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"Paul’s Dream" is a Recommended Read!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, November 2, 2007.

More info on Paul's DreamPaul’s Dream has been Joyfully Recommended by Joyfully Reviewed!  Check the uber kawaii sticker:

Raine–the reviewer–had this to say about the story:

Paul’s Dream stole my heart.  I Joyfully Recommend Rowan McBride’s sexy paranormal roller coaster ride through law offices, bedrooms and dreamscapes.  This is a truly wonderful romance that will bring a smile to you face along with tears of happiness.

How cool is that?  If you’d like to read the entire review, you can see it at the Joyfully Reviewed site.

Great way to start the weekend!  Yeah! 

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Holy Crap, I’ve Been Giggled

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, October 12, 2007.

There’s this reviewer, Mrs. Giggles, who scares the bejeezus out of just about every writer I know. Her reviews are wicked tough, and she’s notoriously hard to please. Her ranking scale doesn’t consist of five roses or stars or kisses. It’s one hundred grueling points, and with ebooks it breaks down like this:

90 – 100 Hits all the right spots
80 – 89 Good
70 – 79 Not bad
60 – 69 It will do
50 – 59 It won’t do
30 – 49 Waste of time
Under 30 Recycle bin material

Books do land in the 0-30 range. I’ve always stayed under her radar, but I’ve seen plenty of stories crash and burn on her site. I’ve seen a few shine as well, so it’s definitely not always bad news. If Mrs. Giggles likes something, she really likes it, which makes reading her reviews strangely addictive.

When I signed with Liquid Silver Books, I knew there was a chance I’d get reviewed by Mrs. Giggles. She reads a lot of LSB releases. The masochist in me wanted to see it. Bring it on!

Yeah, that lasted about two seconds. Afterward, it was mostly prayers up to the writing gods that my book wouldn’t land in the Recycle Bin Material—Waste of Time range. These prayers were often accompanied by the “A low rating doesn’t necessarily mean a bad review/One reviewer’s opinion doesn’t define my book” mantras, which are true, but somewhat ineffective in treating author neurosis.

Anyway, the wait for me was over this past Monday. Mrs. Giggles reviewed Paul’s Dream. My score? 93. That makes Paul’s Dream one of nineteen “Keepers” out of more than 450 ebooks reviewed on the site. She called Paul “easily one of the most memorable romance heroes I’ve come across.”

How cool is that?  You can read the entire review here.

One reviewer’s opinion doesn’t define my book. But a great review still deserves ice-cream.

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Just Wait was reviewed by Crystal

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, September 26, 2007.

and I got her heart thumping.  😉

To read what else she thought of my Drayner Twins, check out:

Book Reviews by Crystal

Just Wait is available for purchase at Dark Eden Press.


Unexpected praise for a homeless book.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

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

I was Googling myself earlier (gaw, that sounds dirty, doesn’t it? I was fully dressed, I swear), and stumbled across a review for True that came out just before Twisted Shift closed. It got 4.5 stars from Ecataromance: Sensual. So bittersweet.

Elise Lyn said I had a “fertile imagination.” Heh, more dirty thoughts. I must be in a mood tonight.

She also had this to say:

Short and Sweet but quite complete, Rowan McBride’s True will leave you satisfied and yet looking for more stories of the Novahn.

You can’t ask for more than that. Except, maybe, a publisher…

I think I’m going to view the shot glass as half full on this one.

If you’d like to read the full review, check it out at

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"True" gets five out of five hearts!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

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

Tales of the Novahn:  True

True has been read by Book Reviews by Crystal! Here’s a bit of what she had to say:

I think Rowan wrote this story masterfully! I have honestly never read Gay Erotic Romance and let me say this story was HOT!

Having True be someone’s first foray into M/M fiction is very, very cool. But I gotta tell ya, I am so glad that it was a good experience. Being a first anything is daunting!

If you’d like to read the whole review, go to:

And if you’d like to get the book (or read an excerpt) check it out at Twisted Shift.

Warm Rush– still lovin’ it.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

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

Warm Rush

I recently received a review for my very first e-book—Warm Rush. Although the reviewer wasn’t familiar with Muscle Growth as a genre, she enjoyed the book and said it contained a twist “unlike anything else I’ve ever read.” Which got me thinking…

Man, I love this story!

And I remembered how a few of my friends told me how much they enjoyed the t-shirts that Jesse sold from his store, which was also called Warm Rush. More than one said they’d totally buy one.

Well, now you can.

I thought it would be fun to make the t-shirts featured in the story available in real-life, because—wow—how cool would that be? So I played around with it, and I’ve opened a Warm Rush Online Store. You can check it out here:

All three of the t-shirts described in the book are there: from the one Jesse spots a stranger wearing on the plane, to the one Keith has on just before Christmas, to the one Ryan wears while sitting on the porch. And all the shirts have a Warm Rush logo printed on the back, which—oh yeah—has me downright giddy.

I hope you have as much fun with the shirts (and one mug!) as I did. I’m also posting an excerpt from the story below, so let me know what you think (of the review, of the Store, and of the excerpt).


Warm Rush
Copyright 2006, Rowan McBride
This work cannot be copied or distributed without written permission from the author.

Note: Keith is eighteen and perfectly legal, so no sending me angry letters.

It was freezing. I huddled deeper into my blankets, realized it wouldn’t help. I rubbed my eyes and looked at my empty bed, then at the clock.

1 a.m.

Well, the boy didn’t sleep. Couldn’t expect him to spend all his time in the bed.

The sound of movement downstairs surprised me. He was still in the house?

I looked around for my cane, smiling when I found it propped against my night-stand, just like yesterday. I gingerly got out of bed and maneuvered myself into some clothing before I made my way down the stairs. The harsh light of the kitchen made me blink, and when I was able to focus, my breath actually stalled somewhere inside of me.

Keith leaned against the island counter, eating the pie Mrs. Bailey had dropped off earlier, without a stitch on.

My gaze traveled over his naked body. From his broad shoulders, to his bulging arms, his tight waist. It rested briefly on the hard, rounded muscles of his glutes, then traveled down his powerful, long legs.

A teenaged god was eating pie in my kitchen.

He turned his head and smiled. “Hey, Jesse. I hope I didn’t wake you.”

My hand went to my chest. Did my heart just skip a beat? I felt 13 again, trying to deal with my first crush. “N-No. You didn’t wake me.” I forced my gaze to the counter, to the rainbow of food containers arranged across its surface. “Quite a spread you’ve got there.”

“Oh, yeah.” His grin turned sheepish. “I got hungry. Is it alright that I’m eating your food?”

I limped over to the counter. “Have as much as you want.” It looked liked he’d taken a little bit out of every food item the neighbors had brought today. I guess I would have room for juice, after all. “Is it good?”

“Yeah, but…” He speared another piece of pie. “This apple pie is the greatest.”

I couldn’t help smiling. His energy chased the chill away. “I’m sure. Mrs. Bailey always loved to bake.”

“Want me to cut you a slice?”

I shook my head. “No, thanks.”

“You didn’t eat very much at dinner today.”

He was still staring at his pie, his face relaxed. But now there was no playfulness. I’d only eaten half of my hamburger today. I thought he hadn’t paid attention, but apparently I’d been wrong about that. My track record with this kid was getting worse by the second. “I wasn’t very hungry.”

“None of this food had even been touched when I started in on it. Did you eat anything before dinner?”

I tried to remember. “Probably not.”

“So have a piece of pie.”

“I’m really not hungry.”

He loaded his fork and held it toward me. “Just try it.”

I jerked my head away. “I’m not a child, and I’m not an invalid. I can decide when to eat.” Angry now, I started to walk back to the bedroom.

Keith’s arm looped around me, and suddenly I was sitting on top of the counter. He smoothed my hair back from my face and kissed me.

Reminded of all the fire we’d just shared, my body reacted instantly, willingly. My lips parted, and he slid his tongue into my mouth. He’d taken a bite of pie, and he pushed it past my teeth.

It tasted of apples and cinnamon and syrupy sweetness. I swallowed the small bit of pastry, and then I sucked on his tongue, wanting more. My hands slipped around his neck, holding him close as I swept his mouth clean.

He broke the kiss, breathed husky words into my ear. “Wasn’t that good?”

“Yes,” I whispered.

“You think if I put some on my cock, your appetite might return?”

My breath hitched as I drew back, stared into his eyes. Intent, adult, sensual. Fighting him was getting harder and harder. “A possibility.”

A soft smile played on his lips as he reached for the pie.

True Joy

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Note: This blog was originally published on my MySpace blog, April 9, 2007

Man, that’s a cheesy title. {Sigh.} I don’t think of titles so well on the fly. It usually takes hours or days or (in the case of “Lone”) months of agonizing for me to come up with a good one. But here’s the reasoning behind the title of this particular blog:

I have an e-book; it’s called True. Here’s the cover–

Hot, right? It’s just been reviewed by Joyfully Reviewed, hence the “Joy” part in the blog title. Among other things, Cassie had this to say about the story:

I was intrigued by the idea of shapeshifters who have to love to survive, and Ethan was such a sweet, earnest and caring hero that I couldn’t help but root for him.

I loved writing Ethan. He’s adorable. A little suicidal at the beginning of the book, but that’s part of his charm. Besides, Brendan changes all of that right quick, and it’s a hell of a ride.

You can read the whole review here. There’s an excerpt on Twisted Shift, as well as some odds and ends about the story on my own site.

I hope you check it out!

— Rowan