Wednesday, February 1, 2023

It's Time for February's READ THIS! BotM and More!


Happy February!

The shortest month of the year is here, but it's chock full of things. It's Black History Month, Valentine's Day/Singles Appreciation Day, President's Day, and more. So we pack a lot into our littlest month.

And among all the things, we have the next READ THIS! selection for you and more. So let's get to it, shall we? We shall!




Read Out Loud!

Do you have your copy of the Touched by an Alien audiobook yet? If not, don't wait! Grab yours today and start your year right!

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!

 
February 2023 READ THIS! Selection


The READ THIS! Selection for February 2023 is: 

Harsh Reality
By Elle E. Ire


Gini's Take: A cool time travel story that takes on reality TV, the Old West, and mythology, with a steamy F/F romance and a bang-up ending.

About the Author: Elle Ire is the author of nine published novels from DSP Publications in the genres of sapphic paranormal and science fiction. THREADBARE is the recipient of two gold Royal Palm Literary Awards from the Florida Writers Association. DEAD WOMAN'S POND earned a Goldie Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society, a gold Royal Palm Literary Award, and was first runner-up for Florida Writers Association's Book of the Year. REEL TO REAL LOVE was a Goldie Award finalist and a Stonewall Award nominee.
 
February 2023 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.)
February's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Elle E. Ire
will be on
Thursday, February 16, 2022
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.


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

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


The READ THIS! Selection for March 2023 is: 

Even Villains Fall in Love
By Liana Brooks


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.

More Yapping!
 
That's right, more yapping from me and other awesome authors over at ConTinual. The latest offerings are Banned Books 2023 and When Technology Goes Awry, wherein we talk about why no books should be banned and what happens when things go very wrong. So head over and watch and have some fun along with the rest of us at ConTinual!

And don't miss these other cool panels I've run the yap on:
Breaking Down the Genres
Economics in World Building
Horror and Romance
Sherlockian Mystery
Sherlock Returns
Christmas in July Holiday Short Reads
Hot off the Press #54
Characters in the Public Domain

Zombies!
Holiday Special Event 2021 Christmas & New Years in Film
Holidays Real and Imagined
Favorite Holiday Episodes in SciFi and Fantasy Series

Holiday Action-Adventure
Hot Off the Press #64
Weird Westerns
Pets and Familiars
Intellectual Property for Creatives
Separating Problematic Creators from Their Work
Selling At Conventions
Scarred For Life
How To Write Animals
Hot off the Press #72
Unicorns And Other Fantastic Creatures
Tinkerers and Inventors
A ConTinual Special Mystery Event: The Game is Afoot - Sherlockian Universes
Hot off the Press #76
Space Opera
Technology in Your Tales
Building the Story and Scares
Things That Go Bump in the Night -- Monster Hunters
Mythological Tropes in SF and Fantasy
Bad Places - Evil Locations that Set the Scary Scene
We Love You, Scooby-Doo!
Magic, Monsters, and True Love
Ghost and Monster Hunters
Haunted Places
Creature Feature - Monsters and Hunters
Hot Off the Press #81
Demons Galore

Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
A Fantastic Fantasy Holiday
Hot Off the Press #87


There's a whole lot more over at the ConTinual YouTube page, so browse around and get your panel fixes in!
 

Random Randomness

There's lots to look forward to in 2023, space-wise, and Astronomy.com has all the deets! Space, the Moon, and Bennu, oh my! It's starting to look like my Belters series is going to be coming true!
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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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

The First READ THIS! Author Q&A of the Year, My Con Schedule, & More!

It's Almost My Birthday!

Yes, it's true, I'm a January baby. I am not, however, a Year of the Rabbit baby because I fall at the very end of the Year of the Tiger. The hubs, however, is a Rabbit, though, happily, rarely a wrascly one. (And for those who know both of us, it's never been a mystery for which one of us was born in which cycle.)

But before my "big day" we have the first READ THIS! Author Q&A of the year, plus other fun things including a rather big announcement. So let's get to it, shall we? We shall!


January 2023 READ THIS! Author Q&A
January's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Alex Shvartsman
will be on
Thursday, January 19, 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 February'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.)
January 2023 READ THIS! Selection
The READ THIS! Selection for January 2023 is: 

The Middling Affliction
By 
Alex Shvartsman

Gini's Take: A great start to what I hope is going to be a series, this funny paranormal has a different take on powers, the hierarchy of the powerful, and snark for days. You know it got me with the snark, right?


About the Author: Alex Shvartsman is the author of The Middling Affliction (2022) and Eridani’s Crown (2019) fantasy novels. Over 120 of his stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, etc. He won the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction (2014) and was a two-time finalist (2015 & 2017) for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction.

His translations from Russian have appeared in F&SF, Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Asimov’s, etc. Alex has edited over a dozen anthologies, including the long-running Unidentified Funny Objects series.

Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY. His website is http://www.alexshvartsman.com.
February's READ THIS! Selection
 

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


The READ THIS! Selection for February 2023 is: 
 

 

Harsh Reality
By Elle E. Ire

 

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.

Speaking of more things to read, Unidentified Funny Objects 9, featuring "Sgt. Yeti" by moi, has been reviewed by Tangent Online. Check out the reviews, then grab your copy and enjoy!


Read Out Loud!

Do you have your copy of the Touched by an Alien audiobook yet? If not, don't wait! Grab yours today! 

SEE THE ME!

Con Season is starting early for me this year, so here's the list of the cons I'm guaranteed to be at in 2023. This list is definitely subject to change, with schedules to come and other events added on.


CoastCon 45
Biloxi, MS
March 3-5, 2023

I'm super excited to announce that I'm the Author Guest of Honor at Mississippi's longest running science fiction, fantasy, and gaming con! Come on down to the Gulf Coast and hang out with moi for a super fun weekend!



LibertyCon 35
Chattanooga, TN
June 23-25, 2023



San Diego Comic-Con 2023
San Diego, CA
July 19-23, 2023



GenCon 2023
Indianapolis, IN
August 3-6, 2023

 

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, hope this year starts wonderfully for all of you
, 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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