10.29.2012

GHOST PLANET HAS LAUNCHED!

  • Join the party on my co-blog, Spacefreighters Lounge, with authors Laurie A. Green, Donna S. Frelick, and Pippa Jay. 
  • Drop by the Facebook online launch party for a glass of virtual champagne. Or if you don't like the virtual kind (I sure don't), BYOB, I won't tell! 
  • Author interview by Heather at The Galaxy Express -- Why I mixed sci-fi and romance, getting to know my characters, and the most challenging and fun parts of writing the novel.
  • Guest post at SF Signal: The GHOST PLANET / SOLARIS Connection -- In which I discuss how the sci-fi classic inspired me, and how the two stories differ. 
  • Author interview at Castles & Guns -- Three things everyone should know about me, advice to aspiring authors, and thoughts on worldbuilding.

Wonderful day-before-release review from Tea & Text

One more day, folks! Or a matter of hours, really, if you want to get technical. In celebration of the day before, a lovely review from Tea & Text. This is another one with a very nice synopsis of the story that shows how much the reviewer was paying attention! Below are some of the reviewer's thoughts . . .

A beautiful tribute to my heroine:

I loved the character of Elizabeth! She's extremely intelligent, strong willed and confident. She readily adapts to her situation, and my favorite parts were how she found an endless amount of loopholes in the Ghost Protocol to get what she needed, I couldn't help but smile at her ingenuity. She's constantly curious and asks a million questions; which is a refreshing change from characters that just go along with it until something is revealed. Elizabeth actively searches for the answers and has a healthy sense of skepticism when presented with something that seems too good to be true. Fisher crafted a main character that was complex and had a history. Over the course of the story her past clashes with her present as it goes tumbling into her future, and the reader gets to see how she grows and evolves. 

And her take on the sci-fi elements:

Fisher takes elements from Biology and Psychology and manages to blend them into this plot with aliens and romance perfectly. There are some terms (especially biology ones) that are used; but fear not, they're expertly explained. Fisher has this amazing knack for showing the reader each possible perspective, and it definitely made me question the ethical implications of what they're doing on this planet. The landscape of this story was constantly changing and evolving as things were revealed. It kept an excellent pace and I never found myself guessing what would happen next - not that I could. 

10.27.2012

GHOST PLANET launch events - Oct. 30 - with book giveaways!

{oh so lovely pink champagne}
Launch is only a few days away! There are a number of online events happening on the big day, ALL with book giveaways.

OCTOBER 30, 2012 
  • Join the party on my co-blog, Spacefreighters Lounge, with authors Laurie A. Green, Donna S. Frelick, and Pippa Jay. 
  • Drop by the Facebook online launch party for a glass of virtual champagne. Or if you don't like the virtual kind (I sure don't), BYOB, I won't tell! 
  • Author interview by Heather at The Galaxy Express -- Why I mixed sci-fi and romance, getting to know my characters, and the most challenging and fun parts of writing the novel.
  • Guest post at SF Signal: The GHOST PLANET / SOLARIS Connection -- In which I discuss how the sci-fi classic inspired me, and how the two stories differ. 
  • Author interview at Castles & Guns -- Three things everyone should know about me, advice to aspiring authors, and thoughts on worldbuilding.

10.25.2012

Release day Goodreads giveaway!

Time to give away another book! This one runs from Oct. 26 until release day, Oct. 30!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ghost Planet by Sharon  Fisher

Ghost Planet

by Sharon Fisher

Giveaway ends October 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The review fairy visits again, and a blog tour stop . . .

The blog tour stops at Short & Sweet Reviews today (read the interview)! My favorite question:

Tell us three interesting things about yourself that can’t be found in your biography section.

And the review fairy left something wonderful under my pillow last night. You can read the full review at Books, Bones & Buffy. Tammy's explanation of the setup for the story is really nice, and I think will help readers who aren't sure whether this book is for them. Here are some of my favorite bits!

I absolutely loved Elizabeth and Murphy. Their growing relationship, despite the ghost protocol, was so well done, and Fisher has a splendid talent for dialog. The banter between the two is playful, sweet and sexy . . . Elizabeth is just the kind of heroine I love: strong, curious and extremely intelligent.
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. . . this book is filled with so many strange and wondrous ideas that will charm everyone who loves good science fiction. 
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Ghost Planet has everything: romance, action, danger and betrayal, and laced in among the entertaining and fast-moving plot are some puzzling questions about the nature of relationships and how human interaction can possibly save a planet. This is also a cautionary tale about the destruction of our environment and what might happen if we don’t work together. Despite the sometimes grim warnings, by the end of the book I felt something that I wish more books made me feel: hopeful.

There was also a nice little review over at Alternative Worlds this week . . .

Ghost Planet is a great romantic science fiction with a strong premise that Sharon Lynn Fisher executes perfectly. Elizabeth is a super protagonist even though we (and she) know she died by chapter 2 . . . Character driven, readers will appreciate this engaging tale.

10.24.2012

Guest post and giveaway: Book Chick City

Are the ghosts in GHOST PLANET really ghosts? I had some fun with this question today over on Book Chick City!

They're giving away copies to 3 readers who answer the question:

If you could have a ghost follow you around, who would you choose? Or, if you could be a ghost and follow someone around, who would you choose? 

(More info about GHOST PLANET here.)

10.22.2012

Geek Speak Magazine Review of GHOST PLANET

I bet you didn't think I'd spotlight a meh review. Well here I go. This one had me laughing out loud and I couldn't resist. I LOVE this line:

Alas, there’s nothing like turning into a parasitic alien ghost to lay waste to a woman’s romantic prospects.

This is also very kind:

It has a great premise, a fascinating mystery, and a compelling romance at its center. (Fisher is a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, and it’s easy to see why.) 

Now for the meh. Some people like their peanut butter and chocolate mixed and some people don't. This reviewer was looking for more of a pure sci fi novel, and felt that the focus on the romance detracted from the story's potential. She also felt too many questions were left unanswered.

Both were conscious choices I made, and I did realize it would nettle some folks. The glowing reviews have been fabulous, but I honestly do enjoy reading all of the reviewers' opinions, including those reviews that . . . well . . . don't glow.

You can read the full review here. And for more insights into the choices I made about the story, check out my guest post on SF Signal coming on release day: Oct 30!

GHOST PLANET blog tour check-in

Some fun stuff for this week!

First, head on over to The Qwillery to vote in the Debut Author cover challenge for this month. No login required!

Second, Heroes & Heartbreakers featured GHOST PLANET in their First Look series. Very nice piece written by author and blogger Heather Massey. Here's an excerpt:

This book is a big deal because mainstream science fiction romances are few and far between, and sometimes they’re released from SF publishers rather than romance ones. So I was eager to discover how Ms. Fisher tackled the blend of science fiction and romance in this story.

And whoa, she sure nailed it! 

What makes Ghost Planet really special is its high concept premise . . .

And finally, stop 2 on the blog tour is coming up on Wednesday at Book Chick City, where I'm guest posting as part of their All Hallows Eve event. There's another guest post the following day at Short & Sweet Reviews.

10.14.2012

Awesome, thought-provoking review

A few excerpts from the review on Buterfly-o-Meter Books:

This is one of the most ingenious approaches to romance I've read this year. The first half of it was a clear 5 butterflies, with cherries and parfaits on top, and everything else that's yummy and dreamy and just straight up amazing. This first part made me think Solaris a lot, with an Irish version of a George Clooney and all that amazing space feeling, the deep vibe of everything . . . put me in exactly that state of mind, it was that sort of creative, spiritually thrilling take on space where the final frontier is ultimately yourself. Just freaking magnificent!
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So, from the thrill point of view, the first part of the story was, simply put, epic. But then the ongoing romance (as opposed to imminent in the first) kicked in stronger in the second part, as the thrill went down the feeling went up, so to speak. It was a very cool mix and it had an interesting impact on me as a reader.
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. . . some very romantic scenes that I just got all goofy and excited over. Both Elizabeth and Murphy were funny and charismatic, I got very emotionally in tune with Elizabeth and I empathized with her.
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I loved the writing and the world building, they were simply put, amazing. I was just so pulled into this world, I felt it all around me as I read, it made crystal clear sense and it fascinated me. 
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I'll be on the lookout for more from this author, I completely love the way her mind works.

10.12.2012

Goodreads roundup for Oct. 12

More great reviews! Really enjoying seeing people's different takes on everything.

Excerpts from this full review*:

. . . I was drawn into the story and flew through the pages without looking back. I had to know more about Murphy. I had to know more about Elizabeth. I had to know what the hell was going to happen next!
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Murphy, oh where do I start with Murphy? First of all, he’s Irish. What else can I tell you about him? He’s sweet, kind, he doesn’t play games, what you see is what you get (and who wouldn’t want him!) and he’s a freaking awesome cook! The relationship between the two of them was just so cute and refreshing that everytime they had a playful battle of words psychologist-style, I was grinning from ear to ear.
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The world building was just beautiful and haunting at the same time. New strands of theories were woven in flawlessly
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It is charmingly gorgeous and glorious with a bit of steam here and there. I would give this book....***4.5 Stars - This book is really good, a definite re-reader.***

*If you're not on Goodreads you can also read this one here.

And here's a short bit a pre-review from someone planning to write a longer one:

It was definitely a surprising gem of a book and I will definitely be checking out Sharon Fisher in the future because Ghost Planet was refreshing, unique and full of depth and I highly recommended!

10.06.2012

Review report for Oct. 6

The Ghost Planet blog tour is officially underway, and reviews are starting to come in as well. You can read about the earliest ones from RT Book Reviews and Publishers Weekly here.

Today I read a lengthy and thoughtful review by My Good Bookshelf, one of the NetGalley ARC recipients. Here's a paragraph I especially enjoyed:

I have to say that the author has a really evocative writing style which drew me into the book immediately. Some of her descriptions of the planet were utterly beautiful and as a reader I could envisage what Elizabeth was seeing very clearly. They were vivid but not too over the top and I felt really drawn into the world and what was occurring- especially with details about the climate and the habitation. The small details about communication and food worked very well and even some of the biological facets that she created were quite approachable and I never found myself confused- which is often the case with me and science generally! Her world-building was definitely top-notch as far as I am concerned. 

Read full review

10.01.2012

GHOST PLANET Blog Tour has officially launched!

The GHOST PLANET blog tour kicks off today with an interview by The Qwillery, which asked me about writing quirks and challenges, inspiration for the novel, and future projects. Plus they made me write a tweet-length description of my story, which was just plain cruel if you ask me.

Drop by and comment if you can!

GHOST PLANET is also featured in their Debut Author Challenge for this month (details here), and I'll have a guest post there in November. Thank you, Qwillery!