Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Different Kind of News & Other Things

Hey there!

First off, I'm trying something new to save time -- yes, it's the old copy/paste ploy. I'm not really sure how it's going to translate to the Blog from the Hook Me Up! newsletter, but if it's not heinous, wow, does it save me a ton of time. So, if you love it or hate it (or don't care either way LOL), I'd appreciate you letting me know in comments so I know whether this is good for all y'all or not.

Now...I have some news. News that is not the normal news that I normally share. Some of you are going to hate this news, some are going to love this news, some are not going to care about this news. (What a build up, huh?)


Due to the fact that the hubs works, as I used to, for Corporate America, and due to the fact that this means that Corporate America has a lot of control over our lives, it seems that though we are both lifelong and happy Southwesterners, we're about to discover what it's like to be...Southeasterners.

We are being moved to Atlanta, GA. When we're going is somewhat up in the air, but by the start of January the hubs will be walking into an office in Atlanta that is not in our home (for the first time in over 15 years) and we will be fully moved by first quarter 2018, if not before.

So, what does this mean? 

Well, not too much for 2017, at least for all y'all. Deacon's Ark releases next week, The Deacon of Desert Springs is coming in the next month or two, the audiobook of The Legend of Belladonna Part 1: Natural Born Outlaws will be out by, they tell me, the end of summer, Aliens Abroad will be coming out in December, and all the anthologies I'm in are headed for publication in the next few months as well, plus hopefully more things as I can get them done. (We will NOT discuss my current track record for the whereabouts of Night Music or the next installment of the Martian Alliance, no we will not. They're coming. I swear. Just as Alexander Outland: Space Avenger is. Soon, they will be here. Cross my heart and hope to write like the wind.)

But the move means that 2018 will only see one Alien Series release -- Book 17, Aliens Like Us -- and it's likely coming out in August 2018. I plan to have my short story collection, The Alien Collection -- which will have all the Alien Series shorts that are in print, out of print, and not yet printed in it -- release in May 2018. (Yes, I said it was coming this year. I've chosen to ensure that there's a May Alien release of SOME kind in 2018, plus I really need to take the time to, you know, move.) And I plan to have other releases coming out during the rest of this year and next year as well.

For those of you who saw me all the time in the Southwest, or who have planned to see me but just haven't gotten around to it yet, your last easy chances for the foreseeable future are Westercon, San Diego Comic-Con, the High Desert Book Fair (and related signing events in Victorville, CA), and my December book tour (still being set up, but it will be the usual suspects and probably nothing extra).

For those of you who live in the Southeast, or within a reasonable distance from Atlanta, when I get my bearings, I do plan on being active in that region as I was in the one I've called home for all of my life, and I'm looking forward to all the new experiences and, hopefully, getting to see a lot of you in person for the very first time. (If it's a second time or more, I can't wait to see you again and now it will be easier!)

And, you know, for those of you who are too far away, um, well, you're probably still too far away. But, hey, hope likes to spring eternal, right? So, start looking at things like DragonCon (yes, I am hoping to be there in 2018) and other Atlanta-adjacent things.

But, speaking of seeing the me...

 
CHECK OUT ALL THE WAYS TO SEE THE ME
THIS SUMMER!

July 1-4
I'm the Local Author Guest of Honor at
Westercon70
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Tempe, AZ
If you can only make it to one con this year, make this the one!

Find me at my tables in the Dealers Room and all over the con!

Click HERE for my Panel Schedule

AND DON'T MISS THE LAST EVENING EROTICA EVENT OF THE YEAR!




Haven't been to an Evening Erotica event and aren't sure what you're missing? Then check out The Two Gay Geeks' podcast from the event at Phoenix Comicon! Trust me, it's even funnier and more fun in person, and if you're there, you get to be the one winning the prizes!


July 19-23
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Full Schedule to Come 

 

Don't miss seeing me this Summer - 
make your plans today!


Fall and Winter Dates are coming, so stay tuned!
 
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Need Things to Keep You Occupied Until
Aliens Abroad Releases?

 
We've got you covered.
Deacon's Ark, Book 2 of the New West
(by moi writing as A.E. Stanton)
is available for pre-order right now
from Amazon or Smashwords.
It goes on sale everywhere June 27
(and yes, you can get it from me directly at Westercon).

Head over to the Premieres page to
check out the cover! And don't forget to pre-order!
Speaking of The New West series, have you gotten Book 1, When Josie Comes Home (by moi writing as A.E. Stanton) yet? If not, why not? Head over to AmazonB&N.comSmashwords, orCreateSpace to order. Mysterious Galaxy has signed copies, and The Poisoned Pen can get personalized copies to you, too! And you can always get copies directly from me at Westercon, too!
Check out the Q&A I did over at Unbound Worlds about Alien Education and a whole lot more, and read about the biggest WTH moment (so far) of my book signing career!

Then, did you miss out on the Livestream event for Alien Education's book signing at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore? While I can't say that it had the same "zip" as the event described in the interview, it was still pretty darned fun. So, rectify and check it out!
Don't forget, the mass market re-release of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate (by moi writing as G.J. Koch) is available NOW, so get your copy from your favorite bookstore (Mysterious Galaxy and Barnes & Noble Victorville both have signed copies available, and you can get personalized copies via MG or The Poisoned Pen as well) or online retailer (such as Amazon or B&N.com). And you can always get copies directly from me at Westercon, too!
And now for some science!

Per SyFy Wire, a pair of black holes sent ripples of time to Earth. I think we all know that probably indicated when Algar came to town, so to speak.

Then, per HuffPost, an Aerospace executive is convinced that aliens are living on Earth. I think he's about to lose his security clearance and spend some time hanging out in the Dulce Science Center chatting with Christopher and Chuckie about why being a blabbermouth is a bad idea.

Per Yahoo News, cold spot discoveries could mean there are parallel universes out there. Which Kitty finds hilarious and all y'all already know about, but it's nice to see everyone else catching up.

And last but not least, per AIRS, NASA has discovered that we've created an artificial barrier around the Earth that protects it. ACE says hi and that ACE might be ready for ACE's closeup, but that ACE would prefer that Kitty do all the real talking.
And now, a little more about the whole moving thing.

The hubs and I grew up in Southern California, and we loved it. All our friends and family were there and we never planned to live anywhere else. But then I got that job with Corporate America and the first thing they said was, "You're moving to Phoenix."

So we did. We moved to Phoenix 22 years ago, and though I was leaving the home I loved with all my heart, I was excited, because Phoenix was also a place I loved. I had no idea that it would, essentially, give me my second career and show me the way to my "one thing" that I would do no matter what, which is writing. We made friends that became family, found our tribe, got a home we love, and created a new life in the Valley of the Sun. I love everything about Phoenix and Arizona, including the heat. (And yes, that's being tested this week. LOL) 

But now we're going to leave that. And, just as we did when we left Los Angeles, we're looking at Atlanta in the same way as we did with Phoenix -- we have no idea what this city will bring to us, but we know that wherever we go, we will find new friends, new family, and a new home we'll love. We're choosing to live by the Girl Scout Motto -- make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, and the other gold.

So, soon I'll be saying "goodbye my love" to Hell's Orientation Area and "hel-looo sailor!" to Hotlanta. I won't say that it's not bittersweet to do this, but I also won't say that it's not a cool adventure awaiting us. And, after all, cool adventures are my business.

Well, that's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. Enjoy the rest of your weeks, stay as cool as you can, and regardless of where you are, 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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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

See The Me This Week...And Then Some!

Happy Hump Day!

Another short (well, relatively for me), sweet one today, all about where you can see me this coming week, as well as a listing of other dates, many new, where you can see me as well over the coming weeks and months!

So, get ready to mark some calendars -- we gotta lotta lotta going on!

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00-8:00pm
Elevengeddon
FREE EVENT!
Come see me and a plethora of other awesome authors! Bring books to get signed or buy books there, it's all good!
Hilton Scottsdale Resort
6333 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

May 25-28
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ
Booth 1799 -- NOTE the new number and location, now we're right across from Changing Hands Bookstore on the back wall! I'll be here as long as the exhibit hall is open, barring being on panels, so come see the me up close and in person!
Panel Schedule:
Thursday, May 25
3:00-4:00pm, Keeping it Funny, Room North 126C
Saturday, May 27
10:30-11:30 am, Arizona Author Spotlight, Room North 126C
3:00-4:00pm, Sex and Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal, Room North 126C
7:00-10:00 pm, Evening Erotica with Gini Koch (18+), Room North 126AB
Sunday, May 28
10:30-11:30am, Paranormal Fun, Room North 126C
Evening Erotica Event Saturday, May 27, 7:00-10:00pm, Room North 126AB
No matter what else you do at Phoenix Comicon, do NOT miss this event! Make your plans to attend NOW! We'll have tons of cool prizes and some cool surprise guests!


Thursday, June 8, 7:00-8:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

Signing Alien Education, the mass market re-release of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, and When Josie Comes Home

Saturday, June 10, 1:00-7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Victorville
The Mall of Victor Valley
14400 Bear Valley Road, Suite 107
Victorville, CA 92392
760-245-3370

Signing Alien Education, the mass market re-release of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, and When Josie Comes Home

July 1-4
I'm the Local Author Guest of Honor at
Westercon70
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Tempe, AZ
If you can only make it to one con this year, make this the one!
Booth # To Come
Panel Schedule To Come
Evening Erotica Event - Day/Time To Come (see what I did there?), but make your plans to attend NOW! We'll have tons of cool prizes and some cool surprise guests!

July 19-23
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Full Schedule to Come

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. Enjoy the rest of your weeks, looking forward to seeing many of you over the next several days, weeks, and months, 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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(A)Broadly Revealing

Happy Hump Day!

I'm just heading home from book tour for Alien Education, but there's so much going on that I have to catch all y'all up on at least a bit of it. But what a bit it is!

First off, I can't wait for you guys to feast your eyes on the wonder that is the Aliens Abroad cover reveal! Race right on over to the Premieres page and gaze lovingly upon it, then please remember that pre-orders are kind of vital these days, so please get those in early and often.

And speaking of pre-orders and covers and all that jazz... It's time for another cover reveal! And another chance to pre-order! (Hey, you can't blame a girl for trying.)

Just feast your eyes on the beauty that is the cover for the re-issue and first time ever available in print version of the first book of my New West series, When Josie Comes Home.

When Josie Comes Home is available for pre-order via Amazon or Smashwords. It'll be available in print and from all other e-outlets on May 23. (And yes, I'll have copies with me at Phoenix Comicon and Westercon 70.)

And, last but in no way least, another chance to pre-order!

This is your friendly reminder that the mass market re-release of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate is flying everyone's way on June 6th. As with everything, including re-releases, pre-orders matter, so please do your girl a solid and go wild with those puppies!

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. So peace out, my li'l gangstas, and let's be cover viewing readers out there!

Love, Gini

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seeing the Me...and a Whole Lot More!

Happy Tuesday!

Hope everyone had a sweet Easter, a wonderful Passover, and are enjoying a lovely spring!

Speaking of spring, Alien Education's not all that far away. In fact, just about, um, a week away! And you know what that means? Yep, it means I'm about to be out and about, and hopefully seeing many of you while doing so! So, be sure to take a look at where I'll be when, so that I can see all y'all there!

April 27-30
StokerCon
The Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA


Tuesday, May 2, 7pm-8pm
Alien Education Release Day Signing
The Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
(Yes, there will be cake!)

Simultaneous LiveStream event for those who can't attend in person! (Complete with virtual cake!)

NOTE: Food With Fans event at 5pm PRIOR to the signing; RSVP to moi directly ASAP if you plan to attend - reservations will be needed!

Saturday, May 6, 2pm-6pm
Signing Alien Education with the Amazing Wyked Writers
Barnes & Noble Henderson
Henderson, NV

NOTE: Food With Fans event immediately after the signing

Saturday, May 13, 10am-7pm
Mysterious Galaxy Birthday Bash
SciFi Spotlight: 2pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
San Diego, CA
(Yes, there will be cake!)

NOTE: Food With Fans event immediately after the signing

May 25-28
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Booth 1167/1169 - right at the Hall 5 entrance!
Panel Schedule To Come
Evening Erotica Event - Day/Time To Come (see what I did there?), but make your plans to attend NOW! We'll have tons of cool prizes and some cool surprise guests!

July 1-4
I'm the Local Author Guest of Honor at
Westercon70
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Tempe, AZ
If you can only make it to one con this year, make this the one!

Booth # To Come
Panel Schedule To Come
Evening Erotica Event - Day/Time To Come (see what I did there?), but make your plans to attend NOW! We'll have tons of cool prizes and some cool surprise guests!

July 19-23
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Full Schedule to Come

Next up, see what Larissa's Life had to say about Alien Education! Then check out Alien Nation's Page 69 Test over at The Campaign for the American Reader.

Then, awesome author David Lee Summers interviews moi over at Lachesis Publishing. And the Mesa Independent has a cool article about one of my favorite local online booksellers, Bonny Books, and they interviewed moi for the article as well!

Question: Have you signed up for the DAW Books Newsletter yet? If not, why not? Cool info, contests, and more! Don't delay, JOIN TODAY!


We have some Members of the Alien Collective in Very Good Standing who are in need. If you're able to help out, please do so. Joanne Marie de Biasi is in need of a great deal of medical and other assistance. Check out her Go Fund Me page to see if you can help. And Duncan's Books and More (another of my favorite local online booksellers) is looking for help in successfully expanding their online bookstore business. Check out their Go Fund Me page to see if you can help.



Guess what's coming in June? That's right, it's the Mass Market re-release of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate! Pre-order your copies today from your favorite bookstore or online retailer and help ensure we get more of Nap and the Crew of the Sixty-Nine!

Are you in Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Albuquerque? Do you want to win stuff? If you said "yes" to both questions, head right over to Slice of SciFi where you can enter to win the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword prize pack and get to see the screening THIS Thursday, April 27th! So, don't delay, head over to Slice RIGHT NOW!

Phoenix Metro Area Peeps - wanna see a Mercury game with moi? Then get your tickets via the Joshua Tree Feeding Program for Friday, June 16. Click THIS link to get your tickets, hang out with me, and support Joshua Tree at the same time!

Speaking of fun times, if you're heading to the movies, check out what I thought of The Fate of the Furious over at Pop Culture Geeks!

And now for some Science! NASA says (via reporting from the Huffington Post) that one of Saturn's moons could be harboring life! Well, that doesn't surprise any of us, does it? It's a really cool article, so check it out!

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. Enjoy the rest of your weeks, looking forward to seeing many of you over the next several weeks, 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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Monday, April 3, 2017

Educational Preview

Happy Monday!

Alien Education's not all that far away. In fact, just about a month away. And you know what that means?

As my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, that means it's time for all y'all to hit the Deathless Prose page for the prologue and first chapter, that's what it means!

Enjoy the "pre-read" and, while you're at it, please remember to do the other "pre" and pre-order Alien Education (and Aliens Abroad), too, 'cause those pre-orders matter.

Know what else matters? Cool Kickstarters getting funded. It's basically the last days of disco for the Unidentified Funny Objects 6 Kickstarter. There's no book if it doesn't fund and, much to my dismay, this one's still got a ways to go to fully make it.

So please take a look, check out all the great backer rewards, and help this cool, fun, and funny anthology see the light of day!

Next up, while the Tuscon Festival of Books seems so far away now (you know, 3 weeks), it's right here, because the HBS Author's Spotlight has done a lovely write-up of the Dreams booth where I and a ton of other awesome authors were based. We routinely get voted the best author booth at the Festival, so check out why! Candid photos, book blurbs, and more for your perusing -- and new book/author finding -- pleasure! (And I think the candid taken of moi is very good, too!)

Remember that I'm going to be all over the place in the coming months, so hit the Datebook early and often to be sure that you don't miss seeing the me!

And, while you're at it, check out Newsy Stuff for top headlines, the Bibliography for new (or old) releases you may have missed, Extra Me! for interviews, reviews, and all that jazz, and the Alien Collective Depot for all your cool swag needs!

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. Enjoy the first week of April 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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Monday, March 27, 2017

Exciting News...And A Whole Lot More!

 
Happy Monday!

Well, as my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, there's some exciting stuff I'm about to share with you. But first -- have you signed up for March Mania yet? There are LOTS of prizes and it's not too late! Just click right HERE and get entered to win big!

Next up, look at this cover to the left. I personally think this might be the cutest, funniest UFO cover yet. But it won't become real if the Kickstarter isn't funded. :-(

There are lots of great backer rewards, and there are still some tuckerizations left, including a couple of mine.

(Psst... Due to some things you don't know about yet, but will find out soon enough, whoever gets the tuckerizations for UFO6 is going to end up tuckerized in short stories in both the Alien Series and a different series...and that means main series bleed-over. Not saying which additional one yet, but it will be cool.)

So click HERE and head on over to check out the Kickstarter so we can get some funny on!

Now...guess what was just named an RT Book Reviews Top Pick? That's right, Alien Education! In fact, check out some of the lovely things they said in their May 2017 issue:

"Koch’s genius for taking the completely outlandish and making it seem perfectly plausible insures her loyal readers are in for yet another amazing roller-coaster ride. Great stuff!"

Guess what helps your girl out? That's right, pre-orders! They're about the most important thing going for authors these days (followed closely by Amazon reviews). So please do your girl a solid and pre-order Alien Education (and Aliens Abroad, while you're at it) and help ensure that we keep on keeping Kitty going and going and going...!

And speaking of going... It's time for that BIG News I mentioned earlier! Wait for it...wait for iiiitttt...

KITTY'S GOING TO 20 IN 2020!

I know, it's too happy to be true, but true it IS! DAW Books has just bought Books 18, 19, and 20 in the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series!

Due to my wanting to change a few things around to make it more challenging for Kitty & Company and therefore more fun for you and me, the release order will now be:

Book 15 - Alien Education
Book 16 - Aliens Abroad
Book 17 - Aliens Like Us
Book 18 - Alien Galaxy
Book 19 - Alien Rescue
Book 20 - Alien Reckoning


(If we have any Goodreads Librarians noting this, if you could please share this change with the Powers That Be over there, it would be a lovely bit of help!)

So, get ready to keep rockin' with Kitty all over the galaxy, the multiverse, and the universe, because we're goin' to twenty!

We're entering the heavy Con Season and May's Book Tour is lining up as well. So, here's where you can see the me this Spring and Summer!

APRIL
Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30
StokerCon 2017
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

MAY
Tuesday, May 2, 7pm-8pm
Release Day Signing at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd., Suite #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA, (480) 947-2974, (888) 560-9919
Yes, there will be cake!
LiveStream for those who can’t make it in person – details to come!
Note: Food With Fans Event at 5pm prior to the signing; RSVP to Gini directly if you plan to attend – reservations will be needed!

Saturday, May 6, 2pm-6pm
Signing Alien Education with the Amazing Wyked Writers
Barnes & Noble Henderson
567 North Stephanie, Henderson, NV 89014 , 702-434-1533
Note: Food With Fans Event immediately after the event

Saturday, May 13, 10am-7pm
Signing Alien Education at the Mysterious Galaxy Birthday Bash
5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111, 858-268-4747
Yes, there will be cake!
Note: Food With Fans Event immediately after the event

Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, May 28
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
Booth # To Come
Panel Schedule To Come
Evening Erotica Event – day/time To Come, but make your plans to attend now!

JULY

Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4
I’m the Local Author Guest of Honor at Westercon 70!
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281, (480) 894-1400
Full Schedule to Come
Evening Erotica Event – day/time To Come, but make your plans to attend now!

Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23
Running the Yap and Signing the Bookie Wookies at the Granddaddy of Them All
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Full Schedule to Come

More details and dates to come as things confirm!

Last but not least, if you're heading to the movies, check out what I thought of Power Rangers over at Slice of SciFi. Loved it? Hated it? Aren't sure you want to go? Join the discussion over at Slice!

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way! So, enjoy your weekends, have wonderful weeks, and let's be Goin' To 20 readers out there! Peace out, my li'l ganstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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