Monday, July 12, 2021

July's READ THIS! Q&A Deets & More!

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! Hope everyone is managing to stay as cool as possible, or at least comfy in a survivable way. 


The READ THIS! Author Q&A is only a few days away! Plus we have other cool things, so keep on scrolling and let's get right to it all, shall we? We shall!


July 2021 READ THIS! Author Q&A
July's READ THIS! author Q&A with author José Pablo Iriarte will be Thursday, July 15, 2021, 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 August'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.)
July 2021 READ THIS! Selection

The READ THIS! Selection for July 2021 is: 

"Proof By Induction"
Featured in Uncanny Magazine Issue #40

By José Pablo Iriarte

Gini's Take: An embattled professor teams up with his recently deceased mathematician father to prove an unprovable theorem and save his career...but can he fix their relationship? And HOW did Iriarte make math so fun and intriguing? 

About the Author: José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, along with various year's best anthologies. José’s novelette, “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births,” was a Nebula Award Finalist and was long-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. Learn more at www.labyrinthrat.com, or follow José on Twitter @labyrinthrat.

August's READ THIS! Selection
 

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


The READ THIS! Selection for August 2021 is: 

"Saving Sallie Ruth"
in the Derelict Anthology

by Gini Koch writing as Anita Ensal


Plus special READ THIS! Zombies Need Brains Author Guest Stars

LibertyCon was a lot of fun, and if you want to see some of what you missed, check out my Gunfight on Europa Station panel!

And while you're at it, don't forget to pre-order the anthology!
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 writing like a crazed wolverine (and yes, all the other projects aren't distractions, they KEEP me writing) so...

Fear not, Kitty & Company will be back later than you want but sooner than you think...

I promise.

That's it for today but, never fear, another Update, including next month's 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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Thursday, July 1, 2021

July's READ THIS! Book of the Month and More!

Happy Summer!

For those in the U.S. and all the expats everywhere Happy Independence Day! Please celebrate safely. Happy Canada Day to our besties up north. And happy start of the month to everyone else!

There's heatwaves going on all over, so that means it's time to burn it up with this month's READ THIS! selection, and more, so let's get to it! 



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!

 

July 2021 READ THIS! Selection


The READ THIS! Selection for July 2021 is: 

"Proof By Induction"
Featured in Uncanny Magazine Issue #40

By José Pablo Iriarte


Gini's Take: An embattled professor teams up with his recently deceased mathematician father to prove an unprovable theorem and save his career...but can he fix their relationship? And HOW did Iriarte make math so fun and intriguing? 

About the Author: José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, along with various year's best anthologies. José’s novelette, “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births,” was a Nebula Award Finalist and was long-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. Learn more at www.labyrinthrat.com, or follow José on Twitter @labyrinthrat.
July 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.)
July's READ THIS! author Q&A with author José Pablo Iriarte, will be on Thursday, July 15, 2021
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.


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

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


The READ THIS! Selection for July 2021 is: 

"Saving Sallie Ruth"
featured in the Derelict anthology

By Gini Koch writing as Anita Ensal


Plus special READ THIS! Zombies Need Brains Author Guest Stars 

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 using the Virus Troubles to git 'er dun, so...

Fear not, Kitty & Company will be back sooner than you think...


I promise.


 
Book du Jour has joined the Alien Collective!

Read a lovely review of Touched by an Alien and remember that fun books work nicely as escapes and anti-depressants. 
The Neverending TBR has awesome summer plans!

Check out all the cool books the folks over at The Neverending TBR are planning to read this summer. (Yes, Alien in the House and Alien Nation are included in those plans.) What are your summer reading plans?

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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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Fast Blast: All the Goings On This Week/Weekend!

Hey there!

I know I said the next Blog would be next month, but there's a lot going on at the end of this week and weekend, and I don't want all y'all to miss out on anything! 

LIVE GIRL YAPPING

All times shown are Eastern.
 
Thursday, June 24, 8:00-9:00pm, I'm the Nightmare of the Month over at the Atlanta Horror Writers Association's Southern Nightmare Reading Series. Watch live on Facebook at 8pm Eastern Thursday, June 24 (as in, tomorrow or today, depending on when you see this) to see if I manage to read like a normal person (50/50 shot) and watch the recording when it goes up (a few days from now) at the Atlanta HWA website.

Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27Liberty Con (Virtual con, FREE admission)
My schedule for 
Friday, June 25th:
5:00-6:00pm Opening Ceremonies
7:00-8:00pm Panel: Gunfight on Europa Station
9:00-10:00pm Reading: From Touched by an Alien or whatever you request (yes, including Aliens Like Us) if you're there. Or we can just hang out and yap. This is live and will not be recorded.
My schedule for 
Saturday, June 26th:
2:00-3:00pm Panel: Meet the Newbies, Part 5
Rest of the Day: "Wandering" the con. Find me on Discord to hang out together!
My schedule for 
Sunday, June 27th
"Wandering" the con. Find me on Discord to hang out together!

3:00-4:00pm: Closing Ceremonies
 
So many bookie wookies, so much time to catch up on all of them while waiting for Aliens Like Us. Check out my Bookstore and Bibliography for all the things!
That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. Have great weeks, stay warm and dry or cool and comfy, depending on where you are in the world, 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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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June's READ THIS! Q&A Deets, More Readings, A New Con, & MORE!

Hey there!

Hope those who are in the hot part of their year aren't sweltering (unless you're in the Greater Hotlanta Metro Area, and then I KNOW you're sweltering because OMG the humidity) and for those in the cold part fo their year, enjoy the cool.

The READ THIS! Author Q&A is only a few days away! Plus we have a lot more coming up, so keep on scrolling and 
let's get right to it all, shall we? We shall!


June 2021 READ THIS! Author Q&A
June's READ THIS! author Q&A with author David Simpson will be Thursday, June 17, 2021, 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 July'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.)
June 2021 READ THIS! Selection


The READ THIS! Selection for June 2021 is: 

The Feral Children
by David Simpson



Gini's Take: The first spinoff to the massively successful Zombie Road series, where children and zoo animals have to learn to survive an apocalypse together. “Don’t threaten the children when the wolves are near.” 

About the Author: David Simpson is a multi award-winning writer with 13 number one best sellers on Amazon. His groundbreaking Zombie Road series has been optioned to be developed into a TV series. Reach him at his Amazon Author Page.
July's READ THIS! Selection
 

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


The READ THIS! Selection for July 2021 is: 

Uncanny Magazine Issue #40
"Proof By Induction"

by José Pablo Iriarte


LIVE READING AUTHOR!

It's reading time! Once again, the Atlanta chapter of the Horror Writers Association is placing a bet that I can read and NOT sound like a hyperactive squirrel on drugs. And in fact, I'm the Nightmare of the MonthAre they right to place this faith in me? Will the Nightmare be my story or the way I read it?

Come find out next Thursday, June 24th! Watch us live from 8pm- 9pm Eastern. (Recordings will go up on the Southern Nightmare Reading Series page a few days after the event.)

I'll be reading from my short story "Saving Sallie Ruth" from the
 Derelict anthology. Details for how to watch live are on the Nightmares page. Don't miss out seeing if the squirrel makes an appearance or not!

I'm a Guest at LibertyCon 33!

June 25-27, 2021


And this year, LibertyCon is FREE with
NO attendance limits!
There are some good things about virtual!

I'll be on two panels, one for the Gunfight on Europa Station anthology, and one as a newbie to the con. I *may* be doing a reading, and potentially some other con events, but that's still up in the air. The con is virtual this year, so everyone can attend!

This is a very cool con and I'm excited to be a part of it. Check out the Guests of Honor and who the MC is -- you do NOT want to miss out!

Programming will be announced closer to the con (I know, it's pretty close right now, but panels are still recording and folks are still mixin' it up and so forth), so keep your eye on the programming page and come see the me virtually!
The Yap remains large and in charge over at ConTinual, the con that never ends. Check out these cool panels (and so many more!) featuring moi and a host of other awesome authors over at the ConTinual YouTube channel!

Sherlockian Mystery
Horror and Romance
Economics in Worldbuilding
Breaking Down the Genres
Reminder that we have a new anthology hoping to come to life! If this funds, I'll be writing the prequel story to my New West series. Find out how The Darkening happened from those who were there live...though they may not make it through the experience...

And speaking of experiences, if you've ever wanted to be in one of my stories, now is the time. I'm offering several tuckerizations -- aka your name or your name of choice in lights, so to speak, as a character in the story (details on the Kickstarter page) -- that will allow you to be in the story. Don't delay, tuckers tend to go fast.

There are lots of cool reward levels, so don't miss out, get in on the Silence in the City Kickstarter today! There are only a few days left for it to fund and if it doesn't...it's gone. And you don't want it to be gone, do you? Of course you don't!
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 writing like a crazed wolverine (and yes, all the other projects aren't distractions, they KEEP me writing) so...

Fear not, Kitty & Company will be back later than you want but sooner than you think...

I promise.

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!

Lo
That's it for today but, never fear, another Update, including next month's 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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