Tuesday, January 17, 2023

The First READ THIS! Author Q&A of the Year, My Con Schedule, & More!

It's Almost My Birthday!

Yes, it's true, I'm a January baby. I am not, however, a Year of the Rabbit baby because I fall at the very end of the Year of the Tiger. The hubs, however, is a Rabbit, though, happily, rarely a wrascly one. (And for those who know both of us, it's never been a mystery for which one of us was born in which cycle.)

But before my "big day" we have the first READ THIS! Author Q&A of the year, plus other fun things including a rather big announcement. So let's get to it, shall we? We shall!

January 2023 READ THIS! Author Q&A
January's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Alex Shvartsman
will be on
Thursday, January 19, 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 https://discord.gg/MnQDEKFYjU 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 February'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.)
January 2023 READ THIS! Selection
The READ THIS! Selection for January 2023 is: 

The Middling Affliction
Alex Shvartsman

Gini's Take: A great start to what I hope is going to be a series, this funny paranormal has a different take on powers, the hierarchy of the powerful, and snark for days. You know it got me with the snark, right?

About the Author: Alex Shvartsman is the author of The Middling Affliction (2022) and Eridani’s Crown (2019) fantasy novels. Over 120 of his stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, etc. He won the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction (2014) and was a two-time finalist (2015 & 2017) for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction.

His translations from Russian have appeared in F&SF, Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Asimov’s, etc. Alex has edited over a dozen anthologies, including the long-running Unidentified Funny Objects series.

Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY. His website is http://www.alexshvartsman.com.

February's READ THIS! Selection

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

The READ THIS! Selection for February 2023 is: 


Harsh Reality
By Elle E. Ire

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.

Speaking of more things to read, Unidentified Funny Objects 9, featuring "Sgt. Yeti" by moi, has been reviewed by Tangent Online. Check out the reviews, then grab your copy and enjoy!

Read Out Loud!

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


Con Season is starting early for me this year, so here's the list of the cons I'm guaranteed to be at in 2023. This list is definitely subject to change, with schedules to come and other events added on.

CoastCon 45
Biloxi, MS
March 3-5, 2023

I'm super excited to announce that I'm the Author Guest of Honor at Mississippi's longest running science fiction, fantasy, and gaming con! Come on down to the Gulf Coast and hang out with moi for a super fun weekend!

LibertyCon 35
Chattanooga, TN
June 23-25, 2023

San Diego Comic-Con 2023
San Diego, CA
July 19-23, 2023

GenCon 2023
Indianapolis, IN
August 3-6, 2023


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, hope this year starts wonderfully for all of you
, 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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