Monday, September 12, 2022

September's READ THIS! Q&A Deets, DragonCon Pics, and Lots More!

Hey Honies, I'm Home! For A While...

I'm home from DragonCon (and my recap is below) and it was excellent. World Fantasy Con isn't for a while, so I actually get to be home for a good bit, which is great for many things (yes, yes, writing in particular).

There's lots going on so, after you get all the deets for this month's READ THIS! Q&A, be sure to scroll through the rest of the blog for all the other things! So let's get right to it, shall we? We shall!

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Read Out Loud!

Do you have your copy of the Touched by an Alien audiobook yet? If not, why not? Grab it today!
September 2022 READ THIS! Author Q&A
September's READ THIS! author Q&A with The Confederacy of the Quill
will be on
Thursday, September 15, 2022
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.


Access to Discord is available worldwide, and everyone is invited to attend!

You do not need to be a Discord member/user to attend:
Use this link https://discord.gg/MnQDEKFYjU to go directly to the chat room!


(You also don't need to have finished the book to join in the fun. We authors know that everyone reads at their own pace and we just want to hang out with you guys and have some good times!)

Once in, you'll get to join in the fun of asking authors about their "process" and more. PLUS, one lucky winner will get October's READ THIS! selection for FREE! I know! It's too happy to be true! But true it is, so don't miss out!

(You must be present in the chat to win.
Physical copies U.S. only; ebook copies worldwide.)
September 2022 READ THIS! Selection
The READ THIS! Selection for September 2022 is: 

SylverMoon Chronicles, Volume 1
By 
Confederacy of the Quill

Gini's Take: A very cool ten-volume short story anthology in the genres of Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction -- you know, things I love. Come on in, take a stroll in the light of the SylverMoon. (And yes, I did sing "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" at least once while reading, because it's me.)

About the Author: It is a myriad of people who contribute to every work of art, regardless of the medium. Here at SylverQuill Press, we acknowledge and honor all those that came before us as well as all those who make what we do possible... And for those of us here, no matter the number of works produced, we are a family.

Together, we make up the Confederacy of the Quill!

Reach them at confederacyofthequill@gmail.com.
October's READ THIS! Selection
 

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


The READ THIS! Selection for October 2022 is: 
 

NOIR
featuring "I Am the Ink"

By Hal Bodner

 


The Yap is large and in charge over at Canvas Rebel, so check out their latest questions and my latest answers!
Because I get asked this daily (often multiple times daily)...

Yes, Aliens Like Us IS coming, but...

No, Aliens Like Us still isn't ready for Prime Time, but...

I'm on Version 5 of the rewrite process. Does every book take me this long? No. Will all the others in the series take this long? Likely no. Life has tossed a lot at me and mine and that's made some things a struggle, but...

Kitty is always with me, and she's not going to let the bad things win, in any universe.

So...Watch this space for more updates as I have them. And keep those digits crossed for the hope that my shouting "the end!" comes sooner as opposed to later.


P.S. I am definitely heading towards the end game. I realize that's vague, but it means that I think we'll be shouting "hurrah" somewhere in the nearish term. Digits crossed, at any rate...

P.P.S. Watch this space, I'm hoping to share happy news soon.
We're Almost Out Of Kickstarter Time!

It's the last few hours (less than 2 days to go!) for the next round of Zombies Need Brains anthologies to get funded. This is the publisher's 10th anniversary and there will be four new anthologies, not just the usual three. I'll be in Dragonesque, IF WE FUND! I'm co-writing my story with Bebe Bayliss and let's just say that all y'all should really take advantage of seeing how we write together by supporting this Kickstarter, if only with a minimum "get the ebook" bid. For the future, and all that. The story will be a standalone but already it feels like the start of a new series, and we have one tuckerization left, so get your name in now, while the getting is good! Plus there are tons of other cool offers from the publisher and other authors, especially stretch goal rewards should we make it past minimum funding (and they are super cool) so check it out and get in now!
 
Speaking of Zombies Need Brains...

A reminder that the lastest anthologies, the ones funded last year, are here and just waiting for you to grab them! I'm in Brave New Worlds, which you should, of course, get right now, but there are awesome stories and authors in each volume. Our own Hal Bodner is in Noir (and, if you paid attention, that's the next READ THIS! selection) and Jose Pablo Iriarte is in Shattering the Glass Slipper, so it's a regular READ THIS! cornucopia out there! So remember, you gotta get 'em all!
 

DragonCon 2022 Recap!

I had a great time at DragonCon and, as with GenCon, was so busy that I had no time to do my normal updates on Facebook or Twitter. So all the updating will be here, 'cause I'm a giver, me.
 
The con started out excellently with the Page to Stage contest where, yes, as a judge I had to dress up as a pirate (don't ask, but it was fun). GREAT event and AMAZING cosplay!

<-- Moi with the 3rd and 1st place Invitational winners


 

<-- The Page to Stage Invitational winners 




The next day, the con became totally Made of Awesome as my first sale in the dealer's hall was to the ever-awesome Patricia Briggs! We haven't been in the same place with enough time to see each other in ages, so it was super to get to hug like you hug your friend when you haven't seen her in ages. What did she buy? Why Random Musings from the Funny Girl, of course, because she had to read my take on how she punk'd me many moons ago (and so do you if you haven't grabbed that bookie wookie yet). And, for those keeping score at home, yes, Patty is totally as wonderful as you think she is.

vv
^^ various pics of some of my favorite more obscure (and award winning for Wilhelmina Wonka) cosplays

The cosplay game is strong at this con, and these pics are just a small sampling.

Speaking of sampling, the Fantasy Dating Game was awesome. I was the character bachelorette and Kitty (I mean, who else would I be channeling) decided to go for the gusto and choose all three of her bachelors! Reverse Harem for the win! Awesome authors Chris Jackson, Doug Burbey, and Michael "America's Ass" Chatfield were all great sports and great representations of their characters (buy their books) and it could not have been more fun to play the game with them!

vv The celebration of the end of the Fantasy Dating Game. Now you know why Michael will have that nickname forever...
See The Me!

The Hermitage Is Over!

Now that we've done the DragonCon roundup, there's only one more con on my dance card. Schedule still to come, but if you're going to be in NOLA, be sure to come to:

World Fantasy Con
New Orleans, LA
November 3-6, 2022
We're STILL Number One! 

Predator: Eyes of the Demon has hit number 1 at Audible AND in Paperback for multiples weeks! I'm super stoked to be in this anthology and that it's doing so well and is so well-received by fans. Haven't checked it out yet? Now's the time to get on the bandwagon and get your copy today!
His Highness crossed the Rainbow Bridge in July, and I still miss him terribly. If you'd like, check out Requiem for a Heavyweight here at the
Blah, Blah, Blah Blog.
So many bookie wookies, so much time to catch up on all of them while waiting for Aliens Like Us and the next READ THIS! selection. Check out my Bookstore and Bibliography for all the things!
That's it for today, but, never fear, another Update, including details for the next READ THIS! selection, 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 all y'all on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

It's Time for September's Book of the Month and Lots More!

We're at the edge of September, and I'm Off to DragonCon!

That feels like what I've been saying for the past few months...oh, wait...it's because I have been. Con season is fully upon me, but things are still going on. Many things, including the next READ THIS! Book of the Month and a WHOLE lot more, including my finalized DragonCon schedule. And it's because of DragonCon that you're getting this blog a little early, because I don't want anyone to miss out on all the things! So let's get to it all, shall we? We shall!

IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE!
Give it a Hearing!

 

The Touched by an Alien audiobook is live, large, and in charge! Get your copies TODAY!

READ THIS!

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!

 
September 2022 READ THIS! Selection


The READ THIS! Selection for September 2022 is: 

SylverMoon Chronicles, Vol. 1
By Confederacy of the Quill


Gini's Take: A very cool ten-volume short story anthology in the genres of Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction -- you know, things I love. Come on in, take a stroll in the light of the SylverMoon. (And yes, I did sing "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" at least once while reading, because it's me.)

About the Author: It is a myriad of people who contribute to every work of art, regardless of the medium. Here at SylverQuill Press, we acknowledge and honor all those that came before us as well as all those who make what we do possible... And for those of us here, no matter the number of works produced, we are a family.

Together, we make up the Confederacy of the Quill!

Reach them at confederacyofthequill@gmail.com.
September 2022 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.)
September's READ THIS! author Q&A with various authors of the
Confederacy of the Quill 
will be on
Thursday, September 15, 2022
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.


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

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


The READ THIS! Selection for October 2022 is: 

NOIR
featuring "I Am the Ink"

By Hal Bodner

Speaking of Zombies Need Brains...


It's Kickstarter Time!
 

The next Kickstarter for the latest round of Zombies Need Brains anthologies is going strong, but still needs more support to fully fund. For the publisher's 10th anniversary there will be four new anthologies, not just three. I'll be in Dragonesque and I still have one tuckerization available -- the story will be a standalone but already it feels like the start of a new series, so get your name in now, while the getting is good! Plus there are tons of other cool offers from the publisher and other authors, so check it out and get in now!
AND, speaking Zombies Need Brains and speaking of speaking, check out my interview with Chief ZNB editor Joshua Palmatier where the Yap is large and in charge and we talk about many things, especially my Belters universe and the Predator: Eyes of the Demon anthology. 

AND speaking of Predator: Eyes of the Demon, we're number one! We hit number one at Audible AND at Amazon! If you haven't given it a listen or a read yet, what are you waiting for? Check out my story, "Cannon Fodder" as well as the rest of the cool stories from other awesome authors.

Plus, check out the cool review of the new Predator movie, "Prey," from Interstellar Press.

Because I get asked this daily (often multiple times daily)...

Yes, Aliens Like Us IS coming, but...

No, Aliens Like Us still isn't ready for Prime Time, but...

I'm on Version 5 of the rewrite process. Does every book take me this long? No. Will all the others in the series take this long? Likely no. Life has tossed a lot at me and mine and that's made some things a struggle, but...

Kitty is always with me, and she's not going to let the bad things win, in any universe.

So...Watch this space for more updates as I have them. And keep those digits crossed for the hope that my shouting "the end!" comes sooner as opposed to later.


P.S. I am definitely heading towards the end game. I realize that's vague, but it means that I think we'll be shouting "hurrah" somewhere in the nearish term. Digits crossed, at any rate...

P.P.S. Watch this space, I'm hoping to share happy news soon.
See The Me!

The Hermitage Is Over!

Here are the upcoming cons I am confirmed to be going to this year. Panels, readings, signings, and such will be updated as I have the info, but I will definitely be at these places and hope to see some of or all y'all there! 
 

 
DragonCon
Atlanta, GA
September 1-5, 2022

Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5
See the me at Vendor Hall Floor 2 Spartamac Booth 2125! Come on by and get your hugs and your bookie wookies signed. I should be here most of the con other than where listed below!


Thursday, September 1

It's all Page to Stage Costume Contest, THE premiere cosplay event, all day for me, because I'm the Literary Interpretation Judge for the Invitational Division! Come see all the gorgeous glory!

Title: Page to Stage Costume Contest
Description: Love Literature, Comics, Manga, Costumes and Cosplay? This one of a kind event combines all of them. The Open and Invitational Divisions will be showing you the power of creativity and love of characters. Curious? Check out: FB: DragonConP2S or DCPAGETOSTAGE.com We will also be hosting a small charity auction while the Judges do their thing!
Time: Thu 08:00 pm
Location: Regency VI-VII (Length: 4 Hours)

Friday, September 2
Title: Defining SF in the Era of the Sub-Genre
Description: There are so many different definitions of sf. There are an equal number of sub-genres (military sf, space opera, etc.) Our panelists discuss how definitions have changed through the years.
Time: Fri 11:30 am
Location: Embassy AB (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Meet the Creators from this years Page to Stage: Authors, Contestants and More!
Description: Join in on round robin discussion on what went into the Page to Stage everything from the character selection for the Invitational, to the creation of the costumes, to what the judges experiences and expectations.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm
Location: Embassy CD (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Blasters and Blades Podcast Goes Fantasy Fan Favorites Talk Books
Description: Blaster and Blades Podcast fan favorites team up to talk about what they are reading and why you should check out these books too!
Time: Fri 05:30 pm
Location: Embassy CD (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Virtual: What Kind of Book Shall I Write
Description: When you write in more than one genre, how do you decide what genre an idea goes in? Our panelists discuss this and give their views.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm
Location: STRM_FanTrk (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Fantasy Gather: Welcome Home
Description: The best Gathering around of authors and fans! Who knows what surprises and treasures are to be found. We have more authors than the app will allow us to list, so you will be sure to find some great books to take home with your amazing Con stories.
Time: Fri 08:00 pm-12:30am
Location: Hanover C-E (Length: 5.5 Hours)

Saturday, September 3
Title: Gini Koch booth Appearance!
Description: Meet Gini Koch at The Missing Volume booth for a special signing
Time: Sat 01:00 pm
Location: Vendor Hall Floor 1 The Missing Volume booth 1300 (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Fantasy Dating Game
Description: Cosplay meets literature in the adventure to see if our favorite characters can finally find love after all their adventures Authors will cosplay (or just act) as their characters and see if 'True Luv' of 'Con Luv' will happen.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm
Location: International South (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Virtual: Balancing the Dark: Where does Fantasy End and Horror Start
Description: Fantasy is not Horror, but it sure can get Dark and Scary. But what is too Dark and turns that Dark Fantasy into Horror?
Time: Sat 10:00 pm
Location: STRM_FanTrk (Length: 1 Hour)

Sunday, September 4
Title: It's All in the NAME! So why Pen Names?
Description: Pen names are nothing new, its an age old tradition. First we will talk about why they have been used in the past then devil into why they are still used in an era of branding and name recognition.
Time: Sun 10:00 am
Location: Embassy CD (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Grave Humor: Comedy in Horror Fiction
Description: Authors reveal the ways in which they combine what, on the surface, may seem like two disparate genres: comedy and horror.
Time: Sun 11:30 am
Location: Peachtree 1-2 (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Balancing the Dark: Where does Fantasy End and Horror Start
Description: Fantasy is not Horror, but it sure can get Dark and Scary. But what is too Dark and turns that Dark Fantasy into Horror?
Time: Sun 02:30 pm
Location: Embassy CD (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Religion in SF
Description: Do all societies have religion? How do their beliefs shape their world? What are good examples in sf?
Time: Sun 05:30 pm
Location: Embassy AB (Length: 1 Hour)

Monday, September 5
Title: Gini Koch booth Appearance (with David Boop)
Description: Come see Gini Koch at The Missing Volume for a special signing!
Time: Mon 01:00 pm
Location: Vendor Hall Floor 1 The Missing Volume booth 1300 (Length: 1 Hour)

*Note: this is potentially not my full DragonCon schedule. As events confirm, I'll list them here, so watch this space!


World Fantasy Con
New Orleans, LA
November 3-6, 2022
So many bookie wookies, so much time to catch up on all of them while waiting for Aliens Like Us and the next READ THIS! selection. Check out my Bookstore and Bibliography for all the things!
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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