Monday, April 3, 2017

Educational Preview

Happy Monday!

Alien Education's not all that far away. In fact, just about a month away. And you know what that means?

As my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, that means it's time for all y'all to hit the Deathless Prose page for the prologue and first chapter, that's what it means!

Enjoy the "pre-read" and, while you're at it, please remember to do the other "pre" and pre-order Alien Education (and Aliens Abroad), too, 'cause those pre-orders matter.

Know what else matters? Cool Kickstarters getting funded. It's basically the last days of disco for the Unidentified Funny Objects 6 Kickstarter. There's no book if it doesn't fund and, much to my dismay, this one's still got a ways to go to fully make it.

So please take a look, check out all the great backer rewards, and help this cool, fun, and funny anthology see the light of day!

Next up, while the Tuscon Festival of Books seems so far away now (you know, 3 weeks), it's right here, because the HBS Author's Spotlight has done a lovely write-up of the Dreams booth where I and a ton of other awesome authors were based. We routinely get voted the best author booth at the Festival, so check out why! Candid photos, book blurbs, and more for your perusing -- and new book/author finding -- pleasure! (And I think the candid taken of moi is very good, too!)

Remember that I'm going to be all over the place in the coming months, so hit the Datebook early and often to be sure that you don't miss seeing the me!

And, while you're at it, check out Newsy Stuff for top headlines, the Bibliography for new (or old) releases you may have missed, Extra Me! for interviews, reviews, and all that jazz, and the Alien Collective Depot for all your cool swag needs!

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way. Enjoy the first week of April 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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Monday, March 27, 2017

Exciting News...And A Whole Lot More!

 
Happy Monday!

Well, as my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, there's some exciting stuff I'm about to share with you. But first -- have you signed up for March Mania yet? There are LOTS of prizes and it's not too late! Just click right HERE and get entered to win big!

Next up, look at this cover to the left. I personally think this might be the cutest, funniest UFO cover yet. But it won't become real if the Kickstarter isn't funded. :-(

There are lots of great backer rewards, and there are still some tuckerizations left, including a couple of mine.

(Psst... Due to some things you don't know about yet, but will find out soon enough, whoever gets the tuckerizations for UFO6 is going to end up tuckerized in short stories in both the Alien Series and a different series...and that means main series bleed-over. Not saying which additional one yet, but it will be cool.)

So click HERE and head on over to check out the Kickstarter so we can get some funny on!

Now...guess what was just named an RT Book Reviews Top Pick? That's right, Alien Education! In fact, check out some of the lovely things they said in their May 2017 issue:

"Koch’s genius for taking the completely outlandish and making it seem perfectly plausible insures her loyal readers are in for yet another amazing roller-coaster ride. Great stuff!"

Guess what helps your girl out? That's right, pre-orders! They're about the most important thing going for authors these days (followed closely by Amazon reviews). So please do your girl a solid and pre-order Alien Education (and Aliens Abroad, while you're at it) and help ensure that we keep on keeping Kitty going and going and going...!

And speaking of going... It's time for that BIG News I mentioned earlier! Wait for it...wait for iiiitttt...

KITTY'S GOING TO 20 IN 2020!

I know, it's too happy to be true, but true it IS! DAW Books has just bought Books 18, 19, and 20 in the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series!

Due to my wanting to change a few things around to make it more challenging for Kitty & Company and therefore more fun for you and me, the release order will now be:

Book 15 - Alien Education
Book 16 - Aliens Abroad
Book 17 - Aliens Like Us
Book 18 - Alien Galaxy
Book 19 - Alien Rescue
Book 20 - Alien Reckoning


(If we have any Goodreads Librarians noting this, if you could please share this change with the Powers That Be over there, it would be a lovely bit of help!)

So, get ready to keep rockin' with Kitty all over the galaxy, the multiverse, and the universe, because we're goin' to twenty!

We're entering the heavy Con Season and May's Book Tour is lining up as well. So, here's where you can see the me this Spring and Summer!

APRIL
Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30
StokerCon 2017
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

MAY
Tuesday, May 2, 7pm-8pm
Release Day Signing at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd., Suite #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA, (480) 947-2974, (888) 560-9919
Yes, there will be cake!
LiveStream for those who can’t make it in person – details to come!
Note: Food With Fans Event at 5pm prior to the signing; RSVP to Gini directly if you plan to attend – reservations will be needed!

Saturday, May 6, 2pm-6pm
Signing Alien Education with the Amazing Wyked Writers
Barnes & Noble Henderson
567 North Stephanie, Henderson, NV 89014 , 702-434-1533
Note: Food With Fans Event immediately after the event

Saturday, May 13, 10am-7pm
Signing Alien Education at the Mysterious Galaxy Birthday Bash
5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111, 858-268-4747
Yes, there will be cake!
Note: Food With Fans Event immediately after the event

Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, May 28
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
Booth # To Come
Panel Schedule To Come
Evening Erotica Event – day/time To Come, but make your plans to attend now!

JULY

Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4
I’m the Local Author Guest of Honor at Westercon 70!
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281, (480) 894-1400
Full Schedule to Come
Evening Erotica Event – day/time To Come, but make your plans to attend now!

Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23
Running the Yap and Signing the Bookie Wookies at the Granddaddy of Them All
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Full Schedule to Come

More details and dates to come as things confirm!

Last but not least, if you're heading to the movies, check out what I thought of Power Rangers over at Slice of SciFi. Loved it? Hated it? Aren't sure you want to go? Join the discussion over at Slice!

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way! So, enjoy your weekends, have wonderful weeks, and let's be Goin' To 20 readers out there! Peace out, my li'l ganstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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Monday, March 6, 2017

March Mania Cage Match Festival!

Hey there, everybody,

Check it out! There's an exciting contest going on right now, the March Mania Giveaway where you could win a $500 Amazon Gift Card! I know, it's too happy to be true! But true it is! Click on the link and get entered to win!

It's going on all month, but don't delay, get entered to win today!

But that's not all that's going on!

Come See The Me at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 11 & 12, 2017, University of Arizona Mall!

I'll be at Booth 111 selling and signing all the bookie wookies, and Museum of Robots will be with me, too, selling all the cool stuff, including all the items in their Gini Koch Collection!

In addition to finding me at the biggest author booth of the Festival, come hear me and other awesome authors chat about various fun things!

Saturday, March 11, 4:00-5:00pm
Building Alternate Worlds

How to create worlds where magic is real and gods, ghosts, and ghouls walk among us.
Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)
Panelists: Gini Koch, Erika Lewis, Brian McClellan, Samantha Shannon
Moderator: David Lee Summers

Sunday, March 12, 1:00-2:00pm
How I Got Published

Stories of perseverance, resourcefulness, and serendipity.
Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)
Panelists: Gini Koch, Erika Lewis, Brian McClellan
Moderator: Janni Lee Simner

GET READY TO HELP KITTY RUMBLE!
Next up, it's time once again for the Unbound Worlds Cage Match 2017!

The Unbound Worlds Cage Match 2017 begins TODAY (March 6th)! And Kitty's in the battle and needs all your votes to be able to win! Please vote early, and check out all the other matches going on, too!

Last time I didn't make it out of the second round, but last time Kitty wasn't in the battle. Since she is, show her you believe that she's the best and Vote for Kitty!

Speaking of Kitty, remember to do your girl a solid and pre-order Alien Education and Aliens Abroad. You'll be happy you did and I'll love you even more than I already do.

Next up, we have a new Kickstarter starting on Tuesday, March 7th! (Say that three times fast.) Unidentified Funny Objects 6 is ready to start funding. There are lots of prizes, and I have four (that's right 4) tuckerizations available. So, if you've ever wanted to be in the Alien Series, now's your time, because my story for this antho is Tim's origin story, "Alien in the Classroom".

The Kickstarter is going live on the 7th, so watch my Facebook and Twitter feeds for the links to the campaign, or look on Kickstarter for Unidentified Funny Objects 6.

After that, listen to Moi run the Yap over at the Spaced Out With Lisa Caskey Podcast! Lisa's an awesome author, and she and I yapped for quite a while. So, there's a Part 1 and Part 2 for you to check out!

And, as a little teaser, I'll have some new (and good) Alexander Outland news coming soon!

Last but not least, if you're heading to the movies, check out my review of "Table 19" over at Pop Culture Geeks.

That's it for today, but, as always, more's on the way. So let's be March Mania, Cage Match fighting, Festival attending, with a side of Kickstartering readers out there! Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love, Gini

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Monday, February 6, 2017

In Memorium

Last week it was all about the good news. This week, sadly, it's all about the bad. 2016 was filled with celebrity loss but losses that were very personal for me happened at the end of that year and the start of this one.

The day before I went on book tour in December to promote Alien Nation, we found out that my father-in-law had stage 4 lung cancer, in his lung, throat, and spine. Prognosis wasn't good, but Dad was a fighter, and he made it into 2017.
Chuck and Patsy

Someone else did not. One of my BFF's, author Terry Smith, got the call you don't want the day after our book signing in Henderson, NV. Her stepfather, Charles Stevens, had sat down to put on his shoes and died. While Chuck's health hadn't been great, no one, least of all Terry and her mom, expected him to go in this way. 

Chuck was an Army veteran, and he's survived by his wife, Patsy, and a large extended family who all miss him. If you would like to offer support, please donate to the Brain Trauma Organization in the name of Charles E. Stevens.

Meanwhile, Dad fought to get home, and he did, on Christmas Eve. But it was downhill from there, and he passed on January 11th and the funeral was the 19th. (Yes, for those of you who were wondering, this is the reason I was so late finishing Alien Education.)
Dad and Moi
Dad was a wonderful person and he was my father just as much as he was my father-in-law. He was a veteran of the Army and also of the Hollywood studio system, where he was a legendary best boy and key grip. He was a Union man, a loyal friend, and, occasionally, a goofball. He was also a loving husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather.

He's survived by his wife of over 60 years, three sons who are all wonderful husbands, fathers, and members of society, three daughters-in-law who loved him for who he was and what he taught their husbands to be, and five grandchildren who are all either great young adults or wonderful little kids. If you would like to offer support, please donate to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital in the name of Douglas Vernon Cook.

Someone else was also fighting cancer -- my good friend, author Alan Black. Alan and his wife, Duann, hadn't told a lot of people about his fight, but I was one who knew. I had nothing but confidence that Alan would beat cancer -- he was doing everything right and had the right mindset and all the support. And at our book signing in Henderson, NV, Alan was looking good, feeling confident, ready to write on for years to come.
Alan and Duann

And yet, when Steve and I came home from Los Angeles and Dad's funeral, the call came -- Alan had lost his battle with cancer and had died on the 21st. 

Alan was an Air Force veteran, an excellent author, a good friend, and a wonderful husband, and Duann is now carrying on his legacy as best she can for all the fans and friends who wish Alan was still right next to them, spinning tales. If you would like to offer support, please donate to Arizona Consortium for the Arts in the name of Alan Black.

Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and tell the people that you care about that you care about them. You never know when "see you at the next one", "see you when I get back" or "see you later" will be the last thing you ever say to someone. Be sure that the people you love know that you love them while they're still here to enjoy that knowledge.

Peace out, my li'l gangstas, know that I love each and every one of you, and let's be loving each other readers out there.

Love,
Gini

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

An Eductional Cover Reveal

Hey there, Hook Me Up! Gang,

Hope the start of the new year has been treating you well! There's been a lot going on, some good, some bad, but I want to share the good with all y'all right now!

First off...we have the cover reveal for Alien Education over at the Premieres page! After you gaze lovingly upon it, please remember that pre-orders are kind of vital these days, so please get those in early and often.

Then...it's coming...to a country near...well, the Czech Republic, actually. That's right, Fantom Print has bought the foreign language rights to Touched by an Alien and Alien Tango! Not sure of the publication dates yet, but if you're in or know folks in the CR, please give them the head's up that the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series is coming their way!

And now, for some science! First up, we have videos from NASA showing our probe landing on Titan! And, for those of a more metaphysical, Algarian nature, we also have The Earth Child sharing that quantum theory may show that there's a different kind of life after death.

That's it for today but, as always, more's on the way! So, So peace out, my li'l ganstas, and let's be cover viewing readers out there!

Love,
Gini

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Vote for Alien Nation!

Greetings Members of the Collective! Congrats on navigating the first week of 2017 

The interwebs are talking and Alien Nation is back in the spotlight! It would be great if you could head on over to Critters Workshop and give your girl Gini a vote in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Category.


Help the world discover what you already know: Kitty and the gang are the best and the baddest around!

Voting is open for the next seven (from the 7th) days. 

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holiday Wishes

To all of you and yours from all of me and mine,

Happy Christmas Eve, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and Happiest of Holidays to everyone. May your last week of 2016 be wonderful and stress-free, and may your 2017 be your best year yet!

Love,
Gini

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