Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hey there! I know, it's another blog post, what WERE the odds?

Because I get asked this daily (often multiple times daily)...

Yes, Aliens Like Us IS coming, but...

No, Aliens Like Us still isn't ready for Prime Time, but...

I'm using the Virus Troubles to git 'er dun, so...

Fear not, Kitty & Company will be back sooner than you think...

I promise.
Things are Different This Year: Cinco de Mayo Edition

Happy Cinco de Mayo 2020. At least we get tacos. 

I hope everyone is hanging in there and remaining safe and healthy.  These are Interesting Times and while I vastly prefer to write about them rather than live them, we all have to do what must be done. That's right: We have to have tacos and fiesta like it's 1999 all over again! I have faith that all y'all can manage it with great style and grace. Extra points for truly excellent guacamole.
Looking for something, anything, that's about the Alien Series? Well, look right here...

Galactic Stew - featuring "Alien Capers" - is available for pre-order. If you want a physical copy, go to the publisher's site (Zombies Need Brains) and if you want ebook, go to the Kindle Store.

No, it's not Aliens Like Us, but it does tell you what happens during Aliens Abroad to those who are left behind in the Apatan System, and you know you want to know who did what to whom and why.
Last month, Flame Tree Press had its authors share our inspirations for our short stories in A Dying Planet. This month, it's our favorites in the apocalyptic genre. Check out what movie is my fave and why (hint: Kitty refers to it more than once throughout the Alien Series. Good ol' Planet Bob...) over at the Flame Tree Blog! Also, if you're short on reading material, you might want to pick up a copy -- it's a beautiful volume chock full of great stories by awesome authors. Want to be sure? Here's the Table of Contents!

I did a number of reviews for TG Geeks before all The Virus Troubles started. Some of them now sound sweetly nostalgic (going TO a restaurant, how exotic and old-fashioned), but some of them can help you choose what to while away the hours with. Plus there's plenty more great, fun content at the site. See? We do it all for you.

Binging My Life Away
Doom Patrol

Restaurant Reviews
The Butcher The Baker
Seed Kitchen & Bar

Movie Reviews
The Gentlemen

Random Randomness

Kissing Books featured a nice little guest blog by Alien Collective Member in Very Good Standing Jaymie Dieterle, which has some great SFR recommendations.

I share one of my most memorable meals (not memorable for the food, per se) over at Eating Authors, awesome author Lawrence M. Schoen's blog.

And there's a nice little interview with moi ovear at VoyageATL.

That's it for today but, never fear, another blog will be on the way before you know it. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, remember we're all in this together, be kind to one another, give love and support to all those who are on the front lines in any capacity, and let's be readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Some Things To Do While Sheltering In Place

Hey there, long time no see! Sheltering at home has some advantages, my getting to things being only one of them.

UPDATE: Due to The Virus Troubles, The 10th Anniversary party for Touched by an Alien, scheduled for April 10 at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Phoenix, has been postponed. (You know, just like everything else.) We'll let you know when it's back on, but until then, here's other cool things you can enjoy from the safety of your own homes...

Want Some New Humorous Science Fiction & Fantasy? Good! So do we!

The Kickstarter for the Unidentified Funny Objects 8 anthology is rolling and has a week to go to fund. So, now's a great time to check it out and make sure you get some more funny coming to you!

As an added bonus, my story will be featuring the cover model. You KNOW you want to see what I'm gonna do with that. So don't delay, go support this anthology today!

Looking for something to listen to? Look (left) here for The Legend of Belladonna Book 1: Natural Born Outlaws by moi writing as A.E. Stanton...and (right) here for Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by moi writing as G.J. Koch. (And, also, see below for something else to listen to.)

Want something new with a kickass chick who's witty and fun? Then check out the latest from my friend, Kori David: Guarding Him.

Want to read about "my inspiration" and the inspiration of some other awesome authors? Check out the blog for a new anthology, A Dying Planet, featuring my story "The Last Day on Earth" by moi writing as Anita Ensal. (And, also, see below, for one of my constant inspirations.) 

Because I care: Let Henry Cavill Read "The Witcher" To You (Okay, yes, he can play Martini.)
That's it for today but, never fear, more's on the way. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, remember we're all in this together, be kind to one another, give love and support to all those who are on the front lines in any capacity, and let's be readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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Friday, February 14, 2020

It's a Valentine's Blog! (Don't Faint)

Happy Valentine's Day and I hope the shock of an actual blog post doesn't throw off your celebratory groove!

Speaking of  a celebratory groove, I have some awesome news. Vicki K has come aboard onto Team Gini as my Communications Manager, to help ensure that you hear from me more than once in what seems like an epoch. So please give her a big Alien Collective Welcome (she's why this is actually showing up today)!

Now, read on for all the news about all the things, including the exciting news that I'm leaving the Writing Cave in the Manse to make a personal appearance soon...
Touched by an Alien turns 10!

Hard as it is to believe, the 10th anniversary of the publication of Touched by an Alien, aka The Book That Started It All, happens this April.

And I'm doing something sort of special for it...I'm heading home to party with my peeps.

I'll be at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday, April 10th, from 7pm to close, partying with the staff, the bookie wookies, and any of y'all that can join me! (There may be a LiveStream, so stay tuned if you're too far to come in person.)

Yes, we plan to have a Food With Fans event prior, so watch this space, so to speak. Can't wait to see everyone and feel the desert air again!
There's a big question it seems like all y'all have been asking me -- why has Aliens Like Us disappeared from everyone's preorders? And the follow-up question -- why isn't it yet BACK on everyone's pre-orders?

The bookie wookie is still off the schedule so that I can make it the awesome book I see in my head and have described to my editor. And that's going a little slower than we'd all like, but it IS coming and before we're into a new decade, promise. (Hopefully before we're into a new year, too.)

So, hang tough and hang tight -- Kitty and Company have not deserted you, and, despite how little you've heard from me in the past year or so, neither have I. 
BTW...these days, pre-orders matter more and more, and I want to thank EVERYONE who pre-ordered only to get weird "coming in the year 3000" and similar notices. Please do your girl a solid and either keep your pre-orders of Aliens Like Us going, re-pre-order if you canceled in despair, either now or when it's once again scheduled (and anything else from me and your other favorite authors) from your favorite bookstore or online retailer. Kitty & Company will appreciate it, and so will I, particularly since my publisher really and truly cares about this, especially for books that are, shall we say, a tad or *cough* more overdue.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, here's a little poem I share every year because it's true...

Roses are red, violets are blue, my fans are the best, and I love all of you.
Communications Manager Moment

Hello! I'm Vicki K and I've joined Team Gini as her Communications Manager, helping Gini share all the news and updates we fans love to hear. Yep, I'm a fan too, and I'm delighted to be working with my favorite living author. Team Gini Forever!

Need More Things to Keep You Occupied Until I Get
Aliens Like Us Over to DAW?

We've got you covered.
The Latest Anthologies
Featuring "Pickman's Daughter" by moi writing as J.C. Koch
Featuring "The Last Day on Earth" by moi writing as Anita Ensal, coming April 15, 2020
Featuring "Portal Pirates" by moi writing as Anita Ensal
Featuring "Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs. The Lord of Time"
Featuring "A Lawman, an Outlaw, and a Gambler Walk Into a Bar..." by moi writing as A.E. Stanton
Featuring "The Three Assassins of Lord Slaughter" by moi writing as Anita Ensal
Featuring "H.P. and Me", a Necropolis Enforcement Files prequel.
Featuring "The Vampire's Apprentice"...one of Tangent Online's 3 Star Short Stories for 2018!
So many bookie wookies, so much time to catch up on all of them while waiting for Aliens Like Us. Check out my Bookstore and Bibliography for all the things!
Audio Books
Official Selection HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival 2018
By moi writing as G.J. Koch
Because I know some of you are going to ask...we are still working to get the Alien series onto audio. As with so many things, hang tight, it'll happen (if we all clap really hard and believe a pixie can fly and all that jazz...).
That's it for today but, despite all the evidence to the contrary, more's on the way. Have great weekends, whether you're going out with a special someone, a group, or just doing your own thing with your own bad self, stay warm and dry or cool and comfy, depending on where you are in the world, and let's be readers out there! Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!


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