Surrender to the PIRATE

July 29, 2008

The wait is over! Today is the day. PLEASURING THE PIRATE is officially launched!

If you like a little swashbuckling, a little humor, a little sizzle with your romance, I invite you to give my PIRATE a try. Here’s what the reviewers are saying:

“Bryan’s touches of humor, naughty, bawdy dialogue and colorful description capture the era, adding dimension to this charming tale of a landlocked pirate, the hellion who tames him and their wild adventure. The heat rises as their escapades sizzle, and readers’ hearts will race to the delightful conclusion.” ~ RT BookReviews

“Pleasuring the Pirate is a fabulous, fun romp full of adventure, mischief, mayhem, romance and yes PIRATES! I simply couldn’t put it down!” ~ Reviewer TOP PICK, NightOwl Romance

“Great dialog, interesting side characters (the nieces who are out of control and the crusty pirate sidekick) and an author who clearly loves her subject matter and I’m there.  For me, you could call this book, Pleasuring the Reader.” ~ Barbara Vey, Beyond her Book, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BLOG

“This great Georgian romance is filled with bawdy humor, mindful of Fielding’s classic Tom Jones. The banter between the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter is amusing and heated.  The story line is fast-paced and never slows down.” ~ Harriet Klausner

Join my Blog Tour! Here’s where I’ll be blogging for the next couple weeks. Please stop by and say hi!

July 29th http://www.bookcoverlovers.blogspot.com
August 2nd http://www.bonnievanak.blogspot.com
August 4th http://www.kelliestes.com/blog
August 14th http://www.writerspace.com/chat 9PM EST
Aug 15th http://www.muchcheaperthantherapy.blogspot.com

Enjoy!

Getting Published

July 28, 2008

 
PLEASURING THE PIRATE, my 5th book, will be in stores tomorrow! I’m thrilled. And grateful. And feeling like this is an opportunity to look back a bit over the last few years since my debut in May 2006.
When one of my MySpace friends asked about how to get published, I thought there might be others who’d like to know as well. Everyone’s journey is different, but if others will be helped by my experience, I’m willing to share. So, here’s a brief stroll down my path to publication.
I’m not like Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who scribbled a proposal and sold her first book before it was even written. I had to learn my craft. I started in 2001 with the naive notion that since I was a reader, I could be a writer. That’s right. It took me 5 years to publish. You may take less time. Or more. It’s the journey that’s important, not how long it takes.
I wrote 2 complete manuscripts that will forever gather dustbunnies under the bed. They were my teachers. I learned about story arcs and POV and dialogue. And generally how not to write a romance novel. Even so, the 2nd one (a sad little western) started to win a few writing contests. It was enough encouragement to keep me going.
Then we moved to Seattle and I joined Eastside RWA. Finally I wasn’t on my own, trying to reinvent the wheel. I had help in learning how to write. And at one of the chapter meetings during a writing exercise, my heroine Rika from my debut novel MAIDENSONG was born.
I was just typing THE END on MAIDENSONG when my husband lost his job in a corporate downsizing. We moved to Missouri to lower our expenses. I took a position as a banker to help make ends meet, while he looked for work. While I struggled to learn a new job, I also struggled to learn to write in the evenings and on weekends, when I was tired, whether I felt like writing or not. I wasn’t playing with this. It was not a hobby. There was far too much of my blood on the pages for that. I was determined to be a real writer.
I sent queries (I’ll talk about query letters in my next post) to agents, since I knew I didn’t have time or the expertise to submit MAIDENSONG on my own. Thanks to a faithful e-critiqueing friend, during this time I finished ERINSONG, and wonder of wonders, I finally was offered agent representation in 2004.
I continued writing. Each time I finished one story, I didn’t wait to see if it would sell. I started on the next one. In June 2005, I got THE CALL. Leah Hultenschmidt from Leisure Books had found MAIDENSONG languishing on her desk and loved it. (Bear in mind, MAIDENSONG had been there for a year. Most of the time, publishing grinds with glacial slowness.) MAIDENSONG came out in May 2006 and I wept when I first saw the cover.
Now, I have 5 books in print, another due out next March and a contract for one after that. I’m writing full-time now (Thank you , God and my dear husband!). I have been extremely blessed and I feel I must share that there is an element of luck in who gets published and who doesn’t. It’s a matter of the right manuscript on the right desk at the right time.
But it’s also a matter of perseverance. The clinical definition of that word is “continueing an activity past the time when it makes sense. To persist in an idea, purpose or task, despite obstacles.” I used to think ‘perseverance’ meant going to grad school, but it fits trying to be published to a T.
Persevere. Keep writing. Once you start down the path, don’t give up on the journey. You’ll find places in yourself and others you never knew existed. Good luck!
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“I simply couldn’t put this one down!” ~ Reviewer Top Pick, NightOwl Romance on PLEASURING THE PIRATE

I was floored when Paul Norman of Books Monthly said DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS was “one of those rare books that could turn into a modern classic.” Now another reviewer has used the “C” word about my PLEASURING THE PIRATE!

“This great Georgian romance is filled with bawdy humor mindful of Fielding’s classic Tom Jones. The banter between the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter is amusing and heated. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down. Emily Bryan provides a powerful historical as the adventures of the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter will pleasure the fans.” ~ Harriet Klausner

Now I have to hope Mark Twain was wrong! He always claimed, “A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but nobody wants to read!” 🙂

Please visit my website at http://www.emilybryan.com/Pleasuring%20the%20Pirate.htm to read an excerpt! Enjoy

Pleasuring the Pirate

Pleasuring the Pirate

 

My swashbuckling hero and his lady are almost here! On July 29th, PLEASURING THE PIRATE hits the bookstore shelves. I’ve been invited to talk about it on these excellent sites.

BlogTour-Join Me on the Web!

July 12 http://www.killerfictionwriters.blogspot.com

July 14 http://www.writerspace.com/chat/ 9PM EST

August 15 www.muchcheaperthantherapy.blogspot.com 

Hope to talk to you soon!