A famous fan

A couple months ago when Felicia Day -- actress (Buffy, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog) and producer (The Guild) -- tweeted a list of books she'd bought that included GHOST PLANET, I crossed all my fingers and toes that she'd like it.

She did! She did!

Again, I have a winner! Wow I've been on a streak lately. This is a really fun Sci-Fi romance that I was surprised by. Very cool setup and characters that I couldn't put down. I don't want to spoil the book, just start reading it without reading blurbs and the twist at the beginning will really hook you in!

Thanks, Felicia! Read the full review on Goodreads.

Felicia also has an awesome sci-fi/fantasy book review group with a forum on Goodreads: Vaginal Fantasy Hangout. It's not what it sounds like. :)


Sci-Fi Romance Holiday Giveway

The SFR Holiday Blitz is happening again this year, with drawings for three packages of free books (one package includes GHOST PLANET). My co-blog, Spacefreighters Lounge, is participating, along with:

The Galaxy Express

All books are digital format. Visit the participating blogs for details. Enter by Dec. 28! 


RT editor favorite of 2012

Whoooooop! RT Book Reviews editor Regina Small included GHOST PLANET in her "best of" list for 2012.

I was lucky enough to review Fisher's sci-fi romance debut for RT's November issue and it was one of those experiences that reinforced everything I love about my job. ("You mean I get to read this wonderful science fiction love story and that is considered grown-up adult work? Guess I win everything.") . . . Twice nominated for RWA's Golden Heart, Fisher's debut is a touching, introspective look at personal identity and love. I'll be first in line to read Fisher's next book. 

Read the full list here. Regina's original review of GP is here.

And as a bonus: OMG I am on a list with author Jim C. Hines! Jim's cover poses for charity are 50 Shades of Awesome. Also I am really looking forward to reading his book LIBRIOMANCER.


Connecting with the non-romance reader

Some of the most interesting reviews I've received have come from readers who don't particularly enjoy romance, or on the flip side, don't particularly enjoy sci-fi. I wanted to share excerpts from a really thoughtful review posted on Bookworm Blues. (You can read the full review here.)

Not being a fan of romance books in general, you might wonder why I decided to read this book when it was presented to me. The reason, actually, is quite simple. I’ve never read (or heard of) a romance book set on another planet with some very science fiction details. I had to give it a try. Anyone willing to try their hand at a very exhausted genre in a science fiction setting deserves to be tried out. That’s brave of the author, and I respect that bravery.
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Once Elizabeth realizes she’s dead, an interesting dynamic builds. She’s no longer alive, so she has a unique perspective on a planet that’s facing an interesting dilemma. The relationship that forms is obvious and rather predictable, but the author also uses it in an interesting way to highlight social issues between both the ghosts and the humans. Instead of being a book about romance for romance’s sake, Fisher uses romance as a great plot device to explore facets of the planet that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to reach.

On top of this, Fisher had a great ability to bring the world to life with her writing. She truly did a wonderful job at portraying the absolute isolation and starvation the ghosts feel with some raw, realistic emotion in her prose. That is, perhaps, Fisher’s true strength as an author. She did a wonderful job at not only portraying emotion, but writing emotions into Ghost Planet in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel them myself.

Sort-of-weekly review roundup for GHOST PLANET

Happy 12-12-12! I'm finishing up my edits on my second book for Tor, and it has been a wonderful week(ish) in reviews! Good news all around.

Before we dive in, check out this post on extraordinary heroines in sci-fi romance, over at Heroes & Heartbreakers (written by author and The Galaxy Express blogger Heather Massey).

AMAZON (read them all here)

I keep wondering who my ghost would be if I were lucky enough to be a character created in the amazing mind of Sharon Fisher. Unexpected twists and turns kept me reading Ghost Planet as fast as I could.

Awesome premise, intriguing science, perfect world building, fantastic character development, and yes, more questions to be answered in hopefully a sequel, I'm so glad to have Elizabeth and Murphy a part of my life.

[Wow, I think I need to YouTube interview this reader and put it on my site!]
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I started reading this book one night because i was having trouble falling asleep. Well before i knew it i had read straight through to the back cover and it was past 2 AM...
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Ms. Fisher's `Ghost Planet' is one of the best science-fiction romance novels I've read in quite a while. I absolutely loved the characters of Elizabeth and Murphy...This book strives to emphasize the importance of symbiosis and cohesion while pointing out how cutting ourselves off from the world and from others does nothing but harm. I felt the author had well-developed characters, a great plot, and intriguing scientific and psychological twists. `Ghost Planet' will keep your interest engaged and you will not want to put this book down until the last word!
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This well-done science fiction romance will satisfy lovers of both genres, weaving the love story through a tale grounded in scientific theory and superb world building. Fisher leaves enough planetary secrets hidden to warrant a sequel, and I hope there will be another visit to Ardagh 1 in store. Highly recommended!

GOODREADS (read them all here)

Some of the above also appear on Goodreads. Here are excerpts from a few others.

This book was a total surprise! Within a few pages, I was so thrilled to be reading an exceptional book from an unknown author that I thought about tracking her down to email her!
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I didn't know that romance and science fiction could coexist in such a unique and wonderful way!! I couldn't put this book down! The world that Sharon Fisher created is so original and fascinating that it will keep you glued to the pages to the very end!

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Fisher is great in combining science fiction and fantasy to tell an engrossing story. I was not able to put the book down, until I finished it. Ghost Planet will [leave] you happily satisfied and wanting for nothing. Hands down, thumbs up for upcoming writer Sharon Fisher!!!! 


GP giveaway by author Erica Hayes

To celebrate the release of her first sci-fi novel, author Erica Hayes (multi-published in urban fantasy/romance) is giving away a copy of GHOST PLANET. How cool is that?

Erica says about GP:

It's got a melancholy, soulful kind of futuristic atmosphere, but with plenty of action to keep you busy. And a ghostly, reincarnated, kind of poltergeist heroine. It's hard to describe. You'll have to read it!

I'm excited about Erica's release as well, and just look at that beautiful cover! Very color coordinated with GHOST PLANET.

Visit Erica's blog for a chance to win GP as well as a $50 gift card!


Top 5 Pick - Book Chick City

First GHOST PLANET received a 5-star review from reviewer Vickie Shaw.

Then it was chosen as Book Chick City's November Book of the Month.

Now it's a "top 5" pick -- "the best books you should be reading right now."

An amazing debut combining paranormal fantasy and sci-fi with fabulous results. Set on the strange planet of Ardagh1, heroine Elizabeth is determined not to fade into the background of Murphy’s life and sets about finding a way of existing beyond the life of a ghost. Warning: you will be late for work. 

Thanks so much, Book Chick City!


Goodreads reviews and a GIVEAWAY

Enter below to win a signed copy on Goodreads!

But first, here are a few Goodreads review excerpts to start the week off right:

I must say, this is the first book in ages I have read in less than 24 hours. (Try 12.) (Debra)

This is a debut novel not to be missed . . . The world that Mrs. Fisher created is so original and fascinating that it will keep you glued to the pages till you finish! I definitely will be checking out future works of Mrs. Fisher. (Van)

. . .if you're a fan of SFRs of any sort, you'd be totally remiss if you didn't check this book out. The SF storyline is quite good, quite engaging, and if you don't want to keep reading after the end of the first chapter, I don't know what's wrong with you. ;) Ghost Planet is a fun, engaging read, and while I know this particular book is a stand-alone, if the author ever returns to this world, I'll be happy to follow along. (Shara)

Science fiction romance the way it should be done. Complex and fully developed world building. Having each human settler be spontaneously bonded to an alien was good. Having that alien be the host of the consciousness of a dead human who doesn't realize they are not still human was brilliant. (Jacqueline)

And this, from Amazon:

My book club is reading this for its next selection and I think it will be well received by everyone - there is something for everyone. There is obviously a sci-fi aspect to it, romance, action, mystery and even a nod to protecting our environment.


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Ghost Planet by Sharon  Fisher



          Ghost Planet

          by Sharon  Fisher


            Giveaway ends December 25, 2012.
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