Friday, August 21, 2015

Cover Reveal

Happy Friday! Well, no sooner do I say that you're not going to hear from me a lot than I have reasons for you to hear from me a lot. Go figure.

But since the cover art for A Bug's Life, Book Three of the Martian Alliance Chronicles is now large and in charge over at my Premieres page, I figured all y'all would like to see it. A Bug's Life will release on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and you can pre-order it now from Amazon and Smashwords. And yes, it'll go live at Barnes and Noble on the 15th. And you can get Books One and Two, The Royal Scam and Three Card Monte, at all the usual places, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Also, a reminder that there's a contest going right here at the Blog (just scroll down) for signed comics from San Diego Comic-Con, plus probably some other things like magnets and postcards and such, and maybe more. So don't miss out, get entered to win today! The contest IS for Hook Me Up! subscribers only, but since it's free to join, why not rectify if you're not on The List and fix that today? Send an email with "Hook Me Up" in the subject line to gini@ginikoch.com and you'll be in with the in-crowd and able to win all sorts of cool things!

Also, the Kickstarter for the Alien Artifacts and WERE- anthologies has funded! But, there's still so many cool things that everyone will get if we help it to fund even higher that you have to check them out! Plus, you'll want to be sure you're getting these two -- my short story for Alien Artifacts will be "Alien Epilogue" and will be taking place right after the events in Universal Alien, and my short story in WERE- is going to be "Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs. the Masters of Mediocre Doom" and, let's be honest, you know you don't want to miss that one, now, do you? And if you want in as an author to either one of these, submissions are now open.

Last but not least, if you're hitting the movies this weekend, head over to Slice of SciFi and check out my review for Hitman: Agent 47. Join the discussion over at Slice!

That's it for today, but as always, more (like the cover reveal for Alien in Chief) is on the way. So have great weekends, and let's be winning 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, August 17, 2015

It's Kickstarter, Re-Release, and Contest Time!

Happy Late Monday and Early Tuesday! I know, I know, I've been silent for AGES. Well, there was a lot going on, writer-wise, in particular, getting Alien in Chief ready to go to press (which involved a lot of very fast stuff on the part of me, the awesome editor, the copy editor, and the managing editor over at DAW). But most of that madness is done...for a few days, anyway. And there is SO MUCH GOING ON that I have to get all y'all caught up or you'll miss it. And we would not want that!

First up, there's a new Kickstarter in town, from Zombies Need Brains. This one is for not one but two anthologies -- Alien Artifacts and WERE-. I'll have stories in both of them. I also had tuckerizations available for both, but they sold out in 4 days. There are some awesome tuckerizations still available (so far), just not mine. Excellent authors Jean Marie Ward, Patricia Bray, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail still have tuckers left, so if you want to be immortalized as a were-something or its kill or an alien somethingorother, don't wait -- head over now!


Whether you're getting a tuckerization or just the anthologies, my story for Alien Artifacts will be an Alien series short, set right after Universal Alien. My story for WERE- is not going to be set in any of my current universes. Both anthologies are loaded with awesome authors, and once the Kickstarter funds, both will open to submissions, meaning all the aspiring authors out there should be getting their pieces ready to submit as well (since we're very close to funding right now).

Speaking of Zombies Need Brains, Temporally Out of Order is available for pre-order now! It features "Alien Time Warp", an Alien series short that takes place during Alien Separation. Trust me, you want this one, so get it ordered today! Pre-order is for ebook only right now, but trade paperback versions are coming, too.

Speaking of anthologies you want, I'm in the awesome X-Files: Trust No One anthology that's out now from IDW. One small issue -- they've spelled my name wrong on the back cover. So, um, hey, um, I'm also apparently now Gini Loch, a proud descendant of the Loch Ness Monster. Or somesuch. At any rate, ask for the book, not me, by name and get your copy today! Every story in here has been approved by Chris Carter himself as being canon for the X-Files (yes! I wrote X-Files canon!), so check out all the coolness -- our truths are out there!

Speaking of out there, Book Two of the Martian Alliance Chronicles, Three Card Monte, releases officially tomorrow, August 18th (you know, when some of you will see this LOL). Get your copy from Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. And speaking of typos, Amazon may be listing it as Book One, but it's definitely Book Two and the error should be fixed soon. You can also get the real Book One, the Royal Scam, at Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. Book Three, A Bug's Life, is coming in September, so get caught up or reacquainted with the crew of the Hummingbird now!

Speaking of pre-orders, it's never too early to pre-order both Alien in Chief (coming in December) and Camp Alien (coming in May 2016). Pre-orders matter greatly to bookstores and publishers, especially if we have hopes of seeing more of Kitty's adventures past Book 15. I mean, I do, and I hope you guys do, too. And pre-orders show the publisher that the audience is still eager, so, hint, hint, beg, beg, and all that authorly pre-orderly jazz. So pre-order from your favorite bookstore, a bookstore that I'll be doing a signing at in December, or your favorite online retailer!

Also coming later this month will be my novella, A Study in Starlets, my follow-up to "All The Single Ladies" featured in the Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets anthology. Cover and release date information still to come, but it'll be here before you know it.

There are three of us doing novellas based on our characters from Baker Streets, and all three novellas will be collected into one volume -- alt. Sherlock Holmes: New Visions of the Great Detective. It's available for pre-order from Amazon right now, hint, hint.

And now for some science! Per CNN, NASA has found Earth's bigger, older cousin.  So exciting -- any guesses for who might already be living there? I have some. Heh.

Now, time for movie reviews. Head over to Slice of SciFi to see what I thought about Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Already seen them? Have thoughts about the movies? Share them over at the reviews and keep the discussion going over at Slice!

And now, finally, two of the things you've been waiting for. First up, my San Diego Comic-Con wrap-up. I know, I know, that was so last month ago. But the books and deadlines do come first. Besides, I have things that will make it up to you. :-D
At the Mysterious Galaxy Booth
 I'm thrilled to announce that I sold out of 9 titles while at the show, which is a personal best. Mysterious Galaxy is all restocked though, so if that's your bookstore of choice, never fear, the bookie wookies are back there now.

Got to meet so many fans, including a Star Fleet Admiral, and see friends I only get to see at the con, too. Had a lovely dinner at awesome author Henry Hertz's lovely home with Rachel Caine and David Brin. Yeah, I geeked out a tad.
Me and the Admiral!
My panel, Science Fiction and Sex, got both a great write up at Tor.com but also got recorded for all to see and hear over at YouTube. It was great fun and my fellow panelists were all made of awesome.

For an excellent "first timer" recap, check out the interview Erica Singleton did with Pop Culture Tonight and the slide show they have as well.

Got to visit my fave artists there -- Gary Montalbano, David's Doodles, Robert Roach, and Joe Weatherly -- as well as my beloved Museum of Robots for more cool jewelry and gorgeous steampunk items. And, I came back with goodies. :-D Signed goodies.

The current contest will have three winners -- one will win a set of signed Menthu comics, one will win a set of signed The Roach comics, and one will win a signed Comic-Con Exclusive Menthu comic. All signed by their creator, the awesome Robert Roach. You have to be on Hook Me Up! in order to participate, but it's never too late to join -- the contest will run through Monday, August 31st. So, if you're not on Hook Me Up!, now's the time to rectify that error. Send an email with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line to gini@ginikoch.com and you'll be in and able to get your contest entry on. (Note: We WILL be verifying email addresses, so if you're not on Hook Me Up!, we'll know. :-D) The contest is under my signature, will go live at midnight, and runs through the end of the month, so enter early and often!

That's it for today, but never fear, more's on the way. It will probably be a sporadic more for the foreseeable future, however, because deadlines being what they are, I'm kinda swamped. If you want up to the minute knowledge of my every move (well, sorta) follow me on Facebook because that's where I contact Team Gini, so that tab is always open for business, so to speak.

Otherwise and no matter what, have fantastic weeks, enjoy the weekends, and let's be winning readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!
Love,
Gini

  Winners will have until Monday, September 7th, 2015 to claim their prize. Open internationally.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Re-Release Day!

Happy Tuesday! Hope you're all having wonderful weeks. I have a full San Diego Comic-Con update for you as well as a cool SDCC goodies contest coming, but first I need to get Alien in Chief finished. And we all know that the bookie wookies take precedence, right? Of course right.

But, to tide you over, the re-release of the first installment in my Martian Alliance Chronicles series, The Royal Scam, is now available at all the usual e-retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble (should be live sometime today), and Smashwords.

Three Card Monte is re-releasing next month and, in September, installment three, A Bug's Life, will be available for the first time ever! So, get caught up with the crew of the Hummingbird and let's be readers out there!

Love,
Gini

ETA: Nook readers, apologies, but we have an issue with formatting for Nook. No biggie, but the formatter is out of town, so you're going to have to wait a few more days. Issue only affects Nook/Barnes and Noble, so everyone else, read on!

ETA2: Whee! It's up at Barnes and Noble! Nook readers, enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Some Exciting Announcements

Happy Tuesday! Well, I'm about to head off for San Diego Comic-Con but before I leave I have some cool stuff to share with all y'all. So let's leap right into it shall we? We shall!

First up, I have two signings in the Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119, where I'll be signing Alien Separation and all the other bookie wookies, too. Check out their full schedule, which lists all the awesome authors who will be there throughout the con. BTW, if you can't make the con, they normally have all the authors sign stock, so you can still order from MG and get signed books, even if you can't be at the con itself.

If you are at the con, don't forget to come to my panel -- Science Fiction and Sex, on Friday, July 10th, 11:30-12:30, room 24ABC. Signing under the sails from 1-1:30pm.

Then, start saving your money. Why? Because Westercon 70 will be in Tempe, AZ over the July 4th weekend, 2017. Why do we care about something so far in the future? Because I'm going to be the Local Author Guest of Honor, that's why! And I want as many of the Alien Collective there with me to celebrate! The con coordinator, aka She Who Must Be Obeyed, is our own marvelous Dee Astell, so you know the event is going to be absolutely awesome. This is one you won't want to miss, and with this much lead time, there's no excuse TO miss! I'll be giving you details as we get them, but make your plans now to see the me in 2017!

Now for something a little less far in the future. Check out the new cover for the re-release of The Royal Scam, Martian Alliance Chronicles 1 over at my Premieres page. Then head over to Amazon or Smashwords to pre-order. (Yes, it'll be available at Barnes and Noble, too; their pre-ordering is wonky ergo, no pre-orders there.) It's releasing on Tuesday, July 21st, with the reissue of Three Card Monte coming in August, and the new third installment, A Bug's Life, coming in September.

Speaking of pre-orders, you can also preorder Sherlock Holmes - New Visions of the Great Detective now. This collection will feature my novella, "A Study In Starlets", which is the next adventure featuring my characters from "All the Single Ladies", my short story in the Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets anthology. The collection will also have the "next adventure" novellas from Jamie Wyman and Glen Mehn. Note: This is the print version. The ebook version of my novella, and the novellas from Jamie and Glen, will be available this year, all coming in the next few months. Here's the announcement from Abaddon Books in case you missed it.

That's it for today, and as I'm heading off to the Biggest Show on Earth. I'll be on a bit on Twitter and Facebook, but otherwise it'll be radio silence until I'm home mid-week. So enjoy your weeks, have fantastic weekends, I'll see those of you who are at SDCC, um, at SDCC, 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, July 2, 2015

Celebrating Everything

Don't faint but...I'm still here! What were the odds? I mean, I went to radio silence for most of June (three major deadlines, one of which is still outstanding is why), but I was always thinking of all of you. Cross my heart and hope to write 10,000 words a day.

While much has been going on like awesome SCOTUS decisions that have been a long time in coming (Reader, Gower, and all the A-Cs are still celebrating, and ACE is very proud of his penguins), I've been mostly head's down getting those deadline projects written before I leave for San Diego Comic-Con next week. BUT, since several Members of the Alien Collective have sent me notes inquiring as to whether I'm alive (so far, yes, and doing my best to stay that way), going to SDCC (absolutely), and if anything else is happening (of course it is), that I figured I'd better take a mo to catch all y'all up on all the things.

First off, my official schedule for San Diego Comic-Con is:
--7:00pm Wednesday/Preview Night, July 8th -- signing Alien Separation and all the other bookie wookies in the Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119
--11:30am-12:30pm Friday, July 10th -- Science Fiction and Sex panel, Room 24ABC
--1:00-1:30pm Friday, July 10th -- Science Fiction and Sex signing Alien Separation and whatever else is there, under the sails
--12:00pm Saturday, July 11th -- signing Alien Separation and all the other bookie wookies in the Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119

Beyond that, I'll be hanging out and hitting panels. Let me know if you'll be there so we can arrange to meet up! For all for whom this is a regular thing -- same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel for meetings.

I realize the last time you heard from me was the night of my signing at the Poisoned Pen. The signing was amazingly awesome and the bookstore was packed -- much love to all who came and to all those who watched live via the interwebs! For those who missed it, you can catch the recording on LiveStream.

Hitting movies this weekend? I realize these are kind of late, but in case you haven't seen them yet, check out my reviews for Spy and Inside Out over at Slice of SciFi. And if you have seen them, and have a differing or supporting critique, add your thoughts over at Slice!

Next up, OMG, it's finally really ready for pre-order! What, you ask? Why The X-Files: Trust No One, where you'll find my story "Sewers". It's coming out later this month, so get your pre-orders in today!

Speaking of things coming up, shortly I'll be announcing the pre-orders available for my reissues of The Royal Scam and Three Card Monte, the first two installments of my Martian Alliance Chronicles. And, the third installment, A Bug's Life, is also coming. All three will be out over the next few months, with more coming as time goes on.

 I have some new personal appearances scheduled for later this year as well. You can come see the me at:

October 16-18 -- Comic Media Expo, Mesa Convention Center; full schedule to come but I'll be there all three days.

November 15 -- Desert Rose RWA Free Writer's Workshop, Scottsdale Civic Center Library; full program runs from 9:30am-4:30pm, I'll be on from 11:30am-12:20pm presenting Keeping Romance Fresh & Alive in a Long Running Series.

Speaking of writers, check out all the blogs awesome author Sharon Skinner likes to read. And then, check out Kori David who's a good pal of mine and all around cool chick, who also has some awesome books.

And now for some science! And we have a LOT of science because so many cool things are going on out there in the multiverse! See how Mother Nature Network confirms things about black holes that Algar has already told us, check out I Love Nature to hear about what scientists have recorded planets saying, see what Business Insider has to say about an erupting black hole that likely signals that Algar's people are hot on his trail, The Spirit Science lets a well known physicist confirm all that we know about the multiverse, and Fusion shares that we might need to rally the troops to make Pluto an official planet again, but it's looking good. Hey, we've accomplished quite a lot recently so what's one more battle for good ol' Pluto?

For those wondering what to do that would make me and every other author delirious with joy, Inkygirl has some great suggestions. And, surprising no one in the Casa, Brain Decoder shares that creativity and crazy are probably closely linked. What WERE the odds? And finally, for those who don't understand my DAILY STRUGGLE, Playboy explains it all for you. In totally safe for work words and pictures, too.

Last but not least, on Father's Day, Duncan and Andrea Rittschof, two Members of the Alien Collective in Very Good Standing, had their car stolen. Yay that the police found earlier this week, but it's their only form of transportation, the expenses to repair may be quite high -- and they're still determining if it can be repaired or not -- and it's already over 100 every day here in Phoenix. Awesome editor and author Tim Marquitz started a GoFundMe campaign for them, so if you're able to, even just a little, please help out.

BTW, a belated Happy Canada Day to all Canadian Members of the Alien Collective! And an even more belated Happy Father's Day to all dads, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, stepdads, and anyone else doing the dad role. Hope that you were spoiled rotten and treated well and that this year everyone remembered that while ties are nice, someone else mowing the lawn is better.

That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way. So, for those in the States, everyone have a very safe and happy 4th of July holiday, and everyone else have a wonderful weekend wherever you are. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love,
Gini

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Reminder: See The Me

Happy Monday!

Just a quick reminder that you can see the me either in person or via LiveStream tonight for my End of Tour party for Alien Separation at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ at 7pm. The LiveStream of the event will start a little earlier so we can work out any bugs, so whether you're near or far, come hang out with me, talk the bookie wookies, eat cake, and win prizes!

See all y'all soon!

Love,
Gini

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Recap Roundup

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a great last weekend and a wonderful week. I had a blast at Phoenix Comicon, and we'll get to that recap, along with other things, right now!

Phoenix Comicon was, without a doubt, made of awesome! I had a blast on my panels, the Food With Fans event, and the Evening Erotica event. And the exhibit hall was totally fun and jam packed with things to do and things to buy.

Of course, the highlight was getting to see so many Members of the Alien Collective in Very Good Standing both from near and afar (waves to Missy, Paul, and Linda who all came from states away to be with us).

I got to panel with some really awesome authors including -- M.L. Brennan who is a hoot AND a half, Yvonne Navarro, Stephen Blackmoore, Paul Cornell, Richard Kadrey, and Joe Nacisse. I ended up paneling with M.L. Brennan not once, not twice, but three times, and all three of them were tons of fun. She is hilarious!
Photo courtesy of J. Armentani

I got to enjoy the Steampunk Tea Room and ninety minutes in an oasis of relaxation and civilization with BFF Sharon Skinner and Viola Carr and her totes adorbs Aussie accent. Many thanks to Dee Astell and her team for putting on such a lovely event.

I was in the Author's Alley portion of the Artists Wing with new author Austin Aslan, David Lee Summers, Tom Leveen, Michael Stackpole, Weston Oches, James A. Owen, and Paul Cornell, Joe Nacisse and the Lovely Miss Yvonne Navarro again.

Bought some cool jewelry from Geekbella and some cool artwork from Kaiju Rising artist and total sweetie Robert Elrod. (Wanted to shop more but had no time to do so.) And I got to visit with the ever awesome Jonathan Maberry and talk X-Files and Out of Tune 2, and Jamie Wyman and talk about our Holmes novellas coming out this summer. (Jamie's is out in June/July, my "A Study in Starlets" will be out in August, and the third novella will be out in September.)

Food with Fans was at Province in the Westin and the restaurant really rallied when we called two hours before the dinner to share that we, ah, um, had more than double, closer to triple, the number of people that we'd given for our reservation. Food and service were wonderful, and we will definitely be back (and I can heartily recommend Province to anyone who might be coming into town, too).
Photo courtesy of J. Gaxiola

But what, WHAT, was the Evening Erotica event like, asks you? Three hours of raucous hilarity, says I. I recruited M.L. Brennan to join me and she was more than game. And this year we went to Mardi Gras (thanks to MotACiVGS Shawn Sumrall) and it was amazing. We had assistance from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the newest super-group, the Bead Boys.
"The Bead Boys", photo courtesy of M. Katano









Great audience and some excellent euphemisms were had this year, everyone went home with at least one prize, and to the man who wanted to shut us down when we were supposed to stop but let us run an hour over 'cause it was what the crowd demanded -- we're sorry, you're beautiful, and thanks, we won't run over again. Until next time.

I'd tell you more, but most of it's not repeatable in polite company. So make your plans to be with us next year!
Gini & 2 Bead Boys, photo courtesy of M. Katano
From a sales standpoint, it was pretty exciting, too, since I sold out of several titles including Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, A Mother's Wisdom, and The Happy Acres Haunted Hotel for Active Seniors, and came dangerously close to selling out of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, Touched by an Alien, and Alien Separation.

As always, couldn't have done it without my fabulous all volunteer crew -- Joseph, Duncan, Andrea, Missy, Brad, Cathy, Edward, and Paul, and many thanks for food, drinks, and sundries to Anne, Janet, Jan, and many of the con staff (who I won't name 'cause they weren't sneaking food & drinks to everyone) (just the sexy people) who kept us going when the booth was hoppin'. And if I've forgotten anyone, blame Con Brain, 'cause I still haz it.

Did you miss seeing the me at Phoenix Comicon somehow? Missed me on book tour? Did not get your hands on a copy of Alien Separation while you were at the con? Well, fear not. Your last chance (for right now, anyway) is just around the corner. On Monday, June 8th, to be exact. Come see the me and get your hands on any and all of the bookie wookies, Alien Separation included (and Happy Acres, for those who wanted a copy after we'd sold out), at the Poisoned Pen from 7-8pm for the End of Tour Party. Which will, yes, include cake (and the cake will not be a lie) and prizes!

For those of you who can't attend in person, the event will be shown via LiveStream, and you'll be able to win prizes, too. Really, there's no excuse not to attend either in person or virtually!

Speaking of which, contest winners have been notified and checked in, for both the Alien Separation contest and the Unidentified Funny Objects 3 contest. But never fear if you didn't win (and never fear if you did), more contests will be on the way!

Amazingly enough, that's it for today. But as always, more's on the way. So enjoy the downward slide to the weekend 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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