Ari McKay

more photos (2)

Serena ...
15,420 books | 2,037 friends

Jess Mi...
513 books | 4,296 friends

3,433 books | 59 friends

3,718 books | 454 friends

5,234 books | 608 friends

136 books | 1,123 friends

Faye K
1,830 books | 127 friends

Love Is...
809 books | 1,807 friends

More friends…

Ari McKay

Goodreads Author




Member Since
June 2012

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who collaborate on original m/m fiction. They began writing together in 2004 and finished their first original full length novel in 2011. Recently, they’ve begun collaborating on designing and creating costumes to wear and compete in at Sci Fi conventions, and they share a love of yarn and cake.

Arionrhod is an avid costumer, knitter, and all-around craft fiend, as well as a professional systems engineer. Mother of two human children and two dachshunds who think they are human, she is a voracious reader with wildly eclectic tastes, devouring romance novels, military science fiction, horror stories and Shakespeare with equal glee. She is currently preparing for the zombie apocal

To ask Ari McKay questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Ari McKay Hi! We're so glad you like the Blood Bathory series; the first Blood Bathory novel was actually the first original novel we ever wrote together, so th…moreHi! We're so glad you like the Blood Bathory series; the first Blood Bathory novel was actually the first original novel we ever wrote together, so the series is special to us too.

The good news is we're currently working on the rough draft of the third book in the Blood Bathory trilogy! We're writing the final action sequence, so we've probably got 2-3 more chapters to write. Once we're finished with the draft, we'll let it refrigerate a little while, then review it, edit it, and submit it. We're hoping we can get it wrapped up and submitted in time for it to be released this fall, depending on when Torquere can fit it into their schedule.

We hope you enjoy it when it does come out! Even though this will be the final book in the trilogy, we do have ideas for other stories set in the BB universe, so you'll probably get to see these characters again. :D(less)
Ari McKay The next Herc's Mercs book is "Herc's Mercs: Bloody But Unbowed", and it'll be released on January 7, 2015!
Average rating: 3.71 · 4,431 ratings · 1,209 reviews · 64 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Bigger They Come (Herc'...

3.57 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Letters from Cupid

3.73 avg rating — 191 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Love's Cabers Tossed

3.49 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Harder They Fall (Herc'...

3.89 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Once A Hero (Herc's Mercs, #4)

3.88 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Out of the Ashes (Asheville...

3.60 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Knitting a Broken Heart Bac...

3.74 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
On The Rocks

3.36 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Line in the Sand (Herc's Me...

3.74 avg rating — 195 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bloody But Unbowed (Herc's ...

3.92 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Ari McKay…

Cover Reveal!

I am pleased and proud to announce the brand new cover for the rerelease of Out of the Ashes, book 1 of the Asheville Arcana series! This second edition book marks the official debut of our Rachel Langella line, which will focus on books with a paranormal focus, which will include both horror and fantasy.

This gorgeous cover was designed by Lyrical Lines! Photo by Paul Henry Serres!

[image error]


Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on September 16, 2020 14:57
The Bigger They Come Line in the Sand Bloody But Unbowed Once A Hero The Harder They Fall Where Angels Fear To Tread No Pain No Gain
(9 books)
3.80 avg rating — 1,167 ratings

Out of the Ashes Forged in Fire Quenched in Blood
(3 books)
3.66 avg rating — 344 ratings

Santa's Naughty Helper Fortune's Slings and Cupid'... Heart of Glass
(3 books)
3.58 avg rating — 342 ratings

Striking Sparks Breaking Bonds Seeking Solace
(3 books)
3.79 avg rating — 299 ratings

Bay Leaves and Bachelors Fennel and Forgiveness Ginger and Gentlemen Cinnamon and Seduction
(4 books)
3.55 avg rating — 249 ratings

More series by Ari McKay…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Ari’s Recent Updates

Ari McKay wrote a new blog post

Cover Reveal!

I am pleased and proud to announce the brand new cover for the rerelease of Out of the Ashes, book 1 of the Asheville Arcana series! This second editi Read more of this blog post »
Recipe for Romance by Ari McKay
"What an absolutely delightful set of romances from the Ari McKay writing duo!

All previously released, I believe each has been tweaked and book one - Bay Leaves and Bachelors - certainly isn't the same as the original as there were no fortune tellers " Read more of this review »
Room For One More by Ari McKay
"It's been a while but Ari McKay finally takes us back to the guys at Herc's Mercs with this exploration about how sometimes we don't always know what we need until the moment it falls in front of us.

For Finn being just two with Joe wasn't where he sa" Read more of this review »
Be Not Proud by Ari McKay
"Be Not Proud is the third book in the Blood Bathory series. In this story, we learn more about Antonio and his bonded mate, Raphael. Five hundred years ago, Thrace killed Raphael and taunted Antonio about it. Although he spent a year feral, trying to" Read more of this review »
Ari McKay answered Kevin's question: Ari McKay
Hi, Kevin! So sorry I didn't see this question until now! Obviously you've seen No Pain, No Gain was released! We have plans for two more stories, one coming later this year. If you'd like a couple of hits, we're currently planning HM8 around Deadeye See Full Answer
Ari McKay is now following
Ari McKay is now following
" Hi - Someone added my book "Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud" (it wasn't me) but they put the wrong cover on it. :( I have the correct cover, how do I get ...more "
More of Ari's books…
“Gaia isn't some mystical mumbo-jumbo conjured up by a bunch of superstitious idiots. Nor is Gaia simply a name for a power beyond our understanding, one we follow blindly like primitive nature lovers or stoned hippies. Simply put, Gaia is life — all life, from the single-celled organism up to the blue whale. But it's even more. It's also the world that life inhabits, the complex, evolving, self-regulating system that makes existence possible. It is through Gaia the atmosphere and the seas and the forests combine to maintain the ecosystem sustaining life. Everything in this world has a beginning, an end, and a purpose in maintaining the balance in which we exist.”
Ari McKay, Blood Bathory: Like the Night

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Dreamspinner Press: The Once and Future Love by Ari McKay 1 6 Jun 21, 2012 06:00PM  
53792 Indie Book Club — 1614 members — last activity Sep 09, 2020 02:21PM
This group is a book club to compliment the blog I maintain at We will focus on group reads of indie/small pub au ...more
220 Goodreads Librarians Group — 113297 members — last activity 1 minute ago
A place where all Goodreads members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to ...more
20149 M/M Romance — 26915 members — last activity 6 minutes ago
The #1 resource on the Internet for M/M Romance fans, this group has something for everyone. * Book and Series Discussions * Daily Updates on New Rel ...more
45452 Dreamspinner Press — 2046 members — last activity Sep 12, 2020 09:50AM
A place for authors and readers of Dreamspinner Press to interact.
66483 Torquere Press Publishing — 284 members — last activity Feb 21, 2016 11:29PM
Torquere Press is a royalty-paying publisher of GLBT romance and erotic romance. Founded in 2003, Torquere is proud to feature hundreds of best sellin ...more
104564 Kindle Deals — 1118 members — last activity Sep 07, 2020 08:12AM
Authors post your kindle book here when it is on sale 40% off or more! Readers enjoy all the great deals!
25x33 Calls for Submissions- Torquere Press — 16 members — last activity Jan 28, 2017 08:58AM
Whether you are looking for a submission call for a novel or a short story to place within an anthology, we have the call for you. Numerous special ca ...more
More of Ari’s groups…

Comments (showing 1-6)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 6: by Ari

Ari McKay Yay! :D I'm glad! And now to hope that you actually LIKE the book and don't think it sucks. ;)

message 5: by Macky

Macky Hey Ari. So happy Sid is doing the pre release on his blog... And I get to do it! Happy dance. Lol. :D

message 4: by Ari

Ari McKay Thank you! We had a lot of fun writing it. We're both history geeks and doing the research was a lot of fun. We hope to write more historicals in the future, and we both have an adoration of steampunk, so that's on our list as well. So many things to write!!! Thanks again, we're eagerly looking forward to reading your review!

message 3: by Macky

Macky Aww thanks. I absolutely loved your fab book. I'm hoping Sid will post the review soon as I can't put it out here till he does. You transported me to he old Wild West and I fell hard for Stone and Luke. Wonderful. :)

message 2: by Ari

Ari McKay Macky wrote: "Thanks for the invite, I'm honoured to accept! :))"

Aw, thank you! We saw the lovely rating you left for Heart of Stone, and when I read your user profile I felt you were a kindred spirit. ;) McKay and I both LOVE your user pic!!!

message 1: by Macky

Macky Thanks for the invite, I'm honoured to accept! :))

back to top