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Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Sharon Lynn Fisher

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Hello Readers! Today I bring you science fiction/romance writer, Sharon Lynn Fisher. Sharon is the author of GHOST PLANET, recently published by Tor Books on Oct. 30, 2012. The book — a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist — is a sci-fi/romance blend that offers a “fresh and fascinating take on the human-alien problem” (says author Linnea Sinclair). 
Sharon lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is hard at work on her next novel and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. You can visit her online at SharonLynnFisher.com.
Sharon is here today to share a little about Ghost Planet. Keep reading to learn more about Ghost Planet and enter to win a copy! GIVEAWAY details are below.
Please help me welcome Sharon to That’s What I’m Talking About.
Balancing Romance and Sci-Fi in GHOST PLANET
Nima’s review of GHOST PLANET (HERE) talked about how relationships always drive a story, and I’d have to agree with her about that. When I think of some of my favorite novels – A WRINKLE IN TIME, WATERSHIP DOWN, JANE EYRE, LORD OF THE RINGS – a sense of the characters’ relationships to each other are more vivid in my mind than the individual characters. 
In WRINKLE, for example, as an adolescent I was really drawn to the strong bonds among the members of the Murry family. In fact the action of the story begins when the mother and children go dimension hopping to rescue the father. 
This is especially true for romances, where the story would not work without a relationship at its core. My recently released science fiction romance GHOST PLANET is strongly driven by relationships from both the romance and sci-fi perspectives. 
In the first chapter of the book, the heroine (Elizabeth) discovers she’s bound to the charming and sexy Irishman (Murphy) who was to be her supervisor. They are virtual strangers, and moreover he is required by a protocol he created to ignore her, so her top priority is to detach from him. 
By degrees it becomes clear this is not going to be as easy as she’d hoped. And it may not be in her best interests, or the planet’s. 
Elizabeth’s desperation to detach, and Murphy’s growing intellectual and romantic attachment to her, drive them to work together to understand the mysterious nature of her existence. It’s only then that they make real progress in unlocking the planet’s secrets (violently rocking the status quo in the process). 
So GHOST PLANET is really driven by relationships on three levels – the professional relationship and romance between Elizabeth and Murphy, the overall state of ghost/colonist relationships on the planet, and how the symbiotic connections between these pairs impacts the planet itself — ecology, climate, and even geological stability.
In that way GHOST PLANET became exactly the book I’d always wanted to write: One half romance, one half wonder, mystery, and adventure. And that’s exactly what draws me to science fiction romance – the opportunity to explore relationship dynamics against the backdrop of a speculative setting. 
Romance has the idea of a soul mate. In GHOST PLANET, science fiction allowed me to take that concept one step further. 
What are some of your favorite relationship-driven stories?
Thank you, Sharon for stopping by. It was a pleasure to chat with you! Keep reading for GIVEAWAY details!
You can find Sharon on line at 
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More on Ghost Planet (October 30, 2012):
When psychologist Elizabeth Cole arrives on a recently colonized planet to start a new job, she doesn’t expect to find her supervisor, Murphy, so incredibly attractive. She doesn’t expect to see alien beings, native to the planet, materializing as ghosts and following the “colonist” humans around. Most of all, she doesn’t expect to learn that Elizabeth Cole in fact died in a crash en route to this planet, and that she herself a reincarnated ghost-alien, connected symbiotically to Murphy—who, bound by the “Ghost Protocol” that he himself created, is not allowed to interact with or acknowledge Elizabeth in any way.
Confused, alone, and discounted as less than human, Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence and fight the blatant discrimination of the Ghost Protocol. But as she draws closer to the truth, she begins to realize that she is only a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet. Oppressed by her ghost status and tantalized by forbidden love, Elizabeth may just be the one to upset the planetary balance….
GIVEAWAY Thank you, Sharon, for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About.  Sharon and Tor Books are graciously giving away three (3) copies of Ghost Planet. To be entered, please use the RAFFLECOPTER form below. As part of your entry, please leave a comment answering Sharon’s question: What are some of your favorite relationship-driven stories? You do not need to be a google friends connect follower of my blog, but it is always appreciated. Contest is open from November 8, 2012 until Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM EST. Contest is restricted to US and Canadian mailing addresses only. Three (3) winners will be selected from eligible entries. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail. If you have problems with the RAFFLECOPTER form, please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com.

 

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12197438610372707924 sherry fundin

    there are so many, i couldnt pick just one. thanks for the giveaway.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10168643893116024341 Jules

    Of course there is the BDB series and Singh’s changling series which both are about the relationships of growing communities as well as personal ones highlighted in each book. There are so many!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17869315732973378180 bookbunny68

    I love reading about relationships with a vulnerable male character. This one is on my Goodreads list to get ASAP!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11886205665048406062 Sharon Lynn Fisher

    Jules – BDB and Singh’s series are two on my TBR. I know, for shame!!! Seems like I never have time to read anymore. But both these series have been highly recommended by friends. So thanks for reminding me!

    Sherry – Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11886205665048406062 Sharon Lynn Fisher

    BB – Thank you! I love a vulnerable hero as well. As a matter of fact I delight in exposing vulnerabilities when I write male characters. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18418466400809940220 Caroline

    Pushing The Limits, Callum and Harper (it’s cheesy but it’s good), Beautiful Disaster, The Statistical Probability of Love at Fist Sight, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10910709966587153292 Megan

    A few recent reads that I’ve read come to mind… The Sea of Tranquility and Callum & Harper in particular. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Meg

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16392692656456938856 Maureen

    Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series is a favorite which is about relationships.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08827256707951314332 Becki Wyer

    I love Cherise Sinclair’s “Shadowlands” series and Kallypso Masters’ “Rescue Me” series.
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11886205665048406062 Sharon Lynn Fisher

    Not one but two votes for Callum and Harper. And Sea of Tranquility has come up a few times recently. More for the TBR! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07162185669406984912 justpeachy36

    I like Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series and Lori Wilde’s Twilight Texas series. Both are very relationship driven and are good contemporary romance reading.

  • http://vampbard.livejournal.com/ vampbard

    I’m going to be edgy and mention Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series as being one of my favorite relationship books. All about trust. I do, however, also love Singh’s Psy/Changelisaw ngs and Ward’s BDB. Adrian’s Midnight Breed are also favorites :-)

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