Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ECHO 8 reboots with new cover and 99-cent deal

It's a bittersweet moment in my publishing career, for sure. ECHO 8, my third book published by Tor, is available as an indie title for the first time today. That means all of the rights for my first three sci-fi romances have now reverted back to me. Which is a great thing, because I can lower the price and experiment with promotions and Kindle-exclusive benefits. But I do miss my Tor people, and I'll always be grateful to my editor for giving me my first break.

If you haven't read the book, it's a great time to pick it up, as it's temporarily available for 99 cents—its lowest price ever—and has a beautiful new cover by Danielle Fine. RT Book Reviews has been kind to all of my SFRs, and of this one they said:

With her crisp storytelling, Fisher hooks readers from the very first page. Echo 8 boasts a well-crafted, intricate and innovative plot, and Fisher effectively immerses readers in the psi world that Tess inhabits. For her part, Tess is strong and sympathetic, and her passionate connection with Ross is appealing and romantic.

The book won 1st place in the RWA FF&P chapter's On the Far Side Contest, and 2nd place in their Prism contest. I'll include the blurb at the bottom of the post if you're interested in learning more about the story.

ECHO 8 is actually the second book I wrote, and it was the favorite of many of my beta readers. (Spacefreighters founder Laurie Green even named one of her race horse babies after it!) It got the least attention of my three books, I suspect because it launched right when the book market exploded, and I have to admit it bruised my heart a little. Of all my heroines, I think I identified with Seattle parapsychologist Tess Caufield the most. I am very pleased to be able to repackage it and make it more affordable, which will hopefully help it to reach a wider audience.

As for current authorly pursuits, I'm trying to get my head around promo, and I'm writing my fifth book. (My fourth was BEFORE SHE WAKES, an erotic fairy tale collection for Penguin Random House. It includes post-apocalyptic, steampunk, and fantasy tales.) My agency and I haven't decided yet whether to go traditional or indie with the WIP. I'm flexible about that decision, as I think it's good to keep your offerings diverse. The new book is an alternate-history fantasy romance with steampunk elements (and pirates!). It's set in Ireland.

In the world of author promo, I've found a way to actually have fun writing an author newsletter. (What?!?!?) My agency suggested I pick a theme and make it sort of like a magazine, so that's what I did. The newsletter that came out today is all about the launch, but in months I don't have big news to share, I send out The Cozy Read. It includes recommendations for reading as well as for relaxing and cozifying your space. These days I think we can all use more of that! You can see the first issue here.

Quincy knows how to chillax. 
I've also recently gotten into Instagram (@sharonlynnfisherauthor). Yeah, I need another social media distraction like I need a hole in the head. But I enjoy taking photos around our farm, and it's also supposed to be a good medium for book promo, though those posts are a bit more time consuming. Here's a post I created for the ECHO 8 reboot, using Canva design tools (free):

I think that about catches you up! I don't blog often simply because I struggle to find the time, with writing, promo, taking care of a house that's twice the size we need, scooping up chicken poop...

Does this look like a butt that poops? Trust me, it does. 

...and taking riding lessons so I know something about taking care of the horse we just bought our two girls...

Lulu Lemon. We didn't name her, but we love our Lulu.

How all of this happened to this city girl I'm not exactly sure.

I hope you will excuse the rambling post, and if you're interested in hearing more about ECHO 8, here's the blurb:

Three lives. Two worlds. One chance to save them all.

As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that's been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what's to come.

After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. But when he drains life energy from Tess, almost killing her, it causes a ripple effect across two worldsand creates a bond neither of them expected.

Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. His assignment is not randomhe and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it's already too latehe'll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.

The book will be available in paper format soon. I'll gift up to three digital copies of the book to randomly selected commenters! (Fine print: Kindle only at this time)


  1. I thought the original Echo 8 cover was very nice. So I really like how this new cover respects that original design. The new cover is great Sharon!

  2. Glad you like it, Riley! I loved the first cover as well. In the new version, the characters are closer to my imagining, and I love that Danielle managed to include the Kalakala.

  3. Thanks for catching us up on all your news, Sharon! Exciting stuff (and a little scary, too, I'm sure). Wishing you well on the indie side with ECHO 8!

    1. Thank you, Donna! I do enjoy having creative control, and control over pricing, for sure.

  4. Best of luck! (Don't enter me into the contest, I don't want to take one of a potential new reader!)
    Ah, chicken poop - what joy! Great for the garden, but my matriarch has taken to coming into the house, doing her business on my floor and leaving again when I let them wander free. Guess she's expressing her opinion of me keeping them cooped up all winter!

    1. That should have been 'off' a new reader. Sigh. Typos!!

    2. Oh no! It's bad enough on the porch! We haven't gotten the hang of manure yet. You have to mix with other stuff and we throw in used straw, but it seems too poopy. I think we need to educate ourselves a bit more. :)

    3. We mix it with sawdust used for their bedding, grass cuttings, garden clipping, newspaper, and vegetable waste from the kitchen.


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