Thursday, November 21, 2013

Researching Winners

Happy Thursday! Well, the Gods of Random have spoken and the winners of the advanced final copies of Alien Research have been chosen. If you entered, read on and see if you were one of the lucky ones.

If you didn't enter, read on anyway, because, as my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, there's going to be a reason for you to continue on. Trust me. (Think: Lightning Round... ;-D)

But before then, we have a few other things going on. Head over to Slice of SciFi and see what I think of Season 2 of the Legend of Korra. 

Then remember to get entered to win an Alien Research two-fer over at
Project Paranormal.

Speaking of Alien Research, check out Deathless Prose where an excerpt (the opener and first chapter) is up to whet your appetite for the bookie wookie. (Releases Dec. 3rd -- and it's still not too late to do your girl a solid and pre-order your copy, either online or directly from your bookstore of choice!)

Speaking of the website, we have updates on Free Stuff and Sightings in the Wild -- yes, it's true, Team Gini got Sightings revised BEFORE the End of Days (don't faint). There's more coming on both those pages, and others on the website, so keep the eyeballs peeled.

We're down to the last few days to fund the Winter in the City Kickstarter anthology. If you haven't added in yet, take a look -- lots of cool authors are slated for this one!

And, because this just really resonated with me for some strange reason ;-D, check out 14 Ways to Tick off a Writer over at The Penguin Press.

And now, for what you're all really waiting for, Part 1. The winners of an advanced final copy of Alien Research, as chosen by the Gods of Random:

Beth Blanchard
Marybelle Gann
Chelene Ho
Barbara Elness

I loved all the comments all y'all sent in your emails and in the Blog comments, and it was really hard to choose who was going to score the extra prize. However, the Special Winner prize is going to the person who went above and beyond and assigned names and full on descriptions to Christopher's Patented Glares -- Melissa Katano

NOTE FOR WINNERS: You MUST send me an email with your first & last name, full mailing address including country, and how/who you want the book personalized (name, nickname, someone else, etc.) to by Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. If I haven't heard from you by the end of the day on the 24th, the Gods of Random will demand a new sacrifice, the prize will be pulled back, and given to another entrant.

But wait...there's more. That's right, and this one's open to anyone OTHER than the 6 who just won today. Anyone, on Hook Me Up! or not, who answers this next question here, at this Blog post, is entered. There's one more copy of Alien Research, and it'll go to the person who gives the reply the Gods of Random like best to this question:

There were lots of really good ideas for which characters should get more in-depth stories about them in some way. So, you all get to vote. Pick who you'd most like to get a back, side, or extra story about (this is not a guarantee, btw, but we all know I write short stories and novellas all the time so...) from these options:

A) How Reader Met Gower
B) Angela Fiore, Teen SuperSpy
C) A Week in the Life of Malcolm Buchanan

This contest addendum is live through Sunday, Nov. 24th and the winner will be picked and announced on Monday, Nov. 25th. Be SURE that I have a way to contact you (leave your email address in your comment if at all possible), or else you'll need to monitor the Blog every day. As with the rest, yes this is open internationally, and same rules and restrictions apply, so check out the main contest post (below) for all that info.

That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way! So enjoy the downward slide towards the weekend and let's be readers out there! Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!


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Anonymous Jaymie said...

Such great options! A love story or a spy story? Can't I choose them all?! If I have to pick one, I'll pick the Angela story.

November 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I pick A) How Reader met Gower :)

Congrats to the ones who already won!!


November 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ooh, I pick Option C!!!!! Then I can picture Nathan Fillion while reading it, and that is always a good thing *grin*
And I wanted to say that, while obscenely jealous, I have to agree with the extra prize going to Melissa - the names and descriptions were spot on as far as my imagination is concerned :D

November 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

I will have to vote for A!


November 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Really hard options, A - How Reader Met Gower always wanted to know more in depth how they came to be or C - Week in the Life of Malcolm Buchanan what does he really think of all this fuss. Decisions, Decisions chose A no C no A how bout both (HINT HINT)

November 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger sienny said...

Option C, cause it's always fun reading a character's life

smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

November 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Scarlett said...

How Reader Met Gower!

November 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger armacleod said...

How Reader met Gower, because I'm sure there was a surprise in that one!

November 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger armacleod said...

How Reader met Gower, because I'm sure there was a surprise in that one!

November 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Bananas in the Void said...

C) a week in the life of Michael Buchanan...

I want a complete book about it ^^

November 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

A) How Reader Met Gower. I love those two and it would be so great to hear more about them!

November 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ouch! You'll do them all, right? I want to know C for my own curiosity, but A is more in line with the series. B is just not alien-oriented enough, unless Kitty's mom knew about SF-on-Earth back then? I'd have loved to see her reaction to ACs! For poll purposes, put me down for C though. What do gods of random accept as tribute?

November 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Buddy Brannan said...

Totally have to pick Angela, just because I think she'd kick some real major ass. A) wouldn't be a bad option either, but I'm seriously a fan of women who kick ass and take names. Yeah Gini, it's me. And if I win, while signed dead trees are cool, I'd just love an ebook, because, well, I could seriously read that a lot sooner. buddy (at) brannan (daught) name

November 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have to say C! I need to know more about Dr. Strange! Gratz to all current winners and good luck everyone!

November 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gini I would be happy with anything you wrote but I would be ecstatic with ( C ).I love that dude!!!
Oh and Gini I love your installment book, The Creation Agent.Just discovered it.

November 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger JC Jones said...

Reader and Gower. Should be a great story.

November 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Kent Schassberger said...

C) A Week in the Life of Malcolm Buchanan
The life of the characters is libel to be ful of laughs and surprises, so chasracter development. ebooks are nice. And i could so see Aliens comics.

November 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ohhhhh How Reader Met Gower for sure! That has to be a great story...actually they all sound good :)
Can't wait to read Alien Research!

November 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Denise Z said...

I would pick C) A Week in the Life of Malcolm Buchanan - hey inquiring minds want to know ;)

November 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, please.
A) How Reader Met Gower
B) Angela Fiore, Teen SuperSpy
C) A Week in the Life of Malcolm Buchanan

A or B if I *have* to choose.
And if you make me narrow it down, I'd say Buchanan, because he's part of the every-day team, but we know the least about him.

I'd like to hear about the adventures of all the computer hackers, past, present, and future, too.

~~Shelia Horne

November 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Arielle said...

How Reader Met Gower! Wanna read more about them

November 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger bfree2read said...

An easy pick:A) How Reader Met Gower

Looking forward to it!!!

November 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

If I could only pick one it would be B. Then I Would Pick C. Then A. One I would suggest. How Richard White an d his sisters married into the Royal family of Alpha Centari. There has to be a good story there.

November 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Need yo read instructions in full.

November 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM  
Anonymous wyrd_witer said...

How Reader met Gower, definitely.

November 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Tamara Baker said...

How Reader met Gower

November 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I pick C, Mallcolm just facinates me, I really want to know where he goes when he's not with Kitty.

November 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

decisions, decisions....argh...A or C...A or C.....Fine! I'll pick........C.

November 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger stargazermc said...

Oh, definitely have to see what Malcolm goes through in a week.

November 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM  
Anonymous JesseZ said...

Oh. My. Gosh! All of the above please!
BUT if I am cruelly forced to choose.. it would be option B. Or maybe A... Possibly C. No B. 'Aghh! I love them all!
congratulations to all those who won! I know you're going to be spoiled. :D \
jesse (dot) ivanoff@ gmail (dot) com

November 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

A- How Reader met Gower.

November 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Pamk said...

I'm going to pick C just cause I need to know more about him. Seems like he is being purposely mysterious.
scrtsbpat at yahoo dot com

November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger kris said...

I would pick option C - a week in the life of Malcolm Buchanan. the reasons I chose this selection over the other 2, which also interest me, is because we see a scene of Malcolm here, another there, but we don't have any in-depth background or current private life info on the man, and I want it!

November 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Backstory! Option A :)

Congrats to the winners :)

November 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How Reader met Gower is what I would like to see!

November 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How Reader Met Gower would be my first choice!

November 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Selwyn said...

How Reader met Gower - no contest there!

November 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would pick A

November 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger JoAnna said...

Hmm tough choice between A and C but I love Reader so let's go with
A) How Reader Met Gower

beckerjo at verizon dot net

November 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Eli Yanti said...

I pick A.

November 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger Giedre said...

How Reader Met Gower.

November 24, 2013 at 1:30 AM  
Anonymous bejeweledcat said...

Gini Koch, you are an evil, evil woman to make us try and choose something like this! Unable to choose myself, I decided to put it to the Wild Bunch. Malcolm's ballot is under the bed, lost amoung the dust bunnies - er, POOFS, those are poofs I swear. Yeti ran off with Angela's ballot - chasing it all over the house, proving himself a worthy advisary. Mama took Reader and Gower's ballot to her bed - gtooming it, then laying on it happily purring. Apparently, they can't decide either.

Honestly, I want them all! How could I not? Each possible story pulls at a different heartstring. But whichever story you choose to write will be amazing and we will love it!

{smoochies} bejeweledcat

November 24, 2013 at 4:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have to go for A would ,love love to know how theses 2 lovers met

November 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It is a toss up for me.I really want to know more about Reader and Gower but I would also love to hear about Angela and her adventures. But then I think everything you write is great so which ever one is picked would be great.

November 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Gini Koch said...

Congratulations Lisa Sperry (jlhsperry624@hotmail), the Gods of Random have spoken and you're the winner! See today's (11-25) blog post for instructions...and the reply order to claim the prize!

November 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM  

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