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!

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Distracting the Duchess

Distracting the Duchess

Booklist calls my DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS “wickedly witty.” See if you agree.

It’s being featured on Dear Reader at http://www.dearreader.com/suromance.html   starting Monday. Just sign up (totally FREE!)to have a bit of the DUCHESS delivered to your email. You’ll receive a 5 minute snippet each day next week and I’ll be in and out of the Dear Reader forum to answer questions and generally have a good time.

I hope you can join me!
Have a great 4th!
Em
www.emilybryan.com
Barbara Vey, author of the PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BLOG, BEYOND HER BOOK has just posted a rave for my PLEASURING THE PIRATE. She says it should be called, PLEASURING THE READER!
Please pop over to  http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog/880000288/post/1570027157.html  to comment on Barbara’s insights. She likes to get lots of posts, so please leave a message. I’d appreciate it muchly.

Thanks so much,
Diana
aka Emily Bryan
PLEASURING THE PIRATE, Coming July 29th. Don’t miss the boat. Pre-order your pirate today!

Sensual Fiction

February 20, 2008

Sometimes, writers end up actually talking to people instead of pecking at their keyboards. I’ve been putting together a workshop on writing sensual fiction. While a good part of the workshop will be devoted to crafting sex scenes that advance the story and reveal character along with body parts, another section of the workshop will deal with writing in a way that engages the senses.

Today at my writing group, we were prompted to write a scene where a sci-fi character who leads a bleak life with little light, little food and virtually no sensory stimulation finds a vial of–of all things!–cinnamon. Here’s my 5 minute sketch:

The smell made her light-headed with its stinging sweetness. She shoved the stopper back in the vial. The essence lingered and she took it in down to her toes. Was that how the poison worked, the intoxicating fragrance tempting the victim into sucking ever more in? She pulled the cork from the vial and held it to her nose. The smell made her soft palate ache, but it was a good kind of ache, somehow. If it killed her, she had to taste it.

She put the stopper to her tongue and fireworks crackled in her mouth. She sank down into the corner of her barren room, drunk on the aroma, wallowing in it.

She didn’t mark the time passing, but she realized the scent was fading. Tears stung her eyes as she secreted the vial in her pocket. She’d never sell it, no matter how hungry she got. It was the finest thing that had ever happened to her. 

That night for the first time in her life, she dreamed in color. Brown-skinned girls balanced thick bundles of long brown sticks wrapped in bright colored shawls and the breeze was the sweet breath of the Spice Islands cutting through the stink of ship’s tar and oakum. 

OK, now it’s your turn. Your character is smelling cinnamon–or anything pungent of your choosing–for the first time. Engage my senses.