Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November's READ THIS! Book of the Month and Lots More!

Happy November!

Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday, and I look forward to it if I have a big group or small coming to the Manse, or if we're going out. Regardless of where I'm eating, I'm grateful that I get to be eating.

But I also like the feelings that surround the holiday. I mean, the food alone is worth getting excited for and I enjoy entertaining, usually in between writing like a crazed wolverine (yes, I will be doing that again this year, promise). Especially because Thanksgiving ensures that pumpkin spice everything will be available. Yes, it's true -- I love pumpkin spice everything (other than beer -- tried it, it wasn't for me).

I also enjoy the lead up to this holiday, even the shopping, because it's all about food and making things that, many times, you only make once a year. Yes, it's true, as the hubs can attest, I love to shop.

It's also true that, as always, we have a great selection for this month's READ THIS! as well as lots more, so, before we compare stuffing/dressing recipes and start the arguments for who makes the best pumpkin pies, let's get to it, shall we? We shall!

Read Out Loud!

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


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!

November 2022 READ THIS! Selection

The READ THIS! Selection for November 2022 is: 

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

Gini's Take: A plucky heroine, a throne that's become sentient and also gone completely crazy, and a great start to an epic fantasy adventure.

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 www.joshuapalmatier.com or at the small press’ site www.zombiesneedbrains.com. Or follow him on Twitter as @bentateauthor or @ZNBLLC.
November 2022 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.)
November's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Joshua Palmatier
will be on
Thursday, November 17, 2022
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.

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

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

The READ THIS! Selection for December 2022 is: 

Alliance Rising
Martian Alliance Chronicles 1-3
By Gini Koch

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 offering is a catch up from Halloween, Demons Galore. 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
Technology in Your Tales
Building the Story and Scares
Things That Go Bump in the Night -- Monster Hunters
Mythological Tropes in SF and Fantasy
Bad Places - Evil Locations that Set the Scary Scene
We Love You, Scooby-Doo!
Magic, Monsters, and True Love
Ghost and Monster Hunters
Haunted Places
Creature Feature - Monsters and Hunters
Hot Off the Press #81

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

The Hermitage Is Over!

We're down to my last con appearance of the year coming in just a couple of days. Hope to see some of y'all there, it's gonna be a fun one!

A reminder that you can STILL sign up for the virtual con, which is jam-packed with awesomeness, so if you can't be there in person, be there virtually and hang out with the others who are attending in cyberspace!

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

Friday, November 4
2:00pm Reading, Room Imperial 12 -- 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! It's still not too late to sign up for the virtual con and the programming for that starts on Wednesday, so you'll get a lot of bang for your virtual bucks!
8:00pm Mass Author Signing, Celestine Foyer

Saturday, November 5
4:00pm Panel: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To..., Room Imperial 5
Here's a nice little review of Aliens Abroad from KD Did It Edits. See if you agree with her take on the book!

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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