book, some of the fears of the Red Scare (which was occurring during the time Bradbury wrote the novel) are reflected in a ‘backwards’ futuristic society where firemen start fires and literature is not meant to be read. This idea of controlling thought and emotion to the point where freedom is just an illusion plays a huge role in this storyline. The thoughts of the characters who do decide to break the mold are truly engaging as well as thought-provoking.

Tell us a little about your most recent book, Elders.

Elders is a story about two characters living in a futuristic society in which youth can be bought. This defining factor shapes their society by creating extreme social and political divisions between those who can and cannot afford to buy their youth. My writing in this story follows the specific impact of this society’s structure on the characters Cassius and Evangeline. The two are on opposite sides of this society, but still cross paths. By switching viewpoints, I hope that the reader is able to understand their vast differences in background, but ultimately the similarities that tie them together.

Stepping away from writing and books for a moment, what is one of the most interesting and/or exciting places you’ve had the opportunity to visit?

I enjoy traveling very much and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to many different places. By far, my favorite trip was to the Hawaiian island of Maui. The nature there is stunning and the roads that wind up the mountains show incredible views.

A View of the Honokalani Black Sand Beach

What events might you have coming up?

On April 29th, I will be attending a local book signing hosted by the Gathering Volumes bookstore (located by the shops at South Boundary in Perrsyburg) in support of Independent Bookstore Day. Many local authors will be attending this event in order to sign copies of their books, discuss their writing, and share their work with the community.  However, this event is not solely dedicated to authors, so anyone that would like to come show their support can also check out local musicians and artists, as well as various other activities planned throughout the day. (See for more information!)
[There is a scheduled rain date of April 30th.]

As we’re closing in on the end of the interview, Kelsey, is there anything else you’d like to add or share?

I would just like to thank you for taking the time to interview me and include me in your blog!

Thank you, Kelsey, for taking the time to answer the questions for the readers here!


Where Kelsey's books can be obtained:
Abyss on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Elders on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Where you can find out more about Kelsey and her writing:


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Interview with Denise Phillips, Owner of Gathering Volumes

Welcome to Up Around the Corner, Denise. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to open a bookstore?

Thank you very much for having me. I am a wife, mother, and former IT professional. My husband grew up in Perrysburg, and we moved to Perrysburg in 2011. Growing up, my parents were avid readers, especially my father who was generally not without a book. After moving here, I was surprised to learn that there weren’t any independent bookstores nearby. My family and I would drive up to Ann Arbor and there we could walk to multiple independent bookstores. After my father passed away in 2013 I decided that it was time for a change in my career. I wanted to do something that would make a positive impact in the community, a place to gather that wasn’t a bar or restaurant and a place that was family friendly. I decided that for my family an independent bookstore would be an improvement to the community. It took me two years to put together a business plan and find the courage to move forward with Gathering Volumes.  

What, as a bookstore owner, have you found to be your biggest challenge and what has been one of your most satisfying successes?

By far the biggest challenge for me has been learning about marketing. I am still learning about this aspect of business ownership and I seek out all the advice and help that I can get. The challenge is determining the best way to reach out to like-minded individuals, those interested in a brick and mortar bookstore and who want to shop local as well as how to convince individuals to stop in and give it a shot. Making mistakes is part of learning and I have made mistakes, but I am gaining experience from the mistakes that I have made. I am most proud when a customer returns for a second visit and has loved the book we helped them find previously and is excited to find another.

If there was one book you could have those customers who enter Gathering Volumes read, what would it be, and why would you recommend it?

Wow, that is a difficult question. My goal is always to help customers find a book that will give them what they need at that time. Whether they need peace, excitement, intrigue, or knowledge I strive to recommend a book that addresses that need. I often recommend “The Alchemist” to customers, particularly if they feel that they need a change in their life. Although it is already one of the bestselling books in history, there are still plenty of people that haven’t read “The Alchemist” and for a fairly short book, it packs a lot of life lessons into less than 200 pages.

A common question(s) you probably get: How do you compete with Amazon? Why should readers choose to shop with you as opposed to the online behemoth?

I get that question quite often. There are a few reasons that I choose to shop at local brick and mortar stores. Local stores give back to the community in ways Amazon does not and cannot. Gathering Volumes has been open for less than 9 months and in that time, we have hosted 6 fundraising events for local schools, where a percentage of sales goes back to the schools, a food drive for a local food pantry, and a book drive. We host story times 3 times a week, author events nearly every week, book clubs for all ages, as well as activities for local organizations. We also showcase and sell local artists works in store. Our biggest event to date will be on April 29, Independent Bookstore Day, we will be hosting over 30 local authors, a local homebrew club, and providing children’s activities.

Of course, there is also the experience of being in a book showroom versus the online shopping experience. We give customers the opportunity to see, touch, and smell the book prior to purchase. They can sit in a comfortable chair, open the book up to any page, and read some of the book. They also can discuss books, get recommendations, and spend time with other people that love books. This isn’t just from me by the way; many customers offer suggestions to other customers. Of course, it is cheaper for Amazon to operate a book warehouse than to operate a book showroom and because of their size they can push for and get greater discounts and concessions. That is where we get into a discussion of price. It is impossible for Gathering Volumes to compete with Amazon solely in price and I don’t delude myself into thinking otherwise. However, I believe that many of us are starting to realize that we can’t make all our decisions based on price. Without getting too political I will say that there is a growing population that is discovering that they would prefer to keep their money local to sustain local culture, jobs, and taxes as well as to promote businesses that they can feel confident are doing the right thing.

You mentioned the Shop Local Movement, have you seen it in action at Gathering Volumes?

I have many customers come in and express that they prefer to shop locally. I also have customers come in asking me how I think I can compete with Amazon and the big box stores. I do not think that the Shop-Local Movement has caught on as strongly as is needed to keep Perrysburg real estate full and thriving with unique, local businesses. A number have closed recently and there are several open store fronts in town. I think as a theory most people understand and agree with the concept of shopping local, but I am not sure that the number of people that act on it throughout the year is high enough yet to save cities like Perrysburg from becoming full of generic real estate where we find the exact same stores and restaurants with no local flavor. I have heard of campaigns where people pledge to spend a certain amount or percentage of their monthly budget locally to ensure that they keep that money local and to “put their money where their mouth is.” I am interested to see if this campaign takes off or not.

What events do you have coming up over the spring and summer at Gathering Volumes?

Right now, we are focused on our Independent Bookstore Day event. 450 Independent Bookstores nationwide will be participating in Independent Bookstore day on April 29, 2017 and Gathering Volumes is one of them. Gathering Volumes will host multiple authors both inside and outside of the store, children's activities such as make your own Little Golden Book, The Glass City Mashers will be offering samples of beer brewed locally, and Mom's Mobile Mission will be collecting non-perishable food. We will open an hour early, at 10 am, for a special Elephant & Piggie story time, coffee, tea, and doughnuts. The store will also stay open late for Harry Potter Trivia and snacks from 7 to 9 pm. Finally, the store will have special deals and giveaways all day long including a signed short story by Michael Chabon, a signed short story by Rainbow Rowell, an Elephant & Piggie onesie, A Literary Cocktail book that has authors favorite drink recipes and more.

In May we will be hosting Tracey Hecht, the author of the Nocturnals series for Middle Grade Readers for a virtual visit and will also be hosting a Nocturnals party where the kids will participate in games such as Free the Fox and Flashlight Reading as well as dinner and a treat. We will also be hosting Kim Dinan, author of the inspirational book “The Yellow Envelope” on May 20th. On May 6th, we will be hosting 40 young authors from Woodland Elementary School as well as Children’s Book Author Holly L. Niner with her latest “The Day I Ran Away.”

As we are approaching summer break we will also be bringing back our popular STEM classes for kids. Last year our Build Your Own Super Soaker class was extremely popular.

As we’re closing in on the end of the interview, Denise, is there anything else you’d like to share or add?

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share what we are all about at Gathering Volumes and to thank you for sharing your talent with us by allowing us to stock your books.

You're most welcome, Denise and thank you as well.

Where you can learn more about Denise and Gathering Volumes:

Twitter or other online connections:
Facebook: @GatheringVolumes

Twitter: @GVBooks

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 29: Independent Bookstore Day Signing Event

On Saturday I, along with about 30 other authors, will be at Gathering Volumes, celebrating the Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th (rain date: April 30th). I will be located inside the bookstore (many authors will be outside), where we will be talking about writing, books and signing copies of our works.

The event runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, with many other events and activities scheduled, especially for children. (Check out the bookstore's website for details).

Gathering Volumes Bookstore
196 E. South Boundary
Perrysburg, Ohio  43551