Tuesday, January 5, 2021

January BOTM, New Humor Short, and More!


Happy New Year!

Well, last year is finally in all our rearview mirrors, and I know I speak for all of us when I say that year couldn't have left soon enough.

On the other hand, despite all the bad things, 2020 did bring us some good things as well. I'd be lying if I said I'd want to forget last year, since, among other great things, my chicklet had her first chickletlet, and that made up for a lot of 2020's nonsense from our family's perspective.

And now, onto this business we call Show. We have fun stuff coming, including January's READ THIS! Book of the Month and more! So, read on for all the deets!


A Book Club by Moi for All Y'all

Welcome to READ THIS! A Book Club by Gini Koch. This is my chance to introduce you to some great authors that I love and know you will, too.

Every month I'll spotlight a book and, even better...every month I'll host a live discussion with the author, that all y'all can join! I know, it's too happy to be true, but true it is!

January 2021 READ THIS! Selection

The READ THIS! Selection for January 2021 is: 

Lost Signals of the Terran Republic anthology
Featuring "The Ellsberg Variations"
By Jean Marie Ward

Gini's Take: "The Ellsberg Variations" -- a political thriller where the term Missing in Action has terrifying consequences for those who ask for answers -- is the closing novella in Chuck Gannon's Caine Riordan expansion 20-story anthology, a great, rousing, and thoughtful military SF read all the way through.

About the Author: Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist With Nine You Get Vanyr) and two art books. Her stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov’s to the anthologies of Zombies Need Brains.

The former editor of Crescent Blues and author interviewer for BuzzyMag.com, she co-edited the six-volume, 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy. Learn more at JeanMarieWard.com.
January 2021 READ THIS! Author Q&A
So, you've read the READ THIS! selection and you want to share what you thought with the author, hang out with them and Gini, and generally talk books for an hour. Well, guess what? You can!

The third Thursday of every month will be READ THIS! Author Q&A time. The event will be held utilizing Discord, and the invitation to Gini's READ THIS! room will come out in the week prior to the chat.

And that's not all! Near the end of each Q&A session, we'll be doing a raffle and one lucky winner will get a copy of the next month's READ THIS! selection! (You must be present in the Q&A to win. Physical book prizes will be U.S. only. Ebook prizes will be worldwide.)
January's READ THIS! author Q&A featuring Jean Marie Ward will be on
Thursday, January 21, 2021,
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.

Access to Discord is available worldwide, and everyone is invited to attend!
February's READ THIS! Selection

And Remember: One Lucky Q&A Participant can win it early!

The READ THIS! Selection for February 2021 is: 

Bodies in Motion

By Liana Brooks

New Anthology!
Gunfight at Europa Station is coming out in Fall 2021. 
Why do you care?
Because I have a story in it: "Showdown on Big Rock 27"
by moi writing as Anita Ensal!

The editor has a full Table of Contents video, so check out all the awesome authors that will be in this anthology with me,
coming from Baen Books!
New Humor Piece Live NOW!

I have a new humor short up at TG Geeks for your reading pleasure and amusement. Head over to check out "The New Me" and share what new things you did or didn't learn to enjoy during the bad old days of The Year That Shall Forever Be Shunned.

That's it for today but, never fear, another Update, including the Discord Q&A chat invitation, will be arriving in a couple of weeks!

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, remember we're all in this together, be kind to one another, give love and support to all those who are on the front lines in any capacity, 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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