Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March 2018 Catch Up

Hey there, Strangers!

I know, I know -- it's been, literally, ages since you've heard from me. And I feel badly about it. But life can really get you sometimes, and it definitely got me in 2017 and through the first few months of 2018, too.

BUT, I am doing my best to be back in terms of regular(ish) updates (I mean, how could I do worse than the slow decline in updates for the last two years, right?) and keeping all y'all in the loop.

With that in mind, let's get to lots of news both a little older and a little newer, and I'll give you the Quick Life Catch Up as well. So, read on MacDuffs...
In Case You Didn't Know...

Aliens Abroad released February 6th. For those of you who are wondering why I didn't advise all y'all sooner, well, this newsletter's theme is Better Late Than Never's out!

If you haven't gotten your copy yet, don't delay, because Kitty and Company are on the wildest road trip ever...and the fate of the galaxy rests in their hands. But Kitty's got her purse and her music, so no worries.
There are a lot of great reviews of Aliens Abroad out there -- and it even made the Barnes and Noble Bestsellers List for February! So, here's a sampling for those of you who like to check out the reviews before you buy, or add in!

RT Book Reviews Top Pick! - “If you are in need of pure escapism paired with wacky adventures and snicker-producing humor, then this is absolutely the series for you.”
Kirkus Reviews Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in February - "Koch's Alien novels have proven themselves to be swift-moving, engaging and flat-out fun."
Gizmo's Reviews - “This stunning ending really leaves me eager to pick up the next book in the series.”
The Neverending TBR - "First of all, this is my favorite book series for adults."
Books in Brogan - "It was so worth the wait you will not want to miss this adventure."
Stormy Vixen's Book Reviews - "Kitty is back and once again, she storms through my world creating a complex but exhilarating adventure for me to get lost in."
Tome Tender - "Talk about your high octane, hilariously funny, outrageously animated, A.D.D. ultimate adventure and that was just the first chapter."
Ravenous for Reads - "I’m speechless. It’s Amazing."
Bibliognome - "Overall, if you haven't started this series yet, check it out ASAP."

Speaking of things that you might not know about... Meet Belle.

This is the book, and the character, that started it all for me in terms of writing, and the reason I kept on writing, and is the reason I have "Old West Expert" on my resume. This is the first in a series, by moi writing as A.E. Stanton, and it's only on audiobook from GraphicAudio. They say it's a movie in your mind, and they're not wrong! So check it out and enjoy the wild ride!
In addition to all the other things, I'm now a regular contributor to TG Geeks. And I've been busy! Check out all the ways to catch on up all things moi over there! And check out all the other stuff at the site, too -- tons of fun to be had!

Old Classics? Newly Reviewed! (Weekly on Wednesday)
Ruggles of Red Gap
Bachelor Mother
Trouble in Paradise
Ocean's 11

Soderberg's Ocean's Trilogy
Strangers on a Train

Social Saturday
The Marietta Diner 

Miscellaneous Moi
Spotlight Sunday - Gini Koch
Review of Touched by an Alien
Gini Koch IS the Walking Dead

The Yap In Charge

It's interviews time and that means it's time to learn new things about moi, what we laughingly call my process, the characters, my teenaged dreams, and more! Check out the Yap over at:

Jean Book Nerd
Ninetoes Love Books
I've also been running the yap at some cool podcasts, for all your listening pleasure! So spend a couple hours just hanging out with moi and the rest of the chatty crew!
Aliens Abroad release week podcast with TG Geeks.
Aliens Abroad release week podcast with Genre Talk.
So, I promised you more of a real catch up on what's been going on. So here 'tis.

Most of you know that we had to move from Hell's Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ) to HotButReallyColdlanta (aka Atlanta, GA). Right after Thanksgiving. And right after I spent the better part of a month searching for a new home. But I found one, so, yay. And we made it across the country in one piece, so double yay. Turns out that a camper that can sleep 6 is plenty roomy enough for 2 humans, 3 large dogs, one small dog, and two cats. (Thank you, Cruise America, for making that possible. Expensive, but possible. And I learned I love driving your campers AND I'm good at it, which sort of terrified the hubs, making the trip that much better.)

We made it out here and before we'd been in Atlanta a week we got 6 inches of snow. Because of course. Never have we missed the desert so much. Right up until it rained. For days. And then we missed the desert even more.

Right after this, we had to say goodbye to the Spotted Fiend. She'd made it across the country in a rental camper like a champ (the less said about how the hubs and I did, with 4 freaked out dogs and 2 screaming cats, racing across the land in order to beat moving vans and car carriers to the Manse, the better), but she was on her last paws and we knew it. She got to see the Manse, expressed her dismay with snow and rain, rolled in the grass on a couple of dry days, and then headed off to reunite with The Big Fella, Neuroses the Swift, Couch Potato, Supermodel Supreme, Dementia Kitty, and the Little Prince of Purrsia in the big Pet Park in the Sky. We shall not see her like again. (Seriously. Never again. We loved her but Dalmatians are cray.)

All this happened after I was so very late with Aliens Abroad that we had to move the release date back. Hence why the "hey, the book's out, by the way" notification isn't nearly as late as it could be. Thankfully, DAW was, and is, understanding and supportive because 2017 really knocked me down and I had a heck of a time getting back up again.

But up again I finally am, and hoping to stay up, even if that's achieved by being propped up against a wall, so to speak. Atlanta is finally starting to feel a bit like home (thanks to the Wonderful Agent and author James Ray Tuck, Jr., in particular) and I just about have the Manse done exactly the way I want it. The last additional cat condo should arrive next week (hey, the Killer Kitties have NEEDS) and the Canine Death Squad love their gigantic backyard with their very own tonnage of trees to pee on! All their own! So the family is adjusting.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled updating...

Need Things to Keep You Occupied Until Aliens Like Us Releases?

We've got you covered.

New from Zombies Need Brains
Featuring "The City Beneath the Sea" by moi writing as J.C. Koch
Featuring "A Kitty-Bot's Tale", an Alien Series short taking place during Alien Education
New from Baen Books        New from UFO Press
Featuring "H.P. and Me", a Necropolis Enforcement Files prequel
Featuring "Alexander Outland: Space Jockey", an Alexander Outland prequel (aka, How Nap Met Slinky)
New from the Independent Collection
Book 1 of The New West series by moi writing as A.E. Stanton
Book 2 of The New West series by moi writing as A.E. Stanton
That's all for today but, miraculously, more will honestly be on the way, and far sooner than the last updates (I know, SUCH a low bar...).

So, in the meantime, check out all the things, 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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