Monday, April 1, 2024

The READ THIS! BotM, Preorder Time, the Yap in Charge, and More!


No Foolin', It's Already April!

Happy April Fool's Day and Easter Monday for those who celebrate it, and welcome to Spring! At least, hopefully we're all enjoying spring, or, if you're on the other side of the planet, fall. Nice weather, that's the hope, wherever in the world you may be.

Bebe Bayliss and I are thrilled with the response to our mystery novel, FALL'S GIRL (and so is our publisher!), there's more things to preorder, and the yap is once again large and in charge.

Plus we've got a fun anthology read for this month's READ THIS! selection, including a story by moi writing with Bebe again, so let's get to it all, 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!
Speaking of Reading Out Loud...

Graphic Audio has renewed the contract for The Legend of Belladonna, Part 1: Natural Born Outlaws, by moi writing as A.E. Stanton. If you haven't grabbed this fantastic audiobook, don't delay, grab it 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!

April 2024 READ THIS! Selection

The READ THIS! Selection for April 2024 is: 

Dragonesque (anthology)
Featuring "A King Arthur Dragon in Space Station 23's Court" by Gini Koch & Bebe Bayliss
And "Lord Bai and the Magic Pirate" by Jean Marie Ward,
With special editorial guest Joshua Palmatier

Gini's Take: A cool anthology featuring stories from the dragon's point of view. If you like dragons, this one's for you.

About the Author: Gini Koch ( writes all the things, often now with Bebe Bayliss (, and Jean Marie Ward ( rounds out the trio of dragon writers ready to tell you all about why they like the "big lizards," with editor Joshua Palmatier ( along to share what he looks for in anthology submissions (hint, hint for the authors, pubbed or aspiring, out there -- this is one you definitely don't want to miss) and what you can do to avoid the dreaded "not for us."
April 2024 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.)
April's READ THIS! author Q&A 
featuring Guest Host Hal Bodner
and Authors Bebe Bayliss,
Jean Marie Ward, and moi,
WITH Editor Joshua Palmatier
will be on
Thursday, April 18, 2024
from 9pm-10pm Eastern.

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

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

The READ THIS! Selection for May 2024 is: 

Benny Ramirez and the Nearly Departed
By Jose Pablo Iriarte

Speaking of Books...

There is no Kitty without Belle.

Want to read the book that is, truly, the reason I started writing? Well, now you can, because Natural Born Outlaws: The Legend of Belladonna Book 1 by moi writing as A.E. Stanton, is coming soon from Ginger Blue Publishing! Get your preorders in now from Amazon, B&N, and all the other usual suspects, so as to grab the bookie wookie as soon as possible. (And yes, for you audiobook lovers, scroll back up because the excellent audiodrama has been available from Graphic Audio for a while and is waiting for you to enjoy it.)
FALL'S GIRL, book 1 in the Fall's Girl Mysteries series, cowritten by moi and Bebe Bayliss, released last month from Ginger Blue Publishing. Thank you to all of you who preordered -- the publisher was super pleased and continued to be pleased with sales! And we'll be extra pleased if you could please leave a review, because those matter to everyone up and down the line, too.

But if you haven't gotten your copy yet, don't delay, grab it today from AmazonB&N, and all the other usual suspects! Don't miss out on a new heroine you're going to love -- possibly almost as much as you love Kitty.

The Kickstarter Funded!
I am SUPER excited to be a part of this anthology and I wanted to thank all of you who gave it love, particularly in the last week of the campaign. This is honestly the first time I've seen a Kickstarter languish in its first three weeks and yet surge in its last week. And surge it did! We not only made our goal but hit our first two stretch goals as well! I'll be keeping all y'all posted for when this one will be coming out, filled with stories from a host of excellent tie-in authors. My story (by moi writing as Anita Ensal) is set in my Belter's universe, so expect far future shenanigans!

More Yapping!

That's right, more yapping from me and other awesome authors over at ConTinual. The latest offerings are Adaptations of Philip K. Dick, where we discuss our faves, Nick Fury & Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, where I share my love of Fury and how I really feel about AoS, and The Predator, where we share which movie is our fave and I might have mentioned once or twice that I'm in a Predator anthology. So head over and watch and have some fun along with the rest of us at ConTinual!

Don't miss these other cool panels I've run the yap on this year:
Stocking the Holiday Bar
Captain America: WWII Hero for the Space Age
ARC and Beta Readers
Silent But Not Still
Storm: Orphan, X-Man, and Queen
Hot Off The Press 119
Historical Fiction
Comics Lair: Picks and Pans of 2023

And check out all the other cool ConTinual panels I've run the yap on over the past years -- you can find them over on The Yap In Charge! Plus there's a whole lot more over at the ConTinual YouTube page, so browse around and get your panel fixes in!

It's a new year and a new "I'm not quite done" message. BUT, I'm so close to done that I'm willing to say that all y'all can start expecting the Official News Of Goodness much sooner than later. (And now I wince and duck, waiting for what 2024 will throw at me for my hubris in sharing that I'm excited to be this close to turning the book in.)

So, watch this space, I have all the digits crossed that the information here is going to be new and different soon, quite soon...

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 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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