Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

I happened upon the Amazon ranking for Lone and laughed like a maniac because I am a child.

Oh wow

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Google did one of those info blurb things for me:

How cool is that? If I get an entry on Wikipedia I’ll be 1/3 through my plan for world domination.


Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Elizabeth Brooks tagged me on the Lucky Seven meme!

Rules: Go to page 7 or 77 of your latest work. Read down to the seventh line and then online the next seven lines or sentences. Then head off and tag seven more writers.

So, without further ado, I’m posting seven sentences from my latest publication– “One Good Year.”

I want what you want. I want you to be happy. But most of all I want… Curving my palm behind his nape, I drew him to my body. I lowered my head and buried my face in his hair, inhaling deeply. Even with where he’d been tonight, I could still catch the green-apple scent of his shampoo.  “I love you.”

Now, who to tag? I choose Katrina Strauss, Z.A. Maxfield, Kari Gregg, Eric Arvin, Belinda McBride, Zach Sweets, and Alex Woolfson (because I’m curious to see how he’ll swing this with a comic book).

Losing Myself – Will Young

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I am loving this vid:

Let’s Play With Search Engines

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I want to try a little experiment.

At the end of every year I post a “Searchin’ the Search Phrases” list containing my favorite key word phrases that have resulted in a hit on my site during that year. This time I’d like to make it more…interactive.

So here’s the thing. Come up with a creative search phrase about me, my stories, muscle growth, etc. and type it into an engine like Google or Bing. If my site comes up (the one at, not this blog), click on the link. Clicking is important–it has to actually result in a hit so I can see the genius you have wrought in my stats aggregator. Then email your phrase to (mcbride_rowan at yahoo dot com) with “Search Phrase Contest” in the subject line. At the end of this month I’ll post my usual list, but I’ll also post my favorite fan-generated phrase.

That fan gets a free copy of the new book on release day. Which will be in mid-January. Ish.

Sound fun? Let’s play.

Edit: Forgot to mention that you can enter as many times as you want. XD


Monday, October 17th, 2011

Thanks to The Yaoi Review for sending me this vid. Precision is so sexy. The hot guys in well-tailored suits help too.

For more information on the art of him-and-him tango, you can go to:

Searchin’ the Search Phrases: 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

End-of-the-year tradition time! One of mine is to go through the search phrases that resulted in a hit on my site over the past year. The most common phrase was “Rowan McBride,” although this time around there were a slew of creative misspellings of my name, which has me siked because it means that people who aren’t all that familiar with me are looking for me, and in theory that’s a good thing career-wise. XD

Also, “Author Rowan” will get you to my site without any trouble. Who knew?

There were phrase and story title combinations that help me from a stats and marketing point of view, but as always my favorites are the ones that make me laugh or tilt my head in confusion. Listing them in no particular order below in the hopes that they’ll make you do the same.

  • dalek haiku
    Yeah baby!
  • watching him orgasm
    Who? Was he hot? Did he know??
  • rat pack cardboard cutouts
    I want an invite to that party.
  • bhargava s 33 theorem asserts
    You know what google says the rest of that sentence is?

    …that an integral quadratic form represents all odd numbers if it represents 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15 and 33. – T. D. Noe (noe(AT), Mar 30 2006

    Know what it means? Me either, but since Seth and Nick are the math geeks on my site, I’m choosing to blame them even though neither of them use this particular theorem in their stories.

    Look at that. I actually searched a search phrase this year. Title of blog segment validated.

  • he rubbed his hand up my thigh
    Hey, hey now. Maybe you should slow down there…
  • he slipped his hand into my pants and stroked my stiffening cock
    I didn’t. I swear.
  • pushed myself forward as if i felt a slow big fingers caressing my hairy crack
  • what s wrong? isn t that what you wanted
    About here is when I began to wonder if I was being *deliberately* molested via search engine.
  • how to play three blind mice
    I can actually help you with this if you’re looking to play it on piano, guitar, recorder, or xylophone. Weirdly enough I don’t know all the words, so I can’t sing it. Not that you’d want me to.
  • his ass cock whimpered or load or deep or again or another or cum his pucker -she -her
    This searcher either doesn’t know what the hell they want or knows EXACTLY what they want and is a Boolean genius.
  • i got skin grown over my shoulder
    I’m no expert, but I think that’s supposed to be there.
  • site http //
    This page doesn’t exist, but it totally should.
  • you and the little mermaid can go
    That sounds like the beginning of the best cursing out ever.
  • plunder rowan mcbride
    Pass. That’s pirate pillow talk, and I’m all about the ninjas.
  • i buried my head in his chest and he wrapped his arms around me he laughed into my hair and i felt his warm breath on my face
    I don’t have a smartass comment for this one. I’m just feeling sentimental at the end of the year and liked the imagery.

And my favorite search phrase of 2010 is:

  • jascia sex tube
    I don’t know what the hell it is, but I feel like the story needs one. Bad.

That’s it. For me 2010 was about finding my muse again. It took a while, but I feel like there’ll be some good stuff in 2011.

I hope there’s good stuff in 2011 for you too. 😉

Happy New Year!

— Rowan

Thanksgiving M/M Chat

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Literary Nymphs is giving one of its mega M/M themed chats Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve been both participant and lurker in these events and either way they’re hella fun. This time around I’ll be participating, meaning that if you didn’t get to play “Where’s Rowan” in San Francisco over Halloween weekend, this’ll be a chance to win some prizes.

Remember, it’s a high traffic group, so it’s probably best to click the “web only” option when signing up. I’m posting the official promo for the chat below, which will include all the details. If you do drop by and happen to see me, give me a wave, yeah?


Well, it’s that time of year again and Literary Nymphs is hosting their HUGE
Thanksgiving Day weekend M/M only chat and this year, we have a list of
attendees that will knock your socks off (be sure to put them back on cuz
it’s cold outside!!!)!! So far, we have the following authors either
attending or tentatively scheduled to attend: Jessica Freely, Jaye
Valentine, Lynn Lorenz, Kimberly Gardner, Syd McGinley, Amanda Young, K.Z.
Snow, Jessica Freely, Josh Lanyon, Sloan Parker, Rowan McBride, KC
Kendricks, Lee Rowan, Stephanie Vaughan, Ally Blue (tentative), Kate Steele,
Jet Mykles, Lee Benoit, KC Burn, Michael Barnette, Shayla Kersten, EM
Lynley, Jenny Urban, Elizabeth Silver, Missy Welsh, Angel Martinez,
Christiane France, Ariel Tachna, Rowena Sudbury, Tinnean, Tedy Ward and
Margaret Mills, Andrew Gray, Clare London, Jan Irving, Chrissy Munder, Lori
Toland, Sarah Black, Amy Lane, Blak Rayne, Carolina Valdez, Berengaria
Brown, Marilu Mann, Alan Chin, VJ Summers, Pat Brown, Alix Bekins, Z.A.
Maxfield, Andrea Speed, Amber Green, John Simpson, Lex Valentine, Andi
Anderson, Amber Kell, Charlie Cochrane, J. Hali Steele, Brenna Lyons, Jenna
Hilary Sinclair, Marianne Guenon, Christie Gordon and the responses keep
rolling in so don’t miss it!

When? November 26, 27, 28 (Friday 9:00 am Eastern Time Saturday, and Sunday)


Why? This just might be our biggest chat ever so it should be very much fun!

Heh. Limericks.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Haven’t been online much because the fam has descended. I’m talking parents, grandparents, cousins (and their families), aunties, uncles, brothers, nephews, nieces. If they don’t drink, they shoot, if they don’t shoot, they cook, if they don’t cook, they dance, and if they don’t dance, they, uh, write, I guess. We all, without exception, play dominoes. This is the state of my life at the moment.

I totally missed the start of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group 1-year Anniversary Celebration. I would have missed the whole thing if I hadn’t received an email letting me know it was time for me to mail out a prize I’d donated. But thanks to that email I got to drop in on some of the fun. I even got to play in a limerick contest yesterday and it floored the hell out of me to find out via another somewhat random email that the little sucker made first place. I chose Lynn Lorenz‘s “Pinky Swear” as my prize, so assuming no one snapped it up before me and assuming I picked from the correct prize list, I’m looking forward to a good read.

The celebration’s still going on. Drop in and have some fun. Also, if you have a minute, pray for me.

Posting the limerick below. The prompt was “Pain.”

There once was a heart in my chest
Until you ripped it right out of my breast
Now there’s no dawn
As the pain writhes on
You stole my love *and* my death

Sean Scott’s Buff Muscles

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

It occurs to me that the above blog subject reads like the title of a story. Damn. I really need to finish something.

Last week I was doing that thing where you look up people you admire on twitter on the off chance that they’re there. I found Sean Scott, whose stories I’d been reading since before I started posting my own. If you’re into muscle fiction and you don’t recognize the name, you might be more familiar with his pseuds Aaron Strong and Derek Flex. If you know any of those names, you know he writes good stuff.

He did, indeed, have a twitter account. I hit follow. That was that.

Until a few hours later and I get an email from the man himself telling me he’s a fan of my stuff. I freaked out. Didn’t reply for three days.

I mean, where does he get off, telling me he’s a fan? I was his fan first. Doesn’t he know how bizarre that is?

When I did write him, it was something to that effect. I don’t handle pressure well.

But lucky for me he’s nice and more, uh, centered than I am. And his website is not just nice, it’s niiiiiiiiice. With stories and pics and blog posts and videos. All of it geared toward the grownup crowd and all of it hawt.

Registration required to see some of the content, but it’s free and fun. It’s easy to get immersed there. A lot of my friends haven’t heard from me in, hmm, about a week now. XD