Monday, August 22, 2016

Update To Begin All The Updates...

Howdy all, Ro here... new member from the land of Team Gini.

My mission (which I accepted prior to getting the "to do" list) is to try and catch up the Giniverse news so someone *ahem* can keep her butt-in-seat and focus on all that writing we do so love reading. Have no fear, The Gini is alive and sassy just like we like her. 

So without further ado, let's commence the updating...

Coming soon to (another) a Kickstarter campaign near you

"Submerged" by Justin Adams, Varia Studios
Zombies Need Brains launches the mother of all campaigns for THREE new sci-fi/fantasy anthologies on August 31st! Each anthology's set to feature 14 new stories from some of our favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors. That's right,  no reprints, no re-releases, all new stories for you to peruse.  

The picture featured to the right is the cover art for Submerged. The artwork for all three campaigns, including this piece, comes courtesy of Justin Adams of Varia Studios.

Gini's contributing stories to two of the anthologies: All Hail Our Robot Conquerors and Submerged. Just to keep everyone on their toes. Team Tuckerization, start your engines, and anyone else who wants to be in a story of hers (the Submerged story will be horror, the Robot story will be an Alien series short) get ready.  Check out the campaign page for further info. They're planning a serious mix of prize goodness, including ebooks from Gini, at various backer times and levels. Be an early backer...you know you want to. 

New way to keep in the loop on the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series news AND MORE

Gini's publisher for the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series, DAW, launched a new newsletter.

 The DAW newsletter features: new releases, e-book and back-list promotions, giveaways, especially exciting media hits DAWthors have in the preceding month, and other most excellent news. 

To take advantage of this direct from the publisher way to add to your Giniverse news stream, SIGN UP, then watch your inbox!  


Swag from the Giniverse

If you haven't had a chance to swing by Museum of Robots  and check out the collection of items available from the multi-verse of Gini you're totally missing out!  

You know you need a Poof tote. ...just look at it. 

I won't lie, I waved the Poof in many a person's face at SDCC this year. It's not my fault Mous-Mous felt feisty. I just facilitated the attitude. I mean, who am I to deny a Fluff Baby?

                                                                                                                 

Interviews around the Interwebs

As you're aware, Gini's been out and about this summer. All that go-go-go equals plenty of interviews to be found online.

In May: 

In betwixt holding court and signing all the things, Gini took a timeout during the Mysterious Galaxy birthday bash to sit down with geekitude to chat about the goings on in the Giniverse.

Gini also spent some time with Creative Play and Podcast chatting about "her writing trials and tribulations," her book, Plush Life, and the Kickstartered anthology MECH: Age of Steel.


 
If you've not had a chance to meet the Gini in the wild (or even if you have), here's the video of her full talk during the signing for Camp Alien at The Poisoned Pen on May 23rd:


and then comes...July: 

If you ever had a question you wanted to ask Gini but didn't feel you could (although, let's face it you can always ask...and you know she always answers) check out a her interview Q and A from Writerly Things. Mayhap author Tristan Vick already asked it for you. 

And to give you a wee taste of the goings-on from SDCC 2016, watch the video from the Worldbuilding panel wherein Gini and her fellow authors: Jon Skovron, Claudia Christian, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Mull, and Scott Sigler, with moderator Cindy Pon, discuss how they build a living, breathing environment for their characters.


Early August feature: 

Since the Giniverse transcends borders (and time...) check out this interview with Zwartraafje. (Yes, it's in Dutch, but don't worry -- there's an English translation included. Just scroll down...all the way down...and it'll be there.) The interview celebrates all things Gini and, who knows, you may learn something you'd yet to discover.  Gini guarantees that you will, since there were some very new questions asked.


I know, you're wondering if any movie-going or TV watching went on in the time of silence; this is Gini, so OF COURSE movies happened. If you missed any reviews head on over to  Slice of SciFi and Pop Culture Geeks check out what she thought of: 
And now a few for moments in SCIENCE: 

This week at NASA we reexamine when a supernova actually happened in our galaxy. Give it a read and see why their findings stripped away the exploded planet's connection to an event previously recorded by the Chinese, thereby kicking it from the annuls of history. 

For those of you following all things Planet Nine (I still say we're up to planet ten because number nine is Pluto now and forever-My Very Educated Mother Just Served U Nine Pickles!- yes, I hold a grudge against Pluto Killers dangit), I hope you caught the Science Alert piece on what Physicists think Planet Nine really is back in June. 


I'd hate for you to be tired of me all in one go so I think that's it for now. Have no fear there's more to come ( I didn't even get to the part where I clue you in to the things coming [back] to the Giniverse (there's this Instagram account just SITTING there...) or all the latest places you can find reviews and commentary on the works of Gini around the webisphere or who she wants to shout out and support. 

Leave me a comment below, let me know what you'd like to be kept up-to-date about or things you'd like to see added to the news blasts.

So stay tuned, more to come, and I'll catch you on the flip side (I do hereby solemnly swear I used this phrase before ever meeting Gini, talking to Gini or reading her blog...blame Rocco from Boondock Saints).

Ro

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Requiem

This was supposed to be an update to recap SDCC and about things going on and contests starting and whatnot. But it's not going to be that thing after all.

R.I.P. Beth, you are & will be missed
We lost a Member of the Alien Collective in Very Good Standing, Elizabeth "Beth" Vrabel, last night to a sudden, unexpected, massive heart attack. She was in her late 40's, making this loss even more shocking. Her best friend, Tera Ireland, has shared what happened on Facebook if you want the full details.

Beth has been a part of the Alien Collective for so long that I can't remember when she joined up -- in my memory, she's just always been there, being cool and fun and encouraging. We talked all the time on Facebook and in emails, she was part of Team Tuckerization because she was always supporting any Kickstarter I was in, and she was looking into coming to Westercon 70 next year so we could finally meet in person. And now that will never be.

Beth was a fun, cool, funny, and loving person, and she will be greatly missed. She loved many things, but animals -- her cats in particular -- were number one. If you'd like to make a donation in her name (since she was clear that she didn't want flowers or similar), please consider one of her favorites, the Odd Cat Out Sanctuary or any no kill shelter, animal rescue, or wildlife fund you personally support.

Also, if you're in the Portland, Oregon area, Beth's three cats are currently with Tera but will need to be re-homed as Tera's cats are indoor/outdoor and Beth's are indoor only. If you are able to take one or (hopefully) all 3 of them, please keep a lookout -- Tera will be handling their placement, probably starting next week (and I'll send out that information as I get it). Right now, things are too raw and she doesn't want to do something out of grief that might not be best for Beth's beloved furbabies who are all very confused and missing their Furmom.

Hug the people you love and like, call those you can't hug in person, don't put off until tomorrow sharing what someone means to you. In case all y'all weren't sure, I love and appreciate each and every one of you and am glad you're in my life in whatever way you are. Stay you, stay strong, stay together.

Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side.

Love,
Gini

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Monday, July 18, 2016

I Ain't Ded 2016/SDCC 2016 Schedule

Hey there! Don't faint, I'm still alive.

I know, it's been ages. I've been busy (read: been horrifically late on yet another book but it's finally turned in). Hoping the first half of 2016 has been good to all of you (and, let me just say right now that I cannot BELIEVE that I have not done one of these all year, but, um, it's been an intense year so far). I have tons going on. I have no time to tell you about it yet. I swear to all the Gods and Monsters that I will catch all y'all up on all the things once I'm home from San Diego Comic-Con, where I go tomorrow.

BUT, until then, and for those of you who might be going or have friends, family, or acquaintances going, here's my SDCC schedule.

Wednesday, July 20, Preview Night Author signing Camp Alien and all the other bookie wookies at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth 1119, 6-9pm. Preview night special: If you buy 3 books or more (don't all have to be mine, just have to be available at the MG booth), you get an exclusive Gini Koch totebag. It's large, it has a Poof on it, and you know you want it.





Thursday, July 21, Signing The Night Beat and Alexander Outland: Space Pirate while showing off all the cool things they have in their Gini Koch Collection (including an amazing expandable Poof Tote) at Museum of Robots booth 4634 (near the big Warner Bros. booth), 11:30am-12:00pm

Friday, July 22, Signing The Night Beat and Alexander Outland: Space Pirate while showing off all the cool things they have in their Gini Koch Collection (including an amazing expandable Poof Tote) at Museum of Robots booth 4634 (near the big Warner Bros. booth), 11:30am-12:00pm

Saturday, July 23, Signing The Night Beat and Alexander Outland: Space Pirate while showing off all the cool things they have in their Gini Koch Collection (including an amazing expandable Poof Tote) at Museum of Robots booth 4634 (near the big Warner Bros. booth), 11:30am-12:00pm

Saturday, July 23, Worldbuilding: Creating Realistic Fantasy Settings panel, Room 9, 2-3pm -- come see the me, Scott Sigler, Seanan McGuire, Claudia Christian, Brandon Mull, and Jon Skovron yap about how we do all the things we do, moderated by Cindy Pon!

Saturday, July 23, Worldbuilding Panel Autograph Session, Sails Pavilion, AA09, 4-5pm

Sunday, July 24, Signing Camp Alien and all the other bookie wookies at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth 1119, 2-3pm

Hope to see some of the Alien Collective there. If you want to stay abreast of what's going on while I'm at the con, Facebook and Twitter will be your best bets.

Hope all of you have a fantastic time while I'm gone. Hope I'll get that contest I've been promising actually going.  Hope I'm not going another 6+ months without catching all y'all up on the madness that is Life With Gini. :-D So, until the next time (cross the digits that it's in about 2 weeks), 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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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It's Release Day!

Happy Camp Alien release day! I'm heading out for Book Tour at the end of the week (more on that later) but there's much going on, starting with what all y'all have been waiting for -- Camp Alien is here!

And it's here in style! Barnes and Noble chose it as one of their top picks for May! Check out what they said and then see what Pearls Cast Before a McPig, Live to Read, Under the Covers, and Night Owl Reviews also thought of it!

Come see the me to get your copies of Camp Alien signed! I'll be at the Mysterious Galaxy Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 7. I'll be at the store by 2pm, because I'll be interviewed live by the geektitude podcast at 2:30. For a preview of what's to come, check out geektitude epidsode 28 that has an interview with MG owner and all around cool chick, Maryelizabeth Yturralde. Cake at 3:00, then I'll be on a panel with Marie Andreas, Jonathan Maberry, and Sharon Skinner at 3:30. SO MUCH FUN! Food With Fans after the signing.

On Saturday, May 14, I'll be with the Amazing Wyked Writers at Barnes and Noble Henderson for a mass signing from 2:00-5:00pm. (Due to my also being in Vegas for StokerCon, no Food With Fans event after the signing this time.)

I'll be hitting bookstores around my particular tri-state area, and the End of Tour stop will be at the Poisoned Pen on Monday, May 23, 7:00-8:00pm.  Yes, there will be cake! There will also be a LiveStream of the event, info to come. (Due to the hour, no Food With Fans after this event. But hey, cake!)

After making all your plans to get your bookie wookies signed and all that jazz, see what Night Owl Reviews thought of Alien in Chief.

Then see what Mutt Cafe and Starburst Magazine thought of alt.sherlock.holmes: Three New Visions of the World's Greatest Detective.

And, for those of you who will have already devoured Camp Alien by the time you read this (I know you're out there and you're legion), a reminder that Plush Life is there to fill the void. You can get it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and CreateSpace. So you'll still have things to read, I promise.

Speaking of things to read, have you checked out the MECH: Age of Steel Kickstarter anthology yet? If not, why not? There's only 10 days to go to ensure that it funds and we reach the artwork level -- and, trust me, you want the artwork! Plus, I have one tuckerization still available in my story, "Jaegermeister". If you've ever wanted to be a character in one of my stories, now's your chance to get in on the fun.

Lots of people are talking about MECH, too. Check out the Kickstarter Spotlight at Geeks of Doom where they interview one of the editors, Nick Sharps. And Ragnarok and Roll, D&D Journey of the Fifth Edition, and Creative Play and Podcast are all talking about MECH, too!

Speaking of talking and just for fun, check out The Renaissance Geek Episodes 5 and 6, Drinking with Jason #22 featuring my (brand new) son-in-law, Kenny. Then check out Creative Play and Podcast's Steampunk Invasion.

After that, find out why Misa Buckley writes Sci Fi Romance.

Hugo Nominations are final, and my awesome editor, Sheila Gilbert, is nominated again in the Editor: Long Form category. She's so very deserving, and I'd like to encourage everyone to vote for her. Remember that even if you can't attend WorldCon, you can get the Hugo Voter's Packet and that gives you a tonnage of books to read and the right to vote for who wins the Hugos.


Now, for some science! Quartz has more info on that ninth -- or is it tenth, Pluto Supporters -- planet that's lurking about our solar system.

Last but not least is a reminder that Phoenix Comicon is coming, June 2-5. And with it, my Evening Erotica event where we learn a little and play a lot -- and by play I mean the Euphemism Game! Make plans to join me along with some special guests on Friday, June 3, from 7:30-10:30pm. Tons of prizes, tons of fun, so don't miss out! The rest of my schedule and booth location to come.

That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way, albeit sporadically since I'll be traveling. See many of you on book tour, and all of you have wonderful weeks. Let's be happy 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, April 21, 2016

Plush Camping with Mechs

Happy Thursday! Hope everyone's been having great weeks and all that since I've been rather silent. (Hey, your only child getting married tends to distract, what can I say?) But I'm back and there's so much news I'm honestly not sure where to start. But start we shall!

First up, I got some lovely press from New Times, when they chose me as one of the 10 Metro Phoenix Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors You Should Know. After reading about me and the 9 others called out, check out Creative Play and Podcast's video giving you some highlights from this year's Tucson Festival of Books.

Next up, advanced copies are out on Camp Alien, and Publisher's Weekly said lovely things -- including "...the action never pauses in Koch’s fun, energetic series." Check the full review out, and then see what boeklogboek and Larissa's Bookish Life thought of Camp Alien as well.

Remember to do your girl a solid and pre-order Camp Alien from your favorite bookstore or online retailer. And also remember that you can pre-order from any bookstore where I'm making a book tour or stock signing stop and they'll ship the signed bookie wookie right to your door.

Now, let's look at the latest cool Kickstarter anthology I'm in, MECH: Age of Steel. We've been waiting to get this puppy launched for ages, but the time is here! I had a ton of tuckerizations available, but as of right now only one remains. So if you want to become immortalized in my story, "Jaegermeister", then you need to get crackin'! There are tons of other tuckerizations available, as well as cool support levels for all budgets. So don't miss out -- Ragnarok does awesome anthologies. Oh, and while this wasn't drawn for my story, the hardback cover pretty much captures my story. Plus, if we hit a high enough funding level, every story will have awesome illustrations. "Jaegermeister" has a two-page spread, so, again, you WANT in on this one!


Pearls Cast Before a McPig did a nice release day alert for Plush Life. Reviews are coming in, too, so see what Bibliognome, Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Gizmo's Reviews, via TalkSupe, and boeklogboek thought of it as well!

You can get your own copy of Plush Life from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, or CreateSpace. I'll also have copies with me on book tour and, of course, at Phoenix Comicon. Full schedule, including booth number and all the deets for my annual Evening Erotica event to come next week!

Next up, see what Xtreme Delusions thought of Alien in Chief.

Going to the movies this weekend? Head over to Slice of SciFi and see what I thought of The Huntsman: Winter's War.

And now for some science! Space.com shares what Stephen Hawking's working on right now. Just a little thing called Project Starshot. And The Two Way from NPR gives more details about the postage stamps that are going to head out for Alpha Four. (You know, if ACE and Algar allow it.) And Space.com queries What Do We Know About Alpha Centauri? I'll let you draw your own conclusions as to whether they're right on or not.

That's it for today, but as always, more's on the way, including the contest I've been promising. (I promise.) So, enjoy your weekends, and let's be Kickstarting, pre-ordering, fun-time-having readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love,
Gini

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Friday, April 1, 2016

No Lie, It's Release Day!

Happy Friday!

This isn't an April Fool's joke -- Plush Life is now on sale everywhere! Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and CreateSpace. So, don't delay, get your copy today!

Also, alt.sherlock.holmes, featuring my novella, "A Study in Starlets", will release soon (like April 7th soon), and pre-orders are now available for both hard copy as well as ebooks!

And, of course, it's never too late or too early to do your girl a solid and pre-order Camp Alien and Alien Nation now, from your favorite online or physical retailer.

Then check out what Alien Romances thought of Alien in Chief. After that, check out the interview with one of my editors on MECH: Age of Steel over at Geek Dad. Then see what The Books That Time Forgot thinks of The X-Files: Trust No One, featuring my story, "Sewers".

After scoring and pre-scoring all the bookie wookies, head over to Slice of SciFi and see what I think of Agent Carter, Season Two and Lucifer. Agree? Disagree? Aren't sure? Join the discussion over at Slice!

And now for some science! Science Alert shares that the evidence for Planet Nine from Outer Space is growing.

That's it for today, and while more will be on the way, so will I. I'm heading off next week for the chicklet's wedding meaning I will incommunicado for probably a good couple of weeks. Follow me on Facebook if you want current happenings, since that's probably the only place I'll be checking in for the next week or two. Otherwise, when I get back it's going to be contest time, so get ready to rumble! Of course, the contest will be for my Hook Me Up! subscribers only. Not part of the In List yet? Rectify! Send an email to gini@ginikoch.com with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line and you'll be in and all ready for the winning that's just around the corner!

Until then, let's be NOLA visiting readers out there. Peace out, my li'l gangstas, and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love,
Gini

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Reviews Roundup

Happy Easter, Hook Me Up! Gang! Well, it's not necessarily as exciting as cover reveals and new releases and the Yap (humor me), but I like to share the reviews with all y'all, and I'm terribly behind. So let's rectify that, shall we? We shall!

First up, though, a few more recent things. I and the rest of the Paranormal Romance Dream Team (aka Erin Quinn, Erin Kellison, and Caris Roane) will be doing a live chat over at Night Owl Reviews on Monday, March 28 (aka tomorrow) at 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern. You can RSVP HERE. The RSVP gives you entry into the evening's prizes (must be an active chatter at the event), and a reminder email around 30 minutes before the event starts. But you can still get prizes if you don't RSVP, so come one and come all! And, you know, someone might just score a copy of Plush Life early at the chat. And that someone could be you!
 

Speaking of Plush Life, a reminder that it's up for pre-order right now at Amazon and Smashwords and will go live on sale on this Friday, April 1.

The Kickstarter for Unidentified Funny Objects 5 is almost over, and we're not funded yet! Trust me, you want to get this next in a series of really fun and funny science fiction and fantasy shot stories, and not just because you'll want to find out what "The Problem With Poofs" is.

I went to see the Fall Out Boy concert on Friday and some of my pics made the arena's photo album. Once you've checked out all that fun, check out my review of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at Pop Culture Geeks

Then see which series Bibliognome and Books in Brogan are recommending.

Now, for all the catching up. Firstly, Barnes and Noble chose Alien in Chief as one of it's top picks for December, which was a pretty cool way to end last year! And because I'm running so very, very late, check out the rest of the December releases from DAW Books.

After that, see what Bibliognome thought of Alien in Chief, as well as what her Favorite Lines from the book were. Then check out what Feeling Fictional, Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!, and Under the Covers thought of it!

Next up, see what Xtreme Delusions thought of Alien Separation. Then see what Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! thought of Universal Alien. And then see what Blake's Gaming Adventures thought of Alien vs. Alien.



But we're not done yet! Next up, check out what Theresa Derwin's Terror Tree thought of Alien Tango, Alien in the Family, and Alien Proliferation. Then see what The Heroine Bookstore had to say about Alien Tango.


Not to be outdone, see the awesome review The Times-News gave to Touched by an Alien, as well as what Back Chatting Books thought of it. Plus, check out the Science Fiction Romance novels/series being recommended by Omni Reboot.

Matthew Bright reviews Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, alligators and aneurysms reviews A Cup of Joe by moi writing as Anita Ensal, and Bibliognome gives you a sentence sneak peak and a review of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by moi writing as G.J. Koch.

Amazingly enough, that's it for today. But as always, more's on the way. So let's be hard boiled egg enjoying readers out there and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Love,
Gini

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