ECHO 8 author Sharon Lynn Fisher is gearing up to release an SFF erotica collection on July 5, 2016: BEFORE SHE WAKES: Forbidden Fairy Tales (Penguin Random House Loveswept). The collection is a mix of SFR, PNR, and fantasy erotic romance.
The author kindly provided me with an exclusive story breakdown so you could learn more about it!
First, a quickie categorization that teases out elements of interest:
- “The Dragonfly Prince” is set in the same world as THE OPHELIA PROPHECY.
- “Raven Takes a Pearl” and “The Kelpie’s Prize” are both steampunk stories.
- “The Garden Rules” has a nanobot-based recreational drug.
- “Willa and the Wisp” is post-apocalyptic.
Here are the blurbs for each story:
You’ve never read bedtime stories like these. RITA Award finalist Sharon Lynn Fisher blends fantasy, science fiction, and dark romance in these bold tales of seduction and sensual awakening. . . .
THE DRAGONMAID’S SECRET
On the king’s orders, a mercenary has come to ransack the village of Roussillon. But when he confronts the town’s defender, the dragonmaid Isabeau, he is seized by the call to mate—for this rogue is, in fact, a dragon-shifter.
RAVEN TAKES A PEARL
Pearl is a captive of Master Raven—part man, part crow, part machine. And as she submits to the curious probing of the dark-winged inventor, Pearl discovers that her body contains mysteries even she never dreamed it possessed.
THE GARDEN RULES
After swallowing an acorn sweetmeat, Sylva is transported to a fantastical forest and begins training as a nymph at the behest of her faun master. But before she earns the right to please him, she must complete three tantalizing trials.
THE KELPIE’S PRIZE
Dragged beneath a fairy pool by a mechanical horse, Vivi finds herself held by an alchemist claiming to be Merlin himself. Now, to escape an ancient curse, she must play the wanton seductress—and pray he releases her in more ways than one.
WILLA AND THE WISP
In the bayou that covers the long-ago flooded city of New Orleans, Willa uses light to keep her safe from the creepers. She never expected that light to take the form of a brightly glowing man—a lover who ignites a flame that just may thaw her frigid grip on self reliance.
THE DRAGONFLY PRINCE
In post-apocalyptic Ireland, a virgin gives her hand in marriage to broker peace with a genetically modified race. But when a human rival challenges the dark prince’s claim, the bride chooses the field of contest: her own body.
BEFORE SHE WAKES is available for pre-order. Visit the author’s site for more details.
And there’s more! To help you visualize the characters and settings, Sharon Lynn Fisher compiled a Pinterest board with many lovely images. Enjoy!