Monday, December 10, 2012

Big Thing Monday

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was busy, filled with Alien in the House and Alien Collective (no, we never sleep here at Team Gini). But things roll on and we like to keep you advised of them. And since many of them involve winning, we know you want to know.

First off, head over to The Qwillery where there's not only a review of Alien vs. Alien, but a chance to win signed copies of Touched by an Alien, Alien Tango, and Alien in the Family. "Oh, pshaw," I hear you say. "I have signed copies already." Maybe you do. But do you have them signed by moi AND awesome artist Daniel Dos Santos? No, you do not. But one of you will, if you race over and get entered today!

Speaking of reviews, check out what Kirkus Reviews thought of Alien vs. Alien. And speaking of winning, head over to For What It's Worth where she's giving away two boxes full of books, one of which contains Touched by an Alien and Alien Tango.

Remember that on this Friday, December 14th, I'll be at Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge, in Scottsdale, AZ, from 7-8:30pm, so come for the next Alien vs. Alien release month extravaganza and get your bookie wookies signed!

Next up is the Next Big Thing. I know, I promised it on Friday, but I got around to it today. So sue me. Check out some insights into Alien in the House, and be sure to read 'til the end, 'cause there's more info after the, um, info.

What is the working title of your book?
Alien in the House, and it's not a working title, it's the title that's coming out May 7, 2013.

Where did the idea for the book come from?
It's the next in my Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series, and it came from events that have happened in the series already, so to speak.

What genre does this fall under?
Science Fiction (with a lot of romance, action, and humor)

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie version?
This answer changes all the time, and is dependent upon a lot of things. Today I'd pick Emma Stone for Kitty and Chris Hemsworth for Martini, but, as always, Matt Bomer for Reader.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?
When a newly elected Representative dies under mysterious circumstances while at the American Centaurion Embassy, it’s up to Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the Diplomatic Corps to find out how and why and stop the killer, before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties, particularly the replacement Representative -- Jeff Martini.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Repped by my wonderful agent and coming from the ever-awesome DAW Books.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Longer than either I or my editor wanted.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Um, the other books in this series. LOL I haven't had time to do anything but write madly for a while now, so I can't do a good comparison. I leave that to my readers.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My characters and my contract.

What else about your book might pique the interest of readers?
I consider this the team's first official murder mystery story. Of course, it's a murder mystery in Kitty's world, so it won't be easy to solve. But the view to a kill, as always, will be good. Oh, and one other thing: Jeff Martini in a trench coat and fedora. Enjoy the visualization! Trust me, Kitty does. ;-D

And now, a confession.
This is supposed to be a chain letter of sorts. But as anyone who's known me a while knows, I am the Chain Letter Killer, wanted in at least fifteen states and territories for my abject apathy when it comes to passing things along, rules or no rules. My BFF, awesome author Marsheila Rockwell, tagged me, and then between her and other awesome author Yvonne Navarro, who tried to tag me, they covered all my first easy picks. I could ask others to do this. I could, especially if I had more time. OR I could finish my edits on Alien in the House. (Ah, good, I see we agree.)

BUT, never fear, I've covered it. In a way. Tomorrow, we're going to turn the Spotlight on excellent author Caris Roane, who is not only going to share tidbits, but also has an A-MA-ZING contest going that you will NOT want to miss. (See? I knew you'd forgive me for breaking the chain.)

So, that's it for today, but we'll see you tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the beginning of another great week, and let's be readers out there!


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