January 2017 Author Newsletter for Sharon Lynn Fisher
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Welcome to The Cozy Read! 

Featuring a cozy accessory, book, and giveaway

Happy 2017! Welcome to the first newsletter of the new year for sci-fi/fantasy romance author Sharon Lynn Fisher. I want to thank you so much for being a newsletter subscriber. Whether you found me after reading one of my books, signed up via a free story on Instafreebie, or joined by entering a giveaway, I'm thrilled to have you here! (And if you still can't recall who I am, you can learn more about me and my books on my website: 

Fireside Chat

This year I'm revamping my newsletter by giving it a new name and purpose. I LOVE cozy reads, and all the stuff that goes along with them—candlelight, hot tea, red wine, warm blankets, baked goods, and probably my favorite of all, a cozy fire. (My ginger tabby, Quincy, pictured above, next to my farmhouse kitchen stove, agrees.)

So what's a cozy read? Basically they're books that make you want to curl up next to the fire with a cuppa (and campfires definitely count, come summer!). For me that's books like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. Books with a little magic and/or romance, featuring settings that make my nice and toasty fireside seat a pleasing contrast. 

Each newsletter will feature a fireside chat (what you're reading right now), where I catch you up on book news, and one or more of the following: recipe, book review, product discovery, or other cozy recommendation.

I hope you enjoy! (And I LOVE feedback. Please do let me what you think.)

So for this month's news...

  • As many of you know, in 2016 I got the rights back from Tor for two of my sci-fi romances—THE OPHELIA PROPHECY and RWA RITA-nominated GHOST PLANET—and indie published them in e-book format with new covers and lower prices. Very soon (before the next newsletter), print versions of the new editions will also be available! 
  • Since the re-releases, the books have received some wonderful new reviews. Here's an excerpt from one of my favorites: 
    "I definitely think this book should be ranked in such standards as George Orwell's 1985. I know others who idolize that book will disagree. However, I feel that after some time has passed it could be 'classic' worthy." Full review here.
  • I'm halfway through the first draft of my new work-in-progress. Once I'm finished, I'll reveal the title and other details, so stay tuned! (But look forward to...a Jekyll/Hyde inspired romance set in Victorian-era Ireland. Fairies, pirates, and absinthe, oh my!) 
I didn't know it was possible to relax this hard. 

Product of the month

Not all cozy reading happens by the fire! (But if you ARE lucky enough to have a stove or fireplace in your bathroom...I don't even want to know.) My bathroom got a major overhaul last year that included installing a refinished antique clawfoot tub. After my first soak, I realized I needed accessories, big-time. So I ordered this bamboo bathtub caddy from Amazon for a Christmas present to myself. Has a stand for book or tablet, an indentation to keep your phone from slipping, and a clever slotted panel to prevent wine glass mishaps. LOVE. The width is adjustable.  

Reading recommendation: Greenglass House

Over the holiday break, I spent some time with my daughters in our local indie bookstore, Third Place Books. I mostly read on my Kindle these days, but it was fun to browse with them, and I picked up a couple things myself—SOLAR by Ian McEwan, and GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford. 

I had not read McEwan before, and the cover of this one caught my eye. SOLAR is NOT cozy. But it is interesting, and bonus points for quantum physics! I had trouble sympathizing with the protagonist, however, as he never changed and was the architect of his own downfall. Loved McEwan's writing, though.

GREENGLASS HOUSE is a New York Times bestselling middle grade level book (like Harry Potter, or at least the first few Harry Potters) that won the Edgar Award for best Juvenile Mystery. To my thinking, it is the classic cozy read. Tween Milo lives with his parents in a bizarre old hotel that is frequented by smugglers. He's looking forward to his holiday break, as the hotel is usually quiet this time of year. The snow is falling, hot chocolate warming on the stove, and he's almost finished up his homework when not one but five guests arrive. There's definitely something funny going on, and Milo and his friend Meddy invent a role-playing game to help them discover the odd guests' secrets.  
It's a great month to curl up under the covers with someone warm. If you really want to heat things up, go to bed early and read each other an adult bedtime story. This month I'm giving away three e-copies of my erotic fairy tale collection, BEFORE SHE WAKES (Penguin Random House). You're already entered to win,
just by being a fabulous subscriber. 

NOTE: Each month, I have folks who don't respond to notification
they've won a book—check your junk mail folder! 
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