Thursday, February 20, 2014

Overdue Recapping with a Bonus

Hey there! I know, I know, I've been MIA. Had a lot to do the moment I got back from Coastal Magic Con, and then many other things were going on. How many? Let's find out! Oh, and read on until the end, because you'll be glad you did.

First up, I can't remember if I've mentioned this before or not, but the nominees for the RT Book Lover's Reviewer's Choice Awards are in, and Alien in the House is up for Best Futuristic Romance! As always, I'm thrilled that one of my books has made the cut into the finalists. Go check out all the books nominated -- there are some fantastic reads in this year's nominees!

Next up, let's check out some reviews! See what Shiny Book Review thought of Kaiju Rising, which features a short story by moi writing as J.C. Koch. Then see what Wicked Little Pixie, Fresh Fiction, Mixed Book Bag, and Bitten By Books thought of Alien Research. 

Speaking of Kaiju Rising, the ebook version is available now! So get your copy today, you'll be glad you did!
Then see what new covers have Addicted 2 Heroines excited. And check out the article in the Arizona Daily Star about the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books including information on one of my three panels.

Now, head over to Southwest Magazine where Alien Collective Member in Very Good Standing and Lego Builder Extraordinaire Mariann Asanuma is one of many cool folks interviewed about, what else, Building Lego. And after that, see what cool author Amy Lane had to say about and coming home from Coastal Magic.

Speaking of Coastal Magic, it was made of awesome. I had so much fun with Members of the Alien Collective in Very Good Standing Michele, Joe, Lisa, Jo, Bill, and more! And I got to speed date and catch up with Shannon K. Butcher, hang out with the amazing Queen of SFR Linnea Sinclair, the wickedly cool James R. Tuck, the lovely and talented Janice Hardy, the wild and wooly T.C. Blue, and the aforementioned cool Amy Lane.

And, because I had such a good time, I'm going to share some of that fun with all of you. Yes, that's right...I'm talking contest time, baby! And for this one, there will be 2 big winners. One U.S., one International.

The U.S. winner will receive signed copies of the following:
The first 3 books of the Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter Series by James R. Tuck -- Blood and Bullets, Blood and Silver, and Blood and Magick
The first 2 books of the Shifter Series by Janice Hardy -- The Shifter, and Blue Fire
3 books from Linnea Sinclair -- An Accidental Goddess, Shades of Dark, and Hope's Folly
1 book from Amy Lane -- A Solid Core of Alpha
Plus some swag, mostly courtesy of Ms. Cool, Amy Lane
That's 9 signed books plus swag!

The International Winner will receive ebook copies of the following:
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, from J.C. Koch, aka moi
The Keeping Promise Rock Series from Amy Lane -- Keeping Promise Rock, Making Promises, Living Promises, and Forever Promised
The Talker Series from Amy Lane -- Talker, Talker's Redemption, and Talker's Graduation
The first 2 books in the FGC Spy Series from T.C. Blue -- A Game of Chances, and A Game of Skills
Trine, from T.C. Blue
Making It Up, from T.C. Blue
That's 12 ebooks!

Doesn't it sound awesome? Because it is! It's also for Hook Me Up! subscribers only. Not on? Clearly now's the time to get on! Send an email with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line to gini@ginikoch.com and you'll be on the list and sent the contest entry rules.

So, for those on Hook Me Up! who've read and followed the entry rules and all that jazz, riddle me this: In your opinion, what's the most magical thing about reading?

Good luck to all, and let's be winning readers out there!

Love,
Gini

LEGALESE

Contest will run Thursday, February 20th through Friday, February 28th. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, March 4th, and have until Sunday, March 9th to reply -- any prize not claimed by then will be pulled back by the Gods of Random and a new winner(s) will be chosen.

This both a U.S. and an international contest -- as long as you're on Planet Earth, you can enter and win. You must have a deliverable address, though - no P.O. boxes. Prize may take 2-4 weeks to ship to the U.S. winner. International winner will be contacted by the authors providing the books to determine format, etc., within 2 weeks of the winner's claiming their prize.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Lori Parker BookwormPOV said...

"Yeah!" for Gini & ALIEN IN THE HOUSE and its honors! Let me be the first to continue the Atlanta-minion pissiness over, "You had a layover back from the con, and you didn't TELL US!" Yep- no life, us Atlanta-ish minions. Oh, and totally inspirational, amazing, and otherwise rockin' post on all things about life and the crap we get dealt. Thanks for telling us why your writing is that much cooler, and why Team Gini is the coolest!

February 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger armacleod said...

The Alien series has been a great romp. I just bought the latest book and I will be reading it soon! I can't wait to see what's in store for Kitty.

February 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Lynn Willerton said...

The most magical thing about reading is being able to leave every thing behind and immerse yourself in a different world. Sometimes you need to run away, and books can transport you anywhere.

February 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger debh said...

The most magical thing about reading is being able to immerse yourself in the world the author paints. Love all of your books congrats on the nomination.

February 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Lori Parker BookwormPOV said...

Not to plug Gini's Kaiju anthology, but it's a monsterously-good read. Did I happen to mention that I'm in there? Squee! My friend, Sukie Crandall, is too! Let's hear it for tuckerizations! Oh, but you actually care about the stories? I'm not important? Well, fine! Here's a very well-written, in-depth review (not one of those short ones that tells you nothing about the book). No spoilers; I don't like "spoilers"! MY KAIJU RISING: AGE OF MONSTERS REVIEW

February 21, 2014 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger VampedChik said...

How have I not read your books yet? Smack me! I'm going to grab them now! and the most magical thing is just getting lost in all these different worlds. Plus getting to live vicariously through characters doing stuff that I would never dream to do.

February 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous cwyrm said...

Reading is magical in the same way that breathing is......both mean life.

February 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger rissatoo said...

The most magical thing about reading is all the worlds and people you can explore and lose yourself in. I'm so glad my mother was a reader and instilled a love of books & reading in me. What a wonderful gift she gave me!

February 22, 2014 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Carolyne Kleinman said...

Hi Gini!

The joy of discovering this genre is the magic of the authors themselves; real live human beings instead of ego-centered automatons who produce "prose to fap by." The magic of reading is allowing yourself to take the wings crafted by the author and fly through their mind's eye into another reality. Since there authors good and bad, you take your imagination on a life or death journey every time you pick up those "virtual wings."
Every time I find a new author, I never know if those wings are going to consist of the real deal, or two feathers taped to Popsicle sticks with duct tape! Either way, it's going to be a memorable journey...and I'll either collect bruises or some pretty memorable virtual kitsch.

Gentle Hugs!

February 22, 2014 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Lori Parker BookwormPOV said...

Is the "magical reading" an automatic Internet bot quote going around? Is our beloved Gini being spammed? Oh, wait! I just visualized Kitty-Katt-brand spam (as in canned meat substance or can-o-whoop-ass), and I can't get up!

February 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger JLessor said...

Every book I read takes me to another place, country or world... It's that "Magical Thing" that I love about books. In one day I can be in Paris in 1883 or in Portland, Oregon & also be on another world fighting aliens & falling in love! I read to escape the pain I'm in & it helps! Books are an escape I need.

February 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM  

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