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Blog Tour + Giveaway! Interview with Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of ECHO 8

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I’m very happy to be hosting SF Romance author Sharon Lynn Fisher on the blog today! I’m a steadfast fan of Sharon’s, having also read her previous two books. Each one is so different from the other, but all three have a definite romance element to them, which I find to be a nice change of pace from my usual reading. Yesterday I reviewed Echo 8, and you can read it here. Check out my interview with Sharon below, and then enter to win one of THREE finished copies of Echo 8 at the end of the post! (US/Canada only. Don’t worry, my international peeps—your time is coming)

Please welcome Sharon to Books, Bones & Buffy!

Author interviewWelcome back to Books, Bones & Buffy, Sharon! And congrats on the publication of Echo 8. Back in 2012 when I first interviewed you, you mentioned that Echo 8 had been a RWA Golden Heart finalist, and at the time it was unpublished. Now it’s a published book! Can you tell us a little about the evolution of the book?

It’s great to be back, thanks, Tammy! (And you certainly have a good memory!)

Echo 8 is the book I started writing right after Ghost Planet. That was back when almost everyone who’d written a novel went the agent/traditional publisher route. I had read that the best thing to do while a book was on submission was to get busy writing the next one. In part to keep your mind off the excruciating submission process and so you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. But also in case you get lucky enough to interest an agent, because they are sure to ask you what else you’re working on and you don’t want to say, “Um.”

So I wrote Echo 8 on and off during the course of a year of revising Ghost Planet and signing with an agent, and then another agent, and finally my publisher. Tor wanted to do a two-book contract, and we offered them Echo 8 and The Ophelia Prophecy. I was praying for Echo 8, because the book is special to me and my beta readers, but mainly because it was already written! But my editor chose Ophelia. After we wrapped up that contract, though, my agent went back to my editor, and this time she bought it.

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Each book you write seems to be quite different from the last. In Ghost Planet, you imagined a world where aliens attach themselves to people in the form of a dead loved one. In the Ophelia Prophecy you explored interspecies romance between humans and insect-like creatures. Tell us a little about what we can expect in Echo 8.

Echo 8 is more down-to-earth, literally. It’s set in near-future Seattle. Its locations include an old school repurposed into a psi research facility, an antique and notorious art deco ferry, a historic neighborhood on Puget Sound, and … well, a post-apocalyptic version of Oregon wine country on a parallel Earth. (You had to know something like that was coming.)

The story centers on three main characters: Jake, a man shifted from the alternate Earth, who now has to drain energy from others to survive. Tess, the parapsychologist trying to save him. Ross, the FBI agent torn between love and duty. I confess I’m a sucker for a love triangle.

You recently published two novellas in the Fantasies in Color Series, The Garden Rules and Raven Takes a Pearl. Is this a self-publishing venture, and can you tell us more about this series?

Yes, Fantasies in Color is a side project — a series of erotica novelettes (all BDSM so far), each based on a color. I’m indie publishing them in partnership with my literary agency. It’s tough to make it as an author these days — many experts say tougher than it ever was. I felt like I needed to diversify a little bit, and I thought it might be a fun thing to try. I write some hot scenes for my sci-fi romances, but I’ve never written straight-up smut. (Though I do acquire and edit erotica in my day job, as editorial director for SilkWords.com.) I timidly sent the first one to my agent, and she loved it and asked if I wanted their help in publishing the series.

The stories themselves are good smutty fun. As with my novels, I do employ a lot of world-building, so the speculative elements have substance. And I also focus on the heroine’s journey as well as trying to write good sex.

Besides all this (and unrelated, despite the title), I also have a novella in progress on Wattpad, RED: Love in the Time of Flesh-eaters. I think I’d classify that one as new adult sci-fi romance. It has zombies!

All three of your published novels are science fiction romance. What is it about the combination of romance and science fiction that appeals to you as a writer?

I don’t know if my typical answer to this question is all that satisfying, but here it is: It’s just what I write. By that I mean that it never occurred to me to write anything else. I’ve always written speculative stories that include a romance. It’s also what I enjoy reading. Actually I also love classics, but they fit the profile — part romance, part something else. I’ve never read much contemporary romance because they focus more exclusively on the romance. I like the balance of PRPSE.

As for the sci-fi in my romance, before my debut (Ghost Planet), I wrote mostly fantasy romance. GP was my first attempt at sci-fi, and I decided I liked it. I liked it A LOT.

Just for fun, in honor of Echo 8, pick a bookshelf in your house and count over to the EIGHTH book. What is it?

Ha ha, I have a stack of reference books on my desk. The eighth one down is Baby & Child Emergency First Aid. (Wedged between the more relevant Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality and An Introduction to Parapsychology.)  

Okay, going downstairs to check my actual bookshelf …

The Lurker at the Threshold, H.P. Lovecraft

Please tell us three things about yourself that can’t be found on your website.

I have a little section of factoids under my bio, so that makes this a toughie! Let me see …

  1. When I was in junior high, I pretended I was sick for three days so I could stay home and finish reading Watership Down. (I eventually read it seven times.)
  2. I’ve struggled with anxiety all my life, and depression for the last decade or so. (But meditation, yoga, and a supportive partner have made huge, positive changes for me in the last several years.)
  3. The “little prophecies” that Echo 8’s heroine talks about actually come from my own experience. I sometimes dream about stuff the day before it happens. It’s usually nothing important. In a recent example, I dreamed I was walking down the street and saw an alligator. Next day I had lunch at a restaurant that was in a house, and the bathroom still had a bathtub in it. When I flipped on the light I saw two plastic alligators sitting on a pile of rocks in the tub. More recently, though, I dreamed I found my daughter lying on a beach, and I picked her up and carried her into the bathroom, unresponsive, to try to hydrate her. When I woke up, I had an email from her dad saying she was very ill and he was thinking of taking her to urgent care. (She’s fine! Just a stomach bug.)

Thanks so much, Sharon, this was so much fun:-D

About the author:

Sharon FisherThree-time RWA Golden Heart finalist SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes SF/fantasy and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award finalist, Sharon Lynn Fisher writes stories for the geeky at heart—meaty mash-ups of sci-fi, suspense, and romance, with no apology for the latter. She lives where it rains nine months of the year. And she has a strange obsession with gingers (down to her freaky orange cat). Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2015). Aboutme/SharonLynnFisher | @SharonFisher | Facebook | Goodreads

Praise for the works of Sharon Lynn Fisher:

“An absorbing and exciting story full of science, sex, and intriguing plot twists.”

Publishers Weekly on Ghost Planet

“I have a winner! This is a really fun Sci-Fi romance…. Very cool setup and characters that I couldn’t put down…I loved it!”

—Felicia Day, actress, blogger, and geek, on Ghost Planet

“Futuristic romance author Fisher…wraps this venture’s tangled plot around red-hot erotic encounters…[she] makes a solid case for responsible bioengineering research and creates colorful settings from boggy Ireland to Manti-and-Moorish Granada.”

Publishers Weekly on The Ophelia Prophecy

“Fisher…returns with a sexy, irresistible take on the enemies-to-lovers trope… [her] light touch guarantees that the development of this slow-burn romance feels authentic, organic and totally satisfying.”

RT Book Reviews on The Ophelia Prophecy

Echo 8 is out TODAY from Tor Books! Courtesy of the publisher, I have THREE finished copies to give away. This giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only, and ends February 13th. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

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Waiting on Wednesday [125] – ECHO 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher


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Welcome to the Sci-Fi November version of Waiting on Wednesday! Sci-Fi November is hosted by Oh, The Books! and Rinn Reads, and Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. This month I’m highlighting upcoming science fiction titles that I’m dying to read. This week my pick is by an author that definitely needs more attention:

Echo 8

Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Releases in February 2015 from Tor Books. I’ve loved both of Sharon’s previous books, Ghost Planet and The Ophelia Prophecy, and I can’t wait for this one! Here’s what Goodreads says:

Three lives. Two worlds. One chance to save them all.

As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that’s been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what’s to come.

After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. But when he drains life energy from Tess, almost killing her, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds — and creates a bond neither of them expected.

Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. His assignment is not random — he and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it’s already too late — he’ll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.


This sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I’m always up for parallel world stories, so we’ll see what Sharon does with it. Let me know what you’re waiting on this week!


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Tammy’s Top Ten Sci-Fi Books Written by Women – Since I Started Blogging


I have two Sci-Fi related top ten posts this month, and this is the first. When Sci-Fi November rolled around, I knew I wanted to celebrate women authors in the science fiction field, because there are just too few of them. Sci-Fi is pretty much ruled by men, but the women who have made names for themselves in the genre need to be celebrated as well. Since I started blogging three years ago, I’ve read some great examples of what women can do with science fiction. I’ve reviewed most of these, and I’m linking up my reviews below if you’re interested. Keep in mind, these are just the books I’ve read in the last three years. There are marvelous examples of women in science fiction, like Octavia Butler, whom I’ve read and loved, but not since I’ve started blogging.

Adult Science Fiction:

1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. If you haven’t grown tired of me singing the praises of this book, then allow me to gush about it some more. This is the front-runner so far for my favorite book of the year—and I’ve read some damn good books! This beautifully written, sad, but hopeful story is set slightly in the future, after a killer flu rampages humanity. Read my review.

2. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke.  This is another example of a quiet and thoughtful science fiction story, where robots are commonplace. It’s also a love story, and I loved the way Clarke’s story takes place over many years of the characters’ lives. Read my review.

3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. This is the first book in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, and it was amazing. If you’re looking for a series written by a master storyteller, I suggest reading this one. Goodreads.

4. Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. I had so much fun with this one! Yes, it’s a romance, but Fisher has some serious world-building skills as well. Give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed. Read my review.

5. The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Wow, Sharon gets two books on my list! I think I loved this one even more than Ghost Planet. Once again, she writes a complicated love story, this time between two different races (and I mean that one of them is an alien!). Read my review.

Young Adult Science Fiction:

6. Starters by Lissa Price. Price’s future is a chilling one, where teens rent their bodies to Enders, elderly people who want to experience what it feels like to be young again. Goodreads.

7. Arclight by Josin L. McQuein. Wow, this book blew me away with its originality! Almost as much a horror story as it is science fiction, I loved the creatures called the Fade. For some reason I missed downloading McQuein’s follow-up to this book, Meridian, but I plan on catching up with it at some point. Read my review.

8. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Two teens are stranded on an uninhabited planet, after their space ship crashes. This book has everything—action, romance, and great characters. Plus it’s a fantastic survival story with unexpected depth and emotion. Not sure why I never reviewed this…I have a copy of the follow-up, This Shattered World, ready and waiting for me to read! Goodreads.

9. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Man, I loved this book! It was beautifully written, heartbreaking (as all the best books are!) and atmospheric. I never got around to reading the two follow-up books (which seems to happen to me a lot!), but I hope to some day. Goodreads.

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I know this series is on many favorites lists, but it all started with Cinder. Meyer is a great storyteller, and her characters come to vibrant life on the page. I still haven’t read the next two books in the series, but I’m sure I will at some point. Read my review.

Do you have any favorite science fiction books written by women? I know there are a lot more out there. Sound off in the comments!



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Sweet Insect Love: THE OPHELIA PROPHECY by Sharon Lynn Fisher

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The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Tor Books
Release date: April 1 2014
Source: ARC from publisher
Pages: 336

four and a half

The nitty-gritty: An imaginative future, a sizzling romance, and a complex plot full of constantly shifting alliances.

A buzzing cry ripped through the air just above her, and something grazed the top of her head. She yelped and Pax fired a shot. Glancing up, she saw a dark insect the size of a man dropping toward her—gleaming black torso like armor and eyes like gold pearls, oblong and soulless. Huge mandibles clicked with menace as a pair of too-human arms extended from the wasp’s midsection, grasping her shoulders and dragging her off her feet.

Last year I inhaled Sharon Lynn Fisher’s Ghost Planet, an exciting science fiction romance with a unique concept, and so I was very excited to dive into The Ophelia Prophecy, another stand-alone novel. Once again, Fisher has written a hard-to-put-down adventure story that seamlessly combines romance with everything I love about science fiction. And her romances tend to be on the, um, unusual side. In Ghost Planet, the romance is between a human and a ghost (sort of—it’s hard to explain). And now in The Ophelia Prophecy, Fisher throws together a human and a creature that has a combination of human and insect DNA. If you’re envisioning bulging eyeballs, wings, and stingers, well, you would be partially correct. Most of the insectoid characters in this novel are more human than insect, but that simply made them easier to relate to, and ultimately easier to imagine them having sex with a human. For you male readers out there who might shy away at the mere mention of the word “romance,” not to worry. There is plenty of political intrigue, attacks by giant mutant wasps, and a healthy dose of betrayals and lies. In other words, something for everyone.

In The Ophelia Prophecy, humans have been all but wiped out. There are only a handful left in a colony called Sanctuary, after a new species called the Manti, a cross between humans and insects, decided to get back at the humans who created them. The Manti developed and let loose a virus that was deadly to humans, and now they are, more or less, in charge. Asha is a pure human living in Sanctuary with her parents, working as an archivist to try to preserve the past. Her father has taught her to stay within the walls of Sanctuary, or the Manti who patrol the skies around the perimeter might capture her and take her away to the Manti city of Granada.

But one day, Asha awakens just outside Sanctuary, with no memory of how she got there. Even worse, a Manti male named Pax is lying beside her, equally confused. Pax immediately kidnaps Asha and takes her on his ship, certain that she is a spy of some sort. Confused and scared, Asha struggles to remember what she was doing outside of Sanctuary, while trying to convince Pax that she is telling the truth. The two grow closer, but they are both in for some surprises when Asha’s memory returns.

One of the things I loved most about this book was that I was never really sure what the characters were going to do. I thought Asha was one kind of person, but then she would surprise me and make a decision that I didn’t see coming. I mentioned before that the characters form alliances with each other, and then they pull the rug out from under you by switching sides. Humans and Manti are enemies, but the Manti allow the humans that have survived the Bio Holocaust to live safely in Sanctuary, as long as they don’t try to leave. So they are basically prisoners, although Asha certainly doesn’t see herself as such, at least in the beginning of the story. But after she is taken away from her home, she begins to understand that her parents have been lying to her about many things, and I loved the way she became a stronger person because of that.

I really liked Pax as well. In typical romance fashion, Pax has an unquenchable desire for Asha as soon as he meets her—he literally wants to mate with her (I’m assuming that’s his insect side at work!). But luckily he holds back and the two get to know each other before they finally allow their libidos to take over. Pax’s sister Iris, who helps pilot the ship, is not fond of Asha at all, and I liked the way her character tried to keep them apart during their journey to Granada.

One of my other favorite characters was Banshee, Pax’s ship—yes, I said ship. Banshee is the AI persona who interfaces with Pax and Iris, and she eventually becomes a trusted friend to Asha. I loved the way the author described the interior walls of the ship as being flexible and even warm, almost as if Banshee were human.

Probably the most interesting part of the book was the world building itself. I love the idea that the world has gone to hell because of DNA experimentation. And I loved the rebel factions that are trying to hide from both the Manti and the humans. Fisher adds plenty of twists and turns to her story, and yes, there is an “Ophelia Prophecy” that is eventually explained. The author keeps the suspense going up until the very end, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen until literally the last few pages. The Ophelia Prophecy was exciting, sexy, and kept me guessing. I don’t know if there’s a sequel planned, but I sure wouldn’t mind diving back into this fascinating world.

Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy. Be sure to check back here on April 6th, because I’ll be on the blog tour for The Ophelia Prophecy!

You can find The Ophelia Prophecy here:

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Tammy’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2014

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It’s Tuesday, and time for another awesome Top Ten list! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This is the time of year when book bloggers struggle to choose our favorite books of the year, as well as the books we’re most looking forward to in the new year. I just looked at last year’s Most Anticipated post, and I’m sorry to say that I only managed to read four of the ten books I was looking forward to! I’m not going to let that happen this year, I swear! This list only includes books that already have a book cover, because I don’t like to talk about books that don’t. I personally need the visual, and I’m sure many of you do to. So here is my list of Most Anticipated Books of 2014, in order of release date (clicking on the book image will take you to Goodreads):

pass_9780385743877_jkt_all_r3.indd1. Acid by Emma Pass. Release date: March 11 2014. This is one of those books that came out in the UK first, and I was confused by the U.S. release date. But now that we have a firm date, I’m very happy. I’ve been following Emma’s blog since I heard about the UK release, and I feel like I know her!

Under-Nameless-Stars-small2. Under Nameless Stars (Zenn Scarlett #2) by Christian Schoon. Release date: April 1 2014. I loved Zenn Scarlett, particularly the unique and imaginative world that Schoon created. I look forward to more of Zenn’s adventures.

The Ophelia Prophecy

3. The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Release date: April 1 2014.  Ah, science fiction romance! What a fun genre, and Sharon Lynn Fisher does it really well. I loved Ghost Planet, and I can’t wait to read more SLF!

High and Dry

4. High & Dry by Sarah Skilton. Release date: April 15 2014.  Here’s another second book by a 2013 debut author. Sarah’s Bruised was a powerful young adult contemporary, and her second book looks very different, but just as good.

Morningside Fall

5. Morningside Fall (Legends of the Duskwalker #2) by Jay Posey. Release date: April 29 2014.  Oh boy. The first book in this series, Three, blew me away. In fact, it won one of my top *awards* here on the blog, my Crystal Chandelier Award of Awesome. I’m unbelievably excited about this book, but also worried because of *something that happens at the end but I can’t say because it’s a spoiler*


6. Hexed by Michelle Krys. Release date: June 10 2014. This already has some stellar reviews on Goodreads. That alone makes me want to read it, but it’s also about witches, a subject I can’t get enough of.

The Murder Complex

7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. Release date: June 10 2014. Don’t you love this cover? It just screams “murder,” doesn’t it?? This is a futuristic YA, “for fans of La Femme Nikita.”

Rebel Nation

8. Rebel Nation (Viral Nation #2) by Shaunta Grimes. Release date: July 1 2014. I just featured this on a Waiting on Wednesday, and it’s definitely up there in the top ten!

Full Fathom Five

9. Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence #3) by Max Gladstone. Release date: July 15 2014. I almost fell over when I saw this cover this past week! I mean, I just read Two Serpents Rise, and the publisher already has a cover for the next book! Max is one of my favorite writers, and I can’t wait for this one. Plus, I’m dying to know who those people on the cover are. Goodreads doesn’t have a description for this yet, so I guess I’ll just have to wait.


10. Armada by Ernest Cline. Release date: October 7 2014. This might be the book I’m most excited about on this list. Ready Player One is still one of my all-time faves, and I’m curious to see what Cline does next.

Are any of these on your top ten list? Let me know!


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Waiting on Wednesday (75) THE OPHELIA PROPHECY by Sharon Lynn Fisher

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It’s Wednesday AGAIN. Didn’t it seem like we just had Wednesday? I swear, time is going so fast for me now, I wish I could slow things down. Anyhoo, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week a cover was revealed for a book I’ve had on my TBR list for a while, and I’m super excited about it:

The Ophelia Prophecy

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Release date: April 1 2014 (Tor Books). I adored Sharon’s Ghost Planet, and I’m so excited about this book. It sounds pretty amazing:

Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters — the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax — strangers and enemies — find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource — information — viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other’s secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.


Sharon’s unique blend of romance and science fiction make her books irresistible…and I’ll bet The Ophelia Prophecy is no exception. Are you adding this to your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments what you’re waiting on, and link me to your posts!


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Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club Reviews GHOST PLANET by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Ghost Planet biggerThe name may be funny (does it actually say vaginal up there??) but that’s to be expected. After all, Felicia Day, Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, heroine of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and creator of The Guild isn’t known for being serious. Now she’s joined some friends and started an online book club. Each month they choose a romance novel to discuss, and their April pick is Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher, a book I adored! Read below for more information on how to join in the (sure to be) lively discussion:


Mark your calendars, sci-fi romance fans! Sharon Lynn Fisher’s GHOST PLANET (Tor) is the April 2013 selection for Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Hangout book club.

Actress-producer-writer Felicia Day is a true geek and a reader of science fiction romance. In addition to her many credits, she runs the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, a lively, entertaining, and no-holds-barred online book club. Members include Veronica Belmont, Kiala Kazebee and Bonnie Burton. The VFH team is sassy, outspoken, and passionate about books.

The GHOST PLANET video discussion will go live on April 30 at 8 PM PST.

Watch the video and join other VFH viewers at the GHOST PLANET Goodreads discussion thread.

Want to know more? Visit the main Vaginal Fantasy Hangout Goodreads page. You can access all of the Vaginal Fantasy videos here, including ones featuring science fiction romances by authors Linnea Sinclair, Nalini Singh, J.D. Robb, and Meljean Brook.


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Link Salad (1)

Link Salad button copyWelcome to Link Salad! I know lots of bloggers do roundup posts with links to interesting internet content, and I’ve been coming across so much relevant information lately, that I wanted to start my own roundup of sorts. I’m not sure how often Link Salad will appear, but I’m hoping to make this a weekly feature. Here are some of the fun bookish things I found around the web this past week:

fifty-shades-of-grey-hardcover_510x329Fifty Shades of Grey is a book that just won’t go away. It’s still in the news, and now, after achieving bestsellerdom in paper and digital formats, it’s finally going to be published in, ahem, hardcover. Here’s the article from EW’s Shelf Life.

The Witch SistersAuthor Alma Katsu has written a new short story set in the world of her The Taker trilogy, and it’s only 99 cents on Amazon. I’ve read and reviewed the first two books in the trilogy, The Taker and The Reckoning, and loved them. Book three, The Descent, won’t be out until 2014, but in the meantime The Witch Sisters will help you bridge the gap until book three arrives! Click here to purchase it now!

Subterranean PressSteven R. Boyett, most fabulous writer of fantasy, horror and speculative fiction, has a free novelette in this month’s Subterranean Press called Hard Silver. He’s calling it “fantasy Western,” which is one of my new favorite genre mash-ups. Boyett’s last novel was Mortality Bridge (reviewed here), but it came out almost a year and a half ago, so I’m happy to see something new from him. You can read it for free here.

Madmans jkt Des1.inddAny aspiring authors out there? Are you trying to find an agent? Then you’ll be interested to hear what newly published author Megan Shepherd’s experience at querying her manuscript was like. Megan’s debut The Madman’s Daughter, a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau,  had a typically bumpy road to publication, and she gives YA Highway the scoop on how she finally landed an agent. You can read her story here.

Ghost Planet biggerAuthor Sharon Lynn Fisher tells USA Today the top five reasons she loves to blend science fiction and romance, another mash-up genre that I’m loving. Ghost Planet is her sci-fi/romance debut, and I loved it! (You can read my review here.) Check out the USA Today article here.

Shades of EarthBeth Revis, author of the Across the Universe Trilogy, did something unique to promote the last book in the series, Shades of Earth. She and her publisher launched a copy of the book into space. Yes, you read that correctly. You can see the video on EW‘s Shelf Life here.  Is it real? Is it fake? I’m not sure how they did it (if in fact they did), but it sure was a cool idea!

And just because this is so damn funny, I had to throw in this dog video (which has nothing to do with books, but I guarantee it will make you laugh…):

That’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by:)

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Giveaway Winners!

I am thrilled to announce the winners for my last two giveaways! Thank you everyone for entering, leaving thoughtful comments, tweeting and following, it means the world to me. First up, the winners of Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher:

The following people won a paperback copy of Ghost Planet:

Jolene A.

Leslie M.

Nichole M.

Jolene was extra lucky, because she just happens to live VERY close to Sharon, and Sharon actually contacted her and gave her Ghost Planet in person! How cool is that?

These readers won a signed copy of Passion Blue:

Andrea M.

Leigh Ann H.

And these readers won some *swag* from Passion Blue (bookmarks & postcards)

Ron P.

Karen A.

M.C.V. E.

Special thanks to Tor for the Ghost Planet giveaway, and to Victoria Strauss for the Passion Blue giveaway. Congratulations to everyone, and if you didn’t win this time, stay tuned for more giveaways. Sometime before the end of the month I’ll be giving away a copy of Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini:)


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There’s Still Time to Win a Copy of GHOST PLANET!

Do you love strong world-building,  lovable characters and a story that will keep you reading (and guessing!) until the last page? Then you will love Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. My giveaway ends today, so click here to read my interview with Sharon and enter to win one of THREE paperback copies of Ghost Planet.

I also just found an extremely interesting article that Sharon wrote for Tor about how she took a crazy idea and turned it into a published novel. You can read it here.

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