Monday, October 17, 2022

It's Time for October's READ THIS! Q&A and Tons More!

Happy Almost Halloween!

The spookiest time of the year is upon us! Whether you dress up for fun parties or to hand out treats, or both, or just stay home with the lights off and the scary movies on, I hope you have a fantastic and safe celebratory time!

But before we get to the parties and trick or treats, we've got a great READ THIS! Author Q&A. So, let's get right to it, shall we? We shall!

October 2022 READ THIS! Author Q&A
October's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Hal Bodner
will be on
Thursday, October 20, 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 November'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.)
October 2022 READ THIS! Selection
The READ THIS! Selection for October 2022 is: 

NOIR, Featuring "I Am the Ink"
Hal Bodner

Gini's Take: This is a very cool anthology with noir and noir-ish stories set in science fiction, horror, and fantasy settings. A must read, especially "I Am the Ink" which is just about a perfect noir story with a lot of depth.

About the Author: Hal Bodner is best known for writing hilarious paranormal featuring fluffy vampires with real bite. He writes paranormal romance and is working on a series of thrillers which paint classic noir with a lavender glaze, and the second in his fun and funny Whirlwind superhero novels released from Crossroads Press in 2021.

Reach him at
November's READ THIS! Selection

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

The READ THIS! Selection for November 2022 is: 


The Skewed Throne
The Throne of Amenkor #1
By Joshua Palmatier


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. In honor of Halloween, the tonnage of latest offerings are Bad Places - Evil Locations that Set the Scary SceneWe Love You, Scooby-Doo!Magic, Monsters, and True LoveGhost and Monster HuntersHaunted PlacesCreature Feature - Monsters and Hunters, and Hot Off the Press #81 and, as always, I have a lot to say on all the things! 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
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
Building the Story and Scares
Things That Go Bump in the Night -- Monster Hunters
Mythological Tropes in SF and Fantasy
Technology in Your Tales

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

More Yapping!

The Yap is Large and In Charge over at TG Geeks for Episode 400! Have a listen and have some fun!
See The Me!

The Hermitage Is Over!

We're down to my last con appearance of the year coming at the start of November. Hope to see some of y'all there, it's gonna be a fun one!
World Fantasy Con
New Orleans, LA
November 3-6, 2022

Friday, November 4
2:00pm Reading, Room TBD -- Note that this will be LiveStreamed, so if you want to see the me but can't get to WFC, there is an online registration and all online WFC participants can see all the LiveStreamed events! (And it's not too late to sign up for that, either!)
8:00pm Mass Author Signing, Room TBD

Saturday, November 5
4:00pm Panel: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To..., Room TBD

Read Out Loud!

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