Monday, June 13, 2022

June's READ THIS! Q&A and A Whole Lot More!

Happy Mid-June!

Sing it with me...we're at the edge of...LibertyConnnnn.

Yes, I'm excited to leave the hermitage and get to see as many of all y'all as I can, and LibertyCon is the start of my con year. Plus there's a whole lot more going on including a lot of yapping!

So read on, because the next READ THIS! Author Q&A is just a few days away (and I'll be running it from my hotel room, should anyone want to try to see how I pack for trips), and it promises to be another good one! So 
let's get right to it, shall we? We shall!
June 2022 READ THIS! Author Q&A
June's READ THIS! author Q&A with G. Russell Gaynor will be on
Thursday, June 16, 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 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 2022 READ THIS! Selection
The READ THIS! Selection for June 2022 is: 

The Mind of the Man-Child
G. Russell Gaynor

Gini's Take: With a few exceptions, William's always seen himself as a normal high school kid. Only...he's not. Wow, is he not. A great first novel that asks a big question: What if the Tower of Babel had been an act of man and not an act of God?

About the Author: A US Navy Brat turned screenwriter and novelist, G. Russell Gaynor's been in an unending pursuit of one thing: a good story. To that end, he's explored strange new worlds... far, far away... coming across a ring here, an horcux there, spinning round a wheel, and using stars as steppingstones and waystations.
July's READ THIS! Selection

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

The READ THIS! Selection for July 2022 is: 

The Healer's Legacy
The Healer's Trilogy, Book 1
By Sharon Skinner


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, Hot off the Press #72, where I'm talking about upcoming releases, and Unicorns And Other Fantastic Creatures, a lively and fun topic. 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

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

There's a whole lot more over at the ConTinual YouTube page, so browse around and get your panel fixes in!
The Yap is Larger and Even More In Charge!
And here's the second interview with Long Lost Friends wherein we yap about even more things, including why and how I use all the pen names that I do (and a few hints for what's coming in the future for Kitty & Co.).
Check out my first interview with Long Lost Friends wherein we yap about a lot of things, including some of my tips for beginning writers (and a special announcement).
See The Me!

The Hermitage Is Over!

Here are the cons I am confirmed to be going to this year. Panels, readings, signings, and such will be updated as I have the info, but I will definitely be at these places and hope to see some of or all y'all there! 

Chattanooga, TN
June 17-19, 2022
Friday, June 17
2-3pm, Reading: Les Johnson & Gini Koch, CC - Mtg Rm 7
5-6pm, Opening Ceremonies, CC - Ballroom E
6-7pm,  Autograph Session: Karen Bogen, Seanan McGuire, Gini Koch, Karl Gallagher, John Holmes, M - Plaza Ballroom
8-11pm, Selling & Signing (and giving hugs) in the Authors/Artists Alley

Saturday, June 18
9-10pm, Panel: Cross Genre Westerns, CC - Mtg Rm 6 (STEM)

Sunday, June 19
10-11am, Roundtable: Humor in SF and Fantasy, CC - Mtg Rm 3
11am-12pm, Panel: The Allure of Paranormal Romance and Noir, CC - Mtg Rm 5

San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego, CA
July 20-24

Indianapolis, IN
August 4-7, 2022

Thursday, August 4
10-11am, Workshop: Finding Your Voice
1-2pm, Panel: Blurbs
2-3pm, Panel: Writing Sex Scenes
3-4pm, Panel: POV Pandemonium
4-5 pm, Panel: Trouble...Or Paradise?
5-6pm, Panel: Empathy for Your Other

Friday, August 5
10-11am, Workshop: Writing the Dreaded Synopsis
11am-12pm, Panel: Picking Your Path as a Creator
1-2pm, Signing
2-3pm, Panel: My Book Has a Soundtrack
4-5pm, Panel: Writing in 3D

Saturday, August 6
1-2pm, Signing
2-3pm, Panel: Quiet Fantasy
4-5pm, Panel: Imagining Alternate Futures

Atlanta, GA
September 1-5, 2022

Thursday, September 1
Hyatt International South Ballroom is the location for the Page to Stage Costume Contest, and check out which character of mine is going to be up for cosplaying (probably not who you're expecting)! Prejudging starts at 5:30, judging at 8:30, and yes, I plan to be there! Register to participate in this cosplay event here.

Friday, September 2
8pm-12am Fantasy Gather, Hyatt Hanover C-E
Come hang out with me and a plethora of other authors. Find books and have fun!  

*Note: this is not my full DragonCon schedule. As events confirm, I'll list them here, so watch this space!

World Fantasy Con
New Orleans, LA
November 3-6, 2022

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 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, 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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