Good news, bad news, and “I’m not sure how you’ll take this” news.

January 15th, 2017

Bad news first: All Romance eBooks up and shut its doors. What’s up with that? Those who got emails letting them know of the closure only got three days notice, so I genuinely hope that you were able to download your libraries. I’ve lost my books before and I know it sucks. Luckily this time I had my books downloaded and backed up, as I did not get a notice of closure. I did get an offer to buy advertising space from ARe less than a week before they closed, so that was mad sketchy. And really sad, given what a strong and trustworthy part of the community they had been. It’s also going to be a weird transition for me because most of my sales didn’t come from Amazon, they came from ARe, which I’m told is not the norm.

But good news! I’m writing again! Just a few hundred words a day, but that’s the pace I was going at when I wrote Paul’s Dream, so I choose to take it as a good sign. Paul’s Dream is probably my most thoughtful and intricately written novel.

Other news: I mentioned in a previous blog that sometimes I hop onto other sites with a different name and post stories to stretch my writing muscles and relieve some pressure. Also not to be judged. I like really weird things. There’s definitely a tentacle story somewhere in my future. The far future. My immediate future features a few comics. Aaaand those comics are in the FMG genre. FMG stands for “Female Muscle Growth,” as opposed to “Male Muscle Growth” (MMG), which is what I’m best known for.

FMG has a lot of similar tropes to MMG, as well as a lot of tropes specific to the genre. I’ll probably get into those in another blog, because that is a LONG post.

Anyway, when I write FMG I do it under the name Arie, and I used to post exclusively on a site called Brawna.org. Which is down now. (Oh internet! Why do you keep disappearing on me!?) But I recently moved what I had written to a deviantArt account, and why yes, you can totally read my stuff! Thank you so much for asking!  XD

Here’s the link: http://ariecle.deviantart.com/gallery/

And here’s the link to one I wrote as fanfic http://mrgreyman.deviantart.com/art/Wish-Fulfullment-fc2-by-Arie-308254101 to this: http://ariecle.deviantart.com/art/Very-Short-Scene-Wish-Fulfillment-274638721

I haven’t quite figured out the logistics, but I’ll be making room on my site for the Arie McBride stuff soon. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s okay. FMG is ridiculous. But almost every story I write is ridiculous. I have a character who makes a room full of people orgasm by snapping his fingers, and that’s from my “thoughtful and intricately written” novel. Ridiculous is my wheelhouse and I love it. So I hope that at least you’ll be entertained as you watch me jump from genre to genre.  🙂

 

 

 

Out of Print Blues

October 26th, 2016

So I finally updated my website to indicate which books are out of print. I’d been avoiding it because it’s, well, depressing. On the upside, my health is a little better, and I’m taking that as a good sign that my little orphans will have new homes soon. 🙂

Don’t mind me…

October 26th, 2016

Just making some long overdue updates to my website.  🙂

Project 42

October 26th, 2016

Story Blurb: A soldier wakes up with no memory and a charming young doctor looking after him.
http://RowanMcBride.com/stories/serials/


If you’d like to make a comment about any of the Project 42 installments, or the story as a whole, you can do it here.

W00t!

September 27th, 2016

​Which writer just sold a sexually explicit comic book script?  THIS writer just sold a sexually explicit comic book script!

Deets to come soon-ish. In the meantime, tequila for everyone! Rowan WROTE AND FINISHED something!
ヾ(-_- )ゞ

Just Perfect is going out of print

January 25th, 2016

My novella, Just Perfect, will be officially out of print on January 31st, 2016. As of now, it’s still available from most e-book sellers, but on the 31st it’ll start disappearing from stores at varying speeds.

I’m sorry for the short notice but I myself just found out yesterday.

Just Perfect was always meant to be episode 1 of a 4-part series. I think the best course of action now is to complete the series first before I even put part 1 out there again.

I know JP is one of my more unorthodox stories (which is saying a lot, considering what I write), so thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed it. Hopefully when the set is complete, you’ll enjoy it even more. 🙂

— Rowan

Amber Quill Press is shutting down

January 19th, 2016

One of my publiahers, Amber Quill Press, is shutting its doors for good. Their official closing date is March 30th, but they’re already beginning to wind things down.

This means that two of my books — Lone & Warm Rush: Chasing Winter — are going out of print. That makes me especially sad, since those were the only books I had available in paperback. If you were planning to buy the hard copies of either of those novels, I’d do it now. I’m not sure when exactly they’ll be pulled down, but if what happened to Want Me was any indication, the prices after AQP closes could skyrocket to $150. I love Lone and Warm Rush, but they are definitely definitely not worth that much. O.O

If there’s an upside, it’s that the e-book formats of both both books are seriously discounted on the AQP website, if you’ve been meaning to check them out.

It’s still sinking in that AQP is closing, so I haven’t decided what to do with my orphaned stories yet. Did you know that I wrote Lone especially for AQP? They were invitation-only and I certainly didn’t have an invitation, but I kept the finished manuscript under my bed for at least a year on the slim chance I’d receive one someday. Then, out of the blue, the invitation appeared in my inbox and I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the happiest moments of my life.That’s what I’m going to focus on for now. Business stuff later.

I’m not ready to say goodbye, Amber Quill, but I will say thank you for allowing me to be part of your writing family. I will miss you dearly.

Streamlining the site

August 31st, 2015

If you got to this page by clicking one of the “news” links on my site, you are not lost. I’m in the process of streamlining, and suddenly having both a “news” and a “blog” page seemed redundant.

So now the two are one, and my site’s about to be slightly easier to surf.

(ง ͡ʘ ͜ʖ ͡ʘ)ง

If my head weren’t screwed to my body

August 21st, 2015

…I’d have lost it back in 3rd grade, latest. >.< Okay, so here's the deal: The M/M Romance Group on goodreads is celebrating its 6th Anniversary right now. Today (Friday, August 21st) is actually the 7th day of the party, and I... uh... sorta... {clears throat} I TOTALLY FORGOT I DONATED A PRIZE. Fortunately, my prize hasn't been claimed yet (I know, I know. Shocker, right?), which means you can still win it, and it's a pretty good one, if I do say so, myself. 😉 I'm giving away one chapter from a story on my Serials page (www.rowanmcbride.com/stories/serials). The chapter will be written within 60 days after the prize won, and it will be dedicated to the winner. You can choose to update any story on the Serials page. Yes, that includes Jascian. Yes, that even includes Davey. Giving away this kind of prize is a big deal for me. I never sell stories on proposal (they're always complete when I submit), I never take commissions, and I'm infamous for ignoring reader pleas. Plus, the last time anything on the Serials page was updated was November 1st, 2014, because that's how terrible I am. XD There's a bunch of ways to win, but the first step is to go to the M/M Romance Group on goodreads at https://goo.gl/duVOEA and join the group. Check out the prize vault (https://goo.gl/zdsbXm) in case a prize other than mine {gasp!} interests you. Go to https://goo.gl/4O1Wou and get your game on. If my prize isn't claimed {double gasp!} after the end of the GR celebration, then I promise to offer it up again in a separate drawing. Again, I'm really sorry to be so late about letting you know. Good Luck! -- Rowan McBride www.rowanmcbride.com PS: Computer died.  Sending this from my phone, so please let me know if there are any formatting errors since I'll be writing that chapter from here and my tablet.

Huh.

January 8th, 2015

So I went to fix the Jascian error I mentioned in my previous post, and its Goodreads entry is… gone. I don’t suppose anyone knows what might have happened to it? I wasn’t the one who first created the entry, so I don’t know whether I should create a new one, especially since it’s unfinished and might violate the ever-changing librarian rules to do so.