Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you and yours, may your New Year be safe and fun, and may 2016 be as awesome as you are!

Let's be happy readers out there and be good to each other while we're at it. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll most likely catch you on the flip side of the year!

Love,
Gini

Friday, December 4, 2015

Release Week Catch Up

Happy Friday! Well, it's been a busy release week for Alien in Chief! And I'm behind (on everything, but who's counting?) and about to leave for the out of town portions of book tour, so let's get caught up, shall we? We shall!

First off, my signing at the Poisoned Pen was a great success. Laughs, good books, and cake were shared by all, including those watching via the interwebs. Missed the signing or watching moi live? Not to worry! LiveStream has you taken care of! And you want to watch this LiveStream, because I make not one but TWO announcements that all y'all will want to know about. (Really. You will. Trust me.) And if you somehow have not gotten your copy of Alien in Chief (or any of my other bookie wookies yet), the Pen is a great place to do so -- they ship all over the world and I'm part of their Author Signing Program where you can get your books signed and personalized simply by ordering via phone or email.

Speaking of running my yap, I also did a podcast with the Two Gay Geeks wherein we drink a lot of wine and I share a lot of things, including what spin-offs I'd like to do from the Alien series.

Speaking of Alien in Chief, more reviews are in! See what Books 'N' Kisses, Under the Covers, Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, and Gizmo's Reviews thought of it!

Then, head over to Suvudu, where you can read all about how I don't want to arrested because of my browser history and things of that nature.

Speaking of reviews, we have folks catching up all over the place. So, check out what KD Did It and Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! thought of Alien Collective.


Then head over to The Heroine Bookstore where I'm thrilled to be the Author of the Month and see what they thought of Touched by an Alien. Keep THB bookmarked, because there will be some cool stuff happening over there later this month. All y'all might want to get onto their newsletter right now, as a matter of fact...

And speaking of Touched by an Alien, hit the If List and cast your votes for who should play what parts in that far off Hollywood dream. Hey, can't hurt, right? Plus you'll get to see who sees the characters like you do...and who doesn't. 

 

Alien in Chief isn't the only new book I've got for you. For those who don't e-read or who just want Installments 1-3 of the Martian Alliance Chronicles in one place, your wait is over. Alliance Rising is available from all the usual suspects (and though we sold out at the Poisoned Pen, they'll have more copies later in the month), and I'll also have copies with me on my next book tour stops.

Speaking of which, come see the me, have cake, and get those bookie wookies signed! Remember -- books make great holiday gifts! 

Saturday, December 5th
Signing Alien in Chief
Mass Signing of the Amazing Wyked Writers
Cake and prizes!
2:00pm
Barnes & Noble Henderson
567 North Stephanie
Henderson, NV 89014
702-434-1533
Food With Fans immediately after the signing

Saturday, December 12th
Signing Alien in Chief
Cake and prizes!
2:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747
Food With Fans immediately after the signing

Speaking of great books, have you gotten your copy of The X-Files: Trust No One yet? It's one of the 7 Short Story Anthologies You Need On Your Bookshelf according to allwomenstalk. See if you agree with their list and if you need to fill in your collection!

Speaking of filling your collection, check out what's coming in the first half of 2016 from Rebellion Publishing imprints Solaris and Abaddon, including the 3 novella anthology featuring my Holmes story, A Study in Starlets, in Alt. Sherlock Holmes: New Visions of the Great Detective.

After that, head over to Slice of SciFi and see what I think of the second season of The Librarians now that it's 5 Episodes In. Love the show? Have a favorite character, or one you hate? Haven't watched it yet or made up your mind? Join the discussion over at Slice!

And now it's time for some science! New Scientist and Cosmos both have articles about and photos capturing the formation of planets around  a distant star! Not insinuating that all y'all should pay attention to this because it might have a payoff later in the Alien series or anything...but I'm not insinuating that it won't, either.

Well, amazingly, that's it for today. But, as always, more's on the way. However, for the next two weeks, it will be a sporadic more. Those of you who want to keep close tabs on me should friend me on Facebook, since that's probably where I'll be checking in the most.

So, enjoy the downward slide into the weekend, see some of you over the next couple of weeks, and let's be Alien in Chief 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, November 30, 2015

Al...Most...There...

Happy Monday! Well, the release of Alien in Chief is almost here and with it my signing at the Poisoned Pen tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7pm. For those who can't make it in person, the LiveStream will be going on, so join in with Alien Collective Members in Very Good Standing around the world and come see the me in person or virtually!

And we have some reviews for Alien in Chief in, too! See what Pearls Cast Before a McPig and boeklogboek both thought of it! And, if you want a teaser before the main event, check out the prologue and first chapter at my Deathless Prose page, and then hit the Page 69 Test to see what's on that page in the book! And Tor.com has a nice listing of all the upcoming December releases!

That's it for today, but more's on the way before I leave for the out of town portions of book tour. So, enjoy the start of your weeks, see some of you in person or virtually tomorrow, and let's be Alien in Chief readers out there!

Love,
Gini

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winning Come Lately

Hey there! I know, I know, I'm late and was on unexpected radio silence. But, you know how it goes when the deadlines pile up. And if you don't, it goes like this -- I tend to be way behind. So let's get caught up, shall we? We shall!

First off, let's start with some reviews. Check out what Books 'N' Kisses thought of Alien Separation. Then see what I thought of SPECTRE over at Slice of SciFi and join the discussion over at Slice! After that, head over to Pearls Cast Before a McPig and check out her Teaser Tuesday for Alien in Chief!

Speaking of Alien in Chief, I have a very special announcement! In addition to receiving a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews, Alien in Chief is also up for an RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award in the Urban Fantasy category! It's up against books from nobodies like Patty Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Devon Monk, Nicole Peeler, and Lisa Shearin, so I know it's not winning, but it's a thrill to be nominated in their company!

Want a preview of what you're getting in about 2 weeks? Then head over to the Deathless Prose page and check out the prologue and first chapter of Alien in Chief!

A fast Tuscon Comic-Con recap. It was great. Got to panel with awesome authors T.L. Smith, Alan Black, and Sharon Skinner. Got to visit with many peeps, hang out a bit with authors Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, Austin Aslan, and Thomax Green, and grabbed an awesome painting from Chaos in Color as well as a cool Catwoman (circa Michelle Pfeiffer) mask that I wore to the Joshua Tree Gala the next weekend. For more on TCC, check out the recording, interviews, and pictures from Ragnarok and Roll and Creative Play and Podcast Network. Also had a great deal of fun at the Free Fall Writer's Workshop in Scottsdale, where I got to run the yap and hang out with cool authors, fans, and aspiring authors. So it's been a busy couple of weekends, but they've been worth it!

Next up and just in time for the holidays and all that jazz, you can now get the Martian Alliance Chronicles 1-3 in one volume! And for those of you who don't e-read, rejoice -- the physical copy is available at Create Space.

A reminder that Touched by an Alien is trying to earn votes and attention over at the If List so if you'd care to cast your vote for it to get made into a TV show or movie (hey, we can dream, right?), and also suggest who should play what, please do! The more attention, the better the chances!

Now for some science, because per blastr NASA spotted something coming OUT of a black hole! Algar's really hoping it's not the Black Hole Universe's Sheriff's Department, but only time will tell. ;-D

And now, finally and a week late, it's time to announce the winner of the edited galley for Universal Alien.

Beth Stevens

Many congrats! Winner has until November 20th to claim their prize. After that time, the Gods of Random will snatch back the prize and demand a new sacrifice, I mean, winner.

But you know...I was planning to announce Beth as the winner over a week ago, and then launch another contest. But deadlines have meant that I've run out of time and am going to be out of time for the foreseeable future. SO, rather than do another contest right now, it's Oprah Time, and the Gods of Random and I are just going to hand out prizes to those who entered to win this last edited galley 'cause we can!

Michael Creager -- you've won a physical copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 3 AND 4!
Giedre Sliumba -- you've won an e-copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 3 AND 4!
Hope Taylor -- you've won an ecopy of Unidentified Funny Objects 3 AND 4!
Linda Larrson -- you've won an ecopy of Unidentified Funny Objects 3 AND 4!
Peggy Preiss --  you've won an ecopy of Unidentified Funny Objects 3 AND 4!
Amanda Tamayo -- you've won a physical copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 4!
Viki S. -- you've won a physical copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 4!
Debbie Joyce -- you've won a physical copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 4!
Shawn Sumrall -- you've won a physical copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 4!

These winners also have until November 20th to claim their prizes. You know how capricious the Gods of Random can be. One day, they're giving generously, the next they're snatching away, so don't give them a chance to take your prize!

A reminder about my confirmed book tour stops for Alien in Chief:
Tuesday, December 1st
It’s the Release Day Signing & Party for Alien in Chief
Cake and prizes!
7:00pm
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone:(480) 947-2974
Toll Free: (888) 560-9919
No Food With Fans event but we WILL have cake, and that's just as good, right? Of course right!

Saturday, December 5th
Signing Alien in Chief
Mass Signing of the Amazing Wyked Writers
Cake and prizes!
2:00pm
Barnes & Noble Henderson
567 North Stephanie
Henderson, NV 89014
702-434-1533
Food With Fans immediately after the signing

Saturday, December 12th
Signing Alien in Chief
Cake and prizes!
2:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747
Food With Fans immediately after the signing

That's it for today (and probably this week), but as always, more's on the way! Congrats to all the winners, chin up there will be more chances coming soon to those who didn't win this time, and let's all 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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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Reminder: Last Days of Disco


Well, not really. But it IS the last days for you to get The Disciple by moi writing as Jemma Chase for a specially reduced Happy Halloween price at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Price goes back up Nov. 1st.

It's also the last days to enter to win the edited galley of Universal Alien. Scroll down or click this link to go to the Blah, Blah, Blah Blog post where the Rafflecopter resides and get entered to win today! Contest is still open internationally and runs until Nov. 4th.

Don't miss out on your next chances to see the me, either! I'll be at Tucson Comic Con with other Amazing Wyked Writers, November 6-8 at the Tucson Convention Center. We'll also be doing a panel, "Writing and Publishing Today" on Saturday, Nov. 7th, at 4pm. Plus we'll have tons of bookie wookies and other fun things, so don't miss out!

On Friday, Nov. 13th, I'll be one of the guest speakers at the Joshua Tree Masquerade Gala, 6-10pm, Elks Lodge, 14424 N 32nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85032. Great food, great cause, fun fashion show and silent auction, and moi running the yap -- what's not to love?

Then the next day, Saturday, Nov. 14th, I'll be at the Desert Rose RWA FREE Fall Writer’s Workshop. The day runs from 10:00am-4:30pm, and I'm running the yap from 11:30-12:20, sharing "Keeping Romance Fresh & Alive in a Long Running Series". The event is at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ. It's a great chance to see not only me but a bunch of other awesome authors, learn things, get books signed, and more, so don't miss it, whether you're an aspiring author or a just a reader who wants to learn more about "the process", it's a great day, and totally free!

Last but not least, check out my 5 Episodes In review of "Moonbeam City" over at Slice of SciFi. Watched it and have an opinion? Not sure if it's worth your time? Join the conversation over at Slice!

That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way. Enjoy the downward slide into the weekend, everyone have a very fun, happy, and SAFE Halloween (and please remember to watch for all the little A-Cs who will be out in the dusk and dark), and let's be winning readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love,
Gini

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Winning and More Winning

Hey there! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that your Mondays weren't totally blue. My weekend was great! Spent it in Mesa, AZ at the Comic and Media Expo and had a blast.
CMX 2015 Guests
Marcy Rockwell, Johnny Cage, Moi
Karl Yune, Moi, CMX Director/Owner Gackto Takaida



















Got to meet some hotties (like actor Karl Yune and the Johnny Cage cosplayer), had great panels, got to hang and panel with awesome authors Sharon Skinner, Marsheila Rockwell, and Tom Leveen, visited with many cool members of the Alien Collective, sold and signed many of the bookie wookies at the lovely Bonny Books booth, and generally had tons of fun.

Speaking of seeing the me, if you're in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area on Sunday, October 25th, come to the Arizona Consortium for the Arts' Annual Fall Festival of the Arts. (Say that three times fast.)

The Festival is at Papago Park, which is lovely, and will be loaded with authors and artists of all kinds, including awesome authors Alan Black and T.L. Smith. It should be tons of fun, so don't miss out!

And now it's time to announce the winner of the edited galley for Alien Collective:

Gina Todaro Freed

Many congrats! Winner has until October 26th to claim their prize. After that time, the Gods of Random will snatch back the prize and demand a new sacrifice, I mean, winner.

Next up, check out my review of "Steve Jobs" over at Slice of SciFi and see if it's right for you. Saw it already? Not sure if you want to? Join the conversation about it over at Slice!

Reminder 1: Unidentified Funny Objects 4, featuring "Support Your Local Alien", is now available. And check out the release day post from one of my fellow UFO4 authors, Michael J. Martinez.

Reminder 2: Touched by an Alien is up for votes at the If List so if you'd like to see the book/series as a TV show or a movie, add in your vote (please and thank you)!

Reminder 3:  From now through Halloween, the price of The Disciple and Other Stories of the Paranormal by moi writing as Jemma Chase has dropped to $2.99 for ebook at all outlets, Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. The price goes back up on November 1st, so get your treat now and enjoy some paranormal adventures during the rest of the Month O' Spooky.


And now, it's time for the next in our Long List O' Giveaways! That's right, now we're going to find out who's going to to be the next person to help me clean my office by winning the edited galley of Universal Alien!

The Rafflecopter is below the signature line. This contest is for Hook Me Up! subscribers only. If you're not on yet, get on now, because we're nowhere close to being done with contests this year. Send an email to gini@ginikoch.com with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line and you'll be in and able to win, win, win. (Reminder: If you're already on Hook Me Up! you do NOT need to resubscribe to be entered, and resubbing doesn't get you extra entries.) Contest is open internationally.

Contest will run from today, October 20, 2015 through Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Winner will be announced by November 10th and and will have until November 13th to claim their prize. After that time, the Gods of Random will snatch back the prize and demand a new sacrifice, I mean, winner. And yes, if you've won in recent contests you can still enter this one. The Gods of Random enjoy being generous sometimes, and you never know when it'll be your time to score more than once!

That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way. So enjoy the rest of the week, see some of you on Sunday, and let's be winning readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love,
Gini

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Halloween Treats Early

Hey there! Hope everyone's been having a wonderful week! I've been busy writing away on Camp Alien and other things, but since there's much going on, I figured I needed to stop and share it.

First up, a reminder that I'll be at Comic Media Expo this coming weekend. If you're into cosplay it's definitely the place to be. There's also a literary cosplay event -- so if you're coming, bring your Converse and rock t-shirts or your black suit and get in on the fun! You'll also get to hear from me and some other awesome authors about various fun things. AND I'll be doing some random giveaways at the event, both at my panels and at the Bonny Books bookstore booth, so don't miss out!


 My full CMX schedule:

Friday, October 16, 5:30pm – A Spotlight on Gini Koch’s Alien Series
Saturday, October 17, 1:00pm – Wyked Writers Panel
Saturday, October 17, 2:30pm – Using Comics in Your Novels
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 – Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Next up, I have a Halloween special for all y'all. From now through Halloween, the price of The Disciple and Other Stories of the Paranormal by moi writing as Jemma Chase has dropped to $2.99 for ebook at all outlets, Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. The price goes back up on November 1st, so get your treat now and enjoy some paranormal adventures during the rest of the Month O' Spooky.


Also, if you haven't gotten your copy yet, don't forget to pick up A Study in Starlets, my next alternate Sherlock Holmes adventure.

And, Unidentified Funny Objects 4, featuring the next story in my steampunk Alien universe, "Support Your Local Alien", is now available at Amazon. Get your copies today!

As a reminder, you have a couple days left to enter to win the edited galley of Alien Collective. It's for Hook Me Up! subscribers only, so if you're not on yet for some reason, now's the time to fix that oversight. Send an email to gini@ginikoch.com with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line and enter at the Rafflecopter below and hope that the Gods of Random choose to smile on you! Contest is open internationally.

Now it's time for the next Ask 5 Friends over at Slice of SciFi, and this time we're talking about Mars. Check it out and join the discussion over at Slice!

Then, head over to the If List where one of the Alien Collective has suggested that Touched by an Alien be adapted for film or TV. If you agree, please add your votes!

After that, check out the next places where you can see the me:

Sunday, October 25th 
12-5pm, Amazing Wyked Writers Booth, Arizona Consortium for the Arts Fall Festival of the Arts, Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 8th 
Amazing Wyked Writers Booth, Tucson Comic Con, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ

Friday, November 13th 
Guest Speaker 
JoshuaTree Masquerade Gala 
6-10pm, Elks Lodge, 14424 N 32nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85032

Saturday, November 14th 
Desert Rose RWA Free Writer’s Workshop 
10:15am - 4:30pm
11:30-12:20 Keeping Romance Fresh & Alive in a Long Running Series
Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ


Tuesday, December 1st 
It’s the Release Day Signing and Party for Alien in Chief
7:00pm 
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore 
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone:(480) 947-2974
Toll Free: (888) 560-9919

Saturday, December 5th 

Signing Alien in Chief
Mass Signing of the Amazing Wyked Writers
12:00pm 
Barnes and Noble Henderson 
567 North Stephanie, Henderson, NV 89014
702-434-1533

Saturday, December 12th 

Signing Alien in Chief
2:00pm 
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore 
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747  
More dates to come as they get confirmed!
Last but in no way least, my friend and author -- and the writer who many of you have heard me talk about as the person who gave me permission to write and who is, therefore, the reason all y'all have met Kitty and Company and all the others -- Phyllis Hemann, has a new poetry book out, The Invisible Heroine. It's wonderful, and you can get signed copies, even if you aren't anywhere near where her signings will be. 
That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way. See some of you this weekend at Comic Media Expo, I'll be announcing the winner of the Alien Collective galley on Monday, October 19th and another contest as well ('cause I'm a giver, me), so enjoy the rest of your weeks, have fantastic weekends, 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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