Thursday, December 31, 2009

Searching the Search Phrases '09

This is the third year I've listed my favorite search phrases to hit There were lots of searches for "Rowan McBride." There were a lot of single word searches like "january" and "book" and (I kid you not) "is" that had me wondering how many pages the surfer had to go through just to get to me, and whether they were happy when they got there. For the first time I saw phrases like "Rowan McBride torrent" pop up which was deeply depressing for me.

But, as with the previous years, there were some that were hella funny. Here are a few of my faves, in no particular order:

  • forbidden fruit rowan mcbride
    Made the list because it tied so well into my previous blog posts.

  • blue curacao sickeningly sweet
    Avery would definitely agree.

  • goodhand abrasive
    Nooo. Good hands are NOT abrasive. I'm not opposed, however, to good hands being a little rough now and then. ;)

  • rowan flow i've never seen muscle growth
    This was an interesting one because it felt like a note direct to me, and that I was supposed to decipher it. So far all I've got is Flow is currently being reworked for possible publication, and that if you've never seen muscle growth you've certainly come to the right place for it if you've hit my site. :)

  • polite please thank you into his ass most likely the best way to go about it.

  • why do i like muscle growth stories
    You would not believe how often I'm asked that very question.

  • on the one hand dolphins are good
    What's on the other hand? O.O

  • my tongue played with his
    His what? Tease. I want to know! Unless it's the previous person's dolphin.

And my favorite search term to hit my site in 2009:

  • toaster said i want you inside of me
    I think it has something to do with the sandwich place commercial that was out a while back, but I don't care. I can't figure out how it resulted in a hit on my site and it cracked me up bad.

That's this year's list. Wow, 2009 has been a year of incredible ups and downs, hasn't it? I wish everyone peace, joy, and love in 2010 (I'm having a bit of a hippie moment here).

Have a Happy New Year!

-- Rowan

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Apple update!

Regarding the candied apple I talked about in my previous post-- it did have caramel and even an apple inside. A green apple, even. Very tart. All and all a good experience that probably took the same number of years off my life as that deviled egg I experimented with a while back.


Monday, December 21, 2009


I bought this on impulse the other day:

apple from hell image

As you can see, this thing is so horrible that the retailers had no choice but to tie it with what I assume to be a spiritual ribbon before sealing it inside a blessed cylinder. My camera kindly recorded the date I bought it right onto the photo. I've not yet worked up the courage to break the seal.

It’s got a chocolate shell studded with pecans. There might be caramel involved somewhere, but I’m not sure. The package would have me believe there’s an apple in there as well.

I have no idea how one goes about consuming such a thing. Apparently it serves 8-10 people, so I’m contemplating having some sort of candy apple party at my place. It would be good to have some friends in on this because (1) almost everything is better with friends and (2)… well…

I don’t really like apples.

It always jars me to admit that because from day to day I walk around thinking I like apples, and this delusion inevitably leads me to making purchases like the one above.

But I’m not that big a fan. Can’t stand apple juice. Not keen on apple pie unless it’s a small slice and it’s mostly crust. I make a little “yuck face” every time someone mentions apple sauce. Hard apple cider I can do if the occasion’s right. That’s about it.

Even plain, healthy apples give me trouble. I don’t like red apples and I don’t like sweet apples. If I’m going to eat an apple it’s got to be green and tart and sliced into wedges.

Apple issues. That’s what I’ve got.

Yet I adore the imagery, so much. It’s not even the “forbidden fruit” aspect that hooks me (although I DO like it and I’ve used it in that context). The fruit from the tree of knowledge that Adam & Eve took a bite out of was never actually called an apple. I like that if you cut an apple in half you get five seeds and those five seeds can stand for anything from the elements (fire, water, earth, air, soul) to the body of a person (head, hands, feet) to a simple five pointed star. I love that in DeathNote the shinigami actually find them addictive, and that Ryuk in particular calls them “jooshy.”

Even that great sound an apple makes when someone bites into it. There's something savage about that sound. I especially like it when a person buffs the apple on their shirt and then tears a chunk out of it--lure the prey in with a false sense of comfort and go in for the kill.

Apple torture. Just further highlights the issues I mentioned above.

And while I won’t eat a red apple, my characters sure as hell will, because to me red feels more seductive, more lush. If vampires didn’t drink blood, they’d probably eat red apples instead.*

Apple pie does a similar thing to me. I don’t like to eat it, but thinking about it elicits images of hearth and home. Of cold winter nights and warm fires.

Most of my stories make an apple reference in them somewhere. I think Paul’s Dream and Want Me are the only ones that don’t, although someone recently mentioned they think I’m wrong on that. If you know for sure there’s an apple reference in either of those books, be the first to paste the quote on this thread in the comments and I’ll send you an 8x10 glossy of that book cover. :)

So there you have it. My first post about apples. I should file it with the post I did a while back about shoes. Sometimes I’m really, really glad that “ramblings” is right there in the title of this blog to warn people of what lies ahead.

I’ll let you know if the giant piece of candied whatever above changes my mind about apples. :)

*Note: I hope I didn’t turn anyone off of red apples with the vampire analogy. I do not believe that red apples taste in any way like blood.**

**Note#2: But you gotta admit, vampire fangs are probably pretty handy when tearing into an apple. :D

Pepero winner chosen.

The winner of the giant box of Pepero featured in my previous blog post is Bookheart, who entered the random drawing via the MySpace portal. Please drop an email with your name and snail-mail address to (mcbride_rowan at yahoo dot com).

Thank you to everyone who entered my accidental contest!

Maybe we should make it a yearly thing?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Giant Freaking Pepero

November 11th is Pepero Day in South Korea. It's a lot like Valentine's Day in that people will exchange gifts and/or candy with their crushes and loved ones, especially Pepero because the date of 11/11 resembles the chocolate covered cookie sticks.

November was a crazy month for me, so the 11th came and went with barely a thought. Someone mentioned it on twitter--I mentioned it back and let it slip my mind. Then a few days ago I got to stop by a local Korean grocery and saw an entire shelf of special edition Pepero. Here's a snapshot of some of the boxes I ended up bringing home:


The box of Nude Pepero I already had--just figured I'd put it there so you could get an idea of how big the giant Pepero is in comparison. ;)

The stuff in the picture is nowhere near close to the amount of stuff I actually bought. What am I going to do with it all? No idea, but it's mine for now, dammit, and I'm happy every time I look at it.

Happy Belated Pepero Day. :D

ETA: I made a mistake about mentioning a contest here on twitter. I don't know where my mind was. But hell, it's still a good idea. So, if you make a comment before, hmmm, the 21st of December, I'll pick a poster at random and send you one of these giant freaking boxes of Pepero. How's that? :D

Friday, December 4, 2009

Feed the Fetish -- Kemonomimi

Animal ears and tails. I don't know why it can be so hot, but I'm there.

::XDOWN-morning:: by =rannsama on deviantART

I think this is an original character by rannsama, so I don't really know who he is. I just know that he's planning something diabolical.


IYD Doodle Colored by *XxChiChixX on deviantART

Maybe it's because I watched DBZ faithfully every week as a child and almost never watched it in my teen and adult years, but I can't help but think that innocent hug is gonna lead to someone's death in a minute.

Soubi and Seimei by ~MarluxiaVI on deviantART

Ah, Seimei. In Loveless, the cat ears broadcast to the world the fact that you're innocent. Soubi knows better, but still obeys him, which is probably why he's seething there in the background. lol.


Youko Kurama by ~Xx333xX on deviantART

I had to include Youko-sama. He was my, um, first regarding the ears. :D

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wishful Thinking - Self Portrait

I always wonder what people think of me the first time they meet me in real life. I've had fans believe to the core of their being that I'm one or another of my characters, and that can be intimidating because they never pick the ones that are messes (Ace, Nick). They always seem to think I'm Paul or Charlie (Paul's Dream, Flow). It doesn't help that every once in a while I do have a moment of bonafide cool, but said moments usually cost me mad cool points and I have to spend weeks, even months recouping.

At any rate, I drew a rough comic depicting how I'd like to be and how I am. Sort of. Posting it below. :)

Wishful Thinking by ~rpm77 on deviantART


Note: For those who didn't get a chance to read it, "Flow" is a story that was originally up at the Evolution Forum. I've since taken it down because, pending massive rewrites, I've gotten permission to submit the story to a publisher. While I'm daunted by the prospect of writing what will essentially be a whole new book, I'm also wicked excited. :D

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

So, Rowan. What have you been doing with your spare time?

If you caught my recent interviews at Rain on Roof and Reviews by jessewave, you know I mentioned that I was taking a break from writing to recharge. Here are some of the things I've been doing:

  • Pulled the trusty Casio keyboard out of the closet. Hadn't touched it for years. This turned out to be a problem because apparently I'd left the batteries in there and they did the leak/rust/mold themselves into the inside thing. It took three hours, but I was able to get it clean enough to take new batteries.

  • Got a Wii Fit. Am now addicted to Rhythm Kung-fu. I probably take it waaaaay too seriously.

  • Experimented with creating a bit of stop-motion animation.

  • Watched all twelve episodes of Black Blood Brothers.

  • Read volume 1 of Xxxholic, Tsubasa Chronicles, and Legal Drug.

  • Created a hand-drawn animation for my mother: Dancing Figurine.

  • Had a relatively minor surgery, which put a stop to Rhythm Kung-fu for at least three weeks. lol.

  • Currently recovering from said surgery. :)

So that's everything I can recall. I haven't been writing a lot, but easing back into real life has opened up some interesting conversations with my muse, so I feel like good things are coming. Plus, I might have a fun blog event coming with some friends of mine, so cross your fingers for that. :D

Sunday, November 22, 2009


My friend, Alex Woolfson, up and made a fab short film featuring angels, demons, and humor, so you know I like it. Embedding below, and you can visit his site at:

Pitch from Alex Woolfson on Vimeo.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Feed the Fetish – Muscle Theft

Okay, the original blog I’d intended to post today unexpectedly turned into a full blown rant. Being that I’m not one to post a rant unless I feel like I have a damned good reason, I’m going to let that post cool off for a bit while I consider it and start over with this one. :)

Muscle theft is a subgenre of muscle growth. It involves one party taking mass from another and hence making themselves bigger. For obvious reasons these are usually horror stories, often falling into the category of “erotic horror.” Sometimes you might root for the thief (ex: abused geek gets back at bullying jock) and other times the main character is unlikable but you can’t help reading anyway (sociopath finds out he can steal size and just runs with it).

I’ve written two muscle theft stories. One is “Want Me,” which features a classic jock/geek/roommate/magic spell scenario, and the other is “Just Wait” which I’d like to continue but has been a bit of a problem to place because it involves twins. I mention the two I’ve written because both stories were called “unique” in various reviews, and while I like to think that they are—indeed—quite brilliant (notice how here I automatically substitute “brilliant” for “unique.” It’s a writer coping mechanism, lol), I must admit that their base premises aren’t that unique within the muscle theft genre. No more so than a werewolf story featuring the wolf finding his mate under the full moon or a yaoi story with clear seme/uke dynamics.

I am in no way an expert on this genre and, come to think of it, the two stories I did write were both gifts for the same person, a guy who happens to kick ass in this genre. But I love reading the stories for the same reason I like watching scary movies—It gives me a darker kind of rush, and that’s okay in fiction.

So with that, for this month’s Feed the Fetish I’m posting links to a couple of muscle theft stories I’ve enjoyed over the last few years. For the sake of simplicity, all the links lead to stories on The Evolution Forum, which requires registration to read. But I’ve been a member for over three years now, and the only automated mail I’ve ever received are happy birthday notes. And even that’s customizable. I just happen to like birthday notes. The more I get, the more loved I feel.

/string of too much information.

Here are the links!

Alpha Dog by blackbird
A short story about why you really shouldn't pick on people you think are weaker than you.

* Part 1

* Part 2

Shift by Xyggurat
This writer's stories marked the first that made me really LIKE muscle theft. Plus, bits of Shift were written during my madcap attempt to write and post a book in a week, so there's a bit of a nod to Want Me in one of the chapters. :)

* Part I

* Part II

* Part III

* Part IV

* Part V

* Part VI

* Part VII

* Part VIII

* Part IX

* Part X

* Part XI

Taking the Good by Clarence591
I haven't read this one, but I'm way excited because it was recommended just now by a friend of mine who's heavily into the genre and now I have something to read over the weekend. W00t!

* Part I

* Part II

* Part III

* Part IV

* Part V

If you read any of the above, let me know what you think! Even better, comment on the forum itself, since comments=love.

I'm also toying with the idea of making a more extensive list of muscle theft stories. If you have a favorite work, I'd be very interested in hearing your recommendations. :)

Have a great weekened!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Reminder - Interview at Reviews by jessewave

My interview on Reviews by jessewave is tomorrow, October 27th, 2009. I'll be there to answer reader comments off and on all day, and commenting will automatically enter you in a drawing to win an autographed copy of Want Me. Unless you don't want my third grade scrawling messing up the book. Then you have the option of no autograph. :)

The site address is, and you don't have to register to comment. Topics in the interview will range from muscle growth to sadistic semes (it's all a rich tapestry, really), and I'd be siked if you stopped by!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dalek Haiku

  Dalek Haiku

  Exterminate now!
  The Daleks must reign supreme!

  -- Xyggurat

The above bit of genius had me laughing hysterically at four in the morning. Thank you to Xyggurat for giving me permission to post it. You rock socks.

If you're unfamiliar with the Doctor Who universe, there's a Dalek article on Wikipedia. :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Interviews! And Prizes!

I have two interviews coming up. One will be on Rain on Roof ( Monday, October 19th. There I’ll talk about writing, Pocky, manga. She asked me about my favorite shoes and rather than try and describe their shabby awesomeness I took a picture for her, so you get to see the footwear I sport almost every day if that’s the sort of thing that does it for you. :D Also, one of my currently published e-books will be given away in a drawing (you have to comment to enter -- the winner will get to choose which story they’d like). I’ll be at the blog on and off all day, and I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun conversing in the comments section with whoever shows up!

On Tuesday, October 27th, I’ll be interviewed on Reviews by Jessewave ( I’ll be talking about writing, muscle growth, and ceiling fans. The prize given away will be an autographed copy of Want Me. If you already own Want Me, I imagine we could switch the prize up to an 8x10 glossy print of one of my book covers, or my Boy Meets Bishie logo. Your choice. Once again, you’ll have to comment in order to be entered.

Neither site requires registration to comment.

A weird quirk of timing is responsible for me having two interviews this month. My last interview (which, incidentally, was also my first interview) was done back in 2007, so it’s been a while. I gotta say—I’m a bit nervous. I hope to see you there, and I also hope I don’t stick my foot in my mouth. ;)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fiction? Reality? Eh. It's a fine line.

Thought I'd share one of the articles I'd read while working on One Shot:

Will it have accidental side effects similar to the ones in my story? If so, then I'm thinking a needle in the arm is definitely worth it. ;)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Random Announcement

So I'm a Goodreads author now. I'm not really sure what that means, but I've added some stuff to my profile that hopefully doesn't make it look too clunky. Still feeling my way around, but you can check it out here:


Monday, October 5, 2009

"One Shot" is on Sale!

:D :D :D

One Shot is available now from Loose Id!
Buy it now at:

Click the pic for more information on One Shot

Nick Carlyle understands the intricacies of his job better than anyone. He lives to crunch those numbers and his skills are valued throughout the company. If his personal life might be lacking, he doesn't notice, especially whenever he steals a harmless glance or two at Riley Jameson's tight body. But he's the boss, and that means look but don't touch.

When a universal flu shot is developed, it's hailed as a miracle, and rightly so. But the seemingly harmless side effects begin to change the world, warping the statistics that Nick's always used to guide him through life. Everything he thought he knew is suddenly upside down.

No one changes as much as Riley. Suddenly the young man is bigger, stronger. He's also aggressive in ways Nick isn't prepared for, and for the first time analyzing the numbers does nothing to help the situation.

Now, his numbers only add up when it comes to Riley.

One Shot Available now at Loose Id

Available now from Loose Id.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Feed the Fetish -- Cool Ass Hats

I look goofy in hats. Really, really goofy. Takes a special kind of guy to look badass in one. :)

Akabane by ~shinigaminightwalker on deviantART

Alucard by ~HATE-LOVE-FEAR-ANGER on deviantART

Urahara by ~Pablo-Oz on deviantART

3/7/10 ETA: Had to change out the Alucard pic because the original one no longer existed on DeviantArt.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dragon*Con summary

I’m way late with this, but it turns out I took well over three hundred pictures at D*Con and it took a lot longer than expected to sort and resize them. :)

The convention was a blast. Met a lot of interesting people, attended some wicked events (Rave? Me? Nooo), and saw a lot of truly amazing cosplayers. The high points for me were The Mad Scientists’ Ball, the AMV showing, and the Exploring the Final Taboo writing panel. At the panel I got to meet a lot of authors I respect for the first time in real life, including Kayelle Allen, Kiernan Kelly, and Ally Blue. I also got to meet new-to-me authors Fiona Zedde and Sascha Illyvich.

I’d never had the opportunity to attend a writing panel before, so I was sitting in the audience, avidly taking notes as well as txting Katrina Strauss (who couldn’t attend this year) bits and pieces of the subjects covered. I was surprised as hell when Kayelle Allen spotted me and announced me to the room as “the best M/M writer in the world.” I’m sure the expression on my face was very deer caught in the headlights as I walked to the front of the room and told the audience a little bit about my stuff. A friend of mine told me I sounded calm and collected, but that’s what friends do so I’m unsure.

My favorite moment of the entire convention happened at that panel. When I stood up, Kiernan Kelly pointed to me and yelled “I’ve been looking for that damned hat all weekend!”

I still smile when I think about it.

Aside from that moment, no one spotted the Where’s Rowan hat. I did get to give away most of the prizes, though, so that was a lot of fun.

The entire weekend still feels like one long day, and as such is a bit blurry. The sweet-tea peach vodka I tried for the first time had nothing to do with that at all, I’m sure—oh my god I LOVE Georgia!—but luckily I took tons of pictures. Sharing a few below:




Dr. Manhattan

Dr. Manhattan


A bishounen in leather



The Question

The Question


Mmm, Spartans



Doctor Who

Doctor Who




Cool, yeah? Those were just some of my favorites. If you'd like to view the public gallery I've created for more of them, click over to my flickr account. There, a lot of the images have captions. It's currently 5am and I *just* finished that project, so it'll be interesting to see if I'm as clever as I thought I was after I've gotten some sleep. lol.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Excerpts, Awards, and Opinions

One Shot

I have an excerpt up for One Shot! You can check it out, along with the blurb and other good stuff, on the story's page on my site: Let me know what you think. :)


Lone has a page now for the Recommended Read stickers it has received since its release, as well as the various screencaps I couldn't resist taking because I'm a digital packrat and {sigh} a geek (although, on a totally unrelated note, my geek card has been taken away, upgraded, taken away, and upgraded again several times over the past week, lol). Check out the brand spankin' new awards page at

Thank you to everyone who's read Lone. It's had an amazing response and it was a pleasure building an awards page for it.

Want Me

I'm holding a poll on my Yahoo!Group (the platform I use for my newsletter) regarding Want Me. You have to sign up for the mailing list to vote, but it's a very low traffic list (news only, my record being five updates in one month) and you can always set your preferences to "no mail." Whatever option you decide, I'd appreciate your input. The link to my newsletter is: and the direct link to the poll is:

I think that's it! I had a fab time at Dragon*Con. I'm planning on posting a more detailed update regarding the convention (plus pics!) on this blog in the next few days. W00t!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Where's Rowan? (Dragon*Con '09 Edition)

It's the return of the hat! Yeah!

Like it? Made it m'self—It's based on Urahara's bucket hat, and the first place I ever wore it for this game was an anime convention called Katsucon.

Been a very, very long time since we've played Where's Rowan. I think I was somewhat disheartened by the fact that no one ever found me, but really that's no reason to stop playing, right? So at this year's Dragon*Con (, it's going to be be game on once again.

The rules are pretty much the same as that time. If you'll be in the Atlanta area (specifically Dragon*Con, since it's highly unlikely that I'll be leaving the convention) over Labor Day weekend (September 4th - 7th, 2009), and you see someone wearing this hat—

—Then walk up to that person and ask, "Are you Rowan McBride?"

If it is me, I'll flash you a big goofy grin and give you a prize. Now, the prizes are a little different this time around, so listing them below:

  • 8x10 print of my Boy Meets Bishie logo, designed by the fab Anne Cain.
  • Autographed copy of Want Me.
  • Your choice of any one of my ebooks that are currently available (to be delivered via email after I get home from the convention).
  • An update to the serial of your choice. (Apparently waiting for new installments is torture for some people. Who knew?) A list of most of the serials can be found here. However, if you want, you can also request Michael Finally Grows Up.

Last we played, that hat was on my head the ENTIRE TIME. This round, it'll either be on my head, or hooked to the back of my laptop bag, so you'll really need to keep an eye out. I know, the game actually sounds harder, but there is one big advantage.

I'll be tweeting my locations in real time. My page is located at Follow me (easiest) or check in frequently at the page (effective, if you're dedicated).

Got all that? Sounds like fun, yeah? I would really, really like to be found this year, so let's the flash that hat one more time:

If you know people who dig my stories, tell them it's game on. Let's play!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Things that keep writers up at night.

I go through a lot of revisions. Before even submitting a story to a publisher, it’s quite possible that I’ve combed through it at least ten times before sending it in. This does not include the rather complex system of beta readers I have, each with their specific purpose in vetting my story. Does the concept make sense? How are the characters? Does everyone remember to take their shoes off with the rest of their clothes during sex? Did I use that semicolon correctly?

Overkill. I know this.

Yet there are still errors.

My editors at all my publishing houses are excellent. They find stuff that no one before them found. They spot plot holes I hadn’t even considered. I may grumble and grouse about how they want me to butcher my work of art, but after the first few minutes I get over it because they’re usually right. I make those edits. I start to feel good. Comfortable, even.


Below are two short passages from two different novels. Non spoiler, but both containing pretty horrifying typos. Typos that were caught in the late stages of editing--in the case of Lone, the final pass before the manuscript was set to go to the printers.

From Lone:

He grinned and walked around to the side of the house, where an older man was shopping wood. He had the same Dirisio jet-black hair, with shocks of white at his temples.

Should have been:

He grinned and walked around to the side of the house, where an older man was chopping wood. He had the same Dirisio jet-black hair, with shocks of white at his temples.

From One Shot my upcoming novella:

Riley touched our noses together. “And, for the record, I don’t think you’re sexier than me.”

Should have been:

Riley touched our noses together. “And, for the record, I don’t think I’m sexier than you.”

Two TOTALLY different meanings there, gaw.

Now, let me just say that I like to think of myself as pretty good at catching my own mistakes. I know my beta readers rock, and my editors are amazing. Still, though it was no one’s fault, the above errors were a last minute catch, and every time something like that happens I ask myself compulsively “What if we hadn’t…?”

Which, of course, inevitably leads to “I wonder what else we didn’t…?”

And suddenly I’m staring up at my ceiling fan at four in the morning.

Part of being a writer is letting your cherished story go. For me, “letting go” means not looking at the book months (if not a full year) after it’s out there. Even now I suspect there’s a spelling error in Lone but I refuse to look. At this point there’s nothing I can do about it and who needs the stress?

By the time a story of mine goes to publication, I’m so sick at the mere mention of the title that my stomach twists. But eventually I always go back, read through it again. I can honestly say that even though I sometimes cringe at a turn of phrase or grammar error, I’ve never been ashamed of any of my stories. Now that I’ve gone through this process with five releases, it’s a comforting thought, despite my tendency to freak out.

So that’s one of the things that keeps me up at night. I’d wager I’m not the only writer out there who goes through it. As usual, there’s no real point to this post. Just thought I’d share that a part of me lives in a constant state of fear. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

"One Shot" has a cover!

The art was done by P.L. Nunn. :)

Click here to learn more about One Shot

Friday, August 7, 2009

Feed the Fetish – Megane

I must admit, I do have a thing for guys with glasses. I associate the look with intelligence, even though there’s no actual correlation between the two (I should know—I wear glasses and there are days I’m as dumb as a brick). At any rate, smart is sexy.

And let’s not forget the anime/manga factor. There, if you have a bishie wearing glasses, chances are he’s pure sadistic seme when he takes them off, and I live for that moment. In western pop culture, the nearest thing I can liken it to is the Superman/Clark Kent example. Everyone knows that Clark is a mild mannered reporter, but a crime-fighting ass-kicking reporter-macking super hero when he takes his glasses off.

So, without further ado, here are a few hot guys with glasses:

Innocent Bird Cover

Karasu remains a good guy (more or less) whether he's wearing his glasses or not. When he takes them off he sprouts wings and kicks ass, so hawt.


Haruhiko - Is Frikking Here by ~TheRedLightning on deviantART

I don't think I've seen Haruhiko from Junjo Romantica take off his glasses yet, but I have a feeling that the day he does is going to be a good day.


CHARLEY by *Ecthelian on deviantART

Charley, from Vassalord. Vampire. Cyborg. Works for the Vatican. The glasses are just icing, really. :)


Kyoya by *poisondanny on deviantART

Mmm. Kyouya. Shadow king from the Ouran High School Host Club. He's definitely a sadistic seme when the glasses come off. :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Houseguests, anime, liquor, and…oh yeah. That writing thing I do.

One of my best friends is driving up on Monday and will be staying with me for two or three weeks, at which point I will be driving down with them to Florida and staying for roughly the same amount of time. Somewhere in there I’ll also be taking a side trip to Atlanta for Dragon*Con, where I fully intend to stalk Michael Biehn, who has the best death scenes ever. I assume the non-Dragon*Con days/nights (hell, probably a good percentage of those, too) will be filled with anime and liquor, because this is our way. We call it Drunken Anime Night, but it often spans a lot more than one night.

In the middle of this debauchery (hmm, is that the appropriate word? Yeah, let’s go with that), I’ll be receiving, working on, and returning the revisions for One Shot. It should be interesting since I’ve managed to bust up my wrist a bit, and I’m supposed to be going easy on the typing. You can see how well that’s working out. :)

At Dragon*Con, I’ll be breaking out the “Where’s Rowan?” hat, and it’ll be game on for hide-and-seek. Official rules will be posted later, but they’re similar to the previous set, which you can read here. One addition to the game is that I think I’ll be able to let everyone know my location in real time via my twitter account, so that should be fun.

Basically, the next six weeks or so will be the busiest I’ve had all year as I balance fun, work, and writing (which is a beautiful combination of both). Hopefully the Fates will be kind and gift me with more fun than work since I’d had it in my head to take a vacation in my last rambling. So Wish me luck! And caffeine!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Let’s get ready to ramble.

Yeah, that New Year’s resolution I made to come up with better blog titles? Not happening.

Last week I participated in an M/M writing workshop at Romance Divas for the Not Going to Conference Conference. I have to admit, I was nervous. I’m still at that stage where I believe 80% of writing is magic, so I was unsure whether I had anything constructive to offer. But as we settled into a groove, I found I had tips to share on characterization, point of view, and even writing sex scenes. Working with the other authors was a lot of fun, and even though I was one of the writers giving the workshop, I also learned a lot.

I also popped in on other workshops. Sasha White’s “Coping With Burnout” thread turned out to be a godsend for me because I was rocketing in that direction. Truth is, I’ve been feeling off my game lately and spending a week talking about writing really helped. Now I’m going to try and take things a little easier for a while, as well as write some stories for fun. And not feel like a slacker when I watch other writers do their thing. Very important.

In keeping with my whole relaxation theme, I finally got to read volumes five and six of Totally Captivated! LOVE it. Recommend and was sad to see it end:

Totally Captivated Cover

The second quarter stats are in for Lone, and it turns out I made the top ten list at Amber Allure:

1) Allergies by T. A. Chase (Gay/Werewolf)
2) Lone by Rowan McBride (Gay/Werewolf)
3) Satisfaction by M. L. Rhodes (Gay/Contemporary)
4) Bottom's Up: Kinky Orgasm by Amanda Young (Gay/Contemporary)
5) Most Likely To Succeed by Shawn Lane (Gay/Contemporary)
6) David's Dilemma by Lynn Lorenz (Gay/Contemporary)
7) Bring The Heat by M. L. Rhodes (Gay/Contemporary)
8) Car Wash by Shawn Lane (Gay/Contemporary)
9) Carey'd Away by J. M. Snyder (Gay/Contemporary)
10) Betrayed by Cassie Stevens (Gay/Contemporary)

How cool is it that the top two slots are filled with werewolf stories?

Jumping to another subject (this is a ramble, after all), if you’re like me and enjoy bishies and muscle, please check out Yayoi Neko’s art at I love the way she combines power and beauty in her work.

In totally random fun, Katrina Strauss has posted a vid from a Japanese game show on her blog: Bloggin' it with Katrina Strauss. As a result, I’m currently trying to find a way to work the term “acrylic kiss” into a story. Lol.

I feel like an amazing amount of stuff has happened over the past two weeks. Of course, when I start to write it all down, it starts to get fuzzy. Hopefully, if I remember more, and it’s interesting enough to write about, I’ll think of a better blog title. :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Workshops and new chapters.

It's currently 3am and I do believe the first day of the Romance Divas NGTCC "ENOUGH TO MAKE A GROWN MAN CRY. Characterization, Motivation, and POV in M/M fiction" workshop went very well. Josh Lanyon really kicked things off with a discussion on Point of View, I got to share some thoughts on storyboarding, Shayla Kersten shared excellent insights on GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict), and Jet Mykles gave great advice on how to flesh out a character.

Lots to build on for the coming week, and I'm excited to see where it goes. If you'd like check it out, it's all online and free at If you haven't registered already, please see the previous blog post on how to go about getting access to the steamy section.


Been tinkering with my website. Trying to make the Serials section more reader friendly, so I've posted Kismeta parts 1 & 2 directly on the site (no more having to click over/register at Evolution Forum to read it) and am considering doing something similar with my other online floaters. For now, the other serials have been labeled to clearly mark where they're posted *before* you click, and I switched the links of Jonah's Giant over to Coiled Fist because CF doesn't require registration to read stories.

I've also posted chapter 7 of Michael Finally Grows Up. As always, you can catch that one directly on my site. :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Workshop Reminder!

"ENOUGH TO MAKE A GROWN MAN CRY. Characterization, Motivation, and POV in M/M fiction." (A Romance Divas NGTCC online workshop)

July 14th to July 18th

Josh Lanyon kicks things off the 14th with Rowan McBride, Jet Mykles, and Shayla Kersten.


Registration and Workshops are free.

Workshop will be located in the "Steamy Section" of the forum, so once you register, contact admin and let them know you're 18 or over (or go to


workshop image


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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wow, time for a belated happy dance. :)

I’m way late in sharing this, but for the month of May I was on the Amber Allure best seller list:

What's Hot?
May 2009
Best Sellers!

1. Lone
- Rowan McBride
(Gay / Werewolf)

2. David's Dilemma
- Lynn Lorenz
(Gay / Contemporary)

3. Bottom's Up:
A Kinky Orgasm

- Amanda Young
(Gay / Contemporary)

4. 629 Miles To Love
- Fae Sutherland &
Marguerite Labbe
(Gay / Contemporary)

5. Tangled Web
- Cassie Stevens
(Gay / Suspense)

6. Satisfaction
- M. L. Rhodes
(Gay / Contemporary)

7. Sins Of Arrogance
- India Harper
(Gay / Suspense)

8. NEG UB2
- Rick R. Reed
(Gay / Contemporary)

9. Bounty Of The Heart
- J. M. Snyder
(Gay / Historical)

10. Playing The Field:
Play On

- J. M. Snyder
(Gay / Contemporary)

I’m siked and honored to be at number one. You guys rock.

Lone also made it as high as the number four slot on All Romance eBooks. I took screencaps of both, and will be putting those up on my website as soon as I get a chance, because I’m a geek that way. Sigh.

Cherry on top? Received a review from Fallen Angel Reviews a few days ago. They gave Lone a Recommended Read. :)

Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read image

All this warrants a happy dance, right? I think so too:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael's back!

So apparently it's been roughly two years since I've updated Michael Finally Grows Up . I'm not sure how it happened, because I love that story. It's had an interesting resurgence in popularity recently, as I've been getting emails with subject headers like "When DOES Michael finally grow up?" and "Michael's stunted growth."

Fun, right? I hadn't even realized that the story had fans, and truthfully I'd been thinking about it a lot lately. With Lone published at Amber Allure and One Shot accepted by Loose Id, I had a little bit of free time and decided to use it visiting Michael and Avery.

I forgot how great those two are together. Michael's changing, and Avery's mixed feelings are making his behavior sporadic and fun to watch (for me, anyway. I'm told I torture my characters a bit). Chapter six turned out quite long, so I ended up breaking it into two pieces. Six is up now at and chapter seven will be up once I'm finished cleaning up the rough draft. I hope you like the new installments. Let me know. :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Book Giveaway!

I just got my author copies (print) of "Lone" and I've decided to give one away this Saturday via my mailing list. To enter the drawing, just sign up at If you're already a member of the list, no worries. You're automatically entered. ;)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jennifer Crusie is a great writer. Crap.

One of the drawbacks of being a writer is that you’re never again able to read for the pure fun of it. No matter the book, a part of you will analyze sentence structure, character growth, plot development. Chances are pretty good that you’ll get sidetracked once or twice with how you would have turned that phrase or twisted that plot. Inevitably, you compare your writing skills to theirs and try to figure out how you measure up.

How much time you spend doing the above varies with the book. Some books you never really take off the writer’s hat.

But some books? Pure magic. You don’t notice the writing because you’re transported, and suddenly you’re honestly caring about the characters, laughing with them, getting angry on their behalves. Then suddenly you realize what’s happened and you flip back a couple of pages and attempt to figure out how they did that.

This usually results in massive writer’s envy, and yeah, I feel it. A lot.

The most recent book to turn me green (in a good way, as I happen to look fair to decent in green) is Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me. Even though I don’t read a lot of M/F romance, I picked this one up after catching a recommendation for it at Jen’s Den.

My first reaction was that this was the most hilarious thing I’d read in ages.

My second was a liking for Minerva, one of the main characters, because she was an actuary and tended to break a lot of things down into stats. I had just finished the rough draft for One Shot, and my character Nick is a numbers guy, so I felt like he suddenly had a sister. Sort of. Okay not really.

Then came a few moments of uneasiness. What if Crusie’s numbers gal was more interesting than my numbers guy?

Note: While I fully realize that there is no comparing the two stories—different characters, different plots, different tones, different styles, different genres AND subgenres—this in no way alleviates the uneasiness. Such is the nature of writer’s envy.

And finally, because Bet Me IS such a great book, I slid right back into enjoyment. It had been a while since I read a story that made me laugh out loud. Even when you’re green, you gotta appreciate that.

So am I still a little insecure when I compare myself to Crusie? You bet. But that’s a good thing. If I thought I was the best, how the hell would I ever get better? The trick is to not let those insecurities freeze me up. I learn from other writers, but I don’t discount what’s enjoyable about MY writing. Also, I’ve learned to celebrate the good news when it comes my way.

For instance, One Shot being accepted by Loose Id.

Yep, that really happened. How cool am I? ;)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Feed the Fetish - Strength

I am so sorry! Totally missed that this past Friday was *Fetish Friday.*

Without further ado, here's this month's Feed the Fetish--

I'm a sucker for a good strength feat. And given there are days when I can barely crack a walnut with a nutcracker, watching this guy makes me very happy:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'm not so great at teh drawing.

But I'm learning, and that's what counts, yeah?

According to DeviantArt, I've been a member of the site for two years. I joined because I wanted to teach myself how to draw (something other than stick figures in compromising positions) and I wanted to keep an art journal of sorts tracking my progress. Currently, I'm around 200 hits away from reaching 10,000 views, which surprises the hell out of me. Usually when I draw something new, I post the direct link to the picture--bypassing the front page. Reaching 10k views there means people are actually interested in what I'm doing. Who would have thought?

I think I've improved a bit over the years, and I'm just now finally getting to the point where I'm edging away from my favorite head angle. Most of my drawings still require source pictures, but I've managed a few original characters here and there.

I figured I'd share a few of my pics here. Starting with the very first one. :)

1st try by ~rpm77 on deviantART
Man, I *still* cringe looking at this. I very nearly chucked the whole idea of learning to draw.


Gaara 2 by ~rpm77 on deviantART
Gaara. One of my favorite characters of all time. I'm actually thinking of drawing him again. :)


Akabane 1 by ~rpm77 on deviantART
Akabane. It's all about the hat.


HG 1 - line art by ~rpm77 on deviantART
Mmm. Muscle.


Lelouch 1 - Shading by ~rpm77 on deviantART
This is still my favorite picture out of all I've done.


Mookyul - shaded by ~rpm77 on deviantART
Clothing folds! I was so proud.


Viral Red by ~rpm77 on deviantART
A bit of anger.


Colors by ~rpm77 on deviantART
A bit of angst.


Hand of Destiny - Line Art by ~rpm77 on deviantART
Hand practice.


Audrick's face - inked by ~rpm77 on deviantART
A character from my royal alien rock star yaoi. :)


Sketch - Kamui 1 by ~rpm77 on deviantART
And Kamui. Was stressed out and basically chucked all my responsibilities so I could draw him and relax.


So that's a peek at the progress I've made, such as it is. If you'd like to see more of my stuff, you can at . I'm also giving away a prize if you can screencap my front page when it hits the 10,000 views mark. More information on that is listed on the page. :)

PS-- I apologize for the number of images in this post. Usually I try to go light on the pictures, but in this case I just couldn't help myself.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day weekend chat

I'll be participating in a multi-author chat this Memorial Day weekend at Literary Nymphs. A massive list of authors are going to attend, which should make the whole thing crazy and fun. If you jump into the chaos and happen to spot me, wave!

Also, if you do sign up for the group, you might want to set your membership to "web only." These events can easily top a thousand messages in 48 hours, and that's a helluva thing to find in your inbox.

Posting the official announcement below:

Thinking that Memorial Day weekend is going to be a drag, with nothing to do? Have we got a treat for you!! Literary Nymphs is hosting a 3 day M/M chat!! Yep, that’s correct – I didn’t type it wrong! 3 fun-filled days with some of your favorite M/M authors, starting Saturday, May 23!! Is your favorite author on our list?

Just a sampling of the authors on tap: Maura Anderson, Mickie B. Ashling, Victor J. Banis, Jeanne Barrack, Laura Baumbach, Alex Beecroft, Lee Benoit, Mychael Black, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Pat Brown, James Buchanan, J.M. Colail, Jason Edding, Erastes, Catt Ford, Christine France, Kimberly Gardner, Cassandra Gold , Amber Green, Andrew Grey, Kate Hill, Jan Irving, Winnie Jerome, Ali Katz, K.C. Kendricks, Sean Kennedy, Shayla Kersten, Marguerite Labbe, Lynn Lorenz, Viki Lyn, JB McDonald, Rowan McBride, Syd McGinley, Z.A. Maxfield, Chrissy Munder, Jet Mykles, Deirdre O'Dare, Elle Parker, Zathryn Priest, Luisa Prieto, Isabelle Rowan, Lee Rowan, Cassidy Ryan, John Simpson, Jenna Hilary Sinclair, Joely Skye, K.Z. Snow, Jaxx Steele, Kate Steele, Katrina Strauss, Ariel Tachna, Julia Talbot, Carolina Valdez, Jaye Valentine & Reno MacLeod, Stevie Woods, Amanda Young and who knows who else will show up!!!

When? Saturday May 23 – Monday May 25, 2009

Don’t miss out – see you then!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lone reviews!

Been getting reviews from Lone. Responses have been interesting:

  • Elisa cried.

  • Emerald Jaguar hated Seth.

  • I’m not sure whether Critter Nymph actually shed tears or not, but the reviewer recommended a box of tissues.

All in all, the responses have been good. A special thanks to all the readers who dropped me a note once they’d finished the book. I’m always a wreck right after a book release, and hearing from you guys definitely relieved a lot of that stress. :)


PS-- The print edition of Lone is now available. You can pick up both editions at Amber Allure.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Writing as Therapy

I’m not one to hash out personal problems with writing. When I was a kid I kept a journal off and on, and one sporadically in college and law school. That was as close as I ever got to consciously trying to work my issues out on paper. When I write fiction, it’s usually to escape, and to get myself an HEA (Happily Ever After).

A few weeks ago, my mom officially became a five-year survivor of cancer. As the doc told us that five years is usually the magic number for cancer patients, and that chances of recurrence were now much, much lower, I released a breath I’d apparently been holding for half a decade. I was so grateful I didn’t even put up a fight when she asked to watch Twilight as her celebration present.

With any luck, we shall never again speak of sparkly vampires in this blog.

But it was a very good day. And since then, the loss of that subtle bit of tension has relaxed me in a dozen different little ways, and I've been remembering a few snippets here and there from when she was first diagnosed.

One of those snippets was a story I’d started called The Companion. If you’ve been following me since I started writing on the Evolution Forum, you might remember the blurb I used to have for it on my website. It was labeled as an “in progress” story and I was ticking along with it, sure that it was going to be done in short order. Then my mom got sick and I dropped it. After a few months I even took its description off my site.

Alexander, one of the main characters in the story, had a grandfather who died of cancer. Taking care of the person who raised him shaped a huge part of his personality, and he’d wake up in cold sweats remembering. In the end I just couldn’t deal. Hit too close to home for me. Unlike a lot of other writers out there, I just wasn’t strong enough to delve that deeply into my own feelings and experiences.

Or so I thought.

In the last week, as I looked at the books I already have out, I realized I’d been doing exactly that.

Take Chasing Winter, for instance. In the beginning of that novel, Jesse is fun and full of life. Then he’s crippled by an accident and his entire view of the world changes. He’s cold, bitter. It takes him a long time to learn to live again.

I’ve never been hurt physically like Jesse, but I did have to drop out of law school due to an illness. In hindsight I see that law school wasn’t for me anyway, and not because I couldn't hack it--my grades were good and I would have made a fair to decent lawyer. But I sure as hell felt broken in the aftermath of me leaving.

In Want Me, Joel’s secure life is turned upside down, and even though it’s a wrenching journey, he finds talents inside himself he didn’t know he had. I’ve been there. Although without a crazy ass hottie trying to seduce me at every turn, which was probably a good thing. Probably.

Lone, my newly released werewolf novel, features a character who’s dealing with someone close to him finding out who he really is. That’s happened to me. I’ve been in the other person’s shoes, too, having to absorb that someone wasn’t who I’d believed, and then having to decide if the “new” person was still the person I cared for.

Even though I don’t dive into a story intending to tackle a deep-seeded personal issue, I do go in with the intent of making my characters as real as possible. Realistic responses to stress, believable emotions, etc. In order to achieve that, sometimes I have to take a good hard look at personal experiences I’d much rather forget. As far as the story goes, such introspection is totally worth it. Everyone knows what it feels like to be rejected. Everyone knows how it feels to want something so badly it twists your stomach into knots. Everyone knows what it feels like to be alone.

In that way, every writer has a connection to their readers. It’s all about building a believable bridge from the story to those basic emotions.

If I get a bit of a catharsis while doing it, bonus. If a light bulb happens to go off in my head and makes me go “Ahh, I get it now,” even better. But it’s not something I go hunting for, and I can say from experience that most of the time that little light doesn’t even flicker until I’m re-reading the story years later.

But I figure it must help, even if I’m not aware. Maybe in some little way it makes me stronger, and the stronger I am, the more passion I can embrace. The more passion I can embrace, the better everything around me becomes.

Huh, sorta like Ace and Spade. I just realized that.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Lone is on sale!

Click the cover image for more information about Lone


Seth Anderson has finally found sanctuary in Brier, Iowa. Even better, he's found Rafe: a strong, giant of a man who owns the town pool hall. Seth has never been so close to anyone. When he's asked to give a series of lectures in DC, it seems only natural that Rafe come along. But in a few surreal days, his true nature is exposed and he brings both their lives crashing down around them.

Because Seth is not only a werewolf; he's also something much, much worse.

Available now at:
Amber Allure (


Friday, May 1, 2009

Feed the Fetish -- Werewolves

My novel Lone releases this weekend, and I figured we could dedicate this month’s Feed the Fetish to werewolves. Because, ya know, they’re wicked cool. And savage. Wild. Hot…


Two pictures and a vid below. :)


Werewolf + Muscle = Win!

now a werewolf by ~madatom13 on deviantART


Okay, technically he might not actually be a *werewolf* because I've never seen him shift, but he *is* a wolf demon who leads a wolf pack that consists of other wolf demons and actual wolves. That's close enough, right? Oh, to hell with it. With abs like that, Kouga makes the list.

Kouga by ~atechnogoddess on deviantART


The wolves in this video are nothing like the wolves in my novel. But it's Rammstein. They rock and they rock hard.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


If you’ve had any contact with me in the last couple of weeks, you know the only thing I’ve been able to talk about lately is Lone. That is because I’ve been hitting the final round of edits, and just today finished looking through the galley (the final version of the novel before its release and hence my last chance to find and fix typos).

Did you know my last book release was in July of 2008? God, my editing stamina leaves something to be desired. Halfway through reading the galley, I had to set the zoom on my word processor to a hundred seventy percent. A hundred seventy. My eyes were straining that bad.

But the good news is…it’s out of my hands. The book is done, and will be released from Amber Allure on May 3rd. This is the part where I’m supposed to take a deep breath but of course I’m in the middle of my traditional pre-release insane author panic. I know it’s a good book. Possibly one of my best. But still, it’s always a harrowing experience and it never seems to get easier.

You can read an excerpt on my site here. I hope you like it. :)

Click the pic to learn more about Lone

If you'd like to learn more about Lone, check out my website at

Monday, April 13, 2009

Amazon Fail update

While it's still not clear exactly *what* happened (and is still happening to varying degrees) with the massive #amazonfail, many books are once again searchable on the front page. Want Me is once again searchable and--I must say--those of you who tagged the novel "amazonfail" absolutely rock socks. The story is still not ranked, however, which does severely limit the chances of people not specifically looking for *me* of finding it.

Below is what I know of the debacle to date. I'm operating on less sleep than usual, so the events listed may be somewhat out of order.

  • Sunday, the only thing Amazon would tell anyone was that it was a "glitch." This led to a new hashtag on Twitter called #glitchmyass

  • A livejournal user comes up with a more plausible explanation than "glitch," but doesn't quite explain the memos some people received days and even months ago regarding the "adult material" policy.

  • Dear Author explains why rankings on Amazon are important.

  • Someone takes responsibility for hacking Amazon. A few more people follow suit. The code posted is apparently debunked.

  • People all over the interwebs hold their breaths as Monday rolls around, waiting for Amazon's official statement. None seems forthcoming, which just adds to the Fail.

  • Erastes compiles an excellent list of #amazonfail articles.

  • Quietly, some de-listed books get returned to the lists, but still no official word.

  • The silence with which the books can come and go makes this article even more scary

  • Not a glitch! from

  • Dear Author finds some interesting patterns in Amazon's metadata

  • Someone says that someone says that someone at Amazon blamed some employee in France for making a programming error. This sparks a #FranceMyAss hashtag on Twitter.

  • Patrick at Making Light proposes another plausible explanation that unfortunately still ends in #amazonfail. After all, why would "gay" & "lesbian" get caught up in such an algorithm but things like "bestiality" slide right on by?

  • Amazon finally speaks up. France is actually mentioned. (So is the word "hamfisted" which surprisingly does not hit the top ten trending topics list on Twitter.) Apparently, in France "adult" translates to "porn" and the changes made over there affected the global system. This sounds somewhat plausible until you start wondering how the hell "porn" OR "adult" would auto-affect "gay," "lesbian," and "transgender" works.

So that's the situation as I know it so far. Hope it helps.

UPDATE 4/14/09, 12:30AM CST -- It seems that Want Me once again has an Amazon ranking. :)

UPDATE 4/15/09 -- Looks like books are finally being re-listed on Amazon UK. As far as I can tell, still no real explanation (or apology) from Amazon, so the situation continues to = #amazonfail.

Dear Author explains that while things might seem normal now, they'll probably never be the same:

Also, there is quite an amusing #amazonfail song on YouTube now:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Amazon Fail

I don't know what the hell is thinking these days. I come home from a very nice Easter service to find all of my portals to the internet on *fire* with their latest insanity. Twitter, in particular. The number one trending topic there is actually called #amazonfail.

A few days ago, people have been noticing that the Amazon sales rankings on certain books were mysteriously missing. Most assumed it was just some sort of tech glitch. Now, as I understand it, YA author Mark Prosbt inquired and got the following response:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services Advantage

Which is when everything hit the fan.

The level of wrong in all of this is wicked hard for me to articulate. The idea that I'm being "shielded" from "adult" material when I have no wish to be because I am, after all, an adult. The fact that Amazon has shown NO consistency in choosing which materials fall into that category and which don't. And the awfully convenient sweep of GLBTQ titles underneath the virtual carpet, regardless of whether they contain sexual content or not.

I can no longer find Want Me by searching on Amazon's front page. A friend in Florida could earlier this afternoon, but in my experience this just means the change hasn't filtered through all the servers yet. You can find the book by searching in the Books section, but who knows how long that will last. You might be able to find it by browsing lists and or search terms in the Books section, but I haven't been able to yet.

But, like I said, it's not just sexually explicit material suddenly deemed too adult for the average consumer. A glance at at any given second reveals more stunned people listing books that have essentially been blacklisted. Non-fiction books about lesbian pregancy. A guide for parents on preventing teen suicide. The list gets longer and more bizarre by the hour, and Meta Writer is actually trying to keep track of it here:

The book on preventing teen suicide broke my heart. Then I found out that a parents' guide to preventing teen HOMOSEXUALITY is alive and well in the search/sales rankings and I got physically ill.

I'm still feeling sick to my stomach, so we're moving on to the "what can we do" phase of this blog because I need a way to channel this.

  1. Sign the petition protesting Amazon's new "Adult" policy. It started at out zero this morning and is now clocking in at over 2500 signatures.

  2. If you're in the U.S., call Amazon's customer service number at 1-800-201-7575. They've currently been flooded with so many calls that they've requested email complaints only, but still make a call and then:

  3. Email Amazon customer service. This page ( gives an excellent guide on how to do it if you find yourself daunted, or--like me--you were too pissed to think coherently. Also, you can complain directly through your Amazon account.

  4. The Smart Bitches have set a most excellent Google bomb. All you have to do is LINK TO with “Amazon Rank” as the anchor text. The link should look like this:

    Amazon Rank

If you have more ideas, I'm open to hear them. And if you'd like to learn more about the Fail, check out these sites: