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Blog Tour & Giveaway: THE OPHELIA PROPHECY – Guest Post with Author Sharon Lynn Fisher

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Welcome to my stop on The Ophelia Prophecy Blog Tour presented by Tor Books! I’m pretty excited to have author Sharon Lynn Fisher visiting to talk about a topic that I know you’ve been dying to read about: Interspecies Couples. I loved this book (you can read my review here) and I was curious to hear how Sharon decided to write about a human/insect-creature romance. Plus Tor is kindly giving away a copy of The Ophelia Prophecy at the end of this post (US only), so keep reading! Without future ado, please welcome Sharon to the blog.

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Writing the Interspecies Couple

A lot of folks have been curious about my decision to focus on a human/bugman couple in my new release from Tor, THE OPHELIA PROPHECY. The funny thing is, I didn’t put all that much thought into it when I began writing. In those first couple chapters of all my books, I’m taking orders from my muse. The analytical part of my brain doesn’t really come into the process until later. In those early days working on OPHELIA, I kept my focus on the foundation of my story — at its most basic, a tale of post-apocalyptic star-crossed lovers.

And it’s not like it hasn’t been done before. Humans and vampires. Humans and wolf-people. Fairies. Zombies. Artificial life forms. Operating systems. Even a lizard man. I remember how captivated I was by the relationship between Worf and Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She was so feminine and, well, soft-looking, and Klingons were so dang alpha. So rough around the edges (though admittedly Worf had a softer side). There was something exciting and compelling about that.

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Worf and Troi explore all the interspecies possibilities…

Despite the fact the interspecies thing had been done before, bugs were rather a horse of a different color. Once I’d committed myself to writing OPHELIA, my more pragmatic side began to question whether I really knew what I was getting into.

This book is not just science fiction, but science fiction *romance*. Granted my audience is primarily women who are interested in both genres. But I had to assume that for them, as for me, there’s a certain “ick” factor when it comes to most kinds of insects. I am fascinated by some of the species we consider to be noble (praying mantis v. house fly), but that doesn’t mean I want one crawling up my arm. I remember when I was in college a praying mantis about the size of my hand came in through an open window, and I couldn’t sleep until my boyfriend shooed it out.

And yet I’m asking my reader to be comfortable in the company of various insect/human combinations on pretty much every page of the book. Why? Partly because I trust a reader of science fiction to have an open mind, and partly because I trusted myself to frame the world and its inhabitants in a way that would not disgust (except when it’s supposed to).

I wrote about the Manti in a way that appealed to me, in hopes it would also appeal to my readers. I have a huge pile of illustrated books about fairies (that have been accumulating since I was a child), and it felt very natural and fitting to describe an insect/human transgenic race as a sort of futuristic fae. Some are winged. Some are colorful. Some are spiky. Some are all of the above.

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And I made the choice early on that the hero would be more human than not; most of Pax’s insect traits are on the inside. Not so for his sister, Iris, who I also plan to write a book about. But by the end of OPHELIA, the reader has had a chance to get used to Iris and her physiology. I recently read THE LAST HOUR OF GANN, and I marveled at how Smith managed to pull off a fully reptilian alien as a romance hero. Besides being a very talented writer, I think it was due to having literally hundreds of pages to get the reader comfortable with the character.

Because really the key to writing compelling interspecies relationships is less about physical description and more about demonstrating that the quality of being “human” has very little to do with genetics.

About the Author:

Sharon Lynn Fisher Author Photo (2)A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart—sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance—and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2014).

Find Sharon: Author Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

About The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher:

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.

But 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.

The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new SF romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of Ghost Planet

Find The Ophelia Prophecy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | IndieBound

And now for the giveaway! I have one finished paperback to give away to a US reader. Entering is simple—just leave a comment on this post. You can comment on Sharon’s guest post or tell us whether or not you’d ever consider entering into an interspecies romance…One random commenter will be selected on April 18th. Good luck!

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Book Review Giveaway: Win One of the Books I Reviewed in March!

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Welcome to the March Book Review Giveaway! I posted seven reviews in March, and you can enter to win one of those books! No five-star reviews this month, but I did read three books that received four-and-a-half stars: Stolen Songbird, The Ophelia Prophecy, and Under Nameless Stars. Of these three, I’m going to have to pick Stolen Songbird as my favorite of the month.

This giveaway is International, provided The Book Depository ships to your country. You can also spread the word and get extra entries by posting the giveaway button on your site:

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Here are the books I reviewed in March (click on the titles to read my reviews):

four and a halfStolen Songbirdby Danielle L. Jensen.

four and a halfUnder Nameless Starsby Christian Schoon

four and a halfThe Ophelia Prophecyby Sharon Lynn Fisher

four starsMaze by J.M. McDermott

four starsThe Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell

four starsThe Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey

three starsPanic by Lauren Oliver

Ready to enter? Simply click the Rafflecopter button below:

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What’s On My Plate – April 2014

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Yeah, so I’m a little late getting this post up. Life is kind of crazy from now until the end of the school year, with my daughter’s choir Pop Show next week, and 8th grade promotion in May. The end of the school year is always busy no matter what grade your kids are in, so I’m just going to try to hang tough until school’s over! Meanwhile, I have an awfully busy April book schedule, so I will try my best to keep up:-) Here’s what I have on my plate this month:

For review from publishers/authors:

In the interest of time, because I’m so behind, I’m not going to link all these titles. Sorry! Let’s just say I need to read them all this month! I’m reading High & Dry right now and it’s soooo good!

Blog Tours:

Apex Publications Operation Fourth Story: This blogger event is going on through April 17th, and various blogs will be hosting Apex authors and editors and reviewing Apex Magazine. I’m pretty excited to be participating because I’m a huge Apex fan! The purpose of Operation Fourth Story is to bring attention to the online Apex Magazine and try to get new subscribers. The magazine will add a “fourth story” each month if they get to their subscription goal. Pretty cool, right? I will certainly be subscribing myself. Check back in the next couple of weeks as I review an issue of Apex Magazine, feature editor Lesley Conner, and interview managing editor Cameron Salisbury. And I’ll have information on how YOU can subscribe as well…

The Ophelia Prophecy Blog Tour: I have a guest post with author Sharon Lynn Fisher tomorrow, Sunday April 6th! I loved The Ophelia Prophecy, and Sharon will be talking about, ah hem, interspecies couples. Sounds intriguing, right? Check back here tomorrow!

The Making of Nebraska Brown Blog Tour: My stop is on April 21 and there will be a giveaway on this tour.

Scan Blog Tour: I can’t wait to start reading this book! It’s co-authored by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury, and Walter Jury is the pen name for Pouya Shabazian, one of the producers of the Divergent movie! In addition to reviewing the book, I’ll have an interview with Pouya. I’ve asked him lots of questions about Divergent, so if you are a fan, check back here on April 30 for my interview!

Book Events:

Wondercon is kind of a mini San Diego Comic Con, but it’s much easier to get tickets to, and it’s closer to home. I’ll be checking it out on Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20. You may still be able to get tickets if you live in Los Angeles.

The Pasadena Tenn Book Fest: This event is free, but you have to reserve a ticket. I’m not really sure if they’re sold out or not, but I did reserve tickets and it didn’t tell me I was on the wait list so…who knows. Pasadena is in my backyard, so I’m going to check it out. Click here if you’d like to see the list of authors participating!

Giveaways:

Best Series Blog Hop: This ends tomorrow, so click here if you’d like to enter for a chance to win one of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone novels!

March Book Review Giveaway: I’m starting this giveaway today, and I’ll have the post up later. You can win one of the books I reviewed in March!

April New Release Giveaway Hop: Hosted by Book Nerd, I’ll be featuring some April new release books on this hop (duh). Stop back on April 15th when the hop starts.

Whew, I think that’s enough for one month, don’t you? What are your bookish plans for April? Let me know!

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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

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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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Stacking the Shelves (44)

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a fun way for bloggers to share book hauls with each other! Now, I certainly don’t need any more books on my shelves, but I did have a fantastic couple of weeks in the new acquisitions department:) Here’s what I received (clicking on the titles will take you to Goodreads):

From publishers/authors for review:

New Sight by Jo Schneider. April 2014 (Jolly Fish Press). This is my second review book from Jolly Fish, and I very much enjoy this small press. This story is billed as YA urban fantasy, and I hope to be on the blog tour for this as well.

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher. January 2014 (Angry Robot). Super excited to get an ARC from Angry Robot. I’ve heard great things about this!

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd. February 2014 (Harper Collins). I won this from a publisher’s giveaway, and now I can’t remember entering! But I’m thrilled to have a copy. Todd is blurbed on the front by none other than Stephen King!

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher. April 2014 (Tor). Big thanks to Leah at Tor for sending me an ARC! Science fiction romance, people!!

The Line by J.D. Horn. January 2014 (47North). The author saw my Waiting on Wednesday post for this book, and asked me if he could send me a copy. Of course, I said yes! Thanks, J.D.!

Thank you Jolly Fish, Angry Robot and Harper Collins!

From publishers via NetGalley/Edelweiss for review:

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. June 2014 (Greenwillow). This was also a WoW pick, and I was excited to see it pop up on Edelweiss this week.

After the End by Amy Plum. May 2014 (Harper Children’s). Another WoW pick! Harper Collins put a bunch of great books up on Edelweiss, as I’m sure many of you know.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. January 2014 (Del Rey). This book has a funny story. I was supposed to win a copy from Library Thing, but that was about six months ago and I never received the book. But then I went to Comic Con in July and the publisher was giving these away like candy. I got three copies of the ARC at Comic Con. Then it popped up on NetGalley, and I thought what the heck? Might as well submit a review to publisher. I suspect I’ll be running a giveaway at some point for this title:)

Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill. May 2014 (Harper Voyager). I think this is book two in a series, but I don’t care. I can’t wait to read it anyway, and hopefully I’ll have time to squeeze in book one, Dreams and Shadows, before May.

Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier. February 2014 (Strange Chemistry). This story just sounds cool. I can’t explain it very well, but click on the link and read the Goodreads description. You’ll want to read it too!

The Falconer by Elizabeth May. May 2014 (Chronicle Books). Woo hoo! I’m thrilled that I was approved for this. The Falconer was yet another WoW pick, back when it was about to be released in the UK. Now it’s coming to this side of the pond, and I’m excited to read it.

Purchased:

The Last Vampire

The Last Vampire by J.T. Geissinger. Now available (StoryFront). J.T. is so awesome, if you haven’t read her books, you’re really missing out. She’s such a seasoned writer, and her stories are amazing. I happened to catch this Kindle deal a few days ago, and I’ll be reading it soon, since it’s novella length. Knowing the author, this won’t be just any story about a vampire!

Thanks publishers! You’re awesome:) What’s on your shelves this week?

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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*

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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.

Armada

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.

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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:

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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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