ECHO 8 release date: February 3

Exciting news! I have my ECHO 8 release date from Tor: My mother's birthday, February 3. The print version of the book is available for preorder from Amazon, and is up on Goodreads too.

Check out the excerpt from Chapter 1, below the photo. Also, you can bid on a signed ARC of the book in the Brenda Novak Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research (bidding ends May 31!).

Colman School in Seattle, a primary location
in Echo 8 (as the Seattle Psi Training Institute)

CHAPTER 1: Beyond Help

The man on the floor was transparent. 

He tracked Tess as she crossed the room, stopping a couple meters away from him. He studied her, and she knew he was trying to understand. Trying to remember. 

Her heart ached for him. He was human, after all. At least he had been.

“How do you feel?” Tess asked, taking another step toward him.

“Close enough, Doctor.” The low, cautioning voice came not from the fading visitor, but from the FBI agent who’d moved to stand behind her. Tess did what she usually did when Ross McGinnis spoke to her in that tone. She ignored him.

 “Where . . . am . . . I?” The visitor’s voice scraped like dry leaves blowing across pavement. “Who are you?”

“I can answer those questions for you, but . . .” Tess swallowed. “It’s going to come as a shock.”

(Read the rest of Chapter 1.)


A HEART FOR COPPER: A steampunk fairy tale

I'm really excited to announce my first "pick your path" short story (and first short story, period, since I started writing for Tor Books) is out TODAY on the SilkWords interactive fiction site.


An automaton created by an inventor's son, Copper has finally been given a heart by her young master. Her choice of whether to keep the key or give it to him will decide her fate in this steampunk fairy tale.

"A Heart for Copper" - $1.99 or by subscription, at www.silkwords.com

You can read the introduction (up to the first choice point) free. To continue reading, you can buy the story for $1.99 or subscribe to the site.

For more information about the story and about SilkWords, see my post today on Spacefreighters Lounge.

Hope you have as much fun reading as I did writing!


The Ophelia Prophecy: Online book tour!

I think Sharon Lynn Fisher has one of the best voices in Sci Fi romance. I really enjoyed and loved Ghost Planet (which I also highly recommend) but this book really cements her as an auto-buy author for me. 
- The Book Pushers

THE OPHELIA PROPHECY has liftoff! Below is a list of blog stops on the book tour, updated every day or two. 

Pauline B. Jones: Guest post ("Why She Wrote The Ophelia Prophecy," addresses writing during adversity)

From a review by Spiced Latte Reads:
A thrilling and adventurous read, The Ophelia Prophecy is definitely on top of the list of Sci-Fi Romances. [...] Great writing and plot, this was definitely a great read and recommended for any Sci-Fi romance readers who like a little spice with their world building.

Not Yet Read: Guest post ("The Sci-Fi Fantasy of Biopunk")

From a great review on That's What I'm Talking About:
Sharon Lynn Fisher of Ghost Planet has done it again—new book, new idea, new science, same great romantic tension between unlikely characters with a lot to lose and a lot to prove.  In a very short space of prose and dialog with very few specifics, I was able to mentally view this future version of Earth in Technicolor detail—excellent world building.  Like Fisher’s last book, I had trouble putting it down.

Spec-fic Romantic: Guest post ("Writers Are Magpies")

Magical Musings: Guest post / giveaway ("The Rise of Science Fiction Romance")

Butterfly-O-Meter Books: Review and interview
Jessica E. Subject: Guest post ("The Post-Apocalyptic 'Information Age' in THE OPHELIA PROPHECY")

A terrific description of OPHELIA's hero, Pax, from the 5-Butterfly review:
Pax was of course the sort-of-dark, charismatic alpha figure I tend to fall for ... I mean, he’s just too awesome to resist! ... he’s intense, has a solid moral compass that he tries his best to use as guide in all situations. He’s this mix of very rational, almost scientifically pragmatic and super-hot, molten-lava-potential kind of combo and he’s delicious.

Books Beside My Bed: Guest post / excerpt

From a very nice review at On Starships & Dragonwings:
The Ophelia Prophecy is an excellent sci-fi with a swoon-worthy romance. If you’re like me and tend to think of yourself as not a fan of romantic plots, have no fear. There is plenty of excellent plot and world-building to sink your teeth into. Just be prepared for some serious sexy times as well. 

Book Passion for Life: Excerpt / giveaway
Savvy Authors: Guest post (advice for authors - "The 2 AM Panic, or Stupid Brain Tricks")
Closet Geeks and Slow Mo: Interview / excerpt

From a review on Bookish. This is one of my favorites!
The book is literally overflowing with sexual tension and amazing chemistry between the characters. The world-building and unique mythology created by the author are truly epic. Sharon Lynn Fisher presents us with a broad palette of interesting characters and vividly described settings, through which she paints a fascinating, fully realized world. It's an intriguing sci fi vision and a hot romance, but don't think that's all it is. [...] It's quite a clever and multi-layered exploration of what makes us human. It's a complex political intrigue. It's a tale of love and trust, passion and betrayal, unexpected alliances and fighting for what is right

Short & Sweet Reviews: Excerpt / giveaway

From Short & Sweet's sweet review:
Like Ghost Planet, Fisher did an amazing job combing two types of genres, creating a harmonious balance that showcased her writing/ storytelling ability. The world-building was very detailed and plot just as engaging; accomplishments in itself…as there are many books out there that lack one or the other.

From a review on All About Romance:
I especially liked Pax, an alpha warrior who is an amazingly decent guy. Throughout the book as new and surprising pieces of information were thrown at him he was able to adjust his world view and become a real champion for the underdog. Very cool. [..] Too often in science fiction romance alpha males are arrogant jerks or peaceniks and it was refreshing to see a character who was fully rounded.

Urban Fantasy Investigations: Interview / giveaway

From the Booklist review:
The setting is excellent, the social politics compelling; the romance [...] ultimately sweet.

Smart Girls Love SciFi: Guest post ("History v. Future: Averting Wars Through Marriage/Romance")

Bookworm Blues: Giveaway
Book Pushers: Excerpt / giveaway

From the Book Pushers giveaway write-up:
Ohh, we have a treat for you to start off your week. Almost [1.5] years ago a few of us discovered an author by the name of Sharon Lynn Fisher. We reviewed one of her books Ghost Planet and absolutely loved it. In fact several unsuspecting individuals on twitter became targets of our “book pushing.” As a result we were anxiously awaiting her next SFR and were lucky enough to review The Ophelia Prophecy a few weeks ago. 

Aussie Bookworm: Review / guest post ("Top 5 Reasons to Give a Bug Romance a Try)

From the review:
I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes Sci-fi romance. I admit I was a bit put off by the whole bug/human type of person but don’t let this put you off, It is a great twist to the sci-fi Alien, dystopian type story.

Seeing Night Book Reviews: Review / excerpt / giveaway
Steamy Guys After Dark: Interview / giveaway

From the Seeing Night review:
I couldn’t wait to read another science fiction romance by Fisher. After Ghost Planet I knew she would create another romantic plot twisting storyline with all the thrills of science fiction. I wasn’t disappointed...

Reading Reality: Interview / giveaway
That's What I'm Talking About: Excerpt / giveaway

Great Goodreads review (Evie):
Fantastic world building, exciting plot line and lots of great chemistry between the main characters - this book was beyond entertaining! I demand more Pax!!

From a very nice review on Reading Reality:
The bits we see of Manti society are fascinating. The politics are cut-throat, and every bit as intimately deadly as The Game of Thrones. I wish we could see more!

The Literati Press: Guest post ("From Dragons to Insects: My journey to writing sci-fi romance")
USA Today HEA: Sci-Fi Encounters mention

From a great Goodreads review (Bridget):
..this sci-fi romance cranks it up with an insect DNA hero and a heroine that is one of only a handful of human survivors left after a great war. We get a romeo and juliet style love story minus the double suicide.

From a wonderful review on Not Yet Read:
"Craving a sinfully delicious romp on a futuristic Earth? Then, The Ophelia Prophecy is sure to deliver! [...] This is the second such book of Sharon Lynn Fisher’s I have read and I must say now that I was hooked with the first one and The Ophelia Prophecy has cemented my status as a fan of her work." 

And an awesome comment on same review:
*fans self* just finished this one last night :D. If this is what romantic SFF is considered, I’m game! I really just need an actual solid plot beyond the romance and was quite happy with Ophelia Prophecy’s balance when it came to that, now I need to know what happens next!

Blogger Girls: Guest post ("Confessions of a Genre Writer")

From a terrific review on Dames Unrestrained:
The description doesn't do this book justice. It's everything science fiction stories should be, and too often aren't. [...] this is one of the best books I've read lately, and I recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction, urban fantasy, or post apocalyptic stories. The Ophelia Prophecy is pricey at $9-10 for the ebook version, but well worth the cost.

And another from The Blogger Girls:
...a phenomenal novel with a mix between a post apocalyptic and sci-fi setting. With just enough suspense and deception to keep you on the edge of your seat, the chemistry between Asha and Pax will no doubt suck you in and take you for a wild ride. With a fascinating society and descriptive characters, I’m hoping there will be more to come in this world because I know I want to see what happens next!

Tor.com blog: Guest post ("Romancing the Mantis")
Dear Teen Me: I wrote a letter to my teen self (with teen photos!)
SF Signal: Blogger Heather Massey interviewed me
Poisoned Rationality: Guest post (Uncrossing the Star-crossed Lovers in THE OPHELIA PROPHECY)

From a review on Bookworm Blues today:
I have enjoyed both of Fisher’s books, and I will honestly probably read everything she puts out. Her books, so far, are the exact kind of high-quality-popcorn that I’m looking for when I need a mental vacation. I truly enjoy how she merges science fiction and fantasy into something unique and interesting, but mostly, I want more.

And the first iTunes review (5 stars):
This is another great book by a great new author! I never read books that have no reviews or ratings but I took a chance since I enjoyed Ghost Planet and I'm so glad I did! This author has a gift for creating deep, dynamic, and lovable characters and putting them into these amazing and unique worlds. Can't wait for the next book!

Books, Bones & Buffy: Guest post / giveaway ("Writing the Interspecies Couple")

From the Badass Book Reviews review:
The Ophelia Prophecy was a wonderful science fiction romance about bioengineering, inter-species politics, and of course the smexy lovin’... Sharon Lynn Fisher kept adding layer after layer of intrigue and deception onto the Sanctuary/Manti relationship.  The story was quiet, but never boring, and my only complaint is that I felt the end wrapped up too quickly.  I would love to learn more about Asha and Pax and the coming struggles they will face.

Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust: Guest post / giveaway ("Top 5 Reasons to Fall for a Manti")
Badass Book Reviews: Interview
Love, Laugh, and Read: Excerpt

From an Amazon 5-star review today (by a dude!)
Sharon Lynn Fisher is the queen of world building. This world is so fascinating and imaginative! The plot is also very fast paced and I never got bored or could predict what was going to happen. Another interesting thing is how incredibly believeable and real this book was even though it's a post-apocalyptic story - the writing is that good!

The Qwillery: Interview

Spacefreighters Lounge: Release day party / giveaway!
My Bookish Ways: Interview / giveaway

Stacey Brutger: Not part of the tour, but a release day review, and also the book's first Amazon reviewer:
Ultimately, it was the complex relationships between the characters that really won me over, not to mention the exotic locals were so vividly depicted that I was captivated. If you enjoy sci-fi, don’t miss this fast paced, unique book!

Team Tynga's Reviews: Guest post / giveaway ("What is biopunk?") and review