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21016 BTW, here's the website with more info on the anthology, authors, story inspiration, other works, etc.:
21016 Thanks, Jo. We've linked to it on the Tales from the SFR Brigade site.
21016 So happy you enjoyed it, Jo!
21016 This anthology now has its own web site. You can read the blurbs, author info, story inspiration and more...
21016 Thanks so much for the post.
21016 mrsbookmark wrote: "Laurie wrote: "Tales from the SFR Brigade is out on a limited release. It's available in all formats on Smashwords. This is the one you've been hearing about!

A stellar collection of Science Fict..."

Yes, Mrsbookmark. Feel free! And thanks for helping spread the word--and Science Fiction Romance--to a wider audience. :)
Linnea Sinclair? (38 new)
Jun 24, 2013 06:37AM

21016 For those who loved Games of Command, Linnea Sinclair has a new Sass and Kel-Paten short story out in this new (free) anthology:
Tales From The SFR Brigade Tales From The SFR Brigade
21016 You're welcome. :)
21016 Tales from the SFR Brigade is out on a limited release. It's available in all formats on Smashwords. This is the one you've been hearing about!

A stellar collection of Science Fiction Romance short stories from some well known names--including Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, and Erica Hayes--some rising stars (Pippa Jay, Liana Brooks, Berinn Rae and Amy Laurens) and one author making her debut, Kyndra Hatch. And yes, it's FREE!

With a cosmic blend of voices, settings and tones, Tales from the SFR Brigade was create to introduce new readers to the Science Fiction Romance genre as well as delight those who are already genre fans. (Here's a hint: For those who are fans of Linnea Sinclair's Games of Command, you might want to take note. Sass and Kel-Paten are back!)

Read and enjoy!

From the blurb:

* A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.

* A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.

* A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.

* A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.

* An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.

* A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.

* A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.

* A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.
Apr 02, 2013 07:42PM

21016 Ghost Planet and In Her Name: Empire are two I can think of off the top of my head.

Happy Birthday to your doxie, Anna.
Mar 27, 2013 06:57PM

21016 Sharon Lynn Fisher's GHOST PLANET was named a finalist for the RWA RITA Awards in the Best First Book category on Tuesday. According to a discussion on Facebook, this may be the first time in five years that a SFR has been named as a RITA finalist!

Great news for our favorite genre. :)
Ghost Planet
21016 :)
21016 Here's the list of SFR Galaxy Award winning books (and a few films).

++ = Books with two awards
+++ = Books with three awards
aa = Authors with multiple award winning books

Best Alien Fertility Festival
Refugees on Urloon by Melisse Aires aa

Best Alien Hero
Alien ‘N’ Outlaw by KC Burn

Best BSG Inspired SFR
Cold Warriors by Clare Dargin

Best Channeling of Django Unchained In A Steampunk Romance
Nights of Steel by Nico Rosso

Best Depiction of Reality Entertainment in the Future
Alien Blood by Melisse Aires aa

Best Disaster Re-Write
Wreck of the Nebula Dream by Veronica Scott

Best Enemies to Lovers Story
Fortune’s Hero by Jenna Bennett

Best Excuse for a Re-read
Break Out (revised and expanded edition) by Nina Croft

Best Heavyset Hero
A Gift For Boggle by PJ Schnyder

Best How Was I To Know It Was an Alien Baby
Mothership by Martin Leicht

Best I Will Remember You Even If I Forget You
Balance of Terror by K.S. Augustin aa

Best I Wish I Had One of my Own
Stud by Cheryl Brooks

Best May-December Romance
Keir by Pippa Jay

Best Misdirection by a Shape Shifter
The Royal Scam - The Martian Alliance #1 by Gini Koch

Best New Arrival From Another Genre Award
Dragonfly by Erica Hayes

Best Non-Traditional Romance
Stellarnet Rebel by J.L. Hilton

Best On-The-Edge-of-My-Seat Premise
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher ++

Best Recursion
Kicking Ashe by Pauline Baird Jones ++

Best Repercussions of Living Off-Planet
Mako's Bounty by Diane Dooley +++

Best Sci-Fi Romance Film Discovery of 2012
Happy Accidents

Best SFR Adaptation from An Unrelated Genre Classic
Romeo and Juliet: The War by Max Work, Skan Srisuwan, Stan Lee, Terry Douglas

Best SFR Film of the Year
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blount

Best Subgenre Mash-Up
Kilts and Kraken (The Gaslight Chronicles) by Cindy Spencer Pape

Best Time-Travel Romance
The Mine by John A. Heldt

Best Use of a Historic Monument in A Future Setting
Bitter Harvest by Kim Knox

Best When a Space Pirate Is Not a Space Pirate
Mako’s Bounty by Diane Dooley +++

Best Worldbuilding in a Novel or Series
The Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh

Closest Experience to "Boldly Going"
Isolation by A. B. Gayle

Couple That Worked Hardest For Happily Ever After
Moon and Srin from Balance of Terror by KS Augustin aa

Cutest Android (also Best Use of the Winter Solstice)
How the Glitch Saved Christmas by Stacy Gail

Dale Carnegie Prize for Novel or Series Most Likely to Win Friends and Influence People
Born to Darkness (first in the Fighting Destiny SFR series) by Suzanne Brockman

First Runner-Up/Most Ambitious SFR Film of the Year
Cloud Atlas
Written by David Mitchell, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski; directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis; starring Tom Hanks, Halle Barry and others

Hottest Sizzle/Best Couple of the Year
Man O’ War Christopher Redmond and Naval Intelligence agent Louise Shaw
Skies of Fire: The Ether Chronicles by Zoe Archer

Most Eclectic Collection of Lesbian Speculative Stories
Adventuresses by Angelia Sparrow

Most Entertaining Sidekick
Kicking Ashe by Pauline Baird Jones ++

Most Fascinating Hero
Mako's Bounty by Diane Dooley +++

Most Out of This World Couples Book Cover for 2012
Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake

Most Romantic Moment
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher ++

Runner-Up/Novel Most Likely to Appeal to Hard-Core SF Fans
Synthetic Dreams by Kim Knox

Yummiest Use of Nerd Reference Overload
Geek Love by Mechele Armstrong
21016 The 2012 SFR Galaxy Awards have been announced!

The award-winning books are in multiple categories--from fun to steamy to serious--by multiple judges who selected their picks from among the SFRs published in 2012.

Check out the award winners, and why they were chosen, at the SFR Galaxy Awards website.

Also included is a history of how these awards came to be.
Jan 06, 2013 04:39PM

21016 I was going to recommend the Old Man's War series too, but then *smacks forehead* I remembered GHOST PLANET. It's all about colonizing an alien world--Ardagh I--and the impact it has on the human psyche because of the way the aliens manifest. It involves psychological and environmental factors and centers on a conflicted romance. The manuscript was a two-time Golden Heart finalist and it was rated 4-1/2 stars (highest rating) by RT Book Reviews. (Here's a hint--DON'T read the backcover blurb because it spoils a major surprise near the beginning.)

Ghost Planet
Oct 30, 2012 04:38AM

21016 At last! A major Science Fiction Romance release from a big publisher! Ghost Planet blasts off today, October 30th. You're invited to come join the celebration at Spacefreighters Lounge. Enter a comment to tell us who you'd "ghost" for a shot at a giveaway and get links to some amazing guest posts as author Sharon Lynn Fisher beams across the internet to talk about her novel.
Coming soon! (192 new)
Sep 21, 2012 08:34AM

21016 Me too, Pauline! :)
Coming soon! (192 new)
Sep 17, 2012 12:08PM

21016 This thread has been dormant for awhile, but I wanted to give you a heads up that GHOST PLANET is due to release October 30 from TOR. (We don't see SFRs coming out from the major publishers very often!) It's already getting some major buzz, including a 4.5 star rating (the highest) from RT Book Reviews this week. I heard Publishers Weekly also posted a glowing review, but haven't read it yet.

The story takes place on a newly colonized planet where the aliens manifest themselves as the "ghosts" of the colonist's dead loved ones. The story has some jaw-dropping twists, and author Sharon Lynn Fisher is a three-time Golden Heart finalist. I think it's releasing in both paperback and digital. Ghost Planet
Jun 03, 2012 10:27AM

21016 Laurie, did you actually read it already? I dunno, I seriously hate fantasy genre for some specific reasons, one of which is the need to completely suspend my disbelief. I'm a hardSF reader, where the "spectacular" and "fantastic" are actually based in cold, hard science and simply extrapolating to the "What if..." limits of believeability."

Marjorie, nope, I haven't read it yet. I added it to my Leaning Tower of TBR based on the review. From the description, it sounds like the book is more in the psi-SFR area than Fantasy Romance. Fantasy to me involves magic and spells and such, where this books explores the developed powers of the mind which is solidly SFR (IMHO). It also sounds Near Future which intrigues me.

I'll post my review once I've read it to see if it lives up to expectations.
Jun 02, 2012 12:28PM

21016 The more my friend talked about Born into Darkness, the more she hated it so I have zero interest in reading it now. Between her remarks and the mixed feelings here, I have yet to hear why I should read it.

Late to chime in here, but Marjorie, Donna S. Frelick's review of Born into Darkness "Genius at Work" convinced me to grab a copy. See what you think:

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