Monday, February 15, 2021

Happenings This Week

Hey There!

I know I said no new blog until next month, but new stuff just went live, and I don't want all y'all to miss out!

New Stuff and Reminders of Other Fun Stuff Going On This Week

All times shown are Eastern.
 
Staying in Touch with Gini Koch interview over at Ninetoes Loves Books (Printed interview, read at your leisure. Right now. Go read it right now. But at your right now leisure. And remember to peruse the site, because there's lots of cool stuff there, including more stuff with or about moi.)

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 8:00-9:00pm, Russ's Rockin' Rollercoaster Pod/Vodcast with Q&A (Live event, don't miss out on seeing if my filters are working or not.)

Thursday, Feb, 18, 9:00-10:00pm, READ THIS! Author Q&A with BotM author Liana Brooks (Live event, NOT RECORDED. Don't miss out on getting to ask questions of moi, our Author of the Month, and the other READ THIS! authors who are there hanging out.)
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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Friday, February 12, 2021

Feb. READ THIS! Q&A and Lots More Yapping!

Happy Valentine's Day a bit early! Why? Because there's lots of fun stuff heading your way and I didn't want to miss out on wishing all y'all all the love! 

The next READ THIS! Author Q&A is less than a week away, meaning you can hang out with moi, February's author of the month, and other cool and fun readers (because if you read my books, that automatically makes you cool and fun, it's in the fine print), and have tons of fun and laughs. Also, there are other live events featuring moi coming up fast, so read on for all the deets!


LIVE GIRLS YAPPING!
 
ConTinual is talking about romance all this month, and no more so than tomorrow, Saturday the 13th, when they'll have a host of authors who write romance reading, taking questions, and more. 

I'll be on at 12:30pm Eastern with awesome author Morgan Brice (aka Gail Martin) yapping about our books. It's a live event (though it will be up on ConTinual's YouTube channel later this month) so you know you don't want to miss moi live and uncensored. I mean...we know I barely have a filter to begin with, right?

It's a free event, hosting on Facebook, so come on by and hang out for a little while or all day long!

 
Guess what? That's right, MORE live yapping! I'll be the guest on Russ's Rockin' Rollercoaster podcast...that you can watch! Yes, Russ and I will be live on Zoom and the event will stream to you at his EventBrite page.

It's a free event, but you need to register in advance (yes, last minute is okay). So, get registered and plan to join us at 8pm on Wednesday the 17th! This is a Q&A event, too, so come with your questions...any questions..all the questions...

Don't miss out on yet another chance to catch me with little to no filter. It's gonna be fun!
February 2021 READ THIS! Author Q&A
February's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Liana Brooks will be Thursday, February 18, 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 March'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.)
February 2021 READ THIS! Selection


The READ THIS! Selection for February 2021 is: 

Bodies in Motion
by Liana Brooks



Gini's Take: No one does romantic villains quite as well as Liana Brooks. Book 1 in the Fleet of Malik series, Bodies in Motion, is SFR with battle couples and an enemies-to-lovers stituation, and is a great Valentine's Month read.

About the Author: Liana Brooks writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance for people who like fast ships, big guns, witty one-liners, and happy endings. She has lived almost everywhere in North America and currently resides in South Carolina. She is best known for her super villain romances starting with EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE and the enemies-to-lovers space opera series, Fleet of Malik. You can find Liana on the web at www.lianabrooks.com or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks.  
March's READ THIS! Selection
 

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


The READ THIS! Selection for February 2021 is: 

The Lands That Lie Between
by Catherine Kane


Because that was a lot, here is the
List O' Live Yaps
in Chronological Order of their occurrence.
All times shown are Eastern.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 12:30-1:00pm, ConTinual Romance Chat with Morgan Brice/Gail Martin

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 8:00-9:00pm, Russ's Rockin' Rollercoaster Pod/Vodcast with Q&A

Thursday, Feb, 18, 9:00-10:00pm, READ THIS! Author Q&A with BotM author Liana Brooks



That's it for today but, never fear, another Blog, 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 some of you at the various events of the next seven days and all of you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Feb. READ THIS! BotM, Yaps, Reviews, and More!

Happy February!

Well, we made it through the first month of 2021. One down, eleven to go, amIright?

We have some fun and cool stuff for you this month, including February's READ THIS! selection, so read on for all the things!


February 2021 READ THIS! Selection

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!

 


The READ THIS! Selection for February 2021 is: 

Bodies in Motion
By Liana Brooks



Gini's Take: No one does romantic villains quite as well as Liana Brooks. Book 1 in the Fleet of Malik series, Bodies in Motion, is SFR with battle couples and an enemies-to-lovers stituation, and is a great Valentine's Month read. 

About the Author: Liana Brooks writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance for people who like fast ships, big guns, witty one-liners, and happy endings. She has lived almost everywhere in North America and currently resides in South Carolina. She is best known for her super villain romances starting with EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE and the enemies-to-lovers space opera series, Fleet of Malik. You can find Liana on the web at www.lianabrooks.com or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks.  

 
February 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.)
February's READ THIS! author Q&A featuring Liana Brooks will be on
Thursday, February 18, 2021,
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 2021 is: 

The Lands That Lie Between

By Catherine Kane

The Awesome Editor Speaks!
 
All y'all know that I talk about my awesome editor at DAW Books a lot. And now, you can see and hear her in an interview over at First Impressions. Interesting in its own right, but particularly good for any aspiring authors in the Alien Collective.
I'm the Ninetoes Loves Books Author of the Month!

Ninetoes Loves Books is a book blog, and I'm February's Author of the Month! So head over right now, because the yap is large and in charge! (I'll also reply to any questions left for me on the relevant posts.)

After reading my Author Questionnaire, check out what the Book of the Month is! THEN check out what the Book of the Week is! That's right, Ninetoes has chosen Touched by an Alien as Book of the Month and Alexander Outland: Space Pirate (by moi writing as G.J. Koch) as the book of the week! If you somehow haven't gotten your hands on those, now is truly the time!


There will be more from moi over at Ninetoes' blog all month, so check it out on the regular and look for all the things! (There are some other great reviews and recommendations there, too, so browse around!)

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.

P.S. Despite what you'd think, pre-orders are still mattering a whole lot, so even though it SAYS it's coming in 2050 or 3000 or something, do your girl a solid and pre-order this book as soon as the various retailers allow it, please and thank you!


P.P.S. The book isn't available for pre-order in most places at the moment, because it's not back on DAW's schedule yet (because, well, see above). This is the (constant) reminder that, when it IS available, it'll help a LOT if you pre-order it. 

P.P.P.S. I think I'm in the last quarter of the book, which is exciting in many ways. It's not a promise, but I have hopes of gitten 'er dun very soon now.
Speaking of pre-orders, READ THIS! author Hal Bodner's next book, Fabulous in Tights, is available for pre-order NOW! Don't miss out on this really fun and funny read -- pre-order your copy TODAY!
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 19, 2021

READ THIS! Q&A Deets & a Special Request

Happy Mid-First Month of
Not 2020!


So, how's 2021 treating all y'all so far? I know...don't answer that. The question really is: is this just a lag from the late and unlamented 2020, or did 2021 really tell 2022 to hold its beer? And do we really want to know the answer? Time's gonna tell, one way or the other.

On the plus side, the next READ THIS! Author Q&A is only a couple of days away, meaning you can hang out with moi, January's author of the month, and other cool and fun readers (because if you read my books, that automatically makes you cool and fun, it's in the fine print), and have tons of fun and laughs. Also, I have a personal request for all of you, so read on for all the deets!

January 2021 READ THIS! Author Q&A
January's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Jean Marie Ward will be Thursday, January 21, 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, every attendee will be given a coupon code for a special purchase (see below). AND, one lucky winner will get December'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 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.
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

Pssst! You know what the 25th of January is?

Well, this year it's a Monday, and it probably has significance in other ways, but it's also my birthday. And, for the first time ever, I'm actually asking all y'all for a birthday present. And that present is...

Reviews. 

Right after pre-orders and actual sales, nothing is more important to authors (all of us, even the big guys, but particularly the rest of us who are NOT household names) than reviews. Reviews on Amazon, in particular, are vital, because after a title gets 50 reviews, Amazon's algorithms kick in and they start promoting that book...for free. It doesn't matter if the reviews are 5 stars or 1 star reviews, if they're long or short, it just matters that someone took the time to review. Reviews matter on B&N.comSmashwords, Goodreads, WalMart, Target, and on publisher's websites, too, but if you can only do one, choose Amazon, because it does the most, for free, for every author, not just me. And every new review makes the algorithms kick into gear. Reviews are a wonderful gift you can give to the authors you love.

And what do I need reviews on, you ask? Every darned thing I write. Every book in the Alien series. Every book in every other series. Every standalone. All the anthologies. (You can find most - though not all, because Aliens Like Us isn't the only thing that's running behind - on my Bibliography page at my website.)

So, do your girl a solid and post reviews of all the bookie wookies. If you loved them, liked them, thought they were meh, or hated them, a review will be a treasured gift, regardless.
For those of you who might want to do more, I'm also asking for donations, large or small, to be given to Joshua Tree Feeding Program, which longtime readers know is a charity very close to my heart. Donations are tax deductible and go for a very worthy cause.

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 Blog, 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 some of you at the Q&A and all of you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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