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W00t!

Tuesday, 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!
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Just Perfect is going out of print

Monday, 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

Huh.

Thursday, 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.

I liiiiive.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Home. Gonna crash, then post when I have the energy. Thank you for all the get well wishes. 🙂

Ack

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Running out of battery life so I’m just gonna copy/paste the message I posted to my newsletter ~~

Heya peeps. Currently in the ER and getting the side-eye from a tech for using my cell, I guess? I’m not sure if tthat’s still a no but I’ll probably find out if my battery doesn’t run out first.

At any rate, it doesn’t look like I’m getting out tonight or even later today, so the new chapter of OoUMK will be a little late. I have a word processing program on my phone, but left both my charger and my notebook at home. >.< I don't know if this message will get to you, but I hope it does. I will def type up/upload thecchapter as soon as I can. If you could do me a solid and post a mmessage on your social media portals letting people know why I'm late with an update less than three months in, I'd really appreciate it.  I'll try to post a message on my blog if the God of Battery Life is merciful. Also, I have posts queued on tu m blr so please don't be surprised when the messages automatically post to tumblr and twitter. There was some confusion about that last time I was in the hospital. 🙂 Sorry about this, peeps.

The past couple of weeks have been…

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

God, I don’t even know where to begin.

My brother had his seventh child last week. It was a high risk pregnancy and a dangerous birth, but both mother and son are fine now. My brother’s wife had to stay in the hospital for a bit so I babysat my two youngest nieces for three days and, while they are adorable, they set forth a very convincing argument against me ever ever having kids of my own. Thankfully, with the arrival of this seventh child (man, I find myself hoping this kid will have seven of his own children and that the seventh will be a boy just so I can say “Behold! The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son!”) has persuaded my mother that she has enough grandchildren. I’m officially (finally!) off the hook, even though I’m the oldest and apparently giving her grandchildren was my responsibility.

Two days later, my granddad died. It was surreal in the way it was both expected and unexpected. Expected because he was 96 or 97 (we’re not sure–he doesn’t…didn’t have a birth certificate) and was in the hospital for pneumonia. Unexpected because he’d been pretty healthy prior to that so none of us could have pictured him getting sick. He was the oldest member of my family.

Someone tried to give me a “circle of life” speech and I wasn’t hearing that shit. Was still in the “anger” stage of grief, I guess.

I went with my father and aunts to pick out a casket. I’d never been on that side of a funeral before. There was one they thought was good and also within their price-range, but when they asked for it in a darker shade of blue the lady at the funeral home said it would raise the price by two thousand dollars, because coffin manufacturers know that mourners generally want more somber colors and they price accordingly. It struck me as ghoulish.

My father and aunts agreed on the light blue coffin. They told the lady that they only had black suits for my granddad, though. She said she’d provide a navy suit free of charge. So zero points to faceless corporations, but at least five or six points for the compassion of real people.

The church service was nice. The preacher spent a lot of time reciting lyrics from five different hymns which I thought was odd, but I don’t know. It was only the third funeral I’d attended in my life, so maybe it wasn’t. The preacher actually knew my granddad, though, so I would have liked hearing more about him since he was the one giving the eulogy.

At the gravesite, they gave my father my granddad’s flag. He served in the U.S. Air Force before an official Air Force even existed. Technically he was a member of the U.S. Army’s Air Corps. How cool is that?

Then the service was over and my granddad was gone.

A lot of stuff happened afterwards, which I won’t write about here. Partly because it’s personal in the sense that you’d actually have to know me to have any sort of context. Partly because if I wrote the events as they happened down in a story, you would not be able to suspend your disbelief. So, so surreal.

But… my granddad is gone. I’m nowhere near acceptance yet. I think I’m stuck somewhere between bargaining and depression.

I didn’t intend to share as much as I just have. I guess I’m still trying to work through it.

So exhausted. I had plans, you know? Frivolous, fun plans. Was gonna post the first chapter of a new serial. Was going to buckle down and get some sequels done. I figured I’d get back to drawing. Possibly make a Captain America AMV because doing batshit fanboi things like that makes me happy. Animate something. Get to know my new nephew.

But right now I just want to sleep, which will be a trick because I have a fairly severe sleep disorder, but I’m gonna try anyway. If not, I’ll dink around tumblr since that is the ultimate distraction machine.

Next month. Next month I’ll try to pick up a few of the pieces that have scattered across the metaphorical floor.

Maybe.

Birthday!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

My Birthday came and went this week! WooHoo! To celebrate, Loose Id put “One Good Hand” & “Want Me” on sale through the 16th of January. So if you haven’t read either of those books, now might be a good time to pick them up at http://www.loose-id.com/authors/q-t/rowan-mcbride.html . 😉

Also, as a reminder, Loose Id has a “Daily Deals” page at http://www.loose-id.com/specials/daily-deals.html (a page on which I’ve spent *so* much money) and a VIP club (sign up at http://www.loose-id.com/specials/vip-club-2014.html). The VIP club gets you 10% off every book plus coupons and more, so if you shop a lot of ebooks then the membership is definitely worth it.

I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. 🙂

Next page

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

As many of you know, I’ve been dealing with a chronic illness that spun out of control and landed me in the hospital for a week in August. I hadn’t written any fiction for a long time before that, and when I got out of the hospital, I realized that my days of writing in glorious bursts of inspiration were probably over. Which was depressing.

But any time life knocks you down, you have to figure out how to adapt. I love writing, and I didn’t want to stop, so what do I do now?

Get to the next page. That’s my new work ethic. Pick a story and sit down every day to write with the goal of getting to the next page in the chapter, or manuscript or whatever. If I write more, great! But at least I’m always making progress.

So that’s my current philosophy. It’s slow, and can be frustrating as hell (remember that halcyon time when I would average a chapter a week, maybe more?), but I’m making progress. I’m adapting.

Just thought I’d share. 🙂

New Digs. Again.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

I got an email from Google saying that my Blogger account has been flagged for adult content. The email also said:

 Please be advised that on June 30th 2013, we will be updating our Content Policy to strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger. After June 30th 2013, we will be enforcing this policy and will remove blogs which are adult in nature and are displaying advertisements to adult websites.

I have no idea what their criteria will be for their purge, but I moved as much as I could from my Blogger account here to WordPress just to be safe. Since I’ve never used WP before, it’s going be rough for a while. >.<

I miss you, Fictionwise

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

I used to buy all my ebooks from Fictionwise. I loved that they offered multiple formats, and if you changed up your reading device you could just go to your Fictionwise library and download the same book in the format you needed. I also loved the fact that most of the books I wanted were DRM-free.

On a totally selfish note, my ratings on FW tended to be higher I *think* because the genres were so wide and varied that there wasn’t as big an expectation of “traditional romance” from readers. Hell, I bought my very first straight up erotic e-book from FW. It was Captain Hook/Tinkerbell and it was incredibly weird. But wonderful.

When B&N shut it down, I was heartbroken. My friends? Not so much. Apparently they hadn’t been buying there for a while.

So now I float from retailer to retailer. All Romance Ebooks is good for M/M and other romantic stories. I dislike the fact that you’re stuck with the first format you choose, though. Their Omnilit branch is one tab away and holds their “mainstream” collection, but I haven’t tried that yet. I don’t buy from Amazon if I can help it. I have a Nook, so shopping should be super convenient but I sideload most of my books through Calibre so not so much. I do tend to get a lot of graphic novels through the Nook store which worries me since I feel like the demise of the format I’m buying them in is inevitable. Sometimes I buy direct from publishers, and a lot of them have varied formats plus offer different loyalty programs. If the publisher is new or sketchy, though, I don’t like to give them my credit card info. In those cases I go to a third party retailer for sure.

Fictionwise shut down a while ago, but I started thinking about it again when a reader emailed me asking if more of my books would be uploaded to Kobo soon. This is my trade and I should have been familiar, but sadly I didn’t even know Kobo was a thing. After going to the site it was pretty easy to see that LSB and Torquere uploaded books to Kobo, but my other publishers did not, so unfortunately I had to tell her that I didn’t know whether my other books would be uploaded there. I do intend to ask about it, though, since I know how it feels when your preferred retailer doesn’t carry what you want. And, yeah, it had me really missing Fictionwise again.

So help me out. Where do you buy your e-books? Why do you like to purchase them from there?