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The Big List of Oh-So-Wrong.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, August 25, 2008.


OnyxFaith (Libra Illustrations) and I have put together a blog with the intent of compiling all the things that have scarred us on the internet over the years.  It’s meant to be some good clean (okay, probably not so clean) entertainment, with videos, images, and links to articles.  As of now, there are no set criteria for what we put up–it’s pretty much just us having goofy caffeine soaked fun.

You can find the Big List at:  http://osowrong.blogspot.com/.  Hope you have as good a time as we do with it, and if you feel the need to comment or contribute, please feel free.

Trick or Treat With Me!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, September 12, 2008.


Last year, I invited friends, fans, writers, artists, and readers to trick-or-treat at my place.  It was so much fun that I’d like to make it a yearly tradition, so if you’d like to ring my bell, I’m listing the rules (pretty much identical to 2007) below.

As with last year, I’ll be having a Halloween party on my site beginning October 1st.  Right now, the home page features my introduction, and a random piece of art every time you visit. On October 1st, the decorations go up, and I’d really like you to ring my bell and show me your costumes. If you do, they’ll go in that spot where my cover art usually resides.

Also, this year there will be a separate Halloween gallery (I was going to call it “Gallery of Ghouls” but that just seemed so morbid).  This way, you can see all the pics at once without having to refresh the page over and over.

There are lots of ways to ring my bell:

If you’re comfortable—or if you have a really great mask—send me a picture of yourself in costume or (mmm) cosplay.

If you’re a writer, send me a “scary-fied” version of one of your book covers. An easy way to do this is to wash the image in red. For example, my uber kawaii and heart touching True cover would have a transformation like this:

But if you’ve got other ideas, run with them. I’m aching to see how creative you can be. Animations work for me, but please make those files .gif and keep the size of them under 500kb’s.

If you’re an artist… hell, you can do just about anything as long as it’s Halloween themed. Dress up a favorite character in another favorite character’s clothing, or create a new image just for the occasion. Personally, I’d like to see one of my own characters in costume, but what writer doesn’t adore having someone do fan art for them?

Ohhh, and plushies.  Would love to see some plush madness.  I have a Gaara that loves to cosplay.

The nitty gritty:

The image has to be in .jpg, .gif, or .png format. It has to be at least 500 pixels high and no more than 400 pixels wide.

If you want, print a message on the picture. It can say Happy Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, your website address, your tag, etc. Just don’t, you know, swear at me.  If you’d like me to print your name on the picture, let me know what you’d like to be called and exactly how you want me to spell it.

No nudity.

The picture must belong to you. If it’s a book cover, it has to be your book cover. If it’s a person in costume, it has to be you in the costume. I’m giving a little leeway with the fan art and whatnot because it’s Halloween and it’s all about the cosplay, but no ripping off someone else’s stuff and saying it’s yours.

To enter:

Just email the image to mcbride_rowan@yahoo.com with “Trick-or-Treat!” in the subject. The pictures will start going up October 1st, and I’ll keep accepting them right up until Halloween. Remember, it’s my prerogative whether to put your image on my site, so don’t be offended if I feel it’s inappropriate for reasons not listed above.

Have fun!

Aww Yeah! I’m a Bestselling Author!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, August 10, 2008.


Guess who hit the number 2 spot on Amber Allure’s July best sellers list?

 

I Came Home to Such Cool Stuff!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, July 29, 2008.


So I’m back from a vacation I neglected to announce I was leaving for. Although I’d known I was going to Florida for quite some time, the trip still took me by surprise. I had an e-loop chat July 4th, the release of Warm Rush: Chasing Winter on July 6th, then my plane taking off the morning of July 9th. I ended up making a whirlwind attempt at promotion right up until the 8th, at which point I sat down and tried to figure out how I would transport my Giant Pocky on the plane without smashing it to pieces.


Pocky arrived safely. Vacation rocked. I watched a busload of anime and managed to squeeze in a mini Tetris tournament. I also met a lot of new friends and got to know a good friend even better. When I look back on the past two weeks, it still seems like one massive, blurry day, which I suppose is proof of a great time.

Now I’m home, still catching up on emails (if you’ve written me and I haven’t responded, that’s most likely why). Settling back into my life is bringing a smile to my face. A lot of good stuff happened while I was gone. A fan floored me by gifting me with a three month subscription to DeviantArt. Chasing Winter has been released in print, and it’s received a 4/5 star review from Rainbow Reviews.

The best thing is that I’m itching to write. I’d been a little burned out for, oh, a couple months at least. But now I’m wanting to get back to my alien sex slaves, my smart mouthed wizards, my Shadow Guards, my comic book geeks. The list goes on and on, and I’m raring to go. 🙂

Let’s see if I can finish a new story by the end of the year, yeah?


Get the print version of Warm Rush: Chasing Winter here.

Read my new review for the story at Rainbow Reviews.

Oh! I sorta forgot I had a Warm Rush store. I hadn’t known that Café Press jacked up the prices on my stuff, so I knocked a few dollars off each item to make them easier to pick up. It’s a lot of fun—you can get the t-shirts featured in the stories! So if you’d like the browse to Warm Rush online store, go to: http://www.cafepress.com/WarmRush.

Everyone have a great week!

Alright! Let’s break a curse!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, July 5, 2008.


It’s probably not a curse, but I’m paranoid like that.

I’ve been a published author since March 2006. I’ve built a pretty good backlist over the past two years—six novels/novellas/novelettes. Only three of them are available now (Paul’s Dream, One Good Hand, and Want Me), and no more than three are ever available. It’s a long story, but for some reason things always seem to work out that way. Every time I have a new book published, one of the older ones is kidnapped by the wings of fate, and three are available once again.

All that changes tomorrow.

Warm Rush: Chasing Winter will be released from Amber Allure on July 6th. It’s poetic that this will be the one to break the curse, because this was the first novel I ever had published. I like it when things come full circle. And I loved going through the story and applying all the things I’ve learned in the last couple of years. You don’t often get to go back in time and tinker.

Going through this story again was…wow. Being with Jesse again, watching him deal with his pain and bitterness as he slowly returns to life. It reminded me why this character, maybe more than all my others, got inside me. And Keith. Good lord, Keith fixes his mind on something and pursues it with a determination that I’ve always found sexy as hell. Together they push and pull, fight and love. They grow.

Okay, I know I’m being a sap. But it’s a big day for me. I’m allowed, right?

So I’m asking—because I’m a sap and a little nervous—for you to post a little virtual {crosses fingers} on this blog. I would definitely feel better with just a little bit of luck flowing my way.



Warm Rush: Chasing Winter will be available July 6th from Amber Allure at: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/WR1ChasingWinter.html

Faded Letter and Angsty Eyes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, June 25, 2008.


I have a fic up at Gay Flash Fiction!  Check out Faded Letter in the new edition, along with five other authors at http://www.gayflashfiction.com/current_issue.htm.  Then come back here and lemme know what you think. 

Also, I’ve put up a new pic on my DeviantArt site.  Mori’s Eyes, it’s kinda neat:  http://rpm77.deviantart.com/art/Mori-s-Eyes-89774753.

My week actually got off to a somewhat rocky start, but I’m feelin’ pretty chill now.

First Crush

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, June 17, 2008.


The first boy I was ever fascinated with was this strange kid my mom babysat. I don’t remember a lot of details about him, other than he would fall down our stairs. Constantly. Spectacularly. I remember I’d sit in the living room and wait for him to fall (at least once a day) because I loved to watch him flip head over heels. I was kinda twisted that way. I was also in the first grade.

Now, the first boy to make my stomach flip over didn’t come along until fifth grade. His initials were CR and I still think his full name was one of the coolest I’ve ever heard. I think this is a lot coming from someone who’s spent hours coming up with just the right name for a character.

CR was not one of the cool kids, because in fifth grade ‘cool’ is defined by how many friends you have amassed. He was a loner. He wore a lot of black. He had dark hair and dark dark eyes.

Man, he was beautiful.

He kept to himself, but sometimes I’d sit next to him on the playground and hand him a stick of gum. He’d take it and we’d watch the other kids for a while. We didn’t talk very much.

We also had an advanced math class together. Sat in the very back row which, conveniently, only had two desks. The teacher had a fish tank against the wall that had sharks swimming around inside it. Those sharks are probably why we sat there.

There was one day when I knew that I was absolutely, irrevocably in love with CR, and this is where my twisted nature from above comes into play:

We were sitting in math class, bored out of our minds. For no reason I would ever understand, CR lifted his arm, peeled a scab off his elbow, and gave it to me.

I know, I know. At the top of the list of Oh-So-Wrong things to find romantic. And the wrongness pervades me to this day—my stomach still flips over whenever I remember that moment. Looking back, I can’t fathom who was more unhinged. Him for giving it to me, or me for taking it.

And, gawd, when he gave me that scab, I *know* my face lit up. He blinked at me, like he was dazed by my reaction, then he smiled back, real wicked and slow. It was the first time I’d ever seen him smile.

Seriously, no fifth grader should have that kind of power.

CR was my first real, toe curling crush. To this day I blow out a slow, measured breath whenever I think of him. This is the first time I’d ever told anyone about him, though, which got me wondering—

Who was your first crush? What was it about them that hooked you?

The Jascian’s Toy – Part 9

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, May 30, 2008.


The story’s been updated.  I gotta say, even though Blake’s been kidnapped to an alien world and has become someone’s toy, I think he’s pretty freaking amazing.  :)

You can read Part 9 right now on The Evolution Forum at http://www.musclegrowth.org/forum/showthread.php?t=10812.  For those who are used to reading it on Nifty, it should be making its way through the mirrors fairly soon.

Hope you like it!

Book Cover! Release Date! Happy Dance!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, May 28, 2008.


Warm Rush: Chasing Winter has a super cool cover!

Click the pic to learn more about Warm Rush

I also got a release date! The ebook will be out July 6th, and the print version will be available two weeks afterward, give or take a week.

I’m uber excited. A little too excited to write a fully coherent blog about it, actually. So I’m posting a link to my Cuteness of Doom, Use For Only the Special-est of Special Occasions, Happy Dance.

Happy Dance

If you’d like to learn more about the story, check it out on my site at www.rowanmcbride.com. This is the re-release of my very first novel, so it’s very near and dear to my heart. It’s got muscle growth, it’s got love, it’s got the hottest boy-next-door in the history of boys-next-door. I’m thankful to have had a chance give it a second life.

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.