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Chains is Available!

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

click the pic to learn more about ChainsBlurb:

A new prisoner has been brought to the castle. They say he’s a warrior. They call him a demon. They whisper that he can grant wishes.

Saiven can’t resist. He sneaks into the secluded dungeon to see, but the man chained to the wall is not what he expects. Smiling. Teasing. He introduces himself as Faolan, and Saiven is caught.

This…man. He makes Saiven feel things he should not feel. Draws forth confessions that were meant to stay secret. Faolan freely grants him warmth and laughter. But now…

Now it’s time to find out if Saiven is strong enough to earn a wish.



Available at:

Smashwords
All Romance eBooks
Goodreads

It should be filtering its way through other online retailers as we speak.

An excerpt for "Chains"

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Is up on my site! You can read it at:


http://rowanmcbride.com/stories/chains/chainsexcerpt.html

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Cover Art – Chains

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Chains has a cover and it is niiiiiiice.

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Created by the talented Sin. I met the artist first at YaoiCon 2011, then at SanJapan 2012, so it was obviously fate. 🙂

If you’d like to view more of Sin’s work, check out http://xync.deviantart.com/.

And of course, if you’d like to check out more of my work, go to http://rowanmcbride.com/stories/. 😉

Blurbs

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

I have a love/hate relationship with blurbs. When I’m trying to write them, it’s full-on hate. But when it’s done, and it’s good, it’s so, so good. I want to hold it in my hands and pet it gently and hold it up to the world to see as I proclaim “Look! I wrote this! Doesn’t it make you want to read the story behind it?”

Unfortunately, I’m not the greatest judge of my own blurbs.

Take Paul’s Dream, which I consider my best one:

Paul Graham is content with his life. An up-and-coming lawyer, he has no time to dwell on the mazes, puzzles, and riddles he solves while asleep. He has no interest in dreams, or anything that might derail his career.

Until Kian shows up. Sensual, playful, he claims that Paul rescued him four years ago. Now he’s determined to repay him with the one thing he knows best: sex laced with… magic.

Kian is unlike any man Paul has encountered. He won’t go away, for one. The fact that Paul doesn’t remember him doesn’t deter his mission of seduction in the least. But soon enough, Paul finds that this strange, carnal creature has the ability to melt his ice with a touch, to bring out a sweetness Paul didn’t even know he had.

As Kian becomes a part of his life, Paul finds himself more and more attached. Forgotten dreams, buried memories, and the dangerous obsession of another conspire to tear them apart. Is he strong enough to endure a trial by fire in order to keep them together?

Ohhh, was so proud of that one! I thought (still think) it was sexy, had a touch of humor, deftly hinted at the suspense elements in the story. The last line was an excellent hook, which is what last lines in blurbs are supposed to be. Perfect.

Except, not so much. I remember it got panned by several reviewers, most of whom called it “blah.” One was straight-up angry with me for not spelling out exactly what Kian was in the text of the blurb. I imagine Paul would have agreed with that last one. He didn’t get the specifics until chapter four, and he wasn’t exactly keen when he had them.

The story did okay. Word-of-mouth saved me from my own blah blurb. I think that’s when I learned that no one element is going to sink a book. Just work hard so that as many elements as possible hit the mark.

But blurbs are important. At least, they are to Reader-Rowan. When browsing books I notice first the cover (because I’m shallow), then the blurb, and if the blurb is interesting I read the excerpt to check and see if the writing style is compatible with my reading style. I think there must be at least a few readers out there who browse like I do, so I work hard on blurbs, going through several drafts, wondering if the draft I’ve got is too dramatic for the story or not dramatic enough. Too much information? Not enough information? On and on. And when it’s done, I cross my fingers and post.

Which reminds me:

Look below this line! I wrote this! Doesn’t it make you want to read the story behind it?

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Chains

A new prisoner has been brought to the castle. They say he’s a warrior. They call him a demon. They whisper that he can grant wishes.

Saiven can’t resist. He sneaks into the secluded dungeon to see, but the man chained to the wall is not what he expects. Smiling. Teasing. He introduces himself as Faolan, and Saiven is caught.

This…man. He makes Saiven feel things he should not feel. Draws forth confessions that were meant to stay secret. Faolan freely grants him warmth and laughter. But now…

Now it’s time to find out if Saiven is strong enough to earn a wish.

Experimenting

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

I’m going to try and self-publish an e-book this December. It’s a short story, and I’m thinking of making it free. If I don’t make it free, then all proceeds will go to charity. I haven’t decided on which one yet, since there are a lot I like. But if I go that route, I’ll be sure to let you know the specifics.

While I’ve semi-self-published a hardcopy book (Want Me) before, I hired a company to handle the heavy lifting regarding formatting and distribution. I’m going to be doing this e-book mostly by myself (I say mostly because I have great beta readers and an awesome cover artist, etc.) and the process boggles my mind. Whole new respect for the attention to detail my publishers give my work.

The story’s called Chains. I should probably write a blurb for it. And build a page for it on my site. And get it formatted correctly for different e-reader formats. And…

It’ll be fun. I’m sure it’ll go off without a hitch. >.>

Chains is a good story, though. Even with hitches it’ll be worth it.