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

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 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:

And here’s the link to one I wrote as fanfic to this:

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.  🙂




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

  1. david says:

    Rowan, I’ve recently read your unfinished books. It’s amazing! When I want to buy your ebooks, I find that the website is cloesd. Is there any chances you put them on other site like amazon? I really like your story. It’s so sad that they can’t be appreciated by more people.

    • Rowan McBride says:

      Hi! I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply. My phone didn’t notify me that I had a comment. >.>

      Some of my books are out of print for now, but if you search “Rowan McBride” on Amazon you should be able to see my available stuff, except for “Chains,” which is available at Goodreads and Smashwords.

  2. Julissa Faw says:

    Congratulations on your writing pace. Quality takes time and your work is worth the wait! AllRomance did Not send me an email so i lost a lot of books that i had archived. But luckily i have them backed up..somewhere..

  3. w. brown says:

    This is harking back to antiquity and another topic but the theme is timeless and I don’t see it on the index.

    I’d give anything to read the continuation of the story, The Jascian’s Toy.

    I live in a country with an oppressive attitude toward LGBT, a country where nobody is out because being out would mean the end of your career, eviction from your home, the loss of most if not all your friends because people would be desperate to show that the contamination of association with a gay had not wiped off on them. Gays who have been discovered while they’re doing military service have been killed because it gets them out of barracks nobody would want to share with them. Gay bars are a hopeless dream here. There are covert meeting places but they can be dangerous and at the best are little better than a meat market. You might meet a guy you like but just as likely meet one that you need to hide from later and there’s isn’t any time to linger over finding somebody compatible. It’s the luck of a hasty draw that determines who your partner is.

    Buying a book from abroad would be impossible because it never would clear customs. I would even be afraid of getting anything by email since I don’t know if surveillance would extend to it, or to transactions needed to obtain it. The only source I have to read LGBT material is sites like this, of authors who have generously shared their work in public because I still have anonymous access to some PCs at my workplace. This story in particular has been a godsend since it is a masterpiece, and an abiding consolation that I can resort to without growing tired of it. It is the thing I always turn to when I feel discouraged. I can feel there is a happy ending lurking in it and that Gavin will find a way of showing Blake where his true happiness may lie, and Blake will quietly continue to improve the plight of lessers by urging Gavin to employ His power sympathetically. But it is more than just a beautiful romantic tale, the great adventure of the the love between The Ideal Giant and a human. It makes me feel that there is more to live for than the life I see around me. Every time I read it I want to be a better person, one like Blake, although I cannot be as brave as he is but I think that I could be as brave as I am on my best day.

    Please, Mr McBride, do not forget about this life-changing story and that it is crying out for completion. Even the occasional addition of a chapter would be such a blessing.

    • Rowan McBride says:

      To w. brown: I… wow. I honestly don’t know how to respond to this in any graceful way. Thank you so, so much for writing me. It is a humbling thing to find out one of my stories has had such an impact on a reader. I can’t imagine being in your situation, and I’m grateful that Jascian has given you even a little bit of comfort. It never occurred to me that posting a story online would have anywhere near so powerful an effect.

      I do intend to finish Jascian. Posting the next chapter could, realistically, take a while. Your comment has brought me back to the story… so maybe not a great while? I hope. I’ll try. It’s only recently dawned on me that it’s been years since I’ve updated Jascian. I have an illness that warps my sense of time. But I will try. I promise.

      I would also like to say that Blake isn’t the brave one in this scenario. You are. And I’d very much like to help you in other ways. I’m going to try and get you some more reading material, okay? From hopefully a diverse set of authors, online and free. Keep an eye out for a post titled “Let’s show a reader some love.”

      Again, thank you for writing me. Please stay hopeful. Right now the world keeps taking two steps forward and one step giant back, but as Shakespeare said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. And while I believe it’s a rocky road ahead, I also believe we’ll get there. Together.

      And hopefully Blake and Gavin will get there as well. 😉

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