Monday, May 3, 2021

Happy May Means the Next READ THIS! Selection!

Happy May, Everybody!

Of course, May means more than just spring being fully here. There's also Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day, both of which are pretty much around the corner. So, if you celebrate, have a safe and Happy Cinco de Mayo and to everyone who's a mom, a grandmother, a step-mom, an aunt, a sister, or anyone doing the mother role (of which there are a lot of guys out there who deserve flowers on the day), may you have a wonderful day filled with love and appreciation. Or at least chocolate. 

In addition to all that celebrating, we have May's READ THIS! Book of the Month, so read on for all the deets!


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!

May 2021 READ THIS! Selection

The READ THIS! Selection for May 2021 is: 

Shattering the Ley
By Joshua Palmatier

Gini's Take: First in the Ley series, a fresh, compelling take on epic fantasy, set in a city of light and magic fueled by the leyline network. 

About the Author: Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy author with a PhD in mathematics. His most recent fantasy novel, Reaping the Aurora, concludes the fantasy series begun in Shattering the Ley and Threading the Needle, although you can also find his “Throne of Amenkor” series and the “Well of Sorrows” series still on the shelves. He is currently hard at work writing his next novel and designing the Kickstarter for the next Zombies Need Brains anthology project. You can find out more at or at the small press’ site Or follow him on Twitter as @bentateauthor or @ZNBLLC.
May 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.)
May's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Joshua Palmatier, will be on Thursday, May 20, 2021
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.

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

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

The READ THIS! Selection for June 2021 is: 

The Feral Childrean
By David Simpson

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.


The Superstions: Tales from the Mountains anthology is live! If you didn't pre-order, it's time to get your copies now! Featuring "Coyote and the Doorway Between the Worlds" by moi writing as A.E. Stanton.

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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