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Dude, where’s your sequel?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, May 15, 2008.


I’m currently working on One Good Verse, the sequel to One Good Hand(gamblers, yaoi, hot hot guys. Mmm). People have asked after it (fan mail rocks!), and I finally seem to have gotten my writing mojo back, so it’s truckin’ along a lot faster than it was previously. Feels good. But, hmm…

I’ve never written a sequel before. Sure, when I start a story I usually have a whole world in mind. Sometimes I have a series arc from the get-go, and other times things develop over the course of writing the first book. Often I storyboard subsequent novels to make sure I don’t forget the finer points. But with One Good Verse I realized in a quiet sort of rush that this is the first time I’d actually tried to put down a bonafide sequel.

The idea is, well, freaking daunting.

I wonder if the second book will do the first justice. I wonder if readers will like Anthony and Michael as much as they did Ace and Spade. I wonder if I’ve totally lost the ability to write.

Okay, I go through that third one with all my books, but still.

All this is exacerbated by this warped delusion I have that I’m a lazy bum that’s unable to finish anything. Logically, I know this just isn’t true. Want Me came out early this year. The re-release (and omg, overhauled) edition of Warm Rush: Chasing Winter is tentatively slated for this summer. I have several stories nearing completion.

Still, it feels good to finish things, and I’m working hard to complete One Good Verse because I think it’s a sweet book with just the right amount of angst. I adore Anthony and Michael, who both seem perfect on the outside but have some pretty substantial flaws when you dig a little deeper. I hope readers find them as fascinating as I do. Of course, I won’t find that out until it’s done and read.

So I’d like to know—Have you ever had a crisis of faith when writing a sequel? Or, if you’re not a writer, have you ever hesitated to do something a second time for fear of not living up to the first project? If so, I’d love to hear about it and how you got over the hurtle. Would definitely help me get over these insecurities, knowing others go through the same thing. Less insecurity = More writing. And I’m all about more writing.

One Good Hand is on sale now!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, December 25, 2007.


http://loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=628

Yes!  Ace & Spade are hanging out at Loose Id!  From the looks of it, they’re having a ball. 

I have this thing I watch whenever I need a virtual happy dance.  It’s ridiculously cute, but I burst into hysterical laughter whenever I watch it, which is why it’s been dubbed my virtual happy dance.  Sharing it here is sure to KILL my cool points, but the fact that One Good Hand is on sale once again makes up for that.  I think.  Anyway, laugh with me:

http://sasukeyaoi.deviantart.com/art/NaruSasu-013-FLASH-35790390

Merry Christmas. 

One Good Hand has a cover *and* a release date!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, December 16, 2007.


I just got news that One Good Hand is being re-released from Loose-Id on Christmas Day. I’m getting all kinds of presents lately, because the story also has a brand new cover:

Nice, yeah? My very first yaoi cover, and Anne Cain did a great job with it. Ace and Spade look like they’re having a helluva time.

In One Good Hand, Ace wins a man in a high-stakes poker game. That’s a first for him, even though he’s been gambling big—sometimes winning, sometimes losing—for years. Right now he’s at the top of the food chain in a sea of sharks, and he’s totally unprepared for Spade’s kindness, his playful and seductive touch. I said a while back that these two are one of my favorite pairs. After starting many (and even finishing a few!) stories since OGH’s first publication, I still feel that way. Ace has a perfect poker face and an attitude to match, but in seconds Spade slips in on him, intent on giving his new “master” everything he wants. It’s… {happy shiver} …so much fun to watch.

If you’d like to read more about One Good Hand, you can on my website at http://www.rowanmcbride.com/stories/onegoodhand/. You can also see how they meet by reading the excerpt there. Ace in his element, Spade getting a handle on Ace. They have chemistry from second one, and it never gets old for me, no matter how many times I visit them.  I guess every writer thinks that about their characters, but I’m so absentminded that I actually blank on the names of mine once in a while.  I’d never forget Ace and Spade. 

A reviewer at Coffee Time Romance said that “One Good Hand will definitely make a nice hot read for a cool fall night.” I’m pretty sure it’ll work just as well for those brisk winter nights as well.

One Good Hand has a home

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, November 8, 2007.




One Good Hand has been picked up by Loose Id! It’s scheduled to come out next month. How crazy fantastic is that?

This book kicks off One Good series, which features those oh-so-hot Senai servants as they fulfill the hidden desires of their masters. One Good Hand was originally published at Twisted Shift, and is still one of my favorite stories. And because I’m giddy, I’m going to share why.

  • Mmm, Spade. Sexy, enigmatic, always knows just what his master wants and is all too happy to grant it.

  • Ace is an incredibly talented card shark. When away from the poker tables, though, he’s an adorable, kissable mess.

  • Ace and Spade together, on a couch.

  • The first elevator kiss I ever wrote.

  • This line: “Welcome home,” he said, his voice like Fifth Avenue silk.

  • Did I mention that the Senai live to fulfill your desires?

That’s just a taste. There are so many other things I love about this story. And the best news? Now that One Good Hand has a home, I can finally sit down and finish book two—One Good Verse.  Will be sharing more about that one very soon. 

Woot!