Wednesday, March 1, 2023

February's READ THIS! BotM, My CoastCon Schedule, and More!

Happy March!

February flew by and I'm about to fly to Biloxi, MS for CoastCon45. And, like February, March is chock-full of good going's ons, including the next READ THIS! selection for you, and more. So 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 and start your year right!


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!

March 2023 READ THIS! Selection

The READ THIS! Selection for March 2023 is: 

Even Villains Fall in Love
By Liana Brooks

Gini's Take: A cute, funny SFR about superheroes and supervillains that will have you giggling and rooting for the hero/villain/husband all the way through.

About the Author: Liana Brooks writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance for people who like fast ships, big guns, witty one-liners, and happy endings. She has lived almost everywhere in North America and currently resides in Seoul, South Korea. She is best known for her super villain romances starting with EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE and the enemies-to-lovers space opera series, Fleet of Malik. You can find Liana on the web at or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks.
March 2023 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.)
March's READ THIS! author Q&A with author Liana Brooks
will be on
Thursday, March 16, 2022
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.

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

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

The READ THIS! Selection for April 2023 is: 

No Choice
By Mel Todd

I'm super excited to be the
Author Guest of Honor
at CoastCon 45 in Biloxi, MS!

My current schedule:
Friday, March 3
6pm -- Opening Ceremonies
Saturday, March 4
1pm -- Laughter in Space: Including Humor Into Your Fiction
5pm -- Writer's Workshop
Sunday, March 5
1pm -- Debate This!

Otherwise I'll be hanging about running the yap and checking out all the things, so come on by and join me!

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 Sci-Fi and Alien Romance, which we know I know a thing or two about. 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
Demons Galore

Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
A Fantastic Fantasy Holiday
Hot Off the Press #87
Banned Books 2023
When Technology Goes Awry

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

Are you like Kitty, Surly Vic, and Hacker International in that you like "Star Wars", possbily quite a lot? Well, per NASA, we have 8 "Star Wars" planets in our own galaxy, and, universally speaking, not so far away...
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 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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