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Red Pencil Thursday Online Critique Group

It's the 2nd day of my MOVING PARTY to celebrate the change to my new pen name~Mia Marlowe! On my blog today we're dealing with how to tighten prose so that it pings. My volunteer critique guest would appreciate your suggestions, so when you leave a comment you'll be entered in my daily drawing for one of my books. Hope to see you there.

TOUCH OF A THIEF, coming May 2011

Added by Emily Bryan on November 4, 2010 at 6:49am — No Comments

Writerly Research turns up a Witch in the Family

My aunt, who's really into the family geneaology, recently dropped me a cryptic email telling me one of my ancestors, Sarah Towne Cloyce, was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Then Aunt Shirley headed for her cabin in northern Minnesota where I couldn't reach her for more info.

So I put on my historical researcher hat and… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on October 4, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Platform and Branding and Point of Difference, Oh My!

Hello! I'm blogging at today and my topic is developing a web presence. It's about how authors come across online. If you have a suggestion or opinion, I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much to everyone who popped by Brava Authors… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on September 7, 2010 at 6:59am — No Comments

Purple Prose and other things to Avoid

Today is my first time to blog as Mia Marlowe on the Brava Author's group blog and since it's a holiday, I'm afraid I'll hear plenty of crickets chirping. If you have a minute, please click over to and share your favorite silly bit of "purple prose."

You'll also get to see my fabulous new cover for… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on September 6, 2010 at 4:40am — No Comments

Effective Excerpts

I've posted an excerpt from Katharine Ashe's SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS at today and I'm asking how you feel about excerpts on websites. How long? From what part of the novel should they come? Do you even read excerpts?

Added by Emily Bryan on August 31, 2010 at 7:18am — No Comments

Spotlighting Another Author Drives Traffic to YOUR Blog!

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Today I have a treat for you. Barbara Monajem is my guest and she's talking about a subject we've had lots of fun with my blog--naming characters. Drop by and leave a comment for a chance to win SUNRISE IN A GARDEN OF LOVE AND… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on August 30, 2010 at 6:48am — No Comments

When is hopelessly bad outrageously good?

When it gets you tons of free publicity.

That's what happened this week to Carina Press author Susannah Fraser. I'm blogging about her hilarious brand of anti-marketing at The Chatelaines today. Hope you'll join me… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on August 27, 2010 at 6:33am — No Comments

Fashionistas from the 1830's

I'm taking a break from fretting over what's going to happen to my Leisure Book contracts to do a little actual writerly research for my Brava Novella.

In every age, the goal of fashion is the same. How can we best attract a member of the opposite sex? Sometimes, fashion takes matters to extremes and I'm finding a few in my 1830's setting for IMPROPER GENTLEMEN. After the Regency, not quite Victorian, the Romantic era is its own little fashion world. Come check out what's hanging in… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on August 25, 2010 at 9:38am — 2 Comments

Need a Good Eye for Color . . .

Hi! One of my readers designed a new header for my Emily Bryan website and now I need to revamp my color scheme to match it. But I'm really pretty hopeless at this sort of thing. Which is why I've posted some possibilities on my blog and asked for your opinion. Please pop over and let me know which background color you like best.




Added by Emily Bryan on August 6, 2010 at 10:09am — No Comments

Strike #7 from the Professional Bucket List!

I posted a "to-do" list on my Mia Marlowe Blog earlier this week. I'm hoping to complete the entire list before TOUCH OF A THIEF comes out next May. I was able to cross off one item already. Check out which one it was at!

Added by Emily Bryan on August 4, 2010 at 6:27am — No Comments

9 MOnth Bucket List

I've always been a goal setter. It helps me focus. So I thought I'd share a few of my personal and professional goals for the next nine months (the length of time till my first Mia Marlowe title comes out).

Some are ridiculous. Some are hard. But I'd like to invite you to check out the list and maybe add a few of your own as well. Nothing makes you commit to a goal like launching it into cyberspace so your friends can keep you accountable. Please visit:… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on August 2, 2010 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

RomCon Blog GiveAway

I'm blogging at the new RomCon historical blog today. We're talking about TV and Movie characters and how they dovetail with our favorite literary folk.

I'm giving away a signed copy of STROKE OF GENIUS to one lucky commenter, so please let me know you were there!


Added by Emily Bryan on July 8, 2010 at 11:33am — No Comments

Help! My Hero's Highjacked My Blog!

I often have guests on my blog and I would have invited him if I'd known he wanted to speak to you all, but today someone has brashly forced his way in to my Blogger account and simply taken over. Good thing it's just Crispin Hawke—the sexy, brilliant, outrageously handsome hero of my newest release,… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on June 18, 2010 at 6:21am — 2 Comments

The Muse is a Crock!

I'm a firm non-believer in the "muse," but I love the women behind the Moody Muses! They're a terrific bunch of writers from my New England RWA chapter and we're having a lot of fun together over at their blog today, talking about the nuts and bolts of writing and… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on June 7, 2010 at 5:20am — No Comments



I'm in three places at once today.

Emily Bryan Romance Spotlight on new author Victoria Gray and her new Civil War era release. History buffs rejoice.

Over Coffee I'm Desperately Seeking Writing Space. Come share how you found room to work.

The Chatelaines I'm tackling the problem of aliteracy… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on June 4, 2010 at 6:49am — No Comments

My Husband Married a Hooker, Part 3

I'm continuing my online workshop on writing hooks at today. It's about end of chapter hooks, how to set them and why they'll take your story to the next level. I confess I took Jessica Andersen's name in vain while composing this post. Her Nightkeepers is one of my examples.

In celebration of STROKE OF GENIUS's release, I'm also blogging at Seductive… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on May 26, 2010 at 6:35am — No Comments

Release Day for Emily Bryan's Stroke of Genius

And it's not just release day for Stroke of Genius. I'm recommending several other new titles by some of my writing friends on my blog . Please stop by and see who's there.

Happy Writing,


STROKE OF GENIUS, "Wickedly enjoyable!" ~ RT BOOKReviews, Available now!

Added by Emily Bryan on May 25, 2010 at 4:12am — No Comments

My Husband Married a Hooker, Part 2

I'm posting the second part of my My Husband Married a Hooker Workshop. We're focusing on first lines today at . Come share the opening of your current WIP or the first line of the book you're reading now.

Happy Writing,


STROKE OF GENIUS, coming May 25th!

Added by Emily Bryan on May 12, 2010 at 4:58am — No Comments

What An Editor REALLY Wants . . .

It's Thursday, but I'm not Red Penciling today per se on my blog. I'm sharing things I heard straight from editors at RT about what they want to see from writers.

Please join me at for the straight skinny. And if you have things to add, please leave a comment or question.

Happy Writing,


STROKE OF GENIUS, coming May… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on May 6, 2010 at 6:50am — No Comments

Meeting a Favorite Author

One of the highlights of the RT Convention was meeting and spending some time with #1 NYTimes Bestseller Victoria Alexander. So of course, I now have to blog about it at

Please pop over for the straight skinny on one of the most talented and popular authors writing today. And you'll have a chance to name your top 5 favorites!




Added by Emily Bryan on May 4, 2010 at 6:33am — No Comments


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