Monday, March 13, 2023

READ THIS! Author Q&A, CoastCon Recap, and More!

It's Almost St. Patrick's Day!

Time for all of us to pretend we're Irish at least for a day and love the color green, the Emerald Isle, U2, and putting green food coloring into many things it doesn't belong in. The fact that this year St. Patty's (Paddy's? Paddies? Patties?) Day falls on a Friday should mean a weekend of fun. But SAFE fun, because Monday is the first official day of Spring, and we all want to see that, right? Of course right!

But before we celebrate the Irish and Spring (letting the soap joke go, with effort), we have the READ THIS! Author Q&A com this Thursday. So let's get to it, shall we? We shall!

March 2023 READ THIS! Author Q&A
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!

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 April'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.)
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.  
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


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.

CoastCon Recap!

I had a super time being the Author Guest of Honor at CoastCon this year! It's a nice smaller con that really knows how to take care of its guests. All the attendees were lovely, the guests were super, the con organizers were on top of things, and I had a blast! 
In addition to getting to meet a lot of new folks, including awesome authors J.B. Garner and and Julie Wetzel (who also makes adorable crafts), I got to spend time with the Media Guests of Honor, Kevin E. Thompson and Tracey McCoy Thompson. You know Kevin from a ton of movies, but foremost as one of the main Ewoks in "Return of the Jedi". Kevin and Tracey are awesome folks and they have a book out about Kevin's experiences making Jedi -- My Journey to Endor -- which is a really great read I highly recommend.

The Ewok Patrol (clockwise from top left: Moi, Bruce Duckett, John Perkins, Kevin E. Thompson, Tracey McCoy Thompson)

Speaking of all things Star Wars, Fan Guest of Honor Chip Lechner was both a lot of fun and instrumental in getting Kevin to the con, so a win all around!

I also got to spend time with one of the Originals on Team Tuckerization, James Conason (yeah, you know his name) who's been A Member of the Alien Collective in Very Good Standing for a very long time.
And of course there was the food. Biloxi is right on the Gulf of Mexico and that means amazing sea food. Delicious meals abounded, including at See Wee Roll, where we had a lot of delicious sushi and hibachi.
(Clockwise from front: Elizabeth, Glenna, and Michael Lambert, Christina Spinelli, and Moi)

CoastCon has it all, including panels, tons of gaming, workshops, a great dealer's hall, and, of course, cosplay. There were a lot of great costumes, but Jay and Silent Bob were my favorites.

Read Out Loud!

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


CoastCon is over, but there's lots more cons a'comin' and these are the ones I'll be attending. This list is definitely subject to change, with schedules to come and other events added on. So make your plans to come see the me!

LibertyCon 35
Chattanooga, TN
June 23-25, 2023

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

DragonCon 2023
Atlanta, GA
August 31 - September 4, 2023

I'm an Author Guest this year AND we'll be back in the booth, so lots of ways to see the me!

GenCon 2023
Indianapolis, IN
August 3-6, 2023

I'm a Symposium Author again this year, so make your plans to make it to this fun con now!

World Fantasy Con
Kansas City, MO
October 26-29, 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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